Short News Items from 1931

Mrs. M. Hixson entertained at one o’clock dinner for the pleasure of Mr. Bartlett Thompson on his birthday and the 20th wedding of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Rorick, of Morenci, Mich. Covers were laid for 20 guests. The table was decorated with deep pink carnations and ferns and on each side were two large cakes, with white icing and in the center a small vase of red roses, the other was white with pink roses and green vines made in the icing. A three-course dinner was served. After dinner a program of music was given: solo by Mr. Thompson, recitation by Mrs. Bernard of Bryan, and concluding with singing by all. The guests present were: Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Bonner of Bryan, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Rorick of Morenci, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Ceaser, Toledo, Mr. and Mars. Marion Riffner of Fayette, Mrs. Marjorie Thompson of Columbus, Mrs. Jesses Allison of Reading, Mich., Misses Bertha Thompson and Betty Ceaser of Toledo, Miss Lillian Riffner of Bowling Green, Miss Frances Rorick of Ann Arbor, Miss Mary Thompson of Bryan, Misses Margaret and Leila Rorick, Caspar Rorick jr., of Morenci, Mr. Thompson, Mrs. Hixson. (Archbold Buckeye, March 11, 1931)

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Oxford Lady Passes After Brief Illness

Mrs. Ruth McNeil Died at Goodrich Hospital, Funeral Saturday at 2 P.M.

Mrs. Ruth A. McNeil, a resident of Oxford for the past thirty years, passed away at the Goodrich Hospital, Wednesday morning, Nov. 21st, following a brief illness of heart trouble.

Mrs. McNeil was born at Sashabaw Plains, December 9, 1860, the daughter of Ebenezer T. and Abilgail [sic] Beardslee. She was married to Andrew McNeil, Feb. 6, 1884, who passed away a year ago, November 28th. To this union three children were born, Elva McNeil, E.T. McNeil and Mrs. Grant Brodt. Besides the three children she is survived by three sisters, Miss Belle Beardslee, Mrs. Frank MacDemand [sic] and Mrs. Carrie B. Larned and on[e] brother, Samuel T. Beardslee.

Funeral services will be held at the home on Pontiac Street, Oxford, at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, Nov. 24th, with burial in Shashabaw Plains cemetery.

Source: The Oxford Leader, November 23, 1928.

Samuel T. Beardslee Killed Instantly

Funeral Was Held Monday with Burial in Sashabaw Cemetery

Friends and neighbors of Samuel T. Beardslee were shocked to hear of his death late last Friday afternoon when he was run down by a team of horses.

Mr. Beardslee and his son, Grant, were plowing in the same field, with the son and his team some distance behind the father. Grant stopped to roll a stone from ahead of his plow when his team bolted and ran up the furrow, ran down Mr. Beardslee and into the second team. All four horses continued across the field dragging the older man for some distance.

The son ran for a car and took his father to the house but he was dead when taken from the car.

Mr. Beardslee was very active for his age and always tried to do his portion of his work about the farm. He was born in 1856, on the farm adjacent to the present Beardslee farm at 6650 Pine Knob off Sashabaw Road. He was married to Emma V. Wager in 1881 and she died in 1910. In 1916 he remarried to Estie Ford, who survives him.

Besides his widow he is survived by his son by his first marriage, five grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Carrie B. Larned of Ann Arbor and Mrs. Lucy McDermand of Fenton.

A prayer service was held at the home on Monday afternoon at two o’clock which was followed by a service at the Sashabaw Presbyterian Church with Rev. Clarence Sutton officiating. Burial was in Sashabaw cemetery. The Ogden Funeral Home in Clarkston had charge of the arrangements.

Source: Clarkston News, May 3, 1940.