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Location: Kent County MI

1894 Michigan State Census – Kent County

United States Soldiers of the Civil War Residing in Michigan, June 1, 1894 [ Names within brackets are reported in letters. ] Ada Township – Elijah Swan, George Crow, K. D. Herington, William Grant, Patrick Hogan, Thomas Doyle, Casey Shepard, Lucius C. Warner, Washington L. Stinson, Joseph C. Sillaway, William Schenck, Lucius C. Burt, Oscar F. Wisner, William A. Weller, Albert J. Sisson, Anthony Cook, Edwin R. Chaffee, Steven Lebarge, Eleser Fairchild, Nelson Robinson, David M. Winters, Thomas Reville, Charles L. Kern, A. D. Lamoreaux, Samuel Beach, James Finn, Alfred H. Turner, John Morris, James Lawrence, Thomas Purple, John A. Waunsch, Joseph W. Carpenter, Charles Cramton, Sidney Haskins, William S. Archibald, Charles P. McEvoy, Anderson Wride, Charles M. Wheeler, Josiah Ferris, Charles P. Miller, Earl Gardiner. Algoma Township – Edward W. Paine, A. L. Toms, William Byers, George Denton, William H. Bennett, John Helsel, James F. Hall, Westbrook Norton, Ezra M. Chaffee, Francis Walton, Jonathan McFall, David C. McLain, William Post, Seymour C. Cogshall, Isaac Burgett, Josiah Ipes, John E. Spicer, Henry C. Rounds, George W. Palmer, W. M. Speaker, John Whipple, John F. Peterson, Reuben S. Austin, L. D. Stanton, James A. Stewart, Orville Hoadley, Ebenezer Cuddington, Charles A. Bolin, Peter Risch, Henry C. Rector, William Smith, Buel B. Blakely, William D. Kilgour, Charles E. Bemus, Edwin Stoppard, Harley G. Rawson, Horace Snow, Gersham Williams, Eli Burleson, Henry...

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Biography of S. J. Holt

S. J. HOLT. S. J. Holt, manager of the West Plains Electric Light Company, of which Holt & Fallett are the proprietors, is one of the most successful and prominent business men in the city. The above mentioned business was established in 1889. This company is running the city lights and is doing a milling business, in all about $20,000 per year. Mr. Holt is a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., and his father being a prominent saw mill man, our subject grew up in that business. He became interested in a saw mill at that place, but left there and came to West Plains and bought out the planing mill business here. He has made a success of this venture, and Mr. G. M. Fallett, who came to this section from the Empire State, became connected with him in business. Both are honorable and energetic business men who have been active supporters of all measures for the benefit and upbuilding of the localities in which they live. Mr. Holt came to south Missouri in 1883 and first took a position as general manager for the South Missouri Lumber Company at Burnham, this county. He continued with this company a number of years and then embarked in the saw mill business at Birch Tree, Missouri, continuing this one year. After this he was general manager for the Kansas City...

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Biography of Charles M. Hendricks

Charles M. Hendricks came to Jewell County about thirty-three years ago in the role of a farm renter, and had made practically all his substantial success out of the fruits of Kansas agriculture and his capable business experience. He is now a banker and active citizen at Webber. Mr. Hendricks was born at Rochester, New York, January 8, 1861. His father, Lawrence Hendricks, was born in Ireland in 1836 and came to this country when eleven years of age. At Rochester, New York, he followed farming and railroad work, and from there went to Michigan and was engaged in farming in that state. He died at his farm home six miles west of Grand Rapids in 1897. He was a democrat and a member of the Catholic Church. The maiden name of his wife was Mary Jones, who was born in Ireland in 1828 and is still living in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in her ninetieth year. Their children were: Mary, unmarried, and living at Grand Rapids; Anna, living at Grand Rapids, widow of William Koch, an undertaker at Grand Rapids; Lawrence, a lumberman who died in Northern Michigan; Charles M.; Mrs. Bridget Lanra Eness, living at Grand Rapids, wife of a railway conductor; Mrs. Julia Jennison, wife of a farmer at Bath, Michigan; Francis, a stationary engineer living in Grand Rapids; and Martin, a farmer at Calgary, Canada. Charles...

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Biographical Sketch of A. J. Godfrey

A. J. Godfrey, druggist and grocer, was born in Kent County Mich., April 15, 1840. Removed with his parents to Indiana in 1841. Enlisted in the United States Army in Company B, Seventeenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, May 28, 1861, and was discharged August 12, 1865, when he returned to Noble County, Ind., and was married to Miss Sarah Gilbert, January 18, 1866. Removed to Iowa in 1868. Came to Jewell County, Kan., in August 1870, and took a homestead, a part of which is the town site of Burr Oak. In the fall of 1872 Mr. Godfrey caused the said town to be laid out and platted. Was elected the first County Commissioner from his district in 1871; was elected the first Justice of the Peace in Burr Oak Township in the fall of 1870; and the first post-office was opened in his house in 1871, and Mr. Godfrey was assistant postmaster. He is a member of the Masonic Order. His family consists of himself and wife and three living children – two boys and one girl. Two children are dead, the first a girl – Cora Leota, born September 8, 1870, the first white female child born in Jewell County, died April 7,...

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Biographical Sketch of Dan Freeman Bradley

Bradley, Dan Freeman; clergyman; born, Bangkok, Siam, March 17, 1857; son of Dan Beach and Sarah (Blachly) Bradley; educated, Oberlin College, 1882, Oberlin Theological Seminary, 1885, Oberlin Honorary Degree Doctor of Divinity, 1909; same degree, Cornell College, 1904; married, Oberlin, O., July 9, 1883, Lillian Jaques; three sons, Dwight J., Robert G., and Theodore Bradley; pastor Steubenville Ohio, Congregational Church, 1885-1887; Yankton, S. D., 1887-1892; Grand Rapids, Mich., 1892-1902; pres. Iowa College, Grinnel, Ia., 1902-1905; pastor Pilgrim Church, Cleveland, 1905 to date; has gymnasium, branch of public library cooking school and mothers club; has been instrumental in the organization of the above; member Congregational National Council, Congregational Conference of Ohio, Congregational Union, Cleveland, Federated Churches, Cleveland, trustee Oberlin College, Schauffler School, Cleveland, Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga.; member Chamber of Commerce, Congregational Club, Cleveland. Recreations: Base-ball, Rowing and...

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Biography of Edwin E. Sapp

Edwin E. Sapp. There has been a Sapp connected with the bar of Cherokee County almost since the City of Galena was founded. Coming to that town in January, 1884, after having worked and studied earnestly to prepare himself for the bar, earning his own living in the meantime, Edwin E. Sapp in a comparatively brief time had won the approbation and favor of a considerable clientage. In the years that have followed hardly a member of the Cherokee County Bar has been shown greater honors and has been accorded a larger and more profitable share in the civil practice of the courts. As long as his private interests would permit, his fellow citizens kept him employed in some phase of public life. He served as city attorney of Galena twelve years, was probate judge of Cherokee County two terms, judge of the Court of Common Pleas one term, and for another term sat on the district bench as judge. In later years his business interests have become paramount to his professional. Judge Sapp is president of the Giant Mining and Royalties Company, a director in the George L. McCullagh Lead and Zinc Company, a director in the Lockport Lead & Zinc Company, director in the Scarlet Kid Mining Company, and the Pioneer Lead & Zinc Company. He has acquired some large property interests. His law offices are in...

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Biographical Sketch of Ray Edward Munn

Munn, Ray Edward; dental supply; born, Schoolcraft, Michigan, Oct. 11, 1881; son of Edward P. and Martha Heck Munn; married, Toledo, October, 1908, Martha Broer; two children; entered employ of the Ransom & Randolph Co., dental supplies, in 1896; traveling salesman for firm, 1901-1908; manager of Grand Rapids, Michigan, branch, 1908; manager Cleveland branch, 1909; vice pres. and manager Ransom & Randolph...

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Biography of Lloyd Minot Collins

Lloyd Minot Collins. While the superintendent of schools of Longton, Kansas, Lloyd Minot Collins, had but recently entered upon the duties of his office, he had already created a favorable impression upon the people of the community, and during the short period of his regime had demonstrated the possession of those qualities which make the successful educator and the abilities that combine for capable executive handling of affairs. Mr. Collins had been a teacher all through his active career, and is energetic and progressive in his methods and thoroughly grounded in the elementals that are necessary for the proper moulding of the plastic mind of youth. Born at Bronson, Bourbon County, Kansas, January 20, 1893, Lloyd Minot Collins is a son of L. E. and Mercy (Love) Collins. He is of Irish descent, and the first American ancestor settled in New York in colonial times, and from that state the great-grandfather of Lloyd M. Collins migrated as a pioneer to Michigan. Oliver Collins was born in Michigan and grew up amid pioneer surroundings, the country being wild and undeveloped, much game abounding, and the conditions of life still in their most primitive form. Like his father, he was a sturdy, energetic and hardworking man, with the capacity for constant labor characteristic of his race, and in his career was able to accumulate a competency satisfying for his simple wants....

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Bowman, Raymond Leslie – Obituary

Raymond L. Bowman, age 55, resident of Leroy, died this morning at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids following an extended illness. He was born April 24, 1909 to Rube and Cora Bowman and was married December 19, 1931 to Mabel Dosenberry. Surviving are his wife, Mabel, Leroy; two sons, Roger, Leroy, and Richard, Grand Rapids; two brothers, Sylvester and Warren, both of Leroy; and five sisters, Mrs. Vera Engstrom, Howell, Mrs. Hubert Johnson, Mrs. Leonard Johnson and Mrs. Kenneth Davis, all of Leroy and Mrs. William Pierce, Detroit. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City, Rev. Donald Walker officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Leroy. The Big Rapids Pioneer, July 18, 1964 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Cooke, Irma Lucile Wilson – Obituary

Irma L. Cooke, 90, of Kittitas, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 1990, at Kittitas Valley Community Hospital in Ellensburg. She was born Aug. 26, 1900, in Wausau, Wis., the only child of Vernon E. and Caroline (Finup) Wilson. She earned her teaching degree at the University of Wisconsin at Grand Rapids and, following her graduation, she was a high school teacher teaching English, Spanish and piano. She came to the Ellensburg area in 1932. She was a member of the Kittitas Community Church, where she was organist and pianist. She and Norman L. Cooke were married in Ellensburg on March 29, 1935. He preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 1963. Survivors include a son, Dexter Cooke, of Cle Elum; a daughter, Alison Helland, of Kittitas; an adopted daughter, Barbara McCullah, of Everett; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Cremation will be at Terrace heights memorial Park in Yakima. No public services are planned. Contributed by: Sheli...

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Stanton Wesley Todd of Grand Rapids MI

Stanton Wesley Todd9, (Homer F.8, Caleb7, Bela6, Caleb5, Gideon4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born July 9, 1876, married Sept. 18, 1901, Mae C. Stevens. He graduated from the Fredonia Normal School at Fredonia, N. Y., in 1901, after which he taught school for some time. Later he engaged in the wholesale paper business in Grand Rapids, Mich. Children: 2784. Cathryn M., b. July 1, 1902, d. Oct. 26, 1902. 2785. Dorothy M., b. Oct. 22, 1903. 2786. Chauncey S., b. June 8, 1906. 2787. Stanton W., b. Sept. 20, 1908. 2788. Jack W., b. Aug. 24, 1910, d. July 15, 1911. 2789. Gretchen, b. June 28,...

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Biography of Frenn L. Preston, M. D.

Frenn L. Preston, M. D. Distinguished alike as a physician and surgeon, Dr. Frenn L. Preston, of El Dorado, occupies a pre-eminent place among the professional men of Southeastern Kansas, where for six years he had devoted his high attainments toward accomplishing what had brought him wide reputation, universal recognition and honors of an enviable nature. Doctor Preston’s professional achievements are based upon an intimate knowledge of the intricate subjects of human anatomy and scientific therapeutics. Like many other capable, successful and prominent men, he did not start out in life with the ambition to accomplish something phenomenal, but at the outset of his career he placed a just valuation upon honor, integrity and perseverance, and with those qualities as a foundation had won for himself a notable place in the Southeastern Kansas field of medicine and surgery. Frenn L. Preston was born at Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 10, 1881, and is a son of Rev. Charles L. and Della May (Reynolds) Preston. He belongs to a family which originated in England and settled in Colonial Virginia at an early day, and among his ancestors are found two governors of Virginia. The family was prominent in the Old Dominion in Colonial times, several members in direct line of descent were ministers, and others were identified with the professions of law and medicine. Doctor Preston’s mother is of Scotch descent,...

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Biography of W. R. Blanding

W. R. Blanding. Among the prosperous business enterprises of Barnard, Kansas, none perhaps are more soundly established than is the Blanding Hardware Company, which was started by W. R. Blanding, the present secretary and treasurer, who is also vice president of the First National Bank of Barnard. He is a man of large business experience and in public esteem no citizen is considered more trustworthy. W. R. Blanding was born in Kent County, near Lowell, Michigan, May 11, 1871. His ancestors came to the United States many generations ago from Germany and settled in New York, and in that state his grandfather was born in 1806. As a pioneer settler and prospective farmer he settled in Kent County, Michigan, in 1855, cleared up a substantial property and died there in 1878. His wife bore the maiden name of Smith. A. H. Blanding, father of W. R. Blanding, was born in New York State in 1837, and died near Randall in Jewell County, Kansas, on his old homestead farm, July 25, 1910. He was a young man when he accompanied his parents to Michigan and six years afterward, in 1861, he enlisted for service in the Civil war in a Michigan regiment, a state that sent out troops that were notably valiant soldiers. At the battle of the Wilderness Mr. Blanding was captured by the Confederates and for nine months...

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Biography of Hon. William Frederick Sapp

Hon. William Frederick Sapp. It is said that the present democratic national committeeman from Kansas when he came to the state in 1879 arrived on foot. He was young then, and not above such strenuous exercise when the purpose involved was search of location for the beginning of his professional career. He soon afterward obtained admission to the bar before the District Court at Columbus, and as a lawyer and citizen has been identified with Galena almost as long as that town has been on the map. The courage and independence that brought him to Kansas and took him through the difficulties of the early lawyer have brought Mr. Sapp far along the road to prominence and success. He is undoubtedly one of the strongest figures in the democratic party of the state. In 1892 he was a delegate at large to the democratic national convention in Chicago, was democratic candidate in his district for Congress in 1894, and is now in his third successive term as national committeeman from Kansas. His first term ended in 1912, his second in 1916, and at the recent national convention he was again chosen to represent the Sunflower State and this term holds over until the next general campaign in 1920. In 1914 Mr. Sapp was democratic candidate for the United States Senate. He was born at Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 30,...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles W. Meek

Without dispute some of our most worthy and progressive and thrifty citizens have come to us from England whence also sprang the subject of this sketch whose life of commendable activity and successful enterprise in business relations, coupled with stanch and unswerving integrity and high moral qualities of intrinsic worth, justly entitle him to a representation in this volume of Wallowa’s abiding chronicles, and it is with pleasure that we incorporate his name here with a brief review of his eventful career. Charles W. was born to Charles and Sarah (Sparks) Meek in Hertfordshire, England, in the year 1850. There he was educated in the public schools and also learned the primary part of the carpenter’s trade. At the age of fifteen his father was taken away by death and our subject then left the native land and came to the wide and resourceful country of the free. He first settled in Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, remaining one year, then removed to Plainfield, Kent county, Michigan. In this latter place, he was engaged at the trade of the carpenter for eleven years, and in 1878 he came to La Grande, Oregon. Six months he stayed in that city, and wrought at his trade and then sought out the fertile regions of Wallowa County, taking a homestead eight miles southeast from Joseph. To this beginning Mr. Meek has added...

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