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Dot'¥o Thursday, August 27, 2009 s ° Kimball, MN Robert 'Bob' Curtis, Robert "Bob" Curtis of Rosevi]le died peacefully on Aug. 17, 2009. He was 85. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at The Church of St. Odilia in Shore- view. Friends called from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Mueller-Bies Funeral Home in Roseville, and one hour prior to services at the church. Intermentwas atEvergreen Memo- rial Gardens• Robert E. Curtis was born July 16, 1924, in Maine Prairie to the late Robert and Anna (Hendricks) Curtis. He was a graduate of Kim- ball High School, and a Navy vet- eran of World War II where he par- ticipated in the invasion of south- 85 Compiled by the Kimball Area Historical Society , : 5i- A Mill Pond Night By Elizabeth Cooper Mike From the pen of Elizabeth Coo- per Mike, Kimball Historical Soci- ety member, in her book "The Girl From Stickney Hill, Kimball Prai- rie, Minnesota" (Reprinted with ready to cross the dam. The exciting Part II of this story The night air was cool and will be printed in the Sept. 10 edi- permission of the author.) Part I The flames of a bonfire flicker- wiener roast• ing through the trees on the other Rushing water pouring over the side of the Mill Pond Dam made dam blended in with other night myheartbeatfasteraswedroveup sounds• Tree frogs singing their and parked the car. We had lots of spring songs. Whippoorwills call- kids with us. My brother was driv- ing far in the woods• There were ing. He always grabbed the wheel loudly buzzing mosquitoes being if he could get away with it and swatted as they swarmed around damp with dew as we got out of our tion of the Tri-County News. cars. The moon was high and cast * * * * ~ * * shimmering lights on the waterCongratulations: The Kimball over which we would have to walk Days door prize winners are: on a narrow 12-inch wide plank to • Quilt- Tom Olson get to the other side, to get to the • Red doily-Alice Kantor learning to drive• I was chauffeur- got across okay, but they were Welcome new members. The ing Muddy to town one day when ancient and slow, I thought• Espe- Kimball Area Historical Society is I was still quite inexperienced• As cially Mrs. Muse was shaky and acommunityofmemberscommit- we passed the neighbor's drive- Rev. Muse had to keep telling her ted to the betterment, enhance- way, Muddy said, "Oh, I wanted to she could do it. merit and preservation of the Kim- stop here." We were past the drive- Lawrence was there at the bun- ball area. Plus great opportunities wa~, too lat~ to turn, but • t~ ..... d fire II .... Bob's I~ig brother- I of learning more abotlt on~'~ own lid ,L'BL dtLt J' anyway andhit the oniytree along a een praying a ay t at o ~a dry an a aroun us. the drive. Knocked the car's wish- would bring him. I grabbed a wie- Responses continue to come in July 19, 1928, in St. Cloud to bone out. I was sure I would never ner stick and started working my from those of you who still want to Darrell andVera (Willford) Brewer. Robert, sister Edie Johnson Jurek, drive again, way around the circle of fire to a be involved in the city hall resto- She graduated from Kimball High brothers-in-law Jim MarquardtA horse tow to home and a fix- position nearer him. All evening I ration here in Kimball. If you have School in 1946 and then received and Larry Johnson, and nephew up job bya very silent Daddy, tried. I never made it, but I could " not responded, you can still be a her teaching degree from St. Cloud Run Marquardt. who always maintained he could stilllook at him across the fire. Just part of this amazing project. Just State University. She married Tom She is survived by her daush- Jude June 10, 1948; he preceded ter~ Connie (and Ken) Rathje of fix anything with bailing wire and like I watched him every Sunday send or call in a pledge or e-mail her in death Sept. 7, 1995. Annandale, and Peggy Ecker (and binder twine, put the car in run- sitting with his parents in their to KimballArea Historical 8ociety. From 1960-77 Donna was the fiancd Mike Madden) ofSaukRap- ning order again. Muddy then usual pew across the church from Or send checks to Kimball Area ordered me behind the wheel and me. Boys my own age were so jure- Historical Society. Tax deductible bookkeeper at Land O'Lakes Oil ids; grandchildren ]ennifer (and nile, I thought. But Lawrence was through ottr 501C3 status. Much Company in Kimball, then for Kevin) Vevea, Jeremy (and Kelly) seven years along with her hus- Ecker, and Jessica Rathje; sister band she managed Travelers Audrey Marquardt; great-grand- Country Club in Clear Lake. children Dominic and expected Since 1990 she had lived in granddaughters "baby girl" Vevea Annandale and worked with chil- and Ella Mac Ecker; nieces, neph- dren at Alphabet Soup and the ews, and her extended family at we drove to town. From that day on I kept driving. But I still let Jack drive a lot of the time. Sometimes it was easier not to fight about it. Now I could see the fire and shadows of people moving back and forth among the trees across the water• It was the annual spring Annandale School District. She the Annandale Care Center. wiener roast of our Epworth was a member of St. Ignatius Honorary pallbearers will be League church group and the Church and she enjoyed camping,Jen and Kevin Vevea, Jeremy and playing piano, playing cards, and Kelly Ecker, and Jessica Rathje. grove of trees beyond the Mill Pond Dam was a favorite spot for spending time with family and Music for the service will be pro- youthful groups to gather. Don- friends, vided by Mike Madden and Zach Donna was preceded in death Dietz.ArrangementswerebyDing- by her husband Tom,. brother mann Funeral Care of Annandale. t~r]nt ~.d Cr~atlo. gor~le~ View obituaries, guestbooks and videos on-line Kimball • (320) 398-5055 Kimball Area I Emergency I Food Shelf--] Inc. St. Anne's Church in Kimball 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. ii!i!iiiiii!i!i!iiiilW !:i!iiii~iiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiii!~~i!~!i!i~iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~!~!~!!!iiiiiiiiiiiiii!i iiiiiii! i iiiiiiiiili iii ii i iiiiii iiiiii!iiiiii i i!i iiiii!i!i i!i!i!iiiiuniiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i!i!!!i iii iiiii iiiii i!iiiiiiii!!iiiiiiii!iiiii!i i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i!ii!i!iii!i!i!ii!ili!i!iiii ' ' iiiiii iiii ii% Ji iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ald had gone early to start the fire. Now our chaperones drove up, Rev. and Mrs. Muse, and we were | O older, so grown up, maybe 18 or 19. appreciated! And you're on donor Clean cut, wavy blond hair, serious plaque• most of the time, but when he did You're invited to new or smite, that lop-sided smile of his, renewed membership, or to offer my heart melted every time. Law- your information, story, photos rence never said two words to me, in this column or for the growing but there was always the p0ssi- collection. There's a nice "sam- bility. The attraction of the unob- ple" in Kimball's historic city hall, tainable made for many months of if you come to one of our events dreaming when I was 15. The wie- Sept. 22, or Oct. 27, or Nov. 17. We ner roast was fun even if I never got are reachable at Box 100, Kimball, to talk to Lawrence, Larry I called MN 55353, or e-mail , or call (320) 398-5743 ners in buns with mustard and a or 398-5250. lot of burnt marshmallows. This is history in the making m, have • Church activities of coffee Housekeeping visit with • Laundry services Medication services with LPN and RN services available 24 hours per day For more information, call Quasi, LPN/Manager House of Kimball Assisted Livin8 at its Ammenities to meet your needs: • 3 meals per day & snacks , Scheduled activities Donna Mac Jude was born zom Donna Jude, 81 Donna Jude of Annandale died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at the Annandate Care Center where she had been a resident the past three years• She was 81. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aus. 28, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Annandale with Ft. Victor Valencia officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 4-8 p.m: Thursday with a prayer service at at Maplewood Imports. Robert was an active member of The Church of St. Odilia in Shore- view. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, one brother, and three sisters. He is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 62 years; children Bob (and tis, Karen (and Rick)Carey, Linda Jack had gotten his license skin. It was scary walking the (and Dan) Votel, Deborah (and when he was thirteen. Daddy had plank with only the narrow beam Tom) Hall, Barb (and Chris) Erick- just taken him m town and got it of a flashlight to guide our feet. On son, and Jim Curtis; 19 grandchil- dren and six great-grandchildren; sister Lorraine Pusc; brother Dar- rel Curtis; and many other family and friends. Burgstaler • Commemorative note cards - Tom Marks Wrapping up "Kimball memo- des" ... A huge thanks to our vol- for 25 cents. Then he proceeded one side was smooth still water, unteers and visitors for the Kim- to teach him to drive. Of course, on the other, rushing water fall- ball Days supper and exhibit cel- Jack alreadyhad lots of experience ing over the dam into frothy foam ebration. And those of you who driving a team of horses, below. How many feet down, I did enjoyed Saturday early morning When lackcamehomethatday not know, did not want to know, 'coffee at Audrey's Coffee Nook, with his driver's license, Muddy tried not to think about, found a delightful visit and home- shot one look at Daddy and with- Don'tthink!Itoldmyself.Watchmade cinnamon rolls. The early ' out a word to him said, "Come on, your feet! Concentrate! Don't raindrops didn't keep this from Elizabeth." We climbed into the look at the falling water caught being another success! Congratu- old Model-T Ford, drove right into in its web of sparkling moon- lations Audrey! town, and got a driver's license for beams. But if I fall, let me fall the IIp and coming: Calendar me. When I came home that day right way, I thought, into the pond Tuesday, Sept. 22, to attend the I knew that girls were as impor- and not over the dam. Finally we 7 p.m. next event featuring certi- tant as boys. Muddy taught me were across, running to the bun- fled genealogist Stephen Barthel, to drive• I was fourteen• Hitting a fire, eager for the fire's welcome more details in this column on tree was the first thing I did when warmth and hungry• The MusesSept. 10. ern France• Along-time resident of Vicki) Curtis, Mike (and Tam- tonight I let him. This was going to our ears and swooped down for St. Paul, he worked as a machinist mie) Curtis, Run (and Jean) Cur- be a really great wiener roast, a savory bite out of any exposed • Other doilies - Sherry Dona- bauer, Marilyn Finger, Judy James, and Lois Wills • Commemorative coffee cups- Cindy Stelten • Commemorative trivet - Blanche Miller • Society membership - Joyce