Daniel G. Wilder

Daniel G. Wilder

DANIEL G. WILDER was Senator, (1861-1862), from the Twenty-seventh District. He was born in Chesterfield, Mass. on April 15, 1823, he later moved to New York. In 1848 he removed to Michigan. He practiced law at Vassar, Michigan having been admitted to the bar at Howell. He taught school for two years in Genesee County and one year at Vassar.

     In 1849, while teaching at Vassar, he bought 120 acres of land on a United States Government land grant at the Northwest corner of Section 15 (part of the site of present day Watrousville) in what was called Rogers Township and in 1837 renamed Juniata; He gave up teaching in Vassar and moved to his 120 acres. He was single and lived in a log shanty on a logging road across from the present Methodist Church (Later the shanty was used as the first school in Watrousville).

     Senator Wilder’s experience included service in a variety of town offices, such as Justice, Clerk, Supervisor, Treasurer, and School Inspector. He also served as County Treasurer, Judge of Probate, Prosecuting Attorney, County Clerk, and Register of Deeds. In 1872 he went into the mercantile business at Watrousville, Michigan where he lived until his passing in 1885. 

(The museum has Trade Cards and a medicine bottle from the Wilder Store. We will post pictures of these artifacts shortly.)