Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
In laying out the amount of land to be included in the incorporated village, it was considered necessary to include a sufficient amount for purposes of taxation to raise money needed for the operation of the village and as property values were low, they included in the incorporation the south one half of sections one, two, and three and the north one-quarter of sections 10, 11, and 12, thus making the limits three miles long and three-quarters of a mile north and south.
A large amount of work confronted the first council and their time must have been heavily drawn upon. One of their first official acts was the designation of the Kimball Prairie News as the official paper. After consideration, they issued two saloon licenses at a fee of $500 each per year, the first licenses being issued to Friedman, Haeman, and Oster and Chas. Brost. They issued Chas. Lytle an auctioneer's license at $5 and Frank Belknap a dray license for the same amount. The Poll Tax, to which every voter was subject, was set at $3, or two days work. A jail was ordered built at a cost of $85, C.P. Cater being the contractor.
Page and Smith, surveyors, were hired to establish the grade of the streets, sidewalks were ordered in, to be eight feet wide on Main Street, with three stringers and top planks of not less than one and one-half inches and of oak, other sidewalks were narrower according to the importance of the streets. It appears that the home paper, Kimball Prairie News, didn't qualify as a legal publication, as they paid the St. Cloud Journal Press $74.50 for publishing the ordinances adopted.
July 4, 1892, was the first celebration held, being held in the popple grove approximately where the Peter Eckman home now stands. (Editorial note: this is the home where Robert and Penny (Eckman) Blanchard now live with their three boys in the year 2010). M.E. Kenny, Tom Metcalf and John Nelson were special police for the day. About this time, Cass, the recorder, left town and John Kennedy was appointed to fill the vacancy.
In February, 1893, the council purchased a fire cart, with hose and nozzles for $1,078. However, they reserved the option of cancelling the order if a similar one which Eden Valley purchased didn't prove satisfactory, an option which they later exercised.
At the March, 1893, election, Dan Bixby, who was then employed in the Beckman drug store, was elected Mayor, Frank Driver, who built and was operating the new hotel, and E. Mayhew, the first blacksmith, were elected as councilmen, A. Mumford holding over.
An incident of that spring was the death of a small girl in the Wells family from diphtheria and the order was for burial before 6 a.m. Elmer Eaton, who was then running the livery barn, which had been built by Will and Ira Bowen, furnished two teams for the funeral, burial being made near Lake Francis. At that time, men were hired to guard the premises where contagious diseases were present.
A petition of citizens to open Elm Street across the railroad tracks was denied after a hearing at which Geo. B. Young represented the railroad company. H.L. Tompers was appointed postmaster in August 1893. Addie Whiteside, who found herself without means of making a living, upon appeal to the council was purchased a ticket to Illinois where relatives resided. In October of that year, four kerosene street lamps were purchased, the first for the village.
To be continued.
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Coming events: June 22 another "first" in Kimball that you won't want to miss. A farming enterprise like no other around here, presented by founding farmer Frank Schiefelbein.
Save June 26, our historians host a special booth at Fairhaven's Old Settlers Festival, beginning with a most unusual, but great, parade right past the park.
Soon after that, Aug. 13-15 weekend is Kimball Days with our Historical Society's 10th anniversary special celebration. Stay tuned to this column for more details.
Want to advance historic preservation, at the same time as multiplying your charitable gifts? Thanks to your generosity and matching grants, phases 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the Kimball City Hall restoration is complete.
We enter into phase 5 during 2010. Did you know it is the only structure in Kimball listed on the National Register of Historic Places, thus qualifying for the grants that have paid for half of the restoration? What you may not know is that the National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of properties deemed worthy of preservation. The Register is maintained by the National Park Service of the United States Department of the Interior, and is administered by a Historic Preservation Office in each state. The National Register recognizes properties that have local, state, or national significance. Properties may be listed on the Register because of their architectural or engineering significance, or because they contain important information about our history or prehistory.
The National Register process begins with research to establish the basis for a property's significance. This information is recorded on a nomination form presented to the Minnesota Historical Society State Review Board, a volunteer group of citizens and professionals with expertise in history, architecture and archaeology. If the nominated property is found to meet Register criteria, it is sent to the State Historic Preservation Officer for signature, and then to the Keeper of the Register in Washington for final review. If the nomination is approved, the property is placed on the National Register. And that's how Kimball's 1908 historic City Hall gained that status in 1982. Now you know.
It's not too late for membership renewals or other donations, information and stories, please contact the Kimball Area Hstorical Society at Box 100, Kimball MN 55353, or (320) 398-5250, or e-mail <
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