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Taft, Andrew J., (page 1084), blacksmith, has been a resident of Mazeppa since 1861, and is reckoned among the substantial citizens of that village. Besides carrying on a flourishing blacksmith and wagon business, he is one-half owner in the only hardware store in the place, which also does a good business. Mr. Taft's parents, Samuel and Rachel (Hanson) Taft, were natives of New England and New York respectively, and at the time of his birth (June 6, 1831) were residents of the town of Trip's Hill, Montgomery county, New York. When he was nine years old they removed to Whitewater, Wisconsin and there died. When nineteen, young Taft began work at his trade. He was for some time employed in the wagon works at Whitewater and also at Berlin. After spending a year in California he returned to Wisconsin, and was married there in the fall of 1855 to Mary Radner, a native of Canada. He is now the owner of his shop on Walnut street, a good residence, and joint owner of the store. He has been two years a member of the village school board, and a like period of the village council. He is a thorough democrat, and his religion is the golden rule. Three children have been given to him: William Lawrence clerks in his father's store; Helen Isabel is wife of his partner, O. B. Munger; Maude E. is at school in Rochester. In 1865 Mr. Taft served nine months as a recruit in the 1st Minn. Heavy Art. at Chattanooga.
Talbot, Francis, (page 940) dealer in hides, furs and peltries; office on Allegheny street, south of Main. This business was established here in 1858, five years after Mr. Talbott came to this city as clerk for Mr. Alexis Bailly, in the Indian trade; so that his residence here dates from 1853, a period of fully thirty years. Mr. Talbot was born in 1835, at Stonehall, County Westmeath, Ireland, where he received a good common English education, a tutor being employed in his instruction until his fourteenth year, when he came to America, arriving at New York in 1849. Coming to Chicago, he was engaged in clerking there for John H. Kinzie, son of the founder of that city, from whom, in 1853, he brought letters of introduction to Mr. Alexis Bailly, who was engaged in trade with the natives at this point. Three years later, in 1856, he bought out Mr. Bailly's stock and engaged in general merchandise for himself, until, with thousands of others, he went under in the great financial crash of 1858. For some time Mr. Talbott was not engaged in business, and since 1858 has only been conducting general merchandising about six years, part of that time in company with Mr. B. Eddy, during his connection with general business here, other than furs, hides and peltries, in 1870. He owns one of the principal corners in the city, at the intersection of Main and Allegheny streets, fronting eighty feet on Main and one hundred and forty on Allegheny. Mr. Talbot has never married. His early association with the natives, in the conduct of trade, led him to take a very deep interest in all the historical legends and landmarks of the early French and aborigines occupants of this territory. For the past eight or ten years he has been quite constantly engaged in collecting data for some future historian who should attempt the narration of the early story of this region. This matter has been placed in the hands of the compilers of this History of Wabasha County, who gratefully record their appreciation of the services thus rendered by Mr. Talbot.
Taylor, William J., (page 1328 ~ my great-great-grandfather) stock owner and milk dealer, of Plainview, was born October 26, 1823, in Vermont, but spent his youth on a farm four miles south west of Versilles, N. Y., to which place his people removed while William was a child. His parents were Bennona and Betsy Taylor. He was residing at home December 31st, 1843, when he espoused Amanda Perkins, daughter of Elijah and Patience Perkins, of the same county. In 1847, Mr. Taylor engaged in farming in Erie county, Pa, and in 1854 removed to Marquette county, Wisconsin, where he bought eighty acres of sandy land, which, in his characteristic language, "A warrantee deed wouldn't hold." So in 1861 he abandoned it and came to the beautiful prairie of Greenwood. He first rented a farm four miles north of Plainview, but three years later he bought eighty acres from A. B. W. Norton on section six, in Plainview, and about the same time came to the village to reside. His landed possessions now consist of forty acres in section seven and ten village lots. He has sold milk to the citizens of Plainview more or less for twelve years past, and since 1881 has run a milk wagon. Mr. And Mrs. Taylor have five children living, viz: Ellen J., (Mrs. R. S. Tucker) of Marshall, Minn.; D. Z. (David Zachary), a carpenter of Plainview; Olive (Mrs. M. V. Palmer) of Defiance, Ohio, and Alice (Mrs. C. H. Ritter) and Melvin F., farmer, of Plainview. (I have made corrections to the book's information according to my grandfather's handwriting. Alice was listed as Mrs. M. V. Palmer and Olive was not included.)
My maternal great-great-grandparents:
William Taylor and Amanda Perkins
My Aunt Eva wearing Alice Taylor's wedding dress
(photos from our family album)
Tefft, N. S., M.D., (page 982), pioneer doctor, physician and surgeon of Plainview, was among the earliest settlers of the county of Wabasha in the spring of the year 1856. He transferred the field of his labors from Minneiska, July 3, 1861, to his present location. The opportunity was afforded him at the commencement of the settlement by J. Y. Blackwell, who offered, if he would come and pre-empt a quarter-section, to provide all the money, and give him half the property so obtained; but this he saw fit to decline. He was born in Hamilton, Madison county, New York, on July 16, 1830, and received an academic education at Fredonia, Mayville and Panama. His parents, Jeremiah and Sarah (Sweet) Tefft, were descendants of the early Rhode Island families, Commodore Perry (of revolutionary fame) and his father being classmates at Newport. Mr. Tefft commenced reading medicine in 1848 with Dr. James Fenner, of Sherman, Chautauqua county, New York, whence the family moved with the doctor in embryo, at about five years of age. He attended two full courses of lectures, 1851 and 1852, in Cincinnati, graduated, and after a four years' practice at Sherman, pushed westward across the Mississippi, and located at Minneiska, Wabasha county, sixteen miles from his present home. Here he officiated in the triple capacity of doctor, postmaster, and justice of the peace. Dr. Tefft held the office of county physician of Wabasha county during 1882, and some time previous for three successive years. He became a member of the first state legislature of Minnesota by election in the fall of 1857, again in 1861, and in 1871 was returned to the senate. He is a member of the state medical association, and has a reputation for miles around as an operative surgeon, equaled by few and excelled by none. In politics the doctor was originally democratic, with a strong tincture of free-soilism, so that he naturally became a republican when that party sprang into existence, and in this respect his sentiments remain unchanged. During his whole life he has been conspicuous as an enterprising and influential citizen. A genius of a mechanical turn, he invented the first automatic binder that made all the motions in binding grain by machinery, and his thoroughly practical idea of the application of permanent magnates as a motive power, he gives to others of more leisure and opportunities of development. As a member of the I.O.O.F., the doctor has passed all the chairs, and at the meeting of the grand lodge of the State of Minnesota, June 5, 1883, was unanimously elected deputy grand master of the state. As a gentleman of culture, though a man of extremes in his likes and dislikes, he is at once affable and unostentatious, and universally admired both in and out of his profession for his ability and genially courteous bearing. He is a strong believer in the doctrine of evolution, and, as a Freethinker, does not scruple on any and all occasions to express his disbelief in orthodoxy. One son, the only child born to Dr. Tefft by his wife, formerly Miss Hattie S. Gibbs, of Plainview, to whom he was married November 10, 1866, now sleeps in Plainview cemetery in a unique miniature vault, surmounted by a marble slab bearing the inscription: To Little Clyde, only son of N. S. and L. S. Tefft, died August 17, 1870. This loss to the doctor was a severe blow, and one difficult to overcome, for to the little one he was passionately devoted.
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Tenney, G. W., (page 1042), grocer, and dealer in provisions, fruits, flour and feed; location, west side Pembroke, two doors south of Main street. This business was established in this city in 1875, and at the present stand since 1878. Two persons and one delivery wagon are employed in this business. Mr. Tenney is a native of Stoughton, Massachusetts. He came to Wabasha county in 1858, at which time the family settled on a farm in the Whitewater, six miles below Plainville, just over the county line in Olmsted county, at which time G. W. Tenney was about nineteen years of age. He remained on the farm until the third year of the war, when he came to Wabasha, and on August 8, 1864, enlisted in the 10th Minn. Inf., and was sent to the frontier. Before the regiment was ordered south Mr. Tenney was taken sick, completely lost his voice, was unable to speak, and was discharged on that account, having been in the service a little over a year. He returned to Wabasha in 1865, and was variously employed during the next ten years, and while in the employ of Johnson Schwirtz, drove the first omnibus that took passengers to the Milwaukee & St. Paul train at this point. In 1877, two years after he had commenced trade on his own account, Mr. Tenney started the first wagon for the delivery of groceries in this city, that was put upon the streets. August 8, the same day that he enlisted in the army, Mr. Tenney married Miss Clara Stone, Olmsted county, Minnesota. They have five children, three of whom attend the public schools in this city. Bertie, born December 5, 1866; Ralph, born September 12, 1869; Grace, born February 1, 1872; Arthur, born October 3, 1876; Bessie, born December 6, 1879.
Notes From Fellow Genealogist: My g-grandmother was Mary Voss, married to Clemens Gosse. Her sister was Josephine Voss who was married to Simon Tenney who went to Canada. I am looking for anyone who has done research on the Voss side of the family. I know they came from St. Louis after their father (Fred) died and were raised by the Wodele family while their mother (Christina Stroot?) remarried a Rheingans and went to western MN. I'm curious about where in Germany they came from and even more curious as to why the Wodele family took them in. Hoping to hear from you, MaryTenney, Jacob, (page 1041), who manages the affairs of the firm Tenney & Evans (the description of which can be found on Chapter 35 of the 1884 book), is a native of Switzerland; came to America with parents in 1856, when he was eleven years of age, the family settling in this city in 1858. Two years later Jacob Tenney, Sr., purchased the farm on which Jacob, Jr., now resides ~ a tract of ninety-seven acres within the corporate limits of the city on the east. This farm the elder Mr. Tenney sold in 1877, at which time he purchased a mill at Mishamokwa, Wisconsin; and removing to that place engaged in the manufacture of flour. The old home farm in this city was purchased by Jacob Tenney, Jr., in 1880, and it is now the residence of his family. They have five children living, two in school in this city: Jacob S. Tenney, born May 30, 1870; Joseph, December 8, 1872, died April 15, 1874; John T., April 5, 1875; Harry E., August 29, 1877; Mary L., August 28, 1879; Joseph L., October 23, 1881.
Terrell, Henry K., (page 1037), auctioneer, Lake City, is a native of Virginia, born in Waynesborough, Augusta county, October 30, 1808. Henry Childs and Philadelphia (Smith) Terrell, his parents, were natives of the same state. Our subject received a fair common-school education, and worked during the busy season from ten years of age in a flourmill. In 1841 he went to Burlington, Iowa, and was employed some years in a large mill there. He went in 1850 to California, where he spent a successful year, and then went to St. Paul. Here he rented and operated a mill one year, and then engaged in real estate speculation with satisfactory results. He came to Lake City in the spring of 1857, and in partnership with Doughty, Baldwin & Phelps, bought fifteen thousand dollars' worth of real estate, which they cut up into town lots. The railroad depot now stands on a part of this track. Soon after, Mr. Terrell bought out his partners, and disposed of the property alone. In January, 1858, he was sent as a delegate to Washington, by an association of farmers and business men, to secure a delay of the sale of the Half-Breed tract. His mission was successful, and hundreds of settlers who would otherwise have lost their lands were permitted to pre-empt them. In 1860 Mr. Terrell bought the Mazeppa mills, which he operated for two years and then sold. For many years he has been employed as an auctioneer. November 11, 1828, he married Jane F. Cameron, a native of the same county as himself. Seven children were given them, of whom three are now living. The eldest, Henry C., was always employed as a steamboat clerk, and died on the Mississippi, leaving seven children. The living are Sarah P. (Mrs. Lorenzo Hoyt, St. Paul); Susan C. (widow of Henry E. Baker, here); Robert L., with parents.
Thompson, Thomas A., (page 985), well known as a public speaker and instructor in grange work, was one of the first settlers of Plainview, Wabasha county, Minnesota. In company with J. Y. Blackwell, David Ackley, A. P. Foster and others he commenced the settlement, and in November, 1856, built for a residence the house now occupied by DeWitt Clarke. His father, at the age of twenty-one years, after learning the blacksmithing, though reared a farmer in Connecticut, started on foot in the winter of 1802 and so proceeded across the State of New York, a tramp without means. He at length reached Buffalo, then only a hamlet, and thence to a place, since called Vernon, in Trumbull county, Ohio, where he staked out a claim in the wilderness and at once began the execution of his life-task. In addition to farming, the exercise of his skill as an artificer was the ready passport to favor with the Indians who had gunlocks to repair, knives to mend, and other ironwork which the blacksmith could perform, in exchange for which he received turkeys, venison, bear meat and skins, which he disposed of with advantage to neighboring whites. At the end of a year the young man married Miss Sally King Bates, who with her parents had recently arrived strangers from the Connecticut valley, and as a product of this union there were two daughters and six sons, the youngest being the one above referred to. Young Thompson's schooling did not advance him beyond the rudiments, so he began in early life a system of self-instruction, aided by a few month' preparation in an academy of a neighboring town, to which he made daily pilgrimages several miles on foot. For several years subsequent his time was divided between teaching, study and farmwork; at the end of which time he was commissioned a magistrate by the governor of the state. About this time Mr. Thompson married Miss Eliza P. Eddy, who by the kindest sympathy gave culture and breadth to the refinement that made home and its surroundings bright with the sunshine of contentment and the serene atmosphere of domestic peace. At length, his wife's health failing, he sold the homestead and moved in 1856. To the table-land west of the Mississippi, where the beautiful village of Plainview has since sprung into existence, he wended his way. The year following, 1857, Mr. Thompson was elected to the territorial legislature, for Minnesota had not yet become a state. Afterward he accepted the office of superintendent of schools for Wabasha county, in which he served three successive terms. resigning at last to enter upon new duties as lecturer of the national grange, having preciously served as master of the Minnesota state grange and performing the duties without salary. In this new capacity he visited all the states east of the Rocky Mountains, except a few in the south and New England. Twenty-seven years ago his cabin stood upon the treeless prairie, with not a house in sight and no village near; his present residence, a plain, homelike structure, stands in the town of Plainview not many yards from the railway station and terminus of the line. About Park Home, as it is called, there is a semblance of the forest trees in pleasing variety and luxuriant growth. They were planted by Mr. Thompson, at whose hands they have received tender care. Here he contemplates rest from the wearisome toil of years with the calm enjoyment of the fruits of his labors.
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Thorp, Lymon E., (page 1008), Lake City, who became a resident of this county as early as 1856, is a native of Madison county, New York, is a son of Orrin and Lucretia (Patridge) Thorp, and was born June 15, 1883. His early youth was spent on the farm, where his parents gave him the best educational advantages the country school afforded. At about the age of fifteen he started to learn the blacksmith's trade, which he completed, and followed the business in his native state till 1856. December 25, 1855, he married Miss Marion O. Smith, a native of Shenango county, New York, and in the fall of the next year emigrated to Minnesota, settling in Mazeppa township, in Wabasha county, where he pre-empted a quarter-section of land, on which he built a small house, and there resided one year. By this time his wife's health had become so impaired that her physician advised a return to her old eastern home. The next two years was spent there and in the fall of 1859 he returned to Mazeppa, and the next spring built the Franklin House, and kept hotel till August, 1862, when he enlisted in Co. G., 8th Minn. Vol. Inf. His first two years' military service was in border warfare on the frontier, crossing the plains to the Yellowstone, under command of Gen. Sulley. The regiment was then ordered south, where it did garrison duty till the close of the war. After some time spent in visiting friends east, he permanently located in Lake City, and engaged in the grain trade, which he followed till his recent connection with the Jewell nursery as traveling salesman. Mrs. Thorp's parents, Joshua and Aurilla (Franklin) Smith settled in Mazeppa in 1856, where they have since been laid to rest. Mr. Thorp is a member of the Masonic lodge, chapter and commandery of this city, and occupies his own palatial residence in this city.
Notes from fellow genealogist: My Great-grandmother was Laverna P Thorp (1842-1920). She was married to Andrew Jackson Keach (1834-1903). I have copies of photos taken in Mazeppa, Minnesota of who I believe is Laverna's sister, Laura. From information I have, Laverna was from Madison County, New York (Earlville or Georgetown) and she had relatives in Minnesota. Also, my Grandfather was named Frank Lyman Keach. I'm wondering if Lyman E Thorp could be Laura and Lavern's brother. The fact that my grandfather's middle name is Lyman, my Great-grandmother came from Madison County, NY, her sister lived in Minnesota and the photos from Mazeppa Minnesota makes it look as if there is a connection there somewhere. I would be interested in information about Lyman E, Lavern and Laura Thorp? Also, I found reference to a Electa L. Thorp who died 19 Oct 1842, age 19 yrs, daughter of Orrin and Lucretia Thorp and was buried in the Niles Cemetery, Georgetown, NY. Also in the same cemetery are many Partridges, Lucretia's maiden name. Contact Roger
Tibbitts, Abner, (page 1291), who is mentioned as among the first to locate where Lake City now stands, was a native of the State of Maine. He came to Racine, Wisconsin, in 1853, and there married, and in 1855 came to Lake City. Here Messrs. Abner Dwelle and Samuel Doughty gave him an interest in the new town site just being platted by them. He was a man of good address and possessed of excellent argumentative qualities, hence very useful in booming a new town. This ability, well used, was perhaps the principal consideration received for the share he became possessor of in the real estate here. He was a man of aggressive characteristics and filled a few positions of trust to the state and nation. In 1878 he went to New Mexico, where he is now filling a position in a custom-house.
Titterington, James, (page 1338 ~ not listed in index), a close-figuring native of Ireland, who puts no
trust in humankind, resides on section 35, Elgin. He believes that the
compilation of such works as this ought to be encouraged-by other men's money.
The Webmaster says: Before any Titterington relatives become insulted by my referring to James as the "area curmudgeon," I want you to know I say that with the utmost respect and delight. For years my Aunt has claimed that this collection of biographies was done "only for those who could pay for them." I'm glad the editors included James' statement. It casts a refreshingly new light on the proceedings. No matter how the biographies came to be here, we who have found them are grateful.
Townsend, L., (page 1057), dental surgeon; office corner Main and Alleghaney streets, upstairs. Business established in this city in 1865, in an office across the street, and removed to the present location in 1882. Dr. Townsend is a native of Plattsburg, New York; studied for his profession in the office of Bigsby & Howard, in his native place, and concluding his preparatory studies, established himself in practice there in 1859, removing to this city in 1865, and establishing a practice here which has been increasingly successful for a period of eighteen years. The doctor was married in 1848, to Miss May Reynolds. They have one child, E. L. Townsend, who studied for his profession in his father's office; at nineteen years of age commenced practice in Lake City; continued there for five years, then went to Philadelphia, taking a partial course in medicine in Jefferson Medical College and a full course in dental surgery at Pennsylvania College, graduate B.D.S. in 1877, and returned to Lake City; resumed practice until the fall of 1880, when, his health failing him, he discontinued office work for two years. Returning to Wabasha in 1882, he spent the following winter in the home office, and in the summer of 1883 took a trip into California to test the effect of that climate upon his health. Dr. L. Townsend, during the eighteen years of his practice in this city, has fitted five young men for the dental profession, besides a number of others who have taken only a partial course. P. H. Robinson, who is now the doctor's assistant, has just completed his studies in the office here, and taken a working interest in its business. It is his intention to take a full course in dental surgery by way of completing his preparation. Dr. Townsend, in March 1882, purchased a tract of forty acres of land within the corporate limits of the city, on the south, which he was converting into a fruit farm, when, July 19, 1883, one of the most terrific storms of wind and rain, accompanied by lightning, that ever visited this region broke over the city. A bolt of lightning came crashing through the roof of the doctor's house, at the southwest corner, passing clean through to the basement , and firing the house all along its passage. The shock partially stunned the doctor and his wife, and they were only fully aroused by the light from their burning dwelling in time to effect their escape with the loss of home and contents.
Tracy, Lawrence, (page 1014), farmer, is a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, where he was born January 6, 1822. He was second of six children born to James and Elizabeth Byrne Tracy, who died in their native land. Previous to his coming to this country (1846) the subject of our sketch spent five years as engineer, and for four years followed that business in Pennsylvania. January 13, 1849, he wedded Ann Foley, of Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania. This marriage has been blessed with nine children, six of whom are living: Mrs. Veronica McGinn, of Minneapolis; James A.; Mrs. Ann McGinn, of Minneapolis; Ellen, a teacher of this county; Mrs. Elizabeth Fox; Mary F. From Pennsylvania Mr. Tracy went, in 1850, to the copper mines of northern Michigan, where he mined until 1856, when he settled in the town of Pell (now Oakwood), Wabasha county, being one of the early pioneers of that part of the county. In the fall of 1858 he moved to West Albany, where he has since lived. He and his wife are members of the Catholic church. In politics he is independent, supporting the men and principles of which his judgement approves. He has been often called to the public service, being a member of the first county board of supervisors; later was township treasurer four years, and for sixteen years has held the office of assessor. He is a man of intelligence, has at times contributed to the local papers, and is one of the leading citizens of the community.
Trobec, Rev. James, (page 1143), pastor of St. Felix Catholic church, is a native of Austria. His studies were pursued at his native university, where he completed his classical and part of his theological course, and in 1864 removed to America. He completed his theological course at St. Vincent's, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and was ordained the following year at St. Paul, in this state. His first parish was Belle Plaine, Morrison county, the services being held in French, and the congregation a mixture of Canadians, Indians and half-breeds. In October, 1866, Father Trobec was assigned to the parish here, and has now been seventeen years in charge, during which time, as appears from the records of the church, his work has been eminently successful.
Troutman, Ludwig, (page 982), lunch-house and bakery, on Water street, has been in business in this place a little over twenty-six years, and at the present location twenty-five. His business during the prosperous years of the city was quite extensive, and consisted mainly in supplying the stewards of the river craft. Of late years trade is more local. Mr. Troutman was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, October 10, 1831; learned his trade in Affolterbach, his native city, and came to America in 1851, landing in New York September 3 of that year. The next two years were spent in Pennsylvania, from 1853 to 1856 he was in St. Louis following his trade, and in the latter year came to Read's Landing, establishing himself in business here, May 1, 1857. The winter of 1856-7 was spent in St. Louis, at which time he married Miss Mary Hess, of that city. They have one child, Ludwig, Jr., born January 6, 1860, now in the drug business in this place.
Troutman, Ludwig, Jr., (page 982), druggist. Mr. Troutman pursued his studies in this city until he went to St. Louis to complete his course and perfect himself in a knowledge of the German language. Returning from St. Louis he entered the La Crosse Business College, from which he graduated in 1880. The same year he entered the drug-house of J. J. Stone, M.D., of Wabasha, with whom he remained until the drug-house was destroyed by fire, when he went into partnership with the doctor in the same line of trade in Argyle, Wisconsin, and was there until opening business here for himself in 1882. Before entering the drug-house of Dr. Stone, young Troutman, who from his boyhood had evidenced a taste for the business of dispensing medicines, had been familiarizing himself with the nature of drugs, spending much of his time in the drug-house of Seeley & La Rue, of this place. It is now his intention to take a course in pharmacy at the St. Louis College, having completed the four year's preliminary service in a drug-house required in that institution.
Tryon, Charles F., (page 1043), watchmaker and jeweler, corner Main and Pembroke
streets. This business was established in this city quite recently, although
Mr. Tryon has long been a resident of the county, having come to Lake City
with his parents in 1858, since which date that city has been his home, with
the exception of the year spent in Wabasha, and the time he was completing his
trade in Chicago. Mr. Tryon was born in Indiana; grew up in Lake City;
attended school there, and completed his school studies by taking a two years'
course in Shattuck school, Faribault. Leaving school at nineteen years of age,
he entered the jewelry and watchmaking house of Crane Brothers, Lake City,
where he spent three years learning his trade. From that place he went to
Chicago, and for two seasons worked in that city, perfecting himself in his
trade, at the expiration of which time he established himself in this city, in
the spring of 1882. During the eighteen months he has been here, he has
succeeded in building up a very successful trade, which is constantly