ORTONVILLE Township received its first settlers in 1871, and in September of the next year its village was platted by Cornelius Knute Orton, for whom the village and township were named. He was of Norwegian descent and was born in Dane County, Wis., in 1846, came to Minnesota in 1857, settled on a land claim here in 1871, engaged in real estate business, and was a banker, merchant, and a member of the board of county commissioners. He died in Ortonville, December 24, 1890. The village was established as the county seat of the as yet unorganized county and was organized as a city on January 28, 1881.
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