Schoolcraft County
Pioneer Families
Biographical Sketches
George H. Orr
 
 
Source: Memorial Record of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan; Chicago;  Lewis Publishing Company, 1895, p. 255-256
 
GEORGE H. ORR, vice-president of the Weston Lumber Company, of Manistique, was born on the 17th of May, 1842, in Steuben county, New York, and is one of a family of eight sons, whose parents are Robert and Clarissa (Graham) Orr.  They too were natives of the Empire State and the family is of Scotch-Irish descent. Both Mr. and Mrs. Orr are now living in Manistique, whither they removed in 1889. Seven of their sons are yet living; namely: George H., Albert L., Aaron. Erastus T., Lorenzo B.; Walter L and Fred.  Wesley has passed away.
 
In taking up the personal history of George H. Orr we present to our readers one who is widely and favorably known in this locality, his extensive business interests bringing him in contact with many, while his pleasant, genial manner gains him the high regard of all whom he has met. In the common schools of his native county he acquired a good education, and under the parental roof he remained until the autumn of 1862, when prompted by an earnest desire to aid in the preservation of the Union, he offered his services to the Government and became a member of Company F, One Hundred and Seventh New York Volunteer Infantry. He served only a few months, and during a part of that time was in the Fairfax Seminary Hospital. He was then discharged on account of physical disability. The hardship and exposure incident to war had so undermined his health that when he left the army his weight was only ninety pounds.
 
Mr. Orr at once returned to his home, and as soon as he had sufficiently regained his strength began operations as a stock dealer, which he continued for a period of about eight years. His next venture was in the lumber business, which he carried on in the East for some time. His residence in Manistique dates from 1873, at which time he contracted with the Chicago Lumbering Company for putting in logs by the thousand.     He was thus employed during the succeeding five years, after which he purchased stock in the company.  He then took charge of all their wood-work and has since managed that branch of the business.  He has also served as one of the directors of the company, and in 1884 he aided in the organization of the Weston Lumber Company, of which he was made vice-president.  His connection with the company in that capacity still continues, and he also has charge of its wood-work department. He is a director in the White Marble Lime Company and in the Manistique Bank. A man of broad experience and capability he successfully controls all interests under his supervision, and his judicious management has been an important factor in the prosperity of the concern with which he is connected.
 
Mr. Orr is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and in his political relation is a Republican, but has never been prominent in political circles, preferring to give his entire time and attention to his business interests. He was the first village President, and for four years he acted as County Treasurer. Both himself and his wife, in religious relations, hold a membership in the Presbyterian Church.
 
May 1, 1865, Mr. Orr was united in matrimony with Miss Ellen Eddy, a native of New York and a daughter of Charles C. and Amy (Stevens) Eddy, natives also of the Empire State.  Mr. and Mrs. Orr have had two children, namely: Charles R. a druggist, who married Miss Cora Simmons and resides in Manistique; and Edith M. who was a teacher in Hancock, Michigan, for a year, and died on the 22d of December, 1894, just after her graduation at the University of Michigan.