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Community Club of Kimball is One of Action and Result

Reprinted from the Tri-County News Feb. 8, 2001. Text is from the St. Cloud Daily Times June 19, 1922.

Good Work Done By Members Recorded In Story By Brower

“Claude” Brower of Kimball not only a banker, but he is likewise an optimist and carries to a successful issue almost everything he undertakes. He is a leader in his community, and when he goes after a thing he gets it. Mr. Brower does not devote all of his time to counting sheckles, for he stands for everything that will advance the interests of not only his town, but the county and state as well.

He believes in more and better dairy cows; in the proper planting and harvesting of grains, and in improved agricultural conditions from every angle. When anything new comes along that carries merit, he is for it and gives it a chance. Just recently the slogan down Kimball way was “More and Better Tobacco,” and to this end a meeting was called by the Kimball Community Club, of which Mr. Brower is treasurer, to discuss the ways and means to this end.

Some two years ago, Mr. Brower told a most interesting story through The Farmer of
St. Paul which carries much valuable food for thought that it is repeated in these columns at this time. His message clearly defines the possibilities of co-operation and how easy it is to get a thing if one goes after it.

The following is his narrative, and it is well-worth reading: “The Kimball Community Club came into existence during the “Valley Forge” days of deflation in January 1921. Times and conditions were woefully bad, we were looking for someone to blame. Town and country were in the same boat, but did not know it. The boat was, figuratively speaking, drifting on an uncharted sea. The water was dark and gloomy. The town and country occupants of the boat began to talk things over in the Kimball Community Club and they soon turned the boat around and began to “pull for shore,” and through their united efforts, a fairly safe landing has been made.

“The use of the Village Hall was donated by the City Council, and monthly meetings were held there and the hall was always filled to capacity, some 400 to 500 people. At each alternate meeting, an outside speaker would talk on community life. At the intervening meetings, local talent and country school districts would furnish the program. The members found the Village Hall good for winter programs, but realized a summer playground was needed. So they appointed a committee which found a 4-acre tract in the heart of the village, only a block from the post office. The committee found, or rather estimated, it would cost $3,000 to buy the land, tile it and level off a large hill. They soon found in town and country 30 men who gave $100 each to finance the project. It was soon learned this $3,000 was insufficient to build a sales pavilion and other improvements so they evolved a plan to reach all the village and country around for further financial aid. The club appointed four solicitors for the Village, and four for each of the four mail routes going out of Kimball. These solicitors traveled until they met. At night, the sheets showed a variety of donated things. Some donated a pig, a sheep, a cow, a peacock, guinea hens, chickens, turkeys, geese, sack of beans, a sack of potatoes and many other articles. And farmers donated labor, both man and team. The sale of produce netted $730, and about $300 worth of labor was pledged. The grounds were leveled off, a sales pavilion erected, ball diamond leveled, two wells driven and each one was lucky enough to strike a spring of ice-cold water. These wells are operated with ordinary cistern pumps.

“These grounds are now used as a community park tourist camp, ball grounds, for fourth of July celebrations, Legion field day, and a two-day session of the Tri-County Fair each year. A charge is made at the fair of 35 cents for adults and 15 cents for children. This money, derived from admissions, is used to pay premiums at the fair. The Kimball Tri-County Fair has never asked for any county or state aid. The number of those who pay admission average better than 3,000 people at each fair.”

(To be continued in two weeks.)

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It’s been an exciting start of springtime in Kimball’s Historical Society as we celebrated “Our Country Schools” for the Community Expo, and will feature this theme during 2014, and the Kimball Days Festival of August.

Attending the April 5 event were 1,070 people, and congratulations to our society’s door prize winners listed in the April 17, 2014, Tri-County News, page 18.

If you missed the vintage postcard collecting program and speaker April 22, we hope you’ll make it to some of our future ones starting June 24, great speakers, open to all, no charge, refreshments to follow. Watch this column for details.

If you have a photo of the “Willing Workers’ Hall” could we copy it for the Kimball Historical Society collection. It was once located just north of Kimball on Highway 15. Please contact us.

You can join our society anytime, renew currently, the price is right. If you have a story and/or photos you would share, please contact the Kimball Area Historical Society at Box 55, Kimball MN 55353, or call (320) 398-5250, or 5743, speak to us at a meeting/event, or email kimball
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May is National Preservation Month