Edith HURLBURT, 100, of 101 Cottage Street, Shepherd, passed away at the

Schnepp Nursing Home in St. Louis on Saturday, May 22nd;she was born

14 August 1875, in Coe township.


Miss HURLBURT was a member of the Westlawn Church of Christ and

the Women's Society of the Church.


Funeral services were held on Tuesday, 25th of May, 1976, at 2 p.m. from the

Garber-Berry Funeral Home with Brother Wendell PARMAN officiating.

Interment was in the Salt River Cemetery


Surviving are a niece, Helen CROWELL of Shepherd, 2 grand nephews,

Robert KIDDER of Shepherd and Richard KIDDER of Midland.









Clyde B. HUSTED, age 74,of 8757 E. Blanchard Rd., Shephard, MI, passed away

the 28th of August 1979 at the Gratiot Community Hospital in Alma.


Mr. HUSTED was born 24 January 1905 in Harrison, Michigan. He married

Lefa WONCH on 19 January 1925.Mrs. HUSTED retired after working

30 years for the Prutchey Bean and Michigan Bean - now Wicks Agriculture.


He is survived by wife Lefa, son Arnold of Shepherd; brothers Howard of

St. Johns, Glen of Alma, Earl of Amble, and sisters Mrs. Scottie (Pearl) SKRIBA 

of Mason, Mrs. Ruby PACKER of Alma, Mrs. Alice HALE of Lansing, and

Mrs. Lia LOTT of Ithaca. He was preceded in death by two brothers, 

Claude HUSTED and Clarence HUSTED.


Services were held Friday, August 28th, from the Garber-Berry Funeral Home,

with Rev. Michael SELLECK officiating.

Interment was in the Salt River Cemetery.








Milton Coe HUTCHINSON, Route 1,Shepherd, died Wednesday, 

January 30th, at the Schnepp Convalescent Home in St. Louis.


Mr. HUTCHINSON was born on 30 August 1888 in Coe township, and has

been a life-long resident. He was a farmer and served as township

supervisor and road commissioner at one time. He was a member of the 

I. O.O.FNo. 239 Lodge.


Surviving him are his wife, Nellie HUTCHINSON, two daughters, Mrs. Helen

ROBERTS of Saginaw, and Mrs. Verda ROPP of Alma; ten grandchildren

and 16 great grandchildren.


Funeral services were held at the Garber Funeral Home in Shepherd on

Saturday, February 2nd at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Newton HUFFINE officiating.

Interment was in the Salt River Cemetery.








Nellie Rebecca HUTCHINSON, 81, of Route 1,Shepherd,passed away

on Saturday, January 29th.She was born 10 September 1890 in

St. Johns, Michigan


She was a member of the Westlawn Church of Christ and of the

Rebekah Lodge.


Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 1st at 2 p.m. from the

Westlawn Church of Christ, with Brother Ben BAUMGARDNER 

officiating, and interment was in the Salt River Cemetery. Garber Funeral

Home was in charge of arrangements.


Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Patrick (Helen) ROBERT of Saigon, and

Verda ROPP of Alma,10 grandchildren,25 great grandchildren; two sisters,

Mrs. Hazel ALLEN of Toledo, Ohio and Mrs. Lenore HEARL of Lansing; two

brothers, Robert HILL of Lansing and Archey HILL of St. Johns.




9 JUNE 1949




Will JACKSON, who resided in Shepherd several years ago, passed away

in St. Louis where he stayed Saturday evening, June 4th.


Mr. JACKSON had been failing quite rapidly for the past two months. He was

84 years of age. His wife preceded him in death while they lived near Clare

about fifteen years ago. He is survived by one son and three daughters:

Henry JACKSON of Saginaw, Mrs. Carrie ROTHLISBERGER of rural Shepherd,

Mrs. Lillian GOOD of Porter and Mrs. Myrtle STRUTHERS of Washington State.


Funeral services were held Wednesday at Crandell Funeral Home in

St. Louis and burial will be made by the side of his wife in the

Salt River Cemetery.




19 AUGUST 1948




Howard KENNEDY, formerly of Shepherd, passed away Saturday morning,

August 15th, at 12:15 o'clock in Traverse City. He was born in Coe township

and lived here all his life. He was the son of Mr. James M. R. and Elizabeth

Walters KENNEDY, born 28 March 1872.


He leaves one brother, Frank KENNEDY, of Corunna, Michigan, besides

nieces and nephews, one brother and one sister deceased, Sam KENNEDY 

and Mary NORTON.


Services were held Wednesday at 2 o'clock from the Garber Funeral Home,

Rev. W. H. BELL officiated. Interment in the Salt River Cemetery.




18 DECEMBER 1963




Mrs. Vera KENNEDY,314 Hall Street, died suddenly Thursday,

December 12th in the Carson City Hospital.


She was born on 8 March 1885, in Mecosta County, and was a life long

member of the Shepherd Methodist Church, also a member of the 

W.S.C.S., and the Shepherd Woman's Club.


Mrs. KENNEDY, a retired school teacher, was preceded in death by

her husband, Roy, in1948.


Funeral services were held on Sunday, December 13th, at 2:30 p.m. from the

Garber Funeral Home, with Rev. Lloyd VanLENTE officiating.

Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant.


Mrs. KENNEDY is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Phillip (Mildred) SHERIDAN

of Peck, Michigan, one son Louis KENNEDY of Union Lake; two step-sons,

Ivan KENNEDY of Albuquerque, N.Mex, and Durward KENNEDY of

Clare;15 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.




3 MAY 1956




Dr. Dale M. KING, a former physician in Shepherd nearly fifty years 

ago, died Sunday in Detroit at the age of 81.


Dr. KING practiced in Shepherd for around 8 to 10 years. He was 

associated with Dr. Arthur SWEATLAND. The office occupied by

Dr. KING was located over what is now Oren's Store as many older

residents will remember.


He became a specialist in Mental and nervous diseases and was a 

consultant at Wayne General Hospital. He was attending Psychiatrist

at Receiving Hospital in Detroit until he retired 16 years ago.


Dr. KING often visited old friends in Shepherd, and his last visit

being some five years ago.


Funeral services were held in Detroit Tuesday and burial was made

in Grand Lawn Cemetery.




21 APRIL 1949




Funeral services were held Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. from St. Vincent

de Paul Catholic Church in Shepherd for Sylvester KRAMER of R-2, Shepherd,

who died April 13th.Mr. KRAMER was found dead, while at work plowing

on his farm in Coe township, having suffered a heart attack.


The Rev. Fr. Thomas BOLGER of Shepherd St. Vincent de Paul Catholic 

Church, officiated. Rosary service was held Sunday evening at 8 p.m. at

the Garber Funeral Home. The funeral was in charge of the Garber Funeral



Sylvester Kramer was born 2 January 1894 in Ft. Jennings, Ohio.

He had resided in Isabella county since 1924 where he has been engaged

in the occupation of farming. He was a member of the Holy Name Society

of St. Vincent de Paul.


Surviving are four brothers, Ferdinand KRAMER of Shepherd, Edward 

KRAMER of Detroit, Barney and Fred KRAMER of Jennings, Ohio;

one sister, Mrs. Anna SCHIMMOLLER of Ft. Jennings, Ohio.


Interment was made in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery.








Shepherd friends of Dr. W. A. LAMPMAN recently received word of

his death which occurred at a Detroit Hospital on Wednesday, September 17th.

His funeral was held from the Leonard Funeral Home at Hastings on Friday,

September 19th, with burial at the Riverside Cemetery in Hastings.


Dr. LAMPMAN practiced dentistry at Shepherd from 1912 to 1915, and

will be remembered by many Shepherd residents.


Besides Mrs. LAMPMAN, he left surviving him a son Harold LAMPMAN,

a physician of Detroit, a daughter Mrs. C.A. BABCOCK of Flint, and son

J. Allen LAMPMAN, a lawyer of Mt. Pleasant.




20 NOVEMBER 1963




Edward Ray LOWE, Route one, Shepherd, died Wednesday,

November 13th, at the Carson City Hospital.


He was born on 15 October 1890 in Greenville, seventy-three years ago.


Funeral services were held Friday, November 15th, at the Garber Funeral

Home, with Richard WOLFCALE officiating. Interment was made in the

Salt River Cemetery.


Surviving Mr. LOWE are three step-children, Robert and Lavier WENTZ,

both of Route one, Shepherd, and Genevieve ACKERMAN of Mt. Pleasant,

16 grandchildren and 5 step-great grandchildren; one brother, Glen LOWE of

Winn; two sisters Mrs Lucy RENSBERGER also of Winn, and his twin

sister, Mrs. Mae MUNN of Flint. His wife preceded him in death on

24 July 1963.




31 MAY 1956




Miss Rose T. MARVIN, 87, lifelong resident of Shepherd and a State

Journal Correspondent for that area for many years, died on Wednesday

in Grand Rapids home for the aged.


She had entered the home about 18 months ago after serving as the voice

of Shepherd for many years. In addition to writing for the State Journal,

Miss MARVIN was also affiliated with other Michigan Newspapers.


Born 16 December 1868 in Sumner, near Shepherd, she was the daughter

of Floyd S. & Fietta Gruber MARVIN. The family moved to Shepherd when

Miss MARVIN was a child and she spent her life in the community.


During her young adult life she was a school teacher, later entering the

millinery business in Shepherd. She also worked in dry goods stores in

Flint, Alma, and Shepherd.


She is survived by a niece, Mrs. Maynard MILLER of Alma, a nephew,

Dr. C. E. THOMPSON of Mt. Pleasant, a cousin, Miss Day GRUBER of

Shepherd, and several other cousins in Michigan.


Funeral services will be held Friday a 2 p.m. at the Garber Funeral Home in

Shepherd. Rev. Harold TABER will officiate, assisted by Rev.

Charles OSTROM. Burial will be in the family plot in Salt River Cemetery.


(NOTE:Paul WILBUR purchased an Isabella County History (Fancher) at 

the estate auction of Tom ROBERTS in Shepherd, May 11, 1979.This

clipping was in the book -----the words "niece" and "nephew" had been

crossed out and "cousin" inserted in handwriting in the clipping.)









Charles B. McBRIDE, 61, of 212 Michael Ave., Shepherd, died Friday,

February 4th, while at work.


The oil field serviceman was born 5 December, 1910 in

Harbor Springs.


Mr. McBRIDE was a known sportsman and he was a member of the

Blue Jay Sports Booster Club, the Salt River Masonic Lodge and the

Riverwood Golf Club.


He is survived by his wife, Florette; one daughter, Mrs. Jake (Elizabeth)

GOFFNETT; four grandchildren; one brother James Ray McBRIDE of

Harbor Springs and one sister, Mrs. William (Marguerite) SALLER of

Mt. Pleasant.


Funeral services were held Monday, February 7th at 11 a.m. at the

Shepherd United Methodist Church with Brother Ben BAUMGARDNER

officiating and burial was in the Salt River Cemetery.




9 JUNE 1949




Mr. & Mrs. Ronald McCRAY who have resided in Greendale for the past

12 years, and have been in Blytheville, ARK, during the winter months,

returned to their home Sunday.


Their young daughter, Jeanette June, who with her parents attended a ball

game on Memorial Day had the misfortune of getting hit by a batted ball,

which struck her in the temple; she was unconscious for four days when

she passed away June 3rd, 1949.


Her body arrived on the noon train Tuesday, June 7th, and was taken to the

Garber Funeral Home at 3 p.m. Funeral services was in charge of Rev. G. A.

DUNN and Rev. R. P. CUFF, minister of the Chippewa Church of Christ, 

with burial in the Greendale Cemetery. Garber funeral directors in charge of 

the services.


She leaves to mourn her death, her parents, Ronald and Nadean 

Wilson McCRAY, several brothers and sisters: Sharlena, Rockford,

Melvin, Allie, Carl, Lulu Pearl,Onita Olive and Mary Joyce;also

her grandparents,Carl WILSON and Mr. & Mrs. Allie McCRAY all

of West Virginia.




7 MARCH 1946




The village of Shepherd was shocked by the sudden death of 

Mervyn McNULTY, the town's genial druggist.


"Mac", as he was known to all his friends, which included just about everyone

in this community, came to Shepherd in 1931, having purchased the drug business

of the COOK BROTHERS, which was located at that time next to J. R. WILLIAMS

Grocery, moving to their present location in the Bank block about a month later.


In November of 1942, fire damaged the stock of the store, after which C. B.

McNULTY, his father, joined him in forming the NcNULTY Drug Co.

The business will continue as the McNULTY Drug Co., with Mr. Lloyd

SWOGGER taking charge of the prescription department.


Funeral services were held Sunday, at the Garber Funeral Home, with 

Salt River Lodge No. 288,F. and A.M. in charge. Rev. LeRoy HOOVER

assisted by Rev. George BOLITHO officiating.


Among out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral of Mervyn

McNULTY are the following :Corrine McNULTY of Pontiac, Mr. & Mrs.

Roy AUSTIN of Jackson, Mrs. George GROWE of Detroit, Mr. & Mrs. Clyde

RICHMOND, Mr. & Mrs. Jay RICHMOND, and Mrs. Mary RICHMOND of

Owosso, Mr. & Mrs. Percy ALLMAND and Mr. & Mrs. Frank BUELL of

Milford, Mr. & Mrs. Paul TEETERS, Mr. & Mrs. Ray WILTSE, Margaret

Ann WILTSE, Mr. & Mrs. George WILTSE, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas WILTSE of

Bay City, Mr. & Mrs. Norris WILTSE of Ypsilanti, Mr. & Mrs. Harold

ALDRICH, Ann ALDRICH, James ALDRICH and Mr. & Mrs. Howard MAIN of

Tekonsha, Mr. & Mrs. Harvey COON of South Lyons, Mr. Robert FULLER of

Pontiac and Mr. Ed FILEDS of Detroit, Mrs. C. BE_S, Mrs. Leon PARKER and

Mrs. Margaret LOWE of LaPort and Mr. & Mrs. John McFARLANE and

Earl FOUGHT of Alma.




22 NOVEMBER 1951




Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Garber Funeral 

Home at two o'clock for Flora Mae MERILLAT who died Sunday at the

Lilly Nursing Home in Shepherd after a long illness.


She was born to Paul & Lydia Flory MERILLAT on 17 December 1979

in Coe township, on the farm where she lived her lifetime until she was

forced to leave by her illness.


Rev. Stanley P. KIRN of the Chippewa Evangelical United

Brethern Church officiated at the service, and interment was made 

in the Salt River Cemetery.


Surviving her are three sisters, Mrs. Josephine SALISBURY of Ann Arbor,

Mrs. Edith HILL of Williamston and Mrs. Dora GRINNELL of Mt. Pleasant;

two brothers Edward of Mt. Pleasant and Dave of Shepherd.


She was a member of the Coe Chapter No. 98 O.E.S.




7 AUGUST 1947




Funeral services for the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall MICHAELS of

Forest Hill were held Monday afternoon at the Forest Hill Christian Church,

Rev. Glen WATTERSON of Shepherd officiating. Interment was made in

the Riverside Cemetery, Alma.


John Channon MICHAELS was born 21 May 1947, and passed away on

August 2nd, at the Saginaw General Hospital. He leaves his parents,

two sisters, Marilyn and Nancy; his grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. William

MICHAELS and great grandmother, Mrs. Mary MICHAELS, nearly

100 years old.


The baby's father was a former teacher in the Shepherd school several

years ago.




1 MARCH 1972




Word was recently received of the passing of a former Shepherdite,

Lewis "Jack" MIDDAUGH. He was born 10 October 1896 in West

Plaines, MO, but brought up in this community by his mother, Mrs.

Mary Ann MIDDAUGH. He expired January 28th, 1972 at Annapolis

Hospital, Wayne, Michigan. He was a lifelong Industrial Arts and

Vocational teacher and active in many activities in Benton Harbor.


He leaves his wife, the former Mildred MILLIKEN, a son Jack, and 

two daughters, Mrs. Harry (Virginia) HOWARD of Wayne and Mrs.

Geth (Mildred) WARE of Westminster, CO.




1 MARCH 1945




Arlie MILLER was born in Tuscola County, June 9th, 1879, and

passed away at his home in Pleasant Valley February 21st, 1945, at the

age of 65 years, 7 months, and 21 days.


He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, three daughters, Crystal COOPER

of Pleasant Valley, Vera WELLS of St. Louis, and Ardes MILLER of

-orter; four sons,Lewis of E. Lansing, Rollen of Sanford, Clare of Pleasant

Valley and Lyle at home;19 grandchildren; three brothers, Guy OSWALD

of Lansing, Claude OSWALD of Pleasant Valley and Clare OSWALD of

St. Louis; one sister Mayme WILLIAMS of Lansing, one aunt, Mrs. Ida

BEATENBACK and several cousins of Unionville, Michigan. One sister,

Ella LINDSLEY preceded him in death a year ago in January. He also

leaves several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and



Funeral services were held at Pleasant Valley Methodist Church 

Saturday afternoon, Rev. George BOLITHE officiating with interment

in St. Louis Cemetery.




23 DECEMBER 1948




Mrs. Maude E. MILLER, wife of Joseph F. MILLER, died at the Carson

City Hospital Monday, December 13th, where she had been a 

surgical patient for the past five weeks.


Mrs. MILLER was born in Ironton, Ohio on 25th of December 1893.


Surviving are her husband Joe E. MILLER, one daughter Joanne at home;

one sister in CA and one niece in Ohio, and a circle of friends.


She was a member of the W.S.C.S of the Methodist Church and the Woman's

Club of Shepherd.


The funeral was held from the Garber Funeral Home, Thursday

at 2 o'clock, Rev. Myron CLEMENT, pastor of the Methodist Church

officiating with interment in the Salt River Cemetery.

Funeral was in charge of the Garber Funeral Directors.




22 OCTOBER 1953




George Emmet MILLS,61 years old, the only brother of Mrs. George

WOOD, died of a heart attack Monday morning, October 19th, 1953, at

his home in Laingsburg.


He was born near Shepherd 21 July 1892, and spent his early

years in this vicinity.


Survivors are his wife, Nora, his son Russell of Hastings, and

numerous step-children.


Funeral services will be held Thursday,22nd October, at the Gorsline

Runciman Funeral Home in Lansing.


Interment will be at Laingsburg Cemetery.




2 AUGUST 1951




Mrs. Mary Bohannen MOORE passed away at her home in Pleasant Valley

Thursday, July 26th, after a very short illness following a stroke.


She was born in Midland County and lived in the Pleasant Valley

neighborhood most of her lifetime.


She was a member of the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church and W.S.C.S.

Her husband, Paul MOORE, preceded her in death in 1940, and she was

father and mother both to her children from that time on.


Surviving her are four sons, Denver, Robert, Richard and Alvin MOORE, all

of Pleasant Valley; one daughter, Mrs. Lawrence TEEGARDIN; four

stepchildren, Ralph MOORE of Breckenridge, Lavern MOROE of

Indianapolis, Francis MOORE of Mulligan and Mrs. Chester TRAVIS of

Shepherd. Also two brothers Leonard BOHANNEN of Pleasant Valley,

and Artie TAYLOR of Lansing; three sisters, Mrs. Russell TEEGARDIN

of Pleasant Valley, Mrs. Sarah PACKER of Coe, and Mrs. Mable KOYL

of Detroit; and 14 grandchildren.


Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Valley Church Sunday afternoon

at two o'clock, Rev. Myron CLEMENT officiating. Interment was made in

the Salt River Cemetery with Earl JONES, Fred HANNER, George BAILEY,

Ray HARE, Homer TEEGARDIN and Ira DAVIS as pall-bearers.




27 JUNE 1946




Shepherd residents were saddened Saturday by the death of Mrs. Edgar 

MORGAN, which occurred at Owen Sound, Ontario, while she and her

husband were vacationing.


Edith L. MORGAN, daughter of John & Fannie Gentry SHULTS, was

born at Stratford, OK,21 March 1912, and passed away at Owen

Sound, Ontario June 1946.


The MORGANS have been residents of Shepherd for several months.


She is survived by her husband, parents, one son Jack Edwin; one 

daughter Grace Edith, both still at home; two brothers Jim SHULTS of

Stratford, OK (only lists one bro.); three sisters, Mrs. TURNER of

Stratford, Mrs. Fred BUND-Y of Bakersfield, CA and Mrs. Ray

BOONSTROO, of Mt. Pleasant.


Funeral services are being held this afternoon (Thursday) at

the Christian Church, Shepherd, at 4 p.m., L.J. HOOVER 

officiating. Interment in the Salt River Cemetery.




13 FEBRUARY 1963



by Ernestine JOHNSON


A pleasant Valley resident passed the Century Mark, Mrs. Clara MOYER, one

of Pleasant Valley's best liked residents had her 100th birthday on Thursday,

February 7, 1963.She passed it at her rural farm home where she has resided

for more than 75 years.


At the tender age of 95 years, she promised to still be around for the 100 mark,

and now she can say "I told you so".


Known as "Aunt Clare" to her whole community, she loves to reminisce of 

her past busy, life of a teacher, country store keeper, Post Mistress, farmers

wife, and newspaper columnist. She had the distinction of being the oldest

writer for the publication in Michigan. Her articles were published weekly by 

the Alma Record, and she discontinued them only a few short months ago.

Her articles of Pioneer Days and home spun humor attracted many to her

column and even out of state residents called at her home to make her

acquaintance, and complimented her on her work.


Mrs. MOYER taught the three R's to three generations of boys and girls. Also

was a loyal worker at the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church.


She had no children of her own, but assisted in helping to mother five of 

her brothers children when their mother died.


Mrs. MOYER is remembered by many for her kind words and assistance in

need. With her niece, Mrs. Mary STONEROCK, as a companion, she still

resides in her farm home and keeps up an interest in local activities and gets

much entertainment from radio, and television. She uses a wheel chair to

move about the house, but also enjoys the comfort of her big easy chair.


In short, it is considered that "Aunt Clare" is doing just fine. We wish her

the best of health and many more Happy Birthdays.








Pleasant Valley UP


All her life, Mrs. Clara MOYER, known as "Aunt Clara" in this

Midland County community, wanted to perform a wedding ceremony.


This week, the 100 year old woman got her chance. As Jasper Township

Justice of the Peace, she officiated at the wedding of Melford J. KELSEY, 48,

of rural Midland, and Wanda BIGGS, 38 of Freeland.


The wedding was Mrs. MOYER's first official act as Justice of the Peace.


Mrs. MOYER made her political debut, during the April 1st spring election.

On February 20th, she applied for an absentee ballot and wrote in her name

as candidate for Justice of the Peace. Six other persons did the same.


In the April 1st election, she was a unanimous choice for the office,

receiving 188 votes out of 227 cast. No other candidate received 

a single vote.


"I've always wanted to perform a wedding," Mrs. MOYER said as she

united KELSEY and Miss BIGGS in her home here.

Mrs. MOYER was 100 on February 7th.







24 OCTOBER 1946




Again this community is called upon to mourn the passing of one of the

farmers of the community, of many years residence, with the death last

Thursday of William Grant MULLET.


William Grant MULLET, son of Stephen & Anna MULLET, was born on

28 December 1868, at Holmes County, Ohio, and passed away 17 October, 1946,

at Carney Wilcox Hospital in Alma. He was the last of a family of fifteen children.


He married Alta BENTON 4 July 1909 and three children were born to this union:

Lee MULLET of Midland, Lela HESS of St. Louis, Missouri, and Kenneth

MULLET of St. Louis, MI.


He was again married on 14 April 1923 to Ella Childs HOLLENBECK and to

this union two children were born, Donna Ruth STEED and William, Jr., at

home. Also three step-children, Mrs. John GIMMEY, Lloyd HOLLENBECK of

Mt. Pleasant and Bob HOLLENBECK of Alma.


Surviving are his wife, and also seven grandchildren.


Funeral services were held at the Garber Funeral Home at 2:30 Sunday

afternoon, Rev. O ? BAILEY officiating, with interment in the

Salt River Cemetery.


Among those from away attending the funeral of William MULLET were:

Ward MULLET of Flint, Mr. & Mrs. Preston BLACK, Mrs. Jennie

MULLET and son Don of Flint, Mr. & Mrs. Huber MULLET and daughter

Kay, Mr. & Mrs. Harvey MULLET of Mt. Pleasant, Mr. & Mrs. Floyd

FITZGERALD, daughter Ruth, and son Ernest, Mrs. Marie FISHER of Alma

and Mr. & Mrs. Clare SILVERNAIL.




11 MARCH 1948




Chris S. MYERS, born in Paulding County, Ohio on 3 August, 1884, to

Daniel MYERS and Amelia CURTIS, passed away at the University

Hospital in Ann Arbor,3 March 1948.


He was united in marriage to Villa CLEVENGER at Kalida, Ohio on

24 February 1902.


He leaves 12 children: Ralph of Phoenix, Ariz., Dan of Shepherd, Elmer of

Sheridan, Amos of Pontiac, Vernon of Mayville, Chris of Mt. Pleasant,

Lloyd at home, Robert of Shepherd, Flossie WHITMER of Beaverton,

Katherine BAYLIFF of Delaware, Ohio, Mildred STRAIT of Crystal

Lake, and Bertha WHITE of Mt. Pleasant.


He also has 22 grandchildren; five brothers, John and Fred of Defiance,

Ohio, Amos of Washington, DC, Daniel and Jacob of Columbus Grove,

Ohio; two sisters, Sophia JOHNSON of Standish and Mabel GOOD 

of Lima, Ohio.


Funeral services were held at the Christian Church, Wednesday, March 3rd

with Rev. BELL officiating and interment in the Salt River Cemetery.




13 MARCH 1963




Elva O. (Caszatt) MYERS, passed away 11 March, in Mt. Pleasant at the 

home of her son. She was born on 1 April 1873, at Bryan, Ohio.


Funeral services will be held Friday, March 15th, at 11 a.m. at the Stinson

Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. Rev. Fred KINKLE will officiate and

burial will be in the Lincoln Cemetery.


She is survived by one son, H. Frank MYERS of Mt. Pleasant, seven

grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.




5 JUNE 1963




Funeral services for George William NARTKER, a resident of the Shepherd

area for 42 years, were held at the St. Vincent de Paul Church at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 4th, with Rev. Fr. Edward ROCZEN officiating. Interment

was in the St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery.


Survivors are, in addition to his wife Cora, three daughters, Arlene

WIEFERICH of R-2 Mt. Pleasant, Dorothy McCLINTIC of St. Louis, MI.,

Rose KORNEXL of Mt. Pleasant; four sons, Robert of Okemos, MI., 

Donald of Midland, William of Shepherd, and John of Shepherd;

18 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He is also survived by four

brothers, Alfred of Orangevale, CA., Rudy of Beal City, Ralph of Erie, MI.,

and Gilbert of Pontiac; two sisters, Emma NARTKER and Hilda

SHARRAR of Shepherd.


Mr. NARTKER was a farmer and carpenter. He was born at 

Glandorf, Ohio on 26th December 1898.




21 MARCH 1957




Requiem High Mass was sung in St. Vincent de Paul Church in Shepherd

on Wednesday morning, March 20th for Harry H. NARTKER, who died in

Gratiot Community Hospital on Sunday, March 17th, following a

brief illness.


Harry NARTKER was born in Ottawa, Putnam County, Ohio on the

23rd of October 1896 and had lived in this area for the past several

years. He was a veteran of WWI.


Survivors are his wife, Nellie;4 sons, Elmer, Duane, Maynard of Shepherd,

and Norman of Port Campbell, Kimono daughter Mrs. Bernice GIMMEY

of rural St. Louis; three step-children, Mrs. Elsie JEFFRIES and Mrs. Betty

Ann WILSON of Detroit and William Pete of Bay City;18 grandchildren and

3 step-grandchildren. Also surviving are his Mother, Mrs. Bertha NARTKER

of Shepherd;5 brothers, Alfred of Sacramento, CA., George of Shepherd,

Rudy and Gilbert of Pontiac and Ralph of LaSalle, MI; and 2 sisters, Mrs.

Hildegard SHARRAR and Miss Emma NARTKER of Shepherd.


The Rosary was recited at the Garber Funeral Home on Tuesday night

at eight o'clock.




24 DECEMBER 1946




A serious accident occurred on Saturday evening about 10:00 p.m. which

claimed the life of Lewis NESTLE and seriously injured Rex TOTTEN, when

the missed a fork in the road north of Roscommon and struck a tree,

while enroute to Boyne City.


Rex was taken to the hospital in Grayling where he remains in a serious

condition. He is the son of Mrs. Leah DAVIS and grandson of Mrs.



Funeral services for Mr. NESTLE are being held today (Tuesday)

afternoon at two o'clock at the Garber Funeral Home with the

Rev. L. J. HOOVER officiating.







Pearl E. NESTLE,68,rural Shepherd, died 21 July at Gratiot Community



He was born 15 April 1907 in Isabella County. He was a retired employee

of the Central Michigan University maintenance department and a 

member of the Church of Christ.


Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 24th, at the Garber-Berry

Funeral Home. Charles JOHNSON officiated and burial was in the

Salt River Cemetery.


He is survived by his wife, Zada; four sons, Karl and James both of Mt.

Pleasant, Richard of Shepherd and Terry of Alma; two daughters,

Mrs. Willard (Janet) LEIFERMAN of Shepherd and Mrs. Maynard

(Esther) BALDWIN of St. Louis;16 grandchildren,2 great grandchildren;

one brother, Ernest of Flint and three sisters, Mrs. Ruth SMITH of Shepherd,

Mrs. Paul (Gretchen) AMES of Shepherd, and Mrs. Alice DAVIDSON of Midland.


Memorial contributions may be made to the cancer funds.




27 OCTOBER 1971




Funeral services for Ora S. NETZLEY,75,of St. Louis, who died

Saturday,16th of October, following a heart attack, were held at

1 p.m. Tuesday, October 19th, in the Carter Funeral Home, St. Louis.

Burial was in the Salt River Cemetery, Shepherd.


He was a lifelong Isabella County farmer.


Surviving are two sons, Maynard and Max of St. Louis; a sister,

Mrs. J. C. TRAVIS of Shepherd; three brothers, Ira of Breckenridge,

Ray of St. Louis and John of Shepherd; six grandchildren and

eight great grandchildren.




1 MARCH 1945




Word has been received here of the death of Earl NIECE, former

resident of Shepherd, at his home in Detroit. He passed away

suddenly from a heart attack.


He leaves his aged mother, Mrs. Rosella NIECE, one brother, Frank, 

and a sister, Mrs. Ruth VEDDER.




19 DECEMBER 1946




Edana KELLY, daughter of Eddy J. & Marietta KELLY, was born February 26,

1889 in Chippewa township, Isabella County, Michigan. Shortly afterward 

the family moved to Shepherd. She worked in the Shepherd Post Office for

twelve years and was an active member of the Methodish Church for nearly

fifty years.


On March 10, 1917 she was united in marriage to Eskil NILSON, also of

Shepherd. They made their home one-half mile west of town where they

resided seven years. After selling the farm, they purchased another one a

little east of town where they lived for twelve years. They then moved

to Shepherd, where they have since resided.


To this union were born two daughters, Faye and Mildred.


She passed away on 10 December 1946, after an illness of a year and a half.

The illness confined her to her bed the last three and one-half months of

her life. She was patient and uncomplaining throughout her sickness.


She leaves to mourn her, her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Faye GORHAM

of Hanover and Mrs. Mildred DAILEY of South Haven; two sisters,

Mrs. Golda NORTHEY of Flint and Mrs. Jack GAUGIER of Lansing;

two grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.


Funeral services were held 13 December 1946, at 2:00 o'clock in the

Methodist Church. Interment was made at Salt River Cemetery in

Shepherd, Michigan.







Henry OPPLINGER,82,of Shepherd, died March 11, at the Gratiot

Community Hospital.


He was born 9 March 1893 in Switzerland. He had lived most of his life in

the Shepherd area.


Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 14th, at the Garber-

Berry Funeral Home, in Shepherd, with Rev. Albert RILL officiating.

Burial was in the Salt River Cemetery.


Surviving are his wife, Sarah; five sisters and two brothers in Switzerland,

and numerous nieces and nephews.




3 APRIL 1963




Mrs. Anna Struthers OWSALD,79,of Pleasant Valley, formerly of

Shepherd, passed away at the Gratiot Community Hospital Sunday, March 31st.


Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 3rd, at 1:30 p.m. from the

Carters Funeral Home in St. Louis with Rev. William DESAUTELS of

the St. Louis Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the

St. Louis Cemetery.


Mrs. OSWALD was the daughter of the late Mary & James STRUTHERS

who lived on a farm south-east of Shepherd. Mrs. OSWALD lived in the

Shepherd community for 74 years and 3 years in Alma, and 2 years in Ithaca.


Surviving are her husband, Clyde; one daughter Mrs. Paul PRESSLER of

Alma; four sons, Mr. Doris OSWALD of Ashley, Mr. Donald OSWALD of

rural Shepherd, Mr. Vernon OSWALD of Ithaca, and Mr. Arthur OSWALD

of Huntsville, ALA;15 grandchildren,13 great grandchildren, and a

host of relatives and friends.




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Mr. Clyde OSWALD,83,of Pleasant Valley, passed away suddenly while

sitting in a chair Saturday morning, October 12th.


Mr. OSWALD was a retired farmer and lived in the Pleasant Valley community

almost all his life, except for a few years that he lived in Shepherd on Maple

Street where Ed. MORGAN now lives, and a few years in Ithaca and Alma.

He loved the farm life better.


Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, October 15th at 1:30 p.m. at the

Carter Funeral Home in St. Louis, with burial in the St. Louis Cemetery.





19 AUGUST 1948




I. C. PATTON, was born 7 November 1874, and died 11 August 1948, at

his home on Maple St. He was the son of James & Sarah (Wells) PATTON

who resided in Broomfield. He was married to Nora HARDING, also of



Besides his wife and daughter, Violet, he leaves one brother, Bird PATTON, 

also of Broomfield.


Services were held at the home Saturday, 14th of August at 2 p.m.

Rev. W. H. BELL officiated.


Burial was in the Salt River Cemetery.

Mt. PATTON had lived in Shepherd for the past 20 years.




27 JANUARY 1949




Funeral Services were held for Clarence PHELPS last Wednesday,

January 19th, at the Stinson Funeral Home. Interment was in the

Kelly Cemetery, Greendale township.


He leave to mourn his loss, wife Nellie; six daughters and three sons:

Gerald, Samuel, Stanley, Patsy, Beverly, and Joan at home, and Mrs. 

Ford BROWN and Mrs. Marie HENRY of rural Mt. Pleasant and Mrs.

Clark CAMPBELL of Alma; his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Reuben PHELPS

of rural Shepherd; also three brothers and three sisters, Earl of TX.,

Arthur of Saginaw, Claude of Alma, Mrs.. Toy THAYER of rural Shepherd,

Mrs. Carl McCLINTIC of St. Louis and Mrs. Ivan PEAK of rural Alma;

and a host of other relatives.




20 MARCH 1952




Mrs. Florence PIATT, age 92,died Monday, March 10th, at the home of

her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Carl PIATT, where she had resided since the

death of her husband in 1930.


She was born at Paulding, Ohio on 12 August 1859, the daughter of

Charles and Mary CRAWFORD.


When a young girl she moved to Ionia County Michigan with her parents

where she grew to womanhood and taught school for several years when it

was custom to board around the district and many were the long walks night

and morning.


In 1880 she was married to Addison PIATT of that vicinity and they came

to live on a farm south of Shepherd, during the balance of their fifty years

together. They resided for periods of time at Hubbardston and Barryton,

always returning to Shepherd, which they called home.


Grandma PIATT, as she was familiarly called, was a kind, patient soul,

although bedfast three years and seven months, but she had a smile for all.


We will miss her but she had grown so weak and tired these past few months,

we feel that God was kind and quietly and peacefully as she had lived,

she slipped away," and the weary are at rest".


She is survived by two sons, William and Lester and a daughter, Florence

BARNES, all of Shepherd, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Her son, Carl, preceded her in death in 1945.


Services were held at the Garber Funeral Home,12 March, with Rev.

CLEMENT officiating. 


Sons and grandsons carried her to her last resting place, the family lot in

Salt River Cemetery.




27 JUNE 1946




Wednesday, June 19,occurred the death of Mrs. Ethel Boyer PIERCE of

Pontiac, after a year of serious illness.


Ethel BOYER was born 28 February 1890 in Sherman township, Isabella Co.,

Michigan, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Lant Buyer's was married to

Floyd PIERCE in June of 1910.They at once moved to Pontiac where they

made their home. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.


Funeral services were held on Friday. Rev. SAVAGE officiating.

Remains were laid to rest in the Pontiac cemetery beside her husband

who passed away two years ago.


She leaves to mourn their loss one son, Gilbert, one daughter, Mrs.

Lula STEVENSON, and 2 grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Eva MOREY

of Pontiac, Mrs. Grace FLOWER of Weidman, Mrs. Lettie REED of St.

Louis and Mrs. Lula MOYSES of Pontiac.




17 MAY 1972




Trudie Bent POOLE, age 90,passed away Thursday, May 11th at the

Jackson Nursing Home, St. Johns, Michigan. She was a former resident

of Algonac, Michigan and had been living the last four years it St. Johns.

Mrs. POOLE was the widow of the late Frank C. POOLE, who passed

away in 1950.


She was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. H. D. BENT, born in Waterloo, Jackson

County, Michigan on 20 September, 1881, and moved to Shepherd three

years later. Was married to Frank C. POOLE on 18 June 1913.She was a 

member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Algonac, and a life member of

the Emily WARD Chapter O.E.S., Marine City, MI. Graduate of Shepherd High

School in 1898.Member of the Women's Society of Christian Services and

the Wesleyan Service Guild.


Surviving are two nieces, Mrs. A. G. VANCONSANT of St. Johns, and

Mrs. O. F. KELLER of Sarasota, FLA.


Services were held at the Hoag Funeral Home on 15th May, St. Johns, with

burial in the Salt River Cemetery, Shepherd, with Rev. Harold HOMER

of the United Methodist Church officiating.




24 FEBRUARY 1949




Mrs. Beulah POTTER, a nurse at the Central Michigan Community Hospital

died in the Brighton Hospital Tuesday morning of injuries received when 

her car skidded on the ice and sideswiped a truck early Monday evening.


Mrs. POTTER was accompanied by Mrs. Dora (Lennox) CAMPBELL, a

resident of Mt. Pleasant, and a relief nurse also of the Community Hospital.

Mrs. CAMPBELL was killed instantly.


Mrs. POTTER was a former resident of Shepherd, having lived in the 

apartment of the Walter STILGENBAUER home before moving to

Mt. Pleasant.


She leaves two daughters, Janet 14 and Patricia 13.








Mrs. Sophia ARNDT attended the funeral of her brother, Ernest RACEK

at Truesdale Funeral Chapel in Kalamazoo, Thursday, November 29th.


Mr. RACEK, who was vice president of manufacturing of the

Ingersoll-Kalamazoo Division, Borg-Warner Corporation, suffered

a heart attack Monday evening at the Pla-Mor Bowling Lanes and was

pronounced dead on arrival at the Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.




25 OCTOBER 1963




Ina Agnes RARICK,a resident of Shepherd for 24 years before moving

to Houghton Lake two years ago, died at Grayling Hospital Saturday.


She was born 8 February 1879 in Ingham County and came to this area from

Breckenridge. She was a member of the Orchard Avenue Church of Christ and

the Shepherd Rebekah Lodge.


Survivors are a daughter, Marie DeLANO of Houghton Lake, one grandson,

James Delano; two great grandchildren; a sister Jennie CARPENTER of

Virginia, MINN., and brother John HALL of Sarasota, FLA.


Funeral services were held at the Garber Funeral Home Tuesday, October 22nd,

with rev. Newton HUFFINE officiating and interment was in the Oak Grove

Cemetery, St. Louis, Michigan.








Funeral services were held last Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock for Mrs.

John RACKEL at the Methodist Church in Beaverton, Ref. L. J. HOOVER



Mrs. RACKEL had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Jack ARNDT in

this village for the past five years following the death of her husband in 1940,

until about three weeks ago, when she was taken to Saginaw to be cared for.

She has been confined to her bed for the greater part of the past five years.


Surviving are her daughter, two sons, Charles of Saginaw and Ernest of

Detroit, and six grandchildren.


Interment was made in the cemetery at Beaverton.


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