Tricounty News

Kimball School Second Annual Homecoming

Published in the Tri-County News Dec. 14, 2000, Text courtesy of Tri-County Messenger, Sept. 28, 1939.

It’s the year 1939, and the celebration of the Second Annual Homecoming this year will be to honor the 26th anniversary of the Kimball High School. Plans are now nearly complete to make this a gala celebration, and it is hoped that a large number of former students of this school will attend the reunion during the Homecoming celebration.

Festivities will open with a huge bonfire and snake dance on Thursday evening of next week, Oct. 5. This affair will be held on the playground on the north side of the school. A pep fest will be held which will be followed by a snake dance through the streets of Kimball.

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Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Sept. 16-22, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1863

Major General William S. Rosecrans was concentrating his Army of the Cumberland in the area of Lee and Gordon’s Mills on Chickamauga Creek, Ga., about 12 miles south of Chattanooga, Tenn. There were several days of skirmishing in the vicinity.

Confederate President Jefferson Davis wrote to General Robert E. Lee expressing his concern over the withdrawal from Chattanooga and the “inexplicable” loss of the Cumberland Gap. He hoped that General Braxton Bragg would soon recover the lost ground.

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Civil War digest: This week 150 years agoSept. 9-15, 1863 Sept. 2-8, 2013 Au. 26-Sept. 1, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1863

Confederate General Braxton Bragg and his Army of Tennessee had left Chattanooga. Realizing that Federal Major General William S. Rosecrans’ Army of the Cumberland was cutting in behind him, Bragg reluctantly abandoned the city and withdrew into Georgia. Troops of Rosecrans’ army entered, while others marched ahead in an attempt to push Bragg further south. The Federals were spread out over 40 miles of mountains south of Chattanooga, and soon learned that Bragg was at Lafayette, Ga., much closer than they suspected. The Union army did not hold the rail and river center of Chattanooga and a skirmish broke out at nearby Lookout Mountain, Ga.

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St. Cloud area genealogists welcome Candace Simar

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.

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Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Sept. 2-8, 2013 Au. 26-Sept. 1, 1863

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.

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