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Alpena County, MI
Obituaries and Death Notices 

Eliza Carr Lowida Davison Mary J. Davison Samuel A. Davison Onetta Eaton Clara Hanover John C. Harbenneau
Joseph P. Healey Ellen Meharg Ellen G. Meharg Joseph W. Meharg Lee Meharg Michael C. Meharg
William Meharg Rev. Thomas Middlemas John E. Miller Christina I. Seaman "Chief" Scott Anna R. Shattuck
CARR, Eliza (Hunt)
Mrs. Carr, mother of John Carr, of the Hill (Orchard Hill), dropped dead in Alpena Saturday morning. He has the sympathy of the entire neighborhood, where she was known and respected. [Alpena Argus, March 8, 1899].

Mrs. Lowida H. Davison, wife of Samuel A. Davison, died at her home, 704 Washington avenue, Sunday evening, (December 27, 1914), following an illness of six weeks' duration. Mrs. Davison was operated in a week ago by Dr. C. Brooks of Detroit, assisted by Dr. W.A. Secrist and she rallied nicely from the operation, Peritonitis developed, however, and her death followed. Mrs. Davison was born in Whitelake, Oakland county, Michigan, September 12, 1850, and made her home at that place for many years. With her parents, she moved to Flint, where she was matron of the school for the deaf for several years. On August 14, 1894, Miss Lowida H. Richmond was united in marriage to Samuel A. Davison and soon after she came to Alpena, where she had resided since. During her residence here Mrs. Davison made many warm friends. She was a woman whose home life was ideal. She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Guy M. Obenauer of Adrian; two sons, Robert A. Davison of Sault St. Marie, Mich., and Samuel J. Davison of Alpena, and one sister, Mrs. Margaret Van Buskirk of Topeka, Kansas, who is here. Mrs. Davison was a life long member of the Methodist church. The funeral will be held from the home, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. James Pascoe officiating." [Alpena Evening News, Monday, December 28, 1914]

DAVISON, Mary Jane
Mrs. S.A. Davison, who has been a great sufferer for a long time, quietly departed this life last Friday, at the age of 38 years, leaving a husband and three children to mourn her departure. The funeral took place from her late residence on Washington avenue, last Sunday. [Alpena News, Wednesday Oct. 14, 1891].

DAVISON, Samuel Austin
Samuel A. Davison for nearly 50 years a prominent resident of Alpena county and one of the best known business men of this section of the state died at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at his hom 704 W. Washington avenue. Born in the city of Adrian, October 18, 1842 Mr. Davison was 76 years of age. Mr. Davison's youth was spent in Lenawee and Genesee counties, where he was engaged in the land and timber business. Coming here first in 1870 with the idea of investing in timber and farm lands, he was one of the first men of this section to realize the possibilities of farming in this section; believing enough in this idea to remove his family in the county in 1880 where they resided on his farm until 1888 when they removed to their home on Washington avenue where the family has since continuously resided. Mr. Davison has always been identified with the lumber and financial interests of the city and county. Of late years he has not been actively engaged in business, but has retained his interests in various enterprises, being a dirctor of the Alpena County Savings Bank. Mr. Davison was twice married, first to Miss Mary Henderson of Flint, three children of which marriage survive him, Robert A. Davison of Detroit, Samuel J. Davison of Alpena and Mrs. Guy Obenauer of Adrian, Michigan. In 1894, a second marriage took place when he was married to Miss Lowida Richmond of Flint, whos death occurred about three years ago. The deceased has been in ill health for the last 15 years and was confined to the house the past few months. The family has the deepest sympathy of their friends in his bereavement. Mr. Davison was conscious until the end and his last hours were made happier by the presence of his three children. The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the home. Rev. Reuben S. Crosby of the Methodist Episcopal church officiating." [Alpena News, Tuesday Evening, August 6, 1918]

EATON, Onetta
Mrs.Onetta Eaton, aged 53 years, and a resident of Alpena twenty-six years, died this morning.. Her husband died ten years ago.  [Detroit Free Press (Tuesday, 20 Jan 1903) transcribed by NEB]

Died at Alpena, Thursday. [Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot, 28 Sept. 1895; tr. by MZ]

Michigan Trapper Dies at 104 -- Alpena, Mich., March 13 – John C. Harbenneau, a hunter and trapper, died today at his home twelve miles from here aged 104 years. The Duke and Duchess of Manchester paid the aged trapper at his home in the woods several years ago when they were on a trip through Michigan. (New York Times – March 14, 1909 - Tr. by D. Donlon)

HEALEY, Joseph P.
Death of an Alpena Pioneer. - Alpena, Mich., September 7 - (Special) Joseph P. Healey, an old pioneer resident and grocer of Alpena, died at noon to-day. He was born in Ireland in 1842, and came to Alpena in 1869. He leaves a widow and seven children, and was a member of the C.M.B.A., carrying $2,000 in that order.

MEHARG, Ellen (Bridget), 91, of 209 E Chisholm, widow of William H [E] Meharg, died Tuesday at 3:45 pm at Alpena Hospital where she had been a patient since 17 December. She was born 30 May 1866 in Saginaw and spent her girlhood in Greenbush. She had resided in Alpena most of her adult life. Mrs Meharg is at the Hunter Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Friday at 9 at St Bernard Church. The Rev Martin I Kalahar will officiate and burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs Henry Canfield (Marie) of Gross Pointe Woods; Mrs EC Chapleski (Florence) of Alpena; Helen of Alpena, and Mrs Lloyd Pake (Ada) of Warren; three sons, Harry of Rogers City; William of Royal Oak, and Everett of Detroit; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, J Martin McDonald of Alpena; three sisters, Miss Angela McDonald of Alpena; Mrs George DeForrest (Mary) of Rouleau, Sask, Canada; and Mrs JJ McDonald (Catherine) of Rogers City; and several nieces and nephews. Mr Meharg, a former D&M employee, died in 1919. [Alpena News, Wed 22 Jan 1958; Contributed by Kyle M. Condon]

MEHARG, Ellen G., 89 of Deerfield Beach, FL passed away April 25, 2005. Beloved mother of Mary Ellen Janicke, Susan Krot and Peggy Meharg. She is also survived by grand children Carolyn Weeden, Michael Janicke and Alexis Krot; great-grandchild Lauren Weeden; and a sister, Margaret DeSostoa. Family will receive friends Wednesday, April 27, 2005 from 6-8 PM with a 7:00 wake service at the funeral home. Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, April 28th at 9:30 AM at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Deerfield Beach. Interment will take place in Alpena, Michigan. Arrangements by: Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center 1199 E. Sample Road Pompano Beach, Florida. [Published in the Sun-Sentinel on 4/27/2005, Sub. by Kyle M. Condon]

MEHARG, Joseph Wesley
Funeral services for Joseph Meharg, aged 57 years, were held Sunday afternoon at his home 228 Tuttle Street at two o'clock and at 2:30 at the First Congregational church with Rev Charles E Trueblood officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. Mr Meharg's death occurred suddenly at East Tawas of heart disease Tuesday evening, November 13th and his body was taken to Alpena Wednesday for interment. Acting as pallbearers were the following friends and fellow employees of the Detroit & Mackinac Railroad Company: George Berry, William Bonker, John Mielke, George Dane, Hugh Leach of Alpena and Mark Ducharme of East Tawas. Acting as honorary pall bearers were his six brothers: Nicholas and Charles Mehaarg of Yale, Michigan; Alfred Meharg of Pembine, Wisconsin; and Robert, John and Whitfield Meharg of Tillsonburg, Ontario. Mr Meharg was conductor of a mixed freight train which had the run between East tawas and Bay City daily, which train he had charge of the past three years. He had been in the employ of the D&MRR company for 27 years, making a host of friends wherever he went. The services for Mr Meharg were largely attended, which together with the beautiful floral offerings, showed the high esteem in which he was always held by all who knew him/ Among the out of town relatives in attendance were the following who returned to their respective homes this morning: Mr & Mrs Robert Meharg and son Ivan, John Meharg, Whitfield Meharg, all of Tillsonburg, Ontario; Alfred Meharg of Pembine, Wisconsin; Nicholas and Charles Meharg of Yale, Michigan; his daughter Mrs Ray Simpson and Mr Simpson of Cheboygan; and Mrs Ellen Meharg of Detroit. [Unknown newspaper/date - Contributed by Kyle M. Condon]

The death of Lee R Meharg of 1672 Glyn Court, Detroit, occurred early this morning at Dearborn Veterans Hospital. Death was due to a heart condition he had suffered the past three years. He was born 30 Oct 1901 in Alpena. He was a retired coastguardsman, having served at the Belle Isle station, Detroit for 14 years, and a veteran of World War 1, having served in the army for six years. He retired a year ago. Surviving are his mother Mrs Joseph Meharg, Ypsilanti; four children, Mrs Dorothy Foster and Virginia of Detroit; Mrs Loretta Read, and Joseph of Long Beach, Calif; two grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs Iva Hood of Dallas, Tex; Mrs Ada Hoban of St Ignace, and Mrs Ralph Fletcher of Longlake; five brothers, Ray of Chicago; Arthur of Ypsilanti; Earl, Clarence and Malcolm of Alpena. The body will arrive late Friday night and will be taken to the Hunter Funeral Home. Service arrangements are incomplete. [Alpena News, Thurs 12 Aug 1954; Contributed by Kyle M. Condon]

MEHARG, Michael Charles
Michael Charles Meharg, 60, of 6803 LaComb Road, Alpena, passed away at Alpena Regional Medical Center on Friday, April 3, 2009. Michael was born in Alpena on January 23, 1949 to the late Clarence and Mary (O'Neil) Meharg and married Katherine Kieliszewski on August 14, 1971. He graduated from Alpena Catholic Center High School in 1967, receiving the Merit Scholarship to Alpena Community College, followed by attending Michigan State University until his graduation in 1971. Mike was employed at Alpena Public Schools for 37 years. He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, served as Maple Ridge Township Supervisor and state assessor for 14 years and a NOAA Weather Station Watchman. Surviving are: wife, Katherine; daughters, Kelley and husband Daniel Ellis, Mary Margaret and husband Jacob Fitzpatrick, Meghan Meharg and friend Benjamin LeMieux; granddaughter, Ava Katherine Ellis; stepmother, Ruth Meharg; stepsister, Vicki and husband Larry Sawasky; stepbrother, Michael and wife Trudy Fernette; mother and father-in-law, Margaret and Robert Adams; sister-in-law, Cindy and Gene Domrase; brothers-in-law, Jerry Kieliszewski, Michael and wife Rebecca Kieliszewski, Steven and wife Erin Kieliszewski, Stewart and wife Christina Kieliszewski; and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends may gather at the Maple Ridge Township Hall, 6000 W. LaComb Road, on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. with a memorial service taking place at 12 noon with Rev. Greg McCallum officiating. Cremation arrangements by Bannan Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Maple Ridge Township Fire Department. An American Red Cross Blood Drive has been scheduled for June 1, 2009 in memory of Michael [unknown newspaper, c. April 2009; Contributed by Kyle M. Condon]

MEHARG, William
MEHARG, William one of the best known railroad men of this section, died at an early hour this morning at his home on Lake Street, following a stroke of apoplexy. Mr Meharg has been in the employ of the D & M RR for the past 35 years, of which 31 were spent in Alpena. Until taken ill last week, he held a position as yard master. He was born in Glen Meyer, Ontario, 56 years ago. Besides his sorrowing widow, seven children are left: Mayme of Washington DC; and Florence, Harry, Helen, William and Everett at home; eight brothers and two sisters also survive: Joseph of Alpena; Alfred of Pembine Wis; David of Windsor; John, Robert and Whitfield of Canada; Charles of Pontiac; Nicholas of Yale; Mrs George Whitesell of King Lake, Ont; and Mrs Cuthbert Hetherington of Glen Meyer. Mr Meharg was a past worthy president of Alpena Aerie Eagles, and had been prominent in the affairs of that organization for a number of years. He held a high place in the affection of members of this fraternity as he did with all who knew him. He was also prominent in the D&M Employees Mutual Benefit Association. A man of sterling, upright character and unimpeachable integrety, he held the respect of the entire community. His death is a heavy blow to his family and his loss will be felt not only in his own home but throughout Alpena and this section of the state. The funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the home and at 2 o'clock from the First Congregational Church, Rev M Burkholder officiating. The Eagles will attend the service as a body. [Alpena News, Mon 14 Apr 1919; Contributed by Kyle M. Condon]

MIDDLEMAS, Rev. Thomas
Alpena, Mich., January 19. - (Special) - Rev. Thomas Middlemas, pastor of the Alpena Presbyterian church, died at 4 o'clock this morning. He was born of Scotch parentage in north Ireland sixty-three years ago and was educated at Queen's college and the Presbyterian seminary in Belfast. He came to the United States in 1871 and settled in East Saginaw. He came to Alpena in 1890 and was much loved by the people. He was clerk of the Saginaw presbytery, of which Alpena is a member. He leaves a widow and four children. [Detroit Free Press (Tuesday, 20 Jan 1903) transcribed by NEB]

01 Dec 1904 - 01 Dec 1904
Munising, Dec. 2.: John E. Miller, between 50 and 60 years of age, was burned to death yesterday. The building in which he had his law office and sleeping room caught fire from an overheated stove. Miller came from Alpena five years ago, where he leaves a widow and two children. He was once prosecuting attorney of Montmorency county and in good circumstances. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (Friday, 2, Dec. 1904) Tr by FoFG]

SEAMAN, Chistina Imogen
Departed.-- Christina Imogen, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Seaman, reported in our last week's issue as being very sick, died of scarlet fever about half past two o'clock on Friday morning last, after a short but painful illness, in the eight year of her age. [Alpena Argus, July 6, 1871, page 3]God grant us this, we ask no more,
That now she's left this world of sin,
She'll wing her way to that bright Shore,
And find the door at Heaven again.

Chief of Police Scott died at Alpena, Monday morning. [Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot (23 July 1895) tr. by MZ]

Anna Ruth (Waters) Shattuck, 79, of 4500 Boilore, died at 8:45 a.m. Monday (Sept. 11) at Alpena Hospital. Born Feb. 6, 1899 in Hastings Township, the former Anna Waters was first married to Warren Holmes. Following his death she married Orin Shattuck Dec. 15, 1931. He died Nov. 24, 1950. She was employed by Alpena Garment Co. for several years and later owned andoperated Ann's New and Used Furniture at 412 N. Second. Surviving are a daughter, Iris (Mrs. Clarence) Whitman, Alpena; a son, Theron Elifson, GrandRapids; four grandchildren; three great-granchilldren; one sister, Pearl (Mrs. Hubert) Foster, Grand Rapids; and several nieces and nephews. Two sons, Harold and Forrest Holmes; a brother and two sisters preceded her in death. The body is at the Karpus Hunter Funeral Home where friends may call after 3 p.m. today. Complete funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Karpus Hunter Funeral Chapel, the Rev. James Wallace of Four Square Gospel Church officiating. Interment: Evergreen Cemetery. [Unknown newspaper, c. Sept 1978, Contributed by Gary Foster]



















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