29107. Margaret Marie Chichester
OBITUARY. Battle Creek Enquirer and News, Friday, March 26, 1993, p. 2A. Margaret M. "Maggie" (Chichester) Schragg Mac Donald, 72, of Union City died March 24, 1993 in Community Health Center of Branch County (Coldwater, MI). She was born Oct. 25, 1920, in Leroy Twp. to Albert and Minnie (Carpenter) Chichester. She attended Lakeview Schools and worked a number of years at the Tekon Grill in Tekonsha and at Dancer's Department Store in Union City. She enjoyed her family, crocheting, sewing, golf and playing cards with friends. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. She married William Schragg on Feb. 11, 1939. He died in 1973. She then married Harry MacDonald, former mayor of Union City, on July 20, 1974. He died Oct. 28, 1990. She also was preceded in death by brothers, Roy, Roland and Lee Chichester; a sister, Marta; and a stepson, Fredrick Schragg. Surviving are a son, Galen Lucas of Burlington; daughters, Edith Pena of Battle Creek and Eileen Funk of San Jose, Calif . . . seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. . . a brother, Lyle Chichester of Battle Creek and sisters, Opal Mitchell and Thela Henker of Athens. Services Saturday in Union City United Methodist Church; burial: Burlington Cem..
Some information on this family was obtained from a chart made by Lorna Carter of Athens, MI sent to Donna Hellewell of Aptos, CA by Mrs. Lina Snyder, now deceased (in 1982). Some information was also received in 1998 from Edwin Hicks.
Hubert W. Lucas
1920 U.S. Census, Calhoun , Burlington Twp., taken 7 June. 65/65 Lucas, Herbert, head, MW, age 42, married, b. MI, father b. OH, mother b. MI, farmer; Florence, wife, age 37, b. MI, father b. MI, mother b. NY; Hazel, daughter, age 17, b. MI; Marguerite, age 14, b. MI; Hubert, son, age 6 8/12, b. MI.
DEATH: Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI, Vol. 44, p 451. Died 1 Aug 1962 at Community Hospital, Battle Creek, MI, Hubert W. Lucas, age 49, b. 26 Apr 1914 at Burlington, MI, wm, widower, residing at 69 South Avenue, Battle Creek, occupation: machinist, Rich Manufacturing; spouse: Josephine Lucas, deceased; father: Herbert Lucas; mother: Florence McCaslin; informant: Mrs. Rupert F. Fero, 227 W. Goguac, Battle Creek; buried 3 Aug 1962, Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens, Emmett Twp., Calhoun, MI.
William Harold Schragg
MARRIAGE. Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI. Vol. 10, p. 36, #31. Married 11 Feb 1939 at Battle Creek, William Schragg, age 23, residing in Athens, b. Tekonsha, Calhoun, MI, father: John Schragg, mother: Dore Brenner, occupation: machinist; and Margaret M. Lucas, age 18, residing in East Leroy, b. East Leroy, father: Albert E. Chichester, mother: Minnie Carpenter, witnesses: Leon Mitchell of East leroy and Theresa Farley of Battle Creek; officiant: R. B. Cox, Clergyman.
DEATH. Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI. 1973, #1222. Died 24 Oct 1973 at Burlington Twp., William Harold Schragg, age 57, b. 2 Jan or Jun 1916, residing at Rural Route, Burlington, father: John Schragg, mother: Dora Brenner, occupation: United Steel & Wire, cause: tractor accident, spouse: Margaret M. Chichester; informant: Margaret Schragg.
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE. Battle Creek Enquirer and News, Thursday, October 25, 1973, p. D1. Farmer Killed in Burlington. A Calhoun County farmer was killed Wednesday when a front end loader he was driving tipped over and landed on him. He was William H. Schragg, 57, of 10084 S Drive South, Burlington. State police said Schragg was apparently using the loader to clear some of his farm land. With the loader bucket filled, two of the vehicle's outside wheels went over a dirt pile, causing it to tip, police said. Schragg was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Albert Nester. Police were called about 6 p.m., shortly after Schragg was found by his wife. Nester estimated the time of death at 3 to 4 p.m.
OBITUARY. Battle Creek Enquirer and News, Saturday, October 26, 1973. Burlington - Services for William H. Schragg, 57, of 10084 S Drive S., who was killed Wednesday when the front-end loader he was driving tipped over and landed on him, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Burlington Church of God. Police said Schragg apparently was using the loader to clear some of his farm land. With the loader filled two of the vehicle's outside wheels went up over a dirt pile, causing it to tip. He was born in Burlington Twp.. He retired in June from United Steel & Wire , Battle Creek, where he had worked 37 years. He was a member of the UAW. Surviving are his widow, the former Margaret Chichester; his mother, Mrs. Dora Schragg of Union City; a son by a previous marriage, Frederick Schragg of Grand Rapids; daughters, Mrs. William (Edith) Pena of Battle Creek and Mrs. Harold (Eileen) Funk of Elkhart, Ind.; a stepson, Galen Lucas of Burlington; brothers, Wayne and Melvin Schragg, both of Ceresco, Calvin of Union City and John and Henry, both of Battle Creek; sisters, Mrs. Raymond (Neva) Kern of Bellevue, Mrs. William (Virginia) Jones of Olivet, Mrs. Alfred (Beverly) Kennedy of Cleveland, Ohio, Miss Julia Schragg of Battle Creek and Mrs. Alfred (Geraldine) Smith of Roscommon and seven grandchildren. The Jenkins Funeral Home, Union City, is in charge of arrangements. (Services were held Saturday, October 27, 1973; and burial was in Burlington Cem., Burlington, MI.)
Harry G. MacDonald
OBITUARY. Battle Creek Enquirer and News, Tuesday, October 30, 1990, p 2A. Union City - Former Union City Mayor Harry G. MacDonald, 79, of 213 Woodruff St., died Sunday, Oct. 28, 1990, in Carriage Inn Convalescence Center, Coldwater, MI after a long illness. He was born in Union City and was a lifelong resident. He was employed more than 50 years as a masonry and plastering contractor. He served as mayor of Union City for 12 years in the 1950's and 1960's and also served two years on the Branch County Allocation Board. He was a member of the Union City United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, the former Margaret Chichester-Schragg; a daughter, Karen J. Hart of Union City; sons, Gary F. and Terry P. MacDonald, both of Union City; stepdaughters, Edith M. Pena of Battle Creek and Ilene Funk of San Jose, Calif; a stepson, Galen Lucas of Burlington; 10 grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two stepgreatgrandchildren; and a brother, Carl MacDonald, of Leonidas. His first wife, the former Elaine Collins, died in 1974. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Union City United Methodist Church. Memorial donations may go to the church. Arrangements are by Jenkins Funeral Home.
29108. Earl Allen Bauer
Some information was received from Lina Ruth Sager, Battle Creek, Earl's sister, in Nov 1981.
1910 U.S. Census, Athens, Calhoun , MI taken 27 Apr. 158/158 Earl Bauer, age 9, b. MI, is in the home of his parents, Charles Bauer and Della.
The Athens Times. Thursday, November 10, 1921. Earl Bauer Quite Badly Injured. Struck by Automobile Driven by F. C. Standiford. Earl Bauer, aged 20 years, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Bauer, living in the northern part of Athens Twp., was seriously, but not fatally, injured Saturday night when he was struck by a Studebaker car driven by F. C. Standiford, of Battle Creek, son of Postmaster and Mrs. C. A. Standiford of this place. The accident occurred a few rods south of what is known as Fonda's corners, about three miles north of town, just as the car came over the break of the hill from the north. Earl was riding a bicycle toward town and had turned out for a horse and buggy driven by Mrs. Robert Johnson. The Sandiford car was almost upon the rig before the driver noticed it, and in turning to the right to pass the rig, the big car struck the bicycle and rider. The car was stopped and the boy was taken from between the wheels by Mr. Standiford, who rushed him to Dr. Funk's office, where it was found that he had sustained a broken collar bone and his lower right leg was broken in two places. He also received bad bruises about the head and body. He was removed to his home the same evening. Although seriously hurt, we learn as we go to press that he is resting easily and unless complications develop he will recover.
The Athens Times, Thursday, February 14, 1924. Earl Bauer of Battle Creek and Miss Marguerite Lucas of Abscota spent the week end with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Bauer and family.
MARRIAGES, Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI, marriages, Book 8, page 149, #197. 4 April 1925, married at Battle Creek, MI, Earl Bauer, age 24, machine tender, and Marguerite Lucas, age 19 of Union City, MI. Parents of the groom: Charles Bauer and Della Carpenter; parents of the bride: Herbert Lucas and Florence McCasley. Married by Quinton S. Walker, MG. Witnesses: Ruth Bauer and Lula F. Walker.
WEDDING. The Athens Times, Thursday, April 9, 1925. Miss Marguerite Lucas, of Union City, and Earl Bauer, of Battle Creek, were principals in a quiet wedding Saturday evening at 6:00 o'clock at the home of the officiating minister, the Rev. Quinton S. Walker, at Battle Creek. The ring ceremony was employed and the bride was becomingly gowned in Alice blue silk crepe. They were accompanied by the groom's sister, Miss Ruth Bauer, of Athens. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Bauer of North Athens and is employed at the Postum Cereal plant and he and his bride will reside in Battle Creek. Athens friends extend congratulations.
OBITUARY. Battle Creek Enquirer and News, Wednesday, 17 Oct 1973, pB7. Burlington - Earl Allen Bauer, 72, of Route 1, died Tuesday when he suffered a heart attack in his car on M-60 south of Athens. Born in Calhoun County, he was an area farmer and furnace installer. He was among the organizers of the Bedford and Emmett rescue squads and was a member of the Burlington Men's Club, the Calhoun County Farm Bureau and the Burlington Senior Citizens Group. Survivors include his widow, the former Amy L. Case; daughters, Mrs. Edwin (Virginia) Hicks of 10-Mile Road, Mrs. Shirley Boston of 216 Limit St., Battle Creek, and Mrs. John (Joyce) Dowling of Delton; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; stepsons, Wayne Soule of Burlington and Elmer Gardiner of Bellevue; and a sister, Mrs. Maurice (Ruth) Sager of 1719 W. Goguac St., Battle Creek. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Spencer Funeral Home.
DEATH. Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI 1973 deaths, #1178. Died 16 Oct 1973 at Athens Twp., Calhoun , Earl Allen Bauer, age 72, b. 8 Dec 1900 in Michigan; w, m, married; father: Charles Bauer; mother: Della Carpenter; residence Route 1, Newton Twp., Burlington; occupation: farmer, furnace installer; spouse: Amy L. Bauer; buried 18 Oct 1973 Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens, Emmett Twp., Calhoun ; informant: Amy Bauer, Route 1, Burlington, MI.
Marguerite Iva Lucas
1920 U.S. Census, Calhoun , Burlington Twp., MI taken 7 June. 65/65 Lucas, Herbert, head, MW, age 42, married, b. MI, father b. OH, mother b. MI, farmer; Florence, wife, age 37, b. MI, father b. MI, mother b. NY; Hazel, daughter, age 17, b. MI; Marguerite, age 14, b. MI; Hubert, son, age 6 8/12, b. MI.
In 1949 Marguerite Iva Lucas Bauer was Marguerite Zachery of Berrien Springs, MI at the time of her son's, Richard Dale Bauer's, death.
Marguerite Lucas' birth date received fron Edwin D. Hicks in October 1997.
Helen Mae Barber
MARRIAGE. Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI, Book 11, page 50, #1199. Married 9 October 1943 at Battle Creek, MI, Earl Bauer, b. Athens, age 42, residing in Battle Creek, son of Charles Bauer and Della Carpenter, occupation: foreman; and Helen Cornwell, b. Canada, age 29, occupation: beauty operator, residing in Battle Creek, daughter of W. J. Barber and Alma Meredith, married by Carlton Brooks Miller, Minister; witnesses: Ruth Sager and Maurice Sager.
DEATH. Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI. Battle Creek 44, p. 641. Died 21 Nov 1962 at Battle Creek, Calhoun , MI, Helen May Bauer, age 48, b. 5 Feb 1914 in Canada, residing at 9600 Verona Road, Emmett Twp., Calhoun , MI (Battle Creek), FW married, occupation: beautician; spouse: Earl Bauer; informant: Earl Bauer; buried 24 Nov 1962, Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens, Emmett Twp., Calhoun , MI.
Helen's date and place of birth, and date of death and burial also received from Edwin G. Hicks in October 1997.
Amy Louella Case
MARRIAGE. Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI, 1965, #169. Married 13 Mar 1965 at Newton Methodist Church, Newton Twp., Calhoun , MI, Amy Louella Gardner, age 60, b. 16 Feb 1905 at Bedford, residing in Burlington, occupation: farmer, previously married: twice, father: Homer W. Case, mother: Nellie McCormick; and Earl Allen Bauer, age 64, b. 8 Dec 1900, at Athens, residing in Battle Creek, occupation: furnace service, previously married: twice, father: Charles Bauer, mother: Della Carpenter; witnesses: Pansy Lucille Gardner and Elmer Maxwell Gardner, both of Bellevue, MI; officiant: David Lutz, MG.
Amy's date of marriage, birth and death received from Edwin D. Hicks of Homosassa, FL in October 1997.
29109. Leo Clayton Bauer
Some information was received from Lina Ruth Sager of Battle Creek, MI in Nov. 1981. She is Leo's sister.
1910 U.S. Census, Athens, Calhoun , MI, taken 27 Apr. 158/158 Leo Bauer, age 7, b. MI, is in the home of his parents, Charles Bauer and Della.
1920 U.S. Census, Athens, Calhoun , MI, taken 6, 7, 8 Jan. 65/69. Leo C. Bauer, son, age 17, is in the home of his parents, Charlie C. Bauer and Della.
The Athens Times, Thursday, May 15, 1924. Base Ball Cripples Two of Bauer Family. Leo Bauer and Geo. Forward arrived here a few days ago from Chicago to spend a week at the home of the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charley Bauer, but Leo is destined to remain considerably longer, for on Sunday, while playing catch, he jumped for the ball and in falling broke both bones of his right leg below the knee. The sign must have been wrong for members of the Bauer family, for Leo's cousin, Lester E. Bauer, a medical student at the U. of M., is carrying his right hand in splints, as the result of having his fingers broken while playing catch at the Alpha Kappa Kappa fraternity house. The first ball he attempted to catch evidently had the "stuff" behind it, for this was the one that winged him.
WEDDING. The Athens Times, Feb. 1, 1928. C. Leo Bauer Married At Imlay City. A wedding of interest to the young people of Athens took place at the Baptist parsonage in Imlay City on Jan. 17th, 1928, when C. Leo Bauer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bauer, and Miss Marie Bila of Flint were united in marriage by Rev. Frank F. Goodman, pastor of the Imlay City Baptist church. They will reside at 1021 Gladwyn street in Flint, where only recently Mr. Bauer completed a fine new bungalow, and had it all furnished, where he took his bride and where their friends will be welcome.
Marie's parents' names and place of birth received from Edwin D. Hicks ,Homosassa, FL in October 1997.
29111. Alice Agnes Bauer
Information was from Lina Ruth Sager of Battle Creek, sister to Alice.
OBITUARY. The Athens Times, Wednesday, December 14, 1955. Mrs. Alice Clemens, 37, wife of Albert Clemens of Route 1, East Leroy, died at 3:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Sturgis Memorial Hospital after an illness of about one year. She was born in Athens Twp. July 7, 1918, the daughter of Charles and Della (Carpenter) Bauer, and she attended school in Athens. She and Mr. Clemens were married April 28, 1936. Surviving besides her husband and her parents, who live at East Leroy, are four daughters, Charlotte, Charlene, Diane and Linda, and three sons, Duane, Maurice and Myron, all at home; a sister, Mrs. Maurice (Ruth) Sager in Battle Creek; and two brothers, Earl of Battle Creek and Leo of Flint. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon from Spencer Funeral Home, Rev. Sidney Short officiating. Interment Burr Oak Cem..
Albert Edward Clemens
OBITUARY. Battle Creek Enquirer and News, Tuesday, January 17, 1978, page 7A. East Leroy - Albert E. Clemens, 64, of 109 Main St., died Monday in Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, where he had been a patient 10 days. He had been ill two months. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, and was a longtime resident of the East Leroy area. He was employed by Clark Equipment in Battle Creek and retired last May after 30 years of service. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Battle Creek and the Dads Club of VFW Post 5319. Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Irene Eager; daughters, Mrs. Charlotte Vaughn, Miss Charlene Clemens and Mrs. Chester (Linda) Repke, all of Athens, and Mrs. Diane Denning and Mrs. John (Linda) Robbins, both of Union City; sons, Duane Clemens of Bronson, Myron of Athens, Maurice of Battle Creek, Harold Pluff of Assyria and Richard Funk of East Leroy; sisters, Mrs. Clyde (Elsie) Whitmore of Battle Creek, Mrs. Claude (Lena) Huff of Otsego and Mrs. Ollie Linsey of Allegan; brothers, Orrin Clemens of Athens and John of Allegan; 18 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Battle Creek. Arrangements are by Spencer Funeral Home, Athens. Interment Memoral Park Cem., Battle Creek. (Some of these children may be step-children or children by a second marriage. There were seven children surviving at the time of his first wife's death. There are 10 children listed in this obituary.)
34128. Charlene Adell Clemens
Twin to Charlotte Louise Clemens.
Charlene Clemens was of Athens at the time of her father's, Albert E. Clemens,' death according to his obituary in 1978.
OBITUARY. Battle Creek Enquirer and News, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1992, page 2A. Charlene A. Clemens, 53, of 526 Avenue C, Athens, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1992, at home after a long illness. Ms. Clemens was born May 1, 1938, in Battle Creek to Albert and Alice (Bauer) Clemens. She graduated from Athens High School in 1956 and was a factory worker at Aero Motive in Portage, retiring in 1990. She also worked for Research Moldings in Mendon, Progressive Dynamics in Marshall, Clark Equipment from 1971-80, and Lindleys Grocery Store in East Leroy until 1972. She was an avid bingo player. Surviving are a twin sister, Charlotte Smith of East Leroy; sisters, Diane Brunt of Union City and Linda Repke of Athens; brothers, Duane A. Clemens of Coldwater, Maurice "Tige" Clemens of Battle Creek and Myron Clemens of Athens; and several nieces and nephews. A special friend with whom she made her home, Madeline J. Lindley, died on Oct. 9, 1990. Services: Friday at Shaw Estes Funeral Home. Burial: Burr Oak Cemetery, Athens.
29112. Olen Reed Martin
MARRIAGE. Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI. Vol. 9, p. 4, #52. Married 9 Feb 1929 at Battle Creek, Olen Martin, age 23, b. Athens, residing in Battle Creek, occupation: truck driver, father: Bert Martin, mother: Lorraine Carpenter; and Bernita Maurer, age 19, b. Homer, Calhoun , MI, residing in Battle Creek, occupation: stenographer, father: Orin Maurer, mother: Florence Dickinson, witnesses: Irving Walker and Dorothy Walker, both of Battle Creek; officiant: C. A. Brady, MG. Neither had been married previously.
OBITUARY. The Athens Times, Thursday, Mar 26, 1964. Olen R. Martin, 59, 527 S. Avenue A, Athens, a retired Kellogg employee, died at a Battle Creek hospital Saturday a week after admission. He was born in Athens, the son of Bert and Loraine (Carpenter) Martin, and was a lifelong resident of the county. He and Berneita Maurer were married in February 1929. She died Nov. 3, 1951. Besides the Kellogg , he had been employed earlier by Clark Equipment in Battle Creek. Survivors are a son, Daryl B. of Athens; a daughter, Mrs. Michael (Darlene) Parlin of Athens; five grandchildren; a brother, Lester of 98 Allene Ave., Battle Creek. Services were held on Monday at the Spencer Funeral Home with the Rev. David Lutz officiating. Interment Burr Oak Cem..
DEATH. Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI, Vol. 46, p. 31. Died 21 Mar 1964, at Battle Creek Twp., Calhoun , Olen Reed Martin, age 59, b. 20 Mar 1905; father: Bert Martin; mother: Loraine Carpenter; occupation: retired, Kellogg ; spouse: Berneita; buried: 23 Mar 1964, Burr Oak Cem., Athens; informant: Daryl Martin, Athens.
OBITUARY. Battle Creek Enquirer and News, Monday, 5 Nov 1951, p. 9. East Leroy - Mrs. Berneita Martin, 42, wife of Olen Martin, who lives one mile south of here, died at 10:15 p.m. Saturday in a Battle Creek hospital. She had been a patient there for several days. Mrs. Martin was born June 5, 1909, in Homer, daughter of Orian and Florence (Dickinson) Maurer. She was graduated in 1927 from Battle Creek High School. She and Mr. Martin were married in 1928. Mrs. Martin was a member of Central Christian Church and the Mothers' Club of Battle Creek, the North Athens Sunshine Club, the Jingle Club and was president of the East Leroy Parent-Teacher Association. One son, Richard, died in 1939. Surviving are a son, Daryl, and a daughter, Darlene, at home; six brothers: Lyle Maurer of Battle Creek, Donald Sackrider of Climax, Arnold Maurer of Litchfield, Roy Maurer of Homer, Pfc. Norman Maurer in Korea, and Russell Maurer in Muskegon, and two sisters, Mrs. Erwin (Joyce) Gridley of Homer and Mrs. Keith (Jean) Dorr of Gull Lake. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Spencer Funeral Home in Athens, with Dr. John D. Perrin officiating. Burial will be in Burr Oak Cem., Athens.
34135. Richard Martin
Richard died in 1939 according to his mother's obituary.
29113. Lester Bert Martin
Some information was received from Lester B. Martin, Battle Creek, in Nov. 1981. Also chart made by Lorna Carter, Athens, MI was used.
WEDDING. The Athens Times, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1930. Marriage Announced. Mrs. Ada Katz announces the marriage of her daughter, Marjorie, to Lester B. Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Martin, North Athens, which occurred at the home of the Rev. C. A. Brady in Battle Creek on Saturday, October 25th. The double ring ceremony was used. The couple were attended by Miss Rachel Shook of Fulton and Lewis Katz, brother of the bride. The bride wore a becoming gown of blue chiffon and her attendant wore green crepe. Both young people were members of the class of '27 of the Athens high school, and the bride is also a graduate of W.S.T.C. at Kalamazoo. The groom until recently has been employed with the Brown Construction , while Mrs. Martin is teaching her third year in the Seeley district near Climax. For the present Mr. and Mrs. Martin will reside with the bride's mother on South Main Street in Athens.
MARRIAGE. Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI, 1930, Vol. 9, p. 64, #354. Married 25 Oct 1930, at Battle Creek, Lester B. Martin, age 21, residing at Athens, born in Calhoun , MI, occupation: farmer; father: Bert Martin; mother: Lorraine Carpenter; and Marjorie Katz, age 22, residing in Athens, occupation: teacher; father: -- Katz; mother: Ada Trumble; witnesses: Lewis Katz of Athens and Rachel Shook of Fulton; officiant: C. A. Brady, MG, Central Christian Church.
ANNIVERSARY. Battle Creek Enquirer and News, Sunday, Oct. 19, 1980, p. 10B. Open house will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. next Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Bedford Masonic Temple, complimenting Mr. and Mrs. Lester B. Martin of 98 Allene Ave., who will be celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. They ask that there be no gifts. The open house is being given by their daughter, Miss Joann Martin of 26 Miller St. Martin and the former Marjorie Katz of Athens were married Oct. 25, 1930, in Battle Creek, and have resided at the Allene Avenue address the past 43 years. Martin retired as an electrician in 1973 from the Ralston Purina , after 39 1/2 years of service. He is a member of Bedford F&AM Lodge, past high priest and current treasurer of Bedford Royal Arch Masons, a member and past patron of Bedford OES Chapter, a member and past president of the Masonic Temple Association Board of Directors, a past president of the Calhoun County Association of OES, and a member of the Michigan Mallet Club. He also is a member of Battle Creek Commandery Knights Templar and its drill corps, a member of Saladin Temple Shrine of Grand Rapids, the Battle Creek Shrine Club, and the Calhoun Shrine of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. Mrs. Martin retired several years ago as a teacher with the Kalamazoo Public School System. She is a member, past matron and past secretary of Bedford OES Chapter, and a member of the Calhoun Shrine, and a 25-year member of Community Hospital Auxiliary. Mr. and Mrs. Martin are members of Christ United Methodist Church.
OBITUARY. Battle Creek Enquirer and News, Friday, July 5, 1985, p 3B. Lester B. Martin, 76, of 98 Allene Ave. died Thursday in Leila Hospital where he had been a patient since June 16. He had been ill for the past 2 1/2 years. He was born in Leroy Twp. and moved to Battle Creek in 1934 from Athens. He resided at his present address 47 years. He worked for the Ralston Purina for 39 years as an electrician. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and the Bedford Masonic Lodge No. 207, F&AM. . . He is survived by his wife, the former Marjorie B. Katz; and a daughter, Joann L. Martin of 26 Miller Ave. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. Burial in Burr Oak Cem., Athens, MI.
Marjorie B. Katz
OBITUARY. Battle Creek Enquirer and News, Friday, March 19, 1999, p. 4A. Marjorie B. Martin, Battle Creek. Marjorie B. Martin, 91, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, March 17, 1999, at home. She was born March 10, 1908, in Newton Twp. to Charles and Ada (Trumble) Katz. She graduated from Athens High School in 1927 and from Western Michigan Teacher's College in 1932. She was employed as a teacher by the Kalamazoo School District in the 1930's. She married Lester B. Martin on Oct. 25, 1930, in Battle Creek. He died in 1985. Surviving is her niece and caregiver, Marguerite J. Beatty of Battle Creek. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Joann L. Martin in 1993; an infant daughter in 1937; a brother, Lewis Katz in 1992; three half-brothers; and three half-sisters. Services: Monday at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. Burial: Burr Oak Cem., Athens.
34136. Joann Lee Martin
OBITUARY. Battle Creek Enquirer and News, Wednesday, 16 Jun 1993, p 2A. Joann Lee Martin, 59, of Battle Creek, died Monday, June 14, 1993 at Battle Creek Health System/Community Site after a brief illness. Ms. Martin was born Dec. 22, 1933, in Athens to Lester B. and Marjorie B. (Katz) Martin. She was a 1952 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. She was employed 10 years at Union Pump , then was office manager at Holiday Inn for 21 years. For the past 12 years, she was community education secretary with the Lakeview School District. She was a member of Birchwood United Methodist Church and Bedford Chapter 471, OES, and a former board member of the Humane Society-Calhoun Area and secretary of Urbandale/Level Park Area Homecoming Committee. She was a resident of Bedford Hills Village, where she was editor of the Echo and was co-organizer of monthly coffee hours. She enjoyed park activities as well as gardening, animals and the outdoors. Surviving are her mother, Marjorie Martin of Battle Creek. She was preceded in death by her father, Lester in 1985. Services 1 p.m. Friday at Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. Burial in Burr Oak Cem., Athens.
DEATH. Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI. 1991 deaths, #463. Died 25 April 1991 at Battle Creek, Joann Lee Martin, age 59, b. 22 Dec 1933 in Athens, Calhoun , MI, residing at 275 Oak Lawn Drive, Bedford Twp., Calhoun (Battle Creek), father: Lester B. Martin, mother: Marjorie B. Katz, occupation: secretary, public school; informant: Marjorie B. Martin, 275 Oak Lawn Drive, Battle Creek; buried: Burr Oak Cem., Athens.
34137. Janet Kay Martin
Obituary of mother, Ada Katz Martin, said she was preceded in death by an infant daughter in 1937. May 1999 - Donna Hellewell and Elma Carpenter made a visit to Burr Oak Cem., Athens. The marker reads Janey Kay Martin - 1937.
29114. Clarence M. Lafler
1910 U.S. Census, Kalamazoo, Wakeshma, MI, taken 20 April. 184/184 Clarence Lafler, son, MW, age 7/12, b. MI, is in the home of his parents, Edward Lafler and Jennie.
1920 U.S. Census, Kalamazoo, Wakeshma, MI, taken 7, 8, 9 Jan. ED 195, sheet 3B. 62/62 Clarence M. Lafler, son, age 10, is in the home of his parents, Edward F. Lafler and Jennie P.
MARRIAGE. Kalamazoo County Clerk, Kalamazoo, MI, Vol. 10, p. 171, #25,600. Married 1 May 1928 at Battle Creek, Clarence M. Lafler, age 18, b. Fulton, residing in Fulton, occupation: farming, father: Edward Lafler, mother: Jennie Carpenter, and Gladys L. Leedy, age 18, b. Nashville, MI, residing in Battle Creek, occupation: factory worker, father: Glenn Leedy, mother: Bertha Welman, officiant: Warren E. Posey, MG, witnesses: Delphin Furney of Kalamazoo and Florence Leecy (Leedy?), of Battle Creek. Neither had been married previoulsy.
In 1962 Clarence resided near Fulton, Kalamazoo , MI according to his father's obituary.
OBITUARY. Battle Creek Enquirer and News, Monday, May 31, 1976, page A3. Fulton - Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Spencer Funeral Home, Athens, for Clarence Lafler, 60, of Route 1, who died Sunday in Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo, after a long illness. Lafler was a lifelong resident of the area and was a farmer most of his life. He also was a substitute rural mail carrier for 18 years and operated the Fulton Restaurant from 1966-74. He was a member of the First Wesleyan Church in Battle Creek. Lafler is survived by his widow, the former Gladys Leedy; a daughter, Mrs. William (Doris) Loew of Athens; a son, Norman Lafler of Battle Creek, and five grandchildren. Interment S. Fulton Cem., Fulton, MI.
18 Sep 1996 visit to Cem. on 42nd Avenue South, just south of W Avenue in Fulton, MI.
DEATH. Kalamazoo County Clerk, Kalamazoo, MI, vol. 3, p 545. Died 30 May 1976 at Kalamazoo, Clarence M. Lafler, mw, married, age 66, b. 24 Sep 1909 in MI, residing in Wakeshma Township, occupation: postal employee and farmer, father: Edward L. Lafler, mother: Jennie Carpenter, spouse: Gladys Leedy, informant: Mrs. Gladys Lafler; buried 2 June 1976 in South Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, MI.
29116. Glen Marion Griffis
Marriage Records Mason , Mich. Book 4, Page 110, Record #13. Glen M. Griffis 22 of Pentwater b. Custer, md. Mary B. Brennan 21 of Mason b. IL. md. 6 Feb 1926 in Ludington, Mason, Mich. Parents of the Groom: Wm. Griffis & Edna Green. Parents of the Bride: John Brennan and Catherine White. Witnesses: Harry Anderegg of Muskegon & Thelma Griffis of Pentwater. Md. by A. J. Tower, JP. lst. mg for each.
Some information on this family sent to this typist, March 1994 from Phyllis Griffis Dembrouski, of Irons, Mich 49644.
Death Record Oceana , Mich. Book 6, Page 12, Record 7512. Age 76, Parents: William & Edna Griffis. Informant: Marion J. Griffis, Bear Lake, Mich. 49614. Residence of deceased: Riverton, Mich. (Recorded in Mason also, Book 20, page 384.)
North Weare Cem., Lot 109 Addition, "Father": Glen M. 1903 - 1979. "Mother" Mary C. 1904-1978, same stone. On same lot, Marion Jay, "Bud" Griffis, 1942-1985 vet; & Anna Maria Lauber, 1945- same stone. Robert H. Griffis 1932-1934, one stone, Mary C. was Glen Marion's wife, Robert H was a son. Marion Jay was a son & Anna was a daughter-in -law. (Personal visit to Cem. and records in the Historical Society).
Mary Catherine Brennan
Family said she had three sisters that never married and that her parents were from Ireland. Her father lived in Chicago, and is buried in LaMonte, IL., Cem. on bridge. Her mother is buried in the Catholic Cem. in Ludington, Mason, Mich.
Obituary names her children, brothers and sisters and parents. It also said she was preceded in death by a son, Robert, and a Great Grandson, Christopher Terryn. We do not know whose child Christopher is at this time.
Death Records Mason , Mich. Book 20, page 061, Record No._____ Mary Catherine Griffis, female, died 17 Dec 1978, age 74, in Ludington, Mason, Mich. Residence of deceased was Ludington. Husband: Glen Marion Griffis. Father Thomas Brennan, Mother Catherine White. Buried 20 Dec. l978. Informant, Glen Griffis, Pentwater, Mich.
North Weare Cem., Lot 109 Addition, "Father": Glen M. 1903 - 1979. "Mother" Mary C. 1904-1978, same stone. On same lot, Marion Jay, "Bud" Griffis, 1942-1985 vet; & Anna Maria Lauber, 1945- same stone. Robert H. Griffis 1932-1934, one stone. (This was from the Historical Society Records, Hart, Mich.)
Mary C. Brennan is a sister to Thelma's husband, John Brennen, but John's parents are given as Thomas Brennan and Catherine Delaney, and Mary's are Thomas Brennan and Catherine White according to her death certificate. Perhaps Catherine's name was Delaney, then White, then Brennan, or some such combination, or the name Delaney is incorrect. More research is needed here.
34142. Robert H. Griffis
North Weare Cem., Weare Twp. Oceana, Mich. Tombstone, Robert H. Griffis, 1932-1944. He is on the same lot with his parents, Lot 109 Addition. His brother Marion Jay "Bud" Griffis is also on this lot, and a place for his wife, Anna Marie Lauber, who apparently is still living.
29117. M. Harriet or Hattie Griffis
Death was believed to be in Muskegon, Muskegon, Mich. This place has not been validated.
Lamont is believed to be in Cook This has not been validated.