William M. Brown

By dhowell - Posted on 03 January 2008

Way back in 1843 when Michigan was young as a state and Manchester was just large enough to be named, there came from the east a strong, robust man, William M. Brown.

He was just the type expected to pioneer the country. He at once entered business as the landlord of the only "tavern in town." Many a hungry and tired traveler stopped off for food for himself and his beast.

After this beginning he went to milling and it's said that thousands of bushels of wheat was ground into flour and hauled to Monroe or Chelsea for shipment east. This was before the time of the railroad.

Yes, Brown was a businessman. He was associated with Elijah G. Carr and the late Frank Freeman in a general store and it should not be forgotten that he was one of the first trustees of the village after its incorporation in 1867, and was reelected in 1868. He was elected president of the village in 1870 and again in 1873. In 1878 he left Manchester to live in Muskegon where he died November 12, 1894, at 82 years. He was brought back to Manchester for burial.