Tricounty News

Boiler explodes at Kimball Creamery, 1954

Reprinted from the Tri-County News Sept. 6, 2001.W-Creameryexplosion284

Kimball was shaken Friday morning, Dec. 24, 1954, about 11:30 when a large boiler at the Kimball Creamery and milk drying plant exploded and shot into the air, landing in the driveway between the creamery and the drug store.

The force of the explosion tore the roof from the rear of the building, crumbled the walls, and a fire was started. At the moment of the explosion, only two men employees were within the building. Tony Pelzer received wounds in the abdomen, and burns and lacerations about his face and arms. He was taken by Granite City Ambulance to the St. Cloud Hospital where he had surgery to determine the extent of the abdominal injury. His condition proved to be not serious, and it was thought he might be released by Wednesday.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Oct. 7-13, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1863

Federal signalmen observed unusual movement in the Confederate army along the Rapidan River in Virginia and skirmishing flared at Hazel River and at Utz’s and Mitchell’s fords.

Skirmishing also occurred at Farmington, Blue Springs and Sims’s Farm near Shelbyville, Tenn.; near Warsaw, Mo.; Evening Shade and Ferry’s Ford, Ark.; in the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; and at Charles Town and Summit Point, W.V.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 1863

It was a quiet day, even though fighting broke out near James City and along Robertson’s River, Va., and near Chattanooga, Tenn.

Confederate President Jefferson Davis arrived in Atlanta and praised Georgia’s war effort, eulogizing the patriotism of troops. He was greeted by cheers.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Sept 30-Oct. 6, 1863

Major highlights for the week

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1863

Skirmishes occurred at Cotton Port Ford, Tenn., along with Neersville and Woodville, Va., plus the destruction of a Confederate salt works at Back Bay, Va. Mild bombardment of Fort Sumter continued in Charleston Harbor.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 1863

In cavalry operations around Chattanooga, Tenn., Major General Joseph Wheeler’s Confederate forces fought at Mountain Gap near Smiths’s Crossroads, and also captured a large Federal wagon train. From Nashville, President Abraham Lincoln was informed that all the 11th and part of the 12th Corps en route to the Chattanooga area had passed through the Tennessee capital.

In Virginia, investigations and skirmishing occurred near Culpeper Courthouse, Auburn and Lewisville. Fighting also broke out at Elizabethtown, Ark., and near Harper’s Ferry, W.V.


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.