Page 499-500 - Herbert B. Montague, president of the Montague Manufacturing Company, 148-154 Louis street, Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the subject of this narrative. In 1922 he established this business for manufacturing lawn mowers, hose reels and garden rakes. This concern has built up an extensive business that is reaching into all parts of the world. They now have established a branch office in New York City where most of the foreign business is conducted. Mr. Montague was born in Traverse City, Michigan, on July 2, 1883. He received his preliminary common school education in the public high school at Traverse City and this he supplemented with a business course. He was then associated for ten years with his father, J. A. Montague, in the hardware business under the name of J. Montague & Son,. Following this practical experience which was destined to be of great value in the development of the manufacturing business which has already been detailed in this narrative, he then came to Grand Rapids in 1918 and engaged in the stock and bond business, until in 1922 he combined his practical and financial experience and established his present business. Mr. Montague is a member of Traverse City Lodge No. 222, F. & A. M. and in 1912 served as master of that lodge. His is a member of all bodies of Masonry. His uncle, Herbert Montague, for whom the subject of this narrative was named, is a thirty-third degree Mason and superintendent of the Masonic home at Alma, Michigan, and in 1912 was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge. Herbert B. Montague, whose career we are here narrating, is a member of the Congregational church in Traverse City, Michigan, but in Grand Rapids attends the Christian Science church. His is a member of the Old Colony Club at Lamont, Michigan, about ten miles from Grand Rapids. In 1907 he was united in matrimony with Miss Eunice Kelley of Traverse City, Michigan, and they have one daughter, Katherine, born on March 3, 1908. She is now a senior in the Central high school of Grand Rapids.

Transcriber: Gloria Paas
Created: 13 November 2002