Newaygo Co MI
White Cloud, MI (1930s) - Contributed by Paul Petosky
The village of White Cloud is near the southwestern corner of Wilcox Township. It owes its existence to the Chicago & West Michigan railroad. It was first called Morganville, and then, after the road was extended through the village from the south, it acquired its present name. It now has two railroads, and a chance for a third; and as one sees four passenger trains meet at this point a little before noon, the visitor does not wonder that it hopes some day to have the county seat. It is growing rapidly, having now a population of perhaps 550.
White Cloud was incorporated in 1879, and held its charter election March 11 of that year. The following officers were then elected: President, Fred Ramsey; Trustees, James L. Morgan, Robert A. Moon, James M. Gibbs, James H. Decker, James McLeod and Lee A. Mason; Clerk, William Ross; Treasurer, Charles S. Wilcox; Street Commissioner, David Smith; Assessor, David S. Benson; Constable, Richard Doyle. At the last election, held April 2, 1883, the following village officers were elected: President, J. M. Popple; Trustees, Henry Cardinal, Hollis T. Reed, Richard Doyle, Richard Gannon, R. S. Trask and James McLeod; Clerk, A. W. Sidebottom; Treasurer, Miles Standish; Street Commissioner, E. C. Bracy; Assessor, M. A. Teachout; Constable, George Chandler.
The following is a list of the business firms of White Cloud:
E. C. Bracy, wagon shop.
White Cloud Lodge No. 34, I. O. 0. F. was organized July 15, 1883, and the following were its first officers: James McLaughlin, N. G.; S. D. Witherell, V. G.; George Williams, Secretary; R. J. Doyle, Treas. The present officers are: James McLaughlin, N. G.; George Williams, V. G.; D. O'Sullivan, Perm. Sec; Jacob Cohen, Rec. Sec; R. J. Doyle, Treas. The membership of the lodge is about 40, and the meetings are held Wednesday evenings.
White Cloud Lodge, No. 1997, K. of H., was organized the latter part of 1879, and now has a membership of 34. A. G. Clark is Dictator; E. A. Grosvenor, Secretary; and M. A, Teachout, Treas. The lodge meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.
White Cloud Lodge No. 452, I. O. G. T., was organized July 5, 1882, with D. C. Mcintosh as Chief Templar. The present officers are as follows: L. M. Clover, C. T.; Mrs. C. N. Draper, V. T.; Wm. Cameron, Sec; Frankie Clark, Treas.; Walter Witherell, Mar.; Mrs. Chandler, Chap.; Anna Hagen, I. G.; Antone Weiker, O. G. The lodge has a membership of 25, and meets every Tuesday evening.
Source: Portrait and Biographical Newaygo County 1884