Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Quoted from Leona Northrop Valencourt's obituary.

"Mrs. Henry Valencourt, daughter of Charity and Spafford Northrop, was born in Calvin Township, Cass County, Michigan, June 26, 1867, and departed this life at her home south of Harlan May 5, 1934, at the age of 66 years, 10 months and nine days.

At the age of 16 Leona moved with her parents to Cleon Township, Manistee County, coming by train to Manton which was at that time the nearest railway station, then by stagecoach to Sherman and there hiring a team to finish the journey to their farm north of Harlan, where she lived until her marriage to Henry Valencourt on March 15, 1888. They immediately went to housekeeping on a farm southwest of Harlan and here to this union were born eleven children.

In 1919 they bought and moved to a farm just south of Harlan, leaving the old home for one of the children. They remained here until her death which came as a result of a lingering illness. She has lived her life well as a patient, loving wife and mother. Her sweet cheerful disposition has won her many kind friends.

She leaves to mourn her loss: Her husband Henry; six sons: Fred, Perry, Herman, Lawrence, Walter, all of Harlan, and Joe of Kingsley, Mich.; five daughters; Mrs. Charles Spencer of Big Rapids, Mrs. Ward Mallison of Bear Lake, Mrs. Glen Shelton of Mehama, Oregon, and Mrs. Elmer Carpenter and Mrs. Ira Mack of Harlan; two brothers: Arthur of Danville, Washington, and Perry of Vandalia, Mich., besides a number of grandchildren and a community of friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 8, 1934, with a song and prayer at the home at 1:30 o'clock followed by service at the Church of the Brethren at 2:00. Rev. Shumaker of Copemish officiating and taking his text from the Psalms. Singing was furnished by Mrs. J. H. Robinson, Mrs. B. M. Myers, Floyd Hatch and Arthur Stiver. They sang four beautiful numbers: "The Old Rugged Cross" which was sung at the home, and "No Night There:, "Abide With Me", and "Above the Bright Blue" at the church. Miss Alice Marie Robinson accompanied them at the piano. Those acting as escorts were Mr. North, Mr. Wagner, Mr. Read, Mr. Rackow, Mr. Dawkins and Mr. Tretchler. Internment was made in Cleon Cemetery."

Note: Spelling of parents was shown as "Northrop" not "Northrup."
Phil Leffel stated in a letter dated 1 March 2002, that he believed that the Mr. Dawkins mentioned in the obituary as an escort was Grandmother Ella Dawkins Valencourt's Uncle Ernie Dawkins.

Facts about this person:

Burial May 08, 1934
Cleon Cmty, Manistee Co, Michigan

Information provided by Kristina Bain from Internet Research.

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