Cass City Enterprise: Caught on the Fly, 1891

Extracted and Contributed by Don Rickwalt

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Deford: Jan 9, 1891

J R Lewis spent New Year's Day in Lapeer County.

Feb 27, 1891

Obit: Joseph Bingelman and old resident and one of the early settlers of the township of Evergreen died at his home Monday. He was respected by all who knew him, and an honest and hardworking citizen. he leaves a wife and a large family, mostly grown to manhood and womanhood to mourn his departure, all of whom have the deepest sympathy of the entire community. The funeral occurred on Wednesday and was largely attended.

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Mar. 20, 1891

Obit:  Mrs David Soles died on Sunday at one o'clock pm at the residence of her daughter, Mrs Charles Spencer after an illness of 6 months. Deceased was 69 years of age and respected by all who knew her. She leaves a husband and a large family to mourn her loss. Funeral occurred at the Baptist Church on Monday and was largely attended. The husband and family have the deepest sympathy of the entire community.

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March 27, 1891

Caught on the Fly: Sickness in J R Lewis Family.

April 3, 1891

Arthur, youngest child of J R Lewis who has been very low, is slowly gaining.

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April 10, 1891

Obit:  Died at her home on Monday in this village Mrs Fletcher Cross, aged 29 years. Deceased leaves a husband and three small children besides a large circle of warm friends to mourn her death. The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church and was well attended. The husband and little ones have the tender sympathy of all in this community.

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April 10, 1891

Obit:  Died--At his home in Deford, April 1, Arthur youngest child of Josiah R and Minerva J Lewis age 8 years 7 months and 15 days. His remains were interred in the Novesta cemetery on the 2nd inst. Rev M Karr officiating. Our news this week is solemn indeed. Death has entered the abode of our neighbor and taken a loved one from the home. It is meet that we mingle our sorrow with those that mourn that we sympathize with the stricken with that sympathy that will help lighten their grief by showing that if possible we should willingly bear a part. Still no acts of kindness no words of condolence can assuage the poignant grief of a parent's heart when there child is called away. Time and silence is the only balm in the morning of his life he has entered that sleep we call death. No struggle with this unfriendly world will he be called to endure. No dark afflictions of sorrow will be his. If we stay here life's full day, it is not very long smiles and tears pleasure and pain sunshine and clouds, a few " hasty greetings and abrupt farewells" then closes the earthly scenes. Who knows that the change comes too soon or that this life should be lengthened out. How little we know of what afflictions may await us in the future when we have done our duty wisdom whispers, be reconciled. He has but passed through the veil of darkness to a summer clime unclothed of that wasteth and why call it death. " An angel form walks ore the earth with silent tread. He bears our best loved ones away and then we call them dead" When only a change has taken place, and they have left behind that which would be of no value in performing in the other scene. There must be a land where clouds hide not the sun for every holy prompting of our minds makes such a demand and is every good desire finds a response we know that beyond this life is a perpetual summer day.

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Following Card of Thanks:

To our friends and neighbors we return heartfelt gratitude for their assistance during the illness of our child that has now gone to rest. Should affliction be theirs we trust they may find friends as kind and willing as we have found. Truly, Josiah R Lewis and family.

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April 24, 1891

Obit: Died: In Wells Twp, on Sat 18th of April, Aurellius P Zander of Ellington after an illness of several weeks resulting from paralysis. He went to his son-in-law Alva Phelp's  for a visit and was taken worse so he could not be moved home and after severe suffering he died as above stated. His funeral discourse was preached by Rev L Clarks, MP at the ME church in Ellington on Monday afternoon and was buried in Ellington Cemetery.

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April 24, 1891

Obit: Died in Ellington on Sunday afternoon, April 12 at 4pm Erwin J Hutchinson, son of Ozias and Lucinad Hutchinson, aged 20 years 6 months and one day, of that dread disease consumption. Erwin has been a great sufferer through the winter and spring so far and slowly but surely his disease wore upon him until he became very much reduced in flesh and almost a skeleton and still there was no relief for him. Although young in years his suffering was great but he is now at rest. He gave the assurance to his friends that he had found his savior and was ready and willing to go. At half past 2 he told those present that in one and a half hours they would come with a boat to carry him over the river and at just 4 o'clock he breathed his last. His funeral took place at half pat 2 in the afternoon of the 14th. Rev Mr Bacon officiating, aided by Rev L Clark. Considering the stormy wet day, there was a large attendance at his funeral. His remains were laid rest in Ellington cemetery.

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May 8, 1891

Obit: Fredrick Broad:

Frerick Broad notable citizen and resident of Pontica died on Tuesday of heart failure at his residence on Lawrence Street. From youth to ripe manhood he was confidential clerk in the old dry goods establishment of J Butterfield and for many years past he was a trusty agent of A C McGraw and company , the boot and shoe manufacturer of Detroit, and for several years prior to his death was an active business partner of that firm. The deceased by his energy and industry had secured a competence and owned considerable property. He was a Knight Templar standing high in that order. For a number of years he traveled throughout this part of Michigan and was well known in Vassar, Caro, and Cass City by a large number of friends and customers. He was 47 years old and leaves a widow and two children.

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May 29, 1891

Widow Lewis who lives South of here is very sick.

June 12, 1891

Caught on the fly: Caro will be lighted by electricity within 90 days.

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July 17, 1891

Deford: Female clerks in both our stores.

July 24, 1891

Caught on the Fly: John Pettit died July 23 aged 84 years. The funeral will be held at the Presbyterian Church, Sunday July 26 at 1030 am. Friends will assemble at the home at 10am.

July 31, 1891

Caught on the Fly: Caro Advertiser says John Hefflebower aged 68 years died suddenly last week of heart disease near Cass City. Mr Heflebower is a lively corpse.

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July 31, 1891

Obit: John Petitt, was born in Kent England March 9, 1807 and died in Cass City at his late residence on Thursday July 23rd, 1891, aged 84 years four months and 14 days. Mr Petit came to Canada in 1837 and to Lapeer County Michigan in 1856 and to Cass City in 1874 where he resided until his recent death. He was married to Ann Maria Wood in 1830 and to them were born 10 children nine of who are living and 7 followed their beloved father to his last resting place. Of late years Mr Pettitt was a constant sufferer and his last days were days of intense pain, but he bore all these patiently and without a complaint. Now he is at rest and his suffering is over. As a neighbor and citizen he was loved and respected by all and his familar face will be missed by many. The funeral was held at the Presyterian Church of Cass City, Sabbath July 26, 1891 conducted by the pastor and A A MacKenzie undertaker. a large number of friends gathered to pay their respects to the deceased. Interment was made in the Cass City cemetery.

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