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Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Charles Valkenburg

   Charles W. Valkenburg, resident of Gladwin county since 1874, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 3, 1926, at his home in the city of Gladwin, aged 79 years, 7 months and 16 days. Although in poor health for some time he was able to be about town, being confined to his bed only a few days previous to his death. He was born June 17, 1846, in Russell, Geauga county, Ohio. At the age of 16 he enlisted and served until the end of the Civil war under Admiral Farragut.

   In 1871 he was united in marriage to Agnes Lowrie, to which union six children were born --- Edith, Lewis, Linnie, William, Maude and Leone, those surviving being Mrs. R. W. Ferris (Maude) of Mishawaka, Lewis G. and Mrs. Chris Hoffman (Leone) of Gladwin, besides his wife. There are also 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. When they came to Gladwin county they settled on a homestead, just north of the city, where they resided up to six years ago, when they moved to the city of Gladwin the present home.

   Mr. Van Valkenburg took an active part in public affairs. When the Gladwin city school district was organized he was the first school assessor (now known as treasurer). Later he was the first county drain commissioner, holding this office a number of years. He also helped organize the G.A.R. post here, in which he had been commander and held other offices, and was also an active member of Gladwin lodge I.O.O.F., in which he had filled the chairs. He was also a devoted member and regular attendent of the Methodist Episcopal church.

   Funeral services at the M. E. church Friday, Feb. 5, were well attended, conducted by Rev. Stanley Thayer, and interment took place in Highland cemetery. The pallbearers were Eldon Capling, Archie Graham, Jay Foutch, Orlen Wagar, Harvey Emrick and Glenn Wagar, representatives of the American Legion, and Gladwin lodge I.O.O.F. had charge of the services at the grave, and attended in a body. Mr. Van Valkenburg will be missed by a large circle of friends as well as in the family circle, lodge and church work.

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Highland Cemetery, Gladwin, MI
Civil War
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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