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History Column 261 1904 Plat Book This weeks illustrations are from the 1904 Mason County Plat Book. It was not uncommon for these large books to have a few pages of photographs of locally prominent citizens, businesses, and even homes. I scanned a few that looked interesting for this weeks column. If you have photographs or stories you would like to share with our readers please feel free to contact me at 757-3240, email at davep@blackcreekpress.com or mail incare of Ludington Daily News PO Box 340 Ludington Mi 49431. Pic 1 Michael B Danaher was a locally prominent attorney having come here as a child after his father came to the area to engage in the lumbering trade in 1863. He was involved in many of Ludington's civic affairs and even in politics where he was elected mayor in 1900. Pic2 Roswell P Bishop was an early prosecutor but was better known as a Congressman having served for 12 years and retiring in 1907. He sponsored legislation authorizing the construction of the wooden breakwall and harbor improvements that resulted in our Million Dollar Harbor. (actually 1.5 million by the time it was completed) Pic3 This corner has been in the news again, lately for the changes that resulted in the painting over of the Fort Ludington Murals. This corner was the site of the Ludington State Bank that was organized in 1901. In 1914 that bank moved down the block to the other corner at 124 S James Street. There has been a succession of Banks in the building over the years with 5/3 being the last bank business at that location. Pic4 Judge Ransom was elected Probate Judge in 1888 and he served until 1916 when he passed away during the campaign for re-election. John Phelan was appointed to fill in until the end of the term and Clark B Jagger who had been Ransom's opponent took over at that time. Jagger served for sixteen years until his defeat at the hands of Owen Gavigan. Pic5 Here is a great farming picture of the Joseph Bland family of Victory Township. Joe Bland was an early Victory settler and fruit farmer and a community leader. He was married to Betsie Ann Edie in 1886. Pic6 In Scottville T.D Smith hardware was a major concern, having been established in 1900. By 1915 the store had expanded and was employing 12 men and had annual sales of 100,000.00. Smith was also a partner in the Kobe and Smith Ford car dealership and had reported in 1915 that they had sold 86 of the new Fords in 9 months and could not keep them in stock because of their popularity.

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