Schoolcraft County
Pioneer Families
Biographical Sketches
N. H. Garner
Source: Memorial Record of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan; Chicago;  Lewis Publishing Company, 1895, p. 475 - 476.
N. H. GARNER, of the firm of Mason H. Quick & Company, hardware dealers at Manistique, Schoolcraft county, was born in Welland county, Canada, December 3, 1842, being the son of Jacob and Lucretia (Atwell) Garner, the former of whom was a native of Canada, the latter having been born on the Hudson river, in the State of New York.  The father was a soldier in the war of 1812, having beeen a farmer by occupation. He died in Welland county, Canada, as did also the mother.  Jacob Garner was twice married, the issue of the first union being eight children, and of the second two. The children of the second marriage were: N. H., the subject of this review: and Sophia, now the wife of Charles W. Hellems, of Saint Catherines, Ontario, Canada.
Our subject was reared to mature years in his native county, where his educational opportunities were those afforded by the common schools, and as he grew up on the farm and early began lending his assistance in the cultivation of the same, his scholastic training was necessarily limited in scope.  He remained on the farm until he had attained the age of about thirty years, when he engaged in general merchandising at Ridgeville, Ontario, where he was thus concerned for a period of ten years, after which he disposed of his interests there and came West, locating at Manistique, Michigan, in 1883, where he engaged in the hardware business in partnership with J. B. Lewis, which association continued for three years. He was then retired from active commercial life for two years, and then resumed business alone and thus continued until January, 1894. when he sold out, by reason of impaired health, which necessitated a season of rest and recuperation.   In September, 1894, he again resumed his connection with the mercantile enterprises of Manistique, the present partnership being at that time consummated. The firm carry a comprehensive and select line of hardware and control a good business.    Mr. Garner is a thorough and practical business man and the store is conducted under his supervision.
Politically Mr. Garner is a supporter of the Republican party and its principles, and his fraternal affiliation is with the Knights of the Maccabees.
He was married in 1865 to Miss Narcissa Rice, a native of Canada, and they are the parents of six living children: Conrad L. is deceased; Elsie B.; Velma L.; Frances M., wife of Judge V. I. Hixson, of Manistique; Percie G.; Hugh P.; and Tacy G.  Mr. and Mrs. Garner are members of the Methodist Epicopal Church.