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Donald J. Campbell


Submitted by Lisa Hoffius and Bill Moore


Donald J. CAMPBELL.  Senior member of the manufacturing firm of CAMPBELL, WYANT and CANNON, foundrymen at Muskegon.  Donald J. CAMPBELL at the age of thirty-six has attained a position in the manufacturing world which would be considered a high point of success for men many years his senior.  Through his enterprise he has contributed to the development of Muskegon as a manufacturing center, his plant now turns out a product which goes all over the United States.  Donald J. CAMPBELL was born in Carlington Place, Canada, June 6, 1877, a son of Dugal KELLEY and Annie (MCKINNON) CAMPBELL.  The grandfather was Robert CAMPBELL, and the great-grandfather was also named Robert, the later being a weaver by trade, and living near Port Rush, in Ireland.  Grandfather Robert CAMPBELL was born in Scotland, and followed the vocations of sailor and fisherman, spending his last years in Canada.  The maternal grandfather MCKINNON was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and spent all his life there.  Dugal CAMPBELL was born at Port Alend, Scotland in 1846, and died in 1907.  His wife was born at Point Fortune, Canada, in 1855, and died in 1911.  Their marriage occurred in 1875.  Four years later, in 1879, the parents moved to Buffalo, New York, and six years later to Chicago, which remained their home until 1905, when the senior CAMPBELL went to Yonkers, New York.  His trade was that of a moulder, and with the exception of some severe financial reverses during the panic of 1893, he was fairly successful from a business standpoint.  For a time he conducted a tavern at Brooklyn, New York, known as the Rob Roy, and was chief of the Caledonia Society in that city.  In his younger years Dugal CAMPBELL was noted as an athlete.  Fraternally his relations were with the Masonic Order, he and his wife were Presbyterians, an in politics he was a Republican.  There were eight children, and four are still living, the Muskegon manufacturer being the oldest.  Norman is a moulder in Muskegon; Robert follows the same business in Muskegon, and May is the wife of Hector BROWN, of Montreal, Canada.

    Donald J. CAMPBELL grew up in Buffalo, New York, and Chicago, Illinois.  His principal schooling was in the latter city.  At the age of thirteen, his practical training for life began in learning the trade of moulder.  His first experience in that line was at Rock Falls, in Illinois.  As a young man he learned his trade in different places in the east, worked at the Newport News Ship and Dry Dock Plant, also on other government work, and his early experience thoroughly equipped him for all branches of his trade.  In 1894 Mr. CAMPBELL moved to Chicago, and was connected with the Gates Iron Works, until 1900.  The following two years were spent in Milwaukee with the Bucyrus Steam Shovel and Dredge Company, as foundry foreman.  Returning to Chicago, his services were employed as foundry foreman for Ferguson & Lange for two years.  In the meantime the automobile industry had become important, and his next connection was as foreman of the Olds Motor Company at Lansing, Michigan.  In April 1908, Mr. CAMPBELL came to Muskegon and established the foundry now conducted under the firm name of CAMPBELL, WYANT and CANNON.  The capital stock of this large local plant is one hundred-fifty thousand dollars, and its specialty is the manufacture of automobile castings, which are used in automobile factories throughout the country.  The career of Mr. CAMPBELL has been that of a self-made man.  After a number of years in his trade, he had accumulated a capital of three thousand dollars, and has built up an industry which now employs the capital of many thousands of dollars, does a business aggregating several times the capital stock, and is one of the important industries of Muskegon.  Mr. CAMPBELL has recently returned from a trip abroad in the interests of his health.

    In 1906 he married Miss Nannie M. ARNESEN of Chicago.  They are the parents of two children, James and Anna.  Fraternally Mr. CAMPBELL’S associations are with Muskegon Lodge, No. 274, of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and he votes and supports the Republican party.


Source:  History of Michigan by Charles Moore, 1915     pages 1743 - 1744


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