Charter Members of Club
Rotary Club of Saginaw Charter Members
and Their Occupations
... club was founded on Feb. 1, 1914
Frank Bastain -- owner of Bastian Bros. Printing (catalogs, books, job printing).
William Biles -- manager of Saginaw Milling Company.
Sidney D. Bolton -- secretary/manager of Bolton Auto Company (repairs and sales).
John A. Cimmerer -- owner of Oakland Vinegar and Pickle Company; two terms as president of Saginaw Board of Trade.
Dr. Walter L. Crego -- dentist; one of the first members of the University of Michigan Marching Band and was class president, graduating in 1902.
Frank A. Ferguson -- head of A. Ferguson & Sons Insurance Agency (founded by his father in 1880).
William J. Grant -- proprietor of Grant Transfer Line (freight).
Max P. Heavenrich Sr. -- president of Heavenrich Bros. & Co. clothing company; president of Saginaw Community Chest 1919-1951; member of the Hoyt Library Board of Trustees. In 1961 an elementary school was named in his honor.
Robert T. Holland -- attorney. Entered practice in 1893; served as prosecuting attorney of Saginaw County and City of Saginaw attorney; appointed circuit judge in 1944.
John J. Ladd -- president of J. W. Ladd Company (dairy supplies).
Gustav Oppermann -- founder of The Oppermann Fur Company; president of Saginaw Board of Education (1916-1917); charter member of Germania Society; great grandfather of current Rotary Club of Saginaw member Dave Oppermann.
John J. Rupp -- first president of People’s Savings Bank (1887).
Edward Schust -- general manager/secretary/treasurer of Schust Baking Company (crackers, cookies, confections).
Arthur Seeley -- owner of A. W. Seeley Lumber Company; co-founder of Diamond Lumber Company operating in Green Bay, Wis.
John W. Smart -- manager of Michigan Drug Company.
Wallis Craig Smith -- attorney; fostered Rotary’s interest of scouting while president of Saginaw Boy Scout Council; president of Pit and Balcony Community Theatre (1938-1941); president of Saginaw Development Company which explored for gas; second president of Rotary Club of Saginaw.
Charles W. Stiver -- mass producer of lightweight boats and Dow metal canoes.
John W. Symons -- associated with twin brother, Sam, and James S. Smart in firm of James S. Smart and Company (wholesale groceries); Smart withdrew from the business in 1886 and name of firm changed to Symons Bros. & Co.; president of the Saginaw Board of Commerce.
Martin W. Tanner -- president of M. W. Tanner Company (dry goods, carpets, clothing).
Dr. Eugene Clarence Warriner -- superintendent of Saginaw Public Schools.
Hamilton Watson -- president of H. Watson Company (crockery, glass, china).
George B. Willcox -- attorney; mechanical engineer and patent attorney; president and manager of Willox Engineering Company; Rotary Club of Saginaw’s first president.
Merrill W. Wilcox -- president/general manager of Wilcox-McKim Company (auto parts of boat motors).