Tricounty News

Civil War digest: Nov. 4-10, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1863

Confederate General Braxton Bragg sent Lieutenant General James Longstreet’s corps from the Chattanooga area to face Federal Major General Ambrose Burnside’s forces in east Tennessee in an effort to retrieve the Knoxville area into Confederate hands and re-establish communication with Virginia. Because Federal Major General William T. Sherman’s forces were still en route from Vicksburg, Miss., and had not arrived in Chattanooga yet, Major General Ulysses Grant knew that he could not act upon Chattanooga and had no reinforcements to offer to Burnside. Burnside would have to hold on as best as he could.

Confederate President Jefferson Davis visited James Island along with the forts and batteries around Charleston Harbor, S.C.


Memories of a special community event

I was 6 years old when the Men’s Society of Holy Cross Church in Pearl Lake held its first annual fish fry in 1963.

I must have attended the event, but I don’t have any particular memories of that first meal. It’s just that I have so many memories of the fish fry that they all seem to run together.

For many years as a young boy of the parish, I was expected to work at the event, waiting on tables. We had to wear white shirts back in those days, with ties. The ties would eventually not be required, and then some years later the white shirts would be phased out as well. I guess young boys waiting on tables and wearing white shirts might not have been the best idea.

Since the food is served cafeteria style, our job as servers was to make sure people had beverages of milk, coffee or water, and that the tables were always well stocked with breaded fish.


Stills & Swills: A Taste of Prohibition

The Stearns History Museum invites you to experience Stills & Swills: A Taste of Prohibition. Bring your secret password to Anton’s Restaurant, a 1920s speakeasy, and enjoy a three-course meal and whiskey tasting. This event will feature Elaine Davis, author of, who will present on the rich history of bootlegging in Stearns County.

Tickets are $50 for Museum members and $60 for non-members. Please RSVP by Nov. 11, as seating is limited. Tickets and more detailed information will be mailed prior to the event. Reserve your ticket by calling the Museum at (320) 253-8424.

Join us at Anton’s Restaurant, 2001 Frontage Rd. N., Waite Park, Monday, Nov. 18. A cash bar social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with Prohibition Cocktails served in mason jars. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a liquor tasting and presentation to follow. 

A history of Andy Maus, Sr.

On the 25th anniversary of his business in Kimball - 1953

Reprinted from the Tri-County News July 11, 2002.

Andrew M. Maus started a business in Kimball in 1928 when he moved to Kimball from Watkins with his wife Mary and his three oldest children Rosalia, Fabiola and Andriette. At that time the Standard Oil station, which is still a part of this place of business, was constructed.W-Andy-Maus290Both Mr. and Mrs. Maus were born and raised in Watkins, and were married there. Mr. Maus attended St. John’s University where he took a business course. He was first employed at Ehler’s store in Watkins, and later worked in the bank there.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1863

During the night of Oct. 28-29, Confederates under Lieutenant General James Longstreet, concerned over the attempts to relieve Chattanooga, Tenn., attacked Brigadier General John W. Geary’s troops at Wauhatchie in Lookout Valley. Despite an intense drive with larger numbers, the Confederates failed and by 4 a.m. the engagement ended in confusion. Northern losses were 78 killed, 327 wounded and 15 missing for a total of 420 casualties. Confederates lost an estimated 34 killed, 305 wounded and 69 missing for an aggregate loss of 408.

Thursday, Oct. 29, 1863

For the last three days of October, Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, S.C., continued to receive a heavy pounding from the Federal bombardment. There were 33 casualties among the rubble, pounded by 2961 rounds. Still, the Confederate standard flew over the fort.