The Godfrey’s by Monk Watson

Monk’s Memories of the Godfrey Family!

Written by Monk Watson in 1967: “As I look back through the years I can hear, “Hold your horses, here comes Dr. Godfrey in that new horseless carriage.” The Doctor had one of the first automobiles in this part of the country. It was a great thrill for me to be asked to take a ride over the country roads to visit a patient with the good doctor. He also had a very different bicycle with no chain. This he would ride to make local calls near his office. He even let me ride that bike a couple of times. I’m talking about Ervin Godfrey and the year was about 1902. He had followed in his father’s footsteps, as his father had become one of the outstanding doctors in St. Joseph County. In the history of the county it mentions Dr. L. M. Godfrey, father of Ervin, as one of the leading widely known physicians of the homeopathic school of medicine. So Ervin had a good start here in Colon, where he stepped into a good practice made possible by his father.




Dr. Ervin Godfrey standing by his car in front of his home.


In 1885 Ervin built one of the show places in St. Joseph County, in handsome brick home, which is still standing and still beautiful to look at. Dr Erwin and his wife had five children, three boys and two girls. Dr. Glenn Godfrey followed along, but he studied to be a dentist, opening his office in the Opera House block in 1906, and remained in that office until he retired after over 50 years of taking care of not only Colon, but patients from all over Michigan. Dr Glenn was named “man of the year” and the banquet hall was crowded and he was met with a standing ovation when he gave a short talk. Glenn, as we all knew him, was president of the Southwestern Michigan Dental Society, life member of the Colon Masonic bodies and Order of Eastern Star. Glenn and his wife, Louise Kane, of Sturgis had two fine children. When Louise moved from Colon, it closed the book on one of the finest families in Colon Township. So now we have a beautiful brick home of Dr. Ervin, and the large white home of the Glenn Godfrey family. The brick house is now the very modern and lovely funeral home of Ted Schipper, and the big white house is now the home of the Allen Kings.”


The only change to add to Monk’s article is an update. It is still the Schipper Funeral Home, with Todd Schipper at the helm, but Baker’s own the white house. The Opera House Block, in case you don’t know, is the building that stood at the present location of Citizen’s Bank. For those of us who remember Dr. Glenn Godfrey, the good memories are a bit blurred by memories of that old slow drill. What a difference fifty years makes in the agonies associated with a dentist visit.


The Opera House Block is now gone.