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Edward C. Babcock (1861-?)
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., was in decorating business in Bay City, MI.

1892 biography. Added Oct., 2009.

History of Bay County, Michigan, Augustus H. Gansser, 1905


Edward C. Babcock, a well known citizen of Bay City, is engaged in the business of general decorator and dealer in wall-paper and painters' supplies.

Mr. Babcock was born in Buffalo, New York, February 3, 1861, and is a son of Edward V. and Sarah (Cornwell) Babcock. His father was a native of the same city, and learned the painters' and decorators' trade when a boy. This he followed as a journeyman in Buffalo until 1865. He then came to Bay City and pursued the same occupation about six years. At that period he established the business which the subject of this sketch now carries on. He was the first man engaged in this line of work in Bay City, and was active until the time of his death, which occurred in 1896, at the age of 56 years. His first location was at No. 508 Jackson street.

Edward V. Babcock married Sarah Cornwell of Buffalo, and they had three children, namely: Edward C.; George R., of Portland, Michigan; and Lucy, wife of Louis Koch, of Bay City. The father of this family attended the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which his window is a member. Fraternally, he was a member of the Bay City Lodge, No. 129, F. & A. M., of which he was worshipful master several years. He also belonged to Blanchard Chapter No. 59, R. A. M., of which he was past high priest; and to Bay City Commandry, No. 26, K. T.

Edwin Babcock, the father of Edwin V., was a native of Buffalo, New York. There when a boy he learned the carpenter's trade, and pursued that vocation throughout his life. The subject of this sketch received his early mental training in the public schools of Bay City, after which he learned the trade of painter and decorator with his father. He also gave considerable study to portrait and figure work, in which line he is the only artist in the city. He was in business with his father from 1884 until the latter's death under the firm name of E. V. Babcock & Son.

In 1896 Mr. Babcock opened a store at No. 909 Center avenue, where he continued two years, and then moved to No. 816 Washington avenue, where he remained until 1905, when he located in his own building on Jefferson street, near the Pere Marquette Railroad Station. This was formerly the house of Devlin's Business College. At first Mr. Babcock merely dealt in wall-paper, paints and oils. Now he does an extensive business throughout the State in decorating churches and theaters and residences of the higher grade. He has done work on about 50 churches outside of Bay County and employs on an average 20 men throughout the year.

Mr. Babcock married Rosa Belle Schuneman, a daughter of Isaac N. Schuneman of Metamor, Michigan, and they have one son, Harry N. Politically Mr. Babcock is a Republican, and has served a term as member of the Board of Education. He is not an aspirant for office.

Fraternally, the subject of this sketch is a 32d degree Mason, being a member of Joppa Lodge No. 315, F. & A. M.; Michigan Sovereign Consistory, S. P. R. S., at Detroit; and Moslem Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., at Detroit. He is also a member of the Maccabees and of the Modern Woodmen of America.

Additional Notes.

    1890 - Directory, Bay City, Mich.

  • Babcock, Edward C. (Babcock & Son), res 1609 5th ave.
  • Babcock, Edward V. (Babcock & Babcock), res 508 N. Jackson
  • Babcock, George R. (Babcock & Babcock), res 508 N. Jackson
  • Babcock & Babcock (Edward V and George R), artists' materials, 405 Center Ave.
  • Babcock & Son (Edward V and Edward C), painters, 405 Center Ave.

    1900 Cenus - West Bay City, Mich. (1609 Fifth St.)

  • Babcock, Ed. C., b. Feb. 1861 N.Y.
  • Rosa B., wife, b. Oct. 1862 Mich.
  • Harrry N., son, Jun. 1890 Mich.

    1911 Michigan Marriages: Bay City

  • Date: Jun. 5, 1911.
  • Groom: Harry N. Babock, age 21, parents: Edward C. Babcock & Rosa Bella Schuemann.
  • Bride: Elizabeth M. Miller, age 23, parents: Le Roy Miller & Rebecca See.
  • Official: Victor F. Brown, clergyman.
  • Witnesses: Earl W. Miller & Anna Campbell.

    1920 Michigan Marriages: Bay City

  • Date: Sep. 20, 1920.
  • Bride: Rosa B. Babcock, age 50, parents: Isaac N. Schuneman & Mary Bexton.
    Groom: James P. Warfield, age 54, parents: Lucius Warfield & Anna Jay.
    Official: A.J. MacKanzie, minister.
    Witnesses: George Gray & Edna M Gray.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Babcock, Edward V.
People Referenced
Bexton, Mary
Babcock, Edward C. (subject)
Babcock, Edward V. (Father)
Babcock, George R. (bro.)
Babcock, Harry N. (son)
Babcock, Lucy (sister)
Brown, Victor F.
Campbell, Anna
Cornwall, Sarah (mother)
Gray, Edna
Gray, George
Jay, Anna
Koch, Louis
MacKanzie, A.J.
MIller, Earl W.
Miller, Elizabeth M (dau-inlaw)
Miller, LeRoy
Schuneman, Isaac N.
Schuneman, Rosa B (wife)
Warfield, James P.
Warfield, Lucius
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Babcock & Babcock
Babcock & Son
Buffalo, NY
Detroit, MI
Devlin Business College
E.V. Babcock & Son
Metamor, MI
Methodist Episcopal
Portland, MI
West Bay City, MI
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