SCHNOOR, Lucile and Dorothy

Anchor Bay Voice

Two members of the New Baltimore Schnoor family died last week. Mrs. Grant S. Schnoor (Lucile) Schnoor died on Wednesday in her home on Main Street after a brief illness. She was 63. Miss Dorothy Schnoor, 76, Lucille's sister-in-law and owner of the Wm. Baker Co. store in New Baltimore, died on Thursday at Mt. Clemens General Hospital where she had been a patient several weeks.

Mrs. Grant Schnoor was born in Marine City and had been a resident of New Baltimore for 43 years. She had been a postal clerk in New Baltimore for 15 years prior to her retirement in 1970.

Services were held on Saturday at the Christie Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Norman R. Fielder of the First Congregational Church officiating. Burial was Oakwood Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. E.J. (Sally) Friday, of Miami, Fla., and Mrs. Herbert (Dorothy) Melkert, of New Baltimore; a son, Richard G. Schnoor, of Fair Haven; four sisters, Mrs. Anetta Hillis, of St Clair, Mrs. Geraldine Ebert, of Roseville, Mrs. Clara Paul, of Detroit, and Mrs. Irene Clark, of Thamesville, Ont., and three grandchildren. Two brothers, Bernard and Edward Benson are deceased.

Dorothy Schnoor, born in New Baltimore was a descendent of one of the area's oldest families. Her grandfather, Henry Christian Schnoor, was an early settler; her father, Henry Christian Schnoor, Jr., was on the New Baltimore school board 50 years, and was active in civic affairs when New Baltimore was still a village. Another son [of HCS, Sr.] opened a general store in Fair Haven where the Village Tavern stands now. Realtor Karl Schnoor, his son [of Bernard] died at the age of 84 last year.

The landmark store on Washington at Main Street was acquired by William Baker more than 100 years ago. The passing of time brought changes in the makeup of the store and its ownership. William Baker's daughter Edna married Henry Christian Schnoor, Jr. She and her sister Irene inherited the store.

Dorothy was Edna Baker Schnoor's oldest child, and she acquired her mother's interest. In the beginning the store handled general merchandise, the types that fitted the times -- grain and items that dealt mostly with farming. There was a small frame warehouse at the rear of the store that also housed a team of horses. There were less than a dozen stores up and down Washington Street at the time.

Later, about 50 years ago, the store was partitioned in half with one half for a drugstore. Ovry Bates made his start in New Baltimore there. Even at that time clothing and shoes were still a sideline for the Wm. Baker Co. store. It had become more of a grocery store.

A year after Irene Baker (Dorothy's aunt) died on November 17, 1956. Dorothy, as sole owner, closed out the groceries and began specializing in women's wear. She began making frequent trips to New York, Chicago and Detroit to keep current with the latest fashions.

The two large homes on Green and Main also figured in both the Baker and Schnoor families. The original Henry Schnoor, who was in the lumbering business and became a landowner, originally owned the home on Green Street. When he and his family moved into the mansion on Main Street, it became the Baker home.

Dorothy was born in the "big brick" on Green Street and returned there later to spend most of her lifetime with her Aunt Irene in the venerable showplace.

Dorothy had worked for the Maccabee's Insurance Co. in Port Huron* for a short period of time. During one period, when New Baltimore was without its own newspaper, she served as the correspondent in this area for a paper published in Algonac. She later wrote a column for the local paper.

In 1929 and 1930, she was treasurer of the village -- one of the first women in Michigan to be elected to public office. She was succeeded by Bill Baker, now 90, her uncle, in 1931. New Baltimore became a city shortly thereafter.

Through her brother, Chuck, a war veteran, Dorothy became a member of AmVets Post 52. But she was not much of a joiner. Like her sister-in-law, Lucille, she supported the Crippled Children's Fund. She also supported the Cancer Society and all of the local churches.

But her personal, private charities never became public knowledge. When local folks were down on their luck, she and Irene saw to it that the children got food. Dorothy outfitted the incoming residents when Anchor Bay South, a home for slightly handicapped adult women in New Baltimore, opened.

Rev. Fielder, who officiated at her service in the Gendernalik Funeral Home on Monday night said, "She did so many things quietly to help others? She had a quiet dignity that commanded respect of all those who knew her."

Miss Schnoor served on the commission that drew up a new charter for the City of New Baltimore in recent years.

She graduated from Hatheway Institute, and was a member of the girls championship state basketball team, a year that New Baltimore schools made history. She was a lifetime supporter of better education for the community.

She Was a notary public for a long period of years. She was also the confidante of many who came to her store with their woes. But she didn't repeat the stories.

On the lighter side, she and Irene liked to "chase fires." It was in an era when matters of this kind were important.

Dorothy is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Margaret (Betty) Thomason, of Wyandotte, and Mrs. A. B. Ogle, of Detroit; three brothers, Roland of Mallorca, Spain, and Charles W. and Grant S. of New Baltimore, three nieces, and three nephews.

Burial was in the family plot in Oakwood Cemetery.

Submitted by David Thomason