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

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BLANSHAN

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 Mr. and Mrs. BLANSHAN, January 12th - a daughter. (16 Jan 1890)


Fred. POND

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 POND, a veteran of the late war, and who was a member of the 5th Mich. Cavalry, died at Vanderbelt a short time ago. He was a member of the Soldiers and Sailors Association. (23 Jan 1890)


Thomas GAMBELL

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:
-Some woodsmen in the northern part of Oscoda county have found the body of Thomas GAMBELL, a settler who left home on Thanksgiving day to go to a lumber hospital for treatment, and had not been heard from. (23 Jan 1890)

-The body of Thos. GAMBELL, sen., a settler in Comins township, who had been missing since Thanksgiving day, was found on Monday of this week, in the woods, within half a mile of his home. An inquest was held next day and the jury brought in a verdict of Froze to death on Thanksgiving Eve. The man's family was not alarmed at his long absence, as he had complained of not feeling well, and they thought he had gone, as he had done before, to a hospital. Some money a watch, a revolver and several other articles of value were found on the body, which must necessarily exclude all thought of foul play. - Northern Mail. (23 Jan 1890)


Rev. L. M. WRIGHT

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. L. M. WRIGHT, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church at Beaver Lake, dropped dead of heart disease the other day. He was 70 years old and had been pastor at Beaver Lake for eight years. (30 Jan 1890)


S. W. FOSTER

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. S. W. FOSTER, of Big Rapids will make her home at the Grayling House for a time. We thought S. W. had expanded every way, and wore an uncommonly genial smile, for which we were unable to account, until we heard of the arrival of his "better half," when it was fully explained. He has a right to smile, for it will seem more like home and his business here has kept him away from home for a long time. (30 Jan 1890)

-Word is received that S. W. FOSTER who was here a number of years in the employ of Blodgett & Byrnes, died last August. No particulars were given. (14 Nov 1901)


David WARD

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 good story is told on David WARD, the millionaire lumber man of Michigan. Mr. WARD was up in the woods looking after his timber possessions, and chanced to stop at a lone habitation for his dinner. The lady of the house was unusually voluable, and during the dinner hour referred to Mr. WARD, the owner of the adjoining lands as a "miserable old skinflint," and applied other not altogether praiseworthy epithets in speaking of him. As he was leaving the place, Mr. WARD, who had been a silent and interested listener handed the lady 50 cents for his dinner. "Oh that's too much," she ejaculated, "I never chage but 25 cents." Mr. WARD insisted on her retaining the amount, when she inquired. "What may your name be?" "My name," said he with great politeness, "is David WARD." (30 Jan 1890)

-David WARD, of Detroit, was doing business in town Monday, and left on the evening train for Cheboygan, which town he had not visited since 1846. After an absence of 50 years he hardly knew the place, and his friend Leo EDELSTEIN showed him the improvements. - Otsego Co. Herald. (19 Mar 1896)

-Hon. D. WARD, of Detroit, accompanied by his grandson Fred WARD, of Pontiac, was transacting business in town Monday, in connection with his vast landed estates in this vicinity. - Otsego Co. Herald. (21 May 1896)

-David WARD, the "Pine King" of Michigan, and well known in this part of the state, died at his summer home at Orchard Lake, Tuesday morning, aged 78 years. His has been an eventful life. While deemed somewhat excentric, he has proved that success depends on ones self, that close personal attention to business, absolute honesty, and clean, temperate habits will win in the race of life. (31 May 1900)


James ROBBINS

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:
-James ROBBINS, a West Branch boy, tried to steal a ride on the cars Thursday. He was knocked off, and falling between the cars, sustained injuries which resulted in his death Thursday night. (6 Feb 1890)


John R. LEADBETTER

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:
-John R. LEADBETTER, of Bay City, who was accidentally drowned last Thursday week, filed his will with the probate judge two hours before the accident. (13 Feb 1890)


Nicholas PARLEY

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:
-Nicholas PARLEY, of Gaylord, had been sick for ten days with La grippe. Last Sunday he escaped from his room, and though diligent search was made for him he was not found until the next day when his body was picked up on the railroad track. He had frozen to death. (13 Feb 1890)


Angus MILLAN

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 body of Angus MILLAN, 17 years old, was found in Roscommon county, last Monday, frozen stiff and badly mutilated by mice and other animals. The boy's father says he left home January 12 with about $15 in his pocket, and he thinks the lad was murdered, especially as his ...........(unreadable) (13 Feb 1890)


James MURRAY

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:
-James MURRAY, a woodsman working near Roscommon, was sturck by a skid and his skull fractured. He was taken to Bay City hospital to die last week. (27 Feb 1890)

-James MURRAY, who was brought down from a lumber camp near Roscommon with a skull fractured by a rolling log, died at 6 o'clock last Wednesday evening in East Saginaw. He was 30 years old, a single man, and has relatives there. - Bay City Times. (27 Feb 1890)


James SHIELDS

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:
-James SHIELDS, one of the oldest railroad men in this section, died suddenly in the M. C. office in Bay City, Sunday, of heart disease. Mr. SHIELDS had many personal friends on the Mackinaw division who will mourn his death. ( 13 Mar 1890)


E. PURSLEY

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, M. C. brakeman, named E. PURSLEY was probably fatally injured by being caught between the cars of a log train, on the Bagley branch, Monday. He was brought here and taken to the commercial house in charge of Dr's, THATCHER.
P.S. He died Tuesday night. ( 13 Mar 1890)

-The funeral of the late Edward PURSLEY, who died from an injury received on the Michigan Central railroad, took place this afternoon, a large number of deceased's friends following the remains to the their final resting place. Wenona Lodge, No. 221, I. O. O. F., of which the young man was a member, conducted the funeral services. - Bay City Times. (20 Mar 1890)


H. C. HOOKER

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:
-H. C. HOOKER, an old vet, has been appointed postmaster at Otsego Lake. (3 Apr 1890)


Frank JOHNSON

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:
-Frank JOHNSON, of Potts, killed himself last week by hanging. He was in the lockup at the time for being too drunk for even Potts society, and it made him despondent. (3 Apr 1890)


FORBUSH

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:
-MAPLE FOREST ITEMS.
Born on Saturday April 12 th to Mr. and Mrs. FORBUSH, a daughter. (17 Apr 1890)


Peter STROBACH

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:
-Peter STROBACH, a Swede, was killed near the Cheney camp of the Michelson & Hanson Lumber Co., last Saturday morning, by having his head crushed between a big wheel and tree. As he was alone with his load no one knows how it happened. (17 Apr 1890)


Jack KENNEDY

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:
-Jack KENNEDY, lately stopping around Bagley and Gaylord, was killed by a logging train last Friday evening on the Stephens branch of the Michigan Central, near Bagley. He was probably drunk, as when struck he was sitting on the track, and a whisky bottle was found with him. (17 Apr 1890)


Rosa COLLIER

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 this village Saturday May 3d, Rosa COLLIER, aged 6 years. (8 May 1890)


Richard DUNN

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:
-Richard DUNN, brakeman on a log train, was killed by the cars near St. Helen last week, his head being jammed by the logs. (5 Jun 1890)


Asel S. BUCK

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:
-RESOLUTIONS OF CONDOLENCE.
It is with profound grief, that Crawford Banner Grange No. 673, is called upon, for the first time, to mourn the loss of brother, Asel S. BUCK, a charter member and a faithful patron, who died at his home in Maple Forest, Crawford Co. May 29, 1890. Therefore be it
RESOLVED, That by the death of brother BUCK, Banner Grange has lost an efficient and worthy member; the community an honest and highly esteemed citizen; his family, and a kind and loving husband and father.
RESOLVED, that in token of our sympathy with the family, and our regard for him, these resolutions be spread upon our Grange Record our charter be draped in mourning, sixty days and a copy be sent to the bereaved widow and also to the Grange Visitor and to the county papers.
Rest brother rest
No more you'll suffer pain,
Although we mourn our loss
It's your eternal gain.
MRS. W. O. BRADFORD.
MR. W. C. JOHNSON.
MRS. W. C. JOHNSON.
Blaine, May 31st 1890. (5 Jun 1890)


Wm. RAWLINS

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. CURNALIA was called to Wm. RAWLINS, in Richfield, on Tuesday of this week the occasion being the arrival of a son. Mother and child both doing well. - Ros. News. (12 Jun 1890)


Peter MONAHAN

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:
-Peter MONAHAN, brakeman on Potts' logging railroad, fell from his train near Mio last Monday evening, and his body was cut in twain. (12 Jun 1890)


James LAPHAM

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:
-There was a saloon row at Atlanta last Monday night, and William CHURCHILL shot and killed James LAPHAM. The murderer was arrested, but he is still so thoroughly under the effects of liquor that he doesn't realize his crime. (3 Jul 1890)


William CHURCHILL

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:
-There was a saloon row at Atlanta last Monday night, and William CHURCHILL shot and killed James LAPHAM. The murderer was arrested, but he is still so thoroughly under the effects of liquor that he doesn't realize his crime. (3 Jul 1890)


HAGGERTY

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.
Some places can boast of their snake stories, others boast of their fish stories, but we have a bear story not based upon fiction or imagination, but upon fact. One of our residents, a Mr. HAGGERTY, while returning home last Sabbath, accompanied by his mother-in-law, was attracted by a strange noise, and the barking of his dogs, when about a mile from Frederic. He left the horse and buggy in charge of his mother-in-law and went back to investigate, and then discovered the dogs worrying a young bear cub. He forced it up a tree and bid his mother-in-law drive speedily for his rifle while he remained to watch young bruin. While thus engaged he heard a noise immediately behind him and turning around he beheld a monster bruiness within thirty feet of him. The dogs also discovered the new comer and proceeded to take vengeance upon her instead of the cub, but the bear seemed to say, "vengenance is mine" and made a sudden rush for the dogs and they began to seek refuge by the side of their master. He saw the danger and being unarmed he also took flight, but in doing so, stumbled and fell, the dogs passed him closely followed by the bear, which passed only a few feet from Mr. HAGGERTY, and had it not been for thick underbrush he fell in, Mr. HAGGERTY believes he would have fallen a victim to the mother's wrath. He could almost feel her breath as she passed with sworn vengenance toward the canines. He gathered himself up and took refuge in a small tree and watched proceedings. The cub in the meantime had taken advantage of the occasion and dropping from the tree took to the woods and before the gun had arrived both bear and cub had taken refuge in the wilds of the swamp, and thus the prize was last to the satisfaction of the dogs, but not to Mr. HAGGERTY. But he swears he will never hold another cub up a tree without a rifle or some sure means of protection, besides a couple of homesick cowardly curs. Moral: never try to catch a cub until you have caught and chained the cubs protector.
The children of the village are taking advantage of the holidays to secure some of the abundance of berries that are to be found in the surrounding plains, but Mr. HAGGERTY's experience should be a warning to them and also to the parents not to allow them to be unprotected, for bears seems to be quite numerous around here and the little ones could not protect themselves, should they come suddenly upon one of these monsters. (17 Jul 1890)


E. G. MARTIN

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.
-E. G. MARTIN, of West Bay City, a brakeman on the Mackinaw division of the Michigan Central railroad, was crushed between two cars at West Branch last Friday morning and received such severe injuries that he died soon after. He was in the act of coupling cars at the time of the accident, and was struck in the stomach by a coupling link. (17 Jul 1890)


Walter T. 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:
-A young man named Walter T. SMITH, from Crapaud, Prince Edwards island, who has been employed at the R. R. eating house for some time, died last Saturday morning, after a brief illness. He had no friends in this country. (2 Oct 1890)


Thos. GEE

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. GEE and family arrived in town the other day from Grayling for permanent residence, and have rented the John M. SANBORN house in the north part of the village. - Otsego Co. Herald. (24 Jul 1890)


Rev. S. B. TAYLOR

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. S. B. TAYLOR of Tawas City has been appointed by the Methodist conference pastor of the church at Grayling, and will at once remove his family to that place. Mr. TAYLOR has been a resident of Iosco county for a good many years. - Saturday Night. (2 Oct 1890)


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