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Bowman, Dorcas Tabitha Simonton – Obituary

Mrs. Dorcas Bowman, 83, passed away this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edith Barnell, 504 North Prospect Street, after being ill for a period of seven weeks. She was born in LaGro, Ind., on August 3, 1856, the child of John R. and Mary Simonton. In 1876 [May 12, 1877} she was married to Sylvester Bowman in Shydler, Ind. For the past 30 years, however, she has made her home in Sturgis, where she was a member of the Gospel Hall. She is survived by her husband, who is living with a son in LeRoy, Mich.; five sons, Edson R. of Sturgis, Reube of LeRoy, Frank A. of near Centerville, Roscoe M. of Camp Custer, and Coering of Flint; one daughter, Mrs. Edith Barnett of Sturgis; 22 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. Friends are being received at the Moon Funeral Home where services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 1 o’clock, with Rev. Walter Jacobs officiating. Interment will be made in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

Purkes, Lena Floy Tozer Bowman – Obituary

Mrs. Lena F. Purkes, 92, of 800 Mechanic St., died at 5:35 P.M. Thursday in Fairview Medical Facility in Centerville where she had been a patient since January, 1972. She was born in LeRoy, Mich., July 26, 1880, to Mailand and Olive (Simonton) Tozer. She was married to Edson R. Bowman on April 18, 1902 in LeRoy. He died Aug. 7, 1944. On Oct. 12, 1951, she was married to Thomas Purkes in Angola, Ind. He died July 29, 1960. Mrs. Purkes was a member of the First Baptist Church. Surviving are a son, Virgil Bowman, of Sturgis; three daughters, Mrs. Eric (Crystal) Joelson of White Pigeon; Mrs. Victor (Edna) Phillips of Howe, Ind.,; and Mrs. Jess (Delora) Cole of Grants, N.M.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Mort of Vicksburg; Mrs. Reynolds (Darcus) Koch of Sturgis; and Mrs. Dora Quigley, of Washington, Pa.; one brother Melvin Tozer of Sturgis; and several nieces and nephews. A son, William Levi Bowman, died in 1931, and a daughter, Mrs. Elsie Hovarter, died in 1964. One brother also preceded her in death. Visitation may be made at the Foglesong Funeral Home beginning Saturday noon. Services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Monday, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Ronald Miles, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be made in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Sturgis Journal, January 26, 1973 Contributed by: Shelli...

Falkenstein, Ida Edith Waterstraut – Obituary

Mrs. Ida Falkenstein, 72, life-long resident of Sturgis and vicinity, died suddenly of a heart attack this morning at 8:15 o’clock at her home, 103 South Orange Street. She had been in poor health for some time and had been under care of a physician, but early this morning Mrs. Falkenstein felt well enough to have breakfast. She went into the yard for a few moments, then returned to the house to rest when the fatal heart attack occurred. Born in Sturgis on Oct. 7, 1867, she was a daughter of Charles and Caroline Waterstraut. She was first married to Henry Lampe, who preceded her in death in 1889. In 1903 [1904] she was united in marriage to Frank Falkenstein who died in 1936. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Etta Troupe, South Bend; Mrs. Minnie Wharton of Elkhart, Mrs. Helen Friend of Sturgis, and Mrs. Carrie Bowman resident near Centerville; a son, Floyd Falkenstein, Sturgis; one brother, Martin Waterstraut of Hillsdale; 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the home, 103 South Orange Street where services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with the Rev. H. M. Laws of the St. John’s Episcopal Church officiating. Interment will be made in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. The Foglesong Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The Sturgis Daily Journal, May 26, 1939 Contributed by: Shelli...

Falkenstein, Frank – Obituary

Frank Falkenstein, 70, life-long resident of Sturgis and vicinity, died Sunday morning [March 21] at his home 103 South Orange Street. He had been in poor health for the past five years. Mr. Falkenstein was born in Sturgis Township, March 14, 1866, a son of John and Mary [Kielkopf] Falkenstein. He was married in April 1902 [1904] to Mrs. Ida Waterstraut Lampe in Sturgis. Mr. Falkenstein engaged as a farmer in Sturgis Township until 1816 when he moved to Sturgis where he was employed for 15 years at the C. A. Miller Company factory. Five years ago he retied because of poor health. Surviving are the widow; one son, Floyd Falkenstein of Sturgis; four stepdaughters, Mrs. Etta Troup of South Bend, Mrs. Minnie Wharton of Elkhart, Mrs. Carrie Bowman of Bronson and Mrs. Helen Friend of Sturgis; two sisters, Mrs. Sophia Aeby of Howe and Mrs. Mary Newman, Sturgis; one brother, William Falkenstein of Sturgis Township; and 13 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the home, with the Rev. H. M. Laws of the St. John’s Episcopal Church officiating. The Fogleson Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Oakland [Cemetery]. The Sturgis Daily Journal, March 23, 1936 Contributed by: Shelli...

Bowman, Carrie Lampe – Obituary

Carrie (Lampe) Bowman, 91, of 114 Cynthia St., died Sept. 3, 1984, at Froh Community Home, Sturgis, following a four-year illness. She was born Nov. 3, 1892 in Burr Oak Township, a daughter of Helmuth Henry and Ida (Waterstraut) Lampe. On Sept. 3, 1912, she married Frank Athol Bowman in Sturgis. He died in 1951. She was a Bronson resident since 1931. She was of the Evangelical Lutheran faith and attended the Bronson Baptist Church for many years. She was employed by the Sturgis Journal from age 16-20, when the owner was E. A. Ferrier. During World War II she was employed at Wright-Patterson, Dayton, Ohio and from 1935 until her retirement at age 65, at the Bronson Reel Co. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Howard B. (Geraldine) Wolfe, Bronson; one son, Wallace R. Bowman Sr., Sturgis; three grandchildren; six great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother. Relatives and friends may call after 3 p.m. today at the Kubasiak-Kolcz Funeral Home, Bronson. Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Clinton Housely officiating. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Sturgis Journal, September 4, 1984 Contributed by: Shelli...

Hoffman, Ward John – Obituary

FREMONT–Ward J. Hoffman, 86, of Fremont, died Friday, March 2, 1990 at the Mahaska Manor in Oskaloosa. He was born Dec. 3, 1903 in Constantine, Mich., the son of John Luther and Carrie Bishop Hoffman. He moved to Iowa in 1913 and attended Fremont High School. He married Merle Phillippe on July 5, 1929 in Oskaloosa; she died April 23, 1989. He had been a farmer and his farm is recognized as a Century Farm. He was a member of the Fremont United Methodist Church, and had been a member of the Fremont Lions Club. He is survived by one son, Willis Hoffman of Bloomfield; three grandchildren, and three sisters-in-law, Vesta Linsley and Marie Linsley, both of Hedrick, and Faye Simmons of Oskaloosa. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m., at the Fremont Funeral Chapel with Rev. Richard Pippert officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fremont Funeral Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Fremont Rescue Unit or the Fremont United Methodist Church. A private graveside service will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Cedar Township Cemetery. Oskaloosa Herald, March 2, 1990 Contributed by: Shelli...

Biography of Hon. Arthur Thompson Crocker

Hon. Arthur Thompson Crocker, present state senator from Chase County, is a member of the firm Crocker Brothers, who as stockmen and farmers have developed some of the biggest interests in that line in the State of Kansas. The center of their operations is near Bazaar in Chase County. Senator Crocker is a native of Chase County and was born on his father’s cattle ranch here January 17, 1874. He is a son of Erastus Bryant and Annie Elizabeth (Grey) Crocker. Erastus B. Crocker, who was born in New York State in 1840, is a son of Alexander and Dorcas (Bryant) Crocker, the former a native of Maine and the latter of Massachusetts. When Erastus was six years of age his parents moved west from New York to Michigan and he grew up on a farm near Battle Creek, receiving his education in the public schools and also in college. He was just of age when the war broke out and he enlisted in Company C, Seventh Michigan Cavalry. He saw 3½ years of active service and was in many important battles, including Gettysburg. He was with Grant’s army at Appomattox. He was never seriously wounded but had two horses shot from under him. He rose to the rank of captain and left the army with that rank and title. Captain Crocker was one of the prominent pioneers of the county, where he arrived March 20, 1866. He had traveled by railroad as far as Leavenworth and from there came on by wagon. He took up a homestead in the south part of the county, gradually acquired other lands,...

Alfred Todd of St. Joseph County MI

Alfred Todd7, (Caleb6, Caleb5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Dec. 28, 1799, probably in Marcellus, N. Y., died April 17, 1877, married Feb. 19, 1828, Mary Ann, daughter of Oliver and Esther (Sayles) Hovey, who was born Jan. 15, 1809, in Marcellus, N. Y., died May 25, 1888. Mr. Todd lived in Marcellus, N. Y., until 1835, seven years after his marriage, when he moved to Michigan and purchased a farm near the village of Nottawa, St. Joseph County, as a pioneer. Shortly before moving to Michigan, he had bought eighty acres of land in the primeval forest, almost the entire State being then practically a wilderness with many Indians still to be found everywhere, but mostly of a peaceful nature. The State at that time was very sparsely settled, and the nearest railroad station was about sixty miles away, so that the products of the farm had to be drawn with horses that distance to market. Perhaps the most striking of the traits of Mr. Todd was his unusual high conception regarding absolute honesty and justice. His views and practice of honesty were so universally known and regarded that it was a matter of public comment, and his children thought proper accordingly to have inscribed on his tomb, “He was an honest man.” Mrs. Todd was one who combined a rare intellect and accomplishments with much executive ability, being also a poetess and a leader in the intellectual circle of the County. Both Mr. and Mrs. Todd were Presbyterians, and imbibed the rigid discipline of that church and times including the strictest views respecting temperance, which were thoroughly...

James Alfred Todd of North Dakota

James Alfred Todd8, (Alfred7, Caleb6, Caleb5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Jan. 1, 1838, in Marcellus, Anondaga County, N. Y., married Sept. 17, 1863, Marien W., daughter of Rev. Gabriel and Sarah Burdick (Grey) Smith, who was born July 12, 1841, in New York City. Mr. Todd, when less than year old was taken by his parents in Sept., 1838, to Nottawa Township, St. Joseph County, Mich., where he attended the county school and then two winters in High School in Sturgis, Mich. He has been a farmer most of his life, and at the present time (1913) has a ranch near Williston, North Dakota. He inherited from his mother, a college bred woman, a fondness for history and literature, and the ability to write and converse with interest. His father was a man of sterling integrity, universally admired for his honesty and justice. Both parents were great Bible students and brought up their family in strict religious observance. He is a Deacon in the Congregational Church in Williston, N. Dak. He has been a Prohibitionist the greater part of his life and neither he nor any of his children drink or smoke. He enlisted in Company A., 11th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Aug. 24, 1861, and was mustered out of service, Feb. 24, 1863, at Murfreesboro, Tenn. He has always been loyal to the G. A. R. and for over thirty years was secretary of the 11th Michigan Infantry, which held reunions annually in Southern Michigan. He still retains an erect, soldierly carriage though growing slower in step. Mrs. Todd’s father was a M. E. minister and was born...

Laurence Todd of Washington D.C.

Laurence Todd9, (Oliver H.8, Alfred7, Caleb6, Caleb5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Dec. 15, 1882, in Nottawa, Mich., married May 15, 1915, Constance Davis, daughter of Francis E. and Ada (Murdock) Keupp, who was born in Syracuse, N. Y. He graduated from the Literary Dept. of the University of Michigan and at once took up journalism. At one time he was the city editor of the Kalamazoo Gazette; later he became a reporter for the San Francisco Bulletin and the Daily News. He is now (1913) located in Washington, D. C., where he is a Senate reporter for the United Press Association. He has written many articles for various magazines. Children: 2573. David, b. March 29, 1916. 2574. Alden, b. Jan. 12,...
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