|Birth: ||Oct. 15, 1828|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 6, 1907|
The following is from Child, J.E. (1905). Child's History of Waseca County, Minnesota: The Story of the Pioneers. Whiting & Luers, Publishers:
Philo C. Bailey, born in Onondaga county, N.Y., Oct. 15, 1828 came to Faribault, Rice county, Minn., in 1856, and to Wilton, this county, in 1857, opening the first hardware store in the county with his brother-in-law, H. P. West—the firm name being P. C. Bailey & Co. Some time after the death of Mr. West, J. H. Wightman became a partner, while he was at Wilton.
At the starting of Waseca, Mr. Bailey and Geo. W. Watkins, under the firm name of Bailey & Watkins, put in the first hardware store, and Mr. Bailey has been connected with the store ever since, either as an active or silent partner. For a number of years past he and his firm have handled Standard Oil goods in this county. He has also been interested in the hardware business at Janesville with his brother-in-law, D. J. Dodge.
Mr. Bailey married his first wife, Miss Avis Slocum, sister of Congressman Slocum, of the state of New York, in June, 1857, by whom he had two daughters, Kate and Gertrude. Kate married Eugene W. Fiske and lives in Helena, Montana. Gertrude married Mr. Franklin Williams. She died in August, 1905, in St. Louis, Mo.
Mr. Bailey's first wife died in September, 1865. About two years ' thereafter, Dec. 27, 1867, he married Miss Lurinda Dodge, whose parents were among the very early settlers of the county. Mr. and Mrs. Bailey are the parents of a son and a daughter. Fred, born Nov. 7, 1870, is now married and engaged in the flour milling business, at Mitchell, South Dakota. Lena, born Dec. 5, 1872, is now Mrs. Armitage, of Waterville.
Mrs. Lurinda Bailey was born April 12, 1850, at Owego, in the state of New York, and came to Waseca county with her parents about 1857.
Mr. Bailey has not only been fortunate in business, but he has held a number of official positions both of honor and trust with credit to himself. He held the office of justice of the peace in early days, in Wilton, was elected to the lower branch of the legislature in the fall of 1861, and county treasurer in the fall of 1863. He served as state senator during the sessions of 1877 and 1878. He was also county commissioner during the years 1895-6-7 and took a prominent and very useful part in the construction of the new court house. Mr. Bailey is a man who keeps his own counsel, but those who have been closest to him respect him most highly. Early in life he became a Master Mason and attained to the degree of Knight Templar. He is a man of sound financial judgment, and seldom makes a mistake in business undertakings.
George Bailey (1804 - 1854)
Olivia Madison Bailey (1803 - 1899)
Avis Slocum Bailey (1831 - 1865)
Lurinda C. Dodge Bailey (1847 - 1923)*
Frances Angelina Taylor Swan (1847 - 1928)*
Katherine Imogene Bailey Fiske (1859 - 1934)*
Gertrude C. Bailey Williams (1861 - 1905)*
Blanche Bailey (1865 - 1865)*
Earl Bailey (1869 - 1870)*
Fred Melvin Bailey (1870 - 1960)*
Lena Flora Bailey Armitage (1872 - 1959)*
Maintained by: Jerry Clark
Originally Created by: lori
Record added: Dec 18, 2003
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