March 21, 1912
LaVonne I. Bennett
THE ADVERTISER, Saranac, Ionia County, MI; Thursday, March 21, 1912:
On Wednesday evening March 13, the members of Saranac Rebekah and I.O.O.F.
lodges gave an eight o’clock dinner and reception at their hall in honor of Mr.
and Mrs. E. H. EARLE and family who are soon to leave for their new home at
Barryton…..guests to the number of one hundred and fifty…..Gilbert CURTISS with
a few well chosen words presented Mr. Earle with a handsome leather rocker from
the Odd Fellows and Mrs. EARLE and Miss Wilma with several pieces of dainty
china from the Rebekahs.
Mrs. WINTZ spent Sunday with Fremont friends and attended the dedication of the
new Congregational church which has been completed since Rev. Paul took charge
of the church.
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY MEETING:
The Ionia County Horticultural Society will hold its April meeting in Saranac on
Tuesday, April 2. A fine program is being prepared and the principal speaker
will be Professor Taft of the Agricultural college and Hon. N. B. Hayes, of
Mrs. Glenn JONES was in Grand Rapids, Monday.
Mr. SIMPSON, of Leanington, Ont., visited his son, Dr. SIMPSON, last week.
Willis EARLE loaded his household goods on Monday for shipment to Barryton.
Wm. GOOD and family, of Lakeview, are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Mrs. Thos. D. BRANSON left on Monday for California to visit her mother. She
expects to be gone a year. Her daughter and husband Mr. and Mrs. Grover HASKINS
accompanied her to Grand Rapids.
Orvin M. PICKINS, 21, Woodland, and Luna F. Switizer, 21, Sebewa township, took
out a marriage license in the county clerk’s office Wednesday morning.
Michael HAUCK on Wednesday pleaded guilty to keeping a gambling place, before
Justice MURPHY, at Ionia, and paid a fine of $10.00 and the costs of
Wm. PECKERINS passed away at the County Infirmary Wednesday morning, at the age
of 71 years. He was received from Belding some five years ago, whence the
remains were taken for interment.
Rev. E. E. Branch, of Ionia, on Tuesday performed the marriage ceremony for Miss
Ella M. DANIELS, of Greenville, and Lester N. MINER, of Portland. The bride was
eighteen years old and the bridegroom registered as nineteen.
OBITUARY – Edward D. LEWIS was born in Herefordshire, Werndden Cottage, England,
May 9th, 1829 and died in Saranac, March 15th, 1912. 83 years 10 months 6 days.
Mr. LEWIS came to New York state in 1850, he enlisted in Co. A, 50 New York in
September 1861, and served through the war.
He was a member of Hill P. CLARK Post No. 153, G.A.R.
He was united in marriage to Mrs. Martha LYNN in 1866. They came to Michigan in
1867, and in 1884 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Hughes of Sparta, Mich.
Mr. LEWIS was a successful farmer until ten years ago, when he sold his farm and
moved to town, in May 1909 they moved to Saranac.
He united with the Church of England when a young man.
He was a faithful husband and father. He leaves to mourn, a wife and one son,
Thomas; three grand children and one adopted daughter, Nettie HAMMOND, of
Belding; two step children, Monroe LYNN, of Big Rapids and Mrs. Mary BRIGGS, of
These were his last words: “We cannot, Lord, Thy purpose see, but all is well
that is done by Thee”.
The funeral services were held from the late home on Tuesday afternoon conducted
by Rev. R. L. WINTZ. The burial was in the Saranac cemetery and the services
were in charge of the G.A.R.
CARD OF THANKS:
We wish to express to the neighbors and friends our thanks and appreciation for
their kindness and assistance during the illness and death of our husband and
father. Also the members of the G.A.R. and W.R.C. for the flowers and
assistance. – Mrs. Edward LEWIS and family.
|Mrs. Elviria RICHARDS is visiting Mrs. Minnie HEETHER.
Mrs. Merton JEPSON visited Mrs. Fannie PECK last Wednesday.
Gelnn HEETHER, of Miriam, took dinner at Frank HEETHER’S Monday.
Miss Mildred HENDERSON, of Ionia, visited Miss Glennis SAYLES over Sunday.
Mrs. Ethel HEETHER, of Ionia, visited Saturday night and Sunday at John ZAHM’S.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank BOWEN and Miss Maggie were Sunday visitors at Sweet CAHOON’S.
Mr. and Mrs. L. J. HUNTER and Mr. and Mrs. F. P. HUNTER visited at Fred
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. RICKERT and daughter, Bernice, and son Guy, were Sunday
visitors at Phlorus
Mrs. Edward LEWIS went to Sparta on Wednesday, to visit relatives for a few
B. F. WILKINSON and wife, L. J. HUNTER and wife, were visitors at Frank ABBOTT’S
Mrs. Eva HUNTER and Mrs. Clara JEPSON visited Frank BEATTIE Tuesday afternoon
and carried him
some flowers furnished by the Grange.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed KELLER, of Saranac, Mr. and Mrs. T. RENWICK and Blanche and
Forrest and Roy
RENWICK, of Millbrook, were Sunday visitors at Frank HEETHER’S.
||Eva JEPSON – Greta RENWICK has earned the fifth grade. The fifth grade people
are drawing maps of
Olive GILLIES went to Lowell, Tuesday afternoon.
Twenty pupils attended the funeral of Mrs. PIFER, Monday.
There were thirty-five absent from high school Friday because of the storm.
The second primary have begun the study of buds, for their nature study work.
Mr. DAVID and Mr. POTTER visited the grades and high school the first of the
(?)lywayne CARMEN and Fred BRADFORD were out of school part of last week, on
account of illness.
On account of the storm Friday, the school entertainment was postponed until
There were eighteen pupils absent from the 6th and 7th grades last Friday
because of the storm.
Sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. PIFER, mother of Arlene and Arwin PIFER, of
||Wm. WARNER visited his brother, Hily WARNER, Saturday night.
Ed SUTTON went to Grand Rapids, Thursday on business trip.
Mrs. L. G. WANDEL visited her sister Mrs. A. SHERWOOD, Wednesday.
Will BRIGGS went to Easton to visit his friend Chas. CUTLER Thursday.
Two new members were received into the Congregational church last Sunday
The Epworth League for next Sunday is to be led by Oma MUSSLEMAN, the subject
“The Quality of
J. Earle BROWN, of St. Johns will meet with Saranac Camp M. W. of A. on Tuesday
evening, March 26.
Neighbors don’t fail to attend.
Mrs. H. JACKSON passed away Friday evening about 8 o’clock. Funeral Monday at 2
o’clock at the M.
E. church was largely attended. She leaves to mourn her loss,
her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Estella
HALE, and three sons, Will, Fred and Claud and several grand children and a large circle of friends.
||Ed HART visited his father over Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. James LEESE are working in Lowell.
Josh ROGERS is doing some repairing on his house.
Mrs. James LEESE visited in Lowell the 8th and 9th.
Mrs. C. W. CRAPO spent last Monday at Miles DODDS.
Dell MYERS is moving on his brother’s farm near Saranac.
Dell MYERS and family visited at Luman COGSWELL’S Sunday.
Mrs. FRIEDLI returned home from the Ann Arbor hospital the 16th.
Mrs. Jessie GARBER was in Woodland from the 14th to the 17th.
Ernest and Wm. STOWELL visited at Geo. PIFER’S, Saranac, the 7th and 8th.
Wm. GIBSON of Washington, D.C. visited James LEESE one day last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur SH(E?)RMAN of South Boston spent Sunday at C. W. CRAPO’S.
Milburn SCHEIDT went to Pontiac, Tuesday, where he has a job in the Oakland Auto
Mr. and Mrs. Frank STOWELL and son, Earnest, G. FRIEDLI and Mr. and Mrs. C. W.
attended the funeral of Mrs. Geo. PIFER the 18th.
||Mrs. PAUL was in Ionia, Saturday.
M. A. WILKINSON was in Lowell, Tuesday.
Mrs. E. N. KELLER is visiting Lowell friends.
The Misses SIMPSON were in Lowell Monday.
Mrs. T. S. BARBER was in Grand Rapids, Monday.
Chas. WEBER will move the bowling alley to Ohio.
Richard SCOTT, of Muskegon, is visiting Saranac friends.
Mrs. John BENJAMIN was in Grand Rapids, Tuesday.
Mrs. S. M. CRAWFORD was in Grand Rapids, Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Will STEIN were in Grand Rapids, Tuesday.
Mrs. Mark GATES and Mrs. HARWOOD were in Ionia, Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. R. E. ARNOLD, of Ionia, were in town, Tuesday.
Commissioner Lowery went to Portland, Monday on official duties.
Mrs. Truman BARBER, of Lake Odessa, is visiting her sister, Mrs. STURGIS.
Edgar HUGHSON, J. C. STEBBINS and V. W. CLARK were in Ionia, Monday.
B. E. RICKERT went to Detroit, Saturday to see if he could secure some coal.
K. R. SMITH has been elected president and Fred Kidd secretary of the Ionia
Board of Trade.
Earle BARBER spent Sunday with E. D. BARBER, leaving on Monday, for his home in
Chester WILLARD and family, of Ionia, spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Chas. SCHEIDT.
Alex HASKINS and family, who have been visiting here, returned to their home in
Grand Rapids Friday.
Richard WALLINGTON and family, of Grand Rapids, spent Sunday with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. John
R. C. and Stanley RATHBUN and Verne EDSON, who are at work for the Grand Trunk
at Pontiac, were
home over Sunday.
Mrs. Hamilton WALTER has a lemon tree four years old, which stands 3 ½ feet high
and is covered with
blossoms and fruit. She recently took a ripe lemon from it,
that measured 12x13 inches.
With not a house or even living rooms, for rent, in town and with eight or ten
different parties looking for a
place to live is the situation in Saranac at the
present time. What better indication of the prosperity of our
town could you ask
Dr. L. S. WEAVER last week closed a number of years of successful practice of
the medical profession
here. He recently purchased a drug store in Saranac and
this week the doctor and Mrs. WEAVER
moved to that place. Dr. WEAVER is one of
the pioneers of this section, his father having owned much
of the land now
covered by this city. The greater part of his life has been spent here. The drug
will not be a new venture for the doctor as he has been in the business
before. A number of years ago he
was one of the prime movers in the successful
effort to raise the standard and qualifications of those
allowed to fill
prescriptions. Many social functions were given by the friends of Dr. and Mrs.
before their departure---FREMONT TIMES INDICATOR.
The Misses CROTHERS were in Grand Rapids, Monday.
Frank OLMSTEAD, of Barryton, arrived here on Tuesday.
Christian KIRSHERMAN, of Ionia, died Saturday aged 75 years.
Mr. and Mrs. C. ROMANDER, of Ionia, were in town, Tuesday.
Mrs. POTTER, of Ionia, spent Sunday with Mrs.Geo. POTTER.
Mrs. MILLJAN, of Ionia, spent last week with Mrs. Amon OTIS.
G. J. SKIDMORE, of Ionia, died Sunday. His age was 72 years.
Chas. RAZELL, of Grand Rapids, spent Sunday with Horace Peake.
Remember that the registration day for the township is March 23.
Chas. WALLINGTON and Joe BUSSIER were in Grand Rapids, Tuesday.
Mrs. Wesley CILLEY and daughter, Miss Irma, were in Ionia Thursday.
John O. CLARKE and Ed. POTTERSUFF have purchased the WOLCOTT grocery stock at
Daniel WATERBURY, of Ionia, died at the Ann Arbor hospital on Friday. His age
was 68 years.
Mrs. Wm. K. CHRISTIE, a former resident of Ionia, died suddenly Sunday, at
Raton, New Mexico.
E. C. DODDS had the misfortune to cut the third finger of his left hand off in a
cutting box on Tuesday.
Clare MATTASON, advertising manager of the GRANDVILLE STAR, spent Sunday with a
Clarksville is talking of building a new school house. A special meeting will be
called to consider the subject.
Out of the total tax of $17,600.00 for Boston township Treasurer D. M. HUNTLEY
collected all but
$51.57. This is a fine showing.
The Grand Jury at Grand Haven has brought in 13 indictments; they include
charges against the sheriff of
Ottawa County and his deputies.
Henry R. NELSON, former Ionia grocer, has been discharged in the bankruptcy
proceedings instituted by
him in the United States court at Grand Rapids.
The Lady Macabees will meet with Mrs. J. S. BARGER, Saturday, March 23. Come in
the forenoon and
bring the quilt blocks. – Nellie BARGER, R. K.
About sixty friends and neighbors gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John
PALMER, of Berlin Monday
evening, March 18th, the occasion being Mrs. Palmer’s
39th birthday. She was the recipient of a number
of dainty handkerchiefs and a
sugar shell. The evening was pleasantly spent in playing games and singing.
A bountious repast was served after which they departed leaving Mrs. Palmer to
recover from her
surprise as best she could.
||A box social will be held at Wesley HILE’S, Friday evening. Proceeds for benefit
of Sunday school.
Among the improvements we failed to notice last week was that of John WALTMAN,
who is building an
addition to his house.
Mrs. Cassie STEWART, of Lake Odessa, spent part of last week with her mother and
attended church and
took her old place at the organ Sunday.
Llwayne CARMAN gave a party to the members of his class including his teachers
at his home in Berlin
Center, Monday evening, March 18. The rooms were
tastefully decorated in the class colors, orange and
white. Music and games were
enjoyed until the small hours of the morning when the guests left voting
and his mother splendid entertainers. Light refreshments including warm sugar
OBITUARY – Emily PIFER
Mrs. Emily S. PIFER was born in Graton township, October 16, 1855; and answered
the summons to the life beyond, March 14, 1912; age 56 years, 4 months and 28
In 1874 she was united in marriage to Ed. HARRINGTON, of Mecosta county,
Michigan, who preceded her ten years afterwards.
To this union were born five children, four daughters and one son. Her daughter,
Mrs. Edith WARNER, preceded her in 1900. In 1888 she was united in marriage to
Geo. R. PIFER, of Montcalm county. To this union were born five children, three
sons and two daughters. The seventeen months old son, Arlington, has preceded
She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband George R. PIFER, eight children:
Mrs.Cora RUNNER, Spokane, Wash.; Mrs. Ethel CURTIS, of Belviere; Mrs. Leona
TIPKIN, Blue Ridge, Wash.; Mrs. Elgin SMITH of Tulahassa, Florida; Albert,
Arline and ARwin PIFER, of Saranac; also one step-son, Walter PIFER, of Ravenna;
two brothers, Fred SANFORD, Cleveland, Ohio; and Frank STOWELL, of Lowell,
beside eight grand children and many neighbors.
Mrs. PIFER’S life has been spent largely in Mecosta and Montcalm counties,
coming from Lowell to Saranac in October of 1911. Two weeks ago she submitted to
an operation in Ann Arbor hospital, which proved fatal.
The funeral services were held from the home, Monday afternoon, conducted by
Rev. F. E. GEORGE. The interment was at the Saranac cemetery.
CARD OF THANKS – We wish to thank the many kind friends and neighbors for their
kind offerings, and the extension of their deepest sympathies on the loss of our
beloved wife and mother. – Geo. R. PIFER and family.
Dispatches received here announce the death at Miami, Fla., on March 14, of
Joseph A. ROGERS, for many years a resident of this city, whose occupation here
was as drayman. His age was 84 years and 16 days. He was born in Massachusetts,
but had been a resident of Ionia county over half a century. His wife died many
years ago, and the only child is Ada J., wife of S.P. LEACH, at whose home two
miles north of city.
Mr. ROGERS lived here for many years, until he went to Florida a year and a half
ago. Mr. ROGERS served in the Civil war as a member of Co. 1, 21st Michigan
Infantry, and was a member of Wm. H. Borden Post G.A.R. Burial will be at place
of death. – IONIA STANDARD.
Leo H. ELSBY, Kent; Mildred BOLENBAUGH, Belding – 25-27.
Monroe JOHNSON, St. Paul; Helen M. McCOLLUM, Chicago – 23-22.
Wm. T. SHORES, Belding; Lula BECKWITH, Belding – 19-18.
Orvin M. PICKENS, Woodland; Luna F. SWEITZER, Sebewa – 21-21.
Harry ADAMS, Keene; Rosa KELLY, South Haven – 28-32.
Frank L. SMITH, Ionia; Mabel E. ALVORD, Ionia – 19-18.
Lester N. MINER, Portland; Ella M. DANIELS, Greenville – 19-18.
Hanmer C. BUTLER, Danby; Flaudie Fleck, Mecosta – 20-21.
Clarence RENWICK has moved from his farm in Keene to his mother’s house in
OBITUARY: George W. ROGERS
Geo. W. ROGERS was born at Barryton, Mass.; May 12, 1833, and died at his home
in this village on Sunday, March 24, 1912.
Mr. ROGERS came to Michigan in 1854 and has been a resident of this vicinity
since. He served in Co. G, Regulars ___ ___during the war. He was married to
Miss Julia A. CHAMPLIN in Grand Rapids on November 8, 1860. They have lived in
the home in which he died for forty years. He was formerly in the grocery
business here. For four years Mr. Rogers has been in poor health and since last
August he has been confined to the house and has been a great sufferer. Mrs.
ROGERS, who was stricken down two weeks ago and has been in serious condition
since and three children, Mrs. Jennie E. FOURNIER, of Cleveland; Ford ROGERS, of
Elkhart, Ind.; and Miss Nellie ROGERS, survive him.
Mr. ROGERS was a man of excellent habits and of fine moral character and had a
host of friends who extend to the family their sympathy in this time of sorrow
affliction. On account of the illness of Mrs. ROGERS, no services were held at
the home but a short service was conducted at the cemetery on Tuesday afternoon
by Rev. R. L. WINTZ.
November 26, 2013