ASHER L. CANAAN, Treasurer of Grant Tp., and farmer, sec. 21, was born March 25, 1850, in Buck Tp., Hardin Co., OHio, son of Jehu and Sarah L. Canaas. Both parents were natives of Ohio; the mother died July 3, 1879, in Grant; and the father is still living, in Michigan. The latter was a soldier in the civil war and served two years and ten months in Co. B., 118th Ohio Vol. Inf.
Mr. Canaan began, when he had reached the age of 13 years, to grapple with the world on his own account, and worked nearly three years as blacksmith. In 1874 he bought 70 acres of timber land where he has since resied; has the farm partially cleared and in tillage, with a comfortable home. The place is increasing in value from the fact that it is situated in one of the best belts of country in Mecosta County, and the land is of the best quality.
Mr. Canaan was married Aug. 10, 1873, to Mary E., daughter of Ira and Mary A. Hays. Her father died Feb. 27, 1881. He was a minister of the United Brethren Church four years, and died of apoplexy. She was born in Canada West Dec. 28, 1858, and is the mother of three living children, born as follows: Millton A., Nov. 19, 1874; Jessie A., March 1 1879; Ira J., Occe. 24, 1882.
Mr. Canaan is a Republican in political sentiment and has been Constable nine successive years; was delegate to the Republican County Convention and District Convention in 1882. His maternal grandfather was a soldier of the war of 1812. He and his wife are both members of the Church of United Brethren, Grant Mission.