A History of Van Buren County Michigan

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General Books, 2010 - 488 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...township. Purchasing from the government a tract of timber land in section thirty, at one dollar and twenty five cents an acre, he erected a log house and began the improvement of a farm. The country throughout this section was then in its original wildness, and he had but three neighbors within reasonable distance from his clearing. Paw Paw was the nearest market and depot for supplies, and as there were no roads in this vicinity a trip there was somewhat of an undertaking. He cleared a large part of his land, and was just preparing to erect a frame house when, in 1872, his death occurred. Mr. Baxter was twice married, by his first wife having five children, Daniel, William, Catherine, Sarah and John. The maiden name of the second wife of Mr. Baxter was Mary Hull. She was born in Ohio, a daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Pyles) Hull, natives of Ohio. She died in 1898, leaving five children, namely: Mary Ann; Alvina: now Mrs. Ashbrook; Emily; Joseph; and James. Mr. and Mrs. Baxter have six children, named Mina, Sidney, James, Mabel, Irwin and Fern. Mina married George Confer and have two children, Ross and Hope. Sidney married Georgie Arnold. Mabel married Conrad Beach and they have two daughters, named Mona and Lucille. Mrs. Ashbrook is a charter member of Bloomingdale Lodge, No. 148, Order of the Eastern Star, and her son James is both a Mason and an Odd Fellow. Charles Linton.--A prominent business man of the village of Bloomingdale, Charles Linton holds a position of note in manufacturing and mercantile circles, and as proprietor of both the Bloomingdale and the Berlamont Creameries is an important factor in advancing the dairy interests of this section of Van Buren county. A son of Abel Kaye, he was born in Saint Croix county, Wisconsin, of...

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