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Boyne Citizen - February 27, 1930


August Bartholomew Leu of South Arm township four miles north of East Jordan was buried February 22 in the afternoon from his home. Rev Helmuth Schulz of Petoskey officiated basing his sermon on Psalm 91: verse 2 "I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge and my fortress, my God in Him will I trust." A trio sung two hymns, the one entitles, "God be with you till we meet again" the other entitled "God Moves Mysteriously" A host of friends were gathered. The remains were laid to rest in the East Jordan cemetery.
The deceased was one of the most prominent farmers in the county - his farm is one of the best in the famous peninsular district of Charlevoix county, He was born Aug 24, 1844 in Prussia, Germany. His parents were Gottfried and Justine Leu. He was baptized in the Evangelical Lutheran church. There he went schoool and was confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. He came to the United States in the year of 1869. He settled in the vicinity of Gelena, Ill, from there to Savona, Ill, then to Galapoosa, Go, and in 1898 to South Arm township, Charlevoix County, where he lived all the remainder of his life. He was married for the first time to Austena Rathby, about 1871 at Gelena, Ill, to this union one daughter was born who died in her infancy. He was married the second time to Amelia Rathby about 1873, also of Galena, Ill. To this union were born six children of whom three have died. He was married for the third time to Augusta Caroline Bartels, in the year 1893, at Bookanden, Ga, to this union thirteen children were born eight of whom survive. He was a voting member of the Evangelical Lutheran Chirst Congregation, Wilson township. About a year ago he began to fail in health. About six weeks ago he became seriously ill. He suffered from heart trouble. A few days before his death he received Holy Communion. He was conscious almost to the end. He died Feb 20, having attained an age of 85 years, five months and twenty-six days. He died at his farm home on South Arm Township, Charlevoix County. He is survived by the widow, six sons, five daughters, 10 grand children and one sister.

Boyne Citizen - August 14, 1930


James Franklin Crafts, born February 26th, 1853, died August 19, 1930 at 2:30 p m at his farm near Springvale, where he and his wife resided with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr and Mrs Middaugh and their children, formerly of Detroit.
Born in Illinois, his father from Belfast, Ireland, his mother from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mr Crafts was, in early manhood, a carpenter, then a worker in lumber. For several years he and Mrs Crafts worked in the Kalamazoo Paper Mills. Last summer, a year ago, his health failing, his family thought he might improve if they moved to a farm he owned near Springvale so they came here from Detroit.
He was so anxious to be of use that, despite his condition, on the least improvement, he would undertake tasks beyond his strength. Thus, coming for medical treatment in April, 1929, his arteries hardened, gasping for breath, his heart almost failing, on his next visit, he announced proudly that he was so much better he had been digging fence-post holes.
In February, 1930, he has a cerebral hemorrhage with paralysis of tongue, throat and one side. He improved for some months but hemorrhages from the bowels and gastric derangement weakened him until the end came peacefully. He was 77 years old.
Mr Crafts leaves a wife, Ella, one brother and one sister, Mrs Sliter, 2 living children, Mrs Nina Middaugh and Robert Crafts of Detroit, 6 grandchildren, one son, Edwin, is dead.
At this writing, his relatives are undecided whether his remains will rest here or at Kalamazoo.
Mr Crafts was a fine-looking old gentleman, of merry eye, full of jokes and fun. He was much loved by his family and appreciated by his friends. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren.

Gone ere the summer ended,
While birds yet sing and flowers bloom,
Meekly his pale hands folded,
He rests in his silent tomb.
His spirit wanders wide waters,
Afloat on an unknown sea,
Without rudder, or chart or compass,
Lord, steer his course home to Thee.
Dr Flora V Woodward Tibbits

Boyne Citizen - August 21, 1930


Andrew Jackson, the 19 year old son of Mr and Mrs Wm Jackson of this city passed away at the Howell hospital on Monday, Aug 18, after a long illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Rev E P Linnell of Petoskey in charge. Interment was made in beautiful Maple Lawn.