RANSOM J. SQUIER, farmer, section 6, Bridgeton Township, was born Feb. 28, 1838, in Washington Co., N.Y., where his parents, John and Polly (Lampman) Squier, were born and whence they removed to Rochester, N.Y. After a brief residence in that city they came to Coldwater, Branch Co., Mich. Some years later they moved to Noble Co., Ind., and in the winter of 1855 removed again to Michigan, locating in Muskegon County.
Mr. Squier remained with his parents, obtaining his education and engaged in farming, until the spring of 1860, when he pre-empted 160 acres of ubroken forest in Bridgeton Township, on which he immediately settled and began to make improvements.
Mr. Squier was married in July, 1863, to Orella, daughter of John and Sarah (Sherman) Nelson. Her parents were natives of England and New York, and went after their marriage to Norfolk Co., Ontario, Canada, where the daughter was born, Sept. 18, 1847. When she was eight years old she came with her parents to Claybanks, Ocean Co., Mich. Her father died there in 1851, and the family removed to Lyons, Ionia County, where she attended school four years and then came to Newaygo County, where she was soon after married. The husband and wife located on the farm which has since been their home, and devoted every energy and effort to its improvement. They own 240 acres of land, with 75 acres under cultivation. Following is the record of seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Squier: Emily M., born Aug. 8, 1864; Franklin B., Dec. 8, 1866; Pearlie L., April 28, 1872; Gracie O., July 11, 1877; Effie D., 21, 1880; Almon R., March 29, 1869 (died May 8, 1871); an infant child, June 1, 1873, died June 15, following.
Mr. Squier is a Democrat in political persuasion. He is a veterinary surgeon, which profession he has followed for years, and is considered one of the best in Northern Michigan.