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John Henry McGowan (1896 - 1963)

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John Henry McGowan
Born in Benson, Minnesotamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Crookston, Minnesotamap
Descendants descendants
Father of and
Died in Minneapolis, Minnesotamap
McGowan-899 created 11 May 2014 | Last modified
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Categories: Benson, Minnesota | Crookston, Minnesota | United States Army, World War I | Minneapolis, Minnesota | Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

John McGowan has Irish ancestors.

Biography

John was the eighth of ten children in the family of Patrick and Sarah Breen McGowan. He was less than four years old when his father died. He grew up and attended school in Benson, Minnesota. [1][2] When he was 14, John was working as a delivery boy for a general store while going to school.[3] The family moved to nearby Appleton, Minnesota when three of his older brothers bought the newspaper there. John completed his senior year of high school in Appleton.[4]

At the time of his draft registration in June 1917, John was working as a traveling salesman for Liggett and Myers tobacco company, in St. Paul, Minnesota and had previous military service as a corporal at St. Thomas College, in St. Paul, perhaps during his one year of college there.[5] John was one of four men from Appleton, Minnesota, who volunteered for five months of intensive training as army mechanics at the University of Pittsburgh. [6] He was later sent to Fort Lee, Virginia, for further training in September 1918 as a Candidate for Central Officers Training School and was discharged there after the armistice.[7]

After military service, John returned to his work as a traveling salesman. In 1920, he and his mother were living in Crookston, Minnesota.[8] In Crookston, John met his wife, Gil Suave. They were married in 1924.[9] By 1930, they had a two year old son and were living in Minneapolis.[10]

In 1940, John and his family were living at 4708 Pleasant Avenue, in Minneapolis, and he was working as a representative for a paper factory.[11] In 1942, John was working for the Twin City Ordnance Plant in New Brighton, Minnesota.[12]

John died at age 67[13] and is buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minnesota.

Sources

  1. "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11601-69450-50?cc=1325221 : accessed 20 January 2015), Minnesota > Swift > ED 270 Benson village > image 20 of 31; citing NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. "Minnesota, State Census, 1905," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-159387-29053-5?cc=1503056 : accessed 20 January 2015), Swift > Benson village > image 24 of 45; State Library and Records Service, St. Paul.
  3. "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M2PQ-8RB : accessed 20 January 2015), John H 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.
  4. Appleton (Press), Appleton Area Centennial Issue, June 1973, Section 2, p. 21, col. 2
  5. "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-26451-20493-74?cc=1968530 : accessed 20 January 2015), Minnesota > Swift County; A-Z > image 1981 of 3194; citing NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. "Four More Appleton Men to Enter the Service," The Appleton Press, April 5, 1918, p. 1, col. 2.
  7. State of Minnesota Military Service Record, n.d.
  8. "United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWB5-X44 : accessed 20 January 2015), John M Mcgowan in household of Sarah Mcgowan, Crookston Ward 4, Polk, Minnesota, United States; citing sheet 5A, family 108, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,850.
  9. Minnesota Official Marriage System
  10. "United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X3ZB-1LR : accessed 31 Jul 2014), John H Mcgowan, Minneapolis (Districts 251-266), Hennepin, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0255, sheet 20A, family 393, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1100.
  11. "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-27789-8074-91?cc=2000219 : accessed 20 January 2015), Minnesota > Hennepin > Minneapolis City, Minneapolis, Ward 13 > 89-425 Minneapolis City Ward 13 (Area 108 part) > image 17 of 32; citing NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012).
  12. "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKCC-HL3Y : 9 April 2016), John Henry McGowan, 27 Apr 1942; citing NARA microfilm publication M1936, M1937, M1939, M1951, M1962, M1964, M1986, M2090, and M2097 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  13. "Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V4H5-2CM : accessed 20 January 2015), John H. Mcgowan, 15 May 1963; from "Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002," Ancestry; citing Hennepin, Minnesota, record 1534665, certificate number 006597, Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis.




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