George Patton Lamoreaux

Page 186-187 - George Patton Lamoreaux is a native son of Kent County and a scion of one of the honored pioneer families of this section of Michigan. In Kent county he has won distinctive success and prestige as a progressive business man, and he is one of the prominent and influential citizens of the village of Comstock Park, where he owns and conducts a well-equipped general mercantile establishment and where he is vice-president of the Comstock Park State Bank. Mr. Lamoreaux was born on the parental homestead farm one mile south of Comstock Park in Walker township, and the date of his nativity was April 8, 1864. He is a son of Florance A. and Louise E. (Patton) Lamoreaux, both of whom were born in the state of New York. Andrew Lamoreaux, grandfather of the subject of this review, was of sterling French lineage and he continued his residence in the state of New York until he came with his family to Michigan and became one of the pioneer exponents of farm industry in Kent County about the year 1840. Mr. Lamoreaux acquired title to a tract of government land in what is now Walker township, here reclaimed a productive farm from what was virtually a forest wilderness, and here passed the remainder of his life. Florance A. Lamoreaux accompanied his parents on their removal to Kent County, and during his entire active career he here continued a substantial representative of productive farm industry, besides having been one of the influential citizens of his township. He and his wife continued to reside in Walker township until their death, and of their six children four are still living, all being residents of Kent County – James F., William S., Eliza, now Mrs. Thomas A. Hice, and George P. George P. Lamoreaux was reared to the sturdy discipline of the home farm, and his early educational advantages were those of the district schools. He long continued his active alliance with farm enterprise, and for twenty years he was engaged successfully in dairy farming in his native township. In 1908 Mr. Lamoreaux established a general merchandise store at Comstock Park, a village that had been opened as an addition to the city of Grand Rapids and that has become one of the vital business centers and attractive residence places of Kent County. Here he has been vice-president of the Comstock Park State Bank from the time of its organization and incorporation, and he otherwise has much leadership in community affairs. Mr. Lamoreaux is a Democrat in politics, is affiliated with the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and his family hold membership in the Congregational church. In 1893 Mr. Lamoreaux was united in marriage to Miss Pearl Steed, who is deceased and who is survived by two children, Clarence and Esther, both of whom are associated with their father’s mercantile business.

Transcriber: Nancy Myers
Created: 22 March 2003