Oliver W. Dean, Mortician, who was the owner of Dean’s Mortuary in Benton Harbor, Michigan 1915-1940 was born on 28 May 1882 in “Owner Girard”, Michigan. He died in Benton Harbor Michigan on 26 March 1951. His father was Andrew Dean and his mother was Loretta Millard. About 1906 Oliver Dean married Harriet Ten Cate. Harriet was born on 15 Aug 1876 in Holland, Michigan and she died in Benton Harbor on 15 Jan 1950. Harriet’s father was John Ten Cate and her mother was Henderika Diekema. Both Oliver and Harriet are buried in the Crystal Springs cemetery in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
1920 census, Benton Harbor, Berrien County, Michigan:
Living at 341 Pipestone St.
O. W. Dean, 37 years of age born in Michigan, father born in Canada, mother born in Michigan, Undertaker
Harriet Dean, 39 years of age born in Michigan, father and mother born in Michigan
Willard G. Dean, son, 4 years of age born in Michigan
1910 census, Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan:
Oliver W. Dean, 26 years of age born in Michigan, father born in Canada, mother born in Canada, Clerk at the State Capital
Harriet Dean, 30 years of age born in Michigan, father and mother born in Michigan
1900 census, Marshall, Calhoun County, Michigan
Andrew Dean, 45 years of age, born Oct. 1854 in Canada, widower, father born in Connecticut, mother born in New York, Veterinarian, immigrated in 1872
Oliver W. Dean 19 years of age born May 1882 in Michigan, father born in Canada, mother born in Michigan, at school
Iotia I. Dean 12 years of age born May 1888 in Michigan, father born in Canada, mother born in Michigan, at school
1890 census-burned in fire in Washington D.C. does not exist
1880 census Girard, Branch County, Michigan:
Andrew Dean, 25 years of age born in Canada, father and mother born in Connecticut, Blacksmith
Loretta A. Dean, 24 years of age born in Michigan, father and mother born in New York
There is a town named Girard in Branch County, Michigan. Apparently Oliver’s father was Andrew and his mother’s name was Loretta. Andrew Dean was still living in Marshall in Calhoun County, Michigan in 1920 and was a retired Veterinary Surgeon, he had remarried and his wife was named Orpha.
1910 census Marshall, Calhoun County, Michigan:
Andrew Dean, 55 years of age born in Canada, father born in U S, mother born in New York, Veterinary Surgeon
Orpha Dean, 56 years of age born in New York, father and mother born in New York
Iota I. Dean 21 years of age born in Michigan, father born in Canada, mother born in Michigan
This was both Andrew and Ophra’s second marriage. She had given birth to one child who was living in 1910 but Iota was not hers as they had been married only four years in 1910.
1920 census Marshall, Calhoun County, Michigan:
Living at 415 West State Street
Andrew Dean, 68 years of age born in Canada, father born in Canada, mother born in New York, retired Veterinary Surgeon.
Orpha Dean 67 years of age born in Michigan, father and mother born in New York
There is a biography for Andrew Dean in The Calhoun County Portrait and Biographical Album on page 891. It reads:
Andrew Dean, a resident of Marshall, is one of the leading veterinary surgeons of this county, and is one of the ablest and most skillful men of his calling in Southern Michigan, his reputation for skill in the treatment of Horses extending over beyond the boundaries of the State. Our subject was born in Canada October 7, 1854, and is the youngest of the ten children of John and Sallie Dean. His mother who was a native of Batavia N.Y., died when he was only three months old and he was reared by a friend of the family. He remained in his native country until he was eighteen years old and then came to Michigan in 1872 where he hoped to become more successful than he could in his old home. He took up his abode at Girard, Mich., and was there engaged as a blacksmith eleven years. During that time he made a careful study of the horse, paying particular attention to the anatomy of his feet, and making many discoveries as to the cause of lameness. He thus laid a solid foundation for his after knowledge as a veterinary surgeon. At the expiration of his eleven years residence in Girard, he began to prepare himself for his future calling, becoming a student of the Chicago Veterinary College and pursued a thorough course in that institution that amply qualified him for his chosen vocation.
After leaving college Mr. Dean returned to Michigan in 1885 and established himself at his profession in Marshall. He erected suitable buildings that are well fitted up and conveniently arranged for the accommodation of sick horses, and in the years that have followed has made his mark in his profession and has control of a large business, not only in the city of Marshall, but throughout Calhoun and adjoining counties, and has even been called to Chicago in consulting, so able is he considered. He uses in his practice all of the most modern appliances and the latest and best remedies, all his medicines being compounded by himself; has made specialty of the treatment of horses’ feet and is famous for the number of successful operations that he has performed, known as neurotomy, which relieves a lameness to which horses are subject, and which has been considered by many surgeons as incurable, and no other veterinary surgeon in Calhoun County performs the operation.
Mr. Dean has a home that is replete with comfort and coziness, and for his pleasant surroundings in this regard he is much indebted to the lady who provides over it, to whom he was married in March 1878. Mrs. Dean was formerly Miss Loretta Millard, and was a native of Branch County, her wedding being celebrated at White Pigeon, the home of her parents, Willard and Sarah (Lake) Millard. Mr. And Mrs. Dean have two children, whom they have named Oliver W. and Iota I. Through his business relations Mr. Dean has a wide acquaintance by whom he is well regarded, as he is an intelligent, straightforward man whose dealings are fair and honorable. Our subject is a member of the Masonic order and is a member of Washington Lodge, No. 7, Tekonsha, Calhoun County, Mich.
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