TOWNS
CITIES
TOWNSHIPS

Wayne County Michigan

HURON
Charter Township
Catville/New Boston

This village, located in the northeastern part of the town of Huron, on the line of the F. & P. M. R. R, was laid out as early as 1834. The postoffice was at first named Huron. The origin of the name of Catville, as given by M. R. Nowland. is as follows: In 1849 Marvin Wilcox started a small grocery store in what is now New Boston. He purchased his goods of C. A. Trowbridge of Detroit, wholesale grocery merchant, and the initials of Mr. Trowbridge's name were marked on the boxes which contained the goods. When Willcox laid the boxes on the shelves, the initials C. A. T. were so prominent as to attract attention, and Mr. Nowland added the word " ville." thus making the word Cat ville, Shortly afterwards, while Matthew Anderson was postmaster, he grew careless about making his returns to Washington, and the postoffice was discontinued. Mr. Nowland finally wrote to the Postmaster-General, asking htm to again establish the office, and he replied that he would, and would make him postmaster if he would accept.

Mr. Nowland consented but asked him to give the office a new name, to distinguish it readily from the posiofficcs of Port Huron and Huron Station. The postmaster replied, "Send me a name so that there will be none other like it in the State, and I will make the change." Mr. Nowland then wrote him, saying, "Our little village is called Catville, and wc may as well have the postoffice bear the same name," and a short time afterwards he received his commission as Post master of Catville. The village continued to grow, and about 1867, N. P. Thayer, David F. Norton and Mr. Nowland sought for a more aristocratic name, and finally agreed upon the name New Boston, and petitioned and obtained this change in the postoffice name, and in 1881 the village was incorporated. In 1880 it had a population of 284. There was a bridge over the Huron at this point at a very early date which was renewed from time to time. The most expensive bridge built was provided for June 18. 1888, by a vote of seventy to four. The town board was then authorized to bond the town for $93.000 to build a bridge across the river at New Boston, the bridge to be of one span of 100 feet clear, to be built of iron with stone abutments, and with a sixteen-foot roadway. The contract was awarded July 25, 1888. to the Mount Vernon Bridge Company, of Mount Vernon, 0hio at $3450.00 The bridge was completed and accepted December 12, 1888.

Baptist Church.
The Baptist society was organized September 16, 1871. They have no building, hut own a village lot. Rev. D. J. Parker, the first pastor, was serving in 1888. and the church then had thirty-eight members.

St. Paul's German Evangelical Lutheran Congregation U. A. C.
The German Evangelical Lutheran St. Paul's Congregation of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession was organized about 1878. Their church lot cost $75, and their building 8000. It was dedicated December 13. 1S87, and will scat 125. It is served by the Lutheran ministers from Waltz, St. Paul's German Evangelical Lutheran Church.

St. Paul's German Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized in 1882, with fifteen members. A lot was purchased for 875. and a church with a seating capacity of 300 built, at an expense of 8650. It was dedicated December 18. 1887. The following have served as pastors: Rev. C. R. Ottoc Mueller, from 1882 to 1885; Rev. John Rannie. 1885-1886; Rev. II. A. Meyer, from 1886-

History of Detroit and Wayne County and Early Michigan By Silas Farmer 1894