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Page 4 i ty Thursday, March 26, 2009 Tri-Countv News Kimball, MN ACROSS 7 ~ 7 1 Mischief- maker 12 c,os~o,, ~ ,~~~ -- ---- Compiled by the Kimball Area Historical Society . 4 7 12 13 14 15 16 18 19 20 22 23 27 29 31 34 35 37 38 39 41 45 47 48 52 53 Bird that lays ~ ~---- green eggs Rhino's 1T --- cousin Atl. state 2o PC-sharing setup Unaccom- 31 32 33 panied Greek vowel 35 Tour de France 38 activity Hindu title Apportion 48 49 50 Bustle "A mouseV 53 Rams fans? s-6- --- Frenzied Cassandra Peterson's stage name Bellybutton Arls supporter Slow passage Announcer Pardo Poet Pound Air-pressure meas. DOWN Hearty drink Hot spot at a spa Chromosome compor ent Eco-friendly activity Hill dweller Old market 24 25 26 42 43 44 47 52 55 58 place enchilada 33 Kin of: nit sp. 54 Afternoon 9 Luau bowlful 36 Milky social 10 B&B gemstone 55 Ball-bearing 11 -- U.S. Pat. 37 Main meal item Off. 40 Hotel accom 56 "The Planets" 17 Oxen's modation composer burden 42 Ire 57 Blunder 21 The end 43 Central 58 Storefront23 Cowgirl Dale 44 Microsoft sign abbr.24 Minn. founder neighbor 45 "BegoneF 25 Before 46 Culture 1 2 Paris subway 3 Tartan 28 Will Smith pattern biopic 4 Exile isle 30 Author 5 Sent via the Buscaglia USPS 31 Dundee 6 Quitter's cry denial 7 Diplomacy 32 Wood- 8 The whole shaping tool That is (Lat.) 26 Frivolous medium one, in song 48 "HurrayV 49 Id counterpart 50 Army rank (Abbr.) 51 Decade parts (Abbr.) 2009 King Features Synd.. Inc. STADIUM SEATING On-line ticketing available at QuarryCinema. com! Daily Matinees Movie Hot Line (320) 685-7111 -- King Crossword - Last week's answers Solution time: 21 mins. I B D E M H U R R A Y THEIN WELL CO. Wells Pumps Water Conditioning DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Echoes down a half century Part 5 - That's Entertainment Duane Stanley @2009 My Kimball year in 1958-59 was a lot of fun. Much was brand new to my experience, and I needed to try it all. I don't recall school activi- ties for elementary students: no T-ban, soccer, flag-football, or any of those things that fill the time of youth today. While I had been in Cub Scouts in South Africa, locale of Lord Baden Powell's own per- sonal, military scouting. I don't recall scouting in Kimball. Of course, just because I don't recall those things, doesn't me'an they didn't exist. Most of my activities were church-related. Dad's work in South Africa was in a highly segregated society. As a family, we would visit the Afri- can churches on Sundays, but we didn't have a church of our own with youth activities with friends from school and community. This was new, and wonderful. I loved Sundays, except for that one unfor- gettable embarrassment when I called Ardis Eckman, my Sun- day School teacher, "Grandma" by accident. Also much-enjoyed were Vacation Bible School, youth camp up by Park Rapids, and picnics on School Section Lake on the Eck- man farm. The only radio-listening I remember was in Grandpa Lafe's barn where the dust and straw- covered radio broadcast Amos and Andy in ultra low "fidelity" dur- ing the milking routine. But tele- vision was brand new entertain- mont. We kid had our own favor- ites, but when Dad was not on the road reporting to churches about the missions work, he ruled the knob on the TV. No remotes then. His absolute favorite: Perry Mason. Perry's courtroom prowess came to us on Thursday evenings, and became the only time our family didn't eat supper together at the kitchen table. Mom often made a picnic meal of hot dogs, baked beans and cottage cheese, cucum- ber salad and potato chips, to share with Perry, Della, and Paul Drake. Dad also enjoyed the vari- ety shows of Tennessee Ernie Ford (where patriotic songs welcomed our fiftieth state) and Pat Boone (who introduced the Chipmunks to the Christmas scene 0f 58.3 After school there were cartoons and serials: Woody Woodpecker, Huckleberry Hound, and the furry duo, Yogi and Boo Boo. Of course, these were no match for Annette on the Mickey Mouse Club. And remember the ads: noddy Kilo- watt reminded us that "Electric- ity is penny cheap with NSP. West- erns fed my "cowboy" fantasies. Maverick, the Lone Ranger, Rifle- man (Michael's favorite), and the more contemporary Sky King, kept us enthralled. I do recall a run-in with Grandma Eaton when, ready to head for Sunday School, I turned on Roy Rogers as I waited for others to finish dressing. She couldn't imagine anyone prepar- ing for worship by watching such violence. (One can only wonder how she would react to the blood and guts of TV shows today.) On the other hand, Grandma didn't seem to mind that this 10-year-old watched the real vio- lence of boxing with Uncle Mor- ton each evening. The sum- mer's nightly ritual involved settling in by 10 o'clock with a bowl of ice-cream from the numerous options in the "deep-freeze" in the basement. Box- ing followed the news, and then it was time to take a few milk cans of water over to the sheep pen across from the Pope farm. "Cowboys" is uniquely American, and captured the imagination of all lit- tle boys. He-Man, Power Rangers, and such were still many years away. We saved our Cheerios box tops and sent away for rub- ber band shooting pistols. I recall getting the "ammo" in bulk orders. No corpora- tion today would dare offer "premiums" that might shoot some- one's eye out, but we all survived - sight intact. We even sur- vived my fancy new Daisy air rifle, and Grandpa's purchase of two Shet- land ponies. "Pride" was broke to the saddle, but hardly "user- friendly." His little partner had no idea what being a pony for a 10-year-old entailed; an exact match for the lack of knowledge of the potential rider. With the saddle on, and me in the addle, Pride simply refused to leave his side-kick at the pen. Just one ride stands out in my mind, and it ran counter to Grandpa's instruction. Holding the reins, I walked Pride across the forty to the road. Then, facing him away from the barn, I mounted before he realized what his options included. Suddenly, we were off, racing back to the farm. Grandpa's advice never to let a horse run toward the barn went un-headed, as I held on for dear life. Finally, Pride and I had been out riding together. Cowboy fantasies brought many enjoyments, but also intro- duced me to the perennial issue of peer pressure. One evening in town I saw kids playing Cowboys and Indians, racing in and out between homes. Suddenly, a cow- boy-hatted kid was right in front of me. It was a friend from fifth grade. He looked a bit embarrassed, and then announced, "I don't care if you tell others that I play cow- boys. I like it." Of course, he did care. And while I didn't under- stand it then, I was facing the fact that our likes and dislikes are not just a matter of individual enjoy- ment; rather, we learn to mold our behaviors to the expectations of others around us. Thus, we leave some real enjoyments behind sim- ply because they just don't match up to what others expect. It's a hard lesson to unlearn, even after a half-century. Illustrations: Ads from the Tri- County News, ~957., . . . As we keep collecting warm memories, we believe that the story we tell at the Kimball Area Historical Society has special rel- evance. It is our deeply-held belief that informed and educated citi- zens provide the best protection of our heritage. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2g, at Kim- ball Area High School, visit our booth during the Sixth Annual Kimball Community and Business EXPO. Get a taste of bygone days as our historians share yet another 1iC6 of amazin hi tory with you. There's no admission charge to attend. There will be entertain- ment, samples, drawings, prizes and information in abundance. Come as you are. It's informal, and bring family and friends. We want you to know how priv- iledged Kimball's Historical Soci- ety feels to come into your lives twice monthly through these His- tory Matters columns. Plus, the above-mentioned special event: The Kimball Community and Business EXPO. We so appreci- ate your continued memberships, and donations of any kind includ- ing the Kimball Historic City Hall restoration project through our society. Help restore and preserve Kimbalrs National Historic Land- mark. To become a member, find your history, submit an item for this col- umn or information, we invite you to contact the Kimball Area Histor- ical Society, Box 100, Kimball MN 55353; (320) 398-5250. And watch this column for April events. "Putting Kimball on the map"