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Alfred Eugene Lufkin, bio

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Alfred Eugene Lufkin, bio

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Classification: Biography
Pennington Co, MN History p. 466

One of the earliest pioneers in Thief River Falls, MN was Alfred Eugene LUFKIN, who came to the city when it was still a fur-trading post. Pioneer life was still in evidence: Alfred shot a bear where the Presbyterian Church now stands.

Alfred was born April 25, 1874 near Caribou, Maine. He left home at the age of 9 yrs and went to Biloxi, Miss, where he stayed with relatives. He later came north to Perham, MN and visited his parents who had moved there.

Alfred later came to Marshall Co, MN, where he worked at the Red Lake Indian Reservation. He also worked as a pilot on a paddlewheel steamboat named "Margarite" that took supplies and passengers to Red Lake, MN.

In 1904, Alfred married Gunil REIERSON (whose parents were settlers in Holt) in Warren, MN. After his marriage, he worked at a livery stable and had a taxi service.

Alfred and Gunil had five children:
Orville Lufkin
Arthur Lufkin
Myrtle Lufkin
Esther Lufkin
Harryet Lufkin

Alfred was a partner in the Lufkin-Bishop Auto Company until his retirement in 1943. He lived with Myrtle one year and Harryet for 10 years. He died in 1954, Thief River Falls.

Gunil REIERSON was born Jan 21, 1884 in Marshall Co, MN. Her parents were Peder REIERSON ( born: Nov 30, 1848 and died Jan 2, 1933) fra Sigkah, Norway and Anna SOLLOM ( born Dec 4, 1858 and died Jan 7, 1929) who were settlers in Holt, Marshall Co, MN.

Gunil died April 1932 in Thief River Falls, MN

Orville Lufkin married Lilian HALVORSON and lives in Iowa.

Arthur Lufkin married Hilda VRAA ( who died) and then married Leola IRELAND.

Myrtle Lufkin married Francis SEEGER and lives in California.

Esther Lufkin married Robert CAILLIER and lives in California.

Harryet Lufkin married Lloyd LARSON and lives in Minnesota.

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