The Advertiser
Saranac, Michigan
 March 21, 1912
Transcribed by 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.


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 North Plains……


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 GARFIELD.

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 prosecution.

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 Howard City.

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.

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 GRAYMER’S last
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 days.
B. F. WILKINSON and wife, L. J. HUNTER and wife, were visitors at Frank ABBOTT’S last
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.
SCHOOL NOTES: 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 week.
(?)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 Wednesday evening.
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 Miss ADAM’S
ORLEANS: 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 morning.
The Epworth League for next Sunday is to be led by Oma MUSSLEMAN, the subject “The Quality of
     God’s Forgiveness”.
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.
OAK GROVE: 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 factory.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank STOWELL and son, Earnest, G. FRIEDLI and Mr. and Mrs. C. W. CRAPO
     attended the funeral of Mrs. Geo. PIFER the 18th.
LOCAL NEWS: 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 South Dakota.
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 for!
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 business
     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. WEAVER
     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 Lowell.
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 Saranac
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.
BERLIN CENTER: 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
     Llwayne and his mother splendid entertainers. Light refreshments including warm sugar were served.


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 days.
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 her.
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 Saranac.


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.

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