John Harrington, who was the founder of a good farm in section 26, Sheldon township, which is now operated by
his widow, was born in Ireland and when a young man emigrated to the United States, settling in Bridgeport, Conn.
About 1878 he came west to Houston county, Minn., locating on a farm in Sheldon township. Later, however, he purchased
the farm in section 26, previously mentioned, on which he resided until his death, April 24, 1885. He had attended
school in his native land and was a man of intelligence and industry, making good progress while he lived in improving
his property. He was a member of the Roman Catholic church, and in politics was a Democrat. Mr. Harrington was
married Feb. 9, 1881, to Honora Cunningham, who was born in the northern part of Michigan, near Lake Superior,
daughter of Martin and Ella (Dugan) Cunningham, she being the second in a family of eight children. Her parents,
both natives of Ireland, came to this country at an early date and were married in Michigan. Not long afterwards
they became pioneers of Mound Prairie township, Houston county, Minn., where they engaged in farming. Both are
now deceased. Their daughter Honora, widow of John Harrington, was educated in the district schools of Mound Prairie
township. Since her husband's death she has shown ability in the management of the farm, which contains 319 3/4
acres of valuable land. She carries on general farming successfully and is a stockholder in the Caledonia Creamery
Company and the Houston Shipping Association. She and her husband had six children: Mary and John, who reside on
the home farm; Michael, who is deceased; Agnes, wife of George Herbel and a resident of St. Paul; and Daniel and
Cornelius, both residing at home. The surviving members of the family are, as the father was, members of the Catholic
The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919
Houston County, MN
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