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 August 28, 1959
James Aanerud, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Aanerud of Rendsville township, won the 4-H tractor driving contest at the Stevens County Fair last Friday night. Aanerud received congratulations from Orion Carlson, assistant county agent.
The Morris high school band will leave early Saturday morning for the Minnesota State Fair where on Saturday, Sunday and Monday the band will present concerts each day before the grandstand. It will be the second trip this week to the Twin Cities for the band. Last Monday the band marched in the seven-hour parade that was one of the big features of the National American Legion convention in Minneapolis this week. Accompanying the band will be Robert Schaefer, director, and Mrs. Schaefer and Mrs. Claire Preston.
Chuck Kellenberger, who played a lot of football for Morris high school during his prep career, was rated by his high school coach, Ron Masanz, as one of the outstanding linemen on the field in the North-South All Star grid game at Parade stadium in Minneapolis Wednesday night. Accompanying Coach Masanz to the Star game Wednesday night were Don Chizek, Truman Carlson, Jake Marks and Stan Kent, also members of the Tiger coaching staff.
The second annual Awards Presentation activities of the City softball league were held in the Legion club rooms. Jim McRoberts, president of the softball league, presented trophies to Mike Roggeman and Albert Stahman of Mike’s Bar team. McRoberts also presented the playoff championship trophy to Don Madsen, manager of the Legion team that defeated Mike’s 3-2 in a thrilling 10-inning battle Monday night for the playoff title. Awarding this trophy was more than a pleasant task for President McRoberts, for he also plays first base for the Legion club.
45 Years Ago
Items taken from the Hancock Record of August 29, 1974
Promotion of Gary E. Barsness as coordinator of teller and accounting operations for the branch offices of Twin City Federal has been announced by Harvey M. Kuhnley, president of the savings and loan association. Barsness will also serve as assistant to William N. Johnson, vice president and branch coordinator of TCF. Barsness has worked as field representative for TCF’s data processing department since he joined the association four years ago.
Enrollment in the Hancock public school is in a “Believe It Or Not” category. For the third successive year, enrollment on opening day was the same as it has been for the past two years, 386. Yes, it was the same in 1972 and in 1973. Figures released by the school Monday show 192 students in high school (up 6 from last year) and 194 in the elementary (down 6 from last year).
Hancock Owls will open their season at Graceville Friday night with 13 lettermen on the squad of 25. They are Ricky Thielke, Don Greiner, Kyle Berget, Randy Schmidgall, Dick Boeckermann, Gary Schmidgall, Kirk Charles, Jim Meiss, Mark Foss, Mike Evink, Dan Payne, Paul Cunningham, Bruce Anderson, assistant coach Randy Hodapp and head coach Dave Schoeck.
Eight new teachers are on the Hancock faculty, they are Mrs. Keith Meichsner, librarian, math; Mrs. Wayne Berglund, English, art; James Kucera, Industrial Arts; Steve Bouchier, music; David Schoeck, commercial; Wayne Berglund, elementary; Spencer Yohe, elementary; and JoAnne Amberg, elementary.
New Cyrus public schools opened Monday with six new members on the faculty. They are Deborah Busta, library and business; Julie Nielsen, second and third grade; Roberta Drake, music; Marilyn Larson, Title I students, special education; William Busta, Industrial Arts; and Jerald Nesland, high school and elementary principal.
40 Years Ago
Items taken from the Morris Sun of August 28, 1979
Volunteer firemen Fritz Spohr and Oscar Brandt turn a rack of chicken over the coals at the annual Firemen’s Corn and Chicken Feed held at the Morris fire station. Firemen provided good food, fire truck rides for the kids, and a drawing for a silver coin collection to be given away. Proceeds from the feed go to purchase new fire equipment.
Barbara Coy McGinnis, Morris, was recently named to the Alumnae Council of the College of Saint Benedict. The council is the decision-making body of the Alumnae Association and members serve terms of three years. Mrs. McGinnis also has a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She is presently a Reference Librarian at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
“The Dress Shoppe” opened its door on August 14 following the Stevens County 4-H Clothing Members to give their Fashion Revue audience a look at today’s fashions. Fifty-six girls participated modeling garments that they have sewn this 4-H year. Twelve 4-H’ers were selected to be part of the Court of Honor. Little Miss Seamstress is chosen from girls ages 9-12 sewing for the first time. Kim Pillen, daughter of Dallas and Carolyn Pillen is this year’s Little Miss Seamstress. She is 10 years old and a member of the Scott 4-H club. Kim Fletcher, 13 years old, daughter of John and Maggie Fletcher, was named this year’s Miss Teenage Seamstress. She is from the Pep and Progress 4-H club.