Summit Township

Mason Co Michigan

The township of Summit was the first township erected by the board of supervisors of Mason County. At a meeting in December, 1859, it was voted that Town 17 north, of Range 18 west, except Sections 1, 2 and 3, and Town 17 north, of Range 17 west, except Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, from the present township of Pere Marquette, be organized into a new township, to be called Summit. The first township meeting was held the first Monday in April, 1860 at the house of William Quevillon. George A. Caswell, Washington Weldon and William Quevillon were appointed three electors of the township, to preside at such first election or town meeting, and exercise the same powers as inspectors of election at ordinary township meetings.

The first settlers in what is now Summit Township were William Quevillon, Washington Weldon and Peter La Belle. The two latter are still residents of the township, but Mr. Quevillon is a resident of Manistee.

W. H. Foster was an early settler in Summit, and was the first farmer in the county to use a reaper and mower. His farm covered 600 acres.

Summit is a lake shore township, and has a good soil for agricultural purposes. The timber is principally hardwood. Numerous small streams traverse the township in various directions, which supply the farms with pure water.

The township is bounded on the north by Pere Marquette, on the east by Riverton, on the south by Oceana County, and on the west by Lake Michigan.

The population in 1880 was 387, and the total vote 140. The present supervisor, is H. 0. Cole, and the town clerk is Lewis Rose.

There are two schoolhouses in the township.


Orenzo Rice was born in Henderson, Jefferson Co., N. Y., on the 25th day of April, 1832, was raised a farmer's son, and has followed that occupation principally through life; was married to Lucy M. Chandler, on the 23rd day of October, 1855. She was born in the same town, on the 3rd day of November, 1835. He lived in the town, where he was raised, until March, 1861, when he removed with his family to Trenton, on the Detroit River, where he engaged in fanning and teaching school Winters. He remained there until February, 1866, when, with his family, he moved, in the dead of Winter, with wagon and sleigh (being some fourteen days on the journey) to what was then known as Pere Marquette, now Ludington, Mason County, on the east shore of Lake Michigan. He settled five miles east of the village, in what is now known as the Township of Amber. In April, 1867, he was elected treasurer of the Township of Pere Marquette, when it embraced what is now five townships. He was the first supervisor of the Town of Amber. He moved to Section 30, Township of Summit, on the south line of Mason County, in June, 1874, where he now lives. He was elected supervisor of his town, in the years 1875, 1876 and 1877. He has been engaged through the Winter Season at teaching school, having taught fourteen terms, since he moved into the county.
(Died 16 April 1889 - buried at Spring Hill Cemetery Talbot County MD)

Francis Shappee was born in Montreal, Canada, July, 15, 1844; moved to St. Lawrence Co., N. Y„ in 1855. Enlisted in 1861 in the Sixtieth New York Volunteers; served till the close of the war in the Army of the Potomac, and was wounded at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg; he gels a pension. Settled in Mason County, Mich., in 1870, and lives on Section 18, Summit Township, and is engaged in farming and fruit growing, of which he cultivates over ten acres. Married September, 1865, Aurelia Ferguson, who was born in Jefferson County, N. Y., Aug. 24, 1850. Six children, George, Francis L., Angeline, Albert, Clarence, Roy, and one that died, Lester J., born September 24, 1871, and died January 4, 1872.

George C. McClatchie, of Scotch parentage, was born in Canada, September 1, 1836. Resided there till he settled in Summit, Mason Co., Mich., in 1865, locating on Section 18, and engaged principally in fruit culture, having over twenty acres of all varieties. He has been county clerk, township treasurer five years, and most other local offices. Married, July 18, 1860, Margaret Lunan, born in 1835. Eight children, Alfred J., Caroline, Emma S., Minnie A.. Ursella, Ida J., Griffin Yale and Myrtle G., to all of whom he is giving liberal educations, as their ages will permit. He has had the misfortune to lose one child by death front scarlet fever, F. Willie, born January 25, 1868, and died February 16, 1879.

Jacob Schrumpf was born in Germany, April 24, 1821; settled at Pentwater, in 1855; a farmer by occupation, and has contributed to the prosperity of Oceana County, by clearing and subduing three farms, among which is the comity farm for Oceana County. He now lives on Section 31, Summit Township, Mason County. He was married September, 1851, to Caroline Hoch, who was born in Germany, January 6, 1830. Eight children were the result of this union.

John G. Kistler was born in Trumbull County, Ohio, October 14, 1857. He settled in Summit Township, Mason Co. Mich., on Section 12, in 1875. He is a farmer and blacksmith.

Elihu Nickerson was born in Saratoga Comity, N. Y., December, 9, 1804. He removed to Canada East, in 1820, thence to Cattarangus County, N. Y., in 1835; to Lake County, Ind., in 1839; to Barry County, Mich., in 1842, and to Summit, Mason County, in 1865, locating on Section 30, where he now lives. He has been justice of the peace for a term of years, and was married December 6, 1831, to Mary Winegarden, who was born in Canada, in 1814, and died September 30, 1878.

Soren Andersen was born in Denmark, September 14, 1843, and settled at Pentwater, in 1864, being a carpenter by trade. He now owns a nice farm of eighty acres on Section 6, Summit Township, where he resides, except on temporary absence. At present is saw-filer in Bush & Chapman's mill, Pentwater. Married, March 6, 1872 to Anna Mortensen. Four children, Andras, Martin, Mary and Dagmar.

M. P. Marble, was born in Piscataquis County, Me., September 2, 1828; moved to Lycoming County, Penn., in 1840. In 1864 he went to Steele County, Minn., and engaged in saw and gristmill business, remaining four years, when in 1868, he moved to Manistee, and to Ludington the year following. In 1870 he moved to his present location on Section 12, Summit Township, and is engaged in farming and orcharding. Has been township treasurer several terms. Married, October 13, 1853, Lucy Custar, from Lycoming County, Penn.; four children—Frank M., William R., S. G., and Fannie 0.

Smith Hawley was born in Brant County, Ont., Canada, From there he went to Middlesex County, Ont., in 1855: and to Ionia, Mich., in 1865; Muskegon, in 1867; and Ludington, Mason County, in 1872. In 1875 he purchased a fruit farm on Section 18, Summit Township, where he now resides; has a fine young orchard in different varieties of ten acres, and is constantly adding to it. Has been school inspector, superintendent, etc. Married, June 9, 1867, Gertrude Schaefer, who was born in Prussia, December 12, 1846. Seven children— Ernest A., Frank W., Oscar E., Grace G., Lewis A., Harold H. and Ransom S.

J. B. Houk was born in Trumbull County, Ohio, December 21, 1833. In 1871 he made Mason County. Mich. his home, settling on Section 7, Summit Township, where he now resides; cultivating a large farm, and fine orchard. Has a family of seven children, which he is settling around himself. Married, January 28, 1857, Lydia K. Bailey, who was born in Trumbull County, Ohio, April 16, 1839. His children's names are — Wallace S., Charles L., Daniel L., Emma J., Austin J., Jessie W. and Cornelius B.