Tricounty News

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 XIII

The year 1914, continued

The Christian Church building, which had stood at Carnelian Lake, was moved to town and served the congregation here until 1929 when the present building was erected. R.L. Wittenberg was the first minister to serve the church after it was moved. Several houses were moved from the old Maine Prairie settlement about that time and located as houses in the village.

In that year, the Farmers Co-operative Equity Elevator was organized and the new elevator erected. M.A. Leppa was the first manager.

It was that year also, that the M.A. Gedney Company located a salting station at Kimball. During that year, F.W. Marshik, Supt. of the local school, placed a proposition before the council that the school would stage a home talent play and turn the net proceeds over to the council for the purchase of opera chairs, providing the council would match the amount so raised. The school realized $70 so the village appropriated a like amount and the chairs were purchased.

No changes occurred on the council as a result of the election of 1915. The council's first action was to raise the saloon license fee to $1,000.

The council issued a franchise to the Union Power Company to construct and maintain electric lines through the village on

Sept. 7, 1915, and the lines were completed and service inaugurated about January first following.

In 1915, the Farmers Creamery building burned and Fred Foss came over from Dassel and built the modern creamery plant on Main street which is now operated by Meyerton and Johnson.

Another new firm in Kimball in 1915 was the Kimball Hardware Company organized by Robert Mackereth and Fred G. Brower, who built a new building which is still occupied by the same firm, although Mr. Brower disposed of his interest in the store in 1929 to J.W. Milan, who was a partner until 1935, when Mr. Mackereth became the sole owner.

Officers of 1915 of the village were re-elected in 1916, except M.C. Caylor who was not a candidate, A.C. Douglass replacing him. After the March 1916 election, the village found itself without saloons for the first time since it was incorporated, the vote on license standing 54 for and 67 against.

In September 1916, the council purchased the two chemical trucks which are still in operation in the village, for the sum of $700.

W.H. French was elected mayor in the 1917 election, with B.A. Linn and W.H. Metcalf being new members on the council.

In April of that year, war was declared and Kimball's boys commenced to respond. George Adkins, John Spaulding and Roger Clay being the first to enlist. Before the war was over, Kimball and vicinity had contributed about 75 men to active service.

In November 1917 the village voted to construct a sewer from in front of the creamery building to the southeast corner of the Fair Grounds park, at a cost of $360.

The 1918 election was uneventful and no changes were made in the officers. At this time, everyone was busy as they contributed everything possible to the prosecution of the war. A unit of the "4 Minute Men" was organized and were addressing every public gathering. Committees were at work continuously to place Liberty Loan allotments, to solicit Red Cross membership and welfare agency contributions. The village hall was not used in the winter of 1918 in order to conserve fuel.

Again in 1919, no changes were made in the village officers.

C.G. Kingstedt who had purchased the Peck store in 1917, was elected mayor but failed to qualify.

Kimball had the distinction in the spring of 1919 of being the first village in Minnesota to oversubscribe its allotment of the fifth Liberty Loan, the so-called "Victory Loan," in appreciation of which the United States government sent them the cannon which stands in the school park.

In the fall of 1919, the people of the village held a homecoming banquet for the returned servicemen at which time preliminary steps were taken to organize a post of the American Legion, which was accomplished the following year. The Post was named Frederick A. Metcalf Post No. 261. The following year, a Unit of the Ladies Auxiliary was organized which was named the Forrest Glenn Adkins Unit, both organizations thus honoring two of the local boys who "Went West" for their country.

The year 1920 saw the building of the Catholic Church. As more residents of the Catholic faith settled here, one of their ambitions was to have their own church and with the assistance of Rev. J.B. Brender, then stationed at Luxemburg, and Rev. E. Mahowald of St. Cloud, sufficient subscriptions were obtained to realize that ambition. First services were held in the church in December 1920. Rev. John Busseman was the first pastor.

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Did you know? Between 1933 and 1940, in Stearns County alone, WPA workers built 573 miles of roads and six new bridges, 11 miles of sidewalks, 13 miles of curbing were also laid, and much more. Come meet a man who has spent his lifetime studying nearly every kind of history, as historian and professor Bill Morgan tells us the "Rest of the story." You're invited to this event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Kimball's historic city hall, downtown Kimball. An evening well spent, with refreshments and free to the public.

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, we're done talking ... you know what we mean when you visited our special anniversary exhibit during Kimball Days of August 2010.

If you'd like to find out how you can be involved in the Kimball Area Historical, secure keepsake souvenirs and cookbooks, and contribute a story for this column, City Hall or something for the permanent collection including photos, please contact us at Box 100, Kimball MN 55353; phone (320) 398-5743, or 398-5250, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Or, if you're in a hurry for a gift, the above-mentioned items are available at the Kimball State Bank or Knaus Sausage House of Kimball. Watch for more to come for October and November, it's always in the Tri-County News.

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Seasons change,

memories last a lifetime!