Ex-Malin Resident Electrocuted

Contact with a 12,000 volt power line took the lives of two farmers at Prineville about 6 p.m. last night. Dead are Vern Higgins, 56, and John Frederick (Jack) Zbinden, native of Klamath County and member of a pioneer family of this area. He was 45 years old.

According to word reaching here today from a brother-in-law of Zbinden’s—Jack Wilkinson, Prineville—the two men were moving a potato loader through a gate on the Higgins ranch when the equipment struck a telephone line that in turn fell across the high power line. The power line fell across the Higgins truck from which Higgins had just stepped to the ground to direct the loader through the gate.

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Leaves $45,000 to Institutions

Mrs. Matilda Barclay’s Will Disposes of Property Valued at $230,000.

Bequests totaling more than $45,000, in which religious and welfare societies are the beneficiaries, were disposed of in the will of Matilda F. Barclay, who died August 21, 1921, at the age of 79 years. The will, dated February 8, 1918, was filed for probate Tuesday. The real estate set forth was valued at more than $230,000. More than $50,000 in personal property was included.

Bequests of $5,000 each was given to: The First Protestant society, as an endowment fund; the Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian church; the Board of Ministerial Relief of the Presbyterian church; Park college, of Parkville, “for endowment for young men who decided to enter the ministry”; the Y.W.C.A. and the Y.M.C.A.

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Mrs. Caroline E. Wilkinson

Funeral services for Mrs. Caroline E. Wilkinson will be held at the William R. Hamilton Co. Chapel, 3975 Cass Ave., at 2 p.m. Friday. Burial will be at Romeo. The Rev. Benjamin J. Bush, D.D., of Westminster Presbyterian Church, will be in charge.

Mrs. Wilkinson died Tuesday after a brief illness. She was born in Romeo and was the widow of the late Dr. William H. Wilkinson, a physician at Oxford for many years who was well known in medical circles of the State. He died more than 25 years ago,

Mrs. Wilkinson was a member of the Hytatia Club and Westminster Church. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Alexander Macdonald, 217 Easton Ave., Highland Park, with whom she had been living.

Source: Detroit Free Press, January 26 1934.

Sutton Funeral To Be Held Today

Mrs. Joanna B. Sutton, widow of the late Rev. J. Ford Sutton, Presbyterian minister in New York and Philadelphia, died Sunday evening at her home, 4247 Second avenue, after an illness of about two weeks. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3:30 o’clock at the W.R. Hamilton chapel, 3975 Cass avenue.

Mrs. Sutton was born in New York city in the first half of the nineteenth century. She came to Detroit when still a small child and spent her unmarried life and the years of her widowhood here. She was twice married, her first husband being Amos Sutton. Her second husband, Rev. Dr. Sutton, was a brother of her first husband. She was a member of the First Presbyterian church of this city and was widely known in Bay View, Mich., where she spent the summers for many years.

The surviving relatives are Joseph G. Bates, a brother; Mrs. T.A. Billings, Mrs. William Wilkinson, Mrs. Chester Morse, Mrs. Alexander McDonald, Mrs. W.H. Downs, nieces, and Frederick S. Ekliff, nephew, all of Detroit; Mrs. Frederick J.H. Sutton, niece, and Edward Sutton, nephew, of New York city, and Mrs. S.A. Benedict, niece and Walter Sutton, nephew of Philadelphia.

Source: Detroit Free Press, March 26, 1929.