Location: Sturgis Michigan

Bowman, Wallace R., Sr. – Obituary

Wallace R. Bowman, Sr., 73 years old, 27198 Oak Drive, died Aug. 20, 1988, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now He was born July 19, 1915, in Elkhart County, Ind., a son of Frank A. and Carrie (Lampe) Bowman. On Feb. 4, 1943, he married Marion Schrader in Hot Springs, Ark. She died March 12, 1978. On April 6, 1983, he married Nancy Hunt in Sturgis. He was a Sturgis resident most of his life and was employed at the Kirsch Company. For 42 years, he had operated the B & W Tavern, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Jack Johnston Chapter 88 disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post 303, Bonita Springs, Fla., Loyal Order of the Moose 574, American Association of Retired Persons and the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. He was a life member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 1314 and the Sturgis Elks Lodge 1381. Surviving are his wife; one...

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Biography of William N. Smelser

William N. Smelser has been a member of the Emporia bar for twenty-five years. His had been an enviable record both as a lawyer and as a citizen, and his ability, industry and his conscientious care have brought him a high position among Kansas lawyers. His family have resided in Emporia more than thirty years, and William N. Smelser was about fourteen years old when brought to that city. He was born in Sturgis, in Southern Michigan, February 2, 1870. The Smelsers came originally from Germany, but have been Americans since about the time of the Revolutionary war. The first to come over located in North Carolina. Solomon Smelser, grandfather of the Emporia lawyer, was a farmer and died at Liberty, Indiana, about twenty or twenty-five years ago. W. R. Smelser, father of William N., was born in Richmond, Indiana, in 1842, and as a young man went to Sturgis, Michigan, where he married Amanda M. Roberts, who was born in Sturgis in 1837. She is still living and makes her home with her son William. W. R. Smelser was a farmer before his marriage, afterwards conducted a store at Sturgis until 1876 and then joined the New York Life Insurance Company and was one of the representatives of that company for nearly forty years until his death on May 1, 1914. In 1870 he removed to Kankakee, Illinois,...

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Bowman, Edson Ross – Obituary

Edson R. Bowman, 64, who had lived in Sturgis and vicinity for the past 40 years, was the victim of a heart attack last night [August 7, 1944] on the Charles Seeb farm. Death, which occurred at eight o’clock, came after Mr. Bowman had desperately worked to prevent a grass fire from spreading on his farm two miles from Sturgis on South Nottawa Road. Mr. Bowman had decided to burn off a dried-up pasturage area near his home which got beyond his control. Even with his wife giving assistance by carrying water it became evident that fire apparatus would have be summoned to save the buildings so Mr. Bowman drove to the Seeb farm and asked Roy Penn, a tenant there, to summon the fires truck. He then collapsed in the kitchen and died a few minutes later. A physician, who was called, and Coroner T. W. Gelsler attributed death to a heart attack due to overexertion. It was learned that Mr. Bowman had been in ill health for the past several months. Born in Hartford City, Ind., Jan. 5, 1880, Mr. Bowman was a son of Sylvester and Dorcas (Simonton) Bowman. His early life and two years following his marriage to Lena Tozer in Muncie, April 18, 1902, were spent in Hartford City. The couple then moved to Sturgis where Mr. Bowman was employed by the Scovill Manufacturing...

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Bowman, Frank Athol – Obituary

Frank Athol Bowman, 65, died Sunday [March 25, 1951] afternoon in the Sturgis Memorial Hospital in Sturgis, where he had been admitted for treatment Saturday. He had been ill a long time. He was born in Hartford City, Ind., April 3, 1885, a son of Sylvester and Dorcas (Simonton) Bowman. He had been employed as a tool and die maker by the H. A. Douglas Manufacturing Co. and Reel Manufacturing Co. here and also had been employed in Sturgis by the Kirsch Co. Surviving are the widow, Carrie (Lampe) Bowman; a son, Wallace of Sturgis; a daughter, Mrs. Howard (Geraldine) Wolfe of Bronson; two grandsons, Wallace Bowman, Jr. of Sturgis and Stanley Wolfe of Bronson; a brother, Reuben of Leroy, and a sister, Mrs. Ethel Clark of Sears. Services will be held at 2 P.M. Wednesday in the Kubasiak Funeral Home with the Rev. George M. Hovda, Baptist pastor, officiating. Interment will be made in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bowman, William Levi – Obituary

William Levi Bowman, 28, living with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edson R. Bowman, a mile and a half southwest of Nottawa, died this morning from an injury received in 1927 while he was in the U.S. Army. Mr. Bowman enlisted in the army I 1920 and served at Fort David in the Canal Zone until 1923 when he was discharged. He re-enlisted two years later at Grand Rapids. In 1927, while at Fort Sheridan, he fell 41 feet when washing windows and struck on some concrete steps. He sustained a fractured skull and injured ankle. He was taken to the United States Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Two months ago he was sent home as an incurable patient. Funeral service will be Friday at 2 o’clock in the bowman home. Rev. G. A. Miles of Sturgis will conduct the services. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery. Surviving Mr. Bowman besides his parents are: four sisters, Mrs. Crystal Griffith, LaGrange, Mrs. Elsie Frohriep, at home, Mrs. Edna Weirich, Sturgis, and DeLora at home and two brothers, Virgil and Edson. Sturgis Journal, December 1, 1931 Contributed by: Shelli...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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