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George A. Hutchinson

June 11, 1930


SHEPHERD:  George A. Hutchinson, the husband of Ollie Van Wagner;  father of Mrs. Glen Studer, Mrs. LaVerne Whitmill, Elisworth, Russell and Orvill Hutchinson; and brother of Mrs. Luda Moore, Mrs. Alice Armstrong and Mrs. Cora Chaffee, passed away at his residence on Chippewa Drive, Trilby, Ohio, Wednesday, June 11, 1930 at 8:15, at the age of fifty-seven.

Funeral services were held at the residence on Friday and interment at Memorial Park cemetery.

Mr. Hutchinson lived in Shepherd about thirty-seven years ago and was well known by the older residents.


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Well Known Teacher Passes Away While

Visiting Brother Here

August 16, 1930


A pleasant vacation trip ended sadly last Saturday when Miss Hannah Mey, of Oregon, passed away at Hill hospital in Alma.  She had come to St. Louis to spend the summer with her brother, Otto Mey and became so ill that she was removed tot he hospital some time ago.

Hannah Mey, oldest child of Julius and Wilhelmina Mey, was born on a farm near Forest Hill November 17, 1856.  After finishing the district school, she attended different institutions of higher learning, graduating from Valparaiso, Indiana.  She taught several rural schools in the vicinity of St. Louis.  Leaving here 30 years ago, Miss Mey went to Oregon, where she homesteaded, and has taught there almost continuously since.

Miss Mey came to Michigan to visit this summer, and has been ill much of the time since her arrival in June.  She passed away August 16, 1030.  There is one surviving member of the family, a brother, Otto F. Mey.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. V. Birdsall Tuesday afternoon at the home of her niece, Mrs. Thomas Brewer and interment took place in Oak Grove cemetery.


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Former Coe Resident Passes Away At Her Home

Here This Week

Mrs. Corley Atwater

August 28, 1930


People in St. Louis and vicinity were saddened Monday upon learning of the death, Sunday night, of Mrs. Corley Atwater.  While it was known she was not in the best of health, no one realized the seriousness of her illness and her passing was a shock to relatives and friends.

Friday and Saturday she was about her home and work as usual.  Saturday night she became very ill and Sunday lapsed into a coma, passing away that night.  Her family were at the bedside.  Mrs. Grey, the daughter, arrived from Detroit.

The funeral service was held at the Christian church on Wednesday, rev. Mark Wall officiating.  Interment was in Oak Grove cemetery.

Emma J., daughter of George and Nancy Wood, was born in Coe twp., Isabella Co., MI, June 23, 1868.  She was married to Corley C. Atwater on May 9, 1888.  Three children were born to them:  Virgil A., Freda Bell, who died at the age of six years, and Jennie Ruth Gray, now in Detroit.  The husband, the son and the daughter, and sister Mrs. Jay L. Smith, three grandchildren and other relatives and many friends mourn her passing.

Mrs. Atwater was a member of the Christian church and rendered valuable service to the organization during the past seventeen years, from the time they moved into the present home.  She was also a member of the order of the Eastern Star.


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October 29, 1930


George Burton Best, son of Jacob and Mary Best, was born October 26, 1874, and passed away at his farm home October 29, 1930, at the age of 56 years and 3 days, having lived on the same farm all his life.

He was united in marriage to Miss Mayme Gillman of Shepherd, MI on December 21, 1904.  To this union was  born one daughter, Maude L., who preceded him in death three years ago the sixth day of July.

He was a loving husband and father and a man well respected by his friends and neighbors and always ready to do for others.

He leaves to mourn their loss, the widow, three sisters:  Mrs. Emma Phillips of Owosso,  Mrs. Viola Jefferies of Chicago, Ill,  and Mrs. VanNorman of Alma; two half brothers, William C. Best of Dauthat, Okla and Daniel Best of Los Angeles, Calif; nineteen nephews and eight nieces.

Funeral services were held at the farm home Saturday, Nov. 1st, Rev. E. Mayhew of Mt. Pleasant officiating.  Burial in Salt River cemetery.

Among the relatives and friends from out of town to attend the funeral were:  Fred Phillips and wife,  Earl Phillips and wife,  Harold Phillips and wife,  Lawrence Kerns and wife, and George Case and wife of Owosso;  Mrs. Viola Jeffery of Chicago, Ill;  George VanNorman and wife,  Hugh VanNorman and wife,  Levi Murphy and wife,  Mrs. Jane O'Boyl;  Delbert Conley and wife,  Arlie Conley,  Fletcher Jenner and wife,  Will Gallaugher and wife, of Alma;  Charley Gallaugher and family of Forest Hill;  Mrs. Sidney Westland and daughter of Lansing;  John Gillman and wife, Guy Gillman and wife of Owosso;  Lynn Best and family of Flint, Geo Bates and wife of Mt. Pleasant;  Miss Elsie Wood,  Miss Doris Cameron of Farwell;  Roy Gould and wife of Lansing, and Mrs. Lula Day of Mt. Pleasant.


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Christopher Snyder Dies While Seated

In Chair at Tin Barn

February 26, 1930  (nsp)


Christopher Snyder, 74, died suddenly from a heart attack at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the office of the Sherberneau Feed Barn on East Michigan Street.

Mr. Snyder was known to have been troubled with slight attacks for some time.  Late yesterday afternoon he became ill.  Death came suddenly as he was sitting in a chair in a room adjoining the office of J. J. Walkington, local veterinarian.

Mr. Snyder was born in Ohio of German descent.  He came to Isabella county about 20 years ago and until two years ago lived on a farm three miles northeast of Shepherd in Chippewa township.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Fred Miller of East Pickard avenue.  Mrs. Snyder preceded her husband in death six years ago.

For the past six months Mr. Snyder was employed as care taker at the Sherberneau barns.  He was known among his associates as a quiet, industrious character.

Funeral services will be held from the Stinson chapel on Friday morning at 10 o'clock.


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November 5, 1930 (nsp)


Macadiene Gerald Barnes, two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Barnes died Monday night at the home from cholera infantum. 

Funeral services will take place Thursday at the home, 1007 North Fancher ave., at 2 p.m., with burial in Riverside cemetery.  Rev. C. B. Hawkins will officiate at the funeral services.


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February 20, 1930 (nsp)


Wednesday morning papers contained the account of the suicide of Mrs. Victoria Kyes who ended her life with a shotgun at her home at 230 Guison St., East Lansing.  Mrs. Kyes resided in Shepherd until a few months ago, when she moved to Lansing.  Despondency over financial difficulties is said to be responsible for the act.  Her son Norval, who resided with her, was visiting in Shepherd at the time.


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November 7, 1930  (nsp)


Mrs. Ida Munn Stockwell, age 69, a life-long resident of Isabella County, died at her farm home in Chippewa township, Thursday morning.

She had been in failing health for the past year.

Mrs. Stockwell is survived by five children.

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at the Brethren church in Chippewa.


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Old Resident of Shepherd Numbered Legion

of Friends in County.

December 23, 1930


While the community was in a way prepared - the sad news of the death of Mrs. Eva D. Hannett, which occurred in the Ford hospital in Detroit Tuesday, came as a shock to all.

Mrs. Hannett had been a sufferer for some time, but did not disclose her condition to her closest friends until about two months ago when she went to the hospital for treatment.

Practically her whole life had been spent in our community, where she proved herself a loyal friend and neighbor.  Many a needy one has been made comfortable at her hands.

Eva Dell Ketih, eldest daughter of Marion and Mattie Coble Keith, was born in Williams county, Ohio, April 6, 1868 and died December 23, 1930, at the age of 62 years, 8 months and 17 days.  With her parents she came to Salt River (now Shepherd) when ten years of age and had since made her home here.  For many years she taught in various schools of the county, serving in this capacity with a cheerful efficiency and sympathy that made her many life-long friends among her pupils.

In October, 1917, she was united in marriage with Thomas Hannett, who preceded her in death, October 24, 1925.

Mrs. Hannett was an active member of the M. E. Ladies Aid Society, the Order of the Eastern Star,  The White Shrine and the Rebekahs and severed as president of the Shepherd Alumni of 1930.

She leaves to mourn her death, one sister, Mrs. Addie Fuller of this place, and two brothers, Ezra of Detroit and Elmer of Gardiner, Oregon.  A brother, Will, died at his home in Saginaw in January 1927.

Among those from out of the village attending the services were:  Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hannett and son Jack, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Burlingame, of St. Louis;  Mr. and Mrs. W. Burlingame,  Orville Burlingame,  Clifford Burlingame and Mrs. Lillian Skinner of St. Johns;  Paul Reiss of Akron, OH;  Mr. a nd Mrs. Linus Nicholin and Miss Vada, and Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Chapin of Ithaca;  Mrs. Frank Gute of Owosso;  Emery Hannett of Jackson;  Mrs. D. A. Fisher and son, Garrie, of Alvordtion, OH;  Mr. and Mrs. Dale Keith and daughter of Saginaw;  Mrs. Bessie Nickerson and Marian Minser of Vestaburg;  Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Bayes of Clare, and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Richmond, Mr. and Mrs. Sid Thompson,  Mr. and Mrs. Ed Axtel and Frank Axtel of Mt. Pleasant.


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August 9, 1930


Maxine Elinor Allen came as a little ray of sunshine to brighten the home of Howard and Blanche Allen on Sept. 27, 1929, and departed this life on Aug. 9, 1930, after a two days' illness, at the age of 10 months and 13 days.

Although God saw fit to let her remain with us only a short time, she was admired by every one who saw her for her sweet smile and sunny disposition, and she has left a vacant spot in the family circle that can never be filled.

She leaves to mourn her early departure a father, mother, and three brothers, Duane, Danzil and Cecil, besides two grandfathers, two grandmothers, a great grandfather and a number of uncles, aunts and cousins.


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Old and Respected Citizen of Isabella County

Buried at Salt River Cemetery

August 28, 1930


Clifford Melvill Johnson, son of Amos and Matilds Johnson, was born in Canada October 21, 1857 and departed this life Aug. 28, 1930, at the age of 72 years, 10 months and 7 days.

At the age of two years he came with his parents to Gratiot county, MI, where he lived until he was 19 years of age, when he purchased a piece of land four miles southwest of Shepherd to make a home.

Christmas Day, 1879, he was united in marriage to Sarah A. Gibbs, of Ithaca and the following year they moved into their new home, where they have lived for over half a century, having celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last Christmas Day.

Six children were born to this union:  Mrs. Ida Brooks,  Mrs. Fannie Wilsey,  Howard M., Mrs. Myrtle Stebelton, and Mrs. Julia Rhule, all living near home, and Lucy Agnes dying in infancy.

Mr. Johnson had been an intense sufferer for about two years and death came as a relief to him.

He had all the attributes which go to make up a full and splendid life.  Always kind, honest and sincere, considerate and ready with a helping hand to all his fellow beings.

He had been a master mason for more than 28 years, having joined Salt River Lodge, No. 288, F. & A. M. on Feb. 7, 1902.

Those left to grieve are his wife, five children, ten grandchildren, two brothers, two sisters and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the home Saturday afternoon with burial in the family lot in Salt River Cemetery, Rev. Mayhew of Mt. Pleasant officiating.


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September 1, 1930


Willard Morey Workman, son of Jobie and Elvie Workman, was born July 16, 1927 in Jasper township, Midland Co., MI.

He was seriously injured August 31st and everything that loving hands and medical treatment could do was resorted to prolong the little life, but to no avail and death claimed him on Sept. 1st at Carney hospital in Alma at the age of 3 years, 1 month and 15 days.

He leaves to mourn their loss, his parents, one little brother, Derwin, and several grandparents, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

His time here was short but sweet to those who loved him and being an active little fellow he will be greatly missed by those who were his playmates.

Funeral services were conducted at his late home, by Rev. C. J. Kendal Wednesday afternoon and interment was made in Salt River cemetery.


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Old and Respected Citizen Passed Away

Tuesday Morning

February 18, 1930


While not unexpected, the announcement of the death of Mrs. Fred Walton which occurred at her farm home Tuesday morning came as a shock to the community.  Mrs. Walton has been afflicted for some time and has been a patient sufferer.

But few people in this community will be more deeply mourned and missed than Mrs. Walton, both by the relatives and the neighbors and friends.

She was a loving wife, a doting mother and an ideal neighbor.

Lillie Ermina Vining, daughter of James and Libby Vining, was born in Wayne Co., MI, January 7, 1865, and died at her home northeast of Shepherd, Feb. 18, 1930, aged 65 years, 1 month and 11 days.

Her mother died when she was 8 years old and she went to live with her grandparents and moved with them to Isabella Co. in February of 1880.  She was married to Fred Walton on July 4, 1881.  To this union three children were born, Minor Walton of Grand Rapids;  Mrs. Florine White of Royal Oak, and Hilda Ermina Walton, who lives at home.  Besides her husband and children she leaves two brothers and two grandchildren, Lucile and Robert White.

Funeral will be held this Thursday afternoon at the Methodist church, Rev. Mayhew officiating.  Burial will be in Salt River Cemetery.


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Mrs. Reva Rowlader, Former Winn Resident

is Tragedy Victim

December 1930 (nsp - can't read day)


The tragedy of Mrs. Reva Rowlader, 35, of Harlingen, TX, who ended her life at the home of her sister, Mrs. Iva Welch, of Potterville, after an attempt to poison her four-year-old son, Friday afternoon, was learned here with extreme shock as the sisters were former residents of this community.

Until about 10 years ago Mrs. Rowlader had lived in Winn, with her parents.  Since her marriage she had lived in Texas.

Mrs. Rowlader and Mrs. Welch were former students of the Mt. Pleasant high school and Central State Teachers college.

It was believed that burial for Mrs. Rowlader would be made at Winn beside her mother.  Her father was Arthur J. Decker, a former resident of Winn.


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December 13, 1930


The sudden and tragic death of Lewis H. Hamilton came as a great shock to his family and many friends.  He was respected by all, an industrious, kind, and honest man.

He was born in Logan Co., Ohio February 28, 1863, and died Dec. 13, 1930.

He was married three times.  His first wife was Mrs. Emma Keger and to this union were born seven children, three of whom with the mother have died.  He then married Emma A. Smith, who bore him five children.  Two of these and the mother are dead.  The third wife was Emma C. Smith, who survives him with the seven children, 21 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

One brother, two sisters and six step-children and many friends are also left to mourn their loss.

Funeral services took place Tuesday, Dec. 16th, at the Coomer church with burial in Salt River Cemetery.  The deceased was a faithful member of the Coomer Church.


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Albert Harry Survived Wife Who Was Burned to Death

in 1916.

December 25, 1930 (nsp)


The Rev. W. H. Bell, of Shepherd, conducted funeral services Friday morning at 10:30 at the Pleasant Valley M. E. Church for Albert Harry, 60 years old and an old resident of that neighborhood, who died suddenly the preceding Tuesday in the yard at the home of his son-in-law, Floyd Parrish.  Interment was made in Pine River cemetery.

Mr. Harry had gone to Midland with Mr. Parrish in the forenoon and on his return ate dinner and went into the yard to split some wood.  His lifeless body was found by his son-in-law at about two o'clock.  He had been in poor health since an automobile wreck several years ago and his death is attributed to heart weakness.

Mr. Harry's wife died in 1916 of burns caused by the explosion of a gasoline iron.  He had since lived with his children.

Surviving Mr. Harry are three daughters:  Mrs. James Rouse,  Mrs. John Rouse and Mrs. Floyd Parrish and four sons:  Ferris, Hazen, Gerald, and Clelland Vernon.  Also three sisters and two brothers reside in PA.  Mrs. M. C. Lathrop, of Shepherd, is a cousin.

The deceased was born in PA, October 2, 1865 and came to Michigan at the age of 10.  He was married to Nettie Ferris, who preceded him in death, in 1892.

Many friends of Mr. Harry will mourn with his relatives, the loss of a kindly and upright citizen.


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June 2, 1930 


John H. Landis was born near Delance, OH, October 18, 1859, and departed this life at his home in Charlotte, MI, June 2, 1930.

On June 25, 1886, he was united in marriage to Alta Shawyer, and to this union eleven children were born.

Besides the wife he leaves ten children:  Carroll E., Alva D., Katherine Quick, Leona Reynolds,  Maizie Towe, all of Lansing;  Norville C., of Bannister,  Edyth M. Potter of Portland,  Orley C. of Pontiac,  Louis L, and Dorotha at home;  twenty grandchildren, a brother, D. W. Landis of Kalamazoo;  a sister, Florence McKee of Canton, Ohio.  The eldest daughter, Edna V. Shepard, passed away two years ago.

Mr. Landis was a kind husband and loving father and will be sadly missed from his home life.

Funeral services were conducted by the Modern Woodman Order, with interment in Deepdale cemetery.


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October 30, 1930  (nsp)


Fred M. Spalding, 73, died Wednesday morning at the home, 425 Ann Street, East Lansing, following a long illness.  He had been a resident of East Lansing for the past 13 years and a member of the Masonic lodge at Perry. 

Besides the widow, Nettie, he is survived by two children:  Mrs. Neva Thatcher of Pontiac and Mortimre Spalding of Chicago, and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held from the residence at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon, the Rev. Robert M. Pratt, People's church, East Lansing, officiating.  Burial will be at Perry.


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(no date other than 1930 on this article)


Mrs. Izora Struble was called to Otisville the latter part of the week on account of the critical condition of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Conway, who passed away Saturday morning.

Funeral services were held in Otisville Monday morning with burial in the Shepherd cemetery Monday afternoon.

It is just a year since Mrs. Conway's husband was laid away in the Shepherd cemetery. The....(rest of this article is missing)


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June 5, 1930 (nsp)

(the top part of this article is missing)


..........she was born in New York and came with her parents to Michigan when but a small child and settled on what was known as the Fraser farm near Shepherd.  Later she and her sister, Fannie, came to Mt. Pleasant and started dressmaking parlors on South Main street where they remained until they bought the present home on South Franklin street where they have since resided.

After the death of their brother, James, the sisters adopted his three children, James, Louise and Fannie, and made a home for them, and also for their aged mother, Mrs. Eliza Harris.

Miss Harris was a patient sufferer during her long illness, the last year of which was spent almost entirely in bed.

She is survived by her mother, two sisters:  Miss Fannie Harris and Mrs. Michael Horan and two brothers, William of this city and George, who lives south of town, also by her niece and nephew.

The funeral was held at the home Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Henry Morgan of the Baptist church conducting the services.  Interment was in Riverside cemetery.


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Lewis Acker Dies at the Family Home Following

Some Years of Ill Health

September 25, 1930  (nsp)


Lewis Acker, a well known citizen of this locality for forty years, died at the family home on Cornith street, St. Louis, on Tuesday morning.  Since the first of May Mr. Acker has been confined to his bed with heart disease but had been in failing health for a number of years.

He was born in Fulton Co., Ohio May 12, 1855.  He came to Michigan forty years ago and lived on a farm in Pine River township north of St. Louis.  He moved to Minnesota in 1896 and lived there four years and then came back to St. Louis and has resided here ever since.

Besides his wife, there survive four children:  two daughters, Mrs. Aggie Rice of Grand Haven and Mrs. Grace Smith of Lansing;  two sons, Harold Acker of Lansing, and Glen Acker of Oregon;  and also one sister, Mrs. Anna Wood of Coe.  There are four step-brothers and three step-sisters also:  Mrs. Belle Baldwin of Denver, Colorado;  Mrs. Addie Leonard of Forest Hill;  and Mrs. Leota Perrine of Coe;  Will Wood of Coe,  Tom Wood of Kent, Ohio and Frank Wood of Cohessett, Minnesota.

The funeral will be held at the Christian church this afternoon, Thursday, at two o'clock.  Rev. Wall is to officiate.  Interment will be in Oak Grove cemetery.


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June 13, 1930


Joseph James Roberts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Roberts, was born April 16, 1911 and died June 13, 1930.  Besides his parents he is survived by seven sisters and four brothers:  Mrs. Raymond Moeller of Saginaw,  Sister Vincent de Paul of Grand Rapids,  Mrs. N. Doepker of Shepherd,  Mrs. Harry Tripp of Midland,  William Roberts of Shepherd and Ceceila, Frances, Alfred, Mathew, Hanoia and Martin, who are at home.

The funeral was held from St. Vincent de Paul church Monday morning with a requiem solemn high mass.  The Rev. Father Dark of Shepherd celebrant.  Rev. J. W. McNell of Saginaw deacon,  Rev. L. J. Farquharson of Grand Rapids, sub deacon;  Rev. J. R. Flannery of Grand Rapids, master of ceremonies.

Those from out of town who attended the funeral were:  Sister Victor and Sister Leonard of Grand Rapids;  Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sasse,  Mr. and Mrs. Alex Thorpe,  Mr and Mrs. Frank Sasse,  Mrs. Otto Bradden,  Fred Sasse,  Mrs. Sadie Bunting, all of Midland;  Mr. and Mrs. George Gilmore and James Kavanaugh of Owosso and Mr. and Mrs. Fanning of Harrison.

(Card of thanks from Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Roberts and Family)


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Former Coe Boy Developes Into Talented Pastor in Christian Church

January 8, 1930  (nsp)


A host of friends and acquaintances in this county mourn the sudden death of Dr. Meade Dutt of Los Angeles, Calif., who died there a week ago from apoplexy.  Dr. Dutt, who was very well known here, was pastor of the University Christian church and lived on Brighton ave., where he breathed his last after a two day illness.  He was 53 years of age and had served the Los Angeles church for three years.  Previous to that time he was pastor of a Fresno church for five years.

Dr. Dutt was born in Coe and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Dutt.  He grew to young manhood and attended Johnson Bible college at Kimberling Heights, Tennessee, the University of Pennsylvania and Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.  His ability as a minister and religious leader was early apparent as he was soon called to pastorates in growing churches.  He served in the First Christian church of St. Louis, Ill;  The First Christian church of Tulsa, Okla;  and then went to the large church at Fresno, Calif.

During his residence in Los Angeles he received a Bachelor of arts Degree at California Christian college and master of arts and master of theology degrees at the University of Southern California.  He was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi fraternity.  He was a man of large ability, deep conviction in religious matters and possessed a friendly and winning personality which counted largely in his chosen field.  His death is a great loss to the denomination in which he worked, as well as to his family and friends.  He leaves a wife, one son, Brooks Dutt;  two daughters, Rosalee and Mary Louis Dutt;  his father, C. J. Dutt who made his home with the family;  a brother Charles of Chicago and a sister, Mrs. Ruth Dutt Exses of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The funeral was held from the church of which he was pastor, and burial was made in a Los Angeles cemetery.


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July 14, 1930


C. A. Platt, one of the old and respected residents of this vicinity, passed away at his home in this village Monday night after a prolonged illness.

Mr. and Mrs. Platt came to Coe township nearly fifty years ago and with the exception of a few years when they returned to Ionia county and a few years at Barryton, have made their home in this immediate vicinity.

A true friend and kind and generous neighbor, he was honored and respected by all who knew him.

Charles Addison Platt, the son of Charles E. Platt and Angelina M. Platt, was born June 2, 1857 in Avoca, N. Y.  At the age of 16 years he came to Ionia county, MI and on Sept 18, 1880 was united in marriage to Florence Crawford.  To this union four children were born:  William A., Charles Leslie,  Carl and Florence M., all of Shepherd.

He departed this life July 14, 1930, at the age of 73 years, and leaves a wife, four children, four grandchildren and friends to mourn their loss.  Had he lived until Sept 18, 1930 they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Funeral services were held at his lat home Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Bell of the Christian church presiding.  Burial was in Salt River cemetery.


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Little Herbert and Cecil Lover Taken by Death

Within Two Days

September 25, 1930  (nsp)


One of the saddest incidents in the history of the community happened last Saturday and Sunday when the two little children of Mr. and Mrs. John Lover, living on the John Cline farm, died of cholera infantum.  Little Ray, aged one year and six months, died on Saturday, and Herbert, aged three years, passed away on Sunday morning.  They had been ill only a few days and were not thought to be in a serious condition until Saturday morning when a doctor was called.  The parents, neighbors and friends did everything possible but their little bodies were not strong enough to withstand the disease.

The funeral was held from the church on Monday at two o'clock and amid a profusion of flowers they were laid to rest in South Coe cemetery.

Rev. Bell, pastor of the church, spoke words of comfort to the bereaved parents and other relatives.  Mrs. C. D. Perrine and Mrs. Pauline Torpee sang.  The family have the sympathy of the entire community.  There is one little son, Dale, left to comfort and brighten the home.


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September 25, 1930


Angus Scott Kennedy was born June 27, 1882 on the farm home near Mt. Pleasant.  He was the son of James Martin and Harriet Kennedy;  early pioneers of Isabella County.

He was a quiet home loving man, highly respected by all who knew him, a devoted son, who with his brother, George, remained at home to care for their parents in their declining years and to work the farm for them and they have remained on the old home farm, to care for it since the death of their parents.

He was the seventh child of ten children and is survived by two sisters:  Mrs. Ollie Leffingwell of Clare and Mrs. Margaret Gilmore of Chippewa township;  and four brothers, Addison living on the adjoining farm,  Douglass of Mt. Pleasant,  Roy of Shepherd and George at home.  A brother William departed this life the first of July of this year and twin sisters, the youngest of the family, died in infancy.


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October 2, 1930  (nsp)


Word has been received here of the sad death of Berverley Imogene Bigelow, the two year old daughter of Harold S. Bigelow and wife of Flint, when she fell in water about two feet in depth and was drowned while playing at the Kearsley Park children's play ground.

Mr. Bigelow was a former resident of this village.


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April 21, 1930


Oma Marie Fisher, the eldest daughter of Charley and Ellen Fisher, was born near Greenville, Dark County, Ohio November 10, 1904 and departed this life at her home near Shepherd April 21, 1930, at the age of 26 years, 5 months and 11 days.

At the age of 7 years she came with her parents to Michigan to live.  At the age of 19 she was united in marriage to Emmet Purtill.  To this union were born five children, two preceding her in death.

She leaves to mourn her departure a faithful husband, three children:  Lorna, age 6,  Charles, age 4, and Edna , age 3;  her parents, two sisters, Mrs. May Myers and Olive Fisher, five brothers:  Herbert, Roy, Omer, her twin Ray, and John, two grandparents and a host of relatives and friends.


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November 24, 1930 (nsp)


Mrs. Emeline Francisco, 79 years of age, passed away Sunday at 11 a.m. after a lingering illness at her home, 606 North Fancher ave., where she had lived over 31 years.  She had been a resident of Isabella county since she was 12 years of age.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. H. VanWie;  one brother, E. J. Wooden of Union twp., a sister, Mrs. Eva Sandbrook of this city and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral services will take place Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the home.


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Mrs. Emaline Francisco Has Lived In This

Vicinity 67 Years

November 28, 1930 (nsp)


Mrs. Emaline Francisco passed away at her home at 606 North Fancher Sunday morning after months of illness and suffering.  She is the third sister to pass away this year.

Emeline Woodin, daughter of the late Thomas and Caroline Woodin, was born in Warren County, PA., Oct. 21, 1851, being one of a family of eleven children.

She came with her parents to this county when twelve years of age locating in Lincoln township on what was known in the following years as the 'Woodin Homestead'.  She often made the trip to Mt. Pleasant, which then consisted of only a few buildings, by trail on horseback, enduring the experiences incident to real pioneer life.

She was united in marriage to Harry Francisco, who had served in the Civil War, March 7, 1868.  To this union were born two sons and six daughters all of whom but one, Mrs. Clarissa VanWie, and her husband preceded her in death.  The oldest son died in childhood while they lived in Nebraska and the bodies of her husband and a younger son, Thomas, were found in the Chippewa River in Midland County thirty-two years ago.  They were drowned while on a fishing trip.

The daughters Carrie E. Armstong died in 1894;  Cora A. Bruce in 1910;  Olive N. Saunders in 1909;  Effie M. Becker in 1911 and Beulah B. Francisco in 1915.

Besides her family she also cared for her granddaughter, Mrs. Bessie Rhoods, now living at Jackson, MI.

Mrs. Francisco was converted in 1884 and later joined the Free Methodist Church of which she was a faithful and devoted member exemplifying in her life her convictions of a Christian character.

Left to mourn her departure are a daughter, Mrs. Clarissa VanWie, a brother, Edwin Woodin of Union twp., and a sister Mrs. Eva Sandbrook of this city.  Also thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at her home Tuesday forenoon at ten o'clock.

District Elder, Rev. L. D. Bodine of Belding, assisted by the local pastor, Rev. Coda Butler, conducted the services.  Mrs. Francisco made these arrangements previous to her demise.  Interment was made in the Chippewa cemetery beside her husband.


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Charles Lathrop

May 29, 1930  (nsp)


M. C. Lathrop and wife were at Durand Sunday to attend the funeral of the former's brother, Charles, who died Thursday of last week after an illness of four years.

Charles Lathrop was born at St. Louis, MI June 4, 1878, the son of Frank Lathrop and wife.  He was married to Miss Lida Norton of Ithaca May 15, 1900 , moving to Durand in 1910 where he was employed as a Grand Truck switchman until his illness.

Funeral services were held in the Durand Methodist church Sunday, with burial in Greenwood cemetery at Vernon.

Besides the widow he is survived by one son, Lazelle, one daughter, Mrs. Wilma Paterson and one granddaughter, Mardel Paterson, all of Durand;  three brothers, Miles of Shepherd,  Carl of St. Louis,  Asher of Durand and one sister, Mrs. Della Foutch of Lansing.


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Mrs. Martha Harrison Dies in New York State

And is to Be Buried Here

October 19, 1930


Mrs. Martha Harrison, highly respected resident of this city for many years, passed away on Sunday evening, October 19, 1930, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William H. Johnson at Venice Center, N.Y., where she had made her home for the past year and a half.

Mrs. Harrison led a very useful and happy life, loved by all who knew her.

The remains were brought here by her daughter on Tuesday and the funeral service is on Thursday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John H. Colbry, at 2:30.

She leaves to mourn, six children:  James A. of St. Paul, Minn;  Mrs. Margaret E. Goodyear,  Mrs. Elizabeth H. Colbry of St. Louis;  John H. of Grand Rapids;  Robert H. of Detroit;  Mrs. Blanche H. Johnson of Venice Center, N.Y.

There are also six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

The deceased was born in Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada on the 6th day of March, 1849, passing away at the age of 81 years, 7 months and 18 days.


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Seymour G. Dersnah Had Been Ill A Year;

Graduated From High School and College Here

September 18, 1930


Seymour G. Dersnah, youngest son of William E. and Maria A. Dersnah, passed away Sept. 18th at Toledo, Ohio, the cause of his death being a blood clot on the brain.  He had been ailing for about a year and had been taking treatments at Ann Arbor.

He was born in Vernon twp., in 1894, and graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School and also from Central State Teachers College.  He had been a teacher for about fifteen years, holding positions in Michigan and Ohio.  His last school was at Hamburg, Michigan.

He was taken sick more than a year ago and went to Texas last year for his health, returning, however, after three weeks.  He then took treatments at Ann Arbor for six months.

He leaves to mourn their loss his wife and daughters:  Merline and Virginia;  two brothers, Bernard E. of Mt. Pleasant and Eugene of Bay City; and one sister Mrs. Elwood Vanderhoff of Kalamazoo, besides several nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were held Tuesday from Stinson's undertaking parlors, with Rev. Charles MacKenzie officiating.  He was laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery.

Relatives from out of town attending the funeral included Mrs. Vanderhoff from Kalamazoo,  Eugene Dersnah and wife of Bay City,  Mrs. Davis of Ithaca and relatives from Farwell, Clare and Flint.


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Mrs. Daniel Burdick Passed Away At

the Home of Her Daughter

(no date other than 1930)


Mrs. Mary Burdick, widow of the late Daniel Burdick, an octogenarian and one of the well know pioneers of Isabella County, succumbed Friday afternoon at tow o'clock to senility after an illness of six weeks duration at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Diehl, 315 South College Avenue.  Mrs. Burdick had lived 65 years in the county and 30 years in Mt. Pleasant.

The deceased, nee Mary Hartwick, was born 83 years ago on August 15, in Jamestown, Ontario.  Following the death of her mother, she moved with her father in 1850 to Cleveland, Ohio, where for 12 years he was engaged in his trade as wagonmaker.  She was married to Daniel Burdick, November 28, 1862 in Delaware County, Ohio.  Her husband was one of the first to respond to Lincoln's call for volunteers when Fort Sumter was fired on.  Enlisting in Co. D., 38th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, he served throughout the war, participated in numerous engagements and was taken prisoner, but came through without serious wounds.

After his discharge from the service, Mr. Burdick came with his bride to Lincoln township, Isabella County in 1865, where he purchased 80 acres and they set about hewing a home from the forest.  The hand of improvement was scarcely visible in Lincoln at that time and the task of clearing and improving was beset by all the difficulties incident to pioneer life.  To make a road to his land Mr. Burdick cut through one and one-half miles of virgin woods.  At the time of his death he owned 100 acres, converted from a wilderness into a stock farm by unremitting toll and no little sacrifice.  He took prominent part in Republican councils in the township and was honored by election to several township offices at different times.

Four of six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Burdick, survive the widow.  They are Orion L of Shepherd,  Ernest E. of Mt. Pleasant,  Theron D., who resides in the west, and Mrs. Grace Diehl of Mt. Pleasant.

Mrs. Burdick was an old fashioned mother, self-sacrificing, devoted to her family, courteous and charitable to all.  She was affiliated with the Order of Eastern Star and with Maccabees as a social member and was a member of the M. E. Church.  For several years she has resided with the daughter at whose home her death occurred.

The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Diehl, rev. C. W. Mackenzie of the M. E. church officiating.  Interment was made in Riverside cemetery.


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Flint Man Killed At Fatal Crossing on 27

Three Miles South of Mt. Pleasant

Walter A. Myers

October 16, 1930  (nsp)


The second fatal accident within a week occurred at the crossing three miles south of Mt. Pleasant Friday evening when a car driven by Walter A. Myers of Flint crashed into a north bound freight train and caused the instant death of Mr. Myers.

Mr. Myers was a brother of Mrs. Pearl Peterson living near Shepherd and he had been visiting her home and had left there only a short time before the accident occurred on a hunting trip to Houghton Lake.

Besides his wife and nine year old son, whom he had left at the Peterson home, Mr. Myers is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Clarence Carlson of Mt. Pleasant and Mrs. Pearl Peterson and a father and mother who reside at the Peterson home.


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September 29, 1930


Isaac D. Linebaugh was born at Fremont, Ohio March 27, 1870, and departed this life Sept. 29, 1930.  He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Rosella Earick, October 1, 1905.  They made their home in Cadillac for ten years when they then moved to Mancelona where they have resided up to the time of his death.

Besides his wife Elizabeth Rosella Linebaugh, the deceased leaves to mourn his loss two sons:  Theodore and Russell, one step-daughter, Geraldine Griffiths, two step-sons, Auzie and William Hart, and three brothers, Adam, Frank and Robert Linebaugh, and a host of other relatives and friends.

The body was brought here from Ann Arbor on Thursday and the funeral was held from the M. E. church, Rev. W. S. Phillips officiating and burial was in the Chippewa cemetery.


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January 27, 19330


Daniel W. Grewett, who lived northeast of town, passed away on Jan. 27th at the home of his son, Alfred, in Lansing, where he and Mrs. Grewett had gone to spend the winter.  Funeral services were held at the Shepherd M. E. church on Thursday afternoon of last week, conducted by Rev. Kendall.  Burial was made at Rosebush.


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(no date other than 1930)


Word has been received of the sudden death of Mrs. Willis Best last Thursday evening at her home near Elwell.  She was ill only a few minutes.  She had been a sufferer from heart trouble for a short time previous to her death.

Mr. and Mrs. Best will be remembered as having conducted a general store here a few years ago.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. church at Ithaca, Monday, Rev. Beebe officiating.


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Old and Respected Citizen Dies Suddenly While

at Oklahoma City

April 9, 1930


A telegram was received here early Thursday morning that Harry Milliken was seriously ill in the hospital at Oklahoma City, and this was followed shortly by another telegram announcing his death, which occurred on Wednesday evening.

Mr. Milliken left Shepherd for Oklahoma where he arrived last Christmas Day.  Mrs. Milliken left soon after to join him and was with him at the time of his death.  He had been afflicted with stomach trouble but a stroke was the immediate cause of his death.

The body was shipped to Alma where it was met by a large number of friends and relatives who accompanied it to his former home in this village.

This town and community was cast into gloom by this death of one of our most esteemed citizens.

Norman Henry Milliken, eldest son of Norman Henry and Sarah Milliken was born at Milliken, Ontario September 2, 1869, and departed this life at Oklahoma City General Hospital April 9, 1930.

At the age of seven months he came with his grandparents to Saline, MI, later coming to Salt River, now Shepherd, where he has spent the greater part of his life.

He was converted a the age of eighteen and united with the United Brethren church, later transferring to the M. E. Church in Shepherd, where he has been a faithful follower of Christ.

He was united in marriage to Margaret Girven on March 31, 1892.  To this union two children were born:  Mrs. Mildred Middaugh of Benton Harbor, MI and Bothwell Milliken of Kalamazoo, MI.  Besides his widow and children he is survived by two grandchildren, Norman C., and Virginia Middaugh;  two sisters, Mrs. George Spencer of Shepherd and Mrs. Wm. Owen of Tecumseh; one brother Emerson Milliken of Tulsa, Oklahoma;  six nieces, five nephews and a host of friends.

The number of sorrowing friends who went to Alma to help conduct the funeral cortege to his home, and the great amount of beauty of the floral pieces shows how he was loved and respected by those who knew him most.  He was noted for his genial disposition.  He never passed a person on the street, especially a child or an elderly person, without a cheery greeting.

It can be truthfully said of him:  He was a devoted and considerate husband, a kind and indulgent father, a dutiful son and a friend in the truest sense of the term.

Funeral services were held from the M. E. church Monday, conducted by Rev. Mayhew and Rev. Kendall.  Interment in the Salt River cemetery.

(the spelling of Henry/Harry is as it appears in this article)


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Old and Respected Pioneer Passes Away

Very Suddenly Saturday

June 21, 1930


The sudden death of W. S. Fordyce came as a shock to the community last Saturday evening when he was discovered dead in his chair in the township clerk's office at about 6:30.

Mr. Fordyce had been in poor health for some time and Friday night had a very poor spell but was able to be out on Saturday attending to his duties. When he failed to appear at supper time Mrs. Fordyce became worried and requested Edwin Clevenger, a neighbor, to investigate and he found him as described above.

In the passing of W. S. Fordyce, or "Scott" as he was most familiarly known, Coe township loses one of it's oldest pioneers.  He came her with his parents in 1866 and they settled on the farm which he still owned at the time of his death and where he lived until about seven years ago when he moved to Shepherd.

Mr. Fordyce has always been held in high esteem by all who knew him and has held many positions of trust in the township.  He was supervisor for seven years, township treasurer for two years, and township clerk for seven or eight years and was still serving in this capacity at the time of his death.

He was one of the oldest Odd Fellows in the state, having joined Salt River Lodge No 239, fifty-six years ago as a charter member.  He was also a member of the Rebekah order and serving as financial secretary.

The funeral was held at the Christian church Wednesday afternoon with the odd Fellows conducting the burial service, and was largely attended.  The board of supervisors which was in session at Mt. Pleasant recessed and attended in a body and were accompanied by many of the ex-supervisors of Coe township, and the business places were closed.

Winfield S. Fordyce, son of John W. and Sarah E. Fordyce, was born in Green County, PA, November 2, 1852 and died Saturday, June 21, 1930, age 77 years, 7 months and 19 days.

He came to Michigan with his parents at the age of 14 years and located in Coe township where he has since resided.

He was married to Clara Parkinson July 4, 1876 and to this union two children were born, both dying several years ago.  His first wife died March 14, 1897, and he was again united in marriage on July 20, 1899 to Mary A. Kirby.  to them three children were born, two of whom died in infancy.

He is survived by his widow, one daughter, Mrs. John Wright of Alma, and two grandchildren, Frances and Junior Wright of Alma, and a legion of friends and associates who mourn his departure.


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March 28, 1930


Ivan Child, son of Herbert and Minnie Childs, was born August 25, 1908 and departed this life March 28, 1930 at the age of 21 years, 7 months and 3 days.

He has been a member of the Christian church at Coe for several years, where he has been a faithful worker and will be greatly missed.

He leaves to mourn their loss, his father, mother, 3 sisters, 4 brothers and a host of friends who loved and respected him.

Funeral services were held at his late home Sunday afternoon, Rev. Bell of Alma officiating.  Burial was in Salt River cemetery.


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(no date other than 1930)


John Wilbur Kenyon, the little two and a half year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kenyon, died at the hospital in Mt. Pleasant about 9 o'clock Wednesday evening of last week.

The child was taken ill about three hours previous and was rushed to the hospital, but all efforts to save the little life were unavailing.  The cause of death was at first pronounced to be meningitis, but after the examination of culture from the parents and little brother without discovering any infection it was thought that the death might have resulted from other causes, as the child had been subject to spasms.


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Arlene Phoebe Doty

March 1930


Arlene Phoebe, the 15 day old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Doty passed away early Sunday morning.  Besides her father and mother, she is survived by four brothers and two sisters and a host of other relatives.  Short services were held at the home Monday morning, conducted by Rev. Mullett after which the body, accompanied by the father, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Fairchild and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Fairchild, was taken to Wacousta, Clinton Co., Ohio and laid to rest beside her grandfather who died less than a year ago.


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December 11, 1930


            Son of Ezra and Martha Stebelton - b. June 28, 1885 in Dover, Clare Co., MI and died 11 Dec 1930 - aged 45 yrs, 5 mos ? days.

Married March 13, 1907 to Myrtle John??? of Shepherd.  Married at Ithaca, MI.

States he was an experienced trapper and fisherman - and was irony of fate that he should be drowned while ?????.

Was ice fishing with close friend, Roy Apple on Little Bass Lake.

Leaves wife and 7 children - 4 boys and 3 girls (Laurice, Irene, Max, Cedric, Kenneth and name couldn't read) - also brothers and a half sister:  George Davis of Flint,  ? Davis of Saginaw and Mrs. Leland of near Chicago - uncle, Joe McKinley of Isabella Co. and 2 ??:  Mary Jerd and Mrs. McKinley of Clare Co..

Buried in family lot in Salt River cemetery.




July 1930


Has been despondent - poor health - cut throat.

Was janitor at Fancher school last year.

Left to mourn their loss is wife and two sons, Herbert of Mt. Pleasant and Walter, at Central College.




May 29, 1930


Born in Chippewa May 8, 1862 - died at age 68 yrs, ? mos, 17 days.

Leaves brother John  Robinson of Weidman, Mrs. Brown of Shepherd and sister Mrs. Millie Newcomb of Detroit.

Died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Detw??????.


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Auto Crashes into Freight Train at US-27

South of Mt. Pleasant With Fatal Results

Two Are Taken To Ann Arbor

October 5, 1930


John Bruskotter and Melvin Sullivan are dead and Hubert Doepker and Alfred Robison are Seriously Injured.


Two well known residents of Coe township were killed, two others seriously injured and a fifth received less serious injuries when an automobile driven by Melville Sullivan, who resided two and one-half miles southeast of Shepherd, crashed into a freight train at the crossing on US 27, about three miles south of Mt. Pleasant about six o'clock Sunday morning.

With Mr. Sullivan in the car was John Bruskotter and Hubert Doepker, neighbors, and Alfred Robinson and Otto Myers of this village.

The men were on their way to Mt. Pleasant where they were employed at the Columbia Sugar Factory.  A heavy fog obscured their vision and according to Mr. Myers they were within forty or fifty feet of the track and were going about thirty-five miles an hour when the first saw the train.  The automobile crashed into the 28th car of the train which was loaded with evergreen from the north for funeral wreaths.  This car was thrown from the rails and landed in a ditch about 100 yards down the track, while the automobile was carried but a few feet before being  (can't read) a pile of scrap by the side of the track.

Mr. Bruskotter was instantly killed, while Mr. Sullivan lived about two hours after being taken to the hospital at Mt. Pleasant.  Mr. Robinson and Mr. Doepker was also taken to the hospital at Mt. Pleasant and Monday were removed to the hospital at Ann Arbor.  Both men are very seriously injured, but some hopes are entertained for their recovery.  Mr. Myers escaped with a severe scalp wound and minor bruises.

Another car occupied by W. B. Schilchter and his 11 year old son, Richard, of Alma, were compelled to take to the ditch to avoid hitting one of the bodies and was some what damaged and the boy cut when his head crashed through the windshield.

Mr. Bruskotter is survived by his wife and ten children and an aged father who made his home with him.

Mr. Sullivan leaves a wife, who is in very poor health, and three children.

This makes eleven residents of this township who have met violent deaths within the year and all of them have been of a tragic nature.


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Obituaries for Melvin Sullivan and John Bruskotter -

Killed in Accident

October 16, 1930 (nsp)


John Bruskotter, son of Henry and Anna Bruskotter, was born at Ft. Jennings, Ohio May 3, 1887.  His mother died when he was but eight months old.  He lived with his father until he married, May 18, 1909 to Miss Christina Doepker.  To this union ten children were born:  Mrs. Dorrie Oswald of St. Louis,  Mildred of Saginaw,  Krene, Melvin, Elmer, James, John, Freda, and Charles at home.  Alvera dying in infancy.

He also leaves his aged father and three sisters:  Mrs. Augusta Recke and Miss Elizabeth Bruskotter of Ft. Jennings and Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Doepker of Shepherd.


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October 16, 1930 (nsp)


Melvin Sullivan, son of James H. and Evelyn Sullivan, was born at Campbellsburg, Indiana, Jan. 13, 1888 and departed this life Oct. 5, 1930, aged 42 yrs., 8 mos, and 21 days.

He was the third of a family of eight children, six of whom are still living, one sister having died in infancy.

In 1905 he went to Rantoul, Illinois and resided there until 1918.  During that time he was united in marriage to Lyle Bates.  To this union three children were born:  Harold James, Archie Leonard and Mary Frances, all of whom are at home.

In 1918 he moved to Salem, Indiana, and resided there two years.  He then moved to Shepherd, MI, where with his family he has made his home since.

He was a kind and loving husband, making friends with whom ever he met.  He always had a good word for everyone and was ever ready to assist one in need.  He was a member of the Methodist church and also a member of the Shepherd Odd Fellow lodge.

He leaves besides his family, four brothers, Dale, Orval, Lee and Harry of Salem, Indiana;  two sisters, Mrs. Everett Peden of Salem, Ind., and Mrs. Bert Jones of Campbellsburg, Ind., and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn the loss of a loved one.


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November 6, 1930 (nsp)


Hubert Doepker died at the hospital in Ann Arbor about two o'clock last Thursday morning as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident about a month ago.

Hubert C. Doepker was born at Fort Jennings, Ohio July 17, 1892.  He came to Michigan with his parents 22 years ago.

He was united in marriage to Gladys Gaugier November 14, 1913.  To this union two daughters were born.  Donalda, who is now 12, and Marjorie 10.

Besides the bereaved widow and daughters, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. John Bruskotter and Mrs. Fred Kramer of Shepherd;  seven brothers, Lewis of Owosso, Matt of Shepherd,  Ed of Sumner, Arnold of St. Louis, Albert of Appleton, Wisc., Alex of Rapid City and Nell of Mt. Pleasant.

Funeral services were held at St. Vincent de Paul church Monday morning.


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Well Known St. Louis Man Dies Last Week

When Leaving His Market

May 14, 1930


W. C. Edgar, a well-known and respected business man of St. Louis, passed away very suddenly Wednesday night of last week.  It was a great shock to the family and friends, as he had been about the meat market as usual that day and had displayed no indication of being other than in his usual good health.  Just before nine o'clock he had talked with some friends on the street.  It is thought he went into the market on some errand and feeling ill started for assistance, he was seen by R. V. Faurot as he collapsed in front of the stairway between the Meat Market and the Raycraft Drug store.  He was carried into the drug store and Dr. Robinson was summoned who said he had died instantly.

Mr. Edgar came to St. Louis about forty years ago, when he was sixteen years of age and for a time worked at the baker trade.  Later he went to work for the late James Brugess in the meat market and has followed this line of business for 39 years.

For the past four years he has been the senior partner of the firm of Edgar & Phillips.  He was affable and courteous in all his dealings and he will be greatly missed from his place of business.

William C. Edgar was born October 18, 1868 in Findley, Ohio.  When he was fourteen years of age he came to Michigan, and worked in Saginaw at the baker's trade, two years later he came to St. Louis.  On May 16, 1893 he was united in marriage with Ella M. McIntyre, who with the daughter, Miss Mary Ruth Edgar, survive.

The funeral service was Saturday afternoon at the family home and was in charge of Mrs. Charles Ward, Christian Science Reader of Alma.  Interment was in Oak Grove cemetery.  Mr. Edgar was affiliated with the Maccabee order and the Odd Fellows.

Friends of the family from out of the city who came to the funeral were:  Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gartee and family and Mrs. A. R. Woods of Battle Creek;  Mr. Clark Davidson and daughter and Mrs. H. G. Boles of Pontiac;  Mr. and Mrs. Frank Richardson and daughter, Miss Dorothy, of Detroit.


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