Tricounty News

Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2013

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday November 25, 1863


Federal Major General Ulysses Grant ordered Major General William T. Sherman to move against Tunnel Hill and the north end of Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Major General Joseph Hooker was to move from Lookout Mountain to try to cut off a Confederate retreat into Georgia or to follow the enemy. Major General George Thomas was to move into the center when Sherman reached the ridge, where General Braxton Bragg’s Confederates were dug in though weakened by the loss of Lieutenant General James Longstreet’s corps who were dispatched to Knoxville.

Soon after sunrise, Sherman’s troops attacked without success. Heavy fighting continued until midday which found the Confederates still in control of Missionary Ridge.


My Legacy: Dr. Elmer E. Keithahn (1913-2000)

Reprinted from the Tri-County News Sept. 5, 2002.

Openings for doctors at that time were relatively scarce. I was hired by Dr. Sherwood in Kimball, Minn. It was a depressed area of the state with a lot of poor people and poor farm land. Dr. Sherwood hired me for $1,500 the first year – a little less than what other members of my class made. Nowadays doctors, under similar conditions, would make $50,000 a year.

I lived in a rented room in a private home, and ate at Schmidt’s Café where the teachers and other people would eat on occasion.

Liability insurance was $14 a year. One could buy a nice one-story house in Kimball for $3,500.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Nov. 18-24, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1863

A special train of four cars left Washington for Gettysburg, Pa. Although depressed because his son, Tad, was ill and Mrs. Lincoln was very upset, the president related a few stories en route. Upon arrival in Gettysburg, Lincoln spoke briefly to a crowd outside the Wills House on Gettysburg Square before retiring for the night.

Military operations included skirmishes near Germanna Ford, Va.; Trenton, Ga.; Carrion Crow Bayou, La.; and at Shoal and Turkey creeks in Jasper County, Mo.


JFK and Eugene McCarthy

Watkins native was front and center during JFK assassination


Fifty years ago when the world’s eyes were focused on the city of Dallas and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a man who grew up in tiny Watkins, Minn., found himself near the center of the tragedy.


Sen. Eugene McCarthy’s life changed dramatically after the death of Pres. Kennedy, and as it did, the people of Central Minnesota followed it closely.


The hometown boy who attended Catholic grade school, played first base on the local town team, and would go on to graduate from St. John’s University, would become a voice of calm and strength during those troubled times in November 1963, and beyond.


Ten years is a long, long time

The following is reprinted from the Tri-County News Oct. 3, 2002.

Highway No. 15 North, remains bad in spite of State Dept. promise

Below is printed an item which appeared as an editorial in the St. Cloud Journal-Press in September 1925, and it is reprinted here as it seems a fitting reminder of the condition of that portion of Trunk Highway No. 15 lying north out of Kimball when it was under local control, in view of the fact that the road is now listed in all state highway road condition bulletins as “impassable”.

Frequently many highways may become impassable because of extraordinary and unusual weather conditions but how can the Highway Department excuse itself for allowing an important link in the Trunk highway system, such as the stretch from Kimball to Luxemburg to become impassable because of a lack of either building, or proper maintenance? The men employed on maintenance of this stretch have accomplished all that anyone could with the equipment that they have been furnished, but from allowing the grade to wear down over a period of years, to such an extent that it becomes a “canal”, with the previous ditches higher than the road bed, it is impossible to maintain the road without grading by heavy maintenance equipment.