Charles B. Ingalls

Charles Blood (Ingalls), b. Sept. 4, 1832; d. Grand Forks, N. D., July 9, 1893; m. Ripon, Wis., June 12, 1868, Fanny, daughter of John and Mary A. (Jennings) Medhurst, b. Biddenden, Eng., July 4, 1847; she res. Grand Forks.  He was a carriage maker at Manchester, Ia., then in the hotel business at Mason City, went to Grand Forks in 1882, and was a hotel proprietor, member of the City Council and School Board.  Ch:  (2154A) Mabel Lillian, b. June 30, 1872; (2155) Charles Arthur, b. Mar. 15, 1879.  (The Genealogy and History of the Ingalls Family in America, Charles Burleigh, Malden, Massachusetts, Geo. E. Dunbar, 1903, Page 124)

Ingalls House, Colonel C. B. Ingalls, proprietor.  This well known and popular house is presided over by Colonel Ingalls, who took possession in June, 1884.  The Colonel is well known to the travelling public, having been proprietor of the Dwelle House, at Northwood, Iowa, for several years, and the Griggs House, in Grand Forks for three years previous to assuming charge of the Ingalls, which was formerly the Mansard.  (Andreas Historical Atlas of Dakota, A. T. Andreas, Chicago, The Lakeside Press, 1884, Page 254)



The Genial, Popular Hotel Man a Victim of Heart Failure.  Silent and Suddenly Came the Call of the Death Angel – The Obsequies Today – Brief Biographical Sketch of the Deceased.

Sunday afternoon (July 9, 1893) the startling intelligence spread quickly over the city that Col. Ingalls, the well known proprietor of the Hotel Northern, was dead.  The report could scarcely be credited at first, for Col. Ingalls had been apparently in the best of health only days before, and even Sunday morning had been up and about the house, greeting everyone with his bright smile and pleasant word.  But it was indeed too true.  Almost without warning and sitting in his easy chair conversing with his family about 10:30 o’clock he suddenly complained of severe rheumatic pains about his heart, with which he had been troubled slightly for several days.  A physician was sent for but he was already beyond the help of medical skill and expired a few minutes after 11 o’clock.  A widow, a daughter and a son are left to mourn the loss of a fond husband and father, and the entire community grieves with them in their sorrow, for Col. Ingalls was one of our most popular and highly respected citizens, a genial, whole-souled man who had a warm place in the hearts of all who knew him.

The funeral will take place this afternoon from the Methodist church at 2:30 o’clock sharp, Rev. A. McGregor officiating.  The funeral cortege will leave the house at 2 o’clock.  The pallbearers will be D. W. Luke, Jas. Elton, Alex Mather, John Zerfass, W. H. Topping and Wm. Budge.

Col. Ingalls was born at Ogdensburg, N. Y., Sept. 5, 1833.  He had one sister, now living at Ripon, Wis., and four brothers, two of whom are now living in New York.  In 1866, he removed to Ripon, Wis., and a few months later to Manchester, Iowa.  From Manchester he removed to Mason City, Iowa, where he kept the Allen house, now known as the Park house, for four years.  Clear Lake, Iowa, was the next scene of his labors, where he kept the Island house for one year.  He then removed to Northwood, of that state, and became proprietor of the Daley house for three years.  From Northwood he came to Grand Forks in 1881, when he assumed the proprietorship of the Griggs house, which he conducted for three years.  He then took charge of the Mansard house, which had been remodeled, enlarged and christened the Ingalls.  In 1891 he assumed the management of the Dacotah, and in June, 1892, of the Hotel Northern, where his death occurred.

Col. Ingalls possessed a peculiar fitness for the hotel business, in which he had been so long engaged, and every traveling man who visited the northwest counted Col. Ingalls as a friend.  His genial, cordial manner, the hearty welcome he gave his guests, together with the home-like atmosphere he managed to surround the guests with during their stay with him made the sojourn of his guests a pleasant one.  (Grand Forks Daily Herald, Tuesday Morning, July 11, 1893, Volume 12, Number 217, Page 2)



Obsequies of Col. C. B. Ingalls Yesterday Afternoon

The funeral of Col. C. B. Ingalls took place yesterday afternoon from the Methodist church, which was crowded to its fullest capacity with sympathizing citizens.  The funeral discourse by Rev. Alex. McGreger, although brief, was impressive and appropriate.  In closing he paid a touching tribute to the life of Col. Ingalls.  The music by the quartet choir and the solo by Miss Downs were peculiarly appropriate.  The pall bearers were Alex. Mather, Wm. Budge, James Elton, John Zerfass.  The casket and the alter were literally covered with floral offerings, sweet tokens of love and sympathy.  Henry Gotzian and C. P. Trepanier constructed a beautiful floral anchor; Hon. Jas. Twamley a large floral pillar; the employees of the North Dakota Milling association a large anchor; the traveling men stopping at the house a beautiful broken circle; Mrs. Harry Wybrant a crescent wreath; a number of citizens a sheaf of wheat and cycle of flowers; last but not least, the employees of Col. Ingalls contributed a beautiful monument of roses and other flowers with a base of palm leaves and the monogram, CBI.  Other beautiful gifts, though numerous, we are unable to mention in detail.  The anchor contributed by Messrs. Gotzian and Trepanier was buried with the casket.  The other flowers will be photographed today.  The funeral cortege which followed the remains to their last resting place in the silent cemetery was one of the largest ever seen here.

 Through the columns of The HERALD Mrs. Ingalls desires to thank one and all for what has been done in this her greatest sorrow.

In referring to Col. Ingalls’ family inadvertently no mention was made of Mrs. E. A. Dodge, who when Mrs. Ingalls’ parents died adopted her and with whom she lived until she was married twenty-five years ago.  Nine years ago Mrs. Dodge became a member of the Ingalls family, since which she has been to the colonel, his wife and their children all that a fond mother could be.  She deeply feels and mourns the colonel’s death, as much so as if he had been her son.  The family are and always have been very devoted to her and love her very dearly.  (Grand Forks Daily Herald, Wednesday Morning, July 12, 1893, Volume 12, Number 218, Page 5)


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