The Charles Drysdale family came to Minnesota in 1880 and purchased the house and land where Robert Peterson now lives. All but sons Joseph and George moved to Dayton, Washington, in 1885. The reason for leaving Minnesota was ill at "they couldn't stand the storms and the thunder and lightning in the summers." Mr. Charles Drysdale was a stone mason and came from Nova Scotia.
Joseph married Nellie Budd, a daughter of Henry Clay Budd, and built the house where the Holidas now live. George married Ida Richards and built the house now owned by Kenneth Bryant. Their daughter, Mrs. Margaret Arnold still resides in Maple Plain. Another daughter, Mrs. Harriet Hultgren lives in Minneapolis.
Alexander and Sarah Drysdale Hill came to Minnesota in 1883 from Nova Scotia and purchased the farm now owned by Stanley and Grace Hill. There were no buildings on this land. After working for James J. Hill, of Empire Builder fame, at his North Oaks farm in Ramsey County for two years, the buildings were erected by Alexander who was a carpenter.
In 1934 Alexander and Sarah Hill celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. In 1913, after 30 years, they visited their home farm in Nova Scotia. Following this visit, they were very pleased that they had come to Minnesota to make their home and rear their family, composed of two daughters, Mrs. Mary Smith and Sadie Hill, and sons Murray and Stanley, both of whom still reside in Maple Plain.