Biography of Z. W. Taplin
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

Z. W. Taplin was born in Canada., April 13th, 1822. His parents removed to St. Lawrence county, New York, when he was but a mere boy. There he grew to manhood and received the educational advantages of a common school. In October, 1854, he came west, crossing the Mississippi at Dubuque, thence to Hastings via Fairbault and Northfield. There was at that time only one board shanty where Northfield now stands; that and the old "sod tavern" in Hampton, where he spent one night, were the only buildIngs between Faribault and Hastings. He made a claim of one hundred and sixty acres in what is now Bavenna; on this he built a log cabin, using elm bark for a roof, as it was quite impossible to get shingles. In consequence of high water in 1856, he purchaseda farm in Douglass township, residing there till 1874 then moved to Hastings. He now owns and operates a depot, on Vermilion street, for feed and produce. In 1854, in Jefferson county, New York he married Miss M. Crandall. Ida May, Libbie J. and Bayard F. are their living children. Four have died.

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

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