Clarence Eugene Rogers 9 BIGELOW



16313.1333      Clarence Eugene Rogers 9 BIGELOW, son of Charles Pierce 8  ( Amasa Strong 7 , Eli , Amasa 5 , David 4 , Lt. John 3 , Joshua 2, John 1), and Margaret (ROGERS) BIGELOW, was born on 19 December 1865 Great Bend, PA.  He married Ida May Pfistner in 1893. Clarence was in business, a lawyer and lumberman. He attended Valparaiso, Indiana College, graduating in business and law.  He learned the lumber business in Grand Rapids and throughout the midwest, then was an official in Grand Rapids Brass Co.  He next bought a grocery company and a shingle company at Big Rapids.  He purchased a hotel and summer resort at Hess Lake, Newaygo co, but this was lost through a fire some years later.  In 1911 he purchased an interest oin Consolidated Chemical Co., in Grand Rapids, later acquiring the entire business.  From 1901 to 1903 he was deputy comptroller, tax-title and abstract clerk for the city, working actively to build and maintain Buchanan sewer.  He is best remebered in Grand Rapids for building Bigelow Ball Park, which from the 1930's until after World War II, was a prominent sports arena.  He also published volumes of his own poetry. Clarence died 20 February 1950 age 84 at Wisconsin Rapids, WI.  He was buried 24 February 1950 at Graceland Mausuleum, Grand Rapids, Kent co, MI.

Children of Clarence and Ida May (Pfistner) Bigelow:

16313.13331t    Charles Frederick, b 07 Apr 1894; d ___ 1959;  m 1917 Norma Keith Hart; 2 sons: Thomas Frederick, and Richard Eugene Bigelow;

16313.13332     Mary Angeles, b 14 May 1903; d _____ ; m 03 Oct 1924 Elmer W. Way;

Sources:
The Bigelow Family Genealogy, Volume II, page 493 child;
Howe, Bigelow Family of America;
Michigan Vital Records;
various articles unknown sources, on Clarence Bigelow;
correspondence with descendants. 
Grand Rapids Herald Newspaper accounts of his biography, 10 Jan 1937
e-mail from Donald Bigelow, Grand Rapids, MI(dec);
FORGE: The Bigelow Society Quarterly, Apr 1984, Vol 13, No. 2, pg 26.


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