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

Sewell Avery


Eddy, Avery and Company


“Sewel Avery formed a partnership with Edwin Eddy, under the name of Eddy, Avery & Co. for the prosecution of the business of cutting and sawing lumber, their mills were located in Bay City. For a number of years they were successful in this work and the partnership was finally dissolved in 1887; by mutual consent.”


In 1877, Eddy, Avery and Company owned the following parcels of land in Lakefield Township.

  1. 80 acres in Section 15

  2. 40 acres in Section 14


“Mr. Avery afterward (dissolving the company of Eddy, Avery and Company) associated himself with other parties in the cutting of logs for the manufacture of lumber. After selling out his interest in the mill of Bay City, our subject bought lands and has operated alone on manufacture of lumber since 1887. The land which had thus been cleared of timber, were used for farming purposes, being well adapted for the growth of wheat, oats and grass. For many years Mr. Avery has been recognized as one of the pioneers of lumber.”


In 1896, Sewell Avery owned the following parcels of land in Lakefield Township.

  1. 80 acres in Section 3

  2. 40 acres in Section 4

SOURCES: Portraits and Biographical record of Saginaw and Bay County of Michigan, pages 932 & 934, 1892; 1877 and 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Maps.

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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