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Osmond Whitley Booth (1849-1918)
Native of Leeds, England - printing business in Bay city.

1883 Biography. Added Oct., 2010.

History of Bay County, Michigan - 1883


O. W. Booth was born in Leeds, Eng., in the year 1849, and came to this country in 1874, locating first in Detroit, Mich., but afterwards getting an appointment from the Detroit & Bay City Railroad Company, he came to Bay City, and remained in their employ in the capacity of shipping clerk until 1881, when in August of that year he purchased the printing house of Charles C. Gustin, since which time, under Mr. Booth's personal management, the business has developed in a wonderful degree, bidding fair ultimately to establish itself as the center of the printing and bookbinding trades within a radius of seventy-five miles. He has added materially to his facilities by the acquisition of first class labor saving machinery, ran by steam power, the purchase of everything new and useful in types, etc., and a general disposition to keep up with the requirements of his rapidly increasing business, his latest venture at this date being the establishment of a stereotype foundry in connection with his general business of revenue. Also in connection with his general job printing and bookbinding business, he is making a specialty of chromo cards and novelties for advertising purposes, no other house in the state carrying so large a stock or great a variety. His business already extends to almost every part of the state, and in the near future the prospects are that it will extend even beyond its limits, the class of work executed by him being of a superior character, and his facilities for doing the same enabling him to compete with any in the land. We feel at liberty to express an opinion that the inhabitants of Bay City and County do not at this writing realize the importance of the business being established by O. W. Booth.

  • Note 1: In another section of this book, it states Mr. Booth was a member of the First Baptist Church (Center & Madison).

    Additional Notes.

      1880 Census: Bay City, Mich.

    • Booth, Osmond b. 1849, England
    • Henrietta, wife -
    • Caroline, daughter b. 1869 England
    • Henry, son b. 1872 England
    • Gertrude, daughter b. 1873 England (s/b Bay City)
    • Frank, son b. 1875 Mich. (Bay City)
    • Annie, daughter b. 1877 Mich. (assume Bay City)

      1881-82 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

    • Booth, M. - machinist D & BC RR
      Booth, Osmond W. - shipping clerk, D & BC RR, res e s Johnson bet 1st & Woodside ave.

      1896 Michigan Marriages: Detroit, Mich.

    • Date: June 17, 1896.
    • Groom: Richard J. Matheson, b. 1868 Canada, son of Alex Matheson & Withelmina Henderson.
    • Bride: Gertrude Booth, b. 1873 Bay City, daughter of Asmond W. Booth & Henrrietta Mitchell.

      1900 Census: Detroit, Wayne, Mich.

    • 162 National Ave.
    • Booth, O. W. - b. Nov. 1849 England
    • Henrretta, wife b. Dec. 1849 England
    • Frank, son b. Feb. 1874 Mich.
    • Anna, daughter b. Mar 1875 Mich.

      1918 - Michigan Death Records: Detroit, Mich.

    • Osmond Whitley Booth, died Feb. 26, 1918, res. 22 Willis Ave. E., son of John & ? Booth, born Dec. 25, 1849, in England. Married Henrietta in 1868 at Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Atkinson) Mitchell, she died Oct. 15, 1915, res. 680 Second St., Detroit.

      The City of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922, Vol. 5 - 1992.

    • This book has biography on son, Harry (Henry) Booth, who was at the time President of the Economy Wall Paper Company of Detroit. [View Biography, page 429.]

  • Related Pages/Notes

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    People Referenced
    Atkinson, Elizabeth
    Booth, Annie (dau)
    Booth, Caroline (dau)
    Booth, Frank (son)
    Booth, Gertrude (dau)
    Booth, Henry (son)
    Booth, John (father)
    Booth, M.
    Booth, Osmond W. (subject)
    Gustin, Charles C.
    Henderson, Withelmina
    Matheson, Alex
    Matheson, Richard J.
    Mitchell, John
    Mitchell, Henreitta (wife)
    Subjects Referenced
    Bay City, MI
    Bay County, MI
    Detroit, MI
    Detroit & Bay City RR
    First Baptist Church
    Leeds, England
    Printing & Binding
    Yorkshire, England
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.