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Leslie E. Alleger * Reuben C. Ames * Dale G. Armstrong * Lola B. Ashley * Bert Auten


Leslie E. ALLEGER

Hillsdale (MI) Daily News, Sept. 6, 2001, pg. 2

Leslie E. ALLEGER
of Pittsford, Hillsdale, Michigan
born 15 June 1911 - Ransom, Hillsdale, Michigan
died 04 September 2001 - Hillsdale, Hillsdale, Michigan
burial 07 September 2001 - Leonardson Cemetery, Pittsford, Hillsdale, Michigan
Father - William Weldon ALLEGER & Mother - Ada R. SHAFFER
Married - 06 July 1935 in North Adams, Hillsdale, Michigan.
Survived by his wife; 2 sons ; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Submitter: John Silbernagel with addition of "spurious issue" (me and 2 of the 4 grandchildren).

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Reuben C. AMES

Litchfield Gazette, Litchfield, Michigan, Thursday, January 20, 1916

Death of Aged Pioneer
Reuben C. AMES died in Massilon, O., at the home of his daughter, Linda AMES KING, Wednesday, January 12, 1916. He was born in Pottsdam, N. Y., November 6, 1819.
When 18 years of age he came to Michigan, and was one of the pioneers of Hillsdale county. In 1843 he was united in marriage with Julia Ruth PARDEE, of Wadsworth, Ohio.
He was the father of eight children, the surviving ones being: Mrs. James SMITH, Pomona, Cal.; Mrs. Helen A. GIBB, Adrian, Mich.; Mrs. Charlotte MOORE, Los Angeles, Cal.; Mrs. Linda C. KING, Massilon, O; Mrs. Della R. SHERWOOD, Kansas City, Mo.
After taking up his residence in Hillsdale county, he bought a farm in Litchfield township, on which he resided for 56 years, when he sold and lived a short time in Reading and Jonesville.
After selling out there he spent the rest of his time with his daughters, going to California first, where he remained until 1910, returning to Adrian, where he lived until death broke up the home of Mrs. GIBB. He then went to the home of Mrs. KING, where he passed the remaining years of his life peacefully.
During the California gold fever in 1852 Mr. AMES drove overland a team of horses he had raised, but on the long and tedious journey he contracted fever and ague, and only remained one year, returning by water, making the short cut across the Panama isthmus, being one of the first to take advantage of the new railroad, paying 10 cents per mile and reshipping at Colon.
Mr. AMES was of English descent, his ancestor, Samuel AMES, being one of the first settlers of Massachusetts. His grandfather served in the Revolutionary war, and his father in the war of 1812. The remains were brought by rail to Allen Friday and interred in Todd Town cemetery, beside his first wife, where a short burial service was held at the grave.

Submitter: Elaine Bennett-Sharp

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Dale G. ARMSTRONG

Unknown - Pittsford Area Newspaper - April 1968

D. Armstrong Dies at Center
PITTSFORD
- Dale G. Armstrong, 52 Died Wednesday (March 28) - Hillsdale Community Health Center
Born - Pittsford, May 21, 1915, son of Sebring and Pearl Gould Armstrong.
Life-long resident of Pittsford area; employed at Clark Equipment Co. in Jackson.
Member of Pittsford Wesleyan Methodist Church; F & AM Lodge 93 of Osseo.
Survived by: Widow, the former Gladys Flowers; Stepdaughters Miss Mae Stockford (Pittsford), Mrs. Grace Wisner (Detroit); Sons Richard (Crane, Ind.), Robert (Pittsford); Stepsons Marion Stockford (Pittsford), Gerald Stockford (Pittsford); Sister Mrs. Anna Bastien (Pittsford); stepbrother Clare MacArthur (Grand Ledge); 19 grandchildren.
Funeral Saturday in Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson.
Rev. Max Allen officiating with burial in Leonardson Cemetery (Pittsford) with Masonic graveside services.

NOTE: Clare McArthur was actually Dale's first cousin, raised as his brother by Pearl and Sebring Armstrong from the time Clare was 18 months of age.

Submitter: Pat McArthur

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Lola B. ASHLEY

Hillsdale Standard, May 23, 1882, page 4

ASHLEY - Lola B. Ashley died May 18, 1882, at the residence of her mother, in the township of Woodbridge, aged 26 years and five months, with consumption, which she bore with Christian fortitude and patience worthy of limitation. Lola died in the triumph of that Christian faith that is always sure to lift the soul above this world's care and wretchedness, and as the time grew near for the dissolution of soul and body her faith grew stronger, clinging closer to the cross as she neared the river, and in trying to comfort her dear mother in the affliction, she exclaimed, in the presence of the writer, "ma, it is all right. Only a little while, only a little while and I will be with pa. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, only a little while, ma." At another time, a few moments before she departed, her mother was weeping, and Lola looked up, saying, "ma, don't cry, I am only going home" Bidding them all good bye, she quietly departed to her glorious rest, leaving an evidence as a legacy to her friends that indeed "precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Her friends have the heart-felt sympathy of the entire community, where Lola lived her entire life time. She was born within one-fourth of a mile of where she died.

Submitter: Pat McArthur

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Bert AUTEN

Reading Hustler, Hillsdale Co., Michigan, 12 January 1910, p.1.

Accidentally Killed.U.S. Army Sergeant Home on Furlough Shoots Himself While Out Hunting Rabbits.
Shortly before noon last Saturday Bert AUTEN, a young man whose home was at Montgomery, was fatally injured while hunting rabbits near that village in company with his brother. They were in a huckleberry marsh at the time and in some unknown manner the gun that Bert was carrying was discharged, though probably by the hammer striking on a bush. The full charge struck him in the stomach and passed entirely through the body, coming out at the side of the spine, making an awful wound.
The frantic brother was unable to do anything alone as the marsh was thick with bushes and he ran to the road, a short distance away, and called two men who were passing. The unfortunate man was carried to the home of his father-in-law, Zan BURROUGHS, and physicians hastily summoned from Montgomery and Camden, but he was beyond human aid and died twelve hours after the accident, being concious until death came.
Deceased was 30 years of age and for the past nine years had been a soldier in the regular army, being attached to Co. A. of the 17th U.S. infantry. He had seen service in both the Phillipines and in Cuba and had won the chevrons of a sergeant for faithful and meritorious service. His regiment has been garrisoned at Fort McPherson, Georgia, the past year, and a few weeks ago he returned to his native land on a ninety day furlough.
A very sad feature of the accident was that the young man had been married but two weeks, his bride being Miss Hazel BURROUGHS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zan BURROUGHS, and they expected to leave soon to make their home in Georgia. He is survived by his wife, two brothers and a sister, his parents both being dead. The accident occurred but a few rods from the spot where Frank SHAUB, a young married man, was killed in a similar manner last winter.
Funeral services were held yesterday forenoon at the U.B. church in Mongomery, conducted by Rev. Geo. SEIPLE. He was buried in the Camden cemetery with military honors, six members of the Reading military company, in uniform, acting as pallbearers, and the company bugler sounded taps as the soldier boy was lowered to his long rest.

Submitter: Nancy Nally

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