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Henry M. Campbell (1842-?)
Native of New York, prominent business man at Bay City.

Biography. - Added Feb., 2013.

History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan - 1892


This prominent business man of Bay City belongs to the firm of McLean & Co., and is also connected with the Valley Soap Works. He has been in the former company for nine years.

Our subject was born near Sparta, N. Y., September 15, 1842, and is the son of William H. and Mary (Williams) Campbell, of Syracuse. The father was a mechanic, but when the boy was still small decided to try his fortunes in the West, and coming to Genesee County, settled three miles north of Flint. His father, John Campbell, accompanied him, and together they bought a large farm, which they improved, and where they made their home for many years, and there for a long while William H. was Justice of the Peace of Pine Grove Township.

Henry Campbell commenced his education in Genesee County, and came to Saginaw County with his father, who took up the milling and lumbering business and remained here for the remainder of his life, dying in 1870. At Saginaw, in 1867, the youth was first in the employ of Seth McLean (his present partner), and after a time he became manager in his business, having a great advantage in his complete knowledge of milling as he was able to build a mill from beginning to end.

When Mr. McLean removed to this place young Campbell came with him, and in 1881 became a partner of the concern. He built the mill which the firm now uses some eighteen years ago. Its capacity is one hundred thousand feet a day and it is fitted up with gang and circular saw, edgers, lath machines, and all the latest improvements necessary to operating a mill of that capacity. The establishment gives employment to about one hundred men. The firm has also put in two large salt blocks which has an aver of two hundred barrels per day.

The Valley Soap Works are owned and operated by McLean & Co., which in that connection is known as the Valley Soap Company, and was started in the year 1891. Here are manufactured all kinds and as fine brands of soap – toilet, bath and laundry – as any factory in the country. The works have a capacity of one hundred and fifty boxes a week, and the business is constantly enlarging and bids fair to eclipse many older establishments. It has all the modern appliances and is run by steam. A new patent process is being introduced of which the firm has bought the right for use in this valley, and it is selling the right to jobbers, keeping men on the road all the time. Our subject has been Alderman for the Sixth Ward for four years and was elected the third time, but was gerrymandered out by the “squaw buck” Legislation.

Our subject is a member of the Business Men's Association of Bay City, and is considered therein a representative man. He lives at No. 1021 Broadway, and his home is a fine one of his own remodeling. On the 26th of March, 1865, he was married to Miss Mary J. Callahan, of Oakland County, and to them has been granted one one – Arthur R. Mr. Campbell is a member of the Knights of Pythias of the Uniformed Rank.

Additional Notes:

    1867 – Michigan Deaths: Flint, Genesee Co.

  • William H. Campbell, b. 1817, NY, son of John and Catherine Campbell, died March 27, 1867.

    1880 – Census: Bay City, Mich.

  • Campbell, Henry M. - b. 1842 New York, fireman
  • Mary J., wife – 1848 Mich.
  • Arther R., son – 1874 Mich.

    1890/01 – Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Campbell, Brown Lumber Co. - 1509 S. Water, Capital $25,000, George M. Brown, pres.; Arthur R. Campbell, vice-pres.; Henry M. Campbell, sec. And treas.

    1896 – Michigan Marriages: Bay City.

  • Date: September 16, 1896.
  • Groom: Campbell, Arthur R. - b. 1873, Bay City, son of H. M. Campbell and Mary J. Calligan.
  • Bride: Schurmann, Minnie – b. 1873, Bay City, daughter of Richard Schurmann and Cornelia Bontell.

    1900 – Census: Bay City, Mich. (1021 Broadway)

  • Campbell, Henry – Sep. 1842 New York, lumbering
  • Mary J., wife – Jun. 1845 Mich.
Reference Notes & Pages

Related Pages:
Seth Mclean & Co.
People Referenced
Bontell, Cornelia
Brown, Geo. M.
Callahan, Mary J. (wife)
Campbell, Arthur R. (son)
Campbell, Catherine (g-mother)
Campbell, Henry M. (subject)
Campbell, Johhn (g-father)
Campbell, William H. (father)
McLean, Seth
Shurmann, Minnie (d-inlaw)
Shurmann, Richard
Williams, Mary (mother)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Campbell, Brown Lumber
Flint, MI
Genesee Co., MI
McLean & Co.
Oakland Co., MI
Pine Grove Twp., MI
Saginaw, MI
Sparta, NY
Syracuse, NY
Valley Soap Works
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