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)

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Kelly-Milliken Nuptial

Mrs. Mary Kelly, daughter of Mrs. Frank Groover and the late Mr. Grover [sic], former Oxford residents, was married to Paul Milliken at Lansing, Sept. 2. Dr. R.M. Bartlett officiated at the 3 o’clock service in the chapel of the Plymouth Congregational church at Lansing. A bouquet of red roses accented the bride’s navy blue costume. Attending the couple were the bride’s cousin and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Libby of Lansing. A reception at the Libby home was held during the evening of the ceremony.

Source:  Lake Orion Review, September 22, 1950.

Mary Groover & Lawrence Kelly

The marriage of Miss Mary Groover of Oxford and Lawrence W. Kelly of Flint took place last Saturday at 8 o’clock at 141 S. Cedar street. Rev. Mary E. Giltner performed the ceremony with Miss Eva W. Page of Traverse City and Allen Kelley [sic], brother of the bridegroom, of Flint, as the only attendants.

The bride was prettily gowned in white silk crepe and lace, and her bouquet was of lilies of the valley and roses. The young people left later on a brief wedding trip, and as a traveling costume the bride wore a gown of green and white with a coat and hat of corresponding shades. Upon their return after Jul 1 they will reside at 312 Walnut street, Flint.

Out-of-town guests present were: Mr. and Mrs. W. Kelly of Flint and J.L. Snyder of Wisconsin. Mrs. Kelly has been employed at the capitol, while Mr. Kelly is leader of an orchestra in Flint.

Source: Lansing State Journal, June 8, 1927.

Small Town News – Lake Orion

TEN YEARS AGO (1924) — Kenneth Chapin, Assistant Cashier of the Orion State Bank, who has been critically ill this week with pneumonia, is considered out of danger and on the road to recovery. The services of a trained nurse were secured Tuesday evening. Dr. Bachelor is caring for him. (Orion Weekly Review, December 7, 1934)

A double birthday celebration was held at the Lyle Fritz home last week in honor Mr. and Mrs. Fritz’s two sons, Richard (7) and Billy (10). (Lake Orion Review, October 10, 1947)

Mrs. John Lomerson underwent an operation for the removal of a goiter at University Hospital, Ann Arbor, Friday, and is recovering splendidly. Her husband, daughters Miss Marjory Groover and Mrs. Willard Cline, son Lee Groover, and Miss Marie Hessler visited her Sunday. She is expected home this week-end. (Lake Orion Review, November 8, 1935)

THIRTY YEARS AGO (1919): Edward, the 11 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Porritt of Seymour Lake, was severely injured Friday afternoon when he fell from a wagon in which he was riding and the rear wheel passed over the body. A doctor was summoned and it was found no bones were broken although it was feared he might be injured internally. (Lake Orion Review, July 8, 1949)

Olga, Francis, and Ward Lake were entertained by Miss Hattie Rogers on Sunday. (Orion Weekly Review, March 26, 1909)

TEN YEARS AGO (1927): Mrs. Mary Rogers, sister of L.L. and Marion Sutton, of Town Corners, has sold her 40 acre farm east of Oxford to Mr. Buhl of Detroit. Consideration $6,000. Mr. Buhl has given Mrs. Rogers permission to occupy the farm till she buys another home. (Lake Orion Review, March 12, 1937)

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO (1919): Talk about potatoes! Will Schoff deposited on our ta—, no floor, a bushel of this week’s raising, the actual count of which was 47 tubers. When anyone beats Will as a potato raiser, they have got to “go some.” (Lake Orion Review, October 19, 1934)

Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Schoff spent several days last week with the latter’s sister, Mrs. Manley Brodt, at Marlette. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thurstin were also guests of Mrs. Brodt. (Lake Orion Review, October 26, 1934)

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Skinner, and their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Murl Teller, spent Mother’s Day together. They had dinner at a restaurant near Detroit and visited the White Chapel to view the tulips. (Lake Orion Review, May 18, 1951)

Gale Skinner, who is employed by the Kroger Company and has been transferred from Pontiac to Flint, was home for the week-end. (Orion Weekly Review, August 23, 1935)

TWENTY YEARS AGO (1931): Murl Teller and his bride of a few weeks contemplate an early trip to St. Petersburg where his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Teller, reside and where he expects to obtain employment in the Newark Shoe Store. (Lake Orion Review, October 15, 1951)

Murl Teller, who is suffering from sciatic neuritis, has been home from Lapeer Hospital for about ten days. He is able to be up and around a little, but is confined to his bed most of the time. (Lake Orion Review, June 24, 1949)

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thurstin and Marion Sutton were Thanksgiving dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Schoff. (Lake Orion Review, November 30, 1934)

Mrs. Frank Thurstin, of Lake Orion, is seriously ill at the Bliss Home. (Lake Orion Review, May 5, 1944)

Small Town News—Beardslee & Beardsley

Wesley Stevens, James Poole and Mrs. Grant Beardslee went to Detroit Saturday for a conference with the New Era Church extension board. Arrangements were made for the continuance of the work for another year with W. H. Chambers as pastor. (Clarkston Community News, October 22, 1921)

John Beardslee and granddaughter, Lillian, were recent callers of Mrs. Myrtle Boomer. (Lake Orion Review, September 16, 1938)

Rollie Beardslee of Grand Rapids spent a portion of last week at Sidney Groover’s. (Orion Weekly Review, March 26, 1909)

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Beardsley and family, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Francis and family, Arthur Groover, Mrs. Edna Groover and son Marshall, plan to attend the Groover Sutton family reunion at Bloomer State Park at Rochester, Sunday. Potluck dinner at 12:30 p.m. (Lake Orion Review, July 26, 1940)

Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Beardsley and family of Elgin, Ill., were the guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Beardsley, from Thursday until Monday. On Sunday all attended a family gathering and picnic dinner at Apland Beach, Bay City, the home of the latter’s granddaughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gustafson. Also attending were Mr. and Mrs. Howard Beardsley and son and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Beardsley and family of Oxford, Miss Helen Beardsley of Mt. Clemens and Mrs. Carol Beardsley and daughter, Cara, of Clawson. (Orion Weekly Review, June 6, 1952)

Maurice Groover & Family

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Groover of Ortonville, and their 10 year old twin sons, Carl and Paul, were found dead Monday in a cabin near Clear Lake in Montmorency County. The family, which had been vacationing, was believed to have been overcome by fumes from a bottle gas stove.

Source: Ironwood Daily Globe, September 2, 1958.

Small Town News—Groover

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Groover, of North Oxford, were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Don Francis. (Lake Orion Review, September 29, 1944)

Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Groover are entertaining at a family dinner tonight in honor of their son, Staff Sgt. S. Perry Groover, who is spending a fifteen day furlough with his parents. Sgt. Groover is stationed at Norfolk Army Air Field, Va. His sister, First Lieut. Alma Groover, is a nurse in Guadalcanal, where she has been for the past 28 months. (Lake Orion Review, February 9, 1945)

For the past two months, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Groover have been enjoying the California sunshine while visiting their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. R.O. Gage, at Oakland. They have now returned to their farm home on Hurd road. (Lake Orion Review, March 25, 1949)

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Groover entertained at a family dinner on Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Donald Francis and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Younkers and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Groover and family. (Lake Orion Review, April 22, 1949)

Frank Groover is confined to his home with heart trouble. (Lake Orion Review, July 26, 1940)

LAKE ORION MERCHANTS WIN OPENING GAME: Lake Orion Merchants baseball team defeated White’s Auto Service, of Pontiac, 17 to 5, in the opening game of the season at Park Island, Sunday. Pitcher Lee Groover allowed only six hits. (Lake Orion Review, June 1, 1934)

Lee Groover broke the little finger of his left hand last Sunday when he slammed the door of his car on it. The broken bone was set and placed in a cast by Dr. C.L. Hathaway and is healing nicely. (Lake Orion Review, November 15, 1935)

Levi Groover and Mrs. Charles Groover were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Cline. (Orion Weekly Review, June 21, 1935)

THIRTY YEARS AGO (1925): Marjorie Groover, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Groover, is very ill with grip. Her temperature has reached 104 1/2 degrees. (Lake Orion Review, December 15, 1955)

TEN YEARS AGO (1924): Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Groover moved from the Moon residence which they have occupied for several months, to their farm, the home of their son, Levi, thinking the change will be beneficial to Mr. Groover, who has been ill and confined to his bed since August 15th. (Lake Orion Review, June 1, 1934)

Marjorie Groover Anderson

Marjorie Anderson of Lake Orion died on Oct. 20, 1991 at the age of 70. She is survived by her children, Dennis Perry of Lake Orion and William Stokes of Pontiac; a sister, Margaret Habermas of Waterford Township; five grandchildren and she is the aunt of Barbara and Bob Butler. Funeral arrangements were made by the Lake Orion Chapter of Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home.

Source:  Lake Orion Review, October 23, 1991.

Marcella Groover Hockman Lawsuit

CLAIMS ESTATE AS COMMON LAW WIDOW:  Claiming to be the common law widow of Dr. W.L. Cole, Oxford physician, who died in 1928, Mrs. Marcella Groover Hockman, of Indianapolis, has filed a claim in probate court for a widow’s interest in the estate, totaling about $30,000.  The estate has been settled for five years, the bulk of it going to a son, Cyril L. Cole, of Denver. Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Groover, of Oxford, parents of Mrs. Hockman, join her in the suit, asking that a mortgage on their home foreclosed by Frank Olive, of Oxford, be voided.  They assert that Dr. Cole, who originally held the mortgage, assigned it to them, although they lack documentary proof.  (Lake Orion Review, March 16, 1934)

WOMAN IS DENIED ESTATE AS ‘WIDOW”: Deciding that Mrs. Marcella Hockman had failed to prove a common law marriage, Judge Glenn C. Gillespie dismissed a bill of complaint which she sought to have herself declared the common law widow of Dr. Will L. Cole, of Oxford, who died in 1928.  Mrs. Hockman, formerly Marcella Groover, claimed a widow’s share of the estate and asserted that she had lived openly with the physician as his wife. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Groover, of Oxford, parents of Mrs. Hockman, also asked that a $1,900 mortgage on their home, formerly held by the physician, be set aside because of the doctor’s agreement that upon his death the mortgage was to be canceled. Cyril L. Cole, of Denver, sole heir of his father’s estate, declared that he knew nothing of the purported marriage.  (Lake Orion Review, October 5, 1934)