Gleaning the Past.........Part 6
Burr Oak Township
St Joseph County, Michigan

Contributed to the Michigan USGenWeb Project

Transcribed and proof-read by Josephine Reed Garzelloni
29 Oct 1997

Bits and Pieces of history and her people
Collected and compiled by
Josephine Reed Garzelloni
Contributed to the St Joseph County Michigan USGenWeb for the free use of all.
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This work is done in honor of my Mother,
Maxine Virginia Reed
29 February 1916 ~ 7 February 1989
She did the very best she knew to do
in the face of overwhelming adversity
"Soar on the wings of angels my Sweet Mother"

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Assignment

12 July 1870, $700.00, Francis V Williams to Charles H Burr
20 March 1869, $2300.00, Charles H Burr to Erastus Coney
Erastus Coney and his wife, Elizabeth to George Hackman
George Hackman, $1500.00 to Erastus Coney
Erastus Coney $500.00 to Elisha Hill, Edwin Hill and Thomas J Hill

papers of Geneva Smith...

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30 November 1881, Achilles P Thurston and Ellen
$5950.00 to Emanuel Himebaugh
Mortgage of $300.00 to Joshua Vedder of State of New York.

30 October 1865, Erastus Williams and Catherine Williams $1600.00 to Erastus Coney
1865, $1045.00, Erastus Coney to Charles Williams
1866, $700.00, Erastus Williams to Francis V Williams

papers of Geneva Smith...

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Certificate of Entry
20 July 1835, United States to Isaac Holbrook SW 1/4 of SE 1/4 of Sec 10
26 July 1836, $1000.00, Isaac Holbrook and Mary Holbrook to David Loring or Mary Loring
20 November 1827, $2000.00, David Loring and Mary Loring to Benjamin Farley
Benjamin Farley $2100.00

papers of Geneva Smith.....

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Augusta Graham 31 July 1925 to Charles A Tobey, 66
Jane Townsend, 55, Alta Mercer, 43 of South Bend, Indiana, granddaughter
John R Tobey, 38 of Akron, Ohio, grandson
10 August 1925, waiver of notice signed by Charles A and Jane Townsend: Alta Tobey Mercer; Fathe Tobey Johnson; John R Toby, 1931
Lois E Tobey, age 63

papers of Geneva Smith.....

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Warrantee Deed, 4 March 1878, Jane Sanborn to Emanuel Himebaugh
Warantee Deed, Lois E Tobey to John L David and Edna B, his wife and George Wendell Davis
papers of Geneva Smith.......

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Certificate of Entry
19 September 1837, United States to Anson Upham.....SW 1/4 of SW 1/2 of Sec 10
Warrantee Deed, 5 March 1839, Maitland Bradley, $100.00 to Andrew J Hoyne
Warrantee Deed, 23 September 1839, Washington Bailey, $100.00 to George H Green
Taxes for 1839, Charles C Hammond, Auditor General to Elon G Parsons, paid $2.70

Warrantee Deed
SE 1/4 of SW 1/4 of Sec 10
(Ack.)
Elon G Parsons and Sarah E Parsons, 3 March 1846; Quit Claim Deed
Anson Upham and wife, Caroline Upham, 6 July 1854.
Quit Claim Deed; Sterling Perkins and wife, Heriet Perkins, 16 July 1855

Warrantee Deed, 6 May 1885; Benjamin and Harriet Farley to Erastus Williams
Mortgage, 6 May 1854, Erastus Williams to Benjamin Farley
W !/2 of SE 1/4 aosl N.E. 1/4 of E1//2 oof SW 1/4 of Sect 10

Discharge of Mortgage
Henry S Weaver, 10 August 1864
Administrator of Benjamin Farley Estate

Probate Proceedings, File no 937:
Petition filed by Henry S Weaver and Elizur Lancaster, etc. etc.

papers of Geneva Smith...

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Some Heads of Households 1830 ~ 1876
Nathaniel Leavitt....Casper Reed....William Morris.....Harrison Kelley.....Elizur Lancaster .....William C Bryant.....William Cross.....William Clark.....Charles Kibbe....John H Clewes ......John S Tyler......Hiran Betts....Allen Arnold.....Lyman Hopkins.......Charles Thornton .....Bliss Stone.....Walter Stone....Alvin Gates.....Oliver Raymond.....James L Bishop..... Hiram Draper.... Marshall Livermore..... James Bishop...Daniel Weaver...... Norman Allen .....Chester Ward.....James Miller.....N.H. Soule.....John H Phelps....N.G. Cooper....L.S. Benjamin .....F.F. Betts.....John Baumeister....Sidney Carpenter.....John Stickles.... Cyrus Benedict..... Phineas H Sheldon....Warren Norton.....Benjamin Stocking.....Josiah T Livermore....Samuel Needham.....Ervin Weaver

papers of Geneva Smith.....

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July 1908.....Burr Oak Acorn
Last Friday evening the members of the German Lutheran church gave a reception on the church lawn to their new pastor, Rev Paul Noffze and family, a large number of members being present to greet him. Ice cream and cake was served, and the High School orchestra rendered numerous selections which were very much enjoyed by all, and much credit is due them for the able and masterly manner of delivery.
Sunday, Rev. Noffze was installed in his new field of labor by Rev. W. T. Schalm of Sturgis, who delivered a most excellent sermon for the occasion, and which was heard by a large congregation.
Rev. Noffze comes well recommend and we believe he will be very popular here. He is a genial, wholesome man and The Acorn is glad to bid him welcome.
Note: there is a photograph of Rev Noffze in the newspaper writeup

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Burr Oak Acorn, 11 July 1907
Last Thursday afternoon there was a joyous social gathering at the spacious home of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Himebaugh, in our village, in honor of Miss M. L. Miller of Olatha, Kansas. And the affair was on the 69th birthday anniversary of Mrs Himebaugh. There was an attendance of over 20 invited guests, and not soon will any forget the happy day. Miss Miller who is a graduate of Vassar and had been visiting in the east left for her home Saturday.

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Burr Oak Acorn...1907
Mrs Reiterman is great grandmother of the third great grandson since March 27th.

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Sturgis Journal
1907
WILL BEGIN HIS LABORS
Baptist Pastor will preach initial sermon next Sunday morning.
Rev. C. G. Roadarmel, of Garrett, Indiana, who last week received a call from the First Baptist church of this city, will begin his labors next Sunday morning, and is now preparing to remove to this city. Rev. Roadarmel comes to Sturgis with a hose of testimonials to his work which has been performed in other places. The Garrett Herald has this to say in regard to his work in that city and about his call here: "The people of Garrett regret very much to lose from their midst the Rev. and Mrs C. G. Roadarmel, who are soon to remove to Sturgis, Michigan, where Rev. Roadarmel is to become pastor the Baptist church. Rev. Roadarmel on next Sunday will close his four years' service as pastor of the First Baptist tabernacle of Garrett, and he has done a good and valuable work here. Sturgis people are fortunate in calling him to accept their charge.

Note: there is a photograph of Rev Roadarmel in the newspaper.

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Letter from a Spotless Town
Norm G Cooper writed the Acorn a Breezy Letter From a Model Town
Ocean Grove, N. J., July 5, 1906
Dear Acorn:
This is my 68th brithday and it is a beauty. Wife and I and Mrs Leon G Cooper and her boy and girl are taking in the beauty and freshness of this Methodist city, where liquor saloons are not allowed and the sale of tobacco is prohitibed. Asbury Park is the adjoining city, where people don't have to go dry and nicotine is sold in rolls. The ocean rushes along the beach and plays with the surf and sand to the delight of thousands who watch the waves and lie in the white and catching fresh air and coolness from the Atlantic.
The 4th of July was a hearty reception to the G.A.R. in the auditorium with speeches by Congressmen Jno. E Andrus of N.Y. and Theo E Burton of Ohio. The singing and music filled the air with patriotism.
By the bye, the following persons were born July 5th, and I wish them luck ~ Aaron Baxter, Burr Oak; Thos. Chesley, Burr Oak; Rev. Wm J Hutchins, Brooklyn, N.Y; Senator J.B. Foraker of Ohio; Mis Edith White of Almeda, Cal.; Miss Margaret Shane and Wm Kane of Washington, D.C.
They ought to be happy to be able to celebrate with joyous millions every few years. June is a fair~to~middling month to be born in, William Forman Fales was born June 25, 1906, at 573 ? Marks Ave, Brooklyn. Mr and Mrs A. A. Forman, formerly of Burr Oak, are very happy grandparents again, and their daughter Frank, smiles over her first born. Such if life, and how folks live to celebrate their golden wedding like Comrade Jno. R. Keeler and wife. The dear old Mexican and Civil war hero deserves to have with his splendid wife 50 years longer. Such people are pearls in a community and the influence they exert for good far exceeds that of many millionaires. The young people of Burr Oak, and some baldheads, will be better ciitizens if they swear not at all, and keep in the middle of the road with hones John and his christian helpmate as guides. I send my hearty handshake to them and other kind friends in my old home.

We go to Brooklyn next week,
Yours lovingly,
Norm G Cooper

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Burr Oak Acorn
31 December 1906
Pleasant Birthday Party
Monday being the 67th birthday anniversary of Mrs Sarah Russell, a very pleasant surprise party was arranged for Sunday, to allow all of the family to be present. There were 25 there, and all born the name of Milliman except the hostess: quite an unusual thing. The day was very pleasantly passed, one of the features being the dinner, after which Miss Leona Milliman, in behalf of the others, presented Mrs Russell with a handsome center table. May this splendid lady live to see many more of these occasions is the wish of The Acorn.

papers of Geneva Smith

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Burr Oak Acorn
15 September 1904?
George Sheffield was 75 years old Saturday; his niece, Mrs. Arthur's, birthday was Thursday; they partook of a birthday dinner, Friday, at the home of his brother, William Sheffield.

papers of Geneva Smith

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Burr Oak Acorn
1907
Several of the neighbors met at the home of Mrs N Houston, Thursday, January 10, to remind Miss Fern Houston that it was her twenty~first birthday. A good time was the verdict of all present.

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Mendon Globe
31 May 1907
Sherm Downs of Jackson, came home Saturday, to assist his father, James Downs, in celebrating his 68th birthday anniversary, which occurred on Tuesday.

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Probably Burr Oak Acorn
note: the date is written in ink and says what looks like April 50, 1906.........error
Mrs Will Nash and baby went to Bronson, Saturday, to remain until today. Mr Nash was there yesterday, at which time occurred the more-than-fiftieth wedding anniversary of Mrs Nash's Grandfather Keyes and wife, always a joyous well attended occasion.

papers of Geneva Smith

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Burr Oak Acorn
Mrs Wealtha Dexter went down to Coldwater, Saturday, to remain several days at the home of Mr and Mrs Joseph Brandle, where on Monday she was one of several to assist Mrs Susan Henderson in the celebration of her 90th birthday anniversary. Burr Oak friends will be glad to know that Mrs Henderson is quite well for one of her advanced age. January 14 1907.

papers of Geneva Smith

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Burr Oak Acorn
date is written in pen and looks like May 7 1907
Thursday night about twenty-four of Master John Ferris' young friends gathered at the pleasant home of Mr and Mrs R. B. Ferris on Fifth street, for the purpose of reminding Master John that time was fleeting and his 13th birthday had arrived. The evening was very pleasantly passed with games, munchies, etc., and dainty refreshments were served. The visitors left numerous tokens of their regard. A fine time was the verdict of all.

papers of Geneva Smith

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Burr Oak Acorn
4 August 1907
IN THE SHADE OF THE OLD APPLE TREE
Last Sunday, at the home of Amos Hopkins, east of town, about twenty-four of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, came to remind him if his 78th birthday. A table was spread "in the shade of the old apple tree" and it fairly groaned with the goodies brought for the occasion. And then, too, there was music throughout the day from the Edison phonograph; and then followed ice cream and cake. Among those present were Mr and Mrs Thompson of Matteson, Arthur Himebaugh and family of Bronson, and the H. C. Hopkins and W. C. Spencer families of Colon, also Marion Wimer and Frank Holcomb of Centreville. The day was well spent and will be very pleasantly remembered for a great while. Long live Mr Hopkins, who has the esteem of every citizen

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1907
Two Little Papooses Gladden a Tepee.
(Special to The Evening Telegraph)
Pendleton, Oregon, May 28 ~ "Chinoo" and "Thunder Cloud" are two little twin papooses that came to gladden a tepee on the banks of the Columbia river a few months ago. The baby squaw was named for the soft warm wind, called the "chinook," which comes to thaw out and release the country from the clutches of ice and frost in the winter time.
The name of "Thunder Cloud" was given to the infant "buck," presumably because more strenuous things were expected of him than of his gentle little sister.
Strapped securely in the picturesque casings of woven straw and hide (shown in the picture) little "Chinook" and "Thunder Cloud" are carried about both at the same time, upon the back of their strong young mother.
Recently they were left, tilted up against the side of the reservation store, while their mother sought bargains within, and the accompanying picture was secured by the camera man.

note: photograph in the newspaper
papers of Geneva Smith

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Burr Oak Acorn
27 August 1907
Mrs Mary Weaver left here Tuesday afternoon for her home in McFarland, Kansas, after having had a visit in Old Michigan that was in every way pleasurable. A brand new granddaughter is awaiting here arrival at the home of her son Lester. May her journey be safe and pleasant. Shall expect you back a year hence, Mary

papers of Geneva Smith

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Burr Oak Acorn
3 May 1908
Sunday was J. B. Keeslar's 70th birthday, and to remind him of it and help him celebrate the occasion A.D. Keeslar, wife and son came up from Coldwater, and Mrs Jennie Immell from Ann Arbor

papers of Geneva Smith

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151 Burr Oak Acorn
1908
Charles R Bucknell will on October 22 return to his home at Ontario, California, where his wife and three-month-old son are. Mr Bucknell is very much attached to the Golden State.

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152 Burr Oak Acorn
Hezekiah Ringler and wife (Susie Wait) were made supremely happy, yesterday, by the raising of the smallpox quarentine which has for many weeks kept them isolated from society at their home just outside the village limits. And during this time a baby girl was born to them which, too, shared the disease, but, like her parents, has recovered completely. Glad we are to know that they are with us again ~ and so grateful are Mr and Mrs Ringler, that they wish through The Acorn to state that they duly appreciate the many timely favors shown them by neighbors, friends and the Epworth League.

papers of Geneva Smith

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153 Burr Oak Acorn
Mrs Mary Hincher celebrated her 76th birthday Sunday, the 19th September 1909.

papers of Geneva Smith

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154 Sturgis Journal
19 August 1908
Mrs C.C. Miser of Sturgis was awakened Wednesday morning by a rapping at the door and on opening it was surprised to fina a basket containing a baby girl about four weeks old. A note was fastened to the child's clothing but does not give any clue to the identity of the parents. The note reads:
"Dear Lady~My name is Dolly. I am from a good Christian family, who are in great straits just now. Please keep me and you will be rewarded in just a littl while. I eat one teaspoonful of condenses milk mised with 16 of water every two hours if I am awake. This milk will keep without ice. Dear lady, please keep me and be kind to me, a little stranger left on your doorstep, and you will not be sorry. Dolly"
The letter was printed on a large sheet of ordinary writing paper. The Misers have no children and have only been married about a year. The little one was well dressed, cooed at Mrs Miser and won her heart. The authorities are investigating the case. If the Misers do not keep the baby it will be sent to the state pubic school and will then surely find a good home.~Journal.

papers of Geneva Smith

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155 Burr Oak Acorn 14 April 1908
Mrs O.D. Russell very pleasantly entertained a small company of little folks with their mothers Tuesday afternoon. The occasion was the third birthday of her little grandson, Orlando Russell, of Grand Rapids, who with his mother are the guests of Mr and Mrs Russell

papers of Geneva Smith

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156 Burr Oak Acorn 3 November 1908
Mrs Lancaster, mother of Mrs Williams, passed her 90th birthday anniversary Tuesday, and is hale and hearty yet.

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