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Clark, Dennis

Dennis Clark
abt. 1818-March 27, 1894

Niles Republican, Thursday, March 29, 1894, page 5, col. 4, microfilm Niles District Library

    Dennis Clark, one of the old settlers of this section, died at his home about one mile north of the city Tuesday night. He had been ill for about a year with consumption and heart trouble. Mr Clark was over 70 years old, and leaves a wife and family of grown children.
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Niles Weekly Mirror, Wednesday, April 4, 1894, page 1, col. 3, reprinted from Niles Daily Star, Wednesday, March 28, 1894, page 3, col 3., microfilm Niles District Library

Death of Dennis Clark

    For 41 years Dennis Clark has been a resident of Niles township and he was one of the oldest and best citizens of this vicinity.  Death came at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon at his home, one and one-half miles north of this city on the Berrien road.  Consumption was the direct cause of his death and he was aged 76 years.  There is a wife and three children, Mrs. James Manny, Mrs. Chas. Vandenberg, and Sidney R. Clark.  The funeral will take place from the house at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning, services to be conducted by Rev. Chas Ager.
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Niles Weekly Mirror, Wednesday, April 4, 1894, page 5, col. 1, microfilm Niles District Library

    The funeral of Dennis Clark was held from his residence north of Niles this morning. Also, the funeral of A.M. LaPierre occurred this afternoon at 2.


Stupplebeen, George G.

George G. Stupplebeen
June 11, 1820-May 2, 1902

Niles Republican, Thursday, May 8, 1902, page 1, col. 4, microfilm Niles District Library

Geo. G. Stupplebeen Passed Away After a Long Illness

Saturday's Sun.

    Another one of Niles oldest and most highly respected residents has passed away and the ranks of the pioneer settler is fast thinning as one by one the Hand of Time and Death beckons them to the shore beyond.
    George G. Stupplebeen, for over forty years a resident of Niles, passed away last night about eleven o'clock at his home on south Third street, after a long illness with a complication of diseases.  For over three years Mr. Stupplebeen had been ailing and during the past winter was confined to the house and his bed almost continually.  As the pretty days of spring approached he seemed to revive and improve so that he was able to walk out many times during the past month and but two weeks ago walked down town.  A week ago he was taken worse suddenly and since had been bedfast and yesterday morning relapsed into a lethargy from which he never awakened.
    Deceased was born July 11, 1820, in New York state and came to Niles over forty years ago, settling in Niles.
    He leaves a loving wife, two daughters, Mrs. J.N. Harder, of Castle, Montana, and Mrs. M.A. Arthur, of Mishawaka, Ind., and two grandsons, Ed. and Leo Arthur, of Mishawaka.  He also leaves two sisters living in Collinsville, Conn.
    During the more active part of his life Mr. Stupplebeen was a contractor and builder, being a proficient brick mason.  Many are the structures in Niles that were made by his hand, among them being the old Colby house, on St. Joseph avenue, the old Platt house, later occupied by C.A. Chapin, and many buildings along Main street.
    He was a member of the Presbytarian[sic] church, being connected with that body for many years.
    Mr. Stubblebeen[sic] was an honest, upright, valuable citizen and neighbor, and citizens and business men in general speak of him in the highest terms.  He will be missed by his many friends and the entire community.

Stupplebean, Gertrude

Gertrude Stupplebean
abt. 1819-November 20, 1866

Niles Republican, Saturday, January 19, 1867, page 3, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library

    The City Sexton submitted his quarterly report of interments in the City Cemetery, for the quarter ending Dec. 31st , 1866, of which the following is an abstract:
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Nov.  20  Gertrude Stupplebean age 48 years, native of Clauerack, N.Y., at Niles, of Paralysis

Stupplebeen, Michael H.

Michael H. Stupplebeen
March 12, 1813-January 18, 1897

Niles Daily Star, Monday, January 18, 1897, page 3, col. 5, reprinted in Niles Mirror, Wednesday, January 20, 1897, page 1, col. 2,  microfilm Niles District Library


    About 2:30 o'clock this afternoon Michael H. Stupplebeen passed quietly away at his home on Third street.  He was born at Claverack, N.Y., March 12, 1813, and would have been 84 years of age in March, 1897.  He has been a resident of this city for about 40 years.  He leaves no wife or children.  On Thursday last a severe stomach derangement befell him, which, together with his old age, resulted in his death this afternoon.

Niles Mirror, Wednesday, January 20, 1897, page 5, col. 3,  microfilm Niles District Library

    The funeral of Michael Stupplebeen will take place at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon from his late residence on Third street, Rev. J.G. Lowrie to conduct the services.  Burial at Silver Brook Cemetery.

Stupplebeen, Harriet A.

Harriet A. Stupplebeen
February 17, 1844-January 5, 1912

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, January 6, 1912, page 1, col. 7, microfilm Niles District Library

Mrs. Henrietta Stupplebeam, Until One Year Ago, a Resident of Niles

    Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Henrietta Stupplebeam, which occurred last night at 9 o'clock at the home of her brother, Charles Ells of Muskegon, Mich.
    The deceased was a resident of Niles until one year ago, when she went to Muskegon to make her home with her brother. She was about 68 years of age.
    She is survived by two brothers, Charles of Muskegon, and Timothy of Jackson.
    Her remains will be brought to this city Monday afternoon at 2:40 o'clock and taken to the home of Mrs. John L. Reddick, where funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. Yonker of the Presbyterian church officiating.  Interment in Silver Brook cemetery.
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Niles Daily Sun, Saturday, January 6, 1912, page 1, col. 7, microfilm Niles District Library

Died last evening at brother's home in Muskegon

    Mrs. H.A. Stubblebeam, a former well known Niles resident for many years, passed away last evening at the home of her brother, Charles Ells at Muskegon.
    Ater the death of her mother and brother, here Mrs. Stubblebeam went to Benton Harbor to reside with her uncle, Joshua Ells and after his death a few months ago, she went to her brother's home. She has been an invalid for some time.
    The remains will be brought to Niles Monday afternoon and taken to the home of Mrs. John L. Reddick, an old neighbor and friend.
    The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock.  Rev. W.R. Yonker of the Presbyterian church of which the deceased had long been a member will officiate.

(NB: There is conflicting information in the obituaries as to the name.  The death certificate uses Harriet A. Stupplebeen.)