RECOLLECTOR Newsletter from Sebewa; Sebewa Township, Ionia County, MI.
SURNAMES: COLWELL, TOWNSEND, PRYER, SANDBORN, BENEDICT, ALBERTS, DILLEY, ERDMAN, GILBERT, BENSCHOTER, LUSCHER, GIBBS, INGRAHAM, GILMAN, HIGBEE, MORRILL, ROLLINS, PHILBRICK, MOLTON, SAMBORNE, MOULTON, BRADLEY, ERDMAN, HUNTZINGER, SPITZLEY, ULRICH, BREIMAYER, AMES, THORP, FOX, GOODEMOOT, WOLCOTT, HOLTON, BARNUM, BOSWORTH
JANET MARILYN SANDBORN GILBERT,
75, wife of Gerald GILBERT, mother of Karen OESCH, Nancy CANNON, Peggy BUCHE and
Marilyn GOODEMOOT, sister of June (late Bob) HIGBEE, Bonnie (Mike) JAMESON, Judy
(Al) McCrumb, Betty (Tom) RUSSELL, Louis (Mary) SANDBORN, Richard (Marsha)
SANDBORN, Kendall (Barbara) SANDBORN, Gary SANDBORN and the late Howard (Mary)
SANDBORN, Riley LaVern (Maxine) SANDBORN, Maxine VOLK and Joyce LYON, daughter
of Anis BENSCHOTER & Riley Howard SANDBORN, son of Elma Winifred LUSCHER &
Lawrence WATSON (Lon) SANDBORN, son of Sarah Jane GIBBS & Columbus SANDBORN, son
of Betsey Ann INGRAHAM & Edward SANDBORN of Sebewa, son of Mehitabel GILMAN or
Polly HIGBEE & Thomas SANDBORN, son of Molly MORRILL & Abijah SANDBORN, son of
Catherine ROLLINS & Daniel SANDBORN, son of Sarah PHILBRICK & John SAMBORN, son
of Ruth MOLTON & Richard SAMBORNE, son of Margaret PAGE MOULTON & John SAMBORNE.
ELIZABETH (BETTY) BREIMAYER
SPITZLEY, 75, wife of Philip SPITZLEY, mother of Steve (Vikki) SPITZLEY, Randy
(Brenda) SPITZLEY, Debbie (Dave) CRUMBAUGH, Becky (Brian) HASKIN, and Doug (Lori
RHODES) SPITZLEY, sibling of four brothers and two sisters, daughter of Esther
ULRICH and Andrew BREIMAYER.
RUTH GOODEMOOT THORP, 91, widow
of Kenneth THORP, mother of Dianne (Tom) BARKER, Richard (Tammy) THORP, and the
late Donna THORP, sister of Ruby WILLIAMS, Merle (Mike) (Virginia) GOODEMOOT,
Richard (Marian) GOODEMOOT, and the late Earl (Pat) (Shirley) GOODEMOOT,
daughter of Florence FOX & Allyn GOODEMOOT, son of George GOODEMOOT, son of John
& Mary GOODEMOOT, great-great-granddaughter of Oliver WOLCOTT, Jr., second
Secretary of the United States Treasury after Alexander HAMILTON and Governor of
Connecticut, son of Oliver WOLCOTT, Sr., a signer of the Declaration of
Independence and also Governor of Connecticut.
RICHARD G. GOODEMOOT, 80,
husband of Marian SHIVIIE GOODEMOOT, father of Kenneth (Teri) GOODEMOOT, Keith
GOODEMOOT, Jane (Tim) TAYLOR and Kendall (Missy) GOODEMOOT, brother of Ruth and
others as shown above, son of Florence FOX & Allyn GOODEMOOT, with other
ancestors as shown above. Richard worked at Lake Odessa Co-op Elevator and
farmed with his brothers on the family land between GOODEMOOT Road and KNOLL
Road, more along CLARKSVILLE Road, and other land, in Sebewa Township.
INA LETA BARNUM HOLTON, 101, widow of Melvin Cyrus George HOLTON, mother of Eleanor BAILIFF, Neil (Wilma) HOLTON, Christine (David) VanDEVENTER, Joyce (Ken) ENGLAND, Joan HURLBUT, and three other sons who are deceased, sister of Alta WILLIAMS of Ypsilanti, daughter of Gertrude BOSWORTH & William L. BARNUM. Said to be the oldest resident of Sunfield, she actually farmed on the north side of Eaton Hwy in Sebewa Township. She is buried beside her husband in Sunfield Cemetery.
FRONT PAGE PHOTO of SEBEWA CENTER SCHOOL DIST. NO. 4 EARLY 1900s:
Can you identify any of the students and what year this is? ARLOW AVES (b. Oct. 16, 1897) is the boy in bibbed overalls in the front row second to the right of the girl in white.
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) JULY 29, 1948:
Fire, believed to have been caused by spontaneous combustion, completely destroyed the large basement barn on the Eugene LYON farm southeast of Portland in Danby Township Sunday evening. The barn was 32 x 90 feet in size, with full basement. Included in the loss were 20 tons of first cutting hay and 10 tons that was just cut. Local fire department estimates the loss at $10,000. Three horses, including a riding horse owned by William PRYER, lost their lives, as did eight purebred Guernsey calves. A hay conveyor was partially damaged. Embers from the LYON fire flew northeast to the neighboring farm of William PRYER (Dr. Roy PRYER place) and fired the barn roof. That blaze was extinguished before much damage was done. Because of spectator cars blocked the roads, two Portland fire trucks had difficulty getting to the fire, the Mulliken truck ran into a ditch trying to get around the cars, and a Lansing truck was hit by a car at FROST Corners.
DEATH of RAY A. COLWELL:
Funeral services were held Tuesday for Ray A. COLWELL, 71, who had practiced law
in Lake Odessa and Ionia for 46 years and was well known in Portland. Burial
was in Lake Odessa. Born in Detroit, Mr. COLWELL moved with his parents, Eugene
F. & Alice M. RICKEY COLWELL, at age 10 to Lake Odessa, when that village
started in 1887.
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) January
18, 1951: The farm home of Maynard GIERMAN at Sebewa Center was destroyed by
fire early Saturday morning. The blaze routed the GIERMAN family from their
sleep and leveled the 16-room structure. Mrs. GIERMAN discovered the fire when
she awoke and detected smoke about 3:00 AM. She and her husband and two
children, Jeffery, 7, and Sandra, 5, escaped.
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) January 25, 1951: One of winter’s pranks came last week when Friday’s temperature soared and a bright sun shone. The solid sheet ice slid over the dam and within 24 hours the thermometer dropped t a degree that brought more ice. With the protective layer of ice gone, the sloppy variety soon filled the head race at the power plant. The wheels slowly came to a stop when the water supply failed. This left the power supply dependent on the diesel generators downtown, but decreased the chances for a flood later.
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) January 31, 1952:
DEATH NOTICE OF ALLIE TOWNSEND:
Services were held for Mrs. Allie TOWNSEND, who passed away at her home on Grant
Street last Friday morning. Mrs. TOWNSEND and her husband Ross had moved to the
village from their farm south of the MONROE School only a few weeks ago. The
couple observed their golden wedding anniversary on September 21, 1951.
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) JANUARY 1932: A daughter was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. Marcus GALER.
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) NOVEMBER 27, 1952: Mr. & Mrs. Charles GILDEN of Portland and Mr. & Mrs. Dempster ALBERTS of Lansing spent Sunday with Mr. & Mrs. Harrison BROOKS of Scottville. Mrs. BROOKS is the sister of Mrs. GILDEN and Mr. ALBERTS. (The ALBERTS siblings were natives of Sebewa Corners, where their father ran a general store just west of the I. O. O. F. Hall on Musgrove Hwy.)
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest SANDBORN celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary at an open house Sunday.
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) NOVEMBER
1932: A younger generation of soldiers bore the remains of a man who fought in
the 1860s to his last resting place Wednesday. During the last few years of his
life, members of the American Legion had honored Philo N. CHAPEL in numerous
ways, and in death they paid their final tribute. In November 1912, Portland
Village President, Duncan KENNEDY, appointed Philo N. CHAPEL as Village
Marshall, on account of the illness of N. T. SANDBORN.
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) NOVEMBER 1912: John STENCIL, of Orange Township, lost two large barns by fire.
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) April 13, 2009 1961:
DEATH OF RAY PRYER: Ray PRYER, 71, died April 5 at his home in Portland. He was born in Danby Township, August 6, 1889, SON OF Acelia BARNARD & Charles H. PRYER. Surviving are the wife, Belle PEAKE PRYER, and daughter, Mrs. Betty CONROYD of Kalamazoo. Ray lived in Seattle, WA, 17 years, 1923-1940.
PORTLAND REVIEW: AUGUST 1944: West Sebewa News: Mr. & Mrs. Glenn NICHOLSON visited their daughter, Mrs. Herbert EVANS and family over the weekend. Their grandson, Teddy LAKIN, of Lansing, was with them. (Janet EVANS CARTER says her mother, Harriet EVANS, had a sister, Alta, who was married to Ted LAKIN, Sr. (twice actually) and Ted Jr. and his sister, Glenna, often stayed with their grandparents on the farm. They were even listed as students at West Sebewa School at one time. NICHOLSONS lived on the Sebewa side of GOODEMOOT Road, across from Ora WALKINGTON. They had 60 acres in Sebewa Township and 40 acres in Orange Township. So Ted Jr. and Glenna are first cousins to both Janet EVANS CARTER and Ann LAKIN SLOWINS.)
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) JUNE 7,
1951: Mr. & Mrs. Reuben T. GRAFT celebrated their 60th wedding
anniversary on June 5th, quietly receiving friends and relatives.
Reuben Thomas GRAFT came to Michigan with his parents as a child of six months,
and at twenty-three months came to Danby Township, where he has lived for
eighty-one years. Harriet Elvira WILLIAMS was born in Sebewa and later moved
with her parents to Danby. They were married at the home of their neighbors,
Mr. & Mrs. Nathan PEAKE, Sr. Their six children, all living, are: Glenn
Herbert GRAFT, Portland; Estella Iris McCrumb, Danby; Evelyn Marion GREEN,
Mulliken; Earl William GRAFT, Saginaw; Harold Thomas GRAFT, Portland; and Clare
Allen GRAFT, Westport, CN.
PORTLAND REVIEW: JUNE 7, 1951:
Southwell & Snyder have announced the sale of their business to Bob Ackerson of
Portland. He will maintain an all-car service in addition to the Kaiser-Frazer
agency. Mr. ACKERSON was formerly employed at Rhynard’s Garage and will be at
his new business at 107 Maple Street on Monday, June 11. (Bob ACKERSON later
sold new & used Allis-Chalmers farm machinery in a building just west of Joe
CROSBY Pontiac-Buick on East Grand River Ave.)
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) JUNE 1931: Mr. & Mrs. Herbert EVANS are soon to move to Grand Ledge, where Mr. EVANS is employed by the Arctic Dairy Products Co. Mr. L. BRADMAN and family have rented the EVANS home on Lincoln St. Mr. BRADMAN is the new manager of the A & P Store here.
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) JUNE 1911:
Miss Frances PASCHE was knocked down on Kent Street in Portland by an auto
driven by Peter FINEIS near the building occupied by John BAUER. Two of the
girl’s ribs and a shoulder were broken. In attempting to dodge the machine, she
ran in front of it.
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) JANUARY 19,
1950: Mrs. Charles BENEDICT, 91, who formerly resided in this vicinity (in
Orange Township), passed away in Port Huron and was returned to Portland for
burial. Mrs. BENEDICT’S maiden name was Carrie NICHOLSON. She was the widow of
Willie F. BENEDICT. Glenn NICHOLSON of West Sebewa is a brother. Nephews and
nieces of Mrs. BENEDICT residing in this area are A. Fred KLOTZ, Will KINNEY,
Mrs. Iva BIDWELL and Mrs. Harriet EVANS.
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) JUNE 7, 1951: Miss Lucille WILCOX, former principal at Portland High School, has been made head of the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the State of Michigan at Detroit.
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) APRIL 13,
1930: In his youthful days Glenn P. DILLEY, 46, who died at Charlotte Thursday,
was often in Portland, where his uncles, Josiah and John DILLEY, resided.
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) APRIL 13, 1950: While Lynn KLUMP was driving the school bus on DIVINE Hwy one morning this week, four deer appeared in the road ahead. They were so terrified that when they dashed off, one ran into a tree, broke its neck and died. It is thought that two deer tried to go thru a space wide enough for only one. A few minutes later John BARTON of Marselle Road spotted three deer, believed to be the same three, hopping over his fence. The dead deer was dressed out and taken to Portland High School for use in the hot lunch program. (What a change 60 years makes, this was big news on the front page!)
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) APRIL
1910: New cars arriving last week were Arthur NUNNELEY’S Brush, George W.
WOOD’S Ford, Charles ESTEP’S White Steamer, and E. C. HEROLTZ’S Rambler.
IONIA SENTINEL (MI) APRIL 14,
1942: Cincinnati (AP) – Three officers of the American Association of
Industrial Physicians declared today that the war is a threat to America’s next
generation. They say 5,000,000 mothers and potential mothers will be employed
in war work by the end of 1942. Women are being called into jobs ranging from
making fuses for shells to running huge presses and metal lathes. “They are
about twice as susceptible to disease as men, and the rate goes up sharply after
they marry. (!!!!) We not only have to think of treating their present
illnesses, but also the protection of their health for the future. This problem
is complicated by the fact that thousands of married women are trying to carry
on two jobs – maintaining a home and working in an industrial plant or military
arsenal. They work eight hours a day, then rush home and get supper ready, or
breakfast if they work the night shift, and are so keyed up they can’t sleep.”
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) MARCH 23,
1950: George LEIK has rented an apartment in the former James McCLELLAND home
to Mr. and Mrs. Ray PRYER. (This corner was later cleared for the Seven/Eleven
Store.) It was recently vacated by Mr. & Mrs. George STEWARD, Jr., who moved to
Lansing. The PRYERS will move there from an apartment they have long occupied
in the Harold BUCK home.
PORTLAND REVIEW (MI) SEPTEMBER
4, 1952: Persistent rumors that Portland was to lose one of its valuable
industries blossomed into a sad reality last week, when HOLLEY Carburetor Co. of
Detroit announced it was closing its Portland plant, the Portland Manufacturing
Co., in the very near future. When the last shipment of parts has gone from the
Portland factory, it will mark the end of a period of profitable employment
which this firm has created in the Portland area.
Last update November 10, 2013