Moses J. Dark

Page 511-512 - Moses J. Dark has, through his own ability and well directed efforts, gained place among the successful business men of the city of Grand Rapids, where he is engaged in the wholesale fruit and produce business, with headquarters at 106-8 Fulton street, west. He was born in London, England, in the year 1868, and was a lad of seven years when he accompanied his parents to America, in 1875, the family residence having first been established at Windsor, Ontario, Canada, for a short time, thereafter moving to Detroit, Michigan. He had attended the public school. He was about twenty-two years of age at the time he came to Grand Rapids. As a youth Moses J. Dark worked three years on a farm in Ottawa county, near Coopersville, and during the ensuing three years he was a member of on "iron gang" in service on the Grand Trunk Railroad. Thereafter he was for three years on the city street car line at the time A. Berveer was general manager. Later for eight years he was in the employ of the Telfee Spice Company, on Pearl street, and he next became associated with the Henry J. Vinkemulder Company, engaged in the fruit business, at that time on Division street, south. After four years with this concern he was admitted to partnership in the business, with which he continued his connection for twenty-two years. Then he made preparations to engage in business in an independent way. In 1919 he established himself in the wholesale fruit and produce business at his present location, and his fair and honorable policies, as coupled with reliable service at all times, have enabled him to build up a business of large volume and most substantial and prosperous order, his sons, Maurice and Lawrence, being now actively associated with him in the enterprise and both being popular and progressive young business men of their native city, in the parochial schools of which they received their early education, and which they represented in the nationís military service in the World war period. The other two children of the family are Rev. Thomas R. and Mary Josephine. Mrs. Dark, whose maiden name was Catherine Callahan, was born in Dennison, Ottawa county, Michigan, and was a resident of Grand Rapids at the time of her marriage.

Transcriber:  Nancy Myers
Created: 5 November 2002