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Carlos E. Root (1840-1903)
Native of New York, owne cigar and other businesses in Bay City, MI.

1892 Biography. - Added Oct, 2010.

History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan - 1892


Carlos E. Root is one of the live businessmen of Bay City and has his place of business located at No. 213 Jefferson Street, where he is carrying on a thriving wholesale cigar trade and also manufactures carbonated drinks. He is the son of Charles W. and Cynthia (Way) Root, the father a native of Connecticut, and comes of a good old English family.

The father of Carlos E. Root went to Lewis County, N.Y., when only sixteen years of age, and located a tract of two hundred acres of new land on which he made all the improvements which stamped it one of the best in the county. He was married while residing on that farm and remained there until the death of his wife, whose decease occurred in November, 1861. In 1876 he came West and spent the last ten years of his life with our subject, dying in October, 1891, when eighty-five years of age. The mother of our subject was a native of the Empire State and was forty-eight years old at the time of her decease. The parental family included five children, three of whom are living. Frank, James and Seymour were in the Civil War. Frank was a Captain of a Company in Fourteenth Heavy Artillery and is now deceased.

Carlos E. Root was reared on the farm and received his education in the district schools, supplementing the knowledge gained therein by attendance at the Lowville Academy in Lewis County, N.Y., continuing his studies there for three years. When eighteen years of age he began teaching and followed the life of a pedagogue for four years, when he abandoned it to engage in the grocery business at Turrin, where he remained, however, but a twelvemonth. While at Turrin he raised a company over which he was made Captain, but was never mustered into service owing to his mother’s desire for him to remain with her, as he had three brothers then in the service.

In the spring of 1865 our subject came to Bay County and as his health was poor engaged in the lighter business, and as the lake breeze was very beneficial he later purchased a lighter and ran as its Captain. After six months on the lakes his health was fully restored and he disposed of his boat and built ice houses on Drake Mill property in West Bay City and engaged in the wholesale and retail ice business, which he carried on successfully for eleven years and in 1881 sold out and formed his present partnership. The newly formed firm bought out Beebe & Braddock, pop manufacturers, and consolidate with R. Deidrich Bottling Works and they now carry on business under the firm name of Root, Williston & Co. Our subject was engage in the manufacture of cigars up to 1890, since which time he has done the largest wholesale business in the Saginaw Valley. Their fine store on Jefferson Street bears all the improvements necessary for the successful prosecution of the business. The firm are also reagents for the Finley Brewing Company of Toledo, Ohio.

The gentleman whose name stands at the head of this sketch was married, August 28, 1863, to Miss Lottie Williston, a native of the Empire State, having been born in New York in 1842. Mr. Root was Alderman of the Second Ward of West Bay City for five years and has been a delegate to county and State conventions on the Democratic ticket. He is a man of broad views and full of enterprise and is bound to make a success of life.

Additional Notes.

    1867 – Carlos Root was elected a trustee of the village of Wenona on April 2, 1867, after it had been chartered in Feb. 1867.

    1878 – Michigan Marriages: West Bay City.

  • Date: Jun. 2, 1878.
  • Groom: George Ashton Willistin, age 26, b. NY
  • Bride: Mary Carter, age 21, b. NY.
  • Official: William Dawe, minister.
  • Witnesses: Carlos and Charlotte Root.

    1880 – Census: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Roote, Carlos E. - b. 1840 New York
  • Charlotte, wife - b. 1843 New York

    1887 – Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Root, Carlos E. (Root, Williston & Co.), res West Bay City.
  • Root, Dexter A. sawyer A Miller Bros, res 1219 Wilson.
  • Root, Melvin A. piano agt., res 407 Center.
  • Root, Wayland L, res 501 Trumbull.
  • Root, Wm. P propr The Brunswick Hotel, 1008 Washington ave.
  • Root, Williston & Co. (Carols E Root, George A and Horace M. Williston), mnfrs Ginger Ale, Root Beer, Pop and Cigars; Wholesale and Retail Dealers and Bottlers Finlay's Toledo Lager, 213 N Jefferson.

    1891 – Michigan Deaths: West Bay City.

  • Date: Oct. 3, 1891 – Charles W. Root, age 84, b. 1807 Conn., farmer & widow, died.

    1903 – Missouri Deaths: Bangor twp., Bay, Mich.

  • Date: Aug. 29, 1903 – Carlos Root, age 63, born New York, widow, died.
Note: Family Search Records has many Root families that lived in Bay City or West Bay City, but nothing was found connecting any of them to Carlos Root.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
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People Referenced
40th Heavy Artillery
Carter, Mary
Dawe, William
Root, Carlos E. (subject)
Root, Charles W. (father)
Root, Dexter A.
Root, Frank (bro)
Root, James (bro)
Root, Melvin A.
Root, Seymour (bro)
Root, Wayland L.
Way, Cynthia (mother)
Williston, Charlotte (wife)
Williston, George A.
Williston, Horace M.
Subjects Referenced
Bangor Twp., Bay, MI
Bay City, MI
Beebe & Braddock
Civl War
Deidrich Bottling Works
Drake Mill
Finley Brewing Co.
Lewis Co., NY
Lowville Academy
Root, Williston & Co.
Saginaw Valley, MI
Toledo, OH
Turrin, NY
Wenona village, MI
West Bay City, MI
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.