Tricounty News

Do you remember these good old days?

Reprinted from the Tri-County News March 4, 2004.  Text is from a personal letter dated June 25, 1972

Dear Lois & Richard:

Your letter turned my thoughts back many years, and memories of those days are vague, to say the least. It was the spring of 1901 when we moved to Kimball. My father died in Sept. 1903, and Mother sold the farm and we moved back to Minneapolis in the spring of 1904. An elderly couple named Withey, and their son Guy, bought the place. They came from either Shakopee or Chaska, possibly near where you are located. They brought many head of cattle, and our barn was large enough to accommodate them, but I guess they felt more pasture land was needed, and sold the property and moved on to North Dakota. I think they lived there only two or three years. I know nothing of who bought the farm from them or the present owners, the Holmans.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago April 15-21, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, April 15, 1863

Major General Ulysses S. Grant’s forces continued to move from Milliken’s Bend on the Mississippi River to below Vicksburg, Miss., skirmishing near Dunbar’s Plantation on Bayou Vidal, La.

President Abraham Lincoln expressed his concern to Major General Joseph Hooker, Army of the Potomac commander, regarding the slow pace of Major General George Stoneman’s cavalry operations.


Civil War digest: April 8-14, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, April 8, 1863

Major General John McClernand’s Federal forces continued operations below Milliken’s Bend around New Carthage on the Mississippi River. In addition to preparing roads and bringing in supplies, skirmishing was frequent, including a brief fight at James’s Plantation.

Skirmishing occurred on the Millwood Road near Winchester, Va.; and at St. Francis County, Ark.


Burma-Shave: The verse by the side of the road

Compiled by the Kimball Area Historical Society

From The Kimball Tri-County News Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004.

Once, long ago, cars went slow, and “super” highways were two lanes.

One of the joys of driving back in those good ol’ days was reading the Burma-Shave signs by the side of the road. One after another, they told a little upbeat story, all with the punch line “Burma-Shave.”


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago April 1-7, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, April 1, 1863

Confederate Lieutenant General James Longstreet’s command was reorganized to create the Department of North Carolina under Major General Daniel H. Hill, the Department of Richmond under Major General Arnold Elzey, and the Department of Southern Virginia under Major General S.G. French.