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Extractions From the "Avalanche" a Crawford Co., MI Newspaper 1879-1940's

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Harry L. RANDALL

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Mrs. R. M. ROBLIN entertained her sister, Mrs. Harry L. RANDALL, and their friend, Mrs. James SWEENEY, of Bay City, last week. (23 Aug 1906)


Mrs. Harry L. RANDALL ADAMS

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Mrs. R. M. ROBLIN entertained her sister, Mrs. Harry L. RANDALL, and their friend, Mrs. James SWEENEY, of Bay City, last week. (23 Aug 1906)


Peter William STEPHAN

The following information extracted from the 1880 Census of Grove, Crawford, MI:
name - Peter William STEPHENS
a.44
b.France
occupation - Machinist
married to Helen
f.b.Germany
m.b.Germany

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Mr. P. W. STEPHENS, father of Mr. Wm. STEPHENS of Grove, came on from St. Louis, Mo., last week, to remain and work his farm this Summer, in the above mentioned town. (12 May 1881)

-Mr. Wm. STEPHAN, Sr., of Grove, left on Monday's train for Jackson, to work in the locomotive department of the M. C. R. R. Co.'s shops. Mr. S. formerly worked in a like capacity for a number of years at St. Louis, Mo., is very ingenious with tools, and is a first-class machinist. ( 14 Jul 1881)

-A CARD.
Having no time for deliberation, pending the funeral of my most beloved son, W. STEPHAN, on Monday last and not being able to address myself personally to all who attended it, I hope that through the organ of our local paper my sincere thanks will reach all those who obliged me in this sorrowful case. Not remembering all names, I wish to be excused for thanking collectively.
Very Respectfully,
P. W. STEPHAN. (15 Mar 1883)

-A CARD.
I am once more in the most unexpected and painful necessity of resorting to your hospitable paper. My most dear and regretted daughter, Jennie STEPHAN, left us also prematurely by joining her husband in dath. I shall not try to make a vitrue of it, for it is not customary with us, but she is the more dearer to me for the great love she bore to my son. I herewith extend my sincere thanks to all who attended her funeral, especially the ladies who prepared her for burial, my particular thanks to Mrs. SHELLENBARGER and the ladies who brought flowers.
Very Respectfully,
P. W. STEPHAN. (22 Mar 1883)

-The improvements made by settlers throughout our county must be seen to be appreciated. We noticed, a few days since, the changes on the farm of P. W. STEPHAN, eight miles down the river. During the last year he has changed the entire appearance of the place, by large clearing, new and commodious buildings, setting a fine orchard, building fences, etc. His son, Leon J., on the next section, is also changing his place from a wilderness to a garden. Both have fine fish ponds, fed from springs, well stocked with trout and grayling and are situated to enjoy life. (14 Jun 1894)

-Henry STEPHAN and John STEPHAN, of Grove, were married, last Wednesday, to two sisters, Misses COOK, of Ball township. Rev. GRAFF officiated. (31 Dec 1896)


Mrs. Hellen STEPHAN

The following information extracted from the 1880 Census of Grove, Crawford, MI:
name - Helen STEPHENS
a.42
b.Germany
married to Peter William STEPEHENS
f.b.Germany
m.b.Germany

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Mrs. P. W. STEPHAN celebrated her 64th birthday, last Monday. Her numerous children and grand-children gave the old lady a surprise party in the evening. (28 Jun 1900)

-DIED-Monday, Aug. 20, Mrs. Hellen STEPHAN of this township, aged 69 years. Deceased was born in Goettingen, Germany, June 25, 1837. She was one of the pioneers of this county and leaves a husband and eight children to mourn her loss. (23 Aug 1906)

-JOHANNESBURG CORRESPONDENCE.
Mr. and Mrs. Phil MOSHER and son were called to Grayling Tuesday to attend the funeral of Mrs. STEPHAN, Mrs. MOSHER's mother. (23 Aug 1906)

-Mrs. E. CUTTS and daughter Neva of Bodie, Cal. Mother of Mrs. John and Henry STEPHAN and of Geo. COOK, gave them a happy surprise Tuesday by coming unexpectedly for a long visit. She expects to remain during the summer. Mrs. CUTTS states that there are seven feet of snow at Bodie, with mercury dropping as low as 35 degrees below zero this winter. (28 Feb 1907)


Jennie STEPHAN

The following information extracted from the 1880 Census of Grove, Crawford, MI:
name - Jennie STEPHENS
a.17
b.France
f.b.France
m.b.Germany


Leon J. STEPHAN

The following information extracted from the 1880 Census of Grove, Crawford, MI:
name - Leone STEPHENS
a.15
b.France
f.b.France
m.b.Germany

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-The improvements made by settlers throughout our county must be seen to be appreciated. We noticed, a few days since, the changes on the farm of P. W. STEPHAN, eight miles down the river. During the last year he has changed the entire appearance of the place, by large clearing, new and commodious buildings, setting a fine orchard, building fences, etc. His son, Leon J., on the next section, is also changing his place from a wilderness to a garden. Both have fine fish ponds, fed from springs, well stocked with trout and grayling and are situated to enjoy life. (14 Jun 1894)

-BORN-Sunday, Oct. 6, to Mr. and Mrs. Leon J. STEPHAN, of Grove, a daughter. (10 Oct 1895)

-BORN-Jan. 13th, to Mr. and Mrs. Leon STEPHAN, a daughter. (16 Jan 1902)


Daniel STEPHAN

The following information extracted from the 1880 Census of Grove, Crawford, MI:
name - Daniel STEPHENS
a.11m
b.MI
f.b.France
m.b.Germany

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Daniel STEPHAN has moved with his family to Newell, Penn., where the AVALANCHE will find him every week. (28 Sep 1905)

-Results of a family jar between Dan STEPHAN and his wife created a great excitement Saturday night and Sunday. While her husband was absent she disappeared with their three small children, and several parties searched during the night and Sunday till late in the afternoon, when Sheriff AMIDON called out the town to organize for a systematic search, but before they started the party was found but a few doors from home where they were hiding as she said, from fear. One can hear most anything and choose sides. (5 Sep 1907)

-Complaint has been made and a petition filed in the Probate court that Dan STEPHAN be judged insane. It is a sad condition that has been developed in his home for the past year, and his nearest friends are greatly alarmed. He was taken into custody yesterday and the investigation before the court will be had today. (2 Apr 1908)

-A SAD INSANITY.
For more than a year past Daniel STEPHAN, the youngest son of Peter STEPHAN, one of the oldest settlers in our county, has developed traces of insanity, which for the past six months have been given expression by the brutal chastisement of his wife. He was arrested last October on the charge of assault and battery on her and plead guilty, and on most solemn promises to be good, he was let go on payment of costs, and the giving of a personal bond to keep the peace, but within a month his promise was forgotten and since then he has beaten her terribly and many times, keeping her from making complaint by threats. Three times last month, once with a heavy strap, once with a cedar club and once with his fist was more than she could bear, and with her flesh bruised and blackened, she told her story to members of his family living near, who caused an investigation before Judge BATTERSON and Tuesday he was adjudged insane and sent to the Psychopathic ward of the University at Ann Arbor. The young wife and three children are left almost destitute objects of charity. (9 Apr 1908)


O'KEEF

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Miss Genevie O'KEEF of Flint, is visiting her uncle, Michael O'KEEF, and also Miss Edith McINTYRE. (23 Aug 1906)


Genevie O'KEEF

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Miss Genevie O'KEEF of Flint, is visiting her uncle, Michael O'KEEF, and also Miss Edith McINTYRE. (23 Aug 1906)


Rev. A. C. KILDEGAARD

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Rev. A. C. KILDEGAARD formerly from Denmark, Kansas, now from Deemoin, Iowa, where he has attended the Danish-Lutheran Theological Seminary, graduating with the class in May of this year, has assumed the pastorate of that church here, and is welcomed by our people. His first service was last Sunday, and will be continued at the usual hours. (20 Jul 1905)

-Rev. A. C. KILDEGAARD, Pastor of the Danish Ev. Lutheran church, will be absent for two week, having gone to Gardner, Ill. He will be united in marriage, Sept. 10th, to Miss Ellen HANSEN, at Dwight, Ill., after which they will be "At Home" in this village. (30 Aug 1906)

-Rev. A. C. KILDEGAARD and wife left on the Monday morning train for Kimbalton, Iowa, where they will attend the annual convention of the Danish Evangelical church of America, from June 12 to 17. After which they will visit his parents, Kansas, and from there, enroute home, will stop at Gardner, Ill., to visit her parents. They bear the good wishes of our people for a pleasant trip. (13 Jun 1907)

-There will be no service at the Danish Lutheran church next Sunday except Sunday school at the usual hour, as Rev. KILDEGAARD will not be home, he being detained by the funeral of his father who died two days after his arrival at his bedside last Friday. (5 Dec 1907)

-Rev. A. C. KILDEGAARDE is willing to sell several pieces of his furniture before leaving the village. Anyone in need of house furnishings may call and see what he has. (30 Jul 1908)


Ellen HANSEN

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Rev. A. C. KILDEGAARD, Pastor of the Danish Ev. Lutheran church, will be absent for two week, having gone to Gardner, Ill. He will be united in marriage, Sept. 10th, to Miss Ellen HANSEN, at Dwight, Ill., after which they will be "At Home" in this village. (30 Aug 1906)


Chas. H. "Feathers" RULOFSON

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-RULOFSON - MERZ NUPTIALS.
Baker, Wash., Nov 29, 09.
CRAWFORD AVALANCHE;-
A pretty romance ended last Saturday afternoon when Miss Inez MERZ became the wife of Chas. H. RULOFSON, proprietor of the Concrete Theatre. This was the first event to take place behind the footlights of the new theatre. Miss May Vod PRESENTIN acted as bridesmade and Mr. Thomas CORCORAN as best man. The affair was kept secret and the many friends of the contracting parties were surprised to learn of the marriage. The romance began when Miss MERZ sold tickets at the old theatre in the Melville addition.
Miss MERZ was one of the most popular young ladies in the cement metropolis and has a host of friends. Mr. RULOFSON (better known as "Feathers") has made many friends in the city and is receiving congratulations all around. He is a popular playwright, has traveled extensively, and is very well and favorably known in the theatrical world.
The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. RULOFSON join in wishing them a happy and prosperous wedded life.
They will reside for the present at the Mt. Baker Hotel. (16 Dec 1909)


Inez MERZ

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-RULOFSON - MERZ NUPTIALS.
Baker, Wash., Nov 29, 09.
CRAWFORD AVALANCHE;-
A pretty romance ended last Saturday afternoon when Miss Inez MERZ became the wife of Chas. H. RULOFSON, proprietor of the Concrete Theatre. This was the first event to take place behind the footlights of the new theatre. Miss May Vod PRESENTIN acted as bridesmade and Mr. Thomas CORCORAN as best man. The affair was kept secret and the many friends of the contracting parties were surprised to learn of the marriage. The romance began when Miss MERZ sold tickets at the old theatre in the Melville addition.
Miss MERZ was one of the most popular young ladies in the cement metropolis and has a host of friends. Mr. RULOFSON (better known as "Feathers") has made many friends in the city and is receiving congratulations all around. He is a popular playwright, has traveled extensively, and is very well and favorably known in the theatrical world.
The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. RULOFSON join in wishing them a happy and prosperous wedded life.
They will reside for the present at the Mt. Baker Hotel. (16 Dec 1909)


C. UNDERWOOD

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-FREDERIC CORRESPONDENCE.
Mr. and Mrs. C. UNDERWOOD from Marquette, now occupies the C. F. KELLY house. (6 Sep 1906)


Mrs. C. UNDERWOOD

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-FREDERIC CORRESPONDENCE.
Miss Gladys SHOATS is here visiting her sister, Mrs. C. WILBER. (6 Sep 1906)


AMOS

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Thomas AMOS and wife have returned to their home at Henderson, after making his brother, August AMOS, a visit. They were well pleased with Grayling and Portage lake. (6 Sep 1906)


Louisa

The following information extracted from the 1880 Census of Rush, Shiawassee, MI:
name - Louisa AMOS
a.67
b.Wurtemburg, Germany
widowed
f.b.Wurtemburg, Germany
m.b.Wurtemburg, Germany
NOTE: Enumerated in the household of her son August AMOS.


Thomas AMOS

The following information extracted from the 1880 Census of Rush, Shiawassee, MI:
name - Thomas AMOS
a.33
b.Wurtemburg, Germany
occupation - Farmer
f.b.Wurtemburg
m.b.Wurtemburg
NOTE: Enumerated in the household of his brother August AMOS.

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Thomas AMOS and wife have returned to their home at Henderson, after making his brother, August AMOS, a visit. They were well pleased with Grayling and Portage lake. (6 Sep 1906)


Joseph AMOS

The following information extracted from the 1880 Census of Rush, Shiawassee, MI:
name - Joseph AMOS
a.34
b.Wurtemburg, Germany
occupation - Retired Farmer
f.b.Wurtemburg, Germany
m.b.Wurtemburg, Germany


BURNOR

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Mrs. Mary VALLAD of Beaver Creek, has been gladdened by a visit from her sister, Mrs. Sarah DAILY, of Adrian, and her son, with Miss Clara KEIL, and her brother, and his wife from Toledo, Ohio. (6 Sep 1906)


DAILEY

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Mrs. Mary VALLAD of Beaver Creek, has been gladdened by a visit from her sister, Mrs. Sarah DAILY, of Adrian, and her son, with Miss Clara KEIL, and her brother, and his wife from Toledo, Ohio. (6 Sep 1906)


Sarah BURNOR

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Mrs. Mary VALLAD of Beaver Creek, has been gladdened by a visit from her sister, Mrs. Sarah DAILY, of Adrian, and her son, with Miss Clara KEIL, and her brother, and his wife from Toledo, Ohio. (6 Sep 1906)


Jas. K. BATES

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-We are glad to note that Wm. BATES has received the sum of $1,772 as pay and back pension on account of his son who died in the army during the late civil war. Mr. and Mrs. BATES have been hard workers, to the extent of their ability, but of late years Mr. BATES has suffered greatly from rheumatism, and could not get much ahead, and now they are too aged to accomplish much, and had, previous to receiving this pension money, a rather discouraging out-look, but now they feel very contented and encouraged. They are a worthy couple, and our citizens are much rejoiced that such good fortune has befallen them. - Central Square (N. Y. ) News.
The above mentioned Wm. BATES and wife are the parents of Mr. J. K. BATES and Mrs. John HARRINGTON of this village, and the deceased mentioned, a brother, who gave his life for his country, in the late war. (21 Apr 1881)

-Constable John HARRINGTON went to Bay City yesterday, where he expects to meet the aged parents of wife, from Central Square, N. Y., who are coming on to pay their children, Mrs. J. HARRINGTON and Mr. J. K. BATES, a visit. ( 28 Jul 1881)

-MARRIED.
On Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1884, at the residence of the bride's father, Mr. Joseph SEWELL of Pere Cheney, by Wm. WOODBURN, J. P., Mr. Jas. K. BATES, of Grayling, and Mrs. Electa J. FRANCIS, of Pere Cheney. (31 Jan 1884)

-Mrs. J. HOYT, daughter of J. K. BATES, Esq., is very sick with Bilious fever. We trust she will soon recover. (11 Oct 1888)

-GOLDEN WEDDING.
Last Monday, occurred the 50th anniversary of the wedding of Joseph and Eliza SEWELL, of Pere Cheney, and in honor of the event forty seven relatives, nearly all children and grandchildren, were assembled at the home of J. K. BATES Esq., in this villiage, and enjoyed such a reunion as is seldom vouchsafed to families. Three children and fifteen grand-children were not present.
Joseph SEWELL was born in Essex Co., England, in 1816, and is therefore 75 years of age; but is as hearty as many men at 50. He came to this country in 1832, and in 1841 was married to Mrs. Eliza SEELY nee DOUD, in Illinois. Mrs. SEWELL was born in Rutland, Vermont, in 1818. They have lived in Michigan, since 1851., and twelve children have been born to them, all but one of whom are now living.
Ira, James, Seymour and Lorenzo, born in '42, '43, '48, and '50, respectively, are all married, and have ten children. Lydia, the eldest daughter was born in 1845, and was married to Mr. LOVE of Ohio. they have one child, Electa, born in 1852, & the wife of Jas, K. BATES, of this village, and the mother of two children. Harriet, wife of George A. MARSH, of South Branch, was born in '58, and is the mother of one child, Emily, wife of J. M. FRANCIS, of Grove, born in '56, has three children, and on the 18th of November, 1860, the record was broken by the birth of Louisa, Sarah and Lida, all of whom are living and married, to Dennis JOHNSON, of South Branch; Francis O. PECK, of West Branch, and J. ANGER, of Sanilac county.
A hardy race of honorable citizens, whose many friends hope they may all survive to celebrate the diamond wedding of these patriarchs. (29 Jan 1891)

-Mr. and Mrs. J. K. BATES were called to Tuscola county, last week, by the death of their brother-in-law, J. ANGER, who will be remembered by many of our older citizens. (12 Feb 1891)

-Mrs. Willis GAFFEV, of Owego county, N. Y., arrived here yesterday, on a visit to her father, J. K. BATES. She was here ten years ago with her grandfather with whom she was living and this is her first visit since. She is considerably surprised and pleased with the changes in our village. Her coming was a complete surprise to the family, but none the less pleasant for that. (17 Sep 1891)

-J. K. BATES started for his old home in New York, Monday. His parents will return with him and make their home here with their children. (6 Oct 1892)

-Republican Causus - Grayling Tp.
Caucus was called to order by the chairman of the township committee, C. T. JEROME, who stated the business for which the caucus was called.
On Motion M. A. BATES was elected chairman, and J. C. HANSON, Secretary.
On motion the chairman appointed three tellers, consisting of J. K. MERZ, A. L. POND and J. J. COLLEN.
O. PALMER, Notary Public, administered the oath of office to the officers of the caucus.
The following persons were then nominated for township officers:
Supervisor - Geo. W. COMER.
Clerk - W. G. MARSH.
Treasurer - John STALEY.
Highway Comm'r - F. R. DECKROW
J. P., full term - R. McELROY.
J. P., to fill vacancy - J. K. BATES.
Member Board of Review - J. K. MERZ.
School Inspector - Wm. WOODFIELD.
School Inspector to fill vacancy - Er BELL.
Constables - Thos. K. CHITAGO, H. POND, Levi CLEMENT, and R. WILCOX.
M. A. BATES, D. McCORMICK and J. J. COLLEN were elected members of the township committee for the ensuing year. (2 Apr 1896)

-M. A. BATES and wife, spent Sunday with his sister, Mrs. J. HOYT, at Gaylord. (30 Sep 1897)

-Mrs. M. A. BATES and son, Emerson, of Grayling, Mrs. W. GAFFEY and two children, of New York, Mrs. George HATHAWAY and two children, of Millersburg, are visiting their sister, Mrs. J. HOYT. Mrs. HOYT held a family reunion on Wednesday.-Gaylord Times. (6 Sep 1906)


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