Harry Riggle


11 October, 1918



Harry Riggle, only son of Mr. & Mrs. Ed Riggle, was born in Fremont  township September 27, 1888, and departed this live October 11, 1918 at Camp Custer.

His entire lifetime has been spent in and around Winn.  He was a steady energetic young man with a cheerful and sunny disposition.

He has always been engaged in agricultural pursuits and was at the time his country called him so engaged on his father's farm southwest of Winn.  He gave his best and his all to his country.

He leaves to mourn his departure a father, mother and three sisters, Peal, Hazel and Marie and a host of relatives and friends.  He was a member of Cedar ridge I. O. O. F.  Lodge No 540 and Locust Rebecca Lodge No 226.  The funeral services were held Tuesday at their home in Winn, Rev. Oviatt officiating.  Interment in the Log church cemetery.


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Jan 24, 1918


Last week Tuesday Clyde Dutt, son of Mr. & Mrs. C. J. Dutt, was electrocuted while employed at Alma in making repairs for the Central Michigan Light and Power Co.  In attempting to splice a line in some manner a short circuit was made which caused a current of 2,200 volts to pass through his body, which resulted in almost instant death.

Clyde was born in Coe township, December 23, 1882, and is well known in this vicinity.  He leaves a wife, child, father, mother, sister Ruth of Lexington, KY, and two brothers, Meade of St. Louis, MI and Charles, a member of the U. S. Cavalry unit now on his way to France.

The funeral was held Friday afternoon at the First Christian church in Alma.


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May 27, 1918


Josephine Thompson, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Allen Thompson was born at Wyandotte, Michigan September 5, 1865 and suddenly passed out of this life May 27, 1918 at her home three miles south west of Shepherd.  For over fifty two years she had lived and enjoyed splendid fellowship with this world.

In September of 1882 she was united in marriage to Orlando Childs at Ionia, Mich., and to this congenial union were born three children, two sons and a daughter,  Lyman, Elmer and Nellie,  the oldest son, Lyman dying in infancy.

Her going was sudden and the separation is severe upon those left to deeply mourn the loss who are her husband, son Elmer, and daughter Nellie now Mrs. Frank Blanchard of Mason, Mich., four sisters, Mrs. Darwin Childs of Shepherd, Mrs. Wm. Houser of Alma, Mrs. Robert Ingersoll of Lansing, besides many other relatives.

And the large crowd gathered at the funeral services attests the high regard of her friendship by her neighbors.

The services were conducted by Rev. L. L. Dewey from the home May 30th and burial was in Salt River cemetery.


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1918 (no other date given)


The remains of Will Frye were brought to the home of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. David Frye, Sunday morning.  The young man died in Detroit after an operation for an abscess on the brain.  He was recently married to Miss Thelma Martin of Pleasant Valley, who together with (rest of this article is missing).


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February 7, 1918


Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 1918, Mrs. Cora Gruber, wife of Peter Gruber, died at her home in Jasper township, Midland County, Michigan.

Deceased was born January 13, 1861 at Mason, Michigan and united in marriage to Peter Gruber January 20, 1881.  For the past thirty years they have resided on their farm near Pleasant Valley.

To this union were born four children, three of whom are yet living, Mrs. Pearl Gould, Mr. Floyd Gruber and Miss Ruby Gruber.  Besides these she leaves to mourn her loss a husband, eight grandchildren and a host of loving friends.

The funeral was held February 12, 1918 at the M E church in Pleasant Valley.  Rev. J. C. Meese officiated and interment made in Salt River cemetery.


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December 19, 1918


Arlie André Childs, the oldest son of Rollin and Edna Childs was born May 25, 1900 and departed this life at his home December 19, 1918, aged 18 years, 6 months and 25 days.

He leaves a mother, father, 2 sisters and 2 brothers:  Retha, Frances,  Hershel and Dale, and a grandfather and grandmother and 4 uncles and one aunt and many cousins and hosts of friends to mourn his loss.  Arlie was a loving and kind boy, and was loved dearly by all who knew him.  (rest of this article is missing).


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December 13, 1918


Vera Mae Whipple, youngest daughter of Harry and Linna Whipple, was born in Shepherd, Mich., December 9, 1907.  She died December 13, 1918, aged eleven years and four days.  She leaves besides her parents, two sisters, Mrs. Floris Holliday and Mrs. Lorin Best, both of St. Louis, Mich.

Vera will be missed by many as she made friends among the young and old.

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


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December 16, 1918


Leonard Herbert McFarren was born in Ingham County, Michigan July 25, 1854.  He was of a family of eight children.  when he was eight years old the family moved to Coe township, Isabella County.  He, with his parents, brothers and sisters knew all the realities of pioneer life.

On March 8, 1874 he was united in marriage to Olive Smith, who departed this life September 13, 1876, at the early age of nineteen years, having been married the short period of two years and six months.

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

On April 29, 1880 he was married a second time to Mrs. N. A. Slaven of Pennsylvania, who survives him.

He accepted the Christian religion about the year 1896, uniting with the Baptist church at Chippewa, and was a faithful worker in this church until he removed to Shepherd, when he united with the Disciple church at this place, of which  he was still a member at the time of his death.

He was a proud, industrious and a congenial companion.

The dread malady that caused his death had been developing for years.  For the past three years his suffering was most intense, but was borne with much fortitude and patience.  Much credit is due to his faithful wife, who during all this period was untiring in her efforts for his comfort and for the past ten months hardly left his bedside, being nurse, companion and consoling wife.

He departed this life Monday evening, December 16, 1918, aged 64 years, 4 months and 21 days.

He leaves a wife, two daughters, eleven grandchildren, one brother and one sister, besides other relatives farther removed and many friends to mourn his loss.


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Entire Community Mourns the Untimely Death of Horace B. Field


Never, during the entire course of our newspaper career have we been called upon to perform a more sad task that confronts us at the present moment in our feeble effort to prepare a fitting eulogy in memory of our departed fellow townsman, Horace B. Field, whose splendid life came to an end last Friday evening at 9:30 o'clock after an illness of only a few short hours.

Mr. Field went to his business on Tuesday morning but before noon was compelled to return home having been taken with influenza.  A doctor was called and it was thought that his case was not a serious one and at different times on Wednesday and Thursday he was at the phone super-intending affairs at the mill.  About the middle of the afternoon on Friday he was taken with pleura pneumonia and from then on the change for the worse was rapid and sure.  Both local physicians were called in and almost a superhuman fight put up to combat the terrible disease that was so rapidly sapping out the spark of life.

Along toward the last his breathing became so difficult that it could be heard on the street for some distance and when the news of his serious condition became known many of our citizens closed their places of business and walked the streets with bowed heads and gathered in front of his home waiting and hoping for favorable news,  until at 9:30 his life passed out.  The waiting friends departed for their homes stunned by the blow and unable to bring themselves to realize that the end had come and that the life of one who had been associated with them in business for years had thus reached an untimely end.

Speaking from a personal acquaintance and business association with Mr. Field extending over a number of years we feel without reservation that there is not another man in the entire community who would be as generally missed.  While his unassuming nature has to a large extent had a tendency to conceal his noble character;  by his death our citizens are brought to a realizing sense of his true worth and his influence has been such as not to be forgotten in a short time.

In business, in the church, in social life and in family affairs his career has been one to which all people have pointed as an example for others to follow and what greater tribute could be paid to his life.

Horace B. Fild was born at Charlotte, Michigan  September 11, 1881 and came to Shepherd with his parents in December 1896.  soon after having completed his schooling he entered into business with his father until about four years ago when W. M. Stilgenbauer bought out the father's interests and has since been associated with him in the business.

On Christmas Day, 1901, he was united in marriage to Miss Vera Hurst and to this union four children were born, all of whom survive to mourn the loss of a kind and loving father:  Eugene, Arthur, Frances and Olive.

Beside the wife and children there survive the father and mother, C C Field and wife of this village;  two brothers, Nathan E., of Detroit and Ned C of Salt Lake City;  two sisters, Mrs. Harry Brattin of Shepherd and Mrs. Chester Riches of Mt. Pleasant;  a grandmother, Mrs Frances Gambol.

Mr. Field joined the Baptist church at Charlotte when fourteen years of age and a year later united with the M E church at Shepherd, of which organization (unreadable) member to the time of his death.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Shepherd, the Chapter of Mt. Pleasant, the Knight Temple of Ithaca and the (unreadable) Sirine of Detroit.

He has held many positions of trust in the village and township, having been a member of the council and was at the time of his death township treasurer and a member of the school board, which latter position he had filled for several years.

Owing to the quarantine which was in effect on the home, only a short prayer service was held Sunday morning and the remains were placed in the vault at Salt River cemetery to await the arrival of relatives before burial.

**Note:  There is also a picture of Horace B. Field in his Knight Templar uniform taken from a group photograph with this article).


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November 11, 1918


Nancy Parkinson was born in Green Co., Penn.  March 31, 1850 and died November 11, 1918, being 68 years 9 months and 10 days old.  She was united in marriage to Douglas Hamilton April 24, 1869 at Salt River, Michigan and is survived by her husband and three children:  Bert of Forest Hill,  Mrs. P H. Wiskerk of Wyoming and Mrs. W. H. Byers of Alma, also eight grandchildren.

Mrs. Hamilton was baptized in 1876 at Salt River by Rev. R. R. Cook and has been a member of the Christian Church ever since.  The funeral was held from the home at Coe Thursday, Nov. 11, conducted by Rev. George Start, interment at Shepherd cemetery. 


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28 Nov. 1918


Word has been received here of the death of the husband of Mrs. Sadie Brown at Clare.  Mr. Brown was a victim of influenza and Mrs. Brown is said to be very low with the disease, Mrs. Brown will be remembered as Miss Sadie Estee.


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April 28, 1918


Sadie Titus was born at the old farm homestead near Shepherd August 28, 1866 and died in the University hospital at Ann Arbor early Sunday morning, April 28, 1918. 

While a girl she attended school at Mt. Pleasant and here she met and married in the year 1887 Mr. Allen Dawson.  To this happy union two children were born, Ray, now a resident of Detroit and Ralph, who has been at home.

Two years ago while the family was living at Chesaning Mr. Dawson died and soon after Mrs. Dawson and son moved to Shepherd where they have lived up until the time of her death.  Mrs. Dawson was a devoted mother of a loving disposition and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

The funeral services were conducted at the house by Rev. L. L. Dewey and burial in the shepherd cemetery.


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 Feb. 17, 1918


Mrs. Lydia Carley was born in Otsego County, N. Y., December 20,  1836, being 82 years, 1 month and 19 days old.

When 12 years of age her mother passed away and she went to live with her grandparents.  At the age of 16, January 5, 1851, she was married to Sylvester Flansburg, who preceded her to the better land 19 years ago.  To that union were born 12 children, of which seven survive her.

She passed away Feb. 17 at Brainard hospital.  the remains were brought to the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. P. Caszatt, where the funeral was held Tuesday, Feb. 19th.

She leaves to mourn, 7 children, 41 grandchildren and 52 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, other relatives and many friends who loved and respected her.

Six stalwart grandsons carried her to her final resting place:  Clinton Caszatt, Geo L Wetherbee, B. Bow....(the rest of this article is missing)


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October 19, 1918


David L. Bradt was born Sept 29, 1852, at Yarmouth, Ontario, Prov. of Canada.  He died at Ann Arbor, Michigan October 19, 1918.  His early boyhood was spent in the vicinity of the place of his birth.  December 10, 1876 he was united in marriage to Annie A. Stuart who preceded him to the better land 3 years ago.  To this union 9 children were born of whom 5 survive.

Thirty-one years ago they came to Michigan residing in various places, coming to Shepherd 16 years ago where they made their home until the death of the wife and mother, since which time he has resided in Flint, Michigan. 

He is survived by 3 sons,  Armour and Thannie, in the service in France, Morley of Flint, Mich., 2 daughters, Mrs. J. J. Otters of Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. F. M. Patrick of Grand Rapids, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

Interment was made in Salt River Cemetery Tuesday afternoon, October 22nd.


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(no date other than 1918)


Mrs. Lynn T. Miller received word last Tuesday of the death of her father, Jacob Turner, at his home at Monroe.

Mr. and Mrs. Turner had spent the winter with their daughter at this place and had only returned home the previous Saturday when Mr. Turner was stricken with pneumonia soon after his arrival there.

Mrs. Miller and daughter left Saturday to attend the funeral and Mr. Miller followed on Sunday.


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March 15, 1918


Jesse J. Jacobs was born at Stratford, Herkermer Co., New York on April 4, 1847, died March 15, 1918 age 70 years, 11 months and 6 days.  He, with his father, three brothers and two sisters (his mother having died the year previous) went to Ohio in the year 1851.  The following year the father died leaving the children to be placed in separate homes among relatives.  The deceased lived with his grandfather up to the time of his marriage to Miss Joyette Bowman in the year 1868.  To them were born two daughters, Lucy A (now Mrs. C. White) and Nellie M  (now Mrs F. -looks like Robison- but not sure and hard to read).  Both are left to mourn his loss as the wife and mother preceded him to that better land in the year 1900.

He joined the Christian church of Lafayette, Ohio in the year 1850.  In the year 1884 he with his wife  and children came to Forest Hill, Mich., bringing his church letter with him and united with the Christian church at that place of which he has been a faithful member ever since.


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April 28, 1918


Margaret Best, daughter of James and Diana Curry was born April 17, 1839, and died April 28, 1918, age 79 years and 11 days.

On April 11, 1861 she was united in marriage to David Best.  To this union nine children were born, six of whom are living:  Mrs. L. A. Ducy of Shepherd,  Mrs. Mary Basinger of Sumner,  S. D. Best of Alma,  Mrs. Lizzie Burkholder of Ohio,  Calvin T. Best of Alma and Evangle E. Wolf of Shepherd.  She is also survived by 36 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

She was a faithful member of the New Reformed Mennonite church for about 33 years.

She mad her home with her daughter, Mrs. Evangle Wolfe of this village for the past year.

The remains were interred in Wright Cemetery, Pine River township, Gratiot County.


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November 25, 1918


Paul Merillat was born in Berne, Switzerland January 3, 1841, and died November 25, 1918, aged 77 years, 10 months and 22 days.  At the age of 10 he came with his parents to America, settling in Wayne County, Ohio, where he grew to manhood.  In 1871 he was married to Lydia Flory.  This union was blessed with eight children, three sons and five daughters, all of whom with the wife and mother and other relatives and a host of friends survive him.

He came to Michigan 40 years ago and settled on the farm which has since been his home.

Early in life he gave his heart to God and united with the Reform church.  After coming to Michigan he united with the Evangelical church and remained a faithful and honored member till the Lord said it is enough, come up higher.  He rests from his labors and his works to follow him.

Funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. F. H. Bailey.


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October 17, 1918


Ada L. Campbell, daughter of Jas. and Euphemia Campbell, was born at Salt River, Michigan, August 1, 1866 and died at her home in Shepherd, Mich., October 17, 1918, aged 52 years, 2 months and 16 days.

She was united in marriage with William Irad Struble January 1, 1885.

She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, their daughter, Mrs. Vera Brunson and two little grandchildren, Alice Louise and Gertrude May Brunson.  Also three sisters, Mrs. Isabella Hutchinson of Shepherd,  Mrs. Nettie Estee and Mrs. Ella Field, both living in Lansing, besides a host of lifelong friends.

Her whole life has been spent in Coe township, death coming to her in her home which is on a part of what was her father's farm.

Mrs. Struble became a member of the M. E. church in Shepherd in 1899 and has lived an earnest and conscientious Christian life.  Her whole life has been devoted to her home and family and is truly exemplified in the following scripture:  "She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of (unreadable)."  "Her children ariseth up and call her blessed;  her husband also, and praiseth her."

The funeral was held at the home Sunday at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. C. E. Davis of Howard City, a former pastor of this place, officiated.  Burial in Salt River Cemetery.


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December 23, 1918


Word had been received her that Walter B. Newton, who was formerly a resident of this vicinity, but who for the past seven years resided near Ann Arbor, died at his home on December 23, 1918. 

He had been working in the wood lot and taken cold and suddenly grew very ill.  A young doctor from Ann Arbor was called and he pronounced it pneumonia and treated him for that disease, but as Mr. Newton was rapidly growing worse another doctor was called who pronounced it diphtheria.  But this time the disease was so advanced that it was impossible to save his life.

He leaves to mourn his death a wife and two sons, Clifford and Ray, and several grandchildren and a host of friends.

Ray Newton and Mrs. C. E. Newton are both suffering from an attack of diphtheria and as the doctor knows now what to treat them for it is hoped the disease will soon be wiped out.


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May 21, 1918


Miss Catherine Myers was born the 3rd day of June, 1832 in Stark County, Ohio, and died in the village of Shepherd the 21st day of May, 1918, aged 85 years, 11 months and 18 days.

The deceased was united in marriage July 25, 1853, to Joseph Oberlin.  To this union were born six children, two boys and four girls.  Of this number two, a boy and girl, passed away in childhood.  Later on, about ten years ago, the husband passed away.

Very early in life the departed gave her heart to God and became a member of His great family, His church.  She has ever endeavored to live the Christian life in honor of her master.

The departed leaves to mourn their loss one son and three daughters, a number of grand children and great grandchildren and a large circle of friends.

Funeral services were conducted by G. W. Rowlison ( not sure of this name, hard to read), pastor of the Church of Christ.  Burial in Chippewa cemetery.


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December 5, 1918


Julia R. Howarth was born in Chippewa Township, Isabella Co., July 27, 1858, and passed to her heavenly home on Dec. 5, 1918 at the age of 60 years, 4 months and 9 days.

At the age of twelve she gave herself to Christ, a devotion from which she never wandered.

She has been a devout Christian and a loyal member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  she was united in marriage with Matthew T. Johnson on March 14, 1877.

There were 9 children born to them, six sons and three daughters who with the father survive her:  Ona Myrtle Lee, now Mrs Donald Marrison of Rosebush;  Harold Lyle of Marin;  Moses Earl of Rosebush;  Cecil Melvin of Alma;  Floyd Hugh of Mt. Pleasant;  Mary Ethel now Mrs. Wilmer Walton of Eugene, Oregon,  Fay Godfrey of Rosebush;  Preston Howorth and Eloida Irene at home.  Also one sister, Mrs. Alice McCowan of Traverse City.  Two brothers,  Delivon of Montecello, California and Cladd  W. of Detroit, her step mother, Mrs. Ameritta Howarth of Clare, besides twelve grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn their loss.

She lived a life of self denial and of the highest devotion to the welfare of others.  She has been a faithful, loving mother.  In every field of labor there are many whose lives have been touched and inspired by her sweet influence.

"She rests from her labors, But her influence lives on."


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July 19, 1918


Mrs. Alta May Benton Mullett was born near Lansing in Eaton County, Mich., December 21, 1884 and died at her home in Coe township, Isabella Co., Mich., July 19, 1918, aged 33 years, 6 months and 28 days.  She was united in marriage to Mr. William Mullett July 4, 1900.  To this union were born 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl;  Lee, aged 8;  Lela aged 4; and Kenneth aged 3.

She was converted when just a child and with her parents united with the Baptist church in Clinton County.  After her marriage she with her husband united with the Bethel Evangelical Church.  She was always a faithful consistent Christian worker and her last Sunday on earth was spent in her home Sunday school.  She was an only child.  Her father had preceded her to the better land 5 years ago and her mother made her home with her.  No more faithful daughter, wife and mother could be found, and as a neighbor was loved by all.  In Sickness always ready to go and do her best.  But an all-wise God knows best and called her from this world of care.

She was a member of the Ancient Order of Gleaners.

She leaves besides her immediate family, uncles, aunts, cousins and a host of friends.

The funeral was conducted by her old pastor, Rev. King on Monday, July 22nd at the Shepherd M. E. church and interment in Salt River cemetery.


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August 22, 1918


Word was received here last week that Georgia Fetch, the 14 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. U. A. Fetch, had been instantly killed while on a visit with his parents in Illinois, where they had gone the first of August.

Mrs. Fetch wrote friends here that the accident occurred while Georgia and his grandfather were on their way to attend the Chautauqua.  They had reached the railroad and were standing on one track while a freight train was passing on another, when a passenger train approached unnoticed by either of them and both were killed instantly.

The funeral was held Saturday and the remains were buried in the town where the accident occurred.

They had intended to return home shortly in order that Georgia might resume his studies in the Shepherd high school, but the distracted mother writes that it is quite uncertain when they will return as the thought of coming back to the many scenes that will remind her so forcibly of her loss seems almost unbearable.

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October 30, 1918


Alice E. Johnson was born in Deerfield township, Michigan June 10, 1897 and fell "asleep in Jesus" at her home in Lincoln township, Mich., October 30, 1918 of pneumonia.  She was a graduate of the Mt. Pleasant High School and of the Normal School.  She taught school in Middleton, Mich. the year 1916 and 1917.

April 23, 1917 she was united in marriage to Kenneth V. Cole of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., who with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Johnson of St. Louis, Mich., two brothers, Carl, a Naval Radio Operator, Dwight who is with the Marine Corps and other relatives and friends mourn their loss.

To know Alice was to love her.  We mourn but not without bright hopes of seeing her again.


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November 14, 1918


Hazel Rarick was born August 13, 1896 in Ohio and came to Michigan with her parents when but a child, living in Gratiot and Midland counties since.  September 15, 1917 she was united in marriage to Lester Beard.  She was taken ill with influenza about three weeks ago, pneumonia soon developing, and she passed away Thursday November 14th, 1918.

The funeral was held Saturday from the home, Rev. John Roberts officiating, and the interment was in the cemetery at Breckenridge.

Besides the young husband, the parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Rarick, one sister, her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Hall, of this city, and many friends and acquaintances are left to mourn their loss.  The entire community where she lived join in sympathy to the stricken family.


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January 29, 1918



Miss Leona Cline was born in Isabella County May 9, 1903 and departed this life January 28, 1918 at the age of 14 years, 6 months and 19 days.

She leaves to mourn their loss a father, mother, two brothers, two sisters and a host of friends.

The remains were placed in a vault at Alma until spring.


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August 20, 1918


Estella Black was born June 26, 1879 in Morrice, Shiawassee County, Michigan.  When she was 14 years of age she came with her parents to Isabella County and located on a farm near Shepherd and lived there until the time of her marriage in 1898 to Perry Thompson.  They made their home in Lincoln township till March 1917, when Mr. Thompson was appointed county clerk.  they then moved to Mt. Pleasant, where they have since resided.

After many months of the most acute suffering which she endured with wonderful patience and Christian fortitude, she passed to her reward the 20th of August, 1918.

She leaves a husband, two sons and two daughters, a mother and father, two sisters, four brothers and many other relatives and hosts of friends to mourn their loss.

The funeral services which were held at the Methodist church last Thursday were a glowing tribute to her noble life.


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(no date other than 1918)


Many friends of this village were shocked Saturday morning to hear of the death of Ben Ludwick of Pewamo, Michigan.  Mr. Ludwick has been in failing health for several months, but his friends had hopes for his recovery.  Mr. Ludwick has been postmaster at Pewamo for a number of years.  the funeral services were held in Pewamo Wednesday afternoon and the body brought to this village Thursday noon for interment.  The Salt River Masonic lodge had charge of the funeral services here.  He leaves to mourn his death his wife, Mrs. Ida N. Ludwick and one son, Harold.


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February 21, 1918


The death of Mrs. Jacob McMachen which occurred at her home on south Main street removes another one of the residents of this county who has been here a number of years.

Mrs. Catherine Huett McMacken was born April 30, 1851 in Stark Co., Ohio.  she was third in a family of 14 children,  10 girls and 4 boys.  Twelve of these are living, the first death among them being two years ago.

On March 16, 1873 she was married to Jacob McMacken who died April 15, 1906.  To this union six children were born:  Ida, Mark, Howard, Joe, Harley and Clifford all of whom are living and who were with her at the end excepting Joe and Harley who were summoned from their homes in Washington, but arrived after she died.

She moved with her husband from Stark County, Ohio to Isabella County on a farm at Crawford in the spring of 1886 and in 1899 they moved to Mt. Pleasant and have occupied the present home ever since excepting the first two years.

Mrs. McMacken was raised a member of the Lutheran Church but in later years she became a member of the Christian Science church.  She was in good health until six weeks ago and was not considered in a dangerous condition until a week ago.

Her son, Clifford, is a resident of Toledo, Ohio;   Harley of Marysville, Wash.;  Joe of Spokane, Wash;  a sister, Mrs. John Herman of Canton, Ohio was also with her last week.

Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon, conducted by the Christian Scientists.  Burial was in Riverside.


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(I am not sure about this surname above...print very worn and hard to read)

January 26, 1918


Austin Campbell was born in Steuben Co., NY July 20, 1832 and departed this life Jan. 26, 1918 at the age of 84 years, 6 months and 6 days.

He was united in marriage to Lucinda Vanderbeck in 1855 and came to Isabella Co. the following year, where he settled on a farm and endured the hardships of pioneer life.

He lived on this farm until eleven years ago, when he moved to Shepherd, where he lived until his death.

He was the father of three children, one son and two daughters:  Hoyt who died at the age of 11 years and 8 months;  Edith, who died at the age of 9months, and Et (unreadable) Austin who died in 1894.

He served three years in the Civil war, being a member of the 8th Reg. Co.

He leaves to mourn his departure a faithful, loving wife and a sister, Mrs. Phillips of Ohio, besides a number of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday at 10:30, conducted by L. W. Rowlison, pastor of Church of Christ.  Interment was made in Salt River Cemetery.


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November 8, 1918



Eliza Eddy was born in Chill, Ontario County, NY and passed away at the home of her son, William, in Midland November 8, 1918 at the ripe old age of 87 years, 5 months and 16 days.

November 10, 1850 she was united in marriage with W. T. Ross of Ontario, NY.  Four children have blessed their marriage,  William W., Charles A., George E., and Mary E., all of whom survive her.

She came with her husband to their farm in Isabella County in the fall of 1863, where she has since resided.

She leaves to mourn their loss four children, one sister and other relatives and friends.

She was a good neighbor, a kind and loving mother and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Our hearts are sad today dear mother

   Since you have passed away;

Four you have been a kind and loving

   mother to us all.

There is a vacant place in our home

   today which never can be filled.

So farewell mother you have left us

   And our loss is hard to bear,

But in heaven we hope to meet thee

   for no sorrow enters there

B. E. Ross.



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Deceased Had Been Ill For 3 Weeks at Home in Alma

April 27, 1918


The funeral of Tilden Whitney was held Monday afternoon at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Chas. Daggett.  Many had not heard of his illness until the notice of his death was received.

Mr. Whitney and family moved to Alma a year ago.  His health had been somewhat impaired for several years but he was only ill three weeks.

Tilden Whitney, the son of Mr. & Mrs. William T. Whitney was born in this city January 25, 1877 and died April 27, 1918, being 41 years of age.  He graduated from the local high school in 1898 and from M. A. C. in 1900.  He is survived by his wife; one son, Donald;  a little daughter, Eloise;  and two brothers and a sister.  He was a member of the Odd Fellows.  His father the late Wm. T. Whitney, was both a soldier and a mason.

The sympathy of the friends here is extended to the family.


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April 22, 1918


Wealthy Minerva Moore, daughter of Samantha and Elijah Moore was born in Crawford Co., Pa., July 31, 1842 and died at Shepherd April 22, 1918.  In her early years she became an instructor of more than ordinary ability.  While engaged in teaching she met Johsua J. Upton whom she later married at Clymer, NY on September 21, 1862 and for more than fifty five years they were permitted to walk life's pathway together.

After residing for a short time at Clymer she came with her husband, parents and one sister to Michigan arriving here Feb. 10, 1865.  Loneliness, privations and physical discomforts were many but great hospitality among the neighbors prevailed and hopes for the future was strong.  In company with her husband she labored unceasingly to make home an ideal place for the children who came to her.  She was at once the very best of wives and the dearest of mothers.  Moreover she was a woman of sterling character with high ideals of life and she leaves a noble example that will ever live in the minds and hearts of those with whom she came in contact.  She was an enthusiastic lover of nature and of the woods especially, frequently saying that there she could get nearest her maker.

She joined the Baptist church at the age of fourteen years and labored with that organization for some time after coming to Michigan.  Later she became a worker in the Methodist church being one of several enthusiastic ladies to gather funds and materials for the erection of it's first building.

She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Myrtle B. and Iva M., and one son, Judd L.  One daughter, Mrs. J. H. Struble passed away Sept. 4, 1911.  A son in law, Jason H. Struble also claimed her deep regard.

The funeral was held from the home at two o'clock Thursday afternoon, attended by many sympathizing friends.  There was a profusion of beautiful flowers.  Rev. Deway read the scripture lesson, offered prayer and then with the assistance of the choir beautifully rendered one of her favorite hymns.  When the Mists Have Rolled Away, after which he paid high tribute to her exemplary life.  Interment was made in Salt River Cemetery.


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April 3, 1918


Mary A. Nicholson was born in the town of Liberty, Jackson County, Michigan on the 18th day of Aug., in the year of our Lord 1867 and departed this life the 3rd day of the present month, aged 58 years, 7 months and 18 days.

The deceased when 23 years of age was united in marriage to Wm. C. Northup.  To this union were born two daughters.

Five years ago she gave her heart to God and became a Christian and has ever since endeavored to live a faithful Christian life.

She leaves to mourn their loss the husband, a daughter, two brothers, two sisters and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the church Saturday afternoon by the pastor, G. W. Rowlison.  Interment in Salt River Cemetery.


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November 24, 1918


Alma Leah Ettenger died at her home Nov. 24, 1918 at the age of 14 years, 8 months and 26 days.  She was born in Chippewa township April 28, 1904.

Her death occurred from a severe attack of pneumonia after a period of about two months intense suffering.  This was the second attack of this disease which she had had, the former being of about the same duration as the latter attack.  She was preceded by one little sister who died in youth.  She is survived by her father and mother, two brothers, two sisters and a host of relatives and friends.


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A. W. Bissell Had Lived Here Past Fifteen Years

Funeral Held Sunday

June 13, 1918


After many months of intense suffering A. W. Bissell died at his home on south Main street Thursday night.  He had been confined to his home since January, tenderly cared for by his family.

Mr. Bissell was born in Yates County, NY in 1847 and came when a child eight years of age to Ionia county with his parents.  Here he resided until 1890 when he moved with his family to Shepherd.  fifteen years ago they came to Mt. Pleasant and have lived in the home at the corner of Maple and Main streets ever since.

Mr. and Mrs. Bissell were married May 10, 1868 celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary but a few weeks ago.  Happy were they that this privilege was accorded them even while the specter of death hovered about the form of the husband and father.

Eight children were born to Mr. & Mrs. Bissell, six of whom are still living, all being here at this time except Thaddeus O., who lives in Nashville, Tennessee.  The other children are:  Nicholas of Cadillac;  Delbert of Lansing;  Mrs. Belle Cazier of Shepherd;  Archie of Saginaw and Paul of Shepherd.

Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. C. DeVinney officiating.


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These Two Brave Boys Die on Successive Days

July 27th and 28th, 1918

Taddeus McCully & Owen Barrett

Article dated Sept. 26, 1918


A crowd that taxed the capacity of the Disciple church was present Sunday afternoon for the memorial services for Thaddeus McCully.  Many were obliged to leave being unable to get seats.

Thayer Walsh sang several songs and the new pastor of the church conducted the services and delivered the address.  The above soldier boy who laid down his life served in Battery C., 7th Field Artillery.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Phil McCully and two brothers and two sisters.  He died July 27, 1918.


The memorial services for Owen Barrett who was killed in action in France July 28th, were held Monday morning at Sacred Heart church.  The G. A. R., Mt. Pleasant State Troops and the Knights of Columbus attended in a body.

Solemn High Mass was sung by Rev. Edward Brogger, assisted by Frs. Zugelder, McAllister and O'Connor.  The K. C. and church service flags with their one gold star were in the front part of the church.  At the close of the Mass Fr. O'Connor preached an eloquent sermon paying honor to the dead soldier and appealing to his hearers to respond generously to the needs of the government by subscribing to the Liberty Loan.

A large crowd was present, many being present from all parts of the county. 

These two meetings are by far the strongest arguments that can be placed before Isabella County citizens on the coming Liberty Loan drive.  Any amount of money pales into insignificance compared to the price these boys and their families have paid to the cause of freedom.


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Husband Speeding to Scene of Accident Smashes Car

And Buggy

September 5, 1918


Mrs. John Young, sister of Mrs. John Tooley of Mt. Pleasant, was fatally burned at her home near Ithaca Tuesday morning when the gasoline iron she was using exploded.  She died Tuesday afternoon.

Her husband was south of Ithaca when he received news of the accident.  While hurrying home in his automobile, the car ran into a buggy smashing both vehicles and breaking the are of a woman occupying the buggy.  (rest of this article is missing)


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March 14, 1918


Lydia Harnes was born in Sandusky Co., Ohio June 2, 1837 and passed away March 14, 1918, aged 80 years, 9 months and 12 days.  She was the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. d. Harnes.

At the age of 12 years she moved with her parents from Ohio to Lenawee County, Mich., where they resided until 1855, when she moved with her parents to Coe township, Isabella County.

She was united in marriage Feb. 22, 1856 to Robert Wilson of Gratiot Co., Mich.  They lived on a farm in Gratiot county for 4 years, and then moved onto the Wilson homestead east of this village where she resided for 45 years, enduring many hardships as all pioneers had to.  Thirteen years ago she moved to Shepherd and for the last few years has made her home with her daughter, who has cared for her in her declining years.

Her husband, Robert Wilson passed away April 23, 1888.

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

Three children are left to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother;  James C Wilson, Eliza Struble and Ernest C Wilson, all of Shepherd.  Also Herbie Cohoon, whom she gave a mothers care from an infant of 6 weeks until grown to manhood.  Besides her immediate family she is survived by three sisters:  Mrs. Phoebe Clark of Alma, Mrs. Mary Hance and Mrs. Addie Hance of Portland, Oregon.  Also three grandchildren.


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December 29, 1918


Mr. Archie Black was born in Morrice, Shiawassee Co., Mich. in the year of our Lord 1881, Sept. 4th and departed this life the 29th day of December 1918, aged 37 years, 3 months and 25 days.  He came to Isabella Co., when ten years of age and since his coming has resided in this vicinity the greater part of the time until called into the great beyond.

The deceased was united in marriage Jan. 1906 to Miss Catherine Carroll.  To this union were born four children, two boys and two girls.

He leaves to mourn their loss the wife and children, father and mother, three brothers and two sisters, one sister having passed away last August.  The deceased accepted Christ as his Savior in the early part of the present year and was baptized by Elder G. W. Rowlison.  During his last hours he was greatly supported by his faith in the Divine Christ.

Funeral services conducted from the home Tuesday afternoon, by G. W. Rowlison, pastor of the Church of Christ.  Interment in Salt River Cemetery.


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Was a Native of Scotland

Resided in Isabella Co. Since 1871

(only day 24th and year readable 1918)


The funeral of Alexander Burk was held on Sunday at his home, Rev (unreadable) officiating.

With the passing of Mr. Burk another of Isabella county's substantial pioneers is gone.  Mr. Burk was born in Scotland December 25, 1847 and as a child came to Glencoe, Canada with his parents.  He came to Michigan when a young man and to Isabella county in 1871, living in this county ever since.  He moved from the farm to this city twenty-one years ago.

In 1874 he married to Mrs. Nancy Harvey, who died a few years ago.  He is survived by one son, William of El Paso, who was unable to reach here on account of the condition of the railroads;  one daughter, Mrs. Catherine Ardis of McBain;  one step-son, Andrew J. Harvey of Chicago;  and two step-daughters, Misses Mary A. and Margaret Harvey.  He also leaves fire grandchildren.  One sister, Mrs. Catherine Abbott of Clare, is now the only one left of a family of twelve.

"Mr. Burk was known to his associates as a quiet, undemonstrative gentleman, seeking no public place nor applause, preferring to do a quiet days work with thoroughness and sincerity.

He was a member of the Presbyterian church, and for many years an active elder.  He was the true friend to every minister and was always ready to take his share of the responsibilities of his church life and (unreadable).

As a caretaker at the Normal School he was highly esteemed by faculty and students alike, who sincerely mourn the loss of a good friend."

Thus does his pastor characterize  (unreadable) and every person who has known Mr. Burk will concur in its very  (unreadable).  A good man has been taken from his family and friends but the memory of Alexander Burk will (unreadable) for many years to come.


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She Had Been Ill Only Five Days - Had Lived Here Since 1904

April 10, 1918


Leah Horn was born in Northampton Co., PA., August 26, 1848 where she spent the early part of her life.  She united with the Lutheran church in her youth and was a faithful believer of Christ to the end.

She was united in marriage to Alexander Ettinger of the same place April 1, 1871.  To this union were born seven children of whom one son and one daughter preceded her in death in their infancy.

They moved to Isabella County in 1887 and have lived in Mt. Pleasant since 1904.

Although she had been in failing health for some time, her death came very unexpectedly at 6:20 a. m. April 10, 1918.  Her husband was alone with her at the end, none of her children being privileged to be with her at that sad moment.  On account of poor telephone connections the sons from Detroit did not know until they reached here that their mother was ill, supposing the message referred to their father who had been ill.  She is the first of a family of nine children whose ages range from 59 to 74 years to depart this world.  One brother, Jerry Horn resides in Mt. Pleasant and the others in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, three sons:  John E. of Chippewa, Luther P and Jonas H of Detroit;  and two daughters,  Mrs. Mary A. Salisbury of Chippewa and Grace M. of Grinnell, Iowa;  to whom she has always been a devoted wife and mother.  There are also twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild.  she was beloved by all who knew her.

Funeral services were held at the home Saturday afternoon, Rev. J. C. DeVinney officiating.  rev. DeVinney spoke in a very feeling manner, taking as his text the 16th verse of the 16th chapter of John,  "A little while, and ye shall not see me:  and again, a little while and ye shall se me, because I go to the Father."  Three of the beautiful old hymns "Safe in the arms of Jesus", "Lead, kindly light" and "Abide with me" were sung during the services.

Those present from away were:  Mr. & Mrs. Luther P. Ettinger and Mr. & Mrs. Jonas H. Ettinger and sons,  Herbert and Dalton, all of Detroit;  Grace M ettinger of Grinnell, Iowa;; Mr. Amelius Horn and Mr. Levi Nicholas of Mt. Bethel, PA, and Mrs. John Ettinger and son Glen of Detroit.


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September 12, 1918


Jacob Stilgenbauer passed away at his home in this village on Tuesday, September 2, after a long and painful illness.  Mr. Stilgenbauer was a pioneer of Coe township and an old veteran of the Civil War and a member of the local G. A. R., the few remaining members of which organization attended the funeral in a body.

Jacob Stilgenbauer was born January 18, 1845 in the old country and when he was yet a little boy his parents moved to the states, bringing the family with them to enjoy the peace and prosperity of the new country.  They settled in Ohio where family grew to manhood and womanhood.  Here in Stark county he met the girl of his choice and November 26, 1872 he was married to Miss Julia Stepper, who through all the years has been a faithful and devoted companion, sharing his joys and his crosses and to the very last patiently caring for him in his long and distressing illness.

To this union three children were born,  Nora, the eldest dying when only eleven years old.  Walter and Fred are still living and respected citizens of Shepherd.

When the Civil War broke out Mr. Stilgenbauer loyally enlisted and for three years fought for the preservation of the Union and the freedom of the slave.

In the year 1876 the family moved to Michigan locating on a farm near Shepherd, later moving to the village.  In very early childhood Mr. Stilgenbauer was confirmed in the Lutheran church then in Ohio joining the Evangelical church.  When he came to Shepherd he joined the United Brethren Church and became a loyal member of the same until its discontinuance some years ago.

After a long and painful illness Mr. Stilgenbauer passed away on the evening of Tuesday, September 3rd.

There are left to mourn his death his wife, two sons, three fine grandchildren, two sisters, two brothers and many other relatives together with a host of friends.

The funeral was held Saturday at the Methodist church conducted by Rev. J. C. Meese and assisted by Rev. Dewey and Rev. Rowlison.  Interment in Salt River cemetery.


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**The first part of this obituary is missing, but will put up the remaining

part as it includes names which might help someone**

(Please see next obituary below this one)


Missing up to this point:  of September 1897 and died the 22nd of April 1918, aged 20 years and 7 months.  She was united in marriage on the 22nd of November 1917 to Harold Fickle of this village.

She leaves to mourn their loss the husband, the father and mother, the sister, Mrs. Mazy Thomas of Shepherd, the grandfather and grandmother,  Mr. and Mrs. N. Johnson of Shepherd,  Mr. and Mrs Eli Whitmore of Pleasant Valley,  Mr. and Mrs. Will Harry of Vestaburg,  Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Barry of Mesick, Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson of Mesick and Mr. and Mrs Allen Strome of Alberta, Canada.

The funeral services were conducted at the home of her parents, this place of her birth, Wednesday, April 24th, the minister of the Church of Christ officiating.

A large concourse of people were in attendance to pay their tribute of respect to the memory of the one who in life was so dearly loved and respected.  Interment in Salt River Cemetery.

Out of town friends in attendance were:  Mrs F L Fouts of Lansing,  sister of M C Lathrop,  Mrs. Elmer Pearson of Owosso, Carl Lathrop and wife and daughter of St. Louis.


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May 9th 1918


The untimely death of Harold Fickle which occurred at the home of his parents last Saturday night at about eleven o'clock, was the culmination of one of the saddest tragedies in the history of Shepherd.

Only last November Harold was united in marriage to Galah Johnson.  Both were popular Shepherd young people and apparently had a long and happy future in store for them.  They moved to Alma, where Mr. Fickle had a good position until about six weeks ago, when he was taken with inflammatory rheumatism from which he suffered intensely.  A little over two weeks ago he was brought to the home of his parents in Shepherd, where a short time afterward he was taken with pneumonia and despite the best of care and medical treatment his weakened condition rendered him incapable of withstanding the ravages of the disease and death came as the result.

His young wife, who was a constant attendant at his bedside, contracted the disease and preceded him in death on April 22.  Her remains were placed in the vault and on Tuesday afternoon funeral services were held for Mr. Fickle and both bodies were interred in a single grave at Salt River cemetery, a sad ending to what had given promise of a bright future to two happy young lives.

Harold DeRoy Fickle was born near Farmer, Ohio Nov 22, 1898 and died May 4, 1918.

He came to Michigan in October 1900 and on November 22, 1917 was united in marriage to Miss Galah Johnson.


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Was Buried in Riverside Cemetery Thursday

Death Sudden

May 16, 1918


Chas. Van Sice who died very suddenly at his home in Rosebush last week was buried in Riverside cemetery on Thursday last.  He was a former resident of this city.

Mr. VanSice had been in this city very recently and while his friends knew his health was impaired and that he was preparing to dispose of his business for that reason, his death was entirely unexpected.

He was 53 years of age and is survived by his wife;  his aged mother, one brother, Sid VanSice of this city, and four sisters:  Mesdames Sampson and Taylor, residents of this city.  His death was the result of a stroke of paralysis.


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May 2, 1918


Oscar Augustus Niece was born June 26, 1850 at Chagrin Falls, Ohio and departed this life on May 2, 1918 at the age of 67 years, 10 months and (missing) days.  At the age of 4 years he moved with his parents to Lapeer County, having later moved to this vicinity where he has been a resident for nearly 28 years.  In 1872 he was united in marriage to Rosella Converse and to this union nine children were born of whom seven survive him.

Funeral services were held at the house Monday afternoon, May 6th, conducted by Rev. L L Dewey.  The burial was in the Salt River Cemetery.


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**First part of this article is missing and several words are unreadable...but will

copy what I'm able to**


Jan 10, 1918


(unreadable) Cohoon, eldest daughter of (?). V. and Elizabeth Packer, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio May 26th, 1840.  Her health has gradually been filing for a number of years, and on Thursday evening, Jan. 10, 1918 she passed very peacefully away at the age of 77 ears, 7 months and 14 days.

She moved with her parents to Lenawee Co., Michigan when eight years old.  After a residence of five years in said county they emigrated to  Pine River township, Gratiot Co.  reaching their destination on Feb. 14, 1855, it being winter and the snow very deep they had a hard time (unreadable - several words)  and shoveling snow through the forest as they advanced northward.  Upon their arrival they were cordially welcomed to the home of Mrs. Sias, who had already taken in three or four families who had preceded them.  Mr. Packer bought land from the government and in the spring erected a log house, one of the first houses in that vicinity.  there they endured the hardships of the early pioneer days struggling for existence.

On May 27, 1857, Mary A. Packer was united in marriage to John C. Cohoon of Coe township.  To this union six children were born,  one son and five daughters of whom four are living.  The oldest daughter, Lucy Ellen preceded her parents Feb 28, 1865.  Her husband departed this life Dec. 28, 1897.  Her only son, John A died Apr 24, 1916.

Mrs. Cohoon helped her husband clear up the farm from a wilderness to a beautiful home where she has ever since lived.

She united with the Christian Church in 1861 and has since lived a Christian life.  For a number of years she has been a member of the Shepherd Rebekah Lodge No 199.

She leaves to mourn their loss, four daughters, four grandchildren and one great grandchild, one brother and two sisters, besides other relatives and a host of friends.  She was a kind and loving mother, respected by her neighbors and beloved by all who knew her.

The funeral services were conducted Thursday forenoon at the home by  Rev. Rowlison, pastor of the Church of Christ of Shepherd.  Interment in Salt River Cemetery.




July 28, 1918



Owen M. Barrett was born January 16, 1891, in Lincoln twp., Isabella county, and died July 28, 1918. He attended Lincoln Center school until he was sixteen years of age, when he attended the Normal.


He taught at Beard school, near Blanchard, for two years. At the time of his enlistment he was an employee at the Foster Hardware Store.


He leaves his mother, Mrs. Margaret Barrett, and three sisters: Mrs. Neal Cuthbert, Bernadette and Helen Barrett.




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