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

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G. W. KNOWLES

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:
-Geo. KNOWLES, son of G. W. KNOWLES of Center Plains, has just returned home from Eaton county with the diptheria. (27 Aug 1879)

-Mr. G. W. KNOWLES, of Center Plains, has a brother-in-law visiting him this week from Eaton county. ( 18 Aug 1881)

-BIRTHS.
On Tuesday, April 10, 1883, to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. KNOWLES, of Center Plains, a son. (19 Apr 1883)

-CORRESPONDENCE.
CENTER PLAINS.
EDITOR AVALANCHE:
Mr. Willie TURNER, of Eaton county, Mich., is visiting his uncle, Mr. G. W. KNOWLES. (1 Nov 1883)


Geo. KNOWLES

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:
-Geo, KNOWLES, son of G. W. KNOWLES of Center Plains, has just returned home from Eaton county with the diptheria. (27 Aug 1879)


Adelbert LIGHT

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:
-BORN - To Mrs. Adelbert LIGHT of Forest a son. (3 Sep 1879)


LIGHT

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:
-BORN - To Mrs. Adelbert LIGHT of Forest a son. (3 Sep 1879)


Father

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. P. FORBES is enjoying a visit from her sister, Mrs. HATHAWAY, of Corrunna. (28 Aug 1890)


FILLEY

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:
-BORN - To Mrs. FILLEY, on Sunday, Sept. 21st., a daughter. (24 Sep 1879)


FILLEY

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:
-BORN - To Mrs. FILLEY, on Sunday, Sept. 21st., a daughter. (24 Sep 1879)


Frank P. BABBITT

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. Ida WATLING, of Ypsilanti, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Frank BABBITT, of this village. ( 15 Dec 1881)

-IN MEMORIAL.
DIED - In this village, on Sunday morning last, at the residence of his parents, Mr. F. P. BABBITT, aged 31 years, 5 months and 12 days.
Mr. BABBITT was born on the 11th day of June, A. D. 1848, in the town of Pittsfield, Washtenaw county, near the city of Ypsilanti.
In the year 1853, his parents removed to Fowlerville, Livingston county, where they resided until 1860, when they removed to Coldwater, Branch county. While living at Fowlerville, he had a severe attack of typhoid fever, with which exception he enjoyed perfect health until chronic catarrh was firmly seated, in the year 1871, which culminated in consumption.
While living at Coldwater, and at the age of 14, he commenced learning the trade of boot-maker, of which he made himself complete master, becoming one of the best sewed boot makers in the State. After mastering his trade at the age of nineteen, he went to Illinois, where he worked at his trade about two months, at Havana, Mason county. From there he went to Burlinton, Iowa, and from thence to St. Louis, Mo., where he spent the winter of '67. Being invested with the desire to try the exciting life of a railroad man, he became a brakeman on the Northern Missouri R. R. and followed that hazardous life until by the recklessness of an engineer, a hand was crushed. he then returned to his home, at Coldwater, and after, followed his trade in different cities of the State.
During the year 1874, incipient consumption made its appearance, though physicians differed in their views regarding it, some pronouncing it bronchitis. In October, 1874, he, with his family, visited this place hoping to receive a benefit to his health, which he did; but the winter of '74-5 being unusually severe one, he returned to Ypsilanti in February, where he remained until his health was so broken down that he was no longer able to work at his trade. He then removed to this place with the intention of making it his home, permanently. here he partially recovered again, but consumption, for such it was now pronounced by all medical men, had so firm a hold on him, that when winter came, he began to fa.................and became weaker than ever.................ceeding..........friends..........with the..........orado; but after reaching..........health failed him entirely, and was unable to go on, and returned to Ypsilanti. Physicians told him that there was no hope of recovery; that he might live a few months and possibly a few years and he has been calmly waiting the end.
When a boy he was ingenious and of an inventive turn, and during the winter of '76, while in C...... superintending the manufacture of a patent-wright tool, used in his trade he made valuable improvements and made it a success, when otherwise it would have been next to worthless. As a boy and man, he was persevering, ambitious, fearless, and generous to a fault, with a determination and iron will that was wonderful.
During his last illness, Frank suffered much, and was only comforted by the hope that death would soon release him from pain. He was a kind and loving husband and father, an affectionate and grateful son, a dearly beloved brother, and a man of whom all were justly proud. He leaves a widow and two children, aside from a large circle of friends here, as well as in his former home, to mourn their loss.
The bereaved family have the deepest sympathy of the community in this, their great sorrow.
The funeral services were held at the School House, on Monday afternoon, by the Rev. T. H. EVANS, of Roscommon, and the remains were followed to the grave by a host of mourning friends.
Gone to the grave is our loved one,
Gove with a youthful bloom,
Lowly we bend, brother and friend,
Passing away from the tomb.
Sweetly thy form will be sleeping
Under the pine trees shade
Sad, though we be, fondly will we
Cherish the name of the dead


Ada L.

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 funeral of the late Mrs. BABBIT will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o'clock in the hall. (2 Feb 1882)

-Mrs. Ada L., beloved wife of Mr. Frank P. BABBITT. - of whom mention was made in last week's issue of the AVALANCHE as lying very low iwth consumption, - calmly and peacefully fell asleep at her residence on Michigan avenue yesterday (Wednesday) at 8 o'clock a.m., aged about 33 years. (2 Feb 1882)


J. Maurice FINN

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. J. M. FINN, who recently purchased the Meat Market of John WALKER, has erected a large ice house near his store premises, and has commenced the storage of ice for the Summers' use. The ice is of good quality, in cakes approximating 20 inches in thickness, and of some 30 inches in length, and is procured from School Section lake, about two miles from town. ( 24 Feb 1881)

-Mr. J. Maurice FINN has recently received the appointment of Deputy Clerk and Register of Deeds, for Crawford County. See card elsewhere. (28 Apr 1881)

-Mr. James HAIRE, brother-in-law to J. M. FINN, has arrived in town to remain a portion of the winter. (17 Nov 1881)

-Mr. L. D. FINN, of Royal Oak, Mich., arived in Grayling last week and is now stopping with his brother, J. Maurice FINN. (1 Jun 1882)

-Last Saturday Mr. Abel EATON, of Elmira, N. Y., who has been visiting his nephew, J. M. FINN, while down the Au Sable with the latter, caught a grayling in the "Big whirl pool" which weighed, when taken from the water, just two pounds, and measured sixteen inches in length. The fish is now preserved in alcohol, and in possession of R. R. agent G. H. HICKS. This is the largest grayling that has been taken here in several years. These gentlemen caught sixty in all, using grasshoppers for bait. (18 Sep 1884)

-Mr. EATON, of New York state, and an uncle of J. M. FINN is assisting Sid, during the absense of Mr. FINN. (9 Jul 1885)

-J. Maurice FINN has been appointed postmaster for Grayling. As the change had to be made, we are pleased to know it has been given to a person who has the ability to attend to it, as it should be done. Mr. F. has worked harder and more effectually for the democratic party, than the other aspirants, and now he receives his reward. Mr. MASTERS was an efficient P. M. and if the office is as well conducted by his successor, we shall not call for a "change," this year, but some other year. (3 Sep 1885)

-J. Maurice FINN returned on last Saturday morning from his visit to friends at Royal Oak. While there he attended the wedding of his brother, A. FINN, editor of the Port Huron Tribune, who was married to a young lady residing in Detroit. (8 Jul 1886)

-J. MAURICE FINN.
J. Maurice FINN dropped into Grayling in November 1880 and erected the store on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Cedar street and put in a stock of dry goods and groceries invoicing about $2000.00 in January 1881. In 1883 he added a stock of Drugs, Medicine, Paints, Oils and in order to accomodate his business he built another store on the east side of his building. In 1884 his increased trade demanded more room and twenty-six feet was added to the rear of both stores, and to his general stock was added a line of furniture, which was carried in the upper story of the last addition until Jan. 1886, when a new store, erected on the east by S. HEMPSTEAD, 24x66, was rented and the furniture removed, with the Post Office, to that building. From the small stock with which Mr. FINN started in this place has grown to the occupancy of three stores on michigan Avenue and the finest ware house in Northern Michigan, 54x110 feet, in which is kept a complete line of Lumberman's Supplies, where eight teams can drive in and be loaded at the same time.
His store is lighted by electricity and the Lampson rapid store service has just been introduced, the first north of the Saginaw valley.
His stock will average about $15,000.00 and his business for the year will aggregate over $60,000.00. He employs five men besides the cashier and bookkeeper and to occupy his leisure deals quite extensively in pine lands, pursues a fair legal practice and devotes plenty of time to the citizens' duty of practical politics on the democratic platform. (29 Dec 1887)

-Last Tuesday was the 31st anniversary of the birth of J. Maurice FINN. In honor to the event, and of the first official visit of Hon. Wm. H. SIMPSON, Mr. FINN gave a dinner to the local bar at his elegant home, which was a very pleasant affair, and all hope that when 31 years more have passed, he may be the same genial, hustling host as now. (12 Jan 1888)

-BUSINESS CHANGE.
A change has occurred in the business of Grayling which will be a surprise to many.
J. Maurice FINN has sold his stock of Dry Goods, Clothing, Boots, Shoes, Groceries and Lumbermen's Supplies to L. JENSON and MANTZ Bro's. under the firm name of L. Jenson & Co., with a five years lease of his buildings.
Mr. FINN has been here for over ten years and has built up a large and lucrative trade, making hosts of friends who will regret his retirement especially if as rumor has it, he removes from this place to the Upper Peninsula to care for the interests of the Grayling Gold and Silver Mining Co., which are said to be assuming vast proportions.
His successors are gentlemen who are well known here having been successfully engaged in lumbering for several years, which business they will continue, though we believe Mr. JENSON will have personal charge of the mercantile transactions. If the change was to be made we know of no one whom we would more cordially welcome, and we certainly wish all the parties unlimited success. (22 Mar 1889)

-J. M. FINN returned from the gold fields last Friday, to close up a little more of his business here before removing his family to Ishpeming. (16 May 1889)

-J. Maurice FINN, editor of the Daily Press at Ishpeming, was nominated for congress by the democrats of the Twelfth district last week. (8 Sep 1892)

-J. Maurice FINN, of the defunct Lake Superior Herald, of Ishpeming, will run a drug store at St. Clair, so it is said. (9 Feb 1893)

-J. Maurice FINN, ex-editor and ex-democrat candidate for Congress, left Ishpeming Jan. 21st and when last heard from was in the far northwest. His newspaper plant has been seized by indorsers of his notes and will be sold April 6th. Judgment has also been secured against FINN by Nels MICHELSON of Grayling for money alleged to have been embezzled. - Detroit Tribune. (9 Apr 1893)

-J. Maurice FINN, formerly of Grayling, but now of Cripple Creek, Colorado, has been heard from. He is said to be in the real estate and law business, and making money hand over fist. Otsego Co. Herald. (19 Apr 1894)

-J. M. FINN, a newspaper man, too - at least he claimed to be - thought he could down Congressman STEPHENSON two years ago, and he went to pieces, politically and financially. Now, they say, he's rolling in riches at Cripple Creek. Col. FINN was always irrepressible. - Detroit Tribune. (19 Apr 1894)

-The morning Journal, of Cripple Creek, Col., has the following regarding J. Maurice FINN, until recently a lawyer, politician and newspaper of Ishpeming, Mich: "J. Maurice FINN shipped a car of high grade last Thursday from the Calcedonia, and will send out another Wednesday. The ore runs from 10 to 15 ounces of gold to the ton. The lower grades are left on the dump. The small streak that was so rich at the surface holds its own with depth. An essay last Saturday returned $112,000 to the ton." (11 Oct 1894)

-A letter received here states that j. Maurice FINN was in New York, last week, enroute for Paris, and was going from there to South America to reside. He had left Mrs. FINN in the State of Washington, whither she had followed him from Detroit. (8 Aug 1895)

-The Denver, Colorado, TIMES reports that J. M. FINN is engaged in tunnelling for a gold mine at Cripple Creek, with every prospect of striking it rich. (30 Jan 1896)

-A dispatch from Mr. POWELL, at Tacoma, Washington, states that Mrs. J. M. FINN is dangerously ill. Mr. FINN was off in the mines, and his address unknown. (13 Feb 1896)

-J. Maurice FINN, of Cripple Creek, Colo., arrived last evening with the remains of his wife from the Pacific coast. He left with the remains, accompanied by a large number of friends, by special train, at 11 o'clock this morning, en route for New Haven, Mich., his wife's native place. Beautiful floral tributes were waiting him here from various parts of the state, sent by freinds of himself and wife. Rev. L. P. DAVIS, a former pastor, accompanied to attend the services at New Haven. - Detroit Journal (Tuesday.) (20 Feb 1896)

-Mr. J. Maurice FINN, an attorney of Cripple Creek, Colo., was in the city yesterday on his way home from Detroit. He is the attorney for the Michigan Mining Company, which is preparing to open an extensive mine in the new Goose Creek goldfields. To a reporter for the Inter Ocean Mr. FINN told something about this territory. He said that the fields extended over an area twelve or fifteen miles long, and three miles wide. The ore was very rich, and, while not as rich as the Cripple Creek ore, was more valuable, since it was found in a natural state and free milling. The metal could be easily extricated by the cheapest methods. The fields lay on both banks of the Cevella River, 166 miles from Cripple Creek, and theirty four miles from Gunnison. Several mines have already been started. the Vulcan and the Chimney were the first to take out ore. The latter was not free milling. It was located on a volcanic formation, and the gold was found in combination. Its ore was very rich however, some of it being worth $800 per ton. (27 Feb 1896)

-J. Maurice FINN, well known in this section of the country as proprietor of the famous FINN group of mines, was married on the 30th of June to a lady of Cripple Creek. We extend congratulations, and hope J. Maurice will bring Mrs. FINN with him on his next visit here. - Col. Ex. (6 Aug 1896)

-J. Maurice FINN, of Cripple Creek, is reported to be visiting with his brother and other friends in Detroit. He says, and there is no doubting it, when he says so, that the Cripple Creek mines are turning out about a million dollars worth of gold every month. (17 Jun 1897)

-The Royal Oak Company has recently been reorganized, and now has ample capital to undertake development work that will stand fair comparison with any other undertakings of the sort in the Grassy section of the Cripple Creek district. The company is in the hands of Attorney J. Maurice FINN, of Cripple Creek, who is its president, and representative of the Smith-Moffat syndicate of Denver. the company is named for the town of royal Oak, Mich. - Denver Post. (30 Nov 1899)

-Saturday's Detroit Journal has a cut, and biography of our former citizen, J. Maurice, FINN, "Our Own Boy," and a description of his magnificent home at Cripple Creek. We are glad to know of his success. (28 Nov 1901)

-J. MAURICE FINN DEAD.
FORMER MICHIGAN MAN WAS MINER
LAWYER AND POLITICIAN.
A. H. FINN, 120 Virginia Avenue, received word last night of the sudden death yesterday morning in Denver of his brother J. Maurice FINN, a prominent attorney and mine owner of Cripple Creek, Col. While trying a case in Denver Mr. FINN, was taken suddenly ill four days ago with a severe cold.
Mr. FINN was born at St. Clair, Mich., and for several years conducted a general merchantile store at Royal Oak, following which he went to Grayling and Ishpeming. At the latter place he became interested in mining and lost heavily. While in Grayling he studied law and was admitted to the bar. In 1893 he went to Cripple Creek.
A delegate to the democratic convention at St. Louis, and four years later at St. Louis, and four years later at Chicago, Mr. FINN has been given the credit for swinging the nomination to Cleveland by carrying in a huge banner bearing Cleveland's name, when the outcome hung in the balance. He also ran for congress from the twelfth district, but was defeated.
At Ishpeming he married Miss Belle DOWNING, who with two children survives him. - Detroit News.
All of our older citizens will well remember Mr. FINN, who in an early day was one of the most hustling business men of this part of the state and for years ran a general store on the corner now occupied by A. Kraus & Son. He was a political leader of the democratic party here and very popular. Since his removal to the west, he has accumulated and lost a fortune and gained another, so that he was considered moderately wealthy at the time of death. He had built and owned a magnificent mansion for his home at Cripple Creek, where eight years ago he entertained Wm. J. BRYAN and a large contingent of would be democratic statesmen in kingly style. (14 Jan 1909)


Fannie HAIRE

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. J. M. FINN and Mr. HAIRE (her brother) started last night on a visit to relatives and friends in the southern part of the State. Mrs. FINN will be absent about a month. (22 Jun 1882)

-Mr. Geo. HAIRE, of Texas, has been visiting his sister, Mrs. J. M. FINN, during the past week. Mr. HAIRE occupies the position of conductor on the Texas and Pacific R. R., and in that capacity is reckoned good, as he has on several occasions foiled the attempts of train robbers, etc., by his cool courage, ready wit, and quickness of execution. We may have occasion to speak of him more fully hereafter. (22 Jun 1882)

-On last Monday, Mrs. J. M. FINN received a telegram stating that her brother had been drowned at Colorado, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. FINN left on the noon train for New Haven, Mich., where the body will be brought for interment. (25 Jun 1885)

-Mrs. J. M. FINN has been appointed postmistress for Grayling, succeeding J. MAURICE. A good appointment, and Mrs. F. has our congratulations. (10 Mar 1887)

-A dispatch from Mr. POWELL, at Tacoma, Washington, states that Mrs. J. M. FINN is dangerously ill. Mr. FINN was off in the mines, and his address unknown. (13 Feb 1896)

-Word was received, Tuesday, of the death of Mrs. Maurice J. FINN, at Cripple Creek, Col. Mrs. FINN was well and favorably known to many of our citizens, and her death will be sincerely mouned by them as well as her relatives. Her remains will be interred at New Haven, next sunday. Further notice next week. (13 Feb 1896)

-We clip the collowing special dispatch from the Detroit JOURNAL:
New Haven, Mich., Feb. 14th. Word has just come of the death of Mrs. Fannie Haire FINN, wife of J. Maurice FINN, at Cripple Creek, Col. The remains are enroute in the care of the husband. the funeral will be held here Sunday, from her old home. Mrs. FINN had many friends to whom she had endeared herself while residing at Royal Oak, Grayling and Ishpeming, in this state. For several years, too, she spent her summers at Bay View. (13 Feb 1896)

-J. Maurice FINN, of Cripple Creek, Colo., arrived last evening with the remains of his wife from the Pacific coast. He left with the remains, accompanied by a large number of friends, by special train, at 11 o'clock this morning, en route for New Haven, Mich., his wife's native place. Beautiful floral tributes were waiting him here from various parts of the state, sent by freinds of himself and wife. Rev. L. P. DAVIS, a former pastor, accompanied to attend the services at New Haven. - Detroit Journal (Tuesday.) (20 Feb 1896)


J. Maurice FINN

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. J. M. FINN, who recently purchased the Meat Market of John WALKER, has erected a large ice house near his store premises, and has commenced the storage of ice for the Summers' use. The ice is of good quality, in cakes approximating 20 inches in thickness, and of some 30 inches in length, and is procured from School Section lake, about two miles from town. ( 24 Feb 1881)

-Mr. J. Maurice FINN has recently received the appointment of Deputy Clerk and Register of Deeds, for Crawford County. See card elsewhere. (28 Apr 1881)

-Mr. James HAIRE, brother-in-law to J. M. FINN, has arrived in town to remain a portion of the winter. (17 Nov 1881)

-Mr. L. D. FINN, of Royal Oak, Mich., arived in Grayling last week and is now stopping with his brother, J. Maurice FINN. (1 Jun 1882)

-Last Saturday Mr. Abel EATON, of Elmira, N. Y., who has been visiting his nephew, J. M. FINN, while down the Au Sable with the latter, caught a grayling in the "Big whirl pool" which weighed, when taken from the water, just two pounds, and measured sixteen inches in length. The fish is now preserved in alcohol, and in possession of R. R. agent G. H. HICKS. This is the largest grayling that has been taken here in several years. These gentlemen caught sixty in all, using grasshoppers for bait. (18 Sep 1884)

-Mr. EATON, of New York state, and an uncle of J. M. FINN is assisting Sid, during the absense of Mr. FINN. (9 Jul 1885)

-J. Maurice FINN has been appointed postmaster for Grayling. As the change had to be made, we are pleased to know it has been given to a person who has the ability to attend to it, as it should be done. Mr. F. has worked harder and more effectually for the democratic party, than the other aspirants, and now he receives his reward. Mr. MASTERS was an efficient P. M. and if the office is as well conducted by his successor, we shall not call for a "change," this year, but some other year. (3 Sep 1885)

-J. Maurice FINN returned on last Saturday morning from his visit to friends at Royal Oak. While there he attended the wedding of his brother, A. FINN, editor of the Port Huron Tribune, who was married to a young lady residing in Detroit. (8 Jul 1886)

-J. MAURICE FINN.
J. Maurice FINN dropped into Grayling in November 1880 and erected the store on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Cedar street and put in a stock of dry goods and groceries invoicing about $2000.00 in January 1881. In 1883 he added a stock of Drugs, Medicine, Paints, Oils and in order to accomodate his business he built another store on the east side of his building. In 1884 his increased trade demanded more room and twenty-six feet was added to the rear of both stores, and to his general stock was added a line of furniture, which was carried in the upper story of the last addition until Jan. 1886, when a new store, erected on the east by S. HEMPSTEAD, 24x66, was rented and the furniture removed, with the Post Office, to that building. From the small stock with which Mr. FINN started in this place has grown to the occupancy of three stores on michigan Avenue and the finest ware house in Northern Michigan, 54x110 feet, in which is kept a complete line of Lumberman's Supplies, where eight teams can drive in and be loaded at the same time.
His store is lighted by electricity and the Lampson rapid store service has just been introduced, the first north of the Saginaw valley.
His stock will average about $15,000.00 and his business for the year will aggregate over $60,000.00. He employs five men besides the cashier and bookkeeper and to occupy his leisure deals quite extensively in pine lands, pursues a fair legal practice and devotes plenty of time to the citizens' duty of practical politics on the democratic platform. (29 Dec 1887)

-Last Tuesday was the 31st anniversary of the birth of J. Maurice FINN. In honor to the event, and of the first official visit of Hon. Wm. H. SIMPSON, Mr. FINN gave a dinner to the local bar at his elegant home, which was a very pleasant affair, and all hope that when 31 years more have passed, he may be the same genial, hustling host as now. (12 Jan 1888)

-BUSINESS CHANGE.
A change has occurred in the business of Grayling which will be a surprise to many.
J. Maurice FINN has sold his stock of Dry Goods, Clothing, Boots, Shoes, Groceries and Lumbermen's Supplies to L. JENSON and MANTZ Bro's. under the firm name of L. Jenson & Co., with a five years lease of his buildings.
Mr. FINN has been here for over ten years and has built up a large and lucrative trade, making hosts of friends who will regret his retirement especially if as rumor has it, he removes from this place to the Upper Peninsula to care for the interests of the Grayling Gold and Silver Mining Co., which are said to be assuming vast proportions.
His successors are gentlemen who are well known here having been successfully engaged in lumbering for several years, which business they will continue, though we believe Mr. JENSON will have personal charge of the mercantile transactions. If the change was to be made we know of no one whom we would more cordially welcome, and we certainly wish all the parties unlimited success. (22 Mar 1889)

-J. M. FINN returned from the gold fields last Friday, to close up a little more of his business here before removing his family to Ishpeming. (16 May 1889)

-J. Maurice FINN, editor of the Daily Press at Ishpeming, was nominated for congress by the democrats of the Twelfth district last week. (8 Sep 1892)

-J. Maurice FINN, of the defunct Lake Superior Herald, of Ishpeming, will run a drug store at St. Clair, so it is said. (9 Feb 1893)

-J. Maurice FINN, ex-editor and ex-democrat candidate for Congress, left Ishpeming Jan. 21st and when last heard from was in the far northwest. His newspaper plant has been seized by indorsers of his notes and will be sold April 6th. Judgment has also been secured against FINN by Nels MICHELSON of Grayling for money alleged to have been embezzled. - Detroit Tribune. (9 Apr 1893)

-J. Maurice FINN, formerly of Grayling, but now of Cripple Creek, Colorado, has been heard from. He is said to be in the real estate and law business, and making money hand over fist. Otsego Co. Herald. (19 Apr 1894)

-J. M. FINN, a newspaper man, too - at least he claimed to be - thought he could down Congressman STEPHENSON two years ago, and he went to pieces, politically and financially. Now, they say, he's rolling in riches at Cripple Creek. Col. FINN was always irrepressible. - Detroit Tribune. (19 Apr 1894)

-The morning Journal, of Cripple Creek, Col., has the following regarding J. Maurice FINN, until recently a lawyer, politician and newspaper of Ishpeming, Mich: "J. Maurice FINN shipped a car of high grade last Thursday from the Calcedonia, and will send out another Wednesday. The ore runs from 10 to 15 ounces of gold to the ton. The lower grades are left on the dump. The small streak that was so rich at the surface holds its own with depth. An essay last Saturday returned $112,000 to the ton." (11 Oct 1894)

-A letter received here states that j. Maurice FINN was in New York, last week, enroute for Paris, and was going from there to South America to reside. He had left Mrs. FINN in the State of Washington, whither she had followed him from Detroit. (8 Aug 1895)

-The Denver, Colorado, TIMES reports that J. M. FINN is engaged in tunnelling for a gold mine at Cripple Creek, with every prospect of striking it rich. (30 Jan 1896)

-A dispatch from Mr. POWELL, at Tacoma, Washington, states that Mrs. J. M. FINN is dangerously ill. Mr. FINN was off in the mines, and his address unknown. (13 Feb 1896)

-J. Maurice FINN, of Cripple Creek, Colo., arrived last evening with the remains of his wife from the Pacific coast. He left with the remains, accompanied by a large number of friends, by special train, at 11 o'clock this morning, en route for New Haven, Mich., his wife's native place. Beautiful floral tributes were waiting him here from various parts of the state, sent by freinds of himself and wife. Rev. L. P. DAVIS, a former pastor, accompanied to attend the services at New Haven. - Detroit Journal (Tuesday.) (20 Feb 1896)

-Mr. J. Maurice FINN, an attorney of Cripple Creek, Colo., was in the city yesterday on his way home from Detroit. He is the attorney for the Michigan Mining Company, which is preparing to open an extensive mine in the new Goose Creek goldfields. To a reporter for the Inter Ocean Mr. FINN told something about this territory. He said that the fields extended over an area twelve or fifteen miles long, and three miles wide. The ore was very rich, and, while not as rich as the Cripple Creek ore, was more valuable, since it was found in a natural state and free milling. The metal could be easily extricated by the cheapest methods. The fields lay on both banks of the Cevella River, 166 miles from Cripple Creek, and theirty four miles from Gunnison. Several mines have already been started. the Vulcan and the Chimney were the first to take out ore. The latter was not free milling. It was located on a volcanic formation, and the gold was found in combination. Its ore was very rich however, some of it being worth $800 per ton. (27 Feb 1896)

-J. Maurice FINN, well known in this section of the country as proprietor of the famous FINN group of mines, was married on the 30th of June to a lady of Cripple Creek. We extend congratulations, and hope J. Maurice will bring Mrs. FINN with him on his next visit here. - Col. Ex. (6 Aug 1896)

-J. Maurice FINN, of Cripple Creek, is reported to be visiting with his brother and other friends in Detroit. He says, and there is no doubting it, when he says so, that the Cripple Creek mines are turning out about a million dollars worth of gold every month. (17 Jun 1897)

-The Royal Oak Company has recently been reorganized, and now has ample capital to undertake development work that will stand fair comparison with any other undertakings of the sort in the Grassy section of the Cripple Creek district. The company is in the hands of Attorney J. Maurice FINN, of Cripple Creek, who is its president, and representative of the Smith-Moffat syndicate of Denver. the company is named for the town of royal Oak, Mich. - Denver Post. (30 Nov 1899)

-Saturday's Detroit Journal has a cut, and biography of our former citizen, J. Maurice, FINN, "Our Own Boy," and a description of his magnificent home at Cripple Creek. We are glad to know of his success. (28 Nov 1901)

-J. MAURICE FINN DEAD.
FORMER MICHIGAN MAN WAS MINER
LAWYER AND POLITICIAN.
A. H. FINN, 120 Virginia Avenue, received word last night of the sudden death yesterday morning in Denver of his brother J. Maurice FINN, a prominent attorney and mine owner of Cripple Creek, Col. While trying a case in Denver Mr. FINN, was taken suddenly ill four days ago with a severe cold.
Mr. FINN was born at St. Clair, Mich., and for several years conducted a general merchantile store at Royal Oak, following which he went to Grayling and Ishpeming. At the latter place he became interested in mining and lost heavily. While in Grayling he studied law and was admitted to the bar. In 1893 he went to Cripple Creek.
A delegate to the democratic convention at St. Louis, and four years later at St. Louis, and four years later at Chicago, Mr. FINN has been given the credit for swinging the nomination to Cleveland by carrying in a huge banner bearing Cleveland's name, when the outcome hung in the balance. He also ran for congress from the twelfth district, but was defeated.
At Ishpeming he married Miss Belle DOWNING, who with two children survives him. - Detroit News.
All of our older citizens will well remember Mr. FINN, who in an early day was one of the most hustling business men of this part of the state and for years ran a general store on the corner now occupied by A. Kraus & Son. He was a political leader of the democratic party here and very popular. Since his removal to the west, he has accumulated and lost a fortune and gained another, so that he was considered moderately wealthy at the time of death. He had built and owned a magnificent mansion for his home at Cripple Creek, where eight years ago he entertained Wm. J. BRYAN and a large contingent of would be democratic statesmen in kingly style. (14 Jan 1909)


Belle DOWNING

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:
-J. Maurice FINN, well known in this section of the country as proprietor of the famous FINN group of mines, was married on the 30th of June to a lady of Cripple Creek. We extend congratulations, and hope J. Maurice will bring Mrs. FINN with him on his next visit here. - Col. Ex. (6 Aug 1896)

-J. MAURICE FINN DEAD.
FORMER MICHIGAN MAN WAS MINER
LAWYER AND POLITICIAN.
A. H. FINN, 120 Virginia Avenue, received word last night of the sudden death yesterday morning in Denver of his brother J. Maurice FINN, a prominent attorney and mine owner of Cripple Creek, Col. While trying a case in Denver Mr. FINN, was taken suddenly ill four days ago with a severe cold.
Mr. FINN was born at St. Clair, Mich., and for several years conducted a general merchantile store at Royal Oak, following which he went to Grayling and Ishpeming. At the latter place he became interested in mining and lost heavily. While in Grayling he studied law and was admitted to the bar. In 1893 he went to Cripple Creek.
A delegate to the democratic convention at St. Louis, and four years later at St. Louis, and four years later at Chicago, Mr. FINN has been given the credit for swinging the nomination to Cleveland by carrying in a huge banner bearing Cleveland's name, when the outcome hung in the balance. He also ran for congress from the twelfth district, but was defeated.
At Ishpeming he married Miss Belle DOWNING, who with two children survives him. - Detroit News.
All of our older citizens will well remember Mr. FINN, who in an early day was one of the most hustling business men of this part of the state and for years ran a general store on the corner now occupied by A. Kraus & Son. He was a political leader of the democratic party here and very popular. Since his removal to the west, he has accumulated and lost a fortune and gained another, so that he was considered moderately wealthy at the time of death. He had built and owned a magnificent mansion for his home at Cripple Creek, where eight years ago he entertained Wm. J. BRYAN and a large contingent of would be democratic statesmen in kingly style. (14 Jan 1909)


Rev. Silas FINN

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. L. D. FINN, of Royal Oak, Mich., arived in Grayling last week and is now stopping with his brother, J. Maurice FINN. (1 Jun 1882)

-Rev. S. FINN, of Royal Oak, Mich., arrived in the city Monday and is visiting his son, J. Maurice FINN. ( 28 Jun 1883)

-Mrs. Silas FINN, mother of J. Maurice FINN, died at her home in Royal Oak, last Monday, aged 74 years. (15 Sep 1894)

-Rev. Silas FINN, father of J. Maurice FINN, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. NALE, in Pontiac, last Sunday evening. (2 May 1895)


Mrs. Silas FINN

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. Silas FINN, mother of J. Maurice FINN, died at her home in Royal Oak, last Monday, aged 74 years. (15 Sep 1894)


L. D. FINN

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. L. D. FINN, of Royal Oak, Mich., arived in Grayling last week and is now stopping with his brother, J. Maurice FINN. (1 Jun 1882)


Linus B. FINN

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:
-Linus B. FINN, late of Detroit, and brother of Maurice J. is assisting him in the store at present. Our population is increasing rapidly. (27 Aug 1885)


A. H. FINN

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:
-J. Maurice FINN returned on last Saturday morning from his visit to friends at Royal Oak. While there he attended the wedding of his brother, A. FINN, editor of the Port Huron Tribune, who was married to a young lady residing in Detroit. (8 Jul 1886)

-That genial, good fellow, A. H. FINN, editor of the Port Huron Tribune, has walked the gang-plank of courtship upon the ship of matrimony, and is now gaily gliding down the stream of bliss by the light of the honeymoon. - Battle Creek Call. (29 Jul 1886)

-A. H. FINN, of the Port Huron Tribune, and brother of J. M., has taken a 12 pound girl to board with him. (14 Mar 1889)


Charles P. ROBINSON

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 infant child of Mr. Chas. P. ROBINSON, of this village, was quite severely scalded on Monday last, by a kettle of hot water being overturned on it by its mother, which she was removing from off the stove. (10 Mar 1881)

-BORN.
To Mr. and Mrs. C. P. ROBINSON, on Monday, Dec. 10th, 1883, a daughter. (2 Dec 1883)

-DIED.
In this village, on Thursday, March 6th, 1884, the infant daugher of Mr. and Mrs. C. P. ROBINSON, aged eleven weeks. (13 Mar 1884)

-Mrs. ROBINSON presented Charley with a young daughter. The father is doing as well as could be expected. (19 Feb 1885)

-BORN-On the 12th inst., to Mr. and Mrs. C. P. ROBINSON, a daughter, making the fifth addition to their family, and all of the feminine persuasion. (19 Aug 1886)

-C. P. ROBINSON is the father of a son, born last Friday, which tipped the beam at 12 pounds. Cigars are in order. (8 Dec 1887)

-Mr. and Mrs. C. P. ROBINSON, lost their infant child by death, last Saturday. The parents have the sympathy of the whole community in their bereavement. Funeral services were held at the house Sunday afternoon, by Rev. J. W. TAYLOR. (3 May 1888)

-DIED-At the residence of C. P. ROBINSON, Wednesday, January 15th, Sarah Jane HILDRETH, aged 80 years. (9 Jan 1896)

-Grandpa and Grandma Charles ROBINSON were more than giving thanks last Thursday. Aside from the home family, their daughters Mrs. L. H. JOHNSON of Bay City and Mrs. J. J. MALAULAUT of Cheboygan, with their husbands and all the children were here to help eat the Thanksgiving dinner. All are ever welcome home. (3 Dec 1908)


Mrs. Chas. P. ROBINSON

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:
-MARRIED-At the Exchange Hotel, in Owosso, on the 24th inst., by Justice BYERLY, Mr. C. W. HARDER, formerly of Grayling, and Miss Rose WENTZEL of that city. The bride is a cousin of Mrs. C. P. ROBINSON. (2 Apr 1891)


Alonzo F. BRADLEY

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. Alonzo F. BRADLY, of Grove, lately received the sad intelligence of her aged father's death, at Coshocton, Ohio. ( 17 Mar 1881)

-A. F. BRADLEY, a former resident of Grove, is visiting his daughter, Mrs. J. J. COLLEN. (31 Oct 1895)

-Alonzo F. BRADLEY, a pioneer of Grove township, and an ex-soldier, was visiting in New York state, and died while sitting in a chair, conversing with his friends, April 18th. Heat failure was the assigned cause of death. (7 May 1896)


Mrs. Bradley

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. Alonzo F. BRADLY, of Grove, lately received the sad intelligence of her aged father's death, at Coshocton, Ohio. ( 17 Mar 1881)

-Mrs. J. J. COLLEN returned from Detroit Sunday morning, where she was called by the serious illness of her mother, who remains in a very critical condition. - Word was received Tuesday, that Mrs. BRADLEY was dead, and Mrs. COLLEN returned to Otter Lake, where the funeral will be held today. (6 Nov 1902)


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