Friday, May 6, 2011

1884 Milo L. Gay and Wife Obituaries

J.C. Ellsworth, a very enterprising fellow that ran a bank in conjunction with Milo (sometimes spelled Mylo) L. Gay as well as producing printing presses with G.L. Adams, reportedly purchased the interest of the late Milo L. Gay in the Fowlerville Exchange bank and will continue the same as heretofore.

Earlier, as published in The Fowlerville Review, follows the obituary of Milo L. Gay:

Sudden Death~~Hon. M.L. Gay a Victim to Heart Disease~~Milo J. Gay, a resident of Howell, but a member of the firm of Gay & Ellsworth of this place, died at his residence very suddenly on Monday evening at seven o'clock, of heart disease.

Mr. Gay was born at Salisbury, Conn., June 25, 1825, and came to this state with his parents in 1831, settling in Ann Arbor, but removing to Howell in 1837, where he resided until the time of his death. He graduated at Oberlin College in 1848, taught school for three years and then took up the study of law. He was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace in 1856 and held the office continuously until 1868, when he was elected a member of the state House of Representatives, and after serving in that capacity two years was elected State Senator. March 31, 1873, he, in company with Mr. J.C. Ellsworth, established the Fowlerville Exchange Bank and was an active member of the firm for exactly eleven years.

He came on the early morning train as usual on Monday, but in the middle of the forenoon complained of not feeling very well -- just as he had done many times before with some slight trouble -- and Mr. Ellsworth advised him to return to his home on the afternoon train, which he did. Upon arriving at Howell about two o'clock, he went to the office of Dr. Wells, procured some medicine and went to his own home and went to bed. No apparent change was noticed in his condition and his daughter gave him his medicine at seven o'clock. He took it as usual and she started to leave the room when she heard a slight gasp and running to the bed found him dead, having silently and peacefully passed away in his own beautiful home without a pain or thought that his last hour on earth was upon him.

Thus once more has death entered the business circle of our village and taken from us one whom we all respected and loved, one who always had a ready, sympathetic ear into which we could pour our troubles and struggles along the rough path of life, feeling that we should always meet with sympathy and assistance. He was a man of many virtues and one who never, either in public or private, was ever heard to breath a suspicion against the acts of any living person. He was a prominent and active Mason and was a member of the Howell Commandry, under whose auspices he was buried from his residence on Thursday, and was probably the largest attended funeral ever held in Livingston county. He leaves an estimable wife and daughter who deeply mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband and father.

While looking through old microfilm, I eventually came upon Mrs. Milo Gay's obituary published in The Fowlerville Review in 1903, nearly 20 years after her husband passed away. It follows:

Mrs. M.L. Gay, wife of Milo L. Gay, who was a member of the firm of Gay & Ellsworth, bankers, at this place a few years ago, died at her home at Howell on Wednesday morning. She was a very estimable lady and was loved and respected by a large circle of friends.

The funeral services will be held at the home of her sister, Mrs. William Wells, at Howell this afternoon at 2:30.

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