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Willis J Willson 1868-1948

From Boyne Citizen March 1948

Funeral Services were held at the Stone Funeral Home Sunday for Willis J. Willson, 79, of Powers, who died at Escanaba Hospital Friday, March 12th, following an illness of 3 weeks. The Rev. Fr. Hugolemus Kiener O.F.M. officiating. Mr Willson was a former resident of Boyne City but has been residing with his daughter Mrs Eli Bellefenial, Powers. He is survived by a son Milo Willson, a teacher at Rockford, Ill.,and two nephews, Lyle and Kenneth Willson of Petoskey and a sister-in-law Mrs V.J. Kahler of Petoskey; and 9 grandchildren.

From Boyne Citizen #37 Oct. 14, 1943

Death Claims John Nulph

John Charles Nulph, for the past sixty five years a native of Northern Michigan passed away at his home on Thursday, October 7th. He had attained the age of eighty - one years and eleven months. Mrs. Nulph preceded him in death about a year ago on September 26, 1942.
There remains to mourn his passing four daughters, Mertle Welsh, Mrs. Jesse Graham, Mrs. Bertha O'Shea, Mrs. Bessie Johnson, also two sons, Mr. William Nulph and Mr. Alva Nulph, as well as nine grandchildren, two sisters, and two brothers.
The final services were held 3 pm Sunday afternoon from Stackus Funeral Home, with Rev. John Wyngarden officiating. Interment at Maple Lawn.
More on the Nulph family

Annie Holland 1st wife of John C. F. Nulph

From the pages of the Boyne Citizen Volume 12 issue 12 Thursday January 21, 1892

The young wife of John Nulph, of Bay Springs, died Sunday night under very distressing circumstances. She was taken with convulsions a few hours after the birth of her child and never rallied. Her mother and sister came from Clare, her former home, and the body was taken to that place for interment on Wednesday. The bereaved husband has the sympathy of the entire community.

(Mary E. Brown 2nd wife of John C. F. Nulph
From Boyne Citizen #35 Oct. 1, 1942

Death Claims Mrs. John Nulph

Mrs. John C. Nulph, 77 passed away Saturday at her home on Silver St. Following a lingering illness. She was born in Markdale, Canada, and came to this country when a young woman. She was united in marriage to John Nulph in Boyne City, Jan 1, 1895, and since has resided here. Besides her husband, she is survived by Mrs. Bertha O'Shea, Ecorse Mich., Willam, Alvah and Mrs. Bessie Johnson of Boyne City; a son Bryan, died in 1914, and a daughter in 1940, Also two stepdaughters, Mrs. Myrtle Welch of Calif., and Mrs Jesse Graham, of Shepard, Mich., and 8 grandchildren. The family were all in the city to attend the funeral, with the exception of Mrs. Welch. The Funeral took place Monday afternoon from the Stackus Funeral Home, the Rev. John Wyngarden officiating. Burial at Maple Lawn

From Boyne Citizen November 28, 1940 Issue # 43
Laura E. Nulph Succumbs Suddenly

Services Will Be Held Here Friday

Laura E. Nulph daughter of Mr. and Mrs John Nulph of 137 Silver St. passed away in a Detroit Hospital on Tuesday evening after a brief illness.
She is survived by her parents, 4 sisters, Mrs Jesse Graham of Shepherd; Mrs. Bertha O'Shea of Detroit; Mrs. Mertia Welsh of Los Angeles; Mrs Bessie Jolls of Boyne City; and two brothers William Nulph of Boyne City and Elva Nulph of RFD 2.
Last rites will be held from the Stackus funeral chapel here Friday at 2:30 pm. Interment will be at Maple Lawn.

From Page 1 of the Boyne Citizen Volume LII, Issue #13 Thursday March 29, 1928


The whole Town was thrown into mourning last week by the sudden death of Arthur J. Clute, 25 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Clute.
The Funeral Services were held in the Methodist church on Friday at 3 pm.The large auditorium was filled and crowds, unable to get in lined the walks. All business places in Boyne City were closed for two hours, during the funeral services which were in charge of Elder Allen Schreur of Gaylord.
Arthur was laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery. A blanket of flowers six feet wide by ten feet long covered the grave. The many floral offerings, the closing of the business places and the large crowd at the funeral all testified to the place which he held in the hearts of the people of Boyne City.
The sorrowing family have the sympathy of the entire community.
More on the Clute family

Alice A. Malpass
Passes Beyond




Friday, Feb. 2, 1951, marked the closing of one life and the beginning of another for Alice Ann Malpass. Her death, at the age of 86, ends a pioneer existence of faithfulness unusual in this age.

She was born in Bilston, Staffordshire, England, May 15, 1864, and was brought to this country at the age of six by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ward Round.

On Sept. 7, 1882, in Traverse City, she was united in marriage to Wm. E. Malpass.

With the love of God in both their hears, these two young people worked to lay the foundation for a Christian home. They became members of the newly organized Presbyterian Church soon after coming to East Jordan in 1883, and entered wholeheartedly into the work. Mrs. Malpass was a member of East Jordan Study Club 31 years and was keenly interested in educational and civic affairs. She was a veritable encyclopedia and happy when she could help all children when she could help all children find the answers to their problems.

To them were born eight girls and five boys. Through the trying years of pioneer life they raised all their children to adulthood. Mr. Malpass passed away on Jan. 6, 1944.

Mrs. Malpass is survived by three son: Charles, Richard and Theodore, all of East Jordan; Six daughters, Mrs. W. C. Severance (Marion), Bellaire: Mrs. Tony Galmore (Grace), East Jordan: Mrs. Linus Palmer (Ruth), Grandville: Mrs. Albert Nesman (Alice), Acme; and Mrs. Lester Schultz (Dorothea), Bay City, Fifty-two grandchildren and seventy-five great grandchildren. Two sisters, Mrs. Emily Brown, Traverse City; and Mrs. Marian Harris, Bandon, Oregon; two brothers, Harry and Dan Round, both of Traverse City.

One of her favorite poems, of which she knew many was:


All day, all night, I can hear the jar
Of the loom of life, and nears ends for
It thrills with its deep and muffled sounds
As its tireless wheels go always round.

Busily, ceaselessly, goes the loom
In this light of day and the midnight gloom
The wheels are turning early and late,
And the woof is wove in warp of fate.

Click! Clack! there's a thread of love wove in:
Click! Clack! and another of wrong and sin.
What a checkered thing will this life be
When we see it unrolled in eternity.

Time, with a face like a mystery
And hands as busy as hands can be,
Sits at the loom with its warps outspread
To catch in its meshes each glancing thread.

When shall this wonderful web be done?
In a hundred years, perhaps, or one.
Or tomorrow, who knoweth: Not you nor I
But the wheels turn on, and the shuttles fly.

Oh sad eyed weaver; the years are slow
But each one is nearer the end I know---
Some day, the last thread shall be wove in,
God grant it be love, instead of sin.

Are we spinners of warp, for this life web say?
Do we furnish the weaver a thread each day?
It were better, then, O, my friends to spin
A beautiful thread, than a thread of sin.



Mrs. Malpass put herself in the hands of God and his light shone through her in a pattern of love, loyalty and courage. She had a qualify of compassion and "her children called her blessed." She never wasted her strength on inconsequential things but used it where it was need most. She had no desire for personal glory. She needed no outwards show of attire to enhance her looks. The beauty of her soul shone through.

Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Feb 4, 1951, at 2:30 p.m., conducted by the pastor, Rev. Edward O Dehaven. Interment at Sunset Hill, East Jordan.

Those from away attending the service were the following:--- Dan Round, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Round, Charles Round, Miss Frances Round, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Round, Mr. and Mrs. Ward Round, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Round, all of Traverse City; Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Malpass, Frank Bretz, Otto Bretz, Mrs. Wm. Severance Mr. and Mrs. Frank Severance and Frank Jr., Mr. and Mrs. John Severance, Mr. and Mrs. Jason Shinn, Bellaire; Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Schultz and sons, Duane and James, Bay City; Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Palmer, Grandville; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Nesman, Acme; Mr. and Mrs. A J. Dudek, Petoskey; Miss Evelyn Malpass, Miss Eva Malpass, Grand Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. William Schmide, Flint; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Saxton, Hillman; Mrs. F. M Edwards, Jackson.

Passing of the Last of Charlevoix
County's Pioneer Industrial Leaders


The death of William Ellis Malpass last Thursday, January 6, marked the passing of the last of Charlevoix County's pioneer industrial leaders. Like the pioneers who had preceded him in death he had a colorful personality, an indomitable will power, a devotion to business and a contagious enthusiasm. He had a rugged individualism, and lived in a time when without it, the development of this region would have been impossible.

He was born near Dursley, in Glouscestershire, England, on January 8, 1863 and died two days short of attaining 81 years of age. His parents were Alpheus and Mary Caroline Malpass.

He had an innate love for adventure and left the paternal home at the age of sixteen to carve out his fortune in the newer and rapidly developing country of abounding possibilities. He brought with him a physical body, like tempered steel, a flaming ambition, and intrepid courage, a zest to live life to the full and an unfaltering trust in God.

He learned the foundry business in Detroit and in Elk Rapids and in 1882 he was married to Miss Alice Ann Round of Traverse City. In 1883 his brother, James brought out Mr. Round and the foundry became the East Jordan Iron Works. Over 20 years ago James Malpass retired from the Company and during the recent past three sons: Wm. H., Richard, Theodore; and a grandson, Wm. E. II, have been associated with Mr. Malpass in the growing of the East Jordan Iron Works.

When Mr. Malpass saw that the (?) would come an end to the saw mill industry in East Jordan he knew that he must adventure and seek other lines of work if the business were to continue. He then branched out, developed his work and built up an important equipment, especially with the City of Detroit.

This with other lines, has greatly increased the importance of the Iron Works to the City of East Jordan. While others have had a part in this much of it has been due to the skillful planning, stern application, good workmanship and strict integrity of Mr. Malpass. During the past two years Mr. Malpass has taken pleasure in the fact that a part of the product of the Iron Works has traversed the region of the Biblical Garden of Eden on it's way to Russia to aid in the magnificent war effort of the country

For many years Mr. Malpass was one of the larger employers of labor in Charlevoix County. Mr. Malpass had a keen sense of responsibility in his work. During the darkest days of the depression he took business there could be no profit, and on which there might be a loss in order to give employment to as many men as possible.

Mr. Malpass was always interested in public affairs. For twenty years he was a member of the School Board. He had bee a director of Sate Bank of East Jordan for over 25 years, and was vice president of the bank at the time of his death. He was an ardent "dry", whose efforts to make Charlevoix County "dry" were successful in the historic campaign of 1909.

He was a man of deep religious conviction. He was staunch defender of "the faith once given to the saints' and for over 60 years was an officer and a loyal supporter of the East Jordan Presbyterian church. Up to the time of failing health he was always ready to go with his pastor to call upon the sick, or to present the power of the Cross of Christ to any whom he thought might respond to an invitation.

He had been in poor health for over a year and the earthly chapter of his life came to an end Thursday night, January 6.

He is survived by his wife Alice Ann; four sons' Charles, William H., Richard and Theodore, all of East Jordan; six daughters; Mrs. W. C. Severance (Marion) of Bellaire, Mrs. Frank Bretz (Kate) of Detroit, Mrs. Tony Galmore (Grace) of East Jordan, Mrs. Linus Palmer (Ruth) of Benzonia, and Mrs. Lester Schultz (Dorothea) of Bay City; 48 grand children and 28 great grand children, Eight grandsons and four grandson-in-law are in the armed service of the government. There also survive a brother, James of Muskegon, and a sister, Mrs. Jane Hancock of Dursley, Glouscestershire, England.

The funeral service was held at the Presbyterian Church, Saturday afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev C. W. Sidebotham. The interment was in Sunset Hill.

Traverse City Record Eagle April 8, 1906

Death of R. W. Round

At ten minutes to 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, Richard W. Round, one of the best known Traverse City citizens peacefully closed his eyes and entered on the long sleep. Sick and suffering since February last, the end was a gentle relief to the weary boy. At his bedside were his children and his wife and the news that his spirit had passed caused sincere sorrow throughout the city.

Last February Mr. Round was stricken with paralysis. His boy was strong but years of toil had told and insidiously and silently the disease gained the mastery until about a week ago he was compelled to take to his bed. All day today

Death of R. W. Round

At ten minutes to 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, Richard W. Round, one of the best known Traverse City citizens peacefully closed his eyes and entered on the long sleep. Sick and suffering since February last, the end was a gentle relief to the weary boy. At his bedside were his children and his wife and the news that his spirit had passed caused sincere sorrow throughout the city.

Last February Mr. Round was stricken with paralysis. His boy was strong but years of toil had told and insidiously and silently the disease gained the mastery until about a week ago he was compelled to take to his bed. All day today it was known that it was but a matter of time until the spirit would be released.

Richard Round has been a prominent citizen of Traverse City for many years. He was alive to the best interest of the town and served for two terms on the board of education, resigning to take a seat on the council where he served for about the same time. He was an authority on iron and his foundry was one of the best known in the north.

Richard W. Round was of sturdy British stock. He was born May 4, 1841, in Birmingham, near London, and was the son of Daniel and Rebecca (Ward) Round. Until he was 10 years of age he attended various parochial and private schools, after that entering a rolling mill where he learned his trade, continuing his schooling for about two years by night study.

In 1869 he left England and come to Canada, where he worked three years as a journeyman, finally coming to Detroit in 1873. After working there a year he went to Port Huron where he operated a foundry for eight years very successfully with his brother in law, Mr. Rudge. Disposing of his interest, he went to Detroit where he organized a foundry, the firm being Jackson & Round. Leaving Detroit he spent some time in Manistee and Grand Rapids, coming here in 1882, where he remained a year going to East Jordan, where he formed a partnership with his son-in-law, William Malpass remaining there four years and then going south where he worked for some time as a journeyman. Coming to this city, he organized a foundry in company with Cash Monroe, leaving the firm to become a member of the Traverse City Iron Work, the firm being Thiriby, Jackson, Calkins & Round. He sold out and seven years ago organized the present business conducted by himself and his sons.

He was married in 1863 at Birmingham, England, to Miss Mary Hichin, a native of England. In addition to his wife Mr. Round leaves two sons, four daughters, and twenty one grandchildren, three being dead. The sons are Harry and Dan, both of this city and the daughters are: Mrs. William Brown, Traverse City: Mrs. William Malpass, East Jordan: Miss Florence K Round, Seattle, and Mrs. Harry L. Harris, Miles City, Montana.

Mr. Round was a prominent Knights Templar, a member of the Elks, of the United Workmen and for many years of the North American Iron Molders union.


>From Monday's Record:

A most decided tribute of regard was paid to the funeral services at the family home on Boardman avenue yesterday afternoon. The funeral was held under the auspices of Traverse City loge, No. 222, F. & A. M, of which Mr. Round was an esteemed member. The services at the house were conducted by Rev J. W. Miller. At the grave the regular Masonic Funeral ritual was conducted by Grand Master John Rowson of Grand Rapids, and Grand Secretary Lou B. Winsor of Read City, assisted by C. Langley, acting master of Traverse City loge, No. 222.

There were nearly one hundred members of the Masonic loge who turned out in a body, and nearly as many members of Traverse City lodge, No 323, B. P. O. E., of which lodge Mr. Round was also a popular member. The ball bearers were: Victor Petertyl, E. W. Hastings, Robert Caldwell, Samuel Garland, J. E. Campbell and Frank Friedrich. A large throng of friends in addition to the lodge mentioned were present at the funeral and the service at the home were very affecting.

A choir consisting of Charles A. Skelcher, Lawrence K. Buck, Dr. J. A. Snyder and C. F. Hunter rendered the beautiful selection, "The Beautiful Country" "Abide With Me" and "Savior Comfort Me" during the services.

The Rev. J. W. Miller, in speaking to the large gathering, chose the following text: I Peter 1:24:25, "For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth and the lower falleth away but the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you" Mr. Miller said: "One, reason why men cannot but believing the Bible as the word of God to man is because it is so abundantly corroborated by our own experiences. It has pleased the Almighty ever since men had a being to teach him by illustrations. The illustrations," he said, 'were taken from every day life, from the highest to the lowest, so that if we understand the illustration we understand the doctrines that God intended to teach. For instance, the astronomer is searching the heavens -- he knows the properties and office of the work of the sun and the Bible says to him, The Lord God Is sun. Geology deals largely with the rocks--and Christ says, he the heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, shall be lie a man who builded his house upon a rock and the rains descended and the winds blew and it fell not for it was founded upon a rock,:" Mathew V.

The Miller then turned to the appropriate text and illustrated by saying: "Of farmer engaged in sowing his seed the Bible says, Where unto shall I like it? It is like a seed which is planted in the ground. It grew, first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear. to the woman with her busy household cares what is the Kingdom of God, of religion like? It is like the leaven which she took and hid in three measures of meal until the whole was leavened. Thus continued he, "by simple illustrations He teaches every man from the highest to the lowest, the gospel of Jesus Christ."

The text the speaker said illustrated the shortness of life and the temporal nature of all earthy of all earthly things Man is as grass, though he escape the perils of infancy and arrive at maturity, all is as grass. "For a time" he said "the eye may sparkle, rich lock may adorn his brow his step in firm and elastic, yet all is as grass: the eye grows dim, the glossy locks are silvered over with age, the step grows slow and trembling, and at length the wind from the Valley of the Shadow of Death blows over and the place that knew him, knows him no more. Like the grass of the field, he has passed away."

Mr. Miller then illustrated that collectively man is as grass. " He founds cities and builds empires" he said "yet they are as grass. Where are the invincible armies of Hannibal, Caesar, Napoleon? Like grass they had all passed away."