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Coal, Ice, and Fuel Dealer Politicians in Michigan

  Claude D. Aldrich (1877-1937) — of East Lansing, Ingham County, Mich.; Lansing Township, Ingham County, Mich. Born in Michigan, January 29, 1877. Democrat. Coal dealer; postmaster at East Lansing, Mich., 1914-23; farmer; supervisor of Lansing Township, Michigan; elected 1926, 1927; defeated, 1928, 1932 (Citizens). Died in 1937 (age about 60 years). Interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Holt, Mich.
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  Martin Walter Baginski (1908-1967) — also known as Martin W. Baginski — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Portland, Ionia County, Mich., July 28, 1908. Democrat. Coal dealer; trucking business; contractor; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1933-36; defeated in primary, 1936 (Wayne County 1st District), 1954 (Wayne County 5th District), 1956 (Wayne County 5th District); candidate in primary for Michigan state senate 2nd District, 1938, 1966; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1948; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Wayne County 5th District, 1961-62. Catholic. Polish ancestry. Died in December, 1967 (age 59 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Walter Baginski and Katherine (Kusniss) Baginski; married, July 17, 1935, to Anne Marceline Denek.
  William Hazen Ball (1858-1922) — also known as William H. Ball — of Coloma, Berrien County, Mich. Born in Boylston, Worcester County, Mass., August 24, 1858. Republican. Banker; coal and lumber business; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Berrien County 2nd District, 1909-12. Died in 1922 (age about 63 years). Interment at Coloma Cemetery, Coloma, Mich.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Adolph H. Begick (1898-1988) — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich.; Frankenlust Township, Bay County, Mich. Born in Bay City, Bay County, Mich., February 24, 1898. Republican. Farmer; secretary, Monitor Coal Company; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Bay County 2nd District, 1943-44; candidate in primary for Michigan state senate 24th District, 1944, 1946. Lutheran. Died in Bangor Township, Bay County, Mich., December 9, 1988 (age 90 years, 289 days). Interment at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Bay City, Mich.
  Relatives: Brother of Paul Begick (1892-1941).
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  Paul Begick (1892-1941) — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich. Born in Bay City, Bay County, Mich., February 19, 1892. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; farmer; coal business; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Bay County 2nd District, 1939-41; died in office 1941. Lutheran. Member, Farm Bureau. Died July 16, 1941 (age 49 years, 147 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Brother of Adolph H. Begick (1898-1988).
  Otto William Bishop (1875-1966) — also known as Otto W. Bishop — of Alpena, Alpena County, Mich. Born in Alpena, Alpena County, Mich., December 17, 1875. Republican. President and manager, Alpena Fisheries Co.; coal dealer; insurance business; banker; candidate for mayor of Alpena, Mich., 1916; member of Michigan state senate 29th District, 1935-48; defeated in primary, 1932, 1948; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 11th District, 1947; chair of Alpena County Republican Party, 1950. Protestant. Member, Exchange Club; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Order of the Eastern Star; Shriners; Odd Fellows; Grange; Elks; Eagles. Died November 22, 1966 (age 90 years, 340 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Alpena, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of August F. Bishop and Bertha (Wischow) Bishop; married, September 18, 1902, to Viola Dunlop.
  Samuel B. Collins (b. 1846) — of Galion, Crawford County, Ohio; Jackson, Jackson County, Mich. Born in Parma, Monroe County, N.Y., October 18, 1846. Republican. Traveling salesman; wholesale grocer; coal dealer; manufacturer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Jackson County 1st District, 1899-1900; defeated, 1900. Burial location unknown.
  Frank Edwin DeKay (1869-1949) — also known as Frank E. DeKay — of Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho. Born in Utica, Macomb County, Mich., December 20, 1869. Democrat. Coal dealer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 1928; Register, U.S. District Land Office, Blackfoot, Idaho. Died in Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho, June 28, 1949 (age 79 years, 190 days). Interment at Grove City Cemetery, Blackfoot, Idaho.
  Relatives: Married to Kate C. DeKay (1871-1949).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Leonard E. Eggert — of Muskegon Heights, Muskegon County, Mich. Democrat. Owner, Eggert Transfer Co., transfer agents and coal dealers; mayor of Muskegon Heights, Mich., 1908-09, 1910-11, 1913-14; defeated, 1914, 1915, 1916. Burial location unknown.
  James Goulette (b. 1906) — of Iron Mountain, Dickinson County, Mich. Born in Iron Mountain, Dickinson County, Mich., September 9, 1906. Republican. Ice, beer, cold storage and mink business; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1939-48, 1951-58 (Dickinson County 1939-44, Dickinson District 1945-48, 1951-54, Menominee District 1955-58); defeated, 1936 (Dickinson County), 1948 (Dickinson District), 1958 (Menominee District), 1966 (109th District). Catholic. Member, Elks; Eagles; United Commercial Travelers; Knights of Columbus; Jaycees. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, November 26, 1938, to Ida Quilici.
  Wilbur J. Harris (1907-1975) — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich. Born in Bay City, Bay County, Mich., October 15, 1907. Republican. Retail fuel business; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Bay County 1st District, 1939-40. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Elks. Died in 1975 (age about 67 years). Burial location unknown.
  Arthur Francis Jacques (b. 1874) — also known as Arthur F. Jacques — of Marquette, Marquette County, Mich. Born in Hancock, Houghton County, Mich., January 24, 1874. Democrat. Coal business; candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1916; mayor of Marquette, Mich., 1934-38. Catholic. Member, Rotary; Knights of Columbus; United Commercial Travelers. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Zachariah Jacques and Claire (O'Neill) Jacques; married, November 25, 1897, to Celina Eva Des Rosiers.
  Edward P. Keep (b. 1848) — of Tekonsha, Calhoun County, Mich. Born in New York, 1848. Republican. Lumber and coal dealer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Calhoun County 1st District, 1899-1900; defeated, 1900. Burial location unknown.
  Edward William Staebler (1872-1946) — also known as Edward W. Staebler — of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in Lodi Township, Washtenaw County, Mich., December 26, 1872. Democrat. Coal dealer; oil distributor; automobile dealer; mayor of Ann Arbor, Mich., 1927-31; candidate for Michigan state house of representatives from Washtenaw County, 1932. German ancestry. Died November 10, 1946 (age 73 years, 319 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Michael Staebler (1843-1928) and Catharina (Paul) Staebler (1847-1895); married 1895 to Magdalena Dold (1873-1958); father of Neil Oliver Staebler (1905-2000); great-grandfather of Edward Staebler; first cousin once removed of Oswald John Koch.
  Political family: Staebler family of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  David E. Thurber (1846-1917) — of Ingersoll Township, Midland County, Mich.; Midland, Midland County, Mich. Born in Canada, January 28, 1846. Democrat. Farmer; president and secretary, Farmers Mutual Insurance Association; coal dealer; candidate for mayor of Midland, Mich., 1909, 1912. Methodist. Died, from pneumonia, in Midland, Midland County, Mich., November 19, 1917 (age 71 years, 295 days). Interment at Midland Cemetery, Midland, Mich.
  Relatives: Married to Rebecca Horton (1842-1912); married, July 2, 1913, to Mrs. Samantha Oliver.
  Edward J. Tucker — of Grosse Pointe Farms, Wayne County, Mich. Ice merchant; candidate for village president of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, 1924, 1925. Burial location unknown.
  John Walsh (b. 1846) — of West Bay City (now part of Bay City), Bay County, Mich. Born in Ontario, 1846. Republican. Grocer; coal business; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1900; mayor of West Bay City, Mich., 1902-03. Burial location unknown.
  Norman Henry Wiener (1891-1962) — also known as Norman H. Wiener — of Albion, Calhoun County, Mich. Born in Russia, May 12, 1891. Scrap iron business; coal dealer; mayor of Albion, Mich., 1931-44, 1949-54; resigned 1944. Jewish. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias. Died, in St. Francis Hospital, Miami, Dade County (now Miami-Dade County), Fla., February 20, 1962 (age 70 years, 284 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Albion, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Mandel Wiener and Rivka Wiener; married, March 12, 1916, to Rose Stone (1893-1975).
  Archer L. Young — of Albion, Calhoun County, Mich. Coal dealer; mayor of Albion, Mich., 1921-24. Burial location unknown.
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