James M. Elder

James M. Elder

Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky, USA
Death 24 Oct 1917 (aged 58)
Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 6, Lot 94, NEC N 1/2
Memorial ID 79102253 · View Source
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Arrived in Brainerd in 1887.

•See Charlotte Grandelmeyer.
•See Emma E. Forsythe.
•See Ethel Maud Small Farrar.
•See Eva Zelma Burgoyne.
•See Allen F. Ferris.
•See Charles E. Peabody.
•See Charles Douglas Johnson.

                  Lands are Cheap.

      J. M. Elder is the agent for the sale of Northern Pacific railroad lands in Crow Wing and Cass counties. Having had inquiry regarding the terms of pay, etc., a DISPATCH reporter called at his office in the Bank block on Wednesday and obtained the following information: The company has reduced the prices on all their lands one-half and they can now be purchased at from $2.40 to $4.00 per acre, only one-sixth of the purchase price being required to be paid down, the balance in annual payments at 7 per cent. Mr. Elder locates settlers on these lands free of all expense to the purchaser, and sends a cruiser with them in order that they may see the land and be entirely satisfied with it. If a man wants a farm now is the time to select the land while there are yet choice pieces left. You can make the down payment for a trifling sum and the balance in five equal payments. Mr. Elder has charts, maps, and all necessary information which will be freely given to applicants. (Brainerd Dispatch, 21 December 1894, p. 4, c. 4)

                  A Pleasant Occasion.

      A very pleasant occasion took place Wednesday evening at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Elder. That day was the 36th anniversary of Mr. Elder's birthday, and a surprise was arranged for him by his estimable wife. About thirty of his gentlemen friends were invited to partake of a 6 o'clock dinner, and as Mr. Elder was absent from the city on a hunting trip he did not get an inkling as to what was going on until he came home and found his house occupied by his friends ready to gather 'round the dinner table with him and enjoy a social hour. The dinner was an elaborate affair and every one present seemed to partake of it with a relish that was exceedingly refreshing. After the meal was over cigars were passed around and C. D. Johnson was called upon for a few remarks, and he responded in the following happy vein:
      Mr. Elder: We have been happily invited to be present on this, the anniversary of the day of your being ushered into the dawn of life. This is your birthday; birthdays are always remember by persons born, and never forgotten by persons giving birth. It is an event with mingled pain and pleasure, and I give it my approval as an event worthy of remembrance. You have passed the meridian of life; if you can look back over the milestones passed and have said "well done then good and faithful servant," why, we congratulate you. I do not not think that you have ever too deeply skinned a friend, nor too traitorously robbed a foe. I congratulate you on being alive on this your 36th birthday, and I trust you will continue to have birthdays 'till long after every vestige of hair on your head has disappeared. I do not wish to say that which might be thought too personal nor do I wish to speak with disrespect, but I can't refrain from expressing the thought that you, Mr. Elder, possess an advantage over most of us married men; I say an advantage, for you are bald-headed. Oh! there need be no harrowing thoughts crowding your mind, if, perchance you should be detained down town, and then be obliged to creep into the house with cat-like stillness at an unreasonable hour of night, you will have no fear of being snatched bald-headed. You have our best wishes for the future, and I know we shall all look forward to the coming of your birthdays with a longing for the good things we have had to eat on this evening.
      The remarks were responded to by Mr. Elder in a few well-chosen words. H. I. Cohen and others made a few remarks appropriate to the occasion, after which the company were treated to several vocal selections by S. F. Alderman. Those present then departed after bidding their host and hostess good night and wishing many returns of the happy occasion. Among those present were:
      C. M. Patek, H. I. Cohen, C. D. Johnson, F. A. Farrar, A. P. Farrar, E. M. Westfall, S. F. Alderman, J. H. Alderman, C. E. Cole, H. Ribbel, A. E. Losey, I. T. Dean, W. E. Campbell, C. E. Dickinson, Dr. Groves, W. A. M. Johnstone, Leon E. Lum, G. D. LaBar, Herman Casey, Fred Slipp, D. M. Clark, J. F. McGinnis, S. Walker, A. J. Halsted, F. W. Wieland, N. H. Ingersoll, J. C. Small, J. T. Frater, Geo. Keene, D. R. and John Elder. (Brainerd Dispatch, 27 September 1895, p. 4, c. 5)

            JAMES M. ELDER IS
                       CALLED TO REWARD

       Well Known Brainerd Man Passed
          Away in Kentucky Wednesday
           Morning Following Operation

  Called to Bedside of Sick Brother and is
 Himself Stricken with Fatal Malady--Wife
                and Son at Bedside

      James M. Elder, widely known to all his friends as just plain "Jim," died at 5:50 this morning in Owensboro, Kentucky, following an operation for appendicitis performed last Saturday.
      Mr. Elder had been called to Kentucky to be present at an operation performed on his brother, A. J. Elder, who was suffering from gallstones. It was one of the vagaries of fate that he should be stricken with a fatal malady while watching the suffering of one near and dear to him.
      A great bond of love existed between Mr. Elder, his parents and brothers and every year he would visit them in Kentucky at the old family home. His father died two years ago. His mother is living.
      His wife and son Monroe went to Owensboro Saturday and were with him in his last hours. He had rallied for a time and a recovery was expected, but in the early morning hours Wednesday his strength rapidly ebbed and the end came calmly and peacefully.
      He had been ailing the past three years with nose and throat affections [sic] and minor operations had been performed.
      Mr. Elder was a great friend of Fred Lynch of St. Paul and was a quiet power in the democratic party. He was a democratic state central committeeman and a delegate to the state convention. He was a great admirer of President Wilson and worked to sustain his policies.
      He was alderman of the second ward of Brainerd at the time when H. P. Dunn was mayor and he led the fight for high license.
      For years he had been land agent of the Northern Pacific railway company. He came to Brainerd about 1884 and was first employed by C. F. Kindred when the latter was building Brainerd's first waterworks. He had large interests in mineral and farm lands on the Cuyuna range, many pieces of large acreage. He early bought out O. H. Havill and took over his land business. Mr. Elder had interests in the Duluth Mining Co., the Minnesota Park Region Land Co. and other corporations.
      His farms included the place in Oak Lawn township, highly developed and of which Frank J. Thomas was superintendent. Here Mr. Elder had developed a Holstein herd which attracted attention throughout the state and received the laundation [sic] of W. S. Moscrip.
      Mr. Elder also owned a most valuable tract of land lying on the east shore of Gull lake at what is known as the Old Mission. This land was platted and many pretentious summer homes have been built there, the most extensive being the one built and occupied by Mr. Elder and his family.
      Mr. Elder was married in Brainerd and is survived by his wife and one son, Monroe Elder, who for a time attended the officer's training camp. In the family lot in Brainerd repose two brothers, J. R. Elder who lost his life in a blizzard in North Dakota, and Joseph Elder. The brother, A. J. Elder, is at Owensboro recovering from the operation. D. R. Elder, another brother, lives in St. Paul. Robert Elder, a nephew, resides at Ironton and Miss Mary Bishop, a niece, is a teacher in Brainerd.
      Mr. Elder was a member of the Elks lodge of Brainerd. It is not known whether he was affiliated with any other orders. He carried heavy life insurance in old line companies.
      The Dispatch extends to the bereaved family its sincere sympathy in which the whole countryside joins. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 24 October 1917, p. 1, c's. 1 & 2)


         Well Known Brainerd Man to be
          Buried Friday, Services Shortly
                   After Train Arrives

      The funeral of James M. Elder will be held Friday afternoon shortly after the train bearing the remains arrives from St. Paul at 1:50 P. M.
      The honorary pallbearers named are Dr. A. F. Groves, C. M. Patek, George D. LaBar, Con O'Brien, C. D. Johnson and Dr. Henri Ribbel.
      The active pallbearers will be F. A. Farrar, W. A. M. Johnstone, Carl Zapffe, D. L. Fairchild, H. L. Jones and John C. Thomas of Oak Lawn township.
      The service will take place at the First Congregational church, Rev. G. P. Sheridan officiating. The songs and music will be in charge of S. F. Alderman.
      Short services will be held at the grave. Many farmers of the country expect to be present and may not arrive in time at the church, but will be in attendance at the grave where the services are expected to be held at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon.


      It is expected that many friends of the late James M. Elder will wish to see the remains. Inasmuch as it is the rule of the church not to open the casket during or after the service, the minister has made the following provisions:
      The casket will be placed in the chapel previous to the service and those who wish may view the remains. After which the casket will be closed for the funeral service.
                              REV. G. P. SHERIDAN.

                       NOTICE ELKS

      All Elks are requested to be at the depot Friday afternoon when the St. Paul train arrives at 1:50 P. M. to meet the remains of our late brother, James M. Elder, there to form an escort of honor to the First Congreational church where the funeral services will be held.
                                    R. R. GOULD,
                                          Exalted Ruler.
(Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 25 October 1917, p. 5, c's. 3 & 4)

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