Tricounty News

Commemorating a darker day in Fair Haven

Fair Haven locality hit by tornado

Three seriously injured. Others injured and bruised. Stock killed.

Reprinted from the Tri-County News June 27, 2002.

A tornado which struck the Fair Haven and Lyndon townships, Stearns County, at about
4 p.m. Monday, May 2, 1927, caused severe injuries to five people, and did damage estimated at $100,000, completely wiping out the homes of Albert Giese, Ernest Triebel and Rhinehart Maurer.


This Week in the American Civil War: May 25-31, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday May 25, 1864

Federal Major General Joseph Hooker drove towards the Confederate position at New Hope Church, Georgia, but the defenders repulsed the attacks during a fierce thunderstorm. The attack not only resulted in high casualties, but slowed the momentum of Federal Major General William T. Sherman’s campaign.

Thursday, May 26, 1864

As darkness fell, Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant and Major General George G. Meade began withdrawing the Army of the Potomac across the North Anna River. The army would then cross the Pamunkey River and head toward Hanovertown, Virginia, far around the right of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

Further west, in the Shenandoah Valley, Federal Major General David Hunter headed from Strasburg and Cedar Creek toward Staunton, Virginia. Hunter had about 16,000 men and was opposed by Confederate Brigadier General William E. “Grumble” Jones 8,500 men.

As Major General William T. Sherman’s entire Federal army pushed forward slowly, skirmishing was quite heavy. By evening, the two armies were very close to each other and entrenched. The character of the Atlanta Campaign now changed from mainly a campaign of movement and occasional fighting to a war of entrenchments on both sides. The actions were known as “about Dallas” and Burned Church, Ga., in the official records.


This Week in the American Civil War: May 18-24, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, May 18, 1864

The days of comparative quiet around Spotsylvania, Virginia ended when two Federal corps led a dawn assault on Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s left flank, dug in new entrenchments. The Federals charged several times without success. Major General George G. Meade, Army of the Potomac commander, ordered the drive abandoned. After further shifts by the Federals to probe the lines, Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant decided that the enemy was too strong to be defeated in his present position, and once more started moving to his own left to attempt to get around Lee’s right flank.

Fighting occurred at Fosters’s Plantation and near City Point (present day Hopewell), Va., as Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard fended off attacks by Major General Benjamin Butler’s Army of the James from their base of operations at Bermuda Hundred landing.

In Alabama, skirmishing broke out at Fletcher’s Ferry and in Pike County, Ky., along the Wolf River.


American Legion is 95

Happy 95th birthday to American Legions of the nation!

Purpose with action

The American Legion has become the most successful of all veterans’ organizations because it has combined a high purpose with resolute action.

The justification for the existence of any organized group is measured by what it stands for and what it does. In these two respects, the American Legion is tops. It is built around the ideal of the preservation of the free institutions of America.


More on the Kimball Community Club Part 2

Reprinted from  the Tri-County News Feb. 22, 2001.

Text from St. Cloud Daily Journal-Press, March 20, 1928.

“Soon after the Community Club was organized, a committee was appointed which found 12 members interested in recreation for children. The result being, they bought a good second-hand merry-go-round. They reasoned that where children are found, their parents would be also. The merry-go-round is stored in the pavilion, and on celebration days is set up and operated at a charge of 5¢ a ride. These 12 men have long since received their money back, and continue to operate the merry-go-round for the amusement of the children of the community.

“The past summer, the Legion members of the community built a building on the grounds at a cost of $3,000 and dedicated it as the Legion Pavilion. Programs and dances are held frequently. The hall and grounds are policed by Legion members, who allow no liquor on the grounds, and maintain conditions so that parents of the community can safely let their children go there for amusement and recreation.