The Peter Soley family came in 1874 and settled on the Crooker farm on Pioneer Creek. His son, Charles, and his wife, the former Estella Batdorf, lived on the old farm until they built a home in Maple Plain in the 1940's. Charles worked in the Ben Drake general store and later managed the Lyndale Creamery for forty years. He served in the offices of town clerk and treasurer of Independence and as the treasurer of the cooperative elevator in Maple Plain. His children are Edward and Chalmer Soley, lone Japs and Irma Sutherland.