FRED GIFFORD, farmer, Brooks Township, section 11, was born in Parma Township, Jackson County, Mich., Jan. 1, 1858, and is a son of Walter C. and Margaret (Spoor) Gifford. The mother was born of German parentage, in 1831, and the father of Scotch ancestry, in 1829. Both were natives of the State of New York and are still living, in Newaygo County, whither they came in 1865.
Mr. Gifford leved at home with his parents until he was 20 years old, when he entered the employ of Aaron Courtwright, of Newaygo. a yer afterward he went to Muskegon, where he continued four years, operating summers as a saw-mill hand and spending the winters as a lumberman. He is now a landholder, owning 160 acres, on which he is industriously pursuing his chosen voaction of farming.
Mr. Gifford was married at Muskegon, July 4, 1883, to Sarah L., daughter of Elinus and Experience Patience (Peters) Mundy. She was born May 7, 1863, in Newaygo County. Mr. Mundy was born of Scotch parentage, Feb. 15, 1821, in New Jersey. The mother was a native of New York and of Welsh descent, born Feb. 24, 1822, and died March 28, 1876, in Brooks Township.
Mr. Gifford belongs to the National party in political affinity.