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James M. Magmer.—It has been given this native son of the world's greatest metropolis to gain precedence as one of the prominent and valued factors in connection with the industrial activities of northern Michigan, and he is numbered among the representative business men of Ludington, the judicial center of Mason county, where he stands exponent of progressive spirit and civic loyalty.

Mr. Magmer, who- is one of the interested principals in the Cartier Manufacturing Company, of Ludington, where he is also engaged in the undertaking business, was born in the city of London, England, on the 18th of March, 1863, and is a son of Julius and Mary (Clancy) Magmer, the former of whom was born in Germany and the latter of whom was born in London, of staunch Irish lineage. The mother died in London, and the venerable father has for many years maintained his home in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he took up his residence about the year 1876, soon after his emigration to the United States. His sterling attributes of character have gained and retained to him the high regard of those with whom he has come in contact during his long and useful life.

He whose name forms the caption of this article was a lad of about thirteen years of age at the time of the family removal from London to America. In his native city he had secured his rudimentary education, which was supplemented by attendance in the public schools of Milwaukee. When about eighteen years of age he secured employment with the Pere Marquette Steamship Company, for which he worked on the first steamboat put into commission by this company,—the F. & P. M. steamer "No. 1." He was thereafter assigned to duty on one vessel after another until the initiation of the car-ferry system of the company, when he became chief steward of the system, with headquarters in the city of Ludington, where he thus took up his residence in 1895. He continued in the employ of this company for the long period of twenty-two years, and as chief steward he had charge of supplies for the great car-ferry boats and other steamers of the line.

Upon severing his connection with this corporation, Mr. Magmer became associated with Messrs. Antoine and Charles E. Cartier in the mercantile business conducted by the Cartier Manufacturing Company, and in this connection, as a stockholder of the company, he assumed charge of its extensive double brick store in the Fourth ward of the city of Ludington. He is still interested in this enterprise but since 1907 he has given the major portion of his time and attention to his individual business as an undertaker and funeral director. He has a finely equipped establishment, with the most modern of facilities and accessories.

In politics Mr. Magmer accords a staunch allegiance to the Republican party, though he has never been an aspirant for public office. Both he and his wife are communicants of the Catholic'church and for the past decade he has been president of the Ludington organization of the Catholic Mutual Benefit Association. He is also affiliated with the Knights of Columbus, the Knights of the Modern Maccabees, the Sons of King Jacqua, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and the Gaelic Knights. He is specially zealous in connection with the work of the Catholic church, and both he and his wife are prominent members of the parish of St. Simon's in their home city.

On the 21st of May, 1883, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Magmer to Miss Mary A. Duffy, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in which state she was born and reared. They became the parents of two sons and two daughters, namely: John J., Loretta, Harry and Margaret. All of the children are living except Loretta, who died at the age of eighteen years. A history of northern Michigan and its people, Volume 2 By Perry Francis Powers, Harry Gardner Cutler

 

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