Mr. Bane was born in Lanark County, Jan. 10, 1840. He obtained his education at the common schools and worked in a saw-mill when in youth. At the age of 18 years he engaged in lumbering, and in the spring of 1871 came to Kent Co., Mich., where he stayed three years in the employ of the G. R. & I. Railroad Company. On the expiration of his engagement he came to Mecosta County, and bought 40 acres of unimporved land of Henry A. French, where he now resides. Twenty acres are now in a good state of cultivation.
Mr. Bane was married Dec. 15, 1862, to Sarah Jane, second daughter of William and Catherine (Sly) Ward. She was born March 17, 1840. Five of the nine children of Mr. and Mrs. Bane were born as follows: Emery E., Feb. 23,1864; James, Sept. 25, 1871, Addie, June 6, 1874, Ernest, Feb. 10, 1879; William, Nov. 18, 1882. The deceased were Winnie E., Alexander, Susan and an unnamed infant. The family belong to the Methodist Church. Mr. Bane is independent in political sentiment and action.
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