Shakopee’s Oldest Settler Passes Away

John Goenen died suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. A. Smith, of St. Paul where he was visiting.

Mr. Goenen was the oldest white settler of Shakopee. He was a native of Prussia where he was born August 22, 1831, and came to Shakopee as a young man of twenty-one. For many years he drove the stage between St. Paul and Shakopee, and also operated the old ferry across the Minnesota River when this country was practically unsettled by white men.

He was buried from St. Mark’s Catholic Church. Interment at the upper Catholic Cemetery.

From the Scott County Argus, Jan. 20, 1911.

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