THE SEBEWA RECOLLECTOR Newsletter from Sebewa;
OCTOBER 2005, Volume 41, Number 2. Sebewa Township, Ionia County, MI.
Submitted with written permission of Editor Grayden D. SLOWINS:
SURNAMES: CROSS, NASH, FLEETHAM, BELAND, WHITE, COGSWELL, RICE, SINDLINGER,
McLEAN, ALLEN, LEHMAN, SLOWINS, SHOWERMAN, BROWN, HARMON, WELD, PACKARD,
WADDELL, BARR, OLRY, ESTEP, MORRIS, SEYBOLD, MEYERS, GIERMAN, DROSTE, FENDER,
LEAH L. BELAND CROSS, 93, widow of Allen CROSS, mother of Robert, Dean, Donald
and Kendall CROSS and Elaine (Donald) NASH, sister of Rosa FLEETHAM, Henry and
Thomas BELAND and the late Gladys WHITE, daughter of Rosa COGSWELL & Henry
BELAND, Sr. Leah was born in Loda, IL, and came to the Sunfield-Sebewa town-line
area with her family as a young girl.
Leah & Allen were married for 72 years and farmed for most of those years on the
CROSS homestead on HENDERSON Road in Sebewa Township, which was settled by John
CROSS before 1875. Leah was one of our longtime Election Inspectors in Sebewa
Township. They also traveled extensively and were active in the LeValley United
Methodist Church and the Sebewa Center Association. They are buried in East
BLANCHARD A. RICE, 83, husband of Mildred SINDLINGER Rice, father of Larry and
Donald RICE, brother of the late Mrs. McLEAN, son of Grace ALLEN & Blanchard E.
RICE. Blanchard graduated from Michigan State College, served in the US Army Air
Force in WW II, farmed on the RICE homestead on Charlotte Highway in Danby
Township, which was settled by J. W. RICE before 1875. Later he worked for the
US Department of Labor in the Chicago area and retired back to Portland. Long
active in the Sebewa Center Association because of Mildred’s descent from the
SINDLINGER family, he is buried in Danby Cemetery.
FRONT PAGE PHOTO of Last class at Sebewa Center School, District No. 4 (1965):
Joe SLOWINS, Judy SEYBOLD, Teacher Ariel MORRIS, Martha MEYERS, Eric GIERMAN,
Toni DROSTE, Kay FENDER, Debbie MEYERS, Karen SLOWINS.
THE BEGINNING OF SEBEWA CENTER SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER FOUR (With spelling and
punctuation as in the original). (Surnames capitalized by transcriber
The School Leace of School Dist. No. 4 in the Township of Sebewa County of Ionia
and State of Michigan.
Know all men by these Presents that Jacob SHOWERMAN of the Town County and State
aforesaid party of the first part for the Consideration of Twenty Five Cents Do
Hereby Leace unto Walter HARMON Eleazer BROWN and Jacob SHOWERMAN the School
District Board No 4 in the Town County and State aforesaid party of the second
part and their Successors and Assigns the following parcel of Land.
Namely Commencing at the East Quarter Stake of the South East quarter of Section
No 22 thence West five (5) rods thence South eight (8) rods thence East five (5)
rods thence North eight (8) rods to the place of beginning With all privileges
and appertenences To have and hold the same for all during the term of twenty
years from this 12th day of March AD 1846.
The Said party of the Second part for themselves their successors and assigns do
Covenant and agree to pay the Said party of the first part for the Said premises
the anuel amount of twenty five cents In testimony whereof we the said parties
have hereunto Set their hands and Seals this the 25 day of March 1846. Jacob
SHOWERMAN Walter HARMON Eleazer BROWN Signed and Sealed in the presence of
Lucius E. SHOWERMAN Veronica L. HARMON.
To Walter HARMON a Taxable inhabitant of School District No 4 of the Township of
Sebewa. Sir you will hereby notice that we Benj D. WELD and Wm PACKARD School
Inspectors of Said Township of Sebewa have formed a School District in Said
Township Numbered it and bounded it as follows to wit Commencing Eighty rods
East of the North West Corner of Section 13 thence West to the North quarter
Stake of Section 16 thence South to the South quarter stake of Section 28 thence
East to the South quarter Stake of Section 26 thence North to the South quarter
Stake of Section 14 thence East three fourths of a mile thence North to the
place of beginning.
The first meeting of Said District will be held at the school house in Said
District on the 27th Day of September 1847 at four oclock PM and you will in
pursuance of the Laws notify every qualified voter of Said district either
personally or by leaving a written notice at his place of residence of the time
and place of Said meeting Then and there to transact such business as the Law
requires Given under our hands this 18th Day of Sept AD 1847 Wm PACKARD Benj D.
WELD School Inspectors All notified personally and by writing on the 20th and
21st Days of Sept 1847. Walter HARMON Taxable inhabitant.
At a meeting of the Lawfull inhabitants at the School House in District No 4 in
the Township of Sebewa County of Ionia and State of Michigan on the 27th Day of
Eleazer BROWN was chosen Moderator for the insuing year.
Walter HARMON was chosen Director for the insuing year.
Jacob SHOWERMAN was chosen Assessor for the year.
It was voted that five Dollars should be raised for repairs on the School House.
It was voted that there should be four months School in District No 4
We adjoun this meeting until one year from this Day at this place Sebewa Sept 27
1847 Eleazer BROWN Walter HARMON
Jacob SHOWERMAN School District Board.
I do hereby accept the office of Moderator in School District No 4 Eleazer BROWN
I do hereby accept the office of Director in School District No 4 Walter HARMON
I do hereby accept the office of Assessor in School District No 4 Jacob
SHOWERMAN Sebewa Sept 27 1847
Sebewa Sept 25 1848 At the annual School meeting of School District No 4 in the
Township of Sebewa County of Ionia State of Michigan
Voted that Eleazer BROWN be moderator for the insewing year
Voted that Walter HARMON should be Director for the insuing year
Voted that John WADDELL should be Assessor for the insuing year
Voted to raise five Dollars by tax for repairs on the school House
Voted that one cord of wood be Delivered for each scollar that attends school.
Voted that the wood be delivered by the first day of December
Voted that we shall have four months of School to commence the first of November
Voted that the resident tax be retained in the District.
Voted that this meeting be adjourned until one year from today Sebewa Sept 25
Sebewa Sept 30 1848 I do hereby accept the office of Moderator in School Dist No
I do hereby accept the office of Assessor in School Dist No 4 John WADDELL
I do hereby accept the office of Director in School District No 4 Walter HARMON
Received of Walter HARMON, Eleazer BROWN and John WADDELL the School District
Board of District No 4 Ten Dollars in orders on the Treasurer being in full for
building School House (The original log school house) and Leace of one quarter
of an acre of land for said School House Sebewa December 25 1848 Jacob SHOWERMAN
Sebewa Sept 24 1849
At the anuel School Meeting of School District No 4
Eleazer BROWN was Chosen Moderator
Walter HARMON was Chosen Director
John WADDELL was Chosen Assessor
It was agreed that five Dollars should be raised for repairs for the School
House and other purposes
It was agreed that we Raise one Dollar on each Scholler between the ages of 4
and 18 years
Aggreed that the resident tax be retained in the Town
We adjourn this meeting until one year from this Day
Eleazer BROWN Moderator Walter HARMON Director
This may Certify that I accept the office of Moderator in School District No 4
Sebewa Sept 24 1849 Eleazer BROWN
This may Certify that I accept the office of Director in School District No 4
Sebewa 25 1849 John WADDELL
It is agreed between Walter HARMON Director of School District No 4 in the Town
of Sebewa and Willard L. BARR a School Teacher of the Township of Said District
for the term of two months and a half commencing on the 12th Day of December
1849 for the sum of Ten Dollars per month and Such Services properly performed
the Said Walter HARMON is to pay the Said Willard BARR the amount of his wages
as ascertained by this memorandum on or before the first of June next in witness
whereof the Said parties have hereto set their names this 12th Day of December
AD 1849 Walter HARMON Director Willard L. BARR Teacher
Sebewa Sept 30 1850
At the anuel School Meeting of School District No 4 in Said Township it was
agreed on motion that John F. OLRY was chosen Clerk of this meeting in place of
Walter HARMON absent.
On motion it was voted that John ESTEP is Moderator for the Ensuing year.
On motion it was voted that Eleazer Brown is Director for the ensuing year.
On motion it was voted that John F. OLRY is Assessor for the ensuing year.
On motion it was voted that One Dollar is to be raised by tax in this District
on each Schollar between ages of four and eighteen years.
On motion it was voted that a tax of Ten Dollars is to be raised for buying one
stove for the School House.
On motion it was voted that one third of the public money is to be kept for the
On motion it was voted that a Female Teacher Shall be hired for the year.
On motion it was voted that it should be four months School in this winter.
On motion it was voted that one half cord wood should be furnished by each
On motion it was voted that School shall begin on the first Monday of November
On motion it was voted that this meeting be Adjourned for one year to this
place. Sebewa Sept 30 1850 John F. OLRY Clerk
Eleazer BROWN Moderator
Sebewa Sept 30 1850 This may certify that I accept the office of Director in
School District No. 4 Eleazer BROWN
Sebewa Sept 30 1850 This may certify that I accept the office of Moderator in
School District No 4 John ESTEP
Sebewa Sept 30 1850 This may certify that I accept the office of Assessor in
School District No 4 John F OLRY
Sebewa Sept 29 1851
The Taxable inhabitants of School District No 4 have met to elect officers and
Transact other Business
Voted that John ESTEP be Moderator for the insuing year
Voted that Eleazer BROWN be Director for the insuing year
Voted that John WADDELL be Assessor for the insuing year
Voted to raise one Dollar by tax on each Scholler between the ages of four and
eighteen years for Schol purposes
Voted to raise five Dollars by tax for repairs to the School house and other
Voted to have three months School taught by a man teacher
Voted that five Dollars be applied to the Summer School
Voted to furnish three-fourths cord of wood for each Schollar corded at the
Voted to Adjourn this meeting to one year from this day at this place Eleazer
BROWN Director John ESTEP Moderator
I do hereby accept the office of Moderator for the insuing year Sebewa Sept 29
1851 John ESTEP
I do hereby accept the office of Director for the insuing year Sebewa Sept 29
1851 Eleazer BROWN
I do hereby accept the office of Assessor in School District No 4 for the
insuing year Sebewa 29 1851 John WADDELL
Sebewa Feb 7 1852
The undersigned Members of District Board of School District No 4 in the
Township of Sebewa do hereby appoint John F OLRY Moderator of Said District to
fill the vacancy created by the removal from the District of John ESTEP the late
incumbent Dated this 7th Day of February AD 1852 Eleazer BROWN Director John
WADDELL Assessor Sebewa February 7 AD 1852
I do hereby accept the office of Moderator to fil vacance occasioned by John
ESTEP removal from the Distric J. F. OLRY
The undersigned members of the District Board District No 4 in the Township of
Sebewa do hereby appoint Lucius SHOWERMAN Director of Said District to fill the
vacancy created by the death of Eleazer BROWN the late incumbent Dated April 5
AD 1852 J. F. OLRY Moderator John WADDELL Assessor
I do hereby certify my acceptance of the office of Director in
District No 4 of the Township of Sebewa Sebewa April 5 1852
LEHMAN FAMILY UPDATE:
The elderly LEHMAN couple in front of their barn on the cover of the August
issue were the Editor’s great-grandparents on Grandma LEHMAN SLOWINSKI’S side.
INTERNET UPDATE: At <thebarnjournal.org> look under Barn Stories for ours.
OUR THIRD TRIP TO FLORIDA CONTINUED by Grayden SLOWINS:
Monday, March 7, 2005, 44 degrees & sunny, 80 degrees by noon………Floyd & Grace
LUTZ have been to several National Association of Towns and Townships annual
conferences in Washington, DC, as well as Pennsylvania Towns Association………
Friday, March 11…………to the Bradford County Fairgrounds and its North Florida
Antique Engine Show. We met a retired Case dealer & wife from Spooner in
northern WI. The wife tended their hobby flock of up to 50 ewe sheep………Now they
winter in FL and attend several antique tractor shows…………Nearby we met the
Johnsons from further south in WI. She is a retired nurse and now a genealogy
buff, studying her mother’s line, the BOGUES, of whom many settled in West MI
around Ludington & in Ottawa County. We told her about Philo N. BOGUE, one of
the earliest settlers in Portland (MI), on BOGUE’S flats near Portland
Manufacturing Co. about 1833. She thinks he is probably a relative and will
March 12………Harold & Dolly MEIER had a home in Howell, MI, and our Karen
delivered their mail sometimes, especially to their furniture refinishing
business in an industrial park. Both graduated from Eustis High School in FL, in
1956, although he was born in Byron, in the southeast corner of Shiawassee
County, MI. March 21………typed two pages of the April Recollector………
TO BE CONTINUED