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Frank T. Woodworth (1861-?)
Born in New York, bookkeeper and mayor of Bay City.
  • Added April, 2014.
  • History of Bay County, Michigan, Gansser - 1905


    Who at the present writing officiates as mayor of Bay City, Michigan, was elected to this office in the spring of 1903. Aside from his municipal functions, he is prominently identified with the lumber industry, in which he has long been largely interested, having entered upon the manufacture of lumber in this vicinity in 1882.

    Mr. Woodworth is a native of New York, where he was born on a farm in Seneca County in 1861.; His father was a soldier during the Civil War, in which he served in the 44th Regiment, New York Vol., Inf., and was killed in the battle of the Wilderness. His mother still lives in the State of New York. There the son, deprived of a father's guidance in his infancy, grew up to boyhood, attending school, and at intervals making himself useful in various ways until he was 15 years old. At that period he left home to join an uncle, D. C. Smalley, a prominent business man of Bay City for many years. Arriving here in 1876, he became a member of Mr. Smalley's household and attended school for several years, completing his educational training in the Bay City High School.

    The first practical experience of Mr. Woodworth was as an employee of the Second National Bank of Bay City, where he served in a clerical capacity for about four years. After leaving the bank, he went into the saw-mill lumber business. This venture later developed into the firm of F. T. Woodworth & Company, under the style the affairs of the concern are still conducted. In 1902 the manufacturing feature of the business was abandoned, the mills having been disposed of, and the firm now deals in lumber, etc.

    In addition to his lumber interests, Mr. Woodworth is engaged in the coal trade with the Robert Gage Coal Company, of St. Charles, Saginaw County, Michigan,and is also connected with the Auburn Coal Company. He occupies convenient offices in the Shearer Block.

    Although not an aggressive politician, Mr. Woodworth is a staunch Republican and enjoys the full confidence of the local leaders of his party. His administration of municipal affairs is conceded by all to be honest and judicious.

    Fraternally, Mr. Woodworth is affiliated with the B. P. O. E. His religious views are in harmony with the Presbyterian denomination..

    The subject of this sketch is happily married and in the home circle of his comfortable residence in Bay City the family's friends find agreeable entertainment. His portrait accompanies this sketch.

    Additional Notes:

      1880 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
      Bennette, James - b. 1829, Canada
      Henreitta. wife - b. 1836, New York
      Herman, son - b. 1858, New York
      Woodworth, Phoebe, sister-in-law - b. 1840, New York
      Woodworth, Frank J., nephew - b. 1861, New York - bookkeeper in Bank
      Gaines, Nellie, niece - b. 1861, Mich.

      1880 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
      Samlley, James S. - b.1828, New York - Fire Insurance Agent
      Margurette M., wife - b. 1829, New York
      William T., son - b. 1854, New York
      Eva A. Smalley, dau - b. 1862, Mich.
      Maggie A., dau - b. 1872, Mich.

      1881/02 - Dircectory: Bay City, Mich.
      Woodworth, Frank T. - bookkeeper 2d National Bank, bds DC Smalley

      1887 - Michigan Marriages: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
      Date: Feb. 15, 1887.
      Groom: Frank T. Woodworth - b. 1861, New York
      Bride: Eva A. Smalley - b. 1863, MIch.

      1890 - Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War.
      Woodworth, Frank (father)
      Phoebe, wife (mother)

      1894 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
      Woodworth, F. T. - age 33
      Eva A., wife
      Phebe B., mother - age 55
      Smalley, W.T., border - age 39
      Smalley, Margarett, border -age 22
      Hotchkiss, Maude, boarder - age 13

      1900 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
      Woodsworth, Fra - b. Mar. 1857, Mich.
      Eva - b. May 1860, Mich.
      Smalley, Wm., brother-in-law - b. Feb. 1859, Mich.
      Smalley, Marguerita, sister - b. Dec. 1864 - single

      1904/05 - History of Bay County Michigan, Gansser - 1905
      Frank T. Woodworth, mayor 1904-05.

      1910 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
      Woodworth, Frank T. - b. 1861, New York
      Eva U., wife - b. 1862, Mich.
      Smalley, Margaret, sister-in-law - b. 1873, Mich.

      1917 - Law Suit.
      Frankt P. Chesbrough v. Frank T. Woodworth. Action in ten counts charging plaintiff in error and one Joseph W. McGraw with violating the
      National Bank Act, and alleging damages resulting to defendent in error there from. Continue ... [Continue...]

    Reference Notes & Pages

    Related Pages:
    Smalley Bros. & Co.
    Mayors of Bay City
    People Referenced
    Bennette, Henreitta Mrs.
    Bennette, Herman
    Chesbrough, Frank P.
    Gaines, Nellie
    Hotchkiss, Maude
    McGraw, Joseph W.
    Smalley, D.C. (uncle)
    Smalley, Eva A. (wife)
    Smalley, James S. (f-inlaw)
    Smalley, Maggie A. (sis-inlaw)
    Smalley, Margarett (sis-inlaw)
    Smalley, Wm. T. (bro-inlaw)
    Woodsorth, Frank (father)
    Woodsworth, Frank T. (subject)
    Woodsworth, Phoebe Mrs. (mother)
    Subjects Referenced
    44th Reg. NY Vol. Inf.
    Auburn Coal Co.
    Bay City, MI
    Civil War
    F.T. Woodworth & Co.
    New York
    Robt. Gage Coal Co.
    Second National Bank
    Seneca Co., NY
    Shearer block
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