Viewing Judge Jasper N. Searles (1840-1927).
Jasper Newton Searles settled in Hastings, Minnesota in 1855, served in the Civil War, attended the University of Michigan Law School, returned to Hastings and began practicing law. He was county attorney and state legislator for one term. In 1872 he published a digest of the decisions of the Minnesota Supreme Court, popularly known as "Searles' Digest." In 1881 he relocated to Stillwater, where he resumed practicing, sometimes in a firm, usually alone. In 1917 Governor Burnquist appointed him to the Nineteenth Judicial District bench. The following year, at the age of seventy-eight, he was elected without opposition and served one term, which ended in January 1925. He died on April 25, 1927, at age eighty-six. At memorial services for him in district court, a committee of the county bar association concluded: