Shepherd Oil Field Executive Dies of Cardiac

Trouble in Hospital

(no date other than 1934)


John Morris Lantz, 45 years old, died Tuesday morning of this week in Grace hospital in Detroit where he was taken several weeks ago for treatment for a cardiac trouble that developed from an illness contracted while he was on duty as superintendent of field operations for the Roosevelt Oil Company of Mt. Pleasant.

The body was taken to Mt. Pleasant for funeral services held Wednesday.  Early Thursday morning it was to be taken to Senacaville, Ohio for burial.

Mr. Lantz, who for years was production superintendent for the Pure Oil company,  moved to Shepherd the last of August this year from Arkansas, where he had been stationed by that corporation after several years of service in the Central Michigan field.  At that time he took up his new duties of superintendency with the Roosevelt Oil Co., ranking second only to the manager.  He had been in Arkansas but little more  than a year, having resided in Shepherd up to the time of his transfer to the southwestern state.  There he suffered a malarial attack which is believed to have permanently undermined his health.

Mr. Lantz was born January 31, 1888 at Jollytown, PA, the son of L. W. and Mary Lantz.  He was married December 31, 1911 to Ostie Hunt, daughter of J. A. and Mary Hunt of Littleton, West Va.  His active years were devoted to the oil development industry, in which he was thoroughly versed, as is demonstrated by positions of responsibility for which he has been selected by concerns of high standing, that reposed confidence in his ability and dependability.

Mr. Lantz is survived by his widow and six children, as follows:  Mrs. Jean Arnold of Detroit;  Mrs. Verdayne Fisher of Mt. Pleasant and Harold, Frances, Robert and Jean at home.  He leaves also three sisters and four brothers.  They are:  Mrs. Mergie Body of Wheeling, West Va;  Misses Grace and Gwen Lantz of Cleveland, OH.;  Harry Lantz of Shepherd;  Jerry Lantz of Detroit and Corbley, William and Ingram Lantz of Cleveland, Ohio.


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Esteemed Resident of Shepherd Half a Century

Dies After Brief Illness

(no date other than 1934)


Noah F. Lyon, 72 years old and a resident of this community for about 50 years, died Monday morning at his home east of Salt River Corners.  While he had not been feeling well for the last month, he was confined to his bed only a week.  Death is attributed to a complication brought on by a severe cold.

Mr. Lyon was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lyon and was born in Green County, PA, March 11, 1861.  He came to Shepherd when about 22 years old and had lived here since, with the exception of six years spent in Grand Rapids, devoting himself to the trades of blacksmith and mason.  He spent an active life, and was physically able to continue his work up to the time of his last illness.

Mr. Lyon was married December 2, 1883 to Miss Minnie Wellman, who has always resided here.  With their family around them they happily celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last month at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Raymond Slates.

Sons and daughters surviving with the widow are:  Homer, Norris and Harold Lyon, all of Grand Rapids;  Theo of Shepherd;  Mrs. Raymond Slates of Shepherd and Mrs. Leah Totten of Grand Rapids.  There are also five grandchildren.

Mr. Lyon was highly esteemed as a man and a citizen.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Maccabees and numbered a host of friends who speak of him in terms of highest regard.  The family, bereaved of a kind husband and father who did his life work faithfully and well, has the sympathy of the community in this time of sorrow.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the home.  The Rev. W. H. Bell officiated.  Interment was  made in Salt River cemetery.


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(From the Sandpoint (Idaho) News of January 25, 1934)



The victim of a sudden heart attack, Mrs. Nell Curtis, 50, passed away at the family residence on South Huron this morning.  Mrs. Curtis was stricken between 5 and 6 o'clock Wednesday evening.  When her son, Murtha, came home at 6:20 he found his mother unconscious.  The never rallied.

Born July 4, 1883 at Shepherd, Michigan, Nell Murtha graduated from the Shepherd high school and later from the Michigan State Normal school.  After her graduation she taught school for a couple of years prior to her marriage to Richard F. Curtis at Shepherd 28 years ago.

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis came west to Wallace in 1909, where they resided for a year and in 1910 came to Sandpoint, where they have resided since.

To this union two children were born, Murtha, who is associated with his father in the Crescent Pharmacy, and Ann, a student at the University of Idaho.

Mrs. Curtis was active in church and fraternal work.  She was a member of the Presbyterian church and the Women's association.  She also served as matron of the Eastern Star chapter and was also an active member of the P. E. O. sisterhood.

All members of the family were home at the end.  Miss Ann Curtis, notified of her mother's condition, left Moscow and arrived in Sandpoint early this morning.  Besides her husband and children, Mrs. Curtis is survived by a brother, Dr. A. V. Murtha, Pontiac, Michigan.

The body is at Moon's awaiting funeral arrangements.


The funeral Sunday afternoon at Moon chapel was largely attended.  Dr. William Westwood, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiated and burial was in Pinecrest cemetery.


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(no date other than 1934)


Mrs. Goldie May Thompson, 29, died at her home in Lansing Saturday noon.  She is survived by the husband, Guy;  two sons, Vernard and Bernard;  Three daughters, Bernetta, Juanita and Christa;  her mother, Mrs. Zeima Blake of Lansing;  three brothers, Robert of Howell, Bernas and Verna of Everett;  and three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Ricker of Mt. Pleasant, Dorothy Blake of Everett, and Anna Blake of Ohio.  Short prayer services were held in Lansing Tuesday morning.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Baptist church in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Halfeny officiating and Rev. Henry Morgan assisting.  Interment was made in Riverside cemetery.


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February 28, 1934


Dercie M. Hawkins was born in Detroit February 16, 1881, and passed away at her home near Alma February 28, 1934.

On September 6, 1899 she was united in marriage to Homer W. Bush and to this union were born nine children.

She had lived practically all of her life in Isabella County.

She leaves to mourn their loss her children, Mrs. Gladys Figg and Gerald of Lincoln twp., Lloyd of Lansing,  Mrs. Bernice Jennings of Riverdale,  Mrs. Marguerite Gervin and Ralph of Oil City,  Mrs. Dorothy Beason of Alma and Stewart and Betty at home and one brother Elmer Hawkins of Detroit.

Funeral services were held from the Strickland Baptist church Sunday afternoon, Rev. A. P. MacDonald officiating.  Interment was made in Green cemetery.


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February 1934

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Daniel McLaughlin, Isabella County pioneer of 88' and resident of the city and Union township for 66 years, died Saturday morning at his home on _____ street.  His death was hastened by a fall in his home the preceding Wednesday in which he suffered a fracture of the hip.

Though his health has been rapidly failing for the last two years, Mr. McLaughlin frequently could be seen on the downtown streets of the city.

Mr. McLaughlin retired about 15 years ago from a farm west of Mt. Pleasant on which he had resided for many years and since that time had made his home in the city.  He was born in Canada and came to this country with his parents when 12 years old.  As a boy and young man, he worked for years in the lumber woods thus got the start that enabled him to build a moderate fortune.

Mr. McLaughlin was a charter member of the Mt. Pleasant Odd Fellows lodge.  He had served Union township as a member of the board of supervisors and at one time a candidate for sheriff.  He is survived by his widow and three brothers, Duncan, Ja____, and Hugh, living on farms in Rosebush.  His sister, Mrs. Is _____ Spaulding, died recently at home near Rosebush.  Mrs. F. Worthington of Shepherd is one of numerous nieces and nephews surviving.

The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the  ____ chapel in Mt. Pleasant with burial made in Riverside cemetery.  Rev. C. B. Hawkins officiated.


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February 1934

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News of the death at ______ Thursday morning, February ______ of Michael J. Roberts, 62 years old and all of his life a resident of the Shepherd community, received here with something of a shock, as comparatively few knew that he had been ill.  Although he had not been feeling well for several weeks and had suffered an attack of the grip, his death was unexpected.

Mr. Roberts was born November 16, 1871 on the Roberts homestead one mile north and two miles  _____ of Salt River corners.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Roberts were among the early pioneers of this locality.  Mr. Roberts was known as an  ______ worker and had made a success of farming.  He was  (never?) married.

Surviving him are sisters, Miss Susan Roberts and Miss Agnes Roberts, both of whom reside on the family homestead.

Preceding burial at Irish requiem mass was held Saturday morning at St. Vincent de Paul church in Shepherd, Rev. Fr. H. Henige of this article is missing.


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February 27, 1934


Austin Perry Alleman, resident of the Shepherd community for more than half-century, died at the home of his brother, Clinton Alleman in Shepherd Tuesday night, Feb. 27th at the age of 82 years and 22 days.

Mr. Alleman, the son of Amos and Ellen A. Alleman, was born in Richland Co., Ohio February ____, 1852.  He was one of four children, three sons and a daughter.  With is parents he came to a farm in Coe township, east of Shepherd, March 1881.  He returned to Ohio later, but came back to Michigan in 1887, living one mile east of Shepherd until he moved to this village in 1909.  His parents and one sister, Mrs. Amanda Smith, preceded him in death.

Surviving are two brothers, Clinton of Shepherd and H. J. Alleman, whose home is a mile east of the village.  Mr. Alleman ____  an inconspicuous place in the _____ of the community, but was a friend and neighbor in whom dependence could be placed in a time of need.  His death was not unexpected, as he had been in poor health for some time.  It was not until the last few days before his death, however, that his illness reached an acute stage.

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

Mrs. E. L. Ashworth and Carl Piatt sang, with Mrs. H. M. Wetzel acting as accompanist.  The pallbearers were Clinton Van Vrankin,  Robert Van Vrankin,  Wilbur Conklin,  Clark Conklin, Guy Brooks and Elmer Freeman.


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March 22, 1934


William Burke, 72 years old, died Monday morning at his farm in Midland County, 4-1/2 miles east of Shepherd.  He had resided in this community for the past 46 years.  An illness that began about five years ago had taken an acute turn during the last three months.

Mr. Burke was born in Blenheim, Ontario, May 18, 1862.  He was well known and highly respected in this section.  Surviving him with the widow are two sons residing on the homestead and three daughters.

The funeral was held at the M. E. church in Shepherd of which Mr. Burke was a member, Wednesday afternoon, Rev. W. S. Phillips officiating.  Interment was made in Salt River Cemetery.


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May 9, 1934


The body of Henry Clinton Collier, former resident of Shepherd, was brought here from Jackson and services were held at the Church of Christ Sunday morning, with burial in the Chippewa cemetery.  He died Wednesday, May 9th at the Foote hospital in Jackson, where he had made his home the last 16 years.  His wife was interred in the Chippewa cemetery five weeks earlier.

Mr. Collier was born in Fort Perry, Canada in 1856 and came to Saranac, Michigan when about 22 years old, later removing to Isabella County, where he lived on several farms.  He leaves four brothers and one sister, three sons in Canada, a daughter, Mrs. Elmer Cole and 27 grandchildren.  Abe Collier of Shepherd is a of this article is missing.


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February 1934


Monday afternoon, February 5, the last rites were conducted for Donald MacLachlan at the Stinson funeral parlors by Rev. C. B. Hawkins, minister of the First Presbyterian church.

Mr. MacLachlan was numbered among the oldest citizens of Isabella county having almost reached the age of 89 years.  He was born February 22, 1845 in Ontario, Canada.  The greater part of his life was spent in the lumber business.  He was among the last of the stalwart timber cruisers who dared the rigors of weather and the hardships of long months in the great forest estimating the available cut and the possibilities of getting it out.

Mr. MacLachlan leaves his wife, Mrs. Caroline MacLachlan, three brothers, Hugh, James and Duncan MacLachlan of Rosebush, many nephews and nieces besides a host of friends who will miss his kindly presence.  He always had a cheery word of greeting and enjoyed his fellow-men.  He was long a member of the Odd Fellows and Masonic bodies as well as a member of the Presbyterian church.

Burial was in the mausoleum at Riverside.


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January 20, 1934


M. C. Vannetter, former minister of the Shepherd Church of Christ, passed on to his reward on January 20 in a hospital in Los Angeles, California.

Mr. Vannetter came to Shepherd in July 1927, serving here for two years before leaving for Clyde, Ohio, in October of 1929.  His health was broken during his ministry with the Shepherd church and after about one and one-half years with the Ada church he was advised to cease his ministerial duties for a season with the hope that he would recover his health and be able to resume the work he loved so well.

Mr. Vannetter received his ministerial training at Hiram College.  He with his capable helpmate filled important ministries with the church at the Christian Institute (a Negro school) at Edwards, Mississippi.  They also served one term of seven years as missionaries in Porto Rico before being released from the service due to general retrenchment program of the United Christian Missionary society.  They served one year with the White Swan (Indian) Institute in Washington, from there they came to Shepherd.

A letter from Mrs. Vannetter states that his departure was not unexpected and his last illness, beginning about Thanksgiving time, was free from suffering.

He was laid to rest in the same cemetery in which her parents are interred, at Santa Monica, CA.  The funeral was conducted by a classmate of Hiram, Rev. James Cottrell, of Santa Anna, assisted by a young man who made his home with the Vannetters while they were in Hiram.

Mr. Vannetter will be kindly remembered by his many friends and brethren as largely responsible for the starting of the Lord's day  evening union services between the Methodist church and the Church of Christ.  May his memory spur his children in Christ to go onward and upward in their Lord's endeavors.  He was recognized where ever known as a man of intense sincerity and beautiful character,

W. H. Bell.


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Edwin J. Canfield, Once of This City,

Brought From Detroit for Burial.

March 15, 1934  (nsp)


On Saturday night, March 10, the body of Edwin J. Canfield, a former St. Louis resident of many years, was brought from Detroit, and funeral services were held on Sunday morning from the Crandell Funeral Home with Rev. R. O. Moon officiating.  The body was placed in the vault at Oak Grove cemetery for burial later beside the wife who preceded him in death several years ago.

Edwin J. Canfield was born September 30, 1859, the son of Elvira and Increase B. Canfield, and died March 8, 1934, in a hospital in Detroit.  At the age of three years he came to St. Louis with his parents, where he grew to manhood.  In 1882 he was united in marriage with Hannah Lucretia McCoy of Pleasant Valley, MI and six children came to them, two of whom died in infancy.  The family left St. Louis about 1910.

Surviving are one son and three daughters:  Arthur H. Canfield,  Mrs. Charles Anderson,  Mrs. Wilfred Predhome, of Detroit, and Mrs. Edward Mears of Boston, Mass;  sixteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Also one sister, Mrs. Oscar Hale of Lansing, MI.


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March 30, 1934


The house was filled and some of the many friends of the late Elbert B. Salisbury, who attended his funeral north of Shepherd last Wednesday afternoon, remained outside during the services.  The Rev. W. S. Phillips, pastor of the Shepherd Methodist church, officiated.  Beautiful floral tributes to the memory of the deceased in many designs, were in evidence.

The body was borne to its last resting place in Chippewa cemetery by Claude H. Estee, Harry E. Rosselit,  Charles Specht, O. E. Adams, L. H. Mulvey and Carl Piatt, five of them directors of the Commercial State Bank of which Mt. Salisbury had been a director and stockholder.

Elbert Brayton Salisbury, the son of Ephriam A. and Sarah Smith Salisbury, was born August 7, 1873 in a log house on the old homestead in Chippewa twp. where his funeral was held.  February 20, 1896 he was married to Ida Mullet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Mullet.  To this union six children were born:  Maynard W., Elton A., Freda L (Mrs. Schleigh);  Charles G., Ford D., and Eugene E.  All survive him with his widow.

Mrs. Salisbury died October 20, 1912 and he was again married March 13, 1914 to Roxie E. Gilmore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gilmore.  One daughter, Ruth, was born to them and died at the age of two years.

Since 1905 Mr. Salisbury had lived on the Salisbury homestead, which he had purchased, until August of 1929, when he and Mrs. Salisbury moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., in the hope of benefiting his health.  He died there March 30, 1934, leaving to mourn his loss the one daughter and five sons named, four grandsons, two granddaughters, two brothers, Edgar L. of Chippewa and Ray R. of Brown City, and one sister, Mrs. Claude B. Stump of Shepherd.

Mr. Salisbury was an exemplary husband, father and friend.  He was known as one of the upright and honest farmers of the county and was true to the tenets of the Masonic lodge with which he affiliated.  He was for several years a stockholder and director of the Commercial State Bank of Shepherd.

Among those from away who attended the funeral were Mrs. Glen Hicks of Jackson;  Mr. and Mrs. Ray Nixon of Ann Arbor, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Shippey of St. Louis.


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(no date other than 1934)


News was received here by wire of the death in Aberdeen, Wash., Saturday morning of Mrs. John Kennedy, about 50 years old, who succumbed to a stroke.  Mrs. Kennedy, who was formerly Miss Dillie Connelly, spent most of last summer with her husband at the home south of Shepherd of S. S. Kennedy, his father.  John Kennedy, who was born and reared in Shepherd, left here for the west in 1900.  Funeral services were held for Mrs. Kennedy in Aberdeen Monday morning.


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Member of Pioneer Family of Salt River Dies

After Bannister Crash

March 6, 1934


Charles A. Coon, 65 years old and former resident for many years of Shepherd and a farm east of the village that he still owns, was fatally injured at Bannister Tuesday morning, March 6th, when the automobile he was driving was struck by a fast freight train, northbound on the Ann Arbor railroad.  He died while being rushed to the St. Johns hospital.

Mr. Coon's body was brought to Shepherd for burial in Salt River cemetery following funeral services held in Bannister.

He was returning from a short visit to a farm north of Bannister when the accident occurred.  The train struck the automobile nearly in the middle and the rear end of the machine was demolished.  The wreckage was swept from the track and the body of Mr. Coon was thrown about 15 feet.  A trailer on the car was hurled about 15 feet from the wreck and demolished.

The ambulance in which Mr. Coon died while being conveyed to the hospital was called from Elsie.  Mr. Coon was a brother of J. E. Coon of Shepherd, who died about two years ago.  Floyd Coon of Shepherd is a nephew.

Mr. Coon had been in Bannister about 10 years, having gone there to assist his son-in-law, who conducts a filling station and garage.


Charles Allen Coon was born on the farm four miles east of Shepherd February 9, 1869.  He was the eldest son of Charles E. and Temperance Coon who were pioneer homesteaders of Isabella County.  He grew to manhood in this home.  He was married to  (Stella or Ella) R. Allen, July 1, 1891.  To this union were born two daughters.

He united with the Evangelical church in Chippewa twp and was an active member at the time of his death.

Mr. Coon passed away March 6, aged 65 years.  He leaves the widow, two daughters, Mrs. Kiter of Bannister and Mrs. Ethel  (unreadable) of Manistee;  six grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Clara Conkright of Midland and Mrs. Dennis Axtell of Mt. Pleasant, many nephews and nieces and a host of friends.  He was a member of the Bannister Odd Fellows Lodge.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. church in Bannister Friday afternoon, the Rev. J. W. Rochelle officiated, with burial in Salt River Cemetery in Shepherd.


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February 27, 1934


Funeral services for Roderick O'Connor who died Tuesday, February 27th at midnight of injuries received the preceding Sunday in an automobile crash at Breckenridge, were held Friday afternoon at his home, two and one-half miles west and three-quarters of a mile south of Shepherd.  The Rev. Fr. J. H. Henige officiated and burial was made in Salt River Cemetery.

Mr. O'Connor was 23 years old and was born and had always resided in Coe township.  He was married six years ago to Ina Allen of Rosebush, who survives him.  He had been employed as a tool dresser in the oil fields off and on for the last four years and had been working for the Roosevelt Oil Company for about six months prior to the accident that resulted in his death.

Roderick leaves besides his widow, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter O'Connor of Shepherd and two brothers, Burdette and Richard.

Pallbearers were Harry Vering, Ted Eisenberg,  Lyle Eisenberg, D. L. McGraw, Clarence Parks and Francis Farnum.  Mrs. E. L. Ashworth and Carl Piatt sang for the funeral.  The home was filled to overflowing with friends from various parts of Isabella and from other counties and seldom have so many flowers been seen on such an occasion.  "Rod" had won many friends through his generosity and natural kindliness and a large number of them assembled to pay tribute to his memory.


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February 26, 1934


William Harris was born in Jefferson County, New York April 14, 1878, and passed away at his home in Lansing February 26, 1934 after a lingering illness.

He had been a resident of Isabella County for nearly 50 years and for the past 10 years he has made his home in Lansing.  He had been a field worker for the Gleaners in the state of Michigan for the past 25 years.  He was in business in Mt. Pleasant several years ago.

His mother, Mrs. Eliza Harris, passed away in April 1933.

He leaves to mourn their loss his wife Doris, and daughter Betty Loraine of Lansing, one son Fred, and two grandchildren, Billy and Betty; a brother George Harris, two sisters, Mrs. Martha Horn and Miss Fanny Harris, an uncle Albert Harris, all of Mt. Pleasant, besides other relatives and a host of friends.

Short funeral services will be held in Lansing before the body is brought to Mt. Pleasant where funeral services will be held this Thursday from the Methodist church with Rev. C. W. Mackenzie officiating.  Interment will be made in Riverside cemetery.


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March 12, 1934


Ella Nora Jason, daughter of John and Mary Jason, was born November 6, 1867 near Palo, Ionia County, MI, where she lived until she was 14 years of age.  When she moved to Isabella Co., where she spent the remainder of her life.

She was united in marriage with George Yarnell August 15, 1886 and six children were born, one of whom died in infancy.  She leaves her husband, one son and four daughters who are:  Otto Yarnell and Mrs. Bertha Brooks of Shepherd;  Mrs. Grace Slusser of Ashley;  Mrs. Bessie Young and Mrs. Blanche Allen of North Star.  She also  is survived by two sisters Mrs. Mary Alleman of Shepherd and Mrs. Flora Allen of Durand;  12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, besides a number of more distant relatives and a host of friends.

She was always a loving wife, a kind, affectionate mother, and a sympathetic friend.

Mrs. Yarnell united with the Christian church about 20 years ago and attended church services whenever possible as long as her health would permit.  She had been in poor health for several years and died in the Traverse City hospital March 12, 1934, at the age of 66 years, 4 months and 6 days.

The following from away were called here by the death of Mrs. Yarnell:  Mrs. Flora Allen and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Clark of Durand;  Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Newcomb,  Mr. and Mrs. George Saxton,  Mrs. Ellen Minich,  Miss Ida Yarnell,  Mr. and Mrs. Grover Yarnell and daughter, Beatrice and son Lawrence of Alma;  Mr. and Mrs. Hary Everetts and daughter Charlene of St. Charles;  Mr. and Mrs. Doran Fett and son Gilbert of Detroit;  Mrs. Charles Bishop of St. Johns;  Mr. and Mrs. Vern Slusser and sons, Ralph and Russel of Ashley;  Howard Allen and family and Mr. and Mrs. Will Young and son Billy of North Star.


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May 3, 1934  (nsp)


Surviving his wife but six weeks, George W. Yarnell, 71, died Sunday at his home on a farm near Shepherd after having resided in this community for about 58 years.  Mr. Yarnell had been  in poor health for some time and suffered an apoplectic stroke the night before the day of his death.

George W. Yarnell, son of John and Sarah Yarnell, was born February 5, 1863, in Crawford Co., Penn., where he lived until 13 years old, then removing with his parents to a farm near Shepherd.  He had lived here since and was highly regarded for many excellent qualities.

He was married to Ella N. Jason, August 15, 1886.  One of the six children born to this union died in infancy.  Surviving are:  Otto Yarnell and Mrs. Bertha Brooks of Shepherd;  Mrs. Grace Slusser of Ashley and Mrs. Bessie Young and Mrs. Blanche Allen of North Star.  Mr. Yarnell also leaves four sisters, Mrs. Mary Lubold and Mrs. Emma Crawford of Shepherd, and Mrs. Ellen Minich and Miss Ida Yarnell of Alma.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the home of his son, Otto Yarnell.  The Rev. W. H. Bell officiated and interment was in Salt River Cemetery.


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April 1, 1934


Edward Joseph Doyle was born December 3, 1856 in Grand Rapids, MI and departed this life April 1, 1934 at the age of 77 years, 3 months and 29 days.

He was the son of Edward and Nora Doyle.  He moved with his parents to a homestead in Lincoln township, Isabella Co., when a small boy.  At the age of 28 years he was united in marriage with Etta Hartford.  To this union were born five children.

The family lived on a farm in Lincoln township for about 8 years.  They moved to Salt River where he lived for a short time and then moved to the farm in Chippewa twp., where he had lived for over 40 years.

Mr. Doyle leaves to mourn his loss, Mrs. Clara Santos of Detroit;  Mrs. Myrtle Taylor of Grand Blanc;  Mrs. Vena Davidson of Flint;  Delbert Doyle on the farm;  Mrs. Alice Clark of Detroit, and ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.


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April 30, 1934


Lucy Ellen Alspaugh was born in Van Wert Co., Ohio on February 15, 1870 and died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Arlie Christman, in St. Louis, MI on April 30, 1934, aged 64 years, 2 months and 15 days.

She came with her parents to Michigan at the age of 12 years and they settled in Jasper twp. of Midland county.  In 1886 she was married to George E. Brown of Pleasant Valley and lived there until seven years ago when the family moved to St. Louis.

Those whom she leaves to mourn her loss are:  the bereaved husband, one sister, Mrs. Charles Martin of Pleasant Valley;  four sons, L. J. Brown of Middleton;  John J. Brown of St. Louis;  Warren P. Brown of Battle Creek;  and George W. Brown of St. Louis;  three daughters, Mrs. Belle Yatts and Mrs. Velma Christman of St. Louis; and Mrs. Betty Gibbs of Greendale.  There are also two half-brothers, Dillon Alspaugh of St. Louis and Amasa Pearl of Alma;  one step-sister, Mrs. Myrta Morden of St. Louis and 14 grandchildren, Winchell Brown, Jackie, Tresa, Francis and Albert Brown,  Burdetta and Lucy Yatts,  Marylin Christman, Zora Fern and LaVerne Anthony.

The three children who preceded her in death were Mrs. Claude Anthony

and twin sons who died in infancy.

At the age of 12 years Mother Brown was baptized and united with the Methodist church and lived a faithful Christian until the day of her death.

During a long and painful illness her faith never faltered and she passed away in the full assurance of her faith and the hope of the Resurrection.


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September 13, 1934


Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Stilgenbauer Funeral Home in Shepherd for Mrs. Edna Lehtinen, 53 years old.  Mrs. Lehtinen died Friday morning at her home one and one-half miles south and three miles west of Mt. Pleasant in Union twp.  She had been in ill health for the last year.  She had lived in Isabella County virtually all her life.

A Mennonite minister from Saginaw officiated for the funeral and interment was made in Salt River Cemetery.

Surviving with the husband are several children and her father, Perry Post of Shepherd.


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October 25, 1934 - Eureka, November 1, 1934 (nsp)


The body of Charles Galehouse, 72, was brought from Alma Saturday for burial in Ureka cemetery.  Mr. Galehouse died October 25 and the funeral was held from the home Saturday and was conducted by the Methodist minister of Alma.

He is survived by the widow who was formerly Miss Estella Hess of this place, and three sons, Glen and Chester at home and Claire of British Columbia, besides a large circle of other relatives and friends.

Mr. Galehouse was a carpenter and contractor by trade and spent the most of his live in this vicinity where he followed his trade until he moved his family to Alma 10 years ago where he continued with the work until poor health caused him to retire a year ago.


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            MRS. CHARLES BYERS

Loved Woman Laid to Rest at Coe Where Most of Her

Life was Spent

May 28, 1934


The unexpected passing of Mrs. Charles Byers of Coe, on Monday, May 28th, was keenly felt in the community in which she and her husband have spent the greater portion of their lives.

Fitting services were held in the Christian church at Coe on Thursday afternoon in the presence of a host of friends and relatives.  Rev. W. H. Bell of Shepherd, a former pastor of the church, conducted the services, assister by Mr. Smoke, present acting minister of the Coe church.  Frank Randolph of Pontiac, a close friend of the family, sang two beautiful hymns.  Following the service at the church the funeral cortege wended its way to the cemetery near the village where the body of the deceased was committed to its final resting place.

Mary E. Belcher was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 18, 1871.  She with her family, moved to New York state where she grew to young womanhood.  On March 13, 1890 she was united in marriage to Charles Byers at East Carlton, NY.  Four years later they moved with their little son Hugh, to Williamston, Michigan, and from there to Coe where they have made their home for the past 38 years.

In early life Mrs. Byers united with the Christian church and has always been active and loyal to her church and community, living a life which ever cast its influence for good.

Following a major operation five years ago she has been in poor health and for the past year has been in a serious condition suffering from arthritis.  Death came as a release from her physical suffering when she passed away quietly from a severe heart attack.

The beautiful floral offerings and the thoughtful consideration of the community during her long illness and at the time of her death, gave silent tribute of their love and respect.

Relatives left to mourn her passing are, her aged husband, Charles Byers, a son, Hugh Byers, and their three children, Marie, Josephine and Hugh Jr of Fort Collins, Colo., a brother, John Belcher of Cleveland, Ohio, and nieces and nephews.

Those from out of the village who were in attendance were Mrs. Hugh Byers of Colo.;  Mrs. Maud Byers and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Bennett and family, all of Williamston, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Byers of Lansing;  Mr. and Mrs. Bert Hamilton of Forest Hill and Miss Dora Hamilton, of Alma.


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July 26, 1934


Cassius Perrine, a well-known and highly respected farmer of Gratiot county, passed away Monday morning in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Neva Nesen, in St. Louis, where they and brought him a few days previous in order that medical attention might be more accessible.  While Mr. Perrine had not been well for about a year, the acute condition developed only about two weeks ago.

Mr. Perrine had been practically a life-long resident of Gratiot county, having moved here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben D. Perrine, when about nine years of age.  He was born in Rives Junction, MI, September 17, 1860.  In 1883 he was united in marriage to Leota Wood and they took up residence on the farm home four miles north of St. Louis, where they lived at the time of his death.

Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon conducted by a nephew, Rev. Daniel Perrine and interment was made in the Coe cemetery.  He is survived by Mrs. Perrine and two children, Verne Perrine, who, with his family lived with his parents, and Mrs. Neva Nesen of St. Louis.


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July 5, 1934  (nsp)


The death of Miss Alice Elizabeth Ziegler, 73 years old and an old resident of this community, occurred Saturday forenoon at the home of her sister, Mrs. Mary Shouey in Shepherd.  The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the house.  The rev. W. H. Bell officiated and interment was made in Salt River cemetery.

Miss Ziegler was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Ziegler, who came here about 70 years ago from Ohio, where she was born.  They resided for a long period on a farm a mile north of Shepherd.  Her parents preceded her in death as did one brother.

Miss Ziegler's death ended a protracted illness.


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Car Collides with Gravel Truck;  Death

Follows Almost Instantly

June 4 or 9, 1934  (nsp)

(From:  The St. Louis Leader)


The entire community was shocked and saddened because of the tragic and untimely death of William Yatts, a well known and life long resident of St. Louis and vicinity, who was almost instantly killed in an automobile accident one half mile east of Reese Tuesday evening of last week.

Mr. Yatts, a salesman for the John Derring Plow company, had spent Tuesday with the Deering dealer in Caro.  Following supper which he had enjoyed with the dealer and his family, he left for home shortly before 7 o'clock with the expectation of returning with Mrs. Yatts to spend Memorial day with the Caro friends.  He had been on the road but a few minutes when in attempting to pass a gravel truck, a collision occurred when the driver of the truck, Walter Bernthal, 20 years old, turned to the left to enter his farm yard.  The impact of the two cars threw Mr. Yatts through the top of his car and against a tree about 14 feet away.  He was taken in an ambulance to Luke's hospital in Saginaw, a distance of about 17 miles, where he passed away without regaining consciousness a few minutes after entering.

Funeral services were held in the Methodist church, St. Louis, Friday afternoon, Rev. Mayhew of Mt. Pleasant officiating.  Salesmen, dealer and executives of the Deering company served as pallbearers, both active and honorary.  The church was filled to capacity with sorrowing and sympathizing friends, and a profusion of flowers was indicative of a large circle of friends.  Interment was made in Oak Grove cemetery beside the father, who passed away about 12 years ago.

William Yatts was born February 27,m 1892 one mile east of St. Louis, on the farm now owned and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fisher, and all of his life he had lived in or near St. Louis.

Surviving are his widow, Isabella (Brown) Yatts, one son, Claude Burdette, one daughter, Lucy, his mother, Mrs. Clinton Sawvel, all of St. Louis, three sisters, Mrs. Floyd Smock of Pleasant Valley,  Mrs. Irwin Alspaugh and Mrs. Will Keat (?) of Detroit and other relatives and friends.


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June 7, 1934


Mrs. Luella Alice Armstrong, 73 years of age and an old and highly esteemed resident of the Shepherd community, died at her home in the village Thursday evening, June 7, following a third stroke of paralysis.  She had been confined to her home constantly during the past year.

Mrs. Armstrong had resided in this county continuously for the past 65 years, having come as a young girl from Polk, Ashland co., Ohio, where she was born December 26, 1860.  Surviving her are two sons, Frank of Croswell,  Charles of Detroit, and a son-in-law, Arthur W. McClintic of this community.   She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Joe Moore of Shepherd and Mrs. Perry Chaffee of Clare.  A daughter, Mrs. Maude McClintic, preceded her in death a little more than a year ago.

Funeral services were held from her home Saturday afternoon with the Rev. W. S. Phillips officiating.  Interment was made in Salt River cemetery.

Among those from away who came to attend the funeral were her sons, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kennedy of Croswell;  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kennedy of Detroit;  Perry Chaffee and Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Chaffee of Harrison;  Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Chaffee of Clare;  Mr. and Mrs. Frank Armstrong and William Armstrong of Mt. Pleasant;  Mr. and Mrs. Hollie McClintic of Breckenridge;  Mr. and Mrs. Dwight McClintic of Alma;  Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wright of Grand Rapids and Mrs. Glen (unreadable) and son of Toledo.


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July 14, 1934


Amy Helen Schrock, 16 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otis D. Schrock, was born October 31, 1918, at the farm home in Lincoln twp, Isabella county, where she passed from this life July 14, 1934, after a nine days illness.

She was a member of the Strickland Baptist church, and showed her Christian spirit through her entire illness, even quoting Scripture; and singing hymns in her delerium.

A brother and sister preceded her in death.

She leaves to mourn their loss her parents, her fiance, Harry Lentz, three brothers and two sisters:  Otto E., of Grand Rapids;  Arthur J. of Clare;  Mrs. Charles McMacken of Shepherd;  Treva and Kenneth at home, besides a host of other relatives and friends.


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August 13, 1934


Barbara Jean, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hale, was born on August 8, 1934 and passed away at the Carney-Wilcox hospital August 13, at the age of five days.  Besides the parents she leaves her grandparents and a host of relatives and friends.


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May 5, 1934


Jesse H. Wood was born in Green Co., Penn., December 12, 1838 and passed away at his home at Farwell, May 5, 1934, at the age of 95 years, 4 months and 22 days.

On August 26, 1858 he was united in marriage to Martha J. Leonard who preceded him in death July 30, 1922.  To this union were born eight children.  Thomas T., who died August 9, 1928;  Hiram L. of Farwell,  William Walter, who died Mar 16, 1910;  Hannah L. Dunigan and James Edward of Gilmore;  Henry H. of Farwell,  Mary Effe and Jesse J. of Pontiac, MI.

He was a veteran of the Civil war.  He enlisted in Company I, First West Virginia Cavalry February 18, 1864 and served until the close of the war, receiving his discharge July 20, 1865.  In the first engagement in which he was under fire, he was under General Averill near Winchester, in the Valley of the Shenandoah.  He was at the famous battle of Winchester.  His command was attached to the corps of General Custer, and later of General Sheridan, and in the spring of 1865 was assigned to the Army of the Potomac, where the regiment was in action at Five Forks and was present at the surrender of General Lee.

After the close of the war, he came to Michigan and settled in Coe twp., Isabella Co., where he lived about 5 years, and then came to Gilmore twp., being one of the earliest settlers of Gilmore.  He lived there until the fall of 1909, when he came to Farwell, where he had resided since.

He had lived a long and useful life.  A life of service for the Master and to his fellowmen.  He was an outstanding character in the communities in which he had lived, and Uncle Jesse, as he was familiarly called, will live on in the memory of his many friends and relatives.

He will be sorely missed by the loved ones he leaves behind and especially by his son Henry, who has so faithfully cared for him thru his declining years.

He leaves to mourn their loss four sons, Hiram L. and Henry of Farwell,  James E. of Gilmore, Jesse J. of Pontiac, and two daughters, Mrs. Hannah Dunigan of Gilmore and Mary Effie of Pontiac;  11 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren besides many other relatives  and friends.


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August 7, 1934


Mrs. Atta Voirol, 53 years old and the wife of Edward Voirol, died Tuesday night, August 7 at her home one-half mile west and 1-1/4 miles north of Shepherd.  She had resided in this locality all of her life.

Mrs. Voirol had been confined to her bed for only two weeks, but had suffered from ill health for the last five years.  She is survived by her husband, her mother, Mrs. Dudley Merrill, and two brothers.

Funeral arrangements had not been made as the Republican was going to press Wednesday, but it was tentatively planned to hold the services at the house Friday afternoon.


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(no date other than 1934)


Phillip J. McCully, nearly 84, Isabella county pioneer and for the last 36 years a resident of Mt. Pleasant where he was widely known and highly respected, died Sunday morning at his home on Bennett Street, after having steadily failed following a paralytic stroke that he suffered February 13, 1933.

Mr. McCully was born in Ohio July 28, 1851 and came to Isabella county as a young man.  He was married June 23, 1878 to Hannam M. Smith, who survives him.  Prior to moving to Mt. Pleasant they lived on a farm in Chippewa twp.

Two sons and two daughters survive with the widow.  They are Mrs. Walter Lockwood, of Conneaut, Ohio;  Emmet McCully of Lansing;  John McCully of Owosso and Mrs. G. B. Cornell of Mt. Pleasant.  He also leaves one sister Mrs. John Casler of Winn and number of grandchildren.  One son, Thaddeus, was killed in action in the service of his county over seas in the World war.

Prior to his stroke Mr. McCully was a familiar figure in Mt. Pleasant.  He had a cheery and friendly word for all and he will be missed by a wide circle of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Stinson chapel Wednesday afternoon and interment was in Riverside Cemetery.  The Rev. Curtis of the Church of Christ officiated.


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October 10, 1934


Mrs. Clara Roest, 82 years old, who for the past two years had made her home with Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Perrine, died Wednesday morning, Oct. 10th.  She was not related to the Perrine family, which cherishes the memory of a dear friend.

Mrs. Roest was born in Grand Haven in early lumbering days.  She spent most of her life in Holland and often made her home with children in Ohio, Michigan and California.  Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Nibbelink-Notier chapel in Holland.  Mrs. Roest entered a new community late in life to endear herself to the hearts of all who met her in Shepherd.  Her two sons, Arthur Roest and Richard Roest of Grand Rapids came to accompany the body to Holland.


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Former St. Louis Resident Dies at Her Home

in Harbor Springs

(no date other than 1934)


The following, quoted from the July 19th issue of the "Emmett County Graphic" of Harbor Springs will be  of interest to many St. Louis people.

With the passing of Mrs. Clark P. Hanna early last Friday morning, a friendly and energetic spirit whose admires are legion was taken from Harbor Springs.  She had been ill only a week at her home on Third street.

A faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church, where she was for many years an officer of the Missionary society and member of the church board, Mrs. Hanna was a true Christian.  Her many activities in this community as Past Matron of the Order of Easter Star, a member of the Bay View Reading Circle and the Smith-Hoover Post, American Legion Auxiliary did not keep her from her many duties in her own home, where she was known for her kindness, industry and hospitality.

Esther Alice Kain was born in Wells County, Indiana, April 27, 1871, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Kain.  She married Clark P. Hanna in Indianapolis July 5, 1893.  They moved to Dover, KY, and later to St. Louis, Michigan, where they lived until 1919.  Since then her home has been in Harbor Springs.  Her husband, her sons Elmer J. Hanna and Frank Hanna of this city, two grandsons, Gordon and Murray Kain Hanna, and her brother, Fred Kain of Bluffton, Ind., survive her.

An unusually beautiful funeral service was held in the Methodist Episcopal church Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. John Alexander of Bellaire, a former pastor of the church.  The music furnished by Mrs. L. C. DeWitt, Irwin Rubenstein and John Rich made the ceremony most impressive.

Mrs. Hanna was laid to rest in Lakeview cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Hanna were residents of St. Louis for many years, Mr. Hanna having been associated at different times with George Vliet in the dry goods business,  A. E. Branch in the furniture line and with the Alexander Grocery.  Mrs. Hanna was a very active member of the Christian church here, and was universally liked throughout the community, and , when they left in 1919, left many friends who sincerely regret her passing.


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Young Man Dies in Saginaw Hospital;  Parents Live East

of Shepherd.

August 23, 1934  (nsp)


Ivan Moore, about 21 years old and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Moore, residing 4-1/2 miles east of Shepherd, was fatally injured by a fall that he took Monday of this week from the top of a barn on the farm of Ben Thurlow, six miles north of Hemlock.  He died of his injuries in a Saginaw hospital Tuesday.

The young man, who had been working for Thurlow for a couple of years, was assisting in putting up some timbers when the accident occurred.  He was crawling across a plank spanning the central driveway on his hands and knees when the plank broke, precipitating him to the concrete floor, assistance of 20 feet.  Hasty examination showed that both arms were broken and his skull was fractured in many places.  He was taken unconscious to the Saginaw hospital where an emergency trepining operation was performed late Monday to relieve pressure on the brain.  He died without recovering consciousness.

The young man was brought up in this vicinity and up to two years ago was employed by Earl Bayes.

Besides his father and step-mother, he leaves five brothers and two sisters.  The body was brought home to the funeral arrangements for which have not been completed Wednesday morning.


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November 13,1934


Mrs. Emily Parkinson, wife of Louis E. Parkinson was taken suddenly ill last week and passed away Tuesday, November 13 at her home two and one-half miles west and one-half mile south of Crawford.  Mrs. Parkinson, who was 79 years old, had lived on the farm where her death occurred for 51 years.  She and her husband recently celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of their wedding.

Her son, L. E. Parkinson, a veterinary surgeon and his wife of Owosso were called because of Mrs. Parkinson's illness and were at her bedside when she died.  A daughter, Mrs. Idonia Richardson of Union twp. also survives.

The funeral was held at the home Friday forenoon, the Rev. C. W. MacKenzie of Mt. Pleasant Methodist church officiating, and the body was taken to Owosso, the former home of the family, for burial.


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(no date other than 1934)

(part of this article is missing along one side)


Relatives and friends of the Shepherd community were shocked Monday by the news of the sudden death of Arnold Doepker at his home in St. Louis, where he had been employed for some time by the St. Louis Co-operative Cremery company.

Although Mr. Doepker had seemed in apparently good health and had not complained of being ill, he died at about 3:30 Monday morning a few minutes after Mrs. Doepker had been awakened by his labored breathing.

Mr. Doepker had lived in St. Louis, appeared to be in good health ____   ____ ed there from a farm west of Forest Hill.  Previously he had owned, with his brother, and occupied what is known as the Fauce? farm, northeast of Shepherd.  He had resided in this immediate vicinity for about 24 years and was married here about 21 years ago to Miss Sadie O'Connor who survives him with three sons, Frederick, Verne and Gerald and two daughters, Gertrude and Genevieve.  Brothers and sisters surviving are Matt Doepker of Shepherd,  Albert Doepker of Wisconsin,  Alex Doepker of northern Michigan,  Neil Doepker of Mt. Pleasant, E. Doepker residing east of Shepherd, Louis Deopker of Owosso,  Mrs. Ferd Kramer of Shepherd and Mrs. Tena Bruskotter of Saginaw.

Requiem mass was held Wednesday for Mr. Doepker at the Alma Catholic church.  Burial was at Summerton.  He was a communicant of St. Joseph's church in St. Louis.


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November 20, 1934


Mrs. Sophena Melvina Robinson, nearly 81 years old and for more than 60 years a resident of Shepherd and vicinity, died Tuesday morning November 20 at her home here following an acute illness that began about four weeks ago.  She had been in ill health for several years.

Mrs. Robinson was born in New York State February 2, 1854 and was married more than 60 years ago at Leslie in Ingham county to Dennis J. Robinson, who survives her.  Soon afterward they moved to the farm three miles east and one-half mile south of Salt river that was their home until 17 years ago when they removed to their present home in Shepherd.

With her husband, one brother, John Clickner of Boyne City, survives Mrs. Robinson.  There also are a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be held at the home Thursday afternoon and interment will be made in Salt River cemetery.


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Young Man Meets Death - His Truck

is Wrecked in Alma Tuesday

August 9, 1934  (nsp)


Funeral services for Dale Freeman, 21 years old, will be held Thursday afternoon at the Shepherd Church of Christ, the Rev. W. H. Bell officiating and interment will be made in Salt River Cemetery.  The young man's death occurred at about 12:45 Tuesday morning on Wright Ave., about a block south of Superior Street in Alma, when his light Chevrolet truck collided with the curb, jumped it and crashed into a tree between the curb and sidewalk.

The truck, running toward Superior street when the accident occurred, also carried Andrew Timmer, of Shepherd, who had been working with Dale in the truck business, and Niles Moakridge & Elton Zimmerman, Alma young men, all of whom were riding in the cab.  Timmer was cut about the scalp and bruised about the head, as the cab was smashed, the others were lucky to escape virtually unscathed.

Coroner G. V. Wright was summoned to the scene, as Dale suffering from injuries about the head, died immediately after the accident.

Although he had been employed in the trucking business in Alma for the last year or two, Dale was born and reared near Salt River corners.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Freeman now resided 5 miles south of the village on US-27.  Dale was married to an Alma girl February 20, 1932.  His widow has been receiving treatment in the hospital at Flint.  He also is survived by two brothers, Miles of California and Leslie who has been living near Mt. Pleasant.

The sympathy of the community is extended to the Elmer Freeman family in their bereavement under such distressing circumstances.


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November 12, 1934


Mrs. Nancy Anna Sawade died at the age of 64 Monday afternoon, November 12 at her home in Chippewa township.  Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ in Shepherd Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. Or____fee officiated and interment was made in Salt River cemetery.

Mrs. Sawade was the mother of 12 children, 11 of whom survive with her husband, Louis Sawade, who has been receiving treatment for some time in the hospital , ______, the Isabella county of this article is missing.

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Shepherd Trustee Stricken Tuesday Night at Young

Home in Riverdale

(no date other than 1934)


Oren E. White, about 65 years old and member of a family that was one of the earliest settlers of this section died suddenly late Tuesday night at the home of  his brother-in-law, John Young of Riverdale.

Mr. and Mrs. White had gone to Riverdale to attend the reception for the 25th anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Young, which was held at the Methodist church.  Returning to the Young home following the anniversary party, Mr. White was seated in a chair when stricken with a heart attack and died about 11:30.

Mr. White was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward White who were among the early settlers of the Forest Hill locality.  His late father and mother, who later were residents of Alma, were buried in St. Louis.  Mr. White lived for many years on the White homestead near Forest Hill and later on a farm northwest of Shepherd, before moving to this village to make his home.  He had been a member of the Shepherd village council for several years.  His widow, formerly Miss Lydia Young and a sister, Mrs. William Sprague survive him.

The body was removed Wednesday to his home in Shepherd where funeral services will be held Friday forenoon at the home.  Rev. W. S. Phillips will officiate and interment will be made in Salt River cemetery.


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(no date other than 1934)

(This articles is badly ink stained, will get what I can from it)


Mrs. Alice Folks, 68 years old, who had been in ill health for some time, suffered a stroke Wednesday of last week at her home in Shepherd and died Sunday morning.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Stinson chapel in Mt. Pleasant with interment made in Riverside cemetery.

Mrs. Folks, formerly Mrs. Alice Kaglsk(?), was married 5 years ago to William Folks of Shepherd.  She had previously resided in Isabella county for more than (?) years, having lived in Deerfield township and later in Mt. Pleasant..........(the rest of this article I can not read)



Second article on this obituary


Sarah Alice Craven was born May 14, 1856 in Shiawassee county, MI, and departed this life December 16, 1934, at the age of 78 years.

February 22, 1877, she was united in marriage to Charles F. Secord.  Six children were born to this union, three passing away at an early age.  Mr. Secord died September 23, 1888.

Later in life she was married to J. S. Rector.  To this union one daughter was born.  After living several years in Shiawassee county, they moved to Deerfield twp.  In 1897 she moved to Mr. Pleasant.

In 1929 she was married to William Folks of Shepherd, where she has since resided up to the time of her death

She leaves to mourn their loss her husband;  four children, Maud O'Brien of Canada;  Clinton Secord of Deerfield;  Mabel Kobel of Mt. Pleasant and Stella Harry of Shepherd;  36 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren;  several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Stinson chapel with Rev. George Dyer officiating and interment was made in Riverside cemetery.



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July 2, 1934


Death came suddenly sometime Monday night, July 2, to Mrs. Fannie A. Curtiss, 79 years old, who was widely known in Isabella county as a woman of distinguishing characteristics.  She was found on the davenport at her home in Shepherd the following morning by Mrs. Milo Richmond, a neighbor who frequently called at the Curtiss home.  The doors were unlocked and as it was apparent she had been dead for many hours, it was believed she breathed her last early the preceding evening.

Mrs. Curtiss had complained of being ill on the Friday just before her death, but told friends she felt better on Saturday.  She had lived alone for years in her home here and attended to her household duties up to the time of the fatal seizure.  Always having a cheerful and optimistic word for everybody, speaking ill of no one and possessing a charitable and kindly disposition, Mrs. Curtiss was highly regarded by a large circle, and news of her death shocked and saddened the community.

Coroner R. A. Northway was called from Mt. Pleasant to investigate and quickly decided that an inquest was not warranted by the circumstances.

Fannie A. Newton was born in Akron, New York State January 8, 1855, and was married there to Henry W. Curtiss in 18784.  He conducted a drug store in Akron for several years before their removal to Michigan in the early 'eighties.'

They settled in this state first at Edmore, where he was a bookkeeper for a number of years for Whitney & Stinchfield.  Thence they moved to Blanchard and there Mr. Curtiss was employed in a similar capacity by A. b. Long & Son.  Their next move was to Kalkaska, Michigan, where he continued his work as bookkeeper.

From Kalkaska they came to Winn, Isabella county, where Mr. Curtiss was employed for several years in the John Starkweather store.  They removed from Winn to Miller Station about 4-1/2 miles east of Greenville and were there for six or seven years before purchasing a farm just west of Shepherd. There Mr. Curtiss died in September of 1915.  Within a few months his widow purchased the residence in Shepherd that had since been her home.

Mrs. Curtiss had belonged to the Methodist Episcopal church since young womanhood and during her active years was an enthusiastic worker in the church and the ladies aid society.

There are no nearer relatives than brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and nieces, one sister and two brothers having preceded her in death.  A sister-in-law and four nieces reside in New York State.  Charles F. Curtiss of Winn is a brother-in-law and several other relatives by marriage reside in Isabella county.

Funeral services for Mrs. Curtiss were conducted at her home Thursday by Rev. W. S. Phillips. 


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July 10, 1934


Mrs. Anna Franz Brown, 82 years old and well known as a former resident of Isabella county and Shepherd, died Tuesday morning, July 10 at the Clark Memorial home for old people of the Methodist church, in Grand Rapids, after an illness of many weeks.  Funeral services were held in  Grand Rapids Thursday morning, after which, in accordance with her wishes, the body was taken to Mt. Pleasant for burial in Riverside cemetery.  The Rev. E. N. Mayhew conducted the prayer service at the grave.

Mrs. Brown was born in Muscatine, Iowa, February 23, 1852, and was married to A. R. Brown, an editor, of Canada.  While they were residing in Collingwood, Canada, a son was born to them, who died at the age of four months.

Later she resided in South Haven, MI, moving from there to Kalamazoo where she continued her belated work of painting, begun when she was 32 years old.

Afterward she resided in Mt. Pleasant, where she spent a few years.  It was there that she painted some of her pictures from nature, using her own home as the subject of some of her sketches.

After having cared for a brother in Hot Springs, Ark., who finally died of his illness, she returned to Detroit and again studied art.  Returning to her old home she cared for her mother and father through slow, lingering illness that terminated in their deaths.

Mrs. Brown then removed to Shepherd where she lived for a few years.  She was a devoted member of the Methodist church and marked characteristics of her life were her love of nature and art, from poetry to music.  she composed some verse of considerable merit and her paintings were (can't read).

The following poem was written by her a year before she died and was read at her funeral services.


Homeward Bound

The lengthening shadows mark the closing day

The shepherd homeward brings his weary sheep.

Westward the sun moves o'er the distant hill

And soon earth's tired ones sleep.


Hushed is the wind - a brooding calm's o'er all

The heart of nature throbs with peace and rest.

Yet to a soul discordant, this remains

A mystery, unguessed.


There's calm at sea - the tide is going out -

A lone sail's moving slowly from the sound

O ship a-sail on peaceful sunset sea;

Outward, yet homeward bound.


The waves that bear back from thence they came

Are silent - there's naught of sound or sigh-

Only a gentle pressure - soft caress

A whispered low - Good bye.


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November 1934


Following an illness of about five years, death came to Ridglan Colbry, a highly respected resident, Thursday November (?), at his farm home east and north of St. Louis, where he had lived most of the time for about 50 years.

Born in Ontario, Canada November 7, 1852, Ridgnal Colbry came to Gratiot county when about 30 years of age and in 1901 he was united in marriage to Carrie Hicks of Breckenridge and to them was born one son, Seymour, who, with the wife survive.  He is also survived by a brother, Thomas Colbry of St. Louis and one sister, Mrs. E. Swicks of Shepherd.  He was a member of the Ancient Order of Gleaners.

Funeral services were held at the home Saturday, Rev. T. O. Lee of the First Methodist church of St. Louis, officiating, and interment was made in Oak Grove cemetery.


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September 16, 1934


Alma Susan Nichol was born October 17, 1858 near Aylmer, Ontario, and died Sept. 16, 1934 at her home in Chippewa, at the age of 75 years and 11 months.

The early part of her life was spent in Canada.  She was married Sept. 15, 1875 to Rodolphus Koyl, who preceded her in death less than nine months ago.

To this union were born six children, two of whom died in infancy.  One son Judson, passed away at the age of 13 years.

In 1894 the family moved to Michigan and has since resided on their farm in Chippewa twp.

Mrs. Koyl became a Christian early in life and had adhered consistently to her faith.  She was a woman of strong character, one who made and retained many friends, who mourn her passing.

She leaves to mourn their loss two sons, Clinton and Aston, at home, and Mrs. Clara Michand of Beaverton;  three granddaughters and one great grandson and numerous nephews and nieces.

Funeral services were held at the home Sept. 19th and interment was made in Salt River cemetery.


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(no date other than 1934)


The little son which came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Frye of near Pleasant Valley sunday passed away Monday.  Interment was made in Salt River cemetery.  Mrs. Frye was formerly Miss Vera Koyl of this place.


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March 19, 1934


Isaac A. Fancher was born September 30, 1833 in Montgomery County, New York.  He married June 6, 1860 to Althea Preston at Java, New York, shortly after he had left law school.  Three children were born to this union, Preston of Detroit,  Bessie, wife of Prof. Tambling of Mt. Pleasant and Blanche, who died in 1873.

Mr. Fanchers first wife died in 1900, and on July 3, 1902 he was married to Mrs. Mattie Dodds, who survives him with a son, Alger, of New York


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August 7, 1934


Atta Wallace, daughter of James A. and Frances Wallace, was born in Isabella county, MI June 10, 1881.  She passed away Aug. 7, 1934, at the age of 53 years.  She was married to Edward Voirol in 1911 and spent her entire married life at the home where she passed on after an illness of five years duration.

She left to mourn their loss, her husband, her mother, Mrs. Frances Merrill, two brothers, Edward of Caro, MI and Frank of Walla Walla, WA, besides many other relatives, friends and neighbors.  Her years of suffering were spent in patient endurance.

As a wife up until the time of her illness, she assumed her part of the responsibilities of life as only a good and helpful companion can do.  As a neighbor she exemplified the traits of character peculiar to that place in the life of a community.  As a friend she was loyal, always dependable and reliable in hours of need.


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December 20, 1934  (nsp)


Largely attended funeral services were held Saturday morning at St. Vincent de Paul church in Shepherd, when many relatives and friends paid a last tribute of love and respect to the memory of Gasper Kunik, 35 years old, who for a number of years conducted a shoe repair business in Shepherd.  The Rev. Fr. Joseph H. Henige conducted requiem mass.  Burieal was made in the Catholic cemetery.

Mr. Kunik, a native of Czecho-Slovakia, died Wednesday morning in the Brondstetter Memorial hospital in Mt. Pleasant, as preparations were being made for an operation for goiter.  On account of illness he had sold his shoe repair business here several weeks earlier and had moved to a residence owned by Walter Stilgenbauer, near the home of his father, Joseph G. Kunik, southwest of Shepherd.

Gasper Kunik established the shoe repair business in Shepherd more than 10 years ago and about six years ago his family came from Czecho-Slovakia to join him here.  He is survived by his widow, his mother and father and three sons, Michael, William and Lester.  William and Lester have been attending the Shepherd schools.  He also leaves a married brother and a married sister in Detroit;  and two brothers, John and Michael and two sisters, Katie and Mary who reside at the father's home.


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(no date other than 1934)


Levi Wonch, a resident of the Salt River and Shepherd community all his life, died at an early hour Sunday morning at the age of 68 on the homestead one-half mile east of the village where he was born August 29, 1866.  He had been ill for some time but his condition had apparently improved and while his death was not altogether unexpected, it came as a severe shock to the family and friends.

Mr. Wonch is survived by his widow and the following children:  Mabel, at home;  Mrs. Frank Durham of Shepherd;  Mrs. Clyde Husted of Midland, and Mrs. Fred Eichenweck of Flint.  A son died in infancy.  He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Clarence Husted of Midland and three brothers, Asa of California;  Will and Hiram of Shepherd, with nine grandchildren, nephews and nieces and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Shepherd M. E. church Wednesday afternoon and interment was made in Salt River cemetery.  The Rev. W. S. Phillips officiated.


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December 12, 1934  (nsp)


Mr. Edmund LaFontaine passed away suddenly Thanksgiving morning about 4 in his home on East Washington ave.  While not feeling well on Monday, he helped with the K. P. party Monday night.  Tuesday morning a doctor was called for him and on Thursday morning while Mrs. LaFontaine was preparing breakfast for the son before he left for his work at the sugar factory, Mr. LaFontaine passed away.

Funeral  services were held at the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon with Rev. R. O. Moon officiating.  "Abide With Me" and "There's No Night There" were most effectively rendered by the Wiernotold Quartette.  Services at Oak Grove were conducted by the Masonic Lodge, of which Mr. LaFontaine was a member.

Edmund LaFontaine was born in Ottawa, Canada December 1879.  He came to Michigan in 1906.  He was married in Alma in 1908 to Mabel Anderson of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and they lived in that city until 1917.  They came to St. Louis in  1918, after spending a year on a farm in this locality, and for 16 years Mr. LaFontaine was employed in the store of Carl Faunce.  Recently he has been doing the tailor and _____? work in the Faunce store, and ____? time work for Burlingame & Sons.

Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. LaFontaine, four of whom, with Mrs. LaFontaine survive.  They are:  Lorna, ____? and Ruth at home and Mrs. A. (Ruth) Harris of Alma.   Another daughter, Mary Jean, died in infancy and Helen Louise in 1929.

Mr. LaFontaine was a member of the Masonic order and Knights of Pythias.


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August 23, 1934


Death came suddenly Sunday night to Mrs. John Beery at her home on Olive Road.  Although Mrs. Beery had not been in good health for many years and had been sick for the past eight weeks, during which time she was cared for by her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Beery, there was no reason to think Sunday that the end was near, and Mr. and Mrs. Beery went tot heir home with the intention of spending the night there while another son cared for the mother, but a heart attack brought her suffering suddenly to an end.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the house and at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church, Rev. William Eldredge of the Church of God, a neighbor of the Beery family, officiating.  Interment was made in Oak Grove cemetery.

Minnie Mable Buck, third child of James and Hannah Lewis Buck, was born January 10, 1868 in Lodi, Midina Co., Ohio.  When she was nine years old the James Buck family moved from Ohio to Gratiot county, settling near Forest Hill.  At the age of 12 years she united with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which denomination she has been a constant member.

On November 30, 1883, Minnie M. Buck and John S. Beery were married in the home of her parents in Pine River twp., since which time Mr. and Mrs. Beery have resided in the vicinity of St. Louis, and for the past 23 years within the city.  To this union five sons were born - Jesse L, now of St. Louis;  James A. of Forest Hill,  Zenith R., who died in infancy,  L. Wayne, superintendent of Schools in Bellevue, MI, and Austin E. of Seattle, Washington.  Last November 30th Mr. and Mrs. Beery celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home in St. Louis.

For the past 23 years Mrs. Beery has been afflicted with various illnesses.  Through good or ill health, her constantly cheerful mood and jovial manner have made her a host of friends.


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Ill But Few Hours at Home of Nephew in Chippewa

November 22, 1934  (nsp)


Charles Flansburg, 67 years old and a native of Isabella county, died suddenly Tuesday, November 13 at the home of his nephew, Fred Shattuck in Chippewa twp.  Funeral services were conducted at the Stinson chapel in Mt. Pleasant Saturday by the Rev. C. W. MacKenzie of the Mt. Pleasant  M. E. church and interment was made in the Lincoln cemetery.

Mr. Flansburg, son of Sylvester and Lydia Flansburg, was born in Lincoln tgwp., July 5, 1867.  He attended school in the log school house at Lincoln center and later in the frame school building which was erected in 1881.  However, like most boys of the early pioneer families, a large part of his training was received in the great out-of-door life.  He was endowed with a great ambition and tireless energy.

Charles was never married.  He made his home on the old homestead in Lincoln twp. until the death of his mother in 1917.  Since that time he had lived alone, or at times, with some relative.  For the last year he has made his home with the family of his nephew, Fred Shattuck, in Chippewa twp, where he received kind, thoughtful consideration, attention and care.

His energy and ambition remained with him to his last day.  He labored part of the day Tuesday but in late afternoon stated that he was not feeling well and went to this bed to rest.  He did not respond when called fur supper and investigation revealed that his spirit had departed.

Mr. Flansburg leaves, to cherish the memory of one who was always ready to sacrifice his own welfare and comfort for the sake of others, one brother, A. W. Flansburg of Alma;  three sisters, Mrs. Zelina Caszat of Lincoln twp., Mrs. Zella Wetherbee of Shepherd, and Mrs. Lucy Crummel of Kalamazoo and a large number of other relatives and friends.


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