Mason County Michigan

11 Jul 1873 - Ludington Weekly Appeal (Ludington, MI) – Friday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Mr. William Cousin, scaler at E. B. Ward’s mill, was a few days since married to Miss McCramer of Canada. We wish them much joy, and that while crossing he rough sea of life they may have a safe and pleasant voyage.
--- Half fare tickets were issued by Mr. G. Van Pelt, so parties attending the funeral services of the late Mr. John H. Highland, which was held at Pentwater.

19 Jun 1912 - The Ludington Chronicle (Ludington, MI) – Wednesday, June 19, 1912 -Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Miss Grace Marburger has returned from Iowa City, Ia., where she has been attending the state university of Iowa. She will spend the summer at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Marburger of north James street.

08 Aug 1912 - Ludington Record-Appeal (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, August 8, 1912 - Contributed by Jim Dezotell
The wedding of Miss Grace Marburger of this city to Frederick Russell York took place Monday evening at 7:30 o’clock. Rev. R. S. MacGregor pastor of the First Methodist church performed the ceremony. The rooms were charmingly decorated in the color scheme of pink and white with a back ground of ferns and palms. The bridal party were grouped before an improvised floral altar beneath a canopy of green from which a white wedding bell hung. Before the wedding ceremony Miss Blanche MacGregor sang most beautifully with the piano accompaniment by Miss Lillian MacGregor, and as the bride entered leaning on the arm of her father preceded by the ring bearer little Helen Marburger, who carried the ring in a rose, the wedding march was played by the bride’s brother, Victor Marburger. The groom came in unattended. The bride looked most lovely in a handsome gown of white satin with an overdress of white embroidered marquisette and carried white roses. Dainty refreshments were served by Miss Olive Shaw of this city and Miss Evelyn Eggleston of Pentwater to only members of the family and Misses Adelaine and Evelyn Eggleston being present. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Marburger of north James street and is a graduate of the Ludington high school of 1910 and has had two years of college work at the State University of Iowa and will return to college this fall to finish her college work. The groom is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and of Wesley college of 1910 and has done post graduate work at the State University of Iowa in 1911 and 1912 where he will be engaged as assistant instructor in the Physic department for the years of 1912 and 1913. These young people have the sincere congratulations of their friends. This affair has been a very quiet and unexpected one although they have known each other for over five years and have waited for the present event over three years. Mr. and Mrs. York left Monday for Lake Geneva, Wis. for a month’s outing before returning to their college work

04 Sep 1934 - The Ludington Daily-News (Ludington, MI) - Contributed by JimDezotell
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Johnson, Ida Marie Fredell and Mrs. Victor Marburger and children Charlotte and Dickey have returned to Detroit after spending the week-end with Custer relatives and Ludington friends.
Mrs. Johnson was formerly Helen Marburger Fredell, daughter of S. Marburger, a well-known Ludington contractor. For 17 years the Marburger family has been living in Anaheim, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were married in Detroit July 7. Mr. Johnson, a graduate of Ludington high school and Michigan College of Mines of Houghton, is a mining engineer.
Mrs. Marburger, mother of Mrs. Johnson, passed away at Anaheim in March following a paralytic stroke. Mr. Marburger is recovering nicely from an operation which he underwent a month ago.

06 Oct 1881 - The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday - contributed by Jim Dezotell
Wm. H. Williams is we are sorry to know in very poor health.
Two children living at Lyon’s camp are down with diphtheria.
To Capt. H. M. Hanson and wife, a daughter, on Saturday last.
An infant daughter of J. S. Danks died last Friday of cholera infantum.
Mrs. Geo. T. Minchin, of Evart, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Bennett.
On Wednesday evening Eddy Luking died of consumption at the residence of his brother-in-law, Frank J. Conrad, in Pere Marquette township.
J Steoffle and his worthy wife are in deep sorrow, for the death of their son, a boy five years old, who died Sunday morning from consumption, induced by measles; he was a bright boy, and the sorrowing parents receive the sympathy of their numerous friends

17 Nov 1881 Ludington Record - Abandoned Baby
This community was considerably stirred over the finding of a baby, alive and kicking, on the rear part of the premises near to Mr. Cilley’s boarding house, last Wednesday morning. It proved to belong to an unfortunate young woman, recently from Manistee, who had not where to lay her head in the hour of her distress. She is at present being cared for at the residence of Sheriff Moulton. Mr. Chas. Caldwell has adopted the little one by and with the consent of the unfortunate mother, whose story is one of cruel deception and abandonment.
Contributed by Jim Dezotell)

Sept. 1881 - The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday - contributed by Jim Dezotell
Eden -- Mrs. James Sudson died on the 24th, ult., of consumption, buried the 26th.
Sherman -- To Mr. and Mrs. O. King, an eight pound boy, Friday morning.
Sweetland -- Married – at the Evans house, in Sweetland, Sept. 25th, Mr. James Evans and Miss Houks, of Mecosta. G. H. Reader, J. of P., officiating. Long life and happy dreams, and all the good things of this life be their lot, is the wish of your humble servant.

Oct 13 1881 - The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday - from Jim Dezotell
Mrs. Kasson is in very poor health
Capt. W. Courtland is on the sick list.
E. R. Burgess’ little boy has diphtheria.
Mrs. R. M. Garrett’s baby is dangerously ill.
Joseph white rejoices in the possession of another boy.
Mrs. C. E. Storrs, wife of Supervisor Storrs, of Eden, is very low. Her death is momentarily feared by her friends.
Mrs. H. B. Dewey, formerly of Ludington, rejoices in the possession of another daughter.
Grandpa Eggleston is indeed fortunate.
Mrs. Joseph Paquette is suffering from lung fever.
A little son of William White’s, near Wood’s corners in Victory, died of typhoid fever last Wednesday afternoon.
On the 6th inst., Mr. Henry F. Hazzard, of Manietee, was married to Miss Katie W[?], of [? – rest of image cut off]
G. W. Barber has just returned from Lawrence, Van Buren county, where he placed a handsome monument to mark the resting place of the father of D. W. Goodenough, whose death occurred thirty-one years ago. The grave heretofore was marked by marble slab only.
Mr. Hiram Corsaut, of the Fourth ward, cut his foot with an ax sometime ago, while working at E. A. Foster & Co.’s shingle mill. Blood poisoning ensued, from which he died last Saturday. He was buried on Monday, Rev. H. P. Hewitt conducted the services.

Oct 1881 --County Correspondence
Victory: Esquire King rejoices in the recent arrival of a son. Said son has not attained any considerable age.
Mr. Mike Mcdonald and lady received a pleasant call from their neighbors and friends on the occasion of their twelfth wedding anniversary. Some valuable presents were received and a most agreeable time enjoyed.

20 Oct 1881 The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, October 20, 1881
Miss Kitty Muzzy has been dangerously ill with diphtheria for several days past, but by the skillful treatment pursued by Dr. May in diphtheria cases, she is now considered out of danger.
--- Mr. Chas. Schwass, of Custer, and Miss Minnie Englebracht, of Ludington, were married on Wednesday last, and intend to settle down to farming at once. Charles knows just how, and his good lady can keep house on business principles. The Record will henceforth carry the news to them and will help them on to happiness.
--- On Wednesday of last week Mr. O. Gavigan was called by telegraph to Grand Traverse where his sister, a young lady of sixteen, was visiting friends, but had been suffering from typhoid fever. Miss Gavigan died on that day. Her remains were taken to Milwaukee on the boat City of Ludington, Friday night. Mr. Gavigan will stay with his people in Wisconsin a few weeks.
--- Miss Belle Eggleston was married at the residence of her parents in the Fourth ward, last Sunday afternoon, to Mr. DeWitt H. Bothwell, a young business man of the city of Jackson, in this state. The affair was of the most modest and unostentatious, only the parents of the happy pair and the relatives of the families here were present. The happy bride had so many friends in the city who admired her many splendid qualities and gifts, that it needs no words of ours to set abroad the belief well established that Mr. Bothwell is the luckiest and is going to be the happiest of men. The Record wishes them only enough sorrow to contrast a thousand superior joys. They started for their new home Wednesday morning.
--- John M. Blain, of yore one of our citizens, but now of Dakota, spent three days last week visiting friends and attending to business.
--- Summit: Geo. Puff’s aged mother, who has been residing with him, died last Friday. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. F. B. Smith, the Sunday following.

27 Oct 1881 The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, from Jim Dezotell
Ferdinand Keison lost a seven-year-old son by diphtheria last Monday.
Mrs. Holmes, of Amber, lost a little boy six years old, by diphtheria, Tuesday evening. Two others are still sick.
Luther Wood, who lived in Lincoln township near Victory, died last Friday of spinal meningitis, and was buried Sunday.
Mrs. L. G. Lamarre died in the Third ward, at her residence, last Monday evening. The venerable lady was 71 years old, and her children carried the remains for burial to Canada.
--- C. O. Holmes a resident, of Sherman, was killed in a well he was digging last week. Mr. Holmes was well known by many of our citizens, and in his own locality was popular for his sturdy manly qualities of head and heart. He was one of the pioneers of the county and made for himself and those dependent on him a home in the wilderness.
--- Miss Mary M. Morton, of Riverton, daughter of Alex Morton, died in this city at the residence of her aunt, Mrs. Wm. Bush, in the Fourth ward, on Tuesday evening. The deceased was scarcely 17 years of age but a bright and intelligent girl. She received a certificate from the county examiners last month, passing a creditable examination, and hoped to have taught school this winter. A bereaved and fond family mourn unfilled hopes and a bright promising young life gone out, a desolated hearth-stone, a sad home. Death’s mysteries of life. A wide circle of friends sympathize with the stricken parents and friends.
--- Sweetland: Surveyor Eastman is platting our village, and it is proposed to change the name of our little busy city, by many of our leading citizens, but no name has been decided upon yet.
--- Eden: Mrs. Maria Storrs, wife of the Rev. C. e. Storrs, died on Sunday the 23d, inst., at 11 o’clock a.m., of an internal cancer, after a long and painful period of suffering. She is now at rest. The funeral was held on Tuesday. The family are worn out with watching and care.

2 Nov 1882 - The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Mrs. J. W. Taylor and daughter of South Bend, Ind., and Mrs. J. M. Crocker, of Big Rapids, sisters and niece of Mrs. O. S. Stout, are visiting in this city.
--- On Friday last Mr. and Mrs. Beckman, of Summit, buried their youngest child, of twenty months. The disease was cholera infantum. Rev. S. N. Hill conducted the services.
--- On last Saturday evening, Mr. Charles R. Anderson and Miss Caroline Jenson were united in marriage by Rev. S. N. Hill, at their home on Dowland street. A large number of guests were present.
--- Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Rowe had a very pleasant time at their home on Charles street on the 19th of October last, occasioned by the marriage of Mr. August Miller, of Amber, and Miss Mary Arnold, of Victory. The ceremony was performed by Rev. S. N. Hill.
--- Judge J. B. McMahon is suffering a relapse which develops into typhoid fever. It is feared he will be confined at home for a month at least.
--- Our oldest settler and pioneer Burr Caswell has had a slight attack of Dakota fever he was out there but has recovered and is, so we learn likely to stick to Michigan for some time longer.
--- Scottville - Samuel Greenway is rejoicing over a young K. of H. who tipped the scales at 11 lbs. Mr. G. will soon occupy his new house.
--- Married – Friday, Oct. 20th, at the residence of Mrs. E. A. Tift by G. H. Reader, Esq., Mr. John e. Jones and Miss Augusta Schumacher, all of Scottville. May their life be one of continued joy, long life and prosperity.
--- We have that fatal disease diphtheria among us once more, several families have been contending against it, and at this writing only one case has proved fatal, that of Miss Cora Barnes aged about 14 years. Mr. & Mrs. Have the sympathy of the entire community in this their great loss, as it leaves them with only one child a few years younger than Cora. Dr. Thomas the attending physician had no hopes for her recovery form the first appearance of the disease.
--- Married – Thursday evening Oct. 26th, at the residence of James Neil, Mr. Daniel Gohn and Miss Martha J. Neil, all of Scottville, G. H. Reader, Esq., officiating. There were a few invited guests present, all of whom showed their good will toward the bride in making her presents. After partaking of a good supper the company betook themselves to W. A. Bailey’s hall and had a good time tripping the light fantastic too. May their social life be as pleasant all the way as it must have been on this, to them, memorable evening. On this same day Mr. Neil made sale of his house and one acre of land for $1,000 cash to Mr. Geo. Andree of Manistee. Mr. Andree will fit the house up for a first-class hotel so he informs us.
--- Summit - Wm. Kibbey has three children sick with diphtheria. A boy from Ludington was taken sick with the disease while there, and thus exposed the family.

9 Nov 1882 - The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
A child of Mr. Douglass died at Sweetland, on Thursday of last week of diphtheria; also a child of Mr. G. Andrews, died of the same disease on the first of last month. There are several other cases in town.
--- Married – at the office of Rev. S. N. Hill, on Thursday of this week, Frank Ekstrom and Matilda Olson. Miss Olson has just arrived from Sweden. Mr. Gus Sonerrl acted as interpreter, and made a very efficient one.
--- Mr. and Mrs. J. L.. Jones, of Sweetland, desire to express their gratitude to friends and neighbors for services rendered during the fatal sickness of their daughter, Nettie Fay. They are especially indebted to Mrs. Rice and Dr. Kibby, of Custer.
--- Last Monday Mrs. Burgland died at her home in the Fourth ward, after an illness of several weeks’ duration. Mr. Burglund is left with five little ones, the oldest, only eight years old. In the absence of a minister who could speak the Swedish language the services were conducted by Mr. Magnussen.
--- Eden - Oct. 28th, to Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Adams, a son. Joe is doing well.
--- Additional Local - Mr. Gebhardt’s family of eight have all been down with diphtheria and one little girl about 3 years of age died last Sunday morning. The others are considered out of danger with the exception of two who are still in a critical condition. The health officer reports that there have been but four additional cases reported besides Mr. Gebhardt’s family. The faculty agree that the disease is well under control and not likely to become widespread.

16 Nov 1882 - The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Mrs. Henry Hunt died on Friday evening at her residence in the First ward. Deceased was but 17 years of age and was married at her home in Charlotte about a year ago.
--- To Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cooper, of Amber, twins.
Frank A. Foster has returned from his Dakota trip. He homesteaded 160 acres in Aberdeen, Brown Co.
--- Married – Cyrus B. Albright to Annie Morton, Oct. 29, at the home of the bride’s parents in Pere Marquette township. Ceremony by Rev. A. A. Sheurer.
--- John Lowe, aged 40, died at his residence last Saturday morning and was buried on Monday. Mr. Lowe had made this city his home for many years and was well known as a man of great industry. As a member of the Royal Arcanum he leaves a policy for $3,000 to his bereaved family. Mr. W. h. Williams is the executor of his estate.

22 Nov 1882 - Mason Center Lodge, No. 2855, K. of H., contributed by Jim Dexotell
Whereas, it has pleased an All-wise providence to visit the family of our brother, J. C. Mustard and take from their midst their beloved daughter, Gertie, who died, Nov. 21st, 1882.
Resolved, That we tender to the family of our worthy brother our sincere sympathy in this their trying affliction.
Resolved, That there resolutions be spread on the minutes, and a copy of the same be furnished the family of the bereaved brother and inserted in the county papers.
Committee: G. H. Reader, A. J. Putter, W. F. Fairbanks,
--- Charles Boliue and Christine Garnstrom were united in the holy bonds of matrimony by Squire Stanton.
--- Frank Sheldon, aged [?]7, while trying to board a Flint and Pere Marquette train at Wayne Junction, Nov. 25th, fell under the wheels, which crushed both his legs. It is thought that he will die from his injuries.

23 Nov 1882 - The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
--- On Monday night, after a short illness, and much suffering, Mrs. Mary Latimer, wife of Dr. F. N. Latimer, died at her home in this city. A short service was held at the house Tuesday morning, and the remains were taken to Big Rapids for burial. The deceased was a most estimable woman. Coming here a short year ago a bride, and a stranger, she won the respect and affection of a select circle of choice friends, who mourn deeply the untimely call of the grim messenger. Mrs. Latimer was a worthy member of the Congregational church in this city, and passed to rest in unswerving trust and faith in bright immortality. To the bereaved husband whose poignant grief excites the deepest sympathy a wide circle of friends tender unfeigned commiseration.
To Mrs. Eli Nelson, a boy last Tuesday. Capt. Nelson’s smile is like a piece of all wool goods, a yard wide.
--- Mr. J. A. Gebhardt and family, are again severely afflicted by the death of their oldest son. The fearful disease that has suddenly bereaved many families of their dear children has also afflicted the family of Mr. Gebhardt. Seven of their children were two weeks ago suffering with it at the same time. Two have died. On the 5th inst. little Henrietta, aged 4 years, died very suddenly. Miss Ida was for several days in a very critical condition, but has nearly recovered. Also the younger children. But Master Johnnie continued to decline in resistance to the most skillful efforts and care. He died on the evening of the 16th inst. even while prayers were at his request being offered in the prayer meeting for him. Johnnie was about 16 years of age. His habits were manly, intelligent and industrious. He was greatly interested in the Sabbath School and in religious reading. When he felt that he must go, he expressed his trust in the Lord, his Saviour [sic], leaving the evidence of a work of grace in his heart, and that he has entered his heavenly rest. When the youth are called away we must believe that God’s purposes are wise and good. The boys of the Sabbath School and class of which he was a member are admonished to be ready for the Master. Four members of his class have died. The family have the prayerful sympathy of their many friends here and elsewhere.
--- Last Tuesday, Messrs C. C. Ward and D. W. Goodenough waited upon a fellow named Smith, who had been behaving indecently before several little folks. They took a horsewhip along with them and after properly identifying the fellow, gave him a thorough castigation. He took his punishment in Mr. Taylor’s barn and made his exit a sadder and a sorer man. A disgusting trial and a term in prison is not to be compared to this treatment, for efficacy. He left for parts unknown.
A new postoffice has been established in the county to be known as Fountain; N. J. Bock[?- Bockelanz] is postmaster.
--- Married – at the residence of Mr. M. D. Sealey, on the 18th inst., by Rev. S. N. hill, Mr. John G. Peterson, of Ludington, and Miss Luella L. Pardy, of Riverton.

30 Nov 1882 - The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Mrs. Thos. Short has been called to London, Ontario, by the death of her mother.
Mrs. Cribb, of Riverton, presented Mr. C. with a 13 pound Thanksgiving daughter last Tuesday.
J. D. Smedley’s child, seven months old, died last Tuesday, at his home in Victory.
We are pleased to learn that Mr. Arthur Butler is improving of his recent illness.
Mr. Charles Gilbert and Miss Florence Mero were united in marriage at the Catholic church on Wednesday by Rev. Father Dempsey.
--- Mason county’s oldest white settler, Burr Caswell, has emigrated to Dakota and will purchase the Milwaukee House, Mitchell, Dakota. He settled in this county in 1848.
--- The litigation between Capt. Brening and Mrs. Billings over the death of Mr. Billings at the Ferry some years ago, has been settled, by Capt. Brening giving a sum of money with that object in view.
--- Another tragedy had its consummation last night in the death of Geo. W. Hall an Indian. He was sitting on the track about two miles east of Custer last Tuesday night when the incoming late train struck him on the left shoulder, besides injuring him internally. The train was stopped as soon as possible, and returned in search of the unfortunate man. Before reaching him however another Indian was found in the ditch, but slightly injured, and under the influence of liquor. The two men were picked up and brought to the city. Mr. Hall was taken to the Clinton House and died there last night. He has been a regular subscriber to the Record for several years past and was intelligent and well-informed. An empty bottle found in his pocket, and the state of his companion leaves no doubt as to the agency which brought him to such an untimely end. A jury will be impaneled this morning and a verdict rendered in accordance with the facts.
--- Custer: A little daughter of Jeff Davis, aged ten years, died last Friday. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. Curtis, last Sunday.

7 Dec 1882 - The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
E. R. Burgess’ little girl is suffering from tonsillitis.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Nichols left Ludington by the noon train yesterday for Baltimore where Mr. Nichols’ parents reside. They have been residents of this city so long that the memory of man scarcely runneth to the contrary. Their friends are many and heartily wish them cusses during their sojourn in Baltimore.
The following preamble and resolutions were read and adopted by Amber Lodge No. 166 I.O. of G.T., Nov. 25, 1882:
Whereas, It has pleased our heavenly Father in His allwise Providence to take from our midst our sister Cora Barnes.
Resolved, That we as a Lodge bow humbly to His will, believing that what is our loss is her infinite gain.
Resolved, That in the death of Cora Barnes, her parents have lost a dutiful daughter and the lodge a faithful member, as she was nearly always in attendance, and prompt and cheerful in every duty assigned her.
Resolved, That the first death in our membership, shall, with the blessing of God, bring us to think more of preparing to meet our dear sister in the love of God, which is stronger than the bonds of Faith, Hope and Charity.
Resolved, That we tender to the bereaved family our deepest sympathy in their affliction, and commend our brother and sister to look to God as an ever loving Father, who doth not willingly afflict his children.
Resolved, That we drape our lodge room in crape for thirty days, and, as a lodge, attend the funeral services of our lamented sister, and that her regalia, W.R.S. be draped in crape for the occasion.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the Ludington papers for publication, and a copy presented to the bereaved parents, borther and sister Barnes.
Submitted by you committee, in Faith, Hope and Charity.
Mrs. C. W. Richard - Mrs. E. W. Loomis - Mrs. J. S. Cummings
--- The loss of the R. G. Peters with all hands, 14 in number, has cast a gloom over Manistee, where they all lived, with the exception of the mate whose home was in Milwaukee.
--- Custer - Wm. Kibbey’s family is still afflicted with diphtheria. He and his oldest son are sick with it at present, but are slowly recovering. The Board of Health have made every available effort to prevent the further spread, and it is hoped that it will stop where it is.
--- Scottville - Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Barnes beg leave to thank the people of this village and the I.O. of G.T. through the columns of the Record, for their kindness and sympathy in the memorial services of their daughter, Cora, also thanks to Rev. C. E. Mitchell for his able sermon last Sabbath.

14 Dec 1882 The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
C. E. Charboneau is the happy father of an eight pound girl. He distributes the cigars with a lavish hand.
Officer Mills made two arrests last Saturday night of parties singing on the streets without any particular tune, or melody.
--- Married – On the 14th day of Dec., 1882. Mr. Alva S. Spencer and Miss Maria Surplice, both of Ludington. Rev. R. P. Hewitt officiated.
--- Coroner Geo. C. McClatchie, of Summit, found the body of a man on the beach between Labells and Bass Lake, Dec. 8. To all appearances the man been drowned but a day or so. He was buried in the township cemetery.
P. C. Eastman is dangerously ill. Dr. Shorts is in daily attendance.
William Kibbey and family, of Summit township, are all recovering from diphtheria.
--- Custer: Frank Watson is in New York. The death of his sister-in-law occasioned his visit there.
--- Scottville: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Rose – an eleven pound boy
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Musterd wish through the columns of the Record to thank their neighbors and more especially the Knights of Honor, for their sympathies in the time when they were most needed. They also wish to thank the choir and our much esteemed minister, Rev. C. E. Mitchell, for the able manner in which the funeral ceremonies of their little daughter Gertie were conducted.Grant
--- Married – At the residence of the bride’s parents; Nov. 12. Marion Gordon to Miss Annie s. Freeman, both of Grant. Rev. Mr. Newell officiated.
--- L. G. Pitman, after being confined to his bed one day; died on the 1st inst. aged 78 years. Mr. Pitman was one of the oldest residents of Grant and owner of one of the finest farms. He leaves a wife and two grandchildren. This is the first internment in the new burying ground of Grant.
--- The Circuit Court
The circuit court, Hon. J. Byron Judkins presiding, was in session Tuesday and Wednesday. The calendar contained five criminal cases, nine issues of fact, and fourteen causes in chancery. The following causes were disposed of as indicated below:
[only divorces transcribed]
Decrees were granted in the following divorce cases: John Murphy vs. Theresa Murphy; Laura VanArmon vs. George VanArmon; Mary Sypher vs. George Sypher; Chaney Eggleston vs. Olive Eggleston, and Alice Bradley vs. Calvin Bradley.

21 Dec 1882 - The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Eden: Mr. Atwood Ordway, who has been bleeding at the lungs, has gone to Grand Rapids for medical treatment.
Married – Dec. 14, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. Park B. Shelly, of Eden and Miss Amy Davie, of Custer. May they enjoy a life of wedded bliss, peace and plenty be their lot, with naught through life to go amiss, nor ever sigh for what they’ve not, but list to the laugh of a child.

28 Dec 1882 - The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Orin E. Barber got an eight-pound boy for his Christmas present.
To M. and Mrs. Mathew French, of Summit, a new boy last Saturday.
On Tuesday last Rev. S. N. Hill performed the marriage service of Mr. Andrew Newberg, of Ludington, and Miss Louise C. Keeler, of Milwaukee, at the Presbyterian chapel.
--- Rev. R. P. Hewitt caught a whale last Tuesday. It was the wail of an infant son.
Mrs. J. C. Tatman has returned to her Dakota home after a short but pleasant visit here.
Married – In Ludington, on the evening of the 23, Mr. William G. Britton, to Miss Augusta Barthelmess, both of Ludington. Rev. R. P. Hewitt officiated. Mr. Britton and his bride are a genial couple, well calculated to travel life’s journey together. A pleasant one to them.
Mr. F. Weidmar and Mrs. Mary Ann Treat, were married by Squire Sutherland on Tuesday Dec. 21st.
Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Spencer returned from their wedding tour in time to spend a merry Christmas with their friends.
The death of Mrs. James VanSickle of Riverton, has caused much grief among her immediate friends. She was an estimable woman.
--- N. Steuart McConnell has established himself in business in Grand Forks, Northern Dakota. His brother George will cross the lake to-day to join him and will be employed by him permanently.

11 Jan 1883 The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Mrs. Vandervest’s youngest child is suffering from inflammation of the lungs.
H. B. Caswell is at present engaged in getting out a fine monument for Mr. B. J. Goodsell. It will be placed in the cemetery about the first of February.
--- Mr. Hall and Mrs. Washington 9both colored) were united in the holy bonds of matrimony by Rev. R. M. Keys a few days ago.
--- Patrick C. Eastman died at his home last Saturday of Bronchial consumption at the early age of 33. Mr. Eastman has been foreman of the Cartier & Filer mill for some years past and was widely known and much respected among mill men generally.
Custer Items: An infant child of Mrs. James Allen, who recently moved here from Hart, died last Tuesday. We did not learn the nature of the disease.
--- Rosa Stone, aged ten years, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stone, died from the effects of a severe cold on Wednesday of last week. She was taken sick the Sunday previous, and her sudden death is a severe blow to her bereaved parents. They have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.

18 Jan 1883 The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
On the 29th inst. Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Houk will have their silver wedding. Many of their friends have been invited to a feast.
--- William E. Wylie of Detroit who lost his life in the burning of the Newhall House was a brother to Mrs. Baggott who resides on the corner of Washington Avenue and Dowland streets.
--- Mr. Louis Ward and Miss Mollie Danaher were united in marriage by Rev. Father Dempsey last Tuesday morning at the Catholic Church. None but the immediate friends of the happy couple were present. They took the 11:30 train for Detroit, and will be gone some time on their wedding tour. Their hosts of friends will certainly wish them a pleasant journey on life’s troubled sea.
Capt. Duddleson’s child is lying dangerously ill at the Filer House.
An old lady named Mrs. Perkins upwards of 70 years old, a resident of Summit township, fell down stairs last Friday and died about two hours after the victory.
--- Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Hoyse have another daughter; all girls in that family.
--- There is a resident of Victory, in the person of H. N. Norton, who, perhaps, has seen as much of the surface of this globe as falls to the lot of most. Taking to the sea when a mere lad, he followed the life of a sailor for forty-five years, during which time he made the circuit of the earth nine times, usually sailing out from New York around Cape Horn to China and other points, then home by way of the Cape of Good Hope. He served twenty-eight years n the United States navy, including the years of the rebellion, and draws a pension on amount of his long connection with that branch of the service. In 1838 he was with Wilkes exploring expedition, which discovered innumerable islands and the antarctic continent. He was also with Commodore Perry’s expedition to Japan in 1853, which resulted in a treaty with that country, and gives an interesting account of the elaborate preparation made by the Japanese authorities for the signing of the treaty by the representatives of the two powers. He quit the sea shortly after the war and settled in Victory, where he has lived ever since. He was married a few years ago and has a family of several children. Though now over 70, he is still quite hale for one of his years, and occasionally walks from his home in Victory to Ludington and back, a distance of 24 miles, the same day.

25 Jan 1883 The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
On Monday last Mr. Patrick Donnovan and Miss Bridget Gilligan were united in marriage by Rev. Father Pacquine in the Catholic church. The bride in the sister of Mrs. Pomeroy’s and the wedding was celebrated there. The presents was various, not costly but well calculated for everyday use. The friends of the happy couple danced till early morning.
--- To Judge Jas. B. McMahon and wife, on Monday, a son; all well.
On Tuesday of last week, James Crowley was apprised by telegraph of his father’s death, by inflammatory rheumatism, at the age of 78. Deceased had been a resident of Granville, Wisconsin, for many years and has held many offices of trust. He was esteemed as one of the reliable men of the community, and was followed to the grave by a long line of old friends and sympathizers. The services were conducted at the Catholic church, Thursday at 2 o’clock, by rev. Father Shaverly, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at Granville. Mr. Crowley and wife returned home on Saturday last.
--- Scottville: Diphtheria has broken out near Amber station in the family of C. E. Holcomb; one child died and the others are very sick.
--- Eden: That young lady who came to live with Mr. J. b. Tracy titled the beam at 9 pounds.

1 Feb 1883 The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Mrs. C. D. Clark is quite sick.
Mrs. F. J. Dowland has been confined to her home for some time with a severe cold.
Married, at the Flier House Thursday evening, by Rev. R. M. Keys, C. W. Baxter and Miss Sophia Dorey.
W. H. Williams, Esq., has been confined to his home ofr the past two weeks. He is suffering greatly from neuralgia.
Alex M. Agnes has gone on his annual trip, east, to attend the 61st anniversary of the wedding of his parents at Newark, N.J.
--- Mrs. D. Seavey, who has been afflicted with dropsy for the past six months, died Wednesday at her home across the little lake.
--- Lilly Holcomb aged 12 years, daughter of C. e. Holcomb, died of diphtheria this week at the residence of her grandmother, Mrs. Knox of Amber.
--- Married – at the residence of the groom’s father, in Amber, on Sunday, the 28th inst., by Chas. W. Jones, Esq., Mr. Willis M. Graves to Miss Alice B. Johnson, both of Amber.
--- William Barnhart, one of our pioneers died at his home in Victory, on Friday morning last, after a long period of suffering and illness. He had been a resident of this county nearly twenty years. The deceased was 63 years old at the time of his death. From his boyhood home in Canada he came to Muskegon county with a party of canal estimators. When his term with them closed he settled at the head of White Lake where he lived for several years and married a daughter of the forest, with whom he lived until death called him away, she survives him. Since his residence here he has held the office of county surveyor two terms. In the spring of 1868 he was elected supervisor of Victory and was again elected in 1869. He discharged the duties of his office creditably to himself and in a manner satisfactory to his constituents. His life was unassuming and modest; honest and worthy. Ready and forward in the discharge of each duty.
Silver Wedding
The silver wedding spoken of in our last; that of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Houk, of Summit, took place last Tuesday evening and was one of the most notable events in that line that has yet taken place in the county. If it took any argument to show that the host and hostess were held in high esteem, the occasion would certainly furnish all the argument needed. A large circle of friends assembled at their home and were entertained in a most hospitable manner. The following list of presents were received by the “happy couple.”
--- Mrs. Booth and Mrs. Durham, Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Quackenbush, large silver fruit dish.
Mr. and Mrs. Moulton, silver pickle caster.
Mrs. Parke and daughter, silver pickle caster
Jerome Harmon, jelly caster
Wallace Houk, to his father, cigar holder and cigars.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox, set silver table spoons.
Miss Carrie Houk, photograph album.
Mr. and Mrs. Jamison, silver pickle fork.
Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Scheurer, silver butter knife.
Mr. and Mrs. Morrell, pair of china cups.
Mr. and Ida Hatfield, silver butter dish.
Mr. and Mrs. W. Heysett, silver spoon holder
Mr. and Mrs. F. Shappes, silver sugar bowl.
Mr. and Mrs. Olney, silver table caster.
Mr. and Mrs. H. J. McClatchie, silver and glass syrup pitcher.
Jerry Grimes, set knives and forks.
Mrs. J. V. Durham; silver napkin ring.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Rose, set silver napkin rings.
Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Tafft, silver tea knives.
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Baylor, Frank and Mr. Bogers, silver and glass berry dish.
Mr. and Mrs. Van Nortwick, Mr. and Mrs. Wordell, silver cake basket.
--- Rex B. P. Hewitt has been unwell for the last ten days and at present is seriously ill from bilious fever.
Mrs. James Scovill, now of Manistee is dangerously ill. Her sister Mrs. Sullivan was called to her by telegram yesterday.
--- Mrs. Mary Brown a colored servant in the family of Mrs. W. Ketcham, of 360 Grand avenue, Brooklyn for [?]5 years past, died as her employer’s house on Monday, aged 105 years. She was born of Guinea parents, in the state of New Jersey, and her only child a daughter, then 65 years old, was drowned at the wreck of the steamer Arctic, of the Collins line. “Auntie” Brown was spry up to her death, and could thread a needle without the aid of spectacles.
--- Eden: Miss Violet Smith is still under the Doctor’s care, she has been sick for several weeks.

8 Feb 1883 The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Mrs. Charles Perkins is very sick.
Capt. Amos Breinig is down with a severe attack of pleurisy, and is in a dangerous condition.
Mrs. Wallace Noble is in very feeble health and doubts are entertained of her recovery. Several members of her family are at present with her.
--- Capt. Thos. Svenning, of the Fourth ward, has to stay at home now to take care of the baby. He was commissioned last Wednesday. Reports says it is an eight pound girl.
--- Mr. Charles R. Merriam, M.D., of Conneaut, O., arrived here last Monday and taken a position with Mr. Hibbard, druggist. Mr. Merriam is a nephew to Rev. R. M. Keyes.
--- Custer: Married – At Chase, Feb. 1st, by Rev. A. Falconer, Mr. Wm. J. Hayes to Miss Goodwith S. Shippee.

15 Feb 1883 The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Mrs. Lowe’s little child is suffering with lung fever.
R. J. smith of the Fourth ward, is suffering from pneumonia.
Francis Lomprey has returned from visiting his father in Quebec.
Timothy Shields Jr. has been very sick with diphtheria but is getting better.
A four months old child of Christ Nelson died yesterday morning after a short illness.
Louis Bigbone, a gigantic Indian was fined $7.20 in Squire Shick’s court last Tuesday for being too hilarious.
Married – At the Clinton House, on the 14th inst., by rev. S. N. Hill, Mr. John H. Boyle and Miss Augusta M. Swanson, all of Gun Lake.
--- This community will be pained to hear of the death of Arthur butler, last night at the age of 22 years. Serving for some years in the Post Office of this city, his intelligence, civility and gentleness of manner had won for him a host of friends and cause him to be one of the widest known young men in the country. For the past six months he has been unable to leave his home and has been gradually sinking under the infliction of consumption. On Wednesday he was feeling much better than usual and talked of taking a trip to Dakota sometime in May. He slept from 11 p.m. till after midnight when he awoke and told his mother that he was bleeding at the lungs. In less than two minutes he had passed through the dark valley. His death took place at the residence of Wm. Snell opposite the Catholic Church. His death creates much sorrow in the family, and a wide spread sympathy for them in their bereavement. Funeral services will be held at the M. E. Church tomorrow at 2 p.m. Rev. Wm. Hanson taking charge.
--- A memorial service on account of the recent bereavement of Mr. John Gebhardt and family, will be held at the Presbyterian church on next Sabbath evening.

22 Feb 1883 - The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Mrs. E. R. Burgess is suffering from bilious fever.
William Cameron died last Saturday from typhoid pneumonia. He had been sick some time ago and was getting well but ventured out too soon in search of employment. He leaves a wife and three small children. Mr. Cameron was born in Scotland, and was about 35 years of age; was industrious, frugal and honest. He was a member of the Knights of Labor, and was respected by the men with whom he associated. Rev. Mr. Hill conducted the funeral services which were held at the Presbyterian church, Monday afternoon.
--- Married on last evening, the 21st inst. at the residence of the bride by Rev. S. N. Hill Mr. Henry w. Koeneke and Mrs. Mary Hartleib, all of this city. A large company of guests were present.
--- On Friday last, Salena, wife of Wallace Noble, died of consumption of the bowels, at the age of 33 years and 4 months. Deceased lady leaves a husband and one child, a little girl of 5 years, to mourn her loss. She was a member of the M. E. church here; was consistent and well disposed in her daily life, and has left an impression for good on all who had become acquainted with her. The funeral services were conducted on Sunday afternoon by Rev. W. Hanson. The church was well filled and the fitting and well chosen remarks of the pastor met with a very sympathetic response.
--- At a regular meeting of the Literary Society last Tuesday evening the following resolutions were adopted as expressing the feelings of the members over the death of their late comrade Mr. Arthur Butler.
Whereas Arthur Butler, a member of this society has recently died.
Resolved, That we the surviving members of this society, do hereby express our sorrow at the loss of a friend as well as a member.
Resolved, That we do hereby give expression to our deep sympathy for his bereaved family, and further that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family of the deceased.

1 Mar 1883 The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
To Mrs. Geo. Laird a girl last Tuesday.
Captain Amos Breinig is still seriously ill.
We hear that Mr. Jeremiah Collins is with his son at present, and suffering considerably from the cancer with which he has been afflicted for some years. Mr. Collins is an old pioneer of this county and is closely identified with its history.
--- It is the arrival of a daughter at Mrs. Belvill’s that makes grandpa Hollis feel so jolly.
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton have been down to Illinois attending the funeral of Mrs. Clayton’s father. Mr. Clayton has returned and will start for Dakota as soon as the roads are clear between Milwaukee and his destination. Mrs. Clayton will remains with her mother in Illinois for the present.
--- Horace Caswell, the boss marble cutter, has just sent a headstone down to Millview, Fla. to be placed over the grave of our late fellow-townsman – Mr. Edmund Gaudette.
--- City Treasurer E. D. Weimer has taken to himself a wife. The fortunate possessor of E. D.’s affections is Miss McAllister of Custer. Emery things that a thing of beauty is a joy forever, and his bride thinks that to capture a sober, honest, industrious young man is a good days work. Them’s our sentiments tew [sic]. May they live in clover. None but the relatives of the happy couple were present. The wedding presents received by them were numerous, and will be taken to their home in the First ward to-day.
--- Custer: Several arrests for drunkenness and disorder have been made lately. M. Avery is a good constable and deserves praise for discharging his duties so faithfully.
--- Scottville: Married, Mr. John Murphy and Miss Rose Wesley, by G. H. Reader, Esq., Feb. 17th.
Our station agent, Mr. G. A. Brown, has at last returned and as the result of his absence, has selected a partner for life, a young lady from Lansing.
--- Since my last communication, an eleven pound boy has been brought to the house of Wm. Quirk, and the heart of William rejoiceth much and causeth him to set up the cigars.
--- Eden: Mr. Atwood Ordway died at Hair’s camp on the 18th ult., the boys in camp turned out manfully to the funeral, after which they returned again to camp and concluded to make a trip to the river but while they were loading a skid flew around striking one of them in the head crushing it in, death was almost instantaneous. We have been unable thus far to fain the particulars or the man’s name, it is reported that he had just cautioned his brother lest he should get hurt when the next instant he was struck dead.
--- Weldon Creek: Mr. S. S. Lampman is going to move into his new house about the middle of March.
It is with feelings of sadness that we record the death of our much esteemed citizen and friend Mr. Atwood Ordway, who departed this life on Feb. 18th p.m. Mr. Ordway was a young man of only twenty-eight summers; a native of Maine, and but recently established himself amongst us but by his kind, gentle disposition and straight-forward manliness he made warm friends of all he met, but the fell destroyer laid his ruthless hand upon him and he is no more. He leaves a wife and two little ones to mourn his untimely end, also his aged father and mother and one brother here. Each heart beats in sympathy with the bereaved one, but man’s warmest sympathies are but as dew upon the morning grass, they cannot bring back the departed one, neither fill the aching void in the sad hearts that justly mourn, and we can only commend them to the friend of the stricken ones. May “his grace be sufficient for you.”
--- Atwood Ordway, an employe in John Hair’s camp, in Eden township, died of quick consumption last Thursday and was buried the following day. He leaves a wife and two children. The funeral was attended by the men who were employed in the camp. After their return three brothers named Lowing were put to loading a sleigh with logs. The last log pressed between the two under it, throwing one of the skids with such force as to crush the skull of the one named Benton. He was killed instantly. The remains were taken to Grand Rapids.

8 Mar 1883 The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Married – on Wednesday forenoon, the 7th inst., by Rev. S. N. Hill, at the residence of Mrs. Mary Lowe, on South Charles street, Mr. Frank L. Brown and miss Francis T. Lowe, all of this city.
--- At Pleasant Prairie, Wis., on Sunday, February 25th, Mr. Jacob Staffon, a member of the Pere Marquette Lumber Co., and Miss Alice Worden, of Pleasant Prairie, were married. The knot was tied in a good Methodist like manner by the resident minister of that persuasion. Mr. Staffon and bride arrived in Ludington on Saturday last and are for the present at the Filer House. Sir Knight Staffon has many warm friends and a wide circle of acquaintances who heartily wish him and his bride a successful journey through life. They will be at home to their fiends after the 11th inst.
--- Around The State: The man Lenhart, who was under arrest in the Newaygo county jail, for participation in the murder of Boldman, near Diamond Lake, was found dead in his cell, having died from fright, as shown by post mortem examination. – Current.
--- William Kilner was convicted of the murder of Jacob Boldman, at Newaygo last Saturday and sentenced to Jackson prison for life.
--- Scottville: To Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Symons, a fine young miller, March 2, all are doing well.

15 Mar 1883 The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Capt. Amos Breinig is slowly recovering but will not be able to attend to business for some months.
Thomas the six day old son of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Simonds died at Scottville yesterday of lung trouble. He was buried to-day.
--- R. B. Patterson was supremely happy last Saturday. It was a grandson and weighted part of a ton. Mr. and Mrs. Stoven are taking good care of him.
Mr. Fraidenburg, of Claybanks, is down with pneumonia.
Mr. Fred Leppentine, of the Third ward, is enduring a severe attack of erysipelas in his face.
Something more than rumor says that Mr. David Seeley and Miss Ida Packard were married last Saturday sub rosa; the secret not to be divulged for a week or so. You had better not mention it for the present. In the meantime all the young people and old ones too, will wish them a pleasant journey through life.
--- Grant: Died, Feb. 28, little Mina Gordon, only child of Newbury Gordon, aged 4 years. Mourn not dear parents for we are like the green leaves which cannot always stay green but must fade.

22 Mar 1883 The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Thos. E. Pierce rejoices in the possession of a daughter, born last Tuesday.
At Victory last Saturday, John Arnold lost a little 3 years old by measles.
Scottville: To Mr. and Mrs. Henry Billings, March 16, a 6 ½ pound girl.
We wish to correct the statements in regard to the age of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Symonds little son, who died March 14, aged thirteen days.
--- The family of John L. Arnold is now mourning the loss of their daughter Nettie, died March 17, and at this writing a son is also not expected to live. These deaths and many more are from measles in their most malignant form.
--- It is with regret that we are called upon to record the death of Milton Howe who departed this life March 12. He was respected by all who knew him, and will be a great loss to his mother and two young brothers who are scarcely able to do work enough to support them.
--- Eden: Married, March 13, at Ludington, Mr. J. D. Bidwell and Miss Allie Benson, all of Eden. After their return in the evening the invited guests assembled at the house of Mr. S. C. Croff, where the oysters were served smoking hot. The amateur band furnished the music upon the outside, the instruments consisted of horns, cow bells, firearms, etc. After playing a few tunes (the Devil’s Dream included) they were all invited into the house, and after many congratulations and a suitable treat they all dispersed in good order. It was a jolly good time all around. May happiness ever follow this happy pair.
--- Mr. M. Fraidenburg, a resident of the Claybanks, died of typhoid fever last Wednesday.

29 Mar 1883 - The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Charles and Mrs. Schwass, of Riverton, lost their little boy by cholera infantum last Saturday.
Mr. E. Schriner, of Amber, has sold his farm and intends to visit Dakota. The purchaser, C. K. Lombard is from Marshall county, Ill. He visited Mason county last fall and was captivated by the variety, size and quality of the fruit raised here, having never seen anything to equal it. Mr. Lombard come well recommended.
--- Frank Shappes is prospecting in Dakota.
A telephone has been placed in Mr. Wings farm residence two miles from town.
August Pape 22 years, and Ellen Jane Clarke 18 years old, were married yesterday morning at the residence of Rev. S. N. Hill. The marriage was solemnized in a very modest way but the happy couple have hosts of friends who wish them a prosperous and pleasant journey.
--- The friends of the late William Cameron are circulating a subscription paper for the benefit of Mrs. Cameron and the three orphan children who have been left to this world’s tender mercies. It appears that the family have a claim on a lot east of the Danish church in the Fourth ward. The subscriptions taken are to secure this for a home. Several men have already volunteered to work on the building which will be commenced as soon as possible. Mr. Cameron was a hardworking, honest man and his memory is held in respect by those who knew him. The action of his friends in the matter reflect much credit on them.
--- Eden: There are two cases of measles in the town.
We had a wedding last Thursday night. After attending a dance at Mr. H[? - Haire]’s, Mr. Lebar and Miss Sell repaired to the residence of Mr. Payne and were tied in the matrimonial knot. May their journey be as peaceful and pleasant to the end as it has began.
--- One of the most important society events that has taken place in Manistee for many a day, occurred Tuesday evening last, the same being the marriage of Mr. Wm. W. Miller, of Freesoil, to Miss Nellie J. Cochrane, the estimable and accomplished daughter of Capt. David Cochrane, of this city. At the appointed hour about 100 guests, relatives and friends of the contracting parties, assembled at the residence of the bride’s parents, the interior of which was illuminated and handsomely decorated for the occasion. At 8 o’clock the happy couple took their position under a beautiful floral marriage bell suspended from the arch in the partition which divides the spacious parlors. The bell was an artistic piece of work, made by D. Carlton, the florist, of this city, and reflected much credit on his exquisite taste. Rev. E. B. Fairfield was master of the ceremonies, Mr. David Cochrane, Jr., acting in the role of best man, and Miss Hattie Woodrow as bridesmaid. The ceremony over, Mr. and Mrs. Miller received the congratulations of the assemblage, who, after a most sumptuous repast, repaired to their respective homes. – Manistee Democrat
Mr. James Chinnery, whose death occurred on Sunday, was one of the few of the remaining among us, who were the real pioneers; he came to this county, then a wilderness, when to clear up a farm in this far country was a serious thing. Mr. Chinnery, with his family, came to Mason county in a wagon over twenty years ago; he has been a resident of Amber since that time, and during those years he has established a home for himself and family here, never forgetting to be fitted for the mansions prepared for him, as he believed, from the foundation of the world. He was seventy-seven years of age; though for years he had been past all active labor he was stirring in his attendance to life’s duties until a short time before his death. A good citizen, an honest man, a consistent Christian has gone to his reward. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Hansom, of this city, at the Rickey school house, on Friday; the house was crowded with the friends and neighbors of the deceased.
Resolution Adopted By Mason Grange
At a special session called March 12, 1883, the following resolutions were adopted:
Resolved that with saddened hearts we are called to render tribute to the memory of Brother Moses W. Fraidenburge who departed this life March 20th. Therefore, Resolved, that in the death of this member who observed will the precepts of this order, our Grange has met with an irreparable loss; the family a kind husband and a loving father.
Resolved, that he tender tot the bereaved sister and her family whose pathway is thus darkened by sorrow the expressions of profound sympathy.
Resolved that a copy be sent to the family of the deceased, to “Grange Visitor” and each of the county papers.
And that our charter be draped in mourning for thirty days. (Mason Grange)

5 Apr 1883 The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotel
Mrs. I. H. McCollum is recovering from a severe sickness.
To Mr. and Mrs. James E. Dansher a daughter last Tuesday.
Mrs. Capt. Duddleson is recovering from a quite severe sickness.
Mrs. F. J. Dowland has gone to East Saginaw in quest of good health. Mr. D. accompanied her there yesterday.
Mrs. Davis started Tuesday night for Dakota. She goes to join her husband who has been there some months.
A. H. Van Vliet has rented C. H. Sweet’s house and will soon become a resident of the Second ward. Welcome.
Mr. D. W. Bennett and wife started Tuesday night for Chicago, where Mrs. Bennett will received medical treatment.
Wm. G. Hudson and family leave the city to-morrow for their new home in Grand Rapids. Mr. Hudson will continue to follow the business in which he had had so many years’ experience here. As a house painter and paper hanger he has no superior in this part of the state, and in such a field as Grand Rapids offers, his future success is assured.
Mrs. A. A. Maxim, Jr., starts Monday for Superior City, Minn., where he has been the past year. A very large circle of sincere friends join us in regrets at losing such a valuable citizen and true friends. But enterprising Americans waste no time on sentiment. Meanwhile our town is crowded as it never was before with strangers; houses are scarce and business is brisk. We bow out the old friends and usher in the new.
Married at the Clinton House on the second inst. by Rev. S. N. Hill, Mr. Edward Swanson and Miss Ida Nelson both of Hamlin.
Mrs. Bowen, of Ovid, is at the residence of D. W. Goodenough, called here by the severe sickness of her sister, Miss E. M. Mreat.
Last Monday evening Mr. William Heysett’s two nephews Henry Scott and John Heysett crossed the lake, bound for Mitchell Dakota.
Ex Alderman John Rice will go to his new home in Minnesota next week. John and his lady have a host of friends who heartily wish them success in the future.
A sad accident occurred last Monday evening near the Deport. Mr. Grant, an employe on the trains running between here and Manistee, was attending to the couplings between the engine and a car. He signaled with is hand for the engine to push the train on to a switch but had his foot caught between two converging rails and was killed by the engine partly passing over him before it could be stopped. One limb was badly cut and his chest was crushed. The engine could not be moved without mangling the body, and was jacked up to allow him to be extricated. He lived on Ludington avenue, near Washington, and leaves a wife in feeble health to mourn his loss. Mr. Grant was 39 years old, of very steady habits and regarded as a thoroughly reliable man. He was a member of the St. Bernard Commandery Knights Templar, at East Saginaw, The Apollo Commandry assembled yesterday morning and after having a short service, conducted by Rev. R. M. Keys, at the residence, attended the remains to the depot. Sir Knights F. P. Dunwell, D. V. Samuels, H. H. Foster and Geo. A. Wyatt accompanied the remains to East Saginaw.
Around The State: Mike Fay, of Shelby, Oceans county, is in jail for marrying a Miss Neff, whose age is said to be under 16 years.
--- The body of Joseph Roden, of Roscommon county, who has been missing for a long time, was found buried in the snow in his own door-yard, on the 27th. Supposed to have died from apoplexy, or heart disease.
--- The Mecosta Advance speaks of a singular and sad fatality which occurred at the home of Randsler Hull, at Lumberton, Newaygo county, a week ago yesterday. His little son Edward, 13 months of age, was playing on the floor with his sister, who is three years old, when she in their play kicked him under his chin, dislocating his neck and killing him instantly.
--- Custer: Dr. L. T. Southworth, who has been station agent here for the past three years, has accepted a position in the office at Evart, to which place he went last Wednesday. The people here regret to lost such a good citizen and genial neighbor, but are partially consoled with the fact that what is our loss will be Evrat’s gain. His daughter, Miss Minnie, has been engaged as operator there and will enter upon her duties in a week or two. The rest of the family intend remaining during the summer. An increase in salary was the incentive to the change.
--- Tallman: John Dennis, who has been suffering for over year from the effects of a hurt in his back, has returned home from Grand Rapids where he has been to consult a spiritual medium.

12 Apr 1883 The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Little Blanche Hawley is sick with pneumonia.
Miss Anna Collis is suffering from the effects of a severe cold.
Mrs. Compeau a resident of the Third ward was buried last Wednesday.
Mr. Carlson of the Fourth ward buried his little boy on Tuesday last. The funeral was largely attended.
--- Mr. Geo. W. Wilcox of Aberdeen, Dakota in a letter to his brother O. J. Wilcox says that on April 1st he drove fifty miles, a good part of the distance on ice and never broke through.
--- Mr. James Ennis died this morning before 5 o’clock at his residence. He had been in poor health for some time.
James R. Whittaker, of Nirvana, and May C. Shively, of Custer, were married by Rev. S. N. Hill, at his residence this morning.
On Monday evening last, Mr. and Mrs. Rice left here to settle in Beaver Co., Minn. Mr. Rice continues to cast his lot with R. D. Mallet & Co., and has an interest in the saw mill property recently purchased there.
--- Summit: Rev. H. s. Taft, who has been seriously ill for some time, is slowly recovering.
H. J. McClatchie was confined to his bed with lung fever the fore part of last week, but has recovered.
Richard Purdy is causing parents a great deal of anxiety by selling wine to their boys. The authorities should see that the law is enforced.
--- Victory: J. B. Hathaway has been confined to the house for some time with rheumatism.
--- Eden: Mrs. George A. Pierce is suffering from a rheumatic attack.
Mrs. A. D. Bates is dangerously sick, the result of a hard cold.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Hannah’s son, Charles, died, March 28, of dysentery.
We notice a slight mistake in the report of last week. It was Lawrence W. Barr who married Miss Sell instead of Mr. Lebarr
--- Pere Marquette: It is rumored that a silver wedding will come off at F. S. Booths on the 17th inst. Over sixty are already invited.
--- Weldon Creek: On Monday of last week an Indian was seen lying across the railroad track dead drunk. John Gallagher, a lad of 14 years, rolled him off, at which the Indian got up and cursed the lad for being so kind. Such is life.

19 Apr 1883 The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Supervision John A. Morton, of Riverton, takes a fatherly concern in a young republican born on Monday.
On Tuesday last Richard B. LeGraph and Miss Edith H. Hard, both of Freesoil were married at the residence of the bride’s parents.
--- Mr. J. s. Eastman and family have returned to their old home in Midland. The unfortunate accident by which Mr. Eastman lost his fingers, followed by the total destruction of his plaining [sic] mill property by fire, was the cause of the very natural desire of the family to return to the home in which they had spent so many pleasant and prosperous years. His family had become widely known in this community, and their departure is much regretted.
Mr. Charley Blake and Miss Flora A. Rice, of Amber, were united in marriage on the 16th inst., at the residence of W. W. Robinson in Amber. The newly married couple, amongst many congratulations, came on the later train and took the boat for a western visit. So another of our successful school teachers has received a life certificate.
--- Mr. Havelock W. Rayne and Miss Mary E. Gebhardt were married last Sunday evening at the residence of the bride’s parents, by Rev. S. N. Hill. Mr. Rayne has been employed in Milwaukee for some time past, and returned there last Monday evening accompanied by his bride.
--- Weldon Creek: Died. Mr. Connors, about 70 years of age. He was buried in the Catholic burying ground at Ludington, on Saturday, April 14th.
--- Mr. Wm. Neilan’s boy is very sick with a fever.

26 Apr 1883 The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
To Mrs. G. H. Blodgett a daughter last Sunday.
Mr. Milo B. Pierson crossed the lake Sunday en route for Mason City, Ill. where Miss Alice L. McElvain and he are to be married to-day. They will return by the end of next week. As the young couple have a very extended acquaintance here and the respect of all who know them, so we are sure they have the best wishes of this community, and many congratulations await their return.
--- H. B. Rickey, of Amber, has sold his 40 acre farm to a Mr. Conrad, late from Missouri. The price paid was 41,700. The building and orchard are good and the place in good state of cultivation. Mr. Rickey will go to Kalona, Iowa, where his daughter resides. The remainder of his family are now located in that neighborhood. Mr. Rickey settled in Mason county fifteen years ago and regrets having to leave, but old age is upon him.
--- On last Sabbath afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Tifft buried their infant daughter Mabel. The service was conducted by Rev. S. N. Hill. Mr. Tifft is a favorite clerk at the Filer House.
{I think this was sent in earlier]
Pere Marquette: We learn that, owing to Mrs. Booth’s illness, Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Booth’s silver wedding will not take place.
--- Clay Banks: Mrs. Fraidenburgh, widow of Moses W. Fraidenburgh, deceased, wishes through the columns of the Record to express her thanks to the Grange and the G.A.R. for their kindness in taking charge of and paying the funeral expenses. Also her gratitude to her neighbors for their help and sympathy in her bereavement.
--- Richard Stevens, better known as “uncle Dick,” died of lung fever on the 22 inst. Living alone he was kindly cared for by his neighbors to the last. He was a good citizen. Honest, industrious and frugal, his loss is felt in the community.

12 Mar 1896 -The Ludington Record (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
The Mason County Agricultural Society met on Saturday afternoon and elected the following officers for the coming year: President, William Warner; vice-president, Stephen A. Tifft; secretary, Henry G. Reek; treasurer, Smith Hawley.

22 Sep 1898 -Ludington Appeal (Ludington, MI) – Thursday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Mason County News: Scottville: Wm. Tifft is building a barn near his house.

26 Jul 1899 Scottville Enterprise (Scottville, MI) – Wednesday
Wm. Tifft, veteran tinner, has complete eight heavy iron shutters for the north and south sides of the new Wagar building, which, when closed, render the structure almost fireproof from other adjoining buildings. Mr. Tifft also has charge of the tinning on C. W. McPhail’s new residence.

8 Mar 1911 The Ludington Chronicle (Ludington, MI) – Wednesday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
OBITUARY: Mrs. D. L. Filer Presided in Historical Home on Park Site The funeral services of Mrs. Mary L. Filer, widow of Delos L. Filer, were held in Detroit Friday afternoon. Deceased’s brother Frank Pierce and Mrs. Pierce of this city and their daughter Mrs. Ferman Clark of Elgin attended the funeral. Mrs. Filer is survived by another brother Newton Pierce of Santa Anna, Cal., and an only daughter Mrs. Filer Fowler of Detroit. Frank Filer, a former resident of this city is a step-son. Mrs. Filer lived in Ludington for several years, long before the Filer house which occupied the site of the present city park was remodeled into a hotel. But few of the residents of those early days are now alive but the remember well the charming young woman who grew to womanhood in this city. She was 66 years old and had made her home in Detroit since leaving Ludington.

16 Mar 1932 - The Ludington Daily News (Ludington, MI) – Wednesday, Contributed by Jim Dezotell
OBITUARY: Frank Filer Dies; Was Lumber Baron Here In Early Days
He Established First Electric Light Plant in Ludington
Was Proprietor of Sawmill and Wood Products Plant Here
DETROIT, Mich., March 16 – Another of Michigan’s dwindling corps of lumber barons is gone.
Frank Filer, who carried on the lumbering operations in which his father, Delos Louis Filer, was a pioneer, died Tuesday afternoon at his home here after a year’s illness. He was 77 years old. Until 1914, when Western Michigan’s white pine was exhausted, Frank Filer and his brother were actively engaged in lumbering, under the firm name of Filer & Sons. He retained business connection until his death, however, in many timber holding companies and other enterprises. He was a director of the Filer Fiber Co. in Filer City, a Manistee suburb named for his family, and a director of the Manistee County Savings bank. Born in Manistee Aug. 21, 1854, he spent his earlier years in Western Michigan. He established the first electric light plant in Ludington and also was proprietor of a sawmill and a wood products plant there. He came to Detroit 30 years ago from Ludington. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Myrtle Carter Filer, and a daughter, Mrs. A. L. LeGro of Detroit.

OBITUARY: James Wyman, 74, Pioneer Resident of County, Dies
SCOTTVILLE, Mich., March 16 – James Wyman, 74, of Scottville, pioneer resident of Mason county, died at Paulina Stearns hospital at night Tuesday death following a stroke of apoplexy which he suffered Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. Wyman, who had been in unusually good health this winter had been employed as caretaker at Edgewater hotel since Jan. 1 and it was there Tuesday afternoon that members of the Barnhart family found him unconscious. Relatives and friends were notified and he was rushed to the hospital, where he did not regain consciousness. Mr. Wyman lived in Riverton township for many years, probably helping to clear more land than any other living pioneer resident. He then moved to Scottville, where he had maintained a home of his own. For some time he assisted on various farms and was always welcomed because of his ability to do every phase of farm work. My. Wyman had the respect of every person with whom he came in contact and was noted for his clean character and love of children. Many nephews, nieces and other relatives survive. The body now rests at the Stephen’s undertaking parlors. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mr. Wyman was found lying on the floor in his room in the hotel about 7:15 Tuesday night by Herb Sauers. Mr. Sauers quickly notified the Barnhart Boat Livery and several men, including Joe Barnhart, went to the hotel. They picked up the unconscious man and placed him on the bed. Mr. Barnhart notified Dr. L. L. Goulet and Scottville was called from the boat livery so that relatives and friends could be informed. Dr. Goulet took the unconscious man in his car to Paulina Stearns hospital, but he did not regain consciousness and died early this morning. Death was caused by a stroke of apoplexy. Mr. Wyman is believed to have attempted to reach his bed when he was stricken and fell to the floor. The stroke, it is believed, may have come about mid-day. He had shaved, made his bed and opened the doors. He was not reported seen throughout the day.