Is Hard Times Party.

About 40 neighbors and friends arrived unexpectedly at the home of Mrs. Elbert L. Chittenden, 57 Florence street, Saturday evening. The guests were dressed in hard times costumes. Prizes were given the ones for having the most complete dress for the occasion and were worn by Mrs. William Betts and Joseph Zedeck. Progressive pedro was the principal amusement feature. Everything was carried out in Halloween effect, there being a number of ‘ghosts’ and Jack-o’-Lanterns. The occasion of the surprise affair was the birthday anniversary of the honor hostess.

Source: Muskegon Chronicle, November 2, 1914.

Death Notices from 1912

The Rev. Dr. Joseph Ford Sutton, a graduate of Rutgers College and Union Theological Seminary, died in New York last Thursday, aged 85 years. In 1862 he was chaplain of the 102nd Regiment (Canal Rangers) in which many Ulster county men served. (Kingston Daily Freeman, June 3, 1912)

The funeral of Egbert D. Chittenden was held at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon at the residence 267 W. Clay avenue. Lovell Moore lodge, No. 182, F. and A.M., was in charge of the services. (Muskegon Chronicle, October 15, 1912)

Birth Announcements from the 1910s

A new baby girl arrived at the home of W.S. Bean bright and early Friday morning. (Oregon Daily Journal, April 30, 1910)

CLEVELAND—To Mr. and Mrs. Ellis E. Cleveland, 27 Sanford street, Sunday, May 21, at Hackley hospital, a son. (Muskegon Chronicle, May 22, 1911)

CHITTENDEN—To Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Chittenden, 57 Florence street, Wednesday, February 23, 1916, a daughter, Ione Helen. (Muskegon Chronicle, February 29, 1916)

WALLING—To Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Walling, 526 Belmont street, July 9, 1918, a daughter. She has been named Margaret Jane. (Salem Capital Journal, July 10, 1918)

Wedding This Afternoon

With a company of thirty relatives and immediate friends in attendance, the wedding of Miss Jennie M. Chittenden to Mr. Ellis E. Cleveland was celebrate at 4 o’clock this afternoon. The occasion took place at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Egbert D. Chittenden, 267 W. Clay avenue. The Rev. Robert N. McNemer, past of the First Baptist church, was the minister.

Attending the bridal couple were Mr. Cleveland’s brother, Mr. Basil Cleveland, and Miss Hannah Rasmussen. The bride wore a wedding gown of blue silk poplin and Miss Rasmussen was dressed in tan-colored cloth.

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To Be Married Tomorrow

To take place at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Egbert D. Chittenden, 267 W. Clay avenue, the marriage of Miss Jennie Chittenden to Mr. Ellis Cleveland will be held tomorrow afternoon. The Rev. Robert N. McNemer, past of the First Baptist church, is to perform the ceremony.

Source: Muskegon Chronicle, April 27, 1910.

Short News Items from 1909

Egbert D. Chittenden is very ill with bronchitis and heart trouble at his residence, 42 Apple street. (Muskegon Chronicle, January 11, 1909)

J.J. Walling returned this morning from a two months trip during which he went to the finest parts of California. He reports a very plaeasant [sic] trip but is glad to get back to Nampa valley where there are fewer storms and greater opportunities for getting on in the world than in the famed citrus belt.—Nampa Leader-Herald. (Caldwell Tribune, March 13 1909)

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Playmates Grow Up And Wed

Groom 18, Bride 16, Muskegon Pair Were Long Lovers.

Muskegon, Mich., Jan. 24.—Elbert L. Chittenden, aged 18, and Miss Elsie A. Haan, were married here Wednesday.

The young couple have been playmates, companions and lovers since babyhood. Before starting in school as playmates, the children cultivated a love for each other which has never died. They have been engaged for some time, but until now have unable to gain their parents’ consent.

Source: Saginaw News, January 24, 1907.

Bride Is Only 16

Husband Two Years Older

Romance of Youthful Couple Began When Both Were Pupils at Hackley School.

A wedding of a boy and girl couple, in promise since they were playmates together at school, was held in Muskegon at 7 o’clock last evening. The boy bridegroom was Elbert L. Chittenden, aged 18 years, and his girlish bride, Miss Elsie Ann Haan, who is 16 years old.

Both Pupils at Hackley.

It was not so very long ago that they went to school together at the Hackley building. Both left school early to work in factories. Finally last night they succeeded in bringing about their early marriage with the consent of the parents of both. It took place at the residence of the bride’s mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Haan, 11 Hill street.

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Marriage License Notices Through the Years

Ruby Frances Walling, 19, to Clifford D. Warner, 23. (Newberg Graphic, April 26, 1906)

5900—Carl M. Field, 22, Muskegon; Carrie L. Chittenden, 21, Muskegon.  (Muskegon Chronicle, May 10, 1906)

License to wed was issued to Daniel A. Larmer and Eva Walling, Wednesday. (Polk County Observer, November 16, 1906)

Marriage licenses were yesterday granted to Louis E. Bueltuer, aged 21, to wed Ella Meyers, aged 18, and G.A. Day, 21, to marry Arba Walling. (Salem Capital Journal, September 30, 1908) Continue reading “Marriage License Notices Through the Years”

Elsie Berkampas Chittenden

Mrs. Elsie Chittenden died yesterday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ellis Cleveland, 111 Sanford street, after a three weeks’ illness, aged 56 years. Mrs. Chittenden was born near Holland, Mich., coming to Muskegon in 1899, where she has since made her home. She was a member of Mizpah Chapter No. 88, Order of the Eastern Star, Alaska Hive, L.O.T.M., and the Mystic Workers of the World. She leaves three children, Mrs. Ellis Cleveland, at whose home she died, Mrs. Carl Field, and Elbert L. Chittenden, all of Muskegon, ten grand Children, two sisters and six brothers, Mrs. F. Bakker, of Holland, Mich., Mrs. John Bovendan of Washington, John Berkampas and Martin Berkampas of Holland, Take Berkampas of Rudyard, Mich., Nicholas Berkampas of Kalamazoo, Andrew Berkampas of Marion, Mich., and Abraham Berkampas of Byron Center, Mich. The funeral service will be held at 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon from the resident, Rev. Lewis H. Manning of the Central Methodist Episcopal Church officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Source:  Muskegon Chronicle, August 30, 1919.