Halvor L. Shirley, a prominent banker and businessman from Breckenridge, Minnesota, was born in Norway in 1862 and immigrated to the United States with his family. After serving as a grain buyer and holding public office, he became involved in the Merchants’ State Bank, later becoming president of the First National Bank of Breckenridge. In addition to his business success, he made valuable contributions to the city, serving as its first mayor and implementing various reforms. Active in politics and community affairs, Mr. Shirley is known for his dedication to public service and involvement in fraternal societies. He is happily married and has six children.
Ben F. Holt, a promising young businessman in Barnesville, Minnesota, manages the shoe and clothing departments at Norby & Solum store. Dedicated and enterprising, Holt attended school in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and has worked at Norby & Solum, except for a brief period at Y. Gunness & Company. Highly regarded for his integrity, Holt is also involved in the Masonic Order and the Modern Brotherhood of America.
Irving S. Catlin, of the firm of Catlin Brothers, dealers in drugs, jewelry and notions, at Barnesville, Minnesota, is a native of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and was born April 23, 1871, the youngest son of Nelson and Elizabeth (Keyes) Catlin. The father, born in Litchfield, Herkimer county, New York, was of English lineage. He was a school teacher in early life, and in the early days purchased and settled on a partially improved farm in Walworth county, Wisconsin. He was a man of influence in his community and served as justice of the peace, town supervisor, township superintendent of schools, and …