08 March 2013

Obituary--Joseph Cosens

I first picked this obituary because I believe I attended school with one of his descendants.  (It doesn't take much to distract me.)  But I rather enjoyed the fact that a day later there was another article, adding a few more facts.  Because of the two consecutive days having articles I believe that this obituary and notice appeared in the Muskegon Chronicle, in September 1936.  The Fremont paper, although a closer publication, was only a weekly while the Chronicle was a daily.  And many people from that area, at least in later dates, in Hesperia would be most like to have their obituaries published there.

Rites Tuesday for Joseph Cosens, 84
Hesperia, Sept. 1921--(Special)--Funeral services for Joseph Shiply Cosens, 84 years old, who died at the home of his son, Henry Cosens, here Sunday, will be held from the Methodist church at 2 p. m. Tuesday, with Rev. William Paulson, of Newaygo, in charge.  Burial will be made in Clark, south of here.
Mr. Cosens was born in Canads, July 12, 1852, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wesley Cosens, and came to the United States in 1879 shortly after he was maried to Catharine Eveligh.  Mrs. Cosens died March 24, 1900.
Mr Cosens was a resident here 35 years, had been a member of the Masonic lodge and the Methodist church many years.  Surviving besides the sone, Henry, are two sons, Wesley of Hesperia and John of Rockford, and a daughter, Mrs. Maude Robinson of Holton.

So ends the original obituary.  However the following was published the following day.  Again, because of the Hesperia notice in the first line, I believe this is from the Muskegon Chronicle.

Other Cosens' Survivors
Hesperia, Sept. 22--Joseph Cosens who died at the home of his son, Henry near Hesperia, Sunday, is also survived by a step-daughter, Mrs. Ora Edsell of Muskegon and a step-son Clarence Mattice of North Olmstead, Ohio, in addition to other relatives named yesterday. 
Following the death of his first wife he was married to Mrs. Alice Mattice, in Hesperia, March 15. 1908.  She died Jan. 28, 1935.

What an interesting addition.  It makes me wonder what sort of kerfluffle the original obituary stirred up, with no mention of the step-siblings.  It wasn't as if the surviving son would have forgotten her, as she died less than a year before.  
Family strife.  Makes for great family stories.

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