John B. Moosette

The 1880 United States census showed John Mosette (age 44, hotel keeper, born in Vermont) married to Mary (age 46, born in Ireland).  The couple had a daughter Lizzie (age 10, born in Minnesota) and resided in Grand Forks, Dakota Territory.

The 1885 Grand Forks City Directory shows J. B. Mosette as proprietor of the Central House.  (Grand Forks and North Dakota Manual for 1885, William L. Dudley, Plaindealer Book and Job Rooms, Grand Forks, 1885, Page 96)

The 1900 United States census showed John Moosette (age 62, born in November 1837 in Vermont, hotel keeper) married to Mary (age 65, born in December 1834 in Illinois).  The couple resided in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The 1910 United States census showed John B. Moosett (age 73, born in Vermont, retired) married to Mary (age 75, born in Illinois).  The couple resided in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

John B. Moosett.  Born November 20, 1838 and died January 15, 1912, in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

J. B. Moosette Claimed By Death.  Builder and Operator of One of the First Hotels in Grand Forks Died Yesterday Morning.  John B. Moosette, the builder and operator of one of the first hotels in the city of Grand Forks, died at 11:40 o’clock yesterday (January 15, 1912), at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. S. L. Williams, 724 South Third street.  Bright’s disease of the kidneys was responsible for his demise and though ailing for some time, he had been ill only ten days.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9 o’clock from St. Michael’s Catholic church.  Mr. Moosette had been a resident of Grand Forks for thirty-three years, coming to this city from Minnesota.  During the time that he has lived here he was engaged for eighteen years in the hotel business, the Central hotel which he operated being on the site of the present Red River Valley Brick company building on South Third street.  Afterwards he was engaged in the grocery business and then, when his health failed, he went to California, where he resided two or three years, returning again to Grand Forks.  Since that time he has not been active in business.

He was born seventy-four years ago, November 20, last, at Rutland, Vt., coming to Grand Forks April, 1878, from Litchfield, Minn.  Mr. Moosette was wedded to Miss Mary Riley of Leister, Mass., and twenty years ago she died in Grand Forks.  His second wife is Mrs. Mary Chamberlin of Forest River, and she survives him.  There were four children, Mrs. S. L. Williams, 724 South Third street; Mrs. F. T. Roat, 412 Minnesota avenue; Mrs. Mary E. Sullivan of Ashland, Ore., and John, who died when an infant.  The deceased was a member of the Willis A. Gorman post of the G. A. R., having served two years in the Civil war as a member of Massachusetts Co. E. 42nd volunteers.  (Grand Forks Daily Herald, Tuesday Morning, January 16, 1912, Volume XXXI, Number 66, Page 8.)


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