Viewing Judge Ralph J. Parker (1867-1922).
Ralph Parker thrived on public service. He ran for office nine times and never lost an election. In November 1922, he was elected judge of the Tenth Judicial District, which covered Freeborn, Mower, Fillmore and Houston Counties. Shortly after the election, an illness recurred and he underwent an operation in a Rochester hospital. But his health deteriorated rapidly. On December 22nd, he took the oath of office in the hospital, and died five days later. In the following months, resolutions honoring him were adopted by the Minnesota House of Representatives, where he had served four terms, as well as the district and state bar associations.