Worthington in Nobles County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Dayton House / George D. Dayton
(marker south side)
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Owned until 1902 by Dayton, the house was later occupied by three different families: the Smallwoods (1902-1931), the Cashels (1932-1991) and the Gjertsens (1992-2001). After decades of use as a nursing home/boarding house (1940s through about 1990), many of the home’s
(marker north side)
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Dayton raised four children with his equally intelligent and devoted wife, Emma Chadwick Dayton. The family lived in this house from 1890-1902, at which time Dayton's business interests in Minneapolis led him to move to that growing city. In Minneapolis, Dayton continued to thrive as a community leader and bought out the Goodfellow's store, renaming it the Dayton Dry Goods Company — thus founding a renowned department store chain that endured throughout the 20th century and from which Target Corporation evolved.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Charity & Public Work • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 43° 37.373′ N, 95° 35.637′ W. Marker is in Worthington, Minnesota, in Nobles County. Marker is on 13th Street just north of 4th Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located near the sidewalk, overlooking the southwest corner of the Dayton House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1311 4th Avenue, Worthington MN 56187, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benona Pierce and Clair Hovey St. John Memorial Wetlands (approx. 0.4 miles away); Welcome to Minnesota / The Minnesota-Iowa Boundary (approx. 4.8 miles away); "Habitat" (approx. 4.9 miles away).
Regarding Dayton House / George D. Dayton.
Also see . . .
1. The Historic Dayton House. It is unique both in the time of its grand appearance in a small prairie town in the late 1800s and in its ownership for well over a century. Three families related through business, blood, and marriage — the Daytons, the Smallwoods, and the Cashels — owned and lived in the house over time. (Submitted on October 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. National Register of Historic Places Nomination. (Submitted on October 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. George Draper Dayton (Wikipedia). His family was one of average means and he had hoped to become a minister, but was lured into the business world. He married Emma Chadwick in 1878 and began buying farm mortgages in southwest Minnesota. In 1883 he and his family moved to Worthington, Minnesota where he was able to build wealth in the growing economy. (Submitted on October 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. Target Corporation. Banker and real estate investor George Draper Dayton incorporated Target in 1902 as Goodfellow Dry Goods. The following year the name was changed to Dayton Dry Goods Company and shortened to Dayton Company in 1911. On May 1, 1962, Dayton Company opened its first (Submitted on October 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.