Irving Todd is a native of Lewisborough, Westchester county, New York, the eldest son of Joseph and Sarah Todd,
born July 22d, 1841. The progenitor of his branch of the family was the Rev. Abraham Todd, a Presbyterian clergyman,
who came from Scotland. Joseph Todd came to Wisconsin in 1857 and located at Prescott, nearly opposite Hastings,
having purchased an interest in a saw-mill at that place. Irving, now in his sixteenth year, had completed his
education at the common schools, and had a great desire to become a printer. During his second summer at Prescott
considerable of his time was passed in the office of the Transcript. The next year he became an apprentice to the
trade at that office, and after mastering the art of type setting, worked at different places, Hudson, Osceola
and Hastings being about the extent. The latter part of the summer of 1861 he spent in Hastings, working on a paper
of very modest dimensions, the Minnesota Conserver. During the winter of 1861-62 he had editorial charge of the
Prescott Journal, and September 1st, 1862. the editors and proprietors of the Hudson Star being in the army, he
assumed the management of that paper. In November of that year he purchased the Conserver, and in 1866 consolidated
it with the Independent, published by C. Stebbins under the name of Hastings Gazette. The partnership existed nearly
twelve years, when Mr. Stebbins sold to Mr. Todd, he being its sold proprietor. During a portion of 1867- '68,
he acted as assistant door-keeper of the house of representatives; was collector of internal revenue for the Second
district of Minnesota from January 1st, 1872. to 1875. He has always been a Republican; was a delegate to the Baltimore
convention in 1864, when Lincoln was re-nominated, and has participated in most of the county, district and state
conventions for fifteen years past. He is also a freemason, having been initiated in 1863, and has now attained
the thirtysecond degree, has taken active interest in masonry and masonic literature, and is the author of a digest,
which is being published by the grand lodge of the state. July 13th, 1865. Miss Helen Lucas and Mr. Todd were united
in marriage. They have two children, Irving and Louise.
The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Dakota County, MN
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