John M. McNaughton

Genesee County, New York, USA
Death 8 Oct 1903 (aged 63–64)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 4, Lot 66, N 1/2
Memorial ID 73920799 · View Source
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Arrived in Brainerd in 1873.

•See Elizabeth B. Cunningham.
•See Nicholas Heller.

      John McNaughton, foreman of the N. P. blacksmith shops was presented on Monday evening by the employees of the shop with a beautiful improved center fire Winchester rifle, latest patent. The Doctor [sic] is highly pleased with the present. (Brainerd Tribune, 24 November 1877, p. 4, c. 1)

      We are informed that some evil disposed person attempted to play the little game of grab upon Mr. Jack McNaughton a few evenings since. While returning from the N. P. shops, where he is foreman of the blacksmithing department, he was accosted by some unknown party and ordered to throw up his hands. He immediately did so, when the fellow attempted to go through him. But the poor devil had reckoned without his wits about him, for a tremendous blow from McNaughton's fist sent him reeling to the ground, and the above named gentleman quietly walked on home, as though nothing unusual had transpired. (Brainerd Tribune, 05 November 1881, p. 5, c. 4)

McNaughton, John M.

Foreman in the blacksmith shop of the Northern Pacific Railroad, at this point, was born in Genessee county, New York, in the year 1839. In 1848, he removed to Michigan with his parents, where he learned the blacksmith trade, and remained until 1866. He then went to Chicago, and two years later, to Duluth, where he was employed four years by the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad Company, and since then, has worked for his present employers. (History of the Upper Mississippi Valley, Winchell, Neill, Williams and Bryant, Minnesota Historical Company, Minneapolis: 1881; p. 651)

            ANOTHER OLD
                              PIONEER GONE

          John McNaughton, One of the
           Oldest Residents of the City,
                     Passed Away.


          As Foreman of the Blacksmith
           Shop, but Afterward in Busi-
                    ness for Himself.

      John McNaughton, one of the oldest residents of Brainerd, died this morning at 3 o'clock at his late home on 5th street south, after a lingering illness with a complication of diseases, but it is thought that the real cause of the death was heart trouble.
      The deceased was one of Brainerd's oldest residents, coming here thirty years ago the second day of last January. He came to Brainerd to take a position with the Northern Pacific as foreman of the blacksmith shop which position he held for 11 years and 6 months. At the time the company wanted him to go to Mandan, but Mr. McNaughton did not care to go so opened a blacksmith shop of his own in the city, which he conducted ever since until a short time ago when he had to quit on account of sickness.
      Deceased leaves a wife, Mrs. Esther McNaughton and three sons, John, Fred and Robert McNaughton, all of whom have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in the city.
      John McNaughton was born in Genesee county, New York, in the year 1841, and he was therefore in his sixty-second year. In 1848 he moved to Michigan with his parents, where he learned the blacksmith trade, remaining there until the year 1866. He was married at Maple Grove, Mich., Feb. 14, 1862, to Esther D. Call, who now survives him. In 1866 he went to Chicago where he remained for two years going from there to Duluth, where he was employed by the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad company, after which he came to Brainerd to take the position with the Northern Pacific.
      The old gentleman had scores of friends in the city. He was a rather unostentatious old man and did not belong to any orders in Brainerd, but he was nonetheless liked and everybody who has lived here for any time knew John McNaughton, and had naught but good to say of him. The funeral arrangements will be announced later. (Brainerd Dispatch, 09 October 1903, p. 3, c. 3)

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