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1874, The Ludington Appeal

Friday, Jan. 2, 1874

Had a story of a 17 year old white boy being scalped and burned alive by Kiowa Indians.

No deaths reported

Friday, Jan. 9, 1874 On Mon. Jan. 5, 1873 new court house was dedicated.

Fri. Jan. 16 1873

Death of Mrs. W.T. Kinsey On Tuesday last, Clara Kimsey, Wife of Wm. T. Kimsey, passed away. She died about 9 o’clock.

Mrs. Kimsey was born in Allegan County, State of New York. Would have been 28 years of age on the 9th day of April next, and was one of a family of six children. Though suffering for the past seven years from ill health she kept up and was about to within a few days before he decease. Her early life was spent in Allegan County, New York. Soon after coming to Michigan she married Mr. William T. Kimsey, her present husband, which occurred in July 1861.

At this period of war coming on and Mr. Kinsey entering the army, they were separated from each other five years. Mr. Kimsey now getting his discharge and returning home, they again commenced living together; soon thereafter, Mr. Kimsey being printer, purchased the material for a printing office and established the Iona Standard, a newspaper which is being now published at Iona. Mrs. Kimsey, who was then in poor health though full of ambition to attain prosperity and success joined her husband in the enterprise, and here by close application and steady perseverance, soon became an excellent compositor, and which pursuit, she from choice continued to follow till only a short period before he death.

She come from Iona to Ludington with her husband, little over a year ago. She was then rapidly falling, but by change of climate and the fresh air which is here continually arising from the lake, she appeared for a time to improve, even so much so, that she was of the opinion she would again enjoy good health, but her disease being consumption, was flattering, yet in the end took her away. To the last, her mind was calm and serene. She expressed faith in her Redeemer, said that her Redeemer lived, and in going hence all would be well. Such from a departing friend, who in but a few hours will enter the tomb, is good news to hear.

Mrs. Kimsey, was at all times an upright and conscientious Christian; and thus, calmly and sweetly passed from among the living. She leaves sisters, brothers, and a large circle of friends that deeply feel her loss, but upon her family, the husband , and little son of only six years of age, the blow falls as a a crushing weight and though the soothing influence of time and the sympathy of friend s may soften and slay their grief yet, the amiable wife the good, and Christian mother, is gone. Nevertheless, the memory of the many virtues that so distinguished a illuminated her life will be to them a priceless heritage.

The funeral of the deceased took place at the house at 12 o’clock yesterday, and the corpse was taken to Waterloo City, Indiana, for burial.

Friday, Jan. 23, 1874 No deaths reported

Friday, Jan. 30, 1874 No deaths reported.

No papers available for February

Friday, Mar. 6, 1874 No deaths Reported

Mar. 13, 1874 Letter to the editor to move library to center town from Lake shore . No deaths reported.

Mar. 20, 1874 The Wife of Mr. R. Davidson, who had been stopping with Mr. John Davidson lost her little child on yesterday morning. The child had been sick for some time and its death was daily expected.

March 27, 1873 No deaths reported

April 3, 1874

A Man named McGrath dies at James Danaher’s house last Sunday. His remains were taken across the lake for burial.

April 10, 1874

On Monday afternoon, of the 6th, between the hours of three and four o’clock, Mrs. Johanna Torney, wife of Henry Torney, departed this life at her residence in this city. It is with inexpressible sadness that we announce the death of this pious and estimable lady. The blow was sudden and unexpected, and fell heavy upon her husband and friends and the church of which from her infancy she was a member Mrs. Torney was only 24 years at the age at the time of her death, and being generally in the enjoyment of good health, gave promise that her useful an exemplary life might be prolonged and many years, has alas she at an early age was taken from among the living.

At an early hour on Monday, she told her husband, the Rev. Mr. Torney, that her time of departure had come, that in a short time she should die. She wished as soon as possible to have administered to her the sacrament which was done, she then expressed herself at being and happy and ready to go In the afternoon as stated above, she died in perfect tranquility without a struggle, thus, Mrs. Johanna Torney in the morning of her life, sweetly and calmly passed from earth to heaven.

She had been married to Mr. Torney two years, she leaves an infant of only a few days old. The most and all we can say is that a good Christian woman has gone to that bourne from which no traveler returns, wherefore, let us say peace to her ashes and may her goodness be imitated by the living. The funeral was held at the Lutheran Church, at 10 o’clock, a.m. on Wednesday last. The final scene was most solemn and effecting, tears glistened in the eyes of all present.

May 1, 1874 A Sad Affair

We regret to announce that on Thursday night of last week an Indian was shot by the City Marshal, Levi B. Wightman. One would think there were evils enough in the world without the increasing them, and that life is sufficiently short without shaking the sands that measures it. Nevertheless, it appears that Mr. Wightman was perfectly justifiable in shooting the Indian, for had he not done so, his own life would probably have paid the forfeit.

The facts in the case are as follows: The Marshal on the afore hand night, between the hours of 11 and 12 o’clock, tried to arrest three Indians south of the Hanson House for being drunk and disorderly. One of them determined he would not be arrested and drawing a knife from his belt made for the Marshal, he seeing the knife, and to escape injury, walked backward,keeping his face toward his would be murder, but he had only taken a few steps before he fell backward over a log the Indian with the drawn knife being close upon him .

Mr. Whightman and unable to make a further retreat drew his revolver and shot him twice, one balling entering his breast and the other penetrated his skull and lodged in the brain; he fell with his knife in his hand and was taken to t he lockup, where in about eighteen hours he died. The body on Sunday was taken to Indian town and delivered to the Indians.

The two Indians taken with the one that was shot were put upon trial for being drunk and disorderly, were found guilty and fined, and on payment of which were set at liberty.

May 8, 1874

George Lacy while working on the gang at E.B. Ward’s south mill Thursday forenoon, was struck by a board that had passed through the edger, but catching on the top of the food feed roller was thrown back thirty feet, striking Mr. Lacy and shoving him against the skid that leads from one of the circulars to the Gang, breaking his right leg and mutilating it so that the Doctor thinks it will iave to be amputated. Drs. Dundess & Bros. are attending to him. Since the above was in type we are told by the Dr. that he survived about three hours after the amputation of his limb.

On Tuesday last, a man going by the name of Frank Taylor working at Sweet & Taylor’s mill was accidentally killed. The particulars we give from the jury who were upon the inquest. They state under oath that he came to his death ”by means of a wound inflicted in his left breast by accidentally running upon the sharp end of a pike, an instrument used for handling and moving logs while tin the water. “ The deceased gave his name as Frank Taylor, and he was known at the mill by this name, but letters and papers found in his possession since his death prove his real name to be Floyd F. Tiehender. His mother and probably his wife were living at Newark, New Jersey, at the time the letters were written, which was in 1865 – 7, and they were directed to him at Chicago. It for some cause seems that our mills this week are very unfortunate , for we have had to chronicle several severe accidents.

Friday, May 15, 1874 Frontpage…The Revised Constitution!

Friday, May 22, 1874 No deaths reported

June 5, 1874 No deaths reported

June 12, 1874 No Deaths reported

Friday, June 19, 1874 No deaths reported

No more papers this year


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