Paul Edwin Daggett

Paul Edwin Daggett

Male 1893 - 1973  (80 years)

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  • Name Paul Edwin Daggett 
    Born 6 Jan 1893 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Apr 1973  St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 30 Apr 1973  Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights, Dakota, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I86  Default
    Last Modified 9 Mar 2022 

    Father William Smith Daggett,   b. 22 Jan 1864, East Dubuque, Jo Daviess, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1912, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother Anne Ryder,   b. 4 Feb 1869, St. Catharines, Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1945, St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, Stearns, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 12 Oct 1891  The Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Letter from Francis "Frank" Riley to his cousin Joyce Mattson, 6 August 1983

      Joyce
      I can't help on information about Wm Smith Daggett. I'll ask Mimi next time I talk to her, but I suspect she doesn't have any dope either.

      Under enclosed "Mothers Family" Uncle Paul makes reference to Michael Ryder and Rose Joyce. She says they met on shipboard coming to America. No dates or names are specified. It appears they arrived in American around the start of the Civil War, possibly a little earlier. Their son John was born in 1863 in Louisville and "Nana" was born in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1869. That's as much as I know about them. I remember Mr. Hatch -- Grandpa Hatch -- very clearly and I remember his death. Nana died while I was gone during WW2.

      In hindsight I could kick myself for not getting, or remembering, more of the Daggett history from my Mom. I remember her pointing out their home on 35th and 3 Ave So in Mpls, when she was a little girl. I think Mr. Daggett was living then, at that home.

      The address given for John M. Daggett, on his death in 1905 (or 1906) was 12 Grove St., on Nicollet Island in Mpls. That was where our Mom's lived for a time in their youth. Apparently their Grandpa was living with them when he died. Aunt Helen remembered that home vividly. The last visit by her to Mpls included a tour of the island. She got the biggest kick out of having her picture taken in front of a sign then on that property, describing it as a "Historical Preservation Site". She said she was a "Historical Preservation Site" also. George laughed and laughed at that. Those buildings have now been restored to their original elegance and have been sold recently as posh condominiums -- selling for $175,000 to $250,000. That whole area is being built yet changed -- new apartments, inns, parks, etc -- to become "the" place to live. That's quite a swing over 100 years.

      I can't recall if you have the enclosed or not. It's all I have at this time. I'll accumulate any new dope and pass it on when available.

      It was so nice to see you and Susan this Spring. I may be coming your way in a few months. If so I'll call and get your schedule and try and visit with you and hopefully Bob.

      Love,
      Frank
    Photos
    Daggett house
    Daggett house
    Family ID F26  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne Gardner,   b. 10 Jan 1890, Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1983, St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Ann Daggett
     2. Jeanne Anne Daggett,   b. 24 Feb 1926,   d. 13 Oct 1943, St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)
    Last Modified 18 Dec 2004 
    Family ID F78  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Photos
    Anne Ryder Daggett family, unknown date
    Anne Ryder Daggett family, unknown date
    back row from left: Honor, Paul, and Marian ("Tot)
    front row from left: Helen and Dorothy ("Billie")
    Helen, Paul, and Marian Daggett
    Helen, Paul, and Marian Daggett
    from left: Helen, Paul, and Marian Daggett
    Daggett children, about 1905
    Daggett children, about 1905
    From left: Marian, Martha, Paul, Helen (toddler in front), and Dorothy
    Anne Ryder Daggett and children, about 1903
    Anne Ryder Daggett and children, about 1903
    From left: Martha, Paul, Dorothy (in front), Helen (infant), Anne, and Marian
    Anne Ryder Daggett Hatch with her son Paul Daggett and her daughter Dorothy 'Billie' Daggett Wild, about 1942
    Anne Ryder Daggett Hatch with her son Paul Daggett and her daughter Dorothy "Billie" Daggett Wild, about 1942
    From left: Paul Daggett, Marian 'Tot' Daggett Riley, Helen Daggett Hocum, Anne Gardner Daggett, and George Hocum
    From left: Paul Daggett, Marian "Tot" Daggett Riley, Helen Daggett Hocum, Anne Gardner Daggett, and George Hocum
    From left: Helen, Dorothy, Marian, Martha and Paul Daggett
    From left: Helen, Dorothy, Marian, Martha and Paul Daggett
    Martha, Marian, Dorothy (infant) and Paul Daggett, about 1901
    Martha, Marian, Dorothy (infant) and Paul Daggett, about 1901
    Anne Ryder Daggett and children, unknown date
    Anne Ryder Daggett and children, unknown date
    From left: Dorothy (facing Anne); Martha; Paul; "Tot" (Marion); and Helen (sitting in front), surrounding their mother Anne (black dress)
    Paul Daggett, about 1912
    Paul Daggett, about 1912
    Anne Ryder Daggett, William Smith Daggett, and their son Paul Daggett
    Anne Ryder Daggett, William Smith Daggett, and their son Paul Daggett
    Anne Ryder Daggett with son Paul Daggett and infant daughter Martha Joyce Daggett
    Anne Ryder Daggett with son Paul Daggett and infant daughter Martha Joyce Daggett

  • Notes 
    • 1910 Census, 13-Wd Minneapolis, District 202, Hennepin County, Minnesota
      Household headed by W.S. Daggett, 46 yo male, born in Illinois, both parents born in Maine, grain merchant. Wife Anna, 39 yo, immigrated to U.S. in 1886, mother of 5 children, all of them living. Son Paul, 17 yo, born in Minnesota. Daughter Martha, 15 yo, born in North Dakota. Daughter Marion, 12 yo, born in North Dakota. Daughter Dorothy, 9 yo, born in Minnesota. Daughter Helen, 7 yo, born in Minnesota. Mother Martha, 79 yo, married for 53 years, born in Maine, mother of 5 children, 4 of them living.

      1920 Census: Minneapolis, District 246, Hennepin County, Minnesota
      Household headed by Paul E. Dagget, 26 yo, born in Minnesota, occupation cashier at a fuel company Wife Anna G. Dagget, 27 yo, born in Minnesota.

      1930 Census, Minneapolis, District 225, Hennepin County, Minnesota
      Household headed by Paul Daggett, 37 yo, occupation manager at a religious corp. Wife Ann G. Daggett, 37 yo. Daughter Jean A. Daggett, 4 yo, born in Minnesota. Servant Rose Horbichke, 16 yo, born in Minnesota.

      Minnesota Department of Health, Certificate of Death
      Passed away on 27 Apr 1973. Occupation Director, Catholic Cemeteries. Residence 1920 Marshall Avenue.

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      Rites said for Paul Daggett

      Paul Daggett, executive secretary of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis since 1925 and a legal advisor to five archbishops, died suddenly of a heart attack April 27 at the age of 80.

      Daggett, who also served the past 48 years as director of archdiocesan Catholic Cemeteries, was praised at his funeral Mass Monday as a "warm and courteous Christian gentleman."

      Archbishop Coadjutor Leo C. Byrne, with Archbishop Leo Binz in attendance and seven co-concelebrants including Bishop John Roach, offered the Mass of Resurrection at the St. Paul Cathedral for Daggett, who was active in internal church matters long before the trend toward lay involvement became generally popular.

      Msgr. Ambrose V. Hayden, episcopal vicar for material administration and one of the archdiocesan officials who worked most closely with Daggett, described him in his homily as a man who served the Church with the "staunchest loyalty and individual attention for nearly half a century."

      Daggett, who received two of the highest papal honors given to laymen, was buried Monday at Resurrection cemetery, Mendota Heights, one of five Catholic burial grounds under his direction during the past half-century.

      He was named a knight commander of the Order of St. Gregory in 1959 by Pope John XXIII and a knight of the Order of St. Pius IX in 1966 by Pope Paul VI.

      A member of the St. Paul council of the Knights of Columbus, Daggett also served over the years on numerous archdiocesan boards, including those of the College of St. Thomas, Nazareth Hall and the John Ireland Educational Fund.

      He was also a member of the St. Thomas More Lawyers' Guild and was one of the founders of the National Catholic Cemetery Conference. He also served on the group's board of directors and was named 1971 "Cemeterian of the Year" by the American Monument Association.

      In a statement issued Monday by the communications office on behalf of the archdiocese, the Rev. Robert Nygaard, director, said Daggett's "Unique contribution of expertise and true Christian charity is a legacy that has enriched the archdiocese for all of half a century. May God continue to reward him and bless his family to whom we offer our condolences."

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      The Catholic Bulletin, official publication of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of New Ulm


      Paul Daggett, R.I.P.

      Paul Daggett, aged 80, advisor to five Archbishops of St. Paul and Minneapolis for almost half a century, died, as he wanted to, "with his boots on," while at work in his office in this old chancery building one week ago today. Mr. Daggett's official title was director of Catholic Cemeteries and executive secretary of this archdiocese, but his duties spanned a host of legal and administrative affairs where an informed and dedicated layman was needed during a half century of mushrooming growth by the Catholic church in Minnesota.

      Archbishop Austin Dowling named Mr. Daggett director of archdiocesan cemeteries when it was unique for laymen to have top administrative positions in the Church, and he remained in that post for 48 years while clergymen continued to handle similar assignments in most of the dioceses of the nation. He had a deep love and commitment to Catholic burial grounds, and it was only fitting that he be laid to rest in Resurrection cemetery, one of the burial grounds he planned and developed during his years of service.

      Mr. Daggett was a Christian gentleman of the old school. He did not believe in early retirement, and he kept regular office hours and official duties long after most of us would have chosen rose gardening or the easy chair. A lawyer to the core, he was precise in speech and writing, and he expected the same of those around him -- a goal those of us on the Bulletin, who shared the building with him, found it hard to measure up to. (He would not like that last sentence -- which ended with a preposition.)

      Fads and fancies -- like colored shirts and long hair -- were not for him. The old-fashioned virtues of accuracy, prudence, frugality, punctuality and dedication to work were important to him. Thought he walked in the company of bishops and took part in the major decisions of top Church boards and commissions he was not an ecclesiastical gossip; not from Mr. Daggett would you be offered a tip about the latest clerical peccadillo.

      Because of his abiding loyalty to the Church he was disturbed at what he saw happening around him in recent years. He was upset at any criticism of the Church or its leaders, and he was not convinced that many of the changes he saw being implemented were in the best interest of the Church he helped build. With his knowledge of Church history, however, and his own personal faith, he knew that these things too, would pass away, and the Church founded by Christ would remain and become even stronger.

      Now Paul Daggett has gone, but he left a rich legacy to those of us who had the good fortune to walk with him and to all of us who one day will lie, like him, in "God's acre," the Christian burial grounds he tended so well.