Biography of Bertley & Vance, Attorneys at law.
Winona County, MN Biographies

BENTLEY & VANCE, attorneys at law; office west side Center street, over general offices of Chicago & Milwaukee railway; members of firm, A. N. Bentley and D. E. Vance.

A. N. BENTLEY is a native of Wisconsin. from which state he came to Minnesota in 1861. Was educated in the high school at Rochester, this state, and in the State University at Minneapolis; read law in the office of C. C. Wilson, Rochester; was admitted to the bar March 17, 1874, and immediately located for practice in this city. His first law partnership was formed with C. H. Myers in 1876, and continued until Mr. Myers retired from practice in 1878, on account of ill health. He then formed a parthership with his brother, A. J. Bentley, which was terminated by that gentleman's death, July 18, 1879. October 1, 1880, his present law association with D. E. Vance was formed. Was elected county attorney on the democratic ticket, fall of 1878. and held office two years; was renominated by acclamation at the close of his term, but was beaten with the entire ticket, polling the heaviest vote of any candidate of his party in the district. Mr. Bently is captain of Co. C, 2d batt. M. N. G. Member of Prairie Lodge. No. 7. I. O. O. F. Oak Grove, No. 22. A. O. D. and of the A. O. U. W. and Royal Arcanum beneficiaries. He is married and has one child.

D. E. VANCE is a native of Vermont; was educated at Topsham Academy, in his native state; and coming to Chicago. graduated at Eastman's Business College, in that city, in 1866. Removing to Minnesota he located in Houston county, and was there principally engaged in teaching until 1877, when he came to Winona, entered the law office of Judge Barber, of this city, and was admitted to practice at the spring term of the district court, held in 1878. Before coming west, June 13, 1862, he enlisted in the 9th Vt. Inf., was captured at Harper's Ferry, September 16, 1862, paroled, came to Chicago and was on duty at Camp Douglas for fifteen mouths as assistant commissary of prisoners. In January, 1864, he was returned to his regiment, then on duty near Morehead City, North Carolina, remaining in that department until September of that year, when his regiment was ordered to Petersburg, Virginia. He participated in the series of engagements resulting in the capture of Richmond, his regiment being one of the first to enter the city upon its surrender. Was with his regiment at Washington in the grand national review, and was mustered out at Burlington, Vermont, June 16, 1865. Mr. Vance was made a Master Mason in 1868, and is a prominent member of the A. O. U. W. fraternity. Having served as master of his lodge two terms and represented it in the grand lodge session of 1880. November 29, 1879, he married Miss Alice J. Maybury, who was only a little lady of two years when her father, C. G. Maybury, came to this city.

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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