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FORSHAR, John N.
Is the present treasurer of Schoolcraft county, and he is a life-long resident of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan, born at Escanaba on the 16th of February, 1875. His father, Joseph Forshar, came from his native state of New York to northern Michigan in the early sixties and settled among the early pioneers of this part of the state. He was associated with the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad as an engineer, his home being at Escanaba, and he is now an engineer on the Manistique & Northern Railroad and a resident of Manistique. His wife, nee Mary Fagan, was born at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and is also living. John N. is their only son, but they have a daughter, Agnes, the wife of the Hon. George P. McCallum, collector of customs at the Soo, also an attorney there and a former representative to the legislature.
John N. Forshar spent the first fifteen years of his life in his native city of Escanaba, attending school there and also at the Northern Indiana Normal College at Valparaiso, Indiana. At the age of about seventeen years he began railroad work as a fireman, thus continuing for fourteen years for the Delta Lumber Company, and he also ran an engine and was for two and a half years on the Soo road as a fireman. He finally left the railroad to become the locomotive engineer for the Manistique Iron Company, with whom he remained for six years, and then for some time he was engaged in the insurance business in this city. Tn the spring of 1907 Mr. Forshar was made the supervisor of the Third ward of Manistique. and re-elected to that office in 1908, and in the same year he was elected the treasurer of Schoolcraft county. He made the race for that office with four other candidates, all prominent men, and he won the election by ninety-four votes. He is a stanch and true Republican, a prominent and influential local worker, and he has proved an efficient public officer.
On the 28th of October, 1909, Mr. Forshar was married to Winifred Linderman. He is a member of the Masonic order, also of the Manistique Lodge of Elks, No. 632, and he is a member and the vice president of the local order of Knights of Pythias. He is also the secretary and treasurer of the Upper Peninsula lodge of that order, which met at Manistique in June 1910. He is one of the active and influential residents of this city, prominent in its official, business and social life.
A History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan and Its People
By Alva L. Sawyer 1911 The Lewis Publishing Co Chicago IL