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Wlliam G. Tapert, Jr. (1869-?)
Native of Detroit, move to Bay City with his parents, where he was in the meat business.

1911 biography. (Added May, 2010)

A History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan, 1911


As secretary and treasurer of the Cornwell Beef Company, with headquarters at Sault Ste. Marie, William G. Tapert is officially connected with one of the largest packing companies of the American and Canadian Soo, and is ably filling the position, performing the duties devolving upon him in a satisfactory manner. A son of William E. Tapert, he was born in Detroit, Michigan, January 11, 1869, of thrifty German stock.

Born July 24, 1846, in Germany, William E. Tapert came with his parents in a sailing vessel to this country, landing at Saint John, N. B., from there crossing the country to Detroit, Michigan, where his father established himself as a dover and a butcher, subsequently opening a meat market. Acquiring his education in the public schools of Detroit, William E. Tapert learned the butcher's trade of his father, and was afterwords engaged in the meat business in that city. In 1869 he opened a wholesale and retail meat market at Lower Saginaw, now called Bay City, and was there successfully engaged in business until 1905, when he retired from active pursuits. He subsequently spent about three years on his farm near by, but is now a resident of Bay City. Although caring little for public honors, he has service as township clerk. Politically he is a Republican, and religiously he belongs to the Bay City Presbyterian church. His wife, whose maiden name was Catherine Scheller, was born in Germany in 1846, and died at Bay City, Michigan, in 1902. They were married in Detroit, Michigan, and to them two children were born, namely William G., the special subject of this sketch, and George P., who died at the age of thirty-two years.

Attending the city schools of Bay City while a boy, William G. Tapert also obtained a practical knowledge of the meat business while assisting his father. Subsequently, having taken a special course in shorthand, he, at the age of seventeen years, became a bookkeeper and stenographer for E. J. Hargrave & Sons, with whom he remained one season. The following three years Mr. Tapert was bookkeeper the Saginaw Beef Company, a branch of Swift & Co. He was then promoted to city salesman, then an entirely new venture in the beef packing business, his territory extending along the line of several car routes, while he had the distinction of being the youngest man traveling for the firm. At the end of ten years on the road, Mr. Tapert, in 1897, became the Company's traveling agent at Bay City, where he continued until June, 1900. Still in the Company's employ, Mr. Tapert then came to Sault Ste. Marie as manager of the Saginaw Beef Company's interests in this locality, and the following year the business was organized as the Cornwell Beef Company, and he was made manager and secretary, the home office being located in this city. In 1902 the Company extended its operations into the Canadian territory, with a local office at North Bay. Mr. Tapert having charge of that business also. In 1905 the Company's stock was increased from $5,000 to $25,000, and in 1907 its capital was doubled, making it $50,000. In 1910 a new cold storage plant, the most modern and best equipped plant of the kind in the Upper Peninsula, was erected at Sault Ste. Marie. Mr. Tapert receives his supplies for this locality direct from Chicago and St. Paul, while those for the Canadian Soo he has shipped from Hamilton and Winnepeg, Canada.

Mr. Tapert married, December 18, 1896, Maud C. Thompson, who was born at Port Burwell, Ontario, a daughter of Captain Peter Thompson, who was for many years engaged in nautical pursuits, first as captain of an ocean steamer, and later on the lakes, but who is now living retired on his farm in Montcalm county, Michigan. To Captain Thompson and his wife, whose maiden name was Margaret Drummond, seven children were born, two sons and five daughters, and of these five children are living, Mrs. Tapert being the youngest child. Mr. and Mrs. Tapert are the parents of two children, Jessie Elizabeth and Clarence William. Politically Mr. Tapert is an adherent of the Republican party, and religiously he is a German Lutheran.

Additional Notes.

    1893 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Rae, Miss Maron, bookkeeper W E Tapert, bds 907 Center.
  • Denkeiser, Jacob, clerk W E Tapert, bds Eagle hotel.
  • Schneider, Adolph, butcher W E Tapert, res 112 Bowery.
  • Tapert, W E, meat market, 907 Center, res same.

    1895 Michigan Marriages: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Date: Dec. 18, 1895.
  • Groom: William G. Tapert, of Bay City, b. 1868 Detroit, parents: Wm. E. Tapert & Catherine Scheles.
  • Bride: Maude C. Thompson, of West Bay City, b. 1875 Canada, parents: Peter Thompson & Margaret Drummond.
  • Official: J.N.P. Paitenfelder, pastor.
  • Witnesses: Peter Thompson & Wm. E. Tapert.

    1900 Census: Bay City, Mich.

  • Address: 112 Monroe
  • Tapert, William, b. Feb., 1869 Mich., salesman
  • Maud, wife, b. Sep., 1873 Canada
  • Jessie, daughter, Sep., 1896 Mich.

    1920 Census: Chippewa, Mich.

  • Tapert, William G., b. 1861
  • Maud C., wife
  • Children: Jessie E, Clarence W.

Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
First Presbyterian Ch.
People Referenced
Denkeiser, Jacob*
Drummond, Magaret
Hargrave, E.J.
Paitenfelder, J.N.P. Rev.
Rae, Maron Miss*
Scheller, Catherine (mother)
Schneider, Adolph*
Tapert, Clarence W. (son)
Tapert, Geo. P. (bro.)
Tapert, Jessie E. (dau.)
Tapert, Wm. E. (father)
Tapert, Wm. G. (subject)
Thompson, Maude (wife)
Thompson, Peter
* worked W.E. Tapert mkt.
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Chicago, IL
Chippewa, MI
Cornwell Beef Co.
Detroit, MI
Hamilton, Canada
Lower Saginaw, MI
Lutheran church
Montcalm Co., MI
Presbyterian Church
Saginaw Beef Co.
St. John, N.B., Can.
St. Paul, MN
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Swift & Co.
Winnepeg, Canada
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