Tricounty News

Kimball Telephone Company

Reprinted from the Tri-County News April 19, 2001.

Communication in Maine Prairie was very limited. One news source was the St. Cloud newspaper that was delivered by the stagecoach as it passed through town. The other was a single telephone that was located several miles out of town in a private home where all calls were made and/or received.

The first franchise for a telephone company in Kimball was made in 1905. The original owner is not currently known. Phillip Vollmen purchased the company in 1913, and operated it for several years. In 1917, he sold it to J.W. Johnson, who owned and operated it until 1928, when he sold it to Henry Steckleberg.


Cold Spring, after World War II

Stearns History Museum is presenting their October Breakfast Club from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. The presenter is John Decker, Director of Archives at the museum. John will give a PowerPoint presentation on how some of Cold Spring’s structures and institutions have survived and thrived, or may have fallen by the wayside since the mid 1940s. First presented in October 2008, Cold Spring residents and the casual observer will be surprised with the amount of change that has occurred in just the last five years.

This event is free to members, non-members $5.

Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Sept. 23-29, 1863 Sept. 16-22, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1863

In Washington, President Abraham Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and other cabinet officials and military officers discussed relieving Major General William Rosecrans at Chattanooga, Tenn. They agreed to send the Army of the Potomac’s 11th and 12th Corps under command of Major General Joseph Hooker.

Skirmishing occurred around Chattanooga at Summertown and Lookout Mountain. In the East Tennessee Campaign, skirmishing flared at the Federally held Cumberland Gap.

Major General George E. Pickett was assigned to command the Confederate Department of North Carolina.


Kimball School Second Annual Homecoming

Published in the Tri-County News Dec. 14, 2000, Text courtesy of Tri-County Messenger, Sept. 28, 1939.

It’s the year 1939, and the celebration of the Second Annual Homecoming this year will be to honor the 26th anniversary of the Kimball High School. Plans are now nearly complete to make this a gala celebration, and it is hoped that a large number of former students of this school will attend the reunion during the Homecoming celebration.

Festivities will open with a huge bonfire and snake dance on Thursday evening of next week, Oct. 5. This affair will be held on the playground on the north side of the school. A pep fest will be held which will be followed by a snake dance through the streets of Kimball.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Sept. 16-22, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1863

Major General William S. Rosecrans was concentrating his Army of the Cumberland in the area of Lee and Gordon’s Mills on Chickamauga Creek, Ga., about 12 miles south of Chattanooga, Tenn. There were several days of skirmishing in the vicinity.

Confederate President Jefferson Davis wrote to General Robert E. Lee expressing his concern over the withdrawal from Chattanooga and the “inexplicable” loss of the Cumberland Gap. He hoped that General Braxton Bragg would soon recover the lost ground.