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Robert R. Lane (1864-)
Native of Ontario, president of Bay City Business College.

Biography. - Added Dec., 2010.

History of Bay County, Michigan - Gansser 1905.


Robert R. Lane, president of the Bay City Business College, is one of the most enterprising citizens of Bay City. He was born in Durham District, Ontario, in 1864, and is a son of Robert and Ann (Bray) Lane, whose union resulted in the birth of nine children.

Mr. Lane received his early mental training in the public schools of Durham and Ontario districts and afterward attended the high schools at Bowmanville, Durham District, and Port Perry, Ontario District. He was principal of a school in Durham District for three years, and taught for the same length of time in a Canadian business college. He then moved to Seattle, Washington, where he taught a short time. While there he opened up stenographic offices, in connection with which did court work. He subsequently removed to Saginaw, Michigan, where he was principal of the International Business College in the Averell Block.

In 1896 Mr. Lane changed the location of the institution to the rooms above the Y. M. C. A. on Adams street and from there moved to his present location in the Washington Theatre Building, where he occupies nearly 9,000 square feet.

In 1898 the International Business College, of Bay City, Devlin's Business College, of Bay City and J. G. Lamsen's private school, in West Bay City, were consolidated under the name of the Bay City Business College, and the attendance has been increased by years of hard and earnest work, until in 1903 the number of pupils was 292. Many were placed in good positions in different parts of the country.

Everything pertaining to the equipment of the institution is strictly modern. The cloak rooms and offices of the college are well lighted and ventilated. The rooms are divided into departments for commercial instruction, stenography and typewriting. The faculty, at present numbering five members, is selected from the very best of experienced teachers, and the subject of this sketch himself possesses superior qualifications as a teacher, and brings to bear 21 years of ripe experience. He has been a special instruction in every branch of the work. He is also interested in other enterprises. More than 70 students from other businesses and shorthand schools have been in attendance at this institution, some of them having previously graduated elsewhere.

Mr. Lane married Mary Oliver, a native of Chatham, Ontario, and their union has resulted in two children, -- Mary and Beth.

Business college. - Added Dec., 2010.

Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Michigan - 1900


This college was first established at Bay City as the “International Business College,” by Messrs. Lane & Bowles, and conducted for seven years with Mr. Lane as Principal. In 1897 it absorbed two other schools – the J. G. Lamson Private School and Devlin's Business College – and was incorporated as the “Bay City Business College.” Its motto is “Learn to do by doing;” and students are tought by carrying on business operations, such as buying, selling, meeting liabilities, etc. The instructors are R. R. Lane and Mrs. C. E. McCausland.

Additional Notes:

    1896 - Ontario Marriages: Chatham, Kent.
    Dated: April 19, 1896
    Groom: Robert Lane, b. 1865, son of Robert and Anne Lane.
    Bride: Mary Oliver, b. 1869, daughter of William and Elizabeth Oliver.

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People Referenced
Bowles, Mr.
Bray, Ann (mother)
Lamsen, J.G.
Lane, Beth (dau)
Lane, Mary (dau)
Lane, Robt. (father)
Lane, Robt. R. (subject)
McCausland, C.E. Mrs.
Oliver, Eliz. Mrs. (m-inlaw)
Oliver, Mary (wife)
Oliver, Wm. (f-inlaw)
Subjects Referenced
Averell block
Bay City, MI
Bowmanville, Canada
Canadian Business College
Chatham, Ont.
Devlin's Business College
Durham, Ontario
International Bus. College
J.G. Lamsen Private School
Kent, Canada
Lane & Bowles
Ontario, Canada
Port Perry, Canada
Saginaw, MI
Seattle, WA
Washington Theatre
West Bay City, MI
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.