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Amos Wilson Abbott
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 1

ABBOTT, AMOS WILSON, surgeon, b. in India, Jan. 6, 1844; was educated at Dartmouth College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York; came to Minnesota in 1877, settling in Minneapolis, where he has since practiced.


Anstich Abbott
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 1

ABBOTT, ANSTICH, Congregational missionary, b. Aug. 16, 1839, in Ahmednagar, India, where her parents were missionaries; was graduated at Abbott Seminary, Andover, Mass., 1858; was a teacher in the Minneapolis High School, 1872-9, and in Bennett Seminary, Minneapolis, 1881-6; was a missionary in India, 1888-1905; now residing in Le Cannet, France.


Emma Abbott
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 2

ABBOTT, EMMA, singer, b. in Chicago, Ill., Dec. 9, 1850; d. at Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan, 5, 1891. She was accustomed to sing in concerts from her early childhood, and became distinguished as an opera singer. Her father settled in Minneapolis in 1878, and there she often visited him. She was married to Eugene Wetherell, who died in 1889. "The Life and Professional Career of Emma Abbott" (192 pages), written by Sadie E. Martin, was published in Minneapolis, 1891.


Howard Abbott
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ABBOTT Howard T, Duluth. Res 2219 E Superior st, office 405-406 Lonsdale bldg. Lawyer. Born Feb 11, 1867 in Washington D C, son of Asa T and Fannie B (Cross) Abbott. Married Nov 20, 1895 to Gertrude P Markell. Educated in Army schools Fortress Monroe Va and Fort Hamilton N Y; public and high schools Minneapolis; U of M and U of Mich. Has been engaged in practice of his profession in Duluth 1891 to date.


Howard Strickland Abbott
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore
ABBOTT Howard Strickland, Minneapolis. Res 900 6th st S E, office 402 P O bldg. Lawyer. Born Sept 15, 1864 in Farmington Minn, son of Rev Abiel H and Mary Ellen (Strickland) Abbott. Married Mary L Johnson of Racine Wis. Attended Minneapolis Academy 1878; graduated U of M, B L 1885; managing editor of “The Ariel” and “Junior Annual,” college papers at the university; asst gen solicitor Minn & St Louis and “Soo” Rys 1887-90; sec Wis Minn & Pacific Ry 1887-90; asst atty A T & S Fe Ry 1890-97; Special Master in Chancery U P Ry receivership 1897-1901; Master in Chancery U S Circuit Court of Minn 1899 to date. Lecturer on “Public and Private Corporations” Law College U of M, also on “Civil Law;” author of “Notes, Authorities and Deductions on Corporations;” Abbott’s Case Books;” “Public and Private Corporations;” “Municipal Corporations,” a legal text-book in 3 vols recently published; and “Summary of the Law of Municipal Corporations” in 1 volume. Member of executive committee and director Minneapolis Trust Co; member Delta Kappa Epsilon college fraternity; Minn State and Amer Bar assns; Minneapolis, Minikahda and Lafayette clubs Minneapolis.

Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 2

ABBOTT, HOWARD STRICKLAND, lawyer, b. in Farmington, Minn., Sept. 15, 1864; was graduated at the University of Minnesota, 1885; was admitted to the bar in 1887, and has since practiced in Minneapolis;
lecturer in the department of corporation law in the University of Minnesota since 1897; author of several text-books on law.


Howard T. Abbott
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 2

ABBOTT, HOWARD T., lawyer, b. in Washington, D. C, Feb. 11, 1867; came to Minneapolis in 1879; was graduated in law at the University of Michigan, 1890; settled at Duluth in 1890.


Seth Abbott
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 2

ABBOTT, SETH, b. in 1817; d. in Chicago, Ill., Oct. 22, 1901. He was the father of Emma Abbott, the famous singer, and during her girlhood traveled with her, giving concerts and teaching singing schools. He resided in Minneapolis, 1878-90, and engaged in real estate business; removed to Chicago.


Michael Accault
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 3

ACCAULT, MICHAEL, explorer, sent by La Salle with Hennepin during the summer of 1680 to explore the upper part of the Mississippi river; was with Hennepin in his captivity by the Sioux Indians, and in his discovery of the Falls of St. Anthony.


Louis H. Achenbach
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 3

ACHENBACH, LOUIS H., Lutheran clergyman, b. May 20, 1863, at Grand Rapids, Mich.; was graduated at Concordia College, Ft. Wayne, Ind., in 1884; and at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., in 1887; pastor in Minneapolis since 1889.


Barbara Ann Adams
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 4

ADAMS, MRS. BARBARA ANN SHADECKER, b. in the Canton of Bern, Switzerland, Dec. 18, 1810; came with her parents to the Selkirk Settlement, Manitoba, 1821; removed to Fort Snelling, 1823; and lived in the family of Col. Snelling till after her marriage to Capt. Joseph Adams in 1827. They were among the first settlers in Chicago in 1833, and later engaged in farming. Her husband died at the age of ninety years.


C. F. Adams
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 4

ADAMS, C. F., b. in Ohio in 1844; served in the 18th Illinois Regt, in the civil war; came to Minnesota in 1865; owned a farm at Excelsior; was a representative in the state legislature in 1872-3.


Edward D. Adams
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 4

ADAMS, EDWARD D., b. in Boston, Mass., April 9, 1846; was graduated at Norwich University, Vt., in 1864; engaged in banking in Boston and New York; constructed the railway terminals in St. Paul and Minneapolis
for the Northern Pacific railroad, and in 1883 was vice president of that company.

Samuel Emery Adams
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. (Shutter, Marion Daniel, 1853-ed.) Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Journal (1897) Submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Samuel Emery Adams, a member of the city council of Minneapolis, was born in Reading, Windsor County, Vermont, December 1, 1828. He is a descendant of the old Lexington, Massachusetts, family of that name. His great-grandfather served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War as a member of the Connecticut troops under General Israel Putnam. Solomon Wright Adams, the father of Samuel, was a tiller of the soil in the state of Vermont, and though in rather limited circumstances was a prominent man in the locality in which he lived. He served the people of the community as a selectman, assessor, postmaster, and as their representative in the state legislature. His wife's maiden name was Mary Adaline Emery. When Samuel was but a year old the family moved to Bellows Falls, and thence to Rutland County, where he was raised on his father's farm. He attended the academies at Chester, Springfield and Thetford, and prepared for college in the West Randolph Academy. In 1851 he entered Dartmouth College, but on account of ill health was forced to leave the following year. In 1853 he received an appointment from President Pierce as a route agent between Boston, Massachusetts, and Burlington, Vermont. He continues in that vocation till 1855, when he was compelled to resign on account of severe bronchial trouble, and came to Minnesota to find relief. He arrived at St. Anthony Falls in the fall of 1855, but returned to Vermont a few months later. He came back to Minnesota the following year, locating at Monticello, in Wright County, June 1, 1856, and engaged in the mercantile trade. In 1857 he was elected a member of the state senate, and re-elected in 1859. The latter year he was appointed special agent of the postoffice department for Iowa and Minnesota. In 1860 he was appointed receiver of the land office at St. Cloud, Minnesota, leaving it next year, when the Republicans came into power. He was in politics what was then Known as a "war Democrat," willing to do all in his power to perpetuate the Union and preserve it intact. In 1862 he was appointed a paymaster in the army by President Lincoln, and was breveted lieutenant-colonel in 1865 "for meritorious services in the field." He did not leave the service, however, until January, 1866, when he was honorably discharged. Colonel Adams at once returned to Monticello and engaged in the mercantile trade and real estate operations. Although he had been admitted to the bar in 1862 he gave no attention to legal business, except in connection with real estate transactions. While at Monticello he was a member and president of the board of education of that town for many years, and always took an active interest in educational matters. He was master of the State Grange for eight years and of the National Grange for two years, contributing in every way possible to the elevation and prosperity of the agricultural and toiling masses. He was president of the State Agricultural Society in 1879, and is now and has been for many years a member of the State Historical Society. While at Monticello he also engaged in the newspaper publishing business, and was for a number of years editor and proprietor of the Wright County Times. In May, 1883, Colonel Adams removed to Minneapolis, where he has ever since resided, engaged in the real estate and insurance business. Having performed valuable services in 1891 as a member of the commission appointed to award damages in the opening and extension of new streets in Minneapolis, the Republicans of the Fourth Ward forced the nomination upon him for alderman from that ward in 1892. He was elected for a term of four years, and was re-elected in 1896. Mr. Adams has been one of the most competent and faithful men that have ever served in that body. He served continuously on the ways and means committee, and was also on the committees on claims, waterworks, markets and underground wires. He has been strenuous in his opposition to the custom of awarding contracts to other than the lowest responsible bidders, and at the time the reservoir question came up in the council in 1895 was strongly opposed to this improvement, because it necessitated an increase in the bonded indebtedness of the city. When he was renominated to the council in 1896 he received the indorsement of the Good Citizenship League, and was re-elected by a large majority. In politics and religious matters Colonel Adams is inclined to be independent, preferring to estimate parties and creeds by acts rather than profession. He is a thirty-third degree Mason, and is a charter member of the Monticello Lodge. He is inspector general of the Scottish Rite, and past senior grand warden of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota; also a member of George N. Morgan Post, G. A. R. July 21, 1859, he was joined in wedlock to Augusta J. Smith, of Pittsford, Vermont, and they have two sons--Henry Rice, engaged in the insurance business in Minneapolis, and John Cain, formerly Assistant Surgeon United States Army, and now located at West Superior, Wisconsin.


John J. Ahern
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

AHERN John J, Minneapolis. Res 1516 W 27th st, office 603 Bank of Commerce bldg. Life Insurance. Born Mar 12, 1871 in Cork Ireland, son of John and Catherine (Daly) Ahern. Educated in Nat Schools of Ireland; graduated as teacher at age of 18 and removed to New York Nov 1890; to Minn Nov 1891. Entered employ of Mutual Life Insurance Co of N Y in St Paul agency office and remained as clerk until 1897. Agent Mass Mutual Life Insurance Co 1897; appointed State Agent for Minn June 1899. Member of Knights of Columbus and M N G.


L. J. Ahlstrom
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 5

AHLSTROM, L. J., b. in Morby, Sweden, in 1854; came to the United States in 1868; resides in Minneapolis, where he is in the life insurance business; was a representative in the state legislature in 1899.


George Briggs Aiton
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 6

AITON, GEORGE BRIGGS, educator, b. in Nicollet county, Minn., June 15, 1856; was graduated at the University of Minnesota, 1881; engaged in teaching in several Minnesota towns; since 1893 has been State Inspector of High Schools, residing in Minneapolis.

Source: Herringshaw's American Blue-Book of Biography by Thomas William Herringshaw and American Publishers' Association, 1914 - TK - Transcribed by FOFG

Aiton, George Briggs, educator and author of Minneapolis, Minn., was born June 15, 1856, in Nicollet County, Minn. Since 1893 he has been state inspector of high schools of Minnesota. He is the author of The Descriptive Speller and other works.


Healy Cady Akeley
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

AKELEY Healey C, Minneapolis. Res 2300 Park av, office 1124 Lumber Exchange. Lumberman. Born Mar 16, 1836 in Stowe Vt, son of George and Electa (Coffin) Akeley. Married 1869 to Hettie E Smith. Educated in common schools and Barre (Vt) Academy. Studied law and admitted to bar 1858; practiced 1 year in Greenboro Vt; at Grand Haven Mich 1859-63; served in cavalry in Civil War; resumed practice Grand Haven 1865-80 at same time was interested in lumber and organized Grand Haven Lumber Co; sold out 1885 and moved to Minneapolis 1887; of firm of Ithica Lumber Co which later became H C Akeley Lumber Co; of Akeley & Sprague Washburn Wis; dir Security Bank, Bruce-Edgerton Lumber Co Union Realty Co; trustee Farmers & Mechanics Sav Bank; member of Walker & Akeley. Former mayor Grand Haven; collector of customs Dist of Mich 15 years.

Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 6

AKELEY, HEALY CADY, lumber merchant, b. in Stowe, Vt., March 16, 1836; was admitted to the bar in 1858; served in the Second Michigan cavalry in the civil war; settled in Minneapolis in 1887; engaged in lumber business; was president of the Flour City National Bank and of the Akeley Lumber Company. The town of Akeley, Minn., was
named for him.

Source: Herringshaw's American Blue-Book of Biography by Thomas William Herringshaw and American Publishers' Association, 1914, Transcribed by FOFG

Akeley, Healy Cady, soldier and lumber merchant of Minneapolis, Minn., was born March 16, 1836, in Stowe, Vt. He served in the civil war. In 1866-81 was collector of customs for the district of Michigan. He is president of the H. C. Ackley Lumber company.


Gudmund Akermark
Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, pages 315-316; submitted by Robin Line
Gudmund Akermark.-The subject of this sketch was born in Onsala, Halland, in 1863, and is of an old family, which has given Sweden many gifted clergymen. He lost his mother at the age of three and his father at six; received his education first at the public graded schools and afterwards for a couple of years attended the so-called elementary school, where he was enabled to acquire a higher education than was afforded in the common schools. From the age of fourteen he had to eke out is own livelihood and began his career as clerk in a store. However, he had never envinced any marked inclination for business and that kind of work did not particularly suit his taste, but anyway he stuck to it for seven years. From early boyhood he had shown literary tendencies and had the pleasure to see his first poetical attempts published in several newspapers.

In April, 1887, he emigrated to America, went through the mill as the rest of us have, but soon saw his ambition to become a newspaper man gratified. In the fall of the same years an opportunity presented itself for him to engage in newspaper business, and as editor he has since been connected with several papers in the North and Southwest-1887 with Svenska Posten at Omaha, Nebraska; 1888 with Omaha Svenska Tribune in the same city; and 1889 with Svenska Amerikanska Posten, at Minneapolis.

In the year 1890 he became half owner and editor of Nya Varlden, also published from Minneapolis. The paper was going well and undoubtedly would have continued so had the proprietors not been tempted by and advantageous offer to sell the paper to a publishing firm from Iowa. After the paper was sold Akermark followed the new owner to Story City, Iowa, and remained as editor until July, 1891, when he moved to Ironwood, Michigan, and edited Blokadbrytaren. In the beginning of the same year he entered into partnership with Otto Elander to publish Frihet, but discovered, to quote his own words, "that the liberty gained really was no liberty at all" took a Wisconsin farm in lease-felt inclined to till the soil for a change and settled on a farm at Wood Lake, Wisconsin. In the fall of 1892 he was appointed editor of Skordemannen, an agricultural paper, and attended to his duties, sometimes form his country place, making actual studies of his task, and sometimes residing in Minneapolis, where the paper was published.

Four years later, or 1897, Svenska Folkets Tidning at Minneapolis engaged him, and he filled a position as associate editor until 1903, when he was appointed editor-in chief. Being an authority on agricultural matters, he is also editor of Odahmannen, a paper for farm and the home, published semi-monthly by the owners of Svenska Folkets Tidning.

Akermark is an experienced and thorough newspaper man, a good writer, now and then in verse, and stands for liberal and modern ideas. He was married, in 1891, to Constance Nelson, and the union has been blessed with four children.


Charles Albert
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ALBERT Charles Stanley, Minneapolis. Res 47 N 15 st, office 1006 Guaranty bldg. Lawyer. Born July 10, 1872 in Williamsport Pa, son of Allen D and Sarah Ann (Faber) Albert. Graduated from Washington High School 1890; Columbia Law School (now George Washington Univ) LL B 1892; LL M 1893; U of M Law School LL B 1894; studied law with Worthington & Heald Washington D C until 1893; in office of Benton, Roberts & Brown in Minneapolis until 1897 as clerk; partner in firm of W E Dodge and Charles S Albert until 1900 and since has been associated as a partner with Rome G Brown making a specialty of railway and corporation law and representing a large number of corporations in and out of Minnesota. Member of the American, Minn, Hennepin County and Minneapolis Bar Assns; Minneapolis, Minikahda and Lafayette clubs.


George Eugene Albrecht
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 7

ALBRECHT, GEORGE EUGENE, Congregational missionary, b. in Wahlau, Prussia, Aug. 12, 1855; d. in Minneapolis, Oct. 24, 1906. He was educated in Germany; came to the United States, and was graduated at
the Theological School, Oberlin, Ohio; was ordained, 1882; was pastor in Iowa, and later was professor in Chicago Theological Seminary; was a missionary to Japan and dean of the Theological Seminary of Doshisha University; returned to the United States on account of ill health, and was pastor in Minneapolis until his death.


Robert Spencer Alden
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 7

ALDEN, ROBERT SPENCER, architect, b. in Verona, N. Y., Sept. 11, 1810; d. In Minneapolis, May 29, 1877. He settled there in 1856; built the Metropolitan hotel, St. Paul, the Academy of Music, Minneapolis, and many other important buildings.


Clara Aldrich
Minnesota Territorial Pioneers - Biographical Sketches of Territorial Pioneers - Contributed by Jo Ann Scott

Clara Adelia Heaton Aldrich, widow of Cyrus Aldrich, was born at Silver Creek, N. Y., March 15, 1829 removing with her father's family to Laporte, Ind., in 1837. Her father, Cyrus Heaton, built the first sawmill at Silver Creek. Her mother, Betsey Spaulding Heaton, was a descendant of Edward Spaulding, who came from England in 1630 and held office in the colonies. Her grandfather Heaton served in the Revolutionary War under Stark, and died of wounds received in battle.
Mrs. Aldrich came to Minneapolis with her husband in 1856, and resides at the old homestead, corner Ninth street and First avenue south, at the present time.
Moses K. Armstrong, was born Sept. 20, 1832, in Milan, Ohio, and emigrated to Minnesota territory in 1855. He was the first surveyor of Mower County, Minn., and wrote its early history. In 1857 he was appointed a United States land surveyor in southwestern Minnesota, and in 1858 was a delegate to the first state convention, which nominated Henry Sibley for governor. He is a well known pioneer writer, and is author of the 'Early History of Dakota Territory in 1866," and of the recent illustrated work entitled, "Early Empire Builders of the Great West."

The American Biographer speaks of him as follows:
"The historical and descriptive writings of Moses K. Armstrong are a credit to American literature. His admirable pioneer sketches cover a long period of frontier life, dating back to the time when he left his native college at the age of eighteen, and turned his youthful eye to the Great West, with no fortune to guide him but the prayers and tears of a kind mother and her parting words of hope for the future.' He arrived on the banks of the Mississippi as a pioneer land surveyor, with his compass on his back, alone and friendless, before the day of western railroads. He crossed that great river and traveled on foot through northern Iowa and southern Minnesota, surveying land claims for early settlers. From here he afterwards pushed westward, with ox team, crossing Dakota to the Missouri river, where he passed several years in the Indian country, staking out land claims for the venturesome pioneers. "He has passed through the periods of pioneer surveyor, historian, legislator, and congressman, and has stored his mind with useful knowledge. He is a pioneer who is an honor to himself and a credit to mankind.

Cyrus Aldrich
Source: Minnesota Territorial Pioneers - Biographical Sketches of Territorial Pioneers - Contributed by Jo Ann Scott

Cyrus Aldrich was born in Smithfield, R. I., June 8th, 1808. His father, Dexter Aldrich, was a banker. His mother was a Miss White, descended from Thomas White, who came with the puritans from England in 163o. He worked on his father's farm until seventeen, when he took a sea voyage, and was wrecked on the of St. Thomas, W.I. In 1837 he came west, and the next year took a contract on the Illinois and Michigan canal, which terminated disastrously for him as well as for the state. In 1842 he became a member of the firm of Aldrich, Galbraith, Porter & Co., with headquarters in Galena, Ill., largely engaged in the stage business and mail contracts. In May, 1845, he was married to Clara Adelia Heaton of Indiana. The previous year he was elected to the state legislature. While a member of the legislature the old indebtedness of the state was settled; the good common sense and clear head for business and public measures of Mr. Aldrich had great influence in straightening the knotty question. He was proud of having a voice in the settlement of that dispute, as were his constituents. C. L. Wilson, in the Chicago Journal, said, "Every one of Mr. Aldrich's constituents should take him by the hand and say, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant.' In 1847 he was elected registrar of deeds of Jo Davis county. In the spring of 1849, President Taylor appointed him receiver of public moneys in the United States land office at Dixon, ILL., where he moved and resided until sota in 1856.
In 1854 he was elected chairman of the board of supervisors of Dixon and a member of the board of commissioners of Lee county. In 1852 he received the Whig nomination for congress in his district, having the well-known "Long John" Wentworth for an opponent. Although the district was hopelessly Democratic, he worked so zealously that he ran 1570 votes ahead of his party, and always said if he had had the sinews of war that "Long John" had, and not so heavy a load as General Scott to carry, he should have won the day.
He settled in Minneapolis in 1856, where he lost none of his popularity. In the spring of 1857 he was nominated to the constitutional convention and elected by a larger majority than any other candidate. A few days after the conclusion of the convention he was nominated by the Republicans as one of the three congressmen, but his party was unsuccessful. He became so widely known, however, during the canvass that at the next election for congress in 1858 he was elected by over 4,000 majority, and was re-elected in 1860 by over 10,500 majority.
When the First Minnesota Regiment of immortal fame was called into the field, he became its devoted friend. His unceasing generosity and labor shortened his life, impoverished his fortune and caused him to sacrifice some of his valuable property. President Lincoln, a warm personal friend, appointed him one of the three members of the Sioux Indemnity Commission in 1863. He was one of the incorporators of the Northern Pacific Railway, and did good service in its cause. In 1864 he was elected to the state legislature. He was appointed postmaster of Minneapolis in 1867, filling the position to the satisfaction of all.
The kindly deeds which will keep him fresh in the minds of his friends are those which he performed in the aid of our soldiers in the War of the Rebellion. He died at his home in Minneapolis, Oct. 5, 1871, at the age of 63.

Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 7
 
ALDRICH, CYRUS, congressman, b. in Smithfield, R. I., June 18, 1808; d. in Minneapolis, Oct. 5, 1871. He came to Minnesota in 1855, settling in Minneapolis, and engaged in real estate business; was a representative in Congress, 1859-63; a member of the state legislature, 1865; and postmaster of Minneapolis, 1867-71.


Henry Clay Aldrich
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ALDRICH Henry C, Minneapolis. Res 2431 Hennepin av, office 313 Medical blk. Physician and surgeon (H). Born Apr 13, 1857 in Minneapolis, son of Cyrus and Clara Adelia (Heaton) Aldrich. Graduated dental dept Univ of Penn 1879; Hahnemann Med Col Philadelphia 1881. Practiced medicine and surgery in Iowa 1881-87; in Minneapolis 1877 to date. Formerly professor (clinical) diseases of women Homeopathic College U of M; member and formerly registrar American Inst of Homeopathy; ex-pres American Assn of Orificial Surgeons; Minn State Inst of Homeopathy; Minneapolis Homeopathic Soc; member Wis State Homeopathic Soc; surgeon to Minneapolis City Hospital 1897-1905.

Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 8

ALDRICH, HENRY CLAY, physician, b. in Minneapolis, April 13, 1857; was graduated at Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia, 1881; has practiced in Minneapolis since 1887; was profesor in the State University; and after 1891 was editor of the Minneapolis Homeopathic Magazine.


Edmund B. Alexander
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 8

ALEXANDER, EDMUND B., soldier, b. in Virginia in 1803; d. in Washington, D. C, Jan. 3, 1888. He was graduated at the U. S. Military Academy in 1823; was commandant at Fort Snelling, 1866-8; attained the rank of brigadier general; retired from the army in 1868.


Edmund Pratt Allen
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 9

ALLEN, EDMUND PRATT, b. in Whitehall, N. Y., in 1869; came to Minnesota in 1878; was graduated at the University of Minnesota in 1890; engaged in insurance business in Minneapolis; was a representative in the legislature, 1907.


Hugh Neill Allen
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 9

ALLEN, HUGH NEILL, lawyer, b. In Neillsville, Wis., April 13, 1873; came to Minnesota, 1892, settling in Minneapolis; was graduated at the University of Minnesota, 1898, and its law department, 1901; was a representative in the state legislature, 1909.


John Allen
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ALLEN John Gottfrid, Minneapolis. Res 2604 5th av S, office 305 2d av S. Real estate and land business. Born Aug 26, 1883 in Smaland Sweden, son of Carl Johan Jonasson and Erica (Gustafson) Allen. Married Sept 3, 1900 to Cemelia Anderson. Educated in the public schools of Sweden. Engaged in the loan and real estate business in St Paul in 1902 and then moved to Minneapolis in same line. Head of the Hotel Allen Co composed of himself and J E and G W Allen established 1901. Member of the Masonic order (32d degree); Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Odin Club.


John M. Allen
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ALLEN John M, Minneapolis. Res 206 Beacon st S E, office 309 3d st S. Mill machinery. Born Nov 9, 1850 in Ontario, son of Reuben B and Jane (Johnston) Allen. Married Nov 15, 1875 to Ella Webber. Educated in common schools. Engaged in milling business for some years; built the Luverne Roller Mill and was propr 1878-82; built and owned Lisbon (N D) Roller Mill 1882-90; moved to Fergus Falls and engaged in mill machinery business 1891-95; moved to Minneapolis and engaged in same business 1895 to date. Pres Pine City Milling & Electric Co. Alderman Lisbon N D and mayor of Lisbon two terms. Member Masonic fraternity.


Truman F. Allen
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 10

ALLEN, TRUMAN F., M. E. clergyman, b. in Vermont in 1840; d. in Minneapolis, Sept. 27, 1903. He was pastor in Anoka, and later in Minneapolis.


Albert Alonzo Ames
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal, 1897 – transcribed by AJ

Albert Alonzo Ames is one of the best known names in the city of Minneapolis, and at various times during his career has been the leader of a larger and more enthusiastic following probably than has ever been attached to the fortunes and person of any single citizen on that city. He was born at Garden Prairie, Boone County, Illinois, January 18, 1842. He was the fourth son of a family of seven boys. His parents were Alfred Elisha Ames, M. D., who died in Minneapolis in 1874, and Martha A. Ames, who still resides in Minneapolis. Dr. Alfred Elisha Ames came with his family to Minneapolis in the spring of 1852, before the locality had a name and while it was still a portion of the Ft. Snelling reservation. The subject of this sketch was then a lad of ten years. He attended the public schools until sixteen, graduating from the high school, which was at that time a department of the Washington school, then located on the block now occupied by the new court house and city hall. In 1857, while still attending the high school, he served as "printer's devil" and as a newspaper carrier for the Northwestern Democrat, published by Maj. W. A. Hotchkiss, the first paper issued in Minneapolis on the west side of the river. The building where the Democrat was published is still standing on the southeast corner of Third Street and Fifth Avenue South. It was in his capacity as "printer's devil" that Albert Alonzo Ames earned his first dollar. In the summer of 1858 he commenced the study of medicine and surgery with his father, and after attending two preliminary and two regular courses at the Rush Medical College, Chicago he graduated with the degree of M. D., February 5, 1862, at the age of twenty. In the following August, Dr. A. A. Ames, who had returned to Minneapolis to begin the practice of his profession, at the call of President Lincoln helped to organize Company B, of the Ninth Minnesota Regiment, enlisting himself as a private. That was the time of the Indian troubles on the frontier, and the men of the Ninth Regiment, who had been given fifteen days' leave of absence after enlisting, in which to return to their homes for the purpose of settling up their affairs, were ordered hurriedly to the front against the Indians, who were rapidly advancing on Minneapolis. Dr. Ames had been appointed orderly sergeant, a musket was issued to him, which he still possesses, and he was ordered to gather up the men of his command for active duty. A few days afterward he was commissioned assistant surgeon Seventh Minnesota Regiment Infantry Volunteers, and was ordered to report to that regiment then en route to Fort Ridgeley, which the Indians were infesting. Dr. Ames served with his regiment during its three years of hard service, and was promoted to the rank of Surgeon Major July, 1864, when he was only twenty-two years of age. Dr. Ames returned to Minneapolis at the close of the war, but being of an adventurous and ambitious spirit he set out for California by way of the Isthmus in 1868. In California he went into the newspaper business and soon became managing editor of the Alta California, the leading paper on the Pacific Coast. In the fall of 1874 he was summoned back to Minneapolis to the death-bed of his father, and he has been a resident of the city almost continuously ever since. He was always taken an active interest in politics, his political sentiments being those ordinarily entertained by those who are known as "war Democrats." In the fall of 1867 he was elected a member of the legislature from Hennepin County on what was called the "soldier's ticket." In 1876 he was elected "centennial mayor" of Minneapolis. In 1882 he was again elected to the same office, and in 1886 was for the third time chosen mayor of the city. In the latter year he was nominated by the Democratic party for governor and in the race for the latter office reduced the previous large Republican majorities to only 2,600, the actual result being in doubt for some days. He was also defeated as Democratic nominee for congress and for lieutenant governor, having the misfortune to belong to the minority party in the state. At this writing Dr. Ames maintains an independent stand regarding politics, his Democracy meaning Jeffersonianism and his interest in politics being directed chiefly by his sympathy for the masses. In accepting the nomination for Governor in 1886, Dr. Ames asked the Democratic convention to pledge the party to the support of a bill for the establishment of a Soldier's Home in Minnesota. This resolution was adopted, and, although his party was unsuccessful, the Republicans accepted his suggestions and the result is the commodious and well appointed retreat for the aged and indigent veterans on a commanding site at the junction of the romantic Minnehaha with the majestic Mississippi. Dr. Ames served as surgeon of this institution for nearly five years after its establishment when his professional duties necessitated his resignation. Dr. Ames has been Master of Hennepin Lodge, No. 4, of the Masonic order; High Priest of St. John's Chapter, No. 9; Eminent Commander of Zion Commander, No. 2, Knights Templar, and Grand Chancellor of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Minnesota. He has been Chancellor Commander of Minneapolis Lodge, No. 1, Knights of Phythias, Grand Chancellor of Minnesota and Supreme Representative to the Supreme Lodge of the world from this jurisdiction. He was on the charter list of No. 44, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the pioneer lodge of the Northwest, and its first Exalted Ruler. He is a member of the G. N. Morgan Post, No. 4, G. A. R.

Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 11

AMES, ALBERT ALONZO, physician, b. in Garden Prairie, Ill., Jan. 18, 1842; d. in Minneapolis, Nov. 16, 1911. He came with his parents to Minneapolis in 1851; served in the Seventh Minnesota Regt, as assistant surgeon, 1862-4 and as surgeon, 1864-5; was a representative in the legislature in 1867; and was mayor of Minneapolis in 1876, 1882, 1886, and 1900-2. Having been accused of taking a bribe, he resigned the mayoralty, and was afterward tried for this crime.


Alfred Elisha Ames
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 11

AMES, ALFRED ELISHA, physician, b. in Colchester, Vt., Dec. 13, 1814; d. in Minneapolis, Sept. 24, 1874. He was graduated at Rush Medical College in 1845; came to Minnesota in 1851, settling on the site of Minneapolis; was a representative in the territorial legislature in 1853, and a member of the state constitutional convention, 1857.


Charles Gordon Ames
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 11

AMES, CHARLES GORDON, clergyman, b. in Dorchester, Mass., Oct. 3
1828; came to Minnesota in 1851, as a missionary of the Baptist church, but, his theological views having changed, he joined the Unitarian denomination; remained in St. Anthony Falls until 1859; afterward resided in Boston.


Charles Wilberforce Ames
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

AMES Charles Wilberforce, St Paul. Res 501 Grand av, office 44-58 W 3d st. Publisher. Born June 30, 1855 in Minneapolis, son of Charles Gordon and Sarah Jane (Daniels) Ames. Married 1883 to Mary Lesley. Attended Boy’s Academy Albany N Y 1863-65; public schools Santa Cruz Cal 1866-69; Minneapolis High School 1871-72; graduated Cornell Univ B Lit 1878. Learned printer’s trade on San Jose (Cal) Mercury 1868-70; civil engineering on Fergus Falls, Black Hills & Pacific Ry 1872; Penn R R 1873; Lake Superior & Minn (St Paul & Duluth) 1874; on state geological survey of Penn 1877-78; asst editor Christian Register Boston 1879-80; with George H Ellis publisher Boston 1881-82; West Pub Co St Paul 1883 to date. Dir First Nat Bank; N W Trust Co; American Unitarian Assn Boston; Amherst H Wilder Charity Corporation; American Law Book Co; pres and trustee Unity Church St Paul; v pres and gen mngr West Pub Co. Member and gov Minn Club; member W B Yacht Club and Town and Country clubs St Paul; Century and City clubs N Y; sec Informal Club. Member St Paul Public Library Board 1900.

Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; pages 11-12

AMES, CHARLES WILBERFORCE, publisher, b. in Minneapolis, June 30 1855; was graduated at Cornell University, 1878; learned the printers’ trade in California; settled in St. Paul, 1882, and was connected with the West Publishing Co., of which he is since 1903 vice president and general manager; principal founder and president of the St. Paul Institute of Arts and Sciences, 1908.

Herringshaw's American Blue-Book of Biography by Thomas William Herringshaw and American Publishers' Association, 1914 - TK - Transcribed by FOFG

Ames, Charles Wilberforce, publisher and founder of 44 West Third St., St. Paul, Minn., was born June 30, 1855, in Minneapolis, Minn. He was the originator and one of the most active founders of the St. Paul Institute of Arts and Sciences. He is secretary, general manager and vice-president of the West Publishing company.


David Ames
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

AMES David Jackson, Minneapolis. Res 3105 Dupont av S, office 3003 Hennepin av. Manufacturer. Born June 19, 1848 in Orange Ind, son of Ezra and Phebe J (Metcalf) Ames. Married Mar 20, 1870 to Virginia C Rolfe. Attended country school near Austin Minn. Raised on a farm until 14 then worked in foundry and mach shop Austin Minn; purchased the business at the end of 2 years and continued same 9 years; sold out and managed manufacturing of machinery for McLaughlin, Sheblen & Co 4 years; organized the Owatonna Mnfg Co and was pres and mngr of same 11 years; sold out and moved to Minneapolis 1902. Has patented 20 kinds of machines since 1878; now owner and mngr of Ames Mfg Co Minneapolis.


Eli B. Ames
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 12
 
AMES, ELI B., lawyer, b. in Colchester, Vt. Aug. 3, 1820; settled in Minneapolis in 1857, and engaged in general insurance business; was secretary of the state senate, 1861-4, and mayor of Minneapolis, 1870-1.


Fred William Ames
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 12

AMES, FRED WILLIAM, b. in Minneapolis, July 5, 1858; served in the Thirteenth Minnesota Regt, in the Philippine war, attaining the rank of colonel; returned to Minneapolis in 1899; was connected with the police department, in 1903 was convicted of taking a bribe, and was sent to the state prison for a term of six years.


Charles Amsden
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

AMSDEN Charles M, Minneapolis. Res 1339 Vine pl, office 302 Metropolitan Life bldg. Grain and elevator. Born April 12, 1849 in Belvidere Boon Co Ill, son of Noah C and Sarah (Hulbert) Amsden. Educated in public schools Dubuque Ia and business college Milwaukee Wis. Worked in produce commission house and in office from time of leaving school until he removed to Minneapolis in 1879; except 2 years in gen merchandise business at Lemars Ia. With Pillsbury & Hulbert Co Minneapolis until 1882; Pillsbury & Hulbert Elevator Co 1882-85 when firm was changed to Minneapolis & Northern Elevator Co of which he is now pres and treas. A managing dir of Pillsbury-Washburn Flour Mills Co and dir of Swedish American Nat Bank. Member of Minneapolis, Minikahda and Lafayette clubs. Attends Plymouth Congregational Church.


Andrus Anderson
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ANDERSON Andrus F, Minneapolis. Res 809 8th st S, office 529 6th av S. Manufacturer. Born Nov 10, 1875 in Winona Minn, son of Andrew and Lena (Paulson) Anderson. Married 1898 to Margaret Feidler. Educated in the Winona schools; variously employed until 1896; employed in rattan goods factory Minneapolis 1896-1905; established Minneapolis Baby Carriage Co 1905.


Axel Anderson
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ANDERSON Axel, Minneapolis. Res 927 13th av S, office 843 Security Bank bldg. Insurance and real estate. Born Oct 6, 1869 in Sweden, son of Carl and Bengta (Olson) Anderson. Married Dec 21, 1903 to Maria Peterson. Attended common schools and Curtiss Business College Minneapolis. Employed in railroad offices as stenogr and clk; engaged in fire insurance, real estate and loan business 1902 to date. Mngr M Anderson Brick Co; dir and treas Minnesota College Minneapolis.


Berndt Anderson
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal (1897) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Berndt Anderson is dairy commissioner of the state of Minnesota. Mr. Anderson is a native of Sweden, having been born at Lund, August 2, 1840, the son of Lars Anderson and Anna Christiansen (Anderson.) Mr. Anderson enjoyed the educational advantages afforded by the elementary schools of his native town, after which he attended the University of Lund, where he was graduated in 1865. His diploma for that institution gave him admission as an officer in the internal royal department at Stockholm. He was naturally of a scientific bent, and subsequently pursued the study of natural science in Berlin and Dresden, Germany, for two years. He came to America in 1880 and located in Minnesota. He was a gentleman of fine attainments in letters and the sciences, and was employed as associate editor of "The Minnesota Stats Tidning," at Minneapolis: Subsequently he became one of the stock company which purchased this paper, and afterwards started a Swedish paper, "Skaffaren," of which he was made editor-in-chief. He has held that position during the last twelve years, and at the head of that successful journal has exerted a wide influence, especially among his fellow countrymen. He has always taken an active interest in politics, and was a delegate to the Republican state convention which nominated W. R. Merriam for governor. In January, 1893, he was appointed by Governor Nelson to the office of chief of the dairy and food commission, and was re-appointed in 1895. Mr. Anderson is prominent in the Swedish Lutheran Church, is a member of the first church of that denomination in St. Paul, where he resides, and has been its reviser for five years. He was married in 1871 to Emma Yhnell, at Stockholm. They have two daughters and three sons. The office which Mr. Anderson occupies is one of growing importance in this state. The dairy interest is employing more capital and labor and becoming more widely extended every year. The state is peculiarly adapted to this industry, and the products of the dairies of Minnesota are accorded a very high rank wherever they are brought into competition with those of other sections. Mr. Anderson has been active in promoting the interest of this industry, protecting the products from injurious and unlawful competition and raising the grade of dairy stock and dairy product.


Charles August Anderson
[Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, A. E. Strand, Vol. 3, page 778-781 submitted by Robin Line]
Charles August Anderson.-A larger proportion, doubtless, of the enterprising and progressive business men of foreign birth in Minneapolis have come from Sweden than from any other European country, and noteworthy among this number is Charles August Anderson, the well-known house mover, who has been continuously employed in this business, which requires ability and good judgement, for the past twenty-six years. He was born, November 7, 1852, in Hafby, Vestergotland, a son of Anders and Katrina (Johanson) Carlson, who reared six children, namely: Ida Maria, died in 1889; Charles August, the special subject of this brief biographical review; Lars Johan, a carpenter in Minneapolis; Christina Ingeborg, living in Sweden; Anna Sigrid, wife of Mr. Landquist, who has charge of the old homestead, in Sweden; and Frank Noah, who has been employed in the Minneapolis Fire Department.

Having completed his early education in the public schools, Charles August Anderson, complying with the laws of his country, was confirmed in the Lutheran church, after which he was well trained in the many branches of agriculture on the the home farm. On becoming of age he served two terms int he Swedish army, and then, in 1882, bade goodbye to his friends and country, and came to Sibley county, Minnesota, where he worked for a while, either on a railroad or a farm, finally going to the Dalrymple farm in North Dakots, on which he worked through one harvesting season. Coming to Minneapolis in the fall of 1882, he has since made this city his home, and in the management of his business as a house mover, which he worked through one harvesting season. Coming to Minneapolis in the fall of 1882, he has since made this city his home, and in the management of his business as a house mover, which he has carried on since 1883, he has met with genuine success. His services have been in such wide and constant demand that it would be impossible for him to enumerate the numbers of buildings which he has moved, but at the present writing, in the summer of 1909, he is filling a large contract as house mover in Rochester, Minnesota.

Thrifty and industrious, Mr. Anderson has accumulated considerable wealth, and is the owner of two valuable residential properties at numbers 1606 and 1608 Eighth street, South. He is not married.


Elias L. Anderson
[Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, A. E. Strand, Vol. 3, page 772-775 submitted by Robin Line]
Elias L. Anderson, secretary of the Crown Iron Works, of Minneapolis, was born at Dassel, Minnesota, July 1, 1869, and is the son of Peter and Carrie Anderson, both from the vicinity of Christianstad, Sweden, whence they came to the United States in 1865. They spent a year in Minneapolis and then removed to Dassel, where they purchased a farm, which they carried on thirteen years and then removed to Lake Elizabeth, Kandiyohi county, where they spent seven years and then removed to Minneapolis. Peter Anderson died in 1897, and his widow resides at Spokane, Washington, with a daughter. They were the parents of eight children, five of whom are living.

Elias L. Anderson received his education in the public and high schools of Minneapolis, after which he took a course at Archibald Business college. His first position was a bookkeeper with the Crown Iron Works, in which capacity he worked ten years; in the meantime he had elected to the post of secretary and treasurer of the concern. He is a thoroughly enterprising and up-to-date business man, and has mastered the details of the business in which he is engaged. Mr. Anderson is a member of St. Anthony Commercial Cub, is one of the board of Bethel Academy and College Association, of which he has been treasurer since 1906.

Mr. Anderson married, in 1901, rose Hawkinson, of Minneapolis; her father is a pioneer nurseryman of the state and lives at Lake Minnetonka. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have two children, Margaret C., born May 10, 1902, and Clifford, born May 11, 1904. They reside at 527 Sixth street, Southeast, and are members of the First Swedish Baptist church, of which Mr. Anderson is trustee.
(photo of Elias L. Anderson on page 773)


Elias Anderson
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ANDERSON Elias L, Minneapolis. Res 2102 Hennepin av, office 1301 N E Tyler st. Manufacturer. Born July 1, 1870 in Dassel Minn, son of Peter Anderson. Married June 25, 1901 to Rose A Hawkins. Educated in common schools. Moved to Atwater Minn 1878; farmed until 1887; moved to Minneapolis 1887 and attended Minneapolis Academy; employed by Crown Iron Works as bkpr 1889; in 1897 became interested in company; was elected treas and has continued in same office to date.


John Anderson
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ANDERSON John, Minneapolis. Res 3329 2d av S, office same. Lawyer and real estate. Born May 19, 1852 in Sweden, son of Andreas and Johanna (Swenson) Anderson. Came to America 1860 and located in Carver Co Minn. Married Mar 31, 1884 to Mollie P Haish. Attended public schools in Carver Co Minn 1861-64; law dept U of M 1892; admitted to bar in N D in 1895. Clerked in gen stores Carver and Blakely Minn 1866-71; Glencoe Minn 1872-75; member Anderson & Heinemann, gen merchants Glencoe and Norwood Minn 1876-77; salesman A H Reed & Co Glencoe 1878-80; member Anderson & Enerson and Anderson , Fridd & Co mercantile firms Valley City and Oriska N D 1881-87; Winterer & Anderson real estate and insurance Valley City N D 1888-92; same period dir and v pres First Nat Bank Valley City. Member Masonic fraternity, Knights Templar, Shrine, I O O F, and Congregational Church.


John D. Anderson
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal (1897) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

John D. Anderson, M. D., is the son of John Anderson, a retired capitalist, born in Perth, Scotland, and one of the pioneers of Ontario, Canada. John Anderson's father, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a captain in the British Army, who came to Canada in 1832, and in about five hours after his arrival in Montreal, both he and his wife died of Asiatic cholera. Their son, John Anderson, survived them, and is now enjoying good health at the advanced age of eighty-eight years. John Anderson's wife, Janet McLaren (Anderson), was born in Calendar, Scotland. She came with her parents to Ontario, Canada, in 1832, where her father was engaged in the banking business and where she married John Anderson. Their son, John D., the subject of this sketch, was born June 29, 1855, in the county of Victoria, Ontario. He began his education in the public schools and from there passed through the Oakwood high school. Upon his graduation he received a teacher's certificate, without solicitation was appointed assistant teacher in the high school in 1872, and in that capacity earned his first dollar for professional services. His inclination was toward the study and practice of medicine and surgery, and in 1875, he entered Trinity Medical School from which he graduated in 1879, also from the medical department of Toronto University, Trinity College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons in the same year. After a few weeks' rest at home he sailed to Edinburgh, Scotland, where in May, 1879, he entered the Royal Infirmary and after a hard summer's study he passed the examination for licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians. He had the honor of being graded one hundred per cent in both oral and clinical examinations, and therefore stood at the head of his class, which included graduates of all the leading medical colleges in Europe. Dr. Anderson has been a resident of Minneapolis since January 12, 1883, where he has built up a large and successful practice. He was an active worker in the reform party in Ontario and since his residence in the United States has affiliated with the Republican party and is a staunch advocate of Republican principles. He is a member of the British Medical Association, the State Medical Association of Minnesota, the Hennepin County Medical Association, and is also a member of the Caledonian Society. His church affiliations are with the Presbyterian denomination. In 1881 Dr. Anderson married Mary Miller, daughter of Dr. D. Gillespie Carmington, of Ontario. They came to this city on account of her health, but the change did not prove permanently beneficial and she died six months after her arrival here. In January, 1896, he married Jessie C. MacGregor, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. MacGregor, of this city. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ANDERSON John D, Medicine Lake. Office 32 Syndicate blk Minneapolis. Physician and surgeon( R). Born June 29, 1855 in Ontario Can, son of John and Janet Anderson. Married 1896 to Jessie McGregor. Attended public schools in Ontario; Trinity Medical School; Toronto Univ; Edinburgh Univ Edinburgh Scotland 1879 degrees of L R, C P and L M. Practiced medicine at Port Perry Ont 1880-83; in Minneapolis 1883 to date. Member British and American Medical Assns, state and county medical societies.


Dr. Ludwig Wolmer Anderson
[Source: A History of the Swedish-Americans of Minnesota Minnesota, Volume 3, pages 1098, rll]
Dr. Ludwig Wolmer Anderson was born in Sweden July 11, 1881, and is the son of Nels and Augusta Anderson, both natives of that country. Nels Anderson brought his wife and children to the United States in 1886, locating in Minneapolis, where he found employment at his trade of cabinet-maker. He had three children, namely: L. W., Hilda, and Elfrida.

Arthur Andrews
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ANDREWS Arthur C, Minneapolis. Res 245 Clifton av, office 803-806 Chamber of Commerce bldg. Grain. Born Aug 21, 1854 in Oberlin O, son of Edward W Andrews and Delia E (Fenn) Andrews. Married June 10, 1880 to Mary Minerva Hunt of Otto N Y. Educated in public schools and high school Oberlin O and Oberlin College; class of 1876. Moved to Glyndon Minn engaging in lumber and farm implement business under the firm name of Andrews Bros 1878-84; moved to Fargo N D 1884; commercial grain business at Halstad Minn 1889; moved to Minneapolis 1891 and devoted himself entirely to the elevator and grain business; formed partnership with James E Gage under firm name of Andrews & Gage 1893. Dir International Elevator Co Winnipeg; sec and treas Stinson-Gage Co Minneapolis. Member of Minikahda Club.


Sewall Andrews
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ANDREWS Sewall D, Minneapolis. Res 15 W 24th st, office 106 N Washington. Merchant. Born Jan 30, 1874 in Owatonna Minn, son of Lorin and Delia Hall (Munson) Andrews. Married Oct 8, 1903 to Lilla S Finch. Educated in Minneapolis public schools; Minneapolis academy; graduated from Cornell Univ LL B 1895; U of M, LL M 1896. Engaged in practice of law Minneapolis 1895-1904; since 1904 has been sec-treas of Kennedy-Andrews Drug Co. wholesalers Minneapolis. Member Chi Psi and Phi Delta Phi; college fraternities.


Chris H. Anheier
Source: Compendium of History and Biography, Transcribed by Christi Boyer

CHRIS H. ANHEIER
, cashier of the Citizens' National Bank, is a man of excellent business qualifications and broad ideas and enjoys the confidence and esteem of a large circle of business and social friends. He was born in St. Croix county, Wisconsin, March 11, 1858, and was the son of William and Margaret (Moskop) Anheier.
The parents of our subject were natives of Germany and came to the United States about 1848, and were married in southern Illinois, where they resided for some time and then moved to Wisconsin, and from there, in 1864, to Minneapolis, where they still live, the father retired from active labors.
Our subject was one of two sons and the only one of the family in North Dakota. He was reared and educated in Minneapolis, where he remained with his father in the milling business until 1880, when he went to Grand Forks, North Dakota, and in 1881 went to Fargo as elevator manager and bought wheat one year and then was engaged as engineer for the city water works for a short time. He soon afterward engaged again in the elevator business and in 1886 was elected auditor of Cass county, on what was known as the farmers' ticket. He was re-elected in 1890 and again in 1892 and in the fall of 1895 was appointed bank examiner and served until July 1, 1898. During that time he was receiver of the Grand Forks National Bank for five months and in January, 1897, was appointed receiver of the Citizens' National Bank, of Fargo, which office he is now filling.
Our subject was married, in 1886, to Miss Kate Schulte, a native of Minnesota. The following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Anheier: Harry W., Clarence M., Carl, Marie and Walter. Mr. Anheier is a member of the Order of Foresters, of which order he is chief ranger. He is also a member of the Zodiac, recently organized, and is the executive officer of that order. He served as county judge for a short period during the absence of Judge Roberts and is one of the most prominent men of Fargo and keenly alive to the welfare of that thriving city. He has been associated with the Democratic party since he attained his majority and is an ardent worker for the principles of that organization.


Alexander Thompson Ankeny
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. (Shutter, Marion Daniel, 1853-ed.) Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Journal (1897) transcribed by Vicki Bryan

Alexander Thompson Ankeny is of German and French extraction on his father's side, while his maternal ancestry was English and Scotch. The traditions of the family run back to the days of the massacre of St. Bartholomew. The ancestors on his father's side were Huguenots, and some of them are said to have suffered the loss of life and property. The name, Ankeny, is supposed to have been derived from the word Enghien, the name of what was originally a strip of high-land in Flanders, the inhabitants of which were known as sword-bearers to the reigning Duke. The earliest record of the family in this country begins with the name of Dewalt Ankeny, who, about 1740, tired of the religious wars of the old world, sought refuge in the new settlement in Maryland, near Clear Springs, Washington County. He became the owner there of some eight hundred acres of land, portions of which are still occupied by members of the family. Among his seven sons, Peter Ankeny, the second, was married in 1773 to Rosina Bonnet, daughter of John Bonnet, who settled in Maryland about the same time. This young couple set out with pack horses to explore the new country, to the West, crossed the Allegheny Mountains and located at what afterwards came to be known as the Glades of Somerset, Pennsylvania, December 27, 1837, some of the land which is still owned by their descendants. Isaac Ankeny, the fourth son of Peter, was married in 1820 to Eleanor Parker, daughter of John Parker. He lived continuously at Somerset, with the exception of a few years in Ohio, until his death in 1853. He was a man of influence and an active spirit in the early development of western Pennsylvania. His wife died in 1870. They had four boys and six girls, six of whom are still living. The subject of this sketch is the youngest son in that family. He was born at Somerset, Pennsylvania, December 27, 1837. His early education was obtained at his native town, and on the death of his father, in 1853, he was sent to the Disciples College at Hiram, Ohio, where President Garfield was then a tutor. In 1856 he attended the Monongalia Academy at Morgantown, West Virginia, then under the direction of Rev. J. R. Moore. Judge William Mitchell, of Minnesota, was one of the instructors. From 1857 to 1858 he attended Jefferson College, Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania, when he was offered a position in the department of justice at Washington by Hon. Jeremiah S. Black, the attorney general of the United States. He remained until the close of Mr. Buchanan's administration having in the meantime prepared himself for the practice of law. In April 1861, he was admitted to the bar in his native town and on the day Fort Sumter was fired upon tried and won his first case. On July 4th, 1861, Mr. Ankeny delivered an address at Somerset which attracted no little attention, foreshadowing the severity of the struggle and its ultimate outcome. When in the department of justice, Edwin Al. Stanton was connected with that department, and in February 1862, Mr. Stanton invited him to a position in the war department which he filled with honor until the close of the war. He sustained a confidential relation to "the great war secretary,'' and had knowledge of most of the important movements in advance of their execution. In April 1865, he returned to the practice of law at Somerset, where he was also connected with a private bank. He was one of the promoters and treasurer of the first railroad to Somerset. In 1872 he became ambitious to enjoy the greater opportunities afforded in the West and removed with his family to Minneapolis, where, in partnership with his brother, William P. Ankeny, he engaged in the lumber business. This firm built the Galaxy flouring mill in 1874. On the death of his brother in 1877 he closed up the business of his firm and returned to his law practice. Mr. Ankeny has been an active and public-spirited citizen of Minneapolis, interested in every undertaking for the moral, intellectual and material betterment of the city. In 1877 he was a member of the board of education for the western division of the city, and in the following year was one of the committee of ten who formulated the plan for the complete union of the two divisions. He served from 1878 to 1882 on the state board of equalization of taxes. In 1886 he was again elected member of the Minneapolis board of education, re-elected on both tickets in 1889 and in 1890 was made president of the board and ex-officio member of the library board, which positions he held until January 1, 1895. Mr. Ankeny is a Democrat and exerts a large influence in the councils of his party. In 1886 and 1887 he was president of the Algonquin Democratic Club, of Minneapolis, and in 1886 to 1888 was a member of the state Democratic central committee. In 1888 he was appointed on the executive committee of the National Association of Democratic Clubs, and still retains that position. In 1886 he incorporated in the state Democratic platform a recommendation for the adoption of the Australian system of voting, being the first public recognition of the system in this country, and which is now used in nearly all the states. Probably in no part of his public services, however, has he taken more satisfaction than in his work on the school board, where he has proved a faithful and invaluable officer. He was active in the passage of the free text book law of Minnesota, and in placing the system in successful operation in Minneapolis. Some of Mr. Ankeny's addresses on public education are among the best contributions to the literature of that subject. He was one of the incorporators of the Masonic Temple Association, and a member of the building committee which erected the Masonic Temple. For several years he was vice-president of its board of directors, and on the death of R. T. Langdon was elected president of the board. This temple, the South Side High School building, the Van Cleve and Douglass school buildings, as well as the North Side Public Library building, will long remain to testify to his high conception of what such public structures should be, whilst the economy practiced in construction will be a witness to his integrity and fidelity. He is a lawyer of high standing, and was made the Democratic candidate for municipal judge in 1885 and for district judge in 1890, but was not elected. In 1896 he received the fusion nomination for mayor on the Democratic-Populist ticket. His family are active supporters of the Portland Avenue Church of Christ, of Minneapolis. On May 1, 1861, he was married to Miss Martha V. Moore, daughter of John Moore, of Wheeling, West Virginia. They have a family of five children, all now grown, three daughters being married.

Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ANKENY Alexander T, Minneapolis. Res 2401 Clinton av, office 502 Globe bldg. Lawyer. Born Dec 20, 1837 in Somerset Pa, son of Isaac and Eleanor (Parker) Ankeny. Married in 1861 to Martha V Moore. Educated in the public schools and Disciples’ College Hiram O; Monongahela Academy Morgantown W Va and Jefferson College Cannonsburg Pa 1857-58. Employed in the dept of justice 1860. Admitted to the bar 1861. Engaged with the war dept until close of Civil War. Returned to Somerset 1865 where he continued to practice law and conduct a private bank. Move to Minneapolis 1872 and engaged in the lumber business with his brother until 1877; member of Board of Education 1877; State Board of Equalization 1878-82; re-elected to Board of Education 1889 and 1890 pres of same; member of Library Board until 1885. Member State Dem Central Committee 1888; ex-pres board of dirs of same.


John Ankeny
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ANKENY John J, Minneapolis. Res 1809 Laurel av, office 542 Lumber Exchange. Mortgages and loans. Born Feb 28, 1835 in Somerset Pa, son of Isaac and Eleanor (Parker) Ankeny. Married June 2, 1869 to Catharine A Willett. Educated in common schools. Employed in gen mercantile business; moved to Minneapolis 1856; in 1858 to Hardin county Ia and engaged in real estate business; deputy sheriff Hardin county 1858-59; removed to Minneapolis 1859; deputy P M Minneapolis 1859-63; in Natchez Miss until 1866; returned to Minneapolis and was again deputy postmaster until 1870; engaged in mercantile business 1870-80; later in insurance business; appointed postmaster by pres Cleveland 1886-90; in insurance and real estate business 1890 to date.


Alexander Archibald
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal (1897) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Among the institutions founded for instruction in special lines of education none have attracted more students than those established to instruct young men and women in the rudiments and principles of commercial business. One of these institutions is the Archibald Business College of Minneapolis, conducted by Alexander Russel Archibald, a native of Nova Scotia. His father, Matthew Archibald, was a farmer in moderate circumstances in Halifax County. His mother's maiden name was Jane Grant, whose father was a native of Scotland. The Archibalds, however, were of English descent. They located originally in Londonderry, New Hampshire, and afterwards removed to Nova Scotia. Many of them attained to honorable positions in the gift of the people of that country, such as the governorship, membership in the people's parliament, etc. A brother of Alexander was a member of the people's parliament for the city of Halifax for several terms, and has now a life position as sheriff in that city. The subject of this sketch was born July 27, 1847, in Musquodoboit, Halifax County, Nova Scotia. His early education was obtained in the common schools where only the ordinary rudimentary branches were taught. Later he attended and graduated at Kimball Union Academy, in New Hampshire. He was there honored with the presidency of his class and selected to give the parting address. From the academy he went to Dartmouth College. Being possessed of limited means he was obliged to teach school part of the time in order to pay his expenses, and yet his rank in his class was among the first three all through the four years. He also competed for and gained the oratorical prize. While in college he was a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity and represented that society as a delegate to its national convention in New York in 1873. He was graduated in 1874 with a degree of M. A., and in September of the same year he came to Minnesota and located at Glencoe, as principal of Stevens Seminary. He remained there through the school year of 1876 and '77, but in the latter year came to Minneapolis and founded the Archibald Business College, an institution whose graduates occupy many positions of trust in the Northwest. Mr. Archibald was married in August, 1877, at Glencoe, to Miss Sarah Jane Appleton. They have one child, George S., now in his fifteenth year. Mr. Archibald recalls among his early experiences that he earned his first dollar while working in a hay field on a Nova Scotia farm. Mr. Archibald is a Republican in politics. He has always voted that ticket and is a substantial supporter of the Republican party. He has never held any political office of his own, but as a delegate to local and general conventions has assisted in securing political honors for his friends, many of whom have reason to remember his action in the premises with gratitude.


J. W. Arctander
History of the Scandinavians and Successful Scandinavians in the United States, Volumes I & II (1900) submitted by cd

Arctander, J. W., lawyer—Minneapolis—born 2 Oct., 1849, in Stockholm, Sweden. His father, who belonged to one of the oldest families of Norway, was for some years a professor in Sweden, but returned to his native land in 1854. Young Arctander received a college education in Skien, graduated with honors from the University of Norway, was a journalist for a while, but his radical views brought him into trouble, and he became a political exile and emigrated to America in 1870. For a couple of years he was connected with a Norwegian paper in Chicago, where he also studied law, and was admitted to the bar in Minnesota, in 1874. For about ten years he practiced law at Willmar, and has been located in Minneapolis since 1886. Arctander has a great reputation as a criminal lawyer, and has been very successful in handling personal damage cases. He is author of Practical Handbook of Laws of Minnesota, published in the Norwegian language in 1876, and thoroughly revised and published in Norwegian and Swedish twenty years later. He has also translated Henrik Ibsen's play, The Masterbuilder, into English. The 17th of May, 1897, a magnificent statue of the famous Norwegian violinist, Ole Bull, was put up in the main park of Minneapolis, mostly through the untiring energy and self-sacrifice of Arctander. For about two years he spoke, wrote, stormed, until his efforts were crowned with success; and in connection with the Ole Bull statue—the only statue in the public
parks of Minneapolis—Arctander's name will long be remembered with gratitude throughout the Northwest. In 1898 he made a great stir by publicly announcing that he had been converted to God, although he at the time was a member of the American Methodist Church, which he had joined in 1897 and which is supposed to accept as members only such persons as profess to have been converted.

Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ARCTANDER John W, Minneapolis. Res 3447 S Lyndale av, office 913 N Y Life bldg. Lawyer. Born Oct 2, 1849 in Stockholm Sweden, son of August H and Caroline (Ahlsell) Arctander. Married May 17, 1877 to Maratina Anderson. Attended the College of Skein Norway 1857-67; the Royal Univ of Norway 1867-70; graduating M A Ph B; degree of LL D from St John Univ Collegeville Minn. Has been in gen practice of law; up to 1888 made specialty of criminal law; since 1888 specialty of corporation law and negligence cases; county atty Kandiyohi county Minn 1877-79; dist atty 12th dist 1880-86; member of commission for drafting penal code of state with Atty Gen Hahn and Judge Egan of St Paul. Author of “Practical Handbook on Laws of Minn” in Norwegian and Swedish languages; translator into English of Hendrik Ibsen’s drama “The Master Builder.”


Ludwig Arctander
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ARCTANDER Ludvig, Minneapolis. Res 2407 Irving av S, office 730 Temple Court. Lawyer. Born Jan 3, 1863 Skein Norway, son of A H and Caroline (Ahlsell) Arctander. Received college education in Norway and graduated from the Univ of Christiania Norway; immigrated to Minn in Sept 1881 and located in Minneapolis 1886 where he has been practicing continuously ever since except in 1893-4 when he was located at Duluth.


George Armstrong
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ARMSTRONG George W, Minneapolis. Res 2722 N Emerson av, office 710 Temple Court. Lawyer. Born Aug 9, 1873 in Dodge County Minn, son of Fred N and Lucy M (Mills) Armstrong. Graduated U of M, M L 1898. Has practiced law in Minneapolis 1899 to date. Member of state legislature 3 terms. Served as private in 13th Inf during Philippine War. Member of Masonic bodies; Elks, Commercial Club Minneapolis.


Hallward Askeland
Source: History of the Scandinavians and Successful Scandinavians in the United States, Volumes I & II (1900) submitted by cd

Askeland, Hallward Tobias, librarian and musician-Minneapolis—born 30 Nov., 1860, in Stavanger, Norway. He completed a course in the Latin school of his native city; emigrated in 1875, coming directly to Minneapolis; graduated from the literary department of Augsburg Seminary in 1882; taught music for a few years; was editor of Felt-Raabet, the first Norwegian prohibition paper published in Minnesota, from 1886—89, but the paper ceased; and he has ever since 1889 been librarian of the Franklin Avenue branch of the public library. Askeland takes great interest in music and literature, and for several years was organist of the Norwegian Lutheran Trinity Church, and secretary of what is now the Minnesota Total Abstinence Association. In 1883 he was married to Julia Skallerud of Minneapolis. They have several children.


Anson D. Atherton
Source: History Biography of North Dakota. Transcribed by Mary Saggio

ANSON D. ATHERTON, one of the early settlers of Cass county, has resided in Hunter township for the past thirteen years and has successfully conducted farming there. He is widely known and occupies a prominent place as a worthy citizen and progressive farmer.

Our subject was born in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, July 9, 1838, and was a son of Anson and Sarah (Mitchell) Atherton, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. His father was a farmer and passed his career in Pennsylvania, his death occurring in 1864, and the mother died in 1879. Five sons and three daughters were born to this worthy couple. The grandfather of our subject, Elisha Atherton, was a native of Massachusetts.

Mr. Atherton was reared in Pennsylvania and educated there and followed farming in that state until 1859, when he went to Cleveland, Ohio, and resided there seven years, returning to Pennsylvania, continued his residence there until 1878, when he located in Mitchell county, Iowa. He went to Fort Snelling, Minnesota, in 1881, and was engaged one year there in putting in the water works of that city. He went to Casselton, North Dakota, in 1882, and was there five years, superintending some of the large farms of that section. His present home is in Hunter township, and he has a well improved farm, the income of which has placed him in comfortable circumstances. Our subject was married in Ohio to Selinda Bailey. Two children were born to this union, as follows: Cora and Selinda. Mr. Atherton was married in Pennsylvania to Sarah Pike, and one child, named Katie, was born to them. Mr. Atherton was married to Ellen Morse Armstrong, a native of Vermont, in 1882, at Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our subject is a gentleman who keeps abreast of the times and is interested in the general welfare of his community and has served in various local offices. Politically he is a Republican, and is stanch in defense of the principles of his party.


Charles Austin
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

AUSTIN Charles D, Minneapolis. Res 3245 3d av S, office 616-617 N Y Life bldg. Lawyer. Born April 26, 1856 at Belgrade, Kennebec county Me, son of David and Betsey Austin. Married Jan 25, 1888 to Adelaide J Van Vleck. Educated in the common and high schools and at Wesleyan College. Practiced law at Lisbon N D 1882-93; in Minneapolis 1893 to date; partner of Judge Bailey until death of latter; of Judge Pierce several years; alone since.


Henry Austin
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

AUSTIN Henry Herman, Minneapolis. Res 506 E 14th st, office 317 Andrus bldg. Investments. Born July 25, 1869 in Fond du Lac Wis, son of Henry S and Mary Ann (Johnston) Austin. Married 1904 to Marion Thompson. Attended country schools in Nobles county Minn; graduated school Worthington Minn; studied pharmacy and passed Board of Pharmacy (Mich) 1891; graduated in salesmanship Sheldon School Chicago 1903; worked in saw mill in lumber woods; bridge builder on St Paul & Duluth Ry until 1890; in drug business Carsonville Mich 1894-97; traveling salesman for F F Ingram Co Detroit Mich 1897-1905; in business in Minneapolis for self, real estate and commercial investments. Sec Municipal Ownership League Minneapolis; v pres Moore Live Stock Co; member Masonic order, Knights of the Maccabees; pres of Y M C A.


Horace Austin
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal (1897) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Horace Austin, the sixth governor of Minnesota, was born October 15, 1831, at Canterbury, Connecticut, the son of a well-to-do farmer. After finishing his education in an academy at Litchfield, Maine, he taught at Belgrade Academy, in the same state, of which institution he was principal for a short time. He studied law at Augusta, Maine, in the office of Lot M. Morrill, afterwards United States senator, and in 1856, at the age of twenty-five, came to Minnesota, locating at St. Peter. In 1862 he enlisted as a lieutenant and was promoted to captain of cavalry, taking an active part in the Sibley campaign against the Indians on the Missouri. The year following he was elected judge of the Sixth Judicial District. His advancement was rapid after this, and in 1869 he was elected governor by about two thousand majority. A glance at his inaugural address will give some idea of the man and of the condition of the state in this early day. He reviewed many of the questions then agitating the people, some of which lived into the next decade, while others are still pressing for solution, and his advice was always sound and timely. He advocated the revision of the criminal code, which was so intricate, even in that day, as often to lead to justice. He advocated the improvement of the Duluth harbor, and saw very clearly the future importance of Duluth as a shipping point for the products of the Northwest. He was opposed to excessive special legislation, which in those days frequently crowded out more important legislation of general interest. He recommended that state and federal elections should come in the same year. In the early seventies the people of Minnesota enjoyed the luxury of an election every year. He suggested a convention to prepare a new state constitution, believing the original constitution to be no longer suited to the needs of the people. That old constitution, however, is still the supreme law of the state, and the failure to secure a constitutional convention in 1871 was repeated in 1896. The internal improvement lands previously granted to the state by congress had not been set apart for public use at the time of Governor Austin's election, and the legislature of 1871 apportioned them among a number of railroad corporations. Governor Austin promptly vetoed the bill, which led to an amendment to the constitution prohibiting the legislature from appropriating the proceeds arising from the sale of these lands unless consent was first given by the people at the polls. After serving for two years with honor to himself and credit to the state, Governor Austin was re-elected in 1871 by sixteen thousand majority. In his inaugural message of 1872 he made a strong appeal for biennial sessions of the legislature, an appeal to which the future was not slow to respond. Shortly after his second term as governor Mr. Austin became third auditor of the United States treasury, a position which he filled under Secretaries Bristow, Morrill and Sherman. Following this he was for seven years in the department of the interior, and subsequently he was a member of the Minnesota railroad and warehouse commission. He is at this time engaged in the practice of law in the city of Minneapolis. He is a member of the Loyal Legion. Mr. Austin was married in March, 1859, to Miss Mary Lena Morrill, of Augusta, Maine. Of six children, one son and five daughters, all are living save one daughter.


Fred Ayers
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

AYERS Fred H, Minneapolis. Res 4420 Thomas av S, office 560 Temple Court. Lawyer. Born Nov 20, 1869 in Osceola Wis, son of Seth and and Jane V (Creech) Ayers. Educated in common and high schools Osceola; La Crosse Wis Business College; graduating from U of M law dept LL B 1893. Practiced law in Minneapolis 1893 to date; member firm of Ayers & McDonald.


James P. Aylen
Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900. Transcribed by Maggie Saggio

JAMES P. AYLEN, M. D. Among the professional men of North Dakota, Dr. James P. Aylen, physician and surgeon, whose office is in Sheldon, stands in the foremost rank. He is well fitted by education and training for the position he holds, and his genial and social temperament has endeared him to the people of Ransom county, and he is especially popular in his home town of Sheldon. He has met with unbounded success in his practice, and his field of labor extends twenty-five miles in each direction from Sheldon. He has successfully competed with others of his profession, and since 1895 has been the sole physician of that city.

Our subject was born in Aylmer, Quebec, Canada, September 25, 1863. His ancestors for generations back were professional men, devoting themselves either to law or medicine. The father of our subject was Dr. John Aylen, and the mother of our subject bore the maiden name of Saloma Prentiss. Their family consisted of three sons and one daughter, and true to the professional instincts, the sons, of whom our subject was the eldest, devoted themselves to medicine.

At an early age our subject entered Collegiate Institute at Ottawa, and later attended Woodstock Baptist Theological College. He next entered Cornell University, but soon left the institution to pursue his medical studies at McGill University, which institution he attended four years, and then entered Bellevue Hospital college, graduating therefrom in March, 1888. He chose Minneapolis, Minnesota, as a location, where he established his office and to practice orthopedic surgery. His health soon began failing, and in May, 1888, he went to Sheldon, since which time he has followed his profession there. He is devoted to his work, but by way of recreation has not only the largest kennel of dogs in the state, but also some of the best bred, and speediest coursing hounds. Among them is the celebrated dog Oakes, out of Vallaire and Raven.

Mr. Aylen was married in 1887, to Miss Florence Carter. Mrs. Aylen is a lady of rare attainments, and presides over the household in a truly gracious manner. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Aylen, as follows: Gerald Valley Lee, deceased; and Walter C. Our subject is a member of the Ransom Medical Society, the North Dakota Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and has been for two and a half years a member of the state medical examining board, and since 1888 has been county physician. In the fraternal world he has attained prominence, and is a Scottish and York Rites Mason, and is grand master of the state Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and also holds membership in the Knights of the Macabees, Ancient Order of United Workmen, Modern Woodmen of America, and Brotherhood of American Yeoman. Politically he is a Republican and is strong in his convictions.

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