Biography of A. E. Messenger
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A. E. Messenger was born in Virgil, Cortland county, New York. His father was a merchant and drover, but the son began learning the cabinet maker's trade in Cortland, when about eighteen years old, serving three years as an apprentice, then worked about two years as a journeyman in different places. Married Helen Mar Seamans at Virgil, October 2d, 1851, she being born in Cortland, in 1832. Seven weeks after their marriage, they started west, spending a few months in Chicago, where he was foreman in a large cabinet and chair factory. They then moved to Quincy, Illinois, with the intention of going overland to California, thinking that the climate might be beneficial to Mrs. Messenger's health, she being afficted with lung difficulty. At the solicitation of friends, they decided to come to Minnesota instead. Mr. Messenger arrived at St. Paul in July, 1852, his wife in September. While here, he was principally engaged in cabinet and carpenter work and in running a steam engine in a cabinet manufactory. In March, 1855, he made a claim where he now lives; together with his wife he owns seventy seven acres, and she has one hundred and ninty acres in Washington county. In former years she taught school and wrote for the leading journals. They now give their attention principally to market gardening and raising small fruits. Their living children are: Clara E., Emmett R. A., Lizzie H., Charles E., Lilie W., Etta L. and George P. Mr. Messenger enlisted in Company H. Seventh Minnesota Volunteer August 2d, 1862. Being physically unable to perform the duties of a private soldier, he was transferred to the veteran reserve corps and discharged August 11th, 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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