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 X

Beyond 1903, continued

In January 1904, 500 feet of fire hose was purchased. Feb. 15, 1904, the Rural Free Delivery was inaugurated from the Kimball office with three routes. O.F. Hewitt being the carrier on No. 1, Guy Moss on No. 2, and J.B. Vincent on No. 3. The wages were $50 per month.

Two fire extinguishers and five street lights were added to existing equipment in the fall of 1904, and Moses Boggs was hired to take care of the street lights at $3 per month.

At the election of 1905, W.T. Greely was elected recorder and S.J. Phillips, Sr. councilman. In April 1905, a franchise was granted to the Kimball-Maine Prairie Telephone Company and a central office established in the village in the Emma Lytle millinery building. In the same month, Myron Keech was granted a permit to build a barber shop where the L.L. Olson building now stands. An appropriation of $5 per month was granted for a public library. A cement walk was built from the corner of Hazel Avenue and Oak Street along the north side of Hazel Avenue to the present Christian Church corner by D.M. Brown, at a cost of 65¢ per square yard and 26¢ a running foot for curb.

Oct. 8, 1905, a dedication service was held for the new church which still serves the congregation of St. John's Lutheran Church. In October 1905, the council voted to purchase a park if it could be accomplished for not to exceed $50 per acre.

W.J. Bullivant was elected mayor in March 1906, and E. Peck recorder. That year, Lawrence Gasser became the owner of the saloon in the Cold Spring building. S.C. Walters came to Kimball as Soo agent.

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Join us for the annual "Supper in the Park" from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at Willow Creek Park in Kimball. We're celebrating our society's 10th birthday with the favorite menu of hot roast beef on bun, baked beans, coleslaw, chips, dessert and beverage at only $6 per adult, $3.50 for children ages 6-12, and under 6 are free. For this special 2010 event, enjoy music by Richard Eckman and Friends, in celebration.

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Main Street is the heart of small-town America. The proud landmnark on the corner of Main Street and Hazel Avenue is Kimball's historic city hall, the only visible evidence of area history. Join us in air-conditioned comfort there at 4-8 p.m. Friday Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, for our annual history exhibit featuring some new/old artifacts and more. You'll enjoy the progress of preservation Phase 5, and prizes, souvenirs, historians, plus unique 2010 displays and treats during our society's 10th year.

Don't miss "Audrey's Coffee Nook" on Main Street; watch for sign from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. Homemade cinnamon rolls, juice or coffee. Please plan to join us for this special treat. Proceeds go to city hall project.

Today in history Ð Isaac Singer, in 1851, was granted a patent on the sewing machine. In 1898, Hawaii was formally annexed to the United States. In 1960, the first balloon satellite, the Echo One, was launched by the United States from Cape Canaveral. In 1972, the last American combat ground troops left Vietnam.

What's ahead? It'll be here in no time. Sept. 28, another "first" about the WPA Project from 1933 until in 1998 when "the best bricklayers and stonemasons in the country" completed the project. Please plan to join us for an unforgettable evening with Bill Morgan, a favorite speaker. Oct 26, another first-time unique program Ð watch for that announcement right here. Nov. 16, History Holiday Potluck Ð watch for that announcement again right here.

For more information on all the above and more, any donation you have for our society and/or this column, please feel free to contact the Kimball Area Historical Society, Box 100, Kimball MN 55353; phone (320) 398-5743, or 5250; e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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