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90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of February 10, 1928

After 53 years of continuous activity in the general merchandise business in this village Frank Wilcox has disposed of the Wilcox & Wells store and will retire from active business. The new firm to take over the business is that of Syverson & Neesemen, Incorporated, the present members of the company being Olaf Syverson, Clara Syverson, Harry Neeseman and Henrietta Neeseman, all well known to all of our folks.

Tonight, at the local gym the high school team will be hosts to Coach Sundberg's aggregation from Campbell. This promises to be one of the best games of the season and is well worth a trip to the school to watch. The local squad has been showing improvement in its last few games. The addition of Earl Fenton at center has supplied a much-needed scoring punch.

C. D. Patterson, County Agent of Lac Qui Parle county was elected to serve as County Agricultural Agent of Stevens county beginning March first at the meeting of the Extension committee held at the Courthouse on Feb. 6th. Mr. & Mrs. Patterson and daughter expect to move to Morris shortly after the first of March, when he will take over the duties of County Agricultural Agent of Stevens County.

85 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Tribune of February 3, 1933

Work will start shortly on graveling seven miles of state highway No. 10 between Morris and Donnelly, the project to be an unemployment relief proposition and handled similarly to the relief work on state aid roads No. 8 and 10. City Attorney Harry Phinney said that the project would probably give employment to between 35 to 40 men under the plan of rotating the crews, the same plan that has been used in the graveling jobs on state aid roads No. 8 and 10 this winter.

A near-capacity throng of some over 800 basketball fans crowded into the Memorial Armory for the exhibition game between the Harlem New York Globetrotters, and the Company K Bluebirds. The game went to the Trotters by a score of 41 to 32, with the winners flashing perhaps the most dazzling all-around floor play that has ever been seen here.

The Benson hockey team took a 3 to 0 decision from the newly-organized Morris team on the local rink last Sunday, the game being played as the feature attraction of the ice carnival staged at the rink by Manager William Richardson. An estimated crowd of about 300 people attended the carnival. Starting the game for Morris were Harold Eidsvold at center, S. Monson and Art Johnson, at left and right wings respectively. William Richardson and George Hagen at left and right guards and Edward Rudnicki as goalie. N. A. Larson, James Koll, Bud Chaplinski and LeRoy Justice were others who saw action.

80 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of February 4, 1938

Congress passed the law setting aside five million dollars to aid in the anticipated fight on grasshoppers this coming year. It will be used to purchase poison to be mixed with bran and scattered on the land where hoppers laid their eggs last season. While our state is not listed as the worst infested yet Minnesota will need thousands of tons of the poison bait.

The Minneapolis Star in its Sunday edition carried as part of a story the statement that one of the first to register for the Golden Glove boxing tournament in the cities on the 14, 15 and 17th of this month was "John Sullivan, 18 -year -old Hancock youth 6 foot 2 inches tall". Aside from the fact that the name is "Joe" instead of John and that he is registered as 21 years old and 6 foot 1 inch tall, the statement is correct.

In the declamatory contest held at the school, Vincent Mork won first place in the oratorical division, though the judges had a close decision to make as between him and Charles Welsh. In the dramatic division Nancy Bordewick won first place as did Gladys Mae Schmidgall in the humorous division. The winners here will compete with winners from Cyrus, Benson, Morris, Starbuck and Alberta in a sub-district contest held Feb. 16.