Gates, Lillie Belle

Lillie Belle Gates
Oct. 22, 1905-Nov. 17, 1980

Niles Daily Star, Tuesday, November 18, 1980, page 2, col. 7, microfilm Niles District Library

Lillie Belle Gates, 75, formerly of 1014 N. 9th St., died at 5:20 p.m. at the Michigan Skill Care Center after a lengthy illness.

Born on  Oct. 22, 1905, in Marranna, Arkansas, she had been a resident of the area since moving here in 1944 from Union City, Tenn. She was married on July 17, 1937, to Stanley Gates, who survives.

She is survived by one daughter, Verneice Fulce, of Niles; one step-daughter, Anna B. Alexander of Chicago, and one brother, James Braden of Helena, Arkansas.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Rev. W.L. Daniel will officiate. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends may call between 4-9 p.m. Thursday at the Pifer-Smith Funeral Home.


Kaser, Loah I.

Loah I. Kaser
March 16, 1894-Nov. 5, 1980

Niles Daily Star, Friday, November 7, 1980, page 2, col. 4, microfilm Niles District Library

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--Mrs. Loah I. Kaser, 86, of Bloomington, Ind., formerly of Niles, died at 10 pm. Wednesday in the Bloomington Convalescent Center.

She had retired in 1967 after working for Brandywine Schools.

She was born on March 16, 1894 in North Liberty, Ind. and had spent most of her life in the Niles area.

She was married in 1922 in South Bend to Arthur L. Kaser. He died in 1956.

Survivors include two sons, David of Bloomington and Kent of South Bend; a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Standiford of Seattle; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Welsheimer North Chapel, 52803 Business Route U.S. 31, South Bend.

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, November 8, 1980, page 2, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library

BLOOMINGTON--Funeral services for Mrs. Loah I. Kaser, 86, of Bloomington, Ind., and formerly of Niles, who died at 10 p.m. Wednesday, will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Welsheimer North Chapel, 52803 U.S. 31, South Bend.

Rev. David Jenkins of the Bertrand Bible Church, will officiate and burial will take place in Silverbrook Cemetery. Friends may call between 2 and 5 and 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday.


Meyer, Christian

Christian Meyer
July 19, 1843-June 4, 1926

Niles Daily Star, Friday, June 4, 1926, page 1, col. 4, microfilm Niles District Library


Had Live on Farm Northwest of Niles 67 Years.


Left 12 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great, Great Grandson


Christian Meyer, 82 and a resident of Berrien county for 67 years, died Friday morning at his home, 403 West Main street. Two weeks ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis. he had been unconscious since he was stricken on Thursday . . .[illegible] . .

Mrs. Meyer was born in Germany, July 19, 1843, and was the youngest of a family of six children. Accompanied by his mother, he left Germany when he was 14 years old, and came to America and directly to Berrien county where he had since resided. His mother died four years afterr they came to America and at the age of 18 he was left to make his way entirely alone.  On February 26, 1867, he was married to Mary Nieb and that year he bought 40 acres of the farm four  miles northwest of Niles which has since been the family home.

Mr. Meyer erected a log cabin on the farm and it was in the cabin that their eight children were born. Later the cabin was replaced by the present home. Mrs. Meyer died in February, 13 years ago, on November 12, 1917.

Mr. Meyer later was married to Mrs. Anna Miller, who survives him. They at once took up their residence at 403 West Main street and had since lived there.  Mr. Meyer is survived by a widow and by seven children who are: John Meyer, of Pomona, Calif.; Mrs. William Linsenmier, Edward, William who resides in the old home, Charles, Clarence and Mrs. Sophia Parks, all of Niles. Another daughter, Mrs. Ida Linsenmier, died 20 years ago. Besides the widow and children, Mr. Meyer is survived by 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one great great grandson.  The latter is Donald Alan Burge, son of Mrs. Bernice Murphy Burge.  With the death of Mr. Meyer the head of a family of five generations is removed.

While engaging in general agriculture until he retired Mr. Meyer made a specialty of raising high grade cattle and stock. He enjoyed a wide acquaintance throughout the community and was highly respected. Until stricken with paralysis two weeks ago he was active and was keenly interested in the affairs of the community.

The funeral plans have not been made as it is possible that John Meyer, the son who resides in Pomona may be able to come to Niles for the services. It is now planned not to hold the service before Monday afternoon.

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, June 5, 1926, page 4, col. 1, microfilm Niles District Library


Funeral services for Christian Meyer, who died Friday morning will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at his home by Rev. G.W. Webbink, pastor of St. John's Evangelical church.  Interment will be made in Silver Brook cemetery. It was first thought proable[sic] that Mr. Meyer's son, John, who resides in Pomona, California, would be here for the services, but it has been learned that it is imposible[sic] for him to come.

Nichols, Victoria E.

Victoria E. Nichols
Feb. 21, 1951-Nov. 5, 1980

Niles Daily Star, Thursday, November 6, 1980, page 2, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library

Miss Victoria E. Nichols, 29, of 603 N. Redbud Trail, Buchanan, died at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph Hospital at South Bend following a brief illness.

She was a former employee of the Holiday Inn in Niles.

She was born Feb. 21, 1951 in Rochester, N.Y. and had resided here since 1971, coming from South Bend.

Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Mary Jane Nichols of Niles; and two sister, Mrs. Jean Harmon of Northport, Alabama, and Mrs. Christine Beczkiewicz of Indianapolis.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles. The Rev. Arnold O. Schaap of Edwardsburg will officiate.

Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Halbritter Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Nielsen, Lawrence H.

Lawrence H. Nielsen
Oct. 3, 1900-Nov. 11, 1976

Niles Daily Star, Thursday, November 11, 1976, page 2, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library

NILES--Lawrence H. Nielsen, 76, of 123 N. 13th St., died at 1:35 a.m. Thursday at Pawating Hospital following an extended illness.

A member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II, he was a retired special agent of the Auto Owners Insurance Co. of Lansing.

Mr. Nielsen was born Oct. 3, 1900 in New York City, and had lived here since 1970, coming from Battle Creek. On Aug. 1, 1970 in Niles, he married Deborah E. Benjamin, who survives.

Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Marie Buck of Battle Creek and Mrs. Ruth O'Shann of Costa Rico, Central America.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Halbritter Funeral Home with Elder Ola D. Robinson of the Niles Westside Seventh Day Adventist Church officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.