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CALKINS, BELINDA: (The Weekly Courier, March 24, 1894) Mrs. Charles K. Calkins died in this city (Coldwater, Mich.) about 3 o'clock last Saturday afternoon, after a long illness, her funeral being attended Monday morning and her remains taken to west Girard for interment. Miss Belinda Laughlin was born in Milan, O., Sept. 16, 1816, where she was married in 1836 to Mr. Calkins. Five years later they moved to Ft. Wayne, where they resided 18 years, then went to Diamond Springs, Allegan Co., Mich., where Mr. C. kept a hotel ten years. In 1880 they settled in Union township, this county, where Mr. Calkins died in 1882. A year ago she came to this city to reside with her youngest child, Frank E. Calkins. The mother of ten children, eight of them survive to mourn her death. All of them reside in Michigan except on daughter, Mrs. Catharine Williams, who lives in Larabee, Iowa.
CALKINS, CHARLES K.:   (Coldwater Semi-Weekly Republican, January 20, 1882) Mr. Charles Calkins, residing one mile south of Orangeville, went with his son into the woods Tuesday afternoon to assist about some wood and after working a short time complained about a slight pain in his chest and remarked that he would to up to the house and started in that direction. His son followed not long afterward and found him dead in the lane leading to the house, where he had fallen and apparently passed away without a struggle. Mr. Calkins was 72 years of age and had resided on that farm about two years.
CALKINS, CHARLES W.:  (Courier, Aug. 19, 1910) Frank Calkins received a telephone message this morning announcing that his brother, Chas. W. Calkins, had dropped dead at Scottsville, Mason county. In company with his wife he went there a few days ago on a visit. No particulars have been received but it is thought that he suffered another stoke of paralysis having received his first stroke three years ago. He was a man of 60 years of age and had lived in Branch county a long time. His home was on a farm near Hodunk. Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, E.F. of Hodunk and Fred of Sherwood.
CALKINS, ELIZEBETH:  (Coldwater Daily Reporter, June 11, 1949, front page) DEATH CLAIMS OLD RESIDENT - Elizabeth Calkins died Friday at 89 - Mrs. Elizabeth H. Calkins, 89, died Friday afternoon about 4 o'clock, at her home, 193 Marshal, following an illness of four weeks. Funeral service arrangements will be announced Monday through the McConkey-Putman funeral home. Dr. William W. Slee will have charge and burial will be at Oak Grove cemetery. Surviving relatives are three granddaughters, Mrs. John C. Jackson, Arlington, California, Mrs. John R. Good, Los Angeles, California, and Mrs. Robert B. Kerr, Coldwater, and a grandson, John E. Fuller, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ruth E. Fuller, a daughter, died 16 years ago. Mrs. Calkins was born in New York state, the daughter of Heman and Eliza Betts Weston, but made her home in Coldwater for 60 years or more. Frank Calkins, the husband, whose death occurred in February of 1929, was a merchant in Coldwater and served as a superintendent of the poor for many years. Mrs. Calkins was a member of the First Methodist Church, the Eastern Star chapter and the Columbia club.
CALKINS, FRANK: (Coldwater Daily Reporter, Feb. 26, 1929) FRANK CALKINS IN RELAPSE, DIES TODAY - Franklin Edward Calkins passed away at 4:30 this morning at his home, 193 Marshall Street. Mr. Calkins had been ill for some weeks so that he was unable to be at his office at the court house, but had sufficiently recovered to be back again for a few hours each day the early part of last week. However, at midnight last night he was taken violently ill. A physician was immediately called and every effort possible made but to no avail. Franklin Edward Calkins was born near Ft. Wayne, Indiana, June 14, 1857, the youngest of ten children of Charles and Belinda Calkins. He came to Coldwater when a young man and engaged in the grocery business soon becoming known as a dependable and highly respectad citizen. He was honored with public offices, by his fellow citizens and served as a supervisor for eleven years, and for the past five years has been county superintendent of the poor. He was a Mason, member of the Eastern Star, and since boyhood had been a faithful and conscientious member of the Methodist church. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Branch County Savings Bank. Besides the widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Calkins, he leaves one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Fuller, of Orlando, Florida. Of the original family of ten only two sisters survive. They are Mrs. Emily Smith, now past 90 year of age, of Portland, Oregon, and Mrs. Lois Baker, of Hopkins, Michigan. There are also four grandchildren, besides several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends who will deeply regret his passing. Funeral services will not be definitely arranged until the arrival of his daughter, Mrs. Ruth Fuller, of Orlando, Florida, who is now on her way here. Further announcements will appear in this paper at a later date.
CLARK, MILO: (Coldwater Republican January 9, 1885)   "We are sorry to announce the death of another of our best and most public spirited citizens. Mr. Milo Clark died at his residence on West Chicago Street at about 10 o'clock Tuesday evening of hemorrage of the lungs, from which he had suffered several times within the past tow years. He had been at the concert of Mrs. Whittaker's music class during the evening workin the scenery an was apparently feeling well. Just at the close of the concert, as he had one of the little children in his arms, he said, "I feel as though I am going to have a bleeding spell"; and at once the blood began to flow. Friends were at hand and he was instantly taken from the building his heart fairly pumping the blood out of him at every step, spattering the floor of the opers house and leaving traces of his course all the way across the street to his house. He was placed upon a couch and within a few ninutes he was gone, his life fading away without pain. Mr. Clark was 63 years old and was one of the pioneers of this county. He came here with his father in the winter of 1836-37. After living here a few years he went east to attend a medical college. After receiving his diploma, he settled in Antwerp, Ohio, where he practiced medicine for several years, but gave up practice on account of poor health and returned to this village where he has since lived and gained many warm friends. The funeral will be held at the Opera House on Friday at two o'clock p.m. where Mr. Clark has spent most of his time for the last six months and has just completed a building, that will be an honor to him and of which the people of this village can justly feel proud. His loss will be much felt in this community. Mr. Clark was a member of the Masonic Fraternity, and belonged to the Order of Knights Templar."
CLARK, RUEL D.: (Quincy Herald, May 12, 1922 page 4)   Ruel D. Clark was born eighty-three years ago near Fremont, Steuben Co, Indiana, when very young was brought to Algansee, Branch County where the greater part of his life was spent. He departed this life, May 2, 1922 at his home in Quincy, leaving besides the wife, three children, Mrs. W.H. Bray, Leon, Mrs. B.H. Thompson, one sister and one brother and numerous other relatives and friends.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. I.T. Weldon on May 5 at the home. Burial at Fisher.
CLARK, VIOLA R.: (The Quincy Herald)  Services Are Held For Aged Quincy Resident - 3 October 1843 - 12 April 1934.  Funeral services for Mrs. Viola R. Clark, aged 90 years, six months and eight days, were held Saturday afternoon from the Rawson & Brockway funeral home. Rev. L. George Beacock of the M. E. Church officiated. Burial was made at Fisher Cemetery.  Mrs. Clark died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Bray on Arnold Street, Thursday morning of the infirmities of age. She had been confined to her bed, for about three weeks before her death.   Mrs. Clark with her husband and family came to Quincy about 18 years ago from Hillsdale County. her husband, Ruel D. Clark, preceded her in death 10 years ago. For the past four years, she has resided with her daughter. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Mrs. Clark was born in Otsego County, New York, the daughter of Josiah and Margaret Chase and came to Michigan with her family at the age of 12 in 1856. She was united in marriage to Ruel D. Clark, September 12, 1863.  Besides the daughter, Mrs. Bray, she is survived by one son, Leon D. Clark, of Lansing, nine grandchildren, Harvey Clark of Lansing, Loren Clark of Eaton Rapids, Gale Clark of Rochester, Michigan, Mrs. Edith Ward of Coldwater, Mrs. Earl Bickford (Bigford) of Eaton Rapids, Leon Clark Jr. of Coldwater, Miss Helen Bray of Cleveland, Ohio, Harold Thompson of Chicago and Everett Bray of Quincy and twelve great grandchildren.  Two daughters, Maggie and Jennie preceded their mother in death.
CLEVELAND, DEBORAH MARY: (Coldwater "Daily Reporter, December 26, 1914)   Deborah Mary Stone was born in South Dansville, New York, February 23, 1821, and departed this life at her home in Butler, Branch county, Michigan, December 21, 1914, at the age of 93 years, 9 months and 28 days.
She was one of a family of eleven children, all but one of whom have preceded her to the great beyond. Her early life was spent in New York, until in 1838 she came to Michigan with her father, her mother having died in 1826, and settled in Oakland county, where the next six years of her life was spent. At the age of 21 she united with the Baptist church and was a faithful member until age prevents [sic] her from attending the services that she so much enjoyed.
In 1844 she returned to New York where she was united in marriage to Benjamin Cleveland, February 12, 1845. The following June she came with her husband to Michigan, once more settling in Oakland county. In the spring of 1846 they removed to Branch county where she has since made her home. Her husband was a soldier in the Civil War and gave his life for his country at Savanah [sic], Ga., February 21, 1865.
She is survived by one sister, Mrs. John Delbridge of Vernon, Mich.; three sons, Floyd Alonzo, of Burlington, Kansas; Edward Alburtus and Ira Stowell of Butler; four grandchildren, Mrs. Joseph Cleveland and Elwyn Cleveland of Burlington, Kansas, and Elfreda and Iola Cleveland of Butler; also a great grandchild, Flora May Thurman of Kansas; besides a host of more distant relatives and friends who will miss a kind and loving counsellor and friend. Possessed of a generous disposition, she was always ready to help the needy and her home was always open to the friendless. As nurse she was truly a good samaritan to all who were sick and suffering, and much of her time was spent in kindly ministrations in that capacity. She retained her health remarkably well for one of her yeras, taking full charge of her household until a month before her death.
COLWELL, EULINE  (Branch County Democrat, October 11, 1888)  (Submitted by Pat Bailey:  Gilead - Mrs. Lester Collwell died at her home Sunday after an illness of only a week.   (Euline Colwell was the submitters great grandmother.  Her husband Leslie moved to Montcalm County with the children where her parents were living.  On February 9, 1889, Leslie and Euline's sister Emily were married in Montcalm County.)
Also in the Bronson Journal, October 12, 1888:
Mr. and Mrs. Rockwell Thomas and daughter Salina of Montcalm county are in town, called here by the sudden death of Mrs. Leslie Colwell, a married daughter of Mr. Thomas.  Mrs. Colwell was not considered dangerous until a few hours before she died.  She leaves a husband and three little girls, the youngest less than two years old.  It is a sad case, and one that appeals strongly to the sympathies of the neighbors and friends.
COOK, MARY ELIZABETH: (Lake Union Herald, January 20, 1926)  Cook--Mary Elizabeth Kidder was born at East Gilliad, Ind., Sept. 22, 1880; and died at ther home in Quincy, Mich., Nov. 29, 1925. In 1897 she was married to William Cook. To this union eight children were born, of whom seven survive. Three years ago she and her husband accepted the Adventist faith. She died in the blessed hope.
COOK, WILLIAM PERRY:  (likely the Coldwater Daily Reporter, March 27, 1908)  "Grim Death Visits Coldwater Homes"  Wm. P. Cook, one of the best known stock buyers in Branch county, died today, March 27, 1908, at his home, No. 104 Walnut St., after a long illness.  His death was a surprise to many of his friends, as it is only a few days since he was on the streets.  For many years Mr. Cook was a trusted employee of the Milnes market, and as their buyer had formed a wide acquaintance in Branch and adjoining counties.  Mr. Cook was a native of Crawford county, PA, where he was born June 29, 1841.  When four years of age he came to Butler township with his parents and at the age of eight years became a resident of Coldwater.  March, 20, 1867 he was married to Colista Olmstead, of Bethel, who survives him with three of their four children:  Mrs. Carl Purdy of Jamestown, NY; Mrs. James Rouse of Detroit; and Mrs. Louis Buffum of Batavia.  Mr. Cook was a soldier in the civil war and served for four years with the 19th Michigan Infantry.  (Submitted by:  Darlene Engle,
CRAWFORD, EMELINE:  (The Coldwater Courier, Mon., Feb. 25, 1907)   Emeline Crawford died of old age yesterday at the home of her son, E. F. Crawford, No. 29 Elizabeth Street. The funeral will be held tomorrow and the remains will be taken to Batavia Township for burial. She was 95 years old.
CRAWFORD, EMOGENE: (The Coldwater Daily Reporter, Thur., Oct. 25, 1923)  E. F. Crawford dead at age of 63 years.  Mrs Emogene Crawford, wife of E. F. Crawford died at her home, 29 Elizabeth Street at 8:00p.m. at the age of 63. She had been ill for some time.  She is survived by her husband and two sons, Grant of this city and Claude of Santa Barbara, California.  Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. H. W. Jerrett, Saturday morning at 10:00 o'clock from the home. Burial will be made in the Girard Cemetery.