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We all know epidemics were common in the days of old. It devistated the families and towns. Here are some articles found on the epidemics that swept through. Taking many with them, and changing others lives forever.

Published in The Fenton Independent Oct. 31, 1918


The Spanish Influenza Takes Heavy Toll From Our Village

The Mad Charge of the Epidemic a TrifleChecked

It is with a feeling of sadness and sympathy that the publisher of The Independent edits this column for the present issue. During this week in our visitations at the various homes where from the effects of Spanish Influenza sadness has become prevalent, we have been lead to wonder why Fenton, one of the fairest villages in the state should be called upon to go through this period of trying.

Last Week every physician in the village was overworked, going day and night to care for the 300 cases which were to be found in the community. Today they believe that the trouble has begun to lessen somewhat but there are still many who are very ill.

It has been an uncommon thing for every member of the family to be flat in bed with no one to care for them, and it has been exceedingly hard to obtain help owing to the fact that there has hardly been a home which has not been afflicted.

The Independent gives the following short notices concerning those who have passed away since the last issue of the paper:


The funeral of John Clifford Remington, 14 year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Clifford J. Remington of Fenton, who died Wednesday afternoon after a ten days' illness of acute Bright's disease was held from the family residence Sunday afternoon, Rev. J.T.M. Stephens, pastor of the Fenton Methodist church, officiated. Interment was made in Oakwood cemetery.

He leaves besides his parents two brothers, Lloyd Russell Remington of the U.S. Naval Air Station at Fort Tilden, Long Island, N.Y., and the Pte. Edward Bryon Remington of the Transport Corps, Camp Custer, one sister, Mrs. Morris O'Heron and his grandmother, Mrs. Emma Remington of Fenton.


After an illness covering a period of only a week or ten days, Floyd Howard Abrams, son of Mr. & Mrs. F.L. Abrams of Deerfield township, passed away at the Students Army Training Camp at East Lansing, Thursday, October 24, at four o'clock in the morning. His mother was with him at the time of his death.

Floyd or "Curley" ( as he was more particularly known among his young friends) was 20 years old, being born in Deerfield March 14, 1898. His happy life had been spent there and in Grand Blanc where for three years he lived with his uncle and aunt, Mr. & Mrs. H.A. Whipple. Floyd had bright prospects in life. In 1916 he graduated from the Fenton high school and had just started a college career when he passed away.

Funeral services were held from the home of his parents in Deerfield Sunday, Oct. 27. Interment in Oakwood cemetery.

Card of Thanks

We desire to express our most sincere gratitude for the kindness and sympathy shown us during our late affliction and great loss of one dear son, Floyd. The loving tenderness and aid of neighbors and friends greatly strengthened our hearts and by sharing the burdens of others in deepest sorrow. We thank Mrs. W.R. Davis for the selections rendered so beautifully and the Rev. J.T.M. Stephens for the loving words of comfort also for the beautiful floral offerings from friends and classmates.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Abrams


Mr. and Mrs. Willis Hill have the sympathy of the community in the loss of their little eight year old daughter, Mary, who passed away Monday morning.

Mary was a bright active little girl and up to the time of her death was a (Illegible) the home, which is now saddened by her untimely death.

Funeral services were held from the home Wednesday morning at 10:00. Interment in Oakwood cemetery.


Pearl Reed was born in Antrim township Shiawassee county in 1879. The most of her younger years were spent in that township until she moved to Rose township where in 1899 she was united in marriage to Walter Hungerford. They have always lived in this community and four years ago came to the village of Fenton to make their home. She is survived by her husband and four children Lloyd, Ernest, Velma and Norene of her immediate family and brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Hungerford passed away Monday morning. Funeral services were held from the home Wednesday afternoon at 3:30. Interment in Oakwood.


Mr. and Mrs. Fred Day have suffered a severe loss in the death of their son, Leon, which occured Monday night just before the beginning of another day.

Leon was born in Holly township seventeen years ago and has lived with his parents in Fenton for the past sixteen years.

Leon was a good boy amdious and anxious to do his best in the world.

He was a member of the fenton Baptist church and of the Yeoman and also of the Fenton Boy Scouts.

Funeral services were held from the home on Ellen street this afternoon at 1:30. Interment in Rose Center cemetery.


The home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Day was visited by death the second time Monday when Mr. Day's mother Mrs. Matilda Waaser passed away.

Mrs. Waaser was born in Canada sixty nine years ago and a few years ago came to Fenton to make her home with her son, Frank Waaser.

Mrs. Waaser is survived by two sons, Fred Day and Frank Waaser, of Fenton; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Austin of Newark and Martha Cripps of Fenton.

Funeral services were held from the W.R. Davis undertaking rooms this morning at 8 o'clock and the remains taken to Gladwin her former home, for interment.


Laura Bell Pettis was born in Ingham county February 20, 1886 and had made her home in Fenton for fourteen years. Ma 23, 1906 she was united in marriage to Verne Jarvis and to the union were born seven children, six of who survive their mother.

Mrs. Jarvis passed away Saturday evening, October 26. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at two o' clock. Interment in Oakwood.

Coupled by the already hard bereavement another came to the home Monday morning when the two months old daughter, Laura Bell died. The little girl was placed in the casket with the mother and together they were laid away.

Mrs. Jarvis is survived by her husband, four sons and two daughters; her mother, Mrs. H.F. Williams of Rochester, Mich; four brothers, E.L. Pettis of Linden and Ivan , Georg and Earl of Fenton and one sister, Mrs. Ora Stavros of Detroit.

Card of Thanks

We desire at this time to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for all kindness extended us during our late bereavement. We especially thank the Rebekahs for their floral offering.

The Relatives


Iva Bidleman was born in Hartland township March 9, 18?0 and when fourteen years of age moved with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bidleman, to Fenton. September 1914 she was united in marriage to Earl King, who is now with the American Army in France.

Mrs. King passed away Monday evening after an illness of two weeks.

She is survived by her husband, her parents, three brothers Fred, Leonard and Melvin and three sisters, Mrs. Ben McCrumb and Mrs. Merle Chapelle of Fenton and Mrs. John Woods of Pontiac.

Funeral services were held this morning from the home of her parents. The remains will be placed in the vault at Oakwood awaiting word from her husband.


The funeral of Mrs. Biska Hill, who passed away Monday, was held yesterday afternoon from the home on West street at one o'clock and interment made in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Hill was born in Fenton township in 1868 and this township has always been her home, the last few years having resided in the village.

In 1904 she was united in marriage to Chas. Hill who with a daughter Hazel, survives her.

Card of Thanks

We wish to thank all of our friends who have been so kind to us at the time of our bereavement. Especially do we appreciate the floral offerings.

Chas. Hill

Hazel Hill


Hazel Irene, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Stein was born in Grand Rapids Sept. 1891 and when old enough attended the public schools until she was 10 years of age when she had the misfortune to fall and injure her for life. She was of a very tright and studious disposition and had many talents, but disease laid a heavy hand on her so that she was unable to cultivate any of them. This she felt keenly. So her only hope was of Heaven. She would often say she wished she could go there and she has her hearts desire at last after seventeen years of patient suffering. "But these are they which came out of great tribulation."

She is survived by her parents and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:30 from the home.


The passing of Howard E. Traphagan, son of mr. and Mrs. E. Traphagan Wednesday morning takes from this community one of the stable young men.

Howard was born on a farm between Fenton and Linden January 30, 1886 and has always made his home with his people. He attended and graduated from Linden high school and afterwards took a two years' course at M.A.C. and later a short business course at Detroit Business College.

He is survived by his parents and one brother, Lieutenant Rocie Traphagan, now with the American army in France.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at two o'clock at the home. Interment in Fairview cemetery, Linden.


Jesse Durfee, son of Edgar Durfee of this village, passed away Monday afternoon at ten o'clock. The same afternoon his little three months' old son, Alfred, also died.

Jesse was born in Antrim township, Shiawassee county forty-six years ago and for the last seven years he and his family have made Fenton their home.

Jesse is survived by his wife and nine children, five sons and four daughters.

This morning at 10:30 services for both he and his little son were held and both laid to rest in the same casket at Oakwood.


Mrs. Elmer Smith passed away at her home in Fenton Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 after a weeks illness.

The funeral services were held this morning at 10:00 and remains taken to her former home, Columbia, Ohio. Rev. J.T.M. Stephens officiated.

Ol?e Gundrum was born in Columbia, Williams county, Ohio, 27 years ago, a daughter of mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gundrum. She was married to Elmer Smith July 11, 1908. About one year ago they moved to Fenton to reside. She was a member of the United Brethran church of Columbia.

Besides her husband she leaves two little daughters, Mabel aged eight and Wilma four; and also her parents and two sisters and one brother.

Death visited this family twice in one week, the little daughter, Thelma passing away last week.

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