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

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Parker WATERS

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:
-Parker WATERS, a dealer in farm machinery, in St. John, who has been hunting with a St. Johns party in Roscommon county, was Tuesday afternoon accidentally shot by J. HARRINGTON, formerly of St. JOHNS, who saw WATERS' movements through the underbrush on the eastern bank of one of the Twin Lakes in that county, and supposing him to be a deer, fired. the shot took effect in the left leg, well up, severing the main artery and shattering the bone. HARRINGTON seeing what he had done, hurried to WATERS' assistance, but all efforts to stop the flow of blood proved fruitless, and in consequence WATERS died within thirty minutes from the time the fatal shot was fired. He was an old resident of Clinton county, and leaves two motherless children, his wife having died some time since. His remains were taken home for burial Wednesday. - Bay City Tribune. (18 Nov 1886)


Daniel or Sam DUVALL OR DUVAL

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Daniel DUVALL, of Beaver Creek township, went to Roscommon last Monday week, in company with several friends. After indulging in tangle-foot they started home, and owing to an accident to their wagon, Duval went ahead on foot, when he got lost, laid down in the snow and when found in the morning was frozen to death. (9 Dec 1886)

-Sam DUVAL who froze to death near Roscommon, was buried at Monroe, where his family lives. (16 Dec 1886)


W. J. JURY

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:
-W. J. JURY was hurt at Smith & Adams' camp west of Otsego Lake last Friday morning, died from his injuries at the Matthews House, in Otsego Lake, where he had been brought to receive medical attention. (16 Dec 1886)


Arthur DAUBEY

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:
-Arthur DAUBEY, aed 54, of East Saginaw, was killed yesterday at Hamilton's camp, nine miles from Harrison, by a falling tree; and Wm. CRONK, from Port Huron, met a similar fate at D. SHUMWAY's camp, near Roscommon. Truly the Michigan woods furnish plenty of fatal accidents. - Detroit News. (30 Dec 1886)


Wm. CRONK

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:
-Arthur DAUBEY, aed 54, of East Saginaw, was killed yesterday at Hamilton's camp, nine miles from Harrison, by a falling tree; and Wm. CRONK, from Port Huron, met a similar fate at D. SHUMWAY's camp, near Roscommon. Truly the Michigan woods furnish plenty of fatal accidents. - Detroit News. (30 Dec 1886)


Lee KINNEY

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:
-Lee KINNEY well known in this vicinity, died at the home of his sister at Fremont, Ind., a few days ago. (6 Jan 1887)


NONAN

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:
-Our population was increased five last week, by the arrival of Mr. NONAN and family from East Saginaw, who have moved into the KILBOURNE house on Peninsular Avenue. (6 Jan 1887)


Patrick GALLAGHER

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-FREDERIC ITEMS.
Patrick GALLAGHER, a lumberman engaged in running a logging camp in the western part of this town for several years past, after doing his chores and eating a light supper Sunday evening, arose from the table, staggered and fell on a couch where he expired in a few minutes. No further particulars received. (20 Jan 1887)


J. J. WEHNES

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 farmer named WEHNES. of the township of Ball, Crawford county, died Monday night. - Ros. News. (17 Feb 1887)

-DIED-In Grove township, Wednesday, Feb. 9th, J. J. WEHNES. Deceased was a homesteader of that town and well known in the vicinity. (17 Feb 1887)


Henry BAKER

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:
-Henry BAKER, who was sentenced to the penitentiary for one year, for attempted rape, was landed there last Friday, by Sheriff McCULLOUGH. (17 Feb 1887)


Jacob HART

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:
-Jacob HART was killed at Otsego Lake last Thursday and telegrams have been sent to different points inquiring for his relatives or friends. No one can be found who knows anything of him. (17 Feb 1887)


ITEMS OF INTEREST

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-FREDERIC ITEMS.
A very remarkable meteoric phenomenon occurred here on Friday the 18th inst., to which the oldest inhabitant knows no parallel. The day had been stormy with snow and rain, the wind blowing gently from an easterly direction. The temperature was a little above 30 degrees farenheit. About a quarter past one o'clock p.m., a shower of dust and sand commenced falling in conneciton with snow and rain. In a few minutes the surface of the snow became colored a dark brown hearly the color of ordinary sand. The shower did not last to exceed fifteen minutes. When it ceased the surface of the snow looked as though sand had been blown over it from a sand bank. the appearance of the matter through a magnifier was that of particles of sand imbedded in small crystals of ice. These crystals were not spherical like common hail stones but were quite angular. How large an area was covered by this storm is not yet ascertained. The eastern edge of it is reported to be about five miles east of here, and it certainly extends two and a half miles west and about the same distance north and to or near Grayling on the south. How much farther it extends in these directions is not yet determined. There is not, probably a spot of bare ground within a hundred miles of, this place in any direction. Hence, the question is pertinent; where did this sand come from? There are at least two specimens of this dirt preserved here subject for investigation, to the call of scientific men. (24 Feb 1887)

-Mancelona woodsmen tell a thrilling tale of their encounter with a gorilla. The brute, they say, was six feet high and went armed with an enormous club. (4 Feb 1892)

-On Thursday last as James McCLURE was excavating some large stones on the farm of Frank MONROE, near Atlanta, to be used on the county building site, he unearthed a large one parts of which looked like a man. He secured assistance, uncovered the stone and found a complete petrified man. The man was 6 1/4 inches in length (small man for Montmorency county, must have been imported,) and in perfect condition. The hair had all disappeared but otherwise everything seems perfect. The color of the face is dark and there is no doubt the freak is an Indian who died years ago. (Very conclusive as to nativity, but are you sure it was dead?) The body has been brought to Atlanta and is now lying in the back room of Mr. WOLF's store. - Lewiston Journal. (23 Aug 1894)

-From twenty to fifty years ago it was known by the settlers that the Indians living on the Lake Huron shore were always supplied with plenty of native lead without buying, and often sold quantities to the white settlers, but no inducement could be found that would tempt one of the red men to divulge the place where it was found. It was known that they came up the AuSable river, and returned with unlimited supplies of the, to them, precious metal. Hunters attempted to follow them but failed. Prospectors tramped for weeks in the country where the metal was supposed to be, without avail. It is not over ten years since a party of prospectors boarded for some time with Dr. NILES, at his farm below the mouth of the North Branch, starting out with their picks and sacks at daylight, and returning empty handed at night. They did not divulge their errand, but it was patent to those who, themselves had searched for the treasure, what they were after, for it had become generally conceded that the mine was located near the meridian and not far from the river. It is now reported that a settler has accidently found the mine at the place where the Indians worked it, and that there are indications of unlimited amount. The local excitement is spreading and it is reported that land prices in Oscoda county have taken an upward flight. We only hope the reports will be confirmed, for a find of that kind would be a bonanza to this part of our state. (11 Jan 1906)

-Many of our readers are skeptical concerning the finding the Oscoda Lead mine as reported last week. We have advices since then from sources that are deemed absolutely reliable, which leads us to say that it is a fact, and we believe it to indicate such a boom for this section as has never been known. Of course we would have had it in some of our near by hills, if we had arranged it, and it may reach out this way, which can be determined by experts after they get the lead, but if not here we congratulate our neighbors and hope their long looked for railroad will materialize within the year, and everything boom in that county. (18 Jan 1906)


Thos. G. HIGH

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-FREDERIC ITEMS.
Thos. G. HIGH has sold his residence to P. VALENTINE and intends removing with his family to Mancelona. He will carry with him the good wishes of many friends. (17 Mar 1887)

-T. G. HIGH, former supervisor of Frederifc township, now residing at Mancelona, was in town last Tuesday. (8 Dec 1887)


Louis DESHAW

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 little daughter of Louis DESHAW was buried at Otsego Lake on Tuesday. The body was drawn on a hand-sled to the burying ground, the minister and party wearing snowshoes, the snow being such a depth it was impossible to drive a team to the grave yard, which is about one-half mile distant from the village. - Bay City Tribune. (24 Mar 1887)


Fred RICHMOND

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:
-Fred RICHMOND, Esq., of South Branch township has moved to Missaukee county. Good fellow, but he forgot to call on us previous to leaving. (14 Apr 1887)


John BALLOR

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 week complaint was made against John BALLOR, of South Branch, as disorderly, and he was arrested. Circumstances pointed toward insanity, and the criminal charge was withdrawn, and a commission ordered by Judge of Probate BATTERSON, consisting of Drs. TRAVER and DAVIS to decide that question. He being judged insane, was ordered to the asylum at Traverse City, where he was conducted by Sheriff McCULLOUGH. He has no family, and has lived alone on his homestead for the past four years. (28 Apr 1887)


Fred LORANGER

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-DIED-On the 2d inst., Arthur, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Fred LORANGER, of Bay City. (5 May 1887)

-F. C. LORANGER, of Detroit, an old resident of Grayling, but now with F. Stearns & Co., wholesale druggists, of Detroit, was in town last week, and made us a pleasant call. (31 Oct 1895)


Lewis HOUCK

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-On the 3rd inst., to Mr. and Mrs. HOUCKS of Grayling, a daughter. (12 May 1887)

-The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis HOUCK died at one o'clock, Tuesday morning. The remains were taken to Chesaning for burial. (11 Aug 1887)


Hyacinth CHARRON

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. Hyacinth CHARRON, cousin of Mr. Jos. CHARRON, and family arrived in Grayling, last Saturday, from Canada. he proposes to locate in this county. (12 May 1887)


James JACKSON

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-FREDERIC ITEMS.
Mr. James JACKSON, the only American of African descent among us, and one of the early settlers of Frederic - has sold his house and lot to Mr. A. H. POWELL, and intends leaving town soon. (12 May 1887)


Thos. G. REEDEN

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:
-Thos. REEDEN, of Long Island, N. Y., was drowned in the Manistee river at REITZ's camp, last Thursday while attempting to ride a log. (19 May 1887)


Ira PURDY

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 Monday, Ira PURDY of Big Creek died of heart disease while on his way to attend the Memorial services. He is a member of the G. A. R. Post. His sudden death cast a gloom over the ceremonies of the day. - Northern Mail. (9 Jun 1887)


Nick DOWEN

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:
-CAMP ITEMS.
Mr. Nick DOWEN is a happy man. He says he has the nicest peavy on the river. It was manufactured by that celebrated workman, J. M. FRANCIS. Mr. DOWEN with his nobby peavy and his bran new baby boy will soon have all the logs in the river. June 3, '87. (9 Jun 1887)

-Nick DOWEN and his brother were guests of the Grayling House, last Saturday. His brother had a brand new wife with him. (25 Feb 1892)

-Nicholas DOWEN was in town last Sunday. He informs us that he had not lost a day's pay in the last fifteen years. Lucky Nick. (4 May 1894)


Joe BOYCE

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 little daughter at the residence of Joe BOYCE, of Ball township, on the 22nd of last month.-Ros. News. (16 Jun 1887)


Nels Peter JENSON

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-On the 19th inst., to Mr. and Mrs. Nels Peter JENSON, two sons weight 15 pounds. (23 Jun 1887)

-BORN-Sunday, August 6th, to Mr. and Mrs. N. P. JENSON, a daughter. (10 Aug 1899)

-DIED-At his home in this village, Sunday, June 21st. of pneumonia, Nels Peter JENSON, aged 57 years. He was born in Denmark 1851, and has been a resident of Grayling for 24 years. Deceased leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his death. (25 Jun 1908)


Richard SPARKS

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:
-OBITUARY.
On Sunday morning last, in Grayling, Mr. Richard SPARKS died almost suddenly from a stroke of apoplexy.
Dick, as he was familiarly called, was 43 years of age, and came from England with his wife and one son, a boy of 10 or 11 years, only last July. He had no relatives here but by marriage, his wife and Mrs. Wm. WOODFIELD being sisters, but in the short time they have been here they have made many friends, who esteemed them for their industrious and honorable deportment.
His funeral was held at the Methodsit church on Monday afternoon, and a large circle of friends testified their sincere sympathy with Mrs. SPARKS in her great sorrow. No one couyld have won a higher regard than Mrs. SPARKS has done in so short a time, and we are sure our citizens will do all in their power to alleviate her sorrow. And in her behalf we tender her thanks to the citizens for promptly doing all that could be done for him. (23 Jun 1887)

-Mrs. Richard SPARKS left yesterday for her old home in "Merry England," on a visit to friends. she will not return until next April. We trust that she will have a safe trip and a pleasant visit. (12 Dec 1889)


Wm. DENIRE

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:
-Wm. DENIRE, the young man shot by Nellie HARVEY at Otsego Lake last week, is dead. The murderess is in jail at Gaylord. She will soon join her husband who is in the penitentiary at Jackson. (30 Jun 1887)


WAGER

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-On the 7th inst. to Mr. and Mrs. WAGER of Grayling, a son. (14 Jul 1887)


Peter JENSON

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-DIED-On last Saturday, July 16th, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Peter JENSON. (14 Jul 1887)

-BORN-Tuesday, March 25th, to Mr. and Mrs. Peter JENSON, a son. (2 Apr 1896)


Charles HART

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:
-Charles HART, of the late firm of Bennett & Hart, at Roscommon, died at Ravenna, Ohio, on the 18th inst. (21 Jul 1887)


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