||Anson Hirem Northway
A. H. Northway, hardware merchant, Fremont, was a native of Ohio, where he was born May 14, 1834. His parents, Augustus and Margaret (Houghtaling) Northway, were natives of New York, who settled in Ohio in an early day, and moved to Michigan in 1844, settling in Ionia County, where they passed the remainder of their life.
A. H. Northway lived at home and contributed to the support of his parents until the death of his father. At the age of 20 years he left home and went to cabinet making for two years, after which he formed a partnership with Ambrose J. Ecker for the purpose of carrying on general merchandise. This continued for nearly three years, when he sold out and entered the army. He enlisted Aug. 15, 1862, in the 25th Mich. Inf., and served nearly three years. He was on detached duty most of the time, acting as Sergeant Major for nearly one year, and was mustered out at Jackson, Mich. He then came to Newaygo County, was employed as clerk in a general store for about two years, and then purchased an interest in the business, the partnership continuing about eight years, when he sold out to Mr. Ecker and formed a partnership with Hunt and Northway (the latter being a brother), under the firm name of Hunt, Northway & Co., and opened a hardware store on the corner of Main and Merchant Streets. He conducted business in this place for two years, then moved to Main Street, where he carried on a flourishing business, and enjoyed the confidence of his townsmen and of the public generally.
Mr. Northway was married in Ionia County, Sept. 1, 1868, to Emma L., third daughter of Joshua and M. (White) Fish, natives of Cortland Co., N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Northway have one child, Claude, born Jan. 17, 1871. Mr. Northway. was elected President of the village in the spring of 1883. He generally declined offices. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and in politics he was a Republican.
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