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SAUNDERS, JOHN M.: ( The Courier & Republican (Coldwater), Friday 10 February 1899)  John M. Saunders died at the residence of Mrs. John Young in Detroit, Thursday of last week and his body brought here Saturday for burial in Oak Grove Cemetery beside his wife who died 30 years ago.  The deceased was 87 years old and had not been sick previous to his death. He had arisen in the morning and partly dressed himself and died while sitting in his chair, apparently without pain or a struggle.  Mr. Saunders was born in Lewis County, New York, August 20, 1812 and came to Michigan in 1855 and resided in this city and county until about ten years ago when he made his home with his children. First in Chicago then in Detroit. He married Almira REYNOLDS when they both resided in Lewis county. He was a street commisioner for many years.  He was a quiet unassuming man but he had the confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens by his uprightness of character and explemplary good habits. Rev. H. P. Collin held short services at the grave. Mr. John Young accompanied the body from Detroit to here. The deceased is survived by one daughter, Mrs. John YOUNG and a nephew Mr. R. M. Saunders of this city.
SAUNDERS, NELSON H.: (Coldwater: The Courier, Saturday 27 June 1885)  Nelson H. Saunders died at his residence in Batavia Township about 2:00 o'clock last Wednesday morning after a long illness, and his funeral was held at his late residence yesterday morning at 10:00 o'clock. Rev. Herbert J. Cook officiated when his remains were laid to rest in Oak Grove Cemetery.  Mr. Saunders was born February 16, 1805 in Denmark, Lewis County, New York. He resided there until 1818 when he moved to Niagara County, same state. In 1827 he was married to Miss Harriet M. Reynolds who died about two years ago. In 1855 they came to this city and resided here until 1865 when they moved onto their farm in Batavia which has since been their home.  Of seven children born to them, five are still alive: Homer F. SAUNDERS, and Mrs. Julia MUSSELMAN of Batavia; Reuben M. SAUNDERS, Mrs. Helen L. LAMPHERE and Mrs. Josephene F. JACKSON of this city.  He was an upright member of the Episcopal Church, was a kind, sympathetic and accommodating neighbor; a loving husband and father and an excellent citizen. What more need be said.
SIMMONS, CHESTER DEAN: (Died July 21, 1976, Marble Lake, Quincy) Chester D. Simmons, 73, of Quincy Route 2, Branch county resident for many years, died suddenly at 5 a.m. Wednesday at his home at 6053 Marble Lake. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Putnam funeral home. Mr. Simmons was born Sept. 30, 1902 in Kendallville, Ind., the son of George and Loressa (Howard) Simmons. He married Roa Bolley Feb. 24, 1929 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He came to the Coldwater area from Bronson in 1940 and had lived at Marble Lake the past 11 years. He was retired from the Maintenance Department at Coldwater State Home and Training School. He was a member of Tyre Lodge No. 18, F&AM. Survivors include his wife, Roa; one son, Robert N. Simmons of East Lansing; a brother, Howard of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; two sisters Leilia Fitzgerald of Chicago and Dorothy Koder of Tampa, Fl.; eight grandchildren, one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. One daughter, Shirley Fuller, died in 1970 in Denver.  (permission obtained from the author:  Robert Simmons)
SIMMONS, LORESSA HOWARD: (Coldwater Daily Reporter, Nov. 28, 1966) Mrs. Loressa Simmons, 98, of Marble Lake, widow of George Simmons and a Branch county resident the past ten years, died at 2:50 p.m. Sunday at the Health Center following a month's illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hite funeral home in Kendallville, Ind., with the Rev. Marion Shroyer of Columbia City, Ind., in charge. Burial will be in Rosehill cemetery in Albion, Ind. The body was transferred from the Putnam funeral home to Kendallville Sunday evening. Mrs. Simmons was born April 5, 1868 in Bellville, Ohio, the daughter of Charles and Matilda (Butterbaugh) Howard. She married Mr. Simmons in 1896 in Albion, Ind., and he died in November of 1930. She lived in Kendallville for 50 years before moving to this area in 1956 to make her home with a son, Chester D. Simmons of Marble Lake. Survivors include another son, Howard M. Simmons of Westville, Ind.; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Koder of Tampa, Fla., and Mrs. Lelia Fitzgerald of Chicago, Ill.; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  (permission obtained from the author:  Robert Simmons)
SIMMONS, ROA L.:  (Coldwater Daily Reporter, January 17, 2004)  Roa L. Simmons, age 94, passed away peacefully on Jan. 14, 2004 in Coldwater.  She was born in LaGrange County, Ind. on Sept. 24, 1909 to Jacob and Stella Bolley.  She was married to Chester Simmons who preceded her in death.  She enjoyed many years living in Coldwater and Marble Lake.  After the death of her husband, she lived in the Englewood residence and for the last five years in the Childers residence on Washigton Street where she received excellent care.  She worked most of her younger years and last worked as an attendant at the Coldwater State Home.  Survivors include her son, Robert and Nancy Simmons of Albuquerque, N.M., eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester; daughter Shirley and seven brothers and sisters.  She was a graduate of Mongo, Ind. High School where she was the class treasurer and played on the girls basketball team.  After graduation she attended the Henry Ford School of Nursing for one year.  She was a member of a canasta card group of women for over 50 years and cherished her close friends.  She will be missed by her friends and all of her extended family.  Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 19, 2004 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Putnam Funeral Home, Coldwater.  Services are scheduled for Monday, Jan. 19, 2004 at 11 a.m. Putnam with Dr. James Troust, Presbyterian Church, Coldwater officiating.  Burial will be at the Lakeview Cemetery, Quincy.  (permission obtained from the author:  Robert Simmons)
SMALLEY, MARY W.:  (Coldwater Courier, 28 May 1887)   Mrs. Mary W. SMALLEY, a brief notice of whose death was published in THE COURIER last week, was born in the year 1813 at Piermont, Vt., and resided there until 1825, when she in company with her parents removed to Honeoye Falls, N.Y. Her maiden name was Mary W. LOWELL. In the year 1840 she was united in marriage to Mr. David B. SMALLEY and continued to reside at Honeoye Falls until 1844, when they left kind parents and many dear friends and associates and came to the then wilderness of Michigan, settling near Union City, in this county. Like many a pioneer her life was not without its trials and struggles, but she was ever ready to meet them without a murmur. Mr. SMALLEY died in 1854, and since then she has lived a greater portion of the time with her son William and his family, who have ever done all in their power to make life pleasant to her. Mrs. SMALLEY died at half-past 10 o'clock Friday evening, May 20, after ten weeks of intense suffering from a abscess in the side. She was ever calm and peaceful during her illness, and met death as a welcome messenger. She united with the Baptist Church in the year 1833, and has always lived a consistent and upright Christian life. The family remaining consists of three sons (two married and living in this city) and one daughter, Mrs. A.J. APGAR, who lives in Grand Rapids. The funeral took place at 1 o'clock last Sunday, the Rev. J.P. PHILLIPS conducting the services.
SMALLEY, WILLIAM J.:  (Coldwater Daily Reporter, 24 Feb 1924)  W.J. SMALLEY CALLED BY DEATH LATE SATURDAY / Was Former Business Man of Coldwater and Veteran of the Civil War.  William J. SMALLEY died at his home, 48 Division street, at 11:55 Saturday night. His death coming after an illness of 7 weeks. His health began to fail in June of last year. He regained it until seven weeks ago, when he was stricken with pneumonia. He was 78 years old.
He was born in Eckford township, Calhoun County, Mich., March 31st, 1845. He has been a resident of this vicinity for 45 years. At one time he was engaged in the farming implement business, under the firm name of WALSWORTH and SMALLEY. The place of business being on the premises now occupied by Roy J. SHATTUCK's funeral home. After the firm dissolved partnership, Mr. SMALLEY traveled on the road for a number of years, selling implements.  He was a veteran of the Civil War, being affiliated with the 28th Michigan Infantry, under the command of Capt. PURINTON of this city. He was a member of the local G.A.R. Post and he took much interest in its welfare.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ida GREEN FOX SMALLEY, and by one son, Louis S. SMALLEY, by a former marriage, who resides in Detroit. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Martha APGAR, of Portland, Me., and one brother, George SMALLEY of Lansing.
Funeral services will be held from the residence Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. W.L. SHARP of the Baptist church, with which he was affiliated, being in charge. Burial will take place in Oak Grove cemetery.
SMITH, CAROLINE L.: (Coldwater Daily Reporter, Coldwater, Branch Co., Michigan, August 27, 1932)  [Note: Caroline L. Smith was the daughter of Henry and Hannah (Underhill) Taylor.]   Mrs. Caroline T. [L.] Smith Dies at Home Today - Coldwater Nonogenerian Succumbs to Seven Month's Illness. Mrs. Caroline Smith, 98, during whose lifetime thirty presidents held office and twenty-four of the present forty-eight states were admitted to the Union, died at noon today at her home here, 90 South Monroe street.  She had been ill since last January, the same month in which she observed the 98th anniversary of her birth.
Mrs. Smith is survived by an adopted daughter, Mrs. Emma Smith [Mix]; a grandson, E.P. Mix, and three grandchildren, Doris, Robert and Marjorie Mix, all of Coldwater. She was the last member of her own family. Her husband, Timothy P. Smith, died in 1887.  Born January 27, 1834, in Lee, Oneida county, N.Y., during Andrew Jackson's term as President, Mrs. Smith spent the first 12 years of her life in the place of her nativity. In 1846, with her parents, she moved to New London, Ohio.  Mrs. Smith came to Coldwater and vicinity about 81 years ago. For many years she was an active member of the Church of Christ, and retained membership and interest in that church until her death.  On the 98th anniversary of her birth, last January, Mrs. Smith was hostess to twenty-eight close friends. During the day she was showered with cards and greetings from her countless other friends and acquaintances in Coldwater, Quincy and vicinity.  Family members said shortly after noon that funeral arrangements, which were left in charge of the McConkey Funeral Home, had not been made. It is understood that the rites will not be held before Tuesday, however.
SMITH, TIMOTHY P.:  (The Courier, Coldwater, Branch Co., Michigan, April 30, 1887)  Timothy P. Smith, who died Monday, April 25, of cancer of the stomach, aged 60 years. He was born in Morrow county, O., and at the age of 25 years was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Taylor, who survives him, together with an adopted daughter. At an early age he joined the Baptist church, from which he withdrew in 1862, uniting with the Christian church. About a year ago his health began to fail him, and for the past six months his sufferings were intense, but he bore them with a christian fortitude, caring most for the loved ones left behind. His life was full of good works, his ways were unassuming, and his friends were numerous. His funeral was held Wednesday and his remains were taken to his old home, Quincy, for burial.
SWAN, ELIZABETH R. (CALKINS):  (Died March 16, 1895)  Mrs. Geo. B. Swan died at her home near Hodunk, of consumption, last Wednesday morning. Her maiden name was Elizabeth R. Calkins. She was born July 26th, 1842, in Allen Co., Ind., and was married in Union City, Mich., Jan. 6th, 1859, to Geo. B. Swan. The young couple took up their residence at the commencement of their married life, in Allegan county, this state, when that county was almost a wilderness. They removed to Branch county in February 1864, and have made their home here ever since. Nine children were born to them. Her husband and three children survive her. Interment was made in the Girard Cemetery.
SWAN, GEORGE:  George Swan's Remains Were Taken to Coldwater.  Lived in the city about six years ago.  J. S. Houts, whose home if at Petoskey, left this city this morning having spent several days here, enroute to his home in Petoskey, after having taken the remains of George Swan, formerly of this city, where he lived until the death of Mrs. Swan, about six years ago, since which time he has lived in Petoskey, where he died very suddenly Friday, Feb. 21, from a stroke of paralysis.  He was past seventy seven years of age at the time of his death. (1913)
SWAN, NELLIE B.:  (Nov. 22, 1900)  Nellie B. Swan, youngest daughter of George Swan of Hodunk died Thursday, Nov. 15, aged 18 years, 3 months 7 days.  Nellie was of light heart and sunny diposition, winning friends wherever she went.  She bore her suffering patiently and at the end passed away peacefully.  She leaves a father, step-mother, sister and a host of friends to mourn her death.  The funeral was held at the house Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Gosling officiating, interment in East Girard Cemetery.  Mr. Geo. Swan and family wish to extend their sincere thanks to all who so kindly assisted at the funeral and burial of their daughter Nellie.