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Looking Back 5-18-13

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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of May 26, 1953

Swept by the high wind Sunday morning, fire of undetermined origin destroyed the barn, a combination machine shed and granary, and a chicken house on the Joe Sauter farm three miles south of Alberta. Damage from the fire is estimated in the neighborhood of $7,000.  The fire apparently started in the haymow of the barn but the origin of it is unknown.  Fanned by the high wind the flames enveloped the barn in minutes and precluded any efforts to save it.

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Mrs. Floyd Strand of Morris, who conducts “The Rural Homemaker” column in the Morris Tribune and who is author of the popular cookbook, New Horizons Beyond the Kitchen Window, appeared as a guest on May 20 on the WCCO-TV program conducted by Arleth Haeberle, director of women's activities for that station.  Local reception was not good, it was reported, although the program was received very well by Twin Cities residents.  Proof of this were the many calls received by the station in regard to the program.  Mrs. Strand has been invited to write several half-hour programs and to appear to put them on for the executive directors of WCCO station in the near future.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack West, owners of the Hancock Record, have leased that newspaper to F. G. Metzger of Ogden, Iowa, who will take over the business June 1. The Wests plan to be in Hancock or at their lake cottage during the summer months and will continue to operate the Hancock theatre until they dispose of that enterprise.  In the fall they expect to go to Texas to develop property there.  

The Pylin Drive-in refreshment stand on Highway 28, on the eastern edge of the city, will be re-opened Friday for the coming season by its new owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bud Rassmussen.  The Rasmussens—Bud, Jean and Rose, come to Morris from Walker, Minn. where Mr. Rasmussen has been principal of the school at the Walker Sanatarium. Next school year he will be principal of the public schools at Brooten.

 

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of May 15, 1973

A number of Morris Business places have donated gifts to Walter Tripp Post, American Legion, and its Auxiliary to be given away during the annual 7th District Legion and Auxiliary convention in Morris and thus help assure the success of the gathering, expected to be one of the highlight activities of the year in Morris. Bill Toms, representing Fingerhut Co., presented to Mrs. Joe Theede and county Auditor Elmer Anderson, chairwoman and chairman for the annual 7th District American Legion and Auxiliary convention in Morris on June 1, 2, and 3, a sample set of dishes donated by Fingerhut to be given away as the grand prize at the convention banquet at the 9-F Sportsmen's Club Saturday evening,  June 2.  Morris business, McCollar's Jewelry, donated a gift to be given away at the Gold Star Mothers' luncheon at the Sunwood Inn at noon at June 2. Myrtle Van Kempen, of Myrtle's Fashionette and Mrs. Fern Brown, of the new Western Store also presented gifts to be used as prizes in a drawing during the convention.  

Sig Holme Jr. has announced his purchase of the interest of his partner, Chet Braaten, in Chet's and Sig's Body Shop on Pacific Avenue, and will conduct the business in the future under the name, Sig's Body Shop.  Mr. Braaten, meanwhile, has erected a new building in Hancock and has opened a body and paint shop in that village.  

E. E. Baird, presently principal of Delavan High School, was recently elected superintendent of the Hancock Public School to succeed L. W. Collins, who has resigned.  Mr. Baird will enter on his new duties July 1. Mr. Baird and his wife, June, have three children, Dennis, Pamela, and Raymond.

Koehl Sales and Service Farm Implement firm is closing out its business in Morris.  The Koehl brothers have been in the farm equipment business for 27 years and have been located in Morris since 1958, handling Minneapolis-Moline, Gehl, Owatonna and other makes of equipment. The firm is currently conducting a close-out sale on equipment parts.  

Automotive equipment valued at more than $2,192 has been donated by Ford Motor Company to the Chippewa River Vocational Center, Morris.  The equipment includes a 351 automatic engine, a 351 automatic transmission, and a 351 Protective Housing.  The donation was made through the Ford Customer Service Division and John Fletcher Ford, Morris.  

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of May 4, 1993

Student council officers at MAHS for 1993-94 are Randee Waddell, treasurer; Rob Hokanson, historian; Alicia Anderson, treasurer; Jeff Griffith, vice president; Sara Kiser, president; and Ann Heil, secretary.

Jerry Nohl and Lonnie Rohloff of Morris were two of the college contest winners during Engineering Exploration Days and the South Dakota Inventors Congress held April 23, at South Dakota State University in Brookings.  

Dr. James Carlson, professor of music at UMM, is one of the 10 University of Minnesota faculty members recently chosen to receive the Horace T. Morse-Minnesota Alumni Association Award. He joins an elite group of 22 UMM faculty members who have received the award since its inception in 1965.  The last recipient from UMM was Dr. James F.P. Cotter, associate professor of geology, in 1989-90.  

Work to remove pavement on Atlantic Ave. is moving about a block a day.  That part of the project began at 5th St. and is moving south.  The utility work was to start Monday, with crews from Redstone Construction of Mora, a subcontractor on the project, beginning in the old MN/DOT property.  Their work was to progress north from that point. Joe Riley of Riley Brothers Construction said that their crews would follow the utility work and excavate out five feet of dirt.  His crews will also be working from south to north once they begin the excavation.  

Todd Hickman of Morris will receive a MAE in physical education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney at spring commencement ceremonies May 7.

Extra!

Four senior citizens competed in a spelling bee on April 27, at the Senior Citizens Center.  First place winner, Frances Olson and second place winner, Dorothy Shaw, will go to the regional competition June 7, in Fergus Falls.  The contestants had a chance to write the word out for their own assistance.  The four spelling bee competitors were Helen Vix of Morris, Hazel Kruger of Morris, Dorothy Shaw of Hancock and Frances Olson of Morris.  Judges were Kathryn Cook, Marlys Alm and RSVP Director Donna Kembke.  Ruth Moerke was the pronouncer.  The event was sponsored by the Stevens County Board on Aging and the Area Agency on Aging in Fergus Falls.    

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