Candace Simar, a writer and poet from Pequot Lakes, has a passion for Minnesota history and Scandinavian heritage. She will discuss her novels and read excerpts from her most recent book about her experiences on a family dairy farm in Otter Tail County in a program at the Stearns History Museum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. This is free to the public.
Her historical novels include, Abercrombie Trail, Pomme de Terre, Birdie, and Blooming Prairie, tell stories of Norwegian immigrants during the 1862 Dakota Uprising and the grasshopper plagues of the 1870s. Simar most recently co-authored a book with her sister Angela Foster entitled Farm Girls.
Join the St. Cloud Area Genealogists as they welcome Candace Simar at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. The Stearns History Museum will have all of Simar’s novels available for purchase in the Museum store.
Major Highlights for the Week
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1863
Federal troops under Major General Ambrose Burnside entered Knoxville, Tenn., cutting the fairly direct railroad link between Chattanooga and Virginia, forcing the Confederates to use a roundabout route from Virginia, down the Atlantic coast, to Atlanta and back up to Tennessee. Burnside’s move was destined to aid Major General William Rosecran’s effort against Chattanooga and Confederate General Braxton Bragg.
The citizens of Nevada rejected a proposed state constitution.
A joint committee of the Alabama legislature approved the use of slaves in Confederate armies and the Alabama house adopted the resolution after slight modifications.
Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001.
The Kimball schools opened last Monday, Sept. 14, , with a great deal of curiosity and enthusiasm displayed by the students. Everyone seemed eager to get started in the new building and to be able to make use of the new facilities offered.
The building is not completely equipped as yet, as there are several items of equipment yet to be installed. Among these are the laboratory tables, the window shades, the gymnasium and locker equipment, and some light fixtures. The old building is being renovated as rapidly as possible. The floors are being sanded, the walls painted, and the woodwork painted to match up with the new addition. When all this has been accomplished, Kimball should be exceedingly proud of its modern school plant.
Major Highlights for the Week
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1863
In a second effort, Federals captured the Confederate rifle pits in front of Battery Wagner on Morris Island, S.C. Other fighting took place at Rock Gap, near White Sulphur Springs, Moorefield and Sutton, W.Va.; Bayou Meto, Ark.; and at Perryville, Indian Territory.
Former U.S. Secretary of War and Confederate general John B. Floyd died at Abingdon, Va.
Thursday, Aug. 27, 1863
At least 10 separate skirmishes marked the day: Bayou Meto, Ark.; Mount Pleasant near Vicksburg, Miss.; Carter County and Clark’s Neck, Ky.; Elk River, Glenville and Ball’s Mill, W.Va.; Edwards Ferry, Md.; along with Little Washington and Weaverville, Va.
A new book has been published about the history of the huge Gohman family of Central Minnesota.
The book is called: Our Gohman Story, The Third Generation
Co-Author Fr. Charlie Kunkel will be signing books at two locations. Co-Author Roy Evans lives out-of-state. All interested persons are welcomed.
• The first signing is 2-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in
• Saturday, Aug. 31, 9 a.m. to noon, the author will sign books at St. Marcus Catholic Church in Clear Lake.
This book shares the stories of 65 Gohman ancestors who grew up next to the Mississippi River in Central Minnesota. They are the third generation members of the Gohman family that immigrated from Lower Saxony, Germany to the United States in 1843 and migrated from Cincinnati to Minnesota in 1855. The first and second generations are introduced briefly. The lives of the third generation spanned a period from 1868 to 1991, an amazing 123 years. Generally engaged as farmers, they were diverse personalities who responded to life experiences in diverse ways. They lived through times of both great prosperity and deep poverty. They experienced two world wars and dramatically changing technology. This generation of the Gohman family thrived as they adapted to the changes in their lives from the horse and buggy times to the days of the jet plane.