Myrtie Moore Smith's Scrapbook
Pam Davis has graciously agreed
to share the contents of her Grandmother's scrapbook with us. There is
a lot of information on Casnovia Township and its other residents to be
found here. You may find a reference to your own family, and if not still
gain knowledge of what life was like in the area for our ancestors. If
you find a link to one of Pam's relatives, or just want to thank her for
sharing, you can email her here-Pam Davis.
You can find more information on
Pam's family here.
Most of the clippings in the scrapbook do not include
dates or reference what paper they had appeared in. They are still interesting
and include information about the area in which they lived as well as the
residents of the area.
E. F. Smith's Grocery
Edwin F. Smith
Proprietor of the Popular Little Grocery on the Corner
E. F. Smith learned the carpenter's trade
in Ohio when a young man, and worked at carpentering and painting for a
number of years. He also was elected in several important offices in Ohio,
among them being supervisor, deputy sheriff and township trustee, an office
which somewhat resembles our township road commissioner. He enlisted in
1863 and served until the close of the war.
Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Smith and family came to Michigan
from Ohio in 1881 and settled on a farm a mile south and a mile west of
Casnovia. Here the family remained for seventeen years. Mr. Smith doing
general farming and gardening. In 1898 Mr. and Mrs. Smith sold their farm
and moved to Casnovia, purchasing four lots on the east side of Main street.
For a time Mr. Smith busied himself with gardening on the three vacant
lots, but four years ago he commenced making cement walk. This work kept
him busy a good share of the three summers and it is noted that last season
he laid < unreadable>. This summer, owing to health he has done but
little in this line, though his services have been much in demand. He has
recently commenced a piece of work which everyone will appreciate, namely
the laying of a fine cement walk along Main street in front of his store
and vacant lots, at a big expense to himself.
Two years ago Mr. and Mrs. Smith opened a little
store in the front part of their residence. They handle groceries of all
sorts, and have a nice business.
Edwin F. Smith was born in Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, May
31, 1842, departed this life Feb. 4, 1909, aged 66 years, 8 months and
3 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Jemema Bowman April 8, 1869.
To this union three children were born: Miss Minta Rogers, Frank B. and
Floyd G. Smith, all of whom are still living. For about 30 years he has
been a professional follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and about 8 years
a member of the F. B. church. With the trials and disappointments of this
life he is done. The harvest time is ended and the victory won. He, like
us, may have had his faults- who has not? But may we so live that we may
hear "Well done." He leaves to mourn their loss, a loving wife, a faithful
daughter, two sons, a brother and half brother, two half sisters, two of
whom were present at the funeral. Besides a host of friends, not least
to them were the members of the I. O. O. F. N0. 349, of this place, and
Comrades of the G. A. R. May he who holds the sea in the hollow of His
hand guides us all into that Upper Lodge Room and may we be able to give
the signs, grips and tokens that will entitle us to a seat among the aristocracy
of Heaven, with Christ himself our Chief Commander.
The funeral services were held Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
at the Free Baptist church, conducted by Rev. H. Docktim of Kent City,
assisted by Rev. Amos Rexford, and the church was filled with sorrowing
friends. The remains were laid to rest in Idlewild, the burial service
of the I. O. O. F. being used.
Card of Thanks (below the above obit)
We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those
who so kindly assisted us in our sad bereavement and also the Odd Fellows
and Lady Maccabees for the beautiful floral tributes and the choir for
the sweet songs.
Mrs. E. F. Smith and Family.
Mr. Basil F. Thompson
4190 Mt. Garfield Rd.
Fruitport Twp., MI
Mr. Basil F. Thompson, age 87, died Thursday
morning at a local nursing home following a long illness. He was born May
13, 1894 in Kempton, Indiana, coming to Muskegon after the war. He married
the former Vivian E. Speed in Muskegon, August 18, 1923; who preceded him
in death, September 20, 1965. He was past member of the Hts. V.F.W. and
served in W.W.I with the U.S. Army. Before retiring Mr. Thompson was employed
for Central Paper Co. for 20 years and later for the Norge Corp. for 11
years. He is survived by a son, Arthur F. of Muskegon, 1 brother Cleo of
Muskegon, also 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. The graveside
Service for Mr. Thompson will be held at the Sunrise Memorial Gardens Cemetery
Saturday, 11:00 a.m., Rev. Jim Morse Officiating. There will be no visitation.
Recalls Bygone Motoring Days
Will Bring Greetings From Sparta in Transportation Day Centennial
The old Stanley steam car with its steam
whistle, which attracted special attention of the throngs along the parade
route, Saturday, the only remaining steam vehicle licensed to use Michigan
highways and to be seen again as a feature of the Transportation and Automotive
Day parade, Tuesday at 11 a. m., hails from an almost forgotten epoch in
transportation when Muskegon, from the motor angle, was an isolated town.
George W. Bettes, Sparta funeral director who takes
great pride in his souvenir car, recalls how difficult it was to travel
only a few years ago. In 1900 as an automobile salesman in Grand Rapids,
it fell to him to deliver a single cylinder Cadillac from the Grand Rapids
sales office to George Chartier, a lumberman, at Ludington, and the rip
was anything but a picnic, he says.
"It took 21/2 days to drive through, whereas now
we drive it in only two hours. It took us a whole day to reach Muskegon
over the sand roads, and we stayed at the Occidental hotel that night.
The road from Muskegon to Ludington was even worse- being virtually a sand
trail except through the villages. Every time we met a horse or team, there
would be a commotion as most of them had never seen an automobile before,"
The steam car Mr. Bettes drives is 24 years old
and was made at Newton, Mass. It is powered from a boiler which generates
steam at 600 pounds per square inch pressure, will travel from 12 to 14
miles to the gallon of kerosene, and will still do 60 miles an hour. Of
narrower gauge than today's cars, the vehicle also looks queer because
of its 34 by 41/2 inch tires of the high pressure type requiring from 60
to 70 pounds. The car still has its original Japan finish and has plenty
of lustre remaining. It has been driven about 4,000 miles.
In the parade tomorrow, the old steam car will feature
the Sparta Chamber of Commerce congratulating Muskegon on its first 100
Mrs. Elmira Bull Dies at Casnovia
Casnovia, March 16, - Mrs. Elmira Bull, 81,
lifelong resident of this community, died Friday at the home of a daughter,
Mrs. Pearl Muma. She was the widow of George Bull, who died in 1893.
Surviving are two other daughters, Mrs. John Bolt
and Mrs. Orville Vaughn of Casnovia township; a son, Elgy of Sparta; a
sisiter, Mrs. R. Zuefelt of Grant, and a brother, Wallace Beery in Canada.
Burial will be in Seaman cemetery west of Bailey.
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