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Samuel Emery Adams
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. (Shutter, Marion Daniel, 1853-ed.) Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Journal (1897) Submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Samuel Emery Adams, a member of the city council of Minneapolis, was born in Reading, Windsor County, Vermont, December 1, 1828. He is a descendant of the old Lexington, Massachusetts, family of that name. His great-grandfather served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War as a member of the Connecticut troops under General Israel Putnam. Solomon Wright Adams, the father of Samuel, was a tiller of the soil in the state of Vermont, and though in rather limited circumstances was a prominent man in the locality in which he lived. He served the people of the community as a selectman, assessor, postmaster, and as their representative in the state legislature. His wife's maiden name was Mary Adaline Emery. When Samuel was but a year old the family moved to Bellows Falls, and thence to Rutland County, where he was raised on his father's farm. He attended the academies at Chester, Springfield and Thetford, and prepared for college in the West Randolph Academy. In 1851 he entered Dartmouth College, but on account of ill health was forced to leave the following year. In 1853 he received an appointment from President Pierce as a route agent between Boston, Massachusetts, and Burlington, Vermont. He continues in that vocation till 1855, when he was compelled to resign on account of severe bronchial trouble, and came to Minnesota to find relief. He arrived at St. Anthony Falls in the fall of 1855, but returned to Vermont a few months later. He came back to Minnesota the following year, locating at Monticello, in Wright County, June 1, 1856, and engaged in the mercantile trade. In 1857 he was elected a member of the state senate, and re-elected in 1859. The latter year he was appointed special agent of the postoffice department for Iowa and Minnesota. In 1860 he was appointed receiver of the land office at St. Cloud, Minnesota, leaving it next year, when the Republicans came into power. He was in politics what was then Known as a "war Democrat," willing to do all in his power to perpetuate the Union and preserve it intact. In 1862 he was appointed a paymaster in the army by President Lincoln, and was breveted lieutenant-colonel in 1865 "for meritorious services in the field." He did not leave the service, however, until January, 1866, when he was honorably discharged. Colonel Adams at once returned to Monticello and engaged in the mercantile trade and real estate operations. Although he had been admitted to the bar in 1862 he gave no attention to legal business, except in connection with real estate transactions. While at Monticello he was a member and president of the board of education of that town for many years, and always took an active interest in educational matters. He was master of the State Grange for eight years and of the National Grange for two years, contributing in every way possible to the elevation and prosperity of the agricultural and toiling masses. He was president of the State Agricultural Society in 1879, and is now and has been for many years a member of the State Historical Society. While at Monticello he also engaged in the newspaper publishing business, and was for a number of years editor and proprietor of the Wright County Times. In May, 1883, Colonel Adams removed to Minneapolis, where he has ever since resided, engaged in the real estate and insurance business. Having performed valuable services in 1891 as a member of the commission appointed to award damages in the opening and extension of new streets in Minneapolis, the Republicans of the Fourth Ward forced the nomination upon him for alderman from that ward in 1892. He was elected for a term of four years, and was re-elected in 1896. Mr. Adams has been one of the most competent and faithful men that have ever served in that body. He served continuously on the ways and means committee, and was also on the committees on claims, waterworks, markets and underground wires. He has been strenuous in his opposition to the custom of awarding contracts to other than the lowest responsible bidders, and at the time the reservoir question came up in the council in 1895 was strongly opposed to this improvement, because it necessitated an increase in the bonded indebtedness of the city. When he was renominated to the council in 1896 he received the indorsement of the Good Citizenship League, and was re-elected by a large majority. In politics and religious matters Colonel Adams is inclined to be independent, preferring to estimate parties and creeds by acts rather than profession. He is a thirty-third degree Mason, and is a charter member of the Monticello Lodge. He is inspector general of the Scottish Rite, and past senior grand warden of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota; also a member of George N. Morgan Post, G. A. R. July 21, 1859, he was joined in wedlock to Augusta J. Smith, of Pittsford, Vermont, and they have two sons--Henry Rice, engaged in the insurance business in Minneapolis, and John Cain, formerly Assistant Surgeon United States Army, and now located at West Superior, Wisconsin.

John Alley
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ALLEY John Thompson, Buffalo. Born Jan 1, 1850 in Wetzel Co W Va, son of Hezekiah and Nancy (Milburn) Alley. Married Nov 5, 1879 to Albina C Lewis. Educated in W Va and common schools of Minn. First engaged in teaching school; surveyor 1874-78; studied law and admitted to bar 1878 and has been engaged in practice to date. Judge of probate Wright county 1886-94; county atty 1894-96; member legislature 1901; state senator 1903-05.

Frank Balcome
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

BALCOME Frank E, St Paul. Res 902 Cromwell av, office corner Raymond and Hampden avs. Physician. Born May 1, 1872 at Delano Minn, son of Edwin and Sarah (Bryan) Balcome. Married Oct 3, 1900 to Anna M Lutz. Attended Howard Lake Minn High School; Macalaster College St Paul, graduating in 1895; medical dept U of M; graduated M D from Eclectic Medical Institute Cincinnati O 1899. Member Cannon & Balcome physicians St Paul 1899 to date.

James B. Blanchard
Source: Autobiography of J. B. Blanchard; transcribed by Larry Lakey




To start out with, I will say that I am no hand to "Blow my own horn", but if my friends want to "blow it" for me, that is their own business, and I will give them facts without any coloring.

I was born in Dexter, Maine, on Feb. 5th, 1821. My father died when I was eight months old; my mother then went to live with her parents in the town of Sebeck, Piscatouis County, where I lived until I was four years old. This was a new county and everybody in the county was poor. I then went to live with a man by the name of Harvey Blake; was there, only about eight months when my aunt heard that I was not used very well and took me away.

My mother married Eugene Erbin when I was five years old; I lived at home then for about four years; then my step-father enlisted in the U. S. Service and he was sent to Florida at the time of the Indian War; that is the last we ever heard of him. He left my mother with five children and her father and mother on her hands without a dollar, consequently I went to live with different parties ---- I think three different parties - up to the time I was ten years old, and every one seemed to work me for all there was in me. The understanding was with all those parties that I was to stay with them until I was twenty-one years old and they were obligated to send me to school, sufficient to learn to read, write and cypher to the "Rule of three"; that was the extent of their obligation to educate me, and I was to have $100 and a new suit of clothes when I was twenty-one; that I was the condition with all three parties.

I was working for someone else until I was fifteen years of age, and then I thought I was old enough and strong enough to earn something for my mother; I started of from Springfield, Maine and went thirty miles to find a job in the lumber camps; I started out in the morning and made thirty miles that day across lakes and portages with no inhabitants on the route; I crossed three lakes, and the last lake was nine miles across without any track on the lake. I got to the foot of the lake just at dark and struck a log landing where I met a man by the name of Brown. I asked him if he wanted to hire any help and he said "NO", but there was a party up the lake whom he had passed during the day that wanted a man. I started there the next morning and wen back up the lake until I struck this cam; Edgeley, Earl & Billings was the company. I asked them if they wanted a man; he said they wanted a man, but they didn't want a boy, but not being able to get a man they took me on trial; I asked him if I could stay and he said I could and that he would give me $12.00 per month, and more, if I earned it. I was anxious to earn more, and during the winter I got a pair of pants and a pair of mittens, and in the spring when they broke up I took their note for my wages. They went east to Paris and I went west to Springfield to my home. I have never collected the note yet; that is what I got for my winter's work. The next spring I hired out on a log drive to Cook, for which I got fifty cents in money and nine yards of red flannel for shirts - at that was all I got for my spring's work.

I went to Milfred where I had some friends, uncles and cousins; they were engaged in the river business, rafting and running rafts. I hired out with them for eighteen dollars per month, rafting, sawing lumber and running logs down to Bangor, and by this time my muscles were pretty well developed. At the age of about twenty I was considered the best man on a raft and best water-man and ablest man on the river - no man on the river that could pull a heavier oar than I could. Jam Blanchard was in great demand by the river men.

Then I started in business for myself. Every pilot on the river turned against me. Determined to crush me out, but I had too much pluck for them. I succeeded very well, and from that time on was in the lumber business and river business until I came to Minnesota.

I left Bangor on the 22nd day of April in '57. I was in the lumber business cutting and hauling logs and working on drives, driving logs to the boom across lakes, building dams and clearing streams for driving, and, in short, I was a very hard man to beat in any part of the business.

When I left Bangor for the west - Minneapolis - I expected to find business flourishing in Minnesota. I met with various reverses. I left the family - my wife and five children - with only ten dollars. When I crossed the suspension bridge at Minneapolis I took account of my wealth and found out that I had 32 - c, I found times very hard in Minnesota, but I had friends to stop with. That was where W. B. Washburn was putting in the dam of the west side of the river. My cousins told me that Washburn wanted some river - men, so I went down to the works. They had a long cook shanty and a man cook running it and it appeared to me that I would like to board there, even if I didn't get anything to do.

I went and saw Washburn and asked him if he wanted any help; he said, "NO", that he was turning away help every day". I left very down hearted. I walked up what is now Washington Ave. it occurred to me that I hadn't asked him that I understood that he wanted water-men. I went back and told him that I understood that he wanted water-men; he says "Yes, are you a waterman?" I said Yes. Where are you from? I told him. Go to work. I didn't ask what the wages were; I was anxious to get a job if I only got my board, but when pay day came I got $60.00 per month and sent it to my family.

I worked another month and Washburn had a crew, I think, of about seventy-five men, and he says to us "I have got the money to pay you all off, and if any of you work longer you will have to take the company's note until next June. Most of them settled up and left. I told Washburn that under the circumstances I would have to leave too. He says to me "You go to work. I said I would be glad to, but under the circumstances I must realize something for my work. He says to me again "You go to work" and work through the winter". The next spring in March I hired out with I. F. Woodman to go to Montecello. I worked for him during that summer - the summer of '58. In the meantime I bought some lots and built a home at Montecello for my family and in June they came to me, where I resided until '71.

I was engaged in the lumber business on my own account, but I didn't belong to the Lumber Association at Minneapolis. I went into the woods every winter and cut the logs and driving them to the boom. My logs would go into the boom with everybody else and when they were ran through the boom they had to go into somebody's mill pond and I found it very difficult to sell my logs, and the result was that every mill man on the river was sawing my logs and not willing to pay for them. When I would ask them for pay they would say it was an accommodation to me for them to saw my logs and that they would give me logs next spring in return for them. In this way it was a case of the poor favoring the rich. Bought a portable saw-mill, got a lease of ground near the south of Bassett's creek in Minneapolis and went to work and sawed one hundred thousand feet that fall. I got a lease of this property with a privilege of paying for it as fast as I could. That winter I took in a partner of the name of Leighton an our contract was that he was to furnish capital to carry on operations and I to furnish stumpage and the rent of the mill to saw the logs the next season, and he undertook to rob me of every cent there was in it and joined hands with the Lumber Association of Minneapolis to knock me out. The Association considered it adverse to their interest to have any competition.

I had, at that time, as good a prospect before me as any man in the lumber business in Minneapolis, but they boycotted me in every way possible, my partner joined hands with the Association to break me up and they left me two thousand dollars in debt and without a shingle to cover my head.

I had one pair of horses left and the next winter my son and I hired two men and went into the pinery and cleared eleven hundred dollars and paid it out on debts.

After being left in the condition I was in Minneapolis I went home and went to bed - thought I was sick - guess I was. I called in Dr. Wakefield, he looked me over, came again the next morning and says "Blanchard, you ain't sick, its only this trouble you got into that put you where you are. Well, I says, if I ain't sick ain't going to lay here, and I up with both feet and kicked the covers over the foot of the bed and got up and dressed. But my head wasn't just right - it bothered me - I had a slight paralysis of the brain from which I have never quite fully recovered.

In the early part of August '71, I got a letter from my son who was with the Lake Superior & Puget Sound Co., that he had found out before hand where the crossing was going to be for the N. P. railroad, and he wrote me to come immediately. I harnessed up and took on a few goods and took my youngest boy, seven years old, on the wagon with me and came to Moorhead - camped under the wagon on the way in the evening and sold my goods over it. I was eleven days making the trip and thought I made a good trip at that - was well satisfied.

When I got here there wasn't a house in Moorhead except an old station which was partly tumbled down. I put my horses in the station and camped under the wagon and sold my goods off from it. The first goods I sold was to Andrew Holes, who had then just commenced to build his log house on the site where his beautiful residence now stands. Mr. Holes was the first settler in Moorhead, and Mrs. Holes has first right to the claim of being the first woman in Moorhead, although they were camped on the other sid of the river at the time they had established their residence in Moorhead and were building their house.

I sold my goods mostly to the Northern Pacific graders who were at work at that time in the Hawley hills. After selling my goods I went to work for the Lake Superior and Puget Sound Land Co. With my team, locating claims between here an Detroit, at five dollars per day, and expenses.

In the fall, I built the first wooded store that was built in Moorhead; it was on Fourth Street North, next to the Scandia Hotel, and run it that winter. This was built from lumber taken out of the river late in the fall and it had been in the water all summer from Fergus Falls down the Red River; just boarded and oatted; single floor from the same material - right out of the river set up on blocks. The building was 18 X 24 feet, all in one room, no ceiling and nothing to heat it but a No. 9 cook stove. I had my bunk on one side near the stove and camped there all winter. My merchandise consisted of groceries, feed and flour. That building was moved off the lot and now stands back of the News Office.

Soon after I arrived here the town site was laid out; there was then quite a little tent town down at Probsfield's that immediate winter - all living in tents; the Napin House, at the corner of Front and Fourth Streets was built an Nichols Bros. Had a butcher shop and residence; Rev. Elmer had a wooden building, I think. I think those were the only wooden buildings in town.

The town was largely populated by speculators and gamblers saloons, but on the whole everybody appeared to be pretty happy.

On the 25th day of April, '72 - the day that Shang shot Shemway and Shemway shot Thompson, that caused a great deal of excitement. The cry was "Why don't they arrest Shemway for shooting Thompson? H. C. Finkle and John Haggart come running to me and asked "Why don't they arrest Shemway?" I says, "Why don't you arrest Shemway - you have just as good a right as anybody to arrest Shemway", as we had no county organization at that time. They said they would if I would go with them; says I, "All right." I went to the Hagarthy & Grady's restaurant and Shemway had gone in. I found the door fastened; I rapped and they opened the door and we three went in and found Shemway on a table with a bullet hole through him; I says to the boys "Go back, he is perfectly safe - open the doors and give him all the air he can get. They all went out and some of the boys were anxious to go back and take him out and hang him, but I says "NO, he is all right, let him alone." He lived seven days.

In the meantime we had got organized for the County consisting of Andrew Holes, Pet Wilson and Mrs. Huntoon's father. Wilson and Holes appointed me Sheriff.

Shang was the first man I took into custody. Shang's name was Charley Stanton. They took him before Justice David Grant and the case was adjourned for ten days, awaiting the result of Shemway's wound. He put up a cash bail of $500. After Shemway's death he came into Court again and gave a "straw bail" of $1000 - and that was the last of the case.

When Shemway died Andrew Holes, Peter Wilson and myself took him from the Cleveland House and buried him in the northern part of town - and Sam Patridge after wards built a good house over him - which is now the second house this side of the Court House on the west side of the street.

When Shemway died his mother was telegraphed to and asked what to be done with him. She replied to "Bury him and send the bill. We had no particular burying ground. The money was sent for the expenses, but there was no charges for the buriel and I think the money went to pay for his board at Chapins Hotel. I told Patridge at one time that it was a good thing for Shemway that he had built a good house over him, which was the first he knew of his being there. After a year or two he concluded he would have a cistern put under the kitchen and the workmen in digging the hole struck the box and took it out and buried it the second time under the edge of the bank and informed the mother of the occurrence. I think she had him shipped to her.

I sold the first goods, built the first wooden store and built the first bridge across the Buffalo river between here and Glyndon, and made the first assessment in the County.

I was a volunteer in the "Bloodless Arostic War" when a young man. That is a trouble that grew out of a dispute over our International Boundary Line between the U. S. & Canada, but "John Bull" didn't care to fight the U. S. and the dispute was settled by arbitration. The English Government sent Ashburton to confer with Dan'l Webster and it seems that Webster had the biggest head - and Ashburton had the biggest stomach - he could hold more champagne than Webster - and the result was we got, according to the treaty, more land than we claimed in the first place. That treaty is known as the Ashburton Treaty.

The first winter that we were here - '71 & '73 we had no organization; there was about four hundred residents, all living in tents; the population consisted chiefly of gamblers and saloon keepers. I was appointed U. S. Marshal in '72; after wards H. R. Denney was appointed and I worked for him. I received two appointments by the Department as active and Chief Agent, looking up trespassers against the government and other violations. I reported something over sixty cases that I had looked up and procured the evidence and every one was handled by the U. S. Commissioners. I never missed a case nor went after a man but what I got him.

The government sent two agents here - Jones and E. A. Protois - to look after trespassers in '77. After my term as Sheriff expired he appointed me and I was to report to him. He stayed in St. Paul in the best hotels and I done the work and - he got the glory. I reported to him thirty - cases, brought before different commissioners with the evidence; they went after every one of them before the Commissioners, but one; his name was Ben Regan and he was as guilty as any of the charge; he got clear on the ground that he was arrested in Dakota for stealing timber in Minnesota; that was thirty miles this side of Pembina. I went after him in the winter; the snow was very deep, drifted all over the prairie.

I had to labor under a great disadvantage here in my official capacity, from the fact that if I had to call on any assistance I was refused on the ground that they didn't want to incur any displeasure of the boys or the women, consequently I had to depend entirely on my two sons. I remember one night a man came to my house and wanted me to arrest Ed. Smith - this was in the evening. I asked him if he had a warrant, and he said no. I told him to get a warrant and I would arrest Ed. Smith, but not before. He went away and I went to bed. About twelve o'clock he came back with his warrant, and insisted on my making the arrest that night. Ed Smith kept a saloon on Fourth Street; my boys I couldn't find it the time - they happened to be away. I went out on the street and met a man by the name of Page; I says to Page "I want you to stand right outside of this saloon and see if I ever come out." I went in and counted sixteen men, having a high old time - gamblers, saloon keepers, desperadoes, etc., consisting of Jack O'Neil, Jack White, Buffalo Jack, Himpy Jack, Ed Hayes and others, making sixteen in all. They asked me if I wanted to take a drink; I says "No, gentlemen, I don't drink. Some of them urged me to take a drink and another spoke up and says "No, he don't drink and I respect him for it." Ed was behind the bar; I finally got his eye and beckoned to him to come out into the back part of the saloon and told him in a low voice "Ed, I've got a warrant for you." "Got a warrant for me - what in hell does that mean - I want to see it - want to read it." He looked around upon the crowd and says "Well boys what shall I do?" And Dave Mullin was close by and said "What will you do - you'll go along, that's what you'll do." He said he couldn't leave his place, and finally I suggested that he leave one of the men there to run the place for him and he went with me. All this time you could have heard a pin drop on the floor. We went to the Napin House at the corner of Fourth and Front Streets, took him to a room and he undressed and I got him to bed and locked the door, put one side of the handcuff on him and the other on myself, put his clothes under the bed and get into bed myself with my clothes on; the next morning I took him before a Justice and he paid a fine and went his way.

At another time there was two brothers by the name of Buckley, both running saloons. The Town site Agent, Taylor, came to me one day and says "There is trouble up on Front Street with the Buckleys. I went up there and found that the two Buckley's had been in a fight. When I started out I put my handcuffs in my pocket and walked down Front Street and found John Buckley standing out in front of his place; he was in his shirt sleeves, sleeves rolled up, the froth coming from each side of his mouth - he was a hideous sight to look at; he was a man that weighed probably over 200 pounds. I said to him, "Mr. Buckley, there has been a complaint entered against you and I will have to arrest you." He shook his fist and says "Damned if you do - the man don't stand in America that can arrest me." I walked up to him and grabbed him by the shoulder with all the force I had in me; he came down on his knees and at the same time I pulled the hand cuffs, put them onto him and walked him up to Justice Court. There was probably thirty or forty men standing around looking on, but none of them that I was sure I could get to help me in case I wanted help, but as it happened I didn't need any. The next time I met John he said he wasn't satisfied with the way I used him at the time I arrested him, now he says "We must have it out." I says "No, John, I guess not - I haven't got the State of Minnesota at my back any longer - we will have to call it a draw. But I tell you the porcupine quills stood on top of my head for a while.

On the 2nd of June, '77, Edgar Van Dicar, who came from from Brainerd with a girl called Fannie Clark. By her story, he had promised to marry her, but didn't do it, but made her earn money to support him. He stopped in Moorhead for a while and then went to Fargo and stopped at what was called the Bar Maiden. She got tired of him and he promised to shoot her. She got away from him and came over here and went to Judge DeCamp and swore out a peace warrant and instructed me to let him know that I had the warrant, but not to arrest him if I could help it - thinking that if he knew there was a warrant out and that he couldn't get bail he would keep away. I met him at the corner of Fourth and Front Streets in the afternoon and told him that I had a warrant; he said he wanted to see it; I showed it to him and he told me to read it; I commenced to read it and he jumped and ran for Fargo.

The parties seemed very pleased, but I says "Don't fool your selves - he will be back here tonight." So, along late after dark I buckled on my revolver - a heavy gun with a six inch barrel - on my left side and went over to Kate Pakelo; Date came to the door and I asked for Van Decar; she says "Yes, he is here" and I stepped into the sitting room; she says "He is in there", pointing to a bed room door off to the side of the room. There was two men there, one a very stout, nice looking man. I said to him "I am about to make an arrest here and I may need some help." I went into the bed room and there sat Ban Decar on the side of the bed; there was two lights burning. I says to Van Decar "You gave me the jump a little while ago. He says "I don't want to make any trouble, but I want to see Fannie first." We called Fannie and she stepped by me; he says to her "how is it Fannie, are you going to give me up?" She says "Yes Ed. I am going to give you up, I have even parted friends." He says to her "Have you got the ring?" She says "Yes", then he turned partly around and I heard a revolver pop, and when the revolver popped the two men popped out of the room; she threw up her hands and says "I am shot" and walked out by me. Van Decar was on his side up within three feet and the second shot took off the sole of my boot and then he leveled his revolver at me. I thought of the old adage "Its a poor time to look for your revolver when looking down another man's barrel." I jumped for him and got his right hand which held the revolver and at the same time got him by the collar with my right hand and pulled him right up snug to me and held his arm that held the revolver so he couldn't get a range on me - I knew that my life depended upon the strength of my left arm - and in the struggle the revolver dropped to the floor; he tried his best to break the hold, but I held him; which one of us went out first I never knew, but we brought up against a post and I got him down and called for help; a man by the name of Eustis came out; I had him down then and had him by the throat and he had quit the struggle. We called for a rope and Kate cut off a piece of clothes line and we tied his hands behind him and walked him over to the county jail at the corner of Eighth St. and First Ave. The Sheriff at that time, Chas. Nichols, was in a "one horse circus" somewhere up on the Minnesota River, and his Deputy was out of town. I called the girl that kept a house over the jail and got the key and put him into the jail and into the iron cage, which is now doing service at the Moorhead Meat Market as a smoke-house.

Mr. Eustis watched the jail over night and the next day the Deputy, Mr. Carr, came down; he didn't like to stay alone with him, so I stayed there the second night. Right after dark, a good friend of mine - John Haggart, from Forge, came to the jail and called me out and told me there was about fifty men congregated on the wagon bridge and that they wanted Van Decar; I says to him "You tell the boys they can't have him; I fought like a bull dog to get him here and I will fight just as hard to protect him." He went back and told them and they disperced.

Sheriff Nicols got home the next day and I told him he had a desperate man to deal with and that he had better keep the shackles on him, but he thought it was unnecessary to put shackles on him; so when the President came through and stopped down at the Fourth Street crossing, all hands turned out to see the President. Van Decar had the use of the whole jail. He wrenched off an iron bar, knocked a hole out of the back side and walked off. That was the last seen of him. All the Sheriff done toward re-arresting him was to send a post card to the Chief of Police at Brainerd to arrest him if he came there. He was finally seen in Brainerd, and the Chief of Police heard he was there, but didn't do anything toward arresting him; no effort was made to recapture him.

The tenth day after Fannie was shot she was married to a man by the name of Merritt. The eighteenth day after she was shot she died and was buried in the Prairie Home Cemetery.

I was only Constable at that time; I got a County Warrant for 25 cents for making the arrest. County Warrant were worth - in goods - 90 cents on the dollar, but for cash, only 75 cents on the dollar. That is what I received for making the arrest.

"Blinker Jack" (Charley Stanton), a desperado, came from Brainerd up here. He would get on the "rampage" once in a while and terrorize the people. At this particular time he took a revolver in his hand and would go from one saloon to the other, would meet people on the way, level his revolver at him and make him come in and treat. He kept that up for quite a while - and they invariably walked up at, the point of the revolver, and treated. I was out of town at the time. The Swedes had a dance that evening and Jack went in and took charge of the dance. He was arrested at the dance hall. All the jail we had at that time was a log one; that was about 12 x 18 feet, laid up with logs, chinked up with stove wood, covered with poles over head; there was a hallway about four feet wide running through the center that was made of poles and very open at that. All the way we could keep a prisoner those days was to watch him; my bunk was in the further end of that hall; I slept there at night and guarded the jail by day. This was in the fall of '72. They kept "Blinker" that winter with three others, and in the spring, about the time the river was breaking up, they broke jail while I was up getting their dinner for them. They broke jail by sawing off some poles we had up by the stove pipe and climbed through and took down to the river; they found the river breaking up so they couldn't cross, so they followed down the river; when I come with their dinner I found them gone. I followed their tracks; I was told that "Blinker" had a gun. I followed their tracks for a while down the river and when I struck the point and struck the river on the other side of the point I came across them - four of them in the woods - it was all big timber there then. I hollered to them and "Blinker Jack" got out of sight in some way - I don't know how. It seem that he had laid down in the water behind a little clump of bushes and we hunted a long time for him while he was lying there in the water, entirely out of sight, except his head. Finally we took him out and took him up to my residence and kept him there, under guard, that night. The next day we repaired the jail and put a roof on it.

That fall we had a term of court - Judge McCalvey presiding. We had Jack up before the Court having his trial and someone in the Court room gave him a bottle of whiskey and when I put him back into jail he got wild on the whiskey. I had a man in his cell by the name of Higgins and he got to fighting with him and knocked the stove over and scattered the fire around the floor; we carried the stove out doors and I then put the handcuffs on him. I put Higgins on the other side with another fellow and Jack hadn't been in there long before he threw the handcuffs out into the hall through a hole between the logs, or poles; then I went in with the shackles and put them onto him. In the meantime he had set the jail on fire twice; we put that out and then I went to Fred Hannebohl's blacksmith shop and got a clasp made to go around his foot, with about four feet of chain, a staple through one end of the chain and stapled it through one of the logs in the jail. I went in with it and says I, "Now Jack, I am going to put this onto you." He says, "I don't know whether you will or not"; I says "Yes, I will, hand up your foot here," and instead of handing it up it come up pretty quick and pretty near to my head. I caught him by the foot when it was up and lifted it still higher and set him on his head; I then took him by the throat and my deputy then came in and put the chain onto him, and we kept him in that condition over night and set a guard over the jail with a Winchester rifle. He was finally brought to Court again and sent to the Penitentiary for five years. After the sentence the Judge told me that he gave him a pretty hard sentence from the fact that he had been before him at Brainerd and sentenced to one year and a fine of one hundred dollars, and that he never went to the Penitentiary or paid the $100 either, but he says after he has been in about three years I will recommend his pardon, if he behaves himself. When the three years were up I got up a petition for his release and Judge McCalvey signed it and about all the Town and County officers signed it and he was released. He come right straight to me in Moorhead and told me he thought more of me than he did of his father; I got him a job on the block down here where Flaten's gallery is now, at the corner of Fourth and Front. He worked a while and kept very steady and appeared to be a new man altogether; he went from here to Bismarck and worked for the Government at Fort Lincoln and they had all kinds of confidence in him. Finally he got on a rampage and had to leave it and come back to Moorhead. He got on a rampage here and went for old Fred Hannebohl and shot at him and had to leave Moorhead and went to Fargo, and done something in Fargo so he had to leave there and come back to Moorhead. He was told here that he would have to get out of Moorhead on the first train; there was a freight train passing about that time and he jumped on and left. I don't know what became of him.

While we were having the fracas at the jail Col. Lonsberry and U. S. Marshall Brackett was there. Lonsberry was then running a paper at Bismarck and he gave me a writeup.

While I was U. S. Detective I went to Winnipagocis Lake on the Mississippi River. I got acquainted with an Indian by the name of Magazee - that was his English name; he gave me information leading to the arrest of about twelve white men for selling liquor to the Indians, and before leaving St. Paul I was furnished with a "John Doe" warrant. I arrested an Indian whose white name was George Washington and took Bob Magazee and another Indian as witnesses and come back across the lake, which was eighteen miles, in a birch bark canoe. Pete Bungo of White Earth Agency was head canoeman. We had a very rough trip across the lake, but we made it all right. We proceeded to St. Paul, turned our prisoners over to the U. S. Marshall and then took three or four warrants against parties in Winnipagosis, the Indian witness I hired by the day to go back with me and took my son with me, E. E. Blanchard, who was Deputy Marshall ; we took the train to Brainerd and took a team from there to Leich Lake and bought a canoe and went across the lake and across into Winnipagosis and so on down the Mississippi river, and on the way down we got another Indian and a white man; made the trip from there to Brainerd in six days and made thirty miles travel by water in a birch bark canoe. I sat in the canoe cramped up so long I was taken with a very severe inflamation of the kidneys. We got to Brainerd and had to wait there until twelve o'clock that night for the train. I went to bed, but couldn't sleep a wink; when the time come for the train I got up and told my son to take these men to St. Paul, that I was going to Moorhead. I wasn't able to go any further.

I got home in the morning and had two doctors, Dr. Lewis and Dr. Davis, work over me during the day; they put a fly plaster on my back and that night I took the train to St. Paul and got there in time to attend the Court which was in session.

My Grandfather's name, on my mother's side was John Johnson; he was a Revolutionary soldier - a big Scotchman and was recognized as the strongest and most powerful man known anywheres in the country, physically, but very quiet. After the war he married a thoroughbred Yankee, raised a family of three boys and five girls; my mother was the youngest and the smallest - and she weighted about two hundred punds; she died the youngest, at eighty three.

My grandparents on my father's side I dont know anything about, only I was told he was from France; he raised a large family, all of which I knew; they were a very able set of men, physically.

I was married Feb. 6th, '43, consequently was 22 years old, to Sarah M. Garrieh; she bore me seven children, the first died in infancy. My wife died at Monticello, Wright Co; all the rest of the family came to Moorhead.

I have been a Civil Officer of some kind ever since the 27th day of April, in '72, either Sheriff, Coroner, Deputy Coroner, or Constable or Deputy Marshall, and have never showed a gun but three times. Have made over 800 arrests - criminal arrests, and never showed a revolver but twice or three times - and never went for a man but what I got him. Have been a health officer of some kind from that until the present day, continuously.

In '73 Pete Sullivan came in here with two men and began to work in the gravel pit for the N. P. It seemed that Sullivan was boss of the gang there and got discharged, and he charged these two men that were with him as the means of his being discharged. They got pretty full one night and Sullivan stabbed them both in the bowels; they both died. Sullivan was arrested and I took him in charge in the County jail and kept him most of the time in the iron cage.

After he had been there for some time lawyer Bergren come up here and went into the old log jail and talked with Sullivan; he says to Sullivan "What got into you - you must have been crazy?" and Sullivan says "I guess I was." When he came on for trial he put up the insanity dodge - and I think myself that he did go insane - he couldn't be tried because he was insane. I took him down to Minneapolis for safe keeping until the next term of court and then he appeared to be rational and all over it; said he was coming back to have his trial and be cleared on the insanity dodge.

They had the trial and he appeared to be rational until he was sentenced. He got life sentence in the Penitentiary and he went crazy again - as soon as he found out he was convicted he went crazy. I took him down to the Penitentiary at Stillwater and they received him there, but couldn't hold him there on account of his insanity.

They sent him from there to the St. Peter Insane Asylum; he stayed there quite a while and he appeared rational enough and the gave him a good deal of liberty - even let him go out peddling books; all at once he came up missing. The next I heard of him he was in Dublin with his sister; she sent him money to go to Dublin with.

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Cassius M. Buck
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. (Shutter, Marion Daniel, 1853-ed.) Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Journal (1897) Submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Though comparatively but a young man as yet, Cassius M. Buck, cashier of the Security Bank at Faribault, is, through his strict fidelity to those principles which go to make up business success, one of the most successful bankers in the North Star state, having assisted in the organization of four different banks, and with all of which he is still connected. He was born June 19, 1859, at Greenwood, Wright County, Minnesota, the son of William P. Buck and Margaret Cramer (Buck.) William P. Buck was born in Ohio, and was by occupation a teacher, ranking high in that profession. He came to Minnesota in 1854. At the outbreak of the civil war he enlisted in Company D. First Battalion of Minnesota infantry, and served throughout the war. He was discharged at Jeffersonville, Indiana, and mustered out with his company at Fort Snelling, July 25, 1865; but, having contracted a fever in front of Richmond, Virginia, he succumbed to it at Fort Snelling before reaching home. His wife, the mother of the subject of this sketch, was born in Western Pennsylvania, but moved with her parents, when quite young, to Ohio. Cassius received his early education in the common school at Watertown, Minnesota, and in the graded school at Howard Lake. When but twelve years of age he commenced clerking in the general store of his step-father, J. F. Pearson, continuing at this occupation for six years, with the exception of our months each year when he attended school. In the spring of 1880 he formed a partnership with Mr. Pearson and engaged in the business of shipping horses from Indiana and Iowa to Minnesota and selling them. This line of trade he followed until the fall of 1882, when he purchased the hardware business of Smith Bros. & Co., at Howard Lake, and conducted the business for nine years, it having become the largest hardware house in Wright county. In the fall of 1885, in connection with Lemuel McGrew, Mr. Buck purchased the Bank of Howard Lake (a private bank), which they still own. Four years later Mr. Buck organized the Bank of Dassel, now a state bank, and has been its president since its organization. In the fall of 1893 he assisted in organizing the State Bank of Annandale, and has been president of it since its organization. In July, 1894, Mr. Buck went to Faribault and was the principal organizer of the Security Bank of that city. He was elected its cashier, which position he has held since the organization of the bank. Mr. Buck has been very successful in his bank investment, all the banks with which he is connected having been a success from the time of their organization. He is also the owner of a number of good farms in Wright County. He has always been a Republican in politics, and in 188 and 1890 was congressional committeman for Wright County. On May 9, 19894, he was married to Sarah E. Tolerton, daughter of James D. Tolerton, of Salem, Ohio.

Albert N. Carlblom
Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900. Transcribed by Brenda Shaffer

ALBERT N. CARLBLOM, the present well-known state auditor of North Dakota, and a recognized leader in the ranks of the Republican party, was born in Cokato, Wright county, Minnesota, December 17, 1805, a son of John G. and Elizabeth (Anderson) Carlblom, both natives of Sweden. The father, who was a farmer by occupation, came to the United States in 1864, and settled in Wright county, Minnesota, where he followed his chosen calling until 1881, when he became resident of Sargent county, North Dakota, making his home there until called from this life in 1899. His wife had passed away in 1898. To them were born seven children, five sons and four daughters, all living in either North Dakota or Minnesota.

Our subject acquired his early education in the common schools of his native state and then entered Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, from which he was graduated in 1886. Prior to coming to this state with his parents in 1881, he had engaged in teaching school in Minnesota, and later followed the same profession in Sargent county. He also engaged in farming and clerking for some time. In 1889 he was appointed deputy county treasurer of Sargent county for two years, and in 1891 was made deputy auditor of the same county. He was elected auditor in 1892, and so creditably and satisfactorily did fill the office that he was re-elected in 1894 and again in 1896. In 1898 he was elected state auditor on the Republican ticket and entered upon the duties of the office January 3, 1899. His public duties have always been most promptly and faithfully discharged, winning the commendation of even his political enemies, and he has proved a most popular official.
On the 23rd of March, 1898, Mr. Carlblom married Miss Josephine Peterson, also a native of Minnesota. They are the parents of one daughter, Vera Leonore. Mr. and Mrs. Carlblom are members of the Lutheran church. The Republican party has always found in him a stanch supporter of its principles, and he has been a member of both state and county committees, and has served as president and secretary of the Sargent County Republican League. He is widely and favorably known and has many friends throughout the state.

George A. Carpenter
Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900. Transcribed by Kim Mohler

GEORGE A. CARPENTER, M.D., one of the most successful and prominent physicians and surgeons of Fargo, North Dakota, is a native of Minnesota, born in Monticello, Wright county, February 7, 1863, and is a son of George W. and Mary (Williams) Carpenter, both natives of New York. In 1858 they removed to Minnesota, where the father engaged in merchandising for many years and also served as probate judge of Wright county for some years. In 1889 he brought his family to Fargo, where the parents now reside.

In the county of his nativity, Dr. Carpenter was reared and educated and in 1882 he entered the Minnesota Hospital College, which later became the State University, and was graduated from that institution in 1885 with the degree of M.D. During the same year he opened an office at Marine Mills, Washington county, Minnesota, and continued there until the fall of 1889, when he came to Fargo and has since engaged in the general practice of medicine and surgery. He is a progressive member of his profession - one who keeps abreast of the latest discoveries and theories by his perusal of medical journals. His skill and ability are attested by the liberal patronage he enjoys and he is ranked as one of the leading physicians of this section of the state.

Dr. Carpenter was married, in 1886, to Miss Sadie Clark, also a native of Minnesota, and to them have been born two daughters, Irene A. and Minnie L. In political sentiment the Doctor is an ardent Republican and for two terms he has served as health officer of Fargo and as county physician for five years. He was a member of the board of pension examiners for five years; is now special examiner for pensions, and examining surgeon for the United States recruiting station at Fargo. He is a member of the Cass County and North Dakota Medical Societies, the American Medical Association, the Masonic fraternity, the Ancient Order of United Workmen, the Foresters and the National Union. For the past five years he has been grand medical examiner of the state for the Workmen. He spent some time in 1890 in New York hospitals and gives his whole time and attention to his profession. He has won a foremost place in the ranks of the medical fraternity in the Northwest and merits and receives a liberal patronage.

Norman W. Chance
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Liz Dellinger

CHANCE Norman W. Little Falls. Physician. Born May 14, 1859 in Alliance O. son of Perry and Miranda (Webb) Chance. Married in 1894 to Susie Bulgen. Educated in public schools Delano Minn and graduated from Rush Medical College 1888. Since engaged in practice of his profession. Now mayor of Little Falls.

William A. Clement
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Liz Dellinger

CLEMENT William A. Waseca. Editor and publisher. Born Feb 13, 1870 in Waseca County Minn. Son of Henry S and Nellie (Wilcox) Clement. Married in 1898 to Hilda C Ranke of Waseca Minn. Educated in the public and high schools Waseca Minn graduating in 1889. Located in Waterville Minn and learned printer's trade; worked in printing office in Albert Lea, Austin and Lake Benton 1889-94; purchased Annandale (Minn) Post 1894 and published same 1 year; worked at Ellendale N D for short period; returned to Waseca 1885 and was employed at his trade; purchased half interest in Waseca Journal and conducted same under firm name of W A Clement & Co which was succeeded by the Waseca Journal-Radical Ptg Co. of which he became mngr. merging the Journal and Radical newspapers. Purchased entire stock of this company and has been sole owner and publisher to date. Served for 3 years in M N G. Member State Editorial Assn; commercial Club; Masonic Fraternity and K O T M.

Bennett B. Cox
SOURCE: History of Morrison and Todd Counties Minnesota by Clara K. Fuller, Volume II, 1915, B. F. Bowen & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Bennett B. Cox, a prosperous merchant of Swanville, Morrison county, Minnesota, is a native of Wright county, Minnesota, born on May 7, 1867. He is the son of J. M. and Elvira (Baisden) Cox, the former of whom was born near Louisa, Kentucky, and who died on February 23, 1908. Elvira Baisden was the daughter of Edward Baisden and wife, natives of Virginia.

J. M. Cox was educated in Kentucky and lived at home with his parents until a young man. For several years before the Civil War he operated a general store in Kentucky. His brothers all served in the army, but his eyes were in bad condition and he was not accepted for service. Afterwards he came to Minnesota and settled on one hundred and sixty acres of land in Wright county, in Stockholm township. There were no roads in the county and it was necessary to carry provisions on horseback from Watertown, Minnesota, thirty miles away. He built a log house on his homestead farm and cleared about thirty acres in a few years. He and his wife had taken Ben F. Farries to raise while the family lived in Kentucky and he became a great help in the pioneer work in Wright county. Later his own sons were old enough and also helped their father on the farm. After living in Minnesota from 1867 until 1882, the parents removed to Missouri and lived there ten or eleven years, after which they removed to Swanville, Minnesota, where he lived until his death. His wife is still living in Swanville.

Edward Baisden, the father of Mrs. J. M. Cox, reared most of his family in Virginia. His first wife died in Virginia and he was later married to Nancy Copley. Shortly afterwards, he removed to McLeod county, Minnesota, settling on one hundred and twenty acres of land near Silverlake. Later he took forty acres of land near Grand Rapids, which is now in the iron belt. He built a log house on the homestead and lived upon the farm until old age, when his health broke down. He then went to Missouri and lived with friends until about ninety years old. His wife died a few years previously. By his first wife there were born the following children: Nancy, Elvira, Lovica, John, Bennett, Elias, and Edward Harrison.

Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Cox had seven children, namely: Bazilla, Isabel, Elizabeth, John, Bennett B., Edward H. and William H. Bazilla is the wife of J. D. Stith, a merchant of Swanville, Minnesota. Isabel is the wife of E. A. Flood, of Swanville, Minnesota. Elizabeth is the wife of J. W. Cofield, of Swanville, Minnesota. John is a farmer in Colorado. Edward H. has a music store in Nebraska. William H. married Essie Ervin and operates the hotel in Swanville.

Bennett B. Cox was educated in the common schools of Wright county. He lived at home with his parents, helping his father on the farm until twenty-one years old, when he began working for J. D. Smith, [sic.] a merchant of Swanville. After working for Mr. Stith for three or four years, Mr. Cox then started in business for himself in 1891. He began with a confectionery store, to which he added other lines from time to time until 1901, when he built a two-story business house. He moved into it and enlarged his stock. He now has a complete line of general merchandise and deals in farm produce.

On December 6, 1901, Bennett B. Cox was married to Pearl W. Jackson, a native of Lake City, Minnesota, born on April 10, 1881. Mrs. Cox attended school at Lake City until her mother moved to Swanville. She later attended school here. Still later the family removed to Syracuse, New York, where Mrs. Cox lived until her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Cox have had one daughter, Mae, who is a student in the Swanville school. Bennett B. Cox was the first recorder of the village of Swanville after the village was incorporated. Since then he has held various town offices. He was mayor for a number of years and township treasurer. In fact Mr. Cox has held some town office almost all the time since the incorporation of the village. He is a very well-known and highly-respected citizen in this section of Morrison county.

William Henry Cutting
Source: Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

CUTTING William Henry, Buffalo. Lawyer. Born Nov 20, 1848 in Bakerfield Vt, son of Rev Henry P and Lucina (Rexford) Cutting. Married May 2, 1866 to Mary Gates. Educated in Williston (Vt) Academy; Dutchess County Academy Poughkeepsie N Y; and Rhinebeck (N Y) Academy. Engaged in practice of law in Buffalo Minn. County atty Wright county Minn 1890-92 and 1903-1906. Member American Bar Assn.

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

ECKMAN Solomon Henry, Duluth. Res 2609 W 3d st, office 511-512 Palladio bldg. Lawyer. Born Jan 7, 1866 in Washington county Minn, son of Carl Henry and Britta Eckman. Married July 1, 1903 to Elinda Dahl. Educated in public schools Cokato Minn; graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College St Peter A B 1890 and from law department U of M, LL B 1893. Admitted to bar and practiced in Duluth as member of Eckman & Stevenson 1893-1903; alone 1903 to date.

Daniel Fish
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal (1897) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Judge Daniel Fish, of Minneapolis, traces his ancestry back to Daniel Fish who migrated from Massachusetts to Rhode Island in 1680. A branch of the same family also settled on Long Island from which sprang Hamilton Fish, Governor and Senator of New York and Secretary of State under President Grant. Daniel Fish, father of the subject of this sketch, was a farmer, who, in 1840 emigrated from Western New York and settled on a farm in Winnebago County, Illinois, in the spring of 1841, and died in 1847, some weeks before the birth of his son. The mother of the elder Daniel was Sarah Ireland, member of a family somewhat distinguished in early New York history as containing a number of Baptist clergymen. Parmelia Adams, the mother of the subject of this sketch, was born in Washington County, New York, in 1810, the daughter of Elisha Adams, whose father, Edward, was a soldier of the Revolution. Judge Daniel Fish was born on a farm near Cherry Valley, Winnebago County, Illinois, January 31, 1848. Up to the age of fourteen years he attended the district school, but at that time left home and for a year and a half was a student in the public schools at Rockford, in the same county, supporting himself as a chore boy in the family of Maurice B. Derrick, now of Chicago. On January 4, 1864, when but a lad of sixteen, Daniel enlisted as a private in Company G, Forty-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, joining his regiment near Vicksburg. He served with it until the fall of Atlanta, coming home on a furlough, but before it had half expired, hearing of Sherman's proposed march to the sea, he started with all haste to join his regiment. He was too late, however, only being able to get as far as Nashville, where he became attached to a Provisional Division of the Army of the Tennessee. He fought under General Steedman at Nashville, and followed Hood's retreating troops into Alabama, whence he was transferred with the Twenty-third Corps to North Carolina, going by sea from Annapolis to Morehead City, and thence by rail to New Berne. Thought but a lad of seventeen, young Daniel marched with the Provisional Division as sergeant of his company, and was in the thick of the fight at Southwest Creek (sometimes called the Battle of Kinston), on the way to Goldsboro where he met Sherman's army and rejoined his old regiment. After the surrender of Johnson he marched to Washington and took part in the grand review, being finally mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky, July 12, 1865. After leaving the army he spent one winter in a district school in Iowa, and then engaged in business as a bookseller at Manchester, in which business he remained for four years, it enabling him to complete a fair common school education and to acquire a familiarity with general literature. In the winter of 1870 and 1871 he taught a country school in Jones County, Iowa, continuing at the same time the study of law begun while at Manchester. The following spring he was admitted to the bar, and immediately started for the North Star state. Mr. Fish arrived in Minneapolis May 13, 1871, without any money and with no property except a few dozen books. Part of these he sold at auction and proceeded on to Brainerd. For a while he worked on the N. P. railroad as a shoveler on the dump, then crossing to what is now the Great Northern road, worked his way to Delano, in Wright County where he put out his sign as a lawyer. Judge Fish's first office was in the public room or office of the Delano hotel, and he earned his first professional fee assisting the late Judge Cornell, then attorney-general, in a murder trial. To add to his meagre income he engaged in soliciting insurance, acting as real estate agent, collecting and the like. In the spring of 1872 he established the paper now known as the Delano Eagle, but five months of excessive labor as editor and general factotum in a newspaper office broke his health, and since that time he has steadily pursued the practice of his profession. In 1875 he was elected Judge of Probate of Wright County, and two years later was defeated as a candidate for county attorney. In 1879 he was appointed, by Governor Pillsbury, Judge of Probate to fill a vacancy. The fall of the following year, however, Judge Fish removed to Minneapolis, where he has been a member of the law firms of Fish & Ovitt, Evans & Holmes and Young & Fish, present partner being the Hon. A. H. Young, for many years a Judge of the District Court. Judge Fish was the first attorney of the board of park commissioners, and conducted the early important litigation which established the powers of the board and settled the foundations of the present system of parks and boulevards in Minneapolis. He was also the attorney of the board of state park commissioners and as such had charge of the legal proceeding which resulted in the acquisition of Minnehaha Park. He became the attorney of the board of court house and city hall commissioners in June, 1887, and has been its legal adviser during its entire existence. The same year he became the general counsel and trust officer of the Minnesota Title Insurance and Trust Company, serving as such for about five years, but resumed his general practice in 1892. In 1896 he was strongly supported for the office of District Judge. Judge Fish is a Republican, takes an active part in the campaigns of his party, and was an alternate delegate to the famous Chicago convention in 1880. He was Commander of the John A. Rawlins Post, G. A. R., in 1886; Assistant Adjutant General of the Department of Minnesota the same year; Adjutant General of the National Encampment in 1888, and is at present Judge Advocate on the staff of Department Commander McCardy. His church connections are with the Park Avenue Congregational church. He was married August 21, 1873, to Elizabeth M. Porter, daughter of Rev. Giles M. Porter, then of Garnavillo, Iowa, and a niece of the late President Porter, of Yale College. They have had five children, Annie, wife of Rev. Charles Graves of Humboldt, Iowa; Elizabeth, Florence, Horace and Helen.

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

FISH Daniel, Minneapolis. Res 2301 3d av S, office 412 N Y Life bldg. Lawyer. Born Jan 31, 1848 in Cherry Valley, Ill, son of Daniel and Pamelia (Adams) Fish. Educated in public schools of Ill and Ia and afterwards taught school. Enlisted in Ill Infantry during Civil War; and until 1870 was engaged in the book and news business at Waverly, Dubuque and Manchester Ia. Studied law and was admitted to bar in 1871. Removed to Delano Minn edited the Delano Eagle; moved to Minneapolis and was the first atty of the City Park Board; atty Minn Title and Trust Co. Engaged in law practice. Probate judge of Wright county 1876-79. Member Minneapolis Library Board 1900-1905; Commission to Revise Statutes 1901-1905; American and State Bar assns.

William Edward Hale
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. (Shutter, Marion Daniel, 1853-ed.) Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Journal (1897) transcribed by Vicki Bryan

William Edward Hale - The founder of the family in this country to which Mr. Hale belongs was Samuel Hale, who settled in Glastenbury, Connecticut, in 1637, where many of his descendants still reside. Samuel, with his brother Thomas, served in the Pequot war, and other members of the family in the Revolutionary War. Among those who achieved distinction in later years were the late James T. Hale, member of congress in Pennsylvania; Reuben C. Hale, of Philadelphia; Gideon Wells, late Secretary of the Navy, and Rev. Albert Hale, of Springfield, Illinois. Moses Hale, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, emigrated to Rutland, Vermont, about a hundred years ago, and afterwards moved to Norwood, New York. His son, Isaiah Byron Burr Hale, father of the subject of this sketch, subsequently located in Wheeling, Virginia, and engaged in the practice of law. He married Mary E. Covey, October 12, 1841, at McConnellsville, Ohio, and William Edward was born at Wheeling, West Virginia, May 11, 1845. Up to his sixteenth year William received but a common school education. He first came to the state of Minnesota in 1858 on a prospecting tour with his father, returning a few months later to his home in Wisconsin, where his parents had removed from Ohio some years previous. He came to Minnesota again in the fall of 1860, locating at Plainview. He enlisted from this point as a private in the Third Minnesota in the fall of 1861, serving three years in the defense of his country and was honorably discharged. On his return home Mr. Hale entered Hamline University, then at Red Wing, Minnesota, in order to complete his education. He took a collegiate course at this institution of three years, but did not graduate, lacking one year's course. He then took up the study of law in the office of Judge Wilder, at Red Wing, and was admitted to practice at St. Paul in 1869. Mr. Hale then moved to Buffalo, Wright County, where he commenced the practice of his profession. He was elected county attorney of Wright County, which office he held for two years. In the spring of 1872 he moved to Minneapolis, where he has lived ever since. He was elected county attorney of Hennepin County in 1878, and re-elected at the end of his first term, serving altogether four years. Mr. Hale first became associated with Judge Seagrave Smith in 1877, under the firm name of Smith & Hale, which partnership continued until 1880. He then connected himself with Judge Charles M. Pond, the firm being known as Hale & Pond. Later he associated himself with Charles B. Peck, the firm known as Hale & Peck. The firm with which Mr. Hale is now connected is known as Hale, Morgan & Montgomery. In his practice Mr. Hale has been highly successful, having been prominently identified with much of the heavy litigation before the bar in the Hennepin County for the past fifteen years. Several times he has been tendered and urged to accept the appointment of judge of the district court, but on each occasion he has declined, preferring to devote himself to the practice of his profession. Although his father was a Democrat, and a co-laborer, politically, for a time, with Silas Wright, of New York, Mr. Hale has always been a staunch Republican and has always taken an active part in politics. He has however, never been a candidate for any office, except that of county attorney, already mentioned. His church connections are with the Methodist Episcopal church, he was married in 1870 to Ella C. Sutherland, who had been a student with him at Hamline University. They have had three children, Helen V., Frank C., and Florence I.

Robert S. Lewis
Source: History Biography of North Dakota. Transcribed by Kim Mohler

ROBERT S. LEWIS, vice-president of the Red River National Bank, of Fargo, North Dakota, has risen to prominence by dint of his own efforts, supplemented by the strictest honesty of word and deed. He came to Dakota with limited means, but is now one of the wealthy and highly esteemed citizens of the state.
Our subject was born in Tennessee, August 15, 1856. His parents were Josiah F. and Mary (Steele) Lewis, the former a native of Massachusetts and the latter of Louisiana. His father was a college professor and was connected with the State Female Seminary. He removed to Minnesota in 1863, and was county superintendent of schools of Wright county for many years. Both parents died in Minnesota. Our subject and one brother, now superintendent of schools in Minnesota, are the only sons.
Robert S. Lewis was reared and educated in Minnesota, and began his career as a clerk in Minneapolis, which he followed one year, and in 1882 went to Fargo, where he entered the employ of the Red River National Bank as collector. He held this position a year and a half and was then teller two years, after which he was promoted to the position of assistant cashier, and in 1891 was made cashier. He was in this position till 1897, and was then elected vice-president, which office he ably fills at present. He has been a director in the bank many years, and he also owns and operates five thousand seven hundred acres of land in Cass county. He is secretary of the Fargo Packing Company, and in each of the enterprises in which he has embarked he has met with eminent success, and is one of the solid men of North Dakota.
Our subject was married in Minnesota, in 1879, to Alice Carpenter, a native of that state. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, as follows: Roy C., Olive E. and Alice. He is active in educational matters, and is president of the board of education, and also of the board of directors of the Agricultural College. He is a member of the various branches of the Knights of Pythias Lodge, and has passed the thirty-second and Scottish-rite degrees of the Masonic fraternity. Politically, he is a Republican, and takes an active interest in party matters, and was a member and secretary of the state convention.

John DeWitt McConnell
Source: History Biography of North Dakota. Transcribed by Rhonda Hill

JOHN DeWITT McCONNELL, M.D., is engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in Fargo, North Dakota, and has that love for and devotion to his profession which has brought to him success and won him a place among the ablest representatives of the medical fraternity in this locality. He was born in Leipsic, Putnam county, Ohio, November 23, 1848, and is one of the four sons of John R. and Mary (Hofsteater) McConnell, also natives of Ohio. The father, who was a farmer and hotel man, served for a year and a half in the Civil war as a member of Company K, Sixty-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, being discharged at the end of that time on account of disability. He died in Ohio in 1891.
The Doctor passed his boyhood and youth in Williams county, Ohio, and completed his literary education in the Bryan Academy. Subsequently he engaged in teaching school, being an instructor in the higher branches of learning. At the age of twenty-five he commenced reading medicine under Dr. J. G. Cameron, of Edon, Ohio, and devoted three years to preparation for the medical profession, in the meantime attending lectures at the Medical College of Ohio, at Cincinnati, from which he was graduated in 1877. He first engaged in practice at his old home in Ohio, but on account of failing health came west and settled at Clearwater, Minnesota, where he made his home for two years. In 1881 he came to Fargo, North Dakota, where he has since successfully engaged in general practice. In 1891 he took a post-graduate course in New York City, remaining there nine months, and constant study and close application have made him one of the best physicians of his adopted city. He is a member of the State Medical Society, has been connected with the American Medical Association since 1888, and is a Knight Templar Mason and a member of the Mystic Shrine. He has met with success financially as well as professionally during his residence in North Dakota, and is now a stockholder and director of the Merchants State Bank of Fargo. Politically his support is always given the men and measures of the Republican party. In 1892 Dr. McConnell was united in marriage with Miss Sarah A. Brockett, a native of Iowa. They occupy an enviable position in social circles and have a large circle of friends in the community where they make their home.

Charles A. Smith
Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal, 1897 - transcribed by AJ

Charles A. Smith is a good sample of what a resolute, industrious, intelligent boy, unaided by fortune or friends, can accomplish in commercial life in the Northwest. He is the son of a soldier in the regular army of Sweden, and was born December 11th, 1852, in the County of Ostergottland, Sweden. After thirty-three years service in the army, his father, in the spring of 1867, left Sweden with Charles and an elder sister and came to America, arriving in Minneapolis on the 28th of June. Two older brothers had already preceded them and were located here. Charles' education commenced in a small country school in Sweden, where more importance was attached to committing the catechism and Bible history to memory than to writing and the knowledge of mathematics. His first lessons in English were taken in a small log school house in Wright County. Shortly after his arrival in this city from the old country arrangements were made for him to make his home with a farmer living in the southern part of what is now the city of Minneapolis, near the Milwaukee railroad shops. He was to work for his board and clothing, and was employed chiefly in tending cattle. While this employed on the farm he picked a large quantity of hazelnuts, which he sold for seven dollars, loaning the money to his brother at ten per cent. This was the first money he had ever earned. He had made good use of his time also in study, and in the fall of 1872 he entered the State University with the intention of taking the regular course. He applied himself very closely to his studies and his health soon failed, so that he was obliged to leave school at the end of the first year. In 1873 he obtained employment in the general hardware store of J. S. Pillsbury & Co., of this city, where he continued for five years. He, the, in the fall of 1878, with the assistance of ex-Gov. Pillsbury, built a grain elevator at Herman, Minnesota, and under the name of C. A. Smith & Co. he continued the grain and lumber business there until July, 1834, when arrangements were made to begin the manufacturing and wholesaling of lumber in Minneapolis. He again took up his residence in this city, and the partnership with ex-Gov. Pillsbury was continued until 1893, at which time the C. A. Smith Lumber Company was incorporated, of which Mr. Smith is the president and general manager. In addition to the saw mill and lumber manufacturing business of this city, this company has the controlling interest in a number of retail lumber yards and general stores in different parts of the state and in North and South Dakota. Mr. Smith says the secret of his success has been adoption of Franklin's advice, which he learned with his first English lessons, viz., "To take care of the pennies, and the dollars will take care of themselves." He has tried to follow that advice ever since he sold his hazelnuts in the fall of 1867. But Mr. Smith's activities have not been confined to the firm, of which he is a member. He was one of the incorporators of the Swedish-American National Bank, the Security Savings and Loan Association, and other enterprises in this city and elsewhere. Like most Swedish Americans, Mr. Smith is a Republican in politics, and devotes as much attention to it as his business will permit. He has never held any officer or asked for any, but is prominent in the counsels of his party, having been a member of city, county, state and national conventions. He is a member of the English Lutheran Salem Congregation, of Minneapolis; one of its organizers and one of its trustees. He is also a member of the board of directors of the English Lutheran seminary, of Chicago, and is treasurer of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of the Northwest. He was married February 14th, 1878, to Johanna Anderson, a daughter of Olaf Anderson, who, after serving in the Swedish riksdag for a number of years, emigrated with his family to this country in 1857, and located in Carver county. Mr. Smith has five children, two boys and three girls, Nanna A., Addie J., Myrtle E., Vernon A. and Carroll W.

Charles J. Swedback
SOURCE: History of Morrison and Todd Counties Minnesota by Clara K. Fuller, Volume II, 1915, B. F. Bowen & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

A man's reputation is the property of the world, for the laws of nature have forbidden isolation. Every human being either submits to the controlling influence of others or wields an influence which controls, guides or directs others. If a man is honest and successful in his chosen field of effort and endeavor, his work may serve as an example for others to follow. The reputation of Charles J. Swedback, a prosperous young merchant of Upsala, and one of the leading citizens in this part of Morrison county, is altogether unassailable. His life has been one of honorable relations with his fellows and of large usefulness to them.

Charles J. Swedback, a native of Wright county, Minnesota, was born at Delano, July 20, 1874, and is the son of John and Erickka (Anderson) Swedback, the former of whom was the son of John and Dorthia Swedback, and the latter was born in Sweden on March 9, 1841, the daughter of Arikka and Magdelina Anderson. Mrs. Erickka Swedback's father was born in 1803 in Sweden, and was a farmer by occupation. He died in 1876, at the age of seventy-three. Mrs. Swedback's mother was born in 1800 in Sweden. She lived to be seventy-eight years old, dying in 1878. Arikka and Magdelina Anderson had five children, of whom Mrs. Swedback was the youngest. She was educated in Sweden and, when twenty-seven years old, came to America, being married upon her arrival at Red Wing, Minnesota, to the late John Swedback. After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Swedback removed from Red Wing to Minneapolis, where Mr. Swedback was engaged in blacksmithing. In about four years, he bought a blacksmith shop at Delano, Wright county, to which they removed. After ten years the shop burned. He then established a small saw-mill at the same place, which he operated about two years. On account of the shortage of lumber at Delano, they moved to Upsala in 1884. He ran a mill here for some ten years. Afterwards he operated the mill at other places until his death, on December 31, 1899, at which time he was fifty-seven years old. After his death the mill was sold. Mr. and Mrs. Swedback had started a general store in Upsala about 1884, and to this Mrs. Swedback devoted her attention. In 1909 she sold out and later purchased another store, which she operated until 1913, when she sold it to her son, Charles. Mr. Swedback, with the assistance of some farmers, had organized the Farmers' Co-operative Creamery Company. Later, Mrs. Swedback purchased the creamery, and operated it for about five years. After putting it into good running order, she sold out to the farmers who are operating it at the present time. Mrs. Swedback is a stockholder in the Farmers' State Bank. She is the mother of four children, as follow: Andrew; Dorthia, deceased; Charles; and an infant, who is deceased. Being a strong Republican, the late John Swedback had held many local offices of trust and responsibility during his life.

Charles J. Swedback, the youngest living child in his parents' family, was educated in the public schools at Delano and Upsala, Minnesota. After finishing his education, he assisted his father in the lumber business until his father's death, in 1899.

On May 2, 1900, Charles J. Swedback was married to Minnie Nelson, who was born on March 7, 1875, in Sweden and who came to the United States with her mother when she was seven years old. They settled at Delano, in Wright county, and lived there until 1898, when they removed to Bemidji, where she was married. Mrs. Swedback is the daughter of Nils and Carrie Nelson. Her father died in Sweden and her mother, who had two children, Minnie and Martin, is still living.

When Charles J. Swedback was married he was a stationary engineer, a trade which he followed off and on for many years. In 1902 he opened a grocery store at Bemidji, operating it for three and one-half years. During this period he was actively interested in politics. He served as a member of the Bemidji city council. He then moved to Big Falls, where he built and operated the first telephone system of the town. He was also postmaster for a couple of years. Upon selling the telephone company, he moved back to the Bemidji, remaining two years, until 1911, when he came to Upsala with his family and purchased his mother's store.

Mr. and Mrs. Swedback have two children, Vernon and Meille. The latter is attending school.

Mr. Swedback is independent in politics. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Yeomen.

Ervin Whitlock
Source: Compendium of History, and Biography of Northern Minnesota, George A Ogle & Co., page 820; submitted by Robin Line

Ervin Whitlock, one of the early settlers of Wright county, is a veteran of the Civil war, and is widely known as a worthy citizen. He has a comfortable home on his farm in section 25 of Corina township, where he has lived for many years.

Mr. Whitlock was born in Ohio, December 28, 1820. His parents, James and Barbara (Swank) Whitlock, were natives of Pennsylvania. The father of our subject died in Ohio and the mother afterward took the family to Illinois when our subject was seventeen years of age. He remained on the farm with his mother until 1849. He went to Missouri in 1861 and the following year returned to Illinois and enlisted in the Eighty-fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, being a member of Company I. For a year prior to his he had been a member of the Illinois State Guards. He served with his company until the close of the war, and participated in two battles in Mississippi. After the battle of Perryville he was so deaf that he was sent north to Camp Douglas in the fall of 1863. He had charge of a drum corps all of the time he was in the service. He was mustered out July 21, 1865, and soon afterward came to Wright county. He took land as a homestead and has since resided hereon. He has a good farm and is surrounded by the comforts of a rural home.

Mr. Whitlock was married in 1849 to Mary A. Abbany, a native of Illinois. The following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Whitlock: Charles, Clarence, Julia, Nettie, James, Luther and Mary. Mr. Whitlock is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

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