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John Maurice ELLINGBOE

Male 1874 - 1958  (83 years)


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  • Name John Maurice ELLINGBOE 
    Born 30 Nov 1874  Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 3 Jan 1875  West Koshkonong Church, Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • as John Moritz
    Closeness to Ove Ovesen 13 
    Confirmation 16 Jun 1889  Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • probably Northfield
    Minnesota Death Certificate 1958-MN-015117 
    Occupation Merchant 
    Died 10 Jan 1958  Northfield, Rice County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • the 10th according to death certificate
    Buried Oaklawn Cemetery, Northfield, Rice County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 21 ND 32 G 23 2
    Notes 
    • In the 1902 Faribault city directory, which includes Northfield, he is a clerk for C W Gress & Son.

      In the 1905 Minnesota state census, he and his family live at 506 St. Olaf Ave. in Northfield.

      In the Rice County census for 1910, he is listed as John M. Ellingboe.

      The 1911 Faribault city directory, which includes Northfield, advertises the business he owns with Martin Ellingboe as Ellingboe Bros., Clothing, 19 Mill Square, Northfield. He and Martin were also partners with John T Eltun (#19519) in another business, at 401 S Division, called Eltun & Ellingboe Bros., Dry Goods, Cloaks, and Groceries.

      The 1915 Faribault city directory, which includes Northfield, advertises Ellingboe Bros. as Clothiers and Outfitters for Men and Boys. It’s still at 19 Mill Square but now has a telephone number, N W 142.

      In those 1911 and 1915 directories, John is shown as living at 805 S Division.

      Registered for the draft on September 12, 1918, in Faribault as John Maurice Ellingboe, born November 30, 1874, and living at 805 Division, Northfield. He is a merchant, self-employed. His nearest relative is his wife, Lizzie Ellingboe, same address. He is of medium height and slender build with blue eyes and light brown hair.

      In the 1929 Faribault city directory, which includes Northfield, he is John M Ellingboe, with a clothing business at 19 Mill Square, residing at 801 S Division.

      In the 1936 Faribault city directory, which includes Northfield, he is John M Ellingboe, a clothing merchant with business at 19 Mill Square, residing with Lizzie at 811 S Division.

      In the 1939 Faribault city directory, which includes Northfield, the information is the same as in 1936 but Lizzie is not mentioned.

      In the 1945 Faribault city directory, which includes Northfield, he and Thea live at 811 S Division. He had a men’s clothing business at 19 Mill Square in Northfield.

      Date of death provided by Orville Anfinson is 10 Jan 1959. This is also the date on the gravestone (which is for John Morris) or cemetery records. However, his funeral was reported in the Northfield News in its January 13, 1958 edition.

      His will is recorded in the Rice County Will Records, Volume H, 1954-1970, for the will year 1958.

      Information provided by John W. Ellingboe.

      John Maurice and his brother Martin were the partners in the Ellingboe Brothers businesses in Northfield in the early 1920s. The businesses were a dry goods store at 401 S. Division Street and a clothing store at 19 Mill Square. In the 1899 Northfield directory, Martin and John Maurice were both clerks for C. W. Gress & Son so that may be the predecessor business. A Northfield News headline referring to Martin was in the October 6, 1922 edition: “Sold Stores.” John Ellingboe’s occupation is listed as “clothing, 19 Mill Square” in the 1926 Northfield directory and there was also a clothing business called Steele & Ellingboe at 327 S. Division in that directory. According to a headline in the Northfield News, John sold the clothing store and business to Leonard Peterson in March of 1945.

      From a St. Olaf history:

      “St. Olaf's small ground space presented scant opportunity for participation in sports. The land south of Mr. John M. Ellingboe's present residence on Division Street south served as an improvised baseball diamond, rarely used....”

      From the Northfield 1948 city directory, John and Thea lived at 811 South Division Street.

      The Valdris Book shows he was a member of the Valdris Samband in 1902.

      From a biography in Rice County Families published in 1981, via the Dalby Database:

      John M. Ellingboe was born November 30, 1874, near Stoughton, Wisconsin.  His parents, John J. and Ambjor (Strand) Ellingboe, moved the family to a farm located 3 miles east of Northfield on the Wall Street road in 1882.  John attended a small rural school, Northfield High School for one year and then went back to help on the farm until 1882 when the family moved to town.  It was then that John Ellinboe began his long and successful career in local sales.  His first job placed him behind the counter of the Skinner and Drew general merchandise store (located where the Northfield Variety Store is now).  During this time he was able to raise the money necessary to support a wife and married Elise Hendrickson June 25, 1893.  Elise was born April 2, 1872, in Solor, Norway.  She came to America at the age of 12 when her parents, John and Karen Hendrickson, immigrated and settled in the Christiana neighborhood north of Northfield.  John and Elise eventually moved into a large house at 811 Division Street where they raised a family which included Alice (Mrs. Oscar Simonson) who died in 1922, Louelle (Mrs. Herschel Reich), Mildred (Mrs. Elmer S. Hjortland) and John L.  All the children graduated from St. Olaf College.  John Ellingboe had hoped his son, John, would follow him in the retail business, but instead he became a noted artist of the southwest.  Elise died of a stroke January 13, 1937.  He married Thea Berg July 16, 1940.  In 1897 John left his job at the general store for a step up as clerk in the first “exclusive” store in Northfield, the C. W. Gress clothing store (located where the Mitchell Store is now).  His brother, Martin, was also employed there, and the two began to plan for a store of their own, “Ellingboe’s” men’s clothing store at 19 Bridge Square (now an office section of the First Bank of Northfield) opened in 1903.  John Ellingboe continued that business for the next 42 years.  In 1907 John and Martin Ellingboe formed a partnership with john Eltun and bought the Skinner and Drew general store which had by this time been moved to the building at the southeast corner of E. 4th and Division Street.  For 17 years John worked at both stores.  In 1922 John purchased his brother Martin’s interest in both the Northfield stores.  The following year he sold the general store but continued to operate the “Ellingboe’s” men’s store.  In 1945 John sold his store and retired after 51 years of serving the citizens of Northfield from behind the counter.  An interesting fact is that the sale of the store was made without the usual requirement of an inventory of wares; for the buyer knew Mr. Ellingboe’s reputation for honesty and accepted his word for the value of the stock.  The store retained the name of “Ellingboe’s” for several years thereafter.  John enjoyed an active retirement until his death in 1958, at age 83.  In 1973 a granddaughter of John’s, Elaine Hjortland Feroe and her family moved to Northfield where she is on the staff of St. John’s Lutheran Church.  This church is the one John Ellinboe joined in 1883.
    Person ID I2365  Don Carlson's Tree
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2015 

    Father John Jonsson ELLINGBØE,   b. 30 Oct 1849, Vang i Valdres, Oppland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1922, Northfield, Rice County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Ambjørg (Emma) Olsdotter STRØND (STRAND),   b. 24 May 1856, Vang i Valdres, Oppland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1942, Northfield, Rice County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 2 Mar 1874  Kenyon, Goodhue County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1686  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elise (Lizzie) HENDRICKSON,   b. 12 Apr 1872, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1938, Rice County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married Abt 1895 
    Children 
     1. Alice Henrieta ELLINGBOE,   b. 25 Sep 1895, Northfield, Rice County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1922, Lanesboro, Fillmore County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     2. Louella Bertine ELLINGBOE,   b. 28 Jun 1898, Northfield, Rice County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1993, Sun City, Maricopa County, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     3. Mildred Caroline ELLINGBOE,   b. 8 Sep 1900, Northfield, Rice County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1983, Sun City, Maricopa County, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     4. John Leverne ELLINGBOE, Sr,   b. 12 Jul 1905, Northfield, Rice County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1998, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2011 
    Family ID F1685  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Thea Adene BERG,   b. 21 Feb 1894, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1988, Rice County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 16 Jul 1940  Rice County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • perhaps St. John’s in Northfield
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2015 
    Family ID F5852  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart