Red Lake County, Minnesota

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Anton A. Aubol
Source: Compendium of History, and Biography of Northern Minnesota, 1902, George A Ogle & Co., page 766; submitted by Robin Line

Anton A. Aubol, who enjoys the distinction of being the first settler to make permanent residence in Rocksbury township, Red Lake county, has accumulated a fine farm and is one of the substantial men of his locality. Others filed claim to land in that region prior to his making filings to his land, but did not reside thereon permanently. Mr. Aubol is a man of much push and energy and to his own persistent labor is due his marked success in Minnesota.

Our subject was born in Manitowoc county, Wisconsin, November 20, 1854, and was the fourth of a family of ten children born to Andrew and Carrie (Olson) Aubol, both of whom are now deceased. The parents were natives of Norway. Until 1880 our subject remained at home and his first venture was to go to northern Minnesota. He arrived at Crookston in March, where he was snowbound for a week. he looked for land in Dakota and for a week. He looked for land in Dakota and near Fisher's landing and finally, in April of that year, visited the east end of Polk county and filed claim to land in sections 32 and 33, which property he recently sold. His first home was a log cabin 16x22 feet and to this humble home he took his bride in 1881. A team and cow was the extent of their possessions and our subject was forced to depend on day labor for a livelihood. The spring of 1881 was remarkable for its length. April 14 Mr. Aubol shoveled snow and two days later the snow was melted leaving the country like a lake. He invested all his meager savings in young stock for this farm, but did not engage in the cultivation of his land until about 1892, when he broke the ground for cultivation. He lost this crop by hail and was forced to sell some of his cherished stock to pay expenses. He has since engaged in diversified farming and has become very successful. He sold the farm he now occupies in section 28, of Rocksbury township. This comprises two hundred and sixty-five acres, and upon this property Mr. Aubol is making noteworthy improvements. He has a comfortable residence and good barn and other necessary farm buildings, and has all machinery and equipments for conducting a model farm.

Mr. Aubol was married in 1881 to Miss Mary Larson. Seven children have been born to this union, namely: Alfred, Cornell, Clarence, Mabel, Effie, Harvey and Walter. In the early days, before his eyesight failed, Mr. Aubol took a most prominent part in township affairs. He assisted in organizing the township and served three years as township supervisor. He was a Farmer's Alliance man and assisted in organizing the new reform party and is now a stanch Populist. He is a member of the Lutheran church.


Adolph F. Anderson
Source: Compendium of History and Biography of Northern Minnesota, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Publishers, Engravers, and Book Manufactures, 1902; submitted by Robin Line

Adolph F. Anderson, one of the well known Swedish pioneers of Gervais township, is proprietor of one of the finest farms of that locality, and has accumulated a fortune and gained an enviable name in his adopted state.

Mr. Anderson was born on the farm Hallmare, near the postoffice of Loftaiammar, Sweden, February 4, 1844, and was the sixth in a family of seven children born to Anders and Majgreta (Mangnuson) Peterson, both of whom are now deceased. The father was a well-to-do farmer in the old country, owning several farms, and on the home farm our subject was reared. The estate covered some three hundred acres, and at the father's death became the property of our subject. He soon afterward disposed of it and came to America to look over the farming lands of Minnesota. He arrived in July, 1887, and visited a friend, Mr. Stenhammar, and worked a season in the vicinity of Crookston, passing the first winter in the woods. He was more than satisfied with the country, and in the spring of 1888 filed claim to the land he now owns, and sent to his native land for his children, his wife then being deceased. He received about for hundred dollars from his estate in his native land, and with this he secured him a home and bought some cattle for stock-raising. He has followed this line of agriculture and has made a success of stock-raising and dairying. He finds ready market for this butter in the city of Red Lake Falls, and keeps about twenty head of cattle for dairy purposes. He erected a fine frame barn in 1899, with hay room for twenty tons, and the building in 26x50 feet, and is one of the finest of the township. He has an abundance of good water, found at a depth of from eight to ten feet, and the farm is admirably adapted to diversified agriculture.

Mr. Anderson was married, in Sweden, to Miss Karoline Anderson. Mrs. Anderson died in 1880. To the above union four children were born, namely: Hilda, now Mrs. N. Anderson, living in Becker county; Adelia, now Mrs. L. Westerlund, living in Chicago; Gustaf, who homesteaded land in section 24, of Gervais township; and Fritz, working at home. Miss Mina Lofhalm came to America with Mr. Anderson's children in 1888, and Mr. Anderson later married this lady and took her to his new home in Minnesota.

Mr. Anderson is actively interested in public affairs, and has served his community in various offices of trust. He is the present school treasurer, and has served many years as such, and is an earnest worker for educational advancement. His eldest son has held the office of clerk of the school district. Our subject is a member of the Lutheran church and is treasurer of the same, Politically he is a Populist, and is a stanch advocate of reform principles.


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

DUFFY John Arthur, Red Lake Falls. Banker. Born in 1862 in White Plains N Y, son of John and Mary (Tynen) Duffy. Married Nov 22, 1889 to Nate J Egan. Educated in the common schools of Ohio. First engaged as operator on St P M & M R R at Ada Minn 1882 and at various points on same line; at Larimer N D 1885; agt at Hallock Minn 1886; Glyndon Minn 1887; Red Lake Falls 1887-99; has been cashr of Merchants State Bank of Red Lake Falls 1899 to date. Mayor of Red Lake Falls; member Minn State Bankers Assn; M W A and Catholic Foresters.


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

FARLY Francis X, Crookston. Physician (R) and surgeon. Born Feb 4, 1844 in St Bartholomew Quebec Can, son of Francis X and Emilie (Denommee) Farly. Married twice: Jan 22, 1866 to Agatha Fiset and June 10, 1888 to Elenore Barbeau. Attended College de L'Assomption P Q for the full classical course 1857-64; graduated from Mich College of Medicine Detroit 1881. From graduation practiced 14 months at Trenton Mich; 18 months at Red Lake Falls; and in Crookston to date. Member Minn State and Red River Valley Medical societies.


Theodore Garceau
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander

Garceau Theodore, Red Lake Falls. Merchant. Born April 13, 1857 in south Bend Ind, son of John and Clara (LaFontaine) Garceau. Married June 29, 1883 to Sybil Rubertus. Educated in public schools of south Bend Ind an Univ of Notre Dame 2 years. Moved to Red Lake Falls 1882 and engaged in teaching school and was asst postmaster; in mercantile business as Garceau Bros until 1898; now Garceau & Zaiser. Pres First Nat Bank. Member Am and Minn State Bankers assn.


Thomas Germo
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.


Sam S. Haislet
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Richard Ramos

HAISLET Sam S, Red Lake Falls. Editor. Born Sept 28, 1878 in Decorah Ia, son of Samuel S and Wilhelmina (Morrison) Haislet. Educated in common schools of Adrian Minn and business college at Sioux Falls S Dak. Learned printer's trade in the Guardian office Adrioan, and was later editor of that paper; moved to Red Lake Falls and edited the Red Lake Falls Gazette 1901-1905; now engaged as editor of the Courier. Member I O O F; K of P; M W A.


Edward L. Healy
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Glenda Stevens

HEALY Edward L, Red River Falls. Real estate and loans. Born June 28, 1852 in Southbridge Mass, son of L M and Amelia R (Boomer) Healy. Married Nov 1, 1877 to Janette Struthers. Educated in high schools Aurora Ill and Cannon City Minn. In grocery business Faribault 1876-78; same in Marshall 15 years; in gen merchandise business Morris 1895-1900; moved to Red Lake Falls and engaged in real estate business to date. Member Shakan Cannery & Lumber Co Alaska; pres Ed L Healy Land & Loan Co. Member Masonic fraternity; K of P; v pres Commercial Club.


Frank Jeffers
Source: Compendium of History and Biography of Northern Minnesota, George A. Ogle, Chicago, 1902; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

In the few years of its existence the Red Lake County Courier, published at Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, has attained a degree of popularity scarcely credible and seldom reached by a local newspaper. It is the official organ of the Populist fusion part of Red Lake county, and stanchly advocates its principles.

This paper was established in October 1898, by E. F. West, and was at that time an advocate of Republicanism. In December of the first year of its existence it passed into the hands of Frank Jeffers and Charles Boughton, the present proprietors and editors and they stamped it with their political principles. The paper is a six column quarto, and the plant is complete in all appliances. The manager of the Courier office is Frank Jeffers, the genial and popular county superintendent of schools, of whose life a few facts are presented.

Mr. Jeffers was born in Rice county, Minnesota, April 17, 1870, and was the youngest of a family of five children born to Michael and Mary (Mosley) Jeffers. The family went to Crookston in 1880, and the father took a prominent part in the public affairs of Polk county. In 1883 they moved to a farm four miles north of the present city of Red Lake Falls, which at that time was not founded or recognized as a town.

At the age of sixteen years Frank Jeffers began teaching, and four years later he entered the employ of the Great Northern Railway as general division time-keeper and material clerk of the railroad company, and was employed there three years. He then resumed his work as teacher at Terrebonne, and when Red Lake county was organized he was appointed county superintendent of schools in 1896, and has filled the office creditably and with increasing popularity.

Mr. Jeffers was married in 1895 to Miss Marcellean Rose. Two children have been born to bless the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffers, namely: Grace and Tracy M. Mr. Jeffers is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Modern Woodmen of America, Order of Red Men, and Knights of the Maccabees. He is a member of the Catholic church. Politically he is a Populist, and as secretary of the county central committee has done efficient work for his party.


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.


John Peterson
Duluth News-Tribune, May 27, 1914 - submitted by a FoFG (NW)

BUYS BANK AT OKLEE. (News Tribune Special.)
OKLEE, Minn., May 26.-- John Peterson, former land office receiver of Crookston, has bought the First State bank of Oklee. The former owner, John A. Duffy, has moved to Red Lake Falls.


Earnest L. Quist
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907), page 322; submitted by Robin Line
Quist Earnest L, Thief River Falls. Office Red Lake Falls. Farmer and public official. Born July 17, 1876 in Chisago county Minn, son of Charles P. and Sophia J. (Glader) Quist. Engaged in teaching in Kandiyohi county Minn. 5 years; attended Gustavus Adolphus College St. Peter 1897-1902, graduated A B May 29, 1902. Since graduation has been engaged in farming in Red Lake county. Elected Register of deeds Red Lake County.

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