Davis, Miloman

Miloman Davis
June 22, 1942-March 15, 1944

Davis Baby Dies; Funeral Thursday


Miloman Davis, 21-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Davis, 317 North Sixth street, died in his home at 9 this morning after a short illness.

He was born in Niles June 22, 1942. Surviving are four sisters, Evelyn, Mary, Bessie, and Emily; and five brothers, Isaac, Thomas, Sherman, Walter and John Arthur.

Private funeral services will be held in the Price and Kiger chapel Thursday.

Niles Daily Star, Wednesday, March 15, 1944, page 2, col. 6, microfilm Niles District Library

Fox, Robert Leroy

Robert Leroy Fox
May 20, 1929-Oct. 3, 1963


Robert L. Fox Dead; Brother Faces Charges

Victim's Wife Refused to Ride With Pair From County Hospital


ROBERT LEROY Fox, 34, of 620 Sycamore St., was injured fatally in a one-car accident at 9:16 p.m. Thursday on Dean's Hill Road, about three-fourths of a mile east of Berrien Springs.

The victim's brother, Delbert D. Fox Jr., 1912 S. 3rd St., driver of the car, is in "fair" condition in Berrien County Hospital, Berrien Center, with multiple injuries to the head, arm, back and face.

The accident is still under investigation by the Berrien County sheriff's department and the driver of the car will be held for investigation of reckless homicide upon his release from the hospital, according to Undersheriff Joseph Heward.

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THE FOX brothers were returning to Niles from the Berrien County Hospital where they went to pick up the dead man's wife, Marjorie, and their infant daughter, Tammy, who was born there this week.

Shefiff's deputies said Mrs. Fox refused to go home with the pair when they showed up after drinking intoxicants. Hospital officials said Mrs. Fox telephoned her parents who took her and the infant girl home, leaving the Fox brothers to drive back here alone.

Fox' death was the 34th traffice[sic] fatality of the year in Berrien County, compared to 38 traffic deaths on the same date last year.

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INVESTIGATING officers said Delbert Fox was driving south on Dean's Hill Road at a "high rate of speed" and failed to negotiate a curve.

His car, which was demolished, left the road and skidded along the shoulder before knocking over a mailbox. The auto then skidded sideways into a telephone pole guy wire.

At this point, the automobile left the ground and struck a tree nine feet off the ground, bounced back to earth and struck a second tree before coming to rest with the driver pinned behind the steering wheel and his brother beside him in the front seat.

Dr. Ralph D. Gustin, deputy medical examiner from Berrien Springs, ruled the death accidental, due to shock, hemorrhaging and a broken neck.

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MR. FOX was born May 20, 1929, in Berrien Springs.

Survivors include his widow, Marjorie; two daughters, Donna and Tammy, and three sons, Robert Jr., Bryan and Todd, all at home; another daughter, Lillian, Buchanan; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Fox Sr.; a brother, Delbert Jr., Niles; two sisters, Mrs. Gloria McKamey, Rushville, Ind.,  and Mrs. Mary Jane Harker, Jackson; his grandmother, Mrs. Minnie Fox, Berrien Springs.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the Pifer Funeral Home. The Rev. Richard Fraser, pastor of St. John's United Church of Christ (Evangelical and Reformed), will officiate. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends will  be received at the funeral home beginning Saturday evening.

Niles Daily Star, Friday, October 4, 1963, page 1, col. 8, continued Page 2, col. 3-4, microfilm Niles District Library

Baker, Sam

Sam Baker
Aug. 10, 1895-Oct. 4, 1963

Sam Baker, 68, of 2323 Caruthers St., died at 2 p.m. Friday in Pawating Hospital, where he had been a patient since Sept. 19. He has been in ill health three years.

Mr. Baker was born Aug. 10, 1895, in Humboldt, Tenn.  He came here from St. Louis, Mo., 30 years ago.

Survivors include his widow, Mattie Lee; two step-sons, James Neely, Chicago, and John Murphy, Niles; two step-daughters, Mrs. Mary Palmer, Niles, and Mrs. Lucile Webster, Michigan City and 18 step-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Pifer Funeral Home.  The Rev. George Haynes will officiate. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends will be received at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Sunday.

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, October 5, 1963, page 2, col. 1, microfilm Niles District Library.

Tatman, Rosanna J.

Rosanna J. Tatman
June 8, 1867-March 16, 1944


Seriously ill three weeks, Mrs. Rosanna J. Tatman, 76, of 536 Cherry street, died at her home this morning 1:30.
Born in Kirkland, Ind., June 8, 1867, she came here from South Bend 19 years ago.
Surviving are the husband, William Tatman; two daughters, Mrs. William Mitchell, Niles, and Mrs. Walter Whitney, Willoughby, Ohio, and a brother, Thomas Carmack, Frankfort, Ind., besides four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Friends may call at the Pifer funeral home where services will be conducted at 2 Saturday by the Rev. J. Kenneth Hoffmaster.

Niles Daily Star, Thursday, March 16, 1944, page 2, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library

Mitchell, Lillian G. (Tatman)

Lillian G. Mitchell
May 15, 1890-Oct. 31, 1963

Mrs. Lillian G. Mitchell, 73, of 612 N. 4th St., died at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Buchanan Community Hospital, where she had been a patient two days.

Mrs. Mitchell was born May 15, 1890, in Escambia Bay, Fla.  She came to Niles from Texas two years ago.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ethel E. Wilkes, Niles; a sister, Mrs. Fairy Whitney, Willoughby, Ohio; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the Pifer Funeral Home. Dr. Maurice McKean, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will officiate.  Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends will be received at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Saturday.

Niles Daily Star, Friday, November 1, 1963, page 2, col. 1-2, microfilm Niles District Library