Newton H. Ingersoll

Newton H. Ingersoll

Plover, Portage County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 20 May 1918 (aged 57)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 11, Lot 56, Center
Memorial ID 74669147 · View Source
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Arrived in Brainerd in 1882.

•See Arthur Edward James Pennell.
•See Dr. David P. Bigger.
•See Lucy D. Gleason Wieland.
•See Anna Steege Ferris Young.
•See Daniel D. Smith.
•See Charlotte Grandelmeyer.
•See Reuben Gray.
•See Emma E. Forsythe.
•See Hattie May Emerson Parker.
•See James M. Elder.
•See Henry Spalding.
•See Julia King Johnson Kyle.
•See Maria A. Spalding.
•See Frank Bivins Johnson.
•See Allen F. Ferris.
•See Albert Earl Losey.
•See George W. Holland.

Purchased the Brainerd Dispatch in June 1883 in partnership with F. W. Wieland.

      A surprise was given N. H. Ingersoll last evening, the occasion being his 35th birthday, and the "surprise" being the gathering at his home of between 35 and 40 of his gentlemen friends who were comfortably seated ready to partake of the evening meal with him on his arrival. The arrangements had been so closely guarded that no inkling of what was to come had reached the ears of the gentleman. The occasion was a success and after Mr. Ingersoll had partially recovered from his first shock W. A. Fleming, in behalf of those present, made a very happy speech presenting him with an elegant easy rocker. This capped the climax and it was with some effort that the gentleman responded. A bounteous supper was served and the guests departed at 6:30. (Brainerd Dispatch, 26 October 1894, p. 4, c. 3)

Free mail delivery is instituted in 1901 under Postmaster N. H. Ingersoll. The first carriers are James J. Nolan, Russell Cass, John Thompson, and Carl Philo Brockway. (Brainerd's Half Century, Ingolf Dillan, General Printing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1923; p. 40).


      The BRAINERD DAILY DISPATCH makes its initial bow to the public today and in the future will be a daily visitor to the homes, business places and workshops of this city and county. The enterprise has not been undertaken without due deliberation on the part of the publishers who believe that the time has arrived when a city of the size and importance of Brainerd should have a daily newspaper, and that the present and future prospects fully warrant the undertaking from a financial standpoint. It will be the aim of the publishers to give the people of this city a good, clean, live local paper six days in the week, the news of the outside world being fully covered by the American Press Association service.
      Two thousand copies of the issue of today are circulated and it is the intention to fully cover the entire city during the present week in order that the people of Brainerd may have a chance to judge for themselves what they may expect before they are solicited to subscribe for the paper. Solicitors will then be sent out and it is hoped that the names of a majority of the English reading people of this city will be enrolled on the DAILY DISPATCH subscription list. The price of the paper will be 40 cents per month or 10 cents per week delivered at your door every evening excepting Sunday before six o’clock. If by any chance the solicitor misses you, the latch string of our office in the Sleeper block is always out and you can find us “at home” at any time of the day or evening, or if it is more convenient send in your name by telephone, either method will bring the paper promptly to your home.
      It has been impossible owing to the limited time, and large amount of work in getting out the first issue to make a thorough canvass for advertising. It is hoped that before the next issue of the DAILY DISPATCH is published that all may be seen and be given a chance to take advantage of the large circulation that the paper will have. It is the first time in the history of the city that advertisers have had the opportunity to reach every home in the city through a newspaper. Application for space by telephone will receive prompt attention.
      Mr. E. C. Griffith, of St. Cloud, a newspaper man of experience and ability, has been engaged and will represent the DAILY DISPATCH as its local news gatherer and he is authorized to transact business for the paper in any of its branches and anything in the line of news, advertising or job work entrusted to him will receive careful and accurate attention.
      The city circulation will be in charge of A. H. Bennet, who is authorized to take subscriptions and receipt for the same and who will have full charge of the delivery of the paper and of the collection of subscription accounts for the DAILY DISPATCH. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 03 June 1901, p. 2, c. 1)


      N. H. Ingersoll of the Brainerd Dispatch, who was taken sick with heart trouble on Friday evening, rallied for a time Saturday and it was expected he would gradually recover.
      This morning there was a turn for the worse and his condition at 4:30 o'clock is extremely critical and the end may come at any time. Doctors and nurses have given their best to relieve him. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 20 May 1918, p. 5, c. 4)

            N. H. INGERSOLL
                         HAS PASSED AWAY

    Member of Firm, Ingersoll & Wieland
           of Brainerd Dispatch, Called
                    Monday Evening


   Was Postmaster of Brainerd Fourteen
         Years, Factor in Development
                      of Brainerd

      Newton H. Ingersoll, age 58, member of the firm of Ingersoll & Wieland, publishers and editors of the Brainerd Dispatch, died Monday evening of heart trouble at his home, 224 North Fifth street, following a short illness of three days. On last Friday evening, while at work in his garden, he was suddenly taken sick. Doctors and nurses labored in vain. He rallied Monday morning, but failed steadily in the afternoon. The end came about 10 o'clock Monday evening. He was conscious, recognized the family and relatives about him, and was resigned to his call beyond.
      He was born in Plover, Wis., October 28, 1859 [sic], near Stevens Point, residing there during his childhood and learned the printers trade in his father's office, and later worked on the Stevens Point Journal. One of his most treasured exchanges was this same paper which continued to come to him uninterruptedly from the time he left the first paper he had worked for.
      Later he conducted a paper at Columbus, Wis. He was married at Plover to Miss Harriet H. Hall on June 13, 1881. They had two children, one a daughter that died in infancy and the other a son, Dr. H. G. Ingersoll, practicing in Brainerd.
      From Columbus Mr. Ingersoll went to Ada and was employed on a paper there with Fred Puhler who later was engaged in the Kindred campaign. The congressional district then comprised the whole northern part of the state. Mr. Ingersoll and Mr. Puhler came to Brainerd and the latter bought the Brainerd Dispatch, then established by Frank Meyst.
      Later Mr. Ingersoll and Mr. Wieland bought the Dispatch and conducted the same over 35 years. They were among the oldest firms of the city. A daily was added and has been published seventeen years.
      Mr. Ingersoll was postmaster of Brainerd fourteen years, serving during republican administrations and well into a succeeding democratic one. He was a member of the State Editorial association and one of its executive committee. He was a member of the Zurah Temple of Shriners, the local Ascalon Commandery, Blue Lodge and Chapter, the Woodmen, Elks and other orders.
      He was a committee clerk in the legislature at three different periods and gained a wide acquaintance of men and measures.
      Mr. Ingersoll took great interest in all agencies for the advancement of Crow Wing county and Brainerd. He was active in the Northern Minnesota Development association, and was a member of the advisory board of the Brainerd Chamber of Commerce. The last meeting he attended at 4 o'clock Friday afternoon, five hours before he was taken sick, was a committee meeting at the Chamber of Commerce.
      He was a member of the First Congregational church for years, being a trustee of the church.
      He was a charter member of the Brainerd Typographical union. He gave much time to Red Cross work and was an active member of the surgical dressing class.
      In addition to the wife and son surviving him, there are two sisters, Mrs. Peter Schumacher of McGregor, Iowa, and Mrs. Walter J. Smith of Brainerd. His mother died two years ago and his father, a Civil War Veteran [illegible] died several years ago. His parents lie buried here and he will be laid near them.
      In his relations with employees at the postoffice and in the newspaper office he was always kindly and courteous and no honest appeal ever went unnoticed. He had faculty of gauging men and their capabilities which was remarkable, discovering much latent ability and giving it a chance to "make good." He was ever working for the good of the community and striving to uplift men by giving them a chance "to stand on their feet."
      The funeral will be held on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the First Congregational church and he will be buried under the auspices of the church and Knights Templar of Ascalon Commandery. Rev. G. P. Sheridan is both pastor of the church and commander of the commandery.
      The Knights will assemble in full uniform and meet at the hall at 1:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon to attend the funeral.
      The active pallbearers named are Knights Templar John Carlson, F. A. Farrar, George W. Grewcox, A. J. Halstead, George D. LaBar and Judge W. S. McClenahan.
      The honorary pallbearers are H. McGinn, C. H. Paine, C. A. Albright, Wm. A. Spencer, R. W. Seelye and F. W. Stout. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 21 May 1918, p. 5, c. 1)

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 74669147
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Newton H. Ingersoll (28 Oct 1860–20 May 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74669147, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by A. Nelson (contributor 47143984) .