Chavis, Ann (Mitchell)

Ann Chavis (Mitchell)
June 14, 1960-March 10, 1960

Niles Daily Star, Friday, March 11, 1960, page 2, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

Mrs. Ann Chavis, 12 S. 15th St., died at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in her home where she had been ill since December.

Mrs. Chavis was born in Niles and for many years had operated a beauty shop at her home. She was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, Niles, and of the Mother Church, Boston, Mass., Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Arthur Harrod, Niles.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Pifer Funeral Home with Mrs. Durlin Wheeler reading the Christian Science service. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemtery. Friends may call at the funeral home.


Clark, Elmer

Elmer Clark
March 17, 1872-Jan. 7, 1906

Niles Daily Star, Monday, January 8, 1906, page 3, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library

Elmer Clark, son of Mr.and Mrs. Herman Clark of 419 S. Third street, died Sunday morning at 6 o'clock of pneumonia after an illness of only three days.  Mr. Clark was 33 years old, having been born March 17, 1872, in Ontario, Canada. He worked for a while with the Niles Milling Co., but was last employed by Alex Staples of South Bend. He leaves a father and mother, two sisters, and two brothers to mourn his loss. His father lies at the point of death with valvular heart trouble. There will be a private funeral Tuesday at 2 p.m.  Rev. R.H. Bready officiating.  Interment at Silver Brook cemetery.


Commins, William Jason

William Jason Commins
July 16, 1901- Oct. 30, 1977

Niles Daily Star, Monday, October 31, 1977, page 2, col. 1-2, microfilm Niles District Library

NILES-- William Jason Commins, 76, of 2743 Earl St., died at 2:40 p.m. Sunday at Pawating Hospital, following a short illness.

A member of the Christian Faith Tabernacle, Mr. Commins was retired from the Michiana News Service. He was born July 16, 1901, in Grand Traverse, and had lived here since 1948, coming from Berrien Springs.

On July 24, 1927, in Riverdale, Mich., he married Jennie May Loughin, who survives.

Also surviving are five sons, Harry of Niles; Charles of Coldwater; Ernest of Eau Claire; Edwin and Elmer; five daughters, Ms. Evelyn McNinch, Mrs. Frances Helms and Mrs. George Stanifer, all of Niles; Mrs. Minnie Owens of Chicago and Mrs. Delores Mobley of Decatur; a brother Earl; 21 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Pifer Chapel of the Swem-Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Harrell Wilson of Christian Faith Tabernacle officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. today.


Cross, Ralph E.

Ralph E. Cross
Dec. 31, 1893-Aug. 22, 1970

Niles Daily Star, Monday, August 24, 1970, page 2, col. 1, microfilm Niles District Library

NILES--Ralph Cross, 76, of 1982 Baldwin Dr., died at 8:30 p.m Saturday in Pawating Hospital after an illness of six months.

A retired employe of Niles Steel Tank Co., Mr. Cross was born Dec. 31, 1893, in Detroit, and had lived here since 1926, coming from Grand Rapids. On May 5, 1920, in Allegan, Mich., he married the former Viola V. Goodrich, who survives. He was a World War I Army veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 26 and the Four Flags Barracks, Veteran's of World War I.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Esel York and Mrs. Edwin Sayer, both of Niles; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Halbritter Funeral Home, with Sheldon M. Hart of the Jehovah's Witnesses Church officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home..


Davis, Robert Charles

Robert Charles Davis
Oct. 9, 1939- Jan. 1, 1940

Niles Daily Star, Tuesday, January 2, 1940, page 2, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

Davis Infant Dies: Service Wednesday at Pifer's Chapel


Services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 for Robert Charles Davis, infant son of Mr.and Mrs. Robert Davis, 323 1/2 North Third street.

The child, who had been ill two weeks, died Monday afternoon in Pawating hospital.

The body is at the Pifer funeral home where services will be held. The Rev. Harry L. Nicholson will officiate and burial will be in Silverbrook cemetery.