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Charles Supe. (1836-?)
Native of Germany, came to Bay City in 1850.

1883 biography. (Added May, 2010)

History of Bay County, Michigan - 1883


Charles Supe, wholesale dealer in groceries, provisions, grain, kerosene oil, etc. is one of the representative business men of the Saginaw Valley, and one who has contributed his full share to the commercial prosperity and importance of Bay City. Mr. Supe was born in Prussia, January 12, 1836. In 1850 he emigrated with his parents to America and settled in Saginaw County. What is now Bay City when then known as Lower Saginaw, and the territory now included in Bay County, was a part of Saginaw County. In 1868 Bay City had grown to be a city of about 6,000 inhabitants and in March of that year Mr. Supe settled here and opened a retail grocery store on Water Street, in the room now occupied with Stephenson's music store. In 1871 he built a large brick elevator, 49x99 feet in size, which he now occupies with his business. In 1870 he gave up the retail business and about that time made a visit to the Pacific Coast. In December 1872 he he moved into the Maxwell Block, now occupied by Maltby, Page & Co., and also was doing business in the elevator building, corner of Third and Adams Streets. From December, 1872, to December, 1876, the firm was Supe & Rademacher. The magnitude of Mr. Supe's business has fully kept pace with the growth of the city, the annual sales at the present time aggregating upwards of $350,000. To achieve this success has required a large degree of business energy and sagacity, and close personal application. By the exercise of these qualities Mr. Supe has not only established a large business upon a sound and paying basis, but has made for himself an enviable reputation for integrity and financial soundness. In addition to his private interests he has been called upon to devote considerable time to public affairs. He held the office of country treasurer from 1873 to 1875; was city treasurer in 1877, has been a member of the Board of Education, and is at present alderman from the Second Ward of the city. In the discharge of all public duties hehas exercised the same clear judgment as in his private enterprises, and served the public as faithfully as he served himself. Mr. Supe has a wife and four children. Their family residence is on Jackson Street, between Fifth and Center Streets. It is to the credit of Mr. Supe that whatever public offices he has held have come to him without his seeking, -- a fact always worthy of being recorded.

Additional Notes.

    1880 Census Bay City, Mich.

  • Charles Supe b. 1836 Germany
  • Caroline wife
  • Otto son
  • Gustarns son
  • Caroline daughter
  • Charles Jr. son

    1883 - Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Supe, Charles, Wholesale Groceries, Grain, Flour, Feed, Est., s e cor 3d and Adams, res e s Jackson bet 5th and 6th.
    Supe, Charles T, clk Charles Supe, bds same.
    Supe, Otto, clk Charles Supe, bds same.

    From bio. of son, Otto Supe (History of Northern Peninssula, MI, 1911):

  • Otto was a native son of the state of Michigan, having been born in Blumfield, Saginaw county, on the 3d of September, 1864, and a son of Charles and Caroline (Rademacher) Supe, both natives of Germany, where the former was born in 1836, and the later in 1841, and where their marriage was solemnized. They became the parents of five children, and four of these are now living, - Charles Jr., Otto, Gustavus and Caroline A.

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People Referenced
Supe, Caroline (dau.)
Supe, Charles (subject)
Supe, Charles Jr. (son)
Supe, Gustavus (son)
Supe, Otto (son)
Rademacher, Caroline (wife)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay County, MI
Bloomfield, Sag. Co.
Lower Saginaw, MI
Maltby, Page & Co.
Maxwell Block
Saginaw County, MI
Stephenson Music Store
Super & Rademacher
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