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

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William R. STECKERT

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:
-COUNTY OFFICIALS
Sheriff - David LONDON
Clerk & Resigter - William R. STECKERT
Treasurer - Rasmus HANSON
Prosecuting Attorney - J. O. HADLEY
Judge of Probate - Dan WALDRON
Circuit Court Com'r - Co. W. WIGHT
Surveyor - Frederick LARKER
Coroners - Samuel REVEL, William H. SHERMAN. (14 May 1879)

-W. R. STECKERT and Daniel S. WALDRON of Cheney, gave us a business call yesterday. Come again gentlemen. (25 Jun 1879)

-MARRIED.
At Otsego Lake, on Monday, Oct. 16, 1882, by Rev. Wm. PUTNAM, Mr. Wm. R. STECKERT and Miss Mary HOOKER. (19 Oct 1882)

-BORN-On the evening of the 1st inst., to Mr. and Mrs. W. R. STECKERT, of South Branch township, a daughter. (8 Dec 1887)

-Billy STECKERT is the happiest man in South Branch. It's a little girl and she arrived on the 2d inst, we are informed. - Ros. News. (15 Dec 1887)

-W. R. STECKERT returned from Cadillac last Saturday accompanied by his sister, Mrs. W. GERRISH and family. Mrs. GERRISH will visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. STECKERT, of South Branch, for a short time. - Roscommon News. (3 Oct 1889)

-W. R. STECKERT's countenance was illumined with a 17x29 smile Tuesday, over the arrival that morning of a young daughter. Dr. EVES was the attending physician, and reports all well. - Ros. News. (24 Oct 1889)

-W. R. STECKERT and family left Monday for Cadilac, where they will visit a short time before departing for their new home in Florida. - Ros. News. (14 Nov 1889)

-W. R. STECKERT, of Gainesville, Fla., arrived last Monday morning on a visit to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. STECKERT of South Branch. Will says they will endeavor to move Mr. STECKERT to Cadillac the first of the week. - Ros. News. (25 Jun 1891)

-W. R. STECKERT, land commissioner of the Cummer Lumber Co. for the past few years, is a happy man and he has a right to be. Mr. STECKERT was summoned a few days ago to Jacksonville, on business. When the business had been attended to and he was in the act of leaving the office, W. W. CUMMER called him, handed him a small piece piece of paper with the remark, that he had been a faithful and efficient representative of the CUMMER interests "everywhere and at all times," and he desired Mr. STECKERT to receive that modest present as a token of their regard for himself and his efforts. Mr. STECKERT is responsible for the statement that he "liked to have dropped dead" when he noticed that the check was for $5,000. He is appreciative, however, and will remember the "small" present which his employer thought enough of him to give with compliments. - Florida Times. (26 Jul 1906)


Cora A. TRAVER

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 Cora A. TRAVER,
Would announce to the Citizens of Grayling, that she is prepared to give instructions on the Piano or Parlor Organ
Satisfactory references given if required. (28 May 1879)

-Dr. N. H. TRAVER, who has been absent on business in Canada for the last week or two, returned home Tuesday night. His daughter, Miss Cora, returned with him. (1 Jun 1882)

-DR. N. H. TRAVER DIES SUDDENLY.
DEATH TOOK PLACE IN HARPER HOSPITAL,
DETROIT, ON MONDAY, CAUSED BY AN
OPERATION.
TRAVER-At Harper Hospital, Jan. 31, Newton H. TRAVER, aged 73. Services and burial at Almont, Mich. - Detroit News.
Dr. Newton H. TRAVER went to Harper hospital at Detroit on Thursday for medical treatment and on Saturday underwent an operation, but owing to his advanced age was unable to withstand the shock.
Monday forenoon, Mrs. TRAVER received a telegram announcing that his death was but a question of a few hours and they left on the noon train for Detroit, accompanied by his daughter Josephine, but reached there too late to be with him when the end came.
The news of his death was a great surprise here as he was about his duties as usual before leaving for the hospital.
Deceased was a pioneer resident of Lewiston, coming here from Grayling about 18 years ago, being the first physician in the village, and always enjoyed a good practice, but gave up the practice of medicine a few years ago to devote his time to his drug and furniture store. He was a licensed embalmer and undertaker and did that in connection with the other. He was a devout christian and was prominently identified with church and Sunday School work, and organized the first Sunday School in Lewiston. He will be greatly missed by all, and in his demise we lose one of the best and most upright citizens.
He owns two good farms in this township, the building occupied by G. GASSEL and the Lewiston Bank and the Putnam Building in which he conducted his store.-Lewiston Journal.
Dr. TRAVER located in Grayling in 1879, and opened a drug store in the building now occupied by J. W. SORENSON, and continued the practice of medicine. His friends, if enumerated, would give the entire census of our community, who will ever remember his as a man who gave the best of life to those around him. His sudden death will be mourned here, as in his last home. (10 Feb 1910)


Judge Daniel S. WALDRON

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:
-COUNTY OFFICIALS
Sheriff - David LONDON
Clerk & Resigter - William R. STECKERT
Treasurer - Rasmus HANSON
Prosecuting Attorney - J. O. HADLEY
Judge of Probate - Dan WALDRON
Circuit Court Com'r - Co. W. WIGHT
Surveyor - Frederick LARKER
Coroners - Samuel REVEL, William H. SHERMAN. (14 May 1879)

-W. R. STECKERT and Daniel S. WALDRON of Cheney, gave us a business call yesterday. Come again gentlemen. (25 Jun 1879)

-Mrs. D. S. WALDRON and her son Walter, have gone to Albion for a short visit with her sister Mrs. E. G. LOWNSBERY. (26 Apr 1888)

-Miss Mary LOWNSBERRY, a student of Albion College, is spending her vacation with her Aunt, Mrs. D. S. WALDRON. (19 Jul 1888)

-D. S. WALDRON has adopted a daughter according to law, the little girl known as Maudie BELCHER. She will hereafter be known as Maudie WALDRON. Dan is happy. (19 Jul 1888)

-Mrs. D. S. WALDRON is enjoying a visit from her mother and step-father, of New York. The old gentleman is 83 years old, but as vigorous as most men at 65. (30 Oct 1890)

-At a regular encampment of Marvin Post, No. 240, Grand Army of the Republic, held last Saturday evening, the 13th inst., the following officers were elected:
Commander, - W. S. CHALKER
Sen. Vice Com. - A. C. WILCOX
Jun. Vice Com. - R. McELROY
Quartermaster. - E. AUGUR
Chaplain. - W. WOODBURN
Surgeon. - O. PALMER
Officer of the Day. - O. J. BELL
Del. to Dept. Encamp't - L. St. JOHN
Alternate. - D. S. WALDRON (18 Dec 1890)

-Comrade D. S. WALDRON has been granted a pension. (4 Feb 1892)

-The husband and sons of the late Mrs. D. S. WALDRON unite in thanks to their friends in Grayling, and expecially to the W. R. C., for unremitting kindness during the long illness, and at the final obsequies of their wife and mother, D. S. WALDRON,
Fred O. Cox,
Walter J. Cox,
Timothy Cox.

-One of the finest monuments in the cemetery was erected last week, by D. S. WALDRON, to mark the last resting place of Mrs. WALDRON. The monument was put up by a Bay City firm. (30 May 1895)

-Last Tuesday was the 67th anniversary of the birth of Ex-Judge D. S. WALDRON, of South Branch, and about fifty of his friends treated him to a genuine surprise by assembling at the residence of his brother, E. T. WALDRON, to assist in celebrating the event. There was mirth and music and dancing, galore, and a feast "fit for the Gods." We learn that one of the events of the evening was the terpsichorean feat of Messrs CHALKER and MARSH of Grayling, and Henry FUNCK and Judge WALDRON, with their repective partners, in a cottillion, which elicited unbounded applause from the youthful guests. Fun? Well, we should smile audibly. (29 Oct 1896)

-Ex-Probate Judge D. S. WALDRON, started last week for Ohio, where he will visit his daughter in Toledo, and his son at Wauseon, whom he has not seen since he came to this county, 27 years ago. Mr. WALDRON has passed the age of three score and ten, but is bright and lively as ever, enjoying a social evening and a lively dance as well as fifty years ago. He is one of the few pioneers left, and has always been an active and useful member of society, working for the best interest of this county and ever strenous for the right. He was a soldier of the war of the rebellion and has long been a member of the G. A. R., to whom he gave most loyal service. His comrades here will greatly miss him from their ranks. (29 Dec 1904)

-Uncle Dan WALDRON's friends helped him celebrate the 77th anniversary of his birth last Saturday. May he live to celebrate many more. (1 Nov 1906)

-Daniel S. WALDRON, ex-Judge of Probate of this county and one of our early pioneers, now manager of the New Russel Hotel, passed the 78th mile-stone of his life last Sunday. He is wonderfully preserved, active as ever and but slightly grey, promising to reach the century mark, which is hoped by his friends will be reached. He is an active member of the G. A. R., with a soldier's record of which he may well be proud, and but few who endured the service through which he passed have, or will reach his age. (31 Oct 1907)

-D. S. WALDRON, a pioneer, and first Judge of Probate for this county, celebrated his 80th birthday last week all by himself. He had kept the date so secret that his friends had not even the pleasure of giving him a chivaree. The Judge is as active as most men at 60, but having done work enough for one man, is taking his ease and bids fair to pass the century mark. (4 Nov 1909)


Anne E.

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:
-Walter COX and wife, of Kenosha, Wis., arrived in town last Wednesday, called by the death of his mother, Mrs. D. S. WALDRON as was also Fred O. COX, of Kansas City, Mo. They are both railroad men, Walter being in the employ of the Chicago and North Western, and Fred of the Union Pacific. (30 Aug 1894)

-DIED-At her home in this village, Monday, Aug. 20., Ann E. WALDRON aged 52 years and 1 month.
Deceased was the wife of D. S. WALDRON, the first Judge of Probate of this county and was a resident of South Branch about ten years before coming to Grayling seven years ago. She leaves her husband and three sons grown to manhood, to mourn their loss. The body was buried by the W. R. C. of which society she was an active member and was accompanied to the grave by a large concourse of friends. Rev. S. G. TAYLOR preached the funeral sermon. (23 Aug 1894)

-RESOLUTIONS OF CONDOLENCE.
At a meeting of the Good Templars held Tuesday Aug., 21st., 1894, the following resolutions were adopted:
WHEREAS, Our Heavenly Father in His infinite wisdom has removed from among us a much beloved sister and worker, Mrs. Dan WALDRON, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That we deeply mourn the loss of one whose life gave evidence of many beautiful graces of christian character, which will ever be held in loving membory by all; we feel assured that she has been thus called by our Heavenly Father to a full enjoyment of the rest promised to those that love Him.
RESOLVED, That as members of the Good Templars Society, we tender to her grief stricken husband and family our sincere sympathies.
RESOLVED, That the Charter of this Society, be draped in mourning for thirty days, and that a copy of these resolutions be given to the family, and to the local papers for publication.
Wm. BUTLER, C. T.
Mrs. David FLAGG, V. T.
Anabel BUTLER, Sec. (30 Aug 1894)

-RESOLUTIONS OF CONDOLENCE.
At a regular meeting of Marvin Relief Corps, No. 162, a committee was appointed to draft resolutions on the death of Mrs. Ann E. WALDRON, who departed this life, Aug. 20th 1894.
WHEREAS, It has pleased an all wise Providence to summon from our midst, our much loved sister, past Junior Vice of our Corps, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That this Corps has lost, in her, one whose social qualities and ever willing hand will be greatly missed by us.
RESOLVED, That we tender to her bereaved husband and family, our heartfelt sympthies in this sad dispensation.
RESOLVED, That we drape our charter in mourning for the usual term, and that these resolutions be transcribed on the records of the Corps, and that a copy be furnished the local papers for publication.
Alice E. CULVER, |
Maria E. HANSON, | Com.
Alice BENKELMAN.|


Maudie BELCHER

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:
-D. S. WALDRON has adopted a daughter according to law, the little girl known as Maudie BELCHER. She will hereafter be known as Maudie WALDRON. Dan is happy. (19 Jul 1888)


WALDRON

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:
-D. S. WALDRON was called to Perry, Shiawassee county, last week, by the sudden death of his oldest brother at the age of 78 years, the first break in the family record, except that two brothers died in the war of the Rebellion. (29 Aug 1901)


Lydia

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:
-DIED.
On Wednesday, March 28, 1883, at the home of her son, Mr. Edward WALDRON, of South Branch, Mrs. Lydia, WALDRON, of congestion of the chest and general natural decay, at the advanced age of 80 years and 2 months. Her end was peace. (5 Apr 1883)

-D. S. and E. T. WALDRON brought the body of their mother, who died in 1883, from the cemetery in South Branch township to the cemetery here last Tuesday. (7 May 1896)


Edward T. WALDRON

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:
-DIED.
On Wednesday, March 28, 1883, at the home of her son, Mr. Edward WALDRON, of South Branch, Mrs. Lydia, WALDRON, of congestion of the chest and general natural decay, at the advanced age of 80 years and 2 months. Her end was peace. (5 Apr 1883)

-SOUTH BRANCH ITEMS.
Ed. WALDRON says he is a papa now. (13 Jun 1889)

-E. T. WALDRON, of South Branch, has sold his farm to Hugo SCHREIBER Jr., and will remove to Arenac county, near Turner, where he has bought another farm. (5 Sep 1901)

-E. T. WALDRON and family have moved to their new home in Arenac county. Their address will be at Maple Ridge. They are pioneers here, and will be missed from the county. (31 Oct 1901)

-E. T. WALDRON came up from his home in Arenac Co., Tuesday, for a visit with his brother "Dan," and old friends, the first time since he moved away, five years ago. (25 Oct 1906)


C. W. WIGHT

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:
-COUNTY OFFICIALS
Sheriff - David LONDON
Clerk & Resigter - William R. STECKERT
Treasurer - Rasmus HANSON
Prosecuting Attorney - J. O. HADLEY
Judge of Probate - Dan WALDRON
Circuit Court Com'r - Co. W. WIGHT
Surveyor - Frederick LARKER
Coroners - Samuel REVEL, William H. SHERMAN. (14 May 1879)

-Mr. C. W. WIGHT of Fredric, is remodelling and enlarging his hotel and will soon be able to offer to the traveling public, the best of accommodations. (9 Jul 1879)

-From Frederic. Frederic, July 20th, 1879.
EDITORS AVALANCHE:- Our post-office has changed hands. C. W. WIGHT sent in his resignation as post-master, and Jesse A. BARKER has received the appointment in his stead. Mr. BARKER has appointed his daughter-in-law as deputy, and the post-office can now be found at the office of Fred L. BARKER, the county surveyor.
Mr. BARKER is an efficient man, and entirely trustworthy, and his deputy is worthy of the same confidence. (23 Jul 1879)

-MARVIN POST G. A. R.
As per announcement in the AVALANCHE, the old soldiers of the county met at the court house last Friday for the formation of a Post of the Grand Army of the Republic. The name selected, as indicated above, was in honor of the only comrade who had dided in this county, to the knowledge of any who were present, Comrade Harry MARVIN, of Beaver Creek township, who was mustered into the grand army above.
As will be seen by the roster published below, there are over 40 charter members, and if the enthusiasm manifested by those present at the organization continues, the post will flourish. the date of muster is not decided, but will be some time this month, and then the veterans can gather around their camp fire and live over again the life of field, and march, and battle.
The following officers were elected:
Commander - O. J. BELL.
Senior Vice-Commander - O. PALMER.
Jun. Vice Com. - Thos. LOUND.
Quartermaster - J. G. MARSH.
Chaplain - O. G. ANDREWS.
Surgeon - Alex. ODELL.
Officer of the Day - A. E. NEWMAN.
Officer of the Guard - G. BOSOM.
Adjutant - J. J. COVENTRY.
Sergeant - Major - C. W. WIGHT.
Quar. - Sergt. - A. C. WILSON.
Sentry - C. A. INGERSON.
We give the complete roster of charter members, and hope during the season to add the name of every soldier in the county:
O. J. BELL, I, 6th Mich H. A.
Samuel CASSIMER, K, 30th Wis V I.
Oscar PALMER, C, 1st U S S S.
W. BATTERSON, I, 1st N Y Dragoons.
A. TAYLOR, B, 22d N Y Cav.
I. J. CURRAN.
S. M. MILES, B. 101st Pa Inf.
A. D. COLESTOCK, E, 7th Mich Cav.
J. J. COVENTRY, K, 11th N. J. Inf.
G. H. THAYER, E, 2d Mich Cav.
Aaron ATEN, A, 21st O V I.
F. M. FORBES, I, 145th P V I.
R. P. FORBES, I, 5th Mich Cav.
S. HEMPSTED, B, 4th Mich Cav.
A. C. WILSON, B, 17th N Y B.
E. WYCKOFF.
Wm. WOODBURN, D, 5th Mich Cav.
O. G. ANDREWS, E, 8th Mich Inf.
C. A. INGERSON, E, 50th N Y Eng.
C. W. WIGHT, B, 2d N H H A.
J. W. WALLACE, F, 1st Mich Inf.
H. DAVENPORT, D. 105th N Y V I.
D. WILLETT, M, 7th Mich Cav.
W. HAYNES, A, 122d N Y V I.
A. ODELL, K, 8th N Y H A.
A. J. ROSE, F. 126th N Y V I.
J. G. MARSH, E, 9th Mich Cav.
C. E. STRUNK, A, 4th Mich V I.
Thos LOUND, G, 3d Mich Cav.
G. BOSOM, I, 1th Mich Inf.
L. BOSOM, L, 1st Mich Eng.
Geo. FAUBLE, I, 85th? Ill V I.
A. H. ALLEN, D, 151st N Y V I.
M. PACKARD, F, 152d Ind V I.
N. BARNEY.
Wm. H. ROE, F, 16th Mich V I.
A. C. WILCOX, I, 5th Mich V I.
A. MOSHER, K, 3d Mich Cav.
L. StJOHN, I, 12th Mich V I.
Wm WILCOX, H, 2d Mich Cav.
W. HAVENS,
S. H. JOHNSON, E. 1st Mo Eng.
A. E. NEWMAN, F, 15th. (13 Mar 1884)

-C. W. WIGHT intends leaving this place to take up his abode the coming summer in Bay City. L. W. WIGHT also intends staying for a season in the week as soon as he can arrange matters to leave. (17 Apr 1884)

-C. W. WIGHT.
C. W. WIGHT is the proprietor of the Market, and receives as he well deserves, a liberal patronage. As the supply raised here does not equal the demand, he receives the finest dressed beef from Chicago in regrigerator cars, and aside from dressed beef, mutton pork an veal, is supplied with poltry, fresh and salt fish, oysters, vegetables, butter and eggs. The market is kept sweet and clean and supplies several of the neighboring villages aside from the home trade. (29 Dec 1887)

-Mrs. C. W. WIGHT is visiting her sister, Mrs. T. OLIVER, of East Tawas. (19 Apr 1888)

-The mother of Mrs. C. W. WIGHT and Mrs. J. F. HUM, and sister of Miss Cora WIGHT, of Dayton, Ohio, are making them a visit. (12 Jul 1888)

-Mrs. C. W. WIGHT is visiting her sister, Mrs. OLIVER, at Tawas. (31 Oct 1889)

-A PLEASANT SURPRISE.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. WIGHT was a scene of pleasure on Friday evening, march 16th., it being the 25th anniversary of their marriage. The W. R. C. and their husbands stole a march and took them by surprise. Many different games were played during the evening, after which refreshments were served. Rev. TAYLOR, in his usual manner, addressed the happy couple, and presented them with the presents given them by their friends. All retired to their homes, feeling satisfied with the pleasure of the evening. (22 Mar 1894)

-Last Friday was the silver or twenty-fifth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. WIGHT. In the evening, they were surprised by a large number of their friends calling to congratulate them on having reached the silver period in life's journey, when the gray begins to show among the gold, and to wish them a happy continuance in it, with the promise to assist them in celebrating their golden, twenty-five years hence. They were recipients of several handsome presents, and, after partaking of a fine collation, the balance of the evening was passed with amusing games, making the anniversary as pleasant as if it had been the first instead of the twenty-fifth. (22 Mar 1894)

-Nearly forty of the friends of C. W. WIGHT, gave him a genuine surprise last week Wednesday evening, it being the occasion of his 52nd birthday. It was a jolly party and highly enjoyed by all, who wish he may see as many more years. W. S. CHALKER, of behalf of a number of his gentlemen friends presented him with an easy chair, in a felicitous speech. The AVALANCHE unites with them in wishes for long life and prosperity. (25 Jul 1895)


Rebecca METZLER

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 mother of Mrs. C. W. WIGHT and Mrs. HUM, of Grayling, and Mrs. Thoams OLIVER, at East Tawas, died at her home at Dayton, Ohio, on Thursday last, aged 86 years. Those named have gone to attend the funeral. (1 May 1890)

-DIED-August 12th, Mr. George B. METZLER, at his home in Hampton, Va., near Fort Monroe; beloved brother of Mrs. J. F. HUM, Mrs. C. W. WIGHT and Mrs. Thos. OLIVER, of West Bay City. (18 Aug 1892)

-Mr. METZLER, father of Mrs. W. A. WIGHT, Mrs. J. HUM of this place and Mrs. Oliver, of Bay City, is quite sick and not expected to recover. Mrs. OLIVER was sent for, las Saturday. Mr. METZLER is 83 years of age. (15 Dec 1892)

-Mr. and Mrs. C. W. WIGHT, returned from the funeral of her father, at Dayton, Ohio, last Saturday morning. (12 Jan 1893)

-Last Tuesday was the anniversary of Mrs. C. W. WIGHT's birth, - years. At night the house was crowded with members of the W. R. C. and G. A. R., and friends who made things merry until a late hour, leaving a memento for remembrance of the good time, which all hope will be repeated for at least fifty years more. (20 May 1897)

-RESOLUTION OF CONDOLANCE.
Whereas it has pleased our Heavenly Father in his divine providence to call from this world of care, to that sweet rest beyond, the beloved sister of our esteemed sister Rebecca WIGHT therefore be it
Resolved, that we, the members of Marvin Relief Corps No. 162, extend to our sister our tenderest sympathy in this dark hour of bereavement, and be it further
Resolved, that her burden may be lightened by fully trusting in God and He will give her strength, and be it further
Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be spread on the records of this corps, and also given to the local papers for publication.
LAURA AMIDON
EMMA AMOS
AGNES HAVENS. (16 Sep 1909)


Truman W. MITCHELL

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:
-Truman W. MITCHELL,
Tonsorial Artist,
Exchange Hotel, Grayling, Mich. (14 May 1879)

-T. W. MITCHELL was called to Ontario last week on account of the illness of a sister. ( 11 Sep 1882)

-Mr. and Mrs. T. W. MITCHELL have returned from their visit to St. Clair County, which proved a sad one to both. Mrs. M. COMER, sister of Mrs. MITCHELL was dead when they arrived, and soon after her funeral, they were called to the home of Mr. John MITCHELL, in the same county, who died on the Thursday following. Thus are families broken up by the hand of death. (28 Apr 1887)


Mrs. T. W. MITCHELL COMER

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. John COMER, wife and child, arrived in Grayling on Tuesday morning on a visit to his mother and sisters- Mrs. RUSNELL, and Mrs. T. W. MITCHELL and Mrs. Mack TAYLOR. Mr. COMER is a seafaring man, and has not seen his mother or sisters for eleven years. (29 Jun 1882)

-Mrs. T. W. MITCHELL has a sister visiting her who resides in Dakota. (27 Jan 1887)

-Mr. and Mrs. T. W. MITCHELL have returned from their visit to St. Clair County, which proved a sad one to both. Mrs. M. COMER, sister of Mrs. MITCHELL was dead when they arrived, and soon after her funeral, they were called to the home of Mr. John MITCHELL, in the same county, who died on the Thursday following. Thus are families broken up by the hand of death. (28 Apr 1887)

-MRS. T. W. MITCHELL.
Mrs. T. W. MITCHELL's Millinery emporium presents - through the window - a dazzling array of color in Hats, Ribbons, Plumes, etc. Our modesty forbade an attempt to interview the house, but judging from the constant throng of beauty going and coming from there and the elegant head gear worn by the ladies of Grayling, we can but judge that the trade is satisfactory. (29 Dec 1887)

-News is received here of the death of Mrs. T. W. MITCHELL, at her home in West Bay City. While it brings with it a shock to her friends, it was not unexpected, and is to her a relief from years of suffering. She was one of the pioneers of this place and was universally respected and beloved, and will be long remembered and sincerely mourned. Her mother and sister were with her during the last days and accompanied the body to Port Huron, for interment. (3 Dec 1891)


Wm. A. MASTERS

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:
-C. A. BROWN & W. A. MASTERS
Attorneys and Counsellors
At Law
and
Solicitors in Chancery,
At Avalanche Office, Grayling, Mich. (14 May 1879)

-RED RIBBON CLUB.
A red ribbon club was organized at school house on Friday evening, and the following officers were elected:
President - Dr. N. H. TRAVER.
Vice President - N. SALLING.
Treasurer - D. A. BUELL.
Financial Sec'y - Wm. A. MASTERS.
Door Keeper - Christ SHEIBE.
The club will meet again on Friday evening of this week, when all are invited to attend. (28 May 1879)

-Mr. Wm. A. MASTERS has received the appointment of Postmaster at Grayling, from the Postmaster General at Washington. (12 May 1881)

-Mr. and Mrs. ERVIN, of West Unity, Ohio, are visiting their daughter, Mrs. Wm. A. MASTERS, of this village. (27, 1881)

-F. L. MASTERS from Pioneer, Ohio, is visiting his cousin, W. A. MASTERS, of this city. (31 Jul 1884)

-W. A. MASTERS, county clerk of Crawford county, was among our callers Tuesday. Mr. MASTERS is a republican, and was re-elected by a large majority. - West Branch Times. (27 Nov 1890)

-W. A. MASTERS has been appointed special agent for the People's Building, Loan and Saving Association, of Geneva, N. Y., for the purpose of organizing local boards in this State. (29 Mar 1894)

-Alex. HURSTON, brother-in-law of W. A. HASTERS, spent last Sunday with the family here. (4 May 1899)

-W. A. MASTERS and wife had the pleasure of a visit from their brother-in-law, Hon. Alex. HUESTON, of Hillsdale, last week. (27 Jul 1899)

-Mr. and Mrs. W. A. MASTERS left on the morning train for West Unity, Ohio, where they will make their home, called there by the aged and enfeebled condition of her mother. They are among our oldest citizens, having resided here since 1879. Mr. MASTERS has been an active factor in the business and political life of the county. He was the founder of the AVALANCHE, with Messrs MAURER and BROWN, was postmaster for a long time, served four years as county clerk, and was engaged in mercantile pursuits until his retirement to his farm a few years ago. Mrs. MASTERS has ever been recognized as among the foremost in charitable and religious work, and her lovely character and social nature has made her a universal favorite in the community. There is probably no family in the county with a larger circle of acquaintances who will regret their going and hope for their ultimate return. (21 Sep 1899)

-Mr. and Mrs. W. A. MASTERS, now of Bryan, O. are welcome visitors in our village, where they arrived Tuesday, but will hardly be here long enough to shake with all their friends. (3 Aug 1905)

-It is reported in the Detroit papers, that Wm. A. MASTERS, a former resident here, is arrested for assault with intent to commit the crime of murder, and that he waived examination. The particulars are meager, only showing that he attempted to prevent an electric railroad company from establishing a line across the farm of which he is manager. It is a terrible charge, and he and his family will have the most sincere sympathy of many friends here, who must remember that such charges are not of themselves proof of guilt, and that investigation may put the whole matter in a diffent light. (17 May 1906)

-A letter here from Bryan, Ohio, places the matter of the shooting, by W. A. MASTERS of a man who was trying to force a track across his farm, in a much more favorable light than was given in the newspapers in their reports. We are glad to think that the case may not be nearly so serious as was feared. (7 Jun 1906)

-W. A. MASTERS IS FREE.
Last Friday night a dispatch from Columbus, Ohio, brought the glad tidings that the state Board of Pardons had granted a full pardon to our former citizen, Wm. A. MASTERS and he was on the way to his home at Bryan.
At the time of the trial we contended that there should have been no conviction under the law or the facts in the case, band believed then, as we do now, that the verdict of the jury, uncertain as it always is, was biased by public sentiment fostered by personal spite and given effect by newspaper criticism, unwarranted and unjust, and the outcome seems to justify our position.
Mr. MASTERS was one of the founders of the AVALANCHE in 1879 and during the years of his residence here was honored by our people, serving them in a satisfactory manner as county clerk, postmaster and in the merchantile business.
We extend our personal congratulation, and hope for him and his, the fullest enjoyment of their remaing years of life. (12 Mar 1908)


ERVIN

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. and Mrs. ERVIN, of West Unity, Ohio, are visiting their daughter, Mrs. Wm. A. MASTERS, of this village. (27, 1881)

-Mrs. W. A. MASTERS is enjoying a visit from her sister, Mrs. A. HUESTON, of Hillsdale county. (26 Dec 1889)

-Mrs. W. A. MASTERS went to hillsdale last Tuesday, where her daughter, Miss Nora, is attending school, and who will accompany her to Ohio on a visit to her parents and other relatives. (4 Jun 1891)


Frederick L. BARKER

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:
-COUNTY OFFICIALS
Sheriff - David LONDON
Clerk & Resigter - William R. STECKERT
Treasurer - Rasmus HANSON
Prosecuting Attorney - J. O. HADLEY
Judge of Probate - Dan WALDRON
Circuit Court Com'r - Co. W. WIGHT
Surveyor - Frederick BARKER
Coroners - Samuel REVEL, William H. SHERMAN. (14 May 1879)

-FREDERICVILLE.
L. W. WIGHT is proprietor of one of the general stores, and is also engaged to some extent in lumbering, getting out ties and telegraph poles. The other store has been recently started by M. D. OSBAND, a gentleman from Lansing, a brother-in-law of Mrs. F. L. BARKER, the deputy postmistress of Fredericville. We wish him success in his new undertaking. (2 Mar 1882)

-PENSIONERS.
Following is a list of pensioners in Crawford county, for what cause granted, and amount:
FREDERICVILLE
Henry ENGISN, rheumatism left hip, $6; Henry DAVENPORT, injury to abdomen, $4; John W. WALLACE, wound right leg, $4; Frederick L. BARKER, wound chest and shoulder, $12.
PERE CHENEY.
Elias WYCKOFF, chronic diarrhoea, $6; Geo. W. LOVE, injury to back and spine, $12; Orlando G. ANDREWS, wound right arm, $8; Ira CURRAN, wound left wrist, $12.
WELLINGTON.
Wilson HAYNES, loss of limb, $21; Cheeny W. HALL, chronic diarrhea, $4; Joshua SAFREED, debility, etc., $4.
GRAYLING.
Edward NICHOLS, wound left leg, $4; Chas. WAGNER, wound of head, $50; J. M. JONES, wound right thigh, $12.75; Lewis E. PARKER, dis. lungs, $8; Emeline J. LEONARD, mother, $8; George FAUBLE, wound left side, $6; Jonathan C. SILSBEE, consumption, $18; Mary STEVENSON, mother, $8; Thos. LOUND, rheumatism, $4; David NICHOLS, injury to abdomen, $4; Asa J. ROSE, injury right knee, $6. 17 (Jan 1884)

-BORN-On the 9th inst., to Mr. and Mrs. F. L. BARKER, a daughter. All are doing well, more especially, the father. Some are born great; some achieve greatness, and others have it thrust upon them. To be elected highway Commissioner and Constable, and a father all in one week, is spreading the honors on rather thick. (16 Apr 1885)

-FREDERICVILLE ITEMS.
Mrs. Fred BARKER presented her husband with a daughter on the 9th inst. Weight 10 lbs. All doing well. Fred had endured the election to two town offices on Monday before, with considerable complaisance, but when this last event was announced, he came near breaking down. He was able however, the next morning, to sit up and eat a little tea and toast, and then he crawled over to Osband's store and invested in a box of "S. W. B's." with which he filled his pockets, and can now be found in the streets any day, dispensing them, and receiving the congratulation of his friends. (16 Apr 1885)

-My words but poorly express my gratitude to friends and neighbors for the untiring care and kindness extended to my wife and myself, during her long illness. the loving kindness of all did much to alleviate her severe suffering, and will be ever remembered and appreciated.
FRED. L. BARKER. (16 Apr 1891)

-RESOLUTIONS - OF CONDOLENCE.
At a regular meeting of Marvin Post, G.A.R., No. 240, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:
WHEREAS, it has pleased our Grand Commander to give to our comrade, Fred L. BARKER, an honorable discharge from the army on earth, and to muster him into the Grand Army above. Therefore be it
RESOLVED, that, as true soldiers, we bow in submission to the supreme command, and urge upon our comrades to emulate the virtues of Comrade BARKER, as a brave soldier and an honest man, that when our hour shall come we may be reunited with him under the banner of the immortal.
RESOLVED, that our charter be draped in mourning for thirty days in honor of his memory, and that a copy of these resolutions be spread at large upon our records, and an engrossed copy be forwarded to his daughter.
O. PALMER, |
Wm. S. CHALKER, | Com.
A. L. POND, | (1 Oct 1894)


May M.

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:
-My words but poorly express my gratitude to friends and neighbors for the untiring care and kindness extended to my wife and myself, during her long illness. the loving kindness of all did much to alleviate her severe suffering, and will be ever remembered and appreciated.
FRED. L. BARKER. (16 Apr 1891)

-DIED-At her home in Frederic, Sunday, April 12, May M. BARKER, aged 44 years, 6 months and 20 days. Mrs. BARKER, with her husband, Fred. L. BARKER, was one of the early pioneers of this section of the state, having lived at this place for a time, and for the past 12 years at Frederic. She was an earnest, active woman, whose friends were numbered simply by the number of those who knew her. More than a year ago she was attacked with La Grippe, which was succeeded by rheumatic and paralytic trouble from which she has been an intense sufferer, and which human skill could not overcome. Her body rests in Mt. Hope Cemetry, at Lansing, by the side of her father, and her daughter, Florence, the funeral service being held at the residence of M. D. OSBAND, at Lansing, Monday. Her only surviving daughter is now with her sister at Titusville, Pa. (16 Apr 1891)


Florence BARKER

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:
-DIED-At her home in Frederic, Sunday, April 12, May M. BARKER, aged 44 years, 6 months and 20 days. Mrs. BARKER, with her husband, Fred. L. BARKER, was one of the early pioneers of this section of the state, having lived at this place for a time, and for the past 12 years at Frederic. She was an earnest, active woman, whose friends were numbered simply by the number of those who knew her. More than a year ago she was attacked with La Grippe, which was succeeded by rheumatic and paralytic trouble from which she has been an intense sufferer, and which human skill could not overcome. Her body rests in Mt. Hope Cemetry, at Lansing, by the side of her father, and her daughter, Florence, the funeral service being held at the residence of M. D. OSBAND, at Lansing, Monday. Her only surviving daughter is now with her sister at Titusville, Pa. (16 Apr 1891)


Helen May BARKER

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:
-NOTICE.
STATE OF MICHIGAN|
| S. S.
COUNTY OF CRAWFORD.|
In the matter, of the estate of Helen May BARKER, a minor.
Notice is hereby given, that in pursuance of an order granted to the undersigned, guardian of said minor, Helen May BARKER, by the Honorable John C. HANSON, Judge of Probate of the county of Crawford, on the 16th day of February, A. D. 1901, there will be sold at public vendue, to the highest bidder, at the front door of Salling, Hanson & Co's store, in the village of Grayling, in said county and state, on Saturday, the 11th day of May, A. D. 1901, at ten o'clock in the forenoon of that day (subject to all encumbrances by mortgage or otherwise existing at the time of the death of Frederic L. BARKER, father of said minor) the following described real estate, to wit: the Northeast quarter of the Northwest quarter, the South half of the Northwest quarter, the North half of the Southwest quarter of section one, and the Southeast quarter of the Northeast quarter and the Northeast quarter of the Southeast quarter of section two, all in township twenty-seven North of Range Four West.
The Southeast quarter of the Southwest quarter and the South half of the Southeast quarter of section twenty-six, the South half of the Northwest quarter (excepting such portions thereof as were sold and conveyed prior to the death of said Frederic L. BARKER). the Northwest quarter of the Southwest quarter, and the East half of the Southeast quarter of section thirty-five and the North half of the Southeast quarter of section thirty four, all in township twenty-eight North of Range four West.
Lots Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven and Twelve of block D; Lots One, Two, Three, Four, Five, and Six of block I; Lot Five of block C, and Lots Y and Z, all of the village of Frederic, according to the recorded plat thereof.
Also a piece or parcel of land bounded by and included within a line commencing on the west boundary line of the right of way of the Ward railway, so called, Sevenhundred and thirty-three feet north of the south line of the Southwest quarter of the Northeast quarter of section thirty-five, in Township twenty-eighth North of Range four West and running thence west eight four feet parrallel with said south boundary line and running thence north parallel with the west boundary line of said Southwest quarter of the Northeast quarter to the north boundary line of said Southwest quarter of the Northeast quarter and running thence east along said north boundary line to said west boundary line of Ward's railway, so called and thence south along said west boundary line of Ward's railway to the place of beginning. All being in Crawford county, Michigan.
Dated March 18th, 1901.
C. B. SEYMOUR, Guasrdian.
GEO. L. ALEXANDER,
Att'y for said Guardian. mar 21-7w (28 Mar 1901)


Jesse A. BARKER

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 Alice BARKER, of Forest, this county, daughter of Jesse A. BARKER, Esq., is stopping at Lansing, the guest of Hon. V. W. BRUCE, Enrolling and Engrossing clerk of the House of Representatives. (14 May 1879)

-From Frederic. Frederic, July 20th, 1879.
EDITORS AVALANCHE:- Our post-office has changed hands. C. W. WIGHT sent in his resignation as post-master, and Jesse A. BARKER has received the appointment in his stead. Mr. BARKER has appointed his daughter-in-law as deputy, and the post-office can now be found at the office of Fred L. BARKER, the county surveyor.
Mr. BARKER is an efficient man, and entirely trustworthy, and his deputy is worthy of the same confidence. (23 Jul 1879)

-Mrs. Jesse A. BARKER, of Fredericville, has been entertaining her sister, Mrs. Thos. LAZELL, and her daughter, Mrs. V. W. BRUCE, of Big Rapids. - Mrs. BRUCE is the wife of the editor of the Current. (24 Aug 1882)

-FREDERICVILLE.
J. A. BARKER returned Saturday from a trip to Wichita, Kansas, near which place he has a daughter and son-in-law. He reports himself much pleased with the general aspects of the country and says business is thriving. (17 Apr 1884)

-CORRESPONDENCE.
FREDERICVILLE.
EDITOR AVALANCHE:
Jesse A. BARKER was 64 years old on Wednesday, Sept. 19th, and the young folks thought they would celebrate the event by making the old man a present of a son-in-law. After some persuasion(?) his daughter, Miss Alice BARKER, consented to entrust her future to the care of Wm. H. SHERMAN of Maple Forest. Everybody seemed well satisfied, and perhaps Mr. BARKER may receive a similar present on his next birthday or some other birthday, as he has still another daughter. The happy couple took the night train for a short trip south, and will then commence life in earnest on Mr. SHERMAN's farm in maple Forest. (27 Sep 1883)

-PIONEER SKETCHES.
BIOGRAPHICAL.
Jesse A. BARKER was born in Dutchess county N. Y., in October 1819, and went through the usual boyhood routine of measles, mumps and whooping caugh, till his fourteenth birthday, when with his brothers and sisters he started for the then almost unexplored West and located at Manchester in Washtenaw county, where he remained four years, and returned to New York, working summers and attending school winters for three years, and then came back and bought a small farm, beginning real life in 1841 by marrying Miss Caroline STYLES. Four years later, the neighbors got too thick, and he went to Cascade, Kent county, where settlers were scarce and non-resident land plenty, but after seven years, May 10, 1852, the pioneer spirit again took possession of him, and with his brother George he started for Big Rapids, which village consisted on one house, and was then without a township organization, which, when made, was called Grant, and included all of Osceola and two towns in Mecosta county. Osceola had one resident, in the person of D. A. BLODGETT, who is well known now as a millionaire lumberman.
Mr. BARKER settled three miles north of the present site of Big Rapids and the day after his arrival 26 inches of snow fell, which was a cooler of his ardor for farming; but in company with the music of howling wolves he went to work and made a farm and home, where comfort and happiness reigned till the morning of the spring election, in 1876, when he cast the ballot of a free American citizen, hitched up his team and started across the country for Grayling, his family coming after by rail. he remained a short time in the village and then began farming at Frederic, and in July began the first improvement for the village of Frederic, except a beginning made by M. S. DILLEY.
This is a brief outline of a life passed in pleasant toil, building homes and though uneventful, it may be called successful, ever surrounded with home love and home comforts, holding the respect and confidence of his neighbors and friends and reaching a ripe old age with honor. What more is needed? (10 Jan 1889)

-FREDERIC ITEMS.
Mr. Jesse BARKER, one of our oldest residents, died on the 1st inst., at his residence in Frederic. (7 Mar 1889)

-OBITUARY.
Jesse A. BARKER, father of F. L. BARKER, of Frederic, died March 1st, 1889, aged 68 years.
Deceased was born in Dutchess county N. Y., where he resided untill his fourteenth birthday, when with his sisters and brothers he started for the then almost unexplored West and located at Manchester, Washtenaw county, where he remained four years and then returned to New York where he lived for the next three years. He then returned to Manchester, this State, bought a small farm and commenced real life in 1842 by marrying Miss Caroline STYLES.
Four years later he went to Cascade, Kent county, where settlers were scarce and non-resident land plenty. After seven years the pioneer spirit again took possession of him, and with his brother George started for Big Rapids, which contained one house at the time of his reaching the town, in May 1852. He settled three miles North of the present site of Big Rapids, and the day after his arrival 26 inches of snow fell, which somewhat cooled his ardor for agricultural pursuits, but he went to work and made a farm and home where comfort and happiness reigned.
In the Spring of 1877, on the morning of election day he cast his vote for the republican party and started for Grayling. He remained a short time in the village and then went to Frederic, where he held continuously some office of trust and confidence, to the time of his death, being ever surrounded with home love, and the unbounded respect of his neighbors and friends. His death was calm and peaceful as the close of day.
Rev. Wm. PUTNAM addressed well chosen words of comfort and consolation to those from all parts of the county who had gathered to pay their last respects. (14 Mar 1889)


Caroline STYLES

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:
-PIONEER SKETCHES.
BIOGRAPHICAL.
Jesse A. BARKER was born in Dutchess county N. Y., in October 1819, and went through the usual boyhood routine of measles, mumps and whooping caugh, till his fourteenth birthday, when with his brothers and sisters he started for the then almost unexplored West and located at Manchester in Washtenaw county, where he remained four years, and returned to New York, working summers and attending school winters for three years, and then came back and bought a small farm, beginning real life in 1841 by marrying Miss Caroline STYLES. Four years later, the neighbors got too thick, and he went to Cascade, Kent county, where settlers were scarce and non-resident land plenty, but after seven years, May 10, 1852, the pioneer spirit again took possession of him, and with his brother George he started for Big Rapids, which village consisted on one house, and was then without a township organization, which, when made, was called Grant, and included all of Osceola and two towns in Mecosta county. Osceola had one resident, in the person of D. A. BLODGETT, who is well known now as a millionaire lumberman.
Mr. BARKER settled three miles north of the present site of Big Rapids and the day after his arrival 26 inches of snow fell, which was a cooler of his ardor for farming; but in company with the music of howling wolves he went to work and made a farm and home, where comfort and happiness reigned till the morning of the spring election, in 1876, when he cast the ballot of a free American citizen, hitched up his team and started across the country for Grayling, his family coming after by rail. he remained a short time in the village and then began farming at Frederic, and in July began the first improvement for the village of Frederic, except a beginning made by M. S. DILLEY.
This is a brief outline of a life passed in pleasant toil, building homes and though uneventful, it may be called successful, ever surrounded with home love and home comforts, holding the respect and confidence of his neighbors and friends and reaching a ripe old age with honor. What more is needed? (10 Jan 1889)


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