Calhoun County Michigan

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GEDDES, Charles A. 
Battle Creek, Mich., Jan 28–Chas. A. Geddes, night watchman at a food plant, was found electrocuted this morning, where he had been putting in fuses. 
Evening News (Sault Ste. Marie, MI), January 28, 1907; transcribed by A. Newell)

GREEN, Hon. James S. 
General superintendent of the Advance Threshing Machine company and all its branches, died at his home today of an illness, formerly rheumatism but culminating in paralysis. He had been sick two weeks. The deceased had been a resident of this city for over half a century, and was one of its most honored, influential and public spirited men. Born in Littleport, Eng., September 5, 1840, he received a splendid schooling. He came to America in 1833, with his parents and settled in Stratford N.Y. Later they came to Battle Creek, and he has resided here since. In politics the deceased was an ardent republican, and at one time was mayor of the city. At the time of his death he was a member of the board of public works. Prominent as a member of the Knights of Pythias and of Security lodge, A.O.U.W., he gained an extensive acuaintance (sic) throughout the state. 
(Submitted by Dena Whitesell Battle Creek, Mich July 27, 1900 - The Grand Rapids Herald July 28, 1900)

JINRIGHT, Jimmy 
POCAHONTAS, AR--Jimmy Jinright, 51, of Pocahontas, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, at Randolph County Medical Center. Born Oct. 24, 1954 in Battle Creek, Mich., he is a son of Mary Lee (Abbott) Whitrock of Pocahontas and the late Vernon Jinright. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two brothers, Donnie Jinright and Stephen Jinright, both of Pocahontas; two sisters, Linda Jinright of Pocahontas and Kathy Redus of Corning (AR). Graveside services were held at noon Tuesday at Harmony Cemetery with Stan Little officiating. McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 
(Pocahontas Star Herald, Feb. 9, 2006; submitted by Freda Roberts)

McPEAKE, James 
Died on Thursday, the 27th of August, in the 33rd year of his age, after a lingering consumption, James McPeake, third son of John and Rachael McPeake, who emigrated to this country from county Derry, Ireland, over thirty years ago. His father died in May, 1841, leaving a widow with four children, whom she succeeded in keeping together, until the fell destroyer - Consumption - snatched them from her one by one. Patrick Joseph McPeake, the eldest son, died on the 24th December, 1849, just as he had established a lucrative business in Broadway. Sarah A. C. McPeake, the only daughter, died on the 4th of November, 1854, after a long and painful illness, borne with Christian resignation. Thomas, the youngest, was one of those who sought fortune amidst the newly discovered gold regions of California; and as he has not been heard from for years, his friends have long given him up for dead.
The deceased - who leaves a devoted wife and infant child, in addition to his widowed mother, (who now parts with the last link that binds her to earth) to mourn his untimely loss - was brought up to the painting business, and was gifted in an eminent degree with that energy and tact for with Irish-Americans are remarkable. He was warm-hearted, generous and genial in his disposition, affable in manner, and kind, affectionate and dutiful in his relations of husband, father and son. His demise is deeply felt by his afflicted family, with whom we sincerely sympathise, and by a large circle of friends and acquaintances who universally loved and esteemed him. He was brother-in-law of Wm. L. COTE, of this journal. His remains were deposited on Sunday last in the family vault, in the Roman Catholic Cemetery in 11th Street. May he rest in peace. Amen. 
(Contributed by, Brandon K. McPeake - Lexington TN)

PECK, Hiram Ingersoll 
Of Marshall, Mich., circuit court crier of the thirty-seventh judicial circuit, aged sixty-eight years, dropped dead when he entered his home after attending court duties yesterday afternoon. He was a prominent republican, ex-alderman and a member of the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias and United Workmen of America. 
(Contributed by Barb Ziegenmeyer - The Elkhart Review Saturday April 14, 1906)

SARTWELL, Rev. Amasa 
Athens, Calhoun Co., Mich., July 14, 1870 - At the residence of his friend, Isam Simmons, Esq., Rev. Amasa Sartwell, in the 81st year of his age, a former resident of New Bremen for about twenty years. Deceased was born in Springfield, Vt., March 22, 1790. When but a youth he walked thence to Antwerp, Jeff. Co., N.Y., bringing his package on his back, a part of which package was two quarts of “Yellow Flint” seed-corn, the first of the variety had in that section. Not long after he returned east. A little later he came, bringing with him his bride from N.H., and settled in Taberg. Thence, he removed to Lewis county, and subsequently to Camden, where he resided some years, for a time with his nephew, Mr. Samuel Startwell. When about 35 years of age he was converted to Christ, and joined the M. E. church. For 40 years he was a Local Preacher. Twice married, he survived all his near relatives, spending the serene evening of his days with intimate acquaintances here and there. Quite hopeful, always busy about something useful, rather reserved yet peculiarly social – a little droll - “Uncle Sartwell” was a favorite in many a home circle. He loved everybody, and almost everybody loved him. Fitted by grace for both worlds, he was without carefulness as to the time or place or circumstances of his decease. Cheerfully he waited all the days of his appointed time. Duly his change came. It is well. 
(The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) – Wednesday, August 24, 1870)

SCHUYLER, Montgomery 
St Louis, Mo., March 19, 1896 Rev Dr Montgomery Schuyler, dean of Christ Church Cathedral, died this morning in the eighty-third year of his age. Dr. Schuyler became rector of Christ Church in 1854, and during all the intervening time was one of the most prominent and popular clergymen in the city. When Christ Church was changed to a cathedral a few years ago, he made dean, and has performed the functions of that office ever since. His remains will be taken to Marshall, Mich for interment, and it is expected that several members of the New York branch of the family will be present at the funeral.
(Submitted by K. Torp 20 Mar 1896 - Inter Ocean)

TESCH, Charles Agustus 
Charles Agustus Tesch, 82, a life-long resident of Marshall, passed away at his home, 436 Monroe Street, this afternoon at 1:00 o'clock. He had been in failing health for the past two years and suffered a stroke of paralysis this morning, from which he did not regain consciousness. Mr. Tesch was born April 15, 1857, in the house where he died. With the exception of five years in Grand Rapids, he spent his entire life in Marshall. In 1895 he was married in [sic] Maude Sayles in this city. She preceded him in death in 1918. Mr. Tesch was employed by the Page Brothers Buggy Co., the Peerless Fixtures Co. and for the past twenty-five years was agent for the Detroit Free Press. He was a member of the K. of P. Lodge and was a very active member of the Senior Marshall Chamber of Commerce while it was in existence. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. J. F. Gibbs of Ferndale; two sons, Carl of Toledo, and Francis of Marshall; also one granddaughter. The remains were taken to the Keiser-More funeral home, pending funeral arrangements which will be announced tomorrow. 
(Marshall Evening Chronicle January 1, 1900 Transcribed by Karen Seeman - Genealogy Trails Staff)

VINCENT, Louise J. 
Louise J. Vincent, 38 years of age, wife of P. J. Vincent of Emmett township, died last night at 10:30 o'clock, of cerebro-spinal meningitis, after a long and very acute illness. Seven children and a husband are left to mourn her loss. The funeral services will be held at the residence, Monday, the hour, however being as yet undecided. Interment will be at Oakhill. 
(Contributed by K.L. Ortman - Daily Journal July 27, 1901)

WEEKS, Royal C. 
Age 85, of Athens, Mich., passed away on Saturday, April 10, 1999 at the home of his daughter in Battle Creek. 
He was born June 22, 1913, in Baltimore Township, Mich. to Rev. Orlando R. Weeks and Elsie May (Hunt) Weeks. He graduated from Athens High School. 
On June 20, 1937 he married Esther M. Chapman in Athens. His wife of 61 years preceded her husband in death Oct. 29, 1998. 
Royal was employed at Wood and Woodruff in Athens before purchasing a farm on S. Drive South in Athens in 1949. Royal farmed and was employed at the Clark Equipment Company in Battle Creek for 32 years. Afar retirement from Clark's in 1972, Royal moved to the village of Athens. Royal enjoyed fishing and bowling. He was a member of the Clark's Retiree Club. 
Surviving are 2, sons, Richard B. Weeks, of Grand Rapids and Roger L. Weeks of Lincoln, Kansas; one daughter, Karen D. Ratmann of Battle Creek; one brother, Orien Weeks, Sr., of Union City; 3 sisters, Clara Loew of Bellvue, Fla., Emily Heaten of Lexington, Ky., and Florence Flack of Summerfield, Fla., 9 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, Royal was preceded in death by an infant son, Stephen Weeks and an infant daughter. 
Friends may call at the Spencer Funeral Home in Athens from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Mackaluso officiating. Burial will be in Burr Oak Cemetery in Athens. Memorials may be directed to the Calhoun County Hospice or the Wakeshma Community Church. 
(Contributed by "MMH" - Sturgis Daily Journal, St. Joseph Co., Michigan, April 1999)

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