Grim Reaper Takes Toll

Three of Our Citizens Called to the Great Beyond


Mrs. Willard Rogers and Mrs. H. Houck Had Been Patient Sufferers

The death of Mrs. Willard Rogers occurred at the family home on Mechanic St., Friday afternoon, June 30. Deceased had been ill for more than a year from a complication of diseases, resulting from a severe attack of inflammatory rheumatism, during which time she suffered intensely, when death came as a happy release and she fell quietly asleep trusting in the great Heavenly Father who had been her comfort and stay during her sickness.

Mrs. Rogers was formerly Miss Anna Catherine Bailey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Bailey, of Seymour Lake. She was born August 8, 1884 in Independence Township near Clarkston and was married to Willard Rogers February 6, 1906, and to them were born two children, Morris [sic] and Dorothy, who, with the husband and father, still survive. She also leaves one brother, Warren Bailey, and three sisters, Mrs. Winnifred Porritt, Mrs. Mildred Whims and Mrs. Dorothy Alleman. In 1907 Mrs. Rogers became a christian [sic] and united with the Seymour Lake M.E. church, at which place the funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Rev. T.D. Denman of the Oxford Baptist church officiated. At her own request her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Seymour Lake.

Squire Gardner, a pioneer and well known resident of both Oxford township and village, passed away Thursday noon at the Pontiac City hospital following an operation for bladder trouble.

Mr. Gardner was born in Oxford township, Nov. 10, 1854, and was the son of Joseph and Susan Gardner.

He had always been a farmer until he removed to this village a number of years ago. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Ella Gardner and Mrs. Loretta Hackett, and one brother, Benjamin, all of this village. The funeral was held from his home Saturday afternoon, Rev. A.E. Woodruff officiating, with burial in the Oxford cemetery.

Mrs. Henry H. Houck, for many years a resident of this village, passed away early Saturday morning at her home on Hovey Street after an illness of several years. The funeral services were held Monday forenoon at 11:00 o’clock from the home, Rev. H.E. Smith, pastor of the M. E. Church, with burial in the Oxford cemetery. Mrs. Houck is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Louis Lenhoff, of Pontiac, and one son, Howard Houck, of Oxford.

Source: Oxford Leader, July 7, 1922.

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