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John Walsh (1846-?)
Born in Ontario, Canada, mayor of West Bay City, Mich.

1905 biography. - Added May, 2012.

History of Bay County, Michigan - Augustus Gansser (1905)


This gentleman, who served one term with marked efficiency and great acceptability, as mayor of West Bay City, is one of the oldest resident of this vicinity, having located in Bay City in 1866. He is actively engaged in the coal mining industry, and holds the position of president of the United City Coal Company, the headquarters of which are in West Bay City.

Mr. Walsh was born in Haldimand District, Ontario, in 1846. There he was reared and schooled, and there he remained until his removal to Bay City, Michigan, as previously mentioned. His residence in Bay City covered a period of 17 years, during a great portion of which he was engaged in the retail grocery trade on Center avenue. After disposing of that business to Messrs. Chatfield and Speer, Mr. Walsh purchased the store of John McGraw, located in South Bay City, which he conducted successfully for two years.

Upon his removal to West Bay city, in 1883, the subject of this sketch established a wholesale grocery house in partnership with Luther B. Edinborough. Mr. Edinborough was some time afterward appointed postmaster of West Bay City and Mr. Walsh purchased the former's interest in the concern, and conducted its constantly increasing business for two years, without a partner. In 1896 James R. Tanner was admitted to partnership, and two years afterward, Harry J. Daily became associated with Messrs Walsh and Tanner.

In 1901, Mr. Walsh withdrew entirely from the concern, having disposed of his interest to Messrs. Tanner and Daily. Since the subject of this sketch established the business, its volume had grown from $90,000 to more than $500,000 per year.

The United City Coal Company, of which Mr. Walsh is president, was organized in August, 1903. The other officials are: David Jones, vice-president; and W. W. Chapman, secretary and treasurer. The property of the company consists of a tract of 75 acres, a part of which is situated with the corporate limits of the city. One shaft, employing about 40 men, is now in successful operation. To the direction of te affairs of this enterprise, Mr. Walsh now gives his principle attention.

Until within the past two years, the subject of this sketch was quite active in Republican politics, and has been conspicuous in his advocacy of the consolidation of the “Bay Cities.” Shortly after his retirement from the wholesale grocery business, he was elected mayor of West Bay City. He assumed the mayoralty when the public treasury was empty. The city had a bonded indebtedness of $400,000 and a floating debt of $74,500. By a Strictly business administration, which curtailed improvements and reduced expenditures, the new incumbent and the Council placed the city on a sound financial basis, and re-established its credit within six months. Their system of retrenchment reduced the floating debt to about $40,000, settled the interest account and liquidated most of the claims against the city, outside of the bonded indebtedness.

Mr. Walsh has three sons, all residents of West Bay City, namely: Harry J., a retail grocer; Arthur G., a produce commission dealer; and Frank A., who has the State agency for the “Seal of Minnesota” flour, with headquarters at Cleveland, Ohio.

Additional Notes.

    1880 – Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Walsh, John – b. 1846, Canada – grocer.
  • Eliza, wife – b. 1848, Canada.
  • Harry, son – b. 1870, Mich.
  • Frank, son – b. 1879, Mich.

    1881-82 – Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Walsh, John – (Walsh & Green), res s e cor 40th and Harrison.
  • Walsh & Green – (John Walsh, Jeremiah Green), general store s. e. cor. 40Th and Harrison.

    1893 – Directory: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Walsh, John – (Walsh & Tanner), res 400 N. Linn.
  • Walsh & Tanner – (John Walsh, James R. Tanner), whol grocers, 201 N. Linn.
  • Walsh, Thomas – boilermkr, res 707 N. Walnut.

    1896 – Directory: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Walsh Bros – (Thomas and John), grocers s w cor Midland and Linn, 3d ward.
  • Walsh, John – (Walsh Bros), res n e cor Linn and Indiana, 3d ward.

    1900 – Census: West Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Walsh, John – b. Jan 1846, Canada
  • Eliza, wife – b. Dec 1847, Canada – married 1868.
  • Frank, son – b. Jul 1878, Mich.
  • Arthur, son – b. May 1881, Mich.

    1904 – The Black Diamond, Vol. 23.

  • The United City Coal Mining Company has been organized at West Bay City, Mich., to sink a shaft at North Union and Center streets in that city. The incorporators are John Walsh, David Jones, of West Bay City; Robert Maxwell and W. W. Chapman of Bay City. The work sinking the shaft has been commenced and it is expected to have the mine opened late in the fall and producing coal.

    1910 – Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Walsh, John – age 64, b. Canada – immigrated 1866.
  • Mary E., wife – age 62, b. Canada – immigrated 1867.
  • Frank A., son – age 31, b. Mich. - single.
  • Auther J., son – age 28, b. Mich. - single.

    1911 – Iron Age, Vol. 88. (July-December)

  • Directors of the Michigan Adjustable Hub Company, Bay City, Mich., have elected John Walsh president and H. C. Moulthrop secretary and treasurer. The company has a site arranged for and preliminary work of erecting a large plant will begin at once.

    1920 – Census: Wayne Co., Mich.

  • Walsh, John – b. 1847, Ontario – widow.
  • Frank A., son – b. 1880, Mich. - single.
Related Pages & Notes

Related Pages:
Moulthrop, Harry C.
People Referenced
Chapman, W.W.
Daily, Harry J.
Endinborough, Luther B.
Jones, David
Maxwell, Robert
McGraw, John
Moulthrop, Harry C.
Tanner, James R.
Walsh, Arthur G. (son)
Walsh, Frank A. (son)
Walsh, Harry J. (son)
Walsh, John (subject)
Walsh, Thomas (bro)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Cleveland, OH
Haldimand District, Canada
Mich. Adjustable Hub Co.
Ontario, Canada
South Bay City, MI
United City Coal Co.
Walsh Bros
Walsh & Green
Walsh & Tanner
Wayne County, MI
West Bay City, MI
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