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ABBOTT, George W.,was born in Sandwich, New Hampshire, October 10, 1858. His father was a farmer, and the subject of this sketch was reared on the farm and knows what farm work is from experience. He was educated at the public schools and at the high school and Phillips Academy at Exeter, N.H. At the age of twenty he went to Colorado as secretary for a mining expert, and remained there until he removed to Dakota in 1882. He settled in what is now McIntosh county, North Dakota. He helped organize the county, and was its first superintendent of schools. He was also appointed postmaster at Ashley, and was the first postmaster in McIntosh county. During this time he had a cattle ranch and was also engaged in merchandising. In 1887, he sold out his interest and removed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and engaged in the furniture and hardware business until 1891, when he removed to Sioux Falls and became the general manager of the Co-operative Loan and Savings Association of that place. He occupied that position until September, 1894, when he resigned, and organized the Union Savings Association of Sioux Falls, and since then has devoted his time in promoting the interests of this association as its general manager. Mr. Abbott is an active, energetic business man and an enterprising and respected citizen.

ADLRICH, Herbert Clark,is a native of Vermont and was born January 13, 1845. In 1850 he removed to Illinois with his parents, and resided a few years in Iowa, and finally in September, 1872, came to Sioux Falls and bought the southwest quarter of section 13, and settled down to farming. He has held several town offices. A few years ago he rented his farm and came to the city of Sioux Falls and engaged in the grocery business. He was a good farmer and is well liked as a business man, and is a thoroughly good citizen.

AIKENS, Frank R.,the subject of this sketch - although he for several years resided at Canton, Lincoln county, since coming to Dakota - is so well known to the residents of Minnehaha county, and has been so closely identified with her affairs, that he is entitled to a more extensive notice than will appear incidentally upon the pages of this work. He was born in the city of New York,. December 14, 1855, and entered a law office so young, that he practically received his education in a law office. After five years of study was admitted to the bar January 5, 1877, and commenced the practice of law at Rome, N.Y., where he remained until August, 1880, when he went to Sioux Falls, and from there to Canton, where he opened a law office on the 1st day of September following. From the first he had a good practice, took an active part in politics, and in 1885 was elected to the provisional state senate; and also elected to, and served in the territorial assembly, 1887, and 1889; was chairman of the judiciary committee in 1887, and served on the same committee in 1889, and was practically its chairman; was a prominent and influential member of the legislature during both sessions, and was recognized as one of its ablest debaters. He is always clear, concise and forcible in presenting his views, and has enough of the orator in his composition to command the attention of any audience he may address. On the 19th day of March, 1889, was appointed associate justice of the territorial supreme court, and the following October was elected judge of the second judical circuit for the term of four years. At the expiration of his term of office as judge he resumed the practice of law at Canton until July, 1895, at which time he removed to Sioux Falls and entered into copartnership with the firm of Bailey & Voorhees for the practice of law, under the firm name of Aiken, Bailey & Voorhees, and was the trial layer of the firm during its existence, which terminated in October, 1897. On the 22d day of that month he formed a partnership with Harold E. Judge under the firm name of Aiken & Judge, which partnership will continues. Wile upon the bench he was a good listener, always self-possessed, and understood thoroughly the case he was trying, and if he had not been so big-hearted would have laid down the law cold enough to satisfy the most exacting lawyer. Young, active and sagacious, with strong inclinations to take a hand in the affairs of the state, it is not too much to predict that thirty years from now the foregoing sketch will be remarkable for its brevity.

ALMOS, Andrew O.,was born in Norway November 22, 1849, and was raised on a farm. He emigrated to Lansing, Iowa, in 1870, and worked there at the carpenter's trade seven years. He came to Sioux Falls May 12, 1878, and since then has been engaged as a contractor and builder. He built the Lowell school house, and the Lutheran Normal school buildings, and several of the best residences in the city, and has also built a number of churches in the county. He is a good citizen.

ARCHER, Thomas E.,is a native of Stafforshire, England, and was born February 12, 1837; attended the public schools, worked on a farm and in the butcher business until he emigrated to this country with his parents in 1851, and settled in Iowa; engaged in farming until 1881, when he went to Brule county, Dakota, and opened a meat marker, and also engaged in farming until April, 1888, when he came to Sioux Falls and opened a meat market in the Waples block. In 1890 went to Rowena, and opened a meat market there, but retuned to Sioux Falls, and for several years has been established on Main avenue in the meat business. He is a good citizen.

   
 

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