Nora Bent Estee
News of the death of Mrs. Nora Estee, Sunday Dec 7,came as a shock to her many friends. It was knownn that she had been in ill health for a number of years and for one and one half years she has been cared for at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Helen Vanconsant of St. Johns, where she passed away. She had been in her usual health and had been in Shepherd only last Friday. Mrs. Estee, wife of the late Claude Estee, elevator owner in Shepherd for many years, was always interested in community and church affairs. She was a faithful member of the Methodist church for 74 years and was active in all departments of the church throughout her lifetime. She war, also a life member of the Coe Chapter O.E.S. No. 98, and was a member of the Woman's Club since its inception in 1916.She was always ready to lend a helping hand wherever it was needed and was noted for her many kindnesses to all. She was the daughter of H.D. and Maryann Siegfried Bent, who ran a store in Shepherd for a number of years previous to the twenties. Mrs. Estee, who was born at Waterloo, Jackson county, July 20,1879 , came, with her parents, to Shepherd at the age of five. She was married to Claude H. Estee on June 26th, 1902 and he preceded her in death in March, 1948. Funeral services were held at the Garber Funeral Home, Wednesday afternoon, December 10, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Lloyd Van Lente officiating. Burial Was made in the Salt River Cemetery. Surviving besides her daughter, Mrs. Gayle Vauconsant, are one sister, Mrs. Frank C. Poole of Algonac and a neice, Mrs. O.F. Ke_er, of Flossmoor, Illinois.
Mrs. Dora Ettinger
Mrs. Dora Ettinger, 73, of Pontiac was brought to the Salt River cemetery Monday afternoon, for burial beside her husband Jonas who preceded her in death in 1946.She was a former resident of this area about sixty years ago and has since lived in Detroit and Pontiac. Two sons of Pontiac survive her. Rev. Lloyd Van Lente officiated at the graveside services which were held at the Bursley Funeral Home in Pontiac.
Grace Edith Fairchild
Grace Edith Fairchild, daughter of George B. and Alice M. Fairchild, was born at the home of her parents at Farmer, Defiance county, Ohio, Dec. 30, 1896, and died at the home of her parents at Shepherd, Michigan on December 31, 1914, at the age of 18 years and 1 day. Grace accepted her Saviour in early life and was a faithful worker in the church and Sunday school. She was a member of the senior class of Shepherd high school and was loved and respected by young and old. She leaves to mourn her departure her father, mother, four brothers and two sisters, and a host of relatives and friends, two sisters having preceded her to the home beyond. Rev. Wilson of Holly, Michigan, a former friend of the family, officiated, assisted by Rev. C. E. Davis. A large congregation of friends and school mates were present to Day their last respects to the one called away so early in life. Interment in Salt River cemetery.
Harriet Elizabeth Husted Feaster
Harriet Elizabeth Husted was born in Oakland county, near Holley Station, on May 28, 1845, and departed this life April 13, 1930, age 84 years, 10 months and 15 days. When she was about nine years old, she moved with her parents to Gratiot county near Middleton, where she spent her girlhood days. February 8, 1863, she was united in marriage to George Washington Feaster. To this union were born 11 children, 5 girls and 6 boys, five of whom preceded her in death, and her husband died March 12, 1899, since which time she has made her home with her children. The last four years she has spent with her daughter, Mrs. Levi Wonch, where she departed this life. She has been a member of the Free Methodist church since early childhood and always a faithful worker until the past ten years, since which time she has been blind and unable to attend. She had a cheerful and loving disposition and was always ready to lend a helping hand in time of need. She leaves to mourn their loss, six children, Mrs. Levi Wonch of Shepherd, Mrs. Edith Shepard and George and Frank Feaster of Grand Ledge and Andrew of Maple Rapids, one sister, Mrs. Lucy J. Rowland of Lansing and one brother, Albert Husted of Ithaca, 24 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Sethton in New Haven township Wedneaday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Boomershine and Rev. Lewis. Interment at the Naldrett cemetery at Middleton.
Augustus Feltman, known to his friends as "Gus", passed away May first at the Carson City Hospital. He had been in ill health for some time. This month would have marked the Golden Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Feltman. Mr. Feltman had been a resident of this area for the past 42 years and during that time each year his family had been represented in the Shepherd school, first by his children, then by his grandchildren. Mr. Feltman was born in Glandorf, Ohio, October 22, 1883. Funeral services were held at the St. Vincent de Paul Church at 10:00 a.m. Monday, with burial in the Et. Vincent cemetery. Rosary services were held at the family residence. Surviving him are nine daughters, Mrs. Sally Heil of Carson City, Gwendolyn Facting of St. Louis, Emma Russell of Muskegon, Margaret Remisoski of Dearborn, Mildred Miller of Mt. Pleasant, Edna Dean of Shepherd, Ruth Courter and Katherine Courter of Forest Hill, and Miss Rita Gall of Shepherd, five sons Wilbert of Shepherd, and Gabriel of Shepherd, LaVern of Dearborn, Leo and John of Shepherd; also surviving are two brothers, Arnold of Shepherd and Harry of Alma, 57 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. Garber Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Magdalena Y. Feltman, 75, died at the Carson City Hospital Wednesday, Noveynber 10, 1965. She was born March 21, 1890, in Glandoff, Ohio; Mrs. Feltman was the wife of the late Augustus Feltman, who preceded her in death in 1918. She had lived in the Shepherd area since 1918, except the last two years she has been living with her daughter, Mrs. Sally Heil of Carson City. Funeral services were held Saturday, November 13, at 11 a.m. at ct. Vincent de Paul Church with Fr. Edward Roczen officiating. Interment was in St. Vincent de Paul cemetery. Surviving are five sons, Gilbert, Gabriel, Leo and John of Shepherd, and Vern of Dearborn, eight daughters, Sally Heil of Carson City, Margaret Remisoski of Taylor, Emma Russell of Muskegon, Mildred Miller of Mt. Pleasant, Edna Dean and Rita Gall of Shepherd, Ruth Courter and Katherine Courter both of Alma, two sisters, Mrs. Arnold Feltman of Shepherd, and Mrs. Chester Reaman of Lima, Ohio, three brothers, Oscar Kleman and Ed. Kleman of Ottawa, Ohio, Herman of Springfield, Ohio, 65 grandchildren, and 54 great grandchildren.
Erastus Ladd Femby (Fenby)
Ladd Femby a lonq time resident of this community passed away Monday after a long illness. Mr. Femby lived on a farm east of Shepherd for many years before retiring, to make his home in Shepherd. He was born October 27th in Windsor, Canada. He is survived by one son Stanley of St. Louis, four daughters, Mrs. Don Meeder of Potterville, Mrs. Norman Fuller, Mrs. Lloyd Edwards and Mrs. Jack Howell of the Shepherd area. Also eight grandchildren and seven great grandchild-en, one brother Milton Fenby of Swan Lake, Montana and one sister Yrs. Edna Stephenson of Lansing. Funeral services are being held today (Thursday, October 15th) at the Garber Funeral Home with Rev. Lawrence Kepler officiating at two o'clock. Interment will be made in the Salt River Cemetery by the side of his wife who preceded him in death.
Mary Catharine Dorland Fenby
Miss Mary Catharine Dorland was born in Ontario, Canada, November 14, 1852. Departed this life at Shepherd, Michigan, at the home of her son, Erastus Fenby, May 26, 1924. Being at the time of her departure 71 years, 6 months, and 12 days of age. She married Mr. George Fenby (also of Canada) May 14,, 1872. To this union seven children were born, five boys and two girls, Ransom and Ernest of Lansing, Mich., Milton of Montana, Erastus and Malcolm of Shepherd, and Edna and of St. Louis, Mich. The husband and father preceded her in death September 19, 1911. Years ago they lived on a farm near Pleasant Valley. In 1907, leaving the farm, they moved to Shepherd where they resided at the time of Mr. Fenby's death. In 1919, Mrs. Fenby moved to St. Louis. On March 12, she came to Shepherd to the home of her son where she passed away. Besides the children she leaves to mourn her loss twenty-two grandchildren, five great grand children and a host of friends. Burial took place at Salt River cemetery, May 28, 1924. Rev.Randall officiating minister.
Horace Bolton Field
The village of Shepherd was terribly shocked at the death of one of its best loved and most prominent citizens last Friday night. It is still all most impossible to realize that so young a man and one who always gave much pleasure in meeting and one who helped to make life pleasant to all whom he came in contact by his uprighteousness, cheerfulness and genuine interest in the welfare of all, has gone from our midst. Horace Bolton Field was born in Charlotte on September 11, 1881. He came to Shepherd in 1895 at the age of fourteen. After finishing the village schools he took a course at Ferris Institute. He cane back to Shepherd and went into the mill with his father when about twenty years of age. Sixteen years ago this Christmas he was married to Vera Hurst. Four children have been born to them, Eugene, Arthur, Frances and Clive. For the past five years he has been in business with W.N. Stilgenbauer. These two men having taken over the mill formerly run by C.C. Field & Sons. Mr. Field has held many offices of trust in the community which now so deeply mourns his loss. At the time of his death he was township treasurer and a member of the local school board. He was a member of the Masons and a Knight Templar. In the drives for Liberty Bonds, Red Cross funds, Y.M.C.A. work and similar activities Mr. Field always took a very prominent part. In any work for the benefit of the village, the schools or the churches he was deeply interested and never spared his efforts in working for the good of humanity. He was an active worker in the Methodist church and our greatest consolation in our present sorrow is the firm belief that he was ready to meet his God. We can not read the purposes of the Ruler of this universe but it seems hard to us that the best must go. No ran in the community could have gone and his loss been felt as keenly as the loss of Mr. Field. Tire heals all our sorrows and others will be found to take up the work that has been left undone, but certainly no one can ever fill the place left vacant in the hearts of his loved ones and of his many friends. Mr. Field was the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Field. Nathan E. Field of Detroit and Ned C. Field of Salt Lake City, Utah, Mrs. Harry Brattin of Shepherd and Mrs. Chester W. Riches of Mt. Pleasant are brothers and sisters of the deceased. On account of quarantine regulations a prayer service was held Sunday morning at the home.The remains were placed in the vault at Salt River cemetery to await the arrival of Dr. and Mrs. C.C. Grieve of Puget Sound.Mrs. Grieve is the mother of Mrs. Field.
James Fifield, son of Paul and Roda Fifield, was born in Plattsburg, New York, April 10, l832, and departed this life in Mt Pleasant, Michigan, July 27, 1917. Aped @,5 years, three months and 17 days. The subject of this life sketch was united in marriage to Miss Martha Howe, and to this union were born four children, one son and three daughters. Mr. Fifield enlisted in the service of the country, January 1, 1862. He served his country until the end of the war, and was discharged July 25, 1865. H s wife preceded him to the other world 29 years ago. He was later united in marriage to Mrs. Alice Sawdy, to this union was born one son. Mr. Fifield has been a resident of Isabella county for 38 years. He was the last of the Fifield family. He made friends wherever he went and to know him was to love him. He was a kind and loving husband and father. Those who survive his death are Mrs. Minnie DeHart, Shepherd, Mich., Mr. John Fifield, T@raverse City, Mich., Mrs. Maggie Suzor, Mt. Pleasant, Mich., Mrs. Maud Berovhill, Lincoln, Mich., and lir. Earl Fifield, Mt. Pleasant, Mich., besides a host of relatives and friends. The funeral was conducted by the writer in the home at 2 p.m. Monday after which the body was laid to rest in the Mt. Pleasant cemetery.
Mrs. Ernest Fishburn
Mrs. Ernest Fishburn died at her home in this village last Thursday evening after a short illness. Deceased was born in Ohio, March 22, 1877, and was 38 years old, 11 months and 10 days. She leaves a husband and five children to mourn her death. Funeral services were held at the Christian church on Monday, March 6, at 10:00 a.m.
Grandma Lydia Flansburg
Mrs. Lydia Flansburg, who has live here among us for so many years, passed away at Alma hospital Feb. 17, 1918. Her death ended a life that has been worth the while living. There are many interesting incidents occurred in her long stay here. She came here in an early day when this county was but a wilderness and there was only a trail leading from, Alma to Mt. Pleasant. About 1855 she, with her husband and two of her children, moved from Oswego county, N.Y., to Eaton county, Michigan. In 1863 they emigrated through with an ox team to their homestead in Isabella county, that her husband had prepared for them, going through with many experiences on their journey here--one being when they broke down and she finished the journey on foot, a distance of four miles, carrying a babe eight months old over a trail to the home of a friend, where she stayed for a few days. She then settled in her home where she has since resided, going through many privations and working hard to clear the land and prepare the soil to raise the necessaries of life. Many times she walked barefooted to Alma or Mt. Pleasant over the trail, carrying her shoes till she got nearly there. There were only a few buildings or stores at either place and they were compelled to go to St. Johns for grist. She has heard the howl of the wild animals and the wolves have followed to their door to get fresh meat her husband had brought from a distant neighbors. They helped to build the first school house in Lincoln township, where three generations of her family have gone to school. The first school meeting held in Lincoln was at their home. She has lived to see Isabella grow out of a wilderness into improved farms and modern homes. She has administered to many sick and was always ready to help the needy and to do for anyone in any way she could. She was a devout Christian and will be missed at church and Aid Society of which she has been a member for years. On Feb. 3rd she fell in her home sustaining injuries to her shoulder. Dr. Abbott was called and found her shoulder and the bone broken at the joint. It was found necessary to have her taken to the hospital at Alma where an operation was performed. The shock proved too great for her and she passed away February 17, 1918. Mrs. Ludia Carley was born in Otsego County, N.Y., Dec. 29, 1836, being 82 years, 1 month and 19 days old. When 12 years of age her mother passed away and she went to live with her grandparents. At the age of 16, Jan. 5, 1851, she was married to Sylvester Flansburg, who preceded her to the better land 19 years ago. To that union were born 12 children, of which seven survive her. She passed away Feb. 17 at Brainard hospital. The remains were brought to the home of her daughter, Mrs. A.P. Caszatt, where the funeral was held Tuesday, Feb. 19. She leaves to mourn, 7 children, 42 grandchildren, 52 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild, other relatives and many friends who loved and respected her. Six stalwart grandsons carried her to her final resting place: Clinton Caszatt, Geo. L. Wetherbee, B. Bowers, Geo. Shattuck, Guy Crummel, John Flansburg.
Word was received here last week that Georgie Foutch, the 14 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. U.A. Foutch, had been instantly killed while on a visit with his parents in Illinois, where they had gone the first of August. Mrs. Foutch wrote friends here that the accident occurred while they Georgie and his grandfather were on their way to attend the Chautauqua. They had reached the railroad and were standing on one track while a freight train was passing on another, when a passenger train approached unnoticed by either of them and both were killed instantly. The funeral was held Saturday and the remains were buried in the town where the accident occurred. They had intended to return home shortly in order that Georgie might resume his studies in the Shepherd high school, but the distracted mother writes that it is quite uncertain when they will return as the thought of coming back to the many scenes that will remind her so forcibly of her loss seems almost unbearable.
Genevieve Kyser Fox
Mrs. Genevieve Fox passed away Sunday at the Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, where she had been taken a couple of days previously for care.Mrs. Fox was a resident of Winn for twenty year previous to coming to Shepherd, where she made her home with Mrs. McQueen the past fifteen months.She was born in Lincoln townships January 28, 1874, and was married to Fox who preceded her in death in 1951. Surviving her are two brothers, Vern Kyser of Mt. Pleasant and David Kyser of Shepherd. She was a member of the Winn Methodist church and the Winn O.E.S. Funeral services were held at the Garber Funeral Home in Shepherd Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Lloyd VanLente officiating, assisted by Rev. Edson Vane of Winn. Interment was made in Lincoln cemetery.
Mrs. Mary Frankhouser died at her home in this village last Monday, May 8th, aged 66 years and seven days. The funeral was held at the Christian church Wednesday forenoon at 10:30, Rev. Kimberling officiating. Interment in Salt River cemetery.
Elmer E. Freeman, 1306 Granger, died in Broomfield Memorial Hospital yesterday. He was born November 20, 1683 in Isabella County and has been a resident of the county since that time. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 13, at 2 p.m. in the Garber Funeral home, Shepherd, Rev. Bell will officiate. The interment will be in Salt River Cemetery. Surviving are: his wife, Edna; two sons, Miles from Petaluma, California and Leslie of Shepherd; two grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Oliver Casner of Mt. Pleasant; one brother, John, of Vestaburg.
John H. Freeman passed away December 25th at the Wilcox Hospital in Alma, where he had been taken two weeks previouslyafter suffering a heart attack.He has been in ill health for some time.
Mr. Freeman was a veteran of World War I serving from August 1, 1917 to August 23, 1919, in France and Germany.He also enlisted in World War II serving in a training capacity from October 20, 1942 to May 1943 in Wyoming and California.
He was born March 6, 1896 to Mr. And Mrs. George Freeman of the Shepherd area, and was married to Helen Langin in Shepherd, on January 2, 1920 and they made their home in this community until moving to Alma, where he was employed, in the late 20ís.Following his retirement because of ill health they mad their home at Bass Lake.
Surviving him are his wife, two sons, M-Sgt. Jack Freeman in England and William of Riverdale, another son, Don Freeman lost his life in World II when followings, the close of the war he was drowned while crossing the Elbe in Germany on the first leg of his journey home. Also surviving are ten grandchildren and one sister Ollie Casner of Mt. Pleasant.
Funeral services were held Sunday at the Moody Wofel Funeral Home in Alma, at 2 p.m. Rev. U.T,. Gibson officiated. Interment was made in the Salt River Cemetery.
Winona Margaret Freeman
Winona Margaret Freeman, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Freeman, died Sunday, March 5th, at the age of eight months. Besides the bereaved parents, she is survived by three brothers, Miles, Leslie, and Dale. The funeral was held Tuesday at 2:00 o'clock at the house. Rev. Kimberling officiated. Burial was in Salt River cemetery.
Stella Riggle Frees
Stella Riggle Frees was born July 2, 1876 in Isabella county and departed this life on December 6, 1953, at the Broomfield Memorial Hospital. She leaves to mourn her loss, four sons, Grant, John, Willis and Donald and two daughters, Blanche and LaFern. Also sixteen grandchildren and eight great, grand children. Two brothers, Frank Riggle of Winn and Fred Riggle of Saranac. Two sisters, Bird Shaw of Lansing and Ethel Caszatt of Shepherd. Nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. She was a loving mother and a good neighbor and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Funeral services were held at Stinson's Funeral Home Monday afternoon, with interment in the Union cemetery.
Edward S. Frost
Funeral services were held at his home three miles east and one-half mile south of Shepherd on Thursday afternoon, August 4, for Edward S. Frost, old resident of the community, who succumbed to cancer the Monday night preceding following an illness of about a year. Mr. Frost was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse D. Frost, who came years ago from Pennsylvania, where he was born 64 years ago. They settled on a farm a mile east and one-half mile south of Salt River corners and cleared all but four acres of the place. Forty years ago Edward established the home where he died, moving to it from the, parental residence while still single. He cleared the farm. Always a lover of bees, Mr. Frost became known as the outstanding keeper of swarms in this locality. He had as many as from 300 to 40O swarms a year and in one year shipped from his apiary 15 tons of honey. Surviving with his widow are one son, Robert at home, and two brothers, J. R. Frost of Shepherd and John Frost of Harrisonburg, Pennsylvania. Rev. Pratt of Oil City officiated at the funeral and interment was made in the Coe cemetery. Mrs. Jessie Hall and Mr. and Mrs. Eben Gould sang.
Maude Mae Frost
Maude Mae Frost of Route 2, St. Louis, died at her home in Coe township last evening. She was born April 15, 1868, in Fowlerville.Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Eva Plotkin of Gladwin, Mrs. Flossie Slater of St. Louis, Elizabeth Hatfield of Owosso and Miss Lulu Frost of St. Louis, one son, Robert of St. Louis, 7 grandchildren, 20 greatgrandchildren, and one great great grandchild, and two sisters. Rev. Vermellia will officiate at services in Garber Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Saturday. Interment will be in Coe cemetery, Shepherd.
Charles Fuller, who resided in Shepherd about 20 years ago, died at his Marion residence on March 8th, with funeral services held Saturday, March 11th. Mr. Fuller was born April 14, 1873, a eon of Mr. and Mrs. William Fuller, pioneer Shepherd residents. Mr. Fuller is survived by his wife and a daughter, Mrs. Retha Reis, and one brother, Emery of Marion. Those from Shepherd attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fuller, Mrs. Minnie Fuller and Mr. And Mrs. Harold Lantz. They were joined by Mr.and Mrs. Dale Purtill of Midland.
Ezra T. Furlong
Ezra T. Furlong9 69 years old and a resident of the community for 48 years, succumbed Thursday afternoon March 19, to an illness of about 18 months duration. He had been confined to his home for about four months by the hardening of the arteries and heart trouble, that affected his brain. Last November Mr. Furlong was taken to Iron county for a stay of about two weeks in the hope of effecting an improvement in his condition, but in vain. The deceased was born in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, in 1862 and when 21 years old came to Salt River. With the exception of five years spent in Hartgrove, Mich., and about five months in Kansas, he had made his home here since. In i886 he was married to Martha Minich, also a pioneer who has lived in the county since she was eight years of age. A stationery engineer and carpenter by trade, he served the village as engineer for a period of ten years. He was janitor of the Shepherd school house for seven years. Mr. Furlong was affiliated with the Odd Fellows and Woodmen. As a man and a citizen, he was highly regarded, and as a friend, his memory will be cherished by many who will miss him keenly. Surviving him with the widow, are a foster daughter, Mrs. Fern Smith, of Shepherd, and his aged father, and two brothers, George and Terah Furlong, all of Kansas. The father, John Furlong, is 92 years old. The funeral was held Monday, March 23, at 2 o'clock p.m., Rev. W.H. Bell conducted services at the home and at the grave in Salt River cemetery. Merbers of Coe Lodge I.O.O.F. paid a last tribute to their deceased brother by carrying out the impressive Odd Fellows ritual.
A resident of Route #3, Shepherd, Norman Gehrett, 60, died in his home yesterday. Services will be tomorrow at 2 pm from the Garber Funeral home in Shepherd.Rev. Albert Hill officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Gardens. Born March 15, l9ll he was a lifetime resident of Shepherd, and was a farmer by trade. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #2 F and A M of Shepherd. Surviving is a sister, Lucile Gehrett of Shepherd.
Celia May Gehrett
Celia May Gehrett, 89, of Route #3, Shepherd, died in her home Monday, services will be to-morrow at 2 p.m. at the Garber Funeral Home, Shepherd. Rev. Albert Rill officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Gardens, Mt. Pleasant. Born April 15, 1882, she was a lifetime resident of the Shepherd area. A teacher by trade.Her husband preceded her in death. Surviving is a daughter, Lucile Gehrett, Of Shepherd.
Mrs. Emma Nancy Gering
Mrs. Emma Nancy Gering, 94, formerly of Shepherd, died , Sunday at Nankin-Eloise Hospital of Wayne County, Michigan. She had been taken to the hospital for treatment following a fall sustained at the home of a son, Paul DuBois of Ann Arbor, with whom she had made her home for the last seven years.Born November 17, 1864, in Hicksville, Ohio, she had made her home in Shepherd for 50 years. She was the widow of the late Edward Gering. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday from the Garber Funeral Home in Shepherd. Rev. Dwight Anderson of Ann Arbor will officiate. Besides the son, she is survived by seven grand children.
Barney Giesken, a highly regarded farmer who resided two miles eatt-0 two miles south and one quarter of a mile east of Salt River corners, died last night at 6:30 in the Mt. Pleasant Memorial hospital, where he was taken a week ago. Mr. Giesken suffered two strokes preceding his death. The deceased was 69 years old and had resided in this community about 25 years. He was a communicant of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic church and his death comes as a shock to many friends of the community. Surviving with his widow are three daughters and a son. Requiem mass will be solemnized for him at St. Vincent de Paul church Saturday morning at 9:30 clock preceding interment.
Sidney A. Gilmore
Miss Sidney A. Gilmore, 64 years old and a resident of Shepherd and this vicinity for nearly half a century, died Friday morning at 9:45 at her home on Wright avenue after having been in ill health for about a year. The funeral was held from the house Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock and interment was made in Salt River cemetery, Rev. V.S. Phillips officiated. Miss Gilmore came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Gilmore, 49 years ago from Wilmot, Ohio, and they settled on a farm just north of Shepherd, where Mr. Gilmore died 32 years ago. The family moved to Shepherd from the farm 27 years ago. Miss Gilmore was a skilled seamstress. She was a lady of the highest character and was universally held in high esteem. As a member of the M. E. church she took great interest and active part in the work of the church. As a friend and neighbor she will be keenly missed by many in Shepherd and vicinity. Surviving are her stepmother, Mrs. Agnes Gilmore, three brothers, George Gilmore of Owosso and Arthur and Ralph of Shepherd, and three sisters, Miss Minnie Gilmore of Shepherd, Mrs. 0. A. Gruber of Alma, and Mrs. E. B. Salisbury of Colorado Springs, Col.
Ida Estelle Gilson
Ida Estella Gilson passed away Thursday, December 10th at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ben Lilly. A resident of Greendale she had made her home with her daughter, since last April.
Funeral services were held last Saturday afternoon at two o'clock at the Garber Funeral Home with Rev. James Estep officiating. Interment was made in the Kelley Cemetery. Surviving her are two daughters, Mrs. Lilly of R-4, Mt. Pleasant and Mrs. Leola Wurts of Alma, son Darnell Gilson of Route one Shepherd, 15, grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers, Ray Shockey of Missouri, Jack Shockey of Bowling Green, Ohio and Herman of Weston, Ohio, two sisters, Dency Curry of Hillsbourough, Ohio and Minnie Kapp.
This community was shocked and saddened last Thursday when it learned of the tragic death of Fred Goffnett, 62, well-known area farm implement dealer. Mr. Goffnett was demonstrating a tractor to Joseph L. Krezan on the Floyd Smock farm in Jasper township, Midland county, when the tractor overturned and pinned both men in a drainage ditch. Mr. Goffnett died of internal injuries at the scene. Mr. Krezan was hospitalized for treatment for shock and multiple bruises. Funeral services for Mr. Goffnett were held Monday at the Funeral services with burial in Memorial Gardens Mt. Pleasant. Surviving are his wife Olive, his mother Malinds Goffnet of Shepherd four daughters, Mrs. Rita Conner of Byron Center, Mrs. Jean Fish of North Bradley, Mrs. Margie Taber of San Jose, California, Mrs. Marie Price of St. Louis, and three sons, Ivan of Alma, Boyd and jake of Shepherd, 23 grandchildren, four sisters, Mrs. Lola Granger of Waterford, Mrs. Lillian Bowman of Perrington, Mrs. Flossie Kirkconnell of Shepherd, Mrs. Hazel DeHart of Grand Ledge, a brother, Albert of Perrinton.
Joseph Goffnett was born on a farm near Mt. Pleasant July 31, 1901,, and died at his residence on the Charles Walling farm August 15, 1928, at the age of 27 years, one month and 12 days.
Being left motherless at the age of six years he continued to reside in the vicinity of Mt. pleasant until two years ago, when he with his family, moved onto the farm where he died.
He was united in marriage May 6, 1921, to Mary Barber. To this union was born one son, Robert.He leaves to mourn their lose his wife and son, his father and stepmother Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Goffnett, and one brother, Chester, at home, besides a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held August 17, at Shepherd at the St. Vincent church. Burial in the Calvary cemetery.
Irene Hafer Goodman
Mrs. Okla Baughman has received word that Irene Hafer Goodman of Dayton, Ohio passed away August 13. She leaves two sons and a daughter. The Hafer family were proprietors of a restaurant, ice cream parlor and bakery located in the building where Gould Drug is now housed, some fifty years ago.Many of the older residents will remember the Hafers who were also active members of the Orchard Avenue Church of Christ then known as the Disciple Church.
Dr. C. E. Goodwin
In the death of Dr. C. E. Goodwin, which occurred at the home of his brother, Frank, of this village, Tuesday of this week. Many citizens of Gratiot county will feel a deep sense of personal lose. They will share this sentiment with the people of Shepherd, which has been the Doctor's home for the last four years. Dr. Goodwin was born in Parma, Jackson county, Mich., August 5, l860. He was the son of Abel and Louise Goodwin. When four years of age he removed with his parents to Marshall, where he was educated in the Marshall schools, graduating from the high school in 1879. After attending the State Medical College at Ann Arbor one year, he returned to Marshall, where he continued his medical studies with Dr. Church for one year. He was then employed for a year as pharmacist in the insane asylum at Elgin, Illinois, after which he returned to Ann Arbor, where he graduated in medicine from the U. of M. in 1883. Returning to Marshall, he spent one year with Frank Seeman as a pharmacist, one year at Fullerton, Neb. as partner with Mr. Seaman in a drug store, with whom he was next associated in the drug business at Nashville. Here he spent eight years, then sold out and came to Ithaca in December 1893. Here he became associated with his brother Frank, in the drug business under the firm name of Goodwin Bros, who bought the George Richardson stock. This partnership continued until 1901, when he fought out his brother Frank, and continued the business alone until the fall of 1903, when he sold his business to his nephew, Theron, and going to Chicago, took a post-graduate course in medicine at the college of Physicians and Surgeons, the State University of Illinois, where he graduated in June 1904. He returned to Ithaca and practiced medicine here until May 1, 1906, when he removed to Shepherd where he has since resided and where he has built up a fine practice. Soon after the banquet to Dr. Scott at Ithaca, one year ago, in which Dr. Goodwin took a brilliant part as one of the speakers, he was taken very sick with acute indigestion. From this he never fully recovered. In January he noticed that he was growing weaker, and March 16, he went to Ann Arbor, when finding the hospital full, he went the same night to Harper hospital in Detroit. Here he was examined, and it was found that he had pernicious anemia, or what is known as consumption of the blood. After four weeks treatment he was brought back to Ithaca to the home of his brother, Frank, in a very weak condition. He gradually grew weaker until Tuesday morning when he passed away. In his own town of Shepherd, he had a wide circle of friends and enjoyed the confidence and esteem of the entire community.
He was last year president of the County Medical Society of Isabella and Clare counties and was health officer of his township, assistant superintendent of the Christian Sabbath and a member of the Christian church. Dr. Goodwin was twice married, first in 1891, to Miss Hattie Wayland, who died ------------ Article incomplete
Audley Gruber of rural Alma passed away at the Gratiot community hospital Friday, March 27th, at the age of 80 years, after an illness of a few days.
He was one of eight children born to George and Mary Gruber and cane to Shepherd with his parents at an early age, having been born at Red Bank, Pa., on Jan. 15, 1879. He was a member of the Pine River township board and a Past Master of Arcada Grange # 500. He was married to Ella Gilmore, who preceded him in death and he was again married to Margaret Gilmore in 1926 and she also died in 1954. Surviving him are one brother, Orlando Gruber, of Clare, and one sister, Mrs. Edith Southard, of Shepherd. Funeral services were held at the Moody-Wolfel funeral home in Alma, Monday afternoon, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Charles Race officiating. Interment was made in the Salt River cemetery at Shepherd.
George Gruber son of Henry and Catherine Gruber, was born in Shenondale, Penn.January 5th, 1847 He was married to Mary Ann Vinich of Red Bank, PA. on February 17, 1873. To this union were born Edith of Shepherd, Marion of Flint, Dora of Nashville, Orlando of Morice, Glennie of Shepherd.One boy and one girl are dead. There are also nine grandchildren, two brothers, Jake of Shepherd and Peter of St.Louis, one sister Eliza Miller of Shepherd.Mr. Gruber came to Michigan with his family in 1879 and settled in Coe Township, where he resided until coming to Shepherd nine years ago last April. Mr. Gruber and his wife, Mary united with the Christian church in February 1891.For better than 34 years, he has taken a keen interest in the church, always prompt and willing to render any service, seeking by kindly deeds and service and wise council to advance the interest of the Kingdom.Mr. Gruber died at his home in this village last Wednesday night and funeral services were held Saturday afternoon. Burial in Salt River cemetery.
Joe Haas, 81, retired mortician of Shepherd, passed away Sunday morning, July 19th after an illness of several months. Born at North Star, Sept. 2, 1877, Mr. Haas was associated with Fred Stilgenbauer in the undertaking buisness about forty years ago, later going to Jackson to work for a time and returned to Shepherd in 1933, with William Moody for a couple Of years before buying out Mr. Moody in 1935. He continued in the business until 1940 when he sold to Robert Garber. He has since assisted Mr. Garber until his health began to fail a couple of years ago.
He was a life member of the F. and A.M. #288 and of the Coe chapter #98 O.E.S. Funeral services were held at the Garber Funeral Home Wednesday July 22nd at 2 p.m. with Rev. John Butt officiating. Interment was made in the cemetery at Ithaca.Surviving him are his daughter, Mrs. Helen Davis of Madison Heights, sister Mary Stout of Lockport and brother Daniel Hall also of Lock-port, New York. He was preceded in death by his wife and son, Roland.
One of the oldest if not the oldest of Isabella pioneers from point of residence in the county was summoned at about 10:30 Saturday night when Henry Hall, 72, succumbed to a lingering illness at his home two blocks north of the Shepherd F,. F. church. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the home. Rev. V. H. Bell officiated and interment was in Salt River cemetery. Mr. Hall was born April 15, 1856, in Chippewa township, Isabella county--the son of Charles and Abigail Hall, who were among the earliest settlers of this locality. He had lived in Mt. Pleasant and in this vicinity all his life. He was the member of a large family that experienc- ed all of the privations of pioneer life. Four brothers and four sisters, Harmer, Jane, Mary Eliza, Orie, Lyman, Frank and Will preceded him in death. He was married November 25, 1887 to Mary E. Post, who survives him with one brother, Horace L. Hall of Saginaw and an adopted son, Donald, of Midland. Mr. Hall affiliated with the Odd Fellow's lodge.
Jake Haney, 82, a resident of this community for 72 years, passed away very suddenly December 25th at his home in Lincoln township, following a heart attack. He had been in ill health for some time. He was born October 22, 1877 in Martinsburg West Virginia. Surviving him are his wife Ethel, five daughters, Mrs. Velma Bring of St. Louis, Ella Frisbee of San Francisco, Josephine Timmer of Grand Ledge, Kathryn Jones of Millbrook, and Pauline Bunker of Barryton, four sons, Kenneth and Clyde of Lansing, Ed of Alma, and Donald of Shepherd, also 42 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and one brother, Henry Haney of Shepherd.Funeral services were held at the Garber Funeral Home in Shepherd at 2 on Monday with Rev. Lloyd Van Lente officiating. Interment was made in the Lincoln township cemetery.
Walter P. Hevel died Tuesday evening, March 31st, at the Billings Convalescent Home in Millbrook where he had been a patient for the past two years. He was born February 8th, 1882, in Indiana and came to this vicinity when a child. He made his home in Jasper township, northeast of Shepherd for nearly seventy years. Surviving him are his wife, Rosey, of 'R. 3, St. Louis, two grandsons, Alvin Travis of Tawas City, and Norman Travis of Jackson, and a stepdaughter Mrs. Donna Doyle. Funeral services were held at the Garber Funeral Home Saturday, April 4th with Rev. Veder Bass officiating. Interment was made in Coe cemetery.
Mrs. __________ Walling Higgins
Mrs. Walling Higgins of Pleasant Manor Nursing Home and former resident of Shepherd, died Thursday, March 25 at the age of 84 in Central Michigan Community Hospital. She was born April 27, 1881, in Gratiot county, and was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Church of Christ.Funeral services were held Saturday, March 27, at 2 pm in the Garber Funeral Home, Chester Walthers officiated, with burial in the Salt River cemetery.Mrs. Higgins is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Mary McGorlick and Mrs. Arlesta Caldwell of Mt. Pleasant, and Mrs. Alta Mae Barnes of Rochester, a son Delton Walling, of California, two brothers, Howard and Albert Seeley of Florida and Shepherd, also seven grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
Dr. Stephen Lee Hileman, 59, lost his life late Wednesday afternoon when his plane crashed in a wooded area three miles northwest of Gaylord. Dr. Hileman was well known in this area as a stock raiser operating the farm known as the old Shepherd Farm, where sore 300 head of feeder cattle are cared for. Dr. Hileman made many trips to the farm, from his home at Lincoln Park during the years in which he owned the farm. Funeral services were held Saturday at Lincoln Park and interment was made in the Alma cemetery. Dr. Hileman was on a stock buying trip to Canada and was accompanied by Celestine Koester, manager of the farm. Ray Montague, manager of St. Louis Livestock Sales and Rolla Donan, manager of the Breckinridge sales, all were seriously injured.
Peter Hill, son of James and Mary Hill, was born in the state of New York April 20, 1851, and departed this life June 16, 1923, at Shepherd, Michigan, at the age of seventy- two years, one month and twenty six days. He was married to Mary Potter, July 4, 1876, who cared for him faithfully through a long term of sickness doing everything for him that she thought might possibly be of some relief to his suffering. The deceased leaves to mourn their loss a devoted wife and one sister, Mrs. Belle Wardell, of Jonesville.
Mrs. Mary Hoffman passed away at her home Friday evening, April 25th. She was born August 6, 1884, at Glendorf, Ohio. She was the wife of the late John Hoffman who died in August of 1954. She is survived by 11 children, Vincent, Alfred, Herbert, Otto, Donald and John of Shepherd, Ervin of St. Louis and William of Fowler, Mrs. Frances Best, Mrs. Mary Kolhoff and Mrs. Mildred Kremsreiter of St. Louis; two brothers, Otto Meyer of St. Louis and Charles of Maywood, California; three sisters, Mrs. Herman Hoffman of Shepherd, Mrs. Theodore Maag of Toledo, Ohio and Mrs. Veronica Siebeneek of Delphas, Ohio and thirty grandchildren. Mrs. Hoffman was a member of the Altar society. Rosary was Monday night at 8 at the Garber Funeral Home. The Funeral was Tuesday at 10:00 at the St. Vincent de Paul Church, with burial in the St. Vincent cemetery.
Mrs. Emma Hogan, 64 years old and wife of Lewis Hogan, died Saturday afternoon at 5 o'clock at her home one-half mile west, one mile north and a quarter of a mile west of Shepherd after having been taken suddenly ill Thursday night. She had apparently been in normal health up to Thursday. Mrs. Hogan, nee Emma Voirol, had lived for 47 years in the locality where she died. She was born in Ohio, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Voirol, and was married 22 years ago. Besides her husband, she is survived by three sisters, living in Mt. Pleasant, Canton, Ohio and Pontiac, a brother, Ed Voirol, living one half mile west and 6 miles north of Shepherd, and many, friends by whom she will be keenly missed. Funeral services at the home of Ed. Voirol Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock were conducted by the Rev. V. H. Bell and interment was made in Salt River cemetery.
Funeral services were held for Ervie Holliday, Friday, July 1. 1960 at 2:00 p.m. at the Garber Funeral Home. Mr. Holliday was born July 24, 1886 in Few Haven Township, Gratiot County. He took sick and was taken to the Carson City Hospital and was there only a short time. Dieing on the 28th of June. He is survived by his wife Martha Holliday, four children, Oscar of R-3, Mrs. Chester Shoe R-3, Mrs. Basil Peak of Shepherd, Raymond of Wayne, Michigan, 16 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, one brother, Floyd R-1 Shepherd and one sister Burley Brooks of Lansing. William Dykes was the clergyman and burial was in the Salt River Cemetery.
Martha Mae Holliday
Martha Mae Holliday, 73, of Route 3 Shepherd died at her residence Monday. She was a member of the Coe Church of Christ. Her husband, Ervie Holliday, preceded her in death. She is survived by 2 sons, Oscar Holliday of Shepherd, and Raymond of Wayne, Michigan; two daughters, Mrs. Chester Shoe of rural Shepherd and Mrs. Basil Peak, of Shepherd, 19 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Garber Funeral Home in Shepherd, Thursday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Charles Johnson officiating. Interment will be made in the Salt River Cemetery.
Oren Lewis Holliday
Oren Lewis Holliday, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Holliday, was born May 24, 1925, in Coe township, Isabella county; he was taken seriously ill February 3 and despite the fact that nothing was neglected that loving hands and medical skill could do to prolong life, he died February 7, at the age of five years, eight months and twelve days. He leaves to mourn their loss, his parents, a grand- father, a great grandmother, aunts, uncles and a host of friends. His time here was short but sweet for those who loved him and being an active little fellow he will be greatly missed by those who were his playmates. Funeral services were conducted at his late home by W. H. Bell, pastor of the Christian church Monday afternoon; interment was made in Salt River cemetery.
Myra E. Hummel, 87, of 405 North Third St., Shepherd, died Sunday, April 29, 1973 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility. She was born March 29, 1886 in Isabella County. Mrs. Hummel was a long time resident of the Shepherd area and a member of the Shepherd United Methodist Church and of the W.S.C.S. Surviving are one son, Ken Hummel of Shepherd, 5 daughters, Mrs. Geraldine Jean, Mrs. John (Eileen) Fisher, both of Saginaw, Berniece Rabley of Montogomery, Mrs. Dale (Joyce) Anderson, of Grand Rapids, Mrs. John (Jeanne) Collins of Mt. Pleasant, 17 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 1, at 2 p.m. from the Garber-Berry Funeral Home, with Rev. Albert Rill officiating, interment was in the Salt River Cemetery.
William G. Hungerford
William G. Hungerford died suddenly at his home near Riverdale, Monday, August 26, of a heart attack. He had been in poor health for the past two years. Mr. Hungerford was born in Fremont township on November 29, 1899, the son of the late Horace and Mary Hungerford, he had lived in Isabella county all his life until three years ago when he moved to Gratiot county. Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 28, at the Moblo-Schnepp Funeral Home in Riverdale, with Rev. Kinkle of the Strickland Baptist Church officiating, with burial in the Seville Center cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Anna, three brothers, Uri of Shepherd, Elias and Ben of Elwell, four step sons, four step daughters, several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday for William J. Hungerford, rural Riverdale, who died at home August 26 after a two and a half year illness.He was born November 29, 1899 in Isab6lla Co., the son of Horace and Mary Hungerford. A three year county resident, he was married to the former Anna Rogers. Surviving are his widow, Anna; four sons, Hubert Rogers of Riverdale, Albert Rogers of Edmore and Dale and Earl Rogers at home; four daughters, Mildred Richards of Alma, Dorothy Woodrow of Alma, Emma Seymour of Riverdale and Edith Richards of Alma; 23 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. The Rev. F.O. Kinkle officiated at services fromthe Moblo-Schnepp Funeral Home with burial in Seville Center cemetery. Pallbearers were Carl Hapner, Bond Marshall, Clarence Childs, Lee Loomis, Rolin Campbell and Tim Robinson.
S. L. Ingerson
Mr. S. L. Ingerson, the subject of this sketch, was born in Huntington, Vt., July 3rd, 1835. He died at the home of his daughter, Sunday noon, Feb. i4, 1918. His was a long fruitful life, full of years and ripe in Christian faith. Many years ago he started in the Christian life and for twenty of thirty years he has been an active and most influential member of the M. E. church, joining in Nashville, and transferred his membership to Shepherd when he came to live with his daughter, Mrs. P. J. Brattin, some seven years ago. He has been a stalwart among the stalwarts, respected by all, doubted by none and loved by many. His sterling quality of haracter made him a trusted friend and adviser. His hand was constantly out to those in want and in distress and many can testify of his kind and generous heart. He was a pioneer and his tales of the early day were thrilling and interesting and brought to the young listener a deeper appreciation of the great service of this and all early settlers in the way of clearing the forests and preparing the soil for the production for the future generations. Mr. Ingerson was a man of supreme faith in God. His day was full of light and while in later life he was an intense sufferer, yet the sun of righteousness never became dimmed in his sky. He always remained cheerful and hopeful, constantly planning for the future even only recently stating his intention of making an extended visit in the spring. But before spring came he was not for God took him and his gentle spirit that had for so long been cultured by divine companionship took its flight to eternal day. His beloved wife, with whom he lived 54 years, died seven years ago. To this union had been born four children, three of whom, two daughters and a son, are still living. Many mourn the loss of this staunch relative, friend and citizen.
Wellington Irish, oldest son of Smith and Ann Irish, was born at Gaines, Michigan, June 20th, i848, and died at his home in Shepherd on July 23, 1924, aged 76 years, one month and three days. When eight years of age his parents returned to New York State where they lived till he was 18 years of age, when they returned to Michigan and settled at Pinckney. He was married on November 25, 1874, to Josephine Bullis and had he lived until this coming November they would have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. The spring following their wedding they moved to a farm near Shepherd and have since resided in this vicinity, moving four years ago last December to the village of Shepherd. To this union were born two children, one dying in infancy. He leaves to mourn his departure from this world, his wife, his son, Roy C. of Lansing, one brother Darius of Arkansas, one grandchild, two nephews and other relatives and friends. He will be missed by a large circle of friends to whom he has endeared himself by his character and disposition. The funeral services were held at the house on Friday July 25th, with burial at the Salt River cemetery.
Mrs. Ethel Jane Johnson
Mrs. Ethel Jane Johnson, 85, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Monroe Salisbury, in Grand Ledge Sunday. She had been in ill health for some time. Mrs. Johnson was a resident of the Shepherd area for some time until failing health made it necessary for her to live in Lansing nearer her children, later going to the home of her daughter at Grand Ledge. She was a member of the Shepherd Christian church and the Christian Aid Society and the Shepherd Rebekah Lodge # 199 and was a faithful worker in these organizations during her residence here. Surviving her are one son, John Johnson of Lansing, five daughters, Mrs. F. J. Wagner of Lansing, Mrs. George O'Connor of East Lansing, Mrs. Kenneth Hopkins of Detroit, Miss Retha Johnson of Wyandotte, and Mrs. Salisbury, also several grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Estes-Laidley Colonial Chapel in Lansing and interment was made in the Chapel Hill cemetery beside her husband, William, who preceded her in death.
Hannah K. Alvord Joslin
Hannah K. Alvord, daughter of Edward E. and Belinda Alvord, was born in the county of Hillsdale, Michigan, December 20th, 1859. In the year 1867, she came with her parents to what was then the village of Salt River, now Shepherd. She attended the public schools, where her aptitude and devotion resulted in her graduation, and later she successfully taught school in Isabella county, gaining wide and favorable acquaintance. February 23, 1879, at the age of 20 years, she was united in marriage with Wm. H. Joslin, at St. Louis, Gratiot county, which proved a happy marriage during these forty-one years. Three sons were born to this union, Roy E., and Fred E. Joslin, who survive her, and a son who passed from life in infancy. For many years she was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Shepherd, and of the Ladies Society which is auxiliary to the church, and of the Women's Relief Corps. Her gentle, motherly disposition led her to extend kindly sympathy to all who met with sorrow, and to the day of her passing from life she was widely and affectionately known among friends, neighbors and acquaintances as "Mother", the sweetest word in the world. Language can offer no greater tribute in her honor than this dear name that she bore and which became her so well It expressed volumes of the respect and esteem in which she was held. Taken suddenly with pneumonia with which she was ill but a few days, the angel of death drew near to her and on Monday, January 5th, at the age of 60 years, she closed her eyes in that deep sleep which knows no awakening until the Master of death, the giver of life eternal shall invite her to that more glorious life--the life everlasting. She is survived by the husband and father, Wm. H. joslin, and by their two sons, Roy E. and Fred E. Joslin, of her immediate family circle, and by her two sisters, Mrs. Edgar Thomas of Alma, and Mrs. Alonzo Phillips of Wallaceburg, Ontario, her grandson, Leo J. Joslin, W. E. Phillips of Flint, and Hugh E. Thomas of Alma, nephews and the Misses Irma, Hazel, and Retha Thomas of Alma, and Mrs. Leo Wilson of Flint, nieces. The funeral was held Thursday, Jan. 8, at the M. E. church and interment in Salt River cemetery.
Walter Karnes, son of Joseph and Melissa Karnes, was born in Genesee county, Michigan, August 11, 1877, and died March 30, 1920, at his home near Shepherd, at the age of 42 years, 9 months and 20 days. He came to Isabella county about 20 years ago and has resided in this vicinity since that time. On March 30, 1910, he was united in marriage to Miss Ethel Jones, who survives him. Besides his widow he leaves to mourn their loss one brother, many more distant relatives and a host of friends. Deceased was a member of the local order of Odd Fellows, a kind and loving husband, an accommodating neighbor and a loyal friend respected by all who knew him. The funeral services which were private were held at the house Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. I. W. Kimberling of Coe. Burial in Salt River cemetery. About 50 Odd Fellows gathered at the cemetery and assisted in the last sad rites.
The community was greatly shocked when the sudden death of Wm. Keifer was reported last Saturday evening. Mr. Keifer was an exceptionally strong and robust man, had been on the streets during the day in his usual good health but was taken with acute indigestion soon after going home and death resulted in a very short time. Wm. Keifer was born in Chambersburg, Pa., October 12, 1857, and departed this life at his home in the village of Shepherd, Mich., aged 61 years, 9 months and 14 days. The deceased accompanied his parents to Wilmot, Ohio, at the age of five, and there resided until coming to St. Johns, Mich., at the age of 25. Two years after his advent into Michigan, he was united in marriage with Miss Meloy Mullet. To this union were born 5 children, 3 boys and two girls.The departed leaves to mourn their loss, the wife, two daughters, Mrs. Blanche Newton of Ann Arbor, Mrs. Florence Irish of Lansing and the remaining son, Delmar, of Shepherd, also four sisters, Mrs. Anna Nash of Indiana, Mrs. Etta Link of Allison, Ohio, Mrs. Alice Goodmen of Canton, Ohio, and Mrs. Laura Bair of Oberlin, Ohio, also one brother, Robert of VanWert, Ohio, besides other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services conducted from the Christian church Tuesday a.m. by Rev. G. W. Rowlison. Interment in Salt River cemetery.
Marion Keith was born in Richland, Ohio, Oct. 14, 1836, and died at his home in Shepherd July 8, 1916, being 79 years, 8 months and 24 days old. He was united in marriage to Mattie Cable in 1860. To this union were born five children, all of whom are living, Elmer E. of Gardiner, Oregon, Ezra C. of Detroit, Will D. of Saginaw, Addie Fuller and Eva D. of Shepherd. His wife preceded him seven years ago this month. He was one of a family of eleven children, two sisters, Mrs. John Lyon of Shepherd and Mrs. David Minser of Vestaburg survive him. Besides his children and sisters, he leaves to mourn their loss eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Mr. Keith was a kind and obliging neighbor and will be greatly missed by his associates and friends as well as his relatives. Those from out of town who attended the funeral were Israel Cable, a brother of Mrs. Keith, Paul Crum and Henry Orwiler of Shelby, Ohio, Ezra Keith of Detroit, Will Keith wife and three children, Dula, Dale and Delbert, of Saginaw, Allen Clay and wife of Birmingham, Frank Fisher and wife of Alvordton, Ohio, his sister, Mrs. Minser, and Mr. and Mrs. Neckerson of Vestaburg.
Margaret Walters Kennedy
The following letter is self-explanatory. The TIMES offers its sympathy to the stricken family.
"On behalf of father and the family I want to express our sincere thanks to all our kind friends who during mother's illness and death, so tenderly manifested their love and respect for her. Their loving care for her during her last illness and their beautiful floral tributes softened and beautified her last days on earth and deeply touched the hearts of the loved ones she left behind. It is through such spirit and beauty that God manifests himself to humanity and inspires the dying with the desire to go to Him in the spirit world. Sorrowfully yours,
Samuel James Kennedy
Miss Margaret Elizabeth Walters was born August 18th, 1850 in New York State. She came to Hillsdale Co., Mich., in 1851 and to Shepherd, Mich., in 1868. She was married to J.M.R. Kennedy the 29th of October 1870 and has lived in Isabella Co, since that time and is mourned by her husband and five children. She passed away Feb. 19th, 1916 and was interred in the Salt River Cemetery.
Mrs. Vera Kennedy
Mrs. Vera Kennedy, 314 Hall St., died suddenly Thursday, December 12, in the Carson City hospital. She was born on March 8, 1885, in Mecosta county and was a life-long member of the Shepherd Methodist church, also a member of W.S.C.S. and the Shepherd Woman's Club. Mrs. Kennedy, a retired school teacher, was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, in 1948. Funeral services were held on Sunday, 'December 15, at 2:30 P.M. from the Garber Funeral Home, with Rev. Lloyd VanLente officiating. Interment was in the Riverside cemetery at Mt. Pleasant.
Mrs. Kennedy is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Phillip (Mildred) Sheridan of Peck, Michigan, one son Louis Kennedy of Union Lake, two stepsons, Ivan Kennedy of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Durward Kennedy of Clare, 15 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Hattie P. Culver Kingsbury
Mrs. Hattie Kingsbury, 88, died late Sunday at the Samaritan Rest Home in Saginaw after several weeks of illness following a fall in which she broke her hip. Hattie P. Culver was born in St. Joseph county Dec. 10, 1870, and came to Isabella county with her parents when a small child. She was married to Burton Throop in 1895 and he passed away in 1907 and she later married John P. Kingsbury May 3, 1909. They made their home on a farm near Shepherd until moving to the village in the early twenties where they lived until his death April 10, 1950. Some time later she moved to Saginaw where she lived near her sons until taken to the Rest Home. Funeral services were held at the Case Chapel in Saginaw Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Floyd Braun officiating and graveside services were held at the Coe cemetery at 3 Pm. with Rev Paul Drummond officiating. Surviving her are three sons, Frank Throop of Oklawaha, Florida, Estle Wayne and Arlie 0. Kingsbury of Saginaw, one daughter, Mrs. Eldred Clark of Breckenridge, thirteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother Ernest B. Culver of North Muskegon.
Clida Harrison Kiser
Clida Harrison Kiser of R-3 Shepherd, died June 24, 1960 at the Veterans Hospital in Saginaw. He was born April 2, 1889 in Paulding County, Ohio and came to this area in 1944. Mr. Kiser was a veteran of World War I serving in France. He was also a member of the V.F.W. His survivors are his wife, Amy, one son Robert of Breckenridge, and a daughter Shirley Husted, three grand- children, and one sister, Clara J. Grover of Alma. Funeral services were held in the Garber Funeral Home Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. George Bush of Alma Officiating. Interment was in the Salt River Cemetery.
Ottie Hutchinson Knapp
Mrs. Fred Knapp, formerly Miss Ottie Hutchinson of this place, died while on a visit to the home of her sister, Mrs. John Blanken, at Lansing. Mrs. Knapp came from her home at Edmundton, Alberta, about two months ago and after quite an extended visit here had gone to Lansing where a few days later she was taken ill and passed away in a short time. The remains were brought to this place and funeral services held at her &Id home on Thursday afternoon. Rev. Rowlison officiating. Burial in Salt River Cemetery. Ottie Mae Hutchinson was born in Shepherd, Mich.,June 27, 1878 and departed this life July 3d, at the home of her sister, Mrs. John Blanken, Lansing, Mich., She was married to Fred M, Knapp in 1890, She leaves to mourn their loss a husband, mother, three brothers, Louis N. of Dearborn, Floyd who is overseas and Orlando of this place and one sister, Mrs. John Blanken of Lansing. A1so one little niece, Frances Audell, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Kendall Rexford Kniffen
Kendall Rexford Kniffen, 50, passed away suddenly after a heart attack, September 22, at Battle Creek. He was a former resident of this area, being the son of Hugh and Iva Kniffen and was born in Isabella county,, Feb. 20, 1908. His wife preceded him in death October 1948. Surviving him are a stepson, Richard Grace, a son, Victor Kniffen of rural Mt. Pleasant, two daughters, Mrs. Theodore (Janet) Eisenberger and Mrs. Brady (Donna) Salisbury of Shepherd and sons, Gary and David Geer of Coleman, five grandchildren, one brother, Rendell, and a step-father, John Knowlton. Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at Garbers Funeral Home, Rev. Lloyd VanLente officiating. Interment will be made in the Salt River cemetery.
John Kornexl, infant son of Norma Jean and Joe Kornexl, was born July 12th, at the Carson City Hospital and passed away shortly there after. Funeral services were held July 14th at the St. Vincent de Paul Church and interest was made in the St. Vincent Cemetery. Survivors are the parents, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rauschenberger and Mrs. Louis Kornexl.
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