Lena French scrapbook Courtesy of Rose and Leo Cohoon

Maxwell G. Shappee (Pioneer)


Maxwell G. Shappee, a pioneer of this county and a resident of this village for the past four years, died last Friday afternoon of heart trouble.

Shappee was born near Elmyra, N. Y. Oct. 24, 1837 and his father, two brothers and three sisters survive him. His father is 85 years of age and resides with two of his daughters, Mrs. Anna Thomas and Miss Clara Shappee at Elmira, N. Y Another daughter lives at Miller, South rakota. One brother, Jacob V. Shappee, resides at Elmira N. Y. and the other brother, Jesse B. Shappee at Rochester, N. Y.

In Aug. 1862, Mr. Shappee enlisted in Co. 14 N.Y. Vol. Inf.. in the Army of the Potomac, and was later transferred to the Army of the Cumberland. He participated in all the battles from Resaca to the close of Sherman's campaipn. At the battle of Peach Tree Creek, July 20, 1864, he received a gunshot wound in the right hip. He entered three ranks as private in l862; he was elected 5th Sergeant in 1863 he was promoted to Orderly Sergeant, and in another year was commissioned First Lieutenant. In June 1865, he was honorably discharged.

He was married in December l865 to Mrs. Ardella Fancher (nee Hoover) and in 18?3 came to Isabella county, Michigan.

The funeral was conducted Monday by the G.A.R. and

interment was in Salt River cemetery.

Jesse B. Shappee of Rochester, N.Y. had charge of the

affairs and will retain until the estate is fully settled.

Lena French scrapbook.

Susan Sheldon

Old Mrs. Sheldon, wife of the late Rev. Sheldon, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Butler of Chippewa, at 6:30 Sun. morning at the age of 83 years, after an illness of a few weeks.

Mrs. Sheldon was born in Berne, Switzerland and came to this country with her parents at an early age and was united in marriage to John McDowell of Seneca Co., Ohio. To them were born 2 children and later Mr. McDowell met his death at the hands of an assassin in Canada. March 20, 1855, she was married to Rev. Sheldon, an M.E. minister, and in 1860 they came to Isabella Co. where they lived with their family of 7 children, till the death of Mr. Sheldon Oct. 17, 1882, and where Mrs. Sheldon has since stayed, keeping her family together and caring for them till they were grown up and married, since which time she had divided her time among them in their homes. Besides caring for her own children she has mothered 3 others.

The funeral was held at the Chippewa M.E. church at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon. Burial in the Chippewa cemetery.

Courthouse Record Mt. Pleasant

Death book 2 page 122

Susan K. Sheldon, daughter of Samuel Kensey died Dec. 29, 1907

Hand dated 1893

William Shonk

died William Shonk, father of Mrs. J.D. Frost and Mrs. Ed Harry, at his residence in the north part of Pine River township

last Thursday.

The funeral was held from the residence Saturday, with Rev. R.B. Teachout officiating.

Mr. Shonk was 74 years old and one of the old pioneers

Mary E. Shook

Mary E. Tabor was born in Jackson county, Jan. 29, 1840

and departed this life Dec. 6, 1924.

In 1858 she was united in marriage to Robert E. Lee, who died two years later. To this union two children were born, a son and a daughter. The daughter preceded her mother in death twenty-nine years ago.

In 1866 she married Joseph Shook, who died fourteen years ago. One daughter came to bless this later marriage.

She leaves to mourn her departure one son, Benjamin Lee and one daughter Mrs. Denver Kent of this city; one sister Mrs. B.S. Smith and one brother, Frank Cohoon of Pline; one aunt Mrs. Mahalie Wilcox of Midland, and two step granddaughters Mrs. Leonard E. Richter and Vivian Carr, both of this city.

Brady B. Shoey

Brady B. Shoey, a highly esteemed resident of this village, died last Friday after an illness of several days.

Mr. Shoey was born in Crawford county, Pa., March 17, 1864, and came to Isabella county with his parents in l883. He was married to Mary E. Ziegler Aug. 3rd, 1884, and to them three children were born. His funeral was held from the Church of Christ last Sunday and was largely attended. The services were conducted by the Masonic fraternity of which Mr. Shoey was an honored member. Beside the wife and children, he leaves a large circle of friends to mourn his demise.

The family takes this occasion to thank the friends and neighbors for their many kind offices during the sickness and death of the husband and father.

Guy Shouey

Guy Shouey, aged 73 years, died at Broomfield Memorial Hospital.

He was born near Shepherd, June 8, 1885, and had been a plumber in that village for years.

He married Mable Basinger, and had two sons, Frank of Shepherd, and Dale of Coldwater, and one daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Acton of Royal Oak, two sisters, Ruth and Lottie Shouey of Shepherd. The funeral was at the Chippewa Church of Christ, John Butte officiating, and burial in Salt River cemetery.

Miss Lottie Shouey

Miss Lottie Shouey, aged 86, of Shepherd died in Gratiot

Community Hospital, Alma, Michigan. /

She was born Nov. 17, 1888, in Shepherd, and was a member of the Westlawn Church of Christ.

Her survivors are a sister, Ruth Shouey of Shepherd, two nephews, Dale and Frank Shouey also of Shepherd, and a niece, Mrs. Lloyd (Mary) Acton of St. Louis.

Burial rites were by Rev. Wendell Parman, and interment in Salt River cemetery.

Mrs. Viola Shults

Shepherd May 25

Mrs. Viola Shults, 80, died Monday evening at 9 o'clock after a weeks illness at the home of her son, L.L. Shults in Chippewa township. She came 35 years ago from, Clihton County to the residence where her death occurred. Her husband, John Shults died there in 1902. She is survived by the son named and Charles Shults of Lansing, and 3 daughters Mrs. Myrtle Rachel and Mrs. Mary Hutchinson of Dearborn and Mrs. Ida Radford of Lansing. The funeral will be held from the house Thursday afternoon at I o'clock, with interment in the Chippewa cemetery.

Mt. Pleasant courthouse

Book 3 page 102

D. May 22, 1933 in Chippewa township

B. Ohio to Ira Cramer (b. N.Y.) and Mary Rueton (born N.Y.)

Hand dated 1932

Mrs. Eliza R. Tabor Smith

Mrs. Eliza R. Smith, aged 82, died at the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Flora Smith VanWagoner, 2109 Thom St., Flint, following 8 weeks illness.

She was the daughter of Easick and Margaret Tabor, and was born Sept. 14th 1850, in Livonia, Michigan. She was married to Richard Smith, June 2, 1872. Three children were born to them, Ada, Louis and Grace. The latter, a resident of Traverse City, survives her. She leaves a brother F.D. Cohoon of Flint and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral took place Wednesday morning at the Stinson
Chapel at 10 o'clock, with burial at the Riverside cemetery.

Mrs. Smith was a resident of Mt. Pleasant for over 30 years until she moved to Flint about 10 years ago.

Mrs. Mary E. Smith

Mrs. Mary E. Smith, beloved wife of W. A. Smith, Passed

away at her home in Oakdale, on Thursday, March 2, 1899, after a lingering illness of two years duration. She was a native of

Armstrong county, Pa. and was aged 51 years, 4 months and 18 days. She leaves to mourn their lose a devoted husband, W.A. Smith and son Clyde Smith, three brothers, Dr. J. P. Young of Crystal, Mich., A.L. and A.E. Young of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., and a sister, Mrs. A. Stahlman, of Shepherd. She was united in marriage to her surviving spouse on Sept. 18, 1871 and came to California in 1884.

Funeral was at the Presbyterian Church Saturday, March 4, 1899, conducted by Rev. H.T.A. White. The last rites at the grave were by Rev. White assisted by Rev. Mrs. Waters of the United Brethren Church.

Dr. R.B. Smith

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the First Presbyterian church for Dr. R.B. Smith, who died Friday at the Saginaw General Hospital from typhoid fever.

Dr. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.F Smith, was born at Stockton, Kansas, July 18, 1881. His parents moved to Ohio when he was a baby. At the age of 8 years he was left at the home of his grandfather Adams at Garreteville, Ohio, while his father came to Michigan to look for a location. He purchased the island at Crystal Lake and the family made this their home for two years.
He leaves his widow, daughter, Marion, Mrs.Reynolds Smith of the U.S. Navy, three sisters, Mrs. Ethel Smith of Battle Creek, Mrs. Charles Daugherty and Mrs. G.V. Wright of this city.

His mother preceded him in death ten years ago, and his father five years ago.

Burial was in the mausoleum of Riverside cemetery.

Orison U. Stahlman

Word reached here Friday of the sudden death of Mr. Orison Stahlman, father of Stanley Stahlman at Hazaar, Ky. On Fri. afternoon, J.L. Rase and Stanley Stahlman left for Ky. with the ambulance and arrived back here with the body Sunday morning, Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Floyd Cramer at 2 o'clock Tuesday from the Rase Funeral Rome, with burial at Salt River cemetery in the family lot.

Orison U., son of Isaac and Lydia Ann Young Stahlman, was born Dec. 4, 1860, in Clarion Go., PA. He moved to Isabella Co. Mich with his parents in June 1866. He married Rachel A. Campbell of Coe twp., Isabella Co., in 1887 and to this union were born 2 sons, Stanley C. of Shepherd and Hugh I. now living in Dallas, Texas.

Rachel Campbell Stahlman died March 2, 1910. Due to ill health, Mr. Stahlman left Michigan and for the past 16 years has been a resident of Oklahoma. He was in Ky. on business matters at the time of his death which came suddenly and unexpectedly on Nov. 6, 1936.

The deceased is survived by his 2 sons named, 2 brothers John A. Stahlman of Mt. Pleasant and Isaac Milton Stahlman of Shepherd, and a sister Lulu Law of Flint, Mich.

Emery R. Stacy

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Shepherd Monday afternoon for Emery R. Stacy, 74 who for 18 years was superintendent of the Isabella county infirmary. He died in a hospital in Alma, where he was taken last week and submitted to an emergency operation in which one leg was amputated.

The last few years of an active life were spent by Mr. Stacy on a farm, 3 miles west of Shepherd in Lincoln twp. Born in Mahoning Co., Pa., he was one of 13 children of whom only his sister, Mrs. Alice Werner of Mausees Ohio, survives, The earlier years of his life more spent in and near Bowling Green, Ohio where his parents settled on a farm. He was married to Ida N. Carrick Dec. ? 1895 and in 1903 they came to Isabella Co. sad settled on a Chippewa twp. farm. 6 years later, they assumed the duties of keeper and matron at the Isabella infirmary. After 18 years there they moved to the farm in Lincoln.

With Mr. Stacy’s widow, there survive 2 children, Walter Stacy of Lansing and Mrs. Fred Shattuck of Chippewa twp.; also

a son Earl Bert Stacy by a former marriage and 4 grandchildren.

Mt, Pleasant Courthouse Record

Book 3 Page 164
D. Jan. 12, 1934 in Alma

B. Ohio to Wm. Stacy and mother unknown*


Perley L. Stewart

Perley L. Stewart was born Dec. 25, 1807 in Renselear Co., N.Y. and died Thurs of last week. He united with the Baptist church of Brockport, N.Y. He came to Michigan in l846 and joined the Baptist church at Adrian

Died age 80 years, 5 months and 13 days at home of relatives in this township. He was a brother-in-law of E.A. Bowen.

Funeral at Baptist church, by Rev. G.R. Lockhert and Rev.

A.P. McDonald of Mt. Pleasant.

Harry A. Stiles

Funeral services were held for Harry A. Stiles at the Church of Christ at Forest Hill Monday afternoon, Rev. Eli Near of Shelby officiating, and interment was made in the Salt River cemetery. Mr. Stiles suffered an attack of pneumonia last spring and had not been well since. Oct. 12, he was taken to the hospital at Ann Arbor and underwent an operation for tumor in the brain, from which he never rallied, and on Friday, he passed away.

Harry A. Stiles was the son of John and Elizabeth Stiles and was born in Sydney, Ohio, Sept. 4, 1880. When a young lad

his parents moved to Michigan, but in early manhood he returned to Ohio, where he was married and lived for several years. Later, they moved to Shepherd, Mich. where his wife died in 1918, a year later he married Mrs. Evalin Wolfe, and they moved to Forest Hill and ran a general store and garage. A few years later, they purchased what is known as the old Pitt farm, near Forest Hill, where they have since resided,

Besides his widow, he leaves his aged mother, a step-daughters Mrs. Lola Ley, of Germfask, U.P., 2 step-sons Noble Wolfe of St. Louis and Willard Wolfe who resided on the farm with them, two sisters, Mrs. Edna Munn of Mt. Pleasant, and Mrs. Silvia Racket of Ohio, three brothers, Charles of Virginia, Clifford of Midland, and Ralph of Mt. Pleasant, all of whom came to attend the funeral, and a host of other relative and friends*

Hand-dated 1912.

Phillip Stilgenbauer

Phillip Stilgenbauer who resides just west of the village died Sunday morning after a long illness.

While his death was not unexpected it has filled the community with sorrow.

Phillip Stilgenbauer was born in Haughbauch, Prussia, Aug. 17, 1849 and to America came with his parents when 3 years of age, locating in Holmes Co., Ohio.

Sixteen years ago he moved to Shepherd from Canton, Ohio, and has resided in this community since.

March 2, 1882, he was married to Josephine Flory. 4 children were born, 3 of whom are still living, 2 sons and 1 daughter. Besides these, he leaves a wife and 3 brothers and 4 sisters

to mourn his lose.

Rev. McClendon of Christian church officiated at the funeral. Burial in Salt River cemetery.

Mrs. Jesse A. Simpson

Although it war not unexpected, news that came Wednesday morning of the death of Mrs. Jesse A. Simpson, wife of the Isabella County drain commissioner, at her home in Lincoln twp. came an a shock and conveyed a sense of personal lose to many friends in the Shepherd community and throughout Isabella county.

Mrs. Simpson's death occurred at 3 o'clock Wednesday. She had been in ill health for some time and seriously ill for the last two months. Mrs. Simpson was 61 years old and had lived with her husband in Isabella county since 1904.

from Isabella County Republican hand-dated 1932.

Vernon Stalter

Vernon Stalter died at the home of his brother, Alonzo Tuesday, Feb. 27th of consumption aged 27 years, 26days. Funeral took place at the Morris farm on Friday and the remains were laid to rest in the Brady cemetery. Rev. Blanchet officiated. He was the son of Mrs. Sarah Stalter and had many friends here. The floral offerings were most beautiful,

Hand-dated l892

Pethuel Stilwill

Pethuel Stilewill, age 80, and for the past few years a terrible sufferer from cancer died at his home in Union Township Saturday morning, June 18th. The remains were brought to Riverside Cemetery this city for interment on Sunday, followed by a large number of friends. Mr. Stilwell had been a resident of this county for over 30 years. He was an industrious, hard working man, an obliging neighbor, a citizen universally respected by a wide circle of acquaintances. Of the family that survive him is an aged wife, two daughters and a son. Three sons have gone before him and sleep in soldiers graves. Rev. E.L., Kellogg preached the funeral sermon at the residence Monday afternoon.

Hand-dated Dec. 18, 1893

Dr. A. J. Struble

Dr. A.J. Struble of Shepherd, well known to a large number of Isabella county citizens, died on Monday of this week, and was buried on Wednesday. He was 40 years of age and accounted a most excellent physician. From the history of this county we copy the following: Allen J. Struble M.D., residing at Salt River, is the son of J.J. and Harriet F. (Osborne) Struble and was born in Fulton County, Ohio, April 14, 1853. He was 14 years of ape when the family came to this county. He attended first the district school, then 2 terms at the graded school of Dayton, Ohio and findly graduated at the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati. Completing his studies, he formed a partnership with his father, J.J. Struble, at Salt River, where he has since continued in the practice of his profession. He was married at Alma, Gratiot County, Mich., Jan. 1, 1875 to Connie A., daughter of Richard Hoy, of Coe township, with whom he leaves 2 daughters Nellie and Grace, to mourn his loss.

Allen Struble

hand-dated Oct. 1935

Funeral services for Allen Struble, 57 years old and late of Mesick, Michigan were held Wed. afternoon of this week at the Struble home in Shepherd, where his mother, Mrs. Mary 0. Struble preceded him in death about 4 months ago. The Rev. W.H. Bell officiated and interment was made in Salt River cemetery. Mr. Struble was born here and resided in Shepherd up to the time of his marriage 35 years ago to Maude Knapp, who also was a resident of this community. As a young, man he was employed here in the Scott drug store.

Mr, and Mrs. Struble had resided in Detroit for about 18 years, and he was employed for years as foreman in the Studebaker motor works before their removal about 8 years ago to Mesick, where he since had been engaged in farming. While he had been in poor health for about a year, his illness had not been considered acute. His death occurred at the home of his son, Dale Struble in Lansing Sunday evening.

He had stopped there on his way to Detoit to visit his daughter Mrs. Ione Spink, and to consult a Detroit physician and was stricken with a fatal heart attack.

Besides his widow and the son and daughter named, Mr. Struble is survived by 3 grandchildren; 2 brothers Arlie and Arthur Struble, and a sister Mrs. Selba Adams, all of Shepherd. The body was brought to his old home here Tuesday.

Charles Elmer Struble

Charles Elmer Struble, only child of James and Mary Struble, was born March 27, 1880, in Coe township of Isabella county.

He died September 21, l899 in Union township, at the age of 19 years 5 months and 21 days.
Burial in Chippewa township cemetery.


John J. Shook

Hand dated Feb. 11, 1911
John J. Shook was born in Wayne county, Michigan

He died at age 67.
Mr. Shook was a resident of Mt. Pleasant for 17 years. He ran a garden market from Sunnyside Farm.

Survivors are a wife, two children, one son Ben Lee Shook of Plymouth and a daughter, Mrs. George Carr of this city.
The funeral was held from the home, Rev. Thomas Cox officiating.
Hand dated April 1936

Eliza Struble Pioneer

Following a brief sickness of only 6 days, caused by a stroke, Mrs. Eliza Struble, a pioneer resident of Coe township, passed away at her home Wednesday at 4:20 p.m. She was 70 years of age. During her illness, she was cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Drew Smith. The funeral was held at the Methodist church at 2:30 P.M. Saturday afternoon with Rev. W.S. Phillips conducting the rites. Interment was made in the Salt River cemetery beside her late husband. Old friends aid schoolmates acted as pall bearers.

Many beautiful flowers bore silent messages of esteem for the well known woman, whose presence will be greatly missed in the neighborhood where she has lived. She was Aunt Liza" to all the little children around about her home.

Mrs. Eliza Struble was born near Shepherd August 29, 1865, and was the daughter of Robert and Lydia Wilson, and wee the fifth child of a family of six children. 5 brothers survive.

In l887, she was united in marriage to Jason M. Struble. Two children were born to them, one of whom, Eddie, is deceased.

Mr. and Mrs. Struble located on their farm north and west of Shepherd. In 1898 they sold their farm and moved to Shepherd where she has made her home. Mr. Struble preceded her in death five years ago, passing away Feb. 1, 1931.

She leaves to mourn their lose besides the daughter, two brothers, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Those from away to attend the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Otis Parker of near Alma, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Parker of Ithaca, Mr. and Mrs. Clare Kidder and children of Belleville, Mrs. Nettie Grant and Mrs. J. Kratx, also Mrs. Delila Hurlburt of Mt. Pleasant.

Clipping owned by a member of Struble family. Source and date unknown, but hand dated August 25, 1906

Jacob P. Struble

In the death of Jacob P. Struble which occurred Saturday morning at one o'clock, Shepherd sustains the lose of one of utmost useful and prominent citizens--one who was always allied with every movement calculated to further the interests of the town. He commanded the respect of his friends and acquaintances due in a large measure, to his sympathetic nature and his frank and open manner. The entire village unites with the relatives to mourn his demise.

He was born Feb. 6, lF34, in Morrow county, Ohio. In June of 1857, he was united in marriage to Susan A. Hibbard, and four children were born to the union viz: Jason M., Oscar D., Fred R., Essie H., the latter Mrs. Paul Bissell. Mr. Struble resided on his farm twenty-eight years, but during the past eight years he lived in the village of Shepherd. During that time, he held various offices and at the time of his death was a valued member of the villege council.

His usefulness as a citizen could hardly be over-estimated, and the village of Shepherd has truly lost one of its most useful men.

The funeral was held at the home of his son, Jason M. Struble, on Monday afternoon, under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge.

Handwritten note attached by pin, dated Aug. 27, 1906:

"Uncle Jake buried on day his father died Monday, Aug. 27, 1906, (71) years ago. Uncle Jake was 18 months old when his father died. Uncle Jake died August 25, 1906

Hand-dated 1931

Jesee P. Struble

Six brothers of Jesse P. Struble last Friday bore the body of that Isabella pioneer to his last resting place in Riverside cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Six sons had at different times previously acted as pallbearers when his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Struble, who settled in Coe township in 1874 were laid to rest.

The pallbearers last Friday were Jerry D. Struble of Pontiac, James Of Durand, Louie of Flint, Jacob R. of Shepherd, George of Mt. Pleasant and Earl of Pontiac.

Jesse F. Struble was born in Fulton county, Ohio, near Wasseon, Oct. 28, 1860, Re came with his parents in 1874 from Hillsdale county to a farm five miles northeast of Shepherd When 16 years old he became an apprentice in the Harris Brothers Mill in Mt. Pleasant and learned the millers trade. He operated a grist mill in Gladwin county for a number of years and then went to the upper peninsula. Re returned to Mt. Pleasant, 25 years ago and had since been interested in real estate.

He was for many years an Odd Fellow and affiliated with the Mt. Pleasant lodge. Mr. Struble had been in poor health since he suffered a stroke about 15 years ago. He was taken ill the middle of January at home on South Main street and died Tuesday, Apr. 26. Surviving with his widow are one daughter and a son by a former marriage, Mrs. June Duty, of Monroe, Mich., and Elburt Struble, of St. Paul, Minn. A daughter, Mina, died several years ago near Grand Rapids, and a son, Worth Struble passed away in Detroit, two years ago, Jake Duty of Monroe is a grandson. Surviving brothers and sisters are: Irad Struble of Shepherd; Jerry D. Struble of Pontiac; J.A. Strublo of Durand; Louie Struble of Flint; Mrs. Mattie Kelly of Shepherd; Mrs. F. Swix of Shepherd; Jacob H. Struble of Shepherd; Lafe Struble of Shepherd; George Struble of Mt. Pleasant; Mrs. Bert Freeman of Sarasata, Florida and Irad Struble of Pontiac.

The funeral was held at the Stinson Chapel in Mt. Pleasant. Rev. Charles MacKenzie of the Mt. Pleasant M.E. church officiated.

Struble clipping hand dated 1916

John Bartley Struble

A shock of surprise and regret swept through the village of Shepherd and surrounding country when news of the death of "Bart" Struble was received from Detroit where he had gone on a visit to his son, Allen. Deceased was a son of William and Mary Struble, and was born January 2, 1846, in Knox county, Ohio, and died October 26, 1916. Mr. Struble was married in Mount Pleasant October 1, l87l, to Mary Oberlin and she, with their four children, survives him. His death was the first break in the family ties in forty-five years.

Mr. Struble was township clerk of Coe at the time of his death, which office he had held eight years. He also acted as supervisor for a term of years, been postmaster for eight years and commander of Shepherd G.A.R. Mr. Struble served in the civil war a year and ten months in Co. F, 67th Ohio Vol, being honorably discharged. Wa-bu-no Post of the Mt. Pleasant G.A.R. officiated with the Grand Army honors at his burial. The funeral was held Tuesday at the Methodist church in Shepherd, Rev. Kimberling officiating.

Mr. Struble's children are: Mrs. Clara Adams of Owooso, Allen J. of Detroit, Arthur E. of Marion and Arlie at home.

Relatives who came from away to the funeral were: Frank L. Struble of Chicago, James P. Struble of Trout Creek, Carl Conway and wife of Birch Run, J.A. and U.S. Struble and Mrs. Wayne Fosgett of Mt. Pleasant.

Hand dated March 1935

Mrs. Mary (Oberlin) Struble

In the search during the last week for the earliest white resident of Isabella county, among those who still survive, the Republican added materially to the already overwhelming score of the Salt River community through information obtained concerning Mrs. Mary Struble of Shepherd. Mrs. Struble who was 83 years old last Oct. 23 has spent 81 years of her life as a resident of this county. She takes first place among the earliest surviving residents thus far found.

The daughter of Joseph Oberlin who took up an 80 acre homestead near the present Taylor school house, Mrs. Struble was 2 years old when she was brought from Indiana and first saw the wilderness here that since has been transformed into a land of "milk and honey" Her first experience with the "three R's" was obtained in a log school house that was the first Taylor school.

She remembers that Indians used to visit the clearing on the place that her father eventually developed into a good farm and load sacks that they carried with "beggies" toting the vegetables away on their ponies.

Mary Oberlin was married in 1871 to the late John B. Struble, and has since lived in Salt River and Shepherd. She is the mother of Arley Struble, Mrs. Belba Adams, Arthur Struble and Allen Struble. The latter resides in Mesick. Mrs Struble has never resided outside of Isabella county since she was brought here to be reared in a humble log cabin.

Mrs. Nettie Struble

Mrs. Nettie Struble. wife of Earl Struble, who is the brother of Jake and Irad Struble, died Monday, Feb. 4, at her home in Pontiac. Mrs. Struble, formerly of Shepherd, and was well known here, was Miss Nettie Manning of Mt. Pleasant prior to her marriage. She had been in ill health for the last year. The family had lived in Pontiac for several years.

Mrs. Struble is survived by her husband, 2 sons and a daughter, Mrs. Frank Blanchard of Pontiac and Virgil and Stanley at home.

The funeral was hold in Pontiac Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Miss Hilda Fern Swartout

Miss Hilda Fern Swartout died Oct. 20, 1933, according to court house records at Mt. Pleasant, Death Book 3, page 164.

Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund L. Ashworth in Shepherds for as Hilda Fern Swarthout, 42, who died Friday mornin at Waujemega, where she had been a patient for some time.

Most of Miss Swarthout's life was spent in Shepherd under the care of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Ashworth, as her mother having died when she was a 11 child.

Surviving her are her father, Abraham Swarthout , a sister, Mrs. Floy Palmer of Mt. Pleasant, and a brother Chester of Saginaw. She was a member of the Methodist church where she attended as often as her health permitted.

The Rev. W.S. Phillips conducted the funeral services held at the Ashworth home, Sunday, and burial was made in Salt River Cemetery. C.L. Piett and Claude B. Stump, accompanied by Mrs. M. Wetzel, sang for the service.

Mrs. R. Wagner

(Elba Jane Swickard)

Elba Jane Swickard was born near Fremont, Sandusky Co., Ohio, March 27, 1858, where she lived until 13 years ago. She was united in marriage to Hi Wagner Feb- 7. 1883, and to them were born 4 children, 3 of whom are now living, 1 dying in infancy.

Mr. and Mrs. Wagner came to this county in 1897 and settled on a farm north and west of the village, where they made their home until their removal to the village a year ago last April.

About 6 weeks ago, Mrs. Wagner was out riding with her husband and an uncle and was thrown from the buggy, sustaining a broken hip. Two weeks ago other complications set in, and Sun. at 11 o'clock she died from uremic poison.

Funeral was h4ld Wed. at 10 o'clock Rev. P.M. McClintic officiating. Interment was in Salt River cemetery.

Besides her husband, she leaves 2 daughters, Mesdames Glen Stilgenbauer and Ray Stilgenbauer, and 1 son Firm Wagner, besides other relatives.


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