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From the book
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge and Others
Published Winona, MN by H. C. Cooper, Jr., & Co., 1920
Republished Currently by Higginson Books

Irish, Roy L. (page 475), one of the progressive young farmers of Plainview Township, residing in section 11, was born in Winona County June 25, 1883, son of Charles and Ellen (Smith) Irish. Clark Irish, grandfather of Roy, was a native of New York State, and his grandmother Irish, whose maiden name was Stone, came from Ohio. They came to Winona county, Minnesota, in pioneer days and followed the occupation of farmers. In Winona County their son Charles was born and reared, and he subsequently came to Wabasha County, where he married Ellen Smith, and followed farming for 25 years. Their only child was Roy L. subject of this sketch. In 1887 Mrs. Irish died, and he subsequently married Adella Warner, of Wabasha County, by whom he has one son, Fred, a farmer in Winona county. Roy L. Irish was educated in the rural schools and the public schools at Plainview. Subsequently he took up agricultural work on his parents' farm, which he operated for two years. He then went to Alma Center, Jackson County, Wis., where he farmed for five years. At the end of that time he returned to the home farm of 80 acres in section 11, Plainview Township, Wabasha County, which he has since been engaged in operating with good success. He is a member of the local Shipping and Creamery associations, also of the Fair association, and is active in all matters relating to his business or to the interest of the township and county. While living in Wisconsin he served on the school board of his district, and also an unexpired term as town clerk. He is recognized by his fellow citizens as one of the rising young men of Plainview Township, and has made a big stride on the road to prosperity. Mr. Irish laid the foundations of a home on September 6, 1904, when he was united in marriage with Katherine Steffes, of Highland Township, Wabasha County, who was born June 16, 1883. He and his wife are the parents of nine children, the three youngest of whom, Iva G., Ila K. and Ina A., are triplets, born July 8, 1918. Their birth attracted much attention and interest throughout this locality. The other six children are: Alta E., January 17, 1906; Wesley C. October 28, 1907; Ella M., September 5, 1909; Alvin, April 20, 1911; Erwin L., September 25, 1913; and Charles L., September 3, 1915. All the children are living and healthy, and in the clean and wholesome environment of county life give bright promise of developing into useful men and women. Mr. Irish is fraternally affiliated with the Masons and Odd Fellows in Plainview.

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