Editor's note: Items in Looking Back are written as they were in the date and year of original publication.

60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Tribune of July 3, 1959

Rev. and Mrs. George F. Hartz and daughter, Mary Jane, 6, arrived in Morris Monday from Hartford Conn. and are now getting settled in their new home, the Federated church parsonage. Rev. Hartz, who accepted a call to the pulpit of the Federated church several weeks ago, will conduct his first services as minister of the church Sunday morning.

Minnesota's largest all-aerial fireworks display is planned for the Fourth of July, near the south end of Big Stone lake at Ortonville. The display will be shot off from rafts out in open water on Big Stone lake, and reportedly will be even larger than that seen at the Minnesota State Fair. Last year, an estimated 15,000 persons viewed the display. An even greater crowd is expected this year.

Mr. and Mrs. Rodney A. Briggs and four children came to Morris this week to take up their residence on the campus of the West Central School and Experiment Station, with Mr. Briggs officially starting his duties July 1 as the new superintendent of the school and station. Supt. Briggs, a noted research worker and teacher in forage management, has been on the University of Minnesota staff since October, 1953. He was an extension agronomist until 1956, then became a full-time researcher and teacher in agronomy.

Open house will be held Sunday afternoon, July 5, at the new Thedin Motel in Morris. Free coffee and doughnuts will be served during the open house hours, announcing Mr. and Mrs. James Thedin, proprietors, and the public is invited to attend. The attractive new 12-unit modernly furnished motel is located on Highway 28 on the west edge of the city. It has been open for business for some time. Fifty-eight farm neighbors and friends responded to a Red Cross call for blood donors for Mrs. Winslow Quackenbush, of near Chokio, who was scheduled to undergo heart surgery in Mount Sinai hospital, Minneapolis on Thursday. Thirty-two of the Stevens county regular Red Cross O-positive type donors were found to be compatible with Mrs. Quackenbush and with each other in tests mad at the hospital in Morris. They left Chokio by school bus at 6 a.m. Wednesday to give their blood, starting at 11 a.m. in War Memorial Blood bank, Minneapolis. Mother of 11 children, Mrs. Quackenbush will have comfort knowing that one daughter, Mrs. Robert Lawson of Winnebago, is her blood type and will stand by as an extra donor if her blood cross matches.

45 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of July 4, 1974

Friday was the last day for the two-weeks Red Cross swimming program with Mrs. Mike Jeitz, one of the instructors, saying that over 150 signed up the first week by many more youngsters had reported the following week. Mrs. Jeitz said the weather and water were ideal for the program. Jim Meiss was also giving instructions to swimmers.

In addition to budgetary woes, caused by sharp increases in materials prices, and the prospect of diminished receipts from the state Highway User Fund, county highway departments are now faced with rising labor costs that promise to disrupt their well-laid plans even further. Road improvements at the state and local levels, other than routine maintenance, are built by private firms under contract to the various public road authorities. Counties depend heavily upon their 29% share of Minnesota gasoline tax and vehicle registration receipts in financing those improvements.

Mrs. Jan Striepe was one of the 200 graduates receiving a degree from Drury College in Springfield, MO, on May 26, 1974. Mrs. Striepe received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She had received her RN from Fairview School of Nursing in 1967. Mrs. Striepe is the former Jan Ruplinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ruplinger of Danvers.

Jumping off to a 6-0 lead in their first time at bat, Cyrus slammed out a 14-8 win over the Orphans here Sunday. The game was marred by ragged fielding on the part of both clubs. Cyrus got to Steve Schmidt for six hits and six runs to start the game. Randy Thielke replaced Schmidt to start the sixth and he limited the visitors to one run in the sixth and another in the eighth. The Orphans, after their three-run burst in the fifth, were blanked by Pete Bright until the eighth when they scored one run and followed with another run in the ninth to round out the scoring, 14-8, Cyrus.

45 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Tribune of July 11, 1974

A recommendation by the Morris Planning Commission to establish some short-term solutions for the traffic and safety problems concerning the Lake Ave. service road was approved by the Morris city council at its regular meeting Tuesday evening. Acting upon recommendations by the Planning Commission, the council voted to deny a petition by the owners of the Lakeview Roller Rink and Morris A & W Drive-in to vacate the service road. In this case, the city would abandon that part of the service road as public thoroughfare, thereby permitting parking in front of the A & W, but the city would retain legal title to the space as right-of-way for future use.

A contest is assured in the Sept. 10 primary elections for the office of Stevens County sheriff, as two more candidates filed for office Monday afternoon, bringing the total number to four. Filing were Richard Mogler, Jr., and Paul Grotjohn, both of Morris. Other candidates for the position are county deputies Ed Miller and Grant Haugen. Also filing for re-election was county attorney James Martin. Five other incumbents have filed for office, including county treasurer Kenneth Dahl; register of deeds Jeannette Nohl; county auditor Dick Bluth; and commissioners Robert Stevenson (district five) and Lawrence Kopel (district two). Morris attorney Don Giberson filed for the office of county judge.

Litchfield's Buddy Watkin and Chokio's Darrell Heuer combined to break the track record three times at the Grant County Raceways Sunday evening, with Watkin finally establishing the best mark of 24 seconds flat. Watkin, who won three events in modified competition, first broke the existing lap standard of 24.9 seconds, held by Garfield's Dick Block, the Heuer bettered Watkin's record by one-tenth of a second while winning the modified consolation event. Watkin then broke the record for the third time in winning the modified feature, with an average speed of 74.3 miles per hour. A crowd of over 1,200 spectators comprised the best racing attendance in the area in several years, and 23 cars competed for prize money in the stock and modified races.