Biography of G. E. Hovey
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G. E. Hovey was born in Genesee Co., N. Y., Oct. 17, 1839. His father, Samuel Hovey, emigrated to Macomb Co., Mich., in an early day, aud shortly afterward to Lapeer county. His graudrather Hovey was a millwright, and he himself soon learned to use his tools. At the age of 16 he went to learn the wagon and carriage makers' trade, which he soon thoroughly mastered. He came to Grand Rapids in the spring of 1863 He served in the late war, in Co. K, 1st Mich. Engineers, and participated in the batt]es of Stone River, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, and Chattanooga. He was at Sherman's headquarters from the spring of 1864 until discharged, in October, 1865. He came to Rockford in 1866, and engaged in the manufacture of wagons and carriages, which he still follows, with success. He was married Dec. 27, 1859, to Miss Helen Gates, by whom he has one son, Fred.

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