WEXFORD COUNTY MI

THE MAYOR'S OFFICE
Cadillac, Michigan

 

MAYOR YEARS IN OFFICE
Geo. A Mitchell 1877 to 1878
Jacob Cummer 1878 to 1879
Daniel McCoy 1879 to 1882
Byron Ballou 1882 to 1883
Eldon L. Metheany 1883 to 1884
Frank H. Huntley 1884 to 1885
James Haynes 1885 to 1886
Jared H. Hixon 1886 to 1887
James McAdam 1887 to 1888
Wellington W. Cummer 1888 to 1889
Levi J. Law 1889 to 1890
Eldon L. Metheany 1890 to 1892
Fred A. Diggins 1892 to 1894
Sam'l J. Wall 1894 to 1896
Fred A. Diggins 1896 to 1900
Mayor's Office 1877 to 1900
From the City Directory 1900 W. A. Norton

Geo. A. Mitchell - Newspaper Obit. Fort Wayne Daily Gazette, 20 Aug, 1878

HIS LIFE, DEATH AND FUNERAL
Many business men and ex-soldiers in this city were greatly pained to learn of the death of Hon. George A. Mitchell at his home in Cadillac, last week. A number of years ago Mr. Mitchell moved to Kendallville from New York, and was greatly instrumental in building up that town. There were four brothers, William, who some years ago represented this district in congress; Chas. T., now a resident of Hillsdale, Mich., and John A., a resident of Adrian, Mich. The deceased was instrumental in constructing the Grand Rapids road, and then went to Clam Lake, now known as Cadillac, where he engaged in the lumber business; and at his death was probably one of the heaviest lumber dealers in the state.

The town of Cadillac is the result of his own labors. When he went there, it was a forest, it is now a city of several thousand inhabitants, and a most attractive place, having waterworks and many other metropolitan features brought into operation by his efforts. Mr. Mitchell was paymaster of western division, with headquarters at St. Louis, and with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was so pleasant and straightforward in address, that he made friends with all who knew him, either in business or social relations.

His death was so universally deplored, that from the time the sad event occurred until after the funeral no business was transacted at Cadillac, all business and public building were draped in mourning, and flags were run up at half mast. He was mayor of the city and member of the republican state central committee.

The funeral took place Sunday, and was attended not only by all in his own town, but by many prominent railroad and business men throughout Michigan and Northern Indiana. The business men of the place unanimously adopted the following resolutions to his memory:

Whereas, Almighty God in His inscrutable wisdom has removed from our midst, our esteemed and well beloved friend and associate, Hon. George A. Mitchell, and
Whereas, It is our desire to express in some manner a sense of our great loss and our profound and heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved relatives and friends, therefore be it
Resolved, That we deplore the untimely death, which has deprived the community of an upright citizen and a reliable energetic business man, who, as a founder of our flourishing city, gave life to its enterprises, and assisted in its rapid growth and development, whose labors have ever been unselfishly directed to the public good, and advancement of our national prosperity, and the moral and social elevation of our people, whose kind heart has invariably responded to the appeals of the needy and afflicted, and whose generous hand has never withheld needed aid to every charitable mission and every enterprise affecting the welfare of our city, which today stands a monument to his untiring zeal and vigilant protection.
Resolved, That the universal sorrow, which has covered this community as a pall, has already found spontaneous expression in the tokens of mourning that darken our once busy but now silent streets, affording unmistakable evidence of the grief, and has rendered any recommendation on our part, superfluous. We are confident that all unnecessary business will be postponed and that the same quiet demeanor unostentatiously observed by our citizens will be maintained during the obsequies.
Resolved, That to the bereaved family and relatives of the deceased, crushed and broken by the blow which has also shocked and stunned the community, our earnest sympathy is extended.
 
We feel that their bereavement is ours and that we are mourners with them.

Jacob Cummer - Newspaper Obit Detroit Free Press 08 Nov 1904

WAS PROMINENT LUMBERMAN AT CADILLAC
Cadillac, Mich., November 7 - (Special) - Cadillac is mourning today the loss of one of its most beloved citizens, Jacob Cummer, whose death occurred this morning after an illness of about a year. His widow and two children, W.W. Cummer of Jacksonville, and Mrs. Fred A. Diggins, of this city, survive him. He was born in Toronto, Canada, November 1, 1823, and came to Michigan in 1860. He was engaged in lumbering at Cedar Springs and Morley until 1876, when he came to this city. He had been one of the most successful lumbermen in Michigan, always generous to his employees and a sincere worker for all that benefited his home city. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon.

Cummer Companies

Wellington Cummer - Newspaper Obit The Ocala Banner (Ocala, Florida) 31 Dec 1909

DEATH OF MR. CUMMER
In the death of Mr. Wellington Wilson Cummer Jacksonville loses one of her most prominent citizens and her foremost philanthropist. It was largely through Mr. Cummer's instrumentalities that the magnificent Y.M.C.A. building was recently erected in Jacksonville. He took, a personal pride in its erection and his own donation was one hundred thousand dollars. This is the largest amount ever subscribed to any charitable institution in this state by any single individual. It was one of his last public charities and its completion and use was one of the greatest joys of Mr. Cummer's life. With his approbation and active support Mrs Cummer established and maintained three free kindergartens, and his charities were extended along other lines.

Mr. Cummer came to Florida from Michigan in 1892 and immediately became prominent in business circles. The Cummer mills soon grew to be the largest in the state, and his real estate holdings were perhaps as big as some of the smaller states. His name was at once associated with the building of railroads and the establishment of steamship lines and he was one of Florida's largest turpentine and phosphate operators. At the time of his death he had two thousand men in his employment.

Jacksonville signally honored him while living and sincerley morns his death.

In paying a tribute to his memory the Times-Union says:
Although Mr. Cummer's life from boyhood had been a busy one and though his large operations have permeated nearly all sections of his adopted country, he has been liberal and generous in his contributions of time and money to public affairs and charitable purposes, never forgetting that the highest type of citizenship is that which is mindful of honor, friend, neighbor and country.  Jacksonville became his legal residence in 1902, his various interests requiring his personal time and attention. Here he identified himself with public affairs and affiliated with charities and all those things, which contribute to the welfare of a community. For many years as chairman of the rivers and harbors committee of the board of trade he rendered valuable service in the improvement of the channel of the St. Johns river.

Mr. L. R. Chazal and Mr. C. H. Lloyd of this city were in Mr. Cummer's employment, and both were in Jacksonville Tuesday to attend the funeral, which took place from his residence  at 2 o'clock. His body was laid to rest in Evergreen cemetery.

Eldon L. Metheany - Newspaper Obit Lansing State Journal 4 Sep 1917

CADILLAC - Eldon L. Metheany, former mayor of Cadillac and for 40 years Grand Rapids & Indiana railway station agent here, is dead of heart disease. He leaves a widow and two children. The funeral will take place Thursday.

Jared H. Hixson - Newspaper Obit Los Angeles Times 09 Oct 1937

HIXSON, oF Santa Monica, Jared H. Hixson, husband of Linda C. Hixson, father of Walter C. and Robert J. Hixson.  Services Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the chapel of Todd  & Leslie, Santa Monica (Cadillac papers please copy.)

Levi J. Law - Editorial in Memory - Detroit Free Press 31 Jan 1909

IN MEMORY OF L. J. LAW
M.T. WOODRUFF PRAISES LIFE NAD WORK OF CADILLAC MAN

To the Editor: In the death of L. J. Law of Cadillac, this week, that community lost one of its most valuable members, Michigan a worthy citizen, and the Democratic party a worker whose devotion led him to great sacrifices without thought of gain.

Residing in a city and county where his part was not only weak, but were political feeling was so intense as to affect a man's business, he might well have remained inactive. But that was not his nature. He was absolutely honest, nervously aggressive and incapable of suppressing his indignation at the methods too often employed to prevent freedom of speech and action.  He was devoted to his political principles, and freely gave of his time and money for the cause he deemed just.

The writer esteems it a privilege to have been connected with Mr. Law and two other men of like character -- H. B. Sturtevant, then of Sherman, and H. C. McFarland, of Manton -- in political work from 1885 to 1890. Two notable victories for the minority marked local campaigns in which these men were towers of strength, and resulted in the destruction of one of the strongest political rings in northern Michigan.

Mr. Law lacked nearly a score of years of reaching the allotted limit of human life, but it was his tireless energy that ore out the machine, and he accomplished more than it is ordinarily given man to do. His last public utterance, so far as the writer knows was a protest in the last campaign against the intimidation of voters by threats of business depression in case of Taft's defeat.

The world can ill afford to lose such citizens as Levi J. Law. Strong in his convictions; alive to every public project, interested in religion, education and a better citizenship, he has left an imprint upon the history of his home that will stand as an enduring monument.
M.T. WOODRUFF
Detroit, January 29, 1909

Fred A. Diggins - Newspaper Obit Alma Record 09 Jul 1914

FRED A. DIGGINS DEAD
Cadillac Millionaire and Well Known Lumberman had Worked for City

Heart disease early Wednesday morning caused the death of Fred A. Diggins, one of the best known lumbermen in the state and one of Cadillac's wealthiest citizens. Mr. Diggins suffered an attack of heart failure at 10 o'clock
Tuesday night but rallied. His condition grew more serious, however, and he died at 2: 30 Wednesday morning.  Recently he had been under treatment of specialists in Chicago, and was believed to be well on the road to complete recovery. The death of Mr. Diggins robs Cadillac of one of its best citizens -- a man who rose from humble beginnings to be a benefactor of his city.

Samuel J. Wall - Newspaper Obit The Yale Expositor (Yale, Michigan) 29 Sep 1905

CADILLAC'S POSTMASTER DIES

Cadillac, Mich., Sept. 25 -- Postmaster Samuel J. Wall died at 12 o'clock Sunday at his home in this city following an illness of anemia with which he was afflicted in April. He recently tendered his resignation as postmaster, but his successor has not yet been appointed. Mr. Wall was one of the most prominent men of this city and had established a record as an extremely popular public official.