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Theophilus Jeremiah Tremble (1859-1943)
  • Submitted by Jim Tremble (December 2002)

  • Brothers Louis Alexander (my grandfather) and Todd sometime before 1935.

    Theophilus Jeremiah Tremble (Todd) was born September 17, 1859 Buffalo, NY, and died October 14, 1943 in Standish, Arenac Co. Michigan.

    He is buried in Green Ridge Cemetery, Bay City, Mi, next to his father and mother,
    Theophilus Peter and
    Mary Jane (Green) Tremble.
    There is no head stone for Todd.

    The following is a reprint from the
    "Portrait and Biographical Record -- Saginaw and Bay Counties",
    published by
    Biographical Publishing Co. in 1892.

    Portrait and Biographical Record -- Saginaw and Bay Counties
    Biographical Publishing Co., 1892.

    THEOPHILUS TREMBLE. Our subject, whose wood-turning establishment is located on the corner of Twelfth and Adams Streets, and who is there carrying on a successful business, is himself endowed with something more than the ordinary degree of talent and may well be called a genius. He was born in Buffalo, N. Y., September 17, 1859, and is a son of Theophilus Peter and Mary Jane (Green) Tremble. The former was born in Lashaim, Canada, nine miles from Montreal. His father. Roger Tremble, who was a farmer there, was of French descent. Peter Tremble was by profession a sub-marine diver, having learned the business at the age of fourteen years from John B. Green of Buffalo. He engaged as a professional diver until 1878, when he retired from that business and took up farming, but before finally giving up his profession he dove at Green Bay, Long Point, Presque Isle Point and in Buffalo, also at Silver Key Banks, and became noted for his fearlessness and success in his work. He went to the depth of one hundred and eight feet under water and remained there, from an hour to an hour and a half. He now resides in North Bay, on the corner of Thirty-third and Fitchard Streets. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

    Our subject's mother was born in Oswego, N.Y. Her father was a Canadian but died in Cleveland, Ohio. Mrs. Mary J. Tremble died in Bay City, April 13, 1891. Of a family of seventeen children, sixteen lived to be grown, and all are still surviving.

    Of these, our subject is the eldest. He was reared in Tonawanda, NY and as a lad attended the public schools and also the High School there and in Brockport.

    October 10. 1875, he was apprenticed to learn the trade of wood turning, and served for three years at Brockport with John Smith, so that he became a practical and skillful workman. Thence, he went to Albion, N. Y., where he engaged as a journeyman for four years. He was then in New York City and other eastern points until the spring of 1885, when he came to Bay City and started in business for himself.

    Mr. Tremble secured his present site and fitted it up with a complete set of machinery for wood-turning and hand work, so that he has now a perfectly equipped establishment for making the finest drill as well as the more common turnings used in house building. His work is much appreciated here and he has been successful.

    Mr. Tremble invented and patented the useful article known as the Tremble clothes bars or reels, and started manufacturing them. It is a most useful innovation in that much-dreaded portion of household work that makes the first day of the week so unpleasant.

    Socially our subject belongs to Bay City Lodge, No. 104, I. O. O.F. In his political affiliation he is a democrat, not accepting the policy by inheritance or association, but as the result of his own balanced judgment.

    Additional Notes.

    1887 - Annual Report, Commissioner of Patents, Vol. 3

  • Tremble, Theophilus, Bay City, Mich., Clothes-drier, #353,332, Nov. 30

    1896 - Directory, Bay City, Mich.

  • Tremble, James, teamster Dolsen, Chapin & Co., res 1800 Woodside Ave.
  • Tremble, Peter, laborer B H Briscoe & Co., res 1121 23d
  • Tremble, Theophilus, turner, bds 1121 33d
  • Theophilus Tremble
    Trombley Genealogy
    People Referenced
    Gemayne, Joseph (Mrs.)
    Green, John B.
    Mac Donald, Bessie (Mrs.)
    Mertz, Harriet (Mrs.)
    Morgan, Alick
    Smith, John
    Tremble, Florence
    Tremble, George
    Tremble, John
    Tremble, Louis A.
    Tremble, Roger
    Tremble, Theodore
    Tremble, Theophilus J.(Todd)
    Tremble, Theophilus P.
    Tremble (Green), Mary Jane
    Van Neat, Lillian (Mrs.)
    Subjects Referenced
    Albion, NY
    Bay City, MI
    Bay City Lodge, No. 104
    Brockport, NY
    Buffalo, NY
    Cleveland, OH
    Detroit, MI
    Flint, MI
    Green Bay
    Greenrich Cemetery
    Lashaim, Canada
    Long Point
    Methodist Episcopal Church
    Montreal, Canada
    New York City
    North Bay
    Oswego, NY
    Presque Isel Point
    Rochester, NY
    San Diego, CA
    Silver Key Banks
    South Bend, IN
    Standish, MI
    Tonawanda, NY
    Tremble clothes bars
    Twining, MI

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