Biography of O. J. Lemoin

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The parents of L. C. and Rozilla Lemoin were of French descent, and resided in Geauga Co., Ohio, where O. J. Lemoin was born, Dec. 31, 1834, being the second son in a family of five children. In the year 1853 the family removed to De Kaib Co., Ill., where they remained till the fall of 1855, when the scarcity of timber induced them to remove to Allegan Co., Mich., locating in the township of Heath. O. J., not yet of age, purchased one hundred and twenty acres on section 24, making a small payment, and until 1859 devoted his time, winters, lumbering, summers returning to Illinois to work at his trade (masonry). December 9th of that year he married Harriet A., daughter of H. G. and Amanda M. Howlett, residents of Lee Co., Ill., and returned to his wilderness home in Michigan. In 1867 he purchased eighty acres on section 26, where he removed June 1, 1868. This, with an additional purchase of two hundred and eighty acres, constitutes his farm. Mr. Lemoin was influenced to his purchase, believing that the location and soil were adapted to fruit-culture, which has proved correct. He first began by planting three acres of peaches, pears, and grapes, increasing the acreage, until to-day he has over seventy acres planted. He may proudly call the readerís attention to his view as illustrative of the above. We append as the result of the union of these goodly people their family record: Frank F., born May 6, 1861 James E., born Nov. 4, 1864, died Nov. 1, 1865; Mary A., born Jan. 5, 1866, died in infancy; Rosilia A., born May 22, 1867; Cornelia C., born Dec. 20, 1869; Jenette M., born Aug. 29, 1874; Cora A., born Dec. 11, 1877; Fred H., born Oct. 23, 1879.


From:
History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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