Biographical Publishing Company Chicago 1903
Transcribed by Debi Hanes
Having brought to a successful termination our labors in Houghton, Baraga and Marquette Counties in compiling and editing the sketches herein contained, we desire, in presenting this Biographical Record to our patrons, to make a few remarks, necessarily brief, in regard to the value and importance of local works of this nature. We agree with Ralph Waldo Emerson that “Biography is the only true History”, and also are of the opinion that a collection of the biographies of the leading men of a nation would give a more interesting , as well as authentic, history of their county than any other that could be written. The value of such a production as this cannot be too highly estimated. With each succeeding year, the haze of Obscurity removes more and more from our view the vast disappearing landmarks of the past. Oblivion sprinkles her dust of forgetfulness on men and their deeds, effectually concealing them from the public eye, and because of the many living objects that claim our attention, few of those who have been removed from the busy world remain long in our memory. Even the glorious achievements of the present age may not insure it from being lost in the glare of greater things to come, and so it is manifestly a duty to posterity for the men of the present time to preserve a record of their lives and a story of their progress from low and humble beginnings to great and noble deeds, in order that future generations may read the account of their successful struggles, and profit by their example. A local history affords the best means of preserving ancestral history, and it also becomes, immediately upon its publication, a ready book of reference for those who have occasion to seek biographical data of the leading and early settling families. Names, dates and events are not easily remembered by the average man, so it behooves the generations now living, who wish to live in the memory of their descendants, to write their own records, making them full and broad in scope, and minute in detail, and insure their preservation by having them put in printed form. We firmly believe that in these collated memoirs will be found as faithful a record of the industrial development that has taken place in this section of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan as may be obtained anywhere, for the very sufficient reason that its growth and development are identified with that of men who have made it what it is today-the representative, leading men, whose personal sketches it has been a pleasure to us to write and give a place in this volume. From the time when the hand of the civilized man had not delved into the bowels of the earth for the vast stores of copper and iron, nor with the ever-ready frontier’s man ax felled the noble, almost limitless forests, to the present period of activity in all branches of industry, we may read in the history of this district’s leading men and of their ancestors the wonderful growth and development that has been going here for little more than half a century, but which bids fair to continue for centuries to come. A hundred years from now whatever records of the present time are then extant, having withstood the ravages of time and the ceaseless war of the elements, will be viewed, with an absorbing interest, equaling, if not surpassing, that which is taken to-day in the history of the early settlements of America.
It has been our purpose in the preparation of this work to pass over no phase or portion of it slightingly, but to give attention to the smallest points, and thus invest it with an air of accuracy, to be obtained in no other way. The result has amply justified the care that has been taken, for it is our honest belief that no more reliable production, under the circumstances, could have been compiled.
One feature of this work, to which we have given special prominence, and which we are sure will prove of extraordinary interest, is the collection of portraits of the representative and leading citizens which appear throughout the volume. We have tried to represent the different spheres of industrial and professional activity as well as we might. To those who have been so uniformly obliging and have kindly interested themselves in the success of this work, volunteering information and data which has been very helpful to us in preparing this volume, we desire to express our grateful and profound acknowledgment of their valued services.
THE PUBLISHERS. CHICAGO, ILL., SEPTEMBER, 1903
All the biographical sketches published in this volume were submitted to their respective subjects or to the subscribers, for whom the facts were primarily obtained, for their approval or correction before going to press; and a reasonable time was allowed in each case for the return of the typewritten copies. Most of them were returned to us within the time allotted, or before the work was printed, after being corrected or revised; and these may therefore be regarded as reasonably accurate.
A few, however, was not returned to us; and as we have no means of knowing whether they contain errors or not, we cannot vouch for their accuracy. In justice to our readers, and to render this work more valuable for reference purposes, we have indicated these uncorrected sketches by a small asterisk (*), placed immediately after the name of the subject. They will all be found on the last pages of the book.
BIOGRAPHICAL PUBLISHING CO.