Jennie Milton, widow of the late George Henry Milton, resides on section 18 of Maywood township, and is one of the esteemed women of that locality. She possesses a fine farm and is surrounded by all the comforts of modern farm life.

Mrs. Milton was born in Ontario, Canada, August 13, 1850. She was married to George Henry Milton in 1871. Mr. Milton was born in St. Johns, New Brunswick, November 16, 1840. He departed this life in July, 1896. As a farmer boy he resided with his father until he was seventeen years of age. He then went to Canada, but later in 1865 came to New York and there enlisted in the army. He was taken ill almost immediately after his enlistment and he returned to Canada for one year. He settled in Benton county, Minnesota, in 1869, and took a homestead on section 18 in Maywood township. It was a densely wooded region at that time and he built a Iog cabin and started to break his farm for cultivation. The first year he tilled eight acres and raised some wheat. He used oxen for the work. He had no companions but the wild animals and the Indians, and he applied himself steadily to the improvement and cultivation of his farm and marketed at St. Cloud the first wheat taken out of that neighborhood. The farm at the time of his demise was one of the best of that locality. It now consists of two hundred and fifty acres and of this seventy-five acres is under cultivation and the rest is pasture land. About nine head of horses and fifty-five head of cattle are kept on the place and diversified farming is carried on successfully under the management of Mrs. Milton. Mr. Milton was a prominent citizen of his township and he served as school director and supervisor.

Mrs. Milton was a resident of Cedar Falls, Iowa, prior to her marriage to Mr. Milton in 1871. He went from Iowa to Minnesota, and immediately following their marriage the young people took up their home in Maywood township, Benton county. Eleven children were born to them, of whom one is dead. They are named as follows: William R., Fidelia Ann, Jennie M., George L., Isabella A., Albert E., Rosa Alexandria, Nellie Josephine, Lula M., and Earl Owen. The family are members of the Church of England, and are well known and highly esteemed in Maywood township.

Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota (1904) pp. 456-7

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