Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
HARVEY S. BOOTH was born in Washington Co., N. Y., Nov. 28, 1810. When a lad his father moved with the family
to the then frontier of Western New York, where Harvey S. lived until 1837, when he emigrated to Kalamazoo County,
and engaged in building barns, making this a specialty and employing several men. From this enterprise he secured
sufficient means to purchase eighty acres of land, and was married, Oct. 27, 1840, to Tirzah S. Osborn, daughter
of Deacon William Osborn, who came from Utica, N. Y., where she was born Sept. 6, 1820. To this union have been
born two daughters,-Amelia F., who married J. P. Stevens, of Kalamazoo; and Sarah Belle, who is unmarried. Soon
after they were married Mr. Booth and his wife settled on their land, built a small house, and commenced to make
a home. Here they have lived for nearly forty years, and by their industry, economy, and good management have a
fine farm, with large and commodious buildings, and pleasant surroundings.
Mr. Booth has been prominently identified with the growth and prosperity of the town since its organization. He
has held the office of justice of the peace most of the time since that date. Politically he was formerly a Whig,
but has been identified with the Republican party since its organization. In all public affairs he takes an active
part; is interested in agricultural matters, and conducts his farm with a degree of intelligence that gives him
good returns. He is a member of the Patrons of Husbandry, and has been Master of the grange.
But a small number of men now living date back for so many years to a constant residence in the township of Portage
asHarvey S. Booth. His fellow-townsmen all speak kindly of Mm: they point to him as the man who has the firmness
and integrity to hold the scales of justice nicely balanced; and with proper consideration of these qualities,
they have given him, by a strong voice of the people, the place of justice of the peace fnr a long series of years.
His neighbors again and again have left the adjustment oftheir differences to him, without process of law, thus
realizing the beauty and excellence of the Scripture text, "Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren
to dwell together in unity The interests of the widow and orphan have had his consideration, and always with an
effort on his part to protect them against the avarice and grasping disposition of the selfish. Order, system,
and well-concerted plans are evident in all his efforts, especially in farm management. Whoever visits the premises
owned and occupied by Harvey S. Booth and his good wife are sure of a generous welcome, and the recollection of
the visit always brings up the idea that here is a family who might with profit be imitated by many others for
their industry, practical skill and management, and kind consideration for the interests of their acquaintances
History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of its Men and Pioneers.
Everts & Abbott., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.