MICHAEL McCOOL, farmer, section 5, Garfield Township, was born in County Donegal, Ireland, Sept. 18, 1821, and is a son of Bernard and Ann (Cleary) McCool, natives of the Emerald Isle.
In 1848 he came to the United States, accompanied by his sister Margaret, who now resides at Glens Falls, Warren Co., N.Y., where Mr. McCool lived seven years. In 1854 he went to South Carolina, and afte a stay of one year in the vicinity of Charleston he came to Newaygo, arriving in August, 1855. He entered the employ of the Newaygo Company and worked as a lumberman eight years, operating a large proportion of the time as a saw-mill assistant. After the failure of the company, by which he ost a considerable sum, he went to New Orleans, and a year later returned to Newaygo. In 1858 he invested his savings in 80 acres of land, on which he settled and where he has since resided. He has increased his estate to 160 acres, and has placed 70 acres in a first-class state of cultivation. He has cleared all the land by his own efforts and erected a comfortable and convenient residence.
Mr. McCool was married in Newaygo, Nov. 5, 1864, to Elizabeth, daughter of Martin and Mary Cavaney, who was born March 17, 1840, in Canada. Five children have been born to them: Mary A., Edward, Catherine, Frank and Michael. The family belong to the Roman Catholic Church.