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A ril 21, 2016 Compiled by the Kimball Area Historical Society ~i~i~i~i~ii~~iiiii~~--~ :i~iii~`~i~i~i~i~``~``~ii~iiii~i~i~``~`~````~i~`.~~~i~i~i~ii~i~i~i~i~i~i~iiii~;~i~:: Day committee is seeking appli- Early history of Kimball cants for the 2016-2017 Fairhaven Royal Ambassadors Candidate Reprinted from March 25, 2010, the lumber yard. Prior to this the Tri-CountyNews. Pattens had run what was called a Reprinted from the Tri-County stopping place. Messenger datedThursday, E. Mayhew opened the first October 1, 1936. V.H. Mason, blacksmith shop along the side- Editor track on what is now A.B. Spray's Part I garden, later this was moved to The arrival of surveyors locat- what is now the catholic church ing the right-of-way for the Sod property. Line railroad in the early sum- Murray brothers built the sec- merof1886, was the cause ofgreat ond store on the corner where excitement for the settlers. The the French and Hinz garage now entire grade of the railroad from stands, but in 1888, sold their stock Minneapolis to Glenwood was to Mielke Brothers who moved it built that year. The building of the into a building built by Ferdinand grade was let out to contractors Mielke, Sr., on the corner where in short stretches of about a mile. Engel's store now stands. Three contractors were employed A.B. Hicks opened the sec- in the immediate vicinity. Grinois ond blacksmith shop on the prop- was camped near the JohnAdolph erty where Bender's service sta- place; Perkins at the village, and tion now stands, having moved Coleman near the Wm. Donahue from his former location at Maine place, east of town. Some of the Prairie. men who still reside locally, who Realizing the advantage of a worked on the construction of the railroad, among others moving grade are: Homer Boggs, Henry from Maine Prairie to Kimballwas Luedtke, Theodore Mielke, Robert Dr. A. Mumford, who had located Mackereth, and D.M. Brown. In an at Maine Prairie Corners in 1882; effort to procure the date of the moved to Kimball in 1887, and arrival of the first train, we have practiced here continuously until been only partially successful, late in 1900 when he contracted some saying August 1886, others pneumonia and died. believing that it was not until later Although the post office at in the fall. It is possible that the Marysville and Maine Prairie first train arrived from the west Corners served the first settlers because of trouble in complet- around Kimball, M.L. Patten was ing the trestle over the Clearwater appointed postmaster of Kimball River, east of town. Mack J. Prairie, and established the office Kennedy was instrumental in in his home, the house now owned 'securing a station at the location by Ed Adkins, on June 4, 1867, of the present village, and as men- but the office was discontinued tioned earlier, associated himself April29, 1870. with Washburn and Patten to plat The first postmaster of Kimball the townsite, was Eliel Peck, who was appointed Eliel Peck, who was in the gen- Jan. 25, 1887, and served until eral merchandise business at Aug. 26, 1893, when H.L. Tompers Kingston, sold his store the sum- was appointed. mer of 1886 and came to Kimball A grain elevator was built by and built the first store, which still Cofield Brothers in 1887, and oper- stands, being occupied now by the ated by J.F. Lytle. P.H. Weber Company. The first section foreman on Ferdinand Mielke, Sr., built the the Sod Line was James Robinson, first hotel on the corner north of who lived and worked from the David Stang, FICF (320) 469-4735 dsta ng@catholicunited.org www.catholicu nited.org/rep-david-stang Catholic Llnited Ftnanctal section house located east of the Clearwater River bridge, near the gravel pit. The first agent assigned to Kimball was Mr. Burzee who lived in the depot. Later, Joe Donohue, who had worked under Robinson, was appointed foreman and section headquarters were moved into town. The Methodist Church was the first church in Kimball. It was organized in 1888, and the church was built the same year. F. Driver, M.J. Kennedy and A. Apaulding werethe first trustees. The first ministers were J. Kindred and W. Wilson. G.W. Beckman opened the first drug store in 1888 or 1889. -To Be Continued- Coming soon: Our next Historical Society program will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at the Kimball City Hall. Our speaker will be author Rhonda Fochs who will share sto- ries of "Minnesota's Lost Towns." Everyone is welcome, so join us for a great evening. With spring cleaning time here, remember that history can be found in many forms. If you have old pictures, obituary cards, memorial folders or prayer cards from a funeral home, please don't throw them away. Consider donat- ing them to the Kimball Area Historical Society PO Box 55, Kimball MN 55353, or call us at (320) 398-5743. j./ Candidates wanted for Fairhaven RoyalAmbassadors ByJodyMarkgraf Applications are available in the The Fairhaven Old Settlershigh school offices of both Kimball and Annandale high schools or at www.fairhavenambassadors. com. Contact Jody Markgraf at Programs. Students interested jodymarkgraf@Gmail.com, or at must be 16 years old by July 1, 2016. (320) 237-0418 for information. Campaign signs in Kimball A reminder from the city of For 2016, this period begins June Kimball about campaign signs 23, and ends Nov. 18. In a state general elec- We ask that you follow tion year(even years), munici- Minnesota Statutes 211B.045 and pal ordinances are overruled by refrain from erecting any cam- Minnesota Statutes 211B.045 from paign signs prior to June 23, 2016. 46 clays before the primary elec- Thank you for your cooperation tion until 10 days after the gen- in this matter. eral election; campaign signs may Nicole Pilarski, MCMC be posted in any size and number. City Clerk/Treasurer gmall in gize, Bi9 in gpirit ..... Now accepting Enrollment. Our PreK-6th graders thrive on small classes, iPads and Smartboards, fresh homemade meals and strong Christian 510e'gl : :i i~!~i~i~i~i~i~iiii! i~i~iii~i~i,~;!~!ii~i ............... 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