Lucinda Blackford Evens Obituary
Mrs. Lucinda Evens Dies
Was Pioneer Resident of This City,
Coming Here from Ashtabula County, Ohio, in 1875
Mrs. Lucinda Evens passed away at the State Hospital at Traverse City, May 26, 1916, following an illness of three weeks of general paresis.
Lucinda Blackford was born in Ashtabula county, Ohio, April 9, 1843 and at the time of her death was 73 years, 2 months and 17 days old. In 1862 she was united in marriage to J.R. Evens.
She was one of the pioneer residents of this community, coming here with her husband April 1, 1875, where he engaged in the milling business, first founding the Star Mills and later the Tittabawassee Mill, which was destroyed by fire.
Mrs. Evens has always been active in the church and social affairs of the city and has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church in this city for 41 years, and was also a member of the O.E.S., which organization had charge of the funeral rites.
She was the mother of 11 children, eight of whom are still living: William and Mrs. M.A. Ratliff of this city; Guy, Mrs. Claude Willis and Mrs. Ernest Arndt of Saginaw; Frank of Kalamazoo, Mrs. F.W. McCrary of Hope and Mrs. H.E. Town of Larkin, all of whom were present to attend the funeral services, except one son, Frank of Kalamazoo.
The body was brought home from Traverse City and taken to the home of her daughter Mrs. M.A Ratliff, on Midland avenue, where it was held until the time of the funeral services from the M.E. church Monday afternoon, Rev. J. Bacon preaching the sermon.
Those from a distance in attendance at the funeral were Mrs. Orin French, Granville; Mrs. Nellie Foster, Grand Rapids; Elmer Gillet, Hudsonville; Mrs. Howard, Saginaw; Mrs. Ralph Johnson, Fairgrove; and Mr. and Mrs. James Arnolds, Caro.