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MEMOIRS OF LENAWEE COUNTY BIOGRAPHICAL - CONTINUED
born Feb. io, 1892; and Robert, born April 9, 1897, all of whom were born in Adrian, and are now attending school there. The Ayers homestead was formerly at No. 14, College avenue, but in August, 1907, they purchased the home at No. 45 R. Church street, where they now reside. Edwin H. Bailey, a prosperous farmer of Ogden township, was born in that township on Feb. 26, 1875. He is the sort. of Richard and Ruth A. (Hood) Bailey, the former born in London, England, in 1844, and the latter in Zanesville, Ohio, the same year. The father came to Medina, Ohio, while still a youth, and shortly afterward moved to Michigan. He was actively engaged in farming until 1903, when he retired and removed to -Palmyra, where he now resides. Two children were born to the parents, Edwin H. of this review, and Lucy, the wife of George Fogelsong, a farmer of Ogden township.- Mr. Bailey's educational advantages were limited to the common schools. When he had completed the courses prescribed he became his father's assistant on the farm and worked with the parent until the time of his marriage. Since that time he has been conducting his own farm, and by the application of scientific methods of agriculture has made his property one of the most productive in the vicinity.' In the matter of politics, Mr. Bailey espouses the cause of the Republican party, but has never sought public preferment for himself. Fraternally he is allied with the State Grange and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. On Jan. 10, 1893, was solemnized Mr. Bailey's marriage to Miss Belle Klink, the daughter of William and Mary (Rathburn) blink, of Fairfield township. To this union were born the following children: Gladys Estell, born on May 21, 1895, and now attending school ; Richard Elwood, born March 4, 1899; died May 18, 1902 ; and Marguerite, born July 22, 1900, died on March 22, 1901. Mr. Bailey has a host of friends in the community, and his genial, cordial nature makes him popular with all his neighbors and acquaintances. George F. Ballenberger, one of the foremost merchants of Adrian, was born in that city on May 27, 1864, the son of John B. and Christine (Hertline) Ballenberger. His parents were born in Germany and came to the United States in 1854, and were married in 1856. They celebrated their golden wedding, the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage, in 1906. The father, who is now living retired in Adrian, was a stone cutter by vocation. Four children were born to the parents, two of whom died in infancy. The survivors are Mrs. James Winney, of Adrian, and George F. of this sketch. The latter received his educational advantages in the German schools, and finished with two months' attendance upon the public schools of the city. His first labors were in the employ of the F. R. Stebbins Company, with which he remained but a short time and then found employment with the Austin, Treat & Goodsell Company. When he severed his connection with the last named concern it was to accept a position in the Comstock Planing Mill, and later with the Penn car shops, and subsequently again with the Comstock people. When he gave up that position it was to enter the meat business with William Spielman, under the firm name of Spielman & Ballenberger, on Maple avenue, but the firm continued only a year and then Mr. Ballenberger embarked in the business alone and has continued in that line for more than twenty-six years. Fraternally he is allied with the Knights of the Maccabees, and in politics espouses the Democratic cause. He was reared in the German Lutheran faith, and today gives allegiance to the tenets of that faith. On May 14, 1885, was celebrated Mr. Ballenberger's marriage to Miss Caroline Reisig, daughter of George Reisig, of Adrian. Four children have been .the issue of this union,

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