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

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David GEORGE

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:
-David GEORGE and Miss Emma PHILLIPS, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony last Saturday evening at the Otsego Lake House. No cards. ( 8 Sep 1881)


Emma PHILLIPS

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:
-David GEORGE and Miss Emma PHILLIPS, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony last Saturday evening at the Otsego Lake House. No cards. ( 8 Sep 1881)


Henry FILLEY

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Mr. Henry FILLEY returned from Osceola county Tuesday whither he had been summoned to bury his aged father. (22 Sep 1881)

-Mr. Henry FILLEY buried his infant child last week. (30 Aug 1883)


Mrs. Henry FILLEY

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Just as we go to press we hear that Mrs. FILLEY, wife of Henry FILLEY, Esq., who lives a few miles east of this city, died Tuesday night. (14 Jun 1883)

-The funeral of Mrs. Henry FILLEY occurred at the hall on Thursday afternoon of last week, Rev. Wm. PUTNAM officiating. Her remains were interred in the Grayling cemetery.


Henry FILLEY

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Mr. Henry FILLEY returned from Osceola county Tuesday whither he had been summoned to bury his aged father. (22 Sep 1881)

-Mr. Henry FILLEY buried his infant child last week. (30 Aug 1883)


Mary TRINE

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-MARRIED.
At the residence of the groom, in this township, Sunday, Feb. 10, 1884, by O. PALMER, justice of the peace, Henry FILLEY, Esq., and Miss Mary TRINE, of Grove. (14 Feb 1884)


Lucy A.

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.
Monday, July 24th, 1882, at the residence of her son, Henry FILLEY, Esq., Lucy A. FILLEY, aged 75 years. (27 Jul 1882)


Hubbard HEAD

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. and Mrs. Hubbard HEAD, of South Branch, departed Monday for Osceola county to pay a visit relatives and friends, and expect to be absent two weeks. (22 Sep 1881)

-SOUTH BRANCH, JAN. 15, 1882. -Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard HEAD starts on Wednesday for Steuben county, N. Y., where they were born and lived until they came to Crawford county. They intend to be gone about four weeks. Mr. HEAD expects to have his father and mother come home with them to live and to share the comforts of Crawford county and help settle up a new country in their old age. Hubbard HEAD is one of the first settlers of Crawford county, and has become satisfied that it is the place for a poor man to come that does not want always to be poor, and some day have a home he can call his own.
Jack PINE. (19 Jan 1882)

-Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard HEAD of the township of South Branch, celebrated their Floral Wedding on the 14th inst., by a grand dance which was participated in by the young folks in that vicinity. (24 Sep 1885)

-Hubbard HEAD, of South Branch, is entertaining his brother Henry and wife, of Evart, Mich., and a brother-in-law, Mr. Charles DAVIS, of Oswego, Pa., who are here visiting Hubbard and his parents. they were agreeably astonished at the products of the country.-Roscommon News. (1 Oct 1885)

-Hubbard HEAD, of South Branch, is not getting gray haired very fast even though he was made a grandfather to a bouncing boy Tuesday night. - Ros. News. (12 Jul 1888)

-SOUTH BRANCH ITEMS.
Mrs. Hubbard HEAD returned Friday from Grayling, after a week's visit with her daughter, Mrs. Wm. FAIRBOTHAM. (14 Nov 1889)

-W. W. VAUGHN swore out warrants against Hubbard HEAD and his son Elmer, of South Branch township, on the charge of trespass, one day last week. (28 Apr 1892)

-Hubbard HEAD, of South Branch, was in the village during the week. He still has to use crutches, his ankle, which was broken last fall, never having healed. He will have to have it broken again and reset. - Ros. News. (10 May 1894)


Mra. Hubbard HEAD DAVIS

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 DAVIS, brother of Mrs. Hubbard HEAD, of South Branch, died at his residence in that township last Saturday, of paralysis, age 49 years. - Ros. News. (25 Jun 1891)


Elmer HEAD

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. W. VAUGHN swore out warrants against Hubbard HEAD and his son Elmer, of South Branch township, on the charge of trespass, one day last week. (28 Apr 1892)

-Dame Rumor has it that Amos PEARSALL and Elmer HEAD are going to enter the holy bonds of matrimony, with the HOWE sisters, in the near future. - Ros. News. (11 Apr 1895)

-LOCAL ITEMS - ROSCOMMON NEWS.
A little child was born to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer HEAD, of South Branch, on Friday last week, but such a blessing was not for them and He who gave called the little one to him after a brief existence of 24 hours. The funeral occurred Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. HEAD have the sympathy of a large circle of friends. (2 Jan 1896)

-A letter from Elmer HEAD of South Branch, says he is now located at Kingston, Mich., in the meat market business with L. J. MILLER, and wants the AVALANCHE to keep him in touch with the best county in the state. (11 Jan 1906)


Daniel HEAD

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:
-Hubbard HEAD, of South Branch, is entertaining his brother Henry and wife, of Evart, Mich., and a brother-in-law, Mr. Charles DAVIS, of Oswego, Pa., who are here visiting Hubbard and his parents. they were agreeably astonished at the products of the country.-Roscommon News. (1 Oct 1885)

-Died-In this village, March 12, 1905, Daniel HEAD, aged 92 years, 10 months and 10 days.
Deceased was born in Vermont, on May 2, 1812, and moved to Steuben county, New York, about 1824. He was married to Miss Fanny RATHBONE in 1839, and they lived in Steuben county until 1881, when they came to South Branch, this county. In 1888 they moved to Hersey township, Osceola county, where his wife died in 1894. He has lived since with his two sons, until about a year since when he came to Graying, where he resided with his grand-daughter, Mrs. James WILLIAMS. He is survived by two sons, Hubbard HEAD of South Branch and Henry Head of Evart, Mich., five grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. (16 Mar 1905)

-CARDS OF THANKS.
We desire to kindly thank our friends who assisted us in the burial of our grandfather, Daniel HEAD, and especially the L. O. T. M. M. for flowers.
Mrs. and Mrs. Wm. FAIRBOTHAM.
Mr. and Mrs. James WILLIAMS. (16 Mar 1905)


Fanny RATHBONE

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, March 12, 1905, Daniel HEAD, aged 92 years, 10 months and 10 days.
Deceased was born in Vermont, on May 2, 1812, and moved to Steuben county, New York, about 1824. He was married to Miss Fanny RATHBONE in 1839, and they lived in Steuben county until 1881, when they came to South Branch, this county. In 1888 they moved to Hersey township, Osceola county, where his wife died in 1894. He has lived since with his two sons, until about a year since when he came to Graying, where he resided with his grand-daughter, Mrs. James WILLIAMS. He is survived by two sons, Hubbard HEAD of South Branch and Henry Head of Evart, Mich., five grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. (16 Mar 1905)


Henry HEAD

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:
-Hubbard HEAD, of South Branch, is entertaining his brother Henry and wife, of Evart, Mich., and a brother-in-law, Mr. Charles DAVIS, of Oswego, Pa., who are here visiting Hubbard and his parents. they were agreeably astonished at the products of the country.-Roscommon News. (1 Oct 1885)


Christian "Chris" RANGE

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. "Chris" RANGE, of this village, and Miss Frances E. ODELL, of Beaver Creek, daughter of Alex. ODELL, were married at the residence of the bride's parents in that township on Saturday last, by Rev. W. P. WILCOX. (22 Sep 1881)

-DEATHS.
On Sunday, May 27, 1883, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian RANGE. (31 May 1883)

-BORN-To Mr. and Mrs. Chris RANGE, last Monday, a daughter. All doing well. (24 Mar 1887)

-DIED-On Thursday, the 19th inst., Leon C. RANGE, eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. C. RANGE, aged 2 years, 4 months and 3 days. (26 May 1887)

-Mr. and Mrs. Chris RANGE lost their only child one day last week from inflamation of the lungs. It is but a short time since they lost their eldest from diphtheria. (2 Jun 1887)

-Another republican voter (to be) has arrived at the residence of Chris RANGE, Friday, Nov. 9. All such are welcome, and Chris is happy. (15 Nov 1888)


Frances E. ODELL

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. "Chris" RANGE, of this village, and Miss Frances E. ODELL, of Beaver Creek, daughter of Alex. ODELL, were married at the residence of the bride's parents in that township on Saturday last, by Rev. W. P. WILCOX. (22 Sep 1881)

-Mrs. Chris. RANGE is enjoying a visit from her mother, from the State of New York. Mrs. Alex. O'DELL, formerly of Beaver Creek. ( 16 Oct 1890)


Leon C. RANGE

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 Thursday, the 19th inst., Leon C. RANGE, eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. C. RANGE, aged 2 years, 4 months and 3 days. (26 May 1887)


Alex. ODELL

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. "Chris" RANGE, of this village, and Miss Frances E. ODELL, of Beaver Creek, daughter of Alex. ODELL, were married at the residence of the bride's parents in that township on Saturday last, by Rev. W. P. WILCOX. (22 Sep 1881)

-BIRTHS.
On Monday, Oct. 9, 1882, to Mr. and Mrs. Alexander ODELL, of Beaver Creek township, a daughter. (12 Oct 1882)

-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)


ODELL

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:
-BIRTHS.
On Monday, Oct. 9, 1882, to Mr. and Mrs. Alexander ODELL, of Beaver Creek township, a daughter. (12 Oct 1882)


William STEPHAN

The following information extracted from the 1880 Census of Grove, Crawford, MI:
name - William STEPHENS
a.23
b.France
occupation - Farmer
f.b.France
m.b.Germany

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. P. W. STEPHENS, father of Mr. Wm. STEPHENS of Grove, came on from St. Louis, Mo., last week, to remain and work his farm this Summer, in the above mentioned town. (12 May 1881)

-Mr. Wm. STEPHAN and Miss Jenny HORTON, both of Grove township, were duly united in the bonds of wedlock on Thursday last, by Justice of the Peace, O. J. BELL. (22 Sep 1881)

-GROVE, September 26, 1881.-Mr. Wm. STEPHAN and Miss Jennie HORTON, of this town, were married on the 22d inst., Supervisor BELL tying the knot. May long life and prosperity be their lot. (29 Sep 1881)

-Mr. Wm. STEPHAN, of Grove township, died on Saturday last from bleeding from the nose. He was convalescing from typhoid fever, when from exposure he had a relapse, and the impoverished condition of his blood was such that after the hemorrhage began it could not be controlled by ordinary methods, and no physician was called until it was too late. The funeral services were conducted from the hall on Monday. Rev. S. EDGCUMBE officiating. (15 Mar 1883)


Jenny HORTON

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. STEPHAN and Miss Jenny HORTON, both of Grove township, were duly united in the bonds of wedlock on Thursday last, by Justice of the Peace, O. J. BELL. (22 Sep 1881)

-GROVE, September 26, 1881.-Mr. Wm. STEPHAN and Miss Jennie HORTON, of this town, were married on the 22d inst., Supervisor BELL tying the knot. May long life and prosperity be their lot. (29 Sep 1881)

-SUICIDE.
Our quiet city was startled on Friday last by the announcement that Mrs. Jennie STEPHAN had committed suicide by shooting herself. On investigation the report proved only too true. She, with her father-in-law, P. W. STEPHAN, Esq., had walked into the city on the evening previous from their homestead in Grove township, about seven or eight miles east, and were stopping at the residence of Mr. P. MOSHIER, sen. Mr. STEPHAN was anticipating taking the train the following day for Jackson, where he is employed as a machinist, but his calculations were frustrated in a manner he little dreamed of. Mrs. STEPHAN was inconsolable over the loss of her husband, whose death was announced in these columns last week. She left the house of Mr. MOSHIER some time during the forenoon and proceeded to the privy. Being absent for some time her friends thought she had gone to some of the neighbors, but was discovered by Mrs. MOSHIER, apparently about an hour after her departure, sitting on the floor of the privy, lifeless. She had placed the revolver to her right temple, the ball passing through her head and coming out from the opposite side. The bullet that did the terrible deed was found near by, and was considerably battered. Death is supposed to have been instantaneous, as there were no gisns of any struggle.
Justice H. J. KILBORN was notified, who impanneled a jury and proceeded to view the remains. The folowing is the verdict:
STATE OF MICHIGAN,
COUNTY OF CRAWFORD,
An inquisition taken at the house of Philip MOSHIER, in said county on the 16th day of March, before Henry J. KILBORN, one of the justices of the peace of said county, upon the view of the body of Jennie STEPHAN (or a person) there lying dead, by the oaths of the jurors, whose names are hereto subscribed, who, being sworn to inquire in behalf of the people of this State, when, in what manner, the said Jennie STEPHAN (or person) came to her death, upon their oaths do say that the said Jennie STEPHAN came to her death by a pistol shot delivered by her own hands.
In testimony whereof, the said justice of the peace and the jurors of this inquest have hereunto set their hands the year and day aforesaid.
SIGNED Henry J. KILBORN, J. P.
Samuel HEMPSTEAD, Jas. K. BATES, Walter H. BABBITT, R. P. FORBES, John LEECE, Galen H. THAYER.
It seems that Mrs. STEPHAN had fully determined on taking her own life, as evidenced by the following letter:
March 16th, 1883.
DEAR FATHER: I have tried to find something to live for, but I look in vain. I have lost my all. I think it is best to live, but all I have got to live for is self. If I had Will, I would have him to cheer and pet. All that I have I give to you. Leave me just as I am, it is just the way Will, used to like to see me. All I ask of you is to buy me a coffin and dig a grave by Will. I want no preacher making a noise. Do not send for mother, for I walked to save you from having a team come for me. I am sorry, but it is for the best. I bid you good-bye. - Good-bye to all.
JENNIE STEPHAN.
The remains of Mrs. STEPHAN were interred from the residnece of Mrs. N. SHELLENBARER on Saturday last.


James R. HAMILTON

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. James R. HAMILTON, of Maple Forest, and Miss Lucy KELSEY, of Genesee county, were duly united in the bonds of matrimony on Saturday last at the residence of H. S. BUCK, in Maple Forest, by Justice of the Peace, Duane WILLETT. The above couple were the first parties ever married in that town, as also the first united by Justice WILLETT, and those who were present on the occasion said that it was a very amusing and enjoyable one, and that they were married for "keeps." ( 13 Oct 1881)


Lucy KELSEY

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. James R. HAMILTON, of Maple Forest, and Miss Lucy KELSEY, of Genesee county, were duly united in the bonds of matrimony on Saturday last at the residence of H. S. BUCK, in Maple Forest, by Justice of the Peace, Duane WILLETT. The above couple were the first parties ever married in that town, as also the first united by Justice WILLETT, and those who were present on the occasion said that it was a very amusing and enjoyable one, and that they were married for "keeps." ( 13 Oct 1881)


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