Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Lauren Budge


  Funeral services for Lauren James Budge, 75-year-old retired Beaverton businessman and legislator and a pioneer in the tourist industry were held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Beaverton Presbyterian church, with Dr. John Osborne, assisted by the Rev. Paul Mishler, officiating. Burial was in the Dale cemetery. Born in Lee, Maine, May 22, 1880, Mr. Budge died suddenly Wednesday morning at his home at 217 Knox street.

  A graduate of the Ferris Institute as a registered pharmacist in 1904, he opened the drug store that he owned and operated in Beaverton for nearly a half-century, that year. He retired after selling the store in 1942. One of the original members of the Northeastern Michigan Development bureau, he was named president of it in 1923, the year before its successor, the East Michigan Tourist Association was founded. Mr. Budge had served as president of the parent organization since, and was also active in the EMTA.

  He served for two years in the Army in World War I, being discharged with the rank of First Lieutenant. He was mayor for three terms, supervisor, city councilman, and city treasurer, and was one-time president of the Beaverton Board of Commerce. He was elected to the state legislature on the Republican ticket in 1926 from the Midland district, and represented the district for two terms at Lansing. He was a member of the Beaverton Masonic Lodge, O.E.S., and of the American Legion post, the DAV, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

  His survivors include his wife, E. Maude; two daughters, Mrs. Donald Darnell, of McBain, and Mrs. Loraine McVey, of Beaverton; five grandchildren; and two brothers, Dr. M. J. Budge, of Ithaca; and Walter, of Coleman..

{Note: Actual Recorded Date of Death is: unk. Name: Lauren Budge}
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Dale Cemetery, Gladwin, MI
World War 1
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
P:1 C:4
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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