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Alexander William Bissland
Bissland, Alexander William, business man and public official of Mio, Mich., was born July 6, 1873, in England. He came to United States in 1891; for several years was associated with the A. C. Bailey company of Ford City, Pa., as cashier of their large department store, which position he resigned and settled in Oscoda county, nearly twenty years ago. He has filled numerous positions of trust and honor; and is now county clerk and register of deeds. [same bio in the 1919 version of Herringshaw's publication]
Source: Herringshaw's American Blue Book of Biography, Thomas William Herringsaw, 1915; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

MARKEY, Daniel P.
Representative from the counties of Crawford, Oscoda, Roscommon and Ogemaw in 1885 and 1867, was born in the township of Bunker Hill, Mich., June 27, 1857. Most of his early life was spent in Pinckney, Livingston county, where he pursued his studies, graduating at the school in that village and afterwards engaged in teaching for several years. In 1879 he removed to Ann Arbor, obtaining a position as bookkeeper for a manufacturing company. He at the same time entered upon the study of law, and was admitted to the bar in April, 1881, in September of which year he removed to West Brunch, Ogemaw county, where he still resides^, and began the practice of his profession as an attorney. In 1881 he was appointed circuit court commissioner, and elected in 1882. In 1888 he was judge of probate. He was a Republican member and was re-elected for 1887-8 by a vote of 1,470 to l,221 for J. Maurice Finn.
Bingham Michigan Biographies - Early History with Biographies of State Officer 1887

Chauncy Chatterton McCarthy
CHAUNCY CHATTERTON McCARTHY. This brilliant young attorney-at-law was born in Pine River Township, Gratiot County, this State, February 8, 1856, and is the son of Daniel and Melissa (Dexter) McCarthy. The father was a native of Cork, Ireland, and came to the United States when eighteen years old, but after spending two years in New York, migrated to Michigan and settled in Oakland County. The mother is a native of Vermont who many years ago settled in Michigan with her parents and is still living with a son in Oscoda County. The father died about seven years ago. The family settled, in Gratiot County, a short time before the birth of our subject and while he was still quite young they removed to Oakland County, which they made their home until he was six years old then they returned to Gratiot County. At the age of fifteen the youth entered the lumber woods and continued in that kind of work until he was twenty-four. In summer he worked on the log boom and until he was of age he assisted in the support of the family.

In 1880 the young man who had long realized the necessity for a higher education entered the Normal school at Valparaiso, Ind., and studied for some time, alternating this schooling with work in the lumber woods,and also read law as he had opportunity until he was able to pass his examination and be admitted to the bar of Gratiot County, which was in March, 1884 before Judge Hart.

During the next summer Mr. McCarthy again worked on the log boom at Saginaw, and while so operating he received the nomination for the Democratic party as Circuit Court Commissioner, and was elected during the Cleveland campaign. At that time he made a canvass of the county, speaking frequently and on New Year's Day, 1885 he assumed the duties of the office, opening at the same time a law office and bringing to this city his mother, one brother and a sister, namely: Daniel Willard and Ellen Lena, both of whom he placed in the High School. He was re-elected in 1886, remaining in that position until January, 1889 and refused after that to be a candidate.

The ensuing fall Mr. McCarthy entered the Northern Indian Law School which is connected with the Normal School at Valparaiso, and graduated therefrom in the Class of June, 1890, receiving a degree of Bachelor of Laws in a class of thirty-seven members. During the same time he pursued a commercial course and also a literary course, giving especial attention to rhetoric. He had thorough training and practical work in speaking in the literary societies and the moot courts of the institution. Upon his return to Saginaw he resumed his law practice and is building up a satisfactory connection. During the fall of 1890 he stumped the county in the interests of the Democratic party, but his belief is that a protective tariff is needed for the country for years to come, also that the position of the Republican party on the silver question is more nearly correct, and he has therefore decided to take his position with the Republican party and has so placed himself before the people of the county.

In his social connections Mr. McCarthy is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he is very active and he is now serving as Noble Grand of Star Lodge No. 156. He was married November 18, 1886 to Miss E. Belle Cornell of St. Louis. Mich., who was born in Ionia County. She like himself is a graduate of Valparaiso Normal school. She is a teacher of some years' experience in Michigan and Illinois and was for two years principal of the High School at Momence, Ill. Mr. McCarthy is of the Unitarian faith but both he and his wife attend the Universalist Church.
Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan, Biographical Publishing Co., 1892; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

John J. McCarthy
In many different official capacities, as well as in the regular routine of his private professional life, the subject of this sketch has evinced abilities of a high order, and no citizen of his community is more deserving the title "progressive." Born in Gratiot county, this state, Mr. McCarthy is, as his name indicates, of Irish blood, his father, Daniel McCarthy, being a native of Ireland, while his mother, whose maiden name was Melissa Dexter, was born in Vermont. The subject was educated in the common schools of Gratiot county and in the St. Louis high school. He read law in the office of Newell Leonard, at St. Louis, and in 1884 he was formally admitted to the bar. During the years from 1889 to 1896 he was a resident of Oscoda county, and in 1896 he located in Standish, where he has since resided, being actively engaged in the practice of his profession, in which he has been eminently successful, having been connected with some of the most important cases tried in the courts of this and adjoining counties. During the years of his residence in Gratiot county he served as clerk of Pine River township and circuit court commissioner. While in Oscoda county he was prosecuting attorney four years and member of the board of school examiners six years. In 1898 he was elected prosecuting attorney of Arenac county, serving one term. In 1902 he was elected on the Republican ticket to the legislature, representing the district composed of Alcona, Iosco, Arenac and Ogemaw counties and known as the Iosco district. He at once took a deep interest in the duties of his position and rendered such effective service that in 1904 he was re-elected. In the present legislature he is the chairman of the judiciary committee, a very important position, and is a member of the committees on apportionment, rules and joint rules and the Upper Peninsula prison. Among other bills passed through the efforts of the subject, may be mentioned the bill for a uniformity of negotiable instruments, which had been presented and defeated in four former sessions of the legislature. In 1904 Mr. McCarthy was elected a member of the Michigan Bar Association, being assigned to the committee on legislation and law reform. In 1905, at the association meeting at Bay City, he was elected a director for the tenth congressional district.

Mr. McCarthy married Miss Gertrude E. Barden, of Ovid, this state, and to them have been born two children, Cyril J. and Harold B. Fraternally Mr. McCarthy is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Woodmen of the World. He is a broad reader, a deep and logical thinker and keeps in close touch with the issues of the day. He has devoted himself largely to the benefit of the people and they have not been slow to recognize and appreciate these earnest efforts in their behalf. Of a genial nature and companionable disposition, he has not been slow to make friends and by all who know him he is held in the highest regard.
Source: Biographical Ilistory of Northern Michigan, B. F. Bowen & Company, 1905; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

Horace R. Spoor
By Jessie L. Fuller (Spoor)

Horace R. Spoor was born February 26, 1834 in Rochester, Monroe County New York to Jacob and Ruth Spoor. Not much about Horace’s parents and life growing up is known there for sadly there is nothing to write about. It is known that he had one older sister named Ruth. In 1850 at the age of 17 he lived with his sister Ruth and her husband John Tucker in Clinton, Macomb County Michigan working under John as a mason. Two years later on July 4, 1852 he married Lynthia Carpenter in St. Clair Co. Michigan. I'm not sure how long the marriage lasted because he was married again to the love of his life Mary Merrill on September 15, 1859.

They began there journey living in Richfield Township, Genesee County, Michigan. Horace worked as a Farm Laborer and that winter on January 28, 1861 Franklin was born but not six months later on July 5, 1861 baby Franklin sadly passed away to reasons unknown. Life living in Michigan passed sadly. Baby Julia came along on May 3, 1862 and then a set of twins came along on March 27, 1864 named Alfred and Albert but sadly again the twins passed away as babies. Sometime in there travels from Richfield to Oscoda County Michigan they lost another baby little Horace was born on May 5, 1867. The Spoor Family Bible and the Oscoda County death records stated that little Horace died from Consumption also known as Tuberculosis. Per the Spoor Family Bible he was buried in the woods at night place unknown.

On a happier note and a new start their sixth born child John P. Spoor was born December 1, 1868 in Van Wert County Ohio where they moved to try a new life out living near Mary's family. In June of 1870 Horace and his family lived in Ottawa County, Carroll Township Ohio working as a farmer, Mary keeping house and taking care of there son John and there daughter Julia attending school. On May 9, 1872 my Great Grandfather Theodore Wooster Spoor was born. They lived in Ohio for another 8 years and then sometime before the spring of 1880 they moved to Millington Township, Tuscola County Michigan. There at the age of 46 Horace was a Farm Laborer, Mary age 40 was keeping house and Julia age 18, John age 12 and Theodore age 8 where all attending school.

Leaving his mark Horace R. Spoor passed way on November 18, 1891 in Spoor, Elmer Township Oscoda County Michigan at the age of 57 and was buried in Kittle Cemetery. On the anniversary of his death in 1899 the Spoor Post Office of Elmer Township Oscoda County Michigan became official. The post office lasted until September 14, 1901 and the exact location is unknown but today it is considered historical.

FRANKLIN SPOOR January 28, 1861 Richfield Twp. Genessee Co. MI Died July 5, 1861
JULIA SPOOR May 3 1862 Clarksville Ottawa Co. Ohio m Franklin R. Colby 17 Jul 1887
ALFRED SPOOR March 27, 1864 Died when he was a baby
ALBERT SPOOR March 27, 1864 Died when he was a baby
HORACE SPOOR May 5, 1867 Oscoda Co. Michigan Died when he was a baby in Oscoda Co. Michigan
JOHN PAUL SPOOR December 1, Abt 1868 Ohio m Genevieve A. Wood November 15, 1891 Elmer Twp. Oscoda Co. Michigan
THEODORE WOOSTER SPOOR May 9, 1871 OH d Jun 20 1946 Traverse City m Caroline Rachel Marsh Sep 20, 1894 Harmon Twp. Oscoda Co. MI

William A. Weeks
WILLIAM A. WEEKS. To this gentleman belongs the distinction of being, in point of years of practice, the oldest attorney in Ogemaw County, and not only is he the oldest, but he is also one of the most influential and successful, having built up an extensive clientage and an enviable reputation since coming to West Branch, in 1882. He was born in Canterbury, Windham County, Conn., March 11, 1855, and is a son of Abel and Abigail (Bradford) Weeks. Through his mother he is a lineal descendant of the illustrious William Bradford, who came to America in the "Mayflower," and whose name is closely associated with the struggles and hardships of the pioneers of New England.

The paternal ancestors of our subject made settlement in Rhode Island in Colonial days, having come to this country from England. His paternal grandfather was one of the Revolutionary heroes. Abel Weeks was born in Rhode Island in 1826, and removing in early manhood to Connecticut, was there engaged in farm pursuits. About 1860 he came to Michigan and selected a location near Greenville, but after a short sojourn there, he went to Ashtabula, Ohio, where be still resides.

By his first marriage Abel Weeks had one daughter, Ida, who on the death of his wife was adopted by a Mr. Burgess. She married a physician and now lives in Providence, R. I. The second marriage of Mr. Weeks united him with Miss Bradford, who died in 1857, aged about thirty-one years. Her two children were our subject and Abigail, who is living in East Hampton, Conn. The third marriage of Abel Weeks resulted in the birth of a son, George, who was adopted by a family named Green, and is now a resident of Connecticut. By his fourth marriage there were three children, Daniel, Edward and Belle.

At the time of the death of his mother, our subject was about three years of age. He was adopted by his uncle, William Arnold Weeks, with whom he resided during his minority, meantime assisting him on his farm in New London County, Conn. His primary education was such as the district schools afforded. After leaving his foster parents he attended the high school at Westerly, R. I., for two years, doing "chores" for his board while attending school. Later he went to Poughkeepsie. N. Y., where he conducted his studies in Eastman's Commercial College. On completing his studies he taught in that institution for a time, and then went to Norwich, Conn., where he became superintendent in the Ossawan Yarn and Dye Works. On resigning from that position he was for four years engaged in the tea and coffee business at Norwich, representing G. A. Stanton both as city and traveling salesman.

Deciding to enter the legal profession, Mr. Weeks began to study law at nights, while continuing his business duties during the day. In the fall of 1877 he came to Michigan and entered the law department of the University of Michigan, but was obliged in a short time to discontinue his studies temporarily, on account of lack of funds. Teaching school, he earned a sufficient amount to complete his education, and thereupon returned to the university, where he remained until his graduation in 1880. His first location was at Harrisville, Mich., whence, after a short residence, he removed to Mio, Oscoda County, and during his sojourn there he was instrumental in procuring legislation providing for the separation of Oscoda from Alcona County, the two having been previously joined for political and municipal purposes. He also served as Prosecuting Attorney, Probate Judge and Circuit Court Commissioner of Oscoda County. He located a homestead and erected the first building in Mio.
From Mio Mr. Weeks came to West Branch, where he has since engaged in general legal practice. In September, 1882, associated with M. H. French, he founded the Ogemaw County Times, of which he was for some time the editor. In addition to this, he also conducted an insurance and loan business. In 1884 his partnership with Mr. French was dissolved, after which he conducted the paper alone until 1886, and then disposed of it to Sharpe & Sharpe.

While serving in the capacity of County Surveyor, from 1883 until 1893, Mr. Weeks surveyed large tracts of land in this locality. In 1887 he was chosen Justice of the Peace, and this office he has since filled. In 1893-94 he was Supervisor of West Branch Township, and for six years he officiated as Circuit Court Commissioner. During the period of his service as President of the village he was instrumental in promoting the welfare of his fellow-citizens and in introducing a number of needed improvements. At the present time he is serving in the capacity of Prosecuting Attorney, in which position he has rendered most able and satisfactory service to the people. As a Republican, he has for years taken a prominent part in political affairs, and he is one of the most influential workers of his party in Ogemaw County.

On New Year's Day of 1888 occurred the marriage of Mr. Weeks and Miss Carrie Hubbard, a native of Michigan, and two children have been born unto them, Hazel A. and Hertha B. Socially Mr. Weeks is actively identified with the Masonic fraternity, belonging to the lodge at West Branch.

He has taken commendable interest in all that pertains to the progress of this place, and is justly numbered among its public-spirited and energetic citizens. Now that he has arrived at an age when he can with complacency look back upon his career and recount the obstacles that he had to surmount in order to attain his present position, it is evident that he has been in every respect the architect of his own fortune. He began life without means, and in his younger years underwent some very severe trials, but whatever he has undertaken he has accomplished, and has never known the meaning of the word "fail."
Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Northern Michigan, Record Publishing, 1895; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

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