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Michael Heaser was born in Alsace, Bavaria, Germany, January 20, 1832. At the age of fifteen he and his two brothers, Joseph and Antone, were brought to America by their father. Their mother having died in the old country. They located on forty acres of land not far from Buffalo, New York. Michael was there reared, and after attaining young manhood, was married there. He came West to Prairie du Chien, and there his wife, and his son, Michael, died, leaving him one child, Catherine. In 1855, he came to Minnesota and settled in Trout Valley, Mt. Vernon township. About this time he married Catherine Davidshofer, born December 26, 1837. He erected a cabin and lived a true pioneer life. Being one of the best hunters in the neighborhood, he kept the family larder supplied with game, and thus there was no lack of fresh meat in his house. Other provisions, however were hard to obtain, and Mr. Heaser had to carry flour on his back all the way from Minneiska. Gradually conditions improved. Before long he became a prosperous man, and at the time of his death in 1902 he owned 540 acres of good land. His wife survived him ten years. Michael Heaser and his goo wife, Catherine, had twelve children: Carrie, Mary, Louise, Frank (deceased), Charles, George, Edward, Michael, Kate, Margaret, John, and Frank.
This biography was submitted by a relative, and was transcribed from page 804, "History of Winona County" (publisher and date unknown).