Regarding Arthur R. Antisdel:
Arthur R. Antisdel, proprietor Rathbun House, Grand Rapids, was born in Jackson Co., Mich., in 1841. His parents, John F. and Freelove (Spink) Antisdel, resided on a farm, where the subject of this sketch was reared. When 18 years of age (in 1859) he went to Detroit, and engaged as a clerk of the old "Railroad Hotel," which occupied the present site of the Detroit Opera House, and was kept by his brother, J.F. Antisdel. Two years later, Mr. Antisdel entered into partnership with his brother, since which time he has been continuously identified with the hotel business. In 1862 he took charge of the Antisdel House, at Detroit; and in July, 1863, came to Grand Rapids. Being well pleased with its business activity and beautiful location, he decided to remove his business to the "Rochester of Michigan." He leased the Eagle Hotel, where he remained eight years. In 1871, in company with his brother, John F., he leased the Biddle House, Detroit, but the following spring sold his interest to his brother, and returned to Grand Rapids, purchasing the Rathbun House, which hotel he has since operated. This building is located on the corner of Monroe and Waterloo streets, and is one of the best conducted hotels in the State. Mr. Antidel, assisted by his genial clerks, Don J. Rogers and Michael Powers, succeed in making this house comfortable and "home-like" for all who may seek rest and shelter within its walls. Mr. Antisdel was married, in 1862, to Sarah Belman, of Detroit. They have a family of four children. The three brothers, Antisdel, are all identified with the hotel business. John F. is proprietor of the Newhall and Axtell Houses, Milwaukee, and the Merimon House, Oconomowoc, Wis.; William W., of the Antisdel House, Detroit; and our subject, of the Rathbun House, Grand Rapids.
Arthur R. ANTISDEL, Grand Rapids City, pp. 940-941 (Chapman 1881)
How I fit in: Arthur's parents were John Antisdel and Freelove Spink; John was the son of John Antisdel and Elizabeth Waters; John was the son of Simon Antisdel and Martha Fuller (and the brother of Nathaniel Antisdel, from whom I am decended).
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