George Hannahs, the son of Marvin and Murta Hannahs, was born March 17, 1823in Cobbleskill, Schoharie County, New York, and came from Otsego County, NewYork to Albion with his parents in 1834. Engaging in his father’s tannery trade,and as Albion’s first banker, George became a respected Albion citizen. He ranan insurance agency, and from 1855 to 1857 served as the very first president ofthe Village of Albion. In 1856 he became the first foreman of Albion’s firstfire department, “the Alert.” In 1858, he served as Albion’s treasurer.His wife was Amanda M. Bidwell.
George moved to Saginaw in 1862, where he opened a salt mining business. In1864 he moved to South Haven. There he became a leading citizen of thatcommunity. He established a lumber business, and was that village’s mainemployer. He also served as the first president of the Village of South Havenduring 1869–70 and again in 1875-77. Here he engaged in shipping, with one ofhis large boats named after his father.
George re-entered the banking trade, and was named the first president of theFirst National Bank of South Haven when it was organized in 1871. He was a majorforce behind the building of the Kalamazoo and South Haven Rail Road in 1872,and served on its board of directors.
George’s biggest honor came in 1871, when he was elected to the MichiganLegislature, serving in 1871-72 as representative from VanBuren county. His twosons were named George Jr. and Marvin. In 1887 he moved to San Diego,California, but visited South Haven several times afterward.
George Hannahs died Friday, July 27, 1906 in San Diego, California. P4
Source: Frank Passic. Albion’s Banks and Bankers. Albion, Michigan:Albion Civic Foundation. 1985.