From: May Heath Saugatuck Book

Early Memories of Saugatuck, Michigan : 1830-1930
Author: Heath, May Francis
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; Grand Rapids, Mich: 1930


Joshua Weed was born in Ohio in 1817 and in 1845 he was married to Miss Rebecca Ford in 1850 he chose his second wife, Miss Mary Sadler, to this union were born Perry, Felicia, George, Lydia, Elmer, William and Mary. He had purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land in Saugatuck township which today includes the Perry Weed farm and eighty acres of the George Weed Estate.

We read that when the Jimmy Haile mill on the Lake Shore was rebuilt in 1860 that Mr. Weed did this work and also built the new waterwheel. He had learned the carpenter trade in Ohio, and with his farm clearing he still did a great deal of building. He built the M. E. church at Pier Cove.

He was a man of considerable business ability, and was active in promoting any good cause. In 1876 he was one of the organizers of the Douglas Basket Factory which was such a successful plant throughout many years.

He also served his township in various offices, supervisor, clerk and member of the school board. He was a member of the M. E. church and at all times honorable and upright in all his dealings.

In 1890 Mr. Weed, then a widower, was married to Mrs. Mary Dietriech. His life's book closed in 1901, at the venerable age of eighty-four. Two sons, Elmer and Perry survive.