William C. Bronson
Source: Memorial Record of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan; Chicago; Lewis Publishing Company, 1895, p. 170 - 172
WILLIAM C. BRONSON, who is serving as foreman of mill No. 1 for the Weston Lumber Company of Manistique, claims Pennsylvania as the State of his nativity. He was born in Lawrenceville, Tioga county, May 26, 1849, and is a son of A. H. and Lydia (Moshcr) Bronson, who were natives of Warren county, New York, and were of English descent. The Bronson family was founded in America in early Colonial days and the great-grandfather of our subject was one of the heroes of the Revolution who fought with the Connecticut troops in the struggle for independence. Alvah Bronson, the paternal grandfather, owned a sawmill and was a lumberman of Warren county, New York, where his sons engaged in the same line of business. A. H. Bronson entered the employ of Abijah Weston in 1857, and was with that gentleman for several years. Subsequently he returned to the farm where he spent his remaining days engaged in the quieter pursuits of agriculture. His life's labors were ended by death in 1872, and he entered upon eternal rest. His wife still survives him, and is now living at Painted Post, New York. Their five children are, Mrs. O. C. Cooper, wife of Dr. John Cooper, of Corning, New York; Irving, of Painted Post, an employe of the Weston Engine company; Mrs. J. T. Dudley, of Leavenworth, Kansas; William C.; and Lillian, wife of John B. West, president of the West Publishing Company, of St. Paul, Minnesota.
We now turn our attention to the personal history of William C. Bronson, whose wide acquaintance in this community will make the record one of particular interest to our readers. Midst play and work his boyhood days were passed and the public schools of Painted Post afforded him his educational privileges. He entered upon his business career as an employe of the firm of Fox, Weston & Company at Painted Post and severed his connection therewith only on his removal to the West on the first of March, 1883. He was, therefore, with that company for thirteen years, and, ever true and loyal to his employer's interests, he won their unlimited confidence and high regard. It was in the interest of Mr. Weston that he came to Manistique, Michigan, to take charge of the mill which he now manages and controls. He thoroughly understands the business in all its details, is systematic and methodical, and his control of the mill has made it one of the paying interests of Schoolcraft county. For a quarter of a century he has been in the employ of Mr. Weston,—a record of which he may well be proud, and the relations between them have ever been mutually pleasant and profitable.
In 1869 Mr. Bronson married Miss Jennie Casterline, a native of Painted Post, New York, and three children have been born to them,—Charles A.; Fannie B., wife of George H. Carey, of Barron, Wisconsin; and Clara L., who completes the family.
Mr. Bronson has been prominent in public affairs, and his fellow citizens, recognizing his worth and abilitv. have frequently called him to public office. For five years he served as Supervisor of Hiawatha township, was chairman of the board for one year, has been a member of the Board of School Examiners, served in the Village Council for two years, has been Township Clerk, has been a member of the Board of Review for several years, and is now serving his second term as Justice of the Peace. Promptness and fidelity are characteristic of his discharge of public duties and he is an official true to every trust. He takes quite an active part in Masonic circles and was a charter member and the first Master of Lakeside Lodge, No; 371, F. & A. M. He is also a charter member of the Royal ArchChapter of Manistique, is now serving as High Priest, has been Master of the blue lodge for five years, and served as representative in the Grand Lodge of Detroit. He and his wife hold membership with the Methodist Episcopal Church and took an active part in its organization in the fall of 1884. Mr. Bronson has since been one of its active and influential members, untiring in his efforts for its advancement, and has served as trustee of the church since its organization and Superintendent of the Sunday-school with the exception of two years and a half, and is the present incumbent. Many men in the rush and hurry of commercial life neglect the holier duties which come to each individual. Not so with Mr. Bronson. He recognizes the brotherhood of mankind, the duties which every one owes to his fellow men, and it is his constant endeavor to make the world better and brighter for his having lived. His Christianity is of that quiet unostentatious kind that seeks not the commendation of the world, but is content with the approval of conscience and the reward that will come in the great "beyond."