Extracts of various copies of


Hosted by the St. Clair Historical Museum

St. Clair, MI  48079

Births (before 1910), Marriages, Deaths and Miscellaneous

Extracted and typed by Suzanne Wesbrook Frantz



Wednesday, February 28, 1877


Married – At the Lutheran church, in this city, on Wednesday evening last, by the Rev. L. Traub, Mr. John Henry Krueger to Miss Louisa Langley, both of St. Clair township.


Married -- At the home of the bride’s father, in Maple Valley, Feb. 11th, by Rev. M. J. Scott, Miss Mary Webb and Rev. Alfred Harrington, of Armada.


Died – An infant child, five days old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Phillips, last Sunday evening.


Died -- In Brockway, Feb. 16th, 1877, Lilly May, only daughter of Thomas and Carolina Holden, aged two years and nine months.


Died -- At her residence in the township of St. Clair, near this city, last Friday forenoon, Hester Amelia Stowell, aged 68 years last December 22nd.  The deceased was born in Newport, N. H., in 1808 and removed to Michigan with her husband and family in 1856.  Her maiden name was Jenks, sister to Bela W., Robt. H. and Jeremiah Jenks.  Her husband, Royal, still survives her and is now in his 79th years.  The funeral took place last Sunday afternoon at the Baptist church, of which she had long been an honored member, and was attended by a large concourse of people. 


Probate Proceedings   Feb. 18th – Estate of Lafayette Sharrard et al minors.  Guardian’s bond received approved and filed, and letters of guardianship issued.

Estate of Michael Young, deceased.  Petition for administration received and filed.

Estate of Lilly Alida Thorpe, a minor.  Guardian’s account heard and allowed.

Estate of John Ragen, deceased.  Petition to be relieved from liability on bond.


(Believed to be THE ST. CLAIR REPUBLICAN, 1890)


St. Clair’s Neighborhood – The County Items – Wm. Burt a pioneer resident of Riley Centre, is dead. -- J. W. Marks, of Cottrellville, died on the 10th inst and was buried Saturday. -- Capt. Byron Brown, of Buffalo, N. Y., and Miss Emma Bitts, of Fort Gratiot, were united in wedlock Tuesday. -- John S. Duffie, jr., of Detroit, and Miss Edith Carleton, daughter of Hon. E. C. Carleton, were married in Port Huron yesterday.


Wm. Jackson, 82 years of age and a St. Clair county pioneer, died on Saturday at the home of his son in St. Clair township.  The funeral services were held in the M..E. church in St. Clair on Tuesday.




First Year, March 29, 1901, No. 24


David Moore Is Dead – Being entirely unacquainted with David Moore we can but quote the following ably written paragraphs from the Republican as they express the general public feeling regarding this manly man:  "The death of David Moore, which occurred in Port Huron Monday evening, came very close home to us here in St. Clair.  This was not only because Mr. Moore had brothers here but because the large-hearted, good fellow could count as his friend every citizen who knew him well.  The death of Mr. Moore was caused from treacherous after effects of the grip, his stomach being affected.  Mr. Moore was forty years old having been born at Goodrich, Ont., and was a brother of A. E. Moore and Thomas Moore of this city.  Of him it has been said that he was always aggressive, progressive, generous and true to his friends.”


Fred Gallinau the ferryman made the trip across the ice Saturday morning with a lady and gentleman as passengers.  They broke through several times before reaching the path made by the Welcome when she came across last Tuesday.  It was the most perilous voyage of the winter.


Early Sunday morning the ice began to move out and by night the river was entirely clear.  The ferry, Welcome, is making her schedule trips and the steamer Mary had been down from Port Huron.  The steamer Maude will be the first to leave Pine river.  She will take a load of brick to Port Huron next Wednesday.  She is now receiving a dose of paint.


Henry Holbert, one of our St. Clair boys, who has been in Old Mexico for the past three years is home for a short visit of a month or so.  He is interested in mining property in Mexico and for the past few weeks has been examining the mining machinery etc. of the west.  Mr. Holbert is a graduate of the mining school at Houghten, Mich., and is a very competent engineer of mines.




Friday, April 15, 1904


Very Sad Drowning – Was That Of Thomas L. Kemp – The Verdict of the Coroner’s Jury “Death by Accidental Drowning” is Accepted as the Correct Solution –

Brief mention was made in last week’s Press of the strange disappearance of Thos. L. Kemp, and a week hence it becomes our painful duty to explain more fully what this disappearance really meant.

It was on Thursday afternoon the 7th inst that Mr. Kemp left his home on Clinton avenue, telling his wife he was going out to the farm.  The fact that he had been in poor health for so long a time made his good wife a little nervous over his contemplated trip and she suggested that perhaps she had better accompany him.  To this he refused to listen, so he set out alone.  Mrs. Kemp felt so uneasy over the matter that about twenty minutes later she set out in the same direction he had taken.  She went to the farm but could find nothing of Mr. Kemp.  She made inquiries but no trace of him could she find.  About 4 o’clock she returned home and gave the alarm.  Friends of the family started out to search the highways and as the news spread about town others joined the search which continued far into the night.  Nothing, however, could be found of the missing man.  The next morning the search was renewed.  The whole country for miles around was thoroughly gone over and the several searching parties were forced to the conclusion that his body must be in Pine river.  The bottom was dragged for several hours when at last their efforts were rewarded, for at a place between the Town Line bridge and the State Road bridge, in the deepest spot in the stream near there, they found the body.  Investigation was begun at once to determine how he came to get into the river.  It was found that a barbed wire fence had impeded his journey along this route and rather than take the chance of climbing over it he went for a small opening near the river.  While going down the embankment, he must have missed his footing and being unable to stop himself, rolled into the river.  No other solution seems probable.  When the body was recovered even his hat was on his head and in his pockets were valuable papers, which goes to show that the act was not permeditated (sic) as was at first supposed.  The circumstances warranted an inquest and Justice Stowell impaneled a coroner’s jury consisting of Messrs. John McAllister, John Thompson, Wm. Ford, George Doner, Jas. VanWormer and Sidney Boden. 

The testimony showed that the course Mr. Kemp usually took in going to his farm was by the bend of Pine river where the body was found, that the conditions of the road made that route the best at that time, that there were tracks along the bank made by rubbers such as he wore, leading straight on and not towards the river, that he would naturally take this course to avoid swales and a barbed wire fence, that the grass was covered with slime and slippery and that if a man in his enfeebled condition once lost his foothold he would almost of a certainty roll down the bank and into the river.  Also that he had on his person valuable papers and money  which it was believed he would have left at home had he meditated self destruction.  After hearing the testimony the jury returned a verdict of “death by accidental drowning.”

Deceased was 60 years of age, having been born January 23, 1844.  He was of English parentage, but came to this county in 1852.  On July 31, 1862, he enlisted in Co. E. 22nd Mich. Inf.  He was wounded and taken prisoner at Chickamauga.  For the next nine months he divided his time between Richmond and Andersonville prisons. He served until the close of the war and was discharged June 25, 1865.  Upon returning home, he experienced considerable hardship in making his way, working in lumber camps, and doing odd jobs until finally he settled down with his father as a farmer.  On March 31st, 1869, he was united in marriage to Helen J. Crampton.  Four children came to bless this union, three of whom survive, viz Mattie, now Mrs. E. Munger, of Flat Rock, Mich., Dr. John N. Kemp of Saginaw, and Thomas Kemp of Duluth.  For a number of years deceased had been commander of Miles Post No. 113, G.A.R. and was highly esteemed and beloved by his comrades.  He was a prominent member of Evergreen Lodge, No. 9, F. & A.M. and carried at $1,000 insurance policy in a branch of that order.  He also carried $1,000 in the Michigan Mutual Life Insurance CO.  At the time of his death he was drawing a pension of $12 per month.  Deceased was an active member of the M. E. church, and had for several years been a member of the board of trustees. 

Mr. Kemp was essentially a home man.  He loved his home better than any other earthly thing.  He was a kind, loving father and an affectionate husband.  Until the last few years he was a resident of St. Clair town, where he filled numerous township offices, such as clerk, school inspector and justice of the peace.  His health having become poorly he sold his farm and came to Saint Clair to reside.  Deceased leaves besides his wife and three children, three brothers and one sister, viz: John Kemp, of Portland, Ore., Mrs. N. P. Stewart, of Saginaw, Fred. Kemp of Des Moines, Iowa, and Wm. R. Kemp of this city.  The funeral was held Monday afternoon from the M. E. church and was largely attended.  He was buried with Masonic honors under the auspices of Evergreen lodge, No. 9.  The service was participated in by Miles Post, No. 113, G.A.R. and a number from Marine City.  The interment was in the old family lot in this city cemetery.

Card of Thanks – Words cannot express the thankfulness we feel toward all for their kindness to us in our recent affliction.  Mrs. Thos. L. Kemp, John N. Kemp, Thos. L. Kemp, Jr., Mrs. E. C. Munger.

Dr. John N. Kemp and wife returned to their home in Saginaw Monday night.

Mrs. N. P. Stewart, of Saginaw, was in attendance at the funeral of her brother, Thos. L. Kemp, held last Monday. 


Last Sad Rite – The Press last week contained an obituary notice of Mrs. Wm. Grace, whose death occurred in Denver, Monday, the 4th inst.  The remains reached St. Clair Saturday morning accompanied by her two children, Arthur Grace and Clara Grace.  The funeral, conducted by Rev. R. Duff, was held from the home of the daughter, Mrs. Geo. J. Ward, that afternoon and was largely attended. 

James N. Grace of Roslyn, N.Y. was in attendance at his mother’s funeral held in this city Saturday.


Honorable Mark Hopkins and wife returned yesterday from California where they have spent the past winter.


Sherwood Hopkins of San Francisco made a brief visit in St. Clair last week.  He went from here to the Atlantic coast.  Mr. Hopkins’ health has been impaired the past few months and his physician ordered a complete change of climate.  Mrs. Hopkins will also come east.


Card of Thanks – Henry Vossen and family desire to express their sincere gratitude to their relatives and friends for the many acts of kindness bestowed upon them during their recent affliction. 


“I will sell my Shepherd dog ‘Fritz” price $5 – Wm. Lloyd Kemp




Partial pages, Friday, June 3, 1904 (Please note that this newspaper is in fragments and it is not possible to know if all items are from this date.)


Very Pretty Season of Year – June is the Month of Roses – This is Also the Season of Year When the Young Man’s (and Young Woman’s, Too) Heart Turns Lightly to Love


Wilton-Hayner – A very pretty wedding took place at eight p.m. on Saturday last at the residence on the corner of Fourth and Orchard streets, when Miss Helen Wilton was united in matrimony to Mr. Paul Hayner.  The brief but impressive marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. J. L. Gardiner, in the presence of the relatives of the contracting parties.  Miss Edna Moore of St. Clair acted as bridesmaid, and Mr. Leslie Hayner, a brother of the groom, as best man.  The bride, who is a popular young lady of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but formerly of St. Clair, looked charming in a pink and cream wedding gown, while the bridesmaid wore a beautiful blue silk.  After the marriage ceremony the company sat down to a sumptuous wedding supper.  A large number of presents from relatives and friends testified to the popularity of the young couple.  Mr. and Mrs. Hayner have taken up their residence in the house, in which they were married, corner 4th and Orchard streets.  Mr. Hayner will continue to work for the Diamond Crystal, where for a number of years, he has held a good position.


Marsh-Ash – At 7:30 o’clock Wednesday, evening June 1st, at the home of the bride’s mother in Bay City, occurred the marriage of Mary Ethel Marsh and Dr. Chas. W. Ash of this city.  The bridesmaid was Miss Bessie Marsh, a sister of the bride, and the best man was George W. Trumble of this city.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Herrick of that city.  The bride comes from a prominent family in Bay City and is herself a popular young lady.  The groom is a rising young physician of this city who has already taken a prominent place in the medical fraternity here.  They were the recipients of handsome and costly wedding presents in testimony of the high esteem in which they are held by numerous friends.  After a few days’ wedding trip they will take up their residence in this city in the house known as the Deyoe residence on Front St. 1st door north of Dr. Burtless’ residence, where they will be at home after August 1st. 


The Oakland – Miss MacEwan has been at the Oakland the past few days making arrangements for the opening of the hotel on the 18th inst.  It is understood that the Oakland will hereafter be run in conjunction with a popular southern resort.  The management look forward to a very successful season this year.


Death of Capt. John Jenkins – The death of Capt. John Jenkins, of Marine City, occurred at the Flint sanitarium Tuesday night.  He was a well-known marine man and enjoyed a wide circle of friends who will be sorry to learn of his untimely end.  The funeral will be held from his late home on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock under the auspices of the F. & A.M. and Elks.


Invitations have been issued for the second annual reunion and banquet of the Saint Clair High School Alumni Association to be held at Somerville Springs on Friday, June 24.  Reunion from 2:30 to 6:30 and banquet at 6:30 o’clock.  The officers of the Alumni are: President, Henry Whiting; vice-pres., Miss Laura Moore; secretary, T. Oliver Huckle; treasurer, Arther Maugh.  The executive committee is as follows: Henry Whiting, Reuben R. Moore, Mrs. B. F. Crampton, T. Oliver Huckle, Miss Belle Palmer, Miss Laura Moore, Francis M. Bacon.  The reception committee consists of Russ S. Jenks, Saint Clair; Mrs. Dora Baird, Marine City; Francis M. Bacon, Saint Clair; Mrs. H. M. Harrington, Ann Arbor; Mrs. Peter Cleary, Ypsilanti; Mrs. H. H. Hart, Saint Clair.


Town Line and China Correspondence -- This community sustained a severe loss in the death of Henry Bowers, who was killed by lightning on the 26th inst.


Only a Few Boats Are Out – The bitterest part of the fight between the Lake Carriers’ association and the Masters & Pilots has taken place within the past week, and during that time the owners have succeed (sic) in getting out an average of two boats a day….


Memorial Day Exercises – Last Monday dawned with a dismal rain, which continued to come down until about noon when the rain clouds disappeared and the remainder of the day was fair but cold.  The inclemency of the weather interfered with the outdoor exercises but did not deter the G.A.R. post from marking the graves of the soldier dead nor the ladies from decorating them.  There was an abundance of flowers left at the city hall for this occasion, in fact the children and others contributed more flowers this year than for several years past and the ladies wish to express their appreciation of the same.  At 2:30 o’clock the procession formed and headed by the Marshall of the Day and city band took up their line of march, ending at the city hall where the exercises were held.  The city hall was decorated with wreaths, flags and bunting in a very artistic style, by the Otsiketa Chapter, D.A.R.  Each old soldier was presented with a button hole bouquet together with the mayor and most of those taking part in the exercises.  Mayor Langell had charge of the program and presided over the exercises.  The first number on the program was a duet by Mrs. F. J. Scheuricker and Mrs. Jas. Lightbody and was followed with a prayer by Rev. Rolph Duff.  The third number was music by the band, “Star Spangled Banner,” then came the reports on decorating the graves by Miss Zetta Bacon, regent D.A.R., and John Fink.  One of the special features of the program was the monument to the Unknown Dead.  Miss Ivah Baird enacted the part of “Godess of Liberty…” (rest of article missing.)


Partial obituary of Mrs. Charlotte Ruff, paper torn – “…he resigned and the family moved onto a farm.  The husband’s death occurred April 4, 1881.  Eleven children came to bless the union, eight of whom survive the mother, viz: Fred A. and Martin P., of Detroit; John F., Henry F. Theodore C., Carl, Mrs. John W. Stein and Mrs. Herman Fischer, Jr., of this city.  There are also 27 grandchildren living.  The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from Immanuel Lutheran church and were very largely attended.  The services were in charge of three ministers, Rev. G. F. Wangerin preached in German; Rev. R. Smukal of Detroit, preached in English and Rev. J. L. Hahn of Lenox, conducted the services at the city cemetery where the remains were interred.  Mr. G. Dryer of Mt. Clemens had charge of the music during funeral services.  Numerous and elaborate were the floral tributes tendered in memory of the deceased, the Ladies Aid of her church contributing a beautiful wreath.  Among those in attendance at the funeral from out of town were her two sons of Detroit, Fred A. and Martin P. Ruff; her brother, Robert Posner, his wife and son Theodore and Mr. Herman Sperlich of Mt. Clemens; her uncle Julius Posner of Waldenburg, Mich., and A. Laier of the same place; her brother’s wife Mrs. August Posner of Grand Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. T. Posner, of Muskegon, Mich.; Mrs. (Rev.) Rottman, of Florida, O.; Mrs. J. A. Hoffman, of Jackson, Ill.; Mrs. Matilda Posner and Mrs. Stunkel of Detroit.

Card of Thanks – The children of the late Mrs. Charlotte Ruff desire in this manner to return their sincere thanks to all friends who assisted in any way in their sad bereavement. 




One page, January 3, 1908


Card of Thanks – The family of Charles B. Leach desire through The Press to sincerely thank the neighbors and friends for the kindly aid and sympathy shown them in caring for their daughter Laura during her long illness and in connection with her funeral. 


Births and Deaths. In the Following List it will be Found the Births Exceed the Deaths Here for Year by Twenty-four. –

The following deaths have been reported to the city clerk during the year 1907:

Ann Leguee, Jan. 11.

Peter Jos. Engelgau, Jan. 18.

Adaline M. Arminger, Jan. 29.

Rosina Elizabeth Strauss, Feb. 7.

Kittie Mussman, Feb. 10.

Daniel Roy Duchene, Feb. 10.

Margaret Feldmeyer, Feb. 17.

Freddie Cameron, Feb. 23.

Grace Loretta Chambers, Feb. 25.

Susie Bruso, March 5.

Alex. Reid, March 9.

Joseph Sailer, March 17.

Mary McGill, March 19.

William Quakenbush, March 20

Blanche D. Ottaway, March 20.

Lena Wilhelmina Schwab, March 30.

Patrick Murphy, April 3.

John Cowley, April 6.

Agnes Remona Barthume, April 16.

Ludith Grina Viles, April 29.

Alice O’Brien, May 12.

Jacob John Otter, May 23.

James M. Hill, May 28.

David Lloyd Carleton, June 13.

Edward Aug. Mau, June 13.

Maud Drummond, June 26.

Johanna Gertrude Fink, July 1.

George Sessions, July 16.

Theodore Ebert, July 22.

Julius Belknap, Aug. 12.

Catherine R. Radike, Aug. 19.

Hattie G. McCartney, Aug. 22.

Charles Brainerd Hayden, Aug. 23.

Gordon Chester McNab, Sept. 25 (line difficult to read)

Wm. John Wesley Jinkerson, Sept. 26.

Charlotte E. Jinkerson, Sept. 29.

Annie Elizabeth Arnold, Oct. 24.

Lucy Mary Crawford, Nov. 10.

Norman Harold Fraleigh, Nov. 11.

Minnie M. Morse, Dec. 2.

Wm. Rankin’s girl, Dec. 11.

Charles Henry Leach, Dec. 16.

Sarah Ember Thompson, Dec. 17.

Laura Pearl Leach, Dec. 24.

Roy Gilbert Bond, Dec. 29.


Other deaths of people during the year in which our readers will have an especial interest were:

Ethan E. Trim, Jan. 12.

Mrs. Daniel Daley, Jan. 12.

Nathaniel Wasey, Jan. 24.

Charles Gurney, Feb. 14.

Mrs. Neil Kennedy, Mar. 13.

Mrs. John Briggeman, Mar. 22.

Miss Laura M. Hodgson, April 1.

Mrs. John Simons, April 6.

James Graham, April 24.

Joseph Brown, April 24.

Gordon H. Blanchard, May 2.

Frederick Guldenstein, May 1.

William H. Davie, May 6.

Mrs. Margaret Grimmer, June 5.

Mrs. Ellen V. Wolvin, June 6.

James P. Manion, June 19.

Mrs. Elmina Frazier, June 20.

Mrs. Nellie Bacon, July 13.

Capt. William Armstrong, July 17.

Capt. Louis Leonard, July 18.

Miss Cora Smith, July 18.

Mrs. Barbara Eisen, July 28.

Rev. F. J. Hahn, Aug. 1.

Mrs. F. R. Schultz, Aug. 5.

Mrs. Lurana Pitney, Aug. 24.

James Ralph, Sept. 16.

William Shirkey, Sept. 16.

Joseph M Jackson, Oct. 22.

Sylvester Gammon, Oct. 25.

Cyrus H. Woodruff, Nov. 5.

Walter H. Gruenberg, Nov. 10.

Mrs. Mary Lipscomb, no date given

William Harold Gallander, Nov. 29.

Jacob Gruffen, Nov. 30.

Engelbert Schneider, Dec. 7.

Alfred J. West, Dec. 14.


The list of births reported to the city clerk during 1907 have been as follows, the name of the father being included in the report otherwise the mother.  The date refers to the time of births:

Leo John Van Tein, Dec. 31.

Allen Andrews, Jan. 4.

Joseph Samuel Doak, Jan. 12.

Alexander W. Fenton, Feb. 2.

Edmund Silas Hart, Jan. 22.

Wm. James Grasley, Jan. 1.

Frederick Wm. Watson, Feb. 14.

Joseph Akred, Feb. 1.

Samuel Theodore Clors, Feb. 22.

Archibald Cameron, Feb. 20.

John Conat, Feb. 24.

John Andrew Smith, March 2.

Christopher Horn, Feb. 28.

Roy McGill, Mar. 14.

Wm. A. Morrison, March 17.

Benjamin Harrison Saunders, Mar. 19.

Wm. T. Hendrick, March 22.

John Theodore Draves, April 5.

William Johns, April 7.

Carrie Janette McDonald, April 10.

Loue Phillip Smith, April 18.

Frederick Carl, April 11.

Elmer James Ottaway, Mar. 3.

Joseph H. Williams, April 24.

Alfred MacDonald, May 4.

Melvin Hill, May 28.

Joseph Joachim, May 1.

Annie Carter, June 3.

Ralph T. Pringle, June 7.

Lester Wm. Ellsworth, June 8.

Wm. F. Leach, June 12.

John Wm. Stein, June 13.

Fred. Smith Barringer, June 14.

Frederick Geo. Werner, Nov. 7, 1906.

George Beyschlag, Jan. 23.

Fred. Louis Wulf, Mar. 19.

John Henry Schlinkert, Mar. 19.

Charles Sidney Davidson, Mar. 5.

Fred. K. Schneiderwind, May 15.

William John Kohler, June 22.

Geo. Fraleigh, June 23.

Basil O’Connor, June 12.

John Godfrey, July 8.

George Joachim, July 4.

John Henry O’Brien, July 27.

Emil Rockstroh, Aug. 10.

Archie Labo, Aug. 11.

George Butlin, Aug. 17.

Thomas W. Rimingten, Aug. 17.

Joseph L. Dollard, Aug. 26.

Edward Suisse, June 21.

Eugene Mayhew, July 12.

Franklin Moore, jr. Sept.1.

Wm J. Chamberlin, Sept. 2.

Robt. L. Nettleton, Sept. 15.

Jacob Vossen, Sept. 23.

Charles A. McNalley, Sept. 25.

Thomas John Henry Boden, Sept. 30.

Noble Edward Jinkerson, Sept. 26.

Arthur Vollstaedt, Oct. 4.

Mark B. Van Buskirk July 31.

John Joseph Murray, Oct. 12.

Chas. W. Hallett, Oct. 18.

James Frank Larimee, Nov. 2.

Lewis Q. Arnold, Nov. 24.

Thos. N. Conlin, Nov. 24.

Edward N. Fink, Dec. 6.

Wm. N. Rankin, Dec. 9.

Jos. Langell, Dec. 29.

From the above it will be seen that there have been 45 deaths and 69 births reported to the city clerk during the past year.  The other deaths in whom our people would naturally feel a person interest number 37.




Thursday, April 23, 1908


In Belle River – Frank Fyke, an Adair Man, Drowned on Monday – Body Was Found By Boys – Went Fishing, and Presumably was Victim of Epileptic Attack –

Frank Fyke, a farmer two and a half miles from Adair, on the Hart Road, was drowned in Belle River late Monday afternoon, near his home.  Fyke left home early in the afternoon to go fishing.  After school a lad by the name of Peter Yeip was hunting muskrats along the river bank and saw a body floating near the shore.  The lad ran for assistance and when some men drew the corpse from the water his identity was made known.  Fyke lived at home with his parents, being unmarried.  He was twenty-six years old and had epilepsy all his life, and this, it is thought probable, was the cause of his falling in the river.  Coroner Falk, of Port Huron, was called and decided that death was accidental.


Martha Ann Wortz – Saint Clair Pioneer Passed Away Last Saturday – Mrs. Martha Ann Wortz, one of this city’s oldest residents, died Saturday at one o’clock.  The deceased had been in poor health for about six weeks and late in her illness dropsy set in and caused her death.  Martha Ann Newkirk was born in Raleigh township, Canada, on the Thames River, July 12th, 1826, and would have been eight-two years old next July.  Miss Newkirk married Martin Wortz and to them were born seven children, five of whom are living, namely: Mrs. Moses Carleton, Mrs. Henry Anderson, Mrs. George Skinner, Ezra and Jacob Wortz.  Besides the children, a sister, Mrs. Mary Brown, of this city, and two brothers, Edgarton, of Wallaceburg, and Minion Newkirk, of Chatham, survive.  The funeral was held from the Baptist church Monday afternoon, Elder Shippy, of the Latter Day Saints, of Port Huorn, officiating. 


Card of Thanks – We wish to thank our neighbors and friends, also the Ladies Aid Society of the M. E. church for their kindness and sympathy and the flowers during the illness of our dear beloved mother and sister.  Mrs. Raymond Brown, Mrs. James Brown, Mrs. John Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Lord.


Card of Thanks – Mrs. Guy Williams and family extend their heartfelt thanks to their many friends for sympathy and the aid in their time of deep sorrow in the loss by death of their husband and father. 


Lucky People – They Are the Holders of Stock of the Commercial & Savings Bank, of St. Clair.  Following is the list of stockholders of the Commercial & Savings Bank of this city, as filed this year with the county clerk, in accordance with state law:

H. Clinton Carleton, Kendrick, Florida; Maria Chase, Midland; Frances K. Higley, Ypsilanti; John S. Van Altstyn, Wyandotte; C. C. Jenks, Trustee, Detroit; Wm. F. Bacon, China township; Horace M. Carleton, China twp.; Henry and Fredericka Boldt, Casco; George W. Carleton, Trustee, St. Clair; Clara P. Carleton, St. Clair; Hortense J. Carleton, St. Clair; Ella E. Fish, Kimball; Chas. A. Bailey, Port Huron; F. C. Wool, Port Huron; Lambert Recor, East China; W. L. Jenks, Port Huron; Henry Fish, St. Clair; Russ Jenks, St. Clair; Chas. & Simon Gliem, St. Clair; E. C. Recor, St. Clair; Henry Whiting, St. Clair; Clara E. Hart, St. Clair; Louise McIntyre, St. Clair; Mary L. Robertson, St. Clair; Franklin Moore, St. Clair; Charles Beyschlag, St. Clair; J. George Zink, St. Clair; George E. Wolvin, St. Clair; Arthur E. Maw, St. Clair.




Partial page, late January 1909


Wedding – Solis-Bamford

The marriage of Miss Helen C. Solis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin T. Solis, of this city, to Mr. Charles Bamford, of Saginaw, took place last Saturday at the home of the bride’s sister, Dr. Jeanne Solis at Ann Arbor.  The ceremony was performed by Dr. C. S. Patton, pastor of the Congregational church of that city.  The wedding was informal and only a small company being present at the ceremony, including the parents of the bride, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin T. Solis, of St. Clair, her sisters Miss Esther Solis, of St. Clair, Dr. Solis, and Miss Electa Solis, of Ann Arbor; Mrs. C. S. Patton and Miss Martha Sturgis, of Ann Arbor, and Prof. &  Mrs. P. R. Cleary, of Ypsilanti.  Mr. Bamford and his bride were unattended, but during the ceremony the little company all stood.  The bride wore her traveling gown of green broadcloth.  Following the marriage a wedding supper was served.  Mr. and Mrs. Bamford left on the 9:30 train for Detroit, where they will make their future home, residing on Cass avenue.  Mr. Bamford is by profession a mechanical engineer, having received his training in England.


Mrs. J. B. Estabrook went to Detroit Monday, being called to the bedside of her sister Miss Irene Reed at Grace hospital.  Miss Reed has been quite ill the past three weeks at the home of her sister, Mrs. Otis, in Detroit.  A few days ago, she was taken to the hosptial and her recovery is doubtful.  Bronchial trouble is the cause.  Later information announces Miss Reed’s death from heart failure.

Miss Irene Reed, sister of Mrs. Joseph E. Estabrook, of this city, and who from a two years’ residence here with her sister, had many friends and acquaintances in St. Clair, died at Grace hospital, Detroit, Tuesday afternoon.  A more extended notice will be given in our next issue.


Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Duchene were pleasantly surprised at their home on N. Riverside avenue, on Monday evening of last week, the occasion being in honor of their ninth wedding anniversary.  Games were indulged in until the early morning hours, when refreshments were served and the party broke up, all voting a very pleasant anniversary.


The Detroit News of a few days since, tells a story about how a strange man went to the home of Police Clerk Ray Stockwell, of Port Huron, forced his way into the house, and scared Mrs. Stockwell, but offered no violence.  After going down cellar and bringing up some coal and putting it into the stove he departed, saying: “I’ll be back tonight to deal with your husband.”  No clue to the man could be found.  Mrs. Stockwell was formerly Miss Alma Scheuriker, of this city.


In an altercation at Streit’s saloon Monday night it is stated that James Cowley received the bad end of it at the hands of Harry Ogden, the bartender.

The guild of St. Paul’s Episcopal church surprised Miss Lazette Bacon last Monday evening and incidentally reminded her that it was her natal day.  They gave her as a memento of the occasion a very handsome stilleto.


County Notes

Mrs. Rebecca Stockford died at her home on the Shorkey road, near Marine City, Jan. 22, age 73 years. 

Harry St. Johns Markel, the 6-year old son of Capt. & Mrs. Stanton Markel, died at their home in Detroit last week Wednesday.  Former Marine City people.

Ara Colloff, of New Baltimore, a very promising young man, beloved by all who knew him, died on the 14th inst. Aged 33 years, being ill but a short time.

Mrs. Wm. Spouse died at her home in Marine City Jan. 13th, after an illness of several months, aged 48 years.  As a member of the Woman’s Auxiliary of St. Mark’s church and also of the L.O.T.M., she was very active and will be greatly missed in the community.


Town Line

A large number of Town Line residents attended the Memorial service for the late Gideon Browning, held Sunday afternoon at the Adair M. E. church.


Marine Items –

Capt. Jas. Leish, a well known ship master, died in a Chicago hospital Jan. 22, aged about 55 years.  He was master of the steamer H. H. Rogers, of the Pittsburg Steamship Co., last season.  Before that he sailed the Superior City.

On Monday last Gleason Lorts, of the River road, East China, received a first class pilot’s license for all the lakes, for all gross tonnage steamers.  Over which Mr. Lorts feels very much pleased. 




Partial page, Friday, December 10, 1909


Card of Thanks – The children of the late Mrs. Mary Matilda Goulait desire to return thanks to the neighbors and friends for their many acts of kindness during the illness and death of the late deceased.


Card of Thanks – The relatives of the late Horace N. Hammond desire to return thanks to the neighbors and friends who so kindly offered their assistance in time of sorrow, also to the choir that sang at the funeral services.


Matrimonial – Topel-Schmude – Miss Ida Topel of Detroit and Otto Schmude of Port Huron were married Wednesday afternoon at the home of Herman Pollex.  Rev. Mueller of Port Huron performed the ceremony.  Miss Schmude, a sister to the groom, was the maid of honor and Fred Imm of Detroit was the best man.  After the ceremony a fine wedding supper was served.  About forty of the young couple’s friends were present and all report having had a splendid time.  The bride was the recipient of a large number of presents.  Later the young couple took a car to Port Huron were they will make their future home.




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(Note: According to the Latter-Day Saints IGI Extracted Marriages, Lillian Kirby and Leslie Moorehouse were married 25 November 1910, and Dora  Raymond and Joseph Vossen were married 23 November 1910 )


Vossen-Raymond.  A very pretty church wedding took place at Holy Cross church on Wednesday, Nov. 23, said the Marine City Reporter, when Miss Dora Raymond of that city and Mr. Joseph Vossen of St. Clair, were united in marriage.  Miss Nellie Raymond, a sister of the bride, acted as bridesmaid, and Mr. Ralph Raymond, a brother of the bride, and a young man from St. Clair, stood up with the groom.  Rev. P. J. Ternes performed the ceremonies in the presence of a large number of friends and invited guests.  The bride is one of Marine City’s well-known and popular young ladies, being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Raymond.


Card of Thanks – The undersigned desires to express her heartfelt thanks to the neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted her during the illness and death of her father.  Mrs. Elizabeth Propst.


Miss Lillian J. Kirby and Leslie B. Moorehouse were married Saturday night in Detroit.  The bride has many friends in St. Clair, made through her frequent visits to Mrs. W. F. Leach in this city, whose best wishes will follow her in her new life. 




Friday, December 2, 1910


Matrimonial – Isler-Werner – Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Werner announce the marriage of their daughter , Miss Daisy, to Albert Isler, Thursday, Nov. 24th, at their home, 496 Cavalry ave., Detroit, at 4 o’clock, the ceremony having been performed by Rev. F. Tresselt.  Miss Ruth Davis played the wedding march.  William Recklinn acted as best man and Miss Amy Lowlen as bridesmaid.  The bride was prettily attired in white net over silk and carried a shower boquet of white roses, white the bridesmaid wore a dress of blue poplin and carried pink roses.  The rooms were very prettily decorated for the occasion.  Among the out-of-town guests were Mrs. Rickey Werner of St. Clair, grandmother of the bride; Mrs. A. Isler of Port Hope, Mich., and Mr. Reuben Fenton of Knowlesville, N. Y.  Mr. and Mrs. Isler will reside at 22 (paper torn.)


John O’Connor – John O’Connor died Saturday morning.  The deceased had been in feeble health for a long time and his death was not unexpected.  Mr. O’Connor was born Nov. 17 in Tipperary, Ireland, and came to America with his parents in 1832.  The landed at Quebec and later went to Ogdensburg, N. Y., where he received his education.  Mr. O’Connor came to Lexington, Mich., in 1850 and afterwards went to Chicago, where in March 1853 he was married to Miss Ann Wamsley of Michigan City.  Later Mr. and Mrs. O’Connor settled in Marine City where July 9, 1861 he enlisted in Co. G First Michigan Infantry.  At the expiration of his term he re-enlisted and served until July 20, 1865, so that he was in the true sense of the word a veteran and had the longest term of service of any soldier from this vicinity.  The whole of these four years was put in at the front.  During them he participated in 48 engagements between Mechanicsville and Appomatox.  Thrice he was wounded, at Fredericksbury by a rifle ball in the thigh, at Hatcher’s Run by a shell in the right foot and also by a bullet which took off part of his ear.  To Mr. and Mrs. O’Connor were born five children of whom three are living (paper torn) Mrs. Eliza Propst and Capt. Richard O’Connor of this city and Kitty, now Mrs. William Barber of Cleveland.  The passing of Mr. O’Connor recalls how many of the former members of Miles Post No. 113, G.A.R., have been mustered out on earth to re-enlist in the Grand Army above.  Chief among this number may be mentioned Gen. S. B. Brown, Col. Henry Whiting, Capt. William Black, William B. Morse, Benjamin Stuart, Oscar F. Morse, Nelson Thompson, Elon J. Hall, Andrew Hartman, Nelson Griffith, Peter Wood, E. M. O’Brien, William Ash, George Akred, Thomas Hanna, William F. Allen, John Murray, Alvin B. Marks, William Manley, Robert H. Ellsworth, Israel Marsh, James R. Scott, Oliver Rock, William Kane, Hamilton R. Walker, Rev. Wanton A. Tripp, Gotlieb Grosmeyer, Jas. Blackie, Gilbert Tebo, Morris Voice, Conlin M. Stewart, Elias Jones, Ethan E. Trim, Thomas L. Kemp, William Balfour, and William A. Trumble for whom the last tattoo has sounded and who are now in final bivouac awaiting the reveille of the resurrection morn.  Mr. O’Connor was a member of the Catholic church and had a large circle of friends by whom he will be greatly missed.  The funeral was held Monday morning from the Catholic church and was conducted by Rev. Fr. N. L. Maschino.


Captain B. O’Connor was called home from Ashtabula, O. last Sunday owing to the death of his father, John O’Connor.


Mr. and Mrs. George Eberle of Detroit were in town Saturday and Sunday.  Mr. Eberle attended his sister’s funeral in Port Huron.


New Comers –

Mr. and Mrs. William Saunders are rejoicing in the advent of a son who arrived at their home last Friday. 

A young daughter made her appearance Sunday in the home of Isaac Andrews.


Mr. and Mrs. John Mau arrived home Tuesday night from their wedding trip.


St. Clair Township –

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Barringer on Nov. 28th a son.

An item appeared in last week’s paper stated that Mr. and Mrs. Peter Sniler were the happy parents of a young son.  It should have been to Mr. and Mrs. Theador Snider.




Friday, June 14, 1912


Matrimonial – Koenig – Zeller – Miss Beatrice Koenig, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Koenig of this city, and Michael Zeller of Rochester, N. Y., were married by Rev. Fr. N. L. Maschino at the St. Mary’s Catholic church Wednesday morning.  After the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride’s parents.  Later the young couple went by Rapid car to Detroit, where they took a boat for a lake trip.  Thence they will go to their future home in Rochester, N. Y., where the groom has a house already furnished.  Friends there of the young couple have arranged to give a reception for them Monday night.


Oscar Taylor and one of the Eichler boys went up the river Monday and returned with a big catch of frogs.  They did their utmost for some days after to reduce the high price of meat by boycotting the butchers and feasting on frog legs.


Mrs. Mary Ann Muhlitner died in Pontiac Sunday and the remains were brought to this city Monday.  The funeral was held at 10:30 Wednesday from the home of Capt. George Balfour and was conducted by Rev. Taylor of Adair.  The interment was in the Hillside cemetery.  The deceased, whose maiden name was Mary Ann Satler, was born Sept. 6, 1832 at Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, and came to America in 1854.  At the age of 25 she was married to John B. Muhlitner by whom she was the mother of ten children, seven of whom are living.  The survivors are Lucetta, now Mrs. George Balfour of St. Clair town, John Muhlitner and Mary, now Mrs. Fred Allington of China,  Fred Muhlitner of Hartings, Emma now Mrs. Geo. Bugge of St. Clair town, Louis Muhlitner of Morris and Albert Muhlitner of this city.  Her husband died Feb. 28, 1892.  She also leaves a sister Mrs. B. Seipes of this city.  Mrs. Muhlitner was a memb erof the M. E. church in China, and during her long life here she had made a large circle of friends by whom she was held in high esteem. 



Mrs. Muhlitner, a pioneer resident of the Hart Road passed away at the Pontiac hospital on Sunday morning, June 9, at 4:30.  The remains were shipped to the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Balfour where they rested until Tuesday at 10:30, when the services were conducted at the house by the Rev. Taylor and the remains laid to rest in Balfour cemetery.  She was nearly 80 years of age, and leaves a family of seven children namely John of China, Albert of St. Clair, Louis of Morrice, Mich., Fred of Hastings, Mich., Mrs. Fred. Allington of China, Mrs. Geo. Bugge and Mrs. Geo. Balfour, St. Clair township.


Mrs. David Klemmer, nee Gertrude Cady Karp, died Friday after an illness since October with tuberculosis.  The deceased was born Sept. 12, 1889, in Casco, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Karp.  May 10th, 1910, she was married to David Klemmer, by whom she is the mother of one child, Edwin, a boy about a year old.  She also leaves three sisters, Mary, now Mrs. John Joachim of this city; Lucy, now Mrs. Jacob Schweiger of Casco, and Maggie, now Mrs. James Wilson of Port Huron, and two brothers, Michael Karp of Elyria, O., and August Karp of Detroit, with a father and husband to mourn her loss.  Mrs. Klemmer was a member of the Catholic church and a most estimable woman.  The esteem in which she was held by people in the Diamond Crystal Salt block, where she was formerly employed a number of years, was manifested by the elegant floral tribute paid to her memory.  The funeral was held Monday morning from the St. Mary’s Catholic church and was conducted by Rev. Fr. N. L. Maschino. 

Card of Thanks – David Klemmer and his wife’s brothers and sisters desire through the Press to return their sincere thanks to the many friends for their innumerable acts of kindness and aid during the long illness and death of their loved one.


St. Clair Town – A large crowd attended the funeral of Mrs. David Klemmer Monday morning.


Miss Mabel Alleman was given a miscellaneous shower yesterday afternoon at the home of her aunt, Mrs. George Butlin.

Miss Mary Brenner gave a shower last night for Miss Era Gliem.




Friday, June 21, 1912


Changes At the City Hospital – Miss Graham and Miss Coyle Resigned and Miss Tucker of Sarnia is the New Matron – Miss Ruth Graham matron at the hospital, and Miss Venata Coyle, her assistant, have resigned their positions and left Monday.  Miss Graham went to Point Edward for a two month’s vacation and Miss Coyle to her home in Canada.  Prior to leaving St. Clair Miss Graham was presented with a testimonial signed by every physician in the city and the hospital board as to her efficiency and the esteem in which she is held.  As this was unsolicited on her part it was the highest tribute that could be given by those in position to know as to the satisfaction which with she has discharged the duties of the position and as to her standing in the community.  Miss Graham is succeeded by Miss Tucker of Sarnia who has been superintendent of the general hospital there and is an excellent selection for the place.


Card of Thanks – The relatives of the late Mrs. Mary Muhlitner desire to return thanks for the floral offerings and the many acts of kindness during her death and burial.


Mrs. L. K. Vance passed the 95th milestone in her life last Saturday, the 15th inst., and her granddaughter, Mrs. Gertrude V. Howard of Bay City spent the day here with her.  Mrs. Vance came to St. Clair in 1830 and has lived here ever since.


Capt. William J. Chamberlin died Saturday and his remains were brought to this city Sunday.  The deceased was born Dec. 20, 1875, in St. Clair.  Here he was reared and educated and graduated from our high school in the class of 1895.  He began sailing the same year and continued on the water up to 1909.  He worked his way up on different vessels until he became master and closed his career on the lakes as master of the steamer William Hawgood.  Christmas 1901 he was married to Miss Frances Moore, a daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Moore of this city.  Two sons, Harold and William, were born to them both of whom are living (next line illegible) Calvin of Buffalo and Jarvis (?) of this city, and parents Capt. & Mrs. C. H. Chamberlin to mourn his loss.  The captain was a member of the Masonic, Maccabee and K. of P. fraternities and had many friends among our people.  The funeral was held from the residence of his parents Tuesday and was conducted by Rev. W. M. Todd.  The services at the cemetery were by Evergreen Lodge No. 9 F. and A.. M.  Card of Thanks – Capt. C. H. Chamberlin and family desire to express their sincere thanks to neighbors and friends for the many acts of kindness shown during their recent sad bereavement.


Alleman – Rose – Miss Mabel J. Alleman of China Twp and Justin W. Rose of Detroit were married yesterday morning by Rev. Fr. N. L. Maschino at the St. Mary’s Catholic church.  The bride’s sister, Miss Grace Alleman, was maid of honor, and the groom’s brother, Valentine Rose acted as best man.  After the ceremony a fine wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. John Alleman in China township.  Later in the day the young couple left for Niagara Falls.  After a month’s honeymoon they will return and make their home on Monroe avenue, Detroit.


Koenig – Beach – Mr. & Mrs. August Koenig were in Detroit Monday and Tuesday where on Tuesday morning at the Holy Rosary church they attended the marriage of their son Augustus Koenig and Miss Laura Beach.  Both the bride and groom were former residents of this city.  Miss Beach at one time taught the school in the Reitze district and has many friends in this vicinity.  The young couple will make their home in Detroit on Woodward avenue.


Mrs. J. Geo. Zink received the sad news early Sunday morning of the death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Geo.O. Wagenseil in Chicago of heart trouble.  The remains arrived at Port Huron Monday where Mrs. Zink and family attended the funeral Tuesday a.m.


Miss Carrie Langell gave a handkerchief shower for Miss Era Gliem Friday night, Miss Donelda Gliem gave for her a linen shower Tuesday evening and Miss Margaret Otter will give for the same future bridge an apron shower tonight.


Mr. & Mrs. Albert Boeckman of Bluffton, Ind., arrived here Saturday to spend a week on their wedding trip.  His parents, Mr. & Mrs. William Boeckman, gave a reception Wednesday evening at their home in honor of the bride and groom.  It was attended by relatives of the family. 


Probate Orders – In the matter of the estate of Bion St. Bernard, deceased; Lillian St. Bernard having filed with this Court her petition….

In the matter of the estate of Nancy M. Tripp, deceased; Nomer F. and Walter Tripp having filed with this court their final administration…




Friday, July 12, 1912


Carl F. Feske – Carl Ferdinand Feske died Tuesday morning after a lingering illness.  Mr. Feske was born July 19, 1832 at Schoenrade, Prussia and was married Nov. 17, 1862 to Miss Ernestine Werner, a native of Liebenow, Prussia.  The family came to America and settled in St. Clair in 1865.  Nine children were born to them of whom three are living.  The survivors are Emil Feske and Emma, now Mrs. Herman Pollex, both residents of this city and Charles Feske whose home is in Indianapolis, Ind.  There are also five grandchildren.  Mrs. Feske, the mother of this family, died June 25, 1900.  Mr. Feske was a member of the Lutheran church.  During his nearly 80 years of life 47 of which were spent in St. Clair he made a large circle of friends who will join with the stricken family in lamenting his loss.  For the last eleven years his home has been with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Herman F. Pollex, where his death occurred.  The funeral was held yesterday afternoon from Emanuel Lutheran church and was conducted by Rev. C. J. Krahnke.


Severe Shock from Bolt of Lightning – Narrow Escape – While sitting with her daughter near the door during the storm Wednesday afternoon, about 4 o’clock, Mrs. B. F. Fraleigh received a severe shock from a bolt of lightning and would have fallen had not her daughter gone to her assistance.  As it was she was rendered unconscious, but later regained consciousness and complained of her whole spine feeling as if seared.  By evening she was resting comfortably and at latest reports is doing well.


Mrs. W. S. Hopkins of San Francisco is a guest in the home of Hon. Mark Hopkins.





Friday, August 2, 1912


Matrimonial – Black-Anderson. – On Wednesday, July 17th, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Black of Cass street, Rev. W. M. Todd joined in holy bonds of matrimony Miss Mable Marion Black and Mr. Monta S. Anderson.  The groom is an employe in the Michigan Central railroad office in Detroit in which city they now reside. 


Mrs. --- (paper torn) received word Wednesday (of the) death of James P. Drayton….  in Grand Rapids on the 25th of July.  Deceased was a college man who was recognized all over the countryas an expert in estimating standing timber.  His wife was formerly state …. Of the D.A.R. and the family was quite well known here.


News reaches this office of the marriage in Detroit of Miss Anna Oles, formerly a telephone operator in the local exchange, to Mr. Frank Schranlin, formerly of Port Huron.  The marriage occurred June 15th, but for some reason it was kept quiet, although the bride’s relatives here knew of the union.




Friday, October 3, 1913


A Most Lamentable Occurrence.  The Sympathy of Our People Out to The Stricken Family of The Late Walter Scott.  – Our people were greatly shocked Saturday night at learning that Walter Scott had attempted suicide by cutting his throat with a razor.  It was known that his wife has been ailing for a considerable time, he has been up with her and working days.  He has worked at the Diamond Crystal salt block for the past thirteen years and during that time scarcely ever lost a day.  He only quit work Friday.  This excessive work and loss of rest are believed to have completely unnerved him and led to his rash act.  On seeing what had been done his wife ran out and called the neighbors.  These went to her assistance.  Drs. Burtless and McCall of this city and Dr. Wilson of Port Huron were summoned and what could be was done, but in vain.  He lingered until the next morning when death came to his relief.

Mr. Scott was born April 3, 1871 at White Rock, Mich., and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Scott who afterwards became residents of this city.  July 4, 1892 he was marred to Miss Anna Lindeman of St. Clair.  Two children survive him Ethel aged 15 and Harvey aged 7.  Mr. Scott was a member of the Lutheran church and of Court Riverside, No. 349, I.O.F.  He had a large circle of friends who will join the stricken family in lamenting his loss and sympathize with them in their terrible loss.  The funeral, largely attended, was held from the house Tuesday afternoon and was conducted by Rev. W. G. Coltman.

Card of Thanks – We hereby wish to extend our most sincere gratitude to the many friends and neighbors who so kindly gave of their time and their sympathy in the recent bereavement of our sister, Mrs. Walter Scott.  Signed: Fred M. Lindeman, W. C. Lindeman, Minnie Lindeman, Mrs. H. Rano, Mrs. F. J. Blankerz and E. C. Lindeman.


Mrs. John A. Matthews – On Sept. 17th occurred the death of Mrs. John A. Matthews of Detroit.  Mrs. Matthews, whose maiden name was Ida W. Hurst, was some 25 years ago a resident of St. Clair, where she attended high school and her early girlhood days were spent.  She was a person of high noble character and one of whom it could truly be said to know was to love.  She leaves to mourn her loss her husband and one daughter, four brothers and one sister.


Death notice of Richard Houtch, (paper torn) …will be well-remembered from (his) St. Clair residence.  Mr. Houtch was a pleasant man, generally like, nearly 90 years of age and very active for one so advanced in life.


Lawrence, son of Capt. &  Mrs. John Autterson, had a narrow escape from drowning Saturday, when he fell off the dock foot of Trumbull street and went to the bottom in twenty feet of water.  When he came up Walter Brines grabbed him and hung on for dear life until Frank Currier came to his assistance and pulled the boy out.


Mrs. A. M. Bascom was summoned to Cleveland Wednesday owing to the sudden death of her brother, Harry Paul. 


Casper, the three months’ old son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Orr, died Saturday evening and was buried from the house Monday afternoon.  Rev. F. S. Devons officiating. 


St. Clair Town – Mrs. Michael Yeip is celebrating her 72nd birthday on Oct. 4, 1913.




Fragment of October 24, 1913


Matrimonial – Pauly-Hellers – Fred J. Pauly of Detroit, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pauly of St. Clair town, was united in marriage to Miss Adelaide Hellers daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hellers of Detroit, at St. Mary’s church at 9:30 Tuesday morning.  Miss Carrie Hellers, cousin of the bride, was bridesmaid and Mr. George Pauly acted as best man.  A wedding dinner and supper was served and on the 5:30 train the young couple left for the East and on their return will reside on High street, Detroit, where they have their home all ready for occupancy.  Their many friends all join in wishing the happy young couple a prosperous voyage through life. 




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Mr. and Mrs. H. Pauly and family attended the wedding in Detroit Tuesday of their son Fred J. Pauly to Miss Adelaide Hellers.  Mrs. Hawkins, Miss Dora and Arthur Pauly returned home Tuesday, the others remaining a few days longer.


Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Laffrey and two children of Detroit attended the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. M. H. Simpson Sunday.


Miss Lytha Westrick attended the wedding of Miss Louise Winkle and Michael Grahmer in Richmond Wednesday evening.








Friday, July 17, 1914


Narrowly Escapes Drowning – Kenneth Ayers, age 9 of Chicago, who is visiting with the family of Geo. F. Elz, had a narrow escape from drowning Tuesday.  He and George Elz jr. had gone to the dock at the foot of Trumbull street to catch minnows when he slipped and went headlong in the river. Young Elz reached him his net which he grabbed, but Elz was unable to pull him out.  Fortunately Capt. A. R. Sharrow was in the customs office waiting for his clearance papers and witnessing the accident, ran to the dock and pulled the boy out.  The lesson was a good one and neither boy has wished to go near the river since.


Bright Young Men Meet Watery Graves – Pine River’s Toll Friday Was Lives of Bruce and Neil Mead, The Saddest Occurrence In Recent Years – One of the saddest accidents in the history of this city came Friday afternoon in the drowning of Bruce and Neil Mead.  Both were born in St. Clair, Bruce in October 1896 and Neil in February 1899, making their ages 18 and 15 respectively.  They were the only sons in the family of Mr. and Mrs. George Mead of south Seventh street, their death leaving but one of three children and that one Eleanor, aged 12 years.  Both boys were pupils in our high school and universally liked. Their classmates and associates have only kind words to speak of them.  Both were bright and Bruce would have graduated next year while Neil would have been in the Sophomore class. 

Friday afternoon the boys in company with Roy son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Cleland went to Pine River to go in swimming or rather wading as neither of the three could swim.  The place selected was an old Indian trail with deep holes at the sides.  Neil accidentally stepped into one of these holes and Bruce went in after him; Roy went to their assistance but barely succeeded in getting out himself.  After the alarm was given by the Cleland boy a party soon gathered and in time the bodies were recovered.  Efforts were made to resuscitate them, but too late as life was extinct.  Justice Frank Hayward, acting as coroner, was there and impannelled a jury.  The remains were taken to Mayhew’s undertaking rooms where the jury assembled and, after hearing Roy Cleland’s sworn statement as above given as to how the drowning occurred, agreed that it was purely accidental and that no further inquest was necessary.

The funeral was held Monday afternoon from St. Peter’s Lutheran church, and was conducted by Rev. Wilson, and an assistant of Detroit.  There was an immense concourse of people, many of whom could not get in.  It seemed as if nearly all of St. Clair was there and that our people generally had turned out to manifest their sympathy with the stricken family in the terrible affliction which has thus fallen upon their home. 

Schoolmates of the departed were out in large numbers to pay their last respects to their beloved comrades.  Floral tributes were beautiful an in great abundance.  Rev. Wilson’s sermon is spoken of as a lasting tribute (paper torn)

The boys were exceptionally well liked by their schoolmates and young people generally and by a host of older persons who had known them.  Their teachers speak of them in the highest terms and emphasize the fact that in all their experience they have yet to meet two more lovable, gentlemanly boys than Bruce and Neil.  They were always together, attended school together and finally went to the great beyond together. 

It is safe to safe to say that of the large number of people within the hearing of Rev. Wilson’s voice, not one left the church dry-eyed.  The sadness of the occasion impressed everybody alike.  That two such fine young men should thus meet such an untimely end was uppermost in everybody’s mind.  The sympathy for the bereaved parents and sister was manifested on every side, but at such a time nothing that human hands or hearts could do or say could lessen to any great extent the grief of that stricken family.  Time alone must pass to temper the force of the sad blow but never can it be effaced.  The memory of those loved ones and dear will ever remain uppermost in their minds, but hey will find much consolation in the fact that they have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.


Sarnia Girls Are Drowned At Tashmoo Park – The bodies of Nellie Beaumont and Jessie Lawton, the two Sarnia girls who were drowned at Tashmoo park last Friday afternoon have been recovered.  The two girls left Sarnia that morning with the Baptist Sunday school picnic.  Arriving at the Island they went in bathing.  In some manner they got beyond their depth and sank from sight with hundreds of people looking on.  According to one eye witness the girls came to the surface three times before finally disappearing.  Jessie Lawson who was about eighteen years old was employed at the Sarnia hospital, and came to Canada but a short time ago from Scotland.  Nellie Beaumont was the daughter of George Beaumont of 191 Cobden street and was about 17 years of age.


Port Huron Boy Drowned – Howard Beeler, 20 years old, met a watery grave in the rapids of St. Clair river at the foot of Lake Huron, last Friday night and Fred Blackwell, his companion, had a narrow escape from the same fate.  Both boys, residents of Port Huron, were out in a rowboat in which a motor had been installed, and at the time of the accident were crossing from Point Edward to the American shore.  The steamer John Stanton was down bound light and the supposition is the smaller craft came too close to the passing steamer and the suction swamped the smaller craft.


The remains of Nancy Helen Davie, who died in Clarkstown, Oakland county, on Sunday last, were brought here Tuesday, and funeral was held Wednesday from the Congregational church.  Deceased was 73 years of age past.  She was a relative of the St. Bernard family of this city.




Friday, July 28, 1916


Herman Knorr – Herman Knorr died at his home in Detroit on Thursday night of last week.  The deceased had been seriously ill, but was apparently well on the way to recovery when the oppressively hot weather sapped his vitality and weakened him until death resulted.  Mr. Knorr was born April 24, 1838, at Echte in Hanover, Germany, and came to America when 19 years of age.  From 1878 to 1882 he was in business in St. Clair and will be well remembered here under the firm name of Knorr & Beauclair.

Mr. Knorr was twice married, his first wife being Miss Caroline Zapf, to whom he was wedded in 1863.  Seven children were born to them, all of whom are living and reside in Detroit, with the exception of George who was killed by an automobile two years ago.  The children are Emil Knorr, Miss Tillie Knorr, Mrs. Frieda Krause, George and Edward Knorr, Mrs. Martha Fischer and Miss Emma Knorr.  The mother of these children died in 1884. 

Two years later Mr. Knorr was married to Miss Lena Zink of St. Clair.  Two daughters were born to them of whom one died in infancy and the other, Miss Hilda Knorr, is a resident of Detroit. 

The deceased was a member of the Lutheran Church.  In his boyhood days he pursued studies in the merchant school in Germany.  After coming to this country he took a teacher’s course at Fort Wayne, Ind.  Under the auspices of the Trinity Association he taught in Detroit some years, commencing in 1863.  Later he turned his attention to the mercantile business and followed this in Fraser, Mich., Mishawaka, Ind., St. Clair and Detroit.  He was a man of culture and highly esteemed by those who knew him.  The funeral was held Sunday in Detroit.  Mr. and Mrs. J. George Zink of this city were in attendance.


Bodies Recovered – The bodies of Mrs. Edgar Fletcher, 27, and Miss Ola Ellis, 25, both of Toronto, who were drowned Thursday, were recovered from the St. Clair river near Corunna, Friday afternoon.  Mrs. Fletcher went wading and got beyond her depth.  Miss Ellis went to her aid and both perished.  They were visiting Mrs. Edith Ellis Clemens, who occupies a summer cottage on the river bank.  Mrs. Fletcher’s three-year-old daughter witnessed the drowning.


Wreckers Abandon Work on Str. Price – “Steamer Price is But a Junk Heap,” Declares Capt. Cunning After Three Weeks’ Work – The efforts of Capt. Alex. Cunning to salvage the steamer Price, lying over-turned on the bottom of Lake Huron was abandoned last Tuesday.  Capt. Cunning is reported to have said: “We have quit work.  The wreck has been abandoned.  There is nothing there but a junk heap and after twenty days of preliminary work we have decided that it is impossible to float the steamer.  I do not think it is possible to raise the steamer without such a large expenditure of money as to make the task prohibitive.  Even if the steamer should be brought to the surface the wreckers would have nothing but a junk heap for their efforts.  There is nothing to the cabin work of the steamer.  The aft and forward cabin sections of the steamer are crushed flat.  The engine is nothing but a junk heap and the engine bed has been torn away.”





Partial pages, January 12, 1917


Old Resident Dies – The death of Peter Gehle occurred early Monday morning, Jan. 8th, at the home of Henry Keves, residing on the Town Line.  Deceased was born June 29, 1842.  He leaves to mourn his loss, his daughter Mrs. Louis Schweihofer and a son in Detroit.  The funeral was held Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock from St. Mary’s Catholic church.


Andrew Schrepferman of Alpena was called to St. Clair last week owing to the death of his mother, Mrs. Margaret Schrepferman.  He returned home Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Wulf and two sons of Detroit, returned home Sunday evening after being here in attendance at the funeral of her mother, Mrs. A. Schrepferman.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schrepferman left Monday afternoon for Detroit, en route for their home in Chicago, after being called her by the death of his mother, Mrs. Margaret Schrepferman.

Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey C. Harndle and two children returned to their home in Rochester, N. Y., Tuesday, after being called here on account of the sickness and subsequent death of her mother, Mrs. A. Schrepferman.

Card of Thanks – The family of the late Mrs. A. Schrepferman desire to thank the many friends and neighbors for their many acts of kindness, also to the choir of the Lutheran church for their services and to all those who sent their beautiful floral tributes.




Friday, June 15, 1917


20th Anniversary – Relatives and Friends Gave Mr. and Mrs. Herman Fischer a Pleasant Surprise on their Wedding Anniversary – Saturday, June 9th, was the 20th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Fischer, and a large company of relatives and friends planned and executed a complete surprise…


Cas. E. Solis – Charles E. Solis died Saturday after a lingering illness from apoplexy and diabetes.  Mr. Solis was born Sept. 4, 1848 in Oneida, N. Y.  His father Daniel E. Solis came to Michigan soon after and opened a store in Detroit.  A little later he came to St. Clair and purchased the City Hotel which stood nearly on the ground now occupied by Drs. Burtless and Carney for offices, where Mrs. Solis and son joined him.  He was a very popular landlord and at his death Dec. 26, 1861 people came from all the country around, like Mt. Clemens, Sarnia, Port Huron and Marine City to honor his memory.

Charles E. Solis was educated in the schools of St. Clair, Detroit, the academy at Waterloo, N. Y. and the University of Michigan from the law department of which he graduated in the class of 1879.  Soon after his graduation he was admitted to the bar at Port Huron and began the practice of law in St. Clair. 

April 13, 1864, Mr. Solis enlisted in Co. F. 15th Mich. Inf., and was with Sherman on his march from Resaca to the sea and up through the Carolinas.  He was taken prisoner Aug. 26, 1864 at Atlanta, had a taste of the horrors of Andersonville, but was exchanged a month later by a special arrangement between Sherman and Hood.  He as a boy participated in some of the hardest fighting of the war and was at Goldsboro, N. C. when Johnstone surrendered and at 16 took part in the grand review at Washington at the close of the war.  He was discharged June 25, 1865 by reason of the close of the war and returned to St. Clair.

In the fall or winter of 1868 he went to Salt Lake City and California and witnessed the driving of the last spike that joined the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific.  He was for a while employed by the Mormon church authorities as book-keeper and became quite a favorite with Brigham Young.  Later Mr. Solis went to Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, and Missouri.  He visited Kansas City, but found it very dull, real estate very cheap and business at a stand still.  He was in Omaha when land could be had for entering it.  Much of this land at both places has become very valuable.  From 1874 to 1876 he was in the Black Hills, Dak.  The latter summer he returned to St. Clair and in the fall entered the U. of M. as a law student.

Mr. Solis has been city attorney and justice of the peace.  In the latter capacity he always tried to prevent litigation.  If persons had trouble and went before him he tried to induce them to settle it and many cases in this way were settled which with other men would have resulted in prolonged litigation and bad blood.

Mr. Solis was married Nov. 18, 1868 to Miss Emma White of Port Huron.  They  were blessed with two children, one of whom, Georgia now Mrs. R. A. Dudley is living and resides at Los Angeles, Cal.  Mrs. Solis died Aug. 19, 1888. 

The deceased was a big-hearted man and during his long residence here made a large circle of friends who will regret that they are to see him no more.  The funeral was held Monday afternoon from the house and was conducted by Rev. F. B. Johnson.  Ex-soldiers of the Union army acted as pall-bearers.


Frightful Accident on Rapid Railway – Local and Double-Header Limited Crash Together Saturday Afternoon Just Below Yankee Switch, Two Miles North of St. Clair.  Four Victims Dead, Many Injured.  Motorman on Local Alleged to Have Disregarded Orders; May Be Accountable For Terrible Disaster. 

The Dead:

John B. Petit, Ford garage owner and for many years prominent in the Michigan Short Ship Circuit of harness races.  Died at St. Clair hospital Sunday afternoon from a fractured skull and the loss of his left arm, which was severed in the wreck.

Andrus Blychert, 1166 Goethe street, Detroit, machinist, died Saturday night at St. Clair hospital.  He was the last man taken from the wreck, being pinned in between the cars for over an hour.  Both legs and both arms were crushed and he was in such a condition that the physicians decided he could not stand amputation of his limbs.  He was on his way to Port Huron to visit his wife who had come on from Chicago.

William Dennis, Marine City, age 66, died Saturday night at St. Clair hospital from shock.  Dennis was not at first supposed to be seriously injured.

George Smith, Port Huron, conductor of the first limited, died at St. Clair hospital Saturday night.  His right leg was amputated and he died from shock and internal injuries.

The Injured:

Raymond Foltz, Port Huron, well known piano tuner, at St. Clair hospital; his left foot was amputated, right arm badly lacerated, left arm broken. He displayed a wonderful amount of grit and the physicians declare if he survived it would be due to his wonderful display of nerve and determination to live.

Mrs. Captain Burnham, Port Huron, aged 77 years, not seriously injured but suffering from shock.

Mrs. George D. Smith, sister of Mrs. Burnham, badly hurt about the ribs and spine, condition serious.

Mrs. F. J. West, Perry Harbor, Ont., niece of Mrs. Burnham, badly bruised and cut.

Mrs. John Harrison, Port Huron, badly hurt about the head and one leg injured.  Removed to Port Huron hospital, Sunday.

Charles Haack, Capac, jammed about the body.

Robert Donaldson, Chicago, badly broken ankle and cut over the eye.  At Hotel Cadillac, St. Clair.

Mrs. Bert Peltier, Mt. Clemens, side hurt and wrist splintered.  At Hotel Cadillac, St. Clair.

Howard Gardner, Port Huron, bruised and stunned.  At the Port Huron hospital.

George H. Maxon, Port Huron, injured about the head.

William Plotzke, motorman, Port Huron, at St. Clair hospital, slight concussion of brain, both eyes injured.  Will recover.

Frank Hayner, St. Clair, slightly injured. At St. Clair home.

William Meldrum, Fair Haven, slightly injured.

Henry Luden, Detroit, slightly injured.

Gus Biewer, St. Clair, slightly injured.

Mrs. Raymond Foltz, 810 Erie street, Port Huron.  Suffering from shock.

Charles Streit, St. Clair, one leg broken.

Ray Davidson, motorman first limited.  Not badly injured.

Noah Lucier, Marine City.  Suffering from shock and bruises and cuts. 

A.D. Hughes, Wayland, Mich.  At the home of Mrs. Joseph Burke, St. Clair.  Suffering from broken right leg, broken left arm and fractured jaw.

Ruth Thody, age 10, Lakeport, Mich.  Suffering from broken right knee.  Taken to Mrs. Burke’s home.

James J. Lynn, Port Huron.  Suffering from bruises and shock.

George Bowen, Port Huron, Seventh street.  Suffering from shock and bruises.

Margaret Dawson, Tenth street, St. Clair.


(Excerpts from Article)

This city was thrown into a state of wild excitement last Saturday afternoon, the result of a head-on collision between a double-header northbound limited and a southbound local Rapid car, a short distance south of Yankee street switch about two miles north of St. Clair.  The crew of the first limited was Ray Davidson, motorman, George Smith, conductor; the second limited was officered by Harry Horton, conductor; William Crandall motorman; the local car was in charge of Howard Gardiner, conductor, and Wm. Plotzke, motorman…

The cars beyond control came together with a crash that could be heard for half a mile…

The Boy Scouts, under the leadership of Fauster Engelgau, who were in camp near the scene of accident, were quickly on the scene and aided in rescuing the injured, loading them into the autos and taking them to the houses along the road…

In a statement made today to Sheriff Windsor, Howard Gardner, of Port Huron, conductor of the local car, which ran past the Yankee switch, violating orders, placed the entire responsibility for the accident on William Plotzke, of Port Huron, his motorman, who is still in the St. Clair hospital…

The Rapid railway has purchased land at the deadly curve where the accident took place so that the curve can be straightened…


Funeral of William Dennis – The funeral service of Wm. Dennis, who died as a result of his injuries in the wreck on the D. U. R. was held in Marine City on Tuesday afternoon and was conducted by Rev. F. B. Johnston of St. Clair.  Mr. Dennis was an employe of the D. U. R.





Friday, January 24, 1919


A Narrow Escape – Arthur Vollstaedt Was Flirting With The Undertaker Last Friday As Result of Accident at Salt Works – Arthur Vollstaedt, foreman of C. & B. pan building at the Diamond Crystal, met with an accident about 9:30 last Friday morning, and came within an ace of being killed.  He had occasion to go to the A. and F. building where they were having trouble with a hot box located about 12 feet from the floor.  Mounting the ladder he went aloft to see what was causing the trouble, and while up there a loose sweater he was wearing caught in the shafting, winding in up his back as far as it would go and then he started flying though space and was only released when every stitch of wearing apparel was torn from his body, excepting his shoes and socks.  He was severely bruised all over his body and his ankle was wrenched, but no bones were broken and no serious results followed… (article torn)


Matrimonial – Hubel – Washburn – Of interest to Port Huron is the announcement of the marriage of Herbert Hubel, formerly manager of the Western Union office here, to Miss Jessica A. Washburn, of Lansing, which took place in Bowling Green, Ohio, December 21st.  Mr. Hubel, whose former home was in St. Clair, Mich., where his parents resided, was manager of the local Western Union office about three years ago, and has many friends here.  At present he is manager of the Lansing office with which Miss Washburn was also connected.  The wedding was announced last Friday at a dinner given in Lansing. – Port Huron Times-Herald.


Death of Mrs. Ben Davenport – The many friends of Ben Davenport, formerly of this city, now of the Algonac Courier, will sympathize with him sincerely in the sad affliction that befell him Monday, in the death of his wife from influenza.  Mrs. Bessie Fischer Davenport was born Sept. 10, 1891, in Detroit.  Aug. 3, 1912, She was married to Ben. Davenport, and by him was the mother of two small children, Ben., Jr. and Grace.  She also leaves a mother, Mrs. Henry Fischer, and two sisters, the Misses Jessie and Grace Fischer in Detroit, and three brothers in the U. S. cantonments, to mourn her loss.  The deceased was a member of the M. E. church, an accommodating neighbor, devotedly attached to her children and home and held in high regard from her qualities of mind and heart by those who knew here.  The funeral was held from the house Tuesday afternoon.


The death of H. Leonard, aged 25 years, son of Dr. and Mrs. H. B. Wright, occurred at his home in Detroit last Sunday.  He leaves besides his parents and sister Lillian, a bereaved widow.  The funeral was held Tuesday.  The Wright family own a beautiful summer home on N. Riverside Ave., and the deceased spent several summer seasons here, being very fond of canoeing.


John Shafran died suddenly Sunday.  He had just eaten his dinner and died in his chair.  The deceased was born 81 years ago in Germany and came to America in 1872.  He was married in Germany and was the father of six children, five of whom are living.  The survivors are Anthony of Hamtramck, Theodore of Green Bay, Wisc., Mrs. Mary Decevict and Mrs. Maggie Druse of Detroit, and Frank Shafran of St. Clair.  The deceased was a member of the Catholic church and has many friends who will regret his death.  The funeral was held from the St. Mary’s Catholic church Tuesday morning and was conducted by Rev. Fr. Kromenacher.


Mrs. Ella Bandluer, living south of Adair, died Jan. 19, in the St. Clair hospital.  The deceased was born April 28, 1883, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Roeder.  She was the mother of two children.  The funeral was held Wednesday from the Lutheran church of Peters.




Newspaper fragment, probably January 1919, carrying the article of Arthur Vollsteadt’s accident also reported by the St. Clair County Press for January 24, of that year.


Stripped of Clothes; Escapes Serious Hurt – Arthur Vollsteadt Has Thrilling Experience With Sprocket at Salt Plant – Caughter by some projection on a large sprocket wheel, while at his work in the plant of the Diamond Crystal Salt Co., Friday, Arthur Vollsteadt, of Cass street, had all his clothing torn from his body, was whirled about the shaft several times, and thrown with violence against the cement floor.  Though considerably bruised, and suffering from the shock, Mr. Vollsteadt will probably escape the thrilling experience with no more serious injury than a sprained ankle.  With another workman, Mr. Vollsteadt was about to repair a chain, running from this sprocket to another, which had broken.  As they approached the large sprocket, he cautioned the other man against the danger of being caught.  In another instant he had brushed against the wheel himself and was being thrown about the shaft.  The fact that his overalls were old doubtless saved his life.  After a revolution or two the clothing gave way.  When he fell to the floor Mr. Vollsteadt had been stripped of all covering except his shoes and stockings.  Late reports from the Vollsteadt home are that the exception of the injured ankle and numerous body bruises, the patient is rapidly recovering. 


Young People Take Cold Plunge Into Pine River – Skating Accident Results in Nothing More Serious than “Ducking” – Miss Eugenia Ebert fell into an airhole, while skating on Pine river, last Thursday afternoon.  When Earl Schaeffer attempted to rescue her, the ice gave way beneath them both and the two were struggling in the water when Justin Muhlitner appeared.  With his aid, Earl was able to get Miss Ebert onto solid ice.  Neither is feeling any ill effects as the result of their experience.


The marriage of Clarence J. Brinker and Miss Sarah Cahours, both of St. Clair, was solemnized at St. Mary’s church Wednesday morning, of last week, Rev. Fr. Kromenaker officiating.  The young people left for a short wedding trip to Toledo.  On their return they will make their home in the Harkness house at Orchard and Fourth streets.  Mrs. Brinker was born in St. Clair and has lived here all her life.  Mr. Brinker’s family moved here from Harrisonville about nine years ago.  For the past few years he has been the mate on the steamer J. Pierpont Morgan, now in dock in Toledo.  Both friends (sic) are highly esteemed by a large circle of friends, who wish them all happiness and prosperity.


Capt. E. H. Doner takes Bride in Minneapolis – Former St. Clair Man Announces His Marriage to Miss Helen Louise Fulton – Announcements have been received here of the marriage of Capt. Edward Horace Doner, formerly of this city, to Miss Helen Louise Fulton, of Minneapolis.  The wedding took place at the home of the bride Jan. 1, and was a social event of no small interest.  The groom is captain of the steamer Skater which sails principally between ports in the northern lakes.  During the summer he often saluted St. Clair friends as he passed, piloting camouflaged vessels down the lakes and river.  Captain Doner is the son of Captain and Mrs. James Doner, who moved from St. Clair a year and a half ago, to Sheboygan.  The young people will live in Manitowoc, Wis.


The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Holland died at the hospital Tuesday.




Friday, April 1, 1921


Marine City Lady Dies In St. Clair Hospital Monday – Marine City, March 29 – Mrs. Paul Endrees (Endress) died at 2 o’clock on Monday afternoon in the St. Clair hospital.  She was taken to the hospital in the morning, from her home here, and an infant son was born to her there.  The deceased was aged 39 years.  Besides her husband she is survived by eight children: Alma, Ursula, Lillian, Luke, Gordon Aaron, Jarvis and the infant.  The family residence here is No. 165 Bruce street.


Obituary – Mrs. Louis Baumann – Pauline Ernestina, nee Lippmann Baumann, passed away at her home on the corner of Sixth and Cass streets at noon Tuesday, March 19.  She had arrived at the age of 62 years, nine months and one day.  She was born in Werdau, Germany.  In the year 1880 she was united in marriage to Louis Baumann.  In the year 1882 Mrs. Baumann and her family came to American and settled at White Rock, Mich., and in 1889 came to live in St. Clair, where she has lived ever since.  Mrs. Baumann has been ill for many years and for the past five months has been bedfast.  Sugar diabetus followed by two strokes brought on her death.  In all her illness she manifested the spirit of patience and seldom murmured or complained.  The deceased was a faithful Christian, being a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran church for many years, and a highly respected and kind neighbor and friend.  All who knew her will remember her as a quiet and faithful person.  She leaves a family of nine children, all of whom she raised up to be good Christians and respectable citizens, and her husband, Louis Baumann.  The following are the names of the children: Ernst, Hugo, Elsa, Emma, Albert and Esther, all of St. Clair; and Richard, of Marine City; Frederick, at present, of Chicago; and Carl, of Grand Rapids, Mich.  Besides her immediate family she leaves also one sister and one brother in Germany, and other relatives and friends.  The funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock from St. Peter’s church, Rev. M. L.. Baseler officiating.  Interment will be made in St. Clair cemetery.


Frederick Yeip – Frederick Yeip, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Yeip, of Columbus, died Saturday of rheumatism and heart trouble.  The deceased was born Feb. 20, 1906 in Columbus township where his life has been spent.  He leaves a father and mother, a brother, Howard, 12 years old and three sisters, Briletta, aged 18, Rosamonde, age 16, and Louise, 8 years of age, all of the town of Columbus, to mourn his loss.  He was a member of the Catholic church and well spoken of by those who knew him.  The funeral was held Monday morning from the St. Mary’s Catholic church and was conducted by Rev. Fr. Kromenacker.


Mrs. Rosina Werner – Mrs. Rosina Werner died Saturday at the home of her son, William G. Werner, of China, of cancer.  The deceased was born March 27, 1852, in Dunkirk, N. Y., and when four years of age came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Grimmer, to Marine City.  The family moved to Columbus township where she resided until 20 years of age.  August 26, 1872, she was married to August Werner, a native of Germany, but then a resident of St. Clair.  After their marriage the couple resided in this city for 8 years and then moved to the farm where she lived until four years ago when she returned to St. Clair which has since been her home.  Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Werner, all of whom are living and are William G. Werner, of China; Emma, now Mrs. Otto Grumier, of Detroit; Louisa, or Mrs. George Beardsley, of Richmond; Anna, now Mrs. Edward Maedel of China; and Rosa, now Mrs. N. L. Zimmer of St. Clair, also one sister, Mrs. Anna Christ and eight grandchildren.  Her husband died Jan. 6, 1916.  The deceased was a woman highly spoken of as a neighbor and friend and many will regret her death.  The funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, from the house and was conducted by Rev. W. S. Steensma.  The interment was in the Kittridge cemetery in Columbus.

Card of Thanks – The children of the late Mrs. Rosina Werner desire to thank the neighbors and friends for their many acts of kindness; also to those who contributed floral pieces and to Rev. Steensma for his services.


Card of Thanks – We wish to thank Palmer Lodge No. 20, K. of P., Charles J. Fulton Post American Legion, neighbors and friends and relatives for their kindness, sympathy and beautiful floral offerings, also for the machines furnished for the funeral of our son and brother, Julius Eichler.  We also desire to thank Rev. Baseler for his consoling words and Mrs. Baseler for her beautiful solo rendered.  Mother, Brother and Sister.




Friday, January 6, 1922


Dan Cupid Had Fairly Busy Year In St. Clair – Marriages of 1921 Will Be Found to Compare Very Favorably With That of Other Years Here –

Marriages of St. Clair people in 1921:


Ethel Douglas and Carey E. Magary, Jan. 13.

Vera Thatcher and Herbert J. Robb, Jan. 13.

Bertha Beyschlag and Capt. G. R. O’Connor, Jan. 17.

Marion Ella Trumble and E. Everest Witty, Jan. 18.

Cecilia Westrick and Lawrence Blanchard, Jan. 19.

Mary Weber and Dr. Lewis Grice, Jan. 19.

Margaret MacIvor and Calvin Radike, Feb. 2.

Irene L. Meyers and Sherman V. Distlerath, Feb. 4.

Rose E. Teverna and Joseph C. Kelly, Jan. 25.

Grace P. Cahill and Donald Graham, Jan. 22.

Irene Myers and Sherman V. Distlerath, Feb. 1.

Catherine Muriel Stapleton and John Edward Crampton, April 27.

Delia Leonore Durand and John Britz, May 4.

Laura Reynolds and Fred W. Kelly, May 10.

Mabel Briggeman and Andrew John Zaetsch, June 8.

Mabel L. Vories and Lee Patterson, June 11.

Ethyle G. Westrick and Walter H. Lucas, June 16.

Louise Shirkey and Anthony Eckert, June 20.

Mrs. Allie Montford and Wm. S. Mitchell, June 23.

Katherine Paya and John O’Brien, Jr., June 20.

Anna Clare Vollstaedt and Wm. Stewart Carman, July 2.

Mabel Frazer and Ray Cline, July 2.

Ruth Boden and Frank Brien, July 6.

Grace Chapel and Robert S. Bessay, July 5.

Mrs. Gladys Trim and Floyd M. Warren, Aug. 3.

Fay Ross and Russell H. Radike, Aug. 8.

Aldora Shinn and Howard N. Leach, August 19.

Bessie Rubenstein and Jewell Levy, August 23.

Jeanne Shiria Crary and Harry Arthur Sanbrook, Sept. 1.

Frieda Gliem and Samuel Byron Chapman, Sept. 12.

Frances Leonard and Martin West, Sept. 22.

Jessie Whitney Gurd and Victor Roy Smith, Oct. 1.

Barbara Mitchell and Thomas Mackley, Oct. 12.

Mrs. Dora Laffrey and James Orr, no date given.

Mrs. Margaret May Minor and Ben. Currier, Oct. 12.

Mrs. Jennie M. Hopkins and Mark Finley, Oct. 12.

Lena Dorothy Kahler and Charles Gries, Nov. 5.

Mabel Hummell and Joseph Denomy, Nov. 8.

Ann M. Schlinkert and James D. Brookman, Nov. 12.

Catherine Kenyon and Albert Goschnick, Nov. 15.

Sadie Pearl Barringer and Norman Edward Lamb, Nov. 16.

Tena MacIvor and Peter Herbert Barrell, Nov. 24.

Marguerite Beebe and Walter M. Machendanz, Nov. 23.

Lydia C. W. Emig and George Rood, Nov. 24.

Doris Adeline King and James Newell, Dec. 1.

Nettie Vincent and Clarence Blaine, Dec. 1.

Winnie Shamplo and Elmer Wolvin, December 12.

Bernice Kenyon and Harry Frank, Dec. 16.

Gladys A. Doner and Walter S. Dugan, Dec. 17.

May Agnes Hennessey and Lloyd L. Weaver, Dec. 23.

Gladys Kelly and Paul Schlinker, Sept. 20.


Matrimonial – Betts-Magary.  – The Marriage of Mr. John E. Betts and Mrs. M. Magary occurred in Detroit on Thursday, Dec. 29th.  Both were former residents of St. Clair.  They expect to spend the remainder of the winter in Florida.  Since leaving St. Clair Mr. Betts has resided in New York state, where he is connected with a large stock farm.


Obituary – Mrs. John W. Buckner – The death of Mrs. John W. Buckner occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. [R]euben Brines, Detroit on December 30, 1921, after a lingering illness for two years.  She was 73 years of age and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Stillwell, Baptist pastor at Cheapside, Ontario.  In 1866 she was united in marriage to John W. Buckner.  Nine children were born of this union, four of which are still living.  About 1883 they came to this city where they resided until about 18 years ago when they moved to Port Huron where they have resided since.  Mrs. Buckner for years was a member of St. Clair Baptist church and later of Calvary Baptist church of Port Huron.  Beside the husband there are three daughters and one son, nineteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren left to mourn her loss; Mrs. Reuben Brines, of Detroit; Mrs. William Mitchell, of Port Huron; Mrs. James Bond of this city, and Thomas Buckner of Port Huron.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the home of her daughter and conducted by Rev. George Goodrich, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Card of Thanks – We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to those who so kindly assisted us with their cars and in other ways in the recent sad bereavement in the loss of our mother.  Also for the beautiful floral offerings sent by the First Baptist church, Pythian Sisters and Port Huron & Sarnia Ferry Co., and music rendered by members of Baptist church choir, as well as the kindly words spoken by Rev. Goodrich.  J. W. Buckner, Mrs. James Bond, Mrs. William Mitchell, Mrs. Reuben Brines, Thomas Buckner.


Death of Baby Simons – Marion Ethel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd H. Simons, died Sunday night at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Balfour.  The cause of death was pneumonia.  The little one was born May 3, 1921, at the family home in Northville, Mich.  The mother of the babe was formerly Ethel M. Balfour, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Balfour of St. Clair and they came here to spend the holidays.  The child was ill but a brief twenty-four hours’ time.  They have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood in their affliction.  The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Balfour, Rev. F. B. Johnston officiating.

Card of Thanks – The undersigned with to express their thanks to neighbors and friends for their many acts of kindness in their late bereavement in the loss of their beloved daughter, Marion.  Especial thanks to Rev. F. B. Johnston for his consoling words.  Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Simons.


Necrology – The following deaths occurred in 1921, of people in whom St. Clair residents will be especially interested:


Ethel C. Houghton, Dec. 30, 1920.

James H. Kittermaster, Jan. 2, 1921.

Marguerite May Williams, Jan. 11.

James H. Burns, Jan. 7.

Edwin Minor Clark, Jan. 11.

Henry Shinn, Feb. 3.

Mrs. Wm. Nixon, Feb. 4.

Edgar E. Black, Feb. 6.

Mrs. Carrie A. Peasley, Feb. 16.

Helen Elizabeth Delor, Feb. 20.

William R. Radike, Feb. 21.

Emily A. Sampel, Feb. 23.

John W. Brakeman, Feb. 24.

Robert Campbell, Feb. 24.

Michael Pauly, Feb. 26.

Henry Keeves, Feb. 26.

Michael Schwartz, March 1.

Peter L. Wentz, March 2.

Alanson Welsher, March 6.

Mrs. Rachael Millisse Mitchell, Feb. 12.

Fred A. West, March 15.

Anna Gertrude Netter, March 16.

Iris Marian Morrill, March 18.

Mrs. William Harrington, March 18.

Mrs. Victoria A. Harvey, March 15.

Julius W. Eichler, March 22.

Mrs. Margaret Morse, March 24.

Mrs. Rosina Werner, March 26.

Frederick Yeip, March 26.

Mrs. Louis Baumann, March 29.

Louis Denn, March 30.

Mrs. Milford Justin, April 1.

Marcus H. Simpson, April 2.

Mrs. Thos. J. Moran, April 7.

Jackson Crampton, April 15.

Madeline Durand, April 15.

Matthew Kemp, April 23.

Chas. Christian William Schueneman, May 3.

Russell Surline, May 3.

Margaret (Ervin) Edgett, April 23.

Benj. F. Gerow, April 27.

Rev. C. L. Wuggazer, May 11.

Mrs. Reed Radike, May 4.

Katherene F. Menery, May 17.

Mrs. M. Alspass, May 19.

Mrs. James Orr, May 23.

Mrs. Anthony Fasbender, May 27.

William J. Luck, May 31.

Mae Morrison, no date

Leona Williams, June 8.

Rosa L. Carleton, June 15.

Anna Netter, June 16.

Daniel W. Lamont, June 17.

Mary Ellen Troy, June 20.

Mrs. N. C. Roberts, June 22.

Naomi A. Cox, June 22.

Rev. M. W. Gifford, June 23.

Mrs. Simon Langell, July 5.

Nicholas S. Zimmer, July 14.

Millard F. Washburn, July 14.

Charles L. Weil, July 16.

George H. Miller, July 13.

Mrs. George C. Solis, July 15.

Isabelle Balfour, July 23.

Joseph DeClair, July 29.

Wm. Bassett, July 31.

Paul Baumann, August 6.

Anna Shafer, August 8.

Lincoln Avery, Jr., August 7.

Emerson Jones, August 7.

H. E. Ewart, August 7.

Mrs. Margaret Zimmer, August 12.

Joseph Hackler, August 12.

Clarence Spielburg, August 12.

George Oldfield, August 20.

John Briggeman, August 20.

Mrs. Burton Savage, August 29.

Mrs. Agnes Decker, Sept. 5.

Edith Evelyn Wisswell, Sept. 6.

Mrs Arthur Vollstaedt, Sept. 18.

Charles S. Davidson, Sept. 26.

Fedora H. Baird, Sept. 27.

Nicholas J. Nadolick, July 8.

Mrs. Michael Pauly, Sept. 23.

Kittie Riddle, Sept. 25.

Louise Balfour, Oct. 3.

Mrs. Samuel Clark, Oct. 11.

Mrs. Louise Petit Smith, Oct. 5.

Fred Sharp, Oct. 17.

Isaac Woodrow Hurst, Oct. 16.

Ernest Plueddemann, Oct. 22.

Johanne Black, Oct. 22.

Frederick Schunk, Oct. 13.

Mrs. Margaret Sampel, Oct. 17.

Edith Ruth Rogers, Oct. 18.

Mrs. Mary Curran, Oct. 24.

Mrs. Agnes Decker, Sept. 5.

Mrs. Helen Brawt, Nov. 10.

Henry Kirchner, Nov. 9.

Hurbert G. Rood, Nov. 11.

Mrs. J. A. Fredenburgh, Nov.12.

Marceline (Mrs. Joe) Bedore, Nov. 14.

James Scott, Nov. 21.

Jessie Thompson, Nov. 27.

Andrew Haskell, Nov. 19.

C. H. Chamberlin, Jr., Nov. 21.

Theodore Radike, Nov. 12.

Wm. C. Gibson, Nov. 28.

Emily Northrup, Nov. 18.

Anna Elizabeth Seipes, Nov. 28.

Theresa Brines, Nov. 27.

Mrs. Willis Jenereaux, Dec. 5.

John Chamberlin, Dec. 10.

William Shirkey, Dec. 17.

Eugene R. Christy, Dec. 25.

Dorothy Webb, Dec. 26.

George Harry Miller, July 13.

Margaret Solis, July 13.

Hugo Ethelber Edwards, July 29.


Election of Officers – St. Clair Lodge, No. 14, Shipmasters’ Association, held their annual election of officers in their club rooms, Tuesday, January 3, as follows:

President – Capt. F. W. Watson; 1st Vice Pres. – Capt. Jos. B. Rinn; 2nd Vice Pres. – Capt. Abe Mussman; Secy. – Capt. Jos. Burk; Treas. – Capt. R. O’Connor; Marshal – Capt. John Autterson; Chaplain – Cap. Jos. Lowes; Warden – Capt. Wm. Morrison; Sentinel – Capt. Wm. Wright; Delegate to grand lodge, Capt. R. O’Connor; alternate, Capt. F. W. Watson.  The installation of officers will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10th.


February 23, 1922


To be Married Monday – Mr. and Mrs. Israel Mayhew announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Edel (sic) Mary, to Mr. Clarence Ewald of Detroit.  The ceremony is to take place at the home of the bride’s parents on South Riverside Ave. at high noon next Monday, February 27.  Rev. W. S. Steesma pastor of the First Congregational church of Jackson, officiating.


St. Johns-Harmer – At ten-thirty o’clock last Thursday morning Miss Amy St. Johns and Mr. Frederick G. Harmer were united in marriage by the Rev. G. E. Goodrich, pastor of the First Baptist church, the ceremony taking place at the Baptist parsonage.  The couple were attended by Miss Audrey St. Johns, sister of the bride, and Mr. Joshua MacIvor.  Following the ceremony the party proceeded to the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Harmer of Cass St. where a dainty lunch was served to the immediate relatives and friends.  The house was tastefully decorated in yellow and pink.  Daffodils and pink carnations were the floral appointments.  At noon Mr. and Mrs. Harmer left for a short wedding trip to Canadian points, returning to this city Monday.  They will reside at 502 Cass St. for the present.


Hoppe-O’Riordan – At noon Tuesday, February 21st, Miss Minnie Hoppe of White Cloud, Michigan, and Sergt. Eugene O’Riordan, in charge of the River District Department of the State Police, were (united) in marriage at Grand Rapids, Michigan.





Friday, June 9, 1922


Pre-Nuptial Event – In honor of Miss Albertha Steffen, a bride of this month, Miss Esther Baumann was the hostess at a very pretty shower given at her home on Cass street, at which fourteen guests were present.  The house throughout was decorated very beautifully in spirea and syringa.  During the evening the guests hemmed dusters for the bride-elect, after which a dainty lunch was served at a prettily appointed table, the colors of blue and white being used.


Former St. Clair Man Dies In West – Cottrellville, June 6 – A telegram was received the last of the week by Mrs. Anna Butler telling of the death of her only brother, Edward Faux, at Hopeton, California.  He leaves a wife and four little girls there.  Deceased was born and raised near St. Clair and will be remembered by many friends there.  He went west some years ago and was engaged in the garage business there.  Mrs. Hannah Wasey and Mrs. Sarah Clingo of St. Clair, are his only aunts, and Mrs. Robert Smith his only niece.  Mrs. Butler had planned leaving the first of September to spend the winter with her brother.


East China Home Saddened by Accident – Mabel, six-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delos Westbrook, living near Recor’s Point in East China township, was drowned Thursday, June 1st in St. Clair river.  The accident occurred just before noon.  An elder brother and sister were fishing in a boat a short distance from the shore.  The child strolled out on a dock to watch them, lost her balance and fell in.  She was discovered a little later by the brother and sister in comparatively shallow water and all efforts to revive her failed.  (Transcriber’s note:  Mabel was three years old.)


Mrs. George F. Loughin Died Yesterday Morning – Rev. Geo. E. Goodrich of the Baptist church phoned this office yesterday noon to the effect that he had just received a telegram from Capt. George F. Loughin of Philadelphia, apprising him of the death there at 6 a.m. Thursday, June 8th, of Mrs. Loughin.  The remains will be brought to St. Clair, her former home, and funeral services held at the Baptist church on Tuesday, the 13th inst.


Mrs.Cora Belle Bird – The remains of Mrs. Cora B. Bird were brought to St. Clair Sunday afternoon, June 4, and laid to rest in the family lot in Hillside cemetery.  Rev. F. B. Johnston officiated at the grave.  Deceased was 67 years of age.  She was born in St. Clair, being the daughter of Capt. & Mrs. Wm. Black, both deceased.  Of a family of seven children, Mrs. Bird was the last to go.  The family was prominent here years ago.  At one time Capt. Black was postmaster here and for years held the office of justice of the peace.  The deceased was twice married.  Her first husband was Joseph Abar.  Later she became the wife of Mr. Bird.  His death occurred in Detroit as a result of typhoid fever.  Mrs. Bird contracted tuberculosis late in life which was the immediate cause of her death, which occurred at her home in Detroit, Thursday, June 1st.  The funeral was held there Sunday.


Fifty-Foot Fall on Steamer Reed Fatal – Reno Genaw, Well Known Young Man, of Algonac, Meets Untimely Death – Reno Genaw, of Algonac, age 21 years, died Monday in an Escanaba, Mich., hospital, as the result of a 50 foot fall from a spar of the Interlake steamer James H. Reed upon which he was adjusting ropes prior to painting the spar.  He was employed on the steamer as wheelsman and was in his second season on the same boat.  Word of his death was sent to the Marine City chapter, Knights of Columbus, of which he was a member who notified his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Genaw, Jr.  The young man was a member of the Lake Carrier’s association and was popular among sailors and townspeople.  He was also well known at Marine City and St. Clair.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Thos. Genaw, also eight sisters and two brothers. 


Mrs. S. A. Clingo, in her 93rd year, has been ill and confined to her bed the past week, though she has since somewhat improved.  Mrs. Warren Butler of near Marine City, has been assisting in the care of the aged lady this week. 




Fragments of a November 1922 paper


Kelsey McMillan’s new home, building corner Jay and Seventh streets, is nearing completion. 


Mrs. Hasler, aged about 60 years, died Wednesday morning at the home of E. C. Morse, on Sixth street.  She had been ill a long time with diabetes, and also had gangrene in one foot.  Her husband was drowned on the lakes, a number of years ago.  She leaves one son and other relatives to mourn her loss.  The remains were taken to her former home in Marine City.


William F. Lavely died Sunday morning, November 26th, at 1:30 o’clock, at the home of his mother, Mrs. Joseph Declair, of North Sixth street, after a week’s illness of pneumonia.  Had the deceased lived until the 2nd of next February he would have been 41 years of age.  As a boy he lived in Marine City and there attended the parochial school.  He was married May 23, 1907, to Miss Josephine Jacklitch in Toledo, Ohio.  Twelve years ago they left that city and came back to St. Clair county.  For a number of years they lived in Marine City, later coming to St. Clair.  Besides his wife and mother, five children remain to mourn his loss, three girls and two boys, the youngest…(paper torn.) Deceased was a member of the Brotherhood of Carpenters.  The funeral was held Tuesday morning at St. Mary’s Catholic church.

Card of Thanks – The undersigned desire to express their thanks to neighbors, friends and all others who sought to lighten their burden by acts of kindness in the death of their loved one.  They also wish to thank those who contributed spiritual and floral offerings, those who donated the use of their autos, all and others who in any manner assisted in the last sad rites.  Mrs. Wm. F. Lavely and Family, Mrs. Joseph DecLair.







Friday, January 11, 1924


Former Well Known St. Clair Girl Dies – Henry R. Baird, Port Huron, received word --week of the death of his sister, Mrs. R. M. Dye, of Davenport, Wa.  Her death occurred Dec. ---- last, following an operation ----- .  The remains were shipped to this her old home and the burial is expected to take place this Friday afternoon at 12:30.  Mrs. Dye who will be better remembered here as Kittie Baird, was a former teacher in the local public schools and many of her dear friends and acquaintances will mourn her departure.  It was 2- years ago that she last taught the eighth grade here and many of her formal pupils are still residents of St. Clair.


Harold, infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Jas. Christie, Jr., died Sunday afternoon, Jan. 6th, aged one month and 23 days.  The funeral was held Tuesday from the house.  Card of thanks – Mrs. And Mrs. James Christy Jr. gratefully acknowledge acts of kindness of neighbors and friends in their recent bereavement in the loss of their beloved son.


John Bartley died Monday at the St. Clair county infirmary at Goodells.  His age was near 75 years.  He is survived by his widow, one son, Bert, of this city, two daughters of Detroit and other children; also one brother, Frank Bartley of St. Clair Interment at Goodells.


Armada, Jan. 7. – A license has been issued for the marriage of Miss Florence Bluhm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Bluhm, and a graduate of the local school, and Frank Deaner, of Romeo.


Hold-Up Staged in Regular Western Style – Thug Tried to Lasso Henry Brenner, Failing He Drew Gun and Told Victim to ‘Stick ‘em Up.’

Henry Brenner, shoemaker, was returning home last Friday night about eleven o’clock.  Between 9th and 10th streets he noticed someone following him but thought nothing of it at the time.  All at once he felt something strike him on the back of the neck; at this he stopped and faced a tall young man.  Mr. Brenner asked him what he wanted; the man replied, “your money.”  Henry didn’t attempt to argue the question as an ugly looking gat was pointing in his direction.  He attempted to put his hand in his pocket for his money, when the thug objected, saying “none of that, hands up.”

Brenner “stuck ‘em up,” and the man still smiling rifled his victim’s pockets.  Herny was then commanded to “keep ‘em up” for ten minutes while the stick-up man beat it.  The Brenner home was not far distant and the aged man hurried there, informing his son of what had happened.  The young man was able to trace his father’s assailant as far as the high school building and in the yard he found the rope that the thug had dropped in his haste to get away.  The rope had evidently been thrown with the intent of lassoing Mr. Brenner.  Speaking of the incident the victim says he could easily recognize his assailant.  He refused to state the amount of his loss.


Card of Thanks – The undersigned wishes to express his appreciation to neighbors and friends for their many acts of kindness in the death of his beloved mother; especial thanks to the Knights of Columbus Lodge – John Bauer.. 




Friday, January 25, 1924


Obituary – William North – The sudden death of William North, a resident of the State Road, St. Clair township, occurred in this city Saturday morning, the 19th inst.  Deceased was 72 years of age.  The immediate cause of death was apoplexy.  The stricken man was taken from near Crampton’s shoe store on Jay Street, to the city hospital, where he expired the same day at 4 p.m.  The remains were taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Roof of south Second Street, relatives of deceased, where the funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2 p.m., Rev. E. F. Dunlavy of the Methodist church, officiating.  The remains were taken to his former home in Richmond for burial.  Survivors are his widow and one son.

Card of Thanks – We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their kindness in assisting in our sad bereavement; also friends that donated cars and the Rev. E. F. Dunlavy for his kind words of sympathy.  Mrs. Wm. North and son, Mr. and Mrs. Roof.


Card of Thanks – Mr. and Mrs. Frank Blood desire to thank the neighbors and friends for their many acts of kindness in their bereavement; also Rev. Lenz for his services, and to all those contributing floral emblems. 


Card of Thanks -- The family of the late Mrs. James Brown wishes to express their sincere thanks to neighbors and friends for all acts of kindness during their recent bereavement.


Dr. W. H. Smith returned last Friday from a trip to Bolder, Colo.; where he was called to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Margaret J. Wittemyer, aged 80 years, who died Sunday, Jany. 6th.  The funeral occurred on Thursday, the 10th, and the doctor arrived in Bolder just in time for the funeral.  Surviving the deceased was one son and family of six children.


Matrimonial – Hardekopf-Carleton – Fred Carleton of South 8th Street and Mrs. Nettie Hardekopf were married Wed. Jan. 15th, in Detroit, according to the information furnished by friends of the couple. 




Friday, February 1, 1924


Honoring Miss Springborn – The Misses Vera and Muriel Laffrey entertained at their home on Fifth Street Sat. evening, Jan. 26th, in honor of Miss Lautrelle Springborn of Marine City, on the event being Miss Springborn’s birthday…Out of town guests were The Misses Charlotte Tichnor, Lautrelle Springborn, Evelyn MacDonald and Mildred Arnold of Marine City; Mr. Leonard Osier and Henry Miller of Detroit; Mr. Vincent Osier and Henry Marcero of Marine City; Mr. Lyle Burkhart and Gordon Leigh of Port Huron. 


Matrimonial – Mr. W. G. Phillips and Mrs. Margaret Campbell of Marine City were united in matrimony on Tues. evening at St. Paul’s rectory, by the Rev. Geo. Backhurst.  They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Emil Feske and son of St. Clair.  Mr. and Mrs. Phillips will live on their farm two and one-half miles from Marine City.


The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Dandron died Wed.


Rev. Geo. Backhurst was in Marine City on Mon. at the funeral of Capt. Henry Donaldson, an old settler of that town and a life-long seaman.




Friday, February 15, 1924


Obituary – Elizabeth Hanna – Miss Elizabeth Hanna died Thurs. Feb. 7th in Iron Mountain, Mich., after a two weeks’ illness of heart trouble.  Deceased whose age was 76, was born in Ireland, and came to this country with her parents when a mere child.  They settled in St. Clair.  Miss Hanna has lived here ever since with the exception (of) occasional visits during the winter months with relatives and friends in various cities in Michigan.  She left here last fall to spend the winter with relatives in Iron Mountain.  Deceased was a member of the Congregational Church for years.  Surviving are one brother, Frank Hanna of Jackson, Mich.; and four sisters, Mrs. R. McKinnon, St. Thomas; Mrs. N. B. Trim, Ypsilanti; Mrs. Philip Bissel, St. Ignace; Mrs. M. V. McWethy, Caro.  The funeral was held Friday at 2:00 p.m. from the old home, corner of Orchard and Second Streets, Rev. C. M. Burkholder officiating.  The remains were laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery.  Among relatives from out of town in attendance at the funeral obsequies were Mrs. Tom A. Hanna and son Clement of Iron Mountain, Mich.; Mrs. R. McKinnon and daughter Mrs. E. C. Harvey of St. Thomas, Ont.; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hanna and son of Jackson, Mich.; Mrs. N. B. Trim of Ypsilanti; Mrs. M. V. McWethy of Caro; Mrs. Harry Beacon of Royal Oak, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hamacher of Detroit.


Mrs. Saloma Shirkey – The death of Mrs. Saloma Shirkey occurred at the family home, corner of Orchard and Sixth Streets, Monday at 3 p.m.  She had been ailing for years and for the past three months had been confined to her bed.  Had she lived until the 20th of March she would have been 72 years of age.  She was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Church.  Deceased leaves three sons, Adolph, Dosie and Morton, and one daughter Irene, now the wife of Frank Jackson of Clinton Ave.  The funeral was held Wed., at 9 a.m. from St. Mary’s church and interment was made in Kittridge Cemetery in Columbus Township.


Louis E. Baumann – After nearly a year’s illness, Louis Earnest Baumann departed life Tues. morning the 12th inst.  Deceased was born at Werden Saxony, Germany, May 24, 1860, making his age 63 years 9 months and 13 days.  He came to this country July 15, 1882, and settled in White Rock, Huron County, Mich., the same year, where he was employed in the Thompson Salt Block for six years.  When the company moved to St. Clair in the fall of 1888, Mr. Baumann moved his family here and continued working for Thompson’s another 12 years.  In 1900 he started to work at the mason trade which he learned in Germany.  He had the reputation of being a hard-working, industrious man, honest in all his dealings.  Most of his time outside of his working hours (were) devoted to his family.  He was always a devoted church member.  He had a cheerful disposition, and ever tried to look on the bright side of life.  He was a devoted father and loved to help his children whenever possible.  He was the father of nine children, all of whom survive, and are as follows:  Elsie E., Earnest L., Hugo B., Albert A., Emma E., and Esther P., all of St. Clair; Richard D. of Marine City and Frederick C. and Carl L. of Detroit.  There are six grandchildren.  The mother of this family preceded the father to the spirit world several years ago.  The funeral was held yesterday at 2 p.m. from St. Peter’s Lutheran church, Rev. G. Lenz officiating.


An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Wolf died Wednesday.


Death of Former St. Clair Woman – News reached this office yesterday of the death of Mrs. John Zink of Salt Lake City, Utah, who passed away January ---- following an operation.  She left to mourn her loss her husband John Z., daughter Norah and three sons, Ralph of San Diego, Calif.; Raymond and Jack of Salt Lake City.  Mrs. Zink will be remembered by many of the older residents as Miss Laura Heisler.


Prominent Marine City Woman Passes Away – Mrs. Sydney McLouth, age 57, died suddenly at her home on North Main Street, Marine City, Tues. at 5 a.m.  She had been in poor health about 6 months but conversed with friends on the street the day before her sudden demise.  She leaves two children, Pierce McLouth, and a daughter, Mrs. Guy Taylor, both of Marine City; also two brothers, Arthur Wonsey of Marine City and Chester Wonsey of Sarnia.  Funeral services were held yesterday.


Aged Couple Married – William Piper, age 70, of Harbor Beach, and Anna Storm, 60, of St. Clair, were married last Friday in the County Clerk’s office in Port Huron.  This is the bride’s 3rd and the groom’s 2nd matrimonial adventure.


Golden Wedding Anniversary was Fittingly Observed – Sun. Feb. 10th marked the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Schneider and the occasion was fittingly observed at the home of their daughter, Mrs. J. R. Scheafer.  Mr. Schneider is 80 years of age and remarkably smart and active while his faithful life partner is 69.  They are the parents of seven children, all residents of St. Clair or near vicinity, and are as follows:  Mrs. Mary Sailor, John and Henry Schneider, Mrs. J. R. Scheafer, Mrs. Anna Frizzle, Gust, and Theodore Schneider.  A fine wedding dinner was served and the day spent in visiting and recounting the events of the half century of married life.




1925 – No other date detected


Obituary – Allen Dewhurst, 36, former resident of St. Clair, died at Pontiac, from blood poisoning.  The body was brought here for burial and services were held Saturday from I. I. Mayhew’s undertaking parlors.  Rev. E. F. Dunlavy officiated and burial was made in Hillsdale (sic) cemetery.  Mr. Dewhirst is survived by his father, Frank Dewhirst; two sisters, Mrs. Justin McCartney and Mrs. Claude Wolvin, both of St. Clair; two brothers, Charles, who is a salt water sailor, and Winifred of St. Clair.


Mrs. James Grice, until four years ago a resident of this city, died at her home in Gosport, Fla., at noon Friday.  Mrs. Grice is survived by her husband and three children, Dr. Louis W. Grice, Armada; Mrs. Clare Macklem, Seattle, Wash., and James E. Grice of Windermere, Fla.  Funeral services and burial were held in Gosport. 


Columbus – The death of Mrs. George Folts, Nov. 2, has caused a gloom in the neighborhood.  She has left a husband and two children to mourn her loss, besides a father, sister and brother with many other friends.


William Pool, of Romeo, is dead. 


Mrs. Geo. Folts, of Richmond, died the earlier part of last week. 




Friday, May 13, 1927


St. Clair Loses An Honored Citizen – Death of Franklin Moore Causes Widespread Sorrow In Loss of An Exceptionally Able Man – Franklin Moore’s death at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in Ford hospital, Detroit, cast a pall of sorrow over this community and especially in St. Clair city, his home.  His death was not unexpected, since word conveyed from the sick room several days ago gave home(?) folks no encouragement.  We who knew him best felt dazed and wondered at the irony of fate.  He was recognized as an exceptionally able man in many spheres in life.  His success in business, in politics and social activities, marked him as one of the outstanding examples of citizenship in this section of the state.

Franklin Moore was born in St. Clair 49 years ago.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Moore, now deceased.  His education was received in the public schools of this city.  He had every opportunity to seek a higher education, but left high school instead and went to work.  After various lines of industry he finally entered the employ of the Diamond Crystal Salt Co., of which his father was one of the organizers and part owner. 

Frank decided to try his hand at mastering the intricacies of the salt manufacturing business and was willing to begin at the bottom of the ladder.  He worked (illegible) departments and at the end of five years was rewarded by a promotion to shipping clerk.  In due course of time he was made traffic manager, a really important position which he mastered and held a number of years.  Following the death of his father, Franklin Moore, Sr., who was secretary-treasurer, this position was filled several years by the late Ben Whipple.  Finally, on account of his health, Mr. Whipple resigned and went to the Pacific coast and the position he had held went to Franklin Moore, the subject of this sketch, which position he held at the time of his death.

Politics, His Hobby – Every man is supposed to have a hobby and deceased was no exception to the rule.  He loved the game of politics and no doubt inherited this trait from his father.  Franklin indulged in politics beginning at home.  At the age of 24 he was elected to represent the first ward of his home city on the common council and served three terms or six years in all.  In 1911 he was elected mayor.  His next political office was on the board of supervisors where he received his first training in parliamentary law.  He was elected to the legislature in 1916 and served his district so capably that he was returned three consecutive terms.

Health Undermined – During his second term he was speaker pro tem and a candidate for the office of lieutenant governor of Michigan in 1924 and made an extensive canvass of the state, traveling by automobile.  It is believed he over-exerted himself in this campaign, bringing on a gradual breakdown in health.

Active For Green – In Fed W. Green’s candidacy for the nomination of governor, Mr. Moore was very active and took a prominent part in forming “Green-for-Governor” clubs throughout the various counties of the state.  At the time of his death, he was a member of the state prison commission and of the St. Clair county board of supervisors, having been re-elected to the board for his fourth time in April.  Mr. Moore was elected eight of the 12 times he was a candidate for public office.

Social Activities – Fraternally Mr. Moore was a Knight of Pythias, an Elk, an Oddfellow, a Mason, a Knight Templar and a member of the Mystic Shrine.  He had been master of the Masonic lodge here and grand patron of the Michigan order of the Eastern Star.  He was a prominent member of the St. Clair River Country club, was recently elected president of the Rotary club and was an ardent supporter of community enterprises such as the St. Clair Inn and new City hospital.

Bank President – Mr. Moore was president of the State Savings bank of St. Clair.  He was identified with other business enterprises and his life, though comparatively brief in the span of years, was so filled with activities that his place in the community will be hard to fill.  He had mastered the art of public speaking and his success along this line was so pronounced that his services were very much in demand.

In his early 20’s Mr. Moore was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Harkness of this city.  This union was blessed with three children.  Jane died at an early age and the widow and one daughter, Margaret, and one son, Franklin H., survive.  He also leaves three sisters, Miss Laura Moore of St. Clair; Mrs. Margaret Phelps of Detroit and Miss Emily Moore of Berkeley, Calif.  The funeral was held yesterday at 1 p.m. from the family home, under the auspices of the Masonic lodge.  The remains were laid to rest in Hillside cemetery.  All St. Clair business places closed yesterday between 2 and 3 p.m. during the funeral hour.


Snodgrass Child Dies – Much sympathy is expressed for the family of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight M. Snodgrass in the loss of their little daughter, Betty Naomi, aged six, who died Sunday at the family home, South Riverside avenue.  Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon, Rev. W. M. Ward officiating.  Burial was in Hillside cemetery.  The child was a victim of scarlet fever.

Card of Thanks – We wish to express our sincere appreciation to our many friends who manifested their sympathy during our recent sad bereavement in the removal of our little daughter.  Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Snodgrass.




Friday, October 18, 1929


Two Splendid Young Men Victims of Tragic Accident – This Entire Community Severely Shocked By News of the Death of Ray A. Thomson and Raymond P. Borntrager – All St. Clair was shocked and saddened by the news that came to us Friday night, when we were told of the sudden death which had come to Ray A. Thomson and Raymond P. Borntrager in an automobile accident occurring about 8 o’clock that evening while on their way to a football game in the University of Detroit stadium.  In the dimness of the atmosphere, foggy and rainy as the night was, the Ford car driven by Mr. Thomson crashed into a stalled truck without lights on the John R. road, between the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Mile roads, resulting in almost immediately fatal results to both occupants of the Ford car.  Since the happening of this tragic event, the people of St. Clair have been compelled to meditate upon this calamity, and to feel the pathos of the moment which has so changed the destiny of those concerned, and left the two families of the deceased in sorrow and mourning, for whom universal sympathy is expressed.  The fatal accident takes from our city two of its highly respected and useful citizens, and the city shares in the sense of the general bereavement felt over the tragedy.  Next to the keenness of sorrow and bereavement felt by the families and relatives of the deceased, is that felt by their co-workers and comrades of many years on the St. Clair Press, Charles R. Roberts and Ross Jones.

Was Life-Long Resident – Ray A. Thomson was a life-long resident of St. Clair.  He was born here May 18, 1888.  In 1907 he married Alice Poole.  To them were born a son, William Gilbert, now a student at Michigan State College, and a daughter, Ada Joyce, who died in infancy.  In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Susie Thompson (sic) of St. Clair.  Some fourteen years ago Mr. Thomson purchased the interest of Frank Schrepferman in the St. Clair County Press and became associated with Charles R. Roberts in its ownership and management.  Mr. Roberts bears eloquent testimony to his splendid ability and trustworthiness through all these years of their partnership. 

The funeral service was held in the Congregational church Monday afternoon, the pastor, Rev. Ralph Claggett, assisted by the Rev. (paper torn)… The Lions Club of St. Clair of which Mr. Thomson was a charter member and who had served on its Board of Directors, was present in a body.  The pallbearers were: Ross Jones, William Markle, Fauster Engelgau, Henry J. Wulff, Capt. Frank Meno and Fred Hunter…

Interment was in Hillside cemetery.

Philip Raymond Borntrager – Philip Raymond Borntrager was born near St. Clair, on May 28, 1903.  He was married on Oct. 29, 1925, to Miss Lucile Markel, of Richmond.  To them was born a daughter, Janice Joyce.  In addition to these, he is survived by his father and mother, living in St. Clair; his two sisters, Hilda and Dorothy, now Mrs. Sheldon Cartwright and Mrs. Donald Adamson, of Algonac; and by his brother, Bruce, of St. Clair.

Mr. Borntrager had his schooling in St. Clair, and in his boyhood days was a Boy Scout.  He went to work early in life, and for the past eleven years has been highly esteemed for his efficiency and faithfulness in the St. Clair County Press.  The funeral service was held from St. Mary’s church, Rev. Fr. Kromenaker officiating.  The interment was in St. Mary’s cemetery.  The pall-bearers were: Ross Jones, Merle Joachim, Hugo Kuhnlein, Melvin Visgar, Matt Stein, Jr., and Edward Schweihofer…

(Article noted as being written by Clarence M. Burkholder)


Card of Thanks – Mrs. Raymond Borntrager desires to express her sincere thanks to Rev. Fr. Kromenaker, to the members of her husband’s family, the pallbearers, the Michigan State Police, and to the many friends who were so kind and generous with their help and expressions of sympathy in her bereavement.


Card of Thanks – Mrs. Ray A. Thomson, son Gilbert and Mrs. Susie Thomson, desire to express their heartfelt gratitude to their many friends who were so kind and generous with their tokens of help and sympathy in the time of their great sorrow.


Burial Here Today of Former Resident – Mrs. Alice N. Tobias, of Lapeer, died at her home in that city Tuesday, Oct. 15.  Deceased, who was formerly Mrs. James Doner, of St. Clair, will be remembered by friends of this vicinity.  The funeral was held in her home in Lapeer.  The remains will arrive in St. Clair today at 1:00 p.m.  Burial in Hillside cemetery.


Sudden Death Of Former Pastor’s Wife In Detroit – News of the sudden death in Detroit on Tuesday last of Mrs. George Backhurst, was a distinct shock to St. Clair people, who were unaware of her illness.  The family left here but a few short weeks ago, and seemingly Mrs. Backhurst was in her usual good health.  Mrs. Backhurst, who was born in England some 48 years ago, came to St. Clair with her husband and family some seven years ago.  During her residence in this city, she endeared herself to numerous homes here where she will be mourned.  She is survived by the husband and six children, four boys and two girls, and one sister in New York.  The remains were brought to St. Clair for burial and taken to the Bower funeral parlors. Yesterday from 10 to 11 o’clock, the body lay in state in St. Paul’s Episcopal church, where they  were viewed by many of the friends of the family.  The funeral service was held the same afternoon at 2:00, Bishop Page, of Detroit, officiating.


Former Resident Passed Away on Monday, Oct. 14 – Word reached the Press office Wednesday of the death in Detroit on Monday, October 14, of Mrs. Lillian McCutcheon Lathrop, formerly a resident of this city.  Deceased has many friends in this, her former home town, who will regret the sad news of her demise.  The remains were to be brought here for burial yesterday and interred in her father’s family lot in Hillside cemetery.  Deceased is survived by her husband, S. Dwight Lathrop, and two brothers and one sister, as follows: Mrs. John Watson of London, Ont.; Chas. H. McCutcheon, of Huntington Park, Cal., and Herbert McCutcheon of Detroit.


Mr. and Mrs. Fred Harmer motored to Detroit last Sunday on account of the death of his uncle, George W. Duncan, which occurred Saturday.  Fred returned home the same day, his wife remaining a few days longer.  The deceased was a brother of Mrs. Robt. D. Harmer, of Riverside, Mich., formerly of this city.  She was present at the funeral. 


Joseph Alleman – Joseph Alleman, 81, well known retired China township farmer, living in Marine City, died there early last Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. A. Westrick.  Besides his widow, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Westrick of Marine City, and Mrs. John Reynolds, residing near St. Clair.  Funeral services were held at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, in Holy Cross church, Marine City, Rev. Fr. Gabriel Fuma officiating, and the remains were conveyed here and rest in St. Mary’s Catholic cemetery on the State road.


Francis Cox – Francis Cox, 83, an old and highly esteemed citizen, died on Tuesday of last week at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. D. Harris, of Kimball township, St. Clair county.  Mr. Cox was a well known farmer here, and belonged to one of the oldest pioneer families in St. Clair.  He lived practically all his life at the old homestead, once farm land, now at Vine street, within the city limits.  The house was built by his father Limer Cox, in 1851.  Mr. Cox recently moved to his daughter’s home after becoming ill.  His son, Louis Cox, Sr. and his family, share the old homestead.  Besides his son and daughter, deceased is survived by several grandsons, one great-grandson, and one brother, Edward Cox, of St. Clair.  Funeral services were held from his old home, West Vine street, on Thursday at 2:30 p.m., Rev. D. D. Nagel, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church of which Mr. Cox was a member, officiating, assisted by Rev. Wm. Ward, retired.  Burial was in the family lot in Hillside cemetery. 


Card of Thanks – The family of the late Mrs. Martha Wheeler wishes to return sincere thanks to neighbors and friends for innumerable acts of kindness in their bereavement; they wish to especially thank Rev. Wm. Ward for his services.


Matrimonial – Snowden-Gliem – On Monday, Oct. 14, at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, occurred the marriage of Miss Erma Snowden, to Mr. Frederick Carl Gliem, at 510 South Riverside avenue, St. Clair, Michigan.  Mrs. Delmar Hill, sister of the bride, acted as maid of honor and Mr. Frank Munt attended the groom.  Rev. George P. Hildner of the Lutheran church performed the ceremony, and Mrs. Walter Shaw played the wedding march.  The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. H. Snowden, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gliem.  After a short wedding trip, the young couple will be at home to their friends at 1502 Court street, Port Huron, Mich.  The guest attending from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Snowden, of Detroit, Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Hill of Rochester, N.Y., Mrs. A. Richter and daughters of Detroit; Mrs. William T. Guenter and sons of Eveleth, Minn., Doctor and Mrs. R. G. Hayward and children of Detroit; Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Chapman and children of Manistee, Mich.; Mrs. H. Wellen Fisher of Washington, D. C.; Mr. Charles Moore and Mr. Blanchard Cleland, of Ann Arbor, Mich.


Rhadigan-Engelgau – The marriage of Miss Elsie Rhadigan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rhadigan, of Marysville, and William Engelgau, of this city, occurred in St. Mary’s church at 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16th.  The bride was charming in her wedding gown of white satin with veil and a bridal bouquet of white Easter lilies.  She was given in marriage by her father.  The bridesmaid, Miss Genevieve Bernard, cousin of the bride, was dressed in pink satin with hat to match, and carried red roses.  Walter Engelgau, brother of the groom was best man.  The wedding breakfast was served at the St. Clair Inn after which the bridal couple left on a motor trip to New York.  They will reside in Port Huron at 1165 13th Street and will be at home to their friends after Oct. 22nd.



Friday, May 16, 1930


New Superintendent Comes Here in June – Theodore V. Eddy, of Three Oakes, Mich. Will Endeavor To Visit Local Schools Before They Close – Supt. F. O. Grounds of the local schools, resigned, has a letter from Theo. V. Eddy, superintendent of Thee Oaks Schools, saying his school will close a week earlier than St. Clair’s schools in June, and that he hopes to spend the week previous to the close here in St. Clair, inspecting the schools, meeting the teachers and getting his bearings as much as possible for the work which will begin next September.  Mr. Eddy comes to St. Clair schools highly recommended.  The local Board of Education had its choice of some forty-odd applicants and in selecting Mr. Eddy, the president of the Board, Mr. H. H. Hart, says he is sure the choice was a wise one.  Mr. Eddy was born in Litchfield, Mich., July 13, 1892, making his age 37 years past.  He graduated from Litchfield high school, in 1910 and received his A. B. degree from Hillsdale college in 1915.  His first superintendency was in the schools of his home town, Litchfield, serving three years, 1915 – 1918. During the world war he enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1918, serving as United States Stores Inspector on the Tank job.  He was mustered out of service the following year.  During 1920 he was employed as a farmer.  The following year he was appointed Superintendent of Camden, Mich., schools, serving two years.  His next charge was that of superintendent of Three Oaks, Mich., schools, which began in 1923 and which position he resigns to come to St. Clair.  Mr. Eddy is ambitious in his chosen profession and believes in looking ahead.  He already has a Master’s degree, in Educational Administration granted him at the University of Michigan.  It was earned during summer school and was received in 1928.  Mr. Eddy also has had one year of rural school experience.  The above record is a mighty fine one for a young man of 37 years.  He has demonstrated that he is progressive and sincere in his chosen sphere.  In local affairs, Mr. Eddy is chairman of the Executive board for the administration of the Couzens fund in Berrien county; he is president of the Men’s club and a member of the Congregational church board.  Mr. Eddy’s family consists of his wife, one son aged 11 years and two girls, nine and four years old respectively. 


Former Resident Here Dies Monday in Milford Home – Dr. Harry B. Wright, 65 years old, a dentist in Detroit for 42 years, died Monday night at his home near Milford, Mich., after an illness of five weeks.  He was born in Guelph, Ont., and located in Detroit in 1888.  He moved to Milford last November but maintained his Detroit office until he became ill.  Mr. Wright and family formerly lived in St. Clair where he built a fine home on North Riverside avenue, now owned and occupied by Fred W. Moore and family.  Funeral services were held yesterday in Woodlawn chapel.  The widow and a daughter, Mrs. Paul S. Hamilton of Detroit, survive.


Friends Attend Last Sad Rites for Mr. E. A. Cress -- Funeral services Tuesday May 6, in the First Congregational Church for the late Edward A. Cress.  Card of Thanks – We wish to express sincere thanks to our friends and neighbors for the deep sympathy and many acts of kindness during our recent bereavement.  Mrs. E. A. Cress, Mrs. Robina Campbell.


Edward C. Rewalt, aged 45, died at his home in Adair Monday.  Mr. Rewalt is survived by his widow, one daughter, Una, at home; his father, John Rewalt living near Adair, two brothers, Louis Rewalt of Casco township and Benjamin Rewalt of Detroit; one sister, Mrs. Floto Walters, China township.  He was born near Adair, August 15, 1884.  Mr. Rewalt was a well-known farmer in that vicinity.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from the home and at 2:30 p.m. in the First Evangelical church at Adair.


Mother and Baby Die in Auto Crash – Marlette, Mich., May 13 – Mrs. Alex Sampson, of Deford, and her 1-year-old daughter Martha were killed last night when their automobile struck a truck, five miles north of here.  Mrs. Sampson’s husband and three other children were cut and bruised.


Joseph McCormick, aged nearly 73 years, died Wednesday after a long illness.  Deceased was born in St. Clair township, June 24, 1857.  He was a lumberman in early life.  For the last 26 years he lived on the Carleton farm in Marysville.  He was the father of two sons, Fred and Henry McCormick, both deceased.  Two sisters survive, namely, Mrs. John Nicholson of Port Huron and Mrs. Katherine Reno of Chicago.  There are also seven grandchildren.  Mr. McCormick was a member of St. Mary’s church and the Holy Name society.  The body was taken to the home of his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Jessie McCormick, of Vine street, following his death.  Funeral services will be at 9:00 a.m. from St. Mary’s church, Saturday, and burial in St. Mary’s cemetery on the State road.




Partial pages, Friday, October 10, 1930


In Memoriam – In loving memory of Ray A. Thomson, who passed away on October 11, a year ago.  Alice Thomson, Susie Thomson, Gilbert Thomson.


Celebrated Golden Wedding Event Here Sunday, October 5th – Mr. and Mrs. Frank Patterson celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Sunday at their home on Fifth street, surrounded by their children and other relatives and friends, about fifty in number.  After the wedding ceremony was performed, a banquet was served.  The house was tastily decorated and flowers were in profusion.  Many gifts were received by the happy couple, also a purse of gold pieces.  A happy day was enjoyed by all present.


In Memoriam – In loving memory of our dear Raymond P. Borntrager, who passed away October 11, 1929…His loving Wife and Daughter, Mother, Father, Sisters and Brother.




Friday January 2, 1931


Albert H. Fish, 71, Bond Dealer, Dies – Had Lived in Saginaw Many Years; Born in This County and Educated in St. Clair Schools – The Saginaw Daily News in recording the death of a native son of St. Clair, published the following article in its issue of Dec. 22:  “Albert H. Fish, 401 North Jefferson avenue, prominent dealer in investment securities here, died Sunday at St. Mary’s hospital after two days’ illness.  Becoming ill suddenly last Thursday, he was taken to the hospital but failed to rally.  He was 71 years old.  Mr. Fish had been a resident of Saginaw for 24 years and was widely known in business circles here.  Born October 27, 1859, in St. Clair county, he was educated in the St. Clair public schools and for a number of years was engaged in the lumber business.  In 1877 he entered the employ of Pack, Woods & company at Oscoda and remained with them until they ended their lumbering operations.  Then, in 1898, he went to Port Huron, engaging in the mercantile business which he continued until 1906 when he came to Saginaw to become associated with the firm of Arthur Hill & company.  He continued with this concern for 10 years and the, in 1916, opened the investment business which he continue until his death.  He leaves his widow, to whom he was married June 19, 1889, one daughter and three sons, Mrs. Jessie Fish Kinney, Detroit; Robert and Jack V. Fish, Saginaw, and Albert Fish, Jr. of New York City.  He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Charles J. Reynick of Saginaw.  Funeral services will take place at 10:30 o’clock Tuesday morning from the residence.  Rev. Emil Montanus will officiate and burial will be in Forest Lawn.”


Card of Thanks – We wish to express our sincere appreciation to our friends and neighbors for their kindnesses during our recent bereavement.  Also to Rev. Nagel for his comforting words.  Mr. & Mrs. Samuel J. Smith and Family.


Mrs. & Mrs. Henry Joseph, of Marine City, announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Miss Viola Marie Joseph, to Merl J. Joachim, son of Mr. & Mrs. John Joachim, of St. Clair.  The marriage is scheduled to take place at 8 a.m. Thursday, January 8, in Holy Cross Church, Marine City.  Rev. Fr. P. J. Ternes will officiate.


Mr. & Mrs. William A. Dawson, of this city announce the engagement of their daughter, Margarette Bernice, to Mr. Chester L. Benedict, Jr., son of Mr. & Mrs. Chester L. Benedict, of Port Huron.  Mr. Benedict is a graduate of Port Huron High School and attended Hillsdale college, the Law School at University of Michigan and graduated from the Law School of the University of Florida.  Miss Dawson is a graduate of St. Clair High School.


Capt. & Mrs. C. C. Balfour, former residents of this city, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Wednesday, Dec. 24, at their home in Portland, Oregon.  They resided in this city the greater part of their lives and have many friends here who will be pleased to tender congratulations on this auspicious occasion.


Thompson – Rogerson – Miss Helen M. Thompson, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Roy Thompson, Clinton Ave., and Andrew C. Rogerson of Detroit, were married at 10:30 a.m. Christmas Day by Rev. C. M. Burkholder at the home of the bride’s parents.  Miss Ann Ebert and Chas. Thompson were the attendants.  The bride was dressed in blue chiffon with a gold lace yoke, while Miss Ebert wore beige.  The house was very prettily decorated, the color scheme being blue and gold.  The vows were spoken under a large wedding bell.  A dinner was served to a few of the relatives after which Mr. & Mrs. Rogerson left on a six weeks’ motor trip through Florida and other southern states.  They will reside on Cruse Ave., Detroit, where the groom has a new home. 


Cahours – Distelrath – Miss Alice Cahours, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Henry Cahours, and Donald Distelrath, son of Mr. & Mrs. William Distelrath of the State road, near St. Clair, were married in St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30.  Albert Cahours, brother of the bride, and Miss Florence Pung were attendants.  The bride was dressed in white crepe with veil and her attendant wore an orchid gown.  The groom is a graduate of St. Clair high school, also a graduate of the University of Detroit last June.  After the marriage ceremony a wedding breakfast was served at Hotel Statler.  After a week’s wedding trip the young couple will return to Detroit where they will reside.


Mrs. Julius Belknap, one of our oldest citizens, passed away early Saturday morning, Dec. 27, 1930.  Mrs. Belknap, who was Adoline C. Scott, daughter of Roxy and Robert Scott, was born in St. Clair, April 11, 1836, in the home now known as the Hotel Lindsay, which was built by her father some time previous to his marriage.  Mrs. Belknap received her education at the O. C. Thompson Academy, St. Clair, and for some time was the only living pupil.  She also studied two years at a young ladies’ academy in New York and taught a few semesters.  Later she was married to Julius Belknap who died twenty years ago and who was active in city affairs, holding offfices of alderman, mayor, supervisor, etc. and was prominent in Masonic circles.  For many years he was a brick manufacturer at the yard known as the Belknap and Phillips Brickyard, St. Clair.  Mrs. Belknap’s grandfather, Philo Ferguson-Leach, was instrumental in forming the first Masonic lodge in St. Clair, holding the meetings in his own home; and her father was a charter member of the first Eastern Star lodge and eligible to membership in the D.A.R. and other societies.  Her forebears were of Scotch-English peerage.  Mrs. Belknap was exceptionally well informed on current topics and a thorough Bible student and in full possession of her mental faculties until the last, but was of retiring habit many years because of ever-increasing deafness.  She was genial, patient, sweet and smiling and much loved.  There were three daughters, Imogene, died in childhood, Maude and Marion, who made their home with their mother on Belle River road, this city.  She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Edna Phillips, St. Clair, and a niece, Mrs. Walz, Los Angeles, Calif., and others.  The funeral services were held at the home at 2:00 p.m. Monday, under the auspices of Christian Science, Mr. Frank Hammond, Reader.  A favorite song, “Only Tired,” by C. A. White, was read.  Oh gently, Lord, oh gently lead us, Thru this lonely vale of tears.  Oh! God of Israel, oh how enraptured, Never doubting or forsaken, only tired.  Light ‘round us breaketh, each soul awaketh, I’m not doubting or forsaken, only tired.

Card of Thanks – We wish to express our gratitude and appreciation of all the kindly expressions of sympathy; for flowers and automobiles; and to Mr. Friederichs and pall-bearers; to Mr. Hammond and all those who helped us in our bereavement.  Miss Marion Belknap, Miss Maude Belknap, Mrs. Edna Phillips.





Friday, April 10, 1931


Privileged to Observe 46th Anniversary of Their Marriage – On the occasion of the forty-sixth anniversary of their marriage (April 6) the home of Rev. and Mrs. W. M. Ward was the scene of a very delightful family gathering, continuing from Good Friday till Easter, inclusive.  Eighteen guests were present, though not all at the same time.  They were as follows: the oldest son, Frank, and his wife, from Mount Morris; the oldest daughter, Lena, and her husband, “Coach” Campbell of Alma College, and their daughter, Katherine Jean, and son “Bud”; the wife of Kenneth, the second son, whose death occurred seven years ago, in Jackson, who is now the wife of Dr. A. J. Reynolds of Flint, and her two daughters, Betty Jane Ward and Mary Ellen Ward; Ruth, the youngest daughter, of Detroit, and St. Clair, and Mr. L. W. Ward, the youngest son, of Detroit, with his wife and two children, “Jimmie” and Barbara Ann.  In addition to the above, Mr. J. S. Duffus, a nephew of Mr. Ward, and his wife and two daughters, Anne and “Paddie”, came from Saginaw on Sunday.  A most delightful time of family fellowship was enjoyed.  On departing, the guests bade the patriarch and Mother Ward to be of good courage and hope as the first forty-six years of married life is always the hardest, as they have gleaned much experience that will be of profit in the second.


A very agreeable surprise party was given John E. Westrick last Sunday when his children walked in on him to celebrate his 72nd birthday.  They also brought with them plenty of refreshments and a very beautiful birthday card bearing the inscription, “The best Sunday hat awaits you at the J. L. Hudson store the first time you visit Detroit.”


In Memoriam – In loving memory of our dear daughter and sister, Lena, who departed from this world two years ago, April 8, 1929.  Mrs. Sophia Werner and daughter, Mrs. Roy Rice. 


A.J. Trolley – The death of Arthur John Trolley, at the age of 79 years, occurred at the family home on Orchard street, Friday morning, April 3.  Deceased was born April 4, 1852, in England.  He emigrated to Ontario at the age of 18 years.  Later he came to the states and 17 years ago settled in St. Clair.  Here he conducted a shoe repair shop and for a while sold shoes.  He was widely known in this locality.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Alfretta Hurst of Detroit, and Mrs. Elizabeth Moorcroft of Winnipeg, Man.; one son, A. L. Trolley of this city; also one sister, Miss Louise Trolley in England.  Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Methodist church, Rev. D. D. Nagle and Rev. Wm. Ward officiating.  Burial was in Hillside cemetery.

Card of Thanks – The family of the late A. J. Trolley wish to express their appreciation to all neighbors and friends for all acts of kindness and sympathy in their recent bereavement; also those who sent floral emblems or cards.  A. L. Trolley, wife and family.


Rev. Fr. Kromenaker 57 Years Young – Rev. Fr. E. J. Kromenaker, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic church, this city, for the past 14 years, observed his fifty-seventh birthday last Monday.  Fr. Kromenaker is a native of this section of Michigan.  He was born on a farm on the Gratiot turnpike.  At an early age he left school and worked in several capacities for a number of years before deciding on the priesthood.  For three years he attended a preparatory school in Illinois before entering St. Francis Seminary in St. Francis, Wis., where he studied three years.  He was ordained by Bishop John Foley in 1902 after spending two more years in St. Mary’s seminary, Cincinnati, O.  His first appointment was as an assistant priest in Holy Rosary church, Detroit; then two years at St. Phillip’s church in Battle Creek as an assistant; he served as chaplain two years at St. Joseph’s Retreat, Dearborn, and had charge of Catholic interests in the Wayne County Home for the aged.  In 1907 he was appointed to the parish in Croswell where he spent ten years, coming here in 1917.  Since coming to St. Clair, he has worked wonders in St. Mary’s parish, enlarging the church with a very fine brick addition, including a church hall; the parsonage has been improved and many other improvements made.  Fr. Kromenaker is a member of the Rotary club, enjoys golf, motoring and is popular with all classes.




Friday, February 19, 1932


Mrs. Rena L. Weeks – Following a long illness at St. Clair Community hospital and of late at her own home, 315 Cass street, Mrs. Rena L. Weeks departed this life Friday night, Dec. 12.  Mrs. Weeks, who was 70 years of age, was born on the Hart road near St. Clair, July 7, 1861.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Layle, pioneer residents of this vicinity, now deceased.  Mrs. Weeks, who was the widow of Ira J. Weeks, is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Lisle Matthews of Salem, Ohio; one brother, Frank Layle of Cherryside farm, Hart road, and one sister, Mrs. J. L. Littlefield of Farwell, Mich.  Mrs. Weeks was an active member of the First Methodist church, this city; also of Cornell chapter, No. 93, O.E.S., and of Remona Rebekah lodge, No. 367.  Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the Methodist church, Rev. George Beverly March, pastor, officiated, assisted by former pastors here, Rev. Wm. Ward, St. Clair, and Rev. E. F. Dunlavy, Detroit.  Burial in Hillside.


Mrs. Blanche Tripp – Another old and esteemed resident, Mrs. Blanche Tripp, wife of Nomer Tripp, died in her home near Belle River Mills, Indian Trail road, last Monday night.  Mrs. Tripp, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Hubble, St. Clair county pioneers, was born Dec. 27, 1861, in St. Clair township.  Mrs. Tripp is survived by her husband and three sons, Clare Tripp, Detroit; Harry Tripp, Belle River Mills, and George N. Tripp, Port Huron; one sister, Mrs. Rose Hall, Port Huron, one brother, James Hubble, Pontiac.  Funeral services were held at 1:30 Wednesday in the Tripp home and at 2 p.m. in Salem M. E. church, Meisner road.  Rev. A. G. Kruschwitz, pastor of that church, officiated, assisted by Rev. Geo. A. Lounds, pastor of Pilgrim Holiness church, Port Huron.  Burial in Balfour cemetery.


Frances Miller – Frances Miller was born in Detroit, Mich., June 23, 1852, and passed away at her home near Utica, Nebr., Feb. 4, 1932, at the age of 79 years, 7 months and 11 days.  In early childhood she moved with her parents to Highland, Mich.  In the autumn of 1878 she was united in marriage to Horace Wolvin, formerly of St. Clair.  The following spring they moved to Nebraska, settling on a farm three miles east of Utica, where she has since resided.  Mrs. Wolvin leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, one brother, Arthur Miller of Fenton, Mich.; two sons, Arthur, Clyde and Raymond Wolvin of Utica; two daughters, Mrs. C. E. Collett of Lexington, Nebr., and Mrs. Burdette Kinnet of Beaver Crossing, Nebr., and 12 grandchildren.  Mrs. Wolvin also raised from childhood one nephew, Israel Wolvin.  Early in life Mrs. Wolvin became a member of the Baptist church, but after going to Nebraska, she united with the Methodist church in Utica and remained a member of that church till her translation.  Mrs. Wolvin endured the hardships incident to the life of the early pioneers, teaching in the public schools and giving music lessons, in addition to keeping her home on the prairie.  She was interested in the social and church life of the community.  Her family will remember with satisfaction her triumphant attitude when she knew that she was to pass to the great beyond.  Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Utica, Nebr., at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in charge of the pastor, assisted by Rev. Smith.  Burial in the Utica cemetery. 


Matrimonial – Stark-Sibilla – The marriage of Miss Marian C. Stark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Stark, Marine City, and Ervin H. Sibilla, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sibilla, this city, was solemnized in the Latter Day Saints church at 8 p.m. Tuesday.  Elder George Skinner, pastor, performed the ceremony.  The vows were spoken before an altar of roses and palms.  The bride was given in marriage by her father.  She wore a veil cap and matching accessories and carried a shower bouquet of white roses.  Miss Lillian Stark, Marine City, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid.  Heretta Schultz, Marine City, was flower girl.  Louis Stark, Marine City, brother of the bride, was bestman.  A reception for 25 relatives and friends was held in the home of the bride’s parents in Marine City.  Mr. and Mrs. Sibilla will make their home at 806 Trumble street, St. Clair.  Mr. Sibilla was 25 on his wedding day.  He is an inspector in the St. Clair Rubber company, Marysville.  Mrs. Sibilla is a graduate of Marine City High school in class of 1929.


Mrs. A. W. Hincks of Berkeley, Calif., who arrived in St. Clair last Saturday to attend the funeral of her sister, Miss Laura Moore, expects to leave today (Friday) for the return trip home.


Mrs. Henry Phelps, Mrs. Fred Simpson, and Miss Gertrude Smith, all of Detroit, Rev. Mrs. Hattie Collins, Lansing, and Mrs. Jennie Moore, Ann Arbor, attended the funeral here Saturday of Miss Laura Moore.  Mrs. Simpson and Miss Smith were classmates of Miss Moore in the class of 1892, St. Clair High school.


A company of 20 friends attended a birthday party Wednesday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Eschenburg, in Richmond.  The party was in honor of their daughter Olga.  A number from St. Clair attended.  Progressive pedro was played and prizes won by Miss Cecile Fairfield, Mrs. Letitia Smith, Mr. Ray Mohr and Mr. Carl Tennstrom.  Miss Eschenburg received many pretty gifts. Lunch was served.


Advertisers Listed in “Buyers’ Day” Edition

Anna Mau Beauty Shop

Vito Arena Grocery

Bacon’s Pharmacy

Becker’s, clothing

Beyschlag’s, meats

Commercial & Savings Bank

Cope’s Radio & Variety Store

Chamberlin Electrical Co.

City Bakery

Carroll, meats

Detroit Edison Co.

Ennest Super-Service

Friederichs & Smith, furniture

Goldstein’s, dry goods

Gliem Bros., meats

Hart’s Hardware

Joachim Quality Grocer

Koenen Beauty Shopy

Kemp, coal, builder’s supplies

MacIvor, Super-Service

Robins, plumbing and heating

Shaws, dry goods

Simon’s shoe store

H. A. Smith Grocery

Smith Hardware

South Side Lumber Co.

C. Swain, jeweler

Twiss Drug Store

Mrs. Waite, beauty parlor

Corbett’s Laundry

Jas. Shinske (market)




One page, Friday, January 6, 1933


The infant son born to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Westrick, January 2, died two days later.  There are two other boys in the family.


Mr. and Mrs. Chas. A. Belknap received word the past week of the death in San Jose, Calif., of Mrs. Mary Morgan, 82, eldest sister of Mr. Belknap.  She was formerly well known here where she resided until some 30 years ago when she moved to the West Coast.  After a residence in California about one year, along came that terrible earthquake which left in its wake so much sorrow and devastation.  Mrs. Morgan was right in the midst of it and received such severe injuries that she was badly crippled the remainder of her life.  Her death occurred Dec. 24 last.


Mrs. Alberta Reece, who suffered severe injuries in an automobile accident October 16 last, and has had to use crutches ever since on account of injuries to her hip, is reported now to be slowly recovering. 




Friday, July 7, 1933


Blakie-Radike – A very pretty wedding was solemnized Saturday, July 1, at 8 p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde W. Tripp, when Mrs. Irene Blakie of St. Clair and Mr. Gustave Radike of Fairport Harbor, Ohio, were united in marriage by Rev. G. A. Kruschwitz of Marine City.   The bride, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. Albert Prottengier of Ann Arbor, and the groom accompanied by his son, Mr. Milton Radike, of Port Huron, marched to the strains of Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” played by Miss Naomi Tripp..(paper torn).. at the piano by Miss Esther Tripp of Detroit.  After congratulations were received, refreshments consisting of ice cream, cake and coffee were served to twenty-five guests.  Palms and flowers made a beautiful background for the bridal party, while the color scheme of pink and white was carried out in the centerpiece and table decorations.  Mr. and Mrs. Radike expect to leave for their home in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, in a few days, and the best wishes of a host of friends go with them.  


Mrs. William B. Hodgins, 34, of St. Clair township, died Tuesday afternoon in St. Clair hospital of confinement.  The baby, a girl, also died.  Mrs. Hodgins is survived by the husband and three children, Velma, Glenn and Billy; also by her father, William Randolph, brother, Leon Randolph, and sister, Mrs. Edw. Solgot, all of Detroit.  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 today from the family home, Yankee street, and at 2:00 p.m. from the M. E. church, Marine City, Rev. Mumby officiating.  Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.


Mrs. John Decker, 73, well known resident of North Riverside avenue, died Tuesday at the family home, following nearly a year’s illness.  Mrs. Decker was born in Marine City and came here with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schwab, when a child.  Later she married Mr. John Decker and this city has since been her home.  Mrs. Decker is survived by the husband and one brother, Gustav Schwab, this city.  Funeral services were held yesterday at 2:30 p.m. from her late home, Rev. H. H. Firth of St. Paul’s Episcopal church officiating.  Burial in Hillside cemetery.


The body of Walter W. Hirt, Detroit, was recovered from St. Clair river Sunday morning, near the Idle Hour club at the Flats, by Nich. Dodner of Algonac.  Hirt made two attempts at suicide, the last one being successful when he jumped from the deck of the steamer Put-in-Bay.  The body was taken to Detroit Sunday night for burial.


Thomas Barringer, two and a half years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Barringer, north Third street, died Saturday night in the home of his parents after two weeks’ illness.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the home.  Elder George Skinner of the Latter Day Saints church officiated.  Burial in Hillside cemetery.  Besides his parents, Thomas is survived by two brothers, one his twin, and two sisters, all at home.


Splendid Citizen Departs This Life – Russ. S. Jenks, Banker Here Many Years, Will Long Be Remembered For Many Admirable Traits – Russ S. Jenks, banker and lifelong resident of this city, died last Friday afternoon at his home here after an illness of more than a year.  With his passing St. Clair lost one of its best esteemed and most prominent citizens, one whose place in our midst can never quite be filled – whose ready wit and kindly advice will be sorely missed and whose service to his townsmen can never be forgotten.  Active in every enterprise for the betterment of St. Clair, he was one of the principle figures in the establishment of our present modern school system, the new high school, the St. Clair River Country club, the Rotary club and the St. Clair Inn.  It was in no small way due to his sound judgment and influence that our – or perhaps it would be more fitting to say “his” – bank, the Commercial & Savings, came through the recent trying ordeal as did few others in the country- with its depositors’ faith confirmed and their confidence unshaken.  A banker of the old school, he was conservative, fair and of unquestioned integrity.  Always the servant of his people, he was willing at all times to give his best to all who asked.  Greater tribute can we pay to no man and no man more fully deserved whatever honor we may bestow on him

Russ S. Jenks was born in St. Clair, June 10, 1867, the son of Bela W. and Sarah Jenks and had lived here all his life.  He was just past 66 years of age.  He attended the St. Clair public schools as a boy and later graduated from a Detroit business college. 

Mr. Jenks began his banking career in June, 1886, as bookkeeper for the First National bank of St. Clair which in October of the same year became the Commercial & Savings bank.  He was elected cashier in 1894 and since that time practically had been in charge of the institution.  He was elected president in 1918, succeeding his brother, the late Chas. C. Jenks.  In 1908 Mr. Jenks served on term as mayor of this city and had been an active member of the board of education for more than 30 years, serving for a time as president.  He was secretary to the board at the time of his death.  Beside being treasurer of Evergreen lodge, No. 9, F. & A.M., one of the oldest lodges in the state, for the last 30 years, Mr. Jenks was also a Knight Templar.  He was an active member of the Rotary club, serving as treasurer for many years.  He was elected president of the club in April and would have take office last Tuesday. 

He married, in 1890, Miss Grace Kitton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Kitton, who survives with two daughters, Mrs. Robert M. Farr, St.Clair, and Mrs. R. Gerveys Grylls, Detroit; two brothers, W. L. Jenks, Port Huron; George Jenks, Pittsburgh, Pa.; two sisters, Mrs. Mary J. West, Port Huron, and Mrs. Anna B. Jones, Chicago.  There are four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Jenks home, Rev. Herny H. Firth, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal church, of which Mr. Jenks was a member, officiating.

Escort of Templars – Port Huron commandery, No. 7, Knights Templar, formed an escort to Hillside cemetery, where past masters of Evergreen lodge, No. 9, F. & A. M. had charge of services at the grave.  Pallbearers were Arthur E. Maw, Frank E. Douglas, G. Grant Smith and Everette Devroy, members of the Commercial & Savings bank staff, and Grant A. Smith and J. MacNaughton Lightbody.


Mr. Jenks’ family descended from the kings and princes of the fourth and fifth royal tribes of Wales, and also from notable American pioneers.  Joseph Jenckes I (the name was later changed to Jenks) came to America in 1642, and took out the first patent in America in 1646.  Four brothers, Bela W. Jenks, father of Russ S. Jenks, Robert H. Jenks, Jesse Lane Jenks and Benjamin Jenks, eighth in the line of descent from Joseph Jenckes I, came to this district from New York state many years ago and founded the Jenks family in this district.


Fred Moore Named Bank’s President – Death of Russ S. Jenks Brings Several Changes in Personnel; A. E. Maw Elevated To Vice Presidency – At a meeting of its board of directors Wednesday, Fred W. Moore was elected president of the Commercial and Savings bank, this city, to succeed the late Russ S. Jenks.  Mr. Moore is the president of the Diamond Crystal Salt company, a member of the St. Clair County Road Commission, and has been associated with the bank as director and vice president for a number of years.  Arthur E. Maw, cashier, was elected vice president.  Mr. Maw has been associated with Mr. Jenks and the Commercial and Savings bank for thirty-four years, serving in all capacities until May 22, 1923, when he was elected cashier.  The other officers and directors of the bank are as follows: Robert M. Farr, Vice president; Fred Recor (?, paper torn,) Director; Walter S. Shaw, Director; Simon Gliem, Director; Geo. C. Beyschlag, Director; John H. Schlinkert, Director; Frank E. Douglas, Ass’t cashier.


Former St. Clair Girl Rescued Her Companion At Lake – Miss Margaret Balfour, former resident of St. Clair, now a senior at Western State Teachers college, Kalamazoo, saved her swimming companion, Paul Auble, Highland Park, from drowning at Oakwood lake, near Kalamazoo, Thursday, of last week.  Auble also attends Western State.  Miss Balfour missed Auble and upon investigation saw his body at the bottom of the lake. With heroic effort she attempted to bring him to shore.  Her call for help brought immediate assistance.  While waiting the arrival of authorities with the pulmotor she administered first aid and finally restored respiration.  Auble’s condition is considered critical due to the danger of pneumonia as the result of water in the lungs.  Miss Balfour has many friends and relatives in this vicinity who will be pleased to her of her courageous act.


Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Miller of 508 Vine street had as guests over the Fourth, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Leech of St. Clair Shores, Mr. and Mrs. B. G. Burgett of East Detroit, and A. A. Miller of Port Huron.  Mr. Miller and party attended a reunion of the descendants of J. L. Basney, one of the real early settlers of St. Clair county, and a lake captain.  The reunion was held at Hermel Park, southwest of Marine City and was well attended.




Friday, December 8, 1933


Fred G. Meiselbach, 63, departed this life at 8 a.m. last Monday, in his home on West Vine street, following a brief illness.  Mr. Meiselbach was supervisor of the first ward, this city, to which office he was elected last spring.  For 30 years or more he was foreman of the Shaker department at the Diamond Crystal Salt company.  He resigned in March, 1931.  Mr. Meiselbach was born in St. Clair township Nov. 28, 1870.  He married Miss Margaret Wells, also of the same township June 28, 1898.  She died in this city nine years ago.  Mr. Meiselbach is survived by one son, Walter Meiselbach, 34, Detroit; one sister, Mrs. John Welser, residing on the Bowman road, and one brother, George Meiselbach of the Jenks road, both in St. Clair township; there are two grandchildren, both residing in Detroit.  Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. in his late home and at 2:30 from Immanuel Lutheran church.  Rev. George P. Hildner, officiated.  Burial in St. Mary’s cemetery.


Mother of St. Clair Woman Died Dec. 1 in Port Huron – Mrs. Michael White, a resident of Port Huron for nearly 45 years, died at her residence on Crescent Place, Dec. 1.  Mrs. White was the mother of eight children, five of whom survive as follows:  Thomas White, Detroit; Edward White, Port Huron; Mrs. Wm. Dawson, St. Clair; Mrs. Milo Young, East Lansing; Miss Marie White, Port Huron.  There survives also 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  She had been in poor health for some time.  Funeral services were conducted by Father McCormick; burial at Mt. Hope cemetery.


Services Sunday For China Township Man; Burial Here – Funeral services for Ray Siefert, 38, who died in his farm home, Meisner road, China township, Thursday of last week after several months’ illness, were held at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Siefert home, under the auspices of S. Ward lodge No. 62 F & A.M., Marine City.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, St. Clair.  Mr. Siefert was born in Sanilac county near Peck, June 3, 1895, and moved to China township 17 years ago.  He married Miss Veva Harris, Nov. 15, 1916.  Besides his widow, who has been seriously ill in University of Michigan hospital, Ann Arbor, and who was removed to her home Thursday afternoon, Mr. Siefert is survived by a daughter, Marian; parents, Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Siefert, Marine City, and one sister, Mrs. A. E. Williams, Snover.  Mr. Siefert was a member of S. Ward lodge, Emily Ward chapter, No. 205, Order of Eastern Star, and was an active worked in the Area Y.M.C. A. and boy club work.


The marriage of Miss Marian Pecore, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pecore, this city, and F. Hal Keeney, son of Mr. & Mrs. F. C. Keeney, Port Huron, was solemnized Thursday noon last week in St. Mary’s rectory, this city.  Rev. Fr. Edward J. Kromenaker, pastor, performed the ceremony.  The bride’s attendants were Mss Gertrude Stahl, Detroit, and Miss Mae Scribber.  Attending the groom were his brother, George Keeney, Port Huron, and Leo Allore, St. Clair.  The bride and groom have taken up their residence in Port Huron.


Rev. H. A. Pegg, pastor of the local Baptist church, will officiate at the marriage in Detroit tomorrow at 4 p.m. of Miss Nata Johnson of Marine City and Norman Ross, son of William Ross of St. Clair.  The bride-elect’s parents are both deceased.  She will be married at the home of a relative.  She in not unknown in this city, where she resided until the Inn closed.  She was employed there. 


Randolph Erdman and son Clarence are home after attending the funeral of their brother and uncle, Robert Martmer of New Baltimore, Mich.  Jules Martmer is home after attending the funeral of his brother, Robert.


Fred Fink was granted a divorce Wednesday in circuit court from his wife, Myrtle.


In Memoriam – In memory of our dear husband and father, Chas. May,  who passed away one year ago Dec. 9.  Gone, but not forgotten.  Mrs. Chas. May and family.




Friday, December 15, 1933


Card of Thanks – Relatives of the late Fred G. Meiselbach wish to thank neighbors and friends for kindness shown in their bereavement.  They aslo thank the Rev. George P. Hildner for his services; those sending floral tributes and for use of all cars.  Mr. & Mrs. Walter Meiselbach, Mr. & Mrs. John Welser, Mr. & Mrs. George Meiselbach


St. Clair friends will be pleased to learn of the marriage of Miss Helen Grice, daughter of Rev. & Mrs. John Grice, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of this city, to Mr. Winston Cummings, of Columbus, Ohio.  The wedding took place in Detroit last July.  Her brother, Harvey Grice, of this city, just found it out.


George A. Wolvin, 87, died last Saturday afternoon at the family home, 525 N. Second street, following but a few weeks’ illness.  Previous to that time he was quite active around his home and took a lively interest in current events.  Mr. Wolvin was born on a farm west of this city, May 10, 1846.  He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Levi A. Wolvin, pioneer farmers in this vicinity who came to Michigan from New York.  He attended school in a log cabin and worked on the farm between terms.  When the Civil War was started he wanted to enlist and finally succeeded in enrolling only to be left behind because of his youth.  His marriage to Miss Mary Harkness, a native of Canada, occurred Nov. 6, 1874.  They took up their residence in St. Clair and at various periods he served as city assessor, member of the board of education, chief engineer of the fire department and also a supervisor from the first ward.  He was interested in real estate and with the late Charles Hubel owned considerable land in the westerly section of town where they erected and sold houses.  In 1892 Mr. & Mrs. Wolvin moved to Duluth, and later lived in Winnipeg, Man., where he was interested in real estate.  They returned to this city in 1929.  Mr. Wolvin is survived by his widow, three sons, John W. Wolvin, Port Arthur, Ont.; Roy M. Wolvin, Montreal; and Lee H. Wolvin, Chicago.  There are four grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in Friederichs & Smith’s funeral parlors. Rev. George R. Marsh, pastor of First Methodist Episcopal church, officiated.  Burial was in Hillside cemetery.  The pallbearers were Fred W. Moore, Hugh H. Hart, Capt. Frank L. Meno, Capt. Arnold R. Morse, W. L. Millikin and John P. Whiting.


The passing of James Lightbody at the age of 72 occurred last Monday in the Romeo hospital.  He had been in poor health a number of years.  Mr. Lightbody was born in Scotland, Nov. 12, 1861.  He came to this country when a boy of 14 years and settled with his parents in East China township.  In 1883 Mr. Lightbody entered the employ of the Michigan Central railroad and served continuously as conductor on the branch line from Lenox to St. Clair, over a period of 44 years.  He retired on a pension from the company in 1927.  Mr. Lightbody for many years was a member of the city council and was regarded as an authority on city affairs.  He served an unexpired term as mayor after Chase Crissey resigned and left the office in December, 1924; he was elected to the office the succeeding spring.  He was forced by ill health to retire from civic affairs.  Mr. Lightbody is survived by the widow; one son, James McNaughton Lightbody, this city; one daughter, Mrs. W. Lloyd Kemp, Birmingham, Mich.; two brothers, William and John Lightbody, Detroit; one sister, Mrs. Fred Mack, Detroit.  Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. from his late home, 107 South Ninth street, Rev. C. M. Burkholder of the Congregational church, officiating.




Friday, December 22, 1933


Mrs. Charles J. Mitchell – Mrs. Charles Mitchell, 82 years of age and resident of this city for 80 years, died at her home 507 Trumbull street, Sunday, Dec. 17, after a several months’ illness.  Emaline Davis Scott was born in Detroit, June 21, 1851, and came to St. Clair with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. William Scott, two years later.  She was the last of the Scott family of nine children.  On Jan. 1, 1877, she married Chas. Mitchell of St. Clair and had lived all her married life in St. Clair, except for a year’s residence in Boyne City.  In less than two weeks, Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary.  To this union was born a son, William, who resided with his parents; Mrs. Herbert Brown, of this city, and twin daughters Mrs. Eloise Holland, Detroit, and Laura, deceased.  Mrs. Mitchell had always been a member of Methodist church and for many years a member of the Methodist choir.  At the time of her death she was a member of the Eastern Stars, St. Clair Hive No. 396, Maccabees, and the Rebekahs.  Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her husband, one son, two daughters, two grandsons and one granddaughter.  Funeral services were held at the family residence on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. George B. Marsh, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal church, officiating.  Burial was in Hillside cemetery.


Card of Thanks – The family of the late Mrs. Charles Mitchell wish to thank neighbors and friends for their many kindly acts and expressions of sympathy at the time of their bereavement.  Also the Rev. Geo. B. Marsh for his words of comfort and to those who sent floral offerings and donated cars.  Charles J. Mitchell and Family.


On the night of December 10th, Franklin J. Keefer, of Port Huron, while walking east on Lapeer avenue four miles west of Port Huron, was hit by a car going in the same direction.  The accident occurred at night during a snow storm.  Mr. Keefer died in the hospital a few hours later.  The car was driven by james Nutt, 2538 Tenth street, Port Huron, and a coroner’s jury pronounced it an unavoidable accident.


Word was received here Tuesday evening from Miss Minnie Blanchard, who was called to Toledo last week on account of the serious illness of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Norman Blanchard, that she had passed away.  The body will be brought to St. Clair Friday about 1 p.m.  Burial will be in Hillside cemetery.


Former St. Clair Girl’s Death Severe Shock To Friends – In the passing of Harriet Trumble Dye early last Friday morning, the city of Flint lost one of its most efficient teachers.  She was born in the city of Topeka, Kansas, Nov. 15, 1889.  She was a graduate of the St. Clair high school and the State Normal College at Ypsilanti.  She was married at the home of her sister, Mrs. E. E. Witty in Detroit, Aug. 23, 1924, to Harvey Dye of Flint.  She was a natural born teacher and had the love of her pupils wherever she went.  For the past few years she had been teaching in the Dewey school winning friends among teachers and pupils and was an acknowledged hard, conscientious worker and always won the esteem of her superiors.  The beauties of nature appealed to her so strongly.  Gorgeous sunsets on the quiet inland lakes were entrancing to her.  Some of her work in art is in the possession of her near relatives.  Conscious of children’s keen observation, she always dressed to please them and was richly rewarded with their simple admiration.  On Saturday she and her husband went down town shopping, apparently as well and strong as usual.  Sunday she was far from well but thought nothing much of it.  Monday she was not able to go to school.  Tuesday and Wednesday the doctor’s advice was a touch of the “flu.”  Thursday she was taken to Hurley hospital where she passed away about 5:30 Friday morning.  The funeral took place from Dodd and Dumanois’ beautiful funeral home in Flint, with the Rev. Dr. Kerns of the First Presbyterian church officiating and choosing as his text the last part of the last verse of the 23rd Psalm.  After the wonderful organ prelude, the soloist sang “Lead Kindly Light” and again “The Old Rugged Cross,” Hattie’s favorite hymns.  Interment was in Rose Centre cemetery, considered one of the beautiful spots in that section of the state.  Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Trumble, parents of the deceased, were in attendance at the funeral.  They, with other St. Clair relatives, have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in this affliction.




Friday, December 29, 1933


Mr. & Mrs. Louis Bark announce the engagement of their daughter Erma Marie to Mr. Russell Ketchum, son of Mr. & Mrs. Wallace Ketchum.  The wedding will take place here, Jan. 16.


Word has been received here of the death on December 26 of E. J. Munnell, of Portland Ore.  Mrs. Munnell, before her marriage, was Miss Jean Balfour, whose mother Mrs. C. C. Balfour is a resident of Portland.


From the Richmond Review – “Mrs. Hugh Dolan of Memphis, assisted by Mrs. C. B. Ward of New Baltimore, entertained Saturday Dec. 16 in the home of Mrs. Dolan, honoring Miss Helen Dolan, of Columbus, St. Clair county, who will soon marry Joseph Stine of St. Clair.”




Friday, July 30, 1937


Frank McElroy, Well Known Here, Dies; Brother of Mrs. Recor – Frank McElroy, 83, brother of Mrs. E. H. Recor, died in his home in Detroit Wednesday after a long illness.  Mr. McElroy , who was born near New Baltimore and spent his youth there, moved to Detroit about 40 years ago where he has been in the city employ since.  In 1882 when his father, Crockett McElroy discovered rock salt in Marine City the Marine City Stave company, of which Frank McElroy was secretary at the age if 22, entered the salt business.  He was (a) member of the council of Marine City, and played a leading part in the construction of the water system, the building of a town hall and the incorporation of the village.  He was the last president of the village and unanimously elected first mayor of the new city.  Mr. McElroy and his father were prominent shipbuilders there, building the Unique, first passenger vessel constructed in marine City and the Mary another passenger ship.  He is survived by his widow, Susie Robertson McElroy, with whom he celebrated his golden wedding anniversary March 13, 1935; a daughter, Mrs. Frederick E. Harris, and two sons, J. Burnham and Lewis W. McElroy, all of Detroit.  Five sisters, Mrs. John Lamon, Millington, Mich.; Mrs. Howard C. Beck, Baltimore, Md.; Mrs. Horace Langell and Miss Grace McElroy, both of Ashtabula, O.; and Mrs. Edward H. Recor, St. Clair, and a brother, David McElroy, Detroit.  Mr. McElroy was a recent visitor here in the home of Mrs. Recor.  Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Recor and two sons and their wives, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Recor and Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood Recor attended the funeral in Detroit Thursday afternoon.  Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.  Services at the grave were held at 3:30 p.m.  Mayor T. E. DeGurse, Postmaster A. J. Rochon, T. J. Wreath, Henry Scott, Andrew Heinkelmann and Fred Merrege, all of Marine City, were pallbearers.  At the time of his death, Mr. McElroy was president of the Marine City Old Timers association and was preparing a history of Marine City and St. Clair to have been read at the annual Old Times’ reunion Aug. 6-8 in Marine City.


Wife of Senator Ruff Dies In Home Wednesday Here – Had Been Ill 8 Months; Funeral Services Will Be Held Tomorrow – Mrs. Theodore C. Ruff, 65, wife of the former state senator, died in her home on the Townline road, Wednesday morning.  Mrs. Ruff, who has been in ill health for about eight months, was born in New York state, May 3, 1872.  Before her marriage to Mr. Ruff Nov. 26, 1896, she was Miss Emma L. Weyeneth.  She has been an active member of the Immanuel Lutheran church for a number of years.  She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Mrs. Charles Bentere, Newark, N. J.; Mrs. Donald Rutter, Detroit, and Mrs. Fred Meiselbach, St. Clair township; two sons, Theodore J. Ruff and Herman Ruff, both of St. Clair; two sisters, Miss Minnie Weyeneth, Forester, Mich.; and Miss Carrie Weyeneth, St Clair; three brothers, John Weyeneth, Tully, N. Y.; George and Albert Weyeneth both of Deckerville, and six grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday from the Immanuel Lutheran church with Rev. C. H. Siess, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Hillside cemetery.


Mrs. Brinker’s Niece Dies In Monroe – Mrs. Clarence Brinker received news Tuesday of the death in St. Joseph’s hospital, Monroe, Mich., of her niece, Miss Rita McNabb, 18, of South Rockwood, Mich.  Miss McNabb, whose mother was Miss Catherine Cahours of St. Clair, has been ill two months.  She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard McNabb, three sisters and two brothers.  Miss McNabb has been a frequent visitor of St. Clair. 


Thomas Wood, Life Long China Resident, Dies; Buried Thursday – Funeral services for Thomas Wood, 82, life long resident of China township, who died in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hoyt Ouelette, Belle River Mills, were held Thursday afternoon from the Ouelette home at 2 p.m.  Rev. Henry H. Firth, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal church, officiated.  Mr. Wood, who has been making his home with his daughter for the past eight years has bee in ill health six months.  He was born April 17, 1855 in China township, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wood.  He married Miss Maria Kenyon in Nov. 29, 1875.  She died several years ago.  He is survived by a son Peter Wood, St. Clair; a daughter, Mrs. Ouelette; one brother, Joshua Wood, Tampa, Fla.; one sister, Miss Emma Lewis, Los Angeles; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 


Edmund Stein Will Marry Miss Mary Louise Nelson – Capt. & Mrs. Herman J. Nelson, Erie street, Port Huron, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Miss Mary Louise Nelson, to Edmund P. Stein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Stein, this city.  The wedding will be an event of late August.


Mrs. Gannon And Mrs. Isbister Will Honor Bride Elect -- Mrs. J. J. Gannon, Jr., and Mrs. Gilbert W. Isbister, Port Huron, will entertain this afternoon at a bathroom shower and dessert luncheon in the home of Mrs. Gannon in honor of Miss Margaret Kendrick, popular bride elect, whose marriage to Jack Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Moore will be an event of Aug. 7.  Instead of the usual bridge game the ladies have decided to play keno.  The young couple were honored at a formal dinner party for 16 in Saint Clair Inn Saturday evening by Miss Charlotte Hamilton of Port Huron.  After the dinner the guest danced to music furnished by Les Backer’s orchestra.


Mrs. and Mrs. Theodore Olsey will arrive today (Friday) from their wedding trip.


Card of Thanks – For the many expressions of sympathy and the beautiful flowers received, we wish to express our most sincere gratitude.  To Rev. Burkholder our speical thanks for his words of comfort, and also to Mrs. Gliem and Mrs. David Chisnell or the music rendered and to those that donated cars.  Henry Blanchard.  Mrs. Sarah A. Carll and Family. (In the death of Blanche Carll Blanchard)




Friday, May 13, 1938


C. Fred Farr, Father of Robert M. Farr, Dies in Port Huron – Funeral services were held Wednesday for Charles Fred Farr, 72, Port Huron, father of Robert M. Farr, vice-president of Diamond Crystal Salt Company and vice-president of The Commercial & Savings Bank of St. Clair.  Mr. Farr died Monday night after a six weeks’ illness.  Mr. Farr was a prominent Port Huron business man. He served as auditor for the St. Clair county treasurer’s office for the past five years and auditor for the Port Huron Loan & Building association for many years.  Until 1932, Mr. Farr was secretary-treasurer of Beard, Campbell & Co., hardware dealers.  He had previously been a partner in Beard, Goowillie and Co., and had also worked for Anderson & Co. as bookkeeper.  He was active in the Masonic organization in Port Huron since its organization in 1902, serving as secretary of the association from 1902 until 1936.  Mr. Farr was the second oldest past master of Pine Grove lodge No. 11, F. & A.M.  Other fraternal offices he held was past high priest of Huron chapter, No. 27, R.A.M. and past eminent commander of Port Huron commandery, No. 7, Knights Templar.  He was past grand worthy patron of the Order of Eastern Star of Michigan, and a past worthy patron of Port Huron chapter, No. 170, Order of Eastern Star. 

Born in Port Huron, Feb. 8, 1866, Mr. Farr was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Noah T. Farr, pioneer residents of Port Huron.  Mr. Farr’s grandfather, Ebenezer Farr, was a Minute Man in the Revolutionary War.  Thomas Farr, an ancestor of C. Fred Farr, came to North America from Lancastershire, England, in 1640 and settled in Lynn, Mass. 

Mr. Farr also served as chairman of the cemetery committee in Port Huron for several years.

Surviving him is a son, Robert M. Farr; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Boughter and Miss Marion J. Farr, both of Port Huron; two grandsons, Robert Jenks and John McDonald Farr, both of St. Clair, and a granddaughter, Nancy Louise Boughter, Port Huron.  The funeral service was held in the family residence in Port Huron with Rev. Oliver K. Black, pastor of First Congregational church, officiating.  Burial was in Lakeside cemetery.  Pallbearers at the funeral were Charles D. MacKenzie, assistant postmaster, Fred Wagner, Ross A. Wilson, City Treasurer Earl Madill, William C. Petes, Fred M. Yeager, Carl H. Sturmer and Charles E. Kean, all past masters of Pine Grove lodge, No. 11, F. & A.M.  The Port Huron commandery, No. 7, Knights Templar, served as escort. 


Infant Son of Mr. and Mrs. Diem Dies – Paul F. Diem, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Justin Diem, died Tuesday morning in Port Huron hospital.  Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the family home, 1302 Hart road.  Rev. James Roberts, pastor of Methodist Episcopal church, officiated.  Burial was in Rosehill cemetery.




Friday, August 19, 1938


Jack Minter To Be Married Monday – Miss Doris Wood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wood, 520 Sable street, Alpena, and Jack Minter will be married Monday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. in the home of the bride elect’s parents.  Mr. Minter is well known in this district having attended the local schools.


Funeral Held For Arthur Allen, 51, St. Clair Resident – Funeral services for Arthur Allen, 51, who died Monday in the Veterans’ hospital, Dayton, O., after a long illness were held Thursday morning at 9:30 from the Friederichs funeral home and at 10 a.m. from St. Mary’s Catholic church.  Rev. Fr. Edward J. Kromenaker, pastor, officiated.  Burial was in St. Mary’s cemetery with members of Charles J. Fulton post No. 143, American Legion, attending services at the cemetery.  A Legion bugler sounded the taps.  Mr. Allen, a resident of St. Clair nearly all his life, was born July 6, 1887.  He is survived by five brothers, Wilmond Allen, St. Clair; John Allen, Hubbard Lake, Mich.; Owen Allen, Marine City; Roy Allen, Hubbard Lake, Mich.; and Amos Allen, Detroit; three sisters, Miss Elizabeth Allen, Chelsey, Mich., Mrs. Frank Lewis, Gladstone, Mich.; and Mrs. Fred Terry, Detroit.


Surprise Mrs. Witty With Birthday Party – A surprise party was given Mrs. E. E. Witty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Trumble at the Trumble residence by her friends on her birthday last Friday.  She received many lovely gifts.  Mrs. Witty was a guest last week at the Trumble home.  Her husband came from Detroit Friday evening and her son, Jack, spent Saturday night in St. Clair.  All returned to their home in Detroit Sunday.


Mrs. Patterson Hostess At Dinner On 75th Birthday – In honor of her seventy-fifth birthday, Mrs. Frank Patterson entertained guests at a dinner Tuesday in her home on Fifth street.  Guests present at the dinner were Mrs. Joseph Fremont, Bad Axe, Mrs. Will Anderson and Elmer Fremont, Birmingham, Mrs. Walter Wood and Mrs. Harry Sawbridge, both of Detroit, Mrs. Nelson Goulait, Mr. and Mrs. George Duchene and Mrs. Henry Patterson.  Mr. Duchene sang at Mrs. Patterson’s wedding about 59 years ago.


Joachim Family Has First Reunion – The first reunion of the Joachim family was held Sunday, Aug. 14, at Marysville Municipal Park.  A picnic lunch and ball game were enjoyed by the 93 members present.  The oldest member present was Mrs. Annie Minnie, 83, of Detroit and the youngest member was Carl Cisky, 2, of Port Huron.  During the business meeting held after dinner, Theresa Robins was elected president and Mrs. Elon Cahours, secretary and treasurer for the coming year.


Twelfth Annual Westrick Reunion Attended By 200 – The twelfth annual Westrick reunion was held Sunday at the Gleaner Hall on the Hart road with 200 members present.  Various games were played with a ball game in the afternoon following the picnic dinner.  Officers were elected for the coming year with Barney Westrick as president and Norman Westrick as secretary.  The entertainment committee is composed of Elmer Jones, and Bert Huffmaster; hall, ground committee is Russell Jones and Paul Zimmer; music committee, Mr. and Mrs. William Distelrath; refreshment committee, Bert Huffmaster, Norman Westrick, Mrs. Barney Westrick and Mrs. Elmer Jones.  Games for children from four to six were held.  The popcorn race was won by Donna Jean Distelrath, Doris Dixon, David Pickelhaupt, and Betty Morgan.  The shoe race was won by Donna Jean Distelrath and Lillie Minor.  The running race was won by Larry Markle and Wilma Jean Markle.  A race for older children from seven to 12 was won by Justine Distelrath, Elmer Markle, Donna Jean Blanchard and Wilma Jean Morgan.  Dancing in the evening was enjoyed to music furnished by the Hartman band.  The Westrick reunion of 1939 will be held the second Sunday in August as is the custom with the place not having been decided.


Miss Virginia Wheeler Selected As Member of Miss Blue Water’s Court for Dedication – “Miss St. Clair” is One of 14 Girls Chosen For Honor -- Miss Virginia Wheeler, chosen “Miss St. Clair” by a local committee last Wednesday, brought honors to St. Clair last Saturday night at Port Huron high school gymnasium when she was chosen out of a group of 50 girls.  Miss Judy Dunford, “Miss Port Huron,” was chosen as “Miss Blue Water,” and she and her court of 13 girls from various cities in Eastern Michigan will rule over the festivities of the Blue Water bridge dedication and opening celebration.  Miss Wheeler, who will be a senior at St. Clair high school this fall, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Wheeler, who live at the Dart farm north of town on the River Road.  She is 17 years old.  Before coming to St. Clair two years ago Miss Wheeler lived in Detroit where she had modeling experience.  Her favorite hobbies are tennis and golf.  Several events preceding the dedication are being planned which Miss Wheeler as a member of the court will attend.  The committee which selected Miss Wheeler as “Miss Saint Clair” was composed of William Ash, chairman, Miss Caroline Moore, Donald A. Ross, Hugh H. Hart, Blanchard Cleland and Frank D. Beadle.




Friday, August 26, 1938


Mrs. Welsh, Former Elizabeth Langell of St. Clair, Dies – Mrs. William T. Welsh, 27, the former Miss Betty Langell, died suddenly Wednesday in her home in Lakewood, Ohio, after an illness of one week.  Her family was with her at the time of her death.  Funeral services will be held in St. Clair Saturday.  Mrs. Welsh is survived by her husband, her parents, Capt. & Mrs. William Langell and a sister, Mrs. Alberta Taylor.  Mrs. Welsh was born in St. Clair August 15, 1911, and attended the local schools.  She was graduated from St. Clair High School in 1930.  She was also graduated from Port Huron Junior College and Michigan State Normal college at Ypsilanti.  She taught for two years at Milford, Mich., and one year in the kindergarten at St. Clair.  Mrs. Welsh married Mr. Welsh June 25, 1937 in St. Paul’s Episcopal church.


Bill Cox, Road Engineer, Drops Dead On Links – William W. “Bill” Cox, county highway engineer manager for 17 years, dropped dead late yesterday afternoon on the links of the Port Huron Country Club from a heart attack.  His death came as a great shock to his many friends in St. Clair and throughout the county as it was thought that he was in good health.  Mr. Cox was previously deputy state highway commissioner for 10 years under Frank Rogers, second state highway commissioner of Michigan.  He was a member of Kiwanis Club, an ardent golfer and a capable business man.  State highway officials felt it unnecessary to place a man in St. Clair county to supervise state road construction here because of their faith in Mr. Cox’s knowledge of road construction.


Mrs. Thomas Whiting Jones, Former St. Clair Resident, Dies -- Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Thomas A. Jones, Jr., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Whiting, in their home at Shulls Mills, North Carolina, Aug. 10.  Mr. and Mrs. Whiting were former residents of this city.  Funeral services were held Aug. 11 from Trinity Episcopal church at Shulls Mills with Rev. George Floyd Rogers, rector officiating.  Burial was in Riverside cemetery.  Mrs. Jones, 34, was the former Miss Anna Belle Whiting.  She is survived by her husband, Thomas A. Jones, Jr., well known Asheville attorney; her parents; one sister, Mrs. Walter Fellows, Now York; and two brothers, Henry Whiting, Detroit and William S. Whiting, Jr., Canton.  Mrs. Jones, who has been ill for the past five years, was an invalid for the last three years.  She and Mr. Jones were married in Asheville, N. C. in 1926.  She was a member of the Asheville Junior League and Trinity church.  She was an accomplished musician, and was particularly  well known as a pianist.  She also was well known and popular for her beauty and vivacious personality. 


Miss Bertha Netter Weds Walter Pauly In Pretty Ceremony – Mr. and Mrs. Francis Stine Are Couple’s Attendants – St. Mary’s Catholic church was the scene Monday morning of the pretty wedding of Miss Bertha Netter, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Netter to Walter Pauly, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Paul.  Rev. Fr. Edward J. Kromenacker read the ring ceremony.  The bride was attired in a street length frock of royal blue crepe with black accessories.  She wore a shoulder corsage of white carnations.  Mrs. Francis Stine, sister of the groom, was the bride’s only attendant.  She wore a street length dress of black pebble crepe with black accessories.  Her corsage was of pink rosebuds.  Francis Stine attended Mr. Pauly.  Breakfast for the bridal party and members of the immediate families was served in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stine.  The bride’s table was centered with a three-tiered wedding cake topped by a miniature bride and groom.  On either side of the cake pink tapers were held by pink rosebud holders.  Seasonal flowers were used as decorations throughout the house.  After the breakfast, Mr. and Mrs. Pauly left on a week’s trip through Northern Michigan.  For traveling Mrs. Pauly chose a navy blue dress with navy accessories and white corsage.  Upon their return, Mr. and Mrs. Pauly will reside at 112 Hart road, St. Clair.


Party Given Mrs. Walter Morrill on 80th Birthday – Mrs. Walter Morrill was pleasantly surprised Thursday afternoon when friends and neighbors gathered to help her celebrate her eightieth birthday anniversary at her home on Vine street.  A dainty luncheon was served and Mrs. Morrill received many lovely gifts.  Mrs. Morrill’s three daughters, Mrs. Olive Hurst and Mrs. William Wuest, both of St. Clair, and Mrs. Florence Groat, Detroit, and Mrs. Morrill’s son, Dr. Louis Morrill, were also present.


Benjamin S. Kingsbury, 18, Detroit, son of Gordon W. Kingsbury, formerly of St. Clair, swam across St. Clair River last Saturday from the Ferguson dock to Courtright, Canada.   Duane Shepard, Detroit, a friend of his, rowed the boat that accompanied him.  Benjamin was well known and liked in St. Clair where he lived before his family moved to Detroit. 


Mae Fritz Chosen Member of Court For Peach Festival – Miss Mae Fritz, 18, graduate of St. Clair High School last June, was chosen last Friday as a member of the queen’s court for the 1938 Romeo peach festival which will be held Sept. 3 – 5.  Miss Fritz, who is a brunet, has brown eyes, and is five feet four and a half inches tall, was chosen as “Miss St. Clair County” from a group of six girls from various cities in the county at Gratiot Inn recently.  She represented St. Clair county in the contest to select a queen.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Fritz of Clinton Avenue…. 


The annual Radike Reunion was held at the Gleaner Hall on the Hart road Sunday, Aug. 21.  In spite of the rainy weather, which kept some from attending, there was a large number assembled and they reported a very enjoyable day.  Mr. F. W. Schriner, age 77, was the oldest member present and Shirley Mae Berger, age 4 months, was the youngest.  There were no deaths during the year.  Robert Radike was elected president; Mrs. Henry Radike, vice-president and Mrs. Don Mulligan, secretary.  Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bowan and family of Wilkes Barre, Pa., came the farthest to attend. The 1939 reunion will be held at Marysville.



Friday, February 17, 1939


Among those who celebrated their birthdays on Valentine’s day were Mrs. Fred Hoffman, Mrs. F. V. Carney, Miss Mary Moore and Donn Bacon.


Paul Fisher, Former Local Resident, Dies – Christian Science funeral services for Paul F. Fisher, 67, former St. Clair resident, and brother of Mrs. William Langell and Herman Fisher, both of St. Clair, were held Monday afternoon in Detroit.  Mr. Fisher died in his home in Detroit Friday afternoon.  Burial was made in a Detroit cemetery.  Mr. Fisher was born in St. Clair Nov. 18, 1871 and was graduated from the local high school.  He was a graduate of Michigan State College and attended Houghton School of Mines.  He has been a resident of Detroit for many years.  Surviving Mr. Fisher are his widow, two sons and a daughter, all of Detroit; three sisters, Mrs. Langell, St. Clair; Miss Emeline K. Fisher, Flint; and Miss Jennie Fisher, Port Huron; and one brother, Herman Fisher, St. Clair.


Francis Friederichs, Brother of St. Clair Businss Man, Dies – Funeral services will be held this morning in Marine City for Francis A. Friederichs, 46, Marine City, brother of Lawrence Friederichs, with a service at the Friederichs funeral home, Marine City, at 9:30 a.m. and at Holy Cross Roman Catholic church at 10 o’clock.  Rev. Fr. Walter Rottach will officiate.  Mr. Friederichs died in the Booth Sanitorium, Romeo, Monday night.  He had been ill for four years.  Mr. Friederichs, son of the late Adam and Margaret Friederichs, pioneer residents of Marine City, was born in Marine City June 16, 1892.  After graduating from high school there, he traveled on the road and for 18 years was connected with the Maxwell and later the Chrysler corporation agency in Buffalo.  He returned to Marine City four years ago after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.  Mr. Friederichs was a member of the Marine City Knights of Columbus council.  Surviving him are his widow, the former Miss Eulalia Farrell, two brothers, Lawrence Friederichs, St. Clair, and Andrew Friederichs, Marine City; and a sister Mrs. Etta Allen, Marine City.  Rosary services were held Wednesday and Thursday evening in the funeral home.


Card of Thanks – The family of Gustave Herman Dalli wish to thank their friends, neighbors and those who furnished cars, for their kindness shown during their recent bereavement.


Capt. F. W. Watson Weds Mrs. Ethel Orr In Marine City – Ceremony Held Saturday At Home of Dr. and Mrs. A. E. Sager – At an improvised altar in the home of Dr. and Mrs. A. E. Sager of Marine City the marriage of Capt. F. W. Watson and Mrs. Ethel Orr, both of St. Clair, was performed Saturday afternoon, Feb. 11, at 4 o’clock.  The bride was dressed in a Wallis blue crepe model with silver accessories and wore a shoulder corsage of gardenias.  She was attended by Mrs. Edith Genaw, who wore a corsage of tea roses.  The groom was attended by Kenneth Orr.  Among the guests present at the ceremony were Mr. and Mrs. Stewart F. Fulkerson and son, Tommy Backhurst of Battle Creek, and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond LaPointe of Detroit.  A delightful dinner following the ceremony was served at the home of the bridal couple on Yankee street.  Covers were laid for 20 guests.  Spring flowers were used throughout the house.  The center of the table carried white candles and the traditional bride’s cake.  Forty guests were present in the evening and euchre was played.  Prizes were awarded to Mrs. Annie Pung, Mrs. William Anderson, Mrs. Susia Vascher, Justin McCartney, Joe Pung and George Campbell.  After playing cards a delightful lunch was served. 


Mrs. Marian Schneider Brenke Has Baby Boy – Word was received this week of the birth of a 10 pound son to Mr. and Mrs. Bud Brenke of Dallas, Texas, Feb. 9.  Mrs. Brenke, the former Marian Schneider, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schneider, summer residents of Summerville Beach, and well known in this city, having spent some time this summer with her parents.  Miss Emily Schneider, Detroit, flew to Dallas to spend several weeks with her sister.


Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Ennest and daughter Catherine, will attend the thirty-sixth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Reed, Carsonville, Sunday.  Other friends and relatives will also be present.


Capt. & Mrs. Earl Lawrence attended the fortieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burkart, Detroit, Saturday evening. 


Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Thatcher and daughters, Donna Marie and Elaine, all of Imlay City, will be Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Sparling.  A birthday dinner will be served in honor of Elaine’s first birthday.





Friday, May 26, 1939


Funeral Held For Ezra Wortz, Life Long Resident Here – Funeral services for Ezra E. Wortz, 71, who died in his home on Sixth street last Thursday afternoon after a short illness, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Latter Day Saints church, of which he was a member.  Elder John R. Grice, pastor of Port Huron Latter Day Saints church, officiated.  Interment was in Hillside cemetery.  Pall bearers for Mr. Wortz were William Burroughs, Harry Lively, Arthur Lively, Malcolm May, Frank Feske and John Wonsey.  Mr. Wortz, who was unmarried, is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Henry Anderson and Mrs. George Skinner, both of St. Clair, several nieces and nephews.  Mr. Wortz, a lifelong resident of St. Clair, was born June 15, 1867, in St. Clair.  He was formerly employed in the Diamond Crystal Salt company and for many years conducted a coal business.


Solemn High Mass Held For Edward Fink At Funeral – A solemn High Mass, with Rev. Fr. E. J. Kromenaker, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic church, assisted by Rev. Fr. Harold Assenmacher, assistant pastor, and Rev. Fr. Hennes, Marine City, was chanted at the funeral services for Edward N. Fink, 67, lifelong resident of St. Clair, who died in his home on Tenth street last Thursday after an illness of several weeks.  Burial was in St. Mary’s cemetery.  Pallbearers for Mr. Fink were Jack Herbert, Paul Simons, Richard Brenner, Oscar Scharnweber, Charles Zimmer, and Sylvester Shovan.  Mr. Fink is survived by his widow, the former Miss Hattie Strauss, two sons, Fred Fink, Holly, Mich., and Edward Fink, St. Clair; three daughters, Mrs. Basil Simons, Miss Margaret and Miss Mae Fink, all of St. Clair; three brothers, Henry Fink, Detroit, Nicholes Fink, Richmond, and Thomas Fink, New York, and three grandchildren.  Mr. Fink, who was born in St. Clair, March 7, 1872, was sexton of St. Mary’s Catholic church for 18 years.  He served both the people and the parish well during his time.


Donald M. Balfour, 37, Former Resident Here, Dies In Philadelphia – Word has been received here of the death of Donald M. Balfour, former St. Clair resident, May 15, in Philadelphia, Pa.  Mr. Balfour was born in St. Clair Dec. 16, 1901.  He was the son of the late James Strang Balfour of St. Clair.  Surviving are his mother, Mrs. L. A. Wiles, and his sister, Gertrude Balfour Blade, both of Sandusky, Ohio. 


Card of Thanks – The family of the late Edward N. Fink wish to express their heartfelt thanks to neighbors, relatives and friends for the kindness shown in their recent bereavement.


Pieces of parchment concealed in hearts of jonquils, presented to guests as they arrived to tea Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Bendall, Midland, Mich., announced the news of the engagement of their daughter, Miss Beverly Elaine Bendall, to Donald M. Harmer, Baltimore, Maryland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin P. Harmer, St. Clair.  Tea was served to the thirty guests present.  Mrs. Theodore L. Bendall and Mrs. William S. Loose, both of Midland, poured.  The wedding of Miss Bendall and Mr. Harmer will be an event of early fall.  Both Miss Bendall and Mr. Harmer are graduates of Michigan State College.  Miss Bendall is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and Mr. Harmer, a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.  Mr. Harmer was a graduate of St. Clair High School.  Mrs. Harmer was present at the tea. 


The engagement and approaching marriage of Miss Lorraine Dorothy Vollsteadt, daughter of Ernest Vollsteadt, Port Huron, to Edward Brougham, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brougham, Sr., Marysville, was announced recently.  The wedding will be an event of July 1 in the English Lutheran church of Our Savior.  Miss Vollsteadt, former resident of St. Clair, graduated from St. Clair High School.



Miss Virginia Fraley and Albert Cremers were married last Saturday morning at St. Phillips church, Columbus, by Rev. Fr. S. J. Dziatkiewicz.  Their attendants were Miss Marcella Fraley and Louis Cremers.  Mr. and Mrs. Cremers have left for a trip to Niagara Falls, and upon their return will live with Mr. Cremer’s (sic) parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Cremers, Gratiot road.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fraley were pleasantly surprised last Sunday, when about 85 of their friends and relatives came to help them celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.


Remember When? 

Fifteen years ago, Miss Christine Schwender and Frederick Fitzgerald were united in marriage, Tuesday, at 8 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic church, Rev. Fr. Kromenaker officiating.

Five years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Louis H. Trombley of 703 South Seventh street will celebrate their silver wedding anniversary tomorrow.  Mrs. Trombley before her marriage was Miss Frances Miller.

Miss Beatrice Jeannette Huckle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Huckle, former St. Clair residents, became the bride of Capt. Mortimer F. Sullivan, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Sullivan of Los Angeles, at high noon Friday.  The couple will spend their honeymoon in Nova Scotia. 


Odd Piece of Newspaper – item taken from fragment, either the ST. CLAIR REPUBLICAN or COUNTY PRESS


(No date detected) Old Resident Dies – Samuel Brown, an old resident of St. Clair, died Wednesday afternoon at Goodells.  The remains were brought to this city the same day.  The funeral will be held today from Undertaker Mayhew’s rooms, after which the interment will occur in Rosehill cemetery.