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

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COMER

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. Abbie COMER, NEE VANZANT, who was one of Grayling's girls in the earlier days, is here from her home near Port Huron, the guest of Mrs. Geo. COMER and Mrs. M. TAYLOR. (21 Oct 1897)


Abbie VANZANT

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Miss Abbie VanZANT started Tuesday night for her old home in St. Clair county for a visit of a week or two among friends and relatives. (25 May 1882)

-Miss Abbie Van ZANT started for her home near Jeddo, St. Clair county, on Monday. She will be missed by Grayling's social circle. (1 Feb 1883)

-Mrs. Abbie COMER, NEE VANZANT, who was one of Grayling's girls in the earlier days, is here from her home near Port Huron, the guest of Mrs. Geo. COMER and Mrs. M. TAYLOR. (21 Oct 1897)


VANZANT

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:
-Calvin VANZANT, Co. A, 19th U. S. Inf., has just returned from the Philippines, and is now visiting his sister, Mrs. Abbie COMER, at this place. (7 Mar 1901)


Calvin VANZANT

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:
-Calvin VANZANT, Co. A, 19th U. S. Inf., has just returned from the Philippines, and is now visiting his sister, Mrs. Abbie COMER, at this place. (7 Mar 1901)


Anna VANZANT

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 notice by the "Detroit Journal" that Anna Van ZANDT, sister of Mrs. Abbie COMER, was killed by a street car in Detroit, last Monday. The ladies will be well remembered by many of our citizens. (23 Oct 1902)


George E. JOHNSTONE

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.
In Grayling, Saturday, May 20th, 1882, by Rev. Wm. PUTNAM, George E. JOHNSTONE, of Milwaukee, and Hattie KING, of Grayling. (25 May 1882)


Hattie KING

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.
In Grayling, Saturday, May 20th, 1882, by Rev. Wm. PUTNAM, George E. JOHNSTONE, of Milwaukee, and Hattie KING, of Grayling. (25 May 1882)


Dr. William H. NILES

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:
-Among the recent arrivals in this vicinity last week. Dr. W. H. NILES, of Ottawa county, brought, for his farm in Oscoda county, over 1200 fruit trees, a trio of turkeys, and two swarms of bees. ( 8 Jun 1882)

-A few evenings ago, a female tramp called at the residence of Dr. NILES, in Ottawa county, and asked for lodging, which was given her. After a hearty breakfast in the morning, she gave thanks and started on, but the family soon missed several articles from the room she had occupied. The Dr. was away, but an adopted daughter, aged 14, started in pursuit of the thief and captured her, compelling her return to the house, where a search of her person revealed some money, jewelry, etc., which she had taken. Other articles that were missing could not be found and the woman denied all knowledge of them, but Miss Winnie was not satisfied, and followed the tramp's wake and discovered the rest of the property where she had hid it in the cemetery. She ought to be added to the detective force at once. (29 Jun 1882)

-Among the arrivals in our city last week were Mrs. Dr. W. H. NILES and daughter, of Eastmanville. The Dr. is developing a farm in Oscoda county and they will take up their residence there in the spring. Mrs. NILES is at present the guest of her sister, Mrs. O. PALMER. ( 22 Feb 1883)

-Mrs. W. H. NILES is the guest of her sister, Mrs. O. PALMER. ( 15 Jan 1885)

-Mrs. Dr. W. H. NILES of Oscoda county, made her sister, Mrs. O. PALMER, a short visit, arriving Saturday and leaving on Monday. (27 Jan 1886)

-Mr. Henry L. NILES, of Binghampton, N. Y., is the guest of the AVALANCHE this week. He will go from here to Bay View for a few days, and then proposes to spend the balance of the summer with his brother, Dr. W. H. NILES, of Oscoda. He may be induced to locate in this section, with which he is favorably impressed. (19 Jul 1888)

-Last Wednesday afternoon the commodious and pleasant home of Dr. W. H. NILES, in Oscoda County, was burned with all its contents, entailing a loss of nearly or quiet $4000.00. The Dr. had accumulated a valuable library, which was consumed with all the furniture, pictures, wearing apparel, and one of the finest private collection of sea shells in the state which Mrs. NILES had been collecting for the past forty years. Though he has passed the allotted three score and ten years, he is as ready to begin again, as though he was but twenty, and they will soon be ready, in some way, to greet their friends with the same hospitality that has been characteristic in the past. (10 Mar 1898)

-Dr. W. H. NILES was pleased last week by the arrival, from Arkansas, of his grand-daughter, Miss Frieda NILES, who will remain with him at least for the winter. (20 Dec 1900)

-DIED.
At his home in this village, Friday, June 21, William H. NILES, M. D., aged 83 years.
The deceased was born in a double house, built on the state line between New York and Massachusetts, in Berkshire county, Nov. 29, 1824, where he resided most of the time, until he reached manhood, receiving a liberal education in the common schools and later graduating at the State Normal School in Albany, N. Y. He then began the study of Medicine in New York City, and attended the Medical College at Geneva, N. Y. for two years and followed at the Medical College at Cleveland, Ohio., from which he received his degree of Doctor of Medicine.
He practiced his profession in New York, until 1855, when he came to Michigan and located at Eastmanville in Ottawa county, at that time almost a wilderness and sparcely settled, where for nearly 30 years his life was devoted to the alleviation of human ills. Following the generous instincts of his nature, no man gave more than he in time and money and professional work, in like conditions, to relieve those less fortunate than himself, and though he did not accumulate great wealth, he was satisfied that his life work was well done.
In 1883 he located on a homestead in Oscoda county, just over the line from here, where he built a commodious home and though suffering intensly from rheumatic disease for years, was well content with his books and quiet life until in March 1898 his home with all its accumulations of a lifetime was destroyed by fire. Being too feeble to begin anew, he was persuaded to come to Grayling where he has since resided.
He was a man strong in his opinions, with the courage of his convictions, and especially strong in his religious belief, which cheered him thru all his years of physical suffering, giving him such patience as is seldom witnessed.
He had been twice married, his first wife being called away in 1867, leaving a son, their only child, who died in 1903. he was married to Miss Sarah R. TAYLOR, at Jonesville, Mich. in 1871, who survives him, and with one brother and sister in ottawa county, his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Louise B. NILES and two grand-children, Miss Frieda and Master Arthur residing here, are left to mourn, but better to believe he has received the crown of everlasting life. (27 Jun 1907)


Sarah R. 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:
-Among the arrivals in our city last week were Mrs. Dr. W. H. NILES and daughter, of Eastmanville. The Dr. is developing a farm in Oscoda county and they will take up their residence there in the spring. Mrs. NILES is at present the guest of her sister, Mrs. O. PALMER. ( 22 Feb 1883)

-A private letter from Will CARLETON, the poet, speaking of the past, and contrasting the "old" with "new" woman, thus refers to Mrs. Dr. NILES (nee Sarah TAYLOR), who was one of his first teachers. "I think she did me the most good, for she was my teacher, and could take me by the hair of the head and straighten me out when necessary. Where is she" Brave, sensible, progressive girl! She was an inspiration to us little Jays. When seeing the "new" girl parading their "bloomers" now-a-days, as if it were some unheard of thing, I often remember how modestly and persevereingly the young country teacher wore hers, and how the usual storm of detraction had to be withheld in her case - for she was too popular for anyone to dare to attack her." (30 Jan 1896)

-DIED.
At his home in this village, Friday, June 21, William H. NILES, M. D., aged 83 years.
The deceased was born in a double house, built on the state line between New York and Massachusetts, in Berkshire county, Nov. 29, 1824, where he resided most of the time, until he reached manhood, receiving a liberal education in the common schools and later graduating at the State Normal School in Albany, N. Y. He then began the study of Medicine in New York City, and attended the Medical College at Geneva, N. Y. for two years and followed at the Medical College at Cleveland, Ohio., from which he received his degree of Doctor of Medicine.
He practiced his profession in New York, until 1855, when he came to Michigan and located at Eastmanville in Ottawa county, at that time almost a wilderness and sparcely settled, where for nearly 30 years his life was devoted to the alleviation of human ills. Following the generous instincts of his nature, no man gave more than he in time and money and professional work, in like conditions, to relieve those less fortunate than himself, and though he did not accumulate great wealth, he was satisfied that his life work was well done.
In 1883 he located on a homestead in Oscoda county, just over the line from here, where he built a commodious home and though suffering intensly from rheumatic disease for years, was well content with his books and quiet life until in March 1898 his home with all its accumulations of a lifetime was destroyed by fire. Being too feeble to begin anew, he was persuaded to come to Grayling where he has since resided.
He was a man strong in his opinions, with the courage of his convictions, and especially strong in his religious belief, which cheered him thru all his years of physical suffering, giving him such patience as is seldom witnessed.
He had been twice married, his first wife being called away in 1867, leaving a son, their only child, who died in 1903. he was married to Miss Sarah R. TAYLOR, at Jonesville, Mich. in 1871, who survives him, and with one brother and sister in ottawa county, his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Louise B. NILES and two grand-children, Miss Frieda and Master Arthur residing here, are left to mourn, but better to believe he has received the crown of everlasting life. (27 Jun 1907)

-ANOTHER PIONEER GONE HOME.
DIED-At her residence in this village, Thursday, September 2d, Sarah R. NILES, widow of Dr. Wm. H. NILES, aged 78 years.
Sarah Rosalia TAYLOR, eldest daughter of John L. and Clarinda TAYLOR, was born Sept. 21st 1831, at Maple Hill, Berkshire County, Mass., moving with her parents first to Collinsville, Conn., and from there to Michigan in 1835, where her father located on Government land in Wheatland, Hillsdale County, about three miles northwest of the present city of Hudson, where she grew to womanhood, being educated in the common schools, and the private academy of Prof. A. M. CARSON, in Hudson.
She began teaching in the district schools of that section when she was 16 years old, one of the first being then known as the "Carlton District," and was one of the first schools attended by the now celebrated poet, Will CARLTON, whose acquaintance has been continued through all the intervening years, though of late only by infrequent correspondence.
In 1864 and 1865 she completed the full course in the New York training school, at Oswego in that state, and after graduation resumed teaching in the graded school in Hudson and later in Jonesville, where she was married in 1870 to Dr. Wm. H. NILES, of Eastmanville, in Ottowa County, where she lived until they came here in 1883 and located on Government land, just over the county line, eighteen miles east, where they erected a comfortable and prosperous home, which was destroyed by fire in 1894. Dr. NILES having become a confirmed invalid by rheumatism, it was decided not to rebuild their farm home, and they came to Grayling, residing in the home where he died in June 1907, since which time Mrs. NILES has resided with her sister, Mrs. O. PALMER.
She was attacked with La Grippe during the last winter, from which she had apparently recovered, being about the house, and resuming her usual work, until the last Sunday in April, when she was stricken with paralysis, which stroke was twice repeated and proved more than her strength could overcome.
She was a devoted member of the Presbyterian church.
The funeral service was conducted by Rev. J. Humphrey FLEMING, at the home, Saturday at 2 p.m., and her body laid to rest in Elmwood cemetery, beside her husband and adopted daughter, covered with flowers she had loved in life.
She will be long remembered by many friends who are left to mourn, leaving Mrs. PALMER as the only surviver of their family. (9 Sep 1909)


Winnie F.

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 Sabbath morning, after months of weary waiting and intense suffering, the Angel of Death brought rest to Winnie F. NILES, adopted daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Wm. H. NILES, of Oscoda county. The funeral services, Tuesday, were conducted by Rev. J. H. PHELPS, of Graying, and her grave was made in the shadow of the home she had loved so well.
Her pure young life was sacrificed on the altar of humanity, by contracting disease while caring for an unfortunate one who died in abject poverty, a class who always found her a willing and tireless helper. She has gone to her reward.
"In as much as ye have done it to the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (7 Mar 1889)

-ANOTHER PIONEER GONE HOME.
DIED-At her residence in this village, Thursday, September 2d, Sarah R. NILES, widow of Dr. Wm. H. NILES, aged 78 years.
Sarah Rosalia TAYLOR, eldest daughter of John L. and Clarinda TAYLOR, was born Sept. 21st 1831, at Maple Hill, Berkshire County, Mass., moving with her parents first to Collinsville, Conn., and from there to Michigan in 1835, where her father located on Government land in Wheatland, Hillsdale County, about three miles northwest of the present city of Hudson, where she grew to womanhood, being educated in the common schools, and the private academy of Prof. A. M. CARSON, in Hudson.
She began teaching in the district schools of that section when she was 16 years old, one of the first being then known as the "Carlton District," and was one of the first schools attended by the now celebrated poet, Will CARLTON, whose acquaintance has been continued through all the intervening years, though of late only by infrequent correspondence.
In 1864 and 1865 she completed the full course in the New York training school, at Oswego in that state, and after graduation resumed teaching in the graded school in Hudson and later in Jonesville, where she was married in 1870 to Dr. Wm. H. NILES, of Eastmanville, in Ottowa County, where she lived until they came here in 1883 and located on Government land, just over the county line, eighteen miles east, where they erected a comfortable and prosperous home, which was destroyed by fire in 1894. Dr. NILES having become a confirmed invalid by rheumatism, it was decided not to rebuild their farm home, and they came to Grayling, residing in the home where he died in June 1907, since which time Mrs. NILES has resided with her sister, Mrs. O. PALMER.
She was attacked with La Grippe during the last winter, from which she had apparently recovered, being about the house, and resuming her usual work, until the last Sunday in April, when she was stricken with paralysis, which stroke was twice repeated and proved more than her strength could overcome.
She was a devoted member of the Presbyterian church.
The funeral service was conducted by Rev. J. Humphrey FLEMING, at the home, Saturday at 2 p.m., and her body laid to rest in Elmwood cemetery, beside her husband and adopted daughter, covered with flowers she had loved in life.
She will be long remembered by many friends who are left to mourn, leaving Mrs. PALMER as the only surviver of their family. (9 Sep 1909)


NILES

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 L. NILES, of Binghampton, N. Y., is the guest of the AVALANCHE this week. He will go from here to Bay View for a few days, and then proposes to spend the balance of the summer with his brother, Dr. W. H. NILES, of Oscoda. He may be induced to locate in this section, with which he is favorably impressed. (19 Jul 1888)


Henry L. NILES

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 L. NILES, of Binghampton, N. Y., is the guest of the AVALANCHE this week. He will go from here to Bay View for a few days, and then proposes to spend the balance of the summer with his brother, Dr. W. H. NILES, of Oscoda. He may be induced to locate in this section, with which he is favorably impressed. (19 Jul 1888)


Jas. HAIRE

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. J. M. FINN and Mr. HAIRE (her brother) started last night on a visit to relatives and friends in the southern part of the State. Mrs. FINN will be absent about a month. (22 Jun 1882)

-Mrs. J. M. FINN is cheered throughher illness by the presence of her mother, Mrs. Jas. HAIRE, of Royal Oak, and her two brothers, Messrs, George and Jas. HAIRE, now residents of Texas. (6 Sep 1883)


George HAIRE

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. J. M. FINN and Mr. HAIRE (her brother) started last night on a visit to relatives and friends in the southern part of the State. Mrs. FINN will be absent about a month. (22 Jun 1882)

-Mr. Geo. HAIRE, of Texas, has been visiting his sister, Mrs. J. M. FINN, during the past week. Mr. HAIRE occupies the position of conductor on the Texas and Pacific R. R., and in that capacity is reckoned good, as he has on several occasions foiled the attempts of train robbers, etc., by his cool courage, ready wit, and quickness of execution. We may have occasion to speak of him more fully hereafter. (22 Jun 1882)

-Mrs. J. M. FINN is cheered throughher illness by the presence of her mother, Mrs. Jas. HAIRE, of Royal Oak, and her two brothers, Messrs, George and Jas. HAIRE, now residents of Texas. (6 Sep 1883)


Jas. HAIRE

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. J. M. FINN is cheered through her illness by the presence of her mother, Mrs. Jas. HAIRE, of Royal Oak, and her two brothers, Messrs, George and Jas. HAIRE, now residents of Texas. (6 Sep 1883)


Henry MANTZ

The following information extracted from the 1900 Census of Montmorency, MI:
name - Henry MANTZ
a.
b.Germany
occupation - Walking Boss M&H&L Co.
Immigrated to US 1856, been in US 44 years
married to Mary 26 years
f.b.Germany
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. Henry MANTZ and family start to-day for Milwaukee, Wis., on a visit to relatives and friends. they will be absent about three weeks. (29 Jun 1882)

-BORN.
On Friday, Feb. 22, 1884, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry MANTZ, a daughter. (28 Feb 1884)

-BORN-On the 11th, inst., to Mr. and Mrs. Henry MANTZ, a son. (23 Sep 1886)

-BORN-To Mr. and Mrs. Henry MANTZ, June 7th, a son. (11 Jun 1891)

-BORN-On the 21st inst., to Mr. and Mrs. Henry MANTZ, a son. (28 Jul 1892)

-Henry MANTZ, and son George left for Big Rapids, where George will remain and pursue a course in bookkeeping, at the Ferris Industrial School. George is a bright and industrious youth, and will doubtless make a good business man. - Lewiston Journal. (9 Jan 1896)

-Mr. and Mrs. Henry MANTZ with Freddie, Arthur and the baby leave to-day on a three week's visit at their old home in Milwaukee. - Lewiston Journal. (5 Aug 1897)

-Henry MANTZ returned from his trip to Milwaukee Wednesday morning. He was accompanied by his cousin, Wm. PIERRON, of Milwaukee. Lewiston Journal. (7 Sep 1899)


Mary

The following information extracted from the 1900 Census of Montmorency, MI:
name - Mary MANTZ
a.46
b.Feb 1854 in MA
married to Henry MANTZ 26 years
mother of 9 children of which 9 still survived
f.b.Canada
m.b.NY


George MANTZ

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 MANTZ, and son George left for Big Rapids, where George will remain and pursue a course in bookkeeping, at the Ferris Industrial School. George is a bright and industrious youth, and will doubtless make a good business man. - Lewiston Journal. (9 Jan 1896)


Lizzie MANTZ

The following information extracted from the 1900 Census of Montmorency, MI:
name - Lizzie MANTZ
a.31
b.Apr 1869 in MI
f.b.Germany
m.b.MA


William MANTZ

The following information extracted from the 1900 Census of Montmorency, MI:
name - William MANTZ
a.25
b.Jun 1869 in MI
occupation - Laborer
f.b.Germany
m.b.MA


Clarence MANTZ

The following information extracted from the 1900 Census of Montmorency, MI:
name - Clarance MANTZ
a.29
b.Apr 1871 in MI
f.b.Germany
m.b.MA

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 many young friends of Master Clarence MANTZ pleasantly surprised him at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry MANTZ, on Tuesday evening. A most enjoyable time was had by all. - Lewiston Journal. (4 Feb 1897)

-Clarence MANTZ accompanied by his father, left last Friday for the Agricultural college, where he will enter school, taking up the mechanical course. - Lewiston Journal. (21 Sep 1899)


Martha MANTZ

The following information extracted from the 1900 Census of Montmorency, MI:
name - Martha MANTZ
a.16
b.Feb 1884 in MI
f.b.Germany
m.b.MA

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:
-Clarence MANTZ and mother drove over from Lewiston, last Sunday, after their daughter and sister Martha, who has been visiting Miss Ann JENSON. - Otsego Co. News. (24 Aug 1899)


Freddie MANTZ

The following information extracted from the 1900 Census of Montmorency, MI:
name - Freddie MANTZ
a.13
b.Sep 1886 in MI
f.b.Germany
m.b.MA

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. Henry MANTZ with Freddie, Arthur and the baby leave to-day on a three week's visit at their old home in Milwaukee. - Lewiston Journal. (5 Aug 1897)


Arthur MANTZ

The following information extracted from the 1900 Census of Montmorency, MI:
name - Arthur MANTZ
a.11
b.Oct 1888 in MI
f.b.Germany
m.b.MA

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. Henry MANTZ with Freddie, Arthur and the baby leave to-day on a three week's visit at their old home in Milwaukee. - Lewiston Journal. (5 Aug 1897)


Harold MANTZ

The following information extracted from the 1900 Census of Montmorency, MI:
name - Harold MANTZ
a.7
b.Jul 1892 in MI
f.b.Germany
m.b.MA


Henry MANTZ

The following information extracted from the 1900 Census of Montmorency, MI:
name - Henry MANTZ
a.
b.Germany
occupation - Walking Boss M&H&L Co.
Immigrated to US 1856, been in US 44 years
married to Mary 26 years
f.b.Germany
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. Henry MANTZ and family start to-day for Milwaukee, Wis., on a visit to relatives and friends. they will be absent about three weeks. (29 Jun 1882)

-BORN.
On Friday, Feb. 22, 1884, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry MANTZ, a daughter. (28 Feb 1884)

-BORN-On the 11th, inst., to Mr. and Mrs. Henry MANTZ, a son. (23 Sep 1886)

-BORN-To Mr. and Mrs. Henry MANTZ, June 7th, a son. (11 Jun 1891)

-BORN-On the 21st inst., to Mr. and Mrs. Henry MANTZ, a son. (28 Jul 1892)

-Henry MANTZ, and son George left for Big Rapids, where George will remain and pursue a course in bookkeeping, at the Ferris Industrial School. George is a bright and industrious youth, and will doubtless make a good business man. - Lewiston Journal. (9 Jan 1896)

-Mr. and Mrs. Henry MANTZ with Freddie, Arthur and the baby leave to-day on a three week's visit at their old home in Milwaukee. - Lewiston Journal. (5 Aug 1897)

-Henry MANTZ returned from his trip to Milwaukee Wednesday morning. He was accompanied by his cousin, Wm. PIERRON, of Milwaukee. Lewiston Journal. (7 Sep 1899)


Mary MANTZ

The following information extracted from the 1900 Census of Montmorency, MI:
name - Mary MANTZ
a.30
b.Jun 1869 in MI
f.b.Germany
m.b.MA


George W. COMER

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. Geo. COMER laft last week for St. Clair county, to engage in agricultural pursuits on his mother's farm. (29 Jun 1882)

-Geo. COMER smiles all over his face since Tuesday. It is a boy and everybody is happy. (15 Aug 1889)

-George COMER is putting on a heap of style, driving his new roadster. He is a dandy. (14 Nov 1889)

-Republican Causus - Grayling Tp.
Caucus was called to order by the chairman of the township committee, C. T. JEROME, who stated the business for which the caucus was called.
On Motion M. A. BATES was elected chairman, and J. C. HANSON, Secretary.
On motion the chairman appointed three tellers, consisting of J. K. MERZ, A. L. POND and J. J. COLLEN.
O. PALMER, Notary Public, administered the oath of office to the officers of the caucus.
The following persons were then nominated for township officers:
Supervisor - Geo. W. COMER.
Clerk - W. G. MARSH.
Treasurer - John STALEY.
Highway Comm'r - F. R. DECKROW
J. P., full term - R. McELROY.
J. P., to fill vacancy - J. K. BATES.
Member Board of Review - J. K. MERZ.
School Inspector - Wm. WOODFIELD.
School Inspector to fill vacancy - Er BELL.
Constables - Thos. K. CHITAGO, H. POND, Levi CLEMENT, and R. WILCOX.
M. A. BATES, D. McCORMICK and J. J. COLLEN were elected members of the township committee for the ensuing year. (2 Apr 1896)

-Mrs. Geo. W. COMER was called to Port Huron, Tuesday, by the serious illness of her father. (10 Dec 1896)

-Mrs. RUSNELL, mother of George COMER and Mrs. M. TAYLOR, who has been quite sick, is slowly improving. (24 Mar 1898)

-OBITUARY.
Mrs. Sarah RUSNELL, aged 82 yrs. 2 months and 17 days, died at her home in Grayling, July 8th., 1902.
The deceased was born in Canada, April 21st., 1820, and came to St clair County in 1846, and to Grayling in 1881, twenty-one years ago.
She was twice married - June 30, 1840, to Woodis COMER, who died March 25th., 1860. Eleven children were born to them, of whom four are now living, John COVER, of La Crosse, Wis., Amanda MORRIS, of South Dakota, Victoria TAYLOR, of Toledo, Ohio, and Geo. W. COMER, of Grayling.
December 10th., 1866, she was married to James RUSNELL, of St. Clair County. She leaves the four children above named, 21 grand children and 13 great grand children to mourn her going and to revere her memory.
A woman of strong personality, and fine business ability, a loving mother and devoted friend has gone to her well earned rest.
The funeral services conducted by Rev. H. GOLDIE, at the M. E. Church were largely attended, attesting the esteem in which she was held. (17 Jul 1902)


GRAHAM

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. Geo. COMER is entertaining her father, Wm. GRAHAM, and her sister Nora, from Grant Center, Mich. This is their first visit to our city. (27 Jun 1889)

-Mrs. Geo. W. COMER was called to Port Huron, Tuesday, by the serious illness of her father. (10 Dec 1896)


Woodis COMER

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.
Mrs. Sarah RUSNELL, aged 82 yrs. 2 months and 17 days, died at her home in Grayling, July 8th., 1902.
The deceased was born in Canada, April 21st., 1820, and came to St clair County in 1846, and to Grayling in 1881, twenty-one years ago.
She was twice married - June 30, 1840, to Woodis COMER, who died March 25th., 1860. Eleven children were born to them, of whom four are now living, John COVER, of La Crosse, Wis., Amanda MORRIS, of South Dakota, Victoria TAYLOR, of Toledo, Ohio, and Geo. W. COMER, of Grayling.
December 10th., 1866, she was married to James RUSNELL, of St. Clair County. She leaves the four children above named, 21 grand children and 13 great grand children to mourn her going and to revere her memory.
A woman of strong personality, and fine business ability, a loving mother and devoted friend has gone to her well earned rest.
The funeral services conducted by Rev. H. GOLDIE, at the M. E. Church were largely attended, attesting the esteem in which she was held. (17 Jul 1902)


Sarah

The following information extracted from the 1880 Census of Minden, Sanilac, MI:
name - Sarah RUSSNELL
a.59
b.1821 in Canada
married to James RUSSNELL
f.b.Canada
m.b.Canada

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Mr. John COMER, wife and child, arrived in Grayling on Tuesday morning on a visit to his mother and sisters- Mrs. RUSNELL, and Mrs. T. W. MITCHELL and Mrs. Mack TAYLOR. Mr. COMER is a seafaring man, and has not seen his mother or sisters for eleven years. (29 Jun 1882)

-Mrs. RUSNELL, mother of George COMER and Mrs. M. TAYLOR, who has been quite sick, is slowly improving. (24 Mar 1898)

-Mrs. RUSNELL who has been seriously ill during the past week is reported to be improving. Her daughter, Mrs. M. TAYLOR, of Toledo, O., arrived Saturday morning, and her son, Levi CLEMENT, of Detroit, Sunday morning. (3 Jul 1902)

-Mrs. Sarah RUSNELL died at her home in this village, Tuesday morning at 3 o'clock. Funeral services this afternoon at the M. E. church. Obituary will be given next week. (10 Jul 1902)

-Mr. and Mrs. ATKINS, of Bay City, were here last week, attending the funeral of her grandmother, Mrs. Sarah RUSNELL. (17 Jul 1902)

-OBITUARY.
Mrs. Sarah RUSNELL, aged 82 yrs. 2 months and 17 days, died at her home in Grayling, July 8th., 1902.
The deceased was born in Canada, April 21st., 1820, and came to St clair County in 1846, and to Grayling in 1881, twenty-one years ago.
She was twice married - June 30, 1840, to Woodis COMER, who died March 25th., 1860. Eleven children were born to them, of whom four are now living, John COVER, of La Crosse, Wis., Amanda MORRIS, of South Dakota, Victoria TAYLOR, of Toledo, Ohio, and Geo. W. COMER, of Grayling.
December 10th., 1866, she was married to James RUSNELL, of St. Clair County. She leaves the four children above named, 21 grand children and 13 great grand children to mourn her going and to revere her memory.
A woman of strong personality, and fine business ability, a loving mother and devoted friend has gone to her well earned rest.
The funeral services conducted by Rev. H. GOLDIE, at the M. E. Church were largely attended, attesting the esteem in which she was held. (17 Jul 1902)

-CARD OF THANKS.
We, the family of the late Mrs. RUSNELL, desire to thank the friends who so kindly sympathized and assisted them in their sad affliction. We also thank Rev. GOLDIE, whose prayers and counsel pointed her to a higher life, and whose words of consolation and comfort assisted her to bear trustingly and patiently to the end. Once more we acknowledge our indebtedness to all and shall ever hold you in grateful remembrance.
MR. AND MRS. M. TAYLOR.
" " " G. COMER.
" " " J. NOLAN. (17 Jul 1902)


John COMER

The following information extracted from the Grayling, Crawford Co., MI Newspaper Avalanche. NOTE: The date at the end of each extract indicates the date of the publication:
-Mr. John COMER, wife and child, arrived in Grayling on Tuesday morning on a visit to his mother and sisters- Mrs. RUSNELL, and Mrs. T. W. MITCHELL and Mrs. Mack TAYLOR. Mr. COMER is a seafaring man, and has not seen his mother or sisters for eleven years. (29 Jun 1882)

-OBITUARY.
Mrs. Sarah RUSNELL, aged 82 yrs. 2 months and 17 days, died at her home in Grayling, July 8th., 1902.
The deceased was born in Canada, April 21st., 1820, and came to St clair County in 1846, and to Grayling in 1881, twenty-one years ago.
She was twice married - June 30, 1840, to Woodis COMER, who died March 25th., 1860. Eleven children were born to them, of whom four are now living, John COVER, of La Crosse, Wis., Amanda MORRIS, of South Dakota, Victoria TAYLOR, of Toledo, Ohio, and Geo. W. COMER, of Grayling.
December 10th., 1866, she was married to James RUSNELL, of St. Clair County. She leaves the four children above named, 21 grand children and 13 great grand children to mourn her going and to revere her memory.
A woman of strong personality, and fine business ability, a loving mother and devoted friend has gone to her well earned rest.
The funeral services conducted by Rev. H. GOLDIE, at the M. E. Church were largely attended, attesting the esteem in which she was held. (17 Jul 1902)


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