Tricounty News

June 11: Tobacco farming in Minnesota

Join us at the Stearns History Museum at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, June 11, for a Breakfast Club presentation on tobacco farming in Minnesota by historian and Museum Executive Director Tim Hoheisel.

When we think of tobacco farming in the United States, we imagine Virginia, Kentucky and Southern states. Definitely not Minnesota. Yet tobacco was grown statewide in Minnesota from about 1860 to 1940, and later. By the end of its time as a cash crop, the area of heaviest tobacco farming was in Stearns County. Hoheisel will talk about the history of this unique crop and show many photos from the Museum’s collection. This presentation is free to members, and $7 for non-members. The museum is located at 235 33rd Ave. S. in
St. Cloud.

About the presenter: Tim Hoheisel has a BA in history from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MA in public history from
St. Cloud State University. He has been working in museums and researching and writing about agricultural history since 1997. He has been the Executive Director of the Stearns History Museum since July 2013.


This Week in the American Civil War: June 1-7, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, June 1, 1864


As Federal infantry arrived in the Cold Harbor area of Virginia near the 1862 Seven Days battlefields around Richmond, they found that the Confederates had already arrived. Confederate Major General Richard H. Anderson’s corps attacked Major General Phil Sheridan’s cavalry near Old Cold Harbor in the morning, and the two assaults were repulsed. Major General Horatio Wright’s Sixth Corps relieved Sheridan by midmorning. Major General William F. Smith’s 18th Corps was delayed and did not arrive until late afternoon. Wright and Smith pressed an assault at 6 p.m. but Confederate resistance stiffened, forcing the two Federal corps to entrench in their advanced position. Federal Major General Winfield Scott Hancock’s Second Corps was ordered to hold the south end of the line. During the night, both sides continued to entrench.

In Georgia, Federal cavalry under Major General George Stoneman captured Allatoona Pass, an all-important railroad link to Chattanooga, which enabled Major General William T. Sherman to advance his railhead closer to the fighting lines.


Commemorating a darker day in Fair Haven

Fair Haven locality hit by tornado

Three seriously injured. Others injured and bruised. Stock killed.

Reprinted from the Tri-County News June 27, 2002.

A tornado which struck the Fair Haven and Lyndon townships, Stearns County, at about
4 p.m. Monday, May 2, 1927, caused severe injuries to five people, and did damage estimated at $100,000, completely wiping out the homes of Albert Giese, Ernest Triebel and Rhinehart Maurer.


This Week in the American Civil War: May 25-31, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday May 25, 1864

Federal Major General Joseph Hooker drove towards the Confederate position at New Hope Church, Georgia, but the defenders repulsed the attacks during a fierce thunderstorm. The attack not only resulted in high casualties, but slowed the momentum of Federal Major General William T. Sherman’s campaign.

Thursday, May 26, 1864

As darkness fell, Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant and Major General George G. Meade began withdrawing the Army of the Potomac across the North Anna River. The army would then cross the Pamunkey River and head toward Hanovertown, Virginia, far around the right of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

Further west, in the Shenandoah Valley, Federal Major General David Hunter headed from Strasburg and Cedar Creek toward Staunton, Virginia. Hunter had about 16,000 men and was opposed by Confederate Brigadier General William E. “Grumble” Jones 8,500 men.

As Major General William T. Sherman’s entire Federal army pushed forward slowly, skirmishing was quite heavy. By evening, the two armies were very close to each other and entrenched. The character of the Atlanta Campaign now changed from mainly a campaign of movement and occasional fighting to a war of entrenchments on both sides. The actions were known as “about Dallas” and Burned Church, Ga., in the official records.


This Week in the American Civil War: May 18-24, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, May 18, 1864

The days of comparative quiet around Spotsylvania, Virginia ended when two Federal corps led a dawn assault on Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s left flank, dug in new entrenchments. The Federals charged several times without success. Major General George G. Meade, Army of the Potomac commander, ordered the drive abandoned. After further shifts by the Federals to probe the lines, Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant decided that the enemy was too strong to be defeated in his present position, and once more started moving to his own left to attempt to get around Lee’s right flank.

Fighting occurred at Fosters’s Plantation and near City Point (present day Hopewell), Va., as Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard fended off attacks by Major General Benjamin Butler’s Army of the James from their base of operations at Bermuda Hundred landing.

In Alabama, skirmishing broke out at Fletcher’s Ferry and in Pike County, Ky., along the Wolf River.