Berrien County, Michigan
Tidbits & Trivia
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1901 Sleighing party At Kean’s
Jane, from Three Oaks Library, who sent this, says the folks invited to this party read like a who’s who of the town.
Three Oaks 'Acorn' February 22, 1901 Two sleighloads drove out to the New Troy home of Mr. And Mrs. D.W. Kean last Monday evening Charades were acted, conundrums guessed and a general good time was passed in a social way. Refreshments were served. Those who composed the party were Messrs. Holden, Stevens, Gordon, Sherwood, Helkie, H. C. Crosby, Dollenberg and Ellison and their wives; Rev. C.E. Taggart, and Mr. L. W. Hovey, Mrs. Pardee and Misses Nelle Bommerscheim, Myrta Pardee, Della Warren and May Warren.
A lot of the guests are found in this book: a twentieth century history of berrien county michigan
|Jonas H Holden||Mary Trask Holden|
|George L Stevens||Harriet E. Beals Stevens|
|Charles Gordon *||Florence Watson Gordon|
|Alva Sherwood||Ada M. Simpson Sherwood|
|Dr William L Helkie||Parla Belle Sheldon Helkie|
|Hale E. Crosby||Mary Crosby|
|Cornelius Dalenberg||Johanna Kemp Dalenberg|
b 02 Jul 1859
b 22 Oct 1860
|Rev. Charles E Taggert|| Estelle
Neighbors of Henry Chamberlain
Printer, engaged to
d/o Mary McKie Bommerscheim
|Mrs. Emeline Pardee||Mrs. George Sheldon Pardee|
d/o Mrs. George Sheldon Pardee
|Adela Warren b
d/o Horace W Warren,
cousin of E K Warren
| May Warren b
d/o Horace W Warren,
cousin of E K Warren
1901 WELLESLEY COLLEGE ALUMNA ASSOCIATION
Register? - Page 107
Watson Florence Opal BA 95 Mrs Charles Gordon Three Oaks Mich
1900 Chas Gordon sec’t of the Three Oaks Masonic Lodge
Michigan conference news, Volumes 12-13 - Page 44
CHARLES E. TAGGART DIES Rev. Charles E. Taggart died at the home of his son in Washington, DC, November 3, 1945.
Mr. Taggart was born near Adrian January 28... Three Oaks - - - - Contributed by: Sue Langley
Telegram to Geo Anstiss concerning his
father's death - Dec 2, 1914
The Three Oaks Acorn, January 5, 1905 - Golden Wedding Anniversary - Mrs. and Mrs. Franklin Warren of Marego, Ills, Ce.ebrate the Event Among Three Oaks Friends.
Two Weddings with a week! was the remark of one of the guests at Mrs. A. D. Ellison's on New Year's Evvening when a small company gathered to help celebrate the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Warren of Marengo, Ill.
Mrs. and Mrs. Warren had come to Three Oaks to help celbrate the marriage of their granddaughter, Leota, which occurred on the 27th, and remained to celebrate their golden anniversary with their two daughters, Mrs. Ellison of Three Oaks and Mrs. Mount of Ord, Nebraska. Mrs. Ellison had invited for the evening two cousins of her father's and their wives, Mr. Horace Warren and Mr. E. K. Warren, also Mr. and Mrs. J. L. McKie and Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Stevens.
When supper was announced the guests were pleased to see the table lighted by candles and loaded in the good old style with everything appetizing from baked beans to pumpkin pie. A pleasant evening was passed in reminiscenses and the tellinbg of good stories. All were glad to see a daguerrotype of the bride and groom taken the year of their marriage, and as they turned to the living faces they felt the truth of the poets words__
"Softly, oh softly the years have swept by thee:
Touching thee lightly with tenderest care:
Sorrow and death did they often bring nigh thee,
Yet they have left thee but beauty to wear.
Growing old gracefully,
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Warren, of Marengo, Ill, recently had a very pleasant visit with their daughter, Mrs. A.D. Ellison and other relatives here. Mr. Franklin Warren is a cousin of Mr. Horace Warren and Mr. Edward K. Warren, old residents of Three Oaks. They represent three different branches of the Warren family; their fathers, Benjamin, Waters, and John having been born in Ludlow, Vermont. Benjamin died in his eight-fifth years, Waters in his eighty-seventh and John in his seventy-sixth.
The Cousins have had a fine visit recalling their boyhood experiences and noting the great changes that have taken place during their lifetims. They are lookinf forward hopefully t a visit together next summer to their native place in Vermont. As their ages average seventy years they consider themselves middle-aged men at this time. - Contributed by: Sue Langley
Now I know why I haven't been hearing from you!!!! Ya got busy!!!! Isn't it a sign of a "glutton for punishment" to take on TWO Michigan County GenWebs??? :-D Interesting tidbit - My family used to live in the old log cabin in Berrien Springs, when it was still out in the cornfield on Kephart Lane. That was long before all the houses were put there, though. My dad rented the house for us, with part of the rent offset by taking down the huge old barn on the property - and he did it all by himself!! We had a milking cow named Flossy who lived below the main floor for a year or so. The house was covered in yellow board siding, and the only way we knew it was actually a log cabin was when my dad began drilling a hold in the wall to put in some electrical outlets, and had to by a bit extension for his drill to get through the 18" thick walls. We lived there from the summer of 1951, until the winter break between 1955 and 1956. Lots of good memories about that place. My bedroom was on the second floor, on the side of the house towards the Benton Harbor-St Joseph road (old US 31) - maybe the Andrews University side would be a better description. Graduated from the Berrien Springs High School in 1956.
From Doc Ball at email@example.com
News-Palladium, Benton Harbor 1 January
Mrs. V. M. Urbanek and John Kuchera, of New Buffalo, are instanly killed Jan. 27, 1925 by a Pennsylvania train Whiting, Ind., three others were injured. |
Dies of Gun Wounds
Joseph Polak, 63, New Buffalo, dies Jan 19 of gun wounds inflicted Jan 17, 1925 when the trigger of his gun catches in a barb wire and his gun explodes.
Tiscornia Park named after ------- Waldo V. Tiscornia - - Dies At Age 76 Former St. Joseph Mayor Succumbs in Tucson - (South Bend Tribune: May 16, 1968) -
He was elected mayor in 1942 and held that office continuously for 14 years. Tiscornia Park is a 16 acre park on the lake in St. Joseph, Michigan. See
Southwestern Michigan Parks - St. Joseph's Tiscornia Park
The Weekly Press - St. Joseph Michigan 1906 - If you know of anyone that has cows or calves for sale, especially "blind calves" send them to Charlie Smith, he deals in that kind of stock.
Same paper and issue - Four of our Lady Macabees went to Galien last Wednesday evening on the 5:25 train. The were Mrs. Carrie Smith, Mrs. Ella Blackman, Mrs. E. A. Ives and Mrs. Lou Smith. They attended the meeting of the L.O.T.M.M. and report a jolly good time.
January Newspaper, 1886 , St. Joseph Herald
Mr. Carter Sr., who was thrown from a tram, Kankakee, Ill, while returning from New Orleans is much better. His thigh bone was broken and his shoulder dislocated. Being a very old man doubts were felt to his recovery, but his Physician, Dr. Berringer, now pronounces him on the road to recovery.
Dan Woodard had his pockets picked while in Chicago. He is now $150 poorer than he was.
Miss Orilla, daughter of Lyman Brunson, died Sunday of consumption, age 31 years. She was buried Tuesday from the M.E.Church. Rev. M. N. Lord conducting the services. - April 20, 1889
While working about a car near Glenlord Station, on Friday afternoon of last week, H. T. Dean, son in law to Wm. Beyea, of St. Joseph, fell and struck his arm in such a manner as to break two bones at the wrist. He was brought home by A. B. Chyvis, who happened near there at the time and Dr. Scott was called to attend the injured man. - St. Joseph newspaper April of 1886
16 acre farm in Roylaton twp, only 6 miles from St. Joseph and close to riversteamer, May Graham's boat landing is offered for sale cheap. Apples, pears, strawberries, rasberries, blackberries and grapes, all in bearing on the place. Good comfortable house on premises: also barn and living spring.
St. Joseph newpaper October 1885
C.H. Johnson of Stevensville, got knocked down and injured by a grip-car in Chicago last Saturday, he was taken to the hospital for treatment.June 1887 newspaper
Erharts bathing houses, on the beach are again open to the public for the Season.
June 1887 newspaper.
Livingston, Michigan ? Mrs. William Baldwin was suddenly called to the bedside of her brother, Mr. William Mead of Buchanan, who was thought to be dying, but glad to say, he is a little better. Newspaper ? April, 1906
Silver Beach, St. Joseph Michigan ? The skating rink at Silver Beach will be open on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, until the opening of the season. Mid-December 1909 newspaper.
The Herald-Palladium, - Occurred - June
25, 1950: A fateful day on Lake Huron for area residents
At 6:10 A.M. on June 25, 1950, the cruise ship City of Cleveland III, enveloped in a dense fog as it moved through the waters of Lake Huron, was rammed by the Norwegian freighter Ravnefjeel, slicing open its port quarters.
The boat was three miles off Harbor Beach, 56 miles north of Port Huron and bound for Detroit and a Tigers' doubleheader baseball game when the collision occurred.
The luxurious 44,000-ton side-wheeler, one of the last to sail the Great Lakes, was carrying 90 local residents, including members of the Benton Harbor Chamber of Commerce and other Twin Cities residents. The chamber had been offering the annual cruise since the end of World War II, and though the weather had been bad, prompting two people to leave the ship the day before, no one expected anything like this.
The impact tore apart several staterooms, killing four people and seriously injuring three. The dead included former Benton Harbor Mayor Mervyn Stouck, 64; Benton Harbor Police Chief Alvin Boyd, 53; Benton Harbor auto dealer Fred Skelley, 43; and Louis Patitucci, 40, a frozen food dealer who lived in South Bend.
Another survivor, Talma "Tom" Spooner, who was seriously injured in the collision, was interviewed while he was en route from the ship to a Coast Guard station.
"I got up once when I heard the fog signals sounding," said Spooner, an accountant at Pyramid Oil. "I looked out the window of my stateroom but could see nothing and returned to my bunk. Then I heard an awful crash and more crashes and a crunching sound. The next thing I knew I was in the water.
"There was debris all over me, and Mervyn Stouck was on top of me. We were all mixed up in the wreckage and we couldn't move. We continued to yell and could see nothing. Then a member of the Norwegian ship's crew answered us. I think we were in the water 10 minutes when the crew in the lifeboat reached us.
"They had to pull wreckage off us with the pike poles before they could lift us into the lifeboat.
"First they took us over to the Norwegian ship, and there was some kind of an argument among the Norwegians about whether we should be taken aboard their boat or back to our boat. Dewhirst said he didn't want to be taken back to our boat because of the hole in it. We couldn't see the big boat because of the fog."
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