Frank W. Squier

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frank_squier_th.gif (6010 bytes)  Frank W. Squier (CLICK PICTURE FOR FULL SIZE) .-A man of large affairs, displaying at all times an aptitude for successful management, combined with keen sagacity in investment and marked executive ability in control of important interests, Frank W. Squier was long known as one of Grand Rapids' able business men, who contributed to the advancement and prestige of the city and whose citizenship was of a high order. Mr. Squier was born at Rochester, N. Y., Oct. 19, 1853, son of David W. and Sarah (Dayton) Squier, natives of the Empire State. The elder Squier, who was also a man of foresight and business ability, realized the possibilities of the West, and during the latter '50s or early '60s came to Michigan, settling at Grant, Newaygo county. There he passed the remainder of his life in important ventures, principally connected with the lumber industry, in which he was widely known. Both he and Mrs. Squier died many years ago. Frank W. Squier received his education in the public schools of Newaygo, Mich., and attended business college in Grand Rapids, as a youth, securing his first business experience while working with his father in the lumber business. He also applied himself to farming to some extent, avocation in which he attained success, and later on in his career was the proprietor of a milling business near Grant, Mich. After a long and successful career he retired from active affairs and moved to Grand Rapids, where his death occurred eight years later, Feb. 5, 1915. Mr. Squier, as noted, was a man of keenness in making investments, and owned good farming lands and other realty, in addition to which he was a director and stockholder in banks at Grant, White Cloud and Sparta, and the Fourth National Bank of Grand Rapids. Throughout his entire business career, and in all of his dealings, it can be said of Mr. Squier that he never sought to benefit by the misfortune of others. He was a Democrat in his political views, but the public arena held out no attractions to him, he being wrapped up in his business affairs. Fraternally, he was connected with Grand Rapids Lodge of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks. Mr. Squier was married Feb. 19, 1891, to Miss Mary Dickinson, daughter of Frank and Mary (Kimbell) Dickinson, of Jonesville, Mich., who survives him and resides at 218 Union avenue, S. E. Mrs. Squier is a native of Hillsdale county, Michigan, and is well known, both in her native county and in the community of her pleasant home at Grand Rapids.

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