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Biography of George J. Thompson of Moorehead Minnesota

George J. Thompson, born in 1870, is the founder of Moorhead Plumbing & Heating Company. Starting as a blacksmith, he later ventured into steamfitting and plumbing. In 1907, he established his current company, which has since undertaken significant projects in the city. George is married to Gertrude Peterson, and they have four children. He is also a member of the Masonic Order and the A. O. U. W.

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Biography of Fred Herring of Hawley Minnesota

Fred Herring, a highly regarded citizen of Hawley, Minnesota, was born in Sandford-on-Thames, England, in 1867. After receiving his education in Oxford, he worked as a teacher and later as a bookkeeper in a grocery store with a sub-postal station, gaining valuable knowledge of postal service operations. In 1894, he immigrated to the United States and settled in Hitterdal, Minnesota, before moving to Hawley. Fred became the seventh postmaster of Hawley in 1907, bringing efficiency and systematic methods to his work. He actively participated in social and religious activities, and his commitment to temperance and community improvement earned him widespread respect. Fred and his wife, Victoria, have three children: Made-line E., Bertha E., and William James.

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Biography of Edwin J. Wheeler of Moorehead Minnesota

Edwin J. Wheeler, the mayor of Moorhead, Minnesota, is a prominent figure known for his strong character and dedication to his community. He began his career as a clerk and later became the president of the Wheeler Land Company, contributing to the growth and prosperity of the region. A steadfast Republican supporter, Wheeler’s leadership has led to Moorhead’s significant advancements. He is involved in various fraternal organizations and is married to Helen S. Evans, with whom he has two children.

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Biography of Ben F. Holt of Barnesville Minnesota

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.

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Biography of Andrew Johnson of Hawley Minnesota

Andrew Johnson, a diligent and ethical businessman, has risen to prominence in Hawley, Minnesota. Originally from Norway, Johnson immigrated to the United States in 1877 and settled in Ettrick, Wisconsin. After working as a carpenter and wagon maker, he moved to Hawley in 1879 and established his own carpenter’s shop. Through hard work and prosperity, Johnson formed a successful partnership with Peter Larson, operating a planing mill and lumber business. Expanding his ventures further, he purchased a store and transformed it into a comprehensive and modern department store. Johnson’s son, Elbert, manages the store, while Andrew himself engages in community affairs and various business endeavors. With his notable achievements and involvement in the community, Johnson is highly regarded in Hawley.

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Biography of Irving S. Catlin of Barnesville, Minnesota

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 …

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Biography of Dr. Frederick Noah Ripley

Dr. Ripley arrived at Shakopee, Scott county, Minnesota, in September 1853, and resided at that place, boarding at the “Warren House” during the years 1853-4. He came from New York city, where he was educated, and where he left a mother and an intended wife. In 1855, he first made his appearance in the small village of Minneapolis — a slightly built man, of refined and gentlemanly appearance; possessing copious stores of useful and instructive information; richly endowed with all the natural gifts of an enlarged mind and liberal understanding; full of high hopes and vigorous promise, who in his …

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Protestant Episcopal Church

Rev. T. G. Crump commenced holding Episcopal services in the Masonic Hall in Litchfield in July 1870. At the time of the morning service on Sunday the 5th, and 12th, days, of March 1871 notice was publicly given for a meeting of the male members of the Protestant Episcopal Church and congregation to be held in the Masonic Hall in Litchfield Saturday evening the 18th day of March A. D. 1871. Rev. T. G. Crump presided at such meeting and D. E. Potter was chosen secretary. A permanent organization was had, the following persons were elected church wardens and vestry …

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