Willard C. Rogers, 81, 50-year Oxford Resident, Dies After Short Illness

Willard C. Rogers, a 50-year resident of Oxford, died Sept. 22 after a two-month illness.

Mr. Rogers, who was 81 years of age, was a carpenter by trade.

He was born in Independent Township Jan. 6, 1879, the son of Claude and Mary Sutton Rogers. He married Anna Bailey in Clarkston in 1901.

Surviving are a son and daughter, Maurice Rogers and Mrs. Dorothy Fritz, both of Lake Orion. Other survivors are a brother and sister, Lee Rogers and Miss Hattie Rogers, both of Oxford; eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were held Sunday in the Flumerfelt Funeral Home with Rev. Marvin Porritt of Ortonville officiating. Interment was in Seymour Lake Cemetery.

Source: Lake Orion Review, September 29, 1960.

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News from Lake Orion

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cowdin on Friday evening attended the silver wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Francis of Oxford.  The affair was a surprise to the honored couple and was at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Groover at Oakwood.  (Lake Orion Review, November 26, 1948)

The marriage of Dorothy Rogers to Lyle Fritz, of Pontiac, took place on Friday, February 12, at the M.E. parsonage at Clarkston.  The couple were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Chetwood, of Pontiac.  The bride was a former student in the Oxford High School and lived with her grandmother, Mrs. Ella Bailey.  (Lake Orion Review, February 26, 1937)

FIFTY YEARS AGO (1902):  Invitations have been issued to the wedding of Miss Myrtle Mason, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Plumbley, of Oxford, to Levi Groover, which will take place on December 31.  (Lake Orion Review, December 18, 1952)

ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCED — Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Alleman, of Oxford, recently announced the engagement of their daughter, Ruth E. Alleman, to Ted Pearson, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Pearson, 9230 Cooley Lake road, Milford. Miss Alleman is a graduate of the Lake Orion High School.  (Lake Orion Review, May 5, 1944)

MISS LENA SKINNER TO WED ROCHESTER YOUNG MAN:  Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Skinner, of 53 Andrews avenue, Lake Orion, announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Lena, to Leslie Peters, of Rochester, Michigan.  The marriage will take place October 17th.  They will be attended by the bride’s sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Murl Teller, of Lake Orion.  Following the ceremony they will leave immediately for a short trip to Niagara Falls. The young couple will make their home at 323 Castell avenue, Rochester, Michigan.  (Lake Orion Review, October 9, 1936)

THIRTY YEARS AGO:  The news has but recently become known of the marriage of Lee Porritt and Miss Winifred Bailey, the Fourth of July.  Mr. Porritt is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Porritt, of Seymour Lake, and who formerly lived here in Orion. Mrs. Porritt is the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Bailey, of Brandon.  Both young people are well and popularly known.  Everyone extends congratulations and best wishes.  (Lake Orion Review, September 17, 1937)

Mrs. Dorothy Fritz and son, Billie, attended the Porritt-Sharrock wedding reception held at the Veterans Hall in Drayton Plains, Tuesday evening, November 3.  Mrs. Sharrock is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Porritt of Clarkston, Mich. (Lake Orion Review, November 12, 1953)

Wallace Bailey

The funeral of Wallace Bailey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Bailey, who was killed Wednesday by the earth caving in in a washout where he was playing, was held at the church Friday afternoon and was largely attended. Services were conducted by Rev. E.A. Poulter. The grief stricken parents and brothers and sisters have the sympathy of the entire community. Harvey Bailey and wife, of Detroit, were called here by the death of his brother, Wallace.

Source:  Pontiac Post Gazette, June 16, 1907.

Sarah Sutton Bailey

A pioneer of Oakland county, Mrs. Sarah Ellen Bailey, 85, died at her Oxford home Friday night. She had lived on the Bailey homestead south of Seymour Lake for 48 years, moved to Oxford in November 1923, where her husband died. She was born in Orion township Oct. 2, 1857, and was married to November 17, 1875. Surviving are her son, Winfield S. Bailey of Orion and three daughters: Mrs. Winifred Porritt of Seymour Lake, Mrs. Mildred Whims of Midland, and Mrs. Dorothy Alleman of Oxford, 17 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held from the Whitcomb-Mabley Chapel in Oxford Sunday at 2 p.m. and burial will be made in Seymour Lake cemetery.

Source: Pontiac Daily Press, December 26, 1942.

Harvey Bailey

DIES NEAR LAKE — Harvey Bailey, 44, Tuberculosis Victim, Burial Today — Seymour Lake, September 4. After an illness of four years’ duration of tuberculosis, Harvey Bailey died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Bailey, at an early hour Thursday morning. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nellie Bailey, one brother, Warren Bailey, and four sisters, Mrs. Anna Rogers and Mrs. Dorothy Alleman of Oxford, Mrs. Winifred Porritt of Seymour Lake, and Mrs. Mildred Whims of Rose City. The funeral services were held at the home of his parents Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, the Rev. F.I. Walker of Orion, officiating.

Source: Pontiac Daily Press, September 4, 1920.

Edith Bailey

Edith Bailey, daughter of Winfield S. and Ella Bailey, died at the home of her parents in Independence, August 19th, aged 16 years and 6 months. Pulmonary tuberculosis claimed her for its early prey. During an illness of over five years, she manifested a meekness of mind and resignation to her Heavenly Father’s will that was surprisingly tender and pathetic. Always anxious to serve she seemed to forget herself in her efforts to contribute to the comfort of others. Her final illness was brief, being confined to her bed but a few days. She sank rapidly, and quietly fell asleep.  The funeral services were held the following Monday afternoon from the Seymour Lake M.E. church. A large concourse of sorrowing relatives and neighbors followed the remains to their last resting place in Seymour Lake cemetery.

Source:  Pontiac Post, September 1, 1899.