Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Beyond 1898, continued
Oak planks for culverts and crossings were purchased at $14 per thousand from E.F. Mielke during the summer. Wm. Roice was ordered to dispose of his vicious bulldog. A new force pump for the town well was purchased for $75.
Activities of the village were rather limited due probably to the general stalack times which followed the Spanish-American War. During this year, however, the German Evangelical Church was organized and the church was erected with Rev. Trumbauer the first minister. The building still stands, having been altered into a dwelling house by Dr. R.B. Ray and now owned by Ole Knaus, the congregation discontinuing services in 1919.
The election of 1900 found M.F. Greely elected Mayor; C.E. Kimble and W.H. Metcalf, Jr., members of the council; Chas. Nelson Constable; and C.W. Dixon Recorder.
Affairs of the village were rather quiet through the summer of 1900, everything moving along in an even manner. The fall, however, was to bnring a great loss upon the village. Dr. Augustus Mumford, who had been one of the principals in the founding and organization of the village, and who had been extremely active in all affairs of benefit to the village, contracted pneumonia and, after a short illness, died Oct. 26. At the time of his death, Dr. Mumford was chairman of the local board of health after having been either a member of the council or mayor almost continuously since the organization.
Dr. George E. Sherwood, who had formerly been located at Dassel, moved to Kimball, and was appointed Dr. Mumford's successor on the board of health Jan. 2, 1901.
In January 1901, the council entered into a contract to give the firm of Moffet and Mead $1,000 if they would locate a mill at Kimball; a part of the consideration being the fire protection of a steam-driven force pump that should be installed in the mill. Moffet and Mead moved the Kingston mill, which they owned, to Kimball and began operations that year. That year also saw the opening by E.J and B.P. Arrowood, of a pioneer hardware store, which they still continue to operate. The March election of 1901 made no changes on the council.
The State Bank of Kimball was organized in this year and opened for business in August 1901, with C.M. Buck as president, and C.W. Dixon as cashier. C.D. Brower and George E. Sherwood, who are at present members of the board of directors, were active in the organization of the bank. In 1908, local interests purchased outside stock holdings and the bank has been a home-owned institution since that time.
An item of interest in this year was that the council again found it to seem advantageous to the progress of the village to bridge the Clearwater river, this time $50 being appropriated to the Kingston Town Board to assist with the building of a bridge just east of where Highway 15 now crosses the river.
In this year, we find Harry Guptill operating a confectionery store in the village and Emil Mielke commencing the shipping of livestock to the South St. Paul market on an extensive scale, Emil continuing to operate in the shipping business until 1919 when he moved to Michigan to look after land interest which he had acquired at that place. Emil undoubtedly paid out to the farmers in a 20-mile radius, during those years, in excess of $2 million dollars.
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Today in history: In 1870, Georgia became the last Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union.
In 1965, U.S. scientists displayed close-up photos of Mars on Mariner 4.
In 1976, a 36-hour kidnapping ordeal began for 26 students and their bus driver when three gunmen abducted them in California and imprisoned them in an underground cell, but those kidnapped escaped unharmed.
In 1992, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton claimed the DFL presidential nomination at their New York convention.
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