Biography of John Byers
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

John Byers, mayor, was born in Montgomery county, Ohio, October 6th, 1829. He removed with his parents to Cass county, Michigan, and until 1850 was engaged in farming. During October of that year he came to Hastings, but took a claim in Goodhue county. He has given his attention chiefly to fanning since first coming to Hastings. He has been alderman and member of school board several years; was a member of the legislature in 1875, and is president of the Farmers' Board of Trade of Minnesota. In 1880 he was elected mayor of Hastings and still holds the position. Elmira L. Stowell, of Massachusetts, became his wife in 1853. Albert and Louisa are their living children. B. D. Cadwell was born in Warren county, Pennsylvania, April 23d, 1836. In 1857, he came to Hastings and engaged as miller in the old Vermillion mill. In 1866, he formed a partnership with Theodore Gardner at the Ramsey mill. The following year he went into the mill west of the Vermillion street bridge, and since then hasbeeu engaged in general mill wrighthig and repairing. He is a member of the city, school board. His children are Almeda, Lincoln, Lucy, May, Benjamin P. and Harvey. M. A. Canning was born in Nova Scota in 1825. Moved to Maine with his parents in 1837. Learned the blacksmith's trade, and worked at it until 1847, then went to Michigan. Remained in that state nine years. While there learned the millers' trade, and in 1856 came to Minnesota. Locating at Hastings he worked at milling and afterward run a mill two years. Was with Curtis, Cowles and Company for five years, then worked five years as a joiner. In 1868, built the shop where he now is, corner Fifth and Vermillion streets; has two fires. Also owns a wagon shop. Married Ann M. Hayes in 1853. Fannie, William H., Clara S., and Katie M. 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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