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Justin K. Wentworth (1835-1914)
Born in Maine, resided in Tuscola Co, and Bay City, Mich.

Biography, 1883. - Added July, 2011.

History of Tuscola and Bay Counties, Michigan - 1883


Justin Wentworth, the subject of this sketch, is a native of Hope, Knox County, Me., and was born in 1835. He remained there until twenty-one years of age when he came to Vassar, from Detroit, in company with eight or ten others, he took the old state route via Flint, Pine Run and Tuscola, stopping at the latter place over night, at a hotel then kept by Dr. Johnson. He first engaged with Merrill & Remick, lumbermen, on Goodwin Creek, and helped to clean out that water course on which they erected two dams. Samuel Sayres was the foreman. After four years service with Merrill & Remick he purchased a farm in the township of Watertown, and engaged in farming, where he remained four years, at the end of which time he removed to Vassar, and a year later purchased his present farm where he has since resided, with the exception of seven months spent in Minnesota. Mr. Wentworth, in connection with D. G. Slafter, Mr. Dacey and Mr. Watrous cleaned out White Creek and built a dam at its head. He has been largely identified with the lumbering interests of the county, and at present is lumbering on Rife River, Muskegon River and the Mackinaw Division of the Michigan Central Railroad.

Death - Added April, 2014.

Michigan Manufacturer and Financial Record - 1914.


Justin Wentworth, 80 years old, pioneer lumberman, citizen of Michigan and active business man for many years, and heavily indentified with various business interests, answered the summons that cames once to all at his home in Bay City, August 31, after an illiness of about two weeks.

A few years after coming to Michigan from Maine, Mr. Wentworth engaged in lumbering with John Dacey under the firm name of Dacey & Wentworth, this concern continued until 1868 when it was dissolved, and he formed a parnership with his brother, George K. Wentworth, and the firm J. & G. K. Wenworth has since existed. They had headquarters at Vassar until 1879, when they opened an office in Bay City.

The firm until 1899 logged extensively in northern Michigan, principally north of Bay City along the Mackinaw division of the Michigan Central Railroad, and while never owning a sawmill, had logs sawed under contract for then at various mills in Bay City, Muskegon, Menominee and Otseqo Lake, and for a period of five years operateded extensively at Rhinelander, Wisconsin. They later invested in Minnesota pine timber lands, and the Johnson-Wenworth Company of Cloquet, Minnesota was formed to build a sawmill to manufacture this and other timber. Later selling their Minnesota interests they transferred their activities to the Pacific coast, where their interests are now represented by the Portland Lumber Company of Portland, Oregon.

Mr. Wentworth was president of the German-American Sugar Company, Vice-president of the Bay City bank, and president of the Bank of Vassar. He was also a member of the various clubs in Bay City.

Death, 1913. - Added July, 2011.

The Timberman, Vol. 15, November, 1914


Justin Wentworth, a well known and highly respected lumberman of Bay City, Mich., and father of L. J. Wentworth, manager of the Portland Lumber Co., of Portland, died at his home at 6:30 Monday evening., August 31, 1914, age 84 years. Manager Wentworth was summoned to his father's beside on Friday previous but failed to reach Bay City before his father passed away. Mr. Wentworth was one of the oldest lumbermen in the United States, having been actively engaged in the lumber business since the Civil War in the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and later in Oregon and Washington. At the time of his death he was vice-president of the Portland Lumber Co. He leaves a wife and three sons, N. R. and H. H. Wentworth, of Bay City, Mich., and L. J. Wentworth, of Portland, and a daughter, Mrs. Bert Stone, of Bay City, Mich. Mr. Wentworth was a member of the old and well known firm of J. and G. Wentworth, of Bay City and Chicago. He visited Portland regularly and was a man of very high character.

Son, Lloyd J. - Added July, 2011.

Who's Who in the Northwest 1911.


Vice-president and General Manager, Portland Lumber Co., foot of Lincoln St., Portland, Ore.; Director Lumberman's National Bank; President Oregon Washington Lumber Manufacturer's Association. Born Vassar, Mich., Oct. 24, 1872; son of Sophronia Merrill and Justin Wentworth. Educated University of Michigan (B.L.). Began business career as bank collector, Bay City, Mich., 1890=94. Married Imogen Stuart, Portland, 1904; has three daughters. Clubs: Commercial; Golf; Auto. Republican. Residence: 341 E. 12th St. North Portland, Ore.

Additional Notes.

    1858 Michigan Marriages: Tuscola, Mich.

  • On October 20, 1858, Justin Wentworth, age 24, married Sophronia Merrill, age 17.

    1884 - Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Wentworth, George K (J & G K Wentworth), res 314 Jackson.
  • Wentworth, Justin (J & G K Wentworth), res s w co 8th and Jackson.
  • Wentworth J & G K (Justin and George K), Real Estate, Pine Lnads, Logs, and Lumber, 718 Saginaw.

    1889 - Report of Commissioners, Michigan Banking Department (Dec. 31)

  • BAY CITY BANK, BAY CITY. Organized September 4, 1871. Wm. Peter, President; Geo. Young, Vice President; Geo. H. Young, Cashier. Justin Wentworth was member of Board of Directors.

    1880 Census: Vassar, Tuscola, Mich.

  • Wentworth, Justin b. 1834 Maine - farmer
  • George W., son b. 1861 Mich.
  • William A., son b. 1865 Mich.
  • Norris, son b. 1868 Mich.
  • Loyd J., son b. 1873 Mich.

    1884 Michigan Marriages: Bay City.

  • Date: August 27, 1884.
  • Groom: Justin Wentworth, b. 1834 Maine
  • Bride: Susan M. Teller, b. 1859 Canada
  • Official: H S. White, minister M.E. Church.
  • Witnesses: George K Wentworth, of Bay City and Nelson L. Wentworth, of Vassar.

    1900 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Wentworth, Justin b. Mar 1835 Maine lumber dealer
  • Sussie, wife b. May 1859 Canada
  • Norris, son b. Jun 1867 Mich. - lumber dealer
  • Loyd J.,son b. Oct 1872 Mich. - book-keeper
  • Hazzel, dau. - b. Jul 1884 Mich.
  • Harold, son b. Dec 1888 Mich.

    1910 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Wentworth, Justin K. - age 74, b. Maine
  • Susan, wife age 51, b. Mich.
  • Harold, son age 21, b. Mich.
  • Hazel, dau. - age, 24 b. Mich.
Related Pages/Notes

Justin Wentworth

Related Pages:
Ross & Wentworth Mill
People Referenced
Dacey, John
Johnston, Dr.
Merrill, Mr.
Merrill, Sophronia (1 wife)
Peter, William
Remick, Mr.
Sayres, Samuel
Slafter, D.G.
Stuart, Imogen (d-inlaw)
Teller, Susan (2 wife)
Watrous, Mr.
Wentworth, Geo. K.(bro)
Wentworth, Geo. W. (son)
Wentworth, Hazel (dau)
Wentworth, Harold (son)
Wentworth, Justin (subject)
Wentworth, Lloyd J. (son)
Wentworth, Nelson L.
Wentworth, Norris (son)
Wentworth, Wm. A. (son)
White, H.S.
Young, George
Young, George H.
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay City Bank >br>Bank of Vassar
Cloquet, MN
Dacey & Wentworth
Flint, MI
Goodwin Creek, MI
Hope, Knox Co, ME
J. & G.K. Wentworth
johnson & Wentworth
Lumberman's Natl Bank
Menominee, MI
Methodist Episcopal Church
Michigan Central RR
Muskegon, MI
Muskegon River, MI Nbr>North Portland, OR
Oregon Wash. Lbr Mfr Assoc.
Ostego Lake, MI
Pine Run, MI
Portland Lumber Co.
Portland, OR
Rifle River, MI
Tuscola County, MI
Univ. of Michigan
Vassar, MI
Watertown, MI
White Creek, MI
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