Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
A bell rings again at St. Anne's, even though it's at a
new location. The bell is believed to have been cast in
1881 by Goulds in Seneca Falls, N.Y. It was purchased
for about $114 for the St. Anne's church between
Kimball and Watkins; that building was abandoned in 1894 after a tornado struck. How and when it came to the Kimball Church of St. Anne
(the old basement church on "church corner") is unknown, but it was sold at auction from that site in 1964. The bell spent many years on a private farm before it was donated to the Kimball Area Historical Society which gave it to the Kimball church. Tommy Rau (pictured in black shirt) constructed a granite pedestal for the bell; he also constructed iron risers for the bell. He and John Zimmerman did the final installation Tuesday, Nov. 29. Anita Hoefer was the first parishioner to ring the bell (photo on right).