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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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Rooks, Maude A.

Maude A. Rooks
Oct. 3, 1886-July 23, 1955

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, July 23, 1955, page 2, col. 7, microfilm Niles District Library

Mrs. Maude A. Rooks, 68, of 1303 Barron Lake Road, died at 7:35 a.m. today in Pawating Hospital following an illness of about one and a half weeks.

Mrs Rooks was born Oct. 3, 1886, in Mendon, Mich., and came to Niles from Holland, Mich., about 25 years ago. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the First Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are: her husband, Albert; two sons, Leslie Rooks, of Niles and Lloyd Rooks, of South Bend; a daughter, Mrs. Arthur Peabody, of Niles; two grandchildren and a brother, Bert Miller, of Cassopolis.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Pifer Funeral Home with Dr. T.M. Greenhoe, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home.




Anderson, Edward E. Jr.

Edward E. Anderson
Dec. 15, 1915-Nov. 23, 1961

Niles Daily Star, Friday, November 24, 1961, page 2, col. 4, microfilm Niles District Library

Edward Anderson, Partner in Downtown Store, Dies


EDWARD E. Anderson, 45, 738 Oak St., co-owner of Andy's store in Downtown Niles, died of a heart attack at 4:21 a.m. Thursday in Pawating Hospital where he had been a patient for four weeks.

Mr. Anderson was born Dec. 15, 1915, in Chicago, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Anderson Sr., and came to Niles in 1926 from Oshkosh, Wis.

He and his brother, Carl, operated the Andy's store as a partnership since 1946 when their mother retired from active business. The business had been established in Niles in 1926 by the senior Mr. Anderson, who died in 1929.

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He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, had served as chairman of the business division of United Fund of Greater Niles in 1959 and 1960, had once served as chairman of the retail division of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Niles, and had been an member of the advisory . . . [illegible]. .Corps.

Surviving are his widow, Donna; his mother, Mrs. Ellen McDowell, Canoga Park, Calif.; three daughters, Mrs. Richard Humbarger, Chicago, and Gail and Jane, both at home; his brother and business partner, Carl, 1542 Cherry St., and three sisters, Mrs. John Machalleck, 742 Oak St., Mrs. George Lees, Lakeland, Fla., and Mrs. Kent Rogers, Canoga Park, Calif.

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FUNERAL SERVICES will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the First Presbyterian Church with the pastor, the Rev. John P. MacLachlan, officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends will be received at the Pifer Funeral Home after 7 p.m., Saturday.


Hollenbeck, Chester J.

Chester J. Hollenbeck
May 1, 1891-Nov. 21, 1961

Niles Daily Star, Wednesday, November 23, 1961, page 2, col. 4-5, microfilm Niles District Library

Constable C.J. Hollenbeck Dies at Home at Age 70


CHESTER J. Hollenbeck, 70, third ward constable since 1942, died at 1 p.m. Tuesday in his home at 1539 Cherry St.

Mr. Hollenbeck, active in civic affairs for many years, was born May 1, 1891, in Brockport, N.Y., and came to Niles from there 30 years ago. He and his wife, the former Ruby Bruce were married here May 1, 1935.

He served on the City Welfare Board from 1947 to 1952, and was still on the Cemetery Board at the time of his death. He was appointed in 1950 to fill an unexpired term.

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HE ALSO was a member of Niles Lodge 95, Fraternal Order of Police, the Southwestern Michigan Law Enforcement Association and an honorary member of the Morris Farms Fire Department.

Survivors include his widow and a son, Benjamin Hollenbeck, Fort Myers. Fla.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in First Methodist Church of which he had been a member, with the pastor, Dr. Maurice McKean, officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends are being received at the Kiger and Halbritter Funeral Home.

Niles Daily Star, Friday, November 24, 1961, page 2, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library


Funeral services were held today in the First Methodist Church for Chester J.  Hollenbeck, 70, third ward constable, who died Tuesday at his home on 1539 Cherry St. Among his survivors is a brother, Benjamin Hollenbeck, Fort Myers, Fla., who was incorrectly identified as a son in a previous announcement of the death.


Burrows, Judy Kay

Judy Kay Burrows
November 20, 1961

Niles Daily Star, Tuesday, November 21, 1961, page 2, col. 6, microfilm Niles District Library


Committal rites were held this afternoon at Silverbrook Cemetery for the infant daughter of Mr.and Mrs. James Burrows, 820 Nieb St., who was still born Monday afternoon at Pawating Hospital. The Rev. John P. MacLachlan, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, officiated.

Surviving besides the parents are a brother and a sister, James and Joy, both at home and the grandparents, Mr.and Mrs. Richard J. Burrows, 1201 Oak St., and Mr. and Mrs. Delmas Figg, Plymouth, Ind.


Ramsby, Zella (Gridley)

Zella Ramsby (Gridley)
April. 29, 1875-Nov. 19, 1961

Niles Daily Star, Monday, November 20, 1961, page 2, col. 4, microfilm Niles District Library

Mrs. Zella Ramsby, 86, 510 N. 5th St., died at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in her home after several years of illness.

She was born April 29, 1875 in Richland. On Oct. 18, 1898, she was married to Casper Ramsby. In June of 1945, she moved to Niles from Cleveland, Ohio.  Her father, the late George E. Gridley, was one of the guards of honor over President Lincoln's body while it lay in state in Washington and Baltimore in 1865.

Surviving besides her husband are a son, G. Russell Ramsby, Niles; and a daughter, Miss Virginia G. Ramsby, Niles; two grandsons and three great-grandchildren.

Private funeral services will be held at the Kiger-Halbritter Funeral Home, Tuesday at 2 p.m.  Rev. John P. MacaLachlan, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, of which she was a member, will officiate. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.