Location: Van Buren County MI

1894 Michigan State Census – Van Buren County

United States Soldiers of the Civil War Residing in Michigan, June 1, 1894 [ Names within brackets are reported in letters. ] Almena Township – William Hallarday. Daniel Vantassel. George Monroe, David F. Cisco, John B. Ulam, Walter H. Campbell, Elijah E. Strong, Peter Baugher, Richard Lewis, John L. Stanton. Jesse V. Stevens, Charles Blanchard. Walter J. Tracy. Charles Goodwin, Horace Dyer, Zenas Rhodes. Thomas Thompson. Joseph S. Waite. Albert Orourke. Oliver P. Ketcham. James A. Clark. James H. Bass.. Adam DeHaven. Jefferson Johnston, Edward Gear, Andrew J. Harrison. William A. Hill, John W. Timmons. Nathan H. Evans. Homer H. Hill. Henry W. Palmanteer, [H. B. Ward]. Antwerp Township – William H. Stainton, David M. Ward, Harlans P. Waters. Daniel Miller. Philemon R. Payne, Shortis Mitchelson. Alfred G. Doolittle, Henry W. Harvey, Jacob Horning, Perry Clark, Samuel Parrott, James W. Clark, William Brace, William H. Miller, James Palmer, Horatio Sampson, Peter Benwire, John Varnum, Joseph Mather, Lawrence Martin, Marcus 0. Joiner, Henry D. Kipp, Charles E. Wheeler, Ransom Beardsley, H. J. Van Valkenburgh, John Dowser, [Henri Jennings, William H. Glidden, Benjamin F. Morris, Lafayette Nichols, Amizia Kellogg, Henry Freeman]. Village of Lawton – S. N. Van Fleet, Joseph Booth, Robert Conklin, Chauncey J. Drury, George Irwin, Charles Bradshaw, Edward George, Nathan V. Finch, Harvey Harper, James Wood, William Sternburg, Harrison Kimble, William Kelley, George Brooks, Andrew J. Shaff, William...

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Biography of Joseph W. Huston

The history of a state as well as that of a nation is chiefly a chronicle of the lives and deeds of those who have conferred honor and dignity upon society. The world judges the character of a community by those of its representative citizens, and yields its tributes of admiration and respect for the genius or learning or virtues of those whose works and actions constitute the record of a state’s prosperity and pride. Among the distinguished citizens of Idaho is Judge Joseph Waldo Huston, of Boise, who holds distinctive precedence as an eminent lawyer and jurist, as a statesman, as a man of high scientific and literary attainments, a valiant and patriotic soldier and as one who occupied a most unique and trying position in an important epoch in our judicial history, in which connection he bore himself with such signal dignity and honor as to gain the respect of all. Judge Huston was born in Painesville, Ohio, April 10, 1833. On the paternal side his ancestors were from County Tyrone, Ireland, and were early settlers in the state of New Hampshire. The military record is one of which the family has every reason to be proud. The grandfather of the Judge valiantly aided in the struggle for independence, and his father, Caleb C. Huston, defended the new republic in the second war with England, after which...

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Biography of C. W. Wernicke

The County treasurer of Lincoln County, Idaho, C. W. Wernicke, is also the pioneer hardware merchant of Shoshone, and throughout the eighteen years of his residence here has been prominently connected with the various interests which have contributed to the growth, prosper-ity and advancement of town and County. He belongs to that class of progressive German citizens who have severed the ties binding them to the old world in order to seek homes in the land of the free. He was born in Goldburg, Germany, on the 13th of January, 1847, and in the land of his nativity acquired his literary education and learned the tinsmith’s trade. He was a young man of nineteen years when he decided to come to America. Hearing of the advantages afforded by the United States to young men of energy, diligence and ambition, he crossed the Atlantic resolved to try his fortune among new scenes. He had only money enough to pay his passage, and landed in New York city almost penniless, ignorant of the language and customs of the people among whom his lot was to be cast. With resolute heart, however, he started out to seek work and secured employment at his trade in Lyons, New York. Later he worked as a tinsmith in Jackson and in Paw Paw, Michigan, and after a time began business on his own ac-count on...

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Biography of Fred W. Gooding

Fred W. Gooding, ex-assessor and tax collector of Lincoln County and one of the most prominent and extensive sheep-raisers of this section of the state, was born in England, May 8, 1856, his parents, John and Elizabeth (Wyatte) Gooding being likewise natives of that country. Emigrating to the United States, they took up their residence in Paw Paw, Van Buren County, Michigan, where they still make their home, the father being a retired farmer of that locality. Both he and his wife are members of the Episcopal church. They had six sons and a daughter, and three of the sons are now successful sheep-raisers of Lincoln County, Idaho. Fred W. Gooding was eleven years of age when he arrived in Michigan with his parents. He acquired the greater part of his education in that state, and in 1878 went to California, where he engaged in farming in Tehama and Colusa counties. Subsequently he returned to Michigan and a little later pursued a business course in the Northern Indiana Normal College, at Valparaiso. In the spring of 1882 he came to Idaho and engaged in the wholesale and retail butchering business in Ketchum until the spring of 1888, when he turned his attention to the sheep-raising industry. He then purchased sixteen hundred head of sheep. In the fall of that year he purchased two thousand more. The winter of 1889-90...

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Biography of Fred M. Watkins, M. D.

Fred M. Watkins, M. D. It is not every individual who possesses in his make-up the characteristics that make for success in widely diversified callings, but in the person of Dr. Fred M. Watkins there is found a combination of qualities that have brought him equal success in the profession, in business undertakings and in the vocation of farming, and he has likewise made an important place for himself in the field of politics. Dr. Fred M. Watkins, president of the Cherryvale Ice and Cold Storage Company, of Cherryvale, Kansas, was born November 22, 1868, at Lawton, Van Buren County, Michigan, a son of H. J. and Mary R. (Hall) Watkins. His forefather was Capt. Nathan Watkins who came to America as an officer in the British army, but after his arrival in this country became a convert to the cause of the Colonists and finally deserted the English army and became a captain in the continental army under General Gates. He served until the close of the Revolution and then settled in New Jersey, where he made his home until his death. He had three sons, one of whom went to Ohio, one to Michigan and one to the State of New York. James Watkins, a grandson of Capt. Nathan Watkins, and grandfather of Doctor Watkins, was born in 1794 in Michigan and passed his entire life in...

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Biography of James A. Campbell, Dr.

Dr. James A. Campbell has been in the successful practice of dentistry at Humboldt for the past eleven years, and aside from his professional success had made himself a leader in the city’s affairs. He is president of the Board of Trade of Humboldt. He was born at Bangor, Michigan, December 13, 1881. His father, Andrew Campbell, was born at Clintyfinea Armory in Ireland in 1847. The grandfather Campbell is still living on the old homestead in Ireland. Andrew Campbell grew up in his native country, learned farming there, and in 1867 emigrated to the United States. His first employment was in the chemical works at Decatur, Michigan, after which he farmed and finally removed to Bangor, where he continued farming until his death in 1892. He was a democrat and for many years served on the school board of Bangor. Fraternally he was affiliated with the Knights of Maccabees. Andrew Campbell married Martha Nower, who was born in 1851 on a farm in Pawpaw Township of Van Buren County, Michigan, and died at Bangor in 1891. Their children were: Frances, wife of Frank Whitney, who is connected with the Ridpath Lyceum Bureau and lives at Columbus, Ohio; Catherine, wife of Harry J. Lurkin, a county farm adviser, living at Benton Harbor, Michigan; Dr. James A.; Etta May, wife of Charles Marshall, a machinist living at Detroit, Michigan. Doctor...

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Galbreath, Mary Matilda Paxson

Mary Matilda Pasxon, daughter of Jacob C. and Sarah Ann Paxson, was born April 1, 1852, at Winona, Columbiana County, Ohio. She moved to Michigan with her parents in 1871 where she attended school and for about seven years taught in the rural schools in Hartford Township. In 1875 she was marred to William Franklin Galbreath. To this union were born four children, Ethel L., Stanton T., Christie F., and one son who died in infancy. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Ladies of the Maccabees, until the last few years when failing sight prevented her attending. During her earlier life she was always willing to be of any assistance where there was sickness or sorrow of any kind. She never was affiliated with any church, but was born of Quaker parentage and always adhered to their belief, being satisfied with the simple things of life. She passed away December 11, 1931 at the age of 82 years, 8 months, and 10 days. She leaves to mourn her loss three children, seven grandchildren, several nephews and nieces, and a host of friends. Funeral rites were held at the home of 1:30 and at Zuver & Calvin Chapel at 2 o’clock on December 13, Rev. John H. Balfour of Coloma officiating. Burial was at Pioneer Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Biography of J. C. Manning

One of the most useful and active citizens of Nowata is J. C. Manning, who has been holding the office of city manager since 1920. A native of Indiana, he was born in La Fayette, on the 7th of April, 1881, and there received his early education. After graduating from high school he became a student at Purdue University and was graduated from that institution in 1901, with the B. S. degree. Subsequently he made his initial step into the business world as an employee in the engineering department of the Illinois Central Railroad and after ten years in that capacity resigned his position to accept a like one with the Rock Island Railroad. At the termination of three years he went with the Interstate Commerce Commission in the government valuation for railroads and one year later became assistant city engineer of Ottawa, Illinois. For a like period he served as assistant county highway superintendent of that community, after which he became city manager of South Haven, Michigan. After acting as city manager of Hayes, Kansas, for some time he came to Nowata in 1920, as city manager, which office he is now holding. Nowata is enjoying a commission form of government and Mr. Manning was appointed by the five commissioners to his present office. He is eminently a man of business sense, of well balanced mind, even temperament...

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