THE TOWN OF KIMBERLY, MINNESOTA
These photographs were contributed by Randy Wall
Photo enhanced by Rodolfo, professional photographer from Brazil.
This abandoned country schoolhouse represents a piece of rural America that
is fading from the scene. The outhouse is already gone. Betty Wall and Lois Hagman, The Nickander Twins, attended school here. Did you? Tell us about it. Kimberly never lost a ball game!
Kimberly Coin Purse
Kimberly in the 1880s
Kimberly Post Office and Store with the Oppegard House
(Randy's mother's house) beyond.
The Oppegard House
Randy's family occupied the house for twelve years.
THE NICKANDER TWINS ~ LOIS AND BETTY
As babies, they were called "LoloBett"
Miss Kimberly of 1943
It was a tie that year!
This photo, "The Mirror Twins," was taken for the Gambles Stores.
Lois, Willard, Betty and Cal
Lois Elaine Nickander married Willard Magnus Hagman and Betty Jane Nickander married Calvin Edward Wall, her high school sweetheart, in a double cemetery on May 26, 1945, at the Kimberly Church. They had their 50th anniversaries in 1995 and are still going strong today (2002).
Both couples still live in the area today. Betty and Cal are Randy's parents. He says, "I had two mothers when I was growing up!"
Matt and Ida (Swanson) Nickander's Family
Aitkin, Minnesota, 1947
Matt and Ida at top.
Clockwise: Bert, Nicky, Alfhild, Isabelle, Carl.
The Twins, Lois and Betty, are in the middle.
Jeanine Marie Perkins writes:
"My father, John A. Perkins, was born and raised in Kimberly. His father, John A. Perkins Sr., owned an auto mechanic shop that was located across from the Depot until it burned down. He was also a railroad worker. My grandmother's name was Bertha (Hinton) Perkins and their house was located on a hill behind the old schoolhouse."