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Part 2 of "Supplement to the Vicksburg Commerical"

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The Mc Elvain House

You can travel the U.S. over and you won't find in a town of the size of Vicksburg a much nicer and better kept hotel than is the Mc Elvain House in the second village of the county. J.W. Mc Elvain, the proprietor, started in here 17 or 18 years ago in a little old wooden building. Twelve years ago this summer he built the commodious brick block in which he is at present located. Mr. A.H. Sheldon, formerly connected with the Morton House in Grand Rapids, wears the hotel clerk's diamonds and assists the proprietor in welcoming the coming and speeding the parting guest.

M. Hill

Mr. Manfred Hill, known as Fred for short, began business in '74, in the quarters now occupied by Franklin and Rayner. He bought out Mr. Lewis C. Kimble who had run the store for three or four years, and having a good established trade to build on, he has steadily added to the number of his patrons, until now he has a business which might be envied by many dealers in much larger places. The Hills are old residents.

A Boston Man

Mr. J.H. McMaster was born and brought up amid the culture and astheticism of the Athens of America. It is also in the "Hub" that he served his apprenticeship as a harness maker. He came to Michigan just before the outbreak of the war, but went back to enlist in the Massachusetts Fifth, in which he served during the rebellion. He came to Michigan again in '65, and worked at his trade, serving different masters. He was for a time employed by Mr. Green, in Kalamazoo. In '67 he finally located in business for himself in Vicksburg, and during the 17 years which have elapsed since, he has gained the confidence of the community and established a lucrative trade. He keeps a full line of harness, whips, horse furnishing goods and trunks, and on made-to-order work, he doesn't take a back seat for anyone in the country. Mrs. McMaster is a music teacher of many years experience and has been very successful as an exponent of musical pedagogy. She keeps a line of musical goods at her head-quarters on Prairie Street, and is the agent for Whitney's Royal Organ, manufactured in Detroit.

L.M. Flint

Mr. John Bishopp, who is now up north preaching, was the first attorney who located in Vicksburg, but he was closely followed by Mr. L.M. Flint. Mr. Flint received his head education in the offices of Kimble and (Conlon), of Charlotte, and of another firm of attorneys in Hastings, and was admitted to the bar in ('61). He practiced law for ten years in Vicksburg. Six years ago he accepted a position in the public school of Marcellus, and from there went to other points in the state. Two years ago he took up his residence in Battle Creek, where he resided until last Spring when he returned to Vicksburg. The outlook from the legal standpoint is, he assures us, encouraging, and we hope somebody will contest a will down there pretty soon, so that he can get some fat fees out of it.

William Boyne

Mr. Boyne enjoys a monopoly in the tailoring business of the village and his 41 years of experience in the trade gives him success in constructing stylish suits, which does not need the existence of competition to stimulate. Mr. Boyne is a Maine man, and (2 words) the main tailor of Vicksburg. He hopes (1-2 words) will be successful, but thinks strongly of (1 word) for St. John. It was after a branch of Mr. Boyne's family that Boyne River and Boyne Falls up in Charlevoix County were named. He was located for six years in Schoolcraft, but moved to Vicksburg (expecting) a change, which resulted in a great increase of trade. He will make an effort to secure a more (commodious) place of business further up the street, and if not successful, will probably move to Charlevoix or some other live town in the north.

Richardson and Strong

On the fifth of last March, Messrs. Richardson and Strong formed a co-partnership for the purpose of carrying on a general jewelry business and retailing gold, precious stones and plated ware to the citizens in the south of the county. Mr. Strong had been located in Vicksburg over a year upon the formation of this partnership and is a practiced watch maker of 12 years experience, having learned his trade in Elkhart, Ind. He may be said to take the cake in engraving and other fine work, and in adjusting the watches he may be said to capture the whole bakery. The firm keeps a line of solid and plated goods and while they don't have many $500 diamond rings in stock, they keep all the articles usually found in jewelry stores. The jewelers' harvest is, of course, during the holiday season, but they are doing a fair business for the time of the year.

C.E. Spicer, M.D.

Dr. Spicer is a son of Mr. Nate Spicer, well known to thousands of Kalamazoo people who frequent the Long Lake summer resort. He was for nearly two years in the employ of the G.R. & I.R.R. at Grand Rapids. He received the foundation for his medical training by practicing under Dr. Newton who only recently moved from this county. He received his degree last Spring from the Cincinnati Eclectic Medical Institute and three weeks ago Monday hung out a shingle in Vicksburg. This is a pretty healthy season around that village this year, but the Doctor feels encouraged. We wish him success and an army of patients.

George Thompson

Mr. Thompson came to Vicksburg from Charlotte two years ago. He does a fair trade in confectionery, bread, miscellaneous baker's goods, canned goods, ice cream and cigars and tobacco. He is the agent in Vicksburg for Henika's famous bread. He is doing a good trade for the amount of stock he has, and makes a big percent on capital invested.

(Note: At this point, only one-half of the original newspaper column is visible. It was overlapped by another page at the time of filming. Approximately 8-10 of these "mini-biographies" are missing, including those of G.P. Kingsbury, an apparent storeowner, and D.L. Corwin, the village photographer. However, the article was continued on a new page and follows.)

Grain Dealers

Large quantities of grain are shipped from Vicksburg every year, the trade being handled by two firms of grain dealers. The elevator on the east side of the G.R. & I.R.R. is owned by Bishop and Robinson and the business is carried on by Robinson and French. They have been in business there several years and are prospering. Four years ago the elevator burned down, but with that pluck which is characteristic of the owners, they immediately rebuilt. Both are good men, also have the interests of the village at heart.

The warehouse on the west side of the railroad is conducted by Mr. Myron Gleason. The old firm name was Gleason and Kimble. Last year Mr. G. sold out to S.G. Richardson. This gentleman, however, ran it but a short time, when Mr. Gleason bought the property back, and has done himself credit by the manner in which he has conducted the business.

E. Hall

This gentleman was formerly in the lumber business at White Pigeon. He moved to this town some five years ago. Gave up the lumber business about two years ago and went to selling family groceries and provisions, of which he keeps a select assortment. It is very dull now and will be so until the glad voice of the reaper is heard singing bass on the sweet harvest home, but taken on an average, year in and year out, he is doing a good trade.

L.W. Fehr

Mr. Fehr is a harness maker. He came from Eastern Pennsylvania when he was 20 years old and has been in Vicksburg 15 years, during which time he has been engaged at his trade excepting during a year and a half when he ran a bakery and restaurant. He is doing a fair business at custom work and in selling horse furnishing goods, of which he has a fair stock.

Mrs. E.D. Rawson

Mrs. Rawson learned the millinery trade of Mr. Morse in this city, and three years ago she purchased the establishment of Mrs. O.E. Taylor in the second village of the county. Mrs. Rawson is a very successful business woman and we dare say makes a good sales lady. She does an aggregate business of some $(8,000) a year, which, when we recollect the profit on millinery goods, makes a very good showing. She will remove on the 25th of this month to a more convenient stand, the store now occupied by George Thompson.

Dr. J.S. Mead

Dr. Mead practiced medicine for some time with Dr. J.B. Sweetland of Edwardsburg, and then took a three years' course at Ann Arbor. He is a homeopathist. Took his degree a year ago last June. Practiced in Edwardsburg for a time, and located in Vicksburg last Spring. He has already built up a good practice and is an intelligent young man who will undoubtably make a success of life. We hope to see him President of State Medical Association.

R. Baker

One of the most successful merchants of the village is Mr. R. Baker. He came there in 1877 and engaged in the grocery and drug trade, his son George being partner in the concern. In '81 the son retired, since which time Mr. Baker has been sole proprietor. By courteous treatment of customers and careful attention to details, he has increased his aggregate yearly sales from $7,000 in '77 to over $20,000 in '83. Last spring he adopted the cash basis of doing business which is proving successful. He has a good, and what is better, a growing trade.

A.V. Briggs

Mr. Briggs is the owner of the excellent water power mentioned elsewhere, and which ought to be an important factor in the village's prosperity. Mr. Briggs utilizes the water power in running a saw and planing mill and general wood working establishment. The wood work of the Kimble separator is manufactured at this shop. The dam was washed away by a flood a year ago last April, inflicting a loss of $1500, but Mr. Briggs immediately rebuilt it and is now doing a business which will recompence his loss and reward his enterprise.

W.F. Notley

Mr. Notley is a butcher and supplies Vicksburg with the tender poultry, the juicy beef steak and the savory mutton chop cheap for cash. Mr. N. has always lived in the village, but has followed his present business only since '81. He has a little market on Main street which he keeps up in good shape. Mr. Notley is an experienced buyer, and the sight of some of his tender cuts would make old Pythagoras himself swear off dieting on vegetables.

J.J. Smith

There are nine families of Smiths in Vicksburg, but it is to a goldsmith, Mr. J.J. Smith, that we would briefly call our readers' attention in a few well chosen words. Mr. Smith is a Toledo man. He learned his trade in that city some 23 years ago, and resided there for a long time. He subsequently removed to Lima, Ind., and on the first of last February came up to Vicksburg to fit the niche in the watch-making line left vacant by J.E. Parr. He keeps in stock quite an assortment of jeweler's goods - watches, precious jewels for ornamental purposes, and a general line of silver and silver-plated ware. He deals in machine needles of all shapes, sizes, colors and previous conditions of servitude, and is agent for the best spectacles made in the country. He is an expert watch-maker and makes a specialty of repairing fine time-pieces.

James Stratton

James Stratton, the well-known painter and carpenter, is an Englishman having been born in the realms of Britannia, the fabled female who is supposed to rule the wave. He came to Vicksburg in '59, and since his residence there has been honored by election to several positions of trust and responsibility. In Mr. Stratton are united the two avocations of painter and carpenter and people can be assured of satisfaction in consulting him concerning either branch of work.

Dr. Van Antwerp

Dr. S.C. Van Antwerp graduated at Ann Arbor in 1872, and located in Vicksburg in 1877. He has built up a fine practice during his seven years' residence in the place, and has established and enviable reputation as a good citizen and careful, skillful physician.

Still Another

Mr. Frank Murray is another Hoosier. He came from Indiana in '80 and is a painter. Without pausing to go into the details of Mr. Murray's biography, we will say that he is worthy of patronage and commend him to all desiring anything his line. He is an excellent workman and is doing well.

Anderson & Son

Mr. Daniel P. Anderson and son, Willard P., are the proprietors of the flouring mill located near the Union depot. Mr. Anderson Sr. was part owner of the old water mill which burned about a year ago. The steam mill was built in about '76 or '77, and the proprietors are doing a good business in custom grinding and shipping flour. An incendiary attempt was made to burn this property, but failed on account of prompt action of the fire brigade.

Geo. A. Douglas

Mr. Douglas' commercial career dates from December, '83, in which month he bought out the stock and good will of Young Brothers, dealers in hardware. Mr. Douglas has a good business head and the concern has suffered no detriment on passing into his hands. Besides a general line of shelf goods and builder's hardware, he keeps on hand a large stock of agricultural implements of the best makes. He is agent for the Reed Spring-tooth Harrow and for the Walter Wood reaper. He handles the Charlotte buggy and is the authorized agent for the Peninsula Gassoline Stove of which he has sold 33 this season - pretty good for a town of 900 inhabitants. Mr. Douglas enjoys a lucrative trade and will continue to merit patronage by always endeavoring to give every man a square deal.

Malcolm Hill, Medicine Doctor

This skillful and very successful physician was born in St. Joe. Co, 1841. He took his degree at the medical department of the University of Michigan in '68 and very soon afterwards located in Vicksburg. His name occurs in the county directory published by Jas. M. Thomas in 1869, at which time there were three other physicians in Vicksburg, none of whom have remained until the present time. Dr. Hill has a very large practice, and half the younger population of the village were ushered into the world with the Doctor as master of ceremonies.

A Knight of St. Crispin

"Sam" Oman looks the embodiment of "ye merry cobbler", and certainly the world and the good people of Vicksburg in particular, must treat him well. Mr. Oman has stitched and pegged away in his little brown shop for several years, each day making new friends and gaining new customers. He is now handling a small, but well selected stock of the best makes of ready made boots and shoes, and is steadily increasing his trade in the same.

Sundry Sentiments

The public schools under the careful administration of Prof. Ashley Clapp are in a flourishing condition.

Vicksburg is quite a society town, and a large number of the different social and secret orders have local organizations here. These are lodges of Masons, Odd-Fellows, K. of P., L.O.G.T., a Subordinate Grange, a G.A.R. post and a Social Science and Literary club. There is also a flourishing Ladies' Library Association and a lodge of K.T.M.

Mrs. A.E. Daniels conducts a successful millinery business on the east side of Main St., and keeps lots of these ribbons and fixings that cost so like the dickens.

Vicksburg has three barbers, Mr. Fred Shulters, Mr. William Clayton, whose striped pole projects out over Main St., and Mr. Fred Simmons, whose tonsorial parlors are situated on Prairie St.

(Transcriber's note: For unknown reasons, the writing style of this article changes here to short "blurbs". I've kept true to this original style).

Fitch & Thompson

Fitch & Thompson Livery: Feed and Sale Stables situate near depot - know good horses when they see them - get left once in a while - boys happy - (plenty of) parties like to hire horses from them - horses gentle and safe for ladies to drive. Willing to accomodate everybody. Call on them when you want to go for a drive.

Dan. Franklin

(1 word) host of the Junction House: Keeps good hotel - everything quiet - no rowdying - loves a good horse - knows one when he sees it - gives the boys lots to eat when they stop there.

Henry Springer

Inventor of the Spring Tooth Harrow and Seeder: Patented several other inventions - has got the best harrow now - never gets left, and always on the lookout for something new.

Elbridge G. Demming

Carpenter and builder: Built M.E. church at this place, also several other buildings - fine workman - has all he can do - is now building a new residence for himself on Water Street - nothing like it in town - is quite unique.

Young & Howard

Stock buyers and wholesale dealers in Carriages and (1 word): Lively business fellows - sharp dealers - know when they get a good thing and how to keep it - sell lots of carriages - ship stock every Monday - give highest prices to farmers for their stock.

J.E. Hawkins

Auctioneer and General Salesman: Commenced business five years ago - has had good success - is quite an attraction at auction sales - everybody says the best they've ever heard - draws money right out of the purchasers present - gets all the property is worth, and a little more - other auctioneers jealous - sellers don't care - employer generally the same - his address, Vicksburg.

Henry Hill

Just commenced keeping Restaurant and Bakery on Prairie Street. Pretty good fellow - well-known here - advise newly married couples to get their wedding breakfasts with him - came from St. Joseph County - that county's loss, our gain.

William G. Hawkins

The Lightning Shoe Maker: Outtalks most men in the town - is great on the motor - second rival to Keeler - invented car coupler, railroad company stole it - anti-monopolist - will vote for Butler.

Mottram Hill

Always lived in Vicksburg - graduate of Olivet College - taught school a few terms - gave general satisfaction - sells hardware now - has bought the right to manufacture and sell "The Universal Combination Fencer" - thinks he has a good thing - just what farmers want and sells lots of it - has grand trade in hardware and agricultural implements - sales large this year - buy all things. Store on Main Street, south side.

L.C. Rapp & Bro.

Lumber dealers and builders. One of the heavy firms of Vicksburg - doing fair trade - have lots of work - building all the time - several contracts on hand at present. Will Bohner tends to yard in their absence - pretty good business fellow - gives general satisfaction - just came to town - graduate of Parson's Business College of Kalamazoo. Yard and office west of G.R. & I.R.R. on Town Lane Street.

S. Hawkins

One of the old pioneers of this section, and "Uncle Sam's" keeper of the great seal at the post office of this place - is one of the leading men of this section - has seen Vicksburg rise up to become a prominent burg - always jolly - keeps good humor under all circumstances - was "squire" for twelve years - dispensed justice impartially - lawyers couldn't fool him - had only one case reversed during his term of office - quite an old man - good for 100 years more.

M. Winterdorf

Blacksmith and carriage maker, came to Vicksburg in October, 1882 and bought out Mr. Worthington. Is a good workman and gives general satisfaction to all his customers - has splendid trade, and the work he turns out is second to none in the county. His shop is corner of Pond and Prairie Streets.

Edward DeWolf

Painter and wholesale dealer in Fine Carriages and Wagons, came from Richland several years ago - likes the place - place likes him - is doing fine business - sells lots of carriages - runs paint shop and has all the work he can attend to. Shop located in the rear of Winterdorf's blacksmith shop.

Henry C. Peck & Co.

Wagon and Carriage makers and General Blacksmiths. This firm consists of Henry C. Peck and Calvin Grovenberg. Mr. Peck is a well known gentleman, and formerly resided at Galesburg. He located in Vicksburg about a year ago and purchased the lot where he is now doing business. Shortly after his advent in this place, he formed a partnership with Mr. Grovenberg, who lived about three miles south of the village, and who conducted a farm successfully for a number of years. This firm is extensively engaged in the manufacture of road wagons, and have a contract to supply parties in Toledo, Ohio, and elsewhere. They have shipped this season over 145 wagons. With improved and larger buildings, which they intend to erect this fall, their facilities for manufacturing will be greatly enhanced. They have in their employ Mr. Harry Agnew, a fine workman, and one who has had twenty years experience in carriage making.

George Tillotson

Blacksmith and Horse Shoer. His shop is located on Prairie Street. He started in business in 1882, having learned his trade under Mark Worthington. Although starting with but small means, he has by constant attention to business succeeded in building up quite a trade.

C.H. Haywood

Agent of Mutual Life Insurance Company of Marshall, came here three months ago - has hard check, same as all in trainee agents - is like a leech, never leaves a man until he gets him - always gets there - going west in about a week - will (hoop) it up to the boys when he gets back - has secured for his company one hundred numbered at this place - Company always pays losses in full.

E.C. Rishel

Was brought up in Brady township on a farm, stayed there until 1879, when he came to Vicksburg - built the brick store on Main Street which he now occupies - keeps heavy and light hardware - has fair trade and prospects are bright for the future.

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