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BAILEY, Liberty Hyde
Liberty Hyde Bailey, educator, lecturer and author of Ithaca, N. Y., was born March 15, 1858, in South Haven (Van Buren County), Mich. For four years he was professor of horticulture and landscape gardening in the Michigan Agriculture College; in 1889-1903 was professor of horticulture in Cornell University of Ithaca, N. Y.; and is now director of the New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell University. He was appointed by President Roosevelt as chairman of the Commission on Country Life. He is the author or Annals of Horticulture; the Farm and Garden Rule-Book; the Nursery Book; Plant Breeding; The Pruning Book; Manual of Gardening; Principles of Fruit Growing; Principles of Vegetable Gardening; Principles of Agriculture; Evolution of Native Fruits; Survival of the Unlike; Lessons with Plants: Cyclopedia of American Horticulture, in four volumes; The Rural Outlook set, Comprising Outlook to Nature; State and Farmer; Nature Study Idea. County Life Movement; Poems; and other works. Editor of Rural Science Series, and Rural Text Book Series.

BAKER M.D., C. T.
Was born in Howard village, Steuben Co., N.Y., Jan. 2, 1829, and was the youngest of a family of twelve children, -- two having died previous to his birth. When but four years old his father, Andrew Baker, with his family, then consisting of a wife and six children (the rest having married and left home), moved to Allegany Co., N.Y. There he lived with his father, attending school and working on the farm, until after the death of his mother, which occurred March 25, 1844, aged fifty-nine years. After his mother's death he made his home with a brother-in-law, William H. Gordon, a merchant and lumberman living in Wellsville, in the same county. There he attended school and assisted as clerk and book-keeper until a short time before he commenced the study of medicine with his oldest brother, Dr. Andrew Baker, Jr., of Norwich, N.Y., where he also attended the academy for about two years.

In 1852-53 and 1853-54 he attended the medical department of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, from which he graduated March 30, 1854. December 4th of the same year he located in Decatur, Mich., and commenced the practice of medicine. He has since resided at that place, with teh exception of the time spent in the army during the war of the Rebellion, when he served as contract surgeon, and was assigned to duty at post hospital, City Point, Va., General Grant's headquarters. He was on duty at that place when Petersburg and Richmond were evacuated by the rebels, and also when General Lee surrendered his army to General Grant, and returned to Washington on the memorable 14th of April, 1865, -- the day of President Lincoln's assassination.

He has been president, vice-president, and censor of the Van Buren County Medical Society, and has served as health-officer of the village and township of Decatur ever since the law establishing that office has been enforced. He is now surgeon to the Michigan Central Railroad at that place. In politics, he is a Republican. His father and two brothers, Hiram and John, with their families, came to Michigan in 1855, locating in Keeler township, where the father died July 10, 1850, aged seventy-seven years. The brothers are farmers in the latter township at this time. Three sisters are still living, viz., Mrs. Nancy Naramor, in Macomb Co., Mich.; Mrs. Fanny Dolbee, and Mrs. Elizabeth Gordon, both in Pennsylvania. Dec. 31, 1857, Dr. Baser was married to Adelia M. Nutting, daughter of Lucius and Eliza B. Nutting.

History of Berrien and Van Buren counties, Michigan. With... biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers. Ellis, Franklin, 1828-1885., Johnson, Crisfield., D. W. Ensign & Co. Philadelphia: D. W. Ensign & Co., 1880.

BLACKFORD, William H.
Vice president Detroit Casket Co.; born Paw Paw, Mich., (Van Buren Co) Feb. 1, 1859; son of John and Ann (Hutchins) Blackford; educated in public schools; married at Detroit, 1902, Leonette Plumer. Lived on a farm until 18; came to Detroit, 1882, and assisted in organizing the Detroit Casket Co., of which he has since been vice president. Vice president Toledo Casket Co. Republican. Presbyterian. Office: 185 Congress St., W. Residence: 672 24th St.

The Book of Detroiters. Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis Copyright, 1908 by Albert Nelson Marquis

 

BOGUE, George G.
Wholesale hardware, cutlery and sporting goods; born, Pittsford, Vt., Feb. 26, 1854; son of Bishop C. and S. Cordelia (Garfield) Bogue; educated in district school of North Bloomfield, N.Y.,  and at Clinton Liberal Institute, Clinton, N. Y., married, 1st at Paw Paw, Mich., (Van Buren Co) Oct. 14, 1880, Clara A Martin (died, May 18, 1903); 2nd, at Chicago, Sept. 16, 1905, Mrs. Martha H. Bogue (nee Harris). Came to Michigan and began active career as clerk with A. P. Gardner, Albion, Mich., 1873; entered employment of Free & Martin, Paw Paw, Mich., 1874; came to Detroit and was connected with Buhl, DuCharme & Co., 1876-79, DuCharme, Fletcher & Co., 1879-85; became partner in the firm, 1885, sold out his interest, 1898; bought interest in business of Standart Brothers, Ltd., 1899, and has been vice chairman of the company since Jan., 1902. Republican. Clubs: Fellowcraft, Rushmere. Recreations: Fishing, boating, launching. Office: 155-161 Woodbridge St. Residence: 697 Cass Av.

The Book of Detroiters. Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis Copyright, 1908 by Albert Nelson Marquis
George Garfield Bogue died in Wayne Co MI - he is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery