Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Charles Anschutz



Charles Anschutz was born June 9, 1862 in Ohio to Christian and Louisa Anschutz; they were both born in Germany. Cora was born April, 1867 in Michigan to John F. and Minerva Mason Herbage, Lakefield Township residents.


Charles and Cora had the following children:

  1. Otto John Anschutz was born February 8 1887 in Lakefield Township and was married to Nellie Bates on August 25, 1910 in Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan. Otto died March 15, 1950 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan.

  2. Walter J. Anschutz was born February 13/14, 1890 and married Alice Barks on March 15, 1909 in Merrill, Saginaw County, Michigan and later he also married Margaret Fraser.

  3. Ida Anschutz was born May 1893 and was married to a Thompson

  4. Edward Charles Anschutz was born April 28, 1895 in Lakefield Township, and was married to Ethel Bergquist on August 13, 1919 in Prescott, Gratiot County, Michigan. He was a veteran of WWI. Edward died October 29, 1952 in Buena Vista, Saginaw County, Michigan.

  5. Franklin John Anschutz was born March 8, 1898.

  6. Minnie L. Anschutz was born June 10, 1900 in Lakefield Township and was married to Ernest Wenzel. Minnie died November 26, 1975 and both Ernest and Minnie are buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan.


In 1896, Charles and Cora owned an 80 acre farm in Section 33 on the South side of Grabrowski Road between Fenmore and Meridian Roads in Lakefield Township. Charles and Cora's neighbors were Jacob Brown, John Klatt, John Adamek and Fred Honaman.


Charles was elected Overseer of Highways Road District #4, Lakefield Township, on 4-6-1891, April 2, 1894, April 1, 1895, April 5, 1897 and April 3, 1899. He was appointed Chairman, Board of Elections, Inspectors, 4-1-1895 and 4-4-1898.


By 1910, Charles and his family had moved to Lafayette Township, Gratiot County, Michigan.


Charles died on July 8, 1924 in Merrill, Saginaw County, Michigan.



SOURCES: Charles John Anschutz's death record; Otto Anschutz's birth, marriage and death records; Edward Charles birth, marriage, death records, and WWI Military registration; Franklin John and Walter Anschutz's WWI Military Records; Minnie Wenzel, Edward Charles and Otto Anschutz's obituaries from Della Miller McKay's obituaries collection; United States Census Records; 1896 Lakefield Township plat map, Lakefield Township Records.

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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