Biography of Joseph L. Birge
Winona County, MN Biographies

JOSEPH L. BIRGE, engineer. Mr. Birge is the son of Joseph and Sarah M. Birge, pioneer settlers of St. Charles township, who came to this locality in May, 1857, and died here, the father in the fall of 1879, the mother in August, 1882. The family came into Iowa from Connecticut in 1847, settled in Jackson county, a few miles southwest of Dubuque, and remained there until their removal to St. Charles ten years later. During their Iowa residence Mr. Birge, Sr., was a member of the Iowa legislature, during the session in which the state capital was removed from Iowa City to Des Moines. The old Birge farm embraced a tract of 240 acres, all lying within what is now the corporate limits of St. Charles, about 80 acres of which is laid off in town lots. The only members of the family living in this vicinity are Joseph L. Birge, the subject of this sketch, and his sister, unmarried, who resides on the old homestead. Mr. Joseph L. Birge is a native of Connecticut, and came west with his father's family to Iowa in 1847, and to St. Charles in 1857. From the completion of the railway to this point he was engaged in buying and shipping grain, in company with his father, until about eight years ago, since which time he has been in the employ of C. W. Seefield, one of the heaviest grain shippers in southern Minnesota. Mr. Birge is married; has seven children, four of them attending the city schools. He is a member of the R. A. and K. and L. beneficiary societies.

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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