Frank Hausbeck (1858-1948)
Maritime Biography. Courtesy of "Links to the Past" website. (October 2005)
History of the Great Lakes, Vol. 2 by J.B. Mansfield Published Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co. 1899.
Frank Hausbeck did not turn his attention to steamboating early in life, remaining on
the farm until he reached the age of twenty-six years. He was born in Dansville, Livingston
Co. N.Y., August 5, 1858, and is the son of Joseph and Rosalia (Coopler) Hausbeck. He
removed with his parents from New York State about the year 1873, locating on a farm in
Buena Vista township, Saginaw county, equal distance between Bay City and Saginaw City, Mich.
The farm which his father purchased is still the family homestead.
It was not until the spring of 1884 that Mr. Hausbeck began sailing, but he has come
forward rapidly. He first shipped on the tug C.C. McDonald, as fireman, followed by a
season in the tug Maud S., in the same capacity. In 1886 he secured his license as engineer,
and was appointed to the tug Handy Boy. The next spring he went to Duluth in charge of
machinery of a sand boat. In 1888 he engineered the fireboat Geyser at Bay City, and the
three following seasons he was engineer of the tug Mundy. After one season as chief of the
steamer Mary Groh, out of Port Huron, he again took charge of the machinery of the steamer
Mundy. In the spring of 1894 Mr. Hausbeck was appointed chief engineer of the tug Witch
of the West, and ran her three successive seasons, or until the fall of 1896, when he
transferred to the steamer A.A. Turner, closing the season in her as second engineer. In
the spring of 1897 he was appointed chief engineer of the steamer A.A. Turner, and held
that berth again for the season of 1898. Mr. Hausbeck is an engineer with more than the
ordinary ability and is highly esteemed by his employer, Mr. Bridges, of Bay City.
Fraternally he is a Master Mason and a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association.
Mr. Hausbeck is not a married man. He has a farm, managed by his sister, in Buena Vista
township, Saginaw county, to which he retires during the winter months.