John C. Liken
One of Sebewaing's most prominent citizens, John C. Liken (1832 - 1920), came here from New York State where he owned a cooperage. Lured by Michigan's bountiful forests, he opened stave and sawmills in Sebewaing, Unionville, Akron and Fairgrove. His firm, John C. Liken and Company, dealt in a variety of commodities that the company's fleet of ships transported to Bay City and markets in New York. In 1874 Liken built a downtown commercial block with four storefronts. The town's first telephone line, installed in 1883, connected the store with Liken's flourmill and depot, and in 1901 the company received a ten-year contract for supplying the town with electric power generated at the mill. In 1913 Liken's son-in-law Richard Martini took over the business.