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m[n iBjJRBIilll)HillN|ili liliillii 00hurs.a00, 00009 Community Page 7 Tri-County News • Kimball, MN 00gi00t0re 91atter00 Compiled by the Kimball Area Historical Society ˘ .:; Echoes down a half-century, Part 2: 'Cupid and His Arrows' By Duane D. Stanley Happy Valentine's Day. I'm reminded that my introduction to Cupid and his arrows was dur- ing my tenth year, at school in Kimball. Whether South Africa didn't celebrate Valentine's Day, or whether I simply had no exposure to it - particularly in my all-boys school- 1959 was the year a whole new stairway opened. The rule at school was that if you were bringing valentine cards and candy to school - and every- one did - you had to bring equally for all classmates. Equal distribu- tion didn't mean equal feelings for each name I Carefully scribed on my collection of cards. And it didn't keep me from carefully pondering the wording on that card from the doctor's daughter, on whom I had a crush, to see if there was any indi- cation of a special sentiment. The twenty-first century is a totally different world of amore, but by and large in 1959, attrac- tion between the sexes at age 10 was not defined so much by a rela- tionship between a boy and a girl, but between a boy and his male friends. That is to say, it was pri- marily an opportunity for other guys to tease and embarrass a star- struck young Romeo in every pos- sible way: Tulips in the garden; Tulips in the park; But the tulips that Duane likes, Are two lips in the dark. It was also the opportunity for the less sophisticated to absorb from more enlightened comrades a whole new vocabulary, not to mention bewildering concepts. Such was the spring and summer of'59 for me. I learned the "birds and the bees" details that year, out behind the barn. Welq, O.K., it really was behind the garage in the lit- tle woods not far from the barn. I wasn't sure if my more worldly- wise friend was feeding me a line or whether to believe him. After all, two older brothers hadn't shared this startling information. And of course, television never gave a hint, always presenting a couple's bedroom with twin beds. Through the years, I think I kinda treasured the fact that my enlightenment came in that old-fashioned way: out behind the barn. A farming community has a much more natural curriculum on such things than a mission- ary home environment, where not even subtle double entendres would have been heard. I was a little uncomfortable just hear- ing Grandpa Lafe refer to "strip- ping the teet" as he prepared for milking, or seeing the hired man at Morton's farm demonstrate his skill of squeezing a sharp squirt of milk right between a cow's legs and into the barn-cat's face, ten feet away. Speaking of that hired man (I had better not name names here), he taught me a little poem that might very well have been enough to lose him his job if his straight- laced employer had any idea what had been passed on to his innocent nephew. While my ears burned at the recitation of this literary mas- terpiece, I admit I have not forgot- ten a syllable in 50 years. Young Romeos are no match for their namesake. I do confess my fickleness. A second infatuation bowled me over by the time sum- mer was under way - a true and pure romance. I think that really means that not only did I have a crush on her, but she knew it, and we spent a fair amount of time enjoying activities together. But the course of true love never did run smooth - and such was my plight during the weeks of a summer tri- angle. My best buddy, Colin Robinson, also set his cap for the preach- er's niece, who never chose between the com- petitors, rather suggest- ing she enjoyed both equally. Bonnie came to Kim- ball that summer as a guest of her uncle and aunt, Ken and Shirley Broad, who lived in the parsonage and ministered -to the Church of Christ where we were active. Sunday school class introduced the two suit- ors to the young beauty with her vibrant French Louisiana person- ality. I remember her last name; I just never learned to spell it. It all seemed quite spiritual and enticing as she provided a mem- ory cue. It was a Biblical invitation: "Duhon to others as you would have them Duhon to you." Church doors were never locked in 1959. The ping-pong table in the church basement was always ready for use, though one was wise enough to bring a ball. The dis- tance from the little grey house to the church seemed shorter during those fleeting warm months. Of course, it was more complicated if brother Michael didn't want to go play ping-pong and I had to invite my competition to meet me at the church. Drop-in guests were always welcome at the parsonage, and we were happy to take advan- tage. Perhaps Shirley had to bake considerably more cookies and buy double the milk supply for a couple of months as she provided nourishment for her niece's pre- teen admirers. I was never more eager for Vaca- tion Bible School and all things church than in the summer of '59. But too soon the summer wound to an end and Bonnie vanished from Kimball to that enchanted land where such princesses can live eternally, never changing, never aging. Not so with mere maturing mortals. Historic Forts will be the sub- ject of Kimball Area Historical Society meeting and program at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, Feb. 24, in Kimball's historic city hall. Speaker and Forest City Stockade representative Bob Hermann will tell the stories of the historic For- est City Stockade and its recon- struction. We'll learn about 40 such fortifications built by Min- nesota settlers during the Dakota War, including Maine Prairie's just before that community moved to Kimball. Come celebrate history together for this outstanding free, open-to-the-public evening, fol- lowed by special refreshments and memories. You can help save Kimball;s heritage. Become a member of the Kimball Area Historical Soci- ety during the 2009 Menbership Drive. This is another friendly. reminder that 2009 membership renewals are also needed. Con- sider buying a friend or relative a gift membership. Thank you for your support! Very soon Phase Three of Kim- bali's showcase City Hall restora- tion begins, completing the first step of moving indoors. The clas- sic on Main Street is known for being the only active city hall in Stearns County on the National Register of Historic Places. It's no wonder, as the Preservation con- tinues, that residents and visitors alike are proud and committed to the finish. Thank you for inspir- ing everyone with your ongoing commitments and tax-deductible donations. To find out how you can be involved in the Kimball Area His- torical Society, secure keepsake souvenirs and cookbooks, con- tribute a story for this column and/or the permanent society collection, city hall donations or become members, please contact us at Box 100, Kimball MN 55353 or call (320) 398-5743 or 398-5250 anytime. Stroke and blood vessel screenings St. Cloud Hospital offers three simple 15-minute screenings to determine risk for stroke, periph- eral vascular disease, and abdom- inal aortic aneurysm. Cost is $35 for each screening: You do not need a doctor's referral for these screenings. 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