George Forsythe

George Forsythe

Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford-on-Avon District, Warwickshire, England
Death 19 Feb 1912 (aged 69)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 8, Lot 15, Center
Memorial ID 74126801 · View Source
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Arrived in Brainerd in 1876.

Brother of Albert Joseph Forsythe.

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      East Brainerd is the name of a new addition to the town of Brainerd the plat of which was recorded last week by Messrs. E. Y. Farrar and George Forsythe who are selling lots like smoke at $40 each and already six new residences have been erected upon the site which is located north east of the shops and will be found very convenient for the men there engaged in the employ of the company, as well as very remunerative to Messrs. Farrar & Forsythe who purchased the ground and platted it. (Brainerd Tribune, 09 October 1880, p. 4, c. 1)

Forsythe, George

Is a native of England, born in the year 1842. When twelve years of age, he came to Canada, learned the machinist's trade at Hamilton, and in 1865, removed to Syracuse, New York. Brainerd has claimed him for a resident since 1876, he being employed in the machine shops of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company. In July, 1881, he accepted the position of foreman of tools and machinery, in the same shops. (History of the Upper Mississippi Valley, Winchell, Neill, Williams and Bryant, Minnesota Historical Company, Minneapolis: 1881; p. 646)

            Mr. Forsythe is Surprised.

      A very pleasant surprise was arranged and given Hon. Geo. Forsythe at his residence in East Brainerd on Saturday evening last, the occasion being his fifty-first birthday. The company assembled during the gentleman's absence in the evening, and on his return he found his spacious home filled with friends and acquaintances who had gathered to do honor to the occasion. Mr. Forsyth's surprise was greatly increased when John T. Frater presented him with an elegant leather easy chair, on behalf of those present, and in the speech which followed he was so overcome that it was with difficulty that he responded. The evening was pleasantly spent at cards, etc., and an elaborate lunch followed. (Brainerd Dispatch, 01 April 1892, p. 4, c. 5)

            GEORGE FORSYTH
                        ANSWERS LAST CALL

     Well Known Citizen of Brainerd Died
          of Paralysis at His Residence at
                        7:30 This Morning


         Was Past Grand High Priest Royal
            Arch Masons of State—A Shop
                      Foreman 36 Years

      George Forsyth [sic], aged 70, a prominent and well known citizen of Brainerd, passed away at his residence, 404 Northeast Fourth avenue, at 7:30 this morning death being due to a stroke of paralysis.
      Mr. Forsythe was especially prominent as a Mason. He was a past grand high priest of the Royal Arch Masons of the state of Minnesota; thrice illustrious past master Royal and Select Chapter, No. 42; past worthy patron order of the Eastern Star; past eminent commander of Ascalon Commandery, No. 16, Kinghts Templar, and a member of the State Masonic Veteran association.
      He received the degree of Master Mason at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, when he was 21 years of age. Companion Forsyth [sic] received the degrees of the Cryptic Rite in Zabud Council No. 10 at Brainerd and was a charter member. He was made master of the council July 22, 1898. He was a regular attendant at the grand council of Minnesota and was elected grand master of the grand council of Minnesota. He was dubbed and created a Knight Templar in Ascalon Commandery No. 16, at Brainerd on February 6, 1884 and was elected Eminent Commander May 5, 1896. He was also a member of Alpha Chapter No. 23, Order of the Eastern Star and had been installed as its worthy patron several terms in succession. He was appointed a high priest and was also a member of the Masonic Veteran association, having been elected at its annual assembly.
      The deceased was born in Stratford-on-Avon, England on March 26, 1842. He came to America when he was 12 years of age and lived at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where his father was the master mechanic at the shops of the Great Western railway. He entered here as a machinist's apprentice and after seven years became a full fledged machinist. At the age of 21 he returned to England and remained there two years. He then returned to America and had a position in the locomotive works at Detroit, Mich.
      Later the entire family removed to Syracuse, New York, and the deceased went into the gents' furnishing and clothing business at Rome, New York. In 1867 he was married to Miss Emma Elizabeth Linnemann [sic] and in 1869 they removed to Syracuse where he became identified with the New York Central railway, remaining there until William Lewis, with whom he had served his apprenticeship in Ontario, Canada, asked him to come to the shops in Brainerd and sent for him in 1876. Mr. Forsyth [sic] has been connected with the Northern Pacific railway shops for virtually 36 years, during which time he has been a foreman of the machine shops of the car shops.
      He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal church since the church was organized in Brainerd, having joined the church in England. He served as vestryman in Brainerd for many years. Mr. Forsyth [sic] was an alderman of the third ward for many years and served as president of the city council eight years. He served on the first charter commission. He also was a member of the A. O. U. W. [Ancient Order of Workmen] and the Machinists union.
      Numerous jewels, decorations and medals have been conferred upon him while he held office in the Masonic orders of Brainerd and of the state, and especially notable were the jewels conferred on him when he concluded his term as grand high priest of the Royal Arch Masons of the state.
      About three weeks ago he attended the Masonic ceremonies at the Masonic temple in Minneapolis. A week ago he complained of a slight indisposition and on Lincoln's birthday he suffered his first shock and has been confined to his home since then, where everything possible was done to alleviate his sufferings.
      He leaves a wife, a son George L. Forsyth [sic] and [an] adopted son, Joseph Midgley, all of this city. His brothers are William Forsyth [sic], of New York City; Charles Forsyth [sic] of Syracuse and A. J. Forsyth [sic], of Brainerd; and the sisters are Mrs. F. Jones, of Brooklyn; Mrs. Elizabeth Gemmell, of Syracuse and Miss Emma Forsyth [sic] of Minneapolis. A nephew, George T. Robinson, of Buffalo, New York, is also expected to attend the funeral.
      In view of the many relatives to be communicated with, no funeral arrangements were announced this morning. It may be said, however, that the burial will be under Masonic auspices from the Masonic hall and that many of the most notable Masons of the state and railway men will attend.
      In this sad affliction the widow and family have the sincerest sympathy of the entire community. The deceased was known to every one in the city and his loss will be keenly felt. Active in fraternal and civic life, he did much to upbuild Brainerd. (Brainerd Dispatch, 19 February 1912, p. 3, c. 1)

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