Keweenaw County Michigan

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John B. Dee


JOHN B. DEE is a prominent young business man of Houghton, Houghton County, Michigan, and in association with his brother, James R. Dee, has been identified with the management and operation of the Michigan Bell Telephone Company in Houghton County, since its establishment. James R. Dee is county manager of the company.

John B. Dee was born in 1865, in Keweenaw County, Michigan, and is a son of William and Ellen Dee, the latter of whom died in 1880. The father was born in County Waterford, Ireland, and was an early settler in this part of the country. His death took place some 15 years since. Our subject is one of five sons who reside at Houghton, the other four being: James R.; Thomas S., manager for Paine, Webber & Company; William H., a wholesale cigar dealer; and Martin.

John B. Dee attended the schools of his locality until the age of 14 years when he entered into business life. He is in every sense a self made man and commands the esteem of his community. In addition to his duties at the office of the Michigan Bell Telephone Company at Houghton, Mr. Dee is treasurer of a mercantile company operating general stores at Painesdale and Baltic. Of this company James R. Dee is president and H. S. Goodell is secretary; the latter has charge of the store at Painesdale which was established in January, 1901. The store at Baltic is under the immediate charge of our subject. It was established in 1903 and at that point Mr. Dee soon proposes to locate. His present residence is in East Houghton.

Mr. Dee married a daughter of Charles Baubein, an early settler of Keweenaw County, Michigan, where Mrs. Dee was born. In politics Mr. Dee is an active worker in the Republican party, but he has as yet never consented to hold office.