Portrait and Biographical Record of Winona County, Minnesota; Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County

Portrait and Biographical Record of Winona County, Minnesota; Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...Webster hung his scythe when, after complaining to his father of the way it hung, he was told to hang it to suit himself. An old pewter plate in his home belonged to his grandmother's mother, and is about two hundred years old. He also has a pewter teapot given to his grandmother, Mrs. Samuel Gerrish. Joseph Gerrish only lived eight miles from the home of Daniel Webster. He married Sarah Chandler, and after the death of his first wife wedded Sarah Church, daughter of John Church. Her father was a native of Ireland, and a son of Colonel Church, of the English army. When a child of seven years, he came to the United States with a friend. Both the Gerrish and Church families have had many representatives in military life. Charles Gerrish was reared on a farm in New Hampshire, on the Merrimac River, in the old neighborhood where many representatives of the family resided. At a Gerrish meeting held in 1841 at his home, there were one hundred and seventy-five near relatives present, and with one exception all of these were Whigs. These family meetings were a feature in New England society for over half a century. Charles remained on the old homestead and operated the farm until 1853. The following year he came West and took up his residence in New Buffalo, Mich. The following spring he came to Minnesota, reaching Saratoga on the 19th of June, 1855. A few weeks previous he had secured a claim on sections 3, 4, 9 and 10, Saratoga Township, and at once began to improve that farm, which he made his home for twenty years. It comprised four hundred acres of rich land, and was a valuable properly. His first home was a log cabin, 16x22 feet, with a "lean-to," and in that house the first school in Saratoga Township was taught by Miss Helen Hewitt, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236586484
  • 9781236586483