M.J. Slaven, one of the pioneers in Mower County, is a native of Ohio, born in Zanesville, February 22, 1831, where he grew to manhood, and his younger days were spent in school and on the farm.
In 1855 he went to LaCrosse, where he worked at the mason trade, which he had previously learned at Columbus, Ohio. In 1856 he started on foot to Mower County. He made a claim on section 13, town 102, now known as the town of Windom. In the fall of 1856 he was joined by his mother and sisters. Mr. Slaven built a large house, and his mother made her home with him until June, 1872, when she went to Winona and died there two months later. Mr. Slaven improved 100 acres of the land and made it his home until 1874, when he sold out and moved to Rochester, Olmsted County, where he kept a hotel for three years, which he sold and bought a private residence. In 1880 he went to Dakota and took a homestead in town 157 north, range 53 west. He proved up on the claim and bought other land in Grand Forks County, and city property in Grand Forks and St. Andrews, and sold it in 1882, and then came to Dexter and settled in section 34, on land he had entered in 1855. He has set out a large grove and erected a set of good buildings and intends to make it his future home. He was married in 1867 to Hannah M. Keye. She is a native of New York State. They have one child, named Mary Estella.
Mr. Slaven has held offices of trust in the town of Windom and was a member of the town board for twelve years.
Michael Slaven was a native of Ohio. He located on the southeast quarter of section 13, where he lived until 1874, when he sold out. In 1884 he was living in Dexter township.
Districts Nos. 25 and 88-- The territory included in these districts was organized into a district December 27, 1859, and the first school was taught, in patrick O'Malley's house, by Sarah Slaven. School was afterwards taught in Michael Slaven's house...
History of Mower County, Minnesota
Free Press Publishing House, Mankato, Minnesota 1884