Portrait And Biographical Record Of Northern Michigan
Containing Portraits And Biographical Sketches Of Prominent
And Representative Citizens
Record Publishing Co., 1895
|Thomas Scott is Chief of the Manistee Fire Department, and has been connected
with this important branch of municipal affairs since 1883, when he became
a volunteer member of the Fire Department. He was elected to his present
responsible position in 1891, and has been re-elected at the expiration of
each term. He is a native of Bruce County, Ontario, having been born September
The parents of our subject were Michael and Mary (Jones) Scott, whose family numbered six children. Five of the number are still living. William died in early manhood, and the others, with the exception of one, are residents of Manistee. Michael Scott was born in County Derry, Ireland, October 2, 1819, and resides in Manistee, at the home of our subject. His good wife and faithful helpmate, a native of Kingston, Canada, born in the year 1823, passed to the home beyond October 2, 1876, while living in this city.
Thomas Scott received a public-school education in Manistee. On beginning the battle of life for himself, he obtained a position as a laborer in the lumbering-mills of this place, and was thus engaged for some time. Since 1883, as previously stated, he has been in the city employ, but only since 1887 has been a member of the paid department. During 1889-90 he was assistant to the Chief, and the following year was elected to that position himself. He is well qualified by his years of experience to serve as such, and is watchful and careful in an eminent degree that every detail of the fire service shall be complete is each particular. He has made a study of the systems adopted by Chicago and prominent cities of the Union, and as far as practicable has incorporated them into the work under his charge. In his political convictions he is independent of party, voting and working for the men and principles which he considers best adapted for the good of the public.
In 1891 Thomas Scott married Miss Mary Anderson, a native of Racine, Wis. One child has been born of this union, namely: Walter Albert, whose birth occurred March 17, 1894. The parents of Mrs. Scott were natives of Denmark, and came to the United States when they were young. They are now respected residents of Manistee. Mrs. Scott is a member of the Danish Lutheran Church, and is a zealous worker in the congregation. Socially Mr. Scott is a member of the Knights of the Maccabees. He is a young man of stirling qualities, and enjoys the friendship of all who know him, both in public and social circles.