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Francis Eugene Censer


Submitted by Lisa Hoffius and Bill Moore


Francis Eugene CENSER is one of the prominent executives in the industrial circles of Muskegon, where he is general manager of the Sherriff-Goslin Roofing Company.  He was born in the city of Detroit, Michigan, November 14, 1868, and is a son of William and Margaret CENSER, each of whom was born in the year 1845, the former at Bridgeport, Connecticut, and the latter in the state of New Hampshire, and both representatives of staunch colonial ancestry in New England.  William CENSER became a resident of Detroit when he was a lad of fifteen years, and eventually he became a successful contractor and builder in that city, where he and his wife passed the remainder of their lives and where his death occurred in 1903. He was a Democrat in politics, and was affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  The names of the other children of the family are here noted: William, Jr., Daniel, John and Margaret.  After receiving the discipline of the Detroit public schools Francis E. CENSER there completed, in 1886, a course in the Bryant & Stratton Business College.  He then became a general accountant in the office of the Blue Line Fast Freight Line, with which he was advanced to the position of claim clerk.  He was eventually transferred to the company’s office in Rochester, New York, where he remained ten years.  In 1896 he engaged in independent contracting business in the city of Chicago, where he remained until 1919,when he came to Muskegon and assumed his present executive position, in which his service has worked in large measure to the expanding of the business of the company of which he is the manager.  He is a loyal member of the local Chamber of Commerce, is a Republican in politics, and is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity.  In 1889 Mr. CENSER married Miss Florence J. WILSON, of Chicago, and in that city their only child, Eugene, was born.



Source: “Historic Michigan”, George N. Fuller/ James L. Smith (1925)   Vol. III, pp. 133-134


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