History of Lenawee County, Michigan - Book 2, Page 19



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MEMOIRS OF LENAWEE COUNTY BIOGRAPHICAL - CONTINUED
homestead. Of their eight children all are living except Margaret, the first-born. The names of the other children are here entered in order of birth Frederick H., Adam, John, Eva, Anna, Elizabeth and Henry. Frederick Beland, whose name introduces this review, was reared to manhood on the, home farm and his early educational advantages were those afforded in the public schools of Macon township, where he also was for a time a student in a select school-a title commonly applied at that time to schools maintained under private management. He continued to assist in the work of the ]ionic farm until his maturity, when he initiated his independent career. He 'has given his attention to agricultural pursuits from his boyhood days to the present, and in this connection has found ample scope for productive effort. 'He has achieved a place among the substantial farmers of his native county, and his well improved farm, in Macon township, comprises r2o acres, practically all of which is eligible for cultivation. His home is located on rural mail route No.' 2, from the village of Tecumseh, and his farm is equipped with modern facilities throughout. The buildings on the place are of substantial order, the large barn having been erected by,him a few years since. He devotes his attention to general farming and stock-raising and finds that his well directed efforts return to him due recompense from year- to year. Though never an aspirant for public office, Mr. Beland is arrayed as a staunch supporter of the cause of the Democratic party, and he holds membership in the Lutheran church, of which his wife also was a devoted member. On Feb. 20, 1884, Mr. Beland was united in marriage to Miss Ida Martin, who was born in Macon township, this county, Sept. 19, 1857, a daughter of Michael J. and Jane Ann (Miller) Martin, both of whom were natives of the state of New York, whence they came to Michigan and settled in Lenawee county in the pioneer days. Mr. Martin became one of the representative farmers of Macon township and is now living retired in the village of Ridgeway, this county. His wife was a daughter of Lewis Miller, one of the early settlers of Jonesville,, Mich., where his wife died and whence he later came to Macon township, Lenawee county, where 11e passed the residue of his life. Mrs. Beland was summoned to eternal rest on Oct. 31, 1892, and is survived by two children : Claire C., born Oct. 11, 1885, attended the public schools of Macon township, after which he completed a course in the high school of Tecumseh, and is now engaged in farming in Macon township. He is a Democrat in his political proclivities and is a member of the Lutheran church. Florence R., born Aug. 13, 1887, remains with her father and has had charge of the household affairs to a large extent since the death of the devoted wife and mother. She was afforded the advantages of the public schools of her native township. J. Fred Betz, a foremost grocer of Adrian and a striking example of a distinctively self-made man, was born in Adrian on Sept. 5, 1870. More particular mention is made of his family connections in the sketch of his father, John J. Betz, elsewhere in this volume. Mr. Betz attended the Lutheran parochial and the public schools of Adrian, and began his business career as a clerk in the Novelty Store of C. B. Pennock. He remained there but a year, however, and then learned the trade of hardwood furniture finisher in the factory of B. S. Barnes, located where Clough & Warren's establishment now stands. That position he retained for six years. two years of the time as foreman, and when he left it was to become foreman for the Gilliland Manufacturing Company. Seven months later r he left Adrian and removed to Chicago, where for six months he was in the employ of Hanke Bros., furniture manufacturers. Although the

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