William Belton Turner
From The Birmingham Post Herald, May 18, 1965:
Mr. William Belton Turner, age 47, of Cardiff, Ala, passed away Sunday p.m. at a local hospital. Survived by his mother, Mrs. Catherine Turner of Cardiff; 3 brothers, Oscar J. and Carl Turner, both of Adamsville, and Clarence Turner of Cardiff; 2 sisters, Mrs. Buria Wood of Birmingham, and Mrs. Ethyl Norman of Cardiff. Funeral services Tuesday, 2 p,m, from Cardiff Baptist Church, the Revs. Carl Powell and Claude Johnson officiating, interment Lynn's Crossing Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. until time of services. Military services at the grave. Bell directing.
Willis Alvis Estes
From The Birmingham News, Monday, January 22, 1940:
Willis A. Estes, age 55, of 4416 11th Ave N, passed away Saturday evening. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Minnie Estes; two daughters, Mrs. Floyd R. Bell, Miss Helen Estes; three sons, Joe A., Walter A., George A. of Birmingham; one brother, R. T. Estes of York, Ala; four sisters, Mrs. Ida Key, Mrs. Mamie Wesson, Birmingham, Mrs. Rosa Tucker of York, Ala, Mrs. Florence Estes, Epps, Ala. Funeral services will be held from Luguire's Chapel at 2 p.m. Monday, Rev. J. L. Thomas and Rev. James Cantrell officiating. Interment Forest Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers: William Glenn, James Glenn, Sterling Brown, Bert Brown, Jr., James Ledford, Robert Cotton. Honorary pallbearers: Herschel Spinks, Charley Schrimscher.
MRS. SARAH ADAMS FLETCHER
Mrs. Sarah Lucina Adams Fletcher, who was buried last Friday afternoon, was of pioneer stock, and she possessed in marked degrees all the charms and virtues which come from the strong blood that blazes a path for civilization. Her father, Horace Hale Adams, was born at Brattlesboro, Vermont, of which state his family was among the earliest settlers. Her mother, who before her marriage was Laura G. Kinney, came from an old New York family. Both her father's father and her mother's father were American officers in the Revolutionary War.
Soon after the marriage of her parents they acquired a large farm in what is now Sandusky county, Ohio, on which they prospered. It was on this farm that Mrs. Fletcher was born, on August 23, 1835. A year and a half later her parents sold their farm and started for Michigan, which then was in the western wilds. The long trip was made in a covered sleigh, as they were far ahead of the railroads.
They carried with them the money which Mr. Adams had received for his Ohio farm and it was left in the sleigh at night, guarded only by a dog.
The family reached their destination early in the spring of 1837 and settled in the virgin forest in what is now Porter township. They first lived in a log cabin, hurriedly constructed as a temporary residence, but soon afterwards moved into a large frame house built close to their first home. They were the first white settlers in that section, and their only neighbors for their first summer and winter in the new country were Indians.
In the following spring Uri and Hartwell Kinney, brothers of Mrs. Adams, arrived and took up farm near by. They were soon followed by other relatives and old friends of the first settlers. All of the newcomers as they arrived, were entertained at the hospitable Adams home unti they had built homes of their own. Relatives, friends, and strangers were alike made welcome. They were freely given supplies for their new homes, feed for their horses and cattle, and grain and potatoes for planting, and Horace H. Adams and his wife became known and loved far and wide for their kindness and exceeding generosity.
Mr. Adams died in 1847 and two years later his wife followed him. They left five children: Two boys, Franklin B. and Uri M., and three girls, Sarah Lucina, Emily Lorania, and Mary Calista.
On December 3, 1856, Sarah Lucina married Dorsey Fletcher and they went to live on a part of the old Fletcher farm, about a mile southwest of the Adams place. They made the new home as famous for its hospitality as the old one had been. Twins were born to them, Julius Horace and Julian Thomas, but the last named lived only six months. Besides their son they raised three girls who, though never legally adopted, were brought up as their own.
Mrs. Fletcher was of an unusually kind and cheerful dispostion. Though she was deaf from the time she was about twelve years old, she never chose to regard it as an affliction. No matter what the provocation she was never known to speak an unkind word of any person, even to members of her own family. She was always seeking opportunities to help people and her kind deeds were without number. She was never too tired or too busy to assist anyone in trouble.
Mrs. Fletcher and her husband were converted at a wonderful manifestion of God's power at a meeting held under the pastorate of Rev. M. C. Daniels in the Kinney schoolhouse in the winter of 1893 when many heads of families were converted. The following year they assisted in the erection of the beautiful little church called Harmony Chapel, with which they united on August 5, 1894. This membership both of them held to the end.
They remained at the farm until November 30, 1897, when they moved to Marcellus. Mr. Fletcher died the following July and his widow took up her home with her son Julius and his wife, at whose residence, she died on Tuesday afternoon, January 6, aged seventy-eight years, four months and thirteen days.
Besides her son she leaves one sister, Mrs. D. F. Smith, of New York, four grandchildren and three great -grandchildren, and a great many other relatives and friends without number.
Her body was borne to the grave by six of her nephews, Chester and Archie Adams, Clarence and Hale Thornton, and H. H. and Franklin Adams, all of Porter township.
Funeral services were conducted at the U. B. church by Rev. J. A. Morey of Edwards Corners, an old family friend and Mrs. Fletcher's pastor. This service was preceded by a prayer at the house.
FRANKLIN B. ADAMS, AGED 20, DIES AFTER FEW DAYSí ILLNESS
Funeral of Young Man Held at Home of His Parents on Tuesday Afternoon The death of Franklin Adams, aged 20 years, Sunday came as a shock to friends of the community and words of sympathy are heard on every hand for the bereaved parents. The young man had been sick for several days before coming home from Kalamazoo, where he was employed, and not many people knew of his illness until he passed away. Franklin B. Adams, oldest son of Franklin K. and Josephine M. Adams, was born at Lawton, Mich., June 11, 1908, and passed away at his home in Porter, Sunday, July 8, 1928, after an illness of one week. His early education was obtained in the country schools near his home, and he was graduated from Lawton high school with the class of 1925. His ambition for higher education led him to broader fields and he enrolled in September, 1927, in the manual arts department of the Western State Teachersí College of Kalamazoo, Mich., where he successfully completed the first year of his course.In pursuance of his desire, he obtained a position with the Western Union Telegraph Company, where he was employed at the time of his death. Among his many outstanding characteristics were his ability to grasp the situation quickly and his moral cleanliness. The funeral was held at the home (something must have been omited here) ing to do any task which might have been asked of him which he was physically able to perform. He was very trusty and could be depended upon to the last degree. He was a great lover of beauty and the better things in life. To know him was to love him. He leaves to mourn, his father and mother, three brothers and one sister, two grandmothers, Mrs Anna Adams and Mrs. Mary L. Burhans, and a host of other dear relatives and friends. The funeralw (sp) was held at the home Tuesday afternoon, Rev. G.W. Maxwell officiating, and burial was made at Oak Grove cemetery. Members of his high school graduating class and his associates at Kalamazoo acted as pall bearers.
Among those from away who attended the funeral of Franklin B. Adams were Don O. Pullin, Marion J. Sherwood and Fred S. Huff, instructors in the manual arts department of W.S.T.C., Jack Harris, Lee Morrow, Alfred Wright and Forest Nicolson, roommates at the Widey Apartments, Sam Yonkers, Clarence Campbell, E. G. McMahon, Lewis Soblesky and F. B. Bradley, fellow workers in the Western Union Telegraph office, Mrs. Anna Wildey, Mrs. Catherine Wildey, Mr. and Mr. E. J. O'Brian, Mr. Jesse O'Brian and son, all of Kalamazoo; Mrs. Mary Sykes and daughters, Louise and Jane, of Benton Harbor; Mr. and Mrs. Vene Bates of Mattawan; Mr and Mrs. Earl Burhans, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Burhans, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Adams and son, Mrs. W. C. Wood, of Paw Paw; Mr and Mrs. Lloyd Drake of Lawrence.
Mamie Estes Wesson
From The Birmingham News, Friday, June 17, 1966:
Mrs. Mamie Estes Wesson of 1331 4th Court West, passed away Thursday a.m. at a local hospital. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. H. L. (Alice) Spinks, Mrs. Henry (Inez) Sykes, both of Birmingham; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, R. T. Estes of Meridian, Miss; 1 sister, Mrs. Ida Wiley of Pineville, La; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday at Elmwood Chapel, interment Elmwood Cemetery. Dr. H. M. Hudson and Rev. Joe Harmon officiating. Active pallbearers: Fred Tucker, Marian Allen, E. E. Estes, George Estes, Floyd Bell, Jack Sizemore.
Mrs. Pearl Adams
Mrs. Pearl Adams, 66, widow of Mason Adams, died Tuesday evening at 6:40 at the home of her sister, Mrs. Sarah Anderson in Flowerfield Township. She had been in failing health for several years. Until two years ago she had been a resident of South Bend for 25 years. Mrs. Adams was born in Porter Township, Van Buren County, March 13, 1883, daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Bowersox) Eisenhauer. She was married 38 years ago last November to Mason Adams, who died June 9, 1928. She leaves seven sister and four brothers, Mrs. S.S. Stuck, Mrs. Sarah Anderson, Mrs. Ross Lee, Marcellus; Mrs. Emma Wilcox, Decatur; Mrs. George Bidleman, Schoolcraft; Mrs. Roy Simm, White Pigeon; Mrs. Lillian Wilcox, Coopersville; Charles Zacheriah, George and Benjamin Eisenhauer of Marcellus. She was a member of the Presbyterian church in South Bend. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:30 at Edwards Corners church. Dr. Jones of South Bend will officiate. Burial will be in Marcellus cemetary. Mr. and Mrs. Adams owned the general store at Chamberlain a few years ago before going to South Bend.
William McKain was born at Niles, Mich., September 25, 1856, and passed away at his home in this village February 18, at the age of sixty-six years. For over forty-four years he was employed by the Michigan Central as a trainman, and served part of that time as a passenger conductor, his run being between Detroit and Chicago. The family resided at Jackson over thirty years, at Kalamazoo nine years, and two years ago, when failing health compelled him to give up active work on the road, Mr. and Mrs. McKain came to Decatur to live. He leaves to mourn his passing a wife, one son, a grandson, one brother and two sisters, besides many friends not only in the cities where he has formally resided, but in Decatur. He was a kind, considerate husband and father, a faithful worker and a congenial friend. Funeral services were held at the home Saturday afternoon, Rev. W. E. Calow, officiating. Interment at Lakeside. Those from away who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. E. J. McKain, Joseph McKain, A. J. Guilfoil, of Detroit; E. J. Guilfoil and wife of Wyandotte; M. J. Schaberg and wife, Dr. and Mrs. R. U. Adams, C. H. Curtis, Mrs. E. Rhodes, Mrs. M. Jackson, of Kalamazoo; Mrs. M. J. Guilfoil, Mr. and Mrs. John Manson, Mrs. May Connely, of Jackson; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Sykes, Misses Mildred and Hazel Adams, of Benton Harbor; Mrs. Ray Mitchell of Lawton; Mr. and Mrs. N. S. Kinney of Oshtemo; Mrs. George Adams, Marcellus; Mr and Mrs. Archie Adams, of Schoolcraft; Mr and Mrs. Chester Adams of Vicksburg.
James P. Adams
James P. Adams, 62, of Birmingham, died Friday, September 23, 1983. He was a machine operator at Pullman Standard. Funeral services were held on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Rice's Chapel Baptist Church with burial in the adjoining cemetery. Rev. Winfred Owens officiated. He is survived by one daughter, Linda Sue Dickey of Hammond, Ind.; one sister, Ruth Tucker, of Birmingham; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Deceased Name: John Mollers
-- John Mollers, beloved husband of Mildred Burke Mollers; dear father of
John; grandfather of Robert. Services Saturday, March 15, 2 p.m., at
funeral home, 5350 W. North avenue, under the auspices of Damascus lodge,
No. 888, A. F. & A. M. Interment Woodlawn. TUxedo 9-8844.
Chicago Tribune (IL)
March 13, 1958