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

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Dennis GOCHA

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:
-Dennis GOCHA, a young man living just south of Gaylord, while out shooting Tuesday night shot himself in the side and died at an early hour the next morning. He rested the gun on a log, when it slipped, the hammer striking the log, and a death wound was the result. What makes it still more sad is that, as will be remembered by some, less than a year ago his brother was taken for a deer and shot dead. Bay City Tribune. (16 Sep 1886)


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:
-As a little daughter of Mr. A. C. BABBITT was crossing the railroad bridge near the tank house with an uncle, Mr. HARWOOD, on Monday last, she stumbled and fell headlong between the timbers striking in the water beneath, a distance of 15 feet, but was very timely rescued by her father who happened to be near and a witness to her falling, while her uncle stood on the bridge, seemingly paralyzed of all motion at the suddenness of her disappearance, and making no effort to rescue the endangered child. Quite a number of our townspeople witnessed the accident, and gallantly went to her rescue, and were close at hand when her father snatched his dear one from the watery element. (4 Aug 1881)


Louis BERKA

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. Louis BERKA presented her husband with a fine baby girl on Sunday morning last, and Louis rejoices right out loud, and says "this country beats everything for productiveness." Ahem, yes. ( 18 Aug 1881)

-Mr. Louis BERKA purchased a 25 foot ftront on Michigan Ave., east of J. M. FINN's store, for which he paid $72.00. (22 Sep 1881)

-Mrs. Louis BERKA goes to Detroit this week to purchase her fall and winter stock of Millinaery goods, which will be shelved for inspection in about a week. (22 Sep 1881)

-Mr. Louis BERKA, who is attending the Law Department of the University is home on a short vacation. (5 Jan 1882)


Dr. R. MORRISON

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:
-Dr. R. MORRISON, who a few weeks since located at Fredericville, and was quite suddenly called to Pennsylvania a short time after on receipt of a telegram of the severe illness of his father, returned last week, after setting up the affairs of his father, who died, and returned East again on Monday to remain, as his fathers death made this change necessary. (25 Aug 1881)


LEECE

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:
-Neighbor LEECE and wife, of Grove, are rejoicing over the advent of a fine, promising boy, born to them on Tuesday of last week. (1 Sep 1881)


Mattie SMITH

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 Mattie SMITH, a young lady well known to our village folk, departed for Bellefountaine, O., last week, to visit her brother. (1 Sep 1881)


A. VANDERVORT

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:
-OTSEGO LAKE ITEMS.- A. VANDERVORT is happy. It's a boy, and weighs 9 pounds. ( 13 Oct 1881)


George BURROWS

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. George BURROWS, who was employed as a teamster in Reitz; camp, on the Manistee, was killed on the morning of the 14th inst. by being accidently knocked down and run over by a load of logs which he was hauling. His remains were taken to his home in Kalkaska county for interment. (20 Oct 1881)


Marcus BARBER

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:
-Last Friday a party of hunters discovered a man lying near the North Branch and about two rods from the road, who proved to be Marcus BARBER, a Canadian, recently employed as a cook by Pack, Woods & Co.'s River Improvement gang, and who but a short time previous to his being found had left their camp in an intoxicated condition. He had evidently lain there during the snow storm of Friday and Saturday, as life was nearly extinct and all efforts to revive him were of no avail. His remains were brought to Grayling and an inquest held, when they were given Christian burial. The Coroners verdict was that the deceased came to his death through the excessive use of intoxicating liquor and exposure to the storms and cold. (10 Nov 1881)

-The undersigned will sell at public auction at the store of J. M. FINN, in the village of Grayling, Crawford county, Mich., on the 9th day of January, A. D. 1882, at six o'clock P. M., the personal effects of Marcus BARBER, deceased, consisting of one silver watch, and a quantity of clothing.
Wm. H. SHERMAN. (5 Jan 1882)


Graham BURK

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. Graham BURK, of Saginaw, and a step-brother of Joe JONES, is spending a few days in these parts in hopes of bringing down a fine buck, but as yet has not succeeded in even scrathing one, notwithstanding he has seen several - tracks. (17 Nov 1881)


Luke BOSAM

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. Luke BOSAM, of Lenawee Co., has recently settled in Beaver Creek with his wife and five children, bringing with him also an excellent span of mules and a good lumber wagon, aside from the usual compliment of farming utensils, and, rumor says, a good sized wallet stuffed with filthy lucre. (24 Nov 1881)

-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)


I. S. BRAY

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:
-I. S. BRAY, of Cheboygan, was crushed under a freight train at Wolverine, last Saturday. He died in less than two hours. (16 Feb 1893)


Hugh LAUGHEAD

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:
-CORRESPONDENCE.
FREDERICVILLE, DECEMBER 26, 1881.
EDITOR AVALANCHE:-Mr. Hugh LAUGHEAD, whom I spoke of as a probable settler among us, sometime ago, has been to his old home in Canada, and brought back a blushing young bride and has become one of us in earnest. (6 Jan 1882)


W. HASTINGS

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:
-A new postoffice bearing the significant name of WELLINGTON, has been established in Beaver Creek township, this county, with W. HASTINGS as postmaster. (12 Jan 1882)


Johnny LINK

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:
-A young man by the name of Johnny LINK, employed in the camp of A. W. SHAW, a few miles north of this place, had a leg badly crushed by a log rolling on it last Monday, and was brought to this station and sent to his home at Kawkawlin. (12 Jan 1882)


R. E. TITUS

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:
-R. E. TITUS, on the charge of murdering deputy sheriff Amos FORBES, had an examination before Justice PARKER. Hon. H. H. WOODRUFF appeared for the people and W. R. KENDRICK of Saginaw, and Geo. L. ALEXANDER of this village conducted the defense. There was much interest minifested by the people, large numbers being in attendance on both sessions of the court. The evidence introduced did not differ materially from that given at the inquest. The Justice, after hearing the evidence, remanded him to jail to await trial before the circuit court.-Roscommon Pioneer. (12 Jan 1882)

-The examination of Robert E. TITUS for the murder of Amost FORBES, took place at Roscommon on Friday and Saturday of last week before Justice PARKER. The prosecution was conducted by H. H. WOODRUFF, and the defense was ably managed by W. R. KENDRICK, of the firm of Holden & Kendrick, of East Saginaw. The only evidence introduced by the people was the dying declaration of the deceased, which was that TITUS shot him. Many of the people of Roscommon seem to think the evidence pretty thin and to have grave doubts of the guilt of Mr. TITUS, as many of the circumstances developed on the trial seem to point as readily to other parties whose actions have been very strange, both on the morning of the tragedy and since. We can only hope that the guilty parties may be brought to justice. The trial will probably occur at the March term of Circuit Court of Roscommon county. (12 Jan 1882)

-THE FORBES MURDER CASE.
The current topic of conversation at Roscommon last week was the trial of Robert E. TITUS for the murder of deputy-sheriff Amos FORBES in December. Prosecuting-attorney WOODRUFF appeared for the people, and Messrs. Alexander and Kendrick were assigned by the court as counsel for the prisoner. The case was given to the jury at 4 o'clock Saturday, the case having lasted from Tuesday morning, and Sunday morning the jury were discharged, having failed to agree on a verdict. It is understood there were eight for conviction and four for acquittal. The prisoner was remanded to jail to await trial at the September term. (30 Mar 1882)


Amos FORBES

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:
-R. E. TITUS, on the charge of murdering deputy sheriff Amos FORBES, had an examination before Justice PARKER. Hon. H. H. WOODRUFF appeared for the people and W. R. KENDRICK of Saginaw, and Geo. L. ALEXANDER of this village conducted the defense. There was much interest minifested by the people, large numbers being in attendance on both sessions of the court. The evidence introduced did not differ materially from that given at the inquest. The Justice, after hearing the evidence, remanded him to jail to await trial before the circuit court.-Roscommon Pioneer. (12 Jan 1882)

-The examination of Robert E. TITUS for the murder of Amost FORBES, took place at Roscommon on Friday and Saturday of last week before Justice PARKER. The prosecution was conducted by H. H. WOODRUFF, and the defense was ably managed by W. R. KENDRICK, of the firm of Holden & Kendrick, of East Saginaw. The only evidence introduced by the people was the dying declaration of the deceased, which was that TITUS shot him. Many of the people of Roscommon seem to think the evidence pretty thin and to have grave doubts of the guilt of Mr. TITUS, as many of the circumstances developed on the trial seem to point as readily to other parties whose actions have been very strange, both on the morning of the tragedy and since. We can only hope that the guilty parties may be brought to justice. The trial will probably occur at the March term of Circuit Court of Roscommon county. (12 Jan 1882)

-THE FORBES MURDER CASE.
The current topic of conversation at Roscommon last week was the trial of Robert E. TITUS for the murder of deputy-sheriff Amos FORBES in December. Prosecuting-attorney WOODRUFF appeared for the people, and Messrs. Alexander and Kendrick were assigned by the court as counsel for the prisoner. The case was given to the jury at 4 o'clock Saturday, the case having lasted from Tuesday morning, and Sunday morning the jury were discharged, having failed to agree on a verdict. It is understood there were eight for conviction and four for acquittal. The prisoner was remanded to jail to await trial at the September term. (30 Mar 1882)


Charles M. FAY

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. Chas. M. FAY, the gentlemanly and popular clerk in the store of J. Maurice FINN, started for Royal Oak, this State, Wednesday, to make a short visit to relatives and old-time acquaintances. the many friends of Charley's in this vicinity wish him a safe and pleasant voyage, an enjoyable time, and a speedy return. (26 Jan 1882)

-Mr. Charles FAY, who has been in the employ of J. M. FINN since June 1879, has packed his little trunk and bid his friends good bye, returning to his home in Royal Oak. He has been here so long that he seemed a part of the establishment, and by his uniform courtesy and prompt business habits he has won hosts of friends who will regret his departure and hope he may return. (7 Sep 1882)

-From information given us by J. M. FINN, we learn that our friend Chas. M. FAY wears the robes of county-clerkship of Oakland county right royally, giving the best of satisfaction to one and all. All of which the AVALANCHE predicted before Charley's election. (28 Jun 1883)


Wm. FORSYTHE

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:
-On Saturday, at David BEARD's camp on the south branch, Wm. FORSYTHE was carried down a seventy-five feet bank into the river with about a quarter of a million feet of logs, which broke away as he was at work on the rollway. The top of his head was jammed off in the mass of logs, and he was found in the bottom of the river an hour after. ( 9 Feb 1882)


John SECORD

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 SECORD and family, of Gratiot county, arrived here on Tuesday. He will locate in this vicinity. (13 Apr 1882)


M. S. MEAGHER

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. M. S. MEAGHER and family, formerly of Sterling, have located in Grayling. Mr. M. has engaged in the meat market business in the building formerly occupied by Mrs. L. BERKA as a millinery store. (13 Apr 1882)


Ed. SULLIVAN

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:
-Ed. SULLIVAN, who has been in R. S. BABBITT's employ, now has control of the shop9. Success, Ed. ( 20 Apr 1882)


Horace LEE

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:
-FREDERICVILLE.
EDITOR AVALANCHE:
Mr. Horace LEE, from Shiawassee county, is putting up a building in which he proposes to open up a stock of yankee notions, etc. ( 20 Apr 1882)


Dr. N. R. GILBERT

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:
-OTSEGO LAKE ITEMS.
EDITOR AVALANCHE:
Dr. N. R. GILBERT wears a broad grin - its a girl. ( 27 Apr 1882)


R. D. HERVEY

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:
-OTSEGO LAKE ITEMS.
EDITOR AVALANCHE:
R. D. HERVEY and family move to Oscoda May 2d. ( 27 Apr 1882)


Edward WELCH

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:
-SUDDEN DEATH.
On Thursday morning, Edward WELCH, well known here for years as a worker in the lumber woods, came to the Commercial House and applied for quarters, complaining of not being well. He had been in the village for some weeks, drinking heavily, and was apparently on the verge of madness. He did not at once retire to his room, but for some hours was about the office of the hotel, when it was found necessary to remove him to his room, where he died as stated, probably from an overdose of morphine taken to relieve pain. - Roscommon Pioneer. ( 27 Apr 1882)


Philip KNETH

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.
In Grove township, Friday, May 19, 1882, Philip KNETH, aged 7 years. (25 May 1882)


Ida WATLING

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. WATLING and daughter, Miss Ida, start for Ypsilanti to-morrow, where they will hereafter reside. A host of friends regret their departure from among us. (1 Jun 1882)


Alex. TURNER

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. Alex. TURNER, who will be remembered by our older inhabitants as being in business here two or three years ago, but now of West Branch, Ogemaw county, made us a short but pleasant call last Tuesday. ( 8 Jun 1882)

-The many friends in this city of Mr. Alex. TURNER, of West Branch, will be pleased to learn of his election to the office of sheriff of Ogemaw county. ( 23 Nov 1882)


Charles BERRIDGE

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. Charles BERRIDGE, of Clio, Genessee county, this State, arrived in town Monday morning. Mr. B. is seeking a location for a furniture and undertakers establishment. We hope he may be pleased with Grayling. ( 8 un 1882)


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