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. The annual Easton Community Calendar is available at the State Bank of Easton. It features historical photos from Easton’s past.