Biography of Lewin M. Purrington
Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties, MN Biographies

Modern methods of husbandry are clearly understood and carried out by Lewin M. Purrington of Great Bend township, Cottonwood county, who has by his own efforts become one of the best general farmers of his township. He was born in Howard county, Iowa, July 2, 1866, and is a son of John B. and Orinda (Peterson) Purrington. The father was born in Vermont, in 1833, and the mother was a native of Massachusetts. They spent their earlier years in New England, coming West about 1858 and locating in Iowa, where they resided until the spring of 1872, when they located on a farm in Dale township, Cottonwood county, the father homesteading a place, on which he lived about three years. He spent the rest of his life in Cottonwood county, with the exception of some three years spent in the far West. He first came to this state about 1855, soon after his marriage, locating on a farm now covered by the city of Minneapolis, owning one hundred and sixty acres there. At that time St. Paul was a mere village in which one horse was suflicient to take care of all the draying. Years later he filed on a claim in Colorado, intending to have his son, Lewin M. prove it up when he became of legal age. When he had returned to the claim he found that someone else had proven up on it, but he bought out the stranger. John B. Purrington was a soldier in the Civil War, serving in Company C, Thirty eighth Iowa Volunteer Infantry. His family consisted of the following children: Nelson, Addie, Olive (deceased), Lewin M., John W. and William, the latter deceased; Charles, Clifford.

Lewin M. Purrington grew up on the home farm, and received his education in the common schools. With the exception of two years spent in Colorado he has lived in Cottonwood county continuously since he came here. He has always followed farming, and owns eighty acres, on which he has made many improvements, including good buildings. He is now treasurer of the school board.

Mr. Purrington was married on January 5, 1893, to Minnie Peterson, a native of Cottonwood county, and a daughter of Elias N. Peterson and wife. Ten children have been born to them, namely: Addie, Lyndon, Orrin, Pearl, Melvin, Marvin, Marie, Ernest, Herbert and Mildred.

Elias N. Peterson, mentioned above, was born in Stowe, Vermont, and was a son of Cyrus and Ellen M. (Nason) Peterson, who removed with their family in 1869 to Cottonwood county, locating in section 12, Springfield township, the father taking up a homestead there. The mother died at Windom. Elias N. lived in Cottonwood county during his active life, with the exception of two years spent at Long Prairie, this state. He was a soldier in the Civil War, in the Fourth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. At the time of the memorable Indian massacre, Cyrus Peterson and wife were at St. Peter, Minnesota. Elias N. Peterson was married at Kasota, this state, to Irene Haddock, who was a native of Pennsylvania, where her father died, after which the family came to Kasota in pioneer days. To Elias N. Peterson and wife five children were born, namely: Ella D., Minnie M., Lettie, Arthur H. and Calista.

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