PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM 1884
GRATIOT COUNTY, MICHIGAN
Franklin Squire, farmer, section 30, North Star Township, was born in the County of Geauga, State of Ohio, February 15, 1827 and is a son of Aaron Squire, deceased, a native of Connecticut. The son remained with his parents in his native county, assisting the father on the farm and receiving such instruction as was obtainable from the common schools and developing into manhood.
February 23, 1851, Mr. Squire was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Ann, daughter of John Herrington, deceased, and he and his "life partner" came seeking a home in this State, and settled in Lenawee County. They remained there for three years, when in 1854, they came to this county, and Mr. S. entered a 160 acre homestead for himself, and over 500 acres for his brothers, who soon afterward came to the county. His settlement was characterized by all the trials and hardships experienced by the pioneer settler of the county. Nobly did he battle against all difficulties, and truthfully hath he demonstrated that the hill of adversity requires indomitable energy and perseverance to ascend it He has continually resided in the county since he entered his homestead, following the occupation of a farmer, and has met with signal success in that calling. He has been honored with the offices of Clerk, Supervisor and School Director of his township, and possesses the respect and esteem of the citizens.
In religious sentiments Mr. Squire is an ardent adherent of the doctrines of the Seventh-Day Advent Church. He believes especially in the doctrine "that Saturday is the true Sabbath," and offers to those who dispute his belief the Decalogue to substantiate it. He is also a firm believer in the 13th chapter of Revelations and likewise the spirit of prophecy.
Mr. and Mrs Squire have had eight children born to them, seven of whom are living, namely: Frank E., Helen, Eli E., Alice, John, Lucy and Sarah E. One daughter, Adell (Harphan), died in her 21st year, leaving two children to the care of her husband.
This work would be incomplete without a portrait of Mr. Squire, which is accordingly given, on the preceding page.