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Uncle Fred: 1905

Uncle Fred: 1905

Grand Rapids, circa 1905.

Uncle Fred wasn't my mother's uncle, nor was he Judge Maynard, as he often referred to himself in and around Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Owosso, Michigan. My family called him Uncle Fred and judging from all the family records and photos, he seems to have been a pretty fun guy.

His name was Frederick Augustus Maynard. He served as the Michigan State Attorney General from 1895-1898. In 1901 he was indicted on 48 charges of embezzlement, which were quashed before the case went to trial.

In 1901 he became Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, serving until 1914 in the prosecution of Government land fraud cases under Presidents McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, and Taft.

He was a close friend of my grandfather, Rex Johnson, of Grand Rapids. Rex and my grandmother Dorothy stayed with him for a spell in the early 1900s while Rex built his house on Rural Route 5 in Grand Rapids.

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