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John H. Plum (1839-)
Native of New York, among first settlers in villiage of Wenona.

Biography, 1883. - Added Jan., 2011.

History of Bay County, Michigan - 1883.


J. H. Plum was born in New York in 1839. His father, a carpenter and joiner, moved to Pennsylvania when John was four years old. He was placed in a store at the age of fourteen. Earned $60 collar and board the first year. Second year, $80, at the close of which time his father moved to Flint, Mich., where he entered the store of Grand Decker, general merchant. Salary first year, $100; second, $200, increasing to $700, at the end of which time 1864, he came to Wenona as manager of the store of Sage and McGRaw, at a salary of $1,000 per year. At the end of a year and a half he became partner in the business, which continues to the present time, and is decidedly the leading merchant house in the city, doing a heavy wholesale as well as retail business. He married Miss Marian A. Knickerbocker, of Flint, a native of Oakland County. He has five children, two sons and three daughters. In 1875 he bought lots on Midland Street, Chillson Addition, where he erected a splendid dwelling, the surrounding lawn being well cared for and ornamented. Mr. Plum has been an ardent supporter of all measures for the improvement of the city, and its people. He has been a member of the School Board for the past seven years. Mr. Plum's successful career affords a laudable example to those who begin life poor. It shows what may be done by perseverance and a firmness of purpose which aims high.

Page 177.

An office of the U. S. Telegraph Company was opened in Wenona in 1865, and on its consolidation with the Western Union Company the latter took possession of the office. Mr. J. H. Plum is the manager.

Page. 184.

In the consolidation of Wenona, Banks, Salzburg, each place retained its postoffice, that of Wenona being changed in name to West Bay City, was established by the postoffice department in February, 1865, in the village of Wenona, and appointed Mr. George H. Bates postmaster. He held the office until June, 1866, when he resigned, and Mr. J. H. Plum was appointed to fill the vacancy. During the officer terms of these two gentlemen the office was kept in a part of Sage, McGraw & Co's store. Mr. Plum, in October, 1866, was succeeded by Major Newcomb Clark, who held the office until the Fall of 1869, when he was succeeded by Henry Aplin, the present incumbent.

Page 195. (West Bay City Manufacturing Company)

The officers of the company at this date (1882) are John Bourn, president; E. T. Carrington, secretary; H. H. Norrington, treasurer; M. W. Brock, manager, and the following named directors: J. Bourn, E. T. Carrington, H. H. Norrington, M. W. Brock, J. H. Plum, and E. M. Fowler.

Additional Notes.

Mr. Plum was an elder of the Westminister Presbyterian Church (formerly the First Presbyterian Church of Bangor). The original church was located on Catherine Street, and was built on land donated by Henry W. Sage.

    1865 Michigan Marriages: Flint.

  • On April 29, 1863, John H. Plum (b. 1839) married Marion A. Knickerbocker (b. 1841).

    1870 Census: Bangor, Bay, Mich.

  • Plum, John H. - age 31, b. NY, general merchant
  • Marion, wife age 29, b. Mich.
  • Eddie, son age 5, b. Mich.
  • Mary, dau. - age 1, b. Mich.
  • Wilkins, Pila age 18, b. Canada, domestic servant.
  • Sanford, Edwin age 30, b. Conn., minister

    1881 Directory: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Plum, Allen E. - clerk, bds J. H. Plum.
  • Plum, Allen G. - bookkeeper H. W. Sage & Co., res River bet John and Jane.
  • Plum, J. H. (H. W. Sage & Co.), res n w cor. Midland and Cornelia, 2d ward.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Sage, Henry W.
People Referenced
Aplin, Henry
Bates, George H.
Bourn, John
Brock, M.W.
Carrington, E.T.
Clark, Newcomb
Fowler, E.M.
Norrington, H.H.
Decker, Grand
Knickerbocker, Marian (wife)
Plum, Allen E. (son)
Plum, Allen G.
Plum, Eddie (son)
Plum, John H. (subject)
Plum, Mary (dau)
Sage, Henry W.
Sanford, Edwin
Wilkins, Pila
Subjects Referenced
Banks, MI
Bay City, MI
Bay County, MI
Flint, MI
Oakland Co., MI Sage & McGraw Mill
Salzburg, MI
U.S. Telegraph Co.
Wenona, MI
West Bay City, MI
Western Union Co.
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.