Tricounty News

New, Research Center Workshops

Wednesday, Nov. 20, free for members, $5 for non-members

Have you ever wondered what resources are available in the Research Center and Archives of the Stearns History Museum? Come and find out. The Stearns
History Museum is offering a new monthly class to highlight the many resources available and show you how easy they are to access. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, our archivists will teach an Introduction to the Research Center and Archives workshop. We will show patrons how to use our archives and all of the different databases and collections that are available. Want to learn even more? We will offer an additional in-depth workshop every other month with our archivists highlighting one of the resources available at our facility.


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.