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Opening High School Basketball Game (scrimmage)

Morton Enterprise December 10, 1920

A large crowd of enthusiastic fans turned out to witness the basketball game between the high school students Tuesday evening. The game was well fought, clean and full of pep throughout, showing the good sportsmanship of the players. The “Lame Ducks” put up a good fight the first half, defeating the “Windless Wonders” 8 to 6. In the second half the “Windless Wonders’ got their second wind and by good team work rolled in the five baskets and held their opponents scoreless. The final score was 16 to 8 in favor of the “Windless Wonders.” Good team work was one of the leading features of the game.
The Seventh and Eighth grades furnished the audience with an interesting game between quarters. Louie Carruth and Don Castle starred on their respective teams. This game shows the wonderful material Morton has for a basketball team in the future.
The line-up was as follows:
“W. Wonders”                                    “L. Ducks”
E. Donlon                  rf.                     J. Ederer
C. Simon                   lf.                     A. Simmons
W. Ewert                    rg.                    W. Buth
E. Simon                    lg.                    L. Ederer
F. Orth                        c.                     W. Castle
Field Goals: Donlon 5, Orth 3, Simmons 2, Castle 1, Ederer 1. Referee: Haig, Time Keeper, McGowan.

Morton Town Team Wins Close Game at Fairfax Friday

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The town Basketball quint journeyed to Fairfax and played the fast team of that place defeating them 26 to 17.
Both teams showed plenty of speed but passing and shooting were far from accurate. The first half ended 4 to 1. Donlon and Fadden each scoring a field goal and Frank of Fairfax a free throw. The second half both teams displayed better work and the score increased.
Fairfax will come here in the near future with the intention of taking us to defeat. Watch for posters.
Mgr. Daun is arranging games with the neighboring towns and a number of fast games will be played here.
Line Up
Morton                                    Fairfax
Gaasch          R.F.                 Dickmeyer
Fadden          L.F.                 W. Frank
Daun              C.                    Fullerton
Donlon           L.G.                 Michelson
Patzwald        R.G.                L. Frank
Manecke        Sub.                Pullen
Baskets: Gaasch 3, Daun 4, Fadden 3, Patzwald 2, Donlon 1, W.Frank 2, L. Frank 1, Dickmeyer 1, Fullerton 3; Free throws: Frank 3. Referees: Buckely and Brown

Editor’s Note: Gaasch, Daun, Donlon and Patzwald all served in World War I and were on the 1915-1916 Morton High School Basketball team coached by Archer H. Martin that went on to be District Campions.

Morton Basket Quints Take Two Off Morgan

Published in the November 21, 1919 Morton Enterprise

Boys Win Game with Score of 41 to 13 — Girls take Game with Score of 20 to 12

The basketball season for the Morton High School opened Friday, Nov. 14, with a double game against the teams of the Morgan High School. The games were played in the hall at Morgan. The results from the point of view of the Morton school were highly gratifying–both games being won, the girls’ game with a score of 20 to 12 and the boys’ game with a score of 41 to 13.
The girls’ game was fast and well played. The Morton girls were forced to work for all the scores they obtained. The Morgan girls’ team was rather light, but was made up of fighters. The teams line up as follows:
Morton                          Morgan
L. Penhall            C       A. Dahms
B. Greenslit         R.C.  P. Bublitz
M. Beckman        F.      H. Albrecht
L. Mahowald       F.      A. Janotta
M. Kothlow         G.      B. Nelson
C.Carruth             G.      A. Scheffert
J. Ford                  Sub.  M. Caaka
H. Orth                 Sub.  B. Jones

The boys’ game was fast and rather rough. A considerable number of fouls were called on both teams. The Morgan boys were clearly outplayed from the beginning of the game. Their team work had been well planned but was not executed with sufficient speed to score very often. The Morton team played a fast game throughout, although the second half showed more accuracy in passing and basket shooting than the first. Orth, Castle and Donlon, the center forwards of the Morton team kept the ball around Morgan’s basket most of the time. The boys’ teams lined up as follows:
Morton                          Morgan
E. Donlon            F.      Bublitz
W. Castle             F.      Zakka
F. Orth                 C.      Jackson
L. Ederer              G.      Berdan
L. Greenslit                   G.      Anderson
J.Ederer               Sub.  Tyvoll
C. Simon              Sub.
E. Simon              Sub.
Price of Morgan referred the girls’ game. Morgan of Morgan and Harry Donlon of Morton refereed and umpired the boys’ game. Daun of Morton acted as scorer and timekeeper.
The Morton teams have an excellent material and a fine start for a successful season. Although handicapped for practice space it is hoped that he initial pace can be continued.

Coach Glenn Mattke

Glenn Mattke obituary from the Redwood Gazette December 19, 1996

Glenn Mattke, 67, of Marshall died Tuesday, December 17, 1996 at his home. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. from First Lutheran Church in Marshall with burial in the city cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, with a prayer service and Fellowship Gathering at 7 p.m., and will continue from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. at the Rehkamp Funeral Home in Marshall. Memories are preferred to the Glenn Mattke Scholarship Fund at SSU or Prairie Home Hospice.

Glenn Jerald Mattke was born January 20, 1929 in Morgan to William and Theolinda (Ott) Mattke.

He attending school in Morton where he excelled in basketball. Glenn served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946 until 1949. On June 9, 1951, Glenn married Darlene Hustad in Echo. He was employed as a teacher and an administrator for the Marshall Public Schools and Southwest State University. Glenn coached the Marshall High School boys’ basketball team to the 1963 State Basketball Tournament. He was the first men’s basketball coach at SSU, coaching two seasons. Glenn also coached men’s golf, baseball, and women’s softball. He served as Associate Athletic Director at SSU from 1967 to 1970 and as Athletic Director from 1970 to 1985. In 1986, Glenn was among the 19 charter members enshrined in the Northern Intercollegiate Conference’s Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife Darlene of Marshall; sons James of Stoughton, Wis., Thomas of Auburn, Ala. and Mark of Owatonna; a brother William of Circle Pines; and sisters Renetta Friberg of Montevideo, Marily Schlict of Logan, Iowa and Jacke McFarland of Chicago, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

Mattke was competitive, compassionate. Excerpted from the published article in the Redwood Gazette on Monday, December 23, 1996 by Sports Editor Wayne Cook.

Dean Tate, former coach and athletic director at Morton, has fond memories of Mattke. “He was at Gustavus (Adolphus) when I cam to Morton,” Tate said. Born in Morgon, Mattke then moved with his family to Morton in 1930. Many times he graced the pages of the Redwood Gazette sports pages, as the leading scorer in basketball. Mattke led the Morton Indians to the District 10 championship in 1945 and into Region III competition — for the first time since the 1920’s (1920, 1921 and 1924, records show). Mattke then went on to gain a starting position at guard at Gustavus — after having transferred from the University of Minnesota — where he played for the late coach, Gus Young. Tate said Mattke was an outstanding student/athlete (also excelling in baseball) and an understanding man as a coach. Tate became associated with Mattke during his playing day at Gustavus Adolphus College and his visits to his hometown. Mattke’s sister, Jacke, was one a cheerleader at Morton.

Glenn Mattke put Morton basketball on the map with his scoring. And he did likewise for Marshall High School by coaching it to the 1963 state title. It was during the heyday of the one-class tournament, and the Tigers defeated Cloquet at the finals by a score of 75-74.

Editor’s Note: I knew of Coach Mattke years before starting to work at the Renville County Historical Society as my husband, Steve Elzenga, told me stories about his during his college years at Southwest State University (1983-1987). I always think it is interesting how many ties I had to Renville County prior to my February 2015 start.

Henry Hauser’s speech given at the Fairfax-Minneapolis Club in 1929 in Minneapolis

I came to Fairfax about September 10, 1882. There was absolutely nothing there, except a crowd of men working on the R.R. track, west of town. There was no side-track, not a building, nothing but a stubble field where Mr. Welsh had raised a good crop of wheat that summer.

There was not a place where a person could get a meal or lodging except at Welch’s farm house and I was lucky enough to get on the right side of Mr. Welsh and he took me in and treated me like one of the family. I had a good time as there were four of the Welsh girls at home at that time.

There was nothing to do but wait until the side tracks were laid which took about 3 weeks. Then lumber and building material was shipped in and building operations started in for good. There were quite a number of people waiting for building material, and a half a dozen buildings were started at once. Really, the lumber for the first building was hauled from Hector before we had gotten our first shipment.

Luke Grady put up the first shack in Fairfax. This was built in the middle of the street which was afterwards called Main Street. It took one day to put up this building and that same day Luke Grady got in a load of merchandise. So there was the first store in Fairfax ready for business. His main line was tobacco and whiskey, and believe me, he did some business that night – but lo and behold – when Mr. Grady came down to his store the next morning he found the door open and most of the merchandise gone. And I tell you there was some mourning around the camp. But Grady took in enough cash the night before to pay for a new stock so business went right on.

The first real building that was erected in Fairfax was my lumber office and about the same time Smith and Brernesholtz put up a lumber office across the street. This was on 2nd Street south of the R.R. tracks. Then the Bosen and Anderson store building was started, also on 2nd Street, now the Sell corner. About the same time two hardware stores were erected, one was John Buehler’s and 2nd Street, and the other on Main Street was put up by Oscar Peterson of Hector and the store was run by a Mr. Dahl. After 6 months they sold out to John Buehler, who was doing a good business. The reason why John Buehler was doing all the business was on account of a young clerk who got all the business for him. This young clerk, by his convincing arguments, could see a customer an article that he did not want or had any use for. And I am glad to say that that young clerk is with us tonight, though 47 years older than he was at that time, my great and good friend, A.V. Rieke.

The next building that was put up was Dodge Bros. Saloon on Main Street and by that time Luke Grady had made a small fortune and erected a store building on Main Street, now the Gumpolen corner. The reason by Luke Grady’s prosperity can easily be accounted for as he had a clerk that had the faculty to make a customer believe that black is white. And I am happy to say that he is with us tonight, my good old friend, Con Callahan.

There were quite a few more buildings put up that fall. Lawrence Christman Building on Main Street, the Turner Livery Barn on the hill in back of Dodge’s Saloon and a man by the name of Ihle built a Blacksmith Shop. Also a Hotel Building was erected by Thomas Welsh and his sister Ellen O’Neil, who worked for him. One other building was put up on 2nd Street by Dan Cott and Chas. Fry which was the second saloon in town.

The last building that was started that fall was Phillip Kipp’s Wagon Shop but a big snow storm came along and stopped all building operations. Of course, most of the buildings were finished except plastering. There was not one building in town that was plastered that first winter.

By that time the Welsh and O’Neil Hotel was opened and all left the farm house and moved into the hotel to our delight the Welsh girls moved down to the hotel also and as there was very little business that winter we had nothing to do except to have a glorious time around the hotel.

Fairfax was a pretty tough place that first winter. I saw more fights and shooting that winter than I have ever seen before or since. The Irish had possession of that country and also the girls and if any of us town boys were caught talking to a girl we were in for a scrap and usually we got licked as there were some real prize fighters in the country like Jim and Jack Foley, Mart Devane, Jim Iago, The Dodge Boys, the Smith Boys and others. It was nothing new to see a fight, in fact, we got used to it. We rather enjoyed a fight and especially did we enjoy seeing one Irishman licking 3 or 4 Germans, Norwegians or Swedes. Even the businessmen occasionally had fights among themselves. I remember Luke Grady and Chas. Bird had a fight in the middle of the street and if the town people had not parted them they would still be fighting. After that fight was over the depot agent put up a sign where they fought with these words on it: “Here is the spot where the great battle was fought between Captain Bird and L.T. Grady.”

Fairfax was a pretty lively place. I lived there 10 years and 4 months and I can say I enjoyed myself immensely. I believe I got more kick out of life those ten years than all the rest of the time of my life. I was 23 years old when I came to Fairfax, stayed 10 years and now it is 37 years since I left, that would make me 60 years old. Well, the whole thing seems like a dream.

There were about 32 people living in Fairfax that first winter and I can name most of them: Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Brennesholtz, Mr. and Mrs. Bosen and daughter, Mr. Anderson, Thomas Welsh, Mrs. O’Neil and 3 children, John Buhler, Luke Grady, Con Callahan, Bill and Dan Dodge, A.V. Rieke, Turner the depot agent, Two grain buyers, Mr. Griffin and Mr. Nelson, Dan Cott, Chas. Fry, Laurence Christman, his wife and 3 boys, Mr. and Mrs. Ihle and myself.

Not of the 32 people, 7 of them were children. That leave 25 grown people and all were young folks. Only 4 of them are living today as follows: Con Callahan, A.V. Rieke, L.T. Grady and myself (Henry Hauser.)

Editor’s Note: I transcribed the speech word for word from the Fairfax Centennial 1882-1982 book. The speech was given to the Fairfax Public Library by the late Mrs. A.T. (Bea) Rieke Johnson. For more history on Henry Hauser visit the Hantge-McBride-Hughes Funeral Chapels & Crematory website.