Rev. and Mrs. S.R. Whims Honored On Their 25th Wedding Anniversary

Sixty friends and relatives of Rev. and Mrs. S.R. Whims gathered at their home on North Shirley avenue, Pontiac, to honor them on their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary Monday evening, December 23. Rev. Whims is pastor of the Free Methodist Church in Pontiac. Members of his congregation and the honoree’s daughters both presented them with gifts. Both Rev. and Mrs. Whims were former Seymour Lake people. Mrs. Whims was formerly Miss Mildred Bailey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs., Winfield S. Bailey.

Source: Oxford Leader, January 3, 1941.

Independence Twp. Pioneer Taken

W.S. Bailey Passed Away at Home in This Village After Long Illness

Winfield S. Bailey, aged 72 years, passed away at his residence, 15 Ensley St., this village, Thursday night at 10 o’clock after an illness of several years’ duration.

Mr. Bailey was born March 26, 1852 on a farm in Independence Township where he lived for 71 years, when he came to Oxford to live. On November 17, 1875 he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Ellen Sutton, of Independence, who survives him. To this union were born nine children, four of whom are left to mourn his loss: Warren Bailey, of Clarkston; Mrs. Winifred Porritt, of Seymour Lake; Mrs. Mildred Whims, of Mayville, and Mrs. Dorothy Alleman, of Orion. He also leaves a sister, Miss Candace Bailey, sixteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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Untitled (Anna Bailey Rogers)

The funeral of Mrs. William Rogers, of Oxford was held at the church Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Services were conducted by Rev. T.D. Denman, of Oxford. Mrs. Rogers was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Bailey and had spent the greater portion of her life here. Besides her husband, she leaves her young son and daughter, who will keenly feel their loss, one brother, and three sisters also survive: Warren Bailey, Mrs. Mildred Whims, of Snover, Mrs. Winnie Porritt of Seymour Lake and Mrs. Dorothy Alleman, of Oxford.

Source: Oxford Leader, July 7, 1922.


At the M.E. Parsonage, Pontiac, November 17th, 1875, by Rev. C.T. Allen, Mr. Winfield S. Bailey and Miss Ella Sutton, both of Independence.

Source: Pontiac Weekly Gazette, November 26, 1875.

Death Notices from the Aughts

Samuel Tuthill Lazear died at Warwick, Saturday, aged 76 years. For a number of years he was engaged in the sash and blind business with Sylvester Case. (Port Jervis Tri-States Union, November 22, 1900)

McRILL—In West Wyoming, Nov. 30, 1900, Joseph McRill, aged 50 years, pleuro-pneumonia.  (Wilkes Barre Record, December 3, 1900)

James J. Reynolds died Tuesday morning. He has been troubled with heart disease for some time. The funeral will be held Friday at 1 o’clock at his late home. Interment at Pulteney. (Yates County Chronicle, October 22, 1902)

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Winifred Bailey & Lee Porritt

The news has but recently become known of the marriage of Lee Porritt and Miss Winifred Bailey on 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.

Source: Lake Orion Review, September 19, 1947.

Small Town News

Wallace Bailey left for overseas duty, after a three weeks’ training period. He spent the weekend recently with his sister, Mrs. Verne Whims.  (Orion Weekly Review, June 15, 1951)

The city fire department was called to the home of E.J. Rorick, 400 Cedar street, at 10:45 o’clock Sunday morning to extinguish a fire in the roof caused by chimney sparks.  The damage was slight.  (Quincy Daily Journal, April 4, 1921).

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Some Short Death Notices

Wallace Bailey, the 12-year-old-son of Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Bailey, living north of Clarkston, was found dead by his sister.  The lad was seen playing in a small trench on the farm.  A large portion had caved in, completely covering him.  (Bessemer Herald, July 3, 1909)

Adolph Dobrowsky, a native of Austria, 70 years of age, died suddenly in Redding Sunday.  He was a friend of Marshall, the discoverer of gold in California.  (Woodland Daily Democrat, November 27, 1901).

PONTIAC, March 9.—(By A.P.)—Ronald Porritt, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Porritt, of nearby Seymour Lake, died in the Goodrich hospital Monday night from a self inflicted revolver would in his breast.  (Lansing State Journal, March 9, 1926)