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Frank C. Merrill (1871-1922)
Born in Detroit, newspaper business, postmaster in Bay City, Mich.

1905 biography. Added January, 2012.

History of Bay County, Michigan Gansser, 1905


postmaster at Bay City, Michigan, and a citizen of enterprise and public spirit, whose portrait accompanies this sketch, was born in Bay County, Michigan, October 27, 1871, and is a son of H. P. Merrill.

The late H. P. Merrill was one of the most prominent citizens of Bay City, where his death took place in November, 1891, at the age of 50 years. He is survived by his widow and two children: Frank C. and Mrs. Carroll Windiate, of Bay City. Mr. Merrill came to Bay City in 1870 and became a member of the wholesale grocery firm of Gustin, Merrill & Company, which was succeeded by Merrill & Fifield, with establishment located at the corner of Fourth and Water streets. For years he was president of the first Chamber of Commerce of Bay City and a director in the Second National Bank. His business energy was felt in all civic movements and he was justly considered a valued citizen. He served as an officer in the Civil War and the H. P. Merrill Post, G. A. R., was name in his honor. He was also an active member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and a Republican party leader.

Frank C. Merrill was reared at Bay City and attended the common and high schools here and subsequently spent one year at the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, coming home before graduation on account of the death of his father. He is a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity. In 1892 he bought an interest in the Times-Press, and in 1901 he bought the paper outright and until March, 1903, continued the publication of the Times-Press, the Sunday Times and the Weekly Journal. Upon his appointment by President Roosevelt as postmaster at Bay City, he sold his papers to the Detroit Evening News.

Mr. Merrill owns a vary attractive home in Bay City. He married a daughter of C. J. Smith, one of the capitalists of West Bay City, a vessel owner and formerly county treasurer. They have one child. Mr. and Mrs. Merrill attend the Protestant Episcopal Church.

Mr. Merrill could scarcely be anything but an active Republican in politics, cradled as he was in that party. He has done yeoman service and is chairman of the Republican County Committee. For four years he served as president of the Agricultural Association and is now treasurer of this organization, one of large numbers and much importance in Bay County. His father was a Knight Templar Mason and he himself has taken the 32nd degree and is a Mystic Shriner. He belongs also to the Elks and is one of the few American members of the Arbeiter Society of Bay City.

Mr. Merrill has always been interested in athletics and during his college life was captain of his class baseball team, belonged to the University team and won honors for his alma-mater in various contests. For two years he served as president of the Michigan State Trap Shooters League. Mr. Merrill is a fair type of that class of able, educated young men whose achievements show that they have been trained in no narrow school. He is deservedly popular in Bay City, both as an individual living up to the demands of civic life and as an official, serving his fellow-citizens with honesty and capacity.

Biography, Univ. of Mich. - Added January, 2012.

Biographical Catalogue of the XI Chapter of the Zeta PSI Fraternity,
University of Michigan, 1858-1897


1115 Fifth Avenue, Bay City, Michigan.

Born October 27, 1872, at Bay City; son of Harry Phineas Merrill and Laura Cornelia (Grow) Merrill.

Prepared for college at Scott's Institute and the High School, Bay City; enter Literary Department, University of Michigan, February, 1892, leaving June, 1893.

Initiated March 5, 1892, Z, K. Captain Freshman baseball team; member Varsity Loyal Legion, Michigan Commandry; thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason; member Elks.

Manager and treasurer Bay City Times-Press and Sunday Times.

Additional Notes.

    1880 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Merrill, Harry P. b. 1839, New York. - wholesale grocer.
  • Laura C., wife b. 1840, New York
  • Ralph E., son b. 1869, Mich.
  • Frank, son b. 1872, Mich. - (subject)
  • Maude, daughter b. 1879, Mich.

    1892 Michigan Marriages: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Frank C. Merrill, age 21, son of Harry P. and Laura C. (Crow) Merrill, married Nov. 9, 1891, to Minnie F. Rose, age 26, daughter of John and Sarah (Woodruff) Rose. Official: T. McLean, minister. Witnesses: C. Shurch, Maud Rose, Frank Young, Tessa Whittemore, Jay Thompson, all of Bay City.

    1898 Michigan Marriages: West Bay City, Mich.

  • F. C. Merrill, age 26, son of H. P. add Laura C. (Crow) Merrill, married June 21, 1898, to Olive M. Smith, age 21, daughter of Chas. J. and Maggie (Temple) Smith. Official: Edw. W. Strong, minister. Witnesses: Chas. J. Smith and John M. Kelton, both of West Bay City.

    1899 Michigan Births: Almena Township, Van Buren, Mich.

  • Gladys J. Merrill born Oct. 29, 1899, daughter of Frank C. and Minnie E. Merrill.

    1900 Census: West Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Merrill, F. C. - b. Oct., 1871, Mich.
  • Olive, wife b. Jan., 1877, Mich.
Related Pages/Notes

Frank C. Merrill

Related Pages:
Bay City Early Papers
People Referenced

Grow, Laura C. (mother)
Kelton, John
Merrill, Frank C. (subject)
Merrill, Gladys J. (dau)
Merrill, Harry P. (father)
Merrill, Maud (sis)
Merrill, Ralph E. (bro)
Roosevelt, Pres.
Rose, John (f-inlaw)
Rose, Minnie F. (1-wife)
Shurch, C.
Smith, Charles J. (f-inlaw)
Smith, Olive (2-wife)
Strong, Edward W.
Temple, Maggie (m-inlaw)
Thompson, Jay
Whitemore, Tessa
Windiate, Carroll (bro-inlaw)
Woodruff, Sarah (m-inlaw)
Young, Frank
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
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