Biographical Review of Calhoun County, Michigan Containing Historical, Biographical, and Genealogical Sketches of Many of the Prominent Citizens of To-Day and Also of the Past Illustrated. Chicago, Hobert & Mather, 1904, Pages 135-136.

Submitted by Connie Leaman

Alfred Latta, now deceased, was actively associated with the work of development and improvement in Battle Creek for many years. As a real estate dealer he would buy land, improve it by the erection of substantial buildings and then sell. In this way he added to the up building of the city as well as to his individual success and his operations were gilded by such reliable business methods that he won the unqualified confidence of the public.

Mr. Latta was born in Lewiston, New York, April 6, 1821, a son of John and Milly Smith) Latta. The father was an extensive property owner who had land near Lewiston and a large tannery and other business interests. During the War of 1812 his tanner and other buildings were destroyed by fire, but after the close of hostilities he rebuilt and continued to make his home in Lewiston until called to his finial rest. His son Alfred was there reared and acquired a good academic education. He was one of twins in a family of ten children, eight sons, not one of whom was ever intoxicated or formed any bad habits. His twin brother Albert now lives on Grand Prairie near Kalamazoo, Michigan. Alfred Latta wised to attend college and prepare for the bar, but as his father needed his assistance in business he put aside his cherished plan and worked in connection with the management of his father's interests. When twenty-one years of age he went to Wisconsin, where he took up land from the government but after a year and a half returned to New York at the request of his father to look after his interests. A well informed man, he taught school in both New York and Wisconsin.

It was on the 6th of April, 1848, in Parma, New York, that Alfred Latta was married to Miss Martha E. Hill, who was born at Livonia Center, Livingston County, a daughter of Rufus and Sarah W. (Brown) Hill, who removed to Lewiston, New York, during the early girlhood of their daughter. When she was eleven years of age she had attended school where Mr. Latta was a teacher. She received a good education, partly under private instruction and three times she had her trunk packed preparatory to go to college, when failing health forced her to forego this plan. Mr. and Mrs. Latta remained in Lewiston for four years and then started westward with the intention of going to Minneapolis, but stopped at Kalamazoo. Mr. Latta there invested in property and began dealing in real estate. In 1865 he purchased a farm of six hundred acres in Pennfield township, east of Battle Creek, and this he divided into lots and afterward sold. Removing then to the city he began real estate operations here, buying, improving and afterward selling property until he became one of the most active factors in the substantial up building of the city. His business was conducted along progressive lines and brought him gratifying success.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Latta were born five children: Sarah P., the wife of Eli S. Glover, of Pullman, Washington, by whom she had four children - Grace, Edith, Arthur L. and Sheldon L; Frank Hill, who is now postmaster at Battle Creek; Mary L., the wife of A. R. McIntyre, who was assistant superintendent of the Grand Trunk Railroad for years and lives in Battle Creek; Alice M., the wife of Clarence J. Paul, an attorney of Minneapolis, by whom she has two daughters, Florence and Lelia; and Homer A., a stockholder and director of the Union Steam Pump Co., who married Lulu Perry and resides at No. 202 North Avenue.

Mr. Latta passed away January 13, 1887, and Battle Creek thus lost one of its valued and honored citizens. In politics he was a Whig in early life and voted for Henry Clay. In 1856 he became a Republican, supporting Fremont, and remained an advocate of that party until his death. He was a stanch advocate of educational advancement and was really ahead of his times in this way. When he advocated manual training he was called visionary but could he have seen the schools of the country to-day he would find that in every city his idea is now embodied in the curriculum. After his marriage he became a member of the Congregational Church, his wife having been reared in that faith. He was a kind and indulgent husband and father, and the filial love and care which he bestowed upon his father, even to the sacrifice of his own interests, foreshadowed the consideration which he ever gave to his wife and children. He was a man of five feet, nine inches in heights, weighing from one hundred and ninety to one hundred and ninety-five pounds, was of fair complexion, with light hair and blue eyes. His expression was genial and kindly and yet he was not without that strength of character which is the basis of all forceful manhood. In his business affairs he prospered and took great delight in providing the comforts of life for his family. He might well have been called one of nature's noblemen, for his life was actuated by high principals and free from all that was degrading, and his memory remains as a blessed possession of his family and friends.




Milton Ulladulla
Local and Family History Site

The Milton Ulladulla district is on the NSW South Coast, being part of the city of Shoalhaven. Captain Cook first saw Aboriginals on our beaches in 1770. The first white Settler was Rev Thomas Kendall in 1828 who started cedar cutting at Narrawallee Creek near Milton. Ulladulla was known as Nulladulla - meaning safe harbour.

Pioneer Records
Baptisms - Nelligen 1859 - 1920s.
Name...Bap Date...Birth Date...Father...Mother
Researched & Indexed by Cathy Dunn Dec 1998

LATTA,Charles Misethre 25.4. 1875 30 .3. 1875 William Elizabeth
LATTA,James Gibson 11.1.1874 6 .12.1873 William Elizabeth
LATTA,John 18.8.1872 3 .6. 1872 William Eliazbeth

Milton Ulladulla Cemeteries
Sandridge Cemetery Burials Pre 1900

LATTA nee LINDSAY, Janet 9 Oct 1896 Meth UM

Sandridge Cemetery Mollymook
Church of England Section B

LATTA, Emily.

Milton War Memorial - WWI

The Milton Ulladulla Districtís War memorial is found at Milton Memorial Park, on the corner of Princes Highway and Thomas Street Milton, opposite Milton Primary School. Transcription by Cathy Dunn, one distinguishing feature on the memorial is that the names of the servicemen and women included their rank and are so listed, with KIA over-ranking them all. PVT. is used to abbreviate Private in WW1, whilst the correct abbreviation PTE is used for the WW2 servicemen. Spelling and order of names as found.

LATTA J.J. SGT. ## John James Latta
LATTA R.G. PVT. ## Robert Gibson Latta
LATTA A.H. L/CPL. Arthur Henry Latta
LATTA B.R. PVT. Bertie Roy Latta

John James Latta

Serial Number and Rank 3525A, SGT
Birth Milton 1890/21787
Parents James Latta and Rosetta Thomas
Enlisted Ulladulla 22 September 1915
Next of Kin Wife. Ellen Latta of Lismore

Ellen Gumley (born Milton) March 1910 Bangalow. 1910/1115 Byron Bay.
Service 54th Battalion
Death DOW 19 November 1916
Burial Heilly Station Cemetery France
Honour Rolls

Kendall Cottage Memorial
RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial
Milton Methodist Church
Milton Congregational
Yatte Yattah Community

Brothers - Arthur Henry Latta, Bertie Roy Latta & Robert Gisbon Latta.

Robert Gibson Latta

Serial Number and Rank 3181, Private
Birth Milton 1894/21065
Parents James Latta and Rosetta Thomas
Enlisted Ulladulla 7 November 1916
Next of Kin F. James Latta
Service 45th Battalion
Death DOW 2 April 1918
Burial Etaples Military Cemetery Pas de Calais France
Honour Rolls

Kendall Cottage Memorial
RSL Honour Roll
Milton Methodist Church
Milton Town Memorial
Milton Congregational

Brother - Arthur Henry Latta, John James Latta and Bertie Roy Latta. Robert Gibson Latta served with his cousin Robert Joseph Backhouse in 45th Battalion

Arthur Henry Latta

Serial Number and Rank 2478, L/CPL - PTE
Birth Milton 1896/32270
Parents James Latta and Rosetta Thomas
Enlisted 13 May 1915
Service 4th Battalion
Marriage Florence Higgins 1922 Milton
War Record RTA 12 May 1918
Honour Rolls

RSL Honour Roll
Milton Methodist
Milton Town Memorial
Yatte Yattah Community
Notes Brother to Bertie Roy, John James and Robert Gibson Latta

Bertie Roy Latta

Serial Number and Rank 2586, Private
Birth Ulladulla 1892/22542 Milton
Parents James Latta and Rosetta Thomas
Enlisted 21 September 1916
Service 39th Battalion
Death 8 September 1952
War Record RTA 3 January 1919
Honour Rolls

RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial
His name does appear on the
Congregational Church Honour Roll as like his two brothers.

Brothers - John James Latta and Robert Gisbon Latta both who were KIA. Other brother Arthur Henry Latta served in the 4th Battalion. Served with John William Sperring and Thomas Duffy in the 39th Battalion.

Stanley Cylde Latta

Serial Number and Rank Unknown unable to find
Birth 23 May 1885 Batemans Bay 1885/19180 Moruya
Parents William and Elizabeth Latta nee Backhouse
Enlisted Unknown
Marriage Beatrice Madeline Palmer 13 May 1907 Sydney
Death 30 August 1959
Honour Rolls Milton Methodist (S Latta)

Stanley Cylde Latta is the only S Latta, with any connection with the Milton Ulladulla region. No record could be found for any S Latta in WWI records.

Milton Ulladulla Burials 1901

LATTA, David. # 26 June 1901 57 years Sandridge M/A? Unmarked

Milton Ulladulla & Surrounds Births 1900

LATTA, Gertrude 1900 Ulladulla James LATTA & Rosetta THOMAS #

Pioneer Records
1911 Burials

SC - Sandridge Cemetery Mollymook

23 Dec 1911 Ulladulla SC M/A5/5 John LATTA

Church of England Marriages 1880 - 1889


Church of England Marriages 1890 - 1899


Message Board Post:

I am having quite a bit of luck with my ancestors in Australia because Victoria is so small. I have found a wonderful book. It is called People and Places, Western Victoria 1854-1865, from the diary of Augustus Bostock.

William Latta, c 1818, Donegal. (The man who suicided in 1876 at Grassmere near Warrnambool) was Augustus Bostock neighbor and had land next door. Augustus's diary has multiple references to our ancestor, William Latta and strangely enough the family that his son, John married into after his father died. John Latta married my Great Grandmother, Grace. Her family was Parker and her mother's family were Lindsays. They are all referred to quite frequently in the book.

The Diary eg
Went to see Latta and Doy about building the bridge. (The bridge was required for them all to access parts of the road to Warrnambool)

Thrashing machine came to Lattas. (It seems Latta grew wheat and raised beef etc and sent some of the food to the miners at the Goldfields. This was a very significant period of gold mining in Australia.)