February 2, 1919


Percy Alton Richardson, eldest son of Ernest and Maud Richardson, was born in Lincoln Township, Isabella County, Mich., April 25, 1902, and departed this life at Jackson, Mich., February 2, 1919, at the age of 16 years, 9 months and 8 days.  When he was 3 months old, his parents moved to Winn, Mich., where they still reside.

Besides his parents, he leaves to mourn their loss, 3 sisters:  Inez, Vivian and Vada;  one brother Maynard, 2 aged grandparents, 2 aunts, 4 uncles and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was an honest upright boy, a loving son and brother, and was beloved by all who knew him.  He had completed nine grades in the Winn school, and about October 7, 1918 he entered Jackson High School.  While in Jackson, he was an inmate of the Dr. B. M. Adams home, where he remained until his untimely death.

He and his cousin, Lucille Adams, were almost inseparable companions during their short lives which were so suddenly ended together, and now they lie sleeping together in one grave, on a beautiful hillside, in a Jackson cemetery.


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Wm. Keifer Dies After an Illness of Only a Very Short Time

Month either June, July or Jan (unreadable)  31, 1919


The community was greatly shocked when the sudden death of Wm. Keifer was reported last Saturday evening.

Mr. Keifer was so exceptionally strong and robust man, had been on the streets during the day in his usual good health but was taken with acute indigestion soon after going home and death resulted in a very short time.

Wm. Keifer was born in Chambersburg, PA., October 12, 1857 and departed this life at his home in the village of Shepherd, Mich., aged 61 years, 9 months and 14 days.

The deceased accompanied his parents to Wilmot, Ohio at the age of five, and there resided until coming to St. Johns, Mich., at the age of 25.

Two years after his advent into Michigan, he was united in marriage to Miss Meloy Mullet.  To this union were born 5 children, 3 boys and two girls.

The departed leaves to mourn their loss the wife, two daughters:  Mrs. Blanche Newton of Ann Arbor,  and Mrs. Florence Irish of Lansing and the remaining son, Delmatar of Shepherd, also four sisters:  Mrs. Anna Nash of Indiana,  Mrs. Etta Link of Alliance, Ohio and Mrs. Laura Bair of Oberlin, Ohio, also one brother Robert of VanWert, Ohio, besides other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services conducted from the Christian church Tuesday a.m. by Rev. G. W. Rowlison.  Interment in Salt River cemetery.


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December 22, 1919


Ruth Norese Davis, the infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Davis, was born October 21, 1919 and passed away December 22, 1919, age two months and one day, at her home in Jasper township, Midland County.

She leaves to mourn her loss besides her parents, her grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Reed A. Bohanon and Mr. & Mrs Lewis E. Davis; several aunts and uncles and a host of other relatives and friends.

The funeral was held Wednesday at 12 o'clock at the home, conducted by Rev. Mullett.  Burial in Oak Grove cemetery.

**(Thank You Cards from:  Mr. & Mrs. Wm Davis,  Mr. & Mrs. R. A. Bobannon and family and Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Davis and family)


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January 7, 1919


The funeral of Sanford Wichard, whose sudden death was announced in the Republican last week was held last Friday at the home of Clarence Bell.  Interment in Salt River Cemetery.

In the passing of Mr. Wickard, Coe township loses one of its oldest and most highly respected citizens.  Mr. Wickard was one of those exceptional character of whom it could be truly said, "he had no enemies."

John Sanford Wickard was born in Bucyrus, Ohio July 18, 1857, and died Jan. 7 1919 being at the time of his death 61 years, 5 months and  20 days old.  He moved to Michigan at the age of 10 years and has lived in the vicinity of Shepherd for the past 25 years.

He leaves to mourn their loss, two sisters:  Mrs. Ora Lusk of Battle Creek and Mrs. Marletta Gelder of Seattle, Wash., and one niece Mrs Murile Fletcher of Alma, Michigan.


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November 3, 1919


William Abbott Walling, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walling, died at his home here at 8:30 Monday evening, Nov. 3, after a few weeks of serious illness.

He was a very patient child, never complaining of how much he suffered.  His parents did everything they could to relieve his suffering, but not even with the skillful (unreadable) of the nurse and doctor could he get well.

He was born in Isabella County, Coe township, Sept 23, 1905, being 14 years, one month and six days old at the time of his death.

He leaves a father, mother, five sisters, one brother and many other relatives, besides a host of friends to mourn their loss.

Dearest Abbott, thou hast left us

   And our sorrow we deeply feel;

But 'twas God who bereaved us,

   He can all our sorrows heal.


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(the surname is almost unreadable...looks like Race/Ruse/Ruce?)

October 8, 1919


Mrs. Ardie Weite received a communication from her father George A. Race/Ruse/Ruce(?), who is now at Lansing, saying that his two brothers, Jacob and Emanuel, had both died on October 6, 1919.

The two brothers, who were each older than their brother, George, had served in the Civil war and separated soon after, Emanuel going to Washington, Kansas and Jacob to Tiffin, Ohio, and had not met since.

A peculiar circumstance is the fact that the two brothers, located so far apart, died on the dame day, Oct. 6, and were buried at the same hour,  1:30 on October 8th.


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July 1, 1919


Norris Musser passed away Monday following an operation at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn.  The remains were brought to the home of his sister, Mrs. Mattie Gilbert, Wednesday evening and the funeral was held at the Church of Christ at St. Louis Thursday, P. M.   Rev. Meese of Grand Rapids officiating.  The body was laid to rest beside his mother and brother in beautiful Oak Grove cemetery.  Norris had many friends in this vicinity who are sorry to learn of his death.

He formerly lived at St. Louis, but has been on a claim in Montana for a number of years.


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Blanche Brean

Nov. 27, 1919


The remains of Blanche Brean were brought to the home of her grandparents, Willis Hopkins and wife Wednesday morning from the Dr. Brainard hospital of Alma where she passed away Tuesday afternoon of last week.  The funeral services were held at the Church of Christ at Coe village Friday afternoon at two o'clock and the remains laid to rest in the Coe cemetery.  Elder Kimberling preached the sermon.  Blanche was a bright and promising young girl 13 years old.  She will be greatly missed in her home.


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Nov 21, 1919


Donald Albert, infant son of Mr. & Mrs Homer Leonard, was born Sept. 16, 1919, passed away Nov. 21st, 1919.  Funeral services were held at the home and the body laid to rest in the Coe cemetery Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Elder Kimberling had charge of the funeral.


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January 31, 1919


Maude May Demory was born May 14, 1883 in Seville township, Gratiot county, Michigan and died at her home near Shepherd January 31, 1919, from an attack of influenza.

She was united in marriage to O. Sumner Young, April 20, 1905.  To this union was born one son, George William Young, on May 7th, 1913.

She had a beautiful Christian character, was a very devoted wife and mother, who will be greatly missed in her home and community.

She is survived by her husband and son, her father, Adelbert Demory of this place, a sister, Mrs. Mabel Miller of Detroit, a brother, S. M. Demory of British Columbia.

The funeral was held at the home Sunday, Rev. Dewey officiating.


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January 3, 1919


It will come as a great shock to those many friends of Arthur F. Willett and his family to learn of the sudden passing of this splendid and talented young man, which took place in Dowagiac, Michigan, January 3, 1919; at the home of his aunt Mrs. Dr. F. H. Essig.  Arthur had left his home in Long Beach, Cal, to spend the holidays with his relatives in Dowagiac, and was taken with influenza on the way, but was able to reach his destination.  He was recovering nicely when bronchial pneumonia set in, and just twelve days after his arrival he passed into the broader, fuller life.

Arthur was the posthumous child of Arthur F. Willett and a nephew of Dr. (unreadable) F. Willett of Chicago.  His father was a minister of the gospel in the Christian Church, one of the three Willett brothers.

When two years ago his mother, Mrs. Sylvia Day Willet, was united in marriage to Clarence W. F. Daniels, a lifelong friend of her first husband (also a minister of the gospel), at present a war-work Y. M. C. A. secretary, stationed at the Baloon School at Areadia, Cla., Arthur was an exceedingly bright boy.  At eight years of age he made the "good confession," and was baptized by his father, at that time minister of the church at Santa Cruz, Cal.  When but fifteen years of age, he was president of the C. E. Society and a volunteer for the gospel ministry.  He was always active in the C. E. Bible school, Y. M. C. A., and church.  He possessed a rare baritone voice, and was always in demand as a singer, and was an able assistant to his father in his church work.  He and his father were always 'pals' and his thoughtful and tender love and devotion for his mother was a matter of comment wherever he went.  He finished his high school course in the Anaheim Union High School last June, and was  planning to begin his college course next fall, after a few months of travel; but the heavenly Father's plan was different.  A strange providence saw fit that Arthur should pass over in the same town and from the seam home that his own father passed from nineteen years ago last December.  In the spring he will be placed by the side of the dear father, whom never having seen, yet tenderly loved.

Arthur was born on Jan. 31, 1900, and passed  away Jan. 3, 1919, lacking but twenty-eight days of being nineteen years of age.  He leaves his mother and stepfather and two half-brothers (Charles, sixteen, and Harold ten) all of Long Beach, Cal.  Short funeral services were held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Essig, being conducted by Frank Flagg, minister of the Christian Church at Dowagiac, the casket being covered with beautiful floral pieces, silent testimonials of the love and sympathy of a host of friends.  The body was place in the receiving vault until spring, when it will be placed by the side of his father's body in Riverside Cemetery, to await the glorious resurrection of the righteous to meet the Lord in His coming.


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April 12, 1919


The announcement of the death of James Bayes late Saturday afternoon occasioned considerable surprise to our citizens, as many of them had seen him around during the day in his usual good health.

He and a boy had been engaged in drawing gravel and while at the pit he was taken with a pain over his heart.  On reaching home he went into the house and was about to sit down in a chair when he fell to the floor and expired immediately.  While Mr. Bayes has had periodical pains over his heart it was not considered of a serious nature.

James L. Bayes was born in Holmes County, Ohio, Feb 14, 1845, and died at his home in this village on Saturday, April 12, at 4:00 p. m., aged 74 years, 1 month and 29 days.

He was united in marriage to Catherine Lehmen, April 11, 1866.  To this union eleven children were born, nine of whom survive and were in attendance at the funeral as follows:

Minnie Smith (Farmer, Ohio)  Richard Bayes  (Lansing),  Frank Bayes (Shepherd), Clara Phillips (Shepherd), Kittie Hulbert (Bryan, Ohio),  Mrs. Wm. Fickle (Shepherd),  Harry Bayes  (Reading)  Emma Gilson (Mt. Pleasant), and Clyde Bayes (Grand Rapids).

He came to Michigan in 1899 and located on a farm northeast of Shepherd and has been a resident of Isabella county ever since.

Mr. Bayes served three years in the Civil war and had been a member of the Free Methodist church for several years.  Besides the nine children he is survived by 31 grand children and three great grand children and many other relatives and friends who mourn the loss.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., Rev. J. A. Watson of Big Rapids officiating.  Interment in Salt River Cemetery.


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Former Shepherd Girl Dies at Lansing

Brought Here for Burial

July 3, 1919


Mrs. Fred Knapp, formerly Ottie Hutchinson of this place, died while on a visit to the home of her sister, Mrs. John Blanken, at Lansing.

Mrs. Knapp came from her (missing) at Edmundton, Alberta, about (missing) months ago and after quite an extended visit here had gone to Lansing where a few days later she was taken ill and passed away in short time.

The remains were brought to this place and the funeral services held at her old home on Thursday afternoon, Rev. Rowlison officiating.  Burial in Salt River Cemetery.

Ottie Mae Hutchinson was born in Shepherd, Michigan June 27, 1878 and departed this life July 3, 1919 at the home of her sister, Mrs. John Blanken, Lansing, Mich.

She was married to Fred M. Knapp in 1890.  She leaves to mourn the loss a husband, mother, three brothers, Louis N. of Dearborn,  Floyd is overseas, and Oriando of this place and one sister, Mrs. John Blanken of Lansing.  Also one little niece Frances Audell, and a host of other relatives and friends.


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May 5, 1919


Tamar Ann Foust was born in Lucerne Co, PA., February 29, 1832 and departed this life in the village of Shepherd, May 5th, 1919 at the age of 87 years, 2 months and 6 days.

The deceased moved to Ohio in (not readable) living with her parents until she married to William Gribben in 1855.

She has had three husbands, all three having preceded her into the realms beyond.  She was one of a family of eleven children, she being the last to depart this life.

She was the mother of four children of which two survive her,  William R Gribben of Perrington and Walter David Seely of Shepherd.

The deceased leaves to mourn the loss the two sons, four grandchildren and numerous friends.

She was a strong believer in God and longed to go to him.

Funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church Wednesday afternoon by Rev. G. W. Rowlison.  Interment in Salt River Cemetery.


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He Had Been A Resident Here Many Years

Was Over 86 Years Old

March 20, 1919


The funeral of J. w. Bechtel, who died last week, was held Thursday at the Methodist church of which denomination he had been a life-long member.  He was over 86 years of age.

Mr. Bechtel had been a resident of this county since the early days and until the infirmities of age compelled his relinquishing his labors was a farmer near this city.  His wife and three children had preceded him in death.  He had been usually well this winter and died suddenly on Sunday of last week, dropping to  sleep in his chair and never awaking.  He had made his home for the past five years with Mrs. Arvilla Brown, to whose home he went at the time of the illness of his daughter, Mrs. W. E. Chatterton, who later died.  His sisters, Mrs. Stahl and Miss Bectel of Fostoria, Ohio, were here to attend his funeral.


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April 23, 1919


Mrs. Blanche Claybaugh was born in Shepherd, April 25, 1873 and died April 23, 1919.  She was married to Henry Claybaugh in April 1909.  to this union three children were born of whom two are still living:  Lloyd, aged 7 years and Violet aged 5 years.  The eldest one having died in infancy.

Besides the husband and children, she leaves to mourn her loss two brothers, William and James Miller, and four sisters,  Miss Florence Miller of Shepherd, Betsy Salisbury of Mt. Pleasant, Mrs. Josie Hinkle of Portland and Mrs Kite Dodge of Richwood, West Virginia.


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Sept. 8, 1919


Thomas Samuel Dibert, son of Peter and Mabel Dibert, was born Jan. 27, 1919 and died Sept. 9, 1919, aged seven months and 11 days.

He leaves to mourn their loss a father, mother and four sisters and one brother.

These things are hard for us to bear, but we turn our faces to Him who has said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not for such is the kingdom of heaven."


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December 11, 1919


Doris N. Good, daughter of Noah and Lillian Good was born December 27, 1918 and departed this life December 11, 1919, aged 11 months and 13 days.

She leaves to mourn her loss besides her father and mother, grandparents, aunts and uncles and other relatives and a host of friends.  While her dear little life was brief on earth no one knew her but to love her for her loving ways and smiles.

A precious one from us has gone

   A voice we love is still,

A place is vacant in our home

   That never can be filled.


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Untimely Death of Mrs. H. M Wetzel

Casts the Shadow of Gloom

(there is no date on this article other than 1919)


Yet once again has it been most favorably impressed upon our mind that the Lord is no respecter of persons and that death truly loves a shining mark.

Like a thunder clap from a sun kissed sky came the announcement last Monday morning that Mrs. H. M. Wetzel had died at the hospital at Ann Arbor at an early hour that morning.

Mrs. Wetzel had left for the hospital the Monday morning previous, accompanied by her brother, Arthur, who came from Camp Taylor, Kentucky, where he is stationed as a Lieutenant in the army.

Mr. Wetzel joined her on Tuesday when an operation was successfully performed and she seemed to rally and apparently continued to improve until Saturday morning when the attending physician informed him that all apparent danger was past and Mr. Wetzel returned home.  Saturday evening he received a telephone message from the nurse that Mrs. Setzel had rested very comfortably and was continuing to gain.  Again on Sunday morning he received another message bearing the same favorable news, and saying she had rested nicely all night.  At about eight o'clock that evening he received a third message and this informed him that there had been a radical change for the worse and she was evidently suffering from peritonitis.

Mr. Wetzel and Mrs. Wetzel's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Murtha, left on the early train Monday morning for Ann Arbor and had only been gone a short time when word was received here that she had died shortly after one o'clock that night, so the loving friends arrived at their destination only to find that death had preceded them.

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

Her untimely death was a shock not only to our citizens but to the relatives as well as the operation was not considered of a serious nature and no one was prepared for the fatal result.

Mrs. Wetzel was an exceptionally talented woman and has always been active in the social life of our village and a willing and efficient worker in every enterprise that had as its subject the promoting of the welfare of our citizens or the town and her services will be greatly missed.  A loving wife and an affectionate mother she was devoted to her home and took her chief pleasure in making it as attractive as possible for her loved ones and (the rest of this article is missing).  (There is also a picture of Mrs. Wetzel attached to this article).


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October 21, 1919


Mrs. M. E. Hook passed away Tuesday morning, October 21, after an illness of several weeks.

Deceased was a native of Pennsylvania and with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wolfe came to Michigan in 1857.  She lived in Gratiot county up to the time of her marriage, in 1860, to Conrad Hook of Salt River.

Her married life was spent on a farm northeast of Shepherd where she resided at the time of her death.

The funeral was held from the home on Thursday, Rev. Mullett officiating.  She was laid to rest in Chippewa cemetery by the side of her husband who preceded her in 1911 and a son who died at the age of fourteen.

She leaves to mourn her loss one son, Geo. W. Hook of Chippewa township, one sister, Mrs. Susan Hey of Alma, three grandchildren, Willie C Hook of Alma, Auzie I Hook and Mrs. Arthur Griffith of Chippewa township, five great grandchildren and a wide circle of other relatives and friends.


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January 11, 1919


Charles Elmer Struthers, son of Mr. & Mrs. James Struthers, was born in Coe township Nov 9 (year is unreadable) and departed this life Jan. 11, 1919 being 38 years, 2 months and 2 days old.  He died at the hospital at Wallace, Idaho of bronchial pneumonia following an attack of influenza.

He leaves a wife at Wallace, a father and mother of Shepherd, two brothers, Wm. R and Archie C. of Washington, four sisters,  Mrs. W. C. Myers,  Mrs. W. H. Hutchinson of Shepherd, and Mrs. Karl Girven and Mrs. Clyde Oswaid of near Pleasant Valley and many friends.

At the time of his death he was the agent of the employment Bur., Wallace, Idaho and was a representative in the state legislative on the mining district of Idaho.

His wife was recovering from influenza and was unable to attend the funeral which was held at the home of his parents here Tuesday afternoon.


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(no date other than 1919)


The body of Mrs. Free Estee was brought here from Chicago for burial Saturday.  Funeral services were held in Sacred Heart church.  Mrs. Estee is survived by one daughter.  Mr. Estee died in 1897.


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Conducted Cabinet Making Shop in This City for 12 Years

October 4, 1919


The news of the death of J. G. Fisher, a former resident of this city, came as a surprise and shock to many of his friends and acquaintances here.  That he had been in very poor health since he underwent an operation on May 29th, was not generally known.

Mr. Fisher died at the home of his son, R. G. Fisher, in Des Moines, In., on Saturday, October 4th.  Funeral services, conducted by the Masonic Lodge, were held yesterday at the Presbyterian church, Rev. J. H. Green delivering the sermon.  The burial was in the Riverside cemetery by the side of a daughter, Eula Fisher, who died nine years ago.

The deceased was born in Delhi, NY.  He came to this city in 1907.  Mr. Fisher was a cabinet maker of exceptional ability and many offices and homes here are adorned with beautiful pieces of furniture made by him.  He was obliged to sell his building and give up his work on account of his health.  He left this city on May 23, 1919.

He leaves a son, R. G. Fisher,  a brother, W. H. Fisher of Delhi, NY, a sister, Mary Caswell of Pasadena, Calif., and three grandchildren,  Beatrice, Kathleen and Eula, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Fisher.


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Dec. 17, 1919



Ray Earl Munn was born January 1, 1886, in Mecosta County.  While a small boy he came to Mt. Pleasant on a farm.  When 14 years old he started out alone to Detroit to work his way in the world.  After spending a few years there he went west and there he joined the 29th infantry, Co. C. for foreign service.  He spent 3 years in the Philippine Islands.  He was made a corporal of his company and received his discharge in Fort Porter, Buffalo, February 22, 1909.  He was married to Miss Blossie Burley on March 21, 1909.  they went to Detroit, where they made their home for ten years until last May, when they came here to go on a farm for Mr. Munn's health.  He was only sick three days when he died leaving his wife and two babies to mourn his death.  He was so devoted to his home and family it seems so hard to take him away.  He will be missed by all who knew him for he always had a smile and pleasant word for all and looked on the bright side of life during all his sickness.


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**(This article is in very poor condition - and hard to read....will do the best I can)


Apr. 4, 1919


Willie M. Hale/Hall(?) was born in Chippewa township June 9, 1878 and died April 4, 1919.  (unreadable-----

the age of 40 years, 9 months and (? days).  (unreadable - days with complication of disease following the influenza.

He was married to Miss Blanch(?) Bradley June 19, 1909 and went to Wisconsin where he lived until 4 years ago when he moved to Shepherd.

He leaves a wife and 2 children,  Iva May (age 7) and Harry (age 9)  His father Frances (unreadable) of Moddersville and 2 sisters, Mrs. A. M. Richmond of Winn and Mrs. J. V. Knowlton of Shepherd and host of friends to mourn his loss.

The remains were laid to rest in Salt River cemetery.


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August 31, 1919


Henry Hale, only son of Charles and Sabina Hale was born January 28, 1887 in New Haven township, Gratiot county and departed this life Aug. 31, 1919 aged 32 years.

When six years of age he moved with his parents to Jasper township, Midland county, where he has since resided until last March when he moved, with his family, to St. Louis.

He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Davison in 1908, and to this union three  children were born, Harold E., aged 9 years,  Dorothy Lucile, aged 7 years and Carl H., aged 6 years.

Besides his wife and children, he leaves to mourn their loss, father and mother, and sisters:  Mrs. V. F. Bambben of Alma, and Mrs. W. B. Brooks of St. Louis, and many other relatives and friends.

Those from out of town who attended the funeral were:  Mr. & Mrs. Walter White,  Mr. & Mrs. Glen White,   Mrs. Mary White, of Maple Rapids,  Mr. & Mrs Theo Tombs,  Mr. & Mrs Geo. Monroe,  Mrs. Clark Gould,  Mr. & Mrs. Dan Rideno?,  Mrs. Fleet Diller, and Mrs. Mandy Antis of St. Johns, and Mrs. Will Wilder of Belding.


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July 2, 1919


Chas. Demlow Sr., was born in Germany March 12, 1845 and died July 2, 1919, age 74 years, 6 months and 20 days.  Deceased came with his parents from Prussia in 1863, locating on a far in New York State.  He was one of a family of six children, two boys and four girls, three of whom survive him.  Mrs. Gentz and Mrs. Schnell and Henry Demlow of Tonawanda, NY.

Deceased came to Michigan in 1877 locating in Muskegon county and to Fremont township in 1882.  He was united in marriage to Minnie Hillman November 19, 1869; to this union were born 13 children, 7 boys and 6 girls, 12 of whom survive.

Deceased was a kind husband and an affectionate father;  an honorable and upright citizen and friend.  He will be greatly missed in the community in which he has for so many years been an important factor.  He was a lifelong member of the German Lutheran Church and died with a firm belief therein.

Services were held Saturday morning at the Delo church in Fremont township, Rev. Oviatt of Winn officiating.


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Mrs. Charles Demlow Has Been Resident of Fremont Twp Since 1882


Minnie Hillman was born in Germany May 9, 1849 and died July 27, 1919 at the age of 70 years, 2 months and 18 days.  When a small child she came with her parents to Erie County, New York.  On November 19, 1869 she was married to Charles Demlow in the city of Tonawanda, NY where they resided until 1877.  In that year they moved to a farm in Muskegon county, Michigan.  In 1882 they came to the present home in Fremont township, Isabella County.

Mrs. Demlow was the last surviving member of her immediate family, her parents and brothers and sisters having died many years ago.  Mr. Demlow departed this life July 2, 1919.  Mrs. Demlow survived him for just 25 short days.

They were the parents of thirteen children, seven boys and six girls, twelve of whom survive.  They also leave behind seventeen grandchildren who with the immediate family deeply feel the loss of the guiding hand and kindly influence of both mother and father.

Mrs. Demlow, despite her advanced years and failing health, has been an active member of the Red Cross.  Her entire life of self-denial and devotion to her family leave in their hearts a memory which time cannot effect.....(rest of this article is missing)


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November 16, 1919


Ulysses S. Struble was born March 10, 1863 in Fulton County, Ohio and died November 16, 1919 at the family home near Mt. Pleasant.

Mr. Struble came to Michigan with his parents when but one year old, and has spent his whole life in or near Mt. Pleasant.

For many months he had suffered an affliction for which he visited Ann Arbor and underwent an operation, later going to Chicago for counsel and treatment, but to no avail.

At the age of 19 he was united in marriage to Cornelia Miller, who lived but one year.  To them was born one daughter, Mrs. Mary Conway.  Five years later in 1888 he was again married to Mrs. Zora Cole Burns.  He is survived by his wife, daughter Mrs. Conway, son Ray and niece Anna May Sanders, who has lived in the family since the death of her mother;  two brothers and one sister; also many other relatives.

Mr. Struble was a man of kindly disposition and sterling Christian character and to know him was to be his friend.  For a quarter of a century he had been associated with the Advent Church, holding responsible positions both in the local church and as a member of the conference executive committee.

His faith in a soon coming Savior was a source of great comfort to him, especially during his last illness, being confident that the good-byes said would be only for a little time.

Funeral services were held at the home south of town, conducted by Elder N. H. Poole of Saginaw, who was a former pastor of the church.


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Sept. 19, 1919


Joshua J. Upton was born at Peterboro, New Hampshire, January 8, 1832.  At an early age his parents moved to the county of Chautauqua in western New York where he grew to manhood.  Here in September 1862 he was married to Miss Welthie M. Moore and they began housekeeping on his farm near Clymer, NY.  After two years, at the wise of her parents, they sod this and moved with them to Michigan, arriving at Salt River in February 1865.  In a short time they purchased the farm which was to be home for them during their remaining years.  Here Mr. Upton was for many years an active and potential force in shaping affairs for the betterment of the community.

He was educated in the public schools of New York state and the Academy at Girard, PA., but much was added to this early education by his studious habits of life.  He was a deep thinker and a well read man.  In his youth he helped his father on his farm or in the saw mill and taught school.  He also became a skilled carpenter and devoted much of his time to that work until 1873 when he decided to give his attention wholly to farming.  In his contact with nature on the farm he entered into communion with his maker and few pass away with more love for their creator or a greater faith in a future life than he.

A man of untiring energy, he was seldom idle until the death of his life companion on April 22, 1918, when he gave up all active labor and patiently waited for his own summons.  He passed peacefully away on Sept. 19, 1919.

In his death the community loses one of it's best citizens.  He was a man of sterling worth.  (There was also included a poem by Edgar Guest)

Mr. Upton leaves to mourn his loss three children, Myrtle B., J. L., and Iva M. Upton besides a devoted son-in-law, Jason H. Struble, and a large circle of friends.  The funeral was held from the home on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 23rd, and was conducted by Rev. L. L. Dewey.  The remains were placed in Salt River cemetery by the side of his beloved wife.


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May 5, 1919


Wallace W. Cole was born March 10, 1841 in Lawrence County, New York and passed from this life on the morning of May 5, 1919 at the home of his son in Ann Arbor after an illness of two weeks being 78 years, 1 month and 25 days old.  He was married to Catherine A. Luce on January 13, 1863 who preceded him in death two years and four months ago.  To this union were born eleven children, four of whom are left to mourn:  C. W. Cole of Hagerman, NM., E. E. Cole of Spokane, Wash.,  A. R. Cole of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Mrs. U. S. Struble of this city with whom he made his home.  He came to Isabella County in the spring of 1863 and took up a homestead being one of the early pioneers of this county.

Funeral services were held in this city Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. L. D. Cole.


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September 20, 1919


Mrs. P. H. Estee, who had been in very poor health for the past several months suffered a stroke of apoplexy on August 25th and later had another stroke which resulted in her death on September 20th.

Mrs. Estee was an ideal wife, mother and neighbor and her death was a severe blow to the family and community.

Ellen G. Coffman was born at Platea, Erie Co., Penn., February 5, 1866 and died at her farm home in Lincoln township on Saturday, September 20th, 1919.

She came to Michigan March 19, 1885 and was united in marriage to P. H. Estee March 12, 188? (last number unreadable).

To this union 10 children were born, one of who died in infancy.  Nine children survive:  Marion D. of Shepherd,  Mrs. Clarence Brown of Coleman,  Duane and Iva (twins) Iva now Mrs. Elmer Childs of Shepherd,  Harley of Chicago,  Rush,  Merrill and Frances who are still at home.  She also leaves a husband, one sister, Mrs.  D. C. Peace of Colorado Springs;  one brother, Rush C. Coffman of Ashern, Manitoba.

Funeral services were held at the farm home on Wednesday, Sept. 24th, Rev. L. G. Blood preaching, the remains buried in Salt River cemetery.

Those from away who attended the funeral were:  Mrs. D. C. Peace of Colorado Springs,  Mr. & Mrs. Cass Miller of Platea, Erie Co., PA., Mr. & Mrs. S. J. Brown of Coleman and Mr.  (rest of this article is missing)

(See second obituary on this person below)

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Sept 20, 1919


Mrs. Perry H. Estee, another resident of Coe township, died Saturday morning of apoplexy.  Her health had not been good for some time.  She was born in Erie Co., Pennsylvania February 15, 1866, being 53 years of age at the time of her death.

Mrs. Estee's maiden name was Ellen G. Coffman and she came to Isabella County in 1885.  She was married March 12, 1887 to Mr. Estee and they have lived in the same home in which they were married ever since.  They were parents of ten children:  Marion of Shepherd,  Mrs. E. W. Brown of Clare,  Mrs. Elmer Childs of Shepherd,  Harley, Ivan, Mary E. Rush, Merrill and Frances at home.  She also leaves one sister, Mrs. D. C. Peace of Colorado Springs and a brother, Wes. E. Coffman of Manitoba and a large circle of friends.  The funeral was held from the home Tuesday.


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Sept. 26, 1919


Dorothy, the little daughter of Glenn and Ruth Brown was born November 17, 1917 and passed into Heaven Sept. 26, 1919 at 2:20 a.m. after ten day's suffering of cholera infantom.  The little one has left to mourn their loss, father, mother, three little sisters, two grandfathers, two grandmothers, two aunts and one great grandmother and many other relatives.

She was loved by all who learned to know her in her short life.  The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at the Baptist church of Lincoln and was laid to rest in Salt River Cemetery.


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November 1, 1919


Frances Louise Girven, daughter of Karl and Irene Girven was born June 10, 1919 and died Nov. 1, 1919 at her parents home in Jasper township, Midland Co., MI.  The parents and three sisters miss the presence of the little one whose stay here was so brief.  The little body was laid to rest in the Shepherd cemetery.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. W. Ellinger.


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Worth Bronson, Wife and Two Children and Father

Victims of Auto Accident

July 3, 1919


A telephone message was received here Sunday afternoon stating that Worth Bronson, his wife and two son, Lawrence and Frankie, ages (missing) and 4 years and his father, Frank Bronson, had been instantly killed and his brother, Harold, so seriously injured that he could not recover, when the automobile in which they were riding had been struck by a Michigan railway interurban car at the crossing a few miles north of Flint.

A Flint dispatch to the Monday morning Free Press contained the following account of the horror:  "Five were killed and one hurt when a Michigan railway interurban demolished an automobile containing the family of A. Worth Bronson of Gaines, Michigan on a crossing three miles north of the city.


The Dead Are:

A. Worth Bronson, aged 28

Mrs. A. Worth Bronson, aged 26

Frank Bronson, aged 59, father of A. Worth Bronson

Lawrence Bronson, aged 5

Frankie Bronson, aged 4


The injured are:

Harold Bronson, unconscious in the hospital, head and back injured.


The Bronsons were on their way to visit friends north of the city, and according to witnesses, turned directly in front of a northbound interurban, which struck the machine squarely, caring it nearly two city blocks.  The auto was reduced to a mass of twisted metal and the dead, some of them mangled beyond recognition, were strewn along the tracks.

Mrs. Frank Bronson and grandson, Augustus, 14 years old, son of Mr. A. W. Bronson were the only members of the two families left at Gains.  Mrs. Bronson collapsed when informed of the tragedy and is reported in a serious condition.  The boy in the hospital has not regained consciousness and his condition is considered "grave."

The Bronsons are old residents of this vicinity, Worth at one time conducting a milk route in this village.  They left here something over a year ago and located near Gains, and have many friends here who are horribly stricken at the accident.

Ward Bronson, a brother of Worth, left Sunday night for Gains.


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October 1, 1919


Mrs. Lucy Jane Sterns died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Struble, in this village on Wednesday, October 1st, after a short illness.

Lucy Jane Cleveland was born September 17, 1835 in Sapio, Seneca Co., Ohio and moved with her parents to Wood Co., Ohio when but a small child, where on Dec. 27, 1853 she was united in marriage to Lewis Stearns.  To this union five children were born:  John Franklin of Shepherd,  Minerva Jane, who died Jan 10, 1914;  Mary M. of Shepherd,  Nellie May of Chippewa and Emma Patterson of Lake City, Michigan.

Her husband, Lewis Stearns, preceded her in death on Feb. 20, 1899.

Mrs. Stearns came to Isabella County with her husband and family in Oct. 1869, where she has resided a greater portion of the time until her death.

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


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Fred Wolfe, Head Sawyer Puget Sound Mill

Body To Be Brought Here

October 2, 1919


Mrs. Julia Wolfe received word the latter part of the week of the tragic death of her son, Fred, at Port Angles, Washington Friday.  He was head sawyer in the mill there of the Puget Sound Company and in some way was caught in the machinery and ground to death.  He was 48 years of age and had been in Washington the past eight or ten years.  The body will be brought here for burial.  Besides his mother he is survived by several brothers and sisters.


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(no date other than 1919)


Again the death angel has visited our community.  This time taking our beloved sister in Christ, Emmily Wood, wife of Mason Wood, aged 86 years.  She has been a great sufferer for a number of years.  She left an aged husband, one son, Kenneth,  4 step-sons, 3 step-daughters and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at the village church, Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Elder Wilson (last name missing as well as rest of article)


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Laura Walkup Clay

June 3, 1919


Laura Walkup was born in Richland Co., Ohio in 1856 and died at their winter home in St. Petersburg, Fla., June 3, 1919.

She moved with her parents to Williams co., Ohio in 1863 where she met and married Allen Clay in 1882.  To this union was born one daughter, Zatia May, who passed on to the great beyond at the age of 7 in 1890.

Mr. and Mrs. Clay moved to Michigan in 1885 and lived on a farm three miles east of Shepherd, afterwards moving into the village.  In 1913 they purchased a home in Birmingham, Mich., where they spend their summers.

Mrs. Clay was a member of a family of nine children, three of whom died in infancy and her sister preceding her a few years ago.  The four brothers, Samuel of Pioneer, OH., James and Charles of Alvordton, OH and John of Waldron, Michigan, all of whom were in attendance at the funeral.

Too much cannot be said of Mrs. Clay's goodness.  she was a dutiful daughter, helping to care for father and mother in their last days.  A loving mother whose heart was nearly broken at the loss of their only child.  And more than kind and helpful wife, whose every wish was to help and not be a burden to the husband who cared for her so well and patiently during the many weeks of her illness (the doctors and nurses always remarking about her wonderful nerve and cheerfulness.)  She was a sister loved by her sister and brothers for ever thoughtful and encouraging ways, a relative of whom each truly say, "She was a good woman, and a friend and neighbor in the truest sense of the term."  Dozens, yea hundreds will say "she cam and helped me when I needed a friend."

All of her acts of kindness were (unreadable) in her quiet and unassuming way peculiar to herself.

She was a person that will be greatly missed not only by her husband and relatives, but by the community in which she lived.

Those from out of town who attended the funeral were:  the 4 brothers mentioned above,  Harold Walkup, a nephew from Alvordton, OH, Mrs. David Minser,  Mr. and Mrs Martin Fickerson and Haward Davenper of Vestaburg,  Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Keith and two sons, Dale and Delbert of Saginaw, and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Richmond of Mt. Pleasant.

The remains arrived in Shepherd Saturday evening and were taken to the Thos. Hannet home.  The funeral was held at the Christian church Sunday afternoon at 1:00, Rev. L. G. Blood officiating, with interment in Salt River cemetery.


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Had Lived In This County Forty Years

Funeral Held Sunday - Husband, Mother and Five Children Survive Her

Thanksgiving 1919


The death of Mrs. A. H. Rowlader at her home on South Normal Avenue on Thanksgiving evening brought sadness to many hearts.  Mrs. Rowlader's serious condition was not known to many of her friends and neighbors.  She had been afflicted with sugar diabetes to a certain extent for several years and in September Bright's disease developed.  She did not suffer particularly except that she felt her strength gradually failing her.  She was up and about the house on Tuesday preceding her death and helped with the noon day work.  About 4 o'clock she became quite ill and from Wednesday morning, until her death she was unconscious.  Her children were summoned and all reached home before she passed away.

Mrs. Rowlader was born at Rising Sun, Wood Co., Ohio and would have been 57 years old December 24.  In 1881 she came to Lincoln township in this county with her parents and in the spring of the next year she was married to A. H. Rowlader.  They made their home on the Lincoln township farm until 14 years ago, when they moved to Mt. Pleasant.  They were the parents of five children, four daughters and one son:  Mrs. A. H. Clark,  Miss Lottie Rowlader and Merle Rowlader of Detroit;  Mrs. A. Carrell of this city and Miss Alice Larua at home.  She is also survived by her husband, and her mother, Mrs. Wagner, who has made her home with her, one sister and six grandchildren.  Mrs. Rowlader was tenderly laid by a little grandson in Riverside Sunday afternoon.  Five nephews acted as pall bearers.

Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon, Rev. L. L. Hanthorne officiating.  Among the out of town relatives and friends were:  Abram Wagner , brother of Jackson;  four old neighbors from Barry Co., Fred Wagner, Fred Eckert, Christ Eckert and Sam Shuler;  John Neband and family,  Arthur Shue and family,  Glen Stilgenbauer and family,  Ray Stilgenbauer and Mr and Mrs. Fred Rowlader, all of Shepherd;  Fern Wagner and wife of Alma;  Mrs. L. J. Archer of Alma,  Mrs. w. O. Hullinger of Royal Oak;  Mrs. John Ketcham of Hastings and C. E. and Roy Rowlader of Woodland, sister and brothers of Mr. Rowlader.


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Vandercook Lake Scene of Distressing Accident

Miss Adams, Another of The Victims a Former Resident of Winn


The drowning of five young people at Vandercook Lake, about three miles from Jackson, on Sunday evening last, brought sorrow to many homes in this county.  Percy Richardson of Winn was one of the unfortunate victims as was also his cousin, Miss Lucile Adams, daughter of Dr. B. M. Adams, formerly of Winn but now of Jackson.  Young Richardson was a clerk in the Root Store in Winn.

Young Richardson's parents went to Jackson Monday, the father coming back to Winn Tuesday evening and (unreadable) there with the remainder of the family Wednesday.  The funeral of the two young people, Miss Adams and Mr. Richardson, was held at the Adams home in Jackson Wednesday afternoon.  It was still undecided when Mr. Richardson returned to Jackson whether the young man's body would be brought back here or not.  The other young people drowned were Leon and Ralph Watts and Miss Caroline Probert, all of Jackson.

Not much is known of the circumstances and probably never will be although all indications are that the young people made a heroic fight for life.  Sunday evening a gentleman lying on the bank of the lake noticed an automobile standing at the side of the road.  He looked all around and could see no persons on the lake.  He took the number of the car and telephoned into Jackson getting the name of the owner and asked if such a car had been stolen.  When told that the young people had gone to the lake he told them that he was fearful that all was not well as there was no one to be seen on the lake.  An investigation immediately followed which resulted in the finding of the bodies of the five young people.

Dr. Power and wife and Leland Hyatt of Winn drove to Jackson Tuesday to attend the funeral of Mr. Richardson and Miss Adams.  The sympathy of their many friends in this county is extended to the stricken families.


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27 Aug 1883??

(The top part of this article is missing -will begin where it starts)


Faunce, died August 27, 1883.  she was born September 6, 1834 and was married to Bro. Faunce July 3, 1862.  She suffered greatly during the last seven months of her life, but bore it patiently, and died, as she had lived for many years, in the Lord.  She leaves an aged and faithful husband, two Christian daughters, with a large circle of brethren and friends to mourn her loss.  "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they she see God."

(This transcriber does not know if this article is correct in the death date...it is on the same pages as the rest of the 1919 death articles in Mrs. Koyl's scrapbook)


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December 1, 1919


Mary Elizabeth McCauley was born June 22, 1851 at New Harrisburg, Ohio and departed this life December 1, 1919 aged 68 years, 5 months and 9 days.

She was married April 4, 1871 to James W. Moore of the same place.  They came at once to the farm south of Shepherd, which remained their home for forty-six years, when they moved to the village of Shepherd.

There remains to mourn the loss of this devoted wife and mother, her husband, James W. Moore,  Ettie E. Manning, wife of Rev. Lewis R. Manning of Muskegon, Mi., James G. Moore, Madison Wisc., John C. Moore of Lansing, Mi, and 8 grandchildren,  Carroll G. Moore the youngest child departed this life about 3 years ago.  Lillie B. died when 7 years old.

Mrs. Moore united with the Presbyterian church in New Harrisburg in her early girlhood.  She transferred her membership on coming to Michigan to the Presbyterian church at Salt River.  Upon the disbanding of this organization 30 years ago, she joined the Methodist Episcopal church at Shepherd of which she was a faithful member at the time of her death.

Funeral services were held December 3rd at the M. E. church and interment was at the Shepherd cemetery.


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March 27, 1919


Rosabelle Epler was born in Leesport, Berke Co., PA, September 10, 1852 and departed this life March 27, 1919, aged 66 years, 6 months and 17 days.

In the year 1871, October 26, the deceased was united in marriage to Jacob Slates of Gibsonburg, Sandusky Co., Ohio.  To this union were born seven children, three girls and four boys.  Lizzie Shaffer of Lansing,  Cordella Taylor of Bentley,  Lyda Kennedy of Lansing,  Ira Slates of Mt. Forest,  Vannel Slates of Alma,  Benjamin Slates of Otisville, and Raymond Slates of Shepherd.  All of Michigan.

After a four year residence in Ohio, Mrs Slates, with her husband moved to Michigan, taking up their residence at Summerton.  After a four year residence at this place they moved on an unimproved farm located two and one half miles southwest of Salt River.  This farm Mr. Slates cleared and was their home twenty-one years.  In 1899, Mr. and Mrs. Slates moved to St. Louis, and after a residence there of one and one half years they came back to the vicinity of Shepherd, and have since made this community their home.

While in Ohio, Mrs. Slates made the good confessions and united with the United Brethern Church.  Thirty one years ago, Mrs. Slates identified herself with the Christian Church of Shepherd, remaining in full fellowship until her Master bade her "come up higher."

Besides her seven children she leaves to mourn their loss, two sisters, eight grandchildren and a host of friends.

She was loved and honored by all who knew her.  Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Christian church by G. W. Rowlison of Shepherd.  Interment in Salt River cemetery.


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December 12, 1919


Gratiot county were informed of the sad news that Gustav Mey had passed away December 12, it was a cause of universal sadness and profound expressions of regret.

Mr. Mey was a successful farmer of Gratiot county and lived on the old homestead which his father had taken up from the government when the county was yet new.  After many years of toil and labor his health broke down and he moved to St. Louis with his wife and son.  He had many friends and will be missed from the prominent avenues of that city and the surrounding county by all of those who knew him.

Mr. Mey had unusual musical talent.  He was a leader of the Forest Hill band for a period of 15 years.  His favorite instrument was the cornet and he not only brightened the home of his own family with sweet strains of music, but rendered valuable aid to the choir of the Methodist church until his health failed him.  His strong personality, kind disposition, cheerful and optimistic character always won him fellowship everywhere and made him a much sought for companion.  He was true friend, a devoted husband.

Mr. Mey leaves a wife, one son, two sisters, Miss Hannah Mey of Burns, Oregon and Mrs. J. W. Doane of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., and one brother, O. F. Mey of St. Louis, to mourn his untimely death.

The funeral was held at his home on West North Avenue, and was conducted by Rev. Ginger.  After the services were over Mr. Mey was interned with the beautiful flowers which his friends brought him, in Oak Grove receiving vault.


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