Sunday, October 2, 2011

1862 Fowlerville Teacher

Through all of the years of the Fowlerville school system, there have been so many teachers and some names have probably fallen through the cracks of the records. I came across the following obituary, published in the local newspaper in 1922, detailing a woman that taught in the village 60 years earlier:

Obituary~~Mrs. Martha Thomas, wife of John Thomas of New Hudson, died March 17, after an illness of seven years. She was born in England in 1845, coming to America with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Holmes, when young. They were residents of Osceola and Howell townships, later locating near Byron.

Martha Holmes was known as one of the best school teachers in Livingston county and taught around Howell and Fowlerville 55 and 60 years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home in 1920 in New Hudson and near the farm they settled on when married and still own. Mrs. Thomas was one of nine children, only one sister, Mrs. A. Southy, is left of the family. She was a devoted church member and a Christian worker in the church circles as long as health permitted.

Funeral services were held at the home Sunday, March 19, Rev. Watters of South Lyon, officiating.

Mr. Thomas, who is in very poor health and past 80 years of age, is left to mourn the loss of an aged companion.

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