17 September 2010

Obituary--John E Darmer

Here is another Civil War veteran who died in Fremont. This one, however never got the chance to live in Newaygo County, dying shortly after purchasing an area farm. From the 30 April 1914 Fremont Times Indicator.:


Guest at Van's Inn Drops Dead at 6 O'clock Monday Evening--Owned Farm in Denver Township

John E. Darmer, who came here last Thursday, from Lakeside, Mich., to take charge of his farm in Denver township, dropped dead in the office of Van's Inn Monday evening about 6 o'clock. The gentleman was apparently in good health, but was suddenly overcome by a cerebral hemorrhage and expired withn in a few minutes. The body was removed immediately to Scott & Crandell's undertaking rooms.
(picture is part of the collection of Fremont Area District Library, Local History collection.)

Mr. Darmer came here last August and purchased a 40 acre farm on Murphy Lake in Denver township of the Evans-Holt Co., but has not made his home in this vicinity. He arrived last week with the intention of buildina a house on his farm and of making his home there for a while at least. He was awaiting the arrival of his goods and equipment which he expected Tuesday. For 20 years past he has made his home with W. L. Veley of Lakeside.
The deceased is a veteran of the civil war. He was never married. He was 68 years of age.
Mr. and Mrs. Veley arrived Tuesday to take charge of the body.
Owing to the fact that the deceased had no known relatives living, it was decided to bury the body in the soldiers lot in Maple Grove cemetery. The burial took place yesterday morning. The Rev. J. F. Bowerman conducted a short service at the grave. (picture is part of the collection of Fremont Area District Library, Local History collection.)

Mr. Darmer never got a chance to enjoy his Fremont area farm. But it sounds like his death did create a bit of an uproar at the hotel. Definitely not good for business.

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