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Harold Eads
Source: Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

EADS Harold H, Minneapolis, Res 315 W 15 st, office 811 N Y Life bldg. Architect. Born August 18, 1872 in Champaign Ill, son of Anderson and Mary L (Johnson) Eads. Married 1900 to Mildred A Buss. Educated in public schools Minneapolis and U of M 1882. First employed in architect's offices in Minneapolis and St Paul; formed partnership as Downs & Eads 1903 which continues to date. Member Masonic fraternity.


Robert Earl
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

EARL Robert O, St Paul. Res 881 Payne av, office 883 Payne av. Physician and surgeon (R). Born Aug 27, 1872 in Iowa, son of Peter O and Hannah (Anderson) Earl. Attended Minneapolis public school and academy; graduated U of M, M D 1896; post-graduate course in N Y; interne Bethesda Hospital St Paul. Pres Scandinavian Savings Bank. Member County, State and American Medical assns; surgeon Bethesda Hospital; pres Mounds Park Sanitarium Assn. Member St Paul Board Park Commissioners.


Henry Ebner
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

EBNER Henry, Wadena. Miller. Born July 2, 1852 in Fort Wayne Ind, son of Maxmus and Barbara (Bishop) Ebner. Married Feb 28, 1876 to Anna Schmaker. Educated in Indiana public schools. Employed as carpenter and millwright until 1880; milling business Dayton Minn 1880-83; carpenter and farmer 1883-86; conducted Wadena Brg Co 1886-95; real estate broken until 1899, when he bought Wadena Rolling Mills now operating under name of Ebner Milling Co. Mayor of Wadena.


Harris Edelman
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

EDELMAN Harris, Minneapolis. Res 1400 7th av N, office 109 Washington av N. Manufacturer. Born Oct 1861 in Kross Russia, son of Leib and Rachel Edelman. Educated in private Russian schools and was variously employed until 1881; came to U S 1882 and engaged in clothing business until 1896; in shoe business Stillwater 1896-99; moved to Minneapolis and engaged in mnfg of clothing under firm name of Edelman & Co 1900 to date. Member I O O F.


Meyer Edelman
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

EDELMAN Meyer I, Minneapolis. Res 2432 Lyndale av S, office 109 Washington av N. Manufacturer. Born January 10, 1864 in Kross Russia, son of Leib and Rachel Edelman. Married June 15, 1903 to Rose Pulverman. Educated in private schools Russia. Employed in mercantile business 1880-83; moved to Minneapolis 1883; engaged in retail clothing business until 1893; moved to Duluth and engaged in jewelry business until 1902; returned to Minneapolis 1902 and engaged in manufacture of trousers as member of Edelma & Co. Member of I O O F.


William Edgar
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

EDGAR William C, Minneapolis. Res 66, Groveland term, office Miller bldg. Editor and publisher. Born 1856 in La Cross, Wis. Son of J C and Lucy D Edgar. Educated in St Louis. In 1882 came to Minneapolis and became business mngr Weekly Northwestern Miller; has been its editor since 1886 and is pres Miller Publishing Co. Founded The Bellman (Weekly) 1906 and conducts it in connection with his other work. In 1891 secured and sent shipload of flour to Russia for famine sufferers. Author Story of a Grain of Wheat and numerous pamphlets; contributor to magazines. Member Minneapolis. Minikahda, Lafayette and Skylight clubs Minneapolis; St Louis Club St Louis; Salmagundi Club New York. Member American Free Trade League Boston; American Social Science Assn N Y; National Municipal League Philadelphia and Minnesota Trade Press Assn.


Alvord Egelston
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

EGELSTON Alvord Calvin, Minneapolis. Res 3240 Portland av, office 1012 N Y Life bldg. Lawyer. Born Sept 28, 1860 in Ilion N Y, son of A and Asenath L Egelston. Married June 30, 1902 to Elizabeth Dockstader. Educated in common and high schools Gloversville N Y; graduated from Union College Schenectady N Y. A B 1885. Moved to Minneapolis 1886 and read law in office of George N White; admitted to bar and practiced alone 1887-91; of firm of White & Egelston 1893; alone to date. Atty for North American Casualty Co. Member Am State and Hennepin County Bar assns; Commercial Club.


Etta W. Eggleston
Source: Warren Sheaf, Feb.2, 1881 edition, submitted by FOFG mb

Etta W. Eggleston of Minneapolis, who married William Eggleston in 1877, when she was fourteen years of age, and he fifty-six, now wants a divorce. Her parents did not permit him to live with her, nor has she since been his wife, save in name. She is now eighteen and he is sixty. She brings an action for divorce on the ground that she was not of legal age when married, and Eggleston makes no defense.


David Ekberg
[Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, A. E. Strand, Vol. 3, page 783-784 submitted by Robin Line]
David Ekberg. Numbered among the thriving and prosperous members of the Swedish-Americans of Minneapolis is David Ekberg, who is actively identified with the industrial interests of the city as one of its most skillful and busy blacksmiths. He was born, April 27, 1870, in Karlskoga parish, Vermland, Sweden, being one of the seven children born to Lars Johan and Maria Katarina Ekberg, life-long residents of that country. Six of the children of the parental household are still living, as follows: Josephine, wife of Carl Bjorndahl, of Karlskoga; Carl Johan, a blacksmith in the State Railway shops at Orebro, Sweden; Dorothea, wife of Abraham W. Sjoman, a machinist at Bofors, Vermland; Elias, a machinist in Carlsborg, Sweden; David, the special subject of this sketch; and Isak Andreas a blacksmith, living on the parental homestead.

Having completed the course of study in the public schools, and been confirmed in the Lutheran church, David Ekberg learned the blacksmith's trade in his father's shop, and continued working there until 1891. Enterprising and ambitious, he then bade farewell to his family and friends, and emigrated to this country, locating immediately in Minneapolis. For a number of years thereafter, he worked at his trade for various firms, displaying much skill and ability. In 1902 Mr. Ekberg, in company with one of his countrymen, Mr. Anquist, bought out Mr. Joseph Guy, and has since carried on a large and lucrative business, the firm being among the leading blacksmiths of Minneapolis. Mr. Ekberg has been prosperous financially, and several years ago visited his old home in Sweden.

Mr. Ekberg married, in 1892, Ida Sophia Josephson, who was born, April 10, 1870, in Karlskoga, Sweden, on a farm, and came to this country in 1889. Her parents are still living in their native land. The union of Mr. and Mrs. Ekberg has been brightened by the birth of five children, namely: Lillie Sophia, born May 15, 1893; David Einar, born November 4, 1894; Burt Elias, born November 23, 1896; Gustaf Antonio, born August 25, 1898; and Harold, born May 6, 1900. The family are all members of the Swedish Mission church at Camden place, and reside at No. 4027 Girard avenue, North. Mr. Ekberg is a gifted musician, and, notwithstanding that he has labored as a smithy so many years, his hands are sufficiently soft and pliable to draw sweetest music from the piano and organ, his touch being delicate and strong, and he is also a fine singer, having a rich baritone voice, which it is a delight to hear. He has for a long time been a trustee of the church, and for five or more years was organist and choir leader.


August Ekman
[Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, A. E. Strand, Vol. 3, page 769-770 submitted by Robin Line]
August Ekman.-Few of the Swedish-Americans of the Twin Cities have enjoyed a more varied and credible experience in business and finances than August Ekman, of Minneapolis, founder and managing secretary and treasurer of the Pacific Coast and Norway Packing Company. He is also engaged in other business enterprises, and he is a citizen whose successes in private enterprises have always been accompanied by contributions of his means and abilities to the advancement of public charities. Among these may be mentioned the Swedish Hospital and Nurses' Institute, of which he has been treasurer for many years.

August Ekman was born at Vexio Smaland, September 3, 1866, and is a son of Nils and Brita Katarina Ekman. The father was a prominent musician of the Kronoberg Regimantal Band, in which, by long and faithful service, he attained the rank of "musik-fanjunkare" (musical standard bearer). He died at St. Paul September 15, 1888, at the age of seventy years, and his widow passed away on an Atlantic steamer, August 8, 1899, seventy-one years of age. With her sons, August and Knut, she was returning from a visit to her Swedish home when she was overtaken by death, her body being reverently borne to St. Paul and interred in the Union cemetery beside that of her husband. Mr. and Mrs. Nils Ekman raised a fine family of eight sons and one daughter, of whom five sons and the daughter are still alive. The biography of Carl, the oldest living son, also appears in this history. Next of the survivors comes Henrik, who was born August 2, 1856, and is now a bank clerk in Minneapolis; Edward, born November 10, 1859, is connected with the office of the Board of Directors of Charities in Minneapolis; Emma, born March 16, 1862, is married to Gustaf Nilsson, a cigar manufacturer of St. Paul; and August and Knut are both subjects of biography in this history.

On May 24, 1887, August Ekman graduated from the Collegiate High School of Vexio with the degree of B. A., and in the following October emigrated with his parents and youngest brother to St. Paul, the sister and other brothers having already located there. He first secured employment as bookkeeper and teller in the Scandinavian-American Bank of that city, and two years of strenuous labor, with fine results, brought him to the office of A. E. Johnson & Company, the private bankers, with a most enviable reputation. Mr. Ekman remained in their St. Paul office until July, 1890, when he was placed in full charge of their Minneapolis branch. In 1891, when the latter was consolidated with the Washington Bank, he became teller and assistant cashier of the new institution, remaining thus until the failure of the bank in 1896. When the financial crash of the local institutions occurred in that year he was engaged to assist in clearing up the business of the Washington Bank and was employed in that work for about a year. In the spring of 1898 he formed a partnership with O. E. Brecke in the steamship passenger business, under the style of Brecke & Ekman. Although the firm was dissolved in 1902, Mr. Brecke continued the business and Mr. Ekman became a dealer in lands and general real estate. In the previous year the Pacific Coast and Norway Packing Company had been organized, and in 1903 he assumed active charge of it as its secretary and treasurer. As stated, he is now giving his chief attention to its promotion and development. In 1900 Mr. Ekman married Mrs. Christine (Alm) Elsberg, a native of Vermland, Sweden, who was the mother of three children by a former marriage-Emma, William and Ellen. The family resides at 1617 Elliot Avenue. A necessary addition to Mr. Ekman's personal record is that he is a Mason in good standing and an active member of the Odin Club.


Knut Ekman
[Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, A. E. Strand, Vol. 3, page 770-771 submitted by Robin Line]
Knut Ekman, cashier of the new Scandinavian-American National Bank of Minneapolis, of which he was one of the founders, has a remarkably substantial standing in the banking circles of the Northwest,particularly in those upon which depend the financial security of his countrymen, A native of Vexio, Smaland, Sweden, he is a son of Nils and Brita Katrina Ekman and was born October 23, 1870. His father, who was a prominent musician connected with the military service of Sweden, died at St. Paul September 15, 1888, and on August 8, 1899, nearly eleven years afterward, his widowed mother passed away while crossing the ocean on the return from a visit in Sweden, being accompanied by himself and his brother August. Both are interred interred in the Union cemetery at St. Paul.

As a youth Knut Ekman passed through the first five standards of the Collegiate High School at Vexio, and then deviated from the plan mapped out for him by spending several years in the study of piano and organ music. In 1887 he accompanied his parents to St. Paul, but after a short stay there went to Lindstrom, Chisago county, Minnesota, where for a year he was employed in the general store of his brother, Carl. Then Scandinavia-American Bank, remaining in that capacity for three years. In December, 1891, he came to Minneapolis to accept a place with the Swedish-American National Bank, where he worked as collector, head bookkeeper and discount clerk until he went to Texas to assume charge of an 18,000-acre rice plantation operated by the Northern Irrigation Company. Ill health compelled him to relinquish this undertaking after three months, and he then returned to the Swedish-American National Bank as paying teller; in 1908 was promoted to be assistant cashier and was holding that position when the consolidation was effected with the Northwestern National Bank.

As the Swedish-American had sturdily weathered the storms which had laid low so many of the other Minneapolis banks, this consolidation, or rather absorption, aroused both the indignation and national spirit of the Swedes of Minneapolis, and the proposition to organize a new Scandinavian-American National Bank was received so enthusiastically that within a few months two hundred and fifty thousand dollars was subscribed for that purpose. In the early steps leading to its establishment Knut Ekman was so prominent that he was elected cashier of the new organization, its president being Mr. Werner, who headed the old Swedish-American National Bank. The new bank started under the brightest of auspice, not only with an experienced and substantial management, but with the advantage of its former location, in the heart of the business district on Fourth street, opposite the building occupied by the favorable combination of circumstances has been a steady increase in the deposits and financial influence of the Scandinavian-American National Bank from the opening of its doors to the present. Its energetic and courteous cashier has been always recognized as a large factor in this progress, as he is both an able financier and a very popular man. In musical circles he is widely known, having a fine tenor-baritone voice and enjoyed active membership in various singing societies since 1891. He is a leader in perhaps the most prominent of these organizations, the Arpi Singing Club. Mr. Ekman is also a fourteenth degree Mason, identified with Khurum Lodge, and belongs to the Odin Club. He was married at Los Angles, California, February 19, 1910, to Miss Frances Stowe, of Minneapolis.


Charles Elfelt
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

ELFELT Charles C, Minneapolis. Res 2023 2d av S, office 427 Andrus bldg. Broker. Born April 9, 1853 in St Paul, son of A S and Sue Carroll (Fryer) Elfelt. Married Jan 19, 1881 to Annie V Sidle. Educated in the public and high schools St Paul. Engaged in whol paper trade St Paul 1870-85; manufacturer of news printing paper Minneapolis 1885-87. Broker in timber lands Minneapolis 1887 to date. Dir on Board of Associated Charities; member Commercial Club; Masonic fraternity and K of P.


Even Ellertson
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

ELLERTSON EVEN E, Minneapolis. Res 415 Washington av S E, office 2429 University av S E. Manufacturer. Born January 25, 1859 in Rushford Minn, son of Elert and Caroline (Stensford) Ellertson. Married Nov 12, 1884 to Julia Husebye. Educated in common schools. Employed in mercantile business Mayville N D until 1906; organized the Russell Grader Mnfg Co Minneapolis 1906 of which he is pres.


Charles B. Elliott
Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal, 1897 - transcribed by AJ

Charles B. Elliott is one of the judges of the district court of Hennepin County, and is now serving his second term in that office. Judge Elliot is a native of Ohio. He was born in Morgan County, January 6, 1861, the son of Edward Elliott, a farmer of limited resources. His ancestry is English, and settled in New England in the early history of the country. Soon after the Revolutionary War the town of Marietta, Ohio, was founded, and Judge Elliott's people were among its early settlers. His education was commenced in the common schools of Morgan County, and continued in the high school of Pennsville, a Quaker village of that county. Before the age of sixteen he had qualified himself as a teacher, and after pursuing that profession for a short time he entered the Preparatory Department of Marietta College. With the exception of short intervals occupied in teaching, in order to earn money to pay his expenses, he continued in school there for three years. In the meantime his father removed to Iowa, and Charles B. Elliott followed him and entered the law department of the Iowa State University, from which he graduated with a degree of LL. B., in 1881, at the age of twenty years. He entered the law office of Barnan & Jayne, at Muscatine, Iowa, where he remained a year. During this time he had become a contributor to the Central Law Journal, of St. Louis, and his contributions were received with such favor that in April, 1882, he was offered a position on the editorial staff and removed to St. Louis. For eighteen months he devoted his time to writing, mainly for the Central Law Journal, the Southern Law Review and the Western Jurist. About this time his eyes began to fail him and he was obliged to abandon his editorial work in St. Louis and went to Aberdeen, South Dakota, where he opened a law office and became the representative of the Muscatine Mortgage and Trust Company. January, 1885, found him in Minneapolis engaged in the practice of law, and here he pursued his profession until he was appointed judge of the municipal court, January 15, 1890, by Governor Merriam. During this time he also pursued a post graduate course in history and international law for three years at the University of Minnesota, from which he received the degree of Ph. D., in 1888. In 1892 he was re-elected to the municipal bench by the largest majority given to any candidate on his ticket, and served in that office until January 4, 1894, when he was appointed judge of the district court by Governor Nelson, to fill an unexpired term. He was elected again to the district bench in the fall of 1894, for a term of six years, and is now serving in that capacity. He was lecturer in the college of law at the University of Minnesota from 1889 to 1894, and since September 1, 1894, has been head of the department of corporation and international law in the same school. Judge Elliott is a student and a man of high attainments, and although now but thirty-five years of age, has come to be recognized as an authority on questions of international and public law. He has written extensively on these subjects, and a list of his writings fills two pages of the report of the American Historical Association. Notable among his works were, the treatise in 1888 on the "United States and the Northeastern Fisheries"; "Principles of the Law of Private Corporations," 1894; "Outline of the Law of Insurance," 1895, and a work on "International Law," now in press. His book on the Northwestern Fisheries is regarded as the highest authority on that subject. George Bancroft pronounced it "admirable, exact, thorough and free from prejudice." Henry Cabot Lodge wrote: "It is the best and clearest history of the question I have seen." Political Science Quarterly pronounced it "One of the most exhaustive articles on this question." Judge Elliott, while accomplishing so much in his profession and as an author, has not been a recluse, but has found time to mingle freely among men and is held in high esteem by all, not only on account of his intellectual qualifications, but also on account of his social qualities. He is a Mason, Knight Templar, a member of Zuhrah Temple, also a member of the I. O. O. F. He belongs to the Congressional Church and takes an active, practical interest in all current questions, local as well as general. On May 13, 1884 he married Edith Winslow, and has four children. He has recently been complimented by the Iowa State University with honorary degree of LL. D.

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

ELLIOTT, Charles Burke, Minneapolis. Res 2634 Portland av. Jurist. Born Jan 6, 1861 in Morgan county O, son of Edward and Angeline E Elliott. Was educated in public schools and Marietta (Ohio) College LL B; Univ of Iowa 188; LL D 1895; Marietta College LL D 1904; U of M, Ph D 1887. Judge municipal court 1890-93; judge 4th district 1893-94; Minnesota supreme court 1904. Professor Corporations and international law U of M 1890-97. Member American Bar Assn; International Law Assn. Author of many legal works and contributor to magazines and periodicals.


Artenus Ellis
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

ELLIS Artenus D, Minneapolis. Res 508 W 32d st, office 300 3d av N. Storage. Born Jul 14, 1857 in Dowagiac Mich, son of Artemus C and Julia M (Lamson) Ellis. Educated in the common schools of his native place and was variously employed until 1889 when he moved to Minneapolis and established the Merchants Cold Storage Co, of which he has since been pres.


James T. Elwell
Source: History of Anoka County and the Towns of Champlin and Dayton in Hennepin County, Minnesota, by Albert M. Goodrich 1905; transcribed by Sarah Montgomery

James T. Elwell was born July 2, 1855 in Ramsey county, Minn., on a farm adjoining Hennepin county.  When an infant his father removed to Morrison county, where he platted a townsite.  There the family remained until the Indian outbreak in 1862, soon after which they removed to Cottage Grove, Washington Co., where Mr. Elwell grew to manhood.  After attending the common schools he took a course at Carlton college at Northfield.   About 1871 he invented a spring bed, and going to Minneapolis, began its manufacture on the present site of the Windom block.  The business soon grew to large proportions, and extensive buildings were erected in East Minneapolis.  The Minneapolis Furniture Co., now owned by George H. Elwell, and the Mineapolis Bedding Co., owned by C. M. Way, the largest concerns in their lines in the West, were the outgrowth of that business.  In 1882 Mr. Elwell platted Elwell's Addition to Minneapolis, consisting of 240 lots, and later platted some 500 lots in subsequent additions besides building some fifty or sixty houses thereon within a short time.  A few years later he purchased immense tracts of marshy land in the eastern part of Anoka county.   The wonderful transformation which took place in this region after Mr. Elwell had demonstrated the possibilities of drainage on a large scale is described elsewhere.  Mr. Elwell was married in 1882 to Lizzie A. Alden.  They have nine children: James T.; Margaret; Edwin S.; Alden; Elizabeth; Ruth; Mary; Lawrence and Watson.



Lester Elwood
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

ELWOOD Lester B, Minneapolis. Res 400 Ridgewood av, office N Y Life bldg. Real estate and mortgage loans. Born Oct 19, 1856 at Rochester N Y, son of E B and Mary (Griswold) Elwood. Attended public schools and Oneida Seminary at Oneida N Y. Came to Minneapolis in 1875 and entered the firm of Corser & Co investments established 1870, incorporated 1893; connected with firm 1875 to date; v pres Corser Investment Co real estate and mortgage loans Minneapolis since its incorporation; v pres Minneapolis Coal & Supply Co; member board of governors Minneapolis Club; Minikahda Club; Commercial Club and Sons of American Revolution; State Board of Equalization.


Nehemiah Emmans
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

EMMANS Nehemiah H, Minneapolis. Res 1736 James av S, office 823 Guaranty bldg. Real estate. Born in 1854 in Sussex county N J, son of Wm and Magdalene (Hill) Emmans. Married twice: 1882 to Luella Green and in 1904 to Jennie Mabey. Educated in common schools and Starkey Seminary N Y. Moved to Minneapolis 1877 and engaged in mercantile lines until 1882; in real estate business 1882 to date. Platted Green's additions to Minneapolis and was owner of tract.


Clarence Empey
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

EMPEY Clarence R, Eureka Lake Minnetonka. Office 910 Phoenix bldg Minneapolis. Lawyer. Born Mar 13 1869 in Ontario Can, son of Almond and Augusta (Lyon) Empey. Married Dec 14, 1893 to Edna M Bradbury. Graduated from Hastings Minn High School 1888; taught school 1889; studied at Hamline Univ 1889-91; graduated U of M, A B 1893. Studied law in offices of John W Gilger and Grethen & McHugh Minneapolis; in commercial practice to 1898; gen practice in Minneapolis 1898 to date. Atty and pres Legal Process Adjustment Co. Member M W A.


H. Leslie Enches
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

ENCHES H Leslie, Minneapolis. 2933 1st av S, office 420 Bank of Commerce bldg. Lawyer. Born Oct 16, 1851 in Saratoga county N Y, son of Gideon S and Charlotte (Hammond) Enches. Married Oct 17, 1887 to Effie G Hulbert. Educated in common schools Warren N Y and Glenns Falls (N Y) Academy. Read law in office of C S Enches Glenns Falls N Y. Moved to Minneapolis 1882 and continued reading law in office of Parker & Day. Admitted to bar in 1886 and has continued practice to date; member of firm of Day & Enches.


Charles Engelbrecht
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

ENGELBRECHT Charles S, Minneapolis. Res 3103 Univ av S E, office 802 Northwestern bldg. Manufacturer. Born Sept 22, 1858 in Germany. Married February 16, 1883 to Marie Reinke. Moved to Iowa City Ia in 1868; in Black Hills S D 1873-83; moved to Minneapolis 1883 and assumed management of the Twin City Brick Co 1890-1906; he organized the Black Hawk Clay Mnfg Co 1906 and is v pres and mngr; company has 7 plants throughout N W states.


Frederick English
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

ENGLISH FREDERICK L, Minneapolis. 1907 14th av S, office 615 S Washington av. Mngr Northwest Thresher Co. Born Dec 31, 1860 in Sweden, son of Andrew and Martha (Burman) English. Married March 21, 1900 to Josephine Christie. Came to U S 1869; attended public schools St Croix Falls Wis; farmed until 1890; register of deeds Polk county Wis 1890-94; began employment with N W Thresher Co in 1896; manager of the company of Minneapolis 1901 to date.


Charles Erdmann
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

ERDMANN Charles Andrew, Minneapolis. Res 612 9th av S E, office 802 Pillsbury bldg. Professor anatomy U of M. Born Aug 3, 1866 in Milwaukee Wis, son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Fuchs) Erdman. Attended public schools in Milwaukee; Univ of Wis 1887; U of M, M D 1893; post-graduate work in London and Vienna 1900. Member American Assn of Anatomists; American Medical Assn; Minn Academy of Medicine of Medicine and other scientific and learned bodies.


E. Hugo Erickson
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

ERICKSON E Hugo, Minneapolis. Res 2600 3d av S, office 12 Washington av N. Manufacturer. Born Sept 9, 1869 in Sweden, son of John and Christina (Johnson) Erickson. Married May 3, 1890 to Mary Lundin. Educated in common schools. Moved to U S and to St Paul 1887; engaged in railroad work until 1893; began present business in 1893; company was incorporated in 1896 as E H Erickson Artificial Limb Co; elected Pres and mngr of company and has continued ever since.


Casper Ernst
Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal, 1897 - transcribed by AJ

Casper Ernst is engaged in the banking and investment business, with offices in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Mr. Ernst is a son of Jacob, Ernst, who was a surgeon in the German army, and whose wife was Anna Sophia Van Bergen. The subject of this sketch was born in Aacken, Germany, March 9, 1867. He attended the parochial school, which, in this instance, happened to be a very excellent one, until he was ten years old. At that time he went to the gymnasium, which corresponds to the American college, and graduated with honors, August 12, 1884 Casper has a brother in the banking business in Germany, whose business is the care of the large estate left by his father, and after he graduated in 1884, he spent a year with that brother in the banking business. In 1887 he came to America and located in St. Paul. He regarded the outlook there as very favorable, and opened an office in 1888 as an investment banker, with connections in Germany, which enabled him to establish himself in a large line of investment business. He prosecuted this business with great diligence until 1892, when its proportions justified him in opening a branch office in Minneapolis, and Mr. Ernst is now conducting the banking and investment business with great success in both cities, giving his personal attention, as far as possible, to both offices, which he has thoroughly organized with competent assistants. He was married in 1894 to Mary Burke, of St. Paul. They have one child, Loretta.


Henry Esswein
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

ESSWEIN Henry A, Minneapolis. Res 3228 3d av S, office 422 3d st S. Merchant. Born Mar 6, 1864 in Sheboygen Wis, son of George and Margaret Esswein. Educated in common schools. Moved to St Paul 1888 and was engaged as hardware salesman until 1904; member firm of Ornes-Esswein & Co Minneapolis butchers and bar supplies wines and fancy groceries 1904 to date.


William Henry Eustis
Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal, 1897 - transcribed by AJ

William Henry Eustis furnishes in his own career a good illustration of the possibilities before a capable, energetic and self-reliant young man in America. He is the son of a mechanic, reared in the humble home of a mechanic and destined by his parents for a mechanic's life. Unfortunately, and yet, perhaps, fortunately, a severe affliction, the result of an accident, changed his purpose in life from that of a mechanic, and opened the door to a wider field for the development of his talents and the employment of his faculties. Mr. Eustis was born at the little village of Oxbow, New York, July 17, 1845. His father Tobias Eustis, was a native of Cornwall, England, and emigrated to America while a young man and learned and followed the trade of a wheelwright. His ancestors were miners in Cornwall. His mother, Mary Marwick, was also of English descent. William Henry was the second of a family of eleven children, and at an early age contributed to the family's support by such employment as he could pick up in the neighborhood, the chief of which was grinding bark in the village tannery. He was fifteen at the time of the accident above referred to. His recovery was due largely to the strong constitution, resolute will and the study which he gave to his own case and the care he exercised in applying the treatment. He eventually became able to teach district school in the winter months and finally entered the seminary at Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County. The most his parents hoped at this time was that he might be able to follow some lighter occupation, as, for instance, shoe making or harness making. But he had applied himself to learn bookkeeping and telegraphy, and by the aid of these prepared himself for a more complete literary education. By teaching bookkeeping and telegraphy and soliciting life insurance he earned enough to pay his way through the seminary and through his preparation for college. In 1871 he entered the sophomore class of Wesleyan University, of Middletown, Connecticut, and while absenting himself during the winter in order to teach school kept up with his class and completed his course in 1873. He then went to New York and took the law course at Columbia Law School, where he graduated in 1874, having accomplished two years' work in one. He was now ready for the practice of his profession, but he was a thousand dollars in debt. On account of this debt he procured a position as teacher, and at the close of the year paid the obligation and had money enough to buy a railroad ticket to Saratoga Springs, a new suit of clothes and a surplus of $15 with which to commence the work of his life. At Saratoga he made the acquaintance of John R. Putnam, who offered him a partnership, which he accepted, and Mr. Eustis remained there in partnership with Mr. Putnam for six years, sharing a large and lucrative business. In the spring of 1881 Mr. Eustis sailed for Europe to be gone two years. He had taken an active part in the convention of 1882 and stumped the state of New York for Garfield. When the news of Garfield's assassination was received by him he was so impressed by its significance that he felt obliged to return home, and did so. Mr. Eustis had made up his mind that the best field for success in life was to be found in the West, and he set out on a prospecting tour, including Kansas City, St. Louis, Dubuque and other ambitious Western places, ultimately reaching Minneapolis, which pleased him most, and here he settled on the twenty-third of October, 1881. He commenced the practice of law without a partner. He had brought with him a small sum, the savings of his earlier years, and by the judicious use of it has acquired considerable property. He built the brick block on Sixth Street and Hennepin, the Corn Exchange and the Flour Exchange, besides other less important structures. He has always been identified with enterprises for the advancement of the city, and is largely interested in various industrial undertakings. He is one of the original incorporators of the Minneapolis, Sault Ste. Marie & Atlantic Railway, and one of its board of directors. He was a director and member of the building committee of the Masonic Temple. He was one of the originators of the North American Telegraph Company, a director and its secretary, a line established to furnish people of the Northwest with competition in telegraphic service. He has been actively identified with everything which is calculated to advance the interests of the city. In 1892 Mr. Eustis was elected mayor of Minneapolis by the Republicans, and his administration is frequently referred to as the most notable in the history of the city. He made a very careful study of the saloon question and the laws relating to the liquor traffic at the beginning of his term of office and sought to enforce them in such a way as to secure the best results. His theory of administration did not call for the strictest enforcement of the law in accordance with the letter, but for such enforcement as, while granting more license to the saloon than the law specified, sought to enlist the saloonkeepers in a general effort for the suppression of crime and the diminution of drunkenness. The statistics of the police department and the workhouse for the two years of his administration show that his theory was well founded. Drunkenness diminished, commitments to the workhouse were cut down, the sale of liquor to minors was noticeably reduced and the evils resulting from the liquor traffic generally minimized. Mr. Eustis grew up under Methodist influences, and is a member of the Methodist church. He was never married, but occupies comfortable bachelor quarters in his Sixth Street building and boards at the West Hotel. He is the possessor of a fine library, and derives much pleasure and enjoyment among his books. Mr. Eustis is an orator of grace and power, and has rendered invaluable services to his party in campaign work. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention, in 1892, and voted for Blaine. His gift as a public speaker makes him in great demand on public occasions, and he has probably but one equal and no superior in the state as a graceful after dinner speaker. He is a man of genial manners and agreeable personality, and a welcome guest on every public occasion.

Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

EUSTIS William Henry, Minneapolis. Res 11 S 6th st, office Corn Exchange bldg. Lawyer. Born July 1845 in St. Lawrence county N Y, son of Tobias and Mary (Markwick). Graduated at Gouverneur Seminary 1869; Wesleyan Univ Middletwon Conn 1873; Columbia College Law School 1874 and has been actively engaged in the practice of law since that time except during the years 1893-94 when he served as Mayor of Minneapolis. Was nominee of the Rep party for governor of Minn 1898.


Daniel Evans
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

EVANS Daniel Harvey, Minneapolis. Res 3200 Park av, office 309-311 Andrus bldg. Insurance. Born Jan 30, 1862 in Cleveland Minn, son of David and Mary (Phillips) Evans. Married Sept. 11, 1889 to Margaret Owens. Educated in the public schools and normal school Mankato. Studied law in S D and admitted to the bar 1888. Taught schools for a time then engaged in real estate and loan business in S D and Minneapolis. N W mngr Continental Casualty Co 1898 to date. Member I O O F.


Robert Grenap Evans
Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal, 1897 - transcribed by AJ

Robert Grenap Evans is a lawyer and leading member of the Minneapolis bar. His ancestry is Welsh and English, but both his parents were born in this country, in Kentucky. His father, Joseph S. Evans, in the early '50's, while yet a young man, went from Kentucky to Indiana, and located at Troy. He was first employed on a farm, but afterwards engaged in mercantile business, having removed to Rockport, Indiana, in 1856. He continued in the mercantile business until 1874, except for a few years, when he was engaged in farming. More recently he has been in the insurance business at Rockport. At Troy he married Mary C. Cotton, a daughter of a physician practicing his profession in Indiana, and a member of the constitutional convention which revised the constitution of that state in 1852. Robert Grenap was born while his parents resided at Troy, March 18, 1854. He attended the village schools of Rockport until his eighteenth year, when he entered the sophomore class of the state university at Bloomington, and completed the junior year in that institution. His inclinations were toward the law as a profession, and in 1875 he entered the law office of Charles L. Wedding, of Rockport, and began his legal education, at the same time practicing before the justice courts of Spencer County. In 1876 he was admitted to the bar. He left Rockport soon after and settled in Vincennes, where he formed a law partnership with Judge F. W. Viehe, which continued until April, 1884, when Mr. Evans came to Minneapolis. In July of that year he formed a partnership with Judge Daniel Fish, which continued until November, 1887, when it was dissolved on account of the retirement of Judge Fish from general practice to become the attorney of the Minnesota Title Insurance Company. Mr. Evans then formed his present business connection with Messrs. A. M. Keith, Charles T. Thompson and Edwin K. Fairchild, under the firm name of Keith, Evans, Thompson & Fairchild. This firm is regarded as one of the strongest in the state, and enjoys an extensive and lucrative practice of a general business character and largely an office practice. Mr. Evans was also the local attorney for the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha road from the time he came to Minneapolis in 1884 until January 1, 1895. He is a Republican and has always taken an active interest in politics, both in Indiana and in Minnesota. He has never sought an office and has never held one, but has done a great deal of valuable and effective work for his party. He served on the state central committee in Indiana for two years including the campaign of 1880, but declined reappointment at the end of the second year. He was in Minnesota when the vigorous campaign of 1884 opened, and, although a new arrival, he threw himself into the work of the campaign with the same enthusiasm and devotion to the cause which he has always manifested. He made a number of speeches in that campaign and has stumped the state at every general election since. Mr. Evans in a man of rare geniality, courteous in his treatment of every one, generous and sincere, and he is the trusted friend of probably more public men than any other man of the state. These qualities of good fellowship, kindliness and square dealing in politics, are responsible for the friendly familiarity which has caused him to be known everywhere as "Bob" Evans. Never asking for political preferment for himself, he is always ready to sacrifice his time and private interests to the good of his party and the advantage of his political friends. He had been in the state scarcely two years before he was selected as a member of the Republican state central committee, assisting in the conduct of the McGill campaign in 1886. In December, 1887, Senator Davis reigned from the National Republican committee and Mr. Evans was selected to fill the vacancy. He was elected for the period of four years again in 1888, and re-elected in 1892. He has always been an active member of the Union League, and was president of that organization in 1885 and 1886. He is member of the Commercial Club and the Minneapolis Club, and an attendant of the Methodist Church. He was married in 1877 to Mary Graham, at Evansville, Indiana, and has three children living, Margaret, Stanley and Graham. His home is in the suburb of Kenwood.


James Everington
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

EVERINGTON James, Minneapolis. Res 400 Union st S E, office 821-823 Washington av S E. Manufacturer. Born Sept 25, 1849 at Huddersfield England, son of James e and Hannah (Schofield) Everington. Married Aug 8, 1877 to Agnes S Wright. Educated in the public schools at Root Creek Wis. Reared on farm; employed 1 year in a lawyer's office; in milling business with father at Eagle Wis; foreman of elevator for Chicago Milwaukee & St Paul Ry Co at Minneapolis 1882-84; supt Pillsbury and Pillsbury-Washburn elevators and head of cash wheat dept 1884-1904; member Manuel Smith Heating Co mnfrs 1905 to date; treas Minneapolis Earnings Investment Co 1906 to date. Served in Milwaukee Light Guards; pres 8th Ward Garfield Club Milwaukee. Member Board of Directors Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce 6 years. Member Masonic fraternity, York and Scottish rites; Mystic Shrine, I O O F, A O U W and other fraternities; former sec S E Minneapolis Improvement Assn.


Nicholas Faber
Source: History of Anoka County and the Towns of Champlin and Dayton in Hennepin County, Minnesota, by Albert M. Goodrich (1905) Transcribed by FoFG mj

Nicholas Faber was born at Befort, Luxemburg, [per Mike Faber, Nicholas Faber was born at Bedford Canton, Luxembourg]. May 24, 1840. In August, 1852, he came to Minnesota. He enlisted April 19, 1861, in Co. A Pioneer Co. Mo. Vols.; was mustered out in St. Louis, Sept. 1, 1861. He reenlisted in August, 1862, and served in Co. B, New York Massive Artillery; was taken prisoner near Kingston, North Carolina, in December 1863, and was taken to Libby prison in Richmond, where he remained a number of months. After the war he came to Champlin, arriving there in 1866. He conducted a general store at Champlin for many years and was postmaster eighteen years. He also served two terms on the school board. Mr. Faber was married July 24, 1862, to Catherine Jane Kinser. Children: Harry F., Frederick N., John P. (deceased), Adonis J., Minnie C. (Mrs. James H. Milhollin).


Peter Faber
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FABER Peter, Minneapolis. Res 1413 Lyndale av N, office 213 Plymouth av. Merchant. Born September 28, 1858 in Chicago, son of Nicholas and Mary (Hankes) Faber. Married June 10,1884 to Caroline Weiss. Educated in common schools. Farmed until 1881; engaged with J I Case Plow Co 1881-84; engaged in hardware and farm machinery business as Christian Faber & Co Minneapolis 1884-94; became sole propr 1894 and has continued to date.


Edwin Fairchild
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FAIRCHILD Edwin Kellogg, Minneapolis. Res 2200 1st av S, office 509 Loan & Trust bldg. Lawyer. Born Oct 11, 1854 in Brecksville O, son of Reuben W and Esther (Birge) Fairchild. Married Oct 7, 1880 to Ella F Webster. Graduated Oberlin College Ohio A B 1876. Admitted to the bar of Hennepin county 1880; began practice 1883; associated with Harlan P Roberts as Fairchild & Roberts 1885-87. Member of Keith, Evans, Thompson & Fairchild law firm gen practitioners Minneapolis 1887 to date. Member Lafayette Club Minnetonka Beach.


John Fanning
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FANNING John T, Minneapolis. Consulting Engineer. Born Dec 31, 1837 in Norwich Conn, son of John H and Elizabeth (Pridde) Fanning. Married June 14, 1865 to Louise Bensley. Educated in the schools of Norwich Conn; enlisted in the 3d Regt Conn Vol served its full term; began professional work in Norwich 1862 and was 8years acting city eng. Removed to Manchester N H in 1872 to supervise construction of public water supply; served on Board of Education and chairman of high school committee Manchester; employed in 1881 to report additional water supply for N Y, Brooklyn and cities of the Hudson Valley; retained by Boston Water Board and later by Metropolitan Water Board of Mass as expert in condemnation cases; and by Chicago Drainage Commission. In 1885 reported on improvements of water power in Miss river at Minneapolis; appointed chief eng and agent of the St Anthony Falls Water Power Co 1886; consulting eng of St Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Ry and Great Northern Ry and v pres of the Minneapolis Union Ry. Directed construction of great dam, public water supply and electric lighting of Austin Texas; water power on Missouri river at Great Falls Mont and on Spokane river at Spokane Wash; power on the Missouri river near Helena Mont; patentee of improvements in slow-burning bldg constructions, turbine water wheels, pumping engines and steam boilers. Author of "A Treatise on Hydraulic and Water Supply Engineering." Fellow of American Assn for the advancement of Science; ex-dir of American Society of Civil Engineers and ex-pres of the American Water Works Assn.


Martin Farmer
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FARMER Martin, Minneapolis. Res 3312 1st av S, office 307 6th st S. Merchant. Born Mar 9, 1869 in Vernon Center Minn, son of Mathew and Ella (Weston) Farmer. Married Nov 7, 1906 to Josephine Menth. Received his education in common schools. Moved to Mankato 1891; employed in mercantile business until 1906; moved to Minneapolis and engaged in business as Farmer Bros whol hosiery to date.


Ezra Farnsworth
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FARNSWORTH Ezra, Minneapolis. Res 1414 Mt Curve av, office 436 Boston blk. Real estate. Born Jan 3, 1843 in Boston Mass, son of Ezra and Sarah M (Parker) Farnsworth. Married in 1870 to Leila F Newcomb. Educated in common and high schools. Employed in dry goods business until 1861; served in Civil War in 26th Mass Infantry 1861-65. Moved to New York and employed in dry goods business 1866-79; Stevens county Minn, on farm 1879-82; moved to Minneapolis and has been engaged in real estate business to date. Member G A R and Loyal Legion.


Cassius Ferguson
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FERGUSON Cassius M, Minneapolis. Lawyer. Born July 1861 in Penobscot county Me, son of Willard B and Rebecca (Goodwin) Ferguson. Married October 1893 to Margaret Underwood. Attended academy Newburyport Mass 1867-68; Waterville (Me) Classic Institute 1869-70; Bowdoin College 1870-74. Engaged in practice of law in Minneapolis 1879 to date. Minn atty for Western Union Telegraph Co 1886 to date. Member Commercial Club.


John Ferguson
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FERGUSON John F, Minneapolis. Res 2659 Bryant av S, office Nicollet Island. Manufacturer. Born Nov 28, 1857 in Hamden, Me, son of John G and Lydia (Vickery) Ferguson. Married April 25, 1888 to Marcia M Treat. Educate in common schools. Engaged in farming Unity Me 1876; engaged in lumber business Canton S D 1878-95; moved to Minneapolis 1895 and became treas of Coffin's Box & Lumber Co. Dir First Nat Bank Canton S D; v pres Canton Gen Elec Co. Member Masonic fraternity; K P.


James Fifield
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FIFIELD James Clark, Minneapolis. Res 4004 Queen av S, office 712 Andrus bldg. Born Feb 3, 1862 in Cedar Falls Ia, son of L B and Emily J (Walworth) Fifield. Attended Phillips Academy Andover Mass 1879-83; graduated; Johns Hopkins Univ Baltimore Md 1883-87 graduated A B; Maryland Univ Law School Baltimore 1886-87; admitted to practice Minneapolis Feb 1891. Member Fifield & Fifield lawyers 1891-95; Fifield, Fletcher & Fifield lawyers 1895-1902; Fifield, Fletcher, Larimore & Fifield lawyers 1902-1906. Member Atty's Nat Clearing House Co publishers Clearing House Quarterly 1895 to date; sec and gen mngr Tabasco Plantation Co Mexico; cane sugar mnfrs 1901 to date, owning 32,303 acres in cane; capacity of factory 300 tons sugar per day. Member Beta Theta Pi college fraternity Johns Hopkins Chapter.


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

Judge Daniel Fish, of Minneapolis, traces his ancestry back to Daniel Fish who migrated from Massachusetts to Rhode Island in 1680. A branch of the same family also settled on Long Island from which sprang Hamilton Fish, Governor and Senator of New York and Secretary of State under President Grant. Daniel Fish, father of the subject of this sketch, was a farmer, who, in 1840 emigrated from Western New York and settled on a farm in Winnebago County, Illinois, in the spring of 1841, and died in 1847, some weeks before the birth of his son. The mother of the elder Daniel was Sarah Ireland, member of a family somewhat distinguished in early New York history as containing a number of Baptist clergymen. Parmelia Adams, the mother of the subject of this sketch, was born in Washington County, New York, in 1810, the daughter of Elisha Adams, whose father, Edward, was a soldier of the Revolution. Judge Daniel Fish was born on a farm near Cherry Valley, Winnebago County, Illinois, January 31, 1848. Up to the age of fourteen years he attended the district school, but at that time left home and for a year and a half was a student in the public schools at Rockford, in the same county, supporting himself as a chore boy in the family of Maurice B. Derrick, now of Chicago. On January 4, 1864, when but a lad of sixteen, Daniel enlisted as a private in Company G, Forty-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, joining his regiment near Vicksburg. He served with it until the fall of Atlanta, coming home on a furlough, but before it had half expired, hearing of Sherman's proposed march to the sea, he started with all haste to join his regiment. He was too late, however, only being able to get as far as Nashville, where he became attached to a Provisional Division of the Army of the Tennessee. He fought under General Steedman at Nashville, and followed Hood's retreating troops into Alabama, whence he was transferred with the Twenty-third Corps to North Carolina, going by sea from Annapolis to Morehead City, and thence by rail to New Berne. Thought but a lad of seventeen, young Daniel marched with the Provisional Division as sergeant of his company, and was in the thick of the fight at Southwest Creek (sometimes called the Battle of Kinston), on the way to Goldsboro where he met Sherman's army and rejoined his old regiment. After the surrender of Johnson he marched to Washington and took part in the grand review, being finally mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky, July 12, 1865. After leaving the army he spent one winter in a district school in Iowa, and then engaged in business as a bookseller at Manchester, in which business he remained for four years, it enabling him to complete a fair common school education and to acquire a familiarity with general literature. In the winter of 1870 and 1871 he taught a country school in Jones County, Iowa, continuing at the same time the study of law begun while at Manchester. The following spring he was admitted to the bar, and immediately started for the North Star state. Mr. Fish arrived in Minneapolis May 13, 1871, without any money and with no property except a few dozen books. Part of these he sold at auction and proceeded on to Brainerd. For a while he worked on the N. P. railroad as a shoveler on the dump, then crossing to what is now the Great Northern road, worked his way to Delano, in Wright County where he put out his sign as a lawyer. Judge Fish's first office was in the public room or office of the Delano hotel, and he earned his first professional fee assisting the late Judge Cornell, then attorney-general, in a murder trial. To add to his meagre income he engaged in soliciting insurance, acting as real estate agent, collecting and the like. In the spring of 1872 he established the paper now known as the Delano Eagle, but five months of excessive labor as editor and general factotum in a newspaper office broke his health, and since that time he has steadily pursued the practice of his profession. In 1875 he was elected Judge of Probate of Wright County, and two years later was defeated as a candidate for county attorney. In 1879 he was appointed, by Governor Pillsbury, Judge of Probate to fill a vacancy. The fall of the following year, however, Judge Fish removed to Minneapolis, where he has been a member of the law firms of Fish & Ovitt, Evans & Holmes and Young & Fish, present partner being the Hon. A. H. Young, for many years a Judge of the District Court. Judge Fish was the first attorney of the board of park commissioners, and conducted the early important litigation which established the powers of the board and settled the foundations of the present system of parks and boulevards in Minneapolis. He was also the attorney of the board of state park commissioners and as such had charge of the legal proceeding which resulted in the acquisition of Minnehaha Park. He became the attorney of the board of court house and city hall commissioners in June, 1887, and has been its legal adviser during its entire existence. The same year he became the general counsel and trust officer of the Minnesota Title Insurance and Trust Company, serving as such for about five years, but resumed his general practice in 1892. In 1896 he was strongly supported for the office of District Judge. Judge Fish is a Republican, takes an active part in the campaigns of his party, and was an alternate delegate to the famous Chicago convention in 1880. He was Commander of the John A. Rawlins Post, G. A. R., in 1886; Assistant Adjutant General of the Department of Minnesota the same year; Adjutant General of the National Encampment in 1888, and is at present Judge Advocate on the staff of Department Commander McCardy. His church connections are with the Park Avenue Congregational church. He was married August 21, 1873, to Elizabeth M. Porter, daughter of Rev. Giles M. Porter, then of Garnavillo, Iowa, and a niece of the late President Porter, of Yale College. They have had five children, Annie, wife of Rev. Charles Graves of Humboldt, Iowa; Elizabeth, Florence, Horace and Helen.

Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FISH Daniel, Minneapolis. Res 2301 3d av S, office 412 N Y Life bldg. Lawyer. Born Jan 31, 1848 in Cherry Valley, Ill, son of Daniel and Pamelia (Adams) Fish. Educated in public schools of Ill and Ia and afterwards taught school. Enlisted in Ill Infantry during Civil War; and until 1870 was engaged in the book and news business at Waverly, Dubuque and Manchester Ia. Studied law and was admitted to bar in 1871. Removed to Delano Minn edited the Delano Eagle; moved to Minneapolis and was the first atty of the City Park Board; atty Minn Title and Trust Co. Engaged in law practice. Probate judge of Wright county 1876-79. Member Minneapolis Library Board 1900-1905; Commission to Revise Statutes 1901-1905; American and State Bar assns.


George Fisher
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FISHER George A, Minneapolis. Res 2019 Hamline av S E, office 221 N 1st st. Manufacturer. Born June 21, 1866 in Rutland Mass, son of Alvan B and Julia (Heywood) Fisher. Married Sept 2, 1896 to Anna-Litera. Educated in common schools; moved to Minneapolis 1883 and worked in paper box factory 1885-93; organized the Fisher Paper Box Co 1893 and has continued in business to date. Dir Frederick Stock Co. Member I O O F.


Herman O. Fjelde
Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900. Transcribed by Sally Masteller

HERMAN O. FJELDE., M. D. Although a man in his profession, and a resident of Abercrombie comparatively few years, this gentleman has gained a reputation which places him among the foremost practitioners of the county. He is a foreign-born citizen, but has become thoroughly identified with American customs and progress, and has made a success in his adopted land.

Mr. Fjelde was born in Aalesund, Norway, April 13, 1866, and was reared in his native city and educated in the Latin school, going from thence to Christiania in the fall of 1887, where he completed a philosophical course in the Royal University of that city. He graduated after a two-years course in 1889 and in May of that year came to America. He at once proceeded to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he took up the study of medicine in the medical department of the State University, graduating with the class of 1895. He practiced with Dr. Knut Hoegh prior to his graduation and soon afterward went to Martell, Wisconsin, where he practiced his profession until June, 1897. Since that time he has been a resident practitioner of Abercrombie, Richland county, and enjoys an ever-increasing and remunerative practice.

Our subject was married at Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 18, 1896, to Miss Fredrikke Andersen, a native of Norway, who was born in Christiania. Mrs. Fjelde took a course in her native land in massage treatment and is a graduate from Christiania in Swedish movements and massage. She also belongs to the National Order of the Red Cross in the old country. She is the originator and owner of the Abercrombie Hospital, which is a credit to Richland county. She is also an adept on the piano and has no superior in North Dakota.

One child has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Fjelde, who bears the name of Jakob H. Mr. Fjelde is prominent in social circles of the village and vicinity and is highly esteemed as a physician and citizen.


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

Jakob Henrik Gerhard Fjelde was a sculptor, of the whose artistic productions the city of Minneapolis has reason to be proud. The name Fjelde is taken from a place on the western coast of Norway, and translated into English it means "mountains." So far as known, the first person to bear that name was Gullik Fjelde, a theological student, who married, in 1750, Bartha Michelet, of a well-known military family, who had immigrated from France, being Huguenors. Paul Gerhard Fjelde, father of Jakob, descended in direct line from Gullik, was a cabinet maker and wood carver in Aalesund, Norway, a man of fine artistic tastes, who early discovered the talent of his son and provided for his education in art. His wife, Claudine Thomane Bolette, nee Hinchen, was of German descent, belonging to a family of merchants and sea captains, who came to Norway from germany. The subject of this sketch was born in Aalesund, Norway, April 10, 1855. As a boy he showed considerable talent in an artistic way, and at the age of ten years his father began to encourage him in the work of wood carving. After having worked for some time in that line, in the spring of 1877 he was sent to study sculpture under B. Bergslien, in Christiana, who was at that time the most eminent sculptor of Norway. After studying a year and a half with Bergslien Jakob went, on his teacher's advice, to Copenhagen, where he studied and worked for three years in the Royal Art Academy. During this time he modeled in Prof. Biscen's studio, and here made his first work from his own conception, a piece entitled "The Boy and the Cats," which made him known as an artist in Denmark and Norway. At the age of twenty-two he went to Rome with orders to be executed in marble at that place. In Rome he made marble busts entitled "A Sabine Girl" and a life-sized female figure named "Primavera" (Spring), which was highly spoken of by the Roman press when exhibited there in 1883. This figure now belongs to the art gallery in Bergen, Norway. After two years in Rome, young Fjelde returned to Copenhagen, where, in 1883, he attended the artists' convention. From Copenhagen' he went to Bergen, where orders were awaiting him, and during his three years stay there made several marble and bronze busts. In 1887 Mr. Fjelde came to America and located in Minneapolis, where he lived till his death, May 5, 1896. Here he made a number of portrait busts in plaster, marble and bronze, among them being Hon. Albert Scheffer, of St. Paul; Mrs. S. P. Snider, of Minneapolis; Prof. Oftedal, of Minneapolis; Prof. Sverdrup, of Minneapolis; Judge R. R. Nelson, of St. Paul; Senator Knute Nelson, of Alexandria; Judges Vanderburgh, of the supreme bench, and Lochren, young and Hooker, of the Hennepin district court. The heroic figure entitled "History," which adorns the front of the library of Minneapolis, is form his hands. Mr. Fjelde also executed the monument for the First Minnesota regiment on the battlefield at Gettysburg, and the group of "Hiawatha and Minnehaha," which were displayed in the Minnesota Word's fair building, and afterwards in the public library in Minneapolis. He also made twenty-four spandrel figures for the University library to represent different branches of science and art. Mr. Fjelde completed just before his death the Ole Bull monument, which is now erected in the city of Minneapolis. He was a gentleman of very modest pretensions, but was recognized as an artist of great merit and held in high esteem by all who enjoyed his personal acquaintance.


Charles Fjellman
[Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, A. E. Strand, Vol. 3, page 783 submitted by Robin Line]
Charles Fjellman, for nearly three decades a resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota, dates his birth in Fargelanda parish, Dalsland, Sweden, in December, 1861. He is one of the eight children born to Peter and Eva Fjellman, and one of the three of that number now living. One brother, Edward, is a resident of Connecticut, and the other brother, John, lives in Minnesota.

In 1898, Mr. Fjellman entered into a partnership with Mr. Alfred Olson, which continued until the death of Mr. Olson, October 23, 1908, when Mr. Fjellman, according to an earlier agreement, became sole proprietor of the whole business, at a fixed figure.

July 13, 1887, Mr. Fjelman married Miss Minnie Peterson, who was born in Kallestad, Smaland, October 12, 1863. They have had four children, of whom three are living, namely: Philip Carl, born October 26, 1890; Reuben Columbus, June 11, 1893; and Ruth Verney, February 24, 1896. The eldest is a graduate of the Minneapolis High School and at this writing is a student in the University of Minnesota. The family reside at 2020 Chicago avenue, and are members of St. John's English Lutheran church. Fraternally, Mr. Fjellman is identified with the Swedish Brothers and the Knights of Pythias.


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

George Perry Flannery is a lawyer at Minneapolis. Mr. Flannery parents were humble people; both were born in Ireland and came to this country in the forties. They settled in Connecticut and were married in that state in 1849. The same year they removed to Wisconsin and located on a farm in Marquette County, where they remained until the spring of 1855, when they removed to Rice County, Minnesota. Mr. Flannery was then about two years old and came to this state in a covered wagon drawn by oxen. His father's name was Michael Flannery, a native of the County of Kilkenny, and his mother's maiden name was Katharine Flynn. Her birthplace was in the County of Longford, Ireland. The subject of this sketch was born in Marquette, Wisconsin, February 12, 1852, and was the second child of the family. His first schooling was received in one of the primitive log schoolhouses then common on the frontier. In the fall of 1867 George P. Flannery entered the high school in Faribault and continued there two years, when he went to Shattuck Hall, at Faribault, and was a pupil in that school until May, 1871. When he left his father's farm in the fall of 1867 he undertook to provide for himself by teaching school, and working for the farmers during the harvest season. While he was a pupil at Shattuck the teacher of mathematics gave extra time and instruction to Flannery and two other boys, and as a result they finished with the class which started two years ahead of them. George P. Flannery had determined to be a lawyer, and it was his good fortune to get into the office of Batchelder & Buckham, at Faribault, in May, 1871. He read law there and continued with them until April, 1874, with the exception of such intervals as it was necessary for him to teach and do other work for his own support. He recalls now, with no little pleasure, that the first money he never earned was received for one months's work driving oxen and harrowing in wheat. He was admitted to the bar in Faribault in 1873, and the supreme court in 1874. In the latter year he went to Dakota Territory and settled in Bismarck, where he formed a law partnership with Josiah De Lamater, then district attorney, which partnership continued under the name of Dc Lamater & Flannery until the spring of 1877, when Mr. De Lamater returned to Ohio. Soon after going to Bismarck, and although a young attorney, Mr. Flannery was appointed attorney for the Northern Pacific Railroad and held that position until June, 1887, when he came to Minneapolis. In 1875 he was appointed assistant United States attorney for Dakota and held that position for two years. In 1877 he was appointed city attorney for Bismarck and during that year, in connection with the town site commission settled and adjusted the claims to all the lots contained in the original town site of Bismarck. He held the office of city attorney for three successive terms, beginning in 1877, and was again appointed to the same office in 1883. In 1879 he formed a partnership with John K. Wetherby, which continued five years, when Mr. Wetherby retired on account of failing health. Then came the great fight for the capital of the Territory of Dakota in the year 1883, and Mr. Flannery was selected by his townsmen to represent the city of Bismarck and make her bid for the honor of being the seat of territorial government. He was successful and the capital was removed from Yankton to Bismarck. In 1883 congress created the Sixth judicial district and Mr. Flannery was appointed attorney of that district by Governor Ordway and held that position until the law was changed and the office of district attorney became that of country attorney. In 1884 he was elected president of the bar association of the Sixth district of Dakota Territory. The same year he formed a partnership with E. C. Cooke, with whom he is now associated in business. In 1883 he was made a member of the board of education in Bismarck and held that office until June 1887, being president of the board the last two years. In 1885 he was elected county attorney of Burleigh County and held that office until he left Dakota. In June 1887, he came to Minneapolis and formed a partnership with H. G. O. Morrison and E. C. Cooke, the style of the firm being Morrison, Flannery & Cooke. This partnership continued for, three years, when Mr. Morrison withdrew. Mr. Flannery has been engaged in the practice of law since May 1, 1874, thirteen years in Dakota, and the rest of the time in Minneapolis. He has been engaged in most of the important litigation carried on in that part of Dakota Territory which now constitutes the state of North Dakota. He has always been a Republican. Was one of the alternates to the national convention in Cincinnati in 1876, and has held the office of chairman of the Republican committee of Burleigh county. Since coming to Minneapolis he has enjoyed a large practice and has attained a prominent position in the bar of this city. He was married in 1876 to Alice Greene, and has four children, Charles S., Henry C., Marguerite and Alice.

Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FLANNERY George Perry, Minneapolis. Res 2416 Blaisdell, office 809 N Y Life bldg. Lawyer. Born Feb 12, 1852 in Marquette county Wis, son of Michael and Catherine (Flynn) Flannery. Went to Bismarck Dak in 1874 as atty for N P Ry; remained and practiced law until 1887; asst U S atty for Dak 3 years; city atty for Bismarck 4 years; dist atty 6th judicial district Dak 2 years; pres Board of Education Bismarck 4 years; member Flannery & Cooke lawyers Minneapolis 1885 to date.


Henry Flannery
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FLANNERY Henry C, Minneapolis. Res 2416 Blaisdell av. Office 804 N Y Life bldg. Lawyer. Born Apr 4, 1879 in Bismarck N D, son of George P and Alice (Green) Flannery. Educated in public and high schools Minneapolis; graduated from U of M, A B 1902; LL B 1904. Engaged in practice of his profession to date. Member M N G; Hennepin County Bar Assn; Roosevelt and Lafayette clubs; Phi Delta Theta and Delta Chi college fraternities.


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

George Henry Fletcher, of Minneapolis, traces his ancestry to Robert Fletcher, who came from England and settled in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1630. The Fletchers for several generations were farmers. Robert Fletcher, of the fifth generation, served in the early part of the Revolutionary War, and with his two sons was in the battle of Bennington. He died on his way home from the army in 1776. Luke Fletcher, his son, also served in the Revolutionary War, and Adolphus Fletcher, the son of Luke, served in the war of 1812. The Fletchers were generally a long-lived family. Adolphus had seven sons and four daughters, and only on of the eleven died at an age less than fifty-eight. The subject of this sketch was born February 18, 1860, at Mankato. He was the son of Lafayette Gilbert Mortiere Fletcher and Lucina Bacon (Fletcher). L. G. M. Fletcher removed from St. Lawrence County, New York, to Mankato, Minnesota, in 1854, and has been engaged since that time in surveying, farming, operating warehouses, dealing in real estate and banking. He has been a member of the Mankato Board of Education for more than twenty-five out of the past thirty years, and for a considerable portion of the time was president.

He served in the state senate from 1883 to 1886. He married Lucina Bacon Foote, a widow. Her family name was Bacon. The Bacons were of English descent and had lived in New England for several generations. She died at Mankato, September 14, 1870. George Henry Fletcher began his education under the direction of his mother, but subsequently attended the public schools at Mankato, where he graduated from the high school in 1876, as valedictorian of the first class after the school was established. The following year he also received a diploma from the high school, of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In September, 1877, he entered the University of Michigan, where he graduated in June, 1881, with the degree of A. B. He did not attend the university during the junior year of his class, but was instructor in Latin and mathematics at the Mankato high school. During his college course he was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity. His summer vacations were spent on his father's farms near Mankato, accumulating health and muscle and preparing himself for the confinement of college work during the balance of the year. After graduation, in 1881, Mr. Fletcher was placed in charge of a triangulation party, under Capt. D. W. Wellman, U.S.A., then engaged in the government survey of the Missouri river, and carried on that work from Fort Randall to Sioux City, beginning in August and ending the following October. In November, 1881, he came to Minneapolis to study law, in accordance with a purpose formed at the age of fourteen, and toward which every step after that age was taken. He entered the law office of William H. Norris, counsel of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway, and when not otherwise engaged continued his studies there until August, 1883. From June, 1882, to July, 1883, he was assistant in the office of Superintendent of the Poor, in Minneapolis, and also during that time examined Latin, History and Geography papers for the state high school board. In August, 1883, he entered the office of Judge Ell Torrance as clerk, and the following December he was admitted to the bar. Beginning with the following February, and until June 1, 1890, he was associated with Judge Torrance, in the law firm of Torrance & Fletcher. He then formed a partnership with Robert S. Dawson, to which Chelsea J. Rockwood was admitted in February, 1891. In March, 1895, the firm became Fletcher, Cairns & Rockwood, and in August, 1896, the present firm of Fletcher & Taylor was formed. Mr. Fletcher was secretary of the Minneapolis Bar Association from 1887 till 1892. He has taken an active interest in Republican politics, and is a member of the Union League. He was secretary of the League in 1883, vice president in 1884, and president in 1893. He represented the Thirty-second district in the lower house of the legislature in 1893, and was chairman of the judiciary committee during that session. Mr. Fletcher is a member of the Universalist Church, and was secretary of the Church of the Redeemer in Minneapolis for ten years. July 28, 1887, he married Annie Maria Kimball, daughter of George C. Kimball, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. They have two children, Kimball and Alice Kimball.


Henry Fletcher
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FLETCHER Henry Erskine, Minneapolis. Res 1026 2d av S, office 512 Andrus bldg. retired merchant. Born July 31, 1843 in Lyndon Vt, son of Joel and Zerviah Townsend (Meigs) Fletcher. Educated at St Johnsbury (Vt) Academy and Dartmouth College. Succeeded his father in whol flour and grain business St Johnsbury Vt 1875; v pres Merchants National Bank St Johnsbury Vt 1875-79; moved to Minneapolis 1879 and engaged in flour milling business under the firm name of sidle, Fletcher, Holmes Co; retired from same 1887; engaged in whol lumber business under the firm name of Fletcher Bros 1880-88. Dir of M St P & S Ste M Ry Co from its organization 1883-90; dir C G W Ry. Member Commercial, Minneapolis and Lafayette clubs.


Loren Fletcher
Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal, 1897 - transcribed by AJ

Loren Fletcher is the representative of the Fifth district of Minnesota in the congress of the United States, and is now serving his second term in that body. He is one of the pioneers of Minneapolis, his identification with the city dating back to 1856, when as a young man of twenty-three he brought his newly wedded wife to the rural village of St. Anthony and made his home there. His father, Capt. Levi Fletcher, was a prosperous farmer in the town of Mount Vernon, Kennebec County, Maine, where he lived in a state of comparative prosperity, giving his four sons and two daughters the best educational advantages which neighborhood afforded. Loren was the fourth son, and was born April 10, 1833. The usual attendance at the village school was supplemented by two years at Kent's Hill Seminary. At the age of seventeen he had determined to learn a mechanical trade, but a short experience as a stone cutter satisfied him that a mercantile life was more to his taste. So he went to Bangor, where he obtained a situation as a clerk in a shoe store, and where he remained for three years. Although earning but small wages, he had already acquired habits of thrift and economy, and with his savings he sought new fields of activity in the West. After a few months spent at Dubuque, where the prospects did not appear inviting, he joined the tide of immigration to Minnesota, and arrived at St. Anthony in the summer of 1856. He found temporary employment as a clerk in a store, and the following year entered the services of Dorilius Morrison, who was then carrying on an extensive lumber business. Loren's occupation was sometimes in charge of lumber yards at Hastings and St. Peter; at other times in the woods supervising the winter's cut of logs, and then on the drive, and again in the mills at the falls. He was thus occupied for about three years. In 1860 he purchased an interest in the dry goods store of E. L. Allen. The following year he associated with himself in the mercantile business, Charles M. Loring, and they established a general store on the present site of the old city hall. They dealt chiefly in lumbermen's supplies. This business was carried on for more than fifteen years at the same stand. It extended however, to other lines of activity and investment, including dealings in pine lands, in lumbering, in farm lands, in contracts, in Indian supplies, in town and city lots and finally in milling. In this latter particular his firm has been prominent for many years. At first they were interested with the late W. F. Cahill; afterwards they were the proprietors of the Galaxy mill and the Minnetonka mills. Their business was prosperous and both members of the firm became wealthy. It is a noteworthy tribute to the sterling qualities of Mr. Fletcher and Mr. Loring that his partnership has continued for thirty-five years without a break and with the completest cordiality between them. But Mr. Fletcher has not devoted all his energies to the massing of a fortune or the service of his own interests. For ten years he was a member of the lower house of the state legislature, having been elected as a Republican from Minneapolis, and during three successive sessions was chosen speaker of the house; the last time by the unanimous vote of the house, receiving every vote of all parties, an instance of political favor rare in the history of any state. His services as a member of the legislature were marked by distinguished ability and substantial benefits to his constituency; a fact to which his long service in that capacity bears the best testimony. After a number of years of retirement from public service he entertained the laudable ambition to represent his city in the national congress, and when Minneapolis and Hennepin County were first constituted a district by themselves he was nominated by the Republicans and elected in 1892. He was re-elected in 1894 by a largely increased majority, and has acquired a position among his congressional colleagues which enables him to be of peculiar service to his constituents. Mr. Fletcher is not an orator and makes no pretentions to display on the floor of the house, but his long experience in legislative service, his thorough knowledge of affairs, his capacity for making friends among his colleagues, and his adroit management of the interests of his district make him a most valuable member. The year before coming West, Mr. Fletcher married Amerette J. Thomas, daughter of Capt. John Thomas, of Bar Harbor. Mrs. Fletcher was a most estimable lady, and the gentleness and kindliness of her character endeared her to a large circle of friends. The loss of their only child in early girlhood and the death of Mrs. Fletcher, in 1892, were afflictions which have borne heavily upon a strong and courageous spirit.

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

FLETCHER Loren, Minneapolis. Res 125 S 10th. Member of Congress. Born April 10, 1833 in Mt Vernon Me, son of Levi Fletcher. Married in 1855 to Amerette J Thomas of Bar Harbor Me. Attended village school in his birthplace and Kent's Hill Seminary. Engaged as clk Bangor Me 1850-53; moved to Dubuque Ia 1856; worked for Donlius Morrison St Anthony 1857-60; purchased interest in dry goods business of E A Allen 1860; entered partnership in gen store with Chas M Loring 1861. Increased business by adding lumber and pine lands, farms, etc; was interested with W F Cahill, afterwards proprs of Galaxy and Minnetonka mills; partnership lasted 35 years. Member Minn Legislature 10 years. Member U S House of Representatives 1892-1907.


Henry G. Foote
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FOOTE Henry G, Minneapolis. Res 2704 Park av, office 2528 University av S E. Lumberman. Born May 22, 1874 in Danbury Conn, son of David T and Mary A (Gould) Foote. Married January 2, 1902 to Jessie M Queal. Educated in Boston Mass common schools. Moved to S Dak and was employed by J H Queal & Co in lumber business 1898-1906; moved to Minneapolis 1903 and organized A G Foote Lumber Co 1906 of which he is pres. Member Masonic fraternity; I O O F.


Hiram W. Foote
Source: Progressive Men of Minnesota, (Shutter, Marion Daniel, 1853-ed.) Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Journal (1897) transcribed by Vicki Bryan

Hiram W. Foote, of Minneapolis, is state inspector of oils. His father, Rev. Hiram Foote, born at Burlington, New York, in 1808, was a Congregational clergyman. He was educated in Oneida Institute and at Oberlin College, graduating from the latter in 1837. He was ordained as a minister in 1839, and was married the same year to Eliza M. Becker, of Cooperstown, New York. About that time he removed to Joliet, Illinois, where he took charge of the Congregational Church of that city, subsequently going to Wisconsin. He had pastorates at Racine, Janesville, Brodhead and Waukesha. Mr. Foote was a pioneer in the cause of education in Wisconsin, and one of the first to agitate the graded school system in that state, For many years he was president of the Janesville board of education, and a trustee of Beloit College. He was also trustee of the Rockford, Illinois, Seminary for Girls, and the Wisconsin State Institute for the Blind. Rev. Mr. Foote was strongly anti-slavery in his sympathies and was a friend and co-worker of the leaders in the anti-slavery movement before the war. He was a delegate to the first antislavery convention held in New York state, and his home was always a station on the famous underground railroad by which slaves reached Canada from the South. Upon the organization of the Republican party he identified himself with it and remained an active Republican until his death at Rockford, in 1889.

The wife of Rev. Hiram Foote, the mother of the subject of this sketch, was Eliza M. Becker (Foote.) She was a woman of education and refinement and useful in a remarkable degree to her husband in his pastoral work. She was born in New York and educated at Oneida Institute. During the War of the Rebellion she not only sent two of her sons to the defense of the Union, but spent much of her time in providing hospital supplies for use at the front. On the organization of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union she identified herself with it, afterwards going over to the Nonpartisan Society. Although seventy-eight years of age, she is still a very active woman, and devotes her time and energy largely to philanthropic and religious work. The family ancestry, both on the father's and on the mother's side, is traceable back to the first settlers of the country. On the father's side it is English, and on the mother's side it runs to the Hollanders, who settled in New York. Both families furnished soldiers for the Revolutionary War on the American side. H. W. Foote, the subject of this sketch, was born near Janesville, Wisconsin, February 9, 1846. He attended the public schools and afterward Carroll College at Waukesha. When he left school he began to learn the drug business, but in 1864 enlisted in Company D, One Hundred and Thirty-fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. At the close of the war he engaged with a wholesale book company in Milwaukee, and was afterward for several years with a wholesale oil and paint company in that city. Later he formed a partnership with his brother in the drug business which they sold out in 1870. In February 1872, he removed to St. Paul to close up the state business of the Grover & Baker Sewing Machine Company, of Boston. When this was completed he was appointed Northwestern representative of the oil refineries of Cleveland. In 1882 he moved to Minneapolis and went into the carriage business. Selling out his business in 1892 he was appointed by Governor Nelson in 1893 as state inspector of oils for Minnesota, and was re-appointed in 1895 by Governor Clough. He has always been a Republican, and has always taken an active part in the work of the party. He has been on some of the party committees in Hennepin County and Minneapolis during nearly the whole time of his residence here, and is at present a member of both the congressional committee of the Fifth district and of the Hennepin County Republican Executive committee. He is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason, past master of Ark Lodge, No. 176. A. F. & A. M.; past high priest of Ark Chapter, No. 53, R. A. .M., a member of Zuhrah Temple, of the A. A. O. N. M. S., and Minneapolis, No. 44, B. P. O. E.; also of the Minneapolis Commercial Club. Mr. Foote was married in 1874 to Viola D. Horton, in St. Paul. Their only child is a daughter, Miss Clara B. Foote, who is a graduate of the Central High School.


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

Jacob Francis Force, M. D., Secretary of the Northwestern Life Association, traces his ancestry on his mother's side from the Adams family of Connecticut. Henry Force, great grandfather of Dr. Force, was a soldier in Col. Hazen's Congress regiment. He was at the battles of Monmouth, Springfield, Cherry Valley, Yorktown and at the surrender of Cornwallis. The subject of this sketch was born at Stillwater, Saratoga County, New York, March 2, 1843. He attended the village schools and Stillwater Academy. On leaving school he engaged in mercantile business, but at the age of nineteen, on August 13, 1862, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Volunteers at Troy, New York. He served in Co. K. as a private, corporal, sergeant and first sergeant. He was appointed first lieutenant of the Twenty-second U. S. colored troops, December, 1863, and promoted to the office of captain. September 30, 1864, he was severely wounded at Fort Harrison, near Richmond, and was discharged on account of his wounds. April 10, 1865. Dr. Force was at the surrender of Harper's Ferry, September 15, 1862, at Gettysburg during the two days of the fight, at Mine Run, Bristol Station, Auburn Ford, Petersburg, Dutch Gap Canal, etc. On leaving the army he returned to mercantile business for time but soon took up the study of medicine. He had also, while engaged in business, after the close of the war, taken a course of study at the Bryant and Stratton Business College in Newark, New Jersey. His medical studies were continued in the Albany Medical College, where he graduated in 1871. The following year he came West and settled at Heron Lake, Minnesota, and engaged in the practice of his profession. In 1885 he removed to Minneapolis in search of a larger and more profitable field. Dr. Force has attained prominence in various capacities. He is a medical director of the Northwestern Life Association, having been chosen for that position in 1887. In 1888 he was made secretary and treasurer of the association and in 1895 he became its manager. He is also a director in the Metropolitan Bank of Minneapolis. Politically Dr. Force is a Republican. His first ballot was cast for Lincoln while lying in the hospital in the fall of 1864, his vote being sent home to New York. Since he came to Minnesota he has been county superintendent of schools in Jackson County during four years; postmaster at Heron Lake eight years, and pension surgeon for the United States government for a period of thirteen years. Dr. Force is a member of the Foss M. E. Church, where he has been actively identified for the past ten years. He is also a member of the Masonic order, the G. A. R. and the Loyal Legion. He was married April 4, 1867, to Sarah F. Mesick. They have three children living, Frank Wilson, a druggist at Windom, Minnesota, Charles E., assistant secretary, Northwestern Life Association, and a daughter, May, who was graduated from the high school in 1895.


Greenbury Fort
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FORT Greenbury L, Minneapolis. Res 1300 West Lake st, office Loan & Trust bldg. Lawyer. Born June 9, 1856 in Marshall county Ill, son of Washington D ad Sarah (Foster) Fort (paternal name anglicized from De la Feurt). Married 1857 to Clara Fortier. Attended district schools; Wesleyan Univ Bloomington Ill; Northwestern Univ Evanston Ill LL B 1882. Taught school in Illinois. Practiced law at Bismarck N D member Fort & Fort 1883-85; in Minneapolis 1886to date. Private 1st lieut and capt D N G Co A 1st Regt; maj and judge advocate 1st Brigade N D N G; member Minneapolis city council 4 years; city assessor of Minneapolis 4 years. Member Masonic order, Royal Arch and Knights Templar.


James F. R. Foss
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal (1897) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

James F. R. Foss is president of the Nicollet National Bank of Minneapolis. Mr. Foss is essentially a self-made man. What he has accomplished is due to his native abilities and unflagging industry. He is a native of Biddeford, Maine, where he was born March 17, 1848. His parents were among the early settlers of Maine, his ancestry running back on his mother's side to the Rev. Mr. Jordan, who purchased a large tract of land in what is now the state of Maine, but at that time was still a portion of the colony of Massachusetts. His father, James Foss, died when the subject of this sketch was only four years old. James F. R. was educated in the public schools of Biddeford, and at the opening of the War of the Rebellion responded to the call of his country and entered the naval service. He served on the United States frigates Sabine, Niagara, Hartford and Savannah, from 1861 to 1863, and was only sixteen years of age when he received his discharge. He was among the very youngest in the service of the government in the Civil War. He was offered a midshipman's commission in the navy, but being ambitious for a more active and promising career, he prepared himself at Bucksport Seminary for business life. During the next ten years he occupied several positions as clerk and bookkeeper in Boston, Providence and New York. In 1873 found him in the position of bookkeeper in the Shoe and Leather National Bank in Boston. He held that position for eighteen months, when, owing to ill health, he resigned and went to sea as the second mate on a coasting schooner and was thus engaged for two years. In 1875, with health restored he obtained the position of bookkeeper in the Market National Bank, of Brighton, Massachusetts, and soon afterward was offered a like position in the Merchandise National Bank of Boston. Here he displayed such business capacity that the directors at the end of the first year elected him cashier. He was the youngest man who up to that time had held such an important position in any national bank in that city. He discharged the duties of that position for seven years, when he resigned in order that he might avail himself of the larger opportunities afforded to men of his capacity and enterprise in the West. He came to Minneapolis and organized the Nicollet National Bank, and as an evidence of his standing among the financial men of Boston it is sufficient to state that of the capital stock of five hundred thousand dollars in that bank, three hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars was subscribed by Boston capitalists who knew Mr. Foss personally and knew his business methods. The Nicollet National was organized in 1884. Mr. Foss was its cashier for four years and in 1888 was elected president. He has conducted the affairs of this institution with signal ability and made it one of the strongest financial institutions in the state. His policy is conservative, and during the recent financial depression no bank in the state probably had the confidence of the public more fully than this one. Mr. Foss was married February 22, 1877, to Alvena M. Baker, of Auburndale, Massachusetts. Mrs. Foss is a descendant of an old Pilgrim family, the first members of which came to the colonies in the Mayflower Mrs. Foss has three children, Minnie Frances, James Franklin and Florence Ellen.


Manley Fosseen
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FOSSEEN Manley L, Minneapolis. Res 2920 Bloomington av, office 435 Temple Court. Lawyer. Born Dec 10, 1869 in La Salle county Ill, son of Osman and Isabel (Richolson) Fosseen. Attended Dixon Ill Business College 1890; Minneapolis Academy 1891-92; graduated from law dept U of M 1895. Has practiced law in Minneapolis 1895 to date; elected to Min Legislature 1903 and 1905; chairman sub-committee of judiciary committee on new code of insurance. Member Masonic fraternity; A O U W; M W A.


William Foulke
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FOULKE William, Minneapolis. Res 558 Lincoln av, office 815 Germania Life. Lawyer. Born in Morgan county O, son of William and Eliza (Walker) Foulke. Married to Margaret J Dewees. Educated in public schools and Mt Pleasant (O) Academy. Worked on farm and studied law; admitted to bar and practiced in McConnellsville O 1868-83; twice elected state's atty Morgan county O; mayor Malto O. Moved to St Paul and engaged in practice of law to date. Member Masonic fraternity and I O O F.


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

Alexis Joseph Fournier is a young man whose genius as an artist is recognized and admired by the people of Minneapolis and the juries of all the principal exhibitions of America, and one whose struggle for success in his art has enlisted the sympathy of his fellow citizens in a high degree. He was born July 4, 1865, in the first frame building built in St. Paul. His father, Isaial Fournier, was a mill-wright, and now resides in Minneapolis. He was born in Montreal, Canada, of French parentage, and was a pioneer in Minnesota, having come to St. Paul in 1860. When Alexis was a babe he was stolen out of his cradle in a log cabin near what is now West St. Paul, by an Indian squaw, who, it was believed, took him order to secure the blanket in which he was wrapped. He was, however, soon afterwards recovered. The family subsequently removed to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. At the age of twelve years he was sent to Milwaukee to an academy conducted by priests, where he was in school for three years and where he acquired a knowledge of the German language. His tastes were first formed in this school, and he was encouraged to carve wooden images and crucifixes for the decoration of the church altar. After leaving school he was compelled to support himself, which he did by selling newspapers and working as office boy, his lodging place at that time being for a time in the hull of an old vessel frozen fast in the river at Milwaukee. About this time he became interested in the work of an old scene painter, and from him took his first lessons in the use of color. His family had removed to Winona, and he returned there, remaining at home only one summer. In 1879 he came to Minneapolis and was employed at sign writing and decorative painting, in the meantime devoting his spare time to sketching from nature and copying old pictures. It was his fortune to be employed in the decoration of Potter Palmer's residence, in Chicago, under A. F. Jacassy, celebrated for his designing and illustrations. One morning while finishing a sketch he was surprised to find Mrs. Palmer watching his efforts with apparent interest and gratified to receive her approval for the excellence of his work. He returned again to Minneapolis and devoted most of his time to scene painting and executing orders for pictures of local interest for friends and admirers. He opened a studio and devoted his time to landscape painting, among his patrons being Mr. J. J. Hill, of St. Paul, who purchased a large painting of St. Anthony Falls and the milling district. He executed a number of orders for pictures of local landscapes and old homesteads for the State Historical Society and did considerable designing and sketching for the newspapers and magazines. In the spring of 1898 he built a modest home at Washburn Park and devoted his summer months during the next two or three years to sketching and studying from nature in the picturesque country surrounding his home. In the winter of 1891-92 he was attached to an exploring party as artist in the San Juan country of Colorado, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, and upon return of the party his drawings were elaborated in colors for the cliff dwellers' exhibit at the Columbian Exposition. Upon his return from Chicago he was engaged to arrange and superintend the art department of the Minneapolis Exposition, the feature of this gallery being the prominence given to local artists and architects, and in this undertaking he was highly successful. In 1893 Mr. Fournier sailed for Paris in order to continue his art studies in the Julien Academy, and remained abroad nearly two years, working under such masters as Jean Paul, Laurens, Benjamin Constant, Joseph Blanc, and others. The first winter was devoted largely to the completion of a sketch taken of Minnehaha Creek, near his home, which, when completed, he called "A Spring Morning." To his intense delight and encouragement it was accepted for the Salon. On varnishing day in the Salon de Champs-Elysees (1894) he was met by his master, Benjamin Constant, who remarked: "Ah, you are here today. Well, that means you have something here," and upon the picture being pointed out to him, Mr. Constant said: "Yes, you have a good composition and good lines in that. Yes, indeed, it is a spring morning, and I see that you already understand nature. Well done. Keep right on, my friend." It was a happy day for the struggling young artist, and his joy was still greater when his picture was again commended by Alexander Harrison, who saw it at the American Art Association rooms in Paris, and remarked to a friend: "That's a good thing. That fellow is on the right road. We will hear from him some day soon." Mr. Fournier spent his winters at work in the academy and his summers in company with other artists, chiefly Gaylord S. Truesdale, the animal painter, in the provinces and in Italy, where he obtained material for many pictures. In 1895 he was again represented in the salon with a picture. "Le Repos," representing some cows and sheep at rest in a pasture. This was hung next to one by the famous Jerome, and was the subject of favorable comment from the French journalists. He visited the famous galleries on the continent and in England, and exhibited while abroad in such galleries as the Salon, Societie des Artistes, Crystal Palace, London, the American Art Association, in Paris, the National Academy, in New York, and the St. Louis Exposition. He returned in the later part of 1895, bringing with him a large amount of completed work which he has exhibited at Minneapolis and in other cities. Mr. Fournier was married in 1886 to Miss Emma Frick, of Pine Island, Minnesota. They have two children, Grace and Paul. Although now only thirty-one years of age, Mr. Fournier has given promise of great success in his profession, and his career will be followed with interest and great expectations.


Charles Fowler
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

FOWLER Charles Rollin, Minneapolis. Res 521 Forest av, office 401 Loan & Trust bldg. lawyer. Born September 17, 1869 at Jordan Minn, son of Rollin D and Jane (Varner) Fowler. Attended common schools in Jordan Minn and Minneapolis; graduated from law dept U of M, LL B 1892. Has practiced law in Minneapolis 1892-1905; member Kerr & Fowler law firm 1905 to date. Resident v pres and gen atty for American Surety Co of N Y. Has contributed articles to the press on banking law and financial subjects and on U S bankruptcy law of 1898. Active in politics and public affairs. Member Minneapolis, Minikahda and Commercial clubs Minneapolis.


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

Franklin Simeon H, Minneapolis. Res 3030 Aldrich av S, office 620 1st st N. Merchant. Born Sept. 11, 1831 in Leon N Y, sone of Asa and Roxanna (Chapman) Franklin. Married June 6, 1860 to Caroline Bowen. Educated in common schools. Engaged in farming until 1855; moved to Osage Iz and engaged in retail hardware 1855-79. Same in Howard S D 1879-84; moved to Minneapolis 1885 and engaged in wholesale furniture business as S H Franklin & Co. to date. Served in 21st Ia Inf 1862-63. Member G A R.


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

Freeman Henry Wilson, Excelsior. Office 414 N Y Life bldg. Minneapolis. Insurance agent. Born July 15, 1858 in Milton Nova Scotia, son of Reuben G and Elizabeth G (Brackett) Freeman. Married Nov 22, 1894 to Mary L Poole. Educated in the common and graded schools of Nova Scotia. Engaged as clk in Boston for several years; moved to Minneapolis 1881 and entered employ of Gale & Co insurance and real estate until 1900. Engaged in fire insurance business for self, 1900 to date. Member M N G 5 1/2 years; sec and dir of the Philharmonic Club; member of the Royal Arcanum.


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

Frissell Ervin Robert, Minneapolis. Res 315 W 15th st, office 705-708 Northwestern bldg.. Law and real estate. Born April 30, 1882 in New Richmond Wis, son of M H andNettie C (Cockburn) Frissell. Married 1904 to May insworth. Graduated from New Richmond Wis High School 1900; from law dept U of M 1904. Member Nicols & Frisselkl and Nichols, Frissell & Smith lawyers 1904 to date, who are Minneapolis mngrs of Wis Blue Grass Land Co and Northern Blue Grass Land Co. Dir Dairy Land and Timber Co. Member Masonic fraternity and St Anthony Commercial club.


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

Fruen William Henry, Minneapolis. Res 2123 Western av. Manufacturer. Born July 15, 1854 in Salisbury Eng, son of John Henry and Harriet (White) Fruen. Married twice: in 1867 to Lizzie Wheeler and in 1871 to Henrietta Berquist. Educated in England. Learned machinists; trade in England; built screw machinery for Boston Screw Co 1865-70; moved to Minneapolis and conducted machinery business 1870-74; mnfg screws and patents water wheel governor 10 years; established Glenwood Water & Fuel Co 1884; engaged in mnfg of cereals as pres of the Fruen Cereal Co 1895 to date.


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

Fryberger Harrison Earl, Minneapolis. Res Hampshire Arms, office 906 N Y Life bldg.. Lawyer. Born Jan 10 1867 at Featherstone Goodhue county Minn, son of William and Margaret (Burroughs) Fryberger. Attended common schools; graduated from U of M classical course A B 18890; law dept LL B 1892. Has practiced law in Minneapolis 1892 to date; partner of his brother H B Fryberger now of Duluth 1892-93; member of Child & Fryberger law firm 1893-96; practicing alone since. Member of Minn State Legislature 1902 and 1904. Member Commercial Club Minneapolis.


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

William Othniel Fryberger is a physician and surgeon, practicing his profession in Minneapolis. He was born June 21, 1860, at Red Wing. His father, William Fryberger, was among the pioneers of Minnesota having come to this state from Ohio in 1855. He settled in Goodhue Country near Red Wing. He was of German ancestry the name being usually spelled Freiberger, and the family name coming from the town of Freiberg, in Baden, of which Andrew Freiberger, great grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was one of the freeholders and a representative of the few Protestant families of that old Catholic province. William Fryberger's wife was Margaret Burroughs, a lady of English ancestry, though of Colonial blood. In the early days her grandfather, Hezekiah Burroughs, lived in Virginia, and took up arms for the defense of his country in the Revolutionary War. His descendants became pioneers of Bourbon County, Kentucky, and associates of Daniel Boone i the early development of that country. Dr. W. O. Fryberger received his early education in the village schools, and his college training at Hamline University. He pursued his medical studies in the Hahnemann College, in Chicago, where he graduated in 1887. He was immediately put in charge of the Homeopathic Hospital in Minneapolis, where he served two years. Since that time he has been engaged in general practice in Minneapolis, and has been successful in building up a large and profitable business. He is a member of the Congregational church and of various secret orders. He was married in 1891 to Agnes Ruth Moore, of Minneapolis.

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

Fryberger William O, Minneapolis. Res 4224 Park boul, office Andrus bldg.. Physician and surgeon (R). Born June 21, 1860 at Red Wing Minn, son of Wm and Margaret (Burroughs) Fryberger. Married Aug 1891 to Agnes Moore. Entered Hamline Univ in 1880; graduated from Hahnemann Medical College Chicago 1887; later did post graduate work in N Y, London and Paris. Has practiced medicine and surgery in Minneapolis 1887 to date. Member Hennepin County and Minn State Medical societies; Minneapolis Commercial Club and Native Sons of Minn.


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

Furst William, Minneapolis. Res 128 W 27th st, office 403-407 N Y Life bldg.. Lawyer. Born Sept 12, 1872 in Davisville Cal, son of Leo and Margaret Furst. Married Aug 27, 1898 to Flora R Dopping. Graduated from Onalaska Wis High School 1889; U of M, B S 1896; B L 1897; M L 1898. Has practiced law in Minneapolis 1898 to date. Sec St Anthony Oil Co; treas Merchants Ins Agency; resident v pres Federal Union Surety Co; v Pres American Land co; sec North Star Mnfg Co; v pres Northern Investment Co; resident sec Bankers Confidential Service; sec Salmon Canneries Co. Member Commercial Law League and American Bar Assn.

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