December, 2008

Dec. 21, 2008 - 1905 Vessels & Owners (Bay City).
Database listing names of vessels, their captains, engineers, and owners.
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    Dec. 18, 2008 - 1915 bio., Louis Hine.
    Hine was born in 1872, at Bay City, and became prominent in brewing, lumber and banking businesses. He married Wilhelmina KOHLER.
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    Dec. 18, 2008 - 1905 bio., Julius Kaiser.
    Kaiser, was born in Baden, Germany in 1860, and emigrated to Bay City, where he and his brothers were officers in the Phoenix Brewing Co. He was married to Minnie BRONKE.
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    Dec. 17, 2008 - 1915 bio., Walter D. Young.
    Walter was born at Albany, NY, in 1855. He moved to Bay City with his parents, where he became a very prosperous businessman involved in lumbering, shipping and owner in the Bay City Brewing Co. He married Elizabeth Androse.
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    Dec. 14, 2008 - Civil War Bio., Capt. Jas. G. Birney IV.

    Capt. Birney was born 1844 in Haven, Conn., to James & Amanda (Moultan) Birney, of Bay City. Both James, are descendants of James G. Birney II, a nationally prominent abolitionish leader, and twice a candidate for President of the U.S., one while reside in Bay City.
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    Dec. 14, 2008 - Fitzhugh Family of Livingston Co., NY.
    Brief history Of Dr. Daniel H. Fitzhugh, and his sons who were early pioneers in establishing Bay City.
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    Dec. 12, 2008 - Cornelia Moor Chillson Moots.

    -- Cornelia was born in 1843, at Flushing, MI. Her family moved to Bay City where she was deepling involved in the Christian Temperance movement. Her father was active in the underground railroad. Married William Moots.
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    Dec. 6, 2008 - 1882: Bio., Dr. Daniel H. Fitzhugh.
    Dr. Fitzhugh was born in Maryland, but spent most of his life in Livingston Co., N.Y. He was among the earliest land speculators in Michigan, and was the largest holder of properities in the Saginaw Valley. He was married to Ann Frisby Dana.
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    Dec. 2, 2008 - 1904: Rev. John Wright.
    Rev. Wright was born at Wilmington, Del., in 1836, and was former pastor of Trinity Church in Bay City. He was married to Mary Howell.
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    Dec. 1, 2008 - 1912: Franklin Eddy Parker.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. - Mr. Park was born at Bangor, ME, and came to Bay City in 1891, where he became wealthy in lumbering business. He was married to Mary B. Bishop.
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    November 2008

    Nov. 24, 2008 - 1905 Bio, Frank H. Mohr (1867-?).
    Mr. Mohr, a German emigrant settled in West Bay City, where he established a large hardware & appliance business. His built his store on the corner of Midand and Henry streets which is still standing. He also was part owner and president of the Phoenix Brewery. He married Lena KOHLER. {View}
    Nov. 24, 2008 - 1892 Bio., Alexander Folsom (1807-1889).
    Mr. Folsom was born in N.Y. to a wealthy family. He was drawn to Bay City by the lumbering boom, and lived out the rest of his life here. He was one of the most benevolent men of the city, especially to the Presbyterian charties.
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    Nov. 23, 2008 - Bio., Erastus L. Dunbar (1846-?)
    Erastus was born at Ellsworth, CT,, moved to Bay City in 1865 where was superintendent of the water works for many years. He was married to Jennie McKay.
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    Nov. 21, 2008 - Saginaw Valley Lumber Strike - 1885.
    This historical strike lasted two months and shut down 79 mills between Saginaw and Bay City, as the workmen called for "10 Hours or No Sawdust!" Its all captured in a detailed investigative report perpared by the State.
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    Nov. 18, 2008 - Industrial Works (Brownhoist) Database.
    Contributed by John Taubeneck, Ed Chambers & John C. LaRue Jr. An extensive listing of the cranes they manufactured, and the businesses they were sold to. The database is linked to from I.B.'s history page.
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    Nov. 16, 2008 - Brief Bio., Willaim S. Fotheringham (1869-).
    Fotheringham, born in St. Clair Co., MI, was involved in the banking business at Pinconning and Bay City.
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    Nov. 16, 2008 - Railroad Deaths and Injuries During 1889.
    -- State of Michigan report people killed or injured related to railroad accidents. Includes listing of accidents involving individuals from the Saginaw Valley.
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    Nov. 15, 2008 - Bio. Henry Clements (1858-1901)
    Henry and his brother William both were owners of the former Industrial Works (Brownhoist), a leading manufacturer of locomotive cranes.
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    Nov. 15, 2008 - Modern History of Bay City as of 1868-9.
    Captured from the Polk Directory, which provides detailed description from the period 1865, when Bay City was incorporated upto 1868-9.
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    Nov. 14, 2008 - Saginaw Valley Indian History.
    Excerpts from a 1918 book on the history of Saginaw Co., MI, describes members of the Chippewa tribe during the early white settlement period.
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    Nov. 13, 2008 - History - John Alexander McDonald.
    Mr. McDonald was born in 1867, at Chatham, Ont., and moved to Bay City with his parents a year later. His father, also John, owned a large grain & elevator business, which he took over after his father died. His spouse wase Caroline Tomkins.
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    Nov. 13, 2008 - History - Robert H. McKim (1858-).
    Mr. Kim was born at Perth, Ont., he moved to Bay City with his parents in 1875, where he owned a grocery business for many years, before moving onto Oregon.
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    Nov. 12, 2008 - Pattern Makers Union, of Bay City.
    -- Interest bit of history the Pattern Maker Union which went on strike against the Industrial Works in 1914.
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    Nov. 12, 2008 - Bay County Jail History (1872-1940).
    This brick jail built in 1872 across from the present county building, and was the third county jail, the previous two were smaller wooden jails located on or near Saginaw St.
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    Nov. 10, 2008 - History of Fort Saginaw.
    After the Indian treaty of 1819, the Saginaw Valley was opened to white settlement, and Fort Saginaw was built to provide them protection. Includes a sketch of fort.
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    Nov. 7, 2008 - 1892 Bio., Frank Church.
    -- Frank was born in Utica, MI, came to Bay City in 1888, where he was agent for Standard Oil Co. Married to Milicent Carter.
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    Nov. 7, 2008 - 1915 Bio, Alfred G. & Rudolf G. Boehringer.
    The Boehringer brothers came to Bay City from Germany in 1885, where they Boehringer Bros. greenhouse business.
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    Nov. 6, 2008 - 1889 Bio., Emil Anneke (1823-1888).
    -- Emil was born in Prussia, came to Bay City in 1875 where was an attorney and a real estate agent.
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    Nov. 6, 2008 - 1914 Bio., Frederick L. Anger.
    -- Born 1875 in Ontario, raised in Bay City, bookkeeper in Saginaw. Married Mary F. Sullivan, of Bay City.
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    Nov. 5, 2008 - 1868-9 Directory of Bay City Hotels.

    -- The city's dramatic growth fueled by lumbering increased the demand for hotel accomodations. This directory describes the four hotels available at this time, two were built only a couple years earlier.
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    Nov. 3, 2008 - 1901 Statistics of Saginaw Valley Communities.
    -- Report by State of Michigan showing details by specific community, i.e., Bay City, Essexville, Midland, Saginaw, West Bay City, etc. Includes significant news by month.
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    Nov. 2, 2008 - Civic Societies of Bay City in 1875.
    -- Only a decade after the village of Bay City was incorporated the number of civic organizations had ground to over 30.
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    Nov. 2, 2008 - History of James C. McCabe (1871-). -- Born in Aleghenty Co., Pa, he became a newspaper man in Bay City, and partner in the Bay City Tribune. Married Francis Cooke.
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    Nov. 2, 2008 - History of William L. Fay (1821-1884).
    --Born in Hamilton, NY, early lumbering and mercantile businessman of Bay City.
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    Nov. 2, 2008 - History of Thomas Cuthbertson (1883-).
    --Born in Oakland Co., MI, resident of Bay City and Taymouth Twp. Married three times.
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    Nov. 2, 2008 - History of Benjamin Cushway (1808-1881).
    -- Saginaw Valley pioneer who served as U.S. blacksmith to the Chippewa Indians. Resident of Bay City and Saginaw. Married Adelaide Robins, of Detroit.
    October 2008
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    Oct. 25, 2008 - Ancient Mound-Builders.
    -- Document written by W.R. McCormick about the Saginaw Valley burial mounds of an ancient people that preceded Indian settlements of this area.
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    Oct. 23, 2008 - Bio. Daniel Mangan (1852-?)
    -- Native of Ontario, Can., moved to Bay City in 1869, and joined the law firm of Marston and Hatch. Married Ellen Crump.
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    Oct. 23, 2008 - Bio. Joseph Dell (1834-1894)
    Native of Simco, Canada and early pioneer of Bay County, MI.
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    Oct. 6, 2008 - 1884 Obituary of Alex LaRoche.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoux. Alex, born France, served in the Confederate army, and was a long-time restaurant owner in West Bay City. - Spouse Eleanor Morel.
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    September 2008

    Sep. 30, 2008 - 1906 Obituary of George Turner.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. Mr. Turner was born 1836 in Clinton Co., MI, a Civil War veteran, and worked as engineer for Bay City for 21 years.
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    Sep. 30, 2008 - 1916 Obituary of Samuel Catlin.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. Mr. Catlin was born 1844 in New York state, and was a member of Bay City police department for 36 years.
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    Sep. 22, 2008 - First Twins Born At Trombley House.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. This article from 1909 recalls the Guillette brothers as being the first twins born in 1841 at the McCormick home (Trombley House).
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    Sep. 21, 2008 - Bay County Names of Historic Places.
    Brief history of historic Bay County places, including some associated with Arenac County.
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    Sep. 20, 2008 - Bay County Infirmary (Poor Farm)

    Several historical documents were added on the history of the County Poor Farm, established in 1865, and operated until the Bay Medical Care facilties opened in 1964. The Poor Farm was located in Hampton Township off Hampton and Knight Roads, where the Bay County Golf Course is now.
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    August 2008
    Aug. 31, 2008 - New Pictorial: Unidentified Heritage Photos
    This new Pictorial is a service for showing old photo with little identification to viewers of Bay-Journal, in hopes, that they may be able to provide additional information.
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    Aug. 17, 2008 - Madonna: Is City Key Enough?

    -- Bay City has yet to realize the benefit of being the birth place of the most popular female pop-star in history. The article offers up some thoughts on what the city can and should do to celebrate its good fortune.
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    Aug. 17, 2008 - Gibson Township Cemetery Map.
    Contributed by Angeline Pieniozek. -- Plat map added for this cemetery located in Bentley. Also additions made to Gibson Township's Community page.
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    Aug. 12, 2008 - Gibson Township Cemetery Records.
    Listing of cemetery burials (Name/Birth/Death/Notes/Lot No.) in a searchable Adobe (pdf) file format.
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    Aug. 10, 2008 - German Pioneer Association.
    (Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx) -- Early newspaper article providing extensive detailed history of Bay County's early German pioneers.
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    Aug. 2, 2008 - Political Bio.: John McDermott (1826-?).
    -- John, born in Ireland, settled at Detroit in 1844 before moving to Bay City in 1864. He was involved in politics and a veteran of the Civil War.
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    Aug. 2, 2008 - Political Bio.: Andrew C. Maxell (1831-?).
    -- Andrew was born in Pompey Hill, N.Y. He moved to White Lake, MI with his father in 1944, and settled at Bay City in 1857, where he was a lawyer and politician at local, state and national levels.
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    Aug. 2, 2008 - Political Bio.: George Lewis (1827-?).
    -- George was born in Monroe, N.Y. In 1849 settled in Saginaw, then in Bay City in 1858, where he was a banker, lumberman and politician.
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    Aug. 1, 2008 - Political Bio.: Nathan Knight (1817-1866).
    -- Nathan was born near Portland, Maine. He moved to Michigan with his parents living in Oakland Co., before settling in Hampton township, where he farmed and was supervisor.
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    Aug. 1, 2008 - Political Bio.: Martin W. Brock (1838-?).
    -- Martin, born in Danby, NY, moved to Bay City in 1865 settling in the village of Wenona, where he became involved in local and state politics. Later settled on farm in Monitor township.
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    July 2008

    July 23, 2008 - 1847 Pioneer Wedding.
    (Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx.} The wedding of Medor Tromble and Sarah McCormick, written by their daughter Josephine Greening. The wedding took place at a time when much of this area was still a wilderness with a small population of whites who lived primarily in the settlements of Lower Saginaw and Portsmouth.
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    July 5, 2008 - 1889: Memorial Day Service.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- The article is an interesting comparison to the how differently we celebrate this holiday today. It includes a listing of soldiers buried at Pine Ridge and Green Ridge cemeteries.
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    June 2008

    Jun. 28, 2008 - Bio: Orrin Bump (1843-?)

    -- Orrin Bump, of Flushing, MI, moved to Bay City after serving in the Civil War, where he worked his way up from a bookkepper to president of a bank. He was married three times.
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    Jun. 28, 2008 - Bio: Devere Hall (1854-?)

    -- Mr. Hall, born in Bedford, Monroe Co., was married to Augusta Brown, of Byron. The came to Bay City in 1891 where Hall formed a law firm partnership with Archibald McDonnell.

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    Jun. 25, 2008 - The History of the Colonial Theatre.

    By Jack R. Miller -- The history of the Colonial Theatre dates back to 1948 when Alfred Hamlin and Thomas Arnold built new theatre on Woodside in Essexville. Its history is unique, but in many ways represents the history shared by other theatres of that time period.
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    Jun. 25, 2008 - History: Oak Ridge Cemetery.
    History page on Oak Ridge cemetery, which began as a simple burial grounds set aside by the Drake Bros. mill in 1851. Its history of city ownership dates back to about 1865-66 when it was purchased from the mill by the village of Banks.
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    Jun. 25, 2008 - Obituary of George D. Seaman (1827-1899).
    -- Mr. Seaman was a long-time sexton for Green Ridge (Eickmeyer) cemetery and several other cemeteries along Ridge Road. He also founded Seaman cemetery that borders Pine Ridge cemetery on the south.
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    Jun. 21, 2008 - Pine Ridge Cemetery. (Update)
    Two newspaper articles contributed by Alan Flood.
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    Jun. 11, 2008 - The National Cycle Manufacturing Co.
    -- The National Cycle business was founded in 1892 and quickly became a prominent national supplier bicycles. The National rider was consider the standard for high quality bikes which cost about $125, which was quite pricey at that time.
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    Jun. 11, 2008 - Description of the Ridotto Building.
    -- The Ridotto Building was built in 1896 on Madison and Center avenues. This three story structure was considered one of Bay City's buildings. It was destroyed by fire in 1940.
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    May 2008

    May 19, 2008 - William O. Clift, Insurance Agent.
    -- Mr Clift, born 1852 near Syracuse, NY, founded the W.O. Clift & Company insurance business in Bay City, which later become the present Moultrop-Clift, Ins., of Bay City. He was married to Ella Stocking.
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    May 19, 2008 - John B. Moritz: Bay City Brewing Co..
    -- Mr. Moritz, a native of Port Washington, WI, was born in 1855, and later came to Bay City where entered the brewing business. He was married to Marie Gavord.
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    May 13, 2008 - History of James McCormick (1787-1846).
    -- James McCormick, a native of Albany, N.Y., was among the first pioneers of Flint and Bay City, MI having moved to Michigan in 1832. He was the first to take a wagon on the Indian trail leading from Detroit beyond Grand Blanc to where Flint is today. The Trombley House in Bay City was his family's homestead.
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    May 13, 2008 - 1892: Death of James J. McCormick.
    -- James J.was the son of James and Ellen McCormick. He and his father operated the 2nd sawmill on the Saginaw River in what was then Portsmouth (now south end of Bay City). He was a former mayor of Bay City.
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    May 11, 2008 - 1914 Obituary of Alex Zagelmeyer.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Mr. Zagelmeyer was born in Saginaw, but grew up in Bay City, where he established himself as a politician, and an industrialist in coal mining.
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    May 11, 2008 - Calvary Cemetery, Kawkawlin, MI.
    -- Map of cemetery added, includes photos.
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    May 7, 2008 - New Soldiers' Rest at Green Ridge Cemetery.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- 1920 newspaper article about Henry Eickemeyer adding new Soldiers' Rest area to cemetery for Spanish American and world war veterans.
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    May 5, 2008 - Public Buildings and Places. (1875)
    -- Interesting description of early Bay City, which in 1875 represented only the east side of the river. The west side was West Bay City. Neither Birney Park or the former Washington Park had a name, and Batter Park was simply referenced as the "four squares."
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    May 2, 2008 - Obituary of James G. Birney (1792-1857)
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Mr. Birney was native of Danville, KY, a national leader in the anti-slavery movement, twice a candidate for the Presidency, and one of the founders of Bay City.
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    April 2008

    Apr. 30, 2008 - 1905 Bio.: Charles C. Cuthbert (1879-1952)
    -- Charles Cuthbert was married to Ida Pegg. He worked as a farmer and as superintendent of Pine Ridge, Seaman's and Greeen Ridge cemeteries for many years. The Cuthberts were members of the First Congregational church in Bay City.
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    Apr. 29, 2008 - Sparling's Machine Shop (1942)

    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx.
    -- News story: Jake Sparling owned a small machine shop at Williams and James streets in Bay City. During WWII he hired an old lumberjack, Percy Fogelsonger, to help him make metal flanges for the war effort.
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    Apr. 28, 2008 - History of Capt. William Barret (1844-?)

    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Capt. Barrett was a native of Ft. Stanley, Canada and sailed on the sailed the Great Lakes for 30 years. The Capt. was married to Mary E. Samier and their residence was at 300 N. Warner St.
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    Apr. 20, 2008 - 1920 Death of Griffin Lewis (1842-1920)
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Mr. Lewis, a native Kalamazoo, came to Bay City around 1868, where he establish himself in the newspaper and printing business. He was married to Lucinda Beach.
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    Apr. 20, 2008 - 1920 Article, St. Joseph Cemetery.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Article discusses the run down condition of St. Joseph cemetery where many early pioneers were buried. The abandoned cemetery was located on the east side of State street, just north of Elm, and is now a parking lot. Another abandoned pioneer cemetery, Pine Ridge, may also be lost without support from the community.
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    Apr. 19, 2008 - Obituary of William A. Young (1851-1916)
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Mr. Young was a native of Albany, NY. He came to Bay City in 1870, where he became prominent in banking and lumbering. He was married to Harriet Peters and they resided at 815 Center Ave.
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    Apr. 9, 2008 - 1902 Obituary of John Drake (1819-1902)
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- John Drake was born in Scotland, and came to Bay City in 1851 where he initially entered the lumbering business, then went into insurance in 1858. He is considered the founder of the city's oldest business, the Moulthrop-Clift Insurance Co.
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    Apr. 8, 2008 - Formation of 31st Regiment, Michigan Infantry.
    -- Transcribed from the Bay City Press and Times, Sep. 24, 1864. Article describes the organization of the 31st Regiment at East Saginaw, and includes the names of officers and staff. A second article that day called for community assistance to help sick soldiers from Camp Saginaw at the Ward Hospital.
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    Apr. 7, 2008 - 1902 Obituary, Dr. Horace Tupper (1830-1902).
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Dr. Tupper, a native of Pine Plains, NY, came to Bay City in 1862. He initially was partner in the Keystone mill in West Bay City. During his first 15 years in Bay city he was the only surgeon available. His residence was at 1009 Washington Ave.
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    Apr. 7, 2008 -- 1893 Obituary, William R. McCormick.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- William was a native of Bethlehem, NY. His family moved to Bay City when was about ten years-old, and lived in the Trombley House purchased by his father James.
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    Apr. 7, 2008 -- 1900: Death of Isaac Brown, former slave. Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Isaac was born into slavery. He was 50 years old when he fled Kentucy and headed north to freedom during the Civil War. He resided at 506 Garfield.
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    Apr. 6, 2008 -- History of Jane Nochchickame (1841-1933).
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Update: Added obituary and history references on subject found in Augustus H. Gansser's history of Bay County published in 1905.
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    Apr. 5, 2008 -- History of Dillon P. Clark (1850-?).
    -- Dillon was born in Medina Twp., Medina Co., OH, and came to Bay City in 1882. A self-made architectural engineer, his work became very popular across the state of Michigan.
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    Apr. 5, 2008 -- History of John G. Buchanan (1849-?).
    -- Buchanan was born in Ontario, Can., and came to Bay City in 1869, where he became prominent in the hotelry business, including ownership of one of the city's popular early hotels, the Campbell House.
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    Apr. 3, 2008 -- Obituary of Arthur M. Birney. (1849-1882)
    -- Arthur is the son of James and Amanda (Moulton) Birney. He died in 1882 while living in the Montana Territory. He moved to Bay City with his parents and during his adult years was editor of the Bay City Chronicle that was started by his father. While in Montana he also published a paper and was postmaster of the town Birney, named after him.
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    Apr. 3, 2008 -- 1905: Michigan to Have New Base Ball League.
    -- Excitement was in the air the spring of 1905 as a new minor-league was being organized in Michigan. These two articles from 1905 tell this story.
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    Apr. 3, 2008 -- 1875 History of the First Baptist Church.

    -- Founded in 1863, their first church was a small building on Washington, and later on they had an elaborate building on the south east corner of Madison and Center avenues. They have since reloated on Center Road in Hampton township.
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    Apr. 3, 2008 -- Obituary of William A. Young (1851-1916)
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Mr. Young was born in Albany, NY, and moved to Bay City in 1870, where he was involved with lumbering and banking. Mr. Young was married to Harriet Peters in 1881, and their residence was located at 815 Center Ave. in Bay City.
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    Apr. 2, 2008 -- Newell and Marianna (Fields) Eddy. (update)
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Added a 1918 newspaper article to this history. The article is about an elaborate bird bath and fountain installed by Marianna near her husband's grave site at Elm Lawn cemetery.
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    March 2008

    Mar. 31, 2008 -- Obituary of Charles F. Corbin (1812-1902).
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Mr. Corbin, born in Scipio, NY, moved to Bay City about 1865, taking up residence in the Villiage of Wenona. He serve as Justice of the Peace for many years, and was an active member of the school board.
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    Mar. 31, 2008 -- Biography of William P. Kavanaugh (1872-?).
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Kavannaugh operated one of the largest fishing businesses in Michigan, which was located in Essexville. His life represents a true rags to richest story about mostly self-made man born in Canada who lost his parents at an early age.
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    Mar. 30, 2008 -- Biography of Wright Gregory (1869-?).
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Founder of the Wright Gregory Monument business in Bay City. He was born in Sheffield, England, lived in Detroit and Ann Arbor before settling down in Bay City in 1892. Mr. Gregory was married to Miss Mary Worth, of Jackson, MI.
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    Mar. 30, 2008 -- Biography of Harold R. Ford (1885-?).
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Ford was born and raised in Bay City, where he entered the clothing merchandize business in partnership with Theodore C. Simon.
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    Mar. 30, 2008 -- Obituary of G. Harry Shearer. (Update)

    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Harry was born in Detroit and moved to Bay City in 1865 with his parents, James and Margaret (Hutchinson) Shearer. He was a prominent business in Bay City until he departed for California in 1903, where he died in 1920.
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    Mar. 29, 2008 -- History of Aaron J. Cooke (1834-1907).

    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Mr. Cooke was born in Bloomfield, NY, and came to Bay City in the fall of 1866 where he partnered with D.G. Langworthy in the dry-goods business. After retiring, he served as a trustee on the Library Board for many years. He was married to Julia Wight, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. J.A. Wight. Their residence was at 258 N. Madison Ave.
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    Mar. 28, 2008 -- Early Days Recalled by Pioneer Anderson

    Mr. & Mrs. Anderson

    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx.
    -- In 1927 The Bay City Times published published seven articles based on interviews with pioneer Robert Anderson, age 84, which captured his recollections of the early history of Bay City. He saw Water St. go from a muddy mess to being covered with saw dust then planked with wood and before being paved. His father help lay the planking for Tuscola Road. He help lay tracks for the first railroad. These and many more interesting subjects are recalled.
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    Mar. 25, 2008 -- Aged Chippewa Woman Recalls Early Days.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Jane (Graverodd) Nochchickame was interviewed by the newspaper in 1927, capturing some interesting details about her early Indian life. Her husband, James, was chosen for her by his father, who was Chief of Indiantown.
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    Mar. 24, 2008 -- Building of the Midland-Bay City Road.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx -- Article published in 1927, recalling the history of this roadway that started out as beaten path before a wood plank road was built in 1870s. The roadway followed a course laid out many years before by Calvin Christopher Columbus Chillson.
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    Mar. 24, 2008 -- Death of Ernest B. Perry (1868-1927).

    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. Death notice of E. B. Perry, former president of the Industrial Works (aka. Industrial Brownhoist). Perry was married to Susie L. Harwood, of Ann Arbor, and their residences was at 2230 Center Ave. Both were members of the First Congregational Church.
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    Mar. 6, 2008 - Aviation Articles About Lionel H. DeRemer (1889-1962).

    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- DeRemer was Bay City's first aviator. He graduated from the Wright Brothers school of flying in 1912, and that year he went on barnstorming tour across America with the them.
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    Mar. 6, 2008 - Obituary of Henry W. Hopler (1842-1930).
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Hopler was born in Oakland County and moved to Williams Township at a young age, where he served many year as its supervisor. He was the last living Civil War veteran in the township.
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    Mar. 6, 2008 - Obituary of Herbert L. Cook (1853-1930).
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Herbert Cook came to Bay City when it was still known as Lower Saginaw. He died in Lansing where most of his children lived at that time, but was buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Bay City.
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    Mar. 6, 2008 - James Fraser's remains returned to Bay City.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx.) -- James Fraser, one of the founders of Bay City, spent the last years of his life in Westport, CT. Added to his history pages is an article published in 1892 about his remains being returned for burial in Bay City.
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    February 2008

    Feb. 23, 2008 - Obituary of Ludwig Daniels (aka. Danielewski), 1845-1903.
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. Ludwig is considered the first Pole to settle in Bay City, having done so 1870. While a history biography was been done on him in 2003, this obituary adds some additional interesting details on his family, and his participation in the U.S. Civil War while a resident of New York.
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    Feb. 3, 2008 - Death of John N. Sirmyer (1845-1930).
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- John Sirmyer, born in Bavaria, immigrated to Bay City with his parents at the age of five. He worked as a tailor and was a veteran of the Civil War. He and his wife, Frances A. (Wells), resided at 239 Adams St.
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    January 2008

    Jan. 26, 2008 - Death of Dr. H. B. Hulbert (1842-1915)
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- Dr. Hulbert was a native of Denmark, N.Y., a Civil War veteran and a resident of Bay City, MI, where he practice denistry and live out the balance of his life.
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    Jan. 26, 2008 - Death of Edward T. Carrington (1839-1914)
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. -- A Civil War veteran and native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Carrington was a long time resident on the west side of Bay City, having settled there when it was known as the village of Wenonah. He enjoyed a prosperous career in the lumbering and sugar industries, and bank as well.
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    Jan. 19, 2008 - Obituary of George A. Alan (1835-1920)
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx.

    Allen, born in Macomb Co., moved to West Bay City in 1866 where he had a dry-goods business. Allen married Emma M. Hicks, of Southfield, MI, and they had four children.
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    Jan. 19, 2008 - Obituary of Charles E. Jennsion (1829-1915)
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx.

    Charles Jennsion, the founder of Jennison Hardware, was married to Florence Birney, daughter of James G. Birney, a leader in the abolitionist movement and twice a candidate for the presidency.
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    Jan. 16, 2008 - Early Vessels on Saginaw River. (1912)
    Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx.
    This is nice by Jim, of 1912 newspaper article that describes in detail many of the vessels that shipped on the Saginaw River up through the lumbering period.
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    Jan. 16, 2008 - City Hall's Water Powered Clock. (1916)
    Contributed by James Petrimoulx.
    An interesting article describing how water power made the large tower clock worked at City Hall in Bay City. The same water power system also ran 10 other clocks in the building.
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