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CHARLES E. KITCHIN, 74, of Towanda RR5 (Hornbrook) passed away unexpectedly on Thursday afternoon, March 14, 2002, at his home. He was born on March 3, 1928, to Smithfield Township a son of the late Clara Kitchin. On Feb. 14, 1949, Charlie married Esther Horton Kitchin in Waverly, N.Y. It had been a loving and devoted marriage for 53 years. Prior to his retirement in 1989, he was a very successful self-employed dairy farmer. He was highly respected by his community and will be missed by many people. He attended the Grace Baptist Church. Mr. Kitchin enjoyed antique cars, gardening, farming and time spent making daily visits to the diner, and going to the livestock sales. He left surviving his wife; Esther Horton kitchen, at homer; his four children and their spouses; Duane Kitchin of Ulster, Donald and Diane Kitchin of Factoryville, P., Nancy Gibbs of Ulster and Joanne Kitchin of Towanda; his grandchildren; Shane Carr, Shon Sluyter, Jennifer Kitchin and Timothy Dillman; his great-grandchildren, Sean Rought, and Jimmy and Riley Carr; several half-brothers and half-sisters; and a son-in-law, Norm Gibbs of Ulster. Private funeral services will be held on Saturday afternoon, March 16, 2002, in the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, with the Rev. Vincent Cooper officiating. Interment will follow in the Hornbrook Cemetery. Donations or contributions may be made to the Ulster Ambulance Association or the Ulster Fire Department in Mr. Kitchin’s memory. – Towanda Daily Review.

DONALD A. KITCHIN, 51, of RR 1, Box 1565, Factoryville, Pa., passed away at home on June 5, 2002. He was born Nov. 6, 1950, in Waverly, N.Y., son of Charles and Esther Horton Kitchin. Mr. Kitchin was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the 61st Artillery in the Army. On Feb. 2, 1980, he married Diane Dooley. He was a truck driver for Overnite Transportation of Old Forge, Pa. He was a Baptist and enjoyed hunting. An avid runner, he had run in several marathons. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jessica Wilson of Scranton, Pa.; three sons, Shane Carr of Towanda and Brian and Donald of Factoryville; eight grandchildren; his mother, Esther Kitchin of Towanda; one brother, Duane of Towanda; two sisters, Nancy Kitchin-Gibbs of Ulster, and Joann Kitchin of Towanda; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father on March 14, 2002. The funeral will be held Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at the Anthony P. Litwin Funeral Home, 33 Reynolds St., Factoryville. The Rev. Vince Cooper, Mr. Kitchin’s cousin, will officiate. Burial will be in Hornbrook Cemetery, Sheshequin Township. Friends may call Friday at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review.

( JESSE C KITCHEN born April 4, 1910 and died December 24, 1996

( DANIEL KITCHEN born July 7, 1914 and died February 20, 1996

( MABEL R KITCEN born January 22, 1916 LeRoy, Bradford, PA and died October 31, 1990 at her home, Milan, Bradford, PA; buried Union Cemetery, East Smithfield, Bradford, PA; married 1st Homer Adelbert Wilcox [son of Harry Beecher & Delphine Della (Butters) Wilcox] born July 25, 1903 Bradford Co PA and died 1961; buried Union Cemetery; 2d Merton Wood; and born to her and Homer were:

( ELEANOR WILCOX married Jerry Phillips

( VIVIAN WILCOX (1933-1938) buried Union Cemetery, Bradford Co PA

KITCHIN - MABEL WOOD Mabel Wood, 74, of Milan RD 1, died Wednesday, October 31, 1990 at home following a lengthy illness. She was born January 22, 1916 in LeRoy, the daughter of Earl and Frances Meeker Kitchin. Mrs. Wood was a member of the Grace Baptist Church on the Ulster/East Smithfield Road and a member of the East Smithfield Grange. She was formerly employed at the Martha Lloyd School in Troy. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Esther and Vince Cooper of Lowman, NY, Eleanor and Jerry Phillips of Gillett, Virginia and Dick Bell of Horseheads; daughter, Wanda Vinson of Milan; son, and daughter-in-law, George and Mary Wilcox of Milan; several step-children, 24 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Lucy Sutulski of Millerton, PA; two brothers, several nieces and nephews, and cousins. Mrs. Wood was predeceased by husbands Homer Wilcox in 1961 and Merton Wood in 1987. She was also predeceased by a daughter Vivian Wilcox in 1938 and a son-in-law, Delos Vinson in 1989. Services were held November 3 at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy with the Rev. Nathan Blow officiating and burial to be in the East Smithfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Grace Baptist Church, Ulster RD 2, PA 18850. (TGR, Thursday, November 8, 1990)

( ELLIS D MEEKER born June 14/18, 1881 Cathead, Clark Summit, Tioga Co PA and died May 14, 1968 Beaumont PA; married 1st Susanna Alvira Brong born July 16, 1883 Arcadia WI and died April 29, 1934 Beaumont PA; married 2d Lotta Frear (1888-)

( ALONZA L MEEKER born April 2, 1884 New Albany PA and died September 19, 1959; married Minnie Ellen Goodwin (1886-1950)

( ELSIE A MEEKER born November 18, 1885/86 Monroetown PA and died December 25, 1946 East Smithfield PA; married, as his 2d wife, William Franklin Burlingame born September 7, 1852 East Smithfield PA and died there September 19, 1936; (William and his 1st wife, Deborah Ann Osborne apparently had 5 kids – so William was the father of 14 kids); and born to them were:

( LENA BURLINGAME born November 15, 1904 East Smithfield PA and died August 8, 1997 Barton NY

( MAE BURLINGAME born February 15, 1906 East Smithfield PA and died September 18, 1996

( ELLIS F BURLINGAME born October 2, 1907 East Smithfield, Bradford, PA and died June 25, 1981 Waverly NY (Sayre, Bradford, PA); buried Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, Bradford, PA; married Lottie L Morton (1908-1965); Bessie Claypool [dau of Clarence J & Alice (Wayman) Claypool] born September 7, 1914 Fergus Falls MN and died September 20, 2005 Sayre PA; all buried Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, Bradford, PA; and born to him and Lottie was:


( GERTRUDE BURLINGAME born January 11, 1909

( CHARLES E BURLINGAME born November 13, 1910 East Smithfield, Bradford, PA and died May 28, 1984 Sayre, Bradford, PA; married Ruth Wells [dau of Adolphus & Lena (Furman) Wells] born October 1, 1914 Wyalusing, Bradford, PA and died July 1984 (Sayre PA) East Smithfield PA; and Mabel Davis born January 28 January 1907 Bradford PA and died 1949; all buried Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, Bradford, PA; marriage sequence may be reversed; and born to him and Mabel was:


( WILLARD LEE BURLINGAME born May 13, 1912 East Smithfield PA and died March 29, 1980 Towanda PA; married 1st Dorothy Heeman; married 2d June 14, 1946 in Towanda, as her 2d husband Marion Frances (Angle) Potter [dau of Frank Adrin & Edna Marian (Armstrong) Angle] born November 15, 1920 Wyalusing PA and died December 5, 1998 Towanda PA; William and Marion both buried Bradford Co Memorial Park, Towanda, Bradford, PA; and born to him and Dorothy were:





Born to Willard and his 2d wife, Marion, were:

( JOHN WALTER BURLINGAME born November 29, 1951 Towanda PA and died there July 8, 1956; buried Camptown Cemetery, Camptown, Bradford, PA (Photo)

( JOSEPH WILLIAM BURLINGAME born May 24, 1956 Sayre PA and died February 14, 1971 Towanda PA; buried Bradford Co Memorial Park, Towanda, Bradford, PA


( EVA BURLINGAME born February 26, 1916 East Smithfield PA and died October 11, 1995 Waverly NY; married Lorenzo Chrystler

( RICHARD LONNIE BURLINGAME born January 21, 1918 Smithfield Township, PA and died July 8,1997 Estella PA; WWII Vet who served as a medic in Belgium; retired from Westinghouse after 28y; also a dairy farmer all of his life; resided Ulster RR2, PA; married Mildred I Swain [dau of Charles T & Alice Mae (Spencer) Swain] born March 14, 1921 and died October 1, 1999; both buried Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, Bradford, PA (Photo); they were foster parents

( LEON BURLINGAME (Leon H) born January 19, 1921 East Smithfield PA and died there January 5, 1995; buried Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, Bradford, PA; married Edna {mnu} born October 27, 1924 and died October 7, 1994 East Smithfield PA

( THOMAS MEEKER born January 29, 1888 Beaumont PA and died October 1970 Athena, Bradford, PA; married Martha Burlingame (1892-1960)

( JULIA M MEEKER born May 29, 1892 Waverly PA and died 1969; married name unk

( CHARLES MEEKER born October 10, 1895 Mehoopany PA and died September 12, 1899

( DANIEL BENTLEY MEEKER born January 27, 1897 Evan Falls PA and died February 13, 1979 Homestead FL; married name unk

( MARION LUCINDA BEACH (Marian) born February 21, 1860 Wilkes-Barre, Luserne, PA and died March 30, 1940; married Edson Adelbert Warden (c1854-1922) and they had 5 kids, 4 of which were:

( MERTON WARDEN born May 1, 1878 PA and died April 13, 1924

( MARGARET FANNIE WARDEN born July 29, 1883 PA and died after 1958; married name unk

( SIDNEY RAY WARDEN born June 26, 1886 Wilkes-Barre, Luserne, PA and died there May 3, 1958; married Helen E Porr born September 2, 1891 Sullivan Co NY and died February 4, 1961 Wilkes-Barre PA

( BEULAH E WARDEN born July 13, 1890 PA and died September 1980; married Lewis Doll born 1890 PA

Born to Daniel and his 2d wife, Elsie, were:

( LETTA BEACH (Lettie Victoria) born 1871 PA and died 1934; married a Mr. Stevens

( CLAYTON ARTHUR BEACH born 1873 PA and died 1946

( MARY BEACH (Mae E) born December 21, 1877 PA and died September 20, 1913 PA; married a Mr. Tuttle

( JOHN S BEACH born May 5, 1886 PA

( EDWARD BEACH born after 1880 PA

( MARY JANE BEACH born July 27, 1827 and died March 15, 1901; buried with husband; married December 25, 1847 in East Troy PA, Malford Williams born July 16, 1818 and died March 16, 1901; buried Srunk, Sullivan Co NY

( MARGARET MELVINA BEACH (Malvina M.) born July 5, 1833 PA and died September 1, 1852 age 19y 1m 26d; buried The Hilton Cemetery, Troy Township, Bradford Co PA


( JEHIEL D. FERRIS - - took Margaret in after her mother died; he was probably the oldest of the kids

Born to Jehiel (at 68 years of age?) and Elizabeth was:

( PERIGAN FERRIS died at age 17y 8m; buried at Hilton Cemetery, Troy, Bradford, PA, listed as son of Jehiel and Elizabeth.

( JOSEPH FERRIS born January 11, 1746 Stamford CT and died 1836 Indian Island, New Brunswick; a Tory - a British Officer in the Revolutionary War

( SAMUEL FERRIS born in May 1747/48 and died January 3, 1748/49

( MARY FERRIS (previously listed in the (2) Peter line) born January 17, 1750 Stamford; baptized June 10, 1750 at St. John's Episcopal Church, Stamford; and died 1784 New Canaan CT while visiting with friends; married 1763 in Stamford, as his 1st wife, David Slawson [son of David & Eunice (Scofield) Slawson] born August 18, 1735 Stamford and died May 15, 1805 Pochuc, Warwick Township, Orange Co NY; Rev. War Vet; after Mary’s death, he married Deborah Christy and they had 2 kids. Born to Mary and David were:

( NATHAN SLAWSON born August 29, 1764 New Canaan CT and died October 9, 1826 Greenville, Orange, NY; Rev War soldier serving in 1777 (at age 13?) as a Private in the Connecticut troops at the burning of Danbury CT – taken prisoner and confined in the old Sugar House prison in NYC but escaped by swimming the East River; married in 1788 Hannah Slason [dau of Ebenezer & Catherine Ann (Selleck) Slason] born February 24, 1765 Stamford and died June 30, 1819 Waterlo, Albany, NY; and born to them were:

( DANIEL SLAWSON born January 30, 1782 (6 years prior to parent’s marriage?) Salem, Westchester, NY and died August 28, 1871 Greenville, Kent, MI; married Molly Horton and born to them were:

( MARIAH SLAWSON born April 16, 1805 NY and died August 22, 1887 Oakfield Township, Kent Co MI; married Hiram Moore born September 14, 1798 NY and died June 12, 1885 Otisco MI; both buried Horton Cemetery, Greenville, Kent, MI (Photos); and born to them were:

( WILLIAM LEWIS MOORE born February 24, 1826 Tomkins NY and died April 5, 1913; farmer; married 1st Margaret E Smith born August 5, 1835 NY and died March 19, 1886; both buried Horton Cemetery, Greenville, Kent, MI (Photos); 2d October 14, 1887 in Greenvile MI, Huldah Graham born 1849 and died October 14, 1887 (after March 7, 1923); and born to him and Margaret were:

( GEORGE S MOORE born 1856 MI and died there 1920; buried Horton Cemetery, Greenville, Kent, MI

( DELMER H MOORE born 1859 MI; married Allie C Stevens born 1859 MI

( ELIZABETH MOORE born 1863 MI; married George R McArthur born April 14, 1862 Otisco, Ionia, MI

( LIDA M MOORE born 1865 MI; married Willis Horton

( NELSON HORTON MOORE born January 8, 1828 NY and died October 17, 1912 Rippey, Green, IA; farmer; married Hannah M Shearer born 1831 NY and died 1914 Rippey, Green, IA; both buried there Rippey Cemetery; and born to them were:

( MARION MOORE born 1857 MI (Marvin Duane Moore born November 1856 MI); 1900 grocer Oklahoma Territory; married name unk and born to them was:

( JAMES SHEERER MOORE born October 1882 IA

( EVIE MOORE born 1859 MI (Eric W Moore born c1859 MI)

( AUGUSTA MOORE born June 25, 1861 Oakfield Township, Kent Co MI and died there September 8, 1862; buried there Horton Cemetery

( HENRY A MOORE born 1864 MI

( FRANCIS MARION MOORE (Frank) born October 27, 1866 Grand Rapids, Kent, MI and died October 31, 1954 Jefferson, Green, IA; Masonic funeral and burial services; with his parents and siblings arrived in Iowa via covered wagon, when Frank was about 10y old; after a few years, the family settled in Minburn where he attended school and grew to manhood; moved to Rippey, Greene, IA, then Scranton where they lived for many years, retiring from farming in 1946 when they moved to Jefferson; he was of cheerful disposition and had many friends and in later years he enjoyed driving to his farm where his son Marion lived and visted each of their children often; married April 22, 1896 at Minburn, Catherine Dugan born 1871 and died Mach 22, 1950 Jefferson, Green, IA

( SELPHINE MOORE (Celphine) born 1868 MI

( ANDREW JACKSON MOORE born August 22/25, 1869 Kent Co MI and died June 15, 1958 Rippey, Greene, IA; married 1893 Sarah Kenyon born November 22, 1872 Parks Co IN and died February 11, 1925 Berkley IA; and born to them were:





( WALTER D MOORE born April 1873 MI

( DANIEL SLAWSON MOORE born November 15, 1829 Orange Co NY and died January 6, 1917 Rockford, Kent, MI; farmer; married Mary L Addison [dau of Thomas A & Emeline (Johnson) Addison] born January 18, 1837 Sharon, Washtenaw, MI and died October 9, 1901 Rockford, Kent, MI; both buried Courtland Cemetery, Rockford, Kent, MI; she taught school when younger;

Obituary for Daniel S. Moore, Rockford Register, Thursday, January 11, 1917


Was an early Settler of the Township of Courtland

Went to California in early days

Was a man trusted and respected by his neighbors

Another of the pioneers of this section passed away Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Mourner, in the west part of the village and in the passing of Daniel S. Moore the country loses one of those sturdy old men who has seen more than his share of the country and one who merited the respect and confidence of his fellow men in his dealings with them from day to day. The deceased was the son of Hiram and Maria Moore of Oakfield and was born Dec. 1, 1829 in Orange County, N.Y. He spent his boyhood days in the town of Bath, N.Y., where he received his education. In the spring of 1847 he came to Michigan to help clear up a farm for his father and in 1852 he traveled the overland route across the plains to the gold fields of California and Nevada. He returned home in 1853, crossing the two oceans and the Gulf of Mexico. In 1854 he bought a farm of 160 acres in Courtland and in 1856 was married to Miss Mary L. Addison of Courtland. To this union was born six children - five daughters and one son. One daughter passed away on June 25, 1881 and his wife died October 9, 1901. In 1890 Mr. Moore and his wife moved to Rockford and lived in the house where he passed away January 6 at the age of 87 years, one month and five days. He is survived by four daughters - Mrs. Emma Whittall of Algoma; Mrs. Lodica Mourner of Rockford; Mrs. Harry Seeley of Cannon; and Mrs. Mabel Baker of Algoma; one son - James F. Moore of Grand Rapids; a sister, Mrs. Hill of Oakfield and one brother. Besides these there are 23 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was a memeber of the Methodist Episcopalian church and the funeral services were conducted by Rev. G.H. Hancock of Hart. The internment was made in the Courtland Cemetery.

and born to them were:

( EMMA MOORE born March 2, 1857 Courtland Township, Kent Co MI and died May 26, 1937 at the home of her daughter, Bessie, at Algoma Township, Kent Co MI; buried Alogoma Cemetery, Algoma MI; married September 12, 1875 in Cedar Springs, Kent Co MI, Thomas H Whittall [son of Thomas & Ann (Llewellyn) Whittall – both born in England] born September 9, 1853 Ontario Co NY and died June 29, 1914 Algoma Township (actually died at Grand Rapids Hospital); died as a result of a fall from scaffolding at his house; he came to MI c1858 with his parents; Emma and Tom lived for sometime in Courtland Township, then moved to the farm in Algoma Township, Sparta where they resided 50+ years; From Rockford Register April 14, 1907: Thomas Whittall having rented his farm located on Section 17, Algoma, will sell at auction on April 22, 10 horses and colts, pair of mules, 2 fresh cows, 40 sheep with lambs, wagons, buggies and all kinds of farm implements, quantity of hay, oats, rye, corn and 60-70 bushels of seed potatoes; From Rockford Register, March 6, 1913: T. H. Whittall and wife of Algoma, returned last week from a four weeks visit at Cleveland, Ohio and other places. Mr Whittal was sick one week in Cleveland. We just learned that while there his pockets were picked while riding on the street car and he was relieved of quite a little change. We can’t say if that was the cause of his being sick or not; he was a hard working member of the Grange, known throughout the state among the members of that organization; he was a man who loved his country home and not even the conveniences of the city or village life could tempt him to leave the farm; this love for home was evidenced by his last words as he was being placed into the ambulance for the trip to the city. After giving the house one lingering look he said, “Good bye, old house”; and born to them were:

( CLYDE C WHITTALL born May 7, 1876 Algoma Township, Kent Co MI and died there, at home, November 19, 1917; buried Fife Lake Cemetery, Fife Lake, Grand Traverse, MI (Photos); farmer; From Rockford Register, May 13, 1904: The examination of Clyde Whittall before Justice Watt of Grand Rapids, was completed last week and he was released because the evidence showed that from the nature of the wound that his brother, Arthur, received the fatal cut from the butcher knife was made in such a manner as to prove that he did not intentionally strike him with it; married 1905 in Grand Traverse Co MI, Edna Mae Leddy born October 9, 1880 MI and died March 15, 1954 Grand Traverse Co MI; and born to them were:

( CATHERYNE FAY WHITTALL born February 17, 1907 Fife Lake, Grand Traverse Co MI

( ROBERT LITUS WHITTALL born August 4, 1909 Fife Lake, Grand Traverse Co MI and died February 1976 Grand Rapids, Kent, MI

( NINA PEARL WHITTALL born July 7, 1877 Whittal farm, Courtland Township and died January 20, 1957 in the home ofher son Forrest; buried Rockford Cemetery, Rockford MI; married 1893 in Algoma MI, Fred Simmons born April 2, 1872 and died August 7, 1948; had a statewide reputation for Hampshire Down sheep;

From Rockford Register, Thursday, September 20, 1917, page 1:


Fred Simmons' Trial Draws a Large Crowd in Town.

MANY CONJECTURES AS TO VERDICT - Jury said "Guilty" and the Case Will Be Appealed to Circuit Court.

The event of the season was the trial of Fred Simmons, Saturday. Mr. Simmons was charged with assault and battery on the person of John Jewell, said offense supposed to have taken place Aug. 23 at Mr. Simmons' farm house in Algoma. Considerable time was taken up with the selection of a jury and it was not until just before the noon hour that the court was able to get down to business. Owing to the prominence of the parties and the publicity given the affair many men were taken in the jury panel. The afternoon was taken up in examing witnesses and many old family quarrels were brought out. The large crowd present listened to the stories of the several witnesses and many conjectures were made as to the result of the jury's verdict. Mr. Simmons was represented by Earl F. Phelps, formerly prosecuting attorney and the people's side was taken by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Perkins. Justice Haskell's part in hearing the trial was fair in all respects and neither side had any complaints to make regarding his decisions. It was not until after six o'clock that the case was give to Messrs. Frank Farr, J. R. Trask, G. A. Porter, E. S. Baker, J. R. Wonders and Jos. Miller, who comprised the jury and they shortly afterwards brought in a verdict of guilty. Mr. Simmons was fined $50 and costs or 60 days in jail. He immediately took out bonds for the appealing of the case to the circuit court with R. B. Squires and Neal MacMillan as bondsman.

and born to them were:



( ARTHUR TEAGUE WHITTALL born March 10, 1879 and died at home March 27, 1903; buried Algoma Cemetery, Rockford, Kent, MI (Photo)

From Rockford Register, Wednesday, April 1, 1903, page 3:

A Very Sad Tragedy

A very sad tragedy occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Whittall, six miles West of Rockford, in Algoma Township, last Friday. It seems that Clyde and Arthur Whittall, aged 24 and 22 years, got into a quarrel while working down in the woods regarding a dog, and finally words led to blows. Arthur, although younger, was the taller and stronger of the two, and gave Clyde a severe drubbing. As soon as he could get away Clyde started for the house - Arthur, thinking that Clyde was after a gun, also went to the house, Clyde going the front way and Arthur the back way. Arthur secured the gun and was coming towards Clyde, and the latter, thinking that he meant to kill him, picked up a butcher knife that lay on the table and Clyde says that he told him to keep back, but that he jumped at him and he then struck him with the knife which entered his breast four inches and pierced his left lung. Their mother was the only one to see the aweful deed done, which was done so quickly that she was powerless to prevent it. This happened about noon, and although everything possible was done yet he passed away about 7 o'clock that evening. Before he died, however, Arthur made a statement in the presence of witnesses, exonerating Clyde from all blame, saying, "Don't have him arrested for I am to blame for it all. It was not his fault - he thought I was going to kill him." Arthur remained conscious to the last, and his last words were those which he hoped would clear his brother. Sheriff Chapman was notified and dispatched officers, Greenley and Verkerke to take Clyde into custody. The latter never left the house after the stabbing, and upon arrival of the officers gave himself up to them at once. Owing to the sever injuries received at the hands of his brother, both eyes being blackened and nearly swollen shut, his ears lacerated and discolored, it was deemed advisable to not take him to Grand Rapids until morning, he being brought to Rockford and taking the 10:44am train. An inquest was held Saturday in charge of Justice Beeby, of Sparta, taking the testimony of the attending physician and several neighbors who heard the last words of the deceased. The jury promptly brought a verdict that said Arthur Whittall came to his death from a wound inflicted with a butcher knife in the hand of his brother, Clyde, who acted in self defense. The funeral services for the deceased young man were held at the Morningstar school house Monday afternoon, Rev. J. H. Maynard, of Sparta, officiating, and was very largely attended by relatives, friends and neighbors, who deeply sympathize with the family in their terribly sad bereavement. Clyde Whittall was arrainged at Grand Rapids yesterday afternoon. His examination was set for April 10, and he was released on $5,000 bail. The bondsmen are: H. A. Montgomery, T. H. Whittall, Wm. Whittall, Edward Whittall, C. F. Chapman and Jas. H. Parmeter.

( BERTHA WHITTALL born February 25, 1882 Algoma Township, Kent Co MI and died there April 16, 1885; buried Algoma Cemetery, Rockford, Kent, MI

( BESSIE B WHITTALL born June 19, 1884 Algoma Township, Kent Co MI and died November 27, 1973 Rockford, Kent, MI; 1930 worked at Wolverine shoe factory; Algoma Township Treasurer; married 1905 Floyd Ray Seeley [son of Samuel Brown & Martha (Depew) Seeley] born February 5, 1881 Whitewater Township, Grand Traverse Co MI and died November 21, 1921 Algoma Township, Kent Co MI; both buried Algoma Cemetery, Rockford, Kent, MI; both were involved in The Grange; and born to them were:

( ARTIS TEAGUE SEELEY born May 15, 1906 Traverse City, Grand Traverse Co MI and died January 1, 1980 Grand Rapids MI; married March 1926 Clara Bell Traxler [dau of Charles Ray & Clara Bell (Williams) Traxler] born March 9, 1908 MI and died March 26, 1981 Rockford MI; and they had 5 kids

( LILA MAE SEELEY born January 6, 1910 and died May 22, 1923 of scarlet fever; buried Algoma Cemetery, Rockford, Kent, MI

( LELA FAYE SEELEY born October 4, 1911 and died December 21, 1995 Sparta, Kent, MI; buried Algoma Cemetery, Algoma MI; 1928 factory worker; married 1st June 30, 1928 in Rockford MI, Chester Elwood Carpenter [son of Charles & Emma (Moore) Carpenter] born April 24, 1905 and died March 29, 1961 Kingman AZ; buried Algoma Cemetery; 2d June 11, 1963 Marvin Edward Jeffries born December 5, 1920 and died November 5, 1997; and born to her and Chester were 3 kids, 1 of which was:

( BABY CARPENTER born and died July 25, 1930

( LLOYD THOMAS SEELEY born May 19, 1913 Algoma Township, Kent Co MI and died January 1, 1966 Rockford MI; married June 23, 1933 in Rockford, Nola Hutchings [dau of Glen & Hazel (Keech) Hutchings] born March 9, 1913 Algoma Township, Kent Co MI; and they had 4 kids

( CLIFTON WALCOTT SEELEY born and died August 17, 1917

( ORVIE EARL SEELEY born December 23, 1919 Rockford, Kent, MI and died April 12, 1989 Battle Creek MI; attended Central State Teachers College, football player; married June 28, 1941 in Saginaw MI, Delores E Stressman [dau of Herbert] born February 22, 1918 IL and died August 2, 1993 Battle Creek MI; and they had 3 kids

( THOMAS D WHITTALL born April 8, 1888 Kent Co MI and died there November 2, 1930; married March 15, 1913 in Kent Co MI, as her 2d husband, Mary Noble; and born to them were:

( NINA MAE WHITTALL born c1915 Kent Co MI and died April 1, 2002 Rockford MI; from her obituary – Mrs. Hardie was a busy lady, who with her husband, Lynn, opened their home to over 70 foster children, volunteered at the Rockford Historical Society, worked at Camp Rockford with Campfire Girls and was an avid bowler; married Sidney Lynn Hardie Jr born May 12, 1912 MI and died June 11, 1997 Rockford; and they had 5 kids

( BERTHA EMILANE WHITTALL born February 2, 1915 Kent Co MI and died April 22, 1978 Orange Co CA; married George Conrad Strasheim born May 4, 1914 NE and died February 24, 1989 Orange Co CA

( LOUIS WHITTALL (Louis T) born August 16, 1916 Kent Co MI and died October 3, 1976 Alpine Township, Kent Co MI; married Marian {mnu} and they had 4 kids

( DAVID G WHITTALL born July 18, 1930 Kent Co MI and died September 22, 2003 Vincetown, Burlington, NJ

( BLANCHE WHITTALL born December 17, 1889 and died May 23, 1966; married Guy Johnson; and born to them was:


( LODICEE MOORE (Lodica) born June 4, 1859 Courtland Township, Kent Co MI and died March 30, 1938 Rockford, Kent, MI; buried Courtland Cemetery, Courtland Township; married September 15, 1915 in Rockford, as his 2d wife, William A Mourer [son of John N & Sarah Deborah (Dabbs) Mourer] born September 15, 1868 Mecosta Co MI and died August 20, 1946 Paris Township, Kent Co MI; buried Fairplanes Cemetery, Sparta MI; 1915 farmer; 1946 millwright

From Rockford Register, Thursday, September 23, 1915


The home of Daniel Moore was the scene of a brilliant and happy wedding on Wednesday evening of last week when his daughter, Lodica, was united in marriage to Wm. A. Mourer, in the presence of about 60 relatives and friends. The ceremony was performed by Rev. George M. Brewin of Grand Rapids, using the Episcopal service and the impressive ring ceremony. Promptly at 8:00 o'clock the wedding march was played by Mrs. H. C. Bowers, violinist and Miss Grace Hunting, pianist, and the bridal party took their places. Miss Blanche Mourer, daughter of the groom, acted as bridesmaid and Clare Seeley, nephew of the bride, was best man. After hearty congratulations and best wishes, H. C. Bowers, master of ceremonies, announced that supper was ready to serve in the dining room. The decorations were cut flowers and potted plants, the prevailing color being pink and white throughout the rooms, excepting in the parlor where the ceremony was performed was a centerpiece of deep red roses. The bride wore a beautiful embroidered gown of sandcolored chiffon over taffata silk. She carried a white prayer book in which were enclosed six brides rose buds. The bridesmaid wore white embroidered voile with pink trimmings. The goom and the best man were dressed in blue. The bride was formerly a Courtland girl but later in life became one of Rockford's ladies, she being well known in musical circles and is an artist of much ability. The groom was formerly of Cannonburg but has been a resident of this place over four years. He holds a responsible position in the Wolverine tannery of the Hirth-Krause Co. The gifts received by Mr. and Mrs. Mourer were numerous and beautiful.

Obituary from Rockford Register, April 7, 1938

Mrs. Lodica Mourer was born in Courtland Township, June 4th, 1859, the second daughter of D. S. and Mary Moore. In the year 1889, when with her parents moved to Rockford and lived in the same house where she passed away, Wednesday, March 30th, 1938 at the age of 78 years, 9 months and 26 days. She was a member of the Episcopalian church and in her later years, her trusts were remarkable. None knew her, but to respect her. She was often heard to report that beautiful psalm: "The Lord is my shepard, I shall not want." On September 15th, 1915 she was united in marriage to Wm. Mourer of Rockford. She leaves beside her husband to morn her loss, two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Seeley of Cannon, Mrs. Mabel Peterson of Howard city, several nieces and nephews and a host of very dear friends.

( FLOYD JAMES MOORE born December 16, 1863 Courtland Township, Kent Co MI; 1891 saloon keeper; 1920 post office clerk; businessman of various enterprises; married October 15, 1891 in Grand Rapids MI, Nanny Liddy born May 1870 Cedar Springs, Kent Co MI; and born to them were:

( RUTH EVELYN MOORE born December 1892 Grand Rapids, Kent, MI; married 1st September 29, 1917 in Grand Rapids, William Wever born c1890 Grand Rapids; 2d c1926 in MD, Robert Lee Long and they had a child

William Wever, age 27, residing GR, born GR, occupied as Motorman, son of Dirk H. Wever and Lucy Rigdt, married once previously Ruth Moore, age 24, residing GR, born GR, occupied as Timekeeper, daughter of Floyd J. Moore and Nancy Liddy. Married September 29, 1917 in Grand Rapids by C. O. Greishaber, clergyman; witnessed by Alvard Smith and Mildred Moore; clerk Robert E. Hill.

From Decree of Divorce, Kent County Superior Court Chancery #2963

Ruth Moore Wever, Plaintiff; William Wever, Defendant ..... this cause having been brought on to be heard upon the plaintiff's Bill of Complaint filed therein, taken as confessed by the defendant, and proofs having been taken in open court and it satisfactorily appearing to this court that the material facts charged in plaintiff's Bill of Complaint are true, and that the defendant, William Wever, has been guilty of the several acts of extreme and repeated cruelty and of non-support as therein charged, Therefore, on motion of Martin H. Carmody, attorney for said plaintiff: IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED and DECREED and this court by virtue of the authority therein vested and in pursuant of the statute in such cases made and provided doth order, adjudge and decree that the marriage between the said plaintiff, Ruth Moore Wever, and the said defendant, William Wever, be dissolved and the same is hereby dissolved accordingly, and that absolute divorce from the bonds of matrimony between said parties is adjudged and decreed. It is further ordered, adjudged and decreed that the plaintiff have as her sole property all of the furniture, jewelry and other personal property and effects now in her possession. It is ordered, adjudged and decreed that the said plaintiff, Ruth Moore Wever, shall be permitted, and is hereby authorized and empowered to resume her maiden name of Ruth E. Moore. It is further ordered, adjudged and decreed that the said defendant, William Wever, shall pay to said plaintiff, Ruth Moore Wever, the sum of $100.00 as permanent alimony.

( MILDRED MOORE born March 4, 1898 Courtland Township, Kent Co MI and died November 1983 Mary Esther, Okaloosa, FL; married Julian Gala and they had 2 kids

( DOROTHY MOORE born September 9, 1902 Courtland Township, Kent Co MI and died September 1987 Glen Echo, Montgomery, MD; married 1st Lawrence Cavanaugh; 2d Mr Estrella and they had a child

( PAULINE MOORE born January 27, 1905 Courtland Township, Kent Co MI; married 1st Arthur Charron and they had a child; 2d Mr Hathaway

( FREDERICK MOORE born March 11, 1908 Courtland Township, Kent Co MI

( WINNIE MOORE (Minnie Mitten Moore) born March 29, 1867/8 Courtland Township, Kent Co MI; married March 21, 1885 in Sparta, Kent, MI Harry Hanford Seeley [son of Samuel Brown & Martha (Depew) Seeley] born July 4, 1859 Litchfield Township, Medina Co OH and died August 5, 1925 Cannon Township, Kent Co MI; buried there Bostwick Cemetery; farmer

From testimony of Jane Salisburg (daughter of Ray Floyd Seeley) who lived on Seeley farm in childhood: She remembers her grandmother (Minnie) as being a very kind woman and really good cook. She used to keep bags of peaches behind a door in a bedroom that the kids would eat from.

Rockford Register, Thursday, November 30, 1939


Mrs. Minnie Seeley was born March 13, 1868, in Courtland Township. Her maiden name was Minnie M. Moore, being one of the four daughters of Daniel and Mary Moore. She was united in marriage to Harry H. Seeley of Courtland, March 31, 1885. They remained in Courtland until 1906 when they moved to Cannon township where Mr. Seeley preceeded her in death, August 5, 1925. She was taken away Tuesday noon, November 21, 1939, aged 71 years, 7 months and 23 days. As a wife she was true and helpful and as a mother loving and unselfish. She leaves to mourn their great loss eight daughters and six sons; Mrs. Leona Bassett, Hanford California; Mrs. Arthur Bellemore, Detroit Michigan; Alva Seeley Cattaraugus, N.Y.; Clare Seeley, Rockford; Mrs. Mabel Coates, Tawas City, Michigan; Mrs. Marion Baldwin, Cedar Springs, Michigan; Mrs. Josephine Kotts, Detroit; Samuel Seeley, Rockford; Benjamin Seeley, Rockford; Raymond Seeley, Cadillac Michigan; Mrs. Daisy Pond, Detroit; Harold Seeley, Rockford; Mrs. Edith Smith, Detroit; Mrs. Olive Irish, Cattaraugus, N.Y.; and one sister, Mrs. Mabel Peterson, Cedar Springs. Also nineteen grandchildren and six great-grand children. Internment was in Bostwick Lake Cemetery.

And born to them were (all born in Courtland Township, Kent Co MI) (14 kids in 23y – bless her heart):

( LEONA MAE SEELEY born August 20, 1887 and died July 4, 1969 Saratoga, Santa Clara, CA; buried Hanford CA; married 1st December 1906 John Hogle born June 18, 1885 MI and died September 17, 1948 Kings Co CA - divorced; 2d November 19, 1919 Mark Bassett born August 30, 1878 England and died March 7, 1951 Hanford CA; buried Grangeville Cemetery, Armona, Kings, CA; and born to her and John was:

Obituary from a Santa Clara County Newspaper:

Mrs. Leona Mae Bassett, 81, died at a San Jose hospital Friday after a short illness. Mrs. Bassett was the widow of Hanford rancher Mark Bassett, who died eight years ago. She came to San Jose six years ago and made her home at 1585 Sierra Ave. She was a long-time member of the Women's Relief Corps, first in Hanford and then in San Jose after coming here. She was a native of Michigan. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ben Gullo of Saratoga; seven brothers and sisters, Mrs. Olive Irish, Mrs. Edith Zaske, Mrs. Daisy Pond, Mrs. Beatrice Bellemore and Samuel, Ben and Harold Seeley, all of Michigan, plus several nieces and nephews in Michigan. Funeral services and interment will be in Hanford. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Lima-Salmon-Erickson Chapel.

Obituary from another Santa Clara County Newspaper:

BASSETT - Entered into rest San Jose, California, July 4, 1969, Leona Mae Bassett of 1585 Sierra Ave, San Jose, loving mother of Mrs. Ben Gullo of Saratoga, dearest sister of Mrs. Olive Irish, Mrs. Edith Zaske, Mrs. Daisy Pond, Mrs. Beatrice Bellemore, Samuel Seeley, Ben Seeley and Harold Seeley, all of Michigan, dear aunt of several neices and nephews, all of Michigan; a native of Michigan, age 81. A member of the Sharon Dix Women Retreat Society. Friends are invited to attend funeral services July 8, 1969, at 2 pm in Hanford, Calif. Local arrangements by Lima-Salmon Erickson.

( MILDRED MAY HOGLE born November 13, 1910 Hanford, Kings, CA and died September 6, 1977 Saratoga, Santa Clara, CA during hip replacement surgery; buried Madronia Cemetery, Saratoga, Santa Clara, CA (Photos); married 1st Miller Crumpton; 2d Benn Gullo; 3d Max H Bowles

( BEATRICE SEELEY born October 3, 1888 and died December 6, 1975 Westland, Wayne, MI; married c1916 Arthur Bellemore born March 16, 1895 MI and died July 21, 1980 Clawson, Oakland, MI - divorced

( ALVA SEELEY born June 14, 1890 and died May 22, 1950 Comstock Park MI; buried Bostwick Lake Cemetery, Rockford, Kent, MI; married October 14, 1915 in Grand Rapids, Sylvia May Squires [dau of Charles D & Katherine Ellen (Kellogg) Squires] born September 28, 1895 at Courtland Township, Kent Co MI and died October 7, 1969 Grand Rapids; buried Courtland Cemetery, Rockford, Kent, MI – divorced; and born to them were:

( MERTON ALVA SEELEY born February 26, 1917 Rockford, Kent, MI and died October 3, 1986 Grand Rapids MI; buried Courtland Cemetery, Kent Co MI; entered active Army service December 29, 1942 at Camp Grant IL; during his time in the Army, he served at Camp McCoy WI, Camp McCain WI, Fort McClellan AL and Camp CMackall NC; promoted to Sergeant August 1, 1944; all of these camps served as WWII POW camps; separated from the Army February 3, 1946 at Fort Sheridan IL; married 1st August 29, 1942 in Alto MI, Frances L Brower [dau of Henry John & Beatrice V (Sensiba) Brower] born February 14, 1924 Caledonia, Kent, MI and died August 6, 1943 Grand Rapids during childbirth; buried Courtland Cemetery, and they had a child; 2d Miss Hall and they had 4 kids

( GRACE KATHERINE SEELEY born April 2, 1918 Rockford MI and died October 27, 1990 Cattaraugus, Cattaraugus, NY; buried there Liberty Park Cemetery; married November 22, 1935 Charles LeRoy Bates [son of Irving & Maude] born August 8, 1913 North Otto NY and died October 27, 1977 Cattaraugus; and born to them were 6 kids, 3 of which were:

( NONA S BATES born March 14, 1938 Cattaraugus NY and died January 1980 South Drayton, Cattaraugus, NY; married a Mr Sterling and they had 2 kids

( GERALD MAXWELL BATES born September 16, 1940 Cattaraugus NY and died November 24, 1995 Springville, Erie, NY; married Abbey {mnu}

( KATHERINE ANN BATES born October 25, 1947 Gowanda NY and died July 11, 1993 NY; married a Mr Wolfe

( CLARE SEELEY born November 13, 1891 and died April 17, 1948 Cannon Township, Kent Co MI by self-inflicted gunshot; buried there Bostwick Cemetery; WWI Veteran

( MABEL CLARA SEELEY born January 6, 1893 and died July 25, 1948 Tawas City, Iosco, MI; married March 13, 1911 in Grand Rapids, Wesley Eugene Coates [son of Miner & Anna Eliza (Courter) Coates] born March 31, 1871 Ionia Co MI and died July 4, 1946 Bay City, Bay, MI; both buried Memory Gardens Cemetery, Tawas City, Iosco, MI; and they had 7 kids, 4 of which were:

( ROY E COATES born April 11, 1912 Kent Co MI and died February 9, 1976 Tawas, Iosco, MI; buried Pioneer Cemetery, Iosco Co MI; farmer; married Miss Wrathell and they had 3 kids

( DOROTHY MAY COATES (Dora) born September 22, 1913 Tawas, Iosco, MI and died September 21, 1988 Tawas, Iosco, MI; married December 24, 1933 Walter Heinrich Miller [son of Johannes & Elizabeth (Bessinger) Miller] born June 28, 1909 Iosco Co MI and died April 16, 1997 East Tawas, Iosco, MI; and they had 4 kids, 2 of which were:

( NANCY JANE MILLER born October 13, 1934 Tawas Township, Iosco Co MI and died October 7, 1998; married a Mr King and they had 4 kids

( RONNY DALE MILLER born May 24, 1952 and died November 15, 1977 Tawas Township, Iosco Co MI of a gunshot wound to the brain

( MILDRED L COATES born July 7, 1917 and died October 29, 1994 Ferndale, Oakland, MI; married April 29, 1938 Neuman Bamberger born January 2, 1917 Iosco Co MI and died May 23, 1996 Ferdale; and they had 3 kids

( HAROLD HERBERT COATES born January 12, 1931 Grant Township, Iosco Co MI and died February 24, 1995 Tawas, Iosco, MI; buried there Memory Gardens Cemetery; employed by General Motors, in Grand Blanc, 18y retiring in 1980; married Miss Elliott and they had 3 kids

( MARION SEELEY born April 11, 1895 and died March 19, 1968 Cedar Springs, Kent Co MI; married April 11, 1919 in Grand Rapids, Sylvester Ransom Baldwin [son of Andrew L & Clara (Cook) Baldwin] born September 27, 1889 Solon Township, Kent Co MI and died November 21, 1973 Sparta MI; both buried Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs, Kent, MI (Photo); farmer 1919

( JOSEPHINE SEELEY born May 18, 1897 and died 1958; married Marshall Kotts [son of Fred & Lillian (Chamberlain) Kotts] born September 20, 1894 Manton, Wexford, MI and died August 31, 1943 Fort Lauderdale FL; and they had a child

( SAMUEL BROWN SEELEY born December 23, 1899 and died December 4, 1972 Fendale/Ferndale MI; buried Roseland Park Cemetery, Berkley, Oakland, MI; WWI Vet; married 1st December 20, 1924 Margaret Cumming born September 22, 1898 and died March 19, 1995 Plymouth MI, and had a child - divorced; 2d September 13, 1939 Thalia Shields born December 26, 1905 Linnells ME and died 1993, and they had 2 kids; 3d September 13, 1944 in Rockford MI, Mae Herring born c1908 Linneus ME

( BENNIE SEELEY born March 12, 1901 and died June 8, 1979 Belmont, Kent, MI; 1935 carpenter; married December 21, 1935 in Belding, Ionia, MI Wacie Virginia Goss [dau of Byron A & June (Bolton) Goss] born September 2, 1908 Minot ND and died January 14, 1981 Grand Rapids, and they had 2 kids; both buried Blythefield Memorial Garden (which one, there are 2 in Kent Co MI), she was a teacher in 1935

( RAY FLOYD SEELEY born September 9, 1903 and died February 24, 1963 at the Croton Hardy Dam; buried Bostwick Lake Cemetery, Rockford, Kent, MI; married 1st December 24, 1931 in Cadillac MI, Sarah Eliza Baldwin born June 8, 1904 Schoolcraft MI and died March 16, 1982 Scotts MI, and they had 4 kids - divorced; 2d Miss Burke

Obituary for Ray Floyd Seeley, from Cadillac Evening News:


Ray Floyd Seeley, 59, former Grand Rapids resident and the last year of 11386 Fruit Ridge Avenue, Sparta, machinist for Atwood Brass Co., the last 10 years, died unexpectedly Sunday while ice fishing on Croton Pond near Newaygo. Born in Rockford, he lived there until he was 18 years old, when he moved to Detroit to work for Cadillac Motor Co. He also was a Detroit police officer six years. In 1930 he moved to Cadillac, living there until moving to Grand Rapids in 1952. Surviving are his wife, Martha; three daughters, Mrs. Herbert (Jane) Salisbury and Mrs. Marvin (Donna) Falor of Vicksburg and Mrs. Ronald (Judith) Greenman of Cadillac; a son, James of Vicksburg; a stepson, Charles Burke of Peru, Indiana; six sisters Mrs. Mark (Leona) Bassett of San Jose, California, Mrs. Arthur (Beatrice) Bellemore of Detroit, Mrs. Sylvester (Marian) Baldwin of Cedar Springs, Mrs. Dale (Daisy) Pond of Owosso, Mrs. George (Edith) Zaske of Flint and Mrs. Harry (Olive) Irish of Grand Rapids; three brothers, Samuel of Ferndale, Ben of Rockford and Harold of Roseville and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm Wednesday at the Van'tHof - DeMeester Chapel with burial in Bostwick Lake Cemetery.

( DAISY PAULINE SEELEY born June 5, 1905 and died February 19, 1972 Owosso, Shiawassee, MI; married January 29, 1927 in Detroit, Dale Pond born October 8, 1902 Indianapolis IN and died January 25, 1972 Owosso, and they had a child; both buried there Oak Grove Cemetery; he was with the Detroit Bank and Trust Co, Detroit for 15y; with the Mitchell-Bentley Corp for 32y, retiring from ther 1968 as personnel director

( HAROLD SEELEY born April 20, 1907 and died March 17, 1974 Largo FL; 1974 machine operator; married Marion C {mnu} born August 21, 1906 Canada and died October 15, 1984 Pinellas Park FL

( EDITH MAY SEELEY born November 24, 1908 and died July 9, 1992 Grand Blanc, Genesee, MI; married 1st 1929 William Smith, and they had a child – divorced; 2d May 30, 1949 George Alexander Zaske born May 3, 1896 Germany

( OLIVE SEELEY born April 16, 1910 and died January 1, 1999 Apache Junction, Pinal, AZ; married August 30, 1930 Harry Gerald Irish [son of Earl L.] born June 5, 1909 Pomfret Township, Chautaugua, NY and November 12, 1987 Apache Junction AZ, and they had 2 kids

( EDITH MOORE born December 25, 1869 Courtland Township, Kent Co MI and died there June 22, 1872; buried there Courtland Township Cemetery

( MABEL CLARE MOORE born December 1876 Courtland Township, Kent Co MI; married July 2, 1903 Daniel S Moore

From Rockford Register, Wednesday, November 25, 1896

Arnold Baker, 16 year old son of Chas. Baker, residing about 2 miles west of Rockford, was assisting his father in threshing on the farm of Mike Hayes, at Plainfield Village last week Wednesday. They were threshing corn and he stepped upon the seperator to adjust the carrier belt when he lost his balance and fell and would have been ground to death by the rapidly revolving cylinder had he not had the great presence of mind to grab the carrier and hang on until the machine could be stopped. As it was his feet were mangled, and he was at once taken to the U. B. A. hospital. Both feet were amputated, the heels being left. He bore the accident and operation with great fortitude, and everybody is pleased to think that it did not result more seriously.

Rockford Register, Wednesday, June 8, 1903

A very pretty home wedding occurred at the home of the bride's father, Mr. Daniel S. Moore, in Rockford, Thursday evening, July 2nd, when his youngest daughter, Mabel C., was united in marriage to Mr. Arnold E. Baker in the presence of about sixty relatives and friends. To the strains of Medelsohn's wedding march, played by Miss Ella Tuttle, the bridal party entered the parlor and took their places in a corner which had been tastily decorated. Rev. C. Finster, of Grand Haven, pronounced the impressive marriage service, during which "Annie Laurie" was softly rendered on the piano. The bridal couple were attended by Miss Christena Baker, as bridesmaid, and Mr. Volney Baker, as best man, sister and brother of the groom. The bride was becomingly gowned in cream silk, and the mercerized pongee. After hearty congratulations by the company dainty refreshments of ice cream and cake were served at small tables on the lawn by the Misses Leola and Beatrice Seeley and Bessie and Blanch Whittall, all being neices of the bride. The lawn was tastily arranged and with Chinese lanterns made a very pretty effect. Many beautiful and useful presents were received. Mr. and Mrs. Baker expect to soon occupy their new home, formerly occupied by the groom's parents, but which has been remodeled in view of this event, and where they will be "at home" to their friends after August 1st. Among the out of town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Neithauner and Mrs. Eva Hannell, of Grand Rapids, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Moore and Mr. and Mrs. David Moore, of Oakfield.

( CAROLINE BELLE MOORE born April 23, 1833 (April 16, 1832) Middletown, Orange Co NY and died January 4, 1916 Ada, Kent, MI; married April 9, 1856 in Kent Co MI Alfred Newton Canfield [son of Judson & Saloma (Perry) Canfield] born May 4, 1825 Hector, Tompkins, NY and died May 2, 1887; both buried Findlay Cemetery. Ada, Kent, MI (Photos); he was a farmer 1860-80; and born to them were:

( EVELINE CANFIELD born December 4, 1857 Steuben Co NY and died April 7, 1904 Ada, Kent, MI; buried there Findlay Cemetery

( SOPHRONIA CANFIELD born November 23, 1858 Elmira, Chemung, NY and died June 10, 1940; teacher; married April 24, 1881 Jasper Hendrick Church born November 17, 1854 MI and died September 25, 1932 – updated info provided by g.grandson Gerald M Church –

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