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On-line ticketing/ Birthday parties Quarry Cinema has ALL-DIGITAL picture Daily Matinees Movie Hot Line 685-7111 can now 0rder rubber stamps, seals and signs. Quick service, low prices and high quality. Stop by and take a look! 70 Main Street South Kimball (320) 398-5000 su!tu :auJp, uoBnlos JaMsuv pzo,v, sso.r3 B.u -- Compiled by the Kimball Area Historical Society Forest City Stockade: (Part 5) More recottections of the descendants of early settlers Text from The Meeker REA Pio- neer, October 1975, and reprinted in the Tri-County News Nov. 13, 2003. Laura Sundahl Croshy of Litch- field has vivid recollections of her grandmother, Laurina Olson, tell- ing her stories about the Indians when she was a child. Laurina and Anders Olson (Mrs. Crosby's grandparents) left Norway in 1846. After 16 weeks on the Atlantic, they arrived in Amer- ica. They lived for some time in Wisconsin. In 1858 they decided to venture into Minnesota and arrived and settled in Meeker County, and what is now known as Acton town- ship. They lived on the farm now owned [in 1975] byArthur Olson. The Anders Olsons learned of the massacre at Acton from Mrs. Jones, one of the survi- vors and wife of one of the five white people killed by the Indians. Mrs. Jones had walked over six miles to the Olsons (who had a blacksmith shop) to spread the news of the killings and to warn the other early settlers about the Indi- ans. Anders Olson, together with his wife and three small children, who married Grinder Sundahl. The Olsons remained in For- est City until they were informed that the soldiers from Fort Snelling had subdued the Indians. Some of the men then decided to go back to their homes and see what was left of their property and to gather their cattle and (cradle) harvest their wheat. Anders Olson, Nels Danielson, Berger Anderson and Ole'Amund- son set out on foot to retum to their homes. As they neared the Olson farm in Acton township, Olson parted from the group to go to his own home. The others hadn't gone far when they heard a shot. Anders Olson had been killed by an Indian's bullet. His body was buried on the farm, but later [was] transferred to the Ness Lutheran Cemetery where the other white people who had been massacred were buried. The Indians had visited the Olson farm on several occasions asking for food. The Olsons had always shared their meager food supply with the Indians upon such a request. Laura remembers her grand- mother telling that one day she left the children at home and walked to Forest City where they walked to Forest City carrying eggs remained for some time. Olson to exchange for flour. When she helped with the construction of the had gone, the children saw some the beds. The Indians came into the house and helped themselves to the food that was there, taking everything out of the cupboards. A monument was erected by the State of Minnesota in memory of Anders Olson who was massacred on his farm. This monument stands on the Arthur Olson farm in section 25, Acton township. Do you have old Main-Street- Kimball photos. Could we copy them.2 Call or e-mail us please. Join the celebration: Just a few weeks and Kimball Days festival will be in full swing. August 9-11: hope it's on your calendar. "Sup- per in the Park" is Friday; Saturday it's Audrey's Coffee Nook on Main Street. This year's "Main Street Memories" event will be open at Kimball's historic city hall from 4-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat- urday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday during Kimball Days. There will be door prizes, local historians, lots of Kimball history on display, and commemorative souvenirs too. This three-day exhibit is free to all. Don't miss it. We welcome comments, ques- tions, membership, donations and souvenirs. Contact the Kimball Area Historical Society at P.O. Box 55, Kimball MN 55353; (320) 398- stockade. One of the children was Indians approaching their home, 5250;; Christina,~ Laura Crosby's mother, became frightened and hid under and on Facebook. First Minnesota volunteer soldiers honored at Gettysburg One hundred fifty years after the historic Battle of Gettysburg, the Minnesota National Guard honored the soldiers who fought during that pivotal time of the American Civil War. On the sesquicentennial anni- versary of the Battle of Gettys- burg, Minnesota Adjutant Gen- eral, Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash, traveled to Gettysburg to pay trib- ute to Minnesota's First Volunteer Infantry Regiment. As the leader of the Minnesota National Guard, the state's volunteer military force, Nash took part in a series of events recalling the actions at Gettysburg and the valiant efforts of the First Minnesota. July 2, beginning at the Gettys- burg museum, Nash retraced the steps ofthe First Minnesota troops on the second day of battle at Get- tysburg in 1862. He met with Ala- bama Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Perry G. Smith, at Plum Run or "Bloody Run". It was there where two confederate brigades from Alabama and Mississippi stormed through the broken federal line and the Union Army needed a few minutes before their reserves would arrive. The First Minne- sota, with 262 men, was the near- est unit. When ordered to counter- charge the confederates, Col. Wil- liam 1. Colvill, the commander of the regiment, replied, "to the last man." Following an exchange of gifts, both Adjutant Generals marched through the Valley of Death on the land where their predecessors had fought. Together they arrived at the First Minnesota Memorial Monument on Hancock Avenue where a rededication ceremony was held. July 3 events included a visit to an area reserved specifically for Soldiers of the First Minne- sota at the Gettysburg National Cemetery. State and commemora- tive 150th anniversary flags were placed on First Minnesota graves, showing that the great history of Minnesota's First Volunteer Infan- try Regiment is not forgotten. In 1861, when President Lin- coln called for 75,000 troops to support the Onion Army in battle, then Minnesota Governor Alexan- der Ramsey was the first to com- mit troops from his state. When he returned to Minnesota from Washington, it took less than two weeks to obtain 1,009 volunteers to answer the call. The First Minnesota partici- pated in several battles through- out the Civil War. In 1861, they were heavily engaged at the First Battle of Bull Run, as well as the Battle of Bali's Bluff. In May 1862, the First Minnesota became part of the First Brigade, Second Divi- sion, Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac. As a part of this Corps, the First Minnesota partici- pated in the Peninsula Campaign, the Seven Days Battle, and Antie- tam in Maryland where they sus- tained heavy losses. These battles paled in compari- son to the fighting which occurred at Gettysburg, where the First Min- nesota was crucial to the future suc- cess of the Union Army. During this second day of fighting at Gettys- burg, troops of the First Minnesota charged the Confederates, secur- ing the Federals position on Ceme- tery Ridge, which became essential to winning the battle. At the outset, the Soldiers of the First Minnesota were outnumbered approximately four-to-one and suffered casual- ties of nearly 82 percent. To this day, that casualty rate stands as the larg- est loss by a surviving military unit in a single day's engagement during the Civil War. One hundred fifty years since the First Minnesota entered fed- eral service, Minnesota's volun- teer force has slowly transformed into the Minnesota National Guard we know today. "Today's citizen-soldiers and airmen continue to play integral roles whenever the U.S. finds itself in conflict, ensuring that the leg- acy of the First Minnesota lives on," said Nash. Story by Spc. Linsey Williams, 1/34th ABCT Public Affairs