Biography of John J. Sliter
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John J. Sliter, now serving in his third term as representative from the First District in the State Legislature, is a man whose record as a highly successful farmer, promoter of important business enterprises, and public spirited citizen is well known to practically all the inhabitants of Houston county, where he has spent the last twenty-two years of his life. He was born at Spring Green, Wis., Aug. 26, 1873, son of John S. and Mary E. (Jones) Sliter. The father, born in March, 1846, spent his active career as a farmer and is now living retired at Spring Green. The mother, a native of Wales, died in 1903. John J., who was the second born of their four children, acquired his elementary education in the district school, afterwards attending the high school at Spring Green and the normal school at Valparaiso, Ind. He then took a stenographic course at Chicago, and subsequently studied law for one year at St. Paul. For a while he taught school in Wisconsin and Minnesota. After residing with his parents until he was twenty two years old, he engaged in farming for himself near Spring Green. In the fall of 1896 he purchased land in Looney Valley, Houston county, taking up his residence on it in 1898. There he remained for eight years engaged in agriculture. Then disposing of that property, he located on a farm at the lower end of Looney Valley, which farm he still owns. After a residence there of eight years Mr. Sliter moved to Houston, where he has since made his home. During his career as an agriculturist, one of great activity and rapid progress, he gradually added to his landed possessions until he had become the owner of about 700 acres of valuable land, including farm buildings, which he now rents out to tenants. Since taking up his residence in the city be has shown equal activity and has identified himself closely with local interests. He is director and secretary of the Farmers' Elevator Company of Houston, which he organized, and is treasurer, secretary and general manager of the People's Shipping Association. In politics he is a Republican, but with the exception of service on the school board, has held no public offices except that of representative to the State Legislature, to which he was first elected in November, 1914, being re-elected in 1916, and again in 1918. In this important position he has made a good record and gained the confidence of his constituents. The greater part of his time, when not attending to his legislative duties, is devoted to his farm, which he has brought into a high state of improvement, and which he operates according to the most modern and scientific methods. He is a member of the Masonic order. Mr. Sliter was married Oct. 26, 1897, to Florence Thompson, who was born in Looney Valley, Houston county, daughter of Isaac and Mary T. (Darling) Thompson, natives respectively of Vermont and Ohio. Mr. Thompson came to Houston county as early as 1852 or 1853. He and his wife are both now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Sliter four children have been born: Mary Jeanette, Margaret Elizabeth, Helen Lolah 'and Dorothy Edith.

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


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