Submitted by Lisa Hoffius and Bill Moore
Manager, Muskegon Tool & Die Company
392 Irwin Avenue, Muskegon, Michigan
John COLLINGE was born in Bolton, Lancashire County, England, October 30, 1893; son of Thomas and Sarah A. (CLOUGH) COLLINGE.
Thomas COLLINGE was born in Bolton, England, in 1868. His parents, ------ and Elizabeth (SHARP) COLLINGE, were natives of Oldham, Lancashire County, England, and Bolton, England, respectively. The father was a cotton dresser. They were the parents of 4 children (order of birth not known): Thomas, John, who is deceased, Ellen, who resides in England, Martha, who also resides in England.
Thomas COLLINGE followed the vocation of a cotton spinner in the days when weaving was done in the home. He came to the United States in 1910, and settled in Muskegon, Michigan, where he was employed by the Muskegon Motor Supply Company. He returned to England in 1917, and was never heard from after that time. His wife, Sarah A. (CLOUGH) COLLINGE, whom he married in Bolton, England, in 1891, was born in Bolton, daughter of William and Sarah CLOUGH. William CLOUGH was a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War, and was captured by the enemy, being held in a southern prison camp. Sarah CLOUGH was born in Bolton, England, in 1865. She attended a university. Both are deceased, and are buried in England. Thomas and Sarah A. (CLOUGH) COLLINGE were the parents of 7 children: Bertha (COLLINGE) JACKSON, who resides in California ; James, who resides in California; John, Elizabeth, who died in 1929; Robert, who resides in Dayton, Ohio; Reuben, who resides in Muskegon; Rebecca (COLLINGE) NEUMAN, who resides in Detroit.
John COLLINGE, the subject of this sketch, attended school in Manchester, England, after which he worked as a cotton spinner. He came to the Untied States in 1912, and located in Muskegon, Michigan, where he was employed 6 or 7 years as a toolmaker, by the Continental Motors Corporation. He then was a student of Tri-State College, at Angola, Indiana for 18 months, taking an engineering course, and afterwards was associated with the Brickner-Kropf Machine Company of Muskegon as a tool and die designer, for 11 years. In 1937 Mr. COLLINGE in partnership with Ralph M. FOOSE, John E. KROGSTAD and Jacob MOESKER, established the Muskegon Tool & Die Company for the purpose of manufacturing tools, dies, jigs & fixtures. This company of which Mr. COLLINGE is manager, was organized with an investment of $2,000, and employed 4 men, at the present time the firm has a $60,000 investment and employs 20 men. The products are sold throughout Western Michigan.
During World War I, Mr. COLLINGE enlisted for service in the United States Army. He was assigned to the337th Infantry Supply Company, and served overseas in France and Germany, 12 months. He was honorably discharged at Camp Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan, on March 19, 1919. Mr. COLLINGE, who is independent in politics, is a member of the following: American Legion; Muskegon Chapter of the Citizens Historical Association; and Methodist Church.
On August 26, 1922, John COLLINGE married Gertrude LITTLE; who was born in London, England, July 22, 1896, daughter of John T. and Mary Ann LITTLE. John T. LITTLE came to the United States in 1909, locating in Detroit, Michigan, and now resides in Muskegon. He formerly was a mechanic but at the present time is a marine engineer. His wife, Mary Ann LITTLE, died in 1935. John and Gertrude (LITTLE) COLLINGE are the parents of one child, John Maurice, born in 1929.
Source: Citizens Historical Association, Indianapolis Number: 2 D20 61 F140 – HML/BDK September 6, 1941