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 John Henry McDonald

John Henry McDonald

Birth
Steuben County, New York, USA
Death 10 Mar 1941 (aged 89)
Wadena County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Wadena, Wadena County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 69282079 · View Source
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The Wadena Pioneer Journal, March 13, 1941
JOHN HENRY McDONALD DIES AT HOME OF SON
Funeral services will be held this afternoon from the Folkestad Funeral home for John Henry McDonald, Sr., 88 years old, who died at the home of his son, Ira, in England Prairie township where he had lived for five years. He had been critically ill for a month.
The Rev. R.F. Mattock of the Methodist church will officiate at the service.
Mr. McDonald was born in May 1852 in New York and came to Iowa with his parents when he was a small boy. There he married Martha E. Tye on July 3, 1877. They moved to South Dakota and made their home there until 1904 when they came to Minnesota, settling first near Lyman, later at the present McDonald home in England Prairie where he died. Mrs. McDonald died several years ago. His body will be buried beside his wife in the Wadena cemetery.
Suvrviving are seven children, - J.H. McDonald, Jr., Mrs. George Bartell and Ira of Wadena, James of Sebeka, Mrs. Ervin Anderson, Little Rock, Iowa, and Mrs. Herman Meyers, Sibley, and Jay of Bellwood, Neb. There are 33 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
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History of Pottawattamie County Iowa, 1891 - From the Pottawattamie County, Iowa, Gen Web Project:

Biography, J.H. McDonald
J.H. McDONALD, one of the enterprising self-made men of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, resides in section 14, Wright Township. He was born in Steuben County, New York, May 2, 1852, son of William and Savilla (RISING) McDONALD, the history of whom will be found on another page of this work. His mother died when he was five years old. He was a robust lad of fourteen when his father moved to Bureau County, Illinois, where he grew to manhood on a farm, and was educated in the public schools. In 1875 he came to Iowa and located in Adams County, remaining there two years. At the expiration of that time, he took up his abode in Pottawattamie County and has since made this place his home. In March 1881, he purchased his present farm of 160 acres, which was then wild prairie land. By judicious management and much labor, he has made it one of the best in the community. The first season he broke the soil, and in 1882 he built a house, 14 X 24 feet, one and a half stories, with a one story addition, 12 X 24 feet. He planted an orchard of two acres and a grove, which are now in a flourishing condition; built stables, cribs, eighty feet of sheds, and a granary, 14 X 20 feet. He has 160 feet of tight board fence which is six feet high. One hundred acres are being cultivated and the rest of the farm is devoted to stock purposes. At this writing, Mr. McDONALD has thirty head of cattle and 100 hogs. Two of the former are registered thoroughbred Shorthorns. He also has some draft horses of a high grade. A modern three-horse-power windmill raises the water for household use and forces water through pipes to the feedlots. Mr. McDONALD has an attachment by which he can make use of this power to grind grain for stock purposes. Everything on the premises is arranged with reference to convenience, all showing the enterprise of the owner.
July 3, 1877, Mr. McDONALD married Martha E. TIE, a lady of intelligence and refinement, who has been a true helpmate to her worthy husband. She was born in Racine County, Wisconsin, daughter of Joseph and Sarah (SPRIGGS) TIE, now prominent and wealthy citizens of Wright Township, Pottawattamie County. They were both born and reared in England. Mr. TIE is the present township trustee. Mr. And Mrs. McDONALD have five children: Jay Carroll, John H., Ray B., Ira Elmer and Lilly May. Their first-born, Willie, died at the age of three months. Politically, Mr. McDONALD is independent, casting his vote for whom he considers the best man for the office.


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  • Created by: Jim Childers
  • Added: 3 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 69282079
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Henry McDonald (2 Mar 1852–10 Mar 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 69282079, citing Wadena Cemetery, Wadena, Wadena County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Jim Childers (contributor 47455615) .