Macomb County Obituary Index

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Marvin Abernethy 1831-1911*
Marvin ABERNATHY was born in Monroe County, NY on August 5, 1831. In 1844, his family came to Utica and in 1863, he took over the business of shoemaking, succeeding his father, who had been in the business for 20 years. Marvin was married twice. On October 3, 1855, he married Sarah Ann ARNOLD. They had a son named Elmer. Sarah Ann died in 1863. On January 16, 1866, Marvin married Sarah Ann's sister, Ellen. They had 4 children, Sarah, Lou, Bessie, and a baby, who died in infancy. Ellen died in 1906. Marvin was a religious man. He lived his religion by giving money liberally of his money and time to the Methodist Church, where he was a member for 56 years. For 55 years, he served on the Church Board. He sang in the choir and for 5 years was superintendent of the Sabboth School. Marvin died at his home in Utica on August 16, 1911.

Utica Sentenial- July 14, 1949

Miss Alta Adams, a well known and life long resident of Utica, passed away on Sunday afternoon, following a prolonged illness. She was 56 years of age.

Miss Adams was born on a farm on Mound Road, Sterling Township, on September 4, 1892. She was the daughter of the late Howard and Hannah Adams. She attended Burr district school & Utica High School. For a number of years she resided at 3425 Utica Road, near Utica.

Although she lived a reserved life, she endeared herself to many with her kind personality and her willingness to help others.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Gertrude Renshaw, of Utica; three brothers, Ralph, of Columbus, Ohio, Herbert and Miles Adams, of Utica.

Services were conducted from the Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, Utica, on Wednesday, July 13, at 2:00 o'clock. Reverend A. Baumann officiating. Burial took place in the Utica Cemetery.

Submitted by Eric J. Graham ... Adams researcher

Gertrude Adams Renshaw - see her obituary listed under Renshaw

Utica Sentenial -August 3, 1945
Hannah ( Mrs. Howard) Adams (Hannah)
Mrs. Hannah (nee DILL) Adams passed away at her home, 3425 Utica Road, on Wednesday Evening, July 25, following a long illness.

Mrs. Adams was born in Germany on March 16, 81 years ago. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Dill. At the age of 4 years she came with her parents to America and first settled in Detroit. Later the family moved to a farm in Sterling Township.

Following her marriage to Mr. Adams on November 21, 1883, she and her husband settled on a farm on Mound Road in Sterling Township until 34 years ago when they moved to their home on the Utica Road. Mr. Adams passed away following an accident on June 28, 1936.

She is survived by two daughters. Mrs. Gertrude Renshaw (see Gertrudes obituary, listed alphabetically) of Utica and Miss Alta Adams, at home; three sons, Ralph of Columbus, Ohio, Herbert of Chicago and Miles Adams of Utica. She is also survived by six grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Services were conducted from the Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, Utica, on Saturday, July 28, at 2:00 o'clock with Rev. Versile Bentley officiating. Burial took place in the Utica Cemetery.

Submitted by Eric J. Graham ...Adams researcher

Macomb Daily- Dec. 4, 1951 Herbert G. Adams

Utica- Funeral services for Herbert Adams, 65, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday from the Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, Utica.

Mr. Adams, who lived at 43725 Utica road, died Monday at St. Joseph Hospital. Born on a Sterling Township farm, he attended Burr School and the Utica High School.

At the age of 20, he moved to Chicago but returned to Utica in 1947. He was a member of the Masonic Order, Kensington Lodge 804, F. and A.M.

Mr. Adams is survived by his wife, Dora Scharfenberg Adams; two sons, Raymond, of Cincinnati, and Merle, of Chicago;; one sister, Mrs. Gertrude Renshaw, of Utica, and two brothers, Ralph, of Columbus, Ohio, and Miles, of Utica. He also leaves four grandchildren.

Burial, with Rev. G. MacDonald Jones officiating, will be in the Utica Cemetery under the suspices of the Utica Masonic lodge.

Submitted by Eric J. Graham ...Adams researcher

Utica Sentenial- July 3, 1936

Howard Adams hit at son's home
Driver of Death Car accused of Intoxication
Adams lived on Farm his grandfather pioneered in 1820

Howard Adams, who for the msot of his eighty- one peaceful years had lived on the 160-acre farm on Mound Road at Nineteen-Mile which his grandfather, Humphrey Adams, pioneered in 1820, and where he and his father, Washington Adams, were born in a log cabin long since torn down, was struck and fatally injured by a fast-driven automobile last Saturday evening at about 8:15 in front of the home of his son, Miles Adams, who lives on the farm, six miles southwest of Utica. The death-car was going south from on of the private parks west of this village. It was driven by Thomas Oltean, of Detroit, who is said to have been attending a hilarious picnic, and who is declared by several witnesses to have shown marked signs of having been drinking.

Adams, who was active and well preserved for his years, had been helping Miles all day, getting in hay. He had been driving the horse on the hay-fork. Supper was done and chore-time had come. The father awakened after a nap in an arm-chair, had volunteered to cross to the west side of road to get the evening paper from its box. His son, noting the stream of cars, returning to Detroit from the picnic warned his father "Look out for the cars, dad!" A few minutes later the daughter-in-law and the hired man both saw the old man standing by the box with the paper in his hand, evidently waiting for cars to pass before attempting to recross. They both turned to their duties and four or five seconds later heard the crash that told them all too truly that the old man had been hit.

The son was first to his father's assistance. The father lay in a crumpled heap, all but insensible, on the pavement; the car hurtling its way, but coming to a pause at a distance of about 200 feet, where the driver turned it around and drove back.

"You've killed my father!" Miles said to the stranger, a man of 48 years. "Oh, hes' not hurt bad," said the driver. "Not hurt?" answered his son, "look at him!"

The left leg of Howard Adams had been shattered and its lower part left dangling; his left arm was broken; blood was trickling from his ear; and he was breathing with difficulty. The blood told of a fractured skull and the hard breathing of a lung punctured by a broken rib.

Schwarzkoff's ambulance was summoned and Mr. Adams was taken to St. Joseph hospital, Mt. Clemens, where he died the following morning. His only words were spoken as the son was picking him up, "Take me out of here."

On the statement of Oltean before the prosecutor, Oltean was released; but the three sons, Miles, Ralph, and Herbert (the last two from Columbus and Chicago respectively) are not convinced as yet of the driver's innocence.

Two young men following the death-car were the only eye-witnesses. They said that Adams stepped toward the car and was struck. Other witnesses said there was a strong smell of liquor on Oltean's breath. All but the driver agreed that he was traveling at least 45 miles an hour.

The handle of the car door hooked Adams' arm and broke it; itself being broken off. The impact swung him around and threw him to the pavement. It is also conjectured that he was hit on the left leg by the fender as his body was whirled and that that blow broke his leg. Contact with the pavement shattered the skull and broke the rib loose at the back, casing the lung puncture.

All this is plain- but how did it occur? That is the all-important question that may never be answered.

Anyhow, we have lost an honored and industrious citizen who never drank, or used tobacco, at the hands of a transient who was in all probability befuddled with liquor.

Howard Adams was born on the farm at which he was fatally hurt, a property that has never passed out of the family since his grandfather came here from Vermont and pioneered it in 1820. His birthplace and that of his father was a log cabin on this farm, built by the grandfather, but long since torn down.

Mr. Adams was never much of a traveler, though at the age of 21 he attended the Centennial at Philadelphia; drove a stage shortly after near that city on a mountain trail; visited Washington D.C., where he shook hands with General Grant; and during the World War, at age 63, worked along with the best of them doing his bit in a Chicago munitions factory.

He clearly recalled the circumstance of the slaying of President Lincoln, which occurred when he was a boy of ten.

In early life he married Hannah Dill, who parents lived in the neighborhood, who lives to mourn him. Surviving also, besides the sons mentioned, are two daughters, Miss Alta, at home; and Mrs. Gertrude Renshaw, of Sterling Township; six grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

The local Adams line runs back through a family of early New England settlers to where it connects, in England, with the stem from which sprung Samuel, John, and John Quincy Adams, of Revolutionary and presidential fame.

The funeral was held from the late home of the deceased, a brick house built by the father, Washington, from bricks made by him on the old homestead. It is located a little southwest of this village, on Old VanDyke Road.

Rev. H. Magahay officiated. The remains were laid at rest beside those of the father and grandfather, in Utica Cemetery. It is the first death in the family in 43 years.

Howard Adams Obituary:

June 1936

Aged Man is Killed by Car
11 persons injured in traffic accidents over Week-end
Week-end traffic in Macomb county resulted in the following: one killed; 11 injured, one jailed for reckless driving and two jailed for drunken driving.

The dead man is Howard Adams, 81, farmer living on Van Dyke avenue, Utica. Adams was walking across Mound Road near Eighteen Mile road, Sterling Township, when he walked into the side of a car, according to reports at the sheriff's deprartment. The car was driven by Thomas Oltean, 48, of 17250 Goddard avenue, Detroit. The accident took place Saturday at 8:15 p.m.

Adams, who was leaving a house at which he had been visiting and crossing the street to a mail box, received injuries from which he died at St. Joseph hospital at 3 a.m. Sunday. Oltean was released by Prosecutor Roy McKinstry after making statements Saturday night. He will appear today for disposition of the case. The body was taken in charge by Coroner John J. Stark.

Mr. Adams was born in a log house on the Mound Road, on the site which was taken by his parents on a land grant from the government. He lived all of his life on the same farm.

Surviving are his wife, Hannah; three sons, Ralph, Columbus, Ohio; Herbert, of Chicago, and Miles, of Sterling Township, two daughters, Miss Alta, at home, and Mrs. Gertrude Renshaw, of Sterling Township; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services in charge of E. A. Schwarzkoff, Utica, undertaker, will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the home with the Rev. H. Magahay, officiating. Burial will be in the Utica Cemetery. Submitted by Eric J. Graham ... Adams researcher

Chicago Tribune- Nov. 9, 1979

Merle H. Adams, beloved husband of Otillia (Kaiser); dear brother in law of Emily Wisniewski and George Kaiser. Son of Herbert G. Adams and Dora Scharfenberg Adams. Visitation 3 to 9 p.m. Friday at Drechsler- Brown Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park, where service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Entombment Woodlawn. Memorials to Heart Fund appreciated. 383-3191

Submitted by Eric J. Graham ... Adams researcher

Macomb Daily- August 1971
Miles Adams
Sterling Heights- Miles Adams, 82, of 4830 18 1/2- Mile, died Wednesday at Crittenton Hospital in Rochester. He was born September 25, 1888, in Utica, and was a retired farmer and a member of the Farm Bureau. He was also a life-long resident of the area.

He is survived by a sister, Gertrude Renshaw of Sterling Heights, and four nephews and one neice. His wife, Lillian, died in 1966.(1965 actually)

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday from the William Sullivan and Sons Funeral Home. 8459 Hall, Utica, with the Rev. Robert E. Horton of the United Methodist Church of Utica officiating. Burial will be in Utica Cemetery.

Submitted by Eric J. Graham ...Adams researcher

Utica Sentenial- May 19, 1955
Former Utica Resident Dies
Reuben "Ralph" R. Adams
, 70, passed away May 7 following a short illness in Columbus, Ohio, where he had lived since 1906.

He was the eldest son of the late Howard and Hannah Adams, having been born October 10, 1884, on their farm on Mound Road, Utica.

He was educated in the Utica Schools and following graduation attended the State Normal College in Ypsilanti and the Gutchess Business College, Detroit.

Mr. Adams' first position brought him in contact with lumber in 1904 with teh estate of David Ward who operated a large mill for cutting white pine at Deward, Mich. Later he went to Columbus to enter new fields in the selling of lumber where he was associated with the H. H. Giesy Co. and served the Ohio Association of Lumber Salesman as secretary for 25 years.

In 1907 he married Mary Etta Meeks of Bay City, and she preceded him in death February 2, 1951. He later married Mrs. Pauline Dorr, who survives him; also one daughter, Mrs. Frances Emmerich; step-children, Sister Mary Hugh, Dr. Hugh C. and John H. Dorr, Columbus, and Paul Dorr of Zanesville; nine grandchildren; a brother, Miles Adams; a sister Mrs. Gertrude Renshaw, of Utica.

Funeral Services were held May 11 in Columbus with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Submitted by Eric J. Graham ... Adams researcher

Utica Sentenial- July 23, 1892
Mrs. Sophia Emerson Adams was born in Wadsville, Kennebec Co., Maine, July 13th, 1818. In her sixteenth year she came to Utica with her brother-in-law, John Rice. After the death of her sister, she kept house for Mr. Rice several years, helping in rearing the children. In 1849 she was married to Washington Adams, whose decease she survived eight years. To this union two children, on son and on daughter were born. The son, Howard, only, surviving the mother. The Emerson family in the Maine home was large, but now only two remain, Joseph Emerson, of this place, and a sister in Philadelphia. Mrs. Adams was known to all the citizens, many of whom remember her kindly for her attention and care manifested in the time of their trouble and sickness. She was candid, frank, and outspoken. For many years she made a public profession of religion but for a long time refrained from taking any decided stand in church relationship. However after much careful though, she united with the M. E. church, and has since striven to walk in the "pewness of life" in Christ. Her final severe illness was of but short duration, and she gently closed her eyes in the wakeless sleep, Saturday night last. Her funeral was held at the M. E. church. Tuesday afternoon, July 19, Rev. Frank L. Osborne officiating.

Submitted by Eric J. Graham ...Adams researcher

Utica Sentenial- February 16, 1884
Washington Jefferson Adams- At his late residence, in the town of Sterling, on Monday, February 11, 1884, Washington J. (Jefferson) Adams, aged 67 years.

Mr. Adams was one of the oldest residents, having settled in Michigan when quite young. He leaves a wife and one son, beside a host of friends, to mourn his loss. The funeral took place at the M. E. church on Wednesday, a.m., and the very large attendance bore testimony to the esteen in which he was held by those whom he acquainted. The Rev. Mr. Benson preached a very impressive sermon on the necessity of a preparation for the great and final event that awaits us all, and for which Mr. Adams expressed himself as fully prepared.

Submitted by Eric J. Graham ... Adams researcher

Mt Clemens Monitor, Mar 5, 1917
Harvey Aldrich
Harvey Aldrich, mail carrier, will spend his vacation in the Washington hospital. Mr. Aldrich was thrown from a load of hay on Macomb street Wednesday, and picked up with a broken leg. Mr. Aldrich finds a certain comfort in the thought that the leg broken is the member deformed by rheumatism some years ago, and it may come out straighter and longer.

Mt Clemens Daily Monitor, Oct 14 1940.
Harvey A Aldrich, widely known retired rural mail carrier, died at his home, 16 Hubbard avenue, at 2:10 a.m. today of a heart attach following a year's illness. Since his retirement from the postal service six years ago, Mr. Aldrich as been associated with Wildt & Warner in the real estate business .... he made a host of friends. He was born in Armada, the son of James and Medora Aldrich. His father was a pioneer having been born in Ray Township. Mr. Aldrich frequently attended the First Presbyterian church and was a faithful member of the Mail Carriers association. Besides his wife, the former Katherine A Langley, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ivan W. File of Mount Clemens, and Mrs. Harold F. Reinhardt of St. Clair Shores; one son James L. a student at the University of Michigan, and one brother, Peter J. of Perry, Michigan. Services Wednesday from the Hubbard Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Joseph L Kennedy, pastor of the First Presbyterian church officiating. Burial in Clinton Grove.

Mt. Clemons Daily Leader 2 May 1932 p. 4
NELSON B. ALLEN, 82, died 29 April 1932 at the home of his granddaughter. Funeral services were held from Peterson home, at 2 p.m. Sunday, with burial in Richmond Cemetery. Surviving are one son, Manford Allen of Memphis and Mrs. Ed Smith of Port Huron; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mr. Allen worked at the carpenter trade for many years, coming from the state of New York to Richmond at the age of 6 years.

Thanks to for this obituary.

ALLOR, Baudry

Mount Clemens Monitor, Fri. Mar. 8 1895. "The mother of L.A. and John W. Allor died at Saginaw, where she had been living with a daughter, on Monday. Burial was at Chesterfield Wednesday. The reading from Union Cemetery lists: Sarah Allor, w/o Louis Jul 18 1820 - Mar 4 1895.

Mt Clemens Monitor, Apr 27 1906
Chesterfield. Miss Lois ALLOR was born in Chesterfield, Jan 6 1883, and died at her home here Saturday, April 21 1906. She was married to Ellery WAITE on Jan 21 1903, who is left to mourn the departure of a loving wife and companion, besides her parents, four sisters, and one brother. For a long time she had been ill iwth stomach and liver trouble, and gradually grew worse until the end came. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Baptist church, conducted by Rev. Wallace, of New Haven, assisted by Rev. A Hall, of this place, who spoke of the high esteem in which the deceased was held. The large concourse of people present, together with the floral offerings, can speak without words the great esteem and love that was felt for the deceased. Our great sympathy is sincerely extended to the bereaved husband and family. (a poem follows)
Milton. Many from New Haven came to attend the funeral of our dear young friend Lois Allor Waite. Rev. J W Wallace married them three years ago today. He preachered her funeral sermon. Mr. and Mrs. Allor and her husband have our heart felt sympathy in their sad hours of affliction.

Sierens, St. Peter Burial Records, p.47
Louis ALLOR d 16 Nov 1884, husband of Sarah Woodre, 79 years old. Mt. Clemens Press, Oct 20 1884 Mr. Allor, father of Louis Allor of this city, died at his home last Saturday night at the age of 79 years.

Mt Clemens Monitor, Fri Jun 5 1908.
Louis AMEEL, one of the oldest residents of Mt. Clemens, died Monday night, aged 84 years. The funeral was yesterday from St. Peter's church, of which he was a devoted member. Mr. Ameel was born in France, going to Belgium early in life, and then coming to Detroit in 1850. Cholera was raging there, and so he, with the late Bruno VanLANDEGHEM and the late Felix DENEWITH, came to Mt. Clemens, where they lived ever afterwards. Forty-nine years ago he married Miss Anna WINKLER-*, who survives him with six children, Joseph of Washington state, Charles and August of Detroit, and Albert,Frank, and Henry of Mt. Clemens. Mr. Ameel was a tailor by occupation, working for years in the shop of the late C.D. Williams. Then he became a barber and had a shop of his own until he retired from active life, a few years ago. He was an industrious, thrifty citizen, esteemed by all who knew him, and never had an enemy in all his life.

December 15, 1929

Walter Andrews

Walter Andrews, 82, died at his home in Utica December 14, from inflammation of the heart incident to old age. He had been ill with pneumonia for nearly three weeks, the attack following right after the buzz-saw explosion, in which Walter Vokes, who lived with Mr. Andrews, was injured in the leg. He himself escaped injury by inches.

This shock many have had something to do with a weakened condition which allowed the disease to overcome him.

Mr. Andrews was buried Tuesday in Utica Cemetery, following services in charge of Rev. Magahay at the home at two o'clock, E. A. Schwarzkoff, directing.

Surviving are one son, Floyd Andrews, postmaster at Clarkston and one daughter, Mrs. Mabel St. Armour of Utica. There are six grandchildren.

Mr. Walters first married Miss Alta Adams, daughter of Washington J. Adams and Sophia Emerson Adams, in 1872. After she passed away in 1882, he remarried Margaret Wood, from which the two children sprung from this union.

Submitted by Eric J. Graham ... Adams researcher

Morey Axtell
Mt Clemens Monitor May 12, 1911
[from the Monitor, May 6th 1881]
Dr. W. D. Dicker, Postmaster G. H. Snook, Chas. Wood and Morey Axtell, young, promising men and prominent citizens, are drowned in Lake St. Clair, April 27th, while attempting to cross the lake between Strawberry Island and Clinton River in a small boat. The details of the awful tragedy could never be known. Morey's body was found adrift in the boat, and the bodies of the others were subsequently recovered from the lake.

From The Daily Leader, Mt Clemens, Michigan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1939:

--------o-------- Lived in Richmond District 70 Years

RICHMOND -- Mrs. Amelia Bartell, age 76, a resident of Richmond and Columbus townships for the past 70 years, died on Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Phillip Schuck, at New Haven, following an illness brought on by her advanced age.

The funeral will take place on Thursday at 2 p. m. with services at the home of Mrs. Schuck. The Rev. P. C. Jesson of the First Congregational Church at Richmond, will officiate. Burial will be in the Richmond Cemetery.

Mrs. Bartell is survived by four sons: Arthur, of Port Huron; Carl and Irving, of Richmond, and Edward, of Columbus Township; two daughters, Mrs. Schuck and Mrs. Wesley Blohm, of Port Huron; a brother, Carl Hoppe, of Richmond, and two sisters, Mrs. William Boetcher, of Capac, and Mrs. William Johnson, of Phoenix, Ariz.

From The Daily Leader, Mt Clemens, December 26, 1935:

RICHMOND -- CARL BARTELL, well known retired farmer and life-long resident of this district, died this morning at his home in the village. Mr. Bartell was 76 years of age and previous to settling in Richmond he farmed for many years in Columbus, St. Clair county.

He is survived by his widow, four sons, Edward of Columbus, Arthur of Port Huron and Irving and Carl, Jr., of Richmond; and two daughters, Mrs. W. Bluhm, of Port Huron, and Mrs. Phillip Shuck, of New Haven.

Funeral services will be held at the residence on Saturday at 3 p. m., with the Rev. P. C. Jessop, of the Congregational church, officiating. Burial will be in the Richmond cemetery.

Macomb Daily, November 17, 1992
Frank Blendl, 74, a St. Clair Shores resident for 32 years, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 1992, in Mt. Clemens General Hospital. He was born Sept. 12, 1918 in Germany. Mr. Blendl came tot he United States in 1936. He was the owner of Frank's Sheet Metal Co. in St. Clair Shores. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 119 in St. Clair Shores.

He is survived by his wife of XX years, Irene(number cut off), sons Alex of Oro...., and Michael of Shelby Township, daughter Sharon Norton of CLinton Township and five grandchildren.

Visitation 1-9 p.m. today at Arthur J. VanLerberghe Funeral Home and 10 a.m. at St. Gertrude Church, 28801 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores; burial, Resurrection Cemetary, Clinton Township." (Thanks to Loraine DiCerbo for contributing this obituary).

Macomb Co Deaths, Vol.C, Richmond, p.1. Paulina BOROWSKI d Apr 12 1908 Richmond of pneumonia, md, age 41y 7m 9d, b Prussia, d/o Peter Tessner & Caroline Papke b Prussia.

Macomb Co Deaths, Vol.C, Richmond, p.3 Henry Borowski d Oct 21 1911 Richmond of apoplexy, md, age 47y 1m 28d, b Germany, s/o Samuel Borowski & unknown of Richmond.

Guardianship file 6310, roll 109. Petition 21 Sept 1912 by Fred Borowski, of Detroit, a brother to have a guardian appointed for the following minor children of Henry Borowski dec'd late of Macomb Co: Paul Borowski b Feb 26 1893, Martha Borowski b Aug 4 1896, William Borowski b Sept 18 1901, Hattie Borowski b Jun 4 1903 and Elsa Borowski b Apr 23 1905 all of Macomb Co. Paul & Martha, over 14, of Richmond, nominate William H Acker as their guardian. 1917 William Acker was guardian of all the above plus Amelia Borowski. 8 Oct 1917 final account of guardian and Martha Borowski is now Martha Luckrita.

Guardianship file 6311, roll 109 Petition 21 Sept 1912 by Minnie Borowski of Richmond who states that she is the mother of Amelia Borowski b Dec 6 1911, dau of Henry Borowski dec'd and requests tht William H Acker be appointed guardian. Dec 1932 Mrs. Minnie Borowski of Detroit submitted her final account as guardian of Amelia who has now reached the age of 21. Amelia Borowski of Detroit states that she has received in full all that is due her.

Mrs. Mildred P. BODWEN (taken from her funeral card) Mrs. Mildred P. Bodwen, age 86 of Shelby Township, Michigan died Sunday, June 23, 2002 at Clintonaire Nursing Center, Clinton Township.

She was born May 22, 1916 in East Detroit, Michigan the daughter of George and Mary (Wirth) Nummer. On October 4, 1951 she married Joseph G. Bodwen in St. Clair Shores and he predeceased her in 1998. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Utica and involved with the Golden Circle and in Bible Classes. She was also a member of the Sterling Estates Card Club.

Mrs. Bodwen is survived by a son, Ernest S. (Blossom) Kecskes of St. Clair Shores; two daughters, Carol (Henry) Mehmet of Fredricksburg, VA, and Betty (Ron) Spear of Shelby Township; six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bodwen was predeceased by five brothers and three sisters.

Religious services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2002 from Diener Funeral Home, 48271 Van Dyke, Utica, MI with Pastor Wilton H. Fluegge officiating. Interment will be Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township, Michigan. The family suggests donations to Trinty Lutheran Church in her memory.

Submitted by her niece, Mary McDuffey - thank you!

John H. BRABB -- John H. Brabb was born in Yorkshire, England, November 5, 1820. Came to Michigan in 1830, by way of Quebec, with his parents, Isaac and Hannah Hudson Brabb, settled on a farm known as the Sheldon place near Rochester, in Oakland county. During their residence there Governors Cass, Porter and Mason were entertained at the hospitable pioneer home. Four years later the family removed to Macomb county and settled in the township of Washington, near the village of Romeo. Married November 12, 1843, to Sarah A. Shaw, daughter of Marvil Shaw, an early pioneer of the county. Died April 23, 1894, aged 74 years. President of the First National Bank of Romeo for many years, an honorable, highly respected and useful citizen.

Cannon, George H. "Memorial Report - Macomb County," in Michigan Historical Collections, v.26 (1894-95), p.162.

Mt Clemens Monitor Leader Thur Nov 9 1950
Roseville -- A lifelong resident of Roseville, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Brenniman, who was 93 years of age, died at her home, 29065 Gratiot avenue, Friday. Mrs. Brenniman's parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. William Bottomley were among the charter members who organized the Erin Presbyterian Church, which is marking its 90th anniversary this week. Mrs. Brenniman was a lifelong member of the church. The widow of the late William Brenniman, she was born of parents whose families were pioneer residents in Michigan. Her mother, Elizabeth Galloway came from Scotland as a young girl and lived for a time with her parents in Vermont, later settling in Michigan. It was here that the Galloways became acquainted with the Bottomley family who had settled around Kern road after coming from England. Mrs. Brenniman was the youngest of four children, being born Mary Elizabeth Bottomley on June 15 1857, on Kern road. In 1898 Mary Bottomley was married to William Brenniman living for a short period with his father on Toepfer road. Later they settled on Brenniman road now known as Stephens drive. In 1905 they moved to a farm of 41 acres which was previously the Klein farm at 12 Mile and Gratiot. Of the nine children from this marriage the following survive: Mrs. Henry Schulwitz, Mrs. Emma Schulwitz, Mrs. Thomas H Myers, Arthur and John Brenniman and Mrs. Rivan F. Frazee. Eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren survive. Services were held Monday afternoon from the Kaul Funeral Home with the Rev. Dean Mordhorst, pastor of Erin Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment was in the family lot in Erin Grove Cemetery.

Contributed by Ann Faulkner

Daily Monitor Leader Tue. June 16 1964
Martin Brockmiller, 80, who had lived for the past 10 years with his daughter in Dayton, O. died unexpectedly Monday while visiting in Mount Clemens. Born in Fair Haven on March 26 1884, he was a son of the late Henry and Dorothea Brockmiller. His wife the former Mayme Gramzow, died in 1941. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Johnston, of Dayton, O. Remains are at the Christie Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 36310 Main Street, New Baltimore. Funeral arrangements are as yet incomplete and will be announced later.

Daily Monitor Leader Tue. June 17 1964
Funeral services for Martin Brockmiller, 80, who died Monday will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Christie Memorial Chapel Funeral Home New Baltimore, with the Rev. William B Belk, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery, New Baltimore.

Contributed by Ann Faulkner

Mt. Clemens Monitor Leader
Mt. Clemens, MI - Mon, 18 Dec 1950


Mrs. Emma Bryning, age 89, wife of the late John A. Bryning, passed away Friday at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Clark Green, of Washington, [where she had] made her home for the past 21 years.

She was born near Tillsonburg, Ont., on October 7, 1861, a daughter of the late Richard and Anna Hayes Weaver and came to Michigan in 1890. She made her home in Macomb county for the past 29 years.

Mrs. Bryning is survived by two sons, Guy E. of Kellseyville, Calif. and John W. of Ossineke, Mich., one daughter, Mrs. Edna Green of Washington, two sisters, Mrs. Olive Thomas of Brown City and Mrs. Alma Rowe of Toronto, Canada, eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted from the home of her daughter, 20840 26-Mile Road today at 2 p.m. with Roger W. Merrell officiating. Burial took place in Forest Lawn cemetery, Detroit under the direction of the Will funeral home, New Haven.

Contributed by Yvonne Shultis

CANNON -- Rev. John Cannon died July 24, 1896, aged nearly 88 years. Deceased was born in New Salem, Mass., Sept. 21, 1808. He spent most of his life, before coming to Michigan, in the state of New York. At the age of sixteen he was converted and became active in Christian work. He was married in 1830 to Sally Cook, by whom he had seven children, all of whom survive him and all of whom were present at the funeral. Mr. Cannon and his young wife came to Michigan in 1831 and settled in Lodi, Washtenaw county. He was ordained in 1834. In 1836 he came to Macomb county and in 1837 moved his family hither and made his permanent home in Shelby. Here they underwent the trials and privations of pioneer life. He traveled throughout the counties of Macomb, Oakland, Lapeer, Shiawassee, Wayne and Washtenaw preaching the Gospel and converting souls to God. His declining years were spent at his home under the special care of his two youngest daughters. His wife died in 1887, they ! having celebrated their golden wedding seven years before. From the records is gleaned the facts that Elder Cannon solemnized 245 marriages and attended 500 funerals. It is also believed that he baptized more than 1,000 souls. This is the story, briefly told, of this noble man of God, whose work on earth is ended, but whose faith looked up to a better world. He was the embodiment of all those virtues which go to make up a truly Christian character.

Cannon, George H. "Memorial Report - Macomb County," in Michigan Historical Collections, v.28 (1897-98), pp.74-75.

Mt. Clemens Press December 29, 1887
Aaron Conklin died December 1887

Submitted by Kathleen Brown - email ...

Macomb Co Death Index
William Connor d 14 May 1871 of consumption, par not listed.

See Probate page for more information on the Conner's. Just Click here Jackson Citizen Patriot: Friday July 3, 1896, p. 10 col. 5.
DIED - CURTIS- at 8:30 p.m. Thursday July 2, 1896 at the family residence 260 Oak Hill Ave. of peritonitis and appendicitis, Albert L. CURTIS, aged 36 years. The funeral was held from the late residence at 2:30 p.m. today, and the remains taken to Rochester, this state for interment. Deceased was a harness maker, having been in the employ of Fred D. Welling and Yocum and Hawkin a long time. He was a member of the order of the Knights of the Maccabees, belonging to the tent at Leonard. He leaves a widow and 2 children.(Albert was the son of Charles W. CURTISS and Amanda ALDRICH and the father of Charles A. CURTIS) Albert L. is buried at Mt. Avon Cemetery, Rochester MI 3-201
This obituary was submitted by Jeanne M. Gorlick

Mt Clemens Monitor Apr 17 1914
Ed Dice was found dead in Johnny Charbenau's favorite boarding house yesterday. Ed was one of the three Dice graces, himself, Lyman, and Charles, the last named having been dead some years. They were sons of Dave Dice, of precious memory. Ed. had the affliction of his family and of bon vivants in general, sclerosis of the liver, but the immediate cause of death was that he changed his shirt. In mode of attire Ed. was indifferent to the fashions of Paris; his trowsers always bagged at the seat. What cared he about such frivolities? An humble voyager was he on life's unsounded sea, dobbin' around among the spittoons and beer kegs and occasionally not taking a drink. There was nothing vicious about Ed., a perfectly innocent old soak."

Dr. W. D. Dicker
Mt Clemens Monitor May 12, 1911
[from the Monitor, May 6th 1881]
Dr. W. D. Dicker, Postmaster G. H. Snook, Chas. Wood and Morey Axtell, young, promising men and prominent citizens, are drowned in Lake St. Clair, April 27th, while attempting to cross the lake between Strawberry Island and Clinton River in a small boat. The details of the awful tragedy could never be known. Morey's body was found adrift in the boat, and the bodies of the others were subsequently recovered from the lake.

JOSEPH DICKERSON Daily Leader - October 1932
"Following and extended illness Joseph Dickerson, 75, passed away this morning at the home of his daughter, his only survivor, Mrs. James Crable, 18 Howard Street. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the LaCroix & Groesbeck Funeral Home, the Rev. J.C. Allen to offisiate. Burial in Lincoln Memorial Park."

(This obituary contributed by Loraine DiCerbo.)

Minnie M. Dopp
Minnie M. Dopp, 93, of Mount Clemens, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, at Mount Olivet Careview Home in Minneapolis, Minn. She was born March 16, 1908, in Clinton Township.

Mrs. Dopp, a homemaker, taught elementary school and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Clinton Township where she was a member of the Ladies Aid.

She and her late husband, Wilbur, were founders and owners of Dopp Distributors Inc. for 50 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Lorilyn (Stephen) Gottschalk of Minneapolis; son, Alwyn (Dori) Dopp of Oscoda; grandchildren, David Gerlach, Catherine Dopp, Sandra Suni, Amy Oelschlaeger, Robert Dopp, Lexis Meredith, Joel Wegner, Andrew Gottschalk, Stephanie Bergh, Lorissa Gottschalk and Michael Gottschalk; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Ray Diener of Sterling Heights; and sister, Laura Alwardt of Mount Clemens. She was predeceased by her husband, Wilbur; son, Donald Dopp; daughter, Grace Dopp-Wegner; and parents, Albert and Caroline Diener.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 38900 Harper, Clinton Township, with the Rev. Harry Henneman officiating. Burial will be in Clinton Grove Cemetery, Clinton Township.

Visitation is 3-9 p.m. today at Harold W. Vick Funeral Home, 140 S. Main St., Mount Clemens and 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Valparaiso University for the Wilbur and Donald Dopp Memorial Scholarship.

Edgerton Cem, Sterling Twp. - Drake FM
Meriden T 1875-1906
Louisa A 1850-1927
Winfield S 1849-1942

Index & Record of Deaths
Louise Drake d Aug 18 1928 Sterling Twp, ae 77y 1m 14d, sterling Twp,
carcinoma of uterus, Mich, d/o Thomas Stead & Armanda Allen.

Index & Record of Deaths
Martin F Drake d Mar 25 1938 Clinton Twp, ae 59y 8m 17d, md, paralysis, b Mich, farmer, s/o Winfield Drake & Louisa Stead both b Mich.

Index & Record of Deaths
Winfield Drake d Jan 11 1942 Sterling Twp, wid, 92y 7m 8d, chronic cystitis & myocarditus, b Mich, retired farmer, s/o Hiram Drake & Marilla Wolf both b NY.

Mount Clemens Monitor, May 8 1891.
Another sad death is that of Frank DURELL, who was drowned in the wreck of the Atlanta on Lake Superior Monday night. He was 32 years of age, and was married only six weeks ago, a daughter of Mr. F L Milton being his bride. Mr. Durell had $2,000 of Insurance in the Maccabees, which will be paid to his parents.
from: Macomb County database

October 1920 Obituary - W.F. Edmunds (Unknown newspaper)
William F. Edmunds, a former prominent resident of New Haven, passed away at his Detroit home on Wednesday of last week. The funeral was held in Detroit, with burial, on Friday, at New Haven.

Mr. Edmunds was a native of New York, and was born June 20, 1851. He came to Michigan when but 12 years of age, engaging in farm work, attending school in the winter season, and later at Ann Arbor.

He was married, Dec.16, 1877, to Miss Anna Lowell, daughter of Henry and Sarah (Warwick) Lowell of New Haven, and began operating a farm on shares, at Battle Creek. In 1880 the deceased returned to Macomb County and purchased the "Light" farm in Lenox Township. He remained on the farm 12 years, removing to New Haven in 1892, when he engaged in the grain business - building a large storage and implement house. This he sold in 1901 and for a year retired from business.

Later he purchased the New Haven Roller Mills and did an extensive business in the manufacture of flour. For years he was one of the influential and prominent citizens of this town. He served the township of Lenox as Supervisor, was president of the village of several years, and also was a member of the New Haven school board for many years. He was a representative of industrialism in New Haven. He was one of the leading stockholders of the New Haven Creamery Co. and one of the organizers of the New haven Saving Bank, and it's president for many years. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him.

Mr. Edmunds was at one time a resident of Mt. Clemens, operating a mill there. He resided in Detroit the past few months.

EICK, Conrad
Conrad Eick- Services on Tuesday for Accident Victim
Mt. Clemens Daily Leader, July 21, 1941

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Schwarzkoff Funeral Home in Utica for Conrad Eick, 56, who was fatally injured Friday afternoon in Detroit when he was struck by a truck trailer while crossing Harper near McClellan avenue.

Mr. Eick had lived in Utica for four months with MR. And Mrs. Henry Heck. He owned a farm at Richmond until two years ago when he was forced to sell it due to ill health, after which he made his home for a time with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mass on the Sixteen Mile road in Van Dyke.

Surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Henry Heck, of Utica, Mrs. V.C. Arendt, Mrs. Walter Johnson and Mrs. Arthur Hall, of Detroit; two brothers, Edward Eick, of Metamora and Walter Eick, of Detroit.

The Rev. J.L. Stuckwisch will officiate at services and burial will follow in the Utica Cemetery.

The folowing was an article about Mr. Eick from the Daily Leader newspaper and given to us by David Eick:

"Van Dyke Man Fatally Hurt
Conrad Eick, 56, Killed by Trailer
(Daily Leader, Mt. Clemens, MI, July 19, 1941)
Conrad Eick, 56 years old, said to be a resident of the 13 Mile Road and Van Dyke district, was fatally injured Friday afternoon in Detroit, when struck by the second trailer of a truck while he was crossing Harper near McClellan avenue.

Deputies of the Sheriff's Van Dyke substation last night were asked to locate the Eick family or nearest relatives, but up to noon today had not made any contact with he family. The effort was being continued this afternoon, while the body was being kept at the Detroit morgue. Some reports, not officially substantiated, Said that Eick was a former resident of Richmond.

The truck which struck Eick failed to stop, but a milk driver pursued the vehicle and took the license number, police said. They traced the truck to the Schlafering Metal Co., 1950 Medbury, where they arrested the driver Sterling Vaughn, of 2918 Benson. Vaughn said that the first knowledge he had of the accident was when police told him. Vaughn was released."

ELDRED, Roxanna Brown
Utica Sentinel, Aug. 10, 1895
Mrs. Nathan Eldred departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Margaret Benjamin, on Wednesday last, aged 75 years. Mrs. Roxanna Brown Eldred, wife of the late Nathan Eldred, was born May 21 1820 in Cayuga county, New York. She was the daughter of Harvey and Elizabeth Brown. The family came to Michigan when she was thirteen years of age. They crossed the lake by steamer, and from Detroit came by wagon to Romeo, she walking most of the way beside the load. Mr. Brown settled in this town where he died many years ago. In 1840 she was married to Mr. Nathan Eldred, with whom she lived fifty-four years, and the same time, each was an invalid and only by the greatest effort were either able to leave the house. Three children were born to them: Mr. Harvey Eldred a citizen of this town. The second, Henry, who died when two years of age. The third, Mrs. Margaret E. Benjamin, of Romeo. Mrs. Eldred was eminently a domestic woman and her home was her kingdom. For the lat few weeks her sufferings have been intense and her strong constitution seemed slow to yield to the inevitable rate of all living. She died in the family home, on North Main street, Romeo, July 24, 1895, at high noon. It is quite remarkable that Mr. and Mrs. Eldred should live together fifty-four years and then join each other in death after the short separation of five months. The struggle is over. They rest together at last. -- Romeo Observer.

Mt. Clemens Press, dated November 27, 1884- Death of Honorable R. P. Eldredge - This much esteemed and old resident of Macomb county was called to his last resting place, Monday night. He died at his home on South Gratiot street at the age of 76 years. Mr. Eldredge retired from an active life some years ago and for the past two or three years has been ailing in health and at the time of his death was a great care to his family. A full and complete historical sketch of his life may be found in the History of Macomb County, and from which we take the following:

The Honorable R. P. Eldredge was born on the banks of the Hudson, town of Greenwich, Washington Co., N.Y. in 1808. At the request of his father, he began studying law at the age of seventeen. In the spring of 1826 he started for the Territory of Michigan. He began keeping bachelor's hall in the fall of 1827 in Mt. Clemens and read law; admitted to the bar in 1828, and was the first lawyer who hung out his shingle in Macomb county.

Being a Democrat, was a warm support of Jackson and Van Buren and Democratic nominees for State and county offices. In February, 1842, was appointed Secretary of State by Gov. Barry, which office he held four years: in the fall of 1846, was elected to the Senate and attended first session of Legislature in Lansing in 1847; left politics at the close of the session; when his term of office as Secretary of State expired, he resumed law practice at Mt. Clemens, Mich., which he successfully pursued for many years. He was married October, 1831, to Miss Louise Crittenden, to whom three children were born - Catherine, James B. and Carrie. After the death of Mrs. L. C. Edlredge, he married Miss Jane A. Leonard, who is the mother of Miss Emma Eldredge.
This photo submitted by Bill & Jan Proper

Utica Sentinel, Aug. 24 1895
Philander Ewell, one of the widest known of the old residents of Oakland county, died at his home in Detroit after only a week's illness on Saturday, Aug. 17th, aged 86 years. He had been visiting his son, Nelson Ewell, and the families of his sisters, Mrs. Dr. Knight and Mrs. Wells, only a week before and seemed in unusual good health, and his serious illness and death was a shock to all. Mr. Ewell was so well known and had been identified with the interest of this and Oakland counties for so many years that a history of his life would be of much interest, and we hope may be furnished for next week's issue.

Of him the Free Press of Sunday last says: Philander Ewell, who is dead at his home, 597 Lincoln avenue, was one of the pioneers of this state. He was born in Middlebury, N.Y. in 1809, and came to this state when 20 years old settling in Macomb Co., and living there forty years. In 1869 he began the manufacture of woolen goods, and continued this twenty years in Stony Creek, Oakland Co. He came to this city six years ago. He represented four generations of New England forefathers. The first two were soldiers in the war for independence, and his father fought for independence, and his father fought on the right side in the war of 1812. Mr. Ewell was married in 1831 and raised a family of eight children. He was a man of integrity, a good neighbor and ever ready to help the unfortunate. Mr. Ewel was a subscriber of the Free Press from the day it was first published, had a copy of the first number and kept a file of the tri weekly for many years. Mr. Ewell's funeral was held from the Congregational church at this place on Tuesday last and was conducted by Rev. W. F. Wilmot.

Mount Clemens Monitor, May 8 1891
Mrs. Sybil Smith FARRAR was born in New York in 1816. She was married in 1835 to Manson Farrar, and with him came to Mt. Clemens, where Mr. Farrar had previously located as a carpenter. They resided in Mt. Clemens until 1848, when they removed to Detroit, where they remained about two years, and then moved to the township of Columbus and located a new farm. There they lived for nineteen years, and then moved ot the present homestead. Mrs. Farrar was the mother of four sons and three daughters. Of these there are now living Adj't Gen. J S Farrar, Capt. U.S. Farrar now in California, and Mrs. J S Parker of New Haven, and Mrs. R Crandall of Richmond.

FARRAR Judson S.
Mount Clemens Monitor of March 17, 1916
The death of Col. Judson S. Farrar, at an early hour Saturday morning, was not unexpected and was in no sense shocking. Col. Farrar, approaching the end of his 80th year, was looking for the coming of the "kind nurse" and conscious that he had lived beyond the appointed time, conscious of a long life without reproach and of the freely bestowed honors of his fellows, he viewed the coming of the end of his earthly joys and sorrows without trepidation and with perfect serenity. With the gallant old soldier, whose life had been many times at hazard, the final adventure brought no fear; with him it was "Farewell, but Hail!"

The funeral occurred from the residence Monday, and was largely attended. The Masonic fraternity in which the colonel celebrated his 50th birthday a few years ago, had charge of the ceremonies, and Rev. Mr. Lewis conducted the services at the house. Burial was in Clinton Grove cemetery. See photo of Colonel Farrar, below.

Col. Farrar was born in Mt. Clemens in August, 1836, and had been identified with this city and Macomb county practically during the whole of his life. He was son of Manson Farrar, who came from New York in an early day and was one of the pioneer settlers of the county. He received a common school education, and when a youth was employed in a drug store. When the civil war broke out he was one of the first men to espouse the cause of the Union. He went out with the Fifth Michigan, of glorious history, but in 1862 was transferred to the newly organized Twenty-sixth regiment, of which he became colonel. He commanded the regiment in the New York draft riots, and accompanied its fortunes in the Army of the Potomac, and achieved a most honorable record in the fighting in the eastern field that culminated in the collapse of the Southern Confederacy. At the close of the war he was in the West for a time. In 1864 he married Miss Carrie Eldredge. Four children were the fruit of the union, three daughters and one son, the latter Robert J. Farrar, who was a captain of the Thirty-fourth Michigan infantry, and died from the effects of a sickness incurred in the Cuban war. (ANOTHER PHOTO OF COL. FARRAR APPEARS HERE - TAKEN IN HIS YOUNGER YEARS. THE CAPTION READS: WHEN HE ANSWERED HIS COUNTRY'S CALL.)

Col. Farrar was three-times elected register of deeds, and in all, as register and deputy, was in the office ten years. Prior to that he was a long time supervisor of the township of Clinton, and upon organization of the city was supervisor of the first ward. Twice he served as mayor of Mt. Clemens and was also one of the assessors for several years. He had an aptitude for public affairs.

This was recognized when Gov. Winans appointed him adjutant general, and when President Cleveland appointed him consul at Sarnia. Four years ago, he acted as chairman of the Democratic county committee. In addition to his Masonic connections, which he deeply enjoyed, he was a member of the G.A.R. and prominent in the affairs of the Loyal Legion. Col. Farrar stood four-square to every wind that blew in all the relations of life. In late years he, in a measure, sat by the side of the road, but with no, uninterested eye. He was alive mentally to the last. His death, in the fulness of years concluded a life of great usefulness and honor.
This obituary submitted by Bill & Jan Proper

"The L.C.B.A. society 170.425 of St. Peter's Church has been notified of the death on October 14, at Boone, Iowa, of Mrs. Maude Finneren, formerly Maude Paya of Mt. Clemens. The deceased woman was the daughter of teh late Edward Paya. A sister, Mrs. Jack Egan, resides in Detroit."
(This obituary contributed by Loraine DiCerbo.

Mr. John J Fitzhenry
Macomb Daily, November 17, 1992
(first name and date are cut off, but the date is between Nov 15 and Nov 16, 1992. .....Mr. Fitzhenry is survived by wife Roseann; sons, Kenneth of Pontiac, Dennis W. (Stella) of Brown City, Walter J. (Sharon) of Warren, and Craig A. (Annette) of New Baltimore; daughter-in-law Rita; six grandchildren; sister Grace DeMattia, Ruth Dumas, and brothers Frank and Tom. He was predeceased by a sister, Rita ....bel.

Visitation, 6-9 p.m. today and noo-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Wed at the Wm. J. Duross Funeral Home, 28499 Schoennherr, south of 12 Mile, Warren; prayers, xx p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, followed by 11 a.m. mass in St. Axxxxxx (Angela?) Catholic Church, Roseville; burial, Resurrection Cemetary, Clinton Township. (This obituary contributed by Loraine DiCerbo.)

Additional notes on John J. Fitzhenry
My name is Jo Fitz-Henry, I am compiling the Worldwide Fitzhenry one-name study.

I found your obituary for * *MR. FITZHENRY* Macomb Daily, November 17, 1992 *which had the name missing (although after I had worked out who it was, your obit helped me a lot with piecing together his more recent family). I ran the details through my database, and this man is *John J Fitzhenry *born 11 September 1916 in Michigan, and died in Roseville Macomb Michigan. To add more flesh to the bones, he enlisted for active service in World War 2 in the US army in 1941. He was not married to Roseann at this time. Roaseann died 2 July 2003, also in Macomb.

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Grand Traverse Herald 12 Mar 1885

Alexander Forton, who died recently at his residence in East Bay, was born at Mount Clemens, Macomb County, Mich., Sept. 30, 1819.

His great-grandfather was one of the pioneer settlers of Detroit, Michigan, and the deceased often spoke of having seen the city of Detroit a small town and he often predicted that Traverse City could one day become quite a city. Three years ago Mr. Forton came here to join some of his children who had settled here. The rest of the family followed him and he invested all his means in giving each of his children a home. Mr. Forton leaves a wife, five sons and four daughters. He was greatly esteemed by the entire community as a generous and respected citizen.

Thank you to Lorelei Maison Rockwell for contributing this obituary. She adds to this that Mr. Forton died 8 Feb 1885 of a 'kidney complaint.'

From The Evening News of the Tonawandas, published in North Tonawanda, NY on 10 Jun 1916


Mrs. Mary Forton, 79 years old, a life-long resident of Mt. Clemons, Mich, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jacob Miller at No. 329 Vandervoort street this morning, after a lingering illness. Mrs. Forton was visiting here, when she was stricken ill. Three daughters, Mrs. Raymond Welch of Mt. Clemons, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. John Walder of North Tonawanda, and two sons, William and Louis Forton of Mt. Clemons survive. The body will be taken to Mt. Clemons tonight, where the funeral will be held.

Note from contributor, Mary Miller Brenzel: Mary Forton - nee Beaufait was married to Felix Forton. Please note – the spelling of Mt. Clemens is exactly as it appeared in the newspaper.

From the Daily Monitor Leader Monday 8 Sept 1947:

Robert Forton
Armada- Death has broken a life continuity reaching back to Macomb County of 1849.

Robert Forton, native of St. Clair Shores, died on Sunday at Armada at the age of 98. He had spent his entire lifetime in Macomb County, including 25 years sailing the Great Lakes as a wheelsman.

As a youth of 16, Mr. Forton was engaged on government lake survey work. Considering himself old enough to fight for the Union, he was making plans to quit lake work and enlist in the army when the Civil War ended.

His death took place at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph Drinkhorn, at 3631 Capac road, where he had lived for the past 11 years. He had been confined to his bed for the past year. The only other survivor is a daughter at Almont, Mrs. Wilfred Elliott.

Mr. Forton's wife, the late Kate LaForge Forton, died on March 15, 1930.

The deceased was the son of the late Anthony and Sarah Goderich Forton, of St. Clair Shores, natives respectively of Montreal and Paris.

The remains are at the Drinkhorn residence, where prayers will be said at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday from the residence with services at 10 a.m. at Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Emmett. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Thank you to Loretta Dunham for contributing this obituary.

From the Macomb Daily, Monday, April 24, 1967, Pg 4:
NEW HAVEN -- Services will be held here at 2 p.m. Tuesday for Ferdinand Foss, a former Lenox Township supervisor, who died Sunday at Mount Clemens General Hospital. He was 79. Mr. Foss, born in Macomb Township on Sept. 17, 1887, was the son of the late Frederick and Sophia Foss. In 1907, he married Gertrude Schiller and the couple lived on a farm in Lenox. She died in 1925. Mr. Foss married Francis Harris in 1938 and they lived in Fair Haven until she died in 1963. Mr. Foss resided at 9056 at the time of his death.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Viola Kitley of Mount Clemens, Mrs. Pearl Schmidt of Dearborn and Mrs. Irene Schuck of Port Huron; two sons, Stanley and John, both of New Haven; a sister, Mrs. Lena Smith of Richmond; a half-brother, John Haase of Washington; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at Duncan Funeral Home here with the Rev. John Roach of the Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Meade Cemetery.

From the Mount Clemens Daily Leader, August 6, 1926:


Mrs. Ferdinand Foss, 37, died last night at her home in New Haven after an illness of seven weeks duration. Deceased is survived by her husband, five children, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Schiller, of New Haven, one sister, Mrs. Fred Schwaberow of New Haven, and two brothers, John and Casper Schiller, of Clare avenue, Mt. Clemens. Funeral services will be held from the late home Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial in New Haven cemetery.

From the Mt Clemens Monitor, 24 Dec 1908, Pg 1:

Fred Foss, an old citizen of Macomb, died on Saturday, aged 68. He was born in Germany, came to this country at an early age, and settled in Macomb county. He was a soldier in the Union Army; leaves a widow and four children.
This obituary contributed by Jim Arnold

From the Daily Monitor Leader, Tue, January 17, 1956, Pg 5: HERMAN J. FOSS

Funeral Services will be held Thursday for Herman J. Foss, 73, of 281 Jones, Mount Clemens, who died Tuesday morning at St. Joseph's hospital.

Mr. Foss was born in Macomb township the son of the late Frederick and Sophia (Buller) Foss. He was married to Lena Yaek in 1907 and they settled in Mount Clemens 35 years ago. Mrs. Foss predeceased her husband. Mr. Foss was a life-long parishioner of the Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church of Mount Clemens.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Hazel Yore and Mrs. Mildred Ehrke, both of Mount Clemens; a sister Mrs. Lena Smith, of Mount Clemens; two brothers, William of Otisville and Ferdinand of Fair Haven, and three half-brothers, John Haase of Washington, Charles Haase of Detroit, and Henry Haase of Richmond. Also surviving Mr. Foss are four grandchildren and a great grandson.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church with the Rev. Theodor A. Tuenge officiating. Funeral arrangements are by the Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home. Burial will take place in the Clinton Grove cemetery.
This obituary contributed by Jim Arnold

From the Mount Clemens Daily Leader, Thursday, February 21, 1929:
Mrs. Sophia Foss, wife of the late Frederick Foss, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Smith, Macomb township Wednesday morning, at the age of 79 years.

She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Charles Smith, and six sons, Henry, Charles and John Haase, and William, Herman and Ferdinand Foss.

To comply with the wishes of the late Mrs. Foss, friends are requested to view the body before Sunday afternoon, at which time the funeral will be held. Burial will take place in the Whitney cemetery with Rev. Magahay officiating.

This obituary contributed by Jim Arnold

Mt Clemens Monitor, March 20 1903

Another of Macomb county's pioneers has passed away. Frederick Gerlach, of Halfway, Mich., breathed his last Wednesday afternoon, after a week's illness. He was born in Koerner, Saxon-Gotha, Germany Dec 8th 1828, and came to this country in 1834, settling with his parents at Halfway. The trip from the fatherland took about ten weeks, fifty-two days of which were spent in a sailing vessel. In 1849 he was married to Miss Caroline Spindler, who died in 1865. He then married Miss Catherine Ullrich who survives him. He was the father of twelve children. There are now living, Edward of Detroit, Louis of Halfway, Hannah Gerlach Preisel of Big Beaver, Ann Gerlach Rein of Halfway, Paul of Mt. Clemens, Frank, Cora, Josephine and Fred of Halfway. The deceased children are Mrs. Pauline Gerlach Hesse of Beech, Charles and Gusta of Halfway. He no political aspirations. Hunting was his favorite pastime. His first hunting was done with a flint lock rifle sixty years ago. His last was done in the Upper Peninsula last fall, in company with three sons and a grandson. He leaves 26 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The fuenral services occur at Halfway tomorrow at two o'clock. Special cars from Mt. Clemens and Detroit at one.

Macomb Daily
Mount Clemens, MI - 3 Feb 1968, p. 4


A life long resident of Macomb Township, Clark Green, 73, 20840 Twenty-six Mile, died Friday.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 N. Gratiot, Mount Clemens, with the Rev. Fred Parr officiating. Burial will be at Meade Cemetery.

Mr. Green, who was born Nov. 27, 1894, married the former Edna Bryning on Nov. 26, 1924. He worked as a dairy farmer all his life, and was a life member at the Davis Grange No. 1190.

He is survived by his wife; a son, Clark A. of Washington, Mich.; two daughters, Mrs. Royal (Shirley) Wegner, of Washington, Mrs. Wilson (Phyllis) Squire, of Detroit; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A brother, Clyde, predeceased him.

This obituary contributed by Yvonne Shultis<

Macomb Daily
Mt. Clemens, Mi - 18 May 1970, p. 4A


MACOMB TOWNSHIP - Edna Green, 10840 26-Mile Road, died Sunday at her home at the age of 80 years.

She was born in Tillsonburg, Ont., on Sept. 5, 1889, a daughter of the late John and Emma Weaver Bryning. As a young girl she moved with her parents to Omer, Mich., and in 1911 she married Leo Carroll. The couple made their home in Detroit and in 1919 they moved to a farm home in Ray Township. On Nov. 26, 1924 she married Clark Green and the couple made their home at the present address on 26 Mile Road. Mr. Green expired on February 2, 1968.

Surviving Mrs. Green are three children: Mrs. Wilson (Phyllis) Squire of Detroit, Mrs. Royal (Shirley) Wegner and Clark of Washington, Mich. Also surviving are six grandchildren, four great grandchildren and a brother, Guy Bryning of California. Mrs. Green was predeceased by a sister and brother, Mrs. Mabel Vincent and John Bryning.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Will & Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 North Gratiot Avenue, Mount Clemens with the Reverend Fred Parr officiating. Burial will be in Meade Cemetery, Macomb Township.

This obituary contributed by Yvonne Shultis

Source:Death Certificate
Clarence F Hacker d 1 Jan 1946 Mt Clemens of hypostatic pneumonia & parkinson disease, b Mar 13 1903 Mt Clemens s/o Wm C Hacker b Fraser & Wilhelmina Oehmke b Warren Twp, bur Jan 4 1946 Clinton Grove.

Source: Circleville newspaper -July-6-1958
HAYWARD, Charles 52, Lockbourne Airman, was killed in an auto crash Sunday on Circleville-Lockbourne Road. Hayward's home was Roseville, Michigan. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Berger Hospital. He was a passenger in the car driven by Albert louis Francis, also Lockbourne Airman. Francis pled quilty in Municipal Court to driving under the influenced, but entered a plea of innocent to manslaughter charge.

Mt Clemens Monitor, Jan 16 1920
New Baltimore News
Mrs. Ursula Habarth Achaatz, formerly of this place, died at her home near Marine city, Friday evening, January 9th, following a short illness. Mrs. Achaatz was well known in this community and many will mourn her loss. She attended the normal here and graduated with full honor and became a full-fledged teacher. In the different schools she taught she was classed as a devoted teacher. Two years ago in June she was united in marriage with Mr. Theodore Achaatz of Marine City, and both enjoyed life together on their farm. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Habarth of this place. Besides her husband, infant babe, father, and mother, she leaves two sisters, Mabel and Mrs. Charles Lefevere, of Chicago, Ill., and brother, Alfred, to mourn her loss. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Fr. Chas. J. Koenig and were held at St. Mary's church. Interment in the Catholic Cemetery.

Charles Lefever of Chicago; Mrs. Minnie Lefever, Mrs. Myrtle Rosso, Mrs. Albert Habarth, and Bert Habarth of Detroit; Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Lawless and daughter Marion of Mt. Clemens, attended the funeral of Mrs. Ursula Achaatz.

Nelle Belle Hall
Daily Monitor Leader Feb 24 1949

Great granddaughter of a notable Michigan man who settled in Mount Clemens 114 years ago, Miss Nelle Belle Hall, age 73, a native of this city, died at her home, 142 Cass avenue, last night. She had suffered an acute heart attack last Friday. Miss Hall from the time of her graduation in the 1894 class of Mount Clemens High School, was active in teaching and education for nearly 50 years, retiring from active work in 1943.

She was one of five children of William E. and Letitia Shook Hall, of Mount Clemens, and was born in the Hall House, a hotel, which is known today as the Ross, on Gratiot south of Cass. Her father was a druggist at that site, and later in the lumber and lake-carrier business. He built the Hall House when the mineral baths started to attract visitors in large numbers than could be accommodated as guests in the Hall residence.

Miss Nelle Belle Hall's grandfather was E. Wright Hall, who lived on Cass at Walnut where the Clementine Hotel now stands, and her great-grandfather was the honored Ebenezer Hall who came to Mount Clemens in 1835, building a house on what is now East Broadway. It was in the living room of this house that Hall and several other Michigan men revived Masonry in the 1840's after it had been condemned and proscribed.

Miss Hall remained at Mount Clemens High for post-graduate work for a year, until the end of 1895, and then taught in the city's public elementary schools until 1903, when ill health forced her to take up a residence in Colorado for a year.

Upon her return she taught in the Saginaw schools for three years. Returning to Mount Clemens she became secretary to the then suprintendent of schools, Arthur Hudson, a position which she held until her retirement in 1943. During the period when free textbooks were introduced into Mount Clemens schools, she had charge of the school bookstore, and later child accounting was added to her duties.

She is survived by only one sister, Mrs. Blanche Hall Parrott, wife of Louis Parrott of the same address. Their mother died in 1941 at the age of 90 years.

Miss Hall was a faithful member of the First Methodist Church, the Order of Eastern Star and the Mount Clemens Garden Club. During her school years and since her retirement she retained an active interest in education and youth. She was notable as a historian of the Mount Clemens scene. The remains will be at the Duncan B. Hubbard funeral home, where services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with the Re.v Alfred Landon officiating. Burial will be in the Hall family lot in Clinton Grove Cemetery.

Chesterfield: Correspondence from the Monitor
Parker Hart

Another of the pioneers of our immediate vicinity has gone to the other side. Parker Hart, who has been extensively known both here and in Detroit, died on eve. of the 6th inst. after many months of increasing debility. He was born in Oneida county, N. Y., on the 30th of November 1816, and came to Chesterfield with his father’s family in 1832, where he has since lived, with the exception of nearly 16 years that he kept the gate near Detroit, on the Gratiot road. Late in the past summer he returned to his farm here. He leaves a widow, 2 sons and six daughters and a number of grandchildren who will sadly miss an affectionate husband and a kind and indulgent parent. As a neighbor and friend he was steadfast and true. A smiling good morning from his lips contained a more cordial greeting to a friend, than we remember to have met in any other. His old friends and relatives have indulged in many happy anticipations of social intercourse when he should be again among them, but the silent messenger has born him away, before any of these hopes were realized. The funeral solemnities were held at the Congregational church here on Sunday morning. The Rev. Mr. Young, of Romeo, preached from the words “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.” The church could not contain those who assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to one who was held in much esteem by all. His two sons, W.F. Hart and younger brother, are in Kansas. Five daughters, beside numerous other relatives, followed him to his grave. He was a brother of Chester Hart, who died about four months ago.

And another obituary for Parker Hart:

Chesterfield, Nov. 12, 1884

One of our most esteemed citizens, and pioneers, Parker Hart, died at his residence last Thursday eve at ten o’clock, after a long illness with a general consumption, at the age of 68 years. He moved to this township from the state of N.Y. in 1832. He was married twice* and leaves a family of eight children and second* wife to mourn his loss. By economy he had accumulated a property of about $12,000. He is the father of W.S. Hart, one of the chief movers and charter members of the grange movement in this section, who resides in the state of Kansas. The industrious and amiable widow of the deceased is now the only occupant of this old homestead. The children all being married and scattered. His funeral services were held at the Congregational church on Turnpike, conducted by Elder Young of Romeo, from the 5th verse of 146 Psalm.

[*Actually Parker was married 3 times: Margaret Carl, Dorcas Omans and Ann Blakely Bullock - transcriber’s note] With thanks to Kathleen Osmond,, great grandaughter of Parker Hart.

Mt Clemens Monitor, Oct. 14, 1904
Rev. Elijah W. Howe, who was spoken of in the Monitor last week as being seriously ill, passed away last Saturday morning, in the 82d year of his age. A double affliction to the family was brought on by the sudden sickness and death of his wife, who was taken ill at the supper table Friday evening and survived only three days, passing away on Monday evening. Mr. Howe's funeral was to have been held on Tuesday, but was postponed and a double funeral held on Wednesday, and they were laid to rest in one grave in the Davis cemetery. They were both natives of New York, but came to this state in early childhood, and were therefore among the early pioneers of this town. Her name was Jane Wetley, and they were married in 1846, having lived a happy life together for more than 58 years. They both joined the M.E. church soon after their marriage and have been very active members until a few years ago when illness prevented them from active church work. Mr. Howe was licensed to preach in 1857, and had always been a great help to the church in his ministerial services. They leave two daughters, Mrs. Jay Warren, of Olivet and Mrs. Spicer Warren of Capac, and eleven grandchildren, who have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement. Thus the pioneers are fast passing away, but few being left in this vicinity. (see also the obituary for Ottis Warren)

John Hoxley
Michigan Man Murdered by the Indians
The following is from a letter to the Army and Navy Journal, dated Fort Smith Arkansas, June 18. The Lieutenant Spencer referred to in it was formerly a resident of this city:

"An officer who just arrived from Fort Gibson says, Lieutenant Spencer of the 10th Cavalry, on the night of May 30, started with only 12 men from the mouth of Cache Creek on Red River in pursuit of 100 indians who were moving on Mr. Peri's ranche 12 miles south of Lt. Spencer's camp. Thirty five Indians had during the afternoon, about 6 miles west of the camp, attacked a prospecting party from the North, who were looking up the mining resources of Northern Texas, and killed one man, reputed wealthy Mr. John Hoxley, of Macomb County, Michigan. The others reached the mouth of Cache Creek, where there were 20 soldiers of the 10th Cavalry, a part of General McKibbin's command and Lt. Spencer in charge, and reported that the 35 were only the advance guard of a much larger force, all of whom were striking for the Peri ranche, having left their trail within two miles of the troops. Lt. Spencer immediately sent a dispatch to Fort Sill for reinforcements, and swimming the Red River with 12 men, galloped forward to the ranche about midnight. The Indians found the Big Wichita River, which is a dangerous stream with quicksands mill race current, too high to ford, so they turned up it and struck toward other settlements. A sergent was sent out several days afterward, who found Mr. Hoxey's body very much mutilated and his scalp gone. He was a free mason.

Thanks to Clayton Betzing for this article.

Mt Clemens Daily Leader, Feb 3, 1934
Mrs. Linus Humphrey
Mrs. Linus Humphrey, 60, of 120 North Broadway succumbed to a heart attack yesterday at a local hospital. Surviving are the widower, who is a patient at the same hospital; two sons, Joseph & Roy Humphrey of Mt. Clemens and a daughter Mrs. Joseph Meloche of St. Clair Shores. Two brothers and a sister, George and Theodore Meloche (sic) and Mrs. Elizabeth Wolvin reside in Grosse Pointe Farms. Born in Mt. Clemens, Mrs. Humphrey had lived her 60 years here and was a member of St. Peter's church. Mr. Humphrey for a number of years was engineer at the Medea bathhouse. Funeral arrangements have not yet been arranged.

Mt Clemens Daily Leader, Feb 12 1934
Linus Humphrey
L. Joseph Humphrey of this city has received word of the death Saturday of his father Linus Humphrey in Grand Rapids, where he was taken two weeks ago, following the death of his wife, Mrs. Agnes Humphrey. Mr. Humphrey was a fireman at the Medea bath house for many years. He is survived by two sons, Roy and Joseph and a sister Mrs. Barney Melosche, of Grosse Pointe. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

Another obituary for Mr. Humphrey:
Mt Clemens Daily Leader, Feb 15 1934
The body of Lines Humphrey, 65, who passed away February 10 at the home of the son, Roy Humphrey, in Grand Rapids, where he was taken after the death of his wife ten days ago, arrived in the city last night. Funeral services were conducted at 2 o'clock at the Hubbard chapel by the Rev. E.H. Wilcox of the Methodist church. Mr. Humphrey was fireman for many years at the Medea bathhouse. Burial in Clinton Grove cemetery. Mr. Humphrey was survived by two sons, Roy of Grand Rapids and Joseph of Mt. Clemens; a sister (sic) Mrs. Joseph Meloch of St. Clair Shores, and two brothers, Arthur Humphrey of Mt. Clemens and James of Pontiac.

Victoria JASKULKA-Utica. Mrs. Victoria Jaskulka, 87 of 52155 Dorchester, died Monday at St. Joseph Hospital, Mount Clemens, following a lingering illness. Mrs. Jaskulka was born in Germany on Nov. 10, 1878 and came to the United States at age 12. She married Philip Jaskulka in Detroit on Oct. 28, 1900 and the couple had lived in Utica the past nine years. Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Willian (Eleanor) Knoth of Utica; a sister, Mrs. Anna Kozak of Roseville; three grandchildren and six great grand children. Services will be held at 8;30 a.m. Friday at the Milliken Funeral Home, 8459 Hall and at 9 a.m. at St. Kieran Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Edward Obuchowski officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township. A rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. This appeared in The Macomb Daily and was submitted to the Macomb page by Susan Ryntz

From the Macomb Daily, November 17, 1992
Lillian M. Jump, 96, of Clinton Township, died Monday, Nov. 16, 1992, in Lakepointe Villa Nursing Center, Clinton Township. She was born Sept. 5, 1896, in Mount Clemens. Mrs. Jump was a member of St. Rita's Club at St. Louis Church in Mount Clemens. She is survived by her children, Eleanor M. Treas and Patricia M. Gornowich, both of Detroit, Charles Jump of Shelby Township, 14 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert J. Jump in 1956; sons, Bernard and Lawrence; two brothers; and one sister. Visitation, 2-4, 6-8 p.m. today in Wm. R. Hamilton co. Groesbeck Chapel, 226 Crocker Blvd., Mount Clemens; rosary, 7 p.m. today; services, 8:45 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, 9:30 a.m. in St. Louis Church, located on Crocker at Harper in Clinton Township, with the rev. Pasquale LoGrasso officiating; burial, St. Peter Cemetary, Clinton Township. (Thanks to Loraine DiCerbo for contributing this, and the next, obituary).

From the Mt. Clemens Monitor-Leader, October 15, 1956, Page 8
Funeral services were held today for Robert J. Jump, who died Friday at the age of 72, after a short illness. Born in Liverpool, England, Mr. Jump came to America 52 years ago. He was the son of the late James and Clara Ann Jump. A retired auto plant foreman, Mr. Jump made his home at 11 Michigan, Mount Clemens. Surviving are his wife, Lillian, two daughters, Mrs. Eleanor Treas and Mrs. Patricia Gornowich, both of Detroit, four sons, Wilfred, Bernard and Lawrence of Detroit, and Charles of Mount Clemens. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and five brothers in England. Services were held at 9:30 a.m. today at Groesbeck Funeral Home, 226 Crocker, followed by 10 a.m. rites in St. Louis Catholic Church with the rev. Fr. Joseph S. Schramm officiating. Burial was in St. Peter Catholic Cemetary.

From the Mt. Clemens Daily Leader, October 12, 1932, FRONT PAGE
Jane Blay Keidel

"Mrs. Jane Keidel, 86, who had lived in Mt. Clemens and Macomb County her whole life, died Wednesday morning at the home of a son, Frank Keidel, Cloverlawn Avenue, Detroit. The body has been removed to the home of a Daughter, Mrs. August Miller, 11 Michigan Avenue, Mt. Clemens, where prayers will be said at 8 o'clock Wednesday night. Mrs. Keidel was born and reared in Macomb County. She was the widow of the late Chris Keidel, farmer, who passed away about 35 years ago. Mrs. Keidel was a member of St. Louis Church(established in 1926). Also surviving are three other sons, Henry and Ben of Mt. Clemens, and William of Detroit, and another daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Singer, of Mt. Clemens. Funeral services will be held Friday morning, the time to be announced later." This obituary contributed by Loraine DiCerbo.

JAMES W. KING (Partial Obituary)
Macomb Daily, November 17, 1992

James W. King, 63, of Warren, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 1992 in Cottage Hospital, Grosse Pointe Farms. He was born Nov. 27, 1928. (This obituary contributed by Loraine DiCerbo.)

County News, Macomb. Correspondence of the Monitor.
In our communication last week we mentioned that old Mrs. KNIFFEN, who had been in feeble health all winter, was thought to be in a critical condition from an attack of paralysis. It now becomes our unpleasant task to announce her death, which occurred about nine o'clock on the morning of Thursday, the 14th inst. She had been as well as usual until Saturday the 9th. In the morning it was observed that she could not speak as well as usual and did not have a good use of one of her hands, but a physician was not called until Monday. The doctor did not consider her in immediate danger, but she continued to gradually fail until Thursday morning when her spirit passed away so gently that the watchers by her bedside scarcely knew when she drew her last breath.

Mrs. Emily (Preston) Kniffen was the oldest child of Ira and Deborah (GOFF) PRESTON. She was born in Rush, Monroe Co., NY, June 4th, 1813. In 1827 her father moved his family to Michigan, settling near the northeast corner of the town of Shelby, Macomb Co., in an unbroken forest. On the 28th of September 1828, she was married to Daniel KNIFFEN, a carpenter, who was one of the party that came with her father from York State. Mr. K. bought of the government 80 acres of land 2 miles east of Preston's in what was afterwards the town of Macomb, and in the spring of 1830 moved his young wife into a log cabin which he had built on the south bank of the Middle branch. To get their household goods to his clearing he was obliged to brush out a track along the bank of the stream.

They were the first settlers in the northwest corner of Macomb township and there they lived alone in the wilderness until the spring of 1831, when Lester GIDDINGS moved his family onto adjoining lands. Moving into their log house was the last move they ever made except to move from the "old house into the new" and from there to their last resting place in the Prestonville Cemetary which is a part of her father's original purchase.

Mrs. Kniffen was the mother of 9 children, 5 boys and 4 girls, 6 of whom survive her. Her husband died more than 22 years ago, during which time she has lived with her son, Andrew, on the old homestead. She was buried on Sunday, the 17th, from the church, which was filled to its capacity with a congregation of sympathizing friends. The sermon was preached by the Rev. BALMER. Mrs. Kniffen was an indulgent mother, a kind and peaceable neighbor, and commanded the respect of old pioneers and their descendants, among whom she had lived for 59 years.

Her death leaves only one of the original settlers of this part of the town living - Mr. Daniel MILLER, who made an "improvement" on the farm now owned by the widow of Richard WELTS, in 1832. He is 91 years old and lives with his son-in-law, Mr. N.R. SUTTON, a mile east of this. Mr. Daniel DUNCAN, who made the first "opening" on the farm of Wm. NORTON, is yet living near Rochester, but he came in at a later day.

Macomb Letter, Macomb, Dec. 2, 1884
Death has again entered this neighborhood. On Sunday morning Nov. 30, Nettie, the daughter of Ira and Louisa Kniffen, aged 18 years and 6 months. She was stricken down with fever while taking care of her brother and during her last sickness was a great sufferer. Nettie was loved by all who knew her. Sweet spirited, good her self, she looked upon all as being good. She was buried on Monday at the Preston Cemetery. Rev. Lucas attended the funeral service. The family in their great affliction, share the sympathies of all.

Anna Kozak- Utica. Mrs. Anna Kozak, 83, a sever year resident of the area, died Monday at Martin Place East Hospital, Madison Heights. Survivors include son, Gilbert, of East Detroit; daughter, Mrs. Arthur (Leona) Shavat of Utica; three grand daughters; and two great grandchildren. Services will be at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at the Leo T. Sobocinski Funeral home, 22121 Kelly, East Detroit, and 10 a.m. at St. Angela Catholic Church. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Detroit. A Rosary will be said at 8 p.m. today. This appeared in The Macomb Daily 9/5/1973 and was submitted to the Macomb page by Susan Ryntz

Prestonville Cemetery, Utica, Macomb Co. Frederick Kregear (b. 28Mar1872, Sterling Twp -d. 28Oct1924, Detroit, MI) died of myocarditis. Frederick was the youngest son of Charles Krueger and Mary Gusbarr, residents of Sterling and Shelby Twps, Macomb Co between 1866-1884. Frederick was survived by wife, Helen Marie, children: Evelene, Arlyne, Earnest E, Lillian, Beatrice, Winifred, Frederick C., Richard E. and Orville J.

Helen Marie Lindow Kregear (b. 21Apr1884, Germany - d. 10Jan1964, Detroit, MI) died of cervical cancer. She was the wife of the late Frederick Kregear. Helen Marie was survived by children: Evelene Montague, Arlyne Schlacht, Earnest E., Lillian Bliss, Beatrice Williams, Winifred Craig, Frederick C., Richard E. and Orville J.; 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

The Kregear obituaries were submitted to the Macomb page by Evelyn Kregear, descendant.

From Michigan Biographies, vol. 2,: PAYNE K. LEACH, JR.

Representative from Macomb County, 1846. Was born in West Bloomfield, N. Y., Jan. 31, 1809. He received a common school education and worked on his father's farm until 1830. He then came to Utica, Mich., and engaged in milling until 1836, when he moved upon a farm in the same town. He was a Whig until the dissolution of that party; then a Republican. He held the office of Superior several times. He was one of the veterans of the Toledo War. He died March, 1901.


Member of the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan, 1838-40; and Representative from Macomb County, 1841. Was born at West Bloomfield, N. Y., Feb. 8, 1811. He received a common school education, and turned his energies to mercantile pursuits. He started in business at Palmyra, N. Y., but after a few years emigrated to the west. In 1830 he settled at Utica, Mich., where he engaged in the milling and dry goods business. He became a prominent citizen of the place and was Regent of the University in place of Michael Hoffman, resigned, and served out the remainder of the term, retiring in 1840. He died at Utica, May 10, 1841.

The Lane Journal
Volume IV Lane, Franklin County, Kansas Friday, November 3, 1916
Harriet Ann Lewis, was born at Utica, Mich. Nov. 6, 1836, died at her home in Lane Oct. 24 at 9 o’clock. She was married March 5, 1857 to Roswell Adams; to this union was born one son, Charles Lewis. Roswell Adams died Jan 12, 1859. Charles Lewis died Dec. 28, 1889.

On April 1, 1861, the deceased was married to Barton Needham. To this union were born five children, John Dana, May, Barton, Stephen G. and Jennie June. May died in infancy, the other four reside in or near Lane.

One grandson Roswell Adams of Sonoma, Calif., arrived Monday night. One brother Lafayette Lewis resides at Washington Michigan.

Nearly eighty years of active life. A life strenuous in exertion for the welfare of the family and associates. Nearly sixty years a mother constantly alert to the good feeling, the happiness, the success and the integrity of her children. And in the last trying days not one complaint, except a complaint, lest she burden others.

J. D. N. Harriet Lewis's parents were Harvey Lewis b. 1788 and Roxelana "Roxey" Walker b. 1795 Brothers: Henry Lewis b.1815, Daniel Lewis b. 1820, William Lewis b. 1822, Joel Lewis b. 1824, Hiram Lewis b. 1832, Marquis De LaFayette Lewis b.1834 and Jerome Lewis b. 1839. Sisters: Charlotte Lewis b. 1817, Lydia Lewis b. 1828, Arrilla Lewis b. 1820
submitted by Michele Dunlap - email -

Mt Clemens Daily Monitor Leader- April 2 1941
48 Year Ago Today Apr 2 1893 from the Mount Clemens Press Files

Theodore Little died Tuesday, March 23 1893, at his present home on Salt River, in the 70th year of his age. He was born on the Clinton, Feb. 4, 1824, and moved with his father to Salt River when this section was an almost unbroken forest in which the Indians still pursued the chase; and among the playmates and companions of his boyhood were the red children of the forest. He married Miss Esther Green Feb. 25, 1849, who with a son and a daughter survives him. By a long life of industry, economy and good management he has acquired a fine property, and leaves his family well provided for.

This obituary provided by Ann Faulkner

Clinton Grove Cemetery, Section F, lot 40.
Olga Sangbush LONGSTAFF 1874-1961 (d Jan 12 1961, age 86y)
William James Longstaff 1873-1914 (d Nov 5 1914, age 40y)
On the same lot is:
George H Longstaff 1847-1923 (Jan 8 1923, age 75 yrs) (original purchaser 1916)
Isabella Longstaff 1850-1923 (Feb 9 1923 age 72 yrs)
Thomas George Longstaff 1882-1950 (Jan 6 1950 age 67yrs)

LOWELL, Walter
from 1960 Richmond newspaper
Walter, Age 95, of 7055 Main Street, Richmond, Dec. 20. Survived by 2 daughters. Mrs. Carl Shattuck of Mount Clemens, Mrs. Mary Harrington at home; A son, Smith E. Lowell of Utica. Funeral Friday 2 P.M. at the Howard H. Bauer Funeral Home, Richmond. Burial Oakwood Cemetery, new Baltimore.
This obituary was submitted by Walter Lowell's grandson , Bud Allison

Elizabeth M. MAINTZER, aged 79, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 1991 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Clinton, Clinton Twp., MI. She was born February 25, 1912 in Avon, OH to the late August and Caroline KAUSER KLEVE. On September 8, 1934 in Alpena, MI she was united in marriage to Gottlieb MAINTZER. He preceded his wife in death on July 21, 1982.

Mrs. MAINTZER was a sales clerk for the Sanders Company, and later was employed at Sears as a seamstress who specialized in wedding dresses and suits.

Mrs. MAINTZER was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Mount Clemens, a member of the Young at Heart Senior Citizens Group, Jolly Seniors Citizens Group and the Pioneers Senior Citizens.

She is survived by 5 daughters, Rochelle at home; Deloras (Marvin) MAAS, St. Clair Shores; Julie (David) SANS PUTNAM of Mount Clemens; Sylvia (Michael) QUIGLEY of NY; Darlene (Frederick) SIMMONS of Metamora; 1 step daughter, Hilda TANSLEY of Troy, MI, 1 sister, Pearl SAUER of Hubbard Lake; 5 brothers, Arthur KLEVE of Lexington, MI; Walter KLEVE of Hubbard Lake; Albert and Carl KLEVE of Alpena; Otto KLEVE of Spruce, MI. 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 6 step grandchildren, and 12 step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 1 sister, Helen, 1 brother, Adolph and 1 step son, Herbert MAINTZER.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 10, 1991, at 11:00 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, 38900 Harper, Mount Clemens, MI with the Rev. Mark Gaertner, pastor officiating. Visitation will be in the Harold W. Vicks Funeral Home, 140 S. Gratiot Ave., Mt. Clemens, MI on Wednesday, October 9, 1991 from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.. On Thursday, October 10, 1991, Mrs. MAINTZER will lie in state at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service. Burial will be in Cadillac Memorial Garden Cemetery East, Clinton Twp. Family suggests contributions to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Mr. Gottlieb MAINTZER, a long time resident of Macomb Township, died on Wednesday, July 21, 1982 in St. Joseph Hospital, East, Mount Clemens, at the age of 94 years.

Born November 3, 1887 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Mr. MAINTZER came to the United States as a youth. He was united in marriage on September 8, 1934 in Alpena, Michigan to the former Elizabeth M. KLEVE. He was a long time faithful member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Mount Clemens, the Jolly Seniors of St. Isidore's Church and the Inter-Faith Senior Citizens of New Baltimore. He retired in 1958 as a brewer for the Stroh Brewery, Detroit, Michigan.

Mr. MAINTZER is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, 6 daughters, Mrs. Hilda TANSLEY of Troy, MI; Miss Rochelle MAINTZER, at home; Mrs. Marvin (Deloras) MAAS of St. Clair Shores; Mrs. Gerard (Julie) SANS of Mount Clemens; Mrs. Michael (Sylvia) QUIGLEY of NY and Mrs. Frederick (Darlene) SIMMONS of Avoca, MI. A son Herbert preceded him in death, 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren also survive.

Friends will be received in the Harold W. Vick Funeral Home, 140 S. Gratiot Ave., Mount Clemens, MI until 9:00 p.m. on Friday, July 23, 1982. On Saturday, July 24, 1982, Mr. MAINTZER will lie in state in the Chapel of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Mount Clemens from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30a.m. the hour of services in the Main Sanctuary, with the Rev. Harry C. Hennemann officiating. Burial will be in the Lutheran Garden of the Cadillac Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Clinton Twp., MI. Memorial contributions to the Trinity Lutheran Church or the St. Joseph Hospital Care Unit would be appreciated.

Mt Clemens Monitor, Mar 6 1914
Mrs. Rose Maison, a life-long resident of this county, died at her home inLake township Monday, aged 56. She leaves a husband, five sons, and four daughters. Funeral was yesterday.

From the Macomb Daily on February 2, 2000
Harry A. Mathias, 81, a resident of Roseville for 48 years, died Sunday, January 30, 2000, at his daughter's home in Riley Township. He was born May 9, 1918, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Mathias was a retired styling and design/model maker for General Motors. He was a member of the Roseville Masonic Lodge 522, Scottish Rite, Roseville Parent Teachers Association Council, Roseville Planning Commission, General Motors Men's Club and Local 160. He was also a life member of the Knights Temple and a founding member of the Shrine Keystone Cops. A member of the Sheriff's Civil Service Commission for 27 years, he was a past member of the Roseville Goodfellows and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Jewell 'Judy' Paul Mathias, daughters: Beverly (Peter) Flaton of Roseville, and Deborah (Richard) Schmidt of Riley Township; and grandchildren: Carrie Flaton, James Flaton, Nicole Schmidt and Ricky Schmidt.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday (today) at Kaul Funeral Home, 27830 Gratiot, Roseville, Michigan, with the Rev. George Oberle, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Roseville, Michigan, officiating. Visitation was held 2:30-9pm Tuesday, Feb.1 with a Masonic Service at 8 pm. Burial will be in Cadillac Memorial Gardens East, Clinton Township.

This obituary was contributed by his daughter, Beverly Mathias Flaton.

From the Macomb County database
Mount Clemens Advertiser-Monitor Friday, Dec 9 1938
Romeo. A familiar figure is gone from Romeo's streets with the death of James MESSMORE, 69, last Thursday night. Despite his advanced years, "Jim," as he was known to hundreds here, cheerfully and faithfully executed his duties a a newspaper agent during the hottest days of summer and the bleakest days of the winter. "Jim" literally "died in harness," having only been sick for a few days prior to his death following a stroke. Surviving, besides the widow, is a sister, Mrs. Orva Hulett, of Armada, and a grandson, David Pettibone, of Romeo. Burial was in the Birmingham cemetery, with the Rev. George B Ratcliff of the Romeo Congregational church, officiating.

Mt. Clemens Monitor, Mar 31, 1911
James Millar, died at his home near Cady’s Corners, in Clinton, Wednesday, aged 69 years. Mr. Millar was a son of the late Dykes Millar and was born on the farm where he died. He leaves two sons, Bert and George.

Mt. Clemens Monitor, Aug 28, 1914
Robert Emmet Millar passed from his earthly home August 20th, after a protracted sickness, aged 72 years. He was confined to bed several weeks previous to death and suffered greatly, but bore all patiently.

He was the youngest son of Dykes Millar, was born on the old Millar farm, Cady, Macomb county, August 16th, 1842, and was a life-long resident of this county. February 22nd, 1865, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Shanley, of Detroit, and she, with their four remaining children, three daughters and a son, and seventeen grandchildren are left to mourn the loss of a kind and giving husband, father, and grandfather. The daughters are: Mrs. Albert Russo, of Birmingham, Mich., Mrs. F.B. Steevens, (who with her husband lives on the old homestead), and Mrs. Perry R. Upton, of Detroit. The son is Edward Millar, of Disco.

Not alone in his family will his loss be felt, but also by a host of friends, young and old, who have spent many a happy hour in his hospitable home. He was a life-long Republican. He served his township two terms as clerk, and was school director 21 years. Internment was in Clinton Grove cemetery.

The Macomb Daily, March 19, 1984
Richard Harvey Millar
Mount Clemens – Richard Harvey Millar, DDS, 81, died Saturday in the Clinton-Aire Nursing Center, Clinton Township. Dr. Millar, born in Mount Clemens was the son of prominent Clinton Township landowners for whom Millar Road was named. He was a graduate of Mount Clemens High School and the Ohio State University School of Dentistry, practicing in the area for 51 years before his retirement in 1978.

Charter member and first president of the Macomb County Dental Society, he also belonged to the Mount Clemens Lions Club, of which he was president in 1937.

Other memberships and distinctions were: secretary, treasurer, director and past zone chairman of District 11-A-2; former member of the Mount Clemens city Commission; life member of the Old Crowd; member of the Macomb County Historical Society; member and former vice-president of the board of directors of the Clinton Grove cemetery. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Edith; sons, William H. Millar, DDS of Petoskey and James Ellis Millar of Dallas, Texas; brother Leonard Millar; and three grandchildren.

Probate file 3468, roll 65
William H Millar of Sterling Twp d 26 May 1898 in testate. Will dated 13 Jan 1886. The petition stated that his heirs at law were Henry Harrington nephew, Eliza Donaldson niece of Mt Clemens, L M Sackett nephew age 67 of Mt Clemens, Francis Campbell niece age 69 of Mt Clemens, Martha Traver niece 61 of Grand Ledge, James L Sackett grandnephew age abt 42 of Monroe Co NY; Jefferson M Ober nephew 48 of Utica; Mary Ober niece 52 of Utica; Laura M Stead niece age 56 of Maple Rapids Mich., John D Millar nephew age 61 of Davenport Iowa; James Millar, nephew about 58 of Cady Mich., and Robert E Millar nephew age 55 of Cady Mich.

November 10, 1959
"Funeral services will be held on Thursday for Mrs. Anna Miller, 85, of 11 Michigan Avenue, a lifelong resident of Mt. Clemens, who died Monday in a Pontiac Hospital.

Born Dec 29, 1873, daughter of the late Christopher and Janet Blay Keidel, she married August Miller on November 25, 1890. He died November 17, 1947 (Incorrect- it was October). Mrs. Miller was a devout member of the St. Louis Roman Catholic Church and the Altar Society of the church.

The following children survive: Clarence A. Miller, New Baltimore, Mrs. Harold(Elsie) Steinmetz, Marine City, Mrs. Lillian Jump, and Robert A. Miller both of Mount Clemens, Mrs. Louis(Margaret) Rea of Argentina, Mrs. Frank(Mary) Forgette and Mrs. Mark(Virginia) Smith, both of Pontiac, and Mrs. Ray(Clara) Loomis of Detroit.

Also surviving are 23 grandchildren, and 46 great-grandchildren, and brothers William Keidel of Mount Clemens, and Frank Keidel of California.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Groesbeck Funeral Home and at 9:30 at St. Louis Church with the Rev. Fr. Joseph S. Schramm officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter Cemetary.

The Rosary will be recited tonight and Wednesday night at 8 o'clock in the funeral home" (Thanks to Loraine DiCerbo for contributing this obituary).

The Daily Leader, October 17, 1947
August B. Miller, lifelong resident of Mt. Clemens, died Thursday morning at his home, 11 Michigan. He was 77 years of age. Born in Waldenburg(ie; extinct small town in Macomb Township, located at 22 Mile Rd. and Romeo Plank), Mr. Miller came to this city as a boy. For 40 years he ws superintendent at J.S. Panganetti Lumber Company. He leaves his wife Anna, and the following children: Clarence of New Baltimore, Mrs. Harold Steinmetz of Marine City, Mrs. Robert Jump of Detroit, Robert A. of Mt. Clemens, Mrs. Florentine Rhea of Buenos Aires, Mrs. Raymond Loomis of Detroit, and Mrs. Frank Forgette and Mrs. Margaret Smith of Pontiac. Two brothers, Joseph of Mt. Clemens, and Jacob of N. Tonawanda, N.Y. and 22 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren also survive. The body will lie in state at the Groesbeck Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Saturday, with prayers Saturday and Sunday evening at 8 p.m. The funeral will be held from Groesbeck's at 10 a.m. MOnday with services at 10:30 from St. Louis Church with Rev. Fr. Joseph F. Schramm officiating. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetary. (Thanks to Loraine DiCerbo for contributing this obituary).

Bay City News - Oct, 20, 1952
Joseph Miller - Funeral Services for Joseph Miller former Bay Cityan, will be held Thursday morning at *:15 o'clock at Stapish Funeral Home and at 9 o"clock at St. Annes Church Linwood. Joseph Miller, son of Benjamin and Julia Ann Thomas, was born April 02, 1873 and died Oct, 20, 1952 at the home of his daughter Gladys ROSE in River Rouge Michigan. Survivors, in addition to Mrs. Gladys Rose of Dearborn are three sons of Bay City: Henry, James both of Bay City; and William of Detroit; Two brothers: David of West Branch and Alfred of Linwood and a sister Mrs. Robert Snyder of Detroit.
This obituary was submitted by Bonnie Gibson

Macomb Co Index & Record of Deaths
Joseph E MOORE d Sept 18 1939 Memphis ae 56y 2m 29d, md, chronic bronchitis, b Mich, retired, son of Joseph E Moore b NJ & Sarah J Sutherby b Mich. Macomb Co Deaths Vol. B, p.219.
Joseph E MOORE d Mar 22 1902 Richmond Twp of pneumonia, md, ae 66y 5m 6d, b NJ, s/o William Moore b England & Gertrude Cook b NJ. Richmond Cemetery Joseph Moore Aug 28 1837 - Mar 22 1902 Sarah Moore Apr 20 1862 - Nov 27 1927 (no record of Sarah's death in Macomb County) Joseph Moore 1883-1939

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