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Hand dated 1892

Dr. Floyd S. Marvin

Dr. Floyd S. Marvin, former resident of this village, died at Sumner in Gratiot county, Oct. 27. He located at Sumner in 1867, where he has resided since. Mrs. F. A. Marvin and Miss Rose Marvin of this village are wife and daughter of the deceased.

Burial in Salt River cemetery.

August U. Meier

August U. Meier, 66, of Grand Point Rd.,.Grand Lake, died suddenly Wednesday, August 11, while visiting relatives in Crandon, Wisconsin. A private family service was held there.

Mr. Meier was born April 9, 1904, in Switzerland and was a patternmaker in Detroit where he specialized in wood designs for the automobile industry before moving to Grand Lakes where he had lived since retiring in 1966.

His wife, the former Hazel Witte, survives, as do four sisters and two brothers in Switzerland, and a number of nieces and nephews, including Mrs. William (Rosemarie) Von denbergh of Springfield, Vt., a former resident of Rogers City.

Mary Miller

Mary Miller, Sterling, formerly of Shepherd, died Tuesday at Saginaw's St. Mary's Hospital after a short illness.

Surviving are two daughters, Patricia Hoffman of Sterling, Donna Cunningham of Clio, two sons Charles of Muskegon and Sam, Jr. of Sterling, 12 grandchildren, three sisters, Violet Snodgrass of West Virginia, Smeda Willare of Nevada, Nellie Krugh of Ohio, three brothers, Wm. Merrifield of Calif, John and Ray Merrifield both of Mt. Pleasant.

Services will be held at 1 p.m,. Friday from the Forshee Funeral Home in Prescott. Graveside servicee will be held at Salt River cemetery in Shepherd.

Mrs. Will Miser

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Griffith were called to Mt. Pleasant Wednesday by the serious illness of his mother, Mrs. Will Miser. She passed away Sunday morning. The funeral was held at the home in Mt. Pleasant and burial was in Emerson cemetery.

She leaves a son, Roy Griffith of Emerson, a daughter Mrs. Lambert Rench of Ovid, a husband, two brothers and other close relatives.

She was a former resident of Emerson and St. Louis.

Hand dated Dec. 11, 1898

Charles W. Mitchell

Charles W. Mitchell was born Feb. 24, 1845, in Wyoming county, N. Y. During his early youth, he secured a good education. Feb. 21, 1866, he was united in marriage to Jane Rolfe. Two children were born to them, Arthur and Ada, both of whom survive and live in Shepherd.

Mr. Mitchell came to Michigan 30 years ago. For 17 years he has been a resident of Shepherd. He was justice of the peace for four years. At the time of his death, he was a farmer.

He was a member of the M. E. Church in Shepherd.

His passing was very sudden. He was attending to his duties as janitor of the M.E. Church on Saturday, Nov. 26th. Not coming to dinner his family called at various times at, the church door. About the middle of the afternoon, his wife made a thorough search of the church and found him where he fell at his work, his cap and mittens on, the duster whisk he had been using, in his hands.

The funeral was held at the M.E. Church Tuesday morning, Rev. D.E.

Reed of Howard City officiating, assisted by Rev. Mr. Aylesworth.

Hand-dated Oct. 1935

Iva Upton Moody

News of the sudden death at her home in Forest Hill of Mrs. Iva Upton Moody, came an a shock to family and friends in this section of the state. Mrs. Moody, a life-long resident of this community, was stricken with apoplexy while at the telephone Thurs. morning. She had called the Wm. E. Moody home in Alma to discuss plans for conveyance of her husband, Ira C. Moody, who had been ill in bed, to an Alma hospital and had been sticken with apoplexy before the conversation was ended. She was found lying on the floor when Wm. E. Moody, hurrying to

the home, arrived about 7:30, a short time later, death apparently had

been almost instantaneous.

Iva Upton, the daughter of Mrs and Mrs. Joshua Upton, pioneer residents here, was born in Shepherd April 19, 1874 and always made her home in this community. She was married March 30, 1921, after having taught school in Shepherd for some years, to Ira C. Moody of Forest Hill.

Mrs. Moody had been ill for about 3 years,

Surviving with the bereaved husband and step-son, Wm. Moody, are 1 sister Mrs. Myrtle Upton, and a brother J.W. Upton, Shepherd Hardware merchant.

Interment was made in Salt River cemetery.

William F. Moore

Wm. P. Moore, father of Mrs. M.A. Taylor, died at the residence of the latter, 3 miles south of this village Friday, Oct. 2, 1891 at 4 o'clock p.m., aged 84 years.

The deceased was one of the self made men, of which these United States, more than any other country on earth, can boast. He was born in Hinderveston County, England in 1807 and emigrated to this country in 1831. After a short time spent in New York, he went to the state of Ohio, and subsequently located in Mich. He had lived in St. Johns for more than 20 years and his success during that time has been phenomenal. For a number of years he was in the law business and drifted from that into loaning money and at the time of his death had accumulated real and other property to the amount of over $l5O,OOO, leaving it in good shape. He was a methodical businessman, and although the great majority of his transactions were in the hands of attorneys, up to the time of his death he had still been in the habit of buying and selling property and loaning money.

His has been a busy life, notwithstanding the fact that he had far out-lived the allotted time of man.

Mr. Moore had been married 4 times, his last wife dying about 18 months ago. Five children was the result of his first marriage, only 3 of whom are now living. They are, Mrs. Mary Hollenbeck of New York state, Mrs. M.A. Taylor of this township and Richard Moore, of Clinton county.

The funeral was held Monday from the residence of Mrs. Taylor at 2 o'clock and the remains, in a metallic casket, laid to rest in Salt River cemetery. Rev. M.D. Rogers preached the funeral sermon.

Nearly all the relatives of the deceased were present. Among them were Richard Moore of St. Johns, the only living brother, Richard A. Moore and wife of St. Johns, Mrs. Mary Hollenbeck and Mrs. M.A. Taylor. There were absent Frank Welton, a nephew, of Dubuque, Iowa and one or two other distant relatives.

Thomas Morrison

Thomas Morrison, familiarly known as "Uncle Tommy", an old and highly esteemed resident of Lincoln township, died last Saturday at the residence of Henry Hance in Lincoln. He was born in Ohio in 1807, and at the age of twenty years, removed to Arkansas where he resided for upwards of forty years.

Deceased was a favorite with everybody who knew him, and his death is a sad blow indeed. He has been a resident of this county about fifteen years, and in that time had made many warm friends.

The funeral occurred Monday, and was largely attended, and his remains laid to rest in Salt River cemetery.

Isabella County Republican Thursday, June 25, 1936


Death claims well known insurance man. Charles D. Mullet, 58, succumbs Tuesday. Had been ill for past 10 months.

Charles Mullet passed away Tuesday morning after an illness of about ten months. The funeral service will be held Friday at two o'clock at the Methodist Episcopal Church, with W. M. Stilgenbauer in charge of the funeral arrangements.


Charles D. Mullet was born in Clinton County, Michigan, Oct. 22, 1878, to Stephen J. and Ann Mullet. He was one of a family of fifteen children. At the age of eight years, Charles came with his family to make his home on a farm in Chippewa Township.

In 1900 he was united in marriage to Mina Wolfe. Four children came to bless their home, namely Arza C, Stanley L, Elmer S. and Rexford E. The latter passed away a number of years ago. The others are making their home in Shepherd.

Mr. Mullet has written insurance for the Arbor of Gleaners since 1926, and at different intervals previous to that time. He was a member of the Gleaners and the local Odd Fellows Lodge.

Besides the widow, three sons, and four grandchildren, there survives a sister, Mrs. Foster Wolfe, and Wm. Mullet living near Shepherd, and two other brothers, Ray and Albert, residing in Flint. Everything has been done for Mr. Mullet's comfort; the family having known for some time that he was fatally ill. He was a devoted father and husband, a genial man, making his friends easily He has been in ill health for the past ten months.

Isabella County Republican April 13, 1916


Mrs. Margaret Murray

An event of pioneer history was brought to a close by the death and burial of the oldest pioneer in this vicinity. Mrs. Margaret Murray of Irishtown, who died April 1, 1916, at the age of 95 years.

Mrs. Murray was born in Ireland and moved from Ohio with her husband and three children March 24, 1855. In Aug of the same year, Mr. Murray died, leaving his widow and three children in the heart of the forest to make themselves a home.

Timber was plentiful, but lumber very scarce, and Ionia City was the nearest place to buy a coffin. Mr. Oberlin, father of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Boyles of Shepherd, had hewed out some boards to make a wagon box and upon hearing of the sad affliction of his neighbor only three miles away, loaded his wagon box lumber on his back and with whole souled charity brought it through the woods and offered it to be made into a coffin. James Allen, father-in-law of N.W. Struble of Shepherd, the nearest neighbor for three miles in another direction, came to offer his assistance, and with a hand plane now owned by N.W. Struble, he dressed and fitted the rough hewn lumber and made it into a suitable coffin for his friend.

Mr. Allen and Mr. Oberlin have long since passed away, but Mrs. Murray never forgot the kindness and charity of those neigh-bore and the "Widow Murray" became a well known name to many a hungry traveler.

Mrs. Murray is survived by her three children, Thomas Murray

of Irishtown, William Murray of Summerton and Mrs. T. Battle of Mt. Pleasant.

She was buried Monday, April 3rd, from St. Patrick's Catholic church, her six grandsons acting as pallbearers.

A Requiem High Mass was sung by Fr. Mulvey of Alma, Fr. Brogger of Merrill and Fr. Brogger of Mt. Pleasant. Burial was in Irishtown cemetery.

Ella Foutch Myers

Death again entered our village on Saturday, April 1, and claimed for its victim Ella, wife of Ralph L. Myers. Ella Foutch, was born in this county, Dec. 24, 1859 and was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.D. Foutch. Her father is still living and resides in Gladwin, but her mother died when she was five years old, when she went to live with her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Bowen in Ohio where she resided for upwards of 22 years. She then came back to this county and was married to Mr. Myers, Oct. 26, 1881. 7 children have been born to them, 4 of which are living, the oldest a boy of 10 years and the youngest pair of twins only 3 months old. Besides the father, husband and children, 2 brothers and many other relatives are left.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.P. Manning.

Burial in Salt River cemetery


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