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Biography of Victor E. Decker, Michigan

Michigan – A Centennial History of the State and Its People

George N. Fuller, Ph.D.;  The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL, 1939,  Volume IV

 (Source:  Henry Ford Centennial Library, Dearborn, MI, 10-18-2004)

 Michigan Biography, p. 201

 Victor E. Decker.  One of the profitable productive industries of Hillsdale is carried on under the name of the Victor Screw Products, with Victor E. Decker as sole owner.  He has been a lifelong resident of Michigan, his birth having occurred in Baldwin in 1894, his parents being John and Alta Decker, who were also natives of this State, where the mother is still living, but the father has passed away.  Both of the grandfathers of Victor E. Decker came to Michigan in Pioneer times.  The father of Mrs. Alta Decker was a soldier of the Civil War and after participating in various engagements of that sanguinary struggle lived to return home.  He later operated a star mail route in the early days from Cadillac, Michigan, to a nearby point.  John Decker, father of V. E. Decker, was a wholesale and retail grocer, a timber buyer, a lumberman and a contractor.  He led a very busy and useful life, ranking as one of the leading and enterprising business men of his community.

 Victor E. Decker spent his boyhood days under the parental roof and pursued his education in the schools of Burr Oak, Michigan, but put aside his textbooks at a comparatively early age to enter the employ of the Ford Motor Company, with which he served an apprenticeship as a machinist.  Following America’s entrance into the World War he joined the army in 1918 and was on duty for nine months, being located most of that time a Camp Custer, where various military tasks were assigned him.  After the war, he returned to the Ford Motor Company, with which he remained until 1927, when he organized the Decker Screw Products Company at Albion, becoming president and manager thereof.  In this he was associated with Walter Conkle as vice president and E. C. Biewend as secretary-treasurer.  Later he sold out but the company still exists.  Mr. Decker next organized the Oak Screw Products Company at Burr Oak, Michigan, in which he was associated with J. E. DeVault and John Godfrey.  He became president of a new concern, which soon afterward removed to Hillsdale, where the business has since been carried on.  In 1936 Mr. Decker withdrew from that connection and organized the Victor Screw Products, of which he is sole owner.  Already it is proving a profitable investment, its business growing along substantial lines.  The long experience and wide knowledge of Mr. Decker concerning mechanical matters well qualify him for the work which he has undertaken.

 In 1920 Mr. Decker was united in marriage to Anna Mills, of Bronson, Michigan, and they are the parents of two children, Victor E. Jr. and Mary Elizabeth.  Mr. Decker holds membership in the Masonic fraternity and both he and his wife are members of the Eastern Star.  He is likewise identified with the American Legion.  His business ability, his social qualities, his loyalty in matters of citizenship are all factors in winning him the high esteem and warm friendship of many with whom he has been brought in contact since he started out independently in the business world.

October 27, 2004