Location: Elba Minnesota

Lorenzo U. Todd of Elba MN

Lorenzo U. Todd7, (Eli6, Solomon5, James4, James3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Nov. 16, 1832, died Feb. 7, 1906, married in Elgin, Minn., March 3, 1859, Nellie, daughter of Hiram and Adassa (Wilson) Preston, of New York, who was born Aug. 31, 1836, she having moved to Minnesota a year or two prior to her marriage. Her older sister accompanied her to Minnesota but later she removed to Walla Walla, Wash. Mrs. Todd died March 14, 1906. “He had a little better educational advantages than his elder brothers (Addison and Dexter J.) having finished his studies at an academy. He engaged in teaching for a short time, one term being in the west after his removal thither. He came to Elba (Minn.) in April 1855, with his elder brother Addison and made claim to one quarter section of Government land in section eight, on which his home has ever been. Additions have enlarged his farm to 264 acres; it is finely improved, with good buildings, etc., and its proprietor diversifies his interests by raising stock as well as grain. His premises are admirably adapted for stock raising, the North branch of the Whitewater furnishing an abundance of living water and its valley a wealth of pasturage. “In religion, Mr. Todd was a Universalist; in polities he has always been a democrat; was elected Justice of the Peace in 1857, being the...

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Dexter Josiah Todd of Elba MN

Dexter Josiah Todd7, (Eli6, Solomon5, James4, James3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Sept. 22, 1828, in Charlemont, Mass., died March 24, 1886, of Pneumonia at his home in Fairwater, Minn., married in 1858, Elizabeth Jane, daughter of Zenas and Julia (Smith) Elmer, who was born July 17, 1835, in Ashfield, Mass., died April 5, 1909, in the old home in Fairwater, Minn. He left the old home in Charlemont, Mass., when he was about twenty-two years of age. For the next four years he worked in the woods, most of the time getting out “shook.” In the spring of 1854, he with his brother Addison removed to Minnesota and was employed in constructing a dam and mill on Rum River. The following winter was spent in the “pinery” on the same stream and in the spring he removed to Elba, Minn., and there he took up 160 acres of land in section eight, which he at once began to improve. In the summer of 1856, he built the first frame house in Whitewater Valley, Minn. In 1858, he went back to Massachusetts and at that time married Miss Elmer, soon after which event, they returned to Minnesota and settled down on his farm in Elba, which he continued to improve and enlarge until he eventually owned 253 acres of land located in sections five, eight and nine, in what is now...

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Addison Eli Todd of Elba MN

Addison Eli Todd7, (Eli6, Solomon5, James4, James3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born July 22, 1821, in Charlemont, Mass., died Sept. 14, 1878, married, March 22, 1860, Isabella Ball, who was born Feb. 13, 1833, in Greenfield, Mass., in which town they were married. Mr. Todd lived the first twenty-one years of his life in Charlemont, Mass., assisting his father with the work on the farm. Attaining his majority, he started for the west. Arriving in Michigan, he found employment in the saw mills of Lenawa County for several years. Returning to Massachusetts, he purchased a piece of timber land and began manufacturing “shook,” or dressed staves which were shipped to the West Indies, to be used for barreling sugar. In 1854, he, with his brother, Dexter, journeyed to Minnesota, and was employed for a time in building and operating a large saw mill at St. Anthony, which was the first mill to be built on Rum River. In those days, wooden pins were used to hold the frame of buildings together. Each man on the job was requested to make a pin. As Mr. Todd’s was the best specimen offered, he was given the task of making enough for the mill then in process of construction. In the spring of 1855, Mr. Todd returned to Minnesota, this time making the journey on horseback. Passing through Rochester, where the settlers were just...

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Oliver Smith Todd of Glenister Canada

Oliver Smith Todd8, (Addison E.7, Eli6, Solomon5, James4, James3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Aug. 14, 1861, in Elba, Winona County, Minn., married Dec. 6, 1906, Jane M., daughter of William and Mary Jane (Mckeown) Watts, who was born in Saratoga, Winona County, Minn., Sept. 11, 1878. The following spring they moved to Glenister, Province of Alberta, Canada, where he bought a farm which he has since operated. He has always been a farmer, except about ten years, when he was a herder in Wilma, North Dakota. The children were all born in Glenister, Alta., Canada. Children: 2296. Mary Isabella, b. April 21, 1909. 2297. Helen Pricilla, b. Dec. 12, 1910. 2298. Clyde Addison, b. May 27, 1912. 2299. Florence Margaret, b. June 13, 1914. 2300. Beatrice, b. Dec. 21, 1916, d. same day. 2301. Irene Oliva, b. Oct. 4,...

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Herbert P. Todd of Elba MN

Herbert P. Todd8, (Lorenzo U.7, Eli6, Solomon5, James4, James3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born March 14, 1860, married March 2, 1887, Mary Gilmore, of St. Charles, Minn. He has a large farm in Elba, Minn., where he and his sons are engaged in stock raising, having a herd of about forty head of registered Shorthorn cattle, including a bull that weighed about twenty-four hundred pounds. They also raise Poland China swine, of which they have forty head. Their farm is located about eleven miles west of the Mississippi River. On their farm is grown on the average, about 80 acres of oats and barley, 50 acres of corn, and about twenty acres of hay. The farm lands in that region are valued at from seventy-five dollars to a hundred dollars per acre, depending on the amount of rough land on the bluff sides. Children: *2317. Vivian E., b. Dec. 31, 1887. *2318. Lester U., b. March 1, 1890. 2319. Maurice M., b. Oct. 3, 1891, m. July 14, 1915, Louise Munroe, of Winona, Minn. *2320. Clifton H., b. Aug. 23, 1894. 2321. Ivah, b. April 3, 1897. 2322. Gilmore, b. April 20, 1900. 2323. Myra, b. Oct. 15,...

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