Location: Oakland County MI

North Oxford Cemetery Oxford, Oakland County, Michigan

Transcription of the North Oxford Cemetery in Oxford, Oakland County, Michigan. From the center of Oxford – East on Burdick St. .2 mi, North on Oxford Rd/Glaspie 1.1 miles, East on Oxford Rd .5 mi, North on Oxford Rd .9 mi, East on Oxford Rd .5 mi, North on Oxford Rd .4 mi. As you can see Oxford Rd makes many turns. The cemetery is on the East side of the road. Submitted by Christopher Schnur. Information collected September 2001.

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1894 Michigan State Census – Oakland County

United States Soldiers of the Civil War Residing in Michigan, June 1, 1894 [ Names within brackets are reported in letters. ] Addison Township – John W. Prince. Elijah C. Kelly. Harmon L. Curtis. George Nash, Andrew J. Close, Milton Fox. Jabez G. Angle, [Samuel Babcock]. Village of Leonard – William Yakely, William E. McMullen. Stephen B. Nowlin, Abbott Taylor. Henry Lapham, John Kipp, Andrew J. Bickford, William H. H. Eldred. George B. Nowlin. Jacob F. Bradt. Bradford Savory. Elijah B. Dodge, [Spencer Eaton]. Avon Township – Burdick Fuller. Anthony O’Brien, E. H. Sipperly, Jol’n J. Snook, E. A. Jennings. Elisha Cadv. John Powell, John Casey, Charles Johnson, Robert Patterson. Joseph Hawley, Charles Hottelling, Henry H. Pennington. Edwin R. Frank. Lucius L. Frank. Orrin Arnold. George Maston. Peter Thise. John Mason. William Arnold. Henry W. Fero, [H. H. Cole]. Village of Rochester – James C. Vorhees. Wallace Gamber. Daniel Cowell, George Adams. John R. Worthley. Joseph H. Holman. Z. J. Coffin. Henry P. Randall, Jeff. W. Eastman. J. -Nathan Rightmire, Ezekial Dewey, Henry Hill, Samuel Fowler, Isaac A. Wright, George Struble, Napoleon B. Taylor. Melvin E. Mann, Christian Z. Horton, Henry W. Leroy, Arthur E. Collins, Thomas Cooper, Julian S. Peters, Frank Spencer. William Robertson, Frank Russell, Alexander A. Monroe, Abraham Wager, Charles Nichols, Charles Wing, Joseph J. Ross, Joseph Reimer, [Jas. Powell. W. H. LeRoy. John K. Housel]....

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Stone Bill, or Tomahawk

The pointed mace, found in the early North American graves and barrows, is uniformly of a semi-lunar form. It appears to have been the Cassetete or head-breaker, such as we can only ascribe to a very rude state of society. It was employed by warriors prior to the introduction of the agakwut and tomahawk. All the specimens examined have an orifice in the center of the curve for the insertion of a handle. Its object was to penetrate, by its sharp points, the skull of the adversary. This was not done by cutting, as with the agakwut or mace, but by perforating the cranium by its own gravity, and the superadded force of the warrior. In an attack, it must have been a powerful weapon. A specimen (Figure 1, Plate 11) obtained through the intervention of F. Follett, Esq., from a small mound on the banks of the Tonawanda, near Batavia, New York, is of the following dimensions. Length, eight inches: breadth, one and a half inches: thickness, about one and a quarter inches. The material is a neutral-colored siliceous slate, exquisitely worked and polished. Its weight is half a pound. Another specimen (Figure 2, Plate 11) from Oakland County, Michigan, has both the lunar points slightly broken off, yet it weighs six and a half ounces. It is of the same material, but striped. It is, in all respects, a stouter instrument....

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Philo Orlando VanWagoner

Philo O. VanWagner passed away on August 4, 1919 at Ida Grove, Iowa. His affliction was pronounced muscular paralysis. Philo was born on November 17, 1849 at Oxford, Michigan, and was in his 70th year. He attended school at the Oxford Academy. At the age of twelve, he moved with his parents to the country. When he was sixteen, he began his trade as a stone mason. He was united in marriage on October 15, 1873 to Miss Etta McVean. Five children were born, three of whom survive him: Nita, at home; Philo Jr. of Ida Grove; and Mrs. Lawrence Kuhl of Arthur, Iowa. He had three grandchildren. Mr. Van Wagoner with his wife and baby came to make their home in Iowa in 1881, locating on a farm north of Ida Grove. In 1890, he was elected sheriff and held this office six years, moving into Ida Grove at that time. The grocery firm of Wasser & VanWagoner occupied the next four years of his life. Shortly after that, he was appointed marshal and superintendent of the city water works, discharging these duties over 17 years. For a number of years, he served as chief of the fire department, and remained on the honorary roll of membership until the time of his death. Burial was in the Ida Grove Cemetery. Mr. VanWagoner was a member of a large...

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Biography of James H. Bush

James H. Bush, deceased, was one of the prominent and widely known businessmen of Boise, where he spent the greater part of his life. He was born in White Lake, Oakland County, Michigan, July 29, 1842, and was a son of Elias Oliver and Mary Jane (Fife) Bush, both of whom were well-to-do farmers and early settlers of Michigan and members of the Baptist church. James Bush was educated in Flint, Michigan, and in early manhood was a purser on a steamboat. In February, 1865, he sailed from New York for the Pacific coast by way of Panama, reaching Boise Basin in April, and there engaging in mining with William Law. In the summer of 1874 he came to Boise and purchased the Central Hotel, which he personally conducted for fifteen years in a most successful manner. He was one of the organizers of the Capital State Bank, was elected its first vice-president and filled that office up to the time of his death, devoting his time and talents during his incumbency to the task of making it the prosperous institution it became. As a businessman he was enterprising, capable and energetic, and in 1892 built one of the beautiful and commodious houses which adorn the city of Boise. As an early settler of the state he took a great interest in its development and progress and did everything...

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Biographical Sketch of Robert H. Dawson

Dawson, Robert H.; lawyer; born, Pontiac, Mich., March 28, 1882; son of John W. and Jean Hamilton Dawson; educated, University of Michigan, A. B., 1903, and Western Reserve University, 1909, LL. B.; married, Pueblo, Colo., Sept. 14, 1910, Miss Luna Cooper; member Phi Delta Phi Fraternity. Recreations: Baseball and...

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Biographical Sketch of Edward Brush Finch

Finch, Edward Brush; dealer in motor cars; born, Holly, Mich., Oct. 17, 1873; son of Nathaniel A. and Mary Hadley Finch; educated University of Michigan; married, Detroit, Mich., January, 1900, May Pruegs; issue, Edward B., Jr., William Roberts; member Michigan Naval Reserves and Michigan State Militia; 1900-1906, sec’y and treas. Pungs-Finch Auto & Gas Engine Co.; 1906-1908, asst. to factory mngr. and head of Technical Dept., Packard Motor Car Co., Detroit, Mich.; 1908-1910, head of Inspection and Service Divisions with The Chalmers Motor Car Co., Detroit, Mich.; July, 1910, established business dealing in Chalmer Motor Cars in Cleveland; pres. American Novelty Co.; member Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity; member Athletic, and Automobile Clubs, Cleveland, and Detroit Boat Club, Detroit,...

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Biographical Sketch of Ernest M. Sprague

Sprague, Ernest M.; mgr. American Bridge Co.; born, Farmington, Mich., Oct. 20, 1865; son of Lorenzo and Laura G. Mead Sprague; educated, University of Michigan, 1888, B. S., C. E.; married, Denver, Col., March 8, 1901, Maude Sill; issue, two children; six years with Chicago & N. W. R. R., asst. engineer; since 1894, with American Bridge Co., and affiliated companies; last eight years, mgr. Cleveland branch; member American Society Civil Engineers, Masonic Order, Athletic Club. Recreation:...

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Biography of Barnabas Tibbals

Barnabas Tibbals, owner of a fine orange grove in Brockton Square, on the south side of Bandini Avenue, about two miles south of Riverside, purchased this place in August, 1887 and immediately commenced his horticultural pursuits. At this writing his land, consisting of ten acres, is all in orange trees, except a few deciduous trees and table grapes. About one-half of his trees are seedlings, and the rest Washington Navels. He has spent much labor in pruning, fertilizing and cultivating, since buying the place, and has now a very productive grove. The improvements on the place consist of a commodious two-story residence surrounded with ornamental trees and flowers, and substantial outbuildings. Mr. Tibbals was born near Rochester, Monroe County, New York, in 1824. He was the son of Lewis and Betsey (King) Tibbals. His father was born in Cayuga County, New York, and his mother was a native of Suffield, Massachusetts. In 1826 Mr. Tibbals’ parents moved to Michigan, and located on what afterward became the township of Avon, Oakland County. They were, among the earliest pioneers of that section, the country at that date being wild and uninhabited except by roving tribes of Indians. The subject of this sketch spent his early youth and young manhood in hard labor upon their pioneer farm, deprived of all schooling except such as could be obtained in the pioneer schools of...

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Biography of Alva A. Warren

Alva A. Warren, a citizen of Colton, was born in Oakland County, Michigan, July 21, 1836. His father, Z. J. Warren, a pioneer of Oakland County, Michigan, was born in New Jersey, August 31, 1801, and was for thirty years a teacher in the public schools. He also took a leading part in political matters, and held some important public offices. He moved from Michigan to Indiana, and front there to Illinois; then to Missouri; then to Iowa, and in 1852 he crossed the plains to California by ox team. He stopped in Nevada and Utah for seven years and reached California December 24, 1859. His wife, Cornelia A. Pardee, was a native of New York. They had but two children, the subject of this sketch and a daughter. Our subject was married January 29, 1865, to Miss Betsey Parks, born in Yorkshire, England, April 20, 1845. Her parents came to America when she was but four years of age. This union was blessed with seven children, viz.: Ellenor and Mary E., twins, the oldest of whom died September 27, 1866; the youngest is now the wife of Charles F. Green; Olive Susan, Celeena M., Alva P., Christina I. and Charlotte G. Mr. Warren is an assayer by profession, and has traveled extensively through many States and Territories, but since his marriage has settled down to farming. He owns...

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Biography of Edward H. Palmer

Edward H. Palmer, who is the head and the leading spirit of numerous enterprises of financial importance in Geneva, Ontario county, New York, and its vicinity, and whose keen foresight and unusual executive ability have been the means of greatly improving the business prospects of the section, is one of that class of citizens who labor earnestly to build tip the commerce and manufactures of the communities in which they live. and by so doing enrich and benefit the entire country. Mr. Palmer was born in Clinton county, Iowa, May 17, i855, and acquired his early education in the district schools of his native state. He came to Geneva, New York, when he was still a boy, studied at the Nurserymen’s Academy and at the Geneva high school, and was finally graduated from Cornell University. His college education was paid for entirely by himself, as he commenced to earn his own subsistence from the time he was eighteen years of age. When he entered Cornell University he devoted all his spare time and all of his vacations to working in the nurseries of Geneva, and contrived to save a sufficient sum to enable hint to take up the study of law after his graduation. This study he pursued with the ardor and concentration which had characterized his earlier veers and he was admitted to the bar and practiced for...

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Early Native American Gardening

What proportion of the prairies of the West may be assigned as falling under the inference of having been abandoned fields, may constitute a subject of general speculation. It appears to be clear that the great area of the prairies proper is independent of that cause. Fire is the evident cause of the denudation of trees and shrubs in a large part of the area between the Rocky and the Allegheny mountains. Water comes in for a share of the denudation in valleys and moist prairies, which may be supposed to be the result of a more recent emergence from its...

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Biography of Samuel Morse Porter

Samuel Morse Porter. The career of Samuel Morse Porter is largely identified with the history of Caney, and no record of either man or community would be complete without full mention of both. A resident of this locality since 1881, and of the city itself since 1896, he has seen the little town grow and develop to substantial proportions, and may take a proprietor’s pride in this advancement, for it has been a part of his life work. With his own hands he has aided in the building up of what promises to be an important center of commercial and industrial activity; his faith in it has been strong from the first. Mr. Porter is one of the best known business men of Caney, where he has large moneyed interests. At the age of sixty-seven years he is stronger in mind than most men of fifty, and intensely acute and active in all the cares of business life. The success which he has achieved as lawyer, legislator, railroad builder and financier should be a spur to the ambition of every boy in the country. Mr. Porter was born at Metamora, Lapeer County, Michigan, December 14, 1849, and is a son of Moses Green and Maria M. (Morse) Porter. His paternal grandfather was Moses Porter, a native of near Bristol, England, whence he emigrated to America prior to the Revolutionary...

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Kleitch, Joseph P. “Benny” – Obituary

Joseph P. “Benny” Kleitch, 73, of Baker City, died April 24, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Recitation of the rosary will be at 7 o’clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Deacon James Watt of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will preside. Mr. Kleitch’s funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Pastor Dennis Sams of the Boise Uclid Church of The Nazarene will conduct. Vault interment will be at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande. Visitations for Mr. Kleitch will be until 6 o’clock tonight at the funeral home. Joseph P. “Benny” Kleitch was born at home in Washington, Mich., on June 15, 1932, to Stephen J. and Lillian Kleitch. He was the only boy, having seven sisters; Caroline and Bernadette died during their first year of life. The family moved to Big Beaver, Mich., where his father, a rancher and butcher, opened a little grocery store. Ben would haul cattle to the stockyards in Detroit for his father during his teen years. He attended Big Beaver High School through his sophomore year and finished his last two years at Troy High School. He loved mechanics and working on cars and taught himself to repair televisions, radios and phonographs. His family called him a “jack of all trades, master of none.” He met Mary, his wife, in 1961 at a...

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