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Francis (Frank) James Buckley (1866-?)
Native of New York, grew up in Saginaw, in grocery business at Bay City.(May 2005)

1891 Biogrphy. - Added Dec., 2010.

History of Bay County, Michigan - 1892


This capable young man, who is Secretary and Treasurer of the R. P. Gustin Company, a firm of wholesale groceries in Bay City, is possessed of the best of business qualifications. He was born at Horseheads, Chemung County, N. Y., and his father, John J. Buckley, was a native of Syracuse, where his grandfather, J. J. was a contractor and builder of salt blocks, before coming to the Saginaw Valley, where he carried on the building of salt blocks and was active until his death, which took place in 1890.

The father of our subject was a contractor and builder of salt blocks in Syracuse, N. H., and came to Saginaw to carry on the same line of work and put up some of the first blocks that were there located. In 1873 he engaged in the business with Samuel G. Clay and built the Saginaw Theater and afterwards the Bay City Opera House, which he put up in 1885, and which was afterwards sold to a stock company. He was a theatrical manager for eighteen years and the only man who ever made a success of that business in the Saginaw Valley. He died in December, 1890, at the age of fifty years at Bay City, where he had long made his home, although he had acted manager in both Port Huron and St. Louis, Mich.

The mother of our subject bore the maiden name of Malvina Staring and she was born at Horseheads, N. Y., which was also the place of her death. Of their seven children, the eldest is our subject and he was born March 17, 1866. In 1870 he came to Saginaw Valley, and after studying in the common schools took a course in High School, which he completed at the age of sixteen and in 1881 he came here and took a course in Devlin's Business College and after that was with his father helping to manage the theater.

In 1884 Mr. Buckley became a member of the company with which he is now connected and which was established in 1865. His present home is on the corner of Center and Johnson Streets and the lady who became his wife in 1889 and now presides over that home was Miss Ella, daughter C. E. Rosenbury. Our subject is connected with the Masonic order, the Maccabees and the Elks, and in his political views is an ardent Republican.

1910 young men's business organization. - Added Dec., 2010.

Michigan Manufacturers & Financial Record, Vol. 2, Issue 29, May 21, 1910


Tentative plans have been formulated for the organization of a young men's business organization, an industrial or commercial club, for the purpose of promoting business and industries in Bay City. The matter is in the hands of a few young business men who have large interests in the growth of Bay City.

The idea is the formation of an active organization of perhaps fifteen members who will have charge and do active work of promotion, arrange for funds to promote advertising the advantages and resources of the city where such advertising will reach capitalists, and every citizen interested in the city, who has an atom of local pride and public spirit will be asked to contribute to the cause, but will be relieved of active work in the organization.

It is the opinion of shrewd business men that this plan offers the best possible prospects of success. The work of organization is in hand will be pushed as rapidly as possible. Not only this, but the credit guarantee fund which Frank Buckley originated and labored to create, will be available and the association will be in shape to co-operate with the young men's business association as soon as the organization of the latter is perfected.

There never was a more opportune time for taking up this project. Cities all around lacking the unlimited resources and advantages of Bay City, are bending every energy toward industrial growth. It is recognized that a municipality must have manufacturers in order to prosper, and the greater the number of industries the greater the degree of prosperity.

Additional Notes.

    1889 Michigan Marriages: Bay City, Mich.

  • Date: Sep. 11, 1889.
  • Groom: Buckley, Francis Jas., b. 1866, N.Y., son of Jno Buckley and Malvina Staring.
  • Bride: Ella Rosenbury, b. 1866, Ill., daughter of Charles E. Rosenbury and Harriet E. Morey.

    1890 Michigan Deaths: Bay City, Mich.

  • Female child, age 2 months, died Aug. 2, 1890, daughter of Frank and Ella Buckley.

    1891 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Buckley, Catherine (wid John J), res 253 N. Madison ave.
  • Buckley, Edward T, clk Bay City Club, bds 253 N Madison.
  • Buckley, Frank J, sec The R P Gustin Co., res 815 N Johnson.
  • Buckley, John J, died December 20, 1890.

    1898 - Year Book, Sons of the American Revolution, Michigan Society.

  • Frank J. Buckley, Bay City.

    1900 Census: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Buckley, Frank J. - b. Mar., 1866 New York
  • Alla, wife b. Aug., 1866 Ill.
  • Charles F., son b. Jan. 1892 Ill.

    1902 Young & Co.'s Business & Professional Directory.

  • Gustin, Cook & Buckley - Herbert H Gustin pres, Charles E Cook v pres, Frank J Buckley sec & treas, wholesale groceries, 1001 to 1007 N Water. (This company was a branch of the National Groger Co., located in Detroit, and owned 15 stores across Michigan.)

Related Pages/Notes

Sketch: Frank J. Buckley

Related Pages:
Buckley & Clay Co.
Rosenbury, Charles E.
People Referenced
Buckley, Charles (son)
Buckley, Edward
Buckley, Frank J. (subject)
Buckley, John (father)
Buckley, J.J. (g-father)
Clay, Samuel G.
Cook, Charles E.
Gustin, Herbert H.
Morey, Harriet E.
Rosenbury, Charles E.
Rosenbury, Ella (wife)
Staring, Melvina (mother)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay City Club
Bay City Opera House
Chemung Co. NY
Detroit, MI
Devlin's Business College
Gustin, Cook & Buckley
Horseheads, NY
Port Huron, MI
R P Gustin Co.
Mich. Sons Amer. Rev.
National Grocer Co.
Saginaw, MI
Saginaw Theater
Saginaw Valley, MI
Salt blocks
St. Louis, MI
Syracuse, NY
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