Woman manager of service station shows civic pride

Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
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Invests $12,000 to build one of finest stations in whole county

One would hardly think of going to a village of 500 population to see the finest filling station in the county, but this, nevertheless, can be seen at Kimball, where Idella Bender has shown her faith in the oil business by the investment of more than $12,000 in such a plant. It is known as the Ever-Ready Oil and Service Station. It is built of stucco, 38x40 feet in size, and of most attractive design. The building is modern in every respect and includes steam heat, both hot and cold water, bathrooms, shower baths, rest rooms and garage facilities.

The station is located a short distance from the turn into the village coming from the northeast. Twenty-four hour service is featured which will be a matter of much convenience to the night traveler. Mr. and Mrs. Bender occupy modern home quarters in the rear of the building. They handle the Tri-County Oil Company products.

This is a very reliable concern and worthy of consideration. The business is under the direct management of Mrs. Bender.

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Kimball Area's early settlers had to live off the land for everything including "sweets" like maple syrup and sorghum syrup. Richard Eckman and Duane Stanley not only gave us lots of this history, but also stories from one of those early settlers, Julia Frost. Even the refreshments included sweet sorghum, and we left this April 26 program well-informed and well-fed. We thank them both for a sweet evening. Hope you were there.

Celebrating Kimball's "Quas-qui-centennial" this year will not only highlight how the railroad led to the creation of the Kimball community, thus our theme "History in Motion," but you'll want to follow and attend the many special events to be included throughout 2011. These are open to the public and free of charge. Watch this column every two weeks, all year, for details.

Preservation is a good thing. It has been estimated that it takes 16 times more energy to construct a building than to operate it for a year. If you use an existing building, rather than constructing a new one, you get 16 years of energy conservation by taking advantage of its embodied energy. There is good ecological sense in preserving structures. You'll want to stop by Kimball's Historic City Hall this year as each year Kimball's Historical Society has been able to secure matching grants for your much-appreciated donations, and its Phase 5. Many thanks for your help to accomplish this.

To make tax deductible donations, renew memberships, join this society, or just have questions about area or your own history, and general information, contact the Kimball Area Historical Society at Box 100, Kimball MN 55353, or call (320) 398-5250, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Preserve, protect, promote

May is National Preservation Month