Dec. 26, 2012
Newspaper History of Bay County, MI.
-- The first newspaper, The Press, was published by Perry Joslyn in 1856, a year before Bay County existed. It had but a few issues before it closed.
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    Nov. 19, 2012
    Bay City's First High School.

    -- The first high school in Bay City was opened in 1869, which included lower grades as well for a number of years. The building was demolished in 1938 and replaced with building which is still standing, the former Farragut grade school.
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    Nov. 15, 2012
    Bio.: Helon M. Stark (1817-1890?)
    -- Mr. Stark was born in Orleans Co., NY. He came to Michigan with his parents in 1840 settling in Ionia Co. In 1861 he moved to Bay County where he established a farm. Later he took up residence in Bay City. He was married to Rebekah Kilbourn of Sackett's Harbor, NY.
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    May 12, 2012
    Bio.: Hon. John Walsh (1846-?)
    -- John Walsh, former mayor of West Bay City, MI, was born in 1846, in Ontario, Canada. Mr. Walsh was first in the grocery business and later was president of the United City Coal Company. In his later years he retired to Wayne County, MI.
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    May 7, 2012
    Bio.: Col. Charles R. Hawley (1840-1920)
    -- Colonel Hawley, of Irish ancestry, was born in Chenango, N.Y., and came to Bay City, MI in 1865, where he established a dry-good business with N. S. Butler, which became one of the largest of its kind in Mich. He also had a dry-goods store in Alpena, and was Colonel of the Third Michigan State Troops, and a member of the Peninsulars.
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    Apr. 26, 2012
    Bio.: Hon. Gustav Hine (1842-1927)

    -- Gustav was born in Germany, and in 1855 came to America with his parents. He was mayor of Bay City three times, owned a gorcery and meat market, and also involved in banking and sugar businesses. He was married to Louisa Voit, of Owosso.
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    Apr. 22, 2012
    Bio.: Michael Winkler (1831-1889)
    -- Michael Winkler was born in Bavaria, Germany and immgrated to the USA in 1852, settling in Lower Saginaw (Bay City), Mich. He worked in the lumbering business and was a veteran of the Civil War. In 1855 he marriage Carolina Steininger, also born in Germany.
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    Apr. 16, 2012
    Bio.: Dr. Virgil L. Tupper (1869-1951)

    -- Dr. Tupper was born in Oil City, PA, and at a young age went to live with his uncle, Dr. Horace Tupper, in Bay City, MI. After his education in Bay City, he attended several colleges acquiring a degree in medicine, which he practiced in Bay City at the Mercy Hospital. He married Mary H. Cranage, daughter of Thomas Cranage and Julia Pitts.
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    Apr. 12, 2012
    Bio.: Rev. Avery Denison (1790-1866)
    -- Mr. Denison was born at Berne, Albany Co., N.Y. He served in the War of 1812, and in 1814 he married Mercy L. Benedict. In 1832 they moved to Michigan settling in Avon, Oakland Co.. They then resided in several other towns before settling in Bay City, where he had a farm Through his years he preached the gosple.
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    Mar. 29, 2012
    Bio.: Samuel J. Tripp (1825-?)
    -- Mr. Tripp was born in Essex, CT., and came to Bay City, MI in 1856, where he engaged in ship building, and later partnered with Hubbard H. Church in building the Bay Cty Dry Dock. He was married to Olive (last name unk.).
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    Mar. 29, 2012
    Bio.: Hubbard H. Church (1831-1911)
    -- Mr. Church was born in Richford, VT, and came to Bay City, MI in 1872, where he engaged in ship building with Samuel J. Tripp, bulding the Bay City Dry Dock. He was married to Mary A. Walker.
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    Mar. 24, 2012
    Bio.: Albert W. Black (1880-1947)
    -- Albert W. Black was born in Essexville, Mich., and moved to Lansing with his parents were he attended high school, and later received a law degress. He then moved to East Tawas, Mich., where he practice law, and later moved to Bay City, Mich. He married Nina M. Fox.
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    Mar. 16, 2012
    Bio.: Doris Meister, M.D. (1878-1973)
    -- Dr. Doris Meister was born in Bay City, MI. She received her doctorate degree from Indiana Medical College in 1907, afterwards she established her medical practice at Anderson, IN. She never married.
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    Mar. 4, 2012
    Bio.: Ephraim Riker (1815-1890s)
    -- Ephraim Riker was born in Essex Co., N.J., and at an early age was a grocer and mason. In 1850 he moved to Sandusky, Ohio until 1865 when he moved to the Saginaw Valley, settling in Bay City about a year later, where he own a fish market. He was married twice, Sally Miller and Henreitta Ball.
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    Mar. 2, 2012
    Bio.: Capt. Riley M. Burrington (1838-1909)
    -- Capt. Burrington was born in Painted Post, N.Y., and at a young age began a maritime career on the Great Lakes. He settle in Bay City, Mich., around 1874, where owned a boat, and for a time worked for Capt. Boutell. He was married to Esther Rogers, dauther of Thomas and Elizabeth (Wilcox) Rogers, who were among the early pioneers of Bay City.
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    Feb. 27, 2012
    Bio.: Charles H. Hatch (1866-1948)
    -- Charles H. Hatch was born in Bay City to Herschel H. and Eliza (Houghton) Hatch. He received a law degree from the Univ. of Michigan, and afterward practice in Bay City, then later in Detroit, where he died. He was married to Katy H. Gower, of Hawaii.
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    Feb. 24, 2012
    Bio.: Daniel R. Currey (1838-1921)
    -- Mr. Currey was born in New Brunswick, N.Y., and came to Michigan in 1859, and a few laters moved to Bay City, where he established the first harness shop, and later started a newspaper named the Bay City Growler, which later became the Saginaw Valley Growler. He was married to Mary E. Jones.
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    Feb. 23, 2012
    History: Alonzo F. Anscomb (1837-1915)
    -- Mr. Anscomb was born in Wayne County, MI. After serving in the Civil War he came to Bay Cty in 1866, where he owned the Anscomb House, which was located on the corner of Third and Washington. He later returned to Wayne Co., settling on a farm near Detroit. He was married to Ann Becker.
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    Feb. 21, 2012
    History: John McGraw & Company (Lumber Mill)
    -- In 1868 John McGraw built a saw mill in the south end of Bay City, Mich., that was considered the largest in the world at that time. Previously, John had teamed up earlier with Henry W. Sage in erecting a mill along the west side of the Saginaw River, that was then the largest in the world.
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    Feb. 18, 2012
    Bio.: Henry H. Norrington (1847-?).
    -- Mr. Norrington was born in New York, and became an infant at an early age. He entered the war of the Rebellion when 16 years old. Afterwards, in 1867, he came to Bay City, where he was prominent in banking. He was married to Frances White.
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    Feb. 13, 2012
    Bio.: Amos M. Switzer (1836-1898).
    -- Mr. Swizer was born in Quebec, Canada. In 1870 he came to Kawkawlin, Mich., where he an official with the Kawkawlin Chemical Works, afteward, he moved to Bay City where he owned a lumber business. He was married to Josephine Armstrong.
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    Feb. 12, 2012
    Watrous, Southworth & Co., Mill
    -- This mill was built in 1851, in Portsmouth by A. Watrous and C.G. Southworth. It later burned down and was rebuilt by Alonzo Chesbrough who sold it to G.C. Myers.
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    Feb. 11, 2012
    Bio.: George Watkins (1830-?)
    -- George Watkins was born in lima, Livingston Co., N.Y. He came to Michigan with his parents in 1842. In 1862 he moved to Bay City, where he iniationally was in construction business, and later began his own architect company designing buildings throughout Michigan. He married twice: Fedelia Miles and Delia B. Pollock.
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    Feb. 11, 2012
    Bio.: Henry (Harvey) P. Watkins (1842-1914)
    -- Harvey Watkins was born in lima, Livingston Co., N.Y. He came to Michigan with his parents in 1842. In the 1860s he moved to Bay City where he was in partnership with his brother George in construction business. Bay City, Later he was in business partnership with John W. Shearer. He married Mary E. Deforest.
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    Feb. 9, 2012
    Bio.: Olin L. Langworthy (1868-1944)
    -- Mr. Langworty was born in Bay City, MI, to Daniel A. and Sarah B. (Cooke) Langsworthy. After graduating from high school he farmed for a few years, then moved to N. Dakota where he started a successful lumber business. He was married to Maude Bronson.
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    Jan. 29, 2012
    Bio.: Ernst Frank (1830-?)
    -- Mr. Frank was born in Germany, and came to America at the age of 21. After a number of years working in various locations, he came to Bay City in 1863, where he started a tobacco and cigar business, which he later sold and went into the insurance busienss. He was married to Emma Scheurmann.
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    Jan. 29, 2012
    Bio.: Ubald R. Loranger (1863-1928)

    -- Mr. Loranger was born in Quebec, Canada, and came to Michigan with his parents, settling in Bay City in 1863, where he began work as a clerk and paper boy, before obtaining a law degree, which he practice in Bay City. He was married twice: Bettie Dayton and Marie L. Frank.
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    Jan. 28, 2012
    Bio.: Garmond F. Bennett (1842-1906)
    -- Mr. Bennett was born in Dryden, Thompkins Co., N.Y., and came to Bay City, Mich., in the spring of 1872, where was foreman of the McGraw & Co. sawmill located on Harrison Steet. His brother, Ira S., was a partner of John McGraw who owned the Bay City mill. His spouse is unknown other than her given name was Lucie A.
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    Jan. 27, 2012
    Business: Park & Munger Comapany, (Estb. 1850).
    -- Park and Munger company was started by Edwin Park and A.S. Munger, as a mercantile business. It later had several owners: Cooke & Co, Cooke & Romer Co, and Romer, Lovell & Co.
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    Jan. 27, 2012
    Bio.: Jesse F. Romer (1837-1893)
    -- Mr. Romer was born in Kendall, N.Y., and came to Bay City, Mich., in the fall of 1868, where he entered the merchantile businees of Munger & Co. and later, partnered in same type of business with Clifford and Fredercik Lovell. He was married to Lucy A. Reed in 1858.
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    Jan. 27, 2012
    Bio.: Edward H. Bassett (1834-?)
    -- Mr. Bassette was born in Kendall, N.Y., and came to Bay City, Mich., in 1862, where he entered the merchantile businees of Munger & Co. and later, partnered in same type of business with James J. Seed. He was married to Mary McCormick in 1869.
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    Jan. 27, 2012
    Bio.: James Gray (1850-?)
    -- Mr. Gray was born in Toronto, Ont., and came to Michigan with his parents in 1855. He got his start in the publishing business in Grand Traverse, then in 1871 he moved to Bay City where he and George F. Lewis ran the Morning Call newspaper. Mr. Gray was married to Ella D. Satterlee, of Ohio.
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    Jan. 25, 2012
    Bio.: Capt. Dorin Elliot (1863-?)
    -- Capt. Dorin Elliot was born at Burwell, Ont., Canada, and came to Michigan with his parents who settled in Au Gres. The Capt. moved to Bay City where he was master for several vessels on the Great Lakes. He was married May White. Includes a link to his brother Frank.
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    Jan. 25, 2012
    Bio.: Capt. Frank Elliot (1862-?)
    -- Capt. Frank Elliot was born at Burwell, Ont., Canada, and came to Michigan with his parents who settled in Au Gres. The Capt. moved to Bay City where he was master for several vessels on the Great Lakes. He was married to Emma Penfold. Includes a link to his brother Dorin.
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    Jan. 24, 2012
    Bio.: William M. Davenport (1844-1930)
    -- Mr. Davenport was born in Spencertown, N.Y., and came to Bay City, MI about 1870, where he was in the lumber business with his uncle, and in partnership with another uncle in the Fraser House. Afterwards he movedd Newayco Co., MI, then to Oregon where he died. He was married to Mary E. Jillson.
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    Jan. 23, 2012
    Bio.: Samuel D. Hess (1828-1891)
    -- Mr. Hess was born in Hamilton, Canada, and came to Bay City, MI, in 1867, where he worked in construction of the Midland Plank Road, city street commissioner and employed with the Northern Gas and Water Pipe Company. He married Catharine Myers, also of Hamilito.
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    Jan. 21, 2012
    Bio.: Frank C. Merrill (1871-1922)

    -- Mr. Merrill was born in Detroit, and came to Bay City with his parents in 1870, where he became part owner of the Bay City Press-Times, and later was postmaster. He was married twice: Minnie Rose and Olive Smith.
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    Jan. 19, 2012
    Bio.: Wilmer H. Culver (1854-1891)
    -- Mr. Culver was born in Norfolk, Ont., Canada, and came to Bay City, Mich., in 1867 with his parents. He attended Cornell College, and afterwards remained in NY until 1883, and was employed by the Northwestern Gas and Water Pipe Co. He married Grace McDonald in 1878,
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    Jan. 16, 2012
    Bio.: Charles L. Bingham (1833-1902)

    -- Mr. Bingham was born in Canada, and took up residence in Pinconning, Bay Co., Mich., in the late 1800s, where he was prominent and Justice of the Peace. He was married twice, first to Fanny Mills, then Helen M. Hough.
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    Jan. 13, 2012
    Bio.: Frank B. Scheurmann (1871-?)
    -- Mr. Scheurmann, was born in Bay City, Mich., to Richard and Cornelia (Boutell) Scheurmann. He owned one of the most prominent mercantile businesses, which he inherited from his father. He married Mary Berkey in 1892, and they had two children.
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    Jan. 10, 2012
    Bio.: Mrs. Caroline (Chilson) Faxon (1846-1910)
    -- Mrs. Faxon was born in West Bay City, MI, the daugher of C.C. and Elizabeth (Moore) Chilson. She and her sister, Elizabeth, were prominent activist in the Christian missionary movement, as was their mother. Both served a number of years in the Philippines. She married Marselus Faxon in 1865.
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    Jan. 9, 2012
    Bio.: William J. Deshano (1867-1939)
    -- Mr. Deshano was born in Montreal, Canada, and came to Michigan with his parents at a young age. He lived in Beaver Twp., Bay County. He worked early on in the lumber industry, and later was a farmer. He was county representative to Michigan House. Married Christi Naser who was born in Germany.
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