Joseph Clarence McGowan

Joseph Clarence McGowan (1893 - 1963)

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Joseph Clarence (Joe) McGowan
Born in Benson, Minnesotamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Benson, Minnesotamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Tucson, Arizonamap
McGowan-770 created 28 Dec 2013 | Last modified
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Categories: Benson, Minnesota | Weekly Newspaper Publishers | 135th Ambulance Company, United States Army, World War I | US Postmasters | Holy Hope Cemetery, Tucson, Arizona | Irish Roots.

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Biography

Joe's birth was announced in the local newspaper shortly after his birth in Benson, Minnesota. [1]He was the sixth[2] of ten children in the family, and he was six years old when his father died.[3]

Joe grew up in Benson[4][5] and graduated from Benson High School in 1911. He was salutatorian of his class, participated in debate and was on the football team.

Like his older brother Martin, he started work as a "printer's devil" at the Swift County Monitor, and continued working in the newspaper shop for two years after finishing high school. After completing a linotype operator's course in Chicago in 1913, he worked as a linotype operator for a Sears Roebuck printing plant for a few months.[6] He joined his brothers Martin and Allen in purchasing the Appleton (Minnesota) Press in January 1914.

Army Service

In July 1917, Joe enlisted in the National Guard in its medical section. He trained for two months in St. Paul, Minnesota, and then one year at Camp Cody, New Mexico. He was assigned to the 135th Ambulance Company of the 34th Division. The company spent two weeks in Liverpool, England before arriving in LeMans, France just before the armistice. They were also stationed at Joinville and Bordeaux before returning to the US in January 1919.[7]

In July that same year, the McGowan brothers and sister Gertrude purchased the Swift County Monitor in Benson. Two years later, Joe sold his interest in the Appleton Press and bought out his siblings' interest in the Monitor to become sole owner. Six years later, he bought a rival Benson paper, the Swift County News.

Also in 1919, Joe married Mary Donnelly of Benson.[8] They are the parents of three children.[9][10]

Community Service

Joe was elected first commander of the American Legion post in Benson when it was organized in 1919. He was elected commander of the district Legion in 1927. He served as chairman of the county Democratic party from 1924 to 1936. He was a delegate to the Democratic national convention in 1932. He was appointed acting postmaster and subsequently postmaster in Benson in 1934.

Joe was also active in the Benson Chamber of Commerce, the Knights of Columbus, the Kiwanis Club and the Swift County Hospital Association.[11]

After retirement and sale of the newspapers, Joe and his wife Mary retired to Tucson, Arizona. Joe died at age 70 and is buried in Holy Hope Cemetery in Tucson.[12]

Sources

  1. "News of the Week," Swift County Monitor, February 10, 1893.
  2. "Minnesota, State Census, 1895," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12332-167428-9?cc=1503031 : accessed 5 February 2015), Swift County > Benson village > image 3 of 28; State Library and Records Service, St. Paul.
  3. "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11601-65483-47?cc=1325221 : accessed 5 February 2015), Minnesota > Swift > ED 270 Benson village > image 19 of 31; citing NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. "Minnesota, State Census, 1905," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-159387-29053-5?cc=1503056 : accessed 5 February 2015), Swift > Benson village > image 24 of 45; State Library and Records Service, St. Paul.
  5. "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M2PQ-8RT : accessed 5 February 2015), Joseph C Mcgowan in household of Sarah Mcgowan, Benson Ward 2, Swift, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 157, sheet 12B, family 214, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,729.
  6. "J.C. McGowan" from the Swift County News, February 4, 1936. Photocopy available from Swift County Historical Society, Benson, Minnesota.
  7. State of Minnesota Military Service Record, compiled by the Minnesota War Records Commission.
  8. "United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MW1R-VC6 : accessed 5 February 2015), Joseph Mcgowan, Benson, Swift, Minnesota, United States; citing sheet 11A, family 219, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,864.
  9. "United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X3DR-CKQ : accessed 5 February 2015), Joseph Mcgowan, Benson, Swift, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0003, sheet 9A, family 83, line 26, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1132; FHL microfilm 2,340,867.
  10. "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-27790-6159-26?cc=2000219 : accessed 5 February 2015), Minnesota > Swift > Benson City, Benson > 76-3B Benson City S of Great Northern Railway, Swift County Hospital > image 9 of 43; citing NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012).
  11. "J.C. McGowan" from the Swift County News, February 4, 1936. Photocopy available from Swift County Historical Society, Benson, Minnesota.
  12. Joseph C. McGowan at BillionGraves.


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