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

ABBETMEYER Charles D, St Paul. Res 1222 St Anthony av, office Concordia College.
Educator. Born Aug 19, 1867 in Bodenteich Hannover Germany, son of Carl and Marie (Busse) Abbetmeyer. Married June 14, 1888 to Matilda Meckelburg. Educated in public and private schools of Nicollet and St Peter Minn; graduated from Northwestern University Watertown Wis, B A; U of M, Ph D 1900 and Johns Hopkins Univ Baltimore Md. Evang Luth Pastor E Farmington Wis 1890-96; St Paul (West Side) 1896-98; Baltimore Md 1898-1902. Teacher of English Concordia College St Paul. Author of "Lutheran Forms for Sacred Acts" 1904; editor of "Young Lutherans' Magazine."

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


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


Alice A. Andrews
Source: "American Women, Fifteen Hundred Biographies", Vol 1, Publ. 1897. Transcribed by Marla Snow


ANDREWS, Miss Alice A., composer and director, born in St. Peter, Minn. She is a member of the musical Andrews family, now grown into the well-known Andrews Opera Company. It has been said of her that she could sing before she could lisp a word, as she began to sing at the early age of two years. When she was nine years of age, she started out with her brothers and -sisters as one of the family concert troupe, giving sacred concerts in the churches throughout the State. After a few musical seasons she left the concert stage for the school-room, where she spent her time for several years, taking a trip with the family now and then in the summer vacations. As a child she had a remarkably strong voice, but at twelve years of age it failed completely, and for six years she did not sing a note. After that time she regained it in a measure, but not in its completeness, and she has since turned her attention more to instrumental music, being for eight or nine years the pianist and musical director of the company. She as composed several vocal pieces, which she is now having published. She has a remarkable talent for transposition, and could transpose music as soon as she could read it. The Andrews family is of Spanish descent by the line of the father who was a man of much intellectual ability. The paternal grandfather came to this country when quite a young boy, leaving his parents upon large landed estates to which he, the only child, would one day be heir. Here he married, and his wife would never consent to his returning to look after his interests in far-away Spain. Much of the musical and dramatic talent of his grandchildren is doubtless an inheritance, brought to them by him from the land of the vine and the olive, of sunshine and song.

John Wesley Andrews
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal, 1897 - transcribed by AJ

John Wesley Andrews is a physician, practicing his profession at Mankato. His father, John R. Andrews, was a Methodist minister, and one of the pioneer messengers of the gospel in Southwestern Minnesota. John R. Andrews and his wife, Delilah Armstrong (Andrews), came to Minnesota from Illinois, in the autumn of 1856, and located first near St. Peter, but the following spring Mr. Andrews pre-empted one hundred and sixty acres of what is known as the Big Woods. The business depression of 1857 came on and for the next two years the Andrews family, in common with their neighbors, endured great privations. Flour was $9 a barrel, and had it not been for the high price of gingseng(sic) and the abundance of that root in their region, many would have suffered for food. The Andrews family is of English descent, the father of John R. being an English sea captain. The subject of this sketch was born at Russellville, Lawrence County, Illinois, April 6, 1849. The country district schools of that time were poorly equipped, and the educational advantages he enjoyed were of a very insufficient and limited character. After completing the course afforded by the public schools, he entered the State Normal School at Mankato, but at the end of his course and before graduation he was taken sick with typhoid fever and was not able to return. He became a teacher in the high school at St. Peter, where he was engaged for three years, when he took up the study of medicine and prosecuted it as diligently as his means would permit. He attended the medical department of Michigan University, and later Rush Medical College, where he graduated in February, 1877. After practicing in Minnesota for about two years he went to New York and entered Bellevue Hospital Medical College, where he took the regular course in medicine and surgery and the allied branches of study, and was graduated in March, 1880. He again returned to the practice of his profession, which he continued until the summer of 1886, when he went to Europe for a year of study in Berlin and Vienna. Upon his return to Mankato he resumed his professional work, and has continued it up to the present time, with intervals of six weeks or two months spent every two or three years in study and observation in some of the larger cities for the purpose of familiarizing himself with any new discoveries or methods which may have been adopted in his profession. Dr. Andrews is a member of the Minnesota Medical Society, of the Minnesota Valley Medical Society, and of other medical organizations. He has taken very little interest in politics, although he was nominated for mayor of Mankato in 1893 and came within seven votes of being elected. In the spring of 1895 he was induced to take a seat in the council as a representative of the Fourth ward of that city, and now occupies that position. He has always been a Republican and identified with that party. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and was for two years senior warden and then for four consecutive years master of the Blue Lodge, Mankato No. 12. He is a member of the Mankato Board of Trade, of the Commercial Club, of the Humane Society and of the Social Science Club of Mankato. He was reared in the Methodist church and became a member of that society when about twenty years of age. He was married April 4, 1877, to Miss Jennie French, formerly of Wellsville New York, but at the time of her marriage residing in Marshall, Minnesota. They have one child, Roy N. Andrews.

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

ANDREWS John Wesley, Mankato. Res 510 S 2d st, office 125 E Cherry st. Physician and surgeon. Born April 6, 1849 in Lawrence Co Ill, son of John R and Delilah (Armstrong) Andrews. Married April 4, 1878 to Jennie C French. Educated in high school St Peter; normal school Mankato; medical dept Univ of Mich; graduate Rush Medical College Chicago 1877 and of Bellevue Medical College 1880; 1 year post graduate work in Europe and 1 year in America. Began practice of medicine in Marshall Minn; then moved to Makato where he has been actively engaged in practice to date. Examining physician for several insurance cos; local surgeon for C St P M & O Ry; surgeon St Joseph and Immanuel hospitals in Mankato. Stockholder and dir First Nat Bank; dir in the Citizens Fire Assn; stockholder State Institution for Savings Minneapolis. Delegate to 3 state rep conventions; twice chairman Blue Earth county rep central committee; 1 term pres of board of trade; 1 term alderman Mankato; rep nominee for mayor of Mankato 1894 defeated by 7 votes; elected mayor 1907. Member Social Science and Commercial clubs, American Minn State and Blue Earth County Medical societies; ex-pres Minn State Medical Society.


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

AMUNDSON C, St Peter. Merchant. Born Sept 13, 1835 in Biri Norway, son of Amund Christophersen and Carrie (Roste) Amundson. Married twice: 1867 to Mary Olsen and Aug 19, 1875 to Carrie Augusta Norwood. Received his education in Norway and Wis. In employ of Gov Ramsey St Paul 1855-61; clerk in hardware store La Crosse Wis 1861-63; in mercantile business Winona 1863-67; same in St Peter to date. Member Minn House of Rep 1879-81; State Board of Corrections and Charities 12 years; Board of Education 20 years; Library Board; Masonic fraternity.


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

ATCHISON George, Mankato. Res 224 Pleasant st, office 228 S Front st. Omnibus line. Born Jan 1, 1859 in Larne Ireland, son of John and Ellen (Clendenning) Atchison. Received his education in the common schools of Ireland. Came to the U S in 1881 and entered employ of railroad contrs in Lisbon N D until 1884. Moved to Britton S D and established sale and livery barns. Elected sheriff Marshall county S D served 4 years. Moved to Northfield Minn 1887 and then to Mankato; conducts Mankato Omnibus and Transfer lines; built Mankato Fair Grounds and exploited same 1895. First organized Minn State Fair short ship circuit constituting 7 towns in southern Minn 1905-1906. Deputy sheriff 8 years served as member and v-pres city council. Prominently identified with all progressive movements in Mankato.


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

BABCOCK Milan Ellsworth, Mankato. Res 211 Fulton st, office suite 4 Nat Citizens Bank bldg. Real estate and mortgage loans. Born June 4, 1864 in Beaver Dam Wis, son of Chauncey S and Fidelia (Tyler) Babcock. Educated in the public schools Mason City Ia 1870-81; high school Osage Ia 1881-84. After several years as clerk in general merchandise stores in Osage Ia he moved to St Paul in 1889 where he was employed as salesman for Potter Lucas & Co 1889-92 and as traveling salesman for Price & Robbins and Wright, Barrett & Stilwell Co St Paul 1892-99. Moved to Mankato 1899 and has been engaged in the real estate and fire insurance business to date. Member Knights of Phythias, Modern Woodmen of America and U C T.


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

BACON Ernest, Minneapolis. Res 700 15th av S E, office 306 Globe bldg. Lands, loans and banking. Born Aug 13, 1851 in Princeton Ill, son of Amos N and Julia A (Harris) Bacon. Married March 12, 1879 to Julia S Kellogg. Educated in public and high schools Princeton Ill and Univ of Ill. Taught school Belleville and Princeton Ill 1875-77; farming 1877-83; moved to Burt Ia 1883; engaged in banking and loans; moved to Mankato Minn 1898; to Minneapolis 1903; v pres A D Clark & Co St Paul to 1903; member Bacon-Filkins Land Co; pres First Nat Bank New Salem N D.


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

BANGERTER Benedict Jr, Mankato. Res 527 N Broad, office Court House. Public official. Born Jan 30, 1860 in Brown county Minn, son of Benedict and Maria (Sahli) Bangerter. Married Jan 29, 1887 to Anna K Roos. Educated in public schools of Mankato. Engaged as shoemkr 1875-79; bkpr 1879-97; elected register of deeds 1897; term expires Jan 1, 1909. Dir First Nat Bank. Member Board of Education 1890-91; B P O E and Commercial Club.


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

BAUMGARTNER Paul E, Winona. Born April 8, 1862 in Brown county Minn, son of Bernard Baumgartner. Married 1887 to Luella Vance. Educated in Mankato public schools and Winona High School. First engaged in teaching school Brown county 1880-81; employed as messr Winona Deposit Bank 1881-82; bkpr 1881-85; teller 1885-90; asst cashr 1890-95; cashr 1895 to date. Dir First National Bank Hallock; Farmers & Merchants Bank Roseau; Farmers & Merchants Bank Greenbush. Member Business Men's Asssn.


Henry N. Benson
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. Publ. 1907 Transcribed by Rhonda Hill

BENSON Henry N, St Peter. Lawyer. Born Aug 1, 1872 in Nicollet county Minn, son of Peter and Malena (Pherson) Benson. Married Sept 27, 1904 to Lillian M Marchant. Graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College B A 1893; law dept U of M, LL B 1895. Engaged in practice of his profession in St Peter 1895 to date; city atty 1898 to date. Member board of directors Gustavus Adolphus College.


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

The parents of Julius H. Block, the sheriff' of Nicollet County, emigrated from Germany in 1854. William Block, the father, became a farmer. He settled in Ohio where, at Gallon, Crawford County, his son Julius was born on March 30, 1860. In 1870 Mr. Block brought his family to Minnesota. They lived first at St. Peter in Nicollet County and later moved to a farm in Le Sueur County. In the fall of 1875 they moved to Lake Prairie, Nicollet County, where Mr. and Mrs. Block still reside. Young Julius attended the public schools at Gallon, Ohio, and at Ottawa, Le Sueur County, Minnesota, dividing his time between his studies and work on his father's farm. When he reached the age of nineteen years he obtained a position as yardmaster at the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane at St. Peter. After a year's efficient service in this capacity, he was appointed store keeper and supervisor at the Hospital and retained the position for six years. For three years following he was connected with the city government of St. Peter and in the fall of 1888 was elected sheriff of Nicollet County. He has since been re-elected for the succeeding terms and still holds the office, managing the affairs of the post in a creditable manner. Mr. Block is at the present time a member of the board of trustees of the State Hospital for the Insane. He was married on February 12, 1885, to Miss Sarah West, of St. Peter, Minnesota.


Walter Freeman Brooks
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Renae Donaldson

BROOKS Walter Freeman, Mankato. Civil Engineer. Born April 17, 1861 in Rutland mass, son of Daniel Walker and Katherine Brown (Riley) Brooks. Married Nov 26, 1896 to Margaret Limbert. Attended dist school Medo Minn; Mankato State Normal 1881-82; graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester Mass civil engineering dept B S 1886. Was first employed on the Burlington R R in St Paul; with St Paul & Duluth r R as draughtsman 1886-87; asst eng of G N R R 1887-89; Orgeon Pacific Ry 1890; N P Ry 1891; Pennisula Ry California 1892; engaged in irrigation work San Bardina Cal 1893; on G W ry 1894; moved to Mankato and engaged in gen practice 1894; county surveyor 1896 to date. Member Social Science club and Masonic fraternity.


C. H. Clark
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Liz Dellinger

CLARK C H. St Peter. Druggist born Feb 6, 1874 in St Peter. Son of James and Mary E (Nutter) Clark. Married Aug 3, 1903 to Grace M Ribble. Educated in public and high schools; graduated from dept. of pharmacy U of M. Ph D 1897. Engaged with drug house St. Peter 1887-89; In partnership in drug business with E P Murphy St Peter 1889-94; purchased the business and has continued alone. Sec Western Chemical Co; city treas 1904 to date. Member Masonic fraternity.


William Wyckoff Clark
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Liz Dellinger

CLARK William Wyckoff. Minneapolis. Res 2268 Commonwealth av At. Anthony Park, office 311 Nicollet av. Lawyer. Born March 10, 1863 at Mankato Minn. Son of Dr William W and Adeline (Babbitt) Clark. Married 1886 to Josephine Henry. Graduated Mankato Minn High School 1879; U of M, B S 1882. After graduation was prin of schools at Sleepy Eye Minn for one year; studied law and was admitted to practice in 1885; practiced in Minneapolis 1885-1892; represented the Scottish American Mortgage Co Ltd in the investment of its funds in Hennepin and Ramsey counties 1890 to date. Mngr and atty of W W Clark Realty Co Minneapolis 1902 to date. Member Commercial Club and Minneapolis Auto Club.


Willard L. Comstock
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Liz Dellinger

COMSTOCK Willard L. Mankato. Lawyer. Born Nov 24, 1861 in Mankato Minn, son of Marshall T and Sarah E (Patten) Comstock. Married Nov 26, 1890 to Phila F Comstock. Graduated from Mankato High School 1879; post graduated state normal 1879-81; taught 6 years; prin of Mapleton and Franklin schools Mankato. Studied law 1886-90; admitted to bar 1890 and engaged in practice to date. Judge of Municipal Court Mankato. Served as capt in M N G 1882-92; member 28th legislature of Minn; Board of Education Mankato 1899-1905; American Institute of Civics.


Fred A. Cote
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Liz Dellinger

COTE Fred A, Mankato. Res 314 S Front st. Manufacturers' agent. Born Nov 21, 1868 at Minnesota Lake, Minn, son of Thomas and Harriet (Gaunya) Cote. Married June 29, 1897 to Mary A Brownlee. Educated in the public schools of Fairbault and Rochester Minn. Taught school 1889-92; engaged in the study of law and conducting law, loan and collection office 1892-99; engaged in collection and sales dept Deering harvester Co Chicago 1899-1903; mngr branch house for Nichols & Shepard Co Battle Creek Mich 1903 to date.


Thomas R. Coughlan
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Liz Dellinger

COUGHLAN Thomas R Mankato. Res 717 N 2d, office 820 n Front. Contractor. Born Nov 8, 1845 in Gloucester county N B, son of Daniel and Margaret (Regan) Coughlan. Married in 1875 to Winifred Chesser. Educated in country schools new Brunswick. Engaged in farming until 1864; as stone-cutter until 1880; farming in Pembina county N D 1880-85; moved to Mankato and was member of firm of Maxfield & Coughlan 1885-95; in business as contr 1895 to date. Dir National Citizens Bank; v pres Schakan Salmon Co Schakan Alaska. Member School board 1893 to date; Commercial Club.


Lorin Cray
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Liz Dellinger

CRAY Lorin. Mankato. Jurist. Born Oct 19, 1844 in Clinton county New York, son of Delevan and Charlotte (Chappell) Cray. Received an academic education and later was admitted to practice of law in Minn in 1875. Elected judge of district court 1898; re-elected 1904; pres National Citizens Bank Mankato; dir Mankato Citizens Telephone Co and First State Bank Currie Minn. Served in the Civil War in 9th Minn Vol and was wounded at Nashville Tenn in 1864.


Ernest Critchett
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Liz Dellinger

CRITCHETT Ernest T. New Ulm. Superintendent city schools. Born July 30, 1863 in Concord N H son of Moses B and Emily J (Yeaton) Critchett. Married June 15, 1887 to Helen M Crooker. Graduated from Concord (N H) High School 1881; Dartmouth College A B 1885; A M 1888. Prin Pleasant Grove Grammar School Mankato Minn 1885; Principal high school Mankato 1886-88; prin high school Duluth 1889-93; supt city schools New Ulm Minn 1894 to date. Has conducted Teachers' Training schools in Minn several years. Member Minn Education Assn; Nat Educational Assn and Nat Geographic Society. Member Masonic fraternity.
 


Jared W. Daniels
Source: Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

DANIELS Jared W, St Peter. Physician and surgeon (R). Born in St Peter Minn, son of Asa W and Emma B (Evans) Daniels. Married Aug 17, 1904 to Florence A Amundson. Educated in high school St Peter; U of M; graduating from Rush Med College Chicago M D 1889; med dept Columbia College N Y, M D 1890; post-graduate course Rush Medical College 1892; hospital work in St Thomas Hospital London Eng 1893-94. Engaged in practice of his profession in St Peter to date. Member Am Medical Assn; Minn State, Minn Valley, Nicollet and Le Sueur Medical societies. Member St Peter School Board 1901-1907; M N G 1883-89.


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

Charles Russell Davis, of St. Peter, is easily one of the best known men in southwestern Minnesota.

For nearly twenty-five years he has been actively engaged in politics and the practice of law. As a speaker before the bar and on the platform he has a high reputation. The preparation for this active and successful life was of the kind so frequently noted in the lives of successful men. Mr. Davis was born in Pittsfield, Tike County, Illinois, in 1849. His father, Sidney W. Davis, was then a farmer. His mother died in 1851, and two years later the father removed to Minnesota and settled on a farm in LeSueur County. He was foremost in those pioneer days and soon took a prominent position in the Community. He was present at New Ulm during the Indian massacre of 1862 and materially aided in the defense of the place. In 1866 he moved to St. Peter and was engaged in merchandising until 1870. From 1870 to 1880 he was in the meat and provision business and after that took up stock raising and shipping. He has become a leading dealer and shipper in the Minnesota valley and is in good circumstances. Until sixteen years of age Charles remained on the farm with his father, attending school from three to six months each winter, and after they removed to St. Peter receiving the best education which the schools of the place afforded. This was supplemented by a business college course in St. Paul in 1867. For the next two years he engaged in business in St. Peter but, in the latter part of 1869, believing himself adapted to the law, he commenced study for admission to the bar in the office of Hon. Alfred Wallin, now chief justice of the supreme court of North Dakota, and then a practicing lawyer in St. Peter. Mr. Davis was admitted to practice on March 6, 1872, and at once associated himself with Mr. Wallin, having offices in St. Peter and New Ulm, and during the continuance of this partnership, which lasted five years, did a large and lucrative business. While thus engaged in the practice of law, and ever since, Mr. Davis has been a constant student. His reading has covered works essential to his profession as well as a large range of subjects in the fields of history and literature. He soon began to take a hand in politics as a Republican, and his abilities were recognized by his election to the office of county attorney of Nicollet County in 1872. He was again elected to this office in 1878, 1880 and 1882. He was always a successful prosecutor. In 1878 he was elected city attorney and city clerk of St. Peter and has since held these offices almost continuously - during a period of sixteen years. Mr. Davis services to his party and his eminent qualifications for legislative work led to his nomination and election to the legislature in 1889. He was prominently mentioned as a candidate for speaker of the house. During this session of the legislature Mr. Davis was one of the leaders of the house. He was a frequent speaker, and an active member of the judiciary committee. One of the important measures which he introduced was the bill abolishing capital punishment, which gave him a wide reputation as an advocate of the abolition of the death penalty. In 1880 Mr. Davis was elected to the state senate for the term of four years. He introduced the first bill of the session, Senate File No. 1, a bill providing for the reduction of interest and to punish usury. This bill was stubbornly fought but passed the senate though it met with defeat in the house on the last night of the session. During each session Mr. Davis was a member of the committee on judiciary, and in the session of 1893 was chairman of the Committee on Hospitals for the Insane. In the latter capacity in the session of 1893 he was instrumental in securing the passage of the present law fur the management and control of the various insane asylums of the state. In 1892 he was a prominent candidate for the nomination for congress in the Second district of Minnesota, lacking hut a few votes in securing the nomination. At the present time Mr. Davis has an extensive law practice and is considered a very successful jury and trial lawyer. Mr. Davis was married to Miss Emma Haven in St. Peter in 1874 by the Rev. Dr. Clinton Locke, of Chicago, where Miss Haven had formerly lived. They have two children, Isabel H. Davis and Russell Davis.

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

DAVIS Charles Russell, St Peter. Congressman. Born Sept 17, 1849 in Pittsfield Ill, son of Sidney W. Davis. Married in 1874 to Emma Haven. Educated in common schools Le Sueur county Minn; graduated from high school St Peter; attended business college St Paul. Engaged in business in St Peter until 1869; studied law in office of Alfred Wallin (now chief justice of supreme court of N D) and was admitted to bar 1872; practiced with Mr Wallin with offices in New Ulm and St Peter; county atty Nicollet county 1872-82; city atty and city clk of St Peter 1878-96; member of legislature 1889; member State Senate 1890-94; candidate for congressional nomination 1892; member U S House of Representatives 1903 to date. Served in M N G.


Philip Dick
Source: Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

DICK Philip, St Peter. Merchant. Born Oct 16, 1847 in Germany, son of William and Elizabeth (Keans) Dick. Married Nov 8, 1870 to Louise Hoefer. Received his education in Germany. Came to U S 1866 and located in Indianapolis; engaged as clerk 1866-70; moved to St Peter and engaged in clothing business to date. Mayor St Peter 9 terms; Member School, Library and County boards; Masonic fraternity and I O O F.


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

DONAHOWER Fred A, St Peter. Banker. Born Sept 30, 1830 in Chester county Pa, son of Jacob and Catherine (Fritz) Donahower. Married in 1860 to Ellen Wagner. Educated in public schools Reading Pa. First engaged as salesman in Reading until 1852; in Indianapolis 1852-53; employed as teller and cashier in private bank St Paul 1853-57; conducted private bank St Peter under firm name of Edgerton & Donahower 1857-71; when the First Nat'l Bank was organized of which he has been pres to date. Member city council, Board of Education; county commissioner.


Jeremiah C. Donahower
[Source: Encyclopedia of Biography of Minnesota, History of Minnesota by Judge Charles E. Flandreau, 1900, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Jeremiah Chester Donahower has been a Minnesotan since he was eighteen years of age, or for practically forty-five years. He has been well known as a business man, a soldier, a United States official, and he has contributed his full share to the early history of the State, and has, besides, sustained his character of good citizenship generally. He comes of good old Pennsylvania-German stock, and was born in the Keystone State, near Reading, Berks county, January 27, 1837. The Donahower family came from Germany and settled in Chester county, Pennsylvania, near "the Forge," in 1732. During the War of the Revolution, and in the winter of 1777-78, the Captain's grandfather. John Donahower, and his great-grandfather, Jacob Donahower, furnished two four-horse teams (one of which John Donahower drove himself), which were engaged in hauling supplies to Washington's destitute army at Valley Forge. The father of our subject, Captain Jacob Donahower, served in the War of 1812, and was subsequently a captain of a troop of cavalry in the Pennsylvania militia. His wife, the mother of our subject, was Catherine Fritz, of Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, and she also belonged to a prominent Pennsylvania-German family. Captain Donahower was educated in the public schools of Lebanon and Reading, Pennsylvania, and in a select school at Beverly, New Jersey. He left school and began teaching at the age of eighteen. But the same year he decided to come to St. Paul and join his brother. Frederic A. Donahower, then in the banking house of MacKubin & Edgerton, but now, and for many years past, a prominent citizen and banker of St. Peter, Minnesota. May 10, 1855, the Captain landed in St. Paul. For a considerable time he was in the employ of the firm of John R. and B. F. Irvine. In 1860 he made a trip through Kansas and Missouri, and on his return to Minnesota - in November of that year - was chosen teller of the banking house of Edgerton & Donahower at St. Peter. When the War of the Rebellion broke out, Captain Donahower was living in St. Peter. Soon after Sumter was tired upon, he assisted in recruiting and organizing a company of volunteer, which became Company E, Second Minnesota Infantry. He was elected second lieutenant of the company, June 17, 1861, at Fort Ridgely, and was mustered into the service July 5. The regiment was brought together at Fort Snelling late in September, Company E, during the months of July, August and September, being employed in frontier duty at Yellow Medicine and at the lower agency, with headquarters at Fort Ridgely, where Lieutenant Donahower was post adjutant. In August he led a squad of twelve men to Big Stone lake and recovered a number of horses from a large band of marauding Sisseton Sioux Indians, who had just returned from a raid on the settlement near Yankton, on the Missouri. In October, 1861, he went with his regiment to Kentucky, and was in the battle fought by General Thomas at Mill Springs, Kentucky, January 19, 1862 - the first Union victory of the war - which freed the central and eastern portions of Kentucky from the Rebel forces, and contributed to the successful operations against Fort Donelson and the later occupation of Nashville by General Buell. In February, 1862, he was ordered on detached duty with the United States signal corps, but after his promotion to the captaincy of his company, in May, 1862, he returned to the regiment at Corinth, Mississippi, and was with it thereafter until his resignation, in August, 1864. Captain Donahower was in command of his company through the siege of Corinth, and on the long and arduous pursuit of General Bragg's army through the mountains of Tennessee and the State of Kentucky, which culminated October 18, 1862, in the battle of Perryville, Kentucky. He was present with his regiment in the march toward Tullahoma, starting from Triune, Tennessee, June 23, 1863, participating in the skirmishes and the arduous work of that campaign. In August, 1863, the Second Minnesota Volunteers were with Rosecrans when he started from Winchester, Tennessee, crossing the mountains in three widely separated columns in his strategic movement to compel General Bragg to evacuate Chattanooga, which finally resulted in the memorable battle fought on the banks of the Chickamauga, in Georgia, September 19 and 20, 1863, where the Second Minnesota lost forty-two per cent of its men present on the field. In November following he was with the regiment at Missionary Ridge when it charged across the plain in front and captured the line of earthworks at the foot of the ridge and at last the high crest beyond, and where the Second Minnesota lost twenty per cent of its members in as many minutes. On Sherman's Atlanta campaign, he participated in what General Sherman called a "continuous battle," commencing May 6, and including Buzzard's Roost. Resaca, Kulp's Farm, and other minor engagements, terminating in the battles around Kenesaw Mountain, in the latter part of June, 1864. He was then under orders from Gen. George H. Thomas, placed on detached service at Chattanooga, to prepare the rolls for the mustering out of enlisted men whose terms would expire during the months of July and August, 1864. During his term he received special mention in orders, and made an enviable record generally. Early in August, 1864, his resignation having been accepted, Captain Donahower returned North, reaching Minnesota in November, and resumed his former position as teller in the banking house of Edgerton & Donahower, at St. Peter, Minnesota. He was engaged in the dry goods trade in St. Peter from 1866 until the fall of 1869, and in 1871, at its organization, he became the assistant cashier of the First National Bank of that city. In 1888, seventeen years later, he was elected cashier. In May, 1890, he was appointed United States marshal for the Federal District of Minnesota, and served four years. When he resigned as cashier of the bank at St. Peter, the board of directors, by formal resolution, bore testimony, "to the courtesy, ability, and fidelity with which lie had discharged the duties of assistant cashier and cashier, during his nineteen years' service with the bank." This commendation was accompanied by an elegant silver service. Senator Davis said with reference to the Captain's appointment: "Captain Donahower was a distinguished soldier and had testimonials as to his character and competency, the like of which have never before passed under my hands, in regard to any candidate for office." Since Captain Donahower left the United States marshal's office, he has not been actively engaged in any business. He has never lost his interest in military matters. In 1883 he was commissioned captain of Company I, Second Regiment of the Minnesota National Guard, and in April, 1887, he was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the Third Regiment, M. N. G., serving three years, when he resigned to become United States marshal. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and a Companion of the Minnesota Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion. He is the author of an admirable paper on the battle of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, which was read before the Loyal Legion in December, 1898, and received many compliments from those who heard it. Captain Donahower is highly esteemed and admired by the Union veterans of the War of the Rebellion, and is also very popular as a private citizen, and has a host of friends in the community where he has resided, and is well and favorably known throughout the State. He was married, August 15, 1865, to Miss Emma R. Veith of Galesburg, Illinois, a native of Quincy, in that State. They have one child, a daughter, living at home.


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

EBERHART A O, Mankato. Lieutenant governor of Minnesota. Born 1870 in Sweden. Married 1898 to Adele O M Koke. Moved to Nebraska when a child. Engaged as cowboy and farmer until 21 years of age. Attended Gustavus Adolphus College St Peter Minn graduating 1895. Studied law with Judge Loren Cray Mankato. Admitted to bar 1898. Nominated by Republican party for state senator in 11th district without opposition; served terms of 1903 and 1905; instrumental in passing the Highway Commission Act; chairman of committee of investigation of transportation rates and discriminations against localities and individuals 1905. Nominated by Republican party for lieutenant governor and elected 1906.


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

ECKSTEIN Andrew, New Ulm. Res 410 N Washington st, office 125 N Minnesota st. Druggist. Born Sept 9, 1861 in Germany Europe, son of John and Magdalena (Keim) Eckstein. Married June 3, 1884 to Christine Pietrus. Educated in the common schools and state normal school ManKato until 16. Taught school 1877-79. Clerk for Dr Weschcke druggist 187-89; in same business for self 1889 to date. Chairman Board of County Commissioners 6 years. Chairman Board of Public works New Ulm 20 years; pres New Ulm Plate Glass Assn New Ulm; New Ulm State Bank; Minnesota Conference Charities & Corrections; dir Mutual Fire Insurance Co and Minn Pharm Mnfg Co. Member American and State Pharmaceutical assns. Charter member of Retail Druggists Assn and for many years connected with M N G as asst inspector general brigade staff.


Daniel Evans
Source: 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.


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

EVANS William E, Mankato. Res 825 S Front st. Minister of religion. Born in 1862 in Merionithshire N Wales, son of Lewis and Catherine (Morris) Evans. Married March 4, 1890 to Margaret Ellen Hughes Bala N Wales. Educated in the Pennal Board School Brynarvor Town Grammar School, Aberystwith Commercial School 1882-84; Bala Theological College 1884-87; Edinburgh (Scotland) Univ 1887-89. Came to the U S 1890 and resided in Milwaukee until 1894. Pastor Welsh C M churches of Mankato and Zion 1895 to date. Member K of P.


Gus Evon
Source: Warren Sheaf (Jan. 12, 1881) submitted by fofg mb

Gus Evon left Crookston, Nov. 8 and has not been heard from since he stopped at Ada, where he collected $125. His brother J. Evon of St. Peter, is anxious to receive tidings of his whereabouts.


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.

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

FLETCHER Lafayette G M, Mankato. Banker. Born Feb 13, 1830 in Stockholm, St Lawrence county N Y, son of Adolphus and Sarah (Wellington) Fletcher. Twice married: Dec 1858 to Lucina B Foot and May 15, 1872 to Susie M Dyer. Educated in common schools; St Lawrence Academy Potsdam N Y and Ogdensburg N Y Academy. Taught school in winters 1849-54; with govt survey Blue Earth county 1854; settled in Mankato 1854; taught school winters 1855-58; member State Senate 1883; has been engaged in grain, storing, farming and real estate. Pres and trustee Mankato Savings Bank. Member School Board more than 40 years. Member Commercial Club.


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

Freeman Andrew H, St Peter. Res 507 W Elm st. county auditor. Born Aug 19, 1855 in Wermland Sweden, son of Henry and Anna (Gustavson) Freeman. Married July 23, 1881 to Minnie Asp. Educated in the public schools of Sweden 1870-72; Gustavus Adolphus College St Peter 1878-81; business college Minneapolis 1883-84. Salesman for C Amundson & Co gen merchandise St Peter 1885-98; grocery business for self St Peter 1898-1902. Elected auditor Nicollet county Minn 1902 which office he still holds. Member of M W A.


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

Fritsche Louis Albert, New Ulm. Physician and Surgeon. Born May 28, 1862 in Lafayette Minn, son of Fred and Louis Littie Fritsche. Married in 1890 to Amalie Pfaender. Attended high school St Peter; graduated from medical dept Univ of Michigan 1887; from medical dept Friedrich Wiulhelm Univ Berlin Germany 1890. Practiced in New Ulm to date.l Pres Brown County Bank; New Ulm Publ Co; v pres New Ulm Roller Mill Co; New Ulm Feed & Cereal Mill Co; dir Morton Merchant Milling Corp; Hanenstein Brewing Co; prop New Ulm Hardware Co and stockholder New Ulm Stone Co etc. Surgeon St Alexander's Hospital; dir and medical dir Commercial Men's Health Assn of Minn; pres State Board of Medical Examiners 1903. Member New Ulm Turner Society.


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

Fritz Michael D, Mankato. Publisher. Born April 8, 1868 in Milan O, son of Daniel and Mary (Wick) Fritz. Married Nov 11, 1890 to Cora J Dunbar. Attended public schools Warren O. Learned printer's trade on Poultry Nation Elyria O 1884; foreman Elyria Daily Telephone until 1888; established Castlewood (SD) Republican 1888; sold out 1891; engaged on Daily Free Press Mankato and held various positions until 1902 when he purchased a one-third interest becoming sec and mngr of Free Press Printing Co publishers, printers and office supplies. Member Mankato City Council 1898-99; Masonic fraternity, B P O E, K of P and A O U W.


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

Funk William A, Mankato. Res 215 Clark st, office 230 S Front st. Lawyer. Born Feb 25, 1851 in LaSalle county Ill, son of Abraham and Margaret (Hutchinson) Funk. Married Oct 29, 1879 to Ellen Douglas of Steator Ill. Received his education in the public schools of Odell Ill. Has been engaged in the practice of law since 1875. Practiced in Fairbury Ill 1875; Odell 1876-77; Streator Ill 1878-87; Lakefield Minn 1888-98; Mankato M<inn 1895 to date. Was county atty Jackson county Minn 1890-95; was member Ex Com of State Central Republican Committee 1900 and pres of the City Central Rep Committee. Member commercial club, I O O F, Social Science Club K P, B P O E and was first venerable counsel W M A, Camp No 4.


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

Geddes William Reid, Mankato. Lawyer. Born Nov 28, 1855 son of William and Margaret (Higgins) Geddes. Married Nov 1, 1884 to Lou Williams. Educated in country schools Blue Earth county and state normal school of Mankato. Engaged in teaching school Blue Earth county 1876-84. City editor Mankato Free Press 1884-86. Purchased interest in the Mankato Register and published same 1886-91, during which time he served as sheriff of Blue Earth county for 3 years. During newspaper career was also engaged in reading law; admitted to bar 1891 and practiced law alone until 1902; formed partnership with brother Chas D Geddes as W R & C D Geddes 1902, which firm still continues. Member M N G 1886-91. Elected special judge municipal court Mankato April 2, 1897 for term of 3 years.


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

Germo Thomas, Red Lake Falls. Lawyer. Born May 2, 1872 in Medo Blue Earth county Minn, son of Styrk and Ellen (Rokne) Germ,o. Married Sept 18, 1903 to Eleanor Findeisen. Educated in common schools; Mankato State Normal School; Rochester (Minn) Business College; graduated from law dept U of M, LL B 1900. Engaged in farming, teaching school, as bank clk court reporter, newspaper reporter, detective and lawyer; now serving 2nd term as county atty of Red Lake county Minn. Member Am, and Minn State Bar assns.; Home Study Club; M W A; I O O F; K of P.


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

Glotzbach Frank L, Faribault. Druggist. Born Sept 11, 1872 in Natrona Pa, son of John and Mary (Kissler) Glotzbach. Married in 1897 to Miss Augusta Piepho. Educated in the public schools of Natorna Pa. First employed in the drug business Mankato 1887-93 when he moved to Faribault and established drug business, which he has since conducted. Alderman Faribault 1902-1904; mayor 1904-1906; elected to State Senate 1906 terms expires 1910 (first Democrat elected to senate for 40 years). Member Dem State Central committee 1896-1906; chairman 3rd Congressional Dist Dem Committee 1902-1904; delegate to Nat Dem Convention 1900. Member and dir Faribault Commercial Club; Waldorf Club; B P O E, Eagles I O O F, K P, A O U W, K O T M, Mystic Toilers, M B A and M W A.


Nicholas Martin Habberstad
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Richard Ramos

HABBERSTAD Nicholas Martin, St Paul. Res 299 Stinson st, office 517 N Y Life bldg. Real estate and insurance. Born June 8, 1860 in Norway, son of Nils and Martha (Benson) Habbetstad. Married in 1887 to Sophia Caspara Crist. Educated in the common schools of Norway, St Peter Minn and St Paul. Started in as a newsboy; variously employed until age 17; apprenticed to a machinist; account of ill health abandoned trade and engaged in a country store; later in the livery business at Olivia Minn. Returned to St Pau and engaged in confectionery business. Organized St Paul Excelsior Mnfg Co 1893. Sold out in 1894 and variously employed until 1899. Real estate and insurance 1899 to date.


Christopher Webber Hall
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal (1897) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

For nearly a score of years Professor C. W. Hall has occupied a prominent place in the faculty of the University of Minnesota. He is a native of Wardsboro, Vermont, and was born on February 28, 1845. His father, Lewis Hall, was for many years a farmer at Wardsboro. His mother was a daughter of Captain Calvin Wilder, a prosperous tanner of Plymouth, Vermont. The Hall family, it appears, migrated from Enfield, Connecticut soon after the admission of Vermont as a state. They doubtless belonged to the family which played so important a part in the settlement of the New Haven Colony, in 1638, and the subsequent history of the New Haven and Connecticut Colony. During his boyhood, young Hall attended the school at West Wardsboro village, and the select school in the vicinity, after which he went to Leland and Gray Seminary, at Townshend, Vermont, for several terms. In 1865, his father having moved to Athens, Vermont, his schooling was transferred to Chester Academy, where he pursued his studies, supporting himself by teaching penmanship. It was through the advice of Henry H. Shaw, principal of this academy, that the boy resolved upon taking a college course. In the fall of 1867 he entered Middlebury College. By teaching school winters, and devoting his vacations to active occupations, he was enabled to complete his course without interruption and graduate in 1871. During his college career Mr. Hall excelled in mathematics and scientific studies. He won two Waldo scholarships; secured the botanical prize offered his class; was assigned the scientific oration at commencement, and was elected to membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Society. In the Greek fraternity life of his college, Mr. Hall was a member of the Detla Upsilon Brotherhood. There are two things in the college life of Dean Hall which, more than all others, moulded his subsequent career. The first was his love for natural history and the delightful companionship of his teacher, Professor Henry Martin Seely, which was thus secured. The other was his love and reverence for President Kitchell, then in the height of his intellectual and moral powers. The first year after leaving college was spent in Glenn's Falls, New York, as principal of the Glenn's Falls Academy. Reaching the conclusion that the Western states offered unusual advantages to the young teacher, in the summer of 1872 Mr. Hall started for the West. The position of principal of the high school of Mankato, Minnesota, was secured and filled for one year, when the superintendency of the city schools of Owatonna was accepted. This position was held until 1875. Professor Hall's scholarly ambitions led him to wish for further study and in the summer of 1875 he went to Europe, accompanied by his bride, who was Miss Ellen A. Dunnell, daughter of M. H. Dunnell, of Owatonna. They had been married on July 27, 1875. Mrs. Hall died quite suddenly at Leipzig on the twenty-first of the following February. Professor Hall continued his studies at Leipzig University until December, 1877, when he returned to this country and during the remainder of the winter was occupied with a course of lectures on general zoology at Middlebury College. About this time he was invited to join the faculty of the University of Minnesota, and he entered upon his new duties in the spring of 1878. He was soon promoted to the professorship of geology, mineralogy and biology. In 1891 he was relieved of the charge of biology, the rapid development of the work in physiology, zoology and botany demanding the establishment of new departments. On December 26, 1883, he was married to Mrs. Sophia L. Haight, daughter of Eli Seely of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Mrs. Hall was a woman of rare brilliancy and of a broad, generous, lovely character. She died on July 12, 1891, leaving Professor Hall an infant daughter, Sophia. In 1892 the resignation of his colleague, Professor Wm. A. Pike, Dean of the college of Mechanic Arts, necessitated the reorganization of the technological work in the university and Professor Hall, who has been closely identified with the establishment of the school of mining and metallurgy, was appointed dean of the reorganized department, which was called the College of Engineering, Metallurgy, and the Mechanic Arts. The organization comprised seven professional courses leading to degrees. With the growth of the university during the past nineteen years, Dean Hall has been most intimately identified. This has been particularly true of the advancement in scientific investigation, and the development of the departments in natural history. Aside from his work as a teacher Dean Hall has written many papers. One of the last and, perhaps, that of most popular character, is the Historical Sketch of the University of Minnesota, prepared for the "Gopher," issued by the class of 1897. In 1896 he was the alumni orator at the commencement exercises of his alma mater. Most of Dean Hall's writings relate to the geology of Minnesota. As assistant Geologist on the Geological Survey of Minnesota, 1878-1881, and assistant United States geologist from 1884 to the present time, he has had an extensive field experience. For the past thirteen years he has been the secretary of the Minnesota Academy of Natural Sciences, and to a large extent has directed its work. For a number of years he has edited its bulletin and has furnished many scientific papers for its pages. Dean Hall is a member of the Congregational denomination; in politics a Republican. He is a member of several leading scientific societies, the more prominent being the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education, the American Forestry Association and the Geological Society of America.

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

HALL Christopher Webber, Minneapolis. Res 8093 University av S E, office U of M. Educator. Born Feb 28, 1845 in Wardsboro Vt, son of Lewis Hall. Twice married: July 29, 1875 to Ellen A Dunnell (died Feb 21, 1876); Dec 26 1883 to Sophia L Haight. Educated in common schools West Wardsboro; Leland and Gray Seminary Townshend Vt; Chester Academy; Graduating Middlebury College 1871. After leaving college was prin Glenns Falls Academy; moved to Mankato as prin Mankato High School 1872-73; supt schools Owatonna Minn 1873-75; studied abroad 1875-77; entered faculty U of M 1878 where he has since remained.


John Lars Hallstrom
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Richard Ramos

HALLSTROM John Lars, Minneapolis. Res 2539 10th av S, office 730-734 E Lake st. Educator. Born Sept 11, 1865 at Vermland Sweden, son of John and Ingeborg (Larson) Hallstrom. Married Nov 29, 1893 to Beda J Swenson. Attended public schools in Sweden and Minn; graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College at St Peter Minn B C 1889, M C 1897; U of M, LL B 1899. Professor in Gustavus Adolphus College 1889-93; in Northwestern College Minneapolis 1894-1904. Treas Am Business College Minneapolis 1904 to date. Also engaged in practice of law; deals in real estate and negotiates loans. Member several Republican clubs Minneapolis.


Winfield S. Hammond
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Richard Ramos 

HAMMOND Winfield S, St James Lawyer.  Born Nov 17, 1863 in Southborough Mass, son of John W and Ellen P (Harding) Hammond.  Educated in public schools Southborough Mass; Peters High School Southborough Mass, graduating from Dartmouth College A B 1884; prin high school Mankato 1884-85; supt public school Madelia 1885-90; practiced law Madelia Minn under firm name of Hopkins & Hammond 1891-95; practiced law St James Minn 1895-1907.  Member firm of Hammond & Burns lawyers St James 1907.   Dir Security State Bank St James County atty Watonwan county Minn 1894-96 and 1901-1905; member board of directors State Normal Schools Minn 1899-1907.  Elected to congress 2d Minn idst 1906.


Joseph Hampl
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Richard Ramos

HAMPL Joseph, Mankato. Res 1009 N 5th st. office 605 N Front st. Manufacturer. Born Nov 16, 1871 in Bohemia, son of Wenzel and Mary (Cizek) Hampl. Married April 19, 1893 to Mary Sidlo. Educated in public schools. Reared on farm in Jackson county Minn; employed by Hubbard Milling Co Mankato 1894-1906; bought half interest with Charles Timmerman cigar mnfr and in 1907 purchased the entire business. Alderman 1905-1907; member Commercial Club; trustee M W A 6 years.


Hugo O. Hanft
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Richard Ramos

HANFT Hugo O, St Paul. Res 69 The Buckingham, office Court House. Lawyer. Born Dec 16, 1871 in St Peter Minn, son of Oscar H and Anna (Engelke) Hanft. Educated in the common and high schools of New Ulm Minn; Germa-American Teachers' Seminary Milwaukee Wis; law dept U of M, LL B 1896, LL M 1897. Prin of Peru Ill High School 4 years; asst county atty for Ramsey county 1900-1906; then elected judge municipal court. Enlisted in the 13th Minn Vol Inf as private and was discharged as bat adj after service in the Philippines.


Zina G. Harrington
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Richard Ramos

HARRINGTON Zina G, Mankato. Physician and banker. Born Aug 30, 1830 in Londondery Vt, son of Lemery and Palista (Goodell) Harrington. Married in 1874 to Julia E Robbins of Chester Vt. Educated in common schools and academy Vt. Graduated from Albany Medical College 1857; practiced in Chester Vt until 1872; moved to Mankato 1872 and has practiced to date. Res Mankato State Bank. Member Commercial Club and Masonic fraternity.


Elmer Elsworth Harrison
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Richard Ramos

HARRISON Elmer Elsworth, West Concord. Physician and surgeon. Born March 20, 1866 in Freeborn Minn, son of John G and Mary J (Pierce) Harrison. Married Aug 7, 1893 to Myrtle Davidson. Educated in high school New Richland Minn 1885-88; Minnesota State Normal Mankato 1888-92; medical dept U of M graduating 1897. Begun the practice of medicine in West Concord Minn 1897. With the exception of 1 term of service as house physician to St Luke's Hospital St Paul, has been in continuous practice since in West Concord Minn. Coroner Dodge county since 1900; dir West Concord Tel Co. Member Minnesota State and Dodge County Medical societies; Masonic fraternity and I O O F.


Thomas W. Hart
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Richard Ramos

HART Thomas W, Mankato. Res 428 S 5th, office Court House. Public official. Born Nov 19, 1863 in Decorah Ia, son of James A and Rosamond (Price) Hart. Married Oct 15, 1885 to Stella W Palmer. Educated in public schools and Breckenridge private school Decorah Ia. Moved to Mankato and engaged in grocery business under firm name of Beebe & Hart 1883-87; traveling salesman 1887-88; in form of Austin, Son & Co 1888-93; retail shoe business 1894-1904; elected county treas 1904; re-elected 1906; term expires 1909. Member M N G 1894-99; commercial Club; K of P; Masonic fraternity and B P O E.


H. C. Harty
Source: North Dakota Blue Book, 1913 Legislative Manual, Published under the direction of Thomas Hall, Secretary of State, 1913. Submitted by Linda R.

H. C. HARTY, of the twenty-eighth legislative district, was born at Elysian, Minn., February 9, 1874, was educated in the schools of that neighborhood and graduated from the state normal school at Mankato, in 1896. In 1899 he came to North Dakota, locating in Bottineau county, and engaged in farming and is at present engaged in the banking business. He has been elected treasurer of his county for two years. He is unmarried. He was elected representative in 1910 and re-elected in 1912, as a republican.


Sam Haugdahl
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Richard Ramos

HAUGDAHL Sam, St Peter. Butter-maker. Born Aug 18, 1866 in Norway, son of Sive and Sophia (Hjermstad) Haughdahl. Married in 1888 to Annie Wakseth. Educated in Norway. Learned trade of butter making; moved to Minnesota 1891 and has been engaged in butter making to date; received grand prized at Paris, St Louis, Omaha expositions and at many fairs and conventions; state dairy and food inspector for Minn 1900 1903; now western representative of Fox River Butter Co of Aurora Ill.


Edward H. Huebner
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal (1897) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

E. H. Huebner, mayor of Winthrop, Sibley County, is one of the progressive young Republican politicians of central Minnesota, and a leading member of the bar in that part of the state. Mr. Huebner is of foreign descent, as his name indicates. His father, who is not now living, was Conrad Huebner, a native of Austria. His mother, who is also dead, was born in Switzerland. Mr. Huebner was born in Chicago, January 23, 1865. During the same year his parents moved to New Ulm, Minnesota, and Edward grew up there, attending the common schools of the town and later the State Normal School at Mankato, from which he graduated in 1886. Soon after he entered the office of John Lind, at New Ulm, and commenced reading law. He was admitted to practice in 1888. After a year with Mr. Lind he removed to Winthrop and opened an office of his own. He at once took an active part in the politics of the county, and in 1890 was nominated for the office of county attorney, on the Republican ticket. The had always been democratic by three hundred majority, but Mr. Huebner accepted the nomination and came within three votes of defeating his opponent. This was considered a remarkable run as the opposition candidate had two years before won over two other candidates by a plurality of nearly five hundred votes. In 1892 Mr. Huebner was again nominated and was elected, being the first Republican to be elected to the office of county attorney in Sibley County. He was re-elected in 1894, and in March of the same year was elected mayor of Winthrop. He declined re-nomination for the mayoralty in 1895, but was induced to accept in 1896 and was again elected. Among the secret societies to which Mr. Huebner belongs are the Knights of Pythias and the Odd Fellows. He occupies the office of Chancellor Commander of the local lodge of Knights of Pythias. He is a member of the Congregational church. Though now thirty-one years of age, Mr. Huebner is a bachelor.


John A. Johnson
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907), transcribed by Mary Saggio. 

JOHNSON JOHN A, St Peter.  Office State Capitol St Paul.  Governor of Minnesota.  Born July 28, 1861 in St Peter, son of George and Caroline Johnson, both natives of Sweden.  Married 1894 to Elinore Preston.  Worked when 12 years old to assist in support of family.  Entered a printing office, learned the business and afterwards became a member of the firm of Essler & Johnson owners of the St Peter Herald and is editor of that paper.  Was captain in National Guard and state senator.  Elected governor on Democratic ticket 1904; re-elected 1906 by 72,000 majority, being the only Democrat on the ticket elected. 


Miles B. Johnson
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907), transcribed by Mary Saggio. 

JOHNSON MILES B, St Peter.  Manufacturer.  Born Aug 23, 1856 in Monroe Conn, son of James C and Marietta C (Beardsley) Johnson.  Educated in district and select schools of his native town and Wilbraham (Mass) Academy.  Reared on farm; first engaged as telegraph operator 1881-92; in marble and granite business 1892-99; mngr Johnson & Co mnfrs shirts, pants, overalls, etc St Peter 1901 to date.  Dir Nicollet County Bank and Nicollet County Tel & Tel Co.


Philip Andrew Kaufer
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal (1897) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

It is not stating the fact too strongly to say that nearly all of the bright and enterprising young men at the head of the county weekly newspapers of Minnesota have come to occupy these positions through their own industry and pluck. Philip A. Kaufer, publisher of the Red Lake Falls Gazette, is not an exception to the rule. When but fifteen years of age he began active work in a newspaper office, working as a printer's "devil" on the Red Lake Falls Gazette. With industries and sober habits, and improvement in his general education by close observation and study, he found himself in a position to become the proprietor of this paper in 1892, after nine years of newspaper training. He has conducted the Gazette since that time, and with highly satisfactory results. The Gazette is now the official paper of Red Lake Falls city and of Red Lake County, of which Red Lake Falls is the county seat. Mr. Kaufer is a native of this state, and was born at Mankato, July 22, 1868. He is the son of H. B. Kaufer and Monica Fitterer (Kaufer). Both parents are of German descent. The father is still living at the age of seventy-six, virile and bright as a man of fifty years. He established the first pottery manufactory in Minnesota at Mankato, and has acquired a sufficient fortune to make himself independent financially by his operations in that business, and through judicious real estate investments. His wife is an unusually well read woman, of high ideals, and well informed on all current questions of the day. She was born in the backwoods of Indiana, and was taught to read German by her mother. Her knowledge of English was acquired unaided. Philip received his elementary training in the Catholic college of Mankato, which was supplemented by attendance at the Mankato public schools. The boy imbibed his mother's taste for the acquirement of general knowledge, and this, with the sturdy and industrious characteristics inherited from his parents, enabled him to persevere in his chosen profession and to finally secure ownership of the paper on which he had labored. Mr. Kaufer is a member of the Roman Catholic church. He was married September 3, 1894, to Lizzle A. Boyle, a teacher in the public schools of Red Lake Falls, and has one child, Phil A. Kaufer Jr., born June 22, 1896.


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

In November, 1896, James Thompson McCleary was elected for the third time to congress as the representative of the Second Minnesota district. This honor has been most worthily bestowed, for Mr. McCleary ranks as one of the leading Republican members of the house, and on economic and financial questions is an authority of national reputation. During the political campaign of 1896 he was one of the most forceful and convincing exponents of Republican principles of whom the party could boast. In congress Mr. McCleary is not addicted to much speaking. His motto seems to be, "Speak well but not often." In the Fifty-third congress he made two noteworthy speeches, one against the repeal of the federal election laws, a subject which his extensive and thorough-going study of constitutional history and constitutional law had well fitted him to discuss; the other, on the tariff, in which he presented clearly the fundamental principles on which rests the whole doctrine of protection. Mr. McCleary's most famous speech was made in congress on the afternoon of February 12, 1896, in closing the general debate on the senate amendment providing for the independent free coinage of silver at the ratio of 16 to 1. In the (national campaign of 1896 this speech was the document most widely circulated in all parts of the country. Indeed, investigation shows that in point of circulation no other speech ever delivered approaches it. It was translated into several foreign languages, and the reports show that in all forms its circulation exceeded eleven million copies. In its leading editorial of January 28, 1897, the Cincinnati, Ohio, Times-Star says: "Among the men whose names have been frequently used of late in connection with cabinet positions is Congressman James T. McCleary of Minnesota. He has been proposed for secretary of the treasury; and the leading papers of the country are saying that the northwest could not have a better representative in the cabinet. It is interesting to glance at Mr. McCleary's career. He finds himself famous at forty-four, after four years of public life. Elected to the Fifty-third congress, he was an observant and unassuming member. Re-elected to the Fifty-fourth congress, his opportunity came. In the first session Mr. Towne of Duluth, a Republican representative from the same state, deserting the party platform, made a speech in favor of the fire coinage of silver. His colleague, Mr. McCleary, was selected to reply. This speech in reply to Mr. Towne was a master stroke. In the array of facts, in the appeal to history, in the analysis of Mr. Towne's arguments, in force of logical statement it was overwhelming. The instances of fame gained by a single speech are rare. We do not now recall another case in America of a man leaping into national prominence at one bound. The nearest approach to it, perhaps, was Summer's rise to antislavery eminence as a result of his eloquent address on Freedom National, Slavery Sectional, Tom Corwin was at the height of his fame when he made his celebrated speech against the Mexican war. Daniel Webster's reputation as an orator, patriot and statesman was country-wide before he delivered his immortal oration in reply to Hayne. Patrick Henry was not unknown when he thrilled the burgesses of Virginia with his matchless plea for independence. Abraham Lincoln had a national fame when he made his Cooper Institute speech. Robert G. Ingersoll was a familiar name when he nominated James G. Blaine in the Cincinnati convention. General Garfield was a conspicuous statesman and orator before he spoke so ably for another at Chicago that he got the prize himself.^ In 1895 few people outside of his congressional district of Minnesota had heard of James T. McCleary. In 1896 he was one of the greatest figures in the national campaign. His speech on the currency question was distributed by the million copies and of all the literature sent out by the campaign committee it did the best service for the sound money cause." Mr. McCleary was born in Ingersoll, Ontario, February 5, 1853. His father, Thompson McCleary, was an architect and builder. His mother's maiden name was Sarah McCutcheon. From his earliest boyhood he was a careful student. After leaving the high school of his native town, he entered McGill university, at Montreal, where his education was completed. Before coming of age, he came to the United States, settling in Wisconsin, where, after serving with great success for several years as a teacher in the public schools, he was elected superintendent of schools of Pierce county. In this position he achieved a reputation that quickly spread beyond the confines of the state. He was actively interested to teachers' institutes, and the quality of his work as an educator was such as to stamp him as one of the leading champions in the state, of newer and better methods of education. I in 1881 he resigned the office of county superintendent to accept that of state institute conductor in Minnesota and professor of history and civics in the state normal school at Mankato. These positions he held until June, 1892, when he entered the field of congressional politics. During the vacation seasons of his school work in Minnesota Mr. McCleary conducted teachers' institutes in Wisconsin, the Dakota, Virginia, Tennessee and Colorado. In 1888 he published "Studies in Civics," and in 1894 "A Manual of Civics," works of much merit, which are used as text books in the best schools of the country. In 1883 he was elected secretary and in 1891 president of the Minnesota Educational Association. His specialties as a student and teacher of history and civics naturally led him to an investigation of living American economic questions. These complex subjects he pursued in all their ramifications with great diligence and intelligence for years he entered the domain of politics. As may easily be inferred it was by means of this inquiry that he was brought face to face with the thought that if he should field become a member of congress, a practical field would at once be opened in which he might make a fair test of his theories. Political conditions in the Second Minnesota district were such as to favor him ambition. His hosts of warm personal friends in all parts of the district easily secured him the nomination, and he was elected by a large majority, and has been twice re-elected by an ever-increasing vote. His quick rise in public life to a position of national prominence is due to the years of study already referred to. His training had peculiarly adapted him for a public career, and when the great political parties in 1869 divided on the financial question, he was ready without additional preparation to take immediately a position as one of the accredited spokesmen of the Republican side. This he did with honor to himself and benefit to the party, as has already been noted. Mr. McCleary was brought up in the Presbyterian church. His wife's maiden name was Mary Edith Taylor. They have one son, Leslie Taylor McCleary, who is his father's private secretary. The family home is in Mankato.


Andrew Ryan McGill
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal, 1897 - transcribed by AJ 

Andrew Ryan McGill, Governor of Minnesota during the years of 1887-88, is of Irish descent. His father, Charles Dillon McGill, was the youngest son of Patrick McGill, who came from County Antrim, Ireland, about 1774. He served in the struggle for independence, and after the war was over settled in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. With his wife and family emigrating in 1800 to the western part of the state, he there secured several hundred acres of land in what was subsequently organized as Crawford County. This became the home of the McGills. The first house was erected on the sight of Saegertown, where the subject of this sketch was born, Feb. 19, 1840. Charles Dillon McGill married Angelina Martin, of Waterford, Pennsylvania, daughter of Armand Martin, a soldier of the war of 1812 and granddaughter of Charles Martin, a soldier of the Revolution, and after the war an officer of the Second United States infantry; but Andrew's mother died when her son was but 7 years of age, not, however, until she had made a deep impression upon his young mind. She was a woman of strong character and high Christian living. In 1840 Saegertown was a quaint, retired village in the secluded valley of the Venango, almost a stranger to the bustle and traffic of commerce. Good schools, however, had been established, and Andrew McGill was given such educational advantages as was afforded by them. He also attended Saegertown Academy, which completed the schooling received in his youthful days. In 1859 he went to Kentucky where he secured a position as teacher, but it was just upon the outbreak of the war, and Kentucky did not afford a pleasant place of residence for a man of Northern sentiments. In 1861, when the war broke out, times became more turbulent, and the successful prolongation of educational work was out of the question. Mr. McGill then returned North and on June 10, 1861, arrived in Minnesota. His education and experience qualified him for the position of teacher and he was made principal of the public schools of St. Peter. But the country was calling for soldiers, and in August, 1862, he enlisted in Company D, Ninth Minnesota Volunteers, and became first sergeant in his company. Before going South his regiment was sent to suppress the Indian outrages of that year. The following year he was discharged on account of failing health, and soon afterward was elected County Superintendent of public schools for Nicollet County, and filled the position two terms. In 1865 and 1866 he edited the St. Peter Tribune, a paper which he continued to publish for a number of years afterward. He was also elected clerk of the district court of Nicollet County which position he held for four years devoting much of his time to the study of law under the direction of Hon. Horace Austin by whom he was admitted to the bar in 1868. Two years later Judge Austin became governor of this state, and Mr. McGill was appointed (sic) his private secretary. In 1873 he was chosen for the office of Insurance Commissioner for the state and discharged the duties of the office for thirteen years with great efficiency, his reports being accepted as among the most valuable issued on that subject. In 1886 Mr. McGill was nominated for the office of Governor by the Republicans. It was a critical time for his party; the temperance question cut a large figure, and the Republican party had declared in favor of local option and high license. This was sufficient to array all Prohibitionists against the party and enlist all friends of the saloon solidly against the Republican ticket. Governor McGill was a young man of unassailable character and conducted his campaign upon a dignified plan. He had for an opponent Dr. A. A. Ames, of Minneapolis, who had no difficulty in securing the support of all the liquor interests. However, Mr. McGill was elected, and the records of his term of office show much accomplished. Of the important measures enacted during his term of office were the high license law, the railroad laws relating to transportation, storage, wheat grading watering of railroad stock, et. The temperance legislation was materially strengthened. Amendments simplifying the tax laws, regulating the control of the liquor traffic, abolishing contracts detrimental to labor, establishing the Soldiers' Home and the bureau of labor statistics were passed, the state reformatory was established and other measures of importance were undertaken during his administration. On his retirement from office at the end of his two years' term, he organized the St. Paul and Minneapolis Trust Company (now Northern Trust Company), of which he is president. Mr. McGill is a resident of St. Anthony Park, a suburb of St. Paul, where he has a pleasant home. He has been married twice. His first wife was Eliza E. Bryant, daughter of Charles S. Bryant, a lawyer and an author of some prominence. She died in 1877, survived by two sons and one daughter, Charles H., Robert C. and Lida B. In 1880 Governor McGill married Mary E. Wilson, daughter of Dr. J. C. Wilson, of Edinborough, Pennsylvania, Her children are two sons, Wilson and Thomas.


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

After almost a lifetime of military service in the old country, the hardships of a pioneer on the plains of Minnesota must seem quite trivial. Peter N. Quist, father of the subject of this sketch, came to America in 1865, after having served twenty-six years in the army of Sweden. He took up a homestead in Nicollet County, then far on the frontier. In fact there was no lumber supply nearer than Minneapolis, and lumber for the house which the immigrant put up was hauled from Minneapolis. It was on this farm that young Peter saw the first of Minnesota life. He was born August 18, 1854, in Rinkaby, Sweden, and was, consequently, eleven years of age when his parents came to America. He attended the public schools in St. Peter, and also St. Ausgari Academy at Carver, Minnesota, and in the intervals of school life worked on the farm with his father. At the age of twenty-one he left the farm and learned the hardware and farm machinery business. There are seven brothers in the Quist family, and all are living in this country' and occupying positions where they command the respect of their fellow citizens. The oldest brother, Nels, came to America before his parents, and settled in Nicollet County. Andrew, the second brother, came over in 1857, and when the rebellion broke out enlisted in the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, and served during the entire war in that famous regiment. He was wounded in the battle of Gettysburg. He now lives in Grafton, North Dakota. The third brother was Olof, who became the founder and editor of Skordemannen, the only Swedish agricultural paper in the United States. He was also the first postmaster of New Sweden. Another brother is the Rev. H. P. Quist, who was ordained at Philadelphia in 1876, and is a member of the Augustana synod of the Swedish Lutheran church. J. P. Quist is in business with Peter at Winthrop, and the youngest brother is living at New Sweden, where he is postmaster. The father of this large family died in 1891, aged eighty years. Their mother is still living, and is now eighty-three years old. In 1882 Peter Quist located at the then new town of Winthrop, Sibley County. It was at that time the terminus of the Pacific division of the M. & St. L. railway, and a promising place. Mr. Quist opened a hardware and farm machinery store under the name of Quist Brothers, associating with himself in the business his brother, J. P., and C. J. Larson, afterwards state senator. The business has prospered. There have been a number of changes, and the concern is now known as P. P. Quist & Co. Mr. Quist was appointed postmaster in 1883 and served for ten years, giving way in 1893, when the Democracy had a man for the place. Mr. Quist has always been a Republican. He has taken much interest in party affairs, has been a member of many of the conventions in the county and congressional district, and has represented the county in state conventions. He is a member of the Sibley County Republican committee, a town trustee, a member of the school board, vice president of the Winthrop board of Trade, director in the State Bank of Winthrop and a director in the Scandinavian Relief Association of Red Wing. When the Swedish Lutheran church at Winthrop was formed he became one of the incorporators and has been its treasurer for a number of years. On February 5, 1881, Mr. Quist married Miss Emma M. Falk, of Red Wing, who was a teacher in the schools of Goodhue County. They have six children: Ida, Hugo, Chester, Mauritz, Walter and Lydia.


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

John Peterson, of St. Peter, is a type of the successful Swedish-American citizen of Minnesota. He was born in the province of Vermland, Sweden, on July 6, 1841. His parents, Peter and Carrie Johnson, were people of strong character and earnest Christians. Although a farmer in poor circumstances, Mr. Johnson managed to give his son a fair education and taught him the value of integrity. Upon his graduation from the public schools the young man followed for several years the trade of mechanic and builder, and was soon promoted to the position of superintendent of the construction of railroad bridges on the governmental railways of Sweden. In the spring of 1869 he emigrated to the United States and settled in the Minnesota valley at St. Peter, where he still lives. He commenced at the bottom. His first dollar earned in this state was as a grader on the new railroad - then the St. Paul & Sioux City - now a part of the Northwestern system. He also worked on the farms in the vicinity during the harvest of 1869. But the railroad work offered an attractive field. His acquaintance with railroad matters in the old country fitted Mr. Peterson for taking an active part in construction. He soon commenced operations as sub-contractor on the Winona & St. Peter railroad, and in 1871 became a member of the firm of C. J. Larson & Co., which until its dissolution in 1888 took a most active part in the construction of the railway systems of the Northwest. In 1886 Mr. Peterson entered into a partnership with Fred Widell, of Mankato, and for several years engaged in stone quarrying and building. He has also been connected with extensive farming operations in Northeastern Nebraska and with the iron interests in the northern part of Minnesota. He believes that the iron industry will shortly be the chief contributor to the wealth of the state. During his active career, Mr. Peterson has held many positions of trust and has given evidence of ability and devotion to the interests of his constituents. In political faith he has always been a Republican. From 1881 to 1896 he was a member of the city council of St. Peter, and for two years was its president. For several years he has been a director of the Nicollet County Bank. He is president of the Northwestern Publishing Company, of St. Paul. As a delegate to numerous congressional and state conventions Mr. Peterson has exercised considerable influence. He has been a member of the congressional committee of his district, and in the fall of 1894 he was elected state senator, winning a brilliant victory over the regular Democratic and an independent Republican candidate. He was twice appointed a member of the Board of Trustees of the State Hospitals for the Insane by Gov. Merriam and once by Gov. Nelson. Mr. Peterson has taken a special interest in educational matters, and has been a member of the building committee, treasurer and director of the Gustavus Adolphus College of St. Peter since its establishment. Since 1874 he has been a member of the Swedish Lutheran church, during which period he has also served as a member of the church council. In 1873 he married Frederica Elizabeth Lundberg. They have seven children: Agnes L., Adolph C., Bernard R., Hjalmar N., Mabel F. C. Vernan J. C., and L. Russell F.


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

Mr. Searing enjoys the distinction of being a direct descendant on the female side of the house of Cameron of Lochiel, the "gentle Lochiel" of "Lochiel's Warning." The genealogical tree is traced through the Fraser, McArthur and Campbell families. Mary Cameron, daughter of Cameron of Lochiel, married Alexander Campbell of Breadalbane, , Scotland; Isabel, daughter of their son Alexander, married John McArthur, a manufacturer of Breadalbane; their daughter, Jane, married Major Robert F. Fraser, U. S. A., and Isabella, issue of this marriage was the mother of the subject of this sketch. From Cameron of Lochiel the family is traced back to the fourteenth century, its members being prominent in the early history of Scotland. The Searing family is of English descent, and was founded in this country in the seventeenth century, several of its members taking a prominent part in the Revolutionary War, also in the War of 1812. Edward Searing, father of the subject of this sketch, is a native of New York, but this sketch, is a native of pioneers of Western Wisconsin. He is now and has been for the past sixteen years president of the State Normal School at Mankato, Minnesota, and was, from 1874 to 1878, state superintendent of public instruction of Wisconsin. He is the author and translator of a popular, and quite extensively used, "Virgil's Aeneid." Edward Fraser Searing was born at Milton, Rock County, Wisconsin, December 4, 1866. Up to his eighth year the boy attended the graded school of his native town. At this time his family moved to Madison, in the same state, and Edward attended the First Ward school, completing the course. Moving back to Milton in 1878, he spent two years more in the schools of that place. In 1880, the family having moved to Mankato, Minnesota, young Searing entered the State Normal School in that city and completed the advanced course, graduating in 1885 and appearing on the program as valedictorian. He then spent a post-graduate year at this institution, and was successful over fourteen others in a competitive examination for appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, from the Second Congressional District of Minnesota. Having spent the greater portion of a year at West Point, Mr. Searing became convinced that the activities and independence of civil life were more congenial to his tastes than strict military discipline, and returned to Mankato. During the last year or two at school he had taken up newspaper and periodical writing to a limited extent, corresponding for several metropolitan newspapers, and in this way had acquired a taste for newspaper work, so that when the daily edition of the Mankato Free Press was started in 1887, and he was offered a position as reporter, he accepted it, and has been connected with the paper continuously since, being now a stockholder, director, secretary and treasurer of the Free Press Printing Company and city editor of the paper. The Free Press of Mankato has gradually grown in size and influence, until now it holds a prominent and important position in Minnesota country journalism. In the spring of 1891, in connection with F. W. Hunt, Mr. Searing purchased the Mankato Register, which was subsequently consolidated with the Mankato Free Press. In addition to his newspaper work, Mr. Searing also finds time to contribute articles to Eastern publications, and to act as Mankato correspondent for several Twin City daily papers. In politics Mr. Searing is a Republican, and although he takes considerable interest in the affairs of his own city, has declined the use of his name for local offices. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias and of the Royal Arcanum; is a director of the Mankato Board of Trade and a member of the Commercial Club; and also belongs to half a dozen other local clubs and societies. He has been president of the Mankato Normal School Alumni Association. He is not married.


Henry Adoniram Swift
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal (1897) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Henry A. Swift, the third governor of Minnesota, was descended from revolutionary sires. William Swift, the first American of the family, gave up his home in County Suffolk, England, in 1630, and crossing the Atlantic, located in Boston. In 1634 he went to Watertown, Massachusetts, which was long the family home. His son, also William Swift, lived in Sandwich, and was a representative in the legislature in the years 1664-67. Dr. Isaac Swift, grandfather of the subject of this sketch (1753-1802), sat in the Connecticut legislature in 1772 and 1799. He was also a Revolutionary soldier. After the battle of Concord and Lexington, with a number of neighbors, he proceeded to Boston and enlisted in the patriot army. The regiment went into the field in the spring of 1777 at Camp Peekskill, New York, and in September was ordered, under General McDougal, to join Washington's army in Pennsylvania. It fought at Germantown, October 4, 1777, and wintered at Valley Forge, 1777-78. Dr. Swift was assigned the post of surgeon, in which capacity he served until the close of the war. His son, Isaac Swift, Jr., was born at Cornwall, Connecticut, in 1790, and was graduated from Columbia Medical College, New York city. He at once started on a Western tour, but was detained at Ravenna, Ohio, on account of an accident to his horse. Before the animal had recovered from the effects of the accident, the doctor had acquired what promised to develop into a lucrative practice, and so he decided to remain in Ravenna. In 1818 he was married, in that place, to Eliza Thompson. The old Swift homestead, where Dr. Swift took his bride, is still the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. R. Waite. There had been no church organization in Ravenna when Dr. Swift arrived, but soon after his coming the young men of the town--none of them church members--instituted religious meetings. Dr. Swift read the sermons and led the singing. These meetings were not discontinued until a church was organized. Eliza Thompson, Governor Swift's mother, was the daughter of Isaac Thompson and Patience Campbell Thompson, of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1800, and was fourteen years of age when the family moved to Ravenna, Ohio. Other ancestors of Governor Swift were Governor Thomas Mayhew, of Martha's Vineyard, proprietor of the Vineyard, and preacher for thirty-three years, and Thomas Tupper, one of the original grantees of Cape Cod, deputy of nineteen years, and who besides, spent much time in "gospelizing the Indians." Governor Swift was born in Ravenna, Ohio, in the homestead already referred to, March 23, 1823. His parents were educated and refined people, and his home influences were the best. He was graduated from Western Reserve College, Hudson, Ohio, and went at once to Mississippi, where he taught school for a year. The condition of the South did not please him, and he returned to Ohio as soon as his contract as a teacher was terminated. He studied law, and in 1845 was admitted to the bar at Ravenna. During the winters of 1847-48 and 1848-49 he was chief clerk of the Ohio house of representatives. In 1853 he located in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he opened a law and insurance office. Joining the company that platted the town of St. Peter, he removed to that place in 1856, becoming register of the United States land office. In 1857 he was nominated for congress by the Republicans, but was defeated with the remainder of the ticket. In the fall of 1861 he was elected president pro tem of the state senate, and succeeded Ignatius Donnelly, who had resigned the office of lieutenant governor to begin his work in congress.


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

Harry Ashton Tomlinson - Minnesota has provided liberally for the care of the insane, and among the institutions established for that purpose is the hospital at St. Peter, over which Dr. Harry Ashton Tomlinson presides as superintendent. Harry Tomlinson was born at Philadelphia, July 3, 1855, the son of George Washington Tomlinson and Sarah Dunlap McCahon (Tomlinson). On his father's side his family were members of the Society of Friends, who seceded from the orthodox branch with Lucretia Mott. The progenitor of this family in this country came over from Ireland about 1750 and landed in Lewes, Delaware, and afterwards located at Philadelphia. Being Quakers the family were never conspicuous in war, although all bore good reputations as citizens. George Washington Tomlinson, however, enlisted in the army in 1861 and served during the rebellion until 1864, when he received a wound from which he died. He enlisted as a second lieutenant and rose to the rank of Major. His wife was descended from a long line of Presbyterian clergymen, her great-grandfather being Rev. James Dunlap, D. D., the third president of Jefferson College at Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania. During the civil war Mrs. Tomlinson resided at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with her children, and on the night of July 1, 1863, while the town was being shelled she went to the college building, opposite her house, and which had been chosen for a hospital, and helped the surgeons care for the wounded. When her husband was injured in August 1864, Mrs. Tomlinson went to Washington to take care of him, and finding the food and care of the wounded officers very deficient she secured the assistance of the surgeon in charge and the sanction of Miss Dix, of the sanitary commission, to take charge of the domestic management of the hospital and of the discipline of the nurses, which she did with great success and satisfaction to all concerned. Harry Ashton received his early education in the public schools. He entered the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in September 1877, and after graduating in 1880, went directly into private practice in central Pennsylvania, where he remained eight years, the last three being spent in gradual preparation for the treatment of nervous diseases. Dr. Tomlinson gave up his general practice and spent the winter of 1888 and 1889 in Philadelphia in further preparation for his work. In June 1889, he was engaged as resident physician in the Friends Asylum for the Insane in Frankford, Philadelphia. He remained there until December 1891, when he came to Minnesota at the invitation of the board of trustees of state hospitals, as first assistant physician, and succeeded Dr. C. K. Bartlett as superintendent in January 1893.

In July 1895, Dr. Tomlinson received an offer from the board of trustees of the new Epileptic Colony in Massachusetts to organize and take charge of their institution as superintendent, but declined, having decided to reside permanently in Minnesota, and being especially desirous of carrying out the line of work which he had inaugurated at St. Peter. Dr. Tomlinson is a member of the American Congress of Physicians and Surgeons, American Medical Association, the New York Medico-Legal Society, the American Neurological Society, the American Medico-Psychological Association, the Philadelphia Neurological Society, the Minnesota Academy of Medicine, the State Medical Society, the Minnesota Valley Medical Association, the Southwestern Minnesota Medical Association and of the National and State Conference of Charities and Corrections, to all of which he has from time to time contributed papers relating to his special line of work. He is also a member of the Loyal Legion, Minnesota Commandery. Dr. Tomlinson was married April 16, 1884, to Mary Vandever, daughter of Peter Bishop Vandever, of Delaware. They have had three children, of whom only one, Nancy Elliott, is living.


Alfred Wallin
Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900. Transcribed by Syndi Phillips

JUDGE ALFRED WALLIN, now of Fargo, is a member of the supreme bench of North Dakota. In the last half-century, especially, it is seldom that one wins prominence in several lines. It is the tendency of the age to devote one's entire energies to a special line, continually working upward and concentrating his efforts toward accomplishing a desired end; yet in the case of Judge Wallin it is demonstrated that an exalted position may be reached in more than one line of action. He is an eminent jurist, an able lawyer and a leader in political circles.
The Judge was born in Otsego county, New York, February 12, 1836, a son of Charles C. and Dorothy (Strongitharm) Wallin, also natives of New York. The father was a successful physician and surgeon who graduated from the famous old medical school at Philadelphia, the Washington & Jefferson Medical College, and was engaged in the practice of his profession in his native state until 1836, when he removed to Michigan. For fifteen years he practiced in that state and then, in 1851, went to Chicago, where he made his home until called from this life, in 1898, at the advanced age of ninety-two years. The wife and mother died in Michigan in 1851. The paternal grandparents of our subject were born, reared and married in England.
Judge Wallin spent his boyhood in Michigan and attended the common schools of that state until fifteen years of age, when he was apprenticed to a tanner and currier. He soon mastered the trade and worked at the same until reaching his majority. Feeling the need of a better education he entered the academy at Elgin, Illinois, in 1858, and pursued his studies there for one year, during which time he began the study of law. Later he entered the law department of the State University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and was admitted to practice in Allegan county, that state, in 1864, and subsequently by the supreme court of Illinois. He commenced the practice of his chosen profession at St. Peter, Minnesota, in October, 1865, and continued there and at Redwood Falls, Minnesota, until January, 1883, when he removed to Fargo, Dakota territory. He soon became a member of the law firm of Wilson & Ball, of that city, and later of the firm of Ball, Wallin & Smith, being associated with those gentlemen when the state was admitted to the Union in 1889. At the first election he was elected a member of the supreme bench and was re-elected in 1896, the duties of which position he is now most ably discharging. During his residence in Minnesota he was elected county attorney of Nicollet county and the same in Redwood county, and was also a candidate for district judge, but was defeat by Judge E. St. Julian Cox, of that state.
At Elgin, Illinois, Judge Wallin was married, in 1868, to Miss Ellen G. Keyes, also a native of New York, and a daughter of Eber and Juliette Gray Keyes, and by this union one daughter was born, Madeleine, now the wife of George C. Sikes, an editorial writer on the "Chicago Record." The Judge has always been a stanch supporter of the Republican party since its organization, and while in Minnesota stumped the state in support of its principles. He is an able jurist and is held in high esteem by the people of North Dakota.


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

Jed L. Washburn is an attorney of Duluth, Minnesota. His father, Christopher C. Washburn, a retired farmer of Blue Earth County, was one of the pioneers of Southern Minnesota. He was a native of Southern Ohio and settled in Minnesota in 1856. The following year he brought his family over-land from Indiana, the subject of this sketch then being but a few months old. Mr. Washburn's wife was Miss Julian Showen, a native of Kentucky, and a woman of strong moral and religious convictions. She still lives with her husband at Lake Crystal, Minnesota. Their son Jed was born in Montgomery County, Indiana, on December 26, 1856. His boyhood was passed amid the exciting scenes of the pioneer life in Minnesota four decades ago. He well remembers the Indian outbreak of 1862, and the final termination of the troubles by the hanging of the leaders of the Sioux at Mankato. He received an academic education, including a limited course in literature and languages, and a good course in mathematics. But his education has been mainly self-acquired. His reading has been as extended as a busy life would permit. After leaving school he taught for a number of years, and at one time, while engaged in studying law, was teaching in the public schools of Mankato; afterwards he served for a number of years on the Board of Education of that city, and for a considerable time he was its president. Mr. Washburn studied law with Hon. Martin J. Severance, of Mankato, now Judge of the Sixth district, and was admitted to practice in the spring of 1880. For ten years he lived in Mankato and built up a large practice throughout southern Minnesota. In 1890 Mr. Washburn moved to Duluth, where he has been equally successful in his law practice. At first he practiced alone, but in September, 1895, formed a partnership with Judge Charles L. Lewis, who resigned from the bench to enter this connection. At the same time Lucius E. Judson, Jr., and Wm. D. Bailey who had, for a long time, been employed by Mr. Washburn, were also taken into the firm, the name being Washburn. Lewis & Judson. During Mr. Washburn's practice he has ben engaged in many important trials, and connected, in a professional way, with numerous heavy business and financial transactions. His practice has covered almost the entire field of litigation, but since his removal to Duluth he has endeavored to confine himself as much as possible to corporate and real estate law. He is counsel for many corporations, and his duties have taken him to all parts of the country. He is attorney at Duluth for several railway companies, including the Northern Pacific, Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway Company, and Duluth Transfer Railway Company. For the latter company he did the work of its organization and the difficult legal work of getting its lines established in the congested bay front of Duluth. Mr. Washburn has considerable property interest in Duluth and upon the iron ranges, and resides in the suburb of Hunter's Park, where he has a beautiful home. In politics he has been classed as an independent Democrat, but has rarely taken an active part in the affairs of the party. In May, 1882, Mr. Washburn was married to Miss Alma J. Pattee, who was a graduate of the State Normal School at Mankato, and who was a teacher for some time in that institution. Mrs. Washburn is a native of Wisconsin, though of New England descent. She is a lady of much literary ability, and a frequent contributor of papers on topics considered in the numerous associations to which she belongs. Mr. and Mrs. Washburn have five children, two boys and three girls, Claude, Genevieve, Abbott, Mildred and Hope. Mr. Washburn has two brothers, Rev. Francis M. Washburn, pastor of the First Congregational Church at Mankato, and Edward W. Washburn, merchant, at Lake Crystal. His only sister is Mrs. Jennie W. Webster, of Juniata, Nebraska.


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