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Clinton County, Michigan
Obituaries and Death Notices

BALCOM, Maxine
5080 Golden Drive Heritage Hills. Age 81, passed away Tuesday evening, February 21, 1989 at Upjohn Nursing Home. Mrs. Balcom was born April 20, 1907 in St. John’s, Mi. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Doug Walker of Kalamazoo; 5 grandchildren: Vicky Buiwitt, David, Marty, Bonnie and Julie; 2 great-grandchildren, a brother, Lester Carrington of Haslett; 2 nieces. The family will receive friends this evening from 7-9 at the Comstock Chapel where funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Charles H. Anderson officiating. Internment will be in Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns. [Kalamazoo Gazette (Wednesday, 22 Feb. 1989) transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

BRIGGS, Mrs. Artemas (Sarah W.)
died in Eagle, April 29, 1852, dau. of Deacon Dean M. and Phebe Tyler, ae 24y. 7-1-1852 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, page 14 - sub by PT]

died in Ovid, Sept. 25, 1853, ae 53y. Born in Steuben, N.Y. Moved to Michigan in 1836. 10-13-1853 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, page 14 - sub by PT]

Died at St. Johns following a two-weeks’ illness which had baffled local physicians (c. Feb 1921) [Source: Grand Rapids Press (11 Feb. 1921) tr. by MZ]

CLARK, David
The funeral of David Clark, of Bath, Clinton county, who was murdered by his wife Friday afternoon, occurred on Monday, and she was allowed to attend. Mrs. Clark is 49 years old, and says she would rather have had a divorce from him than to have had the affair happen. Prosecuting Attorney Fedews is not fully satisfied as to her mental condition, and will take her to Pontiac to have her examined there. – Ionia Sentinel [The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, February 8, 1883 - from Jim Dezotell]

Of Lincoln NE, a former resident of St. Johns.  d. 1921 [Source: Grand Rapids Press (11 Feb. 1921) tr. by MZ]

S. W. Glover dropped dead at Maple Rapids, Monday. [Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot (22 Oct. 1895) transcribed by MZ]

Died at her home in St. Johns, aged 58y [Source: Grand Rapids Press (11 Feb. 1921) tr. by MZ]

Mrs. L.J. Harlock, widow of the late Joseph Harlock, died at her home in East Fulton, January 20th, 1900, aged 55 years and one day.  She was born in Clinton county.  In 1862 she was married to Joseph Harlock and settled on their farm near Pompei, where she remained until 1893, after which her time was divided between her home in Alma and her Pompei home.  She was the mother of seven children, May Harlock Mangus, Orelia Harlock, William Harlock, Frances Harlock Howe, Lillian, Charles and Myrtle Harlock.  Orelia died when five years old, leaving six children to mourn her loss.  She was a devoted wife and mother, and always stood ready to lend a helping hand in the time of need.  She was an active worker in the church and made many friends where she was known.  [Alma Record. (Alma, Mich.), 26 Jan. 1900]

HOWE, Daniel
Died - At North Eagle, Clinton county, Mich., July 17th, Daniel Howe, formerly of Martinsburgh, aged 34 years. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn his loss. (The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) – Wednesday, August 12, 1874)

KROLL, George
St. Johns, Mich., Sept. 21. – George Kroll, an old resident and a wealthy farmer of this county, died suddenly yesterday morning after a severe stroke of paralysis. He leaves an immense fortune to his son, Frank, the only heir. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (21 Sept. 1896) transcribed by MZ]

LOW, Mrs. Nathan R. (Rachel)
d. in Duplain, Jan. 24, 1852, in the 58th year of her age. She was a native of Otsego Co., N.Y., dau. of Uzral and Sarah Goble. m. in Big Flats, Chemung Co., N.Y., to Mr. Low. Came to Michigan in 1828. 2-12-1852 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, page 14 - sub by PT]

Ovid Mich. - a farmer living two miles north of here, was found dead, shot through the heart. His wife said that her husband was called out of the house, got an ax and a revolver and started down the lane. She then heard the report of a revolver and awakened her half brother, John J. Lape. They went out and found her husband lying on the ground dead, and aroused the neighbors. Lape says that he was sitting on a fence when he heard the report of the revolver, thus contradicting his sister's story. Lape has been arrested. [Contributed by Barb Z. - 8 Aug 1893, Rockford Daily Spectator]

PEARSALL, Mrs. J. R. (R.),
died in Dewitt, Nov. 11, 1853, ae 39y. 12-1-1853 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, page 14 - sub by PT]

St. Johns, Mich., Aug. 11. – John Pfighan, a well-known butcher and market man of St. Johns, died at Little Falls, Minn., Friday from injuries received on a railroad at that point the night before. He left here Tuesday evening for Fargo, S. D., in response to a telegram announcing the serious illness of his brother-in-law, Charles Keeler, who was in a hospital just across the river in Minnesota. It is reported here that he fell from a train, also that he was insured to the amount of $7,000 in various fraternal societies, besides a $400 accident policy. [Source: Kalamazoo Gazette (11 Aug. 1900) tr. by MZ]

REDFERN, Mrs. Frank
Mrs. Frank Redfern of Maple Rapids died on Friday July 6th, leaving an infant son a few hours old at the time of her death, her husband and other friends and relatives to mourn her loss.  She was the daughter of A.J. Vanderhoof of the same place, her mother having died some years ago.  The funeral was held at the Christian church on Sunday last, the attendance being the largest of any similar occasion there in many years.  Her husband Frank Redfern, is the son of Hon. Wm. Redfern, representative to the legislature from Clinton county.  They had been married about two years.  The mother, before her death, gave her child into the care of her husband's mother, Mrs. Wm. Redfern.  [Alma Record. (Alma, Mich.), 13 July 1894]

SCOTT, James Edward
Edward James Scott, son of William F. and Elizabeth Scott, was born in Duplain township, Clinton county, on May 15, 1868, and died suddenly Feb. 10, 1937 at his farm home in Greenbush. Death was caused from heart trouble. He was one of 10 children, five of whom preceded him in death. A brother, John C. Scott, died Jan 12, 1937. Mr. Scott was united in marriage to Annie Marie Stott of Gaylord, Michigan, March 15, 1893. To this union nine children were born. They lived in Gaylord for 21 years, then moved to Duplain township where Mrs. Scott died Feb. 21, 1917. He then moved to Greenbush township where he resided until death with the exception of four years in Lansing. On April 14, 1928, Mr. Scott was again united in marriage to Mrs. Winifred Thomas of Lansing, who with his five children, Glenn L., Orrie J., Alvin V., Mrs. Alice Martin and Mrs. Bertha Whitford of Lansing, survive him; also three grandchildren of Lansing; three sisters, Mrs. Josephine West of Chicago, Mrs. Ida Yuill of Romeo, Michigan, and a brother, J. Berdine Scott of Gaylord, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held from the Osgood funeral home Saturday at 2 p. m. with burial at Duplain. Rev. G. S. Northrup officiated. [Clinton County Republican News, St. Johns, Michigan Thursday, February 18, 1937]

SKIDMORE, Ada Diantha
Died in Dewitt, Nov. 26, 1854, dau. of Burtis and Phebe Skidmore ae 4y, 11m, and 19d. 12-7-1854 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; unknown, 1900, page 14 - sub by PT]

STEELE, Robert M.
St. John’s, Mich. Nov. 11 — Robert M. Steele, the well-known capitalist and railroad promoter, died at His home here today, aged sixty-five. Mr. Steele was the father of State Treasurer George A. Steele, and was considered one of the wealthiest men in Central Michigan, until two years ago, when his affairs became involved, and he was forced to make an assignment. [The Washington Post – November 17, 1897 – Submitted by Dale Donlon]

VAN DYNE, J. Oliver
J. Oliver Van Dyne, 78, formerly of Ovid, Mich., died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1982 at the Pleasant Hill Sunshine Center where he had been a resident for a short time. Born July 30, 1904 in Ovid, Mich, he was a son of Albert E. and Georgia Doe Van Dyne. He married Ilien M. Bloom on Oct. 1, 1939 at Ashland, Wisc. She died July 28, 1973. Surviving are a son James of near Pleasant Hill, and a daughter, Mrs Thomas (Susan Jo) McNutt of Homer City, Pa., and five grandchildren. Services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27 at Houghton Funeral Home, Ovid, Mich. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery at Ovid. Local arrangements were handled by Ward-Lummis Funeral Home. Mr. Van Dyne was a member of Middlebury United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge No. 127 AF and AM of Ovid, Farm Bureau, and was a former member of county board and zoning board of Shiawassee county. [Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection Pike Co IL]

VAN DYNE, J. Oliver
J. Oliver Van Dyne, 78, of Brush City (Homer Valley RD 1), died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1982, at Louisiana, Mo. A son of Albert and Georgia Van Dyne, he was born July 30, 1904, in Ovid, Mich. Mr. Van Dyne was a member of the Middlebury United Methodist Church in Ovid, Mich. He was a graduate of Michigan State University, with a degree in Forestry, and had been a dairy farmer most of his life in Michigan. He had resided in Brush Valley with his daughter the past two years. Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. Thomas McNutt of Brush Valley; a son, James Van Dyne, Nebo, Ill.; five grandchildren. He was preceded in death in 1973 by his wife, Ilien M. Bloom Van Dyne whom he married in 1939. Services and interment were held Monday, Sept. 27, in Ovid, Mich. [Indiana [Pennsylvania] Gazette, Monday 4 Oct 1982]

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