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Antrim County, MI
Obituaries and Death Notices 

BELDING, Mrs. Thomas L.
Died at the home of her son, A. C. Belding, in Bellaire of paralysis. She leaves a husband, two sons and one daughter. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (4 Jan 1917) tr. by MZ]

BRACKETT, Maude (Curtis)
BELLAIRE - Mrs. Maude Brackett, 80, a resident of Kearney township for the past 60 years, died this morning at her home following an illness of about a year. She was born January 14, 1882, at Elk Rapids, in Antrim county, the daughter of Cyrus and Josephine Curtis. and she lived all of her life in this county. She married Jay Brackett on January 14, 1939. She was formerly married to Robert Smith, who died on April 20, 1937.  Surviving in addition to her husband are a step-daughter, Mrs. Percy Garner of Traverse City, and four grandchildren, Herbert Hill of Acme, Bruce Hill of Ortonville, William Morris of Chicago, and Richard Morris of New Jersey. Two daughters preceded her in death.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. from the Matthew-Learned funeral home here, with the Rev. Lloyd Laubaugh of the Pilgrim Holiness Church and Mr. Harry Batterbee of Mancelona officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview cemetery, Belleaire. [Source: Traverse City Record-Eagle (Wednesday, 29 Aug. 1962) transcribed by NEB]

CADY, Alfred E.
aged 66. Lived in Central Lake. [Source:Grand Rapids Press 6 May 1918 - tr. by MZ]

Sudden Death of a Sheriff
Mancelona, June 10 - S.M. Chaffee, sheriff of Antrim county, died very suddenly at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning, at Bellaire.  He was apparently as well as ever, and was taken with a violent headache and died at once.  Sheriff Chaffee was a favorite of all.  He was serving his second term, and was universally respected. [The True Northerner. (Paw Paw, Mich.), 16 June 1897]

A pioneer resident of Jordan township, Antrim County. Died at his home last Sunday, Oct. 13th, following an extended illness from heart trouble. John Craig was born in Scotland Aug. 16th, 1846. On Jan 16th, 1869, he was married to Catherine McLean. In 1884 he came to the U.S. and after a few months settled on the farm in Jordan township where he has lived ever since. For 12 years he was clerk of the township and for 27 years was a member of the school board. He was a member of the East Jordan Pres-byterian church. Of late years he was confined to his home considerable and unable to do much of a public nature. Mrs. Craig passed away March 1st, 1915. Three sons survive, viz: John, Charles and George, all of Jordan township. Funeral services were held from his late home, Tuesday forenoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Sidebotham. Interment at East Jordan cemetery.

Bellaire, Jan. 4. died at her home in Bellaire of paralysis. She had been a resident of Antrim county for nearly forty years. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (4 Jan 1917) tr. by MZ]

ENSTCOTT, Phillip P.
Died at Alba after a lingering illness. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (27 Sep 1920) tr. by MZ]

Central Lake, Nov. 6. daughter of a prominent farmer died at her home here from tuberculosis of the spine, brought on by an accident several years ago. Funeral services were held Sunday. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (6 Nov. 1916) tr. by MZ]

GREEN, Rev. H.J.
Former resident of Mecosta Co., a civil war veteran and a minister of the Liberal United Brethren church, died at his home here Sunday. He had been crippled all his life. [Jackson Citizen Patriot, Apr 4, 1916 - tr. by MZ]

HUBBARD, William
From Bellaire, Feb. 14. is dead. He had lived here thirty years. [Kalamazoo Gazette 15 Feb 1916 tr. by MZ]

PIERCE, Colleen
Age 80 of Central Lake, passed away Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Andrew Plaggemars. Colleen was a strong supporter of the Central Lake Historical Society and the Central Lake Library. Surviving are her husband, Ted; her children, Gary (Carolyn) Ballou of Hudson, Ohio, Jeri Lynn Ballou of Wyoming, Mich., David (Lois) Sutherland of Kentwood; her grandchildren, Carrie (Jim) Jackson, Jeffrey (Meghan) Ballou, Matthew Sutherland, Eric Sutherland, William (Kim) Sutherland, Ryan Sutherland; six great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at a later time. [Antrim County News December 27, 2006]

PUTT, Dr. Charlos W.
From Bellaire, Feb. 14. (1916) is dead. He had lived here thirty years. [Kalamazoo Gazette 15 Feb 1916 tr. by MZ]

SMITH, Harley
Funeral services for Harley B. Smith, 70, were held at the Matthew Funeral Home in Bellaire at 11:00 a.m. today. Burial was made in Lakeview cemetery in the family lot. Mr. Smith passed away at the home of his son, Norval, in Kearney township early Tuesday morning, following an illness of exactly one year. During most of this time he was a patient at the Veterans' Hospital at Dearborn, Michigan. At his request, he was brought back to his boyhood home three weeks ago. Harley Smith was born in Montcalm County September 23, 1879, the son of Charles S. and Caroline Bump Smith who were Antrim county pioneers. They moved to the farm near Bellaire when Harley was 14 years of age and spent virtually all the rest of his life there. He served one year as an enlisted soldier during the Spanish American War. In 1899 he was married to Aethale (Pansy) Rose. To this union two sons and two daughters were born: Ronald of Collierville, Tennessee, Norval,  Aethale (Mrs. Richard Chapman) and Irene (Mrs. R. W. Davies), all of Bellaire. He also has 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In addition, he leaves one sister, Sylvia T. Hoover of Encino, California, and three brothers, Otto of Middlebourne, West Virginia, Vernon of Bellaire and Charles K. of Birmingham, Michigan. His wife preceded him in death eight years ago. HIs businesses, first as a lumberman and later asw a stock and produce dealer, brought him into contact with people all over the northern half of the state.   It is of note that his sister-in-law, Bessie Stansbury, also of Bellaire, passed away at Little Traverse Hospital the same day as Mr. Smith at the age of 72. Mrs. Stansbury's funeral service was held at the Matthew Funeral home at 1:00 o'clock today with burial in Woodland cemetery at Cadillac.

Fitch R. Williams, prosecuting attorney of Antrim County, died at his home in Elk Rapids Wednesday morn-ing aged 70 years. Apoplexy was the cause. Mr. Williams was a business visitor to East Jordan only a fortnight ago. The gentlemen was serving his seventh term as prosecuting attorney and was one of the most prominent attorneys in this part of the state. Funeral took place Friday afternoon.  [Charlevoix County Herald. (East Jordan, Mich.), 16 July 1904]

Edward Vandeberg, a child aged 8 months of Banks township, Antrim county, died Monday and was buried on Wednesday. [Charlevoix County Herald. (East Jordan, Mich.), 13 Feb. 1904]

WINTERS, Eunice L.
OLD RESIDENT OF ANTRIM DIES - Funeral services for Mrs. Eunice L. Winters, 83, pioneer Antrim county resident who died Thursday morning in Munson hospital here, will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. from the Elk Rapids Methodist church. Rev. J. C. Matthews of Ogdensburg will officiate and burial will be made in Maple Grove - cemetery at Elk Rapid. Eunice Lucinda Cole was born October 13, 1867, near Adrian, Mich., daughter of the late William and Lucinda Cole. She came to Torch Lake township with her parents in 1869, and on December 24, 1890 was united in marriage to Jacob Winters. The couple settled on a farm in North Milton, and two years later purchased a farm near Kewadin where they lived until 1934. Following her husband's death that year, Mrs. Winters moved to Elk Rapids to make her home.  She suffered a fractured leg in a fall December 31 and was hospitalized at Munson. A graduate of Elk Rapids high school in the class of 1885, she taught school for five years. She was a member of the Methodist church and the Aid society.  Surviving are seven children, Mrs. Jay Cazier and Mrs. Jessie Roberts of Ypsilanti, Mrs. Louis Kingscott of Kalamazoo, Mrs. Guy Lauderette and Mrs. Ralph Smith of Lansing, Mrs. Robert Tomer of Hudson, and Grant of Kewadin; 25 grandchildren, and several great great grandchildren.  The body will be in state at the Dockery-Wilhelm chapel in Elk Rapids until time of services. [Source: Traverse City Record-Eagle (Friday, 05 Jan. 1951) transcribed by NEB]

Holland, June 25, (1918) of Bellaire died suddenly of heart disease at Holland hospital Tuesday afternoon. He had taken treatment here for two months. Dr. Putt was 44 years of age and practiced dentistry for 20 years and leaves a family. The body was taken to Bellaire for burial. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (26 June 1918) tr. by MZ]

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