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History Column 262 1904 Plat Book Continued This week we will continue with some of the images from the 1904 plat book for Mason County. Last week the photo of TD Smith was switched with another and I'll run the correct picture with the caption this week. 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 in care of Ludington Daily News PO Box 340 Ludington Mi 49431. Pic 1 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. Pic2 Marshall Costello was a Victory Township resident that ran a small lumber mill and yard. He also had a portable mill that would allow him to travel throughout the county and saw logs on the site which would be handy for both he and the landowner who would not have to transport logs to the mill and finished lumber back to the farm. Costello became road commissioner and served in that capacity until his death in 1930 Pic3 The Charles Ordway home was in northern Eden Township, the porch was added in 1902 with the help of his nephew William Ordway. Charles was a farmer as well as a barn builder. In 1902 he put up his 93rd barn at the Joseph Brunk farm in south Eden Township. Pic4 The Foster Brothers store built in 1882 at the corner of Foster and main Street was headed by Martin H Foster. They had already sold 8,000.00 worth of farm implements by mid August 1904 and were an anchor business in the Village of Fountain at the time. Pic5 William Jennings Bryan is pictured here with a local farmer by the name of Thomas Burns on Ludington Avenue shortly after the turn of the century. Bryan ran for the presidency and was defeated 3 times, twice by McKinley and once by Taft. Pic6 Peter Heyse II was the first child of European descent born in Victory Township where this home was situated. His father Peter had a somewhat extraordinary life before coming to Mason County in 1864. He had signed on as a cabin boy at the age of ten to sail to the East Indies and by the age of 13 had sailed around the world (the first time) and by the age of 15 had twice circled the globe and been in the Crimean War. In 1857 he joined the US Navy and was one of 67 men sent to survey for the Panama Canal.

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