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Alcona County, MI

William F. Carle
WILLIAM F. CARLE, who is one of the most capable undertakers in Alcona county, conducts a fine embalming establishment at Harrisville, where he is recognized as a man of worth and prominence. The art of embalming is to some extent lost as the Egyptians understood and practiced it, but if properly done it requires as much of an expert as does the preservation of the beauty of the living. Mr. Carle has a thorough understanding of his business, being specially well equipped for this work. He was born in Saint Clair county, Michigan, on the 18th of August, 1859, and is a son of Frederick and Elizabeth Carle, of Port Huron, Michigan. The father was a carpenter by trade and he removed with his family to Alcona county in 1866. His death occurred in 1894 and his widow was summoned to eternal rest in 1905. From 3880 to 1905 the mother conducted the Alcona House, at Harrisville, and after her death her son, the subject of this review, conducted it until 1910. To the public schools of Alcona Mr. Carle is indebted for his preliminary educational training and as a young man he secured a position on the Pere Marquette Railroad, continuing to be identified with that line of enterprise for a period of twelve years, at the expiration of which he went to Alpena, where he conducted a grocery store for the ensuing ten years. In 1905 he returned to Harrisville and in that year took up his present business. He is the only funeral director in the city and as such does a large business. He is a Republican in his political convictions and fraternally he is affiliated with the Free & Accepted Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America. He and his wife are worthy and helpful members of the Methodist Episcopal church and they hold a secure vantage ground in the confidence and esteem of their fellow citizens. In the year 1893 Mr. Carle was united in marriage to Miss Sarah MacGillis, a daughter of James MacGillis, long a representative business man of Alcona county. Mrs. Carle was born in Canada and is a woman of most pleasing- personality. No children have been born to this union. [A History of Northern Michigan and Its People By Perry Francis Powers, Harry Gardner Cutler 1912]

George A. Cuyler
The present able incumbent of the office of register of deeds of Alcona county, Michigan, is George A. Cuyler, who is now serving his third term in office, this fact being conclusive evidence of his worth to his constituents and the high esteem in which he is held by them. Mr. Cuyler was born in the province of Ontario, Canada, the date of his nativity being the 6th of October, 1863. He is a son of George and Margaret (Gauley) Cuyler, both of whom were born and reared in Canada, where the former was summoned to the life eternal in 1866 and where the latter is now residing. To Mr. and Mrs. George Cuyler were born six children, of whom four sons emigrated to the United States.  George A. Cuyler was the fifth in order of birth in the family of six children and he grew up and was educated in his home town in Canada. In 1885, at which time he was twenty-two years of age, he emigrated to the United States, locating at Black River, Michigan, where he remained until 1906, in which year he removed to Harrisville, where he has since maintained his home. After his arrival in the States he was interested in the lumber industry for a number of years and subsequently he was appointed a member of the life-saving station at Sturgeon Point, continuing incumbent of that position for a period of fourteen years, at the expiration of which, in 1906, he was elected to the office of register of deeds in Alcona county. In politics Mr. Cuyler accords a stalwart allegiance to the principles and policies for which the Republican party stands sponsor and as a public-spirited and loyal citizen he has done much to advance progress and development in this section of northern Michigan. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Knights of the Tented Maccabees and with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In his religious faith he is a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal church, in the various departments of whose work he and his wife have long been active and zealous factors. In the year 1891 was recorded the marriage of Mr. Cuyler to Miss Anna Shirley, who was born in Canada, where she was liberally educated and whence she came to the United States in 1885. To this union has been born two children, Edna M., who married Pith Medar, of Harrisville, and Hazen S., who is attending school at Harrisville. [A History of Northern Michigan and Its People By Perry Francis Powers, Harry Gardner Cutler 1912]

Hazen "KiKi" Cuyler
(August 30, 1898 - February 11, 1950)
Hazen Cuyler baseball card
Hazen was a Major League Baseball right fielder from 1921 until 1938. His nickname "Kiki" reportedly came from the way in which he once stuttered his own last name. He was born in Harrisville, Michigan. Cuyler broke into the big leagues in 1921 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and became a fixture in the lineup in 1924. Playing for the Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers over the next decade and a half, Cuyler established a reputation as an outstanding hitter with great speed. He regularly batted .350 or higher and finished with a .321 lifetime batting average. In 1925 Cuyler combined this great hitting with 18 home runs and 102 RBI. Cuyler's Pirates won the World Series that year, the only time in his career he would be part of a championship team. In 1927, Cuyler was benched for nearly half the season because of a dispute with first-year manager Donie Bush. The Pirates went again to the World Series, but Cuyler did not play. That November, Cuyler was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Sparky Adams and Pete Scott. Cuyler led the league in stolen bases four times and finished his career with 328 steals. After his illustrious career as a player, Cuyler managed in the minor leagues, winning the regular-season Southern Association pennant in 1939 under Joe Engel with the Chattanooga Lookouts, with one of the only fan-owned franchises in the nation. He was a coach for the Cubs and Boston Red Sox during the 1940s, and was still active in the role for Boston in February 1950 when he succumbed to a heart attack at the age of 51. He died and was buried in his hometown of Harrisville, Michigan. Cuyler was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1968. In 1981, Lawrence Ritter and Donald Honig included him in their book The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time. [Source: Wikipedia / Bro. J.R. Hughes]

Samuel R. Hoobler
Representative in 1887, from Alcona, Arenac and Iosco counties, was born in Middleton, Ohio, October 24, 1844. Taught school in Ohio, and came to Bay City in 1888, and has been engaged in schools, and is a farmer near Worth, Arenac county. Has held local positions. He was elected as a Fusionist. [Bingham Michigan Biographies - Early History with Biographies of State Officer 1887]

Samuel B. Kahn
Through close application and well applied industry many men have risen to important positions in the business world. To be born amid unfavoring circumstances does not imply that one's life shall be passed amid such surroundings, and especially in America, the "melting pot of all nations" is opportunity offered for advancement. It is this that has drawn so many people of foreign birth to the new world, where they have profited by existing conditions and have so shaped their lives that they have gained a fair measure of prosperity, which is the goal of all business endeavor. Mr. Samuel B. Kahn has been most successfully engaged in the general merchandise business at Harrisville, Alcona county, Michigan, since 1895, and here he is recognized as a loyal citizen, whose every public act has been a contributor to progress and development. Mr. Kahn was born at Kurland, Russia, on the 15th of September, 1873, and he is a son of Abraham and Sarah (Tange) Kahn. The father died in September, 1910, and the mother is living in Bay City. Mr. Kahn was reared and educated in his native land, under the strict rules of the Hebrew church is as far as was permissible under the Russian government.  As a youth he developed decided ability in the line of mercantile pursuits and in 1892, when nineteen years of age, he emigrated to the United States and settled in Michigan. In 1895 he located at Harrisville, where he opened a general store. His energy and vim soon began to count for good and from small beginnings his business gradually grew in scope and importance until today his splendid establishment is one of the best in Alcona county. In 1906 he purchased the old Van Buskirk stand, fronting on the lake and the same is two and a half stories in height and is well stocked with the choicest of fresh and staple merchandise direct from the importer and factory. With his staple and fancy line of goods he caters to even the most factious city customer and in the business world of this place he is noted for his straightforward and honorable dealings. Politically Mr. Kahn endorses the cause of the Republican party and during his residence in Harrisville he has been honored with the public offices to which he has been elected.  In 1897 Mr. Kahn was united in marriage to Miss Nellie Sandorf, of Bay City, Michigan. To this union have been born four children, namely, —Ivar J., Bernice D., Louisa and Velma R. Mr. and Mrs. Kahn are popular in connection with the best social activities in Harrisville and their home is celebrated for its gracious and cordial hospitality and the good cheer which there abounds. following offices of trust and responsibility: He was treasurer of the school board for nine years, was a member of the city council for six years and for three years was mayor of Harrisville. He is now (1911) secretary of the Republican County Committee. In a fraternal way he is affiliated with the Masonic order, in the Scottish Rite branch of which he has attained to the thirty-second degree and in the York Rite of which he is a member of Harrisville Lodge, No. 292, Free & Accepted Masons, in which he is a past master. He is also a valued and appreciative member of the adjunct organization, the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. In every walk of life Mr. Kahn's conduct has been characterized by strict adherence to honesty and principle and his exemplary life may well serve as lesson and incentive to others. He is a man of resolute purpose and one whose laudable ambition has stimulated him to put forth his best efforts both in his own private business affairs and in the administration of the duties of the public offices to which he has been elected at different times. [A History of Northern Michigan and Its People By Perry Francis Powers, Harry Gardner Cutler 1912]

Charles H. Schram
An essentially representative business man of Lincoln, Alcona county, Michigan, and one whose energy and enterprise have won him a high place in the confidence and esteem of h is fellow men is Charles H. Schram, who has resided in this town since 1881, and who as a boy and man has retained an untarnished reputation amongst people who have known him from earliest youth. Mr. Schram was born in the province of Ontario, Canada, on the 27th of September, 1875, and is a son of David and Celesty (Underbill) Schram, both of whom were likewise born and reared in Canada, where was solemnized their marriage and whence they came to the United States in the year 1881. Location was made in Lincoln and subsequently the father purchased a farm of seventy-five acres of land, which is now in a high state of cultivation. Of their eleven children seven are now living, namely,—Charles H., the immediate subject of this review; Anna, who is now Mrs. L. Dewey; George A.; Frederick B.; Earl O.; Emma, who is Mrs. C. Clayton; and Etta. After completing the curriculum of the public schools of Lincoln Charles H. Schram entered upon an apprenticeship at the blacksmith's trade, with the work of which he continued to be identified for a number of years. In 1899 he conducted a grocery store and in 1907 he became manager of the Lincoln Mercantile Company. In his political faith Mr. Schram is a staunch advocate of the principles and policies for which the Republican party stands sponsor and while he has never manifested aught of ambition for the honors or emoluments of public office he is ever on the alert to do all in his power to advance the general welfare of the community in which he has elected to maintain his home. He is a business man of irreproachable conduct and straightforward methods and as such commands the high esteem of all with whom he has come in contact. He is a strictly temperance man and in a fraternal way he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of the Tented Maccabees and the Modern Brotherhood of America. For two years he was the efficient incumbent of the office of village clerk. In 1902 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Sehram to Miss Sarah J. Brounlee who is a daughter of William and Jane Brounlee, and who was reared and educated in Canada. Mr. and Mrs. Schram have no children. They are zealous members of the Methodist Episcopal church in their religious adherency and are popular factors in connection with the best social activities of the community, their home being widely recognized as a center of most gracious hospitality. [A History of Northern Michigan and Its People By Perry Francis Powers, Harry Gardner Cutler 1912]

James D. Turnbull
Representative from Alpena,- Alcona and Presque Isle counties in 1879, '81-2, was born in Harvey, New Brunswick, Feb. 5, 1843. He received a good common school education, removed to Chelsea, Mich., in 1858, entered in 1863 in the 20th Michigan infantry, and served through the war, becoming a lieutenant. He took a full course at the State Normal school, was principal of the schools at Memphis three years, studied law and was admitted in 1871. He commenced practice at Alpena in 1872. Has been comptroller of Alpena two terms, two years chairman of board of supervisors, and chairman of democratic county committee for six years. In politics a Democrat. [Bingham Michigan Biographies - Early History with Biographies of State Officer 1887]

Columbus V. Tyler
Senator from Alcona, Alpena, Bay, Iosco, Ogemaw and Presque Isle counties in 1877 and 1879, was born in Auburn, Cayuga county, N. Y., in 1825, and in 1836 removed to Genesee county, Michigan. He received a common school education, in 1846 commenced the study of medicine, in 1850 settled in the village of Flushing, Genesee county. He practiced medicine nineteen years in that place. He removed to Bay City in 1869, and in 1870 graduated from the Detroit medical college, and from that time has continued the practice of his profession. In politics a Democrat.[Bingham Michigan Biographies - Early History with Biographies of State Officer 1887]


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