Biography of John T. Lee
Houston County, MN Biographies

John T. Lee, who is profitably engaged in general agriculture on a farm of 80 acres in section 14, Sheldon township, is a native of Houston county, having been born in Crystal Valley, Houston township, May 4, 1884, son of Thor T. and Tilda (Johnson-Kittleson) Lee. Thor T. Lee came to Houston county in the pioneer days with his parents, who were among the first settlers in Crystal Valley, Houston township. He devoted his life to farm pursuits and died April 18, 1918, his wife now living retired in Houston Village. John T. Lee, the direct subject of this sketch, in his boyhood attended school for one year in Houston township. At the age of 15 years he began working away from home, both in Minnesota and North Dakota. His work was not all of an agricultural nature, for he was employed in the mail service a short time, and afterwards engaged in railroad work, serving four years as a fireman and three as a locomotive engineer, on the C. M. & St. P. Railway. During that period he resided in Austin, Minn. Finally giving up the railroad, he returned to Houston county arid took up farming at his present location, where he has 80 acres of good land, with adequate buildings and is making progress along general agricultural lines. He is a member of the Houston Shipping Association. In politics he is independent and has served one term as a member of the school board of his district. Religiously a Lutheran, he is a member of the "Stone Church" in Houston; also of the Masonic lodge there. Mr. Lee was married June 24, 1909, to Edith Runingen, who was born in Crystal Valley, Houston township, daughter of Ole and Julia (Johnson) Runingen. He and his wife are the parents of four children, On Tyler, Gale Carlan, Eldry Joyce and Merle Julian.

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


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