Mason County, Michigan
Genealogy and History



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 sleeping.
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 pay.
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.
Mr. 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 Christian.
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.
Miss McClatchie 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 insignificant.
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.
Miss 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 joyously.
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 NEB

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 grave.
source: The Ludington Record, (Ludington, Michigan) - Thursday, November 10, 1881 - Contributed by Jim Dezotell

MYERS, Lewis
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








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