Biography of Frank A. Catlin of Barnesville, Minnesota

Frank A. Catlin, associated with Irving S. in the business of Catlin Brothers, was born August 1, 1857. He lived on the family homestead in Wisconsin, until twenty-three years old, and in 1881 went to Fergus Falls, and began railroading, and worked his way up, and in 1883 was put in charge of a passenger engine. His run was first from Fergus Falls to Grand Forks, North Dakota and Crookston, Minnesota, but now from Barnesville to Devils Lake, a distance of 210 miles. He has been locomotive engineer on his division twenty-five years and is the third oldest engineer in point of service. He moved to Barnesville in 1885, where he has served eight years as alderman, and has also been treasurer of the school board.

On August 1, 1889, Mr. Catlin married Miss Julia, daughter of Mr. Ole Mattson, of Alexandria, Douglas county, Minnesota, and they have two sons, viz. : Howard Frank, born June 19, 1889, and Orvis Y. Iwian, born August 18, 1890.


C.F. Cooper & Company, History of the Red River Valley, Past And Present: Including an Account of the Counties, Cities, Towns And Villages of the Valley From the Time of Their First Settlement And Formation, volumes 1-2; Grand Forks: Herald printing company, 1909.

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