Public demonstration of derrick
The public will have the rare opportunity to see the 100-year old wooden Liberty Derrick at work at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve on Saturday, June 15. The derrick will be put into operation as part of Waite Park’s Spas Tag Festival.
Derricks were the main equipment used by granite companies from about 1900 to 1950 for lifting huge blocks of granite from the quarries. Now Stearns County Parks will operate the Liberty Derrick to demonstrate the process to the public. A four-ton block of granite will be hoisted from the quarry floor at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. Excellent viewing locations will be the observation areas along Quarries 17 and 18, and just south of the parking lot.
With high school graduations upon us and the end of the school year near, it’s appropriate that we take time to look back at some history of the schools in our area.
The educational system in Eden Valley began way back in 1887 when a two-room structure was built. J. Winings was appointed the first superintendent of schools.
As important as learning in those early years was, discipline and the teachers could sometimes be very strict. One former Eden Valley resident, Fay Jones remembered “there sure were some cranky teachers.”
One of those teachers was Martha Murray, who taught in the early 1900s.
The Stearns Museum and Research Center invites you to breakfast with Marilyn Salzl Brinkman 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 12. Many of you know Marilyn already, and many more of you know her work. She has shared many of her stories in books and articles. Growing up in central Minnesota on a farm with 14 brothers and sisters, and her lifetime in and around Stearns County have afforded Marilyn many experiences to write about. Her keen eye and warm wit have turned those experiences into great stories.
Her latest book, “Aprons, Flower Sacks & Other Folk Histories”, offers a collection of articles most of which appeared initially in the St. Cloud Times. Here gathered together, the articles add up to a significant contribution to the folk history of central Minnesota.
No doubt, her stories will spark a memory and your own stories, too. It will seem like having coffee with a longtime friend. For members, admittance is free, non-members are $5
The American Alliance of Museums accredits the Stearns History Museum and Research Center. It is located at 235 33rd Avenue South in St. Cloud.
Major Highlights for the Week
Wednesday, June 3, 1863
The first elements of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, 75,000 soldiers strong, was on the move, having left Fredericksburg, Va., in a westerly direction. The decision to invade the North a second time was now underway. One of the first actions of what became known as the Gettysburg campaign occurred near Fayetteville, Va.
The Federal Ninth Army Corps from Kentucky was ordered to Vicksburg to augment Major General Ulysses Grant’s army.
Democrats led by New York Mayor Fernando Wood, met at New York’s Cooper Institute to urge peace.
Published in the Tri-County News May 30, 2002.
I was asked to go to the Elwin Petty home on Carnelian Lake Saturday afternoon to take the picture of the graduating class of 1924 at their reunion. I was given to read Selma’s copy of the excellent booklet composed of 20 mimeographed pages prepared for the event by Catherine Whannel Ray. She used notes from the record of Flora Brower Lee, who had preserved a very complete record of their high school years.