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Carrier & Co. Saw Mill (Established 1867)
Location: East side of river, foot of Main Stree., Essexville, MI.

History as of 1869. - Added May, 2011.

Directory of Bay City, Portsmouth, Wenona and Bangor, for 1868-9.


This mill is located about two miles below Bay City Bridge, on the east side of the River; was built in the fall of 1867, and began operations in May, 1868. It is a large and substantial frame building of which its owners and operatives are justly proud, containing all the latest improvements in machinery, arranged after the most approved plans. It has three engines and three boilers now, and the firm intend putting in another boiler soon. It is fitted with a gang of 36 saws, a circular, an edger and an upright, giving a cutting capacity of 8,000,000 feet a season, and employing about 30 men.

History 1883. Added May, 2011.

History of Bay County, Michigan 1883


The mill is located on the east side of the river, about two miles below the Third Street Bridge. It was built by its present owners in the Fall of 1867, and commenced operations in the Spring of 1868. Its capacity when built was about 8,000,000 feet of lumber a season, but improvements has been made until the present cut of the mill is about double what it was at first.

Edwin G. Carrier, of the firm of Carrier & Co., was born in Jefferson County, Pa., February 14, 1839, where he remained until 1877, engaging in lumbering. He then moved to Bay City, where he again engaged in the lumber business, having a large mill at Essexville. He is also building a pulp mill in Wisconsin, which will be managed by his eldest son. Mr. Carrier is one of the most enterprising lumbermen of the Valley. He was married May 15, 1861, to Catherine E. Robinson, of Jefferson County, Pa., and has a family of four sons and three daughters. His residence is corner of Fourth and Farragut Streets, Bay City.

Additional Notes.

    1880 - Census: Bay City, Mich.

  • Carrier, Edwin - b. 1839 Penn.
  • Catherine, wife - b. 1840 Penn.
  • Elva E., dau. - b. 1863 Mich.
  • James D., son - b. 1865, Penn.
  • Kittie G., dau. - b. 1867 Penn.
  • Edwin Jr., son - b. 1870 Penn.
  • Anna, dau. - b. 1874 Penn.
  • Albert H., son - b. b. 1878 Mich.

    1883 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Bay View Boom Company Incorporated Feb., 1881. Capital $10,000. E. G. Carrier, President; John Heath, Treassurer; B. E. Warren, Secretary.
  • Carrier & Co. (John Heath, Edwin G. Carrier), Lumber and Salt Mnfrs, e of city limits, Essexville.
  • Carrier, Edwin G. - (Carrier & Co.), res s e cor 4th and Farragut.
Related Notes & Pages

{Lumbering Pictorial}

Related Pages:
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People Referenced
Carrier, Albert H (son)
Carrier, Anna (dau.)
Carrier, Edwin G (subject)
Carrier, Edwin Jr. (son)
Carrier, Elva E. (dau)
Carrier, James D (son)
Carrier, Kittie G (dau)
Heath, John
Robinson, Catherine E. (wife)
Warren, B.E.
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay City Bridge
Bay View Boom Co.
Carrier & Co. mill
Essexville, MI
Jefferson Co., PA
Saw mill
Third Street Bridge
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.