Biography of David Hone
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

David Hone, one of the oldest living pioneers of Minnesota, was born in Otsego county, New York, April 5th, 1808, his father being one of the early pioneers of that county. In 1837, he removed to Madison county, Illinois, and the next year began farming, continuing only a short time. He then moved to Washington county, Minnesota, and made a claim by cutting his name on a tree where Marine Mills now stands. Returned for his family, and came back during the spring of 1839, making the trip from St. Louis to the head waters of the St. Croix by boat in twenty five days. After a short time spent in lumbering interests, removed in 1840, to Gray Cloud Island, and for three years engaged in farming. During the spring of 1843, located at Point Douglas, and in July of the same year, commenced building the old Union house, which was finished in 1844, it being the first all frame building in the state. This be managed five years, then rented it. In 1871, came to Hastings. In 1875, he retired from active pursuits in: consequence of falling health. Mr. Hone was formerly magistrate at Gray Cloud Island, and took a territorial census in 1849. Married in 1838 to Mary A. Henry, who died in 1854, leaving three chilthen: Edward A., John H. and Emmett M. He married Miss E. B. Barnes in 1865.

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

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