Newton McFadden

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Newton McFadden

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 28 Jul 1897 (aged 46)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 11, Lot 72, 5 ft. NWC
Memorial ID 73920485 · View Source
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Arrived in Brainerd in 1872.

Newton McFadden married Julia Johnson on 22 August 1877 in Mankato, Minnesota.

Brother of Milton McFadden.

•See William A. Ferris.
•See William A. Smith.
•See Thomas Richardson Congdon.
•See Dr. John Carper Rosser.
•See John "Jack" O'Neill.
•See Maud Sleeper Hazen.
•See Anna Steege Ferris Young.
•See Leonora Hamlin Johnson.
•See James Dewar.
•See Nicholas Heller.
•See Lillian j. Ferris Spencer.
•See Emma E. Forsythe.
•See Edwin Peck.
•See John Thomas Sanborn.
•See Charles Douglas Johnson.
•See Charlotte Grandelmeyer.
•See Henry Paul Dunn.
•See Dr. Werner Hemstead.

Married Julia Johnson, sister of Charles Douglas Johnson, Frank Bivins Johnson, and William H. Johnson; daughter of Parson K. and Laura Bivins Johnson.

BRAINERD DRUG STORE.—Our drug store has, under the popular proprietorship of our good friend, S. V. R. Sherwood, Esq., grown to the proportions of a most respectable drug house. In addition to all the lines of goods usually kept in a first-class establishment of the kind, the proprietor has now added a full-fledged prescription department, under the care of that accomplished prescriptionist, Mr. N. McFadden. Mr. Mc. is not only a thoroughly competent man to have the care of putting up prescriptions, but is a clever and attentive gentleman. A prescription department is a thing that has been urgently needed here, and now that we have a good one at the Brainerd Drug store, we feel sure all will give it their liberal support when in need of compounded medicines of any description. (Brainerd Tribune, 09 November 1872, p. 1, c. 5)

      THAT EXTRAORDINARY MATTER—One night last week, a dance occurred at the Omaha House, in this city along in the night, one of the females present, went out, and a short time afterward was found lying in the street near the house, in a half frozen and stupefied condition. She was taken into the house and after a good deal of exertion was partially brought to her senses—she is the same person who figured as the "heroine" of the Steele mock—marriage affair last summer, young and of prepossessing person. When she came to she asserted that a Mr. McFadden, a drug clerk in Sherwood's drug store, had met her when she went out, had drugged her, outraged her person, and left her to freeze to death on the street in the bitter cold. The incensed crowd at the dance, upon receiving this intelligence, repaired to the drug store, and with cocked revolvers compelled the young man to accompany them to the scene of the dancing horror. In response to the question "is this the man?" she replied, "Yes, that is the man." The mob then informed the drug clerk that his time had come, and that he must die then and there by being riddled with bullets, and they prepared to put into execution the awful sentence. He begged the mob to spare him until the girl came entirely to her reason, then if they were satisfied of his guilt they might kill him. Nothing would appease their wrath, however, but his blood, and just as they were about to slay him at the muzzles of a dozen revolvers, Sheriff Gurrell with a posse appeared on the scene and rescued the victim, and took him to the jail for safe keeping. He was soon released, however, when he caused the arrest of several of the ringleaders of the mob. Subsequently on complaint of the girl McFadden was arrested, and he gave bail for his appearance at Court. Well, the trial came on, and McFadden was discharged; it having been proven that he had no connection with the affair, whatever. He prosecuted the mob, however, with vigor, and the trial of the three most prominent characters was concluded on Monday last, and they were bound over in the sum of $500 each, for their appearance at the District Court. One gave bail, and the other two were committed to jail. The whole disgraceful and high-handed affair, is thought by some, since the trial, to have been a "put up job" on Mr. McFadden, to extort money from him, although some of those connected with the revengeful part of the drama, may have been honest in their impressions of his guilt. Mr. McFadden is a young man who has always borne a good character, and highly respected wherever known; he can think of no reason why he should have been pitched upon as the victim, unless it was for the sole purpose of "making a raise." At all events such outlandish operations, let the object be what it might, here in a community that lays claim to civilized Christianity, SHOULD, and MUST be dealt with by a heavy hand of justice, or else our community will be forever cursed in the eyes of the outside world; and if life, peace happiness and prosperity, is to be made a target of, in defiance of law, then it is time the fate of Sodom was making its appearance, and it little matters how soon it comes. We, for one, among the many, are heartily tired of this loose, lawless manner of conduct, that has been too common in the history of this place, and WE DEMAND, as we have a right to, that the municipal government, now formed, take the City severely in hand, and renovate not only its filthy alleys, but its still filthier morals. (Brainerd Tribune, 04 January 1873, p. 1, c. 2)

      NO INJUSTICE INTENDED.—Since our article of last week, relative to the McFadden affair, several complaints have come to our ears to the effect that our article on that unhappy event was not a fair statement of the case. Without going into details, we wish it emphatically understood that during all our career as a publisher we have never used the slightest partiality, knowingly, in the statement of any case, no matter who were the parties. We refrained from making any remarks upon the affair till it had been examined by a court of justice, and even then only upon the best authority we could find. If the aggrieved parties desire it, our columns are always open for defense, or correction, if confined to a reasonable space and couched in respectful language. As for the sentiment of the article we have nothing to retract. As for doing any party an injustice, however, nothing could have been further from our mind. (Brainerd Tribune, 11 January 1873, p. 1, c. 2)

      ANOTHER CHANGE.—As will be noticed by their new advertisement, Mr. McFadden, who has so long been the popular clerk at the postoffice and drug store, has bought an interest with Mr. Sherwood in the Brainerd Drug Store. Mr. McFadden is deservedly a very popular young gentleman, and a finished druggist; the firm of Sherwood & McFadden will certainly prove a strong one and a popular one. (Brainerd Tribune, 23 May 1874, p. 1, c. 4)

      LOST.—Our friend, Dr. [sic] N. McFadden, went out hunting on Saturday, and got off into the wilderness east and south of the city, three miles, and becoming "turned around," lost his way. About dark he got into an immense thicket, and from that till about 8 o'clock Sunday morning, traveled continually through thickets and swamps, alternately. He became very much exhausted and would probably have perished, only he caught the sound of a friendly cowbell, which guided him out of the "slough of despond;" following along the cowpath toward civilization, he met a large party of friends, who had been scouring the country in search of him, and by them he was brought into the city, emphatically the worse for the wear and tear. Mac has not fully matured plans for his next hunt yet, but when last we saw him he had got along in his plans to "compass, matches, plenty of grub, a pair of blankets, and some liniment, and things." He will go all set, next time, you can safely bet. (Brainerd Tribune, 03 October 1874, p. 1, c. 2)

      N. McFADDEN, Esq., our County Treasurer elect, assumed the responsibilities of that office on Tuesday last—receiving the books, funds and accounts from the hands of the outgoing Treasurer, Mr. F. M. Roser, in due form. Our young friend McFadden will prove himself eminently worthy and well qualified for the office unanimously conferred upon him by our intelligent community. (Brainerd Tribune, 21 November 1874, p. 1, c. 6)

      A CHANGE took place in the proprietorship of the Brainerd Drug Store this morning, Mr. Sherwood has sold his interest to N. McFadden whose card appears in another column. (Brainerd Tribune, 06 November 1875, p. 1, c. 7)

McFadden, Newton

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was born in the year 1850. He learned the drug business in early life, and has followed that profession ever since. He went to Duluth, Minnesota, in 1870, and after clerking in a drug store for eighteen months, went to Detroit Lakes, Becker county, and eight months later [c1873], came to Brainerd and was clerk in Mr. Sherwood's drug store until 1874, when he purchased the business and still carries it on. He was elected to the office of County Treasurer in the fall of 1874, and has been retained in that position ever since, faithfully discharging the duties devolving upon him. (History of the Upper Mississippi Valley, Winchell, Neill, Williams and Bryant, Minnesota Historical Company, Minneapolis: 1881; p. 650)

A post office is established in 1871 in Sherwood's Drug Store on Front Street. For years it is located in various buildings, the storekeeper receiving a moderate salary and the title of Postmaster in return for the light duties performed. Postmaster McFadden (1873) displays the following notice, "Postage stamps 3 cents; licked and stuck, 5 cents." No record is found showing the extent by which this device increased his pay. (Brainerd's Half Century, Ingolf Dillan, General Printing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1923; p. 40)

      N. McFadden's horse being left on the street for a moment Monday night unhitched during the storm started homewards with a Jay Eye See gait. On her trip she ran into Postmaster Hartley's rig somewhat injuring his horse and succeeded in smashing Mr. McFadden's buggy into small fragments. (Brainerd Dispatch, 03 October 1884, p. 3, c. 3)

      Mssrs. E. M. Westfall and N. McFadden have contracted for the erection of a new brick business block on Front street, adjoining the Hartley block. (Minneapolis Tribune, 28 April 1885, p. 5)

      N. McFadden has sold his drug business to F. B. Johnson, the latter taking possession on Monday morning. The new proprietor will no doubt succeed to the large patronage heretofore accorded the Pioneer Drug Store, as he has grown up with the business there having been employed by Mr. McFadden during the past eight or nine years. (Brainerd Dispatch, 02 June 1893, p. 4, c. 5)


       Newton McFadden Dies on Sunday
           at 10:30 From the Effects of a
               Gunshot Wound Inflicted
                         By Himself.

      The people of this city were shocked on Sunday afternoon by the announcement that Newton McFadden, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens and business men, had shot himself with suicidal intent, and while many could scarcely believe the report, it was but too true as later events showed. During nearly the entire morning Mr. McFadden was at his place of business on Front street, and while his actions and conversation were not unusual, incidents can now be recalled which show that he was not himself. He returned to his home at the dinner hour, but ate sparingly and went to his room upstairs where he reclined on the bed. His wife was in the room at the time, and saw him go to the dresser, as she supposed for a handkerchief, but instead he took a revolver from the drawer, went back to the bed where he laid down and with the gun close to his breast fired. The bullet took effect, but did not reach his heart, taking a downward course, but medical aid which was at once summoned, was of no avail, and Mr. McFadden died at 10:30 o'clock, having retained consciousness for over an hour after the fatal bullet was fired. He talked freely and expressed no regret over the matter. The deceased for many years had been a sufferer from inflammatory rheumatism, and although he had visited the Arkansas Hot Springs, Mt. Clemens and other places, and had spent the past winter in California, he could get no permanent relief, and it is supposed that his suffering was so intense that he preferred death rather than live and be a slave to the disease.
      Mr. McFadden was one of the oldest residents of the city, and his friends were legion, he had no enemies. His business matters were in good shape, the firm having but recently bought a second drug store in this city.
      The funeral services were conducted from the house Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Geo. W. Gallagher, assisted by Rev. M. B. Bird and Canon Pentreath, the services being under the direction of Aurora Lodge No. 100, A. F. and A. M., and the Knights Templar, the members of the A. O. U. W. and the Brainerd Fire Department attending in a body, the deceased having for many years been a member of these societies. The floral offerings were very fine and profuse, the Knights Templar, Chapter and the Blue Lodge each presenting a separate emblematic wreath, and the State Fire Association a floral anchor of beautiful design. The remains were buried in Evergreen cemetery, the pall bearers being D. D. Smith. W. A. Fleming, John T. Frater, J. T. Sanborn, T. McMaster and E. M. Westfall.
      R. O. Strong, secretary of the State Fire Association, J. N. Nicolin, of Jordon, and C. N. LaFond, the last two being past presidents of the above society, were in attendance, Mr. McFadden having been an honorary member, and also a member of the first fire department organized in this city.
      Mrs. Fred Kees, an intimate friend of the family, arrived in the city Tuesday to attend the funeral, as did also Mrs. C. E. Chiperfield, her husband having been detained at Canton, owing to an engagement to deliver an address before the state attorney's association.
      Newton McFadden was born at Allegheny, Pa., Nov. 28, 1850, and was in his 47th year at the time of his death. In May, 1870, he left Pittsburgh, and came directly to Duluth, where he entered the employ of Bell & Eyster, druggists, remaining with them 18 months and then removing to Detroit, this state, where he opened a small business on his own account, remaining there some eight months. In 1872 Mr. McFadden came to Brainerd, and was employed by S. V. R. Sherwood in his drug store, remaining with him until 1874 when he succeeded his employer as proprietor of the establisment, and was engaged continuously in the drug business from that time until his death. In 1881 the style of the firm was McFadden & Johnson, being composed of himself and C. D. Johnson, later on succeeding to the business alone, and in 1893 The McFadden Drug Co. was organized, under which style the business has been conducted to the present time, the firm consisting of Mr. McFadden and Frank B. Johnson. In 1885 a fine brick business block was erected on Front street by Mr. McFadden, and the business was transferred from the one story wooden building to the handsome quarters that had been constructed on the old site. In 1874 the deceased was elected to the responsible position of country treasurer and held the same for 10 years, vacating the office in 1884. He had also held the office of city treasurer, and other positions of trust. On August 22, 1877, Mr. McFadden was united in marriage to Miss Julia Johnson, and to them a daughter was born, now Mrs. C. E. Chiperfield, of Canton, Ill., his wife and daughter, one sister in California, and one in Pittsburgh, and his brother Milton McFadden, of this city being the members of his immediate family left to morn his untimely death. (Brainerd Dispatch, 30 July 1897, p. 1, c. 4)

                    CARD OF THANKS.

       I wish to tender my most sincere thanks to the friends who gave their sympathy and kindly ministrations on the occasion of the death and funeral of my beloved husband, Newton McFadden, and especially to the Brainerd Fire Department, the State Fire Association, the Masonic order and the A. O. U. W. Their kindly deeds and the beautiful floral tributes were tokens that will not be forgotten.
                          MRS. JULIA K. McFADDEN.
(Brainerd Dispatch, 30 July 1897, p. 1, c's. 4 & 5)


      Newton McFadden is dead. How prominent comes to the mind the thought, we know not the hour when the summons comes for the parting of the soul and the body. Poor Man, tired, weary, racked with the torments of rheumatic pain, his real self left him and he sought to hasten the call of Him who calls us all, and severed the thread of life; passed beyond. He was his only enemy. He had his faults, and if his faults wrought sorrow to others they were immeasurably compensated by his other, higher and nobler traits of character and adornment in life.
      He believed in that broad, universal creed, having for its cardinal doctrine "do right", and for its motto "do good", living up to those principles who can say but a crucified Christ will say, well done, peace, mortal, peace.
      He was charitable; he could always condone the faults of others; no subscription call ever passed McFadden unsigned and uncontributed to. His political career and his business life was all that is honorable; no man was ever wronged or betrayed by Newton McFadden.
      His memory will last with the earliest people of Brainerd who knew him best. No higher tribute can be paid, no grander expression can be uttered, and I would have written as his epitaph, "Newton McFadden was the soul of honor".
                         C. D. J.
                         [Charles Douglas Johnson,
(Brainerd Dispatch, 30 July 1897, p. 1, c. 5)

              Resolutions of Respect.

      At a meeting of Aurora Lodge No. 100, A. F. & A. M., held on Wednesday evening, July 28, 1897 the following resolutions were adopted:
      WHEREAS, It has occurred in the providence of God that our beloved Brother, Newton McFadden, has been removed from the scenes of earth, and that we shall not again have the pleasure of his presence and the benefit of his counsel in our deliberations, and,
      WHEREAS, By his death or Lodge has lost an esteemed and worthy member and a cherished friend, and his bereaved family a loving and devoted husband and father, therefore be it
      RESOLVED, That while bowing in submission to the providence of God, we wish to express our deepest sorrow for the death of our beloved Brother, whose noble qualities and constant friendship always won our highest esteem.
      RESOLVED, That we extend our heartfelt sympathy to his grief stricken family, and earnestly commend them for consolation to Him who has taken their husband and father, and who alone can lighten the burden that has so heavily oppressed them.
      RESOLVED, That our Charter be draped in mourning for a period of thirty days, and that these resolutions be printed in the Brainerd newspapers, a copy be presented to the family of our deceased Brother, and also be placed in the records of our Lodge.
                                       J. A. WILSON,
                                       M. K. SWARTZ,
                                       L. J. CALE,
             Committee on Resolutions.
(Brainerd Dispatch, 30 July 1897, p. 1, c. 5)

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