Mrs. M. E. Kane Succumbs to a Long Illness on Saturday Last

March 23, 1916



Mrs. M. E. Kane, who has been in poor health for some time, passed away at her home south of town Saturday night.  It is but a few weeks since Mr Kane died and undoubtedly his death had much to do with her failure to rally from this latter illness.

Mr. and Mrs. Kane came to this county when they were first married and have spent practically their entire married life on the farm where they settled at that time.  They were the parents of two sons and two daughters, three of whom, Arthur, Nellie (Mrs. Gee) and John survive.

Mrs. Kane was a woman highly respected by all, a kind friend and neighbor but whose interests were centered largely in her home and children.

The hand of sorrow was laid heavily upon her a few years ago in the death of her oldest daughter, Mrs. John Carroll at Escanaba.  At several times the past year her life has been despaired of but from each attack  she has rallied owing to the possession of an exceptionally sturdy constitution.

The funeral was held at Sacred Heart church Tuesday and she was laid to rest beside the husband who preceded her such a short time before.  The sympathy of all is extended to the children who are left to mourn a loving and devoted mother.


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August 17, 1916


The remains of Rexford Walton, little son of Mr. and Mrs. H. O. White, of Royal Oak, were brought here Wednesday and taken to the home of Mr. White's mother, Mrs. Esther White, where short funeral services were held Thursday morning at ten o'clock, Rev. I. W. Kimberling of the Christian church officiating.

Rexford Walton White was born at Royal Oak June 16, 1915.  The extreme heat and teething took the little life that shed such a broad ray of sunshine in the home.

Deepest sympathy is expressed by the many friends of the bereaved parents, a seven year old sister, grandparents and other relatives in their sorrow.

Mr. and Mrs. White were former residents of this place.


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Mrs Emoline Martin Smock

May 25, 1916


Mrs. Emoline Martin Smock, who has been in failing health for some time, passed away at the home of her son Willis Thursday, and the funeral was held from the Christian church of Coe Sunday afternoon, and burial at Shepherd.  The Martins were among the earliest settlers of Gratiot county, from which place they later removed to Jasper, Midland County.  Miss Martin taught school in Pine River township and later taught the first school organized in Jasper township.  She was married to George Smock in 1862 and they settled on a farm near that of her parents, which they still own.  Here they lived continuously except for six years when Mr. Smock drove the stage from Mt. Pleasant to Dushville, residing in the latter place.

Besides her aged husband she leaves three sons, one brother and one sister.  She was a constant member of the Christian church of Coe for forty years and leaves many old friends.

"Death, thou art but another birth, Freeing the spirit from the clogs of earth."  Pleasant Valley Correspondent.


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Mr. Tomlinson

13 May 1916


On May 13th a beautiful angel entered our midst and took to his home on high another beloved father, mar. Tomlinson, so well known in the community as grandpa Tomlinson.  About a week ago he had a stroke and gradually failed until he fell into a deep sweet sleep, never to awaken here.  The bereaved family have the sympathy of all in their hour of sorrow.

No more we'll hear his footsteps,

     In the yard, or on the floor;

His dear voice now is silent,

     It's tones we'll hear no more.


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Recalled by Recent Death of Mrs. Margaret Murray

April 1, 1916


An event of pioneer history was brought to a close by the death and burial of the oldest pioneer in this vicinity, Mrs. Margaret Murray of Irishtown, who died April 1, 1916, at the age of ninety-five years.

Mrs. Murray was born in Ireland but moved from Ohio to Irishtown with her husband and three children March 14, 1855.  In August of the same year Mr. Murray died leaving his widow and three children in the heart of the forest to make themselves a home.

Timber was plentiful but lumber very scarce, and Ionia City the nearest place to buy a coffin.  Mr. Oberlin, father of Mr. and Mrs. William Boyles of Shepherd, had hewed out some boards to make a wagon box and upon hearing of the sad affliction of his neighbor only three miles away, loaded his wagon box lumber on his back and with whole souled charity brought it through the woods to the home of the deceased and offered it to be made into a coffin.  James Allen, father-in-law of N. W. Struble of Shepherd, the nearest neighbor for three miles in another direction came to offer his assistance and with a hand plane, now owned by N. W. Struble, he dressed and fitted the rough hewn lumber and made it into a suitable coffin for his friend.

Mr. Allen and Mr. Oberlin have long since passed away but Mrs. Murray never forgot the kindness and charity of those neighbors and "The Widow Murray" became a well known name to many a hungry traveler.

Mrs. Murray is survived by her three children, Thos Murray of Irishtown, William Murray of Summerton and Mrs. T. Battle of Mt. Pleasant.

She was buried Monday, April 3rd from St. Patrick's Catholic church - her six grandson acting as pall-bearers.

A Requiem High Mass was sung by Fr. Mulvey of Alma, Fr. Brogger of Merrill and Fr. Brogger of Mt. Pleasant.  Burial in the Irishtown cemetery.


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Dexter D Carpenter

18 January 1916


Dexter D. Carpenter was born May 19, 1856, in Oakland County, Michigan and died at his home in Greendale, Midland Co., Jan. 18, 1916, at the age of fifty nine years and eight months.

He was married to Miss Bertha Kunkel, of Highland Station, Oakland county.

To this union were born thirteen children, twelve of whom survive him, one daughter, Hazel, having been called home November 5th, 1910.

Mr. Carpenter was the only surviving member of a family of four children.  His father, mother, two sisters and one brother having gone on before.

Deceased moved to Midland county twenty years ago, residing in Jasper township four years, after which he moved to Greendale, where he resided until his death.

The members of his family left to mourn their loss are:  His wife, Miss Etta Hamlin of Shepherd, Harvey, Virginia of Minn, Mrs. Mabel Webb of Alma, Harry of Greendale, Herbert of Ithaca, Clifford of Tonawanda, N. Y, Mrs. May Thorton of Linden,  Ernest of Lansing, Karl of Greendale, Mrs. Crystal Hornick of Greendale, Claud and Roy still living at the home, all of which were present - he also leaves fifteen grandchildren.

The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at two o'clock at the Union Chapel, Rev. Davis officiating.  Interment in Greendale Cemetery.


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Menervia Ione Stebilton

10 September 1916


Menervia Ione Stebilton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Stebilton, was born Oct. 14, 1910 and departed this life September 10, 1916.  She was in ill health nearly a month with appendicitis and peritonitis, and suffered a great deal until the end came.

All was done for her comfort that loving hearts and hands could do.  She leaves to mourn, her parents, one sister, one brother, grandparents and one great grandfather, besides many near relatives and friends.

Services were conducted by Rev. C. E. Davis in the Free Methodist church Tuesday, Sept 12, 1916 at 10:30 a. m.  Burial in Salt River cemetery. 


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Henry O. Barnard

May 16, 1916


Henry O. Barnard, who has been in failing health the past few years, died Monday morning at ten o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. L Ashworth, from a complication of disease.

Mr. Barnard came to our little village with his wife and two youngest children, Clara D. and Glen D., twenty-eight years ago last month and settled in the building now occupied by Ed Brenner, where the deceased conducted a blacksmith shop, the family living in the rooms over the shop.  They won a warm place in the hearts of our villagers, which they have always held.

Two years and two days ago Mrs. Barnard was laid to rest, since which time Mr. Barnard has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Ashworth, who with her husband have given him the tenderest of care during his long illness.

The deceased was born December 15, 1839 at Genoa, Livingston County, Michigan, and December 25, 1864 he was united in marriage to Mary A. Dickerson.  To this union four children were born;  Mrs. Melluda E. Darrow of Lewiston, Mont., Mrs. Julia L. Bennett of Lansing, Michigan, Mrs. Clara D. Ashworth of this village and Glen D., who died April 18, 1899.  Before coming to Shepherd, Mr. Barnard had spent his whole life in Livingston county.

He was one of the oldest K. O. T. M. M. members and had held different village offices.  While Rev. David Reed was pastor of the local M. E. church Mr. Barnard united with the church, where his wife and children were active members.

The deceased is the last one of a family of four children.  Funeral services were held yesterday from the house at two o'clock.  Rev. C. E. Davis assisted by Rev. I. W. Kimberling officiated and the remains were laid beside his late wife in Salt River cemetery.


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Winosa Margaret Freeman

March 5, 1916


Winosa Margaret, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Freeman died Sunday, March 5th, at the age of eight months.

Besides the bereaved parents she is survived by three brothers, Miles, Leslie and Dale.

The funeral was held Tuesday at 2:00 o'clock at the home.  Rev. Kimberling officiating.  Burial in Salt River Cemetery.


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Forrest H. Gifford

June 28, 1916


Forrest H. Gifford was born in St. Louis, Michigan, January 5th, 1870, and departed this life in Memphis, Tennessee June 28th, 1916, at the age of 46 years, 5 months and 23 days.

He was the son of Henry and Zora Gifford.  His mother preceded him in death 42 years ago.

He leaves a aged father, three sisters, Mrs. Harry Bishop of Pittsburgh, PA., Mrs. Thomas Girven of this place, and Mrs. Fred Mahady of New York City, also one half brother, Lee Gifford of Ridgeway, this state, and many other relatives to mourn his demise.

The funeral was held from the M. E. church on Wednesday, July 5th, Rev. I. W. Kimberling officiating and the remains laid to rest in Salt River cemetery.


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William Thomas

August 1, 1916


The death of William Thomas occurred at his home Monday, August 1, 1916, following an illness of a few days.  He was born May 27, 1866 on the farm where he passed away.  He was united in marriage to Carrie Algyre in 1889.  To this union was born five children:  Lee Thomas, Gertrude Crawford, Coral Clemens and Vera Thomas, Edna Moore having departed this life a year and a half ago.

He was a kind, freehearted father, a true loving husband and the best kind of a neighbor.

He leaves to mourn his loss an aged mother, a faithful wife, four children, five grandchildren, two sisters and a host of friends.

The funeral services were held at the home four miles south of Shepherd at 2 o'clock.  Rev. Ford of St. Louis officiating.  Interment at Salt River cemetery.

The many beautiful flowers and the attendance at the funeral speak volumes of the appreciation of this gentle personality.  He was a member of the I. O. O. F. at Shepherd.


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OBITUARY (Contributed)

Henry Cyrus Howe

February 15, 1916


A death messenger entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Howe, on the morning of Feb. 15th and carried away the beloved husband and father to the beautiful beyond.  Mr. Howe was taken suddenly ill and gradually failed until he fell into a sweet deep sleep and never to awaken here.  He born his sufferings with patience and fortitude and kind and loving hands did everything possible to ease the pain.

For 22 years they have lived in Isabella County and  18 years ago moved onto their present home.  The funeral was held at the Baptist church.  Elder Jones delivered a splendid sermon in which he paid beautiful tribute to the dear departed one.  the flowers were numerous and beautiful.  The singing and the minister's words of comfort were spoken and he was laid to rest in the Green cemetery where the cold winds of winter will sing a requiem o'er his grave and where he will rest free from the burdens and cares of life in his windowless palace on God's Acre until the breaking dawn of resurrection.  A true, noble husband and father.

Henry Cyrus Howe was born Feb. 22, 1861 in Hillandville, Mass., and departed this life Feb 15, 1916, at the age of 51 years, 11 months, and 22 days.  He was left an orphan at the age of 7 years.  He came to Michigan in 1881 and on Feb. 7, 1891 he was united in marriage to Miss Edith Howe at Gladwin, Michigan.  To this union were born four children,  Ida, Merle H., Rose Lena, and little Flossie, the youngest who preceded him into the beautiful beyond, in the very flower of babyhood.  A wife and three children are bowed down in sorrow for the loving father and husband.  Words are not needed to eulogize his life and labors.  He was a good neighbor and a kind and affectionate father and will be greatly missed by those near and dear to him and by a large circle of friends.  The bereaved widow and sorrowing children have the sympathy of all in their hour of sorrow.


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Emily White Kinter

August 20, 1916


Emily White was born Feb. 27, 18 (rest missing) in Calhoun county, Michigan and was united in marriage with Mr. Henry Kinter July 4, 1869, locating on the farm near Shepherd where she lived until about three years ago when they moved to Shepherd where  (unreadable) enjoyed until the hand of affliction was laid upon her, and after much suffering she was taken to Brainard Hospital, Alma, where she underwent an operation.

After a hard struggle for life against the intense heat was compelled to yield to the inevitable and passed to the home beyond August 20, 1916.

She was a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church in Shepherd for a number of years.  She will be greatly missed in church circles and by her many friends of the entire community.

She leaves to mourn her decease a kind husband, one sister, Martha Sillinger(not sure as looks like one or two letters may be missing) of Santiago, Cal; and two brothers Corin White of Lodi, Cal., and Charlie White of Omaha, Neb. and one adopted son, Rowland Kinter of Preston, Idaho.  Also a host of friends and neighbors.

Services were held at the Methodist church Tuesday, Aug 22, Rev. C. E. Davis officiating.  The remains were taken to Detroit Wednesday morning.

**Card of Thanks from:  H. A. Kinter and Rowland Kinter

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Mrs. Mollie Gove Fish

February 11, 1916


Mrs. Mollie Fish, the deceased daughter of Steven A., and Mary (unreadable except for Ja) Gove, was born November 15, 1858 in the town of Argentine, Genesee County, Michigan, where she spent the greatest part of her childhood days.  She was united in marriage to Dr. Wilson Fish, June (missing) 1902, at the city of Detroit, where they have resided until moving to Shepherd two weeks ago.

She passed away peacefully at the home of her sister, Mrs. James Black of this place on the evening of February 11, 1916.

She leaves to mourn their loss, besides the husband, one daughter, Mrs. Myron Morse of Birch Run, Mich., one son William Hazeu; two sisters, Mrs. (C----villa) Highdeld of Davisburg, Mich., and Mrs. James Black of Shepherd and one brother, Wm Gove of St. Louis, Mich., besides many other relatives and hosts of devoted and admiring friends.  The remains well be taken to Detroit early in March for interment following funeral services to be held at the First Spiritual Temple, of which church she was a worthy member many years, unselfishly contributing her time, her means and unusual talents for the enlightenment and upliftment of humanity.

All who knew her loved her and her passing, though long expected, is decided shock to her many friends.

For many years Mrs. Fish has been a member of the order of Maccabe...(rest missing) who will take part at Detroit in the funeral obsequies, the exact date of which will appear in Detroit papers during the first week of March.

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Elizabeth Carey Robinson

13 November 1916


Elizabeth Carey Robinson was born in Berry County, Ohio in 1847, and died November 13, 1916 at her home in Shepherd, Michigan.

She was married to Wm. Robinson July 7, 1869.  By a former marriage she had one son, John D. Carey.  To the present union were born five children, two sons and three daughters, four of them preceding her to the (unreadable) land, W. B., being the only one to survive her.

About 20 years ago she united with the Christian church at Hartford, Ohio.

During their pioneer days Mr. and Mrs. Robinson moved north of VanWert, Ohio, in the woods of Paulding County.

Mrs. Robinson leaves to mourn her husband, two sons, five brothers and three sisters, some living in Ohio and some in Nebraska.

Funeral services war conducted Wednesday by Rev. I. W. Kimberling of the Christian Church.


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Elsie Cora Anderson

April 27, 1916


Elsie Cora Anderson, daughter of Frank and Mary Anderson, was born in Isabella county July 10, 1877, and died at Hurley Hospital, Flint, Michigan April 27, 1916.

She was married to Walter D. Rueggeggar May 6, 1903.  First living on a farm 4 miles north of Weidman then moving to Flint where his death occurred.  To this union were born four children:  Floyd, Helen, Iotha and J Frank.

She was a loving mother and a kind and affectionate wife.  She will be missed in the community in which she lived and especially in her home where she was much needed.

The funeral was held at the home of Lon Sage last Sunday and was largely attended.  Burial in Green Cemetery.


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Wealthy Ann Ninard

March 24, 1916


Wealthy Ann Ninard was born June 20, 1836, in Levey, Bradford Co., PA., and died March 24, 1916 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ell Farris in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

She was married to Joseph Miser November 20, 1854, in Tuscarawas county, Ohio, and four years later came with him to Isabella Co., Michigan, living within the county ever since.

To this union war born six children, 3 girls and 3 boys.  Two girls with the husband and father having preceded her in death.  Jane their first born died when but 10 months of age.  Mrs. Ella Hannett the second daughter died three years ago last December and the husband preceding her just five weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. Miser united with the Church of Christ at Shepherd some thirty years ago each remaining true and loyal to their belief until the end, ever willing and ready to do their part in the cause of Christ and the church.  Always attending all services when possible, which was very often, until two years ago last October when they came to make their home with their only remaining daughter, Mrs. Ell Ferris; Mrs. Miser's failing health making the change necessary.

She leaves to mourn the loss of a loving mother three sons and one daughter, six granddaughters and one grandson, besides a host of friends.

The remains were brought to this place Tuesday for interment, Rev. I. W. Kimberling conducting the services.


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Charles A. Balch

June 6, 1916


Charles A. Balch was born at Gerard, Mahoning Co., Ohio October 1, 1852, and departed this life June 6, 1916 at the age of sixty-three years, eight months and five days, having resided in Shepherd from which place he was called home.

He was the eldest of a family of seven children, Mrs. Laura Barden of Spokane, Wash., Albert of St. Louis, Mich., John of Pleasant Valley, Mich., Henry and James of Tacoma, Wash., and Fred of Three Rivers, Mich., all of whom survive him.

He left the state of his birth when nine years of age coming to Michigan with his parents, locating in Jasper, Midland Co., Michigan and helped to clear the land where his early days were spent in farming.

He was united in marriage with Anna E. Clark, June 22, 1879, and to this union eight children were born.

He was a man of sterling worth, recognizing God in the plan of life and all nature as well, a kind and loving father and very devoted to his home and family.

He had been in failing health the past ten years and was confined to his bed over five months, a patient sufferer, being cared for by his living and faithful wife.

Having left abundant evidence of victory through faith in Jesus love, the end came peacefully Tuesday morning at a little after four o'clock while the birds were singing their sweetest song.

He was a loyal member of the I. O. O. F. and also a member of the Grand Order.

He leaves to mourn a faithful wife and seven children:  Leon G. of East Jordan, Mich., Hazel M. of Shepherd, Mrs. Laura Bacon of Cavonr, So. Dakota, Allen C. of Suttons Bay, Mich., Fannie, John and Noble of Shepherd.

Mattie having preceded him June 13, 1913.  Altho Laura was not home in attendance at the funeral she had been home three months during his late illness.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church conducted by the pastor, Rev. C. E. Davis, assisted by the Odd Fellows, Thursday at 2 p.m.  Interment in Salt River Cemetery.


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Andrew Cornwell

June 26, 1916


Andrew Cornwell was born December 6, 1845 in Ontario, Canada.  He came to Michigan in the year of 1903, living in Lapeer county until about four years ago when he moved to Isabella county where he died June 26, 1916, aged 70 years, 6 months and 20 days.

He was married to Roxy Travis November 14, 1873.  No children were born to this union.

He leaves a wife, one sister, Mrs. J. L. Judson of Plymouth, Ohio;  and two brothers, John of Springfield, Ontario, Canada and R. Clinton of this place.

The funeral was held at the M. E. Church Wednesday, forenoon at 11:00 o'clock, Rev. Davis officiating.  Interment in Salt River cemetery.


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William Edward Hogan

February 3, 1916


William Edward Hogan was born November 4, 1915 and died February 3, 1916.  He was sick but a very short time before death came.  He leaves a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hogan and many other relatives.

Funeral service conducted by Rev. I W. Kimberling of the Christian Church.


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Peter H. McConnell

August 25, 1916


Peter H. McConnell  was born April 12, 1836 at Wayne County, Ohio.  He was united in marriage to Margaret Copenhaven in April 1860.  To this union were born 4 daughters and 3 sons.  six of whom are still living.  Mrs. Ella Bryan of this place, Mrs. Bell Lee of Helena, Miss; Mrs. Jennie

 Hyatt of Vaughnsville, Ohio; Mrs. Bertha Barnes of Paulding, Ohio;  Edwin of Miles City, Mont.; and Frank, remaining home to care for his parents.  John, the youngest son, died August 30, 1904.

Mr. McConnell came with his family to this county in 1900.  He was a member of the Chippewa Methodist church.

He was identified with the Masonic Lodge of Sullivan, Ohio, in 1872.  He departed this life August 25, 1916 leaving a devoted companion and children, besides a host of friends to mourn his decease.

Rev. C. E. Davis conducted the services in the Coe church Monday p. m., August 28, 1916.  Burial in Salt River cemetery.

**( Card of Thanks from:  Mrs. Margaret McConnell, Frank McConnell, Edwin McConnell, Mrs. Ella Bryan, Mrs. Belle Lee, Mrs. Jennie Hyatt, and Mrs. Bessie Barnes.)


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In Memory of the old residents of Isabella County. 

Mrs. Henry Kinter, Judge Maxwell and Phillip Blinger


(It's a poem, but most of it missing)


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Miss Pauline Lawrence

September 20, 1916


Miss Pauline Lawrence was born in Germany in 1874 and departed this life, Sept. 30, 1916.

She was a member of the Baptist church a good many years, and was a good Christian woman, of a kind sympatric disposition, always ready to help those needing a helping hand.  Indeed it can truly be said that she gave her life to the service of those needing her most at the time.

She leaves to mourn her, two sisters, Mrs. H. H. Grover and Mrs. H. Wilsey.  Her father, mother, one brother and two sisters are waiting to greet her in the Great Home Beyond.

Funeral conducted by Rev. I. W. Kimberling at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. Wilsey.  Burial at Alma.


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Mrs. Henry Gould

Feb. 3, 1916


Mrs. Henry Gould died suddenly Friday afternoon from an attack of apoplexy, age 77 years.  Her husband died a number of years ago.  She is mourned by two sons, Walter and Ray, and many friends. 

The funeral was conducted by Elder Church.  Burial in South Coe cemetery.  She and her husband were among the early settlers.


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Maurice Hall

Feb. 10, 1916


Maurice Hall, whose serious illness was chronicled in this paper, passed away Monday at his home on Court Street, after an illness covering the greater part of a year.

Mr. Hall came to Isabella county about twenty-eight years ago and was counted among the reliable and highly respected farmers of this county.  Several months ago he left his farm in Lincoln township and moved into town where he died.

He was sixty eight years of age and was born in Canada.  He is survived by three sons and  (unreadable) daughter.  Mrs. Hall died several years ago.  The funeral was held at Sacred (rest of article is missing)


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Marion Keith

July 8, 1916


Marion Keith was born in Richland, Ohio October 14, 1836, and died at his home in Shepherd July 8, 1916 being 70 years, 8 months and 24 days old.

He was united in marriage to Mattie Able in 1860.  To this union were born five children, all of whom are living:  Elmer E of Gardiner, Oregon; Ezra C. of Detroit;  Will D. of Saginaw;  Addie Fuller and Eva D. of Shepherd.  His wife preceded him seven years ago this month.

He was one of a family of eleven children, two sisters, Mrs. John Lyon of Shepherd and Mrs. David Minser of Vestaburg survive him.

Besides his children and sisters he leaves to mourn their loss, eleven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.

Mr. Keith was a kind and obliging neighbor and will be greatly missed by his associates and friends as well as his relatives.

Those from out of town who attended the funeral were:  Israel Cable, a brother of Mrs. Keith, Paul Crum and Henry Orwiller of Shelby, Ohio;  Ezra Keith of Detroit;  Will Keith, wife and three children,  Dula, Dale and Delbert of Saginaw;  Allen Clay and wife of Birmingham,  Frank Fisher and wife of Alyordton, Ohio, his sister, Mrs. Minser, and Mr. and Mrs. Neckerson of Vestaburg.

**(Card of Thanks from:  Mr. & Mrs. E. E. Keith,  Mr. & Mrs. E. C. Keith,  Mr. & Mrs. W. D. Keith, Mr. & Mrs. Chas Fuller and Eva D. Keith.)


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Mr. Miser Buried in Salt River Cemetery

Mrs. Preston Lies in Riverside

February 14, 1916


Joseph Miser, notice of whose death was chronicled briefly in this paper last week, was one of Isabella county's first pioneers, coming here in 1858.

Mr. Miser was born in Ohio in 1831 and was eighty five years of age at the time of his death.

On Thanksgiving day, 1854, Mr. and Mrs. Miser were married in Ohio and it was four years later that they came together with Mr. Miser's father and family to this county, building their home in the woods.  The subject of this sketch being a carpenter, he and Mrs. Miser came on to Mt. Pleasant and settled.  Their home was on the corner where the Fancher block now stands and the opposite side of the street where now are the bank, Doughty Store, and other buildings was nothing but a field of stumps fenced in with a log fence.  Mr. Miser built the first frame house in Mt. Pleasant and was the owner of three blocks of Mt. Pleasant real estate.  Opposite to them were now stands the Donovan house was the old Bamber hotel kept then by Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Preston and it seemed a striking coincidence that the lives of Mr. Miser and Mrs. Preston should go out at the same time.  Mr. Miser went to the war and during that time his wife with her three children stayed in the home above mentioned and it was under such conditions that the friendship of these two families were founded.  Much interesting history is woven about their lives.

Mr. Miser held many official positions being Isabella county's second sheriff and taking the first prisoner from this county to Jackson.

In 1868 upon the death of Mr. Miser's father, he and his family left Mt. Pleasant and settled on the farm in Coe township which continued to be their home until two years ago when the infirmities of old age made in necessary for them to come to Mt. Pleasant and end their last days with their daughter, Mrs. Ell Ferris, on Pine St.  Since the holidays Mr. Miser has been in very enfeebled condition but the day of his death seemed somewhat better and the end came very suddenly.

He is survived by the aged helpmate of many years and three sons and the daughter, Mrs. Ferris, the sons being L. O. Miser of Hillsdale, J. E. Miser of Solon and Wm. D. Miser who lives in the old homestead.  Mrs. Thos. Hannett of Shepherd, whose death occurred some two or three years ago was also a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Miser. 

He was the oldest of eight brothers and sisters who are all gone with the exception of Mrs. Mary McCarty of this city.

The funeral services were held on Friday, and were conducted by Rev. Meese of St. Louis assisted by Rev. Bridewell of Mt. Pleasant and Rev. Kimberlin of Shepherd.  It is with the keenest regret that we chronicle the death of those worthy pioneers whose early efforts had so much to do with (rest of article is missing).


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Mrs. Wallace Preston

Feb. 14, 1916


Mrs. Wallace Preston, whose death occurred last Wednesday night, removes from the ranks of Isabella county pioneers, a woman beloved by all who knew her.  Her cheery manner and her bright smile endeared her to everybody with whom she came in contact.

Mrs. Preston was born in Jave, N. Y. in 8141, and was seventy-four years of age at her death.  She was married in 1861 to Mr. Preston and in 1863 they came to Mr. Pleasant and have always been among the most respected families of the county.  They kept the old Bamber house for several years and about 1870 they bought the farm a half mile south of the city which has since been their home.

Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Preston, only tow of whom could be here as the oldest son, Worth is a resident of Los Angeles.  Mrs. Mitchell, a daughter from Battle Creek, has been with her mother a considerable portion of the winter leaving a few weeks ago under the impression that her mother was on the road to recovery.  Ralph, the other son, is a resident of Detroit.

The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home and attended by many friends.  Rev. Joseph Green conducted the services.

The ranks of the Isabella county pioneers are depleted year by year and no death among them will cause more sorrow than that of Mrs. Preston.  The ties between pioneer friends are exceedingly close as their interests mingle and commingle in so many ways.  Mrs. Preston will especially be missed by those old friends but also by those who were later privileged to number her among their friends.  The writer feels a personal loss in the death of Mrs. Preston and feels her inability to give expression to the peculiar influence she has exhorted upon all her friends.  The encouraging look and friendly word of Mrs. Preston had always the power to make one see life in a little brighter mind than before and her smile had a beneficence about it that was irresistible.  Such souls are rare and it is with regret that we part from them.

The TIMES together with the other many friends tender to the family their sympathy in the loss of a loving wife and mother.


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Dies Suddenly From Stroke of Apoplexy

(only date on this is 1916)


Our people were greatly surprised last Saturday morning to learn that Frank Stahlman had suffered a stroke of apoplexy during the night.  Mr. Stahlman had been in Shepherd Friday afternoon and while complaining of a severe headache which had been bothering him considerable of late, seemed to be in ordinary spirits and health.  He secured some medicine of one of the local physicians and went home and was seen by passerbys during the early evening.

His family were all at Houghton Lake, where he has a summer cottage and Mr. Stahlman was alone.  Ernest Arduer, who has been buying stock with Mr. Stahlman, called there between eight and nine o'clock Saturday morning and when he failed to get a rely when he rapped at the door started to investigate and on looking into the bedroom window saw Frank on the bed, but could get no response, so broke in the window.  He found Mr. Stahlman suffering from a stroke of apoplexy and immediately summoned medical aid.  everything possible was done but he never regained consciousness and died early Monday morning.

"Frank" as everybody knew him had a host of friends and was noted for his kindly spirit and generosity.  His untimely death was a sad blow to the community.

The funeral was held at the house Tuesday afternoon under the auspic(rest missing) of the Masonic Order, he being a member of the local lodge.  Burial was in Salt River cemetery.

Frank E. Stahlman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Stahlman, was born in Coe township, Isabella County  (month missing, but starts with J) 20, 1872.  He was married to Ha(missing) Cornell on Dec. 25, 1893.  He is survived by his wife, one son, Audley, a daughter, Thora, two sisters and one brother (rest of article is missing).


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Mrs. Margaret Brown

May 17, 1916


Mrs. Margaret Brown of Mt. Pleasant whose critical illness following a stroke of paralysis on April 18th has been noted passed away at the home of her son, John A. Brown, May 17, 1916.  Funeral services were conducted by rev. Harris of Mt. Pleasant at the Strickland Baptist Church.  Interment in Lincoln Cemetery.

Margaret Tearney was born in Jackson Co., Michigan June 20th, 1848 and passed away to Jesus in Isabella Co., May 17th, 1916, age 67 years, 10 months and 27 days.  She was married to Samuel D. Brown in October 1870, and four children were born to them.  She lived in Jackson and Hillsdale counties until 1882 when they moved to Isabella Co., where they made their home on a farm until 1902 when they moved to Mt. Pleasant where her husband and youngest son passed away in 1905.  She leaves to mourn her loss two sons and one daughter, nine grandchildren, two sisters, three brothers and a host of relatives and friends.  She joined the Methodist Church in 1883.  She has been in poor health for about five years.  She was a faithful Christian, a loving mother and a kind friend and will be greatly missed by all.

**(Card of Thanks from:  Mrs. C. Beebe and family;  Mr. A. Brown and family; and Mr. J. Brown and family.)


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William Henry Yarnell

May 19, 1916


William Henry Yarnell, son of John and Sarah Yarnell, was born in Uenango County, Pennsylvania, August 9, 1857, and died at the home of his sister at Rhinelander, Wisconsin, May 19, 1916, at the age of fifty-nine years 9 months and 10 days.

He leaves to mourn his departure three sons, three daughters, one brother and four sisters.

Funeral was held at the Christian Church Monday at 11 o'clock.


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Passes Away After An Illness Lasting a Few Months

April 27, 1916


While it had been generally known that John Cohoon had been in poor health for some time the announcement of his death last Monday forenoon came as a great shock to the community.

Mr. Cohoon left here last fall for Oklahoma, in the most robust health and had been there but a short time when he was afflicted with a disease which was diagnosed as hardening of the arteries.  After remaining there for some time in a vain hope that he might recover he returned to his home south of Shepherd about two weeks ago.

Since his return he had been able to get around quit a little and had been in Shepherd once.  He arose last Monday morning and seemed to be in better health than at any time since his return.  After eating quite a hearty breakfast he sat and visited with his mother for some time and then remarked that he guessed he would lay down and sleep for awhile as he had not rested very well during the night.  He slept quite peacefully for about an hour and when next they noticed him he had passed peacefully into the eternal sleep.

Mr. Cohoons life has been such that his departure will be deeply felt by a large circle of friends.  He had a character and personality that won him the confidence and respect of all with whom he come in contact and it may be truly said of him that he never betrayed this confidence.

He was a a member of both the Odd Fellow and Masonic Lodges of Shepherd and had done much toward the prosperity of both these organizations.  The day of the funeral, which will be conducted by the Odd Fellows, has not been definitely settled as yet as they are waiting to hear from relatives at a distance.


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Emily Martin Smock

May 18, 1916


Emily Martin Smock was born in Partage Co., Ohio, March 24, 1841.  She was the third child of Thoneas and Mary Craig Martin, and was of English-Irish decent, her father being a native of Ohio, and her mother being born on the Atlantic Ocean while her parents were on their way to this country from Ireland.

She came to Michigan with her parents when twenty years of age and taught school at Forest Hill the next year.

Sept. 24, 1862, she was married to Geo. Smock.  their first home was on Sec. 1, Pine River township, Gratiot Co.  A union school district was organized at this time consisting of parts of Pine River, Bethany, Jasper, and Coe townships.  The school house standing on the corner of the four towns.

Mrs. Smock was the first teacher this being the first school organized in Jasper township.

In 1871 Mr. and Mrs. Smock moved to Jasper to live, settling on a farm on Sec. 19, where they have continued to reside, with the exception of about six years spent in Dushville.

Mrs. Smock was the mother of five children:  Willis, born Feb,. 17, 1864,  Oscar, April 7, 1866, Minnie, April 25, 1868 and died Sept 19, 1875,  Fred, June 26, 1875 and died Dec. 25, 1913 and Harry March 18, 1884.

She lived a faithful and (unreadable) Christian life being a member of the Church of Christ of Coe for over forty years and departed this life May 18, 1916, leaving to morn their loss her aged husband, three sons, 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, one brother, R. C. Martin, one sister, Mrs. Albert Austin of Glendive, Montana, besides hosts of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services at the Coe church Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev (rest of article missing).


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End Comes Sometime Wednesday Night

Mr. Bouton had been a Resident of this County for 55 years

(no date other than 1916)


The many old friends of Henry S. Bouton were shocked on Thursday morning to hear of his sudden death some time during the preceding night.  While Mr. Bouton had long since passed the three-score and ten allotment, yet he was wonderfully preserved and his death was entirely unexpected.

Henry Sherman Bouton was born May 19, 1836 at Troy, Oakland County, Michigan.  He was married to Cornelia Ann Eliza Swart, January 1, 18578.  Three daughters were born to them.  Minnie E., Flora Alice and Edna Myrtle.  Fifty-five years ago the family moved to this county, being among the earliest inhabitants.  Probably no resident watched the growth of Isabella county with more interest than Mr. Bouton.  He was a charter member of the Presbyterian church and was an elder for over forty-four years.  On December 15, 1909 he was married to Laura Eliza Loomis Pope who survives him.  He was in the Eighth Michigan Volunteer Regiment during the last eighteen months of the war.

The funeral services were held at the home and the church Sunday afternoon, and were conducted by Rev. Joseph Green.  Mr. Green expressed the sentiment that the presence of the large number of friends and acquaintances was in itself sufficient eulogy for any person.  It bespoke the esteem in which he was held.  He referred to Mr. Bouton's keen interest in the church and in all connected with it.  Especially had he enjoyed the new organ and the music generally.  He was also unusually fond of flowers and never failed to speak of his appreciation of these little things that go so far in making one's life a happy one.  He could approach his grave with the consciousness of a pure, clean and honest life, a comforting possession and a legacy beyond price to his family.

The following beautiful poem by Mrs. Minnie Bouton Dodds was read by Rev. Green at the services at the home and at the request of the TIMES is printed below.



One by one the links are broken,

One by one the farewells spoken,

One by one we hear His call.

One by one life's sparks are flying,

One by one life's embers dying,

Ashes, ashes - is that all?


Sounds the death-mill always grinding;

Ceasing never - always finding

One who 'neath its wheels may fall.

Young and old, alike, He's calling,

Calling, calling to us all.


When or where or how the ending,

Must our wills to His be bending.

Other hands will catch the thread.

Other hand will do the weaving -

Other hearts will feel the grieving -

Other feet our paths will tread.


While life's ocean we are crossing,

And our ship is gently tossing

O'er the billows of that main,

Be example in right living,

Be kind deeds, and by forgiving.

Lift the burden, ease the pain.


When we reach the port of Glory,

May we tell the truthful story,

Free from hatred - free from sin.

Freed from earth and all its hurry.

May we rest from its worry?

May we, Father, enter in?

__Minnie Bouton Doods


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John Brenner Loses His Life While in Bathing Sunday

(date unreadable...looks like Ju??, 18??. 1916)


Last Sunday afternoon John Brenner and two companions, A Swade and a Fishburn, were in bathing in Salt river a few rods below the bridge at the site of the old dam.  They had been in but a short time when Brenner, who could not swim, backed off into one of the deep holes and sank.  It is claimed that his companions failed to render him any assistance, but his dries attracted Mitt Stahlman who lives some distance from the river, and he ran to his rescue and plunged in with his cloths all on.  He succeeded in bringing him to the surface but was so near exhausted from his long run that he was unable to bring him out and Swade and Fishburn seemed paralyzed with fear and failed to render any assistance.

A large crowd soon gathered on the bank and Ren Shepard and Pete Hutchinson got in bathing suits and started diving for him.  After working for some time Shepard located the body in about nine foot of water and with the assistance of Hutchinson and those on the shore he was brought to the bank after having been in the water about 45 minutes.

Efforts were made to revive him but to no avail as he had been in too long.

The remains were taken to Stilgenbauers undertaking rooms where they were prepared for burial.

Joseph John Brenner was born October 14, 1899, and was 16 years, 7 months and 10 days old.  The funeral exercises were held at the house at 9:30 Tuesday morning and at the Christian church at 10 o'clock, Rev. Kimberlng officiating.  Burial in Salt River cemetery.


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Mrs Bertha Meyers Page

Dec 3, 1916


Mrs. Bertha Meyers Page, daughter of Jackson Meyers of this place, was born Dec 10, 1881 and died Dec 3, 1916 at the city hospital at Jackson, Michigan.  She was 34 years, 11 months and 23 days old.  She had been a great sufferer for the past year and she bore her affliction patiently for she said "It is God's will."  Bertha remained a Christian ever since she took her stand for Christ.  She made her home with Effie Wood in Detroit.

She leaves to mourn her loss a father, one brother, one sister, two nieces and one nephew and a great many friends.  A mother, one sister and her husband having preceded her in death.

The funeral was held at the Christian church of this place Wednesday.  Rev. Murray of Mt. Pleasant officiating.  The remains were laid to rest in Salt River cemetery.

Those from out of town who attended the funeral were:  Victor Meyers of Appleton, Wisc., Lianie Meyers and son Lester of St. Louis, Mich,  Mrs Ella Clore of Mill Grove, Ind., Miss Ellie Wood of Detroit,  Robert Clore of Jackson and Mrs. R Page and son Frank of Elsie.

**(Card of Thanks from:  Jackson Meyers, Ella Clore and Victor Meyers)


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Mrs Elizabeth Harry

Oct 27, 1916


Mrs. Elizabeth Harry, who was so seriously burned a short time ago by the explosion of a gasoline flatiron, died at her home at Pleasant Valley Friday, October 27 as the result of her injuries.

The funeral was held at the home Monday, Rev. I W Kimberling officiating.

Nettie Elizabeth Harry was born near Mt. Pleasant April 22, 1870 and died  at Pleasant Valley Oct 27, 1916 aged 40 years, 6 months and 5 days.

Deceased was a member of the Christian church of Shepherd and had a wide circle of friends.

She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband, three daughters and five sons, one son having preceded her; a sister in Washington, a brother in Canada and a brother at Coleman, Mich, beside many other relatives.


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November 2, 1916


Like a thunderbolt from a clear sky came the announcement here last Friday morning that J. B. Struble had passed away while on a visit at Detroit.  He and Mrs. Struble left here a couple of weeks ago to visit their children at Owosso and Detroit.  He was in apparently as good health as usual until last Tuesday evening, when he was taken with a pain in his chest.  A poultice was applied which seemed to relieve him and a doctor who was called said there was no cause for alarm.  The next morning he apparently felt better but remained in bed as he complained of a soreness.  He remained in bed until Thursday, but no one was of the impression that his condition was a serious one.  About four o'clock Thursday he ate a lunch consisting of a couple slices of toast and a cup of coffee, and latter when the family were at supper ate another lunch.  Soon after he asked for a glass of water and Mrs. Struble carried it to him and then brought him a second which he also drank.  She was leaving the room when she heard him make a peculiar noise and hastened to his side and asked what was the matter.  He said he felt strange and then only gasped a couple of times and passed away.  A doctor was summoned but all efforts to revive him were without avail.

None of the members of the family were aware that he was troubled with a heart affection, but it has since been learned that he had at different times doctored for this reason.  He made the remark when he went to bed on Tuesday night that he would not get up again but this was attributed in nervousness.  He acted while in Detroit as though there was something on his mind and the family now believe he contemplated telling them of his trouble but hesitated to do so for fear of worrying them.

The remains were brought to this place Saturday and the funeral was held from the Methodist Church Tuesday at two o'clock.  The local G. A. R. post was out in body and several members of the Mt. Pleasant post were down.

John Bartley Struble was born in Knox County, Ohio January 2, 1816, where he resided until Mar 8, 1863 where he enlisted in Co. F. 67th Regiment O. V. I. 

After serving one year and ten months in the service he received an honorable discharge and in 1865 he joined his parents who had moved from Ohio to Chippewa township, Isabella County, Michigan.

He was married at Mt Pleasant on October 1, 1871 to Miss Mary Oberlin, they having lived together 45 years up to the first of the month in which he died.  Four children survive:  Clara Adams of Owosso, Allen J of Detroit, Arthur E. of Marion and Arley, who until recently lived at home.  There are also six grandchildren and this is the first death to occur in the family in the 45 years.

Mr. Struble had served in various positions of trust having been supervisor of the township two terms, (I think it says postmaster, but hard to read) for eight years, and township clerk for the past eight years in which latter position he was serving at the time of his death.  There was probably not a better known man in the township and none with more friends and fewer enemies.

He was commander of the local G. A. R. post and has been the life and  (unreadable) of that organization for years.  In passing away leaves a vacancy in the ranks that never can be filled and  (unreadable)  and the old boys in blue are sorrowing (unreadable) the mustering out of this honorable (the rest of this article is missing)


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Mrs Ernest Fishburn

Mar 1, 1916


Mrs. Ernest Fishburn died at her home in this village last Thursday evening after a short illness.

Deceased was born in Ohio March 22, 1877 and was 38 years, 11 months and 10 days old.

She leaves a husband and five children to mourn her death.

Funeral services where held at the Christian church on Monday, March 6, at 10:00 a. m.


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Injuries Received at a Barn Raising Six Years Ago the Cause

Only date is 1916


The funeral of D. N. Atkinson who died the forepart of the week was held Tuesday at the Disciple church, Rev. Grane, the Evangelical minister, officiating.  The death of Mr. Atkinson removes a familiar figure from our streets as he was well known here since his accident of several years ago which necessitated his being taken around in an invalid's chair.

Prior to the accident he was a farmer living in the vicinity of this city and it was from injuries received while assisting at a barn-raising that he suffered the injury which caused him to be crippled for the remainder of his life.

Shortly after this accident he moved into the city where he has since resided.  A few weeks ago he visited a specialist and an X-ray taken and hope was held out to him that he might receive benefit.  He came home and was making preparations to go away again when his plans were upset by the death of the physician who had given him the encouragement.  This seemed to depress him and he was unable to rally from an illness that attacked him about that time and he steadily failed.  He is survived by his wife and several step children and other relatives.


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She had Lived in Isabella County Since Early Childhood

November 2, 1916


Mrs. Clinton Burley who has been ill the past five weeks died Friday morning at her home on South Normal Avenue.  Mrs. Burley had not been well for several years but was (unreadable) as to be about the house, until five weeks ago.  Her death came unexpectedly as she had been feeling somewhat better the day before.

Mrs. Burley's maiden name was Dora Hunter, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Horace Hunter, early residents of Isabella County.  She was born in Hillsdale and was fifty-four years of age.  She was married in 1884 to Clinton Burley and they had lived in their present home for the past twenty-seven years.  They had three daughters, Mrs. Elmer Servoss, Mrs. Oliver Heath and Mrs Ray Munn of Detroit.  The former has been with her mother for several weeks looking after the home.

Mrs. Burley was devoted to her home and family and her poor health had the tendency to center her care and attention to her household.  She was a kind neighbor and will be missed by her many friends.

Besides her immediate family she is survived by three brothers, Clyde Hunter and Bert Hunter of this county and Edd Hunter of Scotts, all of who were here at the funeral.  Her only sister preceded her in death.

The funeral services were held at the M E Church Sunday afternoon, Rev. J C DeVinney officiating and interment was in Riverside cemetery.  The sympathy of the neighbors and friends is extended to Mr. Burley and family who will miss the wife and mother whose every thought was directed toward their comfort and happiness.


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George Brandel

(no date other than 1916)


George Brandel died at the home of his son, Ward in this village last Thursday morning.  Mr. Brandel had been in poor health for some time but on Wednesday walked from his home in the south part of town to the blacksmith shop conducted by his son, Ward.  There he was taken with a pain in his side and went to Wards home a short distance away and died the next morning.

George Brandel was born in Germany in 1851 and came to America with his parents when about one year old, where they located on the banks of the Hudson River in Duchess County, N. Y.  In 1865 the family moved to Michigan and settled at Lansing, where he became a blacksmith apprentice.

On August 19, 1878 he was united in marriage to Lida M. Ward of Lansing.  In 1889 they moved to Seville township in Gratiot county where he resided on a farm until 1894 and then moved to Lincoln township, Isabella county.  From there he removed to Mecosta county and came from there to Shepherd in the fall of 1915 and bought him home.

He leaves to mourn their loss a wife, three sons, Geo W., Fred Peter and Jesse Ulysis, and two daughters, Fannie L Richardson and Zilpha L Brandel.

Deceased was an affectionate husband and loving father and exceptionally devoted to home and family.

The funeral was held at the home of his son, Ward, Saturday at 2:00 o'clock conducted by Rev. I W Kimberling and was largely attended.  Burial in Salt River Cemetery.

**(ard of Thanks from:  Mrs. George Brandel, G. W. Brandel, T. P. Brandel, J. U. Brandel, Fannie L. Richardson and Zilpha L. Brandel)


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Feb 13, 1916


Mrs. Marie DeWolf Wallace passed away at St. Mary's Hospital in Walla Walla, Washington on Feb. 13 after an illness of nearly two years with tuberculosis.

She was a member of the Christian church and had been a teacher in the public schools of both Isabella County, Michigan and Walla Walla County, Washington.

Besides her husband and father, brothers and sisters, she leaves a little boy of four years and a baby girl of ten months to mourn their loss.


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Mrs. Margaret Brown Dies as Result of a Paralytic Stroke

May 17, 1916


Mrs. Margaret Brown, of Mt. Pleasant, whose critical illness followed a stroke of paralysis on April 15th, passed away at the home of her son, John A Brown, May 17, 1916.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Harris of Mt Pleasant, at the Strickland Baptist church.  Interment in Lincoln cemetery.

Margaret Tearney was born in Jackson county, Michigan June 20, 1848, and passed away to be with Jesus May 17, 1916, aged 67 years, 10 months and 27 days.  She was married to Samuel D. Brown in October 1870, and four children were born to them.  She lived in Jackson and Hillsdale counties where they made their home on a farm until 1902, when they moved to Mt Pleasant, where he husband and younger son passed away in 1905.  She leaves to mourn her loss two sons and one daughter, nine grandchildren, two sisters, three brothers and a host of relatives and friends.  She joined the Methodist church in 1888.  She has been in poor health for about five years.  She was a faithful Christian, a loving mother and a kind friend and will be greatly missed by all.


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