Albert Earl Losey

Albert Earl Losey

Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois, USA
Death 28 Dec 1910 (aged 62)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 6, Lot 59, NEC S 1/2
Memorial ID 73857256 · View Source
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Arrived in Brainerd in August 1879.

Was an undertaker in partnership with Isaac T. Dean in Losey & Dean Undertakers.

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Losey, Albert E.

Dates his birth on the 5th of October, 1849 [sic], at Galesburg, Illinois, where he learned the upholstering trade. He was engaged at his trade in Nelson, Pennsylvania, a few months then in Buffalo and Addison, New York, after which he returned to Pennsylvania and remained five years. For one year he was traveling for a Philadelphia publishing house, and after residing in Iowa a year, took a trip to Florida, and in August, 1879, came to Brainerd. He has since been superintendent of the upholstery department of the Northern Pacific Railroad shops. (History of the Upper Mississippi Valley, Winchell, Neill, Williams and Bryant, Minnesota Historical Company, Minneapolis: 1881; p. 649)

In 1882 he became an undertaker.

      A. E. Losey has received a beautiful bronze monument which is to be placed at the grave of Jack O'Neil [sic] [O'Neill] in Evergreen cemetery in the spring. (Brainerd Dispatch, 27 December 1883, p. 3, c. 2)

      A. E. Losey erected a beautiful white Bronze Monument in Evergreen Cemetery, to-day. (Brainerd Dispatch, 01 May 1884, p. 3, c. 2)

      A. E. Losey, who has been spending a few weeks in the east arrived in Brainerd on Thursday of last week, accompanied by a bride. Mr. L. has our hearty congratulations. (Brainerd Dispatch, 19 June 1884, p. 3, c. 2)

      A. E. Losey and James Harris have bought out A. E. Veon's undertaking business and will hereafter be monopolists in this particular branch. The new firm of Losey & Harris have fine quarters on Seventh street. (Brainerd Dispatch, 10 July 1884, p. 3, c. 1)

                        A Change.
      The firm of Losey & Harris, undertakers has been dissolved, Mr. Harris retiring. I. T. Dean has bought Mr. Harris' interest. The new firm will be Losey & Dean. (Brainerd Dispatch, 05 September 1884, p. 3, c. 4)

      Losey & Dean were reimbursed $4.00 by the city for a coffin for a pauper. (Brainerd Dispatch, 10 October 1884, p. 3, c. 5)

      A. E. Losey informs us that someone stole a coffin box from the rear of his store the first of the week. This box was brought to his place with a coffin inside it which contained a corpse. The party who got the box is requested to call and get the coffin. (Brainerd Dispatch, 02 October 1885, p. 3, c. 3)

         Chess Contest at the Y. M. C. A.

      Mr. T. T. Warren will engage six gentlemen at chess simultaneously at the Y. M. C. A. on Friday evening next Feb. 16. The gentlemen who will contest Mr. Warren are R. F. Walters, H. I. Cohen, D. R. Craig, A. G. Gallup, and A. E. Losey. The gentlemen are among the best chess players in the city and a lively contest is anticipated. All lovers of the game are invited. (Brainerd Dispatch, 09 February 1894, p. 4, c. 4)

                    LOSEY & DEAN,
      Undertaking, Pictures and Picture

      This firm is one of the oldest in Brainerd, having been established in this city since 1882. The original store was a mere shack on the present site of the Brainerd Grocery Co., and was started by Mr. A. E. Losey. In 1884 Mr. I. T. Dean became a member of the firm. The ground for the present location was purchased in 1888 and the present building erected at No. 720 Front St., a venture entirely on credit long since paid for in moderate installments. From this modest beginning the firm has grown to be the largest in their exclusive lines in the city and at various times has absorbed three other firms in similar lines. In the picture department every effort is made to carry only the best subjects and encourage buying the best quality goods. (Special Publication, 1910, p. 15, Brainerd Tribune, A. J. Halsted, Editor and Publisher)

      A. E. Losey, of the firm of Losey & Dean, is very sick with pneumonia and is under the care of several physicians and a trained nurse. He did not feel well on Wednesday night and came to the store on Thursday morning. He was unable to give his attention to business matters and returned to his home at nine o'clock and took to his bed. He has suffered with pneumonia on two other occasions, it is said, and his many friends hope that his illness will be only temporary. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 27 December 1910, p. 2, c. 4)

                  ALBERT E. LOSEY
                        PASSES AWAY

      After a Long Exemplary Life of Ser-
                   vices to God and


      In This Community Where He Lived
                    and Worked for 30

      Albert Earl Losey, of the firm of Losey & Dean, undertakers, died at his home 312 N. 4th street, this morning at 5 o'clock. Death was caused by pleural pneumonia after an illness of only a few days.
      Mr. Losey was born in Galesburg, Illinois, October 5, 1848. His father, Nehemiah Losey, founder of Knox college was teacher of mathematics within the college for many years.
      Mr. Losey came to Brainerd about 30 years ago and engaged in the undertaking business for the greater part of the time. For the past 25 years he has been connected with the firm of Losey & Dean.
      On May 29, 1884, he was married to Miss Margaret L. Robinson of Wheeling, West Virginia.
      At the early age of 17 he joined the Presbyterian church in Galesburg. On coming to Brainerd he became a member of the Congregational church. In this church he was an active and faithful worker being superintendent of the Sunday school for nearly eight years and filled the office of deacon for many years.
      For more than 30 years he has been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. On Washington's birthday, February 22, 1910, he became a member of the Masonic Order, Aurora Lodge, No. 100.
      The deceased is survived by two brothers, James H. Losey, Galesburg, and Henry, of Poughkeepsie, New York, and by three sisters, Mrs. Minor Denning, Boston; Mrs. Arthur Innes, Waukegan, Ill.; Miss Lottie Losey, of Galesburg, and by his wife, Mrs. Margaret L. Losey
      Mr. Losey passed away peacefully and quietly surrounded by the immediate members of his home. A host of friends unite in sympathy with the bereaved. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 28 December 1910, p. 2, c. 1)

                Tribute to A. E. Losey

      The decease of A. E. Losey marks the passing of one of the best types of businessmen of the old school, that type now getting so uncommon of a man scrupulously honest, sympathetic and content to have his share of the public patronage and let the "other fellow" have his.
      In our present industrial combinations the maxim of the street is "every man for himself." Such was not the spirit of this man. He was worthily anxious to have a competence but not so anxious as to overreach or undermine another. He was ready to let the "other fellow" live too.
      The man today who has genuine consideration for others though they be engaged in a competing business is a worthy example. "All or none" found no place in his code of morals. "There's room for you and also for me," was his charitable principle and one that might be appropriately copied by many others, by all in fact, who love the highest sense of true business.
      These sound economic philosophies were not only cultivated but were the result of inheritance. His parents were of that Presbyterian stock that cherished honesty above wealth, and character above all things else. A man whose father's name was Nehemiah is apt to be the son of a prophet. Maybe receive a prophet's reward.
      Brainerd will miss him, the churches will notice his leaving, the folks who have had dear ones laid away by his kindly hands will mourn him, his family will weep because of him but the kingdom of heaven will gain a godly soul. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 29 December 1910, p. 3, c. 4)

                      Losey Funeral

      The funeral of the late Albert E. Losey will be held Friday afternoon at half past two o'clock from the residence, 312 North Fourth street, Rev. W. J. Lowrie, of the First Presbyterian church officiating. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch,29 December 1910, p. 3, c. 4)

                  A. E. Losey Funeral

      The funeral of A. E. Losey took place at his home yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. W. J. Lowrie officiating, assisted by Rev. Chas. Fox Davis. A large number of friends were present to pay their last tribute of respect to their former companion.
      The pall bearers were all old time friends of the deceased. They were Edward [sic] Slipp, Knute [sic] Lagerquist, N. H. Ingersoll, J. A. Wilson, Fred Parker and E. O. Webb. Every sympathy and respect which friendship could show were paid at the last rites to the departed and as tokens of esteem to the bereaved ones.
      The music was beautiful and appropriate. The members of the quartet were Mr. John Bye, Mrs. James Elder, Mrs. Geo. LaBar and Mr. Al. Mraz.
      Rev. Lowrie took for his scripture verse Psalms 37:37, the four words, "Behold the Upright Man." He said in part: It would be easy for me to pay many beautiful tributes to this respected man were this the fitting time and place. He was an honored citizen, and honest businessman, a conscientious church man, an exemplary home man, in a word a man of upright character. His life speaks for itself far better than any tribute I might bring. My part is to fulfill the obligation upon me by the scripture to set forth the instruction of an upright life.
      Behold the upright man for there is inspiration for us. As we see a man upright in all his ways we tend more or less unconsciously to emulate his example. The desire within us is stimulated to live better. It makes it easier for us to do right.
      Uprightness of life is not attained at a venture. The arrow that is shot at a venture will miss the mark. So will a life. A consistent plan is demanded, a plan that embraces every day and hour. In the moral sphere we need a plan as much as the seamstress a pattern or a carpenter specifications. Care must be taken that the daily life tallies with this plan.
      The end of an upright man is peace. Not the peace of stagnation or inanition but a spiritual peace that knows no fear of the mysterious beyond. With such a peace an upright man may lie down to die with as much content as one who gathers the covering of his bed about him and lies down to pleasant dreams.
      Stores and banks generally observed the funeral by closing from 2:30 to 3:30 on the afternoon of the funeral. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 31 December 1910, p. 2, c. 5)

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