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)

Lake Orion Young Man to Marry Pontiac Girl

Miss Betty Raymond, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Raymond, of Pontiac, and Gale Skinner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Skinner, of Lake Orion, will be united in marriage Saturday evening, September 5th, at 9:30 o’clock, at the First Christian church in Pontiac, of which they are both members.

The bride will wear a form fitting floor-length white satin gown, with a short veil held in place by orange blossoms. Her bouquet will be of garden flowers. Miss Violet Kinsey and James Kruse, of Lapeer, will be their attendants. Miss Kinsey’s dress will be of white silk net, trimmed with tiny pink rosebuds, and her corsage will be of sweetpeas.

Immediately following the ceremony a reception for sixty guests will take place at the home of the bride’s parents, on Huron street, Pontiac.

Mr. Skinner lived here for seven years and attended the Lake Orion High School. He is now employed as a meat cutter in a Pontiac store. The bride is a sister-in-law of Clarence Ceiling who managed the local Kroger store about seven years ago. Incidentally, the two attendants, Mr. Kruse and Miss Kinsey, expect to be married in November.

Source: Lake Orion Review, September 4, 1936.

Lena Belle Skinner Obituary


Mrs. Lena Belle Skinner, 65, of 53 N. Andrews Ave., passed away April 9 at Lapeer County General hospital after an illness of three days.

She was born in Lapeer County May 8, 1889, the daughter of Richard Griffith and Addie Patterson Griffith, and attended school in Lapeer.

She was married to Clyde LeRoy Skinner on August 23, 1911, at Lapeer and came to Lake Orion 27 years ago to make her home. She was a member of the Lake Orion Methodist Church.

Surviving are her three daughters, Mrs. Murl Teller and Mrs. Phillip Ryckman, Lake Orion; and Mrs. Leslie Peters, Rochester; and one son, Gale R. Skinner, of Oxford.

Also surviving are a brother, Frank W. Griffith, Plant City, Fla; five sisters, Mrs. Henry Maxfield, Columbiaville, Mrs. George Gritzinger, Davison; Mrs. Andrew Eppler, Lapeer; Mrs. Frank Walz, Mt. Pleasant; and Miss Fannie Griffith, Mt. Pleasant.

Services were held last Tuesday at the Allen Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank S. Hemingway of Lapeer officiating. Burial was in Oregon Cemetery, Columbiaviille.

Source: Lake Orion Review, April 15, 1955.

Clyde L. Skinner Obituary

Clyde LeRoy Skinner, 72, of 53 N. Andrews Ave., Lake Orion, father of Mrs. Murl E. Teller and Mrs. Phillip E. Ryckman, both of Lake Orion, passed away last Wednesday at Lapeer County General Hospital after a nine-day illness.

Funeral services were conducted at Allen’s Funeral Home here last Saturday afternoon by Rev. Frank S. Hemingway of the Lapeer Methodist church. Interment was in Oregon cemetery, Lapeer County. His widow, Lena B. Skinner of Lake Orion; son Gale D. Skinner of Oxford; another sister, Mrs. Leslie W. Peters of Rochester; and four grandchildren are also survivors.

The deceased was formerly employed at the W.E. Scripps estate as a gardener, and more recently he had been on the maintenance staff of the Village of Lake Orion. He had lived her the past 25 years, coming here from Columbiana, Mich. He was a member of the Lake Orion Methodist church.

Mr. Skinner was born April 22, 1882 in Oregon Township, Lapeer County, his parents being Alonzo and Harriet Sutton Skinner. He attended Gray school in Lapeer County, and on August 23, 1911, was married to the former Lena B. Griffith in Lapeer.

Source: Lake Orion Review, December 9, 1954.