Michael Turcotte, farmer and lumberman, section 30, Beaver Township, was born Dec. 30, 1843, in Ontario Co., Canada, and was a son of Joseph Turcotte. His parents were natives of Lower Canada and of unmixed French ancestry. Both are deceased.
Mr. T. began his career as a lumberman when he was 14 years of age, passing the winters in the woods and laboring as a mill hand summers, until he was 20 years old, when he made his entry upon a course of life in his own interest. He was variously occupied until the first of January, 1876, when he located in Newaygo Co., Mich. He was the owner of a cash capital of five dollars when he arrived, and immediately found employ at his wonted calling, engaging in logging at $1.50 per thousand, for E. L. Gray. He was prudent and economical. His labor was hard but was soon remunerative, and he was able after a time to purchase a farm of 120 acres in Beaver Township, where he has principally resided. He has placed 95 acres under cultivation, with good buildings. His real estate now includes 540 acres of land, chiefly in heavy, valuable timber.
Mr. Turcotte was married in 1875, to Maggie, daughter of Isaiah and Mary (Lengerman) Turcotte, who was born in Canada, in January, 1844. One child was born, March 25, 1882, who died Nov. 5, of the same year.