Charles Thomas Murphy, 96, of Edina, died March 24.

His mother’s family, the Larpenteurs, and Henry Sibley founded St. Paul, Minn. His great-grandfather, Louis August Larpenteur, built the first frame house and the first brick store in St. Paul.

He also built and operated the first post office. His wooden case with 16 pigeonholes is preserved by the Minnesota Historical Society. Larpenteur Avenue is named after his family.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Church of St. Patrick in Edina, with interment at Resurrection Cemetery.


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