Schoolcraft County
Pioneer Families
Biographical Sketches
Elmer N. Orr
Source: Memorial Record of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan; Chicago;  Lewis Publishing Company, 1895, p. 161 - 162
E. N. ORR, one of the leading business men of Manistique, is now the senior member of the firm of E. N. Orr & Company, dealers in fine drugs. He became interested in this concern in 1881, when he embarked in business as a partner of Dr. A. E. Burdick. The following year he bought out his partner's interest and continued operations alone for some time, when in 1891 he admitted to partnership Charles Orr, under the present firm style. They have a fine drug store, which would do credit to a city many times the size of Manistique. It is neatly and tastefully arranged and stocked with a good line of pure drugs and toilet articles. The senior partner's connection with this establishment has been an era of prosperity in his life, for good management, systematic business methods and careful attention to all details has brought him success.
This well-known druggist claims New York as the State of his nativity, his birth having occurred in Steuben county, on the 21st of December, 1856. His parents, James C. and Adelia F. (Newman) Orr, were also born in New York, and the father, a retired farmer, is still living in Steuben county. For a number of years he did business as a lumber merchant, and then turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, but is now enjoying a well-earned rest. He is quite an influential citizen of that community and for several years served as Supervisor of his township and also held other local offices.  In the family were three children, all yet living, namely:  Elmer N., whose name introduces this article; Melvin, who is employed as bookkeeper by the firm of Orr Brothers & Company, proprietors of a large meat market; and Gertrude, wife of William D. Wright, a resident of Corning, New York.
E. N. Orr was educated in the schools of Binghamton, New York, the year of his graduation being 1877. In June of that year he started westward to try his fortune and sought a home in Manistique, where he shortly secured a position as manager of the lumber-yard of the Chicago Lumber Company, serving in that capacity until the fall of 1880. During the succeeding winter he taught school, and in the spring, as before stated, he purchased an interest in the drug store of Dr. Burdick and has since carried on the popular establishment which we have before described.
Mr. Orr was married in 1878, the lady of his choice being Miss Jennie E. Smith, a native of Steuben county, New York. They have one daughter, Gertrude, and Mrs. Orr and the daughter hold membership in the Presbyterian Church. In social circles they hold an enviable position, their home is noted for its hospitality and their friends in the community are many.  Throughout the county Mr. Orr is recognized as one of the leaders of the Republican party,—warmly advocating its principles and doing all in his power to promote its growth and insure its success. He is now serving as chairman of the Republican county central committee and has held a number of local offices, having served as Town Treasurer, as Village Treasurer and as Assessor of Manistique for a period of five years. All know him to be a devoted andloyal citizen, interested in everything pertaining to the welfare of the community and its upbuilding. He takes quite a prominent part in several civic societies, belonging to the Masonic and Knights of Pythias fraternities, both subordinate lodge and the Uniform Rank in the latter.  He has filled all the offices in the Masonic lodge, being Master of the blue lodge and High Priest of the chapter; and he has been Captain of the Uniform Rank of the Knights of Pythias.  He is quite well known in Masonic circles and has represented the subordinate lodges in the Grand Lodge.  He came from the East a young man with very limited capital,  having to depend solely upon his own efforts, but steadily has he worked his way upward and to-day he is numbered among the substantial citizens of Manistique.