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Thursday, October21,2010 Community Page !1 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Compiled by the Kimball Area Historical Society , Rooted on the prairie: The Popes old settlers as "the devil&apos;s cyclone," as it seemed to target a number of churches in its destructive fury. By Duane Stanley With this edition of History Matters, we introduce our spot- light on Kimball area families, particularly those with deep roots on Maine Prairie, Fair Haven, Kingston, and Kimball Prairie. If yours is a multi-generational fam- ily rooted in this area, we would like to add you to our series. We can only accomplish this if you will provide the information. We need names, dates, family stories, and a photo or two that we can use. You can write the article your- self, or we will write it from the information you send us. Pope Family Five generations of Popes have been at home on the prai- rie, beginning with Henry August Pope and his wife Eliza (Boggs) who came from Ohio in the 1870s. Henry (Poppe) was born in Ger- many in 1844, and came to Amer- ica at age 7 with his parents August and Louisa (Rettberg) Poppe. They settled in southeastern Ohio, at Patriot. There Henry grew to man- hood, enlisting with the 173rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer infan- try, and serving until he was mus- tered out in 1865. He married Eliza Boggs that year and she gave birth to their nine children. (Two died in infancy.) Ten years after being dis- charged, Henry joined with others from Ohiotoil (including his Boggs in-laws) to follow their dreams. He drove a team of Morgan horses, weighing "but little more than two thousand pounds." Arriv- ing on Maine Prairie, he estab- lished a farm that touches on Bea- ver (Block) Lake. One hundred and twenty five years later, that same farm is still worked by his great- great-grandsons. It is interesting to note that, despite military discharge papers in 1865 clearly using the sur- name "Pope," plat maps in Stearns County into the 20th century identify the farms in the names of "H. Poppe" and "August Poppe." The lake-dotted prairie con- trasted sharply with the hilly ter- rain the pioneers left in Ohio. In one of his letters back to his par- ents, Henry wrote about the lake he lived near, stating that his sons "can kill fish everyday." Little did he know that his grandsons and great-grandsons all would become avid fishermen. Two of Henry's children remained in the Kimball area: Henry Clay "Sonny" Pope was just four years old when he came with his parents to Minnesota, and he would continue his father's farm- ing efforts at the homestead. Clif- ford Pope also lived in the area while brother Gus and sister Sara Knower both moved on to North Dakota. Ida Zeller moved to Hill- man, Minn. Two other siblings died rela- tively young. Sonny married Lena Zutz, and they had a daughter Hulda (who died young) and three sons, with farming in their blood and an attraction in their respec- tive hearts for three Scheeler sis- ters. Frank, Dan and Wheeler Pope married Marie, Elsie and Laura Scheeler. Frank and Marie gained a farm adjacent to the family homestead; they had no children. At first, Dan Pope gave indica- tion that his path would be away from the farm. He joined the Army Air Corps following high school, and returned to the service when the Second World War broke out. He returned to work at the St. Cloud airport but, just before mar- rying Elsie, he announced he had purchased a farm just east of Kim- ball as an investment, They moved to that farm (mostly east of High- way 55, south of the implement dealer) and lived there until Dan's death in 2000. There they raised Corporal Henry A. Pope four children: Dana, Elsa, Ross and Dan. Only the youngest, Dan and his family, remain in the Kim- ball area, on the farm. Wheeler and Laura farmed the original homestead. Three chil- dren blessed their marriage: Gale, Audrey and Wayne. Wayne has passed away, but his sons Travis and Justin now farm the historic home place. Frank and Dan Pope have both passed on. Marie Pope along with Wheeler and Laura Pope live with Wheeler's daughter Audrey in St. Cloud. Elsie lives with her daughter Elsa in Mendota Heights. Son Ross and his family live in Maple Grove. The Gale Pope fam- ily lives in St. Cloud. Dana (Pope) Thul of Princeton is working with her aunt Marie, now 99 years old, her aunt Laura, and her mother Elsie on a history of the Scheeler family, who also have a long his- tory in the Pearl Lake area. The Pope family gave the land for the original Catholic Church (St. Lawrence) just west of Pearl Lake. That church was badly dam- aged by a tornado, referred to by The Popes maintain ties with distant relatives who remained in the area of Patriot, Ohio. Each year a family reunion is held at the church August and Louisa Poppe helped establish when they arrived in America more than 150 years ago. In Ohio, a grand- nephew, Henry Myers, honors Corporal Henry August Pope in Civil War re-enactments. Henry himself died in 1924, and he is buried in the Maine Prairie Cem- etery. Perhaps you noticed that we are privileged to have Duane Stan- ley's great contributions for stories in this column, for which we are grateful. While Maureen Galvin has been the curator for Wright County His- tory Center, and is now for Sher- burne County History Center, one of the many passions she has stud- ied and developed is architectural history and "Sears Roebuck Catalog Homes" is one specialty. Her debut in Kimball will include "Show and Tell" with earliest homes reaching "historic" status of 100 year old. So bring others and join the program, fun and refreshments. It's flee and open to the public. Remember, it's 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Kimball's Historic City Hall. Tuesday, Nov. 16" Holiday Pot- Luck from 6:30-8 p.m. in City Hall. Come join us for this fourth annual social gathering, discuss these past summer months and relax. Bring any ideas you have for program and event topics you'd enjoy in 2011 or beyond. Bring a dish to pass, family and friends, all are welcome. Bever- age and eating utensils will be pro- vided. Free of charge. See you there. Today in history: In 1797, the United States Navy frigate Consti- tution, also known as "Old Iron- sides," was launched in Boston Harbor. In 1879: Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J. In 1945: Women in France were allowed to vote for the first time. For more information, tax- deductible donations, member- ship, your family history, help for your genealogy or volunteering opportunities, contact the Kimball Area Historical Society, PO Box 100, Kimball MN 55353, or call (320) 398-5743 or 398-5250, or e-mail <cnewman @meltel. net>. We are legendary! R U? History will write the story 55+ Driver Improvement Program offered The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a 55+ Driver Improvement Course on the fol- lowing days: Nov. 10 (4-hour refresher course) 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Life Assembly of God, 2409 Clearwater Rd. in St. Cloud. Nov. 15 and 16 (8-hour full course) 5:30-9:30 p.m. Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Dr. in St. Cloud. The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre- registration is requested. A MN Highway Safety & Research Cen- ter certified instructor teaches this class. By utilizing the most up-to- date research in the field, partic- ipants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology. This class has some- thing for everyone! The fee for the four-hour refresher course is $20, and the eight-hour course is $24 . For more information or to reg- ister, visit our website at <www.>, or call toll- free (888) 234-1294 Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10-percent discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law. First-time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four-hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10-percent discount. Direct descendants of Henry Pope include, from left to right, Gale Pope (great-grandchild), Wheeler Pope (grandchild, on walker), Audrey Pope-Massetti (great-grandchild), Kainen Duea (great-great-grandchild), Henry Myers (great nephew), Mande Thul (great-great-grandchild), Dana Pope Thul (great-grandchild), and Ross Pope (great-grandchild). 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