GILBERT GROW, farmer and lumberman, section 17, Croton Township, was born April 11, 1847, in Jackson Co., Mich. His father, David Grow, was born in 1803, in New Hampshire and died in 1878; the mother, Sarah (Barney) Grow, was born in 1812, in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Grow was reared to the age of manhood by his parents, received a common-school education and learned the trade of a wagon-maker of his father. He was eight years old when his parents came to Croton Township, and on coming to manhood he engaged in farming and lumbering, besides following his trade as opportunity offered, and has continued to combine the three occupations. He owns 80 acres of land, fairly improved and supplied with good buildings. He is a Democrat in political affinity.
Elma B. Hutton, who became the wife of Mr. Grow, was born Nov. 25, 1856, and is the daughter of George W. and Nancy (Buck) Hutton. The former was born of English parentage, in Adams Co., Penn., Jan. 22, 1822. The latter was born in Huntington Co., Penn., Nov. 17, 1826, and descended from Dutch ancestors. Mr. and Mrs. Grow were married Nov. 3, 1878, in Howard City, Montcalm County, and are the parents of two children, Laura E. and Sarah Ina.