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John A. McColl
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Birth: Jul. 6, 1861
Lambton County
Ontario, Canada
Death: Aug. 2, 1934
Crow Wing County
Minnesota, USA

Arrived in Brainerd in March 1881.

Portrait and landscape photographer offering copying, enlarging, watercolors, India ink, frames, and albums. Also operated McColl's Bazaar at 504 Front Street circa 1900.

•See Mary Jane Meekins Reilly.
•See Emma E. Forsythe.
•See Marie Ann Canan.
•See Caroline Morrison Grandelmeyer.
•See Louis Frank Hohman, Jr.

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)

      Mr. J. A. McColl, the new photographer who will open out in rooms connected with Dr. Conger's dental rooms over the Brainerd Bank, arrived this morning. The gallery will soon be in operation, and it is proposed to be a permanent fixture in the town, which should receive the patronage it will doubtless merit. (Brainerd Tribune, 26 March 1881, p. 1, c. 2)

                    First-Class Work.

      We were shown a number of samples of photography executed by Mr. McColl, lately of Winnipeg, who is now engaged by Dr. Conger, in his new rooms over the Brainerd Bank. We have seen fine work frequently, but must confess that we have not seen anything in this line superior to the pictures shown us. They indicate artistic talent, and ensure success. (Brainerd Tribune, 26 March 1881, p. 1, c. 5)

                  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)

      We have called at the new Photo Gallery over the Brainerd Bank, and find everything neat as a new pin. Facilities for light and general effects are arranged in first-class order. Mr. McColl, the new artist, had his hair out last evening, but this will not necessitate his laying off, and the business will be conducted right along without a break. (Brainerd Tribune, 16 April 1881, p. 1, c. 2)

      The new Brainerd Photo Gallery is now open and ready for business, where Mr. McColl is ever ready to attend to the wants of his patrons and finish pictures in every style at reasonable prices. (Brainerd Tribune, 16 April 1881, p. 1, c. 2)

      The Brainerd Art Gallery is not open Sunday, but shop people who work during the week will have a good opportunity to get pictures on Saturday after 5 o'clock, as our west light will work nicely until after 6 o'clock in fair weather. (Brainerd Tribune, 14 May 1881, p. 1, c. 2)

      We noticed J. A. McColl, the city artist, at the new shops yesterday afternoon taking a photograph of the iron roof and false works. On looking at the negative we saw Mr. Will Palmer standing out very prominently performing the necessary duties that his office enforced upon him. If Mr. Howe had been about two feet to the west, his pose would have been appreciated by the buyers of the photograph. Mr. McColl says he will have them finished in a few days. (Brainerd Tribune, 21 January 1882, p. 4, c. 4)

      Mr. McColl, the popular young artist now in charge of Dr. Conger's art gallery, is about to launch out for himself in the business. He has rented a fine suite of rooms over Cheney & Mosher's new block on Seventh street, and will have them furnished in splendid style and in running order about June 1. Mr. McColl is well known as a first-class artist, and will have all the latest improvements so that he will be able to do as fine work as can be found in this part of the country. The TRIBUNE wishes him the best of success in his business. (Brainerd Tribune, 06 May 1882, p. 1, c. 4)

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)

             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) 

Date of Death: 02 Aug 1934
County of Death: CROW WING
Certid# 1934-MN-003281 
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  Jane Etta Victoria Johnstone McColl (1855 - 1929)*
*Calculated relationship
Evergreen Cemetery
Crow Wing County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Block 9, Lot 11, SEC S 1/2
Created by: A. Nelson
Record added: Jul 24, 2011
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John A. McColl
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John A. McColl
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 Added: Jul. 24, 2011

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