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Edward Murphy

Edward Murphy, a farmer in Hollywood township, is a native of Minnesota, born in Minneapolis, May 21, 1859, the son of Edward and Margaret (Wallace) Murphy, who were both natives of the Emerald Isle, the former from County Limerick and his wife from County Carlow. Edward Murphy, the senior, was one of the pioneers of Carver county, settling here in 1860.

Prior to this he had lived for several years in New York and New Jersey and had then come west to Dubuque and from there removed to St. Anthony where the family resided for about six years. On locating in Hollywood township he took advantage of pre-emption rights and secured a homestead, paying one dollar and a quarter an acre. This land was six miles west of Watertown and lay a distance from any highway.

Later the Winstead road was built past the farm. He cleared his land which was heavily timbered and had it all under cultivation, developing a fine farm property which is now owned by his son, James Murphy. He was one of the original members of the Catholic church at Watertown. His death occurred in his sixty-third year, May 6, 1890. The death of his wife at sixty-three years of age had preceded his just two years.

They had a family of seven children, Mary, who lived at home and died at the age of forty; Katie, the wife of Daniel Keefe of Winstead, Minnesota; Edward John, a farmer in Hollywood township; Martin, for thirty-five years employed as engineer in iron works at Minneapolis; James, living on the old homestead, and Margaret, who married Frank Sexton, a plumber in Minneapolis, the son of Thomas Sexton, one of the early settlers of Carver county and the owner at one time of the present home of Edward Murphy.

Edward Murphy was reared on his father's farm and with the exception of five or six years spent in Minneapolis has always lived in Hollywood township. As a young man he was employed in farm work or worked in the pine woods. It was during this period that he was two years in the employ of Thomas Spain, whose only child, Johanna, became his wife. Mrs. Murphy was born March 22, 1870, on the farm which is her present home and there she was reared and married. Her parents, Thomas and Margaret Spain, were both natives of County Tipperary, Ireland, who made their first home in this country in New York state.

When the call for troops was made in 1861 Thomas Spain was among the first to go to the aid of his adopted country, and after, three months service as a volunteer, he re-enlisted in the regular army, serving until the close of the war. Soon after this he was married and in 1869 came to Carver county and bought the land in section fifteen, of Hollywood township, which is now occupied by his daughter and son-in-law, Edward Murphy. At the time of his purchase but a few acres of the eighty had been cleared and Mr. Spain gave every effort to the development of his farm and when he had it well under cultivation added another eighty acres to his property.

The present farm home was erected by him about twenty years ago. He died April 25, 1909, seventy-five years of age. The death of Mrs. Spain had occurred nine years earlier in her sixty-third year. Mr. Murphy has continued the improvement of the former Spain farm and has erected several new buildings. He conducts a profitable milk business, keeping about twenty cows. Mr. Murphy and his wife are members of the Catholic church at Watertown where their parents were communicants. They have eight children, Thomas, Edward, Michael, Margaret, Mary, Johanna, Katie and Martin.


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