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Wm. WOODBURN

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:
-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)

-County Treasurer WOODBURN has not been visible for the past ten days, and inquiry has been brisk as to his journeyings. We are not going to "give him away," but if those interested will drop into the village of Webberville, we think they will find him with his bride, late Miss Mary E. HILDRETH, of Cheney. They will be "at home" in a few days and will tell their own story. (14 Apr 1887)

-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)

-Wm. WOODBURN has been granted a pension. Nearly two years in Andersonville, ought to entitle him to some consideration, but it has been a long time getting here. (7 May 1891)

-Mrs. Agnes DAUGHERTY, of Sterling, Kansas, is visiting with her brother, Justice WOODBURN. (13 Oct 1892)

-Wm. WOODBURN has the pleasure of entertaining his daughter, Mrs. Wm. RIKER, of Dansville. (10 Jan 1895)

-For the unremitting kindness and attention of my friends and neighbors, and especially the ladies of the W. R. C. and O. E. S., during the sickness and at the final obsequies of my wife, I desire to publicly express by boundless gratitude, and hope that each of them may find as perfect friends in any hour of trouble which may come to them. WM. WOODBURN. (11 Apr 1895)

-MARRIED-At the Campbell House, Bay City, Friday, May 22d, by Presiding Elder WOODHAMS, Wm. WOODBURN and Mrs. Ellen H. HIGH, of Grayling. The AVALANCHE extends congratulations. (28 May 1896)

-OUR CANDIDATES.
FOR REGISTER OF DEEDS.
Wm. WOODBURN has been ever since the organization of this county, considered one of our most solid, reliable and enterprising citizens. For several years a farmer in Center Plains township, he served there as treasurer and supervisor, until his worth was recognized by the body of the county, who elected him to the responsible position of county treasurer, which place he held for two terms, as long as the law would allow, and turned over the office to his successor in perfect condition, and without a cent in default. Two years ago he was again elected, but declined a renomination, and accepted instead the place of Register of Deeds on the republican ticket. Careful and painstaking with all his labor, he will make an excellent officer.
Mr. WOODBURN served about three years with the fighting fifth Mich. Cav., in the late war, and suffered untold horrors in Andersonville, coming from that "Hell" a physical wreck, and yet suffers from the inhuman treatment there received. A vote for WOODBURN is the correct thing for any citizen of Crawford county. (15 Oct 1896)

-One of the pleasant episodes of life was met at the residence of Wm. WOODBURN, Esq., Monday evening, when half a hundred of his friends dropped in to help celebrate the 66th anniversary of his birth. Both Mr. WOODBURN and his wife were taken by surprise, and each were presented with an elegant chair, by their children and friends, who hope they may enjoy 66 years more. Charades and social games, mirth and music, and light refreshments hastened the time away, and all said, "we are glad we come." (14 Feb 1897)

-The home of Wm. WOODBURN is made happy this week by the presence of Mrs. WHITE, sister of Mrs. WOODBURN, and of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. RIKER of Dansville, Mich. (31 Jul 1902)

-Wm. WOODBURN and family started for their new home in Yale in this state, last Tuesday. Mr. WOODBURN is one of the oldest residents of this county and has ever been held in the highest esteem. He was Supervisor, Clerk, and Treasurer of the township of Center Plains during many years of his residence there and was elected Treasurer of the county about 1884 and served four years, and again from 1892 to 1896. His integrity as an officer or as a citizen could never be successfuly assailed. He was a soldier in the war of the rebellion and suffered the "Hell of Andersonville" from the effects of which he is now almost a physical wreck, and incapable of transacting business. He is a F. & A. M. and R. A. M., and an honored member of the G. A. R., of which he has been twice elected Commander. they bear with them the highest regards of all our people and their wishes for a happy and long continued life.


Mary E. HILDRETH

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 Treasurer WOODBURN has not been visible for the past ten days, and inquiry has been brisk as to his jjourneyings. We are not going to "give him away," but if those interested will drop into the village of Webberville, we think they will find him with his bride, late Miss Mary E. HILDRETH, of Cheney. they will be "at home" in a few days and will tell their own story. (14 Apr 1887)

-Mrs. Wm. WOODBURN died yesterday morning, after a short illness. Funeral services at M. E. church, tomorrow 2 o'clock. Obituary next week. (21 Mar 1895)

-The funeral of Mrs. Mary E. WOODBURN took place last Friday afternoon, and was largely attended.
The pall bearers were from the Masonic fraternity and the W.R.C., Grand Army of the Republic and members of the Eastern Star attended in a body. The services were in accordance with ritual of the W.R.C. and Rev. S. G. TAYLOR delivered the sermon. (28 Mar 1895)

-OBITUARY.
On the morning of March 20th, last, the entire community was startled by hearing of the death of Mrs. Mary E. WOODBURN.
While all were unprepared for this sudden dispensation of Divine Providence, to her, death had no terrors. Hers was a calm and peaceful resignation to the will of Him in whom she had long trusted. she answered the summons,
"As sets the morning star, that goes not down
Behind the darkened West, nor hides obscured
Amid the tempests of the sky, but melts
Away into the light of Heaven,"
She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a teacher in the Sunday School; member of the Women's Relief Corps and of Grayling Chapter, Order of Eastern Star.
She was in a true sense a Bible christian, earnest and constant in prayer, always ready to give a "reason for hope within." In all departments of life's work, duty was esteemed a privilege and a pleasure. She was prompt, systematic, kindly in heart, strong in mind and in faith, but withal, always modest in her estimate of her own abilities and work. To know her was to respect and love her.
Her funeral services were held in the M. E. church, Rev. S. G. TAYLOR officiating, assisted by the Womans' Relief Corps.
"Precious, precious to Jehovah, is His children's
holy sleep.
He is with them in the passing, through the wa-
ters cold and deep.
Everlasting love enfolds them, softly, sweetly
to His breast,
Everlasting love receives them to His glory and His rest." (28 Mar 1895)

-RESOLUTIONS OF CONDOLENCE.
At a regular encampment of Marvin Post. No 240, G. A. R., held on Saturday Evening, the 23rd., the following resolutions were adopted:
WHEREAS, The Grand Commander in His infinite wisdom, has removed Mrs. Mary E. WOODBURN, wife of Comrade Wm. WOODBURN, from her home below to one above, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That in her death the W. R. C. has lost a worthy and efficient member; the G. A. R. a firm friend and upholder; the aged mother an affectionate daughter; and her husband a loving wife and companion.
RESOLVED, That in token of our regard and sympathy for our comrade and family, that we enter these resolutions in the records of the Post, and furnish a copy to the local papers for publication.
JOHN C. HANSON,|
W. S. CHALKER,| Com.
H. TRUMBLEY.| (28 Mar 1895)

-At a special meeting of Marvin Relief Corps, No. 162, a committee was appointed to draft resolutions, on the death of Mary E. WOODBURN, who reported the following:
Whereas it has pleased our Heavenly Father to take from us another of our number, Mary E. WOODBURN, therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the death of Mrs. WOODBURN makes the fourth to pass over unto her Fathers' care; that we have lost in her one whose hand was always ready for aid and sympathy in our charitable work. We shall sadly miss her kind words. There is now another vacant chair.
RESOLVED, that the heartfelt sympathy of our Corps be extended to the lonely husband and aged mother
RESOLVED, that a copy of these resolutions be entered upon the record of this Corps, and a copy begiven to the family of the deceased and to the local papers for publication.
REBECCA WIGHT, |
FANNIE EICKHOFF, | Com.
SARAH E. BELL, | (28 Mar 1895)

-At a special meeting of Grayling Chapter, No. 83, O.E.S. held at Masonic Hall, Monday evening, March 25th, '95, the following resolutions were adopted.
WHEREAS, The Grand Master of the Universe has been pleased to take from our Chapter our beloved sister, Mrs. Mary E. WOODBURN, thereby transferring her to the Grand Chapter above, Therefore be it
RESOLVED, That in her death this chapter loses one of its most efficient members, and one whose wise counsel, womanly wisdom and sisterly affection will ever remain a shining example for those who are left, to emulate.
RESOLVED, That to the sorrowing mother and husband, we extend our sincerest sympathy in this their hour of sorrow, and that we bow with them, with willing but sad resignation to the sudden taking away of our sister.
RESOLVED, That the Charter of this Chapter be draped for thirty days, and that the foregoing resolutions be entered upon the records of this Chapter, that a copy be given to the family of the deceased, and to the local papers for publication.
MRS. M. E. HANSON, |
MRS. MARY KNIGHT, | Com.
MISS BESSIE MICHELSON. | (28 Mar 1895)


William L. WOODBURN

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. Wm. L. WOODBURN, Treasurer of Center Plains, died quite suddenly at his fathers' residence in that town, on Thursday last. (24 Mar 1881)

-DIED.
WOODBURN.-In the township of Center Plains, on Thursday the 17th inst., of Congestion of the brain, Mr. William L. WOODBURN, aged 22 years.
A cloud of gloom was cast o'er our little village on Thursday last in the announcement of the death of William L. WOODBURN, late treasuer of our township, and on Sabbath last we were called upon to perform the last sad rights of the living to the dead: to await the resurrection when the grave shall give up its tenant, and all come forth to life again, no more to mingle with the sorrow, and baffle with the trials of this life; but where sorrowing and sighing is unknown.
Medical aid was summoned as soon as possible, and no means left untried to relieve the sufferer, but death was stamped upon his brow, and he gently fell asleep in Jesus, on the eve. of the 17th inst.
He leaves parents, brother and sisters, to mourn his untimely death, together with a large circle of friends.
He was ever faithful in attendance at the house of God, and the Sabbath school was his especial delight.
The guneral services took place from the village school house, and were conducted by Rev. WEST. The remains were followed to the cemetery by a large concourse of sympathizing citizens.
C. W. W. (24 Mar 1881)

-Mrs. Wm. WOODBURN, wife of the County Treasurer, died last Monday, and was buried at Pere Cheney cemetery, yesterday. (31 Dec 1885)

-County Treasurer WOODBURN has not been visible for the past ten days, and inquiry has been brisk as to his jjourneyings. We are not going to "give him away," but if those interested will drop into the village of Webberville, we think they will find him with his bride, late Miss Mary E. HILDRETH, of Cheney. they will be "at home" in a few days and will tell their own story. (14 Apr 1887)


O. J. BELL

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-We have received announcement of the birth of "Harry Porter BELL, 10 lbs. 2pwt. troy, 24 carats fine," to Mr. and Mrs. O. J. BELL, of Grove, on Sunday, April 10th. (14 Apr 1881)

-Mrs. Wm. PORTER and Mrs. Frank CHAPPELL, mother and sister of Mrs. O. J. BELL and Mrs. G. O. HALL, arrived from Jackson county yesterday for a visit. (21 Jun 1883)

-Miss Mertie BELL, of Springport, is the guest of her uncle, O. J. BELL. (13 Sep 1883)

-County clerk O. J. had the pleasure of entertaining his father-in-law, W. S. PORTER, Esq., of Springport, Jackson county, during the past week. (18 Oct 1883)

-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)

-County Clerk, O. J. BELL was formally admitted to the bar, last Tuesday. His perfect familiarity with all forms pertaining to circuit and chancery practice, will be convenient at least. We congratulate him on his advancement, and the bar, on the accession to their ranks of an able and honorable gentleman. (27 Oct 1887)

-Mrs. C. D. CASTER, and Miss Hattie PORTER, of Springport, Mich., are visiting their sisters at this place, Mrs. Geo. HALL and Mrs. O. J. BELL. (16 Aug 1888)

-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)

-A long, newsy letter from O. J. BELL, from Seattle, Washington, states that his "Bay Window" is assuming respectable proportions, and that he is feeling well, only lonesome. Old comrades here ought to write him all the gossip of the day to "chirk him up a bit." (25 Jan 1894)

-AN OPEN LETTER.
SEATTLE, Wash., Nov. 14., '97.
Rasmus HANSON, Grayling, Mich.
Dear Sir: - Pardon me for addressing you so soon. Since my writing you last week, I saw a Mr. MILLS, who is a relative of Mr. Ed. DOUGLASS, in your employ, and who has been an every day friend of mine here. I felt so badly about the news regarding Mr. STALEY, that I told him the whole situation. After my finishing he said: "Mr. BELL, I believe you tell the truth. You must write your friend HANSON regarding your dealings with the Grayling Exchange Bank. He says you are suspicioned of being a party to the absconding of Mr. STALEY."
To commence with, I will admit that I have done business with the bank in a very careless manner, because I placed explicit confidence in Mr. STALEY, and have scarcely ever reckoned over the interests when I renewed my notes, believing Mr. STALEY to be like a father. Now I will endeavor to explain why the bank holds my notes for such large amount. My dealings with the bank have always been the same as any business transaction not known to every one, but all trust deeds, &c., are and have been of public record in Crawford, Kalkaska, Oscoda, Otsego, Chippewa, Marquette, &c., some of them as long ago as 1887. In the last named year I was owing the bank $4,400.00; that was about the time I bought the 3000 acre tract near Detour, in Chippewa County. That purchase was very promising, as we were offered $8,000.00 for the pine timber. The estimate I myself made, together with Mr. DODGE, made it appear, that it was well worth at least $10,000.00. but here commenced the trouble. We had not made a mistake in estimating or calculating, but we got hold of a thief for a jobber; the timber cut up to our estimate but the jobber stole nearly all of it. This gave me my death blow. I was paying the bank 2 1/2 per cent per month for the money and did so for at least 2 1/2 years. Since that time I have struggled and struggled, have made some good bargains, such as the lands bought and sold in Roscommon county, and other places, but could not keep pace with the accumulating interest. Then came my sickness, that for many long months I could not attend to any business, and you can see why my notes run up. The last money I have had is the time Nels P. SALLING and Mr. STALEY helped me in the shoe business. I deeded to Nels SALLING my interest in the lands I owned jointly with Mr. MICHELSON, Marius HANSON, et-al, and my son Frank deeded me an 1/8 interest in some land to secure Mr. STALEY, since that time, I think, he sent me five dollars at three different times.
As security for the notes I have given him, or rather Messrs. STALEY & TRENCH, a full warranty deed, excepting taxes, and have not a single thing to show for it. The lands I deeded to them are all of my Marquette county interests, except those conveyed to Nels P. SALLING. The Marquette lands are the ones where the value lies. They also have warranty deeds, except taxes, on the Chippewa County lands, and much more, but as I said, the Marquette county lands are the ones that constitute the real value. Of course all property is dormant for a time, but they are surely valuable, and although I am now a pauper, I shall yet redeem my property.
The last deed I gave Staley & Trench was a correction deed, and is recorded in Marquette county which conveyed to them all Marquette county property, excepting the lands deeded to Nels SALLING.
Now Mr. HANSON, to hear that my old fellow townsmen believe that I would join hands with any one to help rob my old friends, was more than I could stand. They must lose sight of the fact that I voluntarily turned over everything I possessed, to satisfy my creditors. I gave a deed of my home to pay a debt to a poor widow. I gave up everything of my own free will, and not forced in one instance. You all know of my sickness, which could not help but pull me down. I trusted explicitly in Mr. STALEY, and the notes I last signed, were largely the accumulated interest on interest, interest on interest, and interest upon interest until by his figures it has reached the sum which the bank now claims, and for which they are amply secured.
You have seen some of the property, and invested in it. Nels P. SALLING has seen much of it, and his report was even more favorable than my own. Mr. HANSON, you can see how I joined hands with any one to rob my old towns people. Neither have I drawn large sums from the bank to cripple them, but have experienced fully the definition of the word INTEREST, and I am now a pauper on that account. Before this shock came, I felt encouraged, had started a little tobacco business, and was swelling my little stock, a nickel at the time. This makes me feel at sea again. You can figure up my interest, and see where it would run to, commencing at 2 1/2 per cent per month, in advance, for the time before mentioned, and since that time at ten per cent per annum, payable in advance quarterly. There has been many small sales, and small credits, but the principal from that date in June 1887, has not been reduced, and kept growing on account of the interest I could not pay.
Now, Mr. HANSON how large a per cent of the people of the United States find themselves in the same fix I am. Some that so hastily pronounced me dishonest, stand in the same shoes I do, and cannot pay their obligations. Mr. HANSON, I am the same O. J. BELL you have always known, no better or worse, except my poverty, for which I know full well you do not think any the less of me.
It is so hard to entertain the idea, that John STALEY has done what I read he has done. I always looked upon him as a model man, that would as soon cut off his right hand, as to cheat any one. He has been so kind to me, and so kind to many others, and I know, that if he made it known that he was running behind, there were many that would have braced him up all he wanted. I do not believe that when one is poor it is necessary to be dishonest.
I receive the Grayling News, occasionally, and in that paper I read the news. They certainly said nothing harsh about me, and I ask you all to believe me, as you always have, resting assured I am the same as ever. Let me hear from you as soon as convenient.
I am as ever, yours truly
O. J. BELL. (2 Dec 1897)

-Judge BATTERSON has received a letter from our former townsman, O. J. BELL, now a resident of Seattle, in which he sends kind regards to old friends here, whom he would like to see again. He likes that country and its climate, and enclosed a rosebud to show that flowers were yet in bloom, and the lawns are yet perfect. He often meets our Grayling people who are there and reports them all prosperous. A BRINK has bought a five acre lot near Everett, connected with Seattle by electric cars, and will move there to begin farming in the spring. O. J. and his wife would receive a rousing welcome if they would drop in on us. He does not advise anyone to move there if they have not means enough to last a year or so, until they can get established, and then says they need plenty of sand, and must not long remain a "tenderfoot." (9 Feb 1905)


Mrs. O. J. BELL PORTER

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. C. D. CASTEE, of Jackson county, is visiting her sister, Mrs. O. J. BELL. (13 Sep 1883)

-Mrs. C. D. CASTER and Miss Mertie BELL, sister of Mrs. O. J. BELL and niece of County Clerk BELL, took the morning train for their Jackson county home yesterday. (27 Sep 1883)

-Miss PORTER and Mrs. CASTER, of Springport, sisters of Mrs. O. J. BELL and Mrs. G. HALL, are making them a visit. (3 Jun 1886)

-Mrs. O. J. BELL has been appointed librarian, succeeding Mrs. DECKROW. A good appointment. (19 Apr 1894)

-Mrs. O. J. BELL, who has been in Denver, Colorado, for the past month assisting Mrs. MASTERS in the care of Nora BELL, came here with the body and friends, Saturday. She will go to Negaunee with Frank, to-day, for a short time, when she expects to return here to visit old friends. (30 Dec 1897)


Harry Porter BELL

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-We have received announcement of the birth of "Harry Porter BELL, 10 lbs. 2pwt. troy, 24 carats fine," to Mr. and Mrs. O. J. BELL, of Grove, on Sunday, April 10th. (14 Apr 1881)


E. H. ROSS

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:
-PERE CHENEY, April 12th, 1881. - Mr. E. H. ROSS has been visiting hs sister, Mrs. G. THAYER, for a few days.
C. & H. (14 Apr 1881)


Mrs. Thayer ROSS

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:
-PERE CHENEY, April 12th, 1881. - Mr. E. H. ROSS has been visiting hs sister, Mrs. G. THAYER, for a few days.
C. & H. (14 Apr 1881)

-Mr. E. S. ROSS, traveling salesman for a wholesale drug concern in Philadelphia, Sundayed in Grayling, the guest of his sister, Mrs. G. H. THAYER.


E. S. ROSS

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. E. S. ROSS, traveling salesman for a wholesale drug concern in Philadelphia, Sundayed in Grayling, the guest of his sister, Mrs. G. H. THAYER.


William BATES

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

-Mr. and Mrs. BATES, Sr., accompanied by their daughter, Mrs. John HARRINGTON, and Fred, and their niece, Miss Nellie BATES, left for Central Square, N. Y., yesterday. (1 Sep 1881)

-LEWISTON ITEMS.
Wm. BATES and wife, of Oswego county, N.Y., are visiting their grandson, Henry BATES, this week. (3 Nov 1892)

-Died. At his home in this village Monday, July 22., William BATES, aged 78 years. Deceased was the father of J. K. BATES and Mrs. Anna HARRINGTON, of this village, who with their aged mother are left to mourn. Funeral service at 2 P. M. to-day. (25 Jul 1895)

-OBITUARY.
DIED-At his home in this village, Monday, July, 22nd., William BATES, aged 78 years.
Wm. BATES was born in Sussex county England, April, 1st, 1817, and came with his family to this country in 1853 and settled in Jefferson county N. Y. In 1863 they moved to Oswego county N. Y. where they continued to reside until Oct. 16th. 1892 when they came to Grayling, mich. to spend their declining years near their children. He leaves behind him a son and daughter, seven grand-children and five great grand-children, three sons having preceded him to the better world. For more than fifty years he has been a member of the M. E. Church exemplifying the true Christian spirt in all the walks of life, and when at eventide the grim messenger came his work was well done and he peacefully fell asleep.
"God will his own in safety keep,
He giveth his beloved sleep." (15 Aug 1895)


John S. HARRINGTON

The following information extracted from the 1880 Census of Grayling, Crawford, MI:
name - John S. HARRINGTON
a.29
b.NY
occupation - Laborer
married to Anna
f.b.england
m.b.NY

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

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

-Mr. and Mrs. H. HARRINGTON, of Central Square, N. Y., arrived here last week and are the guests of their son, J. S. HARRINGTON, Esq. (13 Jul 1882)

-Mr. J. S. HARRINGTON has a brother from Midland City visiting him. (26 Jul 1883)

-Mr. L. J. TRYON, a former resident of Grayling, is the guest of his brother-in-law, J. S. HARRINGTON, Esq. (27 Jan 1887)

-J. S. HARRINGTON was called to Midland, the first of the week, by the death of his father. He was accompanied by his wife. (25 Jan 1894)

-DIED.
At Midland, Mich., Jan. 27th, 1894, Henry HARRINGTON, aged 79 years.
Henry HARRINGTON was born in Cumberland Co., Eng., in 1815; came to America in 1831, making his home at Central Square, N. Y., until 1882, when he came to Midland, Mich., where he passed peacefully away, without any previous sickness, on the evening of Jan. 27th, 1894.
He leaves, to mourn his loss, a widow in very poor health; two sons, John S., of this place, and T. W. HARRINGTON, of Colorado; two daughters, Mrs. S. W. MURPHY, of Midland, and Mrs. L. J. TRYON, formerly of Grayling, but now living at Fenton.
Mr. HARRINTON had lived for many years a consistent Christian life, and won hosts of friends wherever he went. His firm trust in the Lord, of which he so often spoke during the past ten weeks, is proving the greatest consolation to the sorrowing family. (8 Feb 1894)

-The home of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. HARRINGTON of this village was the scene of a very happy gathering on Thanksgiving day. Thirty guests all of whom were relatives of the host and hostess, sitting down to the bounteous repast set for them. The guests present were Mr. and Mrs. J. K. BATES of Frederic, Mr. and Mrs. M. A. BATES and family, Mr. and Mrs. Henry BATES and family, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. hARRINGTON and family, of Grayling, Mr. and Mrs. J. HOYT and family of Gaylord, Rev. and Mrs. G. F. HATHAWAY and family of Hermansville, and Miss Kathryn BATES of Toledo, Ohio. (3 Dec 1908)

-The members of Sub Court Grayling No. 790 I. O. F. gave a birthday surprise party on Mr. J. S. HARRINGTON Saturday evening, Feb. 6th. It being his 58th anniversary. All enjoyed a good time at games and refreshments after which he was presented with an emblem of the order. Presentation made by Mr. M. A. BATES. (11 Feb 1909)


Anna BATES

The following information extracted from the 1880 Census of Grayling, Crawford, MI:
name - Anna HARRINGTON
a.27
b.England
married to John S. HARRINGTON
f.b.England
m.b.England

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

-Mr. and Mrs. BATES, Sr., accompanied by their daughter, Mrs. John HARRINGTON, and Fred, and their niece, Miss Nellie BATES, left for Central Square, N. Y., yesterday. (1 Sep 1881)

-Mrs. J. S. HARRINGTON has gone to New York for a visit. She was preparing for the visit, but was called suddenly by the serious illness of her mother. (29 Nov 1888)

-Died. At his home in this village Monday, July 22., William BATES, aged 78 years. Deceased was the father of J. K. BATES and Mrs. Anna HARRINGTON, of this village, who with their aged mother are left to mourn. Funeral service at 2 P. M. to-day. (25 Jul 1895)


Alfred HARRINGTON

The following information extracted from the 1880 Census of Grayling, Crawford, MI:
name - Alfred HARRINGTON
a.7
b.NY
f.b.NY
m.b.England


Henry HARRINGTON

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

-Mr. and Mrs. H. HARRINGTON, of Central Square, N. Y., arrived here last week and are the guests of their son, J. S. HARRINGTON, Esq. (13 Jul 1882)

-Mr. and Mrs. Henry HARRINGTON, of Midland City, arrived in town yesterday, guests of their son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. John S. HARRINGTON. (7 Jun 1883)

-Mr. L. J. TRYON, a former resident of Grayling, is the guest of his brother-in-law, J. S. HARRINGTON, Esq. (27 Jan 1887)

-Mr. and Mrs. H. HARRINGTON, of Midland, Mich., are visiting their son J. S. HARRINGTON. Although only two years since their last visit here, they find many improvements in our town. (13 Oct 1887)

-J. S. HARRINGTON was called to Midland, the first of the week, by the death of his father. He was accompanied by his wife. (25 Jan 1894)

-DIED.
At Midland, Mich., Jan. 27th, 1894, Henry HARRINGTON, aged 79 years.
Henry HARRINGTON was born in Cumberland Co., Eng., in 1815; came to America in 1831, making his home at Central Square, N. Y., until 1882, when he came to Midland, Mich., where he passed peacefully away, without any previous sickness, on the evening of Jan. 27th, 1894.
He leaves, to mourn his loss, a widow in very poor health; two sons, John S., of this place, and T. W. HARRINGTON, of Colorado; two daughters, Mrs. S. W. MURPHY, of Midland, and Mrs. L. J. TRYON, formerly of Grayling, but now living at Fenton.
Mr. HARRINTON had lived for many years a consistent Christian life, and won hosts of friends wherever he went. His firm trust in the Lord, of which he so often spoke during the past ten weeks, is proving the greatest consolation to the sorrowing family. (8 Feb 1894)


T. Winnie HARRINGTON

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 Midland, Mich., Jan. 27th, 1894, Henry HARRINGTON, aged 79 years.
Henry HARRINGTON was born in Cumberland Co., Eng., in 1815; came to America in 1831, making his home at Central Square, N. Y., until 1882, when he came to Midland, Mich., where he passed peacefully away, without any previous sickness, on the evening of Jan. 27th, 1894.
He leaves, to mourn his loss, a widow in very poor health; two sons, John S., of this place, and T. W. HARRINGTON, of Colorado; two daughters, Mrs. S. W. MURPHY, of Midland, and Mrs. L. J. TRYON, formerly of Grayling, but now living at Fenton.
Mr. HARRINTON had lived for many years a consistent Christian life, and won hosts of friends wherever he went. His firm trust in the Lord, of which he so often spoke during the past ten weeks, is proving the greatest consolation to the sorrowing family. (8 Feb 1894)

-Winnie HARRINGTON, who was a young man here twenty years ago, dropped in on his brother J. S. last week, with his wife and boy, for a brief visit. He now lives at Leadville Colorado and has evidently prospered. (22 Aug 1907)


Rev. William PUTNAM

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Rev. Wm. PUTNAM left on Monday of this week for a brief visit to Mason, the home of his family. (28 Apr 1881)

-Rev. Wm. PUTNAM, of Fredericville, has been commissioned as Postmaster, for that enterprising village. (15 Jan 1885)

-It was with pleasure we learned of the good fortune that has befallen our friend Rev. Wm. PUTNAM, who served his country well in its hours of peril as an army chaplain, where he contracted disabilities which have filled him full of pain and misery at times ever since. He has been granted a pension of $20 per month, and received $660 back pension.-Otsego Herald. (30 Apr 1885)

-Mr. WEBSTER, a son-in-law of Rev. Mr. PUTNAM, moved from Dakota with his family, and located in Frederic. (20 Dec 1888)

-F. H. OSBORN, of Frederic, was appointed Post Master last Monday, in place of Wm. PUTNAM, who had resigned, preparatory to going west. (1 Jan 1891)

-A letter from Rev. Wm. PUTMAN, from his new home in Pierce county, Washington, sends thanks, to his old friends in Frederic for the beautiful present made him on the eve of his departure. (23 Mar 1891)

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:
-Master Eddie PUTNAM, from Mason, and a son of Rev. Wm. PUTNAM, was tendered a situation in J. Maurice FINN's General Store, and accepted and came on last week, and where he may now be seen with countenance all aglow, skipping around to tie up a little tea for Mrs. John DOE, or to cut a bit 'o bacca for Mr. Richard ROE. (25 Aug 1881)

-Rev. Wm. PUTNAM's son, Edward, who is station agent at Frederic, went to Mason the other day and fetched one of its fair daughters back with him as a bride. The HERALD congratulates the happy couple, and wishes them a happy and prosperous voyage through life. - Otsego Co. Herald. (10 Jun 1886)

-From a postal card received from North Lansing, we learn that E. H. PUTNAM, formerly railroad agent at Frederic, is now a citizen of that place. (9 Jan 1896)

-Many of our citizens were glad last week to again meet E. H. PUTMAN, son of Rev. Wm. PUTMAN, who was the first resident clergyman in Grayling, and who is now hale and hearty at the ripe age of 89 years, living in Lansing. He is Chaplain of the Mich Department of the G. A. R. which all the business he pretends to look after. E. H. was station agent of the M. C. R. R. at Frederic for many years, and went from there to Chicago remaining in R. R. work a total of 27 years. He has just left them, and taken a position with an eastern hardware house as traveling salesman. (12 Aug 1909)


Edward "Eddie" H. PUTNAM

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:
-Master Eddie PUTNAM, from Mason, and a son of Rev. Wm. PUTNAM, was tendered a situation in J. Maurice FINN's General Store, and accepted and came on last week, and where he may now be seen with countenance all aglow, skipping around to tie up a little tea for Mrs. John DOE, or to cut a bit 'o bacca for Mr. Richard ROE. (25 Aug 1881)

-Rev. Wm. PUTNAM's son, Edward, who is station agent at Frederic, went to Mason the other day and fetched one of its fair daughters back with him as a bride. The HERALD congratulates the happy couple, and wishes them a happy and prosperous voyage through life. - Otsego Co. Herald. (10 Jun 1886)

-From a postal card received from North Lansing, we learn that E. H. PUTNAM, formerly railroad agent at Frederic, is now a citizen of that place. (9 Jan 1896)

-Many of our citizens were glad last week to again meet E. H. PUTMAN, son of Rev. Wm. PUTMAN, who was the first resident clergyman in Grayling, and who is now hale and hearty at the ripe age of 89 years, living in Lansing. He is Chaplain of the Mich Department of the G. A. R. which all the business he pretends to look after. E. H. was station agent of the M. C. R. R. at Frederic for many years, and went from there to Chicago remaining in R. R. work a total of 27 years. He has just left them, and taken a position with an eastern hardware house as traveling salesman. (12 Aug 1909)


Chas. FRANTZ

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. FRANTZ received four packages of seeds through the mail on Monday last, from a brother in Germany -, and we'e going out to Charlies next Summer, too, and don't you forget it! (28 Apr 1881)

-Charley FRANTZ is the happy pa of a bran new boy - Tuesday April 29. (1 May 1884)


Mrs. Chas. FRANTZ

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. Chas. FRANTZ, of this township, died very suddenly last Tuesday night, from an attack of Puerpural Convulsions. She seemed to be in her usual health in the evening, attended to her household work besides preparing boquets for the children to bring to town in the morning. During the night she was taken sick and died while Mr. F. was at the neighbors after assistance. She leaves a large family of small children for the father to care for. the family receives the sympathy of the entire community in this their sad bereavement. the funeral took place yesterday afternoon. (23 Jun 1887)


James B. BUCKLY

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:
-Editor Avalanche:-Please give space in the AVALANCHE to congratulate Mr. & Mrs. E. E. KUCK, upon the new advent that took place at their residence in Grove, the 21st inst., viz: the marriage of their daughter Lizzie M., to Mr. James B. BUCKLY. Being an invited guest, I can truly say the occasion was one long to be remembered by the many friends of the family present. Rev. Benj. REEVE officiated, and the whole affair passed off in a very quiet way. The dinner was all the most skeptical epicure could wish. We predict for Lizzie a life of happiness, and as for James, he is a nice young man; one worthy of the trust confided in him by the fond parents of the bride, and if blessed with health, we hope to see them prosper in the future, and we wish them God-speed. Judge WALDRON. (28 Apr 1881)

-MARRIED.
BUCKLEY - KUCK.-In the township of Grove on the 21st inst., by Rev. Benj. REEVE, Mr. James B. BUCKLEY, and Miss Lizzie M. KUCK, all of Grove. (28 Apr 1881)


Lizzie M. KUCK

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:
-Editor Avalanche:-Please give space in the AVALANCHE to congratulate Mr. & Mrs. E. E. KUCK, upon the new advent that took place at their residence in Grove, the 21st inst., viz: the marriage of their daughter Lizzie M., to Mr. James B. BUCKLY. Being an invited guest, I can truly say the occasion was one long to be remembered by the many friends of the family present. Rev. Benj. REEVE officiated, and the whole affair passed off in a very quiet way. The dinner was all the most skeptical epicure could wish. We predict for Lizzie a life of happiness, and as for James, he is a nice young man; one worthy of the trust confided in him by the fond parents of the bride, and if blessed with health, we hope to see them prosper in the future, and we wish them God-speed. Judge WALDRON. (28 Apr 1881)

-MARRIED.
BUCKLEY - KUCK.-In the township of Grove on the 21st inst., by Rev. Benj. REEVE, Mr. James B. BUCKLEY, and Miss Lizzie M. KUCK, all of Grove. (28 Apr 1881)


E. E. KUCK

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:
-Editor Avalanche:-Please give space in the AVALANCHE to congratulate Mr. & Mrs. E. E. KUCK, upon the new advent that took place at their residence in Grove, the 21st inst., viz: the marriage of their daughter Lizzie M., to Mr. James B. BUCKLY. Being an invited guest, I can truly say the occasion was one long to be remembered by the many friends of the family present. Rev. Benj. REEVE officiated, and the whole affair passed off in a very quiet way. The dinner was all the most skeptical epicure could wish. We predict for Lizzie a life of happiness, and as for James, he is a nice young man; one worthy of the trust confided in him by the fond parents of the bride, and if blessed with health, we hope to see them prosper in the future, and we wish them God-speed. Judge WALDRON. (28 Apr 1881)

-MARRIED.
BUCKLEY - KUCK.-In the township of Grove on the 21st inst., by Rev. Benj. REEVE, Mr. James B. BUCKLEY, and Miss Lizzie M. KUCK, all of Grove. (28 Apr 1881)


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