When compared with the town celebrations of today, those of earlier times were quite sedate. People of that time liked to party, mind you, but they were not as extravagant as they are today with fireworks and parades.
All they needed was some good music, a little drink and a lot of food and the fun was sure to follow.
That’s probably because during the pioneer years, people worked harder and had less time and opportunity for leisure activities.
Of course, people back in the day didn’t need a town festival to celebrate. A barn raising was enough of an occasion to bring hundreds of neighbors together. In addition, come the first Saturday night that the barn was complete, the laborers would gather to celebrate their accomplishment and let off a little steam, especially on the new “dance floor.”
Major Highlights for the Week Wednesday, June 17, 1863
Confederate General Robert E. Lee continued moving his forces northward into Maryland. Skirmishes occurred at Catoctin Creek and Point of Rocks, Md. Cavalry units skirmished at Middleburg, Thoroughfare Gap and Aldie, Va.
In Vicksburg, Miss., the siege continued. Federal forces were constantly annoyed by the attacks on transports and other vessels on the Mississippi River such as one on this day near Commerce, Miss.
In the midst of the despair of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal gave more than 200 struggling Midwestern farm families an extraordinary opportunity: the chance to start over on the Alaskan frontier. The Matanuska Colonization Project of 1935 was a bold government experiment to relocate these families. “Alaska Far Away” tells the story of the struggles that the project and its participants encountered, and the families who found themselves thrust into the national spotlight along the way. Join us at the Stearns History Museum for one of two free showings of this movie: at 10 a.m. Monday, June 24, and at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13.
Text from The Meeker REA
Pioneer, October 1975; reprinted in the Tri-County News Oct. 2, 2003.
The following are incidents relating to those who were residents of Meeker County during the late 1850s and the early 1860s, as told by their descendants, who have recalled various incidents and stories told by their relatives who took refuge in the (Forest City) Stockade at the time of the Sioux Indian Uprising in Meeker County.
These are but a few of the stories that might be told about the residents of that time.
Major Highlights for the Week
Wednesday, June 10, 1863
Citizens north of the Potomac River were already alarmed about an impending Confederate advance, even though the Confederate army was not on their soil. Major General Joseph Hooker, commanding the Federal Army of the Potomac, wrote to Lincoln that it was now the time to march on Richmond, Va. Lincoln replied, “I think Lee’s Army, and not Richmond, is your true objective point.”