Van Buren County
Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
son of William and Mary (Rude) Packard, was born in Rensselaer Co., N. Y., Sept. 22, 1834, and was the second
in a family of four children. His father was a native of Massachusetts. In 1836 the family removed to Ohio, where
Alfred S. Packard remained with his father, working on the farm and lumbering, until he became of age. On the 1st
of May, 1859, he married Laura A., daughter of Iram and Cynthia Packard, she being a native of Plainfield, Mass.
To this couple was born one son, Ernest H., his birth occurring April 2, 1870, and his death five months later.
Mrs. Packard died April 10, 1870, and on the 22d of June, 1871, Mr. Packard was married to Mary E., daughter of
Nelson T. and Emily C. Burnham, who was born in Middletown, Conn., April 28, 1846, and moved, with her father,
to Ohio, in which State she resided until her marriage. Mr. Packard came from Ohio in 1859, and settled in the
township of Ganges, Allegan Co., Mich.; removed from Ganges to Deerfield (now Covert) in 1867. Until 1877 he was
in business with his father and brother, but in the fall of that year a division was made, Mr. Packard taking what
is known as the "upper mill" property. He now owns and operates that, also one at South Haven, and has
a horse-railway from the former to a pier on the lake-shore, four miles distant. He is at present the owner of
two thousand five hundred acres of land, from which he is clearing the timber, and his home is situated on two
hundred acres already cleared and well improved. Mr. Packard is a Republican in politics, and both himself and
wife are members of the Congregational Church.
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.