George Worthington Scranton
Born: 1-26-1832 in North Branford Connecticut
Died: 2-8-1888 in Montrose Minnesota
Father: Martin Scranton (1798 – 1888)
Mother: Sarah T. Thomas (1799 – 1876)
Wife: Harriet (Hattie) Isobella Flanders, born 1-31-1848, died 11-26-1905
Son: George Ellsworth Worthington Scranton, born 2-26-1867, died 7-25-1929
Son: Francis O. Scranton (1869 – 1945)
Daughter: Ida Belle Scranton, born 10-16-1870, died 4-14-1934
Daughter: Emily (Emma) Lucretia Scranton (1872 – 1945)
Son: Martin Leonard Scranton, born 2-8-1876, died 12-1-1963
Son: Charlie William Scranton, born 1-6-1879, died 11-23-1960

George and Harriet Scranton moved to Minnesota from the east (George born in Connecticut and Harriet born in Illinois). They were married on March 4th 1886 in Winona Minnesota, and then homesteaded and built a log house on the banks of the Crow River between Buffalo and Delano Minnesota (about 4 miles east of the house on the Crow River where Ida Belle Scranton lived with her husband). Their granddaughter Elva Hayes referred to it as the place where the evergreens are. There were no hospitals near there, and probably no doctors, so she figured all of their children were probably born in that log house. There was a fireplace that served to heat the building, as well as to cook food.

After their death, their oldest son Ellsworth took over the farm. He stayed on the farm taking care of his mother during her last years. George Hayes (Ida Scranton’s husband) helped Ellsworth build a smaller log house farther from the river. Harriet lived in that house with Ellsworth until her death. Harriet couldn’t breathe if she tried to lie down, so she sat in a chair that last three years of her life. There were no nursing homes for people to send their parents to. So Ellsworth took care of her.

Ellsworth also built a lean-to on the south side for a kitchen, and one on the west side for a bedroom. Ellsworth raised many kinds of fruit to sell. He had one cow, and kept the milk in a can in the tank where the flowing well flowed. He ground his own wheat, and would make muffins that he called graham gems. Many people came to his place to pick their own berries. After Ellsworth’s death, his niece Cinda and her husband Bob (Robert T. LaVine) lived there (Cinda Hayes LaVine was George and Harriet Scranton’s granddaughter).