JAMES ROAN, farmer. Lands located on S.W. of N.W. and W. of S.W. of Sec. 27, and on the S.E. of N.E. of Sec.
28, St. Charles township. This claim was made in May, 1855, by the present proprietor, and proved up by him in
July of that year; but he did not reside upon it or farm it in person until the fall of 1862, since which date
it has been his family's residence. Mr. Roan has added to his original claim of 160 acres until his farm includes
291 acres, mostly oak openings. His farming operations include both grain raising and stock, although, like most
farms in this township, grain has been hitherto the staple of the farmer. The yield of grain per acre on this farm,
for the season of 1882, was: wheat (winter), 24 bushels; wheat (spring), 19 bushels; barley, 30 bushels; oats,
45 bushels corn, 40 bushels. Of stock, there are 12 head of horses, 2 cows and 6 hogs. Mr. Roan is a native of
Gloucestershire, England; came to America in 1850, traveling that season as far westward as Dubuque county, Iowa,
and being unmarried was not permanently located until he settled upon his farm here in 1862. During those twelve
years he traveled over the Mississippi valley region quite extensively, southward as far as New Orleans, Louisiana,
and northward into Minnesota. In 1861 he returned to his native country, England. The following year, 1862, he
married Miss L. Candy, and the same fall, crossing the ocean with his bride, took up his permanent residence in
Winona county. The following season, 1863, he built what now forms the kitchen of his comfortable farm house, moved
into it, and so became fully settled in his new western home. The main part of the dwelling was erected in 1870.
Mr. and Mrs. Roan have five children, all inclined to intellectual and mechanical pursuits, rather than the home
work of the farm. The eldest daughter is now pursuing her musical studies in Winona city, a branch of art for which
she evinces a decided talent. The youngest child, a bright boy of six years, is at home. The others, one son and
two daughters, are pursuing their school studies under the direction of Mr. Parsons, teacher of one of the district
schools, and generally accepted as one of the most efficient teachers in the township. Mr. Roan is a man of gentle
manners, but most positive convictions; a genuine reformer in temperance matters, and quite of the radical school.
An air of genial hospitality and genuine homefeeling pervades the household which it is impossible not to recognize,
even on casual acquaintance.
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