Duncans in Steele Co. MN


Duncan research files of
Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
the Genealogy Bug

Last revised August 22, 2007

Formed 1855 from Unorg. territory, Dodge
Waseca formed 1857 from Steele


1860 Steele Co. MN Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Steele Co. MN Census
Town of Clinton Falls, P.O. Clinton, Twp.pg.6 (indexed pg.211, pg.347, pg.6)
Pg.211, #48-51, DUNCAN, Henry 33 NY farmer $1500-$300
                  Sarah 29 NY
                  Ella 7 NY
                  Estley (m) 1 MN

HISTORIES before 1923

"Montana, its story and biography : a history of aboriginal and territorial Montana and three decades of statehood" by L.E. Munson, ed. by Tom Stout; pub. Chicago: American Historical Society, 1921, 2791 pgs. (LH12734, HeritageQuest images 5/2007 & 8/2007; FHL book 978.6 H2s v.2 and film 1,000,175)
      Vol.II, pg.74-75: O.R. DUNCAN was elected public administrator of Sweetgrass County in April, 1919. He has become well known in that county through his business activities, formerly as a creamery manager and now as proprietor of a complete and well patronized garage. Mr. Duncan was born at Clinton Falls, Minnesota, June 12, 1822 (MAD: sic, but perhaps should be 1882). His grandfather established the family in New York State, coming from Scotland. His father, Henry Duncan, was born near Syracuse, New York, in 1847, was reared and married there and had a farm. On this farm was an extensive grove of hard maples, and the manufacture of maple sugar was an important industry with him. During the '70s he moved to Minnesota and was a pioneer homesteader at Clinton Falls. Later he sold his farm there and in 1892 moved to Medford, Minnesota, where he was proprietor of a hotel until his death in 1912. He was an active prohibitionist in politics and a very devout Baptist. Henry Duncan married Sarah Brown, who was born in 1850 and died at Medford, Minnesota, in 1913. Ella, the oldest of their children, is the wife of Richard Cheesman, a miller living at Whistley, Alabama; Elsie is a traveling salesman whose home is at Redford, South Dakota; Marion is the wife of Henry Cheesman, a mechanic in the railroad shops at Edmonton, Canada; while O.R. Duncan is the fourth and youngest of the family.
            He acquired his early education in the public schools of Clinton Falls and Medford, Minnesota, and was a student in the Owatonna Business College at Owatonna, Minnesota, until 1900. By practical work he learned the creamery trade in Minnesota, and followed it a year at Ranchester, Wyoming. In 1909 he came to Big Timber, Montana, ... following three years he spent at Butte, ... since returning to Big Timber he has been engaged in the automobile business. ... His garage is at the corner of McLeon Street and Third Avenue. Mr. Duncan is a republican in politics and was elected on that ticket to his office as public administrator. ... In 1902, at Medford, Minnesota, he married Miss Nora May Reinhard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Reinhard, farming people who live at Medford. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have two children, Leona, born in 1904, and Lavern, born in 1905. (MAD: Orlo R. Duncan; Syracuse, Onondaga Co. NY; Clinton Falls & Medford, Steele Co. MN)


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