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History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PAGE, E. H. born in Penn Yan, Yates county, New York, 1842. Moved with his parents to Litchfield county, Connecticut, and lived there until 1867, when he moved to Excelsior, Minnesota. In 1875 he married Ellen H. Pease, a widow whose husband established the Pleasant Grove House, which they have enlarged to double its former capacity. They have four children.

 

From the "1868-1968 Maple Plain & Independence Past - Present"  Published in 1968 by the Maple Plain Garden Club - submitted by Claudine Pearson ClaudeP@aol.com

PAGENKOPFS   We have a record of the William and Sophie Pagenkopf family.  They were born in Prussia, came to Illinois and then to Minnesota in June, 1858.  There were four sons and one daughter, Mima, who died at the age of sixteen.  The sons, John, George, William and Benjamin all owned adjoining farms in Independence.  Mrs. Grace Hill is a daughter of George.  His son, Edward, died in 1933.  Edward's daughter, Gertrude Archer, lives at Pine River, Minnesota.  William Pagenkopf served in the Civil War in Company I of the Second Minnesota infantry.  He contracted a disease in a southern prison camp and died in May, 1871.  Mrs. George Pagenkopf and her sister, Mrs. Claude McGary, were killed in a horse and buggy - train accident at the Loretto crossing in 1912.  C. E. Marquart owns the farm where the Pagenkopfs settled

 

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PAGENKOPF, John is a native of the State of Illinois, and was born December 23d, 1857. In July, 1861, he came with his parents to Independence, and has since resided in this town. On the 19th of March , 1878, he was married to Miss Carrie Horsch, who has borne him one child, Freddie, born January 23d, 1879.

 

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PAINE, William B. was born in Somerset county, Maine, September 10th, 1814. He lived with his father, and attended school until he reached the age of twenty-one. In 1855, he came to Minnesota, and preempted the farm on which his son Ezra now lives. He has owned several tracts of land in Eden Prairie. In March 1840, he was married to Miss Rosanna Kempton, of Maine; she died in l868. They had six children, three of whom are now living.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PALMER, Abram born in Rutland, Vermont, October 9th, 1825. At an early age he moved to Saratoga county, New York. In 1847, married to Miss A. Snow. Moved to Illinois in 1850, and to DeKalb county in 1853. Spring of 1857 moved to Minnesota, and settled on their present farm; had seven children, Wilber, James, Mary B., Emily, Henry, Laura and Abram F. Has been Town Supervisor six years, Assessor five years.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PALMER, J.T. was born in Saratoga County, N. Y., August 11th, 1834. Learned cabinet makers trade at Ballston Spa. In 1851 moved to Dekalb county, Illinois. Married in 1856 to Miss Mary E. Patterson, of Pennsylvania. For six years he was master carpenter on the St. P. & P. R. R. Settled on his farm in 1870. Have five children living, Charles B., Robert P. Willie P., Mary C., and Josie L. Land valued at $5,000.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PALMER, Jonathan is a native of Ohio born at Massillon, in 1852. His father died when he was four years of age, and in 1866 he moved with his mother, to Plymouth, Indiana, remaining five years; then removed to Huntsville, Alabama; thence to Princeton, Indiana, in 1872, and established a bakery. Three years later he came to Minneapolis, and in 1880 he purchased the Home Made Bakery and took a partner, Mr. H. W. Drew. He also owns the Vienna and Nicollet Avenue Bakery. He was married to Miss Nellie Gowthorp in 1875, who has home him one child: Frank C.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PALMER, Wilbur was born in Saratoga county, N. Y., 1822. Moved to DeKalb county, Illinois, in 1850. Came to Minnesota in 1859, and on his present farm in 1860. Married in 1844 to Miss Margaret Gray, of Saratoga. He enlisted in the Mexican war, Company E, Third Regiment Infantry, and served through the war. Mustered out in 1848. Married again in 1853 to Miss Phebe Hedges, of Canada. Has eight children living. Land valued at $3,000.

 

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PALMES, A. J. was born at Le Roy, Genesee county, New York. He came to Minneapolis in 1875, and engaged with Mr. Eames, and has since been general superintendent of O. Eames' barrel factory. He resides at 711 Fourteenth street South.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PARKER, C. H. was born at Remsen, Oneida county, New York, in 1832. His father being a veterinary surgeon, he studied with him when a small boy, and was raised in the profession. In 1847 he went to Madison, Wisconsin, remaining five years in practice for the Great Western Stage Company, thence to Waupaca county, Wisconsin, in 1853, remaining four years; he resided in Houston county, Minnesota, four years, then removed to Oswego county, New York, and enlisted in the Second New York Cavalry; in which he served two years, then re-enlisted in the Thirteenth New York Cavalry and served until his discharge in 1865. He then resided in various places in this state until 1875, when he located in Minneapolis. During the entire time he practiced his profession as veterinary surgeon. He was married in 1877, to Mary Izenburger.

 

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PARKER, Daniel C. was born in Cumberland county, Maine, June 9th, 1823. When four years of age he went with his father's family to Ohio, and remained nine years; then returned to Maine. At the age of twenty-one he began shipbuilding, and was engaged in this business eleven years, helping build some of the largest sailing vessels of that time. On the 28th of May, 1851, Mr. Parker married Miss Hester A., daughter of Ira and Betsey Green, of Maine. In the spring of 1855 he came to Minnesota and preempted the farm where he now lives. In those days lumber was hard to obtain, and he built a log cabin, 2Ox3O feet, using bass-wood bark for shingles; he now has a fine large barn, and about the year 1870, he built his present residence. He has taken an active part in all public affairs of the town; he was a member of the first school board, chairman of the first town board, and was also a delegate to the first convention hold in the state. They have had a family of seven children; only five are living.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PARKER, David C. was born at Medford, Massachusetts, in 1852. He was educated in the public schools and remained with his parent, until eighteen years of age. After finishing his education he was engaged in the wholesale and retail drug business for seven or eight years at Boston. In May, 1878, he came to Minneapolis and has since been in the employ of Upham, Wyman and Company as head book-keeper, and fills the position with credit. His marriage with Florence J., daughter of John W. Eastman, occurred September 8th, 1880, in this city.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PARKER, James M. one of the pioneers of Plymouth, was born in Cumberland county, Maine, September, 5th, 1820. He accompanied his parents to Kentucky, remained there one year and left on account of hostile Indians, removing to Cincinnati, Ohio, where his father engaged in shipbuilding. He remained there until 1836, when they returned to Maine. James lived with his parents until 1846 when he married Anna P. Ridley, and removed to Massachusetts, remaining one year. He returned to Maine, and in 1856, brought his family to Minnesota, and made the claim in this town, where he has since resided. His father preceded him one year. There were no roads at that time, and the Indians were continually passing to and fro. He has hold all the offices of the township, and has been justice of the peace twenty-one years; has been postmaster' at Parker's Lake for nine years. He has also been largely interested in the cause of education. Alfred A., George M., Ella J., Marietta M., Francis E., Dora A., Carrie E.; Walter I., Ida A., are their children. Eugene E. died.

 

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PARKER, L. N. was born at Chester, Vermont, December 14th, 1823. At eight years of age he accompanied his parents to Illinois, locating in Madison county. He lived on a farm until eighteen years of age, and in 1841 removed to St. Croix, being a lumberman there until 1849, when he located at St. Anthony. He carried the first mails between St. Paul and St. Anthony, and ran a line of stages on this route four years; was also engaged in lumbering. In 1854 he was, the proprietor of a sale and livery stable, and also practiced as a veterinary surgeon; he has continued in the practice since, at 102 First street north. He married Amanda Huse in 1849. They have two daughters and four sons; two sons have died.

 

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PARMENTER, G. W. Was born at Utica, New York, in 1848. He went to Marquette county, Wisconsin, at seven years of age, and two years later removed to Kansas, and there learned carpentering. He traveled through the northern states until the fall of 1871, settling at that time in Calumet county, Wisconsin. He resided there until 1878, when he came to Minneapolis. The firm of Parmenter Brothers, contractors and builders consists of G. W., C. E. and H. M. Parmenter. Contract's us taken by them in any part of the state. Office on Eighth street, between Hennepin and Nicollet Avenues.

 

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PARRISH, P. was born in Erie county, New York, in 1814. He moved with his parents to Genesee county, and at the age of twenty-two years went to Geauga county, Ohio, thence to Camden, Ohio, in 1841, and engaged in railroading. He came to Hennepin county in 1858, and bought the farm on which he now resides. Married Laura A. Van Valkenburg in 1839. They have four children, Lemira, Charles Henry, Hattie M., Carlos F.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PAST, John H. was born in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, March 23d, 1849. He came with his father to Minnesota in 1859, and remained until 1863, when they went to Delaware. In 1877, John H. returned to Minnesota, where he has since remained. Married Miss Margaret Rowan, of Pennsylvania, December 25th, 1864. They have had four children; only one of them is living.

 

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PATTEN, J. M. born in Penobscot county, Maine, in 1840. He went to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1858, and worked at teaming. In 1860 he married Annette Danforth, and in 1862 enlisted in the Forty-fourth Massachusetts and served until mustered out. In the spring of 1864 he went to California for the benefit of his health, and returned to Nebraska by an overland route, walking about nine hundred miles of the way. He was one of the first workmen on the U. P. Railroad in 1866-7, then returned to Maine for a short time, thence to Milton, Massachusetts. He bought a farm in Randolph, but only lived there four years, when he removed to Minnesota for the health of an only son, who died February 22d, 1877. Mr. Patten is Proprietor of the "City Dairy," and owns fifty cows.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PATTERSON, F. F. was born in Illinois in 1849. His parents moved to New York when he was two years old, where he lived until 1865. At the age of twelve he began in the coasting service in which he continued four years, sailing from New York to different points on the coasts. When sixteen years of age he had the command of a schooner for a New York firm. In 1865 he came to Rochester, Minnesota, settling on a farm on which he lived until his removal to this city in 1872. He is now a contractor and builder. He was married in 1871 to Miss Emma Leet of Rochester, Minnesota.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PATTERSON, John is a native of Montreal, Canada, born in 1832. He learned the mason's trade with his father, and has made it his life business. In 1854, went to Monroe, Wisconsin, and two years later made St. Anthony his home. He is the oldest contractor now doing business in this city, and worked on the Cataract. Anchor and Zenith mills. Patterson and Baxter, in 1868, built the masonry for the bridge across the east side channel. The firm of Stevens, Patterson and Company was made in 1873, and existed until the present firm of Patterson and Aronson was formed. He was married to Sarah A. Burton in 1865, who has borne him five sons.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PATTERSON, LEVI N. of the firm of Patterson and Chilstrom, druggists, was born in Oneida county, New York, in 1848. He came to Minnesota in 1854, and located at Mankato, where he passed his youth, and learned the drug business in St. Peter with Henry Jones. In 1872, located in this city and worked in a drug store until 1874, when he became a partner in the firm of Young, Patterson and Company, but sold his interest five years later. In October, 1880, the present firm was formed and has since continued. He was married in 1875 to Eva M. Tibbetts, of Mankato. They have one child. Russ. Mr. Patterson's father was one of the pioneers of Blue Earth county, and was a member of the legislature at the time of his death in 1861.

 

File contributed for Minnesota Biographies Project by: Wayne C. Blesi.  waybliss@aol.com
 


Charles W. Paul

PAUL, Charles W. was born Feb.1821 in Prussia, Germany and went to Quebec, Canada in 1839. He then went to Little Canada, MN. in 1850, and then bought land in Dayton Township west of Hayden Lake which is now called Fernbrook Lane in 1853 before the Swiss came to the area. In 1857 he purchased land from Samuel Colburn in Champlin, MN, for $30.00 and built a home, among others in Champlin. In 1864 He married Agatha Blesi a sister of Peter Blesi, and in 1857 they moved into the New Schwanden area on land which Peter gave them of which on this parcel of land the First log Church was built in 1866. Charles built a log cabin of which later on was used as a barn and a newer home was built later on near it. Charles fought in the Civil War  from Aug.27,1864 as private in Company E 11th Regiment infantry and was discharged on July 4,1865. Agatha and Charles had no Children. Charles Paul died  on July 4,1895 and is buried in the St. Fridolin Cemetery, also known as the  New Schwanden (Swiss) Cemetery of Champlin, Hennepin County, Minnesota. His widow stayed on the homestead  and remarried in 1896 to Hermann G. Neumann. Agatha only lived a few years and died on 29 Dec.1903 leaving the farm to Herman G. Neumann who is on the old farm picture showing the log barn and Fred Zimmermann Jr. age 13 with his shot gun and  the only picture of Agatha Blesi Paul who married Herman G. Neumann. She is also buried in the St. Fridolin Cemetery.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PAUL, J. H. was born near Salem, Indiana, in March, 1847. He came to this city in 1871, and engaged in the manufacture of church, school and office furniture, in which business he is at present. He was married in March, 1875, to Miss Ida Mertens. Their children are: Joseph and Margaret. Residence, 871 Sixteenth Avenue south.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PAULLE, Leonard was born at Buffalo, New York, in 1854. There he received is education and learned his trade as show-case maker and engaged in the manufacture of them. He remained at Buffalo until 1876, when he came to Minneapolis and pursued his trade. He is located at 123 Washington Avenue south, where he is doing a large and thriving business.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PAULY, James is a native of France, born in 1826. He came to the United States in 1849, making Woodbury, Connecticut his home seven years. In 1856 he removed to Reed's Landing, Minnesota, where he engaged in hotel keeping twenty-three years, five of which was passed in the Bullard House, and ten in the American House. He bought and took possession of the Pauly House of this city in June, 1879. He was married in 1857, to Miss Margaret Simon. They have two sons and two daughters.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PAVITT, S. N. was born in London, England, in 1830, and came with his parents to America in 1832. He went to the province of Quebec, and remained there until 1846, when he moved to New York City, and learned the harness trade. He came to Minnesota in 1855; located in the harness trade at Minneapolis. In 1862 he enlisted in Co. B, 6th Minn. Vols. and served nearly three years, being honorably discharged at Fort Snelling in 1865. October, 1867, he came to Osseo, and started his harness shop. He has since resided here. Married in 1857, to Adeline Buck. They have three children now living.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PAVITT, William H. came to Minnesota in the autumn of 1855. Remained about two years in Minneapolis, and then moved to Cokato, Wright county; staid there two years; then returned to Minneapolis, and remained until 1867, when he moved to Osseo, and has since lived on his farm, section 16, town of Maple Grove. He married Mary L. Hoff, in November, 1873. She is a native of Hennepin county.

 

From "1868 - 1968 Maple Plain & Independence Past - Present" published by the Maple Plain Garden Club. Information in Italics supplied by Claudine Pearson from personal knowledge and research. Pauline may be contacted for further information. ClaudeP@aol.com

PEARSON, John (born 12 April 1850 in Träne Parish, Skåne, Sweden, son of Per Persson/Pehrsson/Pearson, born in 1816) and Christine Nilsson Pearson born 26 Jan 1852 in Langhult, Skåne Sweden, daughter of Sven Nilsson and Hanna Persdotter) were originally from Sweden.  They lived in the St. Peter area for a number of years.  About 1884 they bought a farm in Independence on County Road 6, where Dan Jensen now lives.  After living there a while they rented the farm and lived in several other locations.  When they finally came back to live on the homestead, Ernie and Lambert drove the cows behind the wagons from Parkers Lake. They reared ten children.  Ernie, Lambert, Henry and Hilda spent their lives in this area.  Henry married Vera Martinson, who grew up on what is now the Earl Zoldahn farm.  Henry and Vera lived in Maple Plain where Henry was the mortician.

Henry's son Adrian (Lars) and his wife, Doris live on north Budd Ave in Independence.  Henry's other son, Edgar, lives in Maple Plain.  He was employed in the Maple Plain Post Office and at the time of his retirement he was the postmaster.  Lambent and his wife, Tile (Whining) lived in New Linda until his death.  Ernie married End Ditty and lived in Maple Plain until their death.

Several of Christine's siblings lived in the Maple Plain area.  The most famous of which was Nils Nilsson, who invented the Nilsson tractor.  I have also found living family in Sweden and have been fortunate enough to go over and meet them.  Am constantly in touch.  Please don''t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or information.

 

Information compiled by Larry Martin.

PEAVEY, George Wright, George W. Peavey was the son of Frank Hutchinson Peavey (1850-1901) and Mary Dibble Wright (1850-1903). George W. Peavey married Katherine S. Jordan. His two sisters were Lucia Louise Peavey (1873-1941) and Mary Drew Peavey (1875-1924). Lucia Louise Peavey married Frank T. Heffelfinger (1870-1959). Mary Drew Peavey married Frederick B. Wells. Frank T. Heffelfinger, Heffelfinger's son, Frank Peavey Heffelfinger, and Frederick B. Wells were involved together in the grain business. Frank T. Heffelfinger was president and Frederick Wells was vice president of the F. H. Peavey and Company. Frederick D. Wells was the son of Thomas Buchlin Wells, the rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis from 1880 to 1891, and Annie E. J. Wells. Frederick Brown Wells was born in 1873 in Mentone, France, studied at Yale University and at the University of Minnesota, joined F. H. Peavey and Company in 1891, was a World War I veteran, and married Mary Drew Peavey in 1898. Wells and his wife had four children. The Wells Memorial House, established in 1908, was a settlement house in downtown Minneapolis organized by St. Mark's Episcopal Church which maintained a free dispensary, mental clinic, pathology laboratory, and tuberculosis clinic in cooperation with St. Barnabas Hospital, and operated a kindergarten, day nursery, library, employment bureau, and chapel. The Peavey Company was a family-held, Minneapolis-based grain merchandising and processing firm. The F.H. Peavey & Company was established at Sioux City, Iowa, in 1874 by Frank H. Peavey. Minneapolis became headquarters of the firm in 1884. The name of the business was changed to the Peavey Company in 1962, went public in 1973, and, in 1982, was acquired by ConAgra, Inc. Charles F. Haglin (1849-1921) was born in Hastings, New York. He was educated in the public schools of that city and became a draftsman in the office of a Syracuse architect in his late teens. After a year, he moved to Chicago and, in 1873, he relocated to Minneapolis and entered practice with Franklin B. Long. The partnership ended in 1876 and Haglin entered into partnership with Frederick Corser for about five years. In 1881, Haglin formed a contracting firm with Charles Morse, and together they built a number of large structures in Minneapolis, including the Globe Building (1882) and the William Washburn residence ("Fairoaks" 1883), both designed by E. Townsend Mix of Milwaukee, WI. The company also erected the Minneapolis City Hall and Court House (1895-1905). While the City Hall and Court House was underway, the partnership dissolved and Haglin operated the firm on his own until 1909, when B. H. Stahr joined as partner. The new company became known as the Haglin-Stahr Company. Between about 1900, when his association with Morse ceased, and his partnership with Stahr in 1909, Haglin's company built such Minneapolis structures as the Radisson Hotel (1909), Chamber of Commerce (later, Grain Exchange)(1901), Donaldson office building, Minneapolis Gas & Light Company, Orpheum Theater, the Plaza Hotel, and residences for George and Frank Peavey, Franklin Crosby, E. W. Decker, F. B. Semple (1901), L. S. Donaldson, and George H. Partridge. Late in his life, Haglin admitted his three sons into the partnership and the firm operated as C. F. Haglin & Sons. In 1920, the company contracted to rebuild Hibbing, Minnesota, after the entire townsite was moved to make way for an expansion of an iron ore pit mine. Haglin died in Long Beach, California.

 

Information provided by Joe Pehoushek joepeh@comcast.net

PEHOUSHEK, Frank was born in 1877 in , , Bohemia. He died on 29 Mar 1893 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. He was buried in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota.

Family name originally spelled: Pechou š ek.  Frank is the son of Frantisek   Pechou š ek and Rosalie Lipsová who were immigrants from Bohemia to SE Minneapolis in the late 1800’s. Our family lived in the Prospect Park neighborhood until about 1950.

Probably born in Budyné (now Budyné nad Ohri) because next older siblings, Bertha and Anna, were born there.

ca 1890 -  Came to U.S. in either 1888,1891 or 1893. One story has it that he came with sister Bertha in 1890.  May have come with his father in 1888, or with remainder of family in 1893.  Because he died in late March 1893, it's unlikely that that is the year he arrived in the U.S. .

29 Mar 1893 - Died of typhoid fever at age 16, several years after arrival in Minneapolis. Was living at 736 Lenox Ave SE, Minneapolis, Minn. - Lennox St. is parallel to and 3 blocks east of Erie St.

March 1893 - Buried at At Layman's Cemetary on Cedar Ave. So. and Lake Street in Mpls. in Lot 59, Block T., Tombstone found by Joseph W. & Carole Pehoushek on visit Aug 28,1984.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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PEIRCE, Thomas W. a native of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania was born August 23d, 1823. He was one of six sons all of whom learned the carpenter's trade; he commenced working when fifteen years of age, and continued the trade for about fifteen years; moved to Ohio in 1846; he went to Indiana for a short time, but returned to Ohio and formed a partnership with a Mr. Hillman, in contracting and building. In the fall of 1852 Mr. Peirce removed to Saint Anthony; he built a house for Mr. Richards, and in October, 1852, he purchased a claim of 40 acres from Mr. Lowell, paid thirty-three dollars for it, and made a settlement with the government. The following spring he cleared

small piece of land and planted one-half acre to potatoes; this was the beginning of his farm. In the summer of 1853 he built a residence for Mr. Hanson. Mr. Peirce was appointed a bidder for the first land sale in the county; the sale never occurred however. In 1855-6 he was a member of the Territorial legislature, and was president of the Protective Association, formed by settlers to defend claims from land jumpers. It was he who sharpened and drove the first stake, for the survey of Minneapolis, at the junction of Nicollet and Hennepin avenues; Charles Christmas was surveyor, Mr. Peirce is one of the oldest living settlers of Hennepin county, and relates many thrilling incidents of pioneer life. He was married in 1849 to Miss Margaretta Moss. They have two children: Frederick W. and Laura Jennie.

 

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PENCE, John W. was born in Warren county, Ohio, February 11th, 1830. He lived with his father on the farm until eighteen years of age, then engaged with a partner, dealing in grain, general merchandise, etc., for eight years with marked success. In 1856, he went to Columbus, when he was again a dealer in grain, stock, etc., until 1865, when failing health induced him to change. He came to Minnesota, and from Faribault to St. Paul, by stage, thence to this city. In 1866, he bought the lots where now stand the City Bank, and Opera House, which bears his name, being at that time among the first three-story buildings in the city. Mr. Pence has been president of the City Bank, and has heavy mining interests near Leadville, Colorado, and owns with S. P. Snyder, forty thousand acres of rich rolling prairie south of Jamestown, Dakota territory. He was married at Minneapolis in 1871 to Miss Laura Enell, of Maine, who died January 6th, 1878.

 

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PENNY, I. L. a resident of Minneapolis, was born in Maine, in 1834. He located here in February, 1855, he is the proprietor of the Minneapolis drill manufactory at 315 Third Avenue south. He was married in 1857 to Miss Rhoda V. Bean, whose parents came here in 1849. Their children are, Herbert E., Fannie F., Georgia.L., and Mabel.

 

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PERKINS, E.R. MD born in Orleans county, New York, 1843. Received his medical education at the Hahnemann Homeopathic Medical College of Philadelphia. First commenced the practice of medicine at Excelsior, May, 1878. Came to the state in 1854. Married in 1864 Julia A. Chase. Enlisted in 1861 in Company D, Second Regiment Infantry. Discharged honorably at Nashville, Tennessee. They have four children.- Louis, Willie, Gracie and Edna.

 

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PERKINS, George, F. was born at Westminster, Massachusetts, June 9th, 1852. He moved with his parents to near Monticello, Minnesota, in 1855, and worked on a farm until sixteen years of age. In the fall of 1869 he returned east to attend school, but instead, chose to learn the machinist's trade and served his apprenticeship at Fitchburg, Massachusetts, with the Fitchburg Machine Company, and returned to Minneapolis in 1876. He entered the shops of Walker Brothers and during the same year opened a shop of his own on a cash capital of but seventeen dollars. Owing to economy, energy and perseverance he is now at the head of his large establishment.

 

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PETERS, Herman J. was born at Dayton, Ohio, in 1855. When a boy he moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and learned the trade of miller while there, in the Demond mill. He worked there ten years then went to Houston, Texas for two years, thence to this city in June, 1879. He was first in the employ of the Empire mill, then in the Cataract as miller, where he has since remained.

 

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PETERS, Thomas was born in England, October 7th, 1848. His father being a shoemaker, Thomas engaged in the same business while in England. In 1873 he emigrated to this country, coming directly to St. Paul. Engaged in farming in Ramsey and Dakota counties until 1876, when he came to Minnehaha, and was employed at the hotel two years; thence to Hudson, Wisconsin, where he was engaged in a hotel for one year; then returned to Minnehaha, and has since been employed at the hotel. In Oct., 1871, was married to Kate Weaver. Their residence is near the junction of Minnehaha Creek with the Mississippi.

 

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PETERS, Catharine was born in Ireland, in 1832. She lived with her parents ten years; then went to England, and lived there three years; then emigrated to America. Came to Minnesota in 1855, and settled in Maple Grove. Married, April 4th, 1855, to John Peters, who died October 30th, 1866. She has two children living. James was born January 27th, 1856, and Edward, March 4th, 1858. The family is living upon the "Peters Estate," of 160 acres, on section 31. Both sons are able and active young men, conducting the farm with ability.

 

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PETERSON, A. G. a resident of Minneapolis, was born in Denmark, October 1st, 1853. He came to the United States in 1868, locating at Fairfield, Connecticut, and remained there until 1870, then came to this city, and in 1871 entered a grocery store as clerk; three years later he started in the grocery business with his brother, H. C. Peterson. In 1879, he sold his interest to his brother and engaged in business for himself, at 1203 Third Avenue south. He married Amelia J. Hanson, of New York city, in 1878. They are parents of one child.

 

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PETERSON, Andrew of the firm of Peterson and Henland, is a native of Sweden, born October, 4th, 1844. He came to the United States in 1866, first locating at Hastings, Minnesota. In 1867 he went to Montana, where he worked at the blacksmith's trade until 1871. He then came to this city and engaged in the Monitor plow works. In April 1880 he began dealing in oysters and fish. He was married in 1872, to Sarah Anderson, a native of Sweden. They have four children: Carrie, Annie, George W., and baby.

 

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PETERSON, Christian, came to Minneapolis in 1877, and worked for dairymen until the fall of 1879, when he established himself the business; he now has twenty cows.

 

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PETERSON, Fred was born in 1850, in Denmark. He came here in 1872, and was employed by different dairymen for five years. April 9th, 1879, he married Laura Oleson. They have one child. The firm of Peterson Brothers established a dairy in 1877, with forty-five cows, afterward increased their stock to sixty-five; the partnership was discontinued in April 1880, and Mr. Fred. Peterson is now proprietor of the Accommodation dairy.

 

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PETERSON, H. O. a native of Norway, was born in 1849. He emigrated to the United States in 1869, and first located in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The next year he removed to Minneapolis, where he worked in the saw mills of the city until 1877. He then clerked in a grocery store two years, then opened an establishment, doing business for himself. During the same year, he added a stock of crockery ware, and in March, 1880 a full line of dry goods was added. He now occupies two stores at 1422 and 1424 Washington Avenue south. He was married in 1871, to Christine Blecken of Norway. They have four children.

 

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PETERSON, I. C. is a native of Denmark, born December 13th, 1836. He learned the shoemaker's trade in his native country. In. 1873 he came to the United States, making Faribault, Minnesota, his home until 1877. In that year he removed to Minneapolis and worked for C. A. Heffelflnger two years, when, he opened a shop of his own and still continues. He married Miss Anna Larson, of Norway, in 1859. They have had ten children, five of whom are living Elma, D., Charles, Jennie and Fannie.

 

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PETERSON, Martin, was born in Sweden, in 1845. He emigrated to America, in 1868, and settled at Lansing, Iowa; thence to Keokuk. In 1871, he came to Minnesota, and worked at railroad contracting in Houston and Winona counties, until the fall of 1878, then came to this city and started in the grocery business at 1501, Washington Avenue south.

 

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PETERSON, Oliver is a native of Norway, born October 2d, 1851. He came to the United States in 1866, locating at La Crosse, Wisconsin, remaining three years, dealing in groceries and dry goods. He then removed to Rushford, Minnesota; thence to St. Paul in 1870, and was employed five years by the St. Paul and Sioux City Railway Company. In 1877 he returned to his native country, remaining three years. He then made Minneapolis his home, and engaged In the saloon business at 821 Washington Avenue south. He married Carrie Davison la 1879, who bore him one child William.

 

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PETERSON, W. P. was born in Sweden, in 1842. He attended school until fifteen years of age, then learned the trade of carpenter and joiner, and emigrated to America in 1864, settling in Carver, Minnesota, where he stayed one year. He then removed to Minneapolis, and commenced the manufacture of brief on the Champlin Road, three miles north of Minneapolis. He is now doing a large business there, under the firm name of Peterson & Benson.

 

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PETRASCH, John was born in Bohemia, October 12th, 1829. Here he spent his youth, and became familiar with the shoemaker's trade. He emigrated to the United States in 1859, and after passing one year at St. Louis, came to Minneapolis, and at once opened a boot and shoe store at 25 First street south, where he still continues.

 

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PETTERSON, P.M. was born in Sweden, March 6th, 1818. Came to America in 1854. Moved from New York to Minnesota in 1855, and settled in Dakota county. Moved to his present farm in 1866. Married in 1845 to Miss Gustava Johnson. Divorced in 1873. Married again in same year to Miss H. Johnson. Have four children: Albert, Charles T., Anna M. and Ida.

 

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PETTINGILL, M. was born at Cambridge, Maine, in 1832. At eighteen years of age he joined his parents at Omro, Wisconsin, they having moved there one year previous. After a stay of two years duration, he returned east and was employed in the cotton factories eight years, after which he removed to Iowa, but finding the country too new for business, he again returned Omro, and, with his father, opened a boot and shoe store. He traveled through the northwest and obtained patents, particularly for the Pettingill draw-bar for car coupling, but lacking the necessary means he was unable to introduce them into general use. He became a resident of Minneapolis in 1871, and opened a restaurant, with a shoe shop in the rear. Four years later he leased the Chalybeate Springs, where he now resides. His marriage with Miss E. D. Harrington occurred in October, 1855. They have six children, all living at home.

 

As listed in the proceedings and report of the annual meetings of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, May 11, 1899 and 1900.

PETTIT, Curtis H. was born at Hanover, Columbiana County, Ohio, 1834.

He came to Minneapolis Oct. 22, 1856, and opened a private banking loan office, which business he conducted until 1861, at which time he engaged in the hardware trade on Bridge Square. He continued in the hardware business until 1866. Later he engaged extensively in the manufacture of lumber and flour at Minneapolis, in partnership with Jabez M. Robinson.

In 1858 Mr. Pettit became the owner of the Minneapolis Journal, and was publisher of the same for several months, with John G. Williams as editor, and the following year was a member of the town council.

Mr. Pettit was a member of the State Senate for the sessions of 1866, 1868, 1870 and 1871, and of the House of Representatives for the sessions of 1874, 1875, 1876 and 1887. He has been a member of the board of managers of the Minnesota State Reform School, now the Minnesota State Training School for Boys and Girls, since its organization, and is at present a member of the board.

 

As listed in the proceedings and report of the annual meetings of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, May 11, 1899 and 1900.

PETTIT, Deborah M. ( Williams ) was born at Oakland, Juniata County, Pennsylvania, Oct. 28, 1833. She came to Minneapolis in July, 1856, and was married to Curtis H. Pettit, June 2, 1857.

They have been connected with the Westminster Presbyterian Church since its organization in 1857, and Mrs. Pettit is the only survivor of the eight original members of the church.

Of their five children, the only one now living is Mrs. Bessie Pettit Douglas.

 

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PHELPS E. J. of the firm of Phelps and Bradstreet, furniture dealers, came to Minneapolis in April, 1878, from Aurora, Illinois, and in company with J. S. Bradstreet established the furniture business at 421 and 423 Nicollet Avenue. Residence at 1027 First Avenue north.

 

PHELPS, Edmund Joseph. Edmund Joseph Phelps was the president of the Belt Line Elevator Company. The Belt Line Elevator Company was associated with the Peavey Company. Edmund Phelps was born in 1845 in Ohio. Initially, he was employed in banking. In 1870, he formed E. J. Phelps & Co., a furniture retailer, and in 1878, he purchased J. B. Hanson Co., a furniture trader. After moving to Minneapolis, he partnered with J. S. Bradstreet as Phelps & Bradstreet. Subsequently, he organized the Minnesota Loan & Trust Company with Eugene A. Merrill in 1883. He also established the Minneapolis Business Union and helped form the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company, the Brown & Haywood Glass Company, the Northwestern Elevator Company, the National Bank of Commerce, and the Moore Carving Machine Company. He was a member of the Minneapolis Park Board and was a trustee of the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts. He married Louisa A. Richardson in 1874 and they had five children.

 

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PHELPS, Sherman born in Smithville, New York, August 11th, 1820. He lived there twenty-three years; then moved to Cook county, Illinois, and remained until 1865, when he came to Minnesota, and located in Maple Grove, where he has since resided. Married Anna E. Limberger, May 18th, 1848, who died February 14th, 1869. Mr. Phelps has seven children living.

 

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PHILLIPS, Nathan O. one of the oldest settlers of St. Anthony township was born in Windham county, Vermont, in 1822. He attended the public schools, until the age of eighteen, and was also engaged in the occupations of farmer and carriage builder. In 1844, he went to Boston, Massachusetts, and found employment in a wholesale paper establishment, where he remained about six years, and in 1850, came to St. Anthony. He lived there one year then made the claim where he has since resided. He has been clerk of the town for the last eighteen years. He was married in 1849, to Mary A. Philbrook. Four children have been born to them, two now living: Eugnia: F. and Proctor H.

 

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PHILLIPS, George C. born February 28, 1828, in Almond, N. Y. In 1848, established a cooper shop. Run it seven years. In 1854 went to St. Paul, then to Minneapolis. Helped finish the old American House. In 1855 made claim to the farm, on which he now lives. February 28th, 1854, married Abigail Smith. Enlisted, 1864, in Co. F, Eleventh Minn. Inf. Was with Gen. Thomas at Nashville, Tenn., and discharged at St. Paul.

 

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PHIPPS, William was born at Maine, Broome county, New York in 1829. He lived on a farm until twenty-one years of age; then apprenticed as a carpenter. In 1855 he was employed by the government, and went to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, but soon returned to Illinois on account of ill-health. He worked at his trade until 1857, when he came to Minnesota. After being in the employ of the government, working in different states, he located at Minneapolis in 1872, where he has since lived, employed as a contractor and builder. In 1858 he was married to Miss Kate Arnell, who died in June, 1864. His second wife was Arbilla C. Wilmot, whom he married in 1866, and by whom he has three children: Ross V., Willie H. and Clifford. Residence at 25 Seventh street.

 

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PIERONNET, F. M. was born in Pennsylvania, in 1858. He accompanied his parents to St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of fifteen. His father being a physician, he studied with him until June 1878. Having no taste for his father's profession he came to Minneapolis in that year and was employed in the Crown Roller mill one year and has since then been engaged as book-keeper. At present he has charge of the books and financial department for L. Paulle, show case manufacturer.

 

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PILLSBURY, Charles F. lawyer, was born in Kingfield, Franklin county, Maine, January 31st, 1828. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in Somerset county, Maine, in l854. He practiced his profession in Somerset and Franklin counties until September, when he came to Minneapolis and was admitted to practice in the courts of Minneapolis by Judge Vanderburgh in December of the same year. He has been engaged in real estate business in connection with his law practice. He is one of five brothers, born on the farm at Kingfield, where they all remained until twenty-one years of age. Two of the brothers are lawyers, one a minister, one a merchant, and one a physician. Mr. Pillsbury's marriage with Francis H. Boynton, of New Portland, Maine, occurred in 1856. They have had four children, two of whom are now living, a son and daughter. In 1871, a son, aged twelve met his death by a fall on the ice on the river.

 

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PILLSBURY, George, A. son of John and Susan Pillsbury is a native of Sutton, Merrimac county, New Hampshire, born August 29th, 1816. He received a common school education in his native town, and at the age of eighteen, he went to Boston and secured employment as clerk in a grocery store. He remained at Boston only a little over one year, when he returned to Sutton and began the manufacture of stoves and sheet-iron ware in company with his cousin, J. C. Pillsbury. In 1840, he removed to Warner as clerk for J. H. Pearson, and in July following, he purchased the business and conducted the same. He was postmaster at Warner from 1844 to 1849, also held other offices of trust and prominence. In 1851, he received the appointment of purchasing agent for the Concord railroad, and occupied that position until 1875. He became a resident of Minneapolis in 1878, and still resides here. He is a member of the firm of C. A. Pillsbury and Company, and also holds other positions of prominence. He married Margaret S. Carleton in 1841. They are the parents of two sons, Charles A., and Fred. C., both associated with him in business. Charles is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a member of the Minnesota state senate.

 

From "Minneapolis, Portrait of the Past", collected and compiled by Edward A. Bromely. Voyageur Press. 1890.


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PILLSBURY, John S. (Same as John Sargent Pillsbury below). The Pillsbury family is famous the world over. The first member of it to locate here was John S. Pillsbury. The family home was in New Hampshire, and John was born in 1828. At teh age of sixteen he began life in earnest, learning the painter's trade. He had tried his hand at several branches of business before coming to St. Anthony in 1855 and starting a hardware store. He was successful in that. In 1872, with his nephew, Charles A., the foundations were laid by Mr. Pillsbury of the leading flour milling firm in the world. His brother, George A., arrived in 1878 and joined the firm. Mr. Pillsbury's political careet dates back to 1858, when he was elected a member of the City Council, and re-elected for six successive years. In 1863 he was elected State Senator, re-elected four times in succession, and served two other terms later on. His two terms as Governor of the State - 1875-'79 - were marked by that honesty and good judgment which always characterized the man. He has given valuable aid in manifold public projects. For years he has been doing his utmost for the upbuilding of the State University. As Regent, his wise counsel has availed much. A contribution of $150,000 toward the Science Hall was a substantial evidence of Gov. Pillsbury's devotion to the interests of that institution and a good sample of Pillsbury liberality and public spirit. (SEE ALSO BELOW)

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PILLSBURY, John Sargent (Same as John S. above. Governor of the State of Minnesota, is a native of Sutton, Merrimac county, New Hampshire, born July 29th, 1828. His educational advantages during boyhood were limited to the common schools of his native town. At an early age he commenced learning the painter's trade, but when about sixteen he entered the mercantile business as salesman in a store at Warner. When twenty-one years of age he formed a partnership with Walter Harrimon, afterwards Governor of New Hampshire, which continued two years. He then removed to Concord, where he remained four years in the business of merchant tailor and cloth dealer. In 1853 he made a tour of observation throughout the western states and in 1855 he located at St. Anthony, Minnesota, engaging in the hardware business with success. In addition to the losses by the panic of 1857 his establishment was destroyed by fire, entailing a loss of twenty-two thousand dollars, with no insurance; but by hard, honest labor and indefatigable energy, he recovered, and in five years was again a prosperous merchant. In 1858 he was elected a member of the city council and re-elected for six successive years. When the rebellion broke out he rendered efficient service in organizing the First, Second and Third Regiments of Minnesota Volunteers, and in 1862, in company with others, raised and equipped a mounted company for service against the Indians. In 1863 he was appointed one of the regents of the University of Minnesota, and its present gratifying condition is largely owing to his prudent endeavors. In 1872 he engaged in the manufacture of flour in Minneapolis, with his nephew, C. A. Pillsbury. The firm of C. A. .Pillsbury and Company is one of the largest manufacturers of flour in the world. In 1868 he was elected state senator from Hennepin county, and re-elected for four following terms, and again in 1872 and the succeeding term. In 1875 Mr. Pillsbury was elected Governor and re-elected in 1877 and 1879. His administration has been marked by a thorough devotion to the interests of the people of this state. He married in Warner, New Hampshire November 3d, 1866, Miss Mahala Fisk. They have had four children: Ida, Susie May, Sadie Belle and Alfred Fisk. (SEE ALSO BELOW)

As listed in the proceedings and report of the annual meetings of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, May 11, 1899 and 1900

PILLSBURY, John Sargent was born at Sutton, N.H., July 29, 1828. His parents were John and Susan (Wadleigh) Pillsbury, and descended from the early Puritan stock of New England, his ancestors settling in Massachusetts in 1640. Mr. Pillsbury's education was limited to the district schools of the time, and at the age of sixteen he entered the country store of his brother, George A., at Warner, N. H., and afterwards went into business there in partnership with Walter Harriman. The experience and discipline obtained by him during, these years was of great value to him later in life. I After visiting the West, he decided to locate in Minnesota, and came to St. Anthony Falls in May, 1855, with a stock of hardware, George P. Cross and Woodbury Fisk being partners in the business. Mr. Cross retired from the firm after a few years, but the firm of J. S. Pillsbury & Co. was favorably known as one of the leading hardware dealers of the Northwest, until 1875, when Mr. Pillsbury sold his hardware business to engage move extensively with his nephew, Charles A. Pillsbury, in the milling business.

In the fall of 1857 the firm of Cross, Pillsbury & Fisk were burned out, with a loss of about $38,000. This calamity, happening at the time of the financial panic of that year, made it very difficult to put the business in good condition again at once, but Mr. Pillsbury soon had all matters adjusted, and the business was afterwards very prosperous. From 1872 to the present time Mr. Pillsbury has been extensively engaged in manufacturing flour and lumber and dealing in pine and mineral lands, being at this time one of the large stockholders and director of the Pillsbury-Washburn Milling Company, the largest manufacturers of flour in the world.

In 1863, after having previously served as alderman of the city of St. Anthony for several years, he was elected to the State Senate, and re-elected for eight terms additional prior to 1875, when he was elected governor of the state, in which capacity he served the state continuously for six years from January, 1876.

In 1862, it will be recollected that the affairs of the State University were in a hopeless condition financially, its lands covered by heavy mortgages and the lower floor of the one building buried under three feet of sand, which had drifted through the open windows. A new board of regents was then appointed, including Mr. Pillsbury and O. C. Merriman of Minneapolis. with Uriah Thomas as secretary, and one of the first public acts of Mr. Pillsbury after he was elected to the State Senate was to secure the passage of a bill authorizing the regents to sell the lands donated by Congress, compromise and settle all claims, and thus save the university, which would otherwise have been lost to the state. In the years following Governor Pillsbury devoted much of his time and many thousands of dollars in putting the Minnesota State University in the front rank of the educational institutions of the country, and the erection last year of his statue on the campus grounds by the alumni of the university was a tribute most worthily bestowed. Since 1863 he has been a member of the board of regents and president of same for several years.

Mr. Pillsbury is a director in five banks of the city, also of three railroads, besides being interested in many other financial as well as educational and charitable institutions, and now, at the age of seventy-three, gives his personal attention daily to the various enterprises with which he is connected.

Mr. Pillsbury is president of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneer Association, and the pioneers are largely indebted to his generosity for the log cabin erected at the State Fair grounds. (SEE ALSO ABOVE & BELOW)

 

As listed in the proceedings and report of the annual meetings of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, May 11, 1899 and 1900.

PILLSBURY, Mahala ( Fisk ) was born in the town of Springfield, N.H., May 8, 1832. Her father, Capt. John Fisk, and her mother, Sarah ( Goodhue ) Fisk, were long residents of Warner. The families of both of her parents were prominent in the early settlement of New England.

Her early years were passed at Warner, N. H., where she had the inestimable training of a New England Christian home. Later she had the advantages of an education at the Hopkinton Academy and at Sanhornton Seminary, where she graduated at the age of nineteen. During the years she was attending school and afterwards, until married, she was a teacher in the schools at Keene and other localities.

She was married to John S. Pillsbury, Nov. 3, 1856, and came with her husband to St. Anthony that month. On their arrival at Dubuque, Mr. Pillsbury, owing to the lateness of the season was obliged to stop for a few days to attend to the freight on his goods, and Mrs. Pillsbury proceeded up river alone, and on arrival at Hastings the passengers were obliged to change from the boat to the stage. Mr. Pillsbury followed in a few days on horseback, and joined his wife at the St. Charles Hotel, St. Anthony. Soon after they commenced housekeeping in apartments much smaller than they occupy today. Here they experienced in those early years the usual hardships and struggles of pioneers, but their domestic lives were blessed with the charms which education, music, church and benevolent work afforded. Mrs. Pillsbury identified herself with the First Congregational Church and became a worker for its success, which she has seen grow from its weak beginning until it is now one of the strongest in the state. During all of this time she has been a teacher in its Sunday school.

In 1880, Mrs. Pillsbury joined with other benevolent women in the establishment of a children's home, which was changed from one location to another until the society built a permanent home on Stevens avenue and Thirty-second street, at a cost of $40,000. Mrs. Pillsbury is president of the society. She is also interested in the Northwestern Hospital for Women and in the Washburn Home, in which she is a trustee. The present year she has had built a home for young women, where those worthy will find a pleasant home at a low expense. Her husband joined her in making a present of the building to the Women's Christian Association, at a cost of several thousand dollars. Mrs. Pillsbury says that her instinct to make other people happy, and to provide for their wants, is one of the gifts which God gave her and which she has always cultivated.

Of their five children, Addie A., the oldest, was married to Charles M. Webster, Oct. 4, 1884 and died April 2, 1885; Susan M. was married to Fred B. Snyder, Sept. 23, 1885, and died Sept. 3, 1891, leaving one son; Sarah Belle was married, June 28, 1892, to Edward C. Gale of Minneapolis, Alfred was married in June, 1899, to Miss Eleanor Field, daughter of Chief justice Field of Boston, Mass. (SEE ALSO ABOVE)

 

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PINAULT, N. J. MD was born in the province of Quebec, in 1848, where he lived until 1877. Received his collegiate education at Rirnouski and St. Anne; graduated an M. D. at the University Laval, Quebec, receiving the first prizes from the faculty, prize Seivell and prize Morrin of 1874. His diploma from the University Laval is also from the Royal College of Surgeons, of London. After his studies he made an extensive tour in Europe, and while there had great opportunities to perfect his education. He first practiced medicine at Rimouski. In 1877 he came to Osseo, and has since followed his profession here.

 

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PLACE, D.N. was born in New York city, January 18th, 1844. At the age of fourteen, he shipped as seaman, and followed that vocation for eighteen years. Came to Minnesota in 1869, and for three years was engaged in the real estate business; then returned to the pursuit of sailing, and served as mate on a voyage to Japan. Then served four years as Purser and one year as Captain of the schooner Leader, trading on the Pacific coast; was married April 15, 1874, to Frances M. Benjamin. They have had two children, one now living, Charles E. L.

 

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PLOCH, C. E. a native of Germany, was born May 22d, 1838. He emigrated to America in 1854, making New York his home where he learned his trade, that of shoe-making, and worked at it until 1860. He then removed to South Carolina, remaining seven years, then came to Minneapolis. He was employed at his trade by different firms until 1873, when he opened a store of his own at 508 Washington Avenue north. He married Doretta Wille, of Germany in 1865. Their children are: Amelia, Clara, Alicia and Cecilia.

 

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PLUMMER, Frank was born at Brooklyn, Hennepin county, Minnesota, June 10th, 1855. He lived on a farm until 1868, then attended the graded schools of St. Paul until 1871, when he entered the University and finished his studies in 1873. He entered the city engineer's office and remained three years, and the next spring went to the Black Hills, remaining two years. In May, 1880, he returned and opened his present office, in company with F. H. Nutter, as civil engineer. In the fall of 1880, he was elected county surveyor, which office he now holds.

 

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POMARLEAU, George was born in Canada, in 1845. He came to Hennepin county in 1853, and for ten years lived with his parents on a farm. The next eight years he was employed by the government, teaming from Fort Snelling, and Fort Abercrombie. He is now proprietor of the "Philadelphia Exchange," of this city, 215 First street north. He was married, in 1873, to Miss Victoria Blondio. Three children have been born to them.

 

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POMEROY, E. F. was born at Granville, Massachusetts, June 7th, 1833. He came to Minneapolis in May, 1880, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he had been engaged in the manufacture of soap. He has a wife and five children all living in this city. He is of the firm of Pomeroy and Benner, Minneapolis Soap Works.

 

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POMEROY, George W. born in Penobscot county, Maine, in 1838. He lived there eighteen years, and moved with his parents to Anoka county, Minnesota, stayed there four years, and located in Brooklyn in 1862. He was married the same year to Mary M. Talcot. They have one child. Mr. Pomeroy enlisted in Company A, Ninth Minnesota Infantry, in 1862; was taken prisoner at Guntown, Mississippi, June 11th, 1864, and was confined at Andersonville three months, Savannah and Camp Lawton three months and at Florence three months; was sent to Parole Camp, Saint Louis, received a furlough for thirty days, and was honorably discharged in 1865; since which time he has made Brooklyn his home.

 

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POMEROY, J. L. is a native of Southhampton, Massachusetts, born November 3d, 1818. He located at Bassett's Creek in 1855, engaging in milling under the firm name of Pomeroy, Bates and Company, in which he continued four years, then in company with Mr. Bassett built a distillery, and sold out in 1862 and engaged in the liquor business in this city. In 1874, in company with E. N. Bates and Joseph Day, he built a flour mill at Piedmont, Missouri, and the next year returned to this city and engaged in the liquor business at the corner of Second street and First Avenue south. He married Lydia T. Thomas December 3d, 1840. Their children are: Martha E., Julia C. and Edward T.

 

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POND, Rev. Gideon H., was born in Washington, Litchfield county, Connecticut, June 30, 1810. In 1834 he received a letter from his brother, Samuel W. Pond, a school teacher at Galena, Illinois, proposing a missionary enterprise to the Dakota Indians. The proposition was accepted, and in 1834 provided with neither brass, scrip nor purse he joined his brother, and arrived at Fort Snelling in May. They began their labors among the small bands of Dakotas around Lake Calhoun and Harriet. They built a rude cabin on the east shore of Lake Calhoun, and labored together three years, when Gideon H., leaving his brother in charge, went to Lac qui Parle, where a Presbyterian church had been organized, and offered his services as Indian farmer and teacher. He remained there a few years and returned to Lake Harriet.

In 1843, owing the repeated disturbances between the Chippewas and Dakotas, the latter changed their location to the banks of the Minnesota river. Mr. Pond followed their fortunes and located in Bloomington, where his family now live. Services were held every Sabbath, and schools were maintained during the week, for the red children, by Mr. Pond and his assistants.

In 1852, in accordance with a treaty, the Indians were removed from the vicinity, but Mr. Pond had become attached to his place as a home and remained here until his death. Mr. Pond was married to Miss Sarah Poage, who died in 1853. In 1854 he married Mrs. Sarah Hopkins, widow of a missionary who was drowned in the Minnesota river at St. Peter. Mr. Pond died January 20, 1878. (SEE ALSO BELOW)

As listed in the proceedings and report of the annual meetings of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, May 11, 1899 and 1900.

POND, Gideon Holister was born at New Preston, Litchfield County, Connecticut, June 30, 1810. At an early age he was apprenticed to a carpenter, Jared Frost, where he remained until about fifteen years of age, afterwards making his home with a married sister until he was of age, in the meantime becoming a thorough farmer. He, as well as his brother Samuel, owed much to the character, example and counsel of their mother through many scenes of hardships and discouragements.

In response to an appeal from his brother Samuel, written from Galena, December, 1833, Gideon, at the age of twenty-four, arrived at that place in April, 1834, to carry out their plan of becoming missionaries among the Sioux Indians of Minnesota, and on the first day of May they embarked on the steamer Warrior for St. Peters, arriving at Fort Snelling on the sixth day of May, 1834. Here the brothers were welcomed by Rev. W. T. Boutwell, a missionary of the American Board to the Ojibways at Leech Lake.

Mr. Pond spent a week with the Lake Calhoun band of Dakotas, the nearest to Fort Snelling, and assisted them about their plowing. Early in June, with the aid of the chief, they selected a site and built a log cabin on the east Shore of Lake Calhoun, twelve by sixteen and eight feet high, divided into two rooms. Slabs were obtained from the old government mill at St. Anthony Falls for the ceiling, and the single window was the gift of the kind-hearted Major Taliaferro, U. S. Indian agent at Fort Snelling. They built a fireplace and ebimney with stones found on the shore of the lake. In July the brothers put in their supplies -- a barrel of pork and a barrel of flour, which the Indians helped dispose of.

This house was the first house of citizen settlers in Hennepin County, and was also the first schoolroom and mission house among the Dakotas. Five years later it was torn down by its builders to construct a barricade for the defense of the Indians after the bloody battle with the Ojibways at Ram River.

In May, 1835, Dr, Thomas S. Williamson and Alexander G. Huggins, with their families, arrived at Fort Snelling, where they were welcomed by the Pond brothers; and soon after Rev. J. D. Stevens, also under appointment from the American Board, arrived. Mr. Stevens built that summer a mission house and a schoolhouse on the northwestern shore of Lake Harriet near the present location of the pavilion.

Dr. Williamson and Mr. Huggins located at Lac qui Parle. That winter Dr. Williamson asked for the assistance of the Ponds in learning the Dakotas' language, and Samuel went there, remaining until March, when he returned to Calhoun, and Gideon then went to Lac qui Parle, where he remained for three years. It was here, in November, 1837, that Gideon was married to Miss Sarah Poage of Ripley, O., sister-in-law of Dr. Williamson. In 1839 Mr. Pond returned with his family to Lake Harriet, where they remained about one year, when owing to the warfare between the Sioux and Chippewas, they moved to Fort Snelling and from there moved to Oak Grove, Bloomington, in 1843, where his first wife died in 1853. In 1854 he was re-married to Mrs. Hopkins, widow of Rev. Robert Hopkins, and continued to preach at Bloomington until a short time before his death, which occurred in 1878. (SEE ALSO ABOVE)

 

As listed in the proceedings and report of the annual meetings of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, May 11, 1899 and 1900.

POND, Samuel William was born was born at New Preston, Conn., April 10, 1808. The Ponds were of English Puritan ancestry, the family settling in New England about the year 1630. Samuel attended the schools of Washington Village, Conn, where he became proficient in the branches taught in the public schools of that day. He remained in the vicinity, working either on the farm or in the fulling mill and dye house near by until March, 1833, when he set out for the west via Pittsburgh and the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The next winter he spent in Galena, Ill., from which place he wrote his brother requesting him to come out and go with him as a missionary to the Indians of Minnesota. They arrived at Fort Snelling May 6, 1834. The acting agent, in the absence of Major Taliaferro, permitted them to occupy a vacant room in one of the agency houses. After looking over this letter and learning of their plans, the officers at the fort gave them permission to remain. Acting upon a suggestion from Major Bliss, Samuel went down to Kaposia to show the Indians how to make use of the oxen and plow sent them. The week spent there was his first introduction to the Indians, during which time he slept in the house of the Chief Big Thunder, father of Little Crow. Mr. Pond drove the oxen and Big Thunder and his chief soldier held the plow for the first furrows turned by the Dakotas.

It was at the log cabin built at Lake Calhoun, that the "Pond Alphabet" of the Dakota language was prepared that year.

In the winter of 1835-6, on a trip to Lac qui Parle, Samuel and guide became lost and for five days were without food. In the spring he returned to Lake Harriet, and in April returned to Connecticut via the lakes, intending to study for the ministry. He was ordained a missionary to the Sioux Indians on March 4, 1837, and immediately returned to Minnesota. His translation of the story of Joseph that summer was one of the first books put in the hands of the Dakotas in their own language. He was married to Cordelia Eggleston at Lake Harriet on Nov. 22, 1838 by Rev. J. B. Stevens. This was the first marriage in civilized form of white people within the present limits of Minneapolis, and was attended by several officers from Fort Snelling, Dr. Emerson and wife, owners of Dred Scott. the subject of justice Taney's famous decision, being of the party.

Owing to the constant warfare between the Chippewas and Sioux, the officer at the fort decided that the band of Dakotas of Lake Harriet should move south of the Minnesota River, and in May, 1840, the Ponds removed to a stone house a short distance above the fort.

In the spring of 1843 the Pond brothers built a log mission house at Oak Grove, now Bloomington, and in the summer of 1847 Samuel built a substantial frame house at Shakopee, the first one built above Fort Snelling, which house is still standing. Mr. Pond died there Dec. 12, 1891, at the age of eighty-three. He labored among the Indians for twenty years.

 

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POTTLE, J. M. proprietor of the Minnehaha Carriage Works, established his business in 1862, and eight years after, his son J. H. Pottle, was taken as partner, making the present firm of J. M. Pottle and Son. This firm employs twenty-five men, doing first-class work, which is nearly all done to order, and consists of buggies and light carriages. Their works cover an area of 125 x 160 feet, at 117 Second street south.

 

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POULIOT, Roman a native of Quebec, was born in 1836. He came to Hennepin county and made a claim; built a small log house and began to clear his farm. He enlisted in Company H, Heavy Artillery, and was discharged at Fort Snelling in 1866. He married in 1857, Eugenia Hamel. They have eleven children living.

 

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POWER, T. L. pastor of the Church of the Holy Rosary, was born in Waterford county, Ireland, March 17th, 1830. He attended St. John's College in his native country, in 1849 came to America, and went to St. Rose, Kentucky, where he became a member of the Dominican Order. After completing his theological studies there, he went to Sinsinawa Mound, Wisconsin, and in July, 1856, was ordained at Milwaukee, by the now venerable Archbishop Henni. He remained several years at Sinsinawa Mound, then went to Memphis, Tennessee where in 1867 he suffered a severe attack of yellow fever. In 1868 he returned to Sinsinawa Mound, where he remained three years, then went to Washington, District of Columbia, where he assisted in the erection of St. Dominica's Church. In 1878 he came to Minneapolis, purchased the present site of the Holy Rosary, and at once commenced its erection, as well as that of the convent, which is under his supervision. Father Power states that upon his arrival here he bought an old building used as a Swedish Church, and had it moved to his grounds for temporary purposes. In this old building, while it was yet on rollers, in the middle of the street, he celebrated his first mass.

 

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PRATT, F. E. manufacturer of carriages, sleighs, wagons, etc., was born at Bangor, Maine, in 1842. He enlisted in 1861, and served until his discharge in 1865. He made Michigan his home for three years, and in 1875 returned to his native state, remaining two years; then came to Minneapolis, where he has since resided and conducted a lucrative and thriving business. He was married in February, 1864.

 

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PRATT. R. L. was born at Lincoln, Maine, September 16th, 1830. He lived on a farm until nineteen years of age, then worked at the lumber business; he came to Saint Anthony in June, 1850, and continued lumbering until 1859, when he removed to California, but returned in 1865 and bought the place he now owns on section 17. He married Lydia, daughter of Rev. A. Turner, of Levant, Maine. They have three children. Mr. Pratt bought the only dairy in Minneapolis in 1865; it consisted of fifteen cows, which at that time furnished the city with milk. He now owns forty milk cows.

 

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PRATT, Stephen, a native of Penobscot county, Maine, was born in 1828. In October, 1849, he came to Saint Anthony; there were but three or four houses here at that time. He worked as laborer and in the lumber business until 1858, when he took a claim in Wright county, which he sold four years later. He enlisted in the First Minnesota Cavalry in 1862, and served until the regiment was mustered out in November, 1863. The following winter, Mr. Pratt worked in the woods and in the spring bought his present farm of 160 acres; he started the dairy and butcher business with a partner, but they separated in 1865, and Mr. Pratt retained the farm; he raised the first "early rose" potatoes in this county, paying thirty-three dollars per bushel for the seed. The second year he raised 1,500 bushels which he sold at four dollars per bushel. In June, 1872, he was married to Mrs. Jennie Curtis. They are the parents of one child.

 

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PRAY, Otis Arkwright was born at Livermore, Oxford county, Maine, February 28th, 1833. His great grandfather Pray, who was a soldier in the revolutionary way, emigrated from Scotland to Connecticut, thence to Oxford, Massachusetts. Otis' father being a millwright and farmer, at the age of eighteen he decided to follow his father's trade, and was apprenticed as such at Lewiston, to D. Beede. After serving, three years as an apprentice, he formed a partnership with Mr. Beede, which continued three years, during which time they were engaged in mill building throughout Maine. In 1857 he came to Minneapolis, and first built a saw-mill up the river; then was employed by W. D. Washburn to assist in building the great Minneapolis mill-dam. After the dam was finished, he built the Cataract mill, which was the first flouring-mill on the west side. He then removed to Afton, on St. Croix Lake, and engaged in building; then returned, and erected the Union mill; thence to St. Cloud, where he built and operated a mill until 1866, when he again returned to this city, and has been connected with the business interests since. He is a member of the firm of O. A. Pray and Company, iron manufacturers. He married June 17th, 1858, at Wilton, Maine, Miss Frances A. Fenderson. They have one son, Albert Fenderson. (SEE ALSO BELOW)

As listed in the proceedings and report of the annual meetings of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, May 11, 1899 and 1900.

PRAY, Otis A. was born in the town of Livermore, Maine, on the 28th day of February, 1833. At the age of eighteen he began a course of thorough training in the millwright business, and until 1857 was engaged in this occupation. In the spring of 1857 he came to Minneapolis and was employed on the improvements at the falls. In 1859 he built the first flour mill on the west side of the river, in Minneapolis (except the old government mill). This mill, the Cataract, belonging to Eastman & Gibson, was built on the canal of the mill company, and had a capacity for grinding 150 barrels of flour per day. It still stands, having been enlarged and capacity increased many times.

Mr. Pray built many mills in various parts the state, one of which was near St. Cloud, on the Sauk River. This mill was a pioneer surely, being the only one within a radius of sixty miles. He was associated with Leander Gorton in this work, and made his home in that locality for nearly three years.

Returning to Minneapolis in 1866, he became a member of the firm of Webster & Pray, who in a short time were actively engaged in mill furnishing. During this year they built the Washburn B mill, having a capacity of about 400 barrels of flour daily; but it was constructed upon the old system, and improvements in milling methods crowded closely on the erection of these great mills, and very soon this mill was the first to use middlings purifiers and rolls, supplied by the same firm, who kept pace with the times in these improvements. In 1876 the firm of O. A. Pray & Co. built an extensive plant of machine works on First street, near the falls, and an immense business in mill furnishing was carried on for some years, when the company was forced to suspend owing to the stringency of the times and the decline in activity of that line of business.

Mr. Pray was active in all public interests, being a member of the city council for several years, an active coadjutor of Dr. Tuttle in the work of his large and influential church, a most enthusiastic promoter of the Minneapolis Industrial Exposition, and, in fact in every undertaking in the interest of the city he loved so well.

From this rapid sketch it will be seen that Mr. Pray was a pioneer mill builder and finisher at Minneapolis, and that his enterprise has entered largely into the growth of manufactures here.

His death occurred on the 18th of March, 1890, he having been one of the most useful citizens of Minneapolis. (SEE ALSO ABOVE)

 

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PRESCOTT, A. R. is a native of Vienna, Maine, born August 28th, 1838. In 1875 he went to New Brunswick, and sold goods on the road from St. Johns. In 1877 he located at Sussex, New Brunswick, and for three years kept restaurant; then made this city his home, and opened a restaurant at 217 Central Avenue. He was married to Mary E. Bridges, in 1860, who bore him one child, Charles A. Mrs. Prescott died in 1864. His second wife was Lydia A. Bridges, whom he married in 1865, Children: Mary E., Lorinda I., Lydia E., and Emma; Laura and Effie, died.

 

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PRIBBLE, J. T. a native of Maine, was born in 1830; moved to Hennepin county in 1855, and settled in Brooklyn. He was educated at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. In 1861 he was elected County Superintendent of Schools, and held the office six years. He has been principal of Osseo grade school for eight years. In 1854 he married Elmira E. Norris, of Maine. Five children have been born to them.

 

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PRIBBLE, Seth P. born in Kennebec county, Maine, June 13, 1832. He lived there fifteen years, then in Essex county a few years, and then returned to his parents home for two years. In 1858 he located in Brooklyn, Minnesota. In 1864 he enlisted in Company F, Eleventh Minnesota Infantry, and served until honorably discharged at Fort Snelling, in 1865. Married Mary A. Smith in 1861. They have four children. Charles A., Mary E., Evaline E. and Edith E.

 

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PRIBBLE, Turner was born in Kennebec county, Maine, July 4th, 1836. At the age of twenty, he came to Hennepin county, locating in the town of Brooklyn. In 1860 he purchased a farm of fifty-five acres, which he disposed of in 1865, and the next year bought forty acres in the same town. He resided in Brooklyn until 1877, excepting the time he was absent in the army. In April, 1861 he enlisted for three months, and re-enlisted November, 1861 in the First Minnesota Infantry. At Petersburg, Virginia, he was taken prisoner and held ten months. He was honorably discharged July 20th, 1865. He came to Champlain in 1877 and has resided here since, engaged in farming. He was married in 1870, to Leila A. Coy, who was born in Maine in 1851. They have one child, Martha Irene born in 1875.

 

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PRIEST, L. A. of the firm of L. A. Priest and Company, commission merchants, was born at Boston, March 17th, 1844. He first located in business at Walpole, Massachusetts, remaining until 1877, when he Settled for a short time in Chicago; thence to Deadwood, Dakota territory, where he was connected with mining interests until his removal to Minneapolis in 1880. He has been unusually successful as a commission merchant, the stock in trade being fruits, produce, poultry, game, etc. He was married in 1878, to Mary Van Norman of Ontario, Canada.

 

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PRIEST, W. H. was born in Essex county, New York, in 1841. In early life he accompanied his parents to Illinois, remaining there two years; then removed to Appleton, Wisconsin, where he remained until coming to this city in 1874. He engaged in coopering, and was foreman for Hall and Dann for four and one-half years. He entered the Hennepin County Barrel Company in May, 1880, and is now a member of that organization. He was married in 1863 to Miss Louise Osborne. Residence at 610 Fourteenth Avenue South.

 

From Genealogical research submitted by grt. grt. granddaughter, Claudia Schuman

PRIMEAU, JOSEPH SR. born May 13, 1816 in Chateauguay, Quebec Canada. Was the son of Pierre Primeau and Josephte Huot. Came to Hennepin County in the 1870's and was a farmer and laborer. He was married on Oct 9, 1837 in Chateauguay, Quebec Canada to Marie Hebert, who bore him one son, Joseph Primeau Jr. His wife passed away and he married Margarite (Elmire) Yelle, on Oct 12, 1852 in St. Martine, Quebec Canada. They were the parents of 10 children: Armidus, born 1855, Antonine, born 1856, Napoleon, born 1858, Melvina, born 1859, Louis or Maxim, born 1860, John, born Oct 5, 1861, Nelson, born 1864, Mary, born 1867, Martha, born 1869, and James born 1871.
Joseph died May 23, 1887 and is buried in the Old Minneapolis Catholic Cemetery in Minneapolis.

 

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PRIMEAU, JOSEPH JR. was born in Chateauguay, Quebec Canada, on Feb 29, 1840 to Joseph Primeau and Marie Hebert. His mother died some time between 1840 and 1852 and in 1852 his father re-married to Margarite (Elmire) Yelle. His father and his 2nd wife had 10 children together.

About 1862 Joseph came to Minneapolis and sometime in the 1870's, his father brought the rest of the family to join him. The Primeaus attended Our Lady Of Lourdes Church in Minneapolis and lived at 59 S. Main Street.

Joseph Primeau Jr. was a laborer and worked for the City of Minneapolis as a teamster, watering the streets to keep the dust down. He was married on August 26, 1872 to Delima Rose Gagne -"Rose" , daughter of Francois and Caroline (Dion) Gagne. They were the parents of the following children: Ida born March 22, 1872, married Alphonse Turgeon, Mary, born 1877, died young, Louis, born 1880, married Alice ____, Emma, born March 28, 1882, married Joseph Hartl, Alfred, born June 6, 1885, married Nell ___., and a baby boy who was born and died on Oct 20, 1888. Joseph died March 25, 1916 . His wife Rose died July 11, 1931 and both are buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Minneapolis.

 

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PRINCE, C. E. born at Windsor, Berkshire county, Mass., in 1856, and resided there until 1862, when he moved to South Adams, and remained until 1874, then moved to Green Lake county, Wisconsin. In 1875 came to Excelsior, Minnesota, where he has since lived. Has been in the employ of L. F. Sampson and C. May, as book-keeper, and is now engaged with A. Thompson.

 

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PRIOR, Charles H. was born August 1st, 1833, at Plainfield, Connecticut. He moved with his parents to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1836, where he attended the public schools until 1848. He attended Oberlin College of Ohio, two years, then at Cleveland University, two years, completing a course as civil engineer in 1852. He engaged in the pursuit of his profession until 1860 on the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern railroad, the Louisville and Sandusky City railroad, and the Milwaukee and Madison railroad. He was then employed in the operative department of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad; he is now and has been for ten years past, superintendent of that company's lines, in Iowa, Minnesota and Dakota. He was married in 1860, at Cleveland, Ohio, to Miss Delia M. Noyes. Their children are: Nellie D., Joseph H., and Edith L.

 

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PROEHL, Charles dealer in lime, hair, cement, plaster, etc., was born in Germany in 1827. He attended the public schools until fourteen years of age, then learned the trade of stone-mason. He emigrated in 1854 to Illinois, and after remaining a few months came to Minneapolis and has since made this his house. He first worked on the old suspension bridge, and in 1854 he took a claim of one hundred and sixty acres in the township of Plymouth, which he gave to his brother-in- law and half-brother. In 1856 he commenced business as contractor for stone mason work, in which he continued until 1867, when he began his present business. He was the first regular dealer in hair, lime, etc., in the city. It was he, who built the first stone foundation for a building in the city, which now stands on the comer of First street and Fourth Avenue north. He was married in St. Anthony by "Squire" Bostwick, in 1855, to Lena Peters of Prussia, then living in Minneapolis.

 

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PROHL, Henry was born in Mecklenburg-Schweren, in 1827. At the age of sixteen he started in life for himself, and engaged in farming until 1858 when he came to this country, and to Minneapolis. After living there nine years, he bought the farm where he now lives, on the south shore of Bass Lake. When he came to this country he was a poor man; now has a fine, well-stocked farm. He was married in Minneapolis, in 1859, to Dora Went, of his native place. They have had eight children, only two of whom are living: Charles and Henry.

 

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PROVAN, J. J. was born at Glasgow, Scotland, May 3d, 1827. He learned the tailors' trade the year in which Queen Victoria was crowned. He came to America in 1852, locating at Boston, where he remained until coming to Minneapolis in 1866. He first opened a shop on Main street, East Division, where the Pillsbury A mill now stands. He opened a store of gents furnishing goods, in connection with his merchant tailoring under the Pence block. In 1869 he removed to his present location, 8 Washington Avenue north. He was married in Boston, to Miss Hannah Howley, in 1865, who died December 3d, 1873. He was again married in 1875 to Ellen F. Holmes of this city.