Person Page 19543
|Father||Washington Irving Birge1 b. 1838, d. 16 May 1872|
|Mother||Celina M Potter1 b. 17 October 1843, d. 17 October 1925|
|Birth||26 April 1861||Arthur Mead was born on 26 April 1861 at Hartford, Van Buren county, Michigan.1,3
|Cen1870||1870||Arthur Mead Birge appears on the 1870 census in the household of Celina M Potter
in South Haven PO, Bangor township, Van Buren county, Michigan where
Celina is named as Saline Burge is living with father Harvey Potter,
52, born in New York, a farmer with $1200 of real estate and $400 of
personal property. Salina is 27 years old and born in Michigan. She has
two children. Arthur appears as Arthwell. He is 9 and Sarah is 2.
On this census Washington Irving Birge is living in Ward 4 of Grand Rapids, Michigan with a woman that is given as his wife. He is a Book Agent. Therefore, we conclude that they were divorced by this time.1
|1880||There is an Arthur Birge, 19 years old,
born in Michigan employed as farm labor living in Springdale precinct,
Valley county, Nebraska on the 1800 US census. He is living with a
family headed by Samuel Birce, 28, with a wife and two young children.
|Marriage||1 April 1894||There is a marriage license issued to Arthur M.
Birge, 32 of Cambria, Hillsdale county Michigan a daylaborer born in
Hartford, Michigan and Minnie Weston 26 of Cambria, born in Illinois.
They both claim they have not been married previously. This is not True. She was married previously. They were
married by a Justice of the Peace in Cambria.4
|Arthur kept a daily diary of the events in his life. He
always recorded the weather, where he went and how came calling.
There are also numbers on each page which surely meant something
to him, but do not mean a thing to us, today.
Arthur took Willie French, who was either a neighbor or hired hand or both, to Hillsdale on 6 January 1896 with this "stuff" to attend Hillsdale college. It was very cold that day. For the next few days Arthur is working with a man named John and they are cutting timber and hauling it to the mill.
This diary is now in the possession of Karla Utrup. Karla has shared parts of this diary with the family.
Date page Birth of Lewis.
Arthur and Minnie had a child that DIED on 12 Jan 1895. He notes this death in his diary on a 1 year and 2 year aniversaries of this death.
12 Jan 1897
|Arthur noted in his diary that this was the 2 year
anniversary of the death of baby Harvey. He also noted that they
had a new baby. That would have been Lewis who was born in
December of 1896. He had been having some help from a Mrs.
Hutchins, but took her home on 17 of January and said that he would do
the work himself. Obviously, Minnie was not doing very well.
In March of 1987 he began working for Mr. French and noted this in his diary.
In the last days of March in 1897 he has been tapping the maples, drawing and boiling the sap. He also attended the Republican caucus in Cambria. He makes note that he recieved a letter from his mother on 1 April 1897 telling that "Frank's folks had a baby girl born to them on 22 of March". His mother would be Celina Potter Birge Bass. Frank would be Francis Stephen Bass 1532 a step-brother of Arthur's. The baby girl is Wava Bass 21470.
On 2 July he went after "Dr. Bates for Webbie" at noon. Who is Webbie?? Is this a person or one of the animals and Dr. Bates was a vet???
|Cen1900||6 June 1900||Arthur Mead Birge shows on the 1900 U.S. census in
Cambria township, Hillsdale county, Michigan. Arthur M. Birge is 39
years old, born in Michigan in April 1861 and is a day laborer. Wife of
6 years is Minnie, who is 32, born in Dec 1867. She claims to have had
5 children, 4 of whom are living but there are only 3 in this
Children here are:
Martin W. Birge b. Nov 1894
Lewis H. Birge b Dec 1896
Mable E. Birge b. July 1898.
|Cen1910||1910||Arthur Mead Birge appears on the 1910 census in the household of Sarah M Birge
Keeler, Van Buren county, Michigan. Sarah M Birge appears as
Sarah Irish, a 41 year old widow with no children, born in Michigan.
Her mother, Celina Bass is 66, a widow, has had 6 children and 4 are
living. She was born in Michigan. Arthur Birge, brother of Sarah and son of Celina is 49, widowed, employed as farm labor. His 2 children, Dewas H Birge 13 (This is likely Lewis H.) and Mable C. Birge 11 are living in this household also.5
|6 April 1912||Daughter Mable E. Birge died on 6 April 1912. Her mother was Minnie Kenyon. Mable was 13 years old.6
|Cen1920||1920||Arthur Mead Birge shows on the 1920 U.S. census in
Keeler, Van Buren county, Michigan. Arthur is listed as the head of the
household and owns the house. He is 59 years old, a widower, employed as farm labor. Mother is Salina who is 76 and a widow.7
|From a "History of Methodist Church in Keeler"
provided by Karla Utrup we learn that he was one of the men that rang
the church bell and that he was a tenor. Another page from this
history can be read here.
|Cen 1930||1930||Arthur Mead Birge and sister Sarah M Birge Irish
were found on the 1930 US census taken on in 1930 on 1st Street,
in Keeler, Van Buren county, Michigan. On this census Sarah is
listed as the householder. She is 61 years old, a widow and not
employed. Arthur is 68, a widower and employed as the sexton for the
|Death||3 March 1944||Arthur Mead died on 3 March 1944 in Hartford township, Van Buren county, Michigan at age 82. He is a widower but his wife is listed as Minnie and his birth date is given as 26 April 1861.2,3|
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