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The entrance to Silverbrook Cemetery is located at the corner of Main and Cherry Streets in the city of Niles, Michigan.

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Jester, LaVoyne E.B.

LaVoyne E.B. Jester
March 8, 1900-April 25, 1947

Niles Daily Star, Monday, April 28, 1947, page 2, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

LaVoyne E. B. Jester, 47, former Niles resident, was to be buried in Niles today after funeral services this afternoon in Michigan City, ind., where he died on Friday. He had been ill for several years.

Born in Niles March 8, 1900, he spent most of his life in the vicinity of South Bend. Survivors include his stepfather, Edward Smithers, Cassopolis; five children, Clarence L., James Dean, Joyce, and Mary Jane Jester and Mrs. Betty Uplinger, all of Elkhart; and two stepchildren, William L. Crill, Ardmore, Ind., and Mrs. Dorothy Edwards, Michigan City.


Jones, Adolph F.

Adolph F. Jones
Aug. 4, 1900-Oct. 16, 1987

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, October 17, 1987, page 2, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library

Adolph F. Jones, 87, 1333 Wells St., Niles, died at 5:15 p.m. Friday at Pawating Hospital following a brief illness.

He was a retired employee of the Niles News Agency and a member of the Eagles Lodge and American Legion Post 26, Niles. Jones also was a World War II U.S. Army veteran.

Born Aug. 4, 1900, in Wheeling, W. Va., he lived in this area since 1948 coming from Chicago.

Surviving are a daughter, Ida Mae McLaughlin of Charleston, W. Va.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Halbritter Funeral Home with Rev. Arnold O. Schaap of Edwardsburg officiating. Burial will be at Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m Monday at the funeral home.

Jones, Allen V.

Allen V. Jones
July 17, 1892-Dec. 21, 1952

Niles Daily Star, Tuesday, December 22, 1953, page 2, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

Allen V. Jones, 1338 Sheffield avenue, died at 12:03 p.m. Monday in his home. He had been in poor health.

Surviving are his wife, Marie; one son, Vernard, of Niles; and one sister, Mrs. Dave Evans, of Terre Haute, Ind.

He was born on July 17, 1892, in Cora, Ind., and came here from South Bend 20 years ago. He was employed by Electro-Voice Inc., at Buchanan.

Friends may call at the Pifer Funeral Home, where services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday by the Rev. T.M. Greenhoe, Presbyterian pastor. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.


Jones, Aline Vivian

Aline Vivian Jones
July 11, 1917-April 28, 1947

Niles Daily Star, Monday, April 28, 1947, page 2, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

Mrs. Allen Jones, 1003 North Eighth street, died at 9:30 a.m. today in Pawating hospital shortly before giving birth to a daughter who survives her. She had entered the hospital this morning.

Funeral arrangements are being made by the Kiger funeral home.

Niles Daily Star, Tuesday, April 29, 1947, page 2, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

Services will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic church for Mrs. Aline Vivian Jones, 1003 North Eighth street, who died yesterday morning at Pawating hospital. She was 29 years old.

The Rev. Joseph Rochford will conduct the funeral, following which burial will be in Silverbrook cemetery. Friends may call at the Kiger funeral home.

Mrs. Jones was born in Memphis, Tenn., July 11, 1917, and came here from Chicago in 1938. She went to California in 1940, but returned to Niles in 1946.

Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Gertrude Thomas, Niles; three children, Allen Francis, Jr., Patricia Ann, and  Terry Jean, all at home; and eight brothers and sisters, Edward K. Thomas, Mrs. Land Reed and Mrs. John Childress, Niles; Mrs. Joseph Hodges, Mrs. James Born and Mrs. Robert Brown, Cleveland, O.; Mrs. Casper Shaw and Mrs. Mitchell Wilson, Memphis.



Knott, Charles F.

Charles F. Knott
Nov. 20, 1869-Aug. 26, 1938

Niles Daily Star, Friday, August 26, 1938, page 1, col. 6, cont. page 2, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library

Charles F. Knott, Ill, Despondent, Takes Own Life


Ill and despondent, Charles F. Knott, 68, Niles' veteran furniture craftsman, ended his life early this morning.

His lifeless body, throat slashed with a razor, was found at the rear of the Knott store at 13 East Main street by his brother, William J. Knott, when the latter arrived at the store at 7:30 this morning.  Mr. Knott had been ill since April.

Death ended a colorful career. Mr. Knott was a native of Niles. He was born here in 1869 and with his father, who had learned the cabinet making trade in Europe, he fashioned of the finest pieces of furniture in the home of some of Niles older families.

Wood Craftsman

With his brother William he developed a business in Niles that was unique in this section of the state. Treasured heirlooms were sent to the Knott shops for repairs and upholstering. The brothers knew find woods, period furniture and had an inherited sense of artistic line in cabinet making.

In the early days Charles Knott belonged to the old Niles band. He went still further, joining a famous circus that toured the country from coast to coast.  During this interlude, his brother William carried on the business in Niles.  Charles returned here about 12 years ago, donned the apron, resumed his craft and took up again the quiet, unassuming life that had characterized his early career.

Rotary Gavel

One of the fine pieces of work that remains as a striking example of his craftsmanship is the Rotary club gavel, presented to the club May 7, 1924 by Miller Dunckel. The gavel was carefully fashioned by hand from bits of wood from Niles historic buildings and rare pieces contributed by club members.

Mr. Knott was born here Nov. 20, 1869. In his youth Niles' Main street business was located farther west. The shop the brothers had operated for many years was once in the center of business activity. The streets were unpaved. The water supply was obtained from Barron lake.

Learned Trade at 14

He entered his father's shop when he was 14 years old. The elder Knott had learned his trade in Potsdam, Germany, and came to Niles soon after the close of the Civil war.

Beside his brother William, he leaves two sisters, Mrs. William DuVall and Miss Minnie Knott, both of Niles.  Two daughters, Mrs. Fred Bobzin and Miss Lorraine Knott, live in Chicago.

The body was taken to the Rutherford funeral home where services will be held Monday morning at 10:30. The Rev. Harry L. Nicholson will officiate. The Knights of Pythias, of which he was a member, will conduct services at the grave in Silverbrook.