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)

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Funeral To-Morrow for Mrs. Frank Thurstin

Mrs. Josephine Thurstin, aged 81, wife of Frank Thurstin, 129 East Church street, passed away Thursday, May 4th, at 7:00 a.m. at the Bliss Home in Oxford. Mrs. Thurstin, who had been in poor health for years, suffered a stroke last week from which she never rallied. She was born in Independence Township, September 16, 1862, the daughter of Cornelius L. and Elizabeth Brower Sutton. She attended the Independence and Town Corners schools, and was married March 15, 1892 to Frank Thurstin, in Pontiac. Her entire life was spent in Oakland County, coming to Lake Orion 26 years ago with her husband from their farm in Oakland Township. She was a member of the O.E.S. Surviving besides her husband are a sister, Mrs. Mae Schoff, of Howell, and a brother, Marion Sutton, of Lake Orion. The funeral will be held Saturday, May 6th, at 2:00 p.m. from Allen’s Funeral Home, the Rev. F.R. Walker officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery.

Source:  Lake Orion Review, May 5, 1944.

Lakeville Woman Dies Following Long Illness

Mrs. Lena May Shoemaker died at her home in Lakeville at 4:15 a.m., Tuesday, February 25, 1936, following an illness of two months from complications.

The deceased was born February 3, 1889, in Elba Township, Lapeer County, the daughter of Samuel and Amy Sutton Gates. She was married to Mark P. Shoemaker, of Lakeville, on June 7, 1910, who, with three sons, Ford G., Charles and Neil Shoemaker, all of Lakeville, survives. Mrs. Shoemaker was the niece of Mrs. Frank Thurstin, Mrs. W.C. Schoff, John Gates and Marion Sutton. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Belle Walker and Mrs. Mary Taylor, of Lapeer.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the home with Rev. H. Collycotte, of Rochester, officiating. Burial was made in Lakeville cemetery, under the direction of C.O. Whitcomb, Oxford.

Source: Lake Orion Review, February 28, 1936.

Small Town News—Sutton

FIFTY YEARS AGO (1888): On the 26th of Dec., Col. Sutton celebrated his 60th birthday. We wish him many happy returns. (Lake Orion Review, January 14, 1938)

FIFTY YEARS AGO (1895): Col. Sutton and wife, from Town Corners, and their daughters, Mrs. Will Schoff and Mrs. Frank Thurstin, took in the excursion on Sunday and spent the day with Col’s daughter, Mrs. Sue Brodt, of Kingston, and all enjoyed an elegant time. (Lake Orion Review, August 31, 1945)

Edward Forrester Sutton, author of the poem “The Dark Star”, is a Princeton graduate.  It is a beautiful tribute to the late Lord Kitchener, and is dedicated by permission to her majesty Queen Alexandria [sic], President of Kitchener Memorial Fund.  (Trenton Evening Times, January 20, 1917)

Mrs. Joseph D. Sutton, assisted by her mother, Mrs. J.M. Ferguson, and Mrs. J.P. Sutton, entertained about thirty of her neighborhood friends at an afternoon tea on Thursday last from 2 until 5. Miss Bessie Sutton and Miss Jeanie Gillette presided at the table. Exquisite roses, English violets and carnation pink formed the decorations. (Kansas City Times, November 23, 1890)

TEN YEARS AGO (1927): Lute Sutton underwent a second operation on Monday afternoon at Goodrich Hospital, for the removal of throat glands. Mr. Sutton had a small growth removed from his lip, two weeks ago. His daughter, Mrs. Mattie Brodt, stays at the hospital and reports him resting easy. (Lake Orion Review, June 25, 1937)

FIFTY YEARS AGO (1895): Lute Sutton has sold his traction engine to Robert Smalley, who will use it to run the Orion cider mill, while Lute has purchased another one. (Lake Orion Review, October 12, 1945)

SIXTY YEARS AGO (1884): L.J. Sutton saw a crowd of people in the road approaching, and exclaimed, “What in thunder is this? Looks as though they are coming here.” They were Mr. and Mrs. Manley Brodt, of Marlette; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thurstin, of Five Points; and Mrs. and Mrs. W.C. Schoff, of Orion. The ladies are sisters of Mr. Sutton and Lute finally caught on that it was his birthday and was he surprised! The event was neatly planned by Mrs. Sutton and daughter, Mattie, and the elegant dinner and supper and the day were much enjoyed. (Lake Orion Review, July 28, 1944)

TWENTY YEARS AGO (1916): Some heat over in the Grampian Hill region. Mrs. L.J. Sutton obtained a supply of eggs from her daughter, Mrs. Brodt, among which were specimens gathered from exposed places on the Brodt farm and were found to have been broiled by the sun. (Lake Orion Review, August 14, 1936)

THIRTY YEARS AGO (1907): Mrs. Lute Sutton was very pleasantly surprised the first of the week by about 25 friends and relatives. The surprise was successfully planned by her daughter, Mattie. Mrs. Sutton was down cellar when the guests arrived, and hastened to ascertain what all the hubbub and jollification was about. When she saw her many guests she remembered she had reached her 50th birthday on that date. Recovering from the surprise she extended to one and all the glad hand and a cordial welcome. Music on piano and violin made merry the happy hours and an elaborate spread was a pleasing feature of the event. Mrs. Sutton was the recipient of many beautiful and elegant gifts as testimonials of the givers’ love and regard. (Lake Orion Review, January 15, 1937)

FIFTY YEARS AGO (1894): Mr. Marion Sutton, of Chicago, Sundayed with his brother, Colonel Sutton, of Town Corners. Mr. Sutton is agent for the Deering Binder, is a gentleman of culture and education and one whom it is a pleasure to meet. (Lake Orion Review, November 10, 1944)

TEN YEARS AGO (1924): John Dowling has purchased the Roe Sutton farm of 160 acres near Seymour Lake. (Lake Orion Review, December 28, 1934)

TEN YEARS AGO (1925): Mr. John Dowling is said to have sold the Roe Sutton farm near Clarkston for $12,000. The buildings burned on this farm some time ago. The property adjoins the Sterns property. (Lake Orion Review, November 29, 1935)

Brown has sold a nice monument for the Wm. Sutton lot at Seymore Lake. (Orion Weekly Review, April 22, 1892)