Morgan & Franklin Day, 2/21/14 27 Jan 14

 

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Festivals & Events

– Morgan’s big celebration of the year is City and Country Days. It is always held on the weekend of Father’s Day in June, and features food, dancing, sports tournaments and much more.

– Every year on September 11th the Morgan fire Department and Ambulance Association holds an Appreciation Day to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks in 2001.

– Franklin’s big summer celebration is Catfish Days, which is held the 4th weekend of July. Catfish Days features all sorts of fun, including live music, lots of food, and fishing. There is even a “Kiss The Catfish Contest.” Pucker up!

 

People

– The City of Morgan has a population of around 900 people and the Mayor is Robert Fischer, who is also the former Chief of Police for the City of Morgan.

– The City of Franklin has the population of about 500 people and the Mayor is Ronald Degner.

– The Cedar Mountain High School FFA Chapter was ranked among the top 10 chapters in the state during the State FFA Convention in April of 2012.

– Two Franklin farmers ranked highly at the national Young Farmers and Ranchers competition in Texas in January of 2013. Joe and April Sullivan of Franklin finished in the top 10 of 32 competitors in the Achievement Award area of the competition, held at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Joe Sullivan served as Renville County Farm Bureau president at the time, and started farming in 2000 as a college freshman. He and his wife April grow corn, soybeans, sweet corn and peas. They are also active in local corn and soybean growers associations, and are involved in local 4H and FFA programs.

– Catfish Derby Days took place in the City of Franklin in July of 2013, and the community crowned new royalty as part of the annual celebration. The new Miss Franklin and “Queen of Catfish Derby Days” was Andrea Ochs. Crowned Catfish Derby Days Princess was Katelyn Fjeld. Numerous events were held as part of the festival, including the annual Fishing Contest. 2013′s winner was Steve Fisher of South Haven, who caught a Catfish Derby Days record-setting catfish that weighed in at 52-pounds-5-ounces. The previous record had been a 49-pounder caught in 2006.

– KNUJ’s Hometown Hero for January of 2014 was 11-year-old Talia McCorquodale of Franklin. She was credited with saving her family when a fire broke out in their home in December 2012. The fire at the McCorquodale residence started early in the morning, and was discovered by Talia, who then saved her family by remaining calm and alerting everyone else. Everyone made it out safely, including the family pets.

– The students of Cedar Mountain High School crowned new Homecoming Royalty in September of 2013. Named Homecoming King was Riley Kerkhoff, and Alexis Schouvieller was crowned Homecoming Queen.

 

History

– The City of Morgan was founded in the year 1878 by the railroad.

– The City of Franklin was founded in the year 1869 by Ronald Degner.

– Morgan is in Redwood County on Highways 68 and 67.

– Franklin is in Renville County on Highway 19. It is located on the banks of the Minnesota River.

– The Township of Morgan was platted in 1878. It was originally called Brookville, but was later changed to Morgan. It was called Holland for a period of 5 years as well.

– The 1st Post Master of Morgan was TG Holland, a section boss for the railroad. The post office opened on October 21st, 1878, but due to lack of business it closed on January 23rd, 1880. A year later, Holland was still struggling for business until the village suddenly doubled in business population with the opening of the General Store by George Knudson, of Sleepy Eye. The post office returned on February 10th, 1881, under the name of Holland, with Knudson as Post Master. The name was changed back to Morgan on February 10th, 1886.

– In 1882 Morgan was home to a grain elevator, general store, hotel, and blacksmith.

– Morgan was incorporated on February 21st, 1889. It had a population of 230 people at the time.

– The newspaper for the Morgan and Franklin area, The Morgan Messenger, was founded in 1889.

– Morgan is the hometown of several well-known people. They include: State Senator Dennis Fredrickson; State Representative Marty Seifert; the former Head Clerk for the Minnesota House of Representatives, Albin Mathiowetz; Guy Forbrook, who runs the Outlaw Circuit; Kent Meyers, and author of many notable works; and Steven Hoffbeck, also a writer as well as a History Professor at MSU.