SPRINGER, Hermann

Few business men at the comparatively earlyage of fifty are able to retire from active life and to pass the remainder of their days in quiet and comfort, yet such is the case with Hermann Springer, anex-farmer and business man of Mussey township, having his residence in Capac. Hermann Springer was born in Pommern, Germany October 19, 1851, a son of William and Amelia (Schaar) Springer, she dying in 1868. In June, 1869, William and Hermann came to Michigan and both were employed in the construction of the GrandTrunk Railroad during that summer. In the winter of 1870 William Springer was married to a Mrs. Tosch, who lived on an eighty-acre farm two miles north of Capac, and he operated that farm for a few years, then came to Capac and resumed work at his trade of cabinetmaker. He now makes his home with his son Hermann, his wife having passed away about eight years ago. To William and Amelia (Schaar) Springer were born six children, of whom August and William also came to America some years later, the first now living in North Dakota and William at Flint, Michigan.

Hermann Springer continued to work on the railroads, in the lumber woods and in the brik yards until 1876, when he purchased a tract of one hundred and sixty acres of wild land in Lynn township, going in debt about one thousand dollars, which he cleared, improved and lived upon until 1884, when he ented the place and engaged in the furniture business in Capac. From this he withdrew in 1886, selling out to advantage. He paid a visit to North Dakota, but the land not being in market, he returned and clerked for Mr. Lester about two years until he opened a meat market, which he conducted until 1890. Then starting a grocery, he conducted it until January 1891, when he took in the Jonas brothers as partners and made it a general store under the firm name of Springer & Jonas Bros. After about eleven years of successful mercantile life, he retired form active conection, disposing of his interests to his partner, who continuesthe store. In the meantime, during the fall of 1901, he erected a three-store,two-story brick block, which returns a good rental, being used for business and office purposes.

Mr. Springer was united in marriage September 6, 1874, with Miss Katherine Weimer, a daughter of William Weimer, of Flint, Michigan. Mr.Weimer was one of the early settlers of Flint, a stonemason by trade, and a highly respected citizen, who died in 1900. To Mr. and Mrs. Springer have been born two children, Clara and Ida. The mother of these children, who was a most amiable and accomplished lady, was most untimely called away July 10, 1901, leaving a void in the family circle that can never be filled. With his children, Mr.Springer is now passing his declining years in his desirable brick residence at Capac.

Obituary

            Again the Silent Visitor forces us to take consolation in the fact that charter and service are more enduring than life itself. Herman Springer passed into the other life Sept. 23 1933 at 6:15 a.m. , aged 81 years, 11 months and 5 days, after about an illness of four weeks.

            The deceased was born in Pommern , Germany , Oct. 18, 1851 . In June 1869, he and his father came to Michigan , locating in Flint , where they were employed in the construction of the Grand Trunk railway. He continued to work on the railway, in lumber woods and in brick yards until 1884. Then he engaged in the furniture business, in Capac until 1886, later starting a grocery store.

           
In January 1891, he tool A.C. Jonas and J.A. Jonas in as partners and operated a general store under the name of Springer & Jonas Brothers. After 11 years he disposed of his interest in the firm to his partners and retired from the business.

           
Mr. Springer was united in marriage, Sept. 6, 1874 , with Miss Katherine Weimer of Flint who was called away July 10, 1901 .


           
Surviving him are two daughters; Miss Clara Springer and Mrs. W.A. Wagner, both at home.
In early manhood Mr. Springer became a member of the Evangelical Church , and until the infirmities of age overtook him, he was an active worker in the advancement.

           
About 18 years age, because of his love for great outdoors, and in anticipation of the happiness he might extend to others, he purchased 30 acres of land surrounding Elk Lake, in Lapeer county, familiarly known to many now as “Springer Lake.”
It has been the work of the evening of his life to develop this tract from the original primitive state to its present highly developed condition, striving always for the ideal.

           
The strong traits of Mr. Springer’s character were his love of nature, children and flowers.  He was patriotic and appreciative of any kindness that came his way.  He enjoyed the mutual exchange and dependence of friendship, and joyed in the ability to minister with untiring energy to the people and things he loved in the wide expression of his life.

           
He was always solicitous of the comfort and happiness of others, and his innumerable acts each in its own way, carried sunshine and help to many, especially, underprivileged children. His sympathies were quick; his opposition to evil, strong, and steady.

           
To him, life was one of glorious fulfillment, with steadfastness to convictions of right and duty. His friends are legion who regret his passing. We can truly say he felt and lived_______
 
“To toil, for universal good__since__thus, and duly thus, can good come unto me;
To save by giving whatso’er I have to those who have not__
For this alone is gain.”

Notes from submitter: Hermann is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Flint, Michigan, as are his two daughters, Ida and Clara and wife.

Submitted by: Joanne Weimer [joanneweimer@yahoo.com]