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King, John

John King
Abt. 1834-Feb. 14, 1888

Niles Republican, Thursday, February 16, 1888, page 5, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

    John King, a former well known resident and business man of this city, died at his home in Chicago last Tuesday, after a few weeks illness, of apoplexy, aged about 54 years.  Mr. King was in the real estate business here for some years, and engaged in mercantile pursuits for a short time. He removed to Chicago a few years ago to be with his sons. He will be pleasantly remembered by many friends. His remains were brought here on the 10:40 train this morning, and the funeral took place from the home of his mother, Mrs. Darius King, at 1 o'clock this afternoon.
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Niles Mirror, Wednesday, February 22, 1888, page 5, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library

    There are two funerals today, that of John King, and Mrs. D. Mather, both of whom died in Chicago. . .

    Birdie and Didy King, sons, and James King, a brother of the deceased, were in the city yesterday from Chicago, having accompanied the remains of John King their last resting place.

Comley, John

John Comley
Dec. 25, 1829-Feb. 15, 1888

Niles Republican, Thursday, February 16, 1888, page 5, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

The Old Settlers are Fast Passing Away

    John Comley died at his home in this city yesterday afternoon, February 14, in the 59th year of his age, after a short illness, although he had been in failing health for some time.
    Mr. Comley belonged to one of the very oldest families in Niles. He was born in Jefferson county, Ohio, on the 25th of December, 1829, and was brought to this city by his parents when but ten months old, in October, 1830, nearly 58 years ago.  There were but few cabins in Niles at the time.  Mr. Comley was a genial pleasant man, and had many friends.  He leaves two sisters, Mrs. A.M. LaPierre and Miss Mary Comley.  His funeral will take place from his late home on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
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Niles Mirror, Wednesday, February 22, 1888, page 5, col. 1, microfilm Niles District Library

    John Comley, one of the oldest residents of this city, died Feb. 15, afternoon at 3 o'clock, aged 59. He was born in Jefferson Co., Ohio, and was brought to this city with his parents when he was but 10 months old.  He is the last of a family of eight by two--Miss Mary Comley and Mrs. A.M. LaPierre.
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Niles Democrat, Saturday, February 18, 1888, page 5, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library

    John Comley died on Wednesday last, aged 58 years. He was brought to this country in October 1850 when but ten months old, and has resided here ever since.  He leaves two sister, Mrs. A.M. LaPierre and Miss Mary Comley. The funeral takes place on Sunday from his late home at 2 p.m.

Rollo, Fannie T. Aiken

Fannie T. (Aiken) Rollo
May 17, 1808-Feb. 26, 1880

Niles Republican, Thursday, March 4, 1880, page 3, col 5, microfilm Niles District Library

    In this city, February 26th, 1880, of typhoid pneumonia, Fanny T. Aiken, wife of Chester Rollo.
    Mrs. Rollo was born in Antrim, N.H., May 17th 1808.  Removed with her parents in early childhood to Cayuga Co., New York, where she grew to womanhood surrounded by all the genial influences of a Christian household.  In 1836, in the flush and vigor of her days, she emigrated to Michigan with her husband, making the long journey in their own conveyance, and settling in Ypsilanti, where she spent her happiest and most active years.  Possessed of good musical abilities, well cultivated, there are many still living who will remember her face and voice in the church choir.  That she might be near a dear daughter, since deceased, she came twenty-two years ago to Niles, where, although somewhat past her prime, she made many friends by her bright, sunshiny presence.  Her religion was without ostentation, and the practical kind that showed itself in the cheerful bearing of all burdens laid upon her, sustained by an abiding faith in a higher power. No cloud was so dark but she could find a silver lining.  With mental faculties wholly unimpaired, and physical powers scarcely touched by time, devoted to an aged and invalid husband; to earthly vision her death seems premature, and yet,--"Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" Without dying testimony, which she was unable to give, her friends are well assured that with her "It is well."  Many precious memories of a true, pure life are the comfort of the sorrowing ones who mourn that the cheery voice is forever hushed in mortal ears.
    Ypsilant papers please copy.

Arthur, George Edward

George Edward Arthur
1873-Aug. 23, 1914

Niles Daily Sun, Tuesday, August 25, 1914, page 4, col. 4, microfilm Niles District Library

Body Will Be Brought to Niles Tomorrow Afternoon

    The remains of Edward Arthur will be brought to Niles tomorrow afternoon via the Michigan Central from Hammond, Ind., at 3:25 o'clock and will be taken directly to Silver Brook cemetery for buriel[sic].  Mr. Arthur is a former well known Niles young man. At one time he held a position in the Niles post office, but for a number of years he has resided in Hammond.  He was the son of Mrs. M.A. Arthur, of Hammond.  Leon Arthur is a brother of the deceased.  A widow and one child also survive. No particulars were received as to the cause of his death.  Mr. Arthur was a member of the Masonic order and an escort of Masons will accompany the body to Niles.  The committal service will be in charge of the local Masonic fraternity.  Mr. Arthur was about 40 years of age.

Exner, Mary Louise

Mary L. Exner
Sept. 22, 1918-Jan. 11, 1941

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, January 11, 1941, page 2, col. 8, microfilm Niles District Library

Mary L. Exner, 22, Ill Four Weeks, Taken by Death

    Miss Mary Louise Exner, 22, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Exner, 921 Ferry street, died at 5:30 this morning in Pawating hosptial. Death ended an illness of four weeks.
    Miss Exner was a graduate of Niles High school in the class of 1937. She was also active in St. John's Evangelical church where she was confirmed in 1933, and where funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 3.
    Friends of the family may call at the home tonight and Sunday and until noon Monday. [illegible] . . The Rev. Theo. Eisen will officiate.
    Miss Exner leaves besides her parents, two brothers and two sisters, Herman and Gerald, Niles; Mrs. Margaret Mott, Benton Harbor, and Mrs. Janet Zalai, Niles.
    She was born in Niles Sept. 22, 1918 and had spent all her life here.
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Niles Daily Star, Monday, January 13, 1941, page 2, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library

Service Held Today for Miss Exner at St. John's Church

    Services for Miss Mary Louise Exner who died Saturday were conducted this afternoon at 3 in St. John's Evangelical church, of which she was a member.
    The Rev. Theo Eisen officiated and burial was in Silverbrook.
    Casket bearers were Arthur Beckman, John Buheker, Lester Wadel, Donald Whalen, Edward Dobrotka and Gerald Coffman.