McLaughlin, Edwin

Edwin McLaughlin
Sept. 16, 1876-June 19, 1946

Niles Daily Star, Thursday, June 20, 1946, page 2, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

Edwin McLaughlin, Kawneer Employe, Dies in Hospital


Edwin McLaughlin, 69, of 223 South Fourth street, died Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. in Pawating hospital. He had been in ill health for two years.

He was born in Orleans, Neb., Sept. 16, 1876, and came to Niles from Orleans when 12 years old. He was married to Miss Ellen Terrell, in Marion, Ind., in 1901.

Since 1915 he had been an employe of the Kawneer company and was a member of the Kawneer 25-year club.

Belonged to Elks

He was a member of the Niles Elks lodge and the Modern Woodmen of America.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Ellen McLaughlin; one son, Wilfred P. McLaughlin, Grand Rapids,; one daughter, Mrs. L.E. Edwards, Upper Darby, Pa.; one sister, Mrs. Eva James, Gregory; and six grandchildren.

Services Saturday

The funeral will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Pifer funeral home with the Rev. L. George Beacock, of the First Methodist church officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook cemetery. Members of the Elks lodge will conduct committal services at the grave. Friends may call at the funeral home.


Wiars, George Franklin

George F. Wiars
Dec. 2, 1871-June 26, 1946

Niles Daily Star, Wednesday, June 26, 1946, page 2, col. 4, microfilm Niles District Library

George F. Wiars Dies Today After Illness of Year


George Franklin Wiars, 74, died at 8 a.m. today in his residence, 1535 Maple street, following a year's illness.

He was born Dec. 2, 1871, in Wood county O., and came to Niles in 1919 from Covert, Mich. He had been a carpenter. His wife, Mary Wiars, died in 1928.

Five Sons Survive

Survivors include five sons, Myrtis Wiars, 646 South St. Joseph avenue; Howard Miars[sic], 1209 Sycamore street, Tracy Wiars, Buchanan; Jerry Wiars, 318 North Twelfth street; and Allen Wiars, Niles; one daughter, Miss Georgia Wiars, at home; two sisters, Mrs. J.J. Wilkinson, Scottsburg, Ind.; Mrs. Ollie Barthleman, Lincoln, Neb., and two grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the Kiger funeral home, with the Rev. L. George Beacock officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.


Griffin, Melvina

Mrs. Elijah (Melvina) Griffin
June 27, 1874-Feb. 20, 1933

Niles Daily Star, Monday, February 20, 1933, page 3, col. 8, microfilm Niles District Library


Is Stricken Early Today After Illness of Several Days

Mrs. Alvinia[sic] Griffin, 58, widow of Elijah Griffin, died this morning at 4:45 in her home on M-40 north of Niles after three weeks of illness with heart disease. Her husband died in December  1931. Mrs. Griffin had spent her entire life in this vicinity. She was born on June 27, 1864[sic].  She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Andrew Bradford, of Niles,and Mrs. Henry Cocker, of Detroit, and by one son, Herman Griffin, at home. One brother, John Boone of South Bend, survives also.  She was an active member of the A.M.E. church in Niles.  Plans for the funeral were not completed today awaiting word from the daughter who resides in Detroit.

Niles Daily Star, Tuesday, February 21, 1933, page 4, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library

The funeral services for Mrs. Elijah Griffin will be held on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the A.M.E. church. The Rev. W. J. Nelson, pastor of that church, will officiate. Burial will be made in Silverbroook cemetery.

Note:  There are some questions with this obituary.  Obituary of husband, gravemarker, and death records of children give name as Melvina (Boone).  Also date of birth does not match age or that on gravemarker.

Griffin, Elijah W.

Elijah W. Griffin
July 9, 1865-Dec. 3, 1931

Niles Daily Star, Thursday, December 3, 1931, page 4, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library



Elijah W. Griffin, 67, died suddenly this morning at 8 o'clock of heart trouble in his home, two and one half miles north of Niles, M-40. He was born on July 9, 1864 in Terre Haute, Ind. He came to Michigan with his parents in 1866 and had since resided with in two miles of the place where his parents located.  He is survived by a widow, Mrs. Melvina Griffin, a son, Herman Griffin at home, two daughters, Mrs. Harold Coker, of Detroit and Mrs. Andrew Bradfod, of Niles, nine grand children and four brothers. The brothers are Henry, Albert and Noah, of Dowagiac, and Alex Griffin of Chelsea. The funeral services will be held on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Troost and Augustine chapel. Burial will be made in Silver Brook cemetery.




Griffin, Charles W.

Charles W. Griffin
Died Oct. 17, 1891

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, October 17, 1891, page 3, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library

Chas. W. Griffin, of Milton township, died this morning after a lingering illness. He was one of the most honorable and highly esteemed citizens of Cass county.