Michigan Business Education Association (MBEA) John M. Tyrtten Archives, Organizational records,   1936-2013, and undated
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History

Biography:

Sherry S. Sponseller is a Michigan author, local historian and Clarke donor.

Cooper, William J. (1871-1957), was a Mount Pleasant, Michigan, real estate man and developer married to Nella M. Cooper (d. 1945). They had a son, Arthur, who married Mary. Arthur was alive in 1954. William tried to develop the Houghton Heights Lake Resort, part of the Houghton Heights Corporation.

Day, George H., served as U.S. Deputy U.S. Marshall in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, circa 1897-1900. He and wife, Henrietta, owned and operated the Bennett Hotel in downtown Mount Pleasant, which they sold 1919-1920. He also owned stock in at least two local businesses, the Mount Pleasant Sugar Company and the Transport Truck Company.

Davis, Leonard L. “Lindy”, of Boyne City, graduated from Central Michigan University (CMU) in 1932, where he was editor-in-chief of the 1931 Chippewa yearbook and Centralight, was the varsity baseball manager, and participated in forum. He later became a journalist of the mid-Michigan oil fields journal Michigan Oil and Gas News.

Dexter, Ransom, was naturalized in 1878 from England. He married Mary Ursula, and had two sons, Ernest and Walter, and a daughter, Ivah May. Ransom had a farm in Marion Township, Saginaw County, Mich. Ernest was a local politician in Saginaw and Isabella County who served as Michigan Representative from Isabella County in 1923.

Some Francisco family members were long-time Mount Pleasant photographers. Harrison and Harry Francisco and their property are documented here. For more information about the family see the finding aid for their much larger collection housed in the Clarke consisting of thousands of images they took of local residents.

Hunter, John, died in 1899. His Mount Pleasant property passed via much paperwork to his wife, Margaret A., and children: Bruce, Anna Burnett, Milford and John S. in Manitoba, Emerson B. of NW Territory, and Theodore of Toronto.

The [Dennis] McCarthy’s farm family owned a log cabin which was purchased by the CMU Alumna Association and moved to the campus in 1928. It was later removed. The family farm was awarded Michigan Centennial Farm status in 1986.

The Order of Knights of Maccabees, was a fraternal insurance organization which began in Canada. This collection consists of two deeds for the same property owned by Caldwell Tent No. 648 beginning in 1903.

Saylor, Harrison H. (1896-1981), was from Mount Pleasant. He played various horns in the Republic Band of Alma in 1917 and the army band in World War I while serving in France. Later, he played the bugle for the American Legion and the Shriners. After the war Saylor worked as a Detroit optometrist.

Shaw-wa-nis, was a Chippewa Indian who was granted 80 acres of land in a patent in 1872, according to the treaties of 1855 and 1864.

Waw-no-quay-wa-shaw-we-no, was a Chippewa Indian who was granted 40 acres of land in a patent in 1872, according to the treaties of 1855 and 1864. This patent was canceled in 1891 because he already had another patent.

(This information is from the collection.)

Organizational History:

[Jordan School] School District No. 6 (Isabella County, Mich.) existed from at least 1879, when the property was deeded to the school from Lana Butch, to 1954, when it merged with Rosebush schools.

(This information is from the collection.)