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South Minnewaukan Township

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James O Perkins, residing on section 27, in South Minnewaukan township, Ramsey county, may be truly classed as one of the leading farmers of that region. He has for some time been numbered among the agriculturists of Ramsey county, and in prosecuting his farm work is very industrious, progressive in his ideas, and ready to make the best of his opportunities, and enjoys a comfortable and happy home.
Our subject was born in Stow, Massachusetts, June 25, 1852, and was reared in his native state and educated in the common schools. When he was eighteen years of age he started for the west and went to North Dakota in 1872, and followed carpenter work in Fargo and vicinity about ten years, until 1882. While a resident of that city he was interested in a flouring-mill with Charles A. Roberts, the firm being Roberts & Perkins, and in May, 1882, he went to Ramsey county, North Dakota. He entered a homestead claim to land in southern Minnewaukan township, and has continued his residence thereon since that date. He followed the grocery business in Devils Lake two years, and has since devoted his entire attention to farming, and has met with the best results. He has erected a complete set of comfortable and substantial buildings on his farm, and made other valuable improvements thereon and owns and operated a tract of eight hundred acres, most of which is tillable and furnished a good yearly income.
Our subject was married in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, to Miss Ida Moran, who was a native of that town. Mrs. Perkins died on the farm in South Minnewaukan township, Ramsey county, November 23, 1889. Three children were born to this union, named as follows: Cora A., Laura M. and Hattie M. Mr. Perkins was married at Devils Lake, North Dakota, November 10, 1891, to Miss Mary A. Wheeler, a native of Illinois. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Perkins, who are named Orm W. and Marian Gladdis. Mr. Perkins is a gentleman of broad mind and is actively interested in the welfare of his community, and takes a leading part in all public affairs, and is one of the citizens of Ramsey county of whom his fellow men may well be proud. [Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900 - Tr. By Debbie Gibson]


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