Olmsted County Places - Simpson

 

SIMPSON, a post office, and railway village and junction in Pleasant Grove township, platted in 1890, was named in honor of Thomas Simpson, of Winona, Minn., secretary of the Winona and Southwestern railroad company. He was born in Yorkshire, England, May 31, 1836; came to the United States with his parents while quite young; studied surveying, and in 1853 took the government contract for running the meridian and parallel lines in the southeast part of Minnesota Territory; settled in Winona in 1856; was admitted to the bar in 1858; practiced law, engaged in many important business enterprises, and during many years was president of the State Normal School board; died in Winona, April 26, 1905.  Simpson is located 8 miles south of Rochester.

 

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MINNESOTA GEOGRAPHIC NAMES Their Origin and Historic Significance

1940 Rochester City & Olmsted County, Minnesota Directory, published by Keiter Directory Co.
 

 

 

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