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Clayton D. Bacon
Source: Minnesota, its Story and Biography, Vol. 3, by Henry Anson Castle, 1916; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Clayton D. Bacon. Of the native sons of Minnesota who have attained to official position and the esteem of their fellow-citizens, none is better known in Cass County than the present incumbent of the office of county auditor, Clayton D. Bacon. A long experience in public life, combined with a practical knowledge of business affairs, commended him to the people as an acceptable candidate for this office in the November elections of 1914, and he entered upon the duties of his position in January, 1915. While he has been in charge of the county’s affairs as auditor for only a comparatively short period, he has already demonstrated that the people will have no reason to regret their choice.

Clayton D. Bacon was born on his father’s farm in Alberta Township, Benton County, Minnesota, July 23, 1878, and is a son of A. G. and Margaret (Donnell) Bacon, and a member of a family which originated in England and whose first American representative came to this country during colonial times. A. G. Bacon was born at Whitehall, New York, in 1838, and at the outbreak of the Civil war enlisted in the band of the Ninety-sixth Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, which was attached to the Army of the Potomac, and with which he served bravely and faithfully for one year. About the year 1871 Mr. Bacon came to the West, locating at Ottawa, LeSueur County, Minnesota, where he established himself in business as the proprietor of a photographer’s studio, but subsequently turned his attention to farming and located on a property in Alberta Township, Benton County. Agricultural operations there occupied him until 1884, when he came to Cass County and settled on a farm, and continued to cultivate the soil until his retirement, at which time he located in the Village of Pillager, his present home. Mr. Bacon married Miss Margaret Donnell, who was born at Moriah, New York, and they became the parents of three children, namely: E. P., who is postmaster and a merchant at Pillager; William, whose death occurred when he was two years of age; and Clayton D., of this notice.

Clayton D. Bacon received his education in the country schools of Cass County, and was reared on his father's farm. It was not his intention, however, to devote his life to agricultural pursuits, and at the age of eighteen years he secured a position as clerk in a store at Pillager, being thus employed until 1900. In that year he started a grocery store of his own at that place, which he conducted with a fair measure of success for five years, but in 1905 disposed of his interests therein and became manager of a creamery company and cold storage plant. He also traveled in the interest of several ventures of this kind, from Wadena, Minnesota, and Jamestown and Kulm, North Dakota, and at Jamestown was manager of a branch plant. Returning to Pillager in 1911, he entered a store for a time, and then was appointed clerk of the schools of Cass County, a position to which he was subsequently elected, and which he held until elected county auditor of Cass County, November 3, 1914, for a term of four years, his official duties beginning January 1, 1915. In December, 1914, he removed with his family to the county seat, at Walker, and here his offices are located in the courthouse. Mr. Bacon maintains an independent stand in regard to political matters, and has friends and admirers in all parties. While a resident of Pillager he served as village recorder for two years, and wherever he has resided he has been an active co-operator in beneficial movements. With his family he belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Bacon is well and favorably known in fraternal circles, belonging to the Modern Woodmen of America, Camp No. 6171, Pillager, of which he was clerk for four years and venerable consul one term, and to the Brotherhood of American Yeomen, No. 848, Pillager, of which he served as treasurer for one year.

Mr. Bacon was united in marriage in 1899, at Pillager, to Miss Edith M. Wright, daughter of Charles H. Wright, who is engaged in agricultural operations in the vicinity of Pillager. To this union there have been born four children, all of whom are attending the public schools of Walker, Vera E. being in the eighth grade; Glen in the seventh grade; Lila in the sixth grade and Warren in the second grade.

Farley A. Dare
Source: Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

DARE Farley A, Walker. Editor and publisher. Born June 22, 1876 in Elk River Minn, son of Alfred A and Mary L (Baltzell) Dare. Married in 1900 to Louise Allen. Educated in graded schools Anoka Minn; high school Minneapolis, and Elk River schools. First engaged as printer in Elk River and Anoka until 1899; mngr Marshall County Journal Britton S D; returned to Anoka and with C I Cook leased Anoka Herald 1901, continuing 18 months; moved to Idaho Falls Idaho and purchased Idaho Falls Times, conducting same 2 years; moved to Walker and purchased Walker Pilot which he has conducted 1905 to date. Member Northwestern Editorial Assn of Minn; sec Cass County Rep Assn; Walker Commercial Club; tres Walker Fire Dept.

Frank B. Davis
Source: Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

DAVIS Frank B, Walker. Banker. Born July 27, 1864 in Blue Earth county Minn, son of Henry and Harriet (Wilson) Davis. Married in 1892 to Ada Gilmore. Educated in public and normal schools of Mankato. Engaged as telegrapher 8 years with C M & St P R R; in mercantile and insurance business Mapleton Minn 1893-1903; now cashr First Nat Bank. Member Leech Lake Lumber Co, Walker Improvement Co; dir Walker Telephone Co. Member Minn Bankers Assn; Masonic fraternity; I O O F.

Delbert F. Dumas
Source: Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

DUMAS Delbert F, Cass Lake. Physician (R) and surgeon. Born April 4, 1879 in Waterville Minn, son of Frederick and Julia (Lussier) Dumas. Educated in College of Physicians and Surgeons Chicago; medical dept U of M; post-graduate course of Policlinic of Chicago; house physician City Hospital Minneapolis 1902-1903. Practiced in Albert Lea 1903-1904; in Minneapolis 1904-1906; in Foley until March 1907; in Cass Lake to date. Coroner Benton county 1906 to March 1907; member Am, State, Minneapolis and Freeborn County Medical societies; B P O E.

George Gilbert
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander

Gilbert George C, Cass Lake. Physician (R) and surgeon. Born April 11, 1850 in Oneida county New York, son of John H and Sarah (Smith) Gilbert. Educaed in Rome N Y Academy; Cazenovia (N Y) Seminary; and graduated from St. Louis College of Physicians and Surgeons 1883. Engaged in practice of his profession in St Louis 2 years; Pittsburg Kan 10 years; Duluth Minn 5 years; Grand Rapids Minn 6 years; and Cass Lake 1905 to date. Member Am Medical Assn; Minn State, and St Louis Count Medical societies; B P O E; K of P; M W A; A O U W; Maccabees; M O of F; I O F. Resident surgeon of G N Ry and St Michael's Hospital.

Herbert Newton Harding
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Richard Ramos

HARDING Herbert Newton, Cass Lake. Banker. Born July 28, 1858 in Acworth N H, son of Amos and Lorenda W Harding. Married Feb 1883 to Emma E Anderson. Educated in common schools and high school Red Wing Minn. Engaged in farming 1871-90; grain buyer 1890-93; dry good merchant 1893-97; county auditor Morrison county Minn 1897-1902; banking 1902-1907. Member Masonic fraternity.

Strawbridge Brothers
Source: Compendium of History, and Biography of Northern Minnesota, 1902, George A Ogle & Co., page 216-217; submitted by Robin Line

Among the business enterprises which contribute to a marked degree to the prosperity of Cass Lake as a business point the dry goods, clothing and shoe store of Strawbridge Brothers occupies a leading place. This is one of the best stores of the community and the proprietors are well known to the people of Cass county, Minnesota, for their honest business methods and careful attention to the needs of their community.

The elder of the brothers, B. A. Strawbridge, was born in Harford county, Maryland, October 11, 1867. He was reared on a farm, attended the common schools, then took up clerking. He later followed canvassing for a short time, and in 1890 went to Indiana to take a course in shorthand and bookkeeping in the business college. He completed this in six months, and November 1, 1890, went to Chicago, Illinois, and worked as stenographer for the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company at Washington Heights. He later worked for H. Channon Company, of Chicago, as stenographer, and in November, 1891, changed his residence to Crookston, Minnesota. He accepted a position as teacher of shorthand in the Crookston Business College,and in 1892 purchased the college. He conducted the school two years, when he disposed of his interests and was appointed court reporter by Judge Ives, of Crookston, which position he held for six years. Judge Ives was succeeded by William Watts and Mr. Strawbridge was reporter for him for a time. He then went to Cass Lake and assisted in organizer the firm of Ives & Strawbridge, and established the Cass Lake Times, the oldest paper in the town. This he conducted about one year and then sold his interest to Mr. Ives, Mr. Strawbridge, his brother, J. H., and a cousin, George W., conducted a dry goods store at Crookston and Cass Lake until 1900, when our subject purchased the cousin's interest and the firm of Strawbridge Brothers was formed. They carry a complete line of dry goods, boots, shoes, clothing and men's furnishings. The stock is well kept and meets the demand of the extensive patronage enjoyed. The store occupies the brick block on the corner of Second street on the and Second avenue west, and is one of the best mercantile establishments of the county. The Cass Lake Bank is located in the same building. B. A. Strawbridge owns that portion of the brick block forming an D half around the bank, in which the store is located.

B. A. Strawbridge is a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a member of the Methodist church. Politically he is an independent republican, believing in and advocating tariff reforms and reciprocity.

J. H. Strawbridge, the younger member of the firm of Strawbridge Brothers; was also born in Harford county, Maryland, and, like his elder brother, was reared on a farm and attended the common schools, after which he engaged in clerking for an older brother in his native state. He came west in the spring of 1898 and has since been associated with his brother, B. A. Strawbridge, in the mercantile business. He is a young man well known and highly esteemed in his community. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Politically he, too, is a Republican and stands firmly for his convictions.

J. H. Strawbridge was married, in June, 1900, to Julia Moeckel. Mrs. Strawbridge is a native of Ashland, Wisconsin.

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