Today's obituary is of a woman that typifies many of those who came to Michigan to settle when there was mostly pines and prairies. The names mentioned are names still found in the area today.
From the 1 March 1917 Fremont TimesIndicator:
MRS. CYNTHIA DOBE
Cynthia Isabelle Cain was born May 16, 1940, in Oakland county, New York. On November 26, 1859, she was maried to Joseph dobe, and on December 1, 1859, Mr. and Mrs. Dobe moved to Michigan and settled on the farm where they lived until their death. This place, now in Holton, Muskegon county, was all a wilderness and they saw all the hardships of pioneer life. Their nearest market was Muskegon. Mrs Dobe was the last of the early settlers.
To them were born eight children who lived to adult life. Six of them are now living, namely, Wm. Dobe, and Mrs. Elmer Huntoon, of Holton; Linnie Dobe, who lives at home; Mrs. C. J. McKee, of Twin Lakes; Mrs. J. S. Brown,of Gary Ind., and Mrs Otto McGee, of Fremont. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. Mr. Dobe passed away seven years ago.
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 19, from the home, Rev. A. R. Elliott, pastor of the Holton M. E. church officiating. Interment in Holton cemetery.
A simple and short obituary, yet hardly missed an item of value to genealogists. Birth date and place, death date and place, survivors, spouse, marriage date, and even a maiden name. For this time frame, obituaries rarely are more complete.