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Adam J. Bede
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. Publ. 1907 Transcribed by Rhonda Hill

BEDE J Adam, Pine City. Congressman. Born 1856 in Lorain county Ohio. Educated in Ohio public schools. First engaged in teaching school and was employed as reporter on various newspapers; served as U S marshal for Minn 1 year; campaign orator 1896-1900; member of U S House of Representatives 1903 to date.


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

Fred L. Dennie, a young and progressive business man of Sandstone, Pine county, Minnesota, was born on a farm in Fulton county, New York, in 1866, and is a son of Benjamin Dennie, who was a manufacturer of gloves all his active life at Gloversville. Barrant Dennie, the great-grandfather of Fred L., came from Holland and settled in New York in 1774. Sarah Wait, the mother of Fred L., was of Scotch blood, and her ancestors came to this country in 1774.

Fred L. Dennie the fifth and youngest child in his parents' family was reared and educated in Gloversville, where he had a good education in both the public school and seminary. When he was eighteen years old he started for himself, and made his way to North Dakota, where he engaged in mercantile business in Mayville in 1884. He was in Mayville three years, and then went on to Washington, where he was a clerk in the senate four years. While in Washington he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in North Dakota in 1892. The same year he was taken into the legal department of the Great Northern Railroad at Minneapolis. Where he was employed two years. In the fall of 1894 he came to Sandstone, having acquired an interest in the town site, and opened a law office. In the month of March, 1896 he established the Quarryman's Bank at Sandstone, the first bank in the village as well as in the county, and now is in successful operation.

Mr. Dennie was married in 1895 to Miss A. Grossett, a native of Canada, and a descendant of French Huguenot and English ancestors. To this marriage were born two children, Benjamin Franklin and Louise.

Mr. Dennie is a Republican and was the first president of the village board of Sandstone. For the last five years he has been treasurer of the village.


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

Jacob J. Folsom, editor and proprietor of the Hinckley Enterprise, is one of the well-known newspaper men of Pine county. He is a gentleman of wide experience, and in every business venture has met with marked success, and is one of the deservedly esteemed citizens of his community.

Mr. Folsom was born in Taylor's Falls, Minnesota, in 1863. His father, Levi W. Folsom, was born at South Tamworth, New Hampshire. The great-grandfather of our subject, John Thorn Dodge, was an aide to Col. Richard Dodge, his father, at the battle of Bunker Hill. Our subject's other great-grandfather, Jeremiah Folsom, was also a soldier in the Revolutionary war. His mother, Abbie (Shaw) Folsom, was born in Maine and reared and educated in Massachusetts. Her father, Jacob Shaw, was a merchant. When he was twenty-one years of age he fitted out a vessel to sail from Massachusetts to the coast of France. He was captured by the English and his property confiscated, and he was put in prison. The great-grandfather of our subject on the mother's side, Richard Soper, was a sea captain. Our subject's father went to Taylors Falls, Minnesota, in 1842, and was married in St. Paul.

Jacob J. Folsom spent his early life in Taylors Falls, where he received a good education, and at the age of sixteen years started a small store at home. He was in business six years on a small scale, and then, in partnership with his brother, Walter Folsom, branched out into a more extensive business, which they continued four years. In 1890 he went to Todd county and worked in a real estate office at Long Prairie four years, thence to Hinckley, in 1895, where he purchased the Hinckley Enterprise from Angus Hay. This paper was established in 1891 by D. C. Shepherd as a weekly paper, and was published as the Pine Dart. It was purchased by Mr. Hay in 1892, and he owned it at the time of the great Hinckley fire, when the entire plant was destroyed, except the files. The name of the paper was changed to the Hinckley Enterprise in 1892, and is now one of the leading papers of that section. It is published as a six-column quarto. The job department is fitted with a good press, and all classes of job work are done neatly and promptly.

Mr. Folsom, aside from his newspaper business, was in partnership with W. H. Nowark in the real estate business, and met with a good degree of success in this line. He is one of the prominent men of the county, and has always taken an active part in township and village affairs and is now serving in the capacity of village recorder. In political sentiment he is a Democrat and stands stanchly for his party principles.


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

Among the public officials of Pine county none holds the confidence of the people to greater degree than Douglas Greeley, who is serving in the capacity of county auditor. His faithful discharge of his official duties and his upright character and public spirit have placed him among the most highly esteemed men of that region. He has been a resident of the county for many years and has an extensive acquaintance. His home is in Pine City, and he is devoted to the interests and welfare of his adopted town and county.

Mr. Greeley was born in Stillwater, Minnesota in 1860. His father, Elam Greeley, was a lumberman and followed that business all his life. He was born in New Hampshire and was of old Yankee stock. He was one of the pioneers of Stillwater, and built one of the first houses there in 1843. He was the first postmaster and served the first two terms in the Minnesota territorial legislature. He was most actively interested in public affairs and was an influential citizen. The paternal grandfather of our subject, John Greeley, was a colonel in the war of 1812. Our subject's mother, Hannah (Hinman) Greeley, was born in New York, and her ancestors were natives of New England. She was married to Elam Greeley and went to Stillwater, Minnesota, in 1850. Of a family of five children Douglas Greeley was the fourth in order of birth. He was educated in the Stillwater city schools and at the age of eighteen years began working for his father in capacity of clerk. At the death of his father he began lumbering in Wisconsin and spent fifteen years in this occupation. He worked in all the departments of the lumbering business and was through most of northern Wisconsin and northern Minnesota on the St. Croix river and its tributaries. He went to Pine county, Minnesota, in 1888, and settled at Hinckley, and for the first six years was employed with the well-known lumberman, William O'Brien. Mr. Greeley then engaged in the hotel business and conducted the Morrison House for three years, when he was burned out in the great forest fire which destroyed Hinckley. In the fall of 1894 he was elected county auditor. His popularity and the faithful discharge of his duties are best evidenced by the fact that he was subsequently elected to the same office three times, and is now serving his fourth term as county auditor.

Mr. Greeley is a man of good mind and keeps abreast of the times in all public matters and lends his influence for good government, local and national. He is identified with the Democratic party politically and stands stanchly for his convictions.

Mr. Greeley is married and has two children.


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

Levi H. McKusick is county attorney of Pine County, Minnesota, which office he has held since 1878. He is of Scotch ancestry on his father's side and English on his mother's. His father, Levi E. McKusick, was a farmer in moderate circumstances in Maine, and during his life time took an active part in local politics, at one time serving as a member of the legislature of that state. The maiden name of the mother of the subject of this sketch was Fannie A. Marshall. Levi H. was born at Baring, Maine, March 31, 1854. His early education was received in the common schools of his native town, and in the academy at St. Stephens, New Brunswick, which he attended three terms. Later he took a course in the state normal school at Castine, Maine. In order to obtain sufficient funds, however, with which to pursue his studies, he had commenced teaching school, for a few months each year, when but seventeen years of age. This plan was pursued by Mr. McKusick for about six years. Having a desire, however, to make law his profession in life, during his leisure hours he took up its study in his brother's office. As soon as he had completed his law studies, deciding that the west would afford him better opportunities in his chosen profession, Mr. McKusick came to Minnesota, locating at Pine City in August 1877. Inuring that fall and the following winter he taught school at this place, at the same time devoting his spare time to the further study of law. The following spring he was admitted to the bar and immediately hung out his shingle in Pine City. The fall of the same year he was nominated for the office of county attorney of Pine County and elected His re-election to the same office every term since that time is an indication of the esteem in which he is held by the community in which he lives. He has also built up an extensive law practice. Mr. McKusick's political affiliations have always been with the Republican party, and he has always taken an active part in local affairs. He was elected to the state legislature in 1883, and re-elected twice to the same office, in 1885 and 1889. He served on the judiciary committee and was an earnest supporter of the bill for the taxation of unused railroad lands in the session of 1889, which bill, however, did not pass at that session. He is an attendant of the Methodist church. He is married and has a family consisting of wife and five children, Clinton L., Fred P, Alice H., William John and Marion Helen.


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

John S. Patrick, the genial and efficient postmaster of Hinckley, is one of the leading business men and successful farmers of Pine county, Minnesota.

The parents of our subject were John and Mary Ellen Patrick, the former of Scotch extraction and the latter a native of Canada, of German descent. Our subject was the first born of a family of seven children. He grew to manhood and received his education at Trenton, Ontario, where he worked on the farm and attended the village schools. When he was nineteen years old he learned the trade of millwright and followed that occupation until the breaking out of the northwest rebellion. He then joined the government forces and served fifteen months, during which time he took part in the battles of Knife Creek and Fort Pit. He was a member of what is known as the Northwest Mounted Police. In that service he traveled as far north as Peace river and covered all northwestern Canada. He then returned to Trenton, Ontario, and again entered the milling business. Later he worked for the Gilmore Lumber Company, and in 1889 came to the United States and located at Hinckley. There he worked for the Breman Lumber Company as foreman, having charge of a mill. the capacity of which was twenty-two thousand and two hundred feet per season. In 1893 he purchased one hundred and twenty acres of farm land, and began the work of improving the same. This farm lies one mile from Hinckley, and has seventy acres under cultivation. It has the reputation of producing the best crops in Pine county.

Mr. Patrick suffered from the great fire when the village of Hinckley was destroyed. At that time he happened to be at Grindstone lake with his family on a fishing excursion. He lost everything he possessed, excepting the clothes they wore. He then removed to the farm and operated the same until the spring of 1900. His estate is improved with the best buildings and supplied with an abundance of machinery, and is valued at five thousand dollars. In the spring of 1900 our subject purchased an interest in a general store at Hinckley, and in partnership with W. H. Noble has conducted the business with increasing success. Mr. Patrick was appointed postmaster in January, 1901, and now holds that office. He is also manager of the Hinckley creamery and was one of the organizers of the Creamery Association, which built its plant in the summer of 1900.

Mr. Patrick was married, in April, 1889, to Miss Ellen Mann. Mrs. Patrick was born at Leeds, in Yorkshire, England. Her father, George Mann, came to Ontario, Canada, about 1870. Mr. and Mrs. Patrick are the parents of three children, namely: Roy, Ray and Irene. In political faith Mr. Patrick is a Republican, and has taken an active interest in the public affairs of his town and county. He is classed among the leading business men of Hinckley, and has done his full share in the development of his community and county.


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

Henry J. Rath, clerk of the district court of Pine county, Minnesota, is a prominent early settler of that locality, and is a well-known business man of Pine City.

Mr. Rath was born in the village of Selent, Germany, in 1854. His father served in the German army in 1848, and came to America with his family in 1876. He was a stone mason by trade. Our subject was the only son, and being the oldest member of the family he came alone to America in 1874. He had spent the three preceding years as a seaman, and made a trip to Brazil and around Cape Horn, and thence back to Germany, and crossed the Atlantic eleven times. When he decided to make a permanent residence in America, he went from New York direct to Pine City, Minnesota, and as he was familiar with a fireman's work he engaged in this occupation in the sawmill at Pine City. He began farming in 1876, and was one of the first to engage in that pursuit in Pine county. He lived alone on his place and followed agriculture there four years. He then returned to Pine City and was employed as a clerk there, and was then appointed village marshal, serving in that capacity several years. He was deputy sheriff from 1886 to 1892, and in the latter year was elected clerk of the district court. He was reelected in 1896, and again in 1900. He is now serving his third term as clerk of the district court. He has been interested in the sawmill and lumbering business, spending four years in that line, and is interested in Pine city real estate.

Mr. Rath was married, in 1886, to Miss Alma Scheunard. Mrs. Rath was born in Wisconsin, and is of German parentage. Her father was a farmer and miller. Mr. and Mrs. Rath are the parents of seven children, who are as follows: Ross, Leonard, Louise, Henry J., Flora, Ruth and Malinda. Mr. Rath has taken a most important part in the public affairs of his county and state, and has attended every state convention of his party as a delegate since 1880. He is a man of wide influence, and his knowledge of men and the world, coupled with his energetic character, have brought him well-merited success as a business man, and an enviable reputation as a citizen. He has served acceptably the people of his county and community in the public capacity and responsibility placed upon him, and his thorough business methods, his genial good nature and honesty of purpose have won him a host of friends.


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

Dr. Ernest L. Stephan, M. D., one of the best known and most successful physicians and surgeons of Pine county, has his office at Hinckley, where he has been established nearly ten years.

Dr. Stephan was born in Cleveland, Ohio, January 28, 1869. His father, Daniel Stephan, was born in Bavaria, Germany, and came to the United States in 1834, at the age of sixteen years. He was municipal judge in the city of Cleveland for eighteen or twenty years. Our subject's mother, Mercy L. (Twitchel) Stephan, was descended from an English family named Percy, a noted family of that country. Her ancestors were among the colonial settlers in the state of New York.

Dr. Stephan is the sixth in a family of nine children, and he moved with his family to Jefferson county, Kansas, in 1874, where they resided for six years. They removed to Pine county in 1880, and settled at Pine City, and the father engaged in farming two and a half miles from that town. Our subject was educated in the schools of Pine City, and in 1890 entered the medical department of the University of Minnesota, and graduated therefrom with the degree of M. D. in 1893. He went to Hinckley in July of the same year, and opened his office there and has engaged in the practice of medicine continuously for eight years. His practice has reached extensive proportions, and now reaches into four counties. Dr. Stephan is interested in a stock ranch in Kansas, which contains three hundred and twenty acres of land.

Dr. Stephan was married in June, 1896, to Miss Clara Hay. Mrs. Stephan was born in Ontario, Canada, and is a direct descendant of the Earl of Kinsale, a Scotch nobleman. Her parents came to America about 1850, and she was educated in St. Paul and Pine City. She is an accomplished lady, and taught school in Pine county three years. Dr. and Mrs. Stephan are the parents of one daughter, Ruth. Dr. Stephan served as deputy coroner from 1893 to 1896, and for the past four years has been local surgeon for the Northern Pacific and the Great Northern railways. He has been county physician for the past seven years. He was appointed county superintendent of schools in 1893, and was elected to that office in 1894, and served two terms in that capacity. He is a strong Republican, and was chairman of the county committee from 1894 to 1900, when he resigned. He has served one term as president of the village board, and takes a leading and active part in all local matters. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias and of the M. W. A.


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

Judge E. Van Hoven, probate judge of Pine county for the past twenty years, is one of the leading citizens of northern Minnesota, and resides in Pine City.

Judge Van Hoven was born in a village in the Netherlands in 1834. He is of pure Dutch blood. His father was an attorney and notary public in his native land, where he died at the age of eighty-five years, our subject being the only member of the family to come to America. His brothers are all lawyers in the Netherlands.

Judge Van Hoven is the youngest in a family of four boys. He attended the common schools of his native country and finished his education at the University of Groningen. He then took up the trade of draftsman to the ship building trade and followed it several years in his native land. In 1854 he witnessed the Crimean war and saw some hard fighting. Determining to come to America, our subject procured recommendations to the most extensive ship builders in this country, but on arrival here he decided to come west to Minnesota. Here he engaged in the map department of the Winona & St. Peter Railroad Company, with headquarters at Winona, Minnesota. He soon after went to Minneapolis and worked as bookkeeper for one of the first oil mills built in this country. He later kept books for Hersey, Staple & Bean, in the lumbering business in Kanabec county. In 1878 he came to Pine county and entered the law office of W. H. Grant. In 1880 he was elected probate judge of Pine county, and has held that office continuously since, having been elected ten times in succession. He has also been justice of the peace, and has served several terms as county coroner.

Judge Van Hoven was married in 1867, at Minneapolis, to Miss L. H. Freeby. Mrs. Van Hoven was born in Germany, her father being Wilhelm Freeby. She came to America in 1855, when she was five years of age. Judge and Mrs. Van Hoven are the parents of six children, namely: Henrietta, Carl H., George, Bismarck Edward, Emma and Daniel. Carl H. is now in Manila in the employ of the government. He went there with the Thirteenth Minnesota Volunteers, and has since married a Spanish lady, and now makes that city his permanent home.

The Judge is well known throughout the county and is esteemed as one of the earliest pioneers and as a citizen.

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