December, 2010

Dec. 30, 2010:
Bio.: Charles Babo (1822-1897)
-- Mr. Babo was born in Rastadt, Baden, Germany, where he married Stephanie Hozler. In 1853 they and their two children, left their native land and came to America. IN 1863, they moved from Lansing to Bay City, where Mr. Babo established himself in the gorcery and crockery business, with stores in Bay City and West Bay City.
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    Dec. 27, 2010:
    History of Henry "Harry" Campbell.
    -- Harry Campbell was a brother to Sydney S. Campbell, one of the first pioneers to settle in Bay City. Harry live in Saginaw for a time prior to joining his brother in Bay City, where Harry was a teacher, and a with Julius B. Hart, considered the towns most popular jokesters. Birth, death and marriage data could not be found. However, many of the city's early Campbells were related, and links are provided to their history pages.
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    Dec. 22, 2010:

    Christmas Time Histories.
    -- Bits of historical data gathered from various sources that are related to the Christmas season, and assoiciated with the history of commuinities in Bay County. These histories are listed by year, beginning with a birth on Christmas day of 1793.
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    Dec. 19, 2010:
    Bio.: Wilson O. Craft (1832-1894)
    -- Mr. Craft was born at Palmyra, N.Y., and four years later, came to Michigan with his parents, settling in Oakland Co. He began his work life in Bay City, at the saw mills of Drake Bros. and Sage & McGraw, later he established a business in retail liquor. He was married twice, Mary A. Sheeley and Carrie Gardiner.
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    Dec. 16, 2010:
    Bio.: Richard F. Conover
    -- Mr. Conover was born in Amboy, NJ., and is a descendant of Richard Stockton, signer to the Declaration of Independence. Graduate of Princeton and Columbia, rancher in Texas, where he married Cornelia Fitzhugh. In 1900 they moved to Bay City to handle the Fitzhugh family estate.
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    Dec. 14, 2010:
    Buckley & Clay Theater Management Co.
    -- One of the early theater management companies, established by John Buckley, of Bay City and Samuel G. Clay, of Saginaw. They opera theaters in both of these cities. The history identifies some of their personal history, and the theaters they managed.
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    Dec. 14, 2010:
    Bio.: Francis (Frank) J. Buckley
    -- Mr. Buckley was born in 1866, at Horesheads, N.Y., and came to Michigan with his parents at a young age, setting in Bay City, where he was partner in a wholesale grocery business. His father, John, was in the theater management business with Samuel G. Clay. Frank was married to Ella Rosenbury.
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    Dec. 7, 2010:
    Defoe Shipbuilding, Articles & Advertisements.
    -- This history page includes several images that appeared with the magazine article or advertisement, on topics such as boat patterns, knock-down boats, roll over method, and Defoe model homes.
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    Dec. 6, 2010:
    Bio: Richard Scheurmann (1834-1889).

    -- Mr. Scheurmann owned a large boot and shoe business, in Bay City. A native of Germany, he spent a few months in New York, and spending some time at Detroit and Saginaw, he settle in Bay ciyt. He was married to Cornelia Boutell.
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    Dec. 6, 2010:
    Bio: Isaac H. Hill (1814-1888) & Family.

    -- Mr. Hill was born in Tompkins Co., NY. He was president of the Michigan Pipe Works and secretary of the Bay City Bridge Company. His close business associatess were Charles E. Jennison and Henry B. Smith. He married Suan P. Williams, widow of Samuel P. Hale.
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    Dec. 5, 2010:
    Bio.: Daniel McCush (1892-?)
    -- Mr. McCush, born near Bay City, and raised in Oseco Lake, Michigan, moved to Whatcom, Wash., in 1891, where he was proprietor of the Globe Clothing Co. He married Eva A. Thomas, of Indiana, and they had two daughters.
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    Dec. 5, 2010:
    Bio.: Robert R. Lane (1864-?)
    -- Mr. Lane, native of Ontario, Canada, was in the teaching business, working initially as a principle of several schools, including the International Business College in saginaw. In 1896, he moved to Bay City, and was president of the Bay City Business College. He was married to Mary Olive, and they had two daughters.
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    Dec. 4, 2010:
    1910 Article: Bay Ciyt's Greatest Year.

    -- Interesting article on the dramatic expansion of industrial companies in Bay City. Includes names of businesses and number of people employed. Also, other articles from this source related to Bay city, one states 1,700 men in the Saginaw Valley were employed in coal mining.
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    Dec. 3, 2010:
    History of the World's Star Knitting Co.

    -- The World's Star Knitting Co., was founded in 1895, by Archibald Galbraith. He began knitting hosiery out of his family's home on the west side of Bay City, and from the humble beginning, the busienss became one of the worlds largest manufacturers of underwear and hosiery.
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    Dec. 3, 2010:
    Bio.: Archibald Galbraith (1846-?)
    -- Mr. Galbraith, fouunder of the World's Knitting Co., was born in Scotland, and moved to Canada at an early age with his parents, before he moved to Bay City. He was married twice, first to Angeline Van Camp, the Elsie MacRobb.
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    November, 2010

    Nov. 30, 2010:
    Bio.: Henry S. Dow (1822?-1875)
    -- Mr. Dow, was born in New Hampshire, After serving in the Civil War, he came to Michigan, attending the Univ. of Michigan. About 1871 he came to Bay City, wwhere he established the Lumberman's Gazette, a journal devoted entirely to lumbering interests. He also published the first history book on Bay City. No family information has been found.
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    Nov. 29, 2010:
    History of Bay City's Early Lumber Mills.
    -- These history pages features data on on each of the mill's equipment, output and subsequent owners.
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  • {Catlin & Fraser Mill, estb. 1846}
  • {Hopkins, Pomeroy & Fraser Mill, estb. 1846}
  • {McIntyre & McEwan Mill, estb. 1851}
  • {Raymond & Watson Mill, estb. 1851}
  • {Russell, Miller & Co. Mill, estb. 1851}
    Nov. 23, 2010:
    Bio.: Major Edward B. Nugent (1842-?)

    -- Major Nugent was born in Oakland Co., Mich., and came to Bay City in 1856, working in the lumber business. He was a Civil War veteran, an active member in service organizations. He married Eliza C. Scott, of Tenn.
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    Nov. 22, 2010:
    Bio.: Hon. Daniel Campbell (1836-?)
    -- Mr. Campbell was born in Scholand in 1836. He came to Bay City, Mich., in 1861, where he engaged as a builder. Later, he was elected to the Michigan State senator, representing Arenac and Bay counties. He married Eliza McKinney, of Bay City.
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    Nov. 21, 2010:
    Campbell House, Water & Third Sts.
    -- The Campbell House was built by George Campbell in 1868. It was a three-story brick building, and only the Fraser House exceeded its commodious conditions.
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    Nov. 21, 2010:
    Bio.: George Campbell (1831-1910)
    -- Mr. Campbell was born in Scotland. He emigrated to Canada in 1843, then in 1862 he moved to Bay City, Mich., where opened was involved in contracting, including the Campbell House, Farragut School, First Baptist church and others. He married Maggie A. Johnson, of Canada.
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    Nov. 20, 2010:
    History of the Globe Hotel.

    The Globe Hotel had its beginning as the homestead of Sidney S. Campbell in 1838, then the first framed house in Lower Saginaw, now Bay City. After the settlement's population had grown in size, it became a boarding house, it was then enlarged and in 1862, it became the Globe Hotel.
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    Nov. 18, 2010:
    Bio.: John G. Emery Jr. (1858-?)
    -- Mr. Emery was born in Wisc., and came to Michigan in 1864, with his parents. He work for his father, also John G. Emery, who was parter in Emery & Garland Co., which manufatured machinery and other item sold to saw mills. In 1891 he moved to Muskegon, where he was one of the ogranizers of the Shaw Electric Crane Co. He was married to Genevieve Wilson, of Columbus, OH.
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    Nov. 15, 2010:
    Bio.: William Smith (1844-?)
    -- Mr. Smith was born at Tompkins, N.Y. At a young age he became a sea man, then entered the Civil War, after which, he came to Bay County settling in Clayton Twp., which he helped organize, and where he farmed 40 acres near Maple Ridge. He married Sarah Scott, of Tompkins, N.Y.
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    Nov. 10, 2010:
    Bio.: John Brent Harding (1871-?)

    -- Mr. Harding was born at Chatham, Ont. Canada. His parents moved to Bay City when he was young. After receiving a business education, he work for a number of local firms, before accepting a job in Cleveland, and after this he moved to L.A. Calif., where he gained wealth in the realty business. He married Hannah Inch at Bay City.
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    Nov. 7, 2010:
    History of Kolb Bros (Salzburg Brewery)
    -- The Kolb family's history in the brewing business began in Germany. George Kolb from this family came to America and settled on the west side of the river in 1852, working in saw mills for about a decade and afterward started the Salzburg Brewery, which lated became the Kolb Bros brewer, owned by his sons George Jr. and Adam.
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    Nov. 7, 2010:
    Bio: George Kolb & Sons (Adam & George Jr.)
    -- George Kolb was born in 1827, and emigrated to America in 1852. In 1854 he settled in Bangor (now a part of Bay City), he worked in the saw mills a few years before opening a brewery business called Salzburg Brewery.
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    Nov. 7, 2010:
    Bio.: Morris Westover (1849-1888)
    -- Mr. Westover was born in Germany, and came Village of Wenona (later West Bay City, now Bay City) where he found work was a wagon driver for the Salzburg Brewing company, later on the became a partner in the business. He married Mary Kolb.
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    Nov. 5, 2010:
    Bio.: Bishop Michael J. Gallagher (1866-1937)

    -- Bishop Gallagher was born in Auburn, Mich., and raised and educated in the Catholic schools. Desiring to become a priest, he went attened seminary schools in Canada and Europe before being ordained in to the priesthood, and eventually becoming a Bishop. His death occured at Detroits.
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    Nov. 4, 2010:
    Bio.: Rear Admiral Carl H. Cotter (1892-1965)

    -- Admiral Cotter was raised in Essexville, MI. He was an engineering graduate from the Univ. of Mich. in 1916. In 1918 he began a career in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 1937, and lived out the rest of his life in Charlotte, NC. He was married to Katherine Murphy.
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    Nov. 2, 2010:
    1860 Election Fraud, Raymond vs. Stevens.
    -- In a tightly contested battle to win a seat in the State House as representative from Bay County, Appleton Sevens defeated Henry Raymond in a close race. Raymond claimed illegal Indian votes made the difference and filed a complaint with the State Legislature. This is the transcribed document of the legislative proceedings.
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    Nov. 2, 2010:
    Bio.: Appleton Stevens (1818-1878)
    -- Mr. Stevens was born at Deep River, CT. In 1857 he came to Michigan with his family, and established himself in the lumbering business. He was active in politics, was mayor of Bay City and reprentative state legislature. He married Sarah Tibbals, of Conn.
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    Nov. 1, 2010:
    Bio.: Charles H. Bradley (1853-?)
    -- Mr. Bradley was born at Sparta, Morrows Co., OH. He is the son of Henry M. Bradley, and nephew of Nathan B. Bradley, first mayor of Bay City, both prominent in the lumbering. Charles was in lumbering as well, in the lumber trading business, which became one of largest in the country. Later, he and his father moved to Duluth, MN, where they continued their interest in lumber. Charles married Maggie G. Ten Eck, of Albany, NY.
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    October, 2010

    Oct. 31, 2010:
    Bio.: Isaac A. Shannon (1836-1906).
    -- Mr. Shannon was born at Warren County, N.J., and settled in Bay City in 1863, where he established a small carriage making shop, which later became on of the largest in the Saginaw Valley. He was married to Etta Bennett, of Brooklyn.
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    Oct. 31, 2010:
    Bio.: Capt. Alonzo E. Persons (1818-1894).
    -- Capt. Persons was born at Smithville, N.Y. In 1849 he moved to Michigan, settling at Bay City, where he was in the fishing business until 1859, when he moved to Alpena and became a lighthouse keeper and Alpena County's first State representative. He was married to Susan Reed, of New York.
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    Oct. 30, 2010:
    Carlos E. Root (1840-1903).
    -- Mr. Root was born in Lewis Co., N.Y., and moved to Bay City area in Mich. in 1865. His first few years were spent sailing the Great Lakes, then he engage in the ice business a few year before entering the bottling and cigar making business. He married Charlotte Williston, of New York.
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    Oct. 30, 2010:
    Brothers, Fred and Napoleon La France.
    -- These brothers were both born at Montreal, Canada, and came to Bay City, MI, in around 1870 with their parents, Francis and Philomena (Beaudoin) La France. Both worked for their father who was a blacksmith, then setup a large livery stable and undertaker business.
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    Oct. 29, 2010:
    Bio.: John R. Cotter (1860-?)
    -- Mr. Cotter was burn at Chicago in 1860. His moved Essexville, Mich., with his parents in 1868. Mr. Cotter was a boat builder, worked at J.R. Hall's mill, served as village clerk, and was well-known throughout Michigan as a sharpshooter, holding many awards. He was married to Maud Kidnerman.
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    Oct. 28, 2010:
    Bio.: Frank O. Gilbert (1854-?)

    -- Mr. Gilbert was born at Norfolk, Ontario. He established a dental practice at Bay City in partnership with Eugene Little. Mr. Gilbert was highly esteemed Mason, at the local and state level, holding position as Grand Master of the Michigan Lodge. He married Carrie Van Campen, who died three years later.
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    Oct. 25, 2010:
    Bio.: May E. Barnes (Teacher).
    Miss Barnes was born in Massachusetts in 1860, but was raised in Pontiac, MI. After receiving a teacher's degree from the University of Michigan, she taught initially in Alpena, the in Bay City at Eastern High School. She married Lemen H. Hudson of Port Huron.
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    Oct. 25, 2010:
    Bio.: Rev. Anthony O. Bosler.
    -- Rev. Bosler, pastor of the St. Mary's Church on Bay City's west side, was born in 1889, at Maria Hill, IN. He came to West Bay City in 1913 as assistant pastor to Rev. Edward E. Caldwell.
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    Oct. 15, 2010:
    Bio: Osmond W. Booth (1849-1918)
    -- Mr. Booth was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. He emigrated to Detroit in 1874, then moved to Bay City where he was a clerk with the Detroit & Bay City Railroad, and later owned a large printing business. He married Henreitta Mitchell, also of England.
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    Oct. 13, 2010:
    Bio.: Capt. John O. Woolson (1826-1908)

    -- Capt. Woolson was born in Oranger Co., VT., and raised in Painesville, OH. He moved to Bay City in 1864 where he was in the shipping and grocery business. He was married three times: Lovisa E. Davis, Betsey M. Ingraham and Josephine H. Webster.
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    Oct. 13, 2010:
    Document: Harbor Master Ordinance (1882)
    -- Transcription of the harbor master protocol of Bay city, adopted in November, 1881.
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    Oct. 12, 2010:
    Bio: Hon. Roy O. Woodruff (1876-1953)

    -- The Hon. R.O. Woodruff was born at Eaton Rapids, MI. He was a printer, dentist, veteran of two wars, mayor of Bay City and a member of the U.S. Congress for many years. He was married twice, Vera M. Hall, then Daisy E. Fish.
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    Oct. 11, 2010:
    History: Charles W. Cate.
    -- Mr. Cate was born in Monroe Co., N.Y., in 1837, and came to Bay City in 1867, working initially as a bookkeeper for Supe & Rhademaker, before becoming a conductor on the Michigan Central R.R.. He married Mary J. Condon, of Bay City.
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    Oct. 8, 2010:
    History: Saginaw Valley Coal Mining.

    -- In the 1880s the valley was a hot bead not only for producing lumber product and salt, but coal. All natural assets found in the Saginaw Valley during the early industrial period. This page gives a brief history of coal in Michigan and details many of the coal mines.
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    Oct. 8, 2010:
    Map - Saginaw Valley Coal Mines.
    -- This 1899 map shows the location of the many coal mines in the Saginaw Valley, of which most were located in the counties of Bay and Saginaw.
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    Oct. 6, 2010:
    Bio.: Frank G. Walton.
    -- Frank was born in 1857, at Chadron, OH, and is the son of Andrew J. and Caroline (Griswold) Walton. Frank came to Bay City with his parents in 1879 where he practiced law. He was married to Isabella Murdock.
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    September, 2010

    Sep. 28, 2010:
    Bio.: Hamilton M. Wright (1852-?)
    - Mr. Wright was born into a wealthy family in New Orleans, LA. He received an education in medicine in Europe and received his law degree from Yale. He practiced law in Bay City, where he served as a probate judge and held the office of mayor for two different terms. He married Anne D. Fitzhugh.
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    Sep. 24, 2010:
    Bay City Brewing Co. History

    -- The Bay City Brewing Co. had its beginnings as a brewery of the Van Meter & Co. during the late 1870s, and later was owned by C.E. Young & Co., under which the business was expanded and became the Bay City Brewing Co.
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    Sep. 23, 2010:
    Bio: Capt. J.W. Jordan (1839-1900)

    -- Capt. Jordan was born in Cuyohoga Falls, Ohio, but grew up in Akron. He was was ship master on the Great Lakes for 30 years, while he and his wife, Mary A. Smith also of Ohio, had their residence in West Bay City, Mich.
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    Sep. 22, 2010:
    Bio: August J. Booth (1846-?)
    Mr. Booth was born in Prussia and came to Bay City in 1856 with his parents. (Found several spellings of the Booth name.) August began work life as a chore boy, and one of his more interesting ones was as a newsboy for Bay City first newspaper published by William A. Bryce. August married Matilda B. Word, of Wisc.
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    Sep. 18, 2010:
    Bio: George W. Karpus (1864-1953)
    -- Mr. Karpus was born Poland-Germany, and emigrated to Bay City in the 1880s, where he eventually estalished a merchant business on Columbus Ave. He was married twice, Pelegia Musynski, and after her death, Anna Molorszyk.
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    Sep. 16, 2010:
    Bio: John D. McKinnon (1841-1914)
    -- Mr. McKinnon was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and came to Bay City in 1867, where he established a machine manufacturing business that became one of the largest in the country. He was married Agnes Kirk of Cleveland.
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    Sep. 16, 2010:
    Bio: William D. Lennon (1847-?)
    -- Mr. Lennon was born in Hamilton, Canada and came to Bay City during its early lumbering period 00 before West Bay City existed, of which, he was Sheriff early on. He married Isabelle Dunn of Canada.
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    Sep. 15, 2010:
    Bio: Albert E. Davidson (1862-19??)

    P.R. Loveland

    -- Mr. Davidson was born in Canada, and settled in Michigan with his parents. He came to Bay City where he was manager of the Woods Opera House, and later was parnter in the Davidson-Loveland theatrical stock company (Loveland pictured) which operated in the east and mid-west. Davidson was married to Jessie Cross, of Detroit.
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    Sep. 15, 2010:
    Bio: Joseph M. Bernstein (1892-1922)

    -- Mr. Bernstein, was born in Bay City to Russian immigrants, who moved to Cleveland, OH when he was 5 years old, where he received a law degree and established his practice. No known marriage.
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    Sep. 14, 2010:
    Bio.: Lyman G. Willcox (1834-1918)

    -- Mr. Willcox was born in Oakland Co., and was a Civil War veteran. He practice law, was a publisher at several newspapers, before settling in Bay City where he worked for the Bay City Tribune and was postmaster for a number years. He married Azubah Bingham of New York.
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    Sep. 11, 2010:
    New Cemetery Maps Added.
    Contributed by Mary K. Freel.
    -- Several new cemetery maps from townships in Bay County were added to the Maps Library.
    Sep. 9, 2010:
    Bio.: Charles L. Harry (1855-?)
    -- Mr. Harry was born in Seneca Co., Ohio, and came to Bay City when 18 years old where he found worked in lumbering and shipboating, and later, he became an electrical engineer with the Swift Electric Co., of Bay City and East Saginaw. In 1896 he became superintendent of the Citizen's Light & Power Co., in Kokomo, IN, retaining a residence in West Bay City. He was married to Clara Afflect.
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    Sep. 8, 2010:
    Bio.: Oscar F. Forsyth (1827-1901)
    - Mr. Forsyth was born in New York, and moved to Lowell, MI with his parents a year after his birth, and later to Flint before settling in Bay City where he engaged in the hardware and real estate businesses. He married Mary Elizabeth Beardsley, of New York.
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    August, 2010

    Aug. 31, 2010:
    Charles E. Rosenbury (1843-1912)
    Contributed by James Petrimoulx.
    -- Mr. Rosenbury was born in Petersburg, N.Y. He served in the Civil War while a resident of Oswego, IL. In 1877 he moved to Bay City where he owned a large furniture business, the building of which still stands on the s.e. corner of Water and Third streets.
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    Aug. 30, 2010:
    The Poles of Bay City (1895).
    -- The first Polish immigrant to settle in Bay City around 1870. Shortly thereafter, he began a campaign to get other Poles to come here. The were about 200 Polish families when they erected St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Dec., 1874.
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    Aug. 29, 2010:
    Frank P. Gmelin (1888-1923).

    -- Mr. Gmelin was born in Preston, Ontario. He was raised in Bay City where he began a career as an auto mechanic before moving to Detroit where he owned a large auto dealership. He was married to Lena Parreant of Bay City.
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    Aug. 20, 2010:
    First Saw Mills in Saginaw Valley.

    -- Historical article written by Judge Albert Miller and printed by The Lumberman's Gazette in 1872, describing the first saw mills built in the Saginaw Valley prior to the lumber boom period. Judge Miller founded the village of Portsmouth, which is now the south end of Bay City.
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    Aug. 19, 2010:
    Bio. - William F. Hicks (1840-1914)
    -- Mr. Hicks was born in Clinton Co., NY, and four years later his parents moved to Southfield, MI. He came to Bay City after the Civil War, and in 1878 hr moved to Hasting where he lived out his life. He was married to Catherine Campbell.
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    Aug. 13, 2010:
    Bio. - James E. Like (1860-1893)

    -- Capt. Like was born in Geneva, N.Y., and moved to Bay City with his parents at the age of six years. He went to work for his father for several years, then became owner of an excursion boat business. He was married to Laura Textor.
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    Aug. 12, 2010:
    Bio. - Louis Goeschel (1847-1922)

    -- Mr. Goeschel was born in Germany and immigrated to the American in 1854, settling in Bay City in 1868, where he established himself in the wholesale/retail grocery business. He married Nettie DeWitt, of New York.
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    Aug. 5, 2010:
    Bio. - Carroll Windiate.

    -- Mr. Windiate was born in 1873, near Waterford, MI. He began is work career as a traveling salesman, afterward owned a wholesale business in Bay City. He was one of the charter members of the Bay City Rotary Club, and was married to Maud Merrill.
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    Aug. 4, 2010:
    History - Rotary Club of Bay City
    -- The Bay City Rotary Club has remained active since was chartered in 1915, only 10 years after the founding of the original Rotary. This history document includes a listing clubs first members, and news from the Rotarian Magazine.
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    July, 2010

    Jul. 26, 2010:
    Bio.: Richard H. Fletcher (1858-1933)
    -- Mr. Fletcher was born in Bay City during its early history. His parents had moved in in 1853. He found work at a young age in lumbering, and later owned a farm. He held a number local offices and was state inspector for many years. He was married twice.
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    Jul. 22, 2010:
    Bio.: Rev. Brent Harding (1843-?)
    -- Rev. Harding was born in England, and immmigrated to Canada in 1873, and a few years later came to Bay City. Prior to his ministry he was in the painting business. He was married to Mary A. Polleycutt.
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    Jul. 3, 2010:
    Bio.: William E. Carney (1845-1899)
    -- Mr. Carney, born in Canada, was a son of Thomas and Mary (Roach) Carney, who came to Bay City in 1849. William a Civil War veteran and worked as a lumber inspector. He married Laura A. Merrit.
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    June, 2010

    Jun. 28, 2010:
    Bio.: Moses H. Kittredge (1846-1903).
    -- Moses was born in Johnsbury, VT. He attended college at Amherst and Yale, came to Bay City in 1871 where he owned a shoe and boot business. He married Augusta Reid.
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    Jun. 18, 2010:
    Bio.: Dr. John C. Nottingham.
    -- Dr. Nottingham was born 1842, in Muncie, Indiana. He joined the Union army at the outbreak of the Civil War. Afterwards he received a medical degree from the Bennett Medical College in Chicago. He moved to Bay City in 1879 where he practiced his profession. He was married twice, Mary Duling & Julia Scofield.
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    Jun. 18, 2010:
    Bio.: Dewitt C. Brawn (1851-1931)
    -- Dewitt was born in Canada and raised in Bay City. His fahter, Peter was lighthouse keeper for many years, and after his death his wife with the help of Dewitt continued to maintain the lighthouse. Dewitt was married to Ida E. Sharp, of Maine.
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    Jun. 16, 2010:
    Biography: William Goldie.

    -- William was born in Ayshire, Scotland in 1835, and came to America with his parents at a young age. He moved to Fenton, Michigan in 1864, where he was in the the cooperage business until 1880, when he moved to West Bay City and purchased the Wilson Hoop Co. William was married twice, Nancy Malone and Emma Hall.
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    Jun. 16, 2010:
    Biography: Fitzland L. Wilson.
    -Fitzland was born in 1838, at Akron, N.Y. After the Civil War, he settled in Michigan, initially in Ingham Co., the in West Bay City, where he started a hoop factory with Alexander Bush, based on a hoop machine designed and patented by Fitzland. The business was later sold to William Goldie. Fitzland was married to Eleanor S. Reed.
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    Jun. 16, 2010:
    Wilson Hoop Company.
    -- The Wilson Hoop Co., was founded by Fitzland Wilson in partnership with Alexander Bush in 1882, at West Bay City. Fitzland, a mechanical engineer, designed and patented a unque machine for cutting hoops several time faster than the standard at that time, making the business highly successful. The business was later purchased by William Goldie.
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    Jun. 15, 2010:
    West Bay City Manufacturing Co.
    -- This business was established in 1881, with the purchase of the former planing mill operated by Arnold & Catlin, which was located on the n. e. corner of Thomas & Linn streets.
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    Jun. 12, 2010:
    Rev. Willian Hendee Clark (1837-1910)
    -- Rev. Clark was born at Hudson, Ohio. He was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City from 1891-96, and afterwards at the Immaneul Church in Detroit. He married Lucy W. Hoistington.
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    Jun. 12, 2010:
    Charles H. Frantz (1871-?)
    - Mr. Frantz was born in Bay City, Mich., where he established a successful pharmacy business. He married Edith F. Twist, formerly Mrs. Trahan.
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    Jun. 6, 2010:
    Theatrical News History of Bay City.
    -- A series of clipping of old news and stories on theaters and entertainers related to Bay City. Many of the entertainers gained prominence on a national level as comedians, singers, etc.
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    May 30, 2010:
    WWI History, Bay County, Mich.

    -- Added a brief history To the Heritage/Groups/Military section, which includes a page with 12 photos of WWI veterans, and links to other related pages on Bay-Journal.
    -- Pictured is Stanley W. Eddy, of Linwood.
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    May 27, 2010:
    William E. Zabst (1863-?)

    -- Mr. Zabst was born in Erie Co., Ohio, where he was raised on a farm. In 1879 he moved to West Bay city, MI, where he working in the Sage sawmill for several years, and was able to save enough money to attend college for a degress in music, then return to his last roots and established what became a very successful music school. His two brothers, Eugene and Frank, owned a blacksmiths shop in West Bay City. No marriage was found.
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    May 27, 2010:
    Eugene Zabst (1854-?)
    -- Mr. Zabst was born in Greenfield, Ohio, where he was raised on a farm. In 1882 he moved to Essexville, MI, working as a blacksmith in the J. R. Hall mill. Saving enough funds, he established a blacksmith business in West Bay City wth his brother Frank. William another brother, was a music teacher. Eugene married Emma Russell, also from Ohio.
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    May 25, 2010:
    George Dicey (1836-?)
    -- Mr. Dicey was born in Bath, N.Y., and came to Michigan with his family at the age of 16 years, and some years later, settled in Bay City where he worked ten years as boiler foreman for the Industrial Works, afterward he enter a parntership with John Carey in their own boiler manufacturing shop. Mr. Dicey married Sarah Woodward, from Waterloo, Jackson Co., Mich.
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    May 25, 2010:
    Capt. John Y. McKinney (1836-?)

    - Capt. McKinney was born in Detroit, and came to Bay City with his parents in 1850. He served in the Civil War, and afterwards engaged in the lumber business, then in farming in Portsmouth Twp. He married Harriet Hudson.
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    May 24, 2010:
    William H. Barse (1814-?)

    -- Mr. Barse was born in Mayfield, Montgomery Co., N.Y. He came to Michigan in 1832, engaged in sailing, and in 1867, he moved to Bay City, where he ran the Anchor Line agency and a gorcery business. He was married twice, Maria L. Nichols, then Amelia W. Schultz.
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    May 22, 2010:
    James W. Hogle (1812-1872)
    -- J.W. Hogle was born in Orleans Co., Vermont, and came Michigan in 1864, settling in Portsmouth Twp., where he started the first dairy business in Bay city, and became owner of the Tuscola plank toll road. He married Mary L. Dixon.
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    May 22, 2010:
    James S. Hogle (1850-1907)
    -- J.S. Hogle was born in Ohio, and came Michigan in 1864, settling in Portsmouth Twp., with his parents, James W. Hogle and Mary L. Dixon, where he engaged in the grocery business. He married Lillie Gordon.
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    May 22, 2010:
    Capt. Alfred Forrest (1851-?)
    -- Capt. Forrest was born in Sandwich, Ontario, Canada, and was captain of many Great Lakes vessels, include those of P.C. Smith and Benjamin Boutell. He and his wife Sarah Jessup resided in West Bay City, Mich.
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    May 21, 2010:
    Charles C. Fitzhugh (1821-1895)
    -- Charles was born in Livingston Co., N. Y., and was a son of Dr. Daniel H. Fitzhugh who was a partner in the Saginaw Bay Company that platted Bay City. Charles moved to around 1841 to help manage his father's properties. He married Jane M. Jones.
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    May 20, 2010:
    William Maxson (1837-1922)
  • -- Mr. Maxson was born in Orleans, Jefferson Co., NY. His parents move to Mich., in 1816. He enlisted in the Civil War, then afterwards settled on farm in Hampton Twp. He married Mary J. Woods.
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    May 13, 2010:
    Lucien S. Coman (1843-1887)
    - Mr. Coman was born in Morrisville, N.Y., and came to Bay City at the age of 19, where he established a drug business. He married Mrs. Harry J. Clark, whose maiden name was Helen F. Barclay, an active member in the Bay City's Woman's Club, and the Ann Frisby Fitzhugh chapter of the D.A.R.
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    May 12, 2010:
    Martin M. Andrews (b. 1839)

    -- Mr. Andrews was born on a farm near Flint, Mich. He attended Oberlin College, OH, while there enlisted in the Civil War. Came to Bay City in 1875, where he was cashier in Second National Bank, and helped organize the First Congregational Church. Married Mary Plum.
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    May 9, 2010:
    Charles Supe (1836-?)
    -- Mr. Supe was burin in Prussia, Germany, from which he immigrated to Bay City in 1850, where he opened a meat market, afteward entering the wholesale grocery business. He held several public offices, and was married to Caroline Rademacher.
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    May 9, 2010:
    William G. Tapert (1869-?)
    -- Mr. Tapert was born at Detroit, and came to Bay City with his parent at a young age. Following his father's footsteps, he engaged in the meat business as a salesmen for beef companies. He was married to Maude C. Thompson, and they had two children.
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    May 9, 2010:
    Christopher H. Ueberroth (1867-?)
    -- Mr. Ueberroth was born in Bay City, in 1856, to Leonard and Mary (Reinhart) Ueberroth. He was in the crockery, glassware and wall paper business, under a number of different partnerships. No record found on a marriage.
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    May 9, 2010:
    George Sangle (1836-1902)
    Contributed by James Petrimoulx. -- Mr. Sangle was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, and came the U.S.A. at the age of 15. After service in the Cival War, he came to Bay City where he was a partner with Frederick A. Nichols in a harness shop. He was married to Henrietta Schmaltz.
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    May 6, 2010:
    Lydia Day Holmes (1870-?)
    -- Miss Holmes was born in Bay City, daughter of Harry Holmes and Emeline Day. She was educated at University of Michigan, and entered the teaching profession, first at Oxford College, OH, then returning to Bay City in the public school system. Singe.
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    May 6, 2010:
    John H. Holmes (1864-?)
    -- Mr. Holmes was born in Goderich, Canada, and came to Bay City at the age of two years, with his parents, Harry Holmes and Emeline Day. He engaged in the construction business, and was married to Lucia Eastwood.
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    May 4, 2010:
    George W. Hotchkiss (1831-?)

    -- Mr. Hotchkiss was born in New Haven, Conn., and came to Bay City in 1862, where he was a lumber dearler, and later, in entered the newspaper business working for the Lumberman's Gazette and the Saginaw Daily Courier. He then moved to Chicago working in the publishing business. He married Elizabeth St. John.
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    May 4, 2010:
    Edwin Lewis Gillette (1811-1892)

    -- Mr. Gillette was born in New York, and came to Bay City in the late 1840s, where he partnered with James Fraser building a saw mill at Kawkawlin, and another in Bay City. Later he moved to Chicago and became one of their most prominent business men. He married Jospehine Perley.
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    May 2, 2010:
    Descum Culver (1824-1884)
    -- Mr. Culver was born in Norfolk, Ont., Canada, and came to Bay City during the lumbering period. He married Agenline Descum. Their daughter Elva married G. Henry Shearer.
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    May 2, 2010:
    Hon. Sidney T. Holmes (1815-1890).
    -- Mr. Holmes was born in the state of New York, where he was a prominent attorney, judge and a represenative in the U.S. Congress. He came to Bay City in 1871, where he was a partner in the Holmes & Collins law practice. Marriage is unknown.
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    May 2, 2010:
    John G. Dehn (1875-?).
    -- Mr. Dehn was born in Saginaw, and later moved to Bay City, where he was employed in the lumber mill of Matthew Lamont. Dehn served as an alderman and as a representive in the State legislature. He married Marie Baker.
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    April, 2010

    Apr. 28, 2010:
    Bay City Societies, 1893-94.

    -- Community social clubs were abundant in the early days, and many of these clubs served a important community service. You may be suprise by the large number of clubs there were in the Polk Directory of 1893-94, and what they were about.
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    Apr. 27, 2010:
    Video: Industrial Works/Brownhoist.
    -- One Bay City's largest earliest businesses was a crane manufacturer, and it also one of the city's best promoters as its cranes were shipped world wide and each crane had a large name plate with "Bay City" on it.
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    Apr. 26, 2010:
    Louis R. Russell
    Mr. Russell was born in 1845 in New York, and came to Bay City, Mich., in 1870, where he engage in mattress manufacturing business. He was married Jennie Taylor.
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    Apr. 25, 2010:
    Rev. William W. Lyle (1828-1893)
    -- Rev. Lyle was pastor of the First Congregational Church in Bay city for 12 years, beginning in 1880. He was born in scotland, and came to America about 20 years later. He served in the Civil War as chaplain and surgeon. He married Margaret Adam of Scotland.
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    Apr. 24, 2010:
    Biography: Henry Fenton (1804-1905).

    -- Mr. Fenton was born in Fenton, Mich. He grew up in Flint, and in 1874, moved to Bay City, where he practiced law and was in the mercandise and real estate businesses. He married Isabella Thurbur.
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    Apr. 23, 2010:
    Biography: Jesse M. Miller.
    Mr. Miller was born in 1812, in Pennsylvania, and came to Bay city, Mich., in 1850, where he was a mail carrier, and later a justice of the peace. Name of spouse is unknown.
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    Apr. 23, 2010:
    Biography: Augustus Horn (1846-1935)
    -- Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. Mr. Horn was born in Germany, and came to America when 8 years old, eventually settling in Williams Twp., Bay Co., Michigan. He was a veteran of the Civil, and lived out his finals years in Marine City, MI. He married Emma Gregory.
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    Apr. 23, 2010:
    1908 Bio.: Roscoe H Dow.
    -- Mr. Dow was born in Booth Bay, Lincoln Co., Maine, and moved to Bay City with his parents when 12 years of age, and where he lived until 1903 when he moved to Santa Monica, CA. He was married to Nellie K. Gillard.
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    Apr. 17, 2010:
    Bay City Board of Commerce.
    -- Bay City's first board of commerce dates back to 1865, but it didn't last long as it lacked support from the business community. By the turn of the 20th century businesses interested in promoting the city, and at that time it called the Board of Trade.
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    Apr. 16, 2010:
    Bio. - Otavius A. Marsac.
    -- Otavius was born in 1856, in Bay city, and is the son of Joseph F. and Theresa (Rivard) Marsac. The father was a prominent figure in the early history of Michigan. Otavious owned The Boat & Pattern Co., in Bay City. He was married to Mary CONLEY.
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    Apr. 15, 2010:
    Bio. - Elias B. Denison.
    -- Mr. Denison was born in 1837, at Warren, Macomb Co., Mich., and came to Bay City in 1862, where he engaged in mercantile, real estate and banking businesses. He married Elizabeth F. Fraser, daughter of James Fraser, one of the founders of Bay City.
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    Apr. 14, 2010:
    Life in a Lumbering Town.

    -- Book excerpt from "The Blazed Trail," published in 1907, about life associated with lumbering. This writing describes what life was like for towns invaded by hundreds of lumberjacks after having spent months in the woods.
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    Apr. 13, 2010:
    Bio.: George H. Schindehette.

    -- Mr. Schindehette was born in 1858, in Germany and was about 16 years old when came to Bay City where he older brothers resided, and where he eventually became proprietor of the Republic Hotel. He married Lucinda Sennatt, of West Branch.
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    Apr. 12, 2010:
    Bio.: Mrs. May Stocking Knaggs.

    -- Contributed by Joni Hubard-Golden. Mrs. Knagg, of Bay City, was a prominent advocate in the development of the women's suffrage movement in Michigan. She was also a participant in the national movement, traveling annually to its convention, and lobbying political parties to aid in furthering the rights of women.
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    Apr. 12, 2010:
    History: Women's Suffrage in Mich.

    -- Women during America's early history were in power to the bondage of men. While they were loved, they were kept in their place as one step above a hired servant. Bay City had a number of women that were at the forefront of bringing equal rights to women.
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    Apr. 10, 2010:
    Bio. 1892 - George H. Azure.
    -- Mr. Azure was born in 1838, at Lansing, Thompkins Co., N.Y. He settled in Portsmouth Township, Bay County, in 1884, where he took up farming, and was for a number of years manager of the McGraw Farm. He married Sarah H. Gibbs.
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    Apr. 2, 2010:
    Jennison Hardware Company

    -- Donated by Cynthia C. Jones. The Centennial Brochure (1850-1950), of the Jennison Hardware Company. Includes many early photos and portraits of Jennison family, and the company's early history.
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    March, 2010

    Mar. 25, 2010:
    Video: Indian Mission Church.
    This church building dates back to 1847. Delta College engineering students took on the project of restoring this historical building. The video captures the celebration held during the installation of the church's bell tower in 2007.
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    Mar. 25, 2010:
    Video: Bay County Historical Society.
    A virtual tour of the society's museum in Bay City, MI. Historical displays, library, theater, gift shop and more.
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    Mar. 19, 2010:
    Video: 150th Anniversary Celebration.
    Scene taken in June, 2007, during Bay County's 150th Anniversary celebrations.
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    Mar. 19, 2010:
    Video: Veterans Day Service.
    Service held in Sept., 2008, at Viet Nam Memorial inside Veterans Memorial Park, Bay City, MI. Series of two videos includes honor guard, WWII veteran's story.
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    Mar. 18, 2010:
    Video: Perry Woodard Dance Studeo.
    Dance recital at Central High School in Bay City, MI. Full individual routines in a series of four videos taken in 2008.
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    Mar. 15, 2010:
    Video: Inside City Hall.
    Contributed by Bruce J. Flewelling. An excellent virtual tour of the inside of historical City Hall building in Bay City, MI.
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    Mar. 12, 2010:
    Frederick P. Browne

    -- Mr. Browne was born in 1848, at Joliet, Ind., and came to Bay City in 1875, where he worked his way up from cashier to President of the First National Bank. He was married to Marianna Foster, of New York.
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    February, 2010

    Feb. 28, 2010:
    Industrial Brownhoist Photos Added.

    -- Photos taken last October during the demolition of the old manufacturing buildings of the former Industrial Brownhoist. The city decided to have the property cleared for the Uptown at the River development project.
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    Feb. 17, 2010:
    Bio.: Franklin Johnson (1836-1916)

    -- Rev. Johnson was born in Frankfort, OH. He was the first pastor (1861-3) of the First Baptist Church in Bay City, when it was located on Washington Ave. Later in his career, he became a professor at the University of Chicago.
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    January, 2010

    Jan. 26, 2010:
    History on William Birney (1819-1907)

    -- William is the son of James G. and Agatha (McDowell) Birney. His father was an abolitionist leader, twice Presidential candidate and twice ran for Governor of Mich. William was a general in the Civil War, and reknown author. He was married twice, Catharine Hoffman and Mattie C. Ashby.
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    Jan. 16, 2010:
    History of Leonard Jewell (1815-1886)
    -- Mr. Jewell was born in Rome, Oneida Co, N.Y. He came to Bay City in 1844, which at that time was a sparsely populated pioneer settlement. He became one of the most prominent woodsman in northern Michigan. He was a Civil War veteran, a friend and guide for Daniel H. Fitzhugh, the two were recognized nationally by fishing and hunting enthusiasts.
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    Jan. 9, 2010:
    Bio.: John W. Shearer.

    --Mr. Shearer was born in 1830, in Albany, N.Y., a veteran of the Civil War, and the brother of James Shearer, who erected several business blocks in Bay City. Both lived in Detroit for several years prior to moving to Bay City in 1865. John married Mary E. Larued of Ohio.
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    Jan. 8, 2010:
    Wenona Beach Park History

    - Historical documents related to Wenona Beach Amusement Park, which was located on the shoreline of the Saginaw Bay in Bangor Township. Several documents, one included a listing of all employees in 1949. The park closed down in 1964. Also, links to other pages related to Wenona Beach.
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