Saturday, July 27, the city of South Haven celebrated South Haven Days with parade, variety entertainment, professional wrestling, and their
annual car show. Large crowds were on hand to enjoy the festivities.
An open house to meet and greet the new Executive Director of Stearns History Museum Tim Hoheisel is planned for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, with members’ luncheon 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It is free admission to the open house with admittance to the museum’s exhibit galleries and research center to tour. The luncheon is free for members who are asked to RSVP by July 31.
About the Ford Model K
Henry Ford early on was involved in building and racing large cars. He did so in an effort to learn and demonstrate what worked and what failed. His goal was to become, in a crowded field of automobile manufacturers, a recognized name and force.
The first cars Henry made for sale to the public were small two-cylinder eight-horsepower cars in 1903. He identified his first automobile as a Model A. During the next couple of years the cars got slightly larger and slightly more horsepower. In 1906, Ford introduced the Model K. It, compared to earlier Fords as well as most other cars on the market, was a very large and prestigious automobile. It was just shy of eight feet tall, had a wheel base of 120 inches, six cylinders (most autos at the time had two or four) which created 405 cubic inches (big even by today’s standards), developed 40 horsepower and was guaranteed to reach at least 60 miles per hour.
The price for the Model K was $2,500 without the top or windshield, and $2,800 with these items. It proved to be a bit of a stumbling block. Starting in 1906 and for a period of about 30 months nearly 1,000 Model K’s were produced and sold. Records show that the Model K was a significant contributor to Ford’s profitability.
Come and celebrate South Haven Days with us, you can attend the parade at 11 a.m. and then walk over to Zion United Methodist Church for the car show and family activities!
There’s something for everyone!
The Children’s games and sidewalk chalk drawing will be from 11:30-12:30 p.m. Everyone’s a winner and every child will receive a prize.
The Big Fun Show is great entertainment for the whole family from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on the grass by the west side of the church. In case of rain it’ll move inside. Its comedy, juggling, magic and modern Vaudeville, a one-man circus performed by Mr. Fun himself Dave Walbridge and it is incredible fun for everyone. The whole family can enjoy the performance. This is a Legacy Funded event, sponsored by the Annandale/Kimball Great River Regional Library. Bring your own chair or blanket and relax and enjoy the show.
The first ever Nystrom family reunion was held Saturday, June 29, at Willow Creek Park in Kimball. Descendants of Nils and Carrie Nystrom were invited to share photos and
stories and family heritage. Nils and his brother Olof were some of the original settlers in the French Lake area emigrating to this country from Sweden in 1879 and 1870 respectively. Carrie arrived in Cokato from Sweden in 1881 and married Nils in 1882, leaving a long family legacy in this area. A good time was had by all and another family reunion is being planned for 2015.