July 1927


Word has been received here of the death of George Meade McKee, 35 years old, a teacher in the high school at Libue, Hawaii, and a brother of Mrs. E. R. Sprague of 4233 Bagley Ave.  He died Tuesday.  The body is being sent to Seattle and then will be sent to Shepherd, Michigan, the place of his birth.  Funeral services were conducted in Libue under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge there, of which he was a member.  Mr. McKee had been a teacher of the past two years at Libue, where he went following three years service in the government educational department in the Philippine Islands.  He was a graduate of the University of Washington and had resided for eight years in Seattle.

Surviving him are two sisters, Mrs. E. R. Sprague of Seattle and Mrs. H. A. Lyons of Lansing, MI., and two brothers, J. P. McKee of Pittsburg, PA., and Henry G. McKee of Lansing, MI

(From the Seattle, Washington Post)

The above article was taken from a Seattle, WA newspaper tells of the death of a former Shepherd boy.  The remains are expected to arrive in Seattle July 19 on board the U. S. Transport, Chateau Thelry.  The body will be shipped to Lansing and from there will be brought to Shepherd for interment.

The funeral as now arranged, will be held at the Methodist church at 2:30 Friday afternoon, July 22, with Rev. Mayhew officiating, and burial will be in the family lot in Salt River.


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Funeral Services Held Here at Home of Parents

Thursday Afternoon.

Sept 30, 1927


Alma Mary Beebe, eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Willie, was born in Isabella Co., MI July 30, 1875, and answered her final call at Spokane, WA., Sept 30, 1927.

She became a member of the Baptist church in Chippewa at the age of 18, in which church she remained a consistent worker during the rest of her life.

In her youth she alternately taught and attended school and received her life certificate from Central State Teachers college at Mt. Pleasant.  She was one of the group of six who formed the first class to be graduated from this institution.  This was in June, 1903.  Following this she taught two years in Hesperia, MI., then two years in Indianapolis, IND.

At this time, 20 years ago, a physical breakdown caused her to go to Denver, Colo., where after a six months stay she was able to resume teaching.  She followed this profession for seven years in Colfax, Wash.  Twelve years ago she went to Spokane, Wash., where she remained until her death.

On June 15, 1919 she was united in marriage to John Guy Beebe, of Spokane.

She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Wille of Mt. Pleasant, two sisters, Mrs. Fay Barton of Durand and Mrs. Ivy Vogel of Troy, Missouri;  two brothers, Glenn Wille of Durand and Stanley Wille of Mt. Pleasant, besides numerous other relatives and friends.  Among the latter Stella DeCamp had been a devoted friend for the past twenty-three years.  During this long interval Miss DeCamp was her constant companion and since the deceased never fully recovered her health and lived far from her relatives, she owed much to Miss DeCamp's affectionate care.

Funeral services took place at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Wille, South Main St., October 6 at 2:30 p.m., Rev. Morgan officiating.


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November 8, 1927


Peter Harry was born in Pennsylvania on Oct. 2, 1861 and died November 8, 1927.

At the age of 17 he came to Michigan with his brother, Edward Harry and family.  In 1889 he was united in marriage to Eva Francis of Shepherd.

To this union was born two boys, Frank L. and Marion F., both of this place, seven grandchildren and one brother, Charlie Harry of PA., and several other relatives.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday at 2 o'clock p.m. from the Christian church, Rev. I. W. Kimberling of St. Louis officiating.


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Jan. 18, 1927


Mrs. Oable, better remembered by her friends as Mrs. Israel Kilmer, who was a former resident of Shepherd, passed away at her home in Wadsworth, Ohio last Thursday evening, Jan. 18, 1927.  Besides her husband she leaves one daughter,  Mrs. Bertha Towne of Williamston.

Mrs. Oable's funeral and interment was at Wadsworth.


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Oct 13, 1927 (nsp)


The funeral of Mrs. Wellington Irish, a pioneer resident of Coe twp., was held at the Mt. Pleasant Methodist church on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. M. E. Reusch officiating.


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April 3, 1927


Mary E. Henderson was born October 16, 1872 and departed this life April 3, 1927, at the age of 54 years, 5 months and 17 days.

She was united in marriage to Jas. D. Wood at Waynesburg, PA, who preceded her in death Dec. 29, 1925.

To this union were born two children:  Grace Mullet of Mt. Pleasant, and Dewey Wood of Clare.

Mrs. Wood came to Michigan in March 1904 with her husband and they located on a farm near Shepherd where they lived until a few years ago when they moved to Mt. Pleasant where she lived with her daughter.

She was respected and held in esteem by all who knew her.

She leaves to mourn their loss one son and one daughter, four grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral was held at the Methodist church with Rev. Mayhew officiating, and burial was in Salt River cemetery.


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July 5, 1927


Rebecca Jane (Allen) Hyde, daughter of John J and Rebecca Allen, was born April 16, 1851 in Green twp., Noble Co., Indiana, departed this life July 5, 1927, at the age of 76 years, 6 mos., 5 days.

She resided in Noble Co., Ind., with her parents until the age of thirteen years, when they moved to Michigan, and settled in Greenbush twp., Clinton Co., MI, where she lived at the time of her marriage to John Hyde, March 25, 1841(???)  To this union was born one son, William J. Hyde.

Her husband departed this life July 16, 1910.  She leaves to mourn her loss one son, one granddaughter, Ruth Hyde, and four brothers:  Sherman J., John Clinton, Perry G., and Chauncey D. Allen, also a host of friends and neighbors.  She was a patient sufferer, and put her whole trust in the Lord.


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April 24, 1927


Frank Edmond Casler was born in Eaton Co., MI on March 17, 1871 and died at his home in Winn, April 14, 1927, aged 56 years, 27 days.  He was united in marriage with Nettie Wilson at Mt. Pleasant in 1893 and to this union nine children were born.  Seven survive him - Hazel Riggle and Clifford Casler of Lansing, Ethel Thayer of Shepherd,  Irvin of Riverdale and Ancel, Birdens and Irene at home.  Besides him immediate family he leaves his father and step-mother of Winn, two sisters, Mrs. Charles Going of Riverdale and Mrs. Nettie Wyant of Coleman and other relatives and friends.

His sickness lasted 18 months during which time he was a patient sufferer.  He was a kind, loving husband and father, ever ready and willing to help others in time of sickness and trouble and had a pleasant greeting and smile for everyone.

Funeral services were held at the Winn church Sunday, Rev. Miss Nash officiating.  Burial was in Union cemetery.


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Feb 18, 1927 (nsp)


Elizabeth Jane Minnick was born Feb 22, 1848 in Jefferson Co., PA, and was married to Wm. Thomas July 4, 1869.  They came to Michigan in 1883.  To this union was born the following children:

Gideon Franklin, deceased - William Jr. of Shepherd - Charles Wesley of Tacoma, WA - Mary Catherine of Colon, MI - Calvin, deceased - Sarah Elizabeth of St. Louis, MI - Ida May of Tacoma, WA - Lois Jasper deceased - and Bert A. of Essexville, MI.

She is survived also by 27 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Thomas died Friday Feb. 18, at 5 o'clock p.m. at the home of her daughter Mary Catherine Hamon, at Colon, MI, where she had gone to spend the winter, after an illness last 3 years.

She has always been a devout Christian since she was a young girl.  At the time of her death she was a member of the local Disciple church and a member of the Evangelical church at her former home in PA.

Funeral services were held at the Shepherd Christian church Monday at 10 a.m., Rev. I. W. Kimberling of St. Louis officiating.


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April 24, 1927


Shepherd has again been called upon to mourn the death of one of it's old and respected citizens, George Henry Freeman having passed away at his home in this village on Sunday, April 24th, after a short illness.

George Henry Freeman was born in Canada, June 22, 1852.  When 15 years of age he came to Midland Co., where he resided until 1871, when he moved to Salt River.

December 24, 1871 he was united in marriage to Mary Elnora Hutchinson.  To this union eight children were born, seven of whom are still living.  Franklin, the eldest, having died eight years ago.

There are left to mourn their loss the widow;  two daughters, Mrs. Etta Wing of Shepherd and Mrs. Ollie Casner of Mt. Pleasant;  five sons, Bert of Sarasota, FL, Elmer of Gratiot Co., Milo of Shepherd, Howard of Detroit, and John of Alma.  Two brothers also survive,  Emory who resides in Nevada, and Jim of Mt. Pleasant.  There are 23 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at his late home Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. Kimberling of St. Louis officiating.  Burial was in the Salt River Cemetery.


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Untimely Death Ends Career Of Man Who Had

Been In Business Here 40 Years.

Dec. 30, 1927  (nsp)


Funeral services for the late A. W. Graham, aged 64, prominent and well known local business man whose untimely death brought a shock to the entire community last night, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at his home, according to temporary arrangements made this afternoon.  Mr. Graham was probably one of the most successful retail dry goods men in Central Michigan, prominent in Mt. Pleasant for nearly forty years, and his loss will be felt by every local business man as well as those with whom he came in contact throughout the county and this part of the state.  He was a member of Wabon Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons and also of the Bay City Masonic Consistory.

He was born in East Aurora, N. Y., October 23, 1863 and came to Michigan at the age of 12 years, when his parents settled at Davisburg in Oakland Co.  He came to Mt. Pleasant in 1888 in the employment of W. Doughty, who operated a dry goods store at that time.

In May 1889, he was married to Carrie Hopkins of Vernon, who with their son Bruce of Detroit, survive him.

He has been in business in the present location of his store for the past 34 years, going into partnership with the late W. H. Marsh, under the firm name of Marsh & Graham.  Upon the death of Mr. Marsh three years ago, Mr. Graham took over control and ownership of the store which since that time has been operated under his own name.

While no definite theory has been advanced by his friends for his untimely death, it is generally thought that he suffered from a temporary loss of mind, possibly as the result of an automobile accident in which both he and his wife were injured about a year ago.  The accident occurred near Detroit and Mr. Graham suffered injuries about the head at that time, which however, were not considered very serious at the time.


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George Buck Passes Away At Family Home

Following a Brief Illness

Nov 10, 1927  (nsp)


One of the saddest incident to occur in St. Louis for some time took place last Friday afternoon when George Buck, a well known young man of  the community, passed away as a result of a self-administered dose of strychnine.  It is thought that despondency over the illness of his father prompted the act, as no tendency in that direction had ever been evidenced before.

Mr. Buck was 33 years of age and had lived in St. Louis all of his life.  His education was obtained in his home town and he graduated from High School with the class of 1912.  After finishing school he was employed in several different lines but in recent years, has been a valued employee of the Republic Motor Truck Co., in the accounting dept.  His business ability was recognized by all who knew him and he was quite as favorably known in other fields of activity.  Since a young boy he has been much interested in music and was an accomplished musician, having been a member of the band at different times for a number of years.

By nature a quiet young man, Mr. Buck was at the same time of friendly and pleasant type, and had many friends wherever he happened to be.  On the street or at the business he had a pleasant word for everyone and he will be universally missed in his accustomed circles.

Several years ago he was united in marriage with Miss Ellen Richard, also of St. Louis, and the young couple have made a pleasant and congenial home into which a son, Merle, was born four years ago.

The funeral services were held from the family home on Clinton Street at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. I. W. Kimberling and Rev. J. W. Archer, the latter of Belding, had charge of the rites, and Rev. Clair Perrigo sang.  Following this service the funeral cortege drove to the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Buck on Washington Ave., where the father lay critically ill.  A brief service was held there attended only by relatives and a few close friends.  The many beautiful flowers and floral pieces which filled the rooms were silent tributes of sympathy from sorrowing friends of the family.  Burial was made in Oakgrove cemetery.

Mr. Buck is survived by his widow, little son, parents and by many other relatives and friends who extend deep sympathy to the family in their sad loss.


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Jan 24, 1927


Mildred Jennings was born Feb. 11, 1891 in Jerome twp., Hillsdale Co., MI and departed from this life at Lansing, Jan 24, 1927.

At the age of 17 years she was united in marriage to Warren G. McQueen of Lincoln twp., Isabella Co.  To this union were born 3 sons, who reside in Lansing, and are left to mourn the loss of a mother.

Besides the 3 sons, she is survived by her father and mother, Henry Jennings and Mrs. Wm. Pease;  six brothers, Paul, Floyd, Leland, Carl, Melvin and Clyde;  and one sister Mrs. Marian Jennings Ayers, who are left to mourn their loss.


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August 27, 1927


Sarah Anna Cramfield was born in Chautauqua Co., N. Y. August 21, 1849 and died August 27, 1927, at Riverdale, MI, at the age of 78 years, 6 days.

She was eight years old when her parents came to Michigan, locating at Greenville, later coming to Isabella Co., where she married William Deming on  Sept 7, 1879.  He was a Civil War veteran and preceded her in death by eight years.  She died at the home of her step-daughter, Mrs. F. M. Guthrie at Riverdale and is survived by Mrs. Guthrie,  F. A. Deming of Alma,  D. L. Deming of Logan, OKLA, and numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Strickland Baptist church with interment beside her husband in the Green Cemetery.  Rev. M. L. Gay of Elm Hall, officiated.


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Harvey Lyon

August 9, 1927


Harvey Lyon, age 91 years, passed away at the home of his son, Gus Lyon, in Lansing on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 1927.

Mr. Lyon had been in feeble health for some time and left St. Louis about holiday time to live with the son in Lansing.  He was a veteran of the Civil War and was highly respected by all who knew him.

Burial was made in the Eureka cemetery.

Besides the widow, four children survive.


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Jan 13, 1927 (nsp)

Gregory, the little 4 week old son of Mr. and Mrs. Claud Coomer, passed away at the Brondstetter hospital at Mt. Pleasant Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock.  The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock at the home.


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April 22, 1927


Alzina Preston Allen, daughter of Ira and Alcesta Preston, was born in Stuben Co., NY on December 12, 1845 and departed this life April 22, 1927 at Shepherd at the age of 81 yrs., 4 mos., 10 days.

She was united in marriage to Sherman J. Allen August 19, 1866.  To this union were born nine children, two deceased, and seven surviving, all of whom are married and left to moor their loss.

At the age of thirty she was converted and joined the Evangelical Church.  She was always a very active worker in the church circles.  She was also a devoted wife and loving mother and will be greatly missed by a host of friends.

The children are:  Della Coon of Banister - William T. Allen of Pleasant Valley - Vern J. Allen of Detroit - Addie Swix  of Shepherd,  Nettie Little of Cottage Grove, Oregon - Hattie Yager of Midland - and Arthur Allen of Ferndale.

Mrs. Allen also leaves a sister, Mrs. Lena Bailey of St. Louis and a brother, Chauncey Preston of Saginaw, 22 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

The funeral was held at the Methodist church Monday morning at 10:30 with Rev. Mayhew officiating.  Burial in Salt River Cemetery.


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June 8, 1927


Patrick H. Walsh, son of Patrick and Bridget Walsh, was born at Ekhard, Logan Co., Illinois, February 8, 1865 and departed this life June 8, 1927, age 62 yrs., 3 mos., 25 days.

At an early age he moved with his parents to a farm located near Rantoul, Champaign Co., Ill, where the family spent their early days.  When a young man he went to the southern states where he spent about fourteen years working at the carpenter trade.  Upon returning to his home at Rantoul, he entered the occupation of farming. 

On October 22, 1904 he was united in marriage to Myrtle Bennett, of Campbellsburg, Ind.  To this union were born ten children, all of whom, with the widow survive to mourn their loss.

He also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Ann Murray and Mrs. Maggie Deany of Rantoul, and Mrs. Josie McCabe of Urbana, Ill., and three brothers, Matt, Mike, and Tom, all of Rantoul, besides numerous other relatives and friends.  Two sisters predeceased him.

In March 1916 the family moved to Shepherd where they were located on the Stephen Murtha farm until April 1921, when they moved into the village where they now reside.

Requiem high mass was sung by Fr. McNeil at St. Vincent de Paul church at 9 o'clock Monday morning.  Interment in Catholic cemetery.


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Mrs. Ben Gardner Passes Away After Long Illness and

Severe Operation

January 5, 1927


The funeral of Mrs. Effie A. Gardner was held at the family home on W. Washington Ave, Friday at two p.m., Rev. John Roberts. pastor of the Presbyterian church officiating.  For the past year and a half Mrs. Gardner has been ill from the effects of cancer.  During that time she had undergone an operation for it's removal.  After the period of convalescence, her health improved and it was thought the operation had completely removed the malady.  However in a short time there was that evidence that the dreaded disease had returned. Realizing it's significance, her brave spirit and cheerfulness was a marvel to all who came in contact with her.  On Wednesday morning, January 5th, she passed away.

She was a loving wife and mother, and a dear friend, whose cherished memory will ever remain with those who knew her best.  The many beautiful floral offerings were tokens of the friendship and high esteem in which the family are held.  Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery.

Effie A. Cowles was born in Alma, December 18, 1875.  She passed away after a lingering illness at the home on W. Washington Ave., Wednesday morning, Jan. 5, at 4 o'clock.

On June 4, 1904 she was united in marriage to Benjamin P. Gardner of St. Louis, and their home has always been in this city.  She was a member of the Presbyterian church, an active member of the Nonpareil club and of the South Side Jolly Neighbors, also a life benefit member of the Maccabees.  Surviving are the husband, the daughter, Mrs. Clella Sanford and husband, and son of Jackson;  four sisters, Mrs. Ella Sparks of Grand Rapids,  Mrs. Bertha Wheeler of Alma,  and Mrs. Minnie Harvey of Croswell;  three brothers, Ralph and George of Farwell, and Fred Cowles of Ithaca, also a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Burch.  The latter tenderly cared for her during her last illness.


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November 23, 1927


L. D. Kyes, son of Ransom and Harriet Kyes was born in Coe township, Isabella Co., July 7, 1869 and passed away Nov. 23, 1927, at the age of 58 years, 4 months and 16 days.

At the age of 24 years he was united in marriage to Anna Post and two children were born to this union:  Franklin L., and Elsie E.  Mrs. Kyes departed this life July 27, 1911.

May 2nd, 1914 he was united in marriage to Victora Fox. 

He has spent his entire lifetime on the farm where he resided at the time of his death.

Mr. Kyes leaves to mourn their loss, the widow and son, Norvel, and two children, Franklin Kyes of Lansing and Elsie Titus of Mt. Pleasant;  one brother Douglas;  five grandchildren and several other relatives and a host of friends.

He was a true companion, a kind and loving father, a good neighbor and as ever ready friend in time of need.

The funeral was held at the M. E. Church in Shepherd with Rev. Mayhew officiating and burial was in Salt River Cemetery.


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December 5, 1927


Frances Lucretia Reid, daughter of Watson P. and Elizabeth Reid, was born in Gratiot County, October 29, 1857 and passed away at her home in this city, Dec. 5, 1927, at the age of 70 years, one month and six days.

During her early life she attended school at the Academy where Yerington college now stands.

In 1874 she was united in marriage to Christopher D. Bobzien.  To this union were born four children:  Lillie M. Greening of St. Louis,  Elizabeth M. Reamer of Grand Rapids,  Robert C. and John W. Bobzien of St. Louis.

Shortly after her marriage she settled on a farm in Bethany twp., where she lived until seven years ago when she moved to her present home in St. Louis.

Her husband preceded her from this life eleven years ago.  There are left to mourn their loss the four children, one brother and sister, ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Mrs. Bobzien has been suffering from ill health for the past year and during the last week of her illness the four children were constantly at her bedside.

Interment was made in Oak Grove Cemetery.


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Jan 6, 1927 (nsp)


Mrs. Theodora Schneider Allswede, aged 87, who was taken ill last week with heart trouble, died on Sunday afternoon at her home on East Broadway.

She was born in Rudalstadt, German, November 9, 1839.  At the age of nineteen she came to this country with her sister and brother, going to Midland county.  At the age of 21, she was united in marriage with George Allswede to which union six children were born, three of whom preceded her in death - Louise, George and Amelia.  Since the death of her husband fifteen years ago she has made her home with her son, Fred.  A year ago last September they moved to this city from Sanford.  She is survived by three children:  Fred of this city, Will of Hersey and Frank of Sanford.

Funeral services were held from the home Wednesday at 1 o'clock and at the Methodist church of Sanford at 2:30 o'clock.


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Dec 15, 1927  (nsp)


The remains of H. D. Shepard were brought here for burial Saturday, Dec. 3, and laid to rest in Salt River Cemetery at the side of his wife, Mary, who died some twenty-two years ago.

Mr. Shepard had been a resident of this town since 1897, with the exception of some time each year spent in Detroit with his daughter, Mrs. Harry Walton.

He was born in the State of New York in 1851, being seventy-six years of at the time of death.

Those left to mourn their loss are his wife, a daughter, Florabelle Walton of Detroit, two sons, Lorenzo D. of Detroit and Raymond D of this city.

Mr. Shepard had been in poor health for over a year and last August went to Detroit to live with is children, who did everything possible for his comfort.  He was a patient sufferer until the end.


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Daughter of Prominent Local People Succumbs

in Flint Hospital

August 14, 1927


Inis May Barnhart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ries, was born April 2, 1905 and passed away after a very short illness at the Hurley Hospital in Flint, Sunday, August 14th.

She was united in marriage with Gordon C. Barnhart, on Sept. 29, 1924, and he, with the father and mother, five sisters and three brothers, many other relatives and a host of friends are left to mourn their loss.

Funeral was held at the home of her parents, Wednesday afternoon, August 17th, Rev. I. W. Kimberling of the Christian Church of St. Louis officiating.  Interment was in the Coe cemetery.


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Mrs. Eunice Converse Dies at Advanced

Age of Eight-two Years

December 17, 1927


Eunice Philomela King, daughter of Phoebe and Job King, was born in the State of Ohio, August 13, 1845, some few years later moved with her parents to Berrien Co., MI.

She was the ninth in a family of ten children, two of whom survive her. The eldest, A. Polly Merrill, who resides at Millburg, is nearing the century mark, being ninety-nine years and eleven months of age, and the youngest, Mrs. Mary Versaw, of Benton Harbor, who is in her seventy-fourth year.

Her father was one of the pioneer preachers of Michigan, associated with the Baptist church.

Shortly after the Civil War she was united in marriage to Alonzo Converse, who had been honorably discharged from the Union army, having been a member of the 5th Michigan Infantry.  To this union were born six children, four of whom survive.  Gertrude, the first born, died at the age of three years, and Olive Miller passed away in Shepherd recently.

With her husband she moved to Isabella Co. in the early seventies where she instituted the first Sunday School in Coe township, she being the superintendent, teacher, etc.  The Baptist church of which she had been a member since the age of fifteen furnished the testaments which she gave to her scholars.  One of these testaments has been in the possession of one of the scholars since the gift was made.

To write an outline of her life would be to write a book.  Almost 60 years a mother.  A pioneer in this section of Michigan, raising her children as only pioneer mothers could raise them.  She knew what it was to be happy through service for others.  She saw her children grow to manhood and womanhood.  She saw the country grow from a wilderness to a garden.  She has finished her work.  She has kept the faith.  She has gone to her reward.

The immediate relatives whose hearts are saddened by the loss from their midst of one of God's noblest of women are:  A. L. Converse of Union City, MI - C. R. Converse and Temparance Cochran of Shepherd - J. E. Converse of Alma - 21 grandchildren, two sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends who are saddened by her death but consoled by the fact that God has taken his loved one home.

Her death occurred Saturday night, December 17, and the funeral was held Monday morning at the Christian church.  Rev. Vanneter officiating with burial in Salt River Cemetery.


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March 20, 1927


The entire community was shocked to learn of the sudden death of Edward Powers at his home in Chippewa.  He had been feeling as well as usual all day and was putting on his overshoes to go out and do his chores when he suddenly fell back dead.

Edward Powers was the son of John and Elizabeth Powers and was born in Highland, MI., November 25, 1865 and died March 20, 1927, aged 68 years, 3 months and 23 days.

He was married April 21, 1885 to Louisa Goffnett and moved to Isabella Co. in 1891 where he has since made his home.  He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Mrs. Louisa Powers of Chippewa;  four children:  Mrs. Joseph Epple of Leaton, MI. - Steven Powers of Shepherd, MI - two brothers, James Powers of Shepherd, MI and Patrick H. Powers of Chippewa - 4 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. 

The funeral was held at the Sacred Heart church in Mt. Pleasant Thursday, March 24th at none o'clock.  Solemn Requiem High Mass was sun by Rev. Fr. Mulvey, assisted by Rev. Fr. McNeil and Rev. Fr. McLaughlin.  Interment was made in Calvary cemetery at Mt. Pleasant Michigan.


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Little Katherine Leonard Victim of Infection in Her Leg

July 4, 1927  (nsp)


One of the saddest things to take place in this community for some time was the death of little Katherine Leonard, which occurred at an Alma Hospital on Monday of this week.

Katherine and her brother, DeVere, came from their home in Bath recently for a visit with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Leonard of near Coe.  Both of the children were in the school house in their home town when it was so tragically destroyed, but only DeVere received a few slight cuts.  The visit mentioned seemed an excellent opportunity for a change for the children.

While playing last week Katherine fell and striking a broken fruit jar, cut a deep gash in her leg.  She received prompt medical care and seemed to be getting along nicely, until blood poisoning developed and later lockjaw resulted.  The little tot passed away in spite of every thing which the skill of attending physicians and nurses could do for her.

The funeral services were held in the Coe church on Wednesday afternoon.  The sincere sympathy of the surrounding communities is extended to the unfortunate family in their sorrow.


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March 26, 1927


Lenora Van Vranken, eldest child of Peter and Catherine (Sanford) Van Vranken, was born near Hornellsbille (now Hornell) New York on November 26, 1864, and departed this life March 26, 1927, at the age of 62 yrs., and 4 mos.

When a very small child she came with her parents to Isabella County, Mi.  After a few years spent in Mt. Pleasant and St. Louis, she lived the rest of her life in the vicinity of Salt River and Shepherd; for 38 years at the farm home where she passed away.

On May 19, 1889 she was united in marriage to Charles E. Baker, who preceded her in death May 19, 1921.  To this union four children were born of whom two, Raymond P. and Denzle Lewis, died in infancy.

She leaves to mourn her loss tow sons, Guy V., and Royal V., one sister, two brothers and a host of more distant relatives, and friends.

Mrs. Baker was a loving mother and one of the best of friends;  self sacrificing, hard working, and always considered others before herself.  She bore with exceptional fortitude and cheerfulness her many sufferings during her last long illness.


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Thomas Adelbert Bush Dies After Lingering

Illness in Country Home

March 17, 1927  (nsp)


Thomas Adelbert Bush, familiarly called "Dell," passed away at his home five miles north of St. Louis on last Sunday night, following a long period of ill health.  During the last four weeks he was confined to his bed and suffered intensely with cancer of the stomach.

Mr. Bush was 63 years old.  He came from Clinton County 39 years ago and cleared the last that is now the splendid farm home of the family.  He was a man highly respected by his friends and associates, who admired his foresight and keen business ability.  Since the organization of the St. Louis Co-operative Creamery Co., he has been a member of the board of directors, and for the past ten years he was president of that body.

Mr. Bush was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the St. Louis Blue Lodge and of the R. A. M.

The bereaved family consists of the widow, one son, Jay, at home and one daughter, Mrs. Somen Bollenbacher, her h


husband and son Kenneth, and one brother, Oscar H. Bush of this place.  A sister, Mrs. William Saxton lives in Grand Ledge.  Other relatives and a multitude of friends will miss him greatly.  The many friends extend their sympathy to the bereaved ones.

The funeral services were held at the home Wednesday at 2 o'clock, Rev. Hiram Pegg officiating with interment in the Coe cemetery.


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August 4, 1927


William L. M. Davis passed away on Thursday evening, August 4, at the age of 74 years, 8 months and 20 days, at his home near Pleasant Valley where he has lived nearly forty-eight years.

He was born near Kingston, Ontario November 15, 1852 and was united in marriage to Miss Martha McLean at Midland, MI January 23, 1889.  To this union were born nine children, three of whom have preceded him to the Great Beyond.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, William at home and Manley of Pleasant Valley, four daughters, Mrs. H. Jansen of Morgan, MI., Bessie of Lansing,  Mrs. R. N. Kaufman of Pleasant Valley and Irene at home.

Also six grandchildren.  Besides these he leaves three sisters, many cousins, nieces and nephews and a large circle of friends to mourn their loss.


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May 23, 1927


Clarissa Loomis was born at Swan Creek, July 10, 1853.

She was married in 1868 to Syranous Chesebro of Rochester, NY.  To this union were born eight children, five of whom are living.  Mr. Chesebro died February 12, 1920.

She was married to William Folk on November 30, 1922.

Mrs. Folk died May 23 and leaves to mourn their loss her husband and five children, one brother in Saginaw, and a sister in Mt. Pleasant.  The children are:  Clara Tice of Weidman - David Chesebro of Painsville, Ohio - Dora Rose of Cleveland, Ohio - William Chesebro of Roseville, NJ - and Margaret Munson of Cadillac, MI

She was a good mother and friend and will be greatly missed by all her relatives and friends.


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August 25, 1927  (nsp)


Ellis G. Faunce died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Eva C. McClellan, in this village about 12:00 o'clock Monday night.

Mr. Faunce received some quite serious injuries about six weeks ago while riding in an automobile and was taken to the hospital at Alma where he remained until Aug. 12th when he was brought to the home of his daughter in this village.

E. G. Faunce, son of Alden and Lucretia (Coburn) Faunce, was born in Trumbull Co., Ohio, October 1, 1846 and lived at home until 1865.  The following three years he spent in Michigan and Ohio and in 1868 he located in Monroe co., MI, where he lived seven years.  He then sold and for a year and a half was employed in a gristmill in Alten Co., Ohio.  In the spring of 1877 he came to Isabella Co. and bought 40 acres on section 21 of Coe township and later bought an adjoining 40 acres.  Since that time he had made his home on the farm until the death of his wife in May 1915, when he came to Shepherd to live with his daughter, Mrs. Eva McClellan.

On Nov. 26, 1868 he was united in marriage to Syron L. Gates at Trumbull Co., Ohio.  To this union three children were born:  Eva E., Orrin L., and Lelia B., the latter dying December 8th of 1925.

The deceased is survived by one son, Orrin L., and a daughter Eva E., both of Shepherd, and a grandson, Merl McClellan of Chicago, besides many more distant relatives.

Mr. Faunce was a highly respected citizen trusted and honored by all who knew him and his departure is mourned by a large circle of friends and neighbors.

Funeral services were at the Christian church Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Vanneter officiating.  Burial in Salt River Cemetery.


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Aged Resident of Coe and St. Louis is Brought

Back for Burial

May 18,1927


Sarah E., widow of Andrew Boughner, passed away at the age of seventy-nine years at the home of her daughters, Mrs. Nellie B. Orr and Miss Florence Boughner of Kalamazoo, Wednesday, May 18th.  The Boughner family were well known residents of Coe and Mrs. Boughner made her home for some time in this city after the death of her husband in the year 1920.

The funeral was held from the Coe church at 10:30 Saturday morning with Rev. Kimberling officiating.  Burial was in Coe cemetery.


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Feb. 24, 1927  (nsp)


Funeral services for Melvin Roop were held on Thursday afternoon in the Church of Christ, East Broadway, the Rev. L. G. Blood, pastor, officiating.  A crypt in the Riverside mausoleum received the body.

Mr. Roop was born at Carson City 66 years ago, the second son of Calvin and Euseba (Barrett) Roop, who moved to Mt. Pleasant more than 40 years ago.  'Mell' accompanied his parents to their new home and a short time later married Miss Marilla Bowers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rubin Bowers, pioneer citizens here.  With the exception of 3 years spent in Sherman City, Mr. and Mrs. Roop have lived in and near the city, worthy citizens with many friends.

Two daughters, Ida and Stella, were born her and grew to womanhood.  Both are married and live in Owosso and it was at the home of Mrs. Stella Buchanan that her father's last days were passed.  He had gone to that city for treatment at the hospital.  He had suffered with Bright's disease for ten years.

Mrs. Buchanan and her sister, Mrs. Ida Clark, with the latter's children, accompanied their mother home and remained with her for a few days after the funeral.

Mrs. Roop expects to continue to live in her home here for the present.


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4 Sept 1927


Lorenzo R. Hewitt was born in Lorain Co., Ohio, November 18, 1851.  He was 15 years of age when he came to Michigan, settling first in Ingham Co., later coming to a farm near Winn. 

He was united in marriage to Phoebe Smith, July 3, 1872, who survives him with their three children:  Orrie Merrill at home,  Mrs. Nellie Craig of Mio, and Ralph Hewitt of Mt. Pleasant.

Mr. Hewitt suffered a stroke of paralysis August 22, from which he never rallied, death following on the 4th of September.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the Winn Methodist Episcopal church, Rev. Miss Nash officiating, and burial took place in the Union Cemetery.


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Feb. 11, 1927


William C. Northrup was born in  New York, July 18, 1854, and departed this life February 11, 1927, at Ann Arbor, MI.  He came to Isabella Co. at the age of 12 years and has resided here ever since.

He was united in marriage to Mary A. Nicholson in 1882, she having preceeded him in death April 3, 1918.  To this union two children were born, one dying in infancy, and one daughter, Mrs. Howard Loomis, who now resides in Lansing, survive.  There are also four grandchildren and one brother who resides in Pontiac.

The funeral was conducted from the Christian church Monday at 2 p.m. with Rev. I. W. Kimberling of St. Louis officiating.


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Feb. 10, 1927


Daniel S. Kirshner, son of Samuel and Nancy Kirshner, was born in Xenia, Green Co., Ohio March 27, 1840, and died Feb. 10, 1927.  He had four half brothers and two half sisters all of whom have preceeded him in death.

He made his home with his nephew, David Bryan of Coe, since 1903 and the funeral services were held from the Bryan home with Rev. Kimberling of St. Louis officiating.


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January 10, 1927


Mrs. Margaret Capenhover-McConnell was born December 16, 1840 at Wooster, Ohio and died Jan. 10, 1927 at the age of 86 years.

She was united in marriage to P. H. McConnell in April 1860.  To this union was born four daughters and three sons:  Mrs. Ella Bryan of this place;  Mrs. Belle Lee of Helena, Miss;  Mrs. Jennie Hyatt of Chicago, Ill;  Mrs. Bertha Barnes of Paulding, OH;  Edwin of Yakima, Wash;  Frank who has remained at home and faithfully cared for his widowed mother, denying himself that mother might be cared for; John, the youngest son, died August 30, 1904.

Mrs. McConnell was a member of the Chippewa Methodist Church.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Kimberling of St. Louis Christian Church.


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Nov. 24, 1927


Jessie A. Baldwin, daughter of Henry and Barbara Baldwin, was born Nov. 15, 1864 at Salem, OH., and died Nov 24, 1927 at Lapeer, MI.

She was a member of the Christian church at St. Louis and also at Shepherd.  Those who knew her knew she loved to go to church more than anything else.

She leaves to mourn their loss two brothers - Arthur W. Baldwin of Bailey, Colo and Harry A. Baldwin of Flint, MI, and one sister, Elizabeth B. Goodwin of Shepherd, MI, besides two nephews, one niece and a host of friends.


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Memorial Service Held Sunday for Former St. Louis Lady

Who Died in West

December 8, 1927


Memorial services for Mrs. Malissa O. Baldwin were held at the Christian church last Sunday morning, Rev. Kimberling having charge.  Mrs. Baldwin passed away on Dec. 8th, at the home of her son, Clive, with whom she had lived for the past three months in Los Angeles, California.

Funeral services were held in the son's home and were conducted by the Order of the Eastern Star - Mrs. Baldwin was a member of the St. Louis Chapter and also a member of the Christian church of this city.

Malissa Pierce was born Sept 4, 1843 in Trumble Co., OH.  She spent her youth and early womanhood there.  In 1865 she was united in marriage to Scott Baldwin and into their family were born five children;  two of whom survive.  Since the death of her husband twenty years ago she has lived in and near St. Louis.  About four months ago her health failing, she went with her son, Clive, and his wife to their home in Los Angeles.  She was confined to her bed all of the time while there and passed away on Thursday evening, Dec. 8th.  Two sons, Clive of L. A., and Ray of Lansing, five grandchildren, other relatives and many friends survive her.


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Theodore Rychman

March 10, 1927  (nsp)


The funeral of Theodore Rychman, 80 years of age, a resident of Gratiot Co., for 55 years, was held at the residence on Elm St., Monday of this past week.  The Rev. George Lewis, pastor of the Church of God, officiated and burial was in Ithaca cemetery.

The widow and four sons, Earl of Howell;  Archie of Shepherd;  Freeman and Nelson, who live in the West; and four daughters, Mrs. Wm. Stanton of Ithaca;  Mrs. John Wirts of near St. Louis;  Mrs. Ruth Rittenberg of Flint;  and Mrs. Bessie Kopp of Chicago, are the survivors.


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May 5, 1927  (nsp)


Perry S. Leonard a former well known St. Louis business man died at his home in Pontiac Sunday following four weeks illness.  Mr. Leonard was 67 years of age.

With his family he left St. Louis about 15 years ago for Pontiac.  The widow, two daughters and one son and five brothers survive. 

The funeral was held in Pontiac, burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery, St. Louis, this afternoon at 2:30.


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March 20, 1927


Mrs. C. R. Taylor received a telegram from Atascadero, CA stating that her sister, Mrs. Walter H. Estes, had passed away on Sunday evening, Mar. 20, 1927, at the age of 59 yrs., 6 mos., 4 days.

Della A. Cohoon, second daughter of John C. and Mary A. Cohoon, was born in Isabella Co., MI Sept. 18, 1887.

She was married to Walter H. Estes of Shepherd on Sept. 15, 1890 and lived in Isabella Co. for a number of years.  Two children, Gladys M. and Mark B. were born to them.

Mrs. Estes health failed and they moved to Oklahoma City, Okla., and for the past six years they have lived at Atascadaro, CA.

She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Moses Surprise of McMinnville, Oregon , one son, Mark H., at home, four grandchildren and three sisters and a host of friends.


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October 4, 1927


Word has reached Mt. Pleasant of the death of Mrs. Alfred Tamblyn (Mayme L. Reagh) which occurred October 4, 1927, at her home in Ely, Nevada.  An attack of heart trouble is given as the cause of death.

Deceased is survived by her husband, a sister Mrs. W. F. Hynes of Portland, Oregon, a brother Charles Reagh, who lives in Oklahoma, and two step-children.

Mrs. Tamblyn was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Reagh, pioneer residents of Chippewa township.  She attended school in Mt. Pleasant and was graduated from Teachers College in 1902, after which she took up nursing and went to the western states where she was employed until her marriage in 1925 to Mayor Alfred Tamblyn of Ely, Nevada.


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July 1, 1927


Mrs. Emma Kyes, wife of Douglas L. Kyes, died at the home of her son, Joseph Hill of Lansing, Friday, July 1st, aged 61 years.  Besides the husband she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Pearl Hoyt of San Jose, Calif, one son, Joseph Hill of Lansing, one sister, Mrs. John Casler of Winn, two brothers, E. J. McCully of Mt. Pleasant and James McCully of Owosso, three step-children, Elmer Kyes, Kitty Puchert and Mrs. Frank Konstantine, eleven grandchildren and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the home of her son Sunday morning, Rev. Wesley F. Ledford officiated with burial in Lincoln cemetery.


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March 24, 1927  (nsp)


John Wurts, an old and respected citizen of Coe township, died at his home four miles east of Shepherd Sunday morning after an extended illness, at the age of 79 years.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home, Rev. Andrew Mullett officiating.  Interment was in Salt River cemetery.


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Relatives And A Host of Loyal Friends Attend Services

July 26, 1927


Last Week Wednesday morning many hearts were saddened when the news was spread that 'Herbie' Wood had passed away without a moments warning; the night before, while he was bathing at the Red Bridge near Mt. Pleasant.  Those with him urged him to go home, but he said, "I want to make one more dive," and a few moments later his body was brought from the water with life extinct.  He was considered an expert swimmer and just how the tragedy occurred will always remain a mystery.

Herbert Hood (?-typo?) was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Wood was born in Gilmore twp., May 24, 1905, and died July 26, 1927, at the age of twenty-two years, two months and two days.  His entire life was spent in this vicinity, where he grew to young manhood.

His friendly greetings, cheerful disposition and willingness to always help others brought to him a legion of close friends who with his parents, one brother, Raymond, and a large number of other relatives are left to mourn his sad departure.

Rev. Ralph R. Woodard of the local church officiated at the funeral service, which was held at the home Saturday afternoon and was one of the largest funerals ever held in Gilmore.  Many cities and towns throughout the state had present some relative or friend who came to pay their last sad respects.

The many beautiful floral tributes and the large number who followed the remains to its last resting place gave evidence of the loss of a true friend.


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Well Known Gardener Leaves Farewell Note Telling of Ill Health

October 13, 1927  (nsp)


The community was greatly shocked this week when at about ten o'clock it was learned that Joe Nemeth, a popular gardener, four miles north of St. Louis, had committed suicide.

The boys were pulling carrots across the road from the house, and Joe and his wife went over where they were to instruct them in regards to the pulling.  After being there a little while Joe said he would go up to the house and then go to town and bank his money.  Mrs. Nemeth stayed in the field.  The mother and sons thought it rather peculiar he didn't take the truck, but apparently believed him to be delayed.

About nine o'clock some ladies drove up to the house, sounded the horn and then went and knocked.  The family in the field thought their father would wait on the customers, but when he did not, the mother sent George up, telling him to also see what his father was doing.  He waited on the women, then went into the house and called but received no response.  He then opened the bedroom door and found his father sitting bent over in his chair dead with the 38 caliber revolver in his hand.  The alarm was immediately spread, and A. E. Branch notified.  The family found a short note saying that he didn't feel good, was going to kill himself, and good bye.  To all appearances Joe had been feeling good and was apparently in good spirits.  He was planning on going to Florida with his wife in November and the family knows of no reason why he should have taken his own life.

Mr. Nemeth and his wife Tressa, came to this country from Hungary 22 years ago, the father coming over about six months before the family arrived.  Five children with the wife survive in this country, but little is known about his family.  One brother is supposed to be living in the old country.  The children are: Joe, George, Martin, Daisy and John, ranging in ages from 22 to 12, as named.  The family moved onto the farm where they now live about 10 years ago, and are held in high esteem in this community.  The bereaved wife and children have the sympathy of the entire community in this sad affair.

Interment will undoubtedly be in Oak Grove cemetery, although arrangements are not made as we go to press.  Mr. Nemeth would have been 49 years of age on April 12th.


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July 14, 1927


William Thomas Ingraham, a resident of Isabella Co., since 1879, died at his home in Gilmore twp., Thursday, July 14, at the age of 81 years, 8 months and 18 days.

He was born in Pleasant Co., West Virginia, October 26, 1845.  March 21, 1871 he was united in marriage to Sarah E. Slaven, of Jackson Co., West Virginia, and in 1879 they came to Isabella Co., where they have since resided.

Funeral services were held at the home Saturday, the Rev. Mrs. House, pastor of the Church of God, officiating.

He leaves to mourn his going, his wife, an adopted son, a brother George A. Ingraham of Montana, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren, besides other relatives.


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February 24, 1927 (nsp)


The body of Egbert E. Gould, who died at his home in Flint, was brought to this city for burial on Tuesday, Feb. 15th.  Funeral services were held in the Dodds undertaking rooms in Flint with the Knights Templer in charge.  Mr. Gould was the brother of Ebin Gould, who lives north of St. Louis.  For a time the deceased lived in this vicinity, leaving here about 20 years ago for Flint where he has since resided.  He was 69 years of age.  Death followed a week's illness with pneumonia.  Three daughters survive.


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January 4, 1927


Wm. D. Keith was born near West Unty, Williams Co., Ohio May 25th, 1866 and departed this life Jan. 4th, 1927 at his home on 534 N. 3rd street, Saginaw, MI

At the age of eleven he came with his parents to Salt River (now Shepherd), MI.  When but a young man he commenced to fire on the A. A. R. R. soon being promoted to engineer, afterwards transferring to the P. M. R.R., in whose employ he remained until the time of his death.

He was married to Stella LaPort in 1894.  To this union three sons and one daughter were born, Chester passing away in infancy and Dula Ester in May of 1918.

He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, two sons, Dale and Delbert, and one granddaughter, Dula, all of Saginaw; two brothers, Elmer of Gardiner, Oregon and Ezra of Detroit, MI; two sisters, Mrs. Thos. Hannett and Mrs. Chas. Fuller of Shepherd and other relatives and a host of friends.

He was a devoted husband, an indulgent father, a kind brother and a sympathetic friend.

The large number who came to pay their last respects, the expressions of sorrow and their words of remembrance to his cheerful disposition and kindly deeds show how he will be missed by wll who knew him.

Funeral services were conducted at the home by the Masonic order and his body laid to rest in Riverside cemetery.

The relatives from out of town who attended the funeral were:  Ezra Keith of Detroit - Eva D. Hannett and Addie Fuller of Shepherd - Delilah and Garrie Fisher of Alvordton, Ohio - Linus Nicholen of Ithaca, MI - C. Minser of Alma - Bessie Nickerson of Vestaburg - M. Minser and wife of Elwell - Mrs. Keith's two brothers, S. LaPort of Ludington, Mi and Frank LaPort of Milwaukee, Wis - and nephews Laurence LaPort and wife and Serill LaPort of Flint, MI.


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Gratiot Pioneer Dies After a Long and Active Live

in St. Louis Community.

February 18, 1927


The funeral services for Mrs. Willard Gay were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sam Brundage north of St. Louis, on Monday afternoon at two o'clock.  Rev. Perrigo of the Baptist church officiated and interment was in Oak Grove cemetery.  Mrs. Gay had been in feeble health for some time and passed away on Friday, Feb. 18th at the Brundage home.

Jane Piercey Hall, was born  March 25, 1838 in Delaware twp., Genesee Co., N.Y., and was the daughter of Stephen P. and Clarissa Dibble Hall.

The Hall family came to Michigan in the early forties settling in Calhoun Co., when the Michigan Central railroad was built only as far as Jackson.  Miss Hall received her education in a select school in Albion and later was a member of one of the first classes at Ypsilanti Normal school.  She taught for several years in the district schools in the southern part of the state.

On October 8, 1862 she was married to Willard Gay who left to join his regiment immediately afterward.  At the close of the War, the family made their home on the old Hall farm adjoining the Gay place near Albion, where they had grown up together.  They lived in the southern part of the state until the spring of 1883 when they came to Gratiot co., buying a farm south of St. Louis.  For many years previous to Mr. Gay's death in 1921 they lived in St. Louis.

To them were born six children, all of whom are deceased, excepting one daughter, Mrs. Elva Brundage, at whose home Mrs. Gay lived during the greater part of the years since her husband's death.  She was the last member of the immediate family.  There are 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

In her early girlhood, Mrs. Gay became an active member of the Baptist church and remained so until ill health prevented.


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Was a Leader in Business Circles

Active for Forty Years in Forwarding Prosperity of St. Louis

October 7, 1927 (nsp)


In the passing of Felix O'Melia at his home last Thursday, St. Louis lost one of it's most prominent and highly respected citizens.  He had been in ill health for several months, but his death was a great shock to the entire community.  Being a resident of St. Louis for about 40 years Mr. O'Melin had a wide circle of friends and associates who will miss him greatly both socially and in a business way.  The vast profusion of beautiful floral offerings, the large assemblage of friends which filled St. Joseph's church to over-flowing and the long funeral cortege were manifestations of the love and respect his friends held over him.

Felix O'Melia was born in Flesherton, Ontario, December 29, 1868, coming to Michigan at the age of 19.  For 22 years he was head roller at the St. Louis Roller Mills, which he then purchased and which he has conducted for the past 18 years very successfully.

He was a director of the Michigan Bean Jobbers Association and at the time of his death was a member of the board of arbitration.  He was also a member of the Central Michigan Bean Jobbers Association for which he was secretary a number of years, besides being interested in various local industrial and commercial institutions.

Mr. O'Melia was a charter member of the 4th degree Knights of Columbus council of Saginaw.  On Sunday afternoon a large number of Knights came up from Saginaw and with others from Hemlock, Merrill, Alma and St. Louis, held a short service in the home at four o'clock, at which time they said the Rosary.  Many members of the same organization attended the services at the church on Monday morning.

Besides his widow, Mr. O'Melia is survived by his daughter, Mrs. D. J. Horgan of Detroit, one son Francis at home, two grandsons, a sister, Mrs. Albert Sinclair of Kinde, and five brothers, Steve of Bad Axe, Alex of Ubley,  Robert of Detroit, Hugh of Brooklyn, NY and Joseph of Toledo.

The funeral services were held at St. Joseph's church on Monday morning at nine o'clock.  Solemn Requiem High Mass was offered by Father McCann of Alma, celebrant, Father Mulvey of Mt. Pleasant and Father McNeil of Shepherd.  Father Mulvey who was a close friend of Mr. O'Melia gave the sermon.  Mr. Anthony Brogger of Saginaw sang two solos and the choir of Mt. Pleasant sang during the service.  The pallbearers who were close friends of the deceased and those whom he had chosen to act, were:  Carl Harrington, Clare Bernard, Willis West, George Long and Ed and Louis Hofstetter.  Burial took place in Oak Grove cemetery.

Among those from out of the city attending the funeral were:  Mrs. Albert Sinclair of Kinde,  Steve O'Melia of Bad Axe,  Alex O'Melia of Ubley,  Robert O'Melia of Detroit, Mrs. Francis Corr and daughter Kathleen and son Charles and James of Lansing,  John Hughes and Jean Cameron of Lansing,  Mrs. A. M. Stebbins, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Olsen of Sheridan,  Fred Henry of Ashville, N.C., and Mrs. W. L. Yost of Detroit.


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March 19, 1927


Evalee Maxim, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Nicholson, was born Dec 18, 1924 and died at Brondstetter hospital March 19, 1927, after nine weeks illness.

She is survived by her father, mother, sister, grandparents and other relatives.


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Jan. 1, 1927


William A. Smith, son of Simon S. and Mary Smith, was born April 3, 1866 in Burning Spring, W. VA., and died Jan. 1, 1927 at Charleston, W. VA.  When he was a small child he came to Michigan with his parents where he became a teacher at an early age, which profession he followed during his entire life.  Sixteen years ago he moved to Charleston and organized a private school of music which he conducted up to the time of his death.

Professor Smith leaves a host of friends and students in Charleston to mourn his loss, and he will also long be remembered by friends in Shepherd and vicinity.  The remains were brought to Shepherd accompanied by his assistant teacher, Mr. L. E. Hoke, for interment in Salt River Cemetery.


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October 2, 1927


Betsey A. Miller, daughter of George and Mary Miller, was born in the village of Shepherd, August 24, 1865 and departed this life on October 2, 1927.

In 1889 she was married to Warren Salisbury.  To this union three children were born, two of whom are now living.

She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, two daughters, two brothers, two sisters and a host of friends.


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September 13, 1927


Sarah Eleanor, eldest daughter of Peter and Margaret McConnell, was born July 6, 1861 in Wayne Co., Ohio and departed this life a the home of her sister at Paulding, Ohio on Sept. 13, 1927, age 66 years, 2 months and 11 days.

From her early years she has been closely associated with the church.  At the age of 18, she became a member of the Methodist church in Wayne County.

In August, 1887, she was united in marriage to David Bryan.  For several years they made their home in Paulding.  In the year 1905 they moved to a farm near Shepherd, MI., which has been their home.

They attended church regularly in Shepherd, until they war not physically able to make the long drive.  They then united with the Christian Church at Coe, Mi., near their home.  Her greatest interests were in the church and it's activities.  For many years she served as president of it's Aid society, giving all that was possible of her strength and worldly means.

Her father, mother and one brother, john, precceded her to the Great Beyond.

She is survived by her husband, David Bryan;  three sisters, Mrs. Bell Lee of Helena, Miss;  Mrs. Jennie Hyatt of Grand Rapids, Mi;  Mrs. Alberta Barnes of Paulding, OH; and by two brothers, Mr. Edwin B. McConnell of Yakima, Wash, and Mr. Frank McConnell of Shepherd, MI.


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May 10, 1927


Mrs. Jane Taylor Whitney was born in Ontario Co., N. Y., Jan. 16, 1854, and died in Shepherd, May 10, 1927, being 73 years, 3 months and 24 days old.

She was married to Albert M. Whitney in 1874 and to this union was born one child, Mrs. Bert Root, who with many other relatives and friends, is left to mourn her loss.  They came to Michigan in 1902 and settled in Isabella Co., where she resided until the time of her death.

Mr. Whitney died in 1907 and since that time she has made her home with her daughter.

Funeral services were conducted at her home Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. I. W. Kimberling of St. Louis officiating.


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May 13, 1927


Walter Sears Wing, son of Benjamin and Hannah Wing, was born in Franklin Co., Massachusetts, February 7, 1861.  At the age of seven years he went to Missouri with his parents.  He lived there seven years and in 1875 came to Michigan and settled on Section 33 of Chippewa township.

On August 9, 1913 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Etta Chapin of Shepherd.

He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, and three children:  Valleta Mae, Clara Bell, and Freeman Benjamin;  one brother, Wallace of Chippewa and one sister, Mrs. Lizzie Biglow of Florida.

On March 9 of this year he moved to Shepherd on account of poor health and resided here until the time of his death, May 13, 1927.

Funeral services were conducted from the Christian church Monday afternoon, with Rev. I. W. Kimberling of St. Louis officiating.


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Mrs. Bowers Passes Away in Cadillac Following Short Illness

Sept. 16, 1927


The community was greatly shocked last Saturday morning at the death of Mrs. Ona DeHart Bowers, wife of Otto Bowers.  She was a resident of this place 18 years ago, and will be remembered by all who resided here at that time.  The family had been residing at Cadillac until just a few days before her illness.  Her husband who is employed by the Consumers Power Co., was transferred to Jonesville and had left for that point a week before she was taken ill with acute Bright's disease, living only a couple of days.

Ona DeHart was born in August of 1892 and died Sept. 16, 1927.  She leaves to mourn their loss a husband, one son, Lyle, one sister, Mrs. Bessie Struble, two nieces and a nephew, beside a host of friends.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mathew of Shepherd, at the home of her husband's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowers on Sunday afternoon, with interment in the Shepherd cemetery.  The family have the sympathy of the community.


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Mrs. Lawrence Colbry Passes Away Last Thursday in

Alma Hospital

August 26, 1927


The host of relatives and friends of Lawrence Colbry are saddened at this time on account of the death of his wife, Nina.  Although frail and in delicate health for several years, her sudden death came as a terrible shock to all who knew her.  Mr. and Mrs. Colbry were making preparations to attend the Mt. Pleasant Fair on Thursday when Mrs. Colbry was suddenly taken ill.  Her mother and the doctor were sent for and soon she was taken to an Alma Hospital where she died shortly after midnight.

She had a great many friends in St. Louis and the surrounding community as was shown by the many beautiful floral tributes.  After a prayer at the home the funeral was held at the Presbyterian church and burial was made in Oak Grove cemetery.

To the grief stricken husband and other close relatives we extend our deepest sympathy.




Nina Bell Bebow was born January 22, 1899 in Bethany twp., Gratiot Co., MI.  She was the daughter of Charles and Rose Bebow who still reside in Bethany.  Her death occurred at 12:50 a.m. Friday, August 26, 1927 - she was 28 years, 7 months, and 4 days of age at the time.

She was united in marriage to Lawrence Sylvester Colbry, son of John and Elizabeth Colbry, also of Bethney twp., on March 10, 1920 by the Rev. John Roberts, at the Presbyterian manse.  The deceased has resided in Bethany twp. during her entire life.

The survivors left to mourn their loss are her husband, Lawrence Colbry, her mother an father, brother George, and two sisters, Mrs. Ralph Goggin and Mrs. Thos. Smith, all of St. Louis.


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Former Shepherd Woman is Victim of Jealousy

Mrs. Mildred McQueen

January 27, 1927  (nsp)


Mrs. Mildred McQueen, daughter of Henry Jennings, living 3-1/2 miles west of Shepherd, and who formerly resided here was shot at Lansing early Monday by Harold Durbin, who confessed the crime.

Mrs. McQueen is the mother of three boys and the divorced wife of Warren McQueen.

Besides the three children, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. William Peas of Ann Arbor, her father, Wm. Jennings of Shepherd, six brothers,  Paul Jennings of Winn,  Floyd and Melvin Jennings of Ann Arbor,  Clyde and Leland Jennings of Shepherd,  Earl Jennings of Flint and one sister, Mrs. Philip Ayers of Lansing.

Funeral services for Mrs. McQueen were held a the home of her father west of Shepherd Wednesday afternoon at one o'clock, with interment in Salt River cemetery.


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May 15, 1927


Ethel J. Sweazey was born in Henrietta twp., Jackson Co., August 26, 1883 and departed this life May 15, 1927.  The early part of her life was spent in and near Jackson, MI.

On May 17, 1905 she was united in marriage to William A. Piatt of Shepherd, to which place she came as a stranger but within a short time endeared herself to the extent of lifelong friendships to everyone with whom she came in contact.  To this union was born five children, three dying in infancy, and Charles A. and Norma Jean surviving.

Besides her husband and children, she leaves to mourn her loss, her mother, Mrs. Ida Sweazey, one brother, A. Jerome Sweazey and three sisters,  Mrs. Arthur Cradit,  Mrs. Fred Kerner, all of Jackson and Mrs. Dalton Foster of Alma.

Funeral services were held from the Shepherd M. E. church on Tuesday afternoon with Rev. E. Mayhew officiating.


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Mrs. John Lockwood

Sept. 29, 1927


Mrs. John Lockwood, pioneer of Isabella Co., died Thursday, Sept. 29, at her home in Chippewa twp.  Funeral services were held Saturday with Rev. Stauffer officiating.  Burial was in Chippewa cemetery.

The children present for the funeral were;  Mrs. Beulah Nickerson of Ionia,  Walter Lockwood and Mrs. Rhoda Woodberry of St. Johns, MI., Mrs. Andrew Flansburg of Alma and Mrs. Belle Andress.


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'Bert' Waterbury is Given Last Honors from Church in Home Town

Sept 18, 1927  (nsp)


The funeral of Mr. Joseph Herbert Waterbury occurred in the Church of Christ at Vestaburg last Thursday afternoon with Rev. Tanner officiating, assisted by Rev. M. B. Meeks, the pastor.

The pallbearers were nephews of the deceased.  The men in the room at the Truck plant in Alma where Mr. Waterbury was employed for ten years up to the time of his illness, attended the funeral.  Many floral offerings attested to the esteem in which he was held by Superintendent Hayes and his associates.

Mr. Waterbury, who was a well known hunter, trapper and guide, was aged 66 years.  He was a former resident of Vestaburg, coming here from the southern part of the state about 25 years ago with his wife and daughter.....rest of this article is missing.


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Carlton E. Smith is Buried from the

Family Home Here

April 28, 1927  (nsp)


The funeral of the late Carlton E. Smith was held at the home on Main Street last Thursday afternoon.  Rev. Floyd E. Cramer officiated and at the close of the service, Rev. Clair Perrigo sang "My Jesus As Thou Wilt."

The Masonic order, of which Mr. Smith was a life member, attended in a body and had charge of the services at the grave.  The pall-bearers were:  B. C. Hubard,  E. C. Phillips,  C. V. Housel,  C E. Atwater, Grant Brewer and James Burlingame.

There was a large attendance of friends and relatives.  Those from out of the city were:  Mr. Howard Smith of Lawton, MI;  Mr. and Mrs. Mark Dolbur of Mt. Pleasant, and Mr. Leslie Trevidick and Miss Monroe of Saginaw.

Carlton E. Smith was born August 18, 1857 in Macomb County.  In 1879 he came to St. Louis and two years later he was married to Miss Emma Going, who passed away five years ago.  For over 30 years Mr. Smith conducted a grocery store at the corner of Washington and Mill Streets.  However, a year ago he retired, selling the business to Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Fox.  On May 25th of last year he was united in marriage to Mrs. Lavina E. Fox, who survives.  He was a member of the Methodist church and of the St. Louis Lodge R. & A. M., No 188, also the St. Louis R. A. M., No 87.

With the passing of Carlton E. Smith, St. Louis loses one of it's best known and most kindly remembered business men.

Eager as we are for the modern and more efficient form of merchandising, many see with regret the passing of the old fashioned grocery store when the hospitable and comfortable stove warmed the fingers and toes of chilly country folk, and the good natured proprietor and his clerks warmed their hearts with jokes and interested inquires of crops and cattle.  Numbers of children now grown to manhood and womanhood will never forget the enchanting fascination of the store where Mr. Smith held sway.  The mingled fragrance of cheese and cookies, molasses and oranges, was tantalizing in the extreme to childish fancy, while the joys of the glassed in candy counter were almost more than one could bear - if they chanced to be penniless.  But it was seldom that a longing youngster went away disappointed, for a frosted cookie or a stick of gaily striped candy usually found it's way surreptitiously into the hand of the small and grateful tot.

Little deeds they were - none of them of much account in themselves, but in the aggregate they mount to large proportions in the grateful and affectionate memory of dozens who were perhaps never on more than a speaking acquaintance with the thoughtful and kindly owner, Carlton Smith.


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July 6, 1927


Maude L. Best, daughter of George and Mayme Best, was born in Shepherd, October 31, 1905, where she resided until her early death, July 6, 1927, at the age of 21 years, 8 months and 5 days.

After having completed the studies of the first eight grades, she entered the Shepherd high school from which she was graduated in 1924.  Following her graduation she worked as a bookkeeper for C. H. Estee until failing health compelled her to give up work.

Maude was always sweet and courageous endearing herself to all those with whom she came in contact by her smile and spirit of faithful service.

She leaves to mourn their loss a father and mother, her fiancée, George Case of Owosso;  several aunts, uncles, and cousins, besides a host of friends.

Funeral services were conducted at the home Friday afternoon, July 8th by Rev. Mayhew.  Interment was in Salt River Cemetery.


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June 22, 1927


Nancy Stouthenburgh, daughter of the late James and Melinda Stoutenburgh, was born in Reich twp., Ontario, February 9, 1842, and died in Shepherd at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Burt, June 22, 1927.

She was united in marriage to Ira Brown, March 7, 1871.  They immediately came to Michigan and located in Flint.  In May 1881, they moved to the home where she passed away.  To this union were born six children, May and Joseph passing away in infancy; G. Oren of Royal Oak;  J. Edward, Mrs. Frank Burt, and Walter of Shepherd.

Besides the husband and four children, she leaves to mourn their loss five grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. J. H. O'Brian of Uxbridge, Ontario and Mrs. Chas. E. Brown of Flint; and other relatives and a host of friends.

She was a true and faithful wife, a loving and indulgent mother and a kind and sympathetic neighbor.  She will be greatly missed in the home community.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. I. W. Kimberling at the F. E. Burt home Friday afternoon with interment in Riverside cemetery at Alma, Michigan.


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November 31, 1927  (nsp)


George Weller was born in Orange County, N. Y., March 7, 1845 and came to Michigan at the age of twelve years.  He enlisted in the 22nd Michigan Infantry and served over three years being wounded in the battle of Chickamauga.  After being discharged at the close of the war, he met and married Mary B. Updyke, who prededed him in death ten years ago.  Seven children were born to them, two sons and five daughters.  One son, Will, and Mrs. Maude Lawrence died several years ago.  Living are:  Mrs. Nellie Cooper,  Mrs. Nora Flory,  and George Weller of Mt. Pleasant,  Mrs. Dora Wallace and Mrs. Blanche Ford of Pontiac.  He is survived by nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.


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Adelbert Bellinger

August 21, 1927


Funeral services for Adelbert Bellinger, who died at his home northwest of Rosebush, Aug. 21, after an illness extending over a year, were held from the Center Methodist church last Wednesday, Rev. Leroy M. Whitney officiating.  A mixed quartet composed of John House, Edna Morrison,  Mrs. Frankie Johnston and William Graham sang.

Adelbert David Bellinger was born in Bellinger twp., Oneida County, New York, April 6, 1863.  In 1870 he came with his father, two sisters and one brother to Saginaw, MI.  He came to Rosebush in 1889 and made his home with his brother and sister, Mr. and Mrs. William Page.  For thirty-eight years Mr. Bellinger has been a successful farmer, a good husband and father, and a kindly neighbor.  He was united in marriage in 1892 to Nellie Gilbert, and to them were born 13 children, 3 of whom have preceded their father in death.

The wife, who faithfully nursed him in his long illness; and ten children are left to mourn his loss.  The surviving daughters and sons are:  Mrs. Fay Johnson of Detroit - Mrs. Ray Shepard of Shepherd - Mrs. Harry Taylor, Mrs. William McManaman,  Mrs. Oliver House, Bert and David all of Rosebush,  John, Donald and Shirley at home.  One sister also survives him, Mrs. David Seiter of Clare.


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July 6, 1927


Rev. Francis M. McClintic, a former resident of Isabella County, died at his home in Fenton, Mi, July 6, 1927.  The funeral services were held at his home on Saturday, July 9th, burial taking place in the Oakwood cemetery at Fenton.

For 35 years Mr. McClintic made his home in Shepherd in this county.  He moved from Shepherd in 1912 and for the past fifteen years has made his home in Fenton.

At the time of his death, Mr. McClintic had been married more than 58 years;  was the father of eight children;  and his death makes the first break in the family ties of his family.

Francis Marlon McClintic, son of Thomas and Margaret McClintic was born at Marlon, Ohio, January 12, 1849.  On Sept 15, 1864, he enlisted in the Union Army and saw active service until the end of the war.  He was a member of Co. "A", 28th Michigan Infantry, and was honorably discharged June 5, 1866.

June 12, 1869 he was united in marriage to Mary Dodd at Albion, MI, who survives him.  To this union were born eight children, all of whom are living:  Four sons:  A. W. of Shepherd;  A. T. of Cheboygan;  H. H. of Detroit and Virgil W. of Mt. Pleasant;  four daughters:  Mrs. S. S. Seibert and Mrs. E. C. Howard of Minneapolis;  Mrs. A. G. Andrews of Fenton, and Mrs. Noel Miller of Davison.  He is also survived by one brother, David McClintic of Breckenridge, and one sister, Mrs. Belle Moon of Lansing, also 23 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, and many other relatives.

Francis McClintic was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel of the U. B. Church in the year 1880 and was actively engaged in the ministry for more than 27 years.  During this period he was Presiding Elder for 14 years.  His activities in church work were confined principally to Central and Northern Michigan, where he had an extensive acquaintance among the older residents.

Due to ill health he was compelled to give up regular pulpit work, and after a rest he was appointed as one of the carriers on the first rural route established at Shepherd, MI.  At the time of his death he was 78 years, 5 months and 26 days old.


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August 26, 1927


Robert (Bob) Martin, a veteran of the Civil War, passed away after a short illness at the home of his son, Lewis N. Martin and wife on Michigan Ave., Friday, the 26th of August.  For the past six months Mr. Martin had been in failing health but was confined to his bed but ten days.  Mr. Martin had been a resident of St. Louis for over 30 years, moving from his farm in Midland County here.  When he was 20 years of age he enlisted for the service in the Civil War.  He became ill and was honorably discharged from the service.  Returning to his father's home in Midland Co. he regained his health and in 1866 was united in marriage with Miss Maryette E. Hoisington.  They settled on a farm near his father's and continued to live there until 1896 when they moved to St. Louis.

To this union were born 5 children, one daughter Rosa Nora who died in infancy; four sons who survive are:  Theodore D. of Alma,  Wm. of Glendive, Montana;  Lewis of St. Louis, and Elmer H. of Billings, Montana.

Mrs. Martin died in December of 1905 and Mr. Martin never remarried.  For a number of years past, he visited relatives in various places during the summer.

He was a familiar figure among the group of old soldiers who, when the weather permitted, congregated at their favorite meeting place to swap stories.  Until last year, for eight years he had made an annual summer sojourn to Montana to visit his sons, William and Elmer, who live at Glendive and Billings, but last year, feeling age creeping on he did not make the trip.  A few weeks ago his son William visited him here.  Mr. Martin was a man respected by his acquaintances and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The funeral was held at the home of his son, Lewis, Tuesday, Rev. Kimberling with the St. Louis Masonic Lodge No 188 of which he was a life member, officiated at the burial service.  Interment was in Oak Grove cemetery.

Relatives from away who attended the funeral were:  The son Elmer and wife of Billings, Montana;  John and wife of Lansing,  Mr. and Mrs. Hary Miller and Mr. and Mrs. B. Stines of Detroit.


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Lafayette P. Deming, Aged 82

Succumbs Following Brief Illness

June 23, 1927  (nsp)


Lafayette P. Deming, aged 82, veteran of the Civil War and resident of Isabella County for the past 62 years, died at his home in Mt. Pleasant Friday, following a short illness.

Mr. Deming was born in Medina County, Ohio, Feb. 4, 1845 and at the age of eight years come with his parents to Eaton Co., where the family settled on a farm.

December 16, 1862, he responded to the nation's call for volunteers and enlisted in Company E., First Michigan Sharpshooters.  He engaged in the Battle of the Wilderness and faced a rain of the enemy's fire in the reconnoiter on Petersburg.  He was mustered out of the service March 31, 1865.  In the meanwhile, his parents had moved to Isabella county where the young man took up the battle of life in the primeval forests inhabited only by the wild cat and wolf and underwent the hardships and privations of the first settlers of the country.  His efforts were crowned with success.  He retired from active life several years ago and came to the city where his last days were passed in comfort and happiness.

Mr. Deming was married three times.  June 25, 1887, Ida Joslin became his wife and six children were born to them, four daughters and two sons:  Mrs. James Culp of Freesoil;  Milo of Niagara, NY;  Arthur of Mt. Pleasant, and Mrs. Charles Johnson of Saginaw, who died a few hours after her father, and twin girls who were adopted into another family after the death of their mother in 1882.

Two years later he married Elizabeth Caple, who died in 1895, and in April 1897 he was united to Maria Hitsman of Coopersville, who preceeded him in death seven months.

Rev. Cappy, pastor of the Free Methodist church, officiated at the funeral.  Interment was made in Lincoln cemetery.


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May 23, 1927


On Monday noon, May 23rd, death claimed one of Riverdale pioneer residents in the person of Joseph Brownridge.  Mr. Brownridge had been in poor health for some time, so his passing did not come unexpectedly.

He was born in Canada in 1846 and was 80 years, 6 mos, and 13 days old.

On March 2, 1876 he was married to Mary Isabella Giles in Clarkston, Ontario.  The couple celebrated their golden wedding last year.  Mrs. Brownridge passed away April 15, 1926.  To them were born seven children, of whom five are living:  Dr. Garnet Brownridge of Stanton, MI;  Mrs. Nellie Richardson and Mrs. Estella Brewer of Detroit;  Mrs. Lottie Thayer of Mt. Pleasant; and Dr. Norman Brownridge of Riverdale, MI.

Mr. Brownridge and wife, with another brother and wife, his parents and other members of the family came to Michigan many years ago, and have witnessed numberless changes in the locality.  All of the  members of his parents family have preceeded him in death.  The Brownridge family were Christian people and it was thought then that the old Brownridge Methodist church was built in one corner of the Joseph Brownridge's farm.  After Mr. Brownridge's advanced years began to tell on him he gave up the farm and moved to Riverdale after which the church went down and the doors were finally closed.  It was sent over to the Riverdale Parish were it was used in remodeling the Riverdale church.  Mr. Brownridge was loved by everyone and his passing will long be mourned by his family and friends.


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August 10, 1927


Lela Ione Barnes was born at Delwin, MI., June 22, 1896 and died at her home near Shepherd August 10, 1927, aged 31 years, 1 month and 19 days.

She was united in marriage to Mr. Walter S. Chaffin, July 19, 1914.  To this union were born five children:  Mildred, Louise,  Clarence, Norman, and George, four of whom are living.  Clarence having died in infancy.

Besides the four children, she leaves to mourn their loss the husband, her mother an father, one brother and many other relatives and  a host of friends.

She was a kind, loving wife and mother and will be greatly missed in the home and also the neighborhood in which she lived for she always had a kind word and a smile for everyone. 

The funeral was conducted by Rev. Kimberling of St. Louis which were held last Saturday afternoon.


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(no date other than 1928)


The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. McCLINTIC died at the home of Mrs. McClintic's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ora McAvoy, last Thursday night. The funeral was held from the home Saturday with burial in the Salt River Cemetery.


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(no date other than 1927)


George McKee, a former resident of Shepherd, passed away at the home of his daughter, Grace Lyon of Lansing.  The remains were brought to Shepherd where interment was made Tuesday afternoon following a prayer service at the cemetery.


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