Anson Loveless was born April 19, 1856, at Muskegon, Mich., son of Charles and Elizabeth (Piggott) Loveless, are natives of Pennsylvania and Canada, respectively. They are still living and reside at Fremont, Michigan.
Anson Loveless attended school at his native place until he was eighteen years of age, when he went to Ann Arbor and served two years at the machinist's trade. In this occupation he spent seven years altogether, and then began his marine life, shipping on the steamer Massachusetts as oiler. He served three seasons in that capacity upon the Minnesota, Manhattan and Manchester, in December, 1890, receiving his papers. The following year he spent in Milwaukee as engineer of the Milwaukee Light & Power Co., and upon his return to the lakes he became second engineer on the William H. Wolf for part of a season, finishing same on the Lackawanna, afterward spending a year and a half on the Escanaba and the same length of time on the E. P. Wilbur. In 1896 he came on the Parks Foster to fill the position which he now holds. Mr. Loveless has traveled extensively throughout the United States, has visited the Pacific coast twice, and made a trip to China on the City of Pekin as ship machinist.
Mr. Loveless was married, June 8, 1876, to Miss Jennie Hough, of Kingston, Ontario, who died in December, 1878, leaving one child, Minnie, who still lives at her father's home. On January 1, 1896, he was married to Miss Jeanette Stewart, of Racine, Wis., and they have one child. Socially Mr. Loveless is a Royal Arch Mason, a member of the Eastern Star, I. O. O. F., M. E. B. A. and Hoo-Hoos.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.