Longtime Manistee community leader dies at 91

MANISTEE — Harless W. Feagins, who was a longtime business leader in Manistee died at the age of 91 on Thursday at Green Acres Retirement Living.



Feagins was active in Manistee in a variety of business ventures with the most notable being the Glen of Michigan, which was one of the premier clothing manufacturers in the state of Michigan. The company was so well known that it drew people from all over the country to purchase their clothing line items.

The Decatur, Texas native first came to Manistee in 1949 when he was sent here by Rhea Manufacturing Company in Milwaukee to become general manager of the Glen of Michigan. He later purchased the company in 1971 from Jack Winter Inc. and during his tenure the plant grew in size and reputation for its premier products.

Community service was big for Feagins as he became active in a variety of local organizations like the Manistee Chamber of Commerce. Over the course of the 1950s and ’60s Feagins held positions with the chamber such industrial chairman, convention chariman and membership chairman.

Many longtime Manistee residents recall that Feagins was also serving as the chairman of the chamber of commerce in 1965 when the current building was constructed at 11 Cypress Street.

His involvement in the chamber and moving Manistee forward also earned honors such as the first Titan of Industry Award and he served on the Michigan State Chamber of Commerce from 1975-81.

Other state honors followed, including being presented by then Michigan Gov. George Romney
including the Volunteer Leadership Award at the Michigan State Legislature in 1966 and the Michigan Minute Man Award in 1967.

For 20 years, he also served as a director of Security National Bank that was located in Manistee.

A leader in every aspect in Manistee, Feagins was active in the Manistee Rotary, Elks, Eagles, 4-H, SCORE (Service Corp. of Retired Executives), American Legion No. 10, Disabled American Veterans and Manistee Golf and Country Club organizations.

Feagins was also a member of one of Manistee’s most unique organizations which was known as The Tuesday Committee. Comprised of businessman and other community leaders, the committee worked on improving the appearance of many Manistee buildings and areas around the city.

The Tuesday Committee received state recognition for their efforts, getting the Keep Michigan Beautiful Award in 1966 and the Holiday Beautification Award from Holiday Magazine in 1967.

A complete obituary for Harless W. Feagins can be found on Page 2A of today’s Manistee News Advocate.



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