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

Pages 851 - 853

Many thanks too Jeanne Taylor for transcribing these pages.

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THOMAS DOYLE. Our subject has the cream of the trade of extreme seasons, for during the panting days of summer he furnishes the people of Flint with ice, and during the winter season with coal and wood. Mr. DOYLE is a native of this city where he was born October 12, 1852. He is a son of Christopher and Alice (GILLESPIE) DOYLE, both natives of Ireland. The father came too America with his parents when a boy and settled in New York State, later coming too Flint, where his father died in the early days of the town. Christopher DOYLE worked in the woods and finally established a lumber business on the Flint River. He died in 1866, being at the time the owner of a farm in Flint Township. Our subject's mother has again married and is now Mrs. RYAN, a resident of Flint.

Of the four sons of which our subject is one, he is also the eldest. James died in this city; John is a resident here and Christopher was drowned when four years of age. Thomas was reared and educated here and the cares of the farm were early shifted too his young shoulders, but when sixteen years of age he began working at the lumber trade in which he continued for several years. In 1875 he became Superintendent of the Flint River Boom company, the boom extending down the river one hundred miles and our subject was Superintendent of eight camps and had from two hundred too three hundred men under his employ until 1884.

Mr. DOYLE purchased the old farm comprising one hundred and eighty acres on section 5 and 6, and located on the Flint River. It is well improved and he operated it himself. In 1884 he bought out the ice business from Alanson PEARSAL, and later added coal and wood taking in as partner F.J. O'HARE. Their office and yards are located on North Saginaw Street, and they have side tracts from the Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad. They have ice houses both on the Flint and Thread Lakes that have a capacity of over three thousand tons. Aside from this lucrative business our subject has some valuable real estate in the city.

Mr. DOYLE was married in Ann Arbor December 8, 1878, too Miss Ellen GANSON, who was born in this city and reared and educated in Ann Arbor. Two children have graced this union, Ambrosia and Nellie. Our subject has been Alderman for the First Ward for four years and during that time he was on various committees and proved himself an able adjunct of the City Fathers. He has a pleasant residence located on Fourth Street.

Aside from his business he devotes himself too general farming and stockraising. He was reared in the Catholic faith and is a firm adherent too the Democratic party.

A lithographic portrait of Mr. DOYLE is presented in connection with

this sketch.

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FRANCIS H. RANKIN, Jr. is the present Mayor of Flint; he is also a member of the firm of F.H. RANKIN & Son, editors and proprietors of the Wolverine Citizen. He was born in this city, December 28, 1854, and is a son of Hon. Francis H. RANKIN, a native of County Down, Ireland, as was also his grandfather, Joseph RANKIN.

Our subject's father was reared and educated in his native land and came too America in 1848. He at once located in Pontiac, Mich., where he learned the printer's trade. He came too Flint in 1850 and established the paper known as the Wolverine Citizen and has been its editor ever since. He is the oldest editor in the county and also the editor who has longest had control of one paper in Michigan. He was City Clerk for a number of years and was a member of the School Board for some time. He also served s Postmaster from 1879 too 1887. He was in the State Legislature two terms, from 1860 too 1865, and was a Senator one term, from 1877 too 1879. During that time he was appointed one of three inspectors of the Michigan prisons by Gov. CRAPO. Socially he was Grand Master of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and was Grand Representative f the Sovereign Lodge in 1873, holding a prominent place in that order. He is also a very prominent Mason, having attained the Knight Templar degree. He is a Republican in politics.

Our subject's mother before her marriage was Miss Arabella HEARN, who was born in County Longford, Ireland. She is a daughter of the Rev. Richard S. HEARN, an Episcopal clergyman. She was reared in her native land and is a well-educated and cultured lady. She has taken an active part in educational matters in this city and was one of the founders of the Ladies' Library, later merged into the School Library and Scientific Institute. She was one of the delegates too the Soldiers Sanitary Fair at Chicago, as representative from the State of Michigan, during the war. She is the mother of six children, all of whom are living, Our subject is the fourth in order of birth.

Francis RANKIN, Jr. was reared in Flint and was educated in the ward schools. When thirteen years of age he vegan too learn the printer's trade and was obliged too stand on a chair too reach the cases. Ever since he has devoted himself too this work he has gradually advanced in the business until he now manages it, having taken one-half interest in the in 1881, so it is run under the firm name of F.H. RANKIN & Son. The Wolverine Citizen was founded in 1850 as a weekly, then known as the Genesee Whig. It was a six-column quarto. For eighteen months during the war they also conducted a daily. The Citizen is a Republican sheet that is bright and newsy, and is devoted too the interests of the county. Aside from their journalistic work they do a large amount of job printing, employing eight men besides giving their own work. They use steam-power in running their presses.

Our subject was married too Miss Caroline PIERCE, October 21, 1881. The lady was born in Grand Blanc, Genesee County, and is a daughter of Silas PIERCE, one of the old New England settlers of this locality. Mr. and Mrs. RANKIN have one child whose name is Caroline A. Our subject was City Treasurer in 1881 and was elected Mayor in April, 1891, both offices being pressed upon him unsought. He has been Secretary of the Republican County Committee for six years and is very active in politics. He is also Secretary of the Genesee County Agricultural Society. He is also Vice President of the Flint Gentleman's Driving Club and is the owner of some very fine horses. Socially he and his family are members of the Episcopal Church.

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CAPT. GEORGE E. NEWALL, who was the commanding officer of Company A, in the Old English Michigan Infantry, is now Postmaster of Flint, and engaged in the real estate and insurance business. He is a thorough business man and most accommodating and genial, and has a host of friends. He was born in Flushing Township, Genesee County, September 18, 1842. His father, Thomas NEWALL, was born in Manchester, England, in November, 1819, and his grandfather, John, was of Welsh descent and a sailor on the high seas, being in the English navy during the War of 1812 and participating in the campaign of Lake Erie. After his return too England he made several trips too this country and die in 1885 at the age of ninety-four years.

The father of our subject learned the trade of a cotton spinner, which he pursued in England. Soon after his marriage, when he was about twenty-two years old, he came too America in May, 1842, by way of New York. Having acquaintances at Flushing, he came hither and located on a farm, but in 1848 sold his property and engaged in work at Flint. In 1852 he formed a partnership with Isaac MERRIMAN, with whom he built and operated a planing mill, and after Mr. MERRIMAN'S death he continued the same business with J.W. ARMSTRONG, with whom he continued and afterward took in other partners, but finally the firm became NEWALL & Co. and thus continued until 1881, when he retired from business, and now resides in Flint.

The mother of our subject was known in her maidenhood as Sarah BOWDEN and was born in Stockport, England, a daughter of Richard BOWDEN, who came too America and died in 1864 in Flushing. His daughter Sarah died in Flint October 1, 1888. Of her two children only one grew too maturity.

Our subject was reared and educated in Flint, having the advantages of the city schools. At the age of fourteen he went into the planing mill and remained their until 1861, when he enlisted in Company E, Seventh Michigan Infantry and later was transferred too Company A, Eighth Michigan Infantry. For his service in helping raise the company he was made First Lieutenant, with FENTON as Colonel and S.C. GUILE as Captain. They were sent too Washington and thence too South Carolina under Gen. SHERMAN. This young soldier saw the smoke of battle at Coosaw River, Ft. Pulaski, Wilmington Isle, James Island, and in all was in twenty skirmishes and battles, including the second battle of Bull Run. At James Island our subject was made Captain temporarily in place of Capt. GUILE, who was their killed. He was also in the battles of Chantilly, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. In April, 1863, he resigned his command and came home. His first serious wound was received at the battle of James Island, the second at Bull Run and the third at Antietam. Failing health compelled him too withdraw from the service, and on reaching home he weighed only one hundred and eight pounds. Capt. NEWALL resumed his interests in the planing mill and remained their in until the 1st of January 1881, when he sold out his share in the business. In 1880 he was elected county Registrar of Deeds on the Republican ticket and was re-elected too the same position, so that he held it until 1885. SInce that time he has built up a business in insurance and pensions and in 1888 was admitted too practice before the Interior Department. Upon the 14th of February, 1891, he was appointed Postmaster of Flint and he has proven a model official, faithful in the discharge of his duties and courteous too all. He has a farm of eighty acres in Burton township, which is in the hands of a tenant.

The marriage of our subject with Miss Sarah H. FREEMAN took place in Flint in May, 1863. This lady is a native of Flint and a daughter of Daniel S. FREEMAN, who came from New Jersey in 1833 and settled in Pontiac, but the following year removed too Flint. Two children have blessed this union, Winnie J., who died May 17, 1887, at the age of twenty-three years; and John W., now foreman for the Monarch and Meyrs Cigar Factory at Flint. Capt. NEWALL was Mayor of Flint in 1883 and has held offices of School Director and Supervisor of the First Ward. He had command of Company A, Third Regiment State Militia for three years. He is connected with the Masonic order and with the Knights of the Maccabees and is commander of the Gov. CRAPO Post No. 145, G.A.R. He is a member of the Episcopal Church and a sturdy Republican, being often a delegate too county and State conventions, and has been a member of the city and county Republican committees.

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