Caroline E. Merrill
From the February 1991 issue of TOPS magazine.
“Caroline E. Merrill, 90, of Colon, died January 16,1991 in the Sturgis, MI. hospital.
She was born May 31, 1900 in Columbus, OH. She was the daughter of Samuel J. and Sarah (Jordon) Hensel. She graduated from the Columbus school systems and attended Business College. She worked, early in her life, in the accounting department of the Neil House Hotel in Columbus.
On January 3, 1925 she married Fred R. Merrill in Covington, KY. He died in March of 1976. Survivors include: a daughter, Merrillyn R. Merrill; two sisters, Mrs. Fauna Petit and Mrs. Ralph (Jean) Tutella (both of Columbus); and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Merrill was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Mrs. Merrill had lived on Palmer Lake in Colon since 1935 after moving from Detroit. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aid and was a past president of the Colon American Legion Auxiliary.
Caroline had worked for the Abbott Magic Company for over twenty-five years. During that time she was primarily responsible for the creation and fabrication of magical feather flowers. In the early days, this involved receiving a shipment of dirty and dusty goose and swan feathers; sorting by size and shape and quality; cleaning; dyeing, boning the feathers (reducing the stiff spine of each feather); and the final assembly into blooms, blossoms and flower growths. All this, in addition to other company duties. Mrs. Merrill’s techniques and standards have resulted in the prestigious level and high regard with which Abbott Magic Company’s feather flower are greeted throughout the magic world, up to the present time.
Services were held at the Schipper Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Keefer of St. Paul’s Luthern Church officiating. Internment was made at Colon’s Lakeside Cemetery.”