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




Michael Mayer was born on 20 February 1851 in Bohemia/Czechoslovakia; his father was Michael Mayer. Michael married Mary Yelinek/Yalenak in 1870. Michael came to Saginaw, Michigan in 1866/1867.


Michael and Mary had the following children:

  1. Joseph Mayer was born in 1867 and died 15 October 1868 in East Saginaw, Michigan. He was one year four months old when he died of Croup.

  2. Ludvik Mayer was born 25 August 1872 in East Saginaw, Michigan. He died on 4 February 1951 in Gross Point, Wayne County, Michigan. Ludvik married Emma Glinke on 20 April 1898 in Lakefield Township by J.H. Westendorf, Minister.

  3. Albert Mayer was born 15 April 1874 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. He married Ethel Mae Ferris on 16/26 1899 in Lakefield Township. Albert died on 24 June 1948. Albert and Ethel are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.

  4. Mary Nellie Lula Mayer was born on 23 August 1875 in East Saginaw, Michigan. She married George Easlick on 30 October 1893 by Horace Spear, Minister. She died on 10 September 1928 in Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan.

  5. Michael Martin Mayer was born 24 May 1877 in East Saginaw, Michigan. He married Dora A. Easlick in January 1900. Michael was a postmaster of Merrill, Saginaw County, Michigan. Michael died on 31 December 1933 in Merrill, Michigan. He died as the results of an auto accident. He is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan.

  6. Ella Mayer was born in 1879 and died 24 April 1880 of Diphtheria. She is buried in Brady Hill Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan.

  7. Vaclav “Edward” Mayer was born 30 May 1881 in Lakefield Township. He married Gertrude L. Chamberlain on 21 August 1912 in Bay City, Bay County, Michigan. In 1918, he was a Railroad Telegraph Operator living in Pinconning Bay County, Michigan. Edward died on 8 April 1939 in Pinconning, Bay County, Michigan.

  8. Thomas Mayer was born 12 February 1883. He married Dora. Thomas died on 13 May 1932 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan due to fall from a garage. He is buried in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Lakefield Township, Michigan.

Michael was elected or appointed to the following offices in Lakefield Township:

  1. Appointed as Overseer of Highways Road District #4 on 4 April 1887.

  2. Appointed as Overseer of Highways Road District #4 on 2 April 1888.

  3. Elected as Lakefield Township Treasurer on 2 April 1888.

  4. Elected as Lakefield Township Treasurer on 1 April 1889.

  5. Elected as Lakefield Township Treasurer on 4 April 1892.

  6. Elected as Lakefield Township Treasurer on 2 April 1894.

  7. Elected as Lakefield Township Treasurer on 1 April 1895.

  8. Elected as Lakefield Township Board of Review on 6 April 1896.

  9. Elected as Lakefield Township Treasurer on 4 April 1898.

Michael and Mary lived in Section 28 on 80 acres of land on Meridian Road between Nelson and Grabowski Roads. Their neighbors in 1896 were Tyler Mason, Peter Rosewig, John and Albert Galloway; John Herbage, Frank Glinke and Rudolph Hinterman.


The following was mentioned about the Mayer Family in the Book "Lest We Forget" written by Myron Gulick: "Ludwick Mayer lived on Merrill Road for years and was on the school board at one time.  Tom worked as a builder and was a farmer also.  Mike had a chicken hatchery in Merrill.  There were other children that I don't know about.  They raised sheep and cows.  On this farm was a large horse barn; it had about fourteen horse stalls and one box stall for mares to deliver their colts in.  One part was for medical supplies.  A big barn floor was in front of the horses.  Here, loose hay was dropped to feed the horses:  "Mr. Mayer, cleared his land by logging it off so it could be cleared for farming."


Mary died on 13 November 1915 and Michael Sr. on 25 July 1940. They are both buried in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Lakefield Township.


SOURCES: 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 Federal Census; Lakefield Township Records; 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map; Mary Nellie, Michael, Ludvik Edward, and Michael Mayer's birth records; Ludvik, Joseph, Thomas Michael Jr., Edward V. Mayer's death records; Ella Mayer's find a grave website; Michael and Vaclav Edward Mayer's WWI draft registration.

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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