Relating to Newaygo County
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Fred Hodges dies at Grand Rapids.
Fred Hodges died at Grand Rapids Friday night after an illness of a year's duration. Fred formerly was in business at Hungerford, when Capt. Ives operated a mill down there. Afterwards he lived in this city for a time.
July 22, 1885
The dead body of Henry Dorman was found in an old log house about a mile from Hungerford last Saturday, by some children who were out berrying. He had been on a spree since the 4th, and called at a saloon in Hungerford on Saturday morning and took what proved to be his last drink. Relatives of his are said to reside at Kalamazoo and Twin Lakes, and in the State of New York. He used to run an engine on a passenger train on the D.G.H. & M. railroad.
Big Rapids Pioneer
10 August 1882
Alexander Dalziel, the father of John, James and Benjamin Dalziel, of Green Township, this county, and Susan Dalziel and Mrs. Henry Barton, of Big Prairie, on the 1st day of August, 1882, in the eighty-third year of his age. Mr. Dalziel was a native of Wishaw, Scotland, and emigrated to this country over 50 years ago. He removed to Michigan when it was a territory, settling near Pontiac. He afterwards removed to Ionia county, and subsequently to Big Prairie, Newaygo county. He was one of the early Pioneers of the Muskegon Valley, having lived here upwards of 30 years, and was known among the early settlers as "Uncle Alex." He was sick but a few days, and when the dread messenger came he passed away as quietly as if dropping to sleep. His age was 82 years and 4 months.
At her home on Big Prairie, June 1, 1886, Reliance Barton, wife of Hon. James Barton, aged 72 years.
In February 1850, the deceased and her husband settled on Big Prairie where they have since resided, and been identified with the growth of thie township and county.
Of Massachusetts parentage, Mrs. B. exemplified in her life the sterling qualities of the Puritan, without any of the asperity usually connected with that name. A woman of rare intellect, with a heart ever alive to the wants of humanity, she has for more than thirty-five years ministered thereto, and her most enduring monument will be the love of a large circle of neighbors and friends whose homes she has often blessed with her helpfulness and sympathy. The sick and suffering ever found in her a friend and ready helper, for hers was a practical christianity, known and read in her good works. What more can we say of the departed who to-day will be laid tenderly at rest where her life work was accomplished? To the aged husband who will most keenly feel her loss, we extend our deepest sympathy and trust that his remaining years may be full of peace. The sons and daughters who mourn a devoted, christian mother may well be comforted by the thought that "their loss is her gain," for the cares and trials of life below are merged in the peace of the eternal years.
Big Rapids Pioneer
10 July 1883
No death ever occurred in this vicinity that awakened so profound grief as that of Mrs. Higbee. To her gentle serene, Christian character was added a most benevolent and thoughtful activity for the poor and suffering around her. She was born in Owego, N.Y., in 1827, and in 1847 professed religion and was baptised by Rev. Philetus B. Peck, pastor of the Baptist church of Owego. In 1853, Mr. and Mrs. Higbee came to Michigan and began the struggle of life in the wilds of Newaygo county, where, by great industry and perserverence, they amassed an ample fortune. They had resided in their present home only four years, and a more beautiful one is not to be found in Mecosta County.
Mrs. Higbee leaves a devoted husband and an adopted son and daughter to mourn her loss, as well as aged parents, residing with her at the time of her death, also a large circle of relatives and friends. She was at our village on Tuesday, and died on Saturday. Thus suddenly was she called away. A beautiful casket enclosed her mortal remains, and a large profusion of flowers, as well as the large attendance, attested how well she was beloved. Among the floral offerings we noticed the following: Lyre and star, harp, wreath, pillow and broken column. These were all beautifully wrought with white lilies and daisies, tube roses, carnations and immortelles. The broken column was the gift of Mr. & Mrs. Hughes, of Morley. A beautiful bouquet of various flowers was also presented by Mrs. G.H. Segar, of Big Rapids. The bereaved family have the sympathy of a very large circle of admiring friends.
6 February 1902
John D. Champion Dead.
Dr. L.S. Griswold received a message this morning stating that Mr. Champion had passed away and that the funeral would be held Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. Champion was well known to many of our people, having lived at White Cloud for many years, and was formerly engaged in the lumbering business. He was born at Vance, Ohio, Nov. 30, 1847.
He was a member of the local chapter of royal arch masons, and of Pilgrim Commandery, Knights Templar and will be buried with knightly honors, the members of the commandery will leave on the afternoon train for White Cloud where the funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon.
Excerpts from the White Cloud Eagle
Thursday, July 13, 1950
Extracted and submitted by: Linda T.
By Mrs. E. Stevens
Karen Bachalder, of Grand Rapids, has been staying with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lew Horton, the past week, while her parents are on a vacation trip through the south.
Amos Brad, of White Cloud, called on Earl Stevens, Wednesday afternoon.
A good many from this community attended the Fourth of July celebration at White Cloud.
Fern Stevens and Burnetta Kimmel called on Margrett Johnson, Thursday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Penland and son Juniour were in Fremont, Wednesday.
Deliah Martin called on Fern Stevens, Friday morning.
Mrs. and Mrs. Vernon Hoyes, of Muskegon, called on their sister, Mrs. E. Etevens and family, Sunday. Mrs. Stevens returned home with them for a few days. Other callers of the day were Mrs. and Mrs. Amos Brad, Lew, Ed and Ray Horton and Eugene Bachalder and daughter.
Sunday callers at Wesley Penland’s home were: Mrs. and Mrs. David Penland, of Grandville, and Mr. and Mrs. Willard Stevens, of Newaygo, Mrs. Carroll Penland and girl friend and children of Muskegon.
By Mrs. J. Elwell
The Ladies Aid met with Mrs. Wesley Larkin at Croton Heights, Wednesday afternoon, with a very good attendance. A nice meeting and lunch was enjoyed by all present. It will meet July 19th with Mrs. Ray Montgomery.
Don Myers, who is working near West Branch, spent the week-end here with his family.
Mrs. and Mrs. Guy Elwell, of Barton township, called Wednesday at the home of his brother Justin.
Miss Olive Baessler visited last week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Souter in Grand Rapids.
Josh Clark, of Paris, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Clark and Mrs. H. Howell of Goodwell, and Justin Elwell went to Ann Arbor, Wednesday night, being called there by the serious illness of Loren Elwell. He is slightly improved at present. He is a patient at University hospital.
Mrs. and Mrs. Earl Ronning were Grand Rapids visitors, Wednesday.
William Kent, of E. Big Prairie, is helping Albert Baessler with haying.
Delores Thompson, who has been living at the Martin Perry home for the past few weeks, left last week for her home in Lansing.
PEOPLES BAPTIST CHURCH
by Mrs. George Higgins
The Home department met at the home of Mrs. J. Stokes, Sunday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hudson are the proud parents of a 9lb 13 oz. baby boy, born Thursday, June 229, at Gerber hospital in Fremont. He will answer to the name of Don Ross Hudson.
Willie Webb and a friend of Mr. Webb’s of East Chicago, Ind., spentt he week-end and Fourth of July with his family.
Rev. and Mrs. J. A. Sausey and family of Caruthersville, Mo., are visiting Mr. and Mrs. George Higgins. Rev. Causey went back home but his family stayed over for the cherry harvest.
George Higgins was home over the week-end from Remus where he has employment.
Jeff Stokes, of Detroit, spent a week with his mother, Mrs. J. Stokes.
Mrs. G. W. Mc Coy left Sunday for Mississippi for a three months’ stay.
We are glad to report Nick Haliburton and John Williams are feeling fine.
George Harris and Harding Lane of Muskegon spent the Fouth of July with friends in White Cloud.
Mrs. Stewart of Baldwin was a visitor at the church Sunday. Come again, visitors are always welcome.
By Agnes Riley
Mr. and Ms. Fred Vander Perel, of Grand Rapids, who are staying at their cottage for a week, had Mrs. Hazel Van houtum and son, Richard, and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald De Fouw and family, of Grand Rapids, as their guests.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Phelps, of Sparta, are spending 10 days at their cottage.
Mrs. Margaret Satteim spent last Thursday in Grand Rapids.
Dave Leenhouts have bought the George Nota cottage on the West Shore of Diamond lake, next to Menold’s resort. He plans to remodel for a year-around home.
Mrs. Carl Love and Mrs. Richard Luther were in Muskegon, Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. James Liddle and son Thomas and wife, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., are vacationing at Diamond lake for a week.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Paulson, of Muskegon, have their trailer parked at Menold’s resort. They plan to stay the rest of the season.
Roger Vaughn has gone to Grand Rapids, where he has employment. He will move his family as soon as he can find a place to live.
Dave Engelsma and Jum Andrews are spending a few days at the Messer cottage.
Mr. and Mrs. Emil Sattem’s Sunday guests were, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Stersic, of Kalamazoo.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Oberle have sold their tavern in Hammond, Ind., and are moving to Michigan to live.
Mrs. Bob Bunger, from Hammond, Ind., is visiting Mrs. M. Oberle for a week.
Mr. and Mrs. Julian Trapp, Mr and Mrs. Don Trapp, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Van Dyke and Ben Van Dyke, Mr. and Mrs. Sumner Menold, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Oberle and Mrs. Bob Bunger had a fish dinner together, Sunday, at Oberle’s Manor.
Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Kritsch and family, of Hammond, Ind., are vacationing at Diamond lake.