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Frank Church (1819-?)
Born in Utica, MI, and agent of Standard Oil Company in West Bay City.

1892 Bio. (Added Nov., 2008)

Portrait and Biographical Record of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan.
Portrait Publishing Co., Chicago (1892)


FRANK CHURCH, agent of the Standard Oil Company at West Bay City, has charge of the works here and carries on their business at Tenth Street and Michigan Central Depot. Mr. Church was born December 28, 1819, in Utica, this State, and is the son of Haswell and Mary A. (Davis) Church. The father was one of the early pioneers of this locality and was born in Vermont. The mother was a native of this State, having been born in Shelby, three miles north of Utica.

Haswell Church followed the occupation of a millwright until 1860, when he began building mills during the summer in the lumber districts of Michigan, and carried on farming in connection with his trade of a millwright until 1864, at which time he was elected Sheriff of Macomb County by the soldierís vote but was not qualified on account of the vote being declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court decision. He then stepped down and out, giving the place to his Democratic opponent. He, however, was elected to fill that office later for the county of Macomb, performing the duties of Sheriff to the entire satisfaction of all and with due credit to himself for two terms, when he retired to the peaceful life on the farm, where he remained until his death, which occurred in 1887.

The gentleman of whom we write was reared upon his fatherís farm and was sent to Mt. Clemens to complete his education in the High School. His father being Sheriff at that time he was appointed his deputy and aided him in the performance of his duties until the expiration of his term of office, after which he was occupied in various ways until 1873, when he engaged in the oil business with M. V. Bentley, remaining with gentleman until he retired from business, after which he became identified with Ingalls & Co., which was virtually the Standard Oil Company, and has been engaged in that line of business since that time. In 1888 he came to West Bay City and accepted a position with the Standard Oil Company and has the entire charge of their business here.

Mr. Church was united in marriage, in June 1870, to Miss Milicent, daughter of Harley Carter, residents of Mt. Clemens. To our subject and his wife have been granted a family of three sons and two daughters, namely: Arthur, who is engaged with his father in business; Belle, Flossie, Frank and Harley. Mr. Church is a member of the Knights of the Maccabees, also of the Palestine Lodge, No. 357, F. & A. M., of Detroit. The family of Mr. Church deserve and have the best wishes and kindest regards of those who associate with them upon the intimate terms of neighbors. Mr. Church commands the confidence and respect of all who know him, and in business matters his word is as good as his bond.

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People Referenced
Bentley, M.V.
Carter, Henry
Carter, Milicent (wife)
Church, Arthur (son)
Church, Belle (dau.)
Church, Flossie (dau.)
Church, Frank Jr. (son)
Church, Frank (subject)
Church, Harley (son)
Church, Haswell (father)
Davis, Mary A. (mother)
Subjects Referenced
Ingalls & Co.
Utica, MI
Shelby, MI
Macomb Co., MI
MCRR Depot
Mt. Clemens, MI
Standard Oil Co.
West Bay City, MI
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.