Tricounty News

H.S. enrollment gains (1936)

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001.

The Kimball schools opened last Monday, Sept. 14, [1936], with a great deal of curiosity and enthusiasm displayed by the students. Everyone seemed eager to get started in the new building and to be able to make use of the new facilities offered.

The building is not completely equipped as yet, as there are several items of equipment yet to be installed. Among these are the laboratory tables, the window shades, the gymnasium and locker equipment, and some light fixtures. The old building is being renovated as rapidly as possible. The floors are being sanded, the walls painted, and the woodwork painted to match up with the new addition. When all this has been accomplished, Kimball should be exceedingly proud of its modern school plant.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Au. 26-Sept. 1, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1863

In a second effort, Federals captured the Confederate rifle pits in front of Battery Wagner on Morris Island, S.C. Other fighting took place at Rock Gap, near White Sulphur Springs, Moorefield and Sutton, W.Va.; Bayou Meto, Ark.; and at Perryville, Indian Territory.

Former U.S. Secretary of War and Confederate general John B. Floyd died at Abingdon, Va.

Thursday, Aug. 27, 1863

At least 10 separate skirmishes marked the day: Bayou Meto, Ark.; Mount Pleasant near Vicksburg, Miss.; Carter County and Clark’s Neck, Ky.; Elk River, Glenville and Ball’s Mill, W.Va.; Edwards Ferry, Md.; along with Little Washington and Weaverville, Va.


Book signing Friday and Saturday

A new book has been published about the history of the huge Gohman family of Central Minnesota.

The book is  called: Our Gohman Story, The Third Generation

Co-Author Fr. Charlie Kunkel will be signing books at two locations. Co-Author Roy Evans lives out-of-state. All interested persons are welcomed.

• The first signing is 2-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in
St. Augusta.

• Saturday, Aug. 31, 9 a.m. to noon, the author will sign books at St. Marcus Catholic Church in Clear Lake.

This book shares the stories of 65 Gohman ancestors who grew up next to the Mississippi River in Central Minnesota. They are the third generation members of the Gohman family that immigrated from Lower Saxony, Germany to the United States in 1843 and migrated from Cincinnati to Minnesota in 1855. The first and second generations are introduced briefly. The lives of the third generation spanned a period from 1868 to 1991, an amazing 123 years. Generally engaged as farmers, they were diverse personalities who responded to life experiences in diverse ways. They lived through times of both great prosperity and deep poverty. They experienced two world wars and dramatically changing technology. This generation of the Gohman family thrived as they adapted to the changes in their lives from the horse and buggy times to the days of the jet plane.

Beyond the Grave

Historic Cemetery Crawls

The Stearns History Museum is proud to present a brand new program – Beyond the Grave… Historic Cemetery Crawls. Join us as we tour cemeteries and meet historical figures along the way. Each character will come alive from beyond the grave to tell their story.

The first crawl is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, and will take place at Northstar Cemetery, 1901 Cooper Ave. S., St Cloud, MN 56301, and the second crawl at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5,, at Calvary Cemetery, 2341 Roosevelt Rd. in St. Cloud.

Crawlers will meet at the cemetery, tour the most historic gravesites, and meet four historical characters buried in the cemetery. After the crawl, participants are invited to the Stearns History Museum to enjoy a dessert bar and coffee. The historical characters will follow up their presentations with a question and answer session at the museum. Each crawl is $25, or both crawls for $45. Limit 30 people per crawl.

Founded in 1936, the Stearns History Museum has focused on preserving and interpreting the history of the region for 77 years. The mission of the museum is to engage people in the exploration of the County’s diverse heritage by providing connections to the past, perspectives on the present, and inspiration for the future. The Stearns History Museum and Research Center is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Maine Prairie farmer has interesting way of telling story of success by hard work

Fred Marklowitz relates story of his labors in pioneer days of county

Reprinted from the Oct. 18, 2001, Tri-County News

The following interesting narrative showing what it is possible to do if one applies himself is best told by Fred Marklowitz of Maine Prairie Township, one of the most successful farmers in Stearns County. The story tells of pioneer day hardships and how Mr. Marklowitz was able to overcome them. He writes as follows:

“On the 27th day of November, 1866, I arrived in the city of St. Paul, coming direct from my old home in Ost Preussen, Germany. I rested for a few days with my brother-in-law who had preceded me to America, and then set about to get work which I secured two days later on a grading contract. This job lasted but 14 days, and my compensation was 90 cents per day for 10 hours work. But, oh, how glad I was to get that much. Very soon thereafter the freeze-up came and I could not find anything to do. Someone suggested that I take a saw and sawbuck, and saw wood around the city. Occasionally we struck work, and sometimes three or four others were waiting for the same job. A great many times I said, with tears in my eyes, “What shall I eat, or what shall I cover up with?” I was penniless, and as poor as a church mouse.