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Davies, Emma - - - MRS. EMMA DAVIES - "The News Palladium;" Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan; Monday, March 4, 1935; p. 6, c. 7 - - MRS. EMMA DAVIES WILL BE BURIED HERE WEDNESDAY Funeral Services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Dean mortuary for the late Mrs. Emma [Duffet] Davies, widow of the late Charles G. Davies who died yesterday in Indianapolis. The Rev. A. Freeman Traverse will officiate, Burial will be in Crystal Springs cemetery. The body will arrive here Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock and taken directly to the Dean mortuary. The deceased is survived by two daughters, Miss Edith Davies, of Minneapolis and Mrs. F. G. Clark, of Indianapolis, with whom she made here home. - contributed by: Gregory McGowan

Davis, Andrew D "Slim"

BENTON HARBOR -- Andrew 'Slim' Dalton Davis, 84, of Benton Harbor passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2004, at his home.
Upon family request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, at Fairplain Chapel, Florin Funeral Service, Benton Harbor. Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Mr. Davis was born May 18, 1920, in Florence, Ala., to William T. and Mary (Wright) Davis. He served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Davis retired from Auto Specialties as a machine operator.
Survivors include: three sons -- Ronald Davis and Dalton (Shirley) Davis, both of Sikeston, Mo., and Terry (Marrietta) Davis of South Haven; two sisters -- Georgia (Berry) Minton of Baldwin, Mich., and Edith Fields of South Haven; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his companion of 25 years, Edna King and her family; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his parents; and by two sisters, Katheryn Etienne and Eva Nell Shelton.
Taken from The Herald - Palladium June 29, 2004 edition

Genweb Coordinator 2005

Davis, Benjamin

Benjamin Davis Dies Sunday in Niles Hospital
BUCHANAN, June 24 - Benjamin F. Davis, 89, of 402 Berrien St., died Sunday at 8:45 p.m. in Pawating Hospital, Niles, after an illness of several days. Death resulted from pneumonia.
The son of Charles and Susan Davis, he was born Sep 22, 1857 in Norwalk, O., and had lived in Buchanan for more than 60 years. He had been employed at the Clark Equipment company for many years, prior to his retirement.
He was married to Miss Josie Snell in Buchanan, on Nov. 22, 1885.
Survivors include his widow; one son, Robert A. Davis, Berrien Springs; one daughter, Mrs. Bess Reinke, Buchanan; one brother, Elmer C. Davis, Marcellus; one sister Mrs. Mary Marsh, Vicksburg, Mich.; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren
The funeral will take place Tuesday at 2p.m. in the Swem Funeral home with the Rev. William Y. Pohly officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Cassopolis.
Taken from the The Niles Daily Star, Niles Michigan, Monday June 24, 1946 (died June 23,1 945)

Cotnributed By Brenda Buck


Davis, Robert A.

Berrien Springs, March 25 –Robert A. Davis, 70, formerly from here, died at 9:25 p.m. Monday at the Barrett rest home west of Buchanan.
He had been a well known resident of his area for the past 48 years, and had been in family health for seven years. He was a patient at the rest home for two and one-half years.
Mr. Davis was born on Feb.10, 1888 in Buchanan, the son of Benjamin and Josie Davis. On November 12, 1911 he married Ella J. Simpson in Berrien Springs. She preceded him in death on Sept. 16, 1951.
Mr. Davis was employed at the Journal-Era, this village’s weekly newspaper, for many years, and at one time worked for the Clark Equipment company when they had a division here.
He was a member of the Evangelical and United Brethren church here and served as a secretary of the Sunday school and as secretary of the church board. He was also a member of the Maccabees lodge here.
Surviving are two sons, Orville of Berrien Springs and Paul of LaMesa, Calif, three grandsons, his mother, of Buchanan, a sister, Mrs. Bessie Reinke, Buchanan, and a nephew.
Funeral services will be held at the EUB church Thursday at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Norman C. Crotser, church pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Long Lake Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Griner Funeral Home until 1:00 p.m. Thursday, at which time the body will be taken to the church until the hour of service.
Taken from the The News Palladium, Benton Harbor, Michigan, Tuesday, March 25, 1958

Cotnributed By Brenda Buck

           Dempsey, Joseph

             Joseph Dempsey, who resided here several years ago, died Thursday near Grand Rapids of quick consumtion, aged 65 years.  He leaves a wife and              four children-two daughters and two sons.  One son, Edward, now of South Bend, is well known here.  The other is now at Tampa, Fla., with the                  South Bend militia.  Interment will be in Buchanan Sunday, the deceased's home before coming to Niles. Taken from the Niles Weekly Mirror, Niles,              Michigan, June 29, 1898 Contirbuted by William Brackett

            Joseph W. Dempsey was born in Alleghany county, N. Y., June 8th, 1833, and died at Middleville, Mich., June 24, 1898.  He came with his parents to             Michigan in 1837.  He was married to Miss Fannie Dakin.  He died in peace trusting in the merits of Christ.  The funeral services were conducted by             Rev. J. F. Bartmess at the home of Wesley Dempsy, south of Buchanan, on Sunday, June 26.  The remains were buried in the cemetery near Howe's             school house. Taken from the Berrien County Record, Buchanan, Michigan, June 30, 1898 Contributed by William Brackett

            Dennis, Clemintine 15 March 1853 to 11 Febraury 1887 - died at     Medford, MN
               Clementin Dennis

            Dix, Orrin Eldrige


O.E. Dix, pioneer Spinks Corners farmer, died at his home at 10:25 o'clock this morning.  The deceased was born in New York state 74 years ago and settled in Berrien County in his early youth.  The late Mr Dix is survived by two daughters, Mrs Olive Cochran of Jackson and Mrs Isabel Johnson of Kalamazoo and a step-son, R.B. Collis of Benton Harbor.  Funeral services will be held from the Spinks Corners church Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, standard time.

Taken From The News Palladium, Saturday, May 24, 1924, p 1


Burial: May 26, 1924, Penn Yan Cemetery, Berrien County, Michigan

Contributed By Kathy Warren



Dixon, Charles Sumner


No death that has occurred in the twin cities for many months has come with such suddenness as that of Charles S. Dixon, who late yesterday afternoon dropped dead at his home, corner of Superior and Clay streets. Supposed to be suffering merely from an attack of indigestion, from which it was thought he was rapidly recovering, friends and acquaintances had no idea that death was hovering so near.  Friends of the Dixon family were overwhelmed by the shock when they were apprised of Mr. Dixon's sudden demise.
Since Saturday Mr. Dixon had been suffering from indigestion, brought on, it was presumed, by the warm weather. Yesterday he was feeling fairly well and in the afternoon was about the yard. Later in the day he decided to come down town.  Starting out, he was hardly beyond his own dooryard when he retraced his steps. As he entered the kitchen door he pitched forward.  Mrs. Dixon, who was at home at the time, rushed to her husband's assistance, but help was unnecessary.  When a physician arrived the heart had stopped beating for several minutes.
Together with his family, Mr. Dixon had resided in Benton Harbor for the past nine years, having come to this city from Kansas.  He was one of the best known citizens of Benton Harbor.  He had served as a member of the city police force and for the past year or so had been connected with the street railway company in the capacity of barn foreman.
Mr. Dixon was a member of Lake Shore lodge, Calvin Britain chapter, of St. Joseph, and the local order of Elks.  He carried $2,000 life insurance in the A. O. U. W. order of Kansas.

Charles S. Dixon was 43 years of age.  He was born July 10, 1861, in Volinia, Cass county.  He is survived by a wife, formerly Miss Isadora Moody, of Pearl Grange, two sister, Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Agnes Osborne, of this city, and five children.  The children are Morlan, 20 years of age; James, 19; Willis, 17; Eva, 15; and Harry, 10.  The two oldest are graduates of the Benton Harbor high school, and the remaining three are still in school.
Funeral services over the remains will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Masonic temple. The church services will be in charge of Rev. Roblee [?] of St. Joseph, while the last rites at the cemetery will be under Masonic auspices.  Burial will be at Crystal Springs cemetery. The body will lie in state at the temple tomorrow forenoon between the hours of 10 and 12.
Fellow employes of Mr. Dixon spoke highly of him today, his death being lamented by all who had had the pleasure of his friendship.  At the streetcar barns the employes spoke feelingly of him, sympathizing with the bereaved wife and children. While on the police force Mr. Dixon made many acquaintances who did not forget him after he had assumed a more responsible position with the street railway company, valuing his companionship highly.

Death took him when life seemed brightest, when the labor of years was just beginning to show, and when the oldest of his children were nearing the turning points in their careers, when the help and advice of a father is needed most. The death of Charles Dixon will be truly mourned by many in the twin cities.
Taken From The News Palladium, Saturday, July 16, 1907


Contributed By Mark E. Dixon

Dombrowsky, Alvina nee Zordel
The Herald Press carried the obituary of Alvina Dombrowsky on 28 Feb 1927 and Tuesday 01 Mar 1927: “28 Feb 1927 Services Tuesday for Mrs. Dombowsky Members of the trinity Lutheran Ladies Aid society will attend in a body the funeral tomorrow of Mrs. Alvina Dombrowsky, wife of Adolph Dombowsky and a well known resident of this community for many years. Rites will be conducted at the Trinity Lutheran church at 2 o’cloc after prayers at the residence at 1:30. Mrs. Dombrowsky was the mother of nine children, all but one of whom reside in Berrien county. They are Fred Henspeter, Galien: Charles Hesnpeter, St. Joseph: Mrs. Amos Carpenter, Three Oaks: William Henspeter, Kansas City, Mo: Mrs. August Weik, Mrs. Clara Ruggles, Mrs. Albert Wesendorf, all of St. Joseph and Clyde Dombrowsky of Benton Harbor. Rev. Louis Nuechterlien, Trinity Lutheran pastor will conduct the funeral for Mrs. Dombrowsky, who was one of the leading members of his church.” 01 Mar 1927 Mrs. A. Dombrowsky Is Buried Today; Many At Funeral Relatives and friends came from many sections of Berrien county to attend the funeral this afternoon of Mrs. Adolph Dombrowsky, widely known during the 50 years she had made St. Joseph her home. Trinity Lutheran church was filled for services at 2 p.m. toady. As a tribute to an active and valued member, the Ladies Aid society of the church, attended rites in a body, and members of this organization were chosen to care for the profusion of beautiful flowers that came from relatives and friends far and near. The Rev. Louis Nuechterlein, Trinity Lutheran pastor, officiated at services both at the home on Harrison avenue and at the church. Children from Professor William Hermann’s class sang one number, “When My Last Hour is Close at Hand.” Mr. Hermann presiding at the organ, “Face to Face” was the solo sung by Mrs. Emil Schweikart.” - Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Dotson, Mary Hazel
BERRIEN SPRINGS -- Mary Hazel Dotson, 89, of Berrien Springs died Friday evening, May 21, 2004, at Dowagiac Nursing Home.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, at the Allred Funeral Home, Berrien Springs, with Pastor Patricia Bromberek of the Grace United Methodist Church, Niles, officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Activities Departments of Lakeland Specialty Hospital; Cambridge Court; Dowagiac Nursing Home; or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Mrs. Dotson was born Oct. 14, 1914, in Trenton, Tenn., the oldest daughter of Earl and Ethel (Perigan) Morgan. She married Raymond Dotson on June 14, 1936, in Tennessee, and they moved to Berrien Springs in 1952. Mrs. Dotson had been employed as a nutritional assistant for Berrien General Hospital, and she also had worked at Schrader's Super Market and the Courthouse Museum in Berrien Springs. She was a member of the Bertrand Post 116 American Legion Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Lodge 4025 of Niles. Her enjoyments included gardening and working with different crafts.
Survivors include two daughters -- Carolyn Dotson of Roswell, Ga., and Judy Dotson of Berrien Springs and her fiancÚ, Rich Bradley; three sons -- Jack (Vernal) Dotson of Berrien Center; Jerry (Wilma) Dotson of Haleyville, Ala.; and Michael Dotson of Berrien Springs; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three sisters, Virginia, Lois and Joyce; and two brothers, John and Tyree.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, on Sept. 2, 1973; her son, James W., on Aug. 26, 1974; a grandson, John; a sister, Juanita; and six brothers, Hardy, Acie, Clifton, Paul, Quincy and Bobby.
Taken from The Herald - Palladium May 24, 2004 edition - Contributed By Genweb Coordinator 2005

Doyle, Grace - The South Bend Tribune carried an obituary for Grace Doyle on 12 Feb 1973 and it reads: "Mrs. Grace L. Doyle, 84, of 106 Meridian St., New Carlisle, died at 1 a.m. Sunday in the Paul Stephan Nursing Home, Niles, where she had been a patient the last three days. She was born Oct. 22, 1888, in New Troy, and was married to Robert Doyle, a former New Carlisle funeral director, who died in 1956. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Roy Zeiger of Sawyer. Mrs. Doyle lived in New Carlisle the last 45 years. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Connelly-Noble Funeral Home, Galien, with Rev D. Wayne Root, pastor of the Christian United Church of Christ, Sawyer, officiating. Burail will be in Galien Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home." Grace was the daughter of Elias and Alice (Ludlum) Brant of New Troy. I found no record of children.  - - Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Doyle, Robert E - - - Robert E. Doyle: An obituary for Robert E. Doyle was carried in the Niles Daily Star carried an obituary for Robert E. Doyle on 23 Jun 1956 and it reads: "Galien-Robert E. Doyle, 68, of 206 Meridian Street, New Carlisle, Ind., died at 7 p.m. Friday in his home after an illness of three weeks. Doyle was born April 5, 1888 in Galien Township and has lived in New Carlisle for 35 years. He was married in Three Oaks, January 15, 1908 to Grace Brandt, who survives. He was a retired funeral director. Doyle was a member of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association and a graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. Survivors are his widow, and one sister, Mrs. Ernest James of Buchanan. One brother, Edgar, preceded him in death. Friends may call at the Kenney & Connelly Funeral Home in Galien where the rosary will be recited at 8:30 tonight and funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday in the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in New Carlisle. Burial will be in the Galien Cemetery."  - - Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Dumond, Alice Louise (Glover)
Mrs. Alice L. Dumond - Funeral services were held Monday at 1P.M. in the Farrand Coats Funeral Home for Mrs. Alice L. Dumond, 60,
who passed away Friday morning at 6 A.M. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Don Price.
The Rev. George Wingard, pastor of the Methodist Church officiated and burial took place in the Crystal Springs Cemetery at Benton
Harbor, Mich.
She was born in Cheboygan, Mich., on Jan. 19, 1901, the daughter of James and Mary (Frazer) Glover and had lived in White Pigeon
since 1956. Before that in Benton Harbor since 1927.
On April 29, 1920 she was married to Joseph Hastings Dumond and he preceded her in death in 1955.
She was a member of the White Pigeon Methodist Church.
She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Mary Stevens of Applegate, Mich., three sons, William of Bath, Joseph Jr., of Kalamazoo and Louis
is of Benton Harbor; four daughters, Mrs. Don (Clara) Price of White Pigeon, Mrs. William (Gladys) Slade of Nevada, Mrs. Kenneth
(Beatrice) Day of Newcastle, Ind., Mrs. Dorothy Gilbert of Benton Harbor, 15 Grandchildren, on brother George Glover of Flint and
several nieces and nephews.
Taken From The Sturgis Journal, 24 July 1961 - Contributed By Beverly Edwards

Dumond, Joseph Hastings
Heart Attack Is Fatal To
J. H. Dumond

Joseph Hastings Dumond, 68 an ad compositor for the News-Palladium for the past 28 Years, Collapsed with a fatal
heart attack Saturday afternoon at the Five Corners, enroute home from work. He lived at 116 Oden street.
Mr. Dumond had not complained of feeling ill and had worked in the composing room of The News-Palladium until
3:30 p.m. He walked up Michigan street to the Five Corners and collapsed there. The Benton Harbor fire department's
resuscitator squad was called, but an ambulance rushed the stricken man to Mercy hospital where he was pronounced
dead on arrival by Dr. William Benner.
Mr. Dumond had spent more then 50 years in an unsuccessful attempt to find his parents.
Born in New York City, Oct. 24, 1887, he was placed in the New York Foundling home, located at 175 East 68th street,
in New York City, when he was four months old and remained there until he was five years old.
.In December, 1892 he was taken by Mr. and Mrs. William Dumond to Marinette, Wis., and soon after that time moved
with his foster parents to Cedar River, Mich., where they lived seven years. It was at Cedar River that Mr. Dumond
received most of his education in the public schools.
In 1901 the family moved to Stephenson, Mich., where he completed school and embarked into the insurance business
for a number of years. He began learning the printing trade in 1910, employed by the Menominee Printing and Bindery
company and the Herald-Leader.
In later years Mr. Dumond was employed in the composing rooms of the Calumet County Reporter, New Holstein, Wis.,
the Munising News, Munising, Mich., and the Daily Mining Journal at Marquette.
In Marquette Mr. Dumond married Miss Alice L. Glover of Cheboygan, Mich., on April 29, 1920. The following year
they moved to Cheboygan, where he was an advertising compositor on the Daily Tribune of that town.
In 1923 he moved to Kalamazoo to work on the kalamazoo Gazette, remaining there until March, 1927, when he moved
his family to Benton Harbor and accepted the position with the News_Palladium.
While living in the upper peninsula of Michigan, Mr. Dumond came in daily contact with people of different nationalities.
He visited the lumber camps in that area frequently, and his association with especially French-Canadians helped him
later in life when he wrote articles for various publications under the pen names of "Joe Parleyvous" and "Joe Canuk."
Mr. Dumond is survived by his wife, Alice, and seven children. They are Mrs. Don Price of White Pigeon, Mich.,
Mrs. William A. Slade, of Glendale, Calif., Miss Beatrice Dumond, of Indianapolis, Ind., Mrs. Robert L. Gilbert, of
Benton Harbor, William Dumond, of Bath, Mich., and Louis A. and Joseph Jr., at home. His foster parents are deceased.
Funeral services for Mr. Dumond will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Florin funeral home. The Rev. Robert Behnken
of the First Baptist church will be the officiating minister. Burial will be in Crystal Springs cemetery.
Friends may call at the Florin Funeral home.
Taken From The News-Palladium, Benton Harbor, Mich., 21 Nov.1955 (Monday)
Contributed By Beverly Edwards

Dumond, Joseph Hastings Jr.
White Pigeon -- Joseph H. Dumond Jr., 37, Benton Harbor, died Sunday afternoon in the Southwestern Michigan TB
Sanitorium at Kalamazoo where he had been a patient 1 1/2 years. He had been ill since 1952.
Born in Benton Harbor on Feb. 22 1930, he was a member of the First Baptist Church and was an apprentice printer
until he became ill.
Surviving are two brothers, William James Dumond of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Lewis (Louis) Dumond of Benton Harbor,
and four sisters, Mrs. Donald (Clara) Price of White Pigeon, Mrs. William (Gladys) Slade of Boulder City, Nev.,
Mrs. kenneth (Beatrice) Day of Plainfield, Ind. and Mrs. Dorothy Gilbert of Benton Harbor.
Friends may call at the Farrand - Coats Funeral home in White Pigeon where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday
with the Rev. Lyle Chapman of the Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton
Taken From The Elkhart Truth, Elkart County, Indiana, 19 June 1967
Contributed By Beverly Edwards

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