December, 2009

Dec. 27, 2009: Bio.: George A. Cornwell.
-- Mr. Cornwell was born in 1861, in Port Burwell, Ontario. He came to Bay City with his parents, where he was educated, and later entered into his father's grocery business. He was married to Jennie Fitch.
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    Dec. 26, 2009: Bio.: J. F. Mount.

    -- Mr. Mount was born in Canada in 1863, then moved to Michigan, coming to Bay City where he was a prominent voice teacher. One of his pupils was Francis MacLennan, a hight tauted tenor in the U.S. and Europe.
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    Dec. 24, 2009: History: Francis MacLennan.

    -- Mr. MacLennan was born in 1879, at Bay City, where he developed a love for music, and began voice training, and afterwards made his way to New York, establishing himself in opera. He married Florence Easton, another prominent singer.
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    Dec. 23, 2009: 1890 Article: City on the Ice.

    -- This magazine article details ice fishing on the Saginaw Bay, which said at that time from 5,000 - 10,000 fishermen participated in annually, hence the title City on the Ice. The gives very detailed descriptions of the shanties they use, their activities, and the dangerous hazzards they willing faced, as many still do today. One big difference is back their shanties became home for the winter season. -- Heritage Library/Sports/ {View}
    Dec. 22, 2009: Biography: Richard J. Brown.

    - Mr. Brown was born in 1853, in Clinton, Canada. He came to West Bay City in 1873, where he worked as a conductor on the Michigan Central Railroad. He married Louisa Gerkie.
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    Dec. 21, 2009: History: Mary (Henderson) Sagatoo.

    -- Mary was born in Newton, MA, 1837. She came to Bay County about 1863 with her husband, Joseph Cabay, a half-bread Indian, to do missionary work. Her husband died shortly after arriving, leaving her in a strange part of the country among Indians, whose language she could not speak or understand. Her second husband was Peter Sagatoon, they lived in Saganing area, and in 1897, wrote a book on the subject.
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    Dec. 18, 2009: Biography: Levi Johnson.
    -- Levi was born 1846, in Clayton, N.Y., where he learn the ship-carpenters trade at an early age. He worked at Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Detroit before entering employment the F.W. Wheeler & Co., in West Bay City, Mich. He married Maggie Wilbur.
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    Dec. 15, 2009: Biography: Hon. John Donovan.

    -- The Hon. Donovan represented Bay County in the Michigan Senate during the 1890s. He was born in 1843, in Hamilton, Ont., but grew up in New York. Before moving to Bay City, he was a teacher in Flint. He married Sarah Isham.
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    Dec. 10, 2009: History: Thomas B. Donnelly.
    - Mr. Donnelly was born in 1840, in Ireland, and came to the U.S. at an early age, living in Antwerp, N.Y. before coming to Bay City, where he was a tailor. He was married to Lillian Keith.
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    Dec. 8, 2009: Biography: Bernard Witthauer.
    -- Mr. Bernard, a native of Germany, emigrated to the U.S. in 1852, and eventually to Michigan, settling in Bay City. He worked as a bookkeeper for several years, then entered the lumbering business where he prospered. He married Margaret, dauther of pioneer Judge Sidney S. Campbell.
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    Dec. 7, 2009: Biography: C. F. William Beutel.

    -- Mr. Beutel was born 1823, in Prussia, where he married Augusta Wolf. They emigrated to the U.S., settling Midland for two years, before moving to the village of Wenona (now Bay City) in 1858. There he established a large and successful fishing business, which later years was followed two sons.
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    Dec. 8, 2009: Biography: August F. Beutel.
    -- August Beutel, born to William and Augusta Beutel, in 1853, in the village of Wenona (now Bay City). He engaged in fishing business with his father and brother, Robert. He married Maggie McMorris.
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    Dec. 8, 2009: Biography: Robert Beutel.
    -- Robert Beutel, was born to William and August Beutel, in 1866, in the village of Banks (now Bay City). He engaged in wholesale fishing business, which included a packing, icehouse and dock along the Saginaw River. He married Gertrude Whitehouse, of Midland.
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    Dec. 7, 2009: Biography: James C. Danforth.

    -- Mr. Danforth was born in Java, Wyoming Co., NY. After servicing in the Civil War, he moved to Midand in 1867, then two years later to West Bay City, where he engaged in lumbering and construction. He was married to Mary A. Abraham.
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    Dec. 4, 2009: Biography: Thomas F. Marston.

    -- Mr. Marston, born 1869, in Bay City, a son of Justice Isaac and Emily Marston. Attend school at Mich. Agricultural College, Univ. of Wisc., and was a member of Mich. State Board of Agriculture. He married Francis Sheldon.
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    Dec. 4, 2009: Biography: George A. Marston.

    -- Mr. Marston, born 1873, in Bay City, a son of Justice Isaac and Emily Marston. He graduated from the Univ. of Michigan with a law degree, practicing in Detroit for a while,then returning to Bay City. He married Edith Bagley.
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    Dec. 1, 2009: Biography of Eugene Fifield.

    -- Mr. Fifield was born in 1851, in Oakland Co., Mich. He moved to Bay City, where he reached much success in the sugar, grocery and live stock businesses. He was married to Hattie Hammond.
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    Dec. 1, 2009: Biography of Richard P. Gustin.
    -- Mr. Gustin was born in 1837, in Middlesex Co., Canada. He moved to Bay City after the Civil War, where he established a wholesale grocery business with Eugene Fifield and Henry P. Merrill. Gustin was also active in lumber busness in Alcona County, MI. He married Rachel Smith.
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    November, 2009

    Nov. 29, 2009: History of Emery & Garland Co.
    -- Owners of this company which started in the early 1870s, were John G. Emery and Michael Garland. The company specialized in manufacturing equipment used in saw mills.
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    Nov. 29, 2009: History of M. Garland Company.

    -- Owned by Michael Garland. Company specialized in equipment in the lumber manufacturing industry, with sales nationally. The factory was located on Water and 26th streets in Bay City.
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    Nov. 29, 2009: Bio.: Michael Garland.
    -- Mr. Garland was born in 1838, in Jefferson Co., N.Y. He obtained a considerable knowledge of machining equipment at an early age, traveling to several states in this regard, then finally settling down in Bay City. He was married twice.
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    Nov. 27, 2009: James H. Baker.
    -- Born in 1847 at Richmond, VA. Settled in Bay City after the Civil War, where he established a barber shop and a restaurent business. Spouse: Mary F. Edwoods.
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    Nov. 27, 2009: Black History of Bay County, MI.
    -- Main page has listing of known blacks residents, and includes likes to available biographies.
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    Nov. 25, 2009: Andrew Bird (1831-1911)
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Mr. Bird was born a slave on the plantation of Edwin Ruffin, of Virginia. After the Civil War he came to Michigan, where he settled in Bay City. He was employed at the Sage Saw mill for 30 years. Spouse: Selna (?).
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    Nov. 23, 2009: Actor: William B. Mack (1873-1955).

    Mr. Mack was born in Bay City, under the surname of "McGillicuddy." He went on to become a prominent stage actor during the early 20th century. -- At this time we are unable to identify his marriage or family information.
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    Nov. 18, 2009: Regent Theatre (1918-57)

    The Regent was quite unique from the other theaters in Bay City when it opened, as it was located inside the Davidson block on Washington Ave. The theater wasn't as ornate in appearance, but did offer a grand appearance with its open stairway leading to the balcony.
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    Nov. 15, 2009: Leman L. Culver (1831-1909).
    -- Mr. Culver was born in Simcoe, Ont., Canada. He came to Bay City about 1866, where he was prosperous in the lumber business, and later, in real estate. He was married to Maria Sovereign.
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    Nov. 15, 2009: Frank L. Culver (1862-?).
    -- Frank L., son of Leman L. Culver, was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and came to Bay City with his parents in 1866. After work in several different occupations in Bay City, he left the area ending up in Canada, where he became successful on his own rights in the silver mining business. He was married twice, Lena F. (unk.), and Kate Tremain.
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    Nov. 15, 2009: Alonzo Chesbrough (1817-1887).
    -- Mr. Chesbrough was born Dorset, VT., and lived most of his life at Toronto, OH, where he was successful lumber business man, which led to him investing in lumbering at Bay City. Lumber from his mill here was used in building the frame of Monitor iron-clad vessel. He was married twice.
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    Nov. 10, 2009: 1883 Bio.: Cromwell Barney.
    -- Mr. Barney was born in 1807, in Swansea, Mass. In 1836 he moved to Michigan, settling in Lower Saginaw (now Bay City), when there was only a few settlers living there. He was a millwright by trade, and was involved in constructing the earliest saw-mills. He was married to Belinda Pierce. -- History Library {View}
    Nov. 10, 2009:1883 Bio.: Samuel Benson.
    -- Mr. Benson was born in 1832, in Hilldale Co., MI. He served in the Civil War, after which he settled in Bay City, where he worked in construction, and for the N.B. Bradley & Son Company. He was married to Amantha Rogan, of Monroe, Mich. -- Heritage Library/ {View}
    Nov. 9, 2009: 1915 Bio.: Byron E. Warren.
    -- Mr. Warren was born in Southfield, Oakland Co., Mich. He moved to Flint his parents, and, in 1866, moved to Bay City, where he was a banker and prominent business man. He was married to Jeannie Ives.
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    Nov. 5, 2009: History of Marshal George A. Wellman.

    -- Mr. Wellman was born in 1858, in Canada. In 1870 he came to Michigan with his parents, settling in Port Austin. In 1884, the his parents moved to West Bay City, however, George decided to go to Wyoming where he was killed in an ambush by rustlers in May 1892. Only a month earlier he had married Lucy Clark in Bay City. -- Heritage Library/ {View}
    October, 2009

    Oct. 30, 2009: 1905 Bio.: Edward A. Eichemeyer.

    -- Mr. Eickemeyer was born in 1826, Hanover, Germany. In 1854 he emigrated to Bay City (then Lower Saginaw), Mich, where he became prominent as a contractor, building some of city's earliest structures. He married twice: Frederika Keester & Sabine Dencke.
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    Oct. 28, 2009: 1892 Bio.: Capt. William E. Pierce.

    -- Capt. Pierce was born 1852, at AuSable, that same year his parents moved to Lower Saginaw (new Bay City), where he engaged in sailing after reaching his adulthood, working his way up to captain. He was married three times.
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    Oct. 28, 2009: 1892 Bio.: Capt. Benjamin F. Pierce.

    -- Capt. Pierce was born in 1814, at Jefferson Co., N.Y. At a young age he came to Michigan, where he was an early fisherman. He had a fishing business in AuSable for a few years, then moved to West Bay City, and entered the merchant business there. He married Jeannette R. Weaver, of Erie Co., N.Y.
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    Oct. 28, 2009: 1892 Bio.: Ferdinand Hopp.

    -- Mr. Hopp was born in 1854, at Hamburg, Germany. He came to Bay City, in 1872, where he engaged in the hotel business, and was in partnerships with John Schucker and John Engelran. He was married to Minnie Bolzmann.
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    Oct. 28, 2009: 1900 Bio.: Henry M. Bradley.

    -- Mr. Bradley was born in Lee, Berkshire Co., Mass., and was an early pioneer of Lower Saginaw (now Bay City), coming here in 1855, where engaged in the lumbering business until 1890, at which time he moved to Duluth, Minn. He was married to Mary Cook.
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    Oct. 28, 2009: 1900 Bio.: John N. McDonald.
    -- Mr. McDonald was born in 1838, at Chippawa, Wellman Co., Ontario. In 1867, he moved to Bay City where in partnership with Geroge H. Shearer, owned the Bay City Flouring Mills. He was married to Mary McDowell.
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    Oct. 27, 2009: 1892 Bio.: Louis M. Pelletier, M.D.

    -- Dr. Pelletier was born in 1863, in Quebec. In 1891, he moved to West Bay City, where he established his medical practice. Previously, he had lived in AuSable where also practiced medicine. No marriage data.
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    Oct. 27, 2009: 1892 Bio.: Hon. William J. Martin.

    -- The Hon. W. J. Martin, was born in Rochester, N.Y., in 1844. He was in the railroad business, and for a time was mayor of West Bay City. He was married to Bettie Boorman, then to Martha Chapman. -- Heritage Library/ {View}
    Oct. 23, 2009: 1883 Bio.: Dr. William Daglish.
    -- Mr. Daglish was born in 1828, London, England. In 1855 he settled in the Villiage of Portmouth (now Bay City), Mich., where he practiced medicine, and law. He was married twice, Emily Miller, then Matilda Sourthworth. -- Heritage Library/ {View}
    Oct. 22, 2009: 1892 Bio.: Theodore C. Phillips.

    -- Mr. Phillips was born in 1832, in Novi, Oakland Co., Mich. He came to Bay City in 1862, where he was postmaster, newspaper editor, and, also owned a farm in Montior township. He married Catherine H. Stevens, of Ionia Co., Mich. -- Heritage Library/ {View}
    Oct. 21, 2009: 1892 Bio.: Clark Moulthrop.

    -- Mr. Moulthrop was born in 1812, in Seymour, CT. He moved to Bay City, Mich., where he was in the lumber and salt business, will a mill in Banks, owned property at Pine River. He married Elzabeth D. Whitamore.
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    Oct. 21, 2009: 1892 Bio.: Harry C. Moulthrop.
    Mr. Mouthrop, son of Clark and Elizabeth Moulthrop, was born 1865, in Bay City, Mich., where he engaged in the banking and crockery businesses. He was married to Mary G. Crippin, of Saginaw.
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    Oct. 19, 2009: 1892 Bio.: Edward V. Babcock.

    -- Mr. Babcock was born in 1840, Buffalo, NY. After serving in the Civil War, he came to Bay City, Mich., where he ran a successful, painting and deocoration business. He was married to Sarah Cornwall.
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    Oct. 19, 2009: 1905 Bio.: Edward C. Babcock.
    -- Edward C., son of Edward V. Babcock, was born in 1861, and came to Bay City, Mich., with his parent, where he was in paining and decorating business with his father. He was married to Rosa B. Schuneman. -- Heritage Library/ {View}
    Oct. 19, 2009: Who's Who 1922: Percy W. Martin.
    -- Mr. Martin was born in 1879, at Bay City, MI. He graduated from Univ. of Mich., with engineering degree, becoming V.P. of the Smalley General Co., in Bay City. He was married to Evelyn H. Bryant.
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    Oct. 19, 2009: Bio.: Joseph E. Logan (aka. Lofgren)
    -- Mr. Logan was born in1866, in Sweden, and settled in West Bay City, Mich., where he established himself in the grocery business. He was married to Ann Matson. -- Heritage Library/ {View}
    Oct. 17, 2009: Bio.: Oscar & Elizabeth Hutschenreuther.

    -- Ocar was born in 1851, in Bavaria, Germany. He immigrated to Bay City in 1865, worked for the Sage Mills for many years, then entered brewery business. Elizabeth (Rauschert) was from Three Oaks, MI. -- Heritage Library/ {View}
    Oct. 16, 2009: 1915 Bio.: John D. MacKinnon.
    Mr. MacKinnon was born in 1841, at Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. In 1867 he came to Bay City where he established machining and boiler making companies, and serve are several city civic commissions. He was married to Agnes Kirk. -- Heritage Library/ {View}
    Oct. 16, 2009: 1879 Bio.: Judge John Hyde.
    -- Judge Hyde was born in 1843, in Cork, Ireland. He settled in Bay City, MI, around 1862, where he practice law, and later became probate judge. He also published the Catholic Chronicle weekly newspaper. He was married to Annie M. Norris. -- Heritage Writings/ {View}
    Oct. 15, 2009: 1887 Bio.: Rep. Samuel R. Hoobler.
    -- Mr. Hoobler was born in 1844, at Middleton twp., Wood Co., Ohio. He moved to Michigan residing in Arenac and Bay counties, where was taught school. He also, served as State representive. He was married to Mary R. Worth.
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    Oct. 15, 2009: 1912 Bio.: Edward Forsyth.
    -- Mr. Forsyth was born in 1857, at Flint, Mich. He enter the newspapers profession early in life, first working in the business, then as owner of newspapers in Bay City and Cheboygan, Mich. He married Charlotte E. Mercer, of Bay City. -- Heritage Library/ {View}
    Oct. 14, 2009: 1912 Bio.: James H. Dill.
    -- Mr. Dill was born in 1828, in Orange Co., N.Y. He and his wife, Esther Harding moved to Bay City, where James was manager of the Bay County Poor Farm, until his death in 1870. -- Heritage Library/ {View}
    Oct. 11, 2009: 1868-8 Bio.: John A. Weed.
    -- Mr. Weed was born in 1829, in New York State. He was 20 years-old when he moved to Lower Saginaw (now Bay City), where he establish a carriage/wagon business, later he moved to Bangor Twp., and there he opened a shipyard making him one of the earliest shipbuilders north of of Detroit. His wife was Lavinia, last name is unknown.
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    Oct. 11, 2009: 1879 Bio.: John Watson McMath.
    -- Mr. McMath was born in 1824, at Romulus, Seneca Co., New York. He moved to Michigan at an early age with his parents, living in Ypsilanti. He received an education in law at the University of Michigan, and came to Bay City in 1867, where he practiced his profession. He married Ella J. Roys. -- Heritage Library / {View}
    Oct. 11, 2009: 1892 Bio.: Harvey Gilbert, M.D.
    -- Dr. Gilbert was born in 1846, at Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. He received his medical education in N.Y. schools. He moved to Bay City in 1874, where he practiced his profession, and was active in local and state medical societies. He married Ida Beemer, of Simcoe.
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    Oct. 10, 2009: 1894 Bio.: Burton C. Campbell.

    -- Mr. Campbell was born in 1865, in Canada. He move to Mich. with his parents when 4 years-old. He lived in Cass City, Ann Arbor, and Tuscola Co. as a youth, later came to Bay City where he was a teacher, and principle of Park school.
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    Oct. 4, 2009: 1892 Bio.: Hon. John Briske.
    -- Mr. Briske was born in 1845, in Prussia-Poland, and immigrated to U.S. in 1869, settling in Bay City in 1874, where he entered the grocery business, and later was elected to the State Legislature of Michigan. He married Rosa M. Forcia. -- Heritage Library/ {View}
    Oct. 2, 2009: Mr. Theordore M. and Cleora M. (Fay) Bligh.
    - Mr. and Mrs. Bligh settled in Bay City in 1854. They came here from Clayville, NY, where Mr. Bligh was a physician. He entered the duggist business in Bay City, and later became an insurance agent. -- Heritage Library/ {View}
    September, 2009

    Sep. 2, 2009: 1920 Bio. - James Frances Cooke.
    -- James was born in 1875, at Bay City. He went on to a porminent career in music as a pianist, author and teacher. He married Betsey E. Beckwith. -- Heritage Library/ {View]
    August, 2009

    Aug. 21, 2009: 1921 Bio., John Davis & Sons.

    -- Mr. Davis was born 1844, in Westfield, MA. He came to Wenona village in 1868, where he engaged in the drug and grocery supply business. Later he removed to Detroit where he owned the Detroit Chemical Works. He was married twice, Ida Hitchcock and Emma Carter.
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    Aug. 18, 2009: History: Lewis Manfuacturing Co.
    -- George Lewis established this company after having been in other planing mill partnerships. The first pre-cut homes of the Aladdin Co., were built by the Lewis Manufacturing Co., Which later began selling pre-cut homes of their own design.
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    Aug. 15, 2009: History of F.W. Wheeler & Co.

    -- Frank W. Wheeler began building ships in West Bay City about 1877. In 1879 he entered a partnership with Albert Crane which last a short time. Initially they made wooden ships, but quickly upgraded the yard handling building of iron vessels. During its peaks the company employed 1,600 or more workers. -- Heritage Library/ {View}
    Aug. 8, 2009: 1892 Bio: Robert E. Bousfield.
    -- Mr. Bousfield was born in 1860, in Ohio. He came to Bay City with his brothers, Alfred, Charles, and Edward to run the Bousfield & Co. wooden ware business, the largest of its kind in the U.S. He married Jennie Perrin. -- Heritage Library/ {View}
    Aug. 6, 2009: 1892 Bio.: George L. Wilton.
    -- Mr. Wilton was born in 1854, at Sherborne, Ireland. He emigrated to Canada as a young man, then moved to Michigan residing at a number of places before settling in West Bay City, where he owned a stationery business, he also owned the Wells House, which is today the Arlington. He married Mary Potter.
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    Aug. 4, 2009: History of the Arlington House (hotel).

    --This hotel was built by the Bunnell brothers, Hiram and Miron, in 1868, at which time it carried their name. That same building today is the Arlington tavern on Bay City's west side. Lewis Potter, who bought it from the Bunnel boys, was the first to call it the Arlington. However, its long history it has had quite a few different names.
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    Aug. 4, 2009: 1883 Bio.: Thomas Toohey

    -- Mr. Toohey was born in 1838, in County Mayo, Ireland. He emigrated to Canada with his parents where he was raised. He came to Michigan, eventually settling in West Bay City in 1867, where he built the Toohey House and later, purchased the Arlington House. -- Heritage Library/ {View}
    Aug. 2, 2009: History of Michigan Pipe Co.

    -- This business began in 1871, as the Northwestern Gas and Water Pipe Company until 1881, when new ownership renamed it the Michigan Pipe Co. They manufactured various sizes of wood pipes for draining water and sewage, and for large gas lines.
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    Aug. 2, 2009: History of Smalley Bros. & Company.
    -- The Smalley Bros & Co. business in Bay City began when it purchased the former Valley Iron Works, established in 1866. The company was owned by members of the Smalley family from Seneca Co., NY. History include brief bio. on the Smalleys.
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    July, 2009

    Jul. 29, 2009: 1892 Death of Mrs. Ann (Goodwin) Oliver.
    -- Mrs. Oliver was born in 1813, at County Kent, England. She met and married John Oliver in 1831, at Gevena, N.Y., and in 1843 moved to Bay City.
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    Jul. 29 2009: 1918 Bio: Ralph M. Norrington.
    -- Mr. Norrington was in 1888, at Bay City, MI. He received a law degree from the Univ. of Mich., but never entered the law business, instead he ended up in Cleveland where he own a taxi-cab and service business. No marriage record found.
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    Jul. 27, 2009: 1892 Bio.: John W. Cupit.

    -- Mr. Cupit was born in 1850, at Nottinghamshire, England. He emigrated to America, settling in Bay City, Mich., in 1877, where he worked initially as clerk for the J.R. Hall mill in Essexville. Later he established a real estate business. He married Alice L., daughter of J.R. Hall.
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    Jul. 26, 2009: Bio.: Calvin Christopher Columbus Chillson.
    -- Born in 1812, in township of Ticondroga, Essex Co., N.Y. - Come to Bay City in 1849, after farming in Flushing, Mich. for a few years. He work in sawmills intially, then gain succuss in real estate business. He was married to Elizabeth O.J. Moore.
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    Jul. 25, 2009: Bio.: John H. Wilkins.
    -- Mr. Wilkins was born in 1836, in Philadelphia, Penn. He moved Bay City in 1853, to manage a mercantile business for Davd Bell Birney, a few years later he moved to Detroit, but returned to Bay City where entered a parnership with Emil Anneke in the real estate business. He was mayor of Bay City (1879-82). He married Sarah S. Strong.
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    Jul. 25, 2009: Bio.: Josiah L. Ambrose, M. D..
    -- Dr. Ambrose was born in 1857, in Lee Co., IL. He came to Bay City in 1883, where he establish his professional career in medicine. He was married to Grace S. Wilkins, dauther of John H. Wilkins, former mayor of Bay City.
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    Jul. 23, 2009: Bio.: George & Calphurnia (Fay) Lord.
    -- Both were born in Madison Co., NY, George born in 1815 and Calphurnai in 1820. They moved to Bay City in 1854, where George built the Keystone mill, and later became Bay City mayor. Calphurnia's brother was William L. Fay, also in the lumber business and a former Bay City mayor.
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    Jul. 18, 2009: 1894 Bio.: John Clarence Frain.

    Mr. Frain was born in 1870, at Laingsburg, Michigan. After finishing an education in music, he moved to West Bay City, where he was organist and music teacher at the Methodist Episcopal Church.
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    Jul. 18, 2009: 1892 Bio.: Joseph Eastwood.
    -- Mr. Eastwood was born in 1840, at Liverpool, England. He emigrated to America settling in Rochester, N.Y., and later in Bay City, where he was in the lumber and clothing business. He was married to Julia L. Dodge.
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    Jul. 17, 2009: 1905 Bio.: Robert W. Erwin, M.D.

    Dr. Erwin was born in 1842, at Laceyville, OH. Serve in the Civil War, afterwards completing his medical education, the moving to Bay City where he established a medical practice. He married Julia E. Carpenter.
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    Jul. 17, 2009: 1905 Bio.: Fred E. Shearer.
    -- Mr. Shearer was born in 1874, into the prominent Shearer family of Bay City, MI. His father beng John W., son of George Shearer, a former Bay City mayor. Mr. Shearer was married to Roxanna P. Young.
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    Jul. 14, 2009: 1912 Bio.: John R. Decker.

    -- Mr. Decker was born 1879, at Bellefonte, PA, and was an engineer with the Michigan Central Railroad, stationed in Bay City, MI. He was married twice - Norma Lieberman and Charlotte Henze Harris.
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    Jul. 13, 2009: 1892 Bio.: Michael Riegel.

    -- Mr.Riegel was born in 1852, in Germany. He emigrated to U.S. in 1871, and a year later to Salzburg (now Bay City), Bay Co., MI, where he was postmaster, and owned a merchandising business. He was married to Mary B. Smith.
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    Jul. 13, 2009: 1912 Bio.: Abram W.Sempliner.
    -- Mr. Simpliner was born in 1881, at Bay City, MI. Receive a law degree from University of Michigan, afterewards moved to Detroit where he practiced law. He was married to Ida M. Tippling.
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    Jul. 10, 2009: 1893 Bio.: Dr. Sarah B. Armstrong.

    -- Dr. Armstrong was born in Newtown, near Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1857. After many years of higher education, and working as a teacher, she received a degree in Medicine, and in 1891, she moved to Bay City where she established her practice.
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    Jul. 10, 2009: 1916 Civil War article by M. M. Andrews.
    -- Contributed by James Petrimoulx. Mr. Andrews, at the time of this article, was cashier of the Old Second National Bank. The article recalls, and lists the names, of many Bay County veterans that served during the Civil War.
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    Jul. 10, 2009: 1892 Bio.: James H. Tennant.
    -- Mr. Tennant was born in 1841, in Yorkshire, England. He emigrated to Canada with his parents in 1857, then in 1872 he moved to Bay City where he established a successful stone cutting and construction business.
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    Jul. 8, 2009: 1901 - Blue Book of American Shipping.
    -- Detailed listing of maritime businesses, people and vessels related to Bay City, West Bay City and Essexville, MI.
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    Jul. 7, 2009: Fishing History on the Saginaw River.
    -- Articles from the late 1800s and early 1900s describing sportsman and commercial fishing on the Saginaw Rivers, includes some other nearby locations.
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    Jul. 6, 2009: The Patented Campbell Tricycle. (1895)

    -- Newspaper article from 1895 on a new tricycle design patented by Mrs. E. C. Campbell of Bay City, MI. The design was said to be easier for an elderly person to ride.
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    Jul. 3, 2009: Bass Fishing on the Saginaw River.

    -- Interesting article from 1889 describing fly fishing for black bass in the muddy waters of the Saginaw River in Bay City.
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    Jul. 2, 2009: 1905 Bio.: Robert J. Campbell.

    -- Mr. Campbell, a nephew of Sidney S. Campbell, was born 1832, Erie Co., N.Y., and came to Bay City in 1862, where was a partner in the Bay City Dry Dock company. Unable to find whether or not he was married.
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    Jul. 1, 2009: 1892 Bio.: Capt. William H. Reid.
    -- Capt. Reid was born in 1869, at Alpena, MI. He and his father James came to Bay City in 1879 where they entered the towing and wrecking business. The Capt. was married to Maggie Winn.
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    Jul. 1, 2009: 1878 Bio.: Daniel A. Langworthy, M.D.
    -- Langworthy was born at Westerly, R.I., in 1832. He grew up in Alleheny Co., N.Y., and after serving in the Civil War, moved to Bay City where he partnered with A.J. Cooke in the merchandise business. He was married to Sarah B. Cooke, of Elimra, NY.
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    June, 2009

    Jun. 28, 2009: Bio.: John E. Kinnane (1862-1931)

    -- Mr. Kinnane was born in Kalamazoo Co., Mich. After graduating from Kalamazoo College, he came to Bay City, where he established a law practice, and later was appointed to the U.S. Attorney's office this part of Michigan. He was married to Maud Crosbie.
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    Jun. 26, 2009: Bio.: Homer E. Buck.

    -- Mr. Buck was born in 1859, at Bath, MI. He move to Bay City in 1871, where he was successful in several businesses, including the manufacturing of sugar. He was married to Margert Lewis.
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    Jun. 24, 2009: Bio.: Phillip C. Floeter.
    -- Mr. Floeter was born in 1849, in Canada. He followed the building trade of his father, coming to Bay City in 1881, where he establish a successful architect business. He married Mary Lewis.
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    Jun. 17, 2009: Obit. Horace B. Mix.

    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Mix was born at Fort Ann, N.Y., in 1841. He came to Bay City, MI, after serving in the Civil War. He worked for N.B. Bradley & Sons for 25 years. His was wife was Ella.
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    Jun. 17, 2009: Photo of Edwin T. Carrington added.

    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Carrington, born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1839, and came to Bay City after serving in the Civil War. He began work with the Sage and McGraw saw mill, where was business manager for 10 years. He was married to Charlotte Shepard.
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    Jun. 17, 2009: Obituary: Fred W. Maynard.

    -- Mr. Maynard was born at Maidstone, Kent Co., England in 1868, and lived out the last 63 years of his life in Bay City, MI, where he was Custodial Supervisor of City Hall. He was married to Catherine (Katie) Burke, of Ireland.
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    Jun. 10, 2009: 1944 Obituary: Fred C. Jenkens.
    -- Mr. Jenkins was born in 1871, at Bay City. He ran away from home at a young age, and went onto a career in entertaiment, as a circus clown, and in vaudeville. He was married to Grace Burk.
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    Jun. 9, 2009: 1887 Bio.: Hon. James A. Green.

    -- Mr. Green was born in 1836, at Fort Edwards, N.Y. After service in the Civil War, he and his wife, Mary E. Kilby, moved to Bay City, where he engaged in lumbering, and was a represented in the State legislator.
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    Jun. 9, 2009: 1888 Bio.: Mrs. Susan (Salsbury) Eddy.
    -- Susan Salsbury was born in 1804, at Tiverton, R.I., and was married to Joseph Eddy. In 1855 they moved to Hampton Twp., Bay County, MI, where they were among the earliest pioneer farming families.
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    Jun. 9, 2009: 1892 Bio.: William Galarno.
    -- Mr. Galarno was born in Windsor, Canada in 1854, a year later his parents moved to Bay city, where William became prospered in grocery, real estate and boat docking businesses. He was married to Ellen McBride.
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    Jun. 8, 2009; 1905 Bio.: Charles W. Hitchcock.

    Mr. Hitchcock was born in Perry Co., OH, in 1866, where he practice law until 1886, when moved to Bay City and set up a law office in the Shearer block. He was married to Alice M. Foster.
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    Jun. 8, 2009: 1914 Bio.: Herbert C. Hitchcock.
    -- Mr. Hitchcock is a native of Southington, CT, being born there in 1866, and moved when 2 years-old to Bay City with his parents, and where he later worked in the lumbering industry, before taking up residence in Detroit.
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    Jun. 8, 2009: 1894 Bio.: Myron R. Hartwell.

    -- Mr. Hartwell was born in 1850 at Macomb County, MI. He enter the teaching profession there, and later moved to Bay County, where he taught at Pinconning and in West Bay City, where he was principle of Riegel school.
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    Jun. 7, 2009: 1892 Bio.: Charles Fitzhugh, Jr.
    Mr. Fitzhugh was born in Midland Co., Mi, in 1847. He moved to Bay City in 1855, where he engaged in the lumber and real estate businesses. He is the grandson of Dr. Daniel H. Fitzhugh, one of the founders of Bay City. Charles was married to Anne G. Fitzhugh.
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    Jun. 7, 2009; 1892 Bio.: Abraham Bate.
    -- Mr. Bate was born in 1837, in England. He came to Bay City in 1870, where entered a partnership in the stonecutting business, later known as the Bay City Stone Company. He was married to Elizabeth Allen, in England.
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    Jun. 6, 2009: 1900 Bio.: Irving W. Snyder.

    -- Mr. Snyder was born in 1848, at Dryden, Thompkins Co., N.Y., he came to Michigan in 1881, where he was a bookkeeper before becoming publisher of the Bay City Tribune newspaper. He was married to Mrs. Priscella Claxton.
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    Jun. 6, 2009: 1892 Bio.: Harvey Shook, of Pinconning.

    -- Mr. Shook was at Vermillion, OH in 1849. He lived in Vassar and Bay City, before settling in Pinconning where he owned a hardware business. He was married to Mrs. Helen H. (Roberts) Hazelton.
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    Jun. 6, 2009: 1918 Bio.: Capt. John S. Wilson.

    -- Capt. John S. Wilson was among the earliest pioneers of Bay City. He moved here in 1837 from New York. He engaged in fishing, then as captain of several vessels. This history was written by students of Kolb school in 1918.
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    Jun. 6, 2009: 1892 Bio.: John Washer of Bangor Twp.
    -- Mr. Washer was born in 1866, at Berrow, Somerset Co., England. He came Bay County, MI in 1872, where he establish a farm in Kawkawlin Twp., and later in Bangor Twp. He was married to Ada Freeman.
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    Jun. 5, 2009: 1905 Bio.: Judge Chester L. Collins.

    -- Judge Collins was born in 1847, in Ohio, and moved to Bay City in 1875, where he practice law and was District Judge for many years. He was the first president of the Michigan State Bar Association, and married to Sarah Miller of Bay City.
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    June, 2009

    Jun. 3, 2009: 1915 Bio.: Edwin D. Cowels.

    -- Mr.Cowels was born in 1848, at Wayne Co., N.Y. He move to Michigan with his parents at an early age, where he became prominent in the newspaper business at Saginaw and Bay City. He was married twice - Lucy Randalls and Hatie Kraemer.
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    May, 2009

    May 30, 2009: 1914 Bio.: Dr. William A. Evans (1876-?)
    -- Dr. Evans was born 1876, at Ontario, Canada, but grew up in Bay city, and moved to Detroit after getting a degree in medicine. His was married to Harriet M. Welchli.
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    May 30, 2009: 1907 Bio.: John N. Comstock (1868-?)
    -- Comstock was born in 1868, at Bay City, where he engaged in lumbering, and at other places in Michigan before moving to Ashland, WI. He was married to Lottie O'Connell.
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    May 30, 2009: 1905 Bio.: John W. Babcock (1831-?)
    -- Babock was born in Wayne Co., NY, he moved to Washtenaw Co., MI with his parents at a young age, and to Bay City in 1851 where he owned a sawmill, farmed in did road construction work. His wife was Helen M. Newton.
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    May 9, 2009: 1915 Bio.: William Edwards Boyden.

    -- Boyden was born in 1860, in Wastenaw Co., MI, He moved to Bay County about 1901 where he owned a farm. He was married to Nettie A. Robinson.
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    May 4, 2009: Sugar Factories of Bay County in 1901.
    -- The first sugar beet factory in Michigan was established in 1898 at Essexville, within a few years two more factories were built in Bay County, one in Bay City and the other in West Bay City. The success of these factories was an economic boom for farmers who supplied sugar beets to these factories.
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    Apr. 16, 2009: 1903 Bio: William G. Beard.

    -- Mr. Beard was born 1847, in England. Three years later his family moved to Canada, then to Bay City in 1867, where he worked for his father who started a contracting business. Later, he held several civic jobs. He was married to Mary BENNETT.
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    Apr. 16, 2009: 1892 Bio: Capt. Henry Bennett.
    -- Capt. Bennett, was born in 1844, on Wolf Island, St. Lawrence River. He followed in the footsteps of his father, becoming a master sailor, living most of his life in Bay City. He was married to Eliza Beard.
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    Apr. 15, 2009: 1905 Bio.: Worth L. Churchill.

    Mr. Churchill was born in 1840, at Batavia, Iowa. He became a wealthy man, owning several businesses in different locations, including the Bay City Sugar Company. Prior to his move to Bay City, he was the mayor of Alpena. He was married to Amelia Montgomery, of Chicago.
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    Apr. 14, 2009: Heritage Homestead - 701 N. Johnson.

    Contributed by Bill Branigan. -- This video presentation provides an excellent tour of the inside and outside features of this fine homestead built in 1913 for Adna Lewis, founder of the "Liberty Homes" business. The home is quite unique, as it was custom designed by the well known architectural firm of Clark and Munger.
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    Apr. 13, 2009: Bio.: Averton Edmund Munger.
    -- Mr. Munger was born 1867, in Ohio, and later in life he moved to Bay City with a background in archetecture and engineering, which led to his partnership with Dillon P. Clark, another prominent architech. Mr. Munger was married to Mary Sperry.
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    Apr. 13, 2009: Bio.: Adna G. Lewis.
    -- Adna was born in 1869, at Bay City, and is the son of George Lewis, founder of Lewis Manufacturing Company, which Adna became president of after his father's death. Adna some years later entered the kit homes business which were branded as Lewis built "Liberty Homes." Adna was married to Gertrude L. Layton.
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    Apr. 10, 2009: Ariticle: Bay City baseball club, 1914.
    -- The The South Michigan League had it troubles during the 1914 season, and none were more difficult than the riot at the Bay City teams ball diamond that led to the team withdrawing from the league.
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    Apr. 8, 2009: Southern Michigan Association (1914).
    -- Recap of 1914 base ball season published in the Spalding Official Base Ball Guide for 1913-1914. Saginaw beat the Bay City team in a playoff series for the championship, winning in 10 innings of the final game.
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    Apr. 8, 2009: 1917: George Horning Retires After 45 years.
    -- George was a Canadian native, born in 1847, and came to Michigan as a young man where he worked in the railroad business, retiring in 1917, at Bay City. {View}
    Apr. 6, 2009: Rev. J. Ambrose & Caroline (Adams) Wight.

    -- Mrs. and Mrs. Wight were both natives of New York, and came to Bay City about 1865, where Rev. Wight became pastor of the First Presbyterian church. His ancestors were among those who settled in Plymouth Colony.
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    Apr. 6, 2009: Jack Sparling's Machine Shop (update).
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- During WWII two senior Bay Cityans, Jake Sparling and Percy Fogelsonger, earned top award out of 1300 businesses honored by the War Department for their contribution to the war effort.
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    Apr. 4, 2009: Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas Werlein.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Mrs. Werlein, born in 1885, in Bay City, was the daughter of Henry H. and Mary L. (Smith) Thomas, of Bay City. Elizabeth had an interesting early life as a singer, and being courted by an English earl and a Russian prince, before marrying Philip Werlein of New Orleans.
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    Apr. 1, 2009: Author: Miss Frances Magaret Fox.

    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Miss Fox was born 1870, at S. Framingham, MA. She was educated in Kalamazoo, MI, and later resided in Bay City. She became one of the most popular authurs of childrens' books and stories.
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    March, 2009

    Mar. 29, 2009: Bio. Geo. Young Sr., & son, Geo. H.

    -- George Young was born in 1829, at Ayshire, Scotland. He emigrated to Albany, NY, then to Bay City, MI, where he founded the Bay City Bank. His son, George H., became president of this bank. (Both bio.'s link to each other)
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    Mar. 26, 2009: Bio.: Chippewa Chief Okemos.

    -- Chief Okemos was a cousin of Chief Pontiac, an aligned himself initially with the British army in the war of 1812. He is believed to have been over 100 years when he died.
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    Mar. 23, 2009 - Bio.: Marth E. Snyder-Root (1839-1904).

    -- Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. Mrs. Roots was born in Mexico, N.Y.. She married Melvin A. Roots and they settled in Bay City, where she become a prominent figure in various women movements at the local and state level.
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    Mar. 21, 2009: Bay City Base Ball Team of 1907.
    In 1906 the Southern Michigan League was established, the following year Bay City joined the league finishing in fourth place. The page includes a photo of that team along with names of players.
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    Mar. 21, 2009: Bay City Base Ball Team of 1913-14.
    Member of Southern Michigan League, which included teams from Saginaw and Flint. Saginaw topped the Bay City team for the championship.
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    Mar. 21, 2009: Bio. Jabez B. Caswell.
    Mr. Caswell was born in 1838, at New York, and moved to Bay City in 1882, where he held a number of civic positions. He was married to Clara Worth.
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    Mar. 21, 2009: Bio.: Col. Newcomb Clark.
    Col. Clark was born in 1838, at New York,and moved to the village of Wenona in 1865 after serving in the Civil War. He was married to Ellen Chambers.
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    Mar. 18, 2009: Draining Saginaw River Marshland.
    Article written in 1879 by Judge Albert Miller, on his experience in creating a drainage system to turn marshland into productive farmland.
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    Mar. 17, 2009: History: Bay City Art Club.
    The Bay City Art Club was primary comprised of woman, established in 1899 for the study of art history. Little history was found other than reports of their existence showing the club's officers for a given year.
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    Mar. 15, 2009: Bio: George W. Butterfield (1843-1919).
    -- Mr. Butterfield was born in Utica, Mich., and after serving meritoriously in the Civil War, he moved to Bay City, where he worked as a postal employee.
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    Mar. 14, 2009: Brief Bio.: John Howard Allen.

    -- Mr. Allen was born in Jersey City, N.J., and obtained an education in music and teaching. He moved to Bay City in 1892, to become organist at the First Presbyterian church.
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    Mar. 14, 2009: Bio: Hon. James Van Kleeck.
    -- Hon. Van Kleeck was born 1846, at Exeter, Monroe Co., MI. He graduated from of U. of M. Law School, served in the Civil War, and was prosecuting attorney at Midland and Bay City, Mich. He married Juliette C. Carpenter.
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    Mar. 13, 2009: Bio.: Charles B. Warren (1870-1936)

    -- Mr. Warren was born in Bay City, but lived in Detroit for most of his life, where he was a prominent attorney, and on a national level he served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan. He was married to Helen Wetmore. (Includes link to bio. on his father, Robert L. Warren, an early newspaper man & politician.)
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    Mar. 12, 2009: Bio.: Dr. Oliver Berber (1830-?)

    -- Dr. Berber (aka. Barber) moved to Bay City from Canada in 1877, where he established a medical practice and drug store business. He married Louisa Borthoume.
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    Mar. 12, 2009: Bio.: Jerry R. Hall, of Essexville.

    -- Mr. Hall was born 1830, in Brunswick, ME, and moved to Essexville in 1876, where he established a large lumber mill manufacturing shingles. He was married twice, Judith Gilber and Susan Macomber.
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    Mar. 12, 2009: History: Ransom P. Essex (1830-1874).
    -- Ransom born in Connecticut, and emigrated to Hampton Township in 1850, where, purchased 80 arces. In 1867 he set aside 8 acres for settlement "Essex", which became the city of Essexville.
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    Mar. 11, 2009: Political Bio.: Albert O. Heine.

    -- The Hon. Heine was born in 1868, Hamburg, Germany. He resided for periods at Mt. Pleasant and Saginaw, before moving to Bay City, where owned a clothing store. Served in the Michigan senate. Married Florence Hopkins.
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    Mar. 10, 2009: Hon. Archibald McDonell (1833-1905)

    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Hon. McDonell was a native of Sydney, Nova Scotia, a graduate of the University of Michigan law school, and former mayor of Bay City. He was married twice, Mary Ann Carson, and Mary J. Day.
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    Mar. 10, 2009: Bio.: Alexander Zagelmeyer (1858-1914).

    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Mr. Zagelmeyer was the father of the Saginaw Valley coal mining industry, opening the first coal mine in Monitory Twsp. He married Emma Brenner, of Saginaw, MI, and they resided in West Bay city.
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    Mar. 8, 2009: Saginaw Valley Pioneer Society.
    Article from 1874 on the organization of the Bay County Chapter of the pioneer society. Include brief history and names of many of the earliest settlers. {View}
    Mar. 8, 2009: Bio.: James E. Brockway (1873-?)
    Mr. Brockway was born at St. Clair Co., MI, move to Bay as an adult where he practiced law. Veteran of Spanish-American war.
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    Mar. 7, 2009: Article: The Clocks of Bay City.
    (Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx.) This article looks into the history of Bay City's large clocks, includes pictures of the building on which they were installed, and how they worked. (pdf) {View}
    Mar. 4, 2009: 7th Michigan Cavalry: Morning Report.

    -- The 7th Mich. Cavalry Civil War Roundtable has added the group's Morning Report newsletter to their web page, which is published by Jerry Pergande. The issues feature Civil War history and activies of the group.
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    Mar. 3, 2009: Michigan's Northern Canal.
    In 1837 surveyors laid out a route for a northern canal from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan, a year later work began on the eastern end from the Saginaw River to the Bad River.
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    Mar. 2, 2009: History: Bay City Woman's Club.
    The Bay City Woman's Club was organized in 1892, with an initial membership of fifty, and grew to 150 members the next year. The club's primary focus was on education issues and community improvements.
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    February, 2009

    Feb. 26, 2009: Military Bio: First Lt. Donald F. Ghent.
    -- Lt. Ghent was born in Bay City, 1893, and died at France in 1918, as a former resident of Detroit.
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    Feb. 24, 2009: Bio.: Brothers, William and John McEwan
    Separate biograhies for these brother who were born in Glasgow, Scotland, came to Bay City around 1850 with another brother, Alexander, and where they established a lumbering business. The McEwans were among the founding members of the First Presbyterian church. William married Annie, the daughter of James Fraser, and John was married to Margaret Pollock.
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    Feb. 24, 2009: Bio.: Dr. Herbert W. Landon. (1873-)

    -- Dr. Landon was born in Bay City to Dr. Henry B. and Martha J. (Williams) Landon. He married Dorothy Sterling, of Monroe, MI, and they set up their residence in East Lansing.
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    Feb. 23, 2009: Bio.: Richard Padley (1824-1903).
    -- Mr. Padley was born in England, and came to Bay City around 1852, engaged in farming, lumbering and the construction business. He was married twice, first to Mary Barton, then Phillis Donnison.
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    Feb. 21, 2009: Article 1936: Cobras of Crime.
    Contributed by Fred Welsh. -- In 1916 the unsolved murder of Frank E. Parker would be caught up in one of Bay City's most legendary crime sprees. Twenty years later the story was spread across the nation by the Master Detective magaine.
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    Feb. 19, 2009: 1870 Lumber Strike at Bay City.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Story from the Bay City Tribune, recalling strike by mill workers protesting 12 hour work days, and Sheriff Perrott's role in ending it quickly.
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    Feb. 18, 2009: Bio.: Dr. Samuel S. Garrigues (1828-1889)
    Born in Philadelphia, Pa, he moved to Michigan, where he served in the Civil War, and afterwards become a prominent scientist in salt manufacturing.
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    Feb. 17, 2009: Anne Frisby Fitzhugh Chapter.
    This Bay City chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1900 and played an instrumental promoting civic pride. Two pages that cross link to each other have been added.
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    Feb. 16, 2009: Pioneer Bio.: James Watson (1814-?)

    James was born in Detroit, and moved to Bay City in 1850 when it was still known as Lower Saginaw. He became a prominent businessman in mercantile and lumbering.
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    Feb. 16, 2009: 1922: Bio. of Dr. William G. Weideman.
    Born in 1874 at Bay City, Mich., graduate of the Univ. of Mich. with a degree in medicine, and afterward moved to Milaukee where he met and married Adeline Heineman.
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    Feb. 14, 2009: 1886: History of Trinity Parish.

    -- Written by Rev. Butler on church's early history. Includes excellent detailed discriptions of Bay City's settlement period.
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    Feb. 11, 2009: Bio.: Christopher Heinzmann (1830-1902)
    -- Heinzmann, was born in Germany, immigrated to Ann Arbor with his parents, then to Bay City, where he worked in lumbermills before entering the hotel business as owner of the Forest City House. He married twice: Christina Reinhardt & Margareta Bayer.
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    Feb. 9, 2009: Daniel H. Fitzhugh, Jr. (1826-1896)
    -- Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. Daniel built a house on the corner of Third and Water streets, which the 11th homestead in Bay City in 1843. He was an ardent sportsman, and was the first to classify the fish speciies call the grayling.
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    Feb. 8, 2009: Biography: Edgar B. Foss (1853-1915)

    -- Foss was born in CT., and worked his way up in the business world, and became a wealthy lumber baron in Bay City. Married Elizabeth Fitzgerald.
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    Feb. 7, 2009: 1912 Obituary: Mrs. Charles D. Fisher.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Born Elvira Miller, she came to the Saginaw Valley in 1835, when only 4 months old. She was one of the early teachers during the settlement of Bay City.
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    Feb. 5, 2009: Birney: Liberty Party History.

    -- James G. Birney twice ran as presidential candidate of the new formed Liberty Party, which was for the fore runner of the Republican party. Birney second attempt was while a resident of Bay City settlement in 1844.
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    Feb. 4, 2009: Jas. G. Birney's Influence on MI Politics.
    -- A nationally prominent abolitionish from Kentucky, moved his family from the comforts of the home in New York, and moved into the wilderness settlement of Lower Saginaw (now Bay City), and immediately began to help shape Michigan's politics regarding slavery.
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    Feb. 3, 2009: Bio.: Judge Isaac Marston.
    -- Judge Marston, was born in Ireland, he began with humble beginnings, but graduated from the Univ. of Mich., with law degree, and become a Justice on the Michigan Surpeme Courty. He married Emily SULLIVAN. Their residence was on the Kawkawlin River.
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    Feb. 2, 2009: Bus. Bio: Henry S. Raymond.
    -- Henry, born in Grosse Isle, MI, in 1838, came to Bay City in 1851, with his parents. After serving in the Civil War, he held of office of local postmaster for many years.
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    Feb. 1, 2009: The Jone Family of Hampton Twp.
    (Contributed by Phil Draper.) John Jones, a black from VA, moved to Hampton twp. around 1860, where he became a prominent farmer. The township's first school bdlg. was named after him, as was Jones Road.
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    January, 2009

    Jan. 30, 2009: Biography: Oscar W. Baker.

    -- Oscar was born in Bay City, in 1879. A graduating from the Univ. of Michigan, he establishment himself as a prominent attorney, serving and serve on local and state commissions. He was married to Ida May Harrison.
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    Jan. 29, 2009: Biography: Oscar F. Bentley.
    -- Oscar was born in 1833 at Monroe Co., NY, he came to Flint with his parents, then after leaving on his own spent time in MN and KS, before returned to MI, and settling down in Gibson Twp., Bay Co., MI.
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    Jan. 28, 2009: Biographies of Charles & Edward Bousfield.
    -- Sons of John Bousfield, who established the largest woodenware business in the country at Cleveland, which was later relocated to Bay City during the lumbering boom period. The factory was located at 34th St. and Harrison, in Bay City.
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    Jan. 27, 2009: Bio. Azell N. Rouech (1820-1897)

    -- Rouech was born in France and emigrated to the U.S. with his parents. He first worked in salt mining in WI and NY, then relocated in in Bay City, where he became prominent in the hotel business. Married Mary Derrick.
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    Jan. 26, 2009: James G. Birney: Final Years.
    Excerpts from book written by his son, William Birney, in 1890. Includes letter written by James to his long-time friend, Gerrit Smith, just prior to Birney's death in 1857.
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    Jan. 25, 2009: The Aladdin Company (1906-1987)

    -- This business was founded by the brothers, William and Otto Sovereign, who were the first to sell "readi-cut" home kits. They went on to become one of Bay City's largest companies. Aladdin homes were sold throughout the U.S., Canada and even in Europe.
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    Jan. 24, 2009: Crump Manufacturing Co., Estb. 1884.

    -- This box manufacturing company in West Bay City was founded by brothers, S.G. and R.O. Crump, and was the largest of its kind in Michigan. The later Crump was served in Congress for a number of years.
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    Jan. 21, 2009: Bus. Bio., Muerig Lloyd Davies.
    -- Mr. Davies was Director of the North American Chemical, and the First National Bank, of Bay City. He was born in Liverpool, Eng., and married Sarah E. Simister, of England.
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    Jan. 21, 2009: Woman's Who's who of America, 1914 -- Very brief bios for the following woman:
  • {Dr. Mary (Whitaker) Williams}
  • {Mrs. Mary Lydia (Thompson) Doe}
  • {Mrs. Margaret (MacGregor) Manchester}
  • {Mrs. Emma (Pearson) Randall}
    Jan. 20, 2009: First Schools in Bay City.
    -Winning essay written by Cornelia M. Richardson in 1916, the g-g-granddauther of Mrs. Terbush. (see below article)
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    Jan. 20, 2009: Bio., Mrs. Elizabeth (Chilson) Terbush.
    - Elizabeth first marriage was to Calvin C.C. Chilson, then his death she married Alexander Terbush. She was born in Breadport, VT, in 1814. She and Calvin settled on the west side of the Saginaw River before it was developed, and where they later became involved with the underground railroad.
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    Jan. 18, 2009: 1914 Listing of Companies in Bay County.
    Compiled from 1914 State Report on Bay County, showing over 400 companies by their community, including date established. location.
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    Jan. 15, 2009: North American Chemical Co. (1898-1928)
    The North American Chemical company was established in 1898, by the United Alkali Co., Ltd., of England, to produce chlorate potash in the U.S. Their plant in Bay City was located on Harrison St., property formerly owned by the McGraw sawmill.
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    Jan. 15, 2009: Columbia Sugar Co., Established 1901.
    Columbia Sugar Co. was originally known as the German-American Sugar Co., of Bay City. Its history is captured from the 1920 stock handbook exchange, which lists personnel and financials.
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    Jan. 15, 2009: Bio.: William Catlin (1817-1865)
    William followed his brother, Israel Catlin, bothing being among the early settlers of Lower Saginaw (Bay City), he worked at the Portsmouth mill owner by Miller and McCormick, but returned to New York afterwards. Heritage/Writings/ {View}
    Jan. 13, 2009: Bio.: James Clements (1831-1895)
    James was one of the founders of the Industrial Works in Bay City, MI, and a long time resident of Ann Arbor, MI. He immigrated to America from England, and spent his early years in New York, where he met and married Agnes McGready.
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    Jan. 12, 2009: Civil War Memories by Judge Cobb.

    Judge George P. Cobb, a native of Livingston Co., N.Y., joined the 7th Michigan Cavalry in 1865, as the war was drawing to an end. Although he served only one and never entered combat, his detailed recollections are still very interesting.
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    Jan. 7, 2009: 1880 - Death of Mary (Barney) Sinclair.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Mary, the daughter of Cromwell and Belinda Barney, was born in 1838, and is the first white child birth in Bay County. She was married to A. G. Sinclair, and was a member of the Presbyterian church.
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