Excerpts from the

Book of Minnesotans

Excerpts from "The book of Minnesotans; a biographical dictionary of leading living men of the state of Minnesota", edited by Albert Nelson Marquis.
Marquis, Albert Nelson, d. 1943.
Chicago, A. N. Marquis & Company, 1907.

[Just the ones related to Benton County, Minnesota.]

BARTHELEMY, Edward N., register of deeds; born at Portland, Ore., April 17, 1870; son of J.P. and Sarah Barthelemy (maiden name also Barthelemy); came to Minnesota, 1871; educated at Sauk Center (Minn.) Academy, 1893-6. Held office of judge of probate, Benton Co., 1900-04; has been register of deeds, Benton Co., since 1904. Also proprietor Benton Coounty Abstract Co. Located at Foley, Minn. Married at Lewiston, Mont., 1906, Miss Lizzie Parent, of Foley. Address: Foley, Minn.

BOUCK, I.W., general merchant; born at Independence, Ia., Feb 22, 1855; Son of J.S. and Elizabeth (Elliot) Bouck; educated in common schools and at Iowa State Agricultural College. Began active career in general merchandise business, Sept., 1879, and in addition to a large establishment at Royalton, has a potato house, and is interested in farming. Now serving third term as member Minnesota State Legislature; also president Royalton School Board for ten years. Republican. Member I.O.O.F., A.O.U.W., Knights of Pythias, B.P.O.E. Married at Dale, Ia., Dec. 24, 1879, to Miss Mary A. Lonsdale. Address: Royalton, Minn.

BOUCK, John, county treasurer; born at Independence, Ia., Oct. 27, 1861; son of John S. and Elizabeth D. (Elliott) Bouck; educated in public schools in Independence. Raised on farm and remained there until 28 years of age; located at Royalton, Minn., in fall of 1879, serving four years with C.W. & I.W. Bouck, in general store and grain elevator and as deputy postmaster; followed mercantile business for four years in Walker, Minn.; moved to Akeley in the spring of 1898, bought hotel and meat market which he still owns. Has been county treasurer of Hubbard County for two years. Republican. Member I.O.O.F. Married at Spooner, Wis., Jan 18, 1892, to Miss Celia E. Burk. Residence: Park Rapids, Minn.

HUGHES, George Washington, banking; born in Benton Co,. Ia., Sept. 21, 1860; son of F.F. and Elizabeth S. (Kemp) Hughes; educated in common schools in Shellsburg, Ia.; married at Montrose, S.D., June 10, 1902, to Miss Daisy E. Perry. Engaged in newspaper business at De Voe, S.D., 1883-84 and at Parker, S.D., 1884-85; was station agent and telegraph operator Chicago & Northwestern Ry., 1886-1901; cashier Garden City State Bank, Garden City, S.D., 1892-93; came to Minnesota, 1904 and organized Farmers State Bank, Starbuck, of which was president, 1904-06; resigned as president in favor of H. Thorson, Elbow Lake, and has since 1906 been the cashier of the bank. Address: Starbuck, Minn.

NEILS, Julius Frederic Bernhard, lumber manufacturer, banker; born in Germany, June 15, 1855; son of Ernest F. and Henriette (Caliebe) Neils; educated in Germany until 17 years of age; came to America, 1872; attended Addison Teachers’ Seminary near Chicago, Ill., 1874-76, graduating, 1876; married at Milwaukee, Wis., 1879, to Miss Mary Geiger (12 children). Engaged in teaching school, 1876-81; was in hardware business in Spencer, Wis., 1881-86; bought saw mill at Sauk Rapids, Wis., 1886, and has been engaged in manufacture of lumber ever since that time. Treasurer J. Neils Lumber Co., organized, 1895, manufacturers of lumber at Sauk Rapids and Cass Lake. Also President First National Bank, Cass Lake. Evangelical Lutheran. Address: Cass Lake, Minn.

PUTNEY, George Ellis, physician; born at Cumberland, R.I., Jan. 1, 1846; educated in public and private schools, Rhode Island and Boston, graduating from Harvard Medical School, 1876. Began practice of medicine, 1876; served one year in Boston City Hospital; was assistant physician at state almshouse, Tewksbury, Mass. Came west in 1884. President board of education, Royalton, Minn., 6 years; ex-treasurer of Royalton. Republican. Baptist. Member American and Minnesota State Medical associations, Crow River Valley Medical Society, Boylston Medical Society of Harvard University. Mason; member Knights of Pythias, A.O.U.W., M.B.A. and M.W.A. Married at Exeter, N.H., Nov.7, 1878, to Miss Arrietta M. Davis. Address: Paynesville, Minn.

TURRITTIN, Albert Hugh, banker; born at Kasota, Minn., July 12, 1874; son of James Benjamin and Wilhelmina Turrittin; educated in district and graded schools; State Normal School, Mankato, Minn., graduating from advanced Latin course, 1894. Married at Royalton, Minn., 1905, to Miss Bessie Lonsdale Bouck. Was assistant principal Kasota graded school, 1894-95; principal schools, Motley, 1895-97, and St. Clair, 1897-99; superintendent Royalton High School, 1899-1903. Entered banking and was president Merchants State Bank, Royalton, 1900-02; president First National Bank, 1903; director Bank of Hazelton, N.D., 1906; cashier Bank of Rice, Rice, Minn., since 1903 and now its owner. President Village of Rice since 1904. Member Minnesota Educational Association for 5 years; one year president and two years secretary Graded School section, M.E.A. Republican. Presbyterian. Member Masonic order, Eastern Star, Knights of Pythias, Modern Woodmen of America, I.O.R.M., B.P.O.E., Sons of Veterans. Recreations: Hunting and tennis. Address: Rice, Minn.

WILSON, Albert C., merchant, stock raiser and farmer; born at Bangor, N.Y., April 22, 1858; son of Isaac P. and Eliza E. (Lyons) Wilson; educated at Montreal, Can., 1866-78; married at Detroit, Mich., Jan. 18, 1888, to Annie M. Blackwood. Engaged in lumber business 1878-82; came to Minnesota, 1882, and was connected with railway construction work, 1882-86; was in lumber business at Royalton as A.C. Wilson & Co., 1886-1904; began stock raising 1887, and has been in agricultural implement business since 1904. President First National Bank; secretary and treasurer Royalton Lumber Co., Inc. Republican. Episcopalian. Member Knights of Pythias, B.P.O.E. Address: Royalton, Minn.

WOODS, Ernest Arthur, physician; born at Chicago, Ill., July 26, 1875; son of Joshia G. and Martha E. Woods; educated in Chicago High School; Chicago Atheneum; University of Minnesota, College of Medicine and Surgery, graduating, degree of M.D., June, 1899. Married at St. Cloud, Minn., April 21, 1901, to Miss Adel A. Anderson. Member American and Minnesota State Medical associations, Central Minnesota, Crow River Valley, Sterns and Benton County Medical societies. County and village health officer. Republican. Address: Clear Lake, Minn.

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