Milton McFadden

Milton McFadden

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 18 Oct 1921 (aged 72)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 5, Lot 109, Center
Memorial ID 74177542 · View Source
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Living in Brainerd in 1880.

Crow Wing County Probate Judge 1899

Brother of Newton McFadden.

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McFadden, Milton

Is one of the rising men of Crow Wing county. He came here less than two years ago, and is now acceptably filling the position of Deputy Auditor. (History of the Upper Mississippi Valley, Winchell, Neill, Williams and Bryant, Minnesota Historical Company, Minneapolis: 1881; p. 650)

                  Wooden Wedding.

      Mr. and Mrs. Milton McFadden celebrated the fifth anniversary of their wedding last Wednesday evening, Nov. 17th by entertaining a large company of friends and acquaintances at their residence on Fifth street. Vocal and instrumental music, an elegant collation and pleasant social intercourse were the delightful features of the occasion. The host and hostess were the recipient of many useful and beautiful presents, of which the following is a list:
      Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Bivins, one ebony easel.
      Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Dresskell, one walnut book rack.
      Miss Bertha Moorman, Messrs. Edward Moorman, Wm. Bartsch, Will Harrison, and C. B. Thompson, one ebony what-not.
      Miss Sadie Jackson, one fancy work stand.
      O. C. Foster, an ebony easel.
      Mr. and Mrs. B. S. McMahan and Fred Luken, a fancy work stand.
      Mr. and Mrs. T. P. Russell, a hand painted and gilt paper rack.
      Mr. and Mrs. N. McFadden, a very elegant cherry stand.
      Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Nevers and Mr. and Miss F. L. Matteson, a very elegant cherry stand.
      Mr. A. Burnstine, a cutting table.
      Mrs. E. Burnstine, a handsome gilt ornament, hand painted.
      Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Johnson, a laundry receptacle.
      Mr. and Mrs. T. McMaster, a walnut and gilt corner bracket.
      Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gilby, an ebony and gilt towel rack.
      Mrs. G. W. Ames and Mrs. A. J. Sovereign, a walnut hat rack.
      Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Alderman, a walnut and gilt what-not.
(Brainerd Dispatch, 19 November 1886, p. 4, c. 6)

      The Villard Hotel at Brainerd Burns
               Down—Loss $50,000;
                Insurance, $25,000.

              TOTALLY DESTROYED.

     The Villard Hotel at Brainerd Burned
                      to the Ground
             in the Early Morning Hours.

BRAINERD, May 4.--The Villard Hotel was burned to the ground this morning. The alarm was sounded at 4 o'clock and the department responded immediately, but owing to some difficulty in getting water started from the hydrant, the blaze gained considerable headway before they began playing on it, and it had been communicated from the kitchen, where it started from the bursting of a gasoline stove, to the sleeping rooms of the hired help above it. The alarm was sounded through the house, but the flames swept through the upper stories with such rapidity that it was with difficulty that the sleeping guests were aroused in time to escape with their lives, leaving their effects, and in many instances their clothes, to be consumed, and the people in the third story were entirely cut off from the stairways and were taken from the windows by the aid of ladders and ropes.

                    A Serious Loss.

      Gustaf Frohman's Madison Square comedy company lost their entire outfit excepting three trunks, the treasurer managing to get his trunk containing $1,200 out through a window. Nothing from the rooms over the kitchen was saved, and the hired help lost their entire belongings, the head cook having $200 in her trunk which was consumed. A part of the furniture in the rooms on the ground floor was gotten out, although in a damaged condition, but the silverware and dining-room outfit was not entered and everything in it destroyed. The stock of liquors in the sample room was saved, but three billiard tables, bar fixtures, etc. went with the building. The loss on contents to W. W. Hartley who was running the hotel, is probably $7,000 with $3,000 insurance on it. The individual loss to guests and regular boarders will probably foot up as much more.
      It was reported that two men had perished in the flames but it is thought that this is not so, as the register has been examined and everyone accounted for as far as that goes. The hotel itself was insured for $25,000 in different companies represented by J. L. Smith and M. McFadden.
      The handsome structure was erected in 1883 by Witt & Leland at a cost of $50,000, and was as finely equipped hotel property as there was on the line of the Northern Pacific west of Minneapolis. The loss is a great one to this city, as it leaves us without ample hotel accommodations, and will greatly inconvenience the traveling public and train men who made their headquarters there. It is impossible to learn today whether arrangements will be made to rebuild or not, but it is expected that such will be the case. (Minneapolis Tribune, 05 May 1887, p. 2)

      M. McFadden's beautiful home on Holly street, just north of the Park, was nearly destroyed by fire yesterday noon. The department extinguished the flames soon after they arrived at the scene, but such headway had been gained that the house was damaged as much by the water as by fire. The goods were all removed but in a damaged condition. The property was insured. (Brainerd Dispatch, 07 March, 1890, p. 4, c. 4)

      Miss Jean A. Young, a sister of Mrs. Richard Ahrens and a niece of Milton McFadden, is expected to arrive in the city from Pittsburgh, Penn., today, to spend the summer. (Brainerd Dispatch, 27 July 1894, p. 4, c. 3)

                    A Birthday Feast.

      Mr. Milton McFadden entertained thirty-six Royal Arch Masons at his home on Monday evening the seventeenth inst. A bountiful and excellent supper was provided by Mrs. McFadden and pleasantly served by Mesdames Ahrens, Keene and McFadden, assisted by Misses Ella McFadden and Kitty Keene. The gather was in honor of the Mr. McFadden's birthday which occurred on the 16th. After the supper a great surprise was given the gentlman when he was presented with a beautiful silver satin lined cuff receiver appropriately engraved with his name, age, and a keystone, also three artistic vases. The gifts were present to Mr. McFadden in a unique speech by Campanion Rev. G. W. Gallagher who said:
(Brainerd Dispatch, 21 January 1898, p. 7, c. 3)

                              HAS PASSED AWAY

   Resident of Brainerd 41 Years, Form-
        er Register of Deeds and Judge
                     of Probate Court


      Belonged to All Branches of Mason-
            ry, Blue Lodge to Shrine; To
             Knights of Pythias and Elks

      Milton McFadden, age 72, for 41 years a resident of Brainerd, passed away Tuesday morning at 5 o'clock, the end coming peacefully and in the presence of members of the family. For almost half a century he had been prominent in Brainerd business and fraternal life.
      He was born January 16, 1849 in Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph and Nancy McFadden. He received an academic education and came to Brainerd in March, 1880. On November 17, 1881, he was married to Miss Mary Elizabeth Thompson, and they made their home in Brainerd continuously since then.
      He was early elected to county offices, being at one time a register of deeds of Crow Wing county and later probate judge. He was later in the insurance and real estate business, associated with the late G. A. Keene. Upon the death of his partner he continued the business for some time.
      He leaves a wife, a daughter Mrs C. Freeman Dunbar, a granddaughter Miss Helen Polk, a sister in California, Mrs. Louise B. Glass age 80, a sister-in-law Mrs. W. N. Kratzer of Pittsburgh and a niece Mrs. Richard Ahrens of Minneapolis.
                    Fraternal Orders
      Mr. McFadden was prominent in fraternal orders. He belonged to the local branch of Masonry from Blue Lodge to Commandery and also held membership in Osman Temple of the Shriners of St. Paul, and the Masonic Veterans of Minnesota. He was a member of the Eastern Star.
      He joined the Blue Lodge of Brainerd on September 18, 1881; the Chapter on October 8, 1883 and the Commandery on February 13, 1884. He was a life member of all Masonic branches. He was first secretary and then treasurer of the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Commandery for many years. He was the twelfth Past Master of Aurora Lodge, serving from 1888 to 1890. He was Past Eminent Commander of Ascalon Commandery.
      Mr. McFadden joined the Knights of Pythias in 1886 and was their treasurer for nearly 30 years.
He was a prominent member of Elks lodge and was voted a life membership in the order. He joined the Elks on October 6, 1904 and was made a life member on May 7, 1914.
      Mr. McFadden for many years was Secretary of Evergreen Cemetery Association.
                    Funeral Saturday
      As near as can be stated at present, the funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon from Masonic hall, the services being under the auspices of the Masons, which order he cherished the most. He always expressed a wish to wear his Knights Templar uniform and he will be clad in it.
      The past Masters of the Masons will assist in the funeral services. The family, residing at 509 Holly street, has asked that flowers be omitted. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 18 October 1921, p. 5, c. 1)

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  • Added: 30 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 74177542
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Milton McFadden (16 Jan 1849–18 Oct 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74177542, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by A. Nelson (contributor 47143984) .