Biography of Joseph A. Ennis
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

Joseph A. Ennis is a native of New York, born in 1824. He was reared as a farmer, remaining at home until attaining majority. He with his father then engaged in railroad building and assisted in building the New York Central, also was engaged on the Erie canal. In 1851, came west and worked on the Illinois Central about two years. Returning to his former home, in 1855 be came to Minnesota with two brothers. They purchased lands in Dakota and Fillmore counties. In 1859, located in Hastings and in the spring he, with his brother Charles built the first wheat warehouse, which is situated on the levee, now occupied by Smith and Thompson. They speculated in wheat until 1870, when Charles returned east. On dividing the property Mr. Ennis retained the flouring mill on the Vermillion river, which they had previously erected. The warehouse still belongs to the estate of Charles, who is dead. In 1872, Mr. Ennis was married to Mrs. Thurber, who has borne him two children, Mattie P. and Mary S. They died within a month of each other, in 1881.

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

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