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1890's travel to Manistee

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1890's travel to Manistee

My grandfather, Clarence H. Haskin traveled from Jamestown, NY to Manistee ca 1890. He met Hilda Benson, married her & they had 5 children all born &/or educated in Manistee, Claude.Harold, Frank Edward, Clifford, Hazel Dorothy and Charles David. (my father)

Clarence was a motorcycle policeman in Manistee in 1918 until about 1924 (when he broke his leg).Hilda died in 1920. By 1925 the family had moved to Detroit to find work.

Clarence left his family at 18 & came to Manistee. I am trying to figure out how he got there, by train? by boat or? I don't think he walked or rode a horse. The family used to live on First St,. Relative still living in Manistee is Carol Benson Block. At least 5 Haskin's are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.. plus ? Bensons

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1. Re: 1890's travel to Manistee

welp, i got a few ideas that might point you in the direction you're looking for...


up until the 1950's many car ferry's plied Lake Michigan... it's possible he got to manistee via chicago or other ports... also, steamships plied most of the Great Lakes a hundred years ago, so it's entirely possible he got there from NY via buffalo or erie, PA or other nearby ports....


the pere marquette rr had an extensive route structure throughout michigan, including a route to manistee... it is possible he arrived this way... interestingly, the PM RR (and other RR's) had a fleet of car ferries to carry their freight trains across Lake Michigan....



hope this helps!

Edited: 23 February 2012, 00:26
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2. Re: 1890's travel to Manistee

Thanks, I have been googling & believe he could have taken trains from Jamestown, NY to Manistee & vice versa. just a few stops to change trains.


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3. Re: 1890's travel to Manistee

Contact the Manistee Historical Society on River Street. Steve Harold and Mark Fedder have a wealth of information to share.

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Thanks, I'll do that,


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