WEXFORD COUNTY MI

City of Manton

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History of Manton Michigan

VILLAGE OF MANTON

Manton is a smart, thriving village of four or five hundred inhabitants, situated an (he Grand Rapids & Indiana R. R., about twelve miles north of Cadillac.

In the summer of 1872 the railroad was being built, and some time in August Messrs. Ezra Harger and George Manton made a trip on foot up the line of the road to this point. Mr. Harger remarked to his companion that there would some day be a town here. At that time James Hough owned a tract of land and lived just north of where the depot now stands. Messrs. Harger went immediately to Hough and bought twenty acres. This was platted and called Cedar Creek. William Mears soon after became interested in the plat. The first building was put up where Rose's hardware store now stands. In September Mr. Harger brought in a stock of goods on a construction train and started a store at this building. For some time he lived here alone. Messrs. Mears and Manton put up store buildings in the fall, and people began to come in.

During the following winter the railroad company built a small depot building, the inhabitants of the village clearing off the ground.

The first plat was called Cedar Creek, but the railroad company subsequently platted a tract of land adjoining the first plat and named it Manton. The station being named Manton, the entire village was soon known by that name.

In January, 1873, the place was mentioned as follows:

"The town plat contains thirty acres lying on both sides of the G. K. & I. R. R., and is situated in the midst of a splendid farming country. As yet but few buildings have been erected; but Mr. Manton informs us that over thirty will be erected in the spring. Good building lots are at present worth $125 to $160. A saw-mill has been erected by Mr. R. W. Corson. In addition to this Messrs. Mears, Carver & Harger have a store well filled with a general assortment of goods, Mr. O. W. Hayes keeps a good hotel, and our friend George Manton has a boot and shoe store with a shop in connection. Surrounded as it is on every side by the best of farming land, Manton can not fail to have a permanent and healthy growth."

About the beginning of 1873 a postoffice was established and Q. P. Carver appointed postmaster. His successors have been H. M. Billings, Harry Brandenburg, M. P. Gilbert and H. F. Campbell. The latter is postmaster in 1884.

THE M. E. CHURCH.

Religious activity began as soon as a little settlement was formed by members of the Methodist Episcopal denomination, and the organization of a church followed. The history of the society is given by Mr. Ezra Harger as follows:

"Harry Brandenburg, a very active and energetic young man, came to Manton as station agent for the railroad company in the winter of 1872-73. He came to us as a Methodist. He opened the depot building (the only available one at that time) for religious services and appointed himself preacher, so that we were thus early provided for in the line of religions services. Mr. Brandenburg was very active in his calling as a minister of the gospel, both in the pulpit and out of it, and came to be very popular with the people of Manton and became a prominent member of the M. E. -Church at this place after its organization, which was effected, according to the best records, in the fall of 1878, and a class formed numbering eighteen members.

"Harry Brandenburg was appointed local preacher by Presiding Elder Miller, Aug. 17, 1878. O. J. Golden was appointed classleader; D. S. Carvin, financial steward; U. Brandenburg, recording steward and E. C. Rhodes, assistant steward, same date, Aug. 17, 1873.

"Rev. A. L. Thurston was appointed pastor Sept. 10, 1878; 0. J. Golden local preacher in June, 1874, and John Harger class leader, August 1, 1873.

"During the winter of 1873-74 a series of revival meetings were held in the village school-house under the supervision and preaching of H. Brandenburg, assisted some by Rev. William L Tilden from Clam Lake (now Cadillac). A great revival was the result of these meetings, and it was rumored abroad that every soul in Manton was converted. Converts were at least converted by the score, and the church was seemingly prosperous.

"In September, 1874, a revision of the first class was made The revised class numbering forty members with John Harger leader.

"William B. Golden came to be our pastor in September, 1874, who only remained with us till Nov. 25, 1874. He did not seem to be adapted to the people of our community, and did not meet with any success.

"Harry Brandenburg next became our pastor, but he seemed to gradually lose the place which he had held in the heart of the people, and finally lost his power to accomplish good among this people, and there was a marked decline in the prosperity of the church.

"There was much contention and lack of interest and the church passed through a period of dark times, and it is possible the church has never fully recovered from the bad effects of the disruptions of this period.

"Rev. J. M. Robinson followed next as pastor in September, 1875; Sherman and Manton at this time being combined in one charge. Bro. Robinson resided at Sherman and filled an appointment at Manton each alternate Sabbath. No marked results were noticeable during the year of his pastorate.

"Rev. F. M. Doitz followed Bro. Robinson, in September, 1876, but his health failing him he was compelled to relinquish his work in the spring of 1877. Bro. Deitz died at Northport, Mich., soon after leaving this work.

"Bro. Reeves came to supply the vacancy and remained to end of conference year.

"Rev. L. Dodds then pastor of M. K. Church at Cadillac, had an evening appointment at this place once in two weeks during the conference year of 1878. Bro. Dodds held a series of revival meetings during the winter of 1877-'78, and the church was revived but not materially built up.

"Rev. J. M. Whitney became pastor of this church in September, 1878, and was returned in 1879. Bro. Whitney was faithful in his work for the Master, and first year created the east and west appointments and Organized six classses and preached each alternate Sabbath at each appointment. It was largely due to exertions of Bro. Whitney that the church building now occupied by the church was built in 1879. The site (or the church building was located in 1877, and a warranty deed procured for the same in the month of March of that year.

"Rev. S. Steele became pastor in September, 1880; remained one year; was succeeded by Rev. George Various in September, 1881.

"Rev. Daniel Green became pastor in September, 1882, and was followed by our present pastor, Rev. George S. Hicks. "The church at Manton numbers forty-one members.

Manton, Dec. 80, 1883.

IN JUNE, 1873

The following mention was made of the village:

"The Manton of a year ago consisted of a howling wilderness, with no mark of the advancement of civilization to mar the monotony of the scene. But energetic and daring men, such as are found in Northern Michigan, saw that the iron horse was rapidly working its way in that direction, and a village was at once laid out. The first building was erected in September last. "The Manton of to-day has a neat little store of general merchandise, conducted by Messrs. Harger & Carver, which appears to be in a prosperous condition. These gentlemen are wide awake business men and on the high road to fortune. Mr. Carpenter has also a new building nearly completed, which we were told is to be filled with a stock of goods. Mr. George Manton attends to the soles of the people in a prompt and business like manner, and also has on hand an assortment of boots and shoes of outside manufacture.

"Mr. Seamans has a steam saw-mill in full operation, which turns out about 10,000 feet of lumber daily, the greater part of which goes to supply the home demand. We noticed that one team was kept going all day distributing lumber in various parts of the village.

"The welfare of the rising generation is also being carefully looked to. A large and beautiful school building is in course of erection, which, when completed, will cost nearly one thousand dollars.

"The Sturr Bros. have quite a large hotel in operation, and D. S. Carvin has just completed a building to be occupied by him for entertaining and refreshing the weary traveler.

"Dr. Rhodes attends to the aches and pains of the people of that section, and is destined to be a bright and shining light among the people of Manton.

"Levi Hall has just completed a building which is to be used by him as a blacksmith shop. Mr. Hull is spoken of as a firstclass workman.

"Mr. I. Huff has recently platted an addition to the village which will he by all odds the most desirable part of the town for the erection of dwellings. Mr. Huff informed us that lots were being taken quite rapidly.

"A large number of dwellings have already been erected, and more are soon to he commenced."

The first school was taught by Mrs. O. J. Golden in a building that is now the dwelling-house of R. Fuller.

In November, 1673, the business of the village was again mentioned as follows: "The place now has about thirty buildings, and claims a population of 160 actual residents. There are four stores, of which is Mr. Carver's, successor to Harger & Carver, dealer in general merchandise. Mr, Carver is having a good trade. This was the first store started in the place, and its many customers look upon it as a good place to trade. Messrs. Stover & Son have recently opened a general store and are building up a good trade. W. Higgins is doing a general mercantile business. Mrs. Barney, of Sherman, has opened a millinery establishment. The dwellings are generally of a good class. Two hotels are well patronized - the Manton House, conducted by D. S. Carviu, and the Sturr House, managed by 8turr Bros. The former will be mentioned more in full before we are through. A tine school building costing $1,000 is now fully completed. The improved iron frame seats, thirty in number, have been put in, and the building as finished is certainly a credit to the place. The services of Miss Louisa Haberesenttenger have been procured for the winter term, and fifty or sixty pupils will be in attendance. Mr. Seaman has had a saw-mill in operation for the past eight or nine months, with a capacity of about 20,000 per day, which has more than supplied the demands of the village for lumber. A shingle mill being put in by Messrs. Brandenburg & Gilbert will be ready to run this week, and will make business for a large number of men, and add new impetus to the business of the place. Mr. Ezra Harger has a fine new dwelling just completed. Mr. Seaman has a large dwelling which, when completed, will be among the best in town. Mr. Brown has a large and nicely finished dwelling. Mr. Moffat and many others whose names we are not familiar with have good buildings. The station house is a large and well finished building.

IN JANUARY, 1877.

A resident of Manton described the village as follows "We have three good hotels. The Wexford House is the largest, and is a credit to any town. Its proprietor is William Martin. The Burdick House is kept by G. W. Burdick. "The Manton House was the first hotel building in the village. and is now owned and managed by Oscar Towns, who is doing a good business.

We have five general stores and two drug stores. Brandenburg, Backus A Co. have a large store on the corner of Main and Seaman streets, 24\62 feet, two stories high and will filled with a choice selection of all kinds of bowls. This company is also doing an extensive lumber business, and employs a large number of men and teams.

W. P. Smith keeps a grocery and provision store on East, Railroad street. This building is two stories high, with a Masonic hall in the upper story.

H. C. McFarlan owns and occupies a tine building on Main Street, west of the railroad, and deals in all kinds of general merchandise.

A. Woodward and John Woodward have business houses opposite H. C McFarlan's. A. Woodward keeps a stock of furniture in addition to other merchandise, and John Woodward deals principally in boots and shoes, flour and feed.

Drs. Taplan and Young are practicing physicians and each keeps a drug store, but unfortunately for these men of the knife and pills, Manton is too healthy for their profession to thrive well.

Heath & Woodward have a planing-mill and matcher, where all orders are promptly and satisfactorily executed.

George Sloat has a blacksmith shop north of B. B. A Go's, store, and is doing a good business.

Hammon & Co. have recently built a saw-mill south of the G. R. & 1. depot.

We have two church organizations and two Sabbath-schools, both in a prosperous condition. The schools are held at different hours of the day. One is superintended by Dr. Taplan and the other by Henry Engals.

The district school, taught by Prof. Bignal, has nearly a hundred pupils in attendance and is a decided success.

VILLAGE INCORPORATED

In the winter of 1877 a bill was passed by the legislature providing for the incorporation of the village of Manton out of the following described territory: Southwest one-fourth of the southwest one-fourth of Section 8, the same portion of Section 4, the east one-half of northeast one-fourth of Section 9, west one-half of northwest one-fourth of Section 10, of Town 28 north, of Range 9 west.

It was provided that the first election should take place in April, 1877, but there was a determined opposition to the movement and no election was held at that time. Feb. 11, 1878, the first charter election was held, it being necessary to hold an election within the year in order to keep the charter alive. Forty-eight, votes were cast and the following officers elected: President, H. C. McFarlan; clerk, James M. Brown; treasurer, Orland W. Hayes; assessor, George W. Burdick; marshal, S. L. Fobs.

These officers only served until the annual spring election.

The officers since those -elected in February, 1878, have been as follows for the several years:

1878:- H. C. McFarlan, president; C. A. Lamb, clerk; 0. W. Hayes, treasurer; Warren Seaman, assessor; William Martin, marshal.

1879:—James M. Brown, president; Orland W. Hayes, treasurer; Charles E. Cooper, clerk; H. C. McFarlan, assessor; 1). B. Monroe, marshal.

1880:—Ward P. Smith, president; Orland W. Hayes, treasurer; Charles E. Cooper, clerk; H. C. McFarlan, assessor; 0. J. Bradley, marshal.

1881:—Rinando Fuller, president; 8. G. Bayes, clerk: F. A. Jenison, treasurer; C. E. Cooper, assessor; Frank Weaver, street commissioner; Frank Weaver, constable; D. S. Taplin, 0. W, Hayes, T. Hall, trustees.

1882:—Rinaldo Fuller, president; F. A. Jenison, treasurer; W. C. Haire, clerk; W. P. Smith, assessor; D. B. Monroe, marshal.

1883:—Charles E. Cooper, president; F. A. Jenison, treasurer; J. B. Martin, clerk; W. P. Smith, assessor; William S. Overhiser, marshal.

1884: — Rinaldo Fuller, president; W. P. Smith, treasurer; J. B. Martin, clerk; Frank Rose, assessor; William S. Overhiser, marshal.

SOCIETIES.

Manton Lodge No. 847, F. A. M., was organized with twelve charter members May 26, 1877. The first officers were as follows: W. M., H. C. McFarlan; S. W. W. P. Smith; J. W., James M. Brown; S. D., William H. Gilbert; J. P., S. L. Frost; secretary, M. P. Gilbert; treasurer, Minot Shippey; tyler, G. D. Ward.

In March, 1884, the building in which the hall was located was burned, and the lodge lost about $300. There are at the present time upwards of thirty members. Officers as follows: W. M., W.P. Smith; S. W., J. Brown; secretary, B. Fuller; treasurer, M. Shippy; S. D., A. Woodward; J. D., A. Green; tyler, H. C. McFarlan.

A Womans' Christian Temperance Union was organized early in April, 1877, at a meeting held at the house of Mr. Frank Weaver. After the reading and adoption of a constitution and by- laws, the society proceeded to the election of officers, with the following result:

President, Mrs. A. Woodward; 1st vice-president, Mrs. A. Shultz; 2d vice-president, Mrs. R. Carver; secretary, MisaF. M. Blood; treasurer, Mrs. George Burdick; executive committee, Mrs. John Fenton, Miss Delhi Overhiser, Miss Mary Gilbert, Miss Lydia Nichols, Mr». D. Monroe; finance committee, Mrs. 0. M. Heath, Mrs. George Sloat, Mrs. William Gilbert, Mrs. Warren Gilbert. This society was reorganized in 1882, and is in successful operation.

A Good Templars Lodge was organized in February, 1881, with the following officers: P. W. 0. T., Frank Weaver; W. C. P.W. W. P. Smith; chaplain, Rev. S. Steele; W. S., Mrs. J. Wardell; W. M., D. B. Monroe; I. G., T. Driscal.

In June, 1882, Rev. E. H. Day, of Cadillac, delivered a temperance lecture at the M. E. Church and organized a society called the " Alliance," with the following officers and members: W. P. Smith, president; George S. Sloat, vice-president; Charles E. Cooper, secretary; J. F. Henderson, treasurer, Henry Engle, Frank Weaver, W. P. Smith, J. F. Henderson, George S. Sloat, C. M. Bumps, Ed. Kent, Charles E. Cooper, J. C. Bostick, W. Schryer, C. B. Bailey, George Varion, J. L. Cross, L. Hawkins, Ezekiel Wood.

Rising Star Lodge, No 99, A. 0 of U. W., was organized at the Masonic rooms in May, 1881, with the following officers: P. M. W., Frank Weaver; M. W., Rinaldo Fuller; F., Charles E. Cooper; 0., A. Woodward; Rec, W. C. Haire; Fin., D. S. Taplin; R., E. Ball; G., William Foote; I. W., Frank Horn's; 0. W., Thomas Hall.

The lodge was maintained for some time, but is not now in operation.

In February, 1882, at a meeting called to take the necessary steps to organize a Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, Frank Weaver was elected chairman and H. C. McFarlan secretary. Moved and supported that the chair appoint a committee on correspondence. Carried.

Chair appointed as such committee, George Moore, Abram Woodward and T. J. Thorp.

April 26, 1882, the Post was mustered in and designated the O. P. Morton Post, G. A. R. A lively interest has been manifested in the prosperity of this society, and it now numbers fifty members. At the last annual election the following officers were elected for the year 1881: Commander, A. Woodward; Sen. Vice Com., E. W. Closson; Jun. Vice Com., H. S. Huson; Quartermaster, C. A. Lamb: Surgeon, J. L. Duston; O. D., George S. Moore; 0. G., William W. Lewis; Delegates to Department Encampment H. C. McFarlan; alternate, E. W. Closson.

The Odd Fellows Lodge at Manton was organized March 23, 1882, with six charter members. Twelve new members were initiated the first night of meeting. 0. H. Fisher was the first N. G. There are at present forty-eight members. The officers in 1884 are as follows: N. G., F. A. Jewel; V. G., Frank Rose; P. S., J. C. Bostwick; Treas., Cyrus Hoffman.

THE TRIBUNE.

The Manton Tribune was established in October, 1870, by Marshall McLure, but remained only a short time under his control. It then passed into the hands of A. J. Teed, and soon afterward became the property of E. C. Cooper. In September, 1888, it passed into the hands of H. F. Campbell. The publishers have been the editors. It was a five-column folio at the start and enlarged to six columns when Mr. Cooper purchased the office.

H. F. Campbell, postmaster, and editor of the Manton Tribune, was born in Quincy, Mich., Dec. 22,1852. Moved with his parents, in 1861, to Grand Ledge, Mich., where he learned the printers trade. Worked at that business there till the summer of 1876, when he came to Wexford County and located at Sherman and engaged as journeyman on the Sherman Pioneer. In 1877 became owner of that paper, and also received the appointment of postmaster at Sherman, which he held until his retirement from the Pioneer in 1640. He then came to Manton and engaged with the firm of Closson Gilbert as bookkeepers and deputy postmaster. In June, 1862, engaged in drug business, which he sold out to J. G. Bostick & Co., in December, 1888. Received the appointment as postmaster at Manton in February, 1888, and became proprietor of the Manton Tribune in December, 1688. Was township clerk and treasurer one year each at Sherman. Married June 8, 1880, to Lizzie Cummings, of Conneaut, Ohio. They have one daughter.

THE COMMERCIAL HOTEL,

Manton, Wexford County, Mich., was built in 1888, by 0. H. Fisher, is a large and well kept house, and can accommodate fifty guests. Is located near the railroad depot. Mr. Fisher was born in Saint Joseph County, Mich., in 1819. He remained at home till the age of fifteen years. He then went to learn the carriage and wagon makers trade. Carried on business ten years at Marcellus, Cass County, Mich., and worked at his trade in several different states. Traveled in California and Oregon considerably. Came to Manton in 1882. Married in 1878 to Augusta Margenthaler, of Van Buren County, Mich. They have two daughters. Manton, in 1884, presents a thrifty appearance, and is growing rapidly. Public improvements are being made and there is every reason to expect that its prosperity will be continued. As the community has increased local interests have sprung up and been maintained. There is a flourishing Congregational Church Society, besides the Methodist Episcopal, already mentioned; and some other religious denominations have a foothold. The location of the village is very desirable and the surrounding country well adapted to agriculture and Truit growing.

1. Mr. Michael, agent Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad Company at Manton, Wexford County, makes the following announcement:

"Home seekers, attention. The rapid development of Northwestern Michigan, its splendid population, magnificent forests and productive soil have attracted hundreds of Michigan's best farmers, who, if they have not changed locations themselves, have secured for their boys a farm, and the verdict is, unequaled farming lands. Wexford and Missaukee Counties have a large proportion of that class of settlers. The G. R. & I. R. R. Co. have still unsold thousands of acres of splendid timbered land in these counties, in close proximity to settlements having churches and schools, offering all the advantages of many more populous counties. Price of Hud, generally, eight dollars per acre. The terms upon which the land is sold offer splendid advantages to men of moderate means one-quarter down, balance in Jive years, in yearly payments, with interest at seven per cent. To enable stringers to examine speedily and intelligently, I will gladly take any one desiring to purchase, to lands in the above counties and let them give them a thorough personal examination, without expense to the examiner. Having, maps, charts, pamphlets, etc., will be pleased to give any information desired respecting lands in this vicinity.

BIOGRAPHICAL.

H. C. McFarlan, merchant, Manton, came to Manton in 1874, built a store and commenced business, carrying a stock of dry goods, groceries, hardware, boots and shoes, crockery, hats and cap's, and agricultural implements; still carries on an extensive business; was born in Wayne County, Mich., in 1848; remained in that county till 1862, when be enlisted in the Twenty-seventh Michigan Infantry; soon after that time was discharged and enlisted in the Sixth Michigan Infantry and served till the close of the war in the Army of the Southwest; was at New Orleans, Baton Rouge and other battles. After being mustered out of service-be returned to Wayne County, Mich., followed the lakes as a sailor six years; came to Manton in 1874; married in 1875 to May Doyle, a native of Maine. They have one living child, have lost two.

Rinaldo Fuller, druggist, Manton, came to Manton in 1880 and bought a store, and now keeps a general stock of drugs, chemicals, perfumery and school books; was born in Canada in 1841; came to Ontonagon, Upper Peninsula, Mich., in 1864; was there engaged in mining till 1865, when he went to Onondaga, Ingham County, Mich., and was a farmer two years, then went to Kansas and remained two and one-half years, then returned to Onondaga, Ingham County, and started the drug business, which he carried on till he came to Manton in 1880; is now serving his third term as president of the village, second term as township treasurer; has been superintendent of. schools two years, treasurer and director of school district several years, owns a farm joining the village corporation which he is improving; is breeding Jersey cattle; married in 1865 la Addie G. Abbey, of Ingham County, Mich., who died in 1874. They had one son and two daughters. Second marriage in 1878 to Ada C. Ryan, of Ingham County, Mich. They have two children.

J. B. Martin, physician, Manton, was born in Scranton. Penn., in 1855; came to St. Joseph County, Mich., with his parents in 1860, where he was brought up; was educated at Mendon, Mich., and graduated at the State University at Ann Arbor, in June, 1881, and soon after to Manton and commenced the practice of his profession; has been health officer of the village since, also village clerk for three years past and township clerk for a year past; married in November, 1882, to Mattie Shepard of Mendon

W. P. Smith, law, loan, real estate and insurance, Manton, was born in Otsego, Allegan County, Mich., in 1842 was engaged in farming and running a grist-mill till 1801, when he enlisted in the Thirteenth Michigan Infantry and served three years in the Army of the Cumberland; was at the battles of Shiloh, Chickamauga, and other battles, and was wounded at Stone River. When discharged from service returned to his old home in Allegan County, Mich., where he remained till 1875, when he came to Manton and opened a store, where he kept a stock of dry goods, groceries, flour, feed, etc. He finally sold out and commenced his present business. Married in 1865 to Mary J. Wood, of Vermont. They had six children, lost three from scarlet fever within four weeks time in 1883; have three living children.

C. A. Lamb, insurance agent, Manton, was born in New York. March 25, 1820; moved to Wayne County. Mich., with his parents in 1880; lived in that county till the age of fifteen years. They moved to Eaton County, Mich., thence to Harry County: lived in that county till 1851, when he went to Indiana and carried on shoemaking till October, 1801, when he enlisted in the Forty-sixth Indiana Infantry, and served with his regiment till the siege of Vicksburg, when he was discharged for disability; came to Manton in 1870, where he is engaged in the insurance business; married in 1800 to Ann M. Steele. They have one son and two daughters. James M. Brown, farmer. Cedar Creek, Wexford County, was born in Chautauqua County, N. Y., in 1825; moved with his parents to Pennsylvania in 1835, and in 1814 he went to Jamestown, Ottawa County, Mich., before that township was organized; helped to clear up that part of the county, and remained there engaged in farming till 1864, when he moved to Byron, Kent County, and kept a hotel five years, then went into the mercantile business in the same township, which he carried on till 1873. He then came to Manton and kept a hotel three years, also worked at carpenter work and farming; bought the farm he now lives on in 1874 on Section 8, but lived in Manton till 1882, when he moved to his farm; has been justice of the peace four years, highway commissioner one year, and superintendent of county poor three years; married in 1849 to Diantha L. Ball, of Calhoun County, Michigan. They have two married daughters.

F. A. Jenison, merchant, Manton, came to Manton in the fall of 1877, and commenced selling groceries; now owns a large store and carries a heavy stock of dry goods, groceries, hoots and shoes, hats and caps; was born in 1842 in Ottawa County, Mich..: remained in that county till he came to Manton; has been treasurer of the village for three years past, also a member of the village council three years; married in 1865 to Martha Pelton, of Canada. They have one daughter.

Manton Manufacturing Company, manufacturers of pine and hard wood lumber, also turning and bending. The present company was incorporated in March, 1881. The first mill was built in 1875. in Cedar Creek Township, five miles from Manton, and moved to Manton in 1884. Capacity of mill 40,000 feet of lumber per day. E. W. Closson, president; Warren Gilbert, vice-president; H. M. Billings, secretary and treasurer. They also operate a mill at South Boardmann, with a capacity of 35,000 feet of lumber per day, exclusively pine. E. W. Closson, a native of Indiana came to Manton in 1877 and built a mill. Warren Gilbert came from St. Joseph County, Mich., in 1873. H. M. Billings came from Shiawassee County, Mich., in 1874; was the first station agent at Manton after the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad was built through the town. His home is now at Bancroft, Shiawassee County. The other members of the firm reside at Manton with their families.

The firm of Bumps & Duston, lumber manufacturers of Manton, Wexford County, consists of C. M. Bumps and J. L. Duston. Their mill was built in the full of 1882 by Messrs. Bumps & Henderson. In April, 1884, Dr. J. L. Duston bought the interest of Mr. Henderson. The capacity of the mill is about 15,000 feet of lumber per day, the firm sawing their own logs and also doing custom work. Eight men are employed.

C. M. Bumps was born in Maine in 1850, was graduated at the Commercial College of Bangor, Me.; went to Chicago in 1871, and thence to Iowa and Wisconsin, returning in the fall to Chicago, where he lost his trunk and all his clothing in the great fire; went thence to Shelby, Mich., bought a half interest in a saw-mill at Crystal Lake, Oceana County, and ran it four years. Went to Manistee in 1880, and was engaged in sawing clapboards; remained there two years and then came to Manton, and in company with John Henderson built the mill now owned by Bumps at Duston; married in 1880 to Irena Henderson, a native of Indiana. They have an adopted daughter.

Dr. J. L. Duston was born in Ohio in 1840. In 1842 his parents moved to Monroe County, Mich. He was educated in Michigan. Received a medical education at Nashville, Tenn. Commenced the practice of medicine in 1870. Came to Manton in 1878 and continued practice. In April, 1882, bought an interest in Bumps A Henderson's mill, forming the present firm of Bumps & Duston. He was married in 1866 to Julia A. McLachlin of New York. They have two children.

C. B. Bailey, merchant, Manton, Wexford County, was born in Onondaga County, N. Y., in 1847. In 1866 he went to Illinois where he remained one year, then went to Missouri. Traveled in different states and engaged in dry goods business in Kansas where he remained two years. In 1881 he came to Manton and bought his present business. Carries a complete stock of groceries, dry goods, boots and shoes, hats and caps, and notions. Adjoining the store Mrs. Bailey has a full stock of millinery and ladies' furnishing goods. Mr. Bailey was married in 1876 to Carrie J. Baldwin, of Oswego County, N. Y. They have one child.

Edward M. Chack, of the firm of Edward M. Chase & Co., jewelers and opticians, Manton, Wexford County, was born in Wyoming County, N. Y., in 1849. In 1857 he came with his parents to Hillsdale County, Mich., where he learned the trade of jeweler and watch maker, following the business there until 1877, when he came to Manton. In 1870 the present business was established. In addition to the usual business and stock of such an establishment the firm deals in telescopes, marine glasses, etc, and are agents for the Grover & Baker, and the Union sewing machines. They also do plating. Have also a shooting gallery in connection with their store, which is located on West Depot Street. Mr Chase was married in 1878 to Lenora M. Randall, of Hillsdale County, Mich. They have three children.

John Benson, saloon keeper, Manton, Wexford County, was born in Sweden in 1844. Came to Manton June 1, 1878. Worked in the mills and logging camps, until the fall of 1877 when he engaged in his present business. He also owns a farm of two hundred acres two miles from Manton. Married Dec. 0, 1881, to Mary Brink, a native of Sweden. They have lost two children. George S. Sloat, blacksmith and wagon maker, Manton, Wexford County, was born in Jefferson County, N. Y., in 1880. Learned Ins trade and worked at it there until 1874. Feb. 4, of that year he came to Manton and started the first blacksmith shop in the place. Carries on a general black smithing and wagon making and repairing business. Also sells the Belknap wagon manufactured at Grand Rapids. He was town supervisor one year, town treasurer three years, county poormaster four years, school director several years. Married in 1860 to Amelia C. Harger of Jefferson County, N. Y. They have three daughters.

Martin Babcock, proprietor of livery stable, Manton, Wexford County, was born in Canada in 1821. In boyhood moved to Detroit, Mich., with his parents. Remained there two years and went to Ann Arbor, where he lived until 1839. Removed then to Kalamazoo. He was brought up a farmer. Came to Missaukee County in June, 1875, and bought a farm on which he lived until 1880 when he came to Manton and started the livery business which he now carries on. The business firm is. Willey & Babcock. Married in 1845 to Jane Mulholland of Canada, who died in 1848, leaving a son and a daughter. His second marriage was in 1851 to a sister of his first wife. They had six children. She died in 1872.

Frank Rose, dealer in hardware, tinware, crockery, and general household furnishing goods, Manton, Wexford County, was born in Caledonia, N. Y., April 28, 1850. When he was two years old his parents moved to Hillsdale County, Mich., where he lived until about twenty-two years of age. Learned the trade of tinsmith at Hudson, Lenawee County, and worked at it there until he came to Manton in the fall of 1877. Here he was employed in the general store of H. C. McFarlan as clerk and tinner. May 2, 1881, started in his present business under the firm name of Woodward & Rose. Subsequently bought out his partner and has since continued the business alone. Was a member of the village council in 1888 and is now village assessor and chief engineer of the fire department. Was married in March, 1876, to Fidelia White, a native of Lenawee County, Mich.

A. Woodward, furniture dealer, Manton, came to Manton and established business May 4, 1875, also for seven years kept a general stock of dry goods, groceries, and boots and shoes in connection with his furniture trade. Sold out his business except his furniture in 1882. He was bora in Ontario County, N. Y , in 1841, moved to Ashtabula, Ohio, with his parents in 1852, and to Ottawa County, Mich. in 1861. Enlisted in the Third Michigan Infantry in April, 1861. Left the state for the front June 10, and joined the Army of the Potomac and served through the war and was in thirty- two general engagements. Wounded at Spottsylvania May 12,1864. Returned to his regiment and served till July, 1865. Married in October, 1865, to Annie E. Littlefield, of Michigan. They have three daughters.

William Vallier, blacksmith, of Manton, Wexford County, was born in England Oct. 10, 1883. Is of French ancestry. Learned his trade in London. Came to America in 1851 and settled in Canada, working at his trade there. Resided in Van Buren County, Mich., about six years. Near the commencement of the war returned to Canada. Came to Manton in 1876 from Allegan County, Mich., where he had resided seven or eight years. Most of the time since ho has had a shop in Manton, residing part of the time at Point St. Ignace.


Manton, MI (1940s) - Contributed by Paul Petosky