History of Lenawee County, Michigan - Book 2, Page 11

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attended for two years. The issue of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Atkin has been two children, namely: Lorena A., born March 16, 1881, and Alfreda M., born May 26, 1895. Lorena A. is taking a course in the State Normal School at Ypsilanti, Mich., and Alfreda M. is attending the Blissfield High School. George W. Ayers, attorney-at-law, of Adrian, was born in Fairfield township, Lenawee county, Michigan,. Dec. 7, 1854, second child of John and Amanda (Porter) Ayers. His father was a native of New York state and his mother was born in Chautauqua county, New York. John Ayers came west with his father, 5eptimus Ayers, in 1837, and located on a farm in Fairfield township, about twelve miles directly south of Adrian. John Ayers and Amanda Porter were married in the town of Westfield, Chautauqua county, New York. He died in Fairfield township, Lenawee county, Oct. 9, x866. His widow, now past eighty years of age, resides with her son, George W., in Adrian. Five children were born to them, of whom three are now living: Albert J., the oldest child, and George W., the subject of this review, residing in 'Adrian; the daughter, Lida, now the wife of Charles F. Morse, a prosperous farmer, lives in Fairfield, near the old homestead. George W. Ayers received his elementary education in the Fairfield schools, and at the Westfield Academy at Westfield, Chautauqua county, New York; later attended high school in Adrian, graduating in the class of 1877. He also attended Adrian College for a short time, and taught school in Ogden and Palmyra townships, in Lenawee county, and Fulton county, Ohio. Having determined to make the legal profession his career, he commenced the study of law in the city of Adrian, studying with such eminent lawyers as Col. B. F. Graves and Judge C. A. Stacy. After spending some time in this legal preparation, he entered the University of Michigan, graduating in the year x884 with the degree of B. L. He was admitted to the bar of Lenawee county in the year 1883. After graduating at Ann Arbor, he returned to Adrian, and entered the office of Capt. C. R. Miller as his assistant. After remaining with Mr. Miller for two or three years, he opened up an office for himself and has continued his practice in Adrian ever since. Mr. Ayers has held the office of Circuit Court Commissioner for four terms, of two years each, and also served as justice of the peace in Adrian for a short time, -to fill a vacancy. In politics he has always been a loyal supporter of the Republican party and its principles. In the year 1889, together with TVVr. H. Barrett and Fred H. Knapp, he organized The Adrian Building and Loan Association, and was elected its attorney, and has held that position ever since, having held his office longer than any other member of the Association.

Mr. Ayers is a member of the Knights of the Maccabees, being a charter member of Adrian Tent No. 145. Mr. Ayers has always taken an active part in religious work, and has been a trustee of the First Baptist Church of Adrian, for many years. At the present time he is president of the Church Council, a recent organization of that church. On July 3, x889, he was united in marriage with Miss Della H. Dodge, a daughter of the late Thomas F. Dodge, who was a pioneer of Adrian, and one of its first and most prominent physicians. Mrs. Ayers was born and reared in Adrian, and received her educational advantages in the excellent schools of that city, graduating from the high school in the class of 1873. After finishing her studies she taught school inthe country for several terms, and then returned to Adrian, where she continued the same work for twelve .years. Three sons have come to bless the union of. Mr. and Mrs. Ayers-Percy B., born March 18, 1890; Merle P.,

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