Biography of Henry Hyman Straw
Winona County, MN Biographies

HENRY HYMEN STRAW was born in the town of Hayfield, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, February 19, 1834. His parents were Philip and Leah (Gelir) Straw. His grandfathers, Jacob Straw and David Gehr, were natives of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania; the latter was in the war of 1812. They were both farmers. Henry grew to manhood on a farm and was educated in the common schools. At the age of eighteen years he commenced as a clerk in the general merchandise establishment at Sagerstown, Pennsylvania, which he followed for two years. Tiring of the employment, lie concluded to go west, and, consistent with his conclusions, he left the scenes of his early days and went to Dubuque county, Iowa, where he worked on a farm for a year. In May, 1855, he came to Winona county and-entered a claim in Sec. 17, Saratoga township, which he improved and on which he still lives. December 29, 1857, lie married Miss Jane R., daughter of Henry and Mary (Bisbee) Ingalls, early settlers of the vicinity. They are the parents of four children: George H., born September 25. 1858; Clara A., born November 9, 1860, died May 15, 1863; Edward H., born October 17, 1868, and Alice R., born July 20, 1879. Mrs. Straw is a native of Erie county, New York, being born there March 1, 1841. Mr. Straw is a member of No. 46 lodge of Masons (Evergreen) at Troy, Minnesota. He is a democrat in polities, and was for a number of years supervisor of his township.

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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