Freeman, which he purchased on arrival, and is its editor-in-chief.
Mr. Bailey was married at Beaver Creek, Minn., May 9, 1891, to Miss Ella G. Blodgett, a daughter of E. G. and M. J.
Blodgett, of Luverne. Mrs. Bailey was born in Fillmore county, Minn., January 8, 1871, and by her marriage to our
subject they have become the happy parents of two sons, Donald C. I. and Harold L.
Mr. Bailey is a distant relative on his father's side of the late A. T. Stewart, of New York, and a direct
descendant of Anneka Jans, of Trinity church fame in New York. On his mother's side he traces his ancestry to
Napoleon Bonaparte. Mr. Bailey is quite well-known as an author of short stories under the nom de plume Col. Billie
Maurice, and he is the present poet Laureate of Minnesota, the office to which he was elected in February, 1896,
having been created for him by the Minnesota Editorial association. Mr. Bailey was also identified with the
militia of Minnesota for some time. He was mustered into company H, Third regiment, Minnesota national guards, was
transfered to company H, Second regiment, and commissioned second lieutenant September 3, 1892. His honorable
discharge, which was had at his own request, is dated January 9, 1894.
fortunate, and is the proprietor of as good a farm as can be found within the limits of Spink township,
his homestead being located there in section 32.
Mr. Lehne was born in the southern part of Norway, November 26, 1843, and grew to maturity in his native land on a
farm, receiving his education in the excellent common schools the neighborhood afforded, and finishing with a
special course of study in a private institution of learning. After he had attained the age of twenty-five years
he came to America, landing at Sioux City, Iowa, June 29, 1869. He engaged in steam-boating on the Missouri river
between the latter city and Fort Benton, which he continued until 1873, and that year located on his present farm.
On the prairie he erected a house 12 x 16 feet, which at that time was about the best structure of the kind between
his claim and the city of Elk Point, and started in to break up and improve his future home. He now has 160 acres
under cultivation, nicely fenced, and on this he conducts a general farming business. All the present improvements
he has made himself, and among the buildings which he has erected is a fine residence, with square mansard roof,
constructed in 1891. It is substantial, commodious and well built, and a glance at it and the outbuildings with
which the farm abounds will show the thrift and enterprise of the owner. Mr. Lehne is a man of more than ordinary
intelligence, with enlightened views on various subjects, and brains and business tact, combined with steady
industry, have brought him to the front. His fellow-citizens, recognizing his ability and superior business
qualifications for civic life, have repeatedly called on him to accept positions of responsibility, but, although
he has taken an active part and interest in local politics, and has