Biography of Eugene V. Farrington
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Eugene V. Farrington was born on a farm in Herkimer county, New York, Dec. 1, 1836, son of Cephas and Susan (Sabin) Farrington. The family came west in 1856, located in Baraboo, Wis., and there remained two years, after which they came to Minnesota and located in Jordan township, Fillmore county, taking up a claim on section 26, on which the parents spent the remainder of their days. Eugene V., who had received a good education at the White Plains Academy, N. Y., followed the fortunes of the family in New York and Wisconsin, and upon arriving in this county, took a farm near his father's, which he broke and improved, and where he carried on agricultural operations for some years. At once upon his arrival he began to take an interest in public affairs, and at various times was elected to offices of trust and honor. In 1875 and again in 1879 he sat in the lower house of the Minnesota legislature, and in this capacity advocated a number of wise and progressive laws. In 1881 he was elected to the office of judge of probate of Fillmore county. It was in this position that he indelibly impressed his personality upon the life and history of the community. Taking office Jan. 1, 1882, he served continuously until the spring of 1907, when, having been elected for another term the previous fall, he resigned on account of failing health. In the meanwhile he had allied himself with a number of societies. Having been an orderly sergeant in Company I, Eleventh Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, he early became identified with Underwood Post, No. 122, G. A. R., and served as its commander for 18 years. He also belonged to Preston lodge, No. 36, A. F. & A. M., and to Preston Camp, No. 276, M. W. A. Being of sincere and deep religious convictions, he joined the Methodist Episcopal church at an early age and became a staunch supporter of that body at Preston, being superintendent of the Sunday school for many years. In 1907 ill health caused his retirement from all active life, and the sad end came July 13 of that year. Mr. Farrington was married, Dec. 28, 1865, to Alice E. Sheldon, daughter of James and Sarah (Walradt) Sheldon. To this union were born four children: George Warren died at four years of age. Charles Herbert died at 18 months. Sabin E. lives at Louisville, Ky. Grace M. is the wife of Robert D. Sprague, cashier of the Sprague State Bank of Caledonia, Minn. Mrs. Eugene V. Farrington is now living in Preston in a beautiful home on the ridge, where she is spending her declining years, surrounded by the love and tenderness which her gracious character so amply merits.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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