HISTORY OF MOWER COUNTY, 1911
George W. Grimshaw, now deceased, was a fine type of the early Minnesota pioneer. He was a prominent citizen of both Mower and Steele county, took a fervent interest in the agricultural development of this part of the state, and was a staunch advocate of everything that tended toward the betterment and progress of humanity.
He was born in Oneida county, New York, January 10, 1833, and at three years of age was taken by his parents to Jefferson county, New York, where he received his education in the district schools and in the academy there.
He came west in 1856, located in Aurora township, Steele county, and then seven years later took up his residence in Lansing township, Mower county, where he engaged in farming until 1893, when he came to Austin, built a home at 610 West Winona street, and there lived until his death, April 16, 1904.
Mr. Grimshaw served as town clerk of Aurora township, Steele county, and clerk and chairman of Lansing county, in Mower county. He was instrumental in organizing the Mower County Agricultural Society, which is still in existence.
He was a member of the Methodist church for over forty years, being a steward and serving on the board of trustees for many years.
He was married August 16, 1858, at Loraine, Jefferson county, New York, to Larena Hanson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hanson, and this union was blessed with four children: Adelbert, who died at five years; Addie, his twin, who died at six weeks; Ida May, now Mrs. J. E. White, of St. Paul, and Rose E., now Mrs. C. L. Rice, of Austin.
The Cedar River Grange, at Ramsey, Minn., was instrumental in organizing the Mower County Fair, and Mr. G.W. Grimshaw was president of the first Mower County Fair held in Austin and served several years in succession.
Born in New York
Lorana E. Hanson Grimshaw
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