Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The History of the Soldiers Shrine of Holdingford
On September 6, 1942, Holdingford, Minnesota dedicated the nation’s first shrine built to honor those who served in the United States Armed Forces, WWII, both abroad and at home. Dubbed as the largest and most spectacular religious event in the history of Holdingford, an estimated five thousand people were in attendance. The day’s ceremonies were opened by a town parade during which two flights of Taylor Cub Airplanes flew in low formation over the line of march and dipped their wings in salute to the Flag.
Among the dignitaries in attendance were Governor Harold Stassen of Minnesota; Fred Schilplin, publisher of the St. Cloud Daily Times; Rev. Gilbert Winkleman, O.S.B, Dean of the School of Architecture at St. John’s University; Charles Brenny, Mayor of Holdingford; Dr. E. J. Schmitz, master-of-ceremonies, and Father J. Kromolicki pastor of St. Hedwig’s Church.
Harold E. Stassen, then Governor of Minnesota gave praise to the countless volunteers making Father J. Kromolicki’s vision a reality and stated that, “ The nation must hold true to the basic rights and precepts given them by God or a just peace would be but a vain hope. America with its grand freedom and its love of justice and truth must take the lead in obtaining a just and lasting peace and not merely an armistice.”
Fred Schilpin, St. Cloud Daily Times, paid tribute to Father Kromolicki, pastor of St. Hedwig’s Church, for his vision and dedication to seeing this undertaking materialize. “This beautiful community’s Soldiers’ Shrine is the expression his love and the love of all the people of Holdingford, Stearns County and central Minnesota for the defenders of democracy everywhere.” And in speaking of the shrine he stated that, “ It will stand through the years as a loving patriotic tribute and a physical emblem of the faith of the whole community of Holdingford.”
Statistics: The Shrine was designed by Rev. Gilbert Winkelman, O.S.B., Dean of the School of Architecture at St. John’s University and constructed by Edward Feia, son Donald, and many parish volunteers. Over 540 loads of fieldstone from area farmers were used in the construction.
Located in the corner lot directly across from St. Hedwig’s Church, the Shrine is 42 feet long, 18 feet wide, and 22 feet high. Four carved angels adorning trumpets stand in procession followed by a large statue of Christ the King. Plaques with names of over one hundred soldiers were at one time embedded into the walls of the shrine, but today are no longer visible. The four crosses on the shrine are in memory of four young men from Holdingford who died during the; (1) Elmer Kerestes, Pearl harbor, (2) Walter R. Mattson, St. Lo, France; (3) Walter Krystosek, Anzio Beach, Italy, and (4) Joseph Troxil, U.S. Navy who died at sea. Recently the crosses have been updated in stainless steel and
the addition on another which is dedicated to all men and women serving in our armed
For seventy years the Shrine nestled in the backdrop of Holdingford has been a symbol of community faith and pride for those who have served and are serving our county. This Shrine has been dutifully kept up by parishioners of All Saints-St. Hedwig and many
members of the community of Holdingford. We call on you to visit the Shrine and take part in the history and pride of Holdingford.

Information provided by the Stearns County History Museum
Article written by Michelle Kiley, Holdingford.
Photos by Deborah Binsfeld, Holdingford.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Way Back When Recipes

Herald-March 1,1951

Corn Flake Kisses

1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup melted shortening
1 cup flour (sifted before measuring)
1 cup corn flakes
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/3 cup chopped nuts
1 cup finely cut dates
combine sugar,shortening and egg.sift dry-add to mixture-drop from a teaspoon onto a greased cookie sheet,flatten tops slightly-bake in a 400 oven for 10 minutes

Way Back When

Herald-February 25,1971

Quickest Way to Wipe Out A Friendship is by Sponging

Lane's Lockers
coke-16 oz-8 pkg-plus deposit-89c
Meadow Gold- Ice Cream-1 gal.$1.19
Hollywood Bread-3 for 99c
Oak Grove Cottage Cheese-29c

The Right Place
Newly Remodeled-Every Sunday-After Church Special
Waffles or Hot cakes-with maple syrup-Sausage and Coffee-75c
Raised Doughnuts while you wait-2  and coffee-25c
Big Dinner Special-Broasted Cornish Game Hen-and all the trimmings-and coffee-$1.75
Supper Special- Italian Spaghetti with meatballs ,salad, garlic bread,coffee-$1.50

Herald-March 1,1951
900 boys and girls who are members of 4-H Clubs in Stearns County will be among 2 million rural young people throughout the nation who will observe National 4-H Club Week March 3-11.During the week they will rededicate "heads,hearts,hands and health" to working togetherr toward a better home and world community

Up until Wednesday morning we've had regular spring weather.Saturday it rained all day,followed by lightening that evening.Wednesday at 8:30 am it started snowing and our usual Minnesota Blizzard,with a 50 mile an hour wind is predicted,and by 1:30 pm about 4 inches of snow had fallen,with drifts on Main Street over a foot high .The Holdingford Public School dismissed at 1 pm

Herald-Feb 26,1931

The Holdingford HERALD is your HOME PAPER and should be in every home in the vicinity of Holdingford-THe Herald costs $1.50 a year

Four hundred thousand pounds of tobacco were sold at the Eden Valley warehouse of the Minnesota tobacco pool this week and according to the average price paid the farmers of the pool in that section received $34,000 for their crop

Evaporation, caused by open lakes and drouth, is threatening Minnesota's lakes,reports from the state game and fish department indicated Monday.Weather bureau statistics revealed that the past three months have been the driest in the state's history,Precipitation for February so far is .55 of an inch below normal and during December and January a deficiency of 1.16 inches below normal was recorded.

March 1st,1881,the old state capitol was burned-January 3rd,1905,legislature convened in new State Capitol