Biography of Rev. H. J. Crist
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

Rev. H. J. Crist, a native of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, was born March 3d, 1843. His father. William H. Crist was of German descent, and removed from Ohio with his family to Hastings; thence to Lakeville in 1856. The family lived during the first summer in a log house, whose occupants numbered sixteen. In his eighteenth year Mr. Crist prepared for college at Red Wing. In 1862 he was one of the thirteen who started out from Lakeville to the relief of the frightened and fleeing settlers at the commencement of the Indian outbreak. His father exchanged a yoke of oxen for a horse, that his son might be fully equipped for travel or conflict. The little party reported at Port Snelling, and were sent from there to St. Peter. In 1864 he enlisted in the Eleventh Minnesota Volunteers, Company D, and served until June 26th, 1865. During Hood's raid his regiment guarded the Louisville and Nashvffle railroad. He was raised to the rank of corporal. Returning to Bed Wing he graduated from Hamline University, and in 1869 from Garrett Biblical Institute of Evanston, Illinois. He was then appointed successively pastor of Methodist Episcopal churches: At Cannon Falls in 1869, Duluth in 1870, Bramerd in 1871, Austin in 1874, Grace church at St. Paul in 1876, and Hastings in 1878. Miranda F. Jones became his wife in 1870. One child has been born to them Royal H.

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

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