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10 Years Ago Items from the Tribune Dec. 9, 1999

The annual University of Minnesota, Morris Art Club Holiday Sale will be held Dec. 9, 10, and 11 in the Oyate Hall, Student Center. A wide variety of student and staff made gift items including ceramics, cards, paints, prints, jewelry, and more.

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On Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Assumption Catholic Church of Morris, St. Mary's Elementary School will once again have their annual Christmas concert. This year's program is entitled "And The Morning Followed." There will once again be singing, audience participation, sign language, and liturgical movement. Please join the students and their director, Linda Hodgson, at this free concert.

The Federated Church, First Lutheran Church, Evangelical Free Church, and the Assumption Church wish to thank Coborns's, Willie's Super Value, Jerry's U-Save, the Tony Staebler Farm, Creative Touch Floral, and the many volunteers and individual contributors for helping to make the community Thanksgiving Dinner a big success. A special thank you also to the many volunteers from the Trinity Lutheran Church of Alberta.

25 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of December 6, 1984

Rit Eul was re-elected Chief of the Morris Volunteer Fire Department at the annual meeting Monday night. Also reelected were Bill Storck, first assistant; Gilbert Schmidgall, second assistant; Jerry Schmidt, secretary; and Ron Scharstrom, treasurer. Completing their service with the Fire Department during the past year were Harvey McRoberts, Gene DeGier, and the late Ray Loher.

The 22nd Annual Beef Feeders Day sponsored by the West Central Experiment Station at Morris will be held Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Edson Hall Auditorium on the University of Minnesota, Morris Campus. The day's program will be chaired by Dr. Richard Vathauer, Superintendent of the West Central Experiment Station.

The Morris Jaycee Women are celebrating their 20th year as a charter member of the Minnesota Jaycee Women. Past and Present members are invited to attend an open house on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Citizens Bank Community Room.

50 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of December 18, 1959

The West Central Educational Development Association hosted a luncheon in the main dining room at the Pomme de Terre Country Club on Monday at noon. Present were newspaper, radio, and television representatives from this area, from the Twin Cities, and from Fargo, along with educators and legislators from this area and University of Minnesota officials. Following the luncheon the visitors were taken on a tour of the facilities on the West Central School Campus where next fall the university will start college freshman courses.

Evald Stark of Swan Lake Township was re-elected director from Area 4 to the Board of the Minnesota Soil Conservation Districts Association at the annual meeting of Area 4 supervisors at the community room in the Stevens County Courthouse on Monday. Attendees were welcomed to Morris by Dr. Rodney A. Briggs, superintendent of the West Central School and Experiment Station and Acting Dean of the new University of Minnesota, Morris.

Funeral services for E. A. Judd, 72, well-known Morris businessman for 43 years, were conducted Thursday afternoon at the Federated Church. Mr. Judd had lived practically all his life in Morris. In 1915 he entered into partnership with J. E. Meyers in the plumbing business in this city and the partnership continued until a little more than a year ago. Ervia A. Judd was born in Stevens County in 1887 to pioneer residents Mr. and Mrs. George Judd. He was united in marriage to Freda Borrill in 1918.

90 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of December 19, 1919

The contract for the construction of a bridge over the Pomme de Terre River on the new Hancock road was given to the Independent Bridge Company of Minneapolis, at a meeting of the county commissioners on Monday and Tuesday of this week. The cost of construction is to be $9,997, and the amounts on the six bids opened range all the way from this figure up to $15,770. Chairman William Gausman presided at the meeting. No other important business was taken up.

The Morris Gun Club had disposed of their club house and duck pass to the Duluth Club which has for a number of years owned the Woodke pass and the Perkins pass on the Pomme de Terre Lakes. This gives the Duluth Club complete control of the interior passes on the lakes. The consideration was $7,000.

The first case of government seizure of alien enemy property has been reported in Stevens County. The land in question is a quarter section in Synnes Township and was owned jointly by several brothers and sisters living in Germany. Seizure of the land was ordered by Alien Property Custodian Francis T. Garvan, thru the Morris National Bank, on Monday. M. B. Lord and J. H. Devenney made a trip to Synnes Township to effect the transfer. The former owners of the land owned it by right of inheritance, but as the seizure has been recorded in the Register of Deed's office, the property is now federal land, and will be sold as such.

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