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65 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of January 7, 1949

An explosion of accumulated fuel oil in the furnace in the basement of the Barsness Garage building on Atlantic Avenue Tuesday morning blew out the two large display windows in the office section of the building, upset mechanics at work in the garage, rocked display and storage racks, and for a few moments caused general consternation among occupants of the building. No one was injured. The explosion is attributed to the intermittent power failure resulting from the snow, sleet and rain storm in progress at the time.

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R. O. Bridgeford of the West Central School reports that Tuesday and Wednesday both registered temperatures of 33 degrees for the highs of the first five days in the year.  Tuesday had approximately 3 inches of snow and .52 inches of water in the form of sleet, rain and melted snow.

Captain Lloyd Smith of Co. M, speaking to the Kiwanis Club at its dinner meeting on Monday evening assured the club of his interest in making the Armory more useful to the community, and thanked the club for the assistance it is giving in encouraging enlistments and bringing the company to its required strength.  

Arrangements are now being completed in Morris and in the several villages of the county for Stevens County CROP day. CROP day is the day on which farmers throughout the county are asked to bring in donations of corn, grain or other farm commodities for the Christian Rural Overseas Program, a program for sending and distributing foodstuffs to the needy overseas.  

Clarence LePage is the new owner of the Pomme de Terre Golf Course and Clubhouse, having purchased the property this week from Dr. H. O. Watzke.  He takes immediate possession. The LePage family plans to move out to the golf course and will make their home there.   Dr. Watzke has owned the Pomme de Terre course, which consists of some 65 acres, since 1939. Under his ownership the course itself was greatly improved.  Among the top improvements made by Dr. Watzke while he owned the course was the installation of grass greens.  

45 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of January 7, 1969

   Winner of the 1969 First Baby Derby at the Stevens County Memorial Hospital was Beth Liane, daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Podtburg of Morris. Beth Liane, who checked in at 7 pounds, arrived at the hospital at 3:11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3.

Probate Judge E. L. Cress was honored at a farewell party given by the Stevens County attorneys, Giberson and Collins, Martin and Nelson, and Probate Judge O.K. Alger, Jan. 3, at the Giberson and Collins law offices. Judge Cress was presented with a gift certificate by the attorneys.

Airman Richard H. Voss, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold F. Voss of rural Donnelly, has completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. He has been assigned to Sheppard AFB, Texas, for training in the wire maintenance field.  Airman Voss is a graduate of Morris High School.  

O.K. Alger, who today assumes office as judge of probate court in Stevens County, has disposed of his private law practice to Giberson and Collins of Morris, it is announced.  Mr. Alger came to Morris in 1928 to begin the practice of law and has maintained his own offices since 1932 in the Citizens Bank building.

In a contest which was conducted recently by Johnson Drug of Morris, several boys and girls from Morris and the surrounding area were winners of prizes when the final votes were tallied.  Shelly Hickman won the top gift awarded in the contest, a bicycle. Other winners were: Karen Mathison, organ; Vera Luthi, phonograph; Kathy Nohl, Easy-Bake oven; Julie Ruehle, transistor radio and Nancy Kampmeier won a large dog.  The boy's bicycle was won by Chuck Larson. Other winners were: Tommy Sukohl, walkee talkee; Tim Feuchtenberger, guitar; Dennis Joos, Mighty Mike set; Danny Podtburg, tool chest and Harvey Moser won a chemistry set.

25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of January 3, 1989

This past autumn generated memories that will be cherished for a lifetime among Morris Donnelly School backers. The Tigers' appearance in the Metrodome-hosted Prep Bowl was an exciting chapter in the city's history-a prime highlight of '88 to be sure.  It was reflected upon in a reception held at Morris State Bank not long ago.

Present among many was assistant coach Lyle Rambow who was seen  reminiscing with Loren Carr, Curt Gartland and Tom Eidsvold.  

Dr. Richard Munson, a native of Morris and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris and now a chair and associate professor of the department of visual arts at the University of Northern Colorado-Greeley, will give the keynote address at the annual Dean's Convocation Jan. 12, in the Recital Hall of the Humanities Fine Arts Center on the UMM campus.  Munson, who received his  bachelor's degree from UMM in painting and art history in 1965, is noted throughout the United States for his work in mixed medium drawings.  

The Morris freshmen boys basketball team is currently 6-0 for the '88-89 season, coach Ken Gagner reports. Gagner has been pleased with the balanced nature of the players' point production, reflected in four different freshmen earning game-high distinction so far. This year's freshman roster is made up of the following: Brad Fehr, Kyle Ross, Jesse Diehl, Keith Wente, Tim Thoreen, Mike Kiser,  Jon Bock, Jeff Weiler, Russ Kissock, Chad Radtke, David Huebner and Chad Wente.

New postmaster Pat Flannery was officially installed last Wednesday at the Morris Post Office. Administering the ceremony was Alan Richter, director of field operations for the U.S. Postal Service.

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