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Houghton County, Michigan
Obituaries and Death Notices

Dominic Batista
Houghton - The remains of Dominic Batista, 18 years of age, who died at St. Joseph's hospital, Hancock, Thursday, have been shipped to Iron Mountain, where the mother of the deceased resides. The remains were shipped at public expense. Batista was arrested about a month ago on a charge of burglarizing Goodfellow's store at South Range. [The Duluth Herald (MN), Monday Evening, Oct. 24, 1910]

Charles K. Dodge
The Port Huron Times Herald reports the death last Saturday, of Charles K. Dodge, who was born and reared in Jackson, and who leaves a brother, Frank Dodge, who resides here. In 1860 Mr. Dodge was a professor of Greek and Latin at Houghton. Later he became a lawyer and settled in Port Huron. During recent years he was curator in botany of Michigan University. He died at 74 years of age.[Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot (Wednesday, 27 Mar. 1918) transcribed by MZ]

William J. Evans
News was received here last Friday morning of the death of Wm. J. Evans at the Roosevelt hot springs. The evidence adduced at the coroner's inquest showed that the deceased had gone into the pool to bathe and remained too long in the water, which is quite hot and brought on heart failure. Howard Evans, brother of the deceased, at once arranged to have the body shipped to his home at Houghton, Mich., where deceased had a wife and several children. Undertaker F. L. Jones went to Roosevelt Friday afternoon and returned with the remains Saturday morning, and Monday morning Howard Evans left with the body for Michigan. Deceased had been here several months. He was an expert accountant and expected to go to work for a local firm on his return from Roosevelt.
The Republican correspondent says:  At the inquest, which took place Friday evening, several witnesses were introduced who testified to having seen the man on the day of his death. The proprietor of the bath house was also called and he testified to having rented the man a bathing suit. He said that the man made one dive head first into the pool and never came to the surface again. Dr. Palmer, who performed the post mortem examination testified that the man had a large heart and a probably weak one. That the shock of the dive had cause its action to cease and death resulted. No evidences of poisoning were found to exist in the stomach. The verdict returned by the jury was that of accidental death caused by drowning. [Contributed by Barbara Ziegenmeyer - Arizona Silver Belt Gila County Az. May 24, 1906]

Edward Foley
Hancock - Edward Foley, owner of the Roland hotel at Twin Lakes, died Monday at St. Joseph's hospital, ending a week's illness. Parents of the deceased reside in Ireland. Two brothers are living in America, one of Flint, who will come tomorrow to take charge of the remains, and another, Daniel, of Duluth when last heard from.  [The Duluth Herald, Wednesday Evening, Oct. 26, 1910]

Henry Frome, Sr.
Henry Frome, Sr., died at the nurses' home in Greenwood, where he had been a patient 20 days, Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, old age complications being the cause of his departure. The body had been lying in state at the Lulloff Funeral Home until Tuesday afternoon where funeral services were held at the Zion Lutheran church in Colby, Rev. O. Hoffmann officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. Pall bearers were Edwin Frome Jr., James Arschambo, Glenn Frome, Gordon Mellenthin, Rueben Frome and William Frome. Henry Frome was born in Hancock, Michigan on November 11, 1866, thus reaching the age of 82 years. He came to this community when a young man and married Marie Greske on July 1, 1903, in Colby. They lived on a farm in the town of Colby until about six years ago when they retired from farm life and moved to Abbotsford. Mrs. Frome died in March, 1945, and for the past year, Mr. Frome made his home with his son, Edwin. Surviving are five sons and one daughter - Edwin, Theodore and Wallace of Colby, Orvin and Henry, Jr., of Milwaukee and Mrs. John (Meta) Draeger of Venice, Calif. Also surviving are three brothers and two sisters - Louis and Hugo of Colby, Charles of Manitowoc, Mrs. A. M. Steinwand and Mrs. John Tesmer of Colby. There are nine grand children and six great grand children. The deceased was well known in Colby for his industrious and congenial disposition, so characteristic of the early pioneer. He was town chairman of the town of Colby for several years. Out of town people here for the funeral were Orvin and Henry Frome of Milwaukee, Mrs. Tony Hertz of Edgar, Mr. and Mrs. James Archambo of Athens, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Frome and Gordon Mellenthin of Unity, Mrs. Clarence Gosse and Mr. and Mrs. August Scheuler of Abbotsford. [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 10 Feb. 1949; transcribed by MZ]

Nelson Geuguere
CALUMET, Mich., Oct. 2. – Mrs. Nelson Geuguere, of Hancock, Mich., died this morning of old age. She was one of the four original property owners of the site of the city of Hancock and was born at Quebec in 1817, settling at Grand Rapids, Wis., 68 years ago. She was a resident of Hancock during the past 47 years and was one of the pioneer settlers of upper Michigan. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Saturday, 3 Oct. 1908; transcribed by MZ]

Dorothy Virginia (Baiocchi) Gougeon
Tamarack City, Mich. - Dorothy Virginia Gougeon, 90, a resident of Tamarack City , passed away Friday morning, March 26, 2004, at the Keweenaw Memorial Medical Center in Laurium , Mich. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Pearce Funeral Home in Lake Linden , Mich. Immediately following the visitation, the funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Eric Olson officiating, at the funeral home. Spring burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Lake Linden . She was born June 11, 1913, a daughter of Camille and Ladi (Coemi) Baiocchi. She attended St. Cecilia School in Hubbell , Mich. , and Dollar Bay High School . She was a well-known local seamstress. She was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Hubbell and a long-time listener of WMPL Radio. She was married to Joseph Gougeon on July 22, 1941, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church. He passed away on Oct. 28, 1991. She was also preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Anna Pizzi, Margie Belardi and Ella Capacholli. Surviving are a son, Raymond (Joann) Gougeon of Marshfield; a daughter, Virginia Gougeon of Tamarack City , Mich. ; two granddaughters, Nicole (Sean) Hildebrandt of Janesville and Kimberly (Matthew) Tremain of Prior Lake, Minn.; two great-grandsons, Benjiman Joseph and Owen Michael Hildebrandt; and numerous nieces and nephews. [Source: Marshfield News-Herald ( Marshfield , Wood County , Wis. ) Saturday, 27 Mar. 2004; page A4; tr. by MZ]

Mary Gribble
The funeral of Mrs. Mary Gribble took place Sunday with services at the Calumet M. E. church, Rev. C. L. Adams officiating. [The Duluth Herald, Saturday Evening, Oct. 22, 1910]

Clyde W. Harry
Houghton - The death occurred Sunday of Clyde W., the 10-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Harry, of C street, Raymboultown. The funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon with services at the Calumet M. E. church, Rev. C. L. Adams officiating.  [The Duluth Herald, Wednesday Evening, Oct. 26, 1910]

Joseph Hennes
Houghton, Mich., Oct. 25. - Joseph Hennes, one of the greatest merchants of the copper district, died Saturday. He had his back broken a short time ago while driving under an overhanging tree. He had accumulated a fortune of over $250,000. A widow and eight children survive him. [Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot (Monday, 25 Oct. 1897) transcribed by MZ]

Lucius L. Hubbard
Houghton, Mich., Oct. 25. - Joseph Hennes, one of the greatest merchants of the copper district, died Saturday. He had his back broken a short time ago while driving under an overhanging tree. He had accumulated a fortune of over $250,000. A widow and eight children survive him. [Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot (Monday, 25 Oct. 1897) transcribed by MZ]

Benjamin Judkins
CLASS OF 1850 - Benjamin Judkins.
Son of Benjamin Judkins and Abby Fuller; born in Boston, May 28, 1820; prepared for college at Leicester (Mass.) Academy; graduated at Harvard College, 1848; studied two years in this Seminary, 1848-50. He was ordained at Nantucket, Mass., April 1, 1851, and continued as pastor there till 1855; was the first pastor of the First Church, Somerville, 1856-58; of the Presbyterian church, Allentown, Penn., 1859-62; at Clinton, Mass., 1862-67; Keokuk, Io., 1868-70. In the latter year he was confirmed in the Protestant Episcopal Church at Keokuk; was ordained deacon, December 7, 1870, by Bishop Huntington, at Jordan, N.Y.; ordained priest by the same, at Windsor, Conn., July 10, 1871. After ten years service as rector of Grace Church there ill health compelled him to leave active ministerial labor, and purchasing a farm in West Dedham, Mass., he resided there, without pastoral charge but often preaching, until 1890, with the exception of two years, 1886-88, when he was rector of Trinity Church, Concord, Mass. Since 1890 he has resided with his son at Houghton, Mich., where he assisted in the editorial management of the Gazette published there.  He was a perfectly conscientious and devoted Christian, a broad and liberal churchman, a man who did good whenever and wherever he could possibly find an opportunity. Wherever his voice was heard there love sprang up for the speaker. With magnetic power he enchained his hearers, and every word uttered in those thrilling tones went from his heart to find a lodgment in the hearts of those who listened.  He was married, September 24, 1850, to Sarah Morrill Mitchell, of Boston, daughter of Phinehas Mitchell and Sarah Morrill. She survives him, with one son and two daughters, one daughter having deceased.   He died of a complication of diseases, at Houghton, Mich., February 26, 1894, in his seventy-fourth year. [Source: Necrology of Andover Theological Seminary (1828 - 1865) transcribed by KM]

A. Le Bault
Calumet: A. Le Bault, the 16-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Le Bault of Gay, died at the home of his parents from tuberculosis. He had been ailing for the past three months. He is survived by his parents, one sister, Mrs. Mose Roberts of Tamarack, and several brothers. [The Duluth Herald (MN), Monday Evening, Oct. 24, 1910]

Katherine Messner
Houghton - Mrs. Katherine Messner of Redridge died Saturday, aged 60 years. She is survived by her husband and nine children. The children are Mrs. Sarah Kaiser, Mrs. Fred Mills, Miss Walter Alsbach, Miss Anna Messner, Jacob Messner, Fred, Kasper, Christian, and John. The funeral was held Monday. [The Duluth Herald, Tuesday Evening, Oct. 25, 1910]

Joseph Mills
The funeral of the late Joseph Mills was held Wednesday with services at the Laurium M. E. church, Rev. W. E. Marvin officiating. [The Duluth Herald, Saturday Evening, Oct. 22, 1910]

Ida Oshinsky
Oldest Michigan Woman Dies at 108
Hancock, Mich., April 11 - The oldest woman in Michigan, Mrs. Ida Oshinsky, died here yesterday at the age of 108. She had lived in the upper peninsula for fifty years. She made several trips abroad, taking her last voyage unaccompanied, when she was 85 years old. (Jewish Advocate - sub. April 19, 1912 - Transcribed by D.D.)

William Owen
CALUMET, Mich., July 13. - 80 years old, last chief of the Chippewa Indian tribes, died today at Zeba where he had resided for 77 years. He was appointed chief 30 years ago. It is not thought likely that a successor will be appointed. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Sunday, 14 July 1918) transcribed by MZ]

Jacob Polkela
Calumet. Mich. - Jacob Polkela, 33 died of meningitis as the result of a scalp wound sustained in a fall while at work underground in the Calumet & Hecla mine five days ago. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (MN) Thursday, 9 Feb. 1911; transcribed by MZ]

John Ruppe
Hancock: John Ruppe, brother of George and Joseph Ruppe of Hancock, died early today in Oak Grove sanitarian[sic] at Flint. John Ruppe at one time resided in Hancock, but had not lived in this city during the past eleven years. [The Duluth Herald (MN), Monday Evening, Oct. 24, 1910]

Daisy Victoria Sandstrom
Hancock - Daisy Victoria, the 18 months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sandstrom of West Hancock street, died Saturday afternoon of pneumonia. The funeral was held from the residence at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. [The Duluth Herald, Tuesday Evening, Oct. 25, 1910]

Charles Smith
Calumet, Mich.,Oct. 25. - Former Senator Charles Smith, dean of the state senate for twelve years, and for four years before that a member of the house, died Sunday night at Lake Linden. He was one of the most prominent republicans in Michigan, a banker, thirty-third degree Mason and Elk. For thirty years he was a member of the Houghton county supervisors. Senator Smith was born in1839 in Livonia, Wayne county. He served through the civil war in Company S, First Michigan of Ypsilanti. He was chief clerk at the Calumet & Hecla smelting plant at Hubbell. His service in legislature dated from 1894 to 1910.   [Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot (Monday, 25 Oct. 1915) transcribed by MZ]

E.F. Sutter
Houghton, Mich., April 16. - E. F. Sutton died yesterday at his home in Lake Linden. He was a pioneer of the Lake Superior copper country. He was born June 25, 1831, in Sussex county, N. J., and resided at Romeo, Mich., for some years. In 1862 he came to Ontanagon county, where he had charge of the famous Minnesota Copper Co.'s store. In 1868 he took charge of the Huron Mine store at Houghton. Later he was assistant superintendent of the Allouez mine, Keweenaw county, and after established a big mercantile business at Lake Linden, of which he was president and general manager at the time of his death. [Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot (16 Apr. 1901) transcribed by MZ]

Patrick Sullivan
Patrick Sullivan, aged 16 years, died Wednesday after a short illness. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Sullivan of Caledonia street. Beside his parents, he is survived by two brother and four sisters. [The Duluth Herald, Saturday Evening, Oct. 22, 1910]

Trengove, Mrs. N.
A Sudden Death: The Daily Mining Gazette, of Houghton, Mich., publishes a notice of the death of Mrs. N. Trengove, at her home in Lake Linden on January 17. Deceased had lived for years in the northern peninsula, and was highly esteemed. Among the surviving children is Mrs. William Nicholls, of Globe, Arizona, who with her daughter had been visiting relatives in Lake Linden for several weeks, and had left for Lancaster, Wisconsin, for a brief stop before returning to Arizona. A telegram was sent to Mrs. Nicholls announcing the death of her mother, and it was expected she would return to Lake Linden. Arizona Silver Belt. [Contributed by BZ (Globe City, Pinal County, Ariz.), January 25, 1906]

Turner, J.G.
Houghton - Dr. J. G. Turner, member of the state board of health and one of the oldest practicing physicians in this section of the upper peninsula, was found dead in his bed Tuesday. He was about 70 years old. [Source: Kalamazoo Gazette (Wednesday, 5 Apr. 1922) transcribed by MZ]

Capt. Thomas Trevarrow
The funeral of Capt. Thomas Trevarrow, ex-assistant mine inspector, took place Saturday afternoon with services at the Laurium M. E. church, Rev. M. W. Ward officiating. [The Duluth Herald, Saturday Evening, Oct. 22, 1910]
Laurium: The funeral of the late Thomas Trevarrow, ex-deputy county mine inspector, who passed away at this home on Pewabic street early Wednesday morning was held Saturday afternoon from the Laurium Methodist Episcopal church. [The Duluth Herald (MN), Monday Evening, Oct. 24, 1910]

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