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po.o j,2 Thursday, December 17, 2009 u Tri-County News • Kimball, MN Obituaries Shirley Soule, 81 Compiled by the Kimball Area Historical Society Shirley Soule of Kimball, for- She was a member of the Kimball merly of Watkins, died Mon-United Methodist Church. Her i'll be home by Christmas day, Dec. 14, 2009, at the Heritage hobbies included sewing, cook- House in Kimball. She was and canning, crafts, and fish- By Elizabeth CooperMike The year before, one of the neigh- Memorial services will be held ing. She also enjoyed traveling and at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at the camping. Shirley became a resi- Kimball United Methodist Church dent at Heritage House in Kimball in Kimball With Rev. Luke Nel- about threeyearsago. son officiating. Visitation will be She was preceded in death by one hour prior to the services at her parents; and brother Harvey the church• Interment will be at Holm. the Bethel Memorial Gardens in Shirley is survived by her hus- Mound• band Jack Soule of Kimball; chil- Shirley Soule was born July 22, dren Richard Soule of Pillager, 1928, in Minneapolis to Walter and Jackie (and Dave) Bowatz of Pearl (Ringer) Holm. She married Coon Rapids, Diane Daluge of Elk Jack Soule Aug. 15, 1950, at Bethel River, Suzanne Gordon of Maple- Methodist Church in Mound. wood, Jean Hawkins of Le Sueur; They resided in Mound until mov- 11 grandchildren; eight great- ing to Clear Lake near Watkins in grandchildren; and brother How- 1982. Shirley was employed as a ard Holm of Bloomington. waitress and as a printer for Farm Arrangements are by Ertl Hand in Hopkins for many years. Funeral Home of Watkins. Ethelyne Steman, 99 Ethelyne Steman of Hopkins her husband Clarence Steman Sr.; died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009. She son Clarence Steman Jr.; grandson was 99. Todd Eaton; two brothers and six Mass of Christian Burial was sisters. at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at Ethelyne is survived by child- St. Joseph Catholic Church at 1310 ren Yvonne Williams, Phyllis (and Main Street in Hopkins• Visitation Jim) Harkin, Clarice Eaton, and was one hour before the service Kathleen Steman; 10 grandchild- at the church• Interment was at ren; 21 great-grandchildren; and St. Vincent Cemetery in Osseo. four great-great-grandchildren. Ethelyne E: Steman was bornMemorials are preferred to Feb. 9, 1910, to William and Nancy Little Brothers and Friends of the (Campbell) Becker in Maine Prai- Elderly• fie Township• Arrangements were by Wash- She was preceded in death by burn-McReavy Funeral Home. Church of St. Anne, Kimball: Dec. 24, 5 p.m., Day mass. St. Nicholas: Dec. 24, 9 p.m., Christmas Eve mass. Dec. 25, 10 a.m., Christmas Day mass. Redeemer Lutheran, Kingston: Dec. 24, 6 p.m., Candlelight service with Holy Commu- nion. Dec. 25,10 a.m., Worship with Holy Com- munion at Grace Lutheran. Dec. 26, Kimball Church of Christ: Dec. 24, 7 p.m., .// Check with the church of your choice for services not listed here. Check next week for a fuller schedule. From the pen of the late Eliza- bor boys had gotten just one pres- beth Cooper Mike, Kimball Histor- ent for Christmas, a pair of mit- ical Society member, in her book tens which his parents found on "The Girl From Stickney Hill, Kim- his hands as he slept that night• balI Prairie, Minnesota" (Reprinted Our family was luckier. My with permissionoftheauthor.) grandparents, Nana and Papa, As the old familiar Christmas and my bachelor Uncle Ken always music floated through the windy brought us presents and lots of snow-swept streets of downtown candy and gum. In fact, now, as St. Paul, a sharp longing for my I walked along the streets, I was family, mingled with the excite- wearing my "much longed-for" ment of theseason, carried my tan colored, knee-high, laced up eager feet along to my first shop- leather snow shoes, topped by ping spree away from home. I was green wool socks which my Uncle a first-year University of Minne- Ken and Nana had given me for sota student attending on a small Christmas. I was wearing a green scholarship, a part-time Univer- coat that I thought clearly marked sity-related job, and a very small me "country," which Muddy had Methodist Wesley Foundation remodeled from an old one she had loan. acquired from someone• But the It was 1936. I was 18 years old, newgreenleathercoatbeltandthe almost i9. And I had eight and one- current fashionable snow shoes half dollars to spend, part of which kinda made up for the ugly green I had saved by skipping the five- coat. I could never tell my mother cent, very thick, "eat with a spoon" how much I hated that coat, how chocolate malted milk at the drug uncomfortable I felt in it. store, where I boarded the street But now, walking along the car in Minneapolis every day for street, I was excited about being the 10-mile ride back to my grand- able to buy presents for everyone, mother's brown bag lunch• Every- the little ones of course, Muddy one I knew ate on campus• So I and Daddy, and even Jack, Peggy, went without eating from 7 in the Frederic, and Woodrow. Eight peo- morning until 5 or 6 at night• pie. And Nana and Papa and Uncle But now the music was wrap- Ken made 11. If I shopped care- ping itself around me. "Jingle fully, I knew I could do it. Bells," "Santa Claus is Coming to The music was playing, the bells Town," "Silent Night," "O Little were ringing, and the crowds were Town of Bethlehem." My family hurrying past, in and out of stores. always went to church on Christ- Excitement carried me along• As I mas Eve to sing the old carols, to looked at the sparkling displays in hear the children's program carry- store windows• Inside the Empo- ingthemessageofChristmas, and rium Department Store was a to be given a bag of candy from giant Christmas tree decorated in under the Christmas tree. the latest fashion and with fancy Now the bells of the Salvation electric lights. At home, our tree Army workers seemed to be ring- would be lit by colored candles ing from every corner, as the ring- fastened to the tree with tin snap- ers bent over their black kettles• I on holders• Muddy would shop imagined the soft clang of the cow for a tree the day before Christ- bells in our barn, when the ani- mas because, at the last minute, it mals shifted from foot to foot, as could be purchased for a quarter Daddy and the boys milked in the or even a dime. lantern-lit shadowy barn, their Thenthetreewouldbesecreted hands pushed into the soft flank of in the front room on the library the cows. On Christmas Eve they table, high away from tiny grop- would fling open the back door ing hands, in front of the big win- of the kitchen and announce they were ready for supper and Santa Claus. The little kids would jump up and down with excitement. St. Anne's Church in Kimball 10 - 10:45 a.m. Tues./Thurs. Also open 2nd Monday of the month: 5:30-6:30 p.m. tel. (320) 398-2211 Rachael Ann was 3. Davy was a Burial and Cremation Services View obituaries, guestbooks and videos on-line Kimball • (320) 398-5055 For after-hours emergencies, call one of the area churches. year and a half. More restrained would be 7- and 8-year-old Robert and Bill, half doubting the Santa myth, but grinning in anticipation of presents they would not realize my Muddy had made or skimped out of the cream money to buy. It was a bad year, 1936. We were in www Housekeeping/laundry services Medication services with LPN/RN services available 24 hours per day House of Kimball Assisted Living at its Finest dow with the colored panes of glass at the top. The door would be tightly closed, and from then on until after Santa's visit, only the adults and older children would be allowed to open the door and go in. First, Santa's cookies and milk would be put by the door, and someone would carefully take one bite out of a cookie, establishing real proof that Santa had indeed made a visit. Paper ropes of red and green, worn and twisted from many years of use, would be draped around the tree, along with strings of cranberries and popcorn• Some glass bulbs and fake snow would be added• And all the home-made ornaments• Candles would be placed on the tree, only to be lit for 15 minutes on Christmas Eve and 15 minutes on Christmas Night• And only after the family had gath- ered around in silent ceremony. Lastly, the little kids would be shooed into the kitchen• Then the presents would be sneaked from under my mother's bed and placed under the tree. Last of all, the big red three-dimensional paper bell would be placed in the doorway just waiting for Daddy to come in from milking. I came back out of the Empo- rium into the fresh wintery air. LPN/Asst. I had to get my shopping done. I had to stretch my money and the Golden Rule Department Store was less expensive• As I walked in that direction amid the music and the bells, and the sparkling store windows, I thought, I am so anxious to be independent and on my own, but the heart does ache to be home at Christmas time. Finishing well, to begin again• The Kimball Area Historical Soci- ety is just completing its ninth year of existence and these "History Matters" columns in the Tri- County News. Nine years of continuous research, stories and photos, arti- cles and exhibits, incredible speak- ers and programs for meetings, planning committees of volun- teers for every event accomplished, including the Kimball City Hall res- toration project, and letters from you wonderful readers• Thank all of you for your support and enthu- siasm over the years• Once again, we appreciate the financial gifts you're gifting for City Hall, mem- bership and souvenirs. Drop us a line and let us know which stories were your favorites over these past nine years. What did you like the best? And what programs or speak- ers were your favorites• Last minute guide to Christ- mas gifts 2009: Read about the area's rich history during our first 150 years. The first 65 years of Maine Prairie History Booklet is some of the best reading you will ever enjoy for yourself and the perfect "gift•" For $10 your fam- ily and friends can unwrap magic. Ten area historic photos with story notecards, the commemorative coffee/cider/hot chocolate cups and a most unique picture trivet, each only $7 or three for $20. All locally and beautifully designed treasures. We have gifts for every- one on your list, year around avail- able at the Kimball State Bank dur- ing normal business hours• The keepsake cookbook continues a best seller at $10 and is also avail- able at the bank or at Knaus Sau- sage House in Kimball• Your pur- chases help support our mission of research, education and preserva- tion of area history. Your membership and support keep history alive. We are fortu- nate to have friends like you who enable us to continue to tell and preserve the powerful Kimball area stories. We hope you will consider renewing membership for 2010 by continuing your commitment to Kimball's Historical Society now. You will not only help today's vis- itors, but generations many years from now, to be inspired by and learn from the courage, sacrifice and aspirations of Kimball's first citizens. All donations and mem- berships are tax deductible by our 501C3 status. If you have recently joined or renewed a 2010 mem- bership, disregard this reminder. Thanks again for your friendship and generosity. For more information, contact the Kimball Area Historical Soci- ety at Box 100, Kimball MN 55353, or phone (320) 398-5743, or 320) 398-5250, or e-mail . Turning the last pages of 2009 to begin 2010 Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.