Newspaper Notice Introduction

Obituaries, Deaths, Marriages, Birthdays, and Notices
from Washtenaw County Newspapers

Compiled by Bobbie Snow and Contributors
Introduction & Index by Sharon Brevoort

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ABOUT THIS INDEX

This index of life events is a work in progress and will always be incomplete. It is taken from the ongoing research of Genealogy Helplist Michigan volunteer Bobby Snow, augmented by contributions from our website visitors. As inquiries and submissions are received, this reference will be periodically updated with new information gleaned from another day's news.

News items that could be verified on microfilm are marked with a check box. Items not listing a contributor were collected by Bobbie Snow; otherwise, the contributor is recognized following the text.

SOURCES

Most of the entries are taken from any of a number of Washtenaw County newspapers, such as the Ann Arbor Argus, Ann Arbor Courier, Ann Arbor Daily Times, Ann Arbor Democrat, Ann Arbor Times News, Ann Arbor News, Daily Times News, Michigan Argus, Peninsular Courier and Family Visitant, Washtenaw Whig, and many others. See Newspapers & Obituaries for inclusive microfilm dates of many Washtenaw County newspapers. Please note that not all issues of every publication are extant and available on microfilm.

A few of the entries are taken from newspaper clippings saved among our various family records, often with no indication as to their source. If the source can be determined, it will be added to the entry later, along with a checkbox.

LOCALITIES

Although small town newspapers tended to focus on their immediate vicinity, Ann Arbor newspapers often carried tidbits of county-wide information under local columns for each township and/or village varying in depth depending on the pracice of the times and the local correspondent making the report. In addition to the Social and Personal column, Probate Court Notices, and The Markets (farm prices), the County News and Neighborhood News columns in the Daily Times News and Ann Arbor News of the early 1900s carried news items for such Washtenaw County locations as:

  • Townships: Ann Arbor, Augusta, Bridgewater, Dexter, Freedom, Lima, Lodi, Lyndon, Manchester, Northfield, Pittsfield, Salem, Saline, Scio, Sharon, Superior, Sylvan, Webster, York, Ypsilanti

  • Villages & Settlements: Chelsea, Collins' Plains, Dexter, Delhi (Delhi Mills), Manchester, Milan, Podunk, Saline, Scio Village, Whitmore Lake, Ypsilanti

  • Neighborhoods: Platt (East Ann Arbor), Ridge Road (East of Ypsilanti), Roger's Corners
Coverage even extended to nearby counties for such communities as:
  • Monroe County: Azalia
  • Lenawee County: Britton, Clinton, and Tecumseh
  • Oakland County: South Lyon
  • Livingston County: Hamburg, Lakeland, Pinckney, and Rushton
whose economic interests often centered around the farm markets in the Ann Arbor area.


TABLE OF TERMS, TITLES, AND ABBREVIATIONS

General Terms, Titles, and Abbreviations
B. P. O. E. the Elks Club fraternal organization
Bro.,
Brother
a form of address to one who is treated as a brother in Christ (Christian), or a member of a congregation of men not ordained as a minister or priest (Catholic)
Com.,
Communicated
contributed, received by a verbal or written message, such as a poem incorporated into a death notice
consort spouse, one who shares a common lot in life
Ch'n Chairman
Dea.,
deacon
sub deacon
an officer in a Christian church, or a Roman Catholic cleric ranking below a priest
do., ditto as aforesaid, similar (e.g. in referring to a second son or daughter after a first has been mentioned)
Dr.,
Doct.
medical physician or, less frequently, anyone with a doctoral degree
Esq., Esqrs.,
Esquire
a title of courtesy usually indicating a gentleman of stature and means (favored by attorneys!)
Fr.,
Father
Father, a member of the Catholic clergy, usually given as "Fr." or "the Rev. Fr."
G. A. R. Grand Army of the Republic, a Civil War veterans organization
Hon. a judge, usually given as "the Hon."
I. O. O. F. Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a fraternal organization
inst., instant in the current month
K. T. Knights Templar, a Masonic order and fraternal service organization
K. OF P. Knights of Pythias, a fraternal organization
M. E. the Methodist Episcopal church
Messrs.,
Messieurs
the plural of Mister (from the French)
Mistress,
Miss,
Mrs.
a title of courtesy prefixed to the name of a woman; Mrs. is the written form of the title indicating a married woman and Miss is the form indicating an unmarried girl or woman
Mr.,
Mister
a title of courtesy prefixed to the name of a man, whether married or not; Mr. is the written form of the title Mister
née born, followed by the maiden name of a married woman (from the French)
O. E. S. Order of the Eastern Star, a Masonic order and fraternal service organization
Prof.,
Professor
one who teaches at a college or university
relict widow
Rev.,
Reverend,
Rt. Rev.,
Very Rev.
Revrs.
a ordained member of the clergy, usually given as "Rev.", "the Rev. Mr." (Protestant), "the Rev. Fr." (Catholic), "the Rt. Rev." or Right Reverend, "the Very Rev." indicating the person's level in the particular church hierarchy
Rev. Dr.,
Reverend
Doctor
a ordained member of the clergy who also has a doctorate in some other field, such as a law degree
Sec'y Secretary
(sic) the previous word or phrase exactly reproduces the original (indicating that an unusual spelling is not a typographical error)
ult., ultimo in the month preceding the current month
Education & Advanced Degrees
A.B. or B.A. Bachelor of Arts, a college degree which usually requires four years of study beyond the high school level
D.D. Doctor of Divinity, an advanced degree for a minister of the Gospel
M.A. Master of Arts, an advanced degree which usually requires two years of study beyond a B.A.
M.D. Doctor of Medicine, an advanced degree for a medical physician which usually requires four years beyond a B.A.
Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy, an advanced degree which usually requires two years or more beyond a Master's degree
Commissioned Officers By Rank
Military Officers
Naval Officers
abbrev.
title
commands
abbrev.
title
Gen.      [*****]
Gen.       [****]
Lt. Gen.   [***]
Maj. Gen. [**]
Brig. Gen. [*]
Col.
Lt. Col.
Maj.
Capt.
Lt., Lieut.
General of the Army
General
Lieutenant General
Major General
Brigadier General
Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel
Major
Captain
Lieutenant
an army


a division
a brigade
a regiment
Comm.
Capt.
Cmdr.
Lt. Cmdr.
Lt., Lieut.
Ens.
Commodore
Captain
Commander
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant
Ensign
Notes: A 1st lieutenant ranks higher than a 2nd lieutenant. The title of General of the Army was created by Congress on December 14th, 1944, for John J. Pershing; there can be no more than four of these at any given time.