Name: Harold L. Hoskinson
Given Name: Harold L.
Birth: 1 Aug 1859 in Erie, Pennsylvania
Death: 6 Sep 1918
Burial: 9 Sep 1918 Lakewood Cem., Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Minnesota
Reference Number: v2p345-346
EXTRACTED FROM: History of Minneapolis, Gateway to the Northwest; Chicago-Minneapolis, The S J Clarke Publishing Co, 1923; Edited by: Rev. Marion Daniel Shutter, D.D., LL.D.; Volume I - Shutter (Historical); volume II - Biographical; volume III - Biographical
Change Date: 31 May 2003 at 15:22:17
Vol II, pg 345-346
HAROLD L. HOSKINSON
There is no man who has done more to foster literary talent and promote literary ability than did Harold L. Hoskinson as editor of the Progress. In this connection he brought to public attention the writings of many who have since gained fame and fortune and it was a matter of intense joy to him when he could aid some young person struggling to gain recognition of his literary power and skill. Moreover, Mr. Hoskinson was identified with various public movements relating to municipal affairs and there are many tangible evidences of his support of important public projects that can be cited.
Harold L. Hoskinson was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, on the 1st of August, 1859, a son of Major T. J. and Sarah (Williams) Hoskinson and a grandson of William and Eleanor (Moore) Hoskinson. He was also descended from Revolutionary war stock, and one of his great-grandfathers, laid to rest in the cemetery at Erie, Pennsylvania, has been honored with the erection of a monument by the Daughters of the Revolution, the only soldier of that long conflict that lies buried in that silent city of the dead. The grandfather, William Hoskinson, was a pioneer builder of Erie and a number of the substantial structures of the city still stand as monuments to his skill.
Harold L. Hoskinson spent the first nineteen years of his life in his native city, was educated in the public schools and in the spring of 1877 was appointed captain's clerk to Commander H. B. Robeson of the warship Vandalia, which had been set apart to convey President Grant and his party on the Mediterranean branch of his famous around-the-world trip. Mr. Hoskinson was appointed to the position with the rank of ensign in the United States navy and thus came into active association with one with whom his father had been a fellow officer at Fort Donelson and at Appomat-tox. The vessel touched at points in the Azores, Portugal, Spain and the south of France and received its guest of honor, General Grant, at Villefranche, together with his wife and son, Jesse. They visited Italy, Egypt and the Holy Land, spent Christmas day at Palermo in Sicily and New Year's at Malta and Ensign Hoskinson made the trip to the great pyramids on horseback as the companion of young Jesse Grant, for between the two lads there had sprung up a warm friendship and together they ascended to the top of the great Cheops pyramid. That the life of the young ensign was greatly enriched by the experiences of his tour cannot be doubted and throughout his after career he would on appropriate occasions relate many interesting incidents of the journey. With the party he visited Santa Sophia, the great mosque at Constantinople, formerly one of the leading churches of Christendom. He was present at performances of the operas in Venice, Naples and Barcelona, to which complimentary admission was extended to General Grant and his party, and that he enjoyed the benefit of close association with the party is indicated in the fact that he appears in many of the photographs taken of the travelers. Moreover, the discipline and training of the navy were undoubtedly of great value to him in developing his remarkable sense of order and exactness, which characterized him throughout his life.
Mr. Hoskinson arrived in Minneapolis in 1887, when a young man of twenty-eight years, but soon afterward was recalled to his native city on business and did not permanently settle here until 1889. In January, 1890, he entered into partnership with H. H. Rowell in the purchase of the Saturday Evening Spectator and in January, 1894, as a result of litigation, the two relinquished their interests in that publication and purchased the Progress, which they made similar in purpose to the Spectator, drawing their patronage largely from the patrons of the former paper. In this connection Mr. Hoskinson displayed splendid business ability and management. The Progress became the official organ of the Authors' Club and its successor, the Writers' League of Minneapolis, and soon won the distinction of being the serial holding first rank in the country for publication of original poetic contributions. The writings of many men of note appeared in this paper, men who won their first laurels thereby. Following the death of Mr. Hoskinson his former partner, business associate and close friend wrote, from his new home in Lewiston, Idaho: "Our partnership lasted for nearly nineteen years, or until October 1, 1908, when I sold my interest in the Progress to Mr. Hoskinson, who continued its publication. He had a genius for details, a persistent spirit and a habit of industry that were very important elements in the arduous duties of newspaper publications. We had many interesting experiences in the ups and downs of the business and many vivid memories remain of our newspaper labors together in Minneapolis."
On the 19th of June, 1890, Mr. Hoskinson was united in marriage to Miss Louise A. Sweeney of Decatur, Illinois, and theirs was an ideally happy married life. Their interests were ever one and their keenest pleasures were shared together.
Mr. Hoskinson did not confine his attention to the activities of his business nor of his home, but recognized his duties and obligations in other connections. He was particularly interested in municipal affairs and possessed expert knowledge concerning real estate, tax and property laws and proceedings. During the latter years of his life he served on various commissions appointed by the city council for the widening or opening and paving of streets and the appraisal and taxation problems connected therewith and he worked most diligently, one of his friends saying of him in this connection "he worked on these committees as few men have ever worked, painfully exacting and feverishly interested but always in sympathy with the under dog. The most important of these commissions was the one which solved the problem of the widening of North Seventh street and its opening across North Minneapolis up to Plymouth avenue, the largest enterprise of its kind that the city has undertaken for many years." He acted as adviser to the city in relation to many important estates and problems that arose in connection therewith. He was actively interested in the first Minneapolis Press Club from its organization, served as one of its officers and largely promoted its welfare. He was also a member and officer of other clubs. A fitting tribute has been paid to Mr. Hoskinson by Victor Nilsson, who in an article which appeared in the Progress following the death of the editor and owner said: "The Latin poet wrote of old over a departed friend words in beauty unexcelled. Too seldom can they with truth and justice be repeated at the grave of any Christian man. Singularly well do they fit the simple, true-hearted, honest American man who now rests in beautiful Lakewood:
'Integer vitae Scelerisque purus,'
Such was Harold L. Hoskinson, of integrity in a life free from blame and blemish."
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HAROLD L. HOSKINSON
Father: T. H. Hoskinson
Mother: Sarah Williams
Louise A. Sweeney b: ABT 1862