Archie McDougall

The Zenith Baseball Club. (Image: Zenith City Press)

Archie McDougall has one of the oldest plumbing businesses in northern Minnesota, and for over thirty years has followed that trade and profession and has installed a large share of the plumbing, steam and hot water heating plants in Duluth homes and business buildings.

He was born in Ontario, Canada, a son of Duncan McDougall. His father was a building contractor, and for thirteen years followed his business in North Dakota. Later he was in the same business in Duluth until 1891, and in that year removed to Chicago, where he remained until his death in 1908.

The fourth child of a family of ten children, Archie McDougall was educated in Canada and Duluth, he having come to this city in 1882.

At the age of thirteen was working in a sawmill. He also worked on farms, and in 1888 engaged in the plumbing business at Duluth, a line he has followed ever since. His shop and offices are at 403/2 East Superior street. Previous to his entering the plumbing business he was employed by C. F. Johnson in the stationery business.

Mr. McDougall is affiliated with the Clan Stewart of the Scottish Clans, and is a Knight of Pythias and Elk. On August 15, 1894, he married Miss M. D. Curtis.

Mr. Archie McDougall always took a deep interest in baseball, he having organized the first uniformed baseball club in Duluth, in 1886, the team playing clubs from nearby cities and towns, in which great rivalry existed. The club which Mr. McDougall organized was called The Zenith City Baseball Club. It was a wonderful success from a playing standpoint. The team was composed of the following players: Hector McDougall, first base; Eddie Connelly, second base; Archie McDougall, short stop and captain; Will Hall, third base; Frank Hall, right field; Dan McDougall, center field; Frank Druke, left field; Charles Mallison, pitcher; and Jack Neff, catcher. George Hughes, William McGowan and Frank Nathan were reserves. Mr. McDougall is a member of the Old Settlers Association.


  • Woodbridge, Dwight and John Pardee, eds. History of Duluth and St. Louis County Past and Present Vols. 1 – 2. C. F. Cooper & Company, Chicago: 1922.