Thomas HUME. A Michigan lumberman whose name is one of the best known in that industry in the state, Thomas HUME was an Irish boy who sought his opportunities in America, finding work in the lumber woods of western Michigan, and in a few years rose through the successive grades of service and became an independent operator.
Thomas HUME was born in County Down, Ireland, June 14, 1848. His parents were William and
Mary Ann (BAILIE) HUME, farming people who reared a family of eight children, four of whom were sons. Thomas HUME was the oldest son and the second child. As a boy he attended the Royal Belfast Academical Institution of Belfast, and at the age of fourteen was apprenticed to the wholesale and retail firm of John Stevenson, dealers in hardware and groceries at Dungannon. This apprenticeship was for a term of six years, and no salary was attached to it except his keep. At the end of two years he was put in the office of cashier, and later became buyer and stock keeper. When his apprenticeship was finished he continued with the firm until his emigration to America, his salary ranging from $125 to $300 a year, besides board and lodging. Some young men might have been satisfied with the prospects ahead of him but Mr. HUME could not see it that way. In May 1870, he took passage for America, and was landed at Quebec on the seventeenth day of the same month. Some relatives lived in Marshall, Michigan, and he made his way to that city. Their advice and information that men were needed at Muskegon brought him to the city, which has ever since been his home and business headquarters. His first work was as a tallyman for George R. SELKIRK. In the fall of the same year he went into the woods, and scaled logs for O.P. Pillsbury and Company. The next summer was spent with the firm of Montague and Hamilton, lumber inspectors of Muskegon, and his work was that of inspector. In the fall of 1872, he entered the firm of Hackley and McGordon as bookkeeper. At that time it may be said that his real upward progress began. His services were with Hackley & McGordon for nearly nine years, until June 1881. At that time he and C.H. HACKLEY purchased the interest of Mr. MCGORDON in the two firms of Hackley & McGordon and C.H. Hackley & Company. The firm of HACKLEY & HUME then succeeded the first named firm and on the death of Porter HACKLEY of C.H. HACKLEY & Company, the business of both houses was consolidated under the name of HACKLEY & HUME. That firm name for twenty-five years or more has had a reputation second to none in the country, and is still in existence, though the business is now being closed up. Their interests at one time embraced the ownership of three hundred thousand acres of southern timberland, located in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina, in addition to the large manufacturing plant at Muskegon. They are also large stockholders in the Itasca Lumber Company of Minneapolis. In this company and among many others, Mr. HUME has held various offices. At the present time he is president of the Itasca Lumber Company, is president of the Amazon Knitting Company, president of the Chase-Hackley Piano Company, treasurer of the Standard Malleable Iron Company, president of the Alaska Refrigerator Company, president of the Sargent Manufacturing Company, vice president of the Shaw Electric Crane Company, vice president of the National Lumbermen’s Bank and president of the Hackley National Bank of Muskegon. Mr. Charles H. HACKLEY, his partner died February 10, 1903, and Mr. HUME is one of the executors of the HACKLEY estate, and is still engaged in winding up the business of the firm of HACKLEY & HUME. At this writing Mr. HUME is also president of the HUME-BENNETT Lumber Company, whose operations are carried on in the state of California, where they have large tracts of timber in Fresno County. His sons, Thomas H. and George A., are both associated with him in business under the firm name of Thomas HUME & Company. His son George A. HUME and George HEFFERAN of Grand Rapids are also associated with Thomas HUME under the name, HUME, HEFFERAN & Company, under this title are transacting a big business in timber lands in different parts of the United States.
Mr. HUME married at Marshall, Michigan, June 22, 1873, Miss Margaret A. BANKS, a daughter of Major BANKS of that city. To their union have been born seven children, namely: Margaret B.; Helen M.; Annie E., deceased; George Alexander; Florence V.; Constance; and Thomas Hackley. Mr. HUME is a vestryman in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at Muskegon, and in politics is a Republican.
Thomas Hackley HUME was born in Muskegon, Michigan, July 2, 1888; son of Thomas and Margaret Annie (BANKS) HUME.
Thomas HUME* was born in County Down, Northern Ireland, June 16, 1848. His parents were William and Mary Ann (BAILIE) HUME, the former of whom was a farmer. Mary Ann (BAILIE) HUME was born in 1825. She died in 1862. They were the parents of 8 children, Thomas HUME being the second in order of birth, and the eldest of four sons. He attended school in County Down, Ireland, until he was 9 years of age, after which he was a student of the Royal Belfast Academical Institute, of Belfast, Northern Ireland, until he reached the age of 14 years. He was apprenticed for 6 years to John STEVENSON, who operated a wholesale and retail hardware and grocery business, in Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and remained with that firm until 1870. On May 17, 1870, he came to Quebec, Canada and in that same year came to the United States, locating in Muskegon, Michigan. Where he immediately entered the lumber business. He first was employed as a tallyman, by George SELKIRK, a lumberman. In the fall of 1870, Thomas HUME scaled logs for O.P. Pillsbury & Company, and later did similar work for T.B. Wilcox & Company. In the summer of 1871, he was employed as an inspector, by Montague & Hamilton, lumber inspectors of Muskegon, and remained in their employ until the fall of 1872. At that time he became a bookkeeper for Hackley & McGordon lumber dealers, of Muskegon. In June 1881, Thomas HUME and Charles H. HACKLEY purchased the interests of James McGordon in the firms, HACKLEY & McGordon, and C.H. HACKLEY & Company, and formed the firm, HACKELY & HUME, under which name the business is operated at the present time. From 1886 to 1888 the company purchased timberland in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Louisiana, and later in Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina, Florida, and in British Columbia, Canada. The firm owned a large interest in the Itasca Lumber Company, of Minneapolis, in which corporation Thomas HUME was a stockholder at the time of his death. Charles H. HACKLEY died February 10, 1905. Thomas HUME was a stockholder in the Gardner & Lacey Lumber Company, of Georgetown, South Carolina. He was president of the Muskegon Telephone Company, and Sargent Manufacturing Company, and the CHASE-HACKLEY Piano Company, and was treasurer of the Standard Malleable Iron Company. He was vice-president of the following: Shaw Electric Crane Co., National Lumbermans Bank; and HACKELY National Bank. He founded and endowed the HUME Home, of Muskegon, and was prominent in the development of Muskegon. He died January 1, 1920. He was a Republican, and a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. His wife, Margaret Annie (BANKS) HUME, whom he married January 22, 1873, was born in Marshall, Michigan, July 30, 1848, daughter of Major Bartholomew BANKS. The following children were born to Thomas and Margaret Annie (BANKS) HUME:
(1) Margaret Bailie, born December 11, 1873. She married the Reverend P.W. MOSHER, of Niagara Falls, New York.
(2) Helen Mary, born August 29, 1875. She resides in Muskegon.
(3) Annie Elsie, born March 29, 1877. She died in infancy.
(4) George Alexander**, born July 20, 1881. He is a lumber broker of Muskegon.
(5) Florence Virginia, born November 11, 1884. She married F.E. McKee. Mrs. McKee died in 1920.
(6) Constance Hamilton, born November 25, 1886. She married E.J. KOEHLER, of Muskegon.
(7) Thomas Hackley.
Thomas H. HUME, the subject of this sketch, attended the public schools of Muskegon, after which he became associated with his father in business. In 1931 he was made treasurer of the FitzJohn Body Company, of Muskegon, which firm, since 1939, has been known as the FitzJohn Coach Company. This company, which employs 150 persons, manufactures motor coaches, which are sold throughout the Eastern States. Mr. HUME is still serving as treasurer of the company. He is a member of the Muskegon Chapter, Citizens Historical Association (a life member), and the Episcopal Church.
On May 8, 1913, Thomas H. HUME married Mildred SPALDING, who was born in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, daughter of George W. and Florence SPALDING, the former of whom was a coal dealer in Wellsboro. Mr. and Mrs. HUME are the parents of 2 children:
(1) Virginia S., born in 1914. She married James F. PERRY, and they reside in Hyattsville, Maryland. There are no children.
(2) Thomas S., born October 20, 1915. He now is serving in the Air Corps of the United States Army.
* For further data regarding Thomas HUME, see the following: “Cyclopedia of Michigan” (Western Publishing and Engraving Co., Detroit, 1890) p. 340; Charles Moore “History of Michigan” (Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1915), vol. 4, p. 1938; and James L. Smith “Historic Michigan,” vol. 3.
** See Citizens Historical Association files, Indianapolis, Indiana, for further data regarding George Alexander HUME.
Source: Citizens Historical Association Indianapolis 2 D20 E61 F18 August 16, 1941
Thomas HUME. In the history of the great lumbering industry that for many years represented the most important and gigantic productive enterprise of Michigan, there are a few names that must ever stand forth in high relief, and among these is that of the late Thomas HUME, who was one of the two men who were foremost in the development and making of the city of Muskegon and who long held precedence as a leader in the industrial activities of the Wolverine state. His was a fine ability and a fine character, and thus enduring honor is to be paid to his memory, for on his entire career there rests no shadow or suspicion of wrong or injustice.
Thomas HUME was born in County Down, Ireland, June 15, 1848, and he was one of the venerable and revered citizens of Muskegon at the time of his death, January 1, 1920. Mr. HUME was in the fullest sense, the architect of his own fortune. He was a young man when he came to Muskegon, and his was the judgment that made it possible for him to discern and profit by the opportunities here offered. In his native land he attended school in his home county until he was nine years of age, and thereafter he was a student in the Royal Academical Institute in the city of Belfast until he had attained to the age of fourteen years. He was then indentured, or “bound out,” to a man engaged in the mercantile business at Dungannon, County of Tyrone, where he served four and one-half years of the prescribed six-year period of apprenticeship, when his ability and service gained recognition in his being released from further service under the terms of indenture. With this employer, however, he remained until he was twenty-two years of age, when his ambition and self-reliance led him to set forth for the United States, where he felt assured of better opportunities for the winning of independence and prosperity through individual effort. It was in 1870 that Mr. HUME disembarked in the port of New York City, and on the 31st of May of that year he arrived in Muskegon. He forthwith became identified with lumbering operations, in which connection his initial service was as a lumber tallyman. During the first summer he was thus employed by George P. SELKIRK and the firm of Montague & Hamilton, and the winter season found him in service in the scaling of logs for O.P. Pillsbury & Company and T.B. Wilcox & Company. Later he became associated with the late Charles H. HACKLEY, another of the big men in the lumber industry of Michigan and one of the most liberal and influential citizens of Muskegon. The business alliance of these two representative Muskegon citizens continued until the death of Mr. HACKLEY, in February 1905. It was in the year 1872 that Mr. HUME assumed the position of bookkeeper in the office of Hackley & McGordon, the interested principals in which were Charles H. HACKLEY and James McGordon. Thereafter came various changes in the personnel and name of the firm, an interest in which was acquired by Mr. HUME in June 1881, when was created the firm of HACKLEY & HUME, which was long to figure as the foremost industrial concern in Muskegon county and as one of the most important in the lumbering industry of Michigan. In the period of 1886-88, long before this firm ceased its mill operations in Muskegon, it began buying timber lands in other states of the union, including Wisconsin, Minnesota and Louisiana, and later this acquiring of land was continued in Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina, Florida and British Columbia, where the concern still has large holdings of valuable timber land. Messrs. HACKLEY and HUME acquired a large interest in the Itasca Lumber Company, the annual business of which attained to an aggregate of fully $75,000,000, the while its mill gained status as the fastest in operation in the entire world, with an output averaging from 90,000,000 to 110,000,000 feet of lumber in seven months. Mr. HUME continued as one of the heavy stockholders of the Itasca Lumber Company until the time of his death, was also a principal in the Gardner & Lacey Lumber Company of Georgetown, South Carolina. He was for many years a dominating figure in the industrial activities of Muskegon, and was one of the most liberal and quietly influential citizens of this progressive Michigan City. He was president of the Muskegon Telephone Company, and of the Sargent Manufacturing Company; was president of the Amazon Knitting Company, and was a director and executive officer of the Alaska Refrigerator Company and the Standard Malleable Iron Company, besides having been vice-president of the Shaw Electric Crane Company, the National Lumberman’s Bank and the Hackley National Bank, as well as a director of the Chase-Hackley Piano Company. Mr. HUME achieved large financial success, and never failed to realize the personal stewardship that this involved as touching community interests. He gave ready support to enterprises and measures that tended to advance the civic and material progress and prosperity of his home city, and he was true and loyal in all of the relation of life. He founded and donated the Old People’s Home of Muskegon and endowed the same. He was essentially a businessman and thus had no desire for political activity or public office. He gave his allegiance to the Republican Party, and his religious faith was that of the Episcopal Church.
In the year 1873 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. HUME to Miss Margaret Annie BANKS, daughter of Major Bartholomew BANKS, of Marshall, Michigan. Of this union were born two sons and five daughters, and concerning the sons, who are well upholding the honors of the family name as substantial businessmen and loyal citizens of their native city, more specific mention is made in later paragraphs of this memoir. Mrs. HUME, who was born July 30, 1848, survives her husband and still maintains her home in Muskegon, a city endeared to her by the memories and association of many years and one in which she is loved by all who have come within the sphere of her gentle influence.
George A. HUME, elder of the two sons of the honored subject of this memoir, was born July 20, 1881, and his early education included a course in the Muskegon Business College. January 13, 1904, Mr. HUME wedded Miss Anna Louise ABBOTT, daughter of George A. and Ella (CONKLIN) ABBOTT, of Muskegon, and the children of this union are six in number: George A., Jr., Ella Louise, Margaret, Jean, Thomas A. and James D. Mr. HUME and his brother are associated in the management and control of the varied interests of the estate left by their father.
Thomas H. HUME, younger of the two sons, was born July 2, 1888, and, like his brother, has secure standing as one of the representative citizens and men of affairs in his native city. May 7, 1913, he married Miss Mildred SPAULDING, of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, and they have two children, Thomas S. and Virginia S.
The daughters are Margaret Bailie, wife of Reverend P.W. MOSHER, of Niagara Falls, New York; Miss Helen Mary HUME, who resides with her mother in Muskegon; Nan Eliza, who died in infancy; Florence Virginia, who married F.E. McKee and died in 1920; and Constance Hamilton, who married E.J. KOEHLER, and resides in Muskegon.
Source: “Historic Michigan”, George N. Fuller/ James L. Smith, (1925)
Vol. III, pp. 188-190
Submitted by Lisa Hoffius and Bill Moore
HUME, THOMAS MR.
Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, Michigan, 1 January 1920, Page 1
THOMAS HUME DIES AS NEW YEAR ENTERS. SUCCUMBS TO GRIP
OF PNEUMONIA ON BRIEF TRIP TO CITY. MUSKEGON LUMBERMAN
AND INDUSTRIAL BULWARK STRIKEN ON HOLIDAY VISIT HOME, TAKEN. WAS CITY’S SUPPORT. With Partner, Charles H. Hackley, Helped Tide Town Over Troubled After Lumber-Era Period of Stagnation to Prosperity. Thomas Hume, maker of Muskegon industrial history and prominent lumberman of this city when it ranked as the leading lumber center of the world, died at his home, 228 W. Webster avenue, a few minutes after the ringing of bells and blowing of whistles proclaiming the advent of the new year. Death was due to pneumonia, contracted after her returned to Muskegon from Florida a few days ago to spend the Christmas holidays at his home here. His wife, one son and his four daughters were present at the deathbed and attended him during his last moments. Mr. Hume’s physician announced yesterday that it would be doubtful if he could live through the night, so serious was his condition. He succumbed to the disease at 12:40 o’clock this morning. His sons and daughters were summoned yesterday and all but George Hume of Fresno, Cal., were at the Hume residence before the sturdy pioneer was claimed by death. George Hume is en route for Muskegon and is expected to arrive here within a short time. Supporter of Muskegon Industry. With Mr. Hume’s death Muskegon loses one of its most valued citizens—one who probably did more than any man now living to make the city what it is today, one of the foremost manufacturing and inner-lake-port cities of the country. Hardly an institution which came to Muskegon earlier than 20 years ago can be named in which Mr. Hume was not largely responsible for helping it to become established here. There are few industrial corporations in the city of which he has not been at some time an officer or director, having served as president of most of them at one time or another. But it is primarily for his extensive dealings in the lumber business, at a time when Muskegon ranked among the leading lumber centers of the world, that Mr. Hume will probably be best remembered. The firm name of Hackley and Hume is one that was known to practically every lumbering concern in the United States a few years ago. A Native of Ireland. Thomas Hume was born June 15, 1848, near Belfast, Ireland, of Scotch-Irish parentage. His father was a farmer near that city. Mr. (Continued from Page Seven.)
SUCCUMBS TO GRIP OF PNEUMONIA (Continued from Page One.) Hume attended the national schools in the vicinity of his home until he was 9 years of age, and then entered the Belfast Royal Academical Institution as a student. At the age of 14 his business career began. At that time he was “bound out” to a store keeper in Dungannon, county Tyrone, for a period of six years. His training here was developing for it was diversified. The concern did a wholesale and retail hardware and also manufactured. He did not complete the term of his apprenticeship but remained with the concern until he was 22 years of age. At that time he had reached the highest position he could attain at that place. Came to Muskegon in 1870. America, the land of golden opportunity, beckoned and he heeded the call. He landed in Muskegon May 31, 1870. An attorney at Marshall, Mich., had advised him to come to this city, which was then a flourishing lumbering city of 6,000 inhabitants. It was in Muskegon that he received his first experience in the industry to which he devoted a greater portion of his life. His mercantile training in Ireland aided him in obtaining a position tallying lumber for G. B. Selkirk and Montague and Hamilton. In the winter he scaled logs for O. P. Pillsbury and company and T. B. Wilcox and company. Became Hackley’s Bookkeeper. Mr. Hume’s connection with Charles H. Hackley, which was continued until the latter’s death in 1905, began in November, 1873, when he became bookkeeper for C. H. Hackley and James McGordon. Two firms conducted business in this same office—Hackley and McGordon and Hackley and sons, a firm composed of J. H. Hackley, the father and his two sons, C. H. Hackley and Porter Hackley. Later Thomas Hume bought McGordon’s interest, and later, on the death of J. H. Hackley, Porter Hackley left the entire holdings in the hands of the new firm, Hackley and Hume. During all this time—a period of several years—Thomas Hume had charge of all the books of the two concerns. The Hackley and Hume mill continued in operation until the timber on the Muskegon river belonging to the firm was exhausted, in 1894. Hackley and Hume had foresee the end of the lumbering industry on the Muskegon river and had also recognized the possibilities of the timber market. In 1866 they began to buy timer lands in other states—Wisconsin, Minnesota, British Columbia and Southern states. One mill located at Minneapolis, Minn., in which Mr. Hume was heavily interested, was reputed to be the fastest in the world, cutting as high as 110,000,000 feet in seven months. The Southern holdings of timber have been the biggest paying lumber interests of the past few years, since the exhaustion of the northern timber. Underwrote Muskegon Industry. In recent years, since the ending of lumber operations in Muskegon, Mr. Hume became one of the outstanding figures in the industrial life of the city. Muskegon passed through a trying time during those few years following the decline of the lumber business and the advent of manufacturing. He, with Charles H. Hackley, stood by the city which had given him his business start, and gave liberally of his time, money and thought to put Muskegon on a solid business basis. At different times Mr. Hume has been president of the Amazon Knitting company, The Chase-Hackley Piano company, the Sargent Manufacturing company, The Hackley National Bank, The Alaska Refrigerator company, vice president of the National Lumberman’s bank, second vice-president of the Standard Malleable Iron company, treasurer of the Hackley and Hume company, vice-president of the Shaw Electric Crane works, president of the old Citizens Telephone company and an officer or director of many other concerns. At the time of his death Mr. Hume was president of the Amazon Knitting company, of the Alaska Refrigerator company, and the Chase-Hackley Piano company. He was chairman of the board of directors of the Hackley National bank and was also president of the Sargent Manufacturing company, which is just closing out.
Administered Hackley Estate. One of the important trusts which engaged the attention of Mr. Hume in the late years was the administration of the estate of Charles H. Hackley. By the will of Mr. Hackley, Mr. Hume was made one of the executors of his will in connection with the Michigan Trust company. Following the death of Mr. Hackley in 1905, Mr. Hume was elected a member of the board of education, on which he served until 1912. He was assiduous in his attention to school board work. Mr. Hume was a member and warden of St. Paul’s Episcopal church. His membership on the vestry dates back to November, 1884. He was frequently sent as delegate to diocesan conventions. After retiring from active business, Mr. Hume made several trips to Europe, visiting his native country and cities of England and the continent. Donor of Old People’s Home. The Old People’s Home, a gift of Mr. Hume to Muskegon, stands today as a monument to the donor. This home was completed in 1912, and is a large and well equipped structure with ample grounds. Mr. Hume was married to Miss Margaret A. Banks of Marshall, Mich., January 22, 1873. There are six children surviving, George A. Hume of Fresno, Cal., Thomas Hackley Hume of Muskegon, Miss Helen Hume and Mrs. Constance H. Koehler at the family home here, Mrs. Margaret Mosher of Niagara Falls, N. Y., and Mrs. Florence H. McKee of Scarsdale, N. Y. There are 11 grandchildren. Friends have been requested to omit flowers.
2 January 1920, Page 1
LAST RITES FOR LUMBERMAN TO BE TOMORROW. Funeral for Thomas Hume Will Be At St. Paul’s Church at 2:00 P. M.. BURIAL WILL BE PRIVATE. Friends and Business Associates Active and Honorary Pallbearers. The funeral service for Thomas Hume, pioneer lumberman, who died at his home, 228 W. Webster avenue, shortly after midnight yesterday morning will be held at two o’clock Saturday afternoon from St. Paul’s Episcopal church. Rev. Walter F. Tunks, rector of the church and the Rt. Rev. John N. McCormick, bishop of the Western Michigan diocese, will officiate. Burial will take place in the family lot in Evergreen cemetery. The family physician who attended Mr. Hume, states that death was not due primarily to pneumonia, although it was undoubtedly this disease, contracted a few days after his return from Florida to spend the Christmas holidays at his home here, that aggravated a valvular trouble of the heart and brought to an end a life that was spent largely in the development of this city. The sturdy lumberman had experienced trouble with his heart for some time and was unable to withstand the shock brought on by the pulmonary disease. Funeral to be Public. The funeral at the church tomorrow will be public, but the interment service will be private. Several of Mr. Hume’s close friends and business associates will serve as pall bearers. The active pall bearers will be Hobart P. Lewis, Frank C. Whitney, H. D. Bradley, Louis Lunsford, Paul S. Moon and G. C. Chaddock. The honorary pall bearers will be William Munroe, Myron Powell, Charles H. Yates, R. E. Bunker, Fred L. Marvin, James D. Lacey, Judge C. W. Sessions, H. E. Langeand, J. W. McGraw, J. G. Emery, Jr., Walter C. Powell, Henry Bell, George A. Abbott, F. C. Gerhard, C. C. Billinghurst, Frederick A. Gorham, C. D. Stevens, E. L. Howe, Wood Beal and James Stanley Joyce. All the banks of the city will close tomorrow afternoon while the funeral is being held. The Hackley National Bank will close at 1:30 o’clock and the others at 2 o’clock. They will reopen for business again at 7 o’clock tomorrow night.
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SIMPLE RITES MARK SERVICE FOR HUME. Funeral at St. Paul’s Largely Attended, Notable for Extreme Unostentation. Marked only by their extreme simplicity, the last rites in honor of Thomas Hume, Muskegon lumberman whose death came as the new year was being ushered in, were performed at 2 o’clock this afternoon at St. Paul’s Episcopal church. The service, which was the simplest possible in form and without music, was conducted by Bishop John N. McCormick of the diocese of Western Michigan and Rev. Walter F. Tunks, rector of St. Paul’s. The church was filled to overflowing with friends, business associates and fellow townsmen who had turned out to pay their respects to the memory of Mr. Hume. Following the public service at the church, interment took place at the family lot at Evergreen cemetery, the burial service being private.
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