John Budge

John Budge born in Scotland on January 5, 1851.

The 1880 United States census showed Jane Budge (age 66, born in Scotland) living in Grand Forks, Dakota Territory.  Her sons John (age 29, carpenter), William (age 27, merchant), George (age 25, druggist), and Harry (age 22, blacksmith) also live in Grand Forks.

The 1885 Dakota Territory census showed John Budge (age 35, farmer, born in Scotland) married to Annie (age 20, born in Canada).  A son Willie (age 1, born in Dakota Territory) also lived with them.  The family resided in Grand Forks, Dakota Territory.

John Budge, brother of William Budge, was born in Scotland and came to Grand Forks when but a very young man.  During his first years he worked at his carpenter trade, subsequently locating on a farm, which business he carried on for a number of years.  In 1890 Mr. Budge was appointed superintendent of the water works of Grand Forks, which position he holds to the present time.  (Grand Forks Daily Herald, Tuesday Morning, June 27, 1899, Volume 18, Number 205, Page 28)

There was 1910 census information.

The 1920 United States census showed John Budge (age 69, carpenter, born in Scotland) married to Annie (age 55, born in Canada).  Their children were Fred (age 23, born in North Dakota), Mildred (age 20, born in North Dakota), Marion (age 19, born in North Dakota), and Lois (age 14, born in North Dakota).  The family resided in Grand Forks.

John Budge died in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on February 23, 1922, at the age of 71.


Funeral For John Budge On Saturday

Funeral services for John Budge, 71, 401 South Fifth street, who died Thursday morning after a two weeks’ illness with pneumonia, will be held at 3 o’clock Saturday from the Elks’ hall.  The local Elks lodge of which he was a member is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Budge was born in the Orkney Islands in 1851.  He went to Chicago in 1872 and in 1879 moved to Grand Forks, where he has since made his home.  He took an active part in the early life of this city.

Besides his widow, Mr. Budge is survived by five sons and four daughters, William Budge, Bemidji; Harry and Fred Budge, Grand Forks; George Budge, Kensack, Sask.; Guy Budge, Marion, Ohio; Mrs. Hume Bacon, New York City; Mrs. Harold Noble, Valier, Mont.; Marion and Lois Budge of Grand Forks.  One brother, William Budge, resides at Medford, Ore.

Mr. Budge had been in ill health for the past two years, but it was not until last Tuesday that his condition was considered serious.

All Elks are being requested by the local lodge to be at the lodge rooms at 2:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon to attend the funeral in a body.  (Grand Forks Herald, Friday, February 24, 1922, Volume XLI, Number 100, Page 10)


Many Attend Funeral of John Budge

Friends that filled the Elks hall to capacity attended the funeral Saturday afternoon of John Budge, prominent Grand Forks pioneer, whose death occurred Thursday morning.

The services were conducted by the local lodge of Elks, of which Mr. Budge was a life member, and in accordance with wishes expressed by him before his death.  Rev. F. Halsey Ambrose acted as chaplain, George A. Bangs delivered an eulogy, and musical numbers were furnished by Howard DeLong, L. W. Myers and Valerie Sherlock.

Mr. Bangs said in part:  “As a contractor and builder, John Budge did his full share and carried his full responsibility in the upbuilding of this community, and he participated with honor in its growth from a small frontier settlement until it reached its present day position.”

In speaking of John Budge, and the Elks lodge, the principles of which meant so much to the deceased, Mr. Bangs said:  “those principles are charity, justice and brotherly love, and if it were left to the consensus of opinion of those who knew him best undoubtedly it would be these three characteristics that would rise unbidden in the mind upon the mention of the name of John Budge.  (Grand Forks Herald, Sunday, February 26, 1922, Volume XLI, Number 102, Page 10)


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