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OVER THIRTY DIE IN TRAIN WRECK AT PORTER, IND.
New York Central Flyer Cuts Through Derailed Train. Feb 27, 1921 - Mrs Richard Eva, Jackson,Mrs. F. W. Langin, Jackson, missing is Miss June Campbell, stenographer, Michigan Central division superintendent, Jackson


TWELVE ARE DEAD
Terrible Wreck on the Michigan Central Near Jackson.
Five More Fatally Injured
And a Long List of Victims More or Less Bruised up.
Fourteen Years ago to a Day
A Wreck Occurred at About the Same Spot Killing Eighteen.


Jackson, Michigan, Oct. 13 - The second greatest accident in the history of the Michigan Central railroad occurred here this morning within 100 yards of the place where fourteen years ago to a day, the Pacific express crashed into a frieght engine and eighteen people were killed.
    To-day's disaster has for a record twelve dead, five probably fatally injured and fourteen others more of less seriously hurt.  At 8:15 this a.m. an excursion originating at Oswego, N. Y. which had been turned over by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western to the Michigan Central, at Buffalo, was standing on the track at Jackson station when a second special laden with excursionists, also from the east, crashed into it from the rear and telescoped the last three cars of the Oswego  special.
List of the Victims
The officers of the road give the following list of killed and injured.
Mrs. Chas, Starr, Elmira, N.Y.
Maggie Master, Penn Yann, N.Y.
Miss Harriet Breeze, Pine City, N.Y.
George Hoffman, Saranac, N.Y.
Mrs. J. A. Beardslee, East Canton. PA.
Mrs. J. H. Keeler, Hammondsport, N.Y.
Mrs. J. Lloyd Woodbury, Bath, N.Y.
Jas. Woodbury, Bath, N.Y.
Infant child of Mrs. Anson Harrington, Elmira, N.Y.
An unknown man, dark skinned, with a flowing gray beard, about sixty years old.  There are no means of identifying him.
An unknown woman of thirty-five, with dark hair and sallow complexion, having some show of beard on her upper lip: wears a wedding ring on the fore-finger of her right hand.
the main is terribly crushed about the heard and face, but their features are discernable.  Neitherof the bodies ahve a scrap to identify them, but some of the passengers believe their names were Buck and that they were husband and wife.  They were taken out together and seemed to have been in one seat.
Injured - Mrs. G.A. Graham, New York, Mrs J. A. Burling, East Srpingfield, New York, injuries not known: Mrs. McKeh, Ganton, Pa.; Mrs. Allie Harris, Canton, recovery doubtful; Mrs. Mary Wakefield, Elmira, N.Y.; Mrs. E. A. Dolmench, Elmira; Miss J. M. Anderson, Marsh Run, Pa.; Mrs. Blanche Beardslee, Canton, Pa.; Mrs. Alfred Zeales, Mrs C. W. May, Elmirs, N.Y.; Miss Maud Battley, Canton, Pa., probably fatally' Miss Kate Healy, Marsh Run, Pa., sserious; Jo.hanna Healy, both legs broken - recovery doubtful; Mrs. A. Herring, Elmira, New York, leg broken, injured, internally; Miss Sarah Keeler, Hammondsport, leg broken; Frank Fraley, Columbia, Pa, Mrs. Herbert Gardner, Horsehead, New York.  Several of the trainmen were also injured.  John Beardslee, of Canton Pa., whose daughter is so badly hurt that she may die; Mrs. C. W. Fay, and her daughter, Miss Laura Fay, are also seriously injured.
 
From the Daily Journal & Journal & Tribune, Oct. 14, 1893.

Died at her home, April 1st, Mrs. Neuton ACKLEY.  Mrs. Ackley has been a great sufferer for a number of years.  She leaves a husband, one daughter and an aged father to mourn their great loss.  The funeral was held at the church Wednesday at 2 o’clock.
From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, April 3, 1901. Pulaski

Mrs. Grace Campbell
ANSBRO died Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. J. Bettendorf, 618 Harris street.

The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from Wetherby's chapel.  Interment in Woodland cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 19, 1922.


Rebecca A. ARMSTRONG, died Monday evening at 7 o'clock aged 77 years, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. E. Robinson, 725 Edgewood avenue.  Besides her daughter she is survived by one son Fred Armstrong, of Leslie and one sister, Mrs. Sarah August of this city.
Funeral services will be held at Fifield and Wetherby's Chapel Thursday morning at 10 o'clock, burial in Leslie.
From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 3, 1922.

Theron AVERY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Avery, died at the home in Sandstone, Sunday at 8 p.m., aged 8 years. He is survived by his parents, a sister, Ruth, and a brother, Earl.
The funeral will be held from the home Tuesday at 10 a.m. Internment will be made at Chapel cemetery.
From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Dec 4, 1916. Transcribed by FoFG MZ

Nellie M. BAKER, formerly of Jackson, died at the home of her sister in Michigan City, Ind., Sunday morning, aged 45 years.
The body will arrive in this city Tuesday and the funeral will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. from 240 West Main street. Internment will be made at Woodland cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Dec 4, 1916. Transcribed by FoFG MZ

THOMAS BARNES dropped dead Tuesday morning, an old citizen of this county, named Thomas Barnes, met with a sudden death at his house on North Jackson street. He arose as usual, and while dressing, was observed to fall. When spoken to a few seconds after, life was extinct, he having died instantly, probably from heart disease. Deceased had been a resident of this county, having lived in Rives Township a number of years, and lately removed to this city. He was a good citizen, and his sudden demise will be regretted by a large circle of friends. He was the father of the wife of Marshal (Horace Field added by jf) of this city. The funeral will occur at his late residence this afternoon at two o'clock.
From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Dec. 19, 1866. Transcribed and contributed by John Field

Mrs Walter A BAILEY

      Mary Belle SNOW, daughter of Ira and Ann Eliza Snow, was born in Sandstone, Jackson county, Michigan, Nov. 29, 1863, and passed away Sept. 13, 1921.
      Her school days were passed in the Parma school, graduating from the high school in 1882 under Charles E. Townsend, now United State Senator.  After graduating she taught school until she was united in marriage to Walter A. Bailey of Parma, June 10, 1885.  To them were born five children.  Glenn, who died in infancy, Rhea, now Mrs. Clifford Merrritt, Mattie, now Mrs. Lewis Braund, both of Jackson, Ray, who resides on the home farm, and Lee of Lansing.
      In early life she joined the Methodist Episcopal Church of Parma, but for many years had been a constant attendant and worker in the Congregational church of Sandstone.
      Besides her husband and children she is survived by four grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Strand and Mrs. Norman Cuff of Jackson, and two brothers, Ira Snow of Parma and Bert Snow of Spring Arbor, besides a host of relatives and friends.
From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Sept 25, 1921.

OPENS WRONG DOOR, FALLS, LOSES LIFE
Mrs. A. Bernhardy, 60, Tumbles Down Cellar Stairs at Her Rooming Place.

      Mrs. A. Bernhardy, aged about 60 years, was killed about 10:30 o’clock Monday night by falling down a flight of cellar stairs at her rooming place, 307 South Mechanic street, but her body was not found until 5:30 o’clock this morning.  William Van Auker found her lifeless body lying at the foot of the cellar stairs.  She had mistaken the cellar door for the one leading into  the kitchen.
      Mrs. Bernhardy, according to the story told Detective Abbott and Coroner Pulling who were called on the case, left her room about 10:30 o’clock Monday evening with the intention of getting a pitcher of water.  The kitchen door and cellar door are near each other and by mistake Mrs. Bernhardy opened the cellar door and pitched headlong down the steep flight of steps.
      At the time she fell down the steps Mrs. Ida Van Auker, proprietor of the rooming house, heard a noise, and went to the kitchen to investigate but did not discover anythingg wrong.  Her son, William Van Auker, on arising this morning found the aged woman lying dead at the foot of the stairs and immediately notified the police.  Coroner Pulling and Detective Abbott responded and on making an investigation decided that an inquest was unnecessary.
      Mrs. Bernhardy had been employed at the Y. W. C. A. and was known as Mrs. Hardy at that place, and was also called by this name at her rooming house.  In her room were found letters addressed to her under the name of Mrs. A. Bernhardy, which had been sent to different street addresses in the city.  So far as is known she has no relatives in Jackson.  The body was removed to the Knickerbocker undertaking rooms.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, June 11, 1918.

J. Fred BISHOP, a former resident of Parma, died Tuesday morning at Battle Creek, aged 45 years. Besides the widow and one daughter, his mother and sister in Hinsdale, Ill., also survive.
The funeral was held at Battle Creek Friday at 10 a.m. The remains were brought to Chapel cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Nov 15, 1918. Transcribed by FoFG MZ

L. BREIDENBAUGH Thursday afternoon funeral services will be condued for Mrs. Paul Breidenbaugh, 67 of 264 Bohne Rd., Grass Lake, who died Tuesday. Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Wedward Willy of Grass lake and one son, Lawrence of Michigan Center. Other surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Emma Henke and Mrs. Mary Luecke, both of Mildford, ILL., Mrs. Lydia Obenland of Sheldon, ILL; and Mrs. Amanda Johnson of Jackson; and one brother, William Natschke of St. Anne, ILL. A native of Illinois, Mrs. Breidenbaugh moved to Grass Lake follwing her marriage 49 years ago. Burial will be in Leoni Cemetery. Note: Lena Natschke Breidenbaugh was born March 31, 1901 in Cissna Park, IL. to Alexander and Carlena Freiboth Natschke.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Nov. 13, 1968. Transcribed and contributed by Carol Natschke Harner

Mrs. A. S. BRETHERTON, 171 18th street, Milwaukee, Wis., formerly of Jackson, died Monday at her home, aged 82 years. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Henry Merz, of Milwaukee; and four sons, Richard, of Bisbee, Ariz.; Edward, of Dallas, Tex.; Charles, of Toledo, and George, of Henrietta.

The funeral will be held Thursday morning, in Milwaukee.
From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Dec 12, 1922. Transcribed by FoFG MZ

The funeral of Edward CAMPBELL, will be held at the home, 515 West Trail street, Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock.  The body will be taken to Reading for burial.
From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 1, 1922.

CODER, Frank P, died at the city hospital, Tuesday afternoon, at 4:30 o’clock after a ten weeks’ illness.  Mr. Coder had been in the employ of the New York Central Railroad Company for more than 30 years and for the last eight years had been station agent at Napoleon.  Death was caused from a fractured hip.  A Widow one brother and two sisters, E. J. Coder of Cleveland, Mrs. M. E. Olds of Clinton and Mrs. Priscilla Zimmerman of Massilon, Ohio, survive.  The deceased was a member of the Napoleon lodge of Masons.
    Funeral at the home in Napoleon, Saturday afternoon at 3:30 with internment in Norvell cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, April 28, 1916.

Class of 1876 – ALEXANDER BLAIR CRAWFORD. A.M.; Berkeley Div. Sch., 1879. B. 27 July, 1849, Tompkins, Mich. Teacher. D. 22 Aug., 1910, Newmarket, N.H.

Source is: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1909-1910, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Funeral services for Philip CRUSON will be held Monday morning at 10 o'clock at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Cruson, 412 Ellery avenue.  Interment in Woodland cemetery.
From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, April 28, 1916.

COWELL, James C died at his home 808 Cooper street, Saturday morning, aged 66 years.  He is survived by a widow.  The funeral will be held at the home at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon.  Interment at Woodland.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Nov 23, 1912.

CUDDY William , a contractor of the firm of Phillips & Cuddy at the Michigan state prison, was killed at that institution by a life convict named Henry Blackman who is doing time for murdering his wife and family.

From the New Ulm Review., August 24, 1892. Transcribed by Robin Line.

CUDDY William , a contractor, of the firm of Phipps & Cuddy, at the Michigan state prison in this city, was killed at that institution at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon by Henry Blackman, who is in for life for murdering his wife and his family.  Mr. Cuddy was sitting at his desk in the shop writing when Blackman crept up behind and knocked him over the head with a hammer.  No one was in the room at the time.  Mr. Cuddy was discovered by a guard in an unconscious condition and blood was streaming from a frightful troused on his head.  He was removed to the prison hospital, where an attempt was made to revive him, but in vain.  He died within an hour.  Blackman was at once taken to the cell and practically confessed the crime.  It is said that last week this same convict assaulted Cuddy, but did not inflict serious injuries upon him.  He was then flogged in a thorough manner by the prison officials and then swore he would kill Cuddy.

From the Ironwood News-Record, August 20, 1892. Transcribed by Christine Walters.

DARLING, John C - John C. Darling, an old and respected resident of Jackson, died at his home, 804 E. Ganson street, Friday afternoon at 3:05 after an illness of two weeks from pneumonia, heart failure intervening. Deceased was born Feb. 22, 1812 at Phelps, Ontario County N. Y. He remained with his parents on the farm until Jan. 15, 1838, when he was united in marriage to Miss Lucy A. Garliack of the same place. They at once began married life on a farm in the locality of their birth. In 1838 they moved to Michigan and bought a farm in Onondaga Township, Ingham County, but in 1844 sold out and returned to New York where they lived until 1851. They then came back to Michigan and settled in Hanover, where they bought a farm of 300 acres. They afterwards resided in Kalamazoo, Hillsdale, and Jackson. The past six years of his life having been spent with a daughter, Mrs. J. W. Bernard at the residence of Mrs. D. J. Holden, 804 E. Ganson street. To their union eight children were born of whom three survive: Mrs. J. W. Bernard, Mrs. A. M. Tinker of this city and Mrs. W. E. Best of Chicago.
On Jan. 2, 1866, Mrs. Darling died and one year later he married Mrs. Jennie Fleming of Kalamazoo. To them was born one son, William P. Darling of Kalamazoo.  J. W. Fleming of Jackson is a son of her first marriage.
Although Mr. Darling was well and favorably known throughout the city and county, it was not his disposition to push himself forward to gain, notoriety on the contrary he was very modest. It was the good deeds of his every-day life that won for him such a wide circle of friends. He was a good man of upright character and ever honest in his dealings with his fellow men. His last days were of intense suffering, yet he bore his burden with Christian fortitude and submission. He was a member of the First M. E. Church at Kalamazoo and would have been 91 years old had he lived until the 22d of next February.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Oct 7, 1902. Transcribed by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern.

DECKER, John A. passed away suddenly Saturday morning at his home in Blackman, aged 62 years.  There survive him a widow and two daughters, Mrs. Clarence Bond and Miss Ethel Decker.
    Funeral at the home Tuesday at 2 p.m.; interment at Pherdun cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, May 13, 1917.

DIXON, Harriet - Mrs. Harriet Dixon died at the residence of her son, Millard at Concord, Tuesday, Jan. 15.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 19, 1901. Transcribed by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern.

DONALDSON, Sarah M died Wednesday at the home of her sister, Mrs Thomas A Morrissey, 378 North West avenue.  She is survived by three sisters, Mrs Charles H Maloney, Gary Ind; Wilford U Dunning, and Mrs Thomas Morrissey, of Jackson.  Her mother, Mrs. Sarah Kleven, died last January.  Funeral services will be held at St John's church Saturday at 3 pm.  Interment at St John's cemetary.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, April 25, 1919.

FIELD, Thomas - Obit: Death of Old Settlers - The early settlers of Jackson county are passing away. Five of the pioneers of this county have gone hense during the past week,and the rich county, growing villages and the prosperous city of this county, for whom advancement they favored, will see them no more forever. As we write, the funeral knell of Judge Beebe is tolling, each sound of the bell proclaming the tenderness and kindness of the heart, now still in death. We had hardly finished the sentence, when we learned that Henry O. Bronson, another pioneer,finished his journey this morning,and has gone from earth. Today we are told of the demise of Thomas Field, who died on Tuesday,and whose age was 89. He died in Jackson, the city where he had lived for the past eight years,having resided in the county over 39 years, locating here in the year 1833. His was a vigorous manhood and he passed nearly a century, lacking a decade, on earth, with no illness, but one, his first and last, which carried him away. He died at the residence of his son Horace Field, 57 Cortland St.
           The pioneers of Jackson are passing rapidly away, and a week has witnessed the death of several. Their work finished, the evening of their lives closes in beauty and serenity, leaving the memory of their noble early struggles and generous deeds.

From the Jackson County Democrat, 21 March, 1872. Transcribed and contributed by John Field

FIELD, William T. - Son of Horace Melvin Field and Jesse McArdle -
Wife Cannot Signal Husband Any More:

    A story of devotion between husband and wife, an equal which has not be en brought to light in the city in many years, was revealed by the railroad accident in which Fireman W. T. Field met death, Sunday.
    Mr. Field was only recently assigned to the Grand Rapids run. Prior to his beginning work on this line he was fireman on the old middle division of the Michigan Central, his run being from Jackson to Kalamazoo and Michigan City. At that time Mr. Field had just been married and resided with his parents at 222 Oak Hill Avenue near the Carr Street bridge.
    Residents of the vicinity of the old Carr Street bridge tell the story of the wife's devotion to her husband whose work took him from her side for the greater part of the time during their early married life. Each night as the engine on which Mr. Field fired neared Butler's crossings west of the city on its way into Jackson, the engineer pulled the whistle cord for three long blasts. The shriek of the engine could be plainly heard on Oak Hill Avenue and no sooner would it sound out on the midnight air than the door of the Field residence would open and the form of a woman would start out into the night. A few moments later a lantern would flash out in the darkness on the Carr street bridge. As the big locomotive plowed on its way underneath the cement structure Fireman Field ceased his labors for a moment to keep a lover's tryst with the woman who was still his sweetheart. The lantern waved back and forth. The coal-blackened fireman swung out on the cab and waved an answering salute to the swinging lantern with his handkerchief. The engine rushed on into the darkness; the cars rumbled past. There was no chance for words of greeting, but those speechless symbols spoke volumes to two hearts pulsing and vibrant with love and devotion. As the Star Spangled Banner told Sir Francis Scott Key that " all was well" with the patriots of 1775 so the midnight lantern and the wave of the handkerchief told this devoted couple that "the run was most over and all was well."
    The ties of love which have cemented the two together so strongly were broken, Sunday, in the fatal wreck north of Jackson. Fireman Field's devotion to the bride of his youth was but prophetic of his devotion to duty. When he saw death but a few seconds ahead of him he stuck to his post and did his best to save the passengers who, in a measure, were depending up on him and his engineer.
    The funeral of Mr. Field will be held at the home of his father, 222 Oak Hill Avenues at 2:30 PM. Wednesday. A private car will stop at Webb block hall to take the firemen to and from the funeral. Interment will be made at Woodland Cemetery.
From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, July 1913. Transcribed and contributed by John Field

FOSTER - On Friday, February 13, 1891, of general paralysis, Gus. L. Foster, jr., in his 46th year.
    Mr Foster was the eldest son of the Rev. Gustavus L. Foster, formerly pastor of the Congregational church in this city (Jackson, Mich.) in the years 1846 to 52.  His boyhood and early youth were spent in Michigan, mostly in Jackson and Ypsilanti.  About 1865 he removed to Brooklyn N. Y., entering the business office of his uncle, S. M. Pettengill. Here he continued for over twenty years.  During the latter portion of these years he was active in Christian work, and for several years assistant superintendent of the Bethel Mission connected with Plymouth church.  The last five years have been spent in Dansville, N. Y., but body and mind steadily failed, until the peaceful ending.  In accordance with his wishes the body was brought to Jackson and laid beside his father and mother.

From the Jackson Daily Citizen , Feb 18, 1891.

FRITZ, Tazwell - Tazwell Fritz died Tuesday in Nashville, Mich, aged 70 years. Services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Spring Arbor Chapel.  Burial in Spring Arbor.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 19, 1922.


FULLERTON, Mrs Ida M. -  wife of James Fullerton, died Sunday at 12:30 a. m. at the home, 617 Clinton avenue, of pneumonia, aged 28 years.  Besides the husband there survive four sons and two daughters,  and a father.   John Callaghan, three sisters and four brothers. 
Funeral announcement later.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 2, 1922.

FURLONG, John, formerly a Michigan Central conductor, living in Jackson, died, Thursday afternoon, in Chicago, aged 54 years.  Deceased lived in this city about 25 years ago and was a member of the O. R. C. here.  Mr. Furlong had of late years been employed on the street railway lines in Chicago as car tracer and was conducting a restaurant business at the time of his death.  He had numerous friends in this city, many of whom will go to Chicago for the funeral.
    Funeral announcement later.
From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, April 28, 1916.

GARRED, Mrs. John (Harriet) -  of North Leoni, bled to death last Tuesday from the rupture of varicose veins of the leg.  The escape of blood began while she was asleep. (Last Tuesday would have been July 29, 1890)

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Aug 2, 1890. Transcribed and contributed by Marianne.

Mrs. John GARRED of Leoni, bled to death in her sleep the other night. Her condition was not know by her husband until he was awakened by the blood, which was flowing from her leg. The veins had broken by the force of the life current, and she was dead in fifteen minutes.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 28, 1913. Transcribed and contributed by Marianne.

GAREED, John aged 67 years, died at his home, 422 Cooper street, this morning at 1 o'clock.
Services will be held at the Desnoyer undertaking rooms at 1 p.m., Thursday. Burial in Mt. Pleasant cemetery.

Deceased was born in Sheffield, England, in 1846, and came to this country with his parents in 1854, and settled on a farm in Leoni township, where the greater part of his life was spent. He was married to Harriet R. Knowles, July 4, 1867, and there were born to them ten children, six of whom are still living.  Besides his children he leaves a widow by a second marriage, three brothers and four sisters, several grand children and a host of friends to mourn his death. The funeral services will be held at the Mt. Pleasant M. E. church.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Aug 13, 1890. Transcribed and contributed by Marianne.

GILLETT, Mrs Harriet S. died at Parma, Jackson Co., Michigan, on the 20th ultimo, age 29 years.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, July 7, 1857.

GODFREY, Charles W. - aged 48 years, a good man who came to this county (Henderson County TN) last winter from Jackson County MI and purchased a small farm home from Joe F. Ross, two miles west of Lexington, died Monday morning at 4 o'clock at the home of Mr. Ross after being confined to his bed but two days. Mr. Godfrey had throat trouble for five years and came South hoping to get well. After locating here and until his last illness he lived alone, being unmarried and on Thursday when violently taken was persuaded to go to Mr. Ross' home where he could be waited upon. He seemed to be a thoroughly good man and has made numerous friends among our people. His remains were shipped to Michigan.

From the Lexington Progress, June 30, 1911

GOODALE - Lenora, 821 Backus street, passed away Wednesday evening at Mercy hospital.  The body will be at her home until Saturday morning when it will be taken to Wetherby parlors for services at 10:30.  Interment at Woodland.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, November 29, 1935

WATCHES ONE TRAIN, KILLED BY ANOTHER

Jessie-Belle GRAHAM, 13, Steps in Front of Fast Passenger at Wisner Street Crossing.

Awaiting the passing of a westbound freight train at the Wisner street crossing of the Michigan Central railroad Thursday aftermoon, Jessie Belle Graham, aged 13 years, 320 North Wisner street, failed to see the fast Wolvering passenger train approaching from the west and stepped directly into its path, and was instantly killed.
THe accident occurred within sight of the little girl's home where she had been working all day, remaining home from school to do the washing for her mother, to whom a son was born nine days ago. The father, John Graham, is confined to his bed with a broken leg. Her work for the afternoon finished, the girl left the house and started in the direction of the railroad track. She saw the freight train coming from the east and waited until it passed, then stepped upon the track into the path of the passenger train approaching form the other direction. Her body was hurled eighty feet and terribly mangled. Coroner Pulling was called. He decided an inquest was unnecessary.
There are three other children left in the family in addition to the baby, two daughters 18 and 20 years of age, and a brother 10 years old.
From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Feb 22, 1918

Elizabeth Ruth GRAY, widow of Charles G. Gray, died at the home of her son Charles R. Gray, 1208 South Jackson street, Tuesday morning.  82 years old.
   Funeral services will be held at the home Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock:  Interment in Dexter cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 3, 1922.

GRISWALD, Mrs. Elizabeth M, passed away at her home, 402 Williams street, Saturday morning, aged 80 years.  She is survived by two sons, Grant B., and John C. of this city, and a daughter Mrs. Minnie E. Dean of Battle Creek.
The funeral will be held at the home, Monday at 2 p.m  Interment at Chapel cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, MAY 13, 1917

HAHN, William L - William L. Hahn, son of F. W. Hahn, died at the residence, 104 E. Main street at 9:30 Sunday night, Jan. 20, aged 23 years. Creeping paralysis was the cause of death.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 19, 1901. Transcribed by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern.

HANAW, Joseph - Joseph Hanaw, aged 75 years, died Sunday at 1 o’clock. Deceased was born June 8, 1827, in Saarlouis, Prussia, Germany and immigrated to this country, landing at New York in 1847. Three months from that time he settled in Jackson and had been a continual resident of this city up to the time of his demise.
In 1853 he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Isaac of Williamsburg, N.Y. To them were born 12 children and all are living. Henry, Mrs. Adolph Brown, Mrs. Samuel Eichold, Albert D. and Milton of Mobile, Ala; Mrs. A. E. Smith, Savannas, GA; Mrs. William Jonas and Mrs. A. H. Ekstein, New York City; Louis, Thomasville, GA; Minnie, Louisville, KY and Ferdinand and Julius of Jackson. In 1891 Mrs. Hanaw died and for the past three years deceased has resided with his son, Julius. He had been in poor health for a number of years, but not until a week ago Wednesday was he confined to his bed, and then his condition was not thought to be dangerous, when he was suddenly taken worse, and died Sunday. For a number of years he conducted a dry goods and clothing establishment in this city, and accumulated considerable wealth. He was one of the earliest merchants in Jackson. He served as alderman from the old third ward for four years.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Oct 7, 1902. Transcribed by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern.

HANK, Caroline C. - Mrs. Caroline C. Hanks died at her late home on W. Ganson Street, Saturday evening, Jan. 19, after a long illness. Mrs. Hanks suffered a stroke of paralysis four years ago. A week ago she was attacked with asthamatic fever. Five children (of 10) survive her – Harriet M. Orchard and Herbert M. Hanks of New York City, Ella A. Cole, J. Howard Hanks and Mary Hanks of this city, besides two grandchildren, Mrs. C. A. Blair and Mrs. C. H. Guissler of this city and two great grandchildren, George F. Blair of Annapolis, MD and little Helen Marie Blair of this city. Mrs. Hanks was a lady loved by all who knew her.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 19, 1901. Transcribed by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern.

HAZEL, Mary - Mary Higgins, the 13 year-old daughter of John T. Higgins, died at her home, 915 Hamlin street, Saturday morning, Jan. 19, of consumption. Funeral at St. John’s Church Monday morning at 9 o’clock.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 19, 1901. Transcribed by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern.

HIGGINS, Mary - Mary Hazel, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Morris of Hanover, died Friday Jan. 18.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 19, 1901. Transcribed by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern.

Mrs. Edward H. HOVEY - Mrs. Edward H. Hovey, daughter of Rev. John Graham, D. D., of Grand Rapids, died at the home of C. R. Wallace, 114 Third street,Wednesday evening.  She leaves two daughters, Helen and Katherine; a father, a sister, Mrs. C. R. Wallace,and two brothers, W. H. and J. E. Graham.
From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, June 12, 1913.

JOHNSON, Amanda - of 353 Forbes passed away at Jackson Medical Care Facilities Saturday, May 19, 1984 aged 81 years. Surviving are six sons, Harry, Gilbert, Dwight, Daniel, all of Jackson, Duane of Ohio and Frederick of KY.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Johnson is at the Chas. J. Burden & Son Funeral Home, 1806 E. Michigan Ave. where services will be held Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. Interment Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday and Monday 2 - 4 and 7-9 p.m.
Note: Amanda Natschke Johnson was born May 10, 1903 in Cissna Park, IL to Alexander and Carlena Freiboth Natschke.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Sunday May 20, 1984. Transcribed and contributed by Carol Natschke Harner


Mrs. Mary JOHNSON, 92 years old, 1517 Homewild avenue, died Monday at 8:30 p.m.. She is survived by one son, Carl, of Jackson.
Funeral services will be held at the home Wednesday at 2 p.m., burial in Woodland cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 3, 1922.

Died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Morris Sandford.  Mrs. Abram KELL, sr., aged 83 years.  Mrs. Kell was an old pioneer of this township, as her settlement dates back to 1836.

She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Kate Sandford, of Pulaski, and Mrs. Louisa Tompkins, of Marshall, and two sons, Abraham, of Battle Creek and Asa of Litchfield, to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, April 3, 1901.  Pulaski

KING, Walter S - Walter S. King, an old and respected resident of Grass Lake, died at his home Thursday afternoon at 12:30 from a complication of diseases. Besides a widow he leaves a sister, Mrs. Philo Hall of Perry and a brother, Maxwell Hall of Stockbridge.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Oct 7, 1902. Transcribed by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern.

LeMAITRE, Mrs. Alice died at Foote Hospital Sunday at 12:30 a. m., following, an extended illness.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 2, 1922.

Mrs. Lucy E. LIGHTCAP, 81 years old, wife of Albert H. Lightcap, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hattie Smith, 906 Helena Avenue, Vandercook Lake, Tuesday at 11:15 p.m. Besides her husband she is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Sidney Smith, Mrs. George Huston of Kansas City, Kansas; Mrs. John Washburn of Liberty, Mich.; Two sisters, Mrs. Isaac Martin, of Utica, Mich., and Mrs. Fannie Carver of Traverse City. Funeral services will be held at the home in Vandercook Lake. Friday at 3 p.m. Burial in Woodland Cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, May 05, 1926. Transcribed and contributed by Carol Natschke Harner

Albert H Lightcap LIGHTCAP, Albert H. passes away at the residence, 712 N. State St., Sunday morning, aged 94 years. Survived by three daughters; Mrs. Hattie Smith of Jackosn; Mrs. John Washburn, Jackson; Mrs. George Huston, Kansas City, Kansas; seven grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren. He was a member of the Edward Pomeroy post of the G.A.R. Mr. Lightcap is at the Knickerbocker Bates funeral home where services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. Burial at Woodland.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Nov 14, 1938. Transcribed and contributed by Carol Natschke Harner

Last Civil War Vet Here Dies Sons of Union Veterans will conduct funeral services Wednesday at 1 p.m. for Albert H. LIGHTCAP, Jackson's last Civil War veteran and last resident member of Edward Pomeroy post, G.A.R., who died Sunday at 9 a.m. at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Hattie Smith, 712 N. State St. He was 94 years old. Services will be held from the Knickerbocker-Bates funeral home with burial in Woodland, the Rev. Shannon a. Griffith, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Only living member of Edward Pomeroy post now is John Killeen of Portland, Mich., former Jackson resident and former post commander. Lightcap is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. John Washburn of Jackson and Mrs. George Huston of Kansas City, seven grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and your great, great grandchildren.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Nov 15, 1938. Transcribed and contributed by Jim Dezotell

JACKSON MAN IS KILLED BY ROBBER

John Lincoln Fatally Shot While on Way Home

 Jackson, Feb. 28, John LINCOLN, 38, was held up at midnight near his home on North Perrine st, and because he refused to give up his money the highwayman shot him, the shot taking fatal effect.  The robber then made his escape.  It was the fifth holdup here last night, and $9 being secured.  Lincoln was a well known bowler and returned from Cincinnati only Monday.

From the Grand Rapids Press, February 28, 1918.


Susan M. LOCKWOOD, 68 years old, widow of Peter B Lockwood, died Thursday morning at the hoe of her daughter, Mrs James Walker, 206 North Wisner street.

Deceased is survived by three sons, Fred T., Arthur L., and Louis H. Lockwood, and three daughters, Mrs. James Walker and Mrs. Robert Brown, both of Jackson, and Mrs. Farnk Voorheed, of Los Angeles, Calif.

Funeral announcement later.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 1, 1922.

A barber named MACHMAKER, recently suicide in Brooklyn; reason, out of work. No wonder, with no one obliged to listen to his talk, and forced to hear it all himself, the reaction nust have been terrible.

From The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, October 27, 1881.  Transcribed and contributed by Carol Natschke Harner

Died at his home in Gladwin, after an illness of over nine months, Henry MARTIN, aged 86 years. For many years Mr. Martin resided in Sandstone township.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 29, 1904. Transcribed by FoFG MZ

Charles W. MARTYNE, for many years a resident of Jackson, died April 2 at Lansing from pneumonia, aged 73 years. Funeral was held at Lansing April 5, with burial in Mount Hope cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, April 6, 1922. Transcribed by FoFG MZ

Mrs. Charles MAYER, formerly of Munith, died at her home, 443 North Jackson street, Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., aged 51 years. She is survived by her husband, one son, Christopher, two brothers and sister. Funeral will be held from St. John’s Church Saturday at 8 a.m. with burial in St. John’s cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, April 6, 1922. Transcribed by FoFG MZ


Mrs. Charles MCCOLLUM of Rives township, died Monday morning at the home of her daugher, Mrs. F. M. Emerson, of Sandusky, O.  She is survived by her husband, Charles McCollum, one daughter, Mrs. F. M. Emerson, and one son, Caire E. McCollum.  Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 3, 1922.

MCNAUGHTON, Moses A - Dr. Moses A. McNaughton died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Mary L. Blakeley, 319 N. Blackstone Street, Friday evening Jan. 18, from old age. Moses Archibald McNaughton was born in Argyle, Washington County, New York, Jan 3, 1813, being the youngest of a family of 11. Mr. McNaughton attended the district school during the winters and assisted his father on the farm in the summer. Attending the Presbyterian Church regularly, as he used to say, “Every Sabbath from his birth until he was 15 years old”.  At the age of 15, Mr. McNaughton  struck out in life for himself, going into western New York and for the following three or four years spending his time during the summer in farm labor and in the winter teaching school or studying. He attended the academy at Wyoming, Genesee County, New York about three years. In this way he was able to pay his way as he went and in 1822 found himself  fitted to enter Union College, which he did and took a partial course in that institution, not being able to complete his curriculum for want of funds. Shortly after leaving here, he commenced the study of medicine, taking three full courses of lecture at Fairfield, N.Y. where he graduated in the winter of 1840 with the degree MD.  After practicing for a short time in Saratoga County, New York, he came to Michigan and settled in Jackson in the Spring of 1841. He continued in his profession for about 10 years, when he quit the practice entirely and engaged in the purchase and sale of real estate. For years he was a member of the manufacturing firm of Waters, Lathrop & McNaughton, prison contractors. He also built several business blocks and erected the mansion now occupied by Richard Waldron. In the early 70’s he, in company with George H. Lathrop and R. T. Hinter, established the Jackson Chemical company and for several years carried on the business of manufacturing chemicals where the Jackson Pulp mills are now located. He also became interested in the railroads entering Jackson and in one way or another assisted them all. Those roads which his name has been the most intimately connected with are the Grand River Valley and Michigan Air Line.

In 1853, Dr. McNaughton was a member of the state senate and did much toward securing the Michigan Southern to run a branch to this city. When the Michigan Air Line was constructed the doctor became managing director. To his skill and indomitable energy is to be attributed the building of every foot of the road. In the spring of 1835, Dr. McNaughton married Miss Sarah Orcutt of Rutland, VT. Mrs. McNaughton died in 1836, leaving two children, Hugh and Moses. Moses died in infancy. Hugh died Nov. 1, 1876.

In 1848 the doctor married Miss Mary A. Turner. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. McNaughton, the eldest, Charles died in 1869, after graduating from Yale at the age of 20 years.

Those surviving are Robert T., Mrs. J. W. Blakeley and Archie McNaughton of Tacoma, Washington, but who is now in Alaska. In 1866 Doctor McNaughton was chosen Mayor of the city and served one term. About 15 years ago the doctor laid out “The Oaks” cemetery on a portion of his land on the Allen road and made of it one of the most attractive burial grounds in Michigan. During his later years the doctor gave his entire time looking after his large real estate interests. Dr. McNaughton was a man of energy. He was able to overreach the obstacles in his path and found an intelligent sympathy with humanity. He possessed a warm, genial nature and personal social qualities that endeared him to a large circle of friends. He was one of the pioneers of Jackson and from his work and energy the city derived much benefit and progress. Before the war, he was active in political affairs, and at one time was much talked of for high political positions in the state. As a legislator and executive he exhibited much ability and took high rank.
The funeral will be held Sunday at the residence at 2:30. Interment at The Oaks.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 19, 1901. Transcribed by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern.

MESLER, Mrs Almeda A Welch, wife of Charles M Mesler, 421 North Mechanic street, passed away at the city hospital at 6:30 p.m. Friday, following a serious operation, aged 69 years.  She had been illl for the past eighteen months.  Mrs Mesler had lived in Jackson about fifty years.  Besides her husband there survive her two sisters, Mrs E B Morgner, of St Louis Mo, and Mrs Mary Morrison of Pontiac.  The funeral will be held at Fifield & Wetherby’s chapel, Monday at 2 p.m.; interment at Woodland.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Nov 23, 1912.


MILESCHKOWSKI, Mary Mileschkowski, wife of Julius Mieschkowski, Cooper Streeroad, died Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock, of scarlet fever, aged 52 years.  Besides the husband she is survived by four children.
   Private funeral services will be held at Gildersleeves chapel, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Interment at Woodland.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 3, 1922.

Death of B. J. MILLER, Esq., City Treasurer.

It is indeed a sad task to-day to announce the death of Benjamin J. Miller, Esq., who passed away at 2 o'clock on Wednesday, after a brief illness.  The people of Jackson will hear of his death with sorrow, for all knew and warmly regarded the man.  His kind nature and warm friend ship had won him a warm place in the hearts of all who knew him.  He was a pleasant companion, a warm friend, and one who took pleasure in doing acts of kindness.  These qualities had won him friends everywhere.

Mr. Miller was 49 years of age, and has lived in Jackson for thirty years.  His illness was brief.  On Sunday he had an attack of congestion of the lungs, and suffered some from the disease.  Wednesday morning, 4 o'clock, he was discovered to be unconscious, in which condition he continued until 2 o'clock that day, when he breathed his last.

Mr. Miller was the present City Treasurer, a position to which he had been elected for four successive terms.

He leaves a wife, two sones and a daughter, who have the sympathy of the whole city their bereavement.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Dec 15, 1874.

MITCHELL, Edna Lucille, Of Napoleon Township, passed away August 18, 2009 at Heartland Healthcare. She was born February 10, 1923 in Newton, Iowa. She joined the Navy Waves in World War II and was a Navy Yoman 3rd Class. She married in 1945. In later years she worked as a Secretary after attending Jackson Business School. and retired from Diecast Corporation in Jackson. She was preceded in death by a son, James Douglas Mitchell in 1945. Edna is survived by her ex-husband; three sons; John Mitchell and his two sons Wyatt & Warren Istvan-Mitchell of Jackson; Thomas Mitchell of Jackson; Mark Mitchell and his son Benjamin of Howell, MI.; three daughters; Patricia Blakely wife of Michael of Michigan Center and her children Amy, Kelly & Brian Georgopoolos of Jackson; Marsha Omans wife of Darrell and son Marshall of Lakeville, IN.; Shelley Golombek wife of Joseph and son Matthew of Jackson; Five great grandchildren; Cierra, Erin, Rylee, Grace; and Caleb Golombek. Her family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday afternoon from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.  Interment will follow at Roseland Memorial Gardens. Contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Nichols-Arthur Funeral Home, Michigan Center, MI.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Aug 19, 2009. Submitted by ShellG71

Died, at Sandstone, of apoplexy, Thursday evening, Seneca MOFFITT. Deceased was born in New York state in December, 1832, and was 72 years of age.
Funeral Sunday at the house at 11 o’clock. Internment at Pherdon cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Dec 14, 1903. Transcribed by FoFG MZ


MONROE, Julia A, died at 12:10 this Thursday morning at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. L. C. Price, 221 North Elm avenue, aged 79 years and 10 months.
Prayer will be offered at the house Friday morning at 9 o’clock.  The remains will be taken to Dimondale for interment.
From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Dec 14, 1903.

MORRIS, Mary Hazel, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Morris, of Hanover, died Friday, Jan. 18.
The funeral will be held at St. John's church Monday at 10:30 a.m.  Friends of family invited.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 19, 1901.

MULHOLLAND, William - Mr. William Mulholland died at his home in the Michigan block, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2:30a.m., of stomach trouble, aged 45 years.
He was employed at the Eldred mill and was a member of Ilderian Court.  Tribe of  Ben Hur . He is survived by a wife and two sons.  Remains were shipped to Kalamazoo, his former home and funeral takes place from St. Augustine’s Church in that city, Monday morning.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 19, 1901.  Transcribed by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern

MURRAY, Ann E - Died Sunday, Oct. 5, 1902 at her home, 126 Pigeon street. Her maiden name was Ann E. Hewlett. She was born in Caynga county, New York, July 16, 1844, moved to Leoni, Jackson county, Michigan in 1859, married April 2, 1864 to Edwin L. Murray, who died Oct. 14, 1900. She is survived by two children, Mrs. F. W. Rogers and Willard Murray, both of this city, deceased is the last of seven children, five brothers, Frank, Delos, Lyman, Ray and Jay Hewlett, and one sister, Mary Hewlett.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Oct 7, 1902. Transcribed by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern.

NATSCHKE, Albert Aged 48, died suddenly Thursday night. Survived by his wife Veda; three sons, Richard and Albert Jr. of Jackson, Donald at home; three daughters, Mrs. Alberta Keeler, Mrs. Marie NcNally, Laveta of Concord; five grandchildrn, two brothers, five sisters. Funeral Monday at 2 p.m. at Woodworth Funerald Home, Concord. Burial Hillcrest, Jackson. Body of Albert J Natschke of Concord Found in Wreckage. Jackson County recorded its 10th fatal traffic accident of the year Thursday night when Albert J. Natschke, 48, of RFD 1, Concord, was killed west of Jackson on M-60 at Sandstone creek. Mr. Natschke, an employe of Clem Davis, Inc., Jackson and an automobile mechanic here since 1929, died of a fractured skull when his car crashed at high speed into a creek bank. Coromer Edward H. Montgomery said Mr. Natschke apparently had been in the wreckage for approximately 20 minutes before being dicovered by a passing motorist shortly after 10 o'clock. Mr. Natschke was returning from work to his home on Pulaski Rd. State Troopers Albert Gerber and Warren Smith said the Natschke car left M-60 on a curve, vaulted the 12 foot wide stream and plowed into the far bank. After the crash, the front end of the car, which started to burn, settled into the water. The drop from the road to the stream is approximately five feet. Born in Iroquois County, Illinois, Mr. Natschke lived in the Jackson area nearly 28 years. He resided in Jackson, Grass Lake and Parma before moving to the Pulaski Rd. address. He was employed by the Clem Davis firm for nearly nine years and before that had been with the Jackford and Pinkham Ford sales agencies in the same location. Mar 20, 1954 No inquest; Coroner Montgomery said no inquest will be held. The body was taken to the Woodworth funeral home at Concord. Mr. Natschke is survived by the widow, Veda; three sons, Richard and Albert Jr., of Jackson and Donald at home; three daughters, Mrs. Robert Keeler of Concord; Mrs. Clifford McNally of Jackson and Miss Laveta Natschke at home; two brothers, William and John of Milford, ILL.; and five sisters, Mrs. Amanda Johnson of Jackson, Mrs. Lena Breidenbaugh of Norvell, Mich. and Mrs. Emma Henke, Mrs Mary Luecke and Mrs. Lydia Obenland, all of Milford, ILL. Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Woodworth funeral home, with burial in Hillcrest, Jackson. The body was taken to the Woodworth funeral home at Concord.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, March 19, 1954. Transcribed and contributed by Carol Natschke Harner

NEEDHAM, George H., 527 1/2 West Ganson, passed away at the home Saturday morning at 1 am. Surviving are the wife, Margaret; one son, Ernest of Parma; one daughter, Mrs. Francis Videto, Spring Arbor; two sisters, Mrs A. V. Avery, Parma; Mrs. Jennie Chapel, Tompkins Center. Mr. Needham is at Gildersleeve’s Chapel where funeral services will be held Monday at 2:30 pm under the suspices of the Parma Masonic lodge. Interment at Woodland.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Nov 3, 1935.

NEWMAN, Milton Phelps - Died at his home, 808 Francis Street, Oct. 6, 1902, aged 65 years after an illness of over two years with valvular disease of the heart.  Mr. Newman has been a resident of Jackson for 28 years. He made many friends by his generous and kindly disposition. He leaves a wife and three children: Mrs. Clarence Dennis of Jackson; Rev. Ralph Newman of Seneca, Kansas, and Arthur B. Newman of Seattle, Wash.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Oct 7, 1902. Transcribed by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern.

PALMER - Beatrice, of 123 N. First St., passed away in Detroit Thursday morning aged 27 years.  She is survived by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Palmer and two brothers William and Eli.  The body is at the home, funeral services will be held from Second Baptist church Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock interment in Woodland cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Nov 29, 1935.

PARKS, Miles died Saturday morning at his home, 504 North Blackstone street, age 64 years.  Deceased is survived by a widow and seven children, five sons, Arthur, Charles, Hugh Russell, of Jackson, and Thomas of Minneapolis, and two daughters, Hattie of Lansing and Rilla of Grand Rapids.
The funeral will be held at the Universalist church at Concord, Monday at 2 p.m..  Interment at Concord.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, May 13, 1917.

PARKER, George - At the residence, 201 N Milwaukee street, Monday, Aug 20, of pneumonia, aged 62 years.  Mr Parker has resided in this city forty years and was an upwright, honest man, much respected by all who knew him.  He was a consistent member of the Free Will Baptist church, where he has labored many years in trying to advance the cause of Christianity.  For twenty-two years, he has been engaged in the wood and coal business.  He leaves a wife and four children.  Mrs A * Thayer, Charles H, George R of this city and Mrs arthur Calkins of Detroit.  Funeral will be held at the residence tomorrow at 2:30 o’clock.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Aug 8, 1894.

PHELAN, Christopher T, died at his home, 109 Gilbert street, Thursday afternoon after a brief illness from heart disease, aged 60 years.  He is survived by a widow and one daughter, Ethel, and three sones, Charles Ensign Ecart, stationed at New York, and Grover, of Jackson.  Funeral announcement later.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, April 25, 1919.

RANDOLPH - Emma, Rives Junction, passed away at the home of her son, 1302 Greenwood Ave., Friday at 1:30 a.m. age 38 years.  Surviving are two sons, Fred of Jackson; George of Rives; two grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two brothers, A**** Meritetall of Saginaw, David of Onsted; three sisters, Mrs. Julia Sergeon and Mrs. Mary Chartier of Fair Haven, Mrs. T**** Mitchell of South Haven.  Mrs. Randolph was a member of W. *. C. and Eastern Star of Leslie.  The body is at the home of her son, 1302 Greenwood Ave.  Funeral services will be held at the Baptist church of Rives Junction, Sunday at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Internment at Leslie.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Nov 29, 1935.

REDMAN, Mrs. E. D., who passed away Thursday, April 26, 1917, after an illness of several weeks was born at Stafford, N. Y., March 18, 1853, coming to Michigan with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cooke when a small child.  They settled near Clinton, later moving to the neighborhood near Michigan Center, where she has since resided.  She was united in marriage September 21, 1873 with E. D. Redman who survives her, also two daughters Mrs. F. H. Crosthwaite and Miss Amy Redman.  Her kind and lovable personality won for her many friends to mourn her passing.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, May 13, 1917.


The funeral of Mrs. Emma REECE will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the hoe of her son, George McAdams, 1039 Chittock avenue.  Interment in Woodland cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 1, 1922.

RHEAD, Thomas - Thomas Rhead died Tuesday, Jan 15, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. S. Sweezey at the age of 81 years and six months. He came from England in his 21st year and made his home in Norvell Jackson County. He lived a useful Christian life, leaving three children and a host of friends to mourn his death.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 19, 1901. Transcribed by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern.

John RILEY - John Riley, a veteran of the civil war, died June 11.  His funeral will be held at the home of his son, W. J. Riley, 314 Cooper street, and from St. John's church, Friday at 9 a.m.  Interment in St. John's cemetery,
Mr. Riley was born in Dearborn, Mich., September 15, 1837.  He was united in marriage to Mary Boardman in 1861, in this city.  She passed away October 13, 1893.  He is survived by two sons and four daughters.  Mr. Riley was a member of Company E. First Michigan sharpshooters, and served during the war.  At the battle of the Wilderness he was taken prisoner and spent seven months in cofederate prisons, being parolled from Andersonville prison in 1886.  He was mustered out of the army at Baltimore in May, 1886.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jun 12, 1913.

RHODES, Mr Charles - Died in Liberty, Jackson County, Michigan, April 7th, 1896, Mr. Charles Rhodes, aged 70 years, 1 month and 7 days. The deceased was born at Huntington-Shire, England, March 12, 1826. He had lived in the township of Liberty 61 years and was known and respected by a large circle of friends and citizens.  On April 18, 1895, he was married to Miss Ellen Cruger, who survives him. He also leaves five brothers to mourn his loss. He was a great sufferer for over two years with bright’s disease. The funeral services were held Thursday, April 9, at the South Jackson Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. M. J. Duryea, of Chicago, using as a text, Job 80:22. The remains were laid to rest in the South Jackson Cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Apr 14, 1896. Transcribed by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern.

Death of Another Old Citizen

Stephen ROWEN, one of our oldest and most respected citizens, died at the residence of his son, three miles west of this city, in the township of Summit, at nine o'clock a. m., Thursday, of congestion of the lungs, age 74 years.  The funeral took place at the residence of Levant C. Rowen on Saturday, at ten o'clock a. m.


From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Dec 15, 1874.

Mrs D. E. SMITH - Orah LOOMIS, wife of D. E. Smith, Jr, died at her home in Henrietta, Dec. 12, 1921, after a week's illness.  She is survived by her husband, three children, three sisters, two brothers.  The funeral was held Dec, 14, with burial in Nims cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 1, 1922.

Peter SMITH - Peter Smith, for fifteen years an inmate of the county home, died at that institution Monday, aged 71 years.  He sustained a broken leg a few days before and the shock from this was the immediate cause of his death.
Funeral services were held at Knickerbocker's chapel Wednesday at 3:30.  Interment in Woodland cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, June 12, 1913.

Mrs M C Snoor died at her home 118 Pringle Avenue, at midnight Friday, aged 42 years, apoplexy causing death.  She is survived by the husband and two daughters, Mrs Catherine Davis and Miss Clara Snoor, both of Jackson.  Her father, two sisters and three brothers also survive.  Funeral anouncement later.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Nov 23, 1912.

SNOOR - Monday, Aug 20, infant son of Mr and Mrs Charles E Snoor, of 222 N Pleasant street.  Funeral at the residence at 4:30 tomorrow.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Aug 8, 1894.

TAYLOR - Lizzie S. aged 34 years, of Rives township, passed away at the home of her son at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.  Surviving are one son, Percy L. Taylor, and two grandchildren.  Mrs. Mildredd A. Webber of Leslie, and Orney L. Taylor at home.  Mrs. Taylor is at Bailey’s home where funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m.  Burial in Woodland.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Nov 29, 1935.

Deaths.  In this place on the 16th inst. John THOMPSON, aged 87 years.  He was a soldier of the revolution, was engaged in the battle of Moomouth, on the 28th day of June, 1778, and continued in the service to the close of the war.  He embraced the cause of Christ at an early period of life, and identified himself with the Methodist Episcopal Chruch, upon its first introduction into New England by Rev. Jesse Lee.  Asbery, Ganetson and others, fathers of the church have often preached at his house and there found a welcome resting place.  He is remarkable, and worthy of note, that he was never known to taste a drop of ardent spirits, even as a medicine, until his last sickness, when it was very offensive to him.  His long life may be attributed in part to his temperate habits.  How few of the fathers of the revolution remain!  We trust he has gone to his eternal rest, where wars are known no more.  He has left many friends to mourn, but not as those who have no hope.   E. H. P.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, May 25, 1847

VAN ETTEN, George, postmaster at Michigan Center, proprietor of The Farm, formerly of this city, died at Michigan Center Monday aftrnoon at 1 o'clock, after an illness of seven weeks.  For the past five weeks he had been confined to his bed.  He was well known in the city and his many friends are shocked to learn of his demise.  His age was 43 years.  He leaves a father, Frank Van Etten, a sister, Miss Minnie Van Etten, a wife and two sons, Harold and George, both of Jackson. The time for the funeral will be announced later.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, August 18, 1903.

VAN NEST, Hugh F - Hugh F. Van Nest, aged 57 years, died at his home near Tompkins Center Monday morning, Oct. 6, at 12:30 o’clock. A week ago Saturday he sustained a fractured limb in a runaway accident. He and his wife had started for the home of their daughter. Mrs. Losey. The horse they drove was of western breed and became frightened and ran. In the effort to check the speed of the animal, the bit broke, allowing the horse to run. Mr. Van Nest was thrown from the vehicle, his injuries resulting in a broken limb. His wife, fortunately, retained her position in the buggy and after a lively run the horse was caught by a neighbor and the lady relieved from her perilous position. Doctors from Tompkins Center were summoned and reduced the fracture, but it was so serious an injury that on Monday last the amputation of the member was found necessary. It is stated that the operation would have been successful had it not been for kidney trouble. Deceased was a well known farmer in the northwestern part of the county, having resided in Tompkins about 15 years. He was a member of the G.A.R. and possessed a large number of friends, who have the deepest sympathy for the bereaved family.  Immediately after the accident, a telegram was sent to a son, Hugh Van Nest of Oakland Cal. who came at once to the home of his parents. There is a son, Fred Van Nest of Jackson and George at home. He also leaves a daughter, Mrs. Millie Losey of Tompkins.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Oct 7, 1902. Transcribed by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern.

Clarklake - Mrs. Mary VANDERPOOL died at her home Thursday, at 10:30 a.m., after an illness of several days.  She is survived by her husband, Montgomery, an aged mother and a brother, Perry Sharp of Jackson.  Funeral announcements to be made later.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Nov 29, 1935.

Mrs. Samuel VITOLE died at her home in Sandstone, Sunday at 2:30 p.m., aged 25 years. She is survived by a husband, one son, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Moran of Blackman township, five brothers and six sisters.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. at St. John’s church. Internment will be made at St. John’s cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Dec 4, 1916. Transcribed by FoFG MZ

WARNER, Edith Godfrey - Parma News: Edith Godfrey Warner was born in the township of Parma, Sept. 2, 1869. When she was 4 years old her Mother died, but she never felt the lack of a Mother’s care, as her second mother loved and cared for her as few mothers do. She attended the Parma schools and was always a bright, cheerful student, above the average in ability and a universal favorite. She finished the school course and graduated with honor in June, 1888. Some time after her graduation she met Harry Warner and acquaintance ripened into love, which was consummated by marriage Oct. 15, 1891. As a result of such marriage two beautiful little girls came to brighten and bless their home. Helen Hope?, now 8 years old and Wilhelmina, 2 years old.
Her Life was all a devoted and loving husband and every comfort could make for her and she was very happy. After Wilhelmina was born her health commenced to break down and in spite of the best physicians Michigan could afford, she was unable to withstand the attacks of the grim messenger, who completed his work on Jan. 12, 1901. She leaves a loving husband, two sweet daughters, a sorrow stricken father, a devoted foster mother, a loving brother and a host of friends to mourn her loss.
She was a bright, intellectual lady and was recognized, both in her native village, Parma and in her later home at Jackson as of superior ability. She was an active member of the Tourist club at Jackson, a society noted for the ability of its members and the high quality of its work.
Her life, though short, has been one sweet inspiration of love and devotion and while we almost choke in saying “Thy will be done”, yes we know she has not lived in vain as every life which she touched will by such contact be made brighter and better.
Her bereaved husband and children, her sorrowing parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Godfrey and brother, I. J. Godfrey, have the universal sympathy of their many friends.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan 19, 1901. Transcribed by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern.

WASHBURN, John L. passed away Sunday evening at the home, 219 N. Forbes St., aged 78 years. Besides his wife, Lottie, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs Hattie Deviely of Milwaukee; four sons, Louis and George, both of Detroit, Albert and Vern both of Jackson; 19 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Louise Dean, Mrs. Maye Clark, Mrs. Edith Dixon, all of Lansing. Mr. Washburn is at Wetherby's parlors where services will be held Wednesday, 2 p.m. Interment Woodland cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, June 24, 1947. Transcribed and contributed by Carol Natschke Harner

Charlotte Washburn2 Charlotte A. (Lottie) WASHBURN: widow of John L., 219 N. Forbes, passed away at Pats Rest Home, Monday morning age 89. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs Harriett Emerson, Jackson; three sons, Louis A. of Utica, Mich.; Albert of Michigan Center, Vern of Jackson; 20 grandchildren, thirty-nine great-grandchildren, twenty-five great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Mrs Washburn is at the C.K. Wetherby Co. where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Reverend Charles Berry officiating. Interment, Woodland cemetery.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan. 08, 1963. Transcribed and contributed by Carol Natschke Harner

Club women leaves 89 descendants. A 51 year member of the Royal Neighbors of American died Monday in Pat's Rest Home leaving 89 descendants. Mrs. Charlotte A. (Lottie) WASHBURN, 89, of 219 N. Forbes, a Golden Wedding Club member, is survived by 20 grandchildren, 39 greatr-grandchildren and 25 great-great grandchildren. She is also survivied by a daughter, Mrs. Harriet Emerson of Jackson; three sons, Louis A. of Utica, Albert of Michigan Center and Vern of Jackson. She was also a member of the Maccabees, Townsend Club and Senior Citizens Club. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at trhe C.K. Wetherby Co., 402 Wildwood with the Rev. Charles Berry officiating. Burial will be in Woodland. (a picture was with the article.)

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jan. 09, 1963. Transcribed and contributed by Carol Natschke Harner.

WELLER, Adelia - Mrs. Adelia Rainey Weller died in Detroit last week. Mrs. Weller was formerly a resident of Jackson and was Miss Adelia Rainey, her father living here in 1850.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Oct 7, 1902. Transcribed by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern.

WELLER - Margaret Ann, 1408 East North St., passed away at 11:15 p.m. aged 4 months.  Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Weller; one brother, James; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Turney, Somerset.  Baby Weller is at Bailey’s home where funeral services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m.  Interment at Woodland.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Nov 29, 1935.

Roy WESTERN, son of William H. Westren, of Leoni, died Sunday morning, Jan. 27, of heart failure, aged 22 years. Funeral will be held at the late residence Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, January 29, 1901.  Transcribed by FoFG MZ

WHIPPLE - Edwin B. Whipple, Leoni township, passed away at the East Side hospital Friday at 10:30 a.m., aged 89 years.  Surviving are two brothers.  Lewis and Bert.  Mr. Whipple is at Bailey’s home.  Funeral announcements later.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Nov 29, 1935.

WING, Russell Thomas, born April 23rd, 1001 in Jackson, Michigan, died at Grass Lake, Michigan, Friday, May 4.  He was a member of the Junior class of the Jackson high school, a good student and a young man of unusual promise.
    A beautiful tribute was paid to him by an old gentleman, Mr. Curtis, of Addison, in a letter sent to his father.  It evidenced his consideration for old age.
    Russel was popular among his fellows and a great help to his father in his business.  He leaves a fragrant memory, and he will be missed by all.
    The services were held at the family residence Monday, 2:30 p.m.  Reb. Poole of Jackson assisted by Rev. W. A. Cutler of Grass Lake officiated.  Interment was had in the West cemetery.  Grass Lake News

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, May 13, 1917.

WOODLIFF, Mrs Leona R., one of the pioneers of Jackson county, died Monday morning, August 17, at the homeof her son, R. S. Woodliff, 190 Maple avenue, after an illness of nine weeks. Deceased was born July 12, 1835, in Genesee county, New York.  Coming to Michigan in 1844, she settled on a farm near Concord.  Jackson at that time was a mere hamlet, the Michigan Central railroad being then just completed to Jackson from the east.  About four years ago Mr. and Mrs. Woodliff moved to Jackson, and after a time moved back on the farm, where they remained a year, when they took up their residence in Concord village, where Mr. Woodliff died about three years ago.  She continued to reside there until a few weeks since, when on account of failing health she came to Jackson to make her home with her son. Mr. and Mrs. Woodliff were married at Homer in March, 1858.  She possessed a very large acquaintance in Concord village and township, and had many friends who deeply regret her sad demise.  She was a very fine Christian lady, being a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for over 25 years.  She is survived by six children: Francis B. Bayn, Portland, Oregon; Mrs. E. S. Fitch, albion, Ind.; Mrs. N. S. Gillispie, Concord; A. W. Woodliff, Jackson; Mrs. Mary E. Ecker, Hudson, and R. S. Woodliff, of this city. The funeral will be held from the m. e. church in concord, wednesday, at 12 o'clock.

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, August 18, 1903.

YOUNKIN, Mrs. Malinda, who passed peacefully last Monday morning, was an old resident of Jackson, coming to Michigan while it was yet a territory, living on N. Mechanic street in one house 55 years.  The homestead being taken up from the state.  She was buried in Mt. Evergreen, from the residence of her son on Oak street, her sons acting as pallbearers.  She is survived by six children, all being present with the exception of one son, who lives in Los Angeles, Cal.  The following telegram was received from him:
  Lay her gently away, and may God bless our dear mother.     BERT 

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Dec 14, 1903.

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