Isaac Watts Willard
In 1838,Isaac Watts Willard (1803-1879) and partners Peter Gremps and Lyman Daniels surveys and platted the village of Paw Paw. That same tear, Gremps and Willard opened a mercantile and grist mill in the village. Willard moved to Paw Paw in1840 and opened a hotel. At the site of this marker, he built a sawmill, which he ope rated until his death. A Vermont native, Willard first visited Michigan in 1830. A year later, he moved to White Pigeon and opened a mercantile with future governor John Barry. After the partnership ended in 1834, Willard moved to Kalamazoo and opened Willard's Mercantile. In 1849, he became a commissioner of the Paw Paw and Lawton Plank Road Company, which built the only plank road in Van Buren County.