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Branch County, Michigan
Obituaries and Death Notices

The funeral of Ezra Batcheller, who died at Grand Haven, Mich., Monday, occurs at that city this forenoon at 10 o'clock and remains will be taken to Lyons, Iowa, for interment.
Mr. Batcheller came to Chicago in 1837 from Paxton, Mass. where he was born Nov. 10, 1820. Arriving in Chicago he entered the employ of Philo Carpenter, who at that primative day was doing business where the lumber market now stands. Mr. Batcheller saw in young Chicago's rapid growth financial gain, and invested in real estate, entering the firm of Holden & Batcheller. In 1865 he removed to Lyons, Iowa, where he entered the real estate business and found a wife. Mr. Batcheller was until ten years ago a prominent and respected citizen of Lyons, being major of the city at one time. In 1880 he returned to Chicago and again entered the real estate business in this city. By dint of hard work he accumulated a large estate. Two years ago his health began to fail him, and last November he went to Grand Haven, Michigan, to visit a sister and try and regain his wanted health. Relief did not come, however, and during the last nine months he failed rapidly, a combination of diseases hastening his end. One of the old settlers, his death will cause many reminiscences of the past among many of those who ar left and whom in his delightful social way Mr. Batcheller was accustomed to entertain. The deceased leaves a daughter, Mrs. J.F. Baker, Clinton, Iowa; a sister, Mrs. Sarah Shippey, Grand Haven, Michigan; and two brothers, Webster Batcheller of Chicago, and Jenison Batcheller, Glens Falls, New York. [The Daily Inter Ocean August 2, 1890 - Contributed by BZ]

BLOSSOM, Henry Clay
Blossom, Henry Clay, d. in Sherwood, July 3, 1850, son of Dea. Benjamin and Clarrissa Blossom, ae 5y. 3m. and 3d. 8-1-50 [Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, Sub. by PT]

BURCH, William
d. 23 Feb 1909, 73y - Of Coldwater died Tuesday. [Elkhart Daily Review Wed. Feb.24, 1909 contributed by BZ]

Burroughs, Mrs. Truman (Lydia), d. in Quincy, May 27, 1859. Born in Andover, Windsor Co., Vt., June 11, 1805, whence removed to Hannibal, Oswego Co., N.Y. 6-9-59 [Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, Sub. by PT]

CARR, Caleb
Carr, Caleb, d. in Bronson, July 5, 1850 in his 76th y. 8-1-50 [Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, Sub. by PT]

d. Feb 1902, 72y - Of Coldwater She was the mother-in-law of Mayor Palmer. [Source: Grand Rapids Press, Friday, 8 Feb. 1902, sub by MZ]

GARMAN, Esther
Coldwater, June 10. –Miss Esther Garman, daughter of Eugene Garman, of this city, died at her home in East Gillead, Thursday night, following a long illness with tuberculosis. She was 20 years old and was a former employe of the Southern Michigan Telephone Company here. Funeral services will be held from her late home, Sunday at 3 p.m., with Rev. R. A. Wright of this city in charge. [Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot (Sunday, 11 June 1922) transcribed by MZ]

GRAY, John
The funeral of Deacon John Gray was held in the Baptist church, in Coldwater, March 19, and was attended by a large number of the old and prominent residents of the city, He was for many years a much respected citizen of that place, and was nearly 96 years old at the time of his death. He served in the war of 1812 and has received a pension ever since. He was the father of Judge Jonathan Gray, of Washington D. C. [Unknown newspaper/date; Contributed by JD]

Coldwater, June 10. –Word has been received here of the death of Dr. C. H. Howard, at his home in Houghton, Mich., following a stroke of paralysis, which he suffered a few days ago. Dr. Howard, who was a resident here until 16 years ago, was 55 years of age. He was a veterinary surgeon, disposing of his practice here to Dr. Lloyd Peterson. His wife died one year ago. He is survived by one daughter, Ethel, who is 17 years of age. The remains will be brought here for burial, and funeral services will be held from the home of his brother-in-law, Herbert A. Hawes, Monday, at 2 p.m. [Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot; Sunday, 11 June 1922; tr. by MZ]

HURD, Henry Mills
Baltimore, Md., July 19 — Dr. Henry Mills Hurd, 85, the first superintendent of Johns Hopkins Hospital and well-known psychiatrist, died at his summer home near Atlantic City, it was learned here today. Born in Union City, Mich., In 1843, Dr. Hurd received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Michigan in 1866. For several years he was superintendent of the Eastern Michigan Asylum, at Pontiac, until his appointment in 1889 to the chair of psychiatry at Hopkins and the superintendency of the newly founded hospital. He held the latter position until his retirement in 1906. His best-known work is "Institutional Care of the Insane in the United States and Canada." He was at one time president of the American Academy of Medicine. (The Washington Post, July 20, 1929; Submitted by Dale Donlon]

KELLETT, Robert B.
d. 22 Feb 1909 - Died at Coldwater, age 62. [Elkhart Daily Review 24 Feb. 1909 from BZ]

KEYES, Franklin A.
d. 20 Nov 1895  Died at Bronson, Wednesday. [Tuesday, November 26, 1895;  Jackson Citizen (Jackson, MI) Page: 1 - From BZ]

Holland, Mich., Aug. 1- Joseph Middleman, a German, about 45 years old, suicided by drowning himself in Black River at Howard's Dock, Friday. His clothing was found on the dock, neatly put in a bag. Word comes from his home that he is missing there [From The Iner Ocean Newspaper;  Aug. 2, 1875]

MOREHOUSE, Elizabeth A.
Morehouse, Mrs. Daniel C. (Elizabeth A.) d. in Coldwater, Jan. 16, 1857. b. in Green Co., N.Y., May 7, 1822. 2-5-57 [Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, Sub. by PT]

OAKES, James William
James W. Oakes, 69, of 803 Lake Ave., prominent Grand Haven businessman, died at 1:15 a.m. today in Municipal hospital, following a lingering illness. He was admitted to the hospital Wednesday with a heart condition. Oakes was born Oct. 21, 1884 in Grand Haven, where he had lived all his life and where he was married Oct. 21, 1909, to Mary M. McMillan. He operated a real estate and Insurance agency in Grand Haven continuously since 1908. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, charter member of BPOE No. 1200, a life member of F and AM No. 139. and member of OES No. 245. For many years he was a director of the Chamber of Commerce and also was active in the former Board of Commerce and Industry. He was a former secretary of Spring Lake Country Club, a member of the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents and also was active in the promotion of industry in this area. Besides the wife he is survived bv a brother, Edwin, of Ann Arbor; also several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held from Kammeraad Funeral Home Saturday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Wallace Robertson officiating. Burial will be in Lake Forest cemetery. [Source: The Holland Evening Sentinel, August 12th, 1954; tr. by J. Oakes]

OAKES, Mary Margaret (McMillan)
Mrs. Mary (Mate) McMillan Oakes, 91, widow of James W. Oakes, died at her home, 803 Lake Ave., early today. She had been critically ill for the past week. She was a life long resident of Grand Haven. Mr. Oakes, Grand Haven business man, died in 1954. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, active in the Ladies Social society which she had served as president; member of Griffin Circle for 30 years: honorary member of Reynolds Circle. She was former president of the Grand Haven Women's Club: a representative on the welfare board, member of the Free Bed Guild, the OKS and also a head of the county OES organization. She is the last member of the McMillan family. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs, Inez Oakes Nelson of New York City; one brother-in-law, Edwin C. Oakes of Alameda., N.M. and several nieces and nephews including Miss Esther Dean Nyland of Grand Haven. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Kammeraad Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Albert G. Parker III officiating. Burial will be in Lake Forest Cemetery. [Source: The Holland Evening Sentinel, Feburary 24, 1965]

COLDWATER, Mich., July 22. – Miss Mable Randall, head of the Archaeological Department at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, died in the university hospital there last night after a long illness. Her age was 73 years. Her father, the late C. D. Randall, while a member of the Michigan Legislature in 1874, was largely responsible for the founding here of the Michigan State School, now the Michigan Children's Village. [The New York Times – July 23, 1939 – Submitted by Dale Donlon]

RAWSON, Sanborn
d. Feb 1902, 84y - Of Coldwater, was found dead in his home last evening by his son, who had left him well at noon. He had lived in that city sixty years. [Source: Grand Rapids Press, tr. by MZ]

ROBERTS, Adaline
Feb 1902, 64y. - Widow of John Roberts, died in Coldwater yesterday. [Source: Grand Rapids Press tr. by MZ]

ROSE, Asa G.
29 Jan 1895, 81y - Coldwater MI - Died of heart disease. [The Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago IL 30 Jan 1895-Sandi King]

SCOTT, Mary E.
Mrs. Mary E. Scott, widow of the late Myron Scott of this city, passed away yesterday at the home of her son, Arthur A. Scott in Mukilteo, Washington. Mrs. Scott had been ill for many months and for many weeks her death had been expected. News of her passing reached this city yesterday afternoon. She had been a resident of Grand Haven for many years, until eleven months ago when she went to Everett, Washington, to make her home with her son, who is vice president of the Crown Lumber Company. Her death occurred at his home near that city. Mrs. Scott was sixty-eight years of age and she came to Grand Haven in her girlhood. Aside from a few years during which she made her home in Grand Rapids the greater part of the time, Grand Haven has always been her home. Her husband, who at the time of his death was United States Inspector of Steam Vessels for the Grand Haven district died twenty-four years ago. Her sons now survive her, Eugene Scott of this city, Arthur Scott of Mukilteo and Kingsbury Scott of this city. Mrs Scott was a charter member of Grand Haven chapter O.E.S. and one of the early members of the old W.R.C. organization here. For a number of years she was an active worker in the Presbyterian church woman's organization. She was also one of the early members of the Grand haven Woman's Club. She will be brought back to Grand Haven for burial, announcement of the funeral services will be made later. 30 Sept 1918 The remains of Mrs. Myron Scott reached here this morning from Mukilteo, Washington, where she died Sept 24. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur A. Scott accompanied the remains in the journey from the coast. Eugene Scott joined the party in Milwaukee on Sunday and arrived here with them this morning. Mrs. Scott had spent most of her life in Grand haven and was one of the best loved women of the city. For several years she had been making her home in the family of son, Arthur in Washington but had spent several summers in Grand Haven since going there. Her visits here were always much anticipated by her many friends. The funeral of Mrs. Scott was held this afternoon with services from the home of Eugene Scott on Franklin street. [Source: Grand Haven Daily Tribune, 25 Sept 1918]

SCOTT, Myron
It is with a deep sense of loss that the Tribune announces the death of Myron Scott, which occurred at four o'clock yesterday afternoon. Although he has been sick and confined to his home since last November, and the last few weeks has been gradually sinking, still his demise is no less a painful shock to his many friends. His death was caused by catarrh of the stomach, contracted by exposure in the service. Myron Scott was born in West Dresden, near Geneva NY, forty-nine years ago the fourth of last March. His birthplace was in the beautiful lake region of the Empire State and when quite young he was engaged on one of the small steamers that ply on Seneca Lake. When the tocsin of war sounded, Mr. Scott, though then but a lad, enlisted and went to the front. He served two years in Co. H, 33rd NY Volunteers, a regiment made up of men living in the counties adjoining the birthplace of Mr. Scott. He participated in the first battle of Bull's Run and Harper's Ferry, also in the memorable contest at Antietam. At Fredericksburg he was wounded in two places, and captured by the Confederates. After capture he was made a prisioner in old, historic Libby, where he was for some time. A brother was killed in the battle of the Wilderness. In 1863 deceased came to Grand Haven, and has been an honored and respected resident ever since. Shortly after arriving he engaged on the tug Jones. For nearly twenty years he was in the employ of White & Friant as engineer of their tugs and steamers, in the lumber business. Among the boats in which he sailed here were the tugs Miranda, St Mary, (old) Tempest, Stewart Edward and Claude and the propellors White & Friant and Tempest, sailing on every lake in the chain. Mr. Scott was married in 1867 and three sons blessed the union, Eugene A., Arthur A. and M. Kingsbury. Eight years ago Mr. Scott was appointed one of the board of government steamboat inspectors with offices here. Mr. Scott was boiler inspector, and Capt. Dodge the other member of the board was inspector of hulls. Together they have travelled many miles in the course of their duty, in the district over which they had jurisdiction. Mr. Scott succeeded Mr. Cowan in the office of inspector, the latter being now engineer of the Auditorium, Chicago. For some time Mr. Scott's health has been failing and late last fall he was compelled to go home, and has remained indoors mostof the time since. A few weeks ago he tendered his resignation as inspector, since which time, inspection boards of other districts have attended to the business of this district. Deceased was a member of Weatherwax Post, G.A.R. and also a member of the Ex-prisioner's Association. He has held a number of offices in the G.A.R. Mr. Scott was a member of the Grand Haven Lodge, No 139, Free and Accepted Masons, and was king in Corinthian Chapter, No 84, R.A.M. and Thrice Illustrions Master of Grand haven Council, No 51, R. & S.M. He was also a charter member of several marine engineer's lodges. He wasa prominent member of Muskegon Commandery, Knight's Templar, under whose auspices his funeral will be conducted. The entire community will mourne the death of Myron Scott. Mr. Scott was a man to be admired and loved by all who were so fortunate as to share his acquaintance. Kind and gentle in the extreme, and of a modest disposition, a harsh word was a stranger to his lips. After his amiable family, the marine engineers of this district will most sincerely mourne his death. The funeral tomorrow will undoubtedly be very impressive. It will be held from the residence on Water street, at two o'clock tomorrow afternoon under the auspices of the Knight's Termplar. The Masonic orders will attend as escort. June 18, 1894 The funeral of Myron Scott yesterday was most impressive and very largely attended. A special train brought down Muskegon Commandery, Knight'sTemplar from Muskegon and the little steamer Harvey Watson came from Saugatuck with about 25 friends of the dead man. The procession to the cemetery was a very long one and was headed by Beerman's band. Muskegon Commandery was in line about 45 strong. Unfortunately the heavy rain caused the ceremony at the grave to be dispensed with. The city of Milwaukee had her flags at halfmast in memory of Myron Scott, today. All of the vesels in the harbor had their colors at halfmast as well as many private poles about the city. [Grand Haven Evening Tribune June 16, 1894]

Zeeland -- George Vollink, 91 of Zeeland died Monday, Nov. 1, 2004. He was a member of North Street Christian Reformed Church. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in World War II. He retired from Worden Co. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Thelma; son, Gary and Christi Vollink of Zeeland; two granddaughters; sisters and brother, Mrs. Arnie (Irene) Wykstra of Borculo, Jennie and Jake De Went of Hudsonville, Gladys and Bill De Wys of Holland, and Bob and Jan Vollink of Holland; in-laws, Mrs. Stan (Lila) Vollink of Hudsonville, Gerald Michmerhuizen of Zeeland, and Clarence and Eleanor Michmerhuizen of Zeeland. Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Yntema Funeral Home, 251 South State St. Visitation is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Zeeland Cemetery. [The Grand Rapids Press, - November 2, 2004; Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

--  George Vollink
Visitation is today for George Vollink, 91. The Zeeland resident died Monday, Nov. 1, 2004. He was a member of North Street Christian Reformed Church. He was a veteran of the Army, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He retired from Worden Inc. He was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Stan Vollink. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Thelma; son, Gary and Christi Vollink, of Zeeland; two granddaughters, Holly and Jenna; sisters and brother, Irene Wykstra, of Borculo, Jennie and Jake De Went, of Hudsonville, Gladys and Bill De Wys, Bob and Jan Vollink, both of Holland; in-laws, Lila Vollink, of Hudsonville, Gerald Michmerhuizen, Clarence and Eleanor Michmerhuizen, both of Zeeland. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State St., Zeeland. Burial is in Zeeland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. [The Grand Rapids Press, Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

11 Nov 1895 - Died at Coldwater, Thursday. [Tuesday, November 26, 1895; Jackson Citizen (Jackson, MI) Page: 1 - From BZ]

WILLARD, Charles Simeon
Willard, Charles Simeon, d. in Coldwater, Feb. 23, 1852, only son of Rev. George and Emily Willard, ae 3y and 6 m 3-4-52 [Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, Sub. by PT]

WINANS, Louisa
Winans, Mrs. William (Louisa) d. in Coldwater, Dec. 5, 1857, ae 68y. She was a native of Albany Co., N.Y., later removed to Riga, N.Y. then to Coldwater, Mich. 12-31-57 [Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, Sub. by PT]

WINANS, William
Winans, William, d. in Kinderhook, Sept. 7, 1854, ae 67y. United with Baptist church in Bergen, N.Y. about 1815. He removed to Coldwater, Mich.8-23-55 [Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, Sub. by PT]

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