Earl Ware (1854 – )


Earl Ware, a carrier in the mail service at Ann Arbor, and a man of considerable local influence in the ranks of the republican party in this city, was born in Rochester, New York. January 26. 1854. His father Murrine Ware, was also a native of New York, where he engaged in business as a shoe merchant. About 1868 he left the Empire state and came with his family to Michigan, settling at Pine Run. His wife bore the maiden name of Mary Eliza Yout, and both have passed away, the death of Mr. Ware occurring in August, 1892, while his wife died in 1864. His political allegiance was given to the republican party and he kept well informed on the questions and issues of the day. In the family were eight children, six of whom survive, including Earl Ware, who is the oldest. The others are: Mrs. Mary Teller, Mrs. Martha Leonard and Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson, all of whom are living in the state of New York; Viola, the wife of E. S. Perry, of Ann Arbor; and Morris, who resides at Hope, Michigan.

Earl Ware spent the first fourteen years of his life in the place of his nativity and acquired his early education in the schools of Rochester, continuing his studies, however, in Pine Run after the removal of the family to Michigan. When he had put aside his text-books he engaged in the shingle business at Pine Run, and afterward at various places in Michigan, continuing in that line of business activity for five years, the splendid forests of the state offering excellent opportunities to the lumberman. When he severed his connection with that trade he accepted a position in charge of the Michigan Central Railroad yards, acting in that capacity for ten years. He came to Ann Arbor in 1880, and his present position is that of carrier in connection with the Ann Arbor postoffice. He is very active in public affairs of the city and has accomplished effective and beneficial service for his home ward, the fifth, which he represented on the city council as alderman for six years, from 1886 until 1892. There he supported each measure that he believed would contribute to the general good, and was active in instituting constructive measures which have been beneficial in their effect.

In 1880 Mr. Ware was united in marriage to Miss Mina Bodine, of Flint, Michigan, and they have two children, Mildred L. and Thornton, aged twenty-three and eight years respectfully. The daughter is a graduate of the Ann Arbor high school, and is a trained nurse, but is now in California with her mother for her health. The family have .an attractive home at No. 1305 Broadway, and the good cheer and hospitality which there abound make it a favorite resort of their many friends. Mr. Ware assisted in founding and building the beautiful North Side Union church in his ward. He is intensely patriotic and public spirited in all that he does for the city, and is well known here by reason of his excellent service and his genuine personal worth, which has endeared him to many with whom he has been brought in contact.”

Source:  Past and Present of Washtenaw County, Michigan, by Samuel Willard Beakes, the S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, 1906, pages 358 & 361

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