Biographical sketch of JOHN GLYSHAW from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans three (3) pages: 277-279
To a great extent the prosperity of the agricultural sections of our great country is due to the honest industry, the sturdy perseverance and the wise economy which so prominently characterize the foreign element that has entered largely into our population. By comparison with their Â“old countryÂ” surroundings, these people have readily recognized the fact that in America lie the greatest opportunities for the man of ambition and energy. Because of this many have broken the ties of home and native land and have entered earnestly upon the task of gaining in the new world a home and a competence. By reason of years of indefatigable labor and honest effort, they have not only acquired a well-merited material prosperity, but also richly earned the highest esteem of all with whom they are associated.
John Glyshaw, the subject of this sketch, was born in Baden, Germany, May 2, 1837, and is the son of Thomas and Theresa (Gritman) Glyshaw, both of whom were natives of Baden. The father was a farmer and lived on a farm until his death in 1848. Shortly after her first husbandÂ’s death the mother was married to Frederick Bomea, who brought his family to America in 1852. They first settled in Cleveland, Ohio, where they remained for three years and then came to St. Clair county, settling at Ruby, where he worked at his trade of wagonmaking. Three children were born to Thomas Glyshaw and his wife, John, the subject of this sketch, Frank, a wagonmaker living in Lapeer county, Michigan, and Martin, a farmer of Clyde township. By her second marriage the mother of the subject had two children, Theresa, the wife of Ernest Norteman, of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, and Mary, deceased, wife of Ed Teed, of Canada.
John GlyshawÂ’s early education was received in the schools of Germany and it was largely to this early training that he is indebted for the prosperity of today. Having been imbued with the principles of business and having a natural bent in the direction of commercialism, he has always met with exceptional success and is now one of the most prosperous men in the county. He worked at home on the farm until early manhood, when he began to hire himself out to the other farmers in the neighborhood. His first position was with John Baird, for whom he worked for seven years on his farm. During his years of working for others he had been accumulating a little money and in 1867 had saved enough to buy a tract of land. He and brother Martin then bought three hundred and twenty acres of land where the subject now lives in Clyde township. This was a partially improved tract, about seventy acres of it being cleared. There were also a few small buildings, which were later remodeled and enlarged. On May 20, 1861, the subject was married to Lydia Hammaker, who was born in Waterloo county, Canada, the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Gable) Hammaker, both of whom were natives of Canada. They came to Michigan in 1860 and bought a farm near Grand Rapids, where they made a home. The subject and his wife are the parents of ten children, as follows: Frankie was born in 1862 and died at the age of eighteen years; James, who married Nettie Smith, works for the Grand Trunk Railroad at Port Huron; Mary, wife of Paul Metzger, died in 1891 at the age of twenty-five years; Hattie, the wife of John Monroe, lives at Tuscola; Theresa is married to Charles Merritt, a farmer of Ward county, North Dakota; George, who married Miss Mary Brown, has two children, Persus and Erva, and assists in operating the farm; Rosanna, the wife of Lewis McFaddin, lives at Ruby, Michigan; Bertha is the wife of Edward Workmaster, of Kanoka, St. Clair county; Ernest, whose wife was Bessie VanLuven, lives at Onawa, Michigan, and Freddie, at home. They have also fifteen living grandchildren, Maggie, Maude and Merrill, children of son James; Gertrude, Frank and Augusta, children of Mary Metzger; Myrtle, Jessie and Ernest, children of daughter Hattie Monroe; Gordon, only son of Theresa Merritt; Percy and Erva, whose father is George Glyshaw; Vernie and Gladys, children of daughter Rosanna, and Helen, who is the daughter of Bertha Workmaster.
Mr. Glyshaw has by his energy and industry gained a position of respect and influence in Clyde township and is counted one of the most prosperous and popular citizens of the community. He has for years carried on a general farming business and has no trouble disposing of his produce at the highest market prices. His grains, hay and small vegetables are expecially marketable, and his cattle, hogs and horses are among the finest in the country. At the present time he is the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of fine land. Only thirty acres of this farm are not cleared, the rest being under cultivation and in pasture. The subject has always been identified with the politicians of the county and in the Democratic ranks he is considered a power. He has held several offices, among which were those of highway commissioner and member of the school board. In the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he is a member, he is one of the most active workers, as indeed are the entire family. They give liberally to the support of the church and are in many other ways connected with her work. The subject and family are among the best respected and most influential citizens of the township and have many warm and true friends throughout the county. To have the respect of an entire community is one of the highest compliments that can be paid to any member of the human race, and this family have been so complimented, not only by the community in which they live, but also by other communities in which they are well and favorably known.
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