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

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SALISBURY, A. H. M.D. was born at Canandaigua, Ontario county, New York, July 22d, 1840. Graduated from the State University at Madison. Wisconsin, in 1864, then studied medicine and graduated at the Bellevue Hospital Medical College of New York. Practiced at Mazo Manie, Wisconsin for a time; then came to Minneapolis in March, 1874, and has since followed his profession here. He was associated with Dr. A. A. Ames about five years. Dr. Salisbury's office is now at 257 Nicollet Avenue. He was married in 1869, and has two children.

 

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SALISBURY, T. G. a native of New York, was born February 10th, 1831. Moved to Iowa in 1857, and in August, 1861, enlisted in the Thirty-first Iowa Volunteers; he was lieutenant, and was the first Union officer who entered Columbia, South Carolina. He was eventually promoted to captain. Mr. Salisbury came to Minneapolis from Cedar Falls, Iowa, in 1878, and is now one of the firm of Salisbury and Rolph. He had been in the mattress business there, three years. His marriage with Mariam Richardson took place in June 1854. They have one child, Fred R.

 

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SALLADA, Henry R. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; after leaving his native place he lived one year in Oil City, then removed to Chicago, where he was in the insurance business five years. In 1879 Mr. Sallada came to this city, and is engaged in trade at 727 Washington Avenue south; he deals in meat, butter, eggs, game, etc. In 1880 he married Mary Devlin of Washington, D. C.

 

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SALZEDER, Louis was born February 25th, 1846, in Bavaria, and pursued classical studies at Munich, in the college of the Benedictine Fathers, coming to America in December 1868. He at once went to St. Vincent's Monastery, Pennsylvania, and entered the Order of St. Benedict, January 1st, 1869. After finishing his course there, he came, on the 10th of January, 1870, to St. Louis Abbey, now St. John's, at St. Cloud, Steams county, where he finished his theological studies. He then, on March 25th, 1873, was established as assistant pastor in Assumtion Church, St. Paul, and remained there until November, 1878, when he came to Minneapolis.

 

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SAMPLEL, Robert P. pastor of West-minster Church, Minneapolis, was born in Corning, New York, October 19th, 1829. His mother died when he was quite young. He spent part of his boyhood at Geneva, in connection with the Lyceum, under the care of the Rev. Mr. French. After completing his academic course he entered Jefferson College, Pennsylvania, Dr. Robert J. Breckenridge being president. Was converted during the junior year in college. Graduated in 1849. Entered the Western Theological Seminary in 1850. During the senior year, was called to the First Presbyterian Church of Mercer, Pennsylvania. After three years of labor, he resigned the charge, and accepted a call to Bedford in April, 1856, in the hope that the mineral water of that place would improve his declining health. He remained there for ten years. Still influenced by considerations of health, he moved to Minneapolis, to the supply of the Andrew Church, until March, 1868, when he was called to the Westminster church. The church grew under his care necessitating an addition to the edifice, which was made in the summer of 1870. The same year he made a trip to Europe, his people kindly furnishing the money; sailed from New York in June, visiting the holy land and the historic places mentioned in the Bible, returning to his church and people in December, 1872. Had a severe attack of congestion of the lungs the following June, and in feeble health made a visit to Colorado, spending most of the summer and returning in September. His health not being fully established, returned to Colorado in January, 1874, remaining there until the following May, when he returned to his charge and has performed full ministerial duty ever since. A few Sabbaths after his return from Colorado a great revival commenced, continuing for nearly a year; about sixty additions were made to the church on profession of faith. Was called twice to the seventeenth street church and afterwards to the Central Church, Colorado, also to the church of Allegheny City. Among his many literary products are his Memoirs of J. C. Thorne, pastor of Pine street Presbyterian Church, St. Louis. Four volumes for Young Christians, published by the Presbyterian board, namely: "Enquiring the Way," "The Afflicted," "Young Christians" and "Religious Despondency." On the twenty-fifth anniversary of his marriage, his parish presented him with an elegant gold watch and chain, ' the watch elaborately engraved. At the marriage of his daughter to the Rev. J. B. Donaldson, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Hastings, she was presented by his people with a large quantity of silver ware, many articles of furniture and a beautiful gold watch and chain. On the 13th of November, 1878, she was married in her father's church, her father performing the ceremony. Dr. Sample married Miss Manda M. Backen, daughter of Henry Backen of Cannonsburgh, Pennsylvania. They have five children; Mary E., Anna J., Robert W., John W., and Walter B.

 

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SAMPSON, L. P. was born in Franklin county, Maine, 1848, and lived there until he came to Saint Anthony in 1853, where he resided until 1864. He then settled in Excelsior. In 1876 established himself in mercantile business. Appointed Postmaster in 1878, which office he now holds. He enlisted in company D, First Minnesota Infantry, May, 1861. Was wounded at the battle of Antietam, and Honorably discharged at Uplin, Chester county, Pennsylvania, in the hospital in 1863. Enlisted again in Battery H, First Minnesota Heavy Artillery, as First Sergeant, in 1865, and served until close of the war. Married July, 1865, to Eliza Spaulding. Have six children.

 

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SANBORN, A. a native of Maine, was born at Charleston in 1853. Learned the jeweler's business at Bangor, and worked there until 1877, when he came to Minneapolis and engaged in business as manufacturing jeweler and watch maker; he is located at 219 Nicollet Avenue. His wife was Mary F. Beebe, whom he married in 1878; she has borne him one son, Ralph R.

 

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SANBORN, C. B. a native of Carroll county, New Hampshire, was born in 1827. He learned the tailor's trade and was in the clothing business at Great Falls, New Hampshire, for two years, after that he went to Meredith and carried a general stock of merchandise until 1857, when, he came here, and for a time engaged in the grocery business. He was married to Miss Sarah Hubbard. They had one daughter who died May 8d, 1880, at the age of twenty-one. Mr. Sanborn has thirty-three acres on section 34, and raises all kinds of evergreens adapted to this climate.

 

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SANDHOFF, August F. was born in Prussia, April 23d, 1834. He lived with his parents until twenty-one years of age, and worked at carpenters' trade until 1861, when he came to America. He located in Saint Anthony, and in 1868, bought the farm where he now lives, in the town of Plymouth, eight miles from Minneapolis. In 1869 he was married to Miss Willmina Sprung, of Prussia. They are the parents of five children, three of whom are living: - Otto, Emma and Mary. Mr. Sandhoff has been prominent in the growth of the town. He and his wife are members of the Evangelical Church.

 

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SANDHOFF, Herman was born in Prussia, January 13th, 1830. He lived with his parents until the age of eighteen, when he began the trade of stone mason, and in 1851, moved to Berlin, where he worked until 1854. He then cam to America and worked at his trade in Galena, Illinois, a few weeks, then came to St. Anthony, where he worked seven months, on the old Island mill and the paper mill. In January 1855, he made a claim to the farm where he now lives. At that time the region around him was an unbroken wilderness, save one or two settlers. He was married to Miss Amelia Schmidt, of Hennepin county. They have had seven children, six now living. Mr. Sandhoff has been supervisor, and has been active in promoting the, affairs of the town. He and his wife are members of the Lutheran Church.

 

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SATTERLEE, W. W. pastor of the Seventh street M. E. Church, was born at Laporte, Indiana, in 1837. Moved to Stevenson county, Illinois, then to Richland county, Wisconsin:. converted at thirteen; licensed to preach at nineteen; ordained at twenty-three, preaching in Richland county, Wisconsin. He came to Le Sueur county, Minnesota, in 1863, and commenced the practice of medicine doing work at the same time as local preacher. United with the M. E. church in Waseca in 1867, preached there for three years, and in St. Cloud two years. Then to the First M. E. Church in Minneapolis two years, in the mean time completing the present Seventh street church. In 1873 appointed agent of the Minnesota Temperance Union, and continued the work for about seven years. Married December 24th, 1856, to Miss Sarah Stout, have six children: Mary P., Clara A., Willie E., Fanny O., Phoebe A., and Harry B. Is an earnest worker in the temperance cause, a keen debater, Speaking with great power and effect. He obtained about 50,000 signers to the pledge, and for the prosecution of the work obtained notes, subscriptions and collections to the amount of $25,000, and was the temperance candidate for governor in 1880.

 

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SAVAGE, George W. born in Lenawee county, Michigan, in 1844. He lived there until 1861, when he enlisted in Company F, Eleventh Michigan Infantry, and served three years. He lost two fingers at the battle of Mission Ridge, and was wounded in the left thigh by a minnie ball at Atlanta. He was honorably discharged at Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 24th, 1864. In the year 1865 he came to Minnesota, and located near Osseo. He has married twice, and has had four children. His present wife was Sarah Whitney, whom he married in 1876.

 

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SAVAGE, N. W. born May 15th, 1842, at Augusta, Maine. At the age of eighteen, he went to Lewiston and worked in the cotton mills one year. In 1861, he enlisted in the Eighth Maine and served until 1864, the next year he went to Tennessee and worked for the government in building the railroad from Chattanooga to Atlanta; he then returned to Maine, and afterward spent one winter in Michigan. He was at Sacramento, California, eleven months, and in Nevada one and one-half years; then passed about fourteen months in Maine again, farming and in the grocery business. In 1872, he came here and engaged in the fish trade and the ice business. The winter of 1875-1876. he spent in Tennessee. Now deals in new and second hand goods of all kinds. He married in 1866, Miss E. J. Watson. They have one son, N. W., and a daughter, E. J.

 

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SAVORY, John a native of Italy, was born in 1835. Came to the United States in 1855, and to this city in 1868, the first year after arrival, he worked in the woods; then for two years, kept a hotel on Main street near Fourth Avenue, and four years at the corner of Main street and Central avenue. In 1875, he built the Nicollet Avenue Hotel, No. 49 Central Avenue; it is 32x32 feet, three-stories high and basement.

 

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SCALES, Edward A. was born in Townsend, Massachusetts, April 13th, 1853, and remained in his native town engaged in coopering until 1874 when he came to Minnesota and engaged in farming at Minnehaha. In 1876 he purchased five acres of land and has since given his attention to market gardening.

 

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SCHAAR, Anton was born in Germany, in 1821. Moved to America in 1848, and settled in Hennepin county ten years later. He bought a farm, built a log house, and cleared two acres the first year; has now cleared it up and built a nice house. His last marriage was to Elizabeth Boetel. They have four children now living.

 

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SCHAAR, Joseph was born in Germany, in 1821, and is a twin brother of Anton. He came to this country one year later than his brother, and they have lived together since that time, he having bought land near Anton's farm. In 1862, he enlisted in Minnesota Mounted Rangers, serving one year, then in Company D, 2d Minnesota Cavalry. He was in several engagements, and was honorably discharged at Fort Snelling, in 1864.

 

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SCHAFERS, Albert a native of Prussia, was born September 13th, 1847. Came to the United States in 1863, and was two years in a commission house in New York; he then removed to Iowa for one year, thence to Rochester, Minnesota, and in 1868, to this city. Was employed by the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway Company until 1874; he built a store at 1501. Sixth street south, which was destroyed by fire in 1880, but rebuilt the same year; he now has a billiard hall, summer garden, and very pleasant bowling alley. In October, 1867, he married Dina Kleinsmith. They have one child, John.

 

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SCHARF, William was born in Germany, and emigrated to the United States in 1872. Is a merchant tailor, his place of business being No. 118 Central Avenue. Mr. Scharf was married in 1875, to, Emma Reiseike, who has borne him two children, Edward and Willie.

 

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SCHEITLIN, Godfrey was born in Switzerland, February 18th, 1821. From 1841 until 1848, he carried on a very extensive business in the manufacture of cotton and woolen goods. In the spring of 1848, he started for America, located in Cabell county, West Virginia, where, in 1856, he received his naturalization papers. During his stay there, he engaged in mercantile pursuits. Came to Minneapolis in October, 1856 and continued the same business about three years, then invested in the ginseng trade; he met with a loss of $108,000 in 1864, and in 1868 left that business and erected the mill, now occupied by the Minnesota Linseed Oil Company. January 1869, the firm of Scheitlin, Bell and Sidle was organized, and Mr. Scheitlin has since superintended the business. He was married in New York in 1863 to Sophia Benn, of Altona, Germany. They are the parents of eight children, only three of whom are living.

 

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SCHELLING, A. a native of Switzerland, was born in 1839. Came to America in 1874, and lived at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one and one-half years. From there he removed to Iowa, where he was employed as civil engineer for nearly four years. Mr. Schelling came to this city in Feb.1880 and opened his billiard hall at 118 Thirteenth Avenue north. He also keeps confectionery and notions. In 1879 he married Mary Probst.

 

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

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SCHERF, Charles a native of Germany, was born in 1836. Came to America in 1854, and resided one year at New York city; then removed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he lived nine years and after a residence of three years in St. Paul, came, in 1867, to this city. He manufactures kegs, barrels.. and casks. Mr. Scherf married, in 1857, Emma Nimon. They have four children.

 

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

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SCHIEBE, Carl Sr. a native of Prussia, was born on the 8th of January, 1822. He lived with his parents until twenty-one years of age, when he commenced freighting, and was thus engaged until 1863, when he came to America; he lived in New York three years, and in 1866, removed to Minneapolis, where he remained seven years. In 1873 he bought two hundred acres of land in Plymouth, and built a house, 18x28 feet, which he proposed to use for a hotel; he soon found it was not large enough to accommodate the numerous travelers, so he built an addition 2Ox28 feet; the house is now well known throughout the county as the Farmer's Home. In 1879, he bought one hundred and sixty acres of land in section 35, where he erected 'a large dwelling house and barns on the Minneapolis and Wayzata road. In 1844, Mr. Schiebe married Johanna Genka, of Prussia

 

Written and submitted by Jeannine Rachner.

SCHLEGEL, Ferdinand 1855-1937. Born in Plesel, Germany. He married Mary/Maria Rastis in Germany in 1883. They came to America in 1889. Ferdinand hired out as a farm hand for $.50 cents a day near Annadale, Minnesota. He moved to the Corcoran area and bought 20 acres and built a blacksmith shop. For many years it was a thriving business, shoeing horses, repairing farm machinery, and repairing household articles. The farmers came early, before they started work in their fields. No appointments at that time. Before noon his wife would send one of the children out to "count heads" in the shop so she would know how to cook. Everyone was invited. Hospitality! In the early 1900's Ferdinand bought 40 acres more to farm. By 1922 he had retired and moved to Northeast Minneapolis. Ferdinand was a stickler for the German language. He would not allow his children to speak English in his presence. Ferdinand's wife Mary was a mide-wife and delivered over 75 babies in the countryside. Ferdinand and Mary Schlegel's children were: Paul F. Schlegel, 1885-1970, born in Germany. Married Emma Holthus. Two children, Earl 1914-1944, Myrtle 1916-. Arthur F. Schlegel, 1886-1975, born in Germany. He married Rose Goth. Children were: Germaine, Luella, Caroline, Lorraine, Raymond and Leonard. Elizabeth Mary Schlegel, born in Germany. She married Albert Leitshuh. Their children, Wilfred, Edmund, NOrbert, Dolores, Cletus, Louis, Victor and Roy. Herman Joseph Schlegel, 1889-1969. He married Clara Christine Fehn. They named their children using the first letter in the word Ave Maria. They are Adelaide, Vincent, Evangeline, Margaret, Angela, Romana, Ivo and Armand. Emma Schlegel, 1892-1980. Emma married Andrew Scherber and had one son Harold. They also raised Leora Poplar. Sophie Schlegel, 1895-1987. She became Sister M. Gemma of the School of Sisters of St. Francis. She was a gifted music teacher. Gustav G. Schlegel, 1897-1965. Never married. Hedwig (Hattie) Schlegel, married Van Scherber a cousin to Andrew Scherber, in 1930. Two children, Joanne and Leroy.

 

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SCHLENER, John A. a native of Pennsylvania, was born February 24th, 1856, at Philadelphia. Since 1857 he has been a resident of Minneapolis. After leaving school, Mr. Schlener worked for the well known firm of Bean, Wales and Company, dealers in books and stationery. In 1878 he became a partner and in August of the year following the firm sold their business to Kirkbride and Whitall; Mr. Schlener is in the employ of the new company.(SEE ALSO BELOW)

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

SCHLENER, John Albert was born in Philadelphia Feb. 24, 1856, his parents removing to St. Anthony the following year. John A. Schlener, his father, and his mother Bertha (Sproesser) Schlener, were of German descent and members of the Lutheran church. As a boy young Schlener assisted his father in his bakery and confectionary store, and attended public schools of St. Anthony and the commercial school of Barnard & Carson until he was twelve years of age.

Soon after he obtained a position as deputy toll collector for the suspension bridge, then belonging to the county, where he remained until the expiration of the charter.

When sixteen years of age he entered the book and stationery store of Wister, Wales & Co. as a clerk. When the firm of Bean, Wales & Co. was organized he was given a one-third interest in the business, and after the retirement of Mr. Wales he continued in the business with his successors, Kirkbride & Whitehall, until 1884 since which time he has been successfully conducting the same business for himself on Nicollet avenue.

Mr. Schlener joined the Masons early in life, and has become one of the most prominent members of the order in the city, having passed successively through the various bodies.

In 1892 he was married to Grace Holbrock of Lockport, N. Y. He has held several positions of trust, and in 1896 was elected a member of the board of education of the city of Minneapolis, and is a member at the present time.

In 1900 be was a candidate for nomination for mayor by the Republican party, but was defeated by A. A. Ames. (SEE ALSO ABOVE AND BELOW)

 

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

SCHLENER, Bertha ( Sproesser ) was born at Stuttgart, Germany, Dec. 3, 1831. She came to the United States with relatives in 1852, locating at Philadelphia. She was married to John A. Schlener at Philadelphia shortly thereafter, coming with her husband to St. Anthony early in the spring of 1857. Here her husband engaged in bakery and confectionery business and conducted the same until his death, in 1872. Mrs. Schiener resides with her son, John A. Schlener, on Nicollet Island.

 

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SCHMEDEMAN, Paul was born June 7th, 1855, at Madison, Wisconsin. Came to Minneapolis in March, 1879, and worked a while the cigar-manufacturing business. He was afterward employed by Daily and Reed, proprietors of the place he now runs, having bought of them in November, 1880; it is a sample room and billiard hall at 205 Nicollet Avenue.

 

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SCHMID, BERNHARD
Bernhard Schmid was born in Schwanden, Switzerland on Oct.28,1843 and came to New Schwansden, Hennepin County, Dayton Township, MN. in 1855. He served in the Civil War and first served in the MN. infantry & was captured by the General Lee's troops and was recaptured by a Michigan unit of which he is listed as serving in the Michigan infantry service. He was discharged by general order in 1865. He died on Oct.1,1871 & he was the first Veteran to be buried in the St. Fridolin Cemetery of New Schwanden, MN. which is also known as the St. Fridolin Swiss Cemetery, Champlin, MN. He was not the first person to be buried in this cemetery as some had thought. Bernhard was never married and came with his brother Hilarius & lived with him.

 

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SCHMID, HILARIUS, Hilarius  Schmid was born in Schwanden, Switzerland on Feb.3,1833.He married Anna Blesi
of Schwanden, a Sister of Peter Blesi born on May 23,1829 & They settled in the New Schwanden area in 1855 on land north of Elm Creek Road & east of Elm Creek which flowed north to Hayden Lake.Hilarius served in the Civil
War as a Private & enlisted on Feb.5,1862 2nd Bat. Light Artillary & was discharged for disability on Jan.3,1863.They had no children. Anna died on Mar.31,1895 and Hilarius died on Jun.28,1890.They are both burried in the St.Fridolin
Cemetery of New Schwanden, Hennepin County, Champlin, MN. also known as the New Schwanden Swiss Cemetery

 

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SCHMIDT, Charles was born in Germany, in 1846. Came to America in 1868, and lived about four years in Connecticut. In 1872 he came here for a short time, then removed to McLeod county. After a residence there of about eighteen Months, he again came to this city, and worked at his trade of baker two years. Then he spent the same length of time in McLeod county, after which he returned to Minneapolis, and opened a bakery at the corner of Washington and Seventh Avenues south. In October, 1875, he married Mary Mayer. She has borne him three children, two of whom are living.

 

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SCHMIDT, Frederick Henry Benjamin was born in Prussia, December 27th, 1829. He lived with his parents until twenty-one years of age, when he enlisted in the Prussian army, and served three years. In 1853 he came to America, and after a stay of one y ear near Chicago, came to St. Anthony, and in the spring of 1855, made a claim of 160 acres where he now lives. He resided in St. Anthony eleven years, engaged in carpenter work and teaming. In January 1854, he made a trip, with team to the Red River country, and was out twenty-nine days. During this trip he experienced many hardships, being several days with out food for himself or team. He was married December 17th, 1857, to Barbara Ortlieb, of Prussia, and in the following spring moved to his home in Plymouth, where he has since resided. He has been school officer for a number of years.

 

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SCHMIDT, Fritz, was born in Germany, in 1851. Came to America in 1867, and settled at Osseo, Hennepin county, Minnesota. He built the International Hotel, in 1874. It is two stories high, with a capacity for thirty guests. He owns and conducts it. He married, in 1875, Sophia Oswald.

 

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SCHMITZ, Dennis was born in Coblentz Parish, west of the River Rhine, April 29th, 1827. He lived with his parents until eighteen years of age, when he entered the army, and served until 1850. In 1862 he came to America; spent three years in the lumber regions, of Michigan, and in 1855 came to Minnesota. The same year, his father and family emigrated to America, and making claims, settled in what is now Plymouth. Mr. Schmitz has been active in all public affairs of the town; was a member of the first school board, and has been chairman of the town board a number of times. He was married in St. Paul, February 6th, 1860, to Miss Susan Galner, of Prussia. They are the parents of seven children

 

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SCHNEIDER, J. pastor of the First German Methodist Episcopal Church, the subject of this sketch, was born in Pennsylvania, August 11th, 1843. Moved to Galena, Illinois, resided there two years, removing to Platteville. Wisconsin, where he received his education; converted at twelve years, joined the church, and was elected superintendent of the Sunday school at twenty. Entered the army as soon as his age would permit. Enlisted in the Forty-seventh Wisconsin, remaining with his regiment for a short time, then detailed to the general headquarters, remaining there until the close of the war. In 1866, married Miss Metha Schneider, and moved to Charles City, Iowa; joined by letter the German Methodist Episcopal Church; elected Sunday-school superintendent, holding the position for nearly three years. He was a licensed exhorter, then local preacher, starting out as assistant to the pastor in charge of the Charles City mission, which comprised five counties. In the fall of 1869 was appointed to Rush Creek and Jewell's Prairie, Illinois, remaining there three years, doubling the membership, building a church and paying for it. Was then appointed to Fort Dodge for one year and Alden two years; transferred to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he built a church and parsonage, and largely increased the membership. Stationed at East Minneapolis for two years, and from there to his present charge.

 

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SCHOBER, G. a native of Germany moved to Minneapolis in 1855, and has been in the milling business since 1861. He is one of the owners Of the Phoenix mill, a description of which may be seen elsewhere in this work. Married in 1866, Mary Goehringer. Their fice children are: Carl, John, Mary, William and Edward.

 

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SCHOCKWEILER, John was born in Luxembourg, September 17th, 1821. Is a self-educated man, having attended school but three months. In 1852 he emigrated to Detroit, Michigan, and in 1854 came to Minneapolis; he was the second man here engaged in the lime business. His location at present is 15 Third street south; he deals in lime, hair, cement etc. His first wife was Anna Nercyer, who died in 1854; they had one daughter. His present wife was Louisa Mande; they have no children.

 

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SCHMID (T), Bernhard was born in Schwanden, Switzerland in 1843 and came to New  Schwanden, MN. in 1855. He first served in the MN. infantry and was captured by the General Lee troops and then was re-captured by a Michigan unit, of which He is listed as serving in the Michigan Infantry Service .He was discharged by general order in 1865. He died on Oct.1,1871 and was the first Civil War veteran buried in the St. Fridolin Cemetery of New Schwanden, MN. but not the first person to be buried there.  Bernhard was never married. The Cemetery is also known as the New Schwanden (Swiss) Cemetery of Champlin, Hennepin County Minnesota.

 

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SCHMID (T), Hilarius  was born in Schwanden Switzerland on Feb.3,1833. He married  Peter Blesi's Sister Maria (Mary) Blesi in Schwanden and came to New Schwanden in 1855 and settled in the Brooklyn Township area. He fought in the Civil war from  Sep. 1864 in the Co. G.2nd Inf. Minn Div. to Jun.10,1865 and discharged by General Order at the end of the conflict. They had no children. Mary died in 1923 and Hilarius died in 1890 they were members of the St Fridolin Lutheran Church of New Schwanden and are both buried in the St. Fridolin Cemetery also known as the New Schwanden (Swiss) Cemetery Champlin, Hennepin County Minnesota.

 

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SCOFIELD, M. F. was born December 28th, 1849, in the state of New York, and grew to manhood there. Was educated at Rochester University, and taught school several years in his native state. In 1873 he came here, and went into the commission business with Wakefield and Company. In 1875 the firm was changed to Scofield and Beeman. Since 1878 he has been in the grocery business. His wife was Abbie Brown, of Warren, Ohio. Their marriage took place in 1875. They are the parents of one child, Raymond.

 

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SCOTT, Daniel David was born in Scotland in May 1827 and came to Maine where He was a carpenter. He married Emily Brown Hoyt about 1854 who had 2 children by a former marriage and were adopted by Daniel. 1. Abby Hoyt born in 1852, 2.Charles Hoyt born in 1854.Daniel and Emily had 8 more children, 1. Elizabeth in 1855, 2.Roderick Daniel born Feb.16,1856 who married Alice Mueller of Rohrbach, Switzerland, 3. Bailey -Daughter-1858 ,4. Ruel-daughter in 1860, 5. Lucy-daughter born 1862, 6.Babe- son born in 1864 lived in Brainerd, MN. and had a hotel and a second hand store, 7.Seward Ensly born in 1867 died in Crow Wing County ,8. Fred Scott born in 1868 and He lived in Staples, MN. married Hilda Olson from Norway. All lived in the northern half of MN.. Daniel and Emily are buried at the Gemmel, MN. Cemetery of St. Louis County.

 

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SCOTT, Roderick "Rodney" Daniel was born on Feb.16.1856 in the New Schwanden,  MN., Dayton Township area, son of Daniel David "Drew" Scott and Emily Brown Hoyt of Scotland. Rodney married Maria Elisia "Alice" Mueller from Rohrbach, Switzerland about 1882. Alice was born on Jan.29,1853. Alice came to New Schwanden in 1885 with 3 Sisters and one brother Theodore Mueller. Maria "Mary" who married Charles Rychner of Diane, N.Y., Magdalena who married Henry Blesi of New Schwanden, MN. Dayton Township, Hennepin County.,and Rosina "Rose" who married Martin Joseph Petran From Possen, Prussia, Germany and they moved to San Jose, CA. in 1909.They had no Children and died in Santa Clara, CA. Shortly after Rodney and Alice were married they moved to live in Platte Township, Morisson County near Ripley, MN. They had 5 children : 1. Emily Scott married ____King.,2. William Scott  died of T.B. at the age of 29.,3. Cora Scott married William Kyburz., 4. Harry Scott .,  5. Mildred Scott was married several times and had one daughter Genevieve., Mildred Scott was born on Oct.9,1893 and her mother Alice died 7 days later on Oct.16,18- 93 at Little Falls, MN. Rodney then married about 1909 to Victoria Nikiforo Lafond  and they had 2 children : 1.Lee William Scott born on Mar.15,1910 who married and moved to Seattle, WA., He died on Oct.21,2004. 2. Florence Scott Putnam is married and also lives in Seattle, WA. Rodney Scott is buried with His wife Alice in the Oakland Cemetery at Little Falls, MN. His 2nd wife Victoria then  married 1. Andre Leroux, 2. Robert Hilton. Victoria is buried in the Acacia Cemetery in Seattle, WA. where her mother Florence Putnam resides.

 

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

SCHOBER, Gottlieb was born at Gschwend, Kingdom of Wurtemberg, Germany, Nov. 27, 1834. He landed in New York Feb. 23, 1854, going soon after to Philadelphia, where he worked for a year as a carpenter. The next spring he started west via rail to Galena, at which place he took steamer "Galena" for St. Paul, arriving there May 6, 1855. He made a claim at Maple Grove, on which he remained until 1860, when he went to Waconia, Carver County, to work at his trade in the mill there. In 1861 was employed by Morrison & Prescott in their Farmer's Mill, St. Anthony, as a miller. Worked in a mill at Sparta, Wis., from 1863 to 1865,. when be returned to St. Anthony and formed a partnership with C. Stamwitz, and bought the St. Anthony Mill and operated same until 1870. They then sold out, and bought the People's Mill, which was abandoned in 1875, after which they built the Phoenix Mill. In 1893, the partnership was dissolved and the Phoenix Mill Company incorporated. Mr. Schober has been president of the company since its organization.

 

SCHOBER, Marie ( Goehringer ) was born at Auenstein, Wurtemberg, Germany, Dec. 6, 1840. She was married to Gottlieb Schober Sept. 29, 1866.

 

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SCHREIBER, Christian born in Prussia, March 17, 1834. Came to America in 1856, and settled in Cook county, Ill., and engaged in the lime trade. In 1858 he located in Meeker county, Minnesota, took a claim, but abandoned it in 1860, and came to Brooklyn, where he now has 240 acres. He has been Town Supervisor and school officer. Married in 1862 to Dora Lent. They have five children living: Matilda, Minnie, Mary, Emma and Otto C.

 

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SCHRODER, Fred a native of Germany, was born November 24th, 1834. Came to America in 1853 and located at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, where he resided until 1876, when he removed to California. In July, 1880, Mr. Schroder came to this city, and engaged in the meat business at 403 Plymouth Avenue. He was married in 1866 to Miss D. Inkenky.

 

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SCHUETTE, Fred was born in Hanover, in 1826, where he lived twenty-one years. He came to America in 1854, resided in Pittsburg eleven months and moved to Minnesota in 1855; stopped a short time in St. Paul, then came to Corcoran, which has since been his home. In 1863 he joined the Third Minnesota Regiment, went south with it and was gone sixteen months. He married Minnie Schomaker in 1852,by whom he has one son.

 

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SCHULENBURG, Joseph came to Minneapolis in 1866. Kept the Pacific House two years, then engaged in farming the same length of time in Rice county; he afterward worked a farm in Plymouth two years, thence to St. Anthony where for eight years he was proprietor of a boarding house. Since November 1st, 1880, he has kept the Medina House, previous to which he ran the Hennepin House. In 1851 he married Margaret Baker. Their children are Mathew, Caspar and Lizzie.

 

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SCHULLER, Peter a native of Prussia, was born August, 1828. Came to America in 1852, and worked in St. Louis as stone mason until 1855, when he came to St. Paul. In 1857 he made his pre-emption of 160 acres in Crystal Lake. He takes a great interest in fruit growing, has now three acres of orchard. He has held every office in town but clerk, has also been county coroner. Married in 1856, Miss Mary Gellner. They have ten children living: Barnard, Susan, Lizzie, Peter, Charles, Margaret, Mary, John, Hubert and Mathias.

 

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

SCHULZ, Carl C. was born near Berlin, Germany, March 6, 1829. Came to St. Anthony Falls, Minnesota, from Chicago, May 10, 1855. Landed in St. Paul from the steamboat War Eagle, and came to St Anthony to get work in the sash and door factory of Orrin Rogers. Here he remained for three years and then spent one year at St. Cloud, when he came back to St. Anthony. The grasshoppers came that year, and Mr. Schultz thought the country was ruined, so he returned to Chicago and went into the grocery business, where he remained for seven years. He then returned to Minnesota very well satisfied to remain. He was engaged in the wholesale and retail boot and shoe business in Minneapolis from 1865 to 1877; real estate and insurance business from 1877 to 1892, and at present time in the lumber business. He was married to Augusta Marian Hagar, May 15, 1862.

 

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SCHULZE, Henry a native of Germany, was born January 28th, 1842. Came to America in infancy, and lived until 1859 at Chicago, Illinois; he then removed to St. Paul and worked at the meat business there about five years. In 1864 he came to this city and started a meat market, which he sold in April, 1880, to L. W. Neudeck, but still retains his position as manager of the business. In 1875 he married the widow of the late Louis Neudeck of Minneapolis.

 

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SCHWARTZ, WILLIAM was born Nov 19 1827 in Saxony, Germany to Valetine & Elithabeth Schwartz. William came to America in 1849. Settling first in Rochester NY then moving to IA. He met and married Elisabeth Brawand born Jan 24 1836 in Bern Switzerland. They were married May 7 1855 in Muscatine IA. Their first son William (Willie) was born 1856 in IA.They moved to Hastings, Dakota, Mn by 1858. Two more sons were born there Charles 1858, George 1860. By 1870 William was homesteading in Maple Grove (Osseo) MN. A son Fred R was born 1871, daughter’s Anna 1874 and Mary 1880. About 1900 all
the children except Willie moved to Sherman County, OR. Willie died 1899 in Maple Grove MN. William Sr. died May 23 1904 on the homestead in Maple Grove MN. Elisabeth went to Sherman County OR where her children were. She died sometime after 1910.

 

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SCOFIELD, J.D. was born in Cortland county, N. Y., August 29th, 1828. Moved to Seneca county, in 1847. Engaged in the lumber trade until 1849 when he came to Saint Paul. Moved to Washington county in 1861, and remained until 1853, when he was married to Miss Sophia Cook. Settled on his present farm same year. Had four children: Charles E., Lester H., Alice M., and Florence. Wife died September 22, 1861. Married again April 14th, 1865, to Miss C. S. Damon. They have had three children: Cora E., Mabel V., and Carl S. Supervisor for five years. One of the charter members of the Farmers' Grange, organized in 1874.

 

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SCOTT, Henry H. was born in Penobscot county, Maine, September, 1846. Lived on a farm with his parents until the age of twenty years. In 1863 he enlisted in the First Maine Heavy Artillery; served two years, engaged in thirty-two battles and was twice wounded. Came here in 1866, and has since been in the lumber business. He is also proprietor of the Cottage House, on Second Avenue north. In 1874 he married Josie Fashant. William Henry is their only child.

 

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SCOTT, Harvey E. born in Orleans county, Vermont, 1824, Came to Minnesota in 1865. Enlisted in company E, First Minnesota Infantry, and served under General McClellan for three years. Honorably discharged at Washington, D. C., in 1864. Wounded and taken prisoner at Savage's Station. Spent 23 days at "Libby prison." Exchanged at City Point and transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps. Came to Excelsior, and located where he now lives. Married in 1869, to Mary E. Murray. They have three children.

 

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SEAMANS, Silas E. born in Providence county, R. I., in 1823. Moved and lived in Windham County, Conn. when eighteen years old, returned to Rhode Island, and came to excelsior in 1854. When he first came here, there were but two houses in the town. He took a claim, and has been engaged in farming until the last few years, which have been spent at his trade as painter. He enlisted in company B, Ninth Minnesota Volunteers, and served among the Indians. He has married twice, the second time to Elizabeth Cole of Excelsior.

 

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

SECCOMB, Charles came to St. Anthony in 1850 and commenced his labors as a home missionary. On Nov. 16, 1851, he organized the First Congregational Church of St. Anthony, with twelve members. He was installed as pastor July 30, 1854, and his ministry closed June 10, 1866, after fifteen years of self denying and faithful work for his church. Services of the society were held for two years in the school building of the university, near the present site of the East Side High School, until the first church building was erected on the corner of Central avenue and Fourth street northeast, in 1853, and dedicated Feb. 15, 1854. This was the first Congregational church dedicated in Minnesota, and was the home of the church for twenty-one years. Rev. Seccomb was very emphatic in his denunciation of the sin of intemperance, and the curse of slavery, and during the civil-war made some strong appeals for the support and success of the Union cause. The older attendants of the church will recollect the unique choir during the 50's, consisting of Thos. Hale Williams, Deacon Peabody and wife and the Morrison sisters, with Mr. Piddington and his big bass viol. Mr. Seccomb was pastor of the Congregational Church at Springfield, S. D., from 1881to 1899, when he resigned on account of failing health, and died there March 4, 1900, at the age of eighty-three years, leaving two sons and two daughters.

 

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

SECOMBE, David Adams was a native of Milford, N. H., having been born there May 25, 1827. His parents were David and Lydia (Adams) Secombe. There he passed his childhood, attending public schools of that place. Later he fitted for college at the academies of Pembroke and Hancock. In 1847 he entered Dartmouth College. Leaving college, he went to Manchester, N. H., and studied law with Hon. Daniel Clark, ex-United States senator. At the expiration of his studies he concluded the West was the only place for him, and emigrated to this land of promise in June, 1851. In July, 1852, he was admitted to the bar, and from that time until his death, which occurred March 18, 1892, he followed his profession continuously. He was elected a member of the State Constitutional Convention, which met at St. Paul in 1857, and was a leading member of the first legislature of Minnesota. Here he prepared the constitutional amendment limiting the legislative session to sixty days. He was a delegate to the National Republican Convention, which nominated the immortal Lincoln, at Chicago, in 1860. In 1871-2 he was county attorney of Hennepin County. The Hennepin County Bar Association, in its tribute of respect on the death of Mr. Secombe, said: "He stood among the brightest and ablest lawyers of this state. His integrity was never questioned. He was kind and courteous toward his brethren. In the statement of a legal proposition, or of the facts in a case, he was a master not surpassed by any one in his profession. His arguments were always clear, concise and logical. He was always self-reliant, self-possessed, and impressed one as having a wonderful amount of reserve power. He was dignified, polite and manly under all circumstances, never forgetting he was a true gentleman."

 

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SEELEY, I. C. was born January 22d, 1833, in Allegan county, Michigan. When seventeen years of age he attended Richland Seminary, Kalamazoo county, and afterward taught Enlisted in the Fourth Michigan Cavalry, and served three years, being in fifty-seven different engagements; was held a prisoner of war over five months, nearly three months of the time at Andersonville, and is a living witness of the horrors of that prison-pen. After the war he prepared for college at Kalamazoo, then went to Olivet and graduated from the college there in 1868; he also graduated in law at Ann Arbor in 1871, and was in the office of Severance and Burrows of that city until 1872, when he came here and has since been in the real estate and insurance business. In 1876 he married Julia M. Willard. She has borne him one child: Edith.

 

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SELDEN, Henry E. a native of Connecticut, was born August 4th, 1835, at Portland. When five years of age he moved to New Haven, and resided there until 1860, when he came to St. Paul, and two years later removed to Minneapolis; he has been very successful in his business of contracting and building. Mr. Selden enlisted in the Sixth Minnesota Volunteers in 1862; he was through the Indian war, the regiment marching 3,200 miles, and was in the service until 1865. On his return he built his present residence at 14 Tenth street south. His wife was Eleanor Stevens, whom he married in 1860. They are the parents of seven children: Lewis, Emma, Mabel, Frank, Kittie, Eleanor, and Henry.

 

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SERMON, George veterinary surgeon, graduated at Edinburgh, April 23d, 1862; at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, April 30th, 1862, and has a diploma from each. In 1869 he moved to Montreal, Canada, and followed his profession there nine years. Since November, 1878, he has been in practice in Minneapolis.

 

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SETZLER, George a native of Germany, was born in 1832. He came to America in 1847, and settled in Huron county, Ohio, and worked there eleven years at the cooper's trade. In 1859 he came to Minnesota and settled in Maple Grove, where he lived ten years; then sold, and located in Brooklyn near Osseo, where he now lives. Married in 1866, Mary Cahm. They have eight children
Note: Per information submitted by a descendant, Jo Hogle, the maiden name of Mary Zetzler was actually Zahm not Cahm as printed in the original book..

 

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SHANTON, Edward D. born in Ohio, March 4th, 1839. Learned the miller's trade. Was superintendent of the Shanesville flouting mills for three years. In 1867 he came to Minneapolis and run the Island Mills, Summit Mills, North Star Mill, and the Galaxy Mills. In 1878 went to Minnetonka, and has since had charge of the mills there. In 1862 enlisted in Company H, 73d Indiana Infantry. Was in several battles and taken prisoner at Cedar Gap, Georgia, taken to Belle, Island, and after a time exchanged. Mustered out at Nashville, Tenn. Married in 1860 to Margaret Schultz. They are the parents of eight children.

 

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SHATTO, C. W. a native of Warren, Ohio, was born in November, 1840. At the age of ten years he accompanied his parents to Minnesota, and followed farming until 1868, when he enlisted in the First Minnesota Volunteers, and served until the expiration of his term of service. Then worked at freighting from Omaha to Denver until 1866, when he came to this city and was employed by Gould and Company, the pioneer agricultural implement firm, until engaging in business for himself. In 1872 he married Miss Sarah Tinkham, in Minneapolis. They have one child.

 

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SHAVER, Bayard, T., and Bernard G. twin brothers, and first white children born in Minnetonka, August 12tb, 1853. Here the brothers have lived with their parents, and received their education at the second school organized in the county. Bayard has given his attention to teaching, and Bernard to millwright and carpenter work. Bayard cast the first vote of any native born man in the township. They live on the oldest farm in the town.

 

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SHAVER, Eldridge A. was born in Pennsylvania September 27th, 1849, and came to Minnesota when he was a boy. Landed in Minneapolis, stopped with Col. Stevens a few weeks, then came to Minnetonka City. Remained there till 1853 when his father made the claim on which Eldridge now lives. Married Mary S. Tull, April 26th, 1874. Two children have been born to them.

 

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SHAVER, Sarah C. was born in Greene county, N. Y., July 5, 1824. Married James Shaver September 27th, 1849. In 1851 Mr. Shaver came to Minnesota. In 1852 his family came, when he made a claim and settled on the south shore of Lake Minnetonka. Their two sons were the first white children born in the township, and the first native born voters, and their mother the first white woman to settle in the town. Mrs. Shaver and son Bayard attended the Centennial Exposition, and remained in the east three years.

 

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SHAW, George Kittredge, editor of the Evening journal, was born in Exeter, Penobscot county, Maine, June 23d, 1841. His parents removed to Galena, Illinois, in the fall of 1851, and in that city Mr. Shaw grew to manhood, receiving his education in the public schools of that place. Having learned the printing trade he made his first business venture in 1862 purchasing the Platteville, Grant county, Witness, which he owned and conducted successfully until 1867. In 1868 he enlisted in the Forty-third Wisconsin Infantry, was elected captain of company B, and served till the close of the war, receiving a commission as major in 1864. In 1867 he came to Minneapolis, and was made editor-in-chief of the Minneapolis Morning Tribune. That position he held for three years and then resigned on account of ill-health. In the summer of 1870 he founded the Daily Evening News, which was the first daily evening newspaper, receiving telegraphic dispatches, started in this city. In June, 1873, he sold the News, and removed to Bay City, Michigan, where he was employed for five years as editor and manager of the Daily Tribune of that place. Returning to Minneapolis in the winter of 1878, Mr. Shaw purchased an interest in the Evening Tribune, remained with that paper as writing editor until May 1st, 1880, and on that date sold out his Tribune stock and afterwards purchased a half-interest in the Evening Journal. Mr. Shaw was married September 13th, 1871, to Miss Anna E. Jones, of Detroit, Michigan, and has three sons and one daughter.

 

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SHAW, J.M. was born December 18th, 1833, in Penobscot county Maine. Was educated at Exeter and East Corinth. In the spring of 1862 he came to Minnesota and resided at Cottage Grove, then removed to Galena, Illinois, where he was seven years, employed as book-keeper in a mercantile house. In 1856 he began reading law and in 1859 entered the office of A. L. Cummings. Was admitted to the bar by the supreme court of Illinois, and remained at Galena until 1862, when all he removed to Wisconsin. He enlisted in the Twenty-fifth Wisconsin and was made second lieutenant of company E; was first engaged in frontier service, then went south in 1863 and served until June, 1865 ; he was mustered out as captain. In October of the same year he came to Minneapolis and has since been engaged in the practice of his profession here, He is a member of the law firm of Shaw, Levi and Cray. In September, 1864, he married Ellen A., daughter of Dr. J. S. Elliot of this city.

 

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SHELDON, C. B. Rev. born in Williamstown, Berkshire county, Mass., in 1821. Graduated at William's College in 1847, then entered the Western Reserve Theological Institute, where he remained three years. First pastoral charge gas at Republic, Seneca county, Ohio. Remained there until 1855 when he started for River Falls, Wis. with his own private conveyance, traveling a distance of over one thousand miles to Prescott, Wis. where he learned another minister had been appointed for River Falls and that the conference had recommended him to Excelsior, Minn.. He at once started for that place, and reached it November 16, 1855, where he found six houses, and a church membership of thirty-seven. Preached his first sermon in the sitting room of the hotel. After that held meetings in Pease's Hall for three years. Married in 1847 to Mary K. Prentice, of South Canaan, Conn. They have eight children living.

 

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SHEPPARD, Mark H. was born in Quebec, in 1820. Moved to England and from there to the Isle of Man. He was educated at King Williams College, served his time at the Royal Infirmary, Liverpool, and passed examination in the London College of Surgeons. He has traveled extensively. For a time he was surgeon on the Black Ball Line, sailing between Liverpool and New York, and practiced medicine in Nova Scotia for ten years. In 1868 he went to Parker's Lake, and thence to Princeton, where he practiced medicine five years. He then came to Long Lake, and has since resided here. In 1866 he married Catherine A. McCloud.

 

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SHEPHERD, N. was born at Bedford, Vermont, in 1823. At the age of twenty-one, he went to Lowell, Massachusetts, and remained four years; he passed two years in Newbury, Vermont, then removed to Ripon, Wisconsin, and carried on a building business for four years, employing about twenty men. He married Lydia Newcomb, who bore him one son and three daughters. Mr. Shepherd came here in fall of 1877, and the following spring started the "North Star Fruit and Vegetable Garden;" he makes a specialty of the Wilson and Albany strawberries, the Philadelphia and Turner raspberries and the Brittania blackberries, he also raises a great variety of vegetables, and keeps the different kinds of evergreens that are adapted to this climate.

 

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SHERBURNE AND WHITE are proprietors of the Windsor House, located on Washington Avenue, at the corner of First Avenue north. The building is owned by L. L. Cook; it was erected by W. F. Hanscom in 1867; it has a frontage of sixty-six feet on Washington Avenue and a depth of one hundred feet; the house is three stories high and there are fifty-four rooms. Messrs. Sherburne and White leased, refitted and refurnished the house; they are old and popular hotel men who always endeavor to please their guests.

 

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SHERWOOD, John W. was born December 17th, 1817, at London, England. Learned the book- binder's trade in his native place and came to America in 1848; he resided in New York four years, and three years in Connecticut, thence to Woodstock, Canada. December, 1855, he came to Minneapolis and established the first book bindery in the city; he does edge gilding and all kinds of work pertaining to his business. His wife was Lucinda Marston. The children born to them were: Lucy, John, Rachel, Reuben, John, Nelson, Cedric, Mary and Naomi; four of these have passed away.

 

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SHERWOOD, M. R. son of the above, was born in London, England, September 12th, 1846. Came to the United States in 1848, and in 1865 to Minneapolis. He commenced the manufacture of paper boxes in 1872 and was the first in the city to make a specialty of that line of work; he is now doing a large business at 123 and 125 Nicollet Avenue. Mr. Sherwood was married in May, 1877, to Julia Anderson of Iowa. They have one child, Frederick.

 

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SHOOP, A.D. was born in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania, November 10th, 1837. He started in life for himself in 1859, near the old homestead, where he farmed until 1865, when he came to Minnesota and rented several farms. He is now living on the farm owned by, J. K. and H. G. Sidle, in Crystal Lake. On September 22d, 1856, he married Miss Emeline Hoke. Their four children are William, James, Charles and Mary.

 

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SHREWSBURY, Frank was born in 1855, in Indiana, and came with his parents to Minnesota the same year. They located at what is now Maple Plain, where he grew to manhood, and in 1875 married Allie Ingerson. They have two children, Mand and Mabel. Mr. Shrewsbury is a farmer, and lives on the farm preempted by his father. His mother is still living.

 

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

SHREWSBURY, Irvin - Irvin Shrewsbury was born in 1817 in Kentucky, but moved to Indiana with his parents.  When grown he worked as a blacksmith until 1854 when he came to Independence Township, homesteading on Section 26 on the Watertown Road.  In 1855 he moved his family here, his wife Jemima, four sons and one daughter.  Later three children were born here - Anna, Martha and Arthur.

Irvin Shrewsbury was enterprising and public spirited.  He conducted a store and inn, served on the first town board of Independence, was postmaster, and was elected to the first legislature on the Republican ticket in 1859.  Later he moved to Iowa where he died in 1871.  Later is son Frank and his wife, the former Ida Ingerson, lived on the farm pre-empted by his father. Son Arthur married Eva Johnson, daughter of J. C. Johnson of lyndale.  Daughter Martha married William Styner, and daughter Anna married Orlando Styner in 1879.  Their children, all long time residents of Independence and Maple Plain are Roy Styner, Louise (Mrs. Eugene Conover) and Sadie Quaas, now living in St. Paul.  Son Irvin died in Russia in 1909 and son Glen died at Camp Grant October 10, 1918.  Daughter Nancy, wife of Edward Beal died in Minneapolis in 1932.

 

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SHUCK, Dr. A. W. was born in Pennsylvania, in l837. When fourteen years old he began to work at carpentering; followed it for two years. Was also engaged in teaching. He attended two courses of lectures at the Eclectic Medical Institute, Cincinnati, and one course at Newton's Clinical Institute. He commenced the practice of medicine in 1859. In 1861 he entered the army, serving in the medical department of the army and navy for three and a half years. He moved to Benton county, and practiced medicine from 1866 to 1878, when he went to Lake Minnetonka. He now resides at Long Lake, enjoying a large practice. He married Mattie A. McClannahan. They have seven children.

 

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SHULER, B. P. a native of Pennsylvania, was born September 18th, 1829, in Lycoming county. Came to this city in 1852, and was employed as mill-wright until 1871, when for two years he engaged in the milling business, in company with Mr. Hineline, at the Richfield mills. He went to California in 1873, returned the following year, and went into business at the Arctic mill, under the firm name of Hobart, Shuler and Company. In 1863 Mr. Shuler married Abbie E. Tidd, of Minneapolis.

 

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SHULER, R. G. born at Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in 1827., At the age of seventeen he commenced learning the trade of millwright, at which he worked in his native state until 1853, when he went to Indiana, and resided one year; then removed to Minnesota, and lived at Anoka, farming, building, and in the livery business, until 1864. He then accompanied Fisk's Indian expedition to the plains. Since 1866 he has lived in this city, engaged in the millwright and building business. Having assisted in erecting some of the principal mills here. In 1859 he married Lucretia Foster, of Maine. Their children are: Alfred, Harry, and Florence.

 

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SHUMACHER, H. a native of Prussia, was born in 1824. Emigrated to America in 1853. Moved to Scott county, Minnesota, in 1855. Finally settled in Independence, made a claim, and lived on it for eight years, then came to Medina. He enlisted in 1864, in Company F, 11th Minnesota Volunteers. Was honorably discharged at Fort Snelling, in 1866. Married Miss M. Geigerman. They have eleven children now living.

 

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SHUMWAY, J.P. was born in Windham county, Connecticut, June 1830. He remained there, engaged in farming, until 1855, when he came to Minnesota and located a claim near Crow River. In 1856 he bought the land where he has since lived. In the fall of 1864 he enlisted in the Eleventh Minnesota Infantry, and served until the close of the war. Mr. Shumway has been Treasurer of Crystal Lake for the past three years. In 1859 he married Louisa A. Russ, of Chaplin, Connecticut. To them have been born two children.

 

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SIEVERS, Frederick pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, was born in Frankenlust, Saginaw county, Michigan, June 2lst, 1852. Received his early education from his father at home. After confirmation he went to Concordia College, Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1866, where he remained until 1872. In the same year he went to St. Louis, and entered the Concordia Theological Seminary, graduating June 29th, 1875. August 29th, same year, was ordained at St. Charles, Missouri, remaining there as assistant pastor until 1859, when he received a call from this church. He is the son of Rev. F. Sievers, who organized the congregation in 1856.

 

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SIGNOR, Sadie Mary,

Sadie Mary Signor was born in a log cabin on Nov.21,1893 at Randall, MN.  Her father Edwin Signor was born in Coxsockie, N.Y.& at age 18 He came to Abams, WI. His first marriage was to Georgia________ ?& had 3 children one son named Stewart and 2 daughters, names not known. He divorced his first wife in 1881 & married Minnie Poppe of Berlin, Germany who came with Her parents at age 8 yrs. to Pensaukee, WI. Edwin married Minnie Poppe on Oct.11,1882 & lived in Seymour, WI. Edwin went to Randall, MN. in1891 to build a log cabin & Minnie and 2 children came to live in Randall, MN. In 1892 & Sadie was born in 1893. In 1897 Edwin built a new frame house and was sold to the Nutter family in 1917, and the last family that owned the home raised the home and built a new home in it's place after 100 years. Sadie completed 8th grade and taught school for 1 year. near Little Falls, MN. & one Yr. at Karlstadt, MN. near Roseau, MN. The Rychner Family introduced Sadie to Harry Blesi and was married on Nov.2,1912 & lived in the Home that Peter Blesi built in 1869 in the New Schwanden Swiss Community. Sadie Mary Signor Blesi had 4 children : 1. Gordon born in 1914 - 1997, 2. Jean born in 1916 and married Hugh Leathers, 3. Wayne born in 1921, 4. Clair born in 1923 died in 1998. Gordon continued with the farming in 1938 to 1965 when He sold 110 acres to the Elm Creek Park Reserve. Harry & Sadie built a new house about 1000 Ft south of the old homestead house on Hayden Lake Road in 1937.The barn burned down in 1959 and Harry Blesi died on Jan.8,1960. Sadie lived in the home until 1980 when She sold the property to the Elm Creek Park Reserve. Sadie authored the New Schwanden Swiss Pioneers memorial in 1971 and established memorial was dedicated on Oct.30,1976. Sadie M. Blesi died on Jan.6,2003 at the age of 109 years. Harry & Sadie are both buried in the Champlin City Cemetery in Champlin, MN.

 

SIMMONS, Chester, was the vice-president and manager of the Bemis Brothers Bag Company. The Bemis Company is a manufacturer of burlap bags and related packaging products that is based in Minneapolis and that has other offices and plants in Boston, Buffalo, St. Louis, and Vancouver, Washington. The Bemis Brothers Bag Company, based first in Boston and then in Minneapolis, was one of the largest bag manufacturers in the nation, including flour bags and feed bags. Simmons was born in 1850 in New York City. In 1870, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and was employed in the millinery business. He then was employed as a salesman and then a cashier for the Bemis Brothers Bag Company. Simmons moved to Minnesota in 1880 to become the manager of the Bermis branch in Minneapolis. He married in 1875 and he and his wife, Fannie A. Bemis, had six children. He died in 1921.

 

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SIMONSON, P. a native of Norway, was born in 1841. Emigrated to America in 1866, and located in Minneapolis the same year. He was four years employed in the car-shops, and two years stair-building for J. Harrison. In 1872 he commenced business for himself, building stairs and railings. His establishment is the only one of the kind in the city, and he has been very successful. He was married in February, 1873, to Martha Anderson. They are the parents of three children. Mr. Simonson's residence and stair-building shop are at 1006 Washington Avenue south.

 

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SIMPSON, William born in New Brunswick, in 1837, where he remained until 1865, when he settled at Excelsior, opened the Excelsior House, which he conducted for two years; then took the White House, which he has enlarged to accommodate about ninety guests. Married, in 1869, to a daughter of Pardon Sherman, of Indiana.

 

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SIPE, Ephriam was born in Pennsylvania, in 1848. He moved to Minnesota in 1857, and remained with his parents until 1880, when he located on his present farm. He has held the offices of town supervisor one year, school director five years, and is Justice of the Peace at the present time. His school advantages were limited to a period of fifteen months, but by close application he has gained knowledge sufficient to fill the different offices with credit. In 1880 he married Margaret Husted, of Corcoran, who was born April 29th, 1863.

 

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SKINNER, C.M. M.D. was born at Waukesha, Wisconsin, in March, 1841. He was educated in his native county, afterward studied medicine and graduated from Rush Medical College, Chicago, in 1876. For one and one-half years he was house surgeon of the Cook County Hospital at Chicago; then practiced at Hartford, Wisconsin, about fifteen months, and since June, 1878, has been in practice in Minneapolis. Dr. Skinner resides at 1001 Washington Avenue south. His marriage with Calista Rowell, of Wisconsin, occurred in 1863. They have one daughter.

 

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SKINNER, L. J. was born at Brooklyn, New York,. April 4th, 1853. At the age of sixteen he was employed as clerk in the dry goods establishment of E. H. Van Ingen and Company, of New York city, and remained till 1879, when he came here, and engaged in the paint business, as dealer and contractor, firm name, of Adams and Skinner. After a few months he bought Mr. Adams' Interest and continued alone nearly a year when he became associated with W. W. Sly, and the manufacture of paints was added to the business. Their works are on Nicollet Island. Mr. Skinner married Elizabeth M. Bradley, in 1879. They have had one child, who died in infancy.

 

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SKINNER, O. B. a native of New York, was born August 3d, 1844. in Essex county. Learned the drug business at Elmira, New York, went to Kansas in 1869, and was in business there about two years, then resided in Vermont till 1876. Since that time he has been in the drug trade at Minneapolis, with very profitable results. He occupied the whole of the building where he is at present located,. 1121 Washington Avenue north. In 1870, he married Miss C. L. Baldwin, of Waverly, New York. Of their four children only one survives: Clara. Mrs. Skinner died August 1st, 1880.

 

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SLATER, G. A. born in Champaign county, Illinois, in 1843. Came to Minnesota in 1865. Settled in Carver county, lived there until he moved to Excelsior, where he has since resided. In 1880, opened the Slater House, which he has enlarged to accommodate fifty guests. Married in 1867, to Miss R. C. Thompson. They have three children.

 

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SLATER, George born in England, in 1821. Emigrated to America, and settled in Gloversville, Fulton county, New York, in 1824. Worked at glove-making for twenty years. Moved to Minnesota, and settled in Dayton, in 1856, and commenced the manufacture of gloves and mittens. Enlisted in Company C, Independent Battalion, under General Hatch, in 1864, and was ordered to the frontier. Was mustered out in 1865. Returned to Dayton, and opened his farm. His health failing, he purchased the hotel which he now keeps. Married, in 1845 to Catharine Kelly. They have four children now living. Mr. Slater found many relics near the junction of the Crow and Mississippi rivers, which indicated that there had been, at some time, a French or Spanish settlement at that point.

 

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SLOAN, Thomas a native of Preble, Cortland county, New York, was born in 1857. When a babe he came with his parents to St. Anthony and at the age of eleven went to work in the mills of Minneapolis. For the past seven years he has been employed at the Cataract mill. Mr. Sloan is an unmarried man, and lives with his parents at No. 2 First Avenue south.

 

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SLY, Gilbert was born in the State of New York November 4th, 1798, and remained in his native state engaged in farming until 1866 when he came west and purchased of James Davis the farm he now occupies in the town of Richfield. Was married in 1822, to Sarah Crane a native of Massachusetts. They have had twelve children, five of whom are now living, Mary E., Fidelia, Elisha, Paulina and W. H.

 

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SLY, William Wesley was born July 9th, 1848, in Oakland county, Michigan. At the age of sixteen he went to sea, and before he was twenty-one years of age he circumnavigated the globe. He lived in England two years, engaged in painting, for which he had a natural ability; from there he went to Italy, Asia, East India, China, and was in the Abyssinian expedition with supplies; he was at Ansley bay at the time King Theodore suicide. In 1869 he returned to Bombay, and there went on board the Great Eastern, laying cable. He served in the late war, and after peace was declared, he again went to sea. In 1872 he engaged in the paint business in Detroit, and remained there, with the exception of one schooner trip to Duluth, in which he was shipwrecked and nearly lost his life, until 1878, when he came to Minneapolis and took charge of the Minnesota Linseed Oil Company's paint works. In 1880 he formed a partnership with L. J. Skinner, known as the Minneapolis Liquid Paint Company. He married, in June, 1880, Mary, daughter of Rev. L. D. Brown of St. Paul.

 

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SMALL, L. was born in 1844, at Pembrook, Maine. When but sixteen years of age, he went to sea, and at twenty-three became captain of the ship Vulcan; after six years, he left the water, and lived in Boston six years, then for two years he engaged in the fishing business. In 1862, he married Miss Robina Ostrom. Mr. Small embarked in the dairy business in March, 1879, and now owns forty cows. The firm of Small and Darling, stock dealers, was established in August 1880, located at Sixth avenue south and Thirty-fourth street. They have a desirable farm of forty acres, and do a general stock business.

 

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SMART, C. H. florist, 514 Sixteenth Avenue south. Mr. Smart is a native of England, and was born March 28th, 1828, at London. In 1868 he moved to the state of New York, where he worked at his trade, blacksmithing, until 1871; since that time he has resided in Minneapolis. While still working at his trade, he has engaged in the cultivation of plants and flowers, and has made good progress in that enterprise. He married, in 1846, Eliza Maddin of London. Their two children have passed away.

 

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SMART, Robert J. born in Penobscot county, Maine, in 1840. Enlisted August 16, 1861, in company B, Eighth Maine. He was wounded by a minnie ball, in the right side, May 20, 1864, which kept him in the hospital until October, when he joined his company at Harrison, Virginia. Was honorably discharged June 27, 1865. Came to Minnesota in 1867, and located in Minneapolis, for three years, then bought a farm in Brooklyn where he has since resided. Married in 1867, to Hattie Carr.

 

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SMITH, A. J. born in Lenawee county, Michigan, in 1844. He came to Hennepin county in 1854, and now lives on the claim taken by his father. He was clerk in the Paymaster's Department in the summer of 1864; was on the boat when it was attacked by Guerrillas, and D. C. Smith was killed at Fort Randolph. He was elected to represent his district in the House in 1876, and re-elected in 1878. He married in 1864; in 1867, Mrs. Smith died, leaving two children. In 1869 he married Georgia I. Russel. They have had five children, four are now living.

 

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SMITH, Albee born November 25th, 1845, at Orange, Massachusetts. Attended the graded schools of Cambridge and in 1863, entered the University of Chicago, the next year he went to Middlebury College; during the two years he was there, he read law with Sandford B. Perry and Walker, Dexter and Smith. He returned to Chicago, entered the law school, and in 1867, was admitted to the bar at Ottawa, Illinois. Came to Minneapolis the same year and opened a law office in company with M. D. L. Collester. In 1871, he returned to Chicago, but was burned out during the great conflagration, and coming again to Minneapolis, has since continued in his profession here. He married Mollie McClelland in 1870. Their children are, Robert, Albee and Orvell.

 

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SMITH, C. A. a native of Wilmington, Vermont, was born in 1829. He lived there until thirty-three years of age; then went to Waltham, Massachusetts, and for seven years was engaged in a bakery. He came to Minnesota, and worked at the carpenter's trade, three years in Northfield, and the same length of time in Minneapolis. He was married in 1850, to Elizabeth A. Jefts, who has borne him five children. In 1875, Mr. Smith started his garden of ten acres on section 2, and is doing a thriving business; he has extensive hot beds, and the green house is a building 75x24 feet.

 

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SMITH, C. H. a native of New Hampshire, was born June 26th, 1859, at Salisbury. Resided there until 1877, when he came here and worked for the firm of Smith and Day, the former being a brother of his. In September, 1878, he became a member of the firm of Smith and Miller; they deal in hardware at 231 Sixth Avenue south.

 

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SMITH, Charles W. born November 14th, 1848, at Greenville, Illinois. Moved with his parents to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended school there until 1862, when he went to Europe, and entered the Liverpool Free College; he graduated in 1865, and then traveled through Europe. In 1866, he crossed the isthmus and went to Calcutta, India, from Madras. Returned to America in 1867, and from here visited Buenos Ayres in the ship Kossuth, in which he was part owner, and was pay-master of the first railroad built in the Argentine Confederation in 1868. He took charge of a steamer which went to the relief of a Welch colony in Patagonia, and returned overland to Buenos Ayres, from where he made a trip on horse back across the Andes to Chili, returning through Paraguay and Brazil, thence homeward in 1870. Since that time he has been engaged in teaching in Minnesota. In 1873, he moved to this city, and in 1875 was appointed superintendent of schools, and was elected to the office in 1877, and re-elected in 1879. Mr. Smith married Electa Hawkins in l872. Arthur Garfield is their only child. The have an adopted son Benjamin W.

 

Library of Congress. Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910. [database on-line] Washington: Library of Congress, 1999. Shutter, Marion Daniel. Progressive Men of Minnesota. Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis Journal, 1897. Submitted by Patricia Palmer patpalmer5@attbi.com




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SMITH, C. L. was born at Dover, Wayne County, Ohio, January 22, 1845. John R. Smith, his father, was a farmer, and while Cyrus was still a small child, his parents removed to Southern Michigan, settling in an unbroken wilderness. There were no schools on the Michigan frontier in those early days, and Cyrus was taught to read by his mother. As the country settled up, schools of a poor quality began to be established, and at the age of eleven the boy secured his first four months’ schooling. This was in a little log school house, where presided a Baptist preacher. The seats were oak slabs with stout wooden pins for legs. He attended this school for two winters, learning the rudiments of reading, spelling and arithmetic. During these two terms he had but one book of his own, the arithmetic. In 1858 he went to Southern Indiana and worked in a nursery for the next years. When the war broke out in 1861, Mr. Smith enlisted, though only sixteen years of age. He became a member of Company E, Eleventh Michigan Infantry, and served three years and two months, principally in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. Among the noted battles in which he participated were those of Stone River, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge and the battles before Atlanta. Soon after being mustered out of the service he came to Minnesota, in October, 1865, and engaged in selling trees and shrubbery for an Eastern nursery company. At the same time he began planting and experimenting on his own account, and in this way proved his inborn taste for horticultural affairs. Mr. Smith frankly admits a financial failure at the nursery business, the principal cause being poor health. He suffered from diseases contracted in the army, which prevented him from working out doors a large part of each year, but he acquired considerable practical experience in nursery and gardening matters which he turned to account in newspaper and literary work. For all this time he has been largely engaged with horticultural and agricultural papers, and addressing farmers at institutes and other gatherings throughout the state. At the same time he has not abandoned farming and gardening, but has cultivated a tract of fourty acres, where he raises various trees and a variety of crops, largely for experimental purposes. As a Republican Mr. Smith has been especially active since 1885. During these later years he has done much aggressive work for the Republican party. His observation of the condition of the farming classes and the common people for many years have convinced him that, notwithstanding all the mistakes made by the party of his choice, its principles and policies have been for the best interests of the people. During the Fish-Donnelly regime of the Populist party, Mr. Smith was state organizer of Republican League Clubs, and made an aggressive campaign against the Populistic influences. He frequently met the enemy on the stump and was active and successful in joint debates. Mr. Smith was one of the organizers of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society in 1866. He served as secretary of the State Forestry Association for four years and a member of the executive committee for six years. He has been a member of the State Dairymen’s Association since its organization, and on January 25, 1895, was appointed assistant dairy commissioner of the State Dairy and Food Commission of Minnesota. Mr. Smith rendered valued service in preparing the Minnesota forestry exhibit for the World’s Fair in 1893. He took an active part in the first farmers’ institute held in the state, and aided in securing their establishment as a permanent state institution. Since 1891 he has been agricultural editor of the Farmers’ Tribune.

 

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SMITH, De Witt Clinton born in Orleans county, New York, in 1825. He lived there about twenty years; then went to Adrian, Michigan. He was married, at Addison, Michigan to Melissa E. Shepard, in 1874. In 1857 he came to Hennepin county, and bought a farm near Osseo. He enlisted, in 1861, in Company D, 1st, Minnesota, and was appointed second Lieutenant. After the first Bull-Run battle he was promoted Captain of the company. He was severely wounded at the battle of Antietam. Mrs. Smith, after many heroic efforts, found him at Hagerstown, Maryland, and succeeded in bringing him to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After resting a few weeks they came home, and he was honorably discharged shortly after. He was appointed State Librarian by Governor Miller, and while Librarian was appointed Major of the Pay Department. He was finally killed at Fort Randolph, the boat being decoyed into that point by a party of guerillas, who shot and killed him. One child was born, Eugene A., living near Benson.

 

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SMITH, E. M. a native of Michigan, was born February 10th, 1843, at Pontiac. Moved to Winona, Minnesota, in 1867, and for three years was engineer on the Winona and St. Peter railroad. In 1870, he came to this city and ran an engine two years on the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railway. Since the Union Planing Mills started, he has been employed there as engineer. His wife was Effie Jones; their marriage occurred in March, 1869; Burtie, Daisy, Roy and Ida, are their children.

 

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SMITH, Fred L. was born in the town of Lee, Maine, July 2d, 1843. Received an academic education at Lee Normal Academy. Came to Minnesota with his parents in June, 1857, and located in St. Anthony. Was the first carrier boy of the Falls Evening Journal, a daily paper started in the fall of 1857, by Messrs. Croffut and Clark, in whose office he learned the printer's trade. Was foreman of the Pioneer job department in 1863 and 1864, and in 1865 became associated with Col. John H. Stevens, Col. L. P. Plummer and others in the publication of the Minneapolis Daily Chronicle. When that paper was merged into the State Atlas, and the Minneapolis Daily Tribune was started, he engaged as general superintendent of the mechanical department of that institution, in which place he continued until August, 1871, when he formed a partnership with Chas. W. Johnson in the job printing business. Is now a member of the firm of Johnson, Smith and Harrison, the printers of this history. He has been an active member of the masonic fraternity, having served three years as Master of Cataract Lodge No. 2, A. F. and A.M., during which time their new hall was built. Has also been High Priest of St. Anthony Falls Royal Arch Chapter No. 3, Thrice Illustrious Master of Adoniram Council No. 5, and Eminent Commander of Darius Commandery No. 7, of this city. Is also a Scottish Rite Mason. Was elected Alderman of the fifth ward in the spring of 1878, for two years. Was re-elected in the spring of 1880 for three years, and on the organization of the city council, was made its vice-president. Was elected president of the city council at its organization in 1881, which position he now holds. Was married in December 1868 to a daughter of Henry Sinclair. Has two children.

 

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SMITH, Freeman B. was born in Vermont, July 15th, 1822. He removed to Champlain, N. Y., where he resided until 1852. For four years he held the office of postmaster. In 1852 he went to California and was engaged in gold mining for one year. From 1860 till 1867, he was in the revenue service at Virginia City, Nevada. In April, 1878, he came to Minnesota and has since been engaged in conducting the farm of his brother-in-law, Orrin Hubbard, in the town of Richfield. In 1846 married to Sarah E. Beaumont. She was born in New York, Sept. 24, 1824.

 

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SMITH, George a native of Wisconsin, was born July 25th, 1856, in Walworth county. Went to Winona, Minnesota, in 1875, and two years later removed to Minneapolis. He is now employed as miller at the Osborne feed mill. His address is 616 Fifth street north-east.

 

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SMITH, George born in Picton county, Nova Scotia, September 6th, 1846. First engaged in the business of hides, tallow, pelts, etc., at Chicago, in 1870, and afterwards with prominent firms at Milwaukee and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In 1875 he was employed as salesman for Oberne, Hosick and Company, of this city, 103 and 105 Second street south, and has been promoted to manager.

 

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SMITH, George F. was born at Salisbury, New Hampshire, September 1st, 1842. Enlisted in 1862 in the Sixteenth New Hampshire Infantry, and served one year. On being mustered out, in 1863, he came to Minneapolis, but the next year went south to work, and laid the first sill of the Cumberland hospital, at Nashville. He returned in 1865, and worked in the hardware business for J. S. Pillsbury, until starting for himself in 1872; the firm of Smith and Scribner dates from May, 1876. Mr. Smith married Miss Connor of this city, in 1867. Their children are: George, Ralph and Cyrus.

 

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SMITH, George H. was born in Albany, New York, in 1843, and moved with his parents to Lenawee county, Michigan, where he lived until eleven years of age; he then came to Hennepin county, his father taking a claim in Brooklyn. He enlisted in 1861, in Co. D, 1st Minn., and served until honorably discharged at Falmouth, Virginia, in 1863. Married the same year, to Frances I. Thomas, who died in 1876. They have three children living.

 

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SMITH, G. W. is a native of Jefferson county, New York, born November 14th, 1816. In 1864 he came to Minnesota, locating at Saint Cloud, where he remained one year, then engaged in mercantile business in Minneapolis, until 1870, when he bought the store of J. D. Perkins, at Maple Plain, and has since resided there, conducting a general merchandise store. Mr. Smith received his appointment as postmaster at Maple Plain, in 1870, and has since held that office. He is also a Justice of the Peace, which office he has filled since his first election, in 1875. He is the oldest postmaster on this line of railroad. His children, who were born in Jefferson county, New York, are Mary Jane, wife of J. E. Bell, cashier of the Hennepin County Savings Bank. Minneapolis; Charles H., bookkeeper in the same bank, and William A., who died in Minneapolis, in 1869. He has a son who was born in Hennepin county; Lyndon B., six years of age.

 

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SMITH, Harris N. was born in Piscataquis county, Maine, in l830. Here he lived for four years, then moved with his parents to Penobscot county, and remained there until he went to St. Anthony, in 1850. In 1855 he came to Brooklyn, and took a claim, upon which he has since resided. Married in 1857, to Mary J. Flanders. They have two children living.

 

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SMIHT (SMITH?) J. L. was born in Holstein, Denmark, July 28th, 1850. In 1873 he emigrated to this country and came directly to Minnesota locating on section 14, Richfield, where he has since been engaged in farming.

 

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SMITH, James, was born in Scotland, in 1834. For a time he held the position of overseer of the Colzium estate in Sterlingshire, for the late Sir Archibald Edmondstone. In 1871, he came to America, and for five years had charge of a stock farm on Long Island, then of the Thorndall farm in Dutchess county, New York, two years, and in the spring of 1876, took possession of the Lyndale farm, where he now resides; this place has the finest barn in Minnesota. Mr. Smith raises the celebrated Jersey cattle, Berkshire swine, Norman horses and Cotswold and Lincoln sheep, all from imported stock; at the late fair, he received seven first-class premiums amounting to over $500. Mr. Smith's wife was Margaret McVicar, of Scotland, they were married in 1860 Five children have been born to them.

 

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SMITH, Jason W. was born October 23d, 1840, in Penobscot county, Maine. Remained on his father's farm till 1860, when he went to Bangor, and engaged in mercantile pursuits. In July, 1870, he removed to this city and clerked in a grocery store three years, then went into the grocery trade at 101 Central Avenue, in partnership with W. W. Hawes. His wife was Emma Maxim; they were married in 1865. Of their four children, three are living: George, Edith and Jessie.

 

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SMITH, J. A. a native of Germany, was born in 1850. He accompanied his parents to America in 1855, and removed to Minneapolis in 1874; since that time has been engaged in the manufacture of barrels, and is now president of the Cooperative Barrel Company.

 

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SMITH J. R. a native of Salisbury, New Hampshire, was born April 21st, 1851. Since 1871 he has been a resident of Minneapolis. He worked for George F. Smith four years, and in 1876, entered into partnership with Mr. Day in the hardware business. Mr. Smith's marriage with Leonora Day took place in 1875. They are the parents of two children; J. R., and Rena. They reside at 915 Seventh Avenue south.

 

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

SMITH, Julia A. ( Stelle ) was born in Middlesex County, New Jersey, in 1830, and married to R. R. Smith in 1848. Two years later she joined the Baptist Church, of which her husband was a member. She died January 31, 1900.

Their two oldest children, Alice, now Mrs. George Griggs, and Milton S. Smith, were born in New Jersey; also since arrival in Minnesota was born Bessie E. Smith, now Mrs. H.J. Vosburgh of Beaver Dam, Wis. Mrs. George Griggs resides in St. Paul. (SEE ALSO R.R. SMITH BELOW)

 

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

SMITH, Milton S. was married in 1874 to Miss Flora E. Ingram of Faribault, and moved to Worthington in 1879. She died August 14, 1886, leaving three sons.

Stelle S. Smith, the oldest, now a practicing attorney at law in Minneapolis, and secretary to J. H. Thornpson for seven years past, was born in Faribault December 30, 1875. Came to Minneapolis in 1894.

Robert R. Smith, also of Minneapolis, was born July 24, 1880. Came to Minneapolis in 1898.

Byron E. Smith, the youngest, is in Beaver Dam, Wis., attending college.

The children of Mrs. George Griggs are Franklin H., George, Jr., Helen M. and Chester H. Frank H. is assistant city attorney of St. Paul. Mrs. Vosburgh has two children, Marion and Evelyn.

 

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

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SMITH, Nils, a native of Denmark, was born August 17th, 1847. He came to America in 1864; located at Minneapolis, and for three years worked on a farm; he then engaged in the dairy business for himself; in 1875, having thirty-five cows, he sold a half interest and in 1877, sold the remainder. In the spring of 1880, he started again with thirty-two cows and now has thirty-eight. He owns ten acres of land on section 1, and forty acres on section 29. In October, 1875, he married Hanne Hansen, who has borne him two children: Soren and Hanne.

 

File contributed for Minnesota Biographies Project by: Kenneth Smith ksmith22@mn.rr.com

SMITH, Percy Howe, Percy was born in Marmet, West Virginia, on April 17th, 1879. Marmet was, at the time, called Brownstown. He was the seventh of eight children born to James and Lizzie Reynolds Smith. James ran a general store in Brownstown, and died when Percy was a child. Percy’s older brother James was a conductor for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad and Percy rode his train, selling sandwiches and newspapers to the passengers. He also helped out in the store after his father died. As soon as he was old enough, Percy got a job with the railroad, as a brakeman. Although Percy only attended school through the eighth grade, he educated himself by reading the dictionary and encyclopedia. Sometime before 1900, Percy left West Virginia and came to Minneapolis, Minnesota to visit his sister Geneva. While in Minnesota, he landed a job with the Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern Railroad. Percy's first assignment was a run from St. Paul to Mankato. While laying over there, he stayed at a rooming house in Kasota, which is just north of Mankato. The rooming house was run by his aunt, Catherine Smith Rowe, a sister of his father. It was at Aunt Kit's rooming house that he met his future bride, Angeline Middaugh.

Angie had attended business school and was a clerk in a dry goods store in Mankato. Her parents farmed near Waseca, Minnesota, which was far enough from Mankato so that she was also rooming at Aunt Kit's.Two of Percy's sisters, Minnie and Carrie, also met their husbands there, so it seems that Aunt Kit must have been quite a matchmaker.

Percy & Angie were married in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 3rd, 1902. The witnesses were Angie’s brother Luther and Percy’s married sister, Geneva Imlah. After their honeymoon, they lived in St. Paul for a while, at 425 St. Clair. Then they moved back to Mankato, where Avanalle and Raymond were born. Percy was moving up in the railroad, and his promotions brought the family back to St. Paul, where they lived at 391 Goodrich from 1906 to 1913. James and Kenneth were born while they lived on Goodrich. They moved to 705 Jefferson for a year, then another promotion brought them to Minneapolis, where they lived at 965-14th Av. SE. When Percy was named yardmaster of the Rollins yard, they bought a larger home at 1047-17th Av. SE.

Percy retired in the late 1930’s as the General Superintendent of the Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern Railroad. A few years before his retirement, Percy & Angie had purchased a resort near Mcgregor, Minnesota, on Lake Minnewawa, named Greenwood Lodge. Their plan was that their three sons would take over the resort. Jim did work at Greenwood Lodge for nine years, but Ray and Kenny weren’t interested. In 1935, Kenny was killed when his car overturned while driving to Mcgregor from Minneapolis. Jim’s fiance, Melba Fetzer, was riding with him, but was not seriously injured.

The resort business was very different back in the 30's and 40's. In the 30’s, there was no electricity. There were outhouses and water was pumped from a well. During the winter, blocks of ice would be cut out of the lake and put in sawdust in an ice house, for use in the summer. The 40’s brought electricity, and the large windowed porch on the main house was turned into a small store on one end where groceries, ice cream, pop and beer were sold.

Percy and Angie sold gas and rented boats as well as cabins. During the tourist season, Percy would rise early to cut ice and fill the ice boxes in the cabins and house. Yes, even after the introduction of electricity, there were ice boxes in the cabins. Angie kept the books and cleaned the cabins. For the first few years, Percy & Angie moved back to Minneapolis during the winter. Later they sold their house and moved to the resort year around. They usually had a couple live with them and help with the resort during the season. Greenwood Lodge had a large, screened, dance gazebo, which was equipped with a juke box. Until a reform governor put an end to quasi-legal gambling in northern Minnesota, there were even slot machines in the gazebo. Sometime in the early 50's, Percy & Angie sold Greenwood Lodge and bought a home in Osseo, Minnesota, where they both lived out their days. Percy died on July 22nd, 1960. Angie only lived three more years. They were both buried in Sunset Memorial Park in St. Anthony, Minnesota, next to Kenny.

This information is the personal recollection of Percy & Angie’s daughter Avanalle, her daughter Joanne, and their grandson Kenneth Smith, and the vital records of Waseca, Ramsey, Blue Earth & Hennepin Counties in Minnesota.

 

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

SMITH, R. R. was born in Middlesex County, New Jersey, near New Brunswick, March 24, 1826. Worked on his father's farm until nearly twenty-two years of age, when he was married to Miss Julia A. Stelle. He became a member of the Baptist Church when sixteen years of age. After conducting a farm of their own for ten years they moved to Minneapolis, with two children, in 1857, and engaged in the grocery business. In 1864 they moved to Faribault, where Mr. Smith carried on a retail lumber business until 1879. The family then moved to Worthington, Nobles County, Minnesota, where Mr. Smith now resides.

In August, 1862, while living at Minneapolis, he volunteered to go under Capt. Anson Northrup to subdue the Indian outbreak in the Minnesota Valley and relieve Fort Ridgley, being one of the three hundred cavalry who took the hazardous midnight ride from St. Peter to Fort Ridgley. They arrived at the fort at sunrise in safety, where they found the store building still burning, but the Indians had fled.

Mr. Smith has been engaged in farming in Nobles County for the past twenty-two years. He is now hale and hearty and active and able to do a day's work six times a week. He prizes highly a letter written by his grandfather to his parents from Valley Forge in 1777.

He has nine grandchildren. For further account of them and of his three children see account of his wife, Julia A. Smith herewith. (SEE ALSO MRS. JULIA SMITH ABOVE)

 

File contributed by Kenneth Smith ksmith22@mn.rr.com

SMITH, Ray P. Ray was born on November 9, 1905 in Mankato, Minnesota. He was the oldest of three sons born to Percy and Angie Middaugh Smith. He also had an older sister, Avanelle. The Smiths moved to the Twin Cities while Ray was a youngster. Ray grew up in Southeast Minneapolis, attending Tuttle school and East High. Ray was active in the Boy Scouts and was a counselor at scout camp. In high school, he was a member of the gymnastics team. His was the last graduating class of East High, in 1923. After high school, Ray married young and had a daughter, Marlene, but the marriage didn't last. Ray and his wife were divorced and she moved to Oregon with Marlene.

Ray was always very artistic and soon found his vocation as a sign painter. Between local jobs, he traveled to the Dakotas and even as far as western Wyoming, painting billboards and oil storage tanks. Often, his brother Jim traveled with as a helper. He liked to tell a story about painting “MAMMOTH” on an oil tank. He had to move his staging for each large letter and lost track of his “M”s. As he was moving the staging once more, he realized that he had just finished painting “MAMMM” on the tank. Back in Minneapolis, he also painted billboards and signs, working for the Sterling Sign Company. Over the years, he developed what proved to be his specialty, truck lettering.

In 1939, he met and married Violet Mathews. They had one child, a son who was named Kenneth, after Ray's brother who was killed in an automobile accident in 1935. In the summer after Ken was born, the family went on one last billboard painting trip out west. Many years later, Vi later related how they would pull into a small town in the Dakotas with very little money. Ray would get out his lettering kit and walk down Main Street, drumming up business, painting a window at a restaurant in exchange for dinner, and a sign above the door of a hotel for a place to stay the night.

In 1941, Ray and Vi bought a home at 3825 Standish Avenue in Minneapolis, the only home they ever owned. During WWII, although Ray was too old for the service, he went to Alaska and worked on the Alcan Highway as a sign painter. After the war, he started his own truck lettering business, and in about 1955, took in a partner, Eddie Fournier. They called the new business Ray-Ed Signs. Their shop was located on Lowry & Howard in Northeast Minneapolis.

Ray was a Shriner, active in Minneapolis’ Zurah Temple. His hobby was auto racing. He started out owning "jalopies", and later moved to "midgets". His cars were always two tone blue and carried the number 90. Ray didn't drive, but he was the chief pit man and owner. Vi and Ray also travelled extensively, almost always by auto, all throughout the 1950's. They went west to visit Marlene in Portland and some of Vi's relatives in Los Angeles, south to visit friends in Texas and Georgia, and also to West Virginia, visiting Ray's relatives there.

Ray retired about 1970. Soon after, they sold the house on Standish and moved into a four-plex at 3255 Holmes, owned by Ken. Ray died of a heart attack on September 14, 1976, and is buried at Sunset Memorial Park in
St. Anthony, Minnesota.

This information is the personal recollection of Kenneth Smith, Ray's son.

 

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

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SMITH, Theodore W. a native of New York city, was born August 25th, 1860. Commenced working at milling in 1874, at Ashland, Ohio; removed to this city in October, 1878, and was employed one year at the Crystal Lake mill. Since that time has been engaged with Hawthorne Brothers at the Trades mill. His marriage with Julia Desjardin occurred August 3d, 1880.

 

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SNYDER, C. L. born February 1st, 1831, in Somerset county, Pennsylvania. In 1857 he came to Minnesota, located at Glencoe and for three years followed lumbering and farming; he was sheriff of McLeod county in 1857-1858. In 1861, raised company B, of the Fourth Minnesota; he was promoted captain of this company and served three years; after being mustered out in 1864 he went to Pennsylvania and raised a company of artillery there, and served as captain until May, 1865. In the fall of that year he came here and was in the wood business two years then formed a partnership with Mr. Keator; for thirteen years, they were carriers of the Minneapolis Tribune, and have been in the bill posting business a number of years. Mr. Snyder was elected to the city council in 1878 and 1879 ; was president of the city council in 1880. In 1855 he married Margaret Cunningham. James, Anna, Grace and Charles are their children.

 

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SNYDER, S. P. born April 14th, 1826, at Somerset, Pennsylvania. He received a common school education and started life as clerk in an uncle's store. In 1847 he purchased a stock of dry goods and located at. Berkley's Mills; he sold in about two years and removed to Ohio, where he followed the same business in company with his brother, he sold again in 1855, came to St. Anthony, and formed a partnership with W. K. McFarlane for the purpose of locating lands. In the fall of 1855 removed to the west side, returned to Ohio, was married and came back to Minneapolis, and for a time occupied J. H. Stevens's pre-emption house. In 1857 because a member of the firm of Snyder, McFarlane and Cook, bankers and real estate dealers; in the summer of 1857 purchased eighty acres and platted it as Snyder and Company's first addition to Minneapolis; Tenth street now passes through this. Mr. Snyder was one of the many to suffer in the financial panic of 1858, but afterwards recovered and in 1876 built a fine large block, on the same spot where twenty years previous he had placed his land office. In 1880 he sold both block and lot, as a building site for the new Union depot. In 1856 he married Mary Ramsay. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Snyder are Frank, Fred and Mary. (SEE ALSO BELOW)

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

SNYDER, Simon Peter was born on April 14, 1826, in Somerset, Pa. His grandfather came from Germany near Hamburg, and settled in Maryland, afterwards moving to Pennsylvania, where he obtained title to one-half of the land upon which Somerset was established. The ground upon which the public school house and the court house and the Lutheran church were built, was donated, one-half, by the grandfather of the subject of this sketch. Mr. Snyder is the son of John A. Snyder and Elizabeth Shaffer, and was the third of twelve children, six boys and six girls, whose mother lived to see them all married. Of this family there are still living three boys and four girls. He obtained a common school education, and, at the age of fourteen, entered the general store of his uncle and served three years. He then took charge of his uncle's store and Berkely Mills, and at the end of two years bought the store, which he owned and ran for four years. In 1850 he sold out and drove by team by way of Wheeling and Columbus, to Springfield, O., and thence to Peoria, Ill.. His uncle, John L. Snyder, was located in Springfield . When Snyder reached Peoria, a letter awaited him from his uncle inviting him to return to Springfield and buy him out. Mr. Snyder at once returned by team from Peoria to Springfield, bought out his uncle, who was in the general merchandise business, and continued in the business until 1855, when he again sold out and came to Minneapolis, arriving in May, 1855.

He formed a partnership with W. K. MacFarland for the purpose of locating lands. Until the fail of the year he officed with O. Curtis on Main street, St. Anthony, about where the Pillsbury A Mill now stands. In September 1855, Synder and MacFarland built an office on Bridge Square, directly across the street from the Pauly House, and continued their land business and opened the first banking house in Minneapolis. In 1857 Mr. Levi L. Cook joined the firm, which was known as Snyder, MacFarland & Cook.

In 1855 Mr. Snyder bought eighty acres of land, through which Tenth street South now passes, and which is cut short by way of Nicollet avenue. This he platted as "Snyder's First Addition to Minneapolis." The cost was $100 an acre. The tract is today worth several millions.

He was treasurer of the Minnesota Agricultural Society in the years 1856, 1857 and 1858. The first fair of this association was held on the ground where the First Baptist Church and the Public Library Building now stand.

During the Indian Outbreak in 1862, Mr. Snyder and Anson Northrup organized a volunteer company of one hundred and forty men to go to the relief of New Ulm and Fort Ridgley. Each man furnished his horse and equipment. The company reported to General Sibley who was commander-in-chief. Anson Northrup was made captain and Mr. Snyder was first lieutenant. The company proceeded to St. Peter where all companies were to meet, and being detained there two days, and becoming restless, Captain Northrup and Lieutenant Snyder waited in person on General Sibley, who had then about 1,400 armed men at St. Peter, and asked leave to proceed with their company at once in advance of the general movement. General Sibley said:

"I cannot grant you the privilege, but if you want to go you will have to do so at your own peril " Upon reporting to the company it was decided to proceed at once. The men mounted their horses and made a midnight ride, arriving safely at the fort at sunrise next morning to the joy of the small garrison. This company reached Fort Ridgley a day ahead of the main column and was the first to give relief.

Mr. Snyder has lived continuously in Minneapolis since May, 1855, and still enjoys good health, and resides at 410 Tenth street South. In 1862 Mr. Snyder established the first auction store in the City of Minneapolis, and in 1876 he was the first to build and establish a large warehouse for the storage of freight left over time with the railroads.

Colonel Stevens, in his "Personal Recollections of Minnesota," On page 27, says:

"Probably, to Messrs. Snyder and MacFarland are the citizens of Minneapolis more indebted than to any one else for the rapid progress in the early industries on the west side of the falls." (SEE ALSO ABOVE AND BELOW)

 

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

SNYDER, Mary Ramsay, wife of Simon Peter Snyder, was born in Springfield, Ohio, on Feb. 21, 1832. Her grandfather came from Ireland, and was considered a well educated man, being well versed in Latin. Her father was Alexander Ramsay. Her mother came from Kentucky, and was a Stephenson, a cousin of the inventor Stephenson. She was one of nine children, four of whom still survive. Mrs. Snyder is a member of the Episcopal Church, and has always been active in good works. Mr. and Mrs. Snyder have three children, Frank C., Fred B. and Mary C. There are two grandchildren, John Pillsbury and Mary Stuart.

Mrs. Snyder was married in 1856, and came to Minneapolis in the same year. Her first home on the west side of the river was the first frame house built on that side of the river by Colonel Stevens. This house was situated where the Union station now stands, and in those days was within easy sound of the roar of the St. Anthony falls. This building has since been placed in Minnehaha Park. Frank and Fred were both born in the old Stevens house, where the family lived until 1860. (SEE ALSO ABOVE).

 

From "1868-1968 Maple Plain & Independence Past - Present" published by the Maple Pain Garden Club. Submitted by Claudine Pearson ClaudeP@aol.com

SOLEY, Peter - The Peter Soley family ame in 1874 and settled on the Crooker farm on Pioneer Crrk.  His son, Charles, and his wife, the fomer Estella Batdorf, lived on the old farm until they built a home in maple Plain in the 1940's.  Charles worked in the Ben Drake general store and later managed the Lyndale Creamery for forty years.  He served in the offices of town clerk and treasurer of Independence and as the treasurer of the cooperative elevator in Maple Plain.  His children are Edward and chalmer Soley, Mrs Ione Japs and Mrs. Irma Sutherland.

 

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SONNEN, Joseph was born in 1832 in Prussia, Came to America in 1855, located in the state of New York and resided there about eight years. In 1873 he removed to Minneapolis, and worked as pattern maker for the St. Anthony Iron Works until 1878. Since that time he has been successfully engaged in manufacturing furniture.

 

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SPAFFORD, Edward was born in Orleans county, Vermont in 1852, and lived there twenty-one years. He was educated at the Normal School of Randolph. In 1874 he moved to Rock Island, Illinois, where he taught school two years then came to Brooklyn, Minnesota, in 1876, and taught school three years. In 1879 was married to Belle, Ryan, of this town.

 

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SPAFFORD, W. A. a native of Quebec, was born in 1825. He came to Hennepin county in 1853 and preempted a farm near Hopkins Station; lived there two years; then in 1855 moved to Medina, bought a claim and sold it three years later; he then located on the Lydiard property which he sold in 1862 and moved to where he now resides. The grasshoppers attacked him in 1856; and in 1862, the Indians obliged him to move his family to Minneapolis for safety.
See additional information below

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing
A Genealogical Record Of John Spoffford and Elizabeth Scott published in 1878 by C.F. Jewett & Co. of Boston.

Submitted by Scott Spafford (
spafford@owc.net)

 

 

 

 

William Alexander Spafford was born on August 31st, 1825 to Tyler Spafford and Mary Hopkinson in Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada. His 4th Great-Grandparents had migrated from Yorkshire England to Rowley, Massachusetts in 1638. The family had moved from the colonies to Quebec to occupy lands won during the French Indian War. He married Marion Bredford Stevens, daughter of David Stevens and Sarah Harvey on October 3, 1849 in Danville, Quebec, Canada.

They had seven children, Edwin L. Spafford b. October 3, 1850 d. July 12, 1861.
Adeline E. Spafford b. July 21, 1853 d. July 13, 1920 married to E.F. Schneider July
23, 1876. David T. Spafford b.March 20, 1855 d. July 29,1863. Miles Alonzo
Spafford, a Minneapolis Policeman b. November 16, 1857 in Long Lake, Mn d. June
30, 1921. Oscar John Spafford, A Minneapolis Teamster b. July 10, 1859 in Long
Lake, Mn. d. September 17, 1918. Sarah A. Spafford b. May 18, 1861. Etta S.
Spafford b. June 14, 1866 d. March 24, 1880

They came to Hennepin county in 1853 and preempted a farm near Hopkins Station; lived there two years; then in 1855 moved to Medina, bought a claim which is now part of the Morris T. Baker Park and sold it three years later; They relocated to the Lydiard property which he sold in 1862 and moved to Minneapolis. The grasshoppers attacked him in 1856; and in 1862, the Indians obliged him to move his family to Minneapolis for safety. In 1895 he resided at 602 Taylor Street in Minneapolis. In 1903 he bought a claim in Burnett County, Wisconsin adjacent to his son Miles. William and Marion were accompanied to Minneapolis By his brother David Pashal Spafford and his wife Huldah Townsend and Julian Sidney Spafford.