Biography of Hugh McCall



Kalamazoo County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

Hugh, son of Dougald McCall, is the oldest of eight children, and was born in St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., Jan. 17, 1829. His father, whose means were somewhat limited, sold his farm and removed with the family to Michigan in the fall of 1839, proceeding to Detroit by boat, and driving from thence to Grand Prairie with his team, which he had brought along. On the prairie he rented eighty acres of land, and a year later purchased an unimproved eighty in Oshtemo township, where he remained until his death.

Hugh McCall remained at home until he was twenty-six years of age, working summers on the farm and attending school a part of the time during the winters. At the age of twenty-five he was married to Miss Elizabeth Pierson, daughter of one of the oldest settlers on Grand Prairie, Kalamazoo Co. Remaining on the old place about a year, his father having been laid to rest,—he finally purchased one hundred and sixty acres of unimproved land of his wife’s father, David J. Pierson, built upon it a small frame house, and began to i,prove a home of his own. During the twelve years Mr. McCall and his wife occupied this house their children, Herbert, Byron (now deceased), Frank, Hattie, and Miron, were born. Mr. McCall now occupies one of the finest houses in the township, and is the owner of two hundred and eighty acres of land. Since moving into his present residence two more children have been born,—Burt and Fred. The daughter attends school at Kalamazoo. Herbert, the oldest, has a farm, which was purchased for him by his father, but lives most of the time at the home of the latter.

Mr. McCall was engaged for about eighteen years in the business of threshing, doing work for farmers in nearly half the territory of the county. His principal farm product is wheat, he having raised, for several years, about two thousand bushels annually.

Politically he is a Democrat. His brothers are all living in the West. His mother, who is yet alive, passes much of her time at the residence of her son Hugh.

History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of its Men and Pioneers.
Everts & Abbott., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.