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Jan. 8, 1885 No deaths reported
Jan. 15, 1885 Nothing
Jan 29, 1885
Miss Lena Hengstler, about thirty five years old, died at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Albert Vogel, and was buried on Tuesday last. The lady had been suffering from a complication of diseases for some weeks.
Feb. 5, 1885 No deaths reported
Feb. 12, 1885 Typhoid a problem in Hamlin
Feb. 19, 1885 Died, of typhoid pneumonia, at Hamlin on the 16th, inst., Mr. John W. Brenan, aged 32 years. He has been a resident of Mason Co., for 19 years; sixteen months ago was married to Miss E. F. Devy’s has made a happy home and has been much respected by all of his acquaintances for his noble, kind and industrious habits. How suddenly disease and death intercept our earthly prospects and half executed plans, teaching us lessons of wisdom; to be always on duty and ready to give an account of our stewardship. Mrs. Brenan in her sudden bereavement has the tender sympathy of her many friends at Hamlin and in Ludington. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. S.N. Hill at their residence on Wednesday afternoon attended by a large company of sympathizing friends.
A good deal of sickness in town; several cases of lung fever, one or two of measles and one of scarlet fever. Mr. Weidmer and Mr. White have each lost a child with in a few days.
Feb. 26, 1885
On last Sabbath morning, Feb. 22, Mrs. Henrietta Wing suddenly passed from this life, aged 78 years. She was born at New Milford, Conn., was married at the age of 34, and spent many years in the south west part of the state of New York. Her children are two sons and two daughters. Mr. C.G. Wing and Mrs. William Rosecranz are citizens of Ludington . Being a widow for several year, her home has been with her daughter, Mrs. Rosecranz.
She began her faithful Christian life in her youth, and has continued her membership in the Presbyterian church. Her active piety has shone in her home, the church, and benevolent labors; always ready in prayer and a constant student of the bible , reading it through yearly and as she desired, was reading it at the last moment, she simply bowered her head over the bible and was gone. Her life was fashioned by the gospel and her faith was firm. Her Christian record is engraved upon the hearts of her family as a choice memorial. The funeral services were attended at the residence of Mr. Rosecrans by a large number of friends, conducted by Revs. S.N. Hill and B. Morley, and the burial was in the city cemetery.
She rests in the assurance of resurrection, glory, and a blessed immortality.
Miss Emma, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.F. Spencer, of Hamlin died on the 19th inst. The family have been severely afflicted for several weeks past. Three other children have passed through a course of malarial fever. The funeral services were held on Saturday at their residence, conducted by Rev. S.N. Hill and the burial at Pentwater, their former home. A large number of their friends from the city attended the funeral thus expressing their sympathy with the afflicted. Miss Emma was of mature and interesting habits, and much beloved by her friends and companions.
March 5, 1885
Mr. J. K. Stark, of Victory, died yesterday.
Mr. and Mrs. Boyhew, of Hamlin, are mourning the loss of their only remaining child, Marcella, a bright intelligent girl, aged nine years and four months, who died Saturday, Feb. 28, of typho malarial fever. A large number of friends attended the funeral, which took place from the Roman Catholic church on Monday, March 2nd.
March 12, 1885
Mr. and Mrs. Christ Hansen of the Fourth ward have been greatly afflicted by the death of their youngest son, Willie Julius, who died of pneumonia aged 3 years. The services were conducted by Rev. S.N. Hill on Saturday p.m. attended by a large company of friends, who accompanied them to the cemetery, thus expressing their sympathy with the bereaved family.
On Friday last the funeral services of Mr. J.M. Starks were attended by a large congregation at Victory Corners, conducted by Rev. S.N. Hill. He has been a vigorous worker, industrious and social, endeavoring to make a happy home. His age was 57 years. Four adult children and his widow constitute the remaining family, who have the sympathy of their many friends.
Mar. 19, 1885 No deaths reported
March 26, 1885
We previously spoke of a birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Orville Baxter; it survived only six days. A large concourse of people attended the funeral services at the M.E. church, conducted by Rev. E.F. Newell, Sunday , March 8th.
April 2, 1885 No deaths reported
April 9, 1885 No deaths recorded
April 16, 1885
Died – on Sunday last, of diphtheria, a nine – year old son of Mr. and Mrs Michael Moore of Amber. Other children are sick with the same disease.
A young child of peter almquist of the 4th ward was buried this afternoon
April 23, 1885
Died – Sunday,. April 19th, Mrs. Martha A., wife of A.D. Brown . A funeral sermon, under the auspices of the Daughters of Rebecca Lodge. I.O.O.F. was preached at the M.E. church by Rev. Stark on Tuesday afternoon. The remains were yesterday taken to Hubbardston, Ionia Co., for interment.
The friends of the unfortunate Alfred Linn, who lost his life a few days ago by the caving of a well in which he was working, have secured subscriptions amounting to $100 and have purchased a lot in Fourth Ward. Ten men are at work to day giving free labor in erecting a house for the widow and four children whom he has left. More assistance is needed. If any of our readers feel disposed to donate a trifle to so good a cause, they can do so by leaving it with Mr. Milo Pearson, P.O. grocery, and subscribing their name to the list left there. Last Saturday afternoon, the infant daughter of Mrs. Reed, of Hamlin died of lung fever a the residence of Mr. William Allen and was buried Monday. Rev. J.K. Stark preached the funeral sermon. An accident ttat seriously maimed Mr. Reed, the father , has kept him confined to his bed in Nirvana for a long time.
Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Pelton – parents of Mrs. Reed, were in attendance at the funeral and together with their daughter wish to thank the many friends who lent valuable aid and extended generous sympathy to Mrs. Reed in her time of trouble.
Christ Hanson, a young man living in the Danish settlement, died suddenly last week. He was assisting in raising a barn, when it appears he was taken in a sudden fit and fell to the ground and when approached was found to be dead.
April 30, 1885
The funeral services of Mrs. Judson Wright were attended on last Sabbath by a large congregation of neighbors and friends at the Rickey schoolhouse, conducted by Rev. S.N. Hill. Mrs. Wright was formerly Miss Mary Rice of Amber. Mrs. Wright, soon after her marriage, eight years ago, settled in Chicago. She was 28 years of age, and leaves four children. Her death was sudden. This bereavement is very severe upon the husband , the mother, and two remaining sisters; and is deeply felt by a large circle of other relatives and friends. The anguish of sundered ties reveals how precious are the endearments of home.
May 7, 1885
W.S. Cooper, supervisor of Lincoln township, died at the residence of is brother, Mr. M. Wells, on Charles St. last Friday. Deceased had been ailing for some time though able to attend to business until about ten days before death. Having been a member of the F. & A.M. in good standing, the society turned out quite largely on Sunday morning and escorted the remains to the Congressional church where Rev. R.M. Keys preached a very appropriate sermon. At the close of the service the Fraternity headed by the Knights Templar Band marched to the cemetery where the deceased was consigned to his last resting place, with masonic honors.
May 14, 1885
Recently Mrs. Hanson, the mother of a family of five children died leaving them with an invalid father, to the care of the charitably inclined . A Sunday school class in the Congregational church, under the care of Mrs. R.R. Wheeler, undertook to raise a fund for the unfortunate family. Last evening the class gave a social at which ice cream and cake was served in the Congregational lecture room. It was attended by about one hundred people. A balloon ascension was an unusual feature of the occasion and attracted considerable attention. After rising to a height of several hundred feet it descended, was re-inflated and sent on its journey again triumphantly. The boys composing the class have been active in good works for some time, and deserve commendation. They have been taught to take a kindly interest in their more unfortunate neighbors and will become valuable citizens for life. The netted sum for Mr. Hansen was $21.55.
May 21, 1885
On Monday evening, Joseph Kellar who has been teaming for Taylor Bros., across the lake, left home in a boat to row to the city. The boat has been picked up in the lake and Mr. Kellar is supposed to have been drowned Update – June 18, 1885: Yesterday morning the body of Joseph Kellar was found floating near the Cartier Mill dock. It will be remembered that Mr. Keller disappeared on or about the 18th of May and was supposed to have been drowned. Coroner Levi Shackleton was notified of the finding of the body. The verdict rendered was to the effect that Joseph Kellar met his death by drowning through the accidental capsizing of the boar which was attempting to row across lake Pere Marquette. The funeral took place at 10 0’clock this morning. Since Mr. Keller disappeared, his wife , who was quite sick at the time has died. .
May 28, 1885
Mr. and Mrs. Ole Oleson took the remains of their only child to Manistee this morning for sepulcher. June 4, 1885
Mrs. Justus Kellog died last Friday and was buried on Sunday. Funeral services at the M.E. church conducted by Rev. J.K. Stark George W. Irving, for many years a resident of Ludington, but recently of Manistee, died in that city last Saturday, of Consumption. The remains were brought her on Tuesday morning, and escorted to the congregational church by members of the G.A.R. and the K. of H. society headed by the Merchant’s band. Rev. R.M. Keys preached a most excellent sermon for the occasion. Mr. Irving served three years in the cavalry service during the late rebellion and since the war has been a law-abiding, industrious citizen, of a friendly and most excellent disposition. The remains were taken to the cemetery at the conclusion of the funeral sermons and buried by the Knights of Honor accordance with the ritual of that society.
June 11, 1885 Nothing
June 18, 1885
In the Danish settlement, in Victory, on the 13th inst. Mr. W.D. Ingersoll, aged 26 years was instantly killed by a falling tree. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. S.N. Hill on Monday, at Victory Corners. Mr. Peter Loxen and family took charge of him and his burial, and the neighborhood showed their respect and sympathy in the hour of this sudden event.
June 25, 1885 No deaths reported
July 2, 1885
Alexander Robinson, 62 years old, a resident of Riverton, fell from the roof of a barn he was shingling last Thursday, and died from injuries received in two hours. Mr. Robinson had been sick for a year past, last Thursday being the first day that he felt able to work. The funeral took place on Saturday.
Death has again made his inroad into our neighborhood and taken one of our citizens, Alexander Robinson, born in Adams Co., Pa., and move into this town from Lowell, Oh. One year ago. He came to his death accidental, having to some extent recovered from his recent sickness (having been sick all winter and spring) he was engaged in shingling a barn when the staging gave away. He fell to the ground and in a few hours was a corpse, having undoubtedly sustained internal injuries, being consumptive, and very weak as yet. His funeral took place on Saturday the 27th, conducted by W.H. Wagner, He was 62 years of age. And leaves a large family.
July 9, 1885
A young child belonging to Charles Baxter was run over by the bus last Saturday and sustained severe intestinal injuries. It still lies in critical condition.
Mrs. Daniel Tangney, a resident of the fourth ward, died on Tuesday of last week, at the age of 52. Funeral services were held in the Catholic Chapel last Thursday. Mrs. Tangney leaves eleven children living.
Mrs. Fatima Schuster died on Saturday last at their residence on East Ludington Avenue, aged 62 years. The funeral services conducted by Rev. S.N. Hill, were on Monday, the Rev. S.N. Hill, were on Monday, the 6th inst. The bereaved husband is left without any family relative in the part of the country. He has experienced repeated afflictions during the past few years.
Mr. Z. L. Perkin, a gentleman of 75 years was with other relatives , his daughter, Mrs. James Wilson for some days last week. On Saturday evening he was taken sick and was ailing the two succeeding nights, but well to all appearance during the day. Contrary to all expectation he died on Tuesday morning. The remains were conveyed ot Linden yesterday.
On the first of July, at Hamlin, Mr. John Bricket, aged 24 years was drowned while moving some logs in the river. The water was deep and he did not rise sufficiently to be rescued before life was extinct. It is supposed that he cramped in the water. He was a brother of Mrs. Thomas Morrison; his other family relatives are in the state of Maine. He has been at Hamlin for several years and has by his good moral and industrious habits endeared himself to all the inhabitants of the place. The funeral was attended on Friday by a large gathering of his friends many going from this city The services were conducted by Rev S.N. Hill. He was buried in the city cemetery. Mrs. Morrison, his sister especially has the sympathy of her many friends.
July 23, 1885
On Sunday last, Augustus W. Harbaugh died of stomach troubles of long standing and was buried by the G..A.R. of which organization he was a member. Mr. Harbaugh was 44 years of age. He served three years in the 13th regulars. For some years past he spent his time in the south, in hopes of regaining his health, but returned without the realization of his hopes. The remains were taken to the M.E. church where the assemblage was addressed by Rev. Theodore Wright, an old friend of the deceased. After service a long cortege followed the remains to the cemetery.
July 30, 1885 No deaths reported
Aug. 6, 1885
Miss Jennie Bloom, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence M. Bloom, died on the 4th inst., aged six years. She had suffered and lingered for several weeks while under the best of care and skill. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. S.N. Hill on Wednesday a their residence on Loomis St. A large gathering of friends attended and accompanied them to the cemetery, thus expressing their deep sympathy with the bereaved family.
Death of Mr. W.H. Williams
After a lingering for several months, W.H. Williams died, last Sunday evening, and was buried yesterday afternoon. At 2 p.m. the I.O.O.F. , the Knights of Honor and the Royal Arcanum, accompanied by the Merchants’ band, escorted the remains to the Congregational church, where Rev. B. Morley delivered a most excellent sermon. The congregation filled the church. After service the remains were followed to the cemetery by the band, the K.O.H., the R.A., and an unusually long line of mourners and sympathizers. Wm. Henry Williams was born in Bridgeport, Conn, October 31, 1830. In 1853 he moved to Vicksburg Miss., and stayed there but one year, removing to Milwaukee in 1854. In the course of a few years he became senior partner in the firm of Williams & Malony at Sun Prairie, Wis. In 1862 he married Miss Mary Josephine Wheeler in Milwaukee. Between the years of 1864 and 70, Mr. Williams represented the seventh ward on the board of Alderman, being president of the board his last term.
At this time he was a member of the firm of R. Haney & Co. In 1870 he came to Pentwater and was there in partnership with Ex-mayor B.J. Goodsell in the hardware business. In 1874 e located in this city and has been senior partner in the hardware firm of Williams & Wheeler since 1875.
During Mr. Williams residence here he has been remarkable for his unobtrusive and social qualities which have endeared him to a numerous circle of acquaintances. He has been usefully engaged in several societies; the I.O.O.F., Knights of Honor, and Royal Arcanum particularly. By these orders he has been hield in greatest respect and has had positions of trust thrust upon him for years past. Mrs. Williams and family have the sincere sympathy of this community in their bereavement.
Aug. 13, 1885
A young child of Mr. and Mrs. Watson Smart was buried on the Claybanks on Saturday. Alex Ostrum, a Finlander, died of consumption on Friday and was buried on Saturday last. The wife of Mr. Ostrum died about two years ago leaving a little babe about two weeks old, which up to the time of the death of the father had received none other’s care. A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Simmons, of the Fourth ward, aged 12 years died on Saturday least a after lingering illness of nearly two years. The funeral took place on Monday from the Episcopal church and was attended by a large number of sympathizing friends.
Aug. 20, 1885 No deaths reported
Aug. 27, 1885
On the 23rd inst., Mr. Joseph Hubbard , of Amber, Mason County, Mich closed his earthly life after a lingering and painful sickness, aged 62 years. He was an early pioneer in this county, beginning upon his new farm 23 years ago, which he has changed from its native forest ot cultivated fields and fruitful orchards. He was born in Litchfield Conn. ., where most of his relatives now reside. He has been twice married. Of the first marriage one son remains. The surviving widow was miss Jenson, of Mason Co. They have lived a married life of 20 years upon the same farm. Six children remain. The oldest, Miss Jessie, is married. He has been interested in education and has used his pen freely in expressing and preserving his thoughts, which often have been quite original and peculiar. He has been very active in promoting the agricultural improvements of this county. The funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, the 25th inst., at the family residence by Rev. S.N. Hill, attended by a large gathering of his neighbors and friends, and was buried upon the farm by the side of some other member of the family. The early pioneers are rapidly passing away.
Sept. 3, 1885
Mr. Abraham Salisbury, who was buried last Saturday, served in the regular army in the Seminole War.
Sept. 10, 1885
No death reported Sept. 17, 1885
Died – on the 8th inst., after a long painful illness, Mrs. Jane Austin, wife of Henry S. Austin, of Freesoil. She has been a resident of Freesoil since the fall of 1862. A husband and son are left to mourn her taking off.
Sept. 24, 1885
Last week Mr. and Mrs. Edward Swanson, of Hamlin, buried their youngest child aged 7 months. Last Tuesday a sad accident occurred on Butters & Peters’ logging road in the south part of the county, resulting in the death of Engineer J.C. Powers. While the train was in motion, a tree falling directly across the cab killed him instantly. A wife and several children are left to mourn his loss. They reside on a farm in Custer, where the remains were taken for burial.
Oct. 1, 1885
On Sabbath morning, the 27th inst., Mr. Sidney Edy died at his residence at Victory Corners, aged 69 for the past years, suffering extremely from chronic troubles. There are several members of the family; all have their own homes. The widow has watched over him almost hourly for the past year. He is the last of eleven sons of his father’s family. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. S.N. Hill at the family residence, attended by a large gathering of neighbors and friends.
On last Thursday night, Miss Orpha Beaton died of malarial fever, aged 8 years. She was the adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Beaton, residing on Dowland St. Little Orpha was a sweet and affectionate heart, was idolized by her parents, and was a favorite among the neighbors and her mates. At the funeral on Saturday the children of her class sang one of her favorite hymns. She was regular and earnest in her Christian devotions, and in singing sacred hymns. She was a member of the Presbyterian Sabbath school. The services were conducted by the Pastor .Siddons, Mason Co., Mich., Sept. 28, 1885
To the editor of the Ludington Record:
Sir: - one of your subscribers at the Siddons office is no more. Elias B. Davis died at the house of R.E. Smith on Friday, the 25th, about noon, aged 63 years. He has been a resident of Grant, in Mason County, for the past nineteen years and had lived almost alone upon his farm during that time. The funeral at the house of Mr. Smith was well attended. The house of R.E. Smith is three miles from the deceased, and from there to the burying ground of Grant township is four miles; and strange to say, the deceased was followed to the grave by but one person living within one and one-half miles of Mr. Davis, and that person was a woman, and she had left the bedside of a sick daughter to attend the Funeral. Grant.
Oct. 8, 1885
A little son of John Stram, of the life-saving crew, died last Tuesday. The child has been sickly since birth.
Oct. 15, 1885
There were in the year 1884 in Mason County 118 marriages, 304 births, and 101 deaths reported at the county clerk’s office.
Oct. 22, 1885
Mrs. Johanna Petronella Johnson died at her residence on the corner of Melendy and Delia streets, last Saturday of consumption. Mr. Johnson is left with a child not a year od and feels his loss keenly. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon; the services were conducted by Rev. J.. Prichard. The neighbors express much sympathy for the bereaved family
On Thursday afternoon last, Mr. Elias Hazard, aud old settler in the township of Amber, died after a lingering illness. The funeral sermon was preached at the Rickey schoolhouse on Saturday afternoon by Rev. J.K. Stark, after which the remains were deposited in the cemetery of that neighborhood by the Knights of Honor. Deceased was 49 years of age.
Mrs. Ann Burns , aged 75 died at the residence of her son Thomas Burns, in Riverton, last Tuesday morning. A funeral sermon will be delivered tomorrow morning by Rev. L.P. Paquin, after which the remains will be brought to the catholic chapel in this city for further religious services to be held at 10 a.m. The remains will then be deposited in the Catholic cemetery near the Fourth ward. Mrs. Burns leaves three sons, all well known in this city.
Oct. 29, 1885
Gen. George B. McClellan died today.
Last week we recorded the death of Mrs. Johnson, of consumption. Six days afterwards her sister, Mrs. Annie Hall , died of the same disease. Mrs. Hall leaves two children aged respectively eleven and nine years. Rev. Mr. Vestling preached the funeral sermon. Mr. Hall is a well – disposed and industrious man deserving the very generally expressed sympathy of the community.
Nov. 4, 1885
On Nov. 2d Mr. Joseph LeGraff, of Sherman township died at his residence at the age of 83. He was a native of Ontario. He came to Detroit in 1820 and a few years later married Miss Celia Joy. They had 13 children of whom seven are still living. Soon after his marriage he removed from Detroit to Mr. Clemens and from there to Mason County in 1866. He has been a resident of this county ever since. He was widely known in the county and was much respected.
Nov. 12, 1885 No deaths reported
Nov. 19, 1885
William Teer, aged 74, an inmate of the county poor house for many years, died last Sunday of Paralysis.
For the past five weeks, Mrs. J.M. Newman had been visiting friends in marble and died on Sunday of Puerperal fever(sepsis). She was supposed to be recovering till within one hour of her death. Mr. Newman, formerly and employee of this office but now of the Whitehall Forum, came to Marble on Monday and returned home yesterday with his wife’s remains intending to bury her at Whitehall. He desires through the columns of the Record to express his thanks to friends in Marble who so kindly and patiently attended on Mrs. Newman during her sickness.
Mrs. Preston, wife of Hiram Preston is dead and the funeral sermon was preached by Rev. C..E. Mathew. Mrs. Preston was one of our oldest settlers
Nov. 26, 1885
On Sunday the 15th inst. A party of four men went hunting ducks on Spectacle lake in Sherman Township. A Canadian, Richard Lithbridge, who was visiting his cousin, Dodge Squires, of Fountain, was one of the party. They divided, going to opposites sides of the lake. Soon after Mr. Lithbridge had fired his musket, a shot was heard, followed by a shout. The others of the party hurried to where he was and found him dead. They found a revolver in his overcoat inside pocket that in some unknown way had been discharged, the bullet entering his side. Coroner Joseph Mills and jury returned a verdict of accidental shooting.
Last Saturday, John Johnson, a swede, who has resided in this city for a dozen years past, shot himself in the head while sitting in a room in Gus Sonoral’s saloon. But a few minutes before he had asked for a pencil and paper. There was no one in the room but himself at the time. Upon hearing the report, the barkeeper went into the room and found him sitting in a char with his head resting on the table the revolver still in his hand. Sheriff Bethune was passing at the time and was called in. The body was taken to Mr. Holmquest’s and lay there until it could be prepared for burial. As the dead man had no relatives living here, there was talk of sending him to Ann Arbor to the dissecting table, but as soon as his countrymen came to understand the true state of affairs they promptly contributed money enough to secure for him a decent burial. He was buried Saturday afternoon. Deceased was generally recognized as a good hearted man, but the bane of his existence was the periodical drunk that he indulged in. It is necessary to comment on his sad end. Those who drank before will probably lean over the bar and while talking of poor Johnson, drain the glass that never helped any man to good deeds or respectability.
Dec. 3, 1885 No deaths reported
Dec. 10, 1885 No deaths reported
Dec. 17, 1885 Frank Malliot’s little boy was struck in the ear with a snow ball by a companion about two weeks ago. The tympanum of the ear was ruptured. Last Sunday, the boy died.
Dec. 24, 1885
Mr. R.B. Morton, of Riverton died last Sunday from a complication of diseases, at the age of 58 years. Mr. Morton located the farm on which he died 34 years ago. Up to the time of going to press we have not come into the possession of particulars. Mr. Morton was a man of sterling qualities and was held in respect by a wide circle of acquaintances.
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