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From this point on, I will not try to document all lines of descent from Peter McDougall and Catherine Campbell. Instead, I will focus on the line that led to the author. Before I discuss the family of Peter B. McDougall, however, I will summarize what I know of his siblings. There is not much to tell; the information is sparse.
Peter B. McDougall (1851-1919)
Peter B. McDougall married Elizabeth Gilmer in 1881. Elizabeth (1860-1938) was the daughter of John Gilmer and Mary Roseann Hollister, who had recently moved their family to Royalton from the same part of Ontario that Peter B.'s parents had left 30 years earlier. John Gilmer's parents had brought him from Ireland as an infant; Mary Roseann Hollister's parents were descendants of British Loyalists who had moved to Canada from the United States after the Revolutionary War. Peter B. McDougall and Elizabeth Gilmer had seven children and 17 grandchildren:
I will discuss each of their children briefly, with the exception of my grandfather Wallace, who I discuss in more detail in the following section.
Wallace McDougall (1893-1969)
Wallace McDougall was the youngest son of Peter B. McDougall. In 1922, he married Mayme Lucinda McVeety, whose Scottish and Irish grandparents had similarly immigrated from Canada in the 1870's. Wally was a professional cook and baker. He was also a veteran of WW I and worked on the ALCAN Highway. Wally and Mayme lived in Royalton, Minnesota. They had six childrenWilliam Stuart, Nelson Blaine, Mary Roseann, John Donald, and twins Kathleen Careen and Kathryn Elizabethand 19 grandchildren. Wally died in 1969 and Mayme died in 1978. Both are buried in the Royalton Riverside Cemetery. The remainder of this section discusses their six children.
William Stuart Bill McDougall
Bill McDougall married Marjorie Ann Hill in 1943. This was during World War II, while Bill was a pilot and flying instructor in the Army Air Corps. After the war, Bill and Margie settled in suburban Minneapolis, where Bill worked as a graphic artist. Bill and Margie had six children and later moved to Lakeland, Florida.
Bill contracted a disabling nerve condition that limited his mobility for the last 20 years of his life. Bill died in 1994 and is buried in the Royalton Riverside Cemetery.
Nelson Blaine Smokey McDougall
Smokey married Ethel Voit in 1953. They had eight children, seven of whom grew to adulthood. Smokey and Ethel also had sixteen grandchildren.
Smokey and Ethel raised their family in Royalton. For as long as I remember, Smokey worked for a boat-building company in Little Falls (Larson Boatworks, I believe). He was also an outdoor enthusiast, always hunting, fishing, or trapping. He died in 1988 and is buried in the Royalton Riverside Cemetery.
Mary Roseann (McDougall) Malmin
Roseann McDougall married Thelmer Malmin in 1950. At the time, Thelmer was a heavy equipment operator with a construction firm that was building a highway through central Minnesota. Thelmer and Roseann met when the construction crew took up temporary quarters in Royalton. For the next several years, they moved around the state from job to job in a 30-foot trailer home, and along the way, they had two of their five children.
The family settled in Royalton in 1957 when their oldest son was about to start school. Thelmer continued to work construction projects in Minneapolis, so he was home only on weekends. While in Royalton, Thelmer and Roseann had three more children. In 1968, the family moved to Coon Rapids, which is a suburb of Minneapolis. Thelmer and Roseann had five children and seven grandchildren. Thelmer died in 1995 and is buried in the Royalton Riverside Cemetery.
John Donald McDougall
John McDougall married Marlys Kehun late in life and they had no children. As long as I remember, John worked seasonally on the ore boats that operate out of Duluth. Marlys was a schoolteacher. They lived in Rice, Minnesota, which is just south of Royalton. John died in 1994 and is buried in the Royalton Riverside Cemetery.
Kathleen Careen and Kathryn Elizabeth McDougall
Kathleen and Kathryn were twins born in 1937. Kathryn died the next day and is buried in the Royalton Riverside Cemetery. Kathleen survived but contracted cerebral palsy as an infant and lost much of the use of her legs. She spent most of her adult life in various nursing homes that could provide the assistance she needed. Kathleen died in 1997 and is buried in the Royalton Riverside Cemetery.