Luther Westover (1817-1884)
and Amanda (Culver) Westover (1827-1890)
Prominent in lumbering and banking business at Bay City, MI.
1878 Biography. Added Feb., 2009.
American Biographical History of Eminent and Self-made Men, by F. A. Barnard, 1878
HON. LUTHER WESTOVER. ________
Westover, Hon., Luther, of Bay City, Michigan, was born in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, April 24, 1817. His parents, Luther and Catherine (Herling) Westover, were of England and Irish descent. His education was obtained in the common schools, and at Westfield Academy. When he was twenty years old, he left school. He remained at home eight years, working on the farm and helping in the support of his widowed mother, after the death of his father, which occurred in 1841. In 1845 he went to Canada and bought a cargo of lumber, which he shipped to Connecticut. This venture proved profitable, and he returned to Canada and commenced the manufacture of lumber. He was engaged in this business until 1874; first alone, and afterwards successively, in the firms of Westover & Framsal; Westover, Ramsal & Co., and Smith, Westover, & Co. In 1865 this last named firm bought large tracts of pine land in Bay and Isoco counties, Michigan; and moved to Bay City, where the business was conducted, with market success, until 1874. In 1867 Mr. Westover organized and established the Exchange Bank, at that time one of the most sound and best conducted banks in the Saginaw Valley. In 1873 this was merged into the State Bank of Bay City, of which Mr. Westover is Director. In 1869 and 1870, he was in the Legislature, and served on the committees of organization of towns, counties and fisheries. He took, also, an active part in the procuring the stock, and securing the location, of the Jackson and Lansing Railroad, and was a Director of the same for three years. He was a Democrat until the civil war; but after reading President Lincoln's inaugural address, became an ardent Republican. Mr. Westover has been more or less identified with all the public enterprises of the city; railroads, churches, and charities have found him willing and desirous to contribute his time and money in their aid. He is numbered among the wealthy men of Bay City; and is a genial, social gentlemen, kind of heart and easy of access. He is a man who has worked out his own destiny, and, from obscure youth, has triumphed over every adversity. In 1862 he married Mrs. Amanda Schuyler, widow of the late Calvin Schuyler, of Norfolk County, Canada.
1884 obituary. Added Feb., 2004.
The Daily Tribune - Tuesday, November 14, 1884
Death of Luther Westover ____________
Hon. Luther Westover, one of the most prominent citizens of the Saginaw Valley, became deceased at about 8 o'clock Sunday evening at his residence at the corner of Center and Van Buren streets, this city, in the presence of his wife and relatives of the family, at the age of 67 years, 6 months and 23 days.
Luther Westover was born in Berkshire county, Massachusetts, April 24, 1817. His parents, Luther and Catherine Westover, were of English and Irish descent. His education was obtained in the common school and at Westfield academy. At 20 years he left school and lent his efforts on the farm to the support of his widowed mother, after the death of his father in 1841. In 1845, having a desire to enter active business life, he went to Canada and bought a cargo of lumber which he shipped to Connecticut, and realizing a snug profit, he returned to Canada where he entered the business of manufacturing on a small scale. In this he was successful, surmounting all obstacles in his business career. In 1865, he removed to Bay City, where he became prominently identified with the lumber industry, then in its infancy in Michigan. During the period intervening between 1856 and 1974 he was a member of the lumbering firms of Westover & Ramsdell, Smith, Westover & Co., and afterward Smith & Westover. The last name firmed became largely interested in the pine lands in Bay and Iosco counties in 1865, which led to Mr. Westover's removal here.
In 1867, Mr. Westover organized the Exchange Bank, at that time one of the most sound and best conducted banks in the Saginaw Valley. Six years later this bank was sold to the State Bank, of which Mr. Westover was a director.
In 1869 and 1870 decease was a member of the state legislature. While in the house he took an active part in procuring the stock and securing the location of the Jackson, Lansing & Saginaw railroad of which he was a director for three years. He was more or less identified with the public enterprises of the city. He was numbered among the wealthy and most substantial business men of the Saginaw Valley. At the time of his death he was a director of the Second National and Bay county savings banks.
His death was the result of a paralytic stroke with which he was taken four day before. Two years ago he suffered a like affliction and recovered, but since then he has not enjoyed his former health or strength. He leaves a wife and an adopted daughter.
The funeral will take place from the residence, corner of Center and Van Buren streets, at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.
1870 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
Westover, Luther - age 53, b.
1890 Mrs. Amanda Westover. Added Feb., 2009.
Pioneer Collections, Michigan State Historical Society,
MRS. AMANDA WESTOVER. _______
Amanda Culver, wife of the late Luther Westover, one of the prominent men of Bay City, died May 2, 1890, at her home on Centre avenue.
Mrs. Westover was born in Norfolk county, Ontario, August 6, 1827. Was married to Luther Westover May 30, 1861, emigrated to Bay City in 1865, where her husband was extensively engaged in lumbering and banking business.
Mrs. Westover left no family of her own except an adopted grandchild to inherit her wealth.
Mrs. Westover was universally respected by all citizens, a true christian woman, a member of the Baptish church. She will be sadly missed by the citizens and especially those who knew her best.
1853 - Massachusetts Marriages: Sheffield, Mass.
Date: March 28, 1853.
Groom: Lenvenworth Hunt, b. 1819, son of John and Martha Hunt.
Bride: Catherine Westover, daughter of Luther and Catherine Westover.
1871 - Michigan Deaths: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
Dennis Westover, b. 1819, Mass., died Oct. 20, 1871; married, lumber dealer, son of Luther and Catherine Westover.
1884 - Michigan Deaths: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
Luther Westover, b. 1817, died Nov. 16, 1884; married; banker.
Bay City, MI
Bay County, MI
Bay County Savings Bank
Berkshire County, MA
Iosco County, MI
Second National Bank
Smith & Westover Co.
Norfolk Co., Ontario
Westover & Co.
Westover & Ransdell Co.
1870 Michigan Census
WESTOVER: Bay City, Bay Co. Luther: 53,m,Pres.Bank,NY
Amanda: 43,f,keep'g hse.,Can.