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John Campbell


Submitted by Janet Brosius & Bill Moore


JOHN CAMPBELL, member of the flrm of Gow & Campbell, manufacturers of lumber at North Muskegon, was born in Madoc, Canada, July  12, 1849. His father, Donald Campbell, was a native of Scotland, and was a mere child at the time he accompanied his parents to  America. He grew to manhood in Canada, and engaged in business as a lumberman for a long period, meeting with fair success in that  occupation. His marriage united him with Miss Catherine McDonald, who was born in Lancaster, Canada, being tlie daughter of Donald  McDonald, a native of Scotland. The paternal grandfather of our subject, Archibald Campbell, was born in Scotland, and in an early day bade adieu to his friends in thc land of thistles and, crossing the broad Atlantic, settled in Canada, where he remained until called hence  by death. Five sons and two daughters comprised the parental family, and of these our subject was the second in order of birth. He passed  his childhood years in the land of his birth, receiving such educational advantages as were afforded by the schools of Canada. In  1866 he came to Muskegon and for a time worked as a lumberman in the woods near this city, in this way gaining a practical knowledge  of the business. In 1882, in connection with James Gow, he established the mill which they have since conducted. They give steady  employment to a force of thirty-eight men, and their enterprise is one of the most flourishing in the county. July 4, 1880, occurred the  marriage of John Campbell to Miss Florence Corsaut. This estimable lady was born in Michigan. She was the eldest child of James and  Martha Corsaut, and is a lady whose noble qualities and refined manners have won for her a host of warm, personal friends. Three  daughters have blessed their marriage: Edna M., Ethel and Martha F. A Democrat in politics, Mr. Campbell has been chosen by his   fellow-citizens to occupy positions of high honor and trust, in all of which his abilities have been used for the promotion of the welfare of  the people. He served as President of the village of North Muskegon and as Mayor of the city, doing much while serving in these capacities  to secure needed municipal reforms. As President of the School Board, he has taken a prominent part in educational matters and has  secured an excellent public-school system in North Muskegon.


Portrait &  Biographical Record of Muskegon and Ottawa Counties pg. 305


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