Solon LaBatte

Solon, who was Philip and Sarah LaBatte's son, was a businessman in Peever. He was married to Hannah Hopkins, the daughter of the Reverend Samuel Hopkins. Solon had been operating a pool hall and lunch room in block 4 on main street at the time of the fire of 1915. In the fall of 1915, according to an ad in the Peever Pilot, he and one of the Renvilles were ready for business again in the brick building that was to become our old community center.

After Solon went to school in Michigan he came back to Peever and opened a Dodge car dealership. He operated this business until his death in 1918. Rueben LaBatte, who still lives in the Peever area, is the son of Solon and Hannah.

News items from the Peever Pilot...1917:

B.F. Fredrich has purchased a new Dodge car.

J.A. Norby, our local elevator Manager, has purchased recently a new Dodge car.