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This is a collection of the Deaths published in the Fenton Independent Newspaper from 1938 through 1943.

These tables are being added as they are completed. There are 17 tables in all encompassing 173 pages of text.

Digitized and Transcribed by: Cheryl Canty

Fenton Independent Deaths
1938 - 1943
Date Obituary
2 Jan 1938 GATES, WALTER N. , 68, farmer of Tyrone township, died in the hospital at Howell of pneumonia. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Home In Fenton, Rev. A.T.F. Butt Of The Methodist Church Officiating. Interment In The Colwell Cemetery In Tyrone Township. Surviving Are His Widow, Two Sons, Roy N. Of Tyrone Township and Richard N. at home; two daughters, Charlene and Vivian, at home; brother, Elmer Of St. Joseph, Mo; Sister Edith Jacobs Of Saginaw, And Stepmother, Mrs. Nancy Gates of Fenton. He was born Dec. 18, 1869, son of George W. And Julia Gates. He married Mae Marshall April 20, 1928. He had resided in Tyrone township practically all of his life.
4 Jan 1938 HAMILTON, A. W. , 86, passed away at his home west of Fenton on the Linden Road. Funeral from the Davis-Graham chapel with Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell of the Presbyterian church officiating. With the passing of Mr. Hamilton, this community loses a man of noble character. Mr. Hamilton, although handicapped in speech and hearing, resided comfortably at his farm home and made many friends during the more than 50 years residence there. He was born in Fenton Jan. 26, 1851, the son of John B. and Charlotte Hamilton. As a young man, he was one of the first to enter the Flint School for the Deaf. The institution was just beginning, and upon his graduation he attended Gallaudet College, Washington, D.C. He, with others of the college, were invited frequently to receptions at the White House by President Grant. On May 26, 1878 Mr. Hamilton married Miss Anna Maria Furgeson of Hillsdale county. Together the couple have since resided on the farm. Surviving are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Frank Collette of Lansing, two grandchildren, Agnes and Eleanor, one sister, Mrs. Morehouse, and one brother, C. B. Hamilton of Fenton.
3 Jan 1938 CURTIS, MILTON C., aged 68, passed away at his farm on the Lahring road. Funeral from the Methodist church in Linden with Rev. Millard, pastor of the church officiating. Burial in Fairview, Linden. Surviving is the wife; one daughter, Mrs. Ray Sharp, at home, two grandchildren, Donald Curtis and Joyce Sharp.
31 Dec 1937 SUTTON, HENRY, 67, proprietor of the North Linden grocery store for the past two and one-half years, passed away at his home on N. Bridge Street In Linden. Funeral from Bowles funeral home with burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Rev. Harry Hosmer, pastor of the Free Methodist church, officiated. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Minnie Sutton, 3 daughters, Mrs. Sada Porter, Mrs. Maude Huntley and Mrs. Pansie Watt and two grand­children, Jack Porter and Marguerite Watt.
9 Jan 1938 DEXTER, JOSEPH A. of Tyrone township died at the home of his son J. B. Dexter in Battle Creek. Mr. Dexter was born Feb. 14, 1853, the son of Amos and Lovica Brooks Dexter. On June 14, 1890 he married Jennie Cornell, dau of Warren and Katherine Cornell. Mr. Dexter has always resided at the homestead established by his parents just one hundred years ago. He was the last of thirteen children. Funeral from the Tyrone Community church, Rev. W. H. Simmons, pastor, officiating, assisted by Rev. Jones of Hart1and. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton.
6 Jan 1938 KNAPP, MISS ALICE JOSEPHINE, aged 83, died in the Byron Nursing Home. She was born in the the township on the 1ine between Vernon and Burns, Shiawassee County, the dau of Mr. & Mrs. Owen Knapp and was one of a family of six children. She came to Byron at an early age, her parents being early settlers of this village. Here her father, for many years followed the trade of carpenter and cabinet maker. She made her home for several years here with her sister, Mrs. Donald D. McFadden, who passed away March 29, 1929. Since that time she has lived alone. Miss Knapp leaves no relatives as she was the only surviving member of her family. Funeral from the late home on Railroad Ave., Rev. A. O. Hathaway officiating. Burial in Byron cemetery.
6 Jan 1938 MILLIKIN, WILLIAM, aged 69, of Almont. Burial in Almont. His widow is well known here [Byron] and was formerly Mrs. Carrie Burlingame to whom he was married on March 17, 1931.
11 Jan 1938 GOFF, MRS. JOSEPHINE passed away at her home in St. Cloud, Florida. She was the wife of James Goff, formerly of Byron. They had lived in the Byron vicinity all their lives until 1909, when they moved to St. Cloud on account of the health of their daughter Kathleen. Mrs. Goff was a member of the Presbyterian church, also of the O.E.S. and W.R.C. Josephine Orr, oldest dau of Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Orr, was born in Argentine township Genesee Co., Mich. Oct. 12, 1863. They moved later to Burns township, Shiawassee county, where she 1 ived until she moved to St. Cloud, Florida. Mrs. Goff was graduated from the Fenton Normal and also attended school in Ann Arbor. She taught school for several years. She married Mr. Goff on April 26, 1893. To this union three children were born, two sons who died in infancy, Derwood and Stuart, and one daughter, Kathleen, who lived with her in St. Cloud. She is survived by her daughter, three sisters, Mrs. A. W. Hoisington, Mrs. Will Wadley, and Mrs. Robert Fox, and a step­daughter, Mrs. Daisy Eddy of Lansing.
15 Jan 1938 ROSELL, SIDNEY B., 81, died at his home in Rose township where he had lived for 40 years. Funeral from the Rose town hall, Rev. F. A. Burnett officiating. He was a native of New York, born there Aug. 19, 1857. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Eve Lundeen Rosell, formerly of Cadillac, who he married 8 years ago, and his son, Charles G. Rosell, also of Rose, three grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Newsom of Keego Harbor and Mrs. Lillian Mascho of Highland, and two brothers, Fred Rosell of Mt. Morris and C. E. Rosell of Highland.
15 Jan 1938 WISNER, MRS. BERT, former Holly resident, who would have been 75 next Sunday, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hugh Johnson of Traverse City. Mr. Wisner was formerly manager of the Bell Telephone company at Holly. Before going to Traverse City they lived at Walloon Lake near Petoskey. Funeral at Traverse City and at Holly (Dryer Funeral Home). Rev. N. M. Pritchard, pastor of Calvary church, of which Mrs. Wisner was a member, officiated. Burial in Lakeside cemetery, Holly.
13 Jan 1938 HUDSON, GEORGE, aged 72, a bachelor living alone in his home on the south shore of Soft Water Lake. Funeral from the Groves funeral home, Flint with burial in a cemetery near Flushing. He had been a lifelong resident of Genesee County and carpentering had been his trade. A sister, Mrs. Rachel Butler, Durand, two nephews at Flint and two nieces at Duranad survive.
24 Jan 1938 VANDENBOSSCHE, MRS. JOSEPHINE HOGAN, 39, passed away at St. Joseph hospital following an illness of several weeks. She was born on the old Hogan homestead on the Ray road in Fenton township Feb. 24, 1898, and was the twin sister of Joseph who passed away in 1932. She attended the Linden school and took her nurse1s training at Goodrich hospital, which profession she had followed for 20 years. She was· an active member of the Fenton St. John's Catholic church and was a leader in the Altar Society. Following her marriage to Frank Vandenbossche in June of 1928, they made their home in Detroit for five years. Returning to Linden in 1933, they had made their home with her widowed mother, Mrs. D. M. Hogan, on the Silver Lake Road, two miles west of Linden. Mr. Vandenbossche is an agent of the Standard Oil Co. She is survived by her husband, her mother, two sisters, Mrs. M. G. Mckeon of Waukesha, Wis.; and Miss Florence Hogan of Flint; four brothers, John, postmaster at Linden; Dr. Dan Hogan, Fenton, Henry at home and Everett of Linden, and her grandmother, Mrs. Margaret Hogan of Gaines. Funeral from St. John's Catholic church in Fenton.
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27 Jan 1938
Mrs. Harold Dean was called to Lansing Tuesday by the sudden death of her father, GEO. H. BARTELL. Mr. Bartell was ill only two days of pneumonia. Burial in the family lot from the Stimson funeral home in Mt. Pleasant with the Rev. LeRoy Whitney, Methodist minister from Kalamazoo, conducting the services. Mr. Bartell is survived by two sons, Robert and James Bartell of Lansing, two daughters, Mrs. Dale Weller of Mason and Mrs. Dean of Fenton, and eight grandchildren. Mr. Bartell was an uncle of Rev. Whitney.
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27 Jan 1938
Mr. Edward Mitts of the Fenton Greenhouses was in Saginaw last week Wed. attending the funeral of his grandmother, MRS. AGNES MIDGLEY, 92 years of age. She was for several years a resident of Pontiac. After her husband's death she has made her home with her daughters in Detroit and Saginaw.
21 Jan 1938 BIRD, DR. WILLIAM GRANT, passed away at his Long Lake home. Funeral from the Dodds-Dumanois funeral chapel. Burial in Evergreen cemetery. Dr. Bird was born at Eagle Harbor, Mich 69 years ago, and for some years had maintained an office in Flint. He also practiced in Milford. Some years ago he and his family came to Long Lake where they built a fine home, and had made their place of residence there the year round.
14 Jan 1938 CROSS, MRS. JENNIE MAE, age 56, passed away at Providence hospital, Detroit. Funeral in Holly. Interment in Holly. Jennie Mae Butcher, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Butcher, was born in Fenton May 5, 1882. In 1900 she married Orson Cross of Holly. They made their home in Holly for some years and then moved to Detroit. Mr. Cross passed away some years ago. Surviving is her father Fred Butcher of Fenton, a daughter, Mrs. Frank Horner of Detroit and one sister, Grace, Mrs. Thomas West, of Portland, Oregon.
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3 Feb 1938
DAUNER, MOTHER MARY THOMAS, 74, a member of the Sisters of Mercy for 50 years, died suddenly Thursday afternoon at Mount Mercy academy, Grand Rapids, of an acute heart ailment. She was an outstanding educator in the Catholic schools of the Grand Rapids diocese. As an active teacher in college mathematics and German at the academy, she retained her keen interest in modern trends in academic fields until the time of her death. Mother superior of the order in 1903 when it was located at Big Rapids, Mother Thomas was called upon to act in the same capacity after the transfer of the mother-house to Grand Rapids. It was during her superiorship from 1918 to 1924 that the new wing containing the auditorium and chapel, a distinctive feature of which is the large stained glass windows, imported from Germany, was built. Also during her superiorship Mount Mercy academy was opened. Though a greater part of her life was spent in teaching, Mother Thomas was also a hospital executive, being superintendent of St. Mary's hospital of Grand Rapids from 1908 - 1910. Followinq a union of the Sisters of Mercy in the United States in 1929, she was appointed supervisor of the new Catholic hospital in Knoxville, Tenn., where she directed the furnishing and equipping of the hospital there. She was born in Fenton, Mich April 14, 1864. She resigned as a teacher in the public schools of Fenton to enter the convent at Big Rapids in July 1888. Surviving are a brother, Anthony Dauner; a sister, Clara Dauner of Fenton; a niece of the order, Sister Mary Anton, who is a teacher in St. Simonis high school, Ludington, and several other nieces and nephews. Funeral from Mount Mercy in Grand Rapids.
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3 Feb 1938
KURCHASKI, CHESTER JR., age 21, died after two weeks illness at his home in Durand. Funeral from St. Mary's Catholic church, Rev. Fr. P. S. McGuinness officiating. Burial in Vernon cemetery. The young man, who was employed by the Simplicity Engineering company, was born in Durand Aug 10, 1916, son of Mr. & Mrs. Chester Kurcharski. After attending the Durand schools he entered the employ of the company in 1936. Surviving besides his parents are three brothers, five sisters and two half-sisters, all at home. The family were at one time residents of Fenton where Chester operated a shoe repair shop.
2 Feb 1938 TAYLOR, WILLIAM F., aged 74, died at his home, 221 Alfred Street, Alpena, following an extended illness. He had been in ill health the past 8 years with bronchial asthma. A year ago diabetes developed. Mr. Taylor was born in England April 5, 1863, and when a young man came to Michigan, locating at Cheboygan, Mich. 35 years ago he came to Alpena and for 25 years was employed by the Huron Portland Cement Company. He retire 8 years ago because of ill health. He was a life member of the I.O.O.F. Surviving are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Roy Polson, two granddaughters, Miss Dorothy Polson and Mrs. Philip Hazazer, all of Fenton and four sisters and two brothers in England. Funeral from the home with Rev. W. H. Mason, pastor of the First Presbyterian church officiating. Interment in Evergreen cemetery.
1 Feb 1938 BURNS, MISS MARY, aged 38, passed away in Wayne. Funeral from the Davis­ Graham Chapel in Fenton, Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell, pastor of the Presbyterian church officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Miss Burns was the daughter of John and Mabel Burns and was born in Tyrone April 38, 1899. For some years the family were residents of Fenton, living on South Leroy Street. She is survived by her mother, one sister, Ruth (Mrs. Ward Parshall), of Flint and a brother, Guy Burns, of Detroit.
5 Feb 1938 WILMOT, JOHN passed away at his home in Eugene, Oregon. Remains to be brought to Fenton for burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Clarke Wilmot, a nephew of the deceased from Detroit, was in Fenton the first of the week making arrangements for the burial. The Wilmot family will be remembered as one of the pioneer families of Fenton. Older residents will remember the family. They resided in the home now owned and occupied by Mr. & Mrs. William Alexander, corner of East and Rockwell streets. Brothers were Will, Charles and Victor Wilmot.
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10 Feb 1938
CRANSTON, CHARLES, died at the farm home in Tyrone township where he was born and spent his entire life. He was the son of Frank and Frances Cranston, born Oct 9, 1869, making him 68 years of age. He married Ada Parrish Sept 30, 1896. He leaves, besides his wife, two sons, Lavern of Clarkston, Ernest at home, and four daughters, Ida, Edna, Alice and Ella and one sister, Mrs. Stella Slocum of Milford, and five grandchildren, also several nephews and nieces. Funeral from the Tyrone Community church. Interment in Gardner cemetery in Tyrone.
7 Feb 1938 CLARK, MISS CLARA, age 68, died at her home on West Broad street, Linden. She was born in Deerfield township, Livingston county, Nov 7, 1870, the daughter of William Chester and Julia E. Clark. She had lived the most of her life in Deerfield township, l6 years ago moving to Linden. Surviving are three brothers, William B. and Fred of Fenton, and Frank of Lansing, and two sisters, Alice (Mrs. Ed. Barry) of Deer Creek, and Flora (Mrs. Wm. Holcomb) of Cohoctah. Funeral from the Linden Methodist church, Rev. G. R. Millard officiating. Burial in Deerfield Center.
4 Feb 1938 BENNETT, CHARLES HERBERT. Funeral services were held Mon afternoon in the Byron Baptist church for Charles Herbert Bennett, Rev. Jesse Pratt officiating. Interment in Byron cemetery. Mr. Bennett had lived in this community practically all his life and was widely known and respected. He was a granite and stone cutter by trade and maintained a shop in Byron for several years where he sold, cut and set monuments and tombstones. He later moved his business and shop to a farm home northeast of town where he has resided since. Charles Herbert Bennett was born Dec 1, 1874 in Clayton township, Jefferson county, NY, and passed away Feb 4, 1938 at the age of 63 years. He moved from NY state to Mich with his parents in 1877. He married Olive Elizabeth Lillie on Sept 14, 1898 and to them was born one son. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Charles H. Bennett, a son Herbert, and three grandchildren, all of Byron. Also one brother, Howard of Flint; two sisters, Mrs. Flora McCallum of Pulaski, NY, and Mrs. Gardner Sheridan of Melrose, Mass., a stepmother, Mrs. Lola Evans of Mt. Morris, Mich.
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10 Feb 1938
HOOVER, ROSE ANNE, 2 year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hoover of Tyrone. Funeral from the Tyrone Community church with interment in Fairview Cemetery, Linden. Surviving are her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hoover two sisters, Phyllis and Lawries, one brother, Vernon, all at home, her grandmothers, Mrs. Henry Hoover of Fenton and Mrs. Philo French of Parshallville and several aunts and uncles.
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10 Feb 1938
CRANSTON, CHARLES (second account of death in Tyrone news). Lists survivors as Mrs. Cranston, four daughters, Ida (Mrs. Clarence Soper), Alice (Mrs. Raymond DeHuff) of Tyrone, Edna (Mrs. Paul Hoffmeyer) of Wheeler, Ella (Mrs. Lester Slocum) of Milford, two sons, Laverne of Auburn Heights, Ernest, at home, and four grandchildren.
10 Feb 1938 WHITTLE, MRS. JULIA A., passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Riggs, of Argentine township. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Home, Rev. A.T.F. Butt of the Methodist church officiating. Interment in Byron cemetery. Julia A. Holcomb was born in New York state Jan. 15th seventy five years ago, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Warren Holcomb. As a young girl the family came to Mich and it was in Byron that she met and married Horace Whittle June 9, 1886. Mr. Whittle passed away some years ago. For the past 25 years the family had made their home in Fenton where Mrs. Whittle was a member of the Methodist church and active in church work. Surviving is a brother William Holcomb of Cohoctah, a sister, Mrs. Harriett Barber of Gerry, NY and three children;. Mrs. Riggs of Argentine, Mrs. Inez Beckwith of F1int and Leslie Whittle of Fenton.
13 Feb 1938 JEUDEVINE, F. E. was born in South Dakota, the son of George And Effie Jeudevine, Oct 25, 1883, and was thus almost 55 years of age when he passed on at the home of his sister, Mrs. Waite, in Kalamazoo. Funeral at 305 East Rockwell with George A. Monroe of Flint reading a Christian Science service. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. When Mr. Jeudevine was 21 years old he came to Fenton with his parents where he and his father entered the meat business and it has been that business and groceries which have held his attention since, with the exception of a few years in which he operated a livery and automobile taxi service. Deceased is survived by one sister, Mrs. John Waite of Kalamazoo, a brother Claude Jeudevine of Kalamazoo and another brother Clement of Fenton. Fritz, as he was known by all his friends, was interested in the commercial affairs of Fenton for over thirty years, and during that time was thoroughly in accordance with anything for the best interests of the village. He was a member of the village council for two years and proved an efficient and worthy member of that body.
11 Feb 1938 MAJOR, MRS. FLORENCE B., aged 67, passed away at her home at the corner of West Caroline and South Adelaide streets. Funeral from the Craft funeral home, Rev. A.T.F. Butt, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Florence B. Wass, daughter of George And Sarah Wass, was born in Tyrone township Feb 9, 1871. June 24, 1903 she married Elmer E. Major of Tyrone at Linden. Fenton township has been their home since 1903. Mrs. Major was a member of the Congregational church in Tyrone, but transferred her membership to the Methodist church in Fenton. She is survived by her husband, Elmer E. Major; three daughters, Mrs. Rose Whittle of Fenton, Miss Georgia Major of Detroit, Mrs. Leonard Long of Madison, Wisc., and two sons, A. J. Major and Kenneth Major, both of Detroit, and a granddaughter Jean Major of Detroit.
13 Feb 1938 O'BRIEN, MRS. ELIZABETH, mother of Mrs. A. E. Bonniville, passed away at Mrs. Bonniville's home in Alpena. She is survived by two daughters beside Mrs. Bonniville and a son, Dr. O'brien of Herman Kiefer Hospital, Detroit. Funeral and burial took place in Alpena. Some years ago Mrs. Bonniville made her home in Fenton and Mrs. O'Brien lived with her during that period.
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24 Feb 1938
Parshallville: MR. & MRS. LEO HUSKINSON, with WELLS and HOWARD MARTIN, attended the funeral of their aunt and sister, MRS. GEORGE GILBERT, of near Fowlerville on Saturday.
12 Feb 1938 Highland: MRS. MABEL BOLEYN, a former pastor's wife here, died Sat. Feb. 12, at her home in Flint. Funeral from the First Baptist church in Flint and burial at North Farmington cemetery.
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24 Feb 1938
JOHNSTON, LILLIE BELLE TAFT,8-, an old resident of Deerfield township, passed away Friday morning in Deerfield at the home of her son MAX. Funeral from the Deerfield Center church with burial in Deerfield Center cemetery. Rev. Hildebrandt of Tecumseh officiated. She is survived by three sons and one daughter, Jay of Rankin, Max of Deerfield, Don and Fay of Detroit.
17 Feb 1938 ANDERSON, MRS. FRED. Funeral in Detroit. Mr. Anderson was the electrician in charge of the work of wiring the Fenton Community building and Mr. & Mrs. Anderson, together with their three daughters, came to Fenton late last summer. During the time that Mr. Anderson has been working on the building they have made their home in Fenton, residing on Poplar St.
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24 Feb 1938
CLARK, MRS. EDITH, the former Edith Fowler, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Fowler of Fenton. Prior to her marriage to Roy Clark she was employed as compositor in The Fenton Independent office. The family moved to Owosso about 20 years ago. Mr. Clark passed away about a year ago. Funeral from the Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso.
19 Feb 1938 FILLMORE, WILLIAM T., aged 92, died at the home of his son, Bert Fillmore, 507 Poplar St., Fenton. He had made his home with his son for three years. Deceased was born in New Brunswick, Canada, Dec. 4, 1845, and the majority of his mature years had been spent as a minister. He had been ill for the past two years. Remains were taken to Owosso the 19th and funeral services were held from the Jennings-Lyons Chapel in that city.
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24 Feb 1938
FRIEND, ELMA M. Elma M. Harris was born May 15, 1875 in Argentine Twp, the youngest daughter of Myron F. and Emily Crandall Harris. She married William Friend Dec 14, 1905. They resided on a farm in Argentine township for one year. The rest of her life was spent on the homestead where she was born and where her death occurred. She leaves her husband, one sister, Jennie Christie, two nephews, Manfred and Burton Harris, one niece, Hazel Harris. She died Feb. 16, 1938. Funeral from the home, Rev. Hildebrand officiating.
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24 Feb 1938
Byron: Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the home for BENJAMIN FISHER, aged 58 years, who had spent the most of his life here in this village. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Lee Fisher, early pioneers of this place, and had followed the trade of blacksmith for several years. He died at his home late Saturday afternnon of heart trouble. He leaves two sisters, Mrs. William Harper and Mrs. Norman Meisner of Detroit, one niece and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Nellie Fisher. Interment in Byron cemetery.
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24 Feb 1938
Byron: Funeral services were held in Corunna Baptist church last Monday for the REV. WILLIAM C. WOODHOUSE, 74, a retired Baptist minister, who died in Memorial hospital, Owosso last Fri following several weeks illness. Rev. Woodhouse and family were residents here several years ago when he served as pastor in the Baptist church. He is survived by his widow, one daughter and three sons.
27 Feb 1938 93rd BIRTHDAY: Children and grandchildren of MRS. VALERIA KIDDER, who celebrated her 93rd birthday anniversary Sunday, Feb 27th, gathered at the home of A. J. Kidder, a son, residing at 847 N. Oak St., Fenton. Mrs. Kidder lives with her son and family in Fenton. She was born in Michigan, Hillsdale county, and at the age of 16 received a scholarship from Hillsdale College, near the place of her birth. Four years of her life were spent as a school teacher in Hillsdale county, Mich. She is the mother of 10 children, all living. Residing in Fenton, she has made many acquaintances, and enjoys the many friends as they call to bring a word of happiness. At the age of 93 Mrs. Kidder assists with the housework and makes herself useful about the home. Eight years ago she had the misfortune to break her arm. This soon healed and again she assumed the tasks of the household. Very keen of mind and jolly is she, enjoying each and every pleasant remark. Among those who were present at the birthday dinner in Mrs. Kidder's honor were Mr. & Mrs. H. A. Lanning of Battle Creek; Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Shoup of Alba, Mich; Mr. & Mrs. George Kidder and family of Fenton and Mr. & Mrs. Durward Shoup of Waterford. Friends and neighbors added to the happiness of the occasion by showering Mrs. Kidder with gifts of flowers.
24 Feb 1938 WAITE, DANIEL J., aged 70, the last of five Waite brothers, died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Helen Bulmer, at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He was the son of the late Elihu and Elizabeth Waite of Tyrone. He was born on the old Waite farm four miles south of Fenton on the Denton Hill road and was one of seven children who lived to maturity. In 1915 he married Miss Frances Morrell of Menominee, Mich. She preceded him in death. Deceased is survived by one sister, Mrs. D. G. Jayne of Tyrone, and several nieces and nephews. After a short service at the house his body was taken to Menominee and buried in the family lot by the Masonic fraternity. For many years, Mr. Waite was a trusted employee in the office of the auditor general at Lansing and was an expert on matters in connection with that office.
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3 Mar 1938
CLARK, WILLIAM B., 74, died at the home of his daughter in Fenton after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Clark was born June 14, 1863 in Marion township, Livingston county, Mich. In 1888 he married Kate Salmon of Oceola. Mrs. Clark passed away in 1916. For the past 22 years Mr. Clark had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Ed. Norton. Mr. Clark for several years was a rural mail carrier from the Fenton post office, and in his younger days was schoolteacher at the Silver Lake school west of Fenton. Funeral Thursday, March 3rd from the Davis-Graham funeral home in charge of the Oddfellow Lodge, Rev. Butt, with Rev. Whaley assisting, officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Surviving are two brothers, Fred of Fenton and Frank of Lansing; two sisters, Mrs. Flora Holcomb of Cohoctah and Mrs. Allie Berry of Deer Creek; one daughter, Mrs. Ed. Norton of Fenton; one son, Chester of Chicago, and one grandson, Edwin Norton of Fenton.
2 Mar 1938 KIMBALL, MATTIE BROTT, aged 71, a resident of Flint for the past 30 years, died at her home 2238 Detroit street, Flint. Mr. Kimball, who survives, is a brother of William Wakeman of Tyrone township. Funeral from the home with burial in Woodlawn cemetery, Clio.
1 Mar 1938 STOCK, MRS. GERTRUDE, aged 87, died at her home, 602 N. Leroy St. Mrs. Stock was born in St. Clair, Mich September 20, 1850. Funeral from the Catholic church. Interment at St. Clair, Mich.
22 Feb 1938 LOMASON, WILLIAM JAY of Fenton, former resident of Rochester, Mich, died at Harper hospital, Detroit after a ten day illness of pneumonia. Mr. Lomason was born on the Lomason farm west of Rochester. He was the son of James and Sophia Lomason. He spent the majority of his early life in Rochester and was engaged in the meat and droving business for many years. About 30 years ago he moved to Denver, Colorado, later coming back to Fenton where he had since made his home. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Harry Jenny of the Melvern apartments on Seward avenue, Detroit; one stepson, William Sheppard of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a brother Harry Lomason of Detroit. Funeral from the A. C. Hobart chapel in Rochester. Rochester Lodge No.5, F & A M of which Mr. Lomason was a life member, had charge of the services at the grave. Interment in Rochester cemetery.
24 Feb 1938 BOYD, MRS. MARGARET, died at her home in Fenton. Services from the residence with burial in Oakwood cemetery. Mrs. Boyd, who was born near Dutton, Ontario Aug. 28, 1876, the eldest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. M. W. McCallum, was the wife of Thomas H. Boyd, having married him in Windsor May 18, 1897. Besides her husband she leaves two daughters, Mrs. Wilbur Clark of Fenton and Mrs. Walter Y. Stanley of Hastings, and two sons, William A. Boyd of Batavia, NY and Stanley A. Boyd of Niagara Falls, NY. Also surviving is her father, M. E. McCallum, of Dutton, Ont., four sisters, Mrs. William McDougall of Pontiac, Mrs. D. E. McGill and Mrs. Henry J. Miller of West Lorne, Ont., Mrs. Stanley W. Walker of Detroit, two brothers, Dugald and Angus of Dutoon, and ten grandchildren. Mrs. Boyd was a former resident of Pontiac, having lived for many years on Auburn avenue. The family moved to Fenton from Pontiac six years ago.
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3 Mar 1938
BRIDGMAN, FRANK. Word was received in Fenton Tuesday (1 Mar) of the death of Frank Bridgman. Death occurred in Flint about noon that day. Mr. Bridgman and family were at one time residents of Fenton, Mr. Bridgman being employed in the grist mill at the time it was owned and operated by the late Frank Bush. During his Fenton life he was most active in Masonic circles, being a Past Master of Fenton Lodge No. 109 F & A M and also High Priest of Genesee Chapter, No. 29, R.A.M. He was also a member of Fenton Commandery, No. 14 Knights Templar, and was to have been one of those honored Tuesday evening at Knight Templar ceremonies when others were made life members of the order. After leaving Fenton, the family moved to Flint where Frank has been employed as one of the city mail carriers for years.
7 & 8 Mar
1938
HALL, JANET and JOANNE, ten weeks old twins of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hall, died Monday and Tuesday mornings at Hurley hospital, Flint, where they were taken a short time ago. The twins would have been ten weeks of age Wednesday. Funeral services were held from the home of Fred Hall in Fenton. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hall, parents of the twins, and two children, Richard and Joyce, survive. They reside in Bridgeport.
6 Mar 1938 ELSTON, TRUMAN WALTER, passed away at the Mellus hospital in Brighton. He was born near Williamston Aug 17, 1877, the oldest son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Elston, and spent his boyhood days in the vicinity of his birth. About 30 years ago he came with his parents to Tyrone, settling on the farm which was still his present home. Trum, as he was known by his friends, and the circle was large, was one of those who was of that nature and disposition that liked people which brought to his side many, many friends. Surviving are two brothers, Daniel of Tyrone, Ralph of Linden, two nieces, two nephews and several other relatives. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home in Fenton, Rev. Whaley, pastor of the Baptist church, officiating. Interment in the Gardner cemetery.
4 Mar 1938 COBB, ARTHUR B., 44 years old, of Portage Lake, died Friday night at St. Joseph's Mercy hospital in Ann Arbor, following a lingering illness. He was born Nov 27, 1893 in Dexter and operated a garage in Fenton for many years. He was forced to retire from business 8 years ago when his health failed. He is survived by a daughter, Miss Mildred J. Cobb of Fenton; his mother; two sisters, Mrs. William Ward of Dexter, and Mrs. Lodell Carpenter of Detroit; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Gorman funeral home in Dexter, Mich, Rev. Herbert Brubaker officiating. Interment in Forest Lawn cemetery.
5 Mar 1938 PATTAN, MRS. FRANKIE L., aged 49, passed away at a Flint hospital. She had been ill for about 13 years, the last 8 of which she had been practically helpless. Funeral from the Craft funeral home, Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell of the Presbyterian church officiating. Interment in Oakwood. Frankie Cramer, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Mort Cramer, was born in Fenton March 18, 1899. She attended Fenton school and graduated with the class of 1907. For several years she taught school in the Oakland county schools prior to her marriage to Charles Pattan. Following Mr. Pattan's death she taught in the Fenton schools for six years. Surviving are the parents, MR. & MRS. MORT CRAMER; two sisters, Kittle (Mrs. Howard Buffmyer) and Fern (Mrs. Andrews), both of Fenton, and a brother William of Fenton; four sons, Mort, Sumner, Wesley and Douglas Pattan and three grandchildren.
12 Mar 1938 PEABODY, WILLOUGHBY DEAN of Detroit, formerly of Fenton, son of the late David and Sarah Peabody, died at his home, W. Grand Blvd, Detroit, following an operation in Providence hospital four weeks ago. Mr. Peabody's body was cremated and will be brought to Fenton for burial in the family lot in Oakwood cemetery. In 1904 he married Miss Nellie Haller of Tyrone. Two children were born, Mrs. Gladys Elkins and Harold W. Peabody, both of Detroit. There is also a granddaughter, Shirley Irene and a sister, Mrs. Gena Thompson of Davenport, Iowa. Mr. Peabody was born in Hanover, Mich, but spent his boyhood in Fenton, graduating from Fenton High school and later attending college at Albion and the University of Michigan. He moved to Detroit 28 years ago
13 Mar 1938 ROHM, MRS. HAL (ANN), died in southern Indiana. According to meager reports, Mrs. Rohm died from a gunshot wound, acciaentally self-inflicted, on Saturday evening. No details of the accident have been obtained, but it is reported that she, with her husband and Mr.(Tubby) Henley were attending a field or track meet in Seymour, Indiana, the accident occuring when they were preparing for their trip home. Funeral from the home of her parents in Versailles, Indiana. She would have been 24 years of age that day. Mrs. Rohm (Ann) was well known in Fenton, having resided here for some time, being employed at the Wander Inn and Hoskins Restaurant. Mr. John L. Rohm, Mrs. A. Guy Simmons and daughter, Wanda, and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Chappelle left Fenton Mon afternoon, motoring to Versailles, to attend the funeral.
9 Mar 1938 SENECAL, MR. LEARTUS A., aged 36, died very suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Detroit. Deceased was born in Detroit, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Senecal, and lived with his parents for some time in Fenton. He was a graduate of the University of Detroit and for some years had held the responsible position of Comptroller of the United Motors, an affiliate of General Motors. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society. Funeral services from the Gesu Catholic church in Detroit and burial in the Holy Sepulcher cemetery. Besides a wife and ten weeks old son, he leaves his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Senecal of Fenton, one brother, Marvin of Los Angeles, California, six sisters, Edna of Detroit, Ruth, Frances, Eugenia,Elmira and Rosalie of Fenton.
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17 Mar 1938
GROW, MRS. CELIA A. Letter to the Editor: "Will you kindly publish account of my mother's Mrs. Celia A. Grow, Los Angeles, Calif., death. My brother and I were born in Fenton and we all lived there many years. You had an account of her visit there Oct. 1, 1936, which will give you enough data. She was 73 years of age and her illness was brief. We were well acquainted with the Jennings who ran The Independent there, so the paper is one of my first recollections. My father's name was Frank H. Grow and my brother is Carroll Grow. Thank you, Odette Grow Durand, 1066 W. 6 th, Los Angeles, Calif.
19 Mar 1938 PARKER, MRS. CYNTHIA JANE, aged 77, passed away at her home on Center St. in Fenton of pneumonia. Services from the Craft funeral home, Rev. A. T. F. Butt officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Mrs. Parker was born at Carsonville, Mich, the daughter of William and Sarah McIntyre, Dec. 6, 1861. On July 3, 1889 she married Elijah H. Parker at Oscoda, Mich. Together they came to Fenton and for the past 49 years this has been their home, living on various farms, farming being the trade of Mr. Parker. She is survived by her husband, Elijah H. Parker; five sons, Elijah E., George W., and Charles A. of Fenton; Erwin L. of Detroit; and William J. of Flint, also several grandchildren.

Fenton Independent Deaths
1938 - 1943
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24 Mar 1938
BREWER, MRS. SABIA passed away at her home in Chesaning Wednesday. Funeral services were held Friday. Mrs. Brewer was born in Argentine, the daughter of John Shepard. Her brother J. C. Shepard, and sisters, Mrs. Anson Atherton, Mrs. O. M. Atherton, Mrs. G. W. Chase and other relatives from Gaines attended the funeral. One sister, Mrs. Flora McCaughna is ill in Flint. (Gaines news)
24 Mar 1938 FISHER, MRS. CLARA, 57, passed away at a West Branch hospital. Funeral services at the home of her sister, Mrs. R. D. Shirtliff, Linden, with burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Rev. G. R. Millard officiated. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Gamber and was born in Linden in 1881. Mr. & Mrs. Fisher have resided virtually their entire married life in West Branch where a service was held before coming to Linden. She is survived by her husband, Arthur Fisher, three sons, Leslie and Glen of Detroit, and Cecil of West Branch, a daughter, Doris of Detroit, two-sisters, Mrs.Shirtliff and Mrs. Chester Green of Linden and two brothers, Jay Gamber of Linden and Chester of Detroit.
19 Mar 1938 JAMESON, MRS. FLORA, 87, an old resident of Linden, passed away at the home of Mr. & Mrs. W. W. Steele at St. Petersburg, Florida following a short illness of pneumonia. Funeral from the Steele home with burial in Palm cemetery, St. Petersburg. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Luther Fields and was born in Deerfield, Jan. 12, 1851. Mr. & Mrs. Jameson lived for many years on N. Bridge street. Following his death she went to Florida where she had since made her home, for about 30 years. She is survived by two nieces, Mrs. John Ripley and Mrs. Bryan Bowles of Linden and one nephew, Kent Mclain of Clio.
2 Apr 1938 HILL, C. EARL passed away following an illness of months duration.He was born at Cozzadale, Ohio and his early years were spent in that vicinity and at Loveland. However, he attended high school and studied art in Cincinnati, Ohio. Soon after the death of his mother, Mrs. John Hill, he came to Detroit, making his home with Mr. & Mrs. Frank Vosburgh and for 33 years was a member of the family. He was a noteworthy artist and for years held a responsible position at Hargraves and was associated with the leading photographers of Detroit and Flint. For 13 years he has been a familiar figure on our streets. A great lover of birds and flowers, he devoted much time to study of same and many a sick room has been cheered by roses from his rose garden. He is survived by two aunts and several cousins in Loveland and Columbus. He was a member of the Presbyterian church. Funeral was conducted by Rev. Whaley of the Baptist church of Fenton. Interment was in Oakwood cemetery in Fenton in compliance with his wish.
1 Apr 1938 WARD, MRS. WILLIAM, 63, passed away at the home of her daughter,Mrs. Harrison Needham, on North Bridge St., Linden, following a year's illness. A brief service was held at the home Monday morning in charge of Rev. Isaac Parrish and Rev. Harry Hosmer. The remains were then taken to Detroit where services were held in the Grace Episcopal church with burial at Grand Laron, Redford. The Rev. Pullinger officiated. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William Cahill and was born in Corinth, Ontario June 23, 1874. Mr. & Mrs. Ward came to Detroit in 1913. In 1931 they came to Linden with their daughter, Mrs. Harrison Needham and Mr. Needham, establishing their home on N. Bridge St. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Needham of Linden; Mrs. Belle Loree of Birmingham, and Miss Hertha Ward of Detroit and two sons, William St. Clair Ward and Harley Bertram Ward, both of Detroit.
4 Apr 1938 FRY, MRS. IDA, 71, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Odessa Diaute in Deerfield following a month's illness. Funeral from the Diaute home with the Rev. G. R. Millard, pastor of the Linden M. E. church officiating. Immediately following the service, the remains were taken to her old home in North Baltimore, Ohio, where a service was held Thursday after­noon with burial in the North Baltimore cemetery. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Odessa Diaute, Mrs. Phyllis Speaker of Cushing, Oklahoma and Mrs. Hazel Burden of Wapakoneta, Ohio, and two sisters, Mrs. Jennie Spitsnagle of Los Angeles and Mrs. Sarah Spangler, Spokane, Washington.
31 Mar 1938 STACEY, MRS. IDA, 65, died at her home, 106 Walnut Street, Fenton, from a complication of diseases. Services from the Presbyterian church with Rev. Mitchell and Rev. A.T.F. Butt conducting the service. Interment in Oakwood. Mrs. Ida Stacey was born in Ohio Nov. 5, 1873. She married F. L. Stacey and in 1932 they moved to Fenton. She was a charter member of the Nazarene church and a Gold Star Mother, also a member of the Auxiliaries of the Veteran organizations in Fenton. Mr. Stacey preceded her in death, having passed away two years ago in Fenton. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. E. J. Fleek of Detroit, one brother, C. L. Wilson, and one grandson.
2 Apr 1938 LORD, J. H. Word was received by Miss Fannie Lord that her brother, J. H. Lord, had passed away at his home at Starke, Florida. He is survived by his wife Eva, one sister, Fannie, of Fenton, four nephews and one niece. HENRY, as he was known by a host of friends, was born in Canada 75 years ago, but spent the greater part of his life in Michigan, until a few years ago when his health compelled him to make his home in Florida. Burial at Starke, Fla.
30 Mar 1938 YOUNG, EDWARD A., 53, passed away at his home, Torrey Rd. and Orris Point Rd. of heart trouble. Mr. Young had been employed at the Fisher Plant, Flint, and returned to his home on Wed and following shortly death occurred. Services from the Craft Funeral Home, Rev. Millard, pastor of the Long Lake church, officiating. For 15 years Mr. Young had lived in Genesee county. About 5 years ago he and his family moved to the farm on the Torrey Road. Mr. Young had been employed in Flint and drove daily to his work. Farming was a side line. He was a member of the Long Lake church. He leaves his wife Beatrice, two sons Lloyd A. of Fenton and Kenneth E. of Detroit, and one daughter, Grace of Fenton, and three grandchildren.
6 Apr 1938 VIGER, KATIE. Mrs. Patterson received word that Katie Viger, nee Thurber, a former resident of Fenton, and whose father, N. T. Thurber, at one time operated a clothing store here, died Wed. at her home, 149 Virginia Park, Detroit.
9 Apr 1938 HOOVER, MRS. ROSA FORCE, aged 79, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elton Austin, as the result of a stroke. She would have been 80 years old June 2. Deceased was born in Constantine, the daughter of a Methodist minister and wife, Rev. and Mrs. J. P. Force. She was married to Henry Hoover and to this union were born four children who are now living: Harry Hoover of Bancroft, Mrs. Irene Pratt of Flint, Robert Hoover of Tyrone and Mrs. Helen Austin of Fenton. The family moved to Fenton from Ga1eburg, Hich about 30 years ago, purchasing the home and farm which was afterwards purchased from them by Mr. & Mrs. Albert Sparks. Mr. Hoover passed on several years ago. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Rev. A.T.F. Butt of the Methodist church, of which the deceased was a member, officiating. Mrs. Guy Stoppert, a niece of the deceased from Flint, sang "The Silver Chord." Mrs. Stoppert is the daughter of former Rev. Rockwell Clancy of India. Surviving beside the children is one sister, Mrs. Cora E. Gregory of Dowagiac, and nine grandchildren.
7 Apr 1938 CHILDS, MR. JESSE passed away suddenly at Knoxville, Tenn. from an attack of heart trouble at the age of 54. Remains were brought to his old home in Rankin by employees of the Southern Railway Freight office in Knoxville, and beautiful floral pieces were sent by his Knoxville friends and brother workmen. He had been employed by the company for 23 years. Funeral from the Presbyterian church in Rankin and burial in Whigville cemetery. Jesse is survived by three brothers, Archie and Leroy of Rankin and Willis of Berkley, and one sister, Mrs. Hathtie Stiff of Fenton.
10 Apr 1938 GILLOE, MRS. MARY, 75, a native of Argentine, died in Pontiac at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Grieer, after a year's illness. Funeral in Pontiac with burial in Pontiac cemetery. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Gideon Bentley and was born in Argentine in October 1862, where she made her home until her marriage to John Gilloe. Mr. Gilloe died in 1935. Mary Bentley Gilloe is survived by her triplet sister, EDITH, who resides in Iowa. Her triplet brother, EDWARD, died at the age of 68. She also leaves one brother, Clark Bentley of Vernon and two half sisters, Mrs. Henry Stiff and Miss Nellie Bentley, both of Linden, three daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Grieer, Mrs. Stanley Rogers and Miss Ruth Gilloe of Pontiac, and four sons, James, Harold and Maynard of Pontiac, and John of Grand Rapids.
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14 Apr 1938
Hallers Corners: Relatives and friends of MATIE COREY were shocked to hear of her sudden death which occurred Saturday evening as a result of being struck by a car while crossing the Fenton road on her way home after an evening visit with friends. Funeral from the Hallers Corners Free Methodist church with Rev. Artz officiating. Matie had just recently paid a visit to her brother Bert and family and left Saturday evening, April 2. Mrs.Leonard Jones of Spring Arbor spent Monday and Tuesday with relatives. She was called here for the funeral of a sister, Matie Corey. Mrs. Clare Burse and little Bud spent a portion of last week with Mrs. B. Corey. The Burses were called here because of Mrs. Corey's illness. Mr. Burse and Alina Elizabeth returned to their home in Lansing Thurs. morning. Mrs. Nelson Corey of Byron spent a portion of Thursday with Mrs. B. Corey last week. Tyrone News: Refers to an article from the Sunday issue of the Flint Journal of interest to friends in Tyrone of Mrs. Corey who was a former Tyrone resident; "Mrs. Mary Corey, 50, 1240 Alvord Street, was killed Sat. night when hit while crossing Fenton road at the intersection of Neubert street ......" Roy Gates left at once for Flint upon receipt of word of his mother's death.
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14 Apr 1938
KORDATZKY, MRS. LOUIS passed away at her home in Tyrone. Hazel Elizabeth Morris, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Morris, was born in Brighton May 1, 1905 and departed this life at the home in Tyrone township April 9, 1938. The years of her child life were spent in the vicinity of her birth. On Dec 18, 1926 she married Louis Kordatzky of Detroit and to this union four children were born, Louise, Virginia, Renold and Marjorie Gene. Funeral from the Tyrone Community church, Rev. W. H. Simmons, pastor, officiating, with interment in the Gardner cemetery. Besides her husband and children she is survived by her father, Lewis Morris of Brighton, her grandmother, Mrs. Emma Morris, also of Brighton, and several other relatives.
16 Apr 1938 HOWELL, MRS. EMMA passed away at her home on N. Leroy St. after a lingering illness, aged 87 yrs and 7 mo. Deceased was born in Canada Sept. 16, 1851. She had been a resident of Fenton for a long period, making her home on the corner of N. Leroy and Second Streets. She is survived by one daughter, Miss Minnie Howell of Fenton. Funeral from the Davis-Graham chapel with interment in Oakwood.
17 Apr 1938 SCHUYLER, ROLLIN S., aged 87, passed away at his home on Ellen St. Funeral from the Craft funeral home, Rev. A.T.F. Butt officiating. Interment in the Lake Orion cemetery. Deceased was the son of Nelson and Melissa Schuyler. He was born in Birmingham Oct. 12, 1850. Here his early life was spent and Dec. 6, 1882 he married Josephine Sherman at Lake Orion. Fifty-six years ago he was made a Mason in the Oxford lodge and had continued his membership in that order all those years. For some years he was engaged in the photography business in Oxford, being compelled to discontinue this profession on account of failing eyesight. Mr. & Mrs. Schuyler came to Fenton to make their home 21 years ago. Surviving are the widow, a daughter Mrs. George Howe of Madison, Wise., a son Jerome of Pontiac and a sister, Mrs. Catherine Belle Smith of Fenton, and several nieces and nephews. A son Baird passed away 11 years ago.
16 Apr 1938 CONNER, CHARLES LABEN passed away at Hurley hospital in Flint at the age of 83. Funeral from the Davis-Graham chapel with burial in Oakwood. Deceased was born in Fenton township and his entire life had been spent here. For years he had made his home with members of the Crane family who cared for him. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Laben Conner. Surviving are two brothers, Alonzo B. and Fred; and four sisters, Mrs. Jay Cooper and Mrs. Lauren Alger of Detroit, Mrs. Frank Sharp of Linden and Mrs. Sarah Cheney of Fenton.
16 Apr 1938 WISE, MRS. BENJAMIN, 86, pioneer resident of this community, passed away at the home of her son George, one mile west of Linden on the Silver Lake Road. Funeral from the Bowles funeral home with burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Rev. G. R. Millard officiated. Eva Jane Collins was born in Flint Feb. 7, 1852. In 1870 she married Benjamin Wise. The couple were residents of the community virtually their entire married life. Mr. Wise passed away in 1937 at the age of 94 years. She is survived by one son George, 9 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 4 great great grand­children. A son William died in Linden in 1928.
20 Apr 1938 Byron: BLAKE, MRS. EMMA W., wife of Rev. Francis Blake, present pastor of the Methodist church of Byron, died in Memorial hospital, Owosso. Rev. R. M. Atkins of Flint conducted the services. Burial in Avondale cemetery, Flint. Mrs. Blake was 69 years of age and was born in Monroe Apr 15, 1869, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. J. F. Wagner. She graduated in 1888 from the Monroe High school, later came to Flint where she studied music, both vocal and instrumental. She married Rev. F. A. Blake Oct 21, 1891. Three children were born to them: Mrs. Madelon Malone and Ellsworth Blake who survive, one son Edward preceding his mother in death. She also leaves besides her husband and children, three grandchildren and two sisters.
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28 Apr 1938
Byron: McNARNEY, MRS. ANNA BELL passed away last Fri following a long illness, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lewis Van Auken of Gaines. She was 65 years of age and the mother of Mrs. Eugene Meier of this place and had spent much of her time at the home of her daughter here. Funeral from the Gaines Methodist church. Besides Mrs. VanAuken and Mrs. Meier, she leaves another daughter, Mrs. Myra Atherton of Flint and a son Arthur Mcnarney of Byron.
22 Apr 1938 RICHTER, MRS. SOPHIA passed away at her home in Chesaning after a four months illness. Sophia Anasteena Wehrung was born in New York State Dec. 7, 1862 and was united in matrimony to George W. Richter Feb 4, 1879. He preceded her in death 21 years ago. To this union six children were born, Adam of Fenton, George Jr., Emma, Raymond, who passed away 8 years ago, Byrd and Lynn, all of Chesaning. Besides her children she leaves two sisters, Emma Wehrung and Elizabeth Keyser of Flint, also 23 grandchildren. Funeral at the Waker chapel in Chesaning, Rev. Near of Shelby, Mich officiating. Burial in Wildwood cemetery at Chesaning.
27 Apr 1938 BLAKE, MRS. FRANK A. passed away at Memorial hospital Owosso after several weeks illness. Emma W., oldest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. J. F. Wagner, was born in Monroe, Mich Apr 15, 1869. She graduated from Monroe High school in 1888. A love for music led her to spend much time in its study. After graduation she went to Flint to continue her music. She studied voice and pipe organ under Prof. R. E. McNeil, later of Albion college, and taught piano and German in the Flint Normal College. She was a member of Garland St. Church, sang in its choir, taught in the Sunday school and was Junior League Superintendent for some time. Oct. 21, 1891 she married Frank A. Blake, who was preparing for the ministry. Her re1igion was not a formal profession, but a life lived and enjoyed. While on the Ann Arbor District she was active in the D.V.B.S.and W.H.M.S. At one time she was secretary of Young People's work and held several other minor offices in the district organization. It was a pleasure for her to direct the church music, lead a study group or conduct a regular service. Her hobby was program building. She was a fine Sunday school teacher. She was a member of the O.E.S. and for six years was chaplain of Ruth Chapter at Dundee. She is survived by her husband, one son, Ellsworth of Detroit, one daughter, Madalon and three grandchildren of Detroit, two sisters and two brothers. One son Elwood preceded her in death.
2 May 1938 LAWRENCE, ISAAC H., aged 95, passed away at his home on Poplar Street. Services from the Davis-Graham funeral home. Mr. Lawrence, a charter member of the Col. Fenton Post No. 24, G.A.R., was the last surviving member of the Loomis Battery of Coldwater. He was an obligated member of the Daughters of Union Veterans of Fenton. Two comrades of the Grand Army of the Republic remain in Fenton, Messrs. Andrew Bly and Charles Bentley. Isaac Lawrence was born in Huron county, Ohio July 1, 1842. In 1861 he became a member of the Loomis Battery and upon his return home, became united in marriage in 1866 to Della Sutton, who passed away in 1930. In 1932 Mr. Lawrence married Susan A. Vincent, who survives. Fenton has been his home for the past 63 years. Rev. Millard of Linden conducted the services. Interment at Pontiac. Surviving: wife, one daughter, Mrs. Lauren White of Fenton, and one brother, Jacob, of Va1pariso, Indiana.
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5 May 1938
SEGER, HENRY. Funeral services for Henry Seger, son of Mr. & Mrs. Wilbur Seger, were held in Rochester, Mich. Tuesday afternoon. Henry was 13 years old. He had been ill for some time and then contracted measles which resulted in his death.
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5 May 1938
SHAW, ARLENE, 3 year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Lee Shaw of Vernon, was killed instantly Sat. afternoon when she was struck by an Ann Arbor passenger train on the tracks a little over two blocks from her home. Her six year old brother Richard, playing with her at the time of the tragedy, barely escaped with his life when he jumped into the ditch beside the tracks after he noticed the train approaching.
29 Apr 1938 Byron: BRUCE, GEORGE, well known resident of Byron, died following an illness of several months. Funeral from the Methodist church, Rev. Blake officiating. Interment in Byron cemetery. Mr. Bruce is survived by his widow, the former Mary Campbell, three sons, Charles, Douglas and Guy, grandchildren, three sisters and several nieces and nephews.
8 May 1938 SHAY, THOMAS, aged 69, passed away at his home corner of S. Leroy and High Streets after an illness which had been undermining his health for some months. Funeral from St. Johns Catholic church in Fenton, with burial in Mt. Hope cemetery, Pontiac. Mr. Shay, the son of William and Mary Shay, was born in Oakland county Aug 14, 1868. Here he grew to manhood and conducted a farm for a number of years. Twenty years ago he with his brother and sister came to Fenton, purchased a home and have since made this their home.
16 May 1938 JOHNSON, LILLIE B. was born on a farm in Hartland township, Livingston county, March 5, 1865, and spent the early years of her life in that community. She was the daughter of William And Ann Johnson and the youngest of a family of five children, all of whom have answered the final summons. On Feb. 21, 1893 she married Henry G. Jessop of Sandwich, Ont., and they established their home in that quiet Canadian village, where they continued to live for several years, after which they purchased a farm near Tillbury, Onto To Mr. & Mrs. Jessop were born two children, Grace, who passed away about 20 years ago, and Sylvan, who survives. Mr. Jessop died 11 years ago and since that time Mrs. Jessop, with her son and family, have lived on their farm in Ontario, near Roseland. About six weeks ago they purchased a farm 1 1/2 miles east of Byron and moved here, where Mrs. Jessop's death occurred on Mon. evening. She leaves her son, Sylvan and his wife, Velma, two grandchildren.
21 May 1938 BOWMAN, FERNE M. passed away at the home on East Shiawassee Ave. at the age of 26 years after an illness extending over a period of nearly two years. Funeral from the Davis-Graham chapel, Rev. A.T.F. Butt officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Ferne M. Marker was born in Owosso in 1911 and several years ago came to Fenton where she met and married Chas. Bowman. Deceased is survived by the husband, Charles, a daughter Marion, her mother, Mrs. Pauline Marker of Niagara Falls, New York, her father, F. H. Marker of Fenton, a brother Fred of Niagara Falls, and her grandfather, Henry Marker of St. Charles, Mich.
17 May 1938 SEAMAN, HERBERT G. passed away at the home of his son, Dwight, Linden, following a long illness. Funeral at the home with burial in Byron cemetery. Rev. Isaac Parrish, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiated. Deceased was the son of Abram and Sarah Seaman, and was born on a farm near Hartland Aug. 19, 1854. At the age of 26 he went to South Dakota and took up government land. After 11 years he returned to Michigan where he continued farming until 1909 when he opened a business place in Byron. Since his retirement in 1936 he has made his home with his son, Dwight; who operates a garage in Linden. Oct. 31, 1883 he married Miss Cora Brookins. To this union five children, two daughters and three sons, two of whom survive; John of Byron and Dwight of Linden. Mrs. Seaman died Nov 30, 1934. He is also survived by two granddaughters, one grandson, two brothers, Alfred of Norris, Montana, Elbert of Furlonck, Calif., and one sister, Mrs. Rose McIntyre of Oregon City, Oregon.
20 May 1938 GILBERT, TRUMAN J., 69, passed away at his home in Clio. Funeral in Clio, Rev. L. A. Thompson officiating. Burial in Owosso, the former home of Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert and family. Mr. Gilbert and family were at one time residents of Fenton where Mr. Gilbert operated a battery shop and garage, the family coming here from Owosso. In 1930 the family moved to Clio and this has since been their home. Here Mr. Gilbert operated a blacksmith and welding shop until three years ago when failing health compelled him to give up his place of business. While resident of Fenton the family were members and workers in the Methodist church. Surviving are Mrs. Gilbert and two sons, Paul of Detroit, and Austin at home, and one grandchild.
20 May 1938 LEMON, JOHN, 65, passed away in the Madine hospital in Detroit. A military funeral was held at the Davis-Graham chapel in Fenton, Rev. A.T.F. Butt, pastor of the Fenton Methodist church, officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Mr. Lemon was a veteran of the Spanish-American War, serving under Teddy Roosevelt in Troop "G" Third Volunteer Cavalry, and was a member of Henry M. Duffield Post, in Detroit. The members of that Post came to Fenton and had charge of the service. It was following his service with Teddy Roosevelt that he was given a flag (the Stars and Stripes) by that great man. Deceased was born in Abbotsford, Mich July 3, 1872 and Jan 29, 1902 married Miss Etha Magill at Sandusky, Ohio. Detroit had been his home for many years up until ten years ago when the family moved to Tyrone township, purchasing the farm known as the "Lake of Many Springs Farm ," from Mr. Watson. Surviving are two daughters, Violet Westgate of Detroit and Mrs. June Panks of Fenton, and a son Roy of Detroit.
20 May 1938 BRUCE, GUY, son of Mrs. Mary Bruce of Byron, passed away in University hospital, Ann Arbor. Funeral from the Byron M. E. church with burial in Byron cemetery. Mr. Bruce, whose home was in Frankfort, Mich, was called here several weeks ago by the illness of his father, George Bruce, who preceded his son in death by three weeks. Mr. Bruce, who was 41years of age, was of a family of three sons, was reared here [Byron] and attended the Byron schools. He also was a veteran of the World War. He leaves, besides his wife and family, his mother and two brothers, Charles and Douglas of Olivet. Mr. Adelbert Hathaway conducted the services.
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2 Jun 1938
Tyrone: Funeral services for WILLARD GARDNER, age 86, were held from his late home in Hartland township Sunday afternoon with interment taking place in Milford. Deceased was born and spent his boyhood days in Tyrone. He was a brother of John Gardner.
30 May 1938 Tyrone: MORTON, LERA BELL, age 24, died at the home of her parents in Linden. Funeral from the M. E. church in Linden, Rev. Millard officiating. Burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Surviving are Husband, Clarence Morton, one son Russell B., parents, Mr. & Mrs. Milton Smith, one sister and two brothers. (article notes she is the wife of a former Tyrone young man).
28 May 1938 INGHAM, FLOYD C. of Lake Fenton, formerly of Flint where he was associated with the Harry W. Watson Company 22 years, died suddenly at his home. He was a member of the Flint Order of Elks since 1908. Funeral from the Wm. H. Loss and Son funeral home, Flint. Interment in Avondale cemetery. He retired from business several years ago and had spent the last three winters in the south. Mr. & Mrs. Ingham had just returned to their home Fri. from a seven months sojourn. Survivors are his wife, Vada G. Ingham and several cousins; those attending the funeral being: Mrs. Chas. Cothcher, Mrs. Frank Fuller, Mrs. Wm. Scoble from Flushing; Mrs. J. S. Pittwood, Mrs. C. D. Beecher from Port Austin, and Mrs. A. S. Perry, Herbert Shatto of Flint.
27 May 1938 WILES, MRS. THOMAS, died of pneumonia. Funeral from the Wee Kirk Of The Heather and interment took place in Forest Lawn cemetery, Glendale, Calif. Surviving are two daughters, the Misses Gladys and Beatrice Wiles. The family moved from Fenton to California twelve or fourteen years ago. Mr. Wiles passed away several years ago
27 May 1938 JACKWAY, MRS. ANNA S. died at Grace hospital in Detroit. Funeral from her home, 1224 Stanley Ave., Detroit, Rev. George U. Martin of the First United Presbyterian church officiating. Burial in Grand Lawn cemetery. Deceased was born in Nankin township Nov. 4, 1856. She was the widow of Virgil D. Jackway who died in 1919. Mrs. Jackway was for many years an active member of the First United Presbyterian church. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Emma A. Becker, of Fenton, Mich.
30 May 1938 SMITH, CHAUNCEY W. passed away at the home of his son, Roy Smith, 300 Roberts Street, Fenton. Deceased had come to Fenton to spend the day with his son. A few years ago when Roy conducted a grocery store on the south side, his father assisted in the store. Surviving are: the wife, Mrs. Bertha Smith; two sons, Roy of Fenton and Ray of Flint; a sister, Mrs. Arthur G. Mcdavis of Oxford; a niece and a nephew.
30 May 1938 MORTON, LERA BELLE, aged 24 years, passed away at the home of her parents in Linden. Funeral from the Methodist church in Linden, Rev. Millard officiating. Interment in Fairview cemetery. Surviving are: the husband, Clarence Morton, one son Russell B. Morton; the parents, Mr. & Mrs. Milton Smith: sister, Mrs. Marion White and two brothers, Marvin R. Smith and Harley C. Smith.
4 Jun 1938 TOWNSEND, MRS. GEORGIANNA, 54, passed away at her home on McKane Lake, Argentine township. Funeral services from the Bowles funeral home in Linden. Interment at Grace Lawn, Flint. The husband, bert townsend, passed away 3 years ago. Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Sabina Fox of Flint and two grandsons, George and James Fox of Flint.
3 Jun 1938 GRANGER, MRS. ELIZABETH, aged 47, passed away at her home on the Hogan road in Deerfield township. Funeral from the home with Rev. G. R. Millard in charge. Interment in Holly. The family moved to the present home from Holly three years ago. Deceased is survived by her husband, Walter Granger, eight children, her mother, 87, who makes her home in Detroit with Mrs. John Evans, a sister of the deceased.
6 Jun 1938 LONG, FRED M. of 109 East Street was instantly killed at 4:00 Mon after­noon when his Plymouth car which he was driving was hit by a Grand Trunk passenger train at the crossing on Beach street. Mr. Long apparently did not see the fast approaching train. The car was entirely demolished. Fred was born in Bloomfield township near Pontiac July 17, 1886, and would have been 52 years of age next month. Mr. Long had been engaged in the printing business for the past ten years in Fenton. Surviving are the widow, Olga Millweis Long and one daughter, Jane Louise. A son Frederic John preceded him in death several years ago. He also leaves his mother, Mrs. Emma J. Long, a brother, Earl J. Long and a sister, Ella M. Long, all of Pontiac. Funeral from the Craft funeral home, Rev. P. G. Mroch, pastor of Trinity Lutheran church, officiating. The Masonic Lodge conducted services at the cemetery.
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Byron: RAY WELCH, well known Byron citizen, expired in Owosso Memorial Hospital last week following an illness of a few days. Funeral from the home, Rev. F. Blake officiating, and was under the auspices of the Byron Masonic Lodge, of which he was a member. Mr. Welch was 60 years of age on Dec 5 and was the son of Elijah and Jennie Welch. He was unmarried and during the past several years had been the constant companion of his aged mother. Surviving, besides his mother who is over 90 years of age, is one sister, MRS. EDITH SAVAGE and two nieces and a nephew. Interment in Byron cemetery.
9 Jun 1938 Byron: EDDY, MRS. OSCAR passed away at her home in Byron. Funeral from the Byron M.E. church. Mrs. Eddy was the former Della Sciler, only daughter of Jacob and Hannah Sciler, pioneer residents of this community. She was the mother of two children, a daughter Nora, who preceded her in death and one son George of this place. Mrs. Eddy belonged to the Royal Neighbors and leaves besides her husband and son, a large circle of friends and acquaintances. Burial in Byron cemetery.
16 Jun 1938 FOLEY, MRS. PATRICK passed away three weeks after suffering a stroke. Funeral from St. John's Catholic church. The Requeim High Mass was chanted by Rev. Fr. Walsh of Battle Creek and Rev. Fr. Tighe delivered the sermon. Deceased was the daughter of the late John and Ellen Hogan and was born Aug. 30, 1870 in Tyrone, the oldest of eleven children. On Nov. 22, 1892 she married Patrick Foley of Tyrone. Mr. Foley died Oct. 16, 1932. To their union was born four children, three now living: John and Harold of Tyrone, Elizabeth of Fenton, with whom she made her home, and Leo who preceded her in death in 1910. She also leaves seven grandchildren, four brothers and two sisters, John and Leo Hogan of Detroit, James Hogan of Toledo, Ohio, Clare Hogan of Fenton, Loretta (Mrs. Pat O'Connell) of Tyrone and Celia (Mrs. Emory Allen) of Toledo, Ohio.
15 Jun 1938 SAGE, CARLTON D., 78, a pioneer resident of this community, died suddenly at his home in Linden. Funeral from his home with burial in Linden Fairview cemetery. Rev. Isaac Parrish officiated. Deceased was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Levi Sage and was born in Mundy township Apr 13, 1860. After his marriage to Alice C. Smith they lived on the Albert Fletcher farm, one mile west of Linden on the Silver Lake road for six years. At that time they moved to Ypsilanti where they operated a dairy farm for 10 years and then returned to their previous home where they engaged in farming for 12 years, returning to Linden in 1928 and establishing a home on Tickner street. Mrs. Sage died in May 1930. He is survived by two sons, Russell of Linden, Guy of Lansing, and three daughters, Mrs. L. J. Levanseler of Royal Oak, Mrs. Frank Stehle, Linden and Miss Ernestine, at home.
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CHAFFEE, MRS. MABEL, wife of the late David Chaffee of Detroit, formerly native and prominent Fenton and Byron residents. Funeral in Detroit under auspices of the Order of Eastern Stars. Remains were brought to Byron to the Union Plain cemetery to rest beside Mr. Chaffee who preceded her in death two years ago in August. Mabel Tyler Cole Chaffee was born in Burns township on the old Cole farm, two miles west of Byron, Oct. 1854, daughter of Frank and Martha Tyler Cole. She married David Chaffee on March 29, 1905 and made their home 6 miles north of Fenton for several years, after which they moved to their farm home two miles west of Byron. Twelve years ago they moved to Detroit, 390 Dickerson Ave, where she had since resided. Mrs. Chaffee was prominent and active in Masonic and social affairs and had served as Worthy Matron of the Byron Order of Eastern Star about 14 years ago and was affil iated with the Methodist Episcopal church in Detroit. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. John (Flora) Harding, and one granddaughter, Betsy G. of Detroit, one brother, Bert Cole of Flint.
20 Jun 1938 DEWEY, MRS. CARRIE I. passed away in Los Angeles, Calif. Deceased, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. S. I. Perry, was born in New York in 1856. The family was at one time residents of Fenton, and it was here that she married Jack Dewey who passed away in California about ten years ago. Mr. & Mrs. Dewey were residents of Fenton for some years. They built the house now owned and occupied by Jack Groll and family on Main Street.
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The remains of MRS. MINNIE RIKER were brought to Fenton from Flint Sat. afternoon and interment took place in Oakwood cemetery. Mrs. Riker was formerly Miss Minnie Fikes, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. J. M. Fikes of South St. She was born in Tyrone 75 years ago. For the past 30 years she had made her home in Flint. Following the moving of the family from Tyrone to Fenton the deceased became the wife of Eugene Riker, son of Dr. & Mrs. Riker. Mr. Riker passed away some years ago. She is survived by a son and two daughters.
24 Jun 1938 STEHLE, LOUIS A., pioneer jeweler and resident of Linden since 1879, died at a Flint hospital at the age of 80. Funeral from the Bowles funeral home with burial in Linden Fairview. Deceased was born in Franklin, Oakland Co, Feb 18, 1858. When a young man he traveled as a salesman for a time, and at the age of 21 he came to Linden, establishing a general store in the north end of the town near the railroad tracks. After a few years he moved to his late residence on North Bridge street on the banks of the Shiawassee River where he operated a jewelry store, and also supplied the community with all kinds of musical instruments. In 1936 he took his apprentice, Gerald Bowles, into partnership. They opened a new store on South Bridge street with Mr. Bowles in charge. After a short time, due to failing health, Mr. Stehle retired, turning the ownership over to his young partner. Mr. Stehle, in his younger days, was always active in community affairs. For several years he was a member of the village council and was chairman of the building committee when the town hall was constructed in 1908. He was responsible for the cemetery being named Fairview. He was a member of the local school board for several years and a member of Linden Lodge F. & A. M. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Jennie Stehle, four brothers, U. X. Stehle, Wisconsin, Joseph, Linden, John, Colorado and Andrew of Rochester, Indiana and one sister, Mrs. Eva Robey of Berkley, Cal.
6 Jul 1938 CHRISTIE, JAMES FERGUSON, eldest son of Robert and Catherine Ferguson Christie, was born Oct 1, 1849, shortly after the arrival of his parents from their native Scotland. The family was in Ray township, Macomb county, Mich, where a large number of Scottish friends and relatives resided. From here at the age of 20 years, he with his parents moved to Deerfield, Livingston county where practically the remainder of his life was spent. After the death of his mother, to whom he was greatly devoted, he cared lovingly for his aged father until the family home was finally broken by the father's death in 1915. From that time on "Uncle Jim" as he was familiarly known, lived in the homes of near relatives. He passed on peace­fully July 6,1938 in his 89th year. Following the funeral services at the home of his nephew, J. Wintrhop Pratt, his body was laid to rest by those of his parents in Byron cemetery. Mr. Christie never married. He was the eldest brother of Robert Christie, Jr., Mrs. J. F. Pratt, and Mrs. J. H. Buell, all of whom preceded him in death; and of William Christie of Byron who is still living. He also leaves a number of nieces and nephews.

Fenton Independent Deaths
1938 - 1943
Date Obituary
6 Jul 1938 MYERS, THELMA MAE, daughter of Jay and Nettie Morgan, was born at Weidman, Mich. May 11, 1908 and passed away at her home in Fenton July 6, 1938, at the age of 30 years, 1 month and 25 days. At the age of 11 years she, with her parents, moved north to Trout Creek, Mich, coming to Fenton in 1929. On June 16, the same year, she married Clarence Myers of Fenton, where she had since made her home. She leaves her husband, two little daughters, Joan, 1 year and 3 months of age, and Sharon, 1 month, her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Jay Morgan, one brother, William Morgan and three sisters, Genevieve and Marian of Fenton and Marie of Lansing.
16 Jul 1938 POWELL, MRS. F. L., former resident of Fenton, died at her home in Lansing after a brief illness. She was born in Oakland county, Mich Sept 29, 1854, the daughter of Jacob and Almeda Loop, early settlers in Oakland county. On Aug 1, 1875 she married Francis LaRue Powell. Funeral from the Davis ­Graham chapel, Rev. J.T.M. Stevens of Ypsilanti officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Surviving are two daughters, Miss Mabel Powell of Lansing and Mrs. Hilton O. Dexter of Fenton and three grandchildren.
15 Jul 1938 BENNETT, CLARE A., assistant treas and business manager of the Merrill ­Palmer school, died in the Detroit Osteopathic Hospital. Widely known in educational circles, Mr. Bennett had been associated with the school since its founding. Prior to that he had been for many years sec. to the late Senator Thomas W. Palmer. He was associated with the Palmer estate after the Senator's death in 1913. Born at Lapeer Nov. 8, 1871, Mr. Bennett later was graduated from the Engineering School of the University of Michigan and prior to becoming associated with Senator Palmer taught school at Fenton. Surviving are his wife Mrs. Dora Loomis Bennett, whom he married in 1903, and a brother, Verne S. Bennett of New Orleans. The Bennett home is at 220 Moss Ave., Highland Park

The above appeared in Sat. morning's Detroit Free Press and concerns a man who was well known in Fenton. Mr. Bennett graduated from Fenton high school and following his graduation taught in the schools at Clyde and then for a period was one of the instructors in Fenton schools. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. E. N. Bennett of Adelaide street, and following the death of his father and mother, Clare and his wife maintained the family residence as a home to which they might come for weekends and enjoy the quiet away from the city. Burial took place in Oakwood Cemetery in Fenton.

28 Jul 1938 Linden: Funeral services for MRS. JENNIE GREY, 97, who passed away Friday 28 Jul 1938 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. G. Swartout, were held today from the Swartout home, with burial in Fairview cemetery. Rev. Isaac Parrish officiated. Deceased was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Kieth and was born in New Brunswick, Canada Apr 7, 1841. Following her marriage to James Grey they set up their home in New Brunswick where they resided until his death. Mrs. Grey then went to Aberd, South Dakota where she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Henrietta Herrett. Mrs. Herrett died last May and Mrs. Grey came to make her home with Mr. & Mrs. Swartout. Mrs. Swartout is her only survivor.
21 Jul 1938 REASNER, HENRY ABRAM, the eldest son of Elizabeth and William Reasner, was born in Fenton, Mich Dec 25, 1888, where he lived with his parents until 1909 when they moved to Rose City where he has since resided. Henry passed away Thurs, July 21st at the hospital in West Branch from pneumonia. He was a member of the American Legion and also the Oddfellow lodge. Surviving are two brothers Louis and Raymond and four nephews, all of Rose City. Funeral from the Craft funeral home, Fenton, Rev. A.T.F. Butt of the Methodist church officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Pall bearers were Ray and Roy Welch, Clay and Frank Fillingham, Chas. Baker and Earl Taylor, all schoolmates of Henry when he attended the Craft school.
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Word was received in Fenton on Monday [25 July] by John Hoskins and sister, Mrs. Virginia Lonsbury, of the passing of their uncle, DR. SAMUEL HOSKINS of Wailuka, Isle of Maui, Territory of Hawaii, brother of the late Dr. J. B. Hoskins. Dr. Hoskins, who had been in ill health, passed away July 22nd
2 Aug 1938 BRISTOL, MRS. ALICE M., a former resident of Parshal1ville, died in Ann Arbor. She was born in Tyrone, Livingston Co., Dec. 24, 1855, the daughter of Richard and Emily West Seaton. In 1876 she married J. H. Bristol. Ann Arbor has been her home for the last thirty years. Mr. Bristol passed away in 1922. Funeral from the Dolph Funeral Home in Ann Arbor. Burial at Colwell cemetery, Tyrone.
28 Ju1 1938 SHARR, GORDON, aged 18 of Detroit, was drowned at Runyan Lake. Gordon, together with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Sharr and friends, had come to Runyan Lake for the day, the occasion being a birthday party for Mrs. Schrader. Gordon had graduated from one of Detroit's high schoo1s last June. Body was taken to the Davis-Graham funeral home.
8 Aug 1938 TAYLOR, MRS. JAMES, 83, passed away at her home in Flint. Funeral from St. Paul's Episcopal church, Flint. Remains were taken to Elkhart, Ind. for burial. She is survived by her husband, four sons, Louis of Mt. Morris; Chris and Dr. Harold, of Flint and Dr. William Taylor of Linden, and one daughter, Mrs. John McLaughlin of Amsden, Ohio. Dr. William Taylor and daughter, Doreen, accompanied the funeral party to Elkhart Thursday.
16 Aug 1938 TAYLOR, T. R., former resident of Fenton, but a resident of Detroit for several years. Funeral from the Hamilton Funeral Home in Detroit with burial in St. Thomas, Canada, his former home. When a resident of Fenton, the deceased was in the employ of the Grand Trunk railroad as an auditor. Surviving are the widow and two sons.
8 Aug 1938 CLINTON, DANIEL E. died at his home in Tyrone after an illness of several months. He was born in Rochester, NY Dec 8, 1855, the son of John Clinton and Catherine Hogan. He came to Mich with his parents at the age of nine months. He married Bridget Gleason of Emmett, Mich in Oct 1886. They located on the farm where he had lived for the past 52 years. Mrs. Clinton and a daughter died in Dec 1933. He is survived by two sons, William of Detroit and John, at home, and two daughters, Mrs. Victor Foley and Nellie, seven grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Anna Haley of Fenton. Funeral from St. John's Catholic church, Rev. Fr. D. Tighe officiating. Burial in St. John's cemetery.
25 Sep 1938 BUZZARD, MRS. CAROLYN TILL. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Rev. A.T.F. Butt of the Methodist church officiated. Deceased was the daughter of Charles & Carolyn Bennett. She was born in Ridgeville, Ohio, and was 89 years of age at the time of her death. The family came to Mich when she was a small child. Feb. 4, 1864 she married Augustus William Till in Bay City. Mr. Till passed away in Bay City Apr 21, 1890. That city was her home for many years. Mar 18, 1913 she married George Buzzard of Fenton, and, following his death, moved into Fenton, and this village had since been her home. She was a member of the Presbyterian church in Bay City. She was the mother of three children from her marriage with Mr. Till, but one of whom, Mrs. Mabel Sophia Till Lunning, who resides at 109 W. Elizabeth street, survives. Her father, Captain Charles Bennett, who was an old Great Lakes captain, had the distinction of making and placing in commission the first steamer on Long Lake.
29 Aug 1938 McQUEEN, MRS. MAE, died at the hospital in Cadillac, Mich. Remains were brought to Byron and the funeral held at the late home. Mrs. McQueen had resided many years in Byron.
3 Sep 1938 LEVANSELER, MRS. LAVERNE, 55, oldest daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Carlton Sage, passed away in Highland Park Osteopathic hospital. Funeral from the late residence in Royal Oak with burial in Royal Oak cemetery. Mabelle Sage Levanseler was born near Byron Mar 13, 1883. She spent her girlhood in this vicinity and attended the Linden school. At the age of 19 she married Laverne Levanseler. After a year's residence in Clawson, they moved to Royal Oak where they have made their home. She is survived by her husband, a step-daughter, Mrs. Lucille Walker and granddaughter, Miss Gretchen Walker, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Stehle and Miss Ernestine Sage of Linden; two brothers, Russell of Linden and Guy Sage of Lansing. Mrs. Levanseler was an active member of the Royal Oak Methodist church, Order of Eastern Star, and the Women's Club.
10 Sep 1938 BLY, ROMA, aged 58, passed away suddenly at his home, 413 Riggs Street. Funeral was held in the auditorium of the Fenton Community Center, Rev. A.T.F. Butt of the M.E. Church, Fenton, officiating. Mr. Bly, born in Fenton, has made this community his home his entire life. He was born March 24, 1880, the son of Andrew and Evelyn Bly. Since a young man, Mr. Bly has been connected with the village as Village Marshall and Engineer. At the beginning of the construction of the Fenton Community Center, Mr. Bly was appointed to act as a representative of the community on the local Community Center Board with Mr. Rolland and Mr. Green. Their duties were to handle local matters pertaining to the Rackham Fund. Mr. Bly married Miss Julia Perry of Fenton, who passed away in 1918. In 1923 he married Jessie Anderson who survives. Mr. Bly was a member of the Fenton Baptist church and an active member of Oddfellow Lodge No. 125, Fenton. His major years were spent in bettering the community in which he lived. Services were well attended by his many friends, councilmen and members of the Fenton Fire Department acting as honorary pall bearers. Surviving are his wife, father, Mr. Andrew Bly of Fenton; one daughter, Dorothy of Detroit; one son, Gordon of Fenton; two brothers,· John and Andrew Jr., of Fenton; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Brunson of Fenton and Mrs. Julia Bishop of Saginaw, and two grandchildren.
9 Sep 1938 ADAMS, VICTORIA E. passed away at her home, 612 S. Adelaide St. Funeral from the Presbyterian church, Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Victoria E. Scott, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Scott, was born at Geneseo, NY Aug. 1, 1858 and was married to Henry Adams Apr 23, 1884. Their early married life was spent on a farm near Mason, Mich, but in 1890 they moved to Argentine. In 1895 she became a member of the Presbyterian church. She is survived by her husband Henry Adams, a son, Carl H. Adams of Flint, and a daughter Faye Adams Johnson of Detroit. Also one brother, George Scott of Rochester, NY.
8 Sep 1938 DEVEREAUX, ALBERT, aged 80, passed away at his home on Poplar St. Funeral from the home, Rev. Clare Whaley of the Baptist church officiating. Interment in Perry cemetery. Deceased was born in Bloomfield, Mich Jan 25, 1858. When a small boy the family moved to a farm in Tyrone township. Here he resided until his marriage to Miss Minnie Whitford and for several years they resided in Olivet and Charlotte. It was while a resident of the latter city that he learned the photograph business. He was in business in Fenton for 49 years, 35 of which he spent in taking pictures. His gallery was located on land which is now a part of the Standard Oil Service station site. His later years of business activity were spent in the ice cream business, he having his own manufacturing plant, with his retail store on the corner of Leroy and East Caroline Streets. For the past several years he has lived in the home on Poplar St. Surviving are two sons, Clifton of Pontiac and Clarence of Knoxville, Tenn., and three brothers, Orson of Ovid, Fred of DeWitt and Ed of Mt. Pleasant.
13 Sep 1938 George Anglen received word of the death of his brother R. E. ANGLEN in Dallas, Texas. The brother was well known in Fenton as he was a frequent guest of George when he was a resident of Michigan.
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COON, GEORGE E. Funeral services for Mr. George Eugene Coon, 1319 W. Second St., Flint, were held from the Dodds-Dumanois Co. chapel Monday [19 Sept], Rev. H.F. Carr officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton. Deceased was born in Fenton May 21, 1878 and spent his entire life here until moving to Flint 16 years ago. Surviving besides his widow are two sons, James of Pontiac, Frank of Flint, one daughter, Mae, now Mrs. Wilne Walton of Flint and seven grandchildren.
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Mrs. Martin Stiff has received word that her nephew, RONALD CARL LOCKHART, was accidentally killed at Van Nuys, California. Remains were brought to Flint where funeral services are to be held at Groves funeral home this afternoon. Interment will be at Sunset Hills cemetery. The bereaved mother, Mrs. Hazel Lockhart, will spend some time with her sister, Mrs. Stiff, in Fenton.
29 Sep 1938 REMINGTON, MRS. EMMA JANE, 93. Funeral from the late home, Rev. A.T.F, Butt officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Deceased, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Isaac Kirkuff, was born March 4, 1845, and the greater portion of her life had been spent in Fenton. Surviving is a brother, William I. Kirkuff of Bradenton, Florida; two sisters, Mrs. Henry Hoffman and Mrs. Robert Stewart of Detroit; one son, Bert Remington of Sunnyside, Washington; four grandsons and two granddaughters.
10 Oct 1938 FILLINGHAM, CHARLES N. died of heart disease. Funeral from the home in Rose township, Rev. F. A. Burnett and Rev. Morton L. Booth, both of Holly, officiating. Burial in Lakeside Cemetery [Holly]. Mr. Fillingham was born in West Bloomfield, Oakland county April 3, 1863. For 70 years he was engaged in farming in Rose township. He leaves his widow, Belle Fillingham, one son William and nephews, Stuart and Howard Fillingham of Flint.
30 Sep 1938 BENTLEY, RAY passed away at his home in Mio at the age of 49. He was born in Montrose, Mich, the son of Elizabeth and Nicholas Bentley. He lived for a time in Fenton then moved to Pontiac. From there he went to Rose City and he later moved to Mio. He was a salesman for the Ford Motor Co. Besides his brother and sister of Fenton, he is survived by his wife Violet; 6 brothers, Floyd of Milford; Lawrence of Detroit; Perry of Pontiac, Fred of Flint, Dick of Baldwin; Lloyd of Fenton; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Brundage of Lake City, Florida and Mrs. Martin Hart of Fenton.
5 Oct 1938 VAN HORN, HARRY, 62, a resident of Argentine for 37 years, died at University hospital. Funeral from the home south of Argentine. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Linden, Rev. Harold Pailthorpe of Durand officiating. Deceased was the son of Lansing and Addie Van Horn and was born in Chesaning June 2, 1876. He married Ella Huntley in 1900. He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Harold Harnack of Durand; two granddaughters, Miss Jean Harnack of Durand and Mrs. Richard Althaus of Ithaca; his mother, Mrs. Addie Van Horn of Owosso; two brothers, Ralph of Oakley and Lynn of Owosso, and a sister, Mrs. Walter Drummond of Chesaning.
9 Oct 1938 MURRAY, RODERICK, aged 59, Lake Fenton, died at Hurley hospital. Funeral from the Griffin & Wade funeral home, corner Manistique and Jefferson, Detroit. Burial in Forest Lawn cemetery, Detroit. Survivinq are: 4 daughters, Mrs. J. E. Covert, Mrs. Harry Punichard, both of Lake Fenton; Mrs. Harry Jones of Detroit, and Mrs. Alex Waterworth of Kingsville, Ont.; 3 sons, Clarence of Detroit; Malcolm and William of Lake Fenton; 4 sisters, 3 brothers, all of Detroit; 4 grandchildren.
16 Oct 1938 INCH, WILLIS, 65, an employee of the Parker Monument Company in Owosso for about 25 years prior to 1930, died in a Lansing sanatorium where he had been under treatment for tuberculosis for the past month. Services from the Knapp & Smith funeral home, Dr. Mitchell, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Fenton officiating, and interment made in Oak Hill cemetery. Mr. Inch was born in Canada Nov 10, 1873, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Inch. He lived in Ontario until he was 8 years of age, and at that time moved with his parents to Oxford, Mich. In 1896 he married Miss Margaret Smith of Dryden, Mich and the couple had lived in a number of Michigan cities since. For 42 years Mr. Inch had worked in the monument business which he learned in his brother's factory at Pontiac. Much of that time he worked for the Parker firm in Owosso. Surviving are his widow, of Owosso, and three daughters and one son: Mrs. Hixon Cites of Pontiac; Mrs. George Warren Jr. of Ovid; Mrs. John Hoffman of Fenton; Robert Inch of Owosso. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Bradley and Norma Lee Hoffman and Phyllis Cites. He leaves two brothers, Charles of Pontiac and Frank of Marysville, and one sister, Mrs. R. W. Clark of Pontiac. For the past seven years, Mr. Inch had made his home with his daughter Mrs. Hoffman, of Fenton. Mr. Inch and his family were residents of Fenton from 1912 to 1916 where he was employed by John Rhubottom and Charles Stone in their monument works.
20 Oct 1938 PHILLIPS, W. B. passed away at his home on Shiawassee avenue following an illness of several years duration. Funeral from the home Saturday with Rev. Asher Golden Work of Detroit, officiating. Rev. Work was at one time pastor of the Fenton Presbyterian church and an old friend of the family. Mr. Phillips, eldest son of Andrew J. and Julia Phillips, was born in Milford Nov 24, 1863. In 1869 the family moved to Fenton and this village had since been his home. He graduated from Fenton high school in 1882 and then attended a business college in Detroit. Completing his course in the business college he returned to Fenton and became general manager of his father's business, and under his guidance the business grew and prospered until The Phillips Screen Door plant was nationally known. During the time he was connected with the firm as general manager and later as its president, he made a wide acquaintance with hardware dealers all over the country. For 30 years he served the company, until in 1913 the business was sold. In 1886 he married Miss Sarah Gallup of Greely, Col. They returned to Fenton, erecting the home on Shiawassee avenue in which they have since resided. Mr. Phillips was one of those who assisted in the organization of the first Christian Science Society in Fenton and was active in the work of the society. Surviving are Mrs. Phillips, a daughter, Mrs. Julia Hart and three granddaughters, Mrs. Dan Mitchell of Tennessee and the Misses Mary Louise and Julia Hart, and a brother E. A. Phillips.
27 Oct 1938 Following is a letter to the Editor dated Oct. 22, 1938, Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Dear Sir, will you kindly find space in your columns for the following notice. DAVID GRAY TAYLOR, eldest son of David H. Taylor, who many years ago was minister of the Presbyterian church of Fenton, was killed by an automobile at Long Beach, California Oct. 10th. Mr. Taylor was a lawyer practicing in federal courts. Most of his work was charitable. Very fine tributes were paid his memory by the United States District Court of Los Angeles. He was buried at Ann Arbor, Mich Oct 15th. Martha Taylor of Washington, D. C. a sister, and W. W. Taylor of Signal Mountain, Tenn., a brother, survive him. I have been unable to locate some of the cousins living in Oakland county and a letter addressed Oakwood, Mich. has been returned stating that the post office there has been discontinued. Will you kindly ask the editor of the newspaper at Oxford which was quite close to Oakwood to likewise publish this article. Also some of the relatives and friends lived around Imlay City. You may bill me for any expense you are put to in the matter. Signed W. W. Taylor.
21 Oct 1938 PAGE, CHARLES, 59, a native of Argentine, passed away at Woman's Hospital. Funeral from the late home in Argentine wfth interment in Fairview cemetery, Linden, Rev. A.T.F. Butt of Fenton officiating. Deceased was the son of James and Loretta Page and was born in Argentine Nov 20, 1879. He spent a number of years in Detroit where he married Edith Otwell in 1904. In 1926 they came to Argentine where they have since made their home. Mr. Page was a salesman for Cummings Bros. of Flint. He is survived by the widow, one daughter, Mrs. Wilton Huebler, four grandsons, three sisters, Mrs. Verne Clark of Linden; Mrs. Cora Tamlyn of Flint and Mrs. Fanny Babcock of Hollywood, California, and one brother, John Page of Holly.
26 Oct 1938 MARVIN, REV. WILLIAM E. passed away in Detroit and services were held from Grace Methodist church in Detroit. Remains were brought to Fenton for burial. Rev. Marvin was 74 years of age and well known in this vicinity. He was a brother of Miss Julia Marvin, Mrs. O. S. Chadderdon who reside on the Marvin farm south of Fenton and of John Marvin of New Mexico.
27 Oct 1938 STANLEY, FRANK, 63, passed away following an accident two weeks ago when he was crushed between a truck and the house. Burial in the Catholic cemetery at Morrice. Frank was the son of Henry and Alice Stanley. He was born in Fenton township Aug 21, 1875. Dec 20, 1905 he married Miss Mary Gubrey of Fenton. Mr. & Mrs. Stanley resided in River Rouge where Frank was employed by the Peerless Cement Co. Survivinq is the widow and three sons and two daughters; two sisters, Mrs. Florence Robbins of Fenton and Mrs. Ruth Robbins of Flint.
27 Oct 1938 KLINGLER, MRS. DAVID, 54, died at her home, 308 S. Adelaide St., after a week's illness. Funeral from the late home, Rev. A.T.F. Butt of the Meth. church officiating. Eva Cattrell, only child of Joseph and Carrie Cattrell, was born in Flint March 24, 1884 and came to Fenton with her parents at the age of six years. This village had since been her home. In 1904 she married Ira St. Clair Jarvis, who passed away March 10, 1916. On Dec 27, 1922 she married David Klingler. Surviving are the husband, four daughters, Mrs. Roy Thornton, Mrs. John Vrbensky, Mrs. Charles Wakeman and Violet Klingler, and four sons, Ira and Ralph Jarvis and Jack and James Klingler.
12 Nov 1938 REYNOLDS, HARVEY, 61, died suddenly from a heart attack while on his way home. Funeral from the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Edinger on Third St., Rev. Marion of Pontiac officiating. In­terment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Harvey, son of Gilbert and Sophia (Rusho) Reynolds, was born in Bay City Feb 4, 1877 and died Nov 12, 1938. His young life was spent in and near Bay City and on Feb 18, 1896 he married Miss Winnie Babcock of AuGres, Mich. In 1919 Mr. Reynolds, with his family, came to Fenton where he had since made his home. He was a carpenter by profession. For the past month or so he had been acting as foul line director in Mr. Edinger's bowling alley, where he had the respect of all members of the Fenton Bowling League. Surviving besides his wife, are four children, Russell, Blanche and George of Pontiac, and Marion (Mrs. Clarence Edinger) of Fenton; one brother, Coleman Reynolds of Gilford, one sister, Mrs. Malinda Reinhardt of Bay City and 9 grandchildren.
14 Nov 1938 LOVE, GEORGE, 77, a pioneer resident of Tyrone, passed away in Grace hospital, Detroit. Funeral from the Greenhoe Chapel in Detroit. Mr. Love was born in alog cabin on the farm in Tyrone where he spent his entire life. Surviving him are two daughters, Mrs. Edward Glander of Detroit and Mrs. Neil Phillips of Grand Rapids.
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BARNES, ELLA. Funeral from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. George F. Skinner, in Argentine on Wed. Nov 16th with burial in Byron cemetery. Rev. Pratt of the Byron Baptist church officiated, with the committment service in charge of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Barnes' parents were both among the original settlers of Burns township, having come with their families about 1836. Mrs. Barnes was born in Burns township near Byron April 19, 1858, the daughter of Isaac S. and Amelia Crawford Barnum. On Sept 28, 1876 she married Leonzo W. Barnes, also of Burns township, who preceded her in death on March 22, 1936. To this union ten children were born, Earl W. of Cleveland, Ohio; Alfred L. of Flint; Clara A. Skinner, deceased; Lillie M. Skinner of Argentine; O. Milan, deceased; Riley C. and Alger B. of San Diego, Calif; E. Grace Woodman of Detroit; Bernice S. Meier of Flint; and Arthur, who died in infancy. Surviving also are eleven grandchildren: Donivan A. Barnes of Boston; Norene A. Foster, Lloyd Barnes, Weston and Arlene Meier of Flint; Hattie Ayers of Brooklyn, Mich, Erma Bartlett and Clara White of Bay City; Doris Woodman of Detroit; Gladys Macey and Geraldine Barnes of San Diego, Calif; also seven great-grandchildren. Her entire life was spent in this community. She was a member of the Ladies of the Maccabees and the Order of the Eastern Star, having served as an officer in these organizations. She was also an active member of the King's Daughters and greatly enjoyed her associations in these organizations.
16 Nov 1938 SEITZ, RICHARD J., 5 year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Orville Seitz of Holly, died at Hurley hospital, Flint as the result of a fractured skull received when he was struck by an automobile November 4. Funeral from the Adventist church in Holly. Burial in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Richard was born in Holly March 29, 1933. Besides his parents, he leaves a sister, Pauline and an older brother, Clifford. The accident which caused his death occurred in the early evening not far from his home. Mr. & Mrs. Seitz and family formerly resided in Fenton.
28 Nov 1938 WERTMAN, FRED A., former Probate Judge, passed away at his home, 309 Mary street, Flint, at the age of 65. Funeral from the Oak Park Methodist church, Rev. Gernsey F. Gorton, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Judge Wertman was born in Niagara county, NY, Oct 16, 1873. He came to Genesee county in 1882 and this county had since been his home. He was before the people of the county as an official for 22 years. In 1910 he was elected clerk of Genesee county on the Republican ticket. He took the oath of office Jan 1, 1911 and held the clerkship for six years, then going into the probate office as register. It was while serving as clerk that he started the study of law under the late Hon. James S. Parker. He was admitted to the bar April 25, 1919. Fred continued as probate register until 1924 when he was elected probate judge for Genesee county and for eight years held that office. While holding office in the county Mr. Wertman received state recognition. He was president of the Michigan Association of County Clerks, 1914-1915, and held the same office for the organization of Michigan probate judges for 1931-1932. When Fred came to Genesee county at the age of nine years, his family lived in Mundy township where he attended school. He also was a student at the Fenton Normal and spent one year at Albion College. During his early life he taught school winters and worked at the profession of carpenter in the summer. He was employed by the W. S. Stewart Body Works in Flint for some time and was also a teacher in the Flint schools for three years. Prior to his election as county clerk he was employed as a clerk in the auditor general's office in Lansing. Since leaving the probate office he has practiced law in Flint. He was associated with Prosecutor-elect John L. Roach. Mr. Wertman married Alice Davis of Fenton township Nov 14, 1894. They have two children, Mrs. Robert Holtslander of Linden and Lloyd A. Wertman of Flint, also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Fred Cornell of Flint; a brother, Floyd R. Wertman of Detroit; eight grandchildren; his stepmother, Mrs. Rilla Wertman of Fenton and a step-brother, Mr. Leigh M. O'Dell also of Fenton.
27 Nov 1938 WITTUM, MRS. LUCY, 91, passed away at the home of her son Garfield, 1509 Ave. C., Flint. Born Aug 5,1847, Mrs. Wittum had been a resident of Genesee county her entire life. She was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Asa Bigelow, who were among the earliest settlers of the county. Funeral from the W. H. Loss & Son funeral home in F1int with interment in Evergreen. Mr. & Mrs. Wittum were residents of Fenton for several years, owning and occupying a home on North Adelaide Street.
26 Nov 1938 REICHERT, CHARLES, 53, was killed Sat night as he was walking to his home at Greenlawn Gardens, west of Fenton on the Silver Lake road when he was struck by an automobile driven by James E. Skinner, 18 yrs old, who resides west of Argentine. In the car with James were Floyd Skinner, Edison Taylor and Kenneth Wykes. Mr. Reichert was born in Waterloo, Canada. For the past few years he has been employed at Greenlawn Gardens, where his sister also made her home. Body was taken to Roseland Park, Detroit, for burial.
26 Nov 1938 COLE, MRS. ADA E. died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William A. Sheldon. Mrs. Cole's home was at Rose Center. She was born in Independence township, Oakland county, Sept 28, 1859. Her husband, John I . Cole, preceded her in death Dec 12, 1918. She leaves three children: Seymour B. Cole of 1248 Dickerson ave., Detroit; Mrs. William A. Sheldon of Fenton; Ralla E. Cole of 70 S. Jessie st., Pontiac; two grandchildren, Mrs. Helen Sheldon Sloan of Roseville, Mich, and Miss Ruth A. Sheldon of Fenton; and two great grandchildren Harold, Jr. and David Sloan of Roseville. Funeral from Rose Mission at Rose Center. Burial at Holly.
29 Nov 1938 ROCKMAN, MRS. JOHN, 82, passed away at her home on W. Caroline St. Tuesday night. She had been a resident of Fenton practically all of her life. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. O. G. Potts of Evart, Mrs. James Massey of Fenton and Mrs. Stanley Cook of Flint; one sister, Mrs. Lauren Pegg of Grand Rapids and one brother Lee Chappelle of Pearsall, Texas; three grand­children and one great grandchild.
29 Nov 1938 BUTLER, GEORGE, 68, died at his home on the Smith road in Argentine township. Funeral from the Bowles funeral home in Linden. Interment in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Surviving is the widow, Mrs. May Butler, a son Byron of Argentine township; a brother Ernest Butler of Flint; two grand­daughters and one great grandson.
28 Nov 1938 McMULLEN, JAMES E., publisher of the Linden Leader since June 1, 1917, died at St. Joseph hospital, Flint at the age of 82. He was the third son of John and Mary Mcmullen and was born in Blenheim, Ontario, Canada May 4, 1856. At the age of 6 months the family moved to Chatham, Ont., where he was raised. The father, who was injured while felling a tree in the forest, was a helpless invalid for 18 years, which necessitated the boy James to leave school at the aqe of 14. His first effort in helping the parents care for their family of seven children was to serve as apprentice in the Banner office where he learned the principles of newspaper work. During that period in his life he was converted, and many a night he lay down on the floor reading by the light of a candle his only two books, the Bible and dictionary. When he was 19 he contracted tuberculosis from his family which in time took every member. To combat the disease he came to Michigan, joining a logging camp in the upper peninsula where he lived in the open until he was completely recovered. He then went to Charter Oak, Iowa where he established their first newspaper "The Charter Oak Times." Although that was 60 years ago, he still received a copy of the paper each week. While in Charter Oak he took out his naturalization papers and was a member of the State Militia, acting as secretary, for two years. After selling out the "Times" he spent a number of years in Iowa buying up non-paying newspaper offices. His delight was to put them on a paying basis, sell and seek another. In 1906 he felt the desire to become a minister and enrolled in the Chicago Moody Institute, and it was while he was attending one of their camp meetings at Des Plaines that he became acquainted with Mrs. McMullen who was the former Mrs. Dorothea Penepacker. While in school his health failed and again he sought Clarkshill, Indiana, this time settling with his bride at Clarkshill for six months, then going to Onaway, Michigan where they bought the "0naway Inter-Lake" weekly. Shortly after the big fire which practically devastated Presque Isle county they sold their interests in Onaway. After spending three years in Chicago and Big Rapids, they came to Linden in 1917 purchasing the leader office from W. C. Williams. The first year in Linden they bought the present home site and erected the fine small printing office on the south, five years later, where Mr. McMullen served his community so faithfully. He was a member of Linden Lodge F. & A. M. and he and Mrs. McMullen were both members of the O.E.S. His chief pleasure had been in the church where he held a local preachers license and was a member of the board of stewards. Last July 14 marked his 68th year in the printing business and he was honored by being elected Dean of the Michigan Editorial Association at their meeting held at East Lansing in January. Deceased is survived by his widow and three first cousins, Henry Pegg of Albuquerque, New Mexico, William Pegg and Mrs. Lucy Witherell of Blenheim, Ontario, Canada, and many second and third cousins. Funeral from the Linden Methodist church with burial in Linden Fairview cemetery, Rev. G. R. Millard and Rev. U. G. Ostrander officiating.
23 Nov 1938 VAN ATTA, HORATIO JAMES, 93, passed away at his home on East High street. He had been a resident of Fenton since he was five years old, thus 88 years of his life had been spent here. Those who were seeking early history of Fenton could depend on getting a good story from him. Funeral from the late home, Rev. J. W. Priest of Alma and Rev. W. T. Smith, rector of St. Jude's Episcopal church, officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Mr. VanAtta was probably the oldest resident of the village, both from the standpoint of years and the number of years that Fenton had been his home. Deceased was born in Lyons, Wayne county, NY Nov 21, 1845, the son of James W. and Ann Van Atta. When he was five years old he came with his parents to Michigan, going first to Mt. Clemens and a few months later locating in Fenton, which had since been his home. Nov 21, 1871 he married Helen Van Tifflin, who passed away seven years ago. Mr. VanAtta was identified with the business interests of Fenton for many years, first as a clothier and later succeeding his father in the furniture business. The latter business was conducted by him until his retirement in 1920. Since that time he has given his attention to the management of his farms, so long as health would permit. He was interested in the civic affairs of Fenton and for a long time served as one of the board of councilmen. He was also a member of the Fenton Baptist church. Surviving is one son Wallace J. and two daughters, the Misses Mabel and Alice Van Atta; a nephew, William H. Van Atta of Lansing and a niece, Mrs. M. Clyde Lamb of Detroit. Attending the funeral from out of town were: Mr. & Mrs. William H. Van Atta of Lansing, Mich; Miss Rose Van Tifflin, Mrs. Pickering and Mrs. Pyne of Flint.
5 Dec 1938 TUNNINGLY, WILLIAM J., 75, a resident of this community for 71 years, passed away at his home on S. Bridge street, Linden, following a long illness. Funeral from the Methodist church with burial in Fairview cemetery, Rev. G. R. Millard officiatinq. Deceased was the son of William and Mary Tunningly and was born in Chautauqua county, NY Dec 14, 1863. At the age of 4 he came with the family to Michigan, his father settling on what has since been known as the old Tunning1y homestead on the Rolston Road, where the deceased lived virtually his whole life. In 1892 he married Miss Anna Dayton of Dansville, Ingham county. They have one son, Cleon, at home. The Tunningly's came to Linden five years ago establishing their home on S. Bridge street. He is survived by his widow and one son, one brother Charles of Argentine township, and one sister, Mrs. Etta Allen of Flint.
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ROCKMAN, MRS. MARION, a resident of Fenton the past 25 years, passed away at her home. Born in Bloomfield township in 1856 she was married to John Rockman in 1874. To them were born 5 children, 2 sons, Fred and Roy Rockman who are both deceased, and 3 daughters. The greater part of her life was spent in Linden and Argentine, moving to Fenton in 1913, where she had since resided. Mr. J. Rockman passed away in 1925. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. James Massey, Fenton; Mrs. Cora Potts, Evart and Mrs. Stanley Cook, Flint; one grandson; four granddaughters and 8 great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Loren Pegg of Grand Rapids and one brother, Lee Chappelle, Pearsall, Texas.
5 Dec 1938 BUTLER, GEORGE, 68, a resident of this community for over 50 years, passed away at the home of Mr. & Mrs. William Tunningly of S. Bridge street, Linden, following an illness of five years. Funeral from the Bowles funeral home with burial in Fairview cemetery. Deceased was born in New York state June 17, 1870, coming to Michigan at the age of 17. In 1889 he married Miss Mae Middlesworth, and to this union one child was born, Byron, who now resides on the home farm. Besides his widow and son he is survived by two granddaughters, one brother, Ernest of Flint and a great grandson.

Fenton Independent Deaths
1938 - 1943
Date Obituary
8 Dec 1938 GUNDRY, MRS. ALTHEA, 67, a resident of this community virtually all her life, passed away suddenly at her home on the Silver Lake road. Funeral from the late home with burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden, Rev. Elmer Punches of South Mundy officiating. Deceased was the daughter of Edward and Melissa Patterson and was born in Gaines Sept 7, 1871. On Nov 12, 1891 she married James Gundry. They established their home in Durand and also lived in Mundy township and Fenton before settling on the farm two miles east of Linden, on the Silver Lake road, which has been their home for about 16 years. She is survived by her husband and her family of seven children, Neil, Roy and Donald Gundry of Pontiac; George and Eldon of Flint; Mrs. Laverne Tupper and Mrs. Ray Morey of Linden; 9 grandchildren and one brother, Ralph Patterson of Deerfield township. Mrs. Gundry was a charter member of the Merry Go Round club, taking an active part ever since its organization.
9 Dec 1938 WILLARD, MRS. EDITH BUCKBEE, 80, died in Flint following months of failing health from a broken hip which she suffered from a fall last June. Funeral from the Bowles funeral home [Linden], Rev. Isaac Parrish officiating. Burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Mrs. Willard was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Wesley Buckbee and was born April 13, 1858, on the old Buckbee homestead on Lobdell road in Fenton township, where she had lived virtually her whole life. Her grandparents coming from New York, settled on the farm over 100 years ago. Following Mr. Willard's death over 20 years ago she went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Herbert Hoxie at Pontiac. After the death of both Mr. & Mrs. Hoxie, she returned to her old home where she lived until her accident in June. She is survived by one brother, Charles Buckbee of the Lobdell road, one aunt, Mrs. Margaret Leonard of Linden, and one niece, Mrs. William Paul of Detroit.
13 Dec 1938 DUNTON, HERBERT, 79, was taken ill on the streets of Flint and taken to the county hospital where he passed away. Remains were brought to the Craft funeral home in Fenton. Funeral from that place with interment in Oakwood cemetery. Deceased was born in Holly township and all of his life had been spent in this community. He was one of a family of six children, the only one remaining being a brother, L. A. Dunton of Walnut street, Fenton, who is 81 years old. Herbert had been a familiar figure about the streets for a number of years. He owned a bass drum and took great pleasure in beating it. He had a feeling that he was playing real tunes and nothing pleased him more than to have his friends offer a word of praise for his music.
13 Dec 1938 HARRINGTON, MRS. ANNA RUTHERFORD, 70, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edmund Gould. Funeral from the Craft funeral home, Rev. A.T.F. Butt officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Mrs. Harrington was born at Saulte Ste Marie Feb 5, 1868, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. J. Rutherford. She married William Harrington at Detroit 45 years ago. Fenton had been her home for the past 47 years. Besides her husband, Mrs. Harrington leaves three daughters, Mrs. David Bradley of Penmore, New York, Mrs. Edmund Gould and Mrs. Harold Freeman of Fenton, and one son, Luray, at home.
11 Dec 1938 CAMPBELL, MRS. CHARLES J., 87, passed away suddenly at her home on South Leroy street. Funeral from the late home with interment in Oakwood cemetery. Mrs. Campbell was probably the oldest person from a point of years spent in the village, that resided in Fenton as her entire life of 87 years had been spent here. Elizabeth Thorpe, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Norris Thorpe, was born in what was then Fentonville, July 13, 1851, but a comparatively few years after the founding of the village. Her father owned a farm located in what is now a part of the residential portion of the village. The eastern line of his farm was at the present home of Mr. & Mrs. G. W. Pellett, the western line was at the corner of the Clifford J. Phillips residence and the southern boundary at the Shiawassee river. Mr. Thorpe erected a log house on the present site of the E. C. Forte residence on Main street and it was there that Elizabeth was born. The log house gave way to a frame house which was torn down and rebuilt when Mr. Forte purchased the property some years ago. Mr. Thorpe was a deputy sheriff. March 22, 1884 she became the wife of Charles J. Campbell. Mr. Campbell died in September 1930. Since Mr. Campbell's death, Mrs. Mary Collins, a cousin of Mr. Campbell, has made her home with Mrs. Campbell and assisted in caring for her and the home. Deceased is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ward Thornton, two grandchildren, Margaret and Elizabeth Thornton, and nieces and nephews.
20 Dec 1938 PETTY, DR. J. R. Mrs. Luella Dye received word that Dr. J. R. Petty had passed away at his home in Au Gres, Michigan. Dr. Petty was a former Tyrone boy, being the son of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Petty, who years ago lived on what is now known as the Lomason farm near the Tyrone Community church.
16 Dec 1938 MAURER, MRS. EMMA A., 79, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Dafoe of East Broad street, Linden, following a long illness. Funeral from the Groves and Co. funeral home, Flint, with burial in Vanderbilt, Mich. Rev. L. W. Stuck officiated. Mr. & Mrs. Maurer had resided in Flint for 22 years where Mr. Maurer acted as Welfare Director of the Chevrolet Motor Company. Surviving are her husband, George H. Maurer, one daughter, Mrs. George W. Dafoe of Linden; one sister, Mrs. P. W. Martin of St. Ignace, four grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
17 Dec 1938 COON, GEORGE, 64, a native of Fenton township, living in this community virtually his whole life. Funeral from the Bowles funeral home in Linden with burial in Linden Fairview cemetery, Rev. G. R. Millard officiating. Mr. Coon lived alone in the Frank Sharp property on Hickory street. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Charles Chappell of Flint, two grandchildren and one brother, Ernest Coon of Linden. His wife, who was the former Miss Sylvia Wolfe of Fenton township, died in 1928.
19 Dec 1938 ANDREWS, MRS. ALICE, 84, passed away at Hurley hospital. Deceased was born in New York July 12, 1854, and the greater part of her life had been spent in Fenton. Mr. Andrews passed away some years ago. Mrs. Andrews was a clerk in the dry goods department of Scott & Co. for some years and, after Mr. Scott closed out the business and The Rolland Company was organized, Mrs. Andrews continued in the store with Mr. Rolland for some time. Late years she had been in Fenton summers and with her relatives, Mr. & Mrs. w. S. Jackson in Plymouth winters. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Home, Rev. A.T.F. Butt officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery.
23 Dec 1938 CLUTE, MINNIE E. LAY, died at Stockbridge, Mich, in the home of Mrs. Teresa Boylan, widow of the late Elder Hiram Boylan, at the age of 78 yr 8mo 5 days. Minnie E. Lay Clute was born in Allegan, Mich April 17, 1860, the youngest daughter of Dr. H. S. Lay and Julia Barker Lay, pioneers of that village where the doctor commenced the practice of medicine in 1849. Minnie developed a musical talent in early life which she dedicated to the Lord's service. Her father and mother accepted the Seventh Day Adventist faith in 1856 under the labors of Elder M. E. Cornell and were charter members of the Allegan S.D.A. church, and of the first in the state. Because of failing health of both Dr. Lay and wife, they moved to Petoskey, Mich in 1880 and in 1884 he disposed of his interest in the drug store and gave up practice of medicine to enter the Gospel Ministry. Dr. Lay practiced medicine more than 30 years. Miss Lay·s first public work was in the tent efforts in 1885 and 1886 in northern Michigan, with father Lay, Elder R. C. Horton and F. I. Richardson, during the Presidency of I. H. Evans. Several churches were organized as a result. In the fall of 1891 at the opening of the Detroit Training School for Bible workers she entered the first class and acted as organist. When the training was finished in 1893 she was requested to labor in the Bible Work with her sister Mina Pierce at Bay City, continuing there until 1897 when they were transferred to Lansing. Early in 1901 she suffered a nervous collapse from which she never fully recovered. Dec. 25, 1901 she married W. A. Clute of Lansing. Early in 1902 they moved to Battle Creek where, for a time, she took treatments at the sanitarium, when finally her physician advised a warmer climate, and in 1905 they moved to Fort Worth, Texas, remaining for six years without receiving the benefit expected. Another doctor advised a cooler climate, so in 1911 they settled in the Ozarks, in Missouri, without her health being improved. In 1916, the third time household belongings were disposed of, and they returned to Michigan, settling at Fenton. In 1931 her health falli ng completely, they entered the James White Memorial Home at Plainwell, Mich. Since this was closed they have lived in private homes. She being the last of the family, leaves only her devoted husband, one nephew, R. L. Pierce and family of Dayton, Ohio; several cousins, a host of friends to mourn their loss. As a help­mate she was invaluable in the preparation of programs and selections of hymns with her husband as Elder of Seventh Day churches in Fort Worth, Texas, Joplin, Mo. and several smaller ones including the one in Fenton, for a period of over thirty years. The funeral took place in Otsego, Mich Dec. 27, with interment in Allegan, Mich, in Oakwood cemetery, in the city of her childhood. Pastor W. E. Videto spoke words of comfort. He will be remembered as a faculty member of Adelphian Academy several years ago. (Wilber A. Clute)
19 Dec 1938 ANDREWS, MRS. ALICE. Alice Rebecca Kenyon was born July 12, 1854 at Richfield Springs, N. Y., the eldest daughter of George & Caroline Kenyon. In 1866 the family moved to Fenton, Michigan where they continued to reside for the remainder of their lives. Mrs. Andrews received her education in the Fenton High school, being a member of the first graduating class and before her death the last living graduate. She spent some time teaching school in Marquette, Mich. In 1874 she started as a clerk in the store of Zera Patterson at the same time with E. C. Forte. In 1881 Mr. Forte purchased this business and Mrs. Andrews continued to serve, on through several changes. The Rolland Dry Goods Company was the last firm whom Mrs. Andrews served, retiring in 1929. On July 27, 1876 she married Friend Belding Andrews who preceded her in death on May 15, 1931. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. After the death of her husband she had spent much time in the home of Mr. & Mrs. W. S. Jackson in Plymouth. Surviving are her niece, Mrs. Elmer Lawrence and grand-niece, Miss Alberta Lawrence of Provost, Alberta, Canada, Mrs. J. C. Prokosch of Vancouver, B. C., a cousin, Mrs. Ina Kenyon Bridger of Perry, Mrs. William Lovejoy, a cousin, also of Perry, and many other relatives. Funeral from the Craft Funeral home, Rev. A.T.F. Butt officiating. Burial in Oakwood cemetery.
21 Dec 1938 CHENEY, GLEN F.,45, passed away at Foote hospital in Jackson. Funeral from the Bailey funeral home in Jackson, with interment in Kennedy cemetery. Surviving are the widow, Veday, and one daughter, Betty, both at home; the parents, Mr. & Mrs. James Cheney of Fenton; two sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Arthur Wolcott, Mrs. Bernard Boughton, Jay, John and James Cheney, all of Flint. Mr. Cheney was corporal, headquarters company No. 383, infantry in the World War, and a member of Rose City Post No. 324 American Legion of Jackson, and Munity veterans.
17 Dec 1938 BEAMER, JOHN, 72, an old resident of Linden, died in Detroit at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ruth Margsh, where he and Mrs. Beamer were spending the winter. Funeral from the Linden Adventist church, with burial in Fairview cemetery, Elder A. L. VanFossen officiating. Deceased was the son of Eveline and Sobeski Beamer of Tyrone and was born in October 1866. On Jan. 1, 1892 he married Minnie Bell Lamb, daughter of the late Laura and Menas Lamb, among the first settlers in the village of Linden. The Beamers have resided on Tickner street, Linden, for 29 years. He is survived by the widow, six children, Hazel Pettit and Mrs. Ethel Keller of Burbank, Florida; Mrs. Lilah Blake of Manila, Phillipine Islands; Mrs. Carol Wolcott of Royal Oak, Ruth Margsh of Detroit and George Beamer of Flint, eleven grandchildren; two brothers, Roy Beamer of Mt. Clemens and GUY of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; two sisters, Mrs. Grace Metzger of Flint;and Mrs. Bernice Pierce of New Buffalo.
20 Dec 1938 HALL, ALBERT, 77, passed away at the infirmary. Funeral from the Craft funeral home with interment in Oakwood cemetery. Albert or Paddy, as he was known for years, had made his home in Fenton practically all of his life.
22 Dec 1938 Mr. & Mrs. Allan Gunning were in Saginaw to attend the funeral of MRS. BERT SLEIGLE, a cousin of Mrs. Gunning. Others from this vicinity who were present were: Rev. Bert Gould of Cohoctah, Mrs. Conquest and daughter, Mrs. Ernie Becker of Grand Blanc.
3 Jan 1939 BUZZARD, MATT, 62, passed away at the home of his son, Dr. Walter Buzzard, in Chesaning. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Dr. J. Stanley Mitchell of the Fenton Presbyterian church officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Deceased was born in Argentine township, Genesee county, the son of Mr. & Mrs. George Buzzard. When a young lad the family moved to this township, and for years the family home was just outside the village limits on the Flint road. Matt attended Fenton school and graduated from the high school. He then attended Michigan State College, then known as Michigan Agricultural College. Following two years spent in that insituttion of learning, Matt went into the post office 38 years ago, and that had been his place of employment since. He married Miss Eleanor Bertha Davenport, who passed away in June 1932. To this union were born two sons, Robert Buzzard In the government employ at Washington, D. C., and Dr. Walter Buzzard of Chesaning. These two sons with a sister, Miss Hazel Buzzard of Flint and six grandchildren survive. For years Matt was an official of the Presbyterian church in Fenton. As a student in Fenton high school he was one of those boys who organized and played on the first Fenton High football team. He was quarterback for the team and it was interesting to listen to him tell of the early conquests of the team.
30 Dec 1938 LOVE, IRA CLARK, son of Jacob and Ann Love, was born May 14, 1857 in Tyrone, Livingston county, and died on Friday Dec 30 at the age of 81. Nov 28, 1883 he married Ella Elizabeth Wolverton, the couple settling on the farm which has since been their home. To this union were born four children, two sons and two daughters. Surviving are the widow, Ella, two daughters, Ida at home, and Mrs. Vera Bamford of East Lansing; two grandchildren, Bob And Leone Bamford and one brother, Dan Love, one brother and two sisters-having preceded him in death. He is also survived by six nieces and three nephews. He was a member of the Tyrone Congregational church. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Home, Rev. Simmons of the Tyrone Community church officiating. Burial in Gardner cemetery.
31 Dec 1938 GREEN, MRS. EDWARD, a resident of Deerfield township for over 30 years. Funeral from the home with burial in Deerfield cemetery, Rev. Isaac Parrish officiating. Deceased was born in Bloomfield township, Oakland county Jan. 13, 1893, and was 45 years old at the time of her death. She is survived by her husband, three daughters, MRS. GLADYS WALSH, NORMA and ELAINE GREEN; two sons RALPH and CLIFFORD, all at home; her mother, Mrs. Julia Benoit of Deerfield, two sisters, Mrs. Fred Cole of Argentine and Mrs. Irma Demorest of Flint and seven brothers, Kenneth Benoit of Trout Lake, Arthur of Marquette, Rufus and Ira of Flint, Floyd of Glendale, Calif., Henry of Deerfield and Leslie Argentine.
8 Jan 1939 CHRISTIE, WILLIAM, youngest son of Robert and Catherine Ferguson Christie, was born March 9, 1857 in Ray township, Macomb county, Mich, and died at his home in Byron Jan. 8, 1939 at the age of 81 yr and 10 mo. At the age of ten years he came with his parents to Deerfield township, Livingston county, where his young manhood was spent. He was married Dec 24, 1894 to Miss Jennie Harris. For the past 32 years Mr. & Mrs. Christie resided on their farm just outside the village of Byron. Due to his advanced years and failing health, Mr. Christie was forced to give up farming and in the spring of 1938 the farm was sold and a residence purchased in town, where his death occurred. Mr. Christie is survived by his widow and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Methodist church in Byron, the Rev. F. A. Blake, assisted by the Rev. Jesse Pratt, officiating. Interment in Byron cemetery.
1 Jan 1939 FISHER, MRS. NELLIE THOMPSON died at Harper Hospital, Detroit of pneumonia. Funeral from the Byron church on Wed. and burial in Byron cemetery. Mrs. Fisher was a former Fenton girl. Her father, William Thompson, was an early settler here. He owned the Skidmore farm south of Fenton. She had two brothers, Frank and Fred Thompson. In later years, they left the farm and made their home in Fenton on the State road. Mrs. Fisher graduated from Fenton High school in the class of '84 and taught in the South Ward school. She married Eugene Fisher, a brother-in-law of the late Dr. Harper of Detroit, and they lived in Belvidere where Mr. Fisher was in business until failing health compelled him to retire. They went to Oklahoma where Mrs. Fisher taught until his death. Soon after, she returned to Michigan and lived in the Fisher homestead with her brother, Ben Fisher, who passed away last year.
5 Jan 1939 THOMAS, WILLIAM AARON, aged 76, died in Hurley Hospital, Flint. Funeral from the Davis-Graham Funeral Chapel, Rev. A.T.F. Butt officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Mr. Thomas was born Jan. 27, 1862 in Tyrone township, the son of Cyrus and Susan Thomas. In 1895 he became united in marriage with Miss Nellie Simpson, who passed away in 1901. To this union were born two children, Leonard J. and Winifred May. In 1913 Mr. Thomas married Miss Beulah Daniels of Fenton. Three sons, William, Arthur and Delbert blessed this union. Mr. Thomas had spent his entire life in this section, Tyrone being his early home, and for the past 22 years making his home at 1041 Shiawassee avenue. Farming and teaming were his life's work. Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife Beulah, a son Leonard and daughter Winifred May by his first wife, and three sons, William, Arthur and Delbert, by his second marriage
8 Jan 1939 TERAS, ARNE, aged 52, passed away at Mellus Hospital, Brighton, after an illness of but a week of pneumonia. Funeral from the home, two miles east of Hartland. Mr. Teras is survived by the widow, two sons Arve and Otto and one daughter. Arne was employed by the Industrial Machine Tool Co. in Fenton.
24 Dec 1939 GREEN, MRS. EDWARD died at her home in Deerfield township Sat. morning, Dec. 24, following an illness of about two years. Agnes Irene Benoit was born in Bloomfield township, Oakland county Jan 17, 1893, and moved with her parents to Deerfield in the spring of 1910. On Feb 11, 1915 she married Edward Green. They made their home on the Green farm where she spent the remainder of her life. She is survived by her husband, five children, Mrs. R. Walsh of Detroit; Ralph, Clifford, Norma and Elaine at home, a brother-in-law, Chester A. Green who has always made his home with the family, her mother, Mrs. Julia Benoit of Deerfield, two sisters, Mrs. Fred Cole of Linden, Mrs. Robert Demorest of Flint, seven brothers Leslie of Linden; Rufus and Ira of Flint; Lloyd of Los Angeles, Calif.; Henry of Deerfield; Arthur of Marquette and Kenneth of Trout Lake. Funeral from the family home, Rev. Parrish of Linden officiating, but because of the severe weather, burial was postponed until Wed. afternoon. Interment in the Sharp cemetery.
11 Jan 1939 RUSHLOW, MRS. ALTA passed away at her home on W. High Street. Funeral from the Craft Funeral home with interment in Colwell cemetery. Deceased, the daughter of Ambrose and Henriette Johnson, was born in Fenton township on April 28, 1869.
15 Jan 1939 McCOMB, MRS. EMMA died at the home of her son Leonard at Lake Orion of pneumonia at the age of 83. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home. She was born in Fenton May 22, 1855 and this village was her home for many years. Following the death of her husband she went to Lake Orion and had since been at the home of her son. Surviving are two sons, Leonard of Lake Orion and Fred of Grand Rapids, one daughter, Mrs. Pearl Dickinson of Flint, four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Interment in Oakwood cem.
17 Jan 1939 HUNTER, VERNE, 52, who has lived on the Tipsico Lake road south of Fenton for the past four years, passed away at St. Joseph Hospital, Flint. Death resulted from a fall suffered Monday while Verne was working for Mr. Fellows near Flint. Funeral in Flushing with interment in the Flushing cemetery. Mr. Hunter is survived by the wife, four sons and two daughters, his father and a brother who lives in Flint. Verne was a good citizen and a hard working man. Since his moving to his farm home he has been active in the care taking of a fine apple orchard.
12 Jan 1939 BUSH, MISS MARGARET SALSBURY. Funeral from the home, 659 Pingree Ave., Detroit, with the Rev. William R. Kinder, rector of St. Joseph's Episcopal church, Detroit, officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton. Miss Bush was born in Milwaukee 32 years ago. She graduated from the University of Michigan and The House in the Pines, Norton, Mass. She was president of the Women's League and was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority and the Women's City C1ub Detroit. She is survived by her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Willard K. Bush, and a sister, Mrs. Malcolm McCormick of Racinet Wisconsin. Miss Bush was a niece of Mrs. W. G. Stocken. (The Detroit Free Press).
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19 Jan 1939
WINTON, MRS. ORTON FELLOWS. Word has been received in Fenton of the passing from this life of Mrs. Winton wife of Rev. Orton F. Winton 1305 Baldwin Ave., Ann Arbor. Both Mr. & Mrs. Winton were seriously ill at the same time, she with pneumonia, he is now able to be returned home from the hospita1. Mr. & Mrs. Winton were the first occupants of the Fenton Methodist parsonage, they having built it the second year of their ministry here where they had many friends. Mr. Winton was present at the recent dedication of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Fenton on Oct. 23rd. Besides her husbandt Mrs. Winton leaves one son Clare of Ann Arbor, and one granddaughter, who resides in Jackson, Michigan.
21 Jan 1939 BOLAR, MRS. W. H.,formerly Edna Close of Deerfield, passed away at her home in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, aged 59 years. Mrs. Bolar was a sister of Mrs. W. G. Wolverton of Fenton, Charles W. Close of Hartland and Eben Close of Deerfield, and Mrs. W. R. Jubb of Linden.
22 Jan 1939 PILLEN, WILLIAM HENRY, aged 75. Mr. Pi11en had made Fenton his home for many years, having resided on Orchard street. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Horne , Rev. .A. T.F. Butt officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Mr. Pi11en leaves his wife, three sons and two daughters.
19 Jan 1939 COMBS, WILLIAM REZOW, aged 88 died at the home of his niece in Waterford, Mich. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Home in Fenton. Burial in Oakwood cemetery. Mr. Combs was born in New York State Feb 22, 1851 and had made his home for the past few years with his niece in Waterford. He leaves one brother, Dan Combs of Waterfordt several nieces and nephews.
20 Jan 1939 SKINNER, GARLAND, 36, passed away suddenly at his home in Bancroft. Funeral from the late home with interment in Fairview cemetery, Linden, Rev. G. R. Millard officiating. Deceased was the son of George and Emma Skinner and was born in Argentine township in 1903. He had lived virtually his whole life in this community with the exception of the last two years he had made his home in Bancroft where he had been employed in an elevator. He is survived by his widow and one son George.
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26 Jan 1939
FAERY, CLAUDE D. Funeral from the Methodist church in Hartland Sunday [22 Jan] with interment in Hartland cemetery. C1aude, who was 66 years old, was born in Hart1and, being the son of Mr. & Mrs. George Faery. His entire life had been spent in that locality. Surviving is a brother Frank Faery of Detroit.
23 Jan 1939 RHODES, WILLIAM EUGENE passed away at the Genesee County Infirmary. Funeral from the Craft funeral homet Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Deceased was born in Haverill, Massachusetts June 24t 1877. He was the father of Mrs. Cecil Butcher.
28 Jan 1939 JEUDEVINE, CLAUDE passed away at Bronson hospital, Kalamazoo after an illness of long duration. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Home with interment in Oakwood cemetery. He was 62 years old and had made his home with his sister, Mrs. Waite in Kalamazoo for the past 8 years. Claude was well known in Fenton. For some years he was with his father and brother Fritz Jeudevine in the meat market and later was a partner with his brother Fritz in the grocery and meat market business. Failing health caused him to give up his portion of the business and he went to make his home with his sister in Kalamazoo. The sister, Mrs. Waite and one brother Clem Jeudevine, also of Kalamazoo, survive.
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26 Jan 1939
HUNTER, VERNE. Funeral in Flushing last Thursday [19 Jan] with interment in the Flushing cemetery. Verne was born in Montrose May 29, 1885 and would have been 54 in May of the present year. Surviving are the wife, four sons and two daughters, his mother, Mrs. Minnie Hunter of Sacramento, California, and his father in Flint; a brother Jesse of Flint; two brothers Ray and Cecil and two sisters Lela and Grace of California.
21 Jan 1939 McCARTNEY, ROSE ELLEN, 71, passed away at her home in Hartland, Mich. Funeral from the late home in Hartland, Rev. Jones of Hartland officiating. Interment in the Hartland cemetery. Mrs. McCartney leaves two sons, two daughters, and one brother Earl of Lansing.
20 Jan 1939 WADLEY, JOHN, 79, died at the home of his son, Howard J. in Detroit. Mr. Wadley had spent many years in and around Fenton. Funeral from the Long Lake church with Rev. A.T.F. Butt of Fenton officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Mr. Wadley leaves one son Howard J. of Detroit and two grandchildren.
22 Jan 1939 PILLEN, WILLIAM HENRY, 72, a resident of Fenton for the last 24 years, passed away in a Flint hospital. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Home. Burial in Oakwood cemetery. Mr. Pillen was born in Muskegon county, Mich in 1866 and in 1890 was married to Miss Catherine Whitney, who survives him. He was a carpenter by trade and he followed this vocation, together with farming, until ill health forced him to retire. Besides the widow, he leaves five daughters, Mrs. Kenneth Hopkins of Detroit, Mrs. Carol Archer of Jackson, Mrs. Cecil Bowman of Corunna, Mrs. Vernon Vandercook of Flint and Mrs. Edgar Hague of Chicago, and three sons, Ray, Ralph and Gordon of Fenton.
26 Jan 1939 DUMANOIS, ELLA M., aged 76, died at her home, 835 N. Leroy St. Funeral from St. John's church with burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Mrs. Dumanois was born in NY state Jan 16, 1863. In early life she came to Mich with her parents, and Fenton had been her home for the past 22 years. Death came following several weeks of illness. Mrs. Ella Dumanois leaves one son, Arthur Dumanois of Fenton and one brother, William Farner of Silver Lake, Fenton, also one grandson.
4 Feb 1939 HARTMAN, HENRY, aged 90, one of the three remaining veterans of the Civil War residing in Fenton, passed away at the home of his son Lewis Hartman, Shiawassee Avenue. Funeral from the Methodist church in Hartford, Mich, Mr. Hartman1s former home, Rev. Broxholm officiating. Interment in the Hartford cemetery. Henry Hartman was born August 24, 1848 in Starke County, Ohio, the son of John and Anna Hartman. On Aug 10, 1864, Mr. Hartman enlisted in Co. "B" 21st Ohio Infantry, and served in the Civil War until honorably discharged June 5, 1865 at Columbus, Ohio. Following his adventuresome Civil War days, the family moved to Michigan, and Hartford, VanBuren County, had been Mr. Hartman's home for the past 33 years until 7 months ago when he came to Fenton to make his home with his son. Surviving are five sons: Robert of Bangor; Walter of Paw Paw; Ernest of Holland; Lewis of Fenton; and Miles of Centerville; also three daughters, Mrs. Jesse Morton of Dowagiac; Mrs. Floyd Poppy of Fenton and Mrs. Lena Wright of Midland; one sister, Mrs. Lena Johnson of Covert, and one brother, Edward of Dover, New Jersey. Of the 80 descendants of the Hartman family, Mr. Hartman's death was the third in the past 64 years.
2 Feb 1939 GARDNER, JOHN A., died at the Mellus hospital after being suddenly stricken at the home of his nephew Maynard Becker. With the exception of the past 2 1/2 years which he spent with his niece, Mrs. Nelson Robinson and with Mr. Becker, he and his brother Charles, who preceded him in death April 25, 1936, lived at the Gardner homestead in Tyrone where he was born Jan. 13, 1855. He was the last member of his generation to survive. He leaves 17 nieces and nephews to mourn his death. Funeral from the Davis-Graham Chapel in Fenton, Rev. Simmons officiating. Burial in the Gardner cemetery in Tyrone.
5 Feb 1939 HOUSEMAN, MRS. JANET I., 23 years old, was killed in an automobile accident Sunday night, and her husband, James Houseman, 31, her three children, Virginia, 4; Janet, 5 and son Billie, 7, together with Fred Wolfe, aged 44, also of Linden, are in Hurley hospital with serious injuries. Funeral in Flint. Interment in Grace Lawn Cemetery.
12 Feb 1939 BECKWITH, JUDGE E. M. passed away at his home on Walnut street. Mr. Beckwith's last appearance at a public gathering was the Republican banquet given in honor of Hon. W. W. Blackney and Hon. Vernon J. Brown, late in December. Mr. Beckwith had been a lifelong Republican and could always be found at meetings held in the interest of his party. Not only was he active in political circles, but always willing to assist his friends in any way possible. The Methodist church, of which he was a member, and the Oddfellow Order together with his home made up a full life. Funeral from the Methodist church, Rev. A.T.F. Butt officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Mr. Beckwith was born in Holly township Sept. 5, 1863. At the age of six years the family moved to Fenton and here he had since made his home. It was here that he married Miss Ella Harrington, and it was in Fenton that they started their home making. Mrs. Beckwith passed away in 1905. For 20 years he was one of the rural mail carriers from the Fenton post office. Soon after his retirement he was elected Justice of the Peace and has been one of the justices in the township for the past 8 years. He was also treasurer of the village of Fenton for two years. He had been a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows for 44 years. Surviving are 3 sons and one daughter from his first marriage:Glenn of St. Petersburg, Florida; Forest of Reno, Nevada; Bernard of Flint and Mrs. Catherine Strickland of Los Angeles, California; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Vada Belen of Lansing, and 3 grandchildren.
14 Feb 1939 LINDSLEY, OLIVER passed away suddenly at his home on Grant Street
17 Feb 1939 GRAVES, MRS. DAISY, 43, passed away early Friday morning, following an illness of 16 months. Funeral from the Linden M. E. church with burial in Fairview cemetery. Rev. G. R. Millard officiated. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Henry Muma and was born in New Era, Mich Oct 14, 1895. When she was 11 years old the family moved to the vicinity where she spent her girlhood. In 1913 she was married to William Graves of Lapeer. They came to Linden in 1923. In 1928 they built a fine home on Tickner street, where they had since resided. She is survived by her husband, three sons, Maxwell, Donald and Richard and one daughter, Joyce, all at home; one sister, Mrs. Fred Shoultz of North Branch and one half sister, Mrs. Fred Hamilton of Detroit.
27 Feb 1939 BARNES, MRS. LUTIE passed away at Simpson Memorial hospital in Ann Arbor. Funeral from the late home on Main street, Rev. W. T. Smith, rector of St. Jude's officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Lutie Robinson, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Octavius Robinson, was born in White Lake township, Oakland Co, Nov 27, 1880. In 1893 the family moved to Fenton. For several years Lutie was the efficient cashier in the Scott & Co. store. Nov 15, 1911 she married E. G. Barnes of Fenton and they went to Pontiac to reside, Mr. Barnes being employed in that city. Their residence in Pontiac was from 1911 to 1919. It was while in Pontiac that Mr. Barnes passed away and Mrs. Barnes and daughter returned to Fenton. Surviving are the daughter Barbara, a sister, Mrs. Floyd A. Chapin and a brother, Ross, all of Fenton.
17 Feb 1939 RUNDELL, MRS. EDNA of Rose passed away at the age of 61. About five weeks ago she received a broken leg when she fell on her back porch and was taken to Hurley hospital, where death was caused by a stroke. Mrs. Rundell was born Oct 13, 1877, the daughter of Caleb and Elizabeth Everts on a farm in Oakland county, not far from her late home. She married Leroy Rundell Sept 28, 1898 at Pontiac and spent the remainder of her life on the farm where she died. To this union two sons and two daughters were born. She was preceded in death by both daughters. She was a member of the Rebekah lodge of Clyde. Funeral from the late home, Rev. F. A. Burnett of Holly officiating. Interment in the Beebe cemetery, Holly. Mrs. Rundell is survived by her husband Leroy; two sons, Chester Everett at home and Ellsworth of Davisburg; one brother, Theodore Everts of Pontiac and a grandson, Clinton.
15 Feb 1939 STRONG, WALTER, 62, died at Harper hospital, Detroit. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Home in Fenton, Rev. A.T.F. Butt officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Strong was well known here, having lived for more than ten years on a farm in Tyrone. He moved to Tyrone in 1921. Most of his life had been spent in Detroit. Deceased was born in Orleans, Michigan, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Homer Strong, July 1, 1876. Besides his wife, Dora, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ward Goodfellow of Fenton and Mrs. R. P. Spencer of Los Angeles, Calif., and a son Donald, at home (Detroit). Several grandchildren also survive.
19 Feb 1939 CURTICE, GERALDINE WHIPPLE passed away at St. Joseph hospital in Pontiac. She was the daughter of Ray and Frances Whipple of Pontiac. Funeral on Wed. with burial in White Chapel, Bloomfield Hills. Ray and Frances Whipple are niece and nephew of Hudson and Lydia Whipple of Argentine. Mrs. Lydia Whipple attended the funeral. Upon reaching home she suffered a severe heart attack, but is better at this time.
1 Mar 1939 TURNER, JAMES ALEXANDER passed away at Mellus hospital. Funeral from the Tyrone Community church. Burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden.
5 Mar 1939 ANNIS, EDWARD, 4 mo old son of Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Annis. Buried Flushing.
5 Mar 1939 CRUTTS, MRS. MARY, 82, a resident of Owosso and vicinity for fifty years, passed away at the home of her son Calvin Crutts of 824 South Park street, Owosso. Funeral from the Owosso Evangelical church. Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs.Crutts was born Mary Birk, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Christian Birk, in New York state on April 3, 1856. At the age of five years she came to Michigan with her parents, locating in Laingsburg. She married Charles Crutts in Sciota nearly 63 years ago. Since his death in 1912 she had made her home with her son. Surviving besides the son, Calvin Crutts are two daughters, Mrs. Erma Richter and Mrs. Carrie Pollion of Fenton, and three grandchildren.

Fenton Independent Deaths
1938 - 1943
Date Obituary
2 Mar 1939 AUTRY, MRS. NOLA A., 60, passed away at the home of her son Chester in Linden. Body was taken to Rosine, Ky for funeral and burial. Mrs. Autry came from Central City, Ky to the home of her son in June 1938 where she had suffered a long illness. She was born in Ohio County, Kentucky June 3, 1878. She is survived by five children, French Autry of Island, KY, Cicero of Flint, Chester of Linden, Phoebe and Sadie of Central City Ky and two brothers, Cicero of Select, Ky and Thomas of Rosine, Ky.
1 Mar 1939 ALDRICH, GEORGE ALBERT, son of Mr. & Mrs. W. E. Aldrich, was born in Flint Mich Jan 12, 1870 and died at his home in Byron March 1, 1939, after an illness of only two days. He made his home with his parents in Gaines until his marriage in 1892 to Miss Minnie Howard. To this union two children were born, Carl of Ann Arbor, and Mrs. C. A. Wiggins of Byron. In Gaines he was engaged in the manufacture of tile which he followed until 1902 when he sold out and moved to Davisburg where he engaged in the hardware business, following in the footsteps of his father, a hardware merchant in Gaines and Fenton for many years. He carried on this business until 1912 when he sold out and moved to Byron where he had since made his home. He engaged in the grocery business, operated a livery, and in later years confined his activities to carrying the U. S. mails and driving a route for the consolidated schools. As a special deputy sheriff he had for many years been a trusted and valued member of the law enforcement department of the county, enjoying the confidence of the sheriff's department, and cooperating with them in the interests of law and order. He is survived by the widow, the son Carl and the daughter, Mrs. C. A. Wiggins, and two grandchildren, Carlene Aldrich and Barbara Wiggins. Funeral from the late residence in Byron, Rev. Frank A. Blake, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, officiating. Interment in the Byron cemetery.
25 Feb 1939 CLINTON, WILLIAM D. died at his home on Belmont avenue, Detroit, after an illness of only four days. He was the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Dan Clinton, and was born in Tyrone Jan 16, 1889. He graduated from the Fenton High school in 1906 and went to Detroit two years later where he had since made his home. He married Rose McMahon of Tilbury, Ontario 25 years ago. Funeral from the Blessed Sacrament Church, Detroit. He is survived by his wife and four sons, also one brother, John, and two sisters, Mrs. Victor Foley and Nellie Clinton, all of Tyrone.
1 Mar 1939 TURNER, JAMES A. was born on the Turner homestead near Sturgis, Mich Aug 18, 1868 and passed away on March 1, 1939 after an illness of several weeks. He spent his boyhood on this farm and continued to reside there for ten years after his marriage to Susan Nichols of Orland, Ind. Oct 12, 1893. He united with the Presbyterian church at Sturgis in his early youth and remained an earnest christian all his life. He served as elder in Sturgis and was a trustee in the Tyrone Community church at the time of his death. The last 33 years of his life were spent in this vicinity. One daughter, Fanny Maiden, preceded him in death Sept 24, 1918. Surviving are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Anna L. Goss of Fenton; two sons, Stanley R. of Linden and James Donald of Tyrone; two sisters, Misses Mary and Elizabeth Turner of South Bend, Indiana; seven grandchildren and a host of friends. Funeral from the Tyrone Community Church, Rev. W. H. Simmons of Brighton officiating. Interment in Linden Fairview Cemetery.
8 Mar 1939 HOFFMAN, MRS. DORIS MARIETTA passed away in Woman's Hospital, Flint. Funeral from the First Presbyterian church, Fenton, Dr. J. Stanley Mitchell, officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Doris Marietta Inch was born in Pontiac, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Willis Inch. In 1914 the family moved to Fenton and Doris graduated from the high school, later attending Michigan State Normal College at Ypsilanti. She married John B. Hoffman in June 1918 and to this union were born two children, a son Bradley, and a daughter, Norma Lee, who with the husband survive. Mrs. Hoffman was most active in social and church affairs of Fenton. She was a member of the Presbyterian church and took a great interest in the work of the church. She was a Past Worthy Matron of the local chapter, Order of Eastern Star, Past President of the Bay View Club and Past Mother Advisor of the Order of Rainbow for Girls. Surviving besides the husband, son and daughter, are her mother, Mrs. Margaret Inch of Owosso; two sisters, Mrs. Hixon Cites of Pontiac and Mrs. George Warren of Ovid, and a brother, Robert Inch of Owosso.
9 Mar 1939 SMITH, J. FRED, 76 Funeral from the residence southwest of Byron where his death occurred, Rev. Jesse Pratt, Baptist pastor, and the Rev. Frank A. Blake, M. E. Pastor, officiating. Burial in Byron cemetery. Mr. Smith was born and spent his life in the homestead his parents, William and Rebecca Smith purchased in 1850. He was a charter member of Byron lodge No. 80, F. & A. M. and a deacon of the First Baptist church. He served as superintendent of the Baptist Sunday school for 10 years and was a former director of the Byron school. At one time he served on the board of directors of the Michigan State Fair, of which the late D. D. Aitken of Flint was president. Mr. Smith had in his possession a hat sent to him by C. C. Cortelyou of New Jersey, to whom he sold a heifer Elizanere-Barnum, which he owned from 1898 to 1902. He wore the hat only on special occasions. He was a former school teacher, active member of the Michigan Farm bureau and charter member of the Michigan Milk Producers association. After teaching for four years, he chose farming as his life work. He served as the first president of the State Bank of Cohoctah in Livingston County. In 1894 he married Elsie Redmond of Byron, who survives with one daughter, Mrs. Howard Crawford of Detroit and four grandsons.
10 Mar 1939 BUCK, KINGSLEY S., 62. Funeral at the South Mundy Methodist church. Mr. Buck was a life long resident of the township. He collapsed while playing old time music at the Parent-teacher meeting in the South Mundy school. He was born on a farm in Mundy township July 7, 1876. He leaves his widow and daughter and two sisters, Mrs. William V. Schneider of Flint and Mrs. Guy Baldwin of Mundy township.
13 Mar 1939 O'BERRY, WILLIAM, 76, died in a Pontiac hospital after several months of failing health. Burial in Holly cemetery. Deceased was for many years a resident of Fenton, being employed by the A. J. Phillips Company. After this company ceased operations, the family moved to Pontiac which has since been his home. He is survived by the widow, three sons, Emory of Washington, D. C., Elmer of Fenton, John of Detroit and two daughters, Lula of Detroit, and Avis at home.
11 Mar 1939 TRAPHAGAN, EDGAR, 86, a pioneer resident of this community, died suddenly at his home on the Silver Lake road in Linden. Funeral from the residence with burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden, Rector Rev. W. T. Smith, of St. Jude1s Episcopal church, Fenton, officiating. Deceased was the son of William and Jane Traphagan and was born in Holly township, Oakland county on March 28, 1853. For more than 20 years Mr. Traphagan, with the assistance of his son Royce had managed the Traphagan Dairy Farms on the Silver Lake road, east of Linden. He is survived by the widow, Minnie Traphagan, his son Royce and one granddaughter, Edwina, all at home and one niece, Edna Pokornay of Washington, D. C.
22 Mar 1939 80th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: MRS. EMMA KELLY, a pioneer resident of this community, who celebrated her 80th birthday Monday, was pleasantly surprised by more than 30 relatives and friends who assembled at her home for a potluck dinner. Mrs. Kelly, who is the daughter of the late Israel and Helen Smith, was born near Rochester, NY Mar 20, 1859. When she was three years of age the family came to Michigan, settling on a farm two miles north of Fenton. When she was 19 she came to Linden to make her home with Silas and Celia Warner, where she lived for 16 years. In 1894 she married George W. Kelly. They set up their home on the Roberts farm one mile west of Linden on the Silver Lake road. After 10 years they moved to a farm on the Ray Road in Mundy township where they resided for more than 20 years. Following Mr. Kelly's death in 1932, Mrs. Kelly retired to Linden, established her home on the corner of Mill and Hickory streets. She is a member of the Presbyterian church and the order of Eastern Star. Mrs. Kelly has two brothers, Ross of Linden and Homer of Rapid City. During the 16 years she lived with the Warner family she became so endeared to the children they have always called her their "second mother." Guests attending the party included Mr. & Mrs. Earl Smith, Mrs. Daisy Smith and son Kenneth, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Scott and Mrs. Henry Luce and daughter Sue, all of Detroit; Keith Smith of Muskegon; Miss Peggy Allen of Battle Creek; Mr. & Mrs. Guy Sage and daughter Margaret of Lansing; Mrs. Lucille Walker of Royal Oak; Dick Seymour of Toledo; Mr. & Mrs. Frank Stehle and daughter Carlene, Mr. & Mrs. Russell Sage and family, Sage Warner, Mrs. Nelly Hawley, James Warner,Mrs. Josie Evans, Miss Ernestine Sage and Floyd Proper, all of Linden.
9 Mar 1939 DEAN, CHARLES R., 68, passed away at Grand Ledge. Funeral from the Dodds ­Dumanois funeral home in Flint, Rev. C. A. Whaley officiating. Interment in Glenwood Cemetery. Mr. & Mrs. Dean lived at 612 Grant Street, Fenton. Mr. Dean is survived by the wife Elizabeth; two daughters, Mrs. Paul R. Steffen of Euclid, Ohio; and Mrs. C. L. Chase of Lansing; two sisters, Mrs. Kate House of Aylmer, Ont., and Mrs. Agnes Tisdale of St. Thomas, Ont.; two brothers, Robert Dean of Cleveland, Ohio, and Frank Dean of Dayton, Ohio.
15 Mar 1939 VOSBURG, MRS. LILLIAN D. passed away at St. Joseph hospital in Flint. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Rev. W. T. Smith, rector of St. Judes Episcopal church officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Deceased was born in Fenton Nov 8, 1873, the daughter of DeLoss And Emma Akerman. Apr 14, 1894 she married George Vosburg, who, with a sister in Kalamazoo and two brothers, one in Royal Oak and the other in Detroit, survive, together with several nieces and nephews. Those from out of town attending the funeral were: Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Vosburg of Chicago; Mr. & Mrs. W. J. Baldwin of Detroit; Mrs. Edna Van Buren and daughter of Milford, Byron Vosburg of Flint, George Vosburg of Pontiac and Ruth Caswell of Detroit
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30 Mar 1939
87th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: The REV. SAMUEL GRAVES OF Linden, retired Methodist minister and pioneer resident of this community, celebrated his 87th birthday Wednesday. Two adopted daughters, Mrs. Alpheus Turner and Mrs. Harold French with their families gathered at the Graves home for supper in the evening while the community united in showering the much­loved man with cards. Rev. Graves, who is in excellent health, takes long walks daily, and takes great pleasure in reading. He has acquired an extensive library. Mrs. Graves, who has always been very active in church and civic affairs, is in very poor health. Having no family, the pastor and his wife have made homes for eight orphans and educated them, besides providing homes for many others for various periods of time. Mr. Graves was born March 22, 1852 on the Graves farm two and one half miles north of Linden where his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Matthies Graves settled in 1837, coming from New York state. In those days when his parents went to town, it meant to drive to Pontiac with an ox team. Mr. Graves says he well remembers the first two teams of horses owned in the community by Silas Warner of the Linden-Flint road and LAFAYETTE BORST of the Lahring road. He still owns the farm which has been in the Graves family for more than a century. His education was acquired in the Lamb school where he taught later. Schools and methods have taken great strides since those early days he says. 60 and 70 pupils was the usual number for a teacher, and the equipment was very crude. In 1881, while teaching in Gladwin, Gladwin county, he met and married Miss Ida Finch. After 15 years of teaching he accepted the call to become a minister. He joined the Detroit conference, doing all his ministerial work in the Flint district in a radius of 30 miles of his farm home. After 27 years of service he retired to Linden establishing a home on East Broad street. During the World War he accepted the pastorate of the Linden church to the absence of the pastor, the late Rev. Frank Grant who went overseas as chaplain. He served the Linden church three years.
17 Mar 1939 LONGCOR, MRS. ELIZABETH, 62, passed away at Ann Arbor hospital following a long illness. Funeral from the Hite Chapel in Bloomfield Hills cemetery with cremation following. Rev. G. R. Millard, pastor of the Linden M. E. church, officiated. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John McDorman and was born in Ohio April 22, 1876. Mr. & Mrs. Longcor had resided at Bennett Lake for 14 years. She is survived by her husband and four daughters,Mrs. Charles Sevard of Detroit; Mrs. Stanley Howard of Royal Oak; Mrs. William Mason of Battle Creek and Mrs. J. Barron of Bennett Lake.
23 Mar 1939 OSMUN, MRS. HORATIO of Holly township, Oakland Co, passed away in Woman's hospital, Flint.. Rosabelle Bixby Osmun was born in Crawford Co., PA, Aug 11, 1859. Her family moved to Ashtabula, Ohio nine years later and to Waterford, Mich when Mrs. Osmun was sixteen. She was married to Horatio Osmun of Waterford in 1881 and the following year the young couple moved to Holly township. For the past 57 years they have lived on the same farm in Holly township. Funeral from the farm home and burial in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. She is survived by her husband, Horatio Osmun, one daughter, June Cox of Fenton, Mich; one son Roy Osmun of Midland, and two grandsons, Roy and Bruce Cox, employed at Midland.
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30 Mar 1939
KEUTHAN, WALTER LOUIE was born March 13, 1880. When a small boy his parents moved to Lima. In 1904 he married Miss Lila Martin and they later established a home in Detroit. Being a lover of nature and lakes, woods and hills, they decided to make their home in Tyrone among them. Funeral from the Tyrone Community church, of which he was a member, Rev. Jones officiating. Burial in Gardner cemetery. Surviving are his wife and son Jack at home; two brothers, Robert of Detroit, Lawrence of Lima, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. George Scheele, also of Detroit.
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3 Apr 1939
85th ,BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: JAMES K. BURR, a native of New York state, who has lived in this community for more than 60 years, celebrated his 85th birthday Sunday when his children gathered at his home for a potluck dinner. Mr. Burr was born in Oswego, NY April 1,1854. At the age of nine years he came with his parents to Saginaw where he received his education. When he was about 20 years of age he came to Linden and married Miss Flora Struble, He taught in several schools and was also superintendent of both Gaines and Linden High schools. After giving up teaching, he was for many years a salesman for the American Book Co. In his later years he retired, making his home on West Broad street, Linden. Mrs. Burr died in [obliiterated]. He later married Mrs. M---- Powell [obliterated] of Linden. Mr. Burr has four sons and four daughters, Clifford of Linden, Fred of Oxford, Harry of Gaines township and Stanley of Sacramento, Calif., Mrs. Albert Nitz of Argentine township, Mrs. H. L. Oppenborn of Miami, Florida, Mrs. Fred Wilson of Detroit and Mrs. William Mcdonald of Flint. He is grandfather of 30 grandchildren. He is Past Master of Linden lodge No. 132 F. & A. M. where he holds a life membership and is Past Patron of Linden chapter No. 175, O.E.S.
16 Mar 1939 GLEASON, JAMES ELERY, son of Alonzo and Alvira Gleason, was born Sept 7, 1859 in Linden, Genesee Co, Mich, and passed away at his home in Cohoctah township March 16, 1939, aged 79 yr 6 mo 9 days. On Dec 19, 1883 he married Miss Agnes Idella Dean and to this union was born two sons, Roy of Cohoctah and LaVern of Fenton. He was converted when a young man-and united with the Cohoctah United Brethren church. Surviving are his widow, two sons, five grandchildren and one great grandchild, two brothers and one sister, J. D. Gleason of Seattle,Washington, Clarence Gleason of Flint and Mrs. Belle Brockway of Durand. Funeral from the Cohoctah United Brethren church, Rev. M. H. Dawson and Rev. Paul Olmstead officiating. Burial in the Sanford cemetery.
8 Apr 1939 LATHROP, MRS. T. L. passed away at the home on West Caroline street following a 1ingering illness. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home with interment in Gracelawn cemetery, Flint. Deceased was born in Fenton Jan. 21, 1893, the daughter of William H. And Lenora Payne. When five years of age the family moved to Flint and with the exception of a short period of time spent in Alabama, Flint was her home. July 23, 1911 she married T. L. Lathrop in Flint and to the union was born eight sons: William, Albert, Leslie, Richard, David, George, Herbert and James. The husband and the eight sons together with the mother, Mrs. Lenora Morton of Flint and a sister, Mrs. Oliver Lindsley of Fenton survive. The family had made their home in Fenton for four years. Mrs. Lathrop was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist in Flint, but after coming to Fenton affiliated with the Christian Science Society.
9 Apr 1939 ROGERS, LEWIS, aged 59, died in Pontiac after a short illness. Funeral in Pontiac and the body brought to Fenton for burial in Oakwood. Several years of Mr. Rogers life were spent in Fenton. When a young man he was a clerk in the Henry Chapin grocery store.
6 Apr 1939 SMITH, MRS. MINNIE, aged 56, died at St. Joseph Hospital, Flint. Funeral from St. John's Catholic church with interment in the Catholic cemetery. Mrs. Smith was born in Bay City, Mich May 26, 1883. Fenton had been her home for the past 8 years. The family reside on South street. She was a member of the Altar Society and very active in church affairs. She leaves her husband, Patrick J. Smith, one daughter, Mrs. J. A. Whymer of Flint, one son, Raymond of Fenton, one brother James Bradley of Cleveland, and several grandchildren.
18 Apr 1939 ORME, MRS. RUTH, 28, 1518 Lapeer road, Flint, died at Hurley hospital as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident on Dort Highway at Richfield road Aug. 8, 1938. Funeral from the late home. Burial in Fenton. Mrs. Orme leaves her husband, John, father and mother, Mr. & Mrs Herbert Chapman of Fenton, three sister's. Allie Sovey, Flint, Mrs. Benjamin Brumback and Mrs. Ralph Griswold, both of Fenton, and two brothers, John and Robert, of Fenton.
23 Apr 1939 WHITE, LEO, 55, passed away in Marr hospital, Detroit. He had been in ill health for 17 years and had been in the hospital for the past 16 months. Funeral in Detroit and burial in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Mr. White was born in Canada, but for about 20 years resided at Long Lake. Thirty years ago he married Miss Reva Ford, daughter of Mrs. I. C. Ford of Fenton. Mrs. White passed away two years ago. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Gordon Bennett of Detroit.
30 Apr 1939 HOUGHTALING, MISS ELLEN, 72, a life long resident of Cohoctah, passed away at the home of her grandniece, Mrs. Vern Hurry of Argentine. Funeral from the Cohoctah Methodist church with burial in Sanford cemetery. Miss Houghtaling, a native of Deerfield township, Livingston county, was born March 27, 1867. Her parents were Samuel G. and Melissa Houghtaling. She had spent her entire life in Deerfield township. She is survived by four nieces and one nephew, Mrs. Maude Blivin of Howell, Mrs. Myrtle Houghton of Durand, Mrs. Millie Bidwell, Mrs. Mabel Legg and Clifford Hugh of Detroit.
29 Apr 1939 LONSBURY,MRS. ELLEN ADELAIDE BEACH, 88, passed away at her home, 523 Ellen street, following illness of several years duration. Funeral from the Davis ­Graham funeral home with interment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton, Rev. A.T.F. Butt, Methodist pastor, officiating. Mrs. Lonsbury was born in Hartland township July 11, 1850, the daughter of John and Mary Jane Beach. She married George Milton Lonsbury at the home of her parents in 1870. Hartland township was their home until coming to Fenton 44 years ago. Mr. Lonsbury died in 1924. Since that time Mrs. Lonsbury had been in poor health and for the past year had been confined to her home. She was a member of the Methodist church and enjoyed church activities. She leaves one son, Herbert, and one daughter, Alice, both of Fenton; two sisters, Miss Etta Beach of Hartland and Mrs. Emma Hildebrant of Highland, and one brother, Charles Beach of Hartland. One son, Milton, passed away two years ago. She also leaves 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
30 Apr 1939 HART, MRS. FLORENCE ORAL BENTLEY, 48, passed away at her home, 307 E. Elizabeth street, of pneumonia. Funeral from the late home, Rev. Thomas Smith officiating. Interment in the Bentley family lot, Oakwood cemetery. Mrs. Hart was born Aug 12, 1891, the daughter of Nickles and Bell Bentley, at Elk Corners, Mich. In 1910 she married Martin H. Hart at Flint, Mich. Fenton had been her home since. Mrs. Hart was a member of St. Jude's Episcopal church and for a number of years was a member of the Rebekah Lodge at Fenton. She leaves her husband, one daughter, Lucille, one sister, Mrs. Mary Brundage, of Florida, six brothers, Perry of Pontiac; Dick of Baldwin; Lawrence of Detroit; Fred of Flint; Lloyd of Fenton; and Floyd of Highland.
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4 May 1939
83rd BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: A birthday dinner at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Arthur Dumanois, Linden, celebrated the 83rd birthday of MRS. AMANDA STAGE, one of Linden's oldest residents. Mrs. Stage who is in excellent health with the exception of failing eyesight, resides on West Broad street where her friends called during the day. Mrs. State, who is the daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Ferguson, was born April 23, 1856 in Muskegon. During her infancy, the family moved to New York state where they resided until she was five years old. In 1861 they returned to Mich settling at Pinckney where she spent her girlhood and married James Lovely at the age of 17. In later life she married James Stage, Civil War veteran. They made their home in Fowlerville until coming to Linden in Jan 1912, establishing their home on W. Broad St. Mr. Stage died in 1927. Mrs. Stage has two daughters, Mrs. C. C. Schafer of Flint and Mrs. Arthur Dumanois of Linden; two grandchildren, James Schafer of Mt. Morris and Miss Nola Schafer a student at Cleary college, Ypsilanti, and one great grandchild, daughter Caroline of Mr. & Mrs. James Schafer. During her active years she was faithful to the many activities of the Methodist church and is a life member of the W.C.T.U.
29 Apr 1939 SOULE, WILSON, aged 101, Fenton township's oldest resident. Funeral from the Methodist church with burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden, Rev. G. R. Millard officiating. Mr. Soule, son of Mr. & Mrs. Nelson Soule, was born in Montypool, Onto Aug. 27, 1837, and he lived there until his marriage to Sarah Wright in 1859 when they came to Iowa. After three years they returned to Canada. His first wife died in 1874. In 1875 he married again, this time to Sarah Chambers. When this wife died in 1881, he married in 1883 Jane Brady. Shortly after, they came to Michigan and settled on a farm near Holly. After working several farms in this vicinity, Mr. & Mrs. Soule retired in 1930, moving to the village of Linden, establishing their home on Oak street. During his active life, while engaged in farming, Mr. Soule served his Oakland county community as Highway Commissioner for a number of years. He had been a life long member of the Methodist church and always attended when his health permitte. He is survived by his widow, a daughter by his first wife, Mrs. James K. Burr of Linden; a daughter of the second marriage, Mrs. Daniel Combs of Holly; seven children of the third marriage, Mrs. Martha Morey of Flint. Mrs. William Wiles of Fenton township; Mrs. Luella Morey, William Soule, Mrs. Glen Crane, Mrs. Elton Pratt and Stewart Soule, all of Linden; 27 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
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11 May 1939
Mr. & Mrs. Howard CURRIN of Chicago, formerly of Fenton suffered sorrow in their home Sunday [May 7] when their little one year old son was drowned in the bathtub. Howard is with the police force and employed in guarding. Monday Howard's father, Mr. William Currin, his sister, Mrs. Lewis Brabon, his aunt, Mrs. Minnie Angus of Flint, were taken to Chicago by the brother­in-law Edward Renwick. Mrs. Currin is the former Miss Elizabeth Dawson of Fenton.
6 May 1939 WARD, MRS. MARY A., 75, of Owosso, wife of Dr. W. E. Ward, city health officer. Mrs. Ward was formerly Miss Ella Cole. She was born in Fenton and was a sister of the late Ed. Cole and Mrs. Carrie Lusk. She is survived by her husband and four children.
3 May 1939 FINNEY, MRS. JAMES, passed away at her home on the Torrey road following an illness of several years. Funeral from the Craft funeral home with burial in Oakwood cemetery. Surviving are the husband, James Finney, a daughter, Mrs. Edna Dunn; six grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Warren Van Amberg of Flint and Mrs. Herbert Bullard of Rosebush.
7 May 1939 SAGE, WILLIAM HENRY, 73, a pioneer resident, passed away at his farm home northwest of Linden. Funeral in the Swartz Creek Methodist church with burial in Yerian cemetery north of Durand. The Rev. Ede, pastor of the Swartz Creek church, officiated. Deceased was the son of Henry D. and Christiana Sage and was born in Midland county Sept 7, l865. He is survived by the widow, Ida May Sage, two daughters, Mrs. Frank Nash of Saginaw and Mrs. Raymond Meachan of Battle Creek, two sons, Ellsworth and Glen Sage, both of Swartz Creek, two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Brooks of Flint and Mrs. Nettie Smith of North Bradley and nine qrandchildren.
12 May 1939 SEATON, MRS. SARAH SMITH, 83, died at the home of her son Lee in Tyrone. Funeral from the Craft funeral home, Rev. A.T.F. Butt, pastor of the Methodist church officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Mrs. Seaton was born Dec 8, 1856 at Va1carcher, Canada. At the age of 22 years she came to Fenton where she was employed at the Neeley Hat Shop. After a year here she returned to Canada. In 1880 she married Frank Seaton of Tyrone at Va1carcher. The couple immediately came to Fenton, and Tyrone had been their home since. Mrs. Seaton was a member of the Methodist church, Fenton, and was active in church affairs when able. She is survived by three sons, William of Detroit; Grover and Lee, of Fenton; one brother, Richard Smith of Canada; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. One infant daughter Rena, died at the age of 3 months.
9 May 1939 MONTGOMERY, MRS. ELLEN, 89, a pioneer resident of Argentine township, died at the home of her son, Wade Montgomery, on the Smith road. Funeral from the home with burial in Argentine cemetery, Rev. T. M. Murray, pastor of the Universalist church at Concord, officiating. She was the daughter of John and Rosetta Barron, and was born in Argentine township June 12, 1849. She had lived virtually her entire life in Argentine township. Her husband, Salathiel Montgomery, died in 1923. She is survived by a son, Wade, and two nephews, John Barron of Marysville, and Earl Dexter of Battle Creek. She was a member of the Lansing Universa1ist church.
10 May 1939 BAILEY,RUSSELL EDWARD, 9 mo old son of Mr. & Mrs. Norman E. Bailey (Frances Wright) passed away in Detroit. Funeral from the Craft funeral home, Fenton, Rev. W. T. Smith officiating. Burial at Oakwood cemetery, Fenton.
15 May 1939 COLE, MYRON E., 72, well known resident of Tipsico Lake. Funeral from the farm home on the east shores of Tipsico Lake in Rose township. Mr. Cole was born in Highland township on Nov 16, 1866 and had been a farmer all of his life. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Luella Damode Cole, to whom he had been married 44 years, a son, Deputy Sheriff Harold D. Cole of Holly, and a daughter, Mrs. Bert Wermuth of Detroit. One brother, Peter Cole of Hickory Ridge, also survives.
22 May 1939 LEMEN, DONALD, son of Mr. & Mrs. Harry G. Lemen, died at Hurley hospital, Flint, where he had been taken five days before, following an attack of appendicitis. Funeral from the Methodist Church, Rev. A.T.F. Butt officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Donald, known by his many acquaintances as "Bud", was born in Fenton Feb. 7, 1920. His entire life had been spent in Fenton until his death. During his last year of high school "Bud" served as president of the Student Council, acted as Vice President of the senior class, and gained fame as an athlete, serving much of his four years in football, baseball and basketball. His four year record proved him an honor student in the school curriculum. He graduated with the class of 1938. During the past year, "Bud' has been employed in the store owned by his father, planning to enter Hillsdale college this fall to study law and enter into business partnership with his closest friend, Garwood Marshall, He is survived by his parents and one sister, Margaret, at home.
17 May 1939 BLACKMORE, MISS ELLA, died in Flint after an illness of several years. Funeral from the Craft funeral home, Fenton, Rev. A.T.F. Butt officiating. Burial in Oakwood cemetery. Miss Blackmore was born June 14, 1866 in Davison, MI and died May 17, 1939 in F1int. She spent her childhood days in Fenton, attended our public school and graduated in the class of 185. Many recall the days when she taught school here for more than 25 years. Later she was Matron at the Hurley hospital Nurses Home for 11 years. It was while on duty there she suffered a stroke in 1930 from which she was left almost entirely helpless. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Susie Miles of Detroit and Mrs. Florence Butcher of Fenton. She was the daughter of Walter and Jane Blackmore, and sister of the late Walter Blackmore of Casper, Wyoming; Will C. Blackmore, Pomona, Calif., Frank Blackmore, Detroit, Mich, Mrs. Chas. Robinson, Davison, Mich and Mrs. R. B. Renwick, of Fenton, Mich.
27 May 1939 BOTSFORD, JESSE, 79, died at Hurley hospital, Flint. Funeral from the Davis­Graham funeral home, Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell officiating, with interment in Oakwood cemetery. Mr. Botsford was born in the state of Virginia November 9, 1859, the son of Benjamin and Virginia Botsford. When a small boy he came to Fenton which had since been his home. He married Miss Lina Hatt, who preceded him in death, passing away in 1931. Mr. Botsford is survived by a niece, Mrs. Hazel Worthly of Detroit, a nephew, Glen Carpenter, of Fenton, two grandchildren, Virgil Barkman of Toronto, Ont., and Leon Barkman of New York City.
24 May 1939 KUEHN, WALTER E., a resident of S. Broad St., Holly, for the last 18 years, died in a Pontiac hospital. He was born in Tyrone township, Livingston Co, Dec 23, 1892. His parents settled there from Germany. He came to Holly about 20 years ago and was employed as a sectior worker on the Pere Marquette and Grand Trunk railroads, having been with the latter for the last 10 years. Funeral from the Bendle funeral home, Rev. N. M. Pritchard officiating. Burial in Lakeside cemetery. Surviving are his widow, Emma Marsh Kuehn, whom he married here on June 9, 1917, and the following brothers and sisters, William of Fenton, Paul of Centerline and Herman Kuehn of Detroit, Mrs. Helen Witt of Hazel Park and his stepmother, Mrs. Mildred Kuehn of Fenton.
31 May 1939 CARMAN, MISS MARY A. of 1702 Geddes avenue, Ann Arbor, former librarian and teacher, died after an illness of about a month. She was 86 years old on April 26. A resident of Ann Arbor since 1897, Miss Carman was born in 1853 in Walworth, Wayne County, NY, daughter of John Carman and Electa Camburn Carman. In the spring of 1869 the Carman family moved to Fenton where Miss Carman was graduated from the Fenton Highschool in 1873, having taught in the Fenton grammar school and in the district school, thus delaying her graduation two years beyond that of her class of 1871. She first came to Ann Arbor in 1878 with her brother, George and sister Georgia. In 1882 Miss Carman taught in Union City where her brother then was superintendent of schools. She moved to St. Paul, Minn, in 1888 and was assistant in the reading room of the public library for a while and followed this with five years as head of the reference department of the St. Paul public library. Miss Carman moved to Chicago in 1894 and returned to Ann Arbor to live in 1898. In 1884 and 1885 she copied and compiled the astronomical records for Prof. Mark Harrington, director of the University observatory. Dr. James B. Angell, president of the University, offered her a position as his secretary during his presidency providing the regents would permit of such assistance. The regents at the time decided the budget would not permit the expenditure for a secretary. The family home of the Carmans from 1881 until 1907 was in the 100 block of N. Ingalls street. The father died in 1890 in St. Paul and the mother in 1906 in Ann Arbor. Miss Carman was living with her niece and nephews, Miss Bertha Herbst and John and Raymond Herbst at the time of her death. Her brother George N. also survives. Another brother, Charles W. Carman, is dead. Funeral from the Stafford funeral home, Dr. Leonard A. Parr officiating. Burial in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton.
28 May 1939 HILL, ANSIL D. was born July 29, 1859 in Oceola township and lived there with his wife Harriet C. Brown Hill whom he married Jan 1, 1883. She died Dec 21, 1929 and since that time he spent four years in Howell and two years where he died, in Parshallville, with his son Mark Hill. Six sons were born to this union Ralph, Dudley, Mark, Leon, Otto and Earl, who died in infancy. Interment in Riddle cemetery, Oceola.
28 May 1939 MORGAN, MRS. EMMA LEACH was born July 17, 1869 in Birmingham, Mich, and died May 28, 1939 at her home in Parshallville. She married Byron Morgan March 8, 1885. They resided in Birmingham three years and then moved to this community where they spent the remainder of their lives with the exception of two years spent in Newago, Mich. Mrs. Morgan had been active and a sincere worker in the M.E. church for many years. She leaves to mourn three children, Mrs. Carl Warner of near Howell, Jay and Bert Morgan both of Parshallville, eleven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Adah Warner of Parshallville and Mrs. Sherman Sears of South Bend, Indiana. Interment in Parshallville cemetery beside her husband.
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8 Jun 1939
The infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Theodore SMITH of Pontiac was brought to Linden for burial in Fairview cemetery. The infant was born on Sat., June 3 in St. Joseph hospital, Pontiac. The mother was formerly Miss Lola Townsend of Linden.
9 Jun 1939 BARBOUR, HARRY A., brother of J. R. Barbour of Fenton, passed away at his home in Chicago. Funeral from the Kenwood church, Chicago with Dr. Wilson and Dr. Pendergast in charge. Mr. Barbour was brought to Fenton Tuesday and services held from the Davis-Graham chapel yesterday afternoon with Dr. Mitchell, pastor of the Presbyterian church, in charge. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. J. R. Barbour and his sons, Wilford and Maurice of Detroit, motored to Chicago and attended the funeral Monday evenine. Harry A. Barbour was born in Fenton, the son of Mr. & Mrs. George W. Barbour. He graduated from the Fenton schools with the class of 1888 and went to Davisburg where he taught school. Upon his return to Fenton he was em­ployed in the store of the McElroy Dry Goods Co. He later went to Detroit where he was employed by Burnham-Stoepel and in 1891 went to Chicago and affiliated himself with the Michigan Central Railroad Co. In 1908 he completed a course in funeral directing and in 1918 entered business for himself. Harry was a member of Kenwood Lodge, F. & A. M. and Kenwood Chapter of Eastern Star. He was also a Kiwanian. Surviving are four brothers, J. R. of Fenton and F. Ed., George E. and Fred R. of California and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Will G. Barbour of Seattle, Washington.
10 Jun 1939 LANDRIS, MRS. IRENE, 60, died in a Flint hospital following an illness of four years. Funeral from St. Johns church in Fenton with burial in St. Johns cemetery, Rev. Fr. Tighe officiating. Mr. & Mrs. Landris came to Linden in 1928, making their home in a Byram Lake cottage. Mr. Landris has carried the U.S. mail to and from the depot for a number of years. Deceased is survived by her husband, Levi Landris, one daughter, Mrs. G. L. Sampson of F1int and four sisters, Mrs. Nettie Nantais, Mrs. Blanche Pilon and Mrs. Rose La Chene, all of Flint, and Sister Genevieve of Grand Rapids.
21 Jun 1939 HOLDRIDGE, MRS. LAURA F., formerly for a good many years a resident of Fenton, passed away at the residence of her son, A. Elton Holcomb in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Mrs. Holdridge was born in Livingston county near Deer Creek Feb 24, 1852. She married Amos W. Holcomb in Dec 1872. He died at Deerfield Center June 21, 1880. Mrs. Holdridge lived from then until 1919 in Fenton. On Aug 30, 1900 she married there William G. Holdridge who died Nov 15, 1918. Since that time Mrs. Holdridge had lived with her son in Wauwatosa. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren, Glen, Dorothy and Jack. Funeral from the Underwood Baptist church in Wauwato. Short service at the church in Deerfield Center the following day and interment in the cemetery at Deerfield Center.

Fenton Independent Deaths
1938 - 1943
Date Obituary
20 Jun 1939 GILBIRD, MRS. EDITH, 62, died at her home in Argentine. Funeral from the late home with burial in Gracelawn cemetery, Flint, Rev. Isaac Parrish, pastor of the Linden Presbyterian church, officiating. She is survived by her husband, Henry Gilbird, two sons, Glen and Fred and two daughters Helen and Beth, all at home, an aunt, Mrs. Rose Maynard of North Branch and a niece Mrs. Grace Taylor of Flint.
24 Jun 1939 HART, MRS. LOUISE, 76. Funeral from the late home in Oceola township, Liv. Co, with burial in Deerfield cemetery. She is survived by her husband James Hart, one daughter, Mrs. Grace Graville of Swartz Creek, a step­daughter, Mrs.Thurbert Cornell of Oceola and 10 grandchildren.
Issue
29 Jun 1939
PETTY, FLOYD, 55. Funeral from the Craft funeral home. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Floyd was the son of Joseph and Hattie Andrews Petty. He was born in Holly township and most of his life was spent near Fenton. Some years ago he went to Bay City to reside. So far as can be ascertained, death resulted from drowning.
21 Jun 1939 WILSON, MRS. SARAH, 28, passed away in a Flint hospital from a heart attack. Funeral from the Bowles funeral home with burial in Birch Run cemetery, Rev. Harry Hosmer officiating. She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Hildreth Wilson, pastor of the Nazarene church in Argentine, four small children and her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Harvey C. Cooper of Saginaw. The Rev. Wilson is in Hurley hospital suffering from a broken back received in a fall about three weeks ago. The Wilsons have lived in Linden about a year.
29 Jun 1939 BLY, ANDREW J., 92, of Fenton, died at his home after an illness of approximately six months. Known to the people of Fenton as "Sandy" Mr. Bly enlisted at Fenton in the Union army at the age of 16 as a member of the Eighth Michigan Infantry. He was sent to Maryland and saw action in the battle of Antietam Sept 18, 1862. Taken ill, he was confined in a hospital at Washington and later was sent to a camp at Alexandria, Virginia from which he was sent home. He re-enlisted in the 10th Michigan cavalry in Feb 1863, organized in Fenton, which was detailed to duty along the north­central part of the battle lines. His regiment moved to Knoxville, Tenn, through the rebel forces and required 13 days to make the journey through the snow clad mountains. He remained with that regiment until the end of the war, at which time he received his discharge papers as a corporal. Born in Rochester, NY, Mr. Bly was 3 years old when brought by his parents to a farm five miles south of Fenton on US-23 in Tyrone township. For many years after the war he followed his trade of mason and contractor, building the first cement walks in Fenton. Many of the stone walks in the village today were built by Mr. Bly. In later years he was engaged in the real estate business and repaired houses which he bought. He married Evelyn Angus at Tyrone in 1869. She died in 1926. Surviving Mr. Bly are two daughters, Mrs. Julia Bishop of Saginaw and Mrs. Ida Brunson of Fenton; and two sons, John Bly of Tyrone and Andrew Bly Jr. of Fenton. Only other Civil war veterans of the county remaining are Charles L. Bentley, 95, of Fenton; James Taylor, 92, of 906 Harriet street, Flint; and Corydon E. Foote, 89, of Flint. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. All the posts and chapters of the various patriotic organizations in Fenton attended the services in a body.
4 Jul 1939 CURTIS, CHARLES L., 58, passed away at Hurley hospital in Flint of peritonitis. Funeral from the Linden Methodist church with Revs. Isaac Parrish and G. W. Millard officiating. Interment in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Deceased was born on the Greiner farm just south of Linden Dec 28, 1880 and with the exception of a few years spent in Detroit, his entire life had been lived in this community. He was a member of the Oddfellow fraternity. Nov 21, 1925 he married Miss Stella Anderson, and they had been making their home on their farm two miles east of Linden on the Silver Lake Road. Surviving is the widow Stella Curtis; one son Corwin of Detroit and two sisters, Mrs. Carrie McKugh of Linden and Mrs. Ada Becker of Detroit.
2 Jul 1939 HATHAWAY, MRS. NEVA, 50, a lifelong resident and active in community affairs at Byron, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Schrah of Saginaw. A past matron of the Byron chapter of the Eastern Star, Mrs. Hathaway was also a member of the Byron Art Club, King's Daughters and the Methodist church. The daughter of Willard and Lucy Church, she was born on the old Church homestead in Argentine township, three and a half miles from Byron, May 28, 1889. After graduating from Byron High school in 1908, she taught at the West Brick school for two years and at Davison for one year. She married Allen Hathaway in 1910. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Fred Schrah of Saginaw and Mrs. Wilbur Niles of Byron; two sons Lawrence of Laingsburg and Wesley of St. Johns; and a sister, Mrs. Myron B. Gallagher of Byron.
Issue
6 Jul 1939
The Independent is indebted to Mrs. Bertha Hall for a copy of The Foursquare Crusader, an Aimee Semple McPherson publication, much of which is taken up in the publication of complimentary articles concerning DR. B. F. GURDEN When in the west during the past winter, Mrs. Hall attended worship in the McPherson Temple at Los Angeles and was granted many courtesies through Dr. and Mrs. Gurden. Dr. Gurden passed away June 3, 1939. He was the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Dick Gurden, for years residents of Fenton, and will be remembered by many of the older residents of Fenton and vicinity. [one article is published in its entirety in this issue] BURNARD F. GURDEN died Saturday, June 3, 1939. His widow, Dr. Flora Gurden, is the only surviving relative. Born on Aug 16, 1878 in Fenton, Mich, Dr. Gurden practiced for approximately 25 years in the medical profession in Texas. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, Calif. in 1924, he and his wife were led to Angelus Temple where they both accepted the Lord under the direct ministry of Aimee Semple McPherson. Pioneer members of the Temple will remember his services in the 500 room where he faithfully labored for eight years. Later, God led Dr. and Mrs. Gurden into the active evangelistic work and they conducted meetings throughout Foursquaredom. For three years he also pastored the Pasadena, Calif. Foursquare Church, and later held several tent meetings in Southern California. In his earlier days at Angelus Temple, Dr. Gurden was a member of the International Board, serving as secretary. In addition to being a much sought after preacher, Dr. Gurden took time out to write several booklets on the subject of Divine Healing.
8 Jul 1939 TRIPP, MISS HATTIE, 73, a pioneer resident of Deerfield, died at the home of Mrs. Dillman Lilly at Deer Creek. Funeral from the late home with burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Rev. Clay of Howell officiated. Deceased was the daughter of Noah and Lemira Tripp and was born in Deerfield Feb. 1886, where she had lived her entire life. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Nettie Strubble and Mrs. Minnie Confer, both of Flint.
6 Jul 1939 MAGUIRE, JAMES, 76, retired Tyrone farmer and a resident of Fenton for the past 20 years, passed away at his home, 305.Roberts Street. Mr. Maguire was born in Batavia, NY in 1862, the only son of Hugh and Mary Maguire. The family came to Michigan in 1864. Funeral from the late home with in­terment at Highland. Mr. Maguire is survived by six sisters who, with Mr. Maguire, comprised the family. The sisters are Mrs. Mary Mills of Fenton with whom he made his home; Mrs. Margaret Skidmore of Lansing; Mrs. Francis Maxfield of Royal Oak; Mrs. Catherine Sivert of Adrian; Mrs. Alice Mccarthy and Mrs. Ella Crosby of Fenton. There are several nieces and nephews.
8 Jul 1939 EDDY, MRS. KATHERINE, 93, one of Byron's oldest and best known residents, passed away at the home of her son Carl and Mrs. Eddy. Anna Katherine Euler was born May 16, 1847, one-half mile north of the "Old Dutch Grocery," located between Howell and Briqhton. She was the fourth child of Mr. & Mrs. John Euler. At the age of 8 her mother passed away, and when eleven, her father also, which left her an orphan. She then made her home with Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Green who lived on what is now the Frank Meier farm home, southwest of town, until her marriage to Adelbert Eddy in April 1869. Since a bride, until the past few years, she had lived in the Eddy farm home one mile west and one and one-half miles south of Byron, which was purchased from the government by Mr. Eddy's father, and was still in her possession at the time of her death. Her husband preceded her in death 50 years ago. She leaves two sons, Carl, at whose home she had resided for the past five years, and Oscar, local merchant of Byron. She also leaves three grandchildren, George and Eugene Eddy and Mrs. Fred (Emily) Hibbard, and two great grandchildren, all of Byron, and one halfbrother, John Euler of Howell, several nephews and nieces. Funeral from the residence in Byron of her son Carl, Rev. Frank A. Blake officiating. Interment in Union Plains Cemetery.
16 Jul 1939 HAWLEY, MRS. NELLIE, 71, who had lived virtually her entire life in this community, died in St. Joseph hospital of a heart attack. Mrs. Hawley also suffered a compound fracture of her left leg on Tuesday, July 11 when she fell from a step ladder as she was picking cherries at the home of MR. & MRS. L. W. HATT on Oak Street, Linden: Funeral from the Presbyterian church, Rev. Isaac Parrish officiating. Interment in Linden Fairview cemetery. Deceased was the daughter of William and Mary Ferguson and was born at Lyons Feb 21, 1868. She came with her parents to this vicinity when she was 4 years old. Her husband, Dean Hawley, who was a barber in Linden for years, died in 1917. After his death she lived in Flint for 15 years, returning to Linden in 1937. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Hazel Devereaux and a grandson, Dean Devereaux of Knoxville, Tenn., a sister, Mrs. Loiva Webber and one niece, Mrs. Coral Webber Jones of Linden.
14 Jul 1939 WADLEY, EMERGENE ORR, third daughter of Alexander and Eliza Orr, was born at their farm home in Burns township Jan 17, 1875. She received the greater part of her education in the public school of Ann Arbor where she also studied both piano and vocal music. For a long time she was a member of the University Choral Union. Jan 18, 1899 she married Will Wadley of Argentine township and went to live on the Wadley farm near Byron. To them four children were born, two of whom are living, Dr. Ralph Wadley of Lansing and Jerome, who lives at the old farm home. A member of Huldah Chapter O.E.S. in Byron, she held many of its appointive offices and was for a year its Worthy Matron. Recently she had spent several years in Florida caring for a beloved older sister. After her sister's death she returned to Michigan and went to live on a farm near Williamston. Gena died suddenly on Friday morning.
17 Ju1 1939 MAJOR, ELMER E., 68, passed away at his home, corner of Adelaide and Caroline streets. Funeral from the Craft funeral home, Dr. J. Stanley Mitchell, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cem. Fenton Commandery No. 14, Knights Temp1ar of which he had been a member for many years, had charge of the services at the cemetery. Elmer was born in Deerfield township, the son of Abram and Candis Major Oct 12, 1871. The greater portion of his life had been spent on the farm in Deerfield, until later years when the family moved to Fenton. June 26, 1900 he was married to Miss Flora Wass and to the union were born five children, three daughters and two sons; Rose (Mrs. Leslie Whittle) of Fenton; Miss Georgia Major of Detroit and Mrs. Leonard Long of Madison, Wisconsin; A. J. Major of Detroit and Kenneth Major, also of Detroit. Mr. Major's death takes the last one of his family.
13 Ju1 1939 ALBRIGHT, ALONZO FAY, adopted son of Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Albright, was born in Cadillac, Mich May 16, 1923, and died as the result of drowning in Whalen Lake July 13, 1939, at the age of sixteen years. He spent his early life at the place of his birth, with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Seth Shattuck, until their death ten years ago. Since then he had lived with Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Albright, who moved to Livingston county 8 years ago, where he spent the remainder of his life. He had attended the Hartland Consolidated High school for the past three years, having finished the tenth grade. He had been a faithful attendant at Sunday school and church services from early life. He leaves a sister, Myrtle Shattuck of Big Rapids, Mich, his foster parents, one foster brother, Ariel, two foster sisters, Agnes and Ruth, and one grandfather, all of Fenton, Mich, besides many relatives among the Shattucks, his own father's people. Joint funeral services were held at the Nazarene church in Howell, Mich for these two boys who met tragic deaths together, and at the Wesleyan Methodist church in Marion, Mich on Sunday, July 16th, with the Rev. W. W. Clay officiating at both services, assisted in Howell on Saturday by Rev. Howard Artz and in Marion by Rev. H. C. Leach. Interment in Greenwood cemetery, Marion, Michigan.
13 Ju1 1939 ALBRIGHT, JOHN ALVIN, son of Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Albright, was born at Marion, Mich June 11, 1921, and died as the result of drowning in Whalen Lake, at the age of eighteen years. Eight years ago he came with his parents to Livingston county where he spent the remainder of his life. He had attended the Hartland Conso1idated High school for the past three years, graduating June 15, 1939. He was converted at the age of 11 years, joining the Nazarene church a year later and continued a faithful member to the day of his tragic death. He leaves his parents, one brother, Ariel, two sisters, Agnes and Ruth, all of Fenton, and his two grandfathers. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene and Paul.
25 Ju1 1939 DEVEREAUX, GRANT, a former resident of Bancroft and Fenton. Since Feb 20, 1939, Mr. Devereaux had been under the doctor's and nurses care at his home and finally on May 22nd he was removed to a convalescent home at Lyon Lake near Marshall, Mich. Mr. Devereaux, or Grant, as he was known by all, formerly was connected in business with his father at North Newburg and Bancroft. From Bancroft he and his family, consisting of his wife, daughter Helen and son, Harvey, migrated to Pomona, Calif. in 1893. They were only there a short time when they returned to Fenton and Grant worked in the grain elevator owned by Teddie Simmons and then the owner became Fred Welch. Then in the summer of 1907 the family moved to Battle Creek and Grant was employed by the Union Steam Pump Company from that time until he had to stop working on Feb. 20, 1939. His first wife, who was the mother of Helen, Harvey and Harold, died Dec. 19, 1911. The daughter Helen passed on in November 1913. Grant was married to Catherine Lowe of Tonawanda, NY in September 1913. Grant was born July 4, 1867 and was 72 years of age at the time of his death. His brother, John Devereaux, had only returned to his home in Bend, Oregon, just about two weeks previous to the passing. John had not seen his brother for more than 28 years. John was a former resident of Bancroft. Grant Devereaux, born in North Newburg, Mich (near Bancroft) on July 4, 1867, and died July 18, 1939. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery in the family lot at Fenton, Michigan. Rev. Raymond Cox, pastor of the B. C. Free Methodist church at Battle Creek, officiated at the chapel and came to Fenton. Grant's wife, Ida Chatfield Devereaux, and his daughter Helen are also in the same lot. Mr. Devereaux is survived by his wife Catherine (also sickly) and his two sons Harvey Devereaux,33 Tennyson Ave., Battle Creek, Mich, and Harold Grant Devereaux of Rochester, NY, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Florence Chatfield Bennett of Lansing. Grant was a tool maker at the U.S.P. Co. Grant's stepmother, Mrs. Eva Devereaux and half-sister, Lillian Hullett, both of Lansing, also survive. (Dated at Battle Creek, Michigan, July 25, 1939. Written by Harvey F. Devereaux. )
30 Jul 1939 RICHMOND, LEMUEL, 71, passed away at his home one mile north of Fenton on the Fenton-Flint road. Funeral from the Methodist church, with prayer services being held at the late home at 2:00 p.m. Wed. Mr. Richmond was born in 1867, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Horace Richmond. He was married Sept. 8, 1890 to Ida I. Bargley of South Mundy, and the farm home near Fenton had been their home for the past 55 years. Mr. Richmond was a member of the local Gleaners and a member of the Maccabee organizations. He was an active member of the Methodist church at Fenton and for years served as an official of the organization. Farming had been his business his entire life. Funeral was conducted by Rev. J.T.M. Stephens with Rev. Wesley Dudgeon assisting. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Mr. Richmond is survived by two daughters, Miss Helen at home, Mrs. Carl Adams of Flint, five sons, Jay, of Fenton, Horace at Veterans Hospital, Eldon and Leslie at home and Lemuel Jr. of Fenton; also one sister, Mrs. C. P. Hebert of Los Angeles, California.
29 Jul 1939 WHITE, LOUREN L., 76. Funeral from the home on Poplar street, Rev. Mitchell of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment at Sashabaw near Clarkston. Mr. White was born near Birmingham Dec 21, 1862, the son of Silas and Teressa White. On Nov 24, 1896 he married Elizabeth Cole at Fenton. Fenton had been the home of the couple many years. Mr. White was a member of the Baptist church and for many years a member of the Oddfellow Lodge at Fenton. Oddfellow services were conducted. He is survived by his widow, one stepson, Glen Cole of Detroit and a stepdaughter, Ruby Cole of Washington, D. C.
28 Jul 1939 NICHOLS, MRS. JOSEPHINE, of Grand Rapids, mother of Mrs. Ernest H. Armstrong, passed away Friday, July 28. Funeral in Grand Rapids. Mrs. Armstrong returned home Tuesday evening after having spent two weeks there. Mr. & Mrs. T. E. Dart attended the funeral services held for Mrs. Nichols.
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3 Aug 1939
JOHNSON, FRANKLIN R., an old and respected citizen of Boston, Massachusetts, passed away recently. Mr. Johnson was president of the Aetna Portland Cement Company and his frequent visits to Fenton kept him in touch with the village and its work. He was quite intimately acquainted with a number of Fenton residents.
26 Jul 1939 NEWELL, MARTIN E., 71, died at his home, 313 North Drive, Wyandotte. He had been actively identified with the cement industry in Michigan for 40 years. Mr. Newell was born in Ayhner, 0ntario Feb 20, 1868. He came to Detroit in the early 901s while still in his teens and started work as a blacksmith. In 1899 he started a lifetime of work in the cement industry when he was employed by the old Detroit Portland Cement Company at Fenton while the plant was being erected. After the Fenton plant was completed, he remained until 1902. Mr. Newell went to Wyandotte with H. J. Paxton, who was instrumental in re-opening the old Wyandotte Cement Plant under lease from the Michigan Alkali Co. and was employed as foreman from 1902 to 1907. When the Huron Portland Cement Company was organized in 1907, Mr. Newell was transferred to the new plant at Alpena where he remained for a few years until the Huron started a grinding plant at the foot of Riopelle street, Detroit, at which time he was made superintendent of the Detroit plant where he remained until 1914. In 1914 H. J. Paxton effected the re­organization of the New Egyptian Portland Cement Company and engaged Mr. Newell as superintendent of the plant at Fenton and he remained in charge of the New Egyptian until 1918. In 1918 he was engaged by the Wyandotte Portland Cement Company as superintendent of its Wyandotte plant. In 1927 he was transferred to the Detroit plant of the Huron Portland Cement Co. where he remained until his death. On Oct 21, 1921 Mr. Newell married Vida Van Pelt at Wyandotte. He is survived by the widow and a daughter Margaret Ann. A niece, Mrs. V. M. Skinner, Flint, also survives. Christian Science funeral services were held from the Nixon funeral home at Wyandotte.
7 Aug 1939 BIDELMAN, JOHN, 84, died in Owosso. He was born in Hartland township, Liv. Co Aug 6, 1855, the eldest of seven children born to Mr. & Mrs. Sam Bidelman. He was married in Oceola township Feb 15, 1882 to Mrs. Amelia Dexter Seger. He is survived by the widow, 86, and two sons and two daughters, Mrs. Flossie Aymor of Owosso, at whose home he died; Mrs. Eunice White of Howell and Amos and Cass Bidelman, both of White Cloud; also one stepson Frank Seger of Fenton, and one stepdaughter, Mrs. Fanny Micks of St. Thomas, Ontario, and two brothers, Tom Bidelman of Fenton and Emmett Bidelman of Pontiac.
11 Aug 1939 MITCHELL, MRS. WILLIAM, 76, passed away suddenly at her farm home on the Grand Blanc road in Mundy Township. Funeral from the South Mundy church with burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden, Rev. G. R. Millard officiating. Deceased was born in Palnerston, Canada April 8, 1863. She came with her parents when she was 11 years old to this vicinity, and had lived virtually her whole life in Mundy township. She was an active member of the South Mundy church, although she had been blind for the past three years. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Th0mas of the Grand Blanc road, Walter of the Cook road; two daughters, Mrs. Julia Gudith of Holly and Mrs. Alice Harris of South Mundy; two sisters, Miss L0uise Penny and Miss Etta Penny of Grand Blanc; two brothers, George Penny of the Baldwin road and John Penny of Rankin; 10 grandchildren and three nieces.
7 Aug 1939 ROBBINS, ROBERT A., 74, died at his home, 106 Clarence Street, Holly. He was born in Ontario June 2, 1865, a son of Calvin and Grace Black Robbins. At the age of 15 he came to Michigan and made his home in Perry. Here he was united in marriage to Nettie Herbert Dec 17, 1890. Before coming to Holly about 12 years ago, Mr. & Mrs. Robbins lived in Fenton where Mr. Robbins was for several years employed by the Standard Oil Co., at the time J. R. Barbour was the distributor for this section. Deceased is survived by his widow; one son, Don C. Robbins of Detroit; a daughter, Mrs. Victor Giles of Holly; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; one brother, Carson Robbins of Fowlerville; and two sisters, Mrs. Ella Pierce, of Homestead, Florida, and Mrs. Margaret Housel of Williamston. Funeral from the Bendle funeral home, Rev. Emerald B. Dixon, pastor of the Methodist church, of which Mr. Robbins was a member, officiating. Burial at Perry
12 Aug 1939 HUDSON, CHARLES, 86, former Holly businessman and resident for many years, died at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Earl Pagett, where he had lived since the death of his wife 15 years ago. Funeral from Dryer Funeral Home, Holly, Rev. F. A. Burnett officiating. Burial in Lakeside cemetery, Holly. Surviving are his daughters, Mrs. Grace Lacey and Mrs. Maude Oliver and four grandchildren, Richard and Mary Alice Lacey and Hudson and Elizabeth Oliver.
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24 Aug 1939
HALE, GEORGE LOUIS, 66, known as "Lou" Hale of Bancroft, was killed while walking on M-78, one mile west of Bancroft, when he was struck by a car. Hale was born May 23, 1873 in Deerfield township, Livingston Co., son of Mr. & Mrs. George Hale and had been in Bancroft about 15 years. Funeral in Durand. Sutvivors are: five brothers, Jay of Calif.; Bert of Roseville, Mich; Cecil and Victor of near Bancroft; and two sisters, Mrs. Susie Hyne of Detroit and Mrs. Bertha Graham of Highland Park. Hale had never been married.
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24 Aug 1939
ZONDLAK, JOHN, 39, died from drowning while fishing at Silver Lake west of Fenton. Funeral at St. John's church, Fr. Sheridan officiating. Burial at Midland, Mich. Mr. Zondlak was born in Pueblo, Colorado in 1900. In 1929 he married Anna Brooks of Grand Rapids and five years ago the family came to Fenton. Mr. Zondlak was employed at Flint as a die-maker in one of the factories. His death occurred on Sunday, August 20th, the body not being recovered until Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. Surviving are his wife, one daughter Grace, his mother, of Midland, three brothers, Joe of Fort Wayne, Ind., Steve and Frank of Detroit and three sisters, Elizabeth, Ann and Mary, all of Detroit.
16 Aug 1939 BARBOUR, MRS. MINNIE P., widow of the late Will G. Barbour, passed away suddenly at Seattle, Washington. Funeral services which were private were held from the Barney-Watson funeral home in Seattle. Deceased was the sister­in-law of Mr. & Mrs. J. R. Barbour of Fenton. Surviving is a son Harold P. of Tacoma, Washington and a daughter, Mrs. Reba Barbour Dearborn of Seattle.
17 Aug 1939 Gaines: MRS. FRANK SMITH, aged 81, died at Memorial hospital, Owosso. She leaves four sons, Elmer, Arthur, Joseph and Myrt; 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
15 Aug 1939 ALBRIGHT, ARIEL, son of Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Albright, was born near Marion, Mich May 20, 1915 and met his death when the road where he was working caved in, killing him almost instantly, on the 15th day of August, 1939, at the age of 24 years, 2 months and 26 days. The early part of his life was spent near Marion. Eight years ago he came with his parents to Livingston county where the remainder of his years were spent. He was converted at the age of 9 years and joined the Church of the Nazarene when about 15 years of age. Surviving are his parents, two sister, Agnes and Ruth of Fenton; his two grandfathers, J. H. Albright of Fenton and Robert Hood of Marion, his fiance, Miss Evelyn Salmon. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Eugene and Paul several years ago and John and Alonzo, who were drowned one month ago. Funeral from the Church of the Nazarene in Howell, Rev. W. W. Clay officiating. From Howell the body was taken to the Pisgah Height Wesleyan Methodist Church near Marion where funeral services were held with Rev. W. W. Clay officiating and Rev. H. L.Leach assisting and also singing. Interment in Greenwood cemetery near Marion. (obituary includes list of friends and relatives attending funeral)
16 Aug 1939 McCARTHY, CHARLES, aged 49, died suddenly at his home in Birmingham. Funeral from the Bell funeral home in Birmingham with burial in Birmingham cemetery. Me. McCarthy was born in Deerfield township, Liv. Co. March 17, 1890, the son of James And Isabelle Mccarthy. This section had been his home until 20 years ago when he moved to Birmingham. Mr. McCarthy leaves his widow and four children, also several grandchildren. Prior to going to Birmingham Charlie was one of Fenton's barbers.
20 Aug 1939 COPELAND, WILLIAM passed away at his home, corner Fenton and the Thompson road. Funeral from the Groves funeral home, Flint, with burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Mr. Copeland leaves one son of Reed City, one sister, Mrs. John Chrismann of Fenton and one brother, Richard of Clio.
28 Aug 1939 DELEHANTY, HOWARD R., 49, died in the naval hospital in Philadelphia and the remains were brought to Fenton where funeral services were held from St. John's Catholic church. Deceased was born in Fenton, the son of Mr. & Mrs. T. C. Delehanty. He served overseas in the World War with the 35th Division. He was unmarried and for a number of years had made his home in Philadelphia. He is survived by four brothers and two sisters: John, Roy and Lloyd of Chicago, Ronald of Durand, Mrs. Ruth Anderson of Nashville, Tenn., and Mrs. Grace Mcquinn of Chicago.
29 Aug 1939 LAPHAM, MAMIE, 69, passed away in Flint as the result of a stroke. Funeral from the home on Riggs street, Rev. Ira Cargo, assisted by Rev. Wesley Dudgeon, officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Mamie Lapham was born in Tyrone township, Liv. Co., Aug 15, 1870, the daughter of Thomas and Lavina Carmer. In 1899 she married Arthur Lapham who preceded her in death. To this union was born one son, CLAY, who passed away in 1927. For many years Mrs. Lapham operated a restaurant in Fenton. She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Ellen Woodworth, Mrs. Mort Cramer and Mrs. Naomi Elliott of Fenton; five brothers, Clark Carmer of Tyrone; James, T. M., Robert and Paul of Fenton; also six grandchildren, Mrs. Carl Browne of Flint, Harry Lapham of Fenton, Thomas of Montrose, Mrs. Ivan Hempstead of Laingsburg, William and Amy Lapham of Montrose.
6 Sep 1939 HOGAN, MRS. SARAH A., 83 years and 5 mo old, died at the home of her son William of the Lobdell Lake road. Funeral from St. John's Catholic church, Fenton, with burial in the church cemetery. Sarah A. Hogan was born in Deerfield township, Livingston county April 11, 1856, the daughter of Patrick and Mary Conklin, and spent all her life, prior to her marriage, at home. On May 14, 1889 she married James W. Hogan, who passed away in 1921. To this union two children were born; one son, William, with whom she resided for many years, and one daughter, Mrs. Elvin A. Trollman of Tyrone and two grandchildren.
1 Sep 1939 KINNEY, GEORGE WILLIAM Uncle Bill, who lived with the Walters' at 705 Hickory Street, died in a Flint hospital Sept lst from an 8 day illness of bladder trouble. Deceased was born May 15, 1854 in Green County, Pa., the eldest son of Ryerson and Lydia Kinney. The family moved to St. Louis, Mich in 1866, then in 1888 William went to Mio, Oscoda county to work in the lumber camp, coming to Twining in 1902, then Flint in 1917, and Fenton in 1930. He never married. His four brothers and one sister have passed on leaving a host of nephews and nieces. Deceased was 85 years, four months old. The Baptist minister of Prescott and Twining officiated, together with I.O.O.F. Lodge of Prescott. Mr. Kinney having joined that lodge in Mio in 1894. Funeral serves were held at Twining Sept. 3rd.
8 Sep 1939 KELLEHER, MICHAEL, a well known resident of Fenton, died at St. Joseph's hospital, Flint. Funeral from St. John's Catholic church, Fenton, Fr. Tighe, pastor, officiating. He was assisted by Fr. Gannon of Mt. Morris, Mich, and Fr. Powers of St. Mathews church, Flint, Mich. Mr. Kelleher was a resident of Tyrone for a number of years, being born in that township on Dec 10, 1857, and he remained there until later he located in Chicago in 1892. He was accepted on the Chicago Police Force in 1893, and for over 30 years served in that department, resigning his position in 1925. In 1926 he returned to his boyhood town, locating near his brother's home at 402 Adelaide street, Fenton. He is survived by two sisters, Anna and Julia Kelleher of Flint, a brother Dennis Kelleher of Fenton, a nephew, Webster Kelleher, a niece, Mrs. Wm. Gamble, both residents of Fenton; also a niece and nephew in the west.
2 Sep 1939 SMITH, MELVIN L, 68, of Delborn, Alberta, Canada. Remains were brought a distance of 3,000 miles to be laid to rest in Linden Fairview cemetery beside his wife whose body was brought to Linden 24 years ago. When Mr. & Mrs. Smith lived in this vicinity he will be remembered as a clerk in the shoe department of the L.T.P. store in Fenton. He is survived by a daughter, Miss Harriet Baldwin Smith who lives with Mr. & Mrs. Guy Baldwin of the Baldwin road, and four brothers and two sisters of near Marine City.
17 Sep 1939 BAKER, CLYDE, 15 year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Baker, passed away at the Pontiac hospital following a week's illness of Infantile Paralysis. Private funeral services were held from the Baker home in Rose Township, Rev. W. T. Smith, pastor of St. Jude's church, Fenton, officiating. Burial in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Clyde had attended the Craft school in Rose township and came to Fenton to complete his high school grades. He was a junior at the time of his death. He is survived by his parents, three brothers, George, Robert and Charles Jr., and two sisters, Mrs. Betty Bigelow and Anna Marie.
18 Sep 1939 ISHERWOOD, MRS. WILSON S., prominent in church affairs of Flint and Fenton, and wife of the general sales manager of the AC Spark Plug Division of General Motors, died in Ford hospital, Detroit. Mrs. Isherwood had been a resident of Flint for 24 years, but moved to Fenton two and a half years ago where the Isherwoods established residence at Leroy and High streets. Funeral from the Algoe-Gundry funeral home with interment in Woodlawn cemetery, Toledo. Rev. Thomas Smith of St. Jude's Episcopal church, Fenton, officiated. Besides her husband, Mrs. Isherwood leaves six brothers and four sisters, George L. Smith and Charles Smith of Newport, Mich; Conrad, John, Walter and Wilson Smith of Monroe; Mrs. Frank Leach and Mrs. Burt Garrick of Centerline, Mich; Mrs. Ray Zimmerman and Mrs. Edna Peters of Monroe, and several nephews and nieces. A member of St. Jude's and formerly a member of St. Paul's Episcopal church in Flint, Mrs. Isherwood was active in St. Paul's Auxiliary Guild, the Altar guild and St. Jude's. Before her marriage in Toledo in 1903, Mrs. Isherwood was Wilhelmina Margaret Smith. She was born in Newport. Shortly after her marriage she lived in the south where Mr. Isherwood was engaged in business, and a great deal of her earlier life was spent in Alabama, where she was widely known in Decatur church circles. Every Eastertime, since leaving Decatur, she has continued the custom of providing decorations for the church there and devoting consider­able time to church affairs in that city.
15 Sep 1939 CONRAD, MRS. IDA MAE, aged 72, passed away at St. Mary's hospital, Saginaw. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home in Fenton, Rev. G. R. Millard, pastor of the Long Lake Community church, officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Mrs. Conrad, who was attending the Saginaw County Fair, suffered the stroke at the Fair Grounds on Thursday and was taken to the hospital where she died Friday. Mrs. Conrad was born April 10, 1867 at Argentine, the daughter of John and Mary Remington. She married Will Conrad at Fenton in 1907 and had since made her home north of Fenton until 1928 when they moved to Fenton. She was a member of the Long Lake Community church. She is survived by her husband, one son Henry Barkman, a step­daughter Fern, five grandsons and four great grandsons.
19 Sep 1939 CRAMER, WILLIAM MORTIMER, aged 77, passed away at his home on the Tipsico Lake Road. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton. Deceased was born at Argentine June 30, 1862, the son of Henry and Mary Alice Cramer. In 1888 he married Rose Carmer and Fenton and nearby had been their home during their life. He was for 17 years employed at the cement plant, and for 22 years farmed near Fenton. Funeral from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Howard Buffmyer. Mr. Cramer is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Kittie Buffmyer and Mrs. Fern Andrews, one son, William Cramer, all of Fenton. One daughter, Mrs. Frankie Pattan, passed away in 1938. Nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren also survive.
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28 Sep 1939
91st BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: A group of Lindenites motored to Pontiac Sunday to attend a birthday honoring MRS. NANCY B. BEACH who is celebrating her 91st birthday today (Thurs., Sept 28). Her daughter, Mrs. Jay Tremper, has for the past eight years planned a party for her mother and it has come to be known as Aunt Nancy's Reunion. This year it was held last Sunday, so that all might attend, including more than fifty nieces, nephews, grand­children and great grandchildren. Mrs. Beach has one son, Clayton, living in Pontiac besides her daughter. Mrs. Beach was born in Linden Sept 28, 1848, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Gamber, who were among the early pioneer settlers, establishing their home on what is now known as the Ralph Evans farm one mile northeast of Linden. She recalled in her early child­hood how Indians were in the habit of coming to their log cabin home to exchange garments they had made and other raw materials for pork and food. At this time her father was working on the railroad, being constructed through Linden. She recalls at the age of 18 she took a trip to the Cass River near Bay City, and at that time the country was so wild it was not uncommon for bears to visit homes in the evening and eat any garbage left around. During this same period she went with an aunt to a northern lumber camp to cook. She recalls it was the custom to gather around the fireplace and listen to tales of the lumberjacks until midnight, then sleep until 4 a.m. when the days work started. At this time the average pay for women cooking in lumber camps was $1.50 a week. After her marriage to William Beach they lived in Fenton. In 1910 they moved to Pontiac where she has since made her home. Guests who attended the reunion on Sunday from Linden were: Miss Nettie Chapin, Mrs.Albert Williams, Mrs. Howard Root, Mr. & Mrs. Howard Root, Mr. & Mrs. Jay Gamber, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Stehle and son Floyd.

Fenton Independent Deaths
1938 - 1943
Date Obituary
24 Sep 1939 CHENEY, MRS. SARAH, aged 89, passed away at her home in Fenton. Funeral from the late home, Rev. G. R. Millard of the Long Lake Community church, officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Mrs. Cheney had made Fenton her home her entire life. Surviving are three sisters, MRS. LOREN ALGER and MRS. J. COOPER of Detroit, and MRS. FRANK SHARP of Mundy township; two brothers, ALONZO CONNER of Fenton and FRED CONNER of Detroit; also several nieces and nephews.
22 Sep 1939 KELLY, MRS. JOSEPH, 65, died at her home in Detroit after more than three months illness. Funeral from the Hilliker funeral home, Detroit. Burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Deceased was the daughter of MR. & MRS. JOHN COHOON and was born in Argentine May 4, 1874. Following her marriage she lived in Flint and Detroit. She is survived by her husband; one son, CHARLES FRECK of Oregon; her mother, MRS. RESSA COHOON, Linden; one sister, MRS. REUBEN SMITH, Linden; three brothers, SIDNEY COHOON, West Branch; DAVID and HOWARD of Midland.
21 Sep 1939 LUNNING, MRS. MABEL, 69, passed away at her home, 109 W. Elizabeth St. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Rev. Mitchell of the Presbyterian church officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Mrs. Lunning had been a resident of Fenton for several years, coming here from Flint, where she was married in 1910. She is survived by one half-sister, MRS. ANNE GRAY of Detroit, and cousins, CHARLES CASE of Fenton and MABEL DAVIS of Holly.
21 Sep 1939 HAGGERTY, MRS. MAE, passed away at the age of 57, from a heart attack. Mrs. Haggerty had been a guest at the Vosburg home here and passed away while here. Funeral conducted by Rev. Whaley of the Baptist church with interment in Bancroft cemetery.
29 Sep 1939 GOODFELLOW, MRS. ELLA, aged 83, died at her home, 1400 Simpson Court, Flint. Funeral from the Craft funeral home, Fenton, Dr. Kearns officiating. Burial in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Surviving: five stepchildren, MRS. ALICE ESTY of West Branch; ROBERT GOODFELLOW, Fenton; MRS. W. D. ARMSTRONG, Pasadena, Calif; MRS. MARIE FERRY of Seattle, Wash.; MRS. MARGARET DAVIS of Bakersfield, Calif; several nieces and nephews and three grandchildren.
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12 Oct 1939
Tyrone: HOWARD, son of MR. & MRS. IRVING COMBS, was born in Hartland township Oct 23, 1933 and passed away as a result of an automobile accident, at the Mellus hospital in Brighton Sunday morning. If he lived until Monday, Oct 23, he would have been six years of age. Funeral from the late home, Rev. Howard Artz, pastor of the Hallers Corners Free Methodist church, and Rev. Resnberry of Flint, officiating. Interment in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Besides his parents, he leaves three brothers, IRVING JR., DONALD and ALTON at home, his grandparents, MR. & MRS. VOYLE BECKER and MR. & MRS. DANIEL COMBS of Tyrone, his great grandmother, MRS. WILSON SOULE of Linden and many other relatives.
9 Oct 1939 BEDELL, MRS. EVALINE, 79, pioneer resident of Mundy township, died Monday at the home of her son, ERNEST BEDELL. Funeral from the Bedell home on the Linden-Flint road. Burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden, Rev. Harry Hosmer officiating. Decease, widow of MORRIS BEDELL, who died in 1923, was born in Mundy township Sept 30, 1860 and had lived virtually her entire life in Mundy township. She is survived by her son, Ernest, one grandson, EDWARD, at home, two granddaughters, MRS. GEVAH SWEDORSKE, Flint, and MRS. EVELYN BARKDELL, California; two great grandchildren and two sisters, MRS. FANNY TENEATE, Holland, Mich, and MRS. MINA WOODTHORP of Flushing.
10 Oct 1939 JEUDEVINE, CLEM passed away at the county hospital in Flint following a short illness. He had been in Fenton but a few days prior to his death. Funeral from the Craft funeral home with burial in Oakwood. Clem's death takes the last of three sons of the late MR. & MRS. GEORGE JEUDEVINE, CLEM, CLAUDE and FRITZ, who have passed away within a comparatively short time in Fenton. Surviving is a sister, MRS. LOU WAITE of Kalamazoo.
[Second Item] CLEM JEUDEVINE, son the late MR. & MRS. GEORGE JEUDEVINE, was born in Greenville, Mich Feb 17, 1873. Thirty years of his earlier life were spent with his parents in the pioneer days of South Dakota. He was sent to Argentina, South America by the International Harvester Company as an expert machinist to teach the natives how to use their farm implements. Upon returning nine years of his life were spent with the Marvel Carburetor Company of Flint and the balance of his life was spent in Fenton with his father and two brothers CLAUDE and FRITZ. Surviving are four children: MERLE C. of LaCrosse, Wisconsin; WILLARD C. of Aberdeen, S. Dakota; GEORGE H. of Ottawa, Illinois and EVELYN VAN ALSTINE of Portland, Oregon, and one Sister, MRS. JOHN WAITE of Kalamazoo, Mich.
11 Oct 1939 PEARSON, LEWIS A., aged 69, formerly of Fenton and Tyrone, passed away in a Pontiac hospital after an illness of several years. Funeral from the Davis­Graham funeral home and burial was in Oakwood. Mr. Pearson and family were well known here, he having spent his entire life in Fenton and vicinity until about 20 years ago. He was born in Tyrone township, the son of MR. & MRS. WILLIAM PEARSON. He was married to MISS GRACE LOCKWOOD, who preceded him in death in 1923. He received his education in the old Fenton Normal and taught school for several years, later becoming one of the prosperous farmers of Tyrone township. He is survived by three children, VERNE of Davison, MRS. RHODA GOLDSWORTHY of Detroit and MRS. RUBY ROSS of Royal Oak, six grandchildren and numerous other relatives.
25 Oct 1939 DAVIS, EUGENE, passed away at his home on Shiawassee Avenue following an illness of three years. Funeral from the home with Rev. Dudgeon of the Methodist church officiating. Interment in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Mr. Davis was born Feb 10, 1872, the son of JOHN and HELEN DAVIS, Fenton township. Fenton had been his home his entire life, having been employed at the cement plant for many years. Surviving are his widow and four grandsons, WYMER P., FRANCIS E., ELRIC V. AND RALPH A. GRAY and one great grandson, EUGENE F. GRAY of Fenton.
19 Oct 1939 KAISER, MRS. NELLIE, 72, a native of Argentine, died at the home of her daughter, MRS. HUGH MORSE of the Lahring road, following a long illness. Funeral from the Bowles funeral home, Linden, Rev. Harry Hosmer, pastor of the Linden Free Methodist church, officiating. Burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Deceased, the daughter of WM. B. and CAROLINE PRATT, was born in Argentine July 13, 1867, and had lived virtually her whole life in that community. Her husband, HERMAN KAISER, died in 1932. She is survived by her daughter, MRS. CELIA MORSE, at whose home she died, a son, F. E. KAISER of New York City, two grandsons, EARL SUTTON, at home and FAY KAISER Jr., New York City; one brother, EDWARD PRATT, Linden; and two sisters, MRS. HOWARD WAKEFIELD, Belleview and MRS. HARRY STILES of Argentine.
30 Oct 1939 MORGAN, REV. CHARLES H., 86, retired Methodist minister and an authority on mushrooms, died at the home of his sister, MISS LIBBIE MORGAN, with whom he lived. Funeral from the Methodist church with Rev. Wesley Dudgeon officiating. Burial in Oakwood cemetery. He was one of the founders of the Epworth League, and his biography is published in "Who's Who in America." He was born in Oakland township, Oakland county Nov 13, 1852. He came to Fenton with his parents in 1874. He was a graduate of Northwestern and Boston universities. The Rev. Mr. Morgan held pastorates at Howell, Adrian, Saginaw Bay City and other small towns in eastern Michigan. From 1903 to 1928 he lived in New York City and was an author and editor. Among his writings are "Studies of the Old Testament," "Scholar's Edition of the Bagster Bible" and "The Psalms as Daily Companions." From New York he came to Detroit where he served as associate pastor for four years in Methodist churches. He became interested in mushrooms as a hobby while serving as a pastor. He began an intensive study of them, reading all of the leading authorities and carrying on correspondence with several of them. During the years he was in New York City he kept up his pursuit of the hobby, for in Central Park, New York and in Brooklyn when he went on long walks to get away from his work, he still hunted mushrooms. In Central Park he found 31 edible kinds of mushrooms. He has picked on an average of two bushels in a single stroll. The Rev. Mr. Morgan would have celebrated his 87th birthday on November 13th. His only survivor is his sister, Miss Libbie Morgan.
26 Oct 1939 STILES, MRS. ELLA K., 83, a resident of Argentine for more than seventy years, died at her home in Argentine. Funeral from the home, Rev. G. R. Millard, pastor of the Linden Methodist church, officiating. Burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Deceased, the daughter of MR. & MRS. B. G. WHITNEY, was born in Romeo, Oct 25, 1856. She came with the family to Argentine when she was seven years old. Her husband, the late W. B. STILES, who died in 1929, operated the Argentine lumber mill and the flouring mill for a number of years. She is survived by four sons, E. B. STILES, Jackson; EVERETT R. STILES at home; D. R., Fenton and FLOYD of Holly; three daughters, MRS. EDWARD BIRD of Byron; MRS. EARL LAING, Detroit and MRS. E. E. CARL of Romeo; fourteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
28 Oct 1939 FERGERSON, CHARLES M, aged 47, died as the result of a train-car collision at the Torrey road intersection. He was born in Chicago Aug 20, 1892, the son of MR. & MRS. FRANK FOUNKHOUSER. Since 1930 Hr. Fergerson had lived in Fenton and recently opened the Green Lantern on the Torrey road, one mile north of Fenton. On Aug 14th of this year he became united in marriage with MISS VIRGINIA ROBIDOUX of Detroit. He is survived by his widow, one son JACK and one daughter, BETTY LOUISE.
5 Nov 1939 GILES, MRS. LOUISA MAY, died at her home on Sixth St. in Fenton. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Rev. Dudgeon of it he Fenton Methodist church officiating, assisted by Rev. Ira Cargo, a former pastor of the church Interment in Oakwood cemetery. LOUISA MAY KELLOGG was born in Fenton township 69 years ago. She married FRANK GILES, also of Fenton, in 1887, and, with the exception of four years, this village had been her lifetime home. Surviving are the husband, Mr. Frank Giles; three sons, VICTOR of Holly; WALLACE of Flint, and HAZEN of Holly; one brother, ORRIN KELLOGG of Flint, and a sister, MRS. FRANK VAN DORAN of Fenton; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
17 Nov 1939 BENTLEY, CHARLES L. Veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic were nearer than ever to the vanishing point in Genesee county Friday when Charles L. Bentley, 96, Fenton, answered the last bugle call. So far as can be learned his death left the county with only one veteran who fought with the "Boys in Blue" during the Civil War, CORYDON E. FOOTE, 91, in the Crapo GAR post in Flinto Mr. Bentley's death occurred Friday in the home of his grandson, LEE GRANT BROOKS, F1ushing, after an illness of three weeks. Funeral from the W. H. Loss funeral home, Fenton American Legion members and Veterans of the Foreign Wars attending in a body. Burial in Avondale cemetery, Flint. Mr. Bentley was born in Cuyahoga County, NY May 10, 1844, son of MR. & MRS. ENOS BENTLEY. He came to Flint in 1857, at the age of 13, and lived here until 1913, when he went to Fenton, where he had since resided. He enlisted at Jefferson, Ohio in the 7th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, April 25, 1861. Later he was transferred to the U. S. regular engineers and re-enlisted Feb 8, 1867, after nearly six years in blue. He was an artificer with the engineers. He saw action at Gettysburg and other battles. Mr. Bentley, with other Civil War veterans of the country, was the guest of the federal government at Gettysburg, Penn, from June 29 to July 6, 1938. He was a past commander of Crapo post, GAR and honorary member of the VFW at Fenton. He leaves one son, WILFORD E. BENTLEY, Chicago; one daughter, MRS. DAISY A. AMES of Flint; three grandchildren, LEE GRANT BROOKS, Flushing; ROLLAND BENTLEY AMES and MRS. IVA M. TARZWELL, both of Flint; six great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild.
17 Nov 1939 JARVIS, EARL A., aged 23, of RFD No.1, Fenton, died after a long illness from a rare disease against which he had put up a plucky but losing fight. Funeral from St. Michael Catholic church, Flint, Rev. Fr. Maurice W. Chawke officiating. Burial in New Calvary cemetery. Mr. Jarvis was a graduate of Flint Central High school and a former employee of Consumers Power Co. Surviving are the parents, MR. & MRS. FRED JARVIS; one brother, CLYDE of Flint, two stepbrothers, EDWARD and LEONARD HEBEL of Flint, and his grand­parents, MR. & MRS. FRED JARVIS SR. of Detroit.
8 Nov 1939 LEONARD, GEORGE E., 61, vice president of the American Life Insurance Co., died at his home, 291 Rosedale Court, Detroit, following a long illness. Funeral from the chapel of William R. Hamilton Co . Detroit with burial in Woodlawn cemetery, Detroit. Rev. C. B. Allen officiated. Deceased, the son of MRS. MARGARET LEONARD, Linden, was born in Argentine May 28, 1878. He attended Linden and Fenton schools. Following his graduation from the Fenton school, he attended the State University graduating from the law department in 1902. He practiced law in Detroit until he became connected with the American Insurance company in 1911. He is survived by his widow, one son, GEORGE EDWARD JR. of Detroit, two grandsons, GEORGE III and DAVID, his mother, MRS. MARGARET LEONARD of Linden, and one sister, MRS: JAY CARR, Newberry. Mr. Leonard was a member of the Central Methodist church, Corinthian Lodge King Cyrus Chapter, Knights Temp1ar (Old Guard) and of Moslem Temple of the Shrine.
21 Nov 1939 STIFF, MRS. ANDREW B., age 74, passed away at the home in Linden. She had been ill but a short time. Surviving is the husband; two daughters, MRS. JESSE BUTLER of Detroit and MRS. L. M. O'DELL of Fenton and a son, LEONARD, of Argentine township. Funeral from the Methodist church in Linden.
20 Nov 1939 PREDMORE, MRS. WILL, a former resident of Fenton, passed away at her home in Lake Orion. Burial in the Lake Orion cemetery. Deceased is survived by her husband and one son, CHARLES, of Detroit.
29 Nov 1939 PAGE, JOHN, age 84, passed away at his home in Holly. Funeral in Holly. Burial in Oakwood, Fenton. Mr. Page was for years an employee of Scott & Co. in Fenton, being connected with the clothing department. Following the closing out of Scott & Co. he went to Holly where he was employed in the grocery department of the Marks store.
21 Nov 1939 TIFF, MRS. MILLIE, age 74, died at her home in Linden after a short illness. Deceased was born in Ridgeway, Canada, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. ROBERT BRITTON. She came to Michigan with her parents when twelve years of age and settled in Argentine township, and had since resided in the vicinity. She is survived by her husband, ANDREW STIFF, and one son, LEONARD, of Argentinej two daughters, MRS. L. M. O'DELL of Fenton, and MRS. J. T. BUTLER of Detroit; also five grandchildren, GARALD O'DELL of Clarkston; D. A. O'DELL of Fenton; DUANE and BEATRICE BUTLER of Detroit; WILLIAM ZANKL of Linden; and a stepbrother, FRED CROFT of Argentine. Funeral from the Linden M. E. church, Rev. G. W. Millard officiating. Burial in Linden Fairview.
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30 Nov 1939
Tyrone: News of the death of STUART GREER of Pontiac came as a severe shock to friends here this week. Deceased was the son of Mr. & Mrs. BYRON GREER of Tyrone and for several years had been a member of the police force of Pontiac. Death resulted from injuries suffered in an automobile accident while hunting in northern Michigan. He is survived by his widow, two children, his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Byron Greer and two sisters, MRS. CLYDE PERRIGO of Milford and ARLENE, at home.
4 Dec 1939 VAN SYCKLE, TAFT, age 73, passed away at the home of his daughter, MRS.DAVID BLACK, south of the village of Fenton. Funeral at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Black, Dr. J. Stanley Mitchell, pastor of the Fenton Presbyterian church in charge. Interment in Plainfield, Michigan. Deceased is survived by the wife, MRS. JENNIE VAN SYCKEL, a daughter, MRS. HAZEL BLACK, Fenton; one brother, BERT of Battle Creek; a sister, MRS. BELLE SPOONER of Battle Creek; four grandsons.
4 Dec 1939 COVERT, MARTIN E., passed away at his home on the Torrey road following an illness of several years duration. Funeral from the Long Lake church, Rev. G. R. Millard of Linden officiating. Interment in Bristol cemetery. Mr. Covert is survived by the wife, Mrs. MABELLE COVERT; a son LEE of Fenton; a daughter, Mrs. EDITH M. HART of Flint; two brothers and a stepbrother; two half sisters, eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
3 Dec 1939 POLSON, GEORGE C., passed away at the home of his son, ROY POLSON of south Leroy Street at the age of 79. Short services were held from the Davis­Graham funeral home and the body taken to Alpena the following day where interment was made in Evergreen cemetery. Mr. Polson was born at Brownsburg, Quebec, May 27, 1860. He had been a resident of Fenton for twenty years, during that time being at the head of the cement block manufacturing company; and it was with great pride that he often remarked that he did not believe that he ever made a poor block. Deceased is survived by two sons, ROY of Fenton and HAROLD of Alpena, and three grandchildren.
27 Nov 1939 BEACH, FRANK, age 86, and for years a resident of Fenton and vicinity, passed away at the home of his son, RAY BEACH, 6510 Appoline Avenue, Dearborn, Burial in Fowlerville, Mich. Mr. Beach was born October 17, 1853 in a log cabin located on a farm on the east side of Tipsico Lake, Rose township. This farm was taken up from the government by his father GEORGE BEACH and his uncle LOUIS BEACH. He married HELEN KINSMAN and settled on a farm near that of his father in Rose township. He carried on the profession of farming, and was also connected with SAUL KINSMAN's orchestra and band which was very popular in the section from Milford to Fenton in those early days. Mr. & Mrs. Beach retired from the active life of farming in 1916 and moved to Fenton. Here they lived until the death of Mrs. Beach in 1931. He then went to Dearborn to make his home with his son RAY. He never lost interest in outdoor work and it was with great pleasure that he cared for the flower gardens and lawn in connection with his son's home. There are none of his generation of the Kinsman and Beach families left except a sister, MRS. EMMA SLOVER of Fenton.
28 Nov 1939 PAGE, JOHN N., age 81, died after an illness that confined him to his home on Clarence street for a month, the larger part of the time in bed. Mr. Page was bron in New Hudson June 8, 1858. His youth was spent in the vicinity of Deerfield, Argentine and Linden, and later he was a resident of St. Paul, Minn. for 11 years and of Fenton for 18 years. In 1911 he went to Holly which was his home thereafter. Here he was employed as manager of the shoe department at Marks & Frank's for about twenty years, or as long as the store remained in business. Mr. Page married MISS ANNA MARSH of Fenton in 1885. She passed away in 1918. surviving are a son, GLENN M. of Detroit; a daughter, MRS. RUTH MOTT of Holly, with whom he made his home; eight grandchildren; two sisters, MRS. FANNIE BABCOCK of North Hollywood, Calif., and Mrs. CORA TAMLYN of Flint; and one half sister, Mrs. LOU CLARK of Linden. Funeral from the Bendle funeral home un auspices of the Masonic Order. Rev. T. E. Collister of Holly officiated and burial was in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton.
29 Nov 1939 GRUNBROOK, MRS. ELLA J. passed away at Saratoga hospital, Detroit and was buried at St. Charles. Attending from Fenton were: MR. & MRS. WARREN WRIGHT, MR. & MRS. BASIL CHAPPELLE, MRS. FRANCES WALKER, MRS. L. J. McGRAW, WALTER WALKER, MRS. NOLTON BIGELOW and MARVEL CHAPPELLE. Mrs. Grunbrook was the sister of Mr. Wright, Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Chappelle.
8 Dec 1939 STEVENS, FREDERICK, age 64, died at the home of MRS. WILLIAM TUNNINGLEY in Linden. Funeral from the Bowles funeral home with burial in Grace Lawn cemetery, Flint. Deceased, the son of MARK and ELIZABETH STEVENS, was born in Linden in September 1875. He was the grandson of JOSEPH and ELIZABETH BEACH who were among the first settlers of Linden. When a young man he went to Detroit as an employee of the Bell Telephone company whom he served until pensioned from the service. In 1936 he came back to Linden and had lived in the Tunningly home. When a young man in Detroit he was a very talented singer, appearing in operas and chatauquas. He is survived by two cousins, MRS. EARL TELLING of Byron and MRS. DAISY HERRICK of Petoskey.
2 Dec 1939 SHATTUCK, ORIN EUGENE was born in Sheridan, Ohio August 21, 1848 and depart­ed this life December 2, 1939. In the year 1878 he took out a claim in Prospect, Lake County, South Dakota. January 29, 1882 he was married to GENIE KELLEY of Paris, Canada. They resided in Prospect for two years after which he moved to Dell Rapids where he worked in the meat market for Frank Newell. Later he built the Millerkee Meat Market and went into busi­ness for himself. He was in business here for about seventeen years. In 1901 they moved to a farm one mile south of Wixom, Michigan, where they resided for seven years. From there they moved to Birmingham, Michigan where he lived until the time of his death. Surviving are the widow and three sons.
9 Dec 1939 CIMMER, MISS ALICE M., died in Grand Rapids where she had been living for the past year. She was a sister of the late A. W. CIMMER and was well known in Fenton as she spent her vacations at the Cimmer home. Miss Cimmer taught in the Battle Creek schools for 36 years. After retiring three years ago on account of her health, she spent a short time in Milford before locating permanently in Grand Rapids.
14 Dec 1939 Funeral services for MISS ETTA BEACH are held in Milford today at 2:00. Miss Beach, who was 86 years of age, was a sister of the late Mrs. ELLA LONSBURY. She had spent her entire life in Hartland township and was well known in this community.
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14 Dec 1939
Funeral services were held for Mrs. CLARE BENNETT in Detroit last Monday. Mrs. Bennett passed away after a short illness the latter part of the pre­ceding week. She was well known in Fenton where she and Mr. Bennett spent considerable of their time during the summers.
13 Dec 1939 STODDARD, MRS. MARY ROSE, age 78, passed away at her home near Lake Fenton, Torrey Road, after an illness of but a few days. Funeral from the Long Lake church, Revs. Millard and Stone officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Deceased was born at Huron City, Michigan. On June 22, 1882 she was united in marriage with BENJAMIN STODDARD, and 34 years ago they came to make their home on the banks of Long Lake. Some years ago the place was sold and Mr. & Mrs. Stoddard erected a pleasant home on the west side of the Torrey road, but a short distance from their former home. Mrs. Stoddard was a member of the Long Lake church. Surviving are: the husband, Benjamin Stoddard and eight children, MRS. MAMIE EBLE of Manistee, MRS. HENRY PENNY of Grand Blanc, CARRIE STODDARD of Birmingham, ROBERT G. STODDARD and MRS. WALTER TOBIN of Long Lake and CHARLES, ROSE and MILDRED who were at home; 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
7 Dec 1939 BENNETT, MRS. CLARE A. DORA E. LOOMIS was born in Susquehanna county, Pa. Jan 8, 1867, and passed away Dec 7, 1939. She came to Michigan with her parents, MR. & MRS. H. N. LOOMIS, in her youth. She graduated from Clare High School, being in the second graduating class, and taught in and around Clare several years, also in Fenton schools. She was married April 8, 1903 to CLARE A. BENNETT of Fenton and had since resided in Detroit. Mr. Bennett preceded her in death July 15, 1938. She leaves five brothers, SAMUEL and ALFRED of Clare; CHESTER of Greenville; BENTON of Highland Park; REV. FRANK LOOMIS of Saranac, Michigan; one sister, MRS. KATHRYN FERGUSON of New York, besides several nieces and nephews.
15 Dec 1939 HILDEBRANT, MRS. EMMA passed away at her home early Friday morning following the funeral of her sister (MISS ETTA BEACH) the day before. Burial in Highland cemetery. Mrs. Hildebrant was born in Hartland Sept. 29, 1867 and lived in Highland for a number of years. Her husband, BERT, passed away in August 1938. She is survived by a brother, CHARLES BEACH of Hartland, and several nieces and nephews. She was a sister of the late MRS. ELLA LONSBURY of Fenton.
23 Dec 1939 WALTON, EDWARD, age 83. A short prayer service was held at the late home at 1010 Main Street, Fenton on Tuesday morning and the body was taken to Sparta, Michigan, where services were held in the Methodist church, with Rev. Dudgeon, pastor of the Fenton Methodist church, officiating. Burial in Myers cemetery, Sparta.
29 Dec 1939 SHARP, CHARLES F., 75, a pioneer resident of Fenton Township. Funeral from the home, Rev. Harry Hosmer, pastor of the Linden Free Methodist church, officiating. Burial in Linden Fairview cemetery. Mr. Sharp, who had been owner and manager of the Mundy Tile and Brick Works for more than 50 years, had been in failing health for several years. He had retired from active business in 1917. Deceased was the son of JOHN and LUCY SHARP and was born in Fenton township Aug. 19, 1864. As a young man he served his apprenticeship in the company which was then owned by Henry Haas. In 1884, following his marriage to MISS BELLE CONNER, he became sole owner and manager. He also operated a saw mill in connection with the business, employing several men. In the early days he did considerable contracting for county drains. Mr. Sharp was also interested in the real estate business, Flint. He is survived by his widow; four sons, ROY of South Mundy; HOWARD of Gaines; JOSEPH of Durand, and FRANK JR. of Detroit; 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild; one brother, THOMAS of Akron, Michigan, and one sister, Miss JANE SHARP of Owosso.
24 Dec 1939 WALTON, EDWARD, aged 83, passed away at his home, 1010 Main Street. A short prayer service was held at the home on the following Tuesday morning and the body was taken to Sparta where funeral services were held in the Methodist church with Rev. Wesley Dudgeon, pastor of the local Methodist church, officiating. Interment in the Meyers cemetery in Sparta. Mr. Walton was born May 26, 1856 south of Fenton on what is now known as the Tipsico Lake Road. He was the son of ROBERT and MARY CALLAHAN WALTON. When he was nine years old he moved with his parents to Jamestown and lived there until he was 21. Sixty-two years ago he was united in marriage to Miss MABEL FONGER and they lived in Algoma township, Sparta, until 1918 when they moved to Fenton. His occupation had been farming. Besides his wife, Mabel, he is survived by one granddaughter, MRS. ETHEL PIATT of Fenton; one grandson, MORTIMORE MORNINGSTAR, Fenton, and one great granddaughter, Miss JANET PIATT, Fenton.
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4 Jan 1940
Funeral services for MRS. CLARK CARMER were held December 24 from the Craft Funeral home. Interment in the Gardner cemetery on the State road. Miss SADIE PATTON was born in Rose township on Sept 30, 1866, the daughter of MR. & MRS. WILLIAM PATTON. She, together with her husband, had been a resident of Fenton township for 30 years. She is survived by her husband, Clark, and one son, ORVILLE CARMER of Fenton.
1 Jan 1940 SHAY, MISS MARY passed away at the Shay residence, corner of South Leroy and High streets, from an attack of pneumonia. Funeral from St. John's Catholic church, Fenton, with interment at Mt. Hope, Pontiac. Deceased was 78 years of age. She was born in Davisburg and that community was her home until she, together with her brothers THOMAS and JOHN came to Fenton to make their home. Thomas passed away two years ago. She and her brother JOHN, who survives, made their home together.
8 Jan 1940 PARSHALL, FLOYD RANSOM, youngest son of THOMAS K. and CLARISSA PARSHALL, was born in Oceola, Livingston county, Mich Sept 2, 1871. On January 2, 1901 he was married to FLORENCE M. STILES of Highland, Mich. To this union one child was born, GLADYS GLEE, now MRS. DONALDSON of Highland, who with the widow, three grandchildren, two sisters, and several nieces and nephews are left to mourn their loss. Except for two years in Howell, his entire life had been spent in Oceola and Hartland. He departed this life January 8, 1940 at the age of 68 years, 4 mo and 6 days. Interment in Hartland cem.
5 Jan 1940 LEONARD, MRS. MARGARET, 87, a pioneer resident of this vicinity, died at her home in Linden following a brief illness. Funeral from the Methodist church with burial in Fairview cemetery. Her pastor, Rev. G. R. Millard, officiated. Deceased was the daughter of JAMES and JULIA BERRY and was born in Brampton, Ont., Canada, Nov 4, 1852. At the age of 13 years she came with her parents to Michigan, and had since lived in this community. In 1875 she married EDWARD FRANCIS LEONARD. For a time they lived on a farm in Fenton township, later going to Linden, establishing their home on South Bridge street, where Mrs. Leonard had lived for 40 years. Mr. Leonard died in 1916. A daughter, Miss BERTHA LEONARD, died in 1902, and her son, GEORGE LEONARD, died in 1939. Her only daughter, MRS. JULIA CARR of Newberry, has been spending the winter with her mother. She is also survived by a granddaughter, Miss JEAN CARR, Newberry, a grandson, GEORGE EDWARD LEONARD of Detroit and two great grandchildren. Mrs. Leonard was a life long member of the Methodist church and was active in community affairs until her health failed.
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11 Jan 1940
LYON, IRA, formerly of Fenton, will be buried Friday, January 12 from the Richardson funeral home in Milford. Burial in Hodges cemetery. Mr. Lyon, who lived in Fenton for some years, made his home at Hickory Ridge, Hallers Corners at the time of his death. He was a member of the Oddfellow fraternity and until health failed him, he was a faithful attendant at lodge meet­ings.
27 Dec 1939 CAMP, MRS. JOHN, nee JOSEPHINE KROMER, wife of JOHN CAMP, passed away at her home in Swanton, Ohio after an illness of six days from pneumonia. She leaves her husband and twelve children: MRS. O. A. GERBER, Cleveland, Ohio; L. H. CAMP, at home; A. J. CAMP, Monroeville, Ohio; MRS. VICTORIA WEISEN­BERGER, Norwalk, Ohio; M. F. CAMP, Fenton, Mich; SISTER MARY VINCENT, C.S.A., Lakewood, Ohio; J. H. CAMP, Toledo, Ohio; I. J. CAMP, Swanson, Ohio; SISTER MARY CORNELIA, O.S.U., Toledo, Ohio; MRS. L. F. SCHWIND, Merrill, Mich.; P. R. CAMP, Toledo, Ohio; C. A. CAMP, Swanton, Ohio. She was preceded in death by a son, IGNATIUS, who died at Camp Sherman, Chilicothe, Ohio in 1917. She is also survived by 35 grandchildren. Funeral from st. Richard's Church with burial in St. Richard's Cemetery at Swanton, Ohio.
3 Jan 1940 CHAPIN, HARRY W., aged 53, passed away at his home in Detroit. Funeral from the Davis-Graham chapel in Fenton with interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Deceased is survived by the widow, MRS. DELLA CHAPIN, and two brothers, FLOYD of Fenton, and JESSE of Cleveland, Ohio. Harry was born in Fenton, the son of Mr. & Mrs. ADDISON CHAPIN. Following his graduation from Fenton High School, he attended the Fenton Normal school, taking a business course. He then went to Detroit where he was employed in the offices of The Globe Tobacco Co., being associated with his uncle the late WALTER HAMPER. After some years spent with the Globe company, Harry went with Commodore M. S. Mills as his private secretary and continued in such until Mr. Mills death. Since then he has been engaged in looking after his own private affairs. Harry was a member of Friendship Lodge, F. & A. M. of Detroit.
4 Jan 1940 PEASE, JOHN L., a former resident of Fenton, died at his home at 3521 Harrison Ave., Detroit. He was born in Detroit 88 years ago and lived in Fenton 15 years, on N. Leroy St. He is survived by his daughter, MRS. FRANK L. MAYHEW, two sons, PERCY ROY PEASE and CLARENCE L. PEASE, all of Detroit, seven granddaughters, MRS. HAROLD HARTWICK of Grand Rapids; MRS. JOSEPH THOMPSON, MRS. WM. HOUSON, MARGERY MAYHEW, EVA MAY MAYHEW, LESLIE MAYHEW and MISS DOROTHY MacLAUGHLIN, and a sister, MRS. MARY WASS of Fenton. Services from the Harvey A. Neely funeral home, Maybury Grand Ave., Detroit, Rev. W. F. Bostick of the Redford Baptist church officiating. Burial in Fenton.
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11 Jan 1940
DARLING, MRS. SARAH RUDOLPH. L. F. MOREHOUSE received a telegram the first of the week telling of the death of Mrs. Sarah Rudolph Darling. Mrs. Darling, who passed away at Seattle, was a sister of the late ALEX. RUDOLPH and ADA RUDOLPH DAVIS and was in her younger years a resident of Fenton, the family making their home on North Leroy St. Mrs. Darling passed away Saturday night at 11 o'clock [6 Jan] . Funeral from the Rafferty funeral home in Seattle.
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8 Jan 1940
TENNY, COLON M., 56, for 19 years connected with the United States Patent Office, Washington, and for the last 10 years an assistant division chief, died in a Washington hospital after an illness of several months. Funeral from Christ Episcopal church, Kensington. Burial will be private. Mr. Tenny, a native of Michigan, is survived by his widow, MRS. CALLIE TENNY; three daughters, MRS. ROBERT RUSK, Bethesda, Md.; MRS. STANLEY WOODWELL, Northwood Park, Md.; and CLIO ADELE TENNY, Garrett Park; a son, MORGAN L. TENNY, Garrett Park; two sisters, MRS. HENRY PLATZ and MISS LUCILLE TENNY, and a brother, RONALD TENNY, all of Lansing, Mich. Mr. Tenny was a graduate of Kalamazoo University and of the Law School of the University of Michigan. Before entering the Patent office, he practiced law in Vicksburg, Mich. [Garrett Park, Md., Jan. 8] Obituary was provided by Lucile Tenny of Lansing with a note that Mr. Tenny was a graduate of Fenton High school and lived in and near Fenton most of his early years.
4 Jan 1940 VAN TIFFLIN, HARLEY H., age 84, passed away in Hurley hospital in Flint. Funeral from the Loss funeral home in Flint and burial in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Mr. VanTifflin was born on a farm near Flint and when a young man came with his parents to Fenton where he resided until the death of his wife in 1913. Since then he had made his home with his daughters, MRS. ROY FITZGERALD of Flint and MRS. GLENN CRAMER of Pontiac. A son CLAYTON B., of Detroit, also survives. A sister and a brother, MRS. H. J. VAN ATTA and HOMER VAN TIFFLIN, preceded him in death.
23 Jan 1940 BARNARD, MRS. CARRIE, passed away at the home of her son, ERNIE and MRS. MEAD, following an attack of pneumonia. Another son, EARL MEAD of Fenton, also survives his mother. Deceased was known for years in Fenton as MRS. E. J. DWYER. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home. [see next entry]
23 Jan 1940 BARNARD, MRS. CARRIE. CARRIE M. DUTCHER was born Sept. 16, 1859 and passed away of pneumonia Jan. 23, 1940 at the home of her son, ERNEST MEAD, with whom she had made her home the past three years. Her early life was spent in the vicinity of Howell. She graduated from Fowlerville High school and studied music in Ann Arbor and Detroit where she resided when married to ORA MEAD. Later, with her two children, she returned to Howell and taught music. Early in life she united with the Baptist church in Howell and served as organist for many years. In 1894 she was united in marriage to EDWARD J. DWYER. One child, ,HAROLD DWYER, was born to this union. In 1900 the family came to Fenton and she was active in lodge and church work. She was a member of the local Baptist church for 40 years. Mr. Dwyer passed on in 1923. In 1934 she was united in marriage to WALLACE BARNARD of Pinckney who preceded her in death in June 1937. She is survived by two sons, ERNEST and EARL MEAD of Fenton and two granddaughters, MRS. BRUNO GRAY and MRS. HAROLD ZRESSE of Detroit. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Rev. C. A. Whaley officiating.
17 Jan 1940 BEACH, NANCY B., age 91, a native of this community, died in a Pontiac hospital as the result of a broken hip. Funeral from the Linden Methodist church, Rev. R. M. Traver, who was pastor of the First Baptist church in Pontiac more than 40 years ago, when Mr. & Mrs. Beach joined the church, officiating. Burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Deceased was the second daughter of WILLIAM and MARY JANE GAMBER and was born on the Ripley road Sept. 27, 1848, on the old Gamber homestead now owned by RALPH EVANS. When a young woman she married WILLIAM BEACH. To this union were born a son, CLAYTON and a daughter, MRS. JAY TREMPER, both of Pontiac, and an elder daughter, MRS. ASA McWAIN of Fenton who died more than 20 years ago. Mr. Beach died in 1920. Mr. & Mrs. Beach lived in Fenton for a number of years where their children attended school. She is also survived by seven grand­children and several great grandchildren.

Fenton Independent Deaths
1938 - 1943
Date Obituary
27 Jan 1940 MARBLE, JERRY D., 79, died at the home of his son CLARENCE on the Jennings road. Funeral from the Adventist church on North Bridge street, Linden, with burial in Argentine cemetery, Flint [?]. Deceased was born Dec 7, 1860 in Mundy township. He is survived by two sons, Clarence at whose home he died, ALFORD of Albion; one daughter, ETHEL of Lansing and one stepdaughter, PEARL of Rochester, N.Y.; two brothers; two sisters; eight grand­children and eight great grandchildren.
28 Jan 1940 PERRY, DR. JAMES J., a Detroit dentist for more than 25 years, died at his home, 1826 Seyburn avenue, after a long illness. Funeral from the C. H. Curtiss Co. chapel, Detroit. Entombment in the Roseland Park Mausoleum. Born 64 years ago at Fenton, Mich, Dr. Perry was graduated from the University of Michigan in 1900. He is survived by his widow, LUCILLE; one brother NELSON PERRY of Cass City; two sisters, MRS. ALICE RODGERS of Marion and MRS. ETTA MILLER of Fenton; and a number of nieces and nephews.
15 Jan 1940 VALLAD, GILBERT D., MRS. NANCY GATES is in receipt of word of the death of Gilbert D. Vallad at his home in Grayling, Mich. Mrs. Vallad was a niece of Mrs. Gates and was an annual guest in their home. Mr. Vallad was born Jan. 24, 1861 and had made Crawford county his home for many years. During his residence in that county he had played a prominent part in the political life of the county. He was a mevber of the Pilgrim Holiness church of Flint.
31 Jan 1940 HARRIS, MRS. MARGARET, aged 83, passed away at the home of WILLIAM KIRKDALE where she was engaged as housekeeper. Remains were taken to the Craft funeral home and then to Jackson where funeral services were held.
28 Jan 1940 SMITH, FORD, aged 51, passed away at Hurley hospital, Flint. He had been a resident of Fenton for over twenty years. Funeral from the Craft funeral home, Rev. Thomas E. Collister of Pontiac, officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Surviving are three daughters, MRS. MAE DEMODE of Holly, MRS. MILLARD TEEPLE and MISS LUCILLE SMITH at home and WILLIAM and DONALD at home, and one brother STEWART SMITH of Fenton.
31 Jan 1940 ASPEL, LLOYD was born at Idaho Springs, Colorado Nov 18, 1890 and when a small boy moved to Fenton with his parents, MR. & MRS. JERRY ASPEL. Lloyd attended the Fenton schools and graduated with the class of 1910. Soon after his graduation he entered the grocery store of M. E. Towne and after a short time there went to work for the Grand Trunk railway as freight clerk. This position he held for eight years, leaving the railroad to join the army at the time of World War. He was a member of the Army of Occupation following the signing of the Armistice. He suffered shell shock during his stay in foreign lands, and had never been well since his return. Lloyd had no near relatives and had lived alone since the death of his mother six years ago. Funeral services of a military nature were held from St. John's Catholic church.
6 Feb 1940 DAY, FRED E. age 68, passed away at Hurley hospital. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, the Fenton Oddfellow Lodge in charge, with Rev. Mitchell of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Mr. Day was born in Bay City on May 4, 1870. In 1899 he married ADA STIFF of Rose Center. Fenton had been their home for the past 30 years until the death of Mrs. Day in 1927. To the union was born one son, LEON, who died in 1918. Mr. Day was a member of the Fenton Oddfellow Lodge and the Rebekah Lodge, both at Fenton. He is survived by a sister, MRS. ROBERT AUSTIN of Newark, Mich; one half brother, FRANK WASSER of Fenton, and several nieces and nephews.
26 Jan 1940 FREDENBURG, WILLIAM F. was born in Tyrone township Dec. 18, 1864 and passed away after an illness of ten days at the home of JOSEPH TROLLMAN at Bloomfield Hills January 26, 1940. Mr. Fredenburg had been a resident of Tyrone all of his life. He was united in marriage with MRS. JOANNA TROLLMAN in 1923. She passed away in 1930. Funeral from the Deerfield Catholic church. Interment in the Deerfield cemetery. Deceased is survived by four sisters, MRS. NETTIE LEE, MRS. LILLIAN BEALS of Fenton; MRS. LINDA LEE of Marion, MISS ROSE FREDENBURG of Pontiac; two brothers, HOMER of Marion and MAYNARD of Royal Center, Indiana; six stepchildren, JOE TROLLMAN of Bloomfield Hills, ELVIN TROLLMAN, MRS. MADALINE JOZWICK, MRS. FLORENCE COHN, MRS. ALBERTA RYNEARSON and MRS. THEODORA RUNYAN.
2 Feb 1940 PARKER, JOSIAH, 80, who has made his home with his daughter, MRS. F. WOLFE, Linden, for twelve years, died in Hurley Hospital following a month's illness from a broken hip. Body was taken to his old home in Wesson, Ont., where the funeral and burial took place. Deceased was born in 1860 on the Atlantic Ocean as his parents were crossing from England to Canada. He was a stone mason and farmer by trade until coming to Linden in 1928. Mrs. Parker died in Linden about 10 years ago. Besides his daughter he is survived by one son STANLEY GORDON PARKER of Mesick, Michigan.
1 Feb 1940 CLOSE, RICHARD EUGENE, day old son of MARSHALL WILLIAM and JANE LOUISE MANIER CLOSE of 299 Orchard Lake Ave., died at Pontiac General hospital. Surviving are his parents and a brother, RONALD WILLIAM, of Pontiac. Funeral in charge of Farmer's funeral parlors with burial at Byron.
18 Feb 1940 MICHELSON, ARTHUR, age 41, passed away at his home west of Fenton after an illness of a year or more. Funeral from the Davis-Graham chapel, Rev. W. J. Dudgeon, pastor of the Fenton Methodist church, officiating at the chapel and the American Legion in charge of the interment services at Oakwood cemetery. Arthur was born in Calumet, Mich Feb 28, 1898, and in 1919 moved to Mundy township, Genesee county where he resided until his marriage to Miss FLORENCE BUXTON Dec 22, 1936. They have made their home on the Buxton farm since their marriage. Deceased graduated from the Calumet high school, served in the World War, was a member of James DeWitt Post, American Legion of Fenton and of the Finnish Lutheran church of Calumet. Since coming to this vicinity to reside he had attended the Fenton Methodist church. Surviving are: the wife, Florence Buxton Michelson; the mother; two sisters, MRS. LEMPIE CARTER and MRS. MAYME ANDERSON of Mundy township; five brothers, ALBERT J. of Flint, EDWARD of Madison, Wisconsin; WILBERT, SAMUEL and HERBERT of Mundy township.
28 Feb 1940 93rd BIRTHDAY: J. FAYE PRATT, who was born Feb. 28, 1847 on a farm two miles south of Booten, now called Argentine, on the old Indian Trail between Flint and Ann Arbor, celebrated his 93rd birthday anniversary on Wednesday at his home in Byron where he has lived since 1918. Mr. Pratt's father bought the farm of 160 acres in 1837 at $1.25 an acre. A few years later he built a hotel known as the Pratt hotel on the corner of the farm, now known as Leonard's Corners. The hotel is still standing after a century on the site on which it was originally built. [picture of Mr. Pratt and the Tavern built by his father accompany this article.] Mr. Pratt often recalls when Byron and Argentine were little more than trading posts and settlers were few and far between. He is alert and active and walks daily from his residence to the post office and about town; and makes frequent calls on his Fenton friends. He has been a Sunday school and evangelistic worker and is connected with the Salvation Army in Owosso. He sings and plays the guitar and tambourine. He organized the first Sunday school in the West Brick schoolhouse near Argentine 60 years ago. Mr. & Mrs. Pratt (MARIE CHRISTIE) were parents of three children, J. WINTHROP PRATT, BYRON, MARIAN, who lives with her father, and JAMES, deceased. He has four grandchildren. As many as 16 farms in Genesee, Livingston, Grand Traverse and Benzie counties have been owned by Mr. Pratt, also property in Fenton, Argentine, Traverse City, Byron and Cohoctah.
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29 Feb 1940
ESTEY, MRS. ALICE, age 69, died in Lakeland, Florida. Deceased was a sister of ROBERT GOODFELLOW, Fenton. The Goodfellow family is a pioneer Genesee county family. Mrs. Estey lived in Fenton as a child, attended school and went to West Branch as a milliner, where she married FRANK ESTEY, business­man, whose death occurred four years ago. Funeral service and burial were at West Branch, where she had made her home.
19 Feb 1940 MEHLBERG, FRANK W., died at his home in Mundy township of heart trouble. He lacked one day of being 72 years of age. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Rev. Harry Hosmer of Linden officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Deceased was born Feb. 20, 1869 in Groveland township, the son of WILLIAM and LENA MEHLBERG. Later the family moved to Tyrone and in 1900 he moved to Mundy where he had since resided. He was a member of the school board in Mundy for a number of years. He is survived by his wife, SARAH; two sons, GRANT and THURBER; a brother, IRA, of Tyrone; two sisters, MRS. MARY SHATTUCK of Fenton and MISS EMMA MEHLBERG, Tyrone, and a stepson.
21 Feb 1940 ANGELL, MRS. LILLIAN L., aged 74, passed away at the home of her daughter MRS. GEORGE F. MacNEAL, on Main street. Funeral from the MacNeal home, Rev. W. T. Smith, pastor of st. Jude's church, officiating. Interment in Oakwood. Besides her daughter, Mrs. MacNeal, she is survived by one son, WALTER of Detroit; a sister MRS. HAMILTON of Lansing; a brother, W. E. FORD of Pontiac; five grandchildren, one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
22 Feb 1940 BUTCHER, MRS. FLORENCE, aged 75, passed away suddenly at her home on Rockwell street. She had been in failing health for some years. Funeral from the Methodist church, Rev. W. J. Dudgeon officiating. Interment in Oakwood. FLORENCE BLACKMORE, daughter of MR. & MRS. WALTER BLACKMORE, was born in London, Canada Aug 12, 1864. When a small child the family came to Fenton and this town had since been her home. May 2, 1888 she married CLARENCE VAN WERT, and to this union was born one son JAMES WARD VAN WERT. The father passed away in 1894, and in 1901, the deceased became the wife of FRANK BUTCHER, and to them was born a son WALTER who resides in Fenton. Mrs. Butcher was a member of the Degree of Honor and of the Methodist church. She was active in Red Cross work during the World War and the years that followed. She is survived by her son Walter and his children, LOIS, GORDON and DONALD and one sister, MRS. B. MILES of Detroit. Both of her sons, Ward VanWert and Walter Butcher, were members of the army of the United States at the time of the World War. Ward serving in the 52nd infantry, Battery D of the artillery. Following the war Ward served with the Red Cross and became known as "The Little Father of Poland," for his work with the Polish refugees. It was while engaged in his after the war work that he passed away on foreign soil. It was in memory of Ward's high school days that the great work which he did for others in foreign lands that a bronze plaque was placed on the school building. Two Red Cross medals, one from the organization in the United States and the other from the Polish Red Cross, together with a Foreign Service certificate, signed by President Wilson, are at the A. J. Phillips Library in Fenton.
22 Feb 1940 ROWE, JAY B., age 61, died in Columbus, Ohio. Funeral from the P. E. Rutherford chapel, Rev. C. B. Harrison of North Methodist church, officiating. Interment in Fairview cemetery, Licking county. A native of Utica, Ohio, Mr. Rowe formerly was with the Hotel Fenton of Fenton, Michigan, but had lived in Columbus for the past eight years. He had never fully recovered from a borken hip he suffered in a fall several years ago. His death was the result of a heart attack. He is survived by a sister, MRS. J. C. HARLOW of 2422 Adams avenue, and a brother, JAMES S. ROWE, 193 East State street, an employee of the Dispatch composing room. Mr. Rowe was a member of York Lodge, F. & A.M.; Knights Templar Commandery No. 69, Aladdin Temple of the Shrine; Eagle lodge No. 297, and Franklin Post No.1, American Legion. [Taken from a Columbus (Ohio) daily.]
26 Feb 1940 JOHNSON, MRS. IDA SMITH, Word was received by MRS. G. E. BEADLE Tuesday that her friend of many years, Mrs. Ida Smith Johnson of Detroit, had passed away Monday evening. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Deceased was the daughter of MR. & MRS. WILLIAM E. SMITH, residents of Fenton for many years. Mr. Smith was a member of the firm of Shipley & Smith, meat men.
6 Mar 1940 THIEBOLT, MRS. GEORGE, 77, passed away at her home in Deerfield township. Funeral from the Bowles funeral home in Linden. Burial at Deerfield. Mrs. Thiebolt had been a resident of Fenton and vicinity for over 40 years. She was a member of Favorite Rebekah Lodge. She is survived by her husband, GEORGE THIEBOLT, on daughter, MRS. MINA FIKKE, two grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
28 Feb 1940 LINNIEHAN, MRS. JOSEPHINE, of Rose Corners, passed away at the home of her niece, MRS. RUTH WRIGHT, of pneumonia. Funeral from the Bowles funeral in Linden. Burial in Beebe cemetery in Rose.
25 Feb 1940 BULLARD, EDWIN W., eldest son of MR. & MRS. CHARLES W. BULLARD, was born Aug. 15, 1885, on the farm two and one-half miles southeast of Hartland, Livingston County, Mich., where death came Feb. 25, 1940. When he was seven years old his father died leaving two small sons, EDWIN and LLOYD, to be reared by a loving mother who passed away April 12, 1937. The brothers have been constant companions. On March 4, 1907 Edwin was united in marriage to ALMA F. DODGE who, besides the brother Lloyd and other relatives, survive. For several years he had served as a member of the Hartland Board of Education where his loyalty and prompt, efficient attention to his responsibilities was admired by all. Funeral from the home at 2 p.m. and the Hartland M.E. church at 2:30 p.m., Rev. H. C. Artz and Rev. Bryan Evans officiating. Interment at Hartland.
28 Feb 1940 GARRETT, GILBERT C., 68, a resident of Linden for more than 40 years, died at his home on W. Broad St. Funeral from the Methodist Church with burial in Fairview, Linden. Rev. G. R. Millard officiated. Deceased, who worked in his Barber Shop on S. Bridge Street just one day over 41 years when he was taken ill, was born in Detroit May 7, 1871. His early years were spent in Detroit and Saginaw, later settling in Howell where he engaged in the printing business for a time and later became a barber. While in Howell, he married MISS DELLA FELEY of Linden. After three years they came to Linden purchasing the business which he has operated continuously for 41 years. Mr. Garrett served his community in various ways, having been Deputy Township Clerk for many years, and recently village treasurer. He was a member of the Modern Woodsman of America. He is survived by his widow and several cousins, but no other near relatives.
1 Mar 1940 HUNT, MATTHEW, 83, a lifelong resident of Genesee Co., died in Flint. Funeral from the Davis-Graham Funeral Home with burial in Fairview, Linden. The Rev. Harry Hosmer of Linden officiated. Deceased was the son of MR. AND MRS. PERRY HUNT and was born in Flint in 1856. Mrs. Hunt died 30 years ago. He has lived virtually his entire life in Flint" and Linden. He is survived by an adopted daughter, MRS. EDWARD WARD, Detroit, 3 sisters, MRS. MINNIE LAWRENCE, Linden, MRS. MARY TERRYAH, Davison, MRS. LAURA RICHARDSON, Flint, and 1 brother, JOHN HUNT, Fenton.
19 Feb 1940 MEHLBERG, FRANK WILLIAM, 72, who died at his home on the Torrey Road. Funeral from the DaviS-Graham Funeral Home with burial in Fenton cemetery. The Rev. Hosmer, Linden, officiated. Mr. Hehlberg came to Hartland Twp in his infancy and lived south of Fenton for about 32 years, and then moved to his present home 7 miles north of Fenton. The major part of his life was spent in this locality with the exception of 5 years spent in Spring Arbor and Greenville; Ill. He married SARAH VAN NEST on November 5, 1924, who survives him. Besides his widow he is survived by two sons, GRANT and THURBER, and five grandchildren, one brother, IRA of Tyrone and two sisters, MRS. MARY SHATTUCK of Fenton and MISS EMMA MEHLBERG, Tyrone. Deceased was a member of the Linden Free Methodist Church.
6 Mar 1940 HALEY, MRS. JAMES, passed away at her home on W. Caroline St. Born in Tyrone on March 25, 1861, the daughter of MR. & MRS. JOHN CLINTON, she was the last of a family of five children. Mrs. Haley had made her home in Fenton for over forty years. Her husband, James, died in June 1933. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral from St. John's Catholic church, Rev. Fr. Tighe officiating.
7 Mar 1940 HATCH, MRS. CAROLINE H., 47, died at her home, Tickner St., Linden, following a long illness. Remains were taken to Dowagiac for burial. She is survived by her husband, WILLARD B. HATCH and one daughter, ELIZABETH; mother, MRS. AUGUSTA STAHL, Milwaukee; two sisters, MISS ELSIE STAHL, Milwaukee, and MRS. ANNA COLLACOTT, Dowagiac, and one brother CARL J. STAHL of Corridon, Missouri.
10 Mar 1940 McCOLLOM, MRS. MARY, 69, widow of FLOYD L. McCOLLOM, died at the family residence, 405 Main street. Funeral from the Leonard funeral home in Hastings with burial at Freeport. The Rev. A.T.F. Butt of Alpena had charge of the services. Surviving are two sisters and one brother; MISS HAZEL SMELKER, Fenton, MRS. LEONA ROSE, St. Johns, and BERT L. SMELKER, Washington. MARY SMELKER was born in Freeport Jan. 24, 1871, daughter of JACOB and CATHERINE SMELKER. She married FLOYD L. McCOLLOM of Fenton in June 1895 at Freeport. Mr. McCollom preceded her in death April 3, 1931. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist church.
16 Mar 1940 FOSTER, WARD G., passed away at Miami, Florida. He was the founder and president of the "Ask Mr. Foster" Travel Service with Information Bureaus "located in banks, hotels and department stores (in Detroit at Hudsons) . He also operated and owned the "Foster Gift Shops" in tourist cities and mountain resorts. He was born in Albion, NY and leaves a sister, MISS K. ANTHENETTE FOSTER, associated with him as Director of Training for their office managers; a daughter, MRS. JOHN LICHTI, of Maryland; three grand­children, cousins and unnumbered friends. He was a frequent visitor in Fenton in the home of his cousins, MRS. EDGAR SEVERANCE and son and MISS ELISABETH SULLIVAN.
14 Mar 1940 O'CONNELL, JAMES P., 73, died at the WILLIAM SEITZ home on the Whitaker road following a few hours illness. Funeral from the Bowles funeral home with burial in Fairview, Linden. The Rev. Fr. Tighe of Fenton officiated. Deceased was born in Cooperstown, NY Feb. 10, 1867. He had lived in this community for more than 40 years, and owned one of the largest peach orchards in this section, located 2 miles south of Linden. For many years he made his home with his sister, MRS. ALBERT BRENDLE. After her death he lived with MR. & MRS. SEITZ, where he was suddenly taken ill, living only six hours. He is survived by three elder brothers, all residing in Cooperstown, NY.
13 l1ar 1940 BRISTOL, MRS. FRANCES WEST, died at the home, 403 First Street, Fenton. She was born in Tyrone township, Livingston county, Jan 6, 1861, daughter of RICHARD and EMILY WEST SEATON and the last of a family of seven children to go. She spent her life in the county except for five years in Pontiac and the last twelve years in Fenton. She married CLARENCE A. BRISTOL Dec. 14, 1935. Surviving are two sons, JULIAN and PAUL of Fenton; one daughter, MRS. FRED KIRSHMAN of Linden, six grandsons; one granddaughter and two great granddaughters. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Rev. Dudgeon of the Fenton M.E. church and Rev. Millard of Linden M.E. church, officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton.
19 Mar 1940 CHAPPELLE, LESLIE MERLE, 49, died at Hurley· hospital, Flint, following a heart attack. Funeral from the Fenton Fire Hall with Rev. Stanley Mitchell officiating. Fenton Firemen, of which organization Mr. Chappelle had been a member, acted as pall bearers. Interment in Oakwood, Fenton. Mr. Chappelle had been a member of the local firemen's organization for nearly 30 years. He was born in Romeo July 13, 1890, the son of JAMES and EVA CHAPPELLE. When a very small boy the family moved to this locality and this had since been his home. On November 19, 1911 he married MISS EVA BIDELMAN of Fenton, and to this union two sons, MERLE EUGENE and THOMAS JAMES, were born. Surviving are his widow, two sons, Merle Eugene and Thomas James, both of Fenton, his mother, Mrs. James Chappelle, of Adelaide Street, one brother, BASIL, also of Fenton, one grandchild, ROBERT ARTHUR, several cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral from St. John's Catholic church, Fr. Tighe officiating. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. She is survived by two daughters, MRS. GEORGE GREENAWALT of Wayne and ANN CORCORAN of Detroit, and one brother DAN CARMODY of Fenton, and a granddaughter, BERNICE ANN. She was a charter member of the Altar Socity of St. John's Church, Fenton.
24 Mar 1940 NEWTON, FREDERICK H., 73, passed away at his home, 106 E. Rockwell St. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Rev. Dudgeon of the Methodist church officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Newton was born in Springfield township, Oakland county Jan. 27, 1867, the son of WILLIAM G. and MARY VOORHIES. Oct. 15, 1902 he married MISS BERTHA CADY at Holly, and in 1906 they came to Fenton where together they lived until Mr. Newton's death. Early in life Mr. Newton worked in Detroit and other large cities as contractor, builder and architect. This became his life work and he had built many of the fine homes now in Fenton. He was a member of the Fenton Masonic Order and of the Oddfellows, being very active in both organizations. He was employed for several years as general foreman at the Phillips factory in Fenton, and until it closed, at which time he again took up the building trade. Mr. Newton faithfully attended the Methodist Episcopal church in Fenton, was for years a member of the Village Council, and took active part in Fenton's City Band. He is survived by his wife, a nephew and several cousins.
24 Mar 1940 CORCORAN, MRS. ANNA passed away after a lingering illness at the home of her daughter, MRS. GEORGE GREENAWALT of Wayne. She was born March 31, 1858 on a farm south of Fenton, the daughter of MARY and CORNELIUS CARMODY, who were pioneer settlers in this community. She spent most of her life here but has lived in Detroit and Wayne with her daughters for the last few years.
21 Mar 1940 BLACK, FRANCIS WILLIAM, 35, died at his Ellen Street home after a five week illness. Funeral from the Presbyterian church, Dr.J. Stanley Mitchell, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial at Linden. He leaves his widow, THELMA BLACK, one son, JOHN, his mother, MRS. JOHN BLACK, Fenton; two brothers, EDWARD, Long Beach, Calif. and ROBERT, Fenton. He was born in Linden Oct. 25, 1904, and came to Fenton with his parents when he was a child He had made his home here since. For several years he was employed in a Buick plant as a diemaker.
Issue of
4 Apr 1940
Flint Journal, March 20: Article concerning a former Fenton boy and man: CHARLES ST. JOHN, 50 years old, of Birch Run, was Friday's victim. He accidentally drove his car into the ditch on the Dixie highway, two miles south of the Saginaw county ltne. Unable to return the car to the pavement, he ran across the road for a wrecker, and was fatally injured when struck by a car driven by Edsil L. Faullman, 24, of Saginaw. Mr. St. John was a brother of the late MERTON ST. JOHN. One brother ELMO ST. JOHN of Benton Harbor, survives.
28 Mar 1940 TRUESDELL, MRS. EVA E., 85, of Pontiac, passed away at the home of her daughter MRS. LEVERN LAKE of Rose Center. Funeral from the Craft funeral home with burial in Rose Center cemetery. Surviving are one daughter, NINA LAKE, one son GUY D. MERRICK of Fenton, four grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, one brother, WM. HOLMES of St. Petersburg, Florida, a number of nieces and nephews.
2 Apr 1940 WINSLOW, FRANK died at his home in Linden following a long illness. Funeral from the Adventists church in Linden with burial in Fairview cemetery. Rev. G. R. Millard, pastor of the Linden Methodist church, and the Rev. Beardsley of Holly will officiate. Deceased was the son of FRANK A. and ELIZABETH WINSLOW and was born in Argentine township Sept. 11, 1871. He had lived virtually his entire life in this community with the exception of a few years in Flint. He is survived by his widow, MINNIE; two sons, CLIFFORD and FRANCIS of Flint; two grandchildren; three sisters, MRS. MARY JAMESON, Linden, MRS. GRACE KEYS, Algonac, and MRS. BESSIE PRATT, Fenton, and one brother, ALEXANDER WINSLOW, Holly.
31 Mar 1940 McKINLEY, MRS. SARAH, 85, died at her home in Deerfield township. Funeral from the Deerfield Center Methodist church with burial in Deerfield Center cemetery. Rev. G. R. Millard of Linden officiated. Deceased was born in Deer Creek and lived her entire life in Deerfield township. She is survived by three daughters and two sons, 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Issue of
18 Apr 1940
GALLOWAY, FRANK A. Funeral from the Craft funeral home Tuesday (16 Apr), Rev. W. J. Dudgeon, pastor of the Methodist church in charge'. Interment in Oakwood. Frank A. Galloway was born in Fulton, NY Aug. 17, 1872. He came to Michigan in 1894(?). Soon after his coming to Fenton he opened a tin shop in the rear rooms of the building, corner of N. Leroy and E. Roberts St. After a period of conducting business there he moved to the building now occupied by John Hoffman and then to the brick block on Shiawassee avenue which he purchased. He had conducted a plumbing and heating business in Fenton for many years. He married MISS SADIE LOWDEN in 1907 and to this union one dauqhter was born, NETA, now MRS. ROBERT LEGG, who, with the widow, survives.
14 Apr 1940 JOHNSON, ANDREW passed away at the home of his daughter MRS. WILBUR CASE after an illness of six weeks. Funeral from the Craft funeral home. Andrew Johnson was born in Linden in 1865. He became united in marriage to EMMA JESSIE SCHUNTS of Fenton in 1888. Surviving is his wife, two sons, BENNIE and ALBERT of Pontiac, three daughters, ROSE SIMPSON, BLANCHE GATES and ALICE CASE of Fenton, one brother, EDWARD, of Marcellus, one sister, ALICE PHILLIPS of Columbus, Ohio and fifteen grandchildren.
13 Apr 1940 SHIRTLIFF, MRS. CORA, 56, died in a Detroit hospital following a long illness. Funeral from the late home on W. Broad Street with burial in Fairview, Linden, Rev. Carl Lundbom of Saginaw officiating. Deceased, the daughter of JOHN and FLORA GAMBER, was born in Linden January 14, 1884 and had lived virtually her entire life in this community. She is survived by her husband, RUE D. SHIRTLIFF, manager of the Sinclair Oil station, Linden, one daughter, MRS. HARRY KAUFFMAN of Detroit and two grandchildren, BARBARA and ROGER KAUFFMAN; also two brothers, JAY GAMBER of the Lahring road and CHESTER of Detroit and one sister, MRS. CHESTER GREEN of Lakeworth, Florida. Mrs. Shirtliff was an active member of the Presbyterian church and was also a member of Linden Chapter, O.E.S.
17 Apr 1940 MOUTIER, JOHN F., 74, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital, Flint, following but a few days illness. Funeral from St. John's church, Fenton. Mr. Moutier moved to Fenton from Detroit in September, 1936. He had been a D.S.R. employee for over 35 years. Surviving are two sisters, MISS JOANNA MOUTIER of Pontiac and MRS. T.F. SWEENY of Fenton.
22 Apr 1940 STURGIS, MRS. SARAH MAE, 70, a resident of Linden for 48 years, died suddenly at her home on E. Broad street following a long illness. Runeral from the Methodist church with burial in Fairview cemetery. Her pastor, Rev. G. R. Millard, officiated. Deceased, the daughter of the late MR. & MRS HARRISON CHENEY, was born in Fenton 3 May 1870. Following her marriage to ELMER L. STURGIS of Linden in 1892 she came to Linden and have resided in their home on E. Broad street for nearly half a century. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, ANGELES, at home, a son, DUANE of Tickner street, and two grandchildren, MAXINE and EDWARD STURGIS. She is also survived by two sisters, MRS. CLARA CHADSEY of Portland, Oregon, MRS. L. McCOLLOM of Michigan Center, Mich., and one brother JAMES CHENEY of Fenton.
18 Apr 1940 STRAUGH, MRS. HARMON, 36, passed away at her home in Williamston from a heart attack. Funeral at Williamston and burial in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Mrs. Straugh, the daughter of MR. & MRS. PAUL McALLISTER of Fenton, is survived by her husband, seven children, three sisters and two brothers.
21 Apr 1940 SUTHERBY, MRS. ADDIE, 65, passed away at Hurley hospital. Funeral services from the Craft funeral home. Interment in Oak Hill cemetery on the Holly road. ADDIE McELROY was born in Montrose, Mich and May 3, 1890 was united in marriage with ANDREW SUTHERBY. They moved to Fenton 30 years ago, and it was here that Mr. Sutherby passed away. Mrs. Sutherby is survived by six children, LAWRENCE, EDWARD, CARL, DENNIS, LENA and ADDIE of her own, and DELBERT, DOROTHY, HOWARD and RUSSELL ZIMMERMAN, children of her daughter DORAH. She adopted these children following the death of her daughter.
23 Apr 1940 TUCKER, MRS. MABLE, wife of ROY TUCKER, employee of Jennings Lyons funeral home of Owosso, died at her home. She was born July 27, 1888 and died at the age of 51. Funeral from the Jennings Lyons chapel, Rev. Rex Holman of the Congregational church officiating. Burial in Owosso. Surviving are her husband, ROY; one daughter, MRS. HOWARD CRAFT of Fenton, four sisters; MRS. JENNIE CAMPBELL, MRS. LOTTIE SCHMIDT, MRS. EDWARD OSBORN of Detroit; and MRS. JUNE LASSEN of Barryton; two brothers: GEORGE CAMPBELL of Detroit and BURT CAMPBELL of Algonac; four grandchildren. A daughter, MRS. FLORENCE DODGE preceded her in death seven years ago.
8 May 1940 CASEY, WILLIAM P., was found lying in the river under the railroad bridge just east of Lincoln Street. A coroners jury pronounced that the man came to his death by accidental drowning. He carried papers showing he was a member of a moulders union in Indianapolis, Ind. Contact was made with the union and it was found that a sister of the deceased, MRS. J. E. FITZGERALD, resided at 1118 E. St. Clair St., that city. Body was placed in charge of H. J. Craft, funeral director.
2 May 1940 SMITH, G. A. (or ADOLPH) as he was familiarly known by his Fenton friends, passed away suddenly at his home in Battle Creek from heart trouble. Adolph made his home in Fenton for a number of years, attending Fenton schools. He was a grandson of the late DEVEREAUX SMITH. Following his marriage to MISS AGNES WINGLEMlRE they moved to Battle Creek, that city having since been their home. Surviving besides Mrs. Smith is a daughter, ESTHER, and a son, ROBERT. MRS. L. E. WINGLEMlRE of Fenton and her daughter, MRS. MAPLE WILSON, who has been visiting her mother in Fenton, attended the funeral in Battle Creek. Interment in St. Johns, Michigan, the home of Adolph when he was a small boy. He was 52 years old.
30 Apr 1940 SMITH, MRS. ADAH, 63, died in a Pontiac hospital. Funeral from the Huntoon funeral home in Pontiac with burial in Fairview, Linden. Deceased, the daughter of H. R. and SARAH VAN WAGONER, was born on a farm north of Linden May 7, 1876. She married OSCAR SMITH about 28 years ago. Mrs. Smith, who had lived in Pontiac for 35 years, was active in church and club work. She is survived by four step-children and one adopted son, ROBERT. Three sisters MRS. ELMER COX and MRS. CLAUDE HYATT of Linden and MRS. EDGAR NOWLAND, Ionia, and one brother, GEORGE VAN WAGONER of Jackson.
3 May 1940 HAYNES, FREDERICK J., for years a conspicuous figure in the automobile industry. Funeral from his home at 150 Virginia Park, Detroit, with burial in Syracuse, N.Y. The former president of Dodge Brothers Inc. and Durant Motors died in Detroit Osteopathic Hospital. Attending the funeral from Fenton were: MR. & MRS. FRANK GERHART, MRS. MARY K. JOHNSON and MR. & MRS. D. J. McGUIRE.
13 May 1940 WALTON, MRS. MABLE, 81, died at her residence at 1010 Main St.., Fenton. Prayer services were held in Fenton and funeral services from the Bettes funeral home in Sparta, Mich, Rev. Wesley J. Dudgeon officiating. Burial in the Meyers cemetery. Surviving are: two grandchildren, MRS. JAMES PIATT and MORTIMORE MORNINGSTAR; one great granddaughter, JANET PIATT of Fenton; four sisters, MRS. ALMA BRISTOL and MRS. ALLIE INGERSOLL of Sparta, Mich; MRS. IDA BLAKELY and MRS. HARMON McFALL of Rockford, Mich; two brothers, ELMER and TOM FONGER of Cedar Springs. Services by Davis-Graham of Fenton.
10 May 1940 PILLEN, MRS. CATHERINE WHITING, 68, died after an illness of 15 months. Funeral from the Pillen home, 206 Orchard St., Fenton, Rev. P. G. Mroch officiating. Burial in Oakwood. She was born Oct. 31, 1871 at Montague, Mich, daughter of JACOB J. and ROSANNA CUNNIFF WHITING. She was married to WILLIAM HENRY PILLEN June 22, 1890 in Dalton, Mich. Mr. pillen died in 1939. She leaves five daughters, MRS. EDNA VANDERCOOK, Flint; MRS. MARGERY HAGUE, Jackson; MRS. EDITH HOPKINS, Berkeley, Mich, and MRS. CORA BOWMAN, Corunna; three sons, RAY E. PILLEN at home; GORDON B., Argentine and RALPH W., Royal Oak, 16 grandchildren; three sisters, MRS. IDA SNYDER, Twin Lakes, Mich, MRS. ROSE INGOLD, Petoskey and MRS. INEZ NICHOLS, San Francisco, Calif., and three brothers, WILLIAM WHITING, Pennsylvania; JAS. J. WHITING, Fan du lac, Wisc.; and GEORGE WHITING, Lansing. Mrs. pillen was a member of the Presbyterian church and had lived here for the last 25 years, coming from Clio.
8 May 1940 FLETCHER, MRS. JENNIE PIERCE, 68, died suddenly at her home in Linden. Funeral from the Free Methodist church with burial in the Pierce cemetery in Mundy township. Her pastor, Rev. Harry Hosmer and Rev. Elmer Punches, South Munday, officiated. She had been a life long member of the Free Methodist church. Deceased was the daughter of YOUNG and SUSAN ORMISTON and was born in Detroit June 20, 1871. At the age of two years she came with her parents to Mundy township, residing on the Thompson road for two years. They then established their home on what has since been known as the Ormiston farm on the Baldwin road. April 16, 1892 she married FRANK A. PIERCE, son of MR. & MRS. ASA T. PIERCE, who had come from New York state in 1835 and taken up government land one mile east of the Ormiston farm, clearing the dense forest into a fine farm which has never been out of the Pierce family. The young people made their home on the homestead, living there until the death of her husband in 1920. He was laid to rest in the family cemetery on the farm where more than 20 Pierce burials have been made, the first dating back 97 years ago. May 10, 1936, Mrs. Pierce was married to JOHN FLETCHER of Tickner street, Linden, where she died. She was laid to rest beside her former husband in the Pierce cemetery. She is survived by her husband, two sons, FRANK PIERCE and HARRY PIERCE of Detroit; six grandchildren, four sisters, MRS. SARAH BALDWIN, Flint; MRS. NELLIE FULLER and MRS. NETTIE BROWN, Swartz Creek, MRS. NETlLA WILLIAMS, Lansing; two brothers, GEORGE and HUGH ORMISTON of Flint.
16 May 1940 COHOON, MRS. RESSA NANCY, 83, died at the home of her daughter, MRS. REUBEN SMITH, where she had made her home for a number of years. Funeral from the Bowles funeral home with burial at West Branch, Rev. Harry Hosmer, pastor of the Free Methodist church, officiating. Deceased, the daughter of REUBEN and REBECCA BOSTWICK, was born in Argentine township Jan. 15, 1857. She married JOHN COHOON and lived virtually her entire married life on the Harper farm west of Argentine. Mr. Cohoon died in West Branch 17 years ago and since she had made her home with her children, including her daughter Mrs. Smith and family of the Lahring road, where she died. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Smith and MRS. ROSE WILLIAMS of Holt; three sons, SIDNEY of West Branch, DAVID and HOWARD of Midland and 20 grandchildren.
12 May 1940 PARKER, MRS. ELLA, 85, died in Pontiac. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Rev. I. W. Cargo of Fowlerville officiating. Interment at Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Three cousins survive.
23 May 1940 COOLEY, EMMET EUGENE, 70, passed away at his home, 401 Riggs Street. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Rev. W. J. Dudgeon officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton. Mr. Cooley was born in Stewart County, Tenn., August 4, 1869, the son of W. M. and CUMA BOOTH COOLEY. In 1892 he married MISS MATTIE J. SCHMIDT at Erin, Tenn. In that city Mr. Cooley was town marshall and proprietor of a butcher shop. In 1911 the family came to Fenton, Mr. Cooley becoming engaged in the dairy business. Ill health caused his retirement from the business. Mr. Cooley was the last of a large family. He is survived by three sons, SIM, EUGENE and JOHN of Fenton, three daughters, MRS. CHAS. PHILLIPS and MRS. RALPH CURELLI of Durand and MRS. DONALD BIGELOW of Fenton, also eighteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Fenton Independent Deaths
1938 - 1943
Date Obituary
Issue of
30 May 1940
PHENEY, SYLVESTER J., a prominent attorney of Detroit, passed away at Ford hospital in that city after 12 weeks illness. Funeral from st. Johns Catholic church in Fenton, Fr. D. Tighe officiating, assisted by Fr. Gannon of Mt. Morris and Fr. Paddock of Detroit. Deceased is survived by the wife and three sons, JOHN and SYLVESTER who were members of the law firm with their father in Detroit, and GEORGE who also lived in Detroit; a daughter, MRS. EDWARD CRAFT of Detroit; three brothers, JOHN and WILLIAM of Holly and GEORGE of Grand Rapids and three sisters; ELLEN of Holly, MRS. THOMAS SMITH of Flint and MRS. THEODORE SHINDORF of Holly. Mr. Pheney was probably one of the best known men of the community. His years spent in Holly township as a boy and then following his graduation from the University of Michigan, the years that he practiced law in Holly, and found time to be at the head of a great independent baseball team, made him many good friends. During his years in Detroit he resided at 1940 West Grand Boulevard.
29 May 1940 O'BRIEN, S. R., 69, passed away at Hurley hospital, Flint. Funeral from the Craft Funeral home, Rev. Collycott of St. Paul's Episcopal church, Rochester, officiating. Interment at Gracelawn cemetery, Flint. Mr. O'Brien was born near Rochester, Mich., the son of MR. & MRS. T. S. O'BRIEN. He came to Fenton several years ago and entered the lumber business which had been his profession during his last 20 years. He was a member of the Methodist church, and in early life was active in church affairs. He is survived by his wife, VIOLA, one brother, A. F., of St. Augustine, Fla., one sister, MRS. FRED WEAVER of Rochester, and children by a former marriage.
3 Jun 1940 SWITZ, BALDWIN, 64, died at St. Joseph hospital in Flint. Funeral from the residence on Baldwin road in Mundy township. Rev. G. R. Millard, pastor of the South Mundy church, officiating. Burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Born in Livingston county he had moved with his parents at the age of three to the farm where he had lived ever since. This farm had been settled by his grandfather, BALDWIN MORGAN, [should be MORGAN BALDWIN] the first Mundy township settler, in 1834. He is survived by his widow and three brothers, ABRAHAM of Fenton, WILLIAM of Vassar and PAUL at home.
9 Jun 1940 LEONARD, WILLIS GRANT, 75, died at the home of his sister, MRS. FRED PRATT, in Traverse City. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Dr. J. Stanley Mitchell of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Mr. Leonard was born in Deerfield township, the son of WILLIAM and MARTHA LEONARD, Nov. 3, 1865. He married MISS LOU CLARK of Fenton Dec. 14, 1916. She survives him. He also leaves two sisters, MRS. PRATT of Traverse City, and MRS. HARRY SUTHERLAND of Owosso. He had been an invalid for 14 years, the last four of which he had been at the home of his sister in Traverse City. He was a life member of the Masonic Order.
5 Jun 1940 CLARK, JUDITH ANNETTE, age five months, died in Hurley hospital of pneumonia. Funeral from st. Augustine church, Deerfield, with burial in St. Augustine cemetery.
6 Jun 1940 BEERS, CLYDE, 62, died at his home on the Beers road following a long illness. Funeral from the late home with burial in Argentine cemetery, Rev. G. R. Millard officiating. Deceased was born July 22, 1877 on the farm where he died and where he had spent virtually his entire life. He was the son of FRANK BEERS, who was also born on the same farm, the grandfather having taken up the land from the government more than one hundred years ago. He is survived by his widow, FANNIE, two sons, OTIS and ALBERT; five grandchildren and one sister, MRS. VEVA SNOW of Davison.
4 Jun 1940 MARKELL, MRS. FLORENCE, 61, wife of SAMUEL MARKELL of Lennon, died at the Shiawassee County Infirmary following a five months illness. Funeral from the Morris funeral home, Durand, with Rev. G. MacDonald officiating. In­terment in the Byron cemetery. Mrs. Markell was born in Deerfield township, Livingston county, Oct. 16, 1878, the daughter of MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM ROOT. She was married to Mr. Markell at Howell 37 years ago and the couple came to Lennon 10 years ago. She was a member of the presbyterian church. Two sons by a former marriage, HERMAN and CLYDE LOOSE of Detroit survive, also a son KENNETH MARKELL of Lennon, three daughters, MRS. MABEL PARKHURST of Flint, MRS. MARY CARRIER of Swartz Creek; and MRS. CLARA NUTTLE of Flint; a brother, FLOYD ROOT of Byron; three sisters, MRS. EDNA HOLCOMB of Deer Creek; MRS. FLORA LILLIE and MRS. HATTIE ARTHUR of Byron and 14 grandchildren and a number of relatives and friends.
6 Jun 1940 BOILATT, WILLIAM, 77, passed away at the Byron Nursing Home of bronchial pneumonia. He had spent nearly his entire life in this vicinity. Funeral from the Byron Baptist church, Rev. John Schimmell officiating. Mr. Boilatt had lived with his niece, MRS. ELLA BOILATT for the past two years.
10 Jun 1940 SHOULTERS, ADA A., 80, died at Hurley hospital in Flint. Funeral from the home, 303 E. Rockwell Street, Fenton. surviving are five nieces, IRENE PECK of Fenton, MRS. CLAUD TIEDEMAN, MRS. RAYMOND COOK, MRS. J. OSTRANDER, MRS. SYMON TOBIN, and three nephews, GEORGE PECK, JAMES COFFIELD and FRED EVANS.
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BENTLEY, JOHN passed away at the Arnold home in Detroit early this week. Funeral in Detroit with interment in Fenton. John was born in Fenton Sept. 22, 1872 and was 68 years of age. Practically all of his life had been spent in Fenton. In his younger days he was employed at the Phillips plant and later he was with various restaurants in the village. He was the son of BENJAMIN and LENORA BENTLEY who were among the early residents of Fenton.
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CAREY, LEO G., age 43, a native of Linden and a World War veteran, was killed in a train accident at Mt. Morris. Funeral from the W. H. Loss & Son Funeral Home, Flint. Burial in the family lot in Fairview Cemetery, Linden, Rev. E. H. Longman, Flint, officiating. Deceased, the son of JAMES and ALICE CAREY, was born on a farm one mile south of Linden Feb. 2, 1897. He made his home here until the death of his father in December, 1935. He had been living of late at 421 First Avenue, Flint. He is survived by one son, EDWARD of Inkster, Michigan; one brother, FLOYD, Linden; two sisters, MRS. FLORENCE WARD of Detroit and MRS. LENA LANE of Holly; one stepsister, MRS. OLIVE MYERS of Mt. Morris.
18 Jun 1940 DAVIS, EDWARD, 82, died in the county hospital after a long illness. Funeral from the Bowles funeral home with burial in Fairview cemetery, Rev. G. R. Millard officiating. Deceased had resided in Linden on his farm west of town on the Shiawassee River for many years. Three years ago he deeded his home to Genesee County and a year ago he was taken to the hospital where he had been cared for.
19 Jun 1940 DEDERICK, MRS. EDITH ARELIA, 63, died at her home in Flint. Funeral from the W. H. Loss & Son funeral home with burial in the family lot in Linden. Deceased was born in Linden April 15, 1877, the daughter of MR. & MRS. HENRY HETCHLER. She had lived virtually her whole life in this vicinity and in Flint. She was married July 16, 1898 to ALTON L. DEDERICK of Fenton. She was active in church and club affairs in Flint and was a member of the 1880 Schoolmates club of Linden and was a regular attendant. She is survived by her husband; one daughter, MISS ALETRIS E. DEDERICK; two sons, CLINTON H. and RICHARD L., all of Flint; one granddaughter, CHERONE LEE DEDERICK; one sister, MRS. S. M. GALLINATI of Portland, Oregon.
13 Jun 1940 COOK, MRS. HATTIE EDDY, former Fenton resident, died at her home on the Packard Road in Ann Arbor, where she had resided for the last 15 years. Funeral from the Muehlig Chapel in Ann Arbor. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton. Mrs. Cook, aged 82, was the widow of LESTER COOK and the mother of Prof. CHARLES W. COOK of the University faculty, who died in 1933. She was born in Fenton September 24, 1857, and had lived here until 15 years ago when she went to Ann Arbor. Her husband preceded her in death in 1930. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, MRS. SUSAN B. COOK, widow of Prof. Cook, and one granddaughter, MRS. GEORGE SEVERlNE of Hollywood, Florida.
26 Jun 1940 YERDON, LOREN, a resident of Fenton for many years, died suddenly. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home. Interment in the cemetery at Delta where his father and mother are resting. Loren had been helper at the Fenton post office for a long term of years. He had made Fenton his home for the greater part of his 76 years. He came here with his brother, E. YERDON and was in the cold storage plant for years. When the brother was made postmaster at Fenton, Loren went to the office as an all around helper and continued there until the expiration of E. E. Yerdon's term, and then had continued through the years that Mr. Kelleher has been postmaster. Loren is survived by the brother, E. E. Yerdon of Fenton, and a sister in California
30 Jun 1940 SISSONS, MRS. GEORGE, 45, died at her home at 515 Wakeman Street after a long illness. Funeral from the Methodist church, Rev. W. J. Dudgeon, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton. MISS IVA E. DURFEY was born May 3, 1895, on a farm near Harrison, Mich., the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. JUSTICE BENNETT DURFEY. The family came to Fenton when she was a child and this had been her home since. On Oct. 9, 1911, she was married to GEORGE SISSONS. She leaves her husband, three daughters, MRS. LLOYD MOREY, Davison; MRS. PAUL SCHNEPPE, Holly and Miss VIOLET SISSONS, Detroit; her mother; three brothers, EDGAR, JESSE and HENRY DURFEY on Monmouth, Oregon; two sisters, MRS. GERALD HARTER also of Monmouth, and MRS. CYRUS MOON of King's Valley, Oregon, and one brother, EVERETTE of Fenton. Mrs. Sissons had been a member of the Methodist church for many years. [I suspect this spelling should be "Durfee"].
11 Jun 1940 INGRAM, MRS. FRASER W., passed away at her home, corner of Shiawassee and Genesee streets. Funeral from the First Congregational church, Rev. W. E. Baker, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment in Greenwood cemetery, Vernon. Mrs. Ingram was one of Durand's best known citizens, having lived here for 45 years and in that time being prominent in many ways, including her membership with the Congregational Church and with Durand Chapter Order of Eastern Star. She was worthy matron of the Stars in 1905-'06, after which she served as an appointive officer in the degree work at different times. She was a charter member of the Past Matrons Association and was always active in its affairs. LURA MAY CURRY was born in Fenton, Genesee County, Mich, the daughter of LEWIS and ABBIE CURRY. She was married to Attorney ELMER S. ATHERTON, they taking up their residence here 45 years ago. Two sons, CURRY B. and RALPH M. ATHERTON, were born to this union. Mr. Atherton passed away Nov. 16, 1918. This was a few months after he had completed his service as Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Michigan. Mrs. Atherton was married to FRASER W. INGRAM, clerk in the local Grant Trunk Western Railway offices, Jan. 1, 1930. Mrs. Ingram is survived by her husband; two sons, Curry B. Atherton, of Chicago, Ill., and Ralph M. Atherton, of Grand Rapids; one sister, MRS. GEORGE STOUGH of Cheboygan; one brother, ARTHUR CURRY of Owosso. (Durand Express, Thursday, June 13, 1940)
30 Jun 1940 WEAKLEY, MRS. MAE, died at her home on East Shiawassee. Funeral from the Craft funeral home, Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell in charge. Burial in Avondale cemetery, Flint. Mrs. Weakley was born in Trowbridge, Michigan, and was 54 years of age at the time of her death. She is survived by her husband, WILLIAM WEAKLEY, a brother in Reeding, California, a sister, MRS.M. S. McLAVEY of Flint, and several nieces and nephews.
2 Jul 1940 CHAPMAN, JAMES HERBERT, 68, died at his home, 119 E. Shiawassee avenue. Funeral from the Methodist Church, Rev. W. J. Dudgeon officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton. He leaves his widow, BERTHA CHAPMAN, three daughters,MRS. BERNICE SOVEY, Flint, MRS. NELLIE BRUMBACK and MRS. DOROTHY GRISWOLD; two sons, JOHN and ROBERT, Fenton; four sisters, MRS.MAT CHENEY and MRS. JENNIE CHENEY, Fenton; MRS. LEONA CASE, and MRS. NETTIE KOHLER, Newberry; 17 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mr. Chapman was born in Ovid, Mich March 5, 1872, the son of JOHN and SUSAN CHAPMAN. In 1895 he married BERTHA WRIGHT, Fenton. When a young man he worked in the Durant-Dart factory and later.for the General Motors corporation in Flint. For the last ten years he was unable to work. The family moved to Fenton 21 years ago.
3 Jul 1940 STEWART, CHARLES C., 72, for 23 years a resident of Fenton, passed away at his home on Sixth Street. Deceased was born in Flint April 5, 1868 and lived there until 1917· when he and his family moved to Fenton. This had since been his home. For some years he had conducted the affairs of the Fenton Ice Company. During his years of residence in Flint he was at one time supervisor from the Second Ward. He was Genesee county's first speed cop and was also connected with the Michigan Paint Co. Funeral from the Craft funeral home with interment in Oakwood cemetery. Surviving is the widow, NORA STEWART, two daughters, MRS. ALVAH CREGO of Fenton and MRS. BLANCH CLARK of Flint; four grandsons, STEWART, NEWMAN (Norman?) and ALLEN CREGO of Fenton and BILLY CLARK of Flint.
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BECKWITH, GLENN, age 15, of Hartland, met a tragic death while coming home with his father's tractor from his grandmother's when the tractor slid into a ditch, overturned and buried him in the mud causing him to breathe so hard his lungs became filled with mud. ELINOR BUPTE, riding past on her bicycle, saw his hand sticking out of the mud. He was rushed to a Pontiac hospital but died soon after. Our greatest sympathy goes out to the family of MR. & MRS. CLARE BECKWITH. (Parshallville news)
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VOSBURGH, MRS. JENNIE died at her home on Williams Street. SYLVIA JANE COOK was the youngest daughter of GEORGE W. and ELIZA HOWARD COOK. She was born in Salem, Mich April 25, 1864, coming to Fenton when she was a young girl. In 1880 she married FRANK M. VOSBURGH and practically all their married life was spent in Fenton except a few years spent in Detroit where Mr. Vosburgh was engaged in the decorating business. Returning to Fenton fifteen years since, they again made their home in the pleasant old homestead. Mr. Vosburgh preceded her in death six years last November. Funeral from the home, 809 Williams St., Rev. J. E. Littell of Detroit officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery. She is survived by one sister, MRS. C. K. ROBENS, Lanexa Va., two nieces, MRS. ERNEST MEAD of Fenton and MRS. A. H. EVANS of Detroit; one nephew, GEORGE COOK, Detroit.
13 Jul 1940 BUCHANAN, MRS. GEORGE, 63, died at her home in Linden after an illness of more than three years. Funeral from the home with burial in Fairview cemetery, Rev. Harry Hosmer, Free Methodist pastor, officiating. MARGARET A. KIMBLE, daughter of SOLOMON and MARTHA KIMBLE, was born in Fenton township April 11, 1877. Her father was among the earlier settlers, having come from Rochester, NY to take up land from the government, settling on the corner of the Ray and Sharp roads. He married a neighbor's daughter, MARTHA MARTIN, who had come with her parents, MR. & MRS. ASHEL MARTIN, to take up the adjoining farm .. MILDRED KIMBLE lived in the home of her parents until her marriage to GEORGE BUCHANAN Oct 15, 1913. They established their home in Flint where they lived until they came to Linden in 1936, and have occupied the same home, bought by her parents more than 40 years ago when they retired from the farm. She is survived by her husband, George Buchanan, two brothers, SOLOMON KIMBLE of Jackson and HENRY of Linden; three sisters, MRS. OLIVE SCHWARM, Niagara Falls, MRS. ISADORA SUTHERLAND, Linden, and MRS. MINNIE WALTERS of Marshall, Mich.
14 Jul 1940 McKEON, RALPH J., 49, died at his home on East Broad street, Linden after a long illness. Funeral. from St. John's Catholic church, Fenton, with burial in St. John's cemetery, Rev. Father Tighe officiating. Deceased was born in Mundy township Oct. 25, 1890, the son of CHARLES and AGNES McKEON. After his marriage to MISS MARJORY WADLEY in 1915, they established their first home in Holly where they lived for three years. They then moved back to this community, living on various farms until coming to Linden in 1931. He leaves his wife and two daughters, MRS. MARION McKERRING of Flushing and MISS ELIZABETH McKEON at home; one brother, PAUL of Argentine township and one aunt, MRS. JOHN McKEON of Tyrone.
9 Jul 1940 FARNHAM, ROBERT DEXTER of Parshallville, born Feb 15, 1880. Jan. 4, 1910 he married MADGE E. ERWIN and to this union were born three children, ROBERT Jr., now ill with pneumonia, MARJORIE, now MRS. J. D. COREY, and MILDRED, who died in infancy. Most of his life was spent in Tyrone township where he was born. He was living in Parshallville where he recently purchased a home, just a few months before his death, caused by pneumonia.
12 Ju1 1940 STURGIS, LOUIS, 80, pioneer resident of Argentine, died suddenly at his home. Funeral from the Bowles Funeral Home with burial in Byron cemetery. Rev. G. R. Millard officiated. Deceased, the son of LOUIS and ELIZA STURGIS, was born in Argentine township and has lived virtually his entire life in this community. He is survived by the widow, MRS. DELPHINE STURGIS, one son, NATHAN and one granddaughter, MRS. GLENN D. GROOM, all of Argentine Twp
16 Jul 1940 WARREN, MRS. J. E. died suddently at the home of MRS. ANNA DILLEY in Holly. She had been making her home with Mrs. Dilley for some months. Funeral from the Craft funeral home. Interment in Oakwood. Some years ago Mr. & Mrs. Warren came from Los Angeles, Calif. and took up their residence on Main Street in Fenton. Since Mr. Warren's death she had lived in Fenton until failing health caused her to move to Mrs. Dilley's home in Holly.
19 Jul 1940 87th BIRTHDAY: Friday marked the 87th birthday anniversary of MRS. MARY JANE WRIGHT of Linden. She is known to all as Grandma Wright and is loved by many friends. She is a life long member of the Methodist church and still keeps her membership in the Women's Foreign Missionary Society and in the W.C.T.U., and entertains these organizations occasionally. On Wed. the Prayer circle gathered at her home, and in conclusion of the service served ice cream and cake in celebration of.herbirthday. Among her many lovely gifts was a large birthday cake presented by MRS. CARRIE McKUGH. Mrs. Wright, the daughter of JOHN and MARGARET FISHER, was born in Canada July 19, 1853. She married JOHN PENNY. Three of their children, MARGARET deceased, THOMAS of Atlas and WALTER of Grand Blanc, were born before they came to Michigan to make their home. They settled in Mundy township. Four more children were born, HENRY of Grand Blanc, MRS. JOHN MORTIMORE of Fenton, WILLIAM who lives at home and her youngest son, ALFRED, a soldier, who was killed by accident in Washington state during the World War. Mr. Penny died in 1903. Five years later she married ROBERT WRIGHT, establishing their home in Linden. Mr. Wright died in 1922.
29 Jul 1940 MARTIN, MRS. CLARA, aged 91, passed away at her home in Parshallville. She was born Jan. 13, 1849 in Hartland township and that township had always ·been her home. Funeral from the Parshallville Methodist church with Rev. Howard Artz of HaIlers Corners officiating. Interment in Riddle Cemetery, Oceola township. She is survived by two sons, HOWARD and WELLS MARTIN of Parshallville, and several grandchildren.
27 Jul 1940 WOLFE, MRS. ESTHER, 67, widow of the late VICTOR WOLFE, died at her home on the Fairbanks road of pneumonia. Funeral from St. Johns Catholic church, Fenton, with burial in St. Johns cemetery, Rev. Fr. Tighe officiating. Mrs. Wolfe had lived in this community for more than 30 years. She is survived by one daughter, MRS. GLEN CRUSIUS of New York, one son VICTOR, at Fort Collins, Colorado, and three sisters, MRS. ALFRED BADGLEY and MRS. C. A. SNYDER of Jackson and MRS. JOHN NOON, Lansing.
24 Jul 1940 HISCOX, SARAH, 85, of Fenton, died at the home of her daughter, MRS. SYLVIA HATHAWAY, in Holly. She and her husband, LOTT, moved to Fenton about 60 years ago and are well known to many of the older residents of the town. Funeral from the Dryer funeral home in Hoily with burial in the Oak Hill cemetery on the North Holly road, Rev. Burnett of Holly officiating. Mrs. Hiscox was born April 15, 1855 in Canada, the daughter of MR. & MRS. SIMEON MARSHMAN. She is survived by three sons, A. E. of Fenton, JAMES of Detroit, and JOE of Hillsdale; one daughter, SYLVIA HATHAWAY of Holly, and a brother and sister in Canada.
30 Jul 1940 PATTERSON, MRS. ROSE M., 79, passed away at her home on Main street. Funeral from the late home with Rev. Smith of st. Jude's church officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Deceased was born in London, Eng. where she lived until five years of age. She, with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. JOHN HORRELL, with an infant son, ALFRED, came to this country and made their home in Flint, Midland, Mt. Morris, finally coming to Fenton in 1875. In 1883 she became united in marriage to M. V. PATTERSON, who passed away in 1932. Mrs. Patterson was a graduate of Fenton High school. with the class of 1881, was a charter member of the Entre Nous Club, and a member and very active in affairs of St. Jude's church. She is survived by two brothers, FRED J. HORRELL, of Fenton, and GEORGE HORRELL, of Bay City, also one nephew, CRANE HORRELL of Fenton.
30 Jul 1940 GOODFELLOW, ROBERT A.·, 63, passed away at his home, 506 Main street, Fenton. Funeral from the Craft funeral home, Rev. Mitchell of the presbyterian church officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Deceased was born at Quebec, Canada April 26, 1877, the son of MR. & MRS. THOMAS GOODFELLOW. When very young, he came with his family to Genesee county, Mich. After having lived in several places about the county, they moved to Fenton. Mr. Goodfellow married MISS LENA McCURDY, and for the past 30 years conducted a clothing store in Fenton under the name of McCurdy and Goodfellow, until his retirement five years ago. He is survived by his wife Lena, one daughter, MRS. LAWRENCE VANDERCOOK, three sisters, VIOLET ARMSTRONG of Pasadena, Calif., MRS. MARGARET DAVIS of Bakersfield, Calif., and MRS. MARIE FERRY of Seattle, Wash., also two grandchildren, ROBERT and HAROLD VANDERCOOK of Fenton.
23 Jul 1940 COOPER, WILLIAM LEWIS passed·away at the home of his only daughter, Mrs. BELL HULME, 16920 Birwood, Detroit. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Dr. J. Stanley Mitchell officiating. Interment in Argentine. Surviving is the daughter, MRS. HULME, .of Detroit, and a son of North Dakota.
26 Jul 1940 WAITE, MRS. LUELLA L. died ather home, 246 East Lovell street, Kalamazoo, following an illness of several weeks. She had resided in Kalamazoo for more than 30 years. Deceased was born in Greenville Oct. 19, 1873, the daughter of GEORGE and EFFIE JEUDEVINE. She is survived by her husband. Interment in Kalamazoo. Mrs. Waite was the sister of the late CLEM, CLAUDE and FRITZ JEUDEVINE.
31 Jul 1940 HUSBAND, WHITFORD C., 5000 High road, Goodrich, Mich., died at Hurley hospital [Flint]. Funeral from the Methodist church in Croswell, Mich with burial in the Croswell cemetery, the pastor of the M. E. church officiating. Deceased was born at Port Sanilac, Mich. Nov. 26, 1887. He had resided in Flint for the past 25 years. He married MAGGIE RUNYAN of Fenton Jan. 16, 1922, and for the past seven years he worked at the Chevrolet Motor Co. He is survived by his wife, Maggie, two sons, BELMONT of Saginaw and DONALD of Flint; two brothers, WELLINGTON of Saginaw and LINTON A. of Flint; one sister, EVANGELINE MURPHY of Flint and two grandchildren.
7 Aug 1940 GRYSINSKI, JOHN, 26, drowned at the Silver Lake bathing beach, the former site of the pump house of the Egyptian Cement Company. Mr. Grysinski had made his home in Fenton with his sister and brother-in-law, MR. & MRS. WALTER BURKE, at 144 South West street. Other relatives, MR. & MRS BURACZYANSKI, reside at 859 Poplar street. Mr. Grysinski's parents live in Detroit.
13 Aug 1940 SHATTUCK, ELMER, age 82y 9m. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Rev. Wesley Dudgeon, pastor of the Fenton Methodist church, assisted by·Rev. Robert M. Atkins of Flint, officiating. Mr. Shattuck was born in Tyrone Township Dec. 15, 1857, the son of SAMUEL and ORINDA SHATTUCK. His boyhood days were spent in Tyrone. Here he attended the Germany school, and afterward the Fenton Normal. He was also a student at Hillsdale college for a year. Dec. 24, 1884 he married Miss MARY H. MEHLBERG. In 1934 Mr. & Mrs. Shattuck celebrated their golden wedding and last December quietly observed their fifty-fifth anniversary. It was most pleasing to both Hr. & Mrs. Shattuck that all of their children were able to be with them on the golden wedding anniversary. Mr. Shattuck had been interested in farming the greater part of his life. Timely topics, community affairs and the cause of temperance were matters in which he had a deep interest. He was a great reader and well versed in the live subjects of the day. Mr. & Mrs. Shattuck were the parents of five children: MRS. HARRY ROWLEY of Coaldale, Alberta, Canada; MRS. LLOYD SALMON, Tyrone township; MRS. LUELLA DONALD, Pontiac, WILLIAM SHATTUCK, Flint and MRS. LETA STEDMAN of Fenton. These children together with their mother, Mrs. Mary Shattuck and the following grandchildren survive: MISS EVELYN SALMON, WILLIAM CLYDE DONALD, JR., MISS GERALDINE STEDMAN, MISS MARY RUTH SHATTUCK, MISS LOIS JEAN SHATTUCK and ALBERT ROWLEY. Also a niece and six nephews.
10 Aug 1940 KOSTKA, MICHAEL J., 67, passed away at his home at 707 Main St. Funeral from St. Johns Catholic church, Fr. D. P. Tighe officiating. Interment in St. Johns cemetery. Michael J. Kostka was born in Czechoslovakia Sept. 27, 1873. During young manhood he, with his wife and family, came to America and established themselves at Fenton, where they have lived during the past twenty years. Mr. Kostka had been an employee of the Aetna Portland Cement Co., working at his trade, blacksmithing. He became naturalized in Genesee county during 1922 and in Fenton made a very fine citizen and neighbor to the many acquaintances. Mr. Kostka was a member of St. Johns Catholic church. Surviving are his wife JOHANNA, three sisters, MRS. ANDREW RUSINSKI of Fenton; MRS. JOSEPH BLACK of Flint; MRS. B. G. PECHNER of New York; also three sons, JOE of Flint; MICHAEL of Flint; and MAX of Fenton, and several grandchildren.
10 Aug 1940 BULLOCK, MRS. ELLAR, 78, died at Chelsea. Funeral from the Fenton Methodist church with interment at OakwooQ cemetery, Fenton. Mrs. Bullock, who made this locality her home for many years, was a resident of Mundy township, later moving to Fenton, residing on Shiawassee avenue. About six years ago she went to Chelsea to reside at the Methodist Home, where she passed away.
11 Aug 1940 SELDEN, FRANCIS G. SR., 89, died at his home. Funeral from the South Mundy church with burial in Mount Hope cemetery, near Rankin. His pastor, the Rev. G. R. Millard, officiated. Deceased was born in Genesee County May 16, 1851, and had lived in this vicinity his entire life. His parents were among the earliest settlers, coming to Michigan in 1838 and taking up land from the government in section 33. He was the youngest of eight children, all having preceded him in death. On Nov. 12, 1884 he married KATE DOTY BADGLEY. They established their first home on the Cook road where they lived until 1903. They then moved to the Baldwin road. Mrs. Selden died in 1928. He is survived by six children, MRS. CLAUDE MUNDY, MRS. ORA MONTIGUE, CLARENCE SELDEN, FRANK SELDEN, MISS RUTH SELDEN, all of Mundy township and MRS. VERNE HICKS of Alma. Mr. Selden had been a member of the South Mundy church since 1877.
8 Aug 1940 SMITH, ALBERT, 73, died in his home on the Smith road following an illness of six years. Funeral from the home with burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden, The Rev. Harry Hosmer officiating. Deceased was the son of SAMUEL and MARGARET SMITH and was born March 24, 1867 on the farm where he had lived virtually his entire life. He is survived by his widow, ETHEL SMITH, and one sister, MRS. ELIZA SMITH of Argentine township.
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FLETCHER, EDWARD R., age 32. Funeral from the Linden Methodist church with burial in Fairview cemetery, Rev. U. G. Ostrander of Akron officiating. Deceased, the son of MR. & MRS. WILLIAM FLETCHER of Durand, was born in Mundy township Jan. 9, 1908. The family came to Linden when he was six years old. He attended Linden school, residing there until 1935. He is survived by his parents, one brother, CHARLES of Durand, two sisters, MRS. IVAN ELRICH, Fenton and MRS. HAROLD COX, Linden.
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WALRAVEN, HERMAN E., age 7 months, son of MR. & MRS. EDWARD WALRAVEN. Funeral from the Walraven home south of Fenton, Rev. Mitchell of the Presbyterian church officiating, with interment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Hermon was born Jan. 16, 1940 at Fenton.
16 Aug 1940 CURBINE, JESSIE L. was born Aug. 24, 1866 and lived in Deep River, Ind. In 1884 she was married to WALLACE BISHOP in Chicago, Ill. They lived in Chicago and Pierre, So. Dakota and then moved to Wyandotte, Michigan. Lived there 29 years, went to California in 1918 and Mr. Bishop passed away in Los Angeles in 1921. She had made her home in Los Angeles until last January when she came to Fenton to live with and care for her sister, MRS. WM. L. RIDDLE. She died August 16 and leaves to mourn two sisters and three brothers. She was a member of the O.E.S. Acicea Chapter No. 21 of Los Angeles, Calif.
16 Aug 1940 HILLIKER, MRS. ALBERT passed away at Providence Hospital, Detroit. Funeral in Detroit with interment at St. John's Catholic cemetery, Fenton. Mrs. Hilliker was the wife of MR. ALBERT HILLIKER of Argentine Twp. and who have made Detroit their home. Three children, as well as her husband, survive.
21 Aug 1940 DAWE, JOHN died at his home, 311 East Third Street, Flint. He was born in Hamilton, Onto June 12, 1853. He came to the United States as·a young man and March 9, 1881 he married EMOGENE BEEMAN at Fenton. Mr. Dawe had been a resident of Genesee county for 66 years. Much of that time was spent on the farm north of Fenton on US-23. Several years ago the farm was sold and Mr. & Mrs. Dawe took up their residence in Flint. Surviving is the widow and the children, JOHN B. of Fenton, HARRY and ROY of Flint, MABEL at home and ANGELINE WEBNEY of Flint; two sisters, MRS. ELIZABETH MOSHER of Smiley, Sask., Canada and MRS. JONATHAN PARKER of Fenton; and eight grandchildren.
23 Aug 1940 HAMILTON, CHESTER B., 76, one of the best known authorities in the state on apiculture, died at his residence at 700 S. Leroy Street in Fenton. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Dr. J. Stanley Mitchell, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton Mr. Hamilton leaves his widow and three children, MAX, Grand Blanc, and HAROLD E. and MRS. MAE L. HAMILTON BARNETT, both of Flint; two grand­children, HOPE HAMILTON, Fenton, and RUTH BARNETT, Flint, and one sister, MRS. DORA MOREHOUSE, Fenton. Mr. Hamilton was born in the community Feb. 8, 1864, the son of JOHN M. and CHARLOTTE THOMPSON HAMILTON. He grew up with Fenton, as his parents were among the early settlers of the village. He married MISS IDA TURNER June 27, 1887, also of pioneer ancestry. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1937. Mr. Hamilton was associated with the civic and social life of the community. As a young man he was a contractor and two bridges in the village, one on Caroline street and one on South Leroy street were constructed by him and L. F. MOREHOUSE. About 30 years ago Mr. Hamilton began the study of bees as a hobby which soon developed into a business which he was engaged in continuously until two years ago when his health began to fail.
25 Aug 1940 CARROLL, MRS. LENA, 59, passed away at her home at 825 S. Leroy St. Funeral from St. John's Catholic church, Fenton, Fr. D. P. Tighe, assisted by Fr. Schweihefer, in charge. Mrs. Carroll was born in St. Clair, Mich. Dec 19, 1883, the daughter of PETER and LENA ZIMMER. She, with her husband and daughter, came to Fenton four years ago and this had since been her home. She was a member of St. John's Catholic church, Fenton, and a member of the Altar Society of the church. She is survived by her husband FRED, one daughter, ELEANOR, at home and one sister, MRS. CATHERINE SMITH, Detroit, six brothers, MATHIAS of Detroit, NICHOLAS, Bay City, PETER, Long Beach, Calif., JAKE and JOHN, Lincoln, Neb., and JOE of Creighton, Neb.
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DOWD, MISS KATHERINE, 67. Funeral from St. John's Catholic church in Fenton Tuesday morning [27 Aug] with interment in the Catholic cemetery joining St. John's church, Rev. Fr. D. Tighe officiating. Miss Dowd was born in Tyrone township April 23, 1873, the daughter of MICHAEL and ELIZA DOWD. Tyrone township was her place of residence until the death of her brother, CHRIS DOWD. She then came to Fenton and made her home with her niece, MISS ESTHER TROLLMAN (now MRS. FLOYD STEHLE). Some time later she established her home at 508 Poplar street where she had since resided. Surviving are two sisters, MRS. ROSE TROLLMAN of Flint, and MISS MARGARET DOWD of Detroit and several nieces and nephews. As a member of St. John's Catholic church she was most active in all matters pertaining to the life of her church.
18 Aug 1940 LEMEN, HERBERT M. prominent pioneer Hartland township farmer, died in the Mellus hospital at Brighton. Funeral from the Hartland Music Hall with burial in the Hartland cemetery, Rev. G. Byrn Evans, pastor of the Hartland Methodist church officiating. Mr. Lemen was born in Hartland March 25, 1857, and all of his life with the exception of about 12 years spent in Fostoria, Ohio, had been spent on the same farm in Hartland where he was born. May 25, 1876 he married MISS ANN CROUSE, who survives him. They were the parents of one son, WILLIAM H., at home. Mr. & Mrs. Lemen celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary last May, although Mrs. Lemen, who suffered a fall some months ago in which she broke her hip, has been confined to her bed since. Survivors are his wife, the son; two grandchildren, MRS. CHARLES EARNSHAW of Sea Bright, N. J., and EDWARD LEMEN of Riverside, Illinois, two great grandchildren, one brother, MR. A. H. LEMEN of Fenton, and one sister, MRS. LIBBIE THORPE, of Horseheads, N. Y.
25 Aug 1940 FORD, MRS. ELLA, 75. Funeral from the Methodist church, the Rev. R. W. Walker of Lake Orion, officiating with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. She was born in Flint, the daughter of MR. & MRS. WALTER CONKLIN and was married to IRA C. FORD March 16, 1882. Mr. Ford died in December 1929. She was a member of the Methodist church for many years and of the Woman's Relief Corps. She was an honorary member of the Daughters of Union Veterans. She had lived in Fenton for the last 37 years. Surviving are four sons, CHARLES of Dayton, Ohio, WALTER H. of Saginaw, DONALD of Saline and FRED of Fenton, three daughters, MRS. WINNIFRED BUSSEY, MRS. ETTA WHEELER of Lake Orion and MRS. ALLIE PARKER of Fenton, 15 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
27 Aug 1940 TROWBRIDGE, MRS. JENNIE, 83, passed away at the home of relatives in Detroit from a heart attack. She had gone to Detroit to visit relatives. Deceased was born in Indiana Jan. 1, 1857. For the past ten years she had made her home with her daughter, MRS. RICHARD SILVER and family, and came with them from Flint five years ago. Mrs. Silver is the only surviving member of her immediate family. Funeral from the Davis-Graham chapel with burial in Evergreen, Whigville.
21 Aug 1940 SUTHERLAND, MRS. EVELYN BARR, 64, died in Lapeer following a ten weeks illness. Funeral from the Logan funeral home in Flushing with burial in Argentine cemetery. Deceased was born in Canada in 1876. She was a graduate nurse of Grace Hospital, Detroit, and nursed in a Lapeer hospital for a number of years. In 1919 she married Rev. Everett Sutherland, who died in December 1937. Her only near relative was a niece, MRS. LOUISE RUSH of Detroit.
9 Sep 1940 PROPPER, BENJAMIN, 58, a native of Gaines township, died in his home on the corner of Baldwin and VanVleet roads, following a long illness. Funeral from the Bowles Funeral Home in Linden with burial in Fairview cemetery. The Nazarene pastor from Durand officiated. Mr. Propper, a descendant of one of the old pioneer families, was born in Gaines township in 1882. His parents, FRED and ELIZABETH BREWER PROPPER, were also born in Gaines township. His wife, who was MILDRED DEDERICK, died in 1931. In 1932 he married MRS. ANN BISNETT of Flint. He is survived by the widow, one daughter, MRS. CLARE DENNIS of Bay City; three grandchildren, two brothers, RUSH of Flint and CLAUDE of Montana; three sisters, MRS. DORA REED, Montana; MRS. DILLA BRONSON, Deerfield and MRS. WELTHA RABER of Santiago, Calif.
11 Sep 1940 HEWETT, MRS. ELIZABETH, a resident of North Long Lake road, Fenton, passed away at her home. Funeral from the Long Lake church with Rev. Millard officiating. She was born in England, the daughter of MR. & MRS. HENRY HOWE. When three years of age she· came to this country and Fenton had been her home for many years. She was an active member of the Long Lake church and of the Aid Society of the. church. She is survived by a brother, GEORGE HOWE, of Davison.
6 Sep 1940 CALKINS, JAMES M. SR., 71, died at his home in Wakeman, Ohio. Funeral and burial at Wakeman. Mr. Calkins, a former .resident of Fenton, was born at Bellevue, Ohio Oct. 4, 1868 .. He had made his home in Wakeman for some years, and his illness has covered a period of two years. He was a member of the Maccabees for the last 47 years. He is survived by the wife, Mrs. LENA CAREY CALKINS; three daughters, MRS. PEARL WASSELL, Cleveland, Ohio; MRS. VIOLET BACHUS, Fenton and OLIVE, at home. Two sons, RAYMOND of Flint and JAMES M. JR., of Wakeman, Ohio, and one sister, MRS. RAY FASSETT of Detroit, and a brother SAMUEL C. CALKINS of Tacoma, Washington and 8 grandchildren.
6 Sep 1940 LIGHTFOOT, MRS. A. B., 60, daughter of MR. & MRS. GEORGE WHITAKER, Linden died as the result of a traffic accident on the Dixie Highway three miles west of Pontiac. Funeral from the Dodds-Dumanois chapel in Flint where Mr. & Mrs. Lightfoot had lived for many years. She was a teacher at Walker School. Mr. Lightfoot, who was a candidate for one of the four nominations for probate judge in the non-partisan contest Tuesday, is in a Pontiac hospital in serious condition. Mr. Lightfoot had been connected with the Flint school system for many years, only recently retiring, after the setting of an age limit for the teachers. Mrs. Lightfoot, born Feb. 29, 1880 in Eaton township and educated at the State Normal college, Ypsilanti, Columbia University and the University of Michigan, was teacher at the special room at Walker school. She had been at Dart school and the continuation school. Surviving, besides Mr. Lightfoot, are her parents, Mr. & Mrs. George Whitaker, five daughters, MISS VIRGINIA, at home; MISS GEORGIA, of Detroit, MRS. FRANK PANCHUK of East Lansing; MRS. C. F. BLANDING of Arlington, VA; and MRS. NORMAN HUFF of Chicago; one sister, MRS. SYLVIA SMITH of Detroit and one brother, JAY WHITAKER of Linden.

Fenton Independent Deaths
1938 - 1943
Date Obituary
5 Sep 1940 ROSS, MRS. GRACE, 45. Funeral from the residence in Rose township, Rev. F. A. Burnett, Holly, officiating. Burial at Holly. She leaves her husband, HARRY ROSS, one son, HARRY and one daughter, VIRGINIA, at home; her mother, MRS. MARIA BECKLEY, Howell and three brothers, GEORGE, Vassar; FRANK, Howell and EARL, Rose township, two sisters, MRS. SEYMOUR BLAKELEY, Birmingham and MRS. ATHUR LOYNES of Novi. Mrs. Ross was born in Bloomfield township Oct. 9, 1895. On October 29, 1923 she married HARRY ROSS and lived in the community until her death.
5 sep 1940 WORKMAN, MARY A. passed away at her home in Hartford City, Indiana. Remains were brought to Fenton and placed in the Thurber vault. Deceased was the daughter of N. T. and CARRIE E. THURBER, old residents of Fenton.
15 Sep 1940 DODDER, ARNOLD, 77, died in his home in Argentine township. Funeral from the Gilbert funeral home. He leaves four sons, ALPHA, Norfolk, Neb. MARSHALL, Fort Myers, Fla; ROBERT, Whittemore, and WILLIAM, Gainesi two daughters, MRS. SYLVIA SHARROW, Flint, and MRS. GRACE ALISH, Detroit; two sisters, MRS. GEORGE JUDSON, Detroit, and MRS. WILLIAM GILLESPIE, Mundy, and two brothers, HOWELL, Whittemore, and NYE, California, and six grand­children.
16 Sep 1940 HOYT, MRS. MATTIE, 80, wife of W. W. HOYT, retired Free Methodist minister, died suddenly at her home where she had resided for the last eight years. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Rev. V. E. Rensberry, Flint, officiating, with Rev. L. A. Scofield of Hallers Corners and Rev. E. Morningstar, Fenton, assisting. Burial in Bristol cemetery. Mr. & Mrs. Hoyt celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary last week. MATTIE SIMMS was born Oct. 10, 1859, the daughter of JOSEPH SIMMS and MARY GOODS HIP SIMMS. Sept 11, 1879 she married W. W. Hoyt in Auburn Heights. She spent her entire life in Michigan, where her husband was a Free Methodist pastor for 59 years. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, one son, the REV. M. W. HOYT, Trenton, two daughters, MRS. CHARLES OAKES, Flint, and MRS. ALBERT POTBURY, Port Huron, and an adopted son, RUSSELL, at home, nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one sister, MRS. JULIA HEARN of Mt. Clemens. Mrs. Hoyt raised her grandson, HAROLD WARREN, whose mother died when he was an infant.
23 Sep 1940 KNOWLES, THOMAS, 34, died in a Pontiac hospital. Funeral from the Riegle funeral home in Flint with burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden, Rev. Samuel Caddy officiating. He is survived by one son, GERALD, Flint, two daughters, CONSTANCE, cared for by her grandmother, MRS. MARGARET FAUST, and PATRICIA, cared for in the home of MR. & MRS. FINN FAUST, both of Lindeni two sisters, MRS. CORA BLUNT and MRS. NORA BORTLES of Flint and one brother, LEO of Ohio. His wife, NELLIE FAUST KNOWLES, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Faust of East Broad street, Linden, died in 1935
29 Sep 1940 JUCKSH, JOSEPH, 1512 Illinois Ave., Flint, age 46, died at Frankenmuth. Funeral from St. John's church, Fenton. Rev. Fr. D. P. Tighe officiating. Burial in St. John's cemetery. Death was caused by an auto accident. He was born in Ontario, Canada Sept. 2, 1894 and had lived in Flint for the last five years coming from Fenton. He was married April 3, 1918 to GERTRUDE HARVEY at Toronto, Canada, and was a member of St. Mary's church. He was a millwright at the AC Spark Plug Co. Surviving are: Wife, Mrs. Gertrude Jucksch; two daughters, MRS. SHERWOOD of Warren, Ohio, MISS CATHERINE JUCKSCH at home; mother, MRS. ANNA JUCKSCH of Meaford, Ontario; two brothers and two sisters; one grandchild.
26 Sep 1940 SLUYTER, EDGAR WATERMAN, passed away at his home on the Torrey road, Long Lake, after an illness of seven months of heart trouble. He was one of the pioneers of Long Lake of whom there are few left. He was born June 23, 1862 on the old Sluyter farm on the west shore of Long Lake where his grandfather settled in 1837. He had always been a resident of this county. For several years he was connected with Smith-Bridgman and Co. and later was Court Officer in the late Judge Black's and Judge Bishop's Court. He was a member of the Long Lake Community Church of which his father and mother were charter members. He is survived by his wife, WINIFRED, two sons, DR. EDWARD GLEN SLUYTER of Royal Oak and DR. ELDEN RAY SLUYTER of Fenton; three grandchildren, several nephews and nieces, among whom is GLADYS SLUYTER COOPER of Lansing.
30 Sep 1940 WILBER, FLORA ANNA, 82, died at the home of her daughter, MRS. VEDA WOLLNER, 3308 Dye Road. Funeral from the Dodds-Dumanois Co. Chapel with burial in Sunset Hills cemetery. She was born in Ontario, Canada Sept. 27, 1858 and had lived in Flint since 1914. She was a member of the Church of God. Surviving are: son, CLAUDE J. WILBER, Fenton; 2 daughters, MRS. CHLOIE WHITE and MRS. VEDA WOLLNER, both of Dye Road; 9 grandchildren; 3 brothers, ARTHUR MAY of Flint, IRA MAY of Caro; 3 sisters, MRS. JOHN HARTLEY and MRS. JAMES WALTERS of Caro and MRS. SOPHRONIA KOLAWKA of North Branch.
Oct 1940 LIGHTFOOF, A. B., 67, 1207 E. Kearsley street, Flint, died in Pontiac General Hospital of pneumonia. Burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Funeral from St. Paul's Episcopal church, Flint, Rev. O. G. Jackson officiating. Mr. Lightfoot had been in the hospital since Sept. 6 after receiving injuries in an auto accident which took the life of his wife, who died 10 hours after the crash. Both Mr. & Mrs. Lightfoot were prominent in Flint educational circles. They both joined the Flint school system in 1924 and Mr. Lightfoot retired as principal of the Continuation school in May of this year. Mr. Lightfoot was born in Big Rapids May 5, 1873 and received his primary education in Big Rapids schools and at Ferris Institute there. He attended Michiqan State Normal and in 1906 received the degree of bachelor of laws at the U. of M. He is survived by five daughters, MISS GEORGIA LIGHTFOOT, Detroit; MRS. JOHN PANCHUK, East Lansing; MRS.N. F. HUFF, Chicago; MISS VIRGINIA LIGHTFOOT, Flint; three grandchildren and five brothers.
5 Oct 1940 BEAL, CLARENCE, son of MR. & MRS. JOHN BEAL, for years residents of Fenton. He was born in Fenton and the majority of his life had been spent in Fenton and vicinity. Deceased is survived by Mrs. Beal, formerly MISS FREDENBERG, his brother ROLLA of Wyandotte and a sister, MISS BLANCH BEAL of Pontiac. Clarence was a member of Fenton Lodge, F. & A. M. and the funeral at the Davis-Graham chapel was in their charge.
8 Oct 1940 EDDY, MRS. HATTIE, 96, passed away at her home on S. Leroy Street. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home with Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell in charge. Interment at Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Mrs. Eddy was born in England Nov. 21, 1844, the daughter of GEORGE and DIANA WELLS. After coming to this country she married GEORGE MARION EDDY in New York State. Fenton had been her home for the past fifty years. She was a member of the presbyterian church, and during the World War was very active in Red Cross work in the community. Mrs. Eddy is survived by two nieces and several nephews.
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WISE, MABEL MINNIE, daughter of JOHN and SAVANNAH FAIRCHILD, was born in Mill Creek, Tenn. June 19, 1897. She moved to Burrville with her parents when a child and lived there until she came to Michigan in 1929. She married JOSEPH F. WISE on October 21, 1939 at vlartburg, Tenn. She passed away at her home, 1004 W. Second St., Flint, Mich. at the age of 43 years, 3 months and 11 days. She leaves her husband, JOSEPH F.; four sisters and one brother: MRS. ELLEN BROWN of Fenton, MRS. BERTHA WILHOIT of Fenton; MRS. ARTIE BROWN of Burrville, Tenn.; MRS. ESTHER TAUBERT of Armathwaite, Tenn. and the brother, JOHN C. FAIRCHILD of Fenton, several nieces and nephews.
4 Oct 1940 HENRY, MRS. ANNA JANE, 80, died in the home of MR. & MRS. GEORGE McGONIGAL following a long illness. Funeral from the Bowles funeral home, Linden, with burial in Fairview cemetery. Deceased, the daughter of THOMAS and ELMIRA GEROW, was born in Prince Edward, Canada, March 2, 1860. She came with her parents to Linden in 1868 and had lived more than 70 years in this community. Nov 13, 1879 she married SILAS HENRY, who died July 17, 1925. To this union was born three sons, JOHN HENRY, who died in infancy; EARL, died at the age of 20 and BURTON at the age of 21. She is survived by one brother, DANIEL GEROW of Sturgis, Mich.; three nieces and one nephew. She was a member of Linden Chapter, OES and an active worker in the Presbyterian church.
7 Oct 1940 ELKINS, MRS. CHARLES, died in her home at Farmington. Funeral from the home in Farmington. She is survived by her husband and three children, MARGARET, JUNE and DAVID. The Elkins lived for a number of years on North Bridge street in Linden.
7 Oct 1940 CHARBONNEAU, HARVEY LEWIS, 61, died in his home two and one-half miles south of Linden, following an illness of four years. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home at Fenton with burial at Fairview, Linden, Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell, pastor of the Fenton Presbyterian church, officiating. Mr. Charbonneau, who had lived in this vicinity during the last nine years, was born at Medina, Ohio, and had lived at Detroit a number of years. He is survived by his widow; two sons, JOHN and HARVEY, Detroit; one daughter, MRS. FLORENCE ENGLUND of Bennett Lake Road; two grandchildren; two brothers, WILLIAM of Arizona and JAMES of Detroit, and two sisters, MRS. C. AMRHEIN and MISS FANNIE, of Detroit.
10 Oct 1940 WELCH, ROY, 50, died in his home in Linden after being confined to his bed for three years. Funeral from the late home with burial in Fairview, Linden, Rev. Isaac Parrish of Detroit officiating. Deceased was the son of FRANK and ELLEN EVERETT WELCH. He was born in Gratiot County May 12, 1890. At the age of 14 years he came to Argentine and made his home with his grandparents, and had lived in this community since. He was a World War veteran, serving oversease for nine months. After his return he married MRS. ELLA WHITE. He is survived by his widow, four stepsons, DON WHITE of Saginaw; DEWARD of Flint, HAROLD and CLYDE of Linden, and two sisters, MRS. CORA BELLEN, Alma and MRS. ALICE GREEN, Ithaca.
13 Oct 1940 STONE, MOODY D., 61, well known carpenter who had lived in this vicinity virtually his entire life, was instantly killed when he was struck by a car at 6:40 p.m. on the Fenton road one-half mile south of Thompson road. Mr. Stone was walking south, when the car, driven by LYLE ANIBLE of Bay City, struck him, throwing him approximately 25 feet. Deceased, the son of ETHAN and ELLEN STONE, was born in Argentine township Feb. 6, 1879. In 1900 he married ADA ROBINSON, who died in 1917. To this union was born one son GEORGE, who preceded him in death. In 1936 he married MRS. MARGUERITE WARNER. He is survived by his widow, one daughter, three grand­children, one brother, W. C. STONE, Linden, one stepson [JESSE F. WARNER] and one stepdaughter [MARY WARNER]. Funeral from the Methodist church, Linden, Rev. Stanley Stone, Flint, and Rev. G. R. Millard officiating. Burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden.
8 Oct 1940 SHALLENBERGER, LOUIS R., assistant manager of the Hardesty Manufacturing Co., died in Mercy Hospital following an illness of one year. Born in Mount Airy, PA, a son of DR. & MRS. J. R. SHALLENBERGER, Mr. Shallenberger spent his boyhood in Germantown, a suburb of Philadelphia. He received his early education in the Germantown. Academy and was later graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering. He was associated with several eastern construction and mechanical firms, including Lathbray and Spackman of Philadelphia, the Marquette Railroad and the Griffin Wheel Co. of. Chicago. He later was president and general manager of the Colorado Culvert and Flume Co. in Pueble, and 10 years aso came to Denver to take the position he held at the time of his death. Mr. Shallenberger lived in Paonia, Colorado five years before going to Pueble, where he lived 15 years. He was a member of the Denver Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado Society of Engineers, the Pueblo Golf and Country Club, and was a past master of Pueblo Lodge No. 17, A. F. & A. M. A lifelong member of the Episcopal church, Mr. Shallenberger was a vestryman at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral for several years. He was chairman of ushers at St. John's. Surviving are his wife, ETHEL M.; two brothers, DR. EDWARD B. of Danville, PA; and CHARLES D. of Germantown, PA; a niece, MISS ELIZABETH SHALLENBERGER, and two nephews, WILLIAM and CHARLES SHALLENBERGER, all of Pennsylvania. Funeral from St. John's Cathedral with burial in st. Luke's churchyard in Germantown. The Rogers Mortuary will conduct the services. (Denver, Colo. Rocky Mountain News, Oct. 9th, 1940)
18 Oct 1940 LINDSAY, JAMES FRANK, 73, a farmer who lived south of Fenton on US 23, died suddenly of heart disease. Funeral conducted by the Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell and burial in Big Rapids. Surviving are the widow, CAROLINE ELIZABETH, and two brothers, FRED of Washington State and STEPHEN A. of Hart, and several nephews and nieces. Born in Pennsylvania Oct. 24, 1866, he lacked but a few days of being 74 years old. His parents were GEORGE and ORPHA LINDSAY. The family moved to Michigan when the deceased was 12 years old. He married MRS. CAROLINE E. HAYNES, Big Rapids, Sept. 14, 1907.
18 Oct 1940 MARTIN, JOSEPH, 87, pioneer resident of Oakland county, died at his farm home on Thompson road where he had lived in the same house for 75 years. He was born in New York State and was brought to Oakland county at the age of seven. He married ELIZABETH WILSON of Fenton and eight children were born. He leaves his widow and seven sons and one daughter, ANDREW MARTIN, living near the family home, ALEX and OLLIE in Pontiac, JENNIE, at home, JOE of Flint and JESSE and WILLIS, at home, six grandchildren and four nieces and nephews.
15 Oct 1940 BENTLEY, CLIFTON, 32, son of ALICE and ELTON BENTLEY, residents of Argentine, died at Ann Arbor hospital following an operation for appendicitis. Funeral from the Bowles funeral home in Linden with burial in Fairview. Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters MRS. T. PEACE and MRS. NORMAN McLAREN.
25 Oct 1940 MURPHY, MRS. MARGARET, 82, died at the Detroit home of her daughter, Mrs.RAY T. FUHRMANN. Funeral from st. John's church, Fr. Tighe officiating at High Mass, assisted by Fr. Maurice Kissane of Brighton. Burial in St. John's cemetery, Fenton. Deceased was born Sept. 8, 1858 in Oceola Township, Livingston County, the daughter of HENRY and ROSEANNE HOGAN. On Jan. 30, 1884 she married DENNIS MURPHY, who passed away seven years ago. Mr. & Mrs. Murphy had made their home in Fenton 32 years. Surviving are two sons, HENRY J. of Linden and DENNIS L. of Coral Gables, Fla., also four daughters, MRS. R. W. CANTRELL and MISS CHETTIE MURPHY of Coral Gables, Fla., MRS. E. R. MILLER and MRS. RAY T. FUHRMANN of Detroit, nine grand­children and two great grandchildren. Mrs. Murphy had been a member of St. John's Church and the Altar Society for many years.
31 Oct 1940 SUTPHIN, MRS. EMMA L., died in her W. Shiawassee Ave. home. She had been an invalid for five years. Funeral from the Craft funeral home, Dr. J. Stanley Mitchell officiating. Burial in Oak Hill cemetery. She was born in Ionia, the daughter of DR. & MRS. JACOB VAN DORN. She married the late ALDEN BANNISTER when a young woman. Two daughters were born. In 1894 she married Mr. SUTPHIN, who survives, also two daughters, MRS. LEWIS HIGGINS, Flint, and MRS. HENRY HELWIG, Fenton, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was a member of the Presbyterian church. The family came to Fenton 21 years ago from Grand Blanc.
3 Nov 1940 McARTHUR, MRS. MARY, 54. Funeral from the Silver Lake road home, Rev. W. J. Dudgeon of the Methodist church officiating. She leaves her husband, ROBERT, two sons, LAURENCE, at home, and FLOYD, of Fenton; one daughter, MRS. LEO MUCHLER, Fenton, and 8 grandchildren; her father, OLE OLSEN, Flint; one brother, LAURENCE, and two sisters, MRS. ANNA BELLE and MRS. ZETTlE LUDINGTON, both of Flint. MARY OLSEN was born Feb. 9, 1886 at Taymouth, daughter of OLE & ESTHER OLSEN. She married ROBERT McARTHUR at Flint in 1903.
26 Oct 1940 LaFAVE, MISS ONALEE, 15, Fenton High School girl, died at the home of her grandparents, MR. & MRS. P. H. POTTER, following a five weeks illness. Funeral from the Free Methodist church on East Shiawassee Avenue and S. East St., Rev. E. Morningstar officiating. She is survived by her grand­parents, her mother, MRS. MARGUERITE ERICKSON, Fenton; her father, GORDON LaFAVE, Detroit; a sister and brother, BONNIE LOU, 13, and BURTON, 18, both of Fenton, and grandparents, MR. & MRS. FRANK LaFAVE, Detroit.
11 Nov 1940 SAGE, GUY L., 51, died in Lansing. Funeral from the Estes-Leadley funeral home, Lansing, with burial in Fairview, Linden. Deceased was the son of the late CARLTON and ALICE SAGE, and was born Aug. 8, 1889 on a farm near Lake Fenton. He was a graduate of Cleary College, Ypsilanti, and held positions in Detroit and Lansing. In 1915 he married MISS RUTH MILLER of Ypsilanti, who survives him. He is also survived by one daughter, MARGARET, and one son, JOHN, both at home; one brother, RUSSELL and two sisters, MRS. FRANK STEHLE and MISS ERNESTINE SAGE, all of Linden.
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DUBY, IDA HOPP. IDA HOPP was born July 22, 1875 in Centerline, Michigan, the daughter of JOSEPH & FRANSISKA HOPP. The earlier part of her life was spent at Redford, Mich. She married JOSEPH DUBY at Dearborn, Mich July 18, 1897. They moved to Fenton 27 years ago and she had lived here since. Surviving are two sons, ASA .and MAURICE; three daughters, MRS. JAMES R. RIPLEY, MRS. FORD DORMIRE and RUTH DUBY; seven grandchildren, DONALD DORMlRE, RALPH, JOSEPH, JOHANNA, GAIL DUBY, MRS. HAROLD HATFIELD and MRS. LEO WEIGANT and one great grandson, LEO WEIGANT JR. Funeral will be from the Davis-Graham funeral home on Friday, November 15.
15 Nov 1940 SEATON, LEWIS R., 65. Funeral from the Craft funeral home with Rev. W. J. Dudgeon, Methodist Pastor, officiating. Services under the auspices of Fenton Commandery, Knights Templar. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Deceased was born Nov. 2, 1875 at the Seaton homestead in Fenton Township near the farm occupied by Mr. & Mrs. Seaton for the past 33 years. He was the son of JOSEPH & EMMA SEATON. In 1897 he married MISS EDNA MARSH, also of Fenton township, and together they resided here until the completion of their farm home on US 23 north of Fenton. Mr. Seaton was a member of the Methodist church, the Knights Templar, Oddfellow and Rebekah Lodge, and ctive among the civic and farm organizations of the village. He is survived by his widow, EDNA, and several cousins.
24 Nov 1940 DART, DUANE F., 34, died in Goodrich hospital. Funeral from the Davis­Graham funeral home, the Rev. J. B. Beardsley of the Adelphian Academy, Holly, officiating. Burial in Argentine. He is survived by his widow, one stepson, JAMES, at home, and his father, FRANK DART, of Fenton. He was born in Gaines township Oct. 24, 1906. He married MRS. ELIZABETH HAINES TIPTLER July 18, 1934. He had lived all of his life in Gaines and Linden. He was employed by the Genesee Concrete company on the North Holly Road. The family resides on a farm on W. Shiawassee Ave.
5 Dec 1940 PRUNNER, OSCAR JR. of St. Louis, Missouri, died in that city. Mr. Prunner was at one time a resident of Fenton and was the son of O. A. PRUNNER, SR. now of Highland Park.
6 Dec 1940 SISSON, MISS IDA ADELAIDE, 78, died after a long illness. Funeral from the residence at 301 West St., Rev. W. T. Smith, rector of St. Jude's Episcopal church officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton. Deceased was born Jan. 22, 1862 at Fenton, daughter of HOMER WESLEY and LUCY ANN SHATTUCK SISSON. Surviving are a sister-in-law, MRS. DAISY SISSON, and a nephew, CLARENCE SISSON, both of Lansing, and a niece, MRS. RUTH BROWN, Fenton. Miss Sisson had spent her entire life in the village and was once manager of an independent telephone system which was in operation here for about 20 years.
4 Dec 1940 CHAPMAN, MRS. LENA, 68, died in her home on the Silver Lake road, following an illness of five years. Funeral from the Linden Methodist church with burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Rev. G. R. Millard officiated. Deceased, the daughter of JOHN and KATHERINE ROLSTON, was born in Argentine Township Nov. 22, 1872. She spent her girlhood in the Argentine community and was married to WILLIAM CHAPMAN, Linden, Nov. 9, 1898. They resided in Swartz Creek for nearly 13 years. Coming to Linden in 1911 they established their home on the farm where they have resided for 29 years. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, MRS. JAY COX of the Silver Lake Rd.; two grandchildren; one sister, MRS. BURNS ORR and one brother, JOHN ROLSTON, both of Argentine township. She was an active worker in the Methodist church, until her health failed, and was one of the early members of the Semper Paratus Circle.
6 Dec 1940 BENNETT, MRS. FLORENCE, 61, died in Lansing. Funeral in Lansing,Rev. Frank L. Curry of Okemos officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton. Mrs. Bennett was born in Fenton, the daughter of MR. & MRS. HORATIO CHATFIELD. She was married to FRANK PARKER and made her home in Fenton for several years. After the death of Mr. Parker in 1916, she went to Lansing, where she later married WILLIAM BENNETT, and made her home near Grand Ledge. Mr. Bennett died in 1932. Surviving are two nephews, HAROLD DEVEREAUX of Rochester, NY, and HARVEY DEVEREAUX of Battle Creek, Michigan
6 Dec 1940 BEDELL, DAVID, 89, a resident of Genesee County 77 years, died in his home on the Miller road. Funeral from the home with burial in Fairview Cemetery, Linden. Rev. Harry Hosmer, Lansing, officiated, with his grandsons acting as pallbearers. Deceased was born in New Jersey Nov. 12, 1851. At the age of three the family moved to New York state and came to Linden Dec. 6, 1862. He had lived in Genesee county 77 years. On March 3, 1888 he married ALICE OCOMORE of Grand Blanc. He is survived by his widow, three daughters, MRS. ARTHUR LANCASTER of Swartz Creek, MRS. WILBER GILBERT of the Cook road and MRS. GEORGE PRATT of Flint, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
6 Dec 1940 CHAPIN, MISS NETTIE, 70, a life long resident of Linden, died in a Flint hospital. Funeral from the Methodist church with burial in Fairview, Linden. Her pastor, Rev. G. R. Millard, officiated. Miss Chapin, the daughter of J. L. and AMANDA CHAPIN, old pioneers of this section, was born in Linden April 11, 1870 and had spent virtually her entire life in this community. She taught in the Linden school for a number of years and had always been an ardent worker in the W.C.T.U. She was a charter member of the Semper Paratus Circle of the Methodist church and was Sunday school teacher and Bible instructor as long as her health permitted. She was an active member of the Linden Research Club and had served as parliamentarian. She was to have given a paper "The Weather Bureau's Contribution to Aviation" at the meeting scheduled for Friday. She is survived by one sister, MRS. FRED POLLEY, Flint, and one brother; CLYDE, Linden, and several nieces and nephews. Two nephews, GERALD CHAPIN, U. S. Navy and his brother J. L. of Idaville, Ind., made their home with her for a number of years following their father's death in 1920.
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19 Dec 1940
STINSON, DANIEL H. was born in Fenton township March 20, 1858 on the Stinson homestead 1 1/2 miles south of Linden, the son of GEORGE H. and ELIZA STINSON. He received his early education in the Hillman school and graduated from Fenton High. He acquired his first hardware experience in the store of W. P. Guest in Fenton and afterwards worked in several hardware stores in Michigan going to Hudson, Mich. in 1889 where he was bookkeeper and manager. While in Hudson he met MISS FRANCES GRISWOLD to whom he was married Sept. 12, 1894. They resided in Hudson for some time and then moved to Battle Creek where he opened a hardware store for himself. He sold this in 1899 and moved to Kendallville, Indiana and again engaged in the hardware business, continuing until 1919 when he retired. Since that time he had resided in Kendallville except for several winters which he spent with his daughter, MRS. FRANCES FISHER, in Fremont, Ohio, and his summers at his summer home on Big Long Lake, Helmar, Indiana. In 1939 he erected a fine modern home in Kendallville, and resided there at the time of his death. Fraternally he was affiliated with the Masonic Order; first becoming a Mason in 1881. He was a charter member of the O.E.S. at Hudson, Mich, a member of Kendallville Lodge No. 276 F & A M, Kendallville Chapter R.A.M. No. 64; Kendallville Council No .. 50 R. & S.M. and Apollo Cornrnandery No. 19, Knights Templar. Surviving are the widow, the daughter, Mrs. Frances Fisher, and two grandchildren, MARY and RICHARD FISHER and several nieces and nephews,among whom are MRS.LUCILLE MASON of Chesaning, J. G. STINSON of Mount Pleasant, RAY STINSON of Owosso, MRS. C. E. HYATT and MRS. ELMER COX, of Linden, MRS. E. S. NEWLAND of Ionia and GEORGE H. VAN WAGONER of Jackson. Funeral from the Kendallville Mortuary Tuesday, Dec 10, 1940, Rev. M. E. Runden officiating. Interment in Lake View cemetery, Kendallville, Indiana.
6 Dec 1940 Issue of The Cheney Free Press, Cheney, Washington: SUTTON, W. J., former president of Cheney Normal, died at his home here at the age of 75. Although always active in the management and operation of his big wheat farm just beyond the Cheney city limits, he was for years one of the state's outstanding men in political, educational and fraternal fields. Even after becoming seriously ill several months ago he carried on his drive for the new Spokane-Cheney road from his bed. Mr. Sutton was born in Lapeer county, Mich. Sept. 29, 1865. He alternated between teaching and in studying until he was graduated from the Fenton, Michigan normal school in 1886. In 1887 he came to Cheney as head of the public school system, but in 1890 when the state normal school was established here he joined that institution as vice president and was promoted to the presidency in 1892. His work and the assistance of the townspeople held the school together when appropriations for its maintenance were vetoed by Governor McGraw. In 1907 he retired from the educational field and shortly after married MISS NELLIE C. HUTCHINSON who died in 1921. Before her marriage she was principal of the training school here. In 1913 Mr. Sutton began a political career that sent him to the state senate for four terms. In 1916 he was a candidate for the governorship. At Olympia he again saved the school for Cheney when he organized and led the fight for new buildings after the old school had been destroyed by fire. Despite Governor Lister's warning that such appropriations would be vetoed, he secured passage of the measure. It was vetoed and Senator Sutton rallied his forces and passed the bill over the Veto. During his terms in the senate, Mr. Sutton also was the principal sponsor in the development of tae Columbia Basin highway and the short route to the coast through Spokane, Cheney, Ritzville and Vantage Ferry. Continuing his interest after retiring from politics, he was working for the completion of the last link on that highway, the relocated Spokane-Cheney road, up to the time of his death. Interested in fraternal affairs, Mr. Sutton was a master and a grand master of the Masonic lodge, a patron and grand patron of the Eastern Star lodge, and a noble grand of the I.O.O.F. lodge. In 1920 Mr. Sutton, with a reputation for having sponsored all major educational bills of importance in the state was named chairman of a state commission to make a complete study and report on the public school system of the state. In 1926 he married MISS ELSIE MAXAM, then a teacher in the junior high school at Tacoma. Mrs. Sutton and a brother, BYRON, of Seattle, survive him. Despite his many state interests and his extensive wheat farm, Mr. Sutton found time to take part in many local enterprises. He was a director of the National Bank at Cheney, a director of the Cheney union Warehouse Co. and interested in the Cheney Weeder company. In recent years he had taken an active interest in the affairs of the Pacific Northwest Grain Growers and he was frequently called on to help formulate the agricultural planks in the state and national republican platforms. Funeral from the Methodist church. Interment in charge of D. G. Jerue. Services were co~ducted by Dr. Joel Harper of Spokane and the Rev. Orville Dennis of Cheney. Burial in Spokane. [This obituary was mailed to the Independent from Sunnyside, Washington by J. H. Remington who reports that Cheney is in the Big Bend country near Spokane, also near Coolee Dam. It is surrounded by a great wheat country and will be near the big proposed Coolee Irrigation Project. It is nearly 200 miles north of Sunnyside. Mr. Remington states that he attended the old Fenton Normal for a while and that he wonders if any in Fenton will remember W. J. Sutton.]
23 Dec 1940 SMITH, ROSS, 65, died at his home on West Broad street, Linden. Funeral from the Bowles funeral home, Rev. G. R. Millard officiating. Burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden. Deceased, the son of ISRAEL and HELEN SMITH, was born June 28, 1875 on a farm two miles north of Fenton and had lived virtually his entire life in this community. He is survived by his widow, MARY SMITH, and two daughters, MRS. FLORENCE GOODELL of Fenton, and MRS. BETTY HOOVER, Linden; one sister, MRS. EMMA KELLY, Linden, and one brother, HOMER SMITH, Rapid City, Mich.
20 Dec 1940 MAURER, REV. FR. GEORGE J., who is believed to have served on parish longer than any other priest in Michigan, died in st. Joseph's Hospital on the day before his 75th birthday. He was taken to the hospital three weeks ago when his hip was broken in a fall on an icy walk while he was going to St. Bernard's Church for services. In May 1939 he was feted by parishioners on the 40th anniversary of the founding of St. Bernard's parish and plans were being made for ceremonies next May to mark his golden jubilee as a priest. St. Bernard's is a large parish today, centering at Mack and Lillibridge, with many buildings and more than 1,000 children in its schools, but when Father Maurer was assigned to organize it .in May 1899, he found it a sparsely settled suburban section. His first services for the sprawling parish that extended from Crane to Conner and from Gratiot to the Detroit River (an area now served by almost a dozen Catholic churches) were held in a restaurant on Mack. Father Maurer had had five years' experience as a pastor at Fenton, Mich. and before that two years as an assistant at St. Augustine's of Kalamazoo, following his ordination May 24, 1891. A native of Adrian and a graduate of Assumption College, Windsor, and St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, he also had been a professor in St. Francis' Seminary, then in Monroe. The parish added a school in 1908 and a convent in 1910. st. Bernard's has long been known for its prominence in music and in sports. Father Maurer was skilled in both and encouraged the activities. At Assumption he played first base and captained the varsity baseball team. Summers he played in Adrian for John Navin, brother of the late Tiger owner, Frank J. Navin. He sang bass in college choirs and liked to coach promising voices. Few Catholic churches could boast more congregational singing than st. Bernard's. Father Maurer was proud of the professional finish of high school minstrel shows staged under his direction. [Detroit Free Press]
19 Dec 1940 DAVIS, MARVIN, 65, father of MRS. ROY TRYON of Fenton, passed away in a Flint hospital. Funeral from the Craft funeral home, Rev. Wesley J. Dudgeon, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery on the North Holly road. Mr. Davis was born in Midland in Nov. 1875. His wife preceded him in death about 20 years ago. Besides his daughter, Mrs. Tryon, he is survived by another daughter, MRS. MARIE RICHARDSON, Midland; one son, ACY DAVIS, Wixom, Michigan, and five grandchildren
22 Dec 1940 AUSTIN, MRS. MABEL BURNS, died at the home of her daughter, MRS. WARD PARSHALL, in Flint, at the age of 67. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. Deceased was born Oct. 27, 1873 in Lima, NY, the daughter of B. F. and MARY LOCKWOOD. She was a former resident of Fenton, leaving here 15 years ago to make her home in Detroit. Surviving are one daughter, MRS. WARD PARSHALL, Flint; one son, GUY BURNS, Detroit; sister, EMMA HANCHETT, Detroit; one brother, JOHN LOCKWOOD of NY and one granddaughter.
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26 Dec 1940
COLE, WILLIAM, former Fenton resident, died in Rochester, Mich. Burial services were held at Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. He leaves two daughters, one in Detroit and one in Pontiac. He was a former employee of the Aetna plant at Fenton. His sister-in-law, MRS. FLORENCE ROBBINS, lives in Fenton.
1 Jan 1941 CARMER, JAMES HENRY, 71, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital, Flint. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Rev. W. J. Dudgeon, pastor of the Fenton Methodist church; officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton. Mr. Carmer was the son of JACK and MARY CARMER and was born July 22, 1869 in Tyrone township. His life work had been painting and decorating. Fenton had been his home nearly his entire life. He is survived by one sister, MRS. WILLIAM COLLINS of Fenton, and three brothers, DAN and WILLIAM of Fenton and ED. of Flint.
28 Dec 1940 JOO, STEVE, 61, died at his home on the Jennings road following a year's illness. Funeral from the late home. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Linden. He is survived by his widow; five daughters, MARY CUTLER, VICTORIA TAHASH, ELIZABETH MICHALEK and MARGARET CLUTE, all of Flint, ROSALIE, at home; six grandchildren; two sisters, JULIA CAAKA and VICTORIA SZEBASTIAN; one brother, ANTHONY JOO, all of Hungary.
6 Jan 1941 CHADSEY, MRS. JAMES, died in Portland, Oregon. Mrs. Chadsey was the former CLARA CHENEY, daughter of the late HARRISON CHENEY. Funeral and burial were in Portland. She leaves one brother, JAMES L. CHENEY of the Torrey Road, Fenton, and one sister, MRS. ELLA McCOLLUM of Michigan Center, Mich.
12 Jan 1941 SALMON, ELZORA MERCENA BABCOCK, ELZORA MERCENA was born in Highland township, Oakland Co, Dec. 28, 1853. On April 29, 1867 she married HENRY SANDERS. To this union were born three children, MINA, FRED and ALMEDA. Fred and Almeda preceded her in death. Sept.26 1889 she was married to WM. SALMON of Oceola township where they spent the early part of their married life. Two children, LULA and LLOYD blessed this union. Lula died about 30 years ago leaving a daughter, ELSIE, whom she reared as an own child. The past fifty years of her life were spent in Tyrone where she passed away on January 12. She leaves one daughter, MRS. MINA REEVES of Lansing; one son, LLOYD SALMON of Tyrone; one stepson, LUCE SALMON of Hartland; one sister, MRS. SUSIE FERGUSON of Wyandotte; fourteen grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; 11 great great grandchildren.
18 Jan 1941 MATHEWS, MRS. CHARLES, 67. Funeral from the home just north of the village of Fenton, Rev. W. T. Smith, rector of st. Jude's, officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton. EDITH MAY McPHERSON was born in Highland, Mich, the daughter of WILLIAM and MARTHA McPHERSON. She was a student at Fenton Normal during its prosperous days. On her 25th birthday she was united in marriage with CHARLES MATHEWS and Fenton had since been their home. Surviving are the husband; two daughters, MRS. MARION MOORE of Bloomington, Ill., and MRS. CHRISTOPHER McGARRY of Fenton; three sons, GLENN, LESLIE and COVAL, of Fenton; two grandchildren, TEDDY MAC MOORE of Bloomington, Ill., and CHRISTABEL MCGARRY of Fenton, and one sister, MRS. A. W. CIMMER of Fenton.

Fenton Independent Deaths
1938 - 1943
Date Obituary
20 Jan 1941 SEYFRIED, WILLIAM, died as the result of a stroke. Funeral from the Tyrone Community Church, Rev. R. E. Winn officiating. Interment at Fowllerville. Mr. Seyfried was born in Ingham county, the son of Conrad and Eleanor Seyfried, April 6, 1889. For 22 years he was employed as a machinist, the last ten years being that of a farmer in Tyrone. He is survived by the widow, three daughters, u, u and Billie Lou Seyfried; two sisters, Anna McManus and Ella Shaw, of Lansing. and two brothers, Conrad of Lansing and Oswold of Eagle.
16 Jan 1941 GINGERY, EDNA COLE, 26, died of pneumonia in University Hospital, Ann Arbor. Funeral from the Argentine Methodist church with burial in Fairview Cemetery, Linden. Rev. H. A. Hudgins, Grand Blanc, a former pastor of the Argentine church, officiated. Deceased, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. FRED COLE of the Seymour road, was born in Argentine township May 6, 1914. She attended Argentine school, and graduated from Linden High in the class of '31. She graduated from the County Normal, continuing her studies at the Ypsilanti State Normal. She had the Deer Creek school and also the Townsend school, as teacher. For the past three years she had been teaching at Richfield 'Center. June 23, 1934 she married Marion Gingery, a teacher at Pine Run. She is survived by her husband, her parents, one sister, Evelyn, at horne, three brothers, Robert, Fenton township; Floyd and Frederick, at home. ,Mr. & Mrs. Gingery had a home on Bass Lake in Argentine township and had always been active in church and community affairs. Mr. Gingery taught the Argentine school for a number of years.
20 Jan 1941 GANNON, KERN P., lifelong resident of Livingston county, died in St. Joseph's hospital, Ann Arbor. Mr. Gannon had been a director of the Citizens' Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. since its organization and was a member of the claims department. He was born at Hartland Nov. 19, 1888, son of Mr. & Mrs. William Gannon. He graduated from Hartland High school and later attended the Ferris Institute at Big Rapids. Sept. 1, 1915 he married Alice Cooney of Gaines, who survives him. Before coming to Howell to live, Mr. Gannon owned and operated the Ford Sales & Service in Brighton for a period of 8 years. In 1928 he erected the home on N. Court Street, Howell, where he was living at the time of his death. Other survivors besides his wife are one brother, Birchman Gannon of Hartland, and several relatives. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic church, of the Knights of Columbus, and also a member of the Holy Name Society and the Lions Club. For several years Mr. & Mrs. Gannon have spent the winter months in Florida. Funeral from St. Joseph's church, Howell, Rev. Fr. William Gannon of Mount Morris, a cousin of the deceased, officiating assisted by the Rev. Fr. H. P. Fedewa of Howell and the Rev. Fr. Bernard Hoey, of Detroit, also a cousin of the deceased.
24 Jan 1941 SMITH, JOSEPH M., 80, died at the residence, 822 N. Larch Street, Lansing. He had been a resident of Lansing for 12 years, coming from Detroit. He is survived by the widow, Ella; a son, Leo W.; daughter, Mrs. Helen L. Gustafson, both of Detroit; four grandchildren; two brothers, George Smith of Fenton and Matt Smith of Essexville, and a sister, Mrs. Frank Hill, Milford. Funeral from the Estes-Leadly funeral horne. Interment at Salem.
25 Jan 1941 MATT, LESTER, 61, for years one of Flint's moving picture men, passed away enroute from his lodge in the north to his home in Fenton. Just a few months ago he disposed of his theatre holdings in Flint and had started to enjoy those things which he did without while attaining greater heights. It was but a comparatively short time ago that he and Mrs. Matt had purchased the Alexander home on Main Street and had come to make their home in Fenton. Funeral from Dodds-Dumanois Chapel in. Flint. Interment in Sandusky, Ohio.
31 Jan 1941 JONES, MRS. ANNA M., 89, passed away at her home, 507 Second St. She had been a resident of Fenton for many years. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Home.
27 Jan 1941 KLINGLER, MRS. MARY ALICE, a lifelong resident of Fenton, died at her home. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Home with interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton. Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell, Presbyterian Pastor, officiating.
  WRIGHT, JAMES ELMER, 58, a former Fenton resident, passed away at the Genesee County Hospital, Flint. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Home with interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Mitchell, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiated. Mr. Wright leaves one sister, Mrs. Grover Seaton, one brother, Robert Wright, of Fenton, and one other sister.
1 Feb 1941 BURLINGHAM, PHILIP, died at his home in Parshallville. He was born Feb. 18, 1865 in McGraw, N.Y. and married Ottilie Baudich May 31, 1919. For several years they lived in Detroit and Pontiac and after retiring settled in Parshallville. He leaves his wife and one daughter, in New York State, and a host of friends. Funeral and burial in Parshallville.
1 Feb 1941 TAYLOR, WILLIAM, 75, a resident of Argentine for 57 years. Funeral from the home with burial in Fairview Cemetery, Linden. Rev. Allen Crawford of Flint officiated. Mr. Taylor is survived by his widow, Martha Taylor, a daughter, Mrs. Ray Ferrah, and one granddaughter, June Ferrah, of Flint, and one brother, George Taylor, of Argentine.
1 Feb 1941 HULET, ERNEST, 13, died as the result of drowning while fishing at the Fenton Mill Pond. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Home, Rev. W. J. Dudgeon, Methodist pastor, officiating. Ernest had gone to the pond to fish with Maurice Neeley, a boy friend. Maurice had gone for wood to replenish the fire in the fish house and upon his return found Ernest drowned. He is survived by his parents, one brother, and two sisters, residing in Fenton at 109 N. West st.
13 Feb 1941 WARREN, HAZEL M., 40, died at St. Joseph Hospital, Flint. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home with interment in Gardner Cemetery in Tyrone Township. Deceased was born at Bellaire, Mich Nov. 19,1901. She had made her home at Linden since last June. She is survived by her husband, Robert, two daughters, Marion and Ilene, three sons, George, Robert Jr., and Donald, at horne; two sisters, Mrs. Lawrence Hart of Perry, Mich, and Annie Miller of Morris; two brothers, Delbert of Ellsworth and Oscar of Lansing.
15 Feb 1941 MESLO, MRS. UARDA R., 41, 16601 Ferguson, Detroit, passed away in Mt. Carmel hospital, Detroit, of heart disease. Uarda Reasner Hill was born April 13, 1899 in Fenton, the daughter of Willis and Eva Belle Reasner Hill She graduated from Fenton High School in 1918. During part of her high school days she worked as an operator for the Union Telephone company, and after graduation was the teacher for one year at the West Brick school near Byron. She then accepted a position as operator for the Michigan Bell Telephone Company and was chief operator here until her marriage on May 17, 1924 to Clarence Meslo. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. For the past six years Mrs. Meslo had been assistant personnel director at the Grand River store of Sears, Roebuck Co. Besides her husband, Clarence, she is survived by a son, James, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Herman (Madeline) Wessendorf, Mrs. Claude (Lena) Cohoon; two brothers, Harold and Walter; her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Willis Hill, and her grand­mother, Mrs. Walter Reasner, all of Fenton. She is also survived by five nephews and one niece and many cousins, aunts and uncles.
7 Feb 1941 TRYON, C. V., 51. Vere Tryon brought copies of The Needles (Calif.) Nugget to The Independent office Tuesday. That of the 7th of Feb told of the death of Mr. C. V. Tryon, aged 51. The deceased was an electrical contractor in Needles. He was a grandson of· Mrs. Julia Tryon of Fenton and a nephew of Vere and Roy Tryon. Deceased was born in North Platte, Nebraska and had made his home in Needles for more than 21 years. He is survived by his wife and seven children of the immediate family, besides the Fenton relatives. Mr. Tryon was a member of the Elks, and they had charge of the funeral, according to an article in the issue of The Nugget of Feb. 14.
22 Feb 1941 THEISEN, MRS. CATHERINE RADEMACHER, 2157 Lansing Ave., Detroit, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles A. Stein, Fenton. Funeral from St. Alphonsus Church, Dearborn. Mrs. Theisen was born in Springwells, later incorporated within the city of Detroit, 76 years ago. The wife of John W. Theisen, retired hardware merchant, Mrs. Theisen would have celebrated her 57th wedding anniversary in September. In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Stein, Mrs. Theisen leaves three sons, Hugo Theisen of Fenton; Joseph Theisen of California; and Leonard Theisen of Detroit; and two other daughters, Mrs. William Kummer and Mrs. Scott Wigle, both of Detroit. Burial in St. Alphonsus churchyard.
28 Feb 1941 HOLTFORTH, JOHN THEODORE was born in Genoa township, Livingston County March 31, 1862 and died Feb 28, 1941 at the age of 78 years and 11 months. He was united in marriage to Emma Jane Callard April 13, 1892 and to this union seven children were born. He is survived by the wife and six children, Mrs. Mildred Wyckoff of Hartland; Mrs. Grace Peterson of Flint; Clara of Owosso; Robert and Albert, at home, and Irving of Mason. One son, Theodore, preceded him in death. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, one great grandchild, several nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Hallers Corners Free Methodist church of which he had been a member for many years. Burial in Fenton.
22 Feb 1941 BUSSELMAN, ANNA B., 80, died in Parshallville. Funeral from the Davis­Graham funeral home, Rev. G. B. Evans officiating .. Interment in the Parshallville cemetery. Deceased was born in Germany Sept 10, 1860. For many years she had been a resident of Parshallville, coming to this country when very young.
23 Feb 1941 BOWMAN, EDWARD W. Funeral from the residence, 5103 Larchmont Ave., Detroit, Rev. A. E. Smith of Detroit officiating. Interment in the Rose Center cemetery. Mr. Bowman had made his home in Rose Center for many years and recently made his home in Detroit with relatives. Surviving are Benjamin, Ora A. and Mrs. Dora Hotteling of Detroit.
3 Mar 1941 Mrs. Ward Wortman and Miss Bessie Cramer received word of the death of their sister-in-law, MRS. ARTHUR CRAMER. Mrs. Cramer passed away in Detroit. Ward Wortman and Miss Bessie Cramer attended the funeral in Detroit. Mrs. Wortman was not able to make the trip.
9 Mar 1941
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HULET, ELMER B., 86. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home, Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell officiating. Interment in Holly. Mr. Hulet was born in Holly June 27, 1854 and had lived in that vicinity all his life . On Sept 20, 1896 he married,. his wife having preceded him in death. He leaves six sons, Milton, Chicago; Arthur, Eldridge, Rolland and Ivan, of Detroit; and Lawrence of Fenton; two daughters, Mrs. D. Hiscox, Fenton and Mrs. John O'Berry of Detroit; one brother, Andrew Hulet of Holly and 15 grandchildren.
7 Mar 1941 YEAGER, SGT. J. H. Another link with the era when buffalo grazed on the western plains, women wore hoop skirts and Sitting Bull and his braves were on the warpath was severed with the death of Sgt. JOSEPH H. YEAGER, 5703 Fourteenth Ave., Detroit, one time Indian fighter who campaigned with Co. H, 22nd Infantry, for five years before he was mustered out in 1880. "Our outfit was in Dakota when Gen. George Custer and his men were trapped on the Little Big Horn by Sitting Bull and his braves," Sgt. Yeager often told his grandchildren. "About 10 days later we caught up with Indians from the war party, and we licked 'em then and there." Sgt. Yeager, born 83 years ago near Hamilton, Ont., came to Fenton with his parents as a child. Shortly afterwards the family came to Detroit. Enlisting in the Army before he was 18, he participated in two skirmishes with the Indians, then received a minor wound in a third skirmish and was hospitalized. He was promoted to a first Sergeant before he was mustered out. Returning to Detroit in 1860, he worked as a cabinet maker and carriage maker. Later he was a policeman for 14 years and then a railroad detective. He was employed by the Ford Motor Co. when he retired 15 years ago. Sgt. Yeager was a member of Col. S. Y. Seyburn Post, No. 15 National Indian War Veterans. The present membership includes 15 others. who fought in the Indian Wars. He leaves his wife, Sarah E.; three sons, Joseph E., Charles H. and Stanley L Yeager; two daughters, Mrs. Mabel Kresin and Mrs. Ray Brown; and five grandchildren; and one brother, V. J. Yeager of Fenton. Funeral from the Harvey A. Neely funeral home in Detroit. The Seyburn Post was in charge of arrangements for a military funeral.Burial in Roseland Park cemetery.
11 Mar 1941 ROBINSON, MARK G. passed away at his home on E. Caroline St. following a year's illness. He was born in Almont, Mich Nov 12, 1865, the son of Mr. & Mrs. George Robinson. Funeral from the residence (prayer service) and then a service at the Tyrone Community Church, Rev. Floyd Burkholder officiating. Burial in Oakwood cemetery, Fenton. Mr. Robinson had been for many years a faithful worker in the Tyrone Community Church. He was at one time superintendent of the Sunday school and at the time of his death was an elder of the church. After his marriage to Alice Howe he lived in the vicinity of Fenton. He united with the Tyrone Congregational Church under the pastorate of Rev. Minty. Following his move to Northville he was faithful as a member of the Baptist Church there for 20 yrs. After the death of his wife who was an invalid for several years, he married Caroline Mead, who only lived a few years. Since his marriage on June 18, 1932 to Alta Street Scribner, he had made his home in Fenton. Surviving are his wife Alta, one daughter, Mrs. Ida Dow and three sisters, Mrs. Abbie Phipps of Hartland, Mrs. Maggie Simmons of Merrill and Mrs.Ada Leonard of Riverdale, Mich., and several nieces and nephews.
22 Mar 1941 FULLER, HOMER A. was born June 10, 1879 in Tyrone township, the first child of Jason and Elvira Fuller. He passed away on March 22, 1941 at his home in Alamo, California. Following attendance at Fenton High School he was employed locally for a few years. At the turn of the century he went to the Pacific coast following the urge which, in those days, took so many young men from their places of birth here in the east. In 1902 while located in San Francisco, he married Algareen Wells. For several years he owned and operated grocery stores in the cities of Berkley and Oakland, after which he located on a fruit ranch in Alamo, some 20 miles east of Oakland in the beautiful Walnut Creek valley. Homer and his wife made several visits back to his old home town during the many years he lived in California. His last visit to Fenton was .in 1928 when he and Mrs. Fuller attended the golden wedding anniversary of his father and mother. He is survived by his wife, two brothers and two sisters.
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3 Apr 1941
KENNEDY, EDGAR, a former Fenton resident, died in Los Angeles, California. The Kennedy's came to Fenton years ago, Mr. Kennedy being cashier of the Wightman Bank. He later became connected with The Egyptian Portland Cement Company. During his residence in Fenton he gave pleasure to many with his singing and when he moved to Detroit he gave vocal instructions for some years. During the residence of the Kennedy's in Fenton they res ided in the home now occupied by Dr. & Mrs. M. B. Smith.
7 Apr 1941 ALDEN, ROLLAND, 9 wk old son of Mr. & Mrs. Gale Alden of the Jennings Rd. Funeral from Craft Funeral Home, Rev. Millard, pastor of the Methodist church in Linden officiating. Interment in Linden.
5 Apr 1941 COUSINS, MRS. LENA, 62, passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. Chas. Lee. Funeral from the Craft funeral home, Rev. Dudgeon, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. Interment in Montrose. Mrs. Cousins came to Fenton to make her home with her sister some months ago.
2 Apr 1941 BIDLEMAN, THOMAS R., 83, passed away at his home, 226 N. East st. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Eva Chappelle of Fenton and Mrs. Elsie Peddington of Pontiac; two sons, Fred and Leonard of Fenton and one brother Emmett of Pontiac. Deceased was born at Parshallville. The greater portion of his life had been spent in Fenton. Funeral from the Davis-Graham chapel with interment in the cemetery at Parshallville.
8 Apr 1941 MOREHOUSE, MRS. L. F. passed away at St. Joseph hospital in Flint. Rose Smith was born in Chesaning May 25, 1875 and was united in marriage with L. F. Morehouse when Mr. Morehouse was connected with a hardware store in Chesaning. They have made Fenton their home for the greater portion of their married life. Mrs. Morehouse was a member of St. John's church and of the various ladies organizations connected with the church. Funeral from St. John's church with Fr. D. Tighe officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, three brothers, Charles and Henry Smith of Jackson and Fred Smith of Chesaning; and three sisters, Mrs. S. P. Mahoney of Bay City, Mrs. Ed. Johnson of Chesaning and Mrs. Margaret Fink of Mayville.
13 Apr 1941 STEIN, A. W., a resident of Fenton for 30 years, passed away at a Detroit hospital. Funeral from the Herbert A. Neely funeral parlors in Detroit. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Lockwood of John R. Baptist church officiated.· Mr. Stein was born in Allegan Dec. 25, 1862. Mr. Stein was born on Christmas Day and passed away on Easter Sunday. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Emma A. Stein and three daughters, Mrs. Herbert Hartwig of Ithaca, New York; Miss Bernice Stein of Detroit and Mrs. F. S. Kochen­derfer, wife of Dr. F. S. Kochenderfer of Fenton.
7 Apr 1941 McKEON, MICHAEL J. died at his home on the Ray Road in Mundy township. Funeral conducted by Rev. Elmer Punches and burial in Argentine cemetery. Mr. McKeon died of pneumonia. He was born Feb. 15, 1886 in St. Paul, Minn., the son of James & Elizabeth Mckeon. He was united in marriage to Miss Blanche Stiff of Linden. He is survived by his widow and two daughters, Patsy at home, and Marjorie Liddleof Fenton; two grandchildren; three brothers, John of Canada; Matt of Goodrich and Joe of Durand.
17 Apr 1941 LEMEN, AUSTIN H., 88, passed away at his home in St. Petersburg, Florida. Funeral from the Davis-Graham funeral home with interment in Oakwood. Rev. W. T. Smith, rector of st. Jude's was in charge. Surviving are the widow; one daughter, Mrs. James Budd; two grandchildren, all of St. Petersburg, Florida; a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Thorpe of Horsehead, N.Y., and two nephews, Harry Lemen of Fenton and William Lemen of Hartland. Mr. Lemen was born in Parshallburg, and almost all of his life had been spent in an about Fenton. Summers he and his family had been in Fenton, but the winter months they had resided in St. Petersburg, Florida for the past 22 years. As a boy he attended school at Latimer Hall and when he grew to manhood went into the clothing business in Fenton. Some years after he was instrumental in the forming of the L.T.P. Mdse. Co., with C. M. Thompson and M. V. Patterson as his partners. Some years ago the company which had their store in the building now occupied by the State Savings Bank of Fenton closed out their business. Mrs. Lemen was Miss Mildred Hinman of Fenton. They were married in 1900, and to them was born the one daughter, Irma, now Mrs. James Budd of St. Petersburg
24 Apr 1941
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VAN TIFFLIN, WOODFORD ASHTON, 85, brother of Mrs. C. J. Remington of Fenton. Funeral from the home in Lake Orion. Deceased was born in Genesee County, the son of William And Celia Van Tifflin. Besides the sister is a son Lewis Van Tifflin of Lake Orion. Burial in Evergreen cemetery, Grand Blanc. Mr. Van Tifflin was at one time a resident of Mundy township.
26 Apr 1941 McCANN, HUGH A. passed away in Providence hospital, Detroit, from a blood clot following an accident. Funeral from the Methodist church at Gaines, with brother attorneys from Detroit and Genesee county acting as pall bearers. Interment in Linden cemetery, with the Masonic burial rites given by the Masonic lodge of Byron. Hugh was a member of the Byron order. Hugh was a native of Genesee County, being born here July 27, 1896. He was 44 years old when he passed on. He graduated from both the Gaines High school and the High school of Fenton and then attended Detroit College of Law, graduating from that institution in 1918. After a period of military service he opened a law office in Detroit and had since practiced in that city.
22 Apr 1941 McCARTHY, MARY, a resident of Fenton more than sixty years. She was born in Deerfield township, Livingston county, Dec. 2, 1852, the daughter of Charles And Ellen Collins Mccarthy. She is survived by one brother, Charles Mccarthy of Deerfield and four sisters, Ellen Scullin of Howell; Mrs. Frank O'connell of Lansing; Kate Hempsted of Flint and Veronica Mccarthy of Fenton and several nieces and nephews. Funeral from st. John's Catholic church, Rev. Fr. Tighe officiating. Interment in the old family lot in Deerfield cemetery.
1 May 1941 INGRAM, MRS. HELEN, widow of the late Dr. A. R. Ingram, a former physician of Fenton and Argentine, passed away at Bee Ridge, near Sarasota, Florida, at the age of 89. Dr. Ingram passed away in 1929. Funeral from the funeral chapel of Sarasota. She is survived by a son Bert Ingram of Sarasota. During her residence in Fenton, which covered a number of years, Mrs. Ingram was one of the best loved of ladies. As a teacher in the Presbyterian Sunday School there were many little boys and little girls (now men and women) who learned their first lessons from her. She was a life long member of the Presbyterian church and always active in the work of the church.
23 May 1941 SMITH, RANSOM P., 56, passed away at his home on Shiawassee Ave. Funeral from the Fenton Methodist church, Rev. Dudgeon officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Deceased was born in Marion, Ohio, January 25, 1884, the son of Silas and Alice Smith. He had been a resident of Fenton for the past 22 years. He was a member of the Fenton Methodist church and of Fenton Lodge, No. 109, F. & A. M. Ransom was an employee of the Industrial Machine Tool Company. Surviving: wife, Mrs. Ruth Smith; one daughter, Mrs. Edward Bretzke of Fenton; brothers, Stanley of Fenton, Emmetof Marion, Ohio; Arleigh of Marion, Ohio; Floyd, Toledo, Ohio; a sister, Mrs. H. U. Rough of Morral, Ohio; and two granddaughters.
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29 May 1941
ADAMS, HENRY, passed away at a Lakeland, Florida hospital. Funeral from the Presbyterian church in Fenton with interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Adams was born in Grattan, Kent county, Oct. 11, 1860, thus was almost 81 years old at the time of his passing. April 23, 1884, Mr. Adams married Miss Victoria E. Scott at Geneseo, NY. Deceased was for a long period a resident of Argentine where he operated a general store. Selling this business he and his family moved to Fenton where he purchased a hardware stock. He later sold that business and for a time was connected with the Walker Manufacturing Co. He afterwards purchased the Fenton Greenhouses, which he later sold to the present owner, Edward B. Mitts. He had been in Florida for more than a year. Surviving is a son Carl H. Adams of Flint, a daughter Faye Adams Johnson of Detroit and three half brothers, Fred Austin of Lansing, Claude Austin of Lansing and Bert Austin of Argentine.
21 May 1941 REAGAN, LOUIS, aged 43, passed away at Salt Lake City, Utah. Funeral from the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Reagan, in Fenton, Rev. Haggard pastor of the Fenton Baptist church officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Louis was born in Chicago, Nov. 30, 1898, the son of James And Rose Reagan. For the last four years he had made his home in California. Surviving are the wife and five children of California, the parents, Mr. & Mrs. James Reagan of Fenton; a brother, James of Cassopolis, Mich.; two sisters, Mrs. Eugene Farner of Linden and Mrs. Robert Sleeman of Fenton.
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29 May 1941
SUTHERLAND, FRED, 77, a native of Argentine. Funeral from the home of his brother, Lemuel Sutherland in Argentine where he had been cared for during the past eight years. Interment in Cadillac beside his wife who died in 1931. Deceased, the son of George and Elizabeth Sutherland, was born in Argentine Oct. 19, 1863. He lived for a number of years in the vicinity of Traverse City and Cadillac. During his later years he was afflicted with blindness and had been confined to his bed for the past six months. He is a twin brother of Frank Sutherland of Linden.
2 Jun 1941 CARPENTER, MRS. MARY (M. O.) passed away at her home in the Rollins Apartments at the age of 67. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Home. Interment in the Byron Cemetery. Deceased came to Fenton following her marriage to M. O. Carpenter. They erected the house on Wood street and made this their home for a number of years. Mrs. Carpenter continued to live there following Mr. Carpenter's death, until a short time ago when she sold the property.
1 Jun 1941 SCZDRONSKI, RAYMOND, age 20, lost his life in a motorcycle accident. Funeral from St. John's Catholic church. Raymond was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Sczdronski of the White Lake road. He is survived by his parents and two brothers, Edward and Henry. He was a graduate of Hartland High School and for the past two years had been employed as a mechanic at the Ford garage in Fenton.
5 Jun 1941 WEST, MRS. PHOEBE SHOTWELL, 74, died in her home in Linden Tuesday, following a long illness. Funeral from the Bowles Funeral Home, with burial in Fairview Cemetery [Linden], Rev. G. R. Millard officiating. Deceased, the daughter of Anson and Lucinda Shotwell, was born in Linden Feb. 10, 1867. She was married to Charles West in 1901. They were engaged in the business of conducting variety stores, being located at Perry and Manistique before coming to Linden where Mr. West died in 1912. She conducted the business until 1918. After her retirement she spent her winters in Florida, returning to Linden for the summers. She is survived by her brother, Ray Shotwell and one niece, Mrs. Walter Buzzard of Chesaning, and three nephews, Charles Shotwell, Fort Ogden, Fla; Anson J. of Linden and James David of Detroit.
30 May 1941 SCOTT, MRS. ELIZABETH ANN, 93, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs.George Webber, in Linden. Funeral from the home with burial in Fairview cemetery, Rev. A. E. Cameron officiating. Deceased, the daughter of Charles and_Harriett Marsac, was born in Lyons, Michigan, March 16, 1848. She married Peter Scott and lived in Cadillac for many years. Following his death, she came to Linden to make her home with her daughter. She is survived by Mrs. Webber, one granddaughter, Mrs. Ray Breese and one great granddaughter, Barbara Breese of Linden and several nephews and nieces in Lorraine, Ohio.
27 May 1941 PATTERSON, ELIZABETH MARIAN, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Patterson of the Holly Advertiser. Deceased was born in Holly January 24, 1910. She passed away at Goodrich hospital following a comparatively brief illness. Prayer servic from the Dryer Chapel in Holly with interment in Washington cemetery, Carsonville, Mich. Also surviving is a brother, George.
25 May 1941 ECKLES, MRS. FRANK, age 60, died at his home on N. Leroy Street. He was born in Wayne county July 5, 1871. Funeral from the Craft funeral home with burial at Plymouth, Mich., Dr. J. Stanley Mitchell officiating.
9 Jun 1941 PARKER, ELIJAH passed away at the home of his son George. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Home with interment in Oakwood cemetery. Mr. Parker was born near Carsonville, Mich., Jan. 6, 1861, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Parker. He had made Fenton and vicinity his home for the past fifty years. Mrs. Parker passed away March 19, 1938. Surviving are five sons, Elijah, Irwin, George, Joe and Charlie; seven grandchildren; and two sisters and one brother who reside near Carsonville.
5 Jun 1941 AUSTIN, BERT J., 69, died suddenly in Memorial hospital, Owosso following an emergency operation. Funeral from the late home in Argentine with burial in Fairview cemetery, Linden, Rev. A. E. Cameron, pastor of the Linden Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial service in charge of Linden Lodge No. 132 F. & A. M. Mr. Austin, who was born in Jackson county Nov. 23, 1874, had resided in Argentine village for 35 years and was in the grocery business 25 years. For the past 10 years he had been connected with the Fenton Green House. He is survived by his wife, Murna; one daughter, Mrs. Delbert Taylor; two sons, Elton Austin, Fenton, and Merle Austin, Lansing; 10 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two brothers, Fred Austin and Claude Austin of Lansing; several nieces and nephews. He was a member of Linden Lodge F. & A.M., and the IHSV Sunday class of the Presbyterian church.
11 Jun 1941 POLLION, CHARLES, passed away after an illness of some duration. Funeral from the Davis-Graham chapel, Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell officiating .. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Owosso. Born in Ohio March 4, 1874, Mr. Pollion came to Michigan at the age of four with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. John Pollion, and settled in Chesaning. He was married there in 1907 to Miss Carrie Crutts of Caledonia township, and the couple remained on a farm near Chesaning for three years after their marriage, then moving to Fenton, where Mr. Pollion entered the building business. During part of his residence in Chesaning and for several years after moving to Fenton, he was a member of the Oddfellows. He attended the Presbyterian church in both places. Surviving are his widow, at home; a brother, William Pollion of Romeo, and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Muma of Sault Ste. Marie and Mrs. Tillie Baldwin of Oakley, and several nieces and nephews.
14 Jun 1941 HOYT, WILLIAM W., aged 84, died at Trenton following an illness of seven weeks of diabetes. Funeral from the Oak Street Free Methodist Church in Flint, Rev. Victor Rensberry officiating. Interment in Bristol cemetery. Mr. Hoyt was born in Wayne, Michigan, April 14, 1857, the son of Charles And Eliza Hoyt. He married Miss Mattie Simms Sept. 11, 1879 at Pontiac, Mich. His life work was that of a Free Methodist clergyman, and his last years were spent on a farm in Midland county and then moving to Fenton where he and Mrs. Hoyt lived in their pretty home south of the Free Methodist church until Mrs. Hoyt's death, when he went to make his home in Trenton. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Chas. Oaks of Flint and Mrs. Albert Potbury of Port Huron; one son, Marshall W. Hoyt of Trenton, one adopted son, Russell, a grandson, Harold Warren of Ann Arbor, whom he reared; two brothers, Harlon and Charles of St. Louis, Mich.

Fenton Independent Deaths
1938 - 1943
Date Obituary
5 Jun 1941 JYLEEN, MRS. ANDREW of Tyrone, died in Flint at the age of 70. Services at Woodmere cemetery prior to cremation. Surviving is the husband, Andrew Jyleen; four sons, Otto, Arnold, Alfred and Jack; four grandchildren and one great grandchild, a brother Matthew Helgren of Detroit. Alfred came from Los Angeles, Calif. and Arnold from Brainerd, Minn. for the funeral. Deceased was born Sophia Helgren, in Finland, After coming to America she married Andrew Jyleen in Hancock, Mich. They were residents of Birmingham prior to coming to this community, purchasing a farm in Tyrone township.
4 Jun 1941 PARKER, RAYMOND LEONARD, supervisor of Fenton township, died at St. Joseph Hospital from streptococcus infection. Funeral from St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Rev. W. T. Smith, the rector, in charge. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Ray was born in Baldwin, Michigan, 58 years ago. When he was 10 years old his parents moved to Fenton and this village has since been his home. 37 years ago he married Miss Olive Dibble. During his life here he was employed for several years in the store of Scott & Co., by Frank J. Hoffman in his shoe store, then by Chase & Glaspie, shoes, then for several years operated the delivery service for the Fenton merchants, and for nine years operated his own shoe store. Ray was politically minded and served the village as clerk and was also a member of the village council; he was also township clerk for several years and ten years ago was elected supervisor. This office he had held since that time. He had also been a candidate for sheriff of Genesee County and for Register of Deeds. As a member of the present board of supervisors he was chairman of the Sheriff and Jail Committee, a member of the social welfare and the petitions communications and resolutions committees. He was a member of Fenton Lodge, I.O.O.F. and of Favorite Rebekah Lodge, and also of st. Jude's Episcopal church. Surviving are: the widow, Mrs. Olive Parker; two daughters, Madaline (Mrs. Mortensen) of Ann Arbor, and Marjorie (Mrs. Nierescher) of Fenton; four brothers, Fred, Clark, Merle, of Fenton and Merton of Lansing, and one sister, Mrs. Seymour Cole of Detroit.
28 Jun 1941 SWEENY, MRS. TIMOTHY F., died at her home, 101 N. West Street. Funeral from St. John's Catholic church, Rev. Fr. D. Tighe officiating. Burial in the Catholic cemetery. Mrs. Sweeny was born in Pontiac, Nov. 24, 1860. After her marriage to Mr. Sweeny in 1880, they moved to Deerfield township, Livingston county. Here they lived until 1912 when they moved to Fenton. September 27, 1930 Mr. & Mrs. Sweeny celebrated their Golden Wedding. Mr. Sweeny passed away May 19, 1932. Mrs. Sweeny was a member of the Catholic church and a consistent worker in the Altar Society. Surviving are three daughters, Miss Julia Sweeny and Mrs. Fay Smith of Fenton and Sister Mary Gertrude of St. Mary Convent, Monroe; four sons, A. M. Sweeny of Monroe, Don of Flint, Joseph of San Diego, Calif., and John of Detroit; one sister, Miss Joanna E. Moutier of Pontiac, and ten grandchildren.
1 Jul 1941 CARMAN, DR. GEORGE NOBLE, 84, director of the Lewis Institute of Chicago. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Carman served at Ypsilanti, Brooklyn, N.Y. and St. Paul, Minn., and superintendent of Union City, Mich., schools before becoming director of the institute in 1895. He retired in 1935. Dr. Carman was well known in Fenton, at one time a teacher in Fenton schools, and has often attended Alumni Reunions in later years. He leaves a niece, Miss Bertha Herbst, and two nephews, Raymond and John Herbst, all of Ann Arbor.
1 Jul 1941 SHAW, WILLIAM W., 83, died at his home on Rolston Road. Funeral from the home, Rev. G. W. Millard of North Long Lake Methodist church officiating. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Whigville. Mr. Shaw is survived by his wife, a son, William, Fenton township; one sister and three brothers, Mrs. Ida Mctaggart, Spicer and George, all of Flint, and Charles of Toledo; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
1 Jul 1941 BURDICK, MRS. CHARLES, died at her home in Duluth, Minn. Deceased was the former Miss Lou Setchfield of Fenton, where she spent her girlhood days, and was married here. She was a sister of Will Setchfield of Flint, and Mrs. Lettie Smith of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mrs. Burdick is survived by her husband and a daughter, Letty, at home, the brother, Will Setchfield, and sister, Mrs. Smith.
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10 Jul 1941
BROOKS, CLIFFORD COLLIER died in Dearborn. Burial in Northville. Many in Fenton will remember Mr. Brooks, who made his home in Fenton for some time. He & Mrs. Brooks resided in the home on the corner of Mill and Adelaide streets. Mrs. Brooks was Miss Blanch Adams of Bay City. Mr. Brooks was the inventor and manufacturer of the Brooks folding boat and other articles. While a Fenton resident he was interested in the manufacture of an automatic device to change phonograph records. Many who knew him best regarded him as a man a generation ahead of his time.
10 Jul 1941 JOHN ELMER COURTER, 79, died at his home, 104 Second Street, Fenton, Thursday, July 10. He had been ill for several years. Mrs. Courter was born in Lapeer Feb. 24, 1862, and had been a resident of Fenton and vicinity for the last 32 years. Funeral from the Courter residence, Rev. Wesley J. Dudgeon of the Fenton Methodist church officiating. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth.
9 Jul 1941 JACOB MUNDY, 79, pioneer resident of this community, died at his home on the Beers Road Wednesday. Funeral from the Bowles Funeral Home in Linden with burial in Fairview Cemetery, Linden. Rev. G. R. Millard officiated. He is survived by his widow, one daughter, Florence Clymer, Gaines Township; one son, Charles, at home; 4 grandsons; one half sister, Mrs. Ida Palmer of Gaines.
13 Jul 1941 MRS. IDA FOOTE FAULKNER, age 82, died Sunday about the noon hour, marking the passing of one who was not only a pioneer of the village, but also a pioneer of the business section as well. Ida L. Foote was born in Ionia and came to Fenton with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Ambrose Foote, when a small child. Her father owned and operated a jewelry and watch repair shop in a building which stood on the old bridge which burned years ago. As a young girl she made her home with her aunt, Mrs.Jane Hankinson, who conducted a millinery parlor in Fenton. She remained with the aunt until her death which occurred in 1906. She then took over the business and conducted it in the same building, which stood just south of the present Marshall Barber Shop, until she sold the building in 1937 to those interested in the Fenton Community Center, and retired to the house, corner of West Rockwell and Park streets which her parents called home for so many years. In the fall of 1906 she married George Faulkner. He passed away in 1914. Surviving is a sister, Nettie (Mrs. John Norton) of Flint; a nephew, Harry Foote of Detroit, and a niece, Mrs. Hazel Giles of Flint. Deceased was a life long member of the Fenton Methodist church. For the past few years a sister-in-law, Mrs. George Foote, had made her home with Mrs. Faulkner and assisted in caring for her. Funeral from the Davis-Graham chapel, Rev. Weslley J. Dudgeon, pastor of the Fenton Methodist church, assisted by Rev. Ira W. Cargo of Fowlerville, and a former Fenton pastor, officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery.
19 Jul 1941 FREY WALTER DOBBS, age 61, passed away at his home, 5411 Commonwealth Ave. in Detroit, following a stroke which he suffered eight months ago. Deceased was born in Fenton December 23, 1879. He married Mary Lane, a second wife, August 3, 1936 in Holly and moved to Detroit soon after. The early years of his young manhood were spent in theatrical work and he traveled allover the United States. Later years were spent in radio work. Funeral from the Davis-Graham chapel in Fenton, Rev. Wesley J. Dudgeon of the Methodist church officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Surviving are: a daughter, Mrs. Muriel Mcknight of Chicago, and two brothers Glenn and Harry of Fenton.
16 Jul 1941 MRS. JULIETTE BISHOP, 70, widow of George Bishop and a former superintendent of the Home for the Aged, died at her home, 617 Janes, Saginaw. She at one time was manager of the YWCA cafeteria in Saginaw. Born Juliette Bly Jan. 17, 1871, in Fenton, a daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Bly, pioneers of this section of Michigan, she was married to Mr. Bishop in Saginaw in 1891. Mr. Bishop died in 1900. She was a member of the Warren Avenue Presbyterian church. She leaves two brothers, John Bly of Byron and Andrew of Fenton; one sister, Mrs. Perry Brunson of Fenton; 10 nieces and three nephews. Funeral at the Case chapel, Dr. J.W. Boyer officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery at Fenton .
9 Jul 1941 MISS GERTRUDE DART passed away at her home at 246 East Eddington Ave., Flint, Mich. She was born May 22, 1876 in Mundy Township, and was the daughter of the late George and Julia Dart .A few years of her life were spent on a farm in Oakland County, between Fenton and Holly, later moving to a farm on the Reid Road north of Rankin. After moving to Flint in 1912 she was employed in Warricks and Rosenthals stores for several years. Surviving are four brothers, Otis, Tobias and Frank of Fenton, and Martie of Flint; a niece, Mrs. Dorothy Louden of Fenton, and a nephew, Herman Dart, also of Flint. A brother, George Dart, passed away six years ago last May. Funeral from the Algoe-Gundry chapel in Flint, Rev. T. S. Bottreil of the Bristol Methodist church officiating. Burial was in the Bristol Cemetery in the family lot.
26 Jul 1941 JOHN MEADORS of Branwell, West Virginia, private first class, stationed at Selfridge Field, drowned Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Shiawassee mill pond at Linden. Mr. Meadors was a guest in the Stanley Eaton home.
27 Jul 1941 HARRY R. HAMMER and EVELYN HAMMER, husband & wife, were killed early Sunday morning in an automobile accident on Miller Road, five miles west of Swartz Creek. Funeral from the Fenton Presbyterian Church, Dr. J. Stanley Mitchell, pastor, officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. The plant of the Industrial Machine Tool Company, at which both Harry and his father were employees, closed Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night and fellow employees attended the services in a body. Harry was born in Rockford, Illinois, 28 years ago, and the greater part of his life had been spent in Fenton where he had been employed in a number of the Fenton grocery stores and meat markets, prior to entering the employ of the Industrial Machine Tool Co. Evelyn Tyndall Hammer was born in Oak Grove, Mich., the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Claude Tyndall. She was 23 years old at the time of her death. Harry Hammer & Evelyn Tyndall were married September 7, 1940, and had since made their home in Flint. Harry is survived by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Hammer of East Rockwell Street, Fenton, and two sisters, Margaret (Mrs. Alvin Hoeksema) and Norma (Mrs. Frank Hull), both of Fenton. Evelyn leaves her parents and her grandfather.
25 Jul 1941 MRS. EARL BELL passed away at her home on North East Street. Funeral from the Presbyterian Church, Dr. J. Stanley Mitchell, pastor of the church officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Margaret Agnes Tomlinson was born in Meaford, Ontario, Canada, 44 years ago. She married Earl Bell December 11, 1918 at Meaford. They made their home in Meaford for several years. Thirteen years ago the family came to Fenton and this has since been their home. Mrs. Bell was a member of the Fenton Music Club, the Order of Eastern Star and of the Presbyterian church. Mrs. Bell was gifted with a beautiful voice and was ever willing to assist in entertaining with vocal solos. Surviving are the husband, Earl Bell; three sons, Graham, Donald and Murray; a brother Charles, of Meaford, Ontario and another brother and sister of Alberta, Canada.
26 Jul 1941 MRS. THEDA HICKS BROWN passed away at her home in Pinckney. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Home in Fenton with Rev. William Davis of Owosso officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Theda Hicks was born in Tyrone Township, March 3, 1878, and had spent almost all of her life in this vicinity. When a young lady she was a teacher in the Fenton schools and while engaged in this work became blind, never recovering her sight. She was a member of the Fenton chapter of Eastern Star. She married Zack Brown in 1924. For a long time she made her home with her brother Fred B. Hicks of Tyrone. Surviving is a brother, Attorney Byron Hicks of Owosso.
30 Jun 1941 DENNIS L. KIMBERLY passed away at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital, Dearborn, age 80. Mrs. Alta Robinson returned to Fenton Monday, August 4 after spending two weeks with friends in Detroit and vicinity. A portion of the time was spent in Dearborn with her sister, Mrs. D. L. Kimberly, whose husband passed away June 30th. Funeral from the Barker Funeral Home, Dr. A. D. Klonty, pastor of Boulevard Temple Methodist Church, officiating. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Detroit. Mrs. Kimberly was for years a resident of Tyrone and later was employed in Fenton. She is not well at this time.
29 Jul 1941 JERRY CHENEY, 17, Fenton enrolee in the Luzerne civilian conservation corps camp north of West Branch, was killed by lightning Tuesday night when, together with several other boys, he ran out to pull down the flag as the rain began to fall, preceding a heavy thunderstorm. Among CCC boys it is considered an honor to be the first to lower the flag in times of emergency, and Jerry was the first to reach the pole. Jerry was born in Fenton Aug. 6, 1924. His family moved to Fenton several months ago from Clio where they had been living for the past 14 years. Previous to that time, they had lived in Fenton. Funeral from the First Presbyterian church in Fenton, Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell officiating, assisted by the camp chaplain. Several truckloads of CCC boys made the trip to Fenton for the funeral. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Jerry is survived by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Cheney, his grandmothers, Mrs. Ed. Cheney of Fenton, and Mrs. Tobias of Flint; two brothers, Laverne, at home, and Edwin of Frankenmuth, and four sisters, Joyce at home, Mrs. Morris Eagan of Birch Run, Mrs. Kenneth Ayliffe of Pine Run and Mrs. Dorothy Neeley of Clio.
30 Jul 1941 MRS. CARRIE E. DeWITT, age 75, passed away at St. Joseph Hospital, Flint. Funeral from the Davis-Graham Funeral Home, Dr. J. Stanley Mitchell officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Carrie Pettinger, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George Pettinger, was born in Holly, December 24, 1865. She married Charles Dewitt Sept. 23, 1907. Surviving are: the husband, Chas. DeWitt; one son, Deland of Fenton; one daughter, Mrs. Dianthia Schatow, of Detroit and two brothers, George of Holly, and Clarence Pettinger of Rose Center.
31 Jul 1941 ALICE COOK, 11 month old baby daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Cook of North Bridge Street, Linden, died at Hurley Hospital following an emergency operation. Funeral from the Linden Free Methodist church with burial in Fairview Cemetery. Rev. Harry Hazzard, pastor of the church, officiated. Besides the parents the baby is survived by the grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Jay Gamber, of Linden, and Mr. & Mrs. Cook, Flint.
28 Jul 1941 The baby son born to Mr. & Mrs. Irving Krusina of Linden, Monday, July 28, lived only 11 hours. The Rev. A. E. Cameron conducted the burial service in Fairview Cemetery. The parents and one brother survive.
8 Aug 1941 EDWARD ASHLEY PHILLIPS passed on at his home on Shiawassee Avenue on his 76th birthday. Funeral from the home, Rev. Asher Golden Work of Detroit, a former pastor of the Fenton Presbyterian church, officiating, assisted by Dr. J. Stanley Mitchell, present pastor of the church. Burial in the family mausoleum in Oakwood Cemetery. Deceased was born in Milford on August 8, 1865, the son of A. J. & Julia Phillips. Ashley had lived in Fenton since 1869. He was for years a member of the firm, A. J. Phillips Co., and later The Phillips Company. The company was nationally known as the manufacturers of screens and screen doors, snow shovels and ladders in Fenton. Ashley was greatly interested in the welfare of Fenton, his home town. He served as a member of the council, as president of the village and as a member of the Fenton Board of Education, and was for a long time, a member of the Phillips Library commission. He served his state of Michigan as a member of the state prison board and during the world war was a government production manager with headquarters in Lansing. His later years had been occupied in the progress of the Phillips Orchards south of Fenton on old 23. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Eloise Phillips formerly Miss Eloise Fisher, of Fenton; two sons, Donald of Fenton and Robert of Los Angeles, Calif., and two granddaughters, Dorothy and Marjorie, daughters of Mr. & Mrs. Donald Phillips.
1 Aug 1941 FLOYD E. BARNES, 58, vice president of the Gratiot County Abstract Company, passed away very suddenly at the Osteopathic Hospital in Saginaw. Funeral from the home in Ithaca with burial in the Ithaca Mausoleum. Floyd E. Barnes, son of Oscar & Emily Barnes, was born Feb. 14, 1883 on a farm in Shiawassee County. When Floyd was 7 years old his father was accidentally killed. Three years later he was with his mother when she moved to Byron and when he was 13 the family moved to Fenton. Floyd's education was obtained at Byron and Fenton. Following the completion of his high school work in Fenton, he attended and graduated in the business course from the Fenton Normal. He was a natural musician and was always willing to entertain with his mandolin. June 14, 1911 he married Madge E. Potts of Ithaca, who with their daughter, Mrs. William Jenn Mott Jr. of Orinda, Calif., and two granddaughters, and a niece, Miss Barbara Barnes, daughter of the late Erwin Barnes of Fenton, survive. On Jan. 1, 1912 he accepted a position with the Gratiot County Abstract Company, being vice president and manager at the time of his death
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14 Aug 1941
Word was received in Fenton yesterday that ROY DELEHANTY, formerly of Fenton, but for years a resident of Chicago, had been killed that morning. The body will be brought to Fenton Saturday morning and taken to the Craft Funeral home, and from there to the Catholic Cemetery for burial.
18 Aug 1941 JOSEPH WISE passed away at the State Hospital in Ypsilanti. Remains were brought to the Craft Funeral Home and funeral services held from there. Interment in Colwell Cemetery. Deceased was 80 years of age. For years he was a character about Fenton streets where he was familiarly known as "Dode."
28 Aug 1941 AMELIA DEXTER BIDELMAN, age 88y 4m, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed Aymore, of Owosso. Funeral at Parshallville with interment in the Parshallville Cemetery. Amelia Minnettia Dexter was born in Goodrich, Genesee County, April 28, 1853, the daughter of William & Cordelia Dexter. She was the oldest of 12 children, all of whom have passed away except one brother, Amos Dexter. When a young woman she was united in marriage to J. H. Seger at Byron, Mich. To this union two children were born, Frank Seger of Fenton and Mrs. Fannie Micks of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. Feb. 15, 1882 she was married to John Bidelman of Parshallville, and to this union seven children were born, four of whom are still living: Amos & Cassie Bidelman of White Cloud, Mrs. Eunice White of Howell and Mrs. Ed Aymore of Owosso. She leaves besides the children, 46 grandchildren, 66 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
3 Sep 1941 MRS. ELLEN LUTZ, age 39, passed away at Women's Hospital, Flint, after submitting to an operation. Funeral from the Davis-Graham Funeral Home, Rev. N. R. Dower of Flint officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Ellen Dorothy Lonsbury was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Lonsbury, and practically all of her life had been spent in and near Fenton. It was here that she obtained her education and graduated from the Fenton schools with the class of 1921. Dec. 5, 1924, she married Mathias Lutz. The greater part of their married life has been spent on their farm south of Fenton. Deceased is survived by her husband, one son, Charles H. and a daughter Winona; her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Lonsbury, two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Miller and Miss Lillian Lonsbury of Fenton and two brothers, Lyle and George Lonsbury of Fenton.
Issue of 4 Sep 1941 MR. LEWIS PARRISH passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hazel Lamson, in Middletown, Ohio, and the remains were brought to Fenton for funeral services and burial which took place Wednesday afternoon from the Craft Funeral Home, Rev. Wesley Dudgeon, pastor of the Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Linden. Fenton was the home of the Parrish family for many years. Mr. Parrish was a painter by trade and well known for the excellence of his work.
1 Sep 1941 JAMES HEFFNER, age 52, passed away at St. Joseph Hospital in Flint. He was most severely injured in an automobile accident about ten days prior to his death. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Home in Fenton, Rev. Wesley Dudgeon officiating. Interment in Roseland Park. James was born in New York City, Dec. 10, 1888. He made his home in Flint for some years, and 22 years ago the family moved to Fenton and this village has since been their home. Surviving are the wife, two sons, James, in the service and stationed at Norfolk, Virginia and Jack at home; three daughters, Mrs. Madaline McFarland, Mrs. Florence Waldo of Fenton, and Mrs. Marie O'Dell of Royal Oak; a sister in Detroit; three brothers, Harold of Shelbyville and George and Charles of Detroit. Mrs. Heffner, who was also injured in the automobile accident which resulted in her husband's death, is greatly improved.
31 Aug 1941 LEWIS PARRISH was born in Fenton 74 years ago and passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hazel Lamson, Middletown, Ohio on his birthday, Aug. 31st. He was united in marriage to Miss Emma Aber in Lansing in 1890, and they came to Fenton. This village has since been their home with the exception of winters when it had been the custom of Mr. & Mrs. Parrish to go to the home of Mr. & Mrs. Lamson, returning to Fenton in the spring. It was a year ago next month, in October, that they went to Middletown and sickness prevented their return to Fenton last spring. Surviving is the wife and one daughter; one brother, Ernest E. Parrish of Midland; one half sister, Mrs. Cora Rolfe of Battle Creek; two granddaughters, Mrs. Margaret Oglesby and Mrs. Dorothy Weidle, both of Middletown. Funeral from the Craft Funeral Home with Rev. Wesley Dudgeon in charge. Interment in Linden Cemetery.
10 Sep 1941 HUDSON WHIPPLE of Argentine, formerly a resident of Fenton, passed away at his home in Argentine. Funeral from the Bowles Funeral Horne in Linden.
25 Sep 1941 ELLA ELIZABETH WOLVERTON, oldest child of Amos & Elizabeth Wolverton, was born in Tyrone on June 21, 1857 and passed away at her home in Tyrone September 25, 1941. She was married to Ira C. Love on November 28, 1883 at Hartland. To this union four children were born; two daughters, Ida and Anna, living, and two sons dying in infancy. Mrs. Love joined the Congregational church early in life and was a very active member for several years. Immediate survivors are the daughters, Ida at home and Mrs. Verne Bamford of East Lansing; two grandchildren, Bob & Leone Bamford of East Lansing; two sisters, Mrs. Rose Wolverton of Fenton; Mrs. John Mattison of Milford; two brothers, Chas. & Bert, of Fenton; and several nieces and nephews.
28 Sep 1941 MRS. NELLIE SHEPHERD, 63, resident of Lake Fenton for the last 10 years, died at her home on the Torrey Road. Born in Mt. Clemens Dec. 2, 1878, she was the daughter of George & Annie Butzler. On Sept. 22, 1897, she married Victor Shepherd in Detroit. Previous to the 10-year residence here, she had lived in Detroit for 24 years. Funeral from the Long Lake methodist Church, Rev. G. R. Millard, pastor, officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery in Pontiac. Craft Funeral Home handled arrangements. Surviving, besides her husband, are: two sons, Eric & Rex at home; one brother, George Butzler of Fenton; six sisters, Mrs. P. Marsque, Mt. Clemens; Mrs. Rollo Eddy, Fenton; Mrs. George Gale, Fenton; Mrs. Rose Belman, Detroit; Mrs. William Chamberlin, Mt. Clemens; Mrs. Robert Carson, Mt. Clemens.
28 Sep 1941 MRS. CHARLES MOSHIMER, 72, died at her Byron home after an illness of several years. Funeral from the Lewis N. Small Funeral Home, Byron and interment in the Byron Cemetery. Born Mary Voorhies Aug. 13, 1869 in Fenton, daughter of Albert & Eliza Voorhies, she had made her home in Byron for the last 45 years. Surviving are her husband, Charles, and three children: Mrs. Guy Hoffman, Davison; Mrs. Roland Wright, Flint; and Miss Gladys Howe, Denver, of a previous marriage. She is also survived by a brother, George Voorhies, Port Huron, and 8 grandchildren.
8 Oct 1941 JAMES K. BURR, 87, great grandfather of 12 and grandfather of 29, died at his home in Linden. Mr. Burr had been superintendent of schools in Linden, Gaines and Argentine for some years. Later, he sold books for the American Book Company. He was instrumental in getting for the village the first gas lamps for its streets. In 1882, he drew the entire plans for construction of Linden High School, which stood for 40 years. Often he had smiled in reminiscence of the circular bannisters to the lower floor of the building, on which many an older resident of Linden did his share of sliding. The pioneer resident, who had lived in Linden for 55 years, coming from Saginaw, was born in Oswego, NY, April 1, 1854, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Burr. He retired about 35 years ago from business. He was worshipful master of the Masonic lodge in Linden a number of times and a member of Knights Templar, as well as several other social and fraternal societies. August 29, 1876, he married Flora A. Struble, who died in Linden, where they were married, Jan. 20, 1930. On Dec. 31,1930 he married Matilda Powell, who survives him. He is also survived by four sons, Fred of Oxford, Harry of Gaines, Clifford of Linden, Stanley of Sacramento, Calif.; four daughters, Mrs. Albert Nitz of Linden, Mrs. H. L. Oppenborn of Miami, Fla., Mrs. Fred Wilson of Detroit, and Mrs. William McDonald of Flint; two sisters, Mrs. C. W. Palmer of Chicago and Ida Burr of Vivian, Texas; 29 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Funeral from the Bowles Funeral Home.
9 Oct 1941 CHARLES CASSADY, 91, and former probate judge and register of deeds from Isabella County, died at the home of Mrs. Josephine Turner, Fenton, under whose care he had been. Born Jan. 31, 1850, near Mt. Morris, NY, he was the son of Albert & Rosemary Cassady. In 1873 he married Alice May Harnden in Bay City. She died in 1932. Mr. Cassady lived in Saginaw until 1876, when he moved to Mt. Pleasant, where he entered politics. From 1887 until 1891 he served as register of deeds for Isabella County, and from 1915 to 1932 he was probate judge. Since 1932 he had lived with his daughters in Fenton and Detroit. Funeral from the Turner home with interment in Mt. Pleasant. Mr. Cassady was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for 70 years and a member of Royal Arcanum lodge 89, of Detroit. Surviving are two sons, Edgar N. of Houston, Texas; and Charles Harvey of Fenton; three daughters, Mrs. Charles Leal of Fenton, Mrs. M. B. Shaw of Fenton and Mrs. Orlo Dickerson of Detroit; three grandsons; three granddaughters, and four great grandchildren.
11 Oct 1941 MRS. MAUD ABBEY, age 64, died at her home on Bennett Lake following a long illness. Funeral from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clifford Embury on Bennett Lake Road. Burial in Linden Fairview Cemetery, Rev. Harold Nessell of Gaines officiating. Besides her husband, William Abbey, she is survived by one son, Dale, of Detroit; three daughters, Mrs. Reta Sober, Fowlerville, Mrs. Eva Herrick, Duffield, and Mrs. Embury, Bennett Lake; nine grand­children, two great grandchildren, two sisters and three brothers.
12 Oct 1941 Mr. & Mrs. A. M. Gruner, who reside north of Fenton on US-23, have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community for the terrible accident which took from them their son, Winston, aged 13 yrs, Sunday evening. Mr. & Mrs. Gruner and another son, Duane, were attending a band concert at the Community Center. Winston was at home and evidently started to clean a rifle, for when his parents returned home at 9:30, Winston was found with the rifle and cleaning rod lying beside him. Funeral from the Presbyterian Church with Dr. J. Stanley Mitchell in charge. Mr. Gruner is vice president and general manager of the Genesee Tool Company
12 Oct 1941 GEORGE W. DeWITT passed away at the county hospital. Funeral from St. Jude's church, Rev. W. T. Smith officiating. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. DeWitt had been a resident of Fenton for many years, and had for a considerable time conducted a bicycle shop, both in one of the brick buildings on Shiawassee Avenue and in a building which stood on the site of the present dental office of Dr. Kochenderfer. Four years ago he suffered a stroke and was later taken to the county hospital where he remained until his death. Deceased was born in Waterford, Mich., Feb. 10, 1857, the son of James & Adelaide DeWitt. James DeWitt Post, American Legion is named after his son who lost his life in the World War. Surviving is the widow, a daughter, Mrs. Gladys Bump, three grandchildren, and a brother, Charles DeWitt.
15 Oct 1941 Word was received in Fenton of the death Wednesday morning of PHYLLIS CAROLAN, age 9 years, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Carolan of 428 Delia Street, Flint. The telephone message stated that Phyllis died suddenly while on her way to school. The Carolans were at one time residents of this community.
18 Oct 1941 PETER McGOVERN died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Vincent, near Argentine at the age of 79. Deceased was born in Canada, Dec. 17, 1861, the son of Peter & Jane McGovern. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Vincent. Funeral from St. John's Catholic Church in Fenton with Fr.D. P. Tighe officiating. Mr. McGovern had been a resident of this community for a long time. He had owned several farms in the vicinity of Fenton and a few years ago purchased and remodeled a house on W. Rockwell St.
21 Oct 1941 WEBSTER WILSON, age 81, died in a Flint hospital. Funeral from the Bowles Funeral Home, Linden, Rev. G. R. Millard officiating. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Linden. Deceased, the son of Henry & Agnes Wilson, was born Aug. 8, 1860 in Guernsey County, Ohio. In Sept. 1884 he married Minnie Rholding in Minnesota. He had lived in this community for the past eight years. He is survived by three sons, William and Glenwood of Linden; Lincoln of Aberdeen, S.D.; four daughters, Bertha Wooner, Dover, Minn.; Mary Abernathy, Lewiston, Minn.; Alice Carroll, Allendale, N.D.; Fern Williams of Kirkland Lake, Ont., Canada; 24 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
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23 Oct 1941
Funeral services for the late HENRY DUDECK, who died suddenly in his shop last Friday morning, were held at the home Sunday afternoon. Rev. Millard officiated, burial in Fairview Cemetery. Deceased, age 66, was born in Kirby, Mich., Dec. 23, 1884. On Jan. 17, 1906, he was married to Eva Dell Jackson. No children were born to this union. About 12 years ago he opened a machine shop here where he labored mostly for the farmers doing general repairing and acetylene welding at which he was an expert. Besides his wife, one brother, John, of Corunna, and one sister, Mrs. Tower Jackson, of Flint, survive. (From The Linden Leader)
Issue of
30 Oct 1941
Funeral services for MRS. MARGARET ARTHUR were held from the late home in Byron on Monday, Oct. 13, Rev. C. A. Bruch, pastor of the Nazarene Church, Durand, officiating. She was born March 29, 1845 in the township of White Lake, Oakland County, Mich., the daughter of Scott & Ann Voorhies, departing this life Friday morning, Oct. 10, 1941, at the age of 96y 6m 11d. She was the last of a family of 8 children, 4 brothers and 3 sisters, all of whom are deceased. Her mother having died when she was 12 years of age, she, with the youngest brother, Jacob, went to live with their grand­father Garner in Fenton. Mrs. Arthur was converted during a revival in the old Methodist church in Fenton at the age of 15 years and sanctified during a period of the Crusade Movement in Michigan. In 1866 she married Samuel W. Arthur, living in Oakland County until 1881, when they moved to Burns township, Shiawassee County, to live, residing on a farm 2 1/2 miles south and west of Byron until about 25 years ago when they moved to the village of Byron. To this union were born four children, Frank, Carrie, Vern & Roscoe. She leaves to mourn their loss her two sons, Rev. Frank E. Arthur of Hinsdale, Illinois, and Roscoe, of Byron (Carrie having passed away in March 1928, and Vern in June 1926) and nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two half sisters, Carrie Groce of Menlo Park, Calif., Mamie Schryer of Big Rapids, Mich., and one half brother. She was a member of Gaines Campmeeting Association, Shiawassee County Holiness Association, and of the Nazarene Church in Durand.
30 Oct 1941 ERNEST LOVE, 47, former druggist in Fenton, died in Miami, Fla. after a short illness. Mr. Love graduated from Fenton High School and Ferris Institute where he received a degree in pharmacy. He worked for a drug company in Detroit for a number of years before going to Florida. He was born in Oak Grove, Livingston County, son of Mr. & Mrs. Bert Love. He is survived by his sister, Ethel Kirshman.
30 Oct 1941 MANLEY WELLINGTON WALLER, 77, of 107 W. Eighth St., Flint, died at his residence. Born in Hastings, Ont., Mr. Waller lived in Flint many years. He was the father of Hazen M. Waller, field representative of the state board of tax administrator, and Truman D.(Dewey) Waller, Flint health department sanitary inspector. The family made Fenton their home for several years, owning the farm now owned and occupied by C. S. Rounds and family.
29 Oct 1941 CLARENCE L. SPALDING, 78, died at his home in Deerfield township. Funeral from the Hardy Methodist Church in Oceola, Rev. Bryn Evans officiating. Burial in Deerfield. He had lived in Deerfield Township, where he was born Dec. 26, 1876, practically all his life. He was the son of Calvin & Melissa Spalding. Besides his widow, Phleta Spalding, these survive: four daughters, Mrs. Robert Miller, Mrs. Russell Miller, Mrs. Henry Cornell and Mrs. Borden Kimberly; four sons, Jeffie, Luther, Claude and Burton; 15 grandchildren and one brother, Simon.
9 Nov 1941 ORIN J. HIBBARD, 69, resident of Byron for the last 25 years, died in University Hospital, Ann Arbor. Funeral from the Baptist Church, Byron, with burial in Byron Cemetery. He was born in New York state Sept. 4, 1872, and came to Michigan at the age of 29. In 1916 he moved to a farm near Byron. Surviving are his widow, Lillian Newman Hibbard, two sons, Dallas of Byron and Leslie, a school teacher at Henderson; a sister, Mrs. Carlton Morgan, Byron; and a brother, Bert, of New York State. He also leaves nine grandchildren.
7 Nov 1941 MRS. ANNA E. CAMPBELL, 86, a resident of Byron for many years, died at her home. Funeral from the Methodist Church, Byron, with burial in Sanford Cemetery near Cohoctah. She was born in Livingston County, Oct. 17, 1855, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Jackson, and was married to Clark Campbell July 18, 1894. Her husband died seven years ago. She is survived by one sister and one brother.
20 Nov 1941 LOIS JEAN WILLIAMS, 19 month old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Clare Williams died at Hurley Hospital. Funeral from the home, 427 N. Oak St., Rev. Wesley J. Dudgeon officiating.
19 Nov 1941 MISS BLANCHE MAY BEAL passed away at the Pontiac Hospital, age 65. Funeral from the Davis-Graham Funeral Horns with interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell of the First Presbyterian Church officiated. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Beal. She was born in Fenton May 1, 1876 and lived here her entire life. Surviving is a brother Rolla of Wyandotte; two nephews, James and Garland, and a niece, Edith, all of Wyandotte.
19 Nov 1941 DAVID G. SMITH, 18 year old son of Carl & Lucille Smith, passed away from injuries suffered Tuesday in a collision between his bicycle and an auto­mobile. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, Ruth & Marilyn,and three brothers, Donald, Leo and Eugene, of Bay City. David was born in Fenton, March 10, 1923, and lived there until four years ago, when the family moved to Bay City, where his father was employed by Aetna Cement Co. The last two summers, David spent in Fenton with his aunt and uncle, Mr. & Mrs. WID. B. Klein and was employed at the Cement Co. here last summer. He was active in the choir of Woodside M. E. Church, the Boy Scouts,and school organizations.

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