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Henry Clements (1855-1901)
Part owner of the Industrial Works company.

1905 biography. (Added Nov., 2008)

History of Bay County, Michigan, by Augustus H. Gansser, 1905.


Henry Clements, deceased, was one of the leading business men of Bay City for many years and was closely identified with almost every important phase of civil life. Mr. Clements was born in 1855 in New York City, and died in his magnificent home in Bay City, on October 31, 1901. He was a son of James and Agnes (McGready) Clements.

James Clements was of English parentage and his wife of Connecticut ancestry. Mr. Clements, who was an expert machinist, after visiting a number of States, finally located at Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the purpose of installing gas plants in diverse localities. From Ann Arbor he removed to Bay City where he subsequently organized a company, largely made up of friends at Ann Arbor, and found the important industry now known as The Industrial Works. He survived long enough to realize ample returns for his energy and enterprise, and died at Ann Arbor, where several of his children reside. His family consisted of Mary, of Ann Arbor; James, who died in South Africa; Henry, our subject; Ida, of Ann Arbor; and William, of Bay City. Mr. Clements was a man of sterling character and was intimately associated in friendship with his neighbor, Judge Thomas M. Cooley, of the Supreme Court of Michigan.

Henry Clements was graduated in the literary course of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and returned to Bay City to enter his father's office in The Industrial Works. Finding this business environment congenial, he continued here and later purchased a one-half interest in the business, devoting the whole of his subsequent life to its expansion and interests. He finally purchased the whole plant, but continued to conduct the business under the name of James Clements & Son. At the time of his decease it had grown to be a business of vast proportions and wide connections. After his decease, his widow secured the services of her brother-in-law, Edward J. Bissell, attorney, to look after her interests in The Industrial Works, with the result that he saw such a future in the business that he gave up his law practice, and, with his son, purchased the plant.

In 1882, Mr. Clements was married to Luella Hovey, who is a daughter of Dr. W. F. and Sarah (Stinson) Hovey, who had two daughters, viz: Mrs. Clements and Carrie, deceased, who was the wife of Edward J. Bissell. Mr and Mrs. Clements had two children: Harold and Madeline. The beautiful home, in which Mrs. Clements and her children reside, situated at No. 1,601 Center avenue, Bay City, is probably one of the best appointed ones in the city, adorned with everything to gratify the tastes of its cultured owners. It was erected in 1890, being the first of the many elegant mansions which have been built in this exclusive locality. The Clements family attend the First Presbyterian Church.

Related Note & Pages

Related Pages:
Clements James (father)
Clements, Wm. (bro)
Industrial Works
People Referenced
Bissell, Edward J.
Clements, Henry (subject)
Clements, James Sr.(father)
Clements, Mary (sister)
Clements, Ida (sister)
Clements, James (bro)
Clements, William L. (bro)
Cooley, Thomas M. Judge
Hovey, Carrie
Hovey, Luella (wife)
Hovey, W.F. Dr.
Stinson, Sarah
McGready, Agnes (mother)
Subjects Referenced

Ann Arbor, MI
Bay City, MI
First Presbyterian Ch.
James Clements & Sons Co.
New York, NY
Industrial Works (Brownhoist)
South Africa
Univ. of MI
Internet References
  • [Wm. Clements Library] - Univ. of Michigan.
  • WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.