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90 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of March 31, 1921

Work on a new filling station at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Fifth Street, directly across from the Standard Oil company's station, will be started this afternoon by Harry Quigley, proprietor of the Stevens County Oil company. It was not until this morning that he finally decided to put in the filling station this season. The building will be completed in about six weeks.

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A terrific storm, evidently a part of the gale that created great havoc in Nobles County, passed over Stevens County Saturday night. County Attorney Cherry was seriously cut on his right wrist and barely escaped perhaps fatal injury when he helped block an opening caused by one of the big plate glass windows blowing out of the Weum-Belverud store. He was one of four men attempting to put several boards across the window.

Within 30 days the Bartles-Scott Oil company will have a filling station at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Fourth street, according to announcements made yesterday by A. Norman, J.C. Ewing and B. A. Kehoe, who were completing the arrangements. The station is to be built of white tile, have a canopy and be roofed with red tile. The design is said to be extremely attractive. The three representatives of the company made the rounds of the business houses of the city selling coupon books redeemable at double their value out of the earnings of the station, making it in a measure a cooperative enterprise. The books were being sold at $100 each and the coupons are to be redeemed monthly in such quantities as the earnings of the station provide, until the holder of each book has received $200. A limit of 80 books were being offered for sale.

The Stevens County fair will be held four days instead of three this year. After much discussion by the fair board it was planned to start the fair near the first of the week so that if stormy weather is encountered as last year it can be extended for a day or two without having any of the attractions on the Sabbath. The board is even now determined to make this the "biggest" fair in reality as well as in name and their undertakings for outside attractions already run into several thousands of dollars. Arrangements have been made for fireworks every night of the fair and other features are being worked out.

L.G. Mustain of Rensville, the newly elected school superintendent for Morris, is expected in the city next Wednesday to make a preliminary survey of the schools. He will be accompanied by Mrs. Mustain.

50 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of March 21, 1961

The 51st annual commencement exercises at the West Central School of Agriculture will be held in the school gymnasium Friday, March 24, starting at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Keith McFarland, Director of Resident Instruction and Assistant Dean, Institute of Agriculture, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, will give the commencement address. The graduation program will include several musical numbers by the school choir and girls' ensembles under the direction of Professor Ralph E. Williams. Area member of the 1961 graduation class include: George Anderson, Donnelly; Bradford Jeitz, Hancock; Harvey Koehl, Hancock; Dennis Schmidgall, Morris; Tom Smith, Donnelly; Dale Webb, Graceville; William Wulf, Chokio; and Pat Lesmeister, Morris;

Future nurses may take the first two years of their training at the University of Minnesota, Morris beginning in the fall of 1961, Dean Rodney A. Briggs announced. Students completing the two-year pre-professional sequence will be qualified to transfer to the University of Minnesota's School of Nursing or another institution to finish work in the degree nursing program.

Air Force Staff Sergeant Albert C. Sperr of Hickam AFB, Hawaii, son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Sperr, Graceville, was recently graduated from the Noncommissioned Officer Preparatory School at Fairfield Air Force Station, Calif., placing sixth in a class of 34. Sergeant Sperr is a graduate of Alberta High School. He is also a graduate of an Army Advanced Leadership School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Army Recruit Francis C. Ritter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Ritter, Chokio, is receiving eight weeks of advanced individual heavy weapons training with the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan. The training is scheduled to end April 4. A 1959 graduate of St. John's Preparatory School in Collegeville, Ritter attended St. John's University, Collegeville, and was employed at the Army Air Force Exchange in Minneapolis before entering the army.

Students from the Morris High School speech department dominated the District 21 contest at Chokio Saturday and 17 of the local entries were selected to enter the regional contest at Fergus Falls on April 8. Four other Morris students were named alternates to the regional. The following students from Morris will represent the district in the regional contest: Janet Miller (Alternate), Stephen Farver, Mike Stahler, Karen Eystad (Alternate), Marge O'Neil, James Kieffer (Alternate), Sandra Holmen, Roxanne Olson, Peter Ryhn, Barbara Treischel, Annette Aanerud, Kathy Hedberg, Judy Webster, Mary Hogander, Joan Tonn, Anthony Kill, LuJean Eichner, Beverly Buntje, Lois Kill, Linda Wieland, and Elinor Carstens.

25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of March 18, 1986

University of Minnesota, Morris professor of Art John Stuart Ingle drew statewide attention when an article on his work appeared recently, complete with color photographs, on the front page of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Press staff writer John Camp opened the story by saying that "...Ingle is a star in Manhattan, which is an island in New York City. The town of Morris, population 5,366, is less impressed." And in some ways Ingle likes it that way. Ingle's watercolor paintings are exhibited in Manhattan's prestigious Tatistcheff Gallery, as well as in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale Art Gallery. Nationally and internationally his work has received the highest critical acclaim.

Sight and Sound Unlimited has been appointed as an authorized M/A COM Home Satellite dealer. Steven Strobel has just completed negotiations with Warren Supply Company, the authorized M/A COM Satellite distributor.

The latest edition of the Viking Library System Books-by-Mail catalog is now available to rural residents of Stevens County. The books in the Viking Library System catalogs are delivered directly to your mailbox free of charge. You never have to leave your home and Viking pays the postage both to have the books mailed out and returned. (Editor's note: this service is no longer available through Viking Library System).

Morris High School student pages Kris Harris and Noor-Alman Khan had a chance to meet Major General Ola Berg, Inspector General of the Norwegian Home Guard, during his visit to the State Legislature February 26. Both high school students were serving as House of Representatives High School Pages in St. Paul.

The Hancock Owls had decent representation among the first-place winners of District 21 wrestling meet's conclusion. The winners were: Todd Bertram of Herman, Troy Werk of Herman, Todd Johnson of Elbow Lake, Chad VerSteeg of the Owls, Darrin Runnels of Browns Valley, Kurt Hanson of the Owls, Wayne Goodhart of Browns Valley, Todd Larson of Elbow Lake, Danny Walton of the Owls, Cary Metz of Browns Valley, Paul Mickelson of Elbow Lake, and Jack Goodhart of Browns Valley.

Pat Griffith, son of Jim and Marguerite Griffith of Morris, will co-chair the Dance for Dystrophy slated for April 4-5 at South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D. Griffith is a senior psychology major and is currently president of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity chapter at SDSU and was recently named Outstanding Active for that group for the second consecutive year. He has also served his fraternity as vice president and recruitment chairman.

10 Years Ago

Items from the Sun Tribune of March 20, 2001

The luck of the Irish was with Jean Jacobson's family this St. Patrick's Day. Jacobson's friends held a St. Pat's day benefit for her daughter, Wendy, who is recovering from brain surgery. The benefit was hosted by Kay Behm, of Morris, who has been putting on St. Paddy's Day bridge parties for more than two decades. In recent years, Behm's bridge extravaganzas have also doubled as fundraisers for the Stevens County Food Shelf. This year, Behm and her guests made donations in honor of their friend's daughter. Wendy Jacobson, a 1976 graduate of Morris High School, was diagnosed with a brain tumor last summer and had surgery in September. Wendy, who is single, does have health insurance, but she has been unable to return to work. Her mom's friends wanted to help out. The offer of help grows out of a friendship that spans nearly 40 years. Jean and Kay got to know each other over the bridge table, soon after Kay and her husband, Wally, moved to Morris in 1963.

The local girls scouts visited the State Capital as part of a Women at the Capital event. While at the Capital, the girl scouts visited Representative Torrey Westrom. The girl scouts and leaders who attended were Linda Pagel, Tammy Johnson, Mary Johnson, Ashley Schmidgall, Amelia Pagel, and Sandi Johnson.

During the weekend of March 10-11, Battery C(-) 1-151 FA in Morris promoted Joshua Brummond of Morris to the rank of Private First Class. Also promoted was Amanda Kill of Morris to the rank of Private E-2. Kill was an honor graduate of her advanced individual training school, held at Ft. Lee, Va. from July 26 through Dec. 14.

A special cake was prepared honoring the several M-H or M/MHS athletes who qualified for the state level in their respective sports. The young people were honored in a reception at the MAHS cafeteria. Those honored were M-H wrestlers Luke Griffith and Dustin Metz; M/MHS swimmers Nic Lesmeister, Matt Lesmeister, Mark Lussenden and Nick Johnson.

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