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Henry Lindner (1841-97)
Born in Germany, lawyer at Bay City, MI.

Biography. Added April, 2011.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan. (1892)


Our subject is one of the older Prosecuting Attorneys of Bay County, and also does a large real-estate business. Mr. Lindner was born in Hanover, Germany, in the town of Hamlen, May 25, 1841. He is a son of George A. and Dorothy (Ruemekorf) Lindner. His father was a brewer, which business he followed until his decease, which occurred in 1863. Our subject's maternal grandsire had the magnificent experience of a soldier; serving under Napoleon Bonaparte. He was a stockman by calling and at time of his death was ninety-seven years old.

The home of our subject was rich in boys, for the family number seven that gathered about the board and fireside. Of these Henry was the second in order of birth. He was reared in his native city which is a Government post on the Weser River, twelve miles from Hanover. He attended the common schools of the country until he was thirteen and half years old and he was then sent to a seaman's school at Bremen, and was soon sent out as a cadet on a merchant vessel. He sailed for eighteen months on the old sailing vessel “Vonstein” and made three trips to New York. On his last voyage hither, in 1856, he determined to stay in America, and in accordance with this determination ran away from the ship.

Getting as far from the seaboard as possible our subject proceeded to Michigan, and July 8 of the same year came to Bay City. He was first engaged on a farm for about four months and later went into the employ of Peter McMurray at Sebewaing. The latter was a fisher and had extensive fisheries on Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron. Our subject began for himself in 1859, and followed fishing until 1876, having a market at Bay City and other points from which he wholesaled his goods.

In July, 1861, Mr. Lindner enlisted in Company K, Fifth Michigan Infantry. He was mustered in at Ft. Wayne, Detroit. He was engaged in building Ft. Lyons until the spring of 1862 and was then sent on the Peninsular Campaign and took part in the engagements in Pennsylvania. He was at Georgetown, Williamsburg and Fair Oaks, and in 1863 was detailed as Hospital Steward at Annapolis in the naval academy where he remained until his time expired. In August, 1864, our subject was sent to Washington and placed in the War Department as clerk until he was finally mustered out in November, 1864.

On returned to Michigan Mr. Lindner again located in Sebewaing, Huron County, where he engaged in fishing until 1876. Meanwhile he had been studying law and had even practiced at Sebewaing and was highly regarded as a man of excellent judgment and common sense by all his patrons. For four years he served as Township Treasurer.

True ambition is merely undaunted effort. Although his advantages were late coming to him, our subject was so determined to be a finished layer that in 1876 he entered the law department of the University of Michigan and graduated in 1878, with the degree of L.L. R. He at once located in Bay City and entered into partnership with E. W. Porter, and that firm is still in existence. In 1882 he was nominated and elected Prosecuting Attorney for two years on the Democratic ticket and the same year the firm included Mr. Haffey.

Mr. Lindner owns a farm of eighty acres at Portsmouth, which he has greatly improved and where he raises some fine stock. He has resided there since 1889, having located at that distance from the city because of ill health. Our subject married in Sebewaign, February 23, 1865, to Miss Lydia Shilling, a native of Ann Arbor. They are parents of five children – Annie; Mary, Mrs. Myres; Hugo, George and Willie. Socially Mr. Lindner is a Mason, having been so since 1863. He keeps up his association with his countrymen through the German Arbeiter Society. He also belongs to the Arion Society, and U. S. Grant Post, G.A.R. at Bay City. He is a strong Democrat and always works for the advantage of his party.

Additional Notes.

    1880 – Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Lindner, Henry – b. 1843 Germany - layer
  • Lydia, wife – b. 1847 Germany
  • Anna, wife – b. 1868 Mich.
  • Mary, dau. - b. 1870 Mich.
  • Hugo, son – b. 1872 Mich.
  • Porter, Edward, other – b. 1851 Mich.

    1893 – Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Lindner, Henry (Lindner, Porter & Haffey), res 6 miles s e
  • Lindner, Porter & Haffey (Henry Lindner, Edward W Porter, Joseph P Haffey), Law Collections and Real Estate, 116 Center ave.

    1897 – Michigan Deaths: Portsmouth, Bay, Mich.

  • Henry Lindner, born in 1841, Germany, son of George A. Lindner and Dorothy Ruenckof, died Dec. 22, 1897.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Bay Co. Civil War
Porter, Edward W.
People Referenced
Bonaparte, Napolion
Haffey, Joseph P.
Lindner, Anna (dau)
Lindner, George (father)
Lindner, George Jr. (son)
Lindner, Henry (subject)
Lindner, Hugo (son)
Lindner, Mary (dau)
Lindner, Willie (son)
McMurray, Peter
Porter, Edward W.
Ruemekorf, Dorothy (mother)
Shilling, Lydia (wife)
Subjects Referenced
5th Mich. Infantry
Annapolis, MD
Ann Arbor, MI
Bay City, MI
Bay County, MI
Bremen, Germany
Civl War
Ft. Wayne, MI
Hamlen, Germany
Hanover, Germany
Huron County, MI
Lake Huron, MI
New York
Portsmouth, MI
Saginaw Bay,MI
Sebewaing, MI
Univ. of Michigan
Washington, DC
Weser River, Germany
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