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Alexander R. McCorquodale
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Alexander R. McCorquodale, captain of Company H, Third Regiment, Minnesota National Guard, and one of the leading merchants of Olivia, was born in Ontario, Canada, Jan. 23, 1878, son of August and Helen (Ross) McCorquodale, born in Canada, of Scotch ancestry. The other children in the family were: James, Nellie, Cornelia, Margaret and Anna. The family came to Minnesota in 1885, and in 1897 located in Olivia. Here August McCorquodale and his two sons, James and Alexander R., opened a general store. August McCorquodale died in 1903, and that year the business was incorporated as the Olivia Mercantile Co., with James McCorquodale as president and Alexander R. McCorqoudale as vice president, treasurer and secretary. The subject of this sketch identified himself with Company H many years ago. With this company, mustered in as Co. H. 14th Minn. Vol. Inf., he went south during the Spanish-American war and served until duly mustered out. The company was reorganized in January, 1899, and in 1901 Alexander R. McCorqoudale became second lieutenant. In due time he reached his present position. Captain McCorquodale took an important part in the building of the present beautiful armory. He fraternal affiliation is with the Masonic order. Captain McCorqoudale married Helen Chambers, of Glencoe, Minn., daughter of George H. Chambers, and they have one son, Roderick. George H. Chambers is now in the lumber business at Mankato. He is a veteran of the Indian campaigns.
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