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Isaac A. Shannon (1836-1906)
Born in Warren Co., N.J., established large carriage making business in Bay City.

1892 Biography. - Added Oct., 2010.

History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan - 1892


The Saginaw Valley is famous, not only throughout Michigan, but also through the North west as the seat of many and varied manufacturing interests. The lumber resources of this part of the Wolverine State and the character of its early population, as well as its splendid opportunities for the adaptation of water power have led to this result and we have here to chronicle another establishment of this character.

Mr. Shannon, of Bay City, is the oldest wagon maker in the Saginaw Valley, having been established here since 1863 and is now doing the fine custom work exclusively. He has built a good two-story brick shop 50x75 feet on a the lot where he has been located for over twenty years and gives employment to ten first-class mechanics, and supplies the best city trade. He was born in Warren County, N. J., February 29, 1836, and is a son of David and Catherine (Angle) Shannon. The mother was in Brooklyn and the father in Warren County, N. J., where he was a wagon and plow maker and later a farmer. They were devout members of the Episcopal Church and the father was an old-line Whig and afterward a Republican. He was born in 1803 and died in 1883 and the mother, who was born in 1813, died in 1886.

Our subject was educated in Warren County and grew to maturity upon a farm. He came to Michigan before he was of age and resided in Oakland County and afterward in Illinois and about the year 1860 returned to this State and settled in Rochester, Oakland County, where he apprenticed himself to a carriagemaker and thoroughly learned the trade of which he had acquired much from his father at home. In 1863 he came to Bay City and established a shop on his own responsibility being an entire stranger in a new city without capital. During his first year here he was drafted into the army but as it seemed best for him to continue in carrying on his business he hired a substitute and still devoted himself to the building up of this infant industry.

At the inception of his business Mr. Shannon employed but one or two men but soon had a trade that demanded a larger force. He bought the property where he is now located and in 1871 erected a small shop which he occupied until 1882 when his present factory was built. He is now contemplating another addition to his building in order to facilitate the immense trade which he has built up. He had made it his aim to make his output of the very best quality that could be made and his shop is known all through the valley as the finest custom shop in parts.

In 1872 Mr. Shannon sold his business and went to Virginia to reside on account of ill health of his wife, but after several months' absence he returned home and again resumed his former business. Besides his manufacturing interests he has had some dealings in real-estate but has devoted most of his energies in the direction of his trade. He has not dabbled in politics although he is a worker for the Masonic order ever since he was old enough to be accepted and is a member of the Bay City Lodge.

The marriage of our subject with Miss Etta Bennett, of Rochester, Mich., took place November 3, 1865. This lady is a daughter of Harvey Bennett. They have one daughter, Geneveve, who is still at home. Mr. Shannon and his wife are members of the Universalist Church of which this gentleman has been a Trustee for over twenty years.

Additional Notes.

    1866/67 - Indian & Pioneer History & Directory Saginaw Valley.

  • Shannon, Isaac carriage mfr, 111 Sixth st.

    1883 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Shannon, Isaac A. - Carriage mnfr., 215 S Saginaw, res 611 N. Madison

    1906 Proceedings of Freemasons, Michigan -
    Bay City Deaths this Year:

  • Washington Coleman, Lodge No. 53, died on March 2.
  • Isaac A. Shannon, Lodge No. 53, died on September 9.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
None at this time.
People Referenced
Angle, Catherine (mother)
Bennett, Etta (wife)
Bennett, Harvey
Coleman, Washington
Shannon, David (father)
Shannon, Geneveve
Shannon, Isaac A. (subject)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Brooklyn, NY
Episcopal church
Carriage bus.
Oakland Co., MI
Rochester, MI
Saginaw Valley, MI
Universalist church
Warren Co., NJ
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.