1890-1899 Newspaper Notices

Obituaries, Deaths, Marriages, Birthdays, and Notices
from Washtenaw County Newspapers
1890-1899

Compiled by Bobbie Snow and Contributors


 
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1891/01/20
Tuesday

Ann Arbor
Argus

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Death of Mr. Chauncey H. Millen

At midnight last Saturday, Mr. Chauncey H. Millen, one of Ann Arbor's best known, oldest and most respected citizens, passed away. His death was a great shock to his friends, although he had been in poor health for the past few years. He had attended to his business during the week as usual and on Saturday evening had attended a family tea party and appeared to be in his usual good spirits. Shortly after eleven o'clock he became unable to draw a good breath and medical attendance was at once summoned. But he was beyond human aid. The immediate cause of his death was congestion of the lungs. During the week he had acted as pall bearer at two funerals.

Mr. Millen was born in Newtown, Connecticut, February 19, 1821. When he was seventeen years of age he went to sea and when nineteen, a second mate of a vessel, brought it safely into port, the captain being seriously ill and the first mate having died. He crossed the ocean as a sailor seven times. He came to Ann Arbor with his parents before he went to sea, and after his voyages, he returned to the city and went into business. In 1852 he was married in St. Andrew's church to Sarah McDonald Stewart, a sister of Mrs. J. T. Swathel, who preceded him to the better land by four years.

For many years he was engaged in the dry goods business and was most widely and favorably known. He was United States Internal Revenue Collector under President Grant. In connection with his dry goods business, he built up a large insurance agency, which he conducted until his death. He built the fine residence on Washtenaw avenue commonly known as the Millen House, and while it was in his possession it was kept up as one of the handsomest residences in the state.

Mr. Millen was a man of the most generous impulses. He had materially helped very many men during his life. He was always gentle, kindly and considerate. For very many years he was a vestry man of St. Andrew's church and did much toward building up the church, giving most liberally towards the erection of the church. He will be greatly missed by the many who knew him well and by the many who have felt the kindly sympathy of the man, whose gentle nature had endeared him to them. He leaves two children, Charles S. Millen, of this city, and Mrs. Giles Lewis, of Chicago.

[Contributed by S. Brevoort for Steve Forester, steveforester (at) yahoo.com]

1891/01/21
Wednesday

Ann Arbor
Courier

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ANOTHER PIONEER GONE.
Chauncey H. Millen Passes Away Very Suddenly.

Sunday morning last the people of Ann Arbor were greatly surprised to learn of the sudden death on the evening previous of Chauncey H. Millen, at his home on E. Huron street. The evening previous he had attended a family supper at the home of his son Charles S. Millen, and returned home at about 10 o'clock. He was soon thereafter taken ill, and Dr. Vaughn was called, but the disease, congestion of the lungs, was so violent that medical skill could furnish no relief, and he died about midnight.

Mr. Millen was born January 19, 1821, in Newton, Conn., and came to Ann Arbor during 1835, clerking in a store here. The life of Mr. Millen has been full of adventure. He went to sea in 1839, and was such a successful sailor that he was made a mate on a fast sailing packet, and during this time he became well acquainted with the geography of the country, making many ports in various parts of the world.

Returning to Ann Arbor he again entered a store and in 1844 he was a partner in the dry goods business with C. B. Thompson, then doing business where Bach, Abel & Co.'s store now stands, and still later he for many years carried on a large business under the firm name of C. H. Millen & Co.

During President Grant's first administration Mr. Millen was appointed by him Collector of Internal Revenue for this district, a very important position at that time, which he filled for four years. Mr. Millen has held many offices of trust in the city. He was one of the founders and projectors of the First National Bank of this city, and a director therein for many years. He was also one of the incorporators of Forest Hill Cemetery and a trustee for years. He was largely influential in the organization of the Farmers & Mechanics Bank.

When St. Andrew's church was built he gave most generously of his means for that purpose, the total amount given by him being about one-tenth of the cost, or some $4,000. And in this society he was vestryman for a long time.

When our citizens were endeavoring to raise funds for buying Rogers' statue of Nydia now in the art gallery of the University, he was one of the promoters of the enterprise and for some time treasurer of the fund.

In company with President (then professor) Andrew D. White he helped plant many of the trees in the campus that now give such grateful shade.

He had been twice married, but both wives precede him to the other land. He leaves two children —-Chas. S. Millen of the firm of Schairer & Millen, and Mrs. I. Giles Lewis, of Chicago. Daniel S. Millen of this city and Philo B. Millen of Manchester were twin brothers of his.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from St. Andrew's church, Bishop Gillespie officiating. The honorary pall bearers were: E. B. Pond, Philip Bach, W. D. Harriman, Edward Duffy, Wm. W. Whedon, and J. M. Wheeler. The active bearers were: J. T. Jacobs, N. H. Kyer, Evart H. Scott, E. B. Hall, Edward Roberts, and D. F. Schairer. The remains were laid to rest in Forest Hill cemetery.

[Contributed by S. Brevoort for Steve Forester, steveforester (at) yahoo.com]

1892/05/13
Friday

Ann Arbor
Argus

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Yesterday morning the remains of Dr. Flavius M. Wilder were brought to this city from Chicago and interred in Forest Hill cemetery. Dr. Wilder was formerly a resident of Ann Arbor and was a son-in-law of Daniel B. Brown. He was shot and killed at his home in Chicago, last January, by an insane patient. His remains were escorted to Ann Arbor by a detail of his fraters of Chevalier Bayard Commandery, Knights Templar, consisting of Sir Knights Dr. E. P. B. Wilder, John S. Rydell, K. McLennan, C. B. Burt, B. Uhlendorf, Alfred Mills, W. H. Hafner, Jr., and Wm. K. Forsyth.

1892/05/13
Friday

Ann Arbor
Argus

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In Washtenaw Since 1889. [sic]

The following sketch is given by the Dexter Leader of Mrs. Ann Lois Waite, one of the old pioneers of this county, who died at Dexter on April 27th.

Mrs. Waite was born in the town of Mentz, Cayuga county, N.Y., Jan. 26, 1813, and was married to Benj. Whedon Waite May 25, 1834, in Aurelius, Cayuga county, N.Y. Together they came to Michigan in the autumn of 1839 and settled in the old homestead in the township of Scio. The only change in location made by the family during the half century of life in Michigan, was in 1869 when they moved to the pleasant home from which her body was tenderly borne to its last resting place Friday, April 29th. In May, 1838, Mrs. Waite was baptized at Fosterville, N.Y., by Elder Fuller, and has since been a consistent and beloved member of the Baptist church. She was the mother of six children, four of whom survive her — two sons and two daughters — Annette H., widow of the late eminent astronomer, James C. Watson, Benj. W., of Grand Rapids, [Kent Co.,] Wirt W., of Colfax, Washington, and Dell, wife of Dr. T. J. Ritter, of this village. A former pastor, Rev. Frank Arnold, assisted by Rev. H. M. McMahon, of the M.E. church, and Rev. S. T. Morris, of the Congregational church, conducted the funeral services.

1892/05/20
Friday

Ann Arbor
Argus

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William Barker, a former resident of Chelsea, died at Leslie, [Ingham Co.,] May 6th, aged 77 years.

1892/05/20
Friday

Ann Arbor
Argus

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John Keusch and Miss Frances A. Kehoe were united in marriage at St. Dominic church, Clinton, [Lenawee Co.,] Wednesday evening, May 4th.

1892/05/20
Friday

Ann Arbor
Argus

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Will Mathews and Miss Franc [sic] Kress, two popular young people of Bridgewater, were married at the residence of the bride's parents Wednesday.

1892/05/20
Friday

Ann Arbor
Argus

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Elijah R. Crossman, who died at Tecumseh [Lenawee Co.] on May 4th, had been a resident of that village since 1855. He was twice married and was the father of fifteen children.

1892/05/20
Friday

Ann Arbor
Argus

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Mrs. Mary J. Stocking died at Escondido, Cal., on March 23rd, of heart failure, aged 66 years. She lived at Tecumseh [Lenawee Co.] from 1847 to 1852, when she moved to Van Buren county.

1893/06/09
Friday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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Michael Conklin, who was injured a few days ago by the steam shovel, died of his injuries last evening. His funeral will be held in Dexter tomorrow at 10 o'clock a.m.

1893/06/09
Friday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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Miss Mary F. Webb, daughter of Nathan L. Webb, of Buffalo, N.Y., was married on Tuesday to Mr. James Ellsworth Allard. Miss Webb has friends in Ann Arbor and is the niece of Mrs. F. K. Owen, of Ypsilanti.

1893/06/09
Friday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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The funeral services of Jacob Bassler, of Ann Arbor town will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at his late residence. Rev. J. Mills Gelston will officiate. The remains will be interred in the family burial lot in the German cemetery on Jackson ave.

1893/06/09
Friday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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Death of Mrs. Lang.

Mrs. Marie Lang, a widow, died on the north side this morning, aged 75 years. She had made her residence with her brother, John Schill. The funeral services will be held at her late residence Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. John Neumann officiating. The remains will be interred in the Fifth ward cemetery.

1893/06/09
Friday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

[article]
Pg.?

Funeral of Mrs. Erdmann.

The funeral services of Minna, the wife of William Erdmann, of No. 66 W. Third st., will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock in the Bethlehem church, Rev. John Neumann officiating. The remains will be interred in Forest Hill cemetery. Mrs. Erdmann suffered for some time with a spinal difficulty. She was 45 years of age. Her husband and two children survive her.

1893/06/12
Monday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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Death of Catherine Reimold.

Christian Eberbach this morning received a telegram from Saginaw announcing the death this morning of his wife's sister, Mrs. Katherine Reimold. She was the wife of Jacob Reimold and lived in Lima and later Lodi. She was born in Wuertemberg and at the time of her death was 82 years of age. The recent death of her son-in-law and daughter, Rev. Mr. Eberbach and wife, probably hastened her demise. Four sons, Jacob of Kansas, Charles of Hillsdale, Christian and Edward of Saginaw survive her. Her death occurred at the residence of her son Edward.

1893/06/12
Monday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

[article]
Pg.?

Funeral of Jacob Bassler.

The funeral services of Jacob Bassler of Ann Arbor town were very largely attended yesterday afternoon. The floral offerings were very numerous and beautiful. A quartet of the choir of the Bethlehem church rendered some appropriate music. The remains were interred in the family burial lot in the German cemetery on Jackson ave. Among the relatives from out of town who were present were Judge and Mrs. McAlvey and children of Manistee, Mrs. Rogers and daughter of Petosky, and Louis Bassler of Kansas. The universal expression was heard from all sides that a good neighbor and a kind friend and brother had passed away to the home from which no one returns.

1893/06/12
Monday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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Mrs. L. A. Shaw, accompanied by her daughter, Miss Marian, of Watertown, Mass., is visiting with her son, A.E. Shaw.

1893/06/12
Monday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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Dr. and Mrs. F. H. Ellis of Salem were in the city Saturday. They expect to leave on Wednesday for Petosky, where the doctor will open an office as veterinary surgeon.

1893/06/12
Monday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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Cards are out announcing the marriage of Miss Louise A. Walz, of Ann Arbor, to Mr. Henry Schneider, of Detroit, to take place Tuesday, June 20.

1893/06/12
Monday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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DEATH OF A.H. FILLMORE.
He Passed Away Saturday Evening at 10 O'clock.

On Saturday evening a few minutes after 10 o'clock, Ariel H. Fillmore, of No. 69 Spring st., passed away. He had apparently been getting better and his friends were beginning to hope that his life might be spared. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock at his late residence. Mr. Fillmore was born in Dexter township, Sept. 16, 1846. In the year 1867 he married Miss Kittie Alderton, who survives him. They resided on a farm in Ann Arbor town until about 12 years ago when they moved to their present home. For some years he was in the employ of Swathel, Kyer & Peterson as an engineer. He had been elected twice as alderman of the third ward on the Republican ticket and was serving his second term at the time of his death. He was a member of Ann Arbor Commandery, No. 13, K.T. and Moslem Temple of the Mystic Shrine of Detroit. He was a nephew of President Millard Fillmore. Mr. Fillmore had a very kind disposition and all who knew him became his friend. He was a most affectionate husband.

1893/06/12
Monday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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Mrs. Daniel Lyons of Scio, died Saturday evening.

1893/06/12
Monday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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Robert Staebler, of Toledo, spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Michael Staebler.

1893/06/12
Monday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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Mrs. Christian Brown of Ann Arbor town, left Saturday for Chelsea to visit her sister, Mrs. Fred. Vogel.

1893/06/14
Wednesday

Ann Arbor
Courier

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Death of Alderman Fillmore.

Ariel H. Fillmore died at his residence on Spring st., last Saturday evening, after a somewhat extended illness, of Bright's disease, aged about 47 years. He had been quite ill, but was apparently mending somewhat, until Saturday evening when he was taken suddenly worse and died at about 10 o'clock.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the residence, and was attended by the Masonic fraternity in a body.

The deceased was a nephew of Millard Fillmore the 13th president of the United States, and some little time since inherited about $20,000 of that famous man's estate. At the time of his death, Mr. Fillmore was alderman of the 3d ward, having been re-elected for a second term last spring; he was a member of Fraternity Lodge F & A. M.; Washtenaw Chapter R.A.M.; Ann Arbor Commandery Knights Templar; and a Mystic Shriner.

He leaves a wife but no children. In temperament he was mild and quiet, and made many friends who will regret his early demise. He was a native of this county, having been born in Dexter township, Sept. 16, 1846. He was married in 1867 to Miss Kittie Alderton.

The floral offerings at the funeral were beautiful indeed, and were from the different Masonic bodies, the city council, and friends. The council's offering was thirteen bunches of roses, one for each seat in that body, and one bunch being turned down, or reversed in position from the others. The Ann Arbor Commandery Knights Templar, the city council, and city officials were in attendance upon the obsequies.

1893/09/26
Tuesday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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In Olden Days.
L. Conklin, of Bridgewater, was in Ann Arbor yesterday on business in the probate court. He recollects very well when he helped his father break up 160 acres of government land. Men in those days were glad to grub land for $5.00 per acre.

1893/09/26
Tuesday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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Death of J. W. Woodmansee
John W. Woodmansee, of Geddes ave., died last night, aged 47 years. His funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at his late residence. The deceased was born at Madeira, N.Y. His widow and two daughters survive him.

1893/09/27
Wednesday

Ann Arbor
Courier

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John W. Woodmansee, who resides on Geddes ave., just east of the cemetery, died Monday night, aged 47 years. Funeral services will be held to-morrow at 2 p.m., from the residence. He leaves a widow and two daughters.
[Contributed by S. Brevoort]

1893/09/27
Wednesday

Ann Arbor
Courier

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Belmont Waples, lit. '86, was married Sept. 21st, to Miss Esther M. Jiron, of Marshall, Mich., and the couple will be "at home," 226 E. Aurora st., Ironwood, Mich., after Oct. 1st. Mr. Waples is a son of Judge Waples, of this city, and many friends here will wish him and his bride a goodly supply of the good things of this world through life.

1893/09/27
Wednesday

Ann Arbor
Argus

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On Saturday evening last, David L. Gates died at his home on Pontiac street, Northside, aged 81 years, 6 months. The funeral services were held yesterday p.m., from the residence. The deceased came to Dixboro in 1836, and had resided here ever since. His widow and four children Mrs. Geo H. Rhodes, Mrs. W. W. Whitlark, Norman D., and Edwin Gates, survive him. He was a man who always commanded the esteem of his fellow-citizens and will be sadly missed by neighbors and friends.

1893/09/28
Thursday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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Death of Capt. Ephraim Bortle

Yesterday afternoon, Capt. Ephraim Bortle, the well known landlord of the Franklin house, died of pneumonia. The funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at his late residence.

The deceased was born April 3, 1821, in Kinderhook county, N.Y. About the year 1860 he removed to Chicago, where he enlisted at the first call for three months' volunteers. After his return from the service he immediately recruited a company which was enlisted as Co. D, 10th Illinois Cavalry, and was known as the "Chicago Dragoons." He served as captain all through the rebellion, being stationed in the eastern department. After the rebellion was over he settled in Deerfield, Lenawee county, Mich., where he kept a hotel. In the year 1869 he married Anna L., daughter of Henry West, of Deerfield. Later he was engaged in the restaurant business in Ypsilanti. About six years ago he moved to Ann Arbor, to become the landlord of the Franklin house.

The widow and three children, Harry and Mamie, of Ann Arbor, and Mrs. W. R. Paige, of New Hartford, Oneida county, N.Y., survive him. Capt. Bortle was a member of Welch Post, No. 137, G.A.R. He had a very large circle of acquaintances in Washtenaw county. He was a man of positive convictions who never hesitated to express his disapproval of what he did not think was right.

1899/11/20
Monday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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Ypsilanti Locals
Mrs. M.C. Woodruff will spend the winter with her son, D.M. Woodruff at 191 Canton ave. Detroit.

1899/11/20
Monday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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Ypsilanti Locals
Miss Myra Bird, of the Conservatory faculty, was called home last week by the illness and death of her grandmother.

1899/11/20
Monday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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Ypsilanti Locals
Mrs. Elwell, mother of Mrs. Mary Millspaugh, died Sunday morning. Funeral at the house, corner River and North st. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m.

1899/11/20
Monday

Ann Arbor
Daily Argus

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MRS. LOUISE VOLZ DIES OF APOPLEXY

A telegram received by Frederick Schmid, of S. Fifth ave, yesterday afternoon, contained the sad news of the death of his sister, Mrs. Louise Volz, widow of the late Rev. Christian Volz, who died at her home in Buffalo, N.Y. from a stroke of apoplexy. Mr. Schmid and his daughter, Miss Emma, left on the night train for Buffalo. Mrs. Volz was the daughter of the late Rev. Frederick Schmid, of Ann Arbor, and sister of Frederick Schmid, Mrs. Christian Mack and So??? Schmid, of Ann Arbor, and Mrs. Lydia Kirchhoffer and Nathaniel Schmid of Manchester. She was 62 years of age. The time of the funeral has been set for Wednesday afternoon.

1899/11/22
Monday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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Washtenaw County
Robert Sherwood, of Superior, is reported to be 98 years old.

1899/11/22
Monday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti Items
It is very unusual for a D.A.R. chapter to have a "real daughter", whose father was a revolutionary war soldier on its roll. Ypsilanti chapter has three, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Abigail Hazeltine Vose, and Mrs Laura Ripley Wallace, of Saline, the last being still living at an advanced age.

1899/12/06
Monday

Washtenaw
Evening Times

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[Sketch of Miss Herey]
MISS EMMA M. HEREY

The county in which Denver, Colorado is located has just elected Miss Emma M. Herey superintendent of schools, an office corresponding to that of county commissioner of schools in Michigan. Miss Herey is an Ann Arbor girl, aged 23 years, of charming personality, a fine conversationalist and a delightful writer. She is an active member of the Denver Woman's Press club, and has done some fine writing, having taken prizes for her short stories. When the bicycle craze first struck Colorado Miss Herey learned to ride, and she was so delighted with the experience that she wrote "a love story on wheels." Miss Herey was elected on the Democratic ticket, by a plurality of 2,818. Her opponent, also a woman, had a strong following.


This index is a work in progress, not a complete listing. Comments in [blue brackets] were added by the editor. The check box  indicates the news item has been verified against the original on microfilm. Items not listing a contributor were collected by Bobbie Snow; otherwise, the contributor's name is given following the text. This material may not be reproduced in any form except to print a copy as needed for personal research.