Biography of John McDonald
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John McDonald was born in St. Louis, Missouri, February 25th, 1847. The same year his father, Thomas McDonald removed to Point Douglas and engaged in farming. The lives of himself and wife came toa sad end, both being drowned while crossing on the ferry from Hastings in February, 1858. John remained on the farm until December, 1863, then enlisted in Company F, Second Minnesota Cavalry, serving until discharged for disability at Fort Ridgely in 1865. Returning to the old homestead, after one year, removed to Stillwater and gave his attention to lumbering for eight years; thence to the Pacific coast for two years. Locating at Hastings in 1876, he purchased one half interest in the ferry, which he sold in 1880, and started a fine livery stable on Vermillion street.


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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