CHARLES GERRISH, president of the St. Charles board of trade, is one of the old settlers of Saratoga township,
where he was engaged in farming for over twenty years previous to his removal to St. Charles in 1876. Mr. Gerrish
is a native of Canterbury, iNew Hampshire, and was engaged in farming there from his youth until the fall of 1854,
when he came west; spent the winter of 1854-5 in New Buffalo, Michigan, and the Ibilowing spring removed to Monnesota.
June 19, 1855, he purchased the Whipple claim, N. E. Sec. 9, Saratoga township, and took up his residence there
with his family, consisting of a wife and two children. In February, 1876, this farm was sold to its present occupant,
J. D. Ball, and Mr. Gerrish removed to this city. Mr. Gerrish was prominently identified with all the early history
of Saratoga township. The first school taught in that township, as also the first election ever held in that precinct,
was held at his house. He was a delegate to the district convention assembled at Wabasha in 1857 to nominate candidates
for the constitutional convention, was there put in nomination, and was afterward elected and served as a member
of the constitutional convention; assembled at St. Paul that same year, 1857, to frame a state constitution. During
the war period was township treasurer, the only township office ever held by him. He is at present a member of
the city board of education, and on the organization of the St. Charles board of trade was made its chairman. Mr.
Gerrish is married and has three children, two of them born in New Hampshire, one in Saratoga. Two of the children
are married and settled in the county, one resides at home.
The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Winona County, MN
Names A to H
Names I to Y
Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906