24 January 2013

Obituary: Patrick Bayle

Just time for a quick post today.  This obituary has me puzzled a bit.  It is a Hesperia area death, but the font or something leads me to believe this obituary was not published in the Fremont Times Indicator, but perhaps in the nearby Muskegon Chronicle.  Many people from the Hesperia area would have it published in that paper, even though Muskegon was 30 miles from Hesperia, rather than the 12 mile away Fremont paper.  The Chronicle was even then a daily while the Times Indicator was never more than a weekly. 
So from an unknown local paper, November 1936:

Patrick Bayle, 76, Dies Near Volney.

Hesperia. Nov. 6.---(Special)--Patrick Bayle, 76 years old, a resident of near Volney since 1876 and a former lumberman, died at his home yesterday following an illness of five months.
Mr. Bayle was born in North Sheffard, Quebec, Can., March 14, 1860, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bayle.  The family came to Michigan in 1875 and to the Volney district, Newaygo county, a year later.  Mr Bayle was married in Volney, to Hattie Sweet, in 1882.
Surviving are the widow, one daughter, Mrs. Ted Lamroch of Flint and one son, Jefferie Bayle of Walkerville, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Ann Conley of Beaver township, Newaygo county, and Mrs. Bridget McDonald of Grand Rapids.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:p.m. from the Volney church, with Rev. E. M. Mumby, pastor of the Hesperia Methodist church in charge, and burial will be made in Volney.

Okay, I lied.  He was from Volney, not Hesperia.  Volney is a small settlement north of Hesperia.  But many people from that area attended Hesperia schools later on, it has sort of become lumped into that area.  And still, Muskegon is the nearest large town.  I still believe the obituary was given to us from them.

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