BABCOCK, FLOYD B.
Charles Moore, History Of Michigan, The Lewis Publishing Company (1915), Vol. II, p. 1017
FLOYD B. BABCOCK. Now in his second elective term as county clerk of Oakland county, Mr. Babcock has given an excellent account of himself as a public official, has been identified more or less with public affairs since leaving school, and represents one of the old and stanch families of Oakland county.
Floyd Bernum Babcock was born in Highland township of Oakland county, November 20, 1879, the son of Newton B. and Lorena (Ruggles) Babcock. His father was born in New York and his mother in Michigan, and her death occurred in February, 1907. The father came to Michigan in 1857, and since that date the name Babcock has been well known in Oakland county. He went out of business in 1910 and is now living a retired life at Pontiac. For many years he was a very successful merchant at Milford, had a flourishing establishment there, and is now enjoying the fruits of a long and well spent career. His first wife was the daughter of a pioneer farmer in this section of Michigan, and died in February 1907. Two years later Newton B. Babcock married Mrs. Elsie Rexford, and she is still living. The elder Mr. Babcock has always taken an active part in Republican politics, and has held a number of township offices, being held in especial esteem in the town of Milford. He was the father of three children, namely: K. C. Babcock, who died at the age of sixteen years; Etta B., wife of George B. Johns, also deceased; and Floyd B.
Floyd B. Babcock received his education in the Oakland county schools, attending until graduation from high school. His business training was received under his father's direction at the store in Milford, and he was actively associated with that concern for three years. He then became assistant postmaster at Milford, and served in that office for four years, during the administration of President McKinley. Mr. Babcock had become increasingly popular among the citizens of Oakland county and on January 24, 1909, was appointed county clerk to fill the term of George A. Brown, who had resigned. In the same year he was elected to the office, and was reelected in November, 1911. He is one of the leading Republicans in Oakland county. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Masonic Order, the Knights of Pythias, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at Pontiac. He and his family worship in the Presbyterian church. Mr. Babcock was married June 15, 1903, to Lulu B. Hewitt, daughter of John S. and Delia (Greig) Hewitt. Her parents were both born in this state and now live at Milford, where her father is a druggist. Mrs. Babcock was the only child of her parents. but her father by a previous marriage had one son, now a Detroit physician.