Frank Groover Rites Saturday

Funeral arrangements for Frank Groover, who died suddenly Wednesday morning will be held from the home, 54 Hovey Street Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock with Rev. H.B. Johnson officiating.

Deputy Coroner J.H. Voorhees who was called because of the suddenness of the death, agreed with the diagnosis of Dr. C.L. Hathaway that the cause was heart failure.

Frank E. Groover was born at Lake Orion 73 years ago. He attended school in Orion and Oxford and was a lifelong resident of Oakland county. In 1904 he married Bessie Hall in Windsor, Ontario. To this union was born two daughters, Mrs. Mary Kelly of Oxford and Mrs. Macrella [sic] Hockman of Indianapolis, Ind. Mr. Groover worked for many years as a cooper. Until last year he acted as night-watchman for the village. Injuries he suffered while on the job were contributing factors in his death according to Dr. Hathaway.

Besides his widow and daughters he is survived by a brother, Arthur R. Groover of Oakwood and a grandson, David P. Kelly, of Oxford.

Source: Oxford Leader, September 18, 1942.

Bessie B. Groover

Bessie Bell Groover, 82, formerly of Oxford, died Friday in Pontiac after an illness of several years.

Born in Ray Center, she attended the Oxford schools and was a resident of Oxford for 67 years. She was the widow of Frank Groover.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Mary A. Milliken of Pontiac and Mrs. Marcella Hockman of Indianapolis, Ind., and one grandson.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Bossardet Funeral Home, The Rev. Fred Clark of Thomas United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Oxford.

Source: Oxford Leader, August 7, 1969.

Denied Estate as “Widow”

Judge Gillespie Dismissed Case; No Proof To Sustain Claim

Deciding that Mrs. Marcella Hockman had failed to prove a common law marriage, with the late Dr. Will L. Cole, Judge Glenn C. Gillespie on Tuesday afternoon in Circuit Court dismissed the suit brought by Mrs. Hockman and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Groove [sic], of Oxford, against Cyril L. Cole, executor of the estate of his father. Cole was given costs.

Mrs. Hockman, formerly Marcella Groover, claimed a widow’s share of the doctor’s estate and asserted that she had lived openly with the physician as his wife.

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Suit Filed To Re-Open Estate

Mrs. Marcella Hockman Claims to be Common Law Wife of Dr. W.L. Cole

Alleging that she was the common law wife of Dr. W.L. Cole, who died six years ago, Mrs. Marcella Groover Hockman, of Indianapolis, Indiana, has filed a suit in the Oakland county Probate Court to re-open the estate and that she be granted her interest as the surviving widow of the deceased.

Frank E. Groover and wife Bessie Groover are joined in a suit with Mrs. Hockman in Circuit Court asking that a mortgage upon their home given to Dr. Cole, and now claimed to be the property of Frank Olive and being foreclosed, be discharged upon the grounds that this mortgage had been assigned by Dr. Cole to Mrs. Hockman, but that after the death of Dr. Cole the assignment papers could not be found among the effects of the deceased and had never been recorded.

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