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Amos M. Switzer (1836-1898)
Born in Quebec, Canada - in lumber business at Bay City.

1892 biography. (Added July, 2009)

Histories of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan, 1892.


of the firm of Swizer & Eastwood, lumber dealers, has been in business here since 1870 and his firm has its docks on the river near the Michigan Central Railroad. He was born in Quebec, Canada, February 16, 1836, and his parents were Amos and Diana (Switzer) Switzer. The name Amos has been in the family for some eight or ten generations, and out subject has the family record by which he is able to trace his linage back to 1407, when the family was connected with the Palamate Court.

The father of our subject was a civil engineer and was born at Limerick, Ireland. Our subject studied in the grammar school at Petersborough, Ontario, and again at Victoria College in Cobourg, after which the family removed to Norwich, Ontario, and our subject went to Vienna, Ontario, and there engaged in the lumber business with Wallace & Scott, remaining with them until 1860. At that time he came to the States and spent two years at Cleveland and two years at Chicago, and then removed to Toledo, where he remained until 1870. During all that time he was engaged in the lumber business and after leaving Toledo he came to Bay County and located at Kawkawlin, remaining with O. A.Ballou & Co., for eight years.

When he left Kawkawlin Mr. Switzer came to Bay City and has here been engaged, first in independent business and afterward in company with others up to the present date. The firm with which he is now associated was formed in August, 1881, and they are doing an exclusively wholesale business and handling large quantities of lumber. Mr. Switzer has been, and still is, a Democratic Alderman, although elected from a Republican ward, the Ninth Ward o Bay City, which is one of the best as regards character and standing. He is also one of the trustees for the Bay City public library and helped to organized the Lumberman State Bank of West Bay City and for some years was one of its directors.

Out subject was married in December, 1873, to Miss Josephine Armstrong, of Toledo, and they have two daughters, Grace W. and Julia Cranage, for whose thorough education and training they are warmly solicitous. Mr. Switzer is a member of the Bay City Commandery of the Knights Templar.

Obituary of Amos Switzer. - Added Feb., 2012.

Grand Rapids Herald - August 27, 1898.


Bay City, Mich., Aug. 26. - Amos M. Switzer, one of the best know lumber dealers in Michigan and a prominent citizen of Bay City, is dead. He was born in Quebec, February 16, 1836. He is survived by a widow and two daughters. The remains will be taken to Toledo for internment.

Additional Notes.

    1862 - History of Bay County, Mich., Gansser 1905.

  • In 1862, O. A. Ballou, A. M. Switzer and Dr. W. E. Vaughn, the latter still a resident of Bay City, operated for a few years a chemical plant for the manufacture of hemlock extract.

    1872 - Lumberman Gazette, Bay City, Mich.

  • Ad for Kawkawlin Chemical Works in Kawkawlin lists A. M. Switzer as Secretary.

    1873 Ohio Marriages: Lucas Co.

  • Amos M. Switzer married Dec. 24, 1973 to Jospehine A. Armstrong.

    1880 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Switzer, Amos b. 1837, Canada lumberman.
  • Josephine, wife b. 1850, New York.
  • Gracie, daughter b. 1875, Mich.

    1883 Michigan Births: Bay City.

  • Julia Switzer, born Sep. 24, 1883, daughter of Amos M. and Jospehine Switzer.

    1896 - Directory: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Switzer, Amos M. - (Switzer & Eastwood), res Bay City.
  • Switzer & Eastwood (Amos M. Switzer, Joseph Eastwood), lumber MCCR dock, 4th ward.
Related Note & Pages

Eastwood, Joseph
People Referenced
Armstrong, Josephine (wife)
Ballou, O.A.
Eastwood, Joseph
Switzer, Amos (father)
Switzer, Amos M. (subject)
Switzer, Diana (mother)
Switzer, Grace W. (dau)
Switzer, Julia C. (dau)
Vaughn, W.E. Dr.
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Chicago, IL
Cleveland, OH
Cobourg, Canada
Grand Rapids Herald
Kawkawlin, MI
Kawkawlin Chemical Works
Lumberman State Bank
Mich. Central Railroad
O.A. Ballou & Co.
Petersborough, Ontario
Quebec, Canada
Switzer & Eastwood Co.
Victoria College
Vienna, Ontario
Toledo, OH
Wallace & Scott Co.
West Bay City, MI
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