Friday, January 9, 2009

Wilbur, Clara & Hazel Gordon, Oakwood Cemetery

Wilbur Gordon Family
Oakwood Cemetery
, Traverse City, Michigan
Gordon Stones
are the 3 to the right of center tree
Father: Wilbur M. Gordon
b. 1863 d. 1939
Mother: Clara M. Gordon
b. 1865 d. 1949

Daughter: Hazel R. Gordon
b. 1889 d. 1976

1900 census, SD 2 ED 261 Page 11B lines 58-62 taken on the 11th of June shows Wilbur and Clara living at 8th Street, Sioux Falls City, Ward 2, Minnehaha, South Dakota. The data gleaned from this record: Wilbur is born May 1863 in Maine, as were both parents, married to Clara born August 1865 in Pennsylvania, age 34, assumed marriage date is 1886 making them married 14 years at this time. Clara's father was born in Pennsylvania with mother born in New York. Children include Hazel age 11, Earl age 7 and Marjory age 1 with all three children being born in South Dakota. Wilbur's occupation is mail carrier.


Wilbur and Clara are living in the 1st Ward of Traverse City, Grand Traverse, Michigan, shown in the census taken April 3rd 1930, Enumeration 28-14, SD 4 Page 2A Lines 44/45 living on Webster Street. Wilbur and his parents are from Maine with Clara and father born in Pennsylvania and mother born in New York. Neither of the are working at the age of 66 and 64 years of age living in a home they own. Wilbur was 22 years of age at marriage with Clara age 20years.


The Social Security record shows Hazel born 18 Aug 1888 and died Nov 1976 in Traverse City, Grand Traverse, Michigan.


Hazel's obituary in the Traverse City Record Eagle newspaper 13 Nov 1976 page 7.

Hazel Rose Gordon, 88, of 1560 E. Front Stree, Traverse City, died at Traverse Geriatric Village Thursday evening after an extended illness.

The daughter of Wilbur and Clara (Matthews) Gordon was born 18 Aug 1888 at Sioux Falls, South Dakota and moved to Traverse City in 1900 with her parents. A 1908 graduate of Traverse City High School, she taught country school for two years, then attended Olivet College, graduating in 1914.

She taught English in Eaton Rapids, Mason, Traverse City, Royal Oak and Green Bay, Wisc., retiring in 1948 after 36 years of teaching. After retirement, she spent summers at her cottage on Long Lake and winters in Arizona until 1965 when she made her home with her sister Marjory Graham in Traverse City.

Preceding her in death was a brother, Earle. Surviving are her sister, Mrs. Hugh A. (Marjory) Graham, and many nieces and nephews.

Rev. Dr. Howard Towne will officiate at the funeral to be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the Hibbard Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Traverse City.

Memorials made be directed to the Northern Michigan College or to Olivet College, envelopes are available at the funeral chapel where friends may call.