Charles B. Mersereau
Source: Memorial Record of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan; Chicago; Lewis Publishing Company, 1895, p. 97 - 98
CHARLES B. MERSEREAU, who is one of the representative young business men of Manistique, Schoolcraft county, where he has executive charge of the important station of the Booth Packing Company, and who also holds distinctive public preferment as Treasurer of the county, assuredly merits consideration in this volume.
The old Empire State figures as the place of our subject's nativity, since he was born in Steuben county. New York, March 18, 1866, the son of Theodore L. and Adeline (Thayer) Mersereau, both of whom were natives of New York State. The paternal lineage of our subject is of French origin, the first American representatives of the same having come from France in an early day and settled in the Eastern States. The father of our subject was engaged in lumbering during the greater portion of his life. He came to Manistique, Michigan, in August, 1893, and here died in May of the succeeding year. The mother is still living and retains her residence in Manistique. They were the parents of three children, namely: Emma B., wife of L. H. Simmons, of San Luis Obispo, California; Theodore T., of Yucatan, Mexico; and Charles B., the immediate subject of this review.
Charles B. Mersereau was reared and educated in his native county, taking an academic course of study and graduating at the Addison (New York) Academy in 1882. He was then employed for a time as bookkeeper in a mercantile house at Olean, New York, retaining this position about eighteen months, after which, in April, 1886, he came to Manistique, Michigan, where he was employed for a brief time as bookkeeper for the Chicago Lumbering Company. He then became local bookkeeper for the Booth Packing Company, and later was advanced to the responsible position as manager of their Manistique office, and business. An idea of the character of the enterprise may be gained when it is stated that the company's investment at Manistique aggregates $75.ooo. At this station our subject has three tugs and one steamer, and during the fishing season about forty-five men are employed. The company has an extensive ice house here, a packing house, a freezer, convenient quarters for storing the seine and other nets, and an office with suitable equipments.
In November, 1892, Mr. Mersereau was elected County Treasurer and his service proved so satisfactory to his constituents and the general public that he has been retained in the office, being re-elected thereto in 1894. It is needless to say that he is a young man of much business sagacity and enterprise, for his efforts bespeak in their results the possession of the honorable qualifications. In his political views he is an unwavering Republican and lends an active support to his party and its policies. Fraternally he is identified with the Masonic order, in which he has advanced to the Knights Templar degree; with the Knights of Pythias and the Ancient Order of United Workmen.
Mr. Mersereau enjoys a distinctive popularity in the community and this esteem he has gained by reason of his affable manner and honorable methods.