|Birth: ||Sep. 23, 1920|
|Death: ||Mar. 22, 1962|
James Northrop Gleason, 1920-1962.
On 23 September 1920, on a farm four miles southeast of Council Grove, Kansas, James Northrop "Jimmy" Gleason was born to David Albert and Mary Nira Wood Gleason. He was their third child and first son.
In 1936, James made a life-changing decision. Shortly after his sixteenth birthday, he dropped out of high school and relocated to Young's Wilderness Camp—which was a Canadian fishing/hunting resort that was in the Lake of the Woods and northeast of Nestor Falls, Ontario—to work for his uncle and aunt, Clyde Carl "Cy" Young and Emma Matilda "Tid" Gleason Young.
In late 1942, James' sister, Dorothy Jeanne Gleason, decided to join the United States Coast Guard and help the nation's war effort. However, before she left, she wanted to see him, so she asked her sister, Davida B. Driscoll, to accompany her to Canada.
In January 1943, they visited James. While there, since he was still a United States citizen, they suggested that he join a branch of its military and help defeat the Axis Powers.
On 9 July 1943, at Detroit, Michigan, James acted upon their advice and enlisted in the United States Army. He entered as a private and agreed to serve until the end of the war. He received training as a diesel mechanic and was assigned to the Transportation Corp's 348th Harbor Craft Company. After serving for one year, and receiving two rating upgrades, the Army promoted him to staff sergeant.
On 11 July 1944, he and his company left for the war's Pacific Theater. In that posting, he primarily serviced, maintained, repaired, and overhauled the engines on the amphibious and landing crafts that transported America's invasion troops to the various Japanese-held islands. His most significant wartime campaign was the battle over New Guinea.
On 15 March 1946, in Fort Logan, Colorado, he received an honorable discharge and left the army. After visiting his family in Kansas, and ignoring their advice to stay in America, he returned to his uncle and aunt's Canadian resort camp and resumed helping them operate it.
While working there, he met Hilda Marie Rempel. He eventually proposed to her.
On 9 November 1950, in Kenora, Ontario, James married Hilda. Reverend William T. Brady, of the United Church of Canada, officiated at their wedding. The couple then continued to live and work at the Youngs' fishing/hunting camp.
In 1959, the Gleasons had a daughter, Cindy Lou.
In 1960, James and Hilda bought the Youngs' resort business.
At 8:00 PM, on 22 March 1962, in James' Canadian home, he had a heart attack and died.
At 2:00 PM, on 27 March, his funeral was held in Fort Frances, Ontario. Reverend Thomas Oshiro, of the Emanuel Baptist Church, Bradford, Ontario, officiated over it, and James' parents and siblings had driven/flown in to attend. He was interred in Fort Frances' Riverview Cemetery.
After James' death, his wife attempted to operate her camp business, but found it difficult to do so. In 1965, she sold it.
In 1970, Hilda Gleason and her daughter moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
*Writen by David Aspelin
From the early 1940s until his death, James Gleason operated a Canadian hunting resort north of the Minnesota border. It was located in the Lake of the Woods, and it could only be reached by a boat or a pontoon plane.
*Note received from David Aspelin.
US Army, World War II
U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
about James N Gleason
Name: James N Gleason
Birth Year: 1920
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Kansas
State of Residence: Kansas
County or City: Morris
Enlistment Date: 9 Jul 1943
Enlistment State: Michigan
Enlistment City: Detroit
Branch: No branch assignment
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Source: Civil Life
Education: 2 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Camp attendants
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 5' 8"
Cause of death: Heart attack.
Age: 41 years, 5 months, 29 days.
David Albert Gleason (1891 - 1979)
Mary Nira Wood Gleason (1895 - 1979)
Hilda Marie Rempel Gleason (1932 - 2008)*
Davida Bernadine Gleason Driscoll (1915 - 2009)*
Dorothy Jeanne Gleason Evans (1918 - 2009)*
James Northrop Gleason (1920 - 1962)
Lorraine Adele Gleason Aspelin (1923 - 2002)*
Emma Frances Gleason Thompson (1926 - 2015)*
Robert Wood Gleason (1930 - 2000)*
Beloved Husband, and Father.
Rainy River District
Created by: RMW
Record added: Mar 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67410381