Samuel Skidmore Thorpe

Samuel Skidmore Thorpe

Birth
Red Wing, Goodhue County, Minnesota, USA
Death 5 Oct 1936 (aged 72)
Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Section 17 Lot 253 Grave 7
Memorial ID 125137885 · View Source
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The business record of Samuel S. Thorpe covers an uninterrupted period of thirty-five years devoted to real estate dealing, in which he has achieved a position of leadership among the realtors of Minneapolis, conducting the business under the name of Thorpe Brothers, Incorporated. Other enterprises, individually owned, or of a public nature, have also profited by his cooperation and sound judgment. Mr. Thorpe is a native of Minnesota, his birth having occurred April 20, 1864, in Red Wing, his parents being Samuel S. and Caroline E. (Emery) Thorpe, who were of New England ancestry, although the father's family was early established in the state of New York, while the mother's people lived for generations in Maine. The Rev. Samuel S. Thorpe, Sr., was a Methodist minister and. for a considerable period was a member of the faculty of Hamline University of Minnesota.

Samuel S. Thorpe started out at an early age to provide for his own support, but later continued his education, begun in the public schools, by study in Hamline University. Entering mercantile circles, he won substantial success, but although two years' effort brought him seventy thousand dollars, his ambition for a college education led him to become a student in Princeton University, where two years later he was graduated as a member of the class of 1889. Previously he had learned many valuable lessons in the school of experience. In his youthful days he had been a newsboy and his sale of newspapers as an initial element in the attainment of his living. After a year as Western Union messenger he was employed in a hat store in 1883 and then for two years he worked in a bank. From his entrance into the real estate field his success has been continuous. He seemed to have almost an intuitive perception as to value of property and the possibilities for its purchase and sale, and with his return from Princeton he reentered the real estate field, with his twin brother, J. R. Thorpe, in the organization of the corporation of Thorpe Brothers. For fifteen years they were associated in the conduct of the business, at the end of which time, owing to the condition of his wife's health, J. R. Thorpe retired, to take up his abode in Denver, Colorado, where he still makes his home. Samuel S. Thorpe remains the directing head of the splendid business organization, which they have built up. He has erected a large number of the jobbing houses in the city and has handled, sold and erected a considerable number of the wholesale and retail business structures. He has acted as agent for and built a number of the leading business blocks in Minneapolis, including the Andrus building, the Palace building, the Plymouth building, the Dyckman Hotel and others of importance. He watches with close interest the trend of events and the progress of Minneapolis along every line and is always ready for any emergency and any contingency that may arise, while throughout his course as a realtor he has utilized and improved every opportunity that has been presented. In 1911 he was elected to the presidency of the National Real Estate Association, of which he had formerly served for several years as vice president. He is, likewise a director of the Minneapolis Real Estate Board and the National Association of Real Estate Boards, the International Associates, the Civic & Commerce Association and the Morris Plan Bank.

On the 3d of October, 1899, Mr. Thorpe was married to Miss Margaret A. Andrus, a daughter of Hon. John E. Andrus of Yonkers, New York, and they have become parents of four children: Andrus, James R., Julia and Samuel S., Jr. Mr. Thorpe is a member of Khurum Lodge, A. F. & A. M., has attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite in the Minneapolis Consistory and is identified with Zuhrah Temple of the Mystic Shrine. He also belongs to the Minneapolis, Minneapolis Athletic, Minikahda, Woodhill, University and Automobile clubs. His connections, however, extend far beyond these associations into those fields where the public welfare and public service are conserved through the establishment of institutions and organizations that meet the needs of humanity at large. He is the vice president of the Asbury Hospital of Minneapolis and his support is freely and willingly given to any plan that looks to the benefit of his fellowmen, to the upbuilding of the city and to the promotion of higher civic standards. In his chosen line of business he has advanced step by step until, according to the consensus of public opinion, he has no superiors and few equals in the real estate field.

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  • Created by: Steve Carlson
  • Added: 14 Feb 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 125137885
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Skidmore Thorpe (20 Apr 1864–5 Oct 1936), Find a Grave Memorial no. 125137885, citing Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Steve Carlson (contributor 47330162) .