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Cass County, Michigan
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Adams, Jane
Mrs. Jane Adams, aged 66, of Marcellus, mother of county physician, Dr. R. U. Adams, died suddenly of apoplexy while on a visit to her farm near Marcellus. She was one of the pioneer residents of Cass county and owned a number of large farms in both Cass and Van Buren counties. Dr. Adams will be away from the city until the burial. [Source: Kalamazoo Gazette (23 Feb. 1913) tr. by MZ]

Atkinson, John
CASSOPOLIS, Mich.:  John Atkinson, 75, a well-known old time business man of this place, died this morning at his home on East State Street where he had been confined to his bed for the last two years. Ten years ago Mr. Atkinson was compelled to retire from business because of failing health and had not left home for eight years. Prior to his breakdown he was in the implement and real estate business for 30 years.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Connelly funeral home, the Rev. Mr. Bogart of the Methodist church in charge. Burial will be in Prospect Hill cemetery. Mr. Atkinson was born May 8, 1857 at Adamsville, Mich., the son of Thomas and Jane Atkinson, who had come to America from England shortly before his birth. On June 15, 1887, he was married to Ida Hunt who survives, with four children, Mrs. Maude Jones, Mrs. Lucille Berkey and Cyrus Atkinson, all of Cassopolis, and Mrs. Lois Knauss of Detroit; five grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Jennie Thomas of Dexter, N. M., and Mrs. Mary Manning of Chicago, and a brother, Robert Atkinson of Niles. Mr. Atkinson moved here from Adamsville in 1888. He was a member of the Stone Lake camp, Modern Woodmen. [Elkhart Truth, January 18, 1933, page 2; Submitted by Shirley Atkinson]

CASSOPOLIS - Jan. 18 - John Atkinson, 75, resident of Cassopolis for 44 years and a retired implement dealer, died at this home here at 4:30 o'clock this morning. He had been ill for 10 years and an invalid for the last two years.  Mr. Atkinson was one of the best known men in Cass Co., member of a pioneer family. He was a son of Thomas and Jane Atkinson who came from England and settled in Adamsville when this section was still in a semi-wilderness state. He conducted an implement business in Cassopolis for 30 years, retiring a few years ago.  Surviving are the widow, Ida B. Hunt Atkinson, and a son and two daughters, Cyrus Atkinson, Mrs. Maude Jones and Mrs. Lucille Berkey, all of Cassopolis. Also surviving are a brother and two sisters, Robert C. Atkinson, widely known Niles coal dealer, Mrs. Mary Manning of Chicago and Mrs. Jennie Thomas of Dexter, New Mexico.  Deceased was born at Adamsville May 8, 1857, and was married to Ida B. Hunt on June 15, 1887. He was a member of Modern Woodmen of America.  The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at the Connelly Funeral home at 3 o'clock. The Rev. Amos B. Bogart, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, will officiate. Burial will be in Prospect Hill cemetery here. [Niles Daily Star, Niles, MI, Wednesday Jan. 18, 1933, pg 1; Submitted by Shirley Atkinson]


Bacon, Mrs. Alanson S. (Emily) d. in Dowagiac, Apr. 25, 1857 ae 41y 6m and 25d. Formerly lived in Rochester, Lockport, and Buffalo, N.Y. and in Dundee, Albion, Homer, Coldwater, Battle Creek and Dowagiac, Mich. 5-7-1857 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, page 13 - submitted by P. Thompson]

Dass, Harold R.
Friends of Harold R. Dass, 80, of 25034 Kenneth Lane, Cobert Lake, may call from 2 to 4 p.m. (all Michigan times) Thursday at Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be at 4 p.m. that day. The Rev. Clearance Dycus of Ontwa Baptist Church will officiate. The body will be cremated. Mr. Dass died at 10:20 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 30, 1995) in Three Rivers Hospital. He had been in ill health. He was born July 7, 1915, in Benton Harbor. He married Dona Louise Bell on April 10, 1937, in Benton Harbor. She died Jan. 23, 1986. Surviving are one son, Michael Dass of Eagan, Minn., and three granddaughters. Mr. Dass moved to Edwardsburg in about 1954, and prior to that was a resident of Elkhart nd Benton Harbor. He was retired in 1981 as a core maker at Labour Pump Co. of Elkhart. [unknown newspaper, c. Sept/Oct 1995; Contributed by Karen K.]

Driskel, Keith, Kim and Corey
Newberg Township, Mich.-- A man, woman and their 11-year-old son were found slain in their home, and authorities were seeking the couple's 22-year-old son as a suspect in the killings. The bodies of Keith Driskel Sr. 41; wife Kim Driskel, 39; and son Corey Driskel, 11, were found Monday after Cass County sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance at their house, authorities said. Wednesday, 17 May 2000 Son kills Cass County family, then self. The bodies of Keith Driskel Sr. (age 41), his wife Kim (age 39), and their son Korey (age 11) were found, shot to death, in their Newberg Township home southwest of Kalamazoo on Monday night. Police got an arrest warrant for Keith Driskel Jr. (age 22), who lived in the house, charging him with three counts of open murder. Police tracked him down to a nearby home and tried to talk him out, but an hour after the stand-off began he took his own life. Police have no idea why it happened. The family had no history of police calls, and school administrators say they had no hint of family trouble from Korey, a 6th grader at Three Rivers Middle School. [Source: Unknown newspaper, 16 May 2000; submitted by MZ]

Emmons,  Wesley

Wesley Emmons, aged 60 years, died from paralysis at his farm home near Dowagiac. He had lived in that vicinity twenty years. A widow and six children survive him. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (11 Feb. 1902)]

Garman, Uphema, d. Jan. 31, 1858 in Mason Twp., ae 42y. She came to this county from Monroe Co., N.Y. She was bap. in Greece or Parma, N.Y., and joined the Baptist Church at Edwardsburgh, later. 2-18-58 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, page 13 - submitted by P. Thompson]

Herron, Joseph T.
Joseph T. Herron of Cassopolis died last Monday, aged sixty-five. He served in the Forty-fourth New York. Philip Holler, formerly of St. Joseph county, died at Nashville, Mich., Wednesday, aged eighty-five [The Elkhart Review, Saturday April 14, 1906; Contributed by BZ]

Higgins, Cornelius
Died At Hampshire Mill, Yuba county, March 10th, Cornelius Higgins, of Cass county, Michigan, aged 24 years. [Source: California Farmer & Journal of Useful Science (San Francisco, CA) Thursday, 30 Mar. 1864; Contributed by MZ]

Irish, Mrs. D. (Eunice) d. in Penn Twp., ae 69y. She was a native of Vermont, removed at age of 18 to Cayuga Co., N.Y., m. in 18-3 to David Irish, eldest son of Rev. D. Irish. Removed to Livingston Co., N.Y. Removed in 1846 with her daughters to Cass Co., Mich. Her daughter Laura m. Rev. C. C. More and died in Aracan. 6-4-1857 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, page 13 - submitted by P. Thompson]

Jewell, E. W.
E. W. Jewell, an old resident of Dowagiac, died yesterday, aged 82 years. He had lived there since 1870. He leaves a son, E. Barlow, who is chief of the fire and police departments there. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (Saturday, 22 Feb. 1902)]

Lee, Joseph W.
Joseph W. Lee at Edwardsburg , Mich., (Cass County) August 24, 1874 died at age 69, father of Mrs. B. Edmiston of this city. [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, page 13 - submitted by P. Thompson]

Lee, Maria
At Edwardsburg, Mich., Feb. 2 1875, died of typhoid pneumonia, aged 74, mother of Mrs. B. Edmiston of this city. [February 4, 1875 Taken From the Henry Republican at Henry County IL]

Lee, Mason, d. in Jefferson, ae 69y. He was born in Taunton, Mass., emigrated to N.Y. in 1812, probably Bristol, N.Y. Removed to Michigan in 1838. 10-21-1858 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, page 13 - submitted by P. Thompson]

Lewis, Mrs. Jonathan W. (Emily H.) d. in Vandalia, Nov. 2, 1855, She leaves a husband and 5 children. 12-13-1855 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, page 13 - submitted by P. Thompson]

MacNEAL, Wendell P.
Wendell P. MacNeal, 85, of 22092 Brownsville St., died at 6:43 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 28, 1993) at Pawating Hospital, Niles, after a short illness. He was born March 22, 1908, in New Orleans. He married Eula Adams in Chicago. She died in 1952. He then married Naomi Harris in Chicago. She died in 1959. Surviving are three daughters, Bernadette Slaughter of Honolulu, Hawaii, Septima Burnette of Denver, Colo., and Catherine Curtis of Cassopolis; five sons, Wendell P. of Bethel, Conn., Arnold of New Milford, Conn., Richard of Denver, Colo., Earl of Long Beach, Calif., and Ralph of Broomfield, Colo.; 25 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Nuffie Calloway of White Plains, N.Y., Delia Piper of Madison, Wis., and Adel Kirkpatrick of Oregon. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Monday with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m. at Connelly Funeral Home where services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Elder David Johnson, Christ Temple Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Niles.Mr. MacNeal was a retired waiter with the New York Central Railroad. He also was a crossing guard for Cassopolis Schools. He moved to Cassopolis in 1951 from Chicago. [Unknown newspaper, c. Dec/Jan 1993; Contributed by Karen K.]

Marsh, Mrs. William T.
CASSOPOLIS – Mrs. William T. Marsh, 54, died Tuesday. Funeral 2 p.m. Friday in the Seventh day Adventist church, Calvin Center, Mich. Friends may call in Connelly funeral home, Cassopolis. [Source: South Bend Tribune (South Bend, Ind.) 2 May 1951; contributed by Ron Flink]

Parrish, Richard C.
Friends of Richard C. Parrish, 72, of 69205 Garver Lake Road, may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. (all Michigan times) today at Connelly Funeral Home in Cassopolis, where the funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Donald R. Ferris of United Methodist Church of Cassopolis will officiate. Burial will be in Adamsville Cemetery. Mr. Parrish died at 11:20 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 1, 1995) in Memorial Hospital, South Bend, as the result of injuries suffered in a traffic accident on Sept. 29 on Fir Road near Cleveland Road. He was born March 21, 1923, in Richland Township, Montcalm County, Mich. He married Barbara Gohn on Aug. 21, 1977, in Cassopolis. She survives along with four daughters, Lynn Accoe of Dowagiac, Pat Hurley of Leonidas, Mich., Carol Hill of New Buffalo, and Eileen Peckham of Kalamazoo; three sons, Ed Parrish of Winter Haven, Fla., Dennis Parrish of Cape Coral, Fla., and Martin Parrish of Edwardsburg; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Donnie Ashbury of Post Falls, Idaho, Lillian Harrow and Flossie Percy, both of Alma, Mich, and Leola Thomas of Clare, Mich.; and four brothers, Harold of Post Falls, Rolland of Parma, Idaho, Ronald of White Pass, Wash., and Fernon of Zephyrhills, Fla. Mr. Parrish was a retired Commander with the Cass County Sheriff's Department Marine Division in Michigan and retired in 1985. He was a lifetime area resident and also had served with the U.S. Navy. He also was a past post adviser with the Cass County Elert Group, helped found the Cass County Sheriff's Posse and was a former member of the Cassopolis FOP Lodge. [unknown newspaper, c. Oct 1995; Contributed by Karen K]

Price, Emma, d. near Cassopolis, Aug. 20, 1856, dau. of Rev. Jacob and Sarah Price, ae 3-1/2y. 8-28-1856 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, page 13 - submitted by P. Thompson]

Quick, E. C. - d. in LaGrange, Oct. 13, 1850 10-31-1850 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, page 13 - submitted by P. Thompson]

Rees, Jacob S. - d. in Adamsville, Feb. 2, 1856 in the 64th year of his age. Born in 1792 in West Stockbridge, Mass. Migrated with his parents to Sherburne, Chenango Co., N.Y. Bapt. there in 1816. Removed to Berkshire, Tioga Co., in 1822. Removed to Adamsville, Mich. in 1835. He leaves a twice-widowed mother, a wife, and four children. 4-3-1856 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, page 13 - submitted by P. Thompson]

Shellenberger, Olive
Mrs. Olive Shellenberger, 78, died at 12:30 today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M.E. Whitcomb of 1101 Middlebury street, death was caused by a general physical break-down. The deceased was the widow of Samuel Shellenberger, a retired farmer who died in 1909. She was born at Bartow, N. Y. Previous to the death of her husband they lived on a farm near Constantine, Mich., but after his death she came to Elkhart to live with her daughter. Surviving her are Mrs. Whitcomb, another daughter, Mrs. S. P. Zook of Vistula, and a sister, Mrs. Carrie Halpin of Indianapolis. Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed, but the burial probably will take place at Mottville, Mich. [Elkhart Daily Review, Wed. January 17, 1917; Sub. by BZ]

Shellenberger, Samuel
The funeral of Samuel Shellenberger, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M. E. Whitcomb of Middlebury street, on Thursday morning, took place this morning. Rev. J. A. Garber of the Goshen Avenue Brethren church officiating. The principal service was at Mottville, where the interment took place. Mr. Shellenberger was born in Richland county, Ohio, eighty-one years and six months ago, and was brought to Cass county, Michigan, with his parents' family when he was but eighteen years of age. There he resided all his life until last December, when he came to Elkhart to remain with his daughter. He was stricken with paralysis a number of years ago, and his death followed the fifth stroke, after there had been a gradual decline all winter and spring. He was the eldest of ten children born to his parents, and three brothers and two sisters survive, besides two of his three daughters, these survivors being Mrs. Whitcomb and Mrs. Rose Zook of Vistula. [Elkhart Weekly Review (Elkhart, IN) p5; Sat, August 4, 1909; Sub. by BZ]

Swift, Ezra B. of Van Buren Co., and Miss Priscilla Head of Edwardsburg, m. at Edwardsburg, Oct. 2, 1853 by Rev. E. J. Thomas. 11-24-1853 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, page 13 - submitted by P. Thompson]

Tharp, Benalah A. - whose home was near the east end of Diamond lake., and who first came to Cass County. Mich., in 1837, when he was thirteen years old, died last Monday, aged nearly ninety-one years. He had been a continuous resident of Cass county since 1843. [Source: Elkhart Daily Review, 30 Jan 1914]

Watkins, Mrs. John L. (Joanna L.) d. in LaGrange, June 12, 1852 ae 40y 8m and 13d. She first united with Baptist church in Naples, Ontario Co., N.Y. 6-17-1852 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, page 13 - submitted by P. Thompson]




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