Deaths and Funerals from the 1890s

The funeral of the late Eliakim Bross will be held from the house, at 225 Jersey avenue, Saturday at 2 p.m. Interment in Laurel Grove Cemetery. (Port Jervis Evening Gazette, October 3, 1890)

Every member of High Point Lodge No. 200, I.O.G.T., is requested to attend lodge Friday evening. Arrangements will be made to attend the funeral of our late brother, Eliakim Bross. (Port Jervis Evening Gazette, October 3, 1890)

Mrs. Sutton, relict of the late Johnathan [sic] Sutton, of Orion, and mother of E.B. Sutton, Esq., of Sault St. Marie, died at the residence of her bother, M.J. Predmore, of Romeo, last Monday, the 3d inst. (Pontiac Gazette, April 7, 1893)

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Wedding News from the 1800s

The following marriage licenses have been issued. John J.L. Realer and Mary Sammis, Alonzo Myers and Lizzie Hickman. (Columbus Dispatch, February 26, 1879)

Elmer S.B. Sutton and wife were in town on their bridal trip on Friday last. (Pontiac Gazette, October 14, 1881)

Mr. W.C. McConnell, one of Adrian’s most prominent businessmen and a former well known resident of Pontiac, and Miss Hama Rorick, of Wauseon, Ohio, were married at the home of the bride Nov. 22. At home, No. 5 Broad street, Adrian, after December 5th. Congratulations. (Pontiac Bill Poster, November 28, 1888)

Invitations are out announcing the coming marriage of G. Henry Crane, bookkeeper at Pennock’s novelty store, and Miss Eva Rorick, daughter of Casper Rorick, of Morenci. The wedding will take place on the evening of September 16, at the Congregational church in Morenci. (Adrian Daily Telegram, September 7, 1897)

Dry Goods Change

W.C. McConnell To Go East To Maumee Street

Into New Store Building

To Be Erected By The Commonwealth Company.

Will Have Two Floors, and a Basement to Accommodate His Stock of Goods

W.C. McConnell, for many years the proprietor of the dry goods house on the corner of Winter and Maumee streets, has decided to move his establishment to a new location on East Maumee street, where he has leased the building to be put up in the near future by the Commonwealth company for a term of years. Though the plans for the building have not been actually adopted as yet it is understood that the building is to be completed by the first of March, at which time Mr. McConnell contemplates moving.

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Twenty-Five Years

W.C. McConnell Has Been In Business In Adrian

He Has Been Successful and Has One of the Largest Stores in This City

Twenty-five years ago Sunday a merchant opened his doors to the public in the Masonic Temple and since that day has continued to conduct a dry goods business in the Maple City. This merchant was W.C. McConnell, a business man, well known over the county, a man with a reputation for fair dealing and endowed with good business ability.

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W.C. M’Connell

Has Returned From The World’s Fair

Also Heard Bryan In The Democratic Convention

W.C. McConnell and wife are home from the world’s fair at St. Louis and Mr. McConnell is enthusiastic over the fair as being a great and magnificent exhibition. He declares it is really too big. The distances are so great that one is actually tired out in the effort to see the many sights.

Mr. McConnell was fortunate in securing an elegant room with bath in a private house at the rate of $1.50 a day for the room and breakfast, which he considered exceedingly reasonable. He stated to The Telegram that there are many places in good locations where such accommodations can be secured. As stated above, his only objection to the fair is the fact of its immensity.

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A New Location

W.C. McConnell Has Leased the Metcalf Stand


Expects to get Moved the Last of This Month

The question as to whether the Metcalf dry goods store would continue to be run in the Metcalf name was answered Tuesday night in the negative, W.C. McConnell having closed a three-year lease with the privilege of ten, with David Metcalf, the proprietor of the building.  This stand has been occupied for over 25 years by the Metcalf stock of dry goods, and as Mr. McConnell’s location in the Masonic temple seemed inadequate to his wants, it was an opportune time to make a change.

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