Wetherby, Amelia (Barron)

Amelia Wetherby
March 6, 1843-May 26, 1932

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, May 26, 1932, page 1, col. 4, microfilm Niles District Library

Mrs. Amelia Wetherby, 89, widow of William A. Wetherby, died this morning at 2:15 in her home 403 N. Third street. Mrs. Wetherby was born in Niles and had spent her entire life here and for several years had been Niles oldest native resident. She had lived in the house in which she died for upwards of 50 years. Last December Mrs. Wetherby fell and broke her hip and had since spent much time in a wheeled chair. Her last illness was of but two days duration. In spite of her advanced years and although she enjoyed reading and to do sewing she had never worn glasses.

The funeral services will be held in the home on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Harry L. Nicholson, rector of Trinity Episcopal church of which she had been a communicant since her youth, will officiate. Burial will be made in Silverbrook cemetery.

Mrs. Wetherby's maiden name was Amelia Barron, a daughter of Clement and Mary Cutting Barron.  She was born on March 6, 1843. She had for many years been the last member of her family, her only brother, Clement Barron, having died in the '70s. She was married in Niles to William A. Wetherby, a pioneer Niles shoe merchant. He died in 1886. Three children were born to Mr.and Mrs. Wetherby, one, a girl, died in infancy, another daughter, Mrs. Bessie Ringler died six years ago, and the other a son, Barron, survives his mother and made his home with her.  Besides the son, Mrs. Wetherby is survived by two grandchildren, William Barron, of Gardiner, Maine, who is now motoring to Niles for the funeral services,and Dorothy, at home.  Their mother, Mrs. Minnie Groth Wetherby, died 12 years ago.


Wiley, Burrell G.

Burrell G. Wiley
Nov. 5, 1889-Dec. 1, 1953

Niles Daily Star, Wednesday, December 2, 1953, page 2, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

Burrell G. Wiley, 1423 Hickory street, died at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday enroute to a Michigan City, Ind., hospital.  He was taken ill while working as a conductor on a New York Central Railroad Company freight train.

Surviving are his wife, Albina (Betty); one son, Burrell G. Wiley, Jr., of LaPorte, Ind.; two grandsons; one brother, Westley, of Prescott, Ariz., one sister, Mrs. Edith Israel, of Ontario, Calif.

Wiley was born on Nov. 5, 1889, in Quincy, Ill., and came here from Michigan City, Ind., 20 years ago. He was a freight conductor for the New York Central Railroad Company.

Friends may call at the Pifer Funeral Home, where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday by the Rev. L. George Beacock, Methodist pastor. He was a veteran of World War I, and graveside rites will be conducted by the local American Legion Post at Silverbrook Cemetery.

Wilken, Susie Maxine

Susie Maxine Wilken
May 19, 1913-Dec. 31, 1977

Niles Daily Star, Tuesday, January 2, 1978, page 2, col. 8, microfilm Niles District Library

NILES--Word has been received here of the death Saturday of Susie Maxine Wilken, 64, of Stuart, Fla., formerly of Niles.

She was born May 19, 1913 in Boyne City, and left Niles in 1974.

On June 29, 1934 in Buchanan she married Vern Ernest Wilken, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Max and Robert, both of Niles; a brother, Nelson Hawks of Berrien Springs, and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m Wednesday at the Pifer Chapel of the Swem-Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Graham of the Wesley United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

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



Wolf, Charles

Charles Wolf
April 20, 1883-Dec. 16, 1904*

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, December 17, 1904, page 2, col. 4, microfilm Niles District Library


Son of Mr.and Mrs. Fred Wolf Passed Away Yesterday Afternoon


Charles Wolf, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wolf, passed away yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the home of his parents, 707 Union street, aged 21 years.  The young man has been a invalid for a number of years and was a great sufferer.

He leaves besides his parents one brother and four sisters--Fred Wolf and Mrs. Henry Myers of Elkhart; Mrs. John Clark and Mrs. Edward Harvey of Kalamazoo,and Miss Freeda Wolf of this city.

The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock from the residence, Rev. C.E. Marvin officiating.


*From Death Record Charles David Wolf, April 20,1883, Dec. 16, 1904, Burial H.E. Price, Dec. 18,


Woodford, Etta Joy

Etta Joy Woodford
1858-May 11, 1890

Niles Republican, Thursday, May 22, 1890, page 5, col. , microfilm Niles District Library



The subject of his brief memoir passed peacefully away on Sunday, May 11, at 11:30 a.m.

Etta Joy was born in Climax, Mich., in 1858, and at her death was approaching her thirty-third year.  Her father was the Rev. H.M. Joy, a much beloved but now glorified  minister of the gospel. In 1878 Etta was united in marriage to Mr. Ed. Woodford, of Niles. A family of four girls as sweet as ever were given to parents has cheered their home. In disposition Mrs. Woodford was amiable, ever ready to assist in every good work, She won for herself many friends. After one week's illness of typhoid pneumonia, notwithstanding all that her physician could do for her, she succumbed to the disease. The husband and motherless children have the deepest sympathy of all. Do we weep? Yes! But not as those who have no hope. In conversation with her on the Wednesday previous to her death she assured me of her trust in her Savior, and expressed a desire to live to bring her children up in the fear and admonition of the Lord, and also to work for the welfare of souls and the prosperity of the church in this place.  These with other considerations bring light to us in this hour when no human voice can cheer us, no human hand lift us up.  To the bereaved: Let me ask you to look beyond the dark cloud that rests on your home, and may the memory of the deceased be ever with you as a sacred treasure, exercising, perhaps, a greater influence than would have been possessed by the loved one if still in the land of the living.

Many of us know that the recollections of loved ones are a source of strength and tender joy to us, therefore, dismiss your painful forebodings.

The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. A.M. Gould, who was assisted by Revs. Levi Master and A.H. Ranton.