Tricounty News

Hardy settlers’ thrills and experiences

Leaving the embryo village of St. Cloud, they pushed on for 15 miles, following a blazed trail, to what was named Maine Prairie, where two families of Greelys had preceded them. Here they homesteaded near a beautiful lake which my grandmother christened Pearl Lake, and such it has been always called.

Here my grandfather built a comfortable log house and here, just as Minnesota was kicking off her territorial, swaddling clothes, my aunt, their only daughter,
Mrs. Mary Street, came into the world just in time to allow her to become a member of the Territorial Women’s Pioneer Club. The only playmates my aunt and her brother had were the Indian children whose camping grounds were on the shores of Pearl Lake near their home. The Indians at this time were very friendly, and the white children went among them freely with no fears.

Grandfather and grandmother as well as many other settlers had many amusing experiences with these natives. The following story grandfather used to relate with glee, for it showed the stolid Indian had a very keen sense of humor. Two bucks and a squaw came into the barnyard one day and with many signs made grandfather understand they would like some of his stacked hay for their ponies. Grandfather made signs that they could have as much as the squaw could carry. She bent over and the bucks began piling hay on her back. To my grandfather’s dismay, there seemed to be no limit to the load the squaw could carry. For as she went down the road, she looked like a moving haystack. The Indian men were amused at grandfather’s wrath at his stack disappearing, and for a long time after they would laugh and point to the haystack when they came to the house.

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Just finished, one of the most exciting years in Kimball School history with the All School Reunion. A big year, a big event, as we close our 12th year of existence and these “History Matters” columns in the Tri-County News. Twelve years of continuous research, stories and photos, articles, exhibits, incredible speakers and programs all year long, planning committees of volunteers for every event.

All School Reunion yearbooks are still available. For more information, tax deductible donations to this society including membership (new or renewed), gifts, contact the Kimball Area Historical Society at Box 55, Kimball MN 55353, or call (320) 398-5743, or 5250, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You’ll also find us on Facebook And keep watching this column for sensational 2013 coming events.

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