Holt-Delhi Historical Society

Established 2014

History of Holt & Delhi Township

The earliest settlers in Delhi were Frederick R. Luther on May 4, 1837 and John Norris on May 22, 1837. Other early settlers include William Wood, Joseph Wilson, Philander Morton, David Wait, Alonzo Douglass, George Phillips, and the North family. Most of Delhi's early residents came from New York, Ohio, and Detroit. 


Delhi was originally part of Alaiedon Township, but on February 16, 1842, Delhi became a congressional township by an act of the state legislature. The first official meeting of the township was held on April 4, 1842. The first election was held on April 7, 1842, it was then that the first township officials were elected:


          Henry Harrison North, supervisor (16 votes)

          Caleb Thompson, clerk (20 votes)

          Roswell Everett, treasurer (20 votes)


The main community in Delhi Township was known as Delhi Center. On February 10, 1860, Delhi Center was renamed Holt to avoid confusion with Delhi Mills in Washtenaw County, Michigan. The name Holt was chosen to honor Hon. Joseph Holt, Postmaster General of the United States under the Buchanan administration. 

Postmasters of Delhi Center & Holt

Delhi Center

Name
 Date Appointed
George Phillips
  03 February 1848
 Price W. Welch
  15 August 1853
 Caleb Thompson
  03 May 1858

Holt

Name
 Date Appointed
Samuel F. Hoffman
 07 December 1860
Stephen S. Gidney
 17 September 1861
Samuel F. Hoffman
 01 December 1864
Lyman W. Baker
 12 January 1870
James Weighman
 24 March 1877
Caleb Thompson
 30 April 1885
Samuel W. Mayer
 25 April 1889
Frederick B. Phillips
 18 April 1893
Samuel W. Mayer
 16 April 1897
John H. Ahrens
 23 June 1904
Samuel W. Mayer
 25 April 1907
Herbert E. Gunn
 20 April 1915
Medford L. Richard
 31 January 1940
Myron P. Hancock
 12 July 1940
Howard Chappell
 15 April 1953
 Andrew F. Farnsworth
 31 October 1954
 Andrew R. Farnsworth
 28 July 1955
 George L. Hood
 30 July 1965
 George L. Hood
 18 August 1966
 Roger H. Ricksgers
 15 December 1979
 Gary L. Myers
 03 April 1982
 Judith L. Hickman
 19 January 1985
 Rosemary L. Felice
 20 June 2005
 Gordon E. Bailey
 03 September 2005

Delhi Township Elected Officials 

Please send corrections, updates, and additions to the Holt-Delhi Historical Society at holtdelhihistory@gmail.com. 

Delhi Township Supervisors

NAME
 YearS
Henry Harrison North [top]
 1842
Roswell Everett
 1843, 1849
Russell P. Everett
 1844-1846
David Wait
 1847-1848, 1852, 1864
Caleb Thompson
 1850-1851, 1858
Denison H. Hilliard
 1855, 1857, 1862 (appointed)
John Ferguson
 1856, 1860-1861, 1863, 1865, 1869-1870, 1872-1874
Phillip J. Price
 1859, 1862 (death)
John Thompson
 1866-1867, 1877
Dwight S. Price
 1868, 1871
William B. Watson
 1875-1876, 1878
Dr. Leverett R. Chaddock
 1879
Lyman W. Baker
 1880-1881
Silas Henry Phillips
 1900
Herbert E. Gunn
 1901-1913
 Claude Menger
 1922-1929
 John B. Fay [middle]
 1917-1921, 1931-1958
 Marshall E. Hartig
 1958-1963
 Joseph P. Kiersey [bottom]
 1963-1974
 Michael L. Walkington
 1974-16 August 1977
 Billie Dowell
 6 September 1877-1984
 Richard H. Bacon
 1984-1992
 Harry R. Ammon
 1992-1998
 Serge Leduc
 1998-2002
 Stuart D. Goodrich
 2002-2012
 C.J. Davis
 2012-2016
 John Hayhoe
 2016-

BELOW: Township Supervisors, 2016. Standing (left to right): C.J. Davis, Stuart Goodrich. Seated (left to right): Michael Walkington, Richard Bacon, Harry Ammon. 

Delhi Township Clerks

Name
 Years
Caleb Thompson
 1842, 1844-1845, 1847, 1853-1855, 1857, 1859 (resigned), 1863, 1874
John Ferguson
 1843, 1858, 1859 (appointed), 1862
Darius Abbott
 1846
Thomas R. Mosher
 1848
Thomas J. Brown
 1849
Denison H. Hilliard
 1850-1852, 1856
Casper Lott
 1860
William Wood
 1861
John Thompson
 1864-1865, 1868
William B. Watson
 1866-1867, 1870-1873
Phillip J. Price
 1869
Minor E. Park
 1875-1876, 1880
Amos T. Gunn
 1877-1878
A.B. Pulver
 1879
Edith A. Adcock
 1949-1961
Enid M. Lewis [top]
 1961-1972
Jeanette Ammon
 Appointed 6 June 1972
Billie Dowell [bottom]
 21 November 1972-1977
Virginia Farr
 1977-1998
 Evan Hope
 1998-

Delhi Township Treasurers 

Name
 Years
Roswell Everett
  1842
 Alonzo Douglass
 1843
 Josiah Hedden
 1844
 Joshua North
 1845
 David Wait
 1846, 1856
 Frederick R. Luther
 1847, 1850
 Caleb Thompson
 1848-1849
 Seth North
 1851, 1854
 Jonathan R. Mosher
 1852-1853
 Thomas R. Mosher
 1855
 John Ferguson
 1857
 Amos H. Hilliard
 1858 (death)
 Denison H. Hilliard
 1858 (appointed), 1859
 Joseph G. Hunt
 1860-1861
 Henry J. Aldrich
 1862-1863, 1868-1869
 Dwight S. Price
 1864, 1867
 Henry Lott
 1865-1866, 1873-1877, 1879-1880
 John Thompson
 1870-1871
 Nelson Hilliard
 1872
 H.J. Bond
 1878
 John B. Fay [top]
 1912
 Claude Menger
 1914
 Rina Lott [2nd]
 1915
 M.L. Surato
 1918-1919
 Arthur Flemming
 1920
 Will Somerville
 1922
 Harry Chapman
 1953-1957
 Richard Dart [3rd]
 1965-1970
 Elizabeth Augenstein [bottom]
 1970-1984
 Linda A. Feier Clingersmith
 1984-1999
 Harry Ammon
 1999-2010
 Roy Sweet
 2010-

Delhi Township Trustees

Please send the names and years of service for current and former Delhi Township Trustees to the Holt-Delhi Historical Society at holtdelhihistory@gmail.com. 

Name
 Years
Edwin Place
  1953
Cassius Shaft
 1953
Charles Coy
 1953
Milton Foster
 1954-1955
Myron P. Hancock
 1954-1955
Dr. Franklin L. Troost
 1954-1955
Kenneth A. Hope
 
Elton Skinner
 1968-1972
William Sweet
 
Jerry VanHouten
 1972-1975 (death)
Paul Goulet
 
Russell Thornton II
 
Evan Hope
 1996-1998
Charles Mason
 1960
Ted Sample
 1966-1968
Earl Mead
 1966-1968
Name
 Years
David Sanderson
 
Dean Hull
 1996
Stuart Goodrich
 1996, 2016-
Serge Leduc
 1997-1999
Guy Sweet
 1984-1996
Anthony DeRosa
 1989-1996
Marvin Mullins
 1989
Gregory N. Veltema
 1980-1989
Jerry Ketchum
 2000-2012
Megan Ketchum
 2012-2016
DiAnne Warfield
  2012-
Jon Harmon
  2012-2016
John Hayhoe
  2004-2016
Tom Lenard
  2016-
Pat Brown
 2016-

Holt, Mich. Postcard Series

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