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www.dingmannfuneral.com 6 ir00l.0000t Thursday. July 2.2009 b-, .,a.i8,a,I  v6 I,e Tri-County News Kimball, MN  @  Luella Dammann, 99 Luella Dammann of Annan- dale died Saturday, June 27, 2009, at the Annandale Care Center. She was 99. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Fairhaven, with Rev. Dave Milz officiating. Friends called from 5- 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annan- dale, and one hour prior to the ser- vice at the church. There was a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Tues- day. Burial followed the funeral service at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery. Luella Marie Dammann was born Jan. 25, 1910, in South Haven Township to Christian and Augusta C. (Schmidt) Strecker. She was baptized March 6, 1910, and confirmed in her faith June 21, 1924, both at Concordia Lutheran Church. Luella attended South Haven High School. She was united in marriage to Otto Dammann Dec. 16, 1934, at Concordia Lutheran Church. They celebrated 42 years of marriage together while farming and rais- ing a family in Fairhaven Town- ship, Stearns "County. Otto died Aug. 15, 1976, and Luella remained on the farm until she was 90, when she moved to Annandale where she enjoyed her last years. Luella was a lifetime member of Concordia Lutheran Church, LWML, Ladies Aid Society, Senior Citizens Group, Craft Group, and Bible class member. She also taught Sunday School and sum- mer school. Luella was a past member of Stearns County Home- makers and she volunteered many hours at Pioneer Park as a guide. She enjoyed gardening, baking, sewing, crocheting and quilting. Luella treasured her family and home and will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband Otto, son Kenneth, brothers Emil, William, Louis, Theodore, and Lester Strecker, and sisters Anna Markwardt, Laura Rozenberg, and Emma Strecker. She is survived by her children Delmer (and Carol) of Litchfield, Darlene (and Donald) Oberg of Elk River, daughter-in-law Doreen Dammann of Annandale; five grandchildren Doug (and Carol) Oberg, Diane (and Duane) Fen- ske, Lori (and Jeff) Chmiel, Tom and Jim Dammann; seven great- grandchildren Steve (and Mary) and Kathy Fenske, Jenny (and Paul) St. Martin, Josh and ]eremy Oberg, ]essica and Katey Chmiel, and many nieces, nephews and friends. The pallbearers were her great- grandchildren. A special prayer was offered by Darrell Strecker and soloist was Sandra Strecker. Memorials are preferred to Con- cordia Lutheran Church. 19ingma.nl unerol Care i Barl=t and Cremation Services View obituaries, guestbooks and videos on-line Kimball (320) 398-5055 Kimball Area . Emergency " Food ShelfF-l ' Inc. St. Anne's Church in Kimball l ...... i6-:.i i ... Also open 2nd Monday of the month: 5:30-6:30 p.m. tel. (320) 398-2211 For after-hours emergencies call one of the area churches, Compiled by the Kimball Area Historical Society Knee-high by the Fourth of July By Duane D. Stanley 2009 You can take the boy from the farm, but you can't take the farm from the boy was true of my dad, Lynn, born in 1918 in the Kimball area. Lafe and Pearl Stanley's farm, where Lynn and brother Dean grew up, was across from where the Kuseske's farm is today. As was the case in all farm families in a day of largely pre-mechanized farm- ing, the boys learned responsibilities early, but more so because of Pearl's deteriorating health. Lynn took most of a year off to help on the farm, and Pearl died before his fifteenth birthday. At age 16, he graduated from high school and a year later he and Clayton Linn completed their teach- ing certificate training through courses offered by St. Cloud Normal School at Annandale. Lynn's love for farming, gained from his farm- ing father, was matched with the love for teach- ing, imparted from his teacher mother. Those loves would soon compete with a third: Christian ministry. After four years of teaching in one-room schools around Kimball and Fair Haven, Lynn entered Bible College in the fall of 1940. Soon he made a commitment that would set the path for a long life of missionary service in South Africa. Although that commitment was made before he graduated, it would be another decade of school- ing and ministry before he arrived on the "dark continent," beginning thirty-five years of service during which he meshed his faith commitment with his love of teaching, by equipping Africans for church leadership. But what about that other love from his roots in Kimball, the love of farming.2 We had hardly started to adjust to South African life (when I was seven) before Dad sold the bungalow in the city and we were living "on the farm." Okay, the farm, "Three Oaks," consisted of a three-acres island of green on the arid African veld, thanks to pumps and windmills that reached deep to feed two res- ervoirs from which we watered strawberries, pota- toes, quince, figs, oranges, and even a pomegran- ate hedge. And of course, some alfalfa for cows and space for a hundred chickens. For the next three decades, no matter where we lived, there too, would be a cow, or two, and chickens. Always unenthusiastic about getting up early in the morning, I was happy for my brother Michael to head out at sunrise to do the milking. (I did envy the forearms of steel he developed by milking by hand, but even that was not enough to get me out of bed early.) My'own farming ventures began with the chickens. On my way to earning enough to purchase my first motorcycle, I recall having to rescue a hundred three-week-old chicks from a sudden downpour while my non-support- ive siblings watched from the porch. Dad's love for farming gave us a sense of being a farm family, if only by proxy. He was happy to tell stories of life on the farm back home in Min- nesota, even as his hobby-farming leaned to a crop little seen on Maine Prairie for 100 years - sugar cane - and a crop never seen on the prai- rie: pineapples. But Dad yearned to farm corn. In a couri- try where fresh corn on the table meant "green mielies" (immature field corn), Dad dreamed of large fields of sweet corn. He even pondered an entrepreneurial project of growing popcorn. And whether spurred by the calendar or by rows of corn along the roadway, Fourth (to page 7) in, have ...... visit with Nathan Stanley, standing on his hands, gives proof that the corn is on track: Knee-high by the 4th of July. Sub- miffed photos. Lafe and Pearl Stanley with sons, Lynn and Dean, about 1921. 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