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W. J. Carl


Submitted by Lisa Hoffius and Bill Moore


W. J. CARL is one of the representative merchants and citizens of Muskegon Heights, where he has been actively engaged in business for more than a quarter of a century, and he is a scion of one of the sterling pioneer families of Michigan. He was born on the homestead farm of his father in Howell township, Livingston County, this state, January 8, 1863, and is a son of Andrew J. and Carrie (HILDEBRANDT) CARL, both of whom were born and reared in the state of Pennsylvania, whence they came to Michigan in the forties and established their home on a pioneer farm in Howell township, Livingston County, the father having devoted virtually his entire active life to farm industry.  Andrew J. CARL went forth as a gallant soldier of the Union in the Civil War, he having been an aide on the staff of the colonel of his regiment of Michigan volunteer infantry and his death having occurred as the result of wounds he received in battle.  His widow survived him by many years, and their only child is he whose name introduces this review. The early education of W.J. CARL was obtained in public schools of his native county and included the discipline of the Howell high school.  In that place he gained also his initial experience in the mercantile business, and at the age of nineteen years he engaged in the mercantile business in an independent way. He continued this enterprise at Howell seven years and then, in 1891, came to Muskegon Heights and engaged in the grocery business.  Here his success has been of substantial order and he is now one of the veteran merchants of this fine little city, where for a number of years he has conducted a general mercantile business, besides continuing the grocery department.  Mr. CARL is found loyally aligned in the ranks of the Republican party, and he has been called upon to serve in local offices of public trust, he having held the position of village clerk two years and having given a similar period of service as clerk of his township.  He was for nine years vice-president of the State Savings Bank of Muskegon Heights, and is a director of the Mona Lake Ice Company and the Muskegon Heights Building & Loan Association.  He is a loyal and valued member of the Muskegon Heights Chamber of Commerce and is affiliated with the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks.  In the year 1883 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. CARL to Miss Julia B. BARBER, of Howell, and of this union have been born two children: Lawrence A., who is a senior in the University of Illinois, and Una B., who died at the age of twenty-three years.



Source: “Historic Michigan”, George N. Fuller/ James L. Smith (1925)  Vol. III, p. 131


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