Biography of Alonzo Dockstader
Douglass, Dakota County, MN Biographies

Alonzo Dockstader was born in Montgomery county, New York, April 9th, 1829. Here he was raised and educated, his early life being mostly devoted to agricultural, pursuits. In October, 1853, he was wedded to Miss Mary Coons, daughter of Alexander Coohs, for many years a well-known resident of that county, now a citizen of Red Wing, Minnesota. Three years after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Dockstader removed to Minnesota and settled on section 12, Douglass township. The farm purchased at that time is still their home. They, in company with Alexander Coons and wife, were the first to organize a religious society in the township or vicinity. They built a church on section one, universally known as "The County Line M. E. Church." Mrs. Doekstader taught the first public school in the vicinity. He has held the offices of town supervisor, ex officio member of the board of county commissioners, justice of the peace and others. One son and one daughter have been born to them. Alexander C. has had rare educational advantages. After an elementary course he attended Carleton College, then completed his medical studies at Hahnemann Medical College of Chicago, from which institution he graduated with the class of 1879 '80. He is now established in his profession at Granite Falls, Minnesota. Emma died at the age of four years.


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


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