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Charles H. Pomeroy (1844-?)
Prominent business man, born in Ohio, raised in Bay City.

1892 biography. - Added March, 2011.

Historical of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan, 1892


The Pomeroy Cracker Company, of which this gentleman is a member was established in March, 1887, in Saginaw, and manufactures all kind of crackers and fine biscuits. Mr. Pomeroy is a native of Ohio, born in Parkman, Geauga County, September 13, 1844. His parents, William and Charlotte Pomeroy, were natives of New England, the father being born in Brandon, Rutland County, Vt., and the mother in Springfield, Mass., and were early settlers of Ohio. In 1846 the family removed to Lower Saginaw, now Bay City, the father dying in Ann Arbor in 1869. The mother is still living and resides in Joliet, Ill.

William Pomeroy, the father of our subject, was of French extraction. After coming here, he in company with James Frazier and Mark Hopkins, built the first saw-mill in Lower Saginaw and manufactured lumber there for a number of years. Late in life he removed to Ann Arbor, Mich., to educate his children, at which place his decease occurred. His wife is of English descent and is living, in her seventy-eighth year.

Charles H. is the eldest of the sons in a family of eight children, six now living. His boyhood and early school days were passed in Bay City, where he attended the common school and afterward the State Normal. In 1880 he formed a partnership with Charles C. Whitney, of Bay City, under the firm name of Pomeroy & Whitney, and engaged in the manufacture of crackers, the partnership continuing until July, 1886, when he sold out to Mr. Whitney, and coming to Saginaw built his present factory, a brick 50x100 feet and two stories in height. He ships his products to different towns and cities in Michigan and occasionally to different States in the East and West. Steam power is used and they have a capacity of fifty barrels of flour every ten hours, machinery being used in all departments. He employs from fifteen to twenty men and his business is in a flourishing condition.

Mr. Pomeroy was married in 1869 to Miss Mary L. Yale, a daughter of Noah Yale, her family having come from New York State and settled in Michigan. Mr. Pomeroy is a member of the Bay City Lodge, No. 129, F. & A. M., Blanchard Chapter No. 59; Bay City Commandery No. 26, K. T.; Michigan Consistory at Detroit; and is also a member of Supreme Council, being a thirty-third degree Mason. At present he is Grand Captain-General of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Michigan. In politics he is a Republican.

Father William. - Added March, 2011.

History of Bay County, Michigan 1883


Page 118.

Deceased, was one of the early saw mill men of Lower Saginaw. He was one of the firm of Hopkins, Pomeroy & Fraser, that built the first mill at Lower Saginaw. In 1852 he sold out his interest in the mill, and followed fishing for several years. He kept the lighthouse at the mouth of the river for three years. He died in Ann Arbor in 1868.

Page 47.


The first saw mill in what is now Bay county, was built on Pine River, in the year 1835, by the firm of Jones & Chapell. They operated the mill only a short time and then it passed into other hands. It was a water mill and traces of it may still be seen. This mill does not appear in the proceeding history, for the reason that it was located outside of what is known as the Saginaw River District. The course lumber of the Center House came from this mill, a fact that should have been stated in connection with the history of that building.

Additional Notes.

    1850 Census: Hampton, Saginaw, Mich.

  • Pomeroy, William b. 1805 Vermont
  • Charlotte, wife b. 1817 New York
  • Charlotte M., dau. - b. 1839 Vermont
  • Charles H., son b. 1845 Ohio
  • Harriet R., dau. - b. 1847 Ohio

    1883- Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Pomeroy, Charles H (Pomeroy & Whitney) , bds cor 9th and Adams.

    1896 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Pomeroy, Charles H. (Pomeroy & Whitney), res 401 N Sherman. Pomeroy & Whitney (Charles H. Pomeroy, Charles C. Whitney), Cracker Mnfrs, 514 and 516 Washington ave.
  • Whitney, Charles C. (Pomeroy & Whitney), res 518 N. Jefferson.
Related Pages/Notes

Charles H. Pomeroy

Related Pages:
Fraser, James
Lighthouse History
People Referenced
Fraser, James
Hopkins, Mark
Pomeroy, Charles H. (subject)
Pomeroy, Charlotte Mrs. (mother)
Pomeroy, Charlotte M. (sis)
Pomeroy, Harriet R. (sis)
Pomeroy, William (father)
Whitney, Charles C.
Yale, Mary L. (wife)
Yale, Noah (f-inlaw)
Subjects Referenced
Ann Arbor, MI
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Brandon, VT
Detroit, MI
Jones & Chapell
Lower Saginaw, MI
New York
Pomeroy Cracker Co.
Pomeroy & Whitney
Rutland Co., VT
Saginaw, MI
Saginaw River, MI
Springfield, MA
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