In 1850 Joseph Hackley came to Michigan from Wisconsin to serve as superintendent of construction for the Durkee, Truesdell and Company sawmill. In 1860 he purchased this house, built in 1857. Hackley and his first wife, Salina Fuller Hackley, were the parents of Charles Hackley, one of Michigan's most successful lumbermen and a prominent Muskegon philanthropist. Salina Hackley died in 1864 and, in 1867, Joseph married Catherine Palmer. Joseph died on January 8, 1874, while living in this house.
New Yorker Henry Holt came to Michigan in 1852. He soon returned to New York to attend law school, but came back to Michigan to practice law in Grand Rapids. In 1858 Holt moved to Muskegon, was elected prosecuting attorney of Ottawa County and began a long political career which included serving two terms as lieutenant governor, five terms in the state legislature and two terms as mayor of Muskegon. In 1878 Holt married Catherine Palmer Hackley. Henry and Catherine lived in this house until Henry died here in 1898.
Erected 1993 by Bureau of History, Department
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 8, 1874.
Location. 43° 13.931′ N, 86° 15.363′ W. Marker is in Muskegon, Michigan, in Muskegon County. Marker is at the intersection of West Clay Avenue and 6th Street, on the right when traveling east on West Clay Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 523 West Clay Avenue, Muskegon MI 49440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hume House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hackley House (about 300 feet away); Union Depot (about 600 feet away); Buster Keaton (approx. ¼ mile away); Torrent House (approx. ¼ mile away); Hackley Public Library (approx. ¼ mile away); Central United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Muskegon Women's Club (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Muskegon.
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