1925 Obituaries

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Mar 12, 1925 (nsp)


Glen, 12 year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Roy McMillen, died at Carney

Hospital in Alma Saturday from injuries received Friday night when struck down by an automobile driven by Bert Pulling of Lansing.

The McMIllan family were formerly residents of Shepherd and the body was brought to Salt River cemetery Monday for burial.


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(no date other than 1925 on this article)


Herbert L. Lord, 73 years of age, died at his home, 536 Corinth Street, late Tuesday afternoon.  Mr. Lord had been in ill health for more than a year, but was not confined to his bed until recently.  He has lived in St. Louis for more than 50 years, being a builder and carpenter.  Mr. and Mrs. Lord have spent the past two winters in Detroit with their sons, coming to St. Louis during the summers.

He was a man respected by all who knew him, and leaves many old friends who are deeply grieved and who sympathize with the family.  Besides the widow, there are five sons, Bert, Cyrus, Roy, George and Arthur, and one daughter, Mrs. May Ford of Morenci.  Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, whether at the home or church has not been decided as yet.


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Oct 8, 1925 (nsp)


Oliver S. Zimmerman, 49 years old, a former well known resident of this city, died at his home in Detroit, Sunday afternoon, following an illness of two weeks, death being due to paralysis.  The body was brought to this city Wednesday and short services were held at the grave in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Zimmerman was a resident of St. Louis many years, moving to Detroit about twelve years ago.  He is survived by his widow, his mother, Mrs. Helen Zimmerman of St. Louis and two sisters, Mrs. Robert Bobzien of this vicinity and Mrs. George Mull of Lansing.


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Nov 5, 1925 (nsp)


The community has lost a good man, an excellent citizen, one might almost say one of Nature's noblemen has gone from our midst.  The family has lost a loving husband and father, one who invariably thought of others before he thought of himself.  A man who was honorable and upright in all things, and who was loved and respected by all who knew him.  He is greatly missed this sad day, however, his wise consul and advice will be missed more and more as time goes on.  It can truly be said that he so lived that the memory of his ideals will be as guide posts to his family and friends in the years to come.

Thomas Hannett, son of John Patrick and Mary McDade Hannett, was born Sept 11, 1843, near Stephensville, about thirty miles west of Buffalo, in Welland county, Canada, and passed away at 7:53 a.m. Saturday, October 24, 1925.  He was one of three brothers, the younger, William, of Syracuse, NY still survives.  His elder brother, James, passed away at his home in Buffalo, NY about four years ago.  His father was drowned in the Welland canal and his mother passed away to the Great Beyond shortly, with the result he was an orphan at the tender age of nine years at which time he went to live with the Woodruff and Margaret Metler, North Pelham, Canada, where he did farm work until his eighteenth year with practically no compensation.  When he left the Metlers his earthly possession was a silver watch which he sold for four dollars, and which he has often mentioned as the original or initial capital of his start in life.

His education was nearly all acquired in the "school of hard knocks" keen observation and experience as conditions only permitted that he attend regular school a month or two each year.

After leaving the Metlers he became a blacksmith's apprentice to John Grinville of Thorald, Canada, and after learning the trade went to New York State.  While there in 1864 he began work for the United States government at his trade and they sent him to St. Louis, Missouri and later to Little Rock, Arkansas.  While at Little Rock he became ill and it was necessary to return to Canada, where he started a blacksmith shop for himself which he sold then went to the oil fields of Bothwell, Canada, and at Bothwell, he met Caroline Burlingame.  In 1838 he came to Michigan, located in New Haven township, Gratiot Co., where he purchased a farm and on January 1, 1869, at Maple Rapids, Caroline A. Burlingame became his wife.  Five children blessed this union, Alice Eveline, Emory Howard, Ella May, John Royal, and Claude H., who all survive aside from Alice Eveline who passed away in 1896.

He sold the farm in Gratiot county and moved to Salt River in 1871 where he worked in the lumber woods and on the river, and later purchased and operated the Salt River Hotel.  In 1878 he purchased a farm five miles southeast of Salt River, built a home and moved there.  His wife passed away on March 29, 1879, eleven days after the birth of Claude H.  Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Estee being intimate friends of the family and having no children took the baby to rear, gave him an excellent home and the love they would of given their own son.

Mr. Hannett was father and mother to the other four and kept them together until they reached maturity.

In a few years he sold this farm, returned to Salt River and still later purchased another farm one mile west of Salt River Corners, where he erected a modern farm house.

He was a member of the banking firm of Hannett, Ward & Co., and the moving spirit in the organization of the present Commercial State Bank, being the first director elected and it's first president.

In 1886 he again entered the commercial field and together with the late L. D. Estee, started in the grain and lumber business under the name of Hannett & Estee, which business in now being operated by his son, Claude H.

He was supervisor of Coe township five years from 1881 to 1886, and elected on a minority ticket.

He spent his winters in Florida for many years and at one time owned a home in Punta Gorda.  In recent years he has been wintering in St. Petersburg.

He and Frances Ella Miser were married in 1889.  She passed away Dec 13, 1912.  On Oct 9, 1917, he and Eva D. Kieth were joined in marriage.  She survives and tenderly, loving and faithfully cared for him during his last illness.

Besides the wife, children and brother he leaves to mourn their loss three grand daughters, Mrs. Harold Taylor and Martha Hannett of Jackson and Helen Estee of Shepherd.  Two grand sons, Charles McGiniey of Gibson, N.M., and Jack Hannett of Detroit, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at his late home Tuesday, October 27th, Rev. Mayhew officiating.  Interment in Salt River Cemetery.

(**Card of Thanks from:  Mrs. Thomas Hannett, E. H. Hannett and family, Mrs. Chas. McGinley and family, J. R. Hannett and family, and C. H. Estee and family.)


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Barbara Mogg was born in Isabella County, April 6, 1884 and passed away December 4, 1925 at her home on Mill Street at the age of forty-one years, nine months.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Mogg of Rosebush and was educated in Isabella schools and Mt. Pleasant.  She was united in marriage to Fancher Wolfe October 15, 1923.

She leaves to mourn her untimely passing, a husband, father and step-mother, two sisters, Mrs. Asa Prout of Rosebush and Mrs. Hayden Glavin of Mt. Pleasant and other relatives.

The funeral was held at her home in Mt. Pleasant Monday afternoon, Rev. Hawkins of the Presbyterian church officiating.  The burial was in Riverside cemetery.


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Nov. 3, 1925


Donna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Kirkconnell came to this world Sept. 5, 1923, and after a brief stay passed on to her rest Nov. 3, 1925.

She leaves to mourn her loss, her father and mother, two brothers, Dale 6 yrs., and Walter, 5 weeks and a host of friends and neighbors.  Her body lies in Riverside cemetery.


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(nsp) Oct 15, 1925


George W. Gruber, son of Henry and Catherine Gruber, was born in Shenondale, Pennsylvania, January 5, 1847.  He was married to Mary Ann Minich of Red Bank, PA, February 17, 1873.

To this union were born:  Marion of Flint;  Dora of Nashville;  Orlando of Morice;  Edith of Shepherd;  Glennie of Shepherd.  One boy and one girl are dead.  There are also nine grandchildren, two brothers, Jake of Shepherd and Peter of St. Louis;  one sister, Eliza Miller of Shepherd.

Mr. Gruber came to Michigan with his family in 1879 and settled in Coe twp. where he resided until coming to Shepherd nine years ago last April.

Mr. Gruber and his wife Mary, united with the Christian church in Feb. 1891.  For better than thirty-four years he has taken a keen interest in the church, always prompt and willing to render any service; seeking by kindly deeds and wise council to advance the interest of the Kingdom.

Mr. Gruber died at his home in this village last Wednesday night and funeral services were held Saturday afternoon.  Burial in Salt River Cemetery.


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(nsp) Apr 21, 1925


Henry Davison, a resident of this vicinity for more than 60 years past, died very suddenly Sunday night at his home on South Pine Street.  He was born in Pennsylvania, February 25, 1842 and came to Michigan in 1859.

On the 28th day of October, 1861, Mr. Davison enlisted in the U. S. Army and served in Co. E., 2nd Mich. Cavalry until honorably discharged on the 17th day of August, 1865, having served his country 4 years, 2 months, and eleven days.

Mr. Davison was one of the very few surviving veterans of the Civil War and was a familiar figure on the streets of the city.  Because of his long residence here, he was well acquainted with old settlers in all parts of the county and was a recognized authority on matters pertaining to events of forty or fifty years ago.  He had reached the ripe old age of about 83 years, and until the day of his death was active and healthy. 

He is survived by his wife, a family of grown-up children:  Wm. H. of Lansing;  Mrs. David Arker of St. Louis;  Mrs. Walter Babcock of Lansing; Walter S. of Tacoma, Wash;  and Mrs. Mary Hale of St. Louis;  two sisters and also two brothers and other relatives.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the local Christian church, conducted by Rev. I. W. Kimberling, with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery.


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April 15, 1925 (nsp)


Deep grief was felt by the older residents of the village when the news came telling of the death of Mrs. B. J. White, who for the past few years, has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Mary Ione Eaton of Battle Creek.

Mr. and Mrs. White and daughter came to our village in January 1883, Mr. White having previously erected a stave mill which he operated until his death.  Mrs. White then took up his work and continued the same for several years.

Mrs. White was a devout Christian, and a great worker in the M. E. church of which she was a member, both in the church and its charitable societies.  Mrs. White's charity did not end in the church but many and many are the times she helped the 'friends in need,' but no one learned of it only through the ones who were benefited.

The deceased commenced to fail in health about eight years ago but would not give up but kept up her activities in the church, business and home.

In September 1919 she was compelled to go to her daughter's home where she gradually failed until, for the past four years, has been a helpless invalid.  The untiring care and devotion of her daughter and husband is what has kept her with us during this time when death has hovered no near at times.  She retained her natural faculties to the last and superintended her business.

The deceased was born August 12, 1844 at Boston, Mass.  She was united in marriage to Benjamin James White December 9, 1864.  To them one child was born, Mary Ione Eaton.

Funeral services were held at the Eaton home April 1, at 2:30 o'clock.  H. A. Brattin and wife,  Mrs. C. C. Field,  Mrs. E. L. Ashworth and Mrs. Pearl Rowland from here were in attendance.


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Nov. 12, 1925


In the passing of Mrs. A. White the community has lost one of it's old and respected settlers.  Mr. White and wife came from Medina Co., Ohio, sixty-five years ago and located near Forest Hill.  Five children were born to this union:  Cora A., Myrtle A., Lettie E., Oren E., and Ardie L.  She is survived by the two sons, Oren and Ardie, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mrs. White was identified with the church at Forest Hill and was a teacher in the Sunday School for many years.  She enjoyed the respect and esteem of the entire community.  Strong in her convictions of right, she did not falter in the course she marked out for herself.

Owing to the failing health of Mrs. White they moved to Shepherd and shortly after this move Mr. White passed away.

Almeda A. Ross was born in Medina Co., Ohio March 8, 1840.  She married Edward R. White in 1856, moved to Forest Hill in 1860 and departed this life November 12, 1925.


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May 9, 1925


Della Pitts was born in Constanpia Center, Otsego Co., NY on November 18, 1875, and departed from this life May 9, 1925.

At the age of 10 she moved to Michigan with her parents where they settled on a farm in Nottawa township.  When a young woman she confessed her faith in Christ and has since been a faithful church worker.

October 21, 1892 she was united in marriage to Eli Fordyce.  To this union four sons were born:  Egbert of Pellston,  Earl , Archie and Freeman of Gilmore.  Her husband preceded her in death by just five years and two weeks.

She was a kind and loving mother and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Gilmore Christian church.  Rev. Randal officiating.  Interment was made in Gilmore Cemetery.


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November 21, 1925


Leonard Bayu was born in Spring Arbor, Jackson Co. in 1862.  He died at Shepherd Nov. 21, 1925.  He was united in marriage to Mary Nusome in 1883.  To this union eight children were born:  Bernie Leonard, Fred Oliver, Willie Eugene, Arthur Marion, Hazel Mae, Iva Mary and Cassy.

In 1901 he moved to Roscommon Co. where he lived until he moved to Flint where he worked for the Buick Co.  In 1919 while running a square scissor machine he lost his hand.  About four years ago he moved to Shepherd where for the past three years he has had the agency for the Lansing State Journal.

He leaves to mourn his death his wife, three sons:  Bernie of Roscommon, Fred of Flint and Willie, who is at home; two daughters Mrs. Claybaugh of Lansing and Mrs. Iva Fyan of Jordan River, and twelve grandchildren and a host of friends.

Burial in Salt River Cemetery


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March 26, 1925


Mary A. Bolton was born in Findlay, Ohio August 30, 1850.  Died at the home of Mrs. McFarren at Shepherd, MI March 26, 1925.  She was married to Warren Elliot in 1867.

In 1870 he, with his wife, moved to Missouri where they lived for six years then came to Jackson Co., MI where they resided two years and in 1878 they came to Coe township where they resided until his death in 1902.

While living in Missouri, through their kindness at heart, they took a little girl and raised her to womanhood.

Then later they took the daughter of this woman who has always lived with her grandmother and has been such a comfort to her all these years.  She has been a member of the Methodist church at Pleasant Valley for many years and always when able attended and enjoyed the services.

She has one sister at San Jose, California and one brother at Leslle, Michigan.  She was always willing and ready to help those in sickness and need and will be remembered by so many for kindness and cheerful disposition.

She will especially be missed by the neighborhood in which she lived.

The funeral was held Saturday, March 28, at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Kimberling.  Interment at Salt River Cemetery.


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only date is 1925


Mrs. Lulu Joyce Luby, 18, wife of Louis Luby, died at the home 1418 Bailey street, early Saturday morning.  (The rest of this article is missing)


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January 18, 1925


Mary English, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George English, was born in Gratiot Co., April 14, 1872.  Here she spent her girlhood.

She was married to Henry Kelley of Isabella Co., March 24, 1894.  They came at once to the farm in Chippewa where they have lived until her death.  She has been in failing health several years and passed away January 18, 1925, at the age of fifty-three years, nine months and four days.  She was the mother of eleven children:  George of Shepherd,  Mrs. Ruby Bohanan of Pleasant Valley,  Otto and Donald of Searls,  Eugene and Homer, who are at home.  Three children, Elsie, Lloyd and Boyd having died in early childhood, and Milo in infancy.

She is survived by her husband, a mother, who has been with her during the past few years,  seven brothers and four sisters, besides many other relatives and friends.  She was a good wife, mother and neighbor and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

The services were held from the home at 1:00 o'clock Wednesday, January 21, and burial was in Chippewa cemetery.


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Old and Respected Citizen and Soldier

Called to the Great Beyond

August 11, 1925


James W. Moore was born near Dellroy, Carroll Co., Ohio December 10, 1846.  He served during the Civil War in Co. K, 157th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Shortly after leaving the army he came to Salt River and with his brother Joseph, located on the farms south of Salt River, which they owned and occupied for many years.  In the spring of 1871 he returned to Ohio where on April 4 he married Mary Elizabeth McCauley of Carroll County.  Them came to Michigan at once and settled on the farm south of Shepherd where they lived for 46 years.

In 1917 they moved to Shepherd where they lived until the death of Mrs. Moore in December of 1919.  He then made his home at Muskegon and Lansing, Michigan with his daughter, Mrs. L. H. Manning and son John C. Moore.  He departed this life at the home of his daughter in Lansing, August 11, at the age of 78 years and 8 months.

For several years he served Coe township as it's representative on the Board of Supervisors and for many years was a member of the local Board of Education.  During the nearly fifty years in which he resided in Coe township he took an active part in the affairs of the Township and of Isabella County.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. L. H. Manning of Lansing, two sons, James G. Moore of Madison, Wisconsin and John C. Moore of Lansing; eight grandchildren and one great grand child.

Mr. Moore, the greater part of whose life was spent on his farm home near Shepherd which he helped to reclaim from the forest, and where he reared a family now very useful and helpful to society, has always been an exponent and supporter of the things that work and tend to betterment of his fellowmen.  He was congenial, unassuming, fair-minded, kind, sympathetic, a bulwark of honesty and integrity, a lover of the good and right.  His neighbors and many other associates have always looked upon him as a true and reliable friend, a wise, safe, and beneficial advisor, easily approached and very considerate of the feelings of others.  He has always been ardently loved, trusted, and respected by those who knew him best.  His counsel so often sought by the old and young alike has always been a great influence for good and right doing.  He will be greatly missed by his many friends and neighbors.

He was a kind, considerate and dutiful husband; a helpful and affectionate father; a valuable and accommodating neighbor; a true and faithful friend; a loyal, useful and respected citizen, whose constant endeavor was to make life worth the living not for himself alone but for others.

He was a believer in the principles of the Republican party and his influence and counsel many times did much to determine the policy of his party in this township and county.

He and his family have been affiliated for many years with the Methodist Episcopal Church and have been of great and useful service to the Christian cause.

Mr. Moore's decease on account of his grand and sterling qualities is a great loss, deeply felt and regretted in this community.  He will be remembered during the lives of those who truly knew him as a man who stood unswervingly for the pure and most uplifting things of life, and it can be truly said of him as of all good men that his influence for the pure and the best will continue to live after him.

We extend to his family, relatives and neighbors and many other friends our sincere sympathy in this their hour of sorrow and bereavement of the loss of a truly good man.


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June 1, 1925 (nsp)


This vicinity was visited the present week by a number of fatalities, the saddest of which was the death Monday afternoon of Robert Martin, well known farmer living in the Pleasant Valley district northeast of St. Louis.

Details are singularly slow in coming out, but as nearly as could be determined Tuesday, Mr. Martin had gone to the Dow Chemical Company well on his farm and entered the building which houses the well, when the power was turned on suddenly and Mr. Martin was struck by a heavy piece of machinery, killing him instantly.

There were several other stories afloat regarding the matter, but this is apparently the most plausible one.

Certainly no one was to blame in the matter, and it simply emphasizes the uncertainty of life.  Mr. Martin was killed instantly, no matter what the cause.

He leaves a wife and three children, all grown, two daughters and one son.  He had lived practically all his life in the neighborhood, was well known and liked by everyone.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Fred Tryon of this City, and Miss Bernadine, who lives at home;  one son, Fern, living in Lansing; two brothers, Charles of this vicinity and John of Lansing, also two sisters, one living in Kalamazoo and the other at Allegan.

The funeral was held at the Pleasant Valley church Wednesday afternoon


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June 6, 1925


Mrs. Martha Warne passed away Saturday morning, June sixth, at the age of 87 years, four months, and twenty-two days.  Martha D., daughter of Absolam and Mary Ann Fink, was born in Pittsburgh, Penn.  She was united in marriage to Lafayette Warne about 1858.  To this union five children were born:  Darwin C., Jennie M., Ella E., Ervin A., and Viola S.  (This next part is as it appears in the article?)

Mrs. Warne became a and loving mother, and made many Christian in early life and was a true friends in this community where she has lived for the past eight years with her son Ervin and wife, who have the sincere sympathy of their many friends. 

(I think it should read, "Mrs. Warne became a Christian in early life and was a true and loving mother, and made many friends in this community where she has lived for the past eight years with her son Ervin and wife, who have the sincere sympathy of their many friends.")


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A Fitting Tribute to a Grand and Noble Character.

January 20, 1925


Following is the obituary of Edmund L. Ashworth, one of Shepherd's oldest and most highly respected citizens.

Edmund Ashworth, son of John (?) and Hannah Ashworth, was born in London, Canada, September 28, 1844, and died January 20, 1925 aged 81 years, 4 months and 20 days.

His family consisted of eight children, six daughters and two sons, of whom five sisters are still living.  His early childhood was spent with his parents on their farm near London.

In January 1867 he was united in marriage to Corilanda C. Neely.  They journeyed immediately to Salt River, Isabella County, and there began housekeeping.  After five years they moved to London twp., Ontario, where they lived for nine years and in 1881 returning to Salt River, where they have since resided.  Since the death of Mrs. Ashworth two years ago, he has made his home with his son of this village.

Four children were born to this union, the eldest, Rose Hannah, who died twenty-six years ago;  Edmund L. of Shepherd,  William H. of Litchfield and Frank H. of Cadillac.  After the death of their daughter they took her three children, Fern, Floy and Chester Swartout, and cared for them as their own.

He came here as a pioneer over fifty-eight years ago and knew the hardships of a pioneer life.  He was converted at the age of thirty years and has always lived a devoted Christian life.  He was one of the first to organize the Methodist class at the Salt River, and largely through his influence the first church was built, he hauling the first load of stone for it's foundation, and worked faithfully until the church was completed.  He has been class leader over forty years, and his words of ex (unreadable) have cheered many a weary soul and encouraged them in their Christian life.

He was an inspiration to all who knew him, little children loved him, older ones believed in him and (unreadable) - rest of this article is missing).


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Sarah Jane Adams

July 21, 1925 (nsp)


Sarah Jane Adams, daughter of William and Susan Adams, was born June 10th, 1843.  She came to Michigan in 1869 and in January of 1870, she was married to George Phillip Young.  To this union the following children were born:  William G., Lydia A., Charles Sumner and John G. of Riverdale.  There are also six grandchildren.

Mr. Young died April 6, 1896.  Mr. and Mrs. Young were closely identified in every movement that made for the good of the community.  They were charter members of the Christian church, giving generously in both time and money to the advancement of the cause they both loved.  This interest was unflagging and was only terminated by death.

Mrs. Young for the past three years was in poor health and unable to sustain the burdens of the past years.

Though afflicted, the interest of the church was ever present in her thoughts.  No obligation was ever shirked or duty unperformed.

For the past ten months Mrs. Young suffered much, but found (unreadable) in her favorite passages of scripture:  John 14, Rom. 8, and Rom 12.

Mrs. Young, despite her sufferings never lost interest in her friends and was always solicitor for their welfare.  Her suffering was never a burden of complaint;  she endured with patience and resignation.

The funeral services were don ducted at the home, Wm. A. Dawson officiating.


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Oct 8, 1925 (nsp)


Funeral services for Albert E. Gibbs were held at his home in Greendale twp. Friday afternoon, Rev. Andrew Mullett officiating.  Interment was made in the Greendale cemetery.  Mr. Gibbs fell dead on the streets of Midland Monday evening, death being due to heart failure.

Bert, as he was familiarly known in this vicinity, has been prominent resident in Greendale township and Midland county for the past thirty years.  Mr. Gibbs has served his township twenty-seven years as supervisor and has repeatedly been elected chairman of the county board and otherwise prominent in politics.

Born in Vermont June 17, 1859 he moved to Greendale twp in 1886, living a pioneer life in the wild country then surrounding Midland.  In 1888 he was married to Hattie Goodweit.

Albert E. Gibbs is survived by his wife, Mrs. Addie Gibbs of Greendale, two daughters;  Hattie Gibbs of Greendale, Mrs. E. R. Frye of Pleasant Valley;  two sons, Leslie and Clyde both of Greendale, four grandchildren and three sisters and three brothers also survive.

The brothers and sisters are:  Franklin Gibbs of Pontiac,  George and William Gibbs of St. Louis, MI., Mrs. Willie Smock and Mrs. David Frye of Jasper and Mrs. Nellie Hitsman of Alma.

The Pall bearers were L. P. Larson, A. T. Bliss, D. G. Mead,  Duncan Wayne, Bert Reed, S. B. Gordon, Harvey Dudd and Dr. K. McKay, Carl and Let Plair, B. T. Pile and C. R. Converse of Shepherd sang at the funeral and Mrs. H. M. Wetzel, also of Shepherd, supplied the music.

Bert was well known in Shepherd as he was in Midland county and did a large share of his trading here.  Mr. Gibbs made his last visit to Shepherd the Saturday preceeding his death.  The family has the sympathy of a large circle of friends.


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May 5, 1925


Miles Dexter Abbott was born at White Creek, Washington Co., NY July 24, 1860.  At the age of ten he came, with his parents Harrison and Martha Abbott, to Shepherd, Michigan.

When he was twenty, he was married to Nina Walton, and they began their married life in the same home in which he died Tuesday, May 5th.

He leaves a wife and a sister, Mrs. Marilla Abbott Preston, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

Miles, as he was familiarly called by everyone, was fundamentally honest and a friend to all.  The old neighborhood will not be the same with him gone.  He was laid to rest beside his little daughter in the Shepherd Cemetery.


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April 4, 1925


Mr. W. W. Finch was born June 7, 1853 in Wayne County, MI, where he spent the early years of his life.  In 1898 he came to Isabella county and on August 29, 1901 he married Mary Ayhworth(?) and in 1912 he moved to Shepherd where he passed away at his home April 4, 1925.

He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, Mrs. W. W. Finch, one daughter and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, Rev. Kimberling of St. Louis officiating.


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AUGUST 20, 1925

Funeral Services Held Monday P. M.

and Burial in the Shepherd Cemetery.


John Quincy Walling, who has been ill the past six months, passed away at his home on South Lansing Street Thursday, August 20.  Mr. Walling had been in failing health for two years but until the last few days was able to be about more or less.  Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon, Rev. C. B. Hawkins officiating.  Burial was in the cemetery at Shepherd.

Mr. Walling was the son of William and Polly Walling and was born in Hartford, NY, March 14, 1847.  In 1868, with his parents and one brother, Levi, he moved to Gouverneur, NY where in 1873 he was married to Minerva A. Thompson.  To this union were born four children, one son dying in infancy. 

He is survived by his wife and three daughters:  Miss Grace Walling at home,  Mrs. Elorine Beardslee of Crandon, NJ and Mrs. Pearl Collins of Mineola, NY.  In 1879 the family moved to Shepherd where they lived until 1911, when they came to Mt. Pleasant and have been here ever since.


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Aug. 13, 1925 (nsp)


A very sad affair was the death of little Gertrude Ryckman, the four year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Ryckman, which occurred Monday after a short illness.  She was a very lovable little child and her death was not only a blow to the bereaved parents, but to the whole community who had learned to love her.

Funeral services will be held at the home tomorrow, Friday afternoon, at 2 o'clock.

All business places in Shepherd are to remain closed from 2:00 to 3:00 during the funeral.

The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Ryckman is also quite ill.


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May 7, 1925


Mrs. Thomas H. Smith, who was critically burned while attempting to rescue her children from her burning home last Wednesday morning, died at the Brondstetter hospital early Thursday morning, May 7th.

Funeral services were held Saturday in the Baptist church, Chippewa twp., for the mother and two children.


Mrs. Gertrude Davis Smith was born in Gratiot co., November 15, 1887.  She was married to Thomas H. Smith on October 8, 1902.  Together they moved to Isabella Co., making their home on a farm in Chippewa twp.  Mr. Smith died December 10, 1923.  After his death Mrs. Smith and the children kept up the farm until her death, May 6, 1925.  Surviving her are one son and two daughters;  William H., Amy A., and Goldie Smith, all of Mt. Pleasant.

Nina M. Smith was born in Isabella Co., Chippewa twp., March 21, 1908.  She received her education in the district school near her home.  She died May 6, 1925.

Edward E. Smith was born December 15, 1922 in Isabella Co., and died May 6, 1925.


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May 28, 1925 (nsp)


The entire community was shocked Tuesday morning when it was learned that Mrs. Emma J. Alexander had passed away at Carney Hospital, Alma on Monday night, even though her death had been expected for the past week.  She had been an inmate of the hospital for less than a week.

Mrs. Alexander was born at Mayville, Tuscola Co., MI about 1856, and came to St. Louis with her husband approximately 45 years ago.  Immediately after taking up their residence here, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander went into business, conducting a grocery store until about 8 years ago, when failing health required him to sell and he died about 3 years ago.  She was recognized as one of the keenest business women in this entire section, and was even prominent in all matters pertaining to community uplift.

About 5 weeks ago Mrs. Alexander found it necessary to take to her bed, and while every care that loving friends could possibly give her, was tendered her, she steadily grew worse and in order to give her the very best possible care she was taken to Carney hospital less than a week ago, where she continued to fail in health, the end coming just before midnight Monday night.

She was commander of Gratiot County Association of the L. O. T. M., a position she had held ever since the county association was organized about 12 years ago; she was also a long time member of the Episcopal church, a charter member of the St. Louis L. O. T. M.

Mr. and Mrs. Alexander never had any children, in fact she had no relatives living in this section, though she did have an unusually large circle of friends and will be greatly missed by a great many people.

The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the late residence, with interment in the local cemetery.


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February 28, 1925


Elizabeth M. Fordyce, daughter of John W. and Sarah Fordyce, was born in Green County, PA, January 26, 1842, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Burnham, of Shepherd, MI on Feb. 28, 1925, aged 83 years.

She was united in marriage to Morris Pethtel in April 1866.  To this union was born six children of whom four are left to mourn their loss: Nora Burnham of Shepherd, Thomas N. of Coe, Myrle Woods of Belvedere, Kansas, and Nellie A. Baldwin of Flint.  Charles and Emily died in infancy.  Her husband preceded her in death Jan. 4, 1880.  She leaves two brothers, Soloman H., and W. S. Fordyce of Shepherd, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a host of friends.

She joined the Christian church in early life and has since lived a consistent Christian.

Funeral services were conducted at the Burnham home Tuesday, Rev. I. W. Kimberling of the Christian church of St. Louis officiating.


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January 5, 1925


Leslie Murtha, son of George Murtha, died Monday, January 5, at his home in Eureka, Calif., of pneumonia.

He went to Eureka from Mt. Pleasant about 15 years ago where he was an employee of the Hammond Lumber Company.

Miss Winifred Murtha, who teaches at Oakland California, accompanied the body to Mt. Pleasant.

Services were held at the George Murtha Home on Washington street, Rev. C. B. Hawkins officiating.  The body was taken to Shepherd cemetery for burial, where Masonic members held the committal service....rest of this article is missing.


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Dec 10, 1925 (nsp)


Mrs. Lelia Bell Shepherd died at her home in this village Tuesday morning at two o'clock.  Mrs. Shepherd has been in poor health for the past twenty-five years and practically an invalid a large part of the time.

Leila Bell Faunce was born at Beaver Dam, Allen County, Ohio, February 22, 1876.  She came to Coe twp. with her parents in 1877 when but one year of age, and has resided here ever since.

She was united in marriage to I. N. Shepherd March 10, 1910, he having preceded her in death.

She is survived by her father, E. G. Faunce, one sister, Eva E. McClellan of Ann Arbor, and one brother, Roy Faunce of Shepherd.

Funeral services will be held at the Christian church in Shepherd Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. F. P. Arthur of Ann Arbor officiating.  Burial will be in Salt River Cemetery.


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March 1, 1925


John Koyl was born in Daugheater, Canada November 12, 1842; died March 1, 1925.  For nearly a year he was a great sufferer.

He was married to Rebecca Trimmer of Wallpool, Canada in 1876.  Two children were born to this union, Nellie Blanch and Willie Nelson, who died in infancy.  His wife preceded....rest of this article is missing.


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June 11, 1925 (nsp)


Ida Matilda Kunkle, daughter of Peter and Rosa Kunkle, was born in Germany, April 27, 1863.  At the age of 10 years she came to America with her parents, they settling in Oakland Co., MI.

On January 1, 1884 she became the wife of Oscar L. Cornell, residing in Oakland Co., later moving to Grand Blanc and from there to Midland Co., Michigan.

To this union was born nine children.  The three eldest, Verne W., Ethel and Walter, together with the husband, preceding her to the Great Beyond.  The husband departed this life March 7, 1921.

She leaves to mourn their loss of the immediate family, four sons:  A. J. and Floyd of Grand Rapids,  Garland of Lansing and Charles Lovell of Lowell, MI, and two daughters, Jessie M. Wentz of Shepherd and Esther E. Converse of Midland Co., with whom she resided with at the time of her death.

She was the third of a family of twelve children.....rest of this article is missing.


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June 18, 1925


Samuel Floyd Mumy, son of Peter and Frances Mumy, was born in Paulding Co., Ohio September 9, 1872, and departed this live June 18, 1925 at the Samaritan hospital in Bay City, at the age of 52 yrs., 9 mos., and 9 days.

He was married October 31, 1892 to Myrtle Rebecca Lehman.  To this union were born 10 children.  His wife and eight children are left to mourn their loss - two children having gone on before.  He also leaves an aged mother, two sisters, four brothers and a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

He was a kind husband and father and a very patient sufferer and departed this life with the assurance of meeting and dwelling with our Savior.

In the year 1897 he, with his family, came to Isabella County where they lived on a farm until fire years ago, when they moved to Mt. Pleasant, where they have since resided.

The funeral was held at the Chippewa Baptist church Sunday, June 21st, Rev. Rowe of Mt. Pleasant officiating, and the body was laid to rest in the Chippewa cemetery by the side of his son and daughter.

Those from a distance who attended the funeral were - Mr. and Mrs. Willard Mumy and son of Paulding, OH - Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Mumy of Fort Wayne - Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Mumy of St. Joseph County - Mr. and Mrs. John Lehman and son of Fort Wayne - and Mrs. Alice Elliott and daughter of Paulding Co., OH.


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Sept 26, 1925


Harlan Eugene Sprague was born in Shepherd, MI, Nov 21, 1924 and departed this life at Lansing, MI on Sept 26, 1925, aged 10 months and 5 days.

Last April he had bronchial pneumonia but recovered.  When he was taken with cholera infantom and in a few days measles followed.  He never fully recovered and had bronchial trouble again and was taken decidedly worse Friday.  Saturday morning about 8 o'clock, when his mother was preparing to bathe him and make him more comfortable she found his little spirit had taken it's flight. 

Besides the heart broken mother and father, he leaves his little twin sister Helen Elaine, Mrs. Ray Parrish of Alma,  Jasper, Clair and Leroy of Lansing, besides many other relatives.

Burial was in Salt River cemetery on Sunday, beside his little twin brothers who were laid there six years ago.


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Sept 9, 1925 (nsp)


Percy LeRoy Frick was born in Trenton, MI, June 11, 1894.  When two years of age he came to live with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Newel Smith, of this place, and with the exception of a few months, he has lived in St. Louis ever since.  On March 14, 1923 he was united in marriage to Helen Elliott of this city.  He was never of robust health, suffering from a bronchial trouble since childhood.  On Friday evening, August 21, following a business trip to Saginaw, he was taken very ill and in spite of the best care and medical attention, grew steadily worse.  He passed away at his late home, 422 W. Saginaw Ave., at 12:10 Wed. morning, death being due to cerebral meningitis.

Besides his widow he is survived by his mother, Mrs. George Pipesh of Detroit, his grandparents and an aunt, Mrs. Robert Hamp of this city, besides two uncles in the west.

Funeral services were held at the home of his grandparents, 323 West Saginaw Ave, Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. I. W. Kimberling of the Christian church officiating.  Interment was made in Oak Grove cemetery.


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August 1925


Emma Louise Quindort, daughter of Peter and Louise (Pushaw) Quindort, who were both natives of France, was born in Williams Co., Ohio on May 14, 1861.  She, with her parents, moved to Michigan at an early date and were among the first early settlers of Gratiot County.

In 1878 she became the wife of Dr. G. W. Petty.  Three children were born to them - William, who died aged 14 years - Jennie B., and Blanche M.  In 1897 she was united in marriage to A. A. Andrus, a well known resident of St. Louis, who died in February of 1921.

Emma Louis Andrus was the most loving of mothers, a kind and sincere friend and neighbor and leaves to mourn their loss two daughters, Mrs. Boyd Canthorp of Grand Rapids and Mrs. Holbert Curtis of Bethany - three grandchildren:  Castle, Boyd and Josephine Curtis;  two sisters, Mrs. Thomas Harrison of Bethany and Mrs. George Welker of Fremont, Ohio - also many other relatives.  She was laid at rest in Oak Grove cemetery on August 22, 1925.


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(Please read article, many 'misprints' I believe in it)


Opal June Good was born June 23, 1924 and passed away very suddenly Dec. 27, 1923, aged 6 months and 4 days. (Hand written date at top of this article states June 8, 1925!)

She leaves to mourn her loss her father, mother and two sisters, Gertrude age 4 and Dorothy age 2; also two grandfathers and grandmothers, a host of other relatives. 

The funeral was held Monday, Dec 29th at the home of W. A. Jackson and wife, Rev. Mayhew conducting the service.


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May 26, 1925


Frank J. Oswald was born January 9, 1860 at Southington, Trumble Co., Ohio and departed this life May 26, 1925 at the age of 65 years, 4 months and 17 days.

He was united in marriage to Mrs. Fanny Miller on November 29, 1881.  The resided in Ohio until 1884, when they came to Michigan and located on a farm in Jasper twp., Midland Co., where they lived until about 6 years ago when they moved to this city.

To this union were born two daughters - Mrs. E. A. Williams of Warren, Ohio and Mrs. Carl Lindsley of Sunfield, MI;'  Three sons - Buy of Lansing, Claude and Clare of St. Louis.  He also leaves one step-son, Arlie Miller of St. Louis;  two sisters, Mrs. H. R. Keefer of Girard, Ohio and Mrs. Ella Lipkey of Warren, Ohio and one brother, Elmer, also of Warren, Ohio, besides 17 grandchildren and a number of other relatives.

The funeral was held at the late home on 415 S. Main St., Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. A. Hudnutt with interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.


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March 20, 1925


Hazel Frances O'Bryant, daughter of Edward and Angelina O'Bryant, was born January 20, 1895 in Allen Co., Indiana, coming to Michigan when she was a child, the family settling in Gratiot County.  She died in Lansing  March 20, 1925, at the age of 30 years and 2 months.

At the age of 16 years she was united in marriage to Clarence J. Ferris, and to them were born five children - Bernice, aged 12;  Ruby 10, Harvey 8,  Retha 7,  and Opal 4.  All survive the mother.  In addition to her father, mother and husband she leaves three brothers,  James living near Shepherd,  William and Forest living at home and one sister, Ethel, also at home.  Another brother, Allen, preceded her in death fourteen years ago.  She had a host of friends in this vicinity, who feel deeply grieved over her death.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the local Christian Church, conducted by Rev. I. W. Kimberling, with burial in the cemetery at this place.


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March 9, 1925


Amanda Murburger was born in Warren, Ohio October 09, 1850 and departed this life March 9, 1925, at the age of 74 years and 5 months.

In 1873 she was united in marriage to Charles Oswald of Warren, Ohio, who passed on in 1911.  To this union were born Mrs. E. W. Sheldrake and Clyde H. Oswald of St. Louis,  Mrs. C. U. Wood and Mrs. Glenn Eagon of Detroit.

She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of this city and a faithful worker in all of it's activities.  She leaves to mourn, three sisters, two brothers, four children and eight grandchildren, besides a host of relatives and friends.

Card of Thanks from:  Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Oswald and family - Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Sheldrake and family - Mr. and Mrs. C. U. Wood and son and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Eagon.


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Jan. 1925


Mrs. James Struthers received a telegram announcing the sudden death of her brother, Charles Lacy who lived at Avon, Idaho.  Mr. Lacy was formerly a Shepherd boy, having moved west 37 years ago.


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