November 20, 1928  (nsp)


Anthony Duke, a well-known character on the streets of this city, died at his home on West Maple street Friday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held at Sacred Heart church Monday forenoon, at nine o'clock.

The deceased was born in France in 1859 and came to this country when a young man of eighteen years.  He was married in 1883 to Catherine Dumas and they were the parents of ten children, eight of whom are still living.  They are:  Mrs. Sylvia Gilt,  Mrs. Kate Plowman,  Mrs. Delia Smith, and Anthony, all of Flint;  Mrs Frances Casserman of Broomfield,  Mrs. Della Petee and Mrs. Clara Collier of Mt. Pleasant, and Florence Duke of Detroit.

After the death of his wife he was married in 1910 to Edna Courter, who with four children, Otto, Edith, Margaret and Helen, survive him.


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Shepherd Man is Killed When Hit By

Auto in Lansing

Lawrence E. Struble

December 20, 1928  (nsp)

(some of the edges of this article are missing - will transcribe it

the best I can-Barbara)


Lawrence E. Struble (61 or 81) of 322 N. (can't read) Ave., was almost instantly killed at about 4:50 Friday afternoon when he was run over by an auto driven by LaVerne Cole of Bell Oak, at the intersection of Fairview street and Michigan Ave.

Mr. Struble died on his way to the hospital, according to police.  Cole was arrested following the accident and is being held pending investigation.

According to police reports, Mr. Struble was crossing Michigan Ave. and was directly in the center of the intersection when he was struck by Cole's machine.  He was knocked to the pavement and the car passed over his body.

Cole's car was not equipped with dependable foot brakes, police said.  However, Mr. Struble was crossing the street intersection diagonally and not on the cross walk, the police reported.

Mr. Struble was a former resident of this village and is survived by a (can't read - could be daughter or sister), Mrs. Ella Brown and a brother, both of whom formerly lived in Shepherd, but who now live in Lansing.

The body was brought to this place today noon for burial.


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April 25, 1928


Lucina J. Francisco, daughter of Francis and Charlotte Francisco, was born near Mt. Pleasant on December 8, 1868, and died at her home in Chippewa twp., April 25, 1928, at the age of 60 years, 8 months and 17 days.

On March 28, 1885, she was married to Stephen Hudnutt of whom she had been a pure, faithful and loving wife during these years.

To them were born five children,  three daughters and two sons.  The first daughter, Leo A., preceded her mother in death.  Maud, Unita, William and Stanley, with their father, remain to mourn their loss.

The deceased united with the Free Methodist church early in life and has always been an ardent Christian worker.

Thru the five or six weeks of illness previous to her death, she suffered greatly put always with patience and without a murmur.  Before passing away she bade her family farewell and seemed content to leave her future to the God whom she had faithfully served.

The church and community will greatly miss her.  She was a friend to all.


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Local Woman Succumbs After Stroke of

Paralysis Suffered May 6th

Lucy A. Jacobs White

May 24, 1928


Lucy A. Jacobs was born in Medina County, Ohio on March 12, 1870 to Jesse and Jayette Jacobs.  When she was fourteen years of age she moved with her parents to a farm two and half miles south of Shepherd where she lived until March 22, 1893 when she was united in marriage to Mr. Orin White.  Mr. and Mrs. White after owning and living on various farms moved to Shepherd where they have resided for the past eight years.

Mrs. White united with the Church of Christ at Forest Hill when about twenty years of age.  She has lived a useful Christian life and so had endeared herself to many friends and neighbors.

About two years ago her health began to fail.  On May 6th she was prostrated by a stroke of paralysis from which she was unable to rally, and she passed from this life on Thursday, May 24th, being 68 years, 2 months and 12 days of age.

She leaves to mourn their loss besides her husband, one sister, Mrs. Nellie Robinson of Lincoln twp., many cousins, and a host of friends in each neighborhood where she had lived.


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Resident of Mt. Pleasant for Many Years

Dies in Detroit Hospital

April 17, 1928  (nsp)


Funeral services for George Foster, who passed away at the St. Mary's hospital in Detroit Saturday morning, were held this afternoon at two o'clock from the Stinson undertaking parlors.

The deceased was 76 years old and had been ill for some time but cancer of the stomach was given as the direct cause of his death.

Mr. Foster has been a resident of Mt. Pleasant for many years but some months ago he gave up his home here to live with his son, Henry, in Detroit.

The body of the deceased was brought to Mt. Pleasant by train Monday afternoon.

Mr. Foster was a member of the I. O. O. F  lodge and that organization attuned the burial ceremonies in a body.

Four children survive the deceased, three sons and one daughter.  The sons are:  Henry of Detroit,  Charles of Chicago and Harold of Mt. Pleasant.  The daughter is Lena Foster of Detroit.  The family were all present at the funeral.  Rev. M. E. Reusch conducted the services and burial was in Riverside cemetery.


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January 20, 1928


Ella Jane Ruthven was born December 5, 1858 in the state of New York, and departed this life January 20, 1928, at the age of 69 years, 1 month and 15 days.

She was united in marriage to W. F. Peters in 1879 at Angola, Indiana, after which they resided in Nebraska for a short time before coming to Michigan.

Two sons were born to this union, A. J. Peters of this city and H. E. Peters of Chicago.

Mrs. Peters has been a resident of Isabella County the greater part of her married life but has been in poor health for the past three months at the home of her son, A. J. Peters, until about two weeks ago when she was taken to the Brondstetter hospital where she passed away Friday night.

Funeral services were held from the home of her son Monday, Rev. M. E. Reusch officiating, with burial in Salt River cemetery. 

She leaves to mourn her, a husband, two sons and a of this article is missing.


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February 8, 1928


William Oberlin was born in Isabella County, April 11, 1856 and passed away at St. Joseph Hospital in Ann Arbor, Feb. 8, 1928, following an accident which occurred on the Ann Arbor railroad where he had been employed for the past 15 years.

He leaves two sisters, Mrs. J. B. Struble of Shepherd and Mrs. O. L. Canright of Battle Creek.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church on Friday morning, Rev. E. Mayhew officiating.  Burial in Salt River cemetery.


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Mrs. Peter Horning is Victim of Sad

Disaster Occurring Thursday

March 29, 1928  (nsp)


Mrs. Peter Horning died Friday morning a the Alma hospital as the result of severe burns which she received Thursday morning at her home in this village.

Mrs. Horning arose Thursday morning and was standing between the wall and a heating stove, clad only in her night garments, when her clothing became ignited.  Mr. Horning, who was present, made frantic efforts to extinguish the fire and was himself severely burned about his hands.

Mrs. Horning was taken to the hospital in Alma and an examination showed that she had been severely burned about her back and abdomen and little hope of her recovery being entertained from the first and her death occurred Friday afternoon.

Mrs. Horning was 35 years old and her untimely death is a deplorable affair, especially as she leaves eight motherless children, the youngest being a babe of about five weeks old.

The funeral was held Monday morning at the Christian church and the body was taken to Midland for burial.


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August 6, 1928


Rexford E. Mullet was born in Shepherd, September 14, 1903 and departed this life August 6, 1928.

He was graduated from Shepherd High School in June 1921, and from Central State Teacher's College in 1923 from where he accepted the position of principal of the Hope schools, where he remained for two years before becoming principal of the McBain high school in 1926, which position he held until the time of his death.

He was united in marriage to Ruth Elizabeth McGillis on July 12, 1926.  They made their home in McBain until this summer when he engaged in the real estate business in Flint for the period of summer vacation.

Besides his wife the deceased leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mullet;  three brothers, Arza, Stanley and Elmore Mullet and a host of friends to mourn his untimely passing.

Funeral services were held at the home of his parents at one o'clock Thursday and at the Methodist church in Mt. Pleasant at two o'clock, the Shepherd lodge of Free and Accepted Masons having charge of the services.  Rev. Peterson of Sanford delivered the funeral sermon.

Interment was in Riverside cemetery.


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January 10, 1928  (nsp)


The funeral of Frank Walsh will be held at the home of his mother, 1302 Lyon Street, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30.

Deceased was the fifth son of the late Henry Thayer Walsh and Penelope Phillipps Walsh, pioneer residents of Mt. Pleasant.  He was born on the Bamber farm, west of Mt. Pleasant, fifty-one years ago and has always lived in the Mt. Pleasant area and vicinity.  For thirty-five years he was in the employ of Gorham Bros. company.  A long period of illness terminated Monday at 11:30 a.m.

He is survived by a widow Bessie Cuthbert Walsh, and three children:  Winnifred, Donald and Ormond Joseph, and aged mother, three brothers and five sisters.


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Sept 15, 1928


Frances Emma Frye was born June 17, 1860 in Detroit, Michigan and passed away Sept 15, 1928.

She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband Henry Ayris;  Three daughters, Mrs. Willard and Mrs. Major of Chicago and Mrs. Lennox of Mt. Pleasant;  six grandchildren and one brother, Harry Frye of Detroit, besides a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church, Tuesday afternoon and Rev. J. A. Jowe officiated.  Mrs. Ayris joined the M. C. Church at the age of seventeen and has adhered to that faith ever since.


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Mrs. Herbert Warne Passed Away in Her

Home Last Week.

November 29, 1928  (nsp)

(some of this article is hard to read)


The death of Mrs. Herbert Warne brought grief to many of the community who knew and loved the wife, and mother and deeply regret her passing on Wednesday of last week.  (can't read), Hall Hospital in Pompeii.

Minnie Olive, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Barnes was born in Isabella County on November 2?, 1891.  At the age of twenty-one years she was united in marriage with Herbert LeRoy Warne and  (?) children came into their family in later years.  Olive Arlene 12, (?) Ronald 10, Keith LeRoy 4 months, survive the mother, while another baby died in infancy.

In Mrs. Warnes early life she was converted and became a (?) member of the Methodist church at Pleasant Valley where the family lives.  She remained loyal in her affiliation until her death a week ago.

Besides her husband and children, she leaves her father and mother, two brothers,  Fred and James of St. (?), and two sisters, Mrs. Blanche Col? of St. Louis and Mrs. Iva Oswald of Lansing and many other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral was held at the Pleasant Valley church Saturday with interment in Shepherd cemetery.


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May 3, 1928


I can't read much of this article at all....can make out that the baby was named

(?) Dawn, and was the child of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lindsey of Forest Hill and was the only grandchild of ....Mrs. Geo. Cline who lives on the Campbell farm.


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January 31, 1928


Peter James Gruber was born in Clarion Co., PA October 23, 1863 and passed away at his home in St. Louis, MI., January 31, 1928, following a long illness. On January 20, 1881 he was united in marriage to Cora L. Lacy, who pre-deceased him ten years ago.  To this union were born four children, three of whom survive:  Mrs. Peal Gould,  Floyd Gruber and Mrs. Ruby Boyd.  Besides the children he leaves to mourn their loss, eleven grandchildren, one great grandchild, one sister, Mrs. Eliza Miller and one brother, A. J. Gruber of Shepherd, and also a host of friends.

Funeral services were conducted from the home Friday afternoon with Rev. I. W. Kimberling officiating.  Mrs. Neva Neason sang "Nearer My God to Thee" and  "The Last Mile of the Way."


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Funeral Services for Prominent Shepherd Woman

Held Last Thursday

May 17, 1928  (nsp)


Ella L. Mosher was born in Mount Clemens October 9, 1855, the daughter of Isaiah (?) Walker and Julia Griffith Mosher.  She was married Sept 11, 1872 to Nelson Haskin of Imlay City.  To this union were born seven children, five boys and two girls.  Of these, Harry Allen died at the early age of two years and Norman Lewis at the age of thirty-three years.

Most of her life was spent in Imlay City where she was a charter member of the Congregational church.  She was always very active in the work of this church and her love for it never waned.  For the past twelve years she has resided in Shepherd where she has made many friends.  She was also a member of the Eastern Star, White Shrine, and the Rebecca Lodges.

She was a most devoted and loving mother and wife, ever ready with loving sympathy for her friends when comfort or advice was needed.  She was a woman of considerable ability and maintained a remarkably active mind for one of her age and took a deep interest in the social and civic life of our village and will be greatly missed by those with whom she was closely associated.

She is survived by her husband, Nelson Haskin;  two daughters, Mrs. Stanley F. Bloomfield of Springfield, Mass., and Mrs. Clarence G. Stiles of Southberry, Conn., and three sons, Walter Nelson and Hugh Verne of Detroit, and David Ervin of California;  also eleven grandchildren.

Short services were held at her late home in this village last Thursday and Friday morning the body was taken to her old home at Imlay City where funeral services were conducted at 2 o'clock from the Congregational church with Rev. R. S.  Cones in charge.

Upon their arrival in Imlay City, Mr. Haskin and the other relatives were met by about thirty members of the Ladies Aid Society and Eastern Star, a dinner was served in the church dining room and about seventy old friends were present. 

Relatives were present from Detroit, Lansing, Romeo, Flint and Ferndale.


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July 12, 1928  (nsp)


Mary Ruth, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elton B. Salisbury, died Monday at the University hospital, Ann Arbor, of sugar diabetes, from which she had been a sufferer since birth.  She was a sweet, sunny disposition and through all her sickness had a ready smile for those around her.

The deceased was born Sept. 27, 1926, and at the time of death was one year, nine months and twelve days old.  She leaves to mourn their loss her parents, five brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held at the home, north of Shepherd, Wednesday afternoon with Rev. M. C. Vanneter officiating.  Burial was in Chippewa cemetery.


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January 10, 1928


Edna Vera Landon was born in Defiance, Ohio May 13, 1891, and departed this life Jan. 10, 1928 at the St. Lawrence hospital in Lansing, aged 36 years, 7 mos., and 28 days.

On April 7, 1917 she was united in marriage to Lorenze D. Shepard of Shepherd, MI, and to this union was born three children, two of whom survive her.  Robert, the oldest, passed away at the age of three years.

Besides the husband, Lorenzo D., two children, Jack - age 7 and May - age 3, she leaves her parents, J. H. Landis (?) and wife Charlotte; five sisters, Katherine O., Edith M., Ida L., Margie M., of Lansing and Dorothy B. at home;  five brothers, Cornell E. and Norval C., of Monroe;  Alva D. of Lansing,  Orley J. of Pontiac and Lo(?) at home and a host of friends and other relatives.

Mrs. Shepard was a member of the Disciple church of Shepherd and was a true wife and loving mother and as such will be greatly missed by all who were near and dear to her.

Services were held at the Palmer-O'Donnell Funeral Home in Lansing and interment at Deepdale.


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April 20, 1928


Agnes Amelia Young was born in Johnston twp., Trumbull Co., Ohio on October 23, 1850 and departed this life April 20, 1928, at the age of 77 years, 5 months and 27 days.  She was the daughter of Joseph and Annie Young, natives of Scotland.

She was married to William L. Faunce, September 23, 1875 at Cortland, Ohio, where they both resided.  To this union were born three children:  Annie L. of Shepherd,  Garfield of Lansing, and Alden of Harbor Springs.

Mr. and Mrs. Faunce came to Michigan soon after their marriage and resided here ever since.  Mr. Faunce preceded his wife in death November 3, 1910.

Mrs. Faunce became united with the Christian church in Shepherd February 11, 1880 and has always been a faithful member.  She was a woman loved and respected by all who knew her, and always had a smile and a warm handclasp for all who came her way.

Besides her three children, she leaves to mourn their loss six grandchildren:  Mrs. Alton Selfridge and Mrs. Rollin Selfridge of Lansing,  Alice Fauce of Kalamazoo,  Dale and Helen Faunce of Harbor Springs, and Vera Koyl of Clifford.  Also six great grandchildren and a host of close friends.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the Christian church with C. E. Pickett of Fremont, a former pastor of Shepherd, officiating.


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August 7, 1928


William H. McGregor was born in Canandaigua, N. Y. August 19, 1854.  He came to Michigan with his parents at the age of fourteen and lived in Hillsdale Co., for seven years.  At the age of twenty one he came to Isabella Co., and settled in Fremont twp., where he has since resided.  He was married to Miss Ella Hollingshead, Feb. 23, 1881.

To this union were born five children, four of whom survive:  Mrs. Bertha Cole and Mrs. Roy Marshall, of Mt. Pleasant;  Glenn McGregor of Ferndale and Buell McGregor who lives at home.  One son, Volney, passed away April 19, 1908.  He also leaves one sister, Mrs. f. C. Crego of Ionia and a brother, George McGregor of Fremont twp., besides five grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

He had been in failing health for some time, and went to Ann Arbor for treatment, and after undergoing a very serious operation, succumbed Tuesday morning, August 7, 1928.  The funeral was held Thursday, August 9th from the farm residence and interment was in Lincoln cemetery near his home.


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Mrs. Thomas A. Bush Succumbs

Following Severe Illness in Her Home

December 13, 1928  (nsp)


Mrs. Joanne Bush, aged 69 years, widow of T. A. Bush, passed away at the family home north of St. Louis, Saturday night.  Death resulted from a paralytic stroke which she suffered on the previous Monday night.

During the few days of her last illness Mrs. Bush suffered no pain and knew the members of her family until a few hours before her passing.  Since the death of her husband in March of 1927, she and her son Hugh, have lived on the farm that has been her home for 41 years.  Mrs. Bush's maiden name was Joanne Garlock, and she was married in Clinton County - soon after came to St. Louis, where she has lived and been a highly respected woman of the community.  Besides her son Hugh, a daughter, Mrs. Bernice Bollanbacher and her husband, Seman Bollanbacher, and their son Kenneth, are the surviving members of the immediate family.  One sister, Mary Rose of Ashley, also survives.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon a the home and Rev. Hiram Pegg officiated.  Interment was in the Coe cemetery by the side of her husband.  The bereaved family have the sympathy of the community in their loss.


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September 3, 1928


Henry Fogelsong was born April 21, 1845, and died Sept. 3, 1928 at the age of 83 years, 4 months and 10 days.

He was born in Seneca Co., Ohio, the son of George and Mary Fogelsong.  His early days were spent at that place.  He moved to Pine River twp., Gratiot Co. in 1867, where he resided until his death.

In 1870 he was married to Martha B. Fogelsong, who preceeded him in death in 1907.  In 1911 he was married to Mrs. Linnie Robinson, who also preceeded him in death.

He leaves to mourn his departure two sisters and one brother.  Mrs. Ann Wallace of Pine River and Mrs. Caroline V. Stearns of Lansing, and LeRoy Fogelsong of Conrad, Montana.  Also a large number of nephews and nieces and a host of friends.

He united with the Methodist church at Parkinson many years ago.  He was a good neighbor and will be greatly missed in his community.  Interment on the family lot in Salt River cemetery.


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August 15, 1928


Joseph Goffnett was born on a farm near Mt. Pleasant, July 31, 1901, and died at his residence on the Charles Walling farm August 15, 1928, at the age of 27 years, 1 month and 12 days.

Being left motherless at the age of 6 years, he continued to reside in the vicinity of Mt. Pleasant until two years ago, when he, with his family, moved onto the farm where he died.

He was united in marriage May 16, 1921, to Mary Barber.  To this union was born one son, Robert.

He leaves to mourn their loss his wife and son, his father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Goffnett and one brother, Chester, at home, besides a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Aug 17th at the St. Vincent church in Shepherd, and burial was in the Calvary cemetery.


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February 1, 1928  (nsp)


John Morrison, 70, died Saturday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Parker, 428 Beaver Street.  He had been a resident of Lansing practically all his life.  He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Catherine Rineair of 305-1/2 Grand River Ave.; 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at St. Mary's church Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock and burial will be at St. John's, MI


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January 5, 1928  (nsp)


The funeral of Mrs. Sam Cline, an old resident of this vicinity for many years, was held at the family residence near the south county line Monday afternoon.  Mrs. Cline was stricken with appoplexy Thursday and lived but a short time.  She leaves her husband, two daughters, Ms. Hallie Raycraft of near Alma and Mrs. Eva Hookcast of Shepherd; two sons, George of St. Louis and Raol of this village.


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Funeral Services Held For Local Resident

Last Tuesday Morning

September 9, 1929


Andrew Quincy Clevenger was born near Kalida, Ohio February 21, 1874, son of Daniel and Lucinda Clevenger, and departed this life Sept. 9, 1928, aged 54 years, 6 months and 19 days.

He was united in marriage to Margaret Ducey, Sept 6, 1905.  To this union five children were born:  Edward, Jeanette, William, Margaret, and Albert, who with their mother, his mother, a sister, and a host of relatives and friends, remain to mourn his departure.

Funeral services were held from St. Vincent de Paul church last Tuesday morning and the remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery of article is missing.


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September 3, 1928


Layton Lamber Taylor was born in Ashland Co., Ohio Christmas day, 1849.  He was a son of David and Eliza Taylor and one of a family of eight children, all of whom have preceeded him in death.  He was married to Alvesta Renninger in 1875.  She only lived six months.

He was married again 7 July 1881 to Parsy Jane Patterson of Wood Co., Ohio, where they resided until 1903, when the moved with their family to Deerfield twp., Isabella Co., MI.  Here he lived until his death, Sept 3, 1928 at the age of 78 years, 8 months and 8 days.

To this union three sons were born:  L. Ray of Detroit,  Gilbert Leroy, who died in infancy, and C. O. of Deerfield twp., with whom the parents made their home with during the winter of their declining years.

He has always been active in church work and was a very good Bible student.

July 23, 1925, he suffered a stroke of paralysis which left him a constant care and he was tenderly cared for by his kind, loving and devoted wife who has shared his joys and sorrows for a little more than 47 years.

He is survived by an aged wife and two sons, L. Ray of Detroit and C. O. of Deerfield, 8 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Coomer church on Sept. 5th, conducted by Rev. E. W. Woodruff, assisted by Rev. R. R. Woodard of Henderson, and Rev. Miss Nash, his pastor.


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Seventy-five-year Old Woman Was Pioneer

Resident of This Vicinity

April 4, 1928


Ella V. Young, daughter of Charles and Almira Young, was born in Niagara Co., N.Y. September 2, 1852, and departed this life April 4, 1928, at the age of 75 years, 7 months and 2 days.

She was united in marriage to Albert Parker, July 5, 1871.  To this union eight children were born, the eldest son, Charles, dying at 10 years of age, and Mrs. Leone Faunce passing away Feb. 12, 1924.

She leaves to mourn their loss five daughters and one son:  Mrs. Gordon Childs,  Mrs. Fred Weeks,  Mrs. Stanley Stablman;  Ora, Coral and Bert living at home;  one sister, Mrs. Carrie Loveless of Star City, MI;  three grandchildren, besides more distant relatives and a host of friends.

Her husband preceeded her in death June 1, 1921.

The farm where she died was part of the land homesteaded by her father when she was but two years of age.  Her entire life was lived here with the exception of a few years spent in Midland.

She was a most devoted and loving wife and mother, was loved and respected by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.


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September 20, 1928


Alva Bidlack, son of Benjamin and Mary (nee Staire) Bidlack, was born May 9, 1860 in Paulding Co., Ohio, and departed this life Sept 20, 1928 at the age of 68 years, 4 months and 11 days.

He was married to Geneva Wright, January 1, 1892 in Oakwood, Ohio by Justice H. Carey.  to this union were born fourteen children, five of whom survived:  Dora Shepherd of Grandham, Alberta, Canada;  Zelma L. of Chesaning;  Florence of Mt. Pleasant;  and Lester and Evertt both of Detroit.  He also leaves besides his wife  and children, six grandchildren;  four brothers, Tilmon, William and Lyman of Oakwood, Ohio and Elwood of Philadelphia, PA, and many other relatives and a host of friends.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife as she has lived with him over forty-six years and has been his steady companion and aid through trials and tribulations.

For the past few years Mr. Bidlack has been a devoted worker for God.

**Card of Thanks from: Mrs. Geneva Bidlack - Mr. & Mrs. Fred Leatherman - Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Johnson - Mr. & Mrs. Lester Bidlack - Mr. & Mrs. Everett Bidlack and Mr. & Mrs. Ben Shepherd.


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Mrs. Ed Gerard Victim of Death After Many

Years Residence in Community

February 8, 1928  (nsp)


Mrs. Ed Gerard passed away suddenly Tuesday night at her farm home near the Indian School.  She was taken very sick and passed away almost immediately, a victim of heart trouble.  Previous to her death she had been suffering from stomach trouble for some time.

The deceased was born in Elmira, New York in 1867 and was 60 years old at the time of her death.

She was married to Ed Gerard on December 25, 1890 in Mt. Pleasant and they took up their residence on a farm just outside the city. 

The members of the family of Mrs. Gerard were pioneers in Isabella County and she and her husband have lived at their present home for about 25 years.

She leaves to mourn their loss the husband and a daughter, Mrs. George Wicks of Mt. Pleasant and a brother, Ellis Bellinger of Flint.

The funeral is to be held Friday afternoon, Feb. 10th at 2 o'clock, from the Methodist church, with Rev. M. E. Reusch officiating, and the remains will be laid to rest in Riverside cemetery.


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John Neebee

March 22, 1928  (nsp)


John Neebee, aged 84 years, died Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at his home on Elizabeth Street, from the infirmities of advanced age.  He was a veteran of the Civil War, serving in Company B, 72 Illinois Infantry, known as the Board of Trade regiment of Chicago.  He came to this county in 1867, a pioneer resident.

The widow and eight children survive him.  Funeral arrangements have not been made at the time this was written, awaiting arrival of members of the family coming from a distance.


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October 1, 1928  (nsp)


After an illness of three weeks, John W. Tebbel passed away early Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Earl Palmer on S. Pine Street, where he had made his home for the past four years. 

Mr. Tebbel came to Mt. Pleasant 21 years ago and lived for seventeen years on a farm on south Mission Street.  Mrs. Tebbel died nine years ago.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Palmer, and three sons:  George of Dolan, S. D., James of Clifford, MI; and William of Shepherd, MI, two sisters also survive him,  Mrs. Alice Gillam and Mrs. Julia Babcock, both of Port Huron.

The funeral services will take place Wednesday morning at the Palmer home, Rev. M. E. Reusch officiating.  The body will be taken to Lakeport, 10 miles north of Port Huron for burial in the family lot there.


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Mrs. Lyons, 84, Has Accident Which Resulted in Her

Death Saturday

September 27, 1928  (nsp)


Mrs. Lydia Lyons, aged 84 years, widow of Harvey Lyons, passed away on last Saturday morning at 6 a.m.  Death resulted from a fall which occurred Friday morning.

Funeral services were held at the home of the son, W. C. Edgar, on Monday at 2 p.m., with Mrs. Charles Ward, Christian Science Reader of Alma, in charge.  Surviving Mrs. Lyons are the son, and a sister, Mrs. Phyetta Wiles of this city. 

Interment was in Emerson Center cemetery.


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March 15, 1928  (nsp)


The funeral of Solomon Fordyce, one of the few remaining veterans of the Civil War, was held last Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Christian church, Rev. Vanetter and Rev. Mayhew officiating.

All places of business were closed for the funeral and the school was dismissed.  Flags were displayed along the street at half mast as a tribute to his war record.

A large crowd was out to the funeral to do honor to an old veteran and a respected citizen.  Among those present were P. J. Phenix,  Sherman Allen, and Mr. Caszatt, the only surviving members of the Civil War who reside in this immediate vicinity.

Several members of the American Legion were present in uniform and the members of the Salt river Lodge, F. & A. M., of which Mr. Fordyce was a charter member, were present.

It was a fitting tribute to one who had been a loyal citizen not only in the service of his country but to his town and community.

Burial was at Salt River cemetery.

Solomon Fordyce, son of John and Sarah Fordyce, was born in Green Co., PA. in 1838.  At the age of 23 years he enlisted in the 1st  West Virginia Infantry for the short term and at the expiration re-enlisted for three years, and then again re-enlisted and served to the end of the war.  During the last year of his service he was sergeant in Co. G, 2nd West Virginia Infantry.  He came to Michigan in 1867 when Coe township was but a wilderness.  He later established a general store at Salt River (now Shepherd) which he conducted for several years.  In 1875 he was married to Harriet Smith, who died in 1893.  He is survived by six children:  Charles of Shepherd;  Mrs. Wilbur Johnson of Howell;  Mrs. Will Ross of St. Clair;  Mrs. Will Aldrich of Shepherd; Mrs. Emerson Orth of Owosso; and Vern Fordyce of Chelsea.  A son, Elmer, died in 1904.  One brother, Scott Fordyce of Shepherd and six grandchildren and two great grandchildren also survive.


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September 25, 1928


Annabel Dorothy Clark, daughter of Nellie B. and Leroy E. Clark, was born at Shepherd, MI on the 20th day of August 1911, and died Sept 25, 1928.

At the age of five years she moved with her parents to Detroit, where she lived until 1917.  Since then she has resided at Shepherd with her grandparents.

She was a member of the class of 1929 of the Shepherd high school and of the Methodist church.

Annabel was one of Shepherd's most popular young people.  She personified the true Christian spirit of love, always having a kind word and a pleasant smile for young and old alike.

She leaves her mother and father, one brother, Lewis Raymond, and her grandparents, R. E. Clark and wife of Shepherd, besides a number of relatives and a host of friends to mourn her passing.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Friday, Rev. Mayhew officiating, assisted by Rev. Vanneter of the Christian church.

Interment in Salt River cemetery.


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Mrs. E. M. Bissell Dies at Home of

Daughter in Shepherd

May 3, 1928  (nsp)


Mrs. Electa M. Bissell, widow of A. W. Bissell, died Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Casier, in this village, with whom she had been making her home.

Electa M. Warner was born in Pewamo November 1848.  On May 10, 1888 she became the wife of A. W. Bissell, also of Pewamo and then continued to make their home there until 1890 when they moved to Shepherd.

Following 14 years' residence here they moved to Mt. Pleasant and Mrs. Bissell maintained her residence on South Main street after the death of her husband, 10 years ago, but for the past few months has made her home here with her daughter.

In January Mrs. Bissell was stricken with a apoplexy which left her in a weakened condition.  A second stroke was suffered in February and the third on April 20 resulted in her death.

Mrs. Bissell was the mother of eight children, two of them deceased.  Five sons and one daughter survive.  They are:  Mrs. Charles Cazier of Shepherd - the sons are N. O. Bissell of Owosso, P. M. Bissell of Shepherd,  L. D. Bissell of Lansing,  T. O. Bissell of Philadelphia and A. C. Bissell of Ludington.

The funeral was held from her home on Main street in Mt. Pleasant Friday afternoon.


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Frank E. French

Sept 26, 1928  (nsp)


Frank E. French, 70 years old, residing near Elwell, died at his home there, Sunday night.  Mr. French was well known throughout the state, being vice-president of the Citizen's Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. at Howell.  Mrs. French was formerly Miss Emma DuBois, a former resident of this county.

In connection with the death of Mr. French it was well illustrated how modern invention has brought about new means of communication.  Perry Vraidenberg, of Shepherd, a brother-in-law of Mr. French, was in Wisconsin on a business trip at the time of the latter's death.  His exact location not being known by the family the matter of reaching him was being discussed when a message was received from him.  It seems that he had been listening in on a radio and the news of Mr. French's death was one of several items broadcast during the of article is missing.


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Funeral Services Held at Christian Church

Last Friday Morning

January 18, 1928


Funeral services for the late T. J. Ankrom were held at the Christian Church Friday morning, January 20, at 10:30 o'clock, the pastor, Rev. M. C. Vanetter, in charge.  Burial was in Salt River Cemetery.

Thomas J. Ankrom was born in Greene Co., PA, April 22, 1847 and died January 18, 1928 at his home in Shepherd where he had resided for 23 years.  Before moving to Shepherd he resided on a farm southeast of Shepherd for several years.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Will Vreman and Mrs. George Leonard, of Alma;  four grandchildren, two sisters who reside in PA and Kansas.


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Impressive Services For John W. Mathews

Held Friday Afternoon

February 7, 1928


John W. Mathews, eldest son of Timothy and Lucy Mathews, was born in Waterford, Ontario, September 13, 1851, and departed this life Feb. 7, at the age of 76 years, 4 months, and 24 days.

His boyhood days were spent in Waterford.  At an early age he came to Michigan where he was united in marriage to Miss Ida Platt on September 1, 1879.  To this union were born five children:  John F. of San Francisco, Calif.; Mrs. Kate Mikkelson of Greenville;  James C. of St. Ignace;  Mrs. Dora Allen of Saginaw; and Mrs. Alma Ardner of Shepherd.  Besides the widow and children, he is survived by eight grandchildren, a sister and brother, several nieces and nephews, besides a host of friends.

Mr. Mathews was a member of the M. E. church of Shepherd, a member of the Masonic Order, Odd Fellow, Eastern Star, Rebekah, and Modern Woodman fraternities.

He was well and favorably known throughout the country, having been in business here and surrounding towns for a number of years.  Mr. Mathews had been engaged in the restaurant business in Shepherd most of the time for the past ten years and was highly respected as a business man and a citizen.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the M. E. Church, conducted by Rev. E. Mayhew, assisted by Rev. G. H. Coman of Breckenridge.  Burial services were under the auspices of the Salt River Lodge No. 288, F. & A. M.


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Rest Comes to Mr. John Buck on Monday

After Long Illness

February 13, 1928


In the passing of Mr. John Buck, on Monday evening of this week, St. Louis lost another one of it's highly respected and much loved citizens.

Mr. Buck has been ill since July, suffering from an incurable malady and for six months has been confined to his bed.  Through it all he has been a patient sufferer and at all times considerate of those about him.  Not only in the home is his death mourned but in business circles as well and in the community where he has been prominent for so many years.  He will be greatly missed.

His keen business ability, honesty and integrity were qualities admired by all who knew him.  For thirty years he has been engaged in the grocery business, during twenty of which he was in business for himself buying out the Frank Nesen grocery on N. Mill street where he continued to serve the public until about ten years ago when he sold to Acker and Patterson.  Since that time until his health failed, Mr. Buck has had charge of the Atlantic and Pacific store in this city.  For seven years prior to entering the grocery business he was a farmer, and retaining the farm all these years was ever conversant with that phase of life.  He was a stock holder in the Gratiot County State Bank and at the time of his death was vice president of the bank.

The funeral will be held today at 2:30 from the residence at 213 W. Washington Ave., Rev. F. C. Cramer, pastor of the Methodist church, of which Mt. Buck was a member, will officiate, assisted by Rev. Kimberling of the Christian church, and Rev. Clair Perrigo will sing.  The pall bearers will be relatives of the family.

John Lewis Buck was born at Chatham, Ohio on June 28, 1870.  He died February 13th at 5:00 o'clock at the family residence in St. Louis.  At the age of four years he came with his parents to Michigan.  The family located at Forest Hill and he has lived in this community ever since.  On June 8, 1890 he was united in marriage with Miss Etta L. Bowman and to this union was born one son, George, who passed away on November 4, 1927.  In 1897 the family came to St. Louis where they have since made their home.  Besides the widow, Etta L. Buck, there survive two sisters,  Mrs. Minnie Beery of Ithaca and Mrs. Jennie Brooks of Shepherd;  two brothers, Walter Buck of Lodi, Ohio and Dell Buck of Elyria, Ohio, one grandson, Mearle, other relatives and many friends.

(There is also a picture of Mr. Buck with this article).


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July 21, 1928


Charles Henry Walling was born near Hartford, N. Y., October 12, 1860 and passed away at his home in Shepherd, MI, July 21, 1928, at the age of 67 years, 9 months and 9 days.  He and his sister, Mrs. Florence Way, who survives him, came to MI with their parents, William H. and Anzolettie Walling, when about four years old and settled in Isabella County where he has resided ever since.

In early years he was married to Hallie Stahlman, to which union one child was born, Mrs. Hazel Stewart of Springfield, Oregon.

In 1902 he was united in marriage to Anna E. Seeley.  To this union six children were born, Abbott, who passed away at the age of fourteen;  Mrs. Dale Caldwell of Mt. Pleasant,  Mrs. Howard Girven of Shepherd, Alta Mae, Wilson and Delton at home.

Besides the children and sister, he leaves three grandchildren and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

The funeral was held from his late home on Monday, July 23rd, Andrew Mullet officiating.  Interment was in Salt River cemetery.


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Mr. Sumner Farr

(no date other than 1928)


Mr. Sumner Farr, who has been very low for some time, passed away Tuesday afternoon.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon.


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October 10, 1928


Sue M. Phenix was born in Indiana December 14, 1853 and passed away at her home in Shepherd October 10, 1928, aged 74 years, 9 months and 26 days.  She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, three daughters, one son, one brother, a sister, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a host of friends.

She lived in Isabella County all her married live except 14 years spent in Bradford, Illinois.  She came to Shepard......the rest of this article is missing.


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Castle John Curtis Dies After Long and Active

Life as Progressive Farmer

May 10, 1928  (nsp)


The remains of Castle John Curtis, who died at his home north of St. Louis, early Friday morning, were laid to rest in Oak Grove cemetery on Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Curtis, son of John and Ann Curtis, was born in Ann Arbor, MI on August 9, 1845.  His father and mother both came from England early in life and were married and settled in Ann Arbor where their children were born.

Mr. Curtis spent his school days and early life in Ann Arbor and there became an engineer on the railroad.  In Cedar Falls, Iowa, he met Miss Ella E. Schuyler, whom he married on December 10, 1872.  After spending seven years in Saginaw they came  to St. Louis and settled on the farm where they have made their home and reared five children.  These are the late Mrs. Katherine Behler,  Mr. Charles Curtis of Webberville, MI,  Mr. Berry Curtis of Minneapolis, Minn.,  Mrs. Frank Meyer of Washington, D. C., and Mr. Hallet Curtis of this city.

Mr. Curtis was always active and interested in politics and held many township offices.  He was on the school board in his district for over forty years, only retiring from this office when his health failed.

He was a man of sterling character, a fond and loving husband and father, a wonderful friend and neighbor and always ready to help where needed.

His wife, four children and a number of grandchildren, beside a large circle of relatives, friends and neighbors mourn his passing.

Funeral services were held at the farm home in Pine River twp., where Mr. and Mrs. Curtis have lived for close to half century.  Rev. Hiram Pegg officiated and Crandell & Son conducted the funeral.


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Maurice Laffler And Pal Die in

Unknown Manner - Bodied Unrecovered.

July 6, 1928 (nsp)


Word has just been received here that Maurice Laffler, 17 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Laffler, now of St. Johns, but recently a resident of Mt. Pleasant, was drowned in Hart Lake at Hart, MI, Monday night.  His friend, Leonard Handy, 20, of Hart, who was with him, also was drowned and neither body has yet been recovered.

No one knows how the boys met their death.  It is claimed they started out in a canoe about 5 o'clock Monday afternoon and that was the last they were ever seen.  The canoe was found Tuesday morning caught on a point of land near the dam which backs up the Pentwater river and forms what is called Hart Lake.  The double fatality has shocked the entire community and many have joined in a search for the bodies.

Maurice Laffler, who is one of triplets, having two twin sisters, was born at Hart 17 years ago.  Two years ago he left Mt. Pleasant with his parents and moved to St. Johns.  He graduated from Junior High in that city in June and would have been a freshman in high school next year.  He was a good athlete and the outstanding star in a recent Junior High track and field meet.

Maurice is survived by his parents and twin sisters, Phyllis and Clarice Laffler.

The Mt. Pleasant friends of the Laffler family, all of whom were well known here, will sympathize with them in this tragic death of one of their numbers.  Mr. Laffler was connected with the barber shop in the basement of the Commercial Block for several years.


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Morris Laffler

July 9, 1928 (nsp)


The body of Morris Laffler was located in the water at Hart Lake at four o'clock Sunday a.m. by an expert diver.  The body was taken to the home of his father, Harry Laffler, at St. Johns, where the funeral was held at four o'clock this afternoon.  Friends from the city who attended the funeral were Ervin Hart,  Mrs. M. Roop and Donald Chaffee.


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Mrs Elijah M. Stevens

November 3, 1928  (nsp)


Mrs. Elijah M. Stevens, a resident of this county for several years, passed away early this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred King, of Plymouth.  She had made her home with Mrs. King for the past few years.  She was eighty-two years of age.

Short funeral services will be held at Plymouth Sunday afternoon and the body will be brought to St. Louis Monday, where services will be held at 2 o'clock at the Baptist church.

Mrs. Stevens held the unique distinction of seeing her descendants to the fourth generation.  Mrs. Dora Swan is a daughter,  Mrs. Bret Bacon a granddaughter,  Mrs. Dora Thrush a great granddaughter and her three children, Guy Oliver, Burl Thrush and Bobby-Lou are great great of this article is missing.


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April 2, 1928  (nsp)


Mary Ellen Ward was born on September 6, 1855 in Wood Co., Ohio.  she moved to Crystal Lake when fourteen years of age.  From there she came to Chippewa twp.  She was united in marriage to Harrison S. Foutch in the year 1874.  To this union were born seven children, four daughters and three sons.  Three daughters preceded her in death.  Four children are left to mourn their loss, namely:  Mrs. Perry Adams, Floyd and Ross Foutch of Mt. Pleasant, MI and Earl Foutch of Rockford, Ill.  Mrs. Foutch died at the age of seventy-two years.  The neighbors and friends wish to express their sympathy to the bereaved while called to pass thru this sorrow and loss, and the bereaved wish to express their appreciation to all who have helped them in any way.  Funeral services were held in the Brethren church by Rev. Simpson of Mt. Pleasant, on Friday afternoon.  Interment was made in the Chippewa cemetery.

** Cards of Thanks from:  Mr. & Mrs. Earl Foutch;  Mr. & Mrs. F. A. Foutch and family;  Mr. & Mrs. Perry Johnson and family;  Mr. & Mrs. Ross Foutch and family;  and Mr. & Mrs. Lyle Waite and family.


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Former Well Known Local Man Succumbs to

Pneumonia After Operation

September 20, 1928  (nsp)


The death of Clarence U. Wood occurred in Detroit last week.  Mr. Wood was removed to his home after two weeks spent at Grace Hospital, following an operation for appendicitis.  Soon after he was taken home pneumonia developed and he passed away on last Friday morning.

Clarence Wood was the son of the Late Mr. and Mrs. George Wood, old settlers in Gratiot County, and was born on a farm near Forest Hill, 54 years ago.  He was at one time a business man in this city, having purchased the Bakery and Restaurant then located in the George M. Clark building.  At the time of his death Mr. Wood was manager of the Barber's Supply Laundry in Detroit and the beautiful floral offerings testified to the love and esteem held for him by the employees there.

The funeral was held in the home in Detroit at 2 o'clock on Monday afternoon with burial in Roselawn cemetery.  The burial service was in charge of the Masonic order of which Mr. Wood was a member.

Beside the widow he leaves a son, George, two sisters, Mrs. C. E. Atwater of this city and Mrs. J. L. Smith of Ithaca.

Relatives who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Atwater,  Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Atwater of this city;  Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Smith and family of Ithaca;  Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Oswald,  Mr. and Mrs. E. Sheldrake and Mrs. E. C. Perrine from north of town.


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Mrs. T. T. WOOD

June 12, 1928


Mary E. Mount was born in Grass Lake twp., Jackson Co., MI on June 17, 1863, and departed this life at her home in Gilmore, Tuesday, June 12, 1928, aged 64 years, 11 months, and 25 days.

She was one of a family of nine children.  The only three surviving are:  Mrs. O. M. Grimm of Gaston, Oregon,  Mrs. E. M. Smith of Manchester, MI., and Mrs. J. W. Robinson of Boyne City, MI.

She was united in marriage to T. T. Wood, May 9, 1887.  To this union were born two children, Walter Ely and Alvin Corliss, residing here.

She joined the Gilmore Christian church forty years ago and has always been engaged in church activities.  She taught in Sunday school a good many years and was always in her place in church when possible.  She was loved by all for her loving smile and kind acts.  About two years ago she wrote a history of the Gilmore church which was published in the Michigan Farmer. 

She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, two sons, five grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.


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Mrs. Bigelow Passes Away Very Suddenly as

Result of an Apoplectic Stroke.

May 3, 1928  (nsp)


Mrs. Eliza A. Bigelow, pioneer resident, passed away Sunday evening about 9 o'clock at the home of her son, Bert, on the old farm homestead north of town.  Mrs. Bigelow was 79 years of age.  While Mrs. Bigelow suffered a stroke of apoplexy about a year ago and has been in poor health, she had been as was as usual of late and her death Sunday was unexpected.


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September 27, 1928


A sad and untimely death was that of Annabelle Clark which occurred at the home of her grandparents, Raymond Clark and wife, shortly afternoon Tuesday.

Miss Clark was a member of the Senior class of '29 of the Shepherd high school and member of the class will act as honorary pall bearers at the funeral which will be held of this article is missing.


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April 28, 1928


The month of April marked the passing of another of the pioneer preachers of the Church of Christ in the state of Michigan.

Romeo R. cook, the subject of this sketch, preached in this state for over thirty years.  Among others he served churches in the following places:  Owosso, Easton, Henderson, Duplain, St. Louis, Coe, Shepherd and Mount Pleasant.  Some of these churches he served at two different periods and in each of them he leave many friends.  He also served for short periods in the states of Kansas and Washington.

Rev. Cook was born at Bedford, Ohio, January 29, 1849.  He was married on April 18, 1872 to Sarah E. Beebe, who died November 23, 1918.  To this union were born seven children:  Elith B., J. Gratz, Ethel C., J. Merle, R. Thane, Worth and Mabel G.  On Sept. 18, 1922 he was married to Ella B. Leonard, who survives him.

He died at his country home near Chesaning, MI., April 28, 1928 at the age of 79 years, 2 months and 29 days.  Besides his widow he is survived by two sons, J. Gratz of Owosso and J. Merle of Chesaning;  two daughters, Dr. Ethel C. Carpenter of Lansing and Mabel G. Leonard of Farmington;  17 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the home on the afternoon of May 1st, Rev. C. B. Lyon, pastor of the Easton Church of Christ, officiated, assisted by Rev. C. M. Keene and Rev. John W. Frye, both of Owosso.  Burial was in Chesaning.


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October 13, 1928


Charles Leon McClintic, the son of Arthur W. and Maud McClintic, was born July 26, 1902 in Shepherd, and passed away October 13th at the University Hospital, Ann Arbor, having attained the age of twenty-six years, two months, and seventeen days.

He was married on July 3, 1923 to Ethel Priest.  To this union were born two sons, Deo and Arthur N., and one daughter, Edna May.

He is survived by his wife and three children, his parents, six brothers:  Dwight, Hollie, George, Carl, Elton, and Floyd;  his grandfather, Stephen Kennedy and his grandmothers, Mrs. Armstrong and Mrs. F. McClintic, as well as numerous other relatives.

His character and disposition were such that he made friends wherever he went and he was always ready to lend a helping hand.  He will be sorely missed, not only by the members of his family, but by all in the neighborhood where he spent his life.

Those from out of town who attended the funeral were:  Mrs. F. M. McClintic and Mrs. Jessie Andrews of Fenton;  Frank Kennedy and wife of Romeo;  Charles Kennedy and  wife and Hollie McClintic of Detroit;  A. T. McClintic and wife of Cheboygan;  Hollie R. McClintic and family of Ashley;  Dwight McClintic and family and Mrs. Chester Cline and little daughter of Alma, V. W. McClintic, wife and sons, Burke and Gene of Mt. Pleasant;  Mrs. Lena Howard of Minneapolis;  Perry Chaffie, wife and son, Clifford, of Harrison;  E. S. Chaffie, wife and son Billy of Clare;  Fred Reichow and wife,  H. Phipplia and Amos Reichow of Hersey;  D. N. McClintic of Redstone;  Orrie McClintic and wife, Mrs. Belle Moon,  Mrs. Carrie Fritz,  Mrs. Wm. Turney,  Harry King and wife,  Gene Priest and wife,  Russell Teegarden and wife,  Artie Taylor and wife of Lansing;  Ed Priest, Mrs. Joble Priest,  John Priest and family of Rockford;  Joseph Miller and wife and Ernest Stover and wife of Grand Rapids.



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James Merrill, Succumbs to Ill Health After Half

Century of Life in St. Louis.

May 17, 1928  (nsp)


St. Louis has lost another of it's respected pioneers.  James Edwin Merrill, better known to all of his friends as 'Jimmie' passed away at his home Saturday morning about one o'clock.  Mr. Merrill had been in poor health during most of the winter, but had only been confined to his bed for about a week.  Pneumonia developed which caused his death.

Mr. Merrill was born in Lincoln, Main on November 7, 1850.  He came to Michigan with his mother when about 21 years of ago and has been a resident of St. Louis for more than 50 years.

His wife, Desta, survives him, together with a son Carl, by a former marriage, Roy and Bradford of Detroit, a daughter, Mrs. Stanley Martin and three granddaughters, Lafan, Desta and Bernadette Martin of New York City, a sister, Mrs. Sarah Martha, and three nieces and a nephew in California.

The funeral was held Monday afternoon, the St. Louis Lodge No. 188, F. & A. M., of which he was a life member, having charge of the services at the home.  A large procession of members proceeded the funeral cortege to the Christian church where Rev. Charles Ellis officiated and Rev. Clare Perrigo sang.  Burial was made in Shepherd cemetery.  The beautiful floral offerings from sympathizing friends and neighbors bespoke the high esteem in which the family is held.


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January 12, 1928  (nsp)


Funeral services for L. B. Quick, venerable resident of this vicinity, whose death occurred on January 3rd at his home at South Lyon, was held Saturday from the residence at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. C. F. Wolfe officiating.

Mr. Quick was a veteran of the Civil War in which he served from beginning to end.

His widow and one son, Ralph, survive.

Mr. Quick formerly resided in this vicinity and taught at county line in the days  Oren and Lucy White were pupils.  He later was school commissioner for Isabella County, driving to Mt. Pleasant and back with horse and buggy.



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September 21, 1928


Anna Vesta Seiple, the only daughter of Augustus and Diana Seiple, was born January 21, 1858 in North Hampton Co., PA and passed on to her reward on Sept. 21, 1928, at the age of 70 years, 8 months and 15 days in her home at Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

At about 20 years of age, she, with her brothers and parents, moved to Sandusky Co., Ohio, where the parents and one brother preceded her in death.  At an early age she united with the German Reform church, later transferring to the United Brethren church and at the time of her death, she was a member of the Evangelical church of Mt. Pleasant, MI.

In 1882 she was united in marriage to Henry Burk of Sandusky Co., OH., who, in 1890 passed to the beyond.  To this union were born 5 children:  Elmer of Mt. Pleasant,  Effie Wentz of Bowling Green, OH;  Diana Brunner of Toledo, OH;  Viola Bandeen of Detroit;  and Milton, who died in infancy.

(a piece of this article is missing and picks up here......united in marriage to A. C. Bandeen of Mt. Pleasant, MI., who deeply mourns the loss of his loving companion.  In this home she most tenderly mothered the children who are:  Theron of Detorit;  Leila Zingery of Mt. Pleasant;  Stanley of Louisville, KY;  Gladys Wolter of Ann Arbor, MI; and Kenneth of Detorit.

These with their families and three brothers:  Owen and Frank Seiple of Bowling Green, OH and William Seiple of Chicago, and 15 grandchildren and many friends will miss her in her departure.

The deceased has been a good mother, kind and true.  She has been a faithful servant to all.  Above all, to her God who has called her home to await the arrival of friends.

The funeral was held at the Methodist church on Monday at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. J. A. Rowe officiating.  Burial was in Shepherd cemetery.


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January 20, 1928


(This article is very hard to read, but will list as much information as I can make out)


Jennie P. Scott was born in West Mendon(?), Monroe Co., NY on December 26, 1846.  She was the eldest of a family of fourteen children, nine of whom are living.  She lived at Pittsford, NY for twenty-five years and in 1890 came to Michigan and was united in marriage to Abram L. Wallace.  Mr. and Mrs. Wallace occupied their farm home one half mile east of Pleasant Valley until December 1925.

In the year 1855 Mrs. Wallace was converted and united with the Free Methodist church and remained a member of that church until after her marriage, when she united with the M. E. church of Pleasant Valley and remained an active and faithful member until her death.

She leaves 5 brothers, Wm. Scott of Romeo;  J----? Scott of Rochester;  Bert Scott of Gay----?;  Ed Scott of Lansing and Alva Scott of Duplain.  Also 4 sisters, Mrs. Frances May---- ? of NY;  Mrs. Josephine West of Chicago;  Mrs Carrie (?) of Romeo, and Mrs. Ida Yuili(?) of Vanderbile?, and  step sisters, Mrs. Florence of this article  is not readable.



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News Clipping From Spokane Tells of Death of

William Knoll

July 26, 1928  (nsp)

(note the different spelling of this name - is as it appears in the article and headlines)


Clippings from a Spokane, Washington news-paper have been handed to us telling of the recent death of Wm. Kroll, A Spokane capitalist and former lumber dealer in this locality, and that of Mrs. Sarah A. Kane, mother of Mrs. Arthur Kroll, who died three days after the death of Mr. Kroll.  The later is survived by the widow, Anna Lacey Kroll;  two sons, Arthur of Spokane, and Chas. of St. Maries;  and one daughter, Mrs. Lottie Smith of Syracuse, NY.

Mr. Kroll was 82 years old and lived in Spokane 17 years, going there from Michigan, where he was associated with the late Edward W. Sparrow.


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October 9, 1928


Eli Erven Way, son of David and Lettia Way, was born in Center Co., PA. on April 1, 1848.  At the age of three years he came with his family over the Allegany mountains into southern Michigan near Milan in Monroe County, and again in 1864 moved with his parents onto a farm three miles south and one half mile west of what is now Shepherd.  On this farm he grew to manhood.

Mr. Way leaves to mourn his loss twp brothers, John and Harry;  two sisters, Sarah and Marv;  five nieces, two nephews, and a host of friends in both Isabella and Gratiot Counties.

On the morning of October 9, 1928, he died at the home of his nephew, Frank Way, from heart failure after a sickness of about two weeks, being eighty years, six months, and nine days old.

He was a man of clean life using neither tobacco nor booze, and his word was as good as gold.

The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at the Christian church in Shepherd, Rev. M. C. Vanneter officiating, with burial in Salt River Cemetery.


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Rev. Kimberling of St. Louis Succumbs to

Fatal Heat Condition Saturday.


(There is no date on this article other than 1928, and is almost impossible to read due to ink smears - I can make out that he, Ira W. Kimberling, was born March 25, 1860 in St. Joseph Co., MI(?)

There is another article on Rev. Kimberling, which is listed below.)




Impressive Memorial Service is Held at

Rock Lake for Loved Minister

August 16, 1928  (nsp)


A lovely and most fitting memorial service for Rev. Ira W. Kimberling was held at Rock Lake on Sunday afternoon, August 12th, immediately following the regular afternoon service of the Rock Lake Assembly.  The  service was opened by singing "in the Sweet Bye and Bye" and closed with "Blest be the Tie that Binds"  led by Miss Lucille Raum, and during the service Miss Lucille sang as a solo "Shadows."

Rev. Waterworth of the Vestaburg church was in charge of the service and his remarks and those of the three other speakers were indeed a fitting tribute to the great and good man who has so recently gone out from among us.  O. A. Trinkle of Indianapolis, a man who has been at the Assembly for the full time each of the past four years and who knew Mr. Kimberling well, spoke of him as a friend, a real man, and of our hope of eternal life.  Mr. Thompson, an aged member of the Ferris Cheter Christian church and an acquaintance of Mr. Kimberling's  for many years, spoke of his work among the churches of this district, and what he has meant to so many who were discouraged or in sorrow with his fine and pleasant personality and his ability to always be a friend and helper to all with whom he came in contact.  Each of these speakers mentioned Mr. Kimberling's work at Rock Lake Assembly, but it was given to J. S. Raum, Assembly Manager, to talk altogether upon this subject.  Mr. Raum has known and worked with Mr. Kimberling for the past ten years as they strove together, with the help of many other faithful ones, to make Rock Lake Assembly what it is today.  In glowing terms yet not overestimating ones did he tell what the vision and energy and hard toil of Ira W. Kimberling meant to the Assembly, that it never would have been started had it not been for him.

Words could never express what this man meant to every community in which he served.  All who listened to this great service were helped and comforted and made better as in memory this "man of God' lived again before them.


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December 27, 1928


Martin Burggraf was born April 16, 1861 and departed this life December 27, 1928.

He was united in marriage to Mary A. Hack December 24, 1887 in the German Evangelical Lutheran church in Cardington, Ohio, of which they were members.  To this union were born three sons, one of whom died in infancy.

He came to Michigan twenty-seven years ago and located on a farm in Chippewa township, where he has since resided.

Mr. Burggrtaf made many friends, was honorable, a good citizen, and always ready to assist in support of the church.

There remains to mourn their loss, Mary, his companion, who is much afflicted;  Adna H. and Henry G., the two sons;  four grandchildren; one sister in Ohio, and a large circle of friends who deeply sympathize with the bereaved companion and the sorrowing sons.

Funeral services were held at the home Sunday with Rev. Simpson of Mt. Pleasant officiating and burial was made in Salt River cemetery.


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