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

BAGLEY Alfred M, Bemidji. Manufacturer. Born April 28, 1874 in Argyle Minn, son of Sumner C and Lydia Fernald. Married July 1896 to Flora E Vinal. Educated in public schools of Maine. Moved to Polk county Minn 1890; in lumber business 1890-97; livery business 1897-1906; sold out and is now pres Bemidji Handle Co; mnfrs wooden handles established 1905.


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

BAKKE Dyre B, Thief River Falls. Banker. Born Dec 6, 1854 in Norway, son of Bertel Larson and Eline (Dyresen) Bakke. Married Jan 27, 1877 to Bredine Johanson. Received common and private school education. In 1881 emigrated to U S and located near Fergus Falls, Otter Tail county and engaged in farming in summer and teaching in winter 1881-83; located in Marshall county 1883-87; in gen merchandise business Newfolden 1887-1901; moved to Thief River Falls and engaged in real estate business until 1903 when with T L Melgard organized Citizens State Bank of which he was pres until 1906; sold his interest and organized Peoples State Bank and is now pres of same. Has served as county commissioner Marshall county; justice of peace; town and school clk for 10 years; postmaster Newfolden 5 years; alderman 2 years and mayor 1 term. Member American and Minn Bankers assns; Commercial Club and Masonic fraternity.


John C. Bennewitz
Source: History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1904. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Captain John C. Bennewitz, one of the highly respected citizens of Marshall county, is now living in retirement in the village of Argyle. Captain Bennewitz is known to his intimate friends as the "Iron Chancellor," owing to a remarkable resemblance, not only in features, but in his grasp of public affairs and depth of penetration and executive ability, to the famous German statesman.

Captain Bennewitz was born in Andisleben, Erfurt, Prussia, June 3, 1826. He was the fourth in a family of five sons born to William H. and Elizabeth (Krieger) Bennewitz. At the age of thirteen years our subject was compelled to quit school, and thus his education was left deficient. He has, however, been a thorough and observing student all his life, and is respected as a man of wide and general information of a practical and valuable nature. In 1847 Captain Bennewitz was conscripted into the Prussian army, and served: four years, during which time occurred the civil war in Baden, Germany. In 1852 he came to the United States, locating in Waukesha county, Wisconsin. He began farming in that county in 1857 and conducted farm operations with success until 1872, when, having been elected to the state legislature of Wisconsin, he sold his farm. His election, however, was contested. In 1875 he removed to Red Wing. Minnesota, and purchased grain at that point for five years. He first visited Argyle in 1879, and the following year engaged in the machine business in that village and also opened a lumber business. He soon after sold his interest in the machine business, but conducted the lumber yard until 1890, when he sold out and retired from active business pursuits.

Captain Bennewitz was married in 1853 to Mrs. Mary Menzel, nee Huegelman. Two children were born of this marriage, viz., Theodore and Henry. Captain Bennewitz is a member of the I. O. O. F., and of the German Lutheran church. He is an old-time Democrat, having voted that ticket for the past forty-eight years. During the past four years he has been chairman of the Democratic county central committee. He has made several trips to the old country since coming to America, the first being in 1873 and the second in 1893, and his last trip was made in 1895. Captain Bennewitz is the owner of valuable town property, and is a man of substantial worth. For his valiant services in the Prussian army he holds a medal of honor presented to him by the Grand Duke of Baden, also a medal of honor from the King of Prussia. Mrs. Bennewitz died in Argyle, Minnesota, in 1887, and was buried at Red Wing, Minnesota.


Theodor Bratrud
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. Publ. 1907 Transcribed by Rhonda Hill

BRATRUD Theodor, Warren. Physician (R). Born in 1874 in Fillmore county Minn, son of Ole and Elsie Bratrud. Educated in Spring Valley High School; graduated from U of M, B A 1896; Northwestern Univ Medical School 1897; U of M, M D 1899. House surgeon City and County Hospital St Paul 1899-1900; lecture and clinical courses at hospitals in Vienna, Paris, Berlin and London 1903. Associated with Dr W S Anderson since 1906 in Warren; surgeon to Warren Hospital and "Soo" Railroad. Member American Medical Assn; Minn State and Red River Valley Medical societies; Minn Wiener Verein; Masonic fraternity; I O O F and B P O E.

Clyde Reston Chapin
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Liz Dellinger

CHAPIN Clyde Reston. Argyle. Lawyer. Born Dec 28, 1882 in Freemont Ind. Son of Bion S and Elia Allen (Parsons) Chapin. Received his education in high school at Warren Minn to 1899; Macalester College St Paul, 1899-1902; and graduated from St Paul College of Law, LL B 1905. Engaged in general practice of law Argyle Minn 1905 to date. Dir Argyle commercial club.


Ernest Cleem
Source: History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1904. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Perserverance and integrity are the stepping stones by which many men have reached success, but of the early settlers of the northwest these characteristics were required in greater measure than usually falls to the men of a more settled region. Here they had little incentive to perseverance when their every effort was almost fruitless, and the blasts of winter or the storms and pests of summer destroyed the results of their toil. Those who remained through the pioneer days and witnessed a most radical change in the landscape and conditions are worthy of great praise for their work as developers of the country and citizens of whom their fellowmen may feel justly proud. Such a man is Ernest Cleem. He now resides in section 21, of Middle River township, where he has a finely developed farm, and he has been a resident of Marshall county for over twenty-three years.

Mr. Cleem was born in Saxony, Germany, August 7, 1854, and was the fourth in a family of nine children born to William and Caroline (Follrath) Cleem, both of whom are now deceased. In 1867 the family emigrated to America and made a home on a farm in Pierce county, Wisconsin, then a pioneer country, where our subject was reared to farm work and hardened to woodcraft and stump grubbing. In the fall of 1878 Ernest Cleem and Henry Bennewitz, now deceased, came to Marshall county and took adjoining claims on section 28, of Warrenton township. The following winter Mr. Cleem established his home in a small log house which he had built on the wild prairie, and there he and his young bride resided for some years. He took three horses and provisions for a year to his new home, and resided on the homestead farm five years, when he removed to his present farm. His estate covers three hundred and twenty acres and on the home farm he has erected a complete set of substantial buildings, and has a residence of modern architecture and finish and furnished throughout in a tasteful and most cheering style. He now enjoys all the comforts of life, but can well remember the winter of 1879, when the thermometer went to forty below zero, and his home was a small board shanty. He hovered over the stove and to keep from freezing he borrowed, as he now jestingly terms it, his neighbor's fence. He was not very proficient as a cook, and recalls in a happy manner the experiences in developing his culinary skill.

Mr. Cleem was married, in 1880, to Miss Emma Menzel. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Cleem, who bear the names of Macie and Vernie. Our subject is a gentleman of intelligence and active public spirit, and has displayed great energy in the upbuilding of the social condition of his township. He is at present a member of the township board. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and with Mrs. Cleem holds membership in the auxiliary lodge, the Rebekahs. He also is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and the Red Men. Politically he is a Republican. He is a consistent member of the German Lutheran church, and well merits his high standing and success.


Evart Dagoberg
Source: History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1904. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Evart Dagoberg, one of the most influential citizens of Marshall county, and of which he is now county treasurer, has followed agricultural pursuits in Oak Park township for over eighteen years and is proprietor of a finely developed farm. His temporary residence is in Warren. He is a gentleman of intelligence and active public spirit, and enjoys the esteem and respect of his associates.

Mr. Dagoberg was born in Sweden December 3, 1850, and was the third in order of birth in a family of eight children born to Lars and Elna (Iverson) Anderson, both of whom are now deceased. Our subject and two brothers who reside in the same township in Marshall county are the only members of the family in America.

Mr. Dagoberg was educated in his native land, graduating from the foremost government agricultural institute in Sweden, and he there took up bookkeeping and worked as an accountant about ten years, receiving a thorough business training. He came to America in 1882, and in June of that year located in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he remained for two months, and then he came to Marshall county. The inducements offered in the Red river valley claimed his attention and he came to the new region in search of a fortune, intending to devote his attention to wheat-raising. He followed agricultural pursuits until 1896 and developed a farm of two hundred and forty acres, and from this land derived a handsome income. He has erected good buildings and otherwise improved the place and made a valuable estate of the same, and now enjoys the reward of his years of labor there. In 1899 he was appointed deputy auditor and for two years he served in that capacity. In November, 1900, he was elected treasurer of Marshall county by a majority of five hundred and fifty, and is one of the leading officials of the county.

Mr. Dagoberg was married, in 1875, to Miss Elna Munson. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Dagoberg, who are named Cornelia and Esther. Mr. Dagoberg is an ardent Republican and has done very efficient work for his party in Marshall county. He is one of the well known men of southern Marshall county and has a large following, his friends only being limited by his acquaintance. He is a member of the Swedish Lutheran church.


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

ERIKSSON Leonard, Fergus Falls. Lawyer. Born Nov 11, 1876 in Westmanland Sweden, son of August Herman and Mathilda Eriksson. Educated in common schools of Sweden and at Warren Minn; graduated from Moorhead State Normal School and Georgetown Univ Washington D C. Employed in hardware store and as teacher 1900 to 1905; clk and special statistical agt for U S government; practiced law since 1905; now sec of Commercial Club Fergus Falls. Sec The Nat Agency inc; sec The Blood Broom Mnfg Co. Member Eriksson & Schweitzer.


Gaspard Ethier
Source: History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1904. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

To become a leader among men one must be possessed of those sterling qualities which are always commendable, as well as a sound mind and progressive spirit. The gentleman above named has resided in Marshall county, Minnesota, since its earliest settlement and has become familiar to all who reside there, and takes a foremost place among them as an energetic agriculturist and public spirited citizen. He has a valuable farm, and makes his home in section 5 of Middle River township. Mr. Ethier was born in the province of Quebec, Canada, February 20, 1851, and was the eldest of seven children born to Joseph and Felonise (Desmairs) Ethier, both of whom were of French descent and were natives of Canada.

When Mr. Ethier was nineteen years of age he quit his native place and came to the states and spent some time in Nevada. In the spring of 1879 he came to Marshall county and filed a claim to the land upon which he now makes his home. Circumstances later justified him in purchasing an additional tract of land bordering on the Middle river, and he has met with excellent success in all his farming operations. He came to that region with the first great influx of settlers and secured valuable land, but he was not a man of means, and for the first two years he worked for others of the neighborhood and did not engage very extensively in the cultivation of his own land or the improvement of his farm. He is now the owner of four hundred acres of excellent land, and the careful attention which he has personally given the work of the place has enabled him to reap a good reward for his labors, and he now lives amid the comforts and many of the luxuries of life and enjoys a good competence, feeling secure in the idea that he has sufficient to tide him through his declining years.

Mr. Ethier was married, in 1882, to Miss Caroline Magnan. To this union seven children have been born, namely: Albert, Horace, Alfred, Alma, Clara, Edmund and Yvone. Mr. Ethier has always taken a hearty interest in the development of that region, and has aided materially in the advancement of the public enterprises, and has been honored with numerous local offices. He is now serving as chairman of the township board and is known as a leader of his countrymen. Politically he is identified with the Democratic party, and is stanch in support of party principles. He is a member of the Roman Catholic church, and is a gentleman of exemplary character and deservedly popular and influential.


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

FORSBURG William, Warren. Public official. Born Aug 18, 1870 in Albert Lea Minn, son of John and Amelia (Anderson) Forsburg. Married Dec 11, 1902 to Sadie C Sihlberg. Educated in public schools and business college. Moved to Marshall county 1884 and has been engaged in farming to date; elected sheriff 1900 and continues in that office. Served in township and school offices prior to election as sheriff; Member Commercial Club; K of P; I O O F; M W A.

Andrew Grindeland
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Richard Ramos

GRINDELAND Andrew, Warren. Jurist. Born Nov 28, 1856 in Highlandville la. Son of Ingebrigt and Lucy (Hatlestad) Grindeland. Married Oct , 1882 to Ingrid Forde. Attended Decorah ??? Institute 1874-76: taught school 1877 and graduated from law dept State Univ of la Iowa Cityy. LL B 1882. Practiced law in Warren Minn 882-1903: appointed dist judge 14th dist 1903; elected judge 1904 for term of 6 years. Former member Warren city council and school board; judge of probate Marshall county 1899-90; member State Normal School Board 1895-98: state senator 1899-1903. Dir State Bank of Warren. Grand Forks College. Warren Hospital Assn and Marshall County Agricultural Assn. Pres Warren Commercial Club.


Peter H. Holm
Source: History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1904. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

In a county as well settled as Marshall county, Minnesota, it would be difficult to name the most prominent citizen or public official, but a high station is willingly accorded the gentleman whose name heads this personal review. He has resided there for many years and has always been found standing on the side of right and justice and adhering to his friends and increasing his popularity. He is now serving as judge of probate and by his excellent judgment and sense of right administers to all justice and equity.

Our subject was born in Sweden, August 27, 1862, and was the oldest of a family of seven children. His parents, Hans and Kari (Person) Holm, are now residents of Minnesota. When our subject was twelve years of age he began a three-years' apprenticeship to the goldsmith and jeweler's trade. He came to America in 1883 and a home was soon afterward made in Nelson Park township, Marshall county, Minnesota. The same year he established a jeweler's shop in Warren, and in 1888 he was elected county treasurer of Marshall county and served in that capacity for four years. He established a restaurant in 1893 and in 1895 opened a jewelry and repair store. He is thoroughly acquainted with this business, having learned the same well while an apprentice, and he prospered in his work and continued thus engaged until 1896, when he was elected to the office of judge of probate. He is now filling this position faithfully and well and his name is familiar to all among whom he labors and he is universally esteemed as a man and officer.

Judge Holm was married in 1888 to Miss Mary Retzen. One son has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Holm, who bears the name of Carl O. Judge Holm is a Republican politically, and is firm in his convictions and lends his influence for the principles of his party. He is a man of good education and is intelligent and keeps pace with the times. He has refined tastes and is in possession of a fine collection of curios. His home is pleasant and in good taste and all the appointments bespeak the refinement of its occupants.


Gomer H. Jones
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907); transcribed by Nina Kramer
Mankato.  Res 417 Warren, office 220 S. Front.  Merchant.  Born July 11, 1877 in Blue Earth county, Minn. Son of Humphrey H and Margarette (James) Jones.  Married Oct. 9, 1902 to Nellie Mahoney.  Educated in public schools Tracy Minn.  Engaged in farming until 1894; member of firm of Owen & Jones 1894-1903; of Jones & Hopkins dealers in bicycles and musical instruments 1903 to date.  Member Commercial Club.


Riley E. Kezar
Source: History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1904. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Perseverance and good management, supplemented by honesty of word and deed, have placed this gentleman among the foremost agriculturists of Marshall county. He has a pleasant estate in section to. of Warrenton township, and owns a farm of three hundred and sixty acres. He is a native of Quebec, Canada, and the date of his birth is April 11, 1855.

The parents of Riley E. Kezar were Chauncey and Lucy Kezar, and of their family of six children our subject was the third in order of birth. The father had been previously married. The mother died when our subject was but a child, but the family remained on the farm, and Mr. Kezar was reared to farm work. The father died about the time young Riley E. reached his majority, and he continued farming in Canada about three years thereafter. In the spring of 1879, in company with his brother-in-law, Mr. Rooke, he came to Marshall county, and there homesteaded the southwest quarter of section 10, adjoining the farm on which he now resides. He arrived in Warren with but six dollars, and he worked on the railroad and also at odd jobs in Crookston and Euclid. In 1880 he secured work on the Spaulding farm, and afterward assumed charge of the engine room at the Warren Roller Mills, and was thus employed for about five years. He then dealt in furniture, and in 1889 began the pursuit of agriculture, to which he has devoted himself with success for the past eleven years. The first years of his farm life he remembers as the hardest he ever spent. He was obliged to haul water from a distance and went to the Lower Snake river for fuel. He now has a finely improved farm, on which is a one-hundred-and-fifty-foot well, fitted with windmill, which not only pumps the water from the well but is utilized for grinding feed, sawing wood and elevating grain. His farm buildings are substantial, the stables are commodious and the entire farm evidences good management and thrift.

Mr. Kezar was married, in 1884, to Miss Lena Nelson, a native of Sweden. Eight children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Kezar, namely: Erwin; Albert; Alfred; Lucy; Florence; Stella, deceased; George; and Clarence. Mr. Kezar is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and the Modern Woodmen of America. He has taken a commendable interest in upbuilding the school system of his locality, and is a man of active public spirit. He has served as constable in the township and justice of the peace. Of late years he has been identified with the fusion party, and is a man of broad minded and deservedly popular with the people of his township and county. Mrs. Kezar died July 21, 1901, aged thirty-seven years.


Alfred Labine
Source: History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1904. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Alfred Labine, residing on section 35, of Parker township, is a member of one of the oldest families of Marshall county. His father and family located there in early days, and by their thrift and good management became Owners of well cultivated tracts and citizens in whom the community found worthy support. Our subject became the owner of one of the valuable estates of that locality and annually operates five hundred and eighty acres of land. Mr. Labine was a native of Canada, and was born October 30, 1861, and was the fifth in a family of eleven children.

The parents of our subject, Modest and Ozinc (Desmarais) Labine, were natives of Canada, and the maternal grandparents were natives of France. The family came to Michigan in 1871 where the father worked in the iron mines, and then, owing to failing health, he returned to Canada with his family. The sons later induced him to try a home in the Red river valley, and in the spring of 1879 the family came to Argyle, Minnesota, where they joined friends. The father chose a home on section 2, in Bloomer township, on the south bank of Middle river, and there the parents spent their remaining days. The father died August 7, 1881. The mother survived him many years and passed away April 18, 1894. The sons assisted the father in the cultivation and improvement of the home farm, and after attaining their majority made homes for themselves. Our subject purchased the land he now owns in Parker township in 1887, and laid the foundation for his present comfortable home. The Labine family is known as the oldest settlers of Bloomer township still residing in Marshall county. They have not acquired their estates without many hardships and struggles, and it is mainly through the enterprise and integrity of Mr. Labine that he is now one of the fortunate owners of property in that region. He has become thoroughly familiar with times and seasons and uses only the most approved methods and machinery, and has met with unbounded success in his farming operations and may review his labors in Minnesota with justifiable pride.

Mr. Labine was married, in 1884, to Miss Julia Verboncoeur. Seven children have been born to bless this union, namely: Aurora, Lillian, Philip, Clara, Stella, Lawrence and Isabel. Mr. Labine is a member of the Roman Catholic church, and politically he is a Democrat. He has always taken a commendable interest in local public affairs and became identified with the new party movement and has aided in the organization of the new forces, but he does not seek public office, and is deservedly held in high esteem by all with whom he has to do.


Lafayette Lamberson
Source: History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1904. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

In the commercial and public affairs of Marshall county, Minnesota, probably no man is better known than the gentleman whose life history is here presented. Mr. Lamberson is engaged in the banking and real estate business in Warren, and is one of the early settlers of that locality. He is a man of unusual energy and possesses market ability as a business man. He has gained an enviable reputation as a citizen of active public spirit and business man of honest dealings and enjoys the confidence of all with whom he has to do.

Lafayette Lamberson is a native of Wisconsin and was born at Grafton, November 6, 1854. He obtained his common-school education at Durant, Illinois, and Waverly, Iowa, and in 1872 took a commercial course in Chicago. He began his business career as clerk and continued to serve in this capacity eight years. In 1879 he engaged in the mercantile business for himself at West Union, Iowa, where he remained until 1883. He then went to Minnesota and established a bank at Perham, where he continued about one year. He established the Bank of Warren with a capital of thirty thousand dollars in 1884, and has been actively engaged with this institution since its organization. This bank is one of the most conservative financial institutions in this part of Minnesota, and the policy of the promoters has always been "to live and let live." In 1892 Mr. Lamberson established a bank at Hawley, Minnesota. During his many years of active business life in Marshall county he has accumulated large tracts of land, and is now the owner of some five thousand acres. For the past two years he has engaged in the real estate business, handling lands for others and placing his own tracts upon the market. He is familiar with that section of the country and his judgment can be relied upon and advice heeded. He is a man of untiring perseverance and his business is carefully conducted, and the many details of the intricate banking business personally looked after by him.

Mr. Lamberson is recognized as one of the leading public men of his community. He is ever awake to the interests of Warren and Marshall county, and is a firm supporter of any enterprise which tends to the upbuilding and development of his home town. He was the first mayor of the city of Warren, to which office he was elected in 1891. He has also served as a member of the town council, and for many years served on the school board and favors a good educational system and the promotion of educational advantages. He is well known in Masonic circles, and is a member of the blue lodge of Warren, and the chapter and commandery at Crookston, Minnesota. In political faith he is a stanch Republican and.is an earnest defender of the principles of his party and a zealous worker for the success of Republicanism. He keeps pace with the times and lends his influence for the welfare of his fellowmen.

Mr. Lamberson was married, in October, 1879, to Miss Fannie Elder, a native of Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Lamberson are the parents of two children, namely: Flora S. and Gill E.


William Rainey Marshall biography


Michael W. Schouweiler
MICHAEL W. SCHOUWEILER (1912) is proprietor of the Klondike Saloon of Marshall. He is a native Minnesotan, having been born in Wabasha county February 25, 1863. Until he reached his majority he resided on his father's homestead in that county, and then he started out to make his own way in the world. Mr. Schouweiler has engaged in a great many occupations and has resided in many parts of the country. He farmed near Warren, Minnesota, one and one-half years, lived in Butte, Montana, five months, worked for a brother-in-law in Wabasha county one year, and then completed his education with a year's course in the Winona High School. He spent a short time in North St. Paul thereafter, lived in Lac qui Parle county one season, farmed in Wabasha county one year, conducted a saloon in North St. Paul two years, in Wabasha county two years, and then bought a farm in that county and operated it two years.
Plainview, Minnesota, was the next home of our subject. There he was the proprietor of a saloon one year and of a restaurant and pool hall four or five years. At Pollock, Campbell county, South Dakota, Mr. Schouweiler erected a building and engaged in the saloon business ten and one-half years. He operated a saloon at Sanborn, Minnesota, six months, and on January 22, 1912, he located in Marshall and purchased the Klondike Saloon. He has met with success during his short residence in the city and has built up a good trade. Mr. Schouweiler owns a farm in Campbell county, South Dakota.
The marriage of Mr. Schouweiler to Katie Losch occurred in New Richmond, Wisconsin, July 5, 1888. She is a native of Iowa. They have seven children: Lilly, the wife of Louis Traxinger, who tends bar for Mr. Schouweiler; Laura, Agnes, Olevia, Rosa, Jesse and Magdelin. Frank and Eva (Leonard) Schouweiler, the parents of our subject, were born in Germany, came to America in 1854, lived in Iowa a few months, and then took a homestead claim in Wabasha county, Minnesota. On that farm they lived the rest of their lives. They celebrated their golden wedding on June 6, 1904, and died a few years later. They had fourteen children, of whom the following named six sons and five daughters are living: John N., Michael W., Frank, Peter, Garrett, Andrew, Katie, Maggie, Jennie, Annie and Lizzie.
[Source: "History of Dakota Territory", by George W. Kingsbury - Contributed by Karen Seeman]


Charles L. Stevens
Source: History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1904. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Charles L. Stevens, the present editor of the Warren Register, was born in Macoupin county, Illinois, February 1, 1867. He was the eldest of eight children born to Thomas F. and Eliza J. (Fletcher) Stevens, both now living in Illinois. The family came to Marshall county, Minnesota, in 1883. The father began the practice of law in Warren in 1882. Our subject began reading law and completed a law course at the Northern Illinois Normal School and was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1892 and to the Minnesota bar two years later. He began the practice of his profession in Warren, but almost immediately became interested in newspaper work. Since 1894 he has been editor of The Warren Register, and it is through his good management and journalistic ability that success has come to that paper.

Mr. Stevens was married September 1, 1898, to Miss Alice Wallace. They are the parents of one daughter, Jean. Mr. Stevens is a member of the Masonic fraternity and Knights of the Maccabees. He has always taken an active interest in local and national public affairs, and is recognized as an authority on political questions. He has served as city recorder of Warren.


John R. Walters
Source: History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1904. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

John R. Walters, postmaster of Stephen. Minnesota, is an efficient and faithful officer, and is popular with the people of Marshall county. He has resided there for many years and has a wide acquaintance, all of whom accord him a place of prominence as a citizen. He is a native of Vermont, and was born in Rutland county, June 9, 1860.

Mr. Walters was the third in a family of four children born to Rowland and Ursula (Jones) Walters. His parents were both natives of Wales and are now deceased. Our subject was born on a farm and reared there, but when a youth followed his father's occupation, that of a quarryman. He was employed in the slate and marble quarries until 1880, when he began the study of telegraphy at Janesville, Wisconsin. He was engaged in this business until 1885, and passed the last two years at Stephen, Minnesota. He then engaged in the machine business in partnership with Mr. MacMahan, under the firm name of MacMahan & Walters, and continued thus engaged until 1890. Under Harrison's administration he became postmaster at Stephen, and then was engaged four years in the general merchandise business in partnership with Mr. MacMahan. During the ensuing presidential administration he was again appointed postmaster at Stephen, which office he now holds. He is a man of intelligence and possessed of thorough business principles, and has succeeded with every enterprise in which he has embarked.

Mr. Walters was married, in 1885, to Miss Bertha MacMahan. One daughter has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Walters, who bears the name of Theresa. Mr. Walters is prominent in secret society circles and is an active member of the Knights of the Maccabees. In political faith he is a Republican and is an earnest worker for party principles. He is a recognized leader and is serving as secretary of the Republican club, and served as treasurer of the Republican county central committee in 1900.


Charles Wentzel
Source: History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1904. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Charles Wentzel, of whom a portrait is presented on another page, for over a quarter of a century has been identified with the development of Marshall county. He resides at Warren, and is proprietor of one of the most valuable farms of that region. He was one of the earliest pioneers of that locality, and is a familiar personage to all who have made their home here since that early day, and a history of Marshall county is not complete without a sketch of the life and work of Charles Wentzel.

Our subject was born at West Prussia, Germany, on April 18, 1841, and was the third in order of birth in a family of seven children born to John and Rosalia Wentzel. Charles Wentzel was a blacksmith in his native land, and came with the family to America in 1863. After spending one year in Canada he came to the States, and worked three years at his trade in Wisconsin, and in 1870 came to Minnesota and plied his trade at Brainerd and Crookston. While thus engaged he suffered an injury which caused him to turn his attention to agriculture, and it was with the intention of developing a farm that he pushed into the unsettled north and became a pioneer. His first visit to the country was in 1872, and his residence there dates from June 1, 1874. It was this year that the early grant of land to the railroad company expired, the land then reverting to the public's use, and our subject, then unmarried, hitched his broncho to a Red river cart and started for the Snake river with gun and traps. He erected a house and barn on the banks of the river and employed himself at hunting and trapping in the counties of Kittson and Marshall. Those who had previously settled on the Snake river left that region when the railroad failed to send its line through there and our subject was left in undisputed possession, visited only by the wandering Chippewas. Crookston was his nearest trading point and there he went to purchase his supplies. As work began on the railroad settlers pushed in and our subject invested in a team and was engaged in locating the new comers and breaking land for them. The railroad company caused him much trouble in holding his land, but after some years of controversy the decision was given in his favor, upholding his settler's rights, and he now possesses a most valuable estate, the tract being located partly in Warren. Mr. Wentzel has prospered in his vocation, and is a gentleman of thorough knowledge of his calling, is a man of strong physique, a typical frontiersman, and with a heart filled with sympathy and kindness, and his generosity and good deeds are attested by many of those among whom he has spent the past years of his life.

Mr. Wentzel was married in 1888 to Mrs. Mary Smith, nee Rudy, a native of Switzerland. Mr. and Mrs. Wentzel are the parents of two sons, Edward and Benjamin. Mrs. Wentzel's daughter by her first marriage, Lena Smith, completes the family circle. In politics he is a Republican. The family are members of the Presbyterian church.

The sixtieth birthday of Mr. Wentzel was recently celebrated by his many friends in Warren, who hope he may be long spared to the community. Among the guests were many of the old settlers of the county and city. On the occasion presents were in order and Mr. Wentzel received a handsome leather covered rocking chair and a genuine French briar pipe in an elegant case.


Charles Wittensten
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks Minnesota 1907, R.L. Polk & Co. St. Paul, MN; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

WITTENSTEN Charles, Warren. Banker. Born March 26, 1858 in Sweden, son of Carl and Martha (Nelson) Wittensten. Married Sept 27, 1884 to Antonetta Mack. Educated in the common schools of Sweden and U S. Came to U S 1875 and engaged in farming until 1880; in Moorhead 2 years; moved to Warren and continued farming; elected pres Swedish American State Bank 1904; pres Lundgren, Wittensten & Co. Member I O O F; K of P and M W A.


Harry L. Wood
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks Minnesota 1907, R.L. Polk & Co. St. Paul, MN; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

WOOD Harry L, Warren. Banker. Born Jan 24 1868 in Durand Wis, son of Lorenzo G and Harriet A (Taylor) Wood. Married Dec 6, 1890 to Laura A Flanders. Educated in common schools Durand Wis and Warren Minn; Archibald Business College Minneapolis. On farm from childhood until 1889; wheat buyer in Minn and N D 1889-1892; in employ of W F Powell & Co at Warren 1892-1902; member of firm of Powell Wood & Co 1902 to date; cashr First Nat Bank of Warren 1904 to date. Sec Commercial Club.


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