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Nellie Hammond Bondy Gillewie 1891-1942

Mrs Ernest Gillewie, 50, passed away on Monday, March 30, at her home on West Division street following a lingering illness. She had been at Ann Arbor hospital for some time returning in October and has been confined to her bed since that time. She was born here and has lived most of her life in this vicinity. She was a daughter of Judge and Mrs
Dwight Hammond of this city. In 1930 she was united in marriage to Ernest Gillewie who survives her. She is survived by children by a former marriage, Dwight and Ralph Bonday of Detroit and Mrs Evelyn Stocker and Mrs Lucille Lannin of this city. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Stackus Funeral Home, Rev Stanley W Hyde, pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Petoskey officiating. Burial at Maple Lawn.

Dwight Lewis Hammond 1855-1930

Justice Dwight L Hammond, aged 75, kindly known as the "Grand Old Man", of Boyne City, passed from this life on Saturday, Aug 16th. The passing of the Judge, as he was familiarly called, removes from the city a man who was widely known throughout the State and was beloved by all who knew him. He was born Oct 27, 1855 at Angelica, Allegheny County, N Y, and at the age of fourteen was an apprentice in the shoemaking business at Port Allegheny, Pa. In 1878, he married
Miss Emma E Babcock. In 1880, they came to Boyne City, where a few log cabins and Indian Wigwams formed the small population. Later, he established a small shop, making and repairing shoe. This same shop assumed dignity, later on, as a lawyer's office. A struggling, young practitioner came under the notice of Mr Hammond and he offered him half of the shop for his office. A friendship sprang up between this young man and his benefactor, that was more firmly cemented as the years passed by. This young lawyer is now a wealthy business man, Mr L F Knowles, of Detroit, with offices in the Penobscot building. Mr Hammond was his guest for several months in Florida, when his health began to fail some two years ago. In 1887, he was elected Justice of the Peace, and has held that office continuously, making forty-two years of service. In dealing with all who came under the displeasure of the law, his decisions were always tempered with mercy, and many a young man, who heeded his counsel, is a substantial citizen today. Mr and Mrs Hammond were always ready with the helping hand, and his passing is felt with sadness throughout the community. He was a man who loved the open, with hunting and fishing and his spare time also spent in trapping. In one of his trips he broke through the thin ice in crossing a stream and with difficulty reaching the shore, his clothing soaked and the temperature below freezing. Arriving at home, his feet were dicovered to be frozen, which finally necessitated amputation at the instep. Though handicapped, thus, for the continuance of the more strenuous part of his favorite pastimes, he still spent many happy hours in his boat in the summer months, and could be found in a cozy fish shanty on the ice when the weather was not too severe. Besids his wife, Emma, he is survived by two daughters, Nelly, of Boyne City, and Mrs Clara Seeley, of Seattle, Wash, and six sons, Harry, of Tekonsha, Mich, Clinton, of Boyne City; Lewis, of Kalamazoo; Carl, of Buffalo; Fred of Kalamazoo and Frank of Boyne City, also eighteen grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the M E Church. Elder Allen Schreur of the Latter Day Saints conducted the services. Interment in Maple Lawn. The pall bearers were W W Bailey, J M Harris, Floyd Newville, Clarence Schaub, and Dr Furman.

Emma E (Babcock) Hammond 1857-1935

Mrs Dwight L Hammond, 78, passed away at the home of her daughter,
Mrs Ernest J Gilliwee, West Division street, Thursday morning. She sustained a broken hip several weeks ago and did not fully recover. Born Emma E Babcock, at Penn Yan, N Y, she was united in marriage to Dwight L Hammond at Pleasant Valley, Pa, in 1878. They had resided in Boyne City for the past fifty years, the husband passing away in 1930. Surviving are six sons and two daughters, Harry and Lewis, Teconsha, Mich; Carl, Lansing; Fred, Grand Rapids; Clinton and Frank, Boyne City; Mrs Clara Belle Seeley, Seattle, Wash; and Mrs Nellie Gilliwee, Boyne City. The funeral took place Saturday afternoon from her daughter's home, Elder Allen Schurer, of Gaylord, officiating. Burial at Maple Lawn.

We wish to thank all of our friends and neighbors for the beautiful floral offerings and sympathy in the hour of our great loss. Also the singers, Miss Emma Sanquist and Mrs Dell Mitchell, and the neighbors who so kindly called on mother and helped to shorten the hours of her illness.
Mr and Mrs E J Gilliwie
Mr Clinton Hammond
Mr Frank Hammond
Mr Carl Hammond


From Detroit newspaper dated October 16, 1950


Boyne City, Mich. Oct. 16 - William J. Pearson, President of the state's shortest railroad, and a political figure in Michigan for more than 50 years, died Sunday. He was 91. Mr. Pearson was lured away from a teaching profession in 1888 when he joined the fight to make Charlevoix the County seat of Charlevoix County. He went on to hold several elective offices. While in the legislature, Mr. Pearson was credited with giving the late Gov. Frank Fitzgerald his start. Pearson got young Fitzgerald a job as a page in the Capitol. In 1932, as governor, Fitzgerald appointed Mr. Pearson to the State Conservation Commission. Owner of a lumber mill and grocery store, Mr. Pearson organized and became president of the Boyne City Railroad Co., a seven-mile line between Boyne City and Boyne Falls."


Mrs. Sarah Altheda Soule, aged 54 years, "fell asleep" Tuesday, Aug. 24, after a severe illness of nearly three months. She was born in York (sic) State, spent her girlhood days in Canada and after the family had moved to Michigan she was married to Nelson Soule and lived in Boyne Falls more than twenty years. She is survived by her husband, her dauther Genevive Wakeman, her mother Mrs. Esther Burrows, her sister Jennie Judd and her three brothers Frank ,
Martin and Hon. W.J. Pearson. Funeral services were held in the M.E. church, Thursday afternoon with many friends and relatives in attendance and on Friday the body was laid beside that of her father in the Springvale cemetery. She was member of the Maccabee lodge and of the M.E. Church were she served as steward, district steward and Sunday School teacher and was faithful in all religious work. Her home life was marked by faithfulness, wherefor in the funeral services the pastor read the parable of "The Talents' and spoke from the words "Well Done Good and Faithful Servant." She did not care for superficial things, but lived a plain heroic life. She had strong presentments that the end was near when first taken ill, but she said "it's all right" and those who knew her life rest assured that all is well with her.


Mrs. Frank Pearson died at her home in Boyne Falls on the morning of Jan. 12th. She was born at Pontiac, Mich., and moved to Springvale when 13 years old. She was one of the best known school teachers in Charlevoix county previous to her marriage, when 19 years old, to Frank Pearson. She was the mother of five children, one of whom, besides her husband survives her. The three oldest, a boy and two girls, perished in the fire when the home at Springvale burned one cold winter morning in February three years ago. Since then the mother's health has been failing. She was a patient sufferer. Many warm friends of the family who knew her cheerfulness and kindness mourn her death. The funeral was held at Springvale conducted by Rev. A. W. Baker, of Boyne Falls. She was a member of the United Brethren church. Interment took place in the cemetery at Springvale beside her children.

JAMES PEARSON (1829 - 1904)

James Pearson, father of
Sheriff W.J. Pearson, died at his home in Chandler township Sunday, at an advanced age. Mr. Pearson located in Chandler township twenty one years ago, coming there from near Pontiac. All of his five children were present at the funeral, which was the largest in the history of that township. Deceased was a man of sterling character. - Charlevoix Sentinel.

MARTIN J. (MARK) PEARSON (1864 - 1946)

Mark Pearson, 82, died early Saturday at his home in Springvale Township, where he had been a resident for 33 years. Mr. Pearson was born in Oakland County, April 20, 1864, and he lived near Chandler Hill for 20 years previous to moving to Springvale Township. He is survived by widow, Josie, a niece Mrs. Mable Lund, and Abraham Buker, who made their home with the Pearsons; and one brother,
William Pearson, of Boyne City. The funeral will be Tuesday, at 2 p.m., at the Peters Funeral Home with the Rev. F.F. Manville officiating. Burial sill be at Silver Lake cemetery, Wolverine.

Boyne Citizen - January 6, 1944

James Marion Massey was born May 9th 1858 and departed this life Dec 29th, 1943 at the age of 86 years 7 months and 20 days. He was born in Clinton County, Michigan. In 1884 he was married to Miss
Caroline Martin who preceded him in death.
To this union seven children were born of whom four are living.
He leaves to mourn his loss the four children: Leon Massey of Boyne Falls, Fred Massey of Boyne Falls, Mrs James Veerschoof of Kalamazoo, Mich, and Cleo Massey of Boyne Falls; 29 grand children, 15 great grand children and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Boyne Falls Methodist Church with Rev J M DeVinney officiating. Interment was in the Boyne Falls Cemetery.

Boyne Citizen - September 16, 1887

Mrs FOGELBERG (1823 - 1887)

Boyne Fa lls - Mrs Fogelberry, mother of Mrs Jepson, was buried last Saturday. She leaves a husband and four daughters who have the sympathy of the community in this, their loss.
Note: The correct name was FOGELBERG, she was born 1823 in Sweden.

One of East Jordan's Earliest Settlers.

Was First Postmaster When Office Was Established--Business Houses Close.

W. F. Empey passed away at his home on State St., in this city Sunday morning, October 10th, 1920, the cause of his death being a complication of diseases coupled with old age.
William Fletcher Empey was one of East Jordan's earliest pioneers. He was born near Kingston, Ontario, January 26, 1840. He came to Michigan in 1866 and located at East Jordan in 1874 when this region was a wilderness and the place as yet un-named. He built and conducted a general store and was the first post-master.
Mr. Empey was the first settler at this point. For several years he was connected with the lumbering interests and had traveled over this part of the state locating pine land for a Toledo firm. In 1874 he built a store on the eastern shore of the south arm and the following year began putting up the first building on the present site of East Jordan for a store. About this time a blacksmith named John Vote came along and Mr. Empey induced him to locate here.
In June, 1877, a postoffice was established and Mr. Empey was appointed postmaster. When the office was about to be established the question of a name for the settlement came up. Mr. Empey sent a number of names to the department but they were rejected on account of there being other offices of the same name; at last he sent among others that of East Jordan, which was adopted. Mr. Empey carried on his store, also handled wood and bark and engaged in farming. In the fall of 1888 his store building was destroyed by fire.
Mr. Empey was united in marriage to Ellen F. Brotherton in September, 1879, at Petoskey. She passed away April 17, 1898. In 1909 he was united in marriage to Hattie Smith of Illinois, who survives him, together with three brothers. Ephriam of Banks township, Antrim County, John of near Ellsworth, and Charles of Lansing.
Mr. Empey was a charter member of Jordan River Lodge F. & A. M.
Funeral services were held from his late home Tuesday, October 12, at 2:00 p. m., conducted by Rev. John Duncan, and under the auspices of East Jordan Lodge No. 379, F. & A. M. Interment at East Jordan cemetery. As a mark of esteem the business houses will be closed for the day.

Charlevoix Courier, Charlevoix, Michigan, Wednesday, January 23, 1917:



J. A. Cameron, For Many Years Resident Here, Passes Away at Ripe Age of 81 Years

Died, at Fort Worth, Texas, December 16, 1917, J. A. Cameron, better known by his friends as "Uncle Alec," who had been a well-known resident of this city, at intervals, for nearly fifty of the eighty one years of his life. and54tuagrIoSNYjyears Mich. (this is exactly as shown in the paper)
Born, in Canada, of Scotch parents, his was a long and eventful career, in which he was always found doing his share of what was to be done; whether clearing a backwoods farm in Canada or mining in the northwest, raising cotton in Texas or breaking and shipping horses from Texas to northern Michigan. He was the husband of three estimable women and the father of ten children, six of whom survive him and are a credit to their parents and the communities in which they reside.
He was a member for many years of the Masonic order and of the Odd Fellows and although blind for the last twenty years of his life was a regular attendant at their meetings until the infirmities of age prevented.
"Uncle Alec" was a champion wrestler and there were few who cared to meet him as such, even in his later years. Always an accomplished dancer, he was ever welcome in the ballroom and as an entertainer, he had few equals. Generous to a fault and hospitable to a degree no one ever left his house hungry or asked for assistance of any kind in vain.
Those who knew him best loved him most and we can safely say that few men of such an advanced age, after so active a life, have so many friends and so few enemies.

Boyne Citizen, Boyne City, MI

Funeral services for Alexander Fultz were conducted from the Methodist church, Monday afternoon, November 14, 1949, at 2 p.m. with Rev. H. C. Alexander in charge, with burial at Maple Lawn.
Mr. Fultz was born in Kentucky, July 15, 1872. He came to the vicinity of Boyne City in 1906, bringing his family to Boyne City in 1911. He was a saw filer for White Lumber Company for many years.
On Friday morning about 9:30, he took his car and trailer and went to the Michigan Public Service Dam, about 2 1/2 miles out of town for a load of cedar kindling. Failing to return home, his aged wife became alarmed and decided that something must be wrong. Mr. Fred M. Leslie, manager of Michigan Public Service Co., and Rev. H.C. Alexander drove out there and found him dead about 5:30 p.m. of coronary thrombosis.
Surviving relatives are his wife, Mary Belle; a daughter, Mrs. Elmer Adelblue; two sons, Paul and [William E.] Dick Fultz of Lansing; a sister, Mrs. Lyle Sparks of Mancelona; three brothers, Andrew Fultz of Mancelona, David and Charles Fultz of Grayson, Kentucky; five grand children and five great grand children.

Carolina Martin Massey

Mrs. James Massey passed away at her farm home Thursday, June 1, 1939. Mrs. Massey was born October 10, 1869. Survived by her husband,
James Massey, three sons, Cleo, Fred, and Leon, all of Boyne Falls, a daughter Mrs. Lena (Arthur) Golden of Kalkaska, 28 grand children and 7 great grand children. Funeral services were held at the home June 4 with Rev. Buck in charge. Many out-of-town relatives and friends attended the funeral.

Joseph Edwin King

Charlevoix Courier, April 16, 1919
Death Takes Well Known Charlevoix Resident in Jos. E. King

Joseph E. King was born, March 22, 1845 in Hancock County, Illinois and passed away at his home on Antrim Street, Wednesday, April 16, a complication of diseases, causing his death. In the fall of 1864 Mr. King moved to Charlevoix County. On June 18, 1877 he was united in marriage to Alice Jane Burns of Charlevoix. Surviving are three sons who are now living in Chicago, one son at home, a daughter, Pearl, of Milwaukee and Ida of Detroit. Mr. King with his family moved to this city in 1889, where he found employment as a mill hand, remaining with the Charlevoix Lumber Co. for several years.
Deceased was a member of the Methodist church for several years, lived a christian life, was a kind father and good neighbor. The time for funeral services have not been completed as they are awaiting the arrival of the children from out of town.

Alice Jane Burns King

Charlevoix Courier December 19, 1928
Mrs. Alice Jane King Died in Chicago Last Saturday

Mrs. Alice Jane King, widow of the late Edwin King, a former resident of Charlevoix, died in Chicago last Saturday where she has resided for the past nine years. Following the funeral service held in Chicago last Monday the body was brought to Charlevoix Tuesday and the interment made in Brookside Cemetery Wednesday afternoon. Prior to her marriage to Edwin King she was Miss Alice Jane Burns. She was born in Bradford County, PA, in 1857, but lived in this state the major part of her lifetime and with her husband, who passed away nine years ago, came to Charlevoix over a half century ago. Following the death of her husband she moved to Chicago, remaining there until her death.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Pearl Dorsch of Milwaukee and Mrs. Ida A. Rosenberger of Detroit and four sons, George, Joseph and Lee of Chicago and Sam King of this city.