Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Dear Mrs. Hoeft: The name Greely goes back 68 years with me. My folks were the Emulus L. Patten family that lived on the Rumsey farm closed to the North Kingston Cemetery. Harry Willis lived just across the field from us. The Criders lived just up on the corner from our place. When my mother died from a ruptured appendix, three of us boys went to live in Kimball with
Mrs. Sam Robinson, Waldo, Marvin and Alene's mother. They were so good to us. Harry Wills drove my mother to the Litchfield hospital where she died. That was the old hospital which is a rest home presently. My mother and father are buried in the old North Kingston Cemetery. Some of my father's family is also buried there. Most of the names on the tombstones are familiar to me. The Magnuson name is familiar because Fern Robinson (Mrs. Sam) was a Magnuson. I have an idea that Janet Robinson, your assistant, came from this line of Robinsons. Often, I think of the two little grocery stores in Kimball across the street from each other on the corner near the train tracks and the fairgrounds. In my day, there were horse and buggies coming and going all the time. My aunt and uncle, the Milton Smiths, often were occupying one of them. Eden Valley was my mother's home town. When I come through Kimball, it is nice to see the old city hall still there. I went with the Morse Jensens (Cora) to see my first silent movie there. Wish I could remember the name. Don't let them tear it down. We lived with Fern's family down a block from Main Street, right next to the blacksmith's shop.
If I don't sign off soon, you will just put the whole thing in the wastebasket. Don't hesitate to use any of this. If you have a copy
machine, maybe you would be so kind as to send me a copy. By the way, because Mrs. Marvin Jensen sent me an ad for the Tri-County News, I am writing for a year's subscription. Am also including a picture of my dad's band. If you want to use it, you are most welcome to do so. If you send it back when you are done, that would be great. Someone up there could give you every name, I'm sure. Am sending you a year's subscription. If that has changed, just let me know. Sincerely, Leland T. Patten Box 1084 Grand Marais, Minn. 55604 P.S. My father and his brothers helped to build the old Pleasant Grove school house. (Note: LeLand Patten was born July 2, 1917, and died
Dec. 7, 1991.) ********** Feb. 23 has passed. The St. Anne's Pass to China history will long remain in our memories, as presented by Dan Becker and Morgan Woodward for the extraordinary program at our February meeting. Hope you were there. ********** Be sure to attend Kimball's fifth annual Community Expo Saturday, March 29, between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. We'll be celebrating 150 Minnesota state years and 100 Kimball City Hall years to be featured for 2008. Prizes, entertainment and dozens of fabulous booths of area interest. Details will continue in the Tri-County News each week prior. ********** We're deeply grateful for generous support through memberships in this historical society and the restoration/preservation of Kimball's historic city hall, with Phase 3 completed during 2008, and an exciting Phase 4 happening during 2009. Did you know our city hall is the only national landmark we have? ********** To respond or participate in any of the above, the Kimball Area Historical Society is located at Box 100, Kimball, Minn. 55355 by mail or phone us at (320) 398-5743, (320) 398-5250 or (800) 252-2521. We want to hear from you. ********** "Fond flashbacks."