History of Lenawee County, Michigan - Book 2, Page 20

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work was congenial his health became impaired and he was advised by his physician to seek some more healthful employment. Mr. Betz then returned to Adrian and for two years worked in a clerical capacity in the drug business with Lee Millard. In 1892 he formed a partnership with his father under the firm name of J. Betz & Son, which continued for six years. Mr. Betz then purchased his father's interest and continued the business under his own name. Trade increased to such an extent that in 1903 he began the erection of the building which he now occupies, known as the Betz building, at the corner of Frank and Tecumseh streets, and removed his stock to the new quarters on June 27, 1904. Under his careful guidance and direction business has continued to flourish. and the establishment is recognized as one of the most progressive of Adrian's business houses. Mr. Betz's every achievement has been directly due to his own efforts, and his career is well worthy the emulation of others. Fraternally he is allied with. the Knights of Pythias. Although he was reared and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, his religious nature today finds expression in attendance upon the services of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which .his wife is a devout member. On June 19. 19oi, Mr. Betz was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Luella Sawyer, a daughter of Horace Sawyer. Mr. Sawyer enlisted in the Civil war from Adrian, but after his return from that struggle he removed to Luther, Lake county, Michigan. There Mrs. Betz was born and received her preliminary education. Later she attended the Ferris Institute and was engaged as a teacher in the State Industrial School for Girls at Adrian when she met Mr. Betz; Five children have been the issue of the unionn of Mr. and Mrs. Betz,namely: Winifred Edith, born April 10, 1902; J. Fred, born Nov. 29, 1903; Kenneth Sawyer, born Feb. 21, 1905; Ruth Janice, born July 31, 1907; and Merrill Dean, born April 7, 1909. Some years ago Mr. Betz purchased the A. B. Berry house at 8 Division street, where his family now reside. Vincent A. Baker, M. D., was born in Watertown, N. Y., March 30, 1833, the son of Freeborn Baker, Jr., who was born at Schuyler, Herkimer county, New York, July 6, 1905. The paternal grandfather was Freeborn Baker, Sr., born in Rhode Island in 1776, who served as a musician in the War of 1812. Freeborn Baker, Sr., was of English descent, as was Jene Christian, to whom he was married in 1798. They reared a family of eleven children. From the earliest time of their history the members of the Baker family were farmers. Freeborn Baker, Jr., learned to make boots and shoes in his youth, and for some years of his life followed that vocation: After his marriage he purchased a tract of land in St. Lawrence county, New York, where he lived for many years. The surroundings and educational advantages not being satisfactory for his growing family, Mr. Baker sold out his place in St. Lawrence county, and moved to Black River village, Jefferson county, where he established himself in business and remained until 1867. In that year he disposed of his property in New York and came west, locating in Lenawee county, where he lived many years. His death occurred May 22, 1874, at Palmyra. He was a man with a high sense of honor, incorruptible in the broadest sense, and his death was a great loss to the community in which he lived. On Dec. 20, 1838, occurred the marriage of Freeborn Baker, Jr., and Miss Julia Ann Fredenburg, the daughter of Joshua and Ruth Fredenburg, of Palmyra, N. Y. They became the parents of eight children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the eldest. The mother was born in Mohawk, N. Y.', Aug. 10, r8ro, and passed away in Buffalo, N. Y., April 24, 1889. Her remains were laid beside

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