80 Years Ago
Items taken from the Sun of December 31, 1931
About 125 local people will take part in "Henry's Wedding," which will be staged under the auspices of the ladies' aid of the Federated Church, at the auditorium at the West Central School on Thursday and Friday evenings next week. Three weddings are included in this unusual entertainment, Uncle Henry, played by Elmor Ryhn, and Samantha Green, played by Miss Mildred Edisvold; Mary and Jack, played by Mrs. Donald Lord and Cyrus Skrien, and Susan and Christopher, played by Mrs. W.G. Schluter and Melvin Kjera. Ted and Harris, played by Curtis Zimmerman and Sylvester Rudnicki; O'Flarity, the hard-boiled detective, played by Jack Nugent, and Mugs, his assistant, played by Milton Gross; Eliza, played by Mary Carney, the negro cook and her lazy husband Rastus, played by Kenneth Johnson.
Stitsworth denies the murder charge and says that another is involved. Glen Stitsworth, brought here from Iowa last Saturday to face a charge of first degree murder in the death of Philip Roth, says that an unknown man who came to Morris from North Dakota at the same time they did is responsible for the death of Roth and, at the point of a gun, forced Stitsworth to help him in disposing of the body near a bridge. He steadfastly denied the murder charge. This is the story he told to Sheriff S. J. Ryan on the way back from Iowa where Stitsworth was arrested and he has repeated it since his arrival.
Bids have been secured by Captain Frank L. McDaniels on the first of the work to be done in connection with thorough redecoration and repair of the armory building and these have been forwarded to the adjutant general and it is expected the work will start in the near future. The walls of the municipal courtroom have been redecorated and all of the lighting fixtures refinished. The floors are also being varnished.
The store at Fairfield, two miles south of the Stevens County line at a point almost directly south of the line between Horton and Synnes Townships, was robbed on Christmas night, the loss of money and goods from the store amounting to more than $600, according to the Swift County Monitor. Sheriff S. J. Ryan of this county was notified of the robbery. The Monitor says that the robbery was discovered by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ascheman Jr., who live above the store and who set the time of the robbery as between five o'clock Christmas afternoon and 11 o'clock that night. The members of the Ascheman family were visiting relatives at that time. Albert Lenz, proprietor of the store, was in the Twin Cities at the time of the robbery.
40 Years Ago
Items taken from the Sun of December 14, 1971
Jack Getchell was re-elected chief of the Morris Fire Department for the eighth successive year at the department's annual meeting Tuesday, Dec. 7. Re-elected for the coming year also were Richard Eul, first assistant chief; Gilbert Schmidgall, second assistant chief; Don Klein, treasurer, and Bud Rentz, secretary.
Wayne Riser, president of Concrete Minnesota, Inc., Morris, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of Aggregate Ready-Mix (ARM) of the Minnesota Association, the state's professional group for concrete and aggregate producers. Riser is also co-chairman of Western ARM, one of four regional groups within the Minnesota ARM association.
Marleen Hood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Hood of Morris, recently graduated from the St. Cloud Beauty College, St. Cloud, where she has completed a course in cosmetology during the past year.
The action of Donald Munsterman, Harvey Kidman and E. Dennis Zahrbock in withdrawing their bid of $7,101.10 for the Morris district's stone school resulted in the board of education, at its meeting last Tuesday evening, accepting the bid of the Jehovah Witnesses of Morris in the amount of $6,000 for the building. The Jehovah Witnesses bid was second high among the eight bids received by the district for the building.
20 Years Ago
Items taken from the Sun of December 17, 1991
JuDee and 'Buck' Buxton are living history-he was in 'Dances with Wolves' and other movies. JuDee, an interior designer, works at Wente's Home Furnishings Gallery in Morris, and Buck is an engineer for Grant County. Buck belongs to the Living History Organization which its members put on reenactments of history. They usually do six or seven reenactments a year, but the most outstanding so far was the invitation to play the cavalry in "Dances with Wolves" with Kevin Costner. Last summer Buck, with their sons and some friends (and 700 covered wagons) worked on the movie "The Irish Story" with Tom Cruise and Ron Howard.
Jason M. Ascheman, son of Jack and Joyce Ascheman, received the Boy Scout's Eagle Award Oct. 27, at an Eagle Court of Honor sponsored by Morris Boy Scout Troop #467. A Boy Scout for approximately six years, Jason has held numerous leadership positions in the troop-quartermaster, junior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, and senior patrol leader. In addition, he has displayed exceptional scout spirit through participation in service activities to the Morris community.
Maurice and Rosalys Weiler, rural Morris, from Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) were honored as "conservation cooperators" at the convention of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) held Dec. 1-3, in Duluth. David Hest, editor of The Farmer Magazine, presented the award.