1926 Obituaries

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Mrs. Fred Spencer

December 15, 1926


F. W. Spencer and C. A. Spencer were called to Sterling, Illinois last week to attend the funeral of their mother, who died at LaVern, Calif., where she had recently gone for a visit.

Mrs. Spencer's maiden name was Emma Jane Spencer, her husband having the same family name.  She was born June 22, 1857 on the Isle of Wight, England.  At the age of nine years she came to Ashton, ILL, with her parents and later moved to Sterling.  On Jan.17, 1881 she was married to Fred Spencer.  To this union four children were born.  One daughter, Carrie, died in infancy.  Those who survive are Mrs. Emma Lila Butterbaugh of LaVerna, CA., Frederick William and Chas. A. Spencer, both of Shepherd, MI,  A brother, George Spencer in Los Angeles and another brother Robert Spencer and a sister Mrs. Blanche Thornbury live in Idaho and a sister Mrs. Mable Barber of Nebraska.

Mr. and Mrs. Spencer lived most of their lives in Sterling, but moved to Shepherd eight years ago, where two years later the husband preceeded her in death.  Early in life Mrs. Spencer gave her heart to Christ and she was a faithful member of the Church of the Brethren for over 35 years.  She passed away at the home of her daughter in LaVerne, Cal, Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the age of 69 years, five months and 23 days.


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Mrs.Joseph Brownridge

April 22, 1926 (nsp)


Mrs. Joseph Brownridge, age 74, of Riverdale, former resident of Isabella Co., and a pioneer in this section, passed away last Thursday.  She was born in Toronto, Canada, where she was married, coming to Michigan shortly afterward and settling on a farm in Isabella County.

She and her husband resided on the farm until a few years ago, when they sold it and moved to Riverdale, where they took an active part in the community life.  Both were members of the Methodist church for morn than fifty years and were instrumental in building the old Brownridge church that was located on a corner of their farm.

Mrs. Brownridge is survived by her aged husband, two sons and two daughters, all of whom were with her when death came.  She is also survived by one sister, seventeen grandchildren and many friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Riverdale Methodist church, with interment in the Riverdale cemetery.


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May 31, 1926


Nathaniel Johnson, pioneer resident of Coe township, passed away at his home in Shepherd on May 31st, following a short illness.  He was born seventy-seven years ago in Clinton county near the city of St. Johns.  Here he spend his childhood and early manhood and here he was married in 1869 to Miss Nancy Boyles.  To this union there were born three sons:  Chas. Franklin who died in 1908,  Wm. M. of Lansing and John I of Sarasota, FL.  Mr. Johnson, with his family, came to Coe twp forty-three years ago - the past eighteen years they have spent in the village of Shepherd.

Mr. Johnson made many friends in his quiet, unassuming way and the esteem in which he was held was attested in part by the profusion of flowers which covered the casket.  He was a kind husband, a loving father and a good neighbor.

His passing is mourned by his widow, two sons, ten grandchildren, three great grandchildren, one sister and other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at his late home Friday morning, Rev. Dawson of the Christian church officiating, and interment made in the Coe cemetery.

Those from out of town who were in attendance at the services were:  Frank Hill and wife,  Floyd Hill and wife of St. Johns, Wm. Hill and wife, Fred Hill and wife, and Mrs. Botsford of Pompeii, Mrs. Mary Allen, Frank Willet and Bert Willet and wife of Maple Rapids, Retha Johnson of Wyandotte, Ione Johnson of Detroit,  Firm Wagoner and family of Alma,  Monroe Salisbury and family of Coe,  Roy Boyles of St. Louis,  Wm. Johnson, wife and daughter, Lillian and Claude Boyles and wife of Lansing.


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August 18, 1926


Barbara Elizabeth Baldwin was born in Shepherd, MI March 10, 1916 and died in Flint, MI on August 18, 1926 at the age of 10 yrs., 5 mos., and 8 days.  She spent the greater part of her life on the old home farm near St. Louis, but for the last three years has lived in Flint.

She loved her Sunday School and Church and was an earnest worker in school activities and was a blessing to all who came in contact with her.  She was loved by all her little playmates and friends and neighbors who greatly miss her.  She had such a sunny, affectionate nature which endeared her to all.

She leaves to mourn their loss her father and mother, Harry A. and Nellie Baldwin, one brother Charles of Flint, besides aunts and uncles, four cousins and many other relatives and friends.

She was buried in Salt River Cemetery Friday, August 20, 1926 with Rev. Wm. A. Dawson officiating.

Those from out of town were:  Mrs. Melina Baldwin, Fancher and Lucile Baldwin and Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Feren and many friends from St. Louis, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Derusha of Alma, and friends from Flint and Mt. Morris.


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October 22, 1926


Julia Ann Howland Hitchcock, daughter of John R. and Betsey Howland, early pioneers of White Lake twp., Oakland County, MI was born August 11, 1844 and died October 22, 1926.  She was the youngest of five children, all of whom are deceased, except one sister, Mrs. Emeline Mathews of Levering, MI, who is 91 years of age.

She was married March 1, 1861 to Henry Hitchcock of White Lake twp., who preceded her in death in 1922.  Four children were born to this union all of whom survive:  Clara, now Mrs. Wm. Moyer;  Ralph and Sam of Pleasant Valley, and Bert of St. Louis.  Also 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  She has been a resident of this community for about 40 years, being one of the pioneers of Midland County.....the rest of this article is missing.


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January 28, 1926 (nsp)


S. J. Hitchcock and wife were called to Alma last Wednesday to help care for Mrs. Hitchcock's mother, Mrs. Mark Turner of that place, who was taken sick Tuesday night.  Mrs. Turner passed away Sunday morning about 10 o'clock.  Mrs. Hitchcock had been with her since Wednesday morning helping care for her and was with her when the end came.  Funeral services Tuesday afternoon, with burial in St. Louis cemetery.


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August 1926 (nsp)


G. W. McKee, 78, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. A. Lyon, 629 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, Wednesday afternoon following several years of poor health.  He is survived by three sons:  H. G. McKee of Lansing, J. P. McKee of Pittsburgh, PA, and G. M. McKee of the Hawaiian Islands; two daughters, Mrs. E. A. Sprague of Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. H. A. Lyons of East Lansing.  Funeral arrangements will be announced later.


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March 27, 1926


Anzelettie Brayton was born near Hartford, Washington Co., N. Y. State, Sept. 16, 1841 and died at her home here March 27, 1926, at the age of 84 yrs., 6 mos., and 11 days.

She was married to William Henry Walling Feb. 10, 1860.  To this union were born two children, Florence Ada and Charles Henry.

They moved to Michigan in 1865 and have resided in this county ever since.

Mr. Walling preceded her in death March 4, 1913.

She leaves to mourn their loss her two children, 9 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren, besides a host of friends.  There are also two sisters and one brother in N. Y.


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October 6, 1926


John R. Brown was born in Canada on March 20, 1866 and passed away October 6, 1926.  When he was but a young man he came to Michigan, which has since been his home.

On March 31, 1886 he was united in marriage to Phoebe S. Robinson and to this union two sons were born, Walter and Glenn.  Walter preceeded him in death twenty four years before.

He leaves a widow, one son, Glenn of Lincoln twp., and four granddaughters, with many other.....rest of this article is missing.


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No date other than 1926


Mrs. F. A. Mallory, a well known and much respected resident of this place, passed away Friday morning after an illness of one and one half years due to organic heart trouble.  Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, Rev. Mayhew officiating.

Margaret McKessy was born in Toronto, Canada September 8, 1865.  At the age of six she came to Ohio with her parents.  A few years later they moved to Michigan where at the age of 18 she united in marriage to F. a. Mallory at Alma, MI.  They went to live on a farm three miles north of Elwell where they lived until they came to Shepherd five years ago.  Since moving here Mrs. Mallory has made many close friends who regret her passing.

She leaves her husband, three sisters:  Mrs. William Audlin of Flint, Mrs. John Gaugier of Lansing, and Mrs. Henry Gaugier of Elwell and three brothers;  Richard McKessy of Battle Creek, Bert McKessy of Flint and James McKessy of (can't read but looks like Onondaga).


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May 1, 1926

Dr. A. R. Wheeler died at his home on Delaware St., St. Louis, at midnight Saturday, May 1, 1926.  For many years Dr. Wheeler has been an active and prominent citizen of St. Louis.  Born in Milan, MI in 1858, he received his education in the schools of that town, the Ypsilanti State Norman College and University of Michigan, where he was graduated in 1879.  He studied medicine at the University of Michigan, and after two years as interne in the University Hospital and a year's further study in New York City, he came to St. Louis in 1883 where he has ever since been engaged in the practice of his profession.  In 1891 Dr. Wheeler married Miss Helen Elwell, also of St. Louis.  They had one son, Robert Irving Wheeler.  Both Mrs. Wheeler and son Robert survive him.

Though a leading physician of St. Louis, Dr. Wheeler's interests were by no means confined to the practice of his profession.  He was not only ready, but eager, to give to the utmost of his time and strength and thought to all matters of civic importance.  He served four terms as Mayor, for twenty years he was president of the Board of Education, he held the position of post-master throughout the administrations of Roosevelt and Taft, and was on the State Board of Health for several years.  He was an ardent worker of the Masonic Order, in which he attained the thirty-second degree and Shrine.  His greatest interest, aside from his professional and civic duties was his flowers and probably more than any other person he aroused interest and enthusiasm on the part of others in the beautifying of the city.

A mere recital of the outstanding events of his life and enumeration of the positions he held of trust and responsibility give a totally inadequate picture of the man.  Possessed of unusual personal magnetism and charm, of ever ready sympathy and helpfulness, with a quaint humor all his own, it is for these qualities even more than for his very real ability that he will long be remembered and sadly missed.  "Loving much, he was much loved."

Funeral services for Dr. Wheeler were held at his home on Tuesday afternoon, May 4, the Rev. James Moore Horton, Rector of Emmanuel Episcopal church officiating.

The active pall-bearers were:  Felix O'Melia, A. S. McIntyre,  W. G. West, John Tuger, J. R. Stilfford, V. E. Nunn.  The honorary pall-bearers were:  Newel Smith, George Long, W. J. Henry, Hon. A. R. Darragh,  Col. Nathan Church, George Hutschen, (can't read next name),

Fred Newton, J. K. Wright, and L. R. Hofatetter.  Dr. C. H. Crandell, Hon. C. W. Giddings, A. H. Lowry and Fred Schaffer were unable to attend.

There was a profusion of beautiful flowers bespeaking the high esteem in which Dr. Wheeler and family were held.

Relatives from out of the city who were present at the funeral were:

the son, Robert Wheeler of Miami, FL, Mrs. F. E. Farley of Middleton, Conn., Mrs. William W. Collin of Pittsburg, sisters of Mrs. Wheeler.  W. W. Collins Jr. of Pittsburg (nephew) and Miss Louise P. Collin of North Hampton, Mass (neice), f. Mortimer Miller (cousin) and Wm. W. Kelsey (bro-in-law), both of Milan.


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June 29, 1926


James Daniels died very suddenly Tuesday evening, June 29, about 6:00 o'clock at his home on Gaylord Street.  Although he had not been very well for the past year, he was able to work.  He had just come home in the car and had walked into the house and sat down when he died.

He was born in Isabella County April 5, 1882, being but a few months over forty-four years of age at the time of his death.  He is survived by his wife and children.

Funeral services will be held at the Sacred Heart Church Friday morning at 8:30 o'clock.  Mr. McCann will be in charge of the service.  Burial will be in Riverside cemetery.


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Aug 26, 1926 (nsp)


Funeral services for Isaac Gulick, 77, who died suddenly while fishing on the Chippewa river near Mt. Pleasant, were to be held Monday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Brown, in Lincoln township.

Mr. Gulick was born in Ohio in 1848.  He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Jeff Ball of Mt. Pleasant and by one who resides in Detroit; and by a son in British Columbia.

The Gulick Church, southwest of Mt. Pleasant was named for Mr. Gulick.

The Rev. J. A. Lowe officiated at the funeral services where were set for two o'clock in the afternoon.


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July 21, 1926


Mary Eliza Baldwin, daughter of George and Mary Baldwin, was born near Albion, NY April 14, 1860, and departed this life July 21, 1926.

At the age of 17 she was married to George Mills.  They came to Michigan which has since been her home.  She was a member of the Shepherd M. E. church.  Her early life was spent with the Free Methodists.  She leaves a son and daughter who will greatly miss her as she was one of the best of mothers.  Their loss is her gain as she has long wanted to go to her Redeemer.


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Mrs. Hal Crispin and Four Year Old Son

Both Victims of Flu

April 8, 1926 (nsp)


Another very sad result of the present flu epidemic is recorded in the death of Mrs. Hal. Crispin and little four year old son, William.

Mrs. Crispin, nee Maud Lyons, was 43 years of age and had lived in Chippewa twp. all her life.

She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, two girls and one boy, 7 yrs. of age, besides many friends.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the Evangelical church in Chippewa, Rev. Shelley of Mt. Pleasant officiating.  Interment was in Chippewa cemetery.


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Sept 3, 1926


Allen Clay, son of William and Nancy Keith Clay, was born in Primrose, Ohio, Aug. 2, 1858, and died at the University hospital at Ann Arbor on Sept. 3, 1926.

His mother died when he was nine years old and a few years later he went to live in the home of Marion Keith, with whom he learned the carpenter trade.  He was united in marriage to Laura Walkup in 1882.

To this union one child, Zela May, was born, who died at the age of 7 yrs.

He spent the greater part of his life in Michigan.  About twenty years ago he commenced wintering in St. Petersburg, Florida, where his wife departed this life in 1919.

He leaves to mourn their loss, one sister, Margaret Clark of Pioneer, Ohio, a number of nephews and nieces, other relatives and a host of friends.

Allen's cheerful and genial disposition and his ever readiness to help his fellow man has made him a favorite with all.  An almost universal expression is "He was a good man."


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June 3, 1926


James Edward Priestley, oldest son of Richard and Maria Priestley, was born in Rochester, N. Y. July 2, 1859, and came with his parents to Jackson, MI at the age of six years and to Isabella Co., at the age of 16, settling on a far in Coe township, where he has since resided.

January 1, 1896 he was united in marriage to Alta Kyes.  To this union was born two sons, James B. of Bridgeport, Ct and Orlando, residing at home.

He died at the hospital in Alma, where he had been taken for treatment, June 3rd, 1926.

Besides the two sons, he leaves a sister, Mrs. Vining of Alma, a brother, John Anthony of Shepherd, and other relatives.

The funeral was held at the Christian church, W. A. Dawson officiating.  Interment in Salt River cemetery.


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July 9, 1926


Noble J. Purvis, son of Walter and Julia Purvis, was born in Arcada twp., Gratiot Co., MI May 23, 1887.  He passed to the great beyond July 9, 1926, aged 39 yrs., 1 mo. and 16 days.

He was united in marriage to Miss Pearl Stacey on March 8, 1906.  To this union were born three children - Mrs. Adelbert Huber of St. Louis, and Leslie and Helen at home.  One sister, Mrs. Walter Pitts of Saginaw, MI and one brother, Dougald and other relatives survive.  He was a member of the Ancient Order of Gleaners and also of the Odd Fellows.  He was also treasure of the township of Jasper.

Besides the wife, children and other relatives, he leaves a wide circle of friends and neighbors to mourn their loss.

Funeral services were held in the Christian Church at Shepherd Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Kimberling of St. Louis.


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May 12, 1926


John Parker Caldwell was born in Rawdon Co., Ontario, Canada on October 7, 1855, and departed this life May 12, 1926, being 71 years, 5 mos, and 3 days old.

He was united in marriage to Lydia A. Miller in 1882.  To this union was born four children - Mrs. Addie Axtel of Shepherd,  Mrs. Tressy Payne of Jackson,  Gale Caldwell of Chippewa and Clair Lionel, who died in infancy.

He leaves to mourn their loss, a widow, two daughters, one son, three grandchildren, one brother, two sisters, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

The greeter portion of his life was spent in Michigan.

The funeral was held at the home Saturday morning at 10 o'clock with burial in Salt River cemetery.


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April 10, 1926


James William Manning, son of the late Dr. Lewis H. Manning and Mrs. Manning, died at San Fernando, Cal., Saturday, April 10, 1926.  While serving with the marines in South Carolina, he contracted malaria fever, which developed into tuberculosis.  In 1923 he left here to seek health in California where he had since resided.

He was a member of the Methodist church, of the Lovell Moore Lodge,  F. & A. M. of Muskegon, Chapter 47 of the same city, of the Alamoso lodge, B. P. O. E. of Almoso, CA, and of the American Legion at Muskegon.

He leaves the widow, Mrs. Pearl Manning, two sons - Lewis and William, the mother, Mrs. L. H. Manning, one brother Stuart, and two sisters, Lois and Faith.

Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Frank Kingdon on Saturday at 1 o'clock at Mrs. Manning's home at 123 Magnolia Ave.  Interment will be at Shepherd, MI.  The Masons and the Elks will assist at the funeral and interment.


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December 12, 1926

Much Loved Wife of Presbyterian Minister Succumbs After

Long Illness


The funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Roberts, wife of Rev. John Roberts, pastor of the Presbyterian church of St. Louis, was held in the church Tuesday morning at 10:30.  Rev. C. D. Ellis assisted by Rev. E. L. Anderson conducted the services.  Mrs. Roberts passed away on Sunday at 11:30 a.m., her death following a stroke which she suffered Friday, December 3rd.

Elizabeth Ann Pugh was born in Cincinnati, Ohio April 12, 1856 and passed away at her home on E. Saginaw Ave., December 12, 1926, age 70 years and 8 months.  She was united in marriage to Rev. John Roberts, December 9, 1881.  To this union were born a son and a daughter, John Pugh Roberts of Cleveland, OH, and Mrs. Warren H. Olmstead of LeRoy, New York.  In early life Mrs. Roberts became a member of the church and kept her interest in the same to the last.  She was a devoted Christian, interested in every branch of the Lord's work and as a minister's wife, she was true and faithful according to her ability.

Rev. and Mrs. Roberts with their daughter, Maria, came to St. Louis about ten years ago and immediately won their way into the hearts of many people.  Mrs. Roberts was a devoted wife and mother and with her unassuming way was loved by all who knew her.

The many floral offerings evinced the love and high esteem in which the family are held.  Her remains will be laid to rest with other departed members of her family in Spring Grove cemetery at Cincinnati.  The body accompanied by members of the family left on the east bound train Tuesday immediately following the funeral services.

The husband, a son and daughter, one grandson, two brothers, John D. Pugh of Niagara Falls and W. J. Pugh of Cincinnati, OH survive.


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May 4, 1926


Henry Doepker, eldest son of Henry V.and Anna Doepker, was born August 17, 1853 in Glandroff Co., Ohio and died May 4, 1926.

In 1875 he was married to Clara Swartzengraber.  To this union three children were born - Andrew, who died at the age of one year, and Lewis and Matt.  The first wife died in 1881 and Mr. Doepker in 1882 married Mary Kramer.  To this union nine children were born, Ida dying at the age of 10 years.

Those who survive are:  Edward of Sumner,  Albert of Wisc., Alex of Kalkaska,  Cornelius of Saginaw, Elizabeth, Christina, Arnold and Hubert, who all reside in the vicinity of Shepherd.  Hubert during the past two years having lived on his father's farm and operated it for him.  There are also 35 grandchildren.

The funeral was held Friday morning at the Catholic church and was largely attended.  Eight sons acted as pall bearers.  Interment in the Catholic cemetery south of Shepherd.


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October 2, 1926


Mary Ann Kramer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Kramer, was born Feb. 3, 1857 and died October 2, 1926.

She was united in marriage to Hery Doepker May 2, 1882.  To this union eleven children were born, ten of whom still survive.

Aside from the children there are three brothers, two sisters and thirty-five grandchildren who are left to mourn their loss.

The funeral services were held at the Catholic church Tuesday, Oct. 5th and was largely attended.  Eight of her sons acted as pall bearers.

Those from out of town who were here to attend the funeral were:

Ed Wieser and wife, Miss Lena Kregar,  August Kregar, Mrs. John Hobenbrink,  Mrs. Frank Hobenbrink, and Harry Myers and wife all of Ohio;  L. J. Doepker and wife and Miss Irena Ramps of Owosso;  Mrs. John Gaugier and Miss Valetta Doepker of Lansing, and Albert Doepker and wife of Appleton, Wisc.


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Mrs. Hazel Hughes Succumbs After Serious Operation on

Last Week Wednesday

December 15, 1926


Relatives and friends of Mrs. Hazel A. Hughes were shocked to hear of her sudden death in an Alma Hospital Wednesday evening, December 15.  About 10 o'clock in the morning Mrs. Hughes had undergone an operation and apparently was recovering, but at nine o'clock she suddenly passed away.  Her husband, Elmer Hughes was at her bedside.  Many of her friends did not know of her need of an operation nor of her illness, but she had not enjoyed the best of health for several years.  Three weeks ago she suffered an attack of appendicitis and it was to get relief from this trouble that she submitted to the operation.  Monday she assisted in the Economy Store as she had been doing for several weeks, and Tuesday finished her Christmas shopping.

Mrs. Huges was a friendly neighbor, a devoted wife and mother and her loss will be keenly felt in the home and by her relatives and friends.

She is survived by her husband, two children, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Alward of this city;  five sisters:  Mrs. Edna Courser of Vestaburg,  Mrs. Sylvia Sias,  Mrs. Ethel (?icker), Fanny and Eva at home;  two brothers, George of near Breckenridge, and Nelson at home;  and one half brother, Arthur Alward of St. Louis.

The funeral services were held in the Christian church Saturday afternoon, Rev. I. W. Kimberling officiating.  Interment was in Oak Grove cemetery by the side of her two children.


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H. Roy Butler

Oct. 20, 1926


H. Roy Butler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Butler, of this city, was born in Wise twp., Isabella Co., June 25, 1882 and died in Detroit Oct. 20, 1926 aged 44 yrs., 3 mos and 22 days.  He was buried in Riverside cemetery.

Mr. Butler had lived in Detroit for the last twenty-five years.  He was a Mason of the Detroit Lodge No. 2 and a Shriner besides.

He is survived by his father and mother, and three brothers and three sisters.


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January 28, 1926


John Fitzgerald was born in Niagara Co., NY February 7, 1850 and died January 28, 1926.

He was married in 1881 to Ella C. Guthrie in Gratiot Co., MI

They located on a farm in Isabella County where they have since resided.  To this union were born six children - Emma,  Ernest,  Will,  Jesse,  Roger  and Floyd.

Two brothers, Maurice and Thomas of Saginaw, and one grandchild besides the immediate family survive.


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November 13, 1926


Joseph B. Fox, a pioneer, since he settled in Fremont twp. in 1870, was born in Canada, December 23, 1841 and died in Fremont Nov. 13, 1926, aged 84 yrs, 10 mos, and 21 days.

Mr. Fox came to Michigan in 1865 and was later employed by Mr. Whitney, of Detroit, at one of the latter's lumber camps.  In 1870 he purchased the farm in Fremont twp. on which he lived until his death.

He married Miss Jane Bushnell in 1871.  To this union six children were born.

He is survived by his widow, one son, William Fox of Mt. Pleasant - three daughters, Miss Ella Fox of Detroit,  Mrs. Sherman Lint of Blanchard, and Mrs. L. D. Kyes of Shepherd;  also three sisters, five brothers and a following of friends.


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June 19, 1926


Elmer Crocker, age 65 years, died of pneumonia, Wednesday, June 9th at his home 514 N. Clinton Street.  He located in this city about two years ago.  Surviving him are the widow, a daughter, Miss Cornelia Crocker,  a sister, Mrs. Heck of Payne, OH, and a brother in Tiffin, OH.  Mr. and Mrs. Heck and the brother attended the funeral which was held Saturday at 9:30 a McDonald's Undertaking parlors, Rev. Cramer officiating and burial was made in Oak Grove cemetery.


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Jan. 14, 1926 (nsp)


James Mason Wood, one of the oldest residents of Gratiot county died at the home of his son William Wood, near Coe, Sunday morning following a short illness.

Mr. Wood was born in PA in 1832 and died at the age of 93 yrs, 10 mos.  He moved his family from PA to Pine River twp., near Coe in 1865.  Mr. Wood was united in marriage prior to coming to Michigan, with Elizabeth Leonard, and there were born to this union nine children, seven now living.  Mr. Wood's first wife died about fifty years ago, and several years later he married Mrs. Emily Acker, who died at the family home about six years ago.

Mr. Wood is survived by three daughters - Mrs. A. W. Baldwin of Bailey, Colo., Mrs. LeRoy Leonard of Coe,  Mrs. Cassius Perrine of Coe, and four sons - Frank Wood of Minn., Thomas Wood of Lavina, OH., and William and Levi Wood, residing near Coe.  He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.

Mr. Wood has enjoyed good health up until the last six weeks, and the morning of his death he was up and dressed.  The funeral was held at the Coe church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. Pegg, assisted by Rev. I. W. Kimberling, conducted the services.  Burial was made in the Coe Cemetery.


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December 29, 1926

(this article says 1925, but was scratched out and 1926 hand written on it).


James D. Wood, son of John and Sarah Jane Wood, was born in Green Co., PA, October 16, 1867 and departed this life December 29, 1926(?), aged 58 yrs., 2 mos, 13 days.

He was united in marriage in 1895 to Mary E. Henderson and to this union were born two children:  Dewey H. of Shepherd and Grace Mullet of Mt. Pleasant.

He came to Michigan in March of 1904 and located on a farm near Shepherd, where he resided until about six years ago when he left the farm to work at the carpenter trade.  The last three years of which he spent in Grand Rapids where he worked as a cabinet maker under which his health broke with tubercular and heart trouble.

Although in very poor health for several months and a great sufferer, at the last he was always patient and thoughtful of others rather than himself.  He was converted in his youth and united with the Church of God.  He was a member of the I. O. O. F. and also the A. O. O. G. of Shepherd.  He was esteemed and respected by all who knew him.

He leaves to mourn their loss his wife, two children, three grandchildren, five sisters and two brothers besides many other friends and relatives.


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December 20, 1926


Mrs. Lottie Belle Acker of near Wheeler, was born Sept. 29, 1877 near Warrior Station, Alabama and departed this life Dec. 20, 1926.

She was united in marriage to Charles E. Acker, May 6, 1896.  She was the mother of four children, two daughters at home, Bernice and Irene, also two sons, Cecil of Wheeler and Clyde of Detroit.  She also leaves to mourn their loss four sisters, Minnie Fayweather of Fowler,  Mrs. Inn and Ettie Huntoon, both of St. Louis,  Lizzie Preston of Detroit; and two brothers, Jesse Richmond of Wheeler and Frank Monroe of Alabama.  She was a kind and loving mother and will be greatly missed in the church and community in which she lived.

The funeral of Mrs. Acker was held Wednesday, Dec 22 at the Free Methodish church, north of Wheeler.  Interment was made in Breckenridge cemetery.


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Civil War Veteran Succumbs to Illness

Funeral Held Monday

November 27, 1926


Thomas Durfee, aged 78, veteran of the Civil War, and former resident of Chippewa twp., passed away in 'Grand Rapids, November 27th.

Mr. Durfee was born in Sandusky, OH., April 27, 1848 and enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War, at the age of 16 years.  In 1871 he was married to Fannie Perkins, moving to a farm in Chippewa twp. in 1884, where he made his home with Mrs. Durfee and their family until 1898, when his wife passed away.

Mr. Durfee then moved to Saginaw where in 1904 he was married to Ida Wilbur, living there until 1911 when he moved to Grand Rapids.  At the time of his death, Mrs. Durfee was ill in a hospital in Grand Rapids and was unable to be with her husband in his last illness.

Mr. Durfee is survived by the widow, four sons - Reuben and Charles of Mt. Pleasant, James of Chippewa twp. and Jesse of Grand Rapids and one daughter, Mrs. Elmer Landon of Lansing.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Evangelical church in Chippewa twp., the Rev. Simpson officiating.  Burial was in the Chippewa cemetery.


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December 3, 1926


Ernest D. Acker, only son of Mr. and Mrs. David E. Acker, was born August 29, 1900 in Bethany twp., Gratiot Co., MI.  He lived with his parents in and near St. Louis until March 4, 1922, when he was united in marriage with Ethel B. Alward, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Alward of St. Louis.  To this union were born a daughter, Arlene Lucile and two sons, Robert Ernest and Eugene Dale.

He leaves to mourn his untimely death his wife, three children, his father and mother and four sisters:  Mrs. Harry Patterson,  Mrs. Frank Sonley and Florence and Bethel Acker at home, besides other relatives and a host of friends.

He departed this life December 3, 1926 at the home of his parents on W. Center Ave.

Funeral was held Monday at 2:30 at the Christian church of which he was a member.  Services were conducted by Rev. I. W. Kimberling, pastor of the church, and Rev. John Roberts of the Presbyterian church.

The large attendance expressed the high esteem of his many friends.  Interment was in Oak Grove cemetery.


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March 17, 1926


Thomas Edward Andress was born May 23, 1870 in Canada.  He departed this life March 17, 1926, being 55 years, 9 mos., and 22 days old.

At the age of two years he came with his parents to Isabella county, MI, where he has resided ever since.

On Feb. 3, 1893, he married Miss Nettie Lockwood, who survives him.  to them were born four children as follows:  Mrs. Perdy Wing, who preceded him in death only six months ago;  Onley Andress of Midland,  Lyle of Lansing and Mrs. Wesley Hamilton of Chippewa.

He accepted Jesus as his Saviour in early manhood and became a member of the Baptist church.

He was a loving companion, a kind father, and a good neighbor, ever ready to lend a helping hand.  He will be greatly missed in the community where he resided so long.

The funeral was held at the Chippewa Baptist church and the body laid to rest in the Chippewa cemetery, Rev. W. F. Ledford officiated.


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May 29, 1926


Myrtle Rebecca, daughter of Alex and Elizabeth Lehman was born in Paulding, Ohio August 22, 1877, and departed this life at Ann Arbor, MI May 29, 1926.

She was married October 30, 1892 to Samuel T. Mumy.  To this union were born ten children.  They came to Isabella County in 1897 and resided on a farm in Chippewa twp., until six years ago when they moved to Mt. Pleasant.

She was a kind mother and a good neighbor.  She leaves to mourn their loss four sons and four daughters, the husband and father having preceded her a little less than a year before.

The children are:  Mrs. Edna Fales of Battle Creek - Frank Mumy of Chippewa twp. - Mrs. Gusta Baker of Mt. Pleasant - Mrs. Stella Dalyrumple of Olivet - Earl, James Clela and Dale at home.  She was laid to rest in Chippewa cemetery beside the husband, a son and daughter, who preceded her in death.


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March 29, 1926


Samuel L. Zelner was born in Springhill, Ohio February 16, 1858.  He departed this life March 29, 1926, being 68 years, 1 month and 18 days of age.  He was united in marriage to Deborah Hayward, Sept. 15, 1878.  to this union was born two children:  Mrs. Roy E. Goodspeed of Alma and Mrs. Wm. J. Henry of Detroit.

Mr. Zelner was a very reserved man, a good husband and kind and loving father.  He had been in poor health for about ten years.  His final illness was of a short duration.  He leaves to mourn their loss a wife and two daughters, two sisters and one brother besides other relatives and friends.


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July 1926


Mary Ann Crane was born on the Isle of Man, May 4, 1845.  Her father died there when she was about 2-1/2 years old.  Her mother brought her to Cleveland, Ohio.  July 4, 1867 she was united in marriage to Hezikian Gillman.  To this union three children were born:  John Gillman of Elsie and Maude Bates and Marjorie Best, both of Shepherd.  Also four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mr. Gillman died May 20, 1912 and since then Mrs. Gillman has lived alone until last thanksgiving she came to spend the holiday with her daughter, Mrs. Best, and was taken ill, her health gradually failing and she passed away Friday, September 3, 1926 (??) (see burial date below)

The funeral was held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Best, on Sunday, July 5th, with Rev. Dawson officiating.  Interment in Salt River Cemetery.

(date of nsp article is Sept 23, 1926)


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Dec 8, 1926 (nsp)


A sudden stroke of paralysis suffered a week ago Tuesday, resulted Saturday in the death of Mrs. Bert Armstrong, at her home on south Harris.  A son, Roy, found his mother Tuesday afternoon laying on the floor where she had fallen when stricken.  She had appeared in good health in the morning and there was no apparent cause for the stroke except an unusually high blood pressure.

From the day she was found until her death four days later, Mrs. Armstrong remained in a semi-conscious condition and was not able to utter a word.  A daughter, Mildred, was summoned from Lansing as soon as Mrs. Armstrong was found to be in so serious a condition.

The remains were taken Tuesday to Monroe, where two of Mrs. Armstrong's sister reside, for burial.


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March 5, 1926


Abram L. Wallace was born in Cascade, Iowa on Feb. 21, 1847.  He moved with his parents to Wolcerton, Canada, at the age of ten years.  From Canada his parents came to Huron Co., MI where they lived for several years, after which they moved to Chillicothe, Missouri.  While in Missouri his father died leaving a widow and five children:  Abram, Mary, Winfield, Maggie, and John, who died in 1924.

Mr. Wallace was married to Mary Ann Burdick in 1869.  To this union were born four children:  Minnie, who died at the age of 34 yrs., Marion, Florence and Bert who are still living.

In 1872 he came with his family to Isabella Co., MI where he lived several years and then bought a farm near Pleasant Valley, where he resided until one year prior to his death.

Mr. Wallace was married to his second wife, Hariet Scott in 1882.  To them were born four children:  Pearl, Josephine, Fannie and William, who died in infancy.  In 1889 Mr. Wallace lost his second wife, and was married to Jane Scott, who survives him.

He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Mary McCune of Pleasant Valley and Mrs. Maggie Scott of Alberta, Canada and a brother, Winfield Wallace of Wilmington, OH., four daughters, Mrs. V. D. Stahl of Coe, Mrs. Arthur Mulder of Elsie,  Mrs. Jas. B. Wood and Mrs. Floyd Facer of Franklin, MI., two sons, Bert and Marin Wallace at whose home he resided for the past year, also fourteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Mr. Wallace died March 5, 1926, at the age of 79 years.  He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Episcopal church and in his quiet, humble, unassuming way, won his way into the hearts of all who knew him.  We who are left to mourn his loss would like to quote the words of our martyred president, Lincoln, when he said "With malice toward none and charity for all" and a firm determination for the right he met the problems of his life and leaves behind a sacred memory in the hearts of all.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Cramer of the M. E. church of St. Louis, with burial in Shepherd cemetery.


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January 31, 1926


E. G. Fordyce, well known resident of the Coe community, died at his home Sunday, January 31st.  Mr. Fordyce has been in poor health for the past two years and for the past two months his condition has been very critical.  He is survived by the widow, one son and one daughter, and his mother, besides a host of relatives and friends.

The funeral was held from the Coe church Wednesday at 2 o'clock, Rev. I W Kimberling of St. Louis assisted by the local pastor, Rev. H. A. Pegg, conducted the services and interment was made in the south Coe cemetery.


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March 31, 1926


Sarah Elizabeth White was born May 22, 1846 in Jackson county and was united in marriage to Albert C. Whitney in 1860.  In 1881 the family settled in Porter twp., Midland Co., MI, where she lived until about two years ago when she was stricken with a paralytic stroke.  Since then she has spent most of the time with her daughter, Mrs. George Hurling, at whose home she passed away on Mar. 31, 1926 at the age of 79 yrs., 10 mos., and 11 days.  Her husband died about 14 years ago.

To this union were born 8 children:  George H Whitney of Redstone,  James of Alma who is in Florida at present time,  Orin D. of Roscommon,  Elmer L. of Lansing, Warren A. and Mrs. George Hurling, both of St. Louis.

Two daughters, Martha Lulu and Bessie May died in early childhood.  Besides the six children, 16 grandchildren and a host of friends are left to mourn their loss.  The funeral was held at the home of the daughter, Mrs. Hurling, Saturday, conducted by Rev. Cramer.  Interment was in Breckenridge cemetery.


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February 15, 1926


Allen Gay, 78 years of age, died Feb. 15, 1926, at Mt. Pleasant, MI.  Mr. Gay was a resident of St. Louis and the Coe community for a great many years.  He leaves to mourn his departure three sons and one daughter - one daughter preceeding him in death;  two brothers, Jonathan Gay of St. Louis and Isaac Gay of Lafayette twp.

The funeral services were held at the Church of Christ, St. Louis, conducted by the Rev. I. W. Kimberling.


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April 4, 1926


Silas Morgan Leonard was born December 29, 1860 in Green Co., PA, and departed this life April 4, 1926, at his farm home near Coe, Isabella Co., MI, aged 65 yrs, 3 mos, and 6 days.

When only 5 years old he came with his parents to Coe twp. and continued to reside in the same neighborhood all his life.

In 1885 he was united in marriage to Ada E. Culver, who was his faithful companion during his prosperity and cares of his entire life.  To this union three sons were born:  Lee and Ray of Coe and Archie of Farmington, Oakland Co., MI.  His wife and three sons are left to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father.

He also leaves three sisters:  Mrs. Maude Beard and Mrs. Lillian Randolph of Pontiac and Mrs. Ethel Johnson of Lansing, MI; two brothers Ezekiel of Coe and William of Genoa, ILL, 8 nieces, 5 nephews, 20 grandchildren, besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure.

"Morg" as he was always known by those who knew him best, was united to the Christian church in his early manhood in which faith he continued to live, trusting and faithful to the end.


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April 4, 1926


Miss Flora Hart was born in Falfiend Co., Ohio May 2, 1884 and departed this life April 4, 1926.  She was united in marriage to Otto Edwards Nov. 9, 1902.  To this union came eight children:  Oscar of St. Louis, Ervin of Shepherd, Esther, Ernest, Harold, Edith and twin daughters Ellen and Helen, aged 2 weeks.

Mrs. Edwards was a member of the Christian Church at Coe.

She leaves to mourn her death her husband, eight children, six sisters, four brothers and her mother.

Funeral services held from the Shepherd Christian church, and burial was in Salt River Cemetery.


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Prominent St. Louis Woman Passes Away

After Long Illness

October 30, 1926


Emily Grace Phillips - youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Gay, was born in Eaton Co., MI January 17, 1873, and passed away at her home in this city early in the morning of October 30, 1926, after a long illness.

Early in the life of Mrs. Phillips her parents moved to Gratiot county and she became an attendant at the St. Louis schools, finally graduating from the High School.  Later she taught for some years in the city schools.

In 1898 she was united in marriage to E. C. Phillips who survives her.  Their entire married life has been spent in St. Louis.

To the union were born seven children, four of whom are living, namely Stanford, Gay, Howard and Emily June, all residents of this city.

Mrs. Phillips was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church and when her health permitted, was actively engaged in the work of the Woman's Guild of the church.

For many years Mrs. Phillips was officially connected with the Order of the Eastern Star and faithful in living the principles of the order.  She was also for many years a member of the L. O. T. M.  Perhaps it was in the home she exercised the qualities which exemplified the highest type of wife and mother.

She was genuine in her friendships, courageous in her convictions and faithful in all the duties of life.

The funeral was held at the home on Pine Street at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. James Horton, rector of Emanuel church having charge of the services.

The impressive service of the O. E. S. followed the sermon.  Interment was in Oak Grove cemetery.

Beautiful floral gifts everywhere in evidence gave eloquent testimony to the love which many friends possessed for her.

Those from out of the city who attended the funeral were:  Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Phillips of Lansing,  Mrs. Agnes Reed of Albion,  Mrs. Alta N. Fulcher and son Max of Detroit.


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July 1926


The funeral of Miss Hazel M. Balch, who for the past seven years has been a teacher of Art in the public schools of Grand Rapids, MI, was held at the Methodist church on Saturday, July 14th at 2 o'clock, Rev. King D. Beach of First M. E. church, Grand Rapids officiating.

Death occurred suddenly from an acute heart attack after an illness of three weeks.

Hazel Mae Balch was born at Pleasant Valley, Midland Co., MI on March 7, 1886.  In 1900 her parents moved to Shepherd, where she grew into womanhood.

After graduating from the Central Michigan Normal School at Mt. Pleasant and a summer at Northwestern University, Evanston, ILL, she was teacher of music and art one year at Manton, MI, after which she came to Grand Rapids, where she has taught in the art department of the city schools until the time of her death.

During the past summer she taught art in the Bay View University Assembly.  An exhibit illustrating fine and industrial art work of the schools of Grand Rapids, in which she was represented, was held in the art Dept. of the University of Chicago, and also at the Minnesota State Teachers College in 1924.  These mounts were studied at the summer school.

Those who attended the funeral from out of town were:

Mrs. C. A. Balch and Fannie of Grand Rapids;  Leon G. Balch and wife of East Jordan;  Allen C. Balch of Pontiac;  Noble S. Balch and wife of Detroit;  Rev. C. H. Bacon of Cedar Springs;  Fred Hurst and wife and Howard Grant of Reed City;  Mrs. M. M. Callaghan of Indianapolis;  Mrs. Jime Campbell of Alma;  Mrs. Allen E. Clark and E. W. Orser and wife of Owosso.


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May 1926 (nsp)


Funeral services were held for Dr. Charles Crandell, pioneer  St. Louis dentist, at the Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 2:30.  Burial was made in the Ithaca cemetery.  Dr. Crandell died Friday following an illness extending over several years.

Dr. Crandell was 81 years of age at the time of his death.  He was born in New York State January 13, 1845.  At the outbreak of the Civil War, Dr. Crandell enlisted in Sept. 1861 in Co. B, 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry and he was corporal and served until the close of the war when he was honorably discharged.

For a time he practiced dentistry in Charlotte.  On May 20, 1875 he was united in marriage to Miss Cenah Pettit of Ithaca, who survives him.  They immediately came to St. Louis and have made their home in this city ever since.

About twelve years ago his health began to fail and he retired from acting practice.  Dr. Crandell served his city as mayor in 1902 and 1903.  On February 14, 1883 he joined the National Order of the Grand Army of the Republic, and he was also a member of the St. Louis F. & A. M. and the K. of P. lodge.  Dr. Crandell was a man who was held in high esteem by all who knew him.


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October 8, 1926


Daniel Sissin Hurlburt, son of John and Irena Hurlburt, was born in Brighton, Ontario, Canada March 23, 1844.  He came to the United States when a young man settling on a farm in Midland Co., Mi., where he lived three years.  He then moved to Isabella Co., where he lived the remainder of his life, being one of the pioneers.

In May 1874 he was united in marriage to Delilah Pettit.  To this union four children were born, three of whom are surviving - Edith of Chicago,  Mary Wilson of Mt. Pleasant, and Leon at home.  Irena dying in infancy.  He died at his home in Shepherd Oct. 8, 1926, at the age of 82 years, 6 mos., and 7 days.

The funeral was held at his home, Rev. Mayhew officiating.  Interment was in Salt River Cemetery.


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July 2, 1926


Mrs. Harriet Silvernail, widow of James E. Silvernail, died at her home near Pleasant Valley on Friday evening, July 2, at 9 o'clock, of atreptococcic infection of the throat, after a week's illness.

Harriet Matilda Moore, youngest daughter of Joseph and Harriet Moore was born July 13, 1867 near Pioncer, Ohio, and was married to James E. Silvernail December 31, 1889.  To this union were born two sons, Ray and Clare, and one daughter, Mrs. Floyd Gruber, all now residents of Jasper twp.

Mrs. Silvernail came with her husband and children to their farm two miles north of Pleasant Valley in March of 1902, where she lived to the time of her passing away.  Her sunny and amiable disposition won for her the love and respect of all who knew her.

Surviving her besides the two sons and daughter, are three grandchildren - Farol, Harold and Lynn Gruber;  two sisters, Mrs. Maggie Wendt of Congo, Missouri and Mrs. Eliza Cole of Riviera, TX and one brother Alfred M. Moore of Bryan, OH.


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August 18, 1926


Barbara Elizabeth Baldwin passed away at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Baldwin of Flint, MI, where they had lived for the past 3 years.  She was born in Shepherd, March 10, 1916 and departed this life, Aug. 18, 1926, at the age of 10 yrs., 5 mos., 8 days.

The Rev. William A. Dawson officiated at the funeral.

She will be remembered here by many, having lived most of her life on the Baldwin farm north of the city.  She was fond of her Sunday school and was an earnest participant in school activities.

She had the fortune of a sunny, affectionate nature, which endeared her to all her playmates and many other friends, she will be greatly missed.

She leaves to mourn their loss, a father and mother, Harry A. and Nellie Baldwin,  one brother, Charles, and a large number of other relatives.  Interment took place in the Shepherd cemetery, Aug. 20, 1926.

Out of town friends who attended the funeral were:  Mrs. Melissa Baldwin, Fancher and Lucile Baldwin,  Mr. and Mrs. F. Nesen and Mrs. Burt Posey of St. Louis - Mrs. Takins of Flint,  Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Becks and Mrs. Hazel Johnson of Mt. Morris.


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March 16, 1926


Mrs. Ethlo Mudge, daughter of Sylvester and Mary Bailey, was born in Clinton Co., MI, May 7, 1863, and died at Yale March 16, 1926.  She was formerly married to Squire Wessels of Mt. Pleasant, who died in 1903.  To this union one daughter, Neola, was born.  After living as a widow for nine years she married Abel Mudge.  She was converted when about 18 years old and lived a consistent Christian life till the time of her death.  She was always an ardent worker in the Christian church and felt that she ought to have lived to do more work for her Master.

She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, one daughter, one step-daughter, Mrs. Ada Neazor, and brother, Clarence of Ann Arbor, and brother Clifford of Bath, NY, besides other relatives and hosts of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ, Yale, MI by Bro. McCall.


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George Smock, age 83 years, father of Willis Smock, died at the home of his son in Midland county Wednesday, following an illness of several years.  Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Valley church Sunday at 2:30, Rev. I. W. Kimberling had charge of the services.

George Smock was the oldest child of Adam P. and Eleanor Vanderbeck Smock.  He was born in Livingston Co., NY on March 16, 1838.

At the age of 19 years he came to Gratiot Co., MI and September 24, 1864 he united in marriage to Miss Emily Martin, who passed away May 18, 1926.

After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Smock located in Pine River twp, Gratiot county and in 1871 they moved to Midland Co., where they resided until Mrs. Smock's death.

To this union were born five children:  Willis of Jasper,  Oscar of Frederic,  Harry of Toledo, OH., and Minnie and Fred, Deceased.  He leaves fourteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, besides many other friends and relatives.


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December 19, 1926


Walter Ray Johnson was born at Clare, MI July 31, 1891 and passed away December 19, 1926.

He was married on May 8, 1909 to Miss Carrie C. McCully, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. McCully of Deerfield Center.  To this union were born two daughters, Lena Marcella and Velma Elizabeth.

His former home was in Lansing, but five years ago he moved with his family to Detroit, at which place he was manager of an A. & P. store, until about one year ago, when his health failed and he was obliged to give up his business.

Since that time he has been a great sufferer until death came to relieve him.

Besides his family, he leaves his father, Thomas Johnson of Weidman, to mourn his loss.

The funeral services were held last Wed., from the home of Phillip McCully, the deceased's uncle, who lives in North Mt. Pleasant.  Rev. J. A. Rowe officiated.


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Mrs. Emma Lewis Hamilton who passed away one year ago, Sept 29, 1925

(A short poem by her children, but is very hard to read so am not including it here.  It appeared in the paper Sept 30, 1926 but does not state the name of the paper.)


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