Posted By:Diane Dodge
Subject:Re: Obit lookup please?
Post Date:November 07, 2012 at 20:22:52
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Forum:Kalamazoo County, MI Genealogy Forum
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I discovered that Watson was her married name. I couldn't find an obiturary on her.I found her in the 1920 & 1930 Census.
Watson, Mayme, head, widow, born Michigan, father born France, mother born Canada.
She owned a boarding house at 125 Mechanic Street, Jackson, Mich.
son, Elwood, age 16
dau, Alice, age 13
many borders.
1930 census
Watson, Mayme,widow, age 44, born MI, father born France, mother born Canada
She manages a hotel at 150 Portage St, Kalamazoo.
She has 9 borders.
Then I found this.
Jackson Citizen Patriot, Thursday, July 12, 1917
Mystery still surrounds the death of George G Watson, 35, of this city, whose body was found floating in Sandusky Bay last Friday. Residents of Sandusky, Ohio are certain the Jackson man met with foul play. Every indication pointed to robbery as a motive for the crime and the body had been in the water for four days.
Mr. Watson wetn from Jackson to Port Clinton, Ohio to investigate a business which he thought of purchasing. He carried between $500. and $700., on his person according to Sandusky business men with whom he had talked the day before he disappeard. On July 1, he went with a club of Sandusky business men on an excursion on the lake. He had made many friends during his stay in Sandusky and with the club by special invitation. According to the members he was in the best of spirits. The next day he checked out from the hotel where he was staying. A little later he was seen down town by some friends. That was the last that was heard from him until an evening four days later, when a man who makes his living selling minnows in the bay, saw a black spot on the water a few yards away. He thought it was a cap which he had lost and waited for it to drift in. He discovered it was a mans body and sent in a police alarm. The body was taken to the morgue where he was identified by a letter in the pocket. The only money found on him was two nickels. A watch Mr. Watson always wore was missing and a gold ring with a diamond setting was also gone. There were no marks of violence on the body.
Mrs. Watson, widow of the drowned man, was interviewed this morning at her home at 125 Mechanic Street. She said her husband left Jackson June 19, with the intention of visiting a number of cities with a view of buying a grocery business. He had about $225. on his person and about $500. in a bank in Toledo. Mrs.Watson heard from him on July 3, at which time he waas in Sandusky. On the night of July 6, she received word that his dead body was found floating in Sandusky Bay.
Mr. and Mrs. Watson came to Jackson nine years ago from Grand Rapids. Three years ago while working at Withington-Cooley plant in this city, he suffered an injury to his spine, one vertebrae being crushed. Because of this injury he was unable to swim, a fact which was known to many people. Soon after Mr. Watson was injured, he and his wife started a rooming house at 125 N. Mechanic St. Mr. Watson, had been employed, until recently, as an electrician at the Jackson Rim Company plant.
Mrs. Watson says that the police in Sandusky are making an investigation to determine if Mr. Watson was a victim of foul play. Besides the widow and two children, the deceased is survived by his mother, Emma Watson of Adrian, sister, Emma of Adrian, two brothers, John of Adrian and William of Montpelier, Ohio.
Michigan Deaths
Mayme B Watson
Born, November 25, 1887, Jackson, MI
Died, August 13, 1939, Kalamazoo, MI
Spouse, George Watson