Obituary of Orel Hildreth

September 16, 1857 -- March 18, 1931

(Age 73)

(See picture and text page 29)



Orel Hildreth, 73, Succumbs To Short

Illness March 18


Orel Hildreth, aged 73, former Merle Beach rural mail carrier, died at 1 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 1931, at his home on South Oakland Street, St. Johns.  He was taken seriously ill the previous Sunday.


Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. T. S. Cleaver at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Eberts Funeral Home.  Burial is to be made in Mt. Rest.


Mr. Hildreth was born in Riley Township September 16, 1857, and spent the greater part of his life in Riley, Olive and DeWitt townships.  He is survived by his widow, two brothers; K. R. Hildreth of St. Louis and A. G. Hildreth of Lansing, Four nieces, one nephew and many friends.



Obituary of Orpha Dane Heldreth

September 5, 1866 – June 3, 1944

(Age 78)

State Deaths


(Special to the State Journal)

Mrs. Orpha Hildreth


ST. JOHNS, June 3, (1944) – Mrs. Orpha Dane Hildreth, 78 died at St. Johns Memorial hospital after a brief illness, Friday.


Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock (CWT) at the Eberts Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Mt. Rest Cemetery.  Rev. Rat T. Caldwell will officiate.


 Mrs. Hildreth, daughter of Joseph and Martha Dane and widow of the late Orel Hildreth, was born September 5, 1866, in St. Johns.  She was a member of O. E. S. of DeWitt.


She is survived by nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Inah Simmons, Miss Ivah Faragher and Mrs. Laura Bancroft, all of St. Johns, Mrs. Ruth Davis of Perry, Harold Dane of Potterville, Miss Helen Dane of Owosso, Mrs. Mary Hunter of Millett, Charles Dane of Vermontville besides a large circle of friends.


(See pages 17 & 27 – J. M. Dane is the father of Orpha Hildreth)