I was 6 years old when the Men’s Society of Holy Cross Church in Pearl Lake held its first annual fish fry in 1963.
I must have attended the event, but I don’t have any particular memories of that first meal. It’s just that I have so many memories of the fish fry that they all seem to run together.
For many years as a young boy of the parish, I was expected to work at the event, waiting on tables. We had to wear white shirts back in those days, with ties. The ties would eventually not be required, and then some years later the white shirts would be phased out as well. I guess young boys waiting on tables and wearing white shirts might not have been the best idea.
Since the food is served cafeteria style, our job as servers was to make sure people had beverages of milk, coffee or water, and that the tables were always well stocked with breaded fish.
The Stearns History Museum invites you to experience Stills & Swills: A Taste of Prohibition. Bring your secret password to Anton’s Restaurant, a 1920s speakeasy, and enjoy a three-course meal and whiskey tasting. This event will feature Elaine Davis, author of, who will present on the rich history of bootlegging in Stearns County.
Tickets are $50 for Museum members and $60 for non-members. Please RSVP by Nov. 11, as seating is limited. Tickets and more detailed information will be mailed prior to the event. Reserve your ticket by calling the Museum at (320) 253-8424.
Join us at Anton’s Restaurant, 2001 Frontage Rd. N., Waite Park, Monday, Nov. 18. A cash bar social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with Prohibition Cocktails served in mason jars. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a liquor tasting and presentation to follow.
On the 25th anniversary of his business in Kimball - 1953
Reprinted from the Tri-County News July 11, 2002.
Andrew M. Maus started a business in Kimball in 1928 when he moved to Kimball from Watkins with his wife Mary and his three oldest children Rosalia, Fabiola and Andriette. At that time the Standard Oil station, which is still a part of this place of business, was constructed.Both Mr. and Mrs. Maus were born and raised in Watkins, and were married there. Mr. Maus attended St. John’s University where he took a business course. He was first employed at Ehler’s store in Watkins, and later worked in the bank there.
Major Highlights for the Week
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1863
During the night of Oct. 28-29, Confederates under Lieutenant General James Longstreet, concerned over the attempts to relieve Chattanooga, Tenn., attacked Brigadier General John W. Geary’s troops at Wauhatchie in Lookout Valley. Despite an intense drive with larger numbers, the Confederates failed and by 4 a.m. the engagement ended in confusion. Northern losses were 78 killed, 327 wounded and 15 missing for a total of 420 casualties. Confederates lost an estimated 34 killed, 305 wounded and 69 missing for an aggregate loss of 408.
Thursday, Oct. 29, 1863
For the last three days of October, Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, S.C., continued to receive a heavy pounding from the Federal bombardment. There were 33 casualties among the rubble, pounded by 2961 rounds. Still, the Confederate standard flew over the fort.
Major Highlights for the Week
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1863
Federal Major General Ulysses Grant conferred with displaced commander, Major General William Rosecrans, at Stevenson, Ala., and then headed to Chattanooga, Tenn. From Bridgeport, Ala., to Chattanooga, Grant faced almost impassable, muddy, washed-out mountain roads and was further handicapped by being on crutches since his fall from a horse in New Orleans.
Thursday, Oct. 22, 1863
Federal Major General Ulysses Grant continued to toil over the atrocious roads en route to Chattanooga, where Major General George H. Thomas doggedly resisted the Confederate siege.
Elsewhere, fighting broke out near Volney, Ky.; New Madrid Bend, Tenn.; Brownsville, Miss.; Bloomfield, Mo.; and at Annandale, Rappahannock Bridge and Bealeton, Va.