Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Norman Jarvis, one of the pioneers and prominent farmers of La Grange, was born in Roan County, N. C., April
14, 1821.. His father, Zaddock Jarvis, was also a native of North Carolina, and a planter in medium circumstances;
he married Lucy Owens, by whom he had seven children, four boys and three girls. In 1819, he emigrated to Indiana
with. his family, where he remained until 1833, when he came to La Grange, and settled on the place now owned by
his son; in the fall, he returned to Indiana for his family. Norman was at thIs time twelve years of age, and his
recollections of the trials, hardships, and privations of the early days are still vivid. The elder Jarvis was
a fine type of the early settler; he lived in La Grange until his decease, which occurred in 1851; his wife is
still living, “hale and hearty,” at the advanced age of ninety years. Norman lived under the parental roof until
he was eighteen years of age, when he began life as a boatman and farmer, devoting the summer months to the former
avocation and working as a farm hand during the ‘winter. In this way he accumulated a sum sufficient for the purchase
of eighty acres of land in Pipestone, Berrien County; after several changes, he bought the farm where he now resides,
in 1865, and which he has improved, with the exception 60 acres. The farm, a view of which we present on another
page, consists of 270 acres of fertile land under a high state of cultivation. In 1842, Mr. Jarvis was married
to Miss Margaret, daughter of Elias Simpson, one of the pioneers of the county, having removed from Ohio in 1830.
She was born near Chillicothe, Ohio, February 28, 1824, and was six years of age at the time of the family’s emigration
to Pokagon, where her father died in 1841, and her mother in 1860. Coming into the country in the early days of
its. settlement, Mr. Jarvis was denied the advantages of education, which the youth of to-day are in possession
of, and his education has been confined to that other school in which the teachers are observation and experience.
He is emphatically a self-made man, and the architect of his own fortune. The. salient points in his character
are industry and honesty, by which means he has attained the position he holds among the representative men of
Cass County. This biography would be incomplete without some mentiofl of Mrs. Jarvis, who has shared his “joys
and sorrows.” She has been to him a helpmeet in all that the name implies, and is a woman of many estmable qualities
of mind and heart. The two reared a family of ten children— Mary, William, Loramie, Rachael, Franklin, Jennie,
Jasper, Ella, Lucy and Mertie, all of whom are living.
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.