Biography of David J. Halliday
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David J. Halliday, who owns and operates an excellent farm of 160 acres in section 5, Money Creek township, and is numbered among the prosperous and respected citizens of this township, was born near Portage, Wis., May 7, 1869, son of John and Margaret (Wright) Halliday. The father was born in New York state, March 13, 1879, and was always a farmer by occupation. With his wife Margaret, who was a native of Ireland, and their family, he moved in 1872 from Wisconsin to Minnesota, locating near Nodine, Winona county. There his wife died in 1873, and a year later he settled on land in Looney Valley, Houston county. His residence here, however, lasted but three years, as at the end of that time he returned to his farm at Nodine. Not long afterwards he retired and for the rest of his life he resided with his children. During his active career he served at times in local office. By his wife Margaret he had three children, she having five others by a previous marriage. David J. Halliday, who was the second born child of his father's marriage, attended district school for a somewhat limited period in Winona and Houston counties. When a lad of 13 or 14 he began working out at intervals, and was thus entirely occupied after reaching the age of 18. When he married in 1895 he took up his residence in Money Creek village, but two years later moved to his present farm, on which he has made valuable improvements, his place being now well equipped for general farming. He raises both stock and grain for the market, and is a stockholder in the Money Creek Creamery and the Farmers' Exchange in Houston. On December 31, 1895, Mr. Halliday married Anna Tenberg, who was born in Money Creek township, June 6, 1873, daughter of Garrett and Antonia Tenberg. She was the fourth born in a family of eight children, and after attending the district school, pursued more advanced studies in the Rushford High School and the Winona Normal School.. For some years thereafter she followed the profession of a teacher, both in Houston county and in North Dakota. Mr. and Mrs Halliday are the parents of one child, Morris Donald, born April 25, 1906. Mr. Halliday is independent in politics, with a leaning toward the Prohibition party. He is a past forester in the camp of Modern Woodmen of America at Houston, his wife belonging to the Royal Neighbors. Their religious affiliations are with the Baptist church. The parents of Mrs. Halliday, Garret and Antonia Tenberg, were natives of Holland, and early settlers in Houston county, Mr. Tenberg becoming a land owner and farmer in Money Creek township. They subsequently moved to a farm in Fillmore county, on which they resided for the remainder of their lives, both beinj now deceased.

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


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