Letter Home by James Dalby, 1919

    Letter home dated January 21, 1919; France; from James W. Dalby: “My Darling Mother – Just a few lines to let you know I am O. K. Today is Friday and a very nice day. Everything is going … Continue reading

Ray Farrand Letter Home 1919

    Following is a letter from Ray Farrand who was on the battleship South Dakota on July 4, 1919: ”Dear Mother and All; Well my ambitions have been partially realized as I have been to Paris and the battle front … Continue reading

George Engle, Obituary

     George Engle, Pioneer and Well Known Citizen, Died Sunday     From The Colon Express newspaper, August 1921: “George Engle died at his home two miles west of Colon on Sunday evening, August 7th, at eight o’clock, after a … Continue reading

Phil Wait and His Balloon, Monk Watson

Phil Wait and His Balloon   From The Colon Express newspaper, June 11, 1975; by Monk Watson: ”I think we all have idols to look back on, and my great idol was Phil Wait. I remember his first balloon ascension, … Continue reading

Brother Good by Monk Watson

Brother Good   From TOPS Magazine, July 1962, by Monk Watson: ”I was just told of the passing of Mr. Good, of the Abbott Company. If ever a man lived up to a name, it was Mr. Good. If I … Continue reading

Rose Michael Killed

KILLED BY CAR     From the Colon Express, October 17, 1940: ”Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Michael and daughters, Nadine and Janis, attended the funeral of Mr. Michael’s stepmother, Mrs. Rose Michael, at Union City, Sunday. Mrs. Michael, aged 72, … Continue reading

Evelyn M. Hill Obituary

Mrs. Evelyn M. Hill     Newspaper clipping from February 7, 1940: “In the passing of Mrs. Hill, Colon has lost a pioneer whose life was closely woven into the affairs of the community. Her unselfish interest in others and … Continue reading

Wells Wrigglesworth Obituary

COLON MAN ENDS LIFE    From The Sturgis Daily Journal, July 17, 1939: “Wells Wrigglesworth, Colon Resident, Kills Self With Pistol Colon, July 17 – Wells Wrigglesworth, aged 77, died Saturday afternoon about five o’clock from a self inflicted bullet … Continue reading

Jerry O. Burke Obituary

JERRY O. BURKE, 52, SUCCUMBS IN COLON     Newspaper Clipping dated September 19, 1938: “Retired Livestock Buyer Dies After Years Illness; Services Tuesday. COLON – Jerry Orlando Burke, 52, retired livestock buyer here, died at 7:15 a.m. Sunday in … Continue reading

Harlie D. Bennett Killed

AUTO CRASH FATAL TO HARLIE BENNETT From the Colon Express newspaper, September 19, 1938: “A head-on collision between two cars took the life of Harlie D. Bennett, well-known St. Joseph County man, and placed two others in the hospital with … Continue reading