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

A. C. (Augustus) Melze




In 1896, A.C. Melze owned and operated the following parcels of land in Lakefield Township:

  1. 40 acres in Section 14

  2. 240 acres in Section 34

  3. 200 acres in Section 35


“The year 1875 marked A.C. Melze arrival in Merrill, Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan, where he has since resided. He came here to work in the loop business and finally bought out the establishment. In order to assist his employer he kept a small store and furnished them with the necessities of existence. Each year his stock was increased until it has reached it present proportions. In 1888, he took as his partner Peter L. Perkins, and they now operated under the name of Melze & Perkins. In the meantime Mr. Melze has not neglected the hoop business, and is now President of the Michigan Hoop Company, with headquarter at Saginaw, Michigan. The firm enjoys a steady and lucrative business and during 1891 it handled six hundred handled cars of hoops. With his other duties Mr. Melze finds time to engage in real estate and loans, holding considerable property and owning one thousand of acres of farm lands. He has great faith in the future of Merrill and has worked faithfully to improve the village.”

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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