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Kronner, Michael

The Grim Reaper is Thinning Out the Ranks of the Pioneers

Michael Kronner, one of the pioneers of Columbus township, died at his late home in that township on the night of Thursday, July 28, aged 73 years. The immediate cause of his death was stomach trouble. Mr. Kronner was born near Landshut, Bavaria, June 24, 1825, where his boyhood days were spent in herding sheep in summer and attending school in winter, until he as 12 years of age. At the age of 15 he went to work as an apprentice in a flouring mill, and so thoroughtly did he apply himself to his chosen calling that in 1843 he took charge, as head miller, of a mill near Vienna, Austria, having 24 run of stone which for those days was considered a mill of unusually large capacity. He held this position until he embarked for America in 1846. On arriving in this country he went to work in the mines at Altoona, Pa., Galena, Ills., and elsewhere until the summer of 1848, when he went to Mackinaw Island, where he remained three years in the employ of Toll & Canter as manager of a grocery and general supply store. In 1851 he removed with his family to Columbus township and began the task of clearing a farm and providing for his family by working in the lumber woods in winter and cearing and working his farm in summer. In 1858 he was appointed keeper of the St. Clair county poor house, where he remained six years. He then removed to his farm in Columbus, which he occupied up to the time of his death. Mr. Kronner had held the office of treasurer of his township for two terms and had been highway commissioner for several years. In 1849 Mr. Kronner was married to Agnes Steinager, of Mackinaw, who died in the fall of 1859 leaving a family of four small children. In 1861 he was again married, this time to Elizabeth Grant, of Mt. Clemens, who died April 14, 1897. He leaves a family of six children, Edward and William, of Utah; Michael D., of Imlay City, and Henry, Andrew and Frank, who are still living in Columbus. Funeral services were held at St. Phillip's Church, Columbus, of which church deceased was a devout member on Saturday at 10 o'clock, Rev. Fr. Kilroy officiating."

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