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)

Joshua P. Sutton

THIRTY-TWO YEARS AGO [1903]: Judge J.P. Sutton and wife were entertained Wednesday and Thursday at the Predmore and Coon homes. Mr. Sutton is assistant superintendent of the soldiers’ home at Leavenworth, Kansas. Mrs. Sutton will be remembered by the older settlers as Miss Nellie Shadbolt. They have two grownup children, a married daughter living in Kansas City and a son in Johannesburg, S.A. Mr. Sutton was the first village marshal and tells of the village lock-up. He said in those days a little stockade built of boards six feet high without a roof served as the bastille and when a man became drunk — and in those days there were lots of them — he would lock his prisoner in and allow him to climb out when he had sufficiently sobered up. Pretty hard on the justices of those days. This failed to work, he notes, in the case of “N—– Charley,” a village character of those days, who would persist in digging himself out contrary to regulation.

Source:  Lake Orion Review, July 5, 1935)

Small Town News—Middletown Times Herald & Middletown Daily Argus

Miss Jeanne Arnold of Matamoras returned home today after a week’s visit with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George E. Carr. (Middletown Times Herald, September 21, 1946)

Mrs. Edna Bush of Unionville returned there Monday after a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Halsey Decker. (Middletown Times Herald, June 5, 1941)

Mrs. Edna Bush is a guest at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Decker in Washingtonville. (Middletown Times Herald, October 5, 1948)

Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Davidson of Cooperstown spent the weekend with Mrs. Davidson’s sisters, Miss Lillian, Florence and Mary Sutton. Miss Elizabeth Davidson of New York also spent the week-end at the Sutton home. She is taking a nurse’s training corps [sic] at the Presbyterian Hospital. Mrs. Mae Sutton of Unionville was also a guest at the same home. (Middletown Times Herald, October 3, 1945)

Mrs. Lulu Hissenbottle [sic] of Palisades Park, N.J., returned home Sunday after spending a week with Mr. and Mrs. George E. Carr. (Middletown Times Herald, July 31, 1945)

Mrs. Leslie Hissenbottle [sic] of Palisades Park, N.J., is spending the week with Mr. and Mrs. George E. Carr. (Middletown Times Herald, August 7, 1946)

Mount Salem — Miss Alice Northrup spent a couple of days in Middletown, last week, accompanied by Mrs. John Carr, of Unionville. (Middletown Daily Argus, October 9, 1895)

Mrs. Kenneth Whitaker has taken her daughter Sally to Sampson Naval hospital for removal of her tonsils. (Middletown Times Herald, August 17, 1945)

Small Town News—Beardslee & Beardsley

Wesley Stevens, James Poole and Mrs. Grant Beardslee went to Detroit Saturday for a conference with the New Era Church extension board. Arrangements were made for the continuance of the work for another year with W. H. Chambers as pastor. (Clarkston Community News, October 22, 1921)

John Beardslee and granddaughter, Lillian, were recent callers of Mrs. Myrtle Boomer. (Lake Orion Review, September 16, 1938)

Rollie Beardslee of Grand Rapids spent a portion of last week at Sidney Groover’s. (Orion Weekly Review, March 26, 1909)

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Beardsley and family, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Francis and family, Arthur Groover, Mrs. Edna Groover and son Marshall, plan to attend the Groover Sutton family reunion at Bloomer State Park at Rochester, Sunday. Potluck dinner at 12:30 p.m. (Lake Orion Review, July 26, 1940)

Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Beardsley and family of Elgin, Ill., were the guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Beardsley, from Thursday until Monday. On Sunday all attended a family gathering and picnic dinner at Apland Beach, Bay City, the home of the latter’s granddaughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gustafson. Also attending were Mr. and Mrs. Howard Beardsley and son and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Beardsley and family of Oxford, Miss Helen Beardsley of Mt. Clemens and Mrs. Carol Beardsley and daughter, Cara, of Clawson. (Orion Weekly Review, June 6, 1952)

George Sutton

Unionville, Dec. 20 — Georgie, the little ten-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Seeley Sutton, died Saturday morning, of pneumonia, following and attack of measles. Georgie was a child of a sunny disposition, and his sudden and untimely death has cast a gloom over the entire community. Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers and one sister, all of tender years. Funeral services will be held in the Presbyterian Church, where he was a faithful attendant at Sunday school, Wednesday at 11 o’clock. Interment in the Pine Hill Cemetery, near Middletown.

Source:  Middletown Daily Times, December 20, 1915.

Joseph D. Sutton

Joseph D. Sutton died of stomach trouble at St. Joseph’s hospital yesterday morning after an illness extending from last March. He had been in poor health for about four years. J.D. Sutton was one of the most widely known men in the insurance business in the Central West, having been general agent for the Washington Life Insurance company for the western half Missouri since 1883. Mr. Sutton was born in Sussex county, New Jersey, April 10, 1847, being 54 years old at the time of his death. In 1877 he became associated with the now defunct Continental Life Insurance at Detroit as special agent for Michigan, and a short time afterward joined the Connecticut Mutual Life in a similar capacity. In 18[unclear] became connected with the Washington Life Insurance company and divided his time between Michigan and Indiana. The excellent manner in which he represented this company in Indiana resulted in his appointment as general agent for the western half of Missouri with headquarters at Kansas City in 1883. Mr. Sutton was one of the founders of the Kansas City Life Underwriters’ association and its success was largely due to his efforts. He never failed to represent the association as a delegate to the convention of the national association of life underwriters. As president of the association Mr. Sutton’s administration was markedly progressive. He left a wife, a daughter, Josephine, aged 11, and a son, Edwin, aged 17. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the family home on Woodworth avenue. Rural Lodge A.F. and A.M. will have charge of the funeral services.

Source:  Kansas City Star, November 4, 1901.

Joshua Predmore Sutton

CAPT. J.P. SUTTON DEAD — Fought in the Civil War With a Michigan Regiment — Captain J.P. Sutton of 3144 Main street, died after a short illness at 9’30 o’clock, aged 62 years. The body will be sent to Cheyboygan [sic], Mich., for burial. Captain Sutton was a member of the governor’s staff at the Soldiers’ home in Leavenworth, and a member of the Seventh regiment, Michigan volunteers in the Civil War. He leaves a wife and two children — Mrs. Luther Slavens of Kansas City and Lynn Sutton, who is now in South Africa.

Source:  Kansas City Star, August 20, 1903.

Seeley Sutton

UNIONVILLE — Ill only a short time, Seeley Sutton, native of Slate Hill and long a resident of Unionville, died yesterday in Horton Memorial Hospital, Middletown. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Sutton of Slate Hill. Surviving are his wife, who was Miss May Ayer; a daugher, Mrs. Ernest Soudant; three sons, Albert, Stanley and Jack Sutton, all of Unionville; two grandchildren, Douglas and Delores Sutton of Unionville; four sisters, Mrs. James Davison of Cooperstown and the Misses Lillian, Flossie and Mary Sutton of Slate Hill; and four brothers, Merritt and Clarence Sutton of New York, and Harry and Ernest Sutton of Slate Hill. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Unionville by Rev. G. Raymond Campbell and interment will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Slate Hill. Mr. Sutton was a member of Minisink Council, J.O.U.A.M., and American Council, Daughters of America.

Source:  Middletown Times Herald, May 7, 1937.


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.

Mrs. Sutton, Lake Pioneer, is Called

Well Known Former Resident Passes at Home of Daughter

Word was received here of the death Friday in Philadelphia of Mrs. Mary A. Sutton, widow of the late E.F. Sutton, former well known Lake Linden Merchant and pioneer of the copper country. The deceased was 80 years of age.

The deceased was born in Cornwall, England and came to America when a child with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. William Harris, who made their home at Rockland. Moving to Allouez a few years later, Mr. Harris became a superintendent of the Allouez Mining Company’s mill. The deceased was married to Mr. Sutton September 5, 1865, and for a time made their home in Philadelphia, later returning to the Copper Country and residing at Hurontown. Moving to Lake Linden a few years later, Mr. Sutton became associated with his father-in-law in the Harris Mercantile company. Upon the death of Mr. Harris, the store became known as the E.F. Sutton store company. Two children were born to the couple, Mrs. S.A. Benedict, of Philadelphia, at whose home Mrs. Sutton died, and Walter F., of Lake Linden, who was with his mother when death occurred.

Mrs. Sutton continued her home in Lake Linden after the death of her husband in 1901. Last November she went to live with her daughter in Philadelphia. Besides the children, one sister, Mrs. Overfield, who resided with Mrs. Sutton until last November, but who is now located in Toledo, also survives. The funeral will be held Sunday in Romeo, Michigan and the body will be laid to rest beside that of her husband.

Source: The Mining Gazette, January 26, 1924.