Mrs. Ernest Groucher



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Mrs. Ernest Groucher passed away April 2 at the home of her parents, Mr. & Mrs Darwin Childs after an illness extending over several months, at the age of  26 years and 9 months.

Miss Maude Childs was born April 12, 1892.  She was united in marriage to Ernest Groucher August 17, 1907. 

Deceased leaves to mourn her death a loving companion, fond parents and many other dear relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted on Saturday morning at the M. E. Church by Rev. Davis and interment made in Salt River cemetery.


CARD of thanks was offered by Mr. & Mrs Darwin Childs,  Mr. E. L. Goucher,  Mrs. Eliza Hollenbeck and Mr. & Mrs Clifford Akers.


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Mrs. Cora A. Redel, nee Mullet

Jan. 27, 1914


Mrs. Cora A. Redel, nee Mullet was born in Holmes Co., Ohio on November 7, 1865.  In the year 1877 she, with her parents, came to Clinton County, Michigan, where she remained until the year 1887, when she came to Isabella County and remained until her death January 27, 1914.

She was united in marriage to Peter Redel in 1899.  To them three children were born.  She leaves besides her husband and three children, an aged mother; three sisters and four brothers and many friends to mourn her departure.  She gave her heart to God at an early age and her dying testimony was that hope and trust was fully in the Lord.


CARD of thanks was offered by Peter Redel and Children and Mrs. Anna Mullet and Children


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Died from Paralysis Sunday, aged 56 yrs.

December 10, 1914


Miles Milliken, who was brought two weeks ago from Donaldson, Wis., to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Milliken, died Sunday afternoon at two o'clock from a stroke of paralysis which he suffered the first of September.

The deceased was born at what used to be Salt River  on February 26, 1878, and with the exception of a very few years in Wisconsin, has lived in the vicinity of Shepherd all his life.

He was united in marriage to Miss Josephine Brewster on April 21, 1910 at Donaldson, Wis., where they made their home for a year and then they came to this county and remained until last May, when they returned to Donaldson.  Mr. Milliken had been working at the carpenter's trade before he was stricken down.

Besides his grief stricken widow and parents, he leaves two little children, ages three and one.  Also two brothers, N. Harry Milliken of Shepherd and Emerson Milliken of Joliet, Ill., and two sisters, Mrs. Tirzah Spencer of Riverdale and Mrs. Lucinda Owen of near Shepherd.

The funeral was held this (Thursday) morning at the house at  10 o'clock.  Burial in Salt River Cemetery.


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Andrew J. Condon

June 2, 1914


Andrew J. Condon was born in Jefferson county, NY Mar 7 18--(unreadable/missing) and died June 2, 1914 at the age of 76 years, 2 months and 25 days.  He came to Michigan when he was 18 years of age.

He enlisted in Company C, 8th Reg., Michigan Volunteer Cavalry.  He also had two brothers in the Army.

He was united in marriage to (unreadable, Anna Jones on 1 January 1894.  They made their home in Shepherd until the present time.

He leaves two surviving children, Richard Condon and Mrs. Flose Wait and three sisters, with his companion to mourn his decease.

Rev. C. E. Davis conducted services at the home on Friday (rest of article is missing)


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??  Keif (part missing)

29 January 1914


?? Keif was born on the 8th day of March 1860 in Fremont, Ohio.  In 1882 he came to Michigan with his father and settled in Isabella county.  For the past twenty years he has made his home with Mr. and Mrs. C. Hook.  (Mr. Kief's health has been failing for the last four years, but he was confined to his bed but a short time.  He leaves, besides a large circle of friends, one sister, Mrs. Jane Linebaugh of Vancouver, Wash., and three brothers, George, James and Charles of Isabella County.

The funeral was held Thursday at the M. E. Church in Chippewa;  Rev. Mullet officiating.  Burial in Chippewa Cemetery.


CARD of Thanks was offered by Mr. and Mrs. George Kief;  Jas and Chas Kief and Mrs. C. Hook.


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Mrs. M. J. Best

An old Resident of This County Dies at Alma

February 19, 1914


Mrs. M. J. (Galligher) Best died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George VanNorman of Alma, on Friday, after a short illness from Bright's disease at the age of nearly seventy-five years.  Mrs. Best was born in Sandusky County, Ohio on 4 April 1841 and came with her parents when a babe to Michigan and settled in Shiawassee County.  Forty-five years ago she was united in marriage to Jacob Best at Salt River, now Shepherd and to them were born five children; four daughters and one son, George Best, living southwest of Shepherd on the farm that Mr. and Mrs. Best made their home on until the death of Mr. Best eleven years ago last Monday.  Since that time Mrs. Best has made her home among her children.  She was a woman highly spoken of by all who knew her and leaves besides her children, many friends to mourn her death.  The funeral was Sunday afternoon at two o'clock  (missing) Parkinson Church, Rev. C. Davis of Shepherd, M. E. Church officiating.  Burial took place at Salt River Cemetery.


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Mrs. S. J. Titus

Former Lincoln Township Resident Gone

November 19, 1914


The remains of Mrs. Sam J. Titus of Kalkaska were brought here Saturday afternoon for burial in Lincoln township cemetery.

Mrs. Titus, formerly Miss Nellie Marshall, of Lincoln township, was married May 10, 1898 to Sam J. Titus also a resident of that township, where they lived until eight years ago when they moved to Kalkaska.  To them five children were born, who with the husband, one sister, Mrs. Ella Bush of this city and one brother, Jesse L. Marshall of Lenawee county, are left to mourn her death.

Mrs. Titus died Thursday morning after an illness of a couple of weeks at the age of thirty-three years.  The funeral was held from her late home  Saturday morning and burial took place in Lincoln Cemetery on Sunday.


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Phabolleous A. Mapes


Phabolleous A. Mapes was born in Adrian, Michigan September 12th  (year missing) and died at Springfield, Ohio September 4, 1914.

He was united in marriage with Anna Kimmel on November 24, 1887 and to this union were born five children, two dying in infancy.

Deceased is survived by a wife and 3 children; two grand children and 3 brothers.

On Saturday, Aug 27th, Mr. Mapes fell from the porch of his boarding house in Cleveland, Ohio and received injuries that paralyzed his body.  He was taken to the hospital where he died the following Friday, surrounded by his relatives.

The remains were brought to this place and funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Anna Mapes on Monday, September 7th at 10 o'clock a. m. by Rev. O. E. Davis officiating.  Burial was in Salt River Cemetery.


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Mrs. L. D. Bissell Dies at Ann Arbor

Oct 1916


Mrs. L. D. Bissell, a sister-in-law of Paul Bissell of this place; died at noon Monday at the hospital at Ann Arbor as the result of an operation.

Mr. & Mrs. Bissell, who resided at Flint, came to Mt. Pleasant about three weeks ago to visit Mr. Bissel's parents.  She was afflicted with a goiter and it was decided an operation was necessary.  She went from Mt. Pleasant to Lansing, where she has a cousin who is a physician, for the purpose of preparing for the operation.  She was operated on at 2 o'clock Saturday and died as above stated at noon on Monday.

The remains were brought to Mt. Pleasant  Tuesday on the noon train.

Deceased leaves a husband and little babe nearly two years old and many other relatives... (rest of article is missing)  (NOTE - see another obit on this lady farther down)


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Mrs. Charles Knorr Drowns Herself in Salt River

January 29, 1914


A most and deplorable affair was the death of Mrs. Charles Knorr residing northeast of town, which occurred last Monday.

Mrs. Knorr, who was 57 years of age last Friday, had been at the home of Mr. Culver east of St. Louis, caring for her son who had been very sick with typhoid fever.  They had started to take her home on Monday and on the road met Mr. Knorr coming after her.  She got into the rig with him and returned home, and Mr. Knorr returned a cutter which he had borrowed of one of the neighbors and when he came back he noticed his wife watching him through a crack in the door, but thought nothing of it and went into the barn to take care of the horse.

When he went to the house he was unable to find her and went to one of the neighbors, thinking that perhaps she had gone there but not finding her returned home to continue the search and on the way discovered her body lying on the ice on the river with her head and shoulders immersed in the water through a hole in the ice for the purpose of watering stock.

A justice was called and after a thorough investigation decided that a coroners jury was unnecessary.  While it was first talked that it might have been an accident, later developments show the death must have been pre-meditated and self-inflicted.

To Mr. McLean who had started to take her home and to Mr. Knorr she made several rambling assertions and complained of a pain in her head and trouble with her heart.  The hole through which she was drowned was only about 18 inches wide and three or four feet long, while the water by actual measurment at this point was only 18 inches deep, so that it would be almost impossible to be an accident.

The funeral was held at the home Thursday and interment in Salt River Cemetery at this place.

Her unhappy death is being kept from her son as it is feared that the news would prove fatal to him in his present condition.

Everyone speaks in the highest praise of the deceased and her death has caused much sorrow in this community.


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Sarah Jane Wood - nee McCullough

March 27, 1914


Sarah Jane McCullough was born near Rices Landing, Green Co., PA on September 11, 1845.  She died Friday evening, March 27, at five o'clock, aged 68 years, 6 months and 16 days.

She became a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church when a girl and remained true to the discipline of that church through life.

She was united in marriage to John Wood, October 7, 1866, and lived all her life near Bristorsa, PA, until in 1902 when the family removed to their present abode near Shepherd, Michigan.

Mrs. Wood had been in very poor health for the past tow years but the immediate cause of death was a fall which broke her hip.  The shock was too great for her already weakened constitution and after three days of intense suffering she passed away.

She is survived by an aged husband, 8 children, 12 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 3 sisters who mourn the loss of an obedient wife, a loving mother and kind companion.

Interment is in the cemetery near Shepherd, Michigan March 31, 1914.  Elder J. ?urch, officiating.


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James Casner Shoots Himself Through Breast.

Was Formerly a Resident of Chippewa Township of this County.


Last Wednesday at about noon James Casner, 21 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Casner of Big Rapids, committed suicide.  The family formerly lived in Chippewa township, this county, until about two years ago, when they moved to their present home.

Casner called at the home of his sweetheart and not finding her at home left a present for her and told the young lady's mother to "say goodbye" to Maude for him.  He then went out to the street and fired a bullet from a 38 caliber revolver into his breast, which killed him instantly.

The motive for his act is not known as he had not had any quarrel with his sweetheart.  The funeral was held at Big Rapids Saturday at ten o'clock.


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Mrs. Miles Lathrop

(There is only this much of the article on Mrs. Lathrop)


"Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Miles Lathrop"


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Robert Divelbiss Dead At Advanced Age of 79 years.


Robert Divelbiss, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Divelbiss, was born in Franklin county, PA., on the 18th of April, 1835.  Later moved to Fulton County, near McConnelsburg, with his parents, remaining there until the age of 26 years, when he was united in marriage to Mary J. Forrenburg of Fulton Co, PA.  In 1865 they moved to Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio, and remained there 30 years.  In March 1893 he, with his family, came to Isabella county and located 2-1/2 miles south of Shepherd and has lived there up until the present time.

Mr. and Mrs. Divelbiss were the parents of nine children, seven which are living;  one son and daughter having died when but small children.  He leaves to mourn, a wife, daughters:  Mrs. W. S. Rearick of Shepherd, MI,  Mrs. Alfred Hall of Bartlesville, Okla and Mrs. D. R. Wilkie of Mt. Pleasant, MI;  four sons, J. G. Divelbiss of Bartlesville, Okla,  D. E. Divelbiss of Alma, and A. B. and Forest R. Divelbiss of Shepherd; besides 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  He was the last of a family of eleven children.

He died at his home Sunday morning at 9:30 of heart trouble and dropsy.  His children were all home at the time of their father's death.

He was 79 years, 4 months and 15 days old.

Mr. Divelbiss was one of those noble characters of whom one could speak no ill.  A loving companion, a kind father, a steadfast friend and an accommodating neighbor, he will be greatly missed not only in the home circle, but by the entire community.  His life has been one that might well be emulated by others and while he had lived well past the allotted three score and ten of man he had far from outlived his usefulness and his past will remain as a monument to a life well spent.

A large number of friends gathered for the funeral services which were held at the home yesterday at two o'clock, Rev. McClendon officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in Salt River Cemetery mid a profusion of floral offerings.


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December 30, 1914


Richard Wonch was born in St. Catherine, Canada on 28 August 1835, and died December 30, 1914 at the age of 79 years, 4 months and 2 days.

His first trip to Michigan was in 1854, after a sojourn of about six years he returned to Canada and was united in marriage to Annie M. Nutt in 1860.  Soon after their wedding they came to Michigan to make their home.

He enlisted in 1864, and served to the end of the war, when he returned to this place and entered the pioneer (unreadable), clearing up his farm and making it home.

On October 26, 1898, his companion of those struggles of the early days was called home to the life beyond.  He was converted at the age of 16 since which time he has maintained his hope as a faithful servant until the last.

He leaves to mourn, one brother, William H., of Shepherd, and one sister, Mrs. Abigall Holland of Oregon, also six children:  Hiram H., Levi L., William M., and Richard of Shepherd,  Mrs. Clarence Husted of Middleton and Aca of Upland, California, besides grandchildren and other kin and many friends.

Services were held at the house Saturday at one o'clock, Rev. Davis officiating.  Burial in Salt River Cemetery.


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October 6, 1914


Minerva Parkinson Smith was born March 16, 1848 in Green County, PA.  She was the daughter of Jehu E. and Sarah Parkingson.

Minerva Parkingson was married to John B. Smith June 1, 1865.  She was the mother of three children:  Laura May, deceased;  Charles Eillot of Midbleport(?), Ohio and Leroy Wood of Penfield, PA.

During the early part of their married life they lived in this vicinity and  Mrs. Smith was a member of the Christian Church of Shepherd.

At the time of her death she was living a retired life with her son, Leroy at Penfield, Pennsylvania.  She departed this live October 6, 1914, age 55 years, 6 months and 20 days.

The remains brought to this place last Thursday and funeral rites were held in the Christian church, Rev. R. R. Cook and Rev. McClendon officiating.  Her remains were laid beside her husband in the Salt River Cemetery.


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May 26, 1914


Mamie Violet Peterson was born August 11, 1881 at Millbrook, Michigan and died at her late home May 26, 1914, at the age of 32 years, 10 months and 15 days.

An infant son, Virl, preceded her to the home beyond May 5, 1914.

She was united in marriage to Gustay H. Mey at Forest Hill, Michigan on  August 28, 1899.  She was converted during the pastorate of Rev. Wolfe and united with the M. E. church at Parkinson about ten years ago and has always been a faithful worker in the church and Sunday school and Lady's Aid Society.  She was a kind and loving wife and mother and loved by all who knew her.

She leaves to mourn,  a husband, a son Cecil Forest, a father and mother in Alberta, Canada;  a sister in Goshen, Oregon;  a brother in Pleasant Valley, Oregon and a brother at Fort Washington, besides other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the home Thursday, May 28, and the remains placed in the vault at St. Louis, awaiting the arrival of friends.  Burial took place June 3, 1914 at Oak Grove Cemetery,  Rev. C. E. Davis officiating.

**THIS NOTE is at the top of this article. "Owing to the omission in the copy furnished the Republican a couple of weeks ago of the obituary of Mrs. Stevenson, we republished it this week with the proper corrections."  -Ed.


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Prominent Winn Merchant Dies of Paralysis

24 December 1914


Conducted Drug Business Fourteen Years - Funeral Held Sunday.]


Wilson Chester Perkins, a prominent merchant of Winn the past seventeen years, died Wednesday night of last week at his home, after an illness of several months from paralysis.  The deceased suffered a stroke about six months ago and has suffered two since, the last one taking place last August, since which time he has gradually failed.  The past week has been spent in helplessness, but his devoted wife has been his constant attendant all through his illness.

Mr. Perkins was born in Lenawee County, MI on 19 April 1869;  was the only child of the late Chester J. Perkins and wife.  He came to Winn seventeen years ago after living one year in Gratiot County, and entered the drug business, which he continued until three years ago.  He then, disposed of his business and put in a general store. 

On October 5, 1895 he was united in  marriage to Almina Miller of Elwell and to them one son, Leon Chester, was born, who with the wife and a wide circle of friends are left to mourn his death.

The funeral was held from his late home at Winn Sunday morning at nine o'clock and the  remains were laid to rest in the family lot at Alma.

Walter Smith, a cousin from Lansing, was here to attend the funeral.


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Dies from Paralysis

January 30, 1914


Jos. Wickerd died at the home of his son, Sanford Wickerd, two and three-fourths miles southeast of Shepherd, on Friday, January 30, as the result of a stroke of paralysis.  He was stricken while at breakfast on Monday morning and never regained consciousness.

The funeral was held at the home on Sunday at 12:30, Rev E. E. Davis presiding.  Interment in Salt River Cemetery.

Jos. Wickerd was born in Stark Co., Ohio on 19 March 1826, and came to this county about thirty years ago where he has since resided.  He leaves a son, Sanford, with whom he resided at the time of his death,  a daughter, Mrs. Oar Lash, who resides at Battle Creek and was present at the funeral; also a daughter in Montana.

Mr. Wickerd was a highly respected citizen and neighbor and will be universally missed.


*Card of Thanks was given by:  Mr. Sanford Wickerd;  Mrs. Ora Lush;  and Mrs. Muriel Fletcher.

(The spelling of the Lesh/Lush name is as it appears in the article).


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Eighteen Years Old Died Thursday


16 July, 1914


Mrs. Frances (Merrill) McNeal died at her home in Chippewa township Thursday evening, leaving a three days' old baby boy.  The deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lucas Merrill and was born in this county eighteen years ago.  She was united in marriage to James McNeal who with the parents, two sisters and one brother are left to mourn her death.

The funeral was held from the Chippewa township Baptist church Sunday, Rev. Pinckard of the M. E. Church officiating.  Interment was made in the Chippewa Cemetery. 

Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved relatives.


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Died at Ann Arbor Following Operation

June 11, 1914


The funeral of Mrs. Emma Howe took place Thursday at one o'clock from her late home east of Shepherd, Rev. W. H. McClenden officiating.  Mrs. Howe went to Ann Arbor four weeks previous to her death and underwent an operation for tubercular glands of the neck.  It was thought that she was recovering nicely when erysipelas set in and she died Monday night of last week.

Mrs. Howe was born in Pennsylvania October 9, 1854, and on March 17, 1875 she was united in marriage to William Howe.  To them were born four children,  Mrs. Raymond Leonard of Riverdale;  Curtis Howe of Pleasant Valley,  Ernest Howe, who made his home with his mother and the youngest, a daughter, who died in infancy.  Besides the three children she leaves brothers to mourn her death.  Mr. and Mrs. Howe came to Isabella County in 1881 and settled on a farm northeast of Shepherd, later moving to the farm where Mrs. Howe and son made their present home.  Mrs Howe was a noble mother and a kind neighbor and will be mourned by a wide circle of friends.  She has been a member of the Christian church since 1897.  The remains were laid to rest beside her late husband in Salt River Cemetery.


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April 2, 1914


George W. Fouts was born at Canrollton, Carroll County, Ohio on 22 February, 1846.  Was the son of George and Eleanor Hemming Fouts, and the 4th child of a family of eight children, six boys and two girls.  A sister Mary F. Fowler, the eldest, lives at Silver Lake, Kan., John B. at DelRoy,  Van B. at Cleveland and Mahlon of Akron, Ohio.  The father and mother, Richard, Sarah and William have gone before.

He married Mary E. Estee September 14, 1869, who with a son Free L, and two grandchildren survive him.

He served in the Civil War 40  (unreadable) enlisting in Oct. 1861, when  (unreadable) years of age as a drummer (unreadable).  Re-enlisted in 1865.  Served during the war, discharged and mustered out in August 1865 at Little Rock, Ark.  He was with Sherman in the long march to the sea.

He died at 4002 Bridge Ave., Cleveland, Ohio April 2, 1914.  His son and three brothers attended the last sad rites held at Cleveland.

Mr. Fouts came to this vicinity in 1868 and for about three years conducted a saw mill at Clare.  He at one time ran the hotel at Salt River corners and has called Shepherd his home for many years.  He was  a charter member of Ralph Ely Post No. 150, organized June 8, 1883, and has remained an honored member of that.


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1914 (unreadable on month/day)


Rolland Albert, the little five-month old babe of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Carroll, of the Canadian Soo died Sunday morning from cholera infantum and the remains are to be brought here the last of this week for burial.  Mrs. Carroll, formerly Miss Bertha Rowlader, has been very sick in one of the hospitals at that city with typhoid fever the past few weeks, but has so far recovered that (unreadable) hoped that she can be brought  (rest of article missing)


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July 10, 1914


Lillian M. Turner was born September 22, 1875 in the township of Jasper, Midland County, Michigan.

She married to A. D. Converse October 28, 1896.  To this union was born three children,  Glen, Arthur and Freda.  For about thirteen years she had been a patient sufferer; resigned to the will of her Heavenly Father.  Twenty six years she led a Christian life, a number of years a member of the M. E. church; later joining the Church of Christ.  She died in the triumph of living faith, July tenth, 1914.  Aged 38 years, 9 months and 18 days.  Leaving to mourn her loss a father, mother, husband, three children and three sisters.


*There was also a Card of Thanks from:  A. L. Converse & Family;  R. A. Turner & wife;  L. E. Krick & wife; C. E. Howe & wife.



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April 6, 1914


Martha Elizabeth Safreed was born in Meige county, Ohio May 9, 1845 and departed this life April 6, 1914, aged 68 years, 10 months and 27 days.

She was raised in Jackson county, West Virginia.  She was married to John Ingraham in 1868 and to this union were born four children, two daughters and two sons, one son dying in infancy and one daughter dying in 1895.

She came with her family to Isabella county in 1881 where she has since resided.

She leaves to mourn her death her husband; one son and one daughter, a brother and a sister; six grandchildren and a host of friends.  She was a kind affectionate wife and loving mother.

Services were conducted by Rev. C. E. Davis at the home in Lincoln at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 9th.  Burial in Salt River Cemetery.


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May 22, 1914


Mrs. Ford Munn of Mancelonia died May 22, 1914 at the age of 35 years, 7 months, and 22 days.  The remains were brought to Blanchard and buried in Decker Cemetery.  Deceased leaves an infant son, father, mother  (rest of article missing)


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Old Resident of Mt. Pleasant

April 4, 1914


Mary Elizabeth Ferris, daughter of Jacob and Louisa Ferris was born at Brooklin, Conn.  Sept. 29, 1848 and died at her home in Mt. Pleasant April 4, 1914 at the age of 65 years, 6 months and 6 days.

She was married Sept. 20, 1866 to Reuben Cratsley and to this union four children were born, two of whom having preceded her to the better land.  She has lived in Mt. Pleasant nearly all her married life.  She accepted her Saviour when but a girl and had till the last, adored her Lord. 

She leaves a daughter, Miss Elsie Cratsley and one son, Warren Cratsley to mourn her death.  The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the Christian church, Rev. Murray officiating.  The remains were laid to rest in (rest of article missing)


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Died at Home of Daughter, Mrs. B. G.  Freeman

Was Mother of 17 children, 32 Grandchildren & 13 Great Grandchildren.

April 17, 1914



Maryetta Young was born in Monroe Co., near Rochester, N. Y. on September 7, 1835 and died at the home of her daughter, Mr. B. G. Freeman April 17, 1914, at the age of 78 years, 7 months and 10 days.

When she was about four years old she came with her parents to Hillsdale County, MI., where she lived until the age of 23, when she was married to Lewis A. Struble.  They resided in Spring Hills and Wauseon, Ohio, until 1869, when they removed to Hillsdale County, MI.  Five years later they came to Isabella County where they lived on a farm six miles north of Shepherd, and 21 years ago they moved to the village of Shepherd where she has since resided.

To this union were born 17 children,  12 boys and 5 girls,  4 of whom died in infancy and one daughter, Etta Arvilla, died at the age of 18 years.  Those living are:  Jesse, Irad, Jerry, John, Lowis, Jacob, Lafe, George, Earl, Mrs. Metta Kelley, Mrs. Ella Swix and Mrs. Emma Freeman.  Since the death of her husband in Jan of 1911, she has spent most of the time at the homes of her children in this place.  Since her early girlhood she has been a church member and has been faithful member of the Christian church here for the past 15 years.

She has been in failing health for the past two years and has been confined to her bed since last September.  She leaves nine sons, three daughters, 32 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren besides a large circle of friends to mourn their loss.

The funeral was held at the Church of Christ Sunday afternoon, Rev. McClendon officiating.  A large concourse of friends and acquaintances were present.  The casket was entirely covered with flowers.  The remains were laid to rest in Salt River Cemetery.


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Succumbed to Bright's Disease Monday at Shepherd

March 5, 1914


C. L. Hokemeyer, proprietor of the creamery at Shepherd, died at his home in that village Monday morning following an illness from Bright's disease and heart trouble.  The deceased was born in Hanover, Germany on October 1, 1852 and came to this country when he was seventeen years of age.  He was united in marriage to Miss Louise Schwerman in July of 1884 and to them were born seven children:  Mrs. Minnie Frank and Mrs. Lydiua Blan and Miss Mayme Hokemyer of Lake Zurich, Ill.,  and Tillie, Albert and Francis, who are at home with the parents, Master Lewis having died two years ago.  Mr. and Mrs. Hokemeyer came to Shepherd from Lake Zurick, Ill. in 1907 and Mr. Hokemeyer has since conducted the creamery in that village. 

The funeral was held yesterday at one o'clock from  his late home.  Burial took place in Salt River Cemetery.


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Sickness Causes Temporary Insanity

Wm. T. Bozer of Lincoln Township a Well Known Farmer

November 12, 1914


Wm. T. Bozer, a well known farmer of Lincoln township killed himself with a shotgun Tuesday afternoon.  Mr. Bozer had been in poor health for several weeks.  For three or four years prior he had been especially despondent and nervous.  It was not caught by his wife, however, that he harbored any thoughts of self destruction.  Shortly after dinner Tuesday Mr. Bozer asked his wife to take the water to the cattle.  She was gone only about twenty minutes and upon returning found he had entered the house, procured a shot-gun and killed himself just outside the door.

The deceased, who was 45 years old, came here with his parents from Indiana thirty-six years ago.  He later went to Cadillac where he was married.  He moved back to this county four years ago, locating in Deerfield township.  Last March he moved to Lincoln.

The funeral was held at the home, Rev. Pinckard conducting the (rest of article missing)


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Mrs. O. H. Barnard of Shepherd Called

Her Whole Life one of Unselfishness and usefulness

May 14, 1914


It is with deep sorrow that we record the death of Mrs. H. O. Barnard of Shepherd, which took place at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. L  Ashworth, of that place Wednesday night at nine o'clock.  Mrs. Barnard has been a resident of Shepherd since 1886 and during all these years has ever proven herself "a friend in need".  Her life has been given for others;  she has always stood ready with a helping hand where ever she could do good.  The text, "She hath done what she could," used by Rev. C. E. Davis at her funeral which took place Saturday morning, was certainly well applied.  Mrs. Barnard's health commenced to fail her nearly three years ago and since that time she has gradually grown worse.  Every effort has been put forth to relieve her intense suffering, but all was fruitless, and through it all she has never been heard to speak a word of complaint, but has always been ready with a word of cheer for those around her.

Mary Adelaid Dickerson, daughter of David and Lucy Dickerson, was born in Marion township, Livingston County June 17, 1843, and was one of a family of six children.  December 24, 1863 she was united in marriage to Henry O. Barnard, and to them four children were born, three daughters,  Mrs. Millie Darrow of Lewiston, Mont., Mrs. Julia Bennett of Lansing, and Mrs. Kittie Ashworth of Shepherd and one son, Glen Barnard, who died at the age of fourteen years.

Mr. and Mrs Barnard came to Shepherd with their familyu in 1886 from Livingston county where they had spent their entire life with the exception of a short time they had lived in Ionia.  They are a family highly respected and Mrs. Barnard will not only be missed by the family but by a wide circle of friends, who extend to the relatives deepest sympathy.  She leaves three brothers, James Dickerson, who came from Oak Grove to attend the funeral, Simon Dickerson of Sawtell, Cal., and Goodell Dickerson of Howell, and one sister, Mrs. Melinda Harger, who has been with her during her long illness.

The funeral was held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. L. Ashworth Saturday morning at ten o'clock, Rev. C. E. Davis of the M. E. Church officiating.  The remains were laid to rest in Salt River Cemetery.

Those from away who were here to attend the funeral were her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Bennett of Lansing,  James Dickerson, a brother from Oak Grove,  Mrs. Emma Kauffmann of Flint, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Barnard,  Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Lewis and Mrs Alice Cole of Mt. Pleasant.


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Sister of Fred L. Keeler - Funeral Held Here Wednesday Afternoon

October 1, 1914


Mrs. Lila K. Bissell, sister of F. L. Keeler and formerly a resident of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday at a private hospital in Ann Arbor as a result of an operation for goiter.  The remains were brought here Tuesday, the funeral being held yesterday at two o'clock from the Bissell home on South Main Street.  Rev. Mr. Newton of the Episcopal church officiated.

Mrs. Bissell was well known here, where the many friends extended much sympathy to the bereaved family.

Lila K. Keeler was born in Washtenaw County, Michigan January 22, 1880.  She came to Mt. Pleasant fourteen years ago, where she was employed in the Ann Arbor office and later at Gorham's.  She was united in marriage with L. D. Bissel, of this city, ten years ago.

The family lived here until last fall when they removed to Flint.  Mrs. Bissell was afflicted with a goiter which necessitated her entering a private hospital at Lansing two weeks ago, after making a short visit to friends and relatives in Mt. Pleasant.  She was removed to a private hospital at Ann Arbor a few days ago and last Saturday underwent an operation.  The fight for life was in vain, however, and on Monday she died.

Besides her husband and a two year old daughter, there remain to mourn the loss, two brothers, Fred L Keeler of Mt. Pleasant and Will Keeler of Connecticut, and two sisters, May Keeler of Evart and Emma Keeler of the old home in Washtenaw (rest of article missing)


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June 17, 1914


Charles Froggett was born in Orange County, N. Y.,  July 17, 1848 and died June 17, 1914 at the age of 65 years and 11 months.  He leaves to mourn his death a wife, one daughter, Mrs. C. J. Roegsegger, and three sons,  Wesley, Henry and Emery and 12 grandchildren.

He has been confined to his home since one year ago last NovemberWhen he had a stroke of paralysis from which he never recovered.

At the age of  seven years his parents moved from New York state to Clinton county, Michigan, where they resided until 1863 when they moved to Chippewa township, where he has resided ever since, 51 years.

The last three years he has lived in Shepherd.

He was converted at the age of ten years and was a man who had a host of friends and one who will be greatly missed by all.  He has always been very kind to the poor, always ready to divide with them that were in need and worthy.

Funeral services were conducted at Chippewa by Rev. O. A. Kester of St. Lewis.


Card of Thanks was also included in article:  Mrs. Rachel Froggett - Mrs. Sabra Roegsegger - Wesley Froggett - Emery Froggett and Henry Froggett.


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Chippewa Township Farmer Succumbs to Pneumonia

February 26, 1914


Leon B. Wilmot died Monday afternoon at his farm home in Chippewa township after a short illness from pneumonia.  He was born in St. Joe, Ind., Apr 22, 1862 and was united in marriage to Miss Ella Miser at Mantua, Ohio on September 9, 1886, and came to this county and settled on a farm in Union township.  To them were born seven children, five boys and two daughters, four sons and two daughters (this is the way it's worded in article, not sure if it's a misprint,  or what?)  Mrs. Alta Croser of Chippewa township, Don and Clarence Wilmot of Pontiac and Elbert, Carl and Ruby, who are at home with the wife are left to mourn his death.  Mt. and Mrs. Wilmot and children settled in Chippewa township about five years ago.  A  wide circle of friends extend deepest sympathy to the bereaved family in their hour of trouble.  The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at one o'clock from the Chippewa Baptist church, Rev. Murray officiating.  Burial took place in Chippewa cemetery.  Mrs Wilmot's parents and sister,  Mr. and Mrs. Abe Miser of Ypsilanti and Mrs. Nellie Powell of West Branch were here to attend the funeral.


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August 13, 1914


Fanny Frie was born in Canton Bern, Switzerland January 26, 1831.  She came to America in the fall of 1854 and settled in Mt. Eaton, Ohio where she was married to John Grauber in March of 1855.  They lived in Ohio ten years and there four children were born to them;  John, Jacob, Lena and Fredrick.  Of these Lena and Jacob survive.  In 1865 the family came to Isabella County, Michigan and bought a farm on which she resided until the time of her death.

Mrs. Grauber had been in poor health for the past five or six years.  She had been gradually failing and death came August 10, at 7 A.M.  Her husband died in 1894.  She leaves to mourn her loss two children, ten grand children and many friends.

Mrs. Grauber was on of the pioneers of Isabella County.  She suffered many hardships, worked hard and was always ready to help others.  She was a kind neighbor and leaves behind her a record of many good and noble deeds.


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Victor Johnson Died Near Shepherd Friday Morning

February 5, 1914


Victor Johnson, who came to Mt. Pleasant two years ago, with his wife and daughter, died Friday morning at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Clyde Acre, living near Shepherd.

Mr. Johnson was born in Lorain County, Ohio sixty-two years ago and in 1899 was united in marriage to his brother's widow, Mrs. M. Johnson, and with her and her two daughters came to Isabella County in 1900.  They settled on a farm in Lincoln township, where they made their home until two years ago, when Mr. Johnson's health commenced to fail so rapidly that he found it necessary to leave the farm and they came to Mt. Pleasant to make their home.  A week ago Sunday he want to make his wife's sister, Mrs. Acre, a visit and on the morning of his death he had been visiting with her and went to the kitchen for a drink.  On returning from the kitchen he fell and when Mrs. Acre reached him, life was gone.  He leaves besides his wife, two step-daughters, Mrs. John Klumpp of Lincoln township and Miss Carrie Johnson of this city, two brothers Dwight Johnson of this county and Orin Johnson of Milan.  The funeral was held from his late home on Arnold Street Monday afternoon with Rev. C. T. Jack of the Baptist church officiating. The remains were taken to his old home in Ohio Tuesday for burial.


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George Merrill of Chippewa Township Receives Last Call

January 15, 1914


George Merrill, a resident of Chippewa Township died at the home of his son, Garfield Merrill, Monday morning, after an illness of nearly a week.  The deceased came to this county over thirty-five years ago, and settled on a farm in Chippewa, where he has worked as scaler in Hartgrove mills near Frederick.  Had he lived until February he would have reached his sixty-fourth year.  He was a man highly respected, a noble father and one of the best of neighbors.  He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Ruby Beebe of this city and Miss Sadie Humphrey of Oklahoma City and two sons, Lucas and Garfield Merrill, both of Chippewa township.  He was a member of the Masonic order and also of the Gleaners.  The funeral was held yesterday afternoon from the Chippewa township M. E. church, Rev. Tyson conducting the services.  The remains were laid to rest beside those of his late wife, who died nearly a year ago.


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September 9, 1914


Milton F. Clark, son of Robert and Martha Clark, was born June 8, 1848 in Franklin County, N.Y.  He came to Michigan with his parents when he was sixteen years of age, where he lived with them on a farm east of the village until 1882, when he, with his parents, moved to Shepherd, where he has since resided.

On July 1, 1892 he was united in marriage to Alice Richmond, who only lived a little over a year to cheer his life, when the death angel claimed her.

After his father's death in 1901 he cared for his aged mother in her declining years and ministered to her every want until her death, which he deeply felt.

He had been allying for some time, but only confined to his bed a week before he passed away.

All was done for him that kind hands could do, but death came on September 9, 1914.

He leaves two brothers,  Allen E. and Robert D Clark and one sister, Mrs Annie Belch, all of this village, besides many relatives and friends.

Rev. C. E. Davis conducted the funeral services at the late home Friday morning at 10 o'clock.  Burial was in the Salt River Cemetery.


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Passes Away At His Home After Months Of Suffering

May 20, 1914


Homer Glen Stilgenbauer was born in Canton, Ohio, February 19, 1892 and died at his home in this village on Friday, May 20, 1914.

Glen came with his parents to this place when but four years old and has resided here ever since.  Some months ago he was stricken with tuberculosis and since that time has been a great suffer and the dread disease has gradually sapped the young life out until the inevitable came in the shape of death to claim another victim.

His sunny disposition made him many friends and he bore his suffering without a mummer and tried to comfort the dear ones around him who were driven nearly to distraction in their unsuccessful effort to check the ravages of the disease.

The funeral was held at his late home on Sunday morning and a large crowd was gathered for the sad occasion, the casket being loaded with beautiful flowers.

The sorrowing relatives have the sympathy of the entire community in their hour of morning.


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December 31, 1914


Grace Edith, daughter of George B. and Alice M. Fairchild, was born at the home of her parents at Farmer, Defiance County, Ohio December 30, 1896 and died at the home of her parents in Shepherd, Michigan on December 31, 1914, at the age of 18 years and one day.

Grace accepted her saviour in early life and was a faithful worker in the church and Sunday school.  She was a member of the senior class of the Shepherd high school and was loved and respected by young and old.

She leaves to mourn here departure her father, mother, four brothers and two sisters and a host of relatives and friends, two sisters having preceded her to the home beyond.

Rev. Wilson of Holly, Michigan, a former friend of the family, officiated & assisted by Rev. E. C. Davis.

A large congregation of friends and school mates were present to pay their last respects to the one called away so early in life.

Interment was in the Salt River Cemetery.


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A Resident of This County Many Years...died at Vestaburg

October 29, 1914


Mrs. Mary Crawford, who for a great 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 eighty-one 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 Platt of Shepherd and one son, Geo. Crawford, with whom she made her home.

The funeral services where held Wednesday morning at Vestaburg, Rev. Tanner of that place officiating and the remains were brought to Shepherd for burial beside her husband, Chas. O. Crawford, whose death occurred many years ago, Rev. C. E. Davis of Shepherd M. E. church conducted the services.


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August 1, 1914


Maud Mabel Nestle, daughter of J. C. and Naomi Nestle was born October 14, 1893, and died August 1, 1914 at the age of 20 years, 9 months and 13 days.  She leaves to mourn her death her grandparents, George and Anna Nestle, a father and mother, J. C. and Naomi Nestle, one sister and four brothers;  Manual Nestle and wife, Levi Nestle and wife, B. Nestle and wife, Daniel Nestle and Mrs. Nellie May Rathburn and husband.

The funeral was held in the  (unreadable) school house, northeast Chippewa, Rev. Morgan officiating and interment was made in the Kelly Cemetery in Midland County.  The family have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood.


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Takes Arsenic

September 17, 1914


The people of Mt. Pleasant and Isabella County were very much shocked last Wednesday evening when the news came current that Fred W. Vowels, a popular mail carrier on Rural route No. 8 of Mt. Pleasant, had taken his own life with poison and had died shortly after 8 o'clock.

He had been off duty for twelve days having taken his two weeks leave of absence and was to assume work again on Monday morning.  For several days he had not been well and Wednesday he had kept to his bed all day and the intimation of anything but of the ordinary indisposition was when Mrs. Vowels discovered him on the floor, where he had fallen upon coming from the bath room upstairs, and she hastily summand his brother Charles at the post office, who came and the two succeeded in getting him back to his bed where for two hours he suffered and gradually grew worse, but steadfastly refused to allow them to summon medical aid, but which the finally did do contrary to his wishes, sending for Dr. Sayers who in turn called Dr. Pullen, but all either could do was of no avail.  Mr. Vowels passing away a short time after eight o'clock. He was conscious up to nearly the last and admitted to his brother that he had taken the poison and wanted to die.

Soon after his condition was discovered as noted above, Mrs. Vowels had found a white paper near the sink in the kitchen where he had been for a drink a short time previous, and the paper bearing the label of arsenic left no doubt.

Mr. Vowels had been a carrier on route 8 ever since the service was installed and was one of the most popular carriers in the county, and his rash act is much deplored by all who knew him.

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Held Sunday From Late Home on High Street

September 14, 1914


The funeral of Fred W. Vowles, rural carrier on route 8, whose death occurred last Wednesday night as a result of arsenic poisoning, was held Sunday afternoon from the deceased's former home on High Street, Rev. Mr. Green, formerly pastor of the local Disciple church, conducted the services.  Burial took place in Riverdale Cemetery.

Mr. Vowles was born in Iowa 39 years ago and in 1882 moved with his parents to Oakland county of this state.  They came to Mt. Pleasant in 1890.  Mt. Vowles graduated from the high school of this city and after clerking for some time in stores here he went into the rural free delivery service when that institution was established.


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November 26, 1914


John Glenowich, who for a number of years lived near Rosebush, died Thursday evening at Traverse City, where he had been the past year and a half, his illness extending over several months.

The deceased leaves three daughters all of this city, three brothers living at Allegan and one sister who lives in Chicago.

The remains were brought to this city Saturday evening and the funeral took place Monday morning at 8:30 o'clock, Rev. Fr. O'Conner and Fr. McNeil officiating.  The remains were laid to rest in Mt. Calvary beside his late wife.  One brother, Frank Glenowich of Allegan was here to attend the funeral.


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