VAN BUREN CO.
OBITUARIES


The Hartford Day Spring
Wednesday, March 4, 1914

Obituary

Warren H. Cory

Warren H. Cory was born in Springfield, Otsego county, New York, September 11,1840; died at
his home in Lawrence, February 16,1914.

He came with his parents to Silver Creek, Cass county, Mich. in 1851.  On February 25, 1863, he
was married to Catherne E. Eagen, who preceeded him to the better land.  To this union two
children were born, Frank, of Corwin, and Carrie Long, of Lawrence, who were with him during his
closing hours.

In the year 1876 he came with his family to Lawrence and settled on the farm where he has since
lived.  He united with the M.E. church in Silver Creek in his boyhood days and has held many official
positions.  Surely we can say a good neighbor, a kind friend, a loving father and a true Christian has
departed.

He leaves to mourn his loss not only his two children but a grandson, Hugh L. Cory, and a host of
friends.

Submitted by Rose Casselman-Hiatt - casselman@cbpu.com



The Hartford Day Spring
Hartford, Michigan, Wednesday, January 28,1914

Susan A. Elder

Mrs. Susan A. Elder was born at Meadville,Pa., May 28, 1853, and died in Hartford Mich., Jan.
21,1914, at the age of 60 years,7months and 24 days.

Her maiden name was Susan Espy and she was married to D.C. Green, at Galien, Mich., in 1870.
To this union two children were born and survive, Mrs. Alma Lawson and N.E. Green of Kansas.
Mr. Green died in 1884 and his wife was married to Robert Elder, at Wichita, Kansas, April
21,1886.  Two children were born to them and one of these, Mrs. Mary English, of New Troy,
Mich., survives her mother.

Besides her husband she also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Mary Corwin of Niles,Mich., and Mrs. Helen
Kaley of Freeport, Kansas, and two brothers, John Espy of Niles, and D.A. Espy of Vandalia,
Mich.

Mr. and Mrs.  Elder moved here and settled on the Parks farm, three years ago, and during that time
she had made many friends here.  She united with the Church of Christ in Hartford, May 21, 1911,
having been a Christian for more than 25 years.  She lived and died in the hope that is in Christ
Jesus.

Funeral services were conducted at the home, Friday,Jan. 23,at 3 o'clock, Rev. James A. Brown
officiating.  Saturday the body was taken to Galien for burial.

CARD OF THANKS
We desire to heartily thank the friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted and sympathized with us
in our bereavement and especially those who so tenderly cared for  Mrs. Elder in her sickness.
                                            Robert Elder,
                                            Mr. and Mrs. Gerald English,
                                            Mrs. A. Lawson,
                                            Mrs. Mary Miller,
                                            Mrs. T.J. Kaley,
                                            Mrs. J. K. Stickel,
                                            Mrs. Mary Corwin,
                                            N.E. Green.

Submitted by Rose Casselman-Hiatt - casselman@cbpu.com



The Hartford Day Spring
Hartford, Michigan, Wednesday, January 14,1914

Mrs. Don Barden

Miss Halo Woodward was born in Hartford, Michigan December 29,1890, and died in her home in
Watervliet, Wednesday, January 7,1914 being twenty years and nine days old.

She was married to Don Bardon, of Watervliet, April 10,1910.  From this happy union one little boy
was born, Donald, whom this affliction leaves motherless.  She leaves a father, a mother, two
brothers, three sisters, the little son Donald, and an affectionate and devoted husband, to mourn their
loss.

She united with the Congregational church at Benton Harbor, a number of years ago, and never
entirely gave up her faith, as was evidenced by her grasp upon Jesus when she realized that death
was near.  She seemed to delight to sing Gospel hyms, and only a few minutes before she passed
away she used her little strength in singing , "We Are Going Home."

Although during her short illness she suffered great pain, the pain ceased toward the last and she
passed quietly and peacefully away with a smile upon her lips.

The funeral services were held at the Congregational  church in Watervliet, conducted by Rev. F.L.
Niles.  That she was held in high esteem was evidenced by the very large congregation of
sympathising friends who attended the services.  The interment was in the cemetery near that village.

Submitted by Rose Casselman-Hiatt - casselman@cbpu.com



 The Hartford Day Spring
Hartford, Michigan, February 4,1914

Morris Castleman

Morris Castleman was born in New York state in 1848, and died at Watervliet, Mich. January 27,
1914.

He came to Michigan at an early date and settled near the town where he died.  In 1868 he was
married to Mary Smith and four children were given them.  The widow and three children, Morris
Castleman Jr., Mrs. James Tuttle and Mrs. John Smith, as well as grandchildren and many other
friends mourn his departure.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist church last Thursday, Rev. D. C. Henshaw officatiating,
and interment took place at maple Hill.

Submitted by Rose Casselman-Hiatt - casselman@cbpu.com




The Hartford Day Spring
Hartford, Michigan, Wednesday, February 4,1914

Harley George, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Zell Carroll , was born April 11, 1913 , in Hartford
,Mich., and died in the Butterworth hospital at Grand Rapids, Mich. January 29, 1914.  His sickness
was of short duration.  He leaves to mourn his loss a father, mother, two grandmothers, two
grandfathers and a number of other ralatives and friends.   Little Harley was an affectionate child and
will be greatly missed in his home by all that new him.  He was nine months and eighteen days of
age.  The funeral was conducted by Rev. J. H. Brown at the home of the grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. George Hinkle, last Saturday with interment in the Lawrence cemetery.

CARD OF THANKS

We desire to heartily thank the friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted  and sympathized with
us in the loss  of our little Harley, and also the Friendly Neighbors for their floral offerings.
                         Mr. and Mrs. Zell  Carrol,
                         Mr. and Mrs. George Hinkle,
                         Mr. and Mrs. J. H. St John.

Submitted by Rose Casselman-Hiatt - casselman@cbpu.com



BERT GARRETT, Well Known Farmer, Was Buried Monday -
    After an illness of several months Bert Garrett, aged 58, a well known Hartford farmer and a
resident here for the past 25 years, died Friday morning [January 6, 1933] at his home on Shepard
street. Funeral rites for him were held at the Zuver & Calvin chapel Monday afternoon, Rev. Fr. J.
F. Murphy officiating and interment was at Maple Hill. Mr. Garrett is survived by his widow,
formerly Miss Mary Donovan of Hartford, and two daughter, Mrs. George Bailey, Jr., and Miss
Treva Garrett, a professional nurse who cared for her father during his illness. He also leaves three
brothers, Frank Garrett of Bangor, Elmer Garrett of Battle Creek and Ervine Garrett of Gobles, and
two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Westcott of McDonald and Mrs. Mabel Root of Hartford, Mrs. Root has
also been critically ill at her home on Mary street. Another sister, Mrs. Minnie Yates, died at her
home on November 27. He also leaves two granddaughters and several nieces and nephews. Mr.
Garrett possessed a wide acquaintance in the community and many friends are saddened by his long
illness and death.

Submited by Patricia McIntyre
pmcintyre@worldnet.att.net



Bangor Advance; April 18, 1913
MRS. MARY M. MOULTON

Mrs. Mary M. Moulton, widow of the late R. C. Moulton, died at the home of  her daughter, Mrs. D. J. Lewis in Bangor Village Saturday, May 12, 1913  {**should read April} ate the age of 72 years, 10 months and 27 days  {**should read 28 days}.  Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church,  Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Eld. C. S. Risley, interment being in  Arlington Hill.

Mary M. Ames, youngest daughter of Thomas and Harriet Ames, was born in Watkins, Schuyler county, NY May 15, 1840.  She was united in marriage to R.C. Moulton, July 4, 1866, at Corning, NY.  To them five children were born:  Maude Eugenie, roscoe Ames, Mary Annettie, Clara Bernellia and Hanna Ola, all of whom are living except Clara, who passed away when three years of age.

The family came to Bangor, Mich., in the fall of 1882 and since have resided here.  Mrs. Moulton was left a widow in 1883 with the care and responsibility of a large family.  At the age of 18 years she became a member of the Congregational church, holding a membership therein until her death.
Aside from the four children mentioned above she leave one brother - A. H. Ames of Portland, Michigan and 10 grandchildren.

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Submitted by
Olive Hoffman  - OBRoots@aol.com
Indianapolis



The Herald Palladium.

William Robert Babor

William R. Babor, age 58 passed away Sunday, November 10, 1996 at his home.

He was born January 12, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois.  He resided in the South Haven/Bangor area for the past 53 years where he worked for Monitor Mold and Tool of South Have for 37 years.  He was a member of the Breedsville Bailey Lodge #287 F.&A.M.

Surviving are his wife Sandra, whom he married October 10, 1964; two daughters: Lisa (Jim) Williamson of Norfolk, VA; and Rosalie (Rick) Jordan of Stevensville; three sons George (Theresa) Tranker of Montgomery, AL; Anthony (June) Tranker of Germany; William (Bonnie) Babor of Benton Harbor; six grandchildren; a brother John (Kathy) Babor of Hagar Shores; a sister Dorothy (Ken) Karaus of Bangor; and an aunt, Marie Piazza of South Haven.

The family will meet friends Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Bangor Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m., with Rev. John Willis officiating.  Interment will be at Thomas Cemetery.

Submitted by his daughter - Lisa - lkbw@webtv.net



SANDRA MAE FOLK BABOR

BANGOR - Sandra "Sandi" Babor, 63, of Bangor Michigan passed away Sunday, April 4, 2004, at her home.
     The family will meet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Bangor Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home, where funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Harold Filbrandt officiating.  Interment will follow in Thomas Cemetery,
Bangor Township.
      Sandi was born April 15, 1940, in Coloma, the daughter of Frederick and Helen (Ott) Folk, and had lived in the Bangor/South Haven area.
     She formerly worked at the Stafford Funeral Home, Bangor; volunteered as a clerical-dispatcher for the Bangor Police Department; and currently worked at Wal-Mart, South Haven.  Sandi enjoyed working outside, loved her pets, and was a devoted mother.
     Surviving are three children - George (Theresa) Tranker of Niles, Anthony (June) Tranker of Navarre, FL, and Lisa (Jim) Williamson of  Norfolk, VA; three grandsons - Matthew Tranker of Niles, Derek and Colin Tranker of Navarre, FL; a sister, Doris J. (Ivan) Marr of South Haven;  half-brother Kenneth Hadaway of Wyoming, MI; two half-sisters - Sherrie
(Gary) Trap of Wyoming, MI, Wanda (Floyd) Nelson of Bangor; three step-brothers - Roger Hadaway of Glenn, John (Dorothy) Hadaway of Glenn and Robert (Diane) Hadaway of Marshall; several nieces and nephews; her uncle Wendell (Frieda) Ott of Niles; and an aunt, DonnaMae Harper of  South Haven.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, William R. Babor, in 1996.

Submitted by her daughter - Lisa Babor Williamson - BaborFamily@webtv.net



From the True Northerner of Paw Paw, 1899

WARREN GOBLE, one of the oldest residents of this village, died in his home on east Main street Friday afternoon.  The funeral was held at the Baptist church, Sunday at 10:30 a.m. under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias and the Rathbone Sisters lodges.  There was a large turnout
and the floral decorations were very fine.  The funeral of Mr. Goble was the second in the history of Viensa lodge No. 48, K. of P., which has been instituted more than 15 years.

Note:  Warren Goble lived in Gobleville,  Michigan at the time of his
death, not Paw Paw.

Submitted by Maureen Van Hoven -  maureenvh@ameritech.net



October, 1912
MANGLED REMAINS OF WILLIAM POMEROY PICKED UP ON MICHIGAN CENTRAL TRACKS

Started to Walk Home.  Right Hand Cut Off, Arms and Legs Broken - Little for Identification

When Michigan Central Train No. (unknown), due in Niles at 6:09 o'clock this morning was a mile and a half east of this city, near the Hastings farm, the body of a man was seen along side the tracks.  The train halted and the remains were taken aboard.  Coroner Platt, being notified, the body was conveyed to the Skall morgue, where the following jury was impaneled:
Jake Bachman, Robert Bretschneider, I.W. Logan, Fred Miller, John Pears, and J.W. Owens.  After reviewing the body, the jury adjourned to meet Saturday morning 9 o'clock, at city hall.

Little For Identification
On the corpse was a letter addressed to "William Pomeroy, Hamilton, Michigan R.R. No 5."  It was mailed at Decatur, August 17, off rural route 1, and signed "Katie Breaking."  This letter was the only method of identification.  Detective John Bachman of the Michigan Central, went in search of relatives.  Besides this letter, on the man's person, there were four revolver cartridges to fit a (unknown) caliber gun, a jackknife, 63 cents, 1 orange, four handkerchiefs, a sack of tobacco, and two quarts of Old J.B.T. whiskey.  One remained intact, while the other were broken.  The liquor was purchased in Niles.  It is an evidence of the workings of local option. Several people have been killed in about the same manner as was Pomeroy, who came here to procure liquor
.
Made Inquiry
The man was seen at the Michigan Central station last evening at 5:30 o'clock and inquired if No. 14 would stop at Decatur.  He was told that it did not stop there.  Pomeroy seemed anxious to get home.  It is quite evident that he started to walk there and enroute was struck by some train, unbeknown to engineer and fireman, as the incident was not reported.  It must have happened early in the evening, inasmuch as the body was cold when picked up.

Frightfully Mangled
It might be the case that every bone in the man's body was broken.  The corpse presented a gruesome sight.  The right hand was off, arms and legs broken, head split open about the eyes, body torn and crushed in places; the clothing was ripped into shreds.  Pomeroy was about 24 years of age, five feet, six inches in height, sandy complexion and smooth faced.

Brother and Friends Arrive
There came this afternoon, from Decatur and Hamilton, Eugene Pomeroy, a brother; L.L. Hamilton, undertaker, and two friends, W.B. Young and G. W. Kidman.  The unfortunate, also leaves a mother, Mrs. Mary Pomeroy of Hamilton, and a sister, Mrs. Vena Cook of Galesburg, Michigan.  William Pomeroy was a farm hand and had worked all summer.  He had many good traits of character.  The body will be shipped out of Niles to Decatur at 6:55 this evening.

Submitted by  Cora Mac Tavish  -William Pomeroy was her great-uncle



16 Jan 1977

Retha REYNNELLS

Lawrence - Mrs. Retha B. REYNNELLS. 77 of Route 1. Lawrence died Sunday afternoon at Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo, where she had been a patient since Tuesday.

She was born in Arlington Township, Aug. 14 1899, daughter of Halsey H. and Verne [Harrington] Meabon.

She was a member of the Hess - Eastman Post 174, American Legion Auxilary, Lawrence Senior Citizens Club and the Farm Bureau.

Surviving are one son, Richard D. Reynnells of Lawrence; one daughter, Mrs. Joseph [Betty] Harrison of Ionia; one sister, Mrs. Evelyn Drake of Kalamazoo; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Newton REYNNELLS, died in 1971 and one brother Otto Meabon, also preceded her in death.

Friends were received at the Sisson Funeral Home, Lawrence, where services were held Wednesday at 2:00, with the Rev. George Gierman, Pasteur of the Lawrence United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in the Hill Cemetaray, Lawrence.

The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions to the Lawrence United Methodist Church or to the Heart Fund.

Submitted by SirksDO@aol.com


Bangor Reflector - 11 Feb 1881
Died Tuesday 8 Feb 1881

Mrs. Eliza Knowles, of Breedsville, died on Tuesday afternoon last, after an illness of only four days.  She was 71 years old last Christmas day, and had resided in Breedsville for nearly 45 years.  There are four of her sons living, all of whom are well known throughout the county.  Charles Knowles has a farm in Arlington;  Benjamin is a farmer in Geneva;  William has lately gone to Dakota, and John is somewhere in the West --his exact whereabouts are not known.  The funeral service of Mrs. Knowles was held on yesterday afternoon, Elder J. H. Reese officiating.

Submitted by Joan Jaco - joanjaco@i2k.com



Bangor Reflector - 11 Feb 1881
Breedsville Items

Mrs. Cordelia Dennis, wife of A. J. Dennis died Friday evening the 4th, of typhoid pneumonia.  Deceased was 51 years of age, a native of N. Y.  She with her husband moved from Greenwhich Co., N. Y. , in 1876, and located on the farm one mile south of the village where she resided at the time of her death.  She was a woman very highly respected by all who knew her.  She leaves a husband and adopted daughter, and a very wide circle of friends to mourn her loss.  Funeral services were held at Grays Hall, Dr. Spinney officiating.

Submitted by Joan Jaco - joanjaco@i2k.com



Bangor Reflector - 11 Feb 1881

DIED -- Wm. Smith of West Bangor, Thursday Feb. 3, 1881 of consumption, aged 51 years, 7 months, 17 days.  He leaves a wife and eight children.  Four sons and four daughters, all grown.  The funeral washeld in West Bangor, U. B. Church, on Sunday, Elder J. H. Reese officiating.

Submitted by Joan Jaco - joanjaco@i2k.com


Benjamin Clark Obit

Submitted by Jerry Clark -spicebush40@yahoo.com



South Haven Tribune
9 May 1934

Funeral services for Mrs. M.D. Dean, whose death occurred Monday afternoon, following injuries sustained when she fell as she was walking across the floor, were held in  the Ganges Methodist Episcopal Church this afternoon at Two o’clock. Besides the son, George Dean of Glenn and the two granddaughters, mentioned in Tuesday’s Tribune, she also leaves a daughter, Mrs. Leonard Seymour of Glenn, two grandsons, Ernest Seymour of Glenn, Bert Fields of Kalamazoo, two granddaughters, Elsie, a Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Seymour, who resides in Holland and Virginia Dean of Glenn.
(Mary Bird Dean )
Submitted by Jerry Clark -spicebush40@yahoo.com


Unknown Paper or Week dated June 23, 1900 (Probably Goblville News)
BEMJAMIN A. BABCOCK    was born in Galisay township, Saratoga Co, New York. Dec 12, 1828. He came to Michigan about the 1848 and was married to Laura Barlett Oct 21 1860, who died Aug 17, 1896. To them were born four sons, Charles, William, Edwin, and Frank all of whom are now
living. He was the twelfth of a family of fourteen children, only two of whom survive. He became a christian about thirty-five years ago has lived and exemplary Christian life, and died June 23, 1900 with a hope in the Christ who has sustained him. He was a good man, highly esteemed by all who knew him. Funeral services were held Monday at the M.E. Church. Rev Musser officiated.

Submitted by Marlene Petty Polster mars@mail.icongrp.com



LAWRENCE  -  James O. Sirks, 85 Route 1, Lawrence died Tuesday morning at  Bronson hospital, Kalamazoo.

Mr. Sirks was born September 4, 1889, in Roundhead, Ohio, son of William and  Ellen [Mahan] Sirks. He was a former resident of the Lawrence area and was a  retired farmer.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Richard [Helen] Reynnells of Lawrence with whom he had made his home, and Mrs. Edward [Audrey] Noel of Phoenix Ariz.; three sons, Carl of Chicago, Ill., James of Jackson and Duane of Phoenix; two brothers, Donald of Lakeview,  Ohio, and Paul of Lima, Ohio; two
sisters, Mrs. Elsie Staats and Mrs. Marie Kilgore, both of Lima; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

His wife, Sylvia, nee Heffner, and two sons, Dean and Robert, preceded him in death.

Friends were received at the Sisson Funeral Home, where services will be held  at 2 p.m. today [Friday] with the Rev. Norman Crotser, pastor of the Lawrence United Methodist Church officiating.

Burial will be in the family lot in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence.

Those who desire may memorial contributions to the Van Buren County unit of the American Cancer Society.

Submitted by SirksDO@aol.com



LAWRENCE, July 21--Pfc. C. Dean Sirks, Marine, was reported killed in action, in the Pacific, through a telegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs.  James Sirks of this community.

The official message did not state the date of death or place, but stated  that a letter with details would follow.

Dean entered the Marine corps in Jul 1942, at the age of 18, before  graduating from school, Following training at San Diego, Calif., he went  almost immediately into action in the Pacific theater of war. He had not received a furlough since his entrance in to the Marines.

Pfc. Dean had sent home pictures and Japanese currency, which he had taken from dead Jap soldiers during the battle of Tarawa.

Besides his parents Pfc. Sirks is survived by two sisters, one who is a cadet nurse and three brothers of which one in the navy.

Submitted by SirksDO@aol.com



LAWRENCE, Jan 10, 1949--The casket bearing the body of Pfc. C. Dean Sirks of  the Marines, who was killed in the invasion of Saipan in 1944 was to arrive  in Hartford Tuesday at 1:13 p. m. from  Chicago.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p. m. in the Thompson funeral home here, with the Rev A. A. Buege, Methodist minister, officiating, with burial in Hill cemetery. Military rites at the grave will be conducted by the Lawrence American Legion.

Pfc. Sirks was born June 19, 1924, in St. Joseph, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Sirks. He attended Covert and Lawrence schools. He left Lawrence high school to enlist in the Marines corps in Jul, 1942.

After brief training at San Diego, Calif., he was shipped to New Zealand for further training.
He went through the battle of Tarawa without combat wounds, the Jun 20, 1944 he was killed on Saipan.
He was awarded posthumously the Purple heart and the Silver star for gallantry in action.

Surviving are the parents now living at Marshall, Mich.: two sisters, Mrs. Audrey Noel, Chicago, and Mrs. Helen Reynnells, Lawrence: three brothers, Carl, Chicago: James, Wayne, Mich., and Duane, at home.

Submitted by SirksDO@aol.com



SERVICES HELD FOR MRS. JAMES SIRKS:

LAWRENCE--Mrs. James [Sylvia Ann] Sirks, was buried in Hill cemetery, Lawrence, following funeral services Saturday afternoon at the Lawrence Methodist church, of which Mrs. Sirks was a member, The Rev. Edward Eidins officiated and Gold Star Mothers conducted rites.

Mrs. Sirks died Wednesday; afternoon, Jan. 5 at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Helen Reynnells.
A native of Covert, Mrs. Sirks was the daughter of Julius and Sarah Heffner.  She married James Sirks Sept. 4, 1915 at South Bend.

She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Reynnells and Mrs. Audrey Noel of Grand Rapids; three sons, Carl of Chicago, James W. of Jackson and Duane of California; 14 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Thelma Williams of Sun City, Calif., and Mrs. Hazel Englebert
of Hot Springs, S.D.

Mrs. Sirks was a member of the Gold Star Mothers of Battle Creek, the World War II Mothers of Battle Creek and the Lawrence American Legion Auxiliary.

Submitted by SirksDO@aol.com



No Date or newspaper (I assume the Gobleville News)

                            DROWNED,
Our readers will remember Wilson J. TEEN, youngest son of Mrs. Wm. J. PALMER of this place. He was a sailor and occasionally made this his stopping place during the winter season. Most of his sailing has been on the great lakes but we understand he had been on salt water some. From a recent issue of the Buffalo Express we copy the following account of his sad death:  We regret to record today the death of one of Black Rock's well know and highly respected young men Wilson J. TREEN. He was mate on the Holland, and while off Port Huron lost his life in the storm of the 10th. This storm was the severest boatmen have experienced in years. It struck the boats at about 6 a.m. and in a very short time every where was widespread disaster. TREEN and Capt JOHNSON were up on deck at the time changing the sails, and the latter saw TREEN go overboard with the pile of lumber. He hollered to him to hang on and then hurried to port to send out the life boat.  Help was soon at hand but in the blinding snow storm no trace of the poor unfortunate could be found. The wind was blowing at the rate of 60 miles and hour, and with a sea of 50ft. It didn't require much time to swallow up all signs of his whereabouts. He was picked up 12 miles from the scene of the accident, after having been in the water 14 hours. It is quite probable his body would never have been found had he not tied himself to a board and in this manner was washed ashore. When picked up he was covered with sand and unrecognizable. He had not been dead very long as he was just cold. Had he lived to tell his experience no doubt many a tear would be shed. Mr. TEEN was born in Montecello, Ind. Feb 21st 1866. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife Anna, at 42 ontario Street; also a mother, sister and two brothers in Michigan.  The remains were brought to Buffalo and buried at Holy Cross Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon. The funeral was attended by a vast circle of
sympathizing friends, among them the American O. of  F. No 146. Sympathy is extend to the bereaved widow, mother, sister and brothers.

Submitted by Marlene Petty Polster mars @mail.icongrp.com



No Date or Newspaper ( I assume GOBLEVILLE NEWS)

Thomas DORGAN whose tragic death occurred Aug. 10th at Gobleville, was born at Glennville, Ireland, Jan, 4th, 1824. He was the second oldest child of a family of seven children, all of whom are dead except a sister Elizabeth HEFFRON of Paw Paw, Mich. His father died while he was yet young. His mother being unable to support her family and pay the greedy landlord the exhorbitiant rent, was evicted or thrown out upon the highway with her large family of young children to starve, absolutely at the mercy of charity. During this time and the years that quickly followed thousands of evicted tenants fell by the wayside from sheer starvation. Under these adverse circumstances and during the tender years of his
youth and without education the deceased was forced to forego further parental guidance, protection and commence in earnest the battle of life to save himself and those dependant upon him from starvation.
He received work herding goats, sheep and cattle, living largely upon the milk of the goats and in various other ways practicing vigerous economy and self denial, which characterized his whole life. He was enabled while helping care for the young, family, though receiving the pettance of six cents a day, to become the owner of two goats and one sheep. He resolve to dispose of his belongings and with the proceeds to go to America, the second country of his race. On the way to the market, one of the goat trying to escape Mr. Dorgan hit and accidently killed it with a cobble stone. Shedding a few tears over the loss of his goat, he proceeded with the remaining goat and sheep and sold them. With the money thus obtained taking  leave of those he loved  he secured passage to America on an old sail boat.
>From the harsship and privations of the voyage of nearly four months duration, and with little to eat and being compelled to lie upon board bunks with no one to care for him. he narrowly escaped death, finally
landed in N.Y., in a weak and ematiated condition, without education to write his own name, a stranger in a strange land, and with only 25 cents in his possession. Being a young man of genial disposition and winning manners he had little trouble in making friends and readily won for himself the confidence of new acquaintances. He at once received a position with a landlord, James Brown of Wheelin West Virginia, and remained with him 10 years. Not forgetting his widowed mother and helpless brothers and sisters, he immediatley began sending them his meager earnings. Finally he succeded in bringing all of them to Amercia, where he continued to be as a father caring and securing for them places whereby they could assist themselves. Having in the meantime saved a few dollars, in 1854 he came to the wilds of Michigan, and bought 80 acres of forest land one mile north of Gobleville, where the road leading to it was but a path.  Here with his own hands he built a rude log house and there began the task of
beginning a home in the wilderness. While in Wheeling the deceased made the acquaintance and married a Mary Foley, who came to Michigan soon after his arrival and together they began the battle of life; his young wife sharing with him the privations of pioneering. They reared a family of six children Thomas, Michael, Mary, William, Sarah, and John DORGAN, all of whom survive him except the oldest
daughter, Mary who died in 1896. On Jan. 22, 1877 the wife and mother died at the early age of 44 years, leaving a heart broken husband a young family and many warm friends. In 1881 the deceased returned to Ireland, the home of his childhood. While so journing there he became acquainted with and married, July22, 1882, Miss Mary Murphy who now mourns his death. To this union were born two children, Maggie and Robert DORGAN.  Those who were best acquainted with the deceased recognized in him, in a remarklable degree, many of the best qualifies true and noble christian manhood.  Having learned  his first lesson in the school of poverty, his life has been one of self denial, industry, frugality, morality, rigid honesty, devotion to his family and, in a word, christianty. In religion he was a catholic of broad and liberal views-- not believing, however that christianity is  necessarily all confined to the
denomination of his choice--and the records of St. Mary's church at Paw Paw ought to show that he has been one of the heaviest contributors to the building and support of that churhc.  The deceased was a man of pure and temperate habits. By example and precept he has inculcated into the lives of his family and friends the cardianl virtures of honesty, industry, charity and benevolence. While without education himself, he recognized the importance of it and liberally assisted his children to a generous education.
He practiced self denial that he might help those whom he cherished and those who were worthy of assisance, and many are the worthy poor who have frequently testifed to his act of generosity. By his death his adopted country has lost a represenatative citizen; his community one of it most highly respected and honored members; his children and affectionate true, manly and christian father whom they more than idolized; and his bereaved and sorrowful wife, a husband who was faithful and true to the last. The circumstances of his death were extremely sad. On Saturday p.m. Aug 10, between the hours of 3 and 4 O'clock, while alone in the barn yard on his farm north of  Gobleville he was suddently attacked and over come by a vicious bull and killed instantly, as his little grand-duaghter Mary DORGAN, had been with him not to exceed half and hour previous to the time when his lifeless body was found by his son Michael DORGAN on his return from Gobleville.  His funeral was held from St. Mary's church at Paw Paw on Tuesday Aug 13th.

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No Date or newspaper (I assume the Gobleville News)
John D. Voorheis, was born in Stuben county, N.Y.  on Feb 20th, 1828, and was one of fifteen children. When he was five years of age his parents moved to Michigan, settling on a new farm in Pontiac, Oakland county, and he lived on the old homestead forty years. I 1851 he went to California by the overland route and two years later returned and took up his abode on the old homestead. In 1867 he was married to Miss Nancy Kelly of that place, and in 1873 they moved to Kendall and engaged in the mercantile business for four years, then sold out and bought the from two and a half miles north of Kendall, where he reided at the time of his death. He held the office of Justice of the peace several terms, deputy sheriff in 1875, and has been a member of the school board  in his district for about twenty years. His last illness was lung trouble, and was confined to the house about six weeks, during which time his brother Dr. Isaac Voorheis of Frankfort, Mich attended him. He leaves the wife, two sons Frank and Ray, and Mrs F.F. Churchill, and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss. The funeral was held at the residence on Friday, Nov 25th and the sermon was preached by Rev. McDowell of the Kendall M.E. church. Interment in the Earl Cemetery.

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No Newspaper or Date (I assume the Gobleville News)

How little we know what a day may bring forth. Last Monday morning when the sunlight was so beautiful bringing gladness to many hearts and homes, there went forth a report which fell like a poll on the hearts of people. Mrs Minnie FRIEDMAN whose home was with brother Saul FRANK, left her room about midnight to go down stairs for a glass of water. When at the foot of the stairs by some means the lamp was broken. The family were aroused by her screams, and when first discoved she was enveloped in flames. Bed quilts were quickly secured and the flames extinguished. But words would fail to express the agony of that moment, not only on the part of Mrs. Friedman, but with the whole family. Some one passing the house at that time called Mr. HERRON, saying something has happened at Mr. FRANK's. Mr. HERRON quickly responed and going into the house learned of the terrible accident. Drs. Carpenter and Huff were called, and on the early train from Kalamazoo brought their family physician. But medicial skill was unavailing. She sank rapidly, being unconacious much of the time until 3 p.m. when death came to her relief. Mrs Friedman has lived with her brother Saul FRANK, since the death of her husband which accured about seven years ago. She had many warm friends and was highly esteemd by all. She was a devoted mother, the welfare of her children was ever uppermost in her thought. She leaves three
children, Bertha, Lulu, and Frank, also an aged mother, Mrs Lena FRANK, of this place, one sister Mrs. Sinnie GREGOR, of Otsego, two brother Nathan FRANK, of Sturgis, Saul FRANK. The funeral services were held at her late home Wednesday morning conducted by Rabbi F.V. Fischer, of Kalamazoo, His words were full of tenderness. He paid a beautiful tribute to the memory of a loving daughter, a devoted mother and a true friend. He thanked the many friends for their helpfulness and sympathy. The members of the local L.O.T. M., of which the deceased was a member, attended the funeral  in a body and accompained the friends to the station. Interment was in the cementry in Kalamazoo. After the buriel
the friends gathered in the home of Mr. Adolph Solomon, in Kalamazoo, where farther services were rendered in German. This bereaved family have the asurence of the heart felt sympathy of the whole community.

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Gobleville News dated Friday August 4, 1916

Jennie Bramblee Bush was born in Crawford County Penn. May 07, 1856. She departed this life July 27, 1916, at the age of 60 years, 2 months and 20 days. She came to Michigan with her parents, five sisters and two brothers in 1864. Where she has since resided. She was united in marriage to Clark Bush, July 25, 1877. To this union four children were born, Mrs. Blanch Allen of Bradley, Mrs. Bessie Baxter of Bloomingdale, Mrs. Blenn Howard of Vestaburg, and M. Berniece Petty of Gobleville. she united with the Free Will Baptist Church, June 7, 1896 and has since lived a devoted christian life. She was a member of the Relief Corps for about ten years and an active worker in the Eastern Star Lodge. She leaves to mourn he death a husband, four children, ten grandchildren, two sisters and a host of loving friends and  neighbors. Funeral services were held at the F.B. Church Sunday at 2 p.m. Rev. A. E. Kelly pastor of the church, officiating. Music was rendered by a male quartette from Bloomingdale, composed of relatives and friends. This was in response to the request of the desceased. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. The women of the Relief Corps held their burial services at the church, which was filled with sympathizing friends and neighbors. The committal service and burial was at Robinson  Cemetery.

Card of Thanks:
We take this opportunity for thanking the Eastern Stars, the Woman's Relief Corps, the Choir the friends and neigbors and Rev. Kelly, who assisted during the illness and death our loved one.
Clark Bush and Family

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Mrs. Sarah E. Bush, nee Root daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Root was born in Monroe Co., N.Y. August 28, 1852; depart this earthly career at her home in Bloomingdale township, June 21, 1901 age 48 years 9 months, 23 days. Was happily married to Mr. Hiram Bush in 1876 which event took place in Bloomingdale, Mich. To them were born one child, Maud, who lived only ten months She leaves a bereaving husband, two brothers one adopted son with many other relatives and friends to grieve their loss. Another good woman has closed her pilgrimage of earthly live, and has gone to enjoy the immortal glories of that ever blessed unchangleable and eternal world. But we shall think of her good deeds, her unselfish and lovely life. Her stainless character, her good disposition, large and generous heart. She has proven her womanly virtues in every respect, especially as a mother, wife , neighbor and friend, Those  who knew her best lover her most. Her work was completed. The sheef was ripe. The master called her home. We picture death as coming to destroy; Let us rather picture Christ as coming to save. We think of death as ending Let us rather think of life as beginning, and that more abundantly.. We
think of losing; Let us think of gaining; We think of parting; Let us think of meeting; We think of going away; Let us think of arriving. And as the voice of death whispers, you go from earth, let us hear the voice of Christ saying, you are but coming to me:
Oh how sweet it will be that beautiful land
    so free from all sorrow and pain.
With song on our lips we will clasp her had.
    Never to say farewell again.
Being a member of the Rathbone Sisters, a quartette from their band furnished the music. The funeral services occurred at her pleasant home on the farm in Bloomingdale township Monday, at 10 a.m. June 24, 1901 in the midst of a large weeping congregation, she was beautifully laid to rest in the Robinson Cemetery, by the side of her little daughter, Maud. Rev N. E. Musser officiated.

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No newspaper or Date
Samuel B. Hyatt was born on the Atlantic Ocean Oct 12 1820 died Oct 20, 1899. He had his home in New York until 1850 when he came to Michigan. He was married to his present wife at LaGrange, Indiana, in 1866. He was the father of seven children of whom five are now living. In early life he joined the army against the Seminole Indians bearing the rank of Lieutenant. He remained in the army at this time for five years. Again in the Civil war he enlisted in the 30th Indiana, was wounded and discharged. recoverng from his wound he went to Elmira, New York where he sided in raising a company of volunteers in which he served as First Sergeant until the battle of Petersburg, Va. In this battle he was acting as Captain, all of his superior officers had been killed. Here he received a severe wound in the head and was carried from the field, as dead. He recovered from this wound and was transfered to the Veteran Corps where he remained until the end of the war. He has resided in Gobleville about fifteen years. He has been a great sufferer for the last year. The funeral was held at the F.B. Church under the auspices of the B. A. R. Elder H. C.  Goodrich, Adventist minster, preached the funeral sermon, and the remains were interred at Alamo. The Gobleville Male Quartet furnished the music at the funeral.

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Note: on the top of this clipping a partial headline from the papers
reads WS. FRIDAY SEPTEMBER. I assume it is from the Gobleville news.

No Date or Paper Name
FUNERAL OF MRS. ETTA STOUT
Esteem of Friends Attested by Many Floral Offerings
[From Wednesday's Daily.]
The funeral services of the late Mrs. Etta Stout occurred from the home at 1026 First street Wednesday afternoon and were very largely attended by the friends of the deceased and family. From 2 to 4 o'clock there were many friends called to take a last look at the remains which lay in a handsome slate colored broadcloth casket.  The services were very simple, being conducted by Rev C.A. Hemenway of the Portage street Baptist church and Rev. George D. Adams of the first Baptist church. The casket was laden and surrounded by many beautiful floral pieces from the family and friends. Among them were "Gates Ajar." from Lull & Skinner, where Mr. Stout is employed; a cluster of roses from the office force of the same firm; a cluster of roses from Kalamazoo tent No. 202 D. O. T. M. of which the deceased was a member; a cluster of roses from the pupils of room No. 5 of the Lovell street school in sympathy to their school mate, Miss Hazel, the little daughter of the deceased, and a similar piece from the High school pupils, for Miss Olive Fae, another daughter; a cluster of American beauties from the B.Y. P. U. of the Portage street Baptist church; carnations and ferns from the husband and children of the deceased; cluster of roses from the brothers and sisters, also offering from Alderman and Mrs. H.E. Congdon, Mr. and Mrs. Evans of this city, Mrs W. S.  Crosby of Gobleville and many other friends.
Friends here to attend the funeral were Mrs. E. A. Newcome, mother of the deceased; Mesdames Lowell and Bert Newcome, and Mrs. B. C. Stout, Mother of Mr. Stout, all of Bloomingdale. Other friends are expected this evening to accompany the remains to Gobleville Thursday morning where the funeral will occur in the Free Will Baptist church conducted by Rev. C. B. Hart of Fennville, who was a former pastor of Mrs. Stout when she resided in Gobleville. The interment will occur in the Robinson cemetery south of Gobleville.

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Gobleville News Friday August 4, 1916
James K Blanchard was born in Kalamazoo county, Jan'y 15 1845 and departed this life July 24, 1916 at the age of 71 years, 6 months,and 9 days.
He was united in marriage to Mrs. Anna Leversee, October 26 1907. To this union was born one child Charles Eugene, who died in infancy. He leaves to mourn his departure, a widow and a step daughter, two brothers, Charles and Henry of California, one sister, Mrs. Emily Perkins of Barry County, besides other relatives and many friends. The funeral was held at the Kendall M.E. Church, Wednesday July 26, at 2 p.m. Rev Banister officiating, Interment was made in the Kendall cemetery.

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Gobleville News Friday December 21, 1906
Mrs. Jane A. Stoughton, daughter of Ashbel and Miranda Herron of the second family of the pioneer settlers of the township of Bloomingdale, died at her residence two miles west of Gobleville on the 10th day of December, 1906 of the effects or paralysis and old age. She was born in Oneida County, New York, April 26, 1833 and was the 4th daughters. A few days after her was three years old, he parents with five children, she being next to the youngest, left New york in a covered wagon, for Michigan, locating nearly two years at White Pigenon, St Joseph county. In March 1838 the family took up their permanent abode a half mile west of Brandywine corners in the township of Bloomingdale being the second family to locate in the township, then a dense wilderness, the first, by a few months being the Myers family. Thought never as strong as the rest of the children, she has lived to a greater age than any other member of the family excepting her mother.  In the year of 1861 she was married to Frederick F. Stoughton by whom she became the mother of 8 children. By the death of her husband she was
left a widow in 46th anniversary of her birth, April 26, 1879, She leaves to mourn her death, five sons, Frank, Charles, Granson, Otis, and Alfred, and one daughter, Mrs. Edith Harvey and two brothers, Ashbel Harrison and John Wesley Herron.

Card of Thanks:
It is with heartfelt gratitude that we return thanks to our many kind friends and neighbors for their tender words of love and sympathy, who have so kindly assisted us in the sickness, death and burial of our
beloved mother and sister. Also to the Covey Hill Choir and Rev. Darling.
Otis Stoughton and brothers
J.W. Herron and Wife.

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Unknown Paper and Date.
Lottie May Brown was born in New Lenox, Ill., Oct 12 1860, and died at her home in Gobleville, Mich., Nov, 4, 1908.  She was brought as a child to Gobleville in 1862. By a previous marriage she was mother of two children both of which died in infancy. She was married to G.L. Darby at Gobleville, August 24, 1894. She leaves a husband, two sisters and one bother to mourn her loss. She was a member of the  Woman's Relief Corps and the Eastern Star. She had long been a faithful member of the M.E. Church and passed away firm in the hope and assurance of eternal life. The funeral was conducted by her pastor at the M.E. church, Gobleville, Nov 6 at 10 a.m. and the interment was made in Pine Grove township cemetery.
J.C. Deviney.

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Unknown Paper and Date: (Assume Gobleville News)
Miss Cornelis Palmer was born in Waverly Dec 18th 1871. She was the daughter of Mr. Wm. J. Palmer. During her childhood she attended school in the Bell district, and later attended school at Bloomingdale, was well known in both Bloomingdale and Gobleville, and was a member of the
Disciple church at Bloomingdale. She was married to Clarence Green of Gobleville on May 19th 1892, and until three years ago they resided in this village. Three years ago they moved on to the farm three and a half miles west of Gobleville where they have resided since. Her death occurred Dec. 1st 1898 after an illness of only a few days. The funeral was held at the residence on Saturday. Dec 3d, and Rev. C. B. Hart preached the funeral sermon. she leaves to mourn her loss a husband and three small children, the youngest three weeks old, also a father, three brothers, and one sister, and a large circle of friends.

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Mr. David Earl, son of James and Delilah Earl, was born Feburary 1st 1840, at Catarangus Co., N.Y. town of Napoli, came to Michigan with his parents when he was 9 years old, settled in Allegan Co. thence to Trowbridge, thence to Pine Grove and lived there since 57, with the exception of 18 years that he lived in Kalamazoo and Gobles. At the latter place he died November 5th 1901. His occupation was farming until his country called him to service of the rebellion. He enlisted at the age of 22, in Co. E. ninth Mich., Cav. He was in 47 different engagements, Received his life long injury at Middlegville Ga. by his horse falling on him. Mr. Earl was a brave soldier and was greatly beloved by his comrades. On April 18, 1866 he was happily married to Mrs. Emma Veley, nee Willis. to them two children were born, Eva May, now Bronson and James Roy who was accidently  killed at the age of 11, Mr Earl was converted and received into full fellowship of the F. B. Church some four years ago and has ever since retained an earnest faithful Christian character. In life he was happy and cheerful. In sickness patient and kind. In society generous and helpful. As a citizen and neighbor loyal and true In death triumphant. Funeral at his home in Gobles November 7th, 1901. Was buried in Kalamazoo cemetery by the side of his son Roy. Rev N. E. Musser officiating.

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No date or newspaper (probably Gobleville News)
John H Everest, son of David O. and Reliance A. Everest, was born at Old Pine Grove, Nove 15, 1861. His boyhood days were spent in Pine Grove until 17 years of age when he went to Kalamazoo and became Superintendent of the works of D. C. and H. C. Reed. in 1881 he returned to Pine Grove and Nov 25 of the same year was united in marriage to Gertrude  Clark. To this union there has been born three children D. Clark, Bessie L. and Clara G. the latter having died in infancy. Mr. Everest was a member of Hudson Lodge No 325 F. and A. M. and at the time of his death was Worshipful Master. he was also a member of Van Buren Tent. K. O .T. M. Easter Lily Chapter, O.E.S. and was Honorable Commissioner of the Internationl Congress. He has held the offices of Treasure of Pine Grove Township for four years, and office of supervisor three years which office he held up to the time of his last illniess at which time he resigned. Aug 30th removed to Kalamazoo. He was taken ill of typhoid fever on Sept 24th and passed away on Oct 18th, 1899, aged 37 years 11 months 3days. He leaves a wife and two children a father and
mother, three sisters and one brother and a large number of friends to morn his loss. The funeral was held at the F. B. Church in Gobleville on Sunday Oct 22, at 11 a.m. under the auspice of the Masonic lodge. Rev. C.B. Hart preached the funeral sermon and the remains were interred in the cemetery at Old Pine Grove. The funeral was probably the largest ever held in Gobleville, as it is estimated that over thousand people were here to attend the funeral. Besides the Masonic and Eastern Star lodges
there were both Maccabee Lodges and the International Congress, and a visting memebers of these lodges from every part of the county in the procession.

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unknow date or newspaper
FOUND DEAD
Death of a Man Whose Friends Were His Family
Gobleville, Mich., March 5. (special) The funeral of Uncle Charles Holder was held last Friday at 2p.m., at the Free Will Baptist church. The deceased was found dead last Tuesday afternoon at his home by a
little girl who went in to him. He will be missed by all, especially the children. He leaves many friends but has no relatives so far as known.

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Unknown Paper and Date (probably Gobleville News)
Maria Ketchum was born in State of New Jersey Dec 16th, 1817 Moved to Wilson Niagara Co. N.Y. with her father when she was three years of age. Was married to John Carter May 1st 1840. To them was born six children two of whom survived her , Willis and Edward. Her husband died April 24th 1875. She moved to Michigan in October 1881. Where she has made her home with her son Edward. She was converted and became a member of the Methodist church when a child and has always lived the live of a devoted Christian. Funeral services were held at the Waverly F. B. church, February 2, 1901. Rev. Musser officiating.

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Unknown Date and Paper (probobly Gobleville News)
George Irwin, Was born in Berrien County, near Niles, Nov 25, 1862, and when five years old moved with his parents to Waverly township, Van Buren county, and was married in 1888 to Miss Rose Allen, and to them was born one son, who is now eleven years of age. The deceased death occurred Friday Feb 1st 1901, of diabetis, after a short illness although in poor health for several years. The funeral was held Monday at the residence, and Rev. Musser and Carpenter conducted the funeral services. He leaves a father, mother, two sisters and brother, a wife and a son, and a host of friends to mourn his loss. The remains were interred in the Robinson cemetery. Deceased was treasurer of Waverly township at the time of his death, which  office he had held two years. He was buried under auspices of the Modern Woodman Lodge.

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Unknow Date and Paper (probobly Gobleville News)
Mrs. Maria A. Niles, nee Bentley daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bently was born in Orangeville N.Y. Wyoming Co. Sept 1st 1838. Departed this life Feb 2, 1901. Age 62 years, 5 months 1 day. She was married to Mr. Hopkins J. Niles, Feb 22, 1858. She came to Michigan in 1860 settled in Almena township where she lived the most of her life. Her husband died about fifteen years ago. From this union two children were born, a son and a daughter both of whom survive her. She made a profession of Christianity in her childhood, and was a member of  Waverly church, in which she was very attentive when she was able. Did work in the Sunday School for years. Mrs Niles was married to a Mr. Samuel Jones in the summer 1888. She was wonderfully afficted for years, which bore heavily upon her consitution, which finally was compelled to yield to the heavy pressure. She leaves two children, two sisters and a brother, with a host of friends to mourn her loss. The funeral sevices were held at the home of G. W. Bush in Goblevlle on Feb 4th 1901. Rev Musser preached the funeral sermon.

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Date May 18, 1900 No Newspapaer (Probably Gobleville News)

Emma Cather Musser was born at Flemington, Taylor County, West Virginia, June 17, 1867. Deid May 16, 1900. She began a Christian life when but 12 years of age, She attended school at West Virginia College, Flemington, W.V. After her school days in Flemington she entered upon the work of teaching school with a love and enthusiasm which brough with a great success. The deceased was married to Rev. N. E. Musser September 20, 1888. For five years together they pursued their studies in  Hillsdale
College which was to more equip them for their life work. In the summer of 1899 Rev. N.E.  Musser began with this beloved woman his pastoral duties in Gobleville. From the first she showed a fitness for her work as a pastors wife endearing herself to all, and especially to the young people in their flock. Her sudden illness and early death was a great shock to all. She was so needfull to him and to the church, she loved so well, but while God buries his workmen he carries on his work. If we could see as God sees we should find that not one true life has ever been cut off in it incompletness; that no true work done for God was ever permitted to be wrecked on the rock of permature death. Two bright little girls together wish husband, parents, brother, sisters and a large circle of friends morn their loss of her who is not for God has taken her. A short service was conducted by Rev. J.A. Sprague at 9 a.m. May 17, at her parsonage home. A large concourse of people gathered with tearful eyes showing most  of all that in this earthly life they would see her face no more. And at 10 a.am. the  remains were taken back to
childhood home in Flemmington West Virginia accompanied by her father. R. S. Cather, Rev N.E. Musser and the children. She had planed a meeting with mother and the children to the old home but God cut short her plans and called her to heavenly one. Only the casket with closed eyes and sealed lips could greet the dear ones in her girl hood home.

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No Date or Newspaper were givein
Mrs. Ana E. Potter,
Lawrence, Mich, Nov 23 (Special)
Mrs. Ana E. Potter died November 17 at her home in this village. As Ann E Poole she was born in Albion, Mich, July 3, 1837. With her parents she removed to Lawrence while still a child. She was married to J B. Potter of Lawrence, October 26, 1856. She was the mother of four children, two girls and two boys, of whom but one, the youngest son, Frank survives her, She united with the Congregational church 16 years ago and was  clerk of the church at the time of her death. For twenty years she
helped he husband in his work at the depot of the S. H. & E. R.R. most of the time being agent of the American Express company. She held a notary public's commission for seven years, doing a large share of the pension business for the old soldiers of this vicinity, . Since her marriage her home had always been in the house where she died. Some weeks ago Mrs. Potter fell, receiving injuries from which she never fully recovered, Typhoid fever set in resulting in death. Besides her husband and son she leaves two sisters, Lucy Poole, of this place, and Mrs. Mellie Conklin of Hartford, and half brother, Wallace Poole. She was a woman widely known and lightly respected. Furneral services were held at the Congregational church Monday at 1 o'clock p.m., the Rev A.N. Eldred of Coloma offciating. Interment in the new cemetery.

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Paw Paw True Notherner 1 Dec 1876
"Died in Decatur, Nov. 15, after protracted illness, Mrs. Martha Bentley, in the sixieth year of her age."

Paw Paw True Northerner 1 Jan 1875
"Richardson Avery, an old resident and much respected citizen of this village, died from the effects of a Cancer on Monday morning last,-His funeral services took place on Tuesday afternoon at his late residence, and his remains escorted to Prospect Hill Cemetery by a large circle of relatives and friends.  He leaves a widow and two sons to mourn his untimely death."

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From Decatur Republican Paper 1922
Passing of Pioneer Keeler Resident

Mary A. Blackmer was the daughter of George and Alvira Blackmer and was the youngest of three daughters the others of whom passed out in infancy.  She was born in Keeler Township, Van Buren County, July 22, 1858 and went to her home beyond February 24, 1922, aged 63 years, seven months and two days.

July 4, 1880, she was united in marriage with George Pomeroy and resided in Keeler Township.  They were the parents of six children, three of whom passed out in infancy and William Henry, in October, 1912.  John Eugene, of Hartford Township and Mrs. Vena M. Cook of Kalamazoo, together with seven grandchildren and one great grandchild are the surviving ones of the family.

Mrs. Pomeroy was cheerful through her illness which is so characteristic of a patient, devoted mother, who is receiving the tender care of the loving daughter that she did at the daughter's home in Kalamazoo where with serenity of thought, cheerfully and hopefully she closed her eyes upon this world to awake in the morning sunlight of a bright day.

Mrs. Pomeroy's life was spent in Keeler and Hamilton Townships.  She was left a widow, Mr. Pomeroy succumbing to pneumonia when her family was quite small and she braved the rearing of them alone.  The Labor of her hands was her sustenance and many families will remember her tenderly.  She cared for Mrs. Sid Sterns in her last illness and after her death assumed charge of that home where she served until her last illness.  It is needless to say she will be missed from the fireside and by the Sterns family almost as much as by her own kindred.

Her home, as she termed it, is adjoining my own and it is with deep appreciation that I embrace this privilege to express the friendship that existed between this dear departed soul and myself; and Mrs. Pomeroy was no more a spirit of kindness and helpfulness to me, than she was to everyone within the reach of her gentle touch.  She was ever administering to the needs of those in affliction.  Her heart of sympathy and her hand of helpfulness has been a comfort among her circle of appreciative friends thoughout her life.

Funeral services were held at Grange hall Monday and interment was in the Keeler cemetery.

CARD OF THANKS

We desire to express our thankful appreciation to our friends in Kalamazoo and Decatur for their sympathy and assistance in this hour of sorrow; also the friends in this township and Knight of Pythias lodge in Kalamazoo for the beautiful floral tributes.
Mr. and Mrs. George Cook and Family
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Allison and Family
Mr. and Mrs. Gene Pomeroy and Family

Submitted by Jim and Cora Mac Tavish  - my great grandmother



Bangor Advance - June 30, 1899
KILLED BY A FISH
   Henry Leedy of East Arlington had his right arm amputated above the elbow Monday and died a few hours later.
   The circumstances surrounding the case are peculiar, as well as sad.  In the early part of May, Mr. Leedy went to a tank in which he keeps a quantity of live fish, to catch one and in doing so the thumb on his right hand was pierced by a sharp fin.  Nothing was thought of it at the time, but in a few days the thumb became badly swollen and very painful.  It was lanced and, while it appeared to get a little better, still remained very sore.  Later while in Breedsville, Mr. Leedy called on Dr. Low who lanced it to the bone, and a quantity of puss discharged.  Dr. Low feared bad results from the wound and watched it closely, giving it his best care.  Later, Dr. N. A. Williams of Bangor was called to counsel.  Dr. Williams found the hand and entire forearm in bad condition and expressed the belief that amputation would be necessary in order to save Mr. Leedy's life.
   Up to the time of the amputation Dr. Williams had seen the patient several times, each time the arm presenting a worse appearance, and it was finally decided between the two doctors, Low and Williams, to amputate the arm and Monday last was the time set for the work.  Dr. Low administered the anesthetic, while Dr. Williams done the operation, assisted by Dr. J. R. Giffin.  The operation required just 21 minutes and the patient came out from under the influence of the morphine apparently in good shape, but the doctors expressed grave doubts about his recovery, believing that his whole system had become tainted with germs from the diseased arm.  In the evening, however, he grew rapidly worse and about midnight passed away.
    Mr. Leedy had been a prominent figure in this part of Van Buren County for many years.

Submitted by  Joan Jaco



Paw Paw True Northerner - Wed. 1 Feb. 1899 - page 1

Mr. William Pugsley died at his home in this village, Friday, January 27, 1899, aged 68 years and 4 months.  Ever since a severe illness some time ago, Mr. Pugsley has been in poor health, with no prospect of again becoming well and strong, and since being taken down recently, his death has been expected.  He was born in Devonshire, England, and emigrated to this country in 1854, coming to Elgin, Ills., where he remained about a year, when he came to this township, settling upon the old home farm, which he owned until his death.

 Submitted by Tom Lumbard - oldman@banet.net


(unknown paper July 1919)
Julia E. Smith Blanchard was born in Paw Paw June 23, 1865 and died at the Borgess Hospital July 13, 1919, after a major operation had been performed. When but an infant, her parents went to NY State where they remained four years, after which they returned to Bloomingdale where she spent her girlhood
days.  Sept. 2, 1880, she was united in marriage to Ellis Blanchard who survives her.  To this union, ten children were born, the two oldest proceeded her to the better land.  She was the daughter of Rev. Sheldon and Mrs. Emily Smith.  She was converted to the Christian faith in early life.  She loved
church and Sunday School.  Was at the time of death a member of Baptist Church here in Plainwell.  She knew her Bible, was loyal to her church and her faith of God;s love never wavered.  She was a very devoted wife and mother.  Besides her husband, she leaves to mourn her departure, four sons and four daughters, Mrs. Susan Smith, second wife of Rev. Sheldon Smith, five brothers and one sister.  The funeral service was held at the Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon conducted by the Pastor, Rev. Littell, who spoke from Rev. 21:4, by request of the deceased.  All the appointments of the service were very simple, lacking in display, in keeping with the taste of Mrs. Blanchard.

Submitted by  Cecilia Shattuck-Clements - Sjandcm@aol.com



Hearld-Paladium - Saturday March 6,1999

MARJORIE ANN MARR       - South Haven--Marjorie Ann Marr, 59, of South Haven, died Thursday, March 4, 1999, at her residence.

She was born Jun 14, 1939, to John and Goldie (Nuttall) Overhiser.  She was a lifetime resident of South Haven.  marjorie worked in home health care for many years and had also been employed at McKenzie's Bakery in South Haven.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Ivan "Whitey" Marr of South Haven; four sons--Larry (Ruth)  Marr of Columbus, Nebraska, Terry of South Haven, Doug (Nancy) Marr of South Haven, Greg (Karen) Marr of South Haven; eight grandchildren--Tyler, Chad, Crystal, Sean, Kristen, Sara, Jenna, and Katie;
her father, John Overhiser of Middlebury, Ind; her sister, Janet Kasarda of Middlebury; her half brother Richard Overhiser of Fort Wayne, Ind.  She was preceeded in death by her mother, Goldie Overhiser.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Calvin-Starks & Frost Chapel, South Haven, with the Rev Villie Dalton officiating.  Burial will follow in McDowell Cemetery.  A Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Calvin- Starks & Frost Funeral Home. Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution
may do so to the charity of their choice.
Submitted by  Kim Kester



Bangor Advance - Friday Mar 27, 1914

Burse Merriman died on the 23rd of March 1914, age 70 years-6 months-and 10 days.  He was the son of Harlow & Nancy Merriman.  He was born in Portage, Ohio Sept 13 1843.  He moved to Van Buren County, Michigan in 1860 on the farm on which he lived until his death. (His farm was on the east side of Merrimans Lake- The lake was named for him)  In 1865 he enlisted in Co. G Michigan 15th Infantry and served until mustered out at the end of the war.  In 1864 he married Betsy Branch and had four children, George, Russell, Frank and Gladys (Glenn Haynes).  They also adopted a daughter, Myra who was married to  ??? Malcomb.

Submitted by  Kim Kester



This comes from the Bangor Reflector

Rachel Bower was born near Greencastle, Bloom township, Fairfield County, Ohio, on July 20th, 1835.  She was the daughter of George A and Sarah Bower, and the eldest of 14 children.  She was married to Michael Yeider in 1854, and to this union 5 children were born, four sons and one daughter all of whom are living.  John of Bangor, with whom she was living at the time of her death, Nov 6th, 1917, William also of Bangor, Mary and Charles of Almena and Perry of Paw Paw.

The deceased was strictly one of the pioneers of Van Buren County.  In an early day when this country was an almost unbroken forest, and with her husband they cleared away the timber and made for themselves a farm and a happy home.  In an early day they were united with the Church of God and continued in the same faith until the end.  "Grandma" as she was known to all her many friends, was a kind and loving mother, a patient sufferer and was endeared to all who knew her.  She leaves to mourn their loss, a step-mother, two sisters, and three brothers two half sisters and two half brothers.  Aside from these there are eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and many other distantrelatives.  Funeral services in charge of Rev. C. H. Kelsey were conducted at her late residence.  Interment in the Hoppon Cemetery on Thursday Nov 8th.

Whose love can equal the love of a mother?
Whose the devotion so loyal and true?
Who suffers so much with such hoy for another?
Who works with such pleasure as mother for you?
You hail with delight the friendship of others,
You revel in love of the sweetheart you've won
Yet where do you find a friendship like mother
When death calls and life's done

Submitted by  Kim Kester



Newspaper unknown.

John H Blanchard was born in Almena township May 12, 1863, the son of Charles
and Mandy Blanchard.  On August 17 1890 he was united in marriage to Mary Jane
Yeider who preceded him in death 16 years ago.  He has lived in the vicinity
of Pine Grove and Almena all of his life and on the present place 40 years.
He departed this life Dec 6 1948 at the age of 85 years, 6 months, and 24
days.  He leaves four nephews.  Harry Terry of Vicksburg, Osroe Yeider Almena,
Alva Yeider of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Harry Yeider of Orlando, Flordia and a
neice Mrs Ida McChintock of Elkhart, Indiana, and many neighbors and friends.

Submitted by  Kim Kester


                                                          The Heavy Veteran Dead
James F. Lee died at his home in Bangor village at 2:10 a. m. Monday, Aug. 15th, 1898, aged 59 years, nine months and nine days.  His funeral was held at the Christian church  Tuesday afternoon the address being delivered by Eld. E. H. Allen.
  In many respects this was the most remarkable funeral ever held in Van Buren county, as Mr. Lee was conceeded to be the heaviest man in the state.  A few weeks before his death his weight being 480 pounds, and it was estimated that his weight at death was about 500.  The casket containing the remains of Mr. Lee was specially ordered by Undertaker Sherrod, was about four feet in width, and six and a half feet long.  This would not go through an ordinary door, it being necessary to take the body out of the house before placing it in the casket.  Eight young strong men were selected as pall bearers, and several others gave their assistance, all having plenty to do to get the ponderous casket in and out the church.
  A casket of this size would not go in an ordinary hearse, so a canopy top spring wagon was specially arranged to carry it.  Uncommon as it is to conduct funerals of this kind it passed off without incident, and a large number of people followed the body to its last resting place in Arlington Hill.
  James F. Lee was born in Indiana, and came to Michigan May, 1862.  He served his country during the rebellion, at the time of his entering the sevice his weight being about 130 pounds.  He was married to Miss Emily Willis in 1861.  To them was born four daughters, all of whom with their mother survive him.
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                                                       THANKS
  We desire to express our most sincere thanks to the many kind friends and neighbors who asisted us through the illness and death and burial of our beloved husband and father.
    Mrs. J. F. Lee
    Mrs. W. C. Stockton
    Mrs. C. E. Christian
    Mrs. W. H. Babcock
    Miss Mae Lee

A picture of James Frank Lee can be viewed at  http://www.rootsweb.com/~mivanbur/lee.htm


The true Notherner, Paw Paw, Michigan, Friday March 4, 1904, page 4

Mrs. Jennett Smith
  Death has claimed another of the pioneers, and Mrs. Edmund Smith was called to her reward last Thursday after-noon at 2 o'clock. The community which has known so long and favorably her and her late husband will miss her kindly presence and influence.
  Jennett Catherine Fowler was born in West Bloomfield, Ontario county, N. Y., September 22, 1817. Her parents were natives of Guilford, Conn. In 1840 she was united in marriage to Edmund Smith of East Lynne, Conn. Two years later they came to this region, where they resided until the time of their deaths,
and with others brought culture, comfort and order out of the wildernessof the forest. Mrs. Smith was always a kind and friendly neighbor, and as a tireless worker has exhibited that heroic character that has made this country great. Childlike and gentle, constantly doing kindly deeds, she was greatly beloved
by all who knew her. Always interested in church and church affairs, the Presbyterian church of Paw Paw has had many practical expressions of her interest. Avery faithful attendantat all servicess, even feeble years did not prevent her braving all sorth of weatherto be in her place. The funeral service, attended by a large number of friends, was held at her late residence last Sunday afternoon and was conducted by her minster, Rev. Chas. E. Huffer, assisted by Rev. H. W. Harvey.
Submitted by Mike Fowler - wtgmike@aol.com
http://hometown.aol.com/wtgmike/genealogy/Fowler.html



The True Northerner, Paw Paw MI, Friday Oct 22, 1915, page 4

William W. Fowler
  Wm. W. Fowler, a resident of Paw Paw for nearly 70 years, passed away at his home in the village last Tuesday at 3 a.m. He suffered a stroke of paralysis some months ago, and while he partially recovered and was able to be about town as usual, his family and friends have known for some time that the end
was near.
  He was born in West Bloomfield, N. Y., October 14, 1835, and came to Paw Paw when 11 years of age, since which time this place has been his home. He was married in 1861 to Mollie Rickard, who died in 1878. In 1880 he married Nellie Sherwood of Battle Creek, who survives him. Two children where born to them, Jeanette, who died in 1903 at the age of 17, and Lewis who resides here.
  Mr. Fowler was connected with the firm of E. Smith & Co. for a period of 26 years. He was a veteran member of the Paw Paw Fire department, which organization has charge of the funeral services at the late home Thursday afternoon. Rev. E. H. Harvey was the officiating clergyman and interment was
at Prospect.
Submitted by Mike Fowler - wtgmike@aol.com
http://hometown.aol.com/wtgmike/genealogy/Fowler.html



The True Northerner, Paw Paw, Michigan, Friday May 4, 1894

 Death of Mrs. Emeline Kemble
Died, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. R. Avery, in this village, on Saturday afternoon, April 29,
Mrs. Emeline Kemble.
 Emeline Fowler was born in West Bloomfield, Ontario county, N. Y., July 23rd, 1822. She was married to A. C. Kemble Sept. 21, 1842. They came to Michigan in 1848, and have resided at Eaton Rapids, Jackson and Paw Paw since that time, and for the past seventeen years deceased has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Avery. Two sisters and a brother. Mrs. Elisha Palmer, Mrs. Edmund Smith, and William Fowler, live here. For the past two years deceased has been in a critical state of health and the announcement of her death, though a shock, caused no surprise to those who knew her.
Funeral from the house Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Warren; burial at Prospect Hill
Submitted by Mike Fowler - wtgmike@aol.com
http://hometown.aol.com/wtgmike/genealogy/Fowler.html



The True Northerner, Paw Paw, Michigan, Friday Sept. 11, 1903, page I

   Miss Jeanette Fowler, who has been sick a long time of appendicitis, died at the hospital in Ann Arbor last week Thursday, aged 18 years. The remains were brought to Paw Paw for burial in Prospect Hill cemetery. The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church Monday, Rev. C. E. Huffer officiating. Miss
Fowler was one of Paw Paw's most highly respected young ladies.
Submitted by Mike Fowler - wtgmike@aol.com
http://hometown.aol.com/wtgmike/genealogy/Fowler.html



Sarah LUMBARD AVERY - Paw Paw, MI http://www.rootsweb.com/~mivanbur/avery.htm
Submitted by Tom Lumbard - oldman@banet.net



 G. A. BENTLEY - Decatur, MI    http://www.rootsweb.com/~mivanbur/bentley.htm
  Submitted by Tom Lumbard - oldman@banet.net



Paper was the ??? Citizen, and was printed on a Monday (no other date)

George F. Woodward, age 77, died last night after a long illness at his home, 93 Woodland avenue.  He was a native of Salisbury.  He is survived by the widow and four children, George A. of Newport, R. I., Arthur M. of Andover, Annie M. Wellington of Franklin, and Albert L. Woodward of this city, also 16 grand children and five great grand children, besides one brother, Walter, who resides in Michigan.
Funeral services will be held at the home Wednesday at two o-clock.
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Note:  The brother Walter Woodward was born May 23, 1853, died May 1,
1933 and was a longtime Hartford/Lawrence area resident (see following
obituary).

Submitted by Dixie Dahlke - dixiedahlke@grcsings.com
No Paper, No Date

W. M. WOODWARD, 80, DIES AT LAWRENCE
HARTFORD, May 1--Walter M. Woodward, 80, died at 1 o'clock this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Irving Peapples, after an illness of 10 days.
The deceased was born in Franklin, New Hampshire, May 23, 1853.  He came to Michigan 48 years ago.  He is survived by two daughters and one son.  The daughters are Mrs. Peapples, matron of the Van Buren county infirmary, and Mrs. Daniel Northrup of Cassopolis.  The son is H. E. Woodward, of Bloomington, Ill.  There are 11 grandsons.
The late Mr. and Mrs. Woodward lived in Benton Harbor for 12 years.
Mrs. Woodward died last March, a few days before their golden wedding
anniversary.
Funeral services will be held at the family home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o,clock.  The Rev. John H. Balfour will officiate, and interment will take place in Lawrence Hill cemetery.  The casket bearers will include Donald Bardon of Watervliet and five grandsons of the deceased -- Walter Woodward, Clarence Peapples and Floyd Parks, Hartford; Earl Woodward, Benton Harbor and Harold Peapples, St. Joseph.
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Note: Mrs. Irving Peapples is Mrs. Clarence Irving (Ida May Woodward)
Peapples; Clarence and Harold are their sons.  Don Bardon is the widower
of Halo Woodward and Earl is, I believe, their son.

Submitted by Dixie Dahlke - dixiedahlke@grcsings.com
No paper, no date

WOODWARD -- Mertie Francis, daughter of Walter M. and Nellie N. Woodward died at the home of her parents on Friday, Jan. 7, 1887.  Aged 6 years, 3 months and 2 days.
Mertie Francis Woodward was born Oct. 3, 1880 in Blackford Co, Ind., and moved with her parents Oct. 28, 1883 to Grand Traverse Co, Mich, where they lived until Aug. 20, 1886 and then moved to their present location in Lawrence township, Van Buren Co, Mich.
She was taken ill Sept. 20, 1886, with scarlet fever but had so far recovered as to be around to play, when she was seized with an attact [sic] of inflamatory rheumatism from which she suffered, oh, so much and so long! When she began to get better from this the dropsy set in, and, being weak from her previous illness she did not rally from this but gradually failed until she passed away to that Land from whence no traveler returns.  Not a murmur passed her lips and the little one bore her suffering so patiently that all who saw her could not help loving her.
Altho' the family have no relatives in this state, yet they found warm hearts and willing hands to assist them in their dark hour of bereavement.  The funeral was held at the Barnes schoolhouse on Sunday
last and the remains buried in the new cemetery.

Card of Thanks
We acknowledge with great appreciation the favors shown us by kind
friends and neighbors during the illness and death of our daughter.
Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Woodward
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Note:  Various obituaries refer to Mrs. W. M. Woodward as Nellie, Ellen
and Hattie.

Submitted by Dixie Dahlke - dixiedahlke@grcsings.com



No paper, no date (Must be either 1932 or 1933)
HEART ATTACK IS FATAL TO MRS. W. M. WOODWARD--
Just as she was ready to come to the State Theatre operated by her grandson, Walter Woodward, shortly before 7 o'clock Monday evening, Mrs. Hattie Woodward, aged 72, was stricken with a heart attack which resulted in her death four hours later.  Funeral rites for her will be held at the Zuver & Calvin chapel at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, Rev. J. H. Balfour of Coloma officiating, and the body will be taken to Lawrence for burial.  Four grandsons will act as casket bearers.  Mrs. Woodward is survived by her husband, W. M. Woodward, to whom she was married 56 years ago, on March 14, 1877.  Mr. and Mrs. Woodward had been residents of Hartford for 45 years, having resided for the past several
years at their home on Marion avenue where her death occurred.  For a number of years they resided on a farm in northeast Hartford.  Mrs. Woodward is also survived by three children, Mrs. C. I. Peapples of
Hartford, Mrs. D. L. Horthrup of Cassopolis and Horace E. Woodward of Bloomington, Ill. and by eleven grandchildren.

Submitted by Dixie Dahlke - dixiedahlke@grcsings.com



No paper, no date (Must be either 1932 or 1933)  Same person as
above, different paper
MRS. E. WOODWARD, OF HARTFORD, DIES
HARTFORD, March 7 -- Mrs. Ellen Woodward, 73, died Monday night, following a sudden heart attack at 6:15 at her home on Marion avenue west of the village.
Mrs. Woodward had eaten supper, and was preparing to go to the theatre when she was stricken.
Her daughter and her husband, Mrs. and Mrs. Irving Peapples, were called and were at her bed side at the time of her death.
Funeral arrangements are not made as yet.  Mrs. Woodward's son, H. E. Woodward, of Bloomington, Ill., will arrive today and arrangements will be announced later.  The body is at the Zuver & Calvin funeral home, but will be taken to the family home this evening.
Mrs. Woodward is survived by her husband, one son, two daughters, Mrs. I. Peapples who is proprietress of the Van Buren County Infirmary, and Mrs. Daniel Northrup, of Cassopolis, who is at present quite ill at the University hospital, Ann Arbor, and 11 grandchildren.

Submitted by Dixie Dahlke - dixiedahlke@grcsings.com



No Paper - No Date
MRS. DON BARDEN [sic]
Miss Halo Woodward was born in Hartford, Michigan, Dec. 29, 1890 and died at her home in Watervliet, Wednesday, January 7, 1914, being  twenty-three years and nine days old.
She was married to Don Bardon [sic], of Watervliet, April 10, 1910.   From this happy union one little boy was born, Donald, whom this affliction leaves motherless.  She leaves a father, a mother, two
brothers, three sisters, the little son Donald, and an affectionate and devoted husband, to mourn their loss.
She united with the Congregational church at Benton Harbor, a number of years ago, and never entirely gave up her faith, as was evidencd by her grasp upon Jesus when she realized that death was near.  She seemed to delight to sing Gospel hymns, and only a few minutes before she passed
away she used her little strength in singing, "We Are Going Home."
Although during her short illness she suffered great pain, the pain ceased toward the last and she passed quietly and peacefully away with a smile upon her lips.
The funeral services were held at the Congregational church in Watervliet, conducted by Rev. F. L. Niles.  That she was held in high esteem was evidenced by the very large congregation of sympathising
[sic] friends who attended the services.  The interment was in the  cemetery near that vilage.

Submitted by Dixie Dahlke - dixiedahlke@grcsings.com


CLARENCE GUY WOODWARD was born at Walton Junction, Michigan, May 4, 1886, and departed this life at Hartford, Michigan, September 18, 1918, after a lingering illness at the early age of 32 years.
The greater part of his early life was spent in Benton Harbor, Michigan where he was married to Carrie Smith, September 16, 1905.  Two sons, Walter and Earl were born to this union, who survive him.
In June, 1616, he enlisted in Co. C, 3rd Illinois Volunteers and was stationed at San Antonio, Texas.  Doing well in the service he was promoted to corporal but his soldier life was cut short by ill health
and he was finally mustered out February, 1917.  His illness continued but he lived through it with a cherished hope that some day he would be strong enough to rejoin his comrades in arms and be with them in the mighty struggle for world peace and contentment.  This hope was doomed to be blasted for the Great Angel of Death came and spoke peace to his soul.  His friends in loving memory speak of him as a splendid workman, a good companion with a kind and sympathetic nature, a dutiful boy, kind
and loving to his aging mother and father.
He leaves to mourn his loss, a wife, two sons, a father, a mother, one  brother, H. E. Woodward of Joliet, Ill., three sisters, Mrs. C. I. Peapples and Mrs. D. L. Northrup of Dowagiac, and Miss Lena Woodward at
home.

--Card of Thanks--
We wish to thank ouf friends and neighbors for their sympathy and
kindness, also, for the beautifl floral offerings extended to us during
the sickness and death of our son and brother.
W. M. Woodward and Family
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Note: Mrs. C. I. Peapples was Mrs. Clarence Irving (Ida May Woodward)
Peapples, my paternal grandmother.
Submitted by Dixie Dahlke - dixiedahlke@grcsings.com



BANGOR REFLECTOR, Friday Sept. 2,1881

CREGO, Mrs.Hannah

Mrs Hannah Crego, aged 78 years, died at the residence of her son-in-law, V.F. Randall , near Saddle Lake, Last Friday. The funeral was held on Saturday at the house, by Rev. S. Smith of Bangor.

*Submitters note: Mrs.Hannah Crego was b.1803 Ontario Co.,NY to Absalom & Anna (Babcock) Russell, he being a descendant of William Russell of Cambridge,MA 1636. Mrs.Hannah Crego was formerly Mrs.John C.Perkins who died in Napoleon,Jackson  Co.,MI in 1842. Her second husband was the widow, John Crego Jr. of the same place.

Submitted by Denise Perkins Ready - Dperk2000@prodigy.net


1921 Van Buren Co.,MI Resident (unknown newspaper)

SMITH, Mrs. Edith M. (Perkins)

Edith M.Perkins, daughter of William and Mary Perkins, was born in Breedsville, Van Buren Co.,MI, November 3,1869; died at her home in St.Joseph,  MI, November 15, 1921 aged 52  years and 12 days.
 When about seven years of age she moved with her parents to South Haven, where they lived about two years, coming to Bloomingdale in September, 1878. Here she spent her girlhood, and secured her education.
  In 1892 she married William Skinner, to which union one daughter, Mrs.Frank M. Keeney, of Kalamazoo was born.   In 1899 she was married to G.R.Smith and they made their home here until
1914, when they moved to Williamston where they remained until Mr.Smith's death in April 1920. To this union six children were born- Winifred,Harold,Dorothy, Donald, Floy and Katherine, all surviving except
Donald, who died in early childhood.
  In November, 1920, the family  moved to Lansing about two months ago when they went to St.Joseph to make their home.
  Before leaving Bloomingdale, Mrs. Smith accepted Jesus as her Savior, who was her help and comfort through her long and painful sickness. Only her abiding faith and trust in her Master sustained her.
  A little over a  year ago she was stricken with that terrible disease, cancer, and for many months has been a great sufferer.  Besides the children, she leaves a mother, Mrs.Mary Perkins, a brother,
Roy D.Perkins, and a sister, Mrs. Ellis Simon, all of this place. Also five step-children, Ed Smith of St.Joseph; Fred Smith of Portland,Oregon; Chan.Smith of Litchfield, Neb; Mrs.Geo.Hoffman of St.Joseph, and George Smith of Yankton, S.Dak., besides many other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were conducted from the home of the mother and sister in this village Thursday afternoon, Rev. W.E. Swift assisted by Rev. Wm.Smith, officiating. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery.

Submitted by Denise Perkins Ready - Dperk2000@prodigy.net



VAN BUREN CO., MI  (unknown newspaper) April 1919

KEENEY,Stanley Richard

Mrs.R.D.Perkins was in Kalamazoo Saturday to attend the funeral of Stanley Richard, the infant son of Mr.and Mrs. Frank Keeney, who was born at Bronson Hospital Wednesday and died Friday morning. Mrs.Keeney was formerly Miss Avis Skinner of this place.

Submitted by Denise Perkins Ready - Dperk2000@prodigy.net



VAN BUREN CO.,MI  (unknown newspaper)  Gobles, MI  1963

SIMON,Mrs. Ena B.
Age 79, passed away Tuesday at the Shattuck Nursing Home, Route 1, Gobles,MI.  Mrs.Simon is survived by a foster daughter, Mrs.Dorothy Knight; 4 nieces, Mrs. Winifred Powell, Mrs.Dorothy Keeney, Mrs.Floy Saxton, Mrs. Katherine Finch; several cousins.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2pm at the Andre Funeral Home, Gobles. Burial Spring Grove Cemetery, Bloomingdale.

Submitted by Denise Perkins Ready - Dperk2000@prodigy.net



VAN BUREN CO., MI     (unknown newspaper) BLOOMINGDALE, MI  1932

SIMON, Ellis

Stricken while teaching his class of boys in the Methodist Sunday School Sunday, Ellis Simon scarcely  regained consciousness before he passed away at his home in this village about 10:30 Monday night.
  Ellis Simon, the son of Joseph and Mary Ann Simon, was born at La Otto, Indiana, Dec.7,1874. He came to this vicinity on his birthday, in 1899, and was employed in the E.J.Merrifield store until 1904, when he went into the Peoples State Bank, where he  remained until his death. At the time of his death he was conservator for that institution. Sept.14,1904 he married Miss Ena Perkins, who, with a daughter, Mrs. Roger Powers, of Albion,survive. He also leaves a brother and two sisters, all living in Indiana.
 Mr.Simon was a devoted member of the M.E. Church and active in all its undertaking, having been superintendent of the Sunday School for a number of years, and later teacher of a young men's bible class. He had also held a number of responsible positions connected with the village and township.
 Funeral services will be held from the M.E.Church at 1:30 this afternoon, with Rev. Thomas Pollard officiating. Burial in Spring Grove cemetery.

Submitted by Denise Ready - Dperk2000@prodigy.net



Unknown Newspaper.  1924 Bloomingdale, MI

PERKINS,Mrs.Grace Eleanor.

Grace Eleanor, daughter of Martin J. and Caroline Buckner, was born in Waverly township, Van Buren county, Michigan, Nov.30,1876; departed this life April 4,1924, at their home in Bloomingdale, aged 47 years,4 months and 4 days.
  Her childhood days were spent on a farm west of Covey Hill and she attended the Myers school and the Sunday school at the Covey Hill church. Later she went with her parents to Gobles where she attended the high school and was a worker in the Free Baptist Sunday school and youngs  peoples society.
  May 31,1897 she was united in marriage to Roy D.Perkins of Bloomingdale, and since then has made her home in this village. For many years after her marriage she assisted with the work in the Bloomingdale Leader office and enjoyed the privilege of assisting her husband in his labors. To the above union two sons were born- Paul Martin, who died in infancy, and Cecil Max who with the husband,
her parents who reside in Gobles, one brother and one sister, both of Chicago, besides other relatives and a host of friends, are left to mourn the loss of a devoted wife,mother, sister and friend.
  Mrs.Perkins was of a cheerful disposition and always looked on the happy side of life; a great lover of the outdoors and the beauties of nature. During her last sickness, even though she knew she could not recover, she always greeted her friends with a smile and a word of good cheer. It can be truly be said of her that those who loved her best were those who knew her best.
  Shortly after coming to Bloomingdale she accepted Jesus as her Savior and has always had an abiding trust in his saving power. It was beautiful to see her faith during her months of suffering and pain and often spoke to her friends of the joy she found in Jesus' promises for the home beyond and of her hopes of meeting those she loved on the other shore. Though she disliked to leave those who needed her care, she was always a most patient sufferer and believed that whatever God's will was, was best.
  Funeral services were conducted from the Church of Christ Monday forenoon by her pastor, Rev. C.M. Pease. Interment was in the new Spring Grove Cemetery.
  We wish it were possible to find words that exress in a measure the gratitude we feel to all the dear friends who did so much to make the last days of our dear wife and mother more happy and comfortable. We do so appreciate all the flowers and plants which made her sick room brighter and the hundreds of delicacies which were sent to tempt her appetite. For all such kindness and the words of cheer that was given her we say, God Bless all of you. We also wish to tell you how much we appreciate your words and acts of sympathy since her death and the wonderful floral tribute at her funeral. It would be impossible to mention all who we would like to thank, but we do so appreciate the kindness of Supt. Price who dismissed the high school for the funeral; the Boy Scouts of the Baptist Sunday school and the Loyal Womens class of the Christian Sunday school who attended in a body and acted as escorts, and to the dear friends who came to pay their last respects to our loved one. Again we say God Bless you all, for we truly appreciate all you have done to make our dear one's and our own load lighter to bear.     Roy and Cecil

*Submitters: I believe this obituary was probably written up in the family newspaper, THE LEADER- Bloomingdale,MI.
Submitted by Denise Perkins Ready - Dperk2000@prodigy.net



THE COURIER-LEADER, Paw Paw, MI   November 18,1932

MRS.MARY PERKINS, aged 85 years, passed away at her home in this village Wednesday morning, November 9 after an illness lasting several months. Mrs Perkins was formerly Mary Elizabeth Hice and was born October 3,1847. She has been a resident of this village many years. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ena Simon with whom she has lived for some time. She also leaves one sister, Mrs.Augusta Eaton, who has lovingly cared for her during her illness and one brother, Elmer Hice, who is in Florida spending the winter. She also leaves eight grandchildren. She was a member of the M.E. Church at this place and was a very devoted Christian. Funeral services were held from the home Sunday afternoon and were conducted by her pastor Rev. S.W. Hayes. Burial was at Breedsville cemetery.

*submitters note. Mrs.Mary E.(Hice) Perkins was the daughter of Henry &  Sarah (Hinterleiter) Hice of Breedsville,MI.  She was the wife of William  H.Perkins.
Submitted by Denise Perkins Ready - Dperk2000@prodigy.net



GOBLES, MI    Issue. 7,Aug.1930 Unknown Newspaper.

BUCKNER,Mrs.Caroline Marie
Miss Caroline Marie Hughson was born Dec.8,1846 in the state of New York, and passed away at the Woodlawn Hospital in Chicago,IL, July 4,1830. When just a girl she with her parents and twelve brothers and sisters, came to Michigan. She was married to Martin J. Buckner, who was a veteran of the
Civil War. Five children came to bless their home. One daughter, Mrs.Maude Wangrow of Kalamazoo, and Landen M.Buckner are left to mourn her departure.
   They moved in 1885 to Gobles where they made their home until Mr.Buckners death in 1926, after which she made her home with her son. "Aunt Carrie" as she was better  known to all her friends, was a faithful member of the Womans Relief Corps and the Baptist church. She had been in quite poor health for a good many of years and on May 7,1930 she fell, breaking her hip, from which she never recovered.
  Besides her children, she leaves one brother, one sister, seven grandchildren, eleven great-grand-children, and a host of friends. The body was brought back to Gobles where the funeral was held at the Community church, conducted by Rev. George Epley.

*submitters note: Caroline (Hughson) Buckner was the daughter of Gilbert & Phebe Ann (Palmer) Hughson originally from Monroe Co., NY*
Submitted by Denise Perkins Ready - Dperk2000@prodigy.net



THE COURIER NORTHERN- Paw Paw, MI #35, Friday September 2,1927
BLOOMINGDALE EDITOR COMMITS SUICIDE
Roy D.Perkins, Editor of LEADER, Shot Himself Wednesday.

Roy D.Perkins, 52, editor and well known citizen of Bloomingdale Committed suicide in his office late Wednesday evening by shooting himself with a rifle. Mr.Perkins had been in ill health for some time and evidently had planned to take his life for some time.
  His son, Cecil Perkins, returning to his home from a day at the Allegan fair and  not finding his father, went to the office, where he found him sitting at his desk, dead.
  Physicians and officers were called at once but said, after making an investigation that Mr.Perkins had died instantly from the gun shot. He left three sealed letters on the desk and one unsealed, showing that he had thought the matter out very carefully. In the unsealed letter, he wrote that he had comtemplated the act at several different times and that it was due entirely to the state of his health, realizing that he might become a burden to others.
  Mr.Perkins was highly esteemed by all who knew him and his untimely death will be regretted over the county. His wife died two years ago and since that time he has been more or less discouraged.

*submitters note: His "wife" was, Grace Elenor (Buckner), dau. of Martin J. & Caroline M. (Hughson) Buckner, she was the daughter of Gilbert & Pheobe Ann (Palmer) Hughson originally from Monroe Co.,NY. Martin J.Buckner was b. in Prussia, he served in the Civil War from NY.Came to MI and moved to Gobles,MI where he opperated a grocery there.
Submitted by Denise Perkins Ready - Dperk2000@prodigy.net



THE BANGOR ADVANCE
               Bangor, MI Friday September 21,1894
William Perkins
The remains of Mr.Wm.Perkins, who died of brights disease at his home in Bloomingdale Sept.12, were brought to this place last Friday and laid to rest in the Breedsville Cemetery. Mr.Perkins was the son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. H. Hise, and a brother of Mrs. S Cushman and a half brother of V.F. Randall. Several members of the I.O.O.F of this place joined the friends at the cemetery to pay their last respects to a brother who had formerly belonged to this lodge and was also a resident of this village several
years ago.
Submitted by Denise Perkins Ready - Dperk2000@prodigy.net


THE COURIER NORTHERN-Paw Paw, MI  #35, Friday September 2,1827

            TWO KILLED IN LAWTON SATURDAY

Mrs. Edward Beach and Daughter Killed, Mr.Beach Seriously Hurt.

 Mrs Edward Beach and her daughter Maxine, 13, who reside south of Lawton, were instantly killed and Mr.Beach was seriously injured last Saturday morning when their automobile was struck by a fast train passing through Lawton.
  Mr.Beach and his family had gone to Lawton to take the local train for Kalamazoo and as this train was pulling into the station, they failed to notice the approach of the fast train west and their car was stuck and almost entirely demolished while the two ladies were killed and Mr.Beach injured.   He was rushed to New Borgess Hospital, where, at this writing, it is reported that he is holding his own and that conditions are fairly good for his recovery.
  Miss Cleora Beach, another daughter, is employed in Kalamazoo during the summer, being a student at the Western State Teachers College.
   Funeral services for the mother and daughter were held in the M.E. Church, Lawton, Monday afternoon and interment was made in the local cemetery. Many Paw Paw friends of the family hope for Mr.Beach's recovery and extend sympathy in his great loss.

Submitted by Denise Ready - Dperk2000@prodigy.net



Byron McNees
     Byron McNees, 76, of route 2, Box 227 E, Benton Harbor, died at 4:45 a.m.Wednesday in the Berrien County hospital, Berrien Center, where he had been a patient five weeks. He had been ill for several years.
     A retired farmer, Mr. McNees was born in Breedsville, April 3, 1886. He had lived in Berrien county most of his life.     He married Ruby Beardsley on Jan. 19, 1910 in Buckley.
     Survivors include his wife; three sons, Perry of Stevensville, Moses of Kalamazoo, and Oral of Benton Harbor; four daughters, Mrs. Zenon (Annie) Landry of Gonzales, La., Mrs. Hilton (Minnie) Haney of Newport Richy, Fla., Mrs. Murl (Olga) Phillips of Benton Harbor, and Mrs. George (Bernum) Ditton of
Kalamazoo; three brothers, Clifton of Battle Creek, Ernest of Bangor and Harold of South Haven; three sisters, Mrs. George (Addie) Connine of Athens, Mrs. Howard (Vyrokie) Slocum of Upper Sandusky, Ohio and Mrs. Frank (Clara) Green of Bangor; 43 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Kerliskowske, Starks & Beatty funeral home, St. Joseph. The Rev. Roger Campbell, of Calvary Bible church of Benton Harbor, will officiate.
     Burial will be in North Shore Memory Gardens, Benton Harbor.

Bryan McNees died May 9, 1962. The obit. ran in the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph newspaper.
Bryan NcNees is the grandfather of Mrs. Donna J. Howard - DHoward608@aol.com



Moses McNees
Moses McNees, 79, died at his farm home five miles west of Bangor Monday afternoon. Mr. McNees is survived by 10 children, 58 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren, making a total of 90 descendants.
     Coming here when a young man from Indiana, where he was born Sept. 19, 1860, Mr. McNees spent almost all of his life on his farm near Bangor.
     The ten surviving children are: Byron, Sodus; Melven and Ernest, Bangor; Clifford, Battle Creek; Mrs. Adeline Connine, Athens; Mrs. Flossie Green, Hartford; Mrs. Clarie Green, Bangor; Harold, South Haven, and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Viola Baker, South Haven. Two brothers and a sister also survive him.
     Funeral service will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon in the Sherrod funeral chapel, with Rev. Patrick Webster officiating. Burial will be made in the Breedsville cemetery.

  Moses Lynly McNees,  died 6 Nov, 1939. I believe the obit. ran in The Bangor Advance.
  Moses McNees is the great grandfather of Mrs. Donna J. Howard - DHoward608@aol.com



Annie (Hudson) McNees
     Mrs. Annie McNees, 72, died at her home in West Bangor Tuesday evening. The funeral service will be held Saturday afternnoon in the Sherrod Chapel at 2 o'clock with Rev. Patrick Webster officiating. Burial will be made in the Breedsville Cemetery.

Annie McNees, wife of Moses Lynly died May 1 1938. Obit taken from The Bangor Advance on May 19, 1938, page 5, column 4.
Annie McNees is the great grandmother of Mrs. Donna J. Howard - DHoward608@aol.com


PIONEER RESIDENT BURIED TUESDAY
Mrs. Lottie PRATER, Life-Long Citizen, Died at the Age of 78   Charlotte M. Dunham was born near Syracuse, N. Y., July 3, 1846, and died at her home in Paw Paw June 7 at the age of 78 years.  She was the daughter of Loren and Mahala Richmond-Dunham, formerly of Vermont. (* See editor note at end of obit.)   The mother of the family dying before she was a year old, she lived with her father's
relatives until about 8 years of age, when she came to Michigan to make her home with her elder sister, Mrs. Frances Buskirk.  From this home she attended the Gliddenburg school and in 1864 was united in marriage to George E. Prater and for more than 43 years they lived on the old Prater homestead.
Mr. Prater died Dec. 14, 1919, and since that time she has made her home with her son, W. A. Prater, and wife, who with their son and his family have given her every attention.
  Mr. and Mrs. Prater were the parents of two sons, William A. of Paw Paw
and Germain E. of Grand Rapids.
  Mr. and Mrs. Prater were among the pioneers of this section and contributed no small share in the upbuilding of the community.
  In 1877 Mr. and Mrs. Prater were influential among twenty others who organized the Gliddenburg Free Will Baptist Church and for more than 40 years this was her Christian home.  Since her removal to Paw Paw she has been an honored member of the Baptist church here.
  With Mr. and Mrs. Prater and Leo Prater and family, "Aunt Lottie," as she was known to a large circle of friends, spent the past winter in Florida, making the trip by auto and enjoying every minute of her stay in the south land of flowers and winter sunshine and we believe that eternal sunshine is now hers.
  Children and grandchildren mourn their loss and a large circle of friends value her influence and treasure her memory.
  "Folks are of two kinds, and she
Was of the kind I'd like to be.
Some preach their virtues, and a few
Express their lives by what they do;
That sort was she.
Her deeds outran her words so far
That more than what they seem they are.
Life’s thought with her ran deep and pure;
And when she passed I think there went
A soul to yonder firmament
So white, so splendid and so fine
It came almost to God’s design."
Funeral services were held from the home Tuesday afternoon and were largely attended,                      Dr. C. C. Willett, pastor of the Baptist church, officiating, and interment was made in the family plot in Prospect cemetary. -------Con.
The above obit was sent to me by  Chris Smith.
*Although both Charlotte's obit and death record state that her father was Loren Dunham,  he has discovered that her parents were Anson Dunahm and Mahala Richmond.



My Great Grandfather

NEIL PRATER b. Nov. 9, 1893 in Paw Paw, Van Buren Co., MI d. June 10, 1977 in Weslaco, Hidalgo Co., TX

WESLACO – Neil Prater, 83, of 416 E. Fifth died about 11 a.m. Friday in Knapp Methodist Hospital after a long illness.

He retired in 1958 as a district manager for the Southwest Division of Kroger Foods. Prior to that time, he had been associated with the Wolverine Produce Exchange of Grand Rapids, Mich.

A resident of Weslaco since 1936, he had moved to Harlingen in 1921. He was a native of Paw Paw, Mich. He was a veteran of World War I, serving in the army as a corporal.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the McCaleb Funeral Home. The Rev. Monty Richards, Baptist minister, will officiate. Cremation will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio.

Survivors include the wife, Mrs. Lila Prater, an artist widely known in the area who operates the Lila Prater Studio; two daughters, Mrs. Joseph Calelly of Houston and Mrs. Donald Fleming of Willis, Tex.

Also surviving is a granddaughter, Mrs. Linda Heggood of Houston; three grandsons, Steven Calelly of Pasadena, Tex., Patrick Calelly and Jon Fleming, both of Houston; and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions be made to the Knapp Hospital respiratory unit.

Chris Smith
chris.smith@usa.net



In memory of LILLIAN M. WESTON, born June 14, 1901 South Haven, MI
Entered into Rest Nov. 25, 1973 Kalamazoo, MI
Services from the Gobles Chapel Robbins Funeral Home
Nov. 28, 1973 at 1:00 p.m   Rev. Paul Arnstrom
Interment at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, MI.

Faye Rouse
Quodon@aol.com



JAMES O. WESTON,
     Hartford, MI, passed away July 22, 1975.  Mr. Weston was 74, he lived at 1932 Burlingame S.W. Grand Rapids, MI, formerly of Hartford, MI, died early today in Butterworth hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
     Mr. Weston had been employed 49 years as an engineer for Chesapeake and Ohio RR, retiring in 1970.  Surviving are his widow the former Florence Folts, a son Ronald of Grand Rapids and a daughter Florence Joy of Grand Rapids, MI

Faye Rouse
Quodon@aol.com



Found this among my mother-in-laws papers no date on it.
RUSH LAKE AREA RESIDENT BURIED
     MARY BELL (CORWIN) THOMPSON, 80 died Friday at the county hospital, where she had been a patient for several days.
     A resident of the Rush Lake district, Mrs. Thompson, had been cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Ola Rouse.  Besides her daughter, she is survived by a son William of Chicago; by two brothers, Eugene Corwin, of Dowagiac and Frank Corwin of Lake City, by five grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.
     The Rev. William E. Goltz officated at funeral services Sunday afternoon at the Calvin chapel.  Burial was at Watervliet.  Pallbeards were William Nutting, Herbert McAllister, Irving McConnoehie, Ben Cook, Harold Camp and Eve West.

Faye Rouse
Quodon@aol.com



JULIA TOOMEY DONOVAN
    The youngest of seven children of Michael and Mary Toomey, Mrs. Julia Toomey Donovan was
born in County Cork, Ireland, January 1, 1852, and passed away January 28. 1931, at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Milton Lee, in southeast Hartford.
    At the age of 15 Julia Toomey came to America and settled in New York City. At the age of 19
she came to Lawrence, Mich., and made her home with an aunt, Mrs. Donovan. At the age of 22
she was united in marriage to John B. Donovan at St. Augustine's Catholic church, Kalamazoo. To
this union six children were born, of whom five survive.
    The surviving children are Mrs. P. D. Healy, Watervliet; Mrs. Julia Knapp, Battle Creek; Mrs.
Bert Garrett, Hartford; Timothy Donovan, Kalamazoo, and Mrs. Milton G. Lee, Hartford. One child
died in infancy.
    Mrs. Donovan was one of the pioneer settlers of Arlington township. She aided her husband in
chopping the forest from their land, took their grist to Decatur and went to Kalamazoo to church
over a trail through the woods.
    Although old in years, she was young in spirit, and was popularly and affectionately known among
her neighbors and friends as "Grandma" Donovan.
    She was in good health until Sunday morning, January 25, when she was stricken with cerebral
hemorrhage and passed away on January 28.
    Funeral services were held at Immaculate Conception church in Hartford, with solemn high mass
conducted by Rev. Fr. Whitteman, Benton Harbor, Rev. Fr. Bona, Paw Paw, and Rev. Fr. Murphy,
Watervliet. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery at Paw Paw beside the body of her husband.

Patricia McIntyre
pmcintyre@worldnet.att.net


Mrs. Nettie Wade
Bloomingdale, Feb. 28 - 1958
Mrs. Nettie Wade, 75, died Friday noon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Roberta Myers, of Bloomingdale.
She was born Sept. 4,1883, in Green Castle, Ind., and had been a resident of Bloomingdale for the past 35 years.
Besides her daughter, Mrs. Myers, survivors include two sons, Arthur of Bristol, Conn. and Leonard, of Indianapolis,
Ind.; 10 grandchildren and a brother, Oscar McIntire, of Terre Haute, Ind.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Robbins funeral home in Bloomingdale, with the Rev. Carl
Koloseik, officiating.
Burial will be in Spring Grove cemetery in Bloomingdale.

Submitted by Alice Wade  Alwu2@aol.com


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