Odds and Ends
From Van Buren Newspapers

        and Reflector
Bangor, MI    Friday, March 7, 1890

Good Mare for Sale.
Six years old.  With Foal. A bargain

Yearling Colt
For sale cheap.  Enquire of

A Good Swell Box Cutter
For sale.  Will pay you to buy it
now.        L. S. Russell.

Corn For Sale
Good shelled corn for 35 cents per
bushel, at my farm three miles north of

Take Notice
O. B., the "Famous Orange Blossom,"
sure cure for all female diseases. For sale
by       Mrs. Leslie SCOTT
                   Bangor, Mich.

Driven Well Tools
I wish to sell the tools for putting down
driven wells owned by my late husband,
A. HAMNER. A bargain for someone.
Call immediately.  Esther HAMNER.

School Reports
  Of district No. 2, Columbia, for the month ending March 1, 1890.
No. of days taught 20, No. of pupils enrolled 32.  No. of days attendance 516. Average daily attendance 26. The following pupils have been neither absent nor tardy during the month: Grace GEORGE; George, Ella and Cora ALLEN; Rosa and Abram GRIMES; Marie DOUGLAS; Willie ALLEN; and Henry BRUNSON.

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Wed, July 11, 1923

Correspondence      Covert

Miss Leota REED is visiting friends in Detroit.

A. B. CHASE was in Covert for a few hours Monday

Mrs. S. F. MOFFAT is entertaining her sister, Miss Allisson, of Chicago.

W. W. BUYS has gone to Manton for a visit with old friends and neighbors.

Miss Dona VARY returned home Sunday evening from a weeks visit with friends in Kalamazoo.

Rev. Chas. E. EDLINGER of East Tawas will preach at the Congregational Church on Sunday morning.

Mrs. Irene ST. CLAIR, of Canada, who is visiting her parents here, has gone to St. Joe to for a visit with her brother.

Mr. and Mrs. J. F. JONES last week attended the funeral of a cousin, Mr. Lafayette,  at Muskegon, who died from a stroke of

Mr. and Mrs. Frank ENOS of Grand Rapids, spend the fourth with H. G. TURNER'S, bringing home Miss Edith who had been visiting them for two weeks.

The annual school meeting of Covert Consolidated school was held at I. O. O. F. hall Monday evening.  The same trustees were elected for another term. N. S. HOWE and Walter DERBY.

Mrs. Sarah THOMAS passed away at the home of her daughter in Kalamazoo on July 7. Her remains were brought to her home in Covert were funeral services were held Monday afternoon.  Rev. D. B REED officiated and burial was in Covert cemetery beside her husband R. H. THOMAS.

Star Rebekah lodge installed and initiated at their regular meeting, Jun 13. The following officers were installed: N. G., Hazel
DERBY; V.G., Belle BEATTIE; Sec., Emma TURNER;  Treas., Fredericka MOFFAT.  Etta GUNSAUL has been recommended as district deputy president, and Laura SPELMAN and Edna SWOAP were elected representatives in the assembly.

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THE TRUE NORTHERNER  December 31, 1890  Paw Paw

Marriage Licenses
# 890
August F. MIRKLE, 23, and Ola CONKRIGHT, 20, both of Keeler.

Orville E. LUTZ, 21 of Elkhart, Ind., and Florence A. VESEY, 20 of Arlington.

John ROSE, 70, and Hannah DERAMORE, 40, both of Mattawan.

Fred KLETT, 22,  and Minnie ROBERTSON, 20, both of Keeler.

Harvey NYMAN, 22, and Maude STICKLES, 18 both of Bangor.

Harry HASKIN, 26, of St. Joseph, and Olive M. OCKERMAN, 16, of Gobleville.

Elmer POWERS, 24, of Lawrence, and Addie FRENCH, 19, of Arlington.

Marion O. ROWLAND, 21, of Saginaw, and Rose L. SMITH, 21 of Paw Paw.

Ed FISH, 25, and Hattie BELFER, 22, both of Hartford.

Reubin FINCH, 21 of Bangor, and Stella LETSON, 18, of So. H.

Elmer VAN AUKEN, 32, and Amelia PERRY, 20, both of Bangor.

Frank LACKEY, 24 and Elva VAUGHN,  25, both of Bloomingdale.

William LYLE, 21, and Jennie SIMPSON, 19, both of Decatur.


Miss Maggie BRYAR is visiting in town.

Frank VAN NESS was in town Monday.

Miss Nora MUNGER is spending a few days at home.

Sabra STANTON is visiting relatives in Bloomingdale.

Miss Josie VAN AUKEN is visiting friends at Hartford.

Fred. RICHARDSON came home yesterday for a few days.

G. F. COLLETT, of Hartford, was among our callers last Monday.

E. M. SNOW lost a valuable mare last week. Kidney difficulty.

Gertie BUCK and Rena VON FOSSEN are visiting Vicksburg.

Col. J. D. SUMNER, of Kalamazoo, was in Paw Paw yesterday.

Mrs. Fitz ADAMS and daughter Belle of Chicago, are visiting friends in town.

Mrs. Philura PALMER is very low and her dissolution may occur at any hour.

Mr. and Mrs. I. B. CONNER entertained a few friends at dinner Christmas.

County Treasurer-elect WELLS is moving his family into Mrs. HOGMIRE'S  residence.

George HOWARD, of Detroit, has been in town a few days visiting his parents and others.

C. A. SHERROD is home for the holidays. He expects to return to Baltimore next week.

John SEARLES and wife, of Grand Rapids, have been visiting Paw Paw friends for several days.

F. E. STEVENS is expected home in a few days his sentence having been commuted by President Harrison.

John SEBRING and wife, of Bangor, spent Christmas in Paw Paw with his sister, Mrs. MCKELLAR and family.

Mrs. C. E. ALLEN, of Mandan, N.D., who has visiting in Paw Paw for several weeks, returned home last Monday.

The Coterie will meet with Mrs. R. W. BROUGHTON, Wednesday, Jan. 7th. The Bishop GILLESPIE will address the ladies on "Rome."

Harry DOPP and wife returned Monday from a visit to J. F. BULLARD and family in Niles. Jim sent regards to old friends.

Mr. G. W. WAITE and family, of New Buffalo, and Mrs. E. MOUTT, of Hastings, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. C. ERKENBECK last week.

Jeff CHAFFEE and wife, entertained twenty-one of their neighbors and others, Christmas day. We don't think all Jeff's friends were on hand even with that number.

John T. CLAPP finds it quite difficult to walk without something to lean upon, since receiving that beautiful gold headed cane as a Christmas present from his son in Minneapolis.

Dr. C. S. MAYNARD'S name as Principal Sojourner was inadvertently omitted from the list of newly elected officers of Paw Paw Chapter No. 34 R. A. M. published in last week's Northerner.

Miss Lila RHODES has just returned from her visit to Andrew HARWICK'S family in Minnesota, and reports them in a flourishing condition.  Miss Alice is in the southern part of the state teaching music.

Complaint was entered before Justice MASON, on Monday last, against B. A. MURDOCK for cruelty to animals.  It is alleged that he neglects to properly feed and care for his cow.  The trial is fixed for to-day, (Wednesday)

Mrs. Fannie RUSSELL and her daughter Jennie and Mrs. Chas. E. GALLIGAN will leave for Eldorado, Kansas, some time next week.  Mrs. GALLIGAN intended to have remained and looked after her father and mother till spring, but she finds her health insufficient for the task and will return to her home.

A very pleasant musical recital was given at the parlors of Mrs. G. E. CHAPPELL last evening by Prof. CHURCHILL of Hillsdale, assisted by Mesdames CHAPPELL, HUDSON and COLE, Mjsses COOK and SALT, and Messrs. KOONS, JENNINGS and MYERS. While the programme was entirely impromptu, the pieces were all well rendered.

About thirty of the relatives of Mr. and Mrs. C. ERKENBECK invading their quiet home on Tuesday of last week and gave those excellent people a genuine and happy surprise. A bountiful dinner was served, after which the visitors presented their host and hostess a number of useful gifts which will be highly appreciated by the recipients.

  The intimation of the Northerner of last week that a young Michigan newspaper man was about lead to the altar one of Paw Paw's fair damsels was verified last Wednesday evening by the marriage of Marion O. ROWLAND editor of the Saginaw Evening News, to Rose L. SMITH, daughter of Mrs. O. A. RICE, of this village.  The wedding took place at the residence of the bride in this village and was a very quiet affair, none being present save the immediate relatives of the contracting parties.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. CLIZBE,  pastor of the Presbyterian church.
  The young couple, dispensing with the ceremony of an expensive wedding trip, left town the following day for their home in Saginaw where Mr. ROWLAND at once resumed his duties on the News.  The happy couple were two of Paw Paw's most highly respected young people, and the best wishes of a host of warm friends, among which the Northerner is please to be numbered, goes with them to their new home.
  The groom was born in Paw Paw, is a graduate of our high school and learned the "art preservative" at a case in the Northerner office while his father, O. W. ROWLAND, was a part owner and the editor of this paper.  He is a good printer, and one of Michigan's most promising, rising young newspaper men. The Northerner predicts that he will attain a marked degree of success in his chosen profession.
  The bride has been a resident of this village for several years and, by her lady like deportment, had won the respect of all who knew her.  Both are members of the Christian church in this place. The Northerner wishes them a long and prosperous voyage over the sometimes troubled area of matrimony.

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Friday, October 21, 1904

Local Department

Here Patrick H. KELLEY tomorrow evening.

E. E. DOWING was in Chicago the forepart of the week.

A. E. WESTON was in Charlotte the first of the week.

Martin ERKENBECK of New Mexico is visiting Paw Paw.

H. C. BUSLEY spent Tuesday in Battle Creek with his mother and brothers.

Mrs. Addie HUNT has returned to Paw Paw, after spending several months in Plano, Ill.

J. C. DUNNING of Bay City, formerly of Paw Paw, was in town the latter part of last week.

Married, at Paw Paw, October 17, by Justice O. W. ROWLAND, Henry E. BARNUM and Mrs. Cynthia E. DILLON, both of Hartford.

Mrs. Lucina Wilson and family of Bangor and Mrs. and Mrs. Wm. NOWER of Lawrence attended the funeral of Mrs. O. A. Rice,Tueday.

Mr. and Mrs. T. J. PHILLIPS  have returned to their home in Newark, Ill. after a pleasant visit with their daughter, Mrs. S. V.

Rev. R. W. VAN SCHOICK, D.D. will give his lecture, "The Book and the Land," at the M.E. church Friday night, October 21. Proceeds for the new parsonage. Tickets 10 and 15 cents.

  Last week Friday, as Mrs. Will CARR, a resident of Waverly, was busy concocting pumpkin pies and puzzling her brain over the fact that Edith insisted on making an unusual number, a carriage drove to the door from which descended her daughter, Mrs. WALL,  and a lady friend from Paw Paw, while sundry baskets were transferred to the barn.  Mrs. Wall innocently informed the astonished  hostess that "John could get away from the store today, so we thought we would drive up."  That was satisfactory so far, but when load after load arrived, until the house was full, she began to imagine some deep laid plot and was then reminded that she should not have a birthday if she did not desire such an invasion.  The afternoon was pleasantly passed.  At the proper time the company was seated at the table before an array of good things.

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Sept. 2, 1904

Local Department

Mrs. John FREY of Chicago is the guest of Paw Paw relatives.

O. A. RICE has sold his oil wagon and business to Jesse WILSON

Born, August 28, 1904, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry SHELDON, a daughter.

Saul FRANK of Gobleville spent one day this week in Paw Paw.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cash are visiting friends and relatives in Indiana this week.

Mortimer SUMMY of Faulkton, La., is visiting the home of Mrs. Martha SMITH.

Mr. and Mrs. P. H. KELLEY returned to Detroit yesterday.  Mr. Kelley expects to spend a great deal of his time on the stump from now on until the election.  He is recognized as one  of the very best republican campaign speakers in the state.  He has already addressed several meetings this summer, some of them in company with Fred M. WARNER, candidate for governor.

Mr. and Mrs. B. O'DELL are building on their farm west of town, a cement house.  The porch is entirely of cement excepting the roof.  J. WALKER has charge of the mason work and Leo CURTIS has oversight of the carpenters. When completed it is said it will be as fine a country residence as there is in the county.

Lester TEED died of typhoid fever at Cadillac, August 30.  The funeral was held in that city Thursday afternoon.  Lester was a bright young man, who was reared in Almena township, and he had many friends in this locality who mourn his untimely death.  He was a member of Maple Grove lodge, Knights of Pythias and was the first member of the lodge to be called by death, although he was one of its youngest members.

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Kalamazoo paper

County Records

Marriage Licenses
Perry B. Yeider, Kalamazoo and Leona Brown, Kalamazoo.
Perry B. Yeider and Mrs. Leona Brown, both of this city, were married Saturday evening.  The Groom is a deputy game warden.

Kalamazoom Dec. 28 - The story of cruelty told by Mrs. Leona Brown in her application for a divorce from Charles Brown so
touched the heart of Perry B. Yeider, deputy game warden,  that he married her.  Mr. Yeider was the notary before whom Mrs. Brown made her application forDivorce.

**** senders note -- Perry Yeider was born to Michael and Rachel (Bowers) Yeider
28 Sept 1868 in Bangor Twp, Van Buren County.  His first wife was Jessie Bigelow, whom he married 8 June 1889 - Van Buren
County, MI
Submitted by Kim Kester - Kims715@aol.com

Bangor Advance or Reflector

Eld. L.J. Branch performed the ceremony which united in marriage Francis Hopkins and Miss Gertude Brant, at his home on the
25th.  The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hopkins and the bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Brant, both of Bangor,
and are highly respected young people.

**** (this took place before 1910 -- senders note)
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Married at the home of the officiating minister, Eld. L.J. Branch, April 15, 1911, Mr Roy Spaulding and Miss Gladys Yeider.  The groom is a son of Mr.and Mrs. Geo Spaulding who live north of town and the bride is a daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. John Yeider, who reside west of the village, and both are highly respected young people.

Bangor Advance,
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The people of Johnstown both young and old gave a miscellaneous shower in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Spaulding at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Spaulding, Thursday evening, Jun 29th.  The evening was most pleasantly passed with music furnished by Messrs. Stocking, Spillers, Bower and Yeider, accompanied by Mrs Levi Yeider on the organ.  Refreshments of ice cream and cake were served and the guests left many a valuable and useful presents and wishing the couple a prosperous and happy life.

Bangor Advance,
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Married at the home of Eld. L.J. Branch, the officiating minister, Sunday, Feb. 28, 1909, Mr. Levi Yeider and Miss Reta Sternaman, both of Bangor.  The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Yeider and the bride is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Sternaman.  They start out life with the congratulations of a host of friends.

Bangor Advance,
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Monday evening a large crowd congregated at Johnstown schoolhouse from whence they went to the new residence of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Yeider and showered the bride abd groom with tinwar, chunaware and crystalware.  Their presentation speech made by Mr. Bryant,after which songs were sung, and cake and coffee passed around.  At the stroke of 12 Mr. Maynard, speaking for the bride and groom thanked the many guests for the many presents they had presented

Bangor Advance,
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The Bangor Advance - September 2, 1943

  Miss Rachel Martindale has received a Naval Civil Service appointment in the Panama Canal Zone and will soon be given work there.

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The True Northerner, Paw Paw, Michigan
April 10, 1884

Last week as Henry LaGrave, with his wife and mother, was driving over the railway crossing, his horses became frightened at a car standing near, jumped suddenly forward, and both ladies were thrown from the buggy, striking on their heads and shoulders.  Though considerably shaken and bruised, the ladies sustained no serious damage, which seems very remarkable when we remember that Henry's mother is 73 years of age.

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The True Northerner, Paw Paw, Michigan
April 10, 1884

Mrs. Mary Van Antwerp of this village reached her 84th year last Friday, and a number of the old people gave her a surprise and had a good time.

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The True Northerner, Paw Paw, Michigan
April 10, 1884

Mrs. Wood, mother of Thos. Rose, has recently moved into the Oliver home north-west of town, and not being familiar with the steps, fell from the doorway,last Thursday, breaking her ankle.

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The True Northerner, Paw Paw, Michigan
April 10, 1884

  Mrs. Schnell nee Elliott, with her husband is spending a few days with her mother, Mrs. Geo. A. Hunt.

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The Bangor Adance and Reflector - May 29, 1891

This year the Bangor high school will present only one graduate, Roy P. Irving will haave to shouldr all the honors.

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The Bangor Adance and Reflector - May 29, 1891

Marriage license No. 1,000 was issued to a young couple, from Bangor, Will Babcock and Miss Minnie Lee.  This license law went into effect Sept 26, 1887, and it took just three years, seven months an twenty-five days to issue 1000 licenses in this county.

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Hartford Day Spring - 6 Sept 1899

Mrs. R. Disbrow of Paw Paw, and her four weeks old son, Herold, returned home after visitng her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Horton and friends for a few days.
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The Bangor Advance - August 18, 1938
   Wallace Freestone and Mrs. Howard Martindale went to Benton Harbor August 7, to attend the reunion of their classes of 1908 and 1910 of the Benton Harbor high school.  This was the first time either of them had attended a class reunion since graduatng from the high school.

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The Bangor Reflector - April 11, 1884
   Our little town was visited by fire on the night of the 6th, about 12 o'clock at night, and the entire manufacturing establishment of S. B. Anderson was burned to the ground.  Such was the rapidity of the flames that in less than forty minutes the roofs fell in, and by daylight it was burned to the ground.  The heat was intense, and it was only by  the greatest exertion that the depot was saved.  When it was on fire it was thought beyond salvation.  But our boys were prevailed upon by G. H. Rippey to make one more effort, and the building was saved, also much other valuable property.  The loss to Mr. S. B. Anderson will be probably $20,000 or $25,000; insurance $3,000.  It will be quite a loss to the place, and it has thrown about 40 persons out of employment.  Mr. Anderson has worked hard to build up and sustain a large business here, and it is thought he will soon build up again, at least a saw mill.  There was nothing saved except the boilers and the papers that happened to be in the safe, and about 600,000 feet of lumber back a short distance from the mill.  A few days before the fire Mr. Anderson removed his turpentine, naptha, benzine, etc., from his paint shop and that did not burn, by fighting the fire from it.

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Bangor Reflector - April 11, 1884

An unknown man was killed by the cars, at Grand Junction, yesterday morning.  He was walking by the side of the track, about forty rods west of the station and within a rod or two of the signal post, when the morning train from South Haven came along.  It stopped and started up again, and just as it started he stumbled and fell or purposely threw himself under the cars.  The fireman and Mr. Wm. Gorman were both looking at the man when he went under, and both are of the opinion that he threw himself under the cars purposely.  His head was almost severed from the body, only a shred remaining.  Otherwife he had not received a bruise.  His arms lay by his side and ther were no indications that any other part of his body touched the cars.  He was a young man, apparently about 25, attired as a laborer, and had come from Grand Rapids on the midnight train the night before.  He took lodging at the hotel, and after breakfast paid his bill and started out.  There was little about his person to assist in identifying him.  His pockets contained a pocket-knife, a badly worn pocket-book with a lttle over $1.00 in money, and an empty envelope.  The envelope was postmarked at Hudson, Mich., in 1883, and had a printed corner of a Hudson publishing house.  It was directed to "Mr. D. F. McNickel, Ray P.O., Stuben Co., Indiana."  This is the only clue to his identity, excpet an unauthenticated story of his being a blacksmith, who formerly lived at South Bend, Indiana.  All of the other effects he had was a shirt and pair of overalls, both new and unworn.  An inquest was held yesterday afternoon, by N. H. Adams, Esq., of Breedsville, but the verdict has not reached us.
Just as we go to press we learn that the verdict of the coroner's jury, over the body of the man killed by the cars at Grand Junction, yesterday, was that he committed suicide.  Nothing further was learned concerning his identity.

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Bloomingdale Leader - April 7, 1882

A sad accident occured at Gobleville Wed. evening.  Mr. Gus Nowland, a young man employed at work in Howard's saw mill, 5 miles South of the village attempted to jump over the saw in the evening after the mill had stopped running, but accidently fell upon the teeth of the saw and hurt himself so severly that he bled to death that same night.

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Bangor Reflector - November 13, 1885

Thos. Horton's six-year-old boy was the victim of an accident, on Monday, that involved the narrowest escpae from a horrible death that we have heard of lately.  Horton had cut down a hay stack and left the hay knife sticking in the stack high enough up so that the little fellow could not reach it.  The boy built up a little platform of sticks and reached up for the knife; just as he reached it his scaffold gave way and he fell, bringing the knife with him;  It fell across his neck cutting a gash over two inches long across his throat just touching the windpipe and narrowly mising the large veins.  How the heavy hay knife could inflict so light a wound is a mystery.

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Bangor Reflector  - June 19 1885

Lett Northup manufactured four hundred and eighty photographs last week.  Good work brings trade, eventually, even from a distance.  Lett's postage on photographs sent to neighboring towns is quite an item.

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Bangor Reflector  - June 19 1885

Mrs. Nathan Reynolds, of Arlington, is over ninety years of age, but is still hale enough to keep in order a magnificent flower garden.  A large portion of the cut flowers on exhibition at Congregational Hall last sunday, were her generous contribution.

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Bangor Reflector - 11 Feb 1881

A dwelling house and contents belonging to a Mr. Cooley, living about 3/4 of a mile north of Bloomingddale village, was entirely consumed by fire last Friday; and another in the village, of John Strongs's was burned about midnight of the same day.

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Unknown newspaper (probably Gobleville News) No date

Fel Scarlett don't Like It.
Fel Scarlett writes home a letter from South Carolina that appears to be filled with a fair proportion of the gloom and moisture that usually pervades a Southern winter. When it snows and blows in Michigan, and our boys are skating over the fence tops on the snow crust in the South the roads are like a hog-wallow, and it rains there as much as it snows here. People can't get to town except on mule back and then it needs it be a tall mule or the riders feet will drag in the mud. The South would be a fine country if the sun shown enough in the winter to dry up the mud or it was cold enough to freeze it up. But at any other season of the year the south has this advantage of us. About the time we up here are watching for a woodchuck to come out and see his shadow and it begins to thaw and we go to church with sleighs and start home with a wagon and wish we had a boat, then it is that the South with her sunshine, flowers and mocking birds bean forth in all her glory and magnificence, While we are going ten miles on bare ground to buy a sleigh load of hay then it is that the cattle in the south are romping glee fully knee deep in verdant meadow and breathing in a saubraius climate that never was chilled by a thermonetricl zero. Fel Scarlett don't like it down there, and we will bet a cent he is homesick.
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No newspaper name or date ( probably Gobleville News)

Healey's Mishap
Traveling with a family of small children is often attended with such mishaps and adventures as to the parents no little amount of anxiety. It is reported that while Leeds Healy and family were in Chicago, enroute for the South, and while going from one depot to the other and carrying a bundle and leading one of the little ones, the bundle became untied and he stopped to tie it up, and for time released the child's hand. The street were crowded with people passing rapidly to and fro, and when ready to proceed on his way the little one had disappeared . Prompt search was made and the police appeared to, but no trace of the youngster could be found. As a last resort they commenced searching the passenger trains that were rapidly filling with passengers at the depot ready to pull out, and there in one of the trains that was about to leave for the West was the child comfortably seated on the puffy cushion ready to seek adventure "Beyond the Mississippi".

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unknown newspaper and date (Probably Gobleville News)
Last Wednesday afternoon about half past four o'clock an accident occurred at the home of Elmer Hyames, two miles south of this village, that was a close call for Mrs. Hyames and little son. The cistern had been undergoing repairs, the pump had been taken out and  the family were obliged to draw water through the trap door. That afternoon while drawing water the trap door was left open for a minute and the little boy who persisted in looking in contrary to his mothers orders, suddenly plunged in, and the mother, being unable to reach him climbed in after him. The water was about six feet deep. She got the child and by placing her feet, one on each side of the sloping side of the cistern managed to keep her head out above water and hold the child up until her ten year old son Jud could hand he a stick to assist in her support. Then Jud found a ladder out in the yard and chopped it in two with an ax so as to get it in the house and into the cistern, but it then proved to be too short for her to climb out on. The boy then went for help. He saw a neighbor driving by but being so frightened the he was unable to make the neighbor understand that help was wanted, he then went to J.L.. Stanton's where he got help, and the women and child were taken from the cistern.

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Unknown paper and date (probably Gobleville News)
Mr. John Bramblee, who is traveling as advance agent for the Bentley Show Company throughout the Southwestern part of Michigan, has billed his show for Gobleville on Thursday, July 12th. Mr Bramblee is a native of Goblville and has many friends here and all will be interested in seeing the show. The price of admission will be ten cents, and the character of the performance will please the children, is free from
vulgarity, and comprises all the latest hits. Children under 4 years of age when accompanied by parents, are admitted free. The show is said to be improving every year.

Gobleville News date  July 1900

Jasper Fisher and Ida Loveland of Kalamazoo, were married July 2, at the home of the bride. A few friends were present. Ice cream and cake were served. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher went to Bravo to visit the former's parents and stopped of at Gobleville last Thursday to visit the bride's parents and relatives.
    At the home of Mr. and Mrs Edgar Allen, in Gobleville, on Saturday evening June 30, occurred a quiet wedding. This time it was Miss Bessie Bush, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Bush, of Waverly, and Mr. John Baxter of Bloomingdale. Rev Musser was the officiating clergyman. May joy and success ever attend them.
    Caroline, wife of Argalus Sprague Stepmother of Rev. Sprague of this place, was buried at Vermontville on June 24, aged 83. Two of her sons, who are ministers, assisted in the funeral services. The newspaper at Vermontville contains extract from a very touching tribute given her by her sons. She was one of the pioneers of the locality, and one whose live beautiful
    Week end Excursion-Commenceing June 30 and on Saturdays and Sundays only thereafter until Sept. so the Michigan Central will sell tickets to South Haven and return at one fare for the round trip, 63 cents. Limited to return from South Haven not later than the following Monday morning's train. G.d. Millspauga, Ticket Agent
    Matrimony seems to be very popular in our little village and the Gobleville girls seem to be in great demand at this time of the year. Mr. Herbert. McElheny, of Detroit, formerly of Lawton, and Miss Nina
Myers of Gobleville daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Myers, were married on July 3rd at the residence of the bride's parents. the Rev. Musser was the officiating clergyman. May a long and happy life attend them.
Submitted by Marlene Petty Polster mars@mail.icongrp.com

Unknown paper and date Probably Gobleville News)
The journal published at Blain whatcom Co., State of Washington is sent to us each week by some friend who happens to be prospecting in that far off country on the pacific coast. One item in it is particularly interesting. It is as follows:
An 84 pound salmon, which is said to be the largest ever caught in Columbia river, was delivered at Elmore's cannery, Astoria, Saturday. It was a royal chinook, four and half feet long and three and a half feet girth at the largest circumference, and when cut up filled  sixty-nine one pound cans. The fisherman was paid $5.46 for the fish.
Submitted by Marlene Petty Polster mar@mail.icongrp.com

Gobleville News No date
Burned to Death
Marshal Harvey lives on his farm two miles south and one mile west of Gobleville. Last Saturday night about eleven o'clock his barn caught fire in some mysterious manner and was entirely destroyed together with all its contents, 16 tons of hay, four work horses, harnesses, carriages, &c. There were five horses in the barn., but one broke loose and escaped. The family were all asleep until awakened by they cry of fire. It was then too late to save anything. The barn was 30 by 40 feet, 16 foot posts, and a lean shed on the south side. The north end of the barn was a bay 16 by 30 feet and full of new hay to the peak, but had settled some. There were some mysterous things in connection with the fire. While the flames were just getting outside the building enough to light up the surrounding country, a horse made its escape from the burning building, and a few moments later was heard the sound of what was supposed to be anothher horse making his escape, and it was heard making its way hastily through the shady orchard. It was pursed, but no horse was to be found. Presently the boarding of the barn began to be consumed, and people  who stood around the burning building could see a dark object on the big pile of hay in the bay. It was dark and as large as the body of a man, and occupied a position a little to the north of the center of the bay. The hay beneath the object seemed not to burn, and the hay around it burning more rapidly, until the being left on a samll elevated bunch of hay it became top heavy and finally tipped over, and was not thought of again for several days. Last Wednesday Marshal Harvey come to Gobleville and brought a clay pipe, blached in the fire, and a box of bones that were considerably burned and crumbled, and explaining that before throwing water on them to cool them they were much more intact, and some what. As he thought resembled the bones of a human scull. We were surprised that two or three days burning should so nearly destroy  the bones, but parties who were present tell us that the legs of the burned horses were burned to ashes, bones and all, and were not is as warm a portion of  the fire, nor so continious. The supposition is that a tramp crawled  into the barn to sleep , and his
pipe set the hay on fire, and the tramp was unable to get out and burned there.

Submitted By Marlene Petty Polster mars@mail.icongrp.com

Bangor Advance - June 30, 1899

Bad Fire in the Swamp
   Tuesday night the house of Albert Hudson, located south of Bangor on the McDonald muck land was totally destroyed by fire, together with all its contents, and Mrs. Hudson was so badly burned that it is feared she will die.
   It is said that the fire started from a smudge built to keep off the mosquitos and was not discovered until the whole house was in flames, and it was too late to get out any of the household effects.
   Mr. and Mrs. Hudson have five small children, part of them slept upstairs.  Mrs. Hudson, knowing their danger ran upstairs to get out the little ones, which she succeeded in doing, but her clothing caught fire and before the flames could be extinguished, she was frightfully burned, her recovery not being looked for.
   The blow is a severe one for Mr. Hudson, who is a hard working poor man, and while the house was a cheap one, It was their home, and as dear to them as though it cost a fortune.
   Our people subscribed liberally when a subscription paper was passed around Wednesday.

submitted by Joan Jaco

Paw Paw True Northerner 1 Jan 1875-
    "Mrs. Susan B. Anthony is coming into the State on a lecturing tour in the latter part of January.  Associations or private individuals desiring to secure a lecture from her should address a letter to her home in Rochester, N.Y. at as early a day as possible."

Paw Paw True Northerner 1 Dec 1876-
    "Swegles, one of the men who tried to rob Lincoln's tomb, used to drive stage between Plainwell and Allegan."

    "The young people of this village may be amused by a new pastime which has been introduced in some of the towns of the East, called "Wristlet Parties".  The ladies furnish the wristlets, and each pair is numbered.  One of each pair is put into a box and sold to a gentleman, the corresponding number being worn by a lady.  After the purchase, the gentleman seeks his mate by number, and to the lady he is engaged-at least for that evening."

 Submitted by Tom Lumbard - oldman@banet.net

Bangor Advance - June 21, 1934

A very pretty outdoor wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Axel Starback, Sunday afternoon, when their daughter Eva was united in marriage to Donald Palmer, by the pastor, Rev. Scot MacDonald, in the presence of thirty-five relatives and friends.  The couple was attended by Violet Frude and Gerald Palmer, brother of the bridegroom.  The bride's gown was of pink organdy and the bridesmaid's dress of delicate pink organdy with blue sashes.  Both had corsages of pink roses.  Jack Thomas and Vera Starback, nephew and niece of the bride acted as ring bearer and flower girl.  A wedding dinner was served on the lawn.  Mr. and Mrs. Palmer left shortly after the ceremony for Chicago to attend the Century of Progress for a few days.  For traveling the bride wore a blue and white suit.  Mrs. Palmer is the new postmistress and Mr. Palmer a prominent business man.  On their return frm Chicago, they will be at home in rooms they have furnished in the north part of the Rose Orr home.  Congratulations are extended.

Submitted by  Joan Jaco  - In memory of her parents, Don and Eva Palmer

Bangor Advance - December 29, 1905
   Our old friend, L. H. Bailey of South Haven again becomes reminiscent and sends a little history of Bangor which will be of interest to old settlers in this vicinity.
   Under date of Dec. 24th Mr. Bailey writes:  "Seventy years ago there were only three persons in what was then termed as Black River country, to eat their Christmas dinner.  Oct. 1st, 1835 N. Howard, a boy of 20, settled in Breedsville, being the first settler.  At that time there was no Breedsville, it being called Black River.
   "The township of South Haven took in Columbia, Geneva, Bangor and Deerfield.  At that time there was a town in Lenawee county called Deerfield, so Deerfield in Van Buren county was changed to Covert.
   "Oct. 10, 1835, Silas Breed and wife came to Black River, Mrs. Breed being the only woman in the town of South Haven township --think of it.
   "In 1837 came Elijah Knowles and family, Wm. Bridges and family and Amos Brown and family.  Then the change came and Black River was dropped and Breedsville took its place on the map.
  "Arlington had their first town meeting in 1845, it being held at the house of Allen Briggs.  There were at that election 27 voters.  the first settlers in Bangor were the Crosses, Hurlbuts, Southards and Taylors, and Clark Pierce was the first settler in Geneva township.  Enough for this Christmas.
                                                                             L. H. Bailey
A Correction
    BREEDSVILLE, New Year's Day, 1906
    Editor Advance:-  In your issue of Dec. 29, 1905, in the reminiscences of L. H. Bailey of South Haven, I wish to state that he was in error in one thing and that is in regard to the first woman in Breedsville.  Instead of being Mrs. Breed, it was Mrs. Jonathan N. Howard, the wife of the N. Howard to whom he refers.  It has always been said from an early day that Mrs. Howard was the first white woman that ever crossed the Paw Paw river, she going to Black River country.
   In the winter of 1836-37 my father, Samuel Smith spent the winter in Breedsville and worked on the first saw mill frame and mill dam that was put up there.  He also made the first coffin that was used there and was used for one of Mr. Watson's children.
   Since the year 1847 I have been quite as conversant with the surroundings of Breedsville as friend
L. H. Bailey.
                                                        Wm. W. Smith

submitted by Joan Jaco - joanjaco@cybersol.com

Decatur Republican - 27th Nov 1913 - page 2, col. 5

Mr. and Mrs. J. Bernard Remembered by Neighbors and Friends Saturday Evening

  Mr. and Mrs. J. Bernard Creagan who were united in marriage in Detroit November 12, arrived in Decatur last Saturday afternoon and drove at once to the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Creagan in Hamilton.
   Saturday evening neighbors and friends in number that taxed the capacity of the home gave them a reception they will long remember.  Supper was served and games played till long after midnight.  A handsome gift of  cut glass was the material token of regard in which the young people are held in the neighborhood where the groom spent the years of his boyhood.
    Mr. and Mrs. Creagan will leave next Monday for their home in Calgary, and will be accompanied by the sisters, Misses Bess and Frances Creagan.

 Submitted by Tom Lumbard - oldman@banet.net

Paw Paw True Northerner - Wed. 1 Feb. 1899 - page 1, col. 5

William Hill of Almena was buried yesterday. He died somewhere South.  Elder Bates preached the sermon.

Married, Saturday, January 24, Dr. A. W. Hendrick of Muskegan, formerly of this place, to Miss Minnie Garber of Greenville.

Married, at his ofice in Paw Paw, by Justice Rowland, January 28, 1899, Mr. William Dean of Lawrence and Mrs. Almyra McCarty of Gobleville.

A little son of John Marshall has been very ill, but is now better.  Dr. Cornish of Lawton was here one day, in consultation with the attending physician.

 Submitted by Tom Lumbard - oldman@banet.net

Bangor Reflector-Friday May 25, 1888

Russell Merriman of Bangor and Miss Ella Thompson of Columbia township were
married on Saturday last. (May 19, 1888)

Miss Thompson has just closed a term of school in the district number 8 of Columbia Township.

We need a prohibitory law to stop the rapid depletion by marriage of the ranks of Van Buren County School Ma'ams.

Submitted by  Kim Kester

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