Biography of John W. Potter
Houston County, MN Biographies

John W. Potter, proprietor of a flourishing furniture, undertaking and musical instrument business in Caledonia, was born in Winona, Minn., July 4, 1882, son of Joseph W. and Minnie (Stott) Potter. Completing his literary education at the Caledonia high school, his parents having moved to this village, he became connected in business with his father and at the early age of eighteen obtained a State license as undertaker, being then the youngest licensee in the State. At the age of twenty one he became a partner in the business, five years later becoming sole proprietor, which he has since remained. Here he handles the better grade of furniture, keeps an unusually good stock of musical instruments, and is conducting a reliable and well equipped undertaking business. He is a Free Mason, belonging to both the Blue Lodge and Chapter, and is also a member of Lake Como Lodge, I. O. O. F., at Hokah, Minn. Mr. Potter married Emma C. Laugen, who was born three miles west of Houston, daughter of O. G. and Ninah (Christianson) Laugen, her parents having been early settlers in that locality. Mr. and Mrs. Potter have had two children: Norma and Milton, the latter of whom died at the age of four years.

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


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