1892 Portrait & Biographical Album of Genesee, Lapeer & Tuscola Counties, Chapman Bros.

Pages 789 - 790

Many thanks too Jeanne Taylor for transcribing these pages.

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ALBERT E. HURD, the leading merchant of Davison Station, stands very high as a citizen and business man and has been successful in securing not only the confidence of the community, but a good share of the trade of both village and country since he began business here, September 1, 1874. He keeps a full line of groceries and drugs, and some dry goods, and his medical knowledge gives him prestige among the people, as they feel safe in ordering drugs of one who understands his business so thoroughly. He had taken a medical education and lacked only six months of completing his course in the Department of Medicine at the michigan University. He was born in Crawford County, Pa., May 18, 1842.

James HURD, the father of our subject, a Pennsylvania by birth, came West in 1866, and being now eighty-two years o, he lives a retired life in Clay Township, near Flushing. The grandfather, George HURD was of New Jersey birth, and became a pioneer in Crawford County, Pa., taking up land upon which our subject was born and reared. According too family tradition, Timothy HURD, came from Wales too America, and is the one who introduced Timothy Grass in America. The ancestry on the mother's side is also from Wales, and the grandparents on both sides were Revolutionary soldiers.

Emily A. HILLS, a New Yorker by birth, who was born in Onondaga County, became the wife of James HURD and mother of our subject, and left a family of five sons and two daughters, all of whom still survive. She died in 1886 at the age of sixty-five. Albert HURD entered an academy at Kingsville, Ashtabula County, Ohio, at the age of sixteen having had his previous schooling in the district schools. After four months their he entered the State Normal School at Edinburg, Erie County, Pa., where he spent several terms, after which he taught during the winters for several years. In 1867 he entered the Michigan State University i the Medical Department and only lacked means too carry him through, as he almost completed his course. At Flushing, this county, he found employment with D. B. LYAN & Co. with whom he clerked for three years, after which he served James A. BUTTON & Bro. for about three years in a general store. He then removed too Midland where he was head clerk in a grocery store for a short time and then removed too Flushing, where he spent about three months in a drug store, after which he came too Davison and established his present business. Six months later he was appointed Postmaster, which office he held for eleven years, and has also been for four years a Magistrate, and also for some time a Notary Public.

Mr. HURD began business in a rented store room, and three years later purchased the building, and in 1885 erected the two-story brick building 24x60 feet with plate-glass front, which he now occupies. He has practiced medicine some, but does not make a specialty of it, going only when especially requested. He was married in 1867 too Miss Florence E. TODD, who was born at Portland on the east side of Chautauqua Lake,N.Y., and came West with her parents who were settlers Clayton Township, this county.

Mr. and Mrs. HURD have had five children, namely: Winifred I., wife of John H. BRADSHAW, a native of this county; Albert E. Jr.; Leroy J.; Harry, deceased; and Claude E. Mr. HURD has ever espoused the principles of the Republican party, and has been active in local politics, attending as a delegate too several conventions. He has been a member of the Masonic order for several years and for some time has been Secretary and Treasurer of the order. He began life without a dollar, and has now built up a good business and has some excellent village property besides his business place. Mrs. HURD is an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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ALEXANDER LOBBAN. It is a delight to a traveler too visit such farms as will be found in the property of Mr. LOBBAN, in Davison Township, Genesee County, a man who is a native of the county, having been born in Atlas Township, March 31, 1843. His parentage is British, and his father, William, was a Scotchman and his mother, Mary JORDAN, was born in England. They emigrated too America many years ago, the mother coming in 1835 and the father in 1839. The father died September 8, 1874, at the age of sixty-two years. He had been brought up in the Presbyterian Church in Scotland and was a man of character and integrity. After coming too this country he still pursued his trade as a baker, working in Detroit too earn money too pay for the land which he bought in Davison Township in 1839. The mother, who is still living, at the age of seventy, came too Michigan with her parents in 1835. She is the mother of six children and all but one of these is still in this life, and of them our subject is the eldest.

The district-school education of Alexander LOBBAN was supplemented by attendance upon the schools of Flint and he had the enjoyment of pioneer sports and experience and remembers killing a deer at the age of thirteen, having quite a local fame as a huntsman. Indian tribes in large numbers were all about his home. His two brothers and he farmed together for several years but in 1883 he started out for himself. March 11, 1878, was his wedding day and his bride was Mary A. TORREY, who was born in New York and came too Michigan in 1865, with her parents, Gilbert O. and Emily S. (RUMPS) TORREY, the latter being a native of New York and the former of Connecticut, and both being now residents of Flint. The two children born too our subject and his wife are William A. and Frederick S.

The doctrines of the Democratic party are thoroughly endorsed by Mr. LOBBAN, and he is often a delegate too county conventions and other political gatherings. He has been School Superintendent of Davison Township for two years. Upon his fine farm he has placed over seven and one-half miles of tile drainage, and here he keeps registered Holstein cattle, which he raises and sells for breeding purposes, and he also raises sheep extensively. He began life with very limited means and his success would be considered remarkable if one did not take into consideration the character of the man and the wonderful resources of Michigan.

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