[Source: History of Washington County and St. Croix Valley written by Rev. Edward Neill in 1881]
Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Barb Moksnes
Woodbury Township History
The township of Woodbury is located in the south-western part of Washington County and contains 36 sections. Its neighbors are Oakdale, Cottage Grove, Afton, Newport and Ramsey County. The name Woodbury is taken from an old settler who came there in the early days. Among the early settlers who came to this town were Alexander and John McHattie, 2 brothers, who came in the fall of 1844 and staked claims on sections 23, 26 and 27. In the spring of 1845 they returned and settled on them, having sold the claim which they had purchased where Afton now stands. The land is quite rolling and is full of prairie and bluffs. The town contains a central valley and a range of hills. There are many lakes and the soil is loamy in some areas and clayey and sandy in others. Wheat is a major crop.
The 1st road laid in the town was the old military road running between Woodbury and Cottage Grove in 1849.
The 1st white child born in Woodbury was Sarah Middleton, daughter of John and Jane Middleton. the 1st death was Miss Sarah Middleton, who died May 24, 1849. The 1st marriage celebrated in the town of Woodbury was that of John McHattie and Miss Jane Middleton, January 15, 1856. By 1880 the population of Woodbury was 1,134.
William L. Avery, born in Waterville, Maine in 1836, where he remained until 1857, when he moved to Hastings, Minn. and resided there about 2 years, working part of the time logging on the Knife River. Moved from Hastings to Cottage Grove, and entered the employ of J. W. Furber for 4 years, buying 80 acres of land from him in 1861, which he held for 1 year, and sold it, then renting a farm for 2 years. In 1867 he purchased 40 acres in Woodbury and is now living on it. Married July 3, 1867 to Miss Anna McHattie. They have 2 children.
Ebenezer Ayers was born in Herkimer County, New York August 20, 1817. In early life he envinced a great desire for knowledge, improving every opportunity to acquire sufficient education to teach school. In 1836 his parents moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, then 18 miles to the nearest post office. He commenced teaching school soon after and continued until 1840, when he returned to the academy at Aurora, Erie County, New York, to perfect his education. In 1844 moved to Shelby County, Kentucky and taught school 6 years. Married in 1846 to Miss Lucy Connelly from the same county. Moved to Buffalo, New York in 1850 and engaged in the mercantile business until the spring of 1854, when he emigrated to Minnesota and located on his present farm. Mr. Ayers has always taken an active and leading part in the affairs of his county and town. He has held many important positions. Elected to the legislature in 1867 and again in 1872. In the session of 1872 he prepared and procured the passage of the bill for the sale of the internal improvement lands. Elected to the office of town clerk for 11 years, and justice of the peace in 1860 and held the office since. Also the superintendent of schools for Woodbury, and in 1873 nominated for Lieutenant Governor on the anti-monopoly ticket. Mr. Ayers has one of the finest farms in the county.
Martin Bach was born in Germany in 1816, lived with his parents until 23 years of age. Came to America in 1839, landing in New Orleans, where he stayed about 2 years, and then moved to St. Louis, Missouri; bought property and lived there 14 years. Moved to St. Paul, Minn. in 1856 stayed there a short time and moved to Woodbury, buying 160 acres on section 7. Lived there about 12 years, sold out and bought 240 acres on section 6. Married twice; 1st marriage to Maggie Henning, who died; second marriage to Anna Henning. they had by the 2 marriages 16 children, 13 now living.
William J. Bachman, was born in Michigan in 1849, lived with his parents until 18 years of age, when he moved to Woodbury, Minnesota; in 1875 bought 160 acres and settled on it. Mr. Bachman has held a number of town offices, Constable, Chairman of the town board, assessor for 5 years and town clerk. Married in 1873 to Amelia Strate.
John Bahls was born in Germany in 1832. Moved to America and settled in St. Paul, Minn. in 1857, where he remained 1 year when he moved to Isanti County. Made a claim and lived on it for 5 years. Sold out and moved to Woodbury and is now living on section 35. Married in 1858 to Christina Roths. They have 8 children; Charles, Mary, Lena, Anna, Henry, John, Louise and Christina. Mrs. Bahls' parents live with her. Her father Charles Roths was born in 1801. He mother was born in 1812. They were married in 1827.
Peter Befort was born in Germany in 1846; lived with his parents until he was 19 when he went to Belgium as a bookkeeper for 3 years; then returned home where he remained for 6 months before starting for America. On landing in New York City, he started for St. Paul, Minnesota, where he remained about 8 years, following various occupations, when he came to Woodbury, making his home with Mathew Krentey.
Henry Beste was born in Germany in 1821. Came to America, landing in Philadelphia in 1847; remained there a short time and moved to Detroit, Michigan, and purchased 5 acres about 2 miles from the city, where he lived about 7 years. Sold out and moved to St. Paul, Minn., and from there to Woodbury and purchased 80 acres of land on section 5, where he now lives. Married in 1848 to Josephine Dunnebeck, they have 11 children: Frank, John, Conrad, Elizabeth, Barbara, Mary, Henry, Nicholas, Anthony, William and Joseph.
A. J. Borene was born in Sweden in 1831. Came to Quebec, Canada in 1857. The same year he moved to Woodbury, Minnesota, working a few months on Mr. Gilbert's farm, thence to the employ of Mr. James Middleton, where he remained a little longer time; in 1859, moved to his present residence. Married April 12, 1859 to Miss Isabel Middleton. they have 6 children living.
Nicholas Brockman, born in Germany in 1824. Came to America in 1850 landing in New York City and immediately started for St. Paul, Minn., thence to Woodbury and rented a farm for 3 years. In 1850 he bought the place where he now lives and moved on it in 1853. Married in Germany in 1849 to Miss Mary Brockman. They have 4 children living: Theresa, Ernest, Pater and Mary.
John Classen was born in Germany in 1828. Lived with his parents until age 21. Emigrated to America in 1850 going directly to St. Paul, Minnesota where he remained 2 months, then went to Woodbury, working on different farms for 3 years, when he bought 80 acres where he now lives. Married in 1860 to Susan Lunnars. they have 10 children: Mary, Catherine, Michael, Helen, Nicholas, John, Susan, Arma, Henry and Bernard.
J. H. Cram was born in Brooks, Waldo County, Maine, January 12, 1823. He was engaged on a farm during his early life. In 1844, he engaged in the lumbering business at Bangor until 1855, then located to Grant County, Minnesota. He moved to Woodbury, Minn., in the spring of 1866 and located on his present farm. Mr. Cram enjoys the confidence of his townsmen, having held the office of town supervisor for 3 years, school treasurer for 11 years, on the board of officers at the agricultural society of Washington County since it's organization. He has a fine farm with all the modern improvements around him, and one of the best farms in town. Married in 1859 to Miss Sarah M. Wing, of Maine; they have 5 children living: William E., Frederick W., Henry J., Charles and Ida E.
Lyman E. Crossman was born in China, Maine, in 1838, remaining with his parents until he was 21 years of age, when he shipped in the brig Alston, bound for the West Indies islands. Returning after about a 7 month trip, he engaged in the lumber business until 1861, when he enlisted in Company I, Sixth Maine Infantry, served 3 years, and was discharged at Washington D.C., returning in 1864; then returned home and engaged in the picture business for one year, moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1865; remained there about 5 years; moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1871, and in 1875 removed to St. Paul and worked in the Harvester works for 5 years. They rented a farm in Woodbury, where he now lives. Married in 1864 to Mary E. Mitchell, they have 3 children, William H., Charles E., and Bertha A.
William Donaghue, born in New York 1830; remained at home until 1853 when he went to Connecticut and Chicago, stopping a few months in both places; then returned home, staying there a year; thence to New Orleans for a few months, when he moved to St. Paul, Minn., working on the river a short time; worked a rented farm in Ramsey County 3 years, then went to Afton and bought 40 acres; sold it and bought 350 acres in McLeod County and lived on it 5 years; sold that and bought 80 acres in Woodbury, Washington County, where he now lives. Married in 1853 to Mary Padden. they have 6 children.
Michael F. Egan was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. When one year of age his parents sold out and moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where they stayed 2 years; moved to Woodbury, purchased 40 acres on section 16, where they remained about 10 years, then bought 80 acres more on the same section, built a new house, when the subject of this sketch took charge of the farm, the father retiring to St. Paul, January 1, 1880. Mr. Eagan was married in 1880, to Miss Cora E. Clark.
Ellen Finnin was born in Ireland, 1824. Lived with her parents until 24 years of age. Both parents died in 1848, when she emigrated to Canada, and remained in Quebec 1 year; then moved to Vermont and married William Finnin in 1849. In 1866 came to Ramsey County, Minnesota, where they remained 2 years, then moved to Woodbury and bought 40 acres of land. William Finnin died in 1876. They have 7 children living; John, William, Michael, Thomas, James, George and Edward.
Francis A. Foley was born in Ireland in 1836 and emigrated to America in 1848. Landed in New York and lived in that state for 4 years; enlisted in the army and went to Texas; discharged in 1856 at Fort McIntosh; returned to New York and remained until 1857. Moved to Woodbury, Washington County, Minnesota in 1859, bought 40 acres, sold it, and bought the 160 he now lives on. He has been Constable for 20 years. Married in 1857 to Catherine Phelps. They have 7 children living.
August Frieboldt was born in St. Paul, Minn. in 1853. Lived with his parents until 21 years of age, when his father gave him a deed of 120 acres of land in the town of Woodbury, where he now lives. Married in 1874 to Miss Mary Stutzman, they have 2 children.
Charles A. Fritze was born in Detroit, Mich. in 1853. Moved to St. Paul, Minn. in 1859 where he remained 1 year then moved to Woodbury and bought land and lived on it with his parents until 1878, then rented a farm on which he now lives. Married in 1878 to Miss Amelia Heidel, by whom he had 2 children.
John George, a native of Germany was born in 1825. Lived there until he was 25 years old, learned the blacksmith trade with his father; came to America in 1851, landing in Baltimore, where he remained 2 years then came to Ramsey County, Minnesota, where he lived another 7 years. Moved to Woodbury and bought 120 acres where he now lives. Married in 1858 to Elizabeth Rither. They have 10 children living.
James Healey, was born in Ireland in 1816, and lived with his parents for 24 years. Emigrated to Canada and remained in Quebec a short time, and went to Springfield, Mass., and remained a number of years, engaged in railroading. Moved to Wisconsin and remained about 10 years, when he moved to Woodbury, Minn., in 1867, and settled on his present farm. Married in 1846 to Helen Lynch, they have 3 children living.
Charles Hellert was born in Germany in 1829, immigrated to America in 1846. Landed in New York and worked at the tailoring business for about 5 years. In 1851 he moved to Afton, Minnesota, where he remained 4 years then to Woodbury and purchased the farm on which he now lives. Married in 1855 to Margaret Taylor, they have 4 children living.
Louis Hoffman was born in Germany in 1836, emigrated to America in 1859 and located in Chicago, Illinois where he remained for a few months, then moved to Isanti County, Minn., remaining there a short time when he moved to Woodbury and rented a farm for 6 years and then moved to Denmark and purchased a farm on which he lived 2 years; returned to Woodbury and purchased his present farm. Married in 1866 to Miss Mary Baha, who died leaving 5 children. He married again in 1878 to Miss Mary Hatzfelt, by whom he had 2 more children. John, William, Theodore, Albert, Henry, by his 1st wife and Otto and Charles by his second.
Andrew Horresberger was born in Switzerland in 1838. Remained there until 1854 when he started for America, landing in New York and going to Philadelphia, where he remained 1 year, thence to St. Louis for 1 year then to St. Paul, Minn., and worked several years on a farm in Ramsey County. Went to Yellow Medicine and remained 2 years. In 1862, went to Fort Ridgely and drilled a while. Went home on furlough; heard the Indians has commenced hostilities, returned to the fort and went with a party to Little Cottonwood to bring away a family of 7 hiding there in the woods. Went home in 1864 and the same year went to Woodbury worked a year, and bought a farm on section 14 where he now lives. Married in 1865 to Christina Pagel, they have 4 children living.
Jacob Horresberger was born in Switzerland in 1836. Came to America in 1855; Landed in New York and went to Philidelphia; thence to St. Louis, where he remained 1 year. In the spring of 1857 he went to St. Paul, Minnesota staying there a short time, then removing to Woodbury, where he remained until 1862, when he enlisted in Company H, 7th Minnesota Volunteers, discharged in 1865 in St. Paul, and returned to Woodbury and is now living on his farm on section 23. Married in 1867 to Miss Pauline Schultz.
Mons Johnson was born in Sweden in 1827; lived there until 1854, when he emigrated to Quebec, Canada. Moved to Detroit, Michigan, thence to Oakland County, and worked on a farm for 2 years; then moved to Washington County, Minnesota, bought a farm, and settled on it in 1860. Enlisted in 1864 in Company C, 7th Minnesota. Discharged at St. Paul, May 10, 1865. Married in 1853 to Hannah Anderson, by whom he has 5 children living.
Herman Kernkamp was born in Missouri in 1851, where he remained 3 years; then moved with his parents to Woodbury, Washington county, Minnesota and lived with them until 1875, when he bought the farm where he now lives. Married in 1875 to Christina Rode, they have 1 child.
Ernst Koenig was born in Germany in 1842. His parents died when he was young and he went into the German army, and served 8 years. He emigrated to America, landing in New York and proceeded at once to Illinois where he remained 2 years. Moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1872, thence to Afton and taught school 3 years, worked on a farm 1 year. Moved to Woodbury in 1876 and has been teaching ever since. Married in 1874 to Miss Minnie Siehl, they have 3 children; Bruno, Emeline and Merta.
Matt. Leithauser was born in Germany in 1857. Emigrated to America in 1865 and located in New Jersey where he remained 18 months. Moved to St. Paul, Minnesota and learned the mason's trade. In 1875, moved to Woodbury, and rented a farm, and is now following his trade as a mason and working his farm. Married in 1880 to Miss Mary Neubauer from Germany.
William Lindemann was born in Germany in 1850; came with his parents to America in 1855, remaining in New York state for 12 years. Moved to St. Paul, Minn. in 1867 and to Woodbury and in 1873 bought the farm where he now lives. Married in 1876 to Henrietta Goers, they have 2 children; Gertrude and Luella.
Stephen Maisch was born in Germany in 1821; came to America in 1848; landed in New York and started at once for Michigan where he remained until 1857, when he moved to Woodbury, Minn., and purchased the farm where he now lives. Married in 1852 to Miss Henrietta Bunker, they have 6 children living.
Fredolin Marty was born in Switzerland in 1831. Came to America in 1850, landing in New York and proceeded to Stillwater, Minnesota, where he remained for about 14 years, then went to Woodbury and bought the farm on which he now lives. Married in 1857 to Sophia Tussy, they have 9 children.
(Transcriber's Note: Researcher Joy Marty Adrian says this: "Fredolin Marty married Anna Sophia Dersch in 1857. They had ten children, Jacob (1858) Louis (1860), Elizabeth (1863), Frank (1866), Sophia (1868), Otto (1871), John (1874), Edward (1876), William (1879), Albert (1881)." Researchers' website is www.martyfamily.com)
Archibald McCallum was born in Scotland in 1833. He came to America in 1851, with his parents, locating at Albany, then to Caledonia, Livingston County, New York. He remained there until 1863 whe he came to Hastings. The next year he bought 80 acres in Woodbury, Minnesota, on which he now lives. He was married in 1871 to Mary Taggert who has borne him 2 children.
Alexander McHattie was born in Scotland and remained with his parents until 16 years of age when he worked as a teamster 2 years and farmed 3 years. In 1833, came to America and lived in Vermont 2 years, thence to Herkimer County, New York for a short time; also in Ohio a short time, and Indiana on the Wabash and Erie canal, then to LaPorte on the railroad for a short time, thence to Galena and engaged in mining. Left Galena in the fall of 1839 and went to St. Croix Falls and remained a few months lumbering, went to Prescott to hold a claim and remained there until the fall fo 1840. In 1841, purchased a claim of the land where the village of Afton now stands. Went from there to Gray Cloud Island in the employ of Moore's and Robinson's trading post where he remained until the spring of 1841, when he returned to his claim, which he sold in 1844 and moved to Woodbury, Minnesota and lived with his brother until 1848 when he married Miss Margaret Middleton. they have 8 children living: Jane, James A., John A., Ellen, Annie, Matilda, George L., and Margaret E.
John McHattie was born in Scotland in 1809, moved to Canada in 1833, where he remained a short time, and then went to Vermont remaining there a few months when he moved to Herkimer County, New York. thence to Ohio for 2 years, and Indiana 1 year; Illinois for 2 years and Gray Cloud Island in the fall of 1840. In the spring of 1841, took a claim at Afton and lived on it 3 years. Moved to Woodbury in 1844 and located where he now lives. Married in 1846 to Jane Middleton, they have 7 children living.
James McMahon, born in Ireland in 1822, lived there 15 years when he went to Scotland and remained 5 years; returned to his native land and stopped a short time, and in 1844 came to america, landed in New York, went to Bosotn, Massachusetts, returned to New York state and lived in Orange county 6 years, from there to Pennsylvania for 4 years. Thence to St. Paul, Minnesota for 2 years and to Afton about 12 years, when he sold out and moved to his present farm in Woodbury. Married in 1854 to Catherine Devery, they have 6 children living.
Thomas McNaughton was born in Scotland in 1825. Moved with his parents to Canada in 1831, and lived with them until 22 years of age, going to Ottawain 1847, and worked at lumbering. In the spring of 1848 went to Quebec, engaged 3 years lumbering and surveying, then to Vermont for a short time. Moved back to Canada and in 1856 moved to St. Paul, Minnesota and to Woodbury, working there and in Oakdale a number of years, and settled on his present farm in 1863. Married in 1867 to Laura J. Lawson, they have 3 children.
James Middleton Jr , born in Ireland in 1833. Immigrated with his parents to America in 1845 and settled on a claim made by his brother, in section 26 in Woodbury, Washington County, Minnesota in 1844. Being employed on a farm his advantages for education were quite limited. His perserverence is obtaining all that circumstances would permit is deserving of commendation. Mr. Middleton is, in an eminent degree, a self made man, has filled many positions of trust in connection with the town, county and state. In 1860 he was elected clerk of his school district and has held it since; served as chairman of the board of supervisors for several years; county commissioner for 5 years. In 1854 he received the appointment of sergeant of arms in the legislature. Has been one of the officers of the academical board of Afton Academy since its' organization, also an officer in the county agricultural society since it was founded. His father, James Middleton, made a claim of the land on which he now lives, in 1845, and which fell to him in the division of property. In 1853 his parents came to live with him. His father died in 1854 and his mother followed him in 1866. Mr. Middleton is a model farmer, has his farm under a fine state cultivation, with good improvements; is now paying considerable attention to sheep raising, having a choice flock of southdowns, which are his pride. Married in 1866 to Miss Eldra Masterman, they have 4 children living: Carrie E., Georgia E., James E., and Margaret J.
Benajmin Munson was born in Sweden in 1826. Emigrated to America, landing in New York; and from there to Illinois, where he remained for 2 years. Moved to Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota in 1853 and to Woodbury the same year and purchased the farm he now lives on. Was elected supervisor in 1855. Married in 1860 to Miss Helen Anderson by whom he has 6 children living.
August Neubauer was bron in German in 1854 and emigrated to america in 1856; landed in New York and moved to Illinois, where he resided 1 year, then went to St. Paul, Minn., and remained 12 years and from there to Woodbury and settled on the land he now occupies. Married in 1880 to Miss Matilda ----
Frederick Nenan was born in Germany in 18-- and emigrated to america in 1856; landed in New York and went to Illinois, where he remained 7 years, thence to Woodbury. Rented a farm for 4 years and bought it in 1867 and now lives on it. Married in 1859 to Miss Julia Pohl. they have 8 children living: Mary S., John F., Mellosiena J., Henry A., Albert J., Josephine E., Anna A. and Louisa.
John A. Ortman was born in Germany in 1824. emigrated to Quebec, Canada in 1847, moved from there to Detroit, Michigan where he remained 5 years, thence to St. Paul in 1854; remained a few months and moved to Woodbury and settled on a farm of 80 acres, lived on it 5 years, sold it, and bought 160 acres, where he now lives. Married in 1854 to Antonie Brahmer, they have 6 childrne living: John, Edward G., Emma L., Anna E., R. Benjamin and Katherine E.
Andrew Peterson was born in Sweden in 1837. Emigrated to Denmark in 1853; lived there and in the northern part of Germany for 5 years. Came to America in 1858 and went to Minnesota, settling in Afton. Enlisted in 1861 in Company B, 3rd Regiment Minnesota Voluneers. Discharged in St. Paul September 28, 1864, and returned to his farm. Moved to Woodbury in 1867. Elected town clerk for 9 years and justice of the peace for 6 years. In 1878 elected member of the state legislature and re-elected in 1880. Married November 13, 1862 to Miss Mary C. Eherenbery, they have 7 children living.
Charles W. Pierce was born in St. Johns, New Brunswick in 1830. He went to New York City in 1846 and enlisted in Company D, First Dragoons and went to Mexico. Served 5 years and was discharged at Fort Snelling in 1851, and went to Woodbury, bought 160 acres, worked several years sold and bought 40 acres wher ehe now lives. Married in 1868 to Mary A. Caffray, by whom he has 7 children.
Charles Porth was born in Germany in 1830. Emigrated to America in 1846 and went to Wheatfield, Niagra County, New York where he remained with his parents until 21 years of age. Bought land in the same town and lived on it for 14 years, when he sold out and moved to Woodbury, Washington County, Minnesota and bought the farm he now lives on. Married in 1852 to Frederica Werth who died July 29, 1878. He has 11 children living: Cora, August, Minna, Augusta, Matilda, Anna, William, Lena, Charles, Mary and Ida.
Charles Reichow was born in Germany in 1833. Lived with his parents until he was 28 years old, when he came to America, landing in New York in 1861. Moved to St. Paul, Minn. the same year, and lived there until 1869, when he came to Woodbury and settled on section 4 where he now lives. Married in 1869 to Miss Hulda Vaber, they have 4 children: Albert, Otto, Rudolph, and Edwald.
J. R. Reynolds was born in Westchester, New York in 1837. Lived with his parents until 1851 when he moved to Illinois and remained 5 years. Moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1857, went to Power's Lake in Woodbury, rented a farm, and engaged in the sugar trade for 7 years. He went to Redwood Falls in 1876; went to Afton in 1878, and in 1879 to Dakota; took a claim in Valley City, and returned to Woodbury in 1881.
John P. Rhein was born in Germany in 1832. Emigrated to America in 1848, and went o Milwaukee, Wisconsin and back to Detroit, Michigan where he remained for 10 years. Moved to Woodbury and worked a farm for 2 years, and rented a farm for 4 years; went to St. Paul and sold milk 9 years, returned to Woodbury in 1875 and bought the farm on which he now lives, and holds the office of constable and road master. Married in 1854 to Doratha Metzger, they have 11 children living.
Anton Rode, was born in Germany in 1823. Emigrated to America in 1840 and went to Indiana; in 1841 went to Fort Wayne, engaging on the canal, worked there 3 years and then went to Illinois, and remained there for 3 years. He returned to Indiana in 1848 and lived there until 1867, engaged in the railroad business. Sold out and went to St. Paul, Minnesota. Stopped there a short time and then moved to Woodbury and purchased the farm he now lives on. Married in 1852 to Christina Niermann, they have 9 children living.
Christian F. Schakel was born in Germany in 1826. Lived with his parents until 1844 when he moved to America, landing in Baltimore, thence to Indiana where he remained until 1865, when he moved to Woodbury, Minnestoa and purchased a farm he now lives on. Married in 1847 to Louisa Kocha, who died in 1863, by whom he had 8 children. Married again in 1864 to Caroline Newbours, who bore him 10 children.
Louisa Schilling was born in Germany in 1821. Emigrated to America in 1843, landed in New Orleans, where she remained 8 months, went to St. Louis, Missouri and remained there until 1855, when she moved to Woodbury, Minnesota and purchased the farm she now lives on. Married in 1848 to Henry Schilling, she has 5 children living.
Henry Schutlz was born in Denmark in 1849, learned the blacksmith trade in the old country and emigrated to America in 1869, stopping in New York about 2 months, when he went west. He stopped a short time in Michigan, Chicago, Illinois and working his trade one year in Topeka, Kansas, thence to Washington County, Minnesota and bought the farm he now lives on; has been postmaster since 1875. Married in 1874 to Mary Bertelson, they have 2 children living: Lizzie A. and Annie.
Joseph Streiff was born in Switzerland in 1825, came to America in 1861, remained in New York city about a year,
went to St. Paul, Minn. in 1853, thence to Lake Superior, opened a hotel and conducted it until 1866 when he moved
to Minneapolis and the same year to Woodbury, opening a store, hotel, and keeping the post office which he continued
to keep until 1874 when he went to farming, still retaining the post office. Married in 1862 , and now has 4 children:
Anna, Lizzie, Paulina and Joseph.
Joseph's wife's name is Minna. I believe that he came to America in 1851 vs. 1861, as he was already in St. Paul in 1853, according to Jeane Lutz, 3rd great-granddaughter]
Herman Thees was born in Germany in 1834, emigrated to America in 1859, landed in New York and went to Indiana; bought 10 acres and lived on it 6 years; from there to Ramsey County, Minnesota, and remained 3 years, from there to Woodbury and located where he now lives. Married in 1868 to Christina Danar, they have 6 children.
R. B. Vollmer was born in Germany in 1818. Emigrated to America in 1851, went to St. Paul, Minesota, thence to Lakeland, where he lived 23 years, and then to Woodbury and settled where he now lives. Married in 1840 to Catherine Shafer, they have 6 children living.
B. F. Wells was born on Long Island, New York in 1856. Lived with his parents 23 years and learned the wagon making business. Went to Minnesota in 1878 and stopped at Newport, thence to Cottage Grove and worked at his trade 8 months, thence to Afton, working on a farm 9 months, then to Woodbury post office and started a wagon shop where he is now prosecuting his business.
Frank Zurn was born in Wisconsin in 1858. Lived with his parents until 21 years of age. Came to Woodbury, Washington county, Minnesota in 1878 and worked on farms and different places for a few years, when he bought one on section 4 where he now lives. He was married in 1881 to Miss Mary Egan.
William Zurn was born in New York in 1852. He went with his parents to Washington county, Wisconsin, and remained
with them until 1874 when he went to St. Paul, Minnesota, thence to Woodbury and worked for the farmers about 3
years, and in 1877, rented the farm where he now lives. Married in 1877 to Elizabeth Brockman, they have 2 children;
Rosa and Theresa.
[Submitted by Barb Moksnes