CHARLES W. CALKINS, Clerk of Mecosta village, and dealer in all kinds of furniture, coffins, caskets ad undertakers' goods, was born in Ypsilanti, Mich., May 15, 1851. His parents, LOrenzo and Lurena (Payne) Calkins, removed to Ann Arbor when he was 11 years old, and he there had the advantages of the schools of that place. They made another transfer of their interests four years later, going to London, MOnroe Co. There his father was a farmer, and also worked at his trade of carpenter and joiner.
When Mr. Calkins was 20 years old, he left school and learned his father's trade, under his instructions. He followed the business seeral years, coming to Mecosta in the fall of 1879. He established himself as a mechanic, and after working at his trade two years, founded his present business. He keeps a stock that includes all merchandise common to his lines of trade, and is prospering. He became agent for the American Express Co., Dec. 16, 1881. On the incorporation of Mecosta village he was elected Clerk of the Board. He served as Township Clerk a part of the year 1881, in 1882 and 1883. Mr. Calkins owns his store, fixtures, adjoining building and lots.
He was married in London Tp., Monroe Co., April 8, 1875, to Lillie E., daughter of John and Harriet Taft, a native of Adrian, Mich. Mr. and Mrs. Calkins have one child - Mabel E. - born in London, Monroe Co., Mich.