Published in the Tri-County News Nov. 1, 2001.
Text by Edward C. Rucks, Editor, in The Kingston Progress, Vol. 1. no. 1 (Dec. 12. 1939).
The town of Kingston is the largest civil subdivision of Meeker County, embracing all of township 120 north, range 29 west, and the south half of township 121, of the same range. It contains in all 34,389.39 acres, of which 1,337 were covered with water. It is located in what was known as the Big Woods. The Crow River that crosses its territory from west to east three sections 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26 and 25, seems to have been the boundary line between the prairie and forest, south of it being mostly prairie and north of it the timber. I am mentioning this about the early history in regard to the timber and prairie for the benefit of those who are not familiar with the early conditions.
Major Highlights for the Week
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1864
Six horses and ponies died in a fire in the White House stables in Washington. The President attempted to get the animals out, but to no avail.
The Confederate raider Florida came out of Brest, France, after being laid up since August, and evaded the watching U.S.S. Kearsarge. Two blockade-runners were destroyed by the U.S.S. Florida off Masonborough Inlet, N.C.
Thursday, Feb. 11, 1864
Federal Major General William T. Sherman continued to move upon Meridian, Miss.
Fighting broke out near
Madisonville, La., and Lamar, Texas. Meanwhile, a Confederate raid under Major H.W. Gilmor attacked the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad near Kerneysville, W.V., throwing a train off the tracks and robbing the crew and passengers.
Join the St. Cloud Area Genealogists on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. to hear a presentation by local genealogist Dan Schroeder. He will discuss two case studies on familial relations and how to use evidence and proof to understand your family tree. A family tree, also known as a pedigree or ancestry chart, represents family relationships in a conventional tree structure and is vital to understanding genealogy.
St. Cloud Area Genealogists’ meetings are free and open to the public at the Stearns History Museum 235 33rd Ave. S.,
Major Highlights for the Week
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1864
SHERMAN’S MERIDIAN, MISS. CAMPAIGN BEGINS
With more than 26,000 men, Federal Major General William T. Sherman left Vicksburg, Miss., on an expedition to destroy Confederate-held railroads in the state and to damage the Confederates in and around the city of Meridian. Cooperating with Sherman were 7,600 cavalry. Confederates in Mississippi, under General Leonidas Polk numbered approximately 20,000 and were widely scattered.
Thursday, Feb. 4, 1864
Skirmishing became heavier as Major General William T.
Sherman’s Federals advanced from Vicksburg through the old battlefields of 1863. General
Leonidas Polk’s Confederates fell back before the invaders as fighting broke out at Liverpool Heights, Champion’s Hill, Edwards’s Ferry and near Bolton Depot.
Other action occurred at Moorefield, W.V., Columbia, La., along with Hot Springs, Mountain Fork and Rolling Prairie, Ark.
Text from the Jan. 30, 1975, Tri-County News. Reprinted Feb. 6, 2003.
The following letters have been received from members of the group stranded in Kimball during the blizard [of ’75].
Dear Father Jim:
Just wanted to express my appreciation to you and St. Anne’s for your generosity and hospitality over last weekend. I just can’t tell you how much it meant to us to be so fortunate to encounter such a place as St. Anne’s and such a person as you. And I can promise you neither will ever be forgotten.
Thank you so much for everything.
Bless you always.