OBITUARY (From the Langford, S. D. Bugle)
OSBORNE NATHANAEL PLATT was born February 17, 1830, in Pitcairn township, St. Lawrence county, N.Y. He removed with his parents to Ottawa county, Mich., when fifteen years of age, where he grew to manhood. On March 31, 1863, he was married to MELVINA M. MICKAM, of Lamont, Mich. To this union were born four children, ADA L., CHARLES A., HOWARD, and NETTIE. Two sons alone survive him. MRS. PLATT passed away November 4, 1879, when their house was in Orange township, Ionia county, Mich. On March 12, 1883, deceased located the homestead in Hickman township, in this county, which was his home until his death March 13. The day before his death MR. PLATT remarked that it was just twenty-five years since he first saw this place, referring to his home.
MR. PLATT'S great-grandfather, SIR WILLIAM PLATT, came from England and settled in Americaa in early colonial times, and founded the town off Plattsburg, N.Y., on Lake Champlain. His son, NATHANAEL PLATT was connected with the Revolutionary war, fitting out vessels to aid that cause. For his services he was granted a tract of land in Pennsylvania, but never received a clear title. O.N. PLATT'S father, also NATHANAEL PLATT, participated in the war of 1812. His mother was NELLIE ACHART PLATT. Her father was a Partisan Corps leader in Revolutionary times.
The passing away of OSBOURNE N. PLATT removes from our midst not only one of our very earliest settlers, but one of our best and most highly respected citizens as well. He saw the ups and downs of early Dakota life and had secured a competency such as few men of the common walks of life attain before old age creeps upon them. He was a man of firm convictions and always spoke intelligently on the topics of the day. He had been in feeble health for several years past, gradually growing worse until the end.
The funeral was held March 16th, services being conducted by Rev. WALKER, of Claremont, in the M.E. church. A large gathering of friends and neighbors filed into the church to attend the services and pay the last sad rites to the departed.
[From the Coopersville Obeserver dated April 3, 1908 in the Northeast Ottawa Library]
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