Livingston County Michigan





BALL, William E.

Ann Arbor Mich., August 28 -- Hon. William Ball, of Hamburg, died this morning at 8:25 o'clock at the home of his cousin, Harris Ball, in this city.
The remains were taken to Hamburg this afternoon and the funeral will occur at 3 p.m. on Saturday from his late home near that village.
Mr. Ball was born in Niles, N.Y. on April 7, 1830. He came to Webster, Washtenaw county, with his father in 1836.  IN 1858 he purchased in Hamburg 147 acres, which comprise a portion of his present 300-acre farm. He was a leading farmer of the state, and was president of the Michigan Sheep Breeders' and Wool Growers' Association for a number of years. As a breeder of short horns and Spanish merinos he was well known.
He joined the Republican part at its birth. In 1863 he was supervisor of Hamburg. In 1864 and 1866 he was elected to the Michigan legislature, and in the '80s he was made state senator. He was elected president pro tem. of that body, and, upon the death of the lieutenant-governor, was made the active officer.  He has always been prominent in the councils of the party.
Source: Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan) Friday, 20 Aug 1902

BEEMER, Norma Jean (Rife)

Of Milford, Dec. 6, 1992. Age 57. Beloved wife of Sydney, dear mother of Sheryl Kerr, Laura Williamson, Patricia Beemer, and Terry Beemer, three grandchildren, sister of Donna Judd, Ronald Rife and William Rife, step-daughter of Maxine Rife. Funeral 9:30 A.M. Friday, Dec. 10, Keehn Funeral Home 706 W. Main St., Brighton and to St. Patrick Church, Brighton at 10:00 A.M. Interment Greenwood Cemetery, Fowlerville. Rosary 7:00 P.M. Thursday. Visitation 6:00-9:00 P.M. Wednesday, 12Noon-4:00 P.M. and 6:00-9:00 P.M. Thursday.
Source: Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan) Wednesday, 08 Jan 1992


HOWELL - Louis H. Bidwell, 82, o f 804 Spring St., Howell, died Monday at a Howell hospital after a short illness. Surviving are his wife, Millie; a daughter, Mrs. Donald Carter of Ohio; a brother, Donald and a sister, Miss Frances Bidwell, both of Detroit. Sr4vices will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Schnackenberg Funeral HOme, Howell. Burial will be in the Sanford Cemetery.
Source: Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Tuesday, 13 Sep 1966 pg. 5

BINGHAM, Hon. Kinsley S.

The telegraph on Saturday night at a late hour announced the sad news that the Hon. Kinsley S. Bingham, one of the Senators in Congress from this state, died at his residence at Green Oak, on that day. His unexpected and sudden decease is reported to be by apoplexy. we cannot doubt the fact of his death, and in common with the large circle of his friends, we cannot but deplore the loss of one so true to duty in all the relations of neighborhood and domestic life, of so excellent an example as father, husband ad friend, so eminent in his patriotism and devotion to the interests of the State and the Nation. At such a crisis as the present, the loss of such a man from the public councils is especially to be deplored. No one has been more constant and persevering than he in resisting, for long years past, the downward tendency of the Federal Government under the pressure of the slave power and the dangerous doctrine of secession; and few have surpassed him in talent and eloquence in the efforts to arouse the free States to a sense of the impending danger. Indeed, a patriot has departed ; a wise and useful public servant has been taken from jus at a moment when we most need his counsel and his labors.  But the ways of Providence are inscrutable, and those who knew him and loved him, those who looked with hope and loved him, those who looked with hope and confidence to his high talents and wisdom as public man and a private friend must acquiesce in the decree.

Mr. Bingham was of revolutionary parentage. His ancestors, it is said served in that immortal band of heroes who, under Stark at Bennington, achieved the first victory of the Revolution. His father emigrated to Onondaga county, N.Y., where he was born, in 1803. His early education was such only as could be obtained at the district school and village academy, in a comparatively new country, but he was diligent in study and stored his mind with the knowledge that was necessary to fit him for business and industrial pursuits. He also spent some time  as a student at law, but never entered upon the profession. In 1834 or 1835 he removed to Michigan, and, we believe, settled on the tract of land where his homestead now is, and followed farming for a living. His general intelligence and popularity among his neighbors soon induced them to elect him to the Legislature of the State, in which he served some four or five years with great credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents. He was elected Speaker of the House and served as such for two sessions; and, though party politics then ran high, gave, as we are informed by his political opponents, and the most perfect satisfaction by the correctness of his deportment, his aptness in business, and his impartiality. As a presiding officer no successor has surpassed him. In 1846, Mr. Bingham was elected to Congress from the Northern District and served through the 29th Congress. He was again elected in 1848, and served through the 30th Congress, by which the famous compromise measures of 1850 were passed. In consequence of his voting against the fugitive slave act of that year, and evincing a very decided repugnance to the extension of slavery into the territories, as he was instructed to do by his democratic constituents, he was ruthlessly proscribed by the then leaders of his party, and another nominated and elected in his stead. But this rebuke from his Democratic friends, or rather their voluntary desertion of him and the principles they had instructed him to act upon, did not for a moment cause him to relax his exertions in favor of the freedom of the territories and against slave-holding despotism. He had fallen a victim to the influence of that despotism, and his defect only impelled him to make a still firmer stand against it.

In the spring of 1854 he was put in nomination for governor by the free soil democratic convention of the State, then representing a party highly respectable by its numbers, patriotism and talents; but on the organization of the Republican party by the Jackson convention of July 6th, 1854, the former party united with the republicans, and both parties put him in nomination for governor. He was elected that fall by a majority of some 5,000 votes; and served as governor during 1855 and 1856. In 1856 he was re-elected governor and served as such during 1857 and 1858, and as the senatorial term of Hon. Chas. E. Stuart of Kalamazoo was about to expire, Mr. Bingham was elected to the United States Senate at the session of 1859, for six years from the 4th of March, 1859.

During his brief senatorial career, in the midst of appalling public events, he did not fail to exhibit the same steadfast attachment to his principles that had ever distinguished him' and his ardor in promoting every measure to put down the present pro-slavery rebellion has been conspicuous both in and out of Congress. One of his sons he sent as a volunteer at the first call of the President to defend the capital; and had he supposed that he himself could have better served the cause of the Union, the cause of liberty and good government, by going to the wars, his heroic feelings would have impelled him to "mount the breach."  The blood of the brave Martin Scott ran in his veins, and he seemed to partake of the dauntless spirit of his relative.

But he has gone. No friend of the Union and freedom who shall visit the pleasant but unostentatious spot which was the home of Bingham, will fail to drop a tear over his grave.
Source: The Cass County Republican (Dowagiac, Michigan) Thursday, 10 Oct 1861

BRANCH, Henry A.

Ex-Mayor Succumbs - Brighton - Henry A. Branch, 80, of 247 N. East, former Webberville mayor, died Saturday in a Howell hospital following a long illness.
A native of Barry County, he had been telegraph operator and station agent for the C&O railroad.
He lived in Webberville from 1932 to 1953, where he was member of the village council and mayor. He also operated an insurance and real estate agency, and upon retirement lived in Sarasota, Fla.
Surviving besides his wife, Anna, are a daughter, Mrs. Marion Ladouceur, Howell; four sons, Gerald of Milford, Robert of Fowlerville, Richard of East Lansing, and Lywood of Brooklyn; 16 grandchildren and a great-grandson; a son, Lloyd of Lake Odessa.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Keehn Funeral Home with burial in Fairview Cemetery
Source: Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Sunday, 31 Aug 1969 pg. 2

BRIGGS, Henry C.

Henry C. Briggs, a prominent jeweler of Howell for the last fifty years, died Saturday night at his residence there. Mr. Briggs was born in England over 81 years ago. His father and grandfather were watchmakers.
Source: Grand Rapids Press (6 Apr. 1903) transcribed by Marla Zwakman

BULLARD, Mildred Helena (Hyne)

Mildred H Bullard, 84 a lifelong Brighton area resident, died June 30 at the Greenbriar Care Center, Howell, following an extended illness.  Born May 24, 1902, in Brighton Township, she was the daughter of Charles and Louise (Schoenhals) Hyne.  She was married to Henry Klekot in Hastings on Aug. 24, 1926. She married Raymond A. Bullard in Brighton on May 10, 1968. He predeceased her in August 1970. She was a member of the Brighton Wesleyan Church, the Women's Missionary Society of the church and was the church librarian for many years.  She was also a member of the Nu-Life Club, the Hartland Drama Club and the Community Garden Club.  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs Lloyd (Eleanore) Montzingo of Seattle, Wash., Mrs. Alan (Audrey) Dinkel of Howell and Mrs. Lloyd (Mildred Ann) Drayton of Higley, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; 22 greatgrandchildren; 7 stepchildren; a sister, Mrs. Marian Putnam of Detroit; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held July 2 from the Keehn Funeral Home with the Rev. Marvin Valade officiating. burial followed at Fairview Cemetery, Brighton. (Find-A-Grave "Beal27") Brighton Argus, Sept. 12, 1934

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