Orr, Emma C. (Brown)

Emma C. Orr
April 10, 1858-April 9, 1915

Niles Daily Sun, Friday, April 9, 1915, page 1, col. 8, microfilm Niles District Library


Daughter of Judge and Mrs. Brown Was Seriously Ill but a Few Days With Grippe and Complications


Mrs. Orr, wife of A.R. Orr and a daughter of Judge and Brs. [sic] Brown, passed away at noon today at their home, 609 Platt street.  Mrs. Orr had been in ill health for some time, but she had been seriously ill only since last Sunday with grippe and complications.

Mr. and Mrs. Orr came to Niles about two years ago to reside and have made many friends, who deplore the death of the estimable lady.  Besides her husband and parents, Mrs. Orr is survived by three daughters--Mrs. Elbert Blake, who resides on the farm just east of her parents' home, Mrs. Fred Menhennette of Indianapolis, who came to Niles yesterday and Miss Mildred Bush, who resides at home.

The funeral arrangements have not been made.

Niles Daily Star, Friday, April 9, 1915, page 1, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library



At noon today, after an illness which extended only from Sunday, Mrs. A.R. Orr of 609 Platt street, passed away.

Grippe with other attendant complications was the cause of her demise. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

The family and her entire large circle of friends are stricken with grief because of the sad occurrence.

Niles Daily Sun, Saturday, April 10, 1915, page 4, col. 4, microfilm Niles District Library

The funeral services for the late Mrs. A.R. Orr will be held from the residence on Platt street Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. W.H. Phelps of the Presbyterian church will officiate.  Interment will occur at Silver Brook cemetery.

Niles Daily Star, Monday, April 12, 1915, page 4, col. 1, microfilm Niles District Library



The funeral services for the late Mrs. A.R. Orr were held at her home yesterday, conducted by the Rev. Wm. Phelps of the Presbyterian church with interment at Silver Brook cemetery.

Emma C. Orr, only daughter of Judge and Mrs. C.R. Brown, was born at Beren, Ohio, April 10, 1858. Departed this life April 9, 1915, at Niles, Mich.

In 1879 she was married to Nye A. Bush, who died March 28, 1906. As the issue of that marriage there were three children: Mrs. Florence L. Blake, of Niles, Mich.;  Mrs. Helen Menhennette of Indianapolis, Ind., and Miss Mildred I. Bush of Niles. Mrs. Blake is the mother of four children and Mrs. Menhennette of two. Her daughters were all present at her death.

December 27, 1910, Mrs. Bush was married to Archie R. Orr, of Negaumee, Michigan.  In the spring of 1913 Mr. and Mrs. Orr removed to Niles and purchased "Melrose Farm," one of the pleasantest and most attractive houses in the city.

Mrs. Orr was an artist of marked ability and for many years was a teacher in oil, water color and tapestry.

She is survived by her husband, father and mother, the three daughters above mentioned and three brothers, George P. Brown of Marquette, Mich., Charles H. Brown of St. Louis, Mo., and William A. Brown of Cheboygan, Mich.

Among those present from out of the city were her brother Wm. A. Brown, Mrs. Menhennette, Mrs. Mary Brown and daughter, Mabel of Benton Harbor, a large number of Mr. Orr's immediate family and her cousins, Mrs. S.C. Van Antwerp and Mrs. Harvey C. Beeson of Vicksburg, Mich., the latter two with Mrs. D.D. Waltz of this city are own cousins of Mrs. Orr, the mothers being sisters.

Miss Maude McNabb of his city rendered two beautiful solos.

Mrs. Orr will be missed by a large circle of relatives and friends, but by none more than her devoted husband.

Mrs. Orr's 57th birthday would have occurred on April 10, which occasion her family had hoped to celebrate with her.  Rev. Mr. Phelps in the course of his remarks read the following touching lines which we understand were composed by him on the occasion of his own mother's birthday. . .


Clark, Audrey A. (Nelson)

Audrey Clark, 89
Jan. 30, 1922 — May 14, 2011

Audrey A. Clark, 89, of Windingwood Drive in South Bend, died at 12:20 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Hospice House in Elkhart, Ind. following a brief illness.

Audrey Clark, 89

Mrs. Clark was born Jan. 30, 1922 in Mishawaka, Ind. to Wilbur David and Harriet Beldine (Ritter) Nelson. She graduated from Central High School in South Bend with the Class of 1940. She was a lifetime Michiana resident.

Audrey attended Southwestern Michigan College from 1978 to 1988, focusing on art classes. She was awarded an honorable mention for her acrylic painting titled “Swamp Flower.” She was a freelance artist and co-owner of the Riverfront Gallery.

Audrey was a member of the Niles Lady Elks and Niles Art Association. She was a past president of the Niles PTA at Cherry Street School.

On Jan. 19, 1947 in Sturgis, Mich., she married Lee E. Clark, Sr., who preceded her in death Nov. 11, 1987.

She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Andrew Clark, who died in February 1989.

Surviving family includes a son, Lee E. (Maureen) Clark of Georgetown, Texas; a daughter, Kristina L. Pendley of South Bend; grandchildren, Sara (Joseph) Gillespie of Marietta, Ga., Patricia Clark of Berkeley, Calif., Molly Clark of Ann Arbor, Mich. and Erin and Catherine Clark, both of Georgetown.

Funeral services for Audrey A. Clark will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 18 at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with the Rev. Carl W. Bassett of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Niles officiating.

Interment will be at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.

The family will receive relatives and friends beginning one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Contributions in memory of Audrey may be made to the Humane Society of St. Joseph County in Mishawaka, Ind.

Niles Daily Star, Published 7:27am online Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wegner, John R.

John Wegner, 83
May 18, 1927 — May 14, 2011

John R. Wegner, 83, of Evergreen Road in Niles, died at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011 at his home following an 18-month battle with lung cancer.

John Wegner, 83

Mr. Wegner was born May 18, 1927 in Plainwell, Mich. to Ralph H. and Virginia A. (Bell) Wegner. He moved from South Bend to Niles in 1940.

On May 1, 1987, he retired after 28 years of service at National Standard Co. in Niles. He was also formerly employed for 10 years at New York Central Railroad.

John was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy from Aug. 4, 1944 to June 19, 1946.

He was a member of the B.P.O. of Elks in Niles Lodge 1322 and American Legion Post 26 in Niles.

He was an avid sports fan, especially enjoying golf, baseball, basketball, bowling, pool and anything else with a ball in it. For 20 years, he held a Niles High School basketball record for the most points in a game. He was a big supporter of the NHS sports program. He was also an avid fisherman and loved to dance and watch his grandchildren’s sports and school activities.

On Sept. 7, 1946 in Niles, he married the former Dorothy R. “Dot” Welsher, who survives. Surviving family also includes their daughters, Stacey A. (Robert Evans) Wegner and Vicki L. Podjan, both of Niles; grandchildren, Heather (Billy) Zimmerman, Jamie L. (Jamie L.) Zimmerman, Joshua E. Weaver, Sarah (Casey) Gowen, Ben Evans, Jenny (Holli) Evans and Jessica (Nathan) Tonkin; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother, James (Nancy) Wegner of Niles.

He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Ava Zimmerman, and a sister, Judith Kolig.

Funeral services for John R. Wegner will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with Elder Ray Fulbright of First Presbyterian Church in Niles officiating.

Interment will be at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to Hospice at Home or Disabled American Veterans.

Niles Daily Star, Published online 7:29am Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Harwood, Carl Alton

Carl Harwood, 87
June 12, 1923 — May 18, 2011

Carl Alton Harwood, 87, of Detroit Avenue, South Bend and formerly of Niles, died at 7:21 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Hospice House in Elkhart, Ind. following a brief illness.

He was born June 12, 1923 in New Troy, Mich. to John Harwood and Fayetta Huffsmith. He attended a one-room school at 13th Street and Ontario Road in Niles, and moved to South Bend in 1983. Carl retired in 1983 after 47 years of service at Conrail Railroad.

He enjoyed yardwork at home and traveling throughout the United States. He was a World War II veteran in the U.S. Army.

He was married for several years to Virginia Harwood.

Carl is survived by his daughters, Linda (Bruce) Swanson of Cordova, Tenn., Diane Washington of Louisville, Ky. and Patricia (Bob) Wroblewski of South Bend; sons, Edward Harwood of South Bend, Jesse Harwood of Niles and Frank (Pat) Harwood of Niles; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Harwood; mother, Fayetta Fulkreth; stepfather, Rolland Fulkreth, who raised Carl; and brothers, Charles Harwood, John Harwood and Alice Harwood.

The family will gather privately for services with the Rev. Randy Pearman of Bethel Baptist Church officiating.

Burial will be at Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles. A flag presentation and “Taps” by the U.S. Army Honor Guard will follow services at the graveside.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements were made by Halbritter Funeral Home of Niles.

Niles Daily Star, Published online 7:13am Friday, May 20, 2011

Phillips, John H.

John H. Phillips
Nov. 9, 1882-April 24, 1942

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, April 25, 1942, page 2, col. 7, microfilm Niles District Library

John H. Phillips, Ex-Policeman in Niles, Stricken


MICHIGAN CITY, April 25--John H. Phillips, 59, a member of the Niles police force for 12 years and for the last nine years on the Michigan City police staff, died after a heart attack here Friday afternoon.

Born in Buchanan, Nov. 9, 1882, Phillips had served on the Michigan Central railroad detective force in Niles, Michigan City and Chicago in addition to his city police work.

He is survived by his wife, Josephine, Michigan City; a daughter, Mrs. Harold Snook, and son Russell, both of Niles; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Burgoyne, Sturgis, and Arley Mitchel, Cadillac, and four brothers, Edward, Leslie, Claud and Gerald, all of Buchanan.

After funeral rites in Michigan City at 1 (CWT) Monday, an escort of Michigan City Police will accompany the procession to Niles where burial will be in Silverbrook at approximately 4 (EWT).

Niles Daily Star, Monday, April 27, 1942, page 2, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library


Burial rites for John H. Phillips, 59, former Niles policeman who was stricken in his Michigan City home Friday, will be conducted in Silverbrook cemetery this afternoon at 4.  An escort of Michigan City policemen, members of Phillips' squad there, will accompany the funeral procession to Niles.