Benjamin G. English

By dhowell - Posted on 03 January 2008

Benjamin G. English died February 21, 1905, at 73 years. He was one of the pioneers of Manchester and a prominent and wealthy farmer. He lived on his farm five miles southwest of the village until moving to the village a few years before his death.

History says he was well posted on affairs of the world, was a great reader, and possessed a remarkable memory as to dates and events. He was in favor of schools and education and contributed liberally to Hillsdale College. He was long-time president of the Farmers' Club and was interested in its work. Politically he had been an ardent democrat until Bryan's campaign. He was Justice of the Peace for many years and by his wise counsel settled many differences between neighbors. When the Union Savings Bank was organized he was made president and held the office until his death.