Judge J Ford StrattonJudge John Ford Stratton was born 1 June 1886 in Climax, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, the only child of Frank E & Helen A (Ford) Stratton.[1]  In 1907, he is listed as the assistant cashier at the First State Bank of Allegan, which was established just 2 years prior by General Benjamin D Pritchard.[2]

It is believed that Judge Stratton was first seated in the Allegan County Probate Court in 1909, based on a biography in a hobbyist journal.[3]  He is listed as probate judge in 1919, but as probate clerk in 1920.[4]

Judge Stratton was the charter vice-president of the National Silver Fox Breeders Association, having raised and bred small animals and birds most of his life.[5]

Judge Stratton passed away in 1947.[6]


  1. George Sheldon Nye, Biographical Sketches and Records of the Ezra Olin Family (Chicago: W B Conkey Company, 1892), 300.
  2. Annual Report of the Commissioner of the Banking Department of the State of Michigan, Volume 19 (Michigan State Banking Department), 11.
  3. American Fox & Fur Farmer, vol. 7 (1921), 18.
  4. List of Elective and Appointive State Officers, Boards and Commissions (1919); 1920 US censuses for Allegan, Allegan County, Michigan.
  5. American Fox & Fur Farmer, vol. 7 (1921), 18.
  6. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=106996356

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