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George Sangle (1836 - 1892)
Born in Wurtemberg, Germany, and part owner of harness shop at Bay City.

1892 Biography. (Added May, 2010)

The Histories of Saignaw and Bay Counties, Michigan - 1892.


George Sangle of the firm of Nichols and Sangle, is one of the leading retail dealers in the city. The firm have the most prominent harness factory and are general dealers in saddlery goods, havning excellent location at No. 716 Washington Avenue, North. Mr. Sangle came to this city in June, 1867, and has spent more than a quarter century here. He was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, in the Black Forest, September 30, 1836, and when a lad of fifteen, having lost his parents George and Catherine (Clauser) Sangle, he came to this country alone. After his arrival in the United States he went first to Bloomfield, N. J., where he had a brother living, and nine months later he went to Newark, where he worked as an apprentice at the harness trade until he reached his majority. When his time was up he traveled for two years in different places, journeying as far West as Louisville, Ky.

About this time the Civil War broke out and the young man determined to share in the fortunes of his adopted country. He enlisted in Company K, Fifth New York Infantry Duryeas' Zouaves, going from New York City in May, 1861, and enlisting for a two years' service. This body of troops was assigned to the Army of the Potomac and went through the campaign of the Peninsula, and George Sangle lost his brother (who belonged to the same company) during the seven days' fight before Richmond. At the close of his term of service this young man went to Washington, D. C., to work for the Government in the arsenal, and thus continued until the close of the war.

After peace was declared our subject still remained in Washington for one year and in 1866 came to Michigan, working at his trade at East Saginaw until he came to Bay City, where he worked for Thomas Luxton. In 1875 he and Mr. Nichols bought out their employer's business and with a small stock started in for themselves. They have secured the good-will and patronage of their fellow-citizens and as the demand for their goods and their work has increased they have enlarged their facilities and stock until they now command the best trade in the city, making only the finest custom work and carrying a full line of robes, trunks, and all that pertains to their line.

Mr. Sangle is a member of several social orders, being a Grand Army man and connected with both the Knights of the Maccabees and the Royal Arcanum. He has a good home which he himself put up on Farragut Street and there he resides with his family. The lady to whom he was joined in marriage, June 10, 1873, bore the maiden name of Henrietta Schmaltz, and was born in Detroit of German parentage. They have two daughters, Carrie and Bertha, whom they are bringing up to lives of Christian usefulness and the parents are both members of the Baptist Church.

1902 obituary. - Contributed by James Petrimoulx - May, 2010.

Bay City Tribune - January 10,1902

George Sangle
Passes Away

Pioneer of City Died at his Home
Early Yesterday Morning

Was in Business Here Nearly Twenty Years

George Sangle, a resident of Bay City for 35 years ,died at 5 o’clock yesterday morning at his house 612 North Farragut street, after an illness of nearly two months from heart disease. He had been ill since Thanksgiving, having been out of the house but once since that day. He is survived by a widow and one daughter.

George Sangle was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, in the Black Forest, September 30,1836. When 15 years old he came to this country. He first located in Bloomfield, N.J., with a brother, and subsequently went to Newark and learned the harness business. Subsequently he removed to Louisville, Ky. At the breaking out of the war, Mr Sangle enlisted in company K, Fifth New York infantry, Duryea’s soaves, and went to the front. His company was assigned to the Army of the Potomac and went through the peninsula campaign. At the close of the term of two years for which he enlisted Mr. Sangle went to Washington, working in the arsenal there until the close of the war. In 1866 Mr. Sangle came to Michigan, and in June, 1867, located in Bay City. In 1875, with Fred A. Nichols, he bought out the harness business of Thomas Luxton, and the firm Nichol’s & Sangle continued in business for nearly 20 years, when Mr. Sangle retired from active business.

Mr. Sangle was a member of U.S. Grant post , G.A.R., being quartermaster at the time of his death. He was also a member of the Maccabees and the Royal Arcanum.

Additional Notes.

    1883 – Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Fehrenback, Joseph, harnessmaker Nichols & Sangle, bds Serviss Hotel.
  • Nichols, Frederick A (Nichols & Sangle), res 613 N Jackson.
  • Nichols & Sangle (Frederick A. Nichols, George Sangle), saddle and harness mnfrs 207 Center.
  • Sangle, George (Nichols & Sangle), res 612 N Farragut.
  • Stork, Henry, harnessmaker Nichols & Sangle, res 515 N. Jefferson.
  • Tighe, James, harnessmaker Nichols & Sangle, res 420 S Jackson.
  • Wanless, Henry, harnessmaker Nichols & Sangle, res w s Jennison ave, bet 31st and 32d.

    1893 - Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Nichols & Sangle (Fred A. Nichols, George Sangle) harness makers, 706 Washington ave.
  • Sangle, Miss Bertha, teacher Lincoln Ave School, res 612 N Farragut.
  • Sangle, Miss Carrie, bds 612 N Farragut.
  • Sangle, George (Nichols & Sangle), res 612 N Farragut.
Related Pages

Related Pages:
Bay Co. Civil War History
People Referenced
Clauser, Catherine (mother)
Fehrenback, Joseph*
Luxton, Thomas
Nichols, Frederick A.
Sangle, Bertha (dau.)
Sangle, Carie (dau.)
Saangle, Geo. Sr. (father)
Sangle, Geo. (subject)
Schmaltz, Henrietta (wife)
Stork, Henry*
Tighe, James*
Wanless, Henry*
* Worker, Nichols & Sangle.
Subjects Referenced
5th NY Inf., Co. K
Baptist church
Bay City, MI
Bay County, MI
Bloomfield, NJ
Cival War
GAR, Grant Post
East Saginaw, MI
Lincoln School, Bay City
Loisville, KY
Newark, NJ
New York, NY
Richmond, VA
Serviss Hotel, Bay City
Washington, DC
Wurtemberg, Germany
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