Tricounty News

Civil War digest: Jan. 13-19, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1864

Confederate President Jefferson Davis told General Joseph E. Johnston at Dalton, Ga., that for the army to fall back would be so detrimental, both military and politically, that he trusted that Johnston would “not deem it necessary to adopt such a measure.”

President Abraham Lincoln urged Major General Nathaniel Banks at New Orleans to “proceed with all possible despatch” to construct a free state government for Louisiana and urged Major General Quincy A. Gillmore to do the same in Florida.


Civil War digest: Jan. 6-12, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1864

Confederate guerrillas attacked the steamer Delta on the Mississippi River, one of numerous such incidents occurring on the Western rivers. Skirmishes took place at Flint Hill, Virginia, and at Dalton, Georgia, both areas where the major armies remained at rest.

Until the end of the month, Federal troops under Kit Carson operated against the Navajo Indians from Fort Canby, New
Mexico Territory, the Canon de Chelly area. Many Navajos were sent to a reservation at Bosque Redondo in a sad condition.


Reserve your place in history

W-Gary-Abbott287From the Tri-County News Nov. 1, 1962, reprinted Thursday, March 8, 2001.

Four days in the life of Gary Abbott were re-discovered during our weekly indexing of history by The Kimball Area Historical Society. He recently wrote a letter to the editor, and is a regular subscriber to the Tri-County News. Local boy visits U.N.

Now seems a good time to congratulate him once more in recognition of his 1962 achievement. It is hoped that our history
columns are enjoyed by Gary and others.

Gary Abbott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Abbott, was among a group of 78 persons who spent four full days in New York City observing the world organization in action. Each day there were some hours when U.N. personnel and members of various delegations spoke to the seminar on the activities of the U.N. and issues currently being debated.


More memories of the railroad

I just wanted to add a little to the history of the railroad through Kimball.

When I was in elementary school in Kimball, we lived on the old Doctor Sherwood Guernsey Farm, if people can remember that.

Every Sunday morning, I would wait for the westbound Soo Line train to go through Kimball. The train ran just south of the house, so it was just a short walk to watch the train. I would sit or stand by the fence, and every Sunday morning, the train crew would toss out the Minneapolis Sunday Tribune for us. We never had to buy a Sunday paper. Besides, we probably could not afford it anyhow.


Cokato Historical Society 14th annual New Year’s open house

The Cokato Museum & Historical Society invites the public to its 14th annual New Year’s open house from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in the Centennial Room of the Cokato Public Library.

As a part of this open house, a demonstration of the Finnish custom of “melting tin” will be held. Small pieces of tin are melted in an iron lathe then cast into a pail of cold water, where the tin forms unique shapes. Tradition holds that these shapes will foretell the upcoming year. Area residents familiar with this custom are especially encouraged to attend.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact the museum at (320) 286-2427, on the web at, or check out their Facebook page.

The Cokato Museum is a cooperative effort of the city of Cokato and the Cokato Historical Society.