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Elizabeth Steinbeck, wife of:

Hon. Jerome B. Eaton, real-estate dealer, Jackson, Mich., born in Herkimer county, N. Y., Jan. 29, 1811; was reared on a farm, working summers and attending the district schools winters. When 13 years old commenced teaching school and followed it seven successive winters. When 20 years old he thought he was not making money fast enough, and started out peddling, his father furnishing a horse and wagon, and a man by the name of Bronson, of Bridgewater, furnishing the stock, which consisted of tablecloths. He commenced at $12 per month, and his wages were to be raised according to the amount of goods sold. After the first month he received increased wages, and he finally received $50 per month, being engaged about two years. With the money thus accumulated, he started for Michigan with a team and a stock of goods, and located at Adrian. Soon after he made a trip across the country to Jackson, not passing a house between the points, found a log hotel in Jackson; passing through he stopped with a man by the name of Pease; remained there a short time and then returned to Adrian; made a trip to his old home, and shortly after returned to Adrian and embarked in the dry-goods trade; was in trade six years, then returned to his native State and married Miss Elizabeth Steinbeck, of Madison county, N. Y. There were 5 children 4 of whom are living. In 1842 Mr. Eaton came to Jackson where he had a contract in the prison for making barrels; in the meantime he disposed of his property in Adrian, and made Jackson his permanent home. In 1858 he formed a partnership with Mr. Knickerbocker, and carried on the wholesale grocery business, and continued till the war. Mr. Eaton has been identified with the interests of the county for 39 years, and has held several local offices of trust. Is President of the Air Line E. R., and has been since its construction. He, with a few others, were the prime movers in getting the railroad shops moved from Marshall to this place, and when in the Legislature, was instrumental in getting the Michigan Southern railroad into Jackson, with the assistance of Messrs. Root and Thompson.

Source: History of Jackson County, Michigan. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co., 1881, p. 622.



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