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Steve L. Perkins b.1875 Parkers Prairie, Otter Tail Co., MN
Posted by: Denise Perkins Ready (ID *****0767) Date: October 28, 2012 at 14:54:17
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Source: History of Otter Tail County, Minnesota : its people, industries, and institutions : with biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of many of the old families (1916)By: John W. Mason

The name of Steve L. Perkins is mentioned with respect and admiration as one who has worked for the furtherance of all matters, pertaining to the betterment of community life, and his active service in this respect has been of great benefit to his fellow citizens. He was born Feb. 25th, 1875, in Parkers Prairie, Otter Tail Co., MN, and is the son of George W. and Mary E. (Hower) Perkins. George W. Perkins was the son of Christopher Perkins, both natives of Maine.

The maternal grandparents of Steve L. Perkins were Levi and Margaret (Wool) Hower, both natives of Indiana, from which state they removed in 1871 and located in St. Cloud, MN, removing thence to Parkers Prairie, where his death occurred. Margaret (Wool) Hower, widow of Levi Hower, is still living and resides with her daughter, Mary E. (Hower) Perkins in Alexandria, MN. Her husband was a veteran of the Civil War, as was also George W. Perkins, who enlisted in the Fifteenth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry. George W. Perkins was promoted from private to corporal and was with Sherman on his march to the sea. Seeking broader fields for his energy and ambition, he became the arbiter of his destiny at the age of fifteen years, removing to St. Cloud, MN, where he worked and attended school for some time. He resided with an aunt at Kimball Prairie until coming to Otter Tail county, MN. They had no conveyance and he was compelled to transport their provisions of flour, etc., upon his back, from Melrose. In 1871 he purchased a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres, in Parkers Prairie township, which he cultivated until three years before his death. He removed to the town of Parkers Prairie where he retired and where his death occurred. He served as county supervisor and school clerk for a number of years. His religious affiliations were with the Baptist church, which denomination received his earnest and active support. He was also a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was the father of two children, namely, William R. Perkins and Steve L. Perkins.

Steve L. Perkins received his education in the public schools of Parkers Prairie, Otter Tail county, MN, and also attended Sauk Center business college, where he graduated from the bookkeeping department, immediately entering the general mercantile business with his brother-in-law, M.W. A. Murray, in Parkers Prairie. He was later engaged with the Plano Harvester Company as salesman and collector for a period of three years, later engaging with the Hennepin Lumber Company, in Clarissa, MN. In 1902 he connected with the Dower Lumber Company, of Parkers Prairie, MN, as manager of the business.

On Jan. 5th, 1900, Steve L. Perkins was united in marriage to Jennie Murray, and to this union have been born three children; Clarence Perkins, Louise Perkins and Russell Perkins.

In connection with his other interests, Steve L. Perkins is the owner of a two-hundred acre farm adjoining Parkers Prairie, on which he specializes in the breeding of Holstein cattle and Poland China hogs. He has served at various times, as a member of the village council and holds fraternal affiliations with the Independent Order of United Workmen. His religious affiliations are with the Baptist church, of which denomination he is a supporter. That he is progressive along business and civil lines, is plainly to be seen and the sincere regard in which he is held by his fellow citizens is but a fitting tribute to his unselfish interests in their behalf.

**Note** - I am not related to this family and I have NO further information to provide. The source of where this information was obtained from is listed at the top of this transcription.

Denise Perkins Ready

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