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PETERS, GEORGE (1822-1912)
Extracted from original news clipping 11 Jan 1912

Died at His Home in Petersburg Today
Aged 90 Years

The Hon. George Peters, one of the most prominent farmers and politicians in Monroe county, died at his home near Petersburg this morning at the age of ninety years.

In his political belief Mr. Peters was a Republican and served as a member of the state legislature in 1867-1868.  For twenty four years he held the position of postmaster at Petersburg.  By reason of his prominence in politics and in agricultural pursuits he was well known both in his home county and in Lenawee.

Note: Laid to rest at Pleasant View Cemetery in Summerfield Twp., Monroe Co., Michigan

The Petersburg Sun | Friday March 5th, 1954


George R. Peters, who operated a grocery store in Petersburg for a number of years, passed away at the Los Angeles General Hospital at 7:00 P.M. last Wednesday, February 24th. Funeral services were held Saturday in Alhambra, Calif., with the Rev. George Jenkins of the Community Friends Church officiating, and burial was made at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier.

The son of Richard and Frances Peters, he was born at Petersburg on March 16, 1888. He grew up on the Peters frarm a mile and a half west of Petersburg, the family for many years operating this as a dairy farm, which at that time was known for miles around as the largest venture of its kind anywhere in this area.

On December 24, 1913, Mr. Peters was united in marriage to Miss Gertrude Breningstall, and he operated a grocery store here from shortly before his marriage until moving to Battle Creek in March of 1931. His first store was on Center steet about twhere the building now occupied by Perry's Radio Shop stands. This building was destroyed by fire, along with the Fred Kohler hardware and C.J. Wittman meat market in what was Petersburg's largest fire, and he then re-opened for business in part of the old Exchange Holtel on the site now occupied by the Petersburg State Bank. when this building was torn down to make room for the bank, a new brick building, now occupied by Drouillard's Plumbing Shop, was erected to house his grocery business.

Mr. and Mrs. Peters moved from Battle Creek to California in February of 1947, and have resided at 1517 So. Marengo Ave. in Alhambra since that time. he had been employed by the American Police Patrol, stationed at the American Pipe and Steel Co. - Surviving, besides the widow, are one son, George; one brother, Will Peters, of Florida; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Eoff, of Lyons, Mich., and Mrs. John Wilkins, of Detroit; an aunt, Mrs. George Bieber, of Petersburg, and three grandchildren.

(Taken from original news clipping)

Born March 16, 1888 Petersburg, Michigan
Passed on February 24, 1954 Los Angeles, California

George R. Peters, a native of Petersburg, Michigan, born March 16, 1888, passed away at the Los Angeles County General Hospital at 7 PM February 24, 1954.

Living in Petersburg throughout his early years, he owned and operated the Peters Grocery until 1931 when he moved to Battle Creek, Michigan where he worked at the Michigan Carton Co. Poor health in 1944 prompted him to take a position at Alexanders Pharmacy operating a Postal Sub-station. Moving to Alhambra, California in 1947, he has been employed by the American Police Patrol stationed at the American Pipe and Steel Co.

He is survived by his wife, Gertrude, who resides at 1517 South Marengo Avenue, Alhambra, Calif., and one son, George H. Peters of Alhambra, two grandsons, Richard and David; and one granddaughter Kathleen; one brother William of Deland, Fla; two sisters Mrs. Frances Eoff of South Lyons, Michigan; and Mrs. Helen Wilkins of Berkely, Michigan.

Funeral Services were held at Turner, Stevens, and Turner in Alhambra, Calif. Interment was at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Calif. The Rev. George Jenkins of the Community Friends Church of Alhambra officiated.

An informal obituary provided by P. Davidson-Peters

Passed from this world at his home in Cottonwood, AZ; Aged 78 Years and 5 Days.

George Horace Peters who parted this life on the 15th of January 1998, was a man of truth, dignity, intelligence, and warmth. He gave to his five children these same fundaments which have made them successful in their own lives.

Due to a fire in the family's home town, George was born in Toledo, Ohio on 05 Jan 1920 and was the son of George and Gertrude (Breningstall).  The family's normal residence was in Monroe County, Michigan where his great great grandfather had migrated in 1824 from Harpersfield, New York and purchased land from the U.S. government where Petersburg now stands and was thus named for him.

His father owned a grocery store and had been township clerk, but after the Great Depression, they moved to Battle Creek and he attended Lakeview Jr. High and delivered morning papers and worked at the Lakeview Pharmacy for 25 an hour, and with a small scholarship, his saved earnings, and help from his parents, George graduated in 1938 and attended Michigan State where he joined Alpha Chi Sigma and Professional Chemical Fraternity. 

He was a Senior ROTC when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.  A week after graduation, on June 20th, George left Battle Creek and entered the service as a captain where he was first to command Battery "C" of the 3rd Platoon in San Francisco.  He then was shipped to the Aleutians and after twenty months, came home for a thirty day leave and married Louise Baker (of Battle Creek) who had moved to Los Angeles, California with her parents.  They were married on the 25th of May 1944 and settled for a time in Riverside.  George continued his military service in Panama and the Philippines, where he was stationed when their first child was born, then eventually moved to Arizona in the 1980's where after living in Sedona and Tucson, they settled in Cottonwood near their two sons, Dave and Bill Peters.

George is survived by his wife Louise (Baker) and children Richard Peters of Lumberton, NC; Mrs. Kathleen Coombes of Prescott, AZ; David Peters of Cottonwood, AZ; William Peters of Cottonwood, AZ; Mrs. Robin Kitts of Phoenix, AZ; and nine grandchildren.

Digby Courier | October 29, 1909
Contributed by Mike Bailey (2003)


James Alfred Peters, one of the most prominent citizens of Westport, died suddenly at his home Sunday morning, aged 78 years. He was around as well as usual Saturday night and spent a portion of the evening in E.C. Bower’s & Co. store. Westport was planning on a big celebration for Tuesday and Wednesday, it being the 100th anniversary of the Digby Neck and Brier Island Baptist churches, and Mr. Peters had taken an active interest in the work. Saturday night when everything appeared to be in readiness for this week’s celebration, he said “My work is finished.” The deceased had been almost a life member of the Baptist church, he was a hard worker in the temperance cause and a prominent and enthusiastic member of Tyro Division, S. and T. He was a Liberal in politics and was at one time Westport’s fishery overseer.

He leaves a widow, [a sister E.B. Cann of Yarmouth and Mrs. Elizabeth Reed of Digby], three sons and two daughters: J.L. Peters, one of Digby’s leading merchants and ex-mayor of the town; George H. also of Digby, and Rupert, merchant at Westport; Mrs. John Clarke, Berwick; and Mrs. Wesley R. tibbetts, Malden, Mass.

The deceased was the eldest and only surviving member of a family of seven children of the late James and Avicy Peters of Bridgetown. He will be greatly missed in the community in which he resided where, where he took such an active interest in all public affairs. The funeral took place from his late home, Wednesday, his 78th birthday, with interment in the Westport cemetery, the service being conducted by Rev. Osgood Morse, pastor of the Westport Baptist church, assisted by visiting clergymen.

The New Brunswick Royal Gazette | July 27th, 1813
Contributed by Mike Bailey (2007)

Died Wednesday morning, three leagues from Partridge Island. Maurice Peters, Grand Passage, knocked overboard by jibbing of foreboom of Schooner, left wife, 10 children

PETERS, RICHARD G. 1773-1853
The "Bloomville Mirror" | March 8th, 1853

DIED - In this village, on the 6th inst., after an illness of two days, Mr. Richard Peters, father of Mr. John Peters, in the 80th year of his age. He was one of the first settlers of Stamford, where he resided for some forty years. About twenty years since he removed to Onondoga county, where he remained eighteen years. About two years since he changed his residence to Preble, Cortland county. Last fall he came to this village, and arranged his affairs to make Bloomville his permanent residence, but death has taken him to the spirit land. While a resident of Stamford he was a member of the Methodist church of this place. He was prepared and resigned to die, and assured his friends that it would be well with him. It is only seven weeks since we recorded the death of his wife.

His funeral will take place to day at 1 o'clock P.M., at the church in this village. Sermon by Rev. D. Gibson.
Laid to rest at
Riverside Cemetery - Bloomville, NY; and monument also at Tully Cemetery.

Daily Watchtower, Adrian, Michigan
Contributed by Barbara H. Lee


Richard Peters, aged 64 years, died at his residence in Petersburg, Monroe Co., on Wednesday March 5th. He had been ill with inflmation of the lungs only six days. He had previously enjoyed robust health.

Mr. Peters emigrated from Delaware Co., MY and located at Petersburg in 1824, the place taking its name from him, as he was founder of the village. Having settled at the place when he was quite young, he had spent nearly all of his manhood in redeeming the rich soil of Michigan from the wilderness, and contributed to make our state what it is, one of the richest agricultural States in the Union; and he goes to his final rest leaving hosts of warm friends who deplore their loss by his death. Mr. Peters was the father of the Hon. George Peters, Representative in the present State Legistlature from Monroe Co.

(Taken directly from News clipping)


MANISTEE, Mich., April 2 - Funeral services, under direction of the Knights of Pythias, will be held here Monday for Richard G. Peters, who at two junctures in his life was rated as a millionaire and who died here virtually "broke."

Death came quickly and unexpectedly. Peters dreamed until the last of recouping his fortune for the third time.

He was born in New York and came to Michigan when 16, beginning work at Monroe with the old Michigan Southern Railway as surveyor's rodman. Coming to this region he made investments in the lumbering business which ultimately netted him millions.

His holdings at one time included vast timber lands, two saw mills, a shingle mill, a barrel factory and a salt block on Manistee lake, in addition to several short railway lines in northern Michigan, a line of ships on the Great Lakes and dock and mill property at Benton Harbor.

PETERS, RICHARD G. 1865 - 1934
(Taken directly from the original news clipping)

Richard G. Peters, 68, Buried Here Sunday - Was Former Resident of Community and at One Time Most Prominent Farmer in This Section.

It again becomes the unpleasant duty of the writer to record the passing of a former greatly esteemed citizen - a man much beloved by all with whom he came in contact - Richard G. Peters.

Mr. Peters had not been in good health for some time and a short time ago was removed from his home at Wampler's Lake to Mercy Hospital, Jackson, where he passed away March 29, 1934, at the age of 68 years, nine months and 20 days.

Richard G. Peters was the only son of Hon. George Peters, who way back in 1824 emigrated from Harpersfield, New York and purchased form the U.S. Government about six hundred acres of land, where Petersburg now stands.

Richard G. Peters arrived on the scene June 9, 1865, and when old enough very ably assisted his father in conducting the large farm (now the Gilman farm) west of Petersburg.  He continued actively in this work until failing health compelled him to retire.

He was united in marriage Sept. 27, 1885 to Miss Frances Trombly, who still survives.  Four children (all now living) were born to this union.  They are William F. of Brooklyn; George R. of Battle Creek; Mrs. Robert J. Eoff and Miss Helen Peters, of Detroit.  He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Helen Rea, of Hamburg, New York.

Mr. Peters was a very public spirited man, and generous to fault.  Although for a number of years past he had spent little time in the old home town, yet he will be greatly missed and long remembered by his old friends.

The remains were brought to the home of his brother-in-law, Louie Trombley, where funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Rev. F. A. Blake delivering a short discourse.  Services at the grave were under the auspices of the Blanchard Lodge No. 102, F. & A.M. of which Mr. Peters had long been a true and upright member.

Taken from "A History of Richard Peters ..." by Leone Peters Kleinheinz
Transcribed from the copy of the obituary notice found in the family Bible & submitted to author Kleinheinz by his granddaughter, Vinna Peters Griggs

Richard Peters, an old resident of Penfield, Ohio, died at the residence of his son David Peters, on November 9, 1883.

Mr. Peters immigrated from Harpersfield, Delaware Co. NY in 1850 to Penfield. Deceased was sixty-seven years of age.

In his religous views, Mr. Peters was a Baptist, and had been for years a useful and consistent member of that church. Such was the confidence of his fellow townsmen in his honesty and ability, that he was for several terms elected Justice of the Peace in Penfield.

Mr. Peters was a man of intelligence and sound judgement. Although liberal in his views he was positive in his convictions and would not be swayed by popular opinion. Mr. Peters was a Democrat and was for years the leader of the little "Band of Democrats" in Penfield. His fidelity to principle and useful work as a man, will long be remembered and cherished by those who knew him.

Contributed by Jim Peters

R.C. Peters Dies at age 75

Richard C. Peters, 73, president of the former Peters Trust Co., died early Friday in a hospital at Houston, Tex., where he had been ill six weeks.

Mrs. Peters, who had been in poor health the past year, had been traveling in search of a residence suitable for his condition, when he was stricken in Houston. He underwent an operation in the hospital at Houston. with him at the time of his death were his wife and a daughter, Mrs. W. H. Belcher, of Memphis, Tenn.

His son, R.B. Peters, of 4822 Cass St., secretary of the Peters-Cameron Co., had returned from Houston Jan 18.

Mr. Peters, though president of the Peters-Cameron Co., had not been active in business the past year and a half because of poor health.

He was authority on information relative to farm properties and had been connected with farm mortgage and insurance business for many years in Nebraska. He had operated a farm mortgage and insurance business in West Point for several years until 1897 when he moved to Omaha to organize the R.C. Peters Co.

Mr. Peters organized the Peters Trust Co. in 1907, remaining as its president until the firm went into bankruptcy in 1929. He had also been chairman of the board of the former Peters National bank.

Mr. Peters was well known for his active aid and generous support to all community improvements. He was the first president of the University club and belonged to the Dundee Presbyterian church.

He was born in Petersburg, Mich., and attended the University of Michigan. He moved to West Point after his marriage.

Also surviving is another daughter, Mrs. Clayton Shaw, of Inglewood, Cal., who will come to Omaha for the funeral.

Manistee, MI News Clipping

Once Largest Timberland Owner in Michigan Is Dead at 95

Manistee, April 1- Richard G. Peters, 95, once known as the biggest individual owner of timberlands in Michigan, died here Friday morning after having made two fortunes in the vast forests of this section and lost them through unscrupulous salesmen.

Mr. Peters, partially blind up until his death, dreamed of his third fortune. At one time he erased two and one third million dollars from the books of his creditors in six years.

Mr. Peters was born in Delaware county, New York, July 2, 1831*. At 18 he moved to the farm of an uncle, Richard Peters at Petersburg, near Monroe. When the state sold the old railway line between Monroe to the Michigan Southern railway young Peters got a job as rodman for the surveyors, starting him on a career such as few men in Michigan have ever experienced.

The R.G. Peters Salt & Lumber Co. capitalized at $1,000,000, was organized at Eastlake, Manistee suburb, and employed 1,100 men. Two large mills turned out 1,000,000 feet of lumber a day and a single mill with 2,000,000 a week capacity was also operated at Benton Harbor the company owned valuable dock properties. The firm had it's own line of vessels plying Lake Michigan. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

*Family records indicate Richard was born in 1832


Willard F. Peters, a former resident of St. Louis and Shepherd, died in Saginaw, March 17th at the age of 79 years, three months and l0 days. Funeral services were held in Saginaw Wednesday afternoon, and the body was taken to Salt River cemetery for interment. The casket was opened at the cemetery and a short service conducted for the benefit of those who were unable to go to Saginaw. 

Willard Fremont Peters was born November 26, 1855, in Angola, Indiana. In 1879, he was united in marriage to Ella Jane Ruthven and moved to eastern Nebraska where they resided until the year 1912, at which time they moved to Manistee. After living there a year they moved onto a farm near Shepherd where they lived nine years. They were living in Mt. Pleasant when Mrs. Peters passed away ,seven years ago, since which time Mr. Peters has lived alternately with his sons, Arthur J. In St. Louis and Harley E. in Saginaw. 

Surviving are the two sons and ten grandchildren of the latter, Willard is on coast guard duty in Oregon, and Harold in the navy in China, both of whom are sons of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Peters. 

Monroe (Michigan) Evening News - April 3, 1948
Contributed by Jim Peters

Funeral Planned for Pvt. Peters

The body of Pvt. Wilson E. Peters has arrived from overseas on the Robert F. Burns, according to word received by his father, Wilson E. Peters, Sr. of Petersburg. Funeral arrangements will be made when further word is received by the Hemenway, Valentine & McNeil funeral home of Petersburg.

Pvt. Wilson, killed in the Battle of Strasbourg Nov. 27, 1944, was inducted April 24, 1944, and trained at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Ark., and Fort George G. Meade, Md., before going to England for the final phase. He was a graduate of Petersburg High School.

Flint, Michigan Journal | Wednesday, May 18, 1921
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2012)

Fenton, Mich., May 18, - Special - Mrs. Edith, wife of Dr. John Hoskins, died at her home here late yesterday afternoon following an illness of one week. Mrs. Hoskins was 45 years of age, prominent in Fenton social and club life, and a member of Presbyterian church. She leaves one son and one daughter.

Note: Laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery.

Oscoda Press (MI) | June 8, 1988
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2012)

Mrs. D. E. Wagoner 86, Rites Friday

Oscoda - Bernice M. (Mrs. Darwin) Wagoner, 86, of Oscoda, died Wednesday, June 1 at Iosco Medical Care Facility in Tawas City.

Born August 23, 1901, in Alma, Bernice Raycraft received her bachelor of arts degree from Eastern Michigan University and her master of arts degree from the University of Detroit. Later she was a teacher for more than 30 years in the Detroit, Alcona and Oscoda school systems.

Her husband, Dr. Darwin E. Wagoner, preceded her in death September 1, 1976.

An Oscoda resident since 1958, Mrs. Wagoner was the choir director at Oscoda United Methodist Church, Lincoln Methodist Church, The Wurtsmith Air Force Base Officer's Wives Club and previously at the Grace Methodist Church in Detroit. She also was a member of the Retired Teachers' Association and a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Lincoln Chapter 509.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce (Mrs. William) Kutsche of Oscoda, Carol Wagner of Bryan, Ohio; a son, Alan of Springville, Utah; nine grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth Raycraft of Alma, and a sister, Doris Pray of Oscoda.

Bernice's Find A Grave Memorial, photos, headstone (Outside Link)

Flint, Michigan Journal | Wednesday, August 5, 1931
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2012)

Fenton, Aug. 5 - Mrs. Fannie L. Phipps, widow of J. Harvey Phipps, pioneer photographer of Fenton, died of pneumonia yesterday at her home on Oak st. Surviving are two grandchildren, John C. Hoskins of Detroit and Virginia L. Thompson of Fenton, besides four grand children. Before Mr. Phipps death, the family lived in the same home for 59 years. Mrs. Phipps was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian church. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 Thursday afternoon at the home, with Rev. R. Cargo of the Methodist Episcopal church officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Battle Creek Enquirer (MI) | May 5, 1924
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2011)

Joseph A. Rhodes of Augusta Moved There from Olivet

Augusta, May 5. Joseph A. Rhodes, 77, Civil war veteran of the Ninth Michigan Infantry, died at his home in Augusta Sunday morning at 3 o'clock. Mr. Rhodes moved to Augusta two years ago from Olivet, where he had lived three years. He spent most of his life in Owosso and Corunna.

He is survived by his widow and three sons, Charles and Williams of Owosso and Chauncey of California; and two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Mathewson and Mrs. Elida Roe, both of Arizona, and 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Mrs. Alger Ackman of DeWitt will probably be the only grandchild able to attend the funeral services, which will be held Tuesday from the home at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. M.E. Hoyt of the Augusta Community church. Burial will be made in the Augusta cemetery.

The Argus Press | 17 May 1921
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2011)

Well Known Corunna Lady to Be Buried Wednesday Afternoon

CORUNNA, MICH., May 17. - Mrs. Olive Derr, wife of Morris Derr of the third ward, died at her home yesterday afternoon after a long illness. the funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock and burial will take place at Pine Tree Cemetery.

Mrs. Derr was born in Michigan and had lived in the state all her life. she had been a resident of Crunna for many years and was well known and greatly respected by everyone. Surviving her are her husband and two children, Bert Derr, of this city and Mrs. Verner Evans of Owosso. She was a member of Corunna Chapter, Order of Eastern Stars.


Mrs. Mary E. Davenport, widow of John Sidney Davenport of Stapleton, N.Y., was buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Tuesday morning. Deacon Charles Mitchell of the Catholic Apostolic Church officiated. Mrs. Davenport died in Stapleton Thursday. The funeral was held there Monday.

(News Clipping from Descendants of Richard Peters by L.P. Kleinheinz)

John B. Rowland of five Corners, aged 77 years, died in the Auburn City Hospital after a short illness.

He is survived by two brothers, Eben Rowland and Ira Rowland, two nieces and one nephew.

Burial at Maple Grove Cemetery at Five Corners.

The funeral was held Tuesday at 2:00 P.M. at the home. arrangements were made by A.E. Redman.

Bearers were: Paul Myers, Paul Crotty, Merton Rowland and Wallace Conner.

Battle Creek, MI Enquirer | February 19, 1929
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2012)

Luva Shultz, 79, a resident of Marengo township for more than 50 years, died at Oaklawn hospital at 6:30 last night. He leaves two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Karstadt of Marshall, and Mrs. Annie Rath of Jackson, a daughter, Mrs. Julia Laupp of Battle Creek and a grandson, Louis Laupp, residing near Battle Creek.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

Note: Interred at Oakridge Cemetery, Marshall, MI

Petersburg Sun - April 25, 1974
Contributed by Lynn Fraser & Beulah Mens

Mrs. James Deal (Leda E.) Housman, age 77, of 83 W. Center St., died at 8:30 a.m. Easter Sunday in Memorial Hospital Unit, Monroe, shortly after being admitted.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the McNeil and Spencer Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald Bates officiating.  Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery.  Bearers were Mike Watson, Gordon Wittman, Everett Collins, Dick Vasbinder, Al Gilson and Tom Beverly.

Born October 26, 1896 in Deerfield, she was the daughter of Carl and Eva Schmid.  She was married ot Mr. Housman in 1916.  A life member of the Petersburg Deerfield region, she was a former school teacher.  She was a member of the Petersburg United Methodist Church and the Women's Civic League. 

Surviving are her husband; two sons, James and Calvin, both of Petersburg; a daughter, Mrs. William (Genevieve) Kline of Canton, Ohio; three brothers, Carl and Guy Schmid, both of Petersburg, and Walter Schmid of Sun City, Ariz.; two sisters, Mrs. Walter (Dorothy) Averill of Saginaw and Mrs. Mabel Schmidt of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and five grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters. 

Los Angeles Times | 29 Nov 1948

Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. from his home for Fowler Shankland, 73, of 321 Muirfield Road who died yesterday. Mr. Shankland, who was engaged in the real estate business until his retirement 10 years ago, was a native of Nashville, Tenn., and came here more than 50 years ago. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Isabel R. Shankland, three sons, James H., John D., and Sidney F. Shankland, two daughters, Miss Edith Shankland and Mrs. Louisa S. Zonne, and a sister, Mrs. Jefferson P. Chandler.

Sedalia Daily Capital Newspaper: Feb 17, 1904
Contributed by Brooke Adams

Samuel Smith, of Smithton, lived in Pettis since 1865.

Samuel Smith aged 76, died at his home in Smithton and was buried Sunday from the Christian Church at that place, Rev. Babbet officiating. Samuel Smith was born in New York State July 18, 1837, and there was reared and educated until the end of his 10th year. then he came to Illinois where, August 29, 1849 he was married to Miss Cornelia buck, who has been his companion since. In 1865 th family removed to Pettis County, locating near Smithton where Mr. Smith owned, and for years, cultivated a fine farm. Of the union 13 children were born and eight of them live to comfort the mother for the death of her life companion. Samuel Smith was one of Pettis Counties substantial and well respected citizens. His was an upright light and his death will be regretted by all.

The Battle Creek, MI Enquirer, dated, Aug. 18/19, 1962
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2011)

Mrs. Anna M. Wagner, 82, who has made her home since 1934 with a stepdaughter, Mrs. Luther (Ruth) Gunter of 128 W. Fountain St., died Friday afternoon in a local nursing home. She fractured a hip in a fall last March. Mrs. Wagner was born in Clarence Township, December 27, 1879, a daughter of George and Sara Sounter. She first married Herbert Hoaglin, who died November 27, 1923. Surviving from this marriage are a son, Clarence Hoaglin of Albion; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. October 18, 1934, she married Silas Wagner, who died October 18, 1958*.

Note: Original clipping lists the death date of Silas Wagner as 1858.

The Highland Democrat, Peekskill, NY | Saturday - June 4, 1904

Maria Southard, widow of the late Geo. W. Clark, died at her home, No. 206 Nelson avenue, on Tuesday, in the 97th year of hr age. She had been confined to her room for the past five years from lameness, but was in apparent good healthy until a fall, which occurred on March 17th, from the shock of which she never recovered.

Mrs. Clark was born in Fishkill, May 17, 1808, and was the daughter of Thomas and Hannah Jones Southard. Her early girlhood was spent in Fishkill and then her parents moved to New York. About 75 years ago she married Geo. W. Clark in New York. He died in 1860. Sixty years ago they moved to Peekskill and she has resided her ever since. When the deceased came to Peekskill she brought her letter from the Reformed church of New York and deposited in the First Presbyterian church of this village. For sixty years she has been a faithful and consistent member of that church. During her earlier years she was active in church work.

Two daughters, Miss Hannah S. and Miss Charlotte P., of this village, and five grandchildren survive her.

The funeral services were held yesterday (Friday) afternoon at 2 o’clock, from her late residence, the Rev. B.H. Everitt officiating. Interment was at Hillside.

Visalia Morning Delta, Visalia, Tulare Co., CA | Tuesday - July 26, 1921
Contributed by Judy Board (2008)

Charles Spier Called Beyond

Charles Albert Spier, one of the early settlers of this county and Visalia and well known painter and decorator, passed away in his home, 203 Northwest Second avenue at 5:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Mr. Spier had been ill for some time. Last week he was taken to the city where he was placed under the care of
a specialist, but his ailment was too far gone and he was taken home again Saturday.

The deceased was born in Columbia, Tuolomne county, July 16, 1858, being 63 years of age at the time of his demise. He came to Visalia with his parents at the age of 10 years and had continued to reside here through the remainder of his life. He was engaged in the nursery business with his father until 25 years ago,
when he entered the painter and decorators' trade.

Mr. Spier was married to Miss Laura Bowen, of Visalia, in the year 1881, and to them was born two children, Chester Spier, of Visalia, and Mrs. Robert Board of Stockton. Mr. Spier is a Spanish American War Veteran and was a member of the Woodmen of the World and Visalia Painter's union.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Laura Spier, of Visalia; one daugher, Mrs. Robert Board, of Stockton; one son, Chester Spier, of Visalia; three grandchildren, Roberta, Marle and Robert Board, and one sister, Mrs. Josephine Hale, of Oakland.

Funeral services will be held from the late residence at 3 o'clock this afternoon. Two members each of the painters union and Woodmen of the World and two Spanish American War veterans will serve as pallbearers. The Christian Science society will have charge of the burial services.

Stockton Record, Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA | Wednesday, 14 November 1956
Contributed by Judy Board & Maureen Speer Trafton

In Stockton, Calif. Nov. 12, 1956, Chester A. Spier, brother of Mrs. Ethel G. Board of Porterville; uncle of Robert Board of Porterville, Mrs. Merle Ferre of Concord and Roberta Board of Merced; a veteran of World War I and World War II; a member of Karl Ross Post No. 16, American Legion, Stockton Voltures Locale No. 282, 40 and 8 and Veterans of World War I; a native of California, aged 60 years, 7 months, 11 days.

Friends invited to attend funeral services Thursday, Nov. 15, 1956 at 11:15 a.m. in the Chapel of Frisbie and Warren, 809 N. California at Flora, Kar Ross Post No. 16, American Legion, officiating. Committal at Rural Cemetery.

Stockton Record, Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA | Wednesday, 17 May 1961
Contributed by Judy Board (2008)

In Merced, California, May 15, 1961, Ethel Grace Board (formerly of Stockton), mother of Mrs. Roberta Board of Merced, Mrs. Merle Ferre of Concord, Robert C. Board of Porterville; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren survive; a native of Visalia, aged 78 years.

Friends are invited to attend funeral services in the Park View Cemetery Chapel Thursday, May 18, 1961, at 11 a.m. Merced Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements. Committal at Park View Cemetery.

Daily Delta (Visalia, Tulare, California) | Thursday, 29 Dec 1898
Contributed by JoElayne Johnson (2008)

The End Came
Death of Joseph Spier Yesterday Afternoon
An Old Pioneer Passes Away Peacefully
Some of the Stirring Events of This Old Settler, Whose Life Has Been an Active One

Joseph Spier was born in Saratoga County, New York, November 26, 1826. Three generations of his ancestors were born in New York and all had the same name. His grandfather was a Revolution Army soldier. Mr. Spier learned the sign-writer’s trade and ornamental painting, and early developed much taste and talent in decorative and landscape painting.

He emigrated to Illinois in 1844. In 1852, Mr. Spier came to California and engaged in mining at Columbia, Tuolumne County, often meeting with success. Like all early miners, he was rich one day and poor the next. When the mining industry became dull, he moved to the Tulare County, arriving here in in1868. He took up a government claim of 160 acres, but relinquished it. Shortly afterward he purchased forty acres of land, the property lying now within the city limits of Visalia. He improved the tract of ground by planting fruit trees of every variety. In his orchard is probably the oldest orange tree in the county. Assisted by his son, Charles, they engaged actively in the nursery business. In 1890, they sold 60,000 young trees, and their fruit received many premiums at fairs of quality. During all these years the Mr. Spier was engaged in experimenting in fruit culture, making discoveries to the varieties best suited for growth in the valley.

Mr. Spier was one of the pioneers in the use of water farming and agricultural purposes. In 1854, with others he organized a company and built one of the most extensive ditches at the time, and the organization was incorporated as the Stanislaus & Tuolumne Water Company.

The deceased always relied on his paint brush to tide him over financial difficulties. Way back in the 50’s he painted scenes for the theaters in Columbia and Sonora. He was a natural mechanic and frequently worked at other mechanical businesses or professions.

In 1861 he was in the flour milling business at Columbia, Tuolumne county, and one time was awarded a premium for the best flour on exhibition at the Stockton district fair. In 1863, in company with two others, Mr. Spier crossed the Sierra Nevadas on foot. They had to carry their own blankets and provisions and for 20 miles they traveled over deep snow. On this trip Mr. Spier discovered a new pass through which the Sonora Road now runs, being nearly 1000 feet lower than the one passed over by the trail.

Mr. Spier was married 1848, at Saratoga, NY to Miss Sarah M. Green, a native of Saratoga. The Green family were early settlers of this country, and their homestead was at Greensend, Rhode Island. On this farm the celebrated Greening apple originated.

Mr. and Mrs. Spier have had five children, only two, Charles and Josie surviving.

Mr. Spier was made a Mason in 1847, at the age of 21, and has been a member ever since. Among his other paintings he made three allegorical pictures in Masonry as follows: Sunrise, High Meridian and Sunset.

In early life the deceased was a Whig. At the organization of the Republican party he voted with it and for General John C. Fremont. When the Green back party organized he united with it, but in later years he was a Populist. He strongly favored the new constitution of California, and was chairman of the Workingmen’s Committee of the county during the campaign. At his own expense he published a campaign paper in their interest.

Peoria Star (Peoria, Illinois) | 21 Mar 1910
Contributed by JoElayne Johnson (2008)

Mrs. Mary Bishop

After living in this county sixth-nine years, Mrs. Mary Bishop, one of the oldest residents in Peoria, died yesterday morning at 8:45 o'clock at the home of Thomas Mills, 805 Linn street. At the time of her death Mrs. Bishop was 86 years old and had been ill since last October. The aged woman leaves to mourn her death two daughters and one son. The daughters are Mrs. Clara M. Mills of Peoria and Mrs. Eva G. Oaks of Denver. Her son is Charles E. Bishop.

Mrs. Bishop was born in Clifton Park, N. Y., in the year 1824. When she was ten years old her parents moved to New Lebanon, N. Y., and it was at that place, when she was 14 years old, she united with the Methodist Episcopal church and was a devout member of that faith until the time of her death. When she was 19 years old she was united in marriage to Hamilton Bishop of Malta, N. Y. In the year 1840 Mrs. Bishop with her husband came to Peoria, where Mr. Bishop engaged in the livery business until his death in 1897.

The Banner, Sonora, Tuolumne Co., CA | Friday, 16 Nov 1923

Death of Mrs. Hale

The many friends of Mrs. G. W. Hale today learned with sorrow of her death in Oakland. Remains will be interred here Friday in the Masonic cemetery by the side of her husband, the late Geo. Hale, pioneer, lumberman and resident of Columbia for many years. She was a native of Peoria, Illinois, aged 73 years.

As Josie Spier she grew to womanhood in the old Spier home on Gold street, next north of the Toby residence. Her death removes another of the comparatively few remaining early day families left. The only surviving member of the family is Mrs. Olive Knudsen of Oakland, to whom all Columbia friends extend deepest sympathy in the loss of her beloved mother.

The Union Democrat (Sonora, Tuolumne, California) 17 Nov 1923
Contributed by Judy Board (2008)

Mrs. Josephine Hale

Mrs. Josephine Hale, for many years a resident of Columbia and Sonora, but residing with her daughter, Mrs. N. L. Knudsen in Oakland, the past few years, died in the city Wednesday. The body was brought to Sonora and today will be taken to Columbia and interred in the City Cemetery.

Deceased arrived in Columbia in the early 60's and was married there to the late G. W. Hale, known for many years as a leading lumberman of the county. Besides the above named daughter two grandchildren are left, Mrs. Victor Colburn and Hale Knudsen. She was a member of Tuolumne Star Chapter, of this city.

Davenport Democrat, Davenport, Iowa | January 2, 1903
Contributed by Maureen Speer Trafton (2008)

Minnie C. Spier, daughter of Geo. L. and Mary Spier, departed this life at 7:15 this morning at their home at the corner of Ninth and LeClaire streets in this city. She was born at Streator, Ill., on July 11, 1889, and spent the most of her young life at Peoria, Ill., where she attended the parochial schools. Her parents moved to this city in 1898 and for a while she attended the Sacred Heart school and afterwards entered the Immaculate Conception Academy of this city and was in the first year of the academic course of this school, being the youngest member of her class, but withal kept high position among the older pupils.

She quietly passed away surrounded by her parents and her sisters. On Oct 27, 1902, she came home from school not feeling well and from that time she did not attend her school duties. She died of heart disease and other complications.

She is mourned by her loving parents and her two sisters, Misses Bessie and Ruth Spier, and by Mr. and Mrs. Geo W. Scott, aunt and uncle of the deceased. Funeral services will be held at Sacred Heart cathedral Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with interment at St. Marguerite's cemetery.

Death at all times is a sad thing but when its pall is spread over the young to whom life presents a beautiful prospect it becomes sad and pathetic, and to the parents and family of the deceased, the warm sympathy of a large circle of friends and neighbors is extended.

Davenport, Iowa | March 1939
Contributed by Maureen Speer Trafton (2008)

Mrs. G. Scott, 85, Widow of Ex-Mayor, Dies

Mrs. Rosemary Spier Scott, widow of George W. Scott, former mayor of Davenport died at her home, 2016 Harrison street at 1:35 pm Sunday after a illness of one month. She had resided here for the past 11 years and was 85 years of age.

Rosemary Spier was born in Peoria, Ill March 26, 1854, and was graduated in music at St. Mary's college at South Bend, Ind in 1874. She continued her affiliations with the St. Mary's college alumnae association until her death. She taught at the college for a year and married Mr. Scott at Bismarck, N.D. on June 5, 1887, when he was commissioner of Indian affairs. She had taught at the Indian reservation near Bismarck. She also taught music in Peoria.

Mrs. Scott was organizer and first president of the Ladies of the Elks. Her husband died 12 years ago.

Surviving are three daughters, the Misses Coaina M. and Eunice M., both of Davenport, and Miss Maris Stella Scott, Denver; three sons, Walter Howell Scott and George W. Scott, Jr. both of Davenport, and Sylvester H. Scott, Clinton; two brothers, William T. Spier, Kingsville, Tex., and George L. Spier, Pasadena, Calif, and 10 grandchildren.

The body was taken to the Halligan Funeral home and returned to the family home from where funeral services will be held at 8:30am Wednesday to St. Anthony's church at 9 am. Burial will be in St. Marguerite's cemetery.

The Daughters of Isabella will meet at the family residence, 2016 Harrison street, at 7 PM Tuesday to recite the rosary.

Kingsville, Texas | 1951
Contributed by Maureen Speer Trafton (2008)

W. T. Spier dies Early Wednesday, Burial Thursday

W. T. Spier, 88, died here about 5 o'clock Wednesday morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Whitley at 208 East Johnson.

Rosary service will be conducted Wednesday night at 7:30 o'clock at the Cage-Piper chapel by the Rev. Fr. George Baumgartner. Funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock Thursday morning at St. Gertrude's Catholic church with interment following in the Chamberlain Burial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Spier, who is a sister of Mrs. Whitley.

Times Democrat - Davenport, Iowa | 1918
Contributed by Maureen Speer Trafton (2008)

Funeral services for Willie F. Spier, who was accidentally killed in an automobile accident Sunday morning were held yesterday afternoon from the home of George W. Scott, 2016 Harrison street. Rev. F. M. Nugent of the Sacred Heart cathedral, officiated at the home and at the grave.

The funeral was very largely attended by friends, there was also many beautiful flower offerings. The pallbearers were Sylvester Scott, Thomas Ray, Raymond O'Connor, and John Cunningham. Interment was made in St. Marguerites cemetery.

The Battle Creek, MI Enquirer | Sunday, Jan. 28, 1973
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2011)

Marshall – Services for Floyd E. Sweet, 95, of 22016 M. Drive N., will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Court Funeral Home. Sweet died Saturday morning in his home after an illness of two days.

Sweet was born in Marshall Township on Dec. 15, 1877, and was a lifelong resident, living at his present address for 60 years. He took up farming on his wife’s farm and was a carpenter by trade, building many barns and houses in Calhoun and Eaton counties. He was chief of maintenance at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds for 39 years, retiring in 1968.

He owned and operated a saw mill and cider mill in Marshall Township for many years.

Surviving are his wife, the former Martha I. Wagner; two daughters, Mrs. George (Jessie) Baker of Marshall and Mrs. Clarence (Louise) Langridge of Marshall, and four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Note: Laid to rest at Townsend Cemetery - Marshall, Calhoun Co., MI

Petersburg Sun - December 17, 1926
Contributed by Lynn Fraser & Beulah Mens

Johanna Stryker was born in Gravesend, Long Island, Dec. 29th, 1839, and was the last surviving member of a family of nine.

In the year of 1858 she was married to John V. Housman, of Staten Island, N. Y., whose death occurred in 1903.  They were the parents of five children:  William H., who passed from this life in January, 1924; James S., who also passed to the great beyond in March, 1910; Mrs. Anna Grover and John V., of Salamanca, New York, and Ernest A., of Plymouth, Mich., together with thirteen grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren who survive her.

Mrs. Housman resided in Petersburg for the last forty years and was a devoted and active member of the Methodist church and Sunday school.  She was affiliated with the Russell Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and the W. C. T. U.

In her declining years she was tenderly cared for by her grandson, J. D. Housman and wife, with whom she resided until December 9th, 1926, when she was called to her reward of a life well spent on earth.

Her soul has gone to the world beyond,
Here on earth she could not stay,
Her loving words and smiling face,
Will linger in our hearts always.

Mrs. Housman Funeral -  The funeral of the late Mrs. Johanna Housman was held Sunday afternoon at the home of her grandson, Postmaster J. D. Housman, and interment was in the Petersburg cemetery by the side of her husband. 

Among those from away who came to attend the last rites were Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Housman and Mrs. P. H. Grover, of Salamanca, N. Y.; Mrs. W. H. Housman, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Holmer, W. H. Sewell, ?? Brick and Mrs. W. A. Averill, Jr., of Detroit; Mr. and Mrs. James Clark, of Jackson; Mr. and Mrs. Myra Viets, of Dundee; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Seiser and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Frayer, of Deerfield.

Marshall, MI | April 07, 1922
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2012)

Mrs. Clara Merritt of Lee, whose illness has been noted from time to time, passed away at an early hour Wednesday from the effects of a painful cancerous growth. The deceased who was held in high esteem in the community, leaves three children, two of whom, Mrs. Edward Luscher and Miss Edith Wagner reside in Marshall. Mrs. G. E. Page and Mrs. Hannah Wagner, also of this city, are sisters of the deceased.

The Evening Chronicle - Marshall, MI | Wednesday, April 05, 1922
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2012)

Mrs. Hannah Wagner, aged 81 years, passed away at the home on south Marshall avenue at 1:00 o'clock today. She had been in poor health since the first of last February, due to a stroke of paralysis which she suffered at that time.

Mrs. Wagner was born in Lock township, Livingston county, but for the past twenty-eight years had been a resident of this vicinity. She was a member of the W.R.C. and the Methodist church. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Benjamin Hess, Mrs. Jacob Klaumbush and Mrs. John Nutten, of Detroit; one son, Wm. Wagner, of Battle Creek; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Roupe, Mrs. Clarence Bera, of Battle Creek, and two brothers, Joseph Sturgis and C. J. Sturgis, of Linden, Mich.

Funeral services will be held from the home Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, the Rev. Wooton officiating. Burial will be give in the family plot in Oakridge. It was Mrs. Wagner's wish that members of the W. R. C. attend in a body

Monroe Evening News - 04 Aug 1944

Mrs. Frances T. Peters, 77 years old, died in Detroit at 11:30 o'clock Saturday morning after an eight weeks illness. Mrs. Peters was born November 11, 1866 in Petersburg and was married September 27, 1885, to Richard G. Peters, who died March 29, 1934. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Petersburg, of which she was a past matron.

She is survived by two sons, William F. of Deland Fla., and George R., of Battle Creek; two daughters, Mrs. Robert Eoff and Mrs. John Wilkens, both of Detroit, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; also two sisters, Mrs. George Bieber, of Petersburg, and Mrs. John Kirwin, of Deerfield, with whom she spent the greater part of her time.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 in the Hemenway and Valentine Funeral Home in Deerfield, with the Rev. W.J. Prestige officating. The burial was in the Pleasant View cemetery east of Petersburg.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Peters will be remembered by our older residents, as they lived for a number of years on a farm a mile and a half west of Petersburg, now owned by C.J. Wittman. At one time this was one of the largest, best-cared for farms in this area and was operated chiefly as a farm Making of butter and cheese and was an important part of the business in those days, and large quantities of these products were shipped from the Peters' creamery to nearby places.

Contributed by Liana B. Trombley

The funeral of Jerome Trombley, one of the pioneers of this section, will be held this afternoon with burial in the Petersburg cemetery. He was a bachelor and was born on Nov 20 1837 being 86 yrs 10 months and 25 days old at the time of his death, which occurred Wed morning, Oct 15, 1924. Mr. Trombley had been in feeble health for some time, and for a time had been totally blind. He was of a very genial, sociable disposition, a musician of considerable repute, and a great lover of nature. He had made him home with Lewis E. Trombley, his only surviving brother, for many years. [[torn]] since lived on the homestead one mile west of Petersburg. For many years he held public offices of trust, among them being twp treasurer, twp clerk, justice of the peace and highway commissioner. For a number of yrs he had devoted considerable time to the study of natural history, his favorite branches being ornithology and conchology. He possessed a fine collection of birds' eggs, which it is believed would compare favorably with any in the State, there being over 300 species of eggs in clutches and comprising nearly 1,500 specimens. The eggs of every species of bird in the country is represented. His collection of shells, consisting of land, fresh water and marine, includes over 500 species; and his library, chiefly devoted to natural history, contains about 200 volumes. He passed away on Wed Oct 15, 1924 at 6 am. Interment was in the Petersburg cemetery. He leaves an only brother [[torn]], nieces and nephews. Funeral services were largely attended and held at the residence of this brother, Rev N Norton Clark officiating.

Monroe Co Museum Obit Collection:
Petersburg Sun Newspaper Dated 24 Oct 1924:

Horace Jerome Trombley was born Nov 20, 1837 about one mile north of the village of Petersburg, Monroe Co, Mich. His parents were Lewis Trombley of Chazy, Clinton Co, NY and Sophia Gregory Trombley of Isle of Mott, Vermont. At an early age he manifested a fondness for music. When 13 years of age he became possessor of his first violin, on which he soon became quite a performer for a boy self taught. His younger brothers, William and Lewis E., also having a musical turn of mind, the three brothers formed themselves into a band, which became known as the "Trombley Band". The little trio was much sought after to funish music on all occasions and for many years enjoyed the reputation of being the best in the country. Jerome, in after years, became a traveling musician in connection with circus and theatrical companies, being a leader of orchestra for eight or ten years. This gave him an opportunity of seeing of this great and glorious country and its people. He gave up traveling in 1874 and has [missing]
Mrs. Oliver L Dushane of this city is his niece

Monroe Evening News 17 Oct 1924 ....Summerfield Cemetery.....

Monroe Evening News | 4 Jun 1927
Contributed by Liana B. Trombley


Louis Trombley, 82 yrs old, Civil War veteran, and father of Mrs. Oliver Dushane of Monroe died at his home at Petersburg, Friday afternoon. Funeral services will be held at the Catholic church in Deerfield Monday morning. Interment will be made in the Catholic cemetery at Deerfield. He leaves four dtrs: Mrs. Florence Kerwin of Detroit, Mrs Frances Webb of Detroit, Mrs. Edna Rheinhart of Bedford, Mich and Mrs. Oliver Dushane of Monroe.

PETERSBURG SUN - 10 Jun 1927 - Sunday

Lewis E. Trombley - One of Oldest Residents of This Community and a Veteran of Civil War - Passed Away Friday Last - Lewis E. Trombley, quite generally known as Peter Trombley, who had long been in poor health, and totally blind and helpless for some time, passed away at his home last Friday, 82 years, one month and nine days. Lewis Egbert Trombley was born on a farm one mile west of Petersburg April 25, 1845 and lived his entire life and died on the old homestead. He was a Civil War Veteran, enlisting in Co M, 8th Michigan cavalry, August 30, 1864, at the age of 18 yrs serving as a bugler under Capt. James M. Wells. He joined his regiment at Lexington, KY Sep 21, 1864 and was discharged at Pulaski, Tenn, June 10, 1865.

He was the son of Lewis and Sophia Trombley and had two brothers and one sister - William and Jerome and Mrs. George E. Mead - who have preceded him to the better world. Besides his wife, he leaves five dtrfs; Mrs. Frank Reinhart, Detroit; Mrs. Oliver Dushane, Monroe; Mrs. R. F. Kirwin and Mrs. Clem Webb, Detroit; and Mrs. Arthur Wagner of Royal Oak, Mich all of whom will deeply mourn the loss of a loving husband and indulgent parent. There are also six grandchildren many other relatives and hosts of friends. The funeral which was conducted with military honors, was held at St. Alphonsus church in Deerfield last Monday morning and was largely attended by relatives and friends. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

(Taken from Original Newsclipping)


Louis William Trombley, aged 65 years, six months and six days, was born in Petersburg, October 24, 1871, and died Friday, April 30, 1937, at 10:30 P.M. of a heart attack at his home here.

Mr. Trombley was a skilled carpenter and cabinet maker all his life and had worked at this trade in Toledo for many years before returning to live at his home here. His father, also a skilled workman, taught him the trade.

Four sisters survive Mr. Trombley, namely, Mrs. George E. Bieber, of Ypsilanti; Mr. R.G. Peters, of Detroit; Mrs. John Kirwin, of Adrian, and Miss Anna Trombley, of this place. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held at the Hemeway & Valentine Chapel on Sunday, May 2nd, at 2:30 o'clock, with the Rev. C.W. Scott officiating. Burial was made in Pleasant View cemetery. Pall-bearers were Chas. Goede, Sr., Guy Schmid, Chris Schween, Rudolph Menzel, Ed Scharader, and Arthur Cannon of Deerfield. People from Detroit, Adrian, Battle Creek and Monroe attended the funeral here.


Contributed by Liana B. Trombley


After a brief illness, Mrs. Victoria E. Mead, whose maiden name was Trombley, departed this life at her home in Petersburg, early Wednesday morning, May 14, 1919. She was born August 27th, 1848 on the farm now owned by her brother, Louis Trombley, within one mile of Petersburg. She was one of a few of her age, 70 years, 8 mos and 17 days, who spent all her life in this township where she was born. Mrs. Mead thus had the honor of being a continous pioneer resident.

On Feb 6, 1878 she was united in marriage to George E. Mead and to this union were born five children, two sons and three daughters. Of these, three survive their mother: Mrs I. Jay Osgood of Petersburg; Mrs. George N. Bell, Jr. of Pittsburgh, PA, and George J Mead of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mrs. Mead also leaves two grandchildren (James George Housman and Elizabeth Victoria Bell) and three brothers (Jerome, William, and Louis Trombley), numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends to mourn her loss. The last sad rites in honour of the departed were held at her home Friday, May 16, at 1:30pm. Among the out-of-town friends and relatives who were in attendance at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. George N. Bell, Jr of Pittsburgh, PA; Mr. and Mrs. George J. Mead of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; I. J. Osgood of Toledo; Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Mead of Manitou Beach, Mich; Mr. and Mrs. Leon Mead and son and Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Mead of Toledo; Mrs. Oliver Dushane, Mrs. Frank Rhinehart, Mrs. Floyd Kirwin and Miss Carrie Trombley of Detroit; Mrs. C. V. Kennedy of Toledo; Mrs. John Kirwin of Deerfield; Mr. and Mrs. Chas Mead, Ira Coon and Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Wadsworth of Dundee; Mr. and Mrs. George (rest of xerox gone). ... Victoria Trombly, daughter of Lewis who was born about 1848/49 in Monroe County was the wife of George Mead and mother of Madge who married Mr. Housman and had one son Jimmy; Bess who married Mr. Bell; and George Mead, Jr.

Marshall, MI Chronicle (Front Page) | Thursday, March 26, 1942
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2011)

Adna VanArman passed away yesterday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, at his farm home in Lee Township. Tho in poor health for some time, his actual illness had been of short duration.

Born August 12, 1863, in Lee township, he had spent most of his life in that vicinity. He was the son of Merritt and Elizabeth VanArman. His wife Minnie, preceded him in death in 1910.

Surviving are a son, Walter, at home, two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Rakoske of Lee Township and Mrs. Pearlie Kellogg of Olivet, one sister, Clara Shope of Marshall, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren, also several nieces and nephews.

The remains were taken to the Kelser Funeral Home, where services will be held, Saturday afternoon, at 2:00 o'clock, with the Rev. Harry W. Statver officiating. Interment will be in Johnson cemetery, in Marengo township

Battle Creek Enquirer (MI) | Monday Dec 4, 1922
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2012)

Bornt Vant Zant, 86 years old died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sarah Townsend, 77 Cleveland street, Saturday evening at 8 o’clock. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Townsend at whose home he died and Mrs. Minnie Powell, also of this city; two sons, J.O. Van Zant and O.C. Van Zant both of Marshall.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the residence of J.C. Van Zant, 714 South Marshall avenue in Marshall. Burial will be made in Oakridge Cemetery.

Battle Creek Enquirer | April, 1983
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2011)

Marshall - Arthur C. Wagner, 91, of 18202 20-Mile Road, Lee Township, died Monday in Leila Hospital in Battle Creek. He had been ill three weeks.

He was born in Lee Township and was a lifelong township resident. He farmed until his retirement at the age of 66.

He is survived by two grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Oakridge Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Court-Putnam Funeral Home.

Note: Arthur died April 18, 1983.

Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2011)

Mrs. Emily VanZant was born in Marengo township, Calhoun County, Michigan, September 5, 1842, and passed on, August 23, 1901, being about fifty-nine years of age. Her maiden name was Wagner she being married to Bornt VanVant, November 4, 1860. Into this home came two daughters and two sons. Of the once seventeen members of the Wagner family, only two sisters and a brother remain to mourn this one’s departure.

Mrs. VanZant has resided in this city for almost twenty years. She had a loving and friendly spirit. She was conscious to the last. She will be greatly missed as a wife, a mother, a sister, a neighbor, and a friend. But those who miss her may make that missing as the more than golden steps of love in that eternal stairway over which God’s angels go and come and bring heaven and the heavenly so near.

Note: Laid to rest at Oakridge Cemetery - Calhoun Co., MI

The Olivet, Michigan Optic | January 11, 1912
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2011)

Mr. John Wagner passed away this morning about five o’clock at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Orion Walker, of Lee. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 10 o’clock fast time from the home and the remains will be taken to Oak Ridge cemetery, Marshall, for burial. The deceased passed his 93rd birthday on January 3rd and was the oldest person in Calhoun County. He leaves two sons, one of whom resides at Ceresco and one in Battle Creek. We hope next week to give a sketch of his life.


The Evening Statesman | January 12, 1912
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2011)

John Wagner of Lee township, one of the pioneers of Calhoun county, and thought by many to be the oldest resident of this county, died at the home of his grand daughter, Mrs. William* Walker near Garfield lake in Lee township on Thursday morning. He recently celebrated his ninety-third birthday.

Coming to Michigan when a mere lad, he lived at various places, among them being Pewamo and Marshall. Two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Townsend of Marshall and Mrs. Elizabeth Van Arman of Lee survive Mr. Wagner and two sons, Frank of Marshall township and Silas Wagner of Battle Creek. The Rev. Frank Long will officiate at the funeral, which will take place from the home on Saturday at 10:00 o'clock.

Note: *Should read Orion Walker.; Burial at Oakridge Cemetery


The Olivet, Michigan Optic | January 18, 1912
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2011)

John Wagner, whose death on January 11th was mentioned last week, was born in Cayuga County, New York, January 3rd, 1819.

At the age of 16 years he immigrated with his parents to Michigan. There was a large family of 15 children and they came by boat there being no railroads at that time. Buying a yoke of oxen at Detroit, the family rode by wagon and this team to Marshall, Calhoun County. The parents bought a farm in Marengo township. Mr. Wagner remained with his parents until he became of age, assisting them in clearing the land and building a house.

When he left home he purchased a farm of 80 acres in South Lee which he owned until 1884 and where he lived except two years spent in Corunna and two in Marshall. After selling the above farm, he purchased another in Garfield district where he resides with his granddaughter, Mrs. Orion Walker, and from which home the funeral was held Saturday morning.

October 12th, 1857, the deceased was married to Sophronia Rhodes, and four children blessed their union, Franklin, John, Reuben and Estella, only one of whom is now living, Franklin Wagner of Ceresco.

Mrs. Wagner died August 12, 1864, and on July 16th, 1865, Mr. Wagner married Eliza Starks. Two children were born to them, one dying in infancy and one at the age of six years. In 1879 he was married again to Delia Matthews. Two children born to this union survive him, Silas and Belle both residing at Battle Creek.

Mr. Wagner united with Christ Church some 40 years ago and remained a faithful member and believer till his death. He was a staunch democrat in politics and while residing in Olivet last year came to the polls alone at the spring election and voted unaided at the voting machine.

Note: Laid to rest at Oakridge Cemetery in Marshall, Calhoun Co., MI

The Olivet, Michigan Optic | June 03, 1897
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2011)

Mrs. Lucina A.Wagner died at her home in the Garfield district Friday, May 28th after an illness of only four days.  She leaves two children and a husband to mourn her loss.  She was born in Lee Township, April 18th 1860, and was married to John S. Wagner June 6th 1875.  The funeral was held Sunday and the remains laid to rest in the Townsend Cemetery, east of Marshall.

Note: Laid to rest at Townsend Cemetery in Marshall, Calhoun Co., MI

The Battle Creek, MI Enquirer | Friday, April 20, 1979
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2011)

Marshall – Mrs. Martha (Wagner) Sweet, 86, of 22016 M Drive N, died at her home Thursday. She had been ill two months.

She was born on a farm at the M Drive address in Lee Township and had resided there throughout her life. She and her husband, Floyd Sweet, farmed the property until his death in 1973.

She formerly was a 4-H club leader and a member of the Rice Creek Ladies Aid Society, the Striped School Klatter Klub and the Calhoun County Extension Services.

Surviving are daughters, Mrs. George (Jessie) Baker and Mrs. Clarence (Lois) Langridge, both of Marshall; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Court-Putnam Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the Rice Creek Church.

Note: Laid to rest at Townsend Cemetery in Marshall, Calhoun Co., MI

The Argus Press, Owosso, MI | August 12, 1954
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2012)

Byron Services For Antrim Man

Ralph F. Wagner, 71, died yesterday evening at his home on Beard Road in Antrim Township. The immediate cause of death was a heart condition from which he suffered from the past four years.

The body will rest in the Lewis Small Mortuary in Byron. Services will be at the funeral home Saturday at 2 p.m. Rev. John W. Germaine will conduct the service. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery.

Mr. Wagner was born at Marshall on February 2, 1883. He was a child of Frank and Anna Wagner. He married Bertha Sturgis in 1902. They resided in Parma before they moved here nine months ago, was a mechanic by trade.

Surviving are his wife, Bertha; one daughter, Mrs. Irene Kelly of Pennsylvania and one son, Leland, of Oscoda. A son, Carl preceded him in death. Also surviving are six grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Helen Goodman and Mrs. Mary Poole of Battle Creek; and three brothers, Ira of Hale, Ed of Jackson and Floyd of Fenton.

The Battle Creek, Michigan Enquirer | April 2/3, 1965
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2011)

Mrs. Ruth Gunter, 54, of 266 Waubascon Road, an employee of the OK Laundry since 1954, died Friday evening at a Battle Creek hospital where she had been a patient since Tuesday. She was born in Battle Creek, a daughter of Silas and Ora (Leib) Wagner, and attended Battle Creek schools. She also attended the Bible Holiness Seminary in Owosso for one year. Her first husband, Jack Hambright of Decatur, Ill., to whom she was married on April 6, 1932, died in January of 1937, and her marriage to George Hamden in Marshall on September 18, 1939, ended in divorce. On February 27, 1960, she married Luther Gunter of Alpine, Tenn., who survives.

Note: Laid to rest at Oakridge Cemetery - Marshall, Calhoun Co., MI

The Evening Chronicle | January 31, 1919

Sarah E., daughter of James and Sarah Wagner, was born in the township of Marengo, Calhoun county, Michigan, Sept. 25, 1840. She resided with her parents until on Feb 21, 1860, she was united in marriage to Gideon Townsend, a well known farmer of the same township. They were a very devoted couple. On July 22, 1882 Mr. Townsend fell while drawing grain and was severely injured. A week later he passed to the great beyond. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Townsend continued to live for awhile in Marengo township, and later coming to Marshall. In the early winter of 1894, she purchased a lot in Exchange street and commenced the erection of a house thereon. It was completed and she took possession on April 24, 1895. A nephew, O. C. Van Zandt, has lived there with his aunt for over twenty years. About ten weeks ago her health began to fail and she went to make a visit with a niece, Mrs. C.D. Townsend, 77 Cleveland street, Battle Creek. She gradually failed, and on Jan 19th passed peacefully away at the age of 78 years, 3 months and 24 days.

Mrs. Townsend was one of a large family, she having nine brothers and five sisters, all of whom passed on before her.

The funeral was held from Oakridge chapel Wednesday, Jan 22nd, and was very largely attended. Floral offerings were profuse and beautiful. She had many relative and a wide circle of friends who will mourn her passing.

Note: Laid to rest at Oakridge Cemetery - Marshall, Calhoun Co., MI

The Battle Creek, Michigan Enquirer | October 18, 1958
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2011)

Silas P. Wagner, 78, of Marengo village, died at 8 a.m. today in Oaklawn Hospital here where he had been a patient for one week. Mr. Wagner was born January 9, 1880, in Lee Township, son of John and Adelia (Walker) Wagner. He was married to Ora Mae Leib on June 11, 1904, in Battle Creek. She died in 1932. On October 18, 1934, he was married to Anna Hoaglin, who survives. Mr. Wagner was for a number of years a steam fitter at the Michigan Carton Co. plant in Battle Creek. He had lived in Marengo the last seven years. In addition to Mr. Wagner, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. George (Ruth) Hamden of 276 E. Michigan ave., Battle Creek; a step-son, Clarence Hoaglin of Albion; a sister, Mrs. Belle Hoffman, and a half-sister, Mrs. Cleo Dempsey, both of Battle Creek.

Note: Laid to rest at Oakridge Cemetery - Marshall, Calhoun Co., MI

Oscoda, MI Press | Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1976
Contributed by Steve Shaffer (2012)

Dr. D. E. Wagoner Final Rites Read

Oscoda - Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon for Dr. Darwin E. Wagoner, 76, who died September 1 at Tawas St. Joseph’s Hospital after being stricken a short time earlier while attending an Oscoda Kiwanis Club meeting.

A resident of Oscoda since 1958, he was scheduled to become a president of the Oscoda club October 1.

Born November 12, 1899, in Wayne, he served in the United States Marine Corps in World War I and during World War II was a flight surgeon with the United States Air Force. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and his master’s degree, with a major in mathematics, from the University of Detroit.

Dr. Wagoner was a graduate of the Wayne School of Medicine and had been a practicing physician for 41 years. He first came to this area in 1947 when he opened a practice in Lincoln, then in 1958 moved to Oscoda where he was joined in the practice of medicine by his son-in-law, Dr. W. F. Blake Kutsche.

In addition to being a member of the Oscoda Kiwanis Club, Dr. Wagoner was a member of the Lincoln Masonic Lodge a charter member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the Oscoda United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice, a son, Alan of Utah, two daughters, Mrs. William F. (Joyce) Kutsche, and Mrs. Thomas (Carol) Wagner of Indiana; one sister, nine grandchildren, and one great grandson.

The Rev. James E. Smith officiated at the funeral which was held at the Oscoda United Methodist Church with members of the Oscoda Kiwanis Club serving as pallbearers and honor guard. Burial was in Twin Lakes Cemetery in Lincoln. Arrangements were by the W. S. Bennett Funeral Home.

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