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Early history of Kimball is filled with items of interest Reprinted from the Tri-County Messenger dated Thursday, October 1, 1936. V. H. Mason, Editor; Part VI Beyond 1891, continued



Beyond 1891, continued

At the March election in 1894, Warren Salisbury was elected recorder. A transaction of interest about this time was an inquiry addressed to the Asbury Hospital of Minneapolis relative to the care of a patient. A reply to which disclosed that hospital care would cost $10 per week or $15 per week with a special nurse.

Apparently the people of Kimball were concerned about the absence of a flour mill and creamery in the village because, in August and September of that year, the council voted a $500 bonus to Martin Schultz to locate a mill here and $500 to a propective creamery. The idea that they were concerned about this is evidenced by the fact that they paid the expenses of a committee to Minneapolis to interview Schultz when the mill deal fell through, although the bonus hadn't been paid. One of the principal reasons for their anxiety in connection with these items was the fact that Kingston and Fair Haven were close competitors and both had mills and were angling for creameries.

In December 1894, the council passed a resolution prohibiting the piling of cordwood in Main Street, and also ordered fire fighting equipment which included four extinguishers, six pails, and four ladders. E. Mayhew made the ladders.

In the March 1895 election, we find John Mackereth elected to the council with Wm. Campbell elected Justice of the Peace. About this time, J.G. Reeves had purchased the Mielke store, and J.M. Arrowood had built and was occupying a store on the lot now used as a driveway by the creamery, and Walter Dixon and son had opened a hardware and tinshop.

In August 1895, the council voted a village well which was put in by Frank Goodspeed for $75. This included well and pump, and was at the site of the present well-known "Town Pump."

Warren Salisbury moved from Kimball in September of that year, and Silas Putnam was appointed to fill his unexpired term as recorder.

At the election of March 1896, A. Mumford awas elected mayor, with C.C. Perry elected to his place on the council, J.M. Arrowood being elected Justice. M.F. Greeley [sic] was appointed Postmaster April 25, 1896, and the post office was then located in the Rev. Kenny building, which was on the lot where the Kimball Hardware Company store now stands.

A clean-up campaign swept the village in 1896. Homer Boggs complained that sewage from the creamery wh hich had been installed in the Mayhew blacksmith shop, on the present Catholic Church property, was draining into his yard creating, as the recorder said, "A bad and disagreeable smell." A different sewage system was ordered and all pigpens were ordered out of the village. Later, additional sidewalks were ordered in, and a man hired tomow the weeds on main Street and alleys.

In September 1896, the village loaned School District No. 80 $200 at 6 percent interest. All of this time, the village had been without a hall, and so accepted the proposition made them by M.F. Greely [sic], of 15 years rent of the upstairs of his contemplated building, the buiding now owned and occupied by Arrowood Brothers Hardware, for the sum of $200, payable when the material was on the ground for the building.

They next turned their attention to the creamery, which had been run in more or less a haphazard manner, and decided to donate their $500 stock to the farmers, providing they would operate the creamery. However, this proposition was not accepted until some years later when a new plant was built south of the track.

To be continued.

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Tuesday, June 22, come and hear the most uncommon farming legend in the Upper Midwest. Renowned Schiefelbein farms will feature one of the four Frank Schiefelbeins who add up to 11 Schiefelbeins operating this remarkable family enterprise. You won't be sorry you came! Remember, it's at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, June 22, at Kimball's historic City Hall. Fellowship and refreshments follow this cost-free experience. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, June 26, you're invited to Fairhaven's Old Settlers' Day at their park. Kimball's Historical Society will host a great booth there, our historians displaying items of historical interest 9 a.m.-2 p.m., an event that happens only once a year.

Aug. 13, 14, and 15, watch for the annual Kimball Days Festival to be announced in this column in this great local newspaper.

September, October, and November Ð more Historical Society events Ð watch for announcements in this column.

Moments in time: In 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York aboard the French ship Isere. In 1928, Amelia Earhart embarked on a trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Wales Ð the first by a woman. In 1965, Astronaut Edward White became the first American to walk in space, during the flight of Gemini 4.

The habitual generosity of our volunteers goes on and on. We're not talking about your wallet, but your hearts. Many thanks to all.

If you'd like to reach us with your comments, membership, questions, or restoration donations, write, cal or e-mail the Kimball Area Historical Society at Box 100, Kimball MN 55353, or (320) 398-5743, or 398-5250, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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