Muskegon County, Michigan

Lakeside Township



This, although by far the smallest town in the county, ranks among the best in wealth, population and progressive advancement. It consists of part of section 28, and sections 34 and 35 of the township of Muskegon, of which it formerly was. a part. The boundary line on the north is the channel at the mouth of the lake and on the south is the town of Norton, and on the east Muskegon Township

This township was a portion of the territory of Muskegon Township set apart as Laketon, which was organized in 1865, S. A. Brown being first Supervisor, and the union of Laketon and Lake- side was continued for nine years, during which time considerable dissatisfaction arose in the sections now forming Lakeside, as they were isolated by the lake from Laketon, and were a mere gore, naturally a portion of Muskegon. This dissatisfaction resulted in 1874 in a petition being signed by A. P. Horton and 37 others to set apart these sections. John Ruddiman and 22 others sent in a centra petition, but the former prevailed, and in 1875 the Town of

Lakeside was formed, the first meeting being held at A. V. Mann & Co's office; J. W. Moon, A. M. Allen and F. H. Smith were appointed the first Board of Inspectors. The Supervisors have been: A. G. Smith, 1875; H. V. Riflenberg, 1876-77; John W. Moon, in 1878; L. G. Morgan, in 1879; Geo. Tillottson, in 1880; J. W. Moon, in 1881; P. P. Mizner, in 1882.

The Justices of the Peace in Lakeside in 1881 were Edward Miner, S. C. Moon and James 0. Allen.

The Clerk in 1881 was A. N. Fowler; Treasurer, Reuben G. Duel; School Inspector, Henry McEvillie; School Supt., J. C. McGlue.

The population of Lakeside in 1880 was 1,702, but it is largely increased since then. It stands among the most populous towns in the county, and united with Muskegon city forms a representative division of about half the population of the county. The school population in 1880 was 487. It contains three villages: Lakeside, which has recently had a postoffice named Ryerson established in it; Bluffton, with about 700 population and Port Sherman at the Mouth.

The principal feature of all these villages is, of course, the mills, which have already been described. A. V. Mann & Co. have been largely instrumental in the building up of the pretty village of Lakeside.


Mann & Moon's Mill

The Postmaster, Mr. A. W. Fowler, has been a resident of the place for thirteen years and has been prominently identified with its growth and business interests. After coming to Lakeside he was employed in the mills and for five years was foreman of A. V. Mann & Co's mill. In 1874 Mr. Fowler engaged in the mercantile business, and when the postoffice was established at Lakeside in 1881 he was appointed postmaster and now conducts the office in connection with his store.

Among the other prominent residents William W. Wheaton, livery-man, Lakeside, is one of the enterprising young business men of this growing place. Mr. Wheaton was born and has always lived here. In the spring of 1879 he put up a large barn and stable and engaged in the business of conducting a general livery and boarding stable. He is doing a large and prosperous business.

P. B. Pillsbury, Deputy Collector and Post-master at Bluffton, is a native of Maine, and came to Bluffton in 1872. In 1878 he was appointed Post-master and Deputy Collector, both of which offices he still holds. He is also engaged in the mercantile business. W. W. Pomeroy, of Bluffton, is a native of Connecticut, and came to Bluffton in 1871 to take charge of the lumber interests of Kelley, Wood & Co. In 1877 the firm was succeeded by Geo. E. Wood, of Chicago, and Mr. Pomeroy has remained in charge of the business.

Bluffton is an important shipping point for lumber, and there is considerable complaint that the Customs Officer has been removed from there involving a journey to Muskegon on the part of vessel owners. Port Sherman at the Mouth has already been alluded to under the heading of Muskegon as a summer resort. At Port Sherman besides the large mills of C. D. Nelson & Co., there are the Sherman House, the Light House and the Government Life Saving Station established in 1878. In 1850 there was but one house here, that of Fred. Drixilius, but there were there some -400 or 500 Ottawa Indians. The Sherman House, a wooden structure accommodating about 30 guests in summer, was built by Captain Fuller in 1874, and is crowded during the summer season. Guests from Chicago, St. Louis and other cities enjoy there fishing, boating, bathing and the lake breezes.

Capt. Fuller, proprietor of Sherman House, was born in Jefferson County, New York, in 1827, and lias spent 33 years on the water. He married in 1850 Miss J. Farley, of Watertown, and has three sons and one daughter. The Captain is also a tug owner, and came to Muskegon in September, 1867.

Martin Burdge, shop-keeper, was born in Chautauqua County, N. Y., in 1810, and came to Illinois in 1830, being by trade a cabinet maker, and also going into keeping boarders at Port Sherman in October, 1850, and has been there ever since, being engaged in fishing, hotel and store keeping. He married April 3, 1842, Phoebe Caroline Hawley, of Lockport, N. Y., and has lost his four children, and two by adoption. Mr. Burdge is a very interesting gentleman to meet, being full of reminiscences of his early days, especially of the Indians, with whom he held friendly relations, his Indian name being Mish-e-tone, or the bearded man.

Capt. H. Eastman, of tug Kingsbury, was born in Cattaraugus Co., N. Y. in 1830, and came with his patents to a farm in Lake, Ill., and thence to Southern Wisconsin. When 18 he took to sailing on the lakes, and has made it his life work. Once he was laid up eighteen months, from breaking his leg by a fall from the mast head. He came to Muskegon in 1864, and has been in the tugging business ever since. He married in February, 1868, Buth A. Eddy, of his native county, and has two sons, Carl E., born September 25, 1869, Floyd K., born September 2, 1880.

The light house is kept by H. L. Warren, who was appointed for his gallant and meritorious services in the navy during the last war on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Mr. Warren is a native of New England, and has spent most of his life on the ocean as a sailor. He is respected by all who know him, and attends to his duty punctually and satisfactorily.

History of Muskegon Co with Illustrations & biographies H.R. Page 1882





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