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James Campbell (1839-1891)
Native of Rochester, NY, engaged in lumbering and hotel business in Bay City.

1883 history. - Added March, 2011.

History of Bay County, Michigan 1883


James Campbell was born in Rochester, N. Y., in 1839. Family moved to Niagara County when he was three years of age. His father died in 1842, when the family moved to Kent Co., Canada, where he lived until seventeen years of age, after which he engaged in sailing Summers, and worked in the lumber woods Winters until the age of twenty-one, when he engaged in the lumber and square timber business for himself. Followed it until 1865, when he came to Bay County, and settled in Salzburg. Engaged in the Huron Salt & Lumber Co.'s mill as head sawyer for two years. Having had but limited advantages of education, he applied himself during the Winters to the study of arithmetic and book-keeping, under the instruction of A. L. Cummings, then principal of Wenona grade school. Soon after he established a billiard room in the Campbell House Block, Bay City. Continued the business there and in the Ernst Block, West Bay City, until 1874, also carrying on lumbering for himself on the Kawkawlin River, in pine and oak square timber, and erected a two-story brick block on the corner of Midland and Linn Streets, where the Moeher Block now stands. In 1873 he erected a hotel at West Branch, Ogemaw Co.; moved his family there and kept the house one year, after which he rented it and in a few months it was lost by fire. In 1875 he sold out his interest in the billiard business and gave his whole attention to lumber and square timber till 1879. He then commenced jobbing for S. O. Fisher, which he still continues. He married, in 1863, Miss Bridget Brophy, of Kent County, Ontario. He had three children, two daughters and one son, all living. Has a commodious residence on Midland Street, West Bay City, which he bought in the Spring of 1882.

Additional Notes.

    1870 Census: Bangor, Bay, Mich.

  • Note: Daughter Adeline most likely married George Washington.
  • Campbell, James - b. 1838 Canada - restraurant keeper.
  • Bridget, wife - b. 1838 Canada.
  • Adeline, dau. - b. 1854 Canada.
  • Annie, dau. - b. 1866 Canada.

    1880 - Census: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Campbel, James - b. 1839 Canada - lumberman
  • Catherine, wife - b. 1840 Canada
  • Adda M., dau. - b.
  • Annie, dau. - b.

    1891 Michigan Deaths: West Bay City, Mich.

  • James Campbell, lumberman, born in 1839 New York, died April 9, 1891. Spouse survives.

Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Fisher, S.O.
Washington, Geo. Inlaw
People Referenced
Brophy, Bridget (wife)
Campbell, Adeline (dau)
Campbell, Annie (dau)
Campbell, James (subject)
Cummings, A.L.
Fisher, S.O.
Subjects Referenced
Bangor, Bay, MI
Bay City, Mi
Bay Co., MI
Bay Co., MI
Campbell House Block
Ernst Block
Huron Salt & Lumber Co.
Kawkawlin River, MI
Kent Co., Canada
Moeher Block
Niagara Co., NY
Ogemow Co., MI
Rochester, NY
Salzburg, MI
Wenona school
Wenona, MI
West Branch, MI
West Bay City, MI
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