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Mrs. John Abbey
(Special to The Sentinel.)
Howe, Ind., July 26. - In an automobile accident near Morley, Mich., forty miles north of Grand Rapids, Mich., Sunday evening, Mrs. John Abbey, of Howe, was instantly killed, her husband and son, Alery Abby, of South Bend, and his wife were seriously injured.

According to information received here today the machine in which they were riding collided with another machine, Mrs. Abbey being caught beneath the heavy automobile. It is not believed that the other occupants of the car are fatally hurt.

The party left here early Sunday morning on their way to Fairview, Mich., where they intended to spend a few days with Alton Abbey, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Abbey.

Mrs. Abbey was 55 years old and is survived by a husband and four sons. Her body will be brought here at 9:10 o'clock this evening. Mr. Abbey is a well known resident of this city and has resided here the greater part of his life.
Source: The Fort Wayne Sentinel (IN) July 26, 1915; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

Dr. Joseph Ablett
Dr. Joseph Henry Ablett, 62, died at the home, 1230 E. Michigan ave., Tuesday. He was born at Millersburg, Ohio, in 1858. His greatest ambition in early life was to become a missionary, but later found that his voice was not strong enough for ministerial work so he decided to take up the study of medicine. He attended the Cleveland Medical college for four years after which he practiced at Millersburg. He came to Michigan in 1901 and has lived here since that time. He was married in 1884 to Miss Emma Barton, who preceded him in death 14 years. Five children were born to this union. He was married in 1919 to Miss Genevra Spaulding of Lansing, who survives him.

Besides his wife he is survived by five children, Mrs. Laird J. Frayer, Lansing; Mrs. Clyde Huickley, Charlotte; Mrs. John H. Speck, Mrs. Ed Schmid and William W. Ablet of Fairview, Mich.

Funeral services will be held at the home Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Interment will be made at Fairview, Mich.
Source: Lansing State Journal (MI) Feb. 9, 1921; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

Warren D. Belden
A veteran of the civil war, died suddenly of heart failure at his home near Luzerne. He had lived in Oscoda county for twenty odd years.
Thursday, August 31, 1905 Paper: Flint Journal (Flint, Michigan) Page: 5

BELDEN. - At Luzerne, Mich., Aug. 23, 1905, Warren B. Belden, aged 68 years, 11 months and 24 days. Comrade Belden served in the 60th Ohio, and is survived by a widow.
Source: The National Tribune (Washington DC) Oct. 5, 1905; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

Hesler Block and Henry Thilke
One Saves a Life and Then Causes Other's Death Near Fairview, Michigan.
Detroit, Mich. - Hesler Block, aged 14, and Henry Thilke, 16 years old, lost their lives, and Frank Faulker, aged ten, narrowly escaped drowning in Conner's creek, in the suburbs of Fairview. The three boys were in swimming when the last named got beyond his depth. Block seized the younger boy and after a desperate struggle succeeded in pushing him into shallow water and safety. But the effort was too much for his strength and he collapsed and fell back.

Thilke then went to Block's assistance, but the latter clasped his arms so tightly about his would-be rescuer that he was powerless to drag him from the water and both were drowned.
[Source: Iowa State Bystander (Des Moines, IA) June 4, 1909, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Frank W. Booth
Age 94, of Mio, Michigan, passed away January 31, 2008 at the Schnepp Health Care Center in St. Louis, Ml. He was born in Mio on November 17, 1913 to John S. and Florence I. (Richardson) Booth. He married Bernice Hill on January 1, 1936. They were married for 69 years.

Frank drove gravel trucks during WWII, building 3 airports in Pellston, Alpena and Freeland, Ml. He also worked for the Oscoda County Road Commission, owned a planer mill in Mio, and owned a small fleet of trucks used for delivering pallets for Brooks Wood Products in Mio. In 1961, he founded Booth Inc. Pallet Shop in Mio. Frank retired in 1975 and sold the pallet shop to his brother Pete. He was a member of the Mio Seventh-day Adventist Church where he served as a deacon and the assistant treasurer for many years. He collected and worked on antique cars as a hobby in his later years.

Mr. Booth was survived by his children: Marilyn (Larry) Butcher of Wheeler, Ml and F. Darrell Booth of Lansing, Ml; his sister Edna Pierce of St. Louis, Ml; his brother Pete Booth of Mio; his grandchildren Larinda Steinke, Lynel & Kevin Horn and LaRayne & Greg Leuenberger; his great-grandchildren Jeff, Kristi, Katie, Josh, Michael, Matthew, Cade, Keagan and Mark; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Bernice Booth in 2005, his sister Alice Ellis and three brothers: John, George and Cyril Booth.

Lashley Funeral Home of Mio, Michigan.

Funeral: Mio Seventh-day Adventist Church with Pastor James Micheff officiating.

Interment in Kittle Cemetery in Mio.

James and Alice Burns
James Burns and his daughter Alice, who lived alone at Red Oak, Mich., were found dead in their home by a neighbor. It is believed that Burns died a natural death and the daughter committed suicide.
[Source: Rock Island daily Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 29 Aug 1891; transcribed by KT]
Virginia Ellen Carpenter

age 71, of Mio, MI, died December 2nd, 2008 at Mercy Hospital, Grayling, Michigan.

Virginia Gray was born Midland, Michigan, to the late Ervin Clare and Norma (Baird) Gray on December 14, 1936. She graduated from Midland High School and also The Midland School of Nursing and Mott College She worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse through Home Health Care in Midland. She had lived in Corunna and Flint, MI. before moving to Mio 15 years ago. Virginia was a member of the Mio Senior Center and The Mio Dart League. She enjoyed darts and playing cards.

Virginia was married twice. She first married David H. Braley. Then, as Virginia Braley, she married Harvey Carpenter. She was survived by her daughter Sue Braley-Cox of Mio; her son David Braley of Flint and her sister Carol (Ernie) Gibson of San Antonio, Texas. She was also survived by 10 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; first husband David H. Braley formerly of Corunna, MI.; her second husband Harvey Carpenter; son Jim Braley and daughter Laura Tedhams. Arrangements by Lashley Funeral Home, Inc.
Burial: Kittle Cemetery Elmer Township, Michigan.

Arnold Bernard Chica,
age 75, of Mio, Michigan, passed away May 12th, 2008 at West Branch Regional Medical Center. Arnold Chicha, known as "Chico," was born on January 2, 1933 in Detroit to the late John & Freda (Mohr) Chicha. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He later moved to Mio, where he worked for and retired from The Michigan State Highway Department. He was a charter member of The Mio Dummy Club, a member of The Comins Eagles Club, The Bonehead Hunting Club, was a driver for The Amish Community and had played baseball on leagues in Comins and enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching all kinds of sports.

Chico Chicha was survived by his long time companion Mary Ann Dierck; his children: Brian Chicha of Williamsburg; Craig (Tavia) Chicha of Fairview and Linda (Jay) Jagiello of Mio; Stepchildren: Mike Dierck of Carleton, OR; Karin Bowers of Mio and Darin Dierck of Mio. a sister, Mary Ann (Ed) Strynowski of Mount Clemens, MI; 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother: John Chicha. He will be remembered as a great and loving father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Arrangements by Lashley Funeral Home, Mio.
Funeral: Frank Beek officiating with military honors offered by The Luzerne American Legion Post # 162.

Mary June Donahue, age 83, of Mio, Michigan, passed away at her home September 20th, 2007. Mary June Mobley was born on June 23, 1924 in Detroit to The late Harry & June (Lively) Mobley. She was raised in Highland Park where she graduated from St. Benedict Catholic School in 1943. She entered The US Army Nurse Cadet Corps., graduating from St. Mary's College, Detroit with her with her nursing degree in 1947. Mary June married William Paul Donahue on August 23, 1952 at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Detroit. She had worked as a Registered Nurse at Michigan Osteopathic Medical Center, Detroit, for more than 35 years, retiring in 1986 and then moving to Mio.

Mary June was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church Mio, where she served as Eucharistic Minister and Lector and had been awarded the Parish Volunteer of The Year Award. She was active in the activities of Our Lady of the Woods Shrine and Right To Life and enjoyed traveling worldwide. Surviving were her daughters: Patricia June Donahue and Elizabeth Violet Donahue both of Spruce, MI; son: Paul William (Judith) Donahue of Hubbard Lake, MI; 3 grandchildren: David (Clarissa); Sarah and Mary Lynn, and 2 great grandchildren: Wenton and Josephine.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William Paul Donahue and her lifelong friend Mildred Rosebrugh formerly of West Branch.

Lashley Funeral Home, Mio.
Mass of Christian Burial: St. Mary Catholic Church, Mio, MI, with Fr. Raymond Cotter officiating Interment at Kittle Cemetery, Mio.

Willie Dunn,
known as Bill Dunn, was born on September 18, 1919 to David W. and Anna B. (Barnett) Dunn in Anawalt, WV. He began working in the coal mines at age 14. He worked as a coal miner until he moved from Coal Mountain, WV to Ypsilanti, Ml. Willie worked briefly in the automotive and plastics industries, and then worked in warehousing and stores for the Bendix Aerospace Corporation until his retirement. He moved to Mio in the late 1970's. Willie had attended and was baptized at the New Beginnings Four Square Church. He will be remembered as an openly loving husband, father, and grandfather; and also for having a great sense of humor. Bill Dunn was survived by his wife Annie P. Dunn; his children: Delores (Don) Faust of Fairview, Ml and Delbert (Trudy) Dunn of Ypsilanti, Ml; his brothers and sisters: James Gracie, Tom, and Billy; 11 Grandchildren; 19 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren.

Billie Dunn was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Deborah Deer, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters. Arrangements by Lashley Funeral Home of Mio, Michigan.

Mr. [Alvin?] Finch
Virginia Friends of Edward Finch, one of the owners of the Virginia baseball team, will learn with regret of the death of his aged father, which occurred Friday of last week at his home at Fairview, Mich., Mr. Finch, Sr., was 74 years old and a well respected resident to his home town. Funeral services were held the first of the week. Mr. Finch of this city was summoned to his father's bedside about two weeks ago and has ever since remained there. He is expected to return home the latter part of this week.
Source: The Virginia Enterprise (MN) Feb. 13, 1914; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

Frank Finch

Ed Finch returned yesterday from McKinley, Mich., where he was called by the illness of his brother, Frank, whose death at a Detroit hospital was noted in the Enterprise of last issue.
Source: The Virginia Enterprise (MN) Feb. 23, 1906

Mrs. [Margaret ?] Finch
Edward Finch was called to his old home at McKinley, Mich., today by news of the death of his mother, after a brief illness.
Source: The Virginia Enterprise; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

Moses I. Hostetler
Sugarcreek, Mar. 19: - The funeral of the late Moses I. Hostetler was held this afternoon from his home here. The interment was in Union Hill cemetery.
Mr. Hostetler died Thursday noon. He has been ill several weeks with diabetes. Mr. Hostetler was a life long resident of this community, where he was born 76 years ago. His wife died twenty years ago. He was a member of the Amish church, keeping the faith until death. He is survived by ten children, 37 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. His children are: Mrs. Katie Neff and William F. of Fairview, Mich.; Mrs. Hiram Troyer of Indiana, Emanuel of Middlefield, John of Stillwater, Mrs. A. C. Miller, Mrs. Jeff Shrock, Miss Fannie, Albert and Jacob of this place.
Source: The Daily Times (New Philadelphia, OH) March 19, 1910; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

Ralph Hunsberger
[From Wakarusa Tribune.]
Word was received here by Mrs. David Wenger, Thursday, that Ralph, the 16-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Hunsberger of Fairview, Mich., was drowned when his automobile with a neighbor boy upset in a pool of water, pinning the Hunsberger boy under the car. The parents, a sister, Grace, 2 brothers, Edgar and Clarence, survive and a grandfather, Sam Wenger. The Hunsbergers formerly lived here.
Source: The Bremen Enquirer (IN) Oct. 29, 1925; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

George Imlay
Bay City, Mich., June 15. - George Imlay, 39, of Oscoda, formerly a manager for the H. M. Louds Sons & Co. at Comins, Mich., died of blood poisoning. Ten days ago one of his fingers was caught in the cogs of an ice cream freezer, crushing. Blood poisoning developed.
[Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) June 15, 1910, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Jacob K. McIntire
Accused of the Murder of Jacob K. McIntire, of West Liberty, Ohio.
Special Dispatch to The Enquirer.
Bellefontaine, Ohio., April 20. - Jacob K. McIntire, of West Liberty, who was found dead a few weeks ago near Comins, Mich., where he had been hunting, was supposed to have accidentally killed himself. The case has been investigated and the body exhumed and a Coroner's jury has decided that he was murdered. V. E. Edwin hasbeen arrested, charged with the crime. The men were neighbors in this county, before moving to Michigan.
[Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer (OH) Apr. 21, 1911, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Ziba M. Pettebone
PETTEBONE - In Luzerne, Mich., Jan. 21, 1895, Ziba M. Pettebone, aged 49, formerly of Kingston.
Source: Wilkes-Barre Times Leader (PA) Jan. 26, 1895; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

William Porter
William Porter was killed by a falling tree in the Oscoda County lumber woods.
Source: The True Northerner (Paw Paw, Michigan) Dec. 4, 1889; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

Abraham Sellers
The mutilated remains of Abraham Sellers, a hermit of near Mio, Oscoda county, was found on the 23d. Rats had gnawed the frozen body in several places. He had evidently been dead for some time, as he had not been seen since before Christmas.
Source: The Yale Expositor (MI) Feb. 1, 1901; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

Eli H. Shrock
The funeral of Eli H. Shrock, who died at the home of his son-in-law, Jesse Berkey in Oscoda Co., Mich., on Dec. 21 was conducted Monday at Barker street church by Rev. Silas Yoder, of Elkhart, assisted by Rev. Friesner. Burial was made at State Line cemetery. Deceased was a former resident of Barker street, occupying the farm now owned by Ed Scott. The remains were accompanied from Fairview, Mich., by Jesse Berkey.
Source: Bristol Banner (IN) Dec. 30, 1910; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

William Spalding
William Spalding, of Bad Axe, Huron county, was killed by a falling tree Monday, in a lumber camp near Pott's headquarters, Oscoda county. He was single and 21 years old.
Source: The Times Herald (Port Huron, MI) Aug. 16, 1888; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

Aileen M. Williams
- Services for Mrs. Aileen M. Williams were Tuesday May 30, 2000 at Orr Funeral Home, Mio, MI with burial in Mio MI. Mrs. Williams 77, died Friday, May 26, 2000 at her daughters home in Reagan. She leaves a son, Robert Williams of Jacks Creek; three daughters, Leah, Franks, Kathleen Ashbrook, both of Reagan and Linda Beard of West Branch MI and 13 grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 17 Jun 2000

Nellie Woolworth
Mrs. Nellie Woolworth, one of the pioneers of Oscoda County, died in Burdell Township on the 12th inst., aged 77 years. In company with her husband she removed there in 1868, pitched a tent in the woods on February 12, built a log house and occupied it March 4, which was the first building erected in Burdell. She was the mother of twelve children, and married a second husband who had ten children under age, making a family of twenty-two that she had cared for and reared.
[Source: Detroit Free Press (MI) March 18, 1882, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

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