Index of Names
Rice, William Henry
Vandeventer, Frances Murphy
Divelbiss, John Chancy
Kennedy, Harriet Foreman
Cole, Wallace W.
Hall, Willie M.
Clay, Laura Walkup
Stearns, Lucy Jane Cleveland
Hook (Wolfe), Mrs. M.E.
Casner, William H.
Brickner, Donald Eugene
DuBois, Nettie Vredenberg
Ducey, Mrs. Anna
Coon, James E.
Alleman, Mabel Taedy
Struble, Jason Mortimer
Johnson, Oleta May
Kief, George Joseph
Furlong, Ezra T.
Gruber, Mary A.
Faunce, Orrin Leroy
Fosgitt, William W.
Higgins, Rhoda Fry
Abbott, Miles Dexter
Girven, Frances Louise
Eagen, Dr. Alonzo
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated September 15,
William Henry Rice
William Henry Rice, 71 years old, died Monday morning at 2:30 at the Isabella county infirmary after a serious illness of about a week, although he had been in poor health for a longer period. Mrs. Ethel Drum of Shepherd is a sister of the deceased.
The funeral was held from the Moody-Garger chapel Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock, the Rev. H. W. Bell officiatng. Intertent was made in Salt River cemetery. Mr. Rice had been at the county farm since February 1, 1925.
(From the scrapbook of Anne Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated April 30,
Frances Murphy Vandeventer
Mrs. Chauncey Vandeventer, nee Frances Murphy, was born in Bryan, Ohio, 76 years ago. She came to Michigan when about 12 years old with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Murphy, who settled in Albion, Indiana. They
moved to Manistee, Michigan when Frances was 21 years old.
She was married to Chauncey Vandeventer in Manistee in 1903 and came to his home on a farm in Coe township
where he had resided since 1880. Mr. and Mrs. Vandeventer moved to Shepherd about 20 years ago from the farm and had since resided here. Mrs. Vandeventer died Thursday on Orchard street after having been in poor health for months, although she was confined to her bed but a few days. The funeral was held Saturday April 18 at 2o'clock
from the home, with interment in Salt River cemetery. Rev. V,.H. Bell of the Church of Christ officiated.
The deceased formerly affiliated with the Rebekah lodge. A good neighbor and always kindly and charitable,
she will be remembered by many friends in Shepherd and vicinity.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated May 28,
Miss Sidney A. Gilmore
Miss Sidney A. Gilmore, 64 years old and a resident of Shepherd, and vicinity, for nearly half a century, died Friday morning at 9:45 at her home on Wright avenue after having been in ill health for about a year. The funeral was held from the house Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock and interment was made in Salt River cemetery. Rev. W.S. Phillips officiated. Miss Gilmore came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs Joseph J. Gilmore 49 years ago from Wilmot, Ohio. They settled on a form just north of Shepherd, where Mr. Gilmore died 32 years ago. The family moved to Shepherd from the farm 27 Years ago. Miss Gilmore was a skilled seamstress. She was a lady of the highest character and was universally held in high esteem. As a member of the M.E. church, she took great interest and an active part in the work of the church. As a friend and neighbor, she will be keenly missed by many in Shepherd and vicinity. Surviving are her step-brother, Mrs. Agnes Gilmore, three brothers, George Gilmore of Owosso, and Arthur and Ralph of Shepherd, and three sisters, Miss Minnie Gilmore of Shepherd Mrs. O.A. Gruber of Alka, and Mrs. E. B. Salisbury of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
"(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. (0.
Hand dated September 22, 1932.)
John Chancy Divelbiss
John Chancy Divelbiss, an oil driller well known and highly respected throughout the county, died suddenly at the age of 59 Years, of heart failure, at about 11 o'clock Wednesday night, September 14, at his home southwest of Shepherd. He was stricken about five o'clock in the afternoon. Mr. Divelbiss was the son of Robert and Mary Jane Ferrenburg Divelbiss and was born in Ohio, August 2, 1873. He was united in marriage with Bertha B. Studebaker, January 22, 1902 in Bluffton, Ohio. To this union two sons, Glen now of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Howard now of El Paso, Texas, were born.
After the death of his wife, which occurred Sept. 2, 1922, at Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Mr. Divelbiss came to
Michigan. He moved to this community about six years ago. Besides the sons named, he is survived by three brothers, Forest Divelbiss of Shepherd, A.B. Divelbiss of Blanchard and Elmer of Forest Hill, and two sisters, Mrs. Nellie McCoy of Alma, Ohio, and Mrs. Eliza Hall of Alma. Mrs Rebecca Fernburg of Shepherd is his aunt. The funeral Sunday afternoon at the Church of Christ was under the auspices of the Salt River Masonic lodge of which the deceased was a member. The 'Rev. W.H. Bell
officiated and the beautiful Masonic ritual was carried out. Interment was made in Salt River cemetery.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated December 1,
The Rev. Y..S. Phillips conducted a prayer service Friday afternoon for Charles Virgil, four year old son of
Mr. and Mrs. Ursel Converse, who died of diphtheria Wednesday in the Saginaw contagious disease hospital. Burial was made in Salt River cemetery. The father of the deceased boy conducts a store in Midland county, five miles east and three miles north of Shepherd. His mother has also been ill of diphtheria and the last rites were privately held at the home. C. R. Converse is the deceased boy's grandfather.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated August 18,
One of the oldest if not the oldest of Isabella pioneers from point of residence in the county, was summoned
at about 10:30 Saturday night, when Henry Hall, 72, succumbed to a lingering illness at his home two blocks north of
the Shepherd M.E. church. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the home. Rev. Bell officiated and interment was in Salt River cemetery. Mr. Hall was born April 15, 1856, in Chippewa township, Isabella county, the son of Charles and Abigail Hall, who were among the earliest settlers of this locality. He had lived in Mt. Pleasant and in this vicinity all his life. He was a member of a large family that experienced all of the privations of pioneer life. Four brothers and four sisters, Harmer, Jane, Mary, Eliza, Orie, Hymen, Frank and Will preceded him in death. Mary E. Post, to whom he was married November 25, 1887, survives him with one brother, Horace Hall of Saginaw, and an adopted son, Donald of Midland.
Mr. Hall affiliated with the Odd Fellows Lodge.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown.
Harriet Foreman Kennedy
Harriet Foreman was born December 29, 1845, in Carroll county, Ohio, and passed to her reward March 25, 1920, aged 74 years, 2 months and 2 days. On October 29, 1866, she was united in marriage to James Kennedy, and came to Isabella county and lived for a short time south of Salt River, then moved onto the farm where she faith fully assisted her husband in building a home in the wilderness. Their first house was a little board shanty where eight of their ten children were born. They then removed to the present home where she passed away after 53 years of Joy and sorrow. Of the ten children born to them, six sons and two daughters are left with the husband and father to await the reunion in the heavenly mansion where she has gone to join the two little daughters and two grand daughters who preceded her. There are also fourteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren and two sisters in Ohio who survive her.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated 1919.)
Eudoria Gallup Cohoon
Eudoria Gallup was born near Grass Lake, Jackson county, Michigan, December 29, 1843, and departed this life December 28, at the home of her daughter, Cora McGarry. Her illness extended over a period of one year. She war united in marriage to Benjamin Cohoon, June 17, 1867, and came to Isabella county and settled on a farm which was their home until death.
To this union were born eight children, five of whom survive, Lena French, Ransom Cohoon, Lillian Hartford, Henrietta McKinley and Cora McGarry, also seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
She was an active member of the Shepherd relief corps. Her husband preceded her in death, August 28, 1917. Funeral services were held in the Shepherd Methodist church and she was laid to rest in the Salt River cemetery. She was a woman loved and respected by all who knew her.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown.)
Wallace W. Cole
Wallace W. Cole was born March 10, 1844 in Lawrence county, New York, and passed from this life on the morning of 1919, at the home of his son in Ann Arbor after an illness of two weeks, being 78 years, 1 month and 25 days old.
He was married to Catherine A. Luce January 13, i863, who proceeded him in death two years and four months ago.
To this union were born 11 children, four of whom left to mourn, C. Cole of New Mexico, F.I.. Cole of Spokane, Washington, A. R. Cole of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Mrs. U. Struble of this city with whom he has made his home.
He care to Isabella county in the spring of 1863 and took up a homestead, being one of the early pioneers of this county.
Funeral services were held in this city Wednesday afternoon, at the home of Mrs. I.. D. Cole.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown.)
Willie M. Hall
Willie M. Hall was born in Chippewa township, June 1878, and died April 4, 1919, in Lincoln township at the
age of 40 years, 9 months and 29 days, with complications of diseased following the influenza.
He was married to Miss Blanche Bradley June 19, 1909, and went to Wisconsin where he lived until about four years ago, when he returned to Shepherd. He leaves a wife and 2 children, Iva May, age 7, and Harry Alfred, age 9. His father, Mr. Francis M. Hall of Moddersville, and two sisters, Mrs. A.P. Richmond of Virginia and Mrs. J. V. Knowlton of Shepherd and a host of friends to mourn his loss. The remains were laid to rest in the Salt River cemetery.
Note: Above article was very faded and worn--extremely difficult to read.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown.)
Laura Walkup Clay
Laura Walkup was born in Richland county, Ohio, in 1856 and died at their winter home in St. Petersburg, Fla.,
June 3, 1919. She moved with her parents to Williams county, Ohio, in 1863, where she met and married Alan Clay in 1882. To this union was born one daughter, ___ella Clay, who passed to the great beyond at the age of seven, in 1890.
Mr. and Mrs. Clay moved to Michigan in 1881 and lived on a farm 3 miles east of Shepherd, afterward moving into the village. In 1913, they purchased a home in Birmingham, Michigan, where they spend their summers. Mrs. Clay was a member of a family of nine children, three of whom died in infancy and her sister preceding her a few years ago. The four brothers, Samuel of Pioneer, Ohio, James and Charles of Alvordton, Ohio, and John of Waldron, Michigan, all of whom were in attendance at the funeral. Too much cannot be said of Mrs. Clay's goodness. She was a dutiful daughter, helping to care for father and mother in their last days. A loving mother whose heart was nearly broken at the loss of their only child. A more than kind and helpful wife, whose every wish was to help and not be a burden to the husband who cared for her so
well and patiently during the many weeks of her illness-- (the doctors and nurses all remarked about her wonderful nerve and cheerfulness). She was a sister loved by her sister and brothers for her ever thoughtful and encouraging ways, a relative of whom each can truly say, "She was a good woman, and a friend and neighbor in the truest sense of the term." Dozens, Yea, hundreds will say "She came and helped me when I needed a friend." All of her acts of kindness were done in her quiet and
and unassuming way peculiar to herself. She was a person that will be greatly missed not only by her husband and relatives, but by the communities in which she lived. Those from out of town, were the four brothers mentioned, Harold Walkup, a nephew of Alvordton, Ohio, Mrs. David Minser, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Flicherson , and Howard Davenport of Vestaburg, Mr. and Mrs. Vi. D. Keith and two sons, Dale and Delbert, of Saginaw, and Mr. and Mrs. George Richmond of Mt. Pleasant.
The remains arrived in Shepherd Saturday evening and were taken to the Thomas Hannett home. The funeral
was held at the Christian church Sunday afternoon at 1:30, 'Rev. L.G. Blood officiating. Interment in Salt River cemetery.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown.)
Lucy Jane Cleveland Stearns
Mrs. Lucy Jane Stearns died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Struble, in this village on Wednesday, October lst, after a short illness. Lucy Jane Cleveland was born September 17, 1835, in Sapio, Seneca county, Ohio, and moved with her parents to Blood county, Ohio, when but a small child, where on December 27, 1853, she was united in marriage to Lewis Stearns. To this union were born five children; John Franklin of Shepherd, Minerva Jane who died January 19,
1914, Mary M. of Shepherd, Nellie May of Chippewa, and Emma Patterson of Lake City, Michigan. 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 interned in Chippewa cemetery.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. October 21. Hand dated
in pencil 1919.)
Mrs. M. F. Hook
Mrs. M. F. Hook passed away Tuesday morning, Oct. 21, after an illness of several weeks.
Deceased was a native of Pennsylvania and with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wolfe, came to Michigan in
1857. The lived in Gratiot county up to the time of her marriage, in 1860, to Conrad Hook of Salt River.
Her married life was spent on a farm northeast of Shepherd where she resided at the time of her death.
The funeral was held from the home on Thursday, Rev. Mullett officiating. She was laid to rest in the Chippewa cemetery by the side of her husband who preceded her in 1911, and a son who died at the age of 14. She leaves to mourn her loss one son, George W. Hook of Chippewa township, one sister, Mrs. Susan Hay_______(?) of Alma, three grandchildren, Willie Hook of Alma, Auzie L. Hook and Mrs. Arthur Griffith of Chippewa township, five great grandchildren and a wide circle of other relatives and friends.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated September 10,
William R. Casner
William H. Casner, son of Peter and Katherine Casner, was born in Wood county, Ohio, April 7, 1886, and died following an extended illness September 3, 1931, at the age of 45 years, 4 months and 27 days. In 1906, he was united in marriage to Margaret Kief, and to this union were born seven children, all of whom are living. They are Lloyd Casner, Mrs. Hazel Richardson, George Howard, Grace, Margaret and Donald Casner. He is also survived by his wife, three grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Belle Beckman of Ann Arbor, and Mrs. Mary Acre of Mt. Pleasant and several nieces and nephews and many friends. The funeral took place in Chippewa, Saturday, with burial in the Chippewa cemetery.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown.) Hand-dated
Donald Eugene Brickner
Donald Eugene Brickner, son of Andrew and Nellie Brickner, was born near El Paso, Illinois, April 23, 1911, and departed this life at the Gratiot county hospital in Alma, October 12, 1931, being 20 years, 5 months and 19 days of age.
Donald with the family moved from the old Illinois home to the present residence where he spent his boyhood
days whence he went to his present home after his marriage. He attended the Shepherd schools, having graduated
from the high school with the class of 1930. It was shortly after his graduation of July 2, that he was united in marriage with Marjorie Farnsworth. Donald's married life while short was very beautiful and happy, and it was Marjorie's chief aim and desire to create such a home for him as always makes for the greatest happiness within and a wide influence without. While this home was of short duration counting time, yet its influence will be long remembered as one of the really bright spots, that these two lives, welded into one, created. Donald united with the Church of Christ under the ministry of S. LeGran Randall, and remained a firm believer in the tenets of the Christian religion until death. He was an exemplary type of young manhood, being temperate in his habits, a lover of home, honest and fearless in the cause of right, believing in the practice of the golden rule in the walk of life and endeavors of life. His tireless industry was a possible contribution to his early passing. It was while in the discharge of some of his duties that he possibly overtaxed his strength, and brought on the fatal illness.
He leaves to mourn his untimely going his young wife, his parents, three sisters, Mrs. Elsie Ervens of Shepherd, Mrs. Elva Tufford of Mt. Morris, and Esther who resides at home, four brothers, William and Raymond of Shepherd, and Lawrence, also at home, and John of Gladwin, besides other relatives and a host of friends.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown, Hand dated October 29,
Mary Crawford who for many years made her home near Summerton, this county, died Monday night of last week at the home of her son, George Crawford, of Vestaburg, after only a week's illness. Mrs. Crawford would have been 81 years old had she lived until the twentieth of November. She was a noble old lady, loved by all who knew her. Eight years ago, she left this county to make her home with her son at Vestaburg. She leaves to mourn her death, one daughter, Mrs. C.A. Piatt of Shepherd, and one son, George Crawford, with whom she made her home. The funeral services were held Wednesday morning at Vestaburg, Rev. Tanner of that place officiating, and the remains brought to Shepherd for burial beside her husband, Chas 0. Crawford, whose death occurred many years ago.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated Dec. 24,
Nettie Vredenberg DuBois
The Shepherd community was depressed Saturday morning by the news of the sudden death of Mrs. Fred C. DuBois, well known and highly esteemed old resident, who passed away at the DuBois homestead 11/2 miles west and a little north of the village as the result of a sudden heart attack. Mrs. DuBois was 64 years old March 21 last. She had been in poor health for four years and had been confined to her bed the greater part of two weeks preceding her death, but had intended to get up and around the morning she was stricken. Mrs. DuBois, nee Nettie Vredenbur, was born and bred in Clinton county near Pewamo and was married here 42 years ago, November 6. She was teaching at the Rues and Hayes school in Fremont township at that time. Her home was in Lincoln township where her parents, Charles A. and Mary Vredenburg, resided. She had since lived here constantly with the exception of five years spent in Hastings. Her friendship was treasured by a large number because of her charitable nature and sterling qualities of womanhood. Surviving besides her husband, who is a farmer and a janitor at the shepherd school building are three sons, Donald Vere DuBois of Shepherd, and Elton of Lansing, and three daughters, Mrs. Marjorie Hamilton of Lansing, Mrs. Milo Richmond of Shepherd, and Mrs. Alice Freehney of Middleville, Michigan. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Bennett of Charlotte and Mrs. Fannie Bissell of Owosso.
The funeral was held Tuesday at 11 o'clock from the home, Rev. W. S. Phillips officiating. Burial in Salt River cemetery.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated March
Mrs. Anna Ducey Mrs. Anna Ducey, about 35 years old, died at 10 o'clock Sunday night, March 15, at her home in Carsonville, Mich. She had been ill about two weeks, although confined to her bed but a short time.
Death is attributed to influenza. The body was brought to Shepherd Tuesday and the funeral was held at
St. Vincent de Paul church here at 10 o'clock Wednesday.
Mrs. Ducey is survived by her husband, Emett Ducey, and eight children, all at home. The oldest child is 14.
She also leaves her mother, Mrs. Joe Meyers, miles southeast of Shepherd, the girlhood home of the
deceased for many years, four brothers, Richard, Edward, Leo and Rudy all of the vicinity of Shepherd, and three sisters, Mrs. George Wartker, Mrs. Paul Duggan, of near Shepherd and Mrs. Joseph Ruffnickel of Detroit.
Numerous relatives from away were here to attend the funeral. Many friends also mourn the loss of a devoted wife and mother. Mr. and Mrs. Ducey had resided in Carsonville about two years, having moved there from Detroit.
(From the scrapbook of Anne Koyl. Newer per unknown. .4,ZO, Rand dated March
The last of pioneers in this section of the community is fast decreasing, and Thursday's death claimed another man from the list, when C. A. Kiter, a resident in Pine River township for 52 years, was called suddenly. For the past two years, Mr. Kiter's health has been poor, and the family had been warned by their physician that the end would come suddenly as it did Thursday after noon at the family home, with Mrs. Kiter and a daughter Mrs. Elizabeth Ouidert, the only members of the family in the home at the time. Cornelious Albert Kiter was born July 17, 1848 in Meadville, Pa., and departed this life March 5, 1931, at the old home in Pine River township where he moved 54 years ago from Pennsylvania. He had lived 82 years, seven months and 19 days. Mr. Kiter was united in marriage to Elize A. Shonk in I867. To them 15 children were born, 10 girls and five boys, six of whom have preceded him in death. Five died in infancy and Francis M. Sanders passed to her reward on April 15, 1916. Mr. Kiter leaves his aged companion and nine children; Mrs. Lizzie Ouidort, Mrs. Jennie Packer, and Mrs. Ina Reis of St. Louis, Michigan, Mrs. Stella Vromar. of Coe, Mrs. Margaret Crawford also of Coe community, Mrs. Diane Johnson of
Muskegon, Michigan, Perry Kiter of St. Louis and Frank Kiter of Bannister, Michigan, and William Kiter of Los Angeles, California. Two sisters are Mrs. Emma Lowe, Muskegon, Michigan and Mrs. Rachel Shoemaker of Pennsylvania. There are 44 grandchildren and 48 great grandchild ren besides a host of other relative and friends. The deceased was a kind and considerate companion, a loving, father and a friend to all. Funeral services were conducted at the church of Christ by the minister W. E. Bell, of the Coe church, on Sunday afternoon with interment in the Coe cemetery.
From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated March 23,
James E. Coon
Mr. Coon, aged 59, died at the Samaritan hospital in Bay City, at one o'clock, Sunday afternoon, following an operation for gall stones. Mr. Coon was born in Coe township, December 31, 1871. He married Miss Cora Kelley September 20, 1893, and for several years operated a farm in Coe township. In 1904, he took over management of the Taylor house in Shepherd, but after two years returned to farming. In 190_, he moved back to Shepherd and was employed by the Owosso
Sugar company as a field man. He was elected sheriff of Isabelle county and served for two terms, following which he returned to the employ of the sugar company for four years, when he went to Saginaw as manager of the Prairie farms. He held
this position until 1927, when he retired from active service. Last fall he was a candidate in the Republican primaries for the office of state representative from Isabella county, being defeated by Frank Phillips of Mt. Pleasant.
Mr. Coon is survived by his wife, his son Floyd, and two daughters, Mrs. Zelpha Stilgenbauer of Mt. Pleasant,
and Miss May Coon. A third daughter, Fay, died in infancy.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown.)
Mabel Taedy Alleman
Death claimed Mrs. Rexford Alleman Sunday evening, at 7 o'clock at the hospital in Alma after an illness of
about six weeks with typhoid fever. Apparently her condition was improving up to about 10 days ago, when she suffered a relapse. She was taken from her home two and one-half miles east and one mile south of Shepherd to the hospital Sunday, August 24. The deceased lady was formerly Miss Mabel Taedy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Teedy, with whom she came to this community from Illinois about 14 years ago. She war married to Rexford Alleman eight years ago last June, after having completed her studies in the Shepherd schools. Following her graduation from high school here, she pursued a course in the Central State Teachers College for a time. Surviving with her husband are a son, Billy, aged seven, and a daughter, Frances, aged six. She also leaves her parents, two brothers, Clarence and Lloyd living on the Taedy farm two and one-half miles west of Shepherd, and two sisters, Mrs. Mayes of Alva, and Mildred Taedy, a s student in the high school.
Mrs. Alleman affiliated with the Rebekah lodge. She possessed qualities that had endeared her to a host of friends in the community. The circumstances of the death are regarded as particularly sad, in as much as she was but 30 years old and almost up to the time the fatal illness had been in apparently good health and able to do for her family everything that the love of a devoted wife and mother could suggest. The funeral services were held Wednesday at 2:30 at the M. E. church here, the Rev. . B. Mayhew, officiating and interment was made in Salt River cemetery.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated Feb. 12,
Jason Mortimer Struble
Funeral services for Jason Mortimer Struble were held at the M.E. church here Tuesday afternoon, February 10, with a large number of relatives and friends in attendance. Rev. W.S. Phillips, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment was made in Salt River cemetery. An abundance of beautiful flowers were in evidence, attesting to the esteem, in which this pioneer was held. The M. E. choir sang two appropriate selections. Jason Mortmier Struble, son of Jacob P. and Susan (Hibbard) Struble, was born in Tedrow, Ohio, December 25, 1859, and died at Eneffner, Florida, February 1, 1931, at the age of 71 years one month and six days. He came to Michigan in June, 1868, with his parents and grew to man hood on the farm homestead in Chippewa township. He was married to Eliza V. Wilson in 1887. Two children were born to them, one of whom, Eddie, is deceased ed. Mr. and Mrs. Struble located on their own farm near Adkins corners. They sold their farm and moved to Shepherd about 1898, where he had resided since, excepting the last 1C winters which he had spent in Florida in the hope of remaining his health. Surviving Mr. Struble are his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Paul Smith (nee Dew Struble) residing in Chicago,
one sister, Mrs. Paul Biessel of Shepherd, and a brother, Mr. Fred R. Struble of Phillips, Wisconsin. All of them
were in attendance at the funeral. Moody-Garber had charge of funeral arrangements.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Jan dated February 26,
Oleta May Johnson
Olita May, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Johnson, was born at Battle Creek, Michigan, November 13, 1930, and departed this life February 17, 1931, at the home of the parents in Battle Creek, being three months and four days
old. She leaves to mourn her departure, her parents, one sister Agnes, aged three, a grandmother, Mrs. H. D. Welch of Battle Creek, a grandfather, Mr. S. J. Titus of Shepherd and several uncles, aunts, and other relatives.
Short services were conducted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Childs three miles south of Shepherd, Thursday after noon at one o'clock by W. R. Bell, minister of the Shepherd Church of Christ. Interment was made at Salt River cemetery.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated April 11,
George Joseph Kief
George Joseph Kief was born in Chippewa township, Isabella county, July 5, 1893, and passed away at his
home, Thursday, April 2, 1932. He had not been well since he was about 21 years of age, but was in his usual health the morning of his death. On that morning he helped with the morning chores, cut some wood, and took a pail and went to the woods to gather sap. When he did not return promptly with the sap, his brother called him and receiving no response started to look for him and found him where he had fallen. She summoned help and they carried him to the house and called a physician but it was of no avail. He is survived by his father and mother, one sister, Mrs. Maggie Casner, nephews, nieces, three uncles, two aunts, and other relatives and friends. One little sister preceded him in death. The funeral took place at the home, Saturday, and was conducted by Rev. Raduckel. Burial was in Chippewa cemetery.
From the scrapbook of Anne Koyl. Newspaper unknown. 6T, Hand dated March 26,
Ezra T. Furlong
Ezra T. Furlong, 69 years old and a resident of the community for 48 years, succumbed Thursday afternoon March 19, to an illness of about 18 months duration. He had been confined to his home for about four months by hardening, of the arteries and heart trouble that affected his brain. Last November, Mr. Furlong, war taken to Iron county for a stay of about two weeks in the hope of effecting an improvement in his condition, but in vain. The deceased was born in Clarion county, Pennsylvania, in 1862, and when 21 year old came to Salt River. With the exception of five years spent in Fairgrove, Mich. and
about five months in Kansas, he had made his home here since. In 1886 he war married to Martha Minich, also a pioneer, who has lived in the county since she war eight years of age. A stationery engineer and a carpenter by trade, he served
the village as engineer for a period of ten years. He was janitor of the Shepherd school house for seven years.
Mr. Furlong war affiliated with the Odd Fellows and Woodmen. As a man and a citizen, he war highly regarded, and as a friend, his memory will be cherished by many who will miss him keenly. Surviving him with the widow, are a foster daughter, Mrs. Fern Smith, of Shepherd, and his aged father and two brothers George and Terch Furlong, all of Kansas. The father, John Furlong, is 92 years old. Funeral war held Monday March 23, at 2 o'clock, Rev. Bell conducted cervices at the home and at the grave in Salt River cemetery. Members of the Coe lodge I.O.O.F. paid a last tribute to their deceased brother by carrying out the impressive Odd Fellows ritual.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated April 21,
Surviving by less then three weeks, his aged mate for more than half a century, A. J. Gruber, Shepherd
pioneer and octogenarian, died Wednesday forenoon at the home of his son, Alva Gruber, in Ecorse, a suburb of
Detroit. His sister, Mrs. W. 0. Miller of Shepherd received Tuesday a telegram stating that the body would be brought here Wednesday. Mr. Gruber had been in feeble health for a protracted period, but unquestionably his death was hastened by
that of his wife, Mary A. Gruber, who succumbed at her home on Orchard street here Friday March 13, to an apoplectic
stroke suffered two days prior to that time. Her husband found her unconscious on the floor soon after she was stricken.
Mr. Gruber failed rapidly following his wife's death and funeral. A few days later, he accompanied his son and the latter's wife to Ecorse, intending to remain a week. On his arrival there, he was taken seriously ill and was unconscious at the time a letter was written to Mrs. Miller on March 27. Mr. Gruber was born in Clarion county, Pennsylvania, 8O years ago last October. He care here with his wife 53 years ago and settled on a farm two and one-half miles east of the village. He cleared a large part of his holdings. The Grubers' son is the only survivor of several children and his sister Mr. Miller, is the last
survivor of a family of ten children. A grand daughter, Miss Galah Gruber, of Akron, Ohio, also survives.
Mr. Gruber was a member of the Shepherd Church of Christ and was a kindly and neighborly man and a good citizen, who will be missed by many friends in this community. No funeral arrangements had been made at the time the Republican went to press.
(Front the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. 59, Hand dated Sept.
Drayton Leidy was called to Pontiac last Friday to see his mother, Mrs. Harriet Teedy, who was very low and whose death occurred Saturday. Mrs. Leidly formerly resided in the Shepherd community and the body was brought to the home of Mr.
Leidy for the funeral which was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Phillips officiated and interment was made in Salt River cemetery. Music was furnished by Mrs. F.I,. Ashworth and Mrs. Glen Oren. Grandchildren of the deceased acted as pallbearers. The husband survives, with a number of children and grandchildren.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated April 30,
Orrin Leroy Founce
Orrin Leroy Faunce, 57 years old and a resident of the immediate vicinity of Shepherd for the last 55 years, died in the University hospital in Ann Arbor Tuesday April 21. The body was brought home and funeral services were held
at the Church of Christ last Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. t-.H. Bell officiated. Interment was made in Salt River cemetery. Mr. Faunce was taken to the hospital three weeks prior to his death. A blood clot that had formed in his foot interfered with circulation of the blood and caused inflammation in one of his legs. An infection set in and resulted fatally after he had experienced acute suffering. His physician attributed to this irregularity, illness that Mr. Faunce contracted while staying in Luther, Michigan, about nine weeks ago. At that time pneumonia developed and he was treated for a time in a hospital in Cadillac. Mr. Faunce was born December 15, 1873, in Petersburg, Monroe county, Michigan. His father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. G. Faunce, moved to this county in 1876, settling on a farm they had purchased two miles south of Shepherd on the present route of U.S.-27. Ray Faunce lived on this farm until his marriage April 21, 1909, to Carrie L. Parker, then moving to a farm he had purchased earlier two miles north and one-fourth mile east of Salt River corners. Mrs. Faunce died February 12, 1924. Mr. Faunce had been affiliated with the Odd Fellows for 30 Years and the ritual of the order was carried out at the grave by Coe Lodge members when he was laid to rest. He had been a member of the Church of Christ since boyhood. Well known throughout this section, he will be greatly missed by a host of friends. The only near relatives surviving is his sister, Mrs. E. Sanford Dunbar of Ann Arbor, better known to many here as Mrs. Eva MeClellan. Mrs. Dunbar and her son, N. 0. McClellan of Chicago, came At the time of shipment of the body, to attend the funeral.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated December 10,
William W. Fosgitt
William W. Fosgitt was born in Calhoun county, Michigan, December 22, 1852, the son of Silas and Lydia Fosgitt, and passed away Thursday, December 3, 1931, aged 73 years, 11 months, and 11 days.
At the age of four years, he care to Isabella county. He was united in marriage to Harriet Struble July 2, 1871.
To this union were born three children, William of Harrison, Clyde of Midland, and Mrs. Clyde Reed of Owosso. He also leaves 11 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one sister, Cynthia Fosgitt of Alma.
Funeral services took place Sunday afternoon at the Stinson chapel, with the Rev. W. Mackenzie officiating.
Burial was in the Chippewa cemetery.
Obituary in possession of Paul C. Wilbur, Shepherd, Mich.
Isaac Higgins, 80, a resident of Coe died Monday morning after an illness of several months. His body was
taken to the Stilgenbauer funeral home in Shepherd where arrangements were made for funeral services Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Mr. Higgins was born in Pennsylvania March 20, 1857. He leaves several children, brothers and sisters. Burial was made in Salt River cemetery. His wife preceded him in death 15 years ago.
Obituary in possession of Paul C. Wilbur of Shepherd, Michigan
Joseph Higgins a well known and highly respected pioneer of this section died at his home in Coe on the 17th inst., aged 78 years. Deceased was born in Pennsylvania in 1826 and moved to this section in an early day.
He was married in 1855 and is survived by a widow and six children, three sons and three daughters. Funeral services were held yesterday at 10 o'clock and the remains laid to rest in Shepherd cemetery.
This was hand dated "August"
Obituary in possession of Paul C. Wilbur, Shepherd, Michigan.
Rhoda Fry Higgins
Mrs. Rhoda Fry was born in Greene county, Pa. April 20, 1833, and departed this life October 25, 1917, to her home in Isabella county, Coe township, Michigan, at the ago of 84 years. At the age of 13, she united with the Christian church and lived a devout Christian life. December 16, 1855, she was united in marriage to Joseph Higgins. To this union were born six children, three boys and three girls. The second daughter passed away in 1910. Newton of Coe, John and James who resided with their mother, Mrs. Mattie Sanders of Pine River, and Mrs. Bell Houver of Black Creek, Wisconsin, ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Ted Bigelow of St. Louis, and many distant relatives and a host of friends. Her husband preceded her to the better land 13 years ago. The funeral services were conducted at her home,
where she has lived for the past 52 years, by Rev. Dewey of Shepherd. Interment in the Shepherd cemetery.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated May 14,
Miles Dexter Abbott
Miles Dexter Abbott was born at White Creek, Washington county, New York, July 24, 1860. At the age of ten he came with his parents, Harrison and Martha Abbott, to Shepherd, Michigan. When he was twenty, he was married to Nina Walton,
and they began their married life in the same home in which he died Tuesday, May 5. He leaves a wife and sister, Mrs. Marilla Abbott Preston, besides a host of other relatives and friends. Miles as he was familiarly called by everyone was fundamentally honest and a friend to all. The old neighborhood will not be the same with him gone. He was laid to rest beside his little daughter in the Shepherd cemetery.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated
March 12, 1925)
Glen, twelve year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy McMillen, died at Carney Hospital in Alma Saturday from injuries received Friday night when struck down by an automobile driven by Bert Pulling of Lansing. The McMillen family were formerly resident of Shepherd and the body was brought to Salt River cemetery for burial.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown.)
Frances Louise Girven
Frances Louise Girven, daughter of Karl and Irene Girven, was born June 10, 1919, and died Nov. 1, 1919, at her parents' home in Jasper township Midland county. The parents and three sisters miss the presence of the little one whose stay here was so brief. The little body was laid to rest in the Shepherd cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Re. H. W. Ettinger.
(From the scrapbook of Anna Koyl. Newspaper unknown. Hand dated
May 12, 1932)
Dr. Alonzo Fagan
Dr. Alonzo Fagan, father of Bert Fagan of this city, and the brother of Mrs. C.L. Chadwick of Detroit, passed aray in the Chadwick home on Tuesday, May 4, 1932. The body was brought through Alma to Shepherd for burial on Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Chadwick and other friends accompanied the funeral car and during a short stop in the city, met many of their local friends. The funeral service was held at the Shepherd cemetery, and it was attended by friends of the deceased who were unable to go to Detroit following his death. Dr. Fagan was born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, in 1861, and came to Coe township with his parents in1866. This was a typical pioneer family and from childhood the young Alonzo knew all the experiences of a rural life which offered little of luxury. He was ambitious to advance and got what education he could, later teaching state for several years. He began the study of medicine Chicago, but completed his course and graduated from the Grand Rapids College. After practicing for twenty-six years, he retired about five years ago. His wife died and for some time he lived in South Dakota. He is survived by three sons, Bert Fagan of Alma, James of Minneapolis, Floy of New York, a daughter, Mrs. Luella Minor of Buffalo, New York, the sister, Mrs. C.T,. Chadwick, and a brother Frank of North Dakota.
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