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Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Christopher C. Fouch


  The death of C.C. Fouch took place last Saturday afternoon. He had been wasting away from consumption for some time, and his death was not unexpected. Mr. Fouch was one of the earliest residents of Gladwin, and but few persons are now residing in the corporation who were here when he came here.

  In 1877 he came here and engaged in the merchantile business, continuing therein until 1881, since which time he has principally looked after his real estate interests. When Mr. Fouch came to Gladwin, there was no railroad or stage running to the place, the usual outlet being via road, not a very good one, to Loomis, on the F. & P.M. road. There was only one mail a week, and that very small, carried on horseback. The population of the county was less than a thousand, and the village of Gladwin contained only a few families. Mr Fouch was a prominent factor in public affairs, and served with credit and ability in many official positions.

  In accordance with his wishes funeral services held Monday were conducted by Gladwin lodge F. & A.M., of which he was a member. Rev. J. S. DeLong offered prayer at the house, a hymn was sung, and at the grave the principal Masonic service was conducted. A large number followed the remains to their last resting place in Highland cemetery. At the grave was read the following "Masonic roll":

  "Brother Christopher C. Fouch was born in Burns township, Fairfield county, Ohio, in 1837, being the first child of Jonathan and Rebekah Fouch. He departed this life on Saturday, April 21, 1900, at his residence in this city. Mr. Fouch had been a resident of Gladwin since 1877, and had witnessed its growth from a few families to the present. He came to Michigan with his parents in his twentieth year. From his nineteenth to his twenty-ninth years he engaged in teaching in Ohio and Michigan, excepting one year's service in the army, from which his health was greatly impaired. In 1866 he was elected to the office of clerk and register of deeds of Isabella county. Having been admitted to the bar, he moved to Clare county and was elected prosecuting attorney three terms in succession. In Gladwin county he filled the offices of judge of probate, prosecuting attorney two terms, circuit-court commissioner, county school examiner and secretary of the board of examiners several years, supervisor of Grout township, justice of the peace a number of years, and minor offices. Mr. Fouch was also engaged in the merchantile business a number of years in Clare county, and during the first years of his residence in Gladwin county. For several years he has been in declining health, and a few years since moved to Alabama to try a southern clime. His health not improving he returned to Gladwin about a year ago, since which time his health has steadily failed.

  "Christopher C. Fouch was made a Mason in Wabon lodge, No. 305, Mt. Pleasant, in 1870. He took the chapter degrees in the same year, and the order of Knighthood at Big Rapids, Pilgrim Commandery, No. 23. He was also Master of Corning lodge at Farwell.

  "In January, 1890, he became a charter member of Gladwin lodge, No. 397, on its organization, and was first master of the lodge. He has been a member of this lodge since its organization, except during his absence in the south, but upon his return united therewith, although his health has not permitted his attendance. He was a devoted and zealous Mason, and one of the most ardent workers in the upbuilding of Gladwin lodge. .

{Note: Actual Recorded Date of Death is: unk. Name: Christopher C. Fouch}
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Highland Cemetery, Gladwin, MI
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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