Still have cows, horses, chickens
Text from St. Cloud Times, around 1960. Reprinted from the Nov. 29, 2001, Tri-County News.
Mr. and Mrs. Christ Flint aren't planning an early retirement.
Flint, who is 84, and his wife, 81, have farmed on their 200-acre farm five miles northwest of Kimball for the past 49 years, and they have no intention of leaving now.
Although most of the land is rented out on a share basis, the Flints still have 25 head of cattle, three horses, chickens, and they maintain a garden in the summer months. Up until this fall, the two did all the chores alone.
When they first moved from Albert Lea in 1901, the farm near Kimball consisted of forest, brush and an old log cabin. That didn't deter them though, from clearing land for crops and from erecting fence posts for stock.
Live in log cabin
They lived in the log cabin for five years until the day they noticed the ceiling beams crumbling. When that day arrived, they decided to build a new home - which they completed in 1911.
Flint, who resembles the late George Bernard Shaw, complete with a white beard and blue, sparkling eyes, kept acquiring land and enlarging his farming activities for his family which numbered four girls and his wife.
During the years, the two have done all their own farming, hiring extra help only during busy seasons.
Mrs. Flint, a spry, white-haired, grandmotherly looking woman, now has help with the housework, and Flint has help with the chores by the addition of a widowed daughter, Mrs. Lottie Bartlett, and her two children, Joseph, 10 and Erma, 15.
The Bartletts moved in this past summer from their former home at Cushing to make their home with the Flints.
The Flints celebrated 56 years of married life this fall - Sept. 23, to be exact. They'll probably go right on celebrating wedding anniversaries and farming for the rest of their lives because they don't like the idea of retiring.
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It's "Happy Anniversary" time for the Kimball Area Historical Society! How time flies. Can you believe we were founded in the year 2000 and Tri-County News has been publishing these "History Matters" columns for a decade? Much has happened these 10 years, though looking back always makes one think that it went fast. We hope to feature during 2010 some of the oldies that are favorites of our readers, so enjoy the year with us, reminiscing.
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Kimball area stories will go on - as long as grass grows
and rivers run!