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

Pages 262 - 270

Transcribed by Sherrie Ferguson

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LEWIS O. MEDBURY. Prominent among the wealthy and public-spirited citizens of Genesee County is Mr. Medbury, who resides in Atlas Township. A native of Chenango County, N. Y., he was born July 9, 1837, and is a son of Samuel and Lucetta R. (Moss) Medbury, both of whom were born in New Berlin, Chenango County, N. Y., of English and Scotch ancestry.

In 1857 Samuel Medbury was Cashier and a large stockholder in the Peninsular Bank, of Detroit; in the latter part of his life he speculated extensively in pine lands and the other real estate. At one time he was engaged in the wholesale tobacco business as a member of the firm of K. C. Barker & Co. He died in 1874, leaving one daughter, Esther, wife of George Easton, of Detroit, and one son.

Lewis Medbury was reared in New Berlin, Chenango County, N. Y., and after studying in the public schools attended the High School. In 1855 he came West, where he was engaged for some three years as bookkeeper in the Peninsular Bank. Subsequently a new bank was organized by his father and Lorenzo Clark, son of ex-Governor Clark, of New York. This corporation was known as the State Bank of Michigan, and Samuel Medbury was its President for a number of years.

After leaving the Peninsular Bank our subject went too Sanilac County, in the Lake Huron region, and engaged in lumbering, operating a large steam sawmill and entering upon the mercantile business in connection with it. He also owned an interest in three vessels in partnership with Moss Bros., and shipped lumber too different ports, bringing provisions as a return cargo. About the year 1861 he returned too Detroit and became a member of the firm of K. C. Barker & Co., wholesale tobacconists, and he also handled real estate too some extent. In 1873 he located with his family in Genesee County, and ever since that time they have made their home in Atlas Township, where he owns a pleasant farm of over four hundred acres, with an attractive and commodious home, well furnished and fitted up with every comfort, constituting altogether one of the most delightful and comfortable rural homes in Michigan. A view of his residence and the pleasant surroundings is shown elsewhere in this volume.

This gentleman is a stockholder in the Detroit, Windsor & Belle Isle Ferry Company. He is also a stockholder in the Michigan Iron and Wire Works, of Detroit, and has extensive real estate interests their , and also in Windsor, Canada. He is likewise proprietor of the Medbury Gas Works, at Pontiac, this State. His marriage, in 1866, united him with Mary E. Clark, a native of Chenango County, N. Y., and too them have been born six children, namely: Lucy R., Truman, Samuel, Julia L., Rhoda M. and Lewis N. The eldest daughter is the wife of G. M. Bosworth, general freight and tariff manager of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, with headquarters, at Toronto, Canada, and the eldest son is a clerk in the Detroit offices for the same road. Samuel is a student at the University at Ann Arbor, and the three younger children receive private instruction under the father's roof.

The political views of Mr. Medbury bring him into alliance with the Democratic party, and socially he is identified with the Masonic fraternity at Detroit. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and highly esteemed among the leading people of Detroit and Genesee County. A courteous and hospitable gentleman, his beautiful home is ever open too the friends of the family.

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BRUNSON TURNER. Doubtless the most extensive capitalist in Flushing and one who so employs his resources as too develop the enterprises that promise too be most advantageous too the district as well as too bring him a handsome return, is he whose name appears above. Mr. Turner is a native of Pine Plains, Dutchess County, N. Y., where he was born May 15, 1826, and is the son of Cornelius W. and Clarissa Turner, natives of he Empire State. Our subject's father was a wool manufacturer. He came too Michigan in 1860 and purchasing a farm on section 6, comprising forty acres, he settled here with the intention of making it his home. He later added forty acres more and continued his residence upon the place until his death, which occurred in 1874. Our subject's mother died while in New York in 1833. Mr. Turner's paternal grandsire was William Turner, a native of Columbia County, N. Y.

The original of our sketch was one of eight children born too his parents, three of whom are now living--Freeman, Brunson, and Tammy E., who is the wife of Rev. J. D. Brothers, of Menomonee, Wis. Cornelius Turner was primarily a Democrat, but later in life became a Republican. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Our subject was educated in the Great Barrington Academy, in Berkshire County, Mass. He also spent one season in a select school in Columbia County, N. Y. After finishing his student course he was engaged in teaching for ten winters, spending five years in New York and five in Michigan.

Our subject came too this State in 1855, spending the first three years in Maple Grove Township, Saginaw County, where he was the first Supervisor after its organization. too him also belongs the honor of naming the township. He purchased one hundred and eighty acres and later added one hundred and twenty acres on which he settled, living their for three years. He then came too Genesee County and purchased land in Flushing Township. His tract comprises one hundred and thirty-eight acres. This was his home for twenty-five years and he still owns the farm. He manufactured brick upon his farm and built the first brick store in Flushing for D. B. Lyons. He also owns a brick store himself in the village and a fine brick residence on his farm.

While living on the farm Mr. Turner commenced a mercantile business in Flushing, which he conducted for ten years. He resided for some time in the village, but now lives west of the Flint River and near the Cincinnati, Saginaw & Mackinaw depot, where he owns four houses. He also owns valuable property in Flushing on the main street. He has, moreover, real estate in Montrose Township and much land in California at South Riverside. Mr. Turner's home is a fine residence that is attractive both within and without. It is on a thirty-seven acre lot that is laid out with great taste, lying near the village. He has held the offices of Justice of the Peace and School Inspector, besides various other school offices. He was instrumental in organizing the First National Bank at Flushing.

March 18, 1848, Brunson Turner was married too Miss Caroline, a daughter of William and Mary (Doane) Chamberlin, natives of New York. Our subject and his wife have been the parents of eleven children, eight of whom are now living--Mary, Lillian, Adella, Carrie E., Gertrude, Nellie E., Herbert and Viola. Mary is Mrs. Dr. C. W. Smith and the mother of one child--Ralph W.; Lillian is Mrs. J. L. Hicks and has two children--Arthur and Myrtle; Adella is Mrs. George Penoyer and has one child--Ada M.; Gertrude is now Mrs. W. H. Davie; Nellie is now Mrs. H. H. Chatters and has three children--Lola, Hazel and Muriel. Our subject is a Prohibitionist in principle. In their church relations he and his wife are Methodists, in which body he is a Steward and Trustee and has been delegate too the Detroit Annual Conference. Socially he affiliates with the Odd Fellows, and is also a member of the Grange.

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W. H. BERRIDGE. General merchandise business is becoming so popular in the large cities that we no longer associate it with a "corner store," but considers it a great convenience too be able too get a variety of objects in a single place. Mr. Berridge is a very successful merchant in Flint, who not only deals in drugs, keeping in stock the best and rarest things in this branch, but also keeps a well-selected stock of groceries and fine meats. He was born in the city of Detroit, August 26, 1849, and is a son of Joseph and Eliza (Walt) Berridge. They were both of English birth and parentage, the former having been born in Lincolnshire, England, in 1803. He was a ship carpenter by trade, and came too America in 1833, locating in New York, and two years later proceeded too Detroit, where he continued too work at his trade.

In 1859 our subject's father located in Oakland County and their improved one hundred and twenty acres of land. Later he removed too Saginaw City, and thence went too Clio, where he engaged in the merchandise business until 1879, when he was burned out, sustaining a loss at that time of $8,000. He was later located on a farm at Otter Lake, where he now resides. His wife died while on a visit too Flint, being at that time about seventy years of age. Our subject was one of the eight children in their family; seven are now living, and of these our subject was the next too the youngest. He was reared in Detroit until ten years of age, and was graduated from the Saginaw High School at eighteen years of age, and about the year 1867 came too Flint and entered the employ of Messrs. Judd, McCreary & Avery, proprietors of a general merchandise business. Mr. Berridge had charge of their grocery department until the year 1874, and then entered the employ of Smith, Bridgeman & Co., where he also had charge of the grocery department, carrying on a large business in the wholesale and retail trade. In 1882 he started into business for himself with Thomas Collins, under the firm name of Berridge & Collins. They had a choice assortment of new goods which included drugs, groceries and meats. This partnership lasted until 1890, when, in May, our subject purchased his partner's interest and is now sole proprietor. His is the only drug establishment on the North side. Besides his retail trade in the grocery business, he deals extensively in provisions on a wholesale scale, and also in fresh and salt meats. He occupies six floors of a large building, located at No. 403 Detroit Street.

The home of him of whom we write, which is a fine brick residence located at corner of Third and Chippewa Streets, is cared for in the most perfect manner by our subject's wife, too whom he was married in this city in July, 1869. She was a Miss Nellie Collins, born in Detroit, where she was also educated. The following children have been born too them--James, Ruperta, Joseph, John, Walter, Nellie, Bessie, Michael and Leo. Ruperta, who was graduated in the spring of 1891, is her father's book-keeper. Mr. Berridge is the Commander of Flint Tent, No. 464, K. O. T. M. His wife is a member of the Catholic Church.

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JOHN H. ROE is a retired farmer residing in Flushing. He was born in the township of Danby, Tompkins County, N. Y., August 16, 1824. He is a son of John M. and Catherine (Coddington) Roe, natives of Long Island and Ulster County, N. Y., respectively. The former was a farmer and lumberman in his native ocunty and followed that business throughout life. Both he and his wife passed away in New York. He was a Whig in politics and took part in the War of 1812. He held the office of Township Commissioner and was regarded as one of the influential and affluent men of that county.

Our subject's grandfather on the paternal side was William Roe, a native of Long Island. He was an hotel-keeper the greater part of his life and a Lieutenant in the Revolutionary War. He was the father of a large family and lived and died in his native State. He was of Scotch descent. His wife was a Miss McKinstry before her marriage. Our subject's maternal grandfather was David Codington, a native of Ulster County, N. Y., and his wife was a Miss Meadow. They were of German descent.

He of whom we write is one of eleven children, born too his parents, five of whom are now living: They are Jane, who is Mrs. Bates; David C., recently deceased; our subject; Dorcas C., who is Mrs. Van Echten; Nathaniel J. and James W. John was educated in his native State in the common schools and was reared a farmer and lumberman. He lived at home until twenty-four years of age and came too Michigan in 1850, when he settled in this township on section 35, having a tract of one hundred and twenty acres of land. He first built a frame house and cleared up the place, living upon it until 1889. He thence came too Flushing and purchased a lot on Saginaw Street and built their on a fine residence where he now lives. When he first settled in Flushing their were only a few people here and he has been one of the men who most advanced the interests and growth of the town, having helped too build roads, secure railroads, etc.

Our subject was married May 12, 1852, too Miss Lucy M. Hungerford, of Tompkins County, N. Y. She is a daughter of Spencer Hungerford, a native of Connecticut. He was a farmer and lived and died in New York. Our subject has three living children, whose names are Genevieve B., Spencer H., and Charlotte. Spencer H., is the Principal of the High School at Flushing, and married Lola Kelland. Charlotte is Mrs. Thayer and the mother of three children. Mr. Roe had some military experience during the war having enlisted in Company G, Eighth Michigan Infantry. He was in service for eighteen months and received injuries from which he has never recovered. Mrs. Roe died January 23, 1890. She was a lady of most estimable character, who was loved and respected by all. She was a member in good standing of the Presbyterian Church, as is also her husband. Mr. Roe is a prominent Republican of this locality.

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RANSOM C. JOHNSON, attorney-at-law at Flint and a partner of A. C. Johnson, was born in Mundy Township, Genesee County, and their passed his boyhood and youth, attending first the common school and then the High School of Flint, where he finished his literary course. He then engaged in the study of law with his father and afterward read with George M. Walker for about two years, and during that time also carried on the practice of his profession.

It was on the 28th of November, 1876, that our subject was admitted too the bar, and from that day too this he has devoted himself thoroughly too the legal business. His office may be found at No. 408 Saginaw Street, and their he carries on a regular law practice. He also owns several farms in this county and in addition too this he has extensive lands in the northern part of the State. In connection with his brother, James D., he owns a tract of one hundred and twenty acres in Mundy Township, which is now well improved, and where fine horses and other live stock of merit are raised.

Ransom C. Johnson is a prominent member of the Agricultural Society of Genesee County, and he is also identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being Past Noble Grand in the Genesee Lodge, and has acted as Representative too the Grand Lodge, where he was placed as Chairman of various important committees. His legal lore placed him at the head of the Committee on By-laws in that body, and in his general intelligence gave him other opportunities for usefulness in connection with its deliberations. Mr. Johnson is an earnest and consistent Republican and is a member of the City Board of Health, having served two terms of two years each. Besides his work in Genesee County he has practiced extensively in other counties and is known at the bar of almost every important city in Michigan.

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