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William H. Alley
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 10

ALLEY, WILLIAM H., lawyer, b. near Augusta, Maine, Feb. 28, 1855; came with his parents to Minnesota when a child; settled in Hallock in 1880; engaged in mercantile business three years, then practiced
law; was attorney of Kittson county, 1889-91.

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

BAKER George, Hallock. Judge of probate. Born Dec 3, 1861 in Visby, Sweden, son of George Anton and Hanna Caroline (Nordahl) Baker. Married Dec 4, 1894 to Mary Wiberg. Educated in high school Visby Sweden. First postmaster in Visby Kittson county Minn. Served for many years as deputy sheriff and deputy clerk Kittson county. Elected Judge of probate 1904 and re-elected 1906. Member I O G T, Yeomen, A O U W and I O O F.

Charles Hallock
Founder of Forest and Stream and of Hallock, Minn., calls on old Yale Friend, Judge Atwater.
Charles Hallock is in town (Minneapolis) at the Hampshire Arms. He has just come from Southern California after spending the winter there; called on Judge Isaac Atwater, who used to be his private tutor in New Haven, Conn., in 1842, when the judge was a Senior in Yale college. The two old friends were glad to meet. Mr. Hallock is getting along in years himself, being in his 72d year, he is best known as the founder of Forest and Stream in 1873. He also founded the town of Hallock, in Kittson county, Minnesota, in 1879, with John Swanson. He came to Minnesota as long ago as 1858, not very many years after Judge Atwater located here, and bought a block of lots in Belden & Young's addition to the city of Hastings. That same year Mr. Hallock made the trip to the Red river in company with General C. C. Andrews, Aleck Kinkaid and George Brott, and wrote the "Red River Trail" for Harper's Magazine, in two chapters, illustrated. It helped much to draw immigration to Minnesota. Mr. Hallock is now here looking after some property which he has carried for twenty-three years. The real estate men are helping him to unload, tho they would advise him to hold for a rise if he was a younger man, as there is a general seismic movement palpable. Perhaps he will keep a part of his real estate. Mr. Hallock is being entertained by numerous friends, who congratulate him on carrying his added years so lightly.
[The Minneapolis journal., May 17, 1905, Page 6 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Norman Wolfred Kittson
It was named in honor of Norman Wolfred Kittson, one of the leading pioneers of the territory and state. He was born in Sorel, Canada, March 5, 1814; came to the area that afterward was Minnesota in 1834, and during four years was engaged in the sutler's department at Fort Snelling; was later a fur trader on his own account, and became manager for the American Fur Company in northern Minnesota; engaged in transportation business, at Fort Snelling, Pembina, and St. Paul; was a member of the territorial legislature, 1851-55, and mayor of St. Paul, 1858; became director of steamboat traffic on the Red river for the Hudson Bay Company, in 1864; and established a line of steamers and barges known as the Red River Transportation Company, whence he was often called "Commodore." He died suddenly, May 11, 1888, on a railway train in his journey of return to Minnesota from the east. The Catholic Cathedral in St. Paul is built on the site of his home.
[Source: "Minnesota Geographic Names: their Origin and Historic Significance", By Warren Upham, 1920 - KT - Sub. by a FoFG]

Mary Moire
Duluth News-Tribune, dated November 29, 1904; submitted by Denise Hansen

After Losing Her All, Mrs. Moire Follows Her Children To Madhouse
News Tribune Special: Hallock, Minn., Nov. 28 – Her two children in the insane asylum, her husband dead and her money gone, Mrs. Mary Moire, once a well-to-do woman, has now gone mad. She was yesterday taken to the hospital for the insane at Fergus Falls by Sheriff O. J. Anderson.

Ten years ago, Mrs. Moire was envied by half the women in Kittson county. She had a husband who was devoted to her, a home more than comfortable, and two very promising children. Mr. Moire died, however, and through the sharp practice of a trusted friend, the widow lost most of her money. Still, she was happy. She had her children left, growing into fine man and womanhood.

But the children turned out to be degenerates of the worst type. There were few vices they did not practice, and before either came of age, both were in the madhouse, and Mrs. Moire was left alone in a cabin on the outskirts of town. She mourned herself first sick and then crazy.

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

The name which stands at the head of this sketch is that of the mayor of Hastings, a broad-minded, public-spirited man, jealous of the reputation of the city which he represents, and deserving of credit for the efficient an able manner in which he has conducted its affairs. George Parker was born in the village of Pakenham, Ontario, in 1849. He lived with his parents until twenty-six years of age, in the meantime acquiring a good, liberal education, and also spending considerable of his time in work on the farm. In 1875 he engaged in the mercantile business in the province of Manitoba, but removed to St. Vincent, Minnesota, in 1878, where he established himself in the livery business. In 1882 Mr. Parker again engaged in farming in Pembina, North Dakota, but the following year he entered upon the business of railroad contracting and building. The first contract was on the Canadian Pacific westward from Winnipeg. After the completion of that line he obtained a contract in Iowa on the extension of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul from Cedar Rapids to Ottumwa. In the fall or 1884 he built small portion of the then Minnesota Northwestern, now the Chicago-Great Western railroad. It was about this time that he located in Hastings, where he has since resided. Mr. Parker is a Republican in politics, and has always taken an active interest in public affairs. In the spring of 1895 he was elected mayor of Hastings on the Republican ticket, and re-elected in 1896. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and the A. O. U. W. He is a member of the Baptist church, and was married April 20, 1875, at Pakenham, Ontario to Miss Mary M. Hemenway. Two children have been born to them, Mary Maud and Dora May, of whom the former is deceased. Mr. Parker's parents were of Irish extraction, born in the North of Ireland. His father, George Parker, came to Ontario when but a boy, locating of Perth, where he learned the cooper's trade. He subsequently conducted a large coopering establishment at Pakenham with satisfactory financial results. He was a strong supporter of the Reform party and an active participant in public affairs. His wife, the mother of George Parker, was Miss Abalinda Eliza Toughey, who emigrated with her parents from Ireland to Quebec in her childhood. Later she became a resident of Perth, where she was married. Mayor Parker, of Hastings, is an ardent advocate of temperance principles and a total abstainer himself, and has not only done much to encourage the virtue of temperance in the city over which he presides, but he has also done much to attract capital and build up the commercial interests of that community.

Matthias A. Thorfinnson
Source: "A history of Goodhue County, Minnesota" Red Wing, Minn.: C. A. Rasmussen, 1935 - KT - Sub by FoFG

County Agricultural agent, Goodhue County. Was born July 10, 1893. Married Olga J. Ross of Kalispell, Mont., to which union were born two children, Doris and Ross. Was graduated 1917, from the North Dakota Agricultural college with degree of S. B. County agent Montana, 1914-1924, also in Kittson county, Minn., past six years in this county. Member Masonic lodge in Red Wing, also of La Grange Chapter, Royal Arch Masons and of Epsilon Sigma Phi fraternity, denomination: New Theology Icelandic church.

Oscar Younugren
Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 14; Minnesota Biographies (1655-1912) published 1912; page 890; transcribed by FoFG mz

YOUNUGREN, OSCAR, b. in Wisconsin, May 1, 1863; came to Kittson county, Minn., in 1880, and was sheriff, 1889-98; resided in Hallock.

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