Biography of H. C. Balcom
Winona County, MN Biographies

H. C. BALCOM, real estate, office on south side Front street, between Walnut and Market. Mr. Balcom has been a resident of Winona since the summer of 1854. In the fall of that year he was engaged to teach school in the little hamlet on Wabasha prairie, since grown into the third city df the state in population, wealth and co mmercial importance. This school was the first organized school within the limits of the county, and the territory it included formed the first organized school district in the present area of the county. This school Mr. Balcom taught during the winter seasons of 1854-5-6. In the summer of 1855 Mr. H. C. Balcom engaged in lumber business with his father, Jos. Balcom, who came that year to Winona from California and bought the warehouse on Front street, which for nearly twenty eight years has continued to be the Balcoms' business headquarters. Here, in 1855, they also opened the first furniture store established in Winona, and in this business and his lumber trade Mr. H. C. Balcom was engaged until August 16. 1862, when he enlisted in Co. B, 7th Minn. Inf., attached to the third brigade, sixteenth army corps. His first year's service was on the frontier, afterward in the southwest, principally in the Gulf states, within the military department of Tennessee. After about eighteen months' service with his company, he was commissioned first lieutenant and detailed as brigade quartermaster, in which capacity he served until the close of the war. Returning from the service in 1865 he resumed lumber business with his father at the old office on Front street, and some years later transferred his attention to real estate. Mr. Balcom was for four years a member of the board of education in this city. He is married, has six children, one of them (Harry) in the First National Bank, of this city, and two others attending the high school.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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