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Andrew Jacob Halsted
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Birth: Aug. 23, 1850
Belmont County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jan. 30, 1929
Crow Wing County
Minnesota, USA

Arrived in Brainerd in 1884.

•Nephew of Elizabeth Grubb.

•See Dr. David P. Bigger.
•See Sarah Louise Kingsley Sleeper Boies.
•See Edwin Y. Farrar.
•See James M. Elder.
•See Dennis B. Mahoney.
•See Gilbert Foster Mitchell.
•See Charles M. Patek.
•See Henry I. Cohen.
•See Minnie Schoenmann Cohen.
•See Elizabeth M. Early Koop.
•See George W. Holland.
•See Newton H. Ingersoll.
•See Caroline Morrison Grandelmeyer.
•See Adam Brown.

      The Pioneer Press of Tuesday says that J. [sic] A. [sic] Halstead [sic] has purchased an interest in the Tribune and has gone to Wheeling, West Virginia, to bring his family to Brainerd. (Brainerd Dispatch, 24 April 1884, p. 3, c. 5)

      A. J. Halstead [sic], accompanied by his mother, sister and daughter, and Mrs. Mulrine accompanied by her two daughters, Bessie and Sue, and F. Snyder and wife arrived on Thursday morning's train from Wheeling, West Virginia. (Brainerd Dispatch, 22 May 1884, p. 3, c. 2)

      Mrs. Frank H. Murphy, sister of Mayor A. J. Halsted, accompanied by her son Edward and her granddaughter, arrived in the city today from Macon, Mo. (Brainerd Dispatch, 14 June 1901, p. 4, c. 2)

Brainerd City Mayor (Four Terms): 1894-1896, 1900-1904, November 6, 1906-December 17, 1906 (resigned)


      Probably no citizen of northern Minnesota is better known than A. J. Halsted. proprietor of The Brainerd Tribune, published at Brainerd, Minnesota. He has always identified himself with the public affairs of the community in which he made his home. and has become widely known for his active public spirit and thorough appreciation of the wants of his community, and is universally esteemed and honored regardless of political affiliations. He is a gentleman of broad mind, and is possessed of a character of the highest integrity and an energetic spirit and succeeds in business a well as social affairs.
      Mr. Halsted was born in the eastern part of Ohio August 23. 1850. His father was killed in the United States army in eastern Virginia during the Civil war. Our subject was then but thirteen years of age and was one of a large family of children, and consequently was thrown upon his own resources, and he has since made his own livelihood. His father was a native of New York and was a school teacher by profession, and our subject was reared to appreciate a good education. He attended the common schools and at the age of fourteen established a book store and news stand at Bridgeport, Ohio. He continued in business there two years and in 1868 went to northeastern Pennsylvania, where he first engaged in newspaper work, and in the fall of 1870 went to Wheeling, West Virginia. He was city editor of the Wheeling Intelligencer until August, 1879. This was the leading paper of the state. He then founded the Saturday Evening Journal, a weekly paper devoted to society news, sporting news, etc., and was conducted successfully. A half interest was purchased in the plant by G. W. Atkinson and others in the spring of 1883, and the paper was made an afternoon daily. Mr. Atkinson was a congressman, and subsequently governor of West Virginia. and is very prominent in public affairs of the state. In the fall of 1883 Mr. Halsted disposed of the entire plant to Mr. Atkinson. He then removed to Minnesota, and in the spring of 1884 purchased the North Western Tribune and changed its name to The Brainerd Tribune. This paper was established in 1872 by M. C. Russell, and is one of the oldest papers of northern Minnesota. For a time it was run as a daily. It has always been a Republican paper and is the leading paper of the county, and has the largest circulation of any paper in northern Minnesota, and Mr. Halsted has every reason to feel gratified with the result of his labors in that capacity.
      Mr. Halsted's family are residing in Brainerd and his mother is now making her home with him. In all public matters our subject has proven himself a man of active concern in the welfare of his community wherever he has made his home. In Wheeling he was alderman in the upper branch of the city council for five years, and in 1894 was elected mayor of the city of Brainerd. After serving two years his popularity and good work are best attested by the fact that he received a second election to that office in 1900. In that year he was the Republican nominee, and the Populists and Democrats endorsed the nomination and he was elected without opposition. In 1890 he was nominee of the Republican party for the legislature and run about nine hundred ahead of his ticket, but owing to the fusion of the Democrats with the Peoples party his election was defeated by twelve to fifteen votes. He was chairman of the Republican county committee for a number of years and president of the Republican League Club for several years, and also president of the Campaign Club. In 1900 he was president of the County League Club and at the state convention in St. Paul he was elected vice-president of the league, and a member of the executive committee from the sixth district. Mr. Halsted is prominent in secret society circles. He is a member of all the Masonic orders, including the Knights Templar, and was the first exalted ruler of the Elks lodge in Brainerd, and also holds membership in the Ancient Order of United Workmen, I. O. R. Modern Samaritans and Knights of the Maccabees. He was a member of the vestry of St. Paul's Episcopal church for many years. (Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1904; pp. 179-180)

HALSTED A J, Brainerd. Res 423 Broadway N, office 213 ½ S 6th st. Editor and publisher. Born Aug 23, 1850 in Bridgeport O., son of Urial W. and Mary J. (Grubb) Halsted. Twice married; first to Annie Zane (died 1876); second to Louise Smith (died 1902). Educated in public schools Bridgeport O. Learned printer's trade and worked as compositor until 1871. City editor Daily Intelligencer, Wheeling W Va 1871-79; established Wheeling Saturday Evening Journal, subsequently changed to Evening Journal 1879; sold same 1883; moved to Brainerd and purchased Brainerd Tribune 1884 which he has conducted to date. Member city council Wheeling 5 years; mayor Brainerd 1894-1900, 1902, 1906 resigning Nov 1906 after 1 month of last term. Elected pres. State Editorial Assn 1907. Member Commercial Club Brainerd. (Little Sketches of Big Folks, Minnesota, R. L. Polk & Company, 1907)

                                    SELLS TRIBUNE

      Pioneer Minnesota Journalist Relin-
        quishes Reins of Brainerd News-

        Was City Editor of Wheeling Daily
              at Age of 21—Came West in

      Colonel A. J. Halsted, who will retire from the field of active journalism with the sale of the Brainerd Tribune, has been a prominent figure in Minnesota newspaper and political circles since he came to Brainerd in April, 1884.
      Probably no newspaper man of the state is better know than he is.
                    City Editor at 21
      Colonel Halsted was born in Bridgeport, Ohio, in 1850. His first active newspaper work was done in 1868 at the age of 18, on the Montrose (Pa.) Democrat. After working six months on this paper he was offered a better position on the Montrose Republican, one of the leading weekly newspapers of the state, at nearly double the salary he was getting. He resigned and accepted the new position, in which he achieved unusual success.
      He went to Wheeling, West Virginia, in October, 1870 and worked in the news room of the Daily Intelligencer, a morning paper which was one of the leading Republican dailies of the state. He was promoted to city editor in 1871, at the age of 21. This position he held for 8 years, resigning in August, 1879, to establish the Wheeling Evening Journal, which he conducted for four years and then sold in the fall of 1883 to ex-Gov. G. W. Atkinson, Congressman Goff and other leading Republicans.
                    Came To Brainerd
      The lure of the West brought him to Brainerd in 1884. He bought the Northwestern Tribune, now the Brainerd Tribune, from George S. Canfield, and has conducted it successfully ever since.
      While in West Virginia he was an active member of the editorial association of that state and upon his arrival in this state he immediately assumed a leading part in guiding the affairs of the editorial band in Minnesota.
                  Head Editorial Ass'n
      He was first vice-president of the Minnesota association and later became its president. About three years ago he was surprised with the unanimous election to life membership in the Northern Minnesota Editorial association by acclamation.
      Politics have always had a glamor for Mr. Halsted and like so many other newspaper men, he has responded to the call for public service.
              Entered Public Life Early
      He was elected in 1879 a member of the upper branch of the city council of Wheeling from the Seventh ward. He was serving his second term in that body when he tendered his resignation to come to Brainerd.
      Mr. Halsted was four times honored with the highest office as the gift of the people of Brainerd. While he has taken part in many heated elections he has never stooped to petty abuse and no bitterness or rancor was left over after the calm had come.
         President Charter Commission
      He has been a member of every city charter commission. He was vice-president of the second commission and president of the third and is also president of the present commission.
      He was president of the Brainerd Commercial Club at the time it was reorganized into the present Chamber of Commerce.
      He was chairman of the Republican county committee for years and has also served on the state central committee and on the congressional committee.
      He was a member of the public safety commission during the world war.
      Mr. Halsted has made no plans for the future. He will continue for some time as contributing editor to the Brainerd Tribune and he also expects to travel considerably. His busy career has entitled him to a well-earned rest. (Brainerd Tribune, 06 May 1921)

            Former Tribune Editor A. J.                    Halstead [sic] Dead

      Andrew J. Halstead [sic], for thirty-seven years editor of the Brainerd Tribune died about one o'clock yesterday afternoon, after a long illness.
      He was born in Bridgeport, Ohio, August 23rd, 1850 and later to moved to Wheeling, West Virginia, where he engaged in newspaper work for a number of years, later going to Pennsylvania and then back to Wheeling.
      He came from Wheeling to Brainerd in 1884, having purchased the Tribune, which he ably edited and published from that time until his retirement in 1918.
      He was married in 1875 to Miss Annie May Vane [sic] [Zane] at Wheeling, to whom was born one daughter, Flora L., now Mrs. J. R. Smith of this city. His wife died in 1876.
      In 1889 he was remarried to Miss Louise Smith of Burling, Ohio, to them were born three children, Marjorie, Harold and Leslie, who with their mother have all passed away.
      Besides his daughter and son-in-law, he is survived by his grandson, Vane [sic] [Zane] Smith of this city and a sister, Mrs. H. E. Brooks of Butte, Mont., who was here at the time of his passing, as well as other relatives. Mrs. Harry L. George and Mrs. Jos. Casey, being nieces.
      As an editor of the Tribune he was a virile writer, and recognized over the state as an able newspaper man, the State Association choosing him as a president of the association. In 1917 he was voted an honorary life membership in the Northern Minnesota Editorial Association.
      He was also recognized as a political leader during the days of his prime.
      At his home city his worth and ability was recognized and he served as chairman of the Brainerd Charter Commission, of which body he was a member at the time of his death.
      He served four terms of mayor of the city, part of it during times when it required men of the strongest character, but with tact and fairness he had the respect of all elements. He was a member of the Masons, the Shrine and Eagles and served as the first Exalted Ruler of Brainerd Lodge of Elks.
      Taken ill about two years ago, he has been confined to his home the greater part of the time, though he made a number of trips down town last summer. He suffered a stroke two weeks ago from which he failed to rally.
      Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at the Episcopal church, Reverend Robert J. Long, former rector will come from Chicago to officiate for his old friend. Interment will be made at Evergreen cemetery with Masonic burial service. (Brainerd Tribune, Thursday, 31 January 1929; p. 1) 
Family links: 
  Mary Jane Grubb Halsted (1824 - 1916)
  Louise Smith Halsted (1861 - 1902)*
  Flora Louisa Halsted Smith (1876 - 1952)*
  Harold B. Halsted (1888 - 1888)*
  Marjorie Halsted (1890 - 1894)*
  Leslie Howard Halsted (1892 - 1914)*
  Andrew Jacob Halsted (1850 - 1929)
  Effie H. Halsted Brooks (1858 - 1942)*
*Calculated relationship
Evergreen Cemetery
Crow Wing County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Block 12, Lot 88, 5 ft. SEC
Created by: A. Nelson
Record added: Jul 25, 2011
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Andrew Jacob Halsted
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