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James Hurley
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
p. 1011

JAMES HURLEY, born in Ireland, married Johanna Farrell, who was also born in the Emerald Isle. She died in 1909 at the age of 69. Mr. Hurley came to America in 1852, coming to Minnesota in 1865, when he located at Rochester where he remained five years. He then homesteaded on the northwest quarter of section 18 in Bandon township. From time to time he purchased other land until he owned 1,000 acres. He did a land business and general farming until 1900 when he retired to Bird Island where he now lives.

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