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Howard R. Ford (1885-?)
Long-time clothing merchant in Bay City, MI.

Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx - Mar. 2008.

History of Michigan, Volume IV (1915)
By Charles Moore -- Lewis Publishing Company


Howard R. Ford. In the young and progressive element of Bay Citys business circles, Howard R. Ford has a place as member of the clothing and haberdashery firm of Ford & Simon. He comes of an old Michigan family, and though not yet thirty years of age has established himself in business.

Howard R. Ford was born in Bay City, September 9,1885, a son of Charles S. and Ella (Crane) Ford. The Ford family originated in Ireland, and the founder of the name in the United States settled in New York where Charles S. Ford was born. The latter emigrated to Michigan as a young man, and established himself in business as a clothier in Bay City. During his long and successful career in that community he won the confidence of his associates and the esteem of those who knew him on account of his industry and honorable dealing. His death occurred February 2,1901, and his wife, a native of Michigan, is also deceased . Their three children were: Miss Edna, a resident of Bay City; Howard R.; and Ella, wife of George Kolb Jr. of Bay City.

Howard R. Ford attended the grade schools of Bay City, also the high school, and subsequently spent one year in the Military Academy at Faribault, Minnesota, and one year at Alma College, Alma, Michigan. At the completion of his studies he went to Chicago and traveled on the road for seven years, for two large Chicago houses. When he decided to enter business on his own account, Mr. Ford on September 1, 1908 formed a partnership with Theodore C. Simon, and under the firm style of Ford & Simon opened a haberdashery and clothing establishment at 702 East Midland street. This venture proved a success from the start, and the business has been constantly improved and broadened and is now one of the leading stores of its kind in Bay City.

Mr. Ford is a Republican, but his only interest in politics is that taken by every good citizen whose concern is for the best welfare of his city. He is a member of the Recreation and Bay City Clubs, a Knight Templar Mason and a member of the Mystic Shrine , and also affiliates with the Benevolent and Protective Order Of Elks and the Knights of Pythias. He is a member of the Presbyterian church.

Additional Notes:

  • 1868 - father Charles listed in directory as boiler maker, resides 315 N. Jefferson.
  • 1919 Marriage on 9 Sep 1919 at Bay City, MI, to Sarah K. Michelson, b. 1888, MI, parents John M. Keit... and Minnie Smith.
  • 1931 Residence at 701 W. Midland St.
Related Note & Pages

None at this time.
People Referenced
Crane, Ella (mother)
Ford, Charles S. (father)
Ford, Edna (sister)
Ford, Ella (sister)
Kolb, George Jr.
Michelson, Sarah K.
Simon, Theodore C.
Smith, Minnie
Subjects Referenced
Alma College
Bay City, MI
Faribault, MN
Ford & Simon
New York
Presbyterian Ch.
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