Deaths and Funerals from the 1920s

Mrs. Jemima Linderman a former resident of this city is dead at her home in Chicago. (Cheboygan Democrat, September 17, 1920)

Dr. E.H. Rorick, 70, formerly well known in Republican state politics, died at his home in Fayette, Fulton county.  (Fulton County Tribune, February 9, 1922)

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McNeil and Mr. and Mrs. Grant Brodt were at Ann Arbor Friday where they attend the funeral of the former’s brother-in-law, M.B. Larned. (Oxford Leader, August 22, 1924.

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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.

Oxford Man Succumbs To Heart Trouble

Andrew B. McNeil Had Been in Failing Health for Several Years

Andrew B. McNeil, a resident of this vicinity for the past thirty years, passed away at his home on South Pontiac St., Monday afternoon, Nov. 27th, following an illness of several years of heart trouble.

Mr. McNeil was born at Farmers Creek, Feb. 2nd, 1863. He was married to Ruth Beardslee, February 6th, 1884 and to this union three children were born, Miss Elva McNeil of Ann Arbor; E.T. McNeil, of Pontiac, and Mrs. Grant Brodt.

The deceased, a staunch Democrat, was formerly a farmer in North Oxford until selling his farm and removing to this village. He held the office of Highway Commissioner of Oxford Township for [a] number of years.

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Andrew McNeil and Wife of Sashabaw Plains, the Recipients of a Genuine Surprise Party.

A complete and most enjoyable surprise was sprung upon Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McNeil, Thursday evening, Feb. 6th, it being the twelfth anniversary of their marriage. About 50 of their relatives and friends assembled at E.T. Beardsley’s, then proceeded to take possession of the home of the unsuspecting couple who, not being equipped for the attack, were compelled to surrender, which they did in a pleasing manner.

Vocal and instrumental music, games and lunch helped to make the evening one of the happiest events of the season, and at a later hour the surprisers departed, satisfied their efforts had been crowned with success, as a merrier throng could not have met together, and two people have been more completely surprised.

Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Beardsley, of Victor, and L.M. Sutton, Esq., of Chicago, uncles and aunt of Mrs. M., also Mr. and Mrs. Will Hart and daughter Lena, of Seymour Lake.

Source: Pontiac Daily Gazette, February 8, 1896.

Elva B. McNeil

Elva B. McNeil of Pontiac passed away April 2 at the age of 80. Miss McNeil at one time was an Orion Township school teacher.

Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Grace Brodt of Oxford and several cousins.

Services were Sunday at the Sharp-Goyette Funeral Home. Burial followed in Sashabaw Plains Cemetery.

Source: The Clarkston News, April 8, 1965.