|Birth: ||Jul. 6, 1861|
|Death: ||Aug. 2, 1934|
Crow Wing County
Arrived in Brainerd in March 1881.
•See Mary Jane Meekins Reilly.
•See Emma E. Forsythe.
•See Caroline Morrison Grandelmeyer.
McColl, John A.
Was born in Canada on the 6th of July, 1859. He learned the art of photography in his native country, where he remained till twenty-one years of age. In February, 1880, he went to Winnipeg, and in March, 1881, came to Brainerd, and is now conducting business in the line of his chosen profession. (History of the Upper Mississippi Valley, Winchell, Neill, Williams and Bryant, Minnesota Historical Company, Minneapolis: 1881; p. 650)
Portrait and landscape photographer offering copying, enlarging, watercolors, India ink, frames, and albums. Also operated McColl's Bazaar at 504 Front Street circa 1900.
AROUND THE STATE.
...Contractors White & White have been putting in sky-lights in the Ferris block to be occupied by a Mr. J. A. McColl, photographer. (Minneapolis Tribune, 04 April 1881, p. 5)
17 March 1931. Fifty years ago yesterday, J. A. McColl stepped off the train at Brainerd from Winnipeg, Canada. The depot was located near the river and there were 30 inches of snow on the ground. The streets were sand and today's main business district was virgin jack pine. (This Was Brainerd, Brainerd Dispatch, Thursday, 17 March 2011)
PIONEER BRAINERD MERCHANT
TAKEN BY DEATH THURS.
The thinning ranks of Brainerd pioneer citizens, who saw this city rise from a struggling village to its present development, today found another outstanding and widely known man claimed, in the death of John A. McColl, retired merchant.
Mr. McColl died last night. He had been making his home with John Oberg in Deerwood township.
In failing health for some time, Mr. McColl rallied in recent weeks and was able to be about until two days before his death. Only this week, he accompanied the family to Crosby and apparently was winning strength.
Born in Sarnia, Canada in 1861 of Scotch parentage, Mr. McColl went to Winnipeg in 1880 and then came to Brainerd in 1881.
Until 1902, Mr. McColl conducted a photograph studio here, later entering the confectionery and stationery business which he carried on until he retired about four years ago.
In Winnipeg, he was united in marriage to Jennie E. V. Johnstone, sister of W. A. M. Johnstone, of Brainerd. She preceded him in death in 1929.
Surviving the deceased are one daughter, Mrs. A. J. LaBelle, of Wisconsin, three sisters, Mary McColl, of St. Louis, Margaret McColl of Sarnia, Ontario and Nellie McColl of Port Huron, Mich., and one brother, Joseph McColl, of Buffalo, New York.
Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Whitney undertaking parlors. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 03 August 1934, p. 5, c. 1)
MC COLL, JOHN A
Date of Death: 02 Aug 1934
County of Death: CROW WING
Jane E. Johnstone McColl (1855 - 1929)*
Crow Wing County
Plot: Block 9, Lot 11, SEC S 1/2
Created by: A. Nelson
Record added: Jul 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73840712
Added: Jul. 24, 2011