March 16, 1933 (nsp)


Funeral services for the late Mrs. Arthur W. McClintic, held Wednesday afternoon of  last week at the home south of Shepherd, were largely attended.  Those present from out of the county were:  Mrs. F. M. McClintic and daughter, Jessie of Fenton;  Albert McClintic of Chebeygan;  Hollie McClintin and Wife of Detroit;  Mr. and Mrs. D. L. McClintic of Homer;  Mrs. Claude Bacon of Albion;  Mrs. Glen Studer of Toledo;  Mr. and Mrs. Perry Chaffee, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Chaffee and Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Chaffee of Harrison, and Mrs. Ernest Chaffee and daughter of Clare.  Relatives and friends also came from Mt. Pleasant and other parts of this county.

Rev. W. S. Phillips officiated and Mrs. Glen Oren sang, accompanied by Mrs. Harry Wetzel.

Interment was made in Salt River Cemetery.


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November 18, 1933 (nsp)


Funeral services for Alma Mathews Ardner, which were held Saturday afternoon at the Shepherd M. E. church under the auspices of Coe Chapter No. 98, O. E. S. were largely attended and an abundance of beautiful floral tributes further marked the esteem in which the deceased lady was held, and sympathy for the bereaved family.

Members of the Eastern Star chapter attended the services in a body and acted as ushers at the church.  Musical selections were rendered by a quartet consisting of Carl Piatt, Claude Stump, Eskiel Nilsen and Mrs. E. L. Ashworth, and by R. A. Garber, who sang a solo.  Pallbearers were Alfred Carroll, Paul Riess, Milo Richmond, H. B. Ulsh, Raymond Slates and Bradford Cole.

Mrs. Ardner, nee Alma Mathews, was born in Howard City a little more than 37 years ago.  She taught school for a number of years in Hemlock before going to Laporte, where she became principal of the high school.  Her marriage to L. H. Ardner of Shepherd was solemnized about 11 years ago.

Surviving with the husband are one daughter, Ida Jane Ardner, and a son, Jack Mathews Ardner, both in infancy.  She also leaves her mother, Mrs. Ida Mathews of Shepherd, two brothers, J. T. Mathews of Tahoe, Calif., and James Mathews of Beulah; and two sisters, Mrs. J. P. Nicholson of Greenville and Mrs. William Allen of Saginaw.  Her father, who formerly conducted a restaurant business in Shepherd, and a baby daughter preceded her in death.

Mrs. Ardner was a past worthy matron of Coe Chapter, O. E. S., was a member of the White Shrine of Alma and also of the Shepherd Rebeckah lodge and the Shepherd Woman's club.


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October 21, 1933


Hallie Van Wie was born in Hudson, Michigan June 1, 1874, and passed away in Detroit, MI, October 21, 1933, following a brief illness.  He was 59 years of age.

He came with his parents to Isabella County to live when he was five years of age, living on a farm in Chippewa township.  He attended the Landon and Miles schools.

He was united in marriage to Clarissa E. Francisco, December 2, 1899, and to this union were born five children.  Following his marriage he resided in Traverse City, Michigan.

In 1902 he attended the Illinois College of Photography, afterward following that business in Thompsonville and Shepherd, MI.

In 1923, he moved to Detroit, where he was employed as an automobile salesman until the time of his illness, a few days prior to his death.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Clarissa Van Wie, of this city, three daughters, Mrs. Gordon McIntyre of Royal Oak;  Marie and Cora Van Wie of this city;  two sons, Joseph and Robert Van Wie of Detroit, his father, Vern Van Wie of Elk Rapids, one granddaughter, Justine McIntyre of Royal Oak, four nieces and one nephew.

Funeral services were held at the Stinson funeral chapel Monday afternoon, Rev. C. B. Hawkins officiating.

Interment was made beside his mother in Chippewa cemetery.


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October 9, 1933


Ward Beecher Stowe Drake was born in Coe township, June 9, 1873, and passed away at his farm home October 9, 1933, at the age of 60 yrs., and four months.

June 25, 1898 he was united in marriage to Josephine Thompson.  To this union were born four children.

About two years ago Mr. Drake suffered an injury from which he never completely recovered.  He bore his sufferings patiently until the end.

When he was 18 years of age his father died, leaving the responsibility of the family upon him.  He saw many hardships of life.  He was always thoughtful of others and always ready to lend a helping hand in time of need to his friends and neighbors.

He leaves to mourn their loss his wife, four children:  Mrs. Ethel Owen of Shepherd,  Oliver of Alma,  Melvin and Cecil at home;  three grandchildren, many relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held from the home Thursday, with interment is missing.


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Well Known Educator Dies in Oklahoma;  Wife Bringing Body

Here for Burial.

Sept 7, 1933 (nsp)

(This article is badly stained with ink splots, will give what I can)


Word was received Tuesday by Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Nesen, of the sudden death on Monday of their son-in-law, Dr. John Tyndall.  While details had not reached them at the time of going to press, it is understood that the car in which Dr. Tyndall, who lives in Cisco, TX, and a young man from Clarence, TX., Julius Davenport, were riding, collided with a truck in Altus, Oklahoma, instantly killing both men.

The funeral will be held in Cisco on Thursday, and the body will leave immediately afterward for interment in St. Louis.......I can not read the rest of this article.


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May 30, 1933


The large number of associates and friends who gathered for the funeral and the profusion of beautiful flowers bore silent testimony oto the high esteem in which the late Mrs. C. C. Field was held in this community.  The funeral rites for Mrs. Field were held Thursday at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Brattin.  The Rev. W. S. Phillips officiated, assisted by the Rev. C. B. Hawkins of Mt. Pleasant.  At the conclusion of the services Carl Piatt and Mrs. E. L. Ashworth sang.

John Williams, William J. Brew, Harry Wetzel, Claud Stump, Carl Piatt and Glen Oren served as pallbearers.

Among those who attended were Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Field of Standish;  Francis Field and Floyd C. Brattin of Detroit;  Mrs. Olive Cook and daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Foote,  Mrs. Frank Field,  Mr. and Mrs. Bert Foote,  Mrs. W. S. Cock,  W. W. Riches,  Miss Nina Riches, Wallace Manson and Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Kelly of Lansing;  Mr. and Mrs. James Brattin of Lorraine, Ohio;  Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Field and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cline of Charlotte;  Mrs. Hugh Bergy and Miss Lillian Williams of Ionia;  Mrs. W. E. Moody of Alma, and many from Mt. Pleasant.


Second article on this person


Mrs. Field was the widow of the late Clark C. Field, who was prominently identified with the earlier business life of Shepherd.  She was born in Bedford, Ohio 78 years ago and her marriage to Mr. Field was solemnized in Charlotte, MI November 25, 1880.  They came to Shepherd in 1895.

Mr. Field purchased a mill that had been constructed by Ammi W. Wright, late of Alma, benefactor and philanthropist.  When it was destroyed by fire he constructed the brick elevator and mill now owned by the Shepherd Grain and Bean Company.  He was active in business here for a period of nearly 20 years.

Since the death of Mr. Field in 1922, Mrs. Field had made her home with her daughters, Mrs. Brattin in Shepherd and Mrs. C. W. Riches in Mt. Pleasant.  Endowed with a sunny nature and charitably inclined toward all, she will be missed by a host of friends.  One of their tributes to her memory is the statement that Mrs. Field was never heard to utter an unkind word with reference to anyone.

Surviving Mrs. Field are the two daughters, Mrs. H. A. Brattin of Shepherd and Mrs. C. W. Riches of Mt. Pleasant;  two sons, Nathain E. Field of Calif., and Ned C. Field of Washington State;  a brother James Egbert of Forks, Wash., a sister, Mrs. Sadie Mesenger of Olivet, MI and 12 grandchildren.

The funeral will be held from the Brattin home, the Rev. W. s. Phillips will officiate and interment will be made in Salt River Cemetery.


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(There is no date other than 1933, and the first part of this article is missing)


.........Amanda Sickles was married to LaMott G. Bates, May 28, 1873 in the old Methodist church.  They celebrated their 60th Wedding anniversary near the scene of the nuptial event last May, this being the occasion for the gathering of the children and grandchildren at the hospitable Bates home.

Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bates who survive with the husband.  They are Dr. C. G. Bates of Durand;  Dr. Rion L. Bates of Ovid;  Clyde and Harold Bates of Elsie and Mrs. Glen Oren of Shepherd.  There also are three surviving sisters, Mrs. W. G. Rankin and Mrs. F. G. Theirs, both of Mt. Pleasant and Alice Andrews of Elsie.  Alva Sickles of Elsie is a surviving brother.

Mrs. Bates was a past worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star and had been active in the work of the M. E. church, having served for some time as a member of it's board of trustees.

The funeral was held Saturday from the home, the Rev. J. A. Brown officiating, and the body was placed in the Riverside mausoleum.


See next article on this same person.


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December 14, 1933 (nsp)


Eighty-one year old and a life-long resident of Elsie, Mrs. Amanda Bates, mother of Mrs. Glen Oren of Shepherd, died at her home Thursday morning, following a two weeks' illness of bronchial pneumonia.  Mrs. Oren had been called to Elsie several days before, to help care for her mother.

Mrs. Bates was born in Elsie, November 11, 1852, in one of four log cabins occupying corners marking the site of the present village.  Some of her juvenile neighbors were Indian children.  The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Sickles, she watched the settlement grow from a group of crude houses, surrounded by forest, to the present thriving farming community.

Amanda Sickles was married to LaMott G. Bates, May 28, 1873 in the old Methodist church.  They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary near the scene of the nuptial event last May......the rest of this article is the 'very' same as the one above.


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Stuck While Walking On Pavement Near Village;

Dies in Few Minutes

Can't read month, 13, 1933


John Roberts, 17, died Saturday night immediately after being struck just east of the US-27 cutoff west of Shepherd at about 9:30 by a car driven by Robert McGarry, 22, son of George McGarry, residing two miles northwest of the village.  Roberts was walking to town on the pavement when the accident occurred.  McGarry, who was also coming to the village, turned out to pass another car and did not see Roberts until too late to avoid the collision.

Roberts, who lived with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Childs, a mile southwest of Shepherd, was walking on the outer edge of the pavement when struck, according to statements of the accident.  He was accompanied by Casimer Dumbrowski, 18, who lives diagonally across the road from the Childs home.

One of Roberts; legs was fractured, his neck was broken and his skull was cracked at the front and back of the head by the violent impact that seemed to hurl him into the air.  He was rendered unconscious and after uttering moans of pain, was still.  Robert McGarry, who was much distressed by the accident, was helped to load the body into his car and race with it to the Mt. Pleasant hospital in the hope that there might still be a chance to save Roberts' life.

Coroner C. M. Baskerville investigated the accident and tentatively called an inquest that was to have been held Monday forenoon.  However, the inquest was not held and there was some questions as to whether it would be as the purely accidental nature of the tragedy seemed clear.

John Roberts, his sister, Kathleen Roberts of Parnell, MI., and a brother, Eugene Roberts of Midland, are the orphaned children of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Roberts who formerly lived northeast of Shepherd.  John had made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Childs for the last 3-1/2 years and had been assisting with the farm work.  He was a member of the Junior class of Shepherd high school.  He was industrious and bright and the news of the tragedy of Saturday night was profound shock to many friends and well wishers.

John Anthony Roberts was born September 5, 1915 in Isabella County.  His father died 10 years ago and his mother four years ago.

The funeral was held at St. Vincent de Paul church Tuesday morning and interment was made in the Catholic cemetery.  Rev. Fr. Joseph Henige, who conducted requiem mass, was assisted by the Rev. Fr. McNeal of Farwell, MI.


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Old Resident of the Shepherd Community Dies After

Long Illness.

June 8, 1933


Mrs. Julia Ann Stilgenbauer died at the age of 81 at her home in Shepherd Thursday, June 8th, of a long illness that began last fall and had confined her to her bed for many weeks.  Mrs. Stilgenbauer had resided in the community for 55 years and in the village for about 30 years.  Patient, charitable, a devoted mother and a kind and thoughtful friend and neighbor, she passed away as she had lived, cheerful to her abiding Christian faith.  Her protracted suffering was borne with the characteristic fortitude of the pioneer.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stepper, Julia Anne Stepper was born March 26, 1852 in Stark County, Ohio, where she grew to young womanhood.  She was married there December 5, 1872 to Jacob Stilgenbauer, her devoted companion for nearly half a century thereafter.  They came to a pioneer environment 55 years ago when they removed to a farm one mile west and two miles north of Shepherd that was their home about 25 years.

Three children were born to the estemmed couple.  One of them, a daughter, died at the age of 10.  Two sons, Fred Stilgenbauer of Mt. Pleasant and Walter Stilgenbauer of Shepherd, survive with three grandchildren and two great grandchildren to honor the memory of parents who toiled to afford them every opportunity to lay the foundations for useful careers.

Several brothers and sisters of a large family preceded Mrs. Stilgenbauer in death.  Surviving her are three sisters and one brother:  Mrs. Elmer Miller of Warren, Ohio;  Mrs. Joseph Teepels and Mrs. Frank Maybaugh of Wilmont, Ohio and John Steffer(Stepper?) of Beach City, Ohio  

Jacob Stilgenbauer died at his home in Shepherd September 3, 1918.  His widow was a member of the Shepherd M. E. Church, with which she united in 1930.  She also affiliated with the Ladies of the Maccabees.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the home here and interment was in Salt River Cemetery.  The Rev. W. S. Phillips and the Rev. W. H. Bell collaborated in conducting the impressive services.

Active and honorary pallbearers served.  Those who bore the body to it's last resting place were Miles Axtell,  E. L. Ashworth,  E. E. Ardner,  H. F. Wetzel,  David Merrillat and A. C. Barr.


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December 13, 1933


W. B. Wetherbee, son of Charles Wetherbee and Sarah Ann Whitney Wetherbee, was born in Chautauqua County, New York, in 1857.  He passed suddenly away December 13, 1933 at his Shepherd home.  He came with his mother when about two months old to a farm near Greenville that his father had ready for them.  Here he united with the Baptist church.  He lived there until 1878, and his parents died.  He then came to Isabella County where he bought a home.

January, 1880, he was united in marriage with Zella Flansburg.  To them was born a son James Adelbert, who passed away at the age of 10 months.  Another son, George and a daughter Millie were born to them.

In 1885 they moved to Nebraska where they took up a homestead.  They returned to Isabella County after a four-year stay.

Mr. Wetherbee bought a farm near Lincoln township where they lived until 1908, when they moved to Shepherd were Mr. Wetherbee acted as substitute mail carrier until his death.  Besides his wife, a son and daughter, he left a grandson George McGiverson, who made his home for many years with Mr. and Mrs. Wetherbee and two other grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  He was a most kind and patient man.

The funeral was held at the Methodist church Saturday, Rev. W. S. Phillips officiating and he was laid to rest in Lincoln cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Free Holkmden of Greenville, an old schoolmate, Elmer Lauzier,  Mrs. Hattie Persons, son and daughter of Greenville, attended the funeral of W. B. Wetherbee.  James Flansburg of Lincoln, Bertie Bowers of Weidman,  Mrs. Cora Loomis,  Mrs. Lettie Keith,  Mrs. Delos Orwig and others of Alma, Clinton Caszette of Mt. Pleasant and many other friend and relatives also attended.


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June 27, 1933


Mary Rauschenberger was born January 29, 1882 in Jasper township, Midland Co., MI, and departed this life June 27, 1933, at the age of 51 years, four months and 28 days, after a few weeks illness.  She has spent almost her entire life in this vicinity.

October 30, 1901 she was united in marriage to Walter Hevel.  To this union one daughter was born.

She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Carl Travis of Mt. Pleasant' one grandson, Alvin, two brothers, William of Mt. Pleasant and Fred of St. Louis;  three sisters, Bertha Walton and Minnie Windsor of Buffalo, NY and Ann Carr of Detroit, besides other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning with Rev. J. A. Rowe officiating.  Interment was made in the Coe cemetery.


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November 1933

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Henry Abraham Wagner died Sunday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ray  Stilgenbauer, west of Shepherd ___   ______ been confined to his bed the last four months.

Mr. Wagner was born in ________ January 26, 1861 and moved to this community from the ______ state with his family 37 years ago.  His wife died in 1909 and he again married in 1911 to _______ Hummel of Millersville, Ohio, who passed away in 1913.  Mr. Wagner leaves to mourn their loss ____ daughters, Mrs. Glen Stilgenbauer and Mrs. Ray Stilgenbauer, both living near Shepherd;  _____ son, Firm of Lansing, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, besides a host of friends.

He was a member of the Salt River Masonic lodge.

The funeral was held Wednesday morning from the Church of Christ, the Rev. Bell officiating.  Interment was made in Salt River Cemetery.


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December 25, 1933

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Frederic Eugene Robinson died at this home on  _____ east of Shepherd at the age _____  years.  Mr. Robinson was the son of Dennis and Samantha Robinson and was born in Leslie, MI, July 14, 1860.  He came to _____ county when but 16 years  and with the exception of about ____ years, when Belding was his residence, had lived here ______.  He was married to Polly S____er, who died 36 years ago,  ______ 1900 again was united in marriage with Mary Chaffin.

To the first union two children were born:  David Robinson of Shepherd and Mrs. Emma Mae Mellin of......voix, were born and survive.

To the second three were born, one daughter, Minnie, died  __uary, 1923 and two sons, _____ of Ionia and Roy of Coe, survive.

There are also two stepchildren, Mrs. Daraoni of Alwood _____ and Walter Chaffin of Shepherd.  Of a family of five children ____brother and a sister preceded Mr. Robinson in death.  The surviving brother is D. J. Robinson of Shepherd.  He also leaves 18 grandchildren.

The funeral was held ____ ____ afternoon from the Stilgenbauer funeral home, with interment in Salt River cemetery.  Rev. W. H. Bell officiated.


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December 2, 1933


Funeral services for Mrs. Nancy Boyles Johnson were held Monday at the home of her son, William Johnson, in Shepherd, where she died Saturday.

Mrs. Johnson was 83 years, 4 months and 23 days old.  Last rites were conducted by the Rev. W. H. Bell and interment was made in Salt River Cemetery.

Mrs. E. L. Ashworth and Carl Piatt sang, accompanied by Mrs. H. M. Wetzel.  Six grandsons of Mrs. Johnson acted as pallbearers at the funeral.  They were John Johnson,  L. E. Thomas, Firm Wagner,  George O'Connor,  Monroe Salisbury and Roy Boyles.

Nancy Boyles, daughter of John and Balinda J. Boyles, was born in

Porter Co., Indiana July 9, 1856.  With her parents she migrated to Iowa, where they spent a few years before moving to Michigan.  There she met Nathaniel Johnson in Bridgeville and was united in marriage with him January 31, 1869.  They settled at Bridgeville, staying there for a number of years and later in life removed to Isabella Co., where they lived on a farm in Coe township.  They again moved to Shepherd about 20 years ago.

Three children were born to them:  Frank, who preceded his mother in death at the age of 38 years;  William of Shepherd and John of Grass Valley, CA. Nathaniel Johnson died May 30, 1927.  His widow was a member of a family of eight children, two sisters and six brothers, three of who were in the service of their country during the Civil War.  The only surviving member of this one large family is William, who resides in Shepherd.

Mrs. Johnson leaves to mourn their loss, the aged brother, two sons, William and John;  nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren, besides numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

She accepted Christ at Coe in 1895 and after moving to Shepherd, united with the church there in 1908.  As long as her health permitted she was a regular attendant at the services of the church.

Those attending the funeral from away were:  Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson,  Firm Wagner and ?  Hand, Mr. and Mrs. George O'Connor of Lansing;  Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Salisbury and daughter, Virginia of Clare;  Misses Retha and Ione Johnson of Detroit;  Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Van Dyke of Muskegon;  Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hill and Mrs. Flora Hill and son of St. Johns;  Mr. and Mrs. Raycraft and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Boylen of St. Louis and Mrs. ? O'Boyle, Miss Mary Huren and Miss Anna McGurro of Mt. Pleasant.


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August21, 1933


Garfield Faunce, 53 years old, died Monday at his home in Lansing after a protracted illness.  The body was brought here for funeral which will be held Thursday afternoon at the Church of  Christ in Shepherd, Rev. W. H. Bell will officiate.

Mr. Faunce was well known in Shepherd and community as this was formerly his home for many years.  He lived in Lansing for about 17 years.

Mrs. Anna Koyl of Shepherd is a sister and Alden Faunce of Harbor Springs, a brother and also survives with the widow, Mrs. Cora B. Faunce.

Surviving children are Mrs. Rollin Selfridge of Grand Ledge and Mrs. Alton Selfridge of Lansing.  There are 10 grandchildren.


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June 1, 1933


Funeral services for Mrs. Solomon Wolf, 82, were held from the home in Mt. Pleasant Sunday, the Rev. C. B. Hawkins officiating.

Mrs. Wolf died Thursday afternoon from an illness of many weeks.

She was born in Canada in 1850, coming to Michigan with her parents at the age of nine years.  In 1869 she was married in Alma.

Soon afterwards they settled on a farm in Chippewa township, where she lived until 1908.  Following the death of her husband she moved to her present home on Walnut street.  Mrs. Wolf was the mother of eight children, and leaves four daughters and two sons.  Mrs. John Trimm,  Mrs. Pearl Wilcox, Mrs. Charles Mullett,  Mrs. Martha Leonard;  Fancher Wolf of Mt. Pleasant and Foster Wolf of Shepherd;  21 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren.

She was a widow of a Civil War Veteran, a member of the W. R. C. , the Rebekahs and the O. E. S.

Burial was made in the family lot in Chippewa cemetery.


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November 24, 1933


Mrs. Reuben J. Mecum, for years a highly esteemed resident of the Shepherd community, died Friday, November 24th at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ernest M. Decker of Flint, with whom she had been staying since last March.  She had been in poor health for the last two years and suffered a stroke in October of 1932.

Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ in Shepherd Monday, the Rev. W. H. Bell officiated and vocal selections were rendered by Mrs. Minnie Lyons and Roe Hoftman.  The body was placed in the mausoleum in Riverside cemetery in Mt. Pleasant.

Jessie Lottie Terry  was born in Batavia, New York, November 29, 1867.  She removed following the death of her father to Remus, Mecosta Co. with her mother, Mrs. Sarah Terry and her brother.  Her marriage to Reuben J. Mecum of Sherman twp., Isabella Co., MI was solemnized February 19, 1895.  After living in Sherman twp. for a time they went west but returned to this county to reside.  They since had lived in Winn, Union and Coe twp's, making their home in Shepherd during the late years.

Surviving Mrs. Mecum besides her husband, are two daughters, Mrs. Nina Struble of Shepherd and Mrs. Neva Decker of Flint, and two brothers, Fred Terry of Maryland and William Terry of Remus.

Many others also mourn the departure of a good neighbor, a helpful and sympathetic friend and an exemplary mother.


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Well Known Resident Succumbs to Long Illness

Funeral Wednesday

October 26, 1933


Miss Mamie E. Peters, 54, died Sunday at the Isabella County infirmary after a long illness, culminating a heart attack.  The funeral was held Wednesday from the home of her cousin, A. J. Peters, 518 E. Saginaw St., St. Louis.

Miss Peters lived for years on a farm seven miles north of St. Louis.  She was housekeeper for some time in the home of Dr. W. G. Young and Frank W. Cole in Shepherd and is well spoken of by all who knew her.

Her father, Densel Peters, survives her and is now receiving treatment at the infirmary.

Miss Peters was a member of the M. E. Church of Shepherd and the Rev. W. S. Phillips, pastor of the Shepherd church conducted the funeral.  Interment was made in the Oak Grove cemetery.


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July 20, 1933  (nsp)


William Shepherd received a message Saturday informing him of the death of his sister, Mrs. Anna Schweier at her home near Pontiac.  Mrs. Schweier, youngest daughter of the pioneer family of I. N. Shepherd, was brought up here and her husband, Alfred Schweier, conducted a general store in Shepherd for some years.  She is survived by her husband and six children, all married.  She was 60 years old and resided here up to about 30 years ago.

Funeral services were held Tuesday from the home.  William Shepherd attended.

E. L. Ashworth, O. H. Adams and Mrs. Flora Mitchell of the Shepherd community are cousins of the deceased.


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Well Known St. Louis Lady

Had Been Invalid for a Number of Years

September 21, 1933 (nsp)


Death came early Thursday morning to Mrs. Barton Bailey, taking another St. Louis pioneer woman.  She had been in poor health for several years, and ten days prior to her death she was taken to the home of a daughter, Mrs. Frank Acker, north and west of St. Louis, where she died at the age of 75 years, 2 months and 19 days, the last of nine children of Ira and Melista Preston.

She, Philema Jane Preston, was born in Isabella County on June 25, 1858.  When a small child she moved with her parents to St. Johns, Clinton Co., where she lived until her marriage in 1876 to Barton Bailey of St. Louis.

Immediately following their marriage they came to live in the home which Mr. Bailey had cleared in the woods four and one-half miles north and west of St. Louis, and in this home their seven children were born.  They used to walk through the woods to St. Louis for their supplies, and once on their return trip, each carrying a child and Mr. Bailey a sack of flour, they became lost and wondered around until darkness descended and they were obliged to seek shelter in a home to which they came and remain until morning.  The family moved to St. Louis 23 years ago, where they have since resided.

Funeral services were held in the home on Prospect ave on Sunday, Rev. Ernest Worden of the Christian church officiated and interment was made in Oak Grove cemetery.

Surviving are the husband and seven children:  Mrs. Frank (Ida) Acker,  Mrs. Ray (Nettie) Keefer,  Mrs. Loyal (Edna) Steele,  Henry and Marvin Bailey, all living near St. Louis;  Mrs. Stanley (Jessie) Dubois of Perrinton and Mrs. Jess (Myra) Richmond of Wheeler;  24 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.


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Well Known Man Follows Wife by Two Months in Death

November 23, 1933  (nsp)  


Final Rites were held Friday afternoon for the home of a daughter, Mrs. Loyal Steele, and from the Christian church for Mr. Barton F. Bailey, who passed away at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Steele, Wednesday morning, November 15th, 1933.  Mr. Bailey suffered a stroke of paralysis about three weeks ago in his home on Prospect ave, and was then taken to the home of his daughter.  Pneumonia later developed and he passed away just two months and one day after the death of his wife.

Mr. Bailey was born in Hillsdale Co., March 28, 1853, coming to Gratiot Co. when 12 years of age and has resided in or near St. Louis ever since.  In 1876 he was united in marriage to Philema Jane Preston of St. Johns, and brought his bride to the home which he had built on land cleared by himself in the woods four and one-half miles north and west of St. Louis, where their seven children were born and where they lived until 23 years ago when they moved to St. Louis.

Mr. Bailey was a well-known and highly respected citizen and leaves to mourn their loss seven children:  Mrs. Frank (Ida) Acker,  Mrs. Ray (Nettie) Keefer,  Mrs. Loyal (Edna) Steele,  Henry and Marvin Bailey, all living near St. Louis;  Mrs. Stanley (Jessie) DuBois of Perrinton, and Mrs. Jess (Myra) Richmond of Wheeler;  24 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Rev. Ernest Worden of the Christian church officiated at the funeral services and interment was in Oak Grove cemetery.


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October 19, 1933  (nsp)


Miss Flora Bouton, aged 72, well known resident of Mt. Pleasant for 50 years, passed away early Friday morning following several years of ill health.

Miss Bouton was born near Homer, December 11, 1860, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bouton, and come to Mt. Pleasant in her childhood.  She graduated from Mt. Pleasant high school in 1880 and from Olivet college in 1883.  Thirty years ago she took a business course at the Clear? Business School in Ypsilanti.  For several years she has taught school in Isabella Co., and in Lakeview.

She is survived by her nephew, Fay Dodds of Spokane, Wash,  two sisters, Mrs. Edna Menery and Mrs. Peter Dodds, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held at the Stinson chapel Sunday, Rev. C. B. Hawkins officiated.  Burial was in Riverside cemetery.


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(no date other than 1933)


Fern Swartout, aged 40 years, was born in Shepherd and made that her home until 10 years ago when she was removed to the Wahjamega sanitarium, where her death occurred Friday morning.

She leaves to mourn their loss, a sister, Mrs. Floy Palmer of Mt. Pleasant, a brother, Chester Swartout of Saginaw, and an aunt, Mrs. E. L. Ashworth of Shepherd.

She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Swartout.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Ashworth, and burial was made in Salt River cemetery.


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December 28, 1933  (nsp)


Rudophus C. Koyl, 85, a resident of this locality for the last 39 years, died at his home three miles north and two miles east of Shepherd on Saturday, following a stroke.  The funeral was held from the home Monday afternoon, the Rev. Manore, pastor of the Evangelical church in Mt. Pleasant officiated.  Interment was made in Salt River Cemetery.

Mr. Koyl is survived by his widow, two sons, Clinton and Ashton, at home, and a daughter, Mrs. Clara Michaud of Beaverton, and three grandchildren.

He was born in Springfield, Ontario, February 12, 1848, and was the son of Nelson Koyl and Mary Ann McKinney Koyl.


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December 15, 1933


L. Z. Harold, the two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Decker, of Greendale, passed away at the family home December 15th, after a brief illness of throat infection.

Little L. Z. was a lovable child and during his short life won the love of all by his sunny disposition.  L. Z. Harold, eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Decker, was born in St. Louis September 3, 1931 and passed away Dec. 15, 1933 at the age of 2 years, 3 mos, 12 days at Greendale.

Private funeral services were held at the home Saty., December 16th.

Besides his father and mother there remain to mourn his passing a little sister, Dolores, the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Decker, a grandmother, Mrs. Fred Rauschenberger, and a number of  aunts and uncles and cousins.

Friends extend their sympathy to the bereaved parents and relatives.


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December 28, 1933  (nsp)


George A. Ruse, 89 years old, and for many years a highly esteemed resident of Shepherd and vicinity, died Wednesday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. Ryder, in Lansing, with whom he had lived for more than 10 years.  The body was brought here Wednesday night by Walter Stilgenbauer.  Funeral services will be held at the Shepherd Methodist church Sunday, with burial in Salt River Cemetery.

Mr. Ruse resided for many years on a farm on the county line four miles south of Shepherd.  On retiring he moved to this village and after the death of his wife more than 20 years ago, he lived with his two daughters, Mrs. Ardie White, formerly of Shepherd, but now of Lansing, and Mrs. Ryder.  Mrs. T. G. Cline of Conncaut, Ohio and Mrs. Leroy Bailey of St. Louis also are surviving daughters.  Mrs. Carl Piatt of Shepherd is one of a number of grandchildren.


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(From the St. Louis Leader)

September 30, 1933


Fred J. Rauschenberger, aged 62 years, passed away at the family home just south of St. Louis Saturday, Sept. 30th.  He had been ill for four weeks and suffered intensely from cancer of the stomach.  Mr. Rauschengberger was well known in  and around Shepherd, having lived in this locality since a child of six years when his father, the late Gottlieb Rauschengerger, moved his family to a farm near Pleasant Valley.  He had resided in St. Louis and on his farm north of that place.  In the early summer the family moved from their farm to the C. J. Bernard farm where he passed away.

He was born near Saline, June 16, 1871.

On November 9, 1896, he was united in marriage with Dora McVay of Pleasant Valley and ten children were born to them.  One, Trinnie, died in infancy, and those surviving with the mother are:  Delmar of Flint;  Edith Thoman of Lansing;  Fred Jr. of Shepherd;  Nellie of Toledo;  Durwood of St. Louis;  Gertrude Decker of Greendale;  Elmer, Martin and Henry at home.

Mr. Rauschenberger is survived also by three sisters, Bertha Walton and Minnie Windson of Buffalo, NY and Annie Carr of Detroit; and one brother, William of Mt. Pleasant, and 12 grandchildren.  The widow and other members of the bereaved family have the sympathy of many friends in their loss.

In November 1932 he became converted and joined the Bethel Evangelical church and the pastor, the Rev. Andy Mullett officiated at the funeral at the family home.  Interment was in the Coe cemetery.


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November 26, 1933


Mrs. George W. Cole was born April 22, 1849 in Antwerp, Paulding Co., Ohio, and passed away at the home of her son, Warrner Cole, in Union twp., November 26, 1933, after a long illness.

When 17 years old she came to Isabella Co., and has since resided in this county.  Her husband preceded her in death in 1911.

She leaves to mourn their loss five children:  Mrs. Alzada Servoss of Mecosta Co.;  Warrner Cole of Union twp., Mrs. Muzetta Han? of Lincoln twp.,  Joseph of Detroit, and Elmer of Coe twp., 11 grandchildren and a host of friends who will miss her greatly.

Funeral services were held from the Seventh Day Adventist church in Mt. Pleasant November 29th with Rev. S. E. Wight of Lansing officiating.  Burial was made in Riverside cemetery beside her husband.


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(no date other than 1933)


Funeral services for Arthur Eugene Hatch, three day old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clare Hatch were held Monday afternoon from the home with Rev. L. E. Manore of article is missing.


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February 13, 1933  (nsp)


Friends in Isabella County were shocked by news of the death Saturday morning at her home in Lansing, of Mrs. Byron Burkett, 28, nee Madeline Debie, formerly of Chippewa twp, where she taught the Newton school for a time.  Mrs. Burkett lived in this county until about four years ago and was married in Lansing three years ago.

The funeral was held in Lansing Tuesday and interment was made in the cemetery at Dewitt.

Mrs. Burkett's death followed that of her infant daughter, Tuesday, April 4th.  She is survived by her husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Debi, three sisters and two brothers.


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April 20, 1933  (nsp)


Mrs. Anna Theoda Black, 82 years old and a resident of the Shepherd community for 42 years, died Saturday after a several months' illness at the residence in this village where she has had made her home for 23 years.

Mrs. Black was born in Gaines, Michigan, August 9, 1850, the daughter of Steven and Mary Gove, who were numbered among the pioneers of that part of the state.  Forty-two years ago she came with her husband, James E. Black, from Byron, MI , to a farm on the Coe-Lincoln township line in Isabella Co.  They resided there until their removal to Shepherd 23 years ago.  Mr. Black died here April 2, 1926.

Mrs. Black was a member of the Woman's Relief Corps and had been active for some years as a member of the Church of Christ in Shepherd.  Of a congenial and charitable nature, she had devoted her entire life to work contributing to the welfare of members of her family and others, and as an exemplary mother, wife and friend she will be keenly missed.

The funeral was held from the Church of Christ, services were  conducted by Rev. W. H. Bell.  Interment was made in Salt River cemetery.

Claude Stump and Carl Piatt sang for the church services and grandsons of Mrs. Black acted as pallbearers.

A survivng son and daughter by former marriages are Mrs. Mary Casner of Grand Rapids and Edward Stroud of Fenton.

To Mr. and Mrs. James Black were born six children, of whom two, Mrs. Clinton Clark of Shepherd and James Black of Fenwick, survive.

Children who preceded the mother in death were:  Archie Black of Shepherd;  Mrs. Perry Thompson of Mt. Pleasant;  Edward Black of Blanchard, and a daughter, Nellie, who died in infancy.  She left 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.


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May 22, 1933


Viola Coomer, daughter of Ira V. and Mary Coomer, was born in Morrow Co., Ohio May 30, 1854.  She was united in marriage to John Shults April 21, 1870.  To this union were born five children.

She departed this life May 22, 1933, at the age of 79 years, 11 months and 22 days.  She was the last of a family of 13 children.  She leaves to mourn her loss three daughters and two sons as follows:  Myrtle Ratebel(?), of Lansing;  Mary Hutchinson of Dearborn;  Ida Bell Radfor and Charles Shultes of Lansing; and Carl Shults who lives on the old homestead.

She will be missed also by her many other relatives and friends.


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April 24, 1933


Miss Ann Rebecca Ferrenburg, old and highly esteemed resident of the Shepherd community, died after an illness of several years due to senility at the home of her nephew, Forest Divelbiss, southwest of Shepherd, Monday, April 24, 1933.  She had resided at the home of her nephew for about the last 12 years.

Miss Ferrenburg, the daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth Ferrenburg, natives of Fulton Co., Penn., was born there December 19, 1850.  She was the last of a family of eight children - five boys and three girls.  She was a member of the M. E. Church and a lady whose splendid qualities had won for her a host of friends.

The funeral was held Wednesday from the Divelbiss home.  The Rev. W. S. Phillips officiated and interment was made in Salt River Cemetery.

Surviving nieces and nephews are Mrs. Elizabeth Shong of St. Louis,  Blanche, Ralph and Will Ferrenburg of Fremont;  Calvin Ferrenburg of Salina, Ohio and Forest Divelbiss of Shepherd.


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March 9, 1933  (nsp)


After having been in poor health for three years, Oliver Ferrall, a pioneer of Michigan, died Sunday night at the home in Shepherd of his daughter, Mrs. Bert Cook, with whom he had made his home for several years.  The funeral was held from the Cook residence Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. W. S. Phillips officiated and interment was made in Salt River Cemetery.

Mr. Ferrall was well known to the older residents of the Shepherd community, where he had spent many years of a vigorously active life.  He was born July 26, 1846, in Columbia, Ann Co., Ohio and first cmae to MI 60 years go, following his marriage to Rodenskey Lyons in Primrose, Ohio July 26, 1872.  To this union four children were born:  William P. Ferrall, now residing in Sedro Wooley, Wash. State;  Ted, who died in infancy;  Myrtie V. (later Mrs. Frank Worthington), who died in Shepherd 16 years ago, and Ruby D. Cook of Shepherd.

Mr. Ferrall came to Shepherd about 53 years ago, and his wife died here in 1897.  He returned to Ohio, where he was married again to Emma Delcamp at Alverdton in 1901.  They resided there until 1930, when Mrs. Ferrall  passed away and he came to Shepherd to live with his daughter.

Mr. Ferrall numbered many warm friends among the older residents, by whom he was held in high esteem.  He spent a number of years in the rugged pursuits of the woods, but in later life worked at the trade of decorator and paper-hanger, in which he was highly skilled and his services were in great demand.


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March 9, 1933  (nsp)


The body of Mrs. Ella Neeley, about 74 years old and for many years a resident of the Shepherd community, was brought here Sunday for interment in Salt River cemetery.  Mrs. Neeley died last thursday night at the home in Muir of her daughter, Mrs. Otto Ulrich with whom she had spent the last three years after having closed her home just east of Salt River corners in Shepherd.  She had been an invalid for several years.

Mrs. Neeley was the widow of George Neeley who died about two years ago.  She had lived in this community for more than 40 years and was highly esteemed here.

Funeral services were held in Muir Sunday afternoon and the service at the grave in Salt River cemetery here was conducted by the Muir minister.  Among those present were Mrs. Neeley's brother, Frank M. Taylor and wife of Wyandotte.

Surviving children are Mrs. Otto Ulrich of Muir;  Mrs. Lena Woodruff of Highland Park;  Harry Neeley of Flint;  Glen Neeley of Grand Rapids and Stanley Neeley of Detroit.  Three children preceded the mother in death.  Those surviving and many friends of Shepherd and vicinity attended the services here.


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May 11, 1933  (nsp)


Mrs. Della M. Freeman, wife of Clark Freeman, well known as a pioneer of Coe township, died suddenly early Sunday morning at the family home northeast of Shepherd.

Mrs. Freeman had resided in this community for many years and was held in highest regard by her neighbors and a host of friends in this part of the state.  She was 66 years old.

Surviving with the husband are one son, Glenn Hazzard, formerly of St. Louis and a brother in New York state.  Another son, Homer Hazzard was drowned years ago when he fell from a balloon into a lake in the northern peninsula of Michigan.

Mrs. Freeman had been in poor health for several years, but news of her sudden death came as a shock to many who had known her intimately as a good mother and wife, a charitably inclined and kindly and helpful neighbor and a congenial companion.

The funeral was held Wednesday from the house with interment in Salt River Cemetery.  The Rev. W. H. Bell officiated.


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Lake Odessa, October 27, 1933


Charles Tew, Sr., 71, a partner in the general store business here of E. C. Tew & Sons for about 25 years, died at his farm home northeast of this place Wednesday night, following a long illness.  He leaves two children, Charles Jr., of this place, and Mrs. Mary Caswell who lived with him.

The funeral was held from his farm home Friday and burial was at Lakeside cemetery here.

He also left a brother, Edgar A. Tew, who owns the store here.


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January 5, 1933 (nsp)


After having been confined to her bed for months, Mrs. Mary Matilda Stearns Struble died at her home in Shepherd the morning of New Year's day.  She was a pioneer of this locality and had been in poor health for several years, during which her husband, Frank Struble, ministered to her faithfully and untiringly.

Mrs. Struble was born in Ohio April 26, 1862, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Stearns.  The family moved to Isabella County when she was a child.  She was married in 1879 to James P. Struble, who died in 1917.  A son, Charles, born to this marriage died at the age of 20.

Mrs. Struble was married to Frank Struble in 1921.  She was a member of the Church of Christ of Shepherd from which the funeral was held Tuesday afternoon, Rev. W. H. Bell officiating, and affiliated with the Rebekah lodge and the Ladies of the Maccabees.

Interment was made in the Chippewa cemetery.


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January 9, 1933


David Marion Frye was born November 13, 1867 near Onondaga, Mich., and died January 9, 1933, at the age of 65 years, one month and 27 days.  He was the son of Lavora and Harriet (Priest) Frye, natives of New York State.  His childhood was spent in the vicinity of Eaton Rapids and Mt. Pleasant.

At the age of sixteen he came to Midland Co., in which county he has spent most of his life.  He was married in 1886 to Anna L. Gibbs of Greendale twp., Midland County.  To this union were born eight children, seven of whom are living.  One son, William David, died at the age of 22.

During his early married life, he settled on a farm in Jasper twp., Midland Co., in which township he has since resided except for one year when he lived in St. Louis and the past four years which were spent at the home of his daughters in Detroit.

He was a kind father and a very devoted husband, always having the interests of his family and friends at heart.  His cheerful, unselfish disposition endeared him to all who knew him.

Those left to mourn their loss are the aged invalid wife, four daughters:  Mrs. Ethel Fenby of Detroit,  Mrs. Pearl E. Hoak of Shepherd,  Mrs. Iva Gilbeau of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mrs. Blanche Kelly of Detroit;  three sons, Arthur of Midland,  Leon and Edward of St. Louis;  five grandchildren and two great grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Edith Munger of Cooperville, MI and Mrs. Oliva (unreadable) of Battle Creek, and a host of other relatives and friends.


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A Pioneer of St. Louis Passes After a Brief Illness

January 26, 1933  (nsp)


In the passing of Myron Edgar Hull, St. Louis and the community has lost a respected resident and one of the pioneers of the town.  Mr. Hull passed away Monday afternoon at his room in the Park Hotel.  Up until two weeks ago, when he was stricken with a severe heart attack, he had been in his usual health.  A week before he was stricken he had gone to the Park Hotel where he expected to spend the winter weeks and return to his home when the weather grew warmer in the spring.

For 54 years, Mr. Hull has been a resident of St. Louis, coming here when he was a young man from Ingham county, where he was born on August 20, 1855.  He attended and graduated from the Leslie High school.  In his early manhood Mr. Hull followed the harness-making trade, but shortly after his marriage to Lida Faurot in 1880, he began teaching in the rural districts, and for 30 years followed the teaching profession in Gratiot county.  For a number of years he was a member of the county school examining board, he has served the city as alderman and has served on the board of education of the city schools.  He has played a large part in the educational advancement of this community.

Since the death of Mrs. Hull, in December 1923, he has remained at his home on North Mill street, occasionally making visits out of the city.  During summer months his daughters, who are teachers in the Detroit city schools, would spend a part of the school vacation with him.  His familiar figure sauntering leisurely along the street will be missed by friends and acquaintances, who extend their sympathy to the two daughters, Mrs. W. F. (Elizabeth) Hawke and Miss Nina Hull.

The services were held Wednesday afternoon from the family home, and Elder G. H. Carl  of Alma was assisted by Rev. R. O. Moon in the last rites.  Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery.


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(no date other than 1933)


Mr. and Mrs. John F. Brandt have received word of the death of Dr. W. W. Kerr, of Canaan, Vermont.  When a boy Dr. Kerr lived with Mrs. Mary Girven and attended the Childs school near Shepherd.  After having been graduated from a medical school at Louisville, KY, he started practice as a physician in Shepherd, remaining here for a short time.  He then removed to Vermont.


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John Fletcher Myer Came to Wilderness Near

Shepherd in '57.

January 7, 1933


Funeral services for John Fletcher Myer, one of the early pioneers of Isabella County, were conducted at the M. E. church in Shepherd Monday afternoon by the Rev. W. S. Phillips, pastor of the church.  Mr. Myer died Saturday night, January 7th, at his home in Alma, where he had resided about 20 years.

Mr. Myer was born in DeKalb Co., Indiana, January 28, 1852, and came with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Myer to this locality when but five years old.  In moving their belongings on an ox-cart, to the homestead one mile south and one-half mile east of Shepherd that was taken up by Joseph Myer, the family forded the Pine river, which had not been bridged at that time.

Mr. Myer cleared the land and built a primitive cabin that afforded crude shelter for his family, which experienced all the privations incident to pioneer life.  John F. Myer was reared there and as a young man found employment in the lumber woods and the saw mills that thrived in his time.  He bought a farm adjoining that of his father and was first married to Miss Emma Pierce of DeKalb, Co., Indiana.  Renting his farm he later moved to Shepherd and built what is known as the Louis Stump house, which he occupied.  He resided here for years.

Mrs. Myer preceded him in death.  He was married nine years ago to Mrs. Eva Campbell, whose death also occurred prior to that of her husband.

Mr. Myer had lived in Alma for about 20 years.  He was known throughout the country as a gunsmith and a mechanic of great versatility, whose services were him frequent demand even after he had reached an advanced age.

The following sisters and brothers survive:  Mrs. Mary Rivett,  Mrs. G. C. Vredenburg, and Mrs. Max Zazelmeyer of Shepherd;  William C. Myer who resided east of the village;  Mrs. Burton Allen of Clare;  Mrs. Mattie Walker of Cadillac;  Mrs. E. C. Wilson of Santa Anna, Calif.;  Ralph Myer of Long Beach, Calif., and Grant Myer of Cheney, Washington.

Pallbearers for the last rites Monday were Rolland Childs, Jessa Childs, Fred Walton, Charles Walton, George Bell and William Hutchinson.  The Shepherd male quartet including Carl Piatt, C. L. Piatt, Claud Stump and Eskiel Nilson, sang and interment was made in Salt River Cemetery.


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Feburary 1933

(the right side of this article is missing - will transcribe what I can)


George W. Keif, (several words missing) raised near Chippewa twp, and died Saturday night having been ill for five years........was born in Cleveland, March 2, 1856.

Surviving are the deceased widow, Mrs. Bertha Keif, one daughter, Mrs. Cassner of Chippewa....a son, Joe Keif......two years ago (I believe he died two years ago).

Rev. Raduchel officiated at the funeral and interment was made in the Chippewa cemetery.


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Mason, May 2, 1933

(The right side of this article is missing, will list what I can)


Funeral was to be held on Tuesday at the Jewett Funeral home for Clifford Akers who died at the home ______ Mason late Sunday.  Mr. Akers is survived by his wife and ________ Grover, who lives on a ______ farm.  A sister, Mrs. Villa ________, Jackson;  two stepsisters, _______ Rusch of Mason and Mrs. _____ Copp, and a stepbrother ______ of North Aurelius.  Arlene Akers has made __________ with them since the death of ______ mother.


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ALMA, June 17, 1933

(The right side of this article is missing, will list what I can)


John Erwin Townsend, who was drowned in  ____ lake Sunday, June 11, ____ _____ Lake Odessa January 27.   _____ _____ at age of 11 he moved _____with parents to Isabella Co. _______ _____ united in marriage to ______ Wilson of near Shepherd.  Five children were born to this union, three survive:  L ?, George 15, and Alice 6.  ______ drowned with his father.

Survivors are:  The widow, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Townsend of St. Louis, two sisters, Mrs. ____ Donald of Isabella Co., Seymour Dersnah of _____ was in charge of a creamery at St. Louis for a time.

The rest of this article is just to hard to try and figure out....the sons name was Francis Eugene Townsend, and it was a double funeral.  The son was just finishing up the sixth grade.


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Mrs. William Hanley Rites at Forest Hill Church

Saturday Afternoon

February 2, 1933  (nsp)


Death came to Mrs. William Hanley, 67, pioneer woman of Gratiot co., at the family homestead west and south of Forest Hill, last Thursday afternoon.  She had been ill for about a week, and though everything possible was done for her, she died quietly on January 26th.  Funeral services were held Saturday in the Forest Hill church.  The Rev. W. H. Bell of Shepherd was in charge of the service and burial was made in Wright cemetery.

Mrs. Hanley was born in Kettleville, New York, on May 27th, 1866.  She was Mary Jane Herrion.  She moved to Isabella county with her parents when a child.  In 1897 she became the wife of William Hanley of Midland co., where they lived on a farm until 1920.  At that time they moved to St. Louis, and later, in 1926, located on the farm where they had since resided.  Surviving are the husband and two sons, Clarence of St. Louis, and Carl who lives on the farm.

Relatives and friends from away to attend the last rites were Mr. Earl McNitt of Cadillac;  Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Davidson,  Mr. and Mrs. James Dailey and Mrs. Dolly McQueen and son Warren of Lansing;  Mr. and Mrs. William Blanchard of Mason and Mr. Thad Wardell, wife and five daughters from Lansing and Williamston.


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February 25, 1933


Florence Picket was born in Shepherd November 3, 1894, and departed this life at her home in Hamburg February 25, 1933.

She was united in marriage to Reuben Kisby October 26, 1922.  She was a member of the Ladies of Maccabees Hive, No. 392; a Margaret Rebekah of Ann Arbor Lodge, and also a member of St. Stephen's church and guild.  She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, Reuben Kisby, one son, Elwood;  her father, Amos Picket;  one sister, Mrs. Don Dubois of Shepherd;  a niece Donna Dubois and a number of other relatives besides a host of friends.

Those attending the funeral from Shepherd were Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Clark,  Miss Dorothy Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Don DuBois and daughter, Donna;  Mr. and Mrs. Milo Richmond,  Mr. and Mrs. Walter O'Conner,  Mr. and Mrs. Roderick O'Conner,  Mrs. Addie Fuller and Mrs. Retha Riess.  Mr. and Mrs. Dan Rumberger from Alma were also present.


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