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Joseph Eastwood (1840-?)
Native of Liverpool, England - lumber business in Bay City.

1892 biography. (Added July, 2009)

Histories of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan, 1892.


Joseph Eastwood, of the firm of Switzer & Eastwood, lumber dealers, who is one of the pioneers of Bay City, came to this place in 1866, when the town had a population not to exceed three thousand, and most of that number were lumber men. At that time not half of the mills now running here were built and of course the business of the place was not anything that will compare with its present out-put, although it was an enterprising young town.

Joseph Eastwood was born in Liverpool, England, May 10, 1840, and is a son of Joseph and Mary Eastwood. When only four weeks old he was brought by his parents from his native home to America, and they at once located in Rochester, N.Y., where the parents resided until their death, the mother passing away in 1846, and the father in 1851, leaving our subject with a stepmother, with whom he made his home until he reached the age of sixteen.

After receiving his education in the city of Rochester, our subject spent five winters in the South, and in the year 1863 went to Chicago as book-keeper, remaining one year there and then going into the clothing business for himself in St. Paul. In 1865 he returned to Rochester and there went into the wholesale trade for one year, when he established himself in the same line in Bay City on Water Street, which was then the only business street in the place. At that time Center Street was not far extended, and there was no business on it except about its intersection with Water Street. The land now occupied by Mr. Eastwood on Center Avenue and Carroll Park was at that time a dense forest, and when this gentleman purchased his property in that city, he at the same time secured land for the city for a park.

The home of Mr. Eastwood bears the name of Pleasant Place, and it is adjoining Carroll Park, where he owns some four blocks. The street cars run out to that point and it has now every convenience although quite removed from the down town turmoil. The place was selected by him during the first summer of his residence here as being his choice for a home. He was married April 5, 1864, to Julia Louise, daughter of Jared P. Dodge, of Tuscarora, Livingston County, N. Y., but afterward of Nunda, that State. Mr Dodge was one of the wealthy and influential men of his town, and had given to his daughter excellent opportunities for acquiring a liberal education. The one child of Mr. and Mrs. Eastwood is Lucia Louise, now the wife of John Holmes, of this city.

Mr. Eastwood continued in the clothing business until 1881, and then sold out and formed the partnership still existing with Mr. Switzer. This is one of the largest firms in Bay City, exclusively engaged in lumber shipping, and is doing a fine business. Our subject has never interested himself in politics.

Mr. Eastwood now gives his whole attention to the affairs of the firm, and is one of the substantial men of Bay City. He has the highest regard of his fellow-citizens, and is universally regarded as one of the prominent men of the city.

Obituary of Amos Switzer. - Added Feb., 2012.

Grand Rapids Herald - August 27, 1898.


Bay City, Mich., Aug. 26. - Amos M. Switzer, one of the best know lumber dealers in Michigan and a prominent citizen of Bay City, is dead. He was born in Quebec, February 16, 1836. He is survived by a widow and two daughters. The remains will be taken to Toledo for internment.

Added May, 2014. Born 1894.

Moderator-Topics, Vol. 30 1909


Our Nation.

Louise Eastwood, Bay City, Mich.

    Oh, Nation wonderful and free:
    We'll give our love, our life to thee.
    It was for thee our fathers bled
    And they are thine own honored dead.
    Oh! may we ever be as brave
    As those who died thy cause to save.
    We vow thy call always to hear
    If ever danger should draw near.

    Now soldiers ever willing be
    To guard our rights and liberty,
    Should foreign foes our wrath incense
    They'll find us ready in defense
    Of that dear land which gave us birth,
    The noblest nation on the earth.
    And so our songs shall ever be
    Of thee. Oh! Country, great and free.

Additional Note:

    1884 - Bay City Directory:
    Eastwood, Joseph (A M Switzer & Co.), res 907 N Jackson
  • Switzer & Eastwood (Amos M. Switzer, Joseph Eastwood), lumber M C R R dock, 4th ward.

    1891 - Michigan Marriages: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
    Date: Sep. 26, 1891.
    Groom: John H. Holmes - b. 1864, Canada, son of Harry Homes and Emiline Day.
    Bride: Lucia L. Eastwood, b. 1865, Minn., daugher of Joseph Eastwood and Julia L. Dodge.
    Note: Harry Holmes was elected a State representative in 1883.

    1900 Census, Bay City: Carroll Park Place.
    Eastwood, Joseph, age 60
    Eastwood, Julia Louise, wife, age 56
    Eastwood, Louise, gr-daughter, age 6
    Thompson, Hariett, border, age 45
    Langes, Hilda, servant, age 25

    1911: Julia L. (Dodge) Eastwood, Green av, Bay City, listed as a member of the Michigan D.A.R.

    1917 Mrs. Julia L. Eastwood donated a deer's head to the Letchworth Park Museum in New York, which she said was killed on a very cold day in 1876, just outside of Bay City.

Related Note & Pages

Related Pages:
Holmes, Harry
Switzer, Amos M.
People Referenced
Dodge, Jared P.
Dodge, Julia L. (wife)
Eastwood, Joseph (subject)
Eastwood, Joseph Sr. (father)
Eastwood, Mary Mrs. (mother)
Eastwood, Louise (g-dau.)
Eastwoood, Lucia L. (dau.)
Holmes, John H.
Langes, Hilda
Thompson, Hariett
Switzer, Amos M.
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Carroll Park, Bay City
Chicago, IL
Letchworth Park Museum, NY
Liverpool, England
Livingston Co., NY
Nunda, NY
St. Paul, MN
Rochester, NY
Tuscarora Co., NY
Switzer & Eastwood Co.
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.