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Bond, Harry J.

Harry J. Bond. The esteem and the confidence of the entire community constitute a large part of the valued possessions of Harry J. Bond, mayor of Mason, Michigan, and widely known banker of that thriving community. Mr. Bond is not only well known for his aggressiveness, his perspicacity, but his many excellencies of heart and mind have endeared him to the entire community and accorded him a place of leadership in civic influence. Mr. Bond was born September 9, 1874, the son of Horatio J. and Julia A. (Ferguson) Bond. Horatio J. Bond was born May I, 1842, in Rome Center, Lenawee county, Michigan, and was a son of Epinetus Bond. After the Civil war he located at Holt, on a farm. Horatio J., with Messrs. Elmer and Baker, formed a partnership in the operation of the first store in Holt. Horatio was also county treasurer, and an active Republican. He returned to farm life, then came to Mason and died in that city. Mrs. Horatio Bond was the daughter of John Ferguson, who ran a hotel in Holt in the old days of the stage coach. Harry J. Bond, the only son, went to school at Holt and to high school in Lansing, being graduated in 1892. He assisted his father awhile in the county treasurer's office, then enlisted in the Spanish-American war with Company F of the Thirty-first Michigan regiment and in 1902 began a connection with the First State Savings Bank of Mason as a clerk and assistant cashier. He thus served until 1913, when he resigned to be able to give attention to other interests. He is now a director and vice-president of the First State Savings Bank, at Mason. On December 10, 1902, Mr. Bond married Miss Iva E. Rayner, daughter of Charles J. and Augusta (Wells) Rayner. The Rayners are an old Ingham county family, highly respected and influential. The Wells family and connections are also estimable Ingham county folks. Harry J. Bond is a Pythian and Elk, Mason and Shriner; also a Kiwanian. He is serving his second term as mayor of Mason, having been elected while he was in Florida. In addition to his banking connection, Mr. Bond is a director of the First Bond & Mortgage Company and a director of the Brick & Supply company. He is also a director of the Welfare Loan Association.

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