Biography of Harvey Chase Misner
Polk County, MN Biographies

Harvey Chase Misner, pioneer business man of the state and for a number of years prominently identifled with the business interests of Crookston as vice president of the First National bank and president of the Wheeler-Misner Loan company, was a native of Wisconsin, born near Batavia, January 9, 1854, the son of Ira P. and Arvilla (Chapin) Misner. The latter was a native of Michigan. His father, Ira P. Misner was born in Pennsylvania, went to Wisconsin in his early manhood and there spent the many years of his active and useful career as a farmer and citizen. In 1861 he enlisted in a Wisconsin regiment and gave gallant service in defence of the Union throughout the four years of the great struggle and was thrice wounded. His death occurred in 1905, at Fond du, Lac, Wisconsin. He was survived by the wife of his second marriage and three sons by his first wife. Harvey C. Misner was reared on the Wisconsin fariu and attended the schools at Fond du Lac. After being employed for a time as clerk in a feed store, he made his first independent business venture and engaged in the tea and coffee business in Fond du Lac. In 1879 he came to Minnesota and located in Euclid where he opened a general store under the firm name of Misner & Lindsley. This business was later reorganized as E. Taylor & Company and was still later known ns H. C. Misner & Company and was most successfully and profitably conducted by Mr. Misner for a number of years. In 1904 he removed to Crookston and founded one of the important business organizations of the city, the Wheeler-Misner Loan company and was actively identified with the substantial prosperity of this corporation as secretary and treasurer and for the last two years of his life, as president, having been elected to that position in 1912. He was also prominently associated with the financial interests of the county as vice president and manager of the First National bank, one of the largest banking institutions in this section. From January, 1912, to January, 1914, he was extensively interested in farm lands and in the agricultural development of the northwest. After many years of indefatigable effort and achievement but with a future bright with prospects of larger activities, failing health necessitated his withdrawal from the business world. This was in January, 1914, and his death occurred on June 1 of that year. He had a long and successful experience in his chosen occupations and in every phase of his busy life demonstrated his peculiar adaptation to business and his sterling integrity as a progressive citizen, and enjoyed the esteem and confidence of all who knew him. Mr. Misner was married, June 15, 1881, to Ida May Taylor of Lyons, Iowa, who survives him, retaining her residence in Crookston. She is the daughter of Alfred C. Taylor, one of the early settlers of Iowa, a worthy pioneer citizen who gave his services to his country in the war of the rebellion, with an Iowa regiment. Three children were born to Mr. Misner and his wife, two of whom died in infancy. Haney W. Misner, one of the leading young business men of Crookston, has succeeded to his father 's interests in the firm of Wheeler & Misncr. Mr. Misner was a faithful supporter of the principles of the Republican party and took an active part in the direction of the political affairs of the state as a member of the county and state central committees. In fraternal orders he was widely known and was a prrnuinent member of the Masonic order, a thirtysecond degree Mason. a member of the Scottish and York Rites, and served in 1908 as the eminent commander of the Crookston eommandery. He was also an Elk and a charter member of the Modern Woodmen of America. Although not a member of any religious organization, he was interested in the church and its purpose and gave his generous support and services as trustee and treasurer to the First Presbyterian church of Crookston.


FROM:
Compendium of History and Biography
of Polk County, Minnesota
Maj. R. I. Holcombe, Historical Editor
William H. Bingham, Feneral Editor
W. H. Bingham & Co.
Minneapolis 1916

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