Stanley Leonard


The sad news of the death of Stanley Leonard came as a shock to the whole con-t-unity. He was taken with influenza and was sick just one week and departed this life Jan. 8th, 1919, age 25 years, 3 months and 25 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Nina Wright Jan. 29, 1916. To this union was born one daughter, Ivel Mae, age 2 years and 3 months. He was a kind and loving husband and father. At the age of 15 years he became a member of the Church of Christ at Coe to which faith he was faithful to the end. 

He leaves to mourn their loss his wife and daughter, father and mother and a host of relatives and friends. He was liked by all who knew him and made friends wherever he went. 


Bertha Decker Leversee


Mrs. Bertha Decker Leversee, 76, a resident of Pleasant Valley, died Friday morning at the home of her daughter, William Brickner of rural Shepherd. Her death followed a prolonged illness which had invalided her during the last four years. She was born November 8, 1882 in Paulding county, Ohio and came with her parents, when a child to the Pleasant Valley area where she has resided since. She is survived by her husband, George Leversee; 

two daughters, Mrs. William Brickner of Shepherd and Mrs. Merritt Ward of Jackson, nine sons, William Decker of Jackson, Edgar Decker of Midland, Charles Decker of Marshall, John Decker of Detroit, Jesse Decker of Ashley, George Decker of Shepherd, Fred Decker of Mt. Pleasant, Jay Decker of Lansing and Ray Decker of Alma. A brother,, John Spellman of Scott, Ohio, and three sisters, Mrs. Vada Bronson, Mrs. Lettie Myers and Mrs. Fannie Painter all of Van Wert, Ohio, survive as do several grandchildren. Services will be held Sunday at the Garber Funeral Home in Shepherd. 

Rev. W.H. Bell will officiate. Interment will be made in Pine River Cemetery in Jasper township. 


Elizabeth Garber Ludy


Elizabeth Garber Ludy was born Jan. 1849, near Berne, Switzerland. She came to this country at an early age and for several years lived in the State of Ohio. At the age of 18, she was married to Jacob Ludy and from that time until her death resided on the farm in Lincoln. She was the mother of six children, five of 

whom survive. They are: Mrs. Chas. Sterling of Clare, 

Mrs. George Gehrett and Lela E. Ludy of Shepherd, and Ida M. and Chas. 0. Ludy of Detroit.Mrs. Emanuel Noyes having died 17 years ago, 7 grandchildren and a brother, Ulrich Garber, and a nephew, Fred Garber, also survive. Mrs. Ludy died Friday February 2, 1917, of apoplexy, at the age of 68 years. The funeral was held Feb. 6th, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Leo Gehrett; t in Riverside (Salt River) cemetery, Rev. Dewey officiating. 


Dr. David J. Lynch


Dr. David J. Lynch died unexpectedly yesterday, May 17, at his home in Shepherd. He had returned home from the Veteran's Hospital in Saginaw last Thursday. Dr. Lynch was born January 81 1891, in Rosebush. He had practiced as a veterinarian in Shepherd most of his life except for five years which he spent in Florida. 

Dr. Lynch was a lieutenant colonel, retired, in the medical corps of the U.S. Army, serving actively in World War I. He was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Shepherd. Surviving are his wife, Ellen, three daughters, Mrs. 

Fred DeRushia, Jr., of Alma, Mrs. Robert Young of Saginaw, Mrs. Harry Lyle of Topeka, Kansas, four sons, Wilfrid of Lakewood, California, David J. of Fort Lauderdale, James E. of Yale, Michigan, and John F. of Buffalo, New York, 21 granchildren and two great grandchildren. Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Friday evening in the Garber Funeral Home in Shepherd. Funeral services will be Saturday, with burial in the parish cemetery. 

Funeral services at the St Vincent de Paul Church in Shepherd. Pall bearers, omitted by mistake from the obituary 

were: Harry Patterson of St. 1-ouis, Jack Arndt, Ross VanAlatine A. E. Murphy, John Murray and Mike Kunik. All the children 

and their families were able to be with their mother at this time. 


Charles E. Lyon


Charles Lyon 82 died Friday at the home of his son, Clayton Lyon. He was born March 4, 1887 near Maple Rapids. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Garber Funeral Home. Interment in the Riverside Cemetery. Mr. Lyon is survived by four sons: Leo of Flint, Obie and Verne of Mt. Pleasant and Clayton of Shepherd; two daughters, Beatrice Miller of Breckenridge and Nellie Young of Chrisman, Illinois, one sister Nettie Bulford of Springfield, Mo., one brother, John of Lansing; 27 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Elmer Wittee, Roy Allan, Les Gibbs, Jim Rouse, Charles Steed and Archie Little. 


Mrs. Florence (Keith) Manley


Mrs. Florence Manley passed away Saturday night at the Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. Mrs. Manley was the daughter of Mr. and Owen Keith who lived in the rural Shepherd area. She was married to Ray McGregor, who preceded her in death. They operated the store at Oil City several years before his death. She later married Mr. Manley and they made their home in Mt. Pleasant. Surviving her are her husband, one sister, Mrs.Bill Day, several step-children, one uncle, Wray Ervans, a nephew she raised, Robert Keith, and several cousins, neices and nephews. 

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Stinson Funeral home in Mt. Pleasant with burial in the Riverside Cemetery. 


Harold T. Mtanley


Harold T. Manley, husband of Mary Elizabeth Adams, passed away at Flint, March 17, 1963. Funeral will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at Dodds-Dumano's Funeral home in Flint, and burial at Clare, Michigan. 


Anna McAvoy


Mrs. Anna McAvoy passed away very suddenly at her home 

in Shepherd last Wednesday afternoon, January 13, 196o. 

She was a lifelong resident of this community, part of the time on a farm and the remainder in the village. She was born in Isabella County July 12, 1890, and was married to Orrie McAvoy who preceded her in death four years ago in March. Surviving her are three daughters, Mrs. Rosetta Mcclintic, and Mrs. Donna Blizzard of Shepherd and Mrs. Erma Rice of Flora, Illinois, 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Also one sister, Mrs. Marie Baldwin of Flint, two brothers, Pete Hanel of Afton and Frank Hanel of Flint. 

Funeral services w4re held Saturday afternoon at two o'clock at the Garber Funeral Home with Rev. H. Bell officiating. 

Interment was made in the Salt River Cemetery by the side of her husband. 


Orrie McAvoy


Residents of this community were shocked Monday as word 

of the death of Orrie McAvoy was passed around. 

Mr. McAvoy has been in ill health for some time and has been confined to his bed since Friday. His condition was considered to be improving Monday morning and he was able to eat his dinner, but shortly after 12:30 he became worse and passed away. He has been a resident of Shepherd the larger part of his lifetime working on roads and in logging and for several years as a farmer. The past fourteen years he has owned the farm on which he lived just west of Shepherd. He was known for the fine teams of horseswhich he kept over a long period of time, and spent many hours plowing gardens through out the village.


A. Dwight McClintic


A.Dwight McClintic, 75, of Rt. #1 in Alma, passed away March 1, 

at Gratiot Community Hospital in Alma, Michigan. Funeral services were held March 5, from the Moody-Wolfel Funeral Home. Burial was in Salt River Cemetery with the Rev. Elliott of the United Methodist church. Mr. McClintic was born April 9, 1897, in Shepherd, the son of Arthur and Maude Kennedy McClintic

He was married to Hazel Nitzley who preceded him in death, March 28, 1964. A lifetime resident of Gratiot county, McClintic was a farmer.He was a member of the I.O.O.F. for 56 years, and a Past Noble Grand of the Odd Fellows.Surviving are two sons, Glenn of St. Louis and Arthur of Alma, 5 brothers, Holly, George, and Floyd, all of St. Louis, a daughter, Mrs. Helen Giles of Breckenridge, and a brother alton of Merrill, 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.



Leonard Herbert McFarren


Leonard Herbert McFarren was born in Ingham County, Michigan

July 25, 1854. He was of a family of eight children. Then he was eight years old, the family moved to Coe township, Isabella county. He with his parents and brothers and sister, knew all the realities of pioneer life. On March 8, 1874, he was united in marriage to Olive Smith who departed this life September 13, 1876, at the early age of 19 years, having been married the short period 

of two years and six months. During the next few years, Mr. McFarren made his home with his parents, his work being lumbering and river work, known so well to the old pioneers of this section. 

On April 29, 1880, he was married for a second time, toMrs. N. A. Slaven of Pennsylvania who survives him. He accepted the Christian religion aboutthe year 1896, uniting with the Baptist church at Chippewa, and was a faithful worker in this church until he removed to Shepherd, when he united with the Disciple church at this place, of which he was still a member at the time of his death. He was proud, industrious, and a congenial companion. The dread malady that caused his death had been developing for years. For the past three years his suffering was most intense, but was borne with much fortitude and patience. Much credit is due to his faithful wife, who during all this period was untiring in her efforts for his comfort and for the past ten months hardly left his bedside, being nurse, companion, and consoling wife. He departed this life Monday evening, December 16, 

1918, aged 64 years, 4 months, and 21 days. He leaves a wife, two daughters and eleven grandchildren, one brother and one sister, besides other relatives farther removed, and many friends to mourn his loss. 


Clifford McKinley


Clifford McKinley passed away Dec. 13th, at the Carson City Hospital where he had been taken earlier in the week following a stroke. Mr. McKinley was in the hospital a couple of weeks ago for several days following an earlier stroke. He had been a resident of this area for the past 54 years, and with Mrs. McKinley recently celebrated their 53 rd wedding anniversary. 

He has been a very active member of the Coe Lodge I.O.O.F. and also a member of the Gleaners. William Clifford McKinley was born in Clare county January 1886, and was married to Henrietta Cohoon, daughter of a Shepherd pioneer. Surviving him are his wife, one son Lee McKinley of Lansing and two grandchildren, Donna and Gerald, one half-brother, Walter Lewis of Waukegon, Illinois, and one half-sister, Hattie Crittendon of Sherman Oaks, California. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon, at 

2 pm at the Garbger Funeral Home, with Rev. H. Bell 

officiating. Interment in Salt River cemetery. 


Begley Merrill


Begley Merrill, 76, only survivor of Adelbert and Elmira Merrill, died at the C.M.U. Hospital August 17, 1960 after a long illness. 

He was born July 18, 1884 in Isabella County and spent all his life living on a farm southwest of Mt. Pleasant. Mr. Terrill is survived by his wife, Kathrine, two sons, Stuart A. and Genn W. and ten grandchildren. Masonic services were held at the Stinson Funeral Home. Friday August 19,1960 with Rev. Robert Smith officiating. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. 


David Merrillat


David Julius Merillat passed away at the Central Michigan community hospital in Mt. pleasant, after an illness Of about one month, on Monday, January 23rd. He was born at Mt. Eden, Stark county, Ohio, on June 4, 1877, and came to this community as an infant. Surviving him are two sisters, Mrs. Ed Hill of Williamston, and Mrs. Frank Grinnell of Mt. pleasant, also one brother, Ed A. Merrillat of Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 26, 1961, at the Garber Funeral Home at 2 pm Rev. Lloyd VanLente will officiate and interment will be made in the Salt River cemetery. 


“Spikehorn” Comes Home


Spikehorn Meyer came home Tuesday to Shepherd, when he was buried in the Salt River Cemetery following services which were held at the Stephenson Funeral Home in Clare. 

He passed away at the Gladwin Nursing Home at the age of 89, where he had been cared for the past eighteen months. Spikehorn, as he was known far and near, was born John A. Meyer July 15, 1870 in Stark County, Ohio and came to Shepherd in 1876 with his parents, to farm two miles north of Shepherd. 

He grew up in this community and for some time operated 

a deer park before moving to Clare County, where he had a bear den and deer park since the early thirties on US-27 near Harrison. 

Spikehorn worked as a farmer, guide, woodsman, hunter, trapper and lumberjack and many were the tales he told of the early days. some of which had pretty much of a Paul Bunyon flavor. He chose to dress in pioneer costume with buckskin jacket and always wore a 1ong florins beard and long hair according to the memories of those who knew him. He long claimed to be in his eighties and by his appearance, looked it, but was only 89 when he died Saturday. 

He was quite a hand to invent and manufacture machines among then was a sugar beet lifter, tile and chairs and one especially remembered by local residents was a logging tractor which proved to be so heavy it could scarcely remove itself, engines in those days not being so powerful. He advertised his bear den as the only bear den in the world where visitors were allowed to shake hands with the bears and as a result he faced law suits from visitors who were mauled by his bears. He was also taken into court by the Conservation Department for failure to get a permit to keep bears and was consistently criticizing the department. In 1948 Spikehorn was campaigning for state representative to the legislature from the Clare Isabella District and ran afoul of the law when he distributed defamatory literature about one of his opponents. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail after conviction by a justice court jury. He had served three hours when the case was dropped after he was defeated in the race. Many years ago he drew plans for a tunnel under the river at Detroit for the Michigan Central railroad. It was later built from almost identical plans. He also appeared before the legislature at Lansing with a model of a tunnel across the straits for consideration, long before the bridge was considered. All of these things brought him publicity and many a tourist stopped to visit his bear dens as a result. 

One final memory shared by the long ago boys of this community were his various ingenious traps to catch the watermelon hunting kids. However, kids being kids they managed to elude them. 

His bear dens and park were damaged by fire in 1957 and 

his age prevented his from rebuilding. With failing health he entered the nursing home at Gladwin, where he spent the 

remainder of his life. 



William Michaud


William H. Michaud of R#1 Vestaburg was born January 19, 1892 at Syracuse, New York, and died May 8, 1960 at the Lakeview Hospital Mr. Michaud was formerly of Beaverton, where he was a 

veterinarian for 43 years. He is survived by his wife, formerly Clara Koyl, a father, Louis H.Michaud of Beaverton, two daughters, Mrs. Edwin Henderson of Howell, Michigan, and Mrs. Melvin Kale of Dorr, Michigan, also five grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Floyd Turner and two brothers, Louis of Detroit, and Fred of Los Angeles. Services were held Wednesday at 2 pm at the Garber Funeral Home and interment in Salt River cemetery. 


Catherine Gimmey Miller


Mrs. Catherine Gimmey Miller, 81, was brought here from Ypsilanti Monday for funeral services which were held Tuesday at 2 pm at the Garber Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Mayfield, pastor of the Nazarine church at Mt. Pleasant, officiating.

Mrs. Miller was born to John and Anna Rake Christle August 26, 1878 at Welisboro, Pennsylvania and passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital at Ann Arbor where she had been ill for several weeks.

She was a resident of this community for a long period of years until leaving following the death of her first husband, Jacob Gimmey in 1940.

Later she married Mr. Miller and they made their home in Williamston.Following his death eight years ago she moved to Ypsilanti to be near her children. 

She leaves four sons, Charles of Ypsilanti, Richard of New York City, Raymond and Fred of Ann Arbor, three daughters, Mattie Calcut of Ann Arbor, Lizzie Reeves of Phoenicx, Arizona and May Gimmey of Ann Arbor; two step children, John Gimmey and Margaret Divelbiss of Shepherd; seventeen grandchildren and thirty-six great grandchildren, also two brothers Fred Christle of Williamston and Lloyd Christle of Flint, three sisters, Adelia Whittaker and Nellie Wood of Elmia, New York and Ida Emory of Lansing.

Interment was made in Salt River cemetery by the side of her first husband, Jacob Gimmey.



Hazel A. Hauver Wilbur Miller


Hazel A. Miller, 79, Shepherd, died Wednesday at the Schnepp Nursing Home in St. Louis. She was born September 4, 1893, in Coe township, and was a life resident of the area. Surviving are a son, Paul Wilbur, of Shepherd, a sister,Mrs. Daisy Tannen of St. Louis, three grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. 

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday from the Garber-Berry Funeral home in Shepherd, Rev. Albert Rill officiating. 

Burial was in the Coe township cemetery. 


Mable Miller


Mrs. Mable Miller passed away at the Gratiot Community hospital Monday, April 18, after an illness of many months. Mrs. Miller was born May 24, 1896, in Findley, Ohio, and was a resident of Shepherd for many years before moving to St. Louis with her husband Elton. Several years ago they returned to Shepherd. She was a Member of the Orchard Avenue Church of Christ. Surviving her are her husband and one son Robert, and a grandson, David. 

Funeral services were held 11@@ednesday at the Garber Funeral Home with Lawrence Kepler officiating, assisted by Rev. I. H. Bell. 

Harold Struble, Charles Bingham, Franklin Switzer, Melvon Kindig, Cliff Harry and Barney Howard were pall bearers. Interrment was made in the Salt River cemetery. 


Norman H. Milliken


A telegram received here early Thursday morning that Mrs. Milliken was seriously ill in the Hospital at Oklahoma City, and this was followed shortly by another telegram which occurred on Wednesday evening announcing his death. Mr. Milliken left Shepherd for Oklahoma where he arrived last Christmas Day. Mrs. Milliken left soon after to join him and was with him at the time of his death. He had been afflicted with stomach trouble but a stroke was the immediate cause of his death. The body was shipped to Alma whereit was met by a large number of friends and relatives who accompanied it to his former home in this village. This town and community was cast into gloom by this death of one of our most esteemed citizens. Norman Henry Milliken, eldest son of Norman Henry and Sarah Milliken was born at Milliken, Ont., September 2nd, 1869. He departed this life at Oklahoma City General Hospital April 9th, 1930. At the age of seven months he came with his grandparents to Saline, Mich., later coming to Salt River, now Shepherd, where he has spent the greater part of his life. 

He was converted at the age of 18 and united with the United Brethern church, later transferring to the M.E. church 

in Shepherd, where he has been a faithful follower of Christ. He was united in marriage to Margaret Girven March 31, 1892. To this union two children were born: Mildred Middaugh of Benton Harbor, Mich. and Bothwell Milliken of Kalamazoo, Mich. Besides his widow and children he is survived by two grandchildren, Norman C. and Virginia Middaugh, two sisters, Mrs. George Spencer of Shepherd and Mrs. Wm. Owen of Tecumseh, one brother, Emerson Milliken of Tulsa, Oklahoma, six nieces, five nephews and a host of friends. 

The number of sorrowing friends who went to Alma to help conduct the funeral cortege to his home, and the great amount and beauty of the floral pieces shows how he was loved and respected by those who knew him best. He was noted for his genial disposition. He never passed a Person on the street, without a cheery greeting especially a child or elderly person Funeral service were held from the M.E. church Monday conducted by Rev. Kendall. Interment in Salt River Cemetery.


Sarah Milliken


Sarah, daughter of John and Sarah McMillan, was born in Pennsylvania, July 28, 1841 and passed away at the depot in Shepherd on Dec. 30, 1916, while waiting for the train to go to Ionia to spend New Years with her five sisters.She was united in marriage to Henry Milliken on March 21, 1866 at Rippen, Wisconsin.

To this union five children were born, four of whom are living besides these she leaves to mourn their loss her husband, 16 grandchildren, five sisters, other relatives and a host of friends.She was a kind and loving wife and mother, self-sacrificing always doing for others.

She confessed Christ and united with the M.E. church of this place thirteen years ago.Funeral services were held at the m.E. church Monday afternoon, Rev. L.L. Dewey officiating.



Carl Moeggenborg


Twelve children were left fatherless when Carl Moggennborg 

45, of Route 3, Alma, and well known and respected in the Shepherd area, collided with a large truck at the detour around the overpass on M-46 just west of St. Louis. The accident happened at approximately 2 A.M, as Moggenborg was coming home from work and he was taken to the Gratiot Community Hospital in Alma, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. State Police from the Ithaca Post were still investigating the accident over the week end. Carl F. Hoard, of Gladwin, was the driver of the truck. 

Funeral services were held Monday, September 26, at the 

St. Vincent de Paul Church in Shepherd and burial was in the Church Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Agnes and twelve children, Mrs. Jimmy Gatten, of Mt. Pleasant; Jane, Joan,, Irene, Howard, Stanley, Judy, Linda and Marie: one grandson; two brothers, August, of rural Alma and Leo, of rural Shepherd; seven sisters; Mrs. Harry Schimmoller, of Alma; Mrs. Edward Meyer of Shepherd; Mrs. Richard Meyer, of St. Louis; Mrs. Eugene Hohlbien, Mrs. Gilbert Turnwald, Mrs. Dick Koester and Mrs. Myles Conroy, all of Shepherd.


Mrs. Edith Moening


Mrs. Edith Moening, formerly of Shepherd died in Mercy Hospital in Bay City October 14. She was born on March 21, 1891. Surviving are four daughters: Mrs. Ralph Steed, of Midland; Mrs. John Sheldon, of Mt. Pleasant; Mrs. Murray of West Palm Beach, Florida and Mrs. Chester Kaczynski of Auburn; four sons, Calvin of Saginaw, James of Lansing, Melvin of Midland and Joe of the U.S. Army in Germany; two brothers, Stuart and James Curtiss of Shepherd; 25 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services are pending at the Taylor Funeral Home in Auburn.


Frank H. Moening

Frank H. Moening, 67, a former resident of Shepherd, passed away at Ann Arbor University Hospital after several weeks of illness. Mr. Moening lived at 2640 Bay City Road. He is survived by his wife, Ellah; eight children, Mrs. June Steed of Midland, Mrs. Frances Sheldon of Mt. Pleasant, Mrs. Dorothea Murray of Palm Beach, Florida, Mrs. Joan Kaczynski of Auburn, Calvin of Saginaw, James of Lansing, Melvin of Midland, Joe of Orland Park, Illinois; and also 22 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the St. Anthony Church at Fisherville at 9 a.m. Thursday. Funeral arrangements are being made by the Taylor Funeral Home. 


Mary Elizabeth McCauley Moore


Mary Elizabeth McCauley was born June 22, 1851, 

at New Harrisburg, Ohio, and departed this life December 1, 1919, aged 68 years, 5 months and 9 days. She was married April 4, 1871, to James A. Moore of the same place. They came at once to the farm south of Shepherd which remained their home for forty-six years, when they moved to the village of Shepherd. 

There remains to mourn the loss of this devoted wife 

and mother, her husband, James W. Moore, Ettie E. Manning, 

wife of Rev. Lewis Manning of Muskegon, Mich., James G., Lewis R. Manning, James G. Moore of Madison, Wis., John C. Moore of Lansing, Mich., and 8 grandchildren, Carroll G. Moore the youngest child departed this life about 3 years ago. Lillie B. died when 

7 years old. Mrs. Moore united with the Presbyterian church in New 

Harrisburg in her early girlhood. She transferred her membership on coming to Michigan to the Presbyterian church at Salt River. Upon the disbanding of this organization 30 years ago, she joined the Methodist Episcopal church at Shepherd of which she was a faithful member at the time of her death. 

Funeral services were held December 3, at the M. E. 

church and interment was at Shepherd cemetery. 



Mrs. Clara Moyer


Mrs. Clara Moyer, one of Pleasant Valley's oldest and best-liked residents fulfilled a prediction she had confidently made several years ago, as she celebrated her 100th birthday last Thursday. 

"Sure I'm going to live to be 100, she announced on her 95th birthday. I feel fine and my doctor says there's no 

reason why I shouldn't." In passing the century mark, Mrs. Moyer really beat the odds for when she was born in 1863, there was a mere five percent chance of a person reaching their 80th birthday and reaching the 100 mark was almost impossible. Born the same year Lincoln was to give his now immortal Gettysburg Address, Mrs. Moyer has lived through the century that has brought such marvels as the invention and development of the wireless' the horseless carriage and the "flying machine" and “tube", atomic weapons and “spacemen". Her busy and productive life began when she was born Clara Hitchcock in Red Run, Michigan, a community which is now called Warren and is the fastest growing community in the United States. Although only a child when the Civil War ended, she vividly recalls being perched on her father's shoulder watching the expressions of joy and pride on the faces of families as they reunited with returning Union soldiers at Fort Dearborn. 

Her more than 50 years of married life began on April 3, 

i884, when she was married to W. H. Moyer in Candy, Michigan, a tiny town six miles west of Levering, which no longer exists.

Shortly after their marriage, the Moyers moved to the Pleasant Valley area where they were pioneer farmers and country-store keepers. Mrs. Moyer, one of the first women students at Alma College, was a graduate of the Kindergarten Class of 1894, 

and is the oldest living Alma College graduate. Her career of school teaching in Pleasant Valley area schools spanned three generations of children. Among her pupils were the grandchildren of her first students, one of her brothers, a girl who was later to become her sister-in-law, and two nieces. She also taught Sunday School for many years in the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church. For several years she had the distinction of being the oldest newspaper correspondent in Michigan and perhaps in the nation when her weekly column of pioneer stories and community activities, only discontinued this past summer, was printed in the Alma Affectionately known as "Aunt Clara" in the Pleasant 

Valley area, her birthday was the occasion for an unofficial community celebration as friends, neighbors, and relatives 

dropped in to visit and offer best wishes. Seated in her comfortable easy chair, surrounded by the several hundred congratulatory cards and letters, Mrs. Moyer typified womanly concern with her appearance when she saw some of those pictures she shyly remarked, Some of those pictures they’ve taken of me makes me look so much older than I really am." 

Though she can move about her home of more than three- quarters ofa century, in a wheel chair, Mrs. Moyer spends 

most of theday in her easy chair within reach of her papers and radio.With the aid of a combination magnifying glass and desk lamp, from the St. Louis Lions, she is able to keep up 

on her reading. With her niece, Mrs. Mary Stonerock, as her companion, she maintains a lively interest in current affairs through television and radio news. 

Sitting on a table near her chair is a bottle of whiskey 

given her in jest by her long-time doctor. When callers 

remark on this bottle, Mrs. Moyer laughingly says, 

"Come back next year when I celebrate my 101st- 

birthday and we'll have a party." 


Rexford E. Mullet


Rexford E. Mullet was born in Shepherd, Sept. 14, 1903, and departed this life August 6, 1928. He was graduated from Shepherd high school in June, 1921, and from Central State Teachers College in 1923 from where he accepted the position of Principal of the Hope schools where he remained for two years before becoming principal of the McBain high school in 1926, which position he held until the time of his death. 

He was united in marriage to Ruth Elizabeth MeGillis 

on July 12, 1926. They made their home in McBain until 

this summer when he engaged in the real estate business in Flint for the period of the summer vacation. 

Besides his wife the deceased leaves his parents, Mr. 

and Mrs. Charles Mullet, three brothers, Arza, Stanley and Elmore Mullet, and a host of friends to mourn his untimely 

passing. Funeral services were held at the home of his parents 

at one o'clock Thursday and at the Methodist church in Mt. Pleasant at two o'clock, the Shepherd lodge of Free and Accepted Masons having charge of the services. Rev. Peterson of Sanford delivered, the funeral sermon. Interment was in Riverside cemetery. 


Catherine Haller Mulvey


Mrs. Catherine Mulvey, a former resident of Shepherd,

passed away at a Pontiac Hospital, November 3, after a 

lengthy illness, at the age of 78 years. She had been up during the day and died suddenly in the night. Mrs. Mulvey was a charter member of the Women's Club and very active in the organization. She was also active in the St. Vincent de Paul church. Mr. Mulvey ran the ciderwhich was located where Chaffin’s feed is now. Mr. and Mrs. Mulvey lived in Shepherd for over 28 years. 

Mrs. Mulvey was born in Mount Clemens, January 20, 1880, a daughter of the late Peter and Mary Bodell Haller. She was united in marriage with Louis Mulvey and the couple made their home in Texas. Later, they moved to Shepherd, where Mr. Mulvey passed away in 1939. Mrs. Mulvey returned to Mount Clemens in 1943. 

The deceased was a member of the St. Peter Catholic 

church in Mount Clemens. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. William (Virginia) Farley of Long Beach, California, and three nieces, Mrs. Margaret Hannigan of Royal Oak, Mrs. Marie Pruett and Mrs. Gertrude Gardner both of Mount Clemens. 

Funeral services were held at the Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 North Gratiot Ave., Mount Clemens, on 

Friday at 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 at St. Peter Catholic church, with the Reverend Father John k. Mulvey, of St. Boniface, Bay City, a brother of Louis Mulvey officiating. Father Mulvey was 

also at one time a pastor of the St. Vincent de Paul church 

in Shepherd. Burial was made in the St. Peter cemetery. 



Fr. John Mulvey


Fr. John A. Mulvey, 79, pastor emeritus of St. Boniface's church, Bay City, passed away Saturday, November 7th, at Miami, Florida. 

Fr. Mulvey was the first pastor of the St. Vincent de Paul church, coming in on the motor car from Alma, where he was serving, and staying with his brother, Lew Mulvey, and family, to serve the newly organized Church in 1915. He carried on this work until he left to join the army as a Chaplin in World War I. Fr. Mulvey was born in Macomb county, January 31 1880 and was ordained August 27, 1905. He served pastorates in Alpena and Mt. Pleasant as well as Alma and Shepherd before his appointment to St. Boniface. He resigned his position in September due to ill health. 

A Pontifical Requiem Mass was held at the St. Boniface Church on Thursday, November 129 with Saginaw Diocese Bishop Stephen S. Woznickle officiating. 


Catherine Myers Oberlin

Miss Catherine Myers was born the 3d day of June, 1832, 

in Stark county, Ohio and died in the village of Shepherd the 21st day of May 1918. Aged 85 years, 11 months and 18 days. 

The deceased was united in marriage July 25, 1853, to Joseph Oberlin. To this union were born six children, two 

boys and four girls. Of this number two, a boy and girl, passed away in childhood. Later on, about ten years ago, the husband passed away. Very early in life the departed gave her heart to God 

and became a member of His great family His church. She has ever endeavored to live the Christian life in honor of her master. 

The departed leaves to mourn their loss one son and three daughters, a number of grand children and great 

grandchildren and a large circle of friends. 

Funeral services were conducted by G.W.Rowlison, 

pastor of the Church of Christ. Burial in Chippewa cemetery. 



Joe Octenyak


Joe Octenyak of Shepherd was born in Yugoslavia, March 18, i888, and died June 25, 1960, at Broomfield Memorial Hospital He was 72 years old. Services were held in the Garber Funeral Home at 4:30 Tuesday, with Father Roczen officiating. Burial was in the St. 

Vincent de Paul Cemetery. Mr. Octenyak is survived by one nephew, Dr. Frank Ivanichek Ancon of Hamiton, New Jersey. 


Mrs. Pearl Ostrom


Mrs. Pearl Ostrom, 78, wife of Rev. Charles P. Ostrom, died suddenly Sunday morning at her home in Shepherd. She had been married in January of this year to Rev. Ostrom. Besides her husband, she leaves her daughter, Deliah Gorby of Sand Lake, and two grandchildren. Rev. Lloyd VanLente will officiate at services to be held in Shepherd Tuesday 2 pm in the Garber Funeral Home. Funeral services will also be held in Sand Lake in the South Ensley Methodist Church.Friends may call at Sand Lake in the Walsh Funeral Home. Interment will be at the South Ensley cemetery.



Allie Karr Thompson Owen


Allie Karr Thompson was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, 

August 1st, 1872 and departed this life at Shepherd Jan. 15th, 1919, aged 64 years, 5 months and 14 days. 

She was united in marriage to Thos. Owen Dec. 7, 1890. To this union six children were born, Clarence, who is now with the American army in France, Mrs. Edna Studer of Alma, John of Illinois, Chas. of Harmon, Ill., Beesie and Chester at home. She is survived also by her husband, two brothers and one sister, three grandchildren and a host of friends. She united with the Baptist church at an early age and always was a faithful member. 

She was a devoted wife and loving mother and a friend to everyone. She is gone but not forgotten. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. L.L. Lawey at the home west of Town Saturday, Jan. 18th. 


Sarah C. Packer


Sarah C. Packer, 77, was born June 24, 1883, in Jasper township, Midland county, and lived at Coe Center, Route 2, St. Louis, until her death September 3, at the Foglesong Convalescent Home. Mrs. Packer was a member of the Coe Church of Christ. 

She was married to Floyd Packer in 1909 and have one daughter, Doris Purtill, of Mt. Pleasant, and two sons, Donald of Route 2, St. Louis, and Norman of Stanton, 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, one sister, Veeda Teagarden, of-St. Louis, Route 2, and one brother, Leonard Bohannon of Shepherd. 

Services were held Tuesday, September 6, at 2:00 p.m. 

in the Garber Funeral Home, with Rev. William Dykes officiating. Interment in Salt River cemetery. 



Coral E. Parker


Coral E. Parker was born in Coe Township, July 11, 1893 

to Albert and Ella Young Parker and passed away June 12th, 1959 at the Lapeer State Home and Training School, where she had lived for the past thirty years.Surviving her are two sisters, Anna Childs of Lansing and Mrs. Fred Weeks of Mt. Pleasant; also one brother, Bert Parker of Shepherd, and a number of nephews and 

nieces. Funeral services were held at the Garber Funeral Home, Wednesday afternoon with Rev. H. Bell, officiating. 

Interment was made in the Salt River Cemetery, 



William Albert Parker


William Albert Parker, known to all as "Bert" passed away at the Broomfield Memorial Hospital on April 26th after an illness of several months. Mr. Parker was born April 19, 1880, on the farm 

South of Shepherd, where he lived his entire lifetime. 

He served as a director of the Shepherd State Bank for a number of years. Surviving him are two sisters, Mrs. Anna Childs of Lansing, and Mrs.. Florence Weeks of Mt. Pleasant, also two nieces, Mrs. Paul Eisenhauer of Lansing, and Mrs. Ella Wilberding and a nephew, Clayton Stahlman, of Shepherd. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 28, at the Garber Funeral Home with Rev. Lloyd VanLente officiating. Interment was made in the family plot at Salt River cemetery. 


Clara Peak


Mrs. Clara Peak, 85, passed away April 9th, at the Broomfield Memorial Hospital after an illness which confined her to her bed for the past two years. She was taken to the hospital about a month ago. She was born in Morrow county, Ohio, and came to 

Michigan in 1904 with her husband, Elmer, to whom she was married in 1893. They lived northeast of Shepherd for a long time, later moving to Saginaw about thirty years ago and bought the home where she lived until taken to the hospital. Mr. Peak preceded her in death in 1955, and her daughter Mrs. Cleo Englehart, cared for her since that time. Also preceding her in death, were a son, James, and a daughter, Violet. Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Engle- hart, and three sons, Carl of Saginaw, Ivan of Alma, and 

Basil of Shepherd, one brother, Garfield Baldwin of Ashley, Ohio, 28 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Garber Funeral Home Monday with Rev. Lawrence Kepler officiating. Interment was made in the Salt River cemetery. 

Out of town people attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Richard Peak and daughter Bernice of Marion, Ohio, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Englehart of Fort Wayne, Indiana and a large number of relatives from Saginaw. Mrs. Peak and her husband lived in Shepherd for many years--note by Melva Wilbur. 



Louis W. Perrine


Louis W. Perrine passed away Monday, August 24, 1959, at Veterans Hospital at Saginaw, where he had been taken on Sunday for care. He had been in failing health for several years.Mr. Perrine was born in Battle Creek, April 19, 1880, and served during the Spanish American War in 1898 and 1899, and was a charter member 

Of the Joe Ulsh post 8215 V.F.W. and also a member of the Spanish American War Veterans of Ann Arbor. He and his wife had made their home in Shepherd since 1931 Surviving are his wife, Blanch, two sons Roland of Detroit and Austin of California, two daughters Vivian Dalrymple and Doris Bette of Alma, two step-sons John Timmer of Mt. Pleasant and Andrew Timmer of Grand Ledge, also two brothers H. Herbert Perrine, Sr. of Shepherd, and Ralph of 

Ann Arbor. Funeral services are being held today (Thursday) at 

2:00 p.m. at the Garber Funeral Home with Rev. W.H. Bell officiating, and interment will be made in the Salt River cemetery. Military services will be held with members of the Joe Ulsh post V.F.W. and military personnel from the Air Base at Oscoda participating.


Elizabeth Bergin Powers


Mrs. Elizabeth Powers, one of the early settlers of Livingston county, died at her home in Shepherd, Wednesday, November 26, 1919.Elizabeth Bergin was born in Detroit Feb. 14, 1838; while an infant she came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Bergin, to Livingston county, where she lived until united in marriage to John Powers July 27, 18569 at White Oak, Oakland county. To this union seven children were born, three of whom survive her, one child, Andrew, died in infancy, while one son, Stephen, died when a young man, also a daughter, Mary, and another daughter, Mrs. Julia Peterson, died in May, 1898. The children who survive her are Edward and James of Shepherd and Patrick of Mt. Pleasant. She also leaves an adopted son, Vincent Powers, and five grandchildren and three great grandchildren, besides she was affectionately called grandma by all the children of the vicinity because she always sympathized with their childhood joys and sorrows


Alta Rice Kyes Priestley


Alta Rice was born in Leslie, Ingham county, Michigan,July 18, i864, and came with her parents to Isabella county, Michigan in November 1878.In December, 1882, she was united in marriage to Chauncey Kyes, of Coe township. To this union was born one son, Judd, who, with his wife and two children, reside in Alma, Michigan. The father departed this life June 6th, 1891. 

January 1, 1897 she was united in marriage to James E. Priestley, of Coe township. To this union was born two sons, James D. Priestly who with his wife resides at Bridgeport, Conn., and Orlando, at home. Besides her immediate family, she leaves one sister, Mrs. Ethel Drum, of Shepherd. Two brothers and other 

relatives and friends mourn her departure. She departed 

this life July 29, 1924, in Saginaw, Mich. She was laid to rest in Salt River cemetery. 


Oma Marie Fisher Purtill


Oma Marie Fisher, the eldest daughter of Charley and Ellen Fisher was born near Greenville, Dark county, Ohio, November 10, 1903, and departed this life at her home near Shepherd April 21, 1930, at the age of 26 years, 5 months and 11 days. At the age of seven years she came with her parents to Michigan to live. At the age of nineteen she was united in marriage to Emmet Purtill. To this union were born five children, two preceding her in death. 

She leaves to mourn her departure a faithful husband, three children, Lorna age 6, Charles 4, and Edna 3, her parents, two sisters, Mrs. May Myers and Olive Fisher, five brothers, Herbert, Roy, Omer, her twin Ray, and John, two grandparents and a host of relatives and friends. 


Card of Thanks signed by 

Mr. and Mrs. Charley Fisher 

Olive Fisher

John Fisher 

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Fisher 

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fisher 

Mr. and Mrs. Omer Fisher

Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Meyer



Noble Purvis


Voble J, Purvis, 39 years of age, died at his home in Jasper township last Friday. Mr. Purvis had been in failing health for several months. 

The funeral was held at the Christian church in Shepherd Sunday. Rev. Kimberling of St. Louis is officiating. Interment was made in Salt River cemetery. Both the I.C.O.F. and Gleaner lodges attended in a body and it was one of the largest ever held in Shepherd. Noble J. Purvis was born in Arcada township, Gratiot county, May 26, 1887, and died July 9, 1926. He was united in marriage March 89 1906, to Miss Pearl Stacy, To this union three children were born, Leslie and Helen at home, and Mrs. Rhea Huber who resides, in Isabella county, who with his wife are left to mourn their loss. 


Dora Hattie Rauschenberger


Dora Hattie Rauschenberger, of Shepherd, born August 17, 1879, in Lenawee county, Michigan, passed away June 27, 1960, at the Carson City hospital. Her husband, Fred, and one son, (Dutch) preceded her in death, and seven children survive her, Mrs. Edith Young of Lansing, Fred of Shepherd, Nellie Merrill of Grand Ledge, Elmer of Lansing, Martin of Alma, Gertrude Decker of Ashley, and Henry of Muskegon, 23 grandchildren and 34 great grand-children. The services were held Saturday, June 25, 1960, at 2 p.m. in Garbers Funeral Home, with Rev. Forrest Rhoads officiating. The burial was in the Coe cemetery. 



Durward B. Rauschenberger


Funeral services for Durward B. (Dutch) Rauschenberger will be on Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Garber Funeral Home in Shepherd; Rev. George Bush of Allm will officiate, with burial in the Salt River cemetery. Mr. Rauschenberger, 55, died Monday at the Saginaw County Hospital after an extended illness. Survivors include his wife, Emma Bradley Rauschenberger, his mother, Dora of St. Johns, three sisters, Edith Young of Lansing, Nellie Merrill of Grand Ledge, Gertrude Decker of Ashley, four brothers, Fred of Shepherd, Elmer of Lansing, Martin of Alma, and Henry of Muskegon. 



Vera Rauschenberger


Mrs. Vera Rauchenberger passed away February 2nd at the Gartiot Community Hospital.She has been a resident of this area since 1916 coming here from Henry County, Ohio, where she was born August 49 1904. She has been in ill health for some time. 

Funeral services were held at the Garber Funeral Home Friday at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Lloyd Van Lente officiating. Interment was made in the Salt River Cemetery. Surviving are her husband, Fred, three daughters, Mrs. Grant Foutch of Bridgeport, Mrs. Joe Kornexl of Shepherd, Mrs. Phillip Morten of St. Louis, one son Donald, seven grandchildren, one sister Mrs. Charles VanScoyoc of Deshler, Ohio, four brothers Leland Brown, of Allendale, Herbert Brown of Harrison, Jerry Brown of Placerville, California and Keith Brown of Kansas. 


Rena Ripley


Mrs. Rena Ripley a lifetime resident of this area passed away at her home Thursday morning at the age of 88. She was born in Coe Township July 19th, 1871. She has been a member and worker in the Chippewa Baptist Church for more than sixty years. Funeral services were held at the Chippewa Baptist church Sunday at 2 p.m. with Rev. James Ebeling and Rev. Veder Bass officiating. 

Entombments was made in the Mausoleum of Riverside cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. She is survived by a son, John, of route four Mt. Pleasant one grandaughter, Mrs. Janet Stahl of route four Mt. Pleasant and a great grandson Richard John Stahl. 



Fred 0. Roberts

Fred 0. Roberts, 79, died at his home at rural Shepherd, Monday, September 16, He was born in Gratiot county, January 18, 1884, and has lived for many years in his present home. He and his wife, Marie, were married 56 years ago. Mr. Roberts was a member of the Gleaners and the Farm Bureau. He is survived by his wife, Marie, and three foster children, Ted Yates of Shepherd, Don Duffy of Midland, and Mrs. Elmer Witte of Shepherd, six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept ember 19, the Garber Funeral Home, Rev. Lloyd VanLente officiating. Interment in the Salt River cemetery. 


Susan Cecilia Roberts


Miss Susan Cecilia Roberts, 87, died Monday at the home of her cousin, Joseph Fanning, in rural Shepherd. She was a member of a pioneer Shepherd family, born October 27, 1872, on the Roberts farm in Coe township. Rosary will be recited begining at 8 P.M. 

Wednesday evening in the Garber Funeral Home in Shepherd. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 9 a.m. in St. Vincent de Paul church in Shepherd. Burial will be in St. Patrick's cemetery in Irishtown. Miss Roberts was a life member of the Altar Society Of St. Vincent de Paul parish. Her only survivors are first 

and second cousins. 



Kevin Dale Roethlisberger


Kevin Dale Roethlisberger, born March 26 at CMC Hospital, died March 30 at the hospital. The infant boy is survived by his parents, Elmer and Linda Roethlisberger, of Route 3, Shepherd, a brother, Keith, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Roethlisberger of Shepherd, and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fay Shepherd 

of Rosebush. Funeral services will be held today at the Garber Funeral Home in Shepherd with Rev. Lloyd VanLente officiating. Interment will be in Salt River cemetery at Shepherd. 


Alfred Rooker


Mr. Alfred Henry Rooker died suddenly Friday, April 18th, of a heart attack at the St. Joseph Hospital in Flint. He was employed by the N.and W. Trucking company, and was making a delivery in Flint when stricken. He was born December 4th, 1916, in Grand Rapids and came to this community from Montrose 2 years ago. 

Surviving him are his wife, Linnie, and four children$ Jack, Charlene, Bernard and Donald, all at home. Also surviving are his mother, Mrs. Lillian Rooker, and one brother Richard of St. Charles. Funeral services were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Garber Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Race of the Alma Church of Christ officiating. Interment was made at Edenville. 


Essie B. Root


Mrs. Essie B. Root died Wednesday, May 18, at the Ardis Convalescent Home in Farwell.She was born in New York State, October 27, 1875, and came to Clare in 1953 from Shepherd. 

Mrs. Root has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Archie Cleveland of Clare. Two grandsons survive besides the daughter. 

Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Stephenson Funeral Home at Clare. Reverend L. J.Nevins will officiate. Interment will be in Riverside cemetery. 


William T. Ross


William T. Ross of East Coe, one of the pioneers Of this county, died at his home on Wednesday of last week, 

and was buried Friday by the Masonic brothers of Salt River lodge. 

Mr. Ross was born November 10, 1827, in Ontario Nov. 10, 1850.he was married and six years later he care with his bride to this State and located in Hillsdale county. In October 1863, they came to Coe, which was almost an unbroken forest. For many years, Mr. Rose taught school, and many who received their first lessons from him still hold a fond remembrance of him. He was a quiet and unassuming man, always kind and generous, and the Enterprise had their photos taken just outside their house which had sheltered them all these years. In the death of 'William T. Ross, the community has lost one of God's truest noblemen. We unite with the host of friends in every respect to his memory. 


Nellie B. Ruckle


Mrs. Nellie B. Ruckle 84, passed away September 14th at her home at 1414 High Street in Lansing. She was a former resident of Shepherd, and with her husband Henry made their home on the farm now owned by William Bryant, for many years before moving to Lansing in 1924. She was active in the OBS and was a life member of Coe Chapter No. 98. Mrs. Ruckle was born in Canada Dec. 18, 1875. Mr. Ruckle passed away in Lansing in 1939. Surviving her are one son Clare of Lansing, two grandchildren and five great Grandchildren. She was a member of the North St. Nazarine Church of Lansing and funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:00 

p.m. at the Goreline-Runciman Funeral Home with Rev. William D. Eckle, pastor of the church officiating. A graveside service will follow at four o’clock at the Salt River Cemetery, where she will be be buried by the side of her husband. 



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