60 Years Ago
Items taken from the Sun of September 2, 1952
Last Wednesday afternoon a small, freakish twister danced across the city of Morris from west to east, dipping earthward every few hundred feet and leaving a rubble of destruction in its wake. It skipped across the city in a matter of seconds. So brief and narrow its path that people no more than a block or two distant scarcely realized anything unusual was happening. The first place the twister hit was the Z.S. Brouillet farm a mile west of Morris. The barn was wrecked but no livestock were killed. A hog house was also quite severely damaged. This farm had the major individual loss resulting from the storm.
Morris' newest business enterprise, "Palmer's Clothing," opens this week in the newly-remodeled building formerly occupied by the Dolva Allied Food Market. The new men's store is owned by John A. Palmer, who comes to Morris from Granite Falls where he conducted a similar store for 16 years.
Opening of the Appleton public schools, originally set for Tuesday, has been postponed until Sept. 8 because of an outbreak of polio in that community. Eight new cases of polio developed in the Appleton area last week, boosting the total of such cases in that community to 12.
Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Watson and three daughters arrived Friday night from Camp Rucker, Ala. to take up their residence in Morris. Dr. Watson will become associated with his father-in-law, Dr. A.I. Arneson, in medical practice here. Mrs. Watson is the former Ruth Arneson. Dr. Watson will become actively associated with Dr. Arneson in the very near future, and plans to make obstetrics and pediatrics his major interests here. The new professional firm will begin its association in the fine new clinic building erected by Dr. Arneson adjoining his office building on East 6th street.
Cornerstone of the remodeled Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairfield Township was laid Sunday, Aug. 24 in a special ceremony conducted by Rev. E.T. Meischner. The old cornerstone was removed some time ago when excavation for the new basement was started. The original stone had been a part of the structure for 55 years. Members of the building committee are Alfred Rohloff, Walter Thielke and August Carstens Jr.
40 Years Ago
Items taken from the Sun of August 22, 1972
A group of educators from Morris, Chokio and Alberta recently completed a three-week National Science Foundation Institute on social studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris Campus. The institute was designed to create teams of social science innovators who can implement and disseminate content and teaching strategies from the Anthropology Curriculum Study Project, the High School Geography Project Sociological Resources for Social Studies Project. In addition to implementing these materials in area classrooms, each team has developed plans for training additional educators within the district as well as conducting sessions for parents and other interested citizens. Classroom teachers on the team were: Wayne Haugen, Morris JHS; Walter Determan and Roger Kragerud, Chokio-Alberta. Robert Gloomstad, a Chokio-Alberta School administrator, also participated; while Bruce Nord, UMM faculty member, represented college educators.
The Maurice Weiler family is the 1972 Farm Family of the Year in Stevens County in a continuation of the project sponsored by the Morris Chamber of Commerce to annually honor an outstanding farm family in the county. Announcement of the selection of the "Farm Family" was made Saturday evening before the grandstand at the Stevens County Fair by Merle Felstul for the Chamber of Commerce.
Concrete Minnesota Inc., of Morris will exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 25 through Sept. 4, as a member of the Aggregate Ready-Mix (ARM) of Minnesota Association, the professional organization for concrete producers and component materials. The ARM exhibit will be in the Industrial Building near Machinery Hill and will have a theme, "Concrete Builds Everything."
A 16 member advisory council was appointed by the board of directors of West Central Minnesota Community Development Corporation (CDC) at its second annual meeting Friday noon at Sunwood Inn. Members of the new advisory council will serve one to three-year terms and will act in an advisory capacity and as a working organization for the agency. Appointed were: Education committee-Dean Bopp and Fred Switzer; Health and Medical Care-Mrs. Pattie McCullum, Mrs. Andrea Carruthers and Dr. R.A. Rossberg; Commerce and Industry-Victor Zeiher and Dick Bluth; Agriculture-Clarence Ettesvold and Dean Paulson; Cultural Activities-Mrs. Patty LaFave, Mrs. Bonnie Stahler, Mrs. Helen Morrison, Mrs. Lucy Imholte and Mrs. Wilma Kroening; Human Welfare- Rev. Roy C. Nilsen; Recreation-chairman of Stevens County Park Board, who will be appointed in the near future by the Stevens County Board of Commissioners.
20 Years Ago
Items taken from the Sun of August 25, 1992
Two captains, so far, are known in the Morris Area High football world. Yes, the time has arrived to begin thinking prep football for '92. Practices opened last week. Two captains were chosen at the end of last season. A third will be announced the day before the team's pre-season scrimmage. Expect the announcement on Aug. 28, according to head coach Jerry Witt. Co-captains are Nick Wolff and Isaac Kieffer. Assistant coach is Lyle Rambow.
Angella Metz, daughter of Don and Mary Metz of Donnelly, is one of 50 members of the Little Crow Water Ski Team. Angella will be a freshman at MAHS this fall. This is Angella's first year on the ski team. She has participated in building pyramids, rope doubles and dance lines. Angella's younger brother Dustin plans to join the team next year.
Northern Crop Insurance, Inc. announces that Neal Hofland (Chokio State Agency), Karen Stroman (Farmers and Merchants Agency), and Lonnie Anderson (Morris State Agency) have passed the required test and are now fully certified to sell crop insurance on Federal Paper. This also includes Multi-Peril Paper, as well as hail insurance and all lines of other insurance.
From time to time, Lynn will add special interest items to the column that are of special interest to local community members that was published previously in the newspaper, whether it be a picture or a story. Contact information will be mentioned next week.