Isaac T. “Skip” Dean

Isaac T. “Skip” Dean

Belmont County, Ohio, USA
Death 19 Sep 1914 (aged 75)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 6, Lot 59, NEC N 1/2
Memorial ID 73919416 · View Source
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Living in Brainerd in June of 1880.

Was an undertaker in partnership with Albert Losey in Losey & Dean Undertakers.

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      I. T. Dean, of the N. P. paint shops, went west last week with the painter's business car and a crew of men to paint a number of new depot buildings just completed on the Dakota division. (Brainerd Tribune, 07 December 1878, p. 1, c. 4)

      I. T. Dean, commonly called Skip, purchased a house and lot last week and then "skipped" east with his hat chalked for Martin's Ferry, Ohio. His bachelor friends fear they have lost a chum. "Time will tell." (Brainerd Tribune, 08 January 1881, p. 4, c. 1)

      Mr. I. T. Dean has returned from a protracted visit in Ohio. He positively asserts that the report relative to his launching out in the matrimonial sea is an unmitigated whopper. (Brainerd Tribune, 19 March 1881, p. 1, c. 1)

      “Skip” Dean is generally considered a harmless being, but during the absence of J. C. Congdon, the foreman of the paint department, “Skip” assumes the role, and the boys fairly tremble at the sound of his voice. (Brainerd Tribune, 18 February 1882, p. 5, c. 3) 

      Coroner I. T. Dean slipped on the sidewalk in front of his place of business on Monday, striking the curb and breaking one of his ribs. (Brainerd Dispatch, 27 December 1895, p. 4, c. 3)

                     IS RECOGNIZED

     Embalmer's Monthly Magazine Men-
                   tions Coroner I. T.

      The Embalmer's Monthly, Xmas number, published by a Chicago firm has the following to say of one of our respected citizens:
      "Another undertaker who makes a success of public office and undertaking, is I. T. Dean, of Losey & Dean, Brainerd, Minnesota. Mr. Dean has just been elected coroner of his county by a majority of 600, and did it in competition with three other candidates, two of them undertakers and the other a veterinary surgeon. Mr. Dean, better known among his friends as "Skip" Dean, is a pioneer funeral director and a natural born maker of friends. He is one of the most popular and entertaining men in his community, but has not attained wide celebrity outside because he is a "standpatter for home," as his partner, A. E. Losey puts it. Mr. Dean was born in Belmont county, Ohio, in 1839, and served in the First Virginia regiment in the Civil war. He spent one year in Andersonville prison, and when he was due to be exchanged was too sick to walk out of the stockade. His comrades refused to leave him, and one of them carried him out on his back. In 1884 he formed a partnership in the undertaking and picture-framing business with A. E. Losey, and they have done business together ever since. He was coroner of Crow Wing county from 1893 to 1899, when he quit because he got tired. This year he got back into the game, with the result above mentioned. He was a confirmed bachelor until he met Mrs. Eliza Smith, widow, of Martin's Ferry, Ohio, in 1880, and has been a confirmed husband ever since. He is an entertaining story teller, and has a host of friends at home."
      A very fine cut appears with the above article, but Mr. Dean, when seen by the Dispatch reporter, disowned almost everything in the article but his friends know him to always express himself in paradoxes. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 19 December 1910, p. 5, c. 2)


      Buys Out Losey & Dean, One of the
            Oldest Firms in the History
                        of Brainerd


       I. T. Dean Retires After a Quarter
          Century Active Participation in
                      Business Life

From Monday's Daily:—
      Daniel E. Whitney has taken over the business of Losey & Dean, engaged in the sale of art goods and the conducting of an undertaking establishment at 720 Front street.
      I. T. Dean, well known and very popular and for 25 years engaged in active business life, retires at the age of 75. A. E. Losey passed away December 28, 1910 and since that time Mrs. Losey had retained her interest in the business. Mr. Whitney now takes over all the building, stock, fixtures, equipment and good will.
      He had been with Losey & Dean since October, 1906, when he came from Clearwater and originally intended to locate in Ely, Nevada. He remained a month in Brainerd while Mr. Losey was on a vacation and then a month with the firm while Mr. Dean had a vacation and at the end of that period both liked him so well that he continued at the store and gave up all intention of going to Nevada. Since 1910 he had entire charge of the Losey & Dean business.
      Previously he had worked for Hume & Davies of Minneapolis a year and three years for Noble & Calef of St. Cloud. Mr. Whitney is very popular in the city. He is a memeber of the Minnesota Funeral Directors association and belongs to the Blackhawk club and the Masonic organizations. He is the treasurer and a deacon of the First Congregational church. All his friends know him as "Dan" and they all wish him the best of success and good fortune in his new business enterprise. (Brainerd Dispatch, 23 January 1914, p. 7, c. 5)

             PIONEER ANSWERS
                         TAPS THIS MORNING

       I. T. Dean, Widely Known as "Skip"
           Dean, Kind Hearted and Genial
                        Gone to Reward.


          For Twelve Years Was Coroner of
               Crow Wing County, Father of
                        Odd Fellows Lodge

      Gone is his genial smile and kindly word, for this morning taps sounded for I. T. Dean. Suffering from a sudden attack of acute gastritis, Mr. Dean succumbed at the home of a friend at 6:46 this morning.
      For twelve years he had been coroner of Crow Wing county and for a quarter of a century he had been in business in Brainerd, the firm name being Losey & Dean. As a campaigner he was unique.
      He was a civil war veteran, enlisting twice and serving in Co. C. of the Fifth regiment of West Virginia. He had many exciting war experiences and twice was confined a prisoner of war in the terrible stockade at Andersonville. He was the father of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Brainerd and also belonged to the Knights of Pythias and Pap Thomas Post.
      Friends who knew him said he was one of the most honest and unassuming of men. He was generally called "Skip" and that name seemed to cling to him to the exclusion of the regular initials I. T.
      Mr. Dean was born 75 years ago in Ohio. There resides a brother, Sam Dean, postmaster of Martins Ferry, also a niece, Miss Margaret Newland. In Jefferson, Iowa, is another niece, Miss Maud Adrian. On July 27th of this year, Mr. Dean sustained a great loss when his wife was called to her reward. She had been his constant companion. The blow of her loss weakened him and like many old people, when separated from those they love, he has followed her to the home beyond.
      He attended the First Congregational church and was a great friend of the pastor, Rev. G. P. Sheridan. The relatives have been notified, including his life-long friend, John T. Frater. No date for the funeral can be set until the relatives can be communicated with. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 19 September 1914, p. 5, c. 1) [Contributed by John Van Essen]

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  • Added: 25 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 73919416
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Isaac T. “Skip” Dean (Mar 1839–19 Sep 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 73919416, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by A. Nelson (contributor 47143984) .