Roxie Salisbury


Mrs. Roxie N. Salisbury, 85, of Shepherd died at the Gratiot Community Hospital on Sunday, November 26, 1972. She was born July 7, 1887 in Isabella County. Mrs. Salisbury was a life 

long resident of Shepherd. She was a member of the Shepherd United Methodist Church, of Coe Chapter #98 O.E.S. and a member of the Farm Bureau. She is survived by three sons, Elton, Ford and Eugene all of Shepherd, 19 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 29 at 2 p.m. at the Garber-Berry Funeral Home, with Rev. Albert Rill officiating. Interment will be in the Chippewa Cemetery. 


Mrs. E. A. Salisbury (Sarah L. Smith)


Mrs. E. A. Salisbury died at her home on Saturday morning and was buried in Chippewa cemetery Tuesday. Mrs. Salisbury's maiden name was Sarah L. Smith, and she was born in Eaton county, March 13, 1849, and came to this county with her parents in 1866 and on November 1lth of the same year she was married to E. A. Salisbury and  they went to housekeeping in the log home he had built on his place in Chippewa township. Here they lived until 1871. They were the parents of seven children, three of whom passed away, leaving the husband and three sons and one daughter in sorrow. The sympathy of a large circle of friends is extended to the family in the death of the 

wife and mother. 


Maynard Salisbury


Maynard Salisbury, a lifelong resident of Shepherd and Isabella county,  died Monday, February 2, 1959, at the Broomfield Memorial Hospital, following an extended illness. His entire life was spent in farming north of Shepherd. For a period of sixteen years, he was a member of the Isabella County Welfare Commission, and spent a great deal of  time and effort in behalf of others in need of help. Maynard Salisbury was born September 11, 1898, the son of Elbert (Brady) and Ida 0. Salisbury in Chippewa township. He was the first of six children.  Surviving him are his wife, Bernita, three sons, Keith of Mt. Pleasant, Jerry, and Maynard Burch, three grandchildren, his mother, Mrs. Roxie Salisbury, one sister, Mrs. Charles Dancer of Wheeler, three brothers, Elton, Ford, and Eugene of Shepherd area, and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Garber Funeral Home with Rev. VanLente officiating. Interment was made in Chippewa cemetery. 


Joe Shanahan


Joseph I. Shanahan, 78, of 6572 South Isabella Road, died February 24; he was born June 17, 1894 in Isabella county, was a life-long resident of this area, a veteran of World War 1, and belonged to World War I's Veterans Organization Branch 3025 at Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 27, at 11 a.m. from the Garber-Berry Funeral Home, with interment in Lincoln cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Hazel, six daughters, Mrs. Warren (Caroline) Cole, Mrs. Tom (Idella) Phillips, and Mrs. Norman (Patricia) Rau, all of Mt. Pleasant, Mrs.. Ivan (Helen) Goffnett of Alma, Mrs. Joe (Echo) Sliger of Garrett, Indiana, Mrs. Neal (Sharon)Courtright of Lansing, 21 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, two brothers, Martin of Shepherd and Edward of Mt. Pleasant, three sisters, Mrs. Roy (Elliott) Bullard of Rosebush, Mrs. Lester (Burnadett) Beardsley and Mrs. Orville (Cecilia) Mundy both of Flint also several nieces and nephews. 

Memorials are asked to be given to the Heart or Cancer funds. 


Guy Shouey


Guy Shouey, 73, passed away Saturday night at the Broomfield Memorial hospital, where he had been taken the previous week. He had been in ill health for a number of years, which forced his retirement from active -participation in the plumbing business, operated here by him and his son, Frank. Previous to coming to Shepherd, he had been employed as a -plumber and tin smith in Mt. Pleasant and Alma for several years--20 years.  Mr. Shouey was born near Shepherd on June 8, 1885, and was married to Mable Basinger, who survives him. Also surviving are two sons, Frank of Shepherd, and Dale of Coldwater, and one daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Acton of Royal Oak, 8 grandchildren and two sisters, Lottie and Ruth Shouey of Shepherd. 

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Garber Funeral home, with John Butts of the Chippewa Street Church of  Christ officiating. Interment was made in Salt River cemetery. 


Marjorie E. Shouey


Marjorie E. Shouey, 51, Shepherd, died Saturday, March 25, at the Central Michigan Community Hospital. She was born June 15, 19201 in Detroit. She was a member of the Shepherd V.F.W. Auxiliary and the Chippewa Church of Christ. Surviving are her husband Frank, a daughter, Mrs. Sandra Luedtke of North Carolina, her mother Mrs. Helen Van Norman of Shepherd and four sisters. Services were held Monday, March 27, at 2 p.m. at the Garber Funeral Home in Shepherd. Burial was  in the Salt River cemetery, Dr. Charles Poole officiating. 


Frances Slates


Frances Slates 43, of rural Shepherd passed away at  the Gratiot County Community Hospital Sunday, June Ira, 28, 1964. She was born October 16, 1921 in West Carlisle, Ohio  Mrs. Slates was a secretary for the Dow Chemical Co. Funeral services will be held Wednesday July 1, i964 at 

2:00 p.m. at the Orchard Avenue Church of Christ with Mr. Newton Huffine officiating. Interment will be in Salt River Cemetery. Survivors are her husband, D. Ray Slates, of Route 1 

Shepherd, mother, Ostie Lantz of Shepherd, three daughters, Rebecca and Judith at home, Constance Theisen of Mt. Pleasant and one son Douglas at home, one grandchild, three sisters, Margaret Nelson of Farmington, N. Mexico, Phyllis Price of Mt. Pleasant, two brothers, Harold Lantz of Shepherd and Robert Lantz of New Haven, Michigan. 


Rosabelle Epler Slates


Rosabelle Epler was born in Leesport, Berks county, Pennsylvania, September 10, 1852, and departed this life March 27, 1919, aged 66 years, 6 months and 17 days. In the year 1871, October 26, this deceased was united in marriage to Jacob Slates of Gibsonburg, Sandusky county, Ohio. To this union were born seven children, three girls and four boys. Lizzie Shaffer of Lansing, Cordelia Taylor of Bentley, Lyda Kennedy of Lansing, Ira Slates of Mt. Pleasant, Vannel Slates of  Alma, Benjamin Slates of Otisville, and Raymond Slates of Shepherd--all of Michigan. 

After four years residence in Ohio, Mrs. gla.tes with her husband moved to Michigan, taking up their residence at Summerton. After a four years residence at this place, they moved on an unimproved farm located on the river.  This farm, two and a half miles southwest of Salt R 

Mr. Slates cleared and was their home for 21 years. In 1899 Mr. and Mrs. Slates moved to St. Louis and after a residence there of one and one-half  years, they came back to Shepherd and have since made this community their home. While in Ohio, Mrs. Slates made the good confession 

and united with the 'United Brethren church. Thirty-one years ago, Mrs. Slates identified herself with the Christian church of Shepherd, remaining in full fellowship until her Master bade her "Come higher". Besides her seven children, she leaves to mourn their loss, two sisters, 8 grandchildren, and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon  at the Christian church by G. W. Rowlison of Shepherd.  Text used Hebrews 4:9. Interment in Salt River cemetery. 


Fern Smith


Mrs. Fern Smith 59, of Shepherd, died Wednesday, Jan. 15 in Traverse city Hospital She was born November 19, 1904 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 18 at 10 a.m. at the St. Vincent de Paul Church in Shepherd with interment in Salt River Cemetery.  Mrs, Smith is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Herman Vjykle of Flint; two sons, Philip of Alma, and Richard of Jackson, and five grandchildren. 


Floyd Smock


Floyd G. Smock, 73, died Saturday, March 28, at the Veterans Memorial Hospital at Bradenton, Florida, after a two week illness. Mr. and Mrs. Smock had been spending the winter in Florida,. as has been their custom. for several years. He has been a lifetime resident of Pleasant Valley where he made his living as a farmer. Floyd G. Smock was born August 5th, in Jasper township, Midland county, He was a member of the Pleasant Valley Methodist church and of the I.C.O.F. in Shepherd. 

Surviving him are his wife, Mayo, and a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Penner of Pompeii, two grandsons, Peter at home and Don with the Navy at Memphis Tennessee* Also surviving are two brothers, Wayne of Route 3, Shepherd, and Milan of Route 3, St. Louis The body arrived in Shepherd Wednesday and will be   at the Garber Funeral Home until time for the funeral which will be at the Pleasant Valley church at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Donald Brown officiating. The I.O.C.F. will participate in the services. Interment will be in Salt River cemetery. 


Adeline Sawvel Stahlman


Adeline Sawvel was born in Stark county, Ohio, July  23, 1843, and passed away January 9, 1920  at her home in Shepherd, Mich., aged 76 years, 5 months and 17 days. 

She moved with her parents from Stark county, Ohio, to Indiana. She came to Michigan about 46 years ago. She was united in marriage to Mr. Isaac Stahlman March 1, 1879. To this union were born two children, Mrs. Lula Law of Colombiaville, Mich, and Milton Stahlman of Shepherd. The husband and father died about 18 years ago. Mrs. Stahlman has lived on the present farm for about 45 years, She is survived by Mrs. Lula Law and Milton Stahlman and four step-children, Orison Stahlman, Arkansas, Mrs. Ella Googe, Washington, John Stahlman, Collins, N. Y., and Mrs. May Walters, Shepherd, Mich., one sister Mrs. Mary Roger, and one brother, Reuben Sawvel of Indiana, 12 grandchildren and a large circle of friends and acquaintances. Funeral services were held Monday January 12, 1920, at the home, and interment was at Shepherd cemetery. 


Milton Stahlman


Milton Stahlman died Sunday, June 5,   at Central Michigan Community hospital, where he had been a patient for only a couple days. Before going into the hospital, he was a patient at the Melling's Convalescent Home near Oil City. Mr. Stahlman was a lifetime resident of Shepherd having been born here November 19, 1882. The funeral was held at the Garber Funeral.Home, 

June 7, at 2:00 p.m. and burial was in the Salt River cemetery With Rev. Lawrence Kepler officiating.


Lucy Jane Cleveland Stearns


Mrs. Lucy Jane Stearns died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Struble, in this village on Wednesday, 

October 1st, after a short illness. Lucy Jane Cleveland was born September 17, 1835, in Sapio, Senaca county, Ohio, and moved with her parents to-Wood county, Ohio, when but a small child, where on December 27, 1853, she was united in marriage to Lewis Stearns. To this union five children were born: John Franklin of Shepherd, Minerva Jane who died Jan. 19, 1914, Mary M. of Shepherd, Nellie May of Chippewa, and Emma Patterson of Lake City, Mich. Her husband, Lewis Stearns, preceded her in death on February 20, 1899. Mrs. Stearns came to Isabella county with her husband and family in October 1869, where she has resided a greater portion of the time until her death. 

The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Rev. L. G. Blood presiding and interred in 

Chippewa cemetery. 


Geo. F. Stedman


George P. Stedman died at the home of his sister, near Hartland, yesterday morning at six o'clock. Mr. Stedman was superintendent of our schools for more than three years and was beloved by all with whom he became associated-his illness compelling his retirement from the work. His illness, which covers a period of several weeks, was patiently accepted, and through all his suffering, not a word of 

complaint was heard from him. While anticipating this sad news, his many friends in this community are shocked, realizing that the place of one so highly esteemed as was Mr. Stedman, will be hard to fill. 


Hazel Stewart

Word was received here of the death of Hazel A. Stewart, April 9, 1959, at Klamath Falls, Oregon. She was the daughter of the late Charles H. Walling of Shepherd and Hallie Stahlman. Surviving are a son, Louis of Merrill, Oregon, three sisters, Mrs. J.D. Caldwell and Mrs. James McGorlick of  Mt. Pleasant, Mrs. Leon Barnes of Rochester, Mich.; and one brother, D.E.Walling of Stockton, California. Her husband 

preceded her in death last fall. Funeral services were held April 13th at the 0 Hair's Memorial Chapel at Klamath Falls with the Rev. Lloyd 

Hennderson officiating. .Interment was in the Klamath Memorial Park Cemetery, 


Mary Stilgenbauer

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30  at the Orchard Avenue Church of Christ for Mrs. Mary 

I.  Boack Stilgenbauer, widow of Floyd A.  Stilgenbauer. Rev. Lawrence Kepler, pastor of the church officiated. 

Mrs. Stilgenbauer died Friday night at Lansing where she has made her home since the death of her husband two years ago'. She has been in ill health for some time. She was a graduate nurse from Ann Arbor and a member of  the State Board of 'Nursing. She was married to Mr. Stilgenbauer in 1917 and they lived in Bangor for a time before going to Detroit where they made their home for thirty years preceding his death. She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Laura Ewald of Port Elgin Ontario, Mrs. Bertha  Mix of Alma, Mrs. 

Mina Bates of Englehart Oniario, and several neices and nephews. Interment was made in the Salt River Cemetery by the 

side of her husband in the family plot. 



Jennie Struble

Jennie E. Morris was born in Ingham County hear Leslie,  Michigan on January 11, 1868. She came with her parents 

B.P. and Mary Jane Morris to Isabella County when she was eleven years old. They settled in a log house on a farm three miles north west of Shepherd. She married Albert G. Struble in 1896 and they lived  on a small farm west of Shepherd until 1891, when Mr. Struble bought an implement business and they moved to Salt River. From there in 1904 they moved to her present address.  Mrs. Struble has two daughters, Mrs. Edna A. Hanson and Mrs. Lenabelle Corte,  four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Mr. Struble died in 1936 and one sister, Mrs. Carrie Stalter, passed away in 1938. Mrs. Struble passed away February 1, 1960, at Broomfield Memorial Hospital at the age of 92 years. 

She was a Charter member of Coe Chapter No. 98 O.E.S. 

ANOTHER ARTICLE --- Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Shepherd Methodist Church with Rev. Lloyd 

Van Lente officiating. Burial will be in Salt River Cemetery. Friends may call at the Garber Funeral Home. 

ANOTHER ARTICLE:      She was a member of the Past Matrons Club. It was called  the Jennie Struble Club in her honor. Her middle name was  Eliza. 


Mrs. Joseph A. Struble

Lucertia Grinnell Struble

Luceretia Grinnell, daughter of Marcus and Deborah Grinnell, was born in Barre, Orleans county, New York, October 16, 1842, and died at her home in Mt. Pleasant. She came to Michigan more than 50 years ago,  September 27, 1856.  settling in Isabella county as one of the e 

pioneers. For many years she taught with success   in the public schools both in New York and Michigan, thus early in life forming a love for children and young people which never left her. Nearly 49 years ago she was united in marriage  Joseph A. Struble, who today mourns the 

companion who  shared with him  its joys and sorrows for   almost half a century. The family consisted of one son and five daughters, two of whom have been laid to rest. The others were at her bedside and are Mrs. Nellie Hardgrove, Mrs. Cora Olsen, Myrta R, and Albert Struble  There  are three sisters, nine grandchildren and two great grand children left to mourn. Thirty-eight years ago she became one of the chareter members of the Mt. Pleasant S.D.A.E. church and has ever remained a faithful and loyal member of this organization.All that loving hearts  could devise and loving hands minister was done to cheer   the hours of her sickness and at the last as a tired child pillows its head at night, she fell asleep. 

The funeral was held at the Chippewa M.E. church  Saturday afternoon, Rev. Clifford Russell of Berrien     Springs officiating and burial in the Chippewa cemetery. 


Charles Elmer Struthers

Charles Elmer Struthers, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Struthers, was born in Coe township Nov.  1 1880, and departed this life Jan. 14 1919, being 38 years, 9 months and 2 days old. He died at the hospital at Wallace, Idaho of bronchial pneumonia following an attack of influenza. 

He leaves a wife at Wallace, Idaho, a father and mother, James Struthers  and wife of Shepherd, two brothers, Wm. E. 

and Archie C,  of Wash., and four sisters, Mrs. W.C. Myers and Mrs. W.H. Hutchinson of near Shepherd, and Mrs. Karl Girven and Mrs. Clyde Oswald of near Pleasant Valley and many friends. 

At  the time of  his death he was agent of   the employment Bureau at  Wallace, Idaho, and was a representative in the 

State Legislature for the mining  district of Idaho.  His wife was recovering from influenza was unable to attend the funeral which was held at the home of  his parents Tuesday afternoon. 



Cora Holton Switzer

Mrs. Jake Switzer passed away Saturday morning, August 22nd at the Gratiot Community Hospital where she had been a patient for the past ten days. She was born Cora Etta Holton to Mr. and Mrs. John  Holton in Siler county, Illinois on December 25, 1881, and was married to Jake Switzer July 13, 1902. They came to Michigan fifty years, ago, and made their home on a farm in rural Shepherd except for a couple of years when they lived in Shepherd, then returning to the farm until moving back to Shepherd a year ago. She had been in ill health for several years, and passed away on her eldest daughter's birthday. Surviving her are her husband, three daughters, MrsDoran Chapin and Mrs. Norman Packer of Stanton, Mrs. Hazel Love of Flint. One son, Wesley Switzer of Shepherd, 10 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. One son, one daughter, two sisters and one brother preceded her in death. 


Addie Allen Swix

Addie Swix, 83, died Tuesday morning at Ovid Nursing Home in Ovid. She was born in Gratiot county, November 2, 1876.                                   i 

Mrs. Swix is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Eula Jacobs of Route 4, Lansing,- with whom she has spent the past five years, one son, Romain Swix, 12 grandchildren, 20 great grand- children, two sisters, Hattie Yager of Beaverton,and Nattie Little of Portland, Oregon, two brothers, Vern     Allen of Newaygo, and Arthur Allen of Baldwin Park, California. 

Services will be held in the Garber Funeral Home  Thursday, August 18, at 2 o'clock and Rev. Seward C. Walton will officiate. Burial will be in the Salt River cemetery. Mrs. Swix lived on a farm northeast of Shepherd for 62 years and in Shepherd for 8 years before moving to Lansing with her daughter. 


William G. Swix

William G. Swix was born on July 10, 1840, at Dearborn, Wayne county, Michigan, and departed this life at his home in Shepherd on May 30, 1924, being at that time 83 years, 10 months, and 20 days of age. The deceased was married on December 9, 1865, to Zorda Howe, who preceded him in departure 19 years ago, on Nov. 2. To the union thus described, seven children were born, five girls and two boys. Flora who died at four months of age 47 vears ago, also Eliza Townsand 16 years ago.  On June 7, 16 years ago, Mr. Swix married a second wife, 

Mrs. Ellen Jones, who with two sons, John and Philetus of Shepherd, and three daughters, Mrs. Joseph Frost, of Shepherd and Mrs. Garfield Faunce and Mrs. Josie Gould of Lansing. He also leaves two half-brothers, Mr. James Wilsey of Plymouth, and Edward Wilsey of Cross Village, eighteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. Mr. Swix and wife were members of the Congregational church in Wayne county. He enlisted August 2, 1861, serving three years, after ward re-enlisted in the 16th Michigan Veteran Volunteers, the third brigade, first division, fifth corps, army of Potomac and received an honorable discharge from the service July 7, 1865- 

Prayer was held at the house Monday afternoon and services held at the cemetery where the remains had previously been deposited in the vault. 


Floyd M. Taylor

A well-known area business man and former Shepherd resident, Floyd Taylor, died Tuesday, January 3. Funeral services were held Friday at the Rush Funeral Home, with burial in the Salt River Cemetery. Mr. Taylor was born in Coe Township on July 26, 1885. He spent his early boyhood days on the family farm, which is south of Shepherd. For 3-7 years Mr. Taylor was a wholesale distributor for Sun Oil products in %e Central Michigan area, with offices in the Taylor Building in Mt. Pleasant. Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife, Ethel,  one daughter, Christine O'Melia and three grandchildren. His only son, Harry preceded him in death several years ago


Reine Tedrow

Funeral services for Mrs. Reine Tedrow, 75, were held Nonday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Garber Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Hahn of the Alma Methodist Church officiating. Mr. Tedrow was a member of the Shepherd Methodist Church and is a long time resident of the area. Her address was R-3, Alma. She was born in Gratiot County February 24th,`1884and passed away at the Gratiot Community Hospital Thursday July 30th. Surviving her are her husband, Frank, two daughters, Mrs. George Vanderveen of R-3 Alma, Muriel Tedrow and three grandchildren, Ruth, Francis and David Vanderveen, one sister Mrs. Seth Howland of Riverdale and one brother, Leslie Kuhlman of Birmingham. Interment was made in the Riverside Cemetery at Alma. 


William Thomas

Surviving his aged wife, who died Friday night, Oct. 14, less than two weeks, William Thomas, old resident of Shepherd, died on Tuesday, October 25, at about four o'clock p.m.. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Harmond, near Colon, Michigan. He was 85 years old, and death followed a stroke that he suffered at his home here about six weeks ago. The body was brought to Shepherd Wednesday morning and taken to the Moody Garber funeral home, from where it will be taken to the Church of Christ just before the funeral which is tentatively planned for Friday afternoon. Mr. Thomas leaves the daughter named, a son, Bert Thomas in Saginaw, a daughter, Mrs. Stahl living east of Shepherd, and a sister Mrs. Crist. His son, W. H. Thomas, well known business man in Shepherd for many years, died last year. 

William Thomas was a veteran of the Civil War. He had lived in and near this village for about a half-century and was famed as a hunter in his younger days. Even up to a year or so ago, he proved pre-eminent marksmanship in target shooting with a rifle at his home. 

The familiar figure and kindly word of greeting that the old man had for his friends will be missed by many in Shepherd and vicinity.



William Townsend

Funeral services were held Saturday at Boyne City for William Townsend who would have reached his 90th birthday in December. 

Mr. Townsend was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Abner Town send and spent his youth on the farm now occupied by John Gimmey. He was married to Eliza Swix in 1888 and six children were born to them. She preceded him in death at St. Louis in 1908 and a few years later he with his mother and two younger children moved to a farm near Elmira. in 1921 he married Erma Snyder and they moved to a farm near Boyne 

Falls. He had been in failing health the past year and died of a coronary thrombosis on Wednesday, August 16th. 

Interment was made at Boyne Falls. Surviving him are his wife Erma, who entered the Little Traverse Hospital Monday for observation, two daughter, Mrs. Nellie Soper of Flint, Mrs. Cora Russell of Mancelona, and two sons, Chester of Detroit and Boyd of Muskegon, 14 grand- children and 18 great grandchildren, also one sister, Charlotte, in California. 



June Arlene Travis

June Arlene Travis, 16, of 209 W. Maple St., Shepherd, was born on September 11, 1955, in Carson City, and died December 23, 1971, as the result of an auto accident. June was a junior at the Shepherd High School. She was a member of Future Business Leaders of America, the Shepherd United Methodist church and the Shepherd United Methodist Church Youth Fellowship. 

She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Travis, five sisters, Virginia, Catherine (Kathy), Patricia (Pattie), Kennajean and Delores, all at home, her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Travis of Shepherd and Mr. and Mrs. George McClintic, also of Shepherd. 

Services were held Sunday, December 26, at 2 p.m. from the Garber Funeral Home, with Rev 'Albert Rill officiating. Burial was in the Salt River cemetery. 


Lura C. Tripp

Word was received here Friday of the passing of Lura C. Tripp at the Palmetto Trailer Court in Palmetto, Florida, early Friday morning. 

She had complained Thursday evening of some pain in her arms but was not alarmed when her husband Otis awoke he found she had passed away in her sleep. Mr. and Mrs. Tripp have spent the winter in Florida for several years. Mrs. Tripp was born near Shepherd July 3, la93 and was married to Otis Tripp March 19, 1916 in the Christian Church  at St. Louis. They have made their home in this area through- out the years. 

Surviving her are her husband two brothers Warren Childs of  Lansing and Clarence Childs of Shepherd, two sisters, Dena Fitzgerald and Mrs. Harold Acker both of Battle Creek. Funeral services were held at the Edwards Funeral Home in Palmetto before sending the body to Garber Funeral Home in Shepherd, arriving Monday evening  Services were held at Garbers in Shepherd Wednesday, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Lawrence Keppler officiating, and the Rebekah Lodge conducted the Rebekah service, also at the funeral home. Interment was made in Salt River Cemetery. 



Mrs. Harry (Cleo) Ulsh

Funeral services were held last Saturday for Mrs. Harry (Cleo) Ulsh who passed away at the Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant where she had been taken the previous week for care. She has been in ill health for some time. Rev. Lloyd VanLente officiated at the two o'clock services at the Methodist church, of which she was a member.She was active in the work of the Gold Star Mothers, the Joe Ulsh Post 8215 V-F-w-, of which she was a charter member, and which was named for her son who died overseas in World War ii and the W.S.C.S. as long as her health permitted. Mrs. Ulsh was born May 5, 1892, at Laketon, Indiana, where she taught music and art previous to her marriage. 

Following marriage they lived at Ijamisvalle, Indiana, for three years where they ran a general store and returned to Laketon for a year, moving to Lake, Michigan for 3 112 years and came to Shepherd 38 years ago. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary last February. 

Surviving her are her husband, one daughter, Imogene of Lansing, one son, Bruce of Shepherd, four grandchildren, her motherm Nrs, S. D. Henry, 91 of South Whitley, Indiana, two sisters, Mrs. Chancy Gushard of Laketon, Indiana, and Mrs. Glen Marshall of LaSalle, Illinois, and a brother, Bruce Henry of Campbell, California. Interment was made in the Salt River cemetery under the auspices of the Gold Star Mothers. Garber Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 


Catherine Marie Sanford VanVranken

Catherine Marie Sanford, daughter of Jared and Rebecca Sanford, was born in Burns, Alleghany county, New York, May 24, 1841, where she spent her girlhood days. On February 25, 1864, she was united in marriage to Peter VanVranken. This union was blessed with two daughters and four sons, one son dying in infancy and another at the age of twenty-one years. In 1866, with her husband and two small children, she came to Michigan and located at Mt. Pleasant and since that time moved to the farm on which she lived until her death which came October 3rd, 1917, at the age of 76 years four months and nine days.

Note: The date of her birth in the printed article said 1914--but since her death in 1917 at the age of 76 years indicates she was born in 1841, we used that date, and indicated the question by underlining.) 


Julia Vodicka

Mrs. Julia Vodicka passed away November 25th at the Newhall Convalescent Home near Altona in Mecosta county where she had been taken a week previously for care. She was a native of Poland, having been born May 1888, she has been a resident of this area since 1929. 

Surviving her are one daughter, Mrs. Josephine Bissell, of Brandenton, Florida, three sons, Joe of Route 4, Clare, Tom of Shepherd, and Frank of  Detroit, five grandchildren, and several great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Garber Funeral Home on Saturday, November 28th, at 1:30 P.m. with Fr. Roczen officiating and interment was made in Salt River cemetery. 


Martha Elizabeth Shoe Wagner

Martha Elizabeth Shoe, daughter of Abraham and Eva Shoe, was born in Montgomery township, Wood county, Ohio, on August 13th, 1841. Her childhood and youth were spent with her parents. On April 5th, 1860, she was married to John Wagoner of Tiffin, and began housekeeping on a farm near Flat Rock where they lived for two years. From here they moved onto a farm in Wood county where they lived until 1880 when they moved to Lincoln township, Isabella county, Michigan. Here they lived until failing health-caused them to sell their farm and go to live with their son at Shepherd. After a couple of years, they went to live with a daughter, Mrs. Rowlander, of Mt. Pleasant. In 1913, Mr. Wagoner died and Mrs. Wagoner continued to live with her daughter until September 1920 when she came to live with Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Nilson of Shepherd, where she resided until her death on February 21st, 1924, having passed through 82 years, 6 months, and 8 days of active and faithful life. She has been a member of the United Brethren church since early in life, and through the toils and cares of life, has not lost her faith in a living and keeping Father. She thought of the welfare and comfort of others and was faithful to life's tasks as she saw them, and patient through every perplexity she met. She, with her husband, expressed their thought of others by making a home for Wilbur Price, who 

at the age of 8 years they took from the Coldwater Home, providing him with that type of home life which caused mutual love between himself and Mrs. Wagoner. Three children were born into the home, Henry Abraham, Amanda Alice, and Sarah Isabell. The two daughters have preceded their mother in death and leaves to mourn her departure the foster son, Wilbur Price of Martinez, California, one foster brother, J. E. Sole, of St. Louis, Mich., 8 grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, five nieces and nephews, besides many other relatives and friends. 

The funeral services were held at the home of J. A. Nilson, with temporary burial at the vault of the Salt River cemetery, on February 2nd, 1924. 


Fred Weeks

Fred Weeks passed away at the Broomfield hospital March 19, after an extended illness of several years. He was born to Myron and Annie Weeks in June 1890, on the farm now occupied by Jay Hawks and family in Lincoln township. 

Here Fred's boyhood and young manhood were spent. Later he lived at various sites and engaged in farming until locating four miles north of Mt. Pleasant, where he and his wife, the former Florence Parker, have resided for more than twenty years. He was the father of one son, Clayton, who was lost in World War II service. He is survived by the widow Florence, and two sisters, Mrs. Iva Trussell of Shepherd and Mrs. Bernice Purtill of Mt. Pleasant. Burial will be in Salt River cemetery. 

above hand dated 1960 



Reuben Wellman

Reuben Wellman, an old and respected resident of Shepherd, died at hie home there Monday morning at the advanced age of 83 years, after having been in poor health for several months. Mr. Wellman was a native of New York, having been born in Genesee county of that State and living there until maturity except for a brief period which he spent as a salesman in this State, with his brother.  At the opening of the Civil War, he enlisted in Co. G, 160th New York Infantry, spending two years and nine months in the service. His regiment formed part of the Army of the Potomac and participated in some very notable campaigns. In the engagement at Cedar Creek, Mr. Wellman was one of those taken prisoner, and was confined in the famous Libby prison after which he was transferred and eventually paroled when he returned to Michigan and the peaceful pursuits of life. During his absence in the war, he had the misfortune to lose his wife by death. After his discharge in 1865, he located on a tract of land in Coe township, and here he married Myra Sawyer. They lived on this farm for about 10 years, when they moved into the village of Shepherd where they have since resided. He has always been a staunch Republican and his advice was always respected in the councils of his party. He had been Justice of the Peace for 35 years. He had also held other minor offices in each and all of' which he had proven himself a capable and judicious servant of the people who had placed their confidence in him. He was a member of the Salt River lodge # 288, Free and Accepted Masons also a prominent comrade in the Ralph Ely Post of the G. A. R.  He leaves three daughters and two sons, Mrs. Minnie Lyons and Miss Winifred Wellman of this place, Mrs. Carrie Struble of Mt. Pleasant, Allen Wellman of Clare, and William Wellman of Owosso, also nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren and hosts of friends. He was always kind and friendly to everyone and will be greatly missed by his family, the members-of the G.A.R. . and the whole community. The funeral services were held from the house Wednesday at I o'clock, conducted by the Masons. 

Reuben Wellman, second of a family of eight children, was born at Batavia, Genesee county, New York, on Sept. 18, 1833, and died at his Shepherd home Jan 29, 1917, aged 83 years, 4 months and 10 days In early manhood, he was married to Valissa Godfrey who died while he was enlisted in the service. To them was born two daughters, Hattie and Carrie. He enlisted in 1862, in Co. G. 160th New York Infantry which regiment formed part of the Army of the Potomac in the engagement of Cedar Creek, and served two years and nine months. He was made a captain and was later captured and confined in Libby prison six months, and was paroled from Salisbury prison Feb. 229 1865, after which he came to Mich. and engaged in agricultural pursuits. In September 1865 he was married to Myra Sawyer, who died December 8, 1900. To them was born five children, Minnie, Charles, Allen A., Winnifred and Wilford. In 1911 he married Mrs. Hanna Webb who died in 1913. 

Besides his children there survives him, one brother, Frank, of Grass Lake, and two sisters, Mrs. Miley Beardsley and Mrs. Phoe Williams of Owosso. 


Grace Wetzel

Miss Grace Wetzel, 75, who has been in ill health for several years, passed away April 8th, at the Central Michigan Community Hospital. 

She was a lifelong resident of this community having been born January 11, 1885, in Coe township. She was a faithful member of the Christian Aid for many years. She and her cousin Perry Wetzel made their home on the Wetzel farm west of Shepherd. Funeral services were held Monday at the Garber Funeral Home at 2 p.m., Rev. Lawrence Kepler officiating, Bell. Interment was made in the Salt River Cemetery. 

Pall bearers were Ford and Elton Salisbury, Richard O'Connor, Arlie Kindig, Russell Kelley, and Ivan Hawkins. 

Surviving her are her cousin Perry Wetzel and one nephew Duane Wetzel of East Detroit


Mildred Murtha Wetzel

Yet once again it has been most favorably impressed upon our mind that the Lord is no respector of persons and that death truly loves a shining mark. Like a thunder clap from a sun-kissed sky came the announcement last Monday morning that Mrs. H.M. Wetzel had died at the hospital at Ann Arbor at an early hour that morning. Mrs. Wetzel had left for the hospital the Monday morning previous accompanied by her brother, Arthur, who came from Camp Taylor, Kentucky, where he is stationed as a lieutenant in the army. Mr. Wetzel joined her on Tuesday when an operation was successfully performed and she seemed to rally and apparently continued to improve until Saturday morning when 

the attending physician informed him that all apparent danger was past and Mr. Wetzel returned home Saturday evening he 

received a telephone message from the nurse that Mrs. Wetzel had rested very comfortably and was continuing to gain. Again on Sunday morning he received another message bearing the same favorable news, and saying she had rested nicely all night. At about eight o'clock that evening he-received a third message and this informed him that there had been a radical change for the worse and she was evidently suffering from peritonitis. Mr. Wetzel and Mrs. Wetzel's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Murtha, left on the early train Monday morning for Ann 

Arbor and had only been gone a short time when word was received here that she had died shortly after one O'clock 

that night, so the loving friends arrived at their destination onlv for to find that death had preceded them. 

Arrangements were made to bring the remains home on the train which .arrived here about 9:30 and Rev. Dewey and G.T,. Burdick left on the noon train and went as far as Howell where they met them and accompanied them home. 

Her untimely death was a shock not only to our citizens but to the relatives as well as the operation was not considered of a serious nature and no one was prepared for the fatal result. Mrs. Wetzel was an exceptionally talented woman and has always been active in the social life of our village and a willing and efficient worker in every enterprise that had as its object the promoting of the welfare of our citizens or the town and her services will be greatly minced. A loving wife and an affectionate mother she was devoted to her home and took her chief pleasure in making it as attractive as possible for her loved ones. Mildred Murtha was born in Coe township May 16, 1883 and practically her whole life has been spent in this vicinity, She graduated from the Shepherd high school and afterward attended the Normal at Mt. Pleasant and Ypsilanti, from which latter institution she received a life certificate. She taught school at Elk Rapids, Shepherd and Oakdale, Cal. 

On October 5th, 1908, she was united in marriage to Harry M. Wetzel and to them one child was born, Lewis Duane, who at the ape of eight years has been bereft of a mother's loving care.Besides the husband and son there Remain a father and mother, Steve Murtha and wife, and two brothers, Arthur and Mildred Wetzel, Dale, also one sister,, Mrs. R.L. Curtiss, of Sand Point, Idaho. 

She  has been an active member of the order of Eastern Stars and closely affiliated with the club and church work of our village and at the time of her death was a member of the local school board, being the first woman in this district, to ever hold that position. 

The funeral was held Wednesday at the home  and burial at Salt River cemetery. 



Vera Mae Whipple

Vera Mae Whipple, youngest daughter of Harry and Linna Whipple, was born in Shepherd, Michigan, December 9, 1907, and died December 13, 1918, aged eleven years and four days. She leaves besides her parents two sisters, Mrs. Floris Holliday and Mrs. Lorin Best, both of St. Louis, Michigan. Vera will be missed by many as she made friends among the young and old. 

Funeral services conducted Sunday afternoon at the home by G. W. Rowlison, pastor of the Church of Christ. Interment is in the Salt River cemetery. 


Mable Whitmore

Mrs. Mable Whitmore was born March 28th, 1888 in Ionia County, and passed away June 10, 1958 at the Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. She was the daughter of Ella Galloway and Lelwelen Kendall and was married to John Whitmore December 23, 1908. 

Surviving her are her husband, John, sons, Edwin and Morris of rural Shepherd, William of Fenwick, Robert and Grant of Lansing, Blaine of Santa Rosa, California daughters, Marjory Smith of Greenville, Mary Louise Jones of Charlotte, and Virginia Wilson of rural Shepherd. Also surviving are 28 grandchildren, one great grandchild, two brothers, Roy and Eldon Kendall of Ionia. 

She had been a evident of this community for 35 years and was a member of the Methodist church, W.S.C.S. and the Helping Hand Club. 

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 13th at the Shepherd Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Dean Rohrer officiating, assisted by Rev. W.H. Bell, interment will be made in the Salt River Cemetery. 



Lydia Haines Wilson

Lydia Haines was born in Sandusky county, Ohio, June 2, 1837, and passed away March 14, 1918, aged 80  years, 9 months and 12 days. 

She was the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. D. Haines At the age of 12 years she moved with her parents from Ohio to Lenawee county, Mich., where they resided until 1855, when she moved with her parents to Coe township, Isabella county. She was united in marriage Feb. 22, 1856, to Robert Wilson of Gratiot county, Mich. They lived on a farm in Gratiot county for four years, and then moved onto the Wilson homestead east of this village where she resided for 45 years,  enduring many hardships as all pioneers had to. 13 years ago, she moved to Shepherd and for the last few years has made her home with her daughter, who has cared for her in her declining years. 

Her husband, Robert Wilson, passed away April 23, 1888 Mrs. Wilson was the mother of 6 children, Emma, Philander, Thomas, James, Eliza and Ernest. The three oldest children passed away at the ages of 4, 8, and 10 years, all within a period of three weeks--of diphtheria. 

Three children are left to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother, James C. Wilson, Eliza Struble, and 

and Ernest C. Wilson all of  Shepherd. Also Herbie Cohoon, whom she gave a mothers care from an infant of 6 weeks until grown to manhood. Besides her immediate family, she is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Phoebe Clark of Alma, Mrs. Mary Hance and Mrs. Addie Hance of Portland, Oregon. Also three grandchildren.  


Mrs. Fannie B. Wiltse


Funeral services for Mrs. Fannie B. Wiltse, who had lived on the same farm for the past 54 years, were held on 

Tuesday January 17, from the Garber Funeral Home, with burial in Salt River Cemetery. Her husband, Charles, preceded her 

in death in July 1944. Mrs. Wiltse was born October 28, 1883 in Coe Township. She was a member of the Helping Hand Society and the East Lincoln Extension Club. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Robert Kingman, one brother, Howard Johnson and two sisters, Mrs. Guy Brooks and Mrs. Jesse Ruhle, all of Shepherd. There were also nine nieces and nephews. 



Franklin DeForest Wing

Funeral services were held Tuesday, at the Stinson Funeral Home, for Franklin DeForest Wing. He was buried in Riverside cemetery, with Rev. William Evans officiating. Mr. Wing lived near Mt. Pleasant all his life. He was a member of the Lansing Street Church of God. 

Farming was Mr. Wing's occupation until ten years ago when he went  into the trucking business.     On July 31,196, he married  Effie Berryhill. Two years   ago today they celebrated  their Golden Wedding anniversary Surviving Mr. Wing are his wife, three daughters, 

Mrs. LaVerda Salisbury of Shepherd, Mrs. Hazel Stebbins of Mt. Pleasant, and Mrs. Edith Craft of Lansing one son, Robert D. Wing of Lansing, 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Alice-Bufford and one brother, Lloyd   B. Wayne, both of Mt. Pleasant. 



Wm. H. Wonch

W.H. Wonch, who has been in failing health the last few years, died Sunday at his home just east of Shepherd, at the age of eighty-one years, six months and seven days.Mr. Wonch was born at St. Charles, Canada, July 30, 1863 and lived there until 1854, when in the fall of that year 

he came to Isabella county and bought up two-hundred acres of government land in Coe township. In July of 1860 he 

returned to Canada and was united in marriage to Miss Melinda Nutt and to them nine children were born, six of whom survive, Robert H., Geo. W. and Mrs. Anna Tibbles of Shepherd, Wm. A. and Francis B. of Lansing and Mrs. Alice Broderick of Clare. 

In the winter of 1862 Mr. and Mrs. Wonch with the babe returned to this county, Where Mr. Wonch disposed bf--his two- hundred acres of land and later bought an eighty in the same township, later buying that eighty across the road from him on which he built a nice home a few years ago The deceased has been a member of the M.E. church since the age of eighteen years. He was a kind husband and father and a good neighbor. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock from the M.E. church, Rev. C.E. Davis officiating. The

remains were laid to rest in Salt River cemetery. His children and families were all in attendance at the funeral. Beside the aged widow and six children he leaves sixteen grand- children and one great grandson and a sister.


George Wood

George Wood passed away Sunday at the Broomfield Hospital where he had been cared for since suffering a stroke a few weeks ago. 

Mr. Wood was born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, October 2, 1871, and has been a resident of this area for a long period of time, first in    the rural area and in town for a number of years. Surviving him are his wife, Grace, one  daughter, Mrs. Paul (Melva) Wilbur and one son Robert     of Lake, Michigan.  Also surviving are three grandhildren, one great grandchild, two sisters, Lenna Childs,  Tilla Graham of Lansing. One daughter preceded him in death several years ago. Funeral services were held Wednesday  at 2 p.m. at Garber Funeral Home, with Rev. Lloyd VanLente officiating. Interment was made in Salt River cemetery. 



Grace Edith Mills Wood

Grace Edith Wood, 78, died Friday, February 12; she was born November 26, 1886, in Michigan.  She was the wife of the late George Wood. 

Mrs. Wood is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Paul Wilbur, of Shepherd, one son Robert Wood of Custer, Mich., and three grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, February 15, at 2 p.m. from the Garber Funeral Home, Rev. Lester Priest 

officiated.  Interment was in the Salt River cemetery. 

--Grace Edith Mills was born in (Note by  Melva Wilbur) Coe township to George and Mary Eliza Baldwin Mills, who came from New York in the 1880's. 


Myrtie Ferrall Worthington

Myrtie Ferrall Worthington was born in Fulton county, Ohio, March 22, 1876, and died at her home in Shepherd September 16, 1917. 

She came with her parents to Shepherd when she was about three years old. She was united in marriage to Frank Y,'orthington in 1896. 

To this union were born four children, Marguerite, wife of Dale Ashworth, Lucile, Elden who died in infancy, and 

Louise and one grand daughter, Frances. Besides the husband and children, she leaves a father, Oliver Perrall of 

Alvordon, Ohio, a brother, Perry, of Sedro Wooley, Washington, a sister, Ruby Cook, of Chesaning, other relatives and a host of friends. 

Too much cannot be said of her as a faithful wife and kind mother. During her two years of sickness, she was never heard to complain and her favorite topic of conversation was to tell of the patience and kindness of husband and children in caring for her, and then with a smile she would add, "every- one is so good". Her cheerfulness and determination to get well was pronounced wonderful by all who knew her. 

The funeral services were held at the house Wednesday forenoon at 10 o'clock, Rev. Dewey officiating. The burial services were conducted by the Lady Maccabees of which she had been a member for years, 


Grace Coddington Young

Mrs. Grace C. Young, 82, passed away at the home of her daughter, Clarissa M. Young, Saturday afternoon after a long illness. She was a former resident of Shepherd for thirty-five years before going to Lansing to make her home with her daughter, after her health began to fail. 

She was born at Mt. Morris, Michigan, on March 9, 477, to Mr. and Mrs. William Coddington and was married to Dr. W. G. Young. They began their life together at Crystal, then moved to Gaylord, and later settled in Shepherd where he practiced medicine for twenty-five years before his death in 1936. Mrs. Young continued to reside in Shepherd for another ten years. She was active in the Methodist church and Woman's Club while living here. Funeral services were held at the Shepherd Methodist church at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon with Rev. George Bolitho, of LaPorte Methodist church at Freeland, former pastor of Shepherd, officiating, assisted by Rev. Lloyd VanLente. Interment was made in the Salt River cemetery. 


Wm. Henry Yarnell


William Henry Yarnell, son of John and Sarah Yarnell, was born in Venango County, Pennsylvania, August 9. 1857, 

and died at the home of his sister at Rhinelander, Wisconsin, May 1,9 1916, at the age of 58 years, 9 months and 10 days. 

He leaves to mourn his departure three sons, three daughters, one bother and four sisters. Funeral was held at the Christian Church Monday at 11 o'clock. 


Ida Yarnell

Funeral services for Ida Yarnell, 86, who passed away Tuesday at the Wiggins Convalescent home will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Garber Funeral Roge. Burial will be made in the Salt River Cemetery. 


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