Charles F. Jeffers,
Pg. 322- Charles F. Jeffers has been engaged in the general insurance business in Grand Rapids during a period of twenty years, and has developed a substantial and prosperous underwriting enterprise that is conducted under the title of Jeffers & Company, with offices in the building of the Home State Bank. Mr. Jeffers is a scion of one of the sterling pioneer families of Michigan, and his birth occurred in the city of Muskegon, this state, November 15, 1868. He is a son of Zeph and Mary (Lansiff) Jeffers. Zeph Jeffers came to Michigan in 1858 and established his residence in Muskegon county, where he passed the remainder of his life. As an exper t saw operator and filer he was actively identified with the great lumber manufacturing operations that long constituted the principal industry of western Michigan, and he was one of the honored and well known pioneer citizens of Muskegon at the time of his death, in 1894, his widow having survived him by nearly a quarter of a century and having been of venerable age at the time of her death, in 1918. In the public schools of Muskegon Charles F. Jeffers continued his studies until he had completed a partial course in the high school, and after leaving school he identified himself with newspaper work – a medium for the acquirement of the equivalent of a liberal education. Mr. Jeffers made a record of successful service as a reporter for the Muskegon Morning News, and later, he served effectively on the reportorial staffs of the Grand Rapids Press, the Grand Rapids Post, and the Grand Rapids Herald. For a time he held a position with the City Press Association of Chicago, and it was fully twenty years ago that he returned to Grand Rapids and established the general insurance agency that he has since continued to conduct with marked success. He has in recent years given more or less attention to real estate operations, in the handling of properties owned by him, and at the time of this writing, in the summer of 1925, he is platting an addition to Grand Rapids, the same to be known as the Paris Park addition. Mr. Jeffers is a Republican in his political alignment, is affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Loyal Order of Moose, besides which he is eligible for membership in the Sons of Veterans, as his father was a gallant soldier of the Old Third Michigan Volunteer Infantry, in the Civil war. In 1907 Mr. Jeffers was united in marriage to Miss Bertha M. Robinson, who was born at Lowell, this state, a daughter of Oscar and Lucinda R. (Hunt) Robinson. Mr. & Mrs. Jeffers have no children.
History of Kent County, Volume III by Arthur
Location: Grand Rapids Public Library
Transcriber: Evelyn Sawyer
Created: 29 March 2002