MOWER COUNTY GENEALOGY: Clippings: Old Settlers


Mower County Transcript
Thursday, November 20th, 1879
Page 2, Column 3

Old Settlers
Annual Meeting At Lanesboro, Nov. 25th, 1879

The Old Settler's Association of the Southern Tier of counties of Minnesota will hold its second annual meeting at Lanesboro, on Tuesday, Nov. 25th. All old settlers who were residents of Minnesota on the 31st day of December, 1858, and are now residents of the southern tier of counties, are cordially invited to be present.

The object of the gathering is to break bread together in communion over the past, to rekindle the camp fires of the olden time, and to burnish and strengthen the golden chain that holds the anchor of memory in the silent past, when vigorous youth made pledges for Minnesota that have been redeemed with silvered locks.

A number of honorary members of the association, embracing Gen. Sibley, Senator Ramsey, Senator Henry M. Rice, and others, of St. Paul, are expected to be present. Col. John R. Jones, of Chatfield, will deliver the address of welcome, and a long list of toasts will be responded to by prominent old settlers.


Mower County Transcript
Thursday, November 29th, 1879
Page 3, Column 4

Old Settlers

Messrs. R. B and Wm. Foster, living on the Cedar, 8 miles south of town, are probably the oldest settlers now living in these parts. They, together with their father, James, settled in Lyle township on the 26th day of June, 1854 - over 25 years ago.

On the 28th of April, 1855, these gentlemen "proved up" at the Brownsville land-office, being the first pre-emptors in Mower county to do so. In '54 were the day of Leverich, Tifft, Clayton and Dobbins - and two log cabins only, one on each side of the river, marked the sites where now stands the thriving little city of Austin.

In '55 R. B. Foster assisted Leverich in raising the frame to the saw-mill which stood for several years on the present site of Engle's mill, in this city. R. B. should attend the old settlers' re-union at Lanesboro.

Submitted to MnGenWeb by Mark Ashley, Oct. 2007