The Advertiser
Saranac, Michigan
 March 23, 1905
Transcribed by LaVonne I. Bennett

THE ADVERTISER. Saranac, MI; Thursday, March 23, 1905:


"Obituary - ROBERT BLAKE MINOR - Robert Blake Minor was born August 1st, 1834 in Riga, Monroe county, New York and died at his home, March 15th, 1905, being 70 years, 7 months and 15 days old.
He was one of a family of five brothers and two sisters, all of whom preceded him by death save one sister, Mrs. Wm. H. Smith of Bellville, this state.

When his country was in peril he accepted its call for volunteers and enlisted Oct. 19, 1861 in Company A., Tenth Michigan Infantry re-enlisting Feb. 1864, and remaining until the close of the war.

He was married to Helen A. Andrew November 15, 1865, and immediately settled on the farm in Berlin township which has ever since been their home. To them were born ten children, Mrs. Ida A. Sherwood and Mrs. Ella Carman both living on farms near their old home, Dr. Earnest B. Minor of Traverse City, Mrs. Myrtle B. Walker of White Cloud, Mich., Rev. Irving W. Minor, student of Albion College, Clara B., Etta L., Mary S., Ray R., still remain at home. The youngest child, Lena H., died June 20, 1897.

There are also eleven grandchildren who had won a place in his affections.

Mr. Minor was converted when about twentytwo years of age and joined the Methodist Episcopal church. He maintained his Christian integrity through his army career and throughout his entire life. He became identified with Free Methodists in the year seventyone, being a charter member of that church located near his home.

He was a devoted husband, a tender and loving parent, an ardent Christian and a good neighbor.

He was a great worker and spared not himself for the comfort and blessing of his family; the prosperity of his church and being a public spirited man he was interested in the betterment of his community. During his last sickness which was short but severe, he was thoughtful of others and constant in his praise of Jesus, who was to him a precious friend and great Savior.

At eight o'clock Wednesday evening last he peacefully fell asleep and entered into his rest.
"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, for they rest from their labors and their works do follow them."
The funeral services were held Saturday from the house, conducted by Rev. Manly DaFoe, a former pastor and friend of the family, assisted by Rev. McDonald of Saranac. There were many and beautiful floral offerings.
Very appropriate music was rendered by Mrs. Eugene Smith and Mrs. Wm. Peer of Ionia.

The remains were borne by loving hands to the Saranac cemetery where all that is mortal was laid to rest awaiting the resurrection morning."


OBITUARY (with photograph): D. W. ANDERSON was born in Pembroke, N.Y. Aug. 16, 1833 and died at the home of his son, George, at Rosebush, March 16, 1905, after a long lingering sickness.
Mr. Anderson came to Saranac in 1855 and engaged in the wagon and blacksmith business and was very successful. He was, from that time until about three years ago when he sold out here, identified with the business interests and the development of the town.

He was married Aug. 29, 1852 at Salem, Wis. to Helen Samborn and after her death was he was again married to Juliette Granger September 8, 1870, she also having passed away a few years ago.

He was the father of seven children, three, George, Fred and Elmer survive him. He was a good husband, kind father, and a respected citizen and neighbor.

The funeral services were held at Rosebush and the remains were brought here Thursday for burial. A brief service was held at the cemetery, conducted by Rev. J. E. Tedford.


COUNTY NEWS: Ralph MATTISON of Ronald, died March 13, aged 74 years.

Sylvester BROCK and Eva ANDREWS of Lake Odessa were married by Justice Waugh of Ionia Wednesday.

M. E. DOREMUS of Easton has sold his farm in Easton and will move to the state of Washington where he will engage in the lumber business.

DEATH: - *(page 3, column 2):
"County News - Timothy Brown died at 9:30 Wednesday morning at his home, Harrison and Cleveland streets, Ionia. He was 87 years of age and for 45 years has been a resident of Ionia. Since the death of his wife 32 years ago, Mr. Brown made his home with his son, Thomas, at the old homestead. Four children survive him, Thomas, of Ionia; Nicholas, of Duluth; Mrs. Julia Wesshaver, of Holland; and Mrs. Noble Micks, of Ionia. Probably no citizen of Ionia was better known than "Tim" Brown. He was born in Ireland 87 years ago and his life was one of the varied adventure. His travels have taken him over much of the world. Fifty years ago he was at work putting railroads through Canada, and was one of the section men who built the Grand Trunk through Ionia. On a bet of $25 minus his coat and shoes he carried the American flag through the streets of a Canadian village when such an act was treason."


EASTON: Gene SNELL is better at this writing.
G. C. WILBUR returned home Saturday after a two weeks visit with friends at Grand Rapids.
Auble HOTCHKISS of Belding spent Saturday and Sunday at the parental home.
Mrs. E. E. HOXIE of Bolster visited several of her friends last week.
Mrs. Andrew GIBSON and Mrs. Fred OLDS visited Mrs. Hiram Olds Friday.
Miss Blanch CASTEL visited Miss Ethel HOTCHKISS last week.
School commenced in District No. 4 Monday, Miss Mabel REYNOLDS teacher.
Arthur JENKINS is much better.
Miss Jennie WICKON returned to her home Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. E. O. SLEYGBOUGH moved to the BENNETT farm 2 miles north of Ionia last week.
Earnest GROVER has moved near Adrian on a farm of his sister.
Henry ANDRES and sister, Niela, visited their mother Mrs. H. Andres in Ionia last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert LAUK visited friends in Keene Sunday.
Mrs. M. Krieger of Keene visited Mrs. P. M. SLEYBOUGH Thursday.
A. W. STRONG put in a ‘phone for Roy BATSON on line 11 Thursday.
Fred PITT made a business trip through East week.
Elder TUTTLE and daughter Sundayed with Mr. and Mrs. S. T. MINARD.
Mrs. Jap LAWTON of Grand Rapids is visiting friends.
Mrs. John ELLISON visited Mrs. Elmer COWAN Friday.
Olive WILBUR visited her aunt, Mrs. John BRADFORD last week.
Martin HOXIE went to Saranac last week to visit his brother Fred.
EASTON – BOLSTER: Warren SMITH and wife of Grand Ledge Sundayed at Mell DUMPERS.
Bernice BLOUGH visited Grace CASTLE one day last week.
Alma CONNER visited Almira and Margaret HIGGINS Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. REGIS spent last week in Ronald.
Minnie HOSKIN and Lula DEGRAW visited Blanche CASTLE Saturday.
We are glad to report Eugene SNELL better.
Mrs. A. B. STEBBINS and daughter, Mrs. HULLIBERGER spent Friday with Mrs. C. DEGRAW and
     Mrs. M. BLOUGH.
C. W. DEGRAW and Miss Lula called on friends in Belding Thursday.
Blanche CASTLE visited Alma CONNER Friday.
Milt BLOUGH made a business trip to Orleans last week.
M. DOREMUS has sold his farm in Easton to parties in Ionia.
G. W. WHITE has gone to Belding, Orleans and other points visiting friends and relatives.
A. D. McCONNELL of Easton has sold his farm and is moving to Ionia.
LOCAL BREVITIES: Mrs. C. E. HUHN was in Grand Rapids Thursday.
Mrs. Clarence WINCHELL of Ionia visited in Saranac Friday.
Chas. PAGE of Bellevue visited Saranac friends last week.
WILSON & FRIEDLY has sold their furniture business in Belding.
Prosecuting Attorney BURBANKS will move from Lake Odessa to Ionia.
Mr. and Mrs. Will ACKERSON visited at Jay ACKERSON’S from Friday until Monday.
A. J. POST of Clarksville has bought the Milton TRASKS farm in Keene. Consideration $5000.
Chas. BENJAMIN and son Ben left Tuesday for Jackson county Iowa to visit his brother Harry
W. CILLEY of Clarksville made us a pleasant call last Thursday. He says when the Electric road
     gets started he thinks he will move to Saranac.
If Montcalm county should accept the offer of Greenville to pay $40,000 for a court house to be
     erected in that city the indebtedness would be nearly $25 for every person in the city.
Lightening began its season’s work in Ionia county Friday night, two large barns in Campbell
     being struck. The barn of Anson BURLEIGH burned, together with nine head of cattle and all
     his hay, grain and farm implements. Abraham STEARNS, of the same township, also lost a
     large barn and all contents. Both were insured, but not enough to cover loss.
On Wednesday afternoon, Mar 8, at the home of Rev. J. H. BENNETT at Ada, Fred
     O’HARROW of South Lowell and Miss Florence BOWEN of Keene were united in marriage.
     The groom is a well known citizen of the vicinity of Lowell and is held in high esteem by all that
     know him. The bride is one of Keene’s best young women and is loved and respected by all her
     acquaintances. Their home is one mile north and one-half east of the South Lowell church, and
     they are at home to their many friends. Without stint we give them our most hearty
     congratulations and best wishes. –Ada Correspondent LOWELL LEDGER.
Alex HASKINS was a second city visitor Thursday.
F. E. FLOWERS spent Sunday with his parents in Portland.
Elmer F. CILLY of South Boston was in Grand Rapids last Thursday, Friday.
Guy E. MONKS has sold his house and lot, on the west side to Joseph A. MONKS.
Miss Allie MONKS of Grand Rapids spent Sunday with relatives and friends in Saranac.
Royal Neighbors Attention! A special meeting of Camp No. 2854 will be held Friday p.m. Mar.
     31st for the purpose of balloting on candidates, and also to practice the drill for initiation. All
     come, especially officers. Last Wednesday they met at the home of Mrs. G. W. TAPLY the
     busy bees of South Boston, they quilted a quilt of which consisted of 2,764 pieces. The next
     meeting will be at the home of Mrs. Cora TALLANT next Tuesday.
Dr. BRALEY was in Ionia Monday.
J. E. SUTTON of Grand Rapids visited Mrs. Scott Monday.
W. A. COVERT has moved his family from Lowell to the Mrs. Wm. MERCER’S residence on
     Church street.
W. E. DENSMORE will commence the erection of a new furniture store on his lots corner of Main
     and Bridge streets as soon as the frost is out of the ground. He will build of cement and it will
     be a model building in every respect.
The store building and stock at Bolster was burned to the ground Tuesday morning. The stock was
     owned by Geo. RERGES and the building by White Bros. When discovered the inside of the
     building was all on fire and nothing could be saved. There was some insurance but we did not
     learn the amount.
A pretty and very happy little wedding took place at the home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. Frank
     BRADFORD, on Rice St., Ionia at 7 o’clock Friday evening, when Ralph, the only child of Mr.
     and Mrs. Ben KITSON of Easton, and Miss Vernice MUSSELMAN, also of Easton, were
     united in matrimony by the Rev. W. R. Currier of the Evangelical church. Only members of the
     immediate families were present.
Miss LaVanche PAGE entertained with impromptu dinner party Tuesday March 21 in honor of
     Miss Pearl PAGE of Bellevue. The young ladies present were: Myrtie GRIFFITH, Della
     PAGE, Beatrice LEE, Ethel SCOTT, Eva BARBER and Pearl PAGE. Taffy pulling, music and
     the kangaroo walk were the features of enjoyment. An “automobile” carried the young ladies
     back to Saranac at a late hour. All report a jolly time.
T. NORCUTT a resident of Campbell died March 9.
Commissioner LOWREY visited Saranac Schools Wednesday.
A phone has been installed in the residence of Mrs. Libbie CHATTERSON and the number is 17.
Fred G. SMITH and Miss Ina ROOSE of Lake Odessa were married Saturday at Ionia.
Arthur E. RICHMOND and Miss L. Pearl GEASLER were married Saturday evening March 18,
     at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene RICHMOND of 53 Spencer Ave., Grand Rapids, Mich.
     Rev. Wm. BELLAMY of the Fifth Ave. Church of Christ united them. Lester ENGRIME
     officiated as best man and Miss Lena CARR as bridesmaid. After the ceremony refreshments
     were served by a class of young ladies.
Miss Mildred EDDY of Lowell spent Sunday with Saranac relatives and friends.
Earl CHATTERSON of Grand Rapids spent Sunday at home.
C. LUZ of Keene has moved to a farm near Belding.
Miss Pearl PAGE of Bellvue is visiting Saranac relatives and friends.
Mrs. Mary A. CLARK of Odessa, mother of Postmaster CLARK, died March 16.
Benjamin STEARNS, a former resident of South Boston died in Silver Creek, N. Y. March 15.
Monday evening Miss Mattie ARNOLD gave a skating party, it being her birthday. There were
     about forty of her young friends present, to enjoy her hospitalities. They spent a very pleasant
     evening and all voted Miss ARNOLD a most delightful hostess and they parted wishing her
     many returns of her anniversary day. Popcorn balls and taffy were served.

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