Theodore H. Rowell
American mayor and businessmanDied when: 74 years 73 days (890 months)
Star Sign: Cancer
Theodore H.Rowell, Sr. (July 15, 1905 – September 26, 1979) was a Minnesota pharmaceutical industrialist, an outdoorsman and conservationist, and politician.Rowell was born in Watertown, Wisconsin, and was the great grandson of John S.
Rowell of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (1825–1907), noted pioneer inventor and manufacturer of farm machinery.He moved with his family to Chetlo Harbor, Washington in 1912 where his father Joseph C.
N.Rowell and Uncle Douglas Rowell founded the Chetlo Harbor Packing Company, a salmon cannery.After canning 10,000 cases of salmon in 1914, the cannery failed in 1915, Ted and his family moved to Warroad, Minnesota, eventually settling at Wheeler's Point on Lake of the Woods, north of the town of Baudette, Minnesota.
Rowell studied pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, was Class President 1926-27; upon graduation in 1928, he returned to Baudette and opened a drugstore.
His father Joe, who continued in commercial fishing, also raised blue foxes for their fur.When fur buyers commented on the quality of his foxes' furs, Joe figured it was in the food they were fed, a diet consisting primarily of burbot.
The only fresh-water relative of the cod, the fish had no market value, but came up in his nets and were fed to the foxes.