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Re: Beggs

Posted: 1335232501000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Beggs, Dempster, North, Hyslop,
Allan Beggs, postmaster of Hudson for the past decade, has a record of over half a centurys continual residence in this city. He is a native of Easton, Pa., born July 22, 1853, son of Willliam and Elizabeth (Dempster) Beggs, natives of Ireland and Scotland, respectively. They came to Hudson in June 1854, and the father took up the boot and shoe business, which he followed until within two years of his death, which occurred in October 1900, in his seventy-third year. His widow died in July 1902, at the age of eighty-five years. William Beggs was a prominent Mason and had held all the offices in the Knights Templar at the time of his death. In the family there were five children, all of whom with one exception are now living. Allan is the oldest. Agnes and Sophia are twins. Agnes married J. W. North, of St. Paul, Minn., and Sophia is the wife of Peter McCallum, of Alberta, Minn. James lives at Superior, Wis., and Samuel was killed at Hudson Station in 1907. Allan Beggs was educated in the public schools of Hudson and learned the blacksmiths trade with his uncle, Samuel Hyslop. Afterward he engaged as salesman in his fathers exclusive shoe store in Hudson, which he managed successfully until 1898, when he received an appointment as postmaster from President McKinely, November 19 of that year. He was reappointed February 7, 1902, and again on February 7, 1906. His present term expires in 1910. He was first married March 29, 1892, and his wife died March 12, 1900. By this union there were three children: Raymond H., Lucele I. and William A. Mr. Beggs was married the second time September 10, 1903. For many years Mr. Beggs has been prominent in local politics. He was chairman of the county board for six years, and delegate to the county convention and to numerous other political gatherings and conventions. He had considerable influence in the establishment of a county asylum for the insane at New Richmond, this county. He made the first recommendations and together with B. J. Price made trips all over the state for the purpose of studying plans for such an institution. Mr. Beggs is a popular member of the Elks and the Modern Woodmen of America. As a postmaster he is genial and affable and in the ten years that he has held the office there has never been anything but general satisfaction felt in his administration. He is one of the leading men of Hudson and well deserves all the honors that have been showered upon him. (taken from "History of the St. Croix Valley", published in 1909)
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