McCLATCHIE, George Charles
SUMMIT, Mich., Sept. 27 - Another highly respected, very useful,
and dearly loved life has been called to the great beyond. Geo.
C. McClatchie was a pioneer settler, fruit grower, educator, and
church layman of Mason county, had been faithful in each
capacity, and will be missed in the community in which he had
lived as few are missed.
When the message came saying he had
passed away, Mason county not only was grieved, but shocked.
Last April he suffered a paralytic stroke from which he never
fully recovered. During this time he lost all remembrance of the
six weeks following the stroke. Very slowly and seemingly
miraculously his health was partly regained, and he was able to
go to Rosebush about two weeks ago. Last Monday Mrs. Emma Mills
wrote: "Father seems as well as usual." Tuesday morning when she
went to call her father he had passed away, apparently while
Funeral service will be held at the home Friday at
2 p.m. Rev. B. Wade will preach the sermon. Rev. Miller will
assist in the service.
Mr. McClatchie was born in
Hinchenbrook, Canada, Sept. 1, 1836, the year before Michigan
became a state and passed away Sept. 25, 1917, living to the
ripe ge of 81 years.
He is survived by a widow, one son,
five daughters, and an adopted son. Miss Rose lives with her
mother on the farm; Misses Minnie and Myrtle, who teach in
Schoolcraft; Mrs. Wm. Mills, of Rosebush, Mich.; Mrs. F. W.
Stephens, of North Bend Ore.' Griffin of Palo Alto, Cal.; and
Fred, the adopted son, of Indiana. Alfred of Los Angeles, Cal.,
died 10 years ago. He is also survived by four sisters ad one
brother; Mrs. Levi Massey of Belville, Ontario; Mrs. D.
McCoy of Toronto; Mrs. H. Montgomery of Northville, N. D., and
Mrs. McMartin of Muskegon; and one brother, Alfred, of Belville.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Hiram, of Ludington.
Mr. McClatchie and wife came with their three children to Grand
Rapids in the fall of '64, living there but a few months when he
moved into a house on the Carl Jensen farm near Pentwater, where
he resided for one year. It was during this time that he thought
of enlisting in the Civil war but it closed before the
opportunity came. We recall at one time hearing Mr. McClatchie
tell of dreaming of a farm, the dream making so strong an
impression that he believed he might discover that farm. He had
this in view when he came to Michigan.
After searching for a
time in 1866 he found the home of his dream, the farm answer
perfectly the dream picture. He always believed a kindly
Providence led him to this place and the idea of ever parting
with the home was farthest from his mind. He would say: "I want
to live and die on this farm."
Horticulture seemed to appeal
to him and he was a most successful fruit grower. His bright,
alert intellect made him quick to grasp the opportunity with
which nature favors this region adapting it to fruit culture.
Forty-five years ago he raised quantities of strawberries for
market and 35 years ago he grew many peaches - the first grown
in this section. The first tree that bore was a Hale's early
peach, exciting the curiosity of the children. How eagerly they
watched for its ripening! He next went into Wager's and had
since kept pace with the varieties and culture. Even before he
raised peaches he planted a large apple orchard and taught many
how to set trees in rows both ways. In later days he was one of
the first to discover that large peaches and lesser numbers
could be raised and that advantageously.
When the county was
new he was elected clerk but preferring to give his attention to
farm duties he resigned in Chas. T. Sawyer's favor. He has also
held the office of school inspector and township treasurer, many
times paying taxes for farmers from whom he never received his
For 25 years hew was a master in the school room,
teaching a few years in Canada. In this county he taught the
Jones, Lakeview, Buck, and Nichkerson schools, in the later
teaching for 14 consecutive winters. Most of our present
pioneers were at one time pupils of Mr. McClutchie. We hear
everywhere: "I went to school to Mr. McClatchie." More
than 30 years ago, while teaching the Buck school, he organized
a Sunday school which is still a prosperous school.
McClatchie was a prominent member of horticultural societies, of
Farmers' institutes, of social activities, and the Southside
Pioneer association, in all of which he was a most interesting
speaker. His ready wit and quick retort, coupled with his
knowledge, made papers and addresses some of the most popular of
any Mason county's sons.
At "logging bees" and barn
"raisings" of pioneer days we see him doing his bit, not only
with the muscle but in a social way for these gatherings
combined work and play. It was at these gatherings that his
anecdotes and experiences were characteristically related. His
experiences in school life were especially interesting to the
young where his popularity was perhaps the greatest. He was
proud of his hoeing record never having found his match. He
never grew old but was 81 years young. He could grow the best
melons of any in Summit and the boys were not slow in
discovering this fact, yet his friendship with the young never
grew less. He was ever most hopeful, and always brought out the
best in his fellow men.
Perhaps in no capacity did he labor
with more untiring zeal than in the church. Coming to Summit
township when the M. E. church was but a struggling handful of
people, meeting from house to house, he assisted in its growth,
helped build the present church, and was one of the most helpful
ones in perfecting the organization, holding the offices of
class leader, superintendent of Sunday school and teacher for
more than 50 years. One experience to show his zeal": Not having
a conveyance or anything to drive he nearly a half century ago,
walked, his wife accompanying him, to the Philips schoolhouse on
a Sabbath day for quarterly meeting, when the snow was so deep
that to drive would have been most difficult, carrying Miss
Minnie McClatchie, then little more than an infant, in his arms.
This was a distance of five miles; he returned the same day. His
characteristic testimony was: "I aim to fulfill the purpose for
which I was created." At all services he was present until the
last two years when failing health caused his frequent absence
Mrs. McClatchie says: "He is ripe for the Prince of Heaven,
where I shall soon meet him," We would add, he has gained much;
we have lost a toiler, a citizen, a friend, a gentleman, a
source: Ludington Daily
News (Ludington, Michigan) Thursday, September 26, 1917;
transcribed by NEB
SUMMIT - For nearly two years
Miss Minnie McClatchie had seemingly hovered between life and
death, yet when word came late Friday afternoon of her health,
the community was shocked. During the spring and summer months,
when her life called so insistently to explore the resurrection
of the year, extreme suffering had been almost constant.
Miss McClatchie was born June 1, 1864, at the
McClatchie farm home, the first year of her pioneer parents'
arrival in Michigan. She was the daughter of the late George and
Margaret McClatchie, pioneer Summit fruit growers. She was the
third of their nine children, all except one attaining maturity.
Those who remain are Mrs. Emma Mills of Eugene, Ore.; Misses
Rose, Ida and Myrtle McClatchie, at home. There also is a niece,
Mrs. Bertha Pretzal of Michigan City, Ind., and several other
nieces and nephews in the west, Alex Benedict of Summit and Mrs.
Maurice Brown of Ludington are cousins.
inherited literary tendencies which not only offered her keen
pleasure, but she made good use of them. She wrote several poems
and a primary work book, which was copyrighted and used in the
schools of Michigan. She began teaching before she was 17 and
continued with few interruptions, until seven years ago. In all,
she taught 47 years. She began her work in rural schools, later
specializing in primary work in Scottville, Schoolcraft and
Albion, remaining at the latter city 17 years and resigning
because she had passed the age limit. When the present teacher
shortage became evident, she was ambitious to overcome her
illness and continue her work as a teacher. She often remarked
in her suffering, "No one need be sorry for me. I have been
enabled to do the work I loved. Life has been good to me."
Her keen appreciation and intensive love of friends and beauty
made life a continued job to her which she unconsciously shed on
those about her. Indeed, her contribution to life was not
Miss McClatchie's special hobby was nature.
She became an authority on birds, and this rivaled her knowledge
of plant life. Her passion for nature made her seek an intimate
understanding of it in detail and she became a very real
student. She remarked "A day with God's creation is so much
greater than that of a man's handiwork." Truly she lived much
more than her 78 years.
She traveled less than many others
with her capacities and gifts. She did however visit the Pacific
coast and Northern Michigan.
McClatchie was instrumental in organizing the Mothers' club in
Scottville and the Inspiration club in Albion.
She lost no
time in life. Her ready adaptability to the needs of life, her
unselfish devotion to her family, her happy response to the
community made her life a perpetual gift. Much was given her; in
return, she used these talents unstintingly, graciously and
Funeral services will be held fro Dorrell chapel at
3 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Mr. Magsiz of Pentwater
officiating. Burial will be in Summit cemetery. The body will
remain at the chapel until time of the services.
source: Ludington Daily News
(Ludington, Michigan) Saturday, July 22, 1944; transcribed by
McCLATCHIE, Myrtle G.
Miss Myrtle G. McClatchie,
76, long time resident of Summit Township died Wednesday morning
at the Clark memorial home in Grand Rapids, where she had made
her home the past several years. She was born in 1879 in Summit
Township where she grew up and attended school. She graduated
from the Ludington High School and Michigan Normal in Ypsilanti,
and then taught in several schools including Zeeland. She
attended the Grace Church of Summit Township. Miss McClatchie is
survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services
will be held at 1:30 pm. Friday from Dorrell Funeral Home.
source: Ludington Daily News
(Ludington, Michigan) November 18, 1965; transcribed by NEB
McMAHON, Judge James B.
Ludington, Mich., March 15 - Judge James B. McMahon, who has
been lingering at the point three or four days, died at noon,
with his brothers and sisters and family around his bedside.
source: Kalamazoo Gazette (Saturday,
16 March 1901) transcribed by Marla Zwakman
McMASTER, Jennie (Schemerhorn)
On Saturday night last, Mrs. Jennie McMaster died after a most
sever and protracted sickness of nearly six months duration, at
the age of 24. The deceased lady was born in La Grange county,
Indiana, and has lived in Mason county since 1864. She leaves a
little family of two children. While in health she was active in
the discharge of her duties as a wife and mother; was a member
of the Presbyterian church, and as a member of the Good Templars
organization she hath done what she could for the perpetuation
of good moral principles in her own offspring and for the
elevation of those around her. The last few days of her life
were spent in peace and in the Christian hope of a glorious
resurrection. Funeral services were held by Rev. S. N. Hill, in
the Presbyterian church. A large of friends of the deceased
attended the last sad rites and followed the remains to the
source: The Ludington Record,
(Ludington, Michigan) - Thursday, November 10, 1881 -
Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Chas. Myers received a telegram last
Wednesday telling of the death of his brother, Lewis Myers at
the hospital at Battle Creek, Michigan. It came as a great shock
as he had not heard of any illness. He was sick only a few days
and passed away soon after reaching the hospital. Mr. Myers at
the time of his death was
Assistant Superintendent of the
Stearns Lumber co., of Ludington, Mich., and had been with the
company for a number of years. He was very well known among the
Michigan people residing in Springfield.
source: The Lane County News
(Springfield, OR) - Thursday, February 24, 1916 -
Contributed by Jim Dezotell