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

Gale Robert L, St Cloud. Cold storage and produce. Born June 12, 1859 in Middlesex Can, son of Robert L and Mary E (Radcliff) Gale. Married June 12, 1890 to Lou A Murphy. Educated in common schools Can. In drug business Strathroy Ont until 1882; in bank Clinton Ont 1882-83; moved to St Cloud Minn 1883. In bank and fuel business Anoka until 1895; in milling business Osakis Minn 1895-98; mngr St Cloud Cold Storage & Produce Co 1899 to date. V pres A G Whitney Land & Loan Co and Granite City Ry Co.


David Goodner
Source: The Early History of Maine Prairie by E. H. Atwood, 1890.
His son David was born in Illinois in 1844. In 1865 he enlisted in Co. E of the 1st Minnesota heavy artillery, and remained until the close of the war, when he bought a farm and followed that occupation since. Jacob Goodner settled in Maine Prairie in 1862, on section eight. He moved to Kansas in 1877.


Michael Goodner
Source: The Early History of Maine Prairie by E. H. Atwood, 1890.
Among the later arrivals in the town were Michael Goodner, with his wife and his sons, David and Henry, and daughters Nancy and Ellen. Mr. Goodner was born in Kentucky in 1807, living awhile in Indiana and Illinois and locating on Maine Prairie in 1862, on a farm which he had bought in 1859. He was a member of the Disiple Church.


John Goodspeed
Source: The Early History of Maine Prairie by E. H. Atwood, 1890.
Fair Haven.
In 1856 John Goodspeed visited Maine Prairie, but soon went to Manannah. In 1866, he came to Fair Haven, and settled on a farm which he had bought five years before. He has operated this farm ever since, in an intelligent and skillful manner. He has taken great interest in the affairs of his town, and has served as chairman of supervisors nine years, and several years as supervisor as well as being on the school board. He was born in Kennebec county, Maine, in 1833, and came to Minnesota in 1854, and located at Minneapolis. In 1859, Mr. Goodspeed and Miss Helen Bryant were married. They were accompanied to Fair Haven with three children, Eunice, Frank and Alvin.


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

Gorman Patrick, St Cloud. Res 357 6th av S, office 522 - St Germain st. Lawyer. Born March 10, 185 in Rosscommon Ireland, son of Mark and Mary (Brandon) Gorman. Married Aug 17, 1877 to Jane A Miller. Educated in common schools Lewiston NY and Monroe Mich, Ann Arbor High School; Univ of Mich, 1870. In Mich Legislature 1870-72; prin high school Lanesboro Minn 1873-77; taught school St Cloud 1877; supt county school 1880-84; admitted to bar 1884 and practiced to date; register of land office 1886-90. Served in 24th Mich Inf Civil War 1862-65. Member Minn Legislature 1893.


A. S. Greely
Source: The Early History of Maine Prairie by E. H. Atwood, 1890.
A. S. Greely was born in Palermo, Maine, in 1830, came to Maine Prairie in 1856, and located on a farm. In connection with his cousin, A. B. Greely, he operated the first reaping machine, and threshing machine, that was run on the Prairie, He married Miss Eliza Clark in 1860. They had three sons and a daughter, George, Jacob and Alvin, and Nellie.


N. I. Greely
Source: The Early History of Maine Prairie by E. H. Atwood, 1890.
N. I. Greely was born in Palermo, Maine, in 1833, and arrived in Maine Prairie in 1857, and took a claim adjoining his brother which he operated until his death, in 1892. He was married to Miss Mary Wackley in 1866. They had one son, Albert, and three daughters, Elizabeth, Emma and Alice.


Benjamin Grinols
Source: The Early History of Maine Prairie by E. H. Atwood, 1890.
Fair Haven.
Benjamin Grinols was born in the town of Otto, New York, in 1832. His early life was spent on a farm. He came to Anoka county, Minnesota, in 1856, and farmed it until in the summer of 1865, when he arrived in Fair Haven and engaged with Wm. Cooper as partner, in the business of general merchandise. Mr. Grinols and Miss Isabelle Cooper were married in May, 1859. Their three children are Clinton D., Ernest E. and Elsie J. All are married. On account of the death of his partner, Wm. Cooper, Mr. Grinols formed a company known as Grinols & Sons, with his sons Clinton D. and E. E. as partners. In 1887 they sold out their merchandise business to Strout & Sons, and went into the business of farm machinery.


Clinton D. Grinols
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Richard Ramos

GRINOLS Clinton D, St Cloud. Merchant. Born June 24, 1860 in Anoka county Minn. Son of Benjamin and Isabel l(Cooper) Grinols. Married Jan 1, 1883 to Elizabeth A Ross. Attended dist school Fairhaven Minn and public and normal schools St Cloud graduating 1879. Taught school 2 years at Kimball Prairie Minn. Then engaged in business for self under firm name of B Grinols & Sons Fairhaven until 1891. Engaged as trav sales man D M Osborn & Co farm machinery 2 years. Moved to St Cloud as a member of firm of Grinols and Gregory farm implements 1893-98; then incorporated as the Grinols Co of which he was sec and tres until 1904; sold greater part of his interests and established separate house handling threshing machinery only. Continued however as pres of the Grinols Co. Postmaster St Cloud since Oct 1 1906.


Frank A. Gross
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Richard Ramos

GROSS Frank A. Minneapolis. Res 1411 Fremont av N, office German American Bank. Banker. Born Aug 10, 1870 in Hennepin county Minn, son of Mathias and Mary M (Lenzen) Gross. Educated in the public and parochial schools of Minneapolis and St John's Univ Collegeville Minn. First engaged as clk in his father's grocery; entered German American Bank as messenger 1889 and served in every capacity until he was elected pres which office he now holds. Member of North Side Commercial Club, Royal Arcanum, Catholic Knights of America, Sons of Minn, Sons of Herman and B P O E.


John P. Guptill
Source: The Early History of Maine Prairie by E. H. Atwood, 1890.
John P. Guptill was one of the early settlers, coming from Maine in 1856. His wife and daughters Margaret, Mary and Emma, and his sons A.D., Albert, Gilbert and Willbert joined him the next year. He enlisted is the 4th Minnesota Regiment and died in a Southern hospital. His son A. D. has carried on the homestead and kept store since he was old enough. He was a member of the school board for several years. Albert Guptill enlisted in the 4th Minnesota Regiment and served about one year and was discharged. He re-enlisted in 1864, in the 2d Minnesota Cavalry, and went out on the frontier as patrol guard and served one year. He was in several battles.

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