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Quick service, low prices and high quality. Stop by and take a look! } }iiiili!ii0000}00i i 70 Main Street South Kimball (320) 398-5000 .L $ S d I A S I 3 O a su!tu  :atu!l uop, nlos .a,uv -- ity Thursday, August 1, 2013 Commlu Tri-CountyNe_ ws  Mike Nistler Watkins & Eden Valley Historian Early rural mail carriers remembered We often take our mail delivery for granted - we just open up our mailbox and voilh, there it is! However, the job of a mail car- rier, especially those who deliver to rural areas, can be a difficult one. In addition, in the days of old when the vehicles and roads were not what they are today, the job was even more demanding. Years ago, we did not have e-mail and texting to receive mes- sages. Cell phones did not exist. That meant that the delivery of mail to our houses and businesses was a lifeline that we could not do without. Today, with the reality of no more Saturday mail delivery by the U.S. Postal Service, that change does not seem much like a prob- lem at all. However, years ago, it would have been outrageous even to consider. Think back to 1904, when Otis Kincaid and Eugene Welliver became the first two rural mail carriers to serve Eden Valley. Kin- caid served Rural Route 2 and Welliver Route 1. The job of mail carriers has always been a bit dangerous. Those carriers on foot had to con- tend with mean dogs; those in rural areas put their lives at risk. Kincaid, for instance, died trag- ically in 1915 when his early model Ford jackknifed near Vail's Lake, skidded into a ditch, and rolled. Welliver ended up delivering the mail for 30 years before retir- ing in 1934. Following Kincaid's death, Ted Snell became the rural mail car- rier on Route 2 and he took over Route 1 after Welliver's retirement. Snell retired from the com- bined routes in 1962 and handed the job to Willard Tiemens who drove the routes until 1979 when Jack Rubis took over. Because of his longevity, Snell was a popular figure in the early days of Eden Valley. Some folks said they could set their watches by Snell's arrival, he was that reli- able. Upon his retirement, Snell wrote this poem: Now the years are one and forty since I hit the trail For that's when I carried my first load of mail. I've delivered the news both good and bad, Made people happy and made them sad. My feet have been cold and my nose has been red And what I wouldn't have given to have been warm in my bed. Sometimes it would rain and then it would hail But I've done my best to bring you your mail. Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Major Highlights for the Week Wednesday, July 29, 1863 Major military moves of mid- summer tapered off, although heavy skirmishing continued. Fighting occurred near Bridge- port, Ala.; near Fort Donelson, Tenn., and at Paris and Win- chester, Ky., brought on by Con- federate raids on occupied terri- tory. Federal forces fought against Indians at Conchas Springs, New Mexico Territory, and at the Mis- souri River, Dakota Territory. Thursday, July 30, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issued orders that the government of the United States would "give the same protection to all its sol- diers, and if the enemy shall sell or enslave anyone because of his color, the offense shall be pun- ished by retaliation upon the ene- my's prisoners in our possession." Skirmishing occurred near Elm Springs, Ark.; near Lexington and Marshall, Mo.; Irvine, Ky.; Grand Junction, Tenn.; and Barnwell's Island, S.C. Friday, July 31, 1863 A momentous month which had seen the fall of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, along with the Battle of Gettysburg, came to a close with skirmishing at Lancaster, Stan- ford and Paint Lick Bridge, Ky.; St. Catherine's Creek near Nat- chez, Miss.; and Morris's Mills, W.V. In Virginia, Federal forces pushed across the Rappahannock River with fighting at Kelly's Ford. Saturday, Aug. 1, 1863 A cavalry action in the oft- fought-over area of Brandy Sta- tion, south of the Rappahannock River, marked the conclusion of the Gettysburg Campaign. Fed- eral cavalry felt out the enemy and attempted to determine Confeder- ate General Robert E. Lee's plans. In South Carolina, the Federals began the build-up for an attack on Battery Wagner and Fort Sum- ter in Charleston Harbor. The Federal War Department formally disbanded the Fourth and Seventh Army Corps. Rear Admiral David D. Porter assumed naval command on the Mississippi River, where the major problems were now Confeder- ate raids and firings upon Feder- als. Porter encouraged legal river trade. Sunday, Aug. 2, 1863 As reconnaissance by both sides continued on the line of the Rappahannock river in Virginia, there was skirmishing at New- town, Va.; and at Stumptown, Mo. At Cummings Point on Mor- ris Island, S.C., Federal forces attacked the Confederate steamer C.S.S. Chesterfield. Monday, Aug. 3, 1863 As events began to quiet down along the Rappahannock River in Virginia, there was only one minor action elsewhere, including skir- mishing at Ripley, Miss., and Jack- son, La. A Federal scout from Fort Pillow, Tenn., skirmished near Denmark. The Federal Ninth Army Corps left the Vicksburg, Miss., area for service in Kentucky and eventually eastern Tennessee. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1863 Minor fighting continued in Virginia with another skirmish at Brandy Station, plus action near Amissville and Fairfax Court- house. For four days, Federal naval guns had bombarded Battery Wagner in Charleston Harbor as the Yankees prepared the infa- mous "Swamp Angel," a mam- moth gun, for future operations. I've driven horses and even had to walk And I've been so cold I could hardly talk. When I started in, I was only a lad, Now my hair is gray and my health is bad. I wish I was young so I could keep going by your place But age has got me, I must slow down my pace. Some of these years were spent in heaven, while others I won't tell. And those are the ones I remember so well. At times in a blizzard, I've cussed and I've swore And the wind would blow just a little bit more. I might as well have taken it with a smile As those years passed by in a lit- tle short while. And I'll take my pension from the good old U.S.A. Now I want to thank you, both young and old, For all the favors you have done. So here I am with a tear in my eye And all I can say is just "good- bye." When Snell died onAug. 8, 1968, Eden Valley lost a beloved man. NINNESOTA 1861 CIVIL WAR 186s Where Minnesota Regiments were the week of July 29 - Aug. 4, 1863 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infan- try - On duty at Kelly's Ford, Va., untilAug. 15, 1863. 2nd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry - On duty at Winchester, Tenn., untilAug. 16, 1863. 3rd Minnesota Volunteer Infan- try - On duty Helena, Ark., until Aug. 13, 1863. 4th Minnesota Volunteer Infan- try - On garrison duty at Vicks- burg, Miss., until Sept. 12, 1863. 5th Minnesota Volunteer Infan- try- On duty at Bear Creek, Miss., until Oct. 14, 1863. 6th Minnesota Volunteer Infan- try-Participated in Brigadier Gen- eral Henry H. Sibley's expedition in Dakota Territory until Sept. 12, 1863. 7th Minnesota Volunteer Infan- try-Participated in Brigadier Gen- eral Henry H. Sibley's expedition in Dakota Territory until Sept. 12, 1863. 8th Minnesota Volunteer Infan- try- On duty at Fort Ridgely, Minn. until June 5, 1864. 9th Minnesota Volunteer Infan- try-Participated in Brigadier Gen- eral Henry H. Sibley's expedition in Dakota Territory until Sept. 12, 1863. 10th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry-Participated in Brigadier General Henry H. Sibley's expe- dition in Dakota Territory until Sept. 12, 1863. Civil War/To page 5