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Eaton County, Michigan
Obituaries and Death Notices

ALLEN, Mrs. Gardner G.
Allen, Mrs. Gardner G. (Philena A.) d. in Roxand, Ap. 4, 1857, ae 36y and 6m. 5-7-1857 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900 - submitted by PT]

Age 69y, Eaton Rapids, One of the wealthiest and most influential men of Onondaga, five miles east of this city, died Wednesday afternoon from blood poison. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (4 Jan. 1917) transcribed by MZ]

BATSON, George
85 years old, a native of Chester Township and longtime resident of the Conklin area, died Monday night at his home in Conklin. He was born April 24, 1866, at Chester, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arend Batson, early pioneers in the area. He attended the Big Spring school and moved to North Dakota when a young man. He was married to Miss Sarah "Nellie" Sykes at Osnabrock, ND, January 19, 1898, and they moved 12 years later to Washington. They later lived in Canada 15 years and then moved back to Conklin. Mr. Batson, who recently operated the Conklin service station, and Mrs. Sarah Batson marked their 54th anniversary last month. He leaves his wife, two sons and two daughters, Charles at Marne, Earl, Mrs. Gladys Brach and Violet, all of Grand Rapids; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Rev. John Van Harn, former Conklin Reformed pastor, officiated at services held at 2 PM Thursday at the Throop Funeral Home on Coopersville. Burial was at Rosedale Memorial Park in Grand Rapids. [Unknown Newspaper, February 1952; Contributed by Kathie Kloss Marynik]

Eaton Rapids, Nov. 6. – Mrs. C. H. Buckingham, a pioneer resident, is dead at her home, four miles east of here, after an illness of several months. She leaves her husband and three children. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (6 Nov. 1916) transcribed by MZ]

ERB, Michael H.
Of DeWitt, age 73, our loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away; April 30, 2011; at his home; born November 17, 1937; in Saginaw, MI. Mike was a member of the American Legion Post of Haslett, MI. Mike had been a programmer for NASA Mercury Project; Vice-President of Sales for RCA Computers; president of Public Data & Associates; Co-founder and President of Stimutech, Inc.; State & Local Government sales Rep. of Apple Computers, and founder of MECCA. Surviving are his five children, Melany (Ed) Holton, Mary Catherine (Woody) Gengler, Anthony Mark (Rebecca) Erb, Cecelia Erb, and Stephen Michael (Holly) Erb; twelve grandchildren, Christopher, Sam & Joey Holton, Jessica (David) Sweet, Grace Gengler, Brandon & Abigail Erb, Chloe Erb, Haley & Matthew Erb, Joey McNeilly, and Jordan Lopez; two great grandchildren, Bayley & Reese Sweet; former wife, Maryann Boyd; sister, Shirley (Lawrence) Abbey, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Mike was preceded by his two wives, Marcia Strickler and Sharron Erb, and sister, Betty Lamb. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3rd with services at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2011 in the Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing, with Pastor Gerthard Weigelt officiating. [The Oakland Press, Pontiac, Michigan May 1, 2011; Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]

Grand Ledge, Mich., March 19 — Governor Frank D. Fitzgerald was buried today in picturesque Oakwood Cemetery on a hillside across Grand River from this village, which had been his home since birth. With a 19-gun salute fired by men of the 119th Field Artillery and the sounds of taps, the State of Michigan said its farewell to the Governor in the presence of several thousand of his constituents and friends. Victim of an influenza induced heart attack on Thursday night, the Executive had served only eleven weeks of his second term in office after the first comeback victory by a Governor in the State's history. At the service held in a funeral home, packed with visitors from all parts of the State, the Rev. Dr. E. W. Bishop of Lansing eulogized the Governor as a "typical American of a type which has often flowered advantageously in American soil and has strongly undergirded the great Republic." He traced briefly his career from the time of his boyhood here "in humble circumstances, accustomed to manual toil," and through his long apprenticeship in State government which began a quarter of a century ago when he became a Senate clerk. His administrations, the pastor said, were marked by his efforts toward "thrift and economy, the unspectacular but sound American way of paying as you go and meeting practical problems in a practical way." His talents for making and keeping friends and his high sense of sportsmanship, the clergyman said, endeared him to thousands in Michigan and throughout the nation. In attendance at the service was Luren D. Dickinson, the 80-year-old Lieutenant Governor, who has been sworn in as Mr. Fitzgerald's successor. Other notables present included former Governors Wilber M. Brucker and William A. Comstock and United States Senators Arthur H. Vandenberg and Prentiss Brown, the latter two serving as pallbearers, and a delegation of Congressmen headed by Representative Paul Shafer of Battle Creek. (The New York Times – Mar. 20, 1939 – Submitted by Dale Donlon)
2nd OBIT:
Governor Frank D. Fitzgerald, who defeated Frank Murphy, now United States Attorney General, for re-election last November, died from a heart attack at his residence here tonight. The Republican Governor had been suffering from influenza. Governor Fitzgerald was 54. He began his second two-year term as Governor of Michigan last Jan. 1. Fitzgerald first was Governor in 1934-35, but Murphy captured the office from him at the end of his first term. Two years later Fitzgerald turned the tables on the Democrat. He will be succeeded by Lieut. Gov. Luren Dickinson, who will be 80 next month and who is himself confined to his home with influenza. (Los Angeles Times – March 17, 1910 – Submitted by D. Donlon)

FULLER, Eliza Harriet
Fuller, Eliza Harriet, d. in Chester, June 20, 1853, ae 17y 6m and 4d 7-7-1853 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900 - submitted by PT]

GEHMAN, Calvin
aged 42y, Dead on his farm near Vermontville. Funeral Saturday at 11 o'clock. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (Friday, 16 Feb. 1917) transcribed by MZ]

GOODRICH, Nellie Eddy
Aged 55y, Died Tuesday evening at her Charlotte home. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (22 Sept. 1921) transcribed by MZ]

GREEN, Barbara
Green, Mrs. Wm. P. (Barbara Ford) d. in Eaton Rapids, July 2, 1858, dau. of John and Dorcas Ford, ae 35y. She was born in Byron, N.Y., June 20, 1823... 7-29-1858 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900 - submitted by PT]

GREEN, Joanna
Green, Joanna d. in Chester, Ap. 15 or 16(?) 1857, ae 50y and 7m. She was from Monroe Co., N.Y., then moved to Gaines, Orleans Co. 4-30-1857 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900 - submitted by PT]

HALL, William A.
Aged 84 years, pioneer of this county, is dead. He leaves a widow and two sons, Deputy State Oil Inspector John T. Hall, and Deputy Sheriff William A. Hall, and a daughter at Alma. [Source: Kalamazoo Gazette (15 Feb. 1916) transcribed by MZ]

HICKS, Mrs. Wm.
Died Thursday at Charlotte. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (Friday, 16 Feb. 1917) transcribed by MZ]

HALL, Wilbur E.
aged 75y, Civil war veteran, died at Grand Ledge. Funeral at Grand Ledge Friday and burial at Grand Rapids. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (25 Jan. 1917) transcribed by MZ]

HILLS, George
aged 75y; Dead in Kalamo township near Charlotte. Funeral held Friday. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (Friday, 16 Feb. 1917) transcribed by MZ]

HOWELL, Charles
Keys and Tobacco Identity Charred Bones of Former Eaton County Man.
Michigan Manufacturer Trapped Like Rat Loses Life in Californa
Oakland, Cal., Dec. 30 - Two keys and a certain brand of tobacco in a tin can were the only things that served to identify a pile of charred bones in the ruins of the Union Oil company, 40 miles from this city, as the remains of Charles Howell, who was formerly a resident of Alnger, Eaton county Mich., 11 miles southwest of Charlotte. Howell was employed by the Union OH company and resided in Oakland with his family. The section of the plant, in which he was working, caught fire and he was caught like a rat in a trap. Frantic efforts were made to save him and other employees in the same section, but the blaze was so fierce that all were burned to death, Howell's flesh being completely incinerated. Mr. Howell at one time owned, together with his father, a flourishing brick yard near Olivet, Michigan. He came west several years ago. His wife is also a former Eaton county resident, being a cousin of Mrs. Nancy Morgan, of Charlotte, and a sister of Mrs. L. A. Westland, of Uplands, Cal., formerly of Grand Ledge, where her husband owned a newspaper. The sister was one of the woman delegates from California to the last National Republican convention at Chicago.  [Inman Kalamazoo Gazette - Date: 21 Dec 1913; Transcribed by Tam]

Frank Jackson, aged nineteen, of Potterville, Mich., was killed by a train of cars. [The Princeton Union.(Princeton, Minn.), April 26, 1894 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

84y, Died at Charlotte, was buried Thursday. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (Friday, 16 Feb. 1917) transcribed by MZ]

LAMB, Matilda
Lamb, Matilda, d. in Kalamo, March 2, 1855, ae 23y. 3-29-55 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900 - submitted by PT]

94y; Charlotte - A pioneer of Eaton county, died at her home in Chester. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (4 Jan. 1917) transcribed by MZ]

O'LEARY, Mrs. Christ
78y,  Buried Thursday afternoon at Charlotte. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (Friday, 16 Feb. 1917) transcribed by MZ]

OLIN, Marcus
80y;  A prominent resident of Chester township, Eaton county, died Sunday at his home.[Source: Grand Rapids Press (23 Nov. 1920) transcribed by MZ]

One of the early pioneers of Charlotte, died Wednesday. [Source: Jackson Citizen (1 Oct. 1895) transcribed by MZ]

A prominent farmer residing four miles southwest of here, died Saturday from injuries sustained when a cow he was milking crowded him against the stall in his barn. He was seventy-four years old and is survived by his widow and three children. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (6 Nov. 1916) transcribed by MZ]

Eaton Rapids - Funeral services for Arthur Simmons, 71, who died at his home on Wood St., Wednesday, were held Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Pettit and Rice funeral home with burial in Rose Hill. Surviving are the widow, Mae and one brother, Aaron of New York. [From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Nov 29, 1935. Transcribed by FoFG]

Died at his home in Sunfield, Mich., Sunday at 8 p.m. He was a brother of Mrs. L. J. Scheffel, 218 Maple avenue, this city. The funeral will be held at the home in Sunfield Tuesday at 12 o'clock, noon. [Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot (18 Sept. 1916) transcribed by MZ]

STOWELL, Electra R.
Stowell, Mrs. V. R. (Electra R.) d. in Eaton Rapids, Oct. 26, 1856, ae 43(?). She was formerly a Baptist in Fulton, N.Y., came to Michigan about 1852. 11-13-1856 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900 - submitted by PT]

Wesley Swan, a pioneer resident of Brookfield, died at his home near the Wilcox school house last Friday evening, and the funeral was held at his late residence Monday Afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. T. Woodhouse. Burial at Rose Hill. William Wesley Swan was born at Albany, N. Y., March 12th 1837, and was married to Miss Mary E. Wilkinson, Novermber 16th, 1865. He enlisted in Co. G., 17th Mich. Inf., at Eaton Rapids, Mich., Aug. 5th 1862, and was one of the three year men. Having been wounded at the battle of Sharpsburg, Md., Sept. 17th, 1862, he was discharged for disability at Camp Division, Ohio, July 1st, 1863. Deceased was a member of James B. Brainerd Post G. A. R., and always took a deep interest in the organization under whose auspices the funeral was held. Though quiet and unassuming, he was true to his convictions and loyal to his friends and to his country. He is survived by his beloved wife, two sons,**** sisters and many friends who mourn the loss of this honest, upright man. [The Eaton Rapids Journal July 12, 1907; Contributed by Jan Stypula]

Eaton Rapids, A former resident of this city, died Saturday in Detroit, where she had resided for some time and the body was brought here today for the funeral and burial. [Source: Grand Rapids Press (11 Sept. 1916) transcribed by MZ]

Wheelock, Horace, d. in Eaton Rapids, Sept. 4, 1855, ae 54y. He came to Michigan from Medina, N.Y. 12-6-1855 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900 - submitted by PT]

An old man of Vermontville village, Eaton county, was instantly killed by a runaway team. (The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, November 10, 1881 from JD)

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