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July 25, 1854- December 16, 1918


Leonard Herbert McFarren was born in Ingham county, Michigan July 25, 1854. He was of a family of eight children. When he was eight years old the family moved to Coe township, Isabella County. He, with his parents and brothers and sisters, knew all of the realities of pioneer life.

On March 8, 1874, he was united in marriage to Olive SMITH, who departed this life September 13, 1876, at the early age of nineteen years, having been married the short period of two years and six months.

During the next few years Mr. McFarren made his home with his parents, his work being lumbering and river work, known so well to the old pioneers of this section.

On April 29, 1880, he was married a second time to Mrs. N. A. SLAVEN, of Pennsylvania, who survives him.

He accepted the Christian religion about the year 1896, uniting with the Baptist church at Chippewa, and was a faithful worker in this church until he removed to Shepherd, when he united with the Disciple church at this place, of which he was still a member at the time of his death.

He was proud, industrious and a congenial companion.

The dread malady that caused his death has been developing for years. For the past three years his suffering was most intense, but was borne with much fortitude and patience. Much credit is due to his faithful wife, who during all this period was untiring in her efforts for his comfort and for the past ten months hardly left his bedside, being nurse, companion, and consoling wife.

He departed this life Monday evening, December 16, 1918, aged 64 years, 4 months and 21 days.

He leaves a wife, two daughters, eleven grandchildren, one brother and one sister, besides other relatives farther removed and many friends to mourn his loss.





December 28, 1878 - February 17, 1932


John S. RAUM, the son of Sidney John and Sadie Veenma Raum, was born December 28, 1878, in Netherlands. He departed this life in Washington, D. C., February 17, 1932.

He came to America when two and one-half years of age. For a number of years he lived in Muskegon and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

He accepted Christ as his Lord when fourteen years of age and became a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. However, his course was changed when he met up with Senator Humphrie, a devoted worker in the church of Christ. At the age of twenty he was baptized by the Senator in Grand River, and soon after was ordained by Senator Humphrie as a minister in the church of Christ. During the more than thirty years of his ministry he has been an ardent preacher of the plea for the restoration of apostolic Christianity and the unity of all believers on the New Testament basis. He held successful ministries in a number of cities, and for the last twelve years has been in the evangelistic field, where he has become so widely known as organizer of churches of Christ, especially in pioneer fields. Several years ago he had already organized fifty-four churches and opened over fifty closed ones. His converts at the time numbered more than ten thousand.

Brother Raum was one of the organizers of the Rock Lake Christian Assembly, he joined with Ira KIMBERLAY, and by his wise management for fourteen years, the Assembly has become one of the outstanding summer camps maintained by the churches of Christ.

He leaves to mourn their loss his widow (Mrs. Carrabelle O’NEAL Raum), one daughter (Mrs. Jeanetta Mae Humphreys), of Washington D.C., one son (Charles E. Raum, minister of the church of Christ), Alma, Michigan and one brother (Edward Raum) of Grand Rapids, Michigan

Funeral services were conducted at Ann Arbor, Michigan, February 20, by O. A. TRINKLE, of Indianapolis, assisted by Charles CLARK, who was associated with him for many years as singer, and also by Fred COWIN, minister of the church at Ann Arbor. Many other ministers were present at the services.





December 23, 1859 - March 9, 1932


Chester Delmar Alexander, son of Mortimer and Mary Alexander, was born in Lenawee county, Michigan, December 23, 1859, and died March 9, 1932, at the age of 72 years, three months and 27 days. He grew to manhood in Lenawee. He learned the trade of telegrapher and was an operator until 21 years old.

He met and was united in marriage to Etta BANNISTER at Holt, Michigan, February 22, 1883, they later moving to Isabella county, where their union was blessed with two children. Bessie Louise, who was born Dec., 1, 1884 and passed away in Pasadena, California at the age of 30 years on January 4, 1915. A second daughter was born August 29, 1886 (Dora Lowelln) and she also preceded her father in death in Shepherd in 1923 at the age of 36. Mrs. Alexander died January 2, 1892, at Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he parents had taken her in hope of relief from tuberculosis.

Mr. Alexander was again married to Flora BROOKS on May 20, 1893, at Forest Hill by their pastor, R. R. COOK, and settled on the home place one-half mile northwest of the Coe Church of Christ. He united with the Church of Christ while services were conducted in the school house east of Coe Center under the ministry of R. R. COOK.

The married life of Mr. Alexander has been very beautiful, and the companion left behind is heart-broken because of his going. His life as a Christian is know to all in a radius of miles, as he was known to possibly as many church folk as any man in Isabella or Gratiot county, as a member of the famous Forest Hill-Coe quartet. His life as a citizen has been an open book.

“Chet” Alexander, as he was familiarly known, was what we call a definite character, and as such had scores of friends, but was not without some enemies, as he was a man who spoke his sentiments and convictions. One of his fine characteristics was his willingness to meet his enemies asking for forgiveness when he was convinced he had acted hastily or unfairly.

“Chet” has sung his last sone and has performed his last sad service such as those enacted at the rites held for him Monday. He will be sadly missed by relatives and a host of friends who best knew him as a man and a Christian.

He leaves to mourn his going, his devoted wife, one sister (Mrs. Cora SERIVER) of Clinton, Michigan, one grandson (Orrin Douglas HEIDEMAN) of Tamara, Illinois, and other relatives.





June 10, 1888 - December, 1932


James E. Hunt, life long resident of this community, business man here for more than 22 years and a veteran of the World war, who through his kindly manner and spirit of brotherhood had countless friends throughout the state, died at his home here Wednesday morning following an extended illness.

Since July, Mt. Hunt has been forced to retire from active business work because of his illness. In the past few days his condition had gradually developed into a more serious state. His death was attributed to heart disease. He was 44 years of age.

Born June 10, 1886 on a farm in the south city limits, a name which is familiar to older residents of the community as Jerseyville, Mr. Hunt had spent his entire life in this community. After securing his education in the local schools he worked as a young man in his father’s general store here for some time.

Bor about the past 22 years he has been in business here, identified with the barber and beauty shop business. He was regarded by the barber and beauty shop association of the state as one of the leaders in the field. He at one time was urged to accept an office in the association but declined.

Mr. Hunt, “Jim”, as he was better known to his countless friends, was one of the most active workers in the local American Legion post, as well as in the district Legion. He was a former commander of the local American Legion and one of its charter members.

He was also a member of the local order of Masons and Elks and was a charter member of the Mt. Pleasant Rotary club. He always manifested a keen interest and activity in fraternal work.

During the World war he served several months with the 337th Infantry at Camp Custer, going to France with the outfit in July 1918. He attended several specialist schools while in France and saw duty abroad for about [ink spot] years. Returning to the United States he continued his work with the Reserve Corps and had attained the rank of first lieutenant.

Married to Miss Lydia FRENCH of this city, the couple had always made their home here. No children were born to the union but two children, Ruth and James, were adopted.

“Jim” was known well not only by the older people of the community but also by the children. For several years he had opened his barber shops in the city here each Christmas eve to boys and girls of poor families where they were given haircuts without charge. This was but one of the many ways in which he showed his great friendliness.

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Rev. C. B. HAWKINS officiating. Last rite of honor and respect funeral will be conducted by the American Legion with full military honors.

Burial will be made at Riverside Cemetery.







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Widow of the First Shepherd Village President Had Lived Here

66 Years


Mrs. Louise C. Hibbard, 81 years of age and member of one of the________pioneer families of Shepherd community, died at ____ in the village Monday afternoon, after an illness of ____ months. Mrs. Hibbard was the widow of Francis E. Hibbard ___ president of the village of Shepherd and an attorney who _________.

Louise C. DODDS was the daughter of John and Catherine ______, who came here from New York in 1866, when the local community center was Salt River. Louise C. Dodds was born in New York, March 22 _____. Her marriage to Francis E. Hibbard was solemnized here December 31, 1874.

[names mentioned, but not sure of all relationship]

Mrs. O. L. BURDICK and ___C. STRUBLE of Shepherd. Sister, Mrs. Jennie V. ____of Mt. Pleasant, and one _____, Francis H. Dodds, former ____ and attorney.





MAY 1932

Death claimed Charles Freeman, for about 15 years owner of a general store in Greendale township, Midland county, at his home 3-1/2 miles north and 4-1/2 miles east of Shepherd at about noon, Wednesday after an illness of about a month.

Mr. Freeman’s store and storage of merchandise burned about three years ago and were a total loss as he carried no insurance. He recouped his fortunes with successful dealing in oil lands and had but recently constructed a residence of bungalow type.

Born in Maumee, Ohio, Mr. Freeman had lived in Greendale for 25 or 30 years and had a reputation for integrity and _____ merchandising. He is survived by his widow and several foster children.

The funeral was held from his residence Friday afternoon , by Rev. Andrew MULLET officiating and interment was made in the Naldret cemetery, near Middleton, Gratiot county, where he formerly resided.





January 24, 1886


STRUBLE, Sunday, January 24, 1896, at his residence in the village of Salt River, Michigan. J. J. Sruble, M. D., aged 56 years.

Dr. Struble came to Salt River from Williams County, Ohio, in 1867, and located at that place, and had been in the continuous practice of his profession until his death. The Doctor had a large practice, and enjoyed the confidence of a large circle of patrons. As a physician he had few equals, and no superiors. His presence in the sickroom, and at the bedside of the sick, at once inspired his patients with the most implicit confidence. He devoted his life and energies to cure disease and relieve the distressed. He had only arrived at the zenith of manhood, but died from nervous prostration resulting from untiring mental and physical efforts in his chosen profession. He was a consistent member of Salt River Lodge, No. 150, F. & A. M., and was buried by that order. His funeral was attended by the largest concourse of citizens of any funeral assemblage that ever met at that place.

The Masonic services were conducted by D. Scott PARTRIDGE, of Wabon Lodge, No. 250, assisted by the officers of said lodge and S. A. SIMONS as marshal. Mr. Partridge has had a large experience in conducting funeral ceremonies for the order, and he and the marshal acquitted themselves nobly during the services.

The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Mr. MUNROE, of the Baptist Church, and was one of the finest funeral discourses ever delivered in this county.

No man in the southeast part of the county will be missed more than Dr. Struble. He leaves a wife, one unmarried boy and three married sons, and one married daughter. His sons are A. J. Struble, M. D., Clarence Struble, Clark Struble and Jay Struble, and daughter, Mrs. Ella BROWN.





April 15, 1893

Died at the hospital in Saginaw on Saturday, April 15, 1893, at 11 a.m., Theodosia Daugherty in the fortieth year of heritage. She was born in Indiana, and married to Albert WILDER twenty-four years ago in Union township, residing in that town for several years. Later they removed to Isabella township where Mr. Daugherty died some seven years since. Mrs. Wilder underwent a critical operation in Saginaw and lived only forty-eight hours, suffering intensely until death came to her relief.

She was a member of the M. E. Church and died, as she lived, a faithful, consistent Christian and made every preparation for her possible death with a calmness and deliberation that was wonderful.


The funeral was held at the M. E. Church of this city, by her request. Rev. BEUEL delivered an appropriate discourse after which the remains were consigned to their last resting place in Riverside cemetery.

She leaves one son of twenty-two years, two sisters, several brothers and many friends to mourn her untimely death.

B. F. Daugherty and Maggie Daugherty of Clare, Allison Daugherty of Hatton and Katie Daugherty of Clare county were present at the funeral.





March 2, 1899

[Oakdale (Cal.) Leader


Mrs. Mary E. Smith, beloved wife of W. A. Smith, passed away at her home in Oakdale on Thursday, March 2, 1899, after a lingering illness of two years duration. The deceased was a native of Armstrong county, Pa., and was aged 51 years, 4 months and 18 days.

She was a devoted wife and loving mother, and possessed of those admirable traits of character which constitute noble womanhood.

She leaves to mourn their loss a devoted husband and son, three brothers: Dr. J. P. Young of Crystle, Michigan, A. L. And A. E. Young of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and a sister, Mrs. A. STAHLMAN of Shepherd, Michigan. She was united in marriage to her surviving husband on Sept. 18, 1871, and came to California in 1884. A large circle of friends in this community feel a deep sympathy for the grieficken husband and son in their hour of trial.

The funeral will take place from the Presbyterian church tomorrow, (Saturday) March 4, 1899, at 2 o’clock p.m., Rev. M. T. A. White officiating.







Mrs. E. Day, mother of J. E. Day, of this village, died at 6 o’clock Monday morning. The deceased had been ill for some time past with la grippe, and about 10 days ago, made a misstep and fell from a stoop back of the house, breaking several ribs and cutting her head severely, which accident materially hastened her death.

Mrs. Day was born at Chatauqua, New York, 78 years ago, and came to Michigan in 1836, and settled in Macomb county, where she taught school, being one of the pioneer teachers of the state. She was a Christian laday and a member of the Presbyterian church of Mt. Pleasant. Her husband preceded her over the dark river nearly eight years ago. She was the mother of six children, three of whom are still living to mourn her loss.

The funeral was held from the residence of J. E. Day yesterday, Rev. I. N. Shilling officiating.





FEBRUARY 19, 1892 - MAY 29, 1914


Homer Glen Stilgenbauer was born in Canton, Ohio, Feb. 19, 1892, and died at his home in the village on Friday, May 29.

Glen came with his parents to this place when but four years old and has resided here ever since. Some month ago he was stricken with tuberculosis and since that time has been a great suffer and the dread disease has gradually sapped the young life out until the inevitable came in the shape of death to claim another victim.

His sunny disposition made him many friend sand he bore his suffering without a murmur and tried to comfort the dear ones around him _______________________[blotted out by ink smear].

The funeral was held at his late home on Sunday morning and a large crowd was gathered for the sad occasion, the casket being loaded with beautiful flowers.

The sorrowing relatives have the sympathy of the entire community in their hour of mourning.





JULY 20, 1832 - JANUARY 26, 1918


Austin Campbell was born in Steuben Co., New York, July 20, 1832, and departed this life January 26, 1918, at the age of 84 years, 6 months and 6 days.

He was united in marriage to Lucinda VANDERBECK in 1855 and came to Isabella county the following year, where he settled on a farm and endured the hardships of pioneer life.

He lived on this farm until eleven years ago, when he moved to Shepherd, where he lived until his death.

He was the father of three children, one son and two daughters: Hoyt who died at the age of 11 years and 6 months, Edith, who died at the age of 9 months, and Etta Austin, who died in 1894.

He served three years in the Civil War, being a member of the 8th Reg. Co. C.

He leave to mourn his departure a faithful loving wife and a sister, Mrs. Phillips of Chio., besides a number of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday at 10:30, conducted by G. W. Rowilson, pastor of the Church of Christ. Internment in the Salt River Cemetery.


[Included a ‘Card of Thanks’ from Mrs. Lucinda Campbell and Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Yarnell]





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John J. Shook died Thursday of last week at the age of 67 yeas. Mr. Shook was born in Wayne county, this state, and had been a citizen of Mt. Pleasant for about seventeen years, running a market garden from the Sunnyside farm.

He leaves a wife and two children. His son, Ben Lee Shook, lives at Plymouth and his daughter, Mrs. George CARR of this city.

The funeral was held Sunday from the late home with Rev. Thos. COX officiating.





AUGUST 11, 1855 - February 4, 1913


Chas. W. Benton was born August 11, 1855, Comnnaqut[?] Co., Ohio and departed this life February 4, 1913 at his home in Chippewa, aged 57 year, 5 months, and 24 days. He came with is parents to Clinton Co., Michigan when he was 12 years of age. When he was 14 years old he became a Christian and united with the Baptist church and has lived a consistent christian life since that time, being a teacher of the old people’s Bible class at the East Evangelical Sunday school at the time of his death.

August 4, 1878 he was united in marriage with Flora E. WALKER. To this union was born one daughter, Alta A. MURLOT. He was a kind husband and loving father. The wife and daughter and one brother are left to mourn his departure.

The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Kring of Chippewa M. E. Church.





Edward Bellinger, a resident of this county since June 1861, died at his home near this city Monday from dropsy and heart trouble at the age of 68 years, 5 months and two days.

Mr. Bellinger was born in Defiance county, Ohio, September 8, 1844. He came to this county in 1861 and in 1866 was united in marriage to Miss Mary MULL of Lincoln township. Five children were born to this union. Mrs. Bellinger died and the latter Mr. Bellinger united in marriage to Miss Ola DAVIS. Three sons were born to them.

Besides his children and widow he leaves other relatives and many friends to mourn his death.

The funeral will be held today from his late home, Rev. Thos. COX officiating.






FEBRUARY 22, 1862 - FEBRUARY 3 - 1912


George Carr who passed away on Monday, February 3, would of been 51 years of age on February 22 of this year.

He was the youngest of five children having been born in Wayne Co., Michigan February 22, 1862. Thirty-two years ago he moved to Isabella county, where he has since resided with the excepting of four years, during these years he followed the contracting business.

He leaves a wife, widowed mother, and four children: Mrs. Frank MERILLAT of this city, Charlie Carr of Detroit, Lee Carr of ?, and Vivian Carr of this city; also two brothers, Henry Carr of Portland, Oregon and Jimmy Carr of Twining, Michigan, and two grandchildren to mourn his death.

Rev. Jack of the Baptist church officiated at the funeral. Mr. Carr was well known in this city and having through his business relations made many warm friends, who much regret to learn of his untimely demise.





JUNE 26, 1850 - MAY 2, 1918

Oscar Augustus Niece was born June 26, 1850 at Chagrin Falls, Ohio and departed this life on May 2, 1918 at the age of 67 years, 10 months and 6 days.

At the age of 4 years he moved with his parents to Lapeer, Michiagan., having later moved to this vicinity where he has been a resident for nearly 28 years.

In 1872 he was united in married to Rosella CONVERSE and to this union nine children were born of whom seven survive him.

Funeral services were held at the house Monday afternoon, May 6 conducted by Rev. L. L. Dewey. The burial was in the Salt River cemetery.





JULY 3, 1833 - JUNE 1912

Abraham W. Hawkins was born in Rutland county, Vermont, July 3, 1833, and when a small child moved with his parents to New York and from there to Ohio. November 20th, 1859 he was united in marriage to Harriet A. MARVIN and to this union three children were born. Wm. W. And Fletcher D., both deceased and Geo. B., who now lives on the farm that his parents settled on when they came to this state in 1865, and here Mr. Hawkins died last Thursday afternoon of an illness extending over several weeks.

The deceased enlisted in the 125th Ohio regiment in 1861 and served his country all through the Civil War.

The funeral was held from his late home Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. M. Ice officiating. Burial took place in Salt River cemetery.





Mr. Lorenzo D. Ford was born in Alleghany Co., State of New York, December 20, 1843, and lived there about three years, when he moved to Ohio for about four years. From there he went back to York state for a short period. He then came to Michigan and after staying a short time went to Wisconsin, where he enlisted in Co. 17 or 171, serving about 11 months when he was honorably discharged by disability. He then came back to Michigan, Kalamazoo Co., living there about ten years. He then came to this county where he married Harriet DAUGHERTY, having three children, Ernest, William and Maude. Maude died at the age of 3 years and the wife and mother following about 6 months later.

In two years from that date he married Mrs. Jennie BOOTH with one child, a daughter Elsie, who died at the age of 17 years. To them, there was one child born, a boy, Fred Ford, who is now 25 years old. He lived on the farm until his recent sickness, when he moved into town, Mt. Pleasant.





[article dated Mar 1910]

Calvin Bigelow, one of this county’s pioneers died at his home in this village Friday afternoon from Bright’s Disease after an illness extending over several weeks at the age of 71 years, 11 months and 13 days.

Mr. Bigelow came to this state with his parents when a small boy and in 1862 was married to Harriet SHAUL and settled on the farm one-half mile west of the village where the son, Jay, is now living and where his home has been since his marriage with the exception of about three years that he lived in the village before coming here five years ago to make his home.

To Mr. & Mrs. Bigelow five children were born, two daughters dying in infancy. The three surviving ones are Mrs. James CURTIS, Mrs. H----? WEAVER, and Jay Bigelow, all living in this vicinity.

Mr. Bigelow was an old soldier and the funeral was held under the direction of the G. A. R. Sunday at 2 o’clock at his late home. Burial took place in Salt River cemetery.





1912 [newspaper]


Phillip Stilgenbauer, who resided just west of the village died Sunday morning after a long illness.

While his death was not unexpected it has filled the community with sorrow as he was one of our best known and highly respected citizens.

Phillip Stilgenbauer was born in Haughbauch, Prussia, August 17, 1849, and came to America with his parents when three years of age, locating in Holmes County, Ohio.

Sixteen years ago he moved to Shepherd from Canton, Ohio, and has resided in this vicinity ever since.

March 2, 1882 he was married to Josephine FLORY. Four children were born, three of whom are still living, two sons and one daughter. Besides these he leaves a wife and three brothers and four sisters to mourn his loss.

The funeral was held today at 10 o’clock at the house. Rev. McClendon of the Christian church delivering the discourse. The remains were buried in Salt River cemetery.

A more extended obituary will be given next week.






Mrs. Block Survives Her Children But a Few Months

May, 1916


Mrs. Della Block, wife of Henry Block, of Nottawa township, died suddenly and unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday afternoon.

Mrs. Block was the mother of the children killed at the Ann Arbor crossing last summer and it is safe to say that she has never been the same since that time, and thus constitutionally weak and unable to survive any illness. She is survived by her husband and eight children, to whom the sympathy of the entire community goes out in this hour of sorrow.

The funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the Zion Lutheran church.





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Geo. W. Fouts was born in Carrolton , Carroll county, Ohio, Feb. 22, 1846, and died in Cleveland, Ohio, nearly two weeks ago. Mr. Fouts has been a resident of Shepherd for a great many years and had only been at Cleveland a short time before death claimed him.

When a lad of fifteen years he enlisted in the 80th Ohio Co. A. As a drummer boy and in August 1865 he was discharged and muster out at Little Rock, Ark. He was with Sherman in the long march to the sea.

In 1869 he united in marriage to Miss Mary E. ESTEE and to them one son was born, Free L. Fouts who now resides in Jackson.

The deceased leaves a wife, son, one sister and three brothers.

The funeral and burial took place Saturday at Cleveland. His son and three brothers attended the funeral.





MAY 14, 1883 - JANUARY 31, 1919


Maude May Demory was born May 14, 1883 in Seville township, Gratiot county, Michigan and died at her home near Shepherd Jan. 31, 1919, from an attack of influenza.

She was united in marriage to C. Sumner YOUNG, April 20, 1905. To this union was born one son, George William Young, on May 7, 1913.

She had a beautiful Christian character, was a very devoted wife and mother, who will be greatly missed in her home and community.

She is survived by her husband and son, her father, Adeibert Demory of this place, a sister, Mrs. Vahely? Miller of Detroit, a brother, S. M. Demory of British Columbia.

The funeral was held at the home Sunday, Rev. Dewey officiating.





December 24, 1859 - April 1, 1893


Death again enter our village on Saturday, April 1, and claimed for its victim, Ella, wife of Ralph E. MYERS. Ella Foutch was born in this county December 24, 1859, and was the only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. D. D. FOUTCH. Her father is still living and resides at Gladwin, but her mother died when she was 5 years old, when she went to live with her grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. W. B. BOWEN is Ohio, where she resided for upwards of 22 years. She then came back to this county, and was married to Mr. Myers, October 26, 1881. Seven children have been born to them, four of which are living, the oldest a boy of 10 years and the youngest a pair of twins only 3 months old.

Besides the father, husband and children, two brothers and many other relatives are left to mourn her death.

She was an earnest Christian lady, having joined the Baptist church at an early age and remained a member until her death.

The funeral was held on Sunday at 2:30 o’clock from the M. E. Church and was very largely attended by sorrowing and sympathizing friends. The services were conducted by Rev. W. P. Manning, and the remains interred in the Salt River cemetery.





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The whole community was saddened yesterday by the death of William I. Dodds, brother of Judge P. F. Dodds and of F. H. Dodds, Miss Jennie Dodds, Mrs. F. E. HIBBARD of Shepherd, Mrs. TRIPP of Saginaw, and John and George Dodds of Colorado.

The deceased was born near Waddington, St. Lawrence county, New York, August 31st, 1853. At the age of thirteen he moved with his parents to this county in 1866, and lived in Coe township, near Shepherd, until he was twenty-one, and the remainder of his days were spent in this city.

He spent five years in the study of medicine, but did not adopy the profession, preferring rather the business and legal pursuits. Hence in 1878 he attended the Detroit Business College and subsequently studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1888. For three years he was one of the firm of Dodds Bro., from which he withdrew to take charge of the agency of Walker & White and the Michigan Mortgage Co., which position he has filled to the mutual acceptance and satisfaction of the company and its patrons to the time of his last illness.

He was married in 1885 to Miss Mattie PETTIT, of Coe township, who, with their only child, Vivian, survives him.

In the winter of 1891 Will was taken with the grippe, and in the summer he had fully recovered, as it was supposed, but the following winter he was taken with another attack which settled in his throat, paralyzing the muscles so that he could neither talk nor swallow his food. His remaining days were thereafter spent in great suffering.

That he was universally esteemed is fully attested in the following resolutions, unanimously adopted at a meeting of Isabella County Bar, held last evening at A. A. Loveland’s office.

It having pleased the All-wise Providence to remove from our association and midst one of our esteemed members, W. I. Dodds, be it

Resolved, that we, the Isabella County Bar Association, tender to the stricken family our profound and heartfelt sympathy and condolence.

Resolved, that we desire to testify to the sterling integrity, rigid honesty, pure and manly qualities of our deceased brother, whose cheerful presence and genial friendship will be sadly missed.

Resolved, the various newspapers of the county be requested to give these resolutions a place in their valuable papers and that a copy is spread at large on the records of this association.

Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be presented to the bereaved family as a slight token of our esteem and friendship in this hour of their sad bereavement.

Resolved, further, that as a mark of our respect and friendship for the deceased, we humbly pray that a copy of these resolutions be spread at lage on the Journal of the Circuit Court of said county.

A. A. Loveland

I. A. Fancher

F. McNamara

Committe Isabella County Bar Association.

The funeral will take place from his late home on Main street this afternoon.

Mr. Dodds was a valued member of Tipsico Council of the Royal Arcanum, from which his family will receive a $3000 beneficiary.





[February 1882 paper]


‘Uncle’ Canute of Coe, one of the oldest settlers in the county, died last Saturday morning, aged 88 years. Mr. Canute came to Isabella county in 1855 and his sterling qualities of heart and mind endeared him to all who knew him. He was honored and respected wherever known, and his neighbors regard his death as a personal bereavement.





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David Koble was called upon to preform the sad duty of burying his aged father last Tuesday. Old Uncle Koble was one of the pioneers of this county, locating a farm about five miles south of Mt. Pleasant where he lived to see his family grow to man and womanhood. There he lost his companion and then as his children were married and gone, he went to live with a daughter near Crystal Lake, Montcalm county, and last spring moved with them to Chase Lake county, where he died last Sabbath at the good old age of eighty-four years. Thus our old pioneers are going one by one and soon they will all have left us. He was brought to this county and buried by the side of his wife in the Lincoln cemetery.




APRIL 16, 1823 - MARCH 3, 1898


Samuel Kennedy was born in County Down, Ireland, of Scotch parentage, April 16, 1823, and died at his home March 3, 1898. He came with his parents to America in 1831, at the age of eight years. They settled in Carrol county, Ohio, where he grew to manhood, and was married in 1849 to an excellent Christian lady by the name of Mary WEST.

They came to Isabella county in 1864, and from the nearly unbroken forest developed the beautiful farm upon which they spent their last days.

To this union were born three children, all of whom survive them, and were present at the funeral: James Madison Reed, a mill man and farmer, residing west of this place; Stephen Samuel Scott, of North Baltimore, Ohio, and Andrew Dwight, a teacher in the Michigan State Normal college at Ypsilanti.

Mr. Kennedy was a trusted and honored member of the Church of Christ at this place and had been since 1867, at which time he was baptized by Elder Farout.

Mr. Kennedy was one of the prime movers in the erection of the Shepherd church, giving largely of his money and labor to complete the building. He was a trustee of the church at the time of his death.

He was loved and respected by all who knew him, as the large concourse of friends and neighbors bore witness by their presence at the funeral and by their lovely floral tributes, especially those of the farmers’ club, of which he was an esteemed member.

He superintended the erection of all the county buildings at Mt. Pleasant and held many positions of trust and honor.

Mr. Kennedy’s first wife died May 5, 1885, and May 20, 1886 he was married to a very estimable Christian lady of Carrol county, Ohio, by the name of Mary SCOTT, who now mourns his departure.

He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masonic fraternity, and was one of the charter members of Shepherd lodge. Their esteem for him was manifested by their presence at his funeral in large numbers, both from here and Mt. Pleasant. The Shepherd lodge had charge of the burial service and was assisted by Mt. Pleasant lodge. They did themselves great credit for the dignified and impressive manner in which they performed the last sad rites. Elder Rossell, his pastor, preached the funeral discourse from Job 11:10 and John 11: 25, 26. The funeral took place from the home. The pall-bearers were Hon. P. F. Dodds, Robert Laughlin and Hon. John Maxwell of Mt. Pleasant; Dr. J. E. Gruber, J. D. McKenna and I. N. Shepherd of this place.

The widow and children have the sympathy of the entire community in their great bereavement.





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The pioneer list of Isabella county is gradually but surely growing smaller year by year.

The last one to pass away was Philander Childs, who lived two miles south of this village.

His death was caused by a complication of troubles, St. Vitus Dance, Erysipelas, and grip. Six days previous to his death he had been able to be out and, in fact, was in town at that time.

He was a soldier in the war for the Union, and drew a pension for disability contracted in the army.

The deceased was born in the southern part of the state, 50 years ago the coming August, and was about 15 years of age when he came to Isabella county. He was a brother to A. F. & Daniel Childs, of this township and has lived here ever since he first located.

He was married a number of years ago to Miss Vina ROBBINS, of this township, and six children, three boys and three girls, were the result of the union, all of which are living.

Mr. Childs was taken ill on Tuesday of last week, so that he was compelled to take his bed. His mind wandered from that time until his death, which took place Friday at about midnight.

The funeral services were held from the Disciple church Sunday afternoon and were attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends. The interment was in the Salt river cemetery, with Rev. M. D. Rogers officiating.

The deceased was a good neighbor and good citizen, and is sincerely mourned by many friends not only in this section but throughout the entire county.

He was a private in Co. “C,” Eight Michigan infantry, and a member of Ralph Ely Post, G. A. R. of this village.





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One of the first settlers of the city of Mt. Pleasant and Isabella county has gone. Mrs. Elizabeth Hursh died at her home in this city Dec. 15. Mrs. Hursh came to this county in February 1855, settling on the farm now occupied by the Normal school grounds.

The funeral will take place on Sunday, the 18th, at one o’clock. She was the mother of George, S. A., John, Robert and Frank Hursh, Mrs. E. C. Siringer and Mrs. F. D. Jenner.





March 16, 1834 - May 28, 1892


Died at his residence south and east of this village, Saturday, May 28, 1892, Ransom Baker, after a lingering illness brought on by the grip.

Mr. Baker was born in Hartford, Washington county, N. Y., March 16, 1834, and came to Michigan in 1868, and had lived here ever since.

He had accumulated considerable property by hard work and careful management, and was a good and much respected citizen and neighbor.

A wife and three grown up children mourn his death. The funeral was held at the residence Tuesday, conducted by Rev. F. M. McClintic, and was one of the largest ever held in this vicinity.





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Perley L. Stewart was born December 25, 1807, in Renselear county, N. Y., and died Thursday of last week.

In his early manhood he gave himself to the Lord, and united with the Baptist church of Brockport, N. Y., where he maintained a consistent christian life. In 1846 he came to Michigan and united with the Baptist church of Adrian. During the last four years of his life he lived with his relatives in this township, being a brother-in-law of E. A. BOWEN.

Two weeks before his death he contracted a heavy cold, which ended in inflamation of the lungs and subsequent death.

Before passing away he was asked if his trust in the Lord, when his answer was in the affirmative. He expressed a desire and willingness to depart and be at rest. He was 80 years, 5 months and 13 days old.

The funeral was held from the Baptist church last Saturday afternoon, short services being conducted at the late home of the deceased by Rev. G. H. Lockhart, Rev. A. P. McDonald, of Mt. Pleasant conducting the service at the chapel, assisted by Rev. Mr. Lockhart.





April 23, 1828 - February 12, 1901


Mrs. Harriet F. Struble, perhaps one of the best known residents of this comminity, died suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. E. BROWN, Tuesday night, Feb. 12th, at about ten o’clock p. m.

Mrs. Struble was born in the state of New York, April 23, 1828, and together with her husband, removed to Isabella county in 1867. Her husband having died in January, 1886. Her prime object and aim in life was in doing good to her family and others, and this aim she carried out to the letter, as many a family in this section can testify to.

Although for the past few months she was unable to work, her constant worry was that she could not work at something; and which her disease, organic affection of the heart, prevented her from doing.

The end came peacefully and sudden, her immediate relatives, many of them, not knowing of her demise.

The services were conducted Thursday, at her late home, Rev. D. E. Reed, of Howard City, officiating, and the remains placed beside those of her husband, in Salt River cemetery.

The relatives take this occasion to thank the friends for their many acts of kindness, including beautiful floral offerings, singing, etc., and to assure them that these kindly offices will ever be held in loving and grateful remembrance.





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Mrs. Helen Tonkin died Sunday at her present home in Leaton, having been operated upon for appendicitis and not strong enough to recover from the operation.

Helen SNYDER was for years teacher in the Indian reservation schools at Calkinsville and Leaton and since her marriage to Thomas Tonkin, acted as field missionary among the Indians of the county up to about six years ago, when that position was abolished. The Indians all knew and loved Mrs. Tonkin.

The funeral was held at her late residence. Services by Rev. Catterall, pastor of the M. E. Church Wednesday morning and interment took place in Riverside cemetery.





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The tender sympathies of this community have been with Mrs. May in her long and painful illness which ended in a peaceful sleep in Jesus on Wednesday afternoon, January 11th.

The deceased, whose maiden name was Amelia Stryker, was the only child of Martin and Elizabeth KELLOGG STRYKER and was born in Bethnay, Wayne county, PA., August 22, 1825.

Mrs. May born the name of an honored ancestry that had a worthy part in the early settlement of the country. She was married to Dwight May in Sherwood, Michigan, September 4, 1846, and she was a worthy helpmate, fully sharing the wide and useful career of her honored husband. Their married life was spent in Kalamazoo and was blessed with three children, Nettie, Ada, and Minnie. The youngest only survives, Mrs. Wm. N. BROWN of this city, who has tenderly ministered unto her mother during her last illness.

Mrs. May early gave her heart to the Savior and in all, her social life was recognized as an earnest and exemplary Christian. In the spirit of her Master she sought every opportunity to do good in His name and unto the very last manifested an intense interest in the missionary and charitable work of the Presbyterian church. The last year of Mrs. May’s life has been spent in great suffering and endured with true Christian fortitude. Her naturally reserved and unostentatious life was refined and beautiful into a noble Christian character which, through the triumphs of a peaceful death, has left her memory precious to her wide circle of relatives and friends.

The remains were taken to Kalamazoo for interment and were accompanied to that city by William N. Brown and family.





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This whole community was greatly pained to learn of the serious illness at her home in Cleveland, Ohio, last week of one whom it held in great reverence and esteem for many years.

And later when the news of her death reached here there was universal expression of regret and sorrow.

On Saturday last, D. H. NELSON received a telegram announcing the serious illness of Mrs. Abigail M. Babbitt. He took the first train to Cleveland. Arriving there he found Mrs. Babbitt unconscious. Miss Allie NELSON was summoned from Clinton, N. Y., and she too arrived too late for a last recognition from her beloved grandmother. Mrs. Babbitt gradually sank until Monday evening when He who gave, took to Himself His own.

The remains arrived in the city Wednesday night and were take to the home of Mr. Nelson. The funeral was yesterday at the M. E. Church and was very largely attended, the business houses closing their doors until after the service.

After the service the remains were escorted by a large number of people to Riverside cemetery where they were laid to the long and peaceful rest by the side of her husband.

Mrs. Abigail M. Babbitt was born in New York state in May 1817. Until she was seventeen she resided in Connecticut. Then she moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in which city she was married to Francis C. Babbitt in 1835. In 1860, she came with her husband to Isabella county where the latter was engaged in mercantile pursuits for six years at Isabella City, and afterwards until his death in 1876 in this city. After the death of Mr. Babbitt the subject of this sketch remained a resident of this city for two years and subsequently made her home with her own people at Detroit, Cleveland, and Albion, often returning for extended visits to this her former home. Here she has bestowed much of her beneficence and in doing so has erected an enduring monument in the hearts of the people and as well as a memorial for all time by her liberal aid in the M. E. Church of this city which has set apart a memorial window to her family.





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One by one the pioneers of old Isabella county join the great majority. This time it is Patrick Fanning who has gone over the divide.

He died Sunday night, after an illness of several weeks duration, although for a number of years past he has been in failing health.

The deceased was born in Ireland 65 years ago, and came to America in his early youth. He first settled in Ionia county, at or near Portland, and in 1855, along with a number of others, came to Isabella county and located on the north-west quarter of section 11, which property he sold subsequently, and acquired the farm on which he now lives, nearly two miles east of this village.

He has had a busy life and during his long residence here he made many warm friends. He was a good citizen, and a kind husband and father, and leaves a large family, besides hosts of friends to mourn his loss.

Some years before locating in Isabella county, he married Miss Margaret ROBERTS, and eight children were the result of the union, all of whom are now living.

The funeral took place yesterday, services being held in the Catholic church at Summerton.

Thus, another one of those who did so much toward making old Isabella one of the best counties in this great state has passed away to his long home, and many there are who will sincerely mourn for him.





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Stephen J. Mullett was born in Switzerland, on March 20, 1836, and departed this life December 5, at his home 5-1/2 miles north-east of Shepherd, where he has resided for the past 16 years. Death came unexpectedly, while assisting with the Monday chores; a son on entering the barn, discovered his father laying dead.

He was a kind and sympathetic neighbor, a loving father and a faithful companion. He was a member of the Evangelical church since childhood, an earnest and active worker in the church and Sunday school where he will be greatly missed. He was a member of the G. A. R. Post at Shepherd. He has answered the last roll call and obeyed the summons of our Heavenly Father who knoweth best in all things.

He leaves besides a host of friends, an aged companion, four sons and five daughters to mourn his loss, six children having preceded him to that better land where sorrow and death cannot enter.

The funeral services were held on December 8, at the Chippewa M. E. Church, Rev. Croft, of Mt. Pleasant, conducting the services. The members of the G. A. R. Of Shepherd paid their last tribute of respect to their Old Comrad, acting as pall-bearers. The remains were laid to rest in the Chippewa cemetery.





SEPT. 14, 1880 - DEC. 11, 1900


Miss Coral Irene Eagon was born in the township of Coe, Isabella County, Michigan Sept. 14, 1880, and died there Dec. 11, 1900. She was educated in the country school and Yerrington’s College, St. Louis, and was employed in St. Louis until within three weeks of her death, when she went home for a few days. She soon came down with the measles from which she recovered, but passed away very unexpectedly Tuesday evening from heart failure. Her death was a great shock to her family and numerous friends. At twelve years of age she was converted and joined the Methodist church. She was in inspiring member of this church, it’s Epworth League and Sunday school until called above. She was also a member of the Lady Maccabees Lodge of St. Louis.

The funeral was held from the Methodist church, St. Louis, Friday p.m., conducted by the pastor and lady Maccabees. Her life was an incense poured out unreservedly in devotion upon her friends and Heavenly Master.

She and her family are well known here in Shepherd and formerly lived here and at present live but five miles south east.

The family take this occasion to thank the friends and neighbors for their many acts of kindness during the sickness and at the funeral of their loved one, and to assure them that these kind offices will ever be remembered.





AUGUST 4, 1818 - MARCH 1, 1899


William Adams was born in Londonderry, Ireland, August 4, 1818. In May 1838, he came to America, having suffered shipwreck in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. After a ten year residence in Sherbrook, Quebec Province, Canada, he came to the United States. He settled first in New England, and six months later he came to Michigan, taking residence at Wheatland, Hillsdale county. In the year 1854 he came to Isabella county, laying claim to the property since occupied by himself and family.

Mr. Adams, with Wm. P. BOWEN, James SHEPHERD and two GREENFIELD brothers were the first to take up a claim in this territory. They entered the forest and selected their location but did not at once settle. On their way back, after having made their selection, they met the second party of settlers, who names were ROBERTS and who took up a claim and remained upon it. Mr. Adams did not take up a residence upon his claim till three years later. Since that time the Adams farm has been his home.

Thus the old original settlers are passing away. The, in a material sense, rest from their labors, and surely their works and hardships and privations do follow them. We, of the later generations, little reflect what it cost of labor and suffering to reclaim the wilderness of fifty years ago. We often wonder why these old settlers seemed to have been possessed of such vim and energy, and how they could endure such privations. The answer is, they were the cream of the country from whence they came. The lazy and faint-hearted of the settled parts of the east were easily contented to stay where they were. Only the sturdy and rugged and determined would face the wilderness.

In 1845, at Sherbrook, Canada, Mr. Adams was united in marriage to Miss Mary SHEPHERD, who has been the partner of his pioneer life, and who survives him.

Mrs. Adams was born in Rochdale, England, was brought to America when six years of age and settled first in New England, but later removed to Canada, where, after five years residence, she became Mrs. Adams.

To this uniion were born nine children, three of whom survive _ Mary A. MIDDAUGH, William E., and Oliver H. Adams.

Mr. Adams never entered largely into public life, holding but one public office, being town treasurer for a term of three years.

When living in Hillsdale county, Mr. Adams and his wife embraced religion and joined the Free Will Baptist church. They were connected with that society here while that organization lasted. That church had the honor of being the pioneer church of this section.

Mr. Adams has been in poor health for more than a year with a disease which perplexed and baffled the physicians. He however was able to be about until last Tuesday. He died Wednesday, Mar 1, at six p.m., aged 80 years, lacking six months and 3 days.

The funeral was held Saturday morning at the M. E. Church, Rev. Aylesworth officiating.





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The TRIBUNE deeply regrets to have to announce the death, on Tuesday, of Mrs. H. W. Bennett, whose serious illness from diphtheria we noticed in the recent issue. The deceased lady had been ill only about two weeks, and all that loving kindness and medical skill could do to restore her to health was done, but all in vain. Her little son, George, had been carried away by the same terrible disease on December 19, and the anguish she endured over the loss of her loved child, hurried her departure to his embraces in heaven.

Mrs. Bennett was a daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George Atkins, of Coe township, where she was born, being 27 years of age at the time of her death. The deceased lady united with the M. E. Church when she was 18 years of age, and since then she has been a devout Christian and a worth, honored member of the church of her choice. She was a loving obedient daughter; a faithful devoted wife, and a true-hearted loyal friend. As a neighbor she was generous, considerate and kind, and, indeed, in every-relation of life she displayed in a marked degree the characteristics of a noble, Christian lady.

On the morning of her death, she fully realized that the hour of her departure was near, and looked with joyous expectancy to the glorious realms beyond the tomb. After singing a hymn, she gave directions as to her funeral, requesting that Rev. Mr. Haight should preach her funeral sermon from a text she selected. Shortly after she bade a long, a last farewell to the loving friends around her, and in a few moments her pure soul took its flight to the God who gave it.

The funeral took place yesterday.





August 22, 1808 - December 1891


Although for several years past it had been understood that Mr. Holcomb could not live, still when the sad news that he was dead was announced Tuesday morning, it cast a gloom over our little city, and many were the words of regret and sorrow spoken at his loss.

The illness that proved fatal, was contracted about five weeks ago, and although all that medical skill could do, combined with careful nursing and watchful care, he gradually grew weaker and weaker, until Monday evening at ten o’clock when he breathed his last and his spirit returned to God who gave it.

Mr. Holcomb was born August 22, 1808 in Granby, Hartford county, Connecticut, and was a son of Thomas and Clara Holcomb. He was reared to the calling of a farmer, and was engaged in that vocation until he was about 25 years old. At that age he embraced a seemingly _____? Project for improving his fortune, and operated for four years as a contractor on the canal then being built between New Haven and Northampton. He again engaged in farming for a short time and then went to Georgia and took contract on the Savannah Central railroad, and after two years at this work, he returned to the north; but in 1848 he again went south and became a contractor on the South Western, Savannah & Brunswick railroad, which contract occupied eight years of his life; when he again resumed farming.

In 1860 he came to St. Louis, then a small hamlet, and made extensive purchases of timber lands, owning about 2,900 acres in the aggregate, a portion of the tract including the land upon which a large portion of the present city of St. Louis now occupies. In 1861 he erected a saw mill, just north of the present site of the new flouring mill; and continued in its management until 1867, when he sold all his property in Michigan, and returned to Connecticut, and resumed operations on his old farm which he had still retained. Six years later he found himself once more in possession of his property here, the parties to whom he had sold, failing to pay for the same. In the mean time the village had been platted and part of the lots sold, and when he came here he continued to dispose of them. In 1869 Mr. Holcomb with his partner, Mr. EVANS, commenced boring for salt, and a depth of 200 feet struck the now famous mineral water..........................................[part of this area in the article is missing] which he managed until 1882, when he disposed of the property and practically retired from active business life, although he was connected with the bank of which he was vice-president when he died.

In 1881 he built the opera house block and in 1882 the adjoining block of bricks, which today are the pride of St. Louisites. Last fall, after having been practically out of business life for ten years, and at the advanced age of 82 years, his public spirit and enterprise led him to undertake the rebuilding of the flouring mill. With that redoubtable energy, with that will power that had never known failure, that had made his life a successful one from the start, he commenced the work that should of been left for younger men, and during good and bad weather he has been at the mill giving it his personal attention. The undertaking, at least, shortened his days, for when the mill was just ready for the machinery, he yielded to sickness and November 28, he took to his bed, never to again leave it.

In every public enterprise he was always at the front, and St. Louis today, owes more to the deceased and his memory, than to any other man who has ever lived among us. The opera house, the row of large brick buildings adjoining it, the Frazier mill, the flouring mill, and his fine residence, all remain as monuments to his memory, and to remind us of what he has done for our little city.

Mr. Holcomb leaves a wife and one sister to mourn his loss.

Services were held at his late residence yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Vernor and this morning his remains were taken on the 10:25 train to Granby, Connecticut, where they will be interred.





JULY 11, 1813 - JANUARY 8, 1899


Philetus Swift Howe was born in the town of Barlow, state of New York, July 11, 1813, and died at his home at this place, Sunday, January 8, 1899; aged 85 years, 5 months and 27 days.

At about the age of eleven years he moved with his parents to Morrow county, Ohio, and lived there until 1846, at which time he moved to Wayne county, Michigan. He resided there until 1882, when he moved to Shepherd, at which place he resided until his death.

He was married to Eliza LAYCOCK, December 29, 1836. They journeyed together for 62 years and nine days. To them were born ten children, seven of whom, with the aged wife survive him.

Joseph, the first born, died at New Orleans, August 9, 1862, in the service of his country.

Mary CHUBB, died in October, 1865, and John died March 12, 1894. Those who survive are: Hulda BRICE of Detorit, Absalom of Wayne, Zorada SWIX of Shepherd, Elizabeth VANDEE of Battle Creek, Julius Howe of Spencerville, Ohio, William Howe of Coe and Emma Bennett of Inkster.

Mr. Howe was always a firm believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, and an ardent member of the Universalist Church for 50 years. Grandpa, as he was familiarly called, was certainly loved and respected by all who knew him. He had a sunny and cheerful disposition and always a smile and cheerful word for all. His highest conception of Christ’s religion, was to hear burdens for the poor, needy and distressed of this life. He would weep over the sorrows of others and many times when burdened with the responsibility of a large family of his own he would make room for some poor unfortunate. To the homeless and friendless his hospitable doors were always open.

The funeral took place from the Church of Christ, Wednesday, January 11th at 10:20 o’clock, Elder Rossell conducting the service.





MARCHE 29, 1818 - JUNE 16, 1898


Nelson Ives was born in Wyoming county, New York, March 29, 1818 and died in Mt. Pleasant, June 16, 1898.

Mr. Ives came to Isabella county in 1881, where he has made his home the most of the time since. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. C. C. KNOWLTON of Traverse City, who was with him during his illness.

The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church at Mt. Pleasant, June 18th as he was buried in Salt River cemetery, beside his wife and daughter. Mr. Ives was highly esteemed by his many friends.





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The commodious Methodist Episcopal church in Shepherd was filled to capacity and some stood outside Sunday afternoon when the community paid a notable tribute to the memory of the late Joe VanAlstine. Beautiful flowers sent by sympathetic friends not only in shepherd but from various parts of the country, were of such abundance that they filled a room in the Van Alstine home Sunday morning.

The Rev. W. H. Phillips, conducted the impressive funeral rites at the church. Eskil NILSON, C. L. PIATT and Mrs. E. L. ASHWORTH sang, with Mrs. H. M. WETZEL as accompanist. The pall-bearers were men who had been associated with the deceased in the business activities of Shepherd _ Russell STILGENBAUER, Alfred CARROLL, Homer L. NORTON, George WEST, Floyd COON and Glen OREN.

Internment was made in Salt River cemetery. Many relatives and friends from various places in the state were among those attending the funeral.

Shock to Shepherd

To a large proportion of the residents of Shepherd, news of Joe’s death at an early hour last Thursday morning came as a shock that left a sense of personal loss. The young man was universally highly regarded and popular. A pleasing and agreeable personality and traits of character that distinguished him, made him a host of friends, to whom the news of his untimely passing seemed unreal and almost impossible.

Death is attributed to pneumonia developing from a puncture of one of his lungs, due to the crushing of his collar bone in the distressing accident that occurred early in the morning of August 19, when the car in which he was returning from Lansing crashed into an obstruction at a St. Johns railroad crossing of US-27.

Devoted to Business

Joe was born and reared in Riverdale where his father conducted a meat market for years, and was graduated from Riverdale high school in 1919. The family moved to Shepherd in 1929 to establish here the meat market business of A. VanAlstine and Sons. Joe was devoted to business and will be keenly missed in this connection. He had been initiated into the mysteries of Masonry but a few months before his death as a member of the Salt River lodge.

He was 33 years old. He was to have been married in the near future to a Lansing young lady who has been teaching in Alma.

Surviving with the father and mother are one brother, Ross VanAlstine and six sisters: Mrs. Olin FERRIS of Alma; Mrs. Ruth TESSMER of Drummond, Wisc.; Mrs. Ward LEONARD of Forest Hill; Mrs. Thelma HOUCK of Greenville, and Miss Tella Van Alstine and Miss Donna Van Alstine.





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Miss Margaret Young, niece of Dr. W. G. Young, of Shepherd, died Friday at Riverdale, which had been her home since birth. She was 21 years old the Wednesday just preceding her death, which was due to a cerebral hemorrhage.

Miss Young had been in poor health for the last 18 months and had submitted to six operations. She had been training for the profession of nurse in the Sparrow hospital in Lansing. A quite frequent visitor in Shepherd, she was well known and highly regarded here.

The young woman was a member of the M. E. Church in Riverdale, where her father, John Young is postmaster. Her mother and a sister, Miss Ruth, who is an attendant at the state home for the feeble minded in Lapeer, also survive. Mrs. Lydia White and Sumner Young, of the Shepherd community are the aunt and uncle of the deceased girl.

The funeral was held Sunday at the church and the body was brought here for interment in the Young lot in Salt River cemetery.





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Funeral services for Mrs. Martha E. Beebe, 82, a resident of Isabella county for the past 75 years, were held at the Stinson chapel Sunday afternoon with the Rev. C. W. MacKenzie officiating. Mrs. Beebe died Thursday, January 5, at her home in Lincoln township.

The deceased was born March 31, 1856, in New York, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William TOMLINSON and came to this county with her parents at the age of seven. She located in Lincoln township, where she had resided ever since.

In 1875, she was married to Joel Beebe. Two son, William D., and Charles E., were born to the couple. Her husband died in 1879 and she later married Henry Beebe. Tho this union five sons were born, Howard E., Joel H., Lee, Roy and Ralph. She also had three step-daughters, Etta, Mary and Martha. Tow of her sons, William and Howard, and her husband preceded her in death.

Surviving are five sons, all of Lincoln township, three step-daughters, one brother, Charles TOMLINSON of Lincoln township, and one sister, Mrs. Alice WHITE of Riverdale.

Interment was made in the Lincoln township cemetery.





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

Members of the Easter Star chapter attended the services in a body and acted as ushers at the church. Musical selections were rendered by a quartet consisting of Carl PIATT, Claude STUMP, Eskiel NILSEN and Mrs. E. L. ASHWORTH, and by R. A. GARBER, who sang a solo. Pall-bearers were Alfred CARROLL, Paul RIESS, Milo RICHMOND, H. B. ULSH, Raymond SLATES and Bradford COLE.

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

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

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







News of the sudden death at her home in Forest Hill of Mrs. Iva Upton Moody, came as a shock to many friends in this section of the state. Mrs. Moody, a life-long resident of this community, was stricken with apoplexy while at the telephone Thursday morning. She had called the William E. Moody home in Alma, to discuss plans for conveyance of her husband, Ira C. Moody, who had been ill in bed, to an Alma hospital and was stricken with apoplexy before the conversation was ended. She was found lying on the floor when William E. moody, hurrying to the home, arrived at about 7:30, a short time later, death apparently having been almost instantaneous.

Iva Upton,l the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Upton, pioneer residents here, was born in Shepherd April 19, 1874 and always had made her home in this community. She was married March 30, 1921, after having taught school in Shepherd for some years, to Ira C. Moody, of Forest Hill.

Chapter Observance Postponed

Arrangements that had been made in Shepherd for the observance last Friday night of Past Matrons’, Past Patrons’ and Charter Members’ night by Coe Chapter No. 98, O. E. S., together with the 42nd anniversary of the constitution of the chapter, were postponed on receipt of the news of Mrs. Moody’s death. She was a Past Matron of the chapter, and also was a member of the Church of Christ in forest Hill. Prior to her residence there she had been a member of the Shepherd Methodist church.

Mrs. Moody had been ill for about three years. A lady possessing high standards and high ideals she was loved for distinguishing virtues of the heart and mind.

Surviving with the bereaved husband and step-son, William Moody, are one sister, Mrs. Myrtle Upton, and a brother, J. W. Upton, Shepherd hardware merchant.

Funeral services were held at the attractive residence on the Moody homestead Sunday afternoon, with scores of friends attending to express their sorrow and high regard. The commodious home was completely filled and floral gifts were unusually abundant and beautiful.

Among those present was a large representation of members of Coe Chapter No. 98, O. E. S. Of Shepherd. Members of the chapter assisted as pall-bearers and with the music. The impressive rites were conducted by the Rev. W. S. Phillips of Shepherd and the Rev. C. F. Kruse of Alma. A trio that sang included Claude Stump, Eskil Nilson and Carl Piatt, with Mrs. H. W. Wetzel at the piano. The pall-bearers were Alfred Carroll, Ralph Nilson, Frank Harry, John Williams, J. H. Graham and Joseph Southard.

Interment was made in the Salt River cemetery.





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Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the First Presbyterian church for Dr. R. B. Smith, one of Alma’s most highly respected and beloved citizens. Dr. Smith passed away Friday morning in the Saginaw General hospital after an illness of typhoid fever.

Dr. Smith, son of Mr. & Mrs. B. F. Smith, was born in Stockton, Kansas, July 18, 1881. His parents moved to Ohio when he was a baby. At the age of eight years he was left at the home of his grandfather Adams at Garretsville, Ohio, while his father came to Michigan to look for a location. He purchased the island at Crystal Lake and the family made this their home for two years. His father then built on the east shore of the lake, the building that is now known as the Lakeside House. It was here the Dr. Smith spent his boyhood days and he graduated from the Crystal high school. He attended the Saginaw Valley Medical college, graduating in 1903. He served his internship in Saginaw General Hospital. He then located in Crystal, practicing at Stanton and Crystal. He came to Alma sixteen years ago, after taking special work in the Chicago Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat college.

It is needless to state how he has endeared himself to the people of Alma and Gratiot county to such an extent that it is the expression of the entire city that he was “one whose place can never be filled.”

At the time of his death he was president of the Crystal bank, a director of the Alma State Savings Bank, president of the Saginaw and Bay City Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat association and president of the Alma Board of Education for the past 8 years. During this time he was instrumental in constructing the Alma Senior and Junior high school buildings, also the Wright Avenue school. He also served one year as Mayor of the city. He was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian church, Alma Lodge No. 244 F. & A. M. And Alma Chapter No. 123 R. A. M., also a past master of Crystal Lodge F. & A. M.

He leaves his widow, a daughter Marion, who graduated from Alma College in 1932 and who has just recently been assisting her father in his office; one son, Ensign Reynolds Smith of the United States Navy attached to the U. S. Colorado whose base is at San Pedro, California., now at Bremerton, Wash.

He was granted a twenty day emergency leave to be at the bedside of his father. He also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Ethel Smith of Battle Creek, Mrs. Charles Daugherty and Mrs. G. V. Wright of this city. His mother preceded him in death ten years ago and his father five years ago.

Burial was made in the mausoleum at Riverside cemetery.





1933 newspaper


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

Mrs. Wolf died Thursday afternoon for an illness of many weeks. She was born in Canada in 1850, coming to Michigan with her parents at the age of nine years. In 1869 she was married in Alma.

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

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

Burial was made in the family lot in Chippewa cemetery.





[Special to The State Journal, Mt. Pleasant, June 22, 1932]


Frank Sweeney, 77, died Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. He was the pioneer business man of the city, having been located her for 52 years. For many years he conducted a grocery and feed store but for the past year and a half he retired from the grocery business and conducted only the feed store.

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Sweeny celebrated their golden wedding anniversary a year ago. He is survived by his widow; six daughters, two sons and 12 grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.





[1938 paper]


A race for a doctor resulted in death Tuesday night for William Hetherington, 80 year old farmer residing near Winn, whose body was discovered in his car early Wednesday morning by Mrs. Albert DeLong, one and one-half miles east of Winn. Death was due to a heart attack.

Mr. Hetherington left his home at 11 o’clock Tuesday evening to summon a doctor for his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ted Hetherington, who was expecting a baby. The aged wife of the deceased, who has been suffering with a broken shoulder and had recently had a stroke, was also in need of a physician’s care.

Mr. Hetherington’s body was found at seven o’clock Wednesday morning in front of the Judge home, east of Winn. State police from the Mt. Pleasant detachment and Dr. R. A. Northway, county coroner, were summoned.

According to the state police, tire tracks of the car indicated the deceased was stricken while driving and when the body was found, the car was out of gear though the ignition was turned on. The car was first noticed by Mrs. Dan Judge at two o’clock in the morning. She told police officers that she had seen the car there with the lights turned on, but attaching little importance to it had dismissed it from her mind and gone to sleep.

Mr. Hetherington had been suffering with a heart aliment for some time and had been under the care of a physician. Death was probably due to the excessive excitement of the evening and the cold to which he was exposed, was the opinion voiced by the coroner.

Police officers who carried the news of th4e death to the family, said neighbors had taken care of the sick persons. Mrs. Hetherington’s baby was born 45 minutes after Mr. Hetherington left for the doctor. The elder Mrs. Hetherington was removed to the McArthurange hospital Wednesday.

Funeral services for Mr. Hetherington will be conducted Sunday afternoon at the Strickland Baptist church with Stinson and Son in charge of the funeral arrangements.





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Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, March 22, for Mrs. Carrie M. Searles, well known as an old resident of this community, at the home of her son, L. E. Thomas in Shepherd. Rev. W. H. Bell officiated and interment was made in the Salt River cemetery.

Mrs. Searles, who was 58 years old, died Monday at the home of a friend with whom she had been staying in Holt, Michigan. As the wife of William Thomas, whom she first married, she lived for many years on a farm near the county line south of Shepherd. He died 16 years ago and she was later married to Albert Searles. They resided near Ithace until his death about eight years ago. She since had made her home most of the time with her children and had been in ill health for years. She will be missed by many friends in the community.

Surviving with the son are three daughters, Mrs. R. M. Crawford of Lansing; Mrs. Otto Massuch of Pontiac and Mrs. John Clemens of Charlotte.





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Mrs. William Barnham, a native of Coe township and for the most of her life a resident of Shepherd and vicinity, died at her home in the village Saturday forenoon, after an illness of but little more than a week of influenza, complicated by heart troubles.

Nora PETHTEL, daughter of Morris and Elizabeth Pethtel, was born January 12, 1867 in Coe township 4-1/2 miles southeast of Shepherd where she lived until her marriage to William Burnham July 4, 1884. They resided for a few years afterward in Emerson township, Gratiot county, before moving to Kansas where they lived for 15 years. Returning to Shepherd, they had since lived here, Mr. Burnham having conducted a meat market in the village for about 20 years.

Mrs. Burnham is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Cleo DeRUSHIA, one son, Sharron W. Burnham and a grandson, John MITCHELL, all of Shepherd, besides a brother, Thomas PETHTEL of Coe township and two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle WOODS of Belvidere, Kansas, and Mrs. Nellie BALDWIN of Flint. One son, Guy, died in infancy.

Mrs. Burnham united with the Methodist church in Haviland, Kansas, and after coming to Shepherd, she, with her son Sharron, were immersed at Rock Lake. Since then she has been a member of the Church of Christ. She was active in the Rebekah club and the aid societies of both Shepherd Methodist and Christian churches.

A devoted wife and mother and kindly and charitably disposed to ward all, Mrs. Burnham numbered a host of friends, to whom her death came as a shock, although not unexpected after the first few days of the last illness.

Seating capacity of the Methodist church, where funeral services were held Monday afternoon, was insufficient to take care of those who came to pay tribute to her memory and a number stood. A great abundance of beautiful flowers attested further to the general esteem in which Mrs. Burnham was held. The Rev. W. H. Bell and the Rev. W. S. Phillips officiated and Mrs. C. L. Piatt and Mrs. Glen Oren sang, accompanied by Mrs. H. M. Wetzel, pianist. The pallbearers were Lee THOMAS, Bert COOK, S. C. STAHLMAN, E. A. HOWE, Theodore HUMMEL and John MURRAY.

Business places in the village were closed from 2 o’clock until 3 o’clock, the hour of the funeral.

Burial was made in Salt River cemetery.





[newspaper 1940]


Frank W. Cole, 75 years old and a highly respected resident of Shepherd and vicinity for years, died at his home in this village Monday morning at about 2 o’clock. Death resulted from a fall he took late last August from a porch that he was planning to roof at his home. He suffered a fracture of the leg near the hip and other injuries.

After many weeks of treatment in the Brondstetter Memorial hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Mr. Cole was brought to his home here. For a time of late he had seemed to gain but suffered complications and a relapse several weeks ago.

Mr. Cole was remarried January 8, 1934, to Mrs. Ethel DRUM who survives him with two nephews, Glen Cole of Lansing and Clifford Cole of Dewitt. He was born in Connecticut and before coming to Shepherd about 24 years ago to make his home had resided on a farm he owned east of the village. For several years he served as deputy sheriff here.

Mr. Cole was capable as a business man and successful as a farmer and had acquired substantial agricultural interest. Quiet and reserved, he was known as an exemplary citizen and a good neighbor and friend whose familiar figure will be missed from the life of the community.

Funeral services were held at the house Wednesday afternoon. The Rev. W. H. Bell officiated and interment was made in Salt River cemetery.





JUNE 22, 1844 - DECEMBER 27, 1933


George Aaron Ruse, 89 years old, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frances RYDER in Lansing, Michigan, December 27, 1933. Mr. Ruse had failed rapidly for a year, but was ill in bed for only a week.

Mr. Ruse was born in Seneca county, Ohio, June 22, 1844. He came to Michigan as a young man and settled on the county line in Coe township. In 1867 he was united in marriage to Eliza WOODMANCY and to this union three children were born _ a son who died in infancy and two daughters.

On leaving his farm home he settled in Shepherd and for a number of years was sexton of the cemetery. For the last eight years he had been caretaker of Potter Park in Lansing. He attended the Methodist church during his residence in the Capital city.

Surviving Mr. Ruse are two daughters, Mrs. Frances Ryder and Mrs. Lettie WHITE, both of Lansing and two step-daughters, Mrs. Cora BAILEY of St. Louis and Mrs. Callie CLINE of Conneaut, Ohio. There also are 13 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Mr. Ruse was a kind and considerate father and grandfather and was held in the highest esteem not only by those of kin, but by a wide circle of friends.

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DIED March 21, 1933


Lewis Stump, well known retired farmer and resident of the Shepherd community for about 30 years, was laid to rest in Salt River cemetery following funeral services conducted at him home here Friday afternoon, Rev. W. H. Bell officiated.

Mr. Stump died at the ripe age of 88 years Tuesday night, March 21, at 10:30 o’clock. An exceptionally strong constitution resisted the advance of senility and but for the necessary amputation of one of his legs several years ago as the result of an infection, he might have lived many years longer.

Mr. Stump’s career was a useful one. He was born in Van Wert county, Ohio, and came to this locality in 1903 to take possession of a farm near Shepherd. He removed to Shepherd in 1914 and his wife died here in 1929. He was highly regarded as an industrious and successful farmer and a good citizen who accepted life’s burdens with a cheerful philosophy and took a kindly and sympathetic attitude in his dealings with others.

Mr. Stump was the father of nine children, six of whom survive , as follows: Samuel Stump of Ypsilanti; Mrs. Ethel RUNNION of Van Wert county, Ohio; Claud Stump, Miss Grace Stump who lived with her father, and Mrs. Gertrude ROSSELIT, of Shepherd; and Mrs. Ruth STOUGH of Washington, D. C. Three children who preceded him in death were Mrs. Effie SMALLEY, Frances Stump and Mrs. Florence BIGELOW.





Special to The State Journal:

Mt. Pleasant, Nov. 29, 1930


Funeral services for Frank H. Dusenbury, 52, prominent attorney of this city, who was killed in an automobile accident north of St. Johns Thursday afternoon will be held Saturday afternoon from the residence. The Rev. C. W. Hawkins, pastor of the Presbyterian church, will officiate.

Interment will take place in the Riverside cemetery.

Mr. Dusenbury was a lifelong resident of Mt. Pleasant, having completed his high school course here, and later leaving her for his college training. He was at one time representative from this district in the state legislature.

Surviving relatives are the widow, Edith, a son Blair, a daughter, Marcia, and his mother, Mrs. May Dusenbury.





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After a brief illness, Mrs. Rosa Cohoon passed away, Saturday evening, March 5, at her rooms on South Main street. An infection of the gall bladder was the immediate cause of death and the seriousness of her condition was not realized until the day before her death.

Mrs. Cohoon was born in Alaska, Kent county, Michigan, June 30, 1866. She had been a resident of Isabella county for about 30 years and of Mt. Pleasant, the past 16 years. She was an experienced nurse and was well known in the community. Her husband, Morris Cohoon, died nearly 27 years ago.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Georgia CLOW of Alma and four granddaughters, daughters of Mrs. Clow. She also leaves two brothers and a sister, H. W. McINTYRE and R. L. McINTYRE of Kalamazoo, and Mrs. Lillie COON of Hazel Park, near Detroit. Mrs. Cohoon’s ancestors held enviable records as soldiers in their country’s wars and this soldierly inheritance probably had much to do with the indomitable courage with which she faced life’s responsibilities despite many discouragements. She always had a pleasant word and a smile for her friends.

The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at the Stinson chapel with Rev. H. E. Church conducting the services. Burial was in the Salt River cemetery.





JUNE 2, 1857 - JULY 14, 1930


Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon for Charles Addison Piatt, local resident, who has lived in Isabella county fifty-six of his seventy-three years and who died Monday evening.

Charles Addison Piatt, the son of Charles E. Piatt and Angelina M. Piatt, was born June 2, 1857 in Avoca, New York State. At the age of ten years he come to Ionia county in Michigan and on September 18, 1880, was united in marriage to Florence CRAWFORD. To this union four children were born: William A., Charles Leslie, Carl, and Florence M., all of Shepherd. He departed this life July 14, 1930, at the age of 73 years, and leaves a wife, his four children, four grandchildren and many friends to mourn their loss. If he had lived until September 18, 1930, they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.






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Mrs. Viola Shults, 80, died Monday evening after a week’s illness at the home of her son, L. L. Shults in Chippewa township. She came 35 years ago from Clinton county to the residence where her death occurred. Her husband, John Shults, died there in 1902.

She is survived by the son named and Charles Shults of Lansing and three daughters, Mrs. Myrtle RACHEL and Mrs. Mary HUTCHINSON of Dearborn and Mrs. Ida RADFORD of Lansing.

The funeral will be held from the house Thursday afternoon with interment in the Chippewa cemetery.





JUNE 5, 1860 - MARCH 1932


Mrs. Perry Post, 72 year old resident of Coe township, passed away on Sunday night at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. George Post, after an illness of about fifteen weeks. With her husband, Mrs. Post had lived for some time in a cozy little home in the yard at the residence of her son, and during her long sickness she was cared for by the husband and children. Last rites were held for the esteemed lady Wednesday afternoon, the funeral service taking place at the Vroman homestead. Interment was made in the Salt River cemetery.

Before her marriage, Mrs. Post was Florence GRUM, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. David GRUM of Shepherd. She was born in Salt River June 5, 1860, and grew to maturity here. In her young womanhood she met and married Mr. Post and the couple established their home not far from her parents’ home.

Six children came to them and survive with the husband. Mrs. Post was well known in the Coe community and her death is mourned by many relatives and friends in addition to the family circle.





February 10, 1861 - March 12, 1934


Frank Newsom, a prominent and esteemed resident of Lake George, passed from this life Monday, March 12, 1934, following a lingering illness of several months.

The deceased was born in Wayne county, Michigan, Feb. 10, 1861, where he resided until 1881, when he settled in Gratiot county. In the year 1895 he entered business at Bannister and continued the same until 1915, when he went to Clare county and located in Lincoln township and had since made his home.

He was untied in marriage to Mary E. BARTON of Wayne county, April 3, 1883. To this union was born on daughter, Martha E., on July 19, 1884. His wife, Mary E., passed from this life July 10, 1888. On Sept. 5, 1895, he was united in marriage to Rose ROBERTS of Bannister.

Besides his faithful wife, he is survived by his daughter and husband, Mr. & Mrs. A. F. RYDER of Bannister; one brother, Chas. Newsom of Romulus; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth PULLEN and Mrs. Mary FRY of Belleville, together with other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held from the home Thursday beforenoon, Rev. Albert Dawe of Clare officiated, and the body taken to Elsie where the Masonic lodge No. 238 of Elsie, of which he was a life member, conducted the last rites at the mausoleum in the afternoon.

In token of respect to their departed friend and neighbor, the teacher of the school at Lake George, accompanied by about thirty pupils, marched to the home during the funeral services, placed flowers on the casket and in unison repeated the following prayer:

“Lord we thank thee for the beautiful acquaintance of our beloved friend.

Grant that we shall always love mankind as he did;

May we always have the reverence and esteem for children that he had for us.

We ask this in the name of our Father. Amen.”





JACKSON, Mich., March 18

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James O’Donnell, 73, died at his home here last night from a stroke of apoplexy, suffered Monday evening.

Mr. O’Donnell was for 40 years publisher of the Jackson Citizen Press, served Jackson as city recorder and city mayor and was fo four terms a member of congress.

He was the originator of the rural free delivery system of America, father of the beet sugar industry in the state and for 45 years occupied a preeminent place in the councils of Michigan Republicanism.

When the Civil war broke out, Mr. O’Donnell enlisted in the First Michigan infantry and saw much service. In 1864 he returned home and shortly afterward purchased a weekly newspaper. A year later he made it a daily, and being naturally of an energetic disposition, he soon occupied an important place in the life of his city. He was four times elected recorder.

While a boy, Mr. O’Donnell stood under the oaks at Jackson when the Republican party was organized and the inspired speech of Austin Blair on that occasion sowed seeds of desire for a political career, which afterward bore fruitful harvest.

In 1872 he took an active part in the national campaign and was chosen a presidential elector. Four years later he was elected mayor of Jackson and served two terms.

For many years Mr. O’Donnell labored for the Republican party and in 1884 was rewarded by being sent to congress. He served eight years, when a Democratic landslide retired him.





Sept. 28, 1852 - feb. 14, 1926


Mary Jane Hanley was born near Jackson, Michigan Sept. 28, 1852, and departed this life Feb. 14, 1926, being 74 years, 4 months and 17 days of age.

When 8 years of age she moved with her parents on a farm in Lincoln township where she resided until March 22, 1871, when she was married to David DRAKE of Coe. To this union was born one son, Ward Drake, who with his wife and four children are left to mourn the loss of a mother and grandmother.

She was again married to Francis BOARDMAN of Traverse City, June 3, 1910. He departed this life March 11, 1918. Since that time she has made her home with her son, Ward, and family.

Besides her family she leaves one brother, Charlie Hanley of East Jordan, besides other relatives and dear friends, by whom she will be missed.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the home and the body laid to rest in Salt River cemetery.





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Death, striking suddenly, claimed Ward Beecher Stowe Drake at the age of 60 at his home 1-1/2 miles west and a half-mile north of Shepherd early Monday evening, October 9. Mr. Drake was found by his son lying in the yard at about 8 o’clock in a dying condition. He was carried into the house, but life was extinct before a physician who was summoned arrived from Shepherd. Death is attributed to a stroke.

Mr. Drake was born in Isabella county June 9, 1873 and was married to Josephine THOMPSON in 1898. Surviving him with the widow are one daughter and three sons. Mrs. Ethel OWENS of Shepherd; Oliver E. Drake of Alma and Melvin E. And Cecil W. Drake at home. There also are three grandchildren.

The funeral will be held from the home Thursday afternoon, the Rev. W. H. Bell will officiate and burial will be made in the Salt River cemetery.





November 11, 1892 - July 25, 1922

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Norman Henry Milliken, son of Norman and Mary Jane Milliken was born Nov. 11, 1892, near Toronto, Ontario, Canada and passed away at the home of his son, Harry Milliken, July 25, 1922, aged 79 years, 8 months and 14 days.

He was united in marriage to Sarah McMILLAN March 21, 1866 at Green Lake, Wis. Shortly after this they moved to Michigan living at various places and finally settling at Salt River in 1873, where Mr. Milliken worked at the mills located on the river.

In 1885 he purchased the farm south of Shepherd where he lived for 37 years.

Mr. Milliken had five children, Mrs. Tirzah SPENCER of Shepherd, Harry Milliken of Shepherd, Emerson Milliken of Peoria, Ill., Mrs. Lucinda OWENS of Shepherd, and Miles Milliken who passed away in 1914. His wife proceeded him in 1916.

Two brothers and five sisters all living in Canada survive him besides 16 grandchildren and many acquaintances.

In 1904 he converted under the pastorate of Rev. COOKSON and united with the Shepherd M. E. Church.

Funeral was held at the home on July 28, 1922. Interment in Salt River cemetery. H. W. Ellinger, officiated.





[newspaper Feb. 1931]

Special to The State Journal

SHEPHERD, Feb. 6 __


Mrs. Catherine Freeman, wife of Henry Freeman, died Tuesday afternoon at the age of 65 at her home in Summerton, southwest of this village.

She moved there with her husband six months ago from Flint. She had been in ill health for a year.

Her parents, Edmond and Margaret DUGAN, now deceased, were old residents of Summerton and she had lived there for years before going to Flint.

She is survived by one brother, Edward Dugan of Summerton; two sisters, Mrs. Joe FANNING of Shepherd and Mrs. Mary O’BRIEN of Summerton, and one son, Carl FREEMAN of Flint.

The funeral will be held Friday morning from St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Summerton.





January 21, 1833 - November 4, 1909


Mahale Margaret Ruse was born in Seneca County, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1833, and died at her home near Coe, Nov. 4, 1909.

In 1851, she was united in marriage to Solomon DORAN, who died 23 years ago. To this union were born seven children, three of whom survive, namely, John W. Doran and Ellen CLINE of Coe, and Minnie NELSON of Mt. Pleasant.

She was a kind and sympathetic neighbor, and was loved and esteemed by all who knew her, and in her death, the community loses a loving member.

Besides the children above mentioned, she leaves three brothers, Geo. A. RUSE of Shepherd, J. S. RUSE of Tiffin, Ohio, and E. RUSE of Washington, Kansas; also nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The funeral was held Sunday, Nov. 7, at the county line F. M. Church, Rev. C. H. Harding, of St. Louis, officiating.

The family wish to thank the neighbors and friends for their kindness during the sickness and death, and also for the beautiful flowers, also the choir for the appropriate music rendered.





November 6, 1867 - March 12, 1934


Ella Nora JASON, daughter of John and Mary Jason, was born Nov. 6, 1867 near Palo, Ionia county, where she lived until she was 14 years of age. Then she moved to Isabella county where she spent the remainder of her life.

She was untied 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; twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren, besides a number of more distant relatives and a host of friends.

Mrs. Yarnell united with the Christian church about twenty 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, four months and six days.

Funeral services were held at the home of her son, Otto Yarnell, Thursday afternoon. Burial was in the Salt River cemetery. The Rev. W. H. Bell officiated.

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





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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 last 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 his 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, the Rev. W. S. Phillips officiating. Interment was made in Salt River cemetery.





December 4, 1860 - November 6, 1936


Word reached here Friday of the sudden death of Mr. Orison Stahlman, father of Stanley Stahlman, at Hazaar, Kentucky. On Friday afternoon J. L. Hass and Stanley Stahlman left for Kentucky with the ambulance and arrived back here with the body Sunday morning. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Floyd Cramer Tuesday afternoon, from the Hass Funeral Home, with burial at Salt River cemetery, in the family lot.

Orison U., son of Isaac and Lydia Ann YOUNG STAHLMAN, was born Dec. 4, 1860, in Clarion county, Pennsylvania. He moved to Isabella County, Michigan, with his parents in June 1866. He married Rachel A. CAMPBELL of Coe township, Isabella County, in 1887 and to this union were born two sons, Stanley C., of Shepherd, and Hugh I., now living in Dallas, Texas.

Rachel Campbell Stahlman died March 2, 1910. Due to ill health Mr. Stahlman left Michigan and for the past sixteen years has been a resident of Oklahoma. He was in Kentucky on business matters at the time of his death which came suddenly and unexpectedly on November 6, 1936.

The deceased is survived by his two sons above named, two brothers, John A. Stahlman of Mt. Pleasant, and Isaac Milton Stahlman, of Shepherd, and one sister, Lulu LAW, of Flint, Michigan.





[newspaper dated Oct 1935]


Funeral services for Allen Struble, 57 years old and late of Mesick, Michigan, were held Wednesday afternoon of this week at the Struble home in Shepherd, where his mother, Mrs. Mary O. Struble preceded him in death about four months ago. The Rev. W. H. Bell officiated and interment was made in Salt River cemetery.

Mr. Struble was born here and resided in Shepherd up to the time of his marriage, 35 years ago to Maude KNAPP, who also was a resident of this community. As a young man he was employed here in the Scott Drug store.

Mr. & Mrs. Struble had resided in Detroit for about 18 years and he was employed for years as foreman in the Studebaker motor works before their removal about eight years ago to Mesick, where he since had been engaged in farming. While he had been in poor health for about a year his illness had not been considered acute. His death occurred at the home of his son Dale Struble in Lansing Sunday evening. He had stopped there on his way to Detroit to visit his daughter, Mrs. Ione SPINK and to consult a Detroit physician, and was stricken with a fatal heart attack.

Besides his widow and the son and daughter mentioned, Mr. Struble is survived by three grandchildren, two brothers Arlie and Arthur Struble, and a sister, Mrs. Selba ADAMS, all of Shepherd.

The body was brought home here Tuesday.





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SPECIAL to The State Journal,

SHEPHERD, Feb. 20.


Mrs. Mary B. Florian, who died early Thursday morning at the age of 88 years at the home of her son and daughter, Aloysius and Celia O. Florian in the Summerton neighborhood, southwest of Shepherd, was the first white child born in Allen County, Ohio.

Delphos was her birthplace and she was married in Fremont, Ohio, in 1866, to Aloysius Florian, Sr. They removed to St. Johns and from there to this locality 43 years ago. Mr. & Mrs. Florian celebrated their golden wedding anniversary a year before he died in 1917.

She since had made her home with her children. Last summer she suffered a fall from a porch in which both of her wrists were broken.

Mrs. Florian was a communicant of the Catholic church at Summerton, where mass was solemnized Saturday morning by the pastor, Fr. T. R. Dark.

Two sons, Anthony N. And Henry, also residents of the Summerton locality, survive with the son and daughter at whose home she died.





[noted at end of article is hand-written ‘about 1924']


Catherine Gruber, wife of Henry Gruber, who lives east and south of this village, died Monday evening after a short illness. The deceased was 69 years of age and had been married for over 50 years, the fiftieth anniversary of her wedding having been celebrated some time ago.

The deceased came to this county with her husband and family, from Pennsylvania about 14 years ago, and has since resided here. She was the mother of six children, four boys and two girls, all of whom are now living. They are: A. J., G. W. And Peter of this place and J. F. Of Penn., and Mesdames S. P. MURTHA and W. O. MILLER.

Mrs. Gruber had always been consistent Christian, and was a member of the German Reformed church. She was reconciled to death, and expressed herself as perfectly willing to go.

The funeral was held this morning from the M. E. Church in this village.





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Pethuel Stilwill, age 80, and for the past few years a terrible sufferer for cancer, died at his home in Union township Saturday morning, June 18th. The remains were brought to Riverside cemetery, this city, for interment on Sunday, followed by a large number of friends.

Mr. Stilwill had been a resident of this county for over 80 years. He was an industrious, hard working man , an obliging neighbor, a citizen universally respected by a wide circle of acquaintances.

Of the family that survive him is his aged wife, two daughters and one son. Three sons have gone before him and sleep in soldiers graves.

Rev. E. L. Kellogg preached the funeral sermon at.........[rest of this article is missing].





[newspaper 1895]


William Shonk, father of Mrs. J. D. Frost and Mrs. Ed. Harry, died at his residence in the north part of Pine River township, on Thursday last.

The funeral was held from the residence, Saturday, Rev. R. B. Teachout officiating. Mr. Shonk was 74 years of age and one of the old pioneers. He had been in failing health for some years.





[newspaper 1893]


Mrs. James Freeman died last Friday after an illness of over two months. The funeral was held from the school house in District No. 8, last Sunday and was attended by a large concourse of neighbors and friends.

The service was conducted by Rev. R. B. Teachout.

Mrs. Freeman was 34 years old and suffered greatly near the close of her life.

Mr. Freeman is left with three children, a girl of two years and two boys 14 and 17 years old.





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The sad news was brought to the village that Myron Clark had passed away at 2 o’clock this morning.

The deceased had been ill with the grip for some time past, and would at times so far recover as to be able to be around the house, only to again be taken with a relapse of the dreadful disease, which he at last succumbed to.

Mr. Clark was born in St. Lawrence county, N. Y., in February, 1841, and had lived on the farm where he died ever since.

He was married to Miss Phebe HARNES in 1865. Three children was the result of this marriage __ Sherwood, who was killed about a year ago in a railroad wreck, Clifton and Maud, who survive him.

Deceased was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Clark, Sr., of this village and the oldest of a family of eight children. The living are: Sidney, Milton, Allen, Robert, Jr., Mrs. I GRANT of Reed City, and Mrs. Chas. BALCH of Pleasant Valley.

The funeral will be held Saturday, Rev. G. W. Riggs officiating, and conducted by the Knights of the Maccabees, of which he was a member.

The bereaved family and relatives have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their great bereavement.





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Mrs. Phoebe Clark, a pioneer of Isabella county, and for many years a resident of the Shepherd community, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James CAMPBELL in Alma Tuesday night of this week. She had been in frail health for a number of years and a hard cold and heart complications proved too much for her eighty-eight years. The end came quietly at 11:00 p.m.

The funeral service will be held in Alma Friday afternoon at the Campbell residence. Rev. W. L. Gelston of the Alma Presbyterian church will be in charge. Burial will be made here in Salt River cemetery.

Lead Active Life

The life of Mrs. Clark was one of rigorous activity and many interesting pioneer experiences. She was born at Allan’s Prairie, Hillsdale county, Michigan, June 23, 1845,the daughter of Philander and Eliza Ann HARNE. When 10 years old she moved with her parents to Coe township, near Shepherd, making the trip in a covered wagon drawn by oxen. Their destination was a rude log cabin in a grove of maple trees on one corner of the section of land which was later to be the Harne homestead. The deed to their land was signed by President Buchanan in 1854.

The little Phoebe grew up under conditions which bred in her the indomitable spirit of the pioneer. She often recounted incidents, both sad and humorous, of the days when the wilderness teemed with wild animals and roving Indians. With only a foot-path through the woods and a log across the river for a bridge, she and her sister Mary attended school in the “Walton kitchen,” where the late Artemesia Walton presided as teacher.


In her young womanhood Phoebe Harnes met and married Myron Clark and on July 4, 1866, they rode on horseback to the place where the ceremony was performed. The bride and groom started their married life on a farm in a one-room cabin and despite their modest circumstances found much happiness there. Two surviving children, Mrs. James Campbell of Alma and Clinton Clark of Shepherd, came to them and the years to follow ere filled with the activities of rearing the children and cultivating their rapidly improving farm. The husband died more than 40 years ago and Mrs. Clark remained at the farm until her advancing years sapped her strength. She then left to make her home with the Campbell’s of Alma and has had a peaceful and pleasant life there for nearly twenty years. She never lost interest in civic and national affairs and was devoted to her family and many friends.







Mrs. Addie Harnes Hance, widow of Alfred Hance, died January 8, in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 74 years. Mrs. Hance and her husband formerly lived in the vicinity of Shepherd and were pioneers of this section. The old Hance homestead is cast of this village. They removed from this neighborhood to Oregon about 21 years ago.

Clinton Clark residing east of Shepherd is a nephew of the deceased lady. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. H. CASE of Oregon, at whose home she died, and Mrs. H. F. PLOUGH of Los Angeles; also two sisters, Mary HANCE of Portland, Oregon and Mrs. Phoebe CLARK of Alma.





[newspaper 1930]

Special to the State Journal

MT. PLEASANT, Jan. 28th


Word has been received here of the death of John W. Hance in Portland, Oregon, death occurring on January 8. He was 81 years of age, and was for many years an active citizen of Mt. Pleasant.

He came to live in Isabella county with his parents in 1863 moving to Mt. Pleasant some few years later. For four years, 1876-78 [as written] he was county clerk and register of deeds and in 1882 went to the state senate.

In 1902 he was appointed post-master in Mt. Pleasant by President Roosevelt and served three administrations. And since they moved from here soon after that they have made their home in Oregon. Mrs. Hance survives him.





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....announced the death of Mr. Chas. E. Puchert, son of our esteemed fellow citizen, C. T. Puchert, of Lincoln township. The deceased gentleman had been ill for three years, first from typhoid fever and then from consumption as a result of the fever. After nearly two years’ medical treatment here the parents sent their dearly loved son to the Pacific coast in hopes that a change of climate would prove beneficial, but the disease had too firm a hold to be baffled in its fell purpose, and the young man returned last winter with little or no improvement perceptible. Everything that his devoted parents could do to relieve his sufferings and restore the bloom of health to his wan cheeks was tried, but, alas! It was all in vain, for he continued to grow weaker until last Saturday morning when his young spirit took its flight to realms beyond the tomb.

Mr. Puchert was in his twenty-second year at the time of his death, and few young men could boast of so many warm and sincere friends as he. He was a dutiful son, a loving brother and a kind and true-hearted friend, honored and esteemed by all who knew him for his noble traits of character. During his illness he was a cheerful, patient sufferer, and died with a joyous hope of a glorious immortality beyond the tomb. The loss of such a son in the dawn of manhood is a terrible affliction for his bereaved parents and relatives and they have general sympathy in their great sorrow.

The funeral was held on Sunday, and it was one of the largest ever held in Lincoln township, as all who knew the deceased gentleman were anxious to pay a last tribute of respect to the remains of their departed friend. There was nearly one hundred conveyances in the procession, and hundreds of people could not obtain entrance into the United Brethren church, where Rev. McClintock, of Salt River, conducted the services. The remains were conveyed to Riverside cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, for interment, the funeral cortege being met in this village by a deputation of the Mt. Pleasant Masonic lodge, of which the father of the deceased is a member, who accompanied the procession to the cemetery.





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Mrs. John Hilliker dropped dead at her home in Segwun, Friday morning, from rheumatism of the heart. She had been in poor health for several years but was to all appearances as well that morning as usual and while she was getting breakfast, Mr. Hilliker went to attend to some traps. He returned in about twenty minutes and found her dead on the floor. Kind neighbors and friends and his comrades of the G. A. R rendered every assistance in their power to lighten his bereavement.

The funeral was from the house Sunday, Rev. A. P. Moors officiating and was largely attended by sympathizing friends. She leaves, besides her husband, one son by a former marriage, Chauncy TOWNSEND.

Sarah CASADY HILLIKER was born July 9, 1823, at Danby, Tompkins Co., N. Y., and married A. TOWNSEND July 25, 1842. Four children were born to them, all of whom are dead except Chanucy Townsend, of this place. Her husband died in 1856; and she married J. H. Hilliker in 1859; one child was born to them, which died in infancy. She was a kind loving wife and mother and was loved by all who knew her. She had resided here the past five years and leaves a large circle of friends.

The subject of the above was a former resident of Salt River and was highly respected by all who knew her. Her many friends in this community will be pained to hear of her death.





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This community has been called to mourn the death of Miss Maude Foster, eldest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Foster. Her death occurred last Sunday. The deceased about a year ago was a rosy cheeked girl and the picture of health, but the fatal malady, consumption, attacked her, and in spite of all that willing hands and loving hearts could do, the grim monster conquered.

The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church last Tuesday, and were very impressive. The Leaton school attended the services in a body, and the deceased Sunday school class sang a beautiful selection of music and strewed the casket with flowers. A large concourse of people followed the remains to the grave. The afflicted parents have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement.





[newspaper Dec 1893]


Mrs. Fitch, daughter of Jas. BLACK, died Thursday, of consumption. She leaves a husband and one young child. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon from the Baptist Church. Elder Shoate officating.





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Elias B. Drake died very suddenly at his home in this village, Monday morning, of apoplexy, at the age of 69 years. He had been an invalid for nearly two years, having been stricken with paralysis at two different times. The remains were taken to Mr. Clemens, Tuesday, and interred by the side of those of his wife, who preceded him by only two weeks. The family has the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.





[born 1807 - died Oct. 2, 1891]


Wm. F. Moore, father of Mrs. M. A. TAYLOR, died at the residence of the latter, three miles south of this village Friday, October 2, 1891, at 4 o’clock, p. m., aged 84 years.

The deceased was one of the self-made men, of which these United States, more than any other country on earth, can boast. He was born in Hinderveston County, England, in 1807, and emigrated to this country in 1831. After a short time spent in New York, he went to the state of Ohio, and subsequently located in Michigan.

He had lived in St. Johns for more than 20 years, and his success during that time has been phenomenal. For a number of years, he was in the law business, and drifted from that into loaning money, and at the time of his death, had accumulated real and other property to the amount of over $150,000, leaving it in good shape. He was a methodical business man, and although the great majority of his transactions were in the hands of attorneys, up to the time of his death, he had still been in the habit of buying and selling property and loaning money.

His has been a busy life, notwithstanding the fact that he had far outlived the allotted time of man.

Mr. Moore had been married four times, his last wife dying about 18 months ago. Five children was the result of his first marriage, only three of whom are now living. They are, Mrs. Mary HOLLENBECK of New York state; Mrs. M. A. TAYLOR of this township, and Richard Moore of Clinton county.

The funeral was held Monday from the residence of Mrs. Taylor and the remains, in a metallic casket, laid to rest at Salt River cemetery. Rev. M. D. Rogers preached the funeral services.

Nearly all the relatives of the deceased were present. Among them were Richard Moore of St. Johns; the only living brother, Richard A. Moore and wife of St. Johns; Mrs. Mary Hollenbeck and Mrs. M. A. Taylor. There were absent Frank Welton, a nephew of Dubuque, Iowa, and one or tow other distant relatives.

Mrs. Taylor and family wish, in connection, to tender thanks to those friends who so kindly assisted them.....[rest is missing].





February 30, 1860 - October 23, 1907


Alice Preston-Atkins was born in a little farm house that yet nestles among the hills of Western New York in Jave township, Wyoming county, February 30, 1860. Coming to Michigan with her parents in 1863, her early years were spent on the Preston homestead in Lincoln township, this county, where she was married to the late William Atkins October 13, 1880.

Immediately following their marriage, Mr. & Mrs. Atkins began house keeping in the home of Mr. Atkins in Coe township where their three children, Glena, Harry and Gladys were born, and where the late William Atkins died November 11, 1903. After the decease of her husband Mrs. Atkins purchased the home on the corner of Illinois street and Kinney Avenue to which she, with her children and the aged father of her late husband, removed in the spring of 1904, and where she made her home with her children until her life was ended, October 23, 1907.

Mrs. Atkins is survived by her three children mentioned above, and a sister, Mrs. Mary E. CALDWELL of ____, California, and by tow brothers, W. E. Preston and B. W. Preston of this city. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. VanOmmereu at the residence Thursday, after which the body was laid to rest in Riverside.

In her early years Alice was the pride and joy of her father’s household and, as childhood budded into girlhood, and girlhood blossomed into womanhood, the qualities that made her lovable as a child grew with her growth until she became a blessing to the hundreds of loving friends who were privileged to know her womanly nobleness of character. But to her immediate family only was known the true beauty of her kindly nature, her patience and unselfishness.

For many years Mrs. Atkins suffered from a tumor growing on the thigh and nearly three years ago was taken to Ann Arbor where an operation performed resulted in temporary relief, but soon the growth began again. Bravely the stricken woman battled against her fate and only during the last few weeks of the hopeless struggle did the unequal contest overpower her courage and her strength, causing her to give up the fight and patiently and fearlessly surrender to an enemy who, kindly taking her in charge, led her to a couch where dreamless sleep has blotted from the weary brain all memory of hopeless struggles and unanswered prayers and given her eternal rest.






SHEPHERD, June 25, 1930


Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for Winfield S. Fordyce, one of the oldest residents in the township, having moved here with his parents some 64 years ago at the age of 13 and has resided in Coe township ever since. It was one of the largest attended funerals ever held in this village. The board of supervisors which was in session in Mt. Pleasant adjourned and attended the services in a body. All business places were closed for the funeral.

While Mr. Fordyce has been in poor health for some time, his death came as a shock to the community. He had been about his duties during the day Saturday as township clerk and when he failed to return home for supper an investigation was made and his body was found in a chair by the side of his desk in the room used as a township office with his head resting on the desk. The body was removed to the Stilgenbauer undertaking rooms and the coroner summoned from Mt. Pleasant but it was decided no inquest was necessary.

Mr. Fordyce has held many important positions in the township, having been supervisor during the years 1902, 3, 4, 15, 16 and 17; was township treasurer in 1900 and 1901, and has been clerk of the township for the past seven or eight years and was still serving in this capacity at the time of his death. He had been a member of Salt River lodge I. O. O. F., for the past 56 years and was a charter member of that organization. He was also a member of the Rebekah lodge of which he was financial secretary.

Winfield S. Fordyce, son of John W. & Sarah E. Fordyce, was born in Green county, Pennsylvania, November 2, 1852 and was 77 years, 7 months and 16 days of age at the time of his death. At the age of 13 he came to Coe township with his parents and located on the farm which he still owned at the time of his death and where he resided until about eight years ago, when he moved to Shepherd on account of failing health. He was the youngest of a family of seven children, four brothers and two sisters.

On June 4, 1876, he was married to Clara PARKINSON to which union two children were born, both having died several years ago. His first wife died March 14, 1897, and he was married to Mary E. KIRBY July 20, 1899. Three children were born to this union, two of whom died in infancy. He is survived by the widow and one daughter, Mrs. John WRIGHT, of Alma and two grandchildren, Frances and Junior Wright.





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Miss Sidney A. Gilmore, 64 years old and a resident of Shepherd and vicinity for nearly half a century, died Friday morning at her home on Wright avenue after having been in ill health for about a year. The funeral was held from the house Monday afternoon and interment was made in Salt River cemetery. Rev. W. S. Phillips officiated.

Miss Gilmore came with her parents Mr. & Mrs. Joseph J. Gilmore 49 years ago from Wilmot, Ohio. They settled on a farm just north of Shepherd, where Mr. Gilmore died 32 years ago. The family moved to Shepherd from the farm 27 years ago.

Miss Gilmore was a skilled seamstress. She was a lady of the highest character and was universally held in high esteem. As a member of the M. E. Church she took great interest and active part in the work of the church. As a friend and neighbor she will be keenly missed by many in Shepherd and vicinity.

Surviving are her stepmother, Mrs. Agnes Gilmore; three brothers, George Gilmore of Owosso and Arthur and Ralph Gilmore of Shepherd, and three sisters, Miss Minnie Gilmore of Shepherd, Mrs. O. A. GRUBER of Alma and Mrs. E. B. SALISBURY, of Colorado Springs, Col.





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Grandsons acted as pallbearers for the funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Parsons, 85, which was held Wednesday afternoon, from the home of her daughter, Mrs. John PALMER, four and one-half miles southwest of Shepherd. The deceased left 44 great grandchildren. An old resident of this locality, Mrs. Parsons died of senility at the home of the daughter named. Since her husband’s death a few years ago, she had lived with the daughter and a son, Emory Parsons, three miles northeast of Forest Hill. Other children are Mrs. Edward ETTINGER of Mt. Pleasant, Mrs. Samuel EPLER of Indiana, and a son in Florida........[rest of article missing]





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The remains of Anna Ritchie, the 15 year old daughter of John Ritchie of this village, were brought here for burial yesterday afternoon. She was living with her aunt, Mrs. Mary LUBOLD, of Watersmeet, Gogebic county, previous to her death.





[newspaper July 1925]


The community was deeply shocked on Sunday last to learn of the death of Herbert J. Wells. Had he lived to September 12, he would have been 55 years old.

Mr. Wells came to Mt. Pleasant at the age of seven years and has resided here continuously. He attended the Mt. Pleasant schools and later was associated with his stepfather, L. T. WILCOX, in the furniture and undertaking business. For the past few years he has been employed in the C. W. Campbell store and at the time of his death was working as a traveling salesman for a Detroit concern.

Thirty years ago he was united in marriage to Sadie M. WRIGHT, who survives him. No children were born to this union.

Mr. Wells was in apparently good health Sunday morning and his death came as a severe blow to everyone.

Besides his wife, he leaves his aged mother, Mrs. I. F. Wilcox of this city, his eldest sister, Alice F. RYAN of Cissna Park, Illinois, his younger brother, J. H. Wells of Detroit, and younger sister, Mrs. S. H. BARBER of Clare.

Always of a jolly and generous disposition, and with a kind word for all, old and young alike, Mr. Wells will be missed not only by the members of the immediate family but by a large circle of acquaintances and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon, in charge of the Order of Elks.





[newspaper- 1922]


Although it was not unexpected, news that came Wednesday morning of the death of Mrs. Jesse A. Simpson, wife of the Isabella county drain commissioner, at her home in Lincoln township, came as a shock and conveyed a sense of personal loss to many friends in the Shepherd community and throughout Isabella county.

Mrs. Simpson’s death occurred at 3 o’clock Wednesday. She had been in ill health for some time and seriously ill for the last two months. Mrs. Simpson was 61 years old and had lived with her husband in Isabella county since 1904. She was a highly estimable lady who will be keenly missed in the community.

Funeral arrangements had not been made at the time the Republican went to press.





[newspaper, Oct. 1931


Harry Cofford, jr., 22 years old and the son of Mr. & Mrs. Harry Cofford, sr., of Mt. Pleasant was electrocuted at about 11 o’clock Saturday night at the Mt. Pleasant sugar plant where he was working as machinist.

The young man was operating a drill while on a tank beside the beet elevator in the plant. The drill was held against his chest. He crumpled up suddenly and fell and apparently was lifeless when others reached him. He was partially revived but sank quickly to this death, which is believed to have been due to a short circuit.

Dr. Baskerville, coroner, was called but after investigation decided that circumstances did not call for a coroner’s inquest. It seemed clear that electrocution had occurred although there was no mark on the young man’s body. He had not been subject to heart disease.

The body was taken to the Stinson undertaking parlors and the funeral was to be held early this week.

Although the sugar company’s run has progressed to a point where it is believed about one-third of the crop has been sliced, this is the first serious accident at the factory this fall.





August 2, 1873 - September 14, 1932


John Chancy Divelbiss, an oil driller well known and highly respected throughout the county, died suddenly at the age of 59 years of heart failure at about 11 o’clock Wednesday night, September 14, at his home southwest of Shepherd. He was stricken at about 5 o’clock in the afternoon.

Mr. Divelbiss was the son of Robert and Mary Jane FERRENBURG DIVELBISS and was born in Fremont, Ohio, August 2, 1873. He was united in marriage with Bertha B. STUDEBAKER, January 22, 1902 in Bluffton, Ohio. To this union, two sons, Glen of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Howard, of El Pasco, Texas, were born.

After the death of his wife, which occurred September 2, 1922 at Bartlesville, Okla., Mr. Divelbiss came to Michigan. He moved to this community about six years ago. Besides the sons named, he is survived by three brothers, Forest Divelbiss of Shepherd; A. B. Divelbiss of Blanchard and Elmer Divelbiss of Forest Hill; and two sisters, Mrs. Nellie McCOY of Lime, Ohio, and Mrs. Eliza HALL of Alma. Mrs. Rebecca FERNBURG of Shepherd is his aunt.

The funeral Sunday afternoon at the Church of Christ was under the auspices of Salt River Masonic lodge, of which the deceased was a member. The Rev. W. H. Bell officiated and the beautiful Masonic ritual was carried out. Music was furnished by a pianist and violinist. Masons acted as pallbearers.

Interment was made in Salt River cemetery.





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George Nonemacher, 59 year old Alma laborer and his estranged wife, Myrtle, 45, are both dead following a family quarrel which was climaxed last Friday evening when Nonemacher shot and fatally wounded his wife then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. Mrs. Nonemacher died the following night at the Smith Memorial hospital where she was removed immediately following the tragedy.

Sheriff William Nestle, Prosecuting Attorney Robert L. Arnold and Coroner G. V. Wright were all called to the scene of the shooting which occurred about 7:30 p. m. Mrs. Nonemacher was living with her father, Frank PARKER, at 1422 Eastward avenue, Alma.

Officers found that the two had been separated about six months and that during this time Nonemacher had attempted to patch things up several times. He had been in poor health and financial worries had evidently resulted in a demented condition, stated Sheriff Nestle. He is reported to have threatened to kill his wife even before she left him but since divorce proceedings had been started he became even more violent.

On the night of the tragedy Nonemacher evidently had crept quietly up on the porch and fired a bullet from his .22 caliber rifle at his wife who sat reading in the living room. The shot went through the screen and glass door entering her left ear then splitting and going into her brain.

Mr. Parker, who sat nearby, said he rushed upstairs to get a shotgun as soon as he realized his daughter had been shot. He had only reached the bottom of the stairs on his return trip when he heard a second shot and a crash on the porch. As he went to the porch he found Nonemacher lying on the steps with a bullet wound through his right temple. He had died at once.

During their investigation officers discovered the Nonemacher had purchased the rifle from an Alma dealer about a week before. He had been rooming at different homes about town but had evidently hidden the gun outdoors awaiting an opportunity to use it.

...........missing piece of article.....are survived by three children, Mrs. Howard COLTHORP of Breckenridge, Mrs. Cleon VanRIPER of Detroit and Roy Nonemacher of Alma.





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Mrs. Emeline D. Cole, wife of Frank M. Cole and a resident of central Michigan all her life, died Wednesday evening, ? August at her home in Shepherd after an illness of long duration that took an acute turn about five months ago.

Mr. & Mrs. Cole quietly observed their golden wedding anniversary here in October, 1929. The daughter of Wells and Esther SHELDON, who were among the early settlers of Clinton county, she was born in Bingham township April 9, 1862 and was married to Frank Cole in October 1879.

They moved to a farm in Jasper township, Midland county in 1880; thence to the Wilson farm two miles east and one-half mile south of Shepherd in 1908, and from there to the village in 1911. They had since resided here.

Mrs. Coles leaves besides her husband, one brother, Willard SHELDON, a niece and a nephew.

The funeral was held from the home Saturday afternoon. The Rev. W. S. Phillips officiated and interment was made in Salt River cemetery.

The pallbearers were H. E. ROSSELIT, Harry WETZEL, Henry ARDNER, C. E. HAUSER, S. C. STAHLMAN and Glen OREN.





[date looks like 1935, but very faded - could be 1925?]


Lydia Mae Walters, who was born in Isabella county and resided the greater part of her life in the vicinity of Shepherd, died Tuesday in St. Louis at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elton MILLER after an illness of 11 weeks. Mrs. Walters, who was 60 years old was born in Isabella county August 31, 1874 and was married in Findlay, Ohio, in 1894 to Byron E. Walters.

Besides the daughter named she is survived by the following brothers and sisters: John A. STAHLMAN of Mt. Pleasant; Orrison U. STAHLMAN of Kentucky; Isaac Milton STAHLMAN of Shepherd R. F. D. And Lulu H. LAW of Grand Blanc, Michigan.

Mrs. Walters had been with her daughter in St. Louis for the last six years. The funeral will be held at the residence in St. Louis, Friday afternoon and interment will be made in Salt River cemetery. The Rev. W. S. Phillips of Shepherd will officiate.





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Funeral services were held for Harry A. Stiles at the church of Christ at Forest Hill Monday afternoon. Rev. Eli Near of Shelby officiating, and interment was made in the Salt River cemetery. Mr. Stiles suffered an attack of pneumonia last spring and had not been well since. October 12 he was taken to the hospital at Ann Arbor and underwent an operation for tumor on the brain, from which he never rallied and on Friday he passed away.

Harry A. Stiles was the son of John and Elizabeth Stiles and was born in Sydney, Ohio, September 4, 1880. When a young lad his parents moved to Michigan, but in early manhood he returned to Ohio where he was married and lived for several years. Later they moved to Shepherd, Mich., where his wife died in 1918, a year later he married Mrs. Evalin WOLF and they moved to Forest Hill and ran a general store and garage. A few years later they purchased what is known as the old Pitt farm near forest Hill, where they have since resided.

Besides his widow he leaves his aged mother, a step-daughter, Mrs. Lola LOCY of Germfask, U. P.; two step-sons, Noble WOLF of St. Louis and Willard WOLF, who resides on the farm with them, two sisters, Mrs. Edna MUNN of Mt. Pleasant and Mrs. Silvia HACKET of Ohio, three brothers, Charles of Virginia and Clifford of Midland and Ralph of Mt. Pleasant, all of whom came to attend the funeral and a host of other relatives and friends.





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The death of Frank C. Hyde, pioneer merchant of Riverdale, came as a shock to his family and friends on Monday, Nov. 26. Mt. Hyde, although in poor health for some time, had appeared much better the past two weeks and had accompanied his daughter, Dorothy, to the farm in the morning and had milked some cows and did odd chores about the farm. While returning to their home in town, Mr. Hyde’s head suddenly dropped over onto his daughter’s shoulder and became in an unconscious condition. Dorothy drove directly to Dr. Taylor’s place but the doctor was out, but Mr. Hyde had passed away before he reached home and other help summoned. A heart attack is believed to have been the cause of his death.

Frank Calvin Hyde, son of Calvin C. & Mary PHILLIPS HYDE, was born in Steuben county, N. Y., October 12, 1863, being 71 years, 1 month and 14 days old. When a boy about ten years of age his father died and his mother with her four small children came to Michigan to the home of her parents who resided near Ionia. When a young man they moved to a farm south of Elm Hall. He attended Alma college at the time of the placing of the cornerstone.

April 29, 1891, he was united in marriage to Cora M. CARROLL and to their union five children were born: Mrs. Addie ROSE, Mrs. Marguerite JOHNSON; Carroll, Harold and Frank C., Jr. Mrs. Hyde passed away in 1903, leaving Mr. Hyde with the care of his five small children.

January 1, 1906, he was again married to Cora E. ESHLEMAN of Ferris Center and to them two daughters were born, Mary and Dorothy.

More than forty years ago Mr. Hyde entered into business for himself, first as a poultry business, then a meat market and general store, later dropping the meat market and taking up the farm implement business in connection with the general merchandise, keeping up that line of business until his health became so impaired that he could no longer care for it, so recently he turned the business interests over to his son, Carroll.

He is survived by his widow, four daughters; three sons; two sisters; a number of grandchildren and other relatives.

Funeral services were held last Wednesday afternoon at the riverdale Methodist church, Rev. H. A. R. Strong officiating, assisted by Rev. M. N. Clement. Interment was made in the Ferris Center cemetery.





died April 1, 1916 - aged 95 years


An event of pioneer history was brought to a close by the death and burial of the oldest pioneer in this vicinity _ Mrs. Margaret Murray of Irishtown who died April 1, 1916, at the age of ninty-five years.

Mrs. Murray was born in Ireland but moved from Ohio to Irishtown with her husband and three children March 24, 1855. In August of the same year Mr. Murray died leaving his widow and three children in the heart of the forest to make themselves a home.

Timber was plentiful but lumber very scarce, and Ionia City the nearest place to buy a coffin. Mr. OBERLIN, father of Mr. & Mrs. William BOYLES of Shepherd, had hewed out some boards to make a wagon box and upon hearing of the sad affliction of his neighbor only three miles away loaded his wagon box lumber on his back and with whole souled charity brought it through the woods to the home of the deceased and offered it to be made into a coffin. James ALLEN, father-in-law of N. W. STRUBLE of Shepherd, the nearest neighbor for three miles in another direction came to offer his assistance and with a hand plane, now owned by N. W. STRUBLE, he dressed and fitted the rough hewn lumber and made it into a suitable coffin for his friend.

Mr. Allen and Mr. Oberlin have long since passed away but Mrs. Murray never forgot the kindness and charity of those neighbors and “The Widow Murray” became a well known name to many a hungry traveler.

Mrs. Murray is survived by her three children, Thos. Murray of Irishtown, William Murray of Summerton and Mrs. T. BATTLE of Mt. Pleasant.

She was buried Monday, April 3rd from St. Patrick’s Catholic church _ her six grandsons acting as pall-bearers.

A Requiem High Mass was sung by Fr. Mulvey of Alma, Fr. Brogger of Merrill and Fr. Brogger of Mt. Pleasant. Burial was in the Irishtown cemetery.





and wife, Galah JOHNSON FICKLE

[newspaper May 1918]


The untimely death of Harold Fickle which occurred at the home of his parents last Saturday night at about eleven o’clock, was the culmination of one the saddest tragedies in the history of Shepherd.

Only last November Harold was united in marriage to Galah JOHNSON. Both were popular Shepherd young people and apparently had a long and happy future in store for them. They moved to Alma, where Mr. Fickle had a good position until about six weeks ago, when he was taken with inflammatory rheumatism from which he suffered intensely. A little over two weeks ago he was brought to the home of his parents in Shepherd, where a short time afterward he was taken with pneumonia and despite the best of care and medical treatment his weakened condition rendered him incapable of withstanding the ravages of the disease and death come as the result.

His young wife, who was a constant attendant at his bedside, contracted the disease and preceded him in death on April 22. Her remains were place in the vault and on Tuesday afternoon funeral services were held for Mr. Fickle and both bodies were interred in a single grave at Salt River cemetery, a sad ending to what had given promise of a bright future to two happy young lives.

Harold DeRoy Fickle was born near Farmer, Ohio, November 22, 1898, and died May 4, 1918. He came to Michigan in October, 1900, and on Nov. 22, 1917 was united in marriage to Miss Galah JOHNSON.





[newspaper 1899]


Thomas Morrison, familiarly known as “Uncle Tommy,” and old and highly esteemed resident of Lincoln township, died last Saturday at the residence of Henry HANCE, in Lincoln. He was born in Ohio in 1807, and at the age of 20 years, removed to Arkansas, where he resided for upwards of forty years. Deceased was a favorite with everybody who knew him and his death is a sad blow indeed. He has been a resident of this county about fifteen years and in that time had made many warm friends. The funeral occurred Monday, and was largely attended and his remains laid to rest in Salt River cemetery.





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Lucy H. Allen was born in Farmington, Oakland county, Mich., March 14, 1832, where she spent her early life. She was the daughter of Jacob and Betsey Wood. She moved with her family from Oakland to Eaton county where, at Dewitt, June 28, 1854, she was married to James B. Allen, who preceded her to the better land six years ago. To them were born two children: Nettie T. And Myrtle H., the latter dying June 23, 1883; the former, Mrs. N. W. STRUBLE, resides in Shepherd. Since her husband’s death, Mrs. Allen has made her home with Mrs. Struble.

Mrs. Allen has been a great sufferer for many years, many times being brought to the very verge of the grave. Her continued life under the conditions was a mystery. It can be accounted for in part by her keen perception of her physical condition, and the great care continually exercised. Also she came of a blood of great longevity. Her mother was one of a family of twelve children, all of whom lived to be nearly ninety. Connected with her mother’s life are the following interesting items:

her mother, Mrs. Betsey Wood, was a twin. Her twin sister, Mrs. Lucy WIXOM, was her exact counterpart in appearance from early life to advanced age. Mrs. Wood died Jan. 13, 1891, at 4 a.m., at Grand Ledge. Mrs. Wixom, living at Wixom, came from her room that same morning saying, “Betsey is dead! Don’t keep it from me. She was with me last night.” Two weeks later she died. In addition to these facts, Mrs. Allen was possessed of a strong will power, which enabled her to cling to life when others lost hope. Her last illness, like all former attacks, was attended with great suffering. She was at last compelled to resign to the disease and give up her life.

She was a very exemplary Christian. As is usual in great sufferers who are Christians, the spiritual side of her life was highly developed. She had a calm confidence in God and a bright and sure outlook upon the future life. Especially at the last her faith strengthened and her experience was serene. To an attendant who was reading to her the 23rd Psalm, when he came to the words, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” said she, “Yes, I supposed it would be the valley of death, but it is only the valley of the shadow!” It is impossible to ignore the reality of such experiences. Surely, all else aside, we need something, anything_ which will give us peace in death.


It was her request that some mention be made of her husband in this obituary _ James B. Allen, who died six years ago. He was born Nov. 1, 1831, in Seneca county, N. Y. He spent his early life in New Jersey. He began life as a merchant, later settling on an unimproved farm in Gratiot county. He was one of the early settlers, and with others reclaimed this section from a wilderness.

He and his wife were from early life devout christians of the Methodist type. In early life they were constant in attendance upon such places as camp meetings, revivals and conferences. Mr. Allen had filled from time to time all the lay offices of the church with efficiency and vigor. The first preaching of the gospel in their section of Gratiot county took place in their home.




OBITUARIES - cont #3



March 27, 1854 - January 17, 1934


Byron M. Grant was born at Diamondale, Michigan, March 27, 1854. He together with his family, moved to Auburn, Indiana, while Mr. Grant was yet a boy. As a young man he spent some time in the Middle West, on the Great Lakes as a sailor, on a lumber freighter, and as a railroad engineer.

He was united in marriage to Nettie AUSTIN at Baldwin, Michigan, December 2, 1883. One child, Naomi, was born to this union.

Mr. & Mrs. Grant have resided in Isabella county since 1888, moving to Mt. Pleasant in the summer of 1919, where they have continued to make their home. They were affiliated with the First Methodist Episcopal church of Mt. Pleasant.

The evening of January 16, 1934, Mr. Grant peacefully went to sleep at 11 o’clock, and without awakening, passed into eternity the morning of January 17, 1934, at 6:30 o’clock.

He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, Nettie Grant; one daughter, Naomi Grant WILKINSON, and a sister, Mrs. Lora A. BRAY of Ventura, California, besides many friends.





March 16, 1881 - January 2, 1934


Arthur James Griffith was born March 16, 1881, in Allegan county, Michigan, and departed this life January 2, 1934, at the age of 52 years, 9 months and 16 days.

January 8, 1900, he was united in marriage to Geraldine HOOK. To this union were born nine children, eight girls and one boy.

A number of years ago, with his family, he moved to the farm where they have since resided.

His parents preceded him in death many years ago.

He leaves to mourn their loss his wife and nine children, Mrs. Carl REAKE of Saginaw, who was unable to attend on account of serious illness; Mrs. Roland BLAINE of Pontiac; Mrs. Gerald COUNSELLOR of Isabella county; Mrs. William HUDNUT of Mt. Pleasant; Lucille, Ruth, Ruby, Gerald, and Hildred at home, twelve grandchildren, three half-sisters and one half-brother.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the home with Rev. L. E. Manore officiating. Interment was made in Chippewa cemetery.





[date appears to be 1935, tho very faded and can’t be sure]


Mrs. Jennie Brooks, about 65 years old and a resident of this locality for more than 15 years, died at 4 o’clock Wednesday morning after a long illness at her home, 1-1/2 miles east of Salt River corners. She came to the Shepherd community from St. Louis with her husband, who died about nine years ago.

Surviving are two sons, Frank and Guy Brooks, and one grandson. Funeral arrangements had not been made at the time of going to press.





October 28, 1860 - April 26, 1931


Six brothers of Jesse F. Struble last Friday bore the body of that Isabella pioneer to his last resting place in Riverside cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Six sons had a different times previously, acted as pallbearers when his father and mother, Mr. & Mrs. Louis A. Struble, who settled in Coe township in 1874, were laid to rest.

The pallbearers last Friday were Jerry D. Struble of Pontiac, J. A. Of Durand; Louis of Flint; Jacob H of Shepherd; George of Mt. Pleasant, and Earl of Pontiac.

Jesse F. Struble was born in Fulton county, Ohio, near Wasseon, October 28, 1860. He came with his parents in 1874 from Hillsdale county to a farm five miles northeast of Shepherd. When 16 years old he became an apprentice in the Harris Brothers mill in Mt. Pleasant and learned the millers’ trade. He operated a grist mill in Gladwin county for a number of years and then went to the upper peninsula. He returned to Mt. Pleasant 25 years ago and had since been interested in real estate.

He was for many years an Odd Fellow and affiliated with the Mt. Pleasant lodge. Mr. Struble had been in poor health since he suffered a stroke about 15 years ago. He was taken ill the middle of January at his home on South Main street and died Tuesday, April 26.

Surviving with his widow are one daughter and a son by a former marriage, Mrs. June DUTY of Monroe, Mich., and Elburt Struble of St. Paul, Minn. A daughter, Mina, died several years ago near Grand Rapids, and a son, Worth Struble passed away in Detroit, two years ago. Jake DUTY of Monroe, is a grandson. Surviving brothers and sisters are: Irad Struble of Shepherd; Jerry D. Struble of Pontiac; J. A. Struble of Durand; Louis Struble of Flint; Mrs. Mattie KELLY of Shepherd; Mrs. Fleet SWIX of Shepherd; Jacob H. Struble of Shepherd; Lafe Struble of Shepherd; George Struble of Mt. Pleasant; Mrs. Bert FREEMAN of Sarasota, Fla; and Earl Struble of Pontiac.

The funeral was held at the Stinson chapel in Mt. Pleasant. Rev. Charles MacKenzie, of the Mt. Pleasant M. E. Church officated.





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Henry Abraham Wagner died Sunday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Roy STILGENBAUER, west of Shepherd. He had been confined to his bed for the last four months.

Mr. Wagner was born in Ohio January 26, 1861 and moved to this community from the Buckeye state with his family 37 years ago. His wife died in 1909 and he was again married in 1911 to Miss Ella HUMMEL of Millersville, Ohio, who passed away in 1913. Mr. Wagner leaves to mourn their loss, two daughters, Mrs. Glen STILGENBAUER and Mrs. Ray STILGENBAUER, both living near Shepherd; and one son, Firm of Lansing; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, besides a host of friends. He was a member of Salt River Masonic lodge.

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





Special to The State Journal

SHEPHERD, Feb. 4, 1931


Relatives here received a telegram Monday conveying news of the death in Seffner, Fla., of Jason M. Struble, 73, who had been a resident of Shepherd and the immediate vicinity for 65 years.

It is not known just when the pioneer expired, but a letter written Friday by his wife, who was spending the winter with him in Florida, stated that he could not survive more than a few hours. The body has been shipped and is expected here Thursday, accompanied by the widow.

Mr. Struble was born in Stark county, Ohio and came to the old Struble homestead two and one half miles northwest of this village, when a young boy, with his parents. Mr. & Mrs. Jacob P. Struble. Later he owned a farm near his father’s place, from which he moved to Shepherd about 30 years ago. For the last few years he has been spending winters in Florida and summers in northern Michigan. He has been in poor health for several years.

Surviving with the widow are one daughter, Mrs. Paul SMITH of Chicago, a brother, Fred Struble of Phillips, Wis., and a sister, Mrs. Paul BISSELL of Shepherd. Many other relatives residing in this vicinity.





April 1935


Following a brief sickness of only 6 days, caused by a stroke, Mrs. Eliza Struble, a pioneer resident of Coe township, passed away at her home Wednesday afternoon. She was 70 years of age. During her illness, she was cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Dew SMITH. The funeral was held at the Methodist church Saturday afternoon with Rev. W. S. Phillips conducting the rites. Interment was made in Salt River cemetery beside her late husband. Old friends and schoolmates acted as pall bearers.

Many beautiful flowers bore silent messages of esteem for the well known woman, whose presence will be greatly missed in the neighborhood where she has lived. She was “Aunt Liza” to all the litter children around about her home.

Mrs. Eliza Struble was born near Shepherd August 29, 1865 and was the daughter of Robert and Lydia WILSON, and was the fifth child of a family of six children. Two brothers survive.

In 1887, she was united in marriage to Jason M. Struble. Two children were born to them, one of whom, Eddie, is deceased. Mr. & Mrs. Struble located on their own farm north and west of Shepherd. In 1898 they sold their farm and moved to Shepherd, where she has since made her home. Mr. Struble preceded her in death five years go, passing away February 1, 1931.

She leaves to mourn their loss besides the daughter, two brothers, several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Those from away to attend the funeral were Mr. & Mrs. Otis PARKER of near Alma; Mr. & Mrs. Tom PARKER of Ithaca; Mr. & Mrs. Clare KIDDER and children of Bellville; Mrs. Nettie GRANT and Mrs. J. KRATZ, also Mrs. Delila HURLBURT of Mt. Pleasant.





[newspaper Feb. 16, 1933]


Stephen S. Kennedy received a wire Tuesday morning stating that his brother A. Dwight Kennedy died in a hospital in Cleveland, Ohio Tuesday morning. Mr. Kennedy, a pioneer educator of the Shepherd community, had been in the hospital for several weeks. His death occurred while an operation was being performed.

S. S. Kennedy left immediately by rail for Cleveland to bring the body home, arriving there late Tuesday night. Funeral services were to be held in Cleveland Wednesday and it was expected that Mr. Kennedy would reach Shepherd Thursday afternoon on his return trip.

A. Dwight Kennedy, who was past 70 years old, was reared on the farm that he has always considered his home, two miles south of Shepherd on US-27 where Mr. And Mrs. S. S. Kennedy reside. He began his career as an educator in this community, teaching at the Child’s school and later at the St. Louis high school. Subsequently he studied extensively in the east and in Europe.

For more than 30 years he has been head of the department of art in the Cleveland Technical high school. He declined to give up his educational work when his health failed, although he was eligible to retirement on pension. He was home last year for his summer vacation. Mr. Kennedy was never married.

Further details will be published in the next issue of the Republican.





Special to The State Journal

RIVERDALE, March 7, 1932


Fred C. DuBois, nearly 70 years old, who had lived on the old DuBois homestead, one and one-half miles west of Shepherd, for 62 years, died Thursday afternoon in the Brodstetter Memorial hospital, in Mt. Pleasant, where he was taken about two weeks ago suffering from an acute case of blood poisoning, aggravated by the kick of a cow.

Mr. DuBois had been janitor at the Shepherd school for some time. He was highly regarded throughout this section. His wife, nee Nettie VREDENBURG, also member of a pioneer family, died December 19 last. Surviving children are Don, residing on the DuBois homestead; Mrs. Milo RICHMOND and vere DuBois of Shepherd; Mrs. Marjorie HAMILTON and Elton DuBois of Lansing, and Mrs. Alice FRESHNEY of Middleville. A son, Fay, died as a child.

The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the house, with the Rev. W. S. Phillips of the Shepherd Methodist Episcopal church officiating and interment was made in Salt River cemetery.





Special to The State Journal

SHEPHERD, December 21, 1931


Mrs. Fred C. DuBois, nee Nettie Vredenburg, died Saturday morning of heart failure after a two weeks illness on a farm west of Shepherd that had been her home for many years. Mrs. DuBois was 66 years old and was teaching school here when she was married 47 years ago. Her home at that time was in St. Johns.

She is survived by her husband, a farmer and janitor of the Shepherd school building; three sons, Don and Vere of Shepherd, and Elton of Lansing, and three daughters, Mrs. Marjorie HAMILTON of Lansing; Mrs. Milo RICHMOND of Shepherd and Mrs. Alice FRESHNEY of Middleville.

The funeral will be held from the home Tuesday morning with interment in Salt River cemetery.





[newspaper - Mar 1934]


With funeral services being held Sunday afternoon at the Church of Christ in Shepherd for John F. Cozat, nearly 90 years old, who died suddenly last Thursday night of injuries he received in service in the Civil War, but one survivor remains of the formerly numerous veterans of the war of the rebellion in this community, who annually took prominent part in the Memorial day march to Salt River cemetery. The lone survivor is Sherman ALLEN.

Mr. Cozat was ill but a day and a night preceding his death last Thursday evening at the home on the Van Vranken farm one mile south and one-half miles east of Shepherd, where he had been cared for by his sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary MUSSELMAN following the death of his wife last September.

Mr. Cozat was born November 5, 1844 in Dark county, Ohio _ the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Cozat, pioneers of the Buckeye state. Following the death of his first wife, he was married in Paulding county, Ohio, about 41 years ago to Sarah J. MAULT, who passed away here last fall. Mr. & Mrs. Cozat removed to the Van Vranken farm from Ohio, 13 years ago.

Serving in the war with Company M., Eighth Ohio volunteer cavalry, the permanent injury he received in service compelled his retirement. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Surviving Mr. Cozat are one son, William Cozat, living near Detroit, who with two grandsons, Theodore of Detroit and John of Coleman, Midland county, came Friday and 10 great grandchildren. A sister passed away recently at her home in Indianapolis.

The Rev. W. H. Bell conducted funeral services held at the Christian church Sunday afternoon and burial was made in Salt River cemetery.





November 10, 1861 - March 8, 1932


Myron A. Weeks, eldest son of Joseph and Celia Weeks, was born in Walton township, Eaton county, Michigan, November 10, 1861, and died March 8, 1932, at the age of 70 years, 3 months and 29 days. When he was a boy of 16 years of age, he moved with his parents to Gratiot county where he lived until 1899. At that time he united in marriage with Anna LOWERY. They moved to Lincoln township, Isabella county, where they had resided until a few months ago, when they moved to a farm four miles north and on mile east of Shepherd, where his death occurred.

He literally hewed a home and farm out of the wilderness and lived to see this part of the country converted from a tract of wilderness into fertile farms, with good roads, schools and other fine public improvements.

To this union four children were born: Fred H. Of near rosebush; Mrs. Iva TRUSSELL and Mrs. Bernice PURTELL of near Shepherd, and Clare E., who preceded him in death in 1917.

He is survived also by the widow, the three children, two grandchildren and a sister, Miss Minnie THOPMPSON [as written] of Alma, as well as a host of friends and relatives.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church in Shepherd Friday afternoon, Rev. W. H. Bell officiating and interment was made in Riverside cemetery.








The Sandpoint, [Idaho] News of January 25 contained the following news item:


The victim of a sudden heart attack, Mrs. Nell Curtis, 50, passed away at the family residence on South Huron about 6:30 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. She never rallied.

Born July 4, 1883, at Shepherd, Michigan, Nell MURTHA graduated from the Shepherd high school and alter 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. & 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. Mrs. Curtis 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 by her mother’s condition, left Moscow and arrived in Sandpoint early this morning. Besides her husband and children, she is survived by a brother, Dr. A. V. MURTHA of Pontiac, Michigan.

The body is at Moon’s awaiting funeral arrangements.

Sandpoint [Idaho] News





[newspaper Oct, 1935]


Mrs. Barbara Ann Hutchinson, highly esteemed resident of the Shepherd community for more than a half-century, was summoned by death Saturday morning at the home about a mile southeast of Shepherd, of her son Milton C. Hutchinson, supervisor of Coe township. She was 87 years old.

Mrs. Hutchinson, nee Barbara Ann WITMER, daughter of Christon and Mary Witmer, was born June 20, 1848 in Medina county, Ohio, and was married there July 1, 1871, to William Van Buren Hutchinson, who died February 7, 1896.

To this union seven children were born, six surviving as follows: Mrs. Mary BUFFINNGTON of South Lyons; Mrs. Lulu KERN of Lorrain, Ohio; William Hutchinson of Alma; Mrs. Nevade LOOMIS of Breckenridge and Grover C. Hutchinson and Milton C. Hutchinson, of Shepherd. One daughter, Jessie Hutchinson, died at the age of five years. Elsi KERN, of Shepherd is a step-daughter and a sister, Mrs. Susan KNOLT of Youngstown, Ohio also survives. Vesta ZIGLER, a step-daughter, preceded her in death. Mrs. Hutchinson’s grandfather and grandmother, Mr. & Mrs. William Hutchinson, were natives of Rhode Island.

Funeral services at the home of M. C. Hutchinson Tuesday afternoon were conducted by the Rev. E. N. Mayhew of Mt. Pleasant, former pastor of the Shepherd Methodist church and interment was made in Salt River cemetery.





January 29, 1840 - December 6, 1924


Mary E. Tabor was born in Jackson county January 29, 1840, and departed this life December 6, 1924.

In 1858 she was united in marriage to Robert E. Lee, who died two years later. To this union two children were born, a son and daughter. The daughter preceded her mother in death twenty-nine years ago.

In 1866 she married Joseph SHOOK, who died fourteen years ago. One daughter came to bless this later marriage.

She leaves to mourn her departure one son, Benjamin LEE, and one daughter, Mrs. Denver KENT of this city; one sister, Mrs. R. E. Smith, and one brother, Frank CAHOON of Flint, one aunt, Mrs. Mahalie WILCOX of Midland, and two granddaughters, Mrs. Leonard E. RICHTER and Vivian CARR, both of this city.

Those who were here from out of town to attend the funeral were: Mrs. C, KOBEL of Battle Creek, Mrs. B. COURTER of Lansing, Wm. CAHOON of Jackson, Mr. & Mrs. A. KIBBY and Mrs. Fred WRIGHT of Alberta.





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George Baughman, member of one of the pioneer families of Coe township, died December 22 in Long Beach, California. Mr. Baughman was the son of Charles and Julia Baughman. In his boyhood they lived on what is known as the Carl Baughman farm near Shepherd.

Mr. Baughman was nearly 73 years old, having been born January 6, 1861. He was a cousin of Carl Baughman and an uncle of Charles WILSEY.

Seeking to benefit his health, Mr. Baughman went west more than 40 years ago. He had been back two or three times since to visit his old home and friends.





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

Mr. Alleman, the son of Amos and Ellen A. Alleman, was born in Richland county, Ohio, February 5, 1852. He was one of four children, three sons and a daughter. With his parents he came to a farm in Coe township, east of Shepherd, in 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 brother, Clinton of Shepherd, and H. J. Alleman whose home is a mile east of the village. Mr. Alleman filled an inconspicuous place in the life of the community, but was a friend and neighbor in whom dependence could be place in 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 burial 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, Bert Van VRANKIN, Wilbur CONKLIN, Clark CONKLIN, Guy BROOKS and Elmer FREEMAN.





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Friends and relatives were shocked to learn of the sudden death of Earl Barnes, well-known Mt. Pleasant man, who passed away suddenly Monday morning from a heart attack. Mr. Barnes was 50 years of age.

Mr. Barnes for many years was an employee of the Gorham brothers company, being head of the matched veneer department. In the past two years he has been employed at the Franklin Tool company, having charge of all ware-housing and the yards.

Mr. Barnes leaves his widow, two sons, Leonard and Leon, of here and three daughters, Mildred, Roberta Jean of here and Donna of Detroit.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the home with Rev. Charles Mackenzie officiating. Interment was in the Riverside cemetery.







Despondent because of worry over his financial affairs, Bert Hawkins, 60 years old, a Lincoln township farmer, took his own life with a shotgun early yesterday morning.

Mr. Hawkins’ sons who lived with him, heard the report of a shotgun in the cellar of the house. Upon investigation the body of their father was found in the corner of the room.

Dr. Young, the coroner, and officers from Shepherd were called.





May 3, 1891


C. O. Crawford of Forest Hill, a former resident of this township, dropped dead at work in his blacksmith shop last Friday, of heart disease, aged 63 years. The funeral services were held from the Forest Hill church Sunday, Rev. A. F. Choate officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the Salt River cemetery.

The deceased leaves a mother, wife, one son and a daughter to mourn his sudden death.





May 3, 1891


Samuel Stenky, for 27 years a resident of Union township, die at his home five miles northwest of this village, Friday, April 27, of inflamation of the bowels, aged 56 years, 1 month and 17 days.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. B. Teachout, Sunday in the U. B. Stenky church, and the remains interred in the Mt. Pleasant cemetery.

Mr. Stenky was an active member of the U. B. Church and founder of the structure which bears his name.

He leaves a widow and two grown up daughters, besides a host of friends to mourn his untimely death.





May 3, 1891


Samuel Patterson of Essexville, Bay county, was found dying in his bed at Chas. Wood’s restaurant, Friday morning. Dr. S. C. Brown was at once summoned who readily saw that he had taken poison and could not live but a short time. Coroner May of Mt. Pleasant, was summoned, and on his arrival the body was taken to the town hall, where an inquest was held in the afternoon. The jury rendered a verdict to the effect that the deceased came to his death by poison administered by his own hand. After the inquest the remains were taken charge of by J. G. Fisher who prepared them for burial. The deceased came her on Wednesday noon previous to his death and was employed in I. N. Shepherd’s saw mill, but appeared to be quite despondent. On looking through his cloths two letters, one of which was from his wife in Essexville, a pocket book containing ninety cents, and a phial with two or three grains of strychnine in it were found. He bought 12 grains of strychnine at J. D. McKenna’s drug store on the evening after his arrival here and said he wanted to kill rats. A message was sent to his wife and she requested that the body be sent to Bay City, which was done Saturday afternoon. There seems to be no known cause for his rash act other than that he had been out of work and tramping for about three months previous to his coming here.





September 18, 1833 - January 29, 1917


Reuben Wellman, second of a family of eight children, was born at Batavia, Genesee county, New York, on Sept. 18, 1833, and died at his Shepherd home Jan. 29, 1917, aged 83 years, 4 months and 10 days.

In early manhood he was married to Valissa GODFREY, who died while he was enlisted in the service. To them was born two daughters, Hattie and Carrie.

He enlisted in 1862, in Go. G 160 New York infantry, which regiment formed part of the army of Potomac in the engagement of Cedar Creek and served two years and nine months. He was made a captain and later captured and confined in Libby prison six months and was paroled from Salisbury prison Feb. 22, 1865, after which he came to Michigan and engaged in agricultural pursuits.

In Sept. 1865, he was married to Myra SAWYER, who died Dec. 8, 1900. To them was born five children: Minnie, Charles, Allen A., Winnifred and Wilford.

In 1911 he was married to Mrs. Hanna WEBB, who died in 1913.

Besides his children there survives him, one brother, Frank, of Grass Lake, and two sisters, Mrs. Miley BEARDSLEY and Mrs. Phoebe WILLIAMS of Owosso.

He always took a keen interest in the affairs of the township, having served three years as treasurer and 35 year as justice of the peace.

He was a member of Ralph Ely Post G. A. R. No. 288, F. & A.M.

As a father he will never be forgotten.





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On Sunday, Dec. 11, Mary E. Bigelow, wife of Horace O. Bigelow, Sr., passed from this earthly sphere of life to the true life beyond, in the 69th year of her age. She was the daughter of Zebeilon and Sophia SCRIBNER PHILLIPS, formerly of Rigs, Monroe County, New York.

Mr. Bigelow and wife were among the early settlers of Isabella county, having moved to their old homestead in Coe township in the year 1856, where they continued to resided until about the year 1868, when they came to this village which has since been their home.

The deceased leaves a husband and four grown children, Mrs. Adeline A. CASE of Turlock, Cal., Chandler B. Bigelow of Yolo, Cal.; Mrs. Frances E. McKENNA and Hoarace O. Bigleow, Jr. Of this village, to mourn the loss of a faithful wife and loving and devoted mother.

As a neighbor she was kind and sympathetic; as a friend loyal and true. This community mourns the loss of a worthy and honored member.

The funeral services were held at the family residence on Washington avenue, Tuesday, Dec. 13th, and the remains escorted to the cemetery by a large number of sorrowing friends, indicating the high esteem in which the deceased lady was held in this community.

As there was no organized society of her belief in this community, she found spiritual consolation in the works of the library, and her mind was richly stored by extensive reading. Her home was her temple, a faithful guardian, a spiritual companion, the influence of whose memory will silently and constantly remind us of a higher life beyond this material plain.





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The community was pained Wednesday by the news of the death of Hon. John Q. A. Johnson which occurred the night before at his home southwest of this city. The deceased had not been in very good health for many weeks, but his last sickness ending in his death was a painful surprise to his very many friends and acquaintances.

The funeral occurred yesterday at the M. E. Church, Rev. G. A. Buell conducting the service and the remains were interred in Riverside cemetery.

Mr. Johnson had only been married to Mrs. Mary A. CONRAD of Lake City a month hence he leaves his bride his widow almost as soon as she had been installed in his home.

The following from his history is very interesting.

John Q. A. Johnson was born in Vienna, Oneida county, New York, February 3, 1826, and was a son of William W. & Nancy [WHITTAKER] JOHNSON. He was the eighth child and seventh son.

He lived at home until 18, receiving a common school education. At that age he came to Michigan, locating first at Dundee, Monroe county, and engaging in agriculture. He was soon after married. After four years he removed to Barry county where he farmed for seven years. In June, 1855, he came to Isabella and located on section 22, Coe township. He was one of the first settlers of the county, and the seventh settler in Coe. This was three years before Isabella county was organized. The first house he constructed did not contain a sawed board, was covered with elm bark and had a puncheon floor. The house was raised by all the neighbors within several miles, and the dinner for the occasion was brought there in baskets, a distance of eight miles. All their supplies were purchased at high prices in St. Louis.

August 21, 1861, he enlisted in Company C., Eighth Michigan Vol. Inf., and was assigned to the Army of the Carolinas. After serving nine months he was taken sick and confined to the hospital for three months. He was discharged for disability September 18, 1862. Returning home he located in Union township, in January following. Here he had once more to live the life of a pioneer. He cut a road a mile and a half through the woods to reach his farm. The cabin in which he first lived still stands as a reminder of first things. He was the first settler on his section. Of his 160 acres, 65 are improved.

Politically, Mr. Johnson was a staunch republican. He was elected sheriff in 1863 and held the office two years. In 1876 he was elected Probate Judge which position he filled four years. He has also held the minor offices of his township.

Mr. Johnson was the father of ten children, eight of whom survive him.





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Joseph Oberlin, who for the past fifty-three years has been a resident of our county, died at his home in this village Saturday at the age of 79 years, 10 months and 8 days.

Mr. Oberlin was born in Stark county, Ohio, November 9, 1830, where he resided with his parents until the age of fifteen, when he moved to DeKalb county, Ind. July 25, 1853 he was married to Catherine MYERS and three years later they moved to this county and settled on a farm in Chippewa township, which they cleared up and made for themselves a comfortable home. To them were born two boys and four girls, one little daughter and a son dying in childhood. Ten years ago they moved to the village and since that time Mr. Oberlin has failed in health.

At the age of twenty-five years he united with the U. B. Church and for four years was class leader. He had a wide circle of friends and was highly respected in the community in which he lived.

He leaves to mourn his loss a widow, four children, three brothers and eight grand children and five great grandchildren. The funeral was held from the Christian church Monday with Rev. J. C. Meese conducting the services. The remains were laid to rest in Chippewa cemetery.







Elba Jan Swickard was born near Fremont, Sandusky county, Ohio, March 27, 1858, where she lived until thirteen years ago. She was united in marriage to H. WAGNER February 7, 1883, and to them were born four children, three of whom are now living, one dying in infancy.

Mr. & Mrs. Wagner came to this county in 1897 and settled on the farm north and west of the village, where they made their home until their removal to the village a year ago last April.

About six weeks ago Mrs. Wagner was out riding with her husband and an uncle and was thrown from the buggy sustaining a broken hip. Two weeks ago other complications set in and Sunday at 11 o’clock she died from uremia poison.

Mrs. Wagner was a highly respected woman in our community and very devoted to her family. While in Ohio she was identified with the Evangelical church, but since coming to Michigan has worked in the M. E. Church where her funeral was held Wednesday morning, Rev. F. M. McClintic officiating. Interment took place in Salt River cemetery.

Besides her bereaved husband she leaaves two daughters, Mesdames Glen STILGENBAUER and RAY STILGENBAUER, and one son, Firm Wagner, besides other relatives and a wide circle of friends to mourn her departure.





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Last Sunday afternoon occurred the death of John Christman, at the advanced age of 84 years. He was taken ill about 10 days ago, and from the first hopes of recovery were never entertained on account of his age and the severe attack of lung trouble, which completely paralyzed his throat, death resulting as above stated.

The deceased was born in Tomawanda, New York, June 20, 1807, and he resided in his native place until the fall of 1836, when he bought 160 acres of land in Williams Co., Ohio. In February, 1839, he came to Washtenaw Co., Michigan where he prosecuted his trade of builder, which he had learned in early life in his native State. He pursued that business a number of years, and at length bought 1365 acres in Saline township, Washtenaw County, where he resided 28-1/2 years. He then sold out and bought 90 acres in the same township, which he retained one year. His health failed, and he sold his farm, removing into the village of Saline. In the fall of the year 1865, he came to Gratiot county and bought 80 acres of land on section 25, Pine River township, on which he made considerable improvement. In 1866, he bought some lots at St. Louis near where he lately resided, and the following year built his residence. He engaged in the grocery trade, in which he continued six years, and on selling out he retired from active business.

About six years ago his wife died, and he has lead a retired and quiet life since devoting the most of his time about his home. He was of later years a great reader, as the following will show: a card found tied around an old bible, in Mr. Christman’s hand writing states that he commenced reading at January 7, 1878, and that he had read it through 76 times. Another bible was found which he says he had read through 36 times, besides several thousand pages of other books, all since 1878, and without the aid of glasses.





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Old Mrs. Sheldon, wife of the late Rev. Sheldon, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. BUTLER of Chippewa, Sunday morning at the age of about 83 years, after an illness of a few weeks.

Mrs. Sheldon was born in Berne, Switzerland, came to this county with her parents and at an early age was united in marriage to John McDOWELL of Seneca county, Ohio. To them were born two children, and later Mr. McDowell met his death at the hands of an assassin in Canada. March 20, 1865, she was married to Rev. Sheldon, an M. E. Minister, and in 1860 they came to Isabella county, where they lived with their family of seven children, till the death of Mr. Sheldon, Oct. 17, 1882, and where Mrs. Sheldon has since lived keeping her family together and caring for them till they were grown and married, since which time she has divided her time among them in their homes. Besides caring for her grown children, she has mothered three others.

The funeral service was held at the Chippewa M. E. Church Tuesday afternoon, burial in the Chippewa cemetery.





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A. W. Wilder, of Isabella township, who has been suffering from inflammation of the lungs for over two months, died on Sunday evening. The funeral took place on Tuesday, services being held in the Presbyterian church here by Rev. Mr. McDonald, Baptist minister.

The deceased was a veteran of the late civil war, and was buried with G. A. R. Honors, Wa-bu-no Post, G. A. R., turning out in full force to pay last tribute of respect to a deceased comrade in arms.

Mr. Wilder was an industrious, kind-hearted citizen who was highly respected in the community in which he resided.

He leaves a wife and one child to lament his loss. They have profound sympathy in their great affliction.





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This community was greatly shocked on learning of the death of Albert C. Vredenburg, which occurred at his residence, three miles west of this village, Tuesday evening. For some time past, Mr. Vredenburg had been troubled with what he supposed was indigestion, and as nothing serious was apprehended, he did not think it necessary to call in a physician; in fact when in this village last Saturday, he was feeling comparatively well. Saturday night however, the malady assumed a serious turn and Dr. King was summoned, who after a diagnoses, pronounced it appendicitis. The symptoms grew more and more alarming and a consultation of physicians, including Drs. Sweatland and Gruber, resulted in an operation, which was performed Monday. Everything that could possibly be, was done for the relief of the sufferer, but the disease had gained such headway that recovery was impossible.

Mr. Vredenburg was born in Jackson county, in April, 1845, and moved to Isabella county in 1865. By hard work and economical habits, he had accumulated a sufficiency of this world’s goods to enable him to pass his declining years in comparative ease, and was in the full enjoyment of this well earned competence when stricken with this dreadful affliction.

He was a kind and obliging citizen and neighbor, ever ready to aid in the cause of suffering humanity, and his charitable acts will live long in the hearts of those who have had occasion to appeal to his generosity.

Albert C. Vredenburg served in the 29th Regiment, Michigan Vol. Inf’y and at the time of his death, was Commander of Ralph Ely Post, No 150, G. A. R.

The funeral services was held at his late residence today, the G. A. R. Conducting the ceremonies. The remains were placed in Lincoln cemetery.





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Word was received here Friday of last week that Mrs. Matilda Chase, of Polk, Ohio was dead. The deceased will be better remembered here in Shepherd as Mrs. Matilda HUTCHINSON, who removed from here to her late home over two years ago.

From a long time she had suffered much from a tumor in her side upon which operations had been performed at different times. This tumor was the cause of her death.

Mrs. Chase was the mother of Mesdames Joseph MOORE of this village, and S. S. S. KENNEDY and Perry CHASE of Harrison, and was well known among the older residents of this section.





1848 - January 12, 1894


Death has once more entered our village and taken from our midst Albert F. Patch.

He was born in Clarksfield, Huron county, Ohio, in 1848 and died January 12, 1894; was married to Miss Eva GORDON at Milan, February 28, 1877. He came to Shepherd about 10 years ago, where he has since resided.

Besides the widow, a father, two brothers and two sisters survive him. The father and one brother, George Patch live in St. Louis, and the brother Eugene, resides in Montana. The sisters, Mrs. Adaline RENNELS and Mrs. Anna GAGER, both live in St. Louis.

Mr. Patch was a kind true husband and an obliging friend to many.

The funeral was held from the Baptist church, Sunday and was........[rest of this article is missing].





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Thomas Wooden, an old resident of this vicinity, died at the Isabella county house, Monday, of old age, aged 79 years. He had been an inmate of the house about four months. He was well-known throughout the county, and was at one time the possessor of considerable property, but he met with adversities and at last sought a home on the county farm, although at the time of his death he had sufficient money to defray his funeral expenses.

The remains were taken to the Lincoln township cemetery for burial Tuesday. His wife............[rest of article is missing]





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Last Friday afternoon Mrs. Catharine S. Dodds, whose illness had been frequently mentioned in the TRIBUNE, died at her home in this city, aged 69 years. Nine months ago the deceased lady was attacked with neuralgia, which seemed to baffle the skill of the physicians. All that medical science, aided by the most loving attention of affectionate children could do, was done; but it was of no avail. For months she suffered untold agony, growing weaker daily, and to her death was a blessed relief.

Mrs. Dodds was a native of county Meath, Ireland, where she was born June 24, 1820. At the age of six years she came with her parents to the United States, and after a short stay in Vermont, they settled in St. Lawrence county, New York, where the deceased lady grew to womanhood and married in 1837. In 1866 Mrs. Dodds moved to Isabella county with her husband and children, settling in the township of Coe. The family moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1875, and in 1879 Mrs. Dodds’ husband died, after which she continued to live with her children, enjoying their loving care and unceasing attentions until the end.

With every attribute that constitutes a noble, Christian woman Mrs. Dodds was most liberally endowed. She was a quiet, unassuming, refined lady, who was peculiarly devoted to her home and its happiness. As a faithful, loving mother, especially, her virtues shone resplendent. She appeared to have realized that the virtues inculcated in to children by a pure, Christian mother form the most enduring basis of true manhood and womanhood, and the character of the exemplary family which she left behind speaks louder than any words could of the faithful fidelity with which this noble mother performed her duty in this respect. Possessed of a tender nature, the sufferings and misfortunes of others appealed to her active sympathies, and she was ever ready to respond to the cry of distress or woe. She was an ideal neighbor _ kind, benevolent and considerate to all. Mrs. Dodds was a faithful, honored member of the Catholic church, one whose life was characterized by Christian deeds, and she died in blissful assurance of a glorious immortality beyond the tomb.

Mrs. Dodds had a family of eleven children, nine of whom survive her, five sons and four daughters.

The funeral was held Sunday from the Church of the Sacred Heart, and the large building was crowded with sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends. The floral offerings were numerous and exquisitely beautiful, diffusing the fragrance of love and reverence entertained for the sweet memory of departed worth. Rev. Father Crowley paid a warm tribute to the high Christian character of the deceased lady and held.....[rest of article is missing].





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Mrs. Orrin Gates, wife of Elder Gates, died at Ionia, on Thursday of last week, the remains being brought here for burial on Saturday. The deceased had been ill for some time past and her death was not unexpected.

She was well known and much beloved in this vicinity, having at one time been a resident here.

Rev. Gates will shortly remove the remains of a son, who was buried some time ago in Ohio, and will re-inter them here. He also desires his own remains to be buried here when the time comes.





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Vernon Stalter died at the home of his brother, Alonzo, Tuesday, February 27, of consumption, aged 27 years, 26 days.

The funeral took place at the Morris farm on Friday and the remains were laid to rest in the Brady cemetery, Rev. Blanchet officiated.

He was the son of Mrs. Sarah Statler and had many friends here. The floral offerings were most beautiful.

My flesh shall slumber in the ground

Till the last trumpets joyful sound;

Then burst the chains, with sweet


And in my Savior’s image rise.

[written by Evan R. R.]





September 17, 1824 - December 28, 1897


John Cohoon was born in Oakland county, September 17, 1824, his age now being 73 years, 4 months and 11 days. He came to Isabella county in the year 1855, to the farm where he has since resided until the time of his death. He was married to Mary A. PACKER in 1857, who survives him. They had a family of six children, of whom five are living __one boy and four girls, who are grown to manhood and womanhood.

Mr. Cohoon has always followed farming as an occupation. He has always been an industrious, honest and upright citizen, and respected by all who knew him, and by whom he will be greatly missed.

His death occurred December 28, 1897. Rev. D. E. Reed preached the funeral sermon at the house Thursday afternoon; music by the Shepherd choir.







A. W. Bissell, a resident of Mt. Pleasant the past fifteen years, was buried Sunday, services being held at the home. Mr. Bissell was 71 years of age and had been confined to his home for the past five months.

He was a native of New York State and came to Michigan when a boy eight years of age. He was a resident of Ionia county until 1890 when he came to Isabella county.

He is survived by his wife and six children, five of whom attended the funeral. Mr. & Mrs. Bissell celebrat4ed their golden wedding on May 10th of this year.

The surviving children are: Archie of Saginaw, Nicholas of Cadillac, Delbert of Lansing, Thaddeus of Nashville, Tenn., Paul of Shepherd, and the daughter, Mrs. Belle CASTER of Shepherd.







Jacob Armstrong was born near Liverpool, England, March 6, 1832 and died in this city March 19th aged 70 years and 13 days. He came to America 53 years ago locating in the state of New York, where he was married to Miss May MALSEY. In 1863 he came with his family of wife and two children to Michigan and settled in Chippewa township, this county, where he has since resided. He became a Christian and joined the U. B. Church 52 years ago and was true to his profession to the last. He served in the army of the rebellion during the closing scenes of our country’s conflict.

He was brought about two months ago to the home of his daughter, Mrs. LABELL, from which place the funeral was conducted Wednesday morning by Rev. H. H. Flory.

Three daughters and five sons survive him, his wife having died two years ago.





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George B. Campbell, a prominent citizen of this place passed away Tuesday afternoon, March 15, after a short illness of pneumonia.

Mr. Campbell was born August 14, 1863, on the farm which his father and mother located at the time of their marriage, in the year 1855, and where after the death of his father, which occurred August 26, 1889, he continued to live with his mother until his death.

George was esteemed for his many good qualities, was a good citizen and a kind neighbor. He was an original stockholder in the Commercial State Bank and a valued member of the F. & A. M., under whose auspices appropriate exercise were conducted.

He leaves, to mourn his loss, a mother; five sisters, namely: Mrs. Isabella BUTCHINSON, Mrs. O. U. STAHLMAN, Mrs. L. D. ESTEE, Mrs. Irad STRUBLE and Mrs. F. H. FIELD.

Rev. Cookson conducted the services.





February 7, 1829 - March 10, 1904


Miss Elizabeth RUTTER was born in Lancaster county, Pa., February 7, 1829 and died in this village Thursday March 10, 1904. She was united in marriage to John G. ZIEGLER, in 1853. In 1856 they moved to Stark county, Ohio, and came from there to Coe township, Isabella county, in 1863, where they have since resided. She was the mother of seven children, namely: Elias, Henry, John, Margaret, Amanda, Alice and Mary, of whom three [Elias, Alice and Mary] are still living.

She was a lady loved and respected by all who knew her; kind to everybody and always ready to minister to those who were suffering, and in her death, the community loses a truly noble woman.

The funeral was held Sunday from the M. E. Church, Rev. Cookson conducting the services, after which the remains were placed in Salt River cemetery.





1840 - November 12, 1903

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was born ____? 1, 1840 in Bloomfield, Ohio, and died November 12, 1903, at Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She was the daughter of Rev. Wesley CLARK of the North Ohio M. E. Conference.

Deceased was married to Daniel E. LYON in the house where she was born, February 26, 1865, and came with her husband the same spring and settled as pioneers on a new farm on section 27, Union township, in Isabella county. They moved to Mt. Pleasant twenty-three years ago, when it was but a small village.

Disease fastened itself upon Mrs. Lyon over a year ago, but she made a brave struggle against its encroachments, only giving up when her bodily strength failed entirely. Last fall Jessie HATCH, a young granddaughter, came from New York state to help her grandmother, and about three months ago, Mrs. HATCH left her family and came here and nursed her mother through her declining days.

Mrs. Lyon leaves besides her husband, one son, Wesley C. Of Los Angles, Calif., and two daughters, Mrs. Gertie A. HATCH of St. Lawrence county, N. Y. And Mrs. Carrie E. LIVINGSTON of this city, also one sister, Mrs. W. C. IRWIN of Cleveland, Ohio, and a brother, Eugene CLARK of New York City.

She was a baptized believer and member of the Christian church in Ohio, but finding no organized society of that denomination here when she first came, did not affiliate in membership with any other church. She was eminently domestic in her habits and her life was devoted to her home and family. She will be sincerely mourned by those who knew her best.

Funeral services were held from her late residence on Main street, Saturday afternoon, Rev. Joseph DUTTON, pastor of the M. E. Church officiating, with vocal music by Mrs. W. H. MARSH and Mrs. C. E. VOWLES.





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William H. Bowen died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Rose ROLFE, Delwin, Wednesday, March 30th at 7:30 p.m. A distressing chronic disease with unrelenting severity was finally the victor over a wonderfully strong constitution, as the deceased was a good man of more than ordinary powerful physique.

Deacon Bowen, as he was familiarly known, was born at Warren, Pa., June 28, 1815, consequently was nearly 77 years of age. At 25 he entered into marriage with Sarah Hume STEWART, who remained his faithful, loving companion and counselor for nearly 50 years, and since whose death, about three years ago, a steady loss of vitality has been noticeable, and an apparent longing to lay aside life’s burdens and be at rest.

In 1842 the deceased came to Michigan, first locating in Lenawee county. In the fall of 1854 he purchased of the U. S. Government, 80 acres of land one half mile north of where now stands the thriving village of Shepherd, and which, at that time, was an unbroken wilderness. During the winter following, he removed his family ____? And commenced the arduous task of making a home from nature’s forest. After four years of experience, that none but the pioneer is familiar with, he was induced to remove with his family to Wellsboro, Pa. Remaining there about 10 years, he again sought Michigan and Isabella county for a home, locating a little north and east of his former residence, where he continued to reside until after the death of his wife when he disposed of his property and has since, a greater portion of the time, shared the home of his daughter at Delwin.

It may not be appropriate for us to speak of the many sterling qualities, and the loving tender hearted nature that we today have laid to rest, yet we believe that no truer, nobler heart could live, we know him as a father, kind and affectionate, liberal almost to a fault, yet firm and _______? In his sense of humor or the line of duty, a devoted believer in the ____? Of the bond of Christ to cleanse from all sin. His delight was in the advancement of the church and Christianity. He had for years been an active member and deacon of the Baptist church at Shepherd.

The funeral services were held Sunday at the Shepherd church where he had so often bowed in worship to his creator. Rev. A. P. McDonald, assisted by Rev. D. B. Davidson, conducting the services. The only immediate relatives here who survive him are a son and daughter, the writer hereof and Mrs. Rose ROLFE.





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Maxwell G. Shappee, a pioneer of this county, and a resident of this village for the past four years, died last Friday afternoon of heart trouble. He was completing arrangements to make a visit to relatives in the state of New York, and was intending to start the following Monday. Mr. Shappee was born near Elmira, N. Y., October 24, 1837, and his father, two brothers, and three sisters survive him. His father, is 85 years of age, and resides with two of his daughters, Mrs. Anna THOMAS and Miss Clara SHAPPEE, at Elmira, N. Y. Another daughter resides at Miller, South Dakota. One brother, Jacob V. SHAPPEE, resides at Elmira, N. Y., and the other, Jesse R. SHAPPEE, at Rochester, N. Y.

In August 1862, Mr. Shappee enlisted in Co. “C” 141th N. Y. Vol. Inf., in the army of the Potomac, and was afterwards transferr3ed to the army of the Cumberland. He participated in all the battles, from Resaca, to the close of Sherman’s campaign. At the battle of Peach-Tree Creek, July 20, 1864, he received a gunshot wound in the right hip. He entered the ranks as a private; in the fall of 1862 he was elected 5th Sergeant; one year later he was promoted as Orderly Sergeant, and in another year he was commissioned First Lieutenant. Owing to his capture and parole, he was detailed for special duty, and it fell to him to bring home the company in which he first enlisted. In June, 1865, after the close of the war, he was honorably discharged.

He was married in December, 1865, to Mrs. Ardella FANCHER, [nee] HOOVER and in 1873, he removed to Isabella county, Michigan, where he has resided to the time of his death. Deceased was loved and respected by all who knew him, and it will be a long time where the community will recover from the shock occasioned by his sudden death.

He was a faithful and consistent member of the M. E. Church, and had done much to aid and promote the cause in which he was interested.

The funeral which occurred Monday, was conducted by the G. A. R., and was largely attended and his remains interred in Salt River cemetery. Jesse B. Shappee, of Rochester, N. Y., brother of the deceased has had charge of the affairs, and will remain until the estate if fully settled.






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Cassus D. Perrine, a prominent resident of Gratiot county for over 60 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Neva NESEN, on South Maple street, Monday after two weeks illness.

Mr. Perrine was born at Rives Junction, September 17, 1860, and moved with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Reuben Perrine, to St. Louis in 1869, where Mr. Perrine was justice of the peace for a number of years and Cassus attended the St. Louis school.

He was married in 1883 to Leota WOOD of St. Louis and went to live on a farm in Pine River township, four miles northwest of St. Louis, where they made their home ever since and celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last October.

Mr. Perrine was a member, deacon and trustee of the Coe Christian church for 50 years. He was also a member of the trustee board of the Rock Lake Christian assembly.

He is survived by the widow, one daughter, Mrs. Neva Nesen of St. Louis; one son, Vern Perrine of Ithaca, and four grandchildren.

The funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon at the home. The Rev. Daniel Perrine of Lansing, a cousin, will officiate and burial will be in the Coe cemetery. Six cousins of the Perrine family will act as pallbearers.





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SHEPHERD, Jan. 17 - Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Shepherd Monday afternoon for Emery R. Stacy, 74, who for 18 years was superintendent of the Isabella county infirmary. He died in a hospital in Alma where he was taken last week and submitted to an emergency operation in which one leg was amputated.

The last few years of an active life were spent by Mr. Stacy on a farm three miles west of Shepherd in Lincoln township. Born in Mahoning county, Pa., he was one of 13 children, of whom only his sister, Mrs. Alice WERNER of Maumee, Ohio survives.

The earlier years of his life were spent in and near Bowling Green, Ohio, where his parents settled on a farm. He was married to Ida M. CARRICK December 7, 1895, and in 1903 they came to Isabella county and settled on a Chippewa township farm. Six years later they assumed the duties of keeper and matron at the Isabella infirmary. After 18 years there they moved to the farm in Lincoln.

With Mr. Stacy’s widow, there survive two children, Walter Stacy of Lansing and Mrs. Fred SHATTUCK of Chippewa township; also a son, Earl Bert Stacy by a former marriage, and four grandchildren.





March 1933


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

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

Those attending the funeral from Shepherd were: Mr. & Mrs. Ed. CLARK, Miss Dorothy JONES, Mr. & Mrs. Don DuBOIS and daughter, Donna, Mr. & Mrs. Milo RICHMOND, Mr. & Mrs. Walter O’CONNER, Mr. & Mrs. Roderick O’CONNER, Mrs. Addie FULLER and Mrs. Retha RIESS. Mr. & Mrs. Dan RUMBERGER from Alma were also present.





October 1932


Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon from the Shepherd church of Christ for Mrs. William Thomas, 78, who had lived in this village and vicinity for more than 70 years. Her death late Friday night followed an operation for cancer of the stomach in a Bay City hospital last August.

Her husband, 85 years old and also an old resident of this locality, is gradually sinking following a stroke suffered several weeks ago.

Mary WAY THOMAS was born in Ohio and came her with her parents as an infant. She was first married to Thomas ANKROM in 1907 and after his death was wedded to Mr. Thomas Thanksgiving Day of 1929. She is survived by one sister, Miss Sarah WAY of Ithaca and two brothers, John WAY of Detroit and Harry WAY of Ithaca .

Interment will be made in Salt River cemetery.





November 1936


SHEPHERD, Nov. 7 __Edna Irene, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James STRUTHERS was born in Coe township, Isabella county, September 17, 1892 and died at the Carney-Wilcox hospital in Alma November 2, at the age of 44 years, 1 month and 16 days.

She was united in marriage to Karl GIRVEN August 14, 1912. She spent her entire life in and near Shepherd with the exception of eight years spent in Lansing.

To this union 11 children were born, three infant daughters and an infant son preceding their mother in death. Surviving are the husband, Karl; six daugthers, Mrs. Edward BARTZ of Lansing, Mrs. Wesley SWITZER of Shepherd, Ruth of Alma and Helen, Norma, and Marcia at home and one son, Karl, Jr., also at home. She is also survived by the aged mother, Mrs. James STRUTHERS; one grandson; three sisters, Mrs. W. C. MYERS of Shepherd, Mrs. W. H. HUTCHINSON of Forest Hill, and Mrs. C. OSWALD of Pleasant Valley; two brothers, Will Struthers of Out Look, Wash., and Archie Struthers of Connell, Wash., and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held from the Hass funeral home in Shepherd Thursday afternoon and interment made in the family lot in the Salt River Cemetery.





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Donald and Russell J. Capan, aged 11 and 13, respectively, sons of Mr. & Mrs. Bert CAPEN were burned to death in a fire that destroyed their home in Clare late Sunday night. Mrs. Capen was also burned in an attempt to save the lives of her two boys. She will recover, although injured about the arms and face.

When awakened by the flames that enveloped the house, Mrs. Capen rushed upstairs to awaken the two children, but was forced back by a sheet of flame. She and her husband were sleeping downstairs with two smaller children, Ilene 3, and Glenn, 1. The Capens formerly resided in Shepherd.

The origin of the blaze has not been definitely determined.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Methodist Episcopal church, the Rev. W. W. Hurd officiating for the children.

Thirty Saginaw Boy Scouts from Camp Rotary, ten miles north of Clare, escorted the bodies, while the Clare troop of which the brothers were members, acted as pall bearers. Camp Director E. P. PRICE of Saginaw, took charge of the Scouts at the cemetery where 12 members each dropped a sprig of evergreen on the caskets as they repeated a Scout law.

Wm. PRESSER, bugler of Troop 2 at Camp Rotary, sounded taps in the distance as the caskets were lowered. Mrs. Capen, who was badly burned in a vain attempt to save her boys, was holding her own Tuesday but was unable to attend the funeral.



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