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  • The History Of Kimball's Linn Hardware: And Now You Know

    Karen Bivens, The Observer|Apr 24, 2024

    Linn Hardware, a local business fixture in Kimball's early years, was founded in 1893 by Eric Gustav "Gus" Linn. He came to Kimball about 1886 to work for Hoagland Lumber Co. at 101 S. Walnut St. In 1893, he bought out the owners, adding a line of hardware and farm implements. The business moved to 104 S. Walnut St. in 1907, after the initial structure, measuring 50 feet by 80 feet, was erected. A few years later, the south addition was built for a shop. About 1917 or 1918, the brick section,...


    Karen Bivens, The Observer|Mar 21, 2024

    The definition of legacy is something that can be passed on. But legacy can take many forms. It may be one’s faith, ethics or core values. It also may be monetary or asset gifts. Legacy may come from one’s character, reputation and the life they lead, setting an example for others and to guide their futures. There are many people in Kimball County who left a legacy – not necessarily monetarily or with property, but by their character, reputation and leading by example. I think of Gotte Park. It was started by a man who loved trees and wanted to...


    Karen Bivens, The Observer|Jan 18, 2024

    The blizzard started Sunday, January 2, 1949. The morning was a cold chilly morning. By Sunday night the blizzard was raging in full force. On Monday morning the temperature had dropped to five below zero and had stayed there all day, On Monday, January 3, the wind was raging up to 60 miles an hour, blowing snow into tremendous drifts. The snow was so heavy that you could only see up to ten yards in town and a few feet in the country. About 11 p. m. on Tuesday, the storm was beginning to...