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Iron County, Michigan
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BRONSON, Mrs. William C.
MANISTIQUE, May 22. Mrs. William C. Bronson died at Iron River Sunday. The remains will be brought here Tuesday and the funeral will be held at the M.E. church in the afternoon. Mrs. Bronson is well known in Manistique where she was a resident many years ago before going to Iron River. Mr. Bronson, when here, had charge of the Western Lumber company mill, which stood on the site now occupied by the Manistique Pulp and Paper company plant. Surviving Mrs. Bronson are one son, Charles Bronson, of Duluth, and a daughter, Mrs. Chalres Robinson, of Iron River.
Source: Evening News (Sault Ste. Marie, MI) Monday, 22 May 1922) transcribed by Marla Zwakman

BURNS, Michael
IRON RIVER PIONEER DEAD.
Michael Burns, pioneer resident of Iron River died at his home in the Burns addition last night at 6:30 o'clock. Mr. Burns had been ill for a number of years and death was not unexpected.
The deceased was born in Ireland on September 29, 1852, making him 65 years old. When 17 years of age he came to this country, living for a number of years at Milwaukee and later at Oconto, Wis. where he resided for twenty years previous to making his home here. While at Oconto he married Miss Mary O'Leary in 1888 who survives him. Besides a wife he is survived by two sons, John and Frank, and a brother and two sisters, who reside at Milwaukee.
Mr. Burns came to Iron River 26 years ago and engaged in the lumbering business. He was one of the original settlers of the Canal land and platted out what is now Burns' addition. During his stay here he held several public offices, having served on the village council and board of education years ago. He is well known throughout this district and made a host of friends who will mourn his death.
The remains will be taken Monday morning to Oconto, Wis., where he will be buried. Early mass will be said at St. Agnes' church by Rev. Father Lenhart before leaving for the train.
Source: The Diamond Drill (Crystal Falls, MI), October 13, 1917; Transcribed by Fred Coleman

LITHEN, Mrs. Gust
Crystal Falls, Mich. - (AP) Robert Dibble, CCC worker from Grand Rapids, Mich., found the body of Mrs. Gust Lithen, 58, yesterday in a swamp a mile north of here after a two day search by a crew of 80 conservation camp workers. Coroner H. J. Larson said the woman had taken her own life by slashing her left wrist.
Source: Marshfield News-Herald ( Marshfield , Wood County , Wis. ) Tuesday, Nov. 1937, page 6; Lorraine Markee collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

MACKINNON, Alexander
Alexander MacKinnon, pioneer of Iron county, one of the founders of the village of Iron River, prominent in mining and business circles, and one of the most highly respected and esteemed men of Iron River, died last Tuesday at his home in that city of pneumonia. He had been ill about two weeks.
The Diamond Drill, (Crystal Falls, MI), October 21, 1916; Transcribed by Fred Coleman

PURCELL, Ethel
SAD ACCIDENT AT IRON RIVER
ETHEL PURCELL THROWN FROM RIG AND FATALLY INJURED PASSED AWAY WEDNESDAY
Party Were on a Short Fishing Expedition When Accident Occured
Miss Ethel Purcell, of Iron River, died at the Stambaugh Hospital on Wednesday afternoon as the result of an accident.
Miss Purcell, in company with Miss Maude Sensiba and Mrs. Chas. Gaastra, all of Iron River drove to Peter Paul's place, above Atkinson, late Monday night. Their conveyance was a team and buckboard, and they arrived at their destination at about midnight. A fishing and hunting lodge is located at this point and it was the purpose of the party to spend a couple of days fishing there. Just as they arrived at the lodge, a strap gave way and allowed the pole of the buckboard to drop. The horses became frightened and ran away, precipitating the occupants of the buckboard to the ground. Miss Purcell was caught between a wheel of the conveyance and a rock and suffered internal injuries from which she died.
After the accident, Dr. Kohfmul of Stambaugh was summoned. The doctor drove his car as close to the lodge as was possible and to that point, the injured woman was carried, a distance of about three miles. She was then brought to the Stambaugh Hospital, arriving there Tuesday forenoon. A consultation of physicians was held but her injuries baffled surgical skill.
Miss Sensiba was uninjured but Mrs. Gaastra was slightly injured and Claude Drown, the driver, suffered a broken rib.
Miss Purcell was born at Negaunee but had lived at Iron River from early childhood. She was a very bright young woman and had many friends throughout the county. She was a sister of John Purcell and a niece of former County Treasurer McGillis.
Source: The Diamond Drill (Crystal Falls, MI), July 08, 1916; Transcribed by Fred Coleman

RICE, Mrs. Levi,
age 97, died Tuesday, May 19, at Iron River , Mich. , and was buried Saturday at Bessemer , Mich. Mrs. Rice, a third cousin of Abraham Lincoln, possessed many Lincoln family mementos. Mrs. Rice, the former Lillis Hull, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Hull, for whom the township of Hull was named. Her father, a blacksmith, brought his family here in 1871 and spent the winter here. They returned to Oakfield in the spring but came back later and settled on a homestead in the town of Holton . In 1885, Mr. and Mrs. Rice moved to Bessemer , when that city consisted of one log cabin. Mr. Rice died in 1934. Surviving are two sons, Arthur and William, both of Bessemer; three daughters, Mrs. W. J. Sincock, Minneapolis ; Mrs. S. E. Quayle, Iron River , Mich. ; and Mrs. Bruce Gatewood, Los Angeles ; 19 grand children, 30 great grand children and eight great, great grand children. Mrs. Rice had two sisters, Mary and Clara, and a brother, Charles, all deceased.
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County , Wis. ) Thursday, 28 May 1953 - Marla Zwakman

RUCK, Joel
HUSBAND KILLED IN VIRGINIA
City Marshal Broad received a telegram from Virginia Minn, on the morning of the fourth asking him to look up Mrs. Joel Ruck of this city stating further that her husband was killed the night before in an automobile accident. Mrs. Ruck is a daughter of Victor Sjestrom of this city and was spending the fourth with her parents when the sad new reached her. She left at once for her home.
Source: The Diamond Drill (Crystal Falls, MI), July 08, 1916; Transcribed by Fred Coleman



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