|Motto: "The Agri-Heart Of Southern Minnesota"|
Location of Easton, Minnesota
|• Type||Mayor - Council|
|• Mayor||John Becker|
|• Total||0.93 sq mi (2.41 km2)|
|• Land||0.93 sq mi (2.41 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,060 ft (323 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||196|
|• Density||214.0/sq mi (82.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0643128|
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The site for the village of Easton was decided in the early 1870s when Colonel Thompson of Wells undertook the building of the Southern Minnesota Railroad from the Mississippi River west to Winnebago in Faribault County. Two factors were responsible for the exact location of the village. A building from Walnut Lake was to be hauled to the railroad workers camp about one half mile west of Easton, but because the ground was too muddy, it was left standing on the land now occupied by The Club. That first building was later known as The Old Harness Shop and it became the first building in Easton. The other factor in developing the site was early trains had difficulty starting up their train loads on the rising land where the worker's camp was located. The depot was built instead at the present community site of Easton.
The early history of Easton really begins with the settlement of Wesner's Grove in Barber Township. Wesner's Grove is located about one and one half miles west and three and one half miles south of the present site of Easton. When the Southern Minnesota Railroad went north Wesner's Grove ceased to exist.
After the railroad line was in, several Illinois families heard about the rich soil along the railroad and bought farm sites near the present day Easton.
Conrad Ruff and Karl Rath both from Illinois each donated ten acres for the town site and the village was surveyed and staked in 1873. J.C. Easton of Chatfield, MN., a banker, was appointed Proprietor. By the end of that year, twelve buildings had been constructed or moved to the new city from Wesner's Grove and Walnut Lake. Both of these towns have disappeared.
On March 9, 1874, S.P. Mennison, Sec. of State, affixed the state seal to the Articles of Incorporation of the village of Easton. The plot was not filed for record with the Registrar of Deeds until March 14, 1874. For a while the town was known as Lura Station in honor of the railroad site in Lura Township of Faribault county. The name was later changed to Easton to honor J.C. Easton. David Grice owned the first and only wagon shop in the village.
On July 4, 1874, the first formal civic celebration was held in the new village of Easton. By 1890, the population was 318.
As of the census of 2010, there were 199 people, 89 households, and 63 families residing in the city. The population density was 214.0 inhabitants per square mile (82.6/km2). There were 97 housing units at an average density of 104.3 per square mile (40.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.5% White, 0.5% Native American, and 2.0% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.0% of the population.
There were 89 households of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 9.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.2% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.54.
The median age in the city was 44.9 years. 22.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.5% were from 25 to 44; 30.1% were from 45 to 64; and 19.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 214 people, 93 households, and 57 families residing in the city. The population density was 227.0 people per square mile (87.9/km²). There were 99 housing units at an average density of 105.0 per square mile (40.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.
There were 93 households out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the city the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 103.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,125, and the median income for a family was $30,625. Males had a median income of $25,000 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,095. About 11.1% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.7% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.
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