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James M. Douglas

 

Born at Riveire du Loup (now Louisville), about three miles from the St. Lawrence river, in the Province of Quebec, Canada, Jan. 17, 1828. About 1850 he went to Lowell, Mass., where he worked in the woodworking department of a large cotton mill. In 1855 he came to Minnesota, and located first at Winona, and a year later moved to Minneisa, in Wabasha County, where he made his home until 1869. He enlisted early in February 1864, in the Tenth Minnesota Regiment, and a few days later was detailed for office work at Fort Snelling. He was in charge of the office during the summer. In September he was assigned to Company F. of the Fourth Minnesota Regiment, which he reached in time to take part in the battle of Altoona Pass, and was with Sherman in his march to the sea. He was mustered out with his regiment July 19, 1865. In 1869 he came to Anoka and opened a furniture and undertaking establishment, which business he continued until he sold it in June, 1903. He was a member of the city council one year and was elected mayor of Anoka in 1884. He was married Dec. 27, 1852, to Minerva J. Simpson. Children: Frederick H. (Auburn, Placer Co., Cal), James E. Los Angeles, Cal), Kenneth V. (Los Angeles, Cal)

 

source: History of Anoka County by Albert M. Goodrich published 1905