Tricounty News

Soo Line Railroad

Soo Line was built through the village 50 years ago (as of 1936 date).

Arrangements are complete and ideal weather is all that is necessary for Kimball to bring the celebration of their Golden Jubilee to a successful conclusion on Monday and Tuesday. Advance reports from people far and near assure the greatest crowd in the history of the village. The committee in charge of arrangements are certain that the best possible entertainment has been provided and everyone should come to the Jubilee expecting to enjoy themselves to the limit.

The committee asks that all "Old Timers" entering the grounds, register with their name and address at the place provided.

It is possible, in case of threatening weather, that the balloon ascension may take place in the forenoon, otherwise all entertainment will take place in the afternoons and evenings. The program will commence about 1:30 p.m.

and there will be something going on every minute throughout the afternoon. An hour's intermission will be followed by an evening filled with entertainment. There will be a complete change of program on the second day, although it will follow about the same hours.

All grade-school children will be admitted to the grounds free, both days, others will be charged an admission fee of 25¢. The admission ticket will entitle people to all of the outside entertainment on the grounds and the dance. Those purchasing advance tickets will also have a chance on the free prize of an all-expense tour to Callander, Ontario, Canada, the home of the Dionne Quintuplets; or the winner may select a $50 cash prize.

Upon coming to town, don't fail to see the exhibition of old time relics that are on display in the various store windows. Hundreds of items are being included in the display.

Mr. Silverthorne has secured gold leaf emblems which will be sold by the high school band during the Jubilee and it is hoped that all those wishing to assist the band will purchase these emblems to wear during the Jubilee.

A caravan of some 50 people accompanied by the high school band made trips the last week, advertising the Jubilee to

Fair Haven, South Haven, Annandale, Maple Lake, Howard Lake, Cokato, Dassel, Kingston, Watkins, Eden Valley and Paynesville. A fine reception was given the group in each of the towns visited and many people signified their intention of attending.

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As we enter the 125th year since Kimball was established, in 1886, because of the excitement of the Soo Line Railroad mentioned here, celebration events by the Kimball Area Historical Society begin. Visit our booth at the Kimball Expo Saturday, March 26, and get a taste of Kimball area history like most of us don't remember personally. Our historians look forward to greeting you at Kimball Area High School (use the south doors). And watch for more events throughout the year that will often feature the railroad. Area residents today still hear those train whistles frequently.

While our overall theme for 2011 will be "History in Motion," there will be others like "Sweetness from Mother Nature," our April 26th event held at Kimball's historic City Hall at 7 p.m. More details in future columns here in the Tri-County News.

For Historical Society information, membership, a story for this column, keepsake cookbooks and souvenirs, donations, volunteering, or for your own family history research, you're invited to contact the Kimball Area Historical Society at Box 100, Kimball MN 55353, or call (320) 398-5743, (320) 398-5250, or e-mail kimball

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