Excerpts from: GRATIOT COUNTY, MICHIGAN. Historical,
Biographical, Statistical. Chronicling the events of the first Sixty
Years of the County's Existence as the abode of white men; with County,
Township, City and Village matters fully detailed, and with
Miscellaneous Events of importance duly and suitably treated; by one
has been a resident of the County nearly half a Century.
WILLARD D. TUCKER. 1913. PRESS OF SEEMANN & PETERS SAGINAW.
MICH, Copyrighted by WILLARD D. TUCKER. 1913.
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In October 18, 1879, Andrew J, Hatfield's name appears in an early
meeting of the Pioneer Society for Gratiot County meeting at the court
house in Ithaca, "for the purpose of effecting a permanent organization
of the pioneers of the county," as it is stated on
Pages 150, 151:
organization was christened "The
Gratiot County Pioneer Society." A discussion arose as to who should be
considered pioneers, participated in by Newell Leonard, WVm. L.
Phillips, F. S. Kelly, N. Church and others, and then a committee
composed of E. W. Kellogg, E. W. Smith and Laf. Sweatland was appointed
to settle the matter and report. The committee recommended that all who
were in the county previous to 1870 be eligible to membreship; also
that all who came afterward should be honorary members. More discussion
of the subject and then it was voted that "all reputable persons who
have resided in
the county ten years heretofore, or in future for said length of time
may become members." A membership fee of ten cents was voted, also ten
cents annual dues; ladies free.
The following is a list
recorded as present at this first
meeting, together with the names added the next year-1880-at the
meeting held at the fair grounds, Ithaca. The date of their arrival in
Gratiot, and the township in which they first located, are also given.
For convenience sake, for reference, the names are assorted by
[a long partial list of names omitted]
Newark-Frederick Strouse, '54; Mrs. Sarah Strouse, '54; Samuel Lepley,
'55; David F. Hawkins, '54; Mrs Coroline J. Hawkins, '54; Frederick S.
Kelly, '54; Jas. Wood, '53; Inman N. Cowdrey, '56;
John G. Kinney, '56; Andrew J. Hatfield, '62;
John H. Jessup, '60; Thos. Cunningham, '54;
Mrs. Hannah Cunningham, '54; Myron Wood, '53; Sylvester
Wheeler, '54; Robert Reed, '54; Mrs. Juliette Miller, '55; Perry L.
Beechler, '55; Mrs. Mary Cutter, '55; Ebenezer W. Kellogg, '55; Mrs.
Adaline L. Kellogg, '55; Francis
Kellogg, '55; Mrs. Janette Reed, '54; Wm. Strouse, '64; Ben. B. Parker,
'54; John Parker, '54; C. Yound, '54;
Giles T. Brown. '66; Sara L. Brown, '66; John Broadhead, '57; Mrs. E.
Peck, '55; Mrs. Wm. Kinsel, '55; C. W.
Kinney, '56; Olive Hunt, '55.
Pages 222, 223:
CITIZENS... BY TOWNSHIPS-ARCADA.
Mrs. Julia Ann
(Wideman), wife of A. J. Hatfield,
home two miles south of St. Louis, in Arcada Township, March 26, 1913,
aged 77 years. Esteemed residents of the county for 52 years.
CITIZENS... BY TOWNSHIPS-BETHANY.
Oct. 28, 1870, aged 61.
April, 1875: Sup.-E. W.
Kellogg; Clk.-Chas. L. Pratt; Treas.O. C. Bates; H. C.-D. F. Hawkins;
J. P.-E. H. Stowe; vacancy, G. T. Brown; Supt. Sch.-G. T. Brown; Sch.
Insp.-Dillis D. Hamilton; Dr. Com.-A.
Jan. 4, '76, board appointed E. H. Stowe
clerk vice Pratt, removed from the township.
Sup.-E. W. Kellogg;
Clk.-Samuel J. Thoenen; Treas.O. C. Bates; H. C.-D. F. Hawkins; J.
P.-G. T. Brown; vacancy, O. C. Bates; Supt.Sch.-E. H. Stowe; Sch. Insp.-A.
J. Hatfield; Dr. Com.Wmn. Wideman.
Page 374, 377:
CITIZENS... BY TOWNSHIPS-NEWARK
January 29, 1879, aged 86. Wife of Wm. Wideman and mother of Mrs.
'Philip Fritz and of Mrs. A.
J. Hatfield, near St. Louis.
CITIES AND VILLAGES-ST. LOUIS.
...So in August, 1883, the St. Louis Agricultural Society was
organized, and a fair was held that year on grounds just outside of the
village limits, on the south. The grounds had been established by the
St. Louis Driving
Park Association two years previously. The first officers of the new
Agricultural Society, were as
follows: President-D. R. Sullivan, of Pine River: Secretarv-J. 0.
Hilton, St. Louis: Treasurer-Aaron Wessels.
St. Louis. The first fair was successful, as also were others that
followed, in a measure, but
interest flagged, financial returns were inadequate as an attraction,
and after three or four vears the
In 1887 another organization took a
start at the business, with the following as officers: President-A.
J. Hatfield; Secretary- Hiram U. Woodin; Treasurer-Nathaniel
White; Directors-N. S. Baldwin, T.
T. Clark, H. B. Angell, F. C. Seymour, Hamp. Shank, John E. Brown, A.
LOUIS AS A CITY
St. Louis was incorporated as a city in
the spring of 1891. The territory was divided
into four wards, and the first election was held April 7, 1891.
Detailed results of the elections to the
present time are here given, together with a list of the appointive
officers, year by year.
1892: Mayor-A. R.
Wheeler; Clk.-Russell A. Moore; Treas.-A. S. McIntyre; Ass'r-A.
J. Hatfield; Sch. Insp.-Calvin P.
First ward: Ald.-P. C. Faunce;
Const.-Wm. J. Swarthout.
Second ward: Ald.-Cooley C. Green;
Third ward: Ald. —M\elvin J. Claggett;
Fourth ward: Ald.-John Burns;
Off. ap.: Atty.-T. W. Whitney;
Mar.-Carlton Smith; St. Com.M. Franks; Sur.-S. S. Hastings; Eng. W.
W.-John Kline; H. O.-Dr. G. W.
1893: Mayor-A. B.
Darragh: Clk.-R. A. Moore; Treas.-A. S. McIntyre; Ass'r-A. J.
Hatfield; J. P.-John Shelt; Sch. Insp.-F. J. Fritz.
First ward: Ald.-John C. Sias;
Const.-Jacob M. Wilson.
Second ward: Ald.-Chas. Morrow;
Const.-J. C. Chappell.
Third ward: Aid.-C. \V. Giddings;
Fourth ward: Ald.-Jas. E. Bush;
Const.-J. A. Clark.
Off. ap.: Atty.-Geo. D. Reeves; Mar. and
St. C.-Carlton Smith: Sur. -S. S. Hastings; Eng. W. W.-J. A. Clark; Ch.
F. D.-J. T. Noble; H. O.-Dr. A. R. Wheeler.
LOUIS CITY OFFICERS.
R. Wheeler, 1891, '92. A. B. Darragh, 1893, '94. Aciel F. Wright,
1895. Chas. H. Crandall, 1896, '02. Parker Merrill, 1897, '98. Henry J.
Tuger, 1899, '00. Geo. S. Aldrich, 1901, '03, '04. John Burns, 1905,
'06, '07, '09. L. B. Alger, 1908. Elias C. Phillips, 1910. Chas. W.
Giddings, 1911, '12. Frank D. Bacon, 1913.
F. Hofstetter, 1891. Russell A. Moore, 1892, '93, '94. Willis G.
West, 1895, '96. John R. Wilson, 1897, '98. Chas. A. Throop,
1899,'00,'04,'05,'06. Fred Newgrean, 1901, '02, '03. Frank
Deline, 1907, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13.
A. Wheeler, 1891. A. S. McIntyre, 1892, '93. Henry J. Tuger, 1894,
'95. Lewis A. Drury, 1896, '97. A. H. Lowry, 1898. Edward J.
Hofstetter, 1899. Geo. W. Long, 1900, '01. Chas. A. Throop, 1902. Wm.
L. Yost, 1903, '04, '10, '11. Hiram B. Giddings, 1905, '06, '08, '09,
'12, '13. Frank D. Bacon, 1907.
Ostrander, 1891. A. J. Hatfield, 1892, '93.
Jas. A. Templar, 1894, '95.
in Early Days.
From 1880 to 1890: Carrie Lyons, Emma
Hatfield, Mae Smith, Miss Snow, Jennie Tibbitts, Hattie
Caldwell, Ada Sanford, Helen Morse, Lottie Evans, Emma Holmes, Lottie
Earle, Kata Hoadley, Mae
Babcock, Mae Barnes, Lena Noyes, J. D. Snyder, Misses Brogan,
Satterlee, Hall, Cornell, Chase,
Freeman, Hattie Germain, Emma Wilkinson, Jessie Howell, Mattie Owen,
Eva La Bonte, Lydia Terwilliger,
Fannie Sanford, Fannie Hastings, Nettie Salsbury, Mary Montgomery, Eva
Daglish, Effie Shepard, Jennie
Nelson, Maggie Donaldson, Mis. Jennie Weller, David G. Keyes, Dell
Tichenor, Sarah Converse, Lulu M.
Taylor, Mary Van Auken, Minnie Templar, Grace Dow, Alice Marks, Mrs. E.
Fritz, Martha Hill, Mrs. R.
Bendit, Jennie M. Johnson, Miss Tichenor, A. D. Kennedy, Miss R. J.
Lockwood, Kittie M. Simmons,
Estella Whitmore, Miss Mattison, W. A. Weeks, Lina Fleming, Myra E.
Staples, Alberta Stevenson, Miss Kuies,
Rachel Cook, Viola M. Buell, Jolie B. Smith, Mary A. Walch.