Biography of J. C. Caldwell

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was born in Trumbull Co., Ohio, June 11, 1841; from 1849 until 1854 lived in Westmoreland Co., Pa.; from 1854 until 1858 in Van Buren Co., Mich. Up to this time had been with his father, Hugh Caidwell. He then commenced life for himself by hiring for six dollars per month to Mr. Isaac Schnorf, a farmer in Niles township. At the end of six months made an arrangement with his employer to work for his board, and go to school during the winter. When the year closed he had so faithfully and willingly done tile work assigned him that he was again hired by Mr. Schnorf, and remained with him eight years, except one year of this time which he served in the Rebellion, enlisting in the 12th Regiment Infantry as a private; was discharged in 1862.

In 1864 he married Lizzie, daughter of Jacob Schnorf. Of this union were born three children, the eldest dying before being named; the other two are Imogene and Elliott. After his marriage Mr. Caldwell engaged first in the grocery business, then farming, first on a rented farm for two years, and six years on a farm of fifty acres, which he bought in Niles township. At the end of the six years went into livery business, first at Cassopolis, Cass Co., one year, then at Niles three months, finally settling at St. Joseph in the same business. There, at this time, he can be found, an active business man, one whom his neighbors and the citizens of the place speak of as a man reliable and trustworthy.


FROM:
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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