Biography of A. B. Bell
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

A. B. Bell was born in Tompkins county, New York, March 21st, 1832. When sixteen years old removed to Tioga county, and learned the trade of cabinet maker, working at it there three years. In 1862 enlisted in the One Hundred and Ninth New York Volunteer Infantry; served until July 1st, 1865; was mustered out at Elmira. He was commissioned second lieutenant by Governor Fenton, in 1864, for meritorious conduct, after the siege of Petersburg, Virginia, in which battle he was wounded. After leaving the army he came to Hastings; In 1866, went east and graduated from Eastman's Business college. Returning to Hastings he worked at his trade until 1867, then spent three years in Winona, and in 1870 returning, to this city, became one of the firm of Bell, Rhodes and Company, now changed to Bell Brothers. Married Isabel Chapman of Hastings, in 1866. Mary E., and Lou A. are their children.

The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.

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