Come to the Stearns History Museum from 10:30-noon Saturday, March 16, to enjoy a cup of coffee and a conversation with Bill Morgan, author of Earth, Wood, Stone Volume II. Bill will talk about how the book came to be and why, then he’ll take questions and lead discussion about local history.
Many of you know Bill through his fascinating articles in the St. Cloud Times, or as the beloved retired history professor from St. Cloud State University. Bill is an authority on architectural structures and a gifted storyteller. This book is a compilation of stories about historical places in our area, with the Morgan touch! Bill will be autographing copies of his books (available at the Museum Gift Shop).
Cost is free to members, $5 to non-members. Location is Stearns History Museum and Research Center at 235 S. 33rd Avenue, St. Cloud, MN 56301.
Major Highlights for the Week
Wednesday, March 4, 1863
The U.S. Congress adjourned. Fighting occurred at Unionville, Tenn., and at Independent Hill in Prince William County, Va., Federal forces moved from Franklin to Spring Hill, Tenn. The Federal cavalry escaped after being surrounded by Confederates under Brigadier General Nathan Bedford Forrest and Major General Earl Van Dorn.
It is that time of year when winter is getting a tad old and we all are looking forward to spring and the wondrous things that come with it, including baseball. Spring training is under way for the pros, and it won’t be long until the local boys of summer, our town teams, take to the field.
Looking back in history, baseball has always played a prominent role in Watkins. One of the earliest teams in town history played in what was known as the Great Soo League and dates back to 1926. Charter teams were Watkins, Eden Valley, Holdingford, Albany, Paynesville, Waite Park, St. Joseph, and St. Anthony Parish of St. Cloud.
Major Highlights for the Week
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1863
The U.S. Congress completed passage of the Conscription Act. President Abraham Lincoln signed an act setting up a national banking system and national currency, plus a Currency Bureau of the Treasury was established with the position of Comptroller of the Currency.
The U.S.S. Vanderbilt seized the British merchantman vessel Peterhoff as a blockade-runner. The capture was ordered by Acting Rear Admiral Charles Wilkes, who ordered the boarding of a British vessel during the Trent Affair previously. The Peterhoff was bound for Matamoros, Mexico, and the British claimed that the United States had no authority to stop trade with Mexico, despite some of the goods finding their way into the Confederacy.
Thursday, Feb. 26, 1863
The Cherokee Indian National Council repealed its ordinance of secession, abolished slavery, and vigorously proclaimed its support for the Union.
Near Woodburn, Tenn., Confederate guerrillas halted, captured, and burned a Federal freight train with merchandise, government stores and 240 mules.