Storrs Obituaries

Charles E. Storrs

Muskegon Chronicle, Monday, October 20, 1913

Major Storrs Dies, Victim of Paralysis
First Dairy Commissioner in State Succumbs at Age of Eighty
Took Part in 45 Battles: Thirty Years Resident of North Muskegon

Major Charles E. Storrs, early resident of North Muskegon, living at that place for 30 years, civil war veteran, first dairy and food commissioner appointed in the state of Michigan, and president of the Sixth Michigan Cavalry association, died at Scottville, Mich. at 11:30 o'clock last night. Major Storrs went to Scottville last Thursday on a business trip and suffered a stroke of paralysis while there from which he never recovered.

Major Storrs was born in the lumber woods of Essex county, New York on September 3, 1833. His father was one of the early frontier lumberman who were eager to push westward so a short time later the family moved to Ohio where Mr. Storrs grew to manhood.

In lumber business

After his marriage to Miss Myra (sic) Venoate of Brecksville, Ohio, in 1854, he came north and engaged in farming, later going west where he carried on the same occupation in Illinois and Iowa. But his early training in the lumber work proved more tasteful and he returned and from then until the Civil war he was connected with the lumber business in Ottawa county.

In 1862 he enlisted in Company B of the Sixth Michigan cavalry, which organized at Grand Rapids, and went directly to Washington. At the beginning of service he was a supernumerary lieutenant and because of his good work, promotions during his service were rapid, being made second lieutenant in March 1863, captain four months later and major in January 1865. All told he took part in 45 battles which included those at Gettysburg, Winchester, and Cedar Creek and was with the Army of the Potomac and later with Sheridan in the Shanandoah Valley. At the battle of Nubia's Crossing he was severely wounded which kept him from the front four three months. He was amount those present at Appomattox when the treaty was signed.

Returns to Blendon

After the soldier were disbanded Major Storrs returned to Blendon Mich. where he resumed his farm and lumber operations until 1882 when he moved to North Muskegon, where he has since made his home. At first he owned a small interest in the C. N. Storrs Lumber Company, but later he purchased a tract of land between Muskegon and Bear lakes, and turned his attention to raising grapes, having one of the finest vineyards. For the past 26 years, he spent his time entirely with the greenhouse business. From time to time, he enlarged the houses until he had one of the most up-to0date green houses in this vicinity.

Major Storrs was prominent in public affairs, having served as supervisor in three counties in Michigan: Ottawa, Mason, and Muskegon; as assistant department inspector in the army under the administration of L. G. Rutherford, and was the first dairy and food commissioner to be appointed in Michigan, serving from September 1883 to February 1887. On September 3, 1913 he was elected president of the Sixth Michigan Cavalry association which held its annual convention at Ann ARbor. As an unusual coincidence, this election came on his 80th birthday.

Major storrs leaves one son, Frank Storrs of North Muskegon; and two daughters, Mrs. Elliott D. Prescott of Muskegon and Mrs L. A Franklin of Grand Rapids.

He was a member of the G. A. R. and the Baptist church.

The body will arrive in Muskegon tonight for burial.

Frank Storrs

Muskegon Chronicle, Tuesday, August 17, 1920

Frank Storrs died yesterday afternoon at his home in North Muskegon after a short illness, aged 62 years. Mr. Storrs was born in Iowa, coming to North Muskegon in 1883 where he has since made his home. For many years, Mr. Storrs has conducted a green house in North Muskegon. He leaves besides his wife, three children, Mrs. Hollie Ferrel, Mrs. Caldwell Barry, and Clark W. Storrs, all of North Muskegon, six grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. F. D. Presscot of North Muskegon and Mrs. L. A. Franklin of Grand Rapids. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the residence, Rev. A. Hadden, pastor of the First Congregational church officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Alice A. Storrs

Muskegon Chronicle, Tuesday, January 29, 1957

Mrs. Storrs, 93, Early Teacher at NM, Dies

Mrs. Alice A. Storrs, 93 years old, 3746 Central road, Dalton Township, who was one of the oldest living Hillsdale College graduates and a pioneer teacher in North Muskegon schools, died at Englebertson Convalescent Home, Dalton Township, yesterday morning following an illness of three weeks.

The former Alice A. Wolcott was born in Jonesville, May 22, 1863, where she grow up and was educated. After her graduation from Hillsdale College when she was 20 years old, she moved to North Muskegon where she taught school for several years before her marriage to Frank Storrs in North Muskegon January, 1886, Mr. Storrs died in Muskegon in 1920.

Mrs. Storrs, who attended the Methodist church is the mother of Clark W. Storrs, what was a candidate for state representative from the 2nd Muskegon District in 1954.

Besides her son, Clark of Dalton Township, she leaves two daughters, Mrs. H. H. Ferrill, Dalton Township, Mrs. Rae Barry. Higgins Lake; one brother, Verne Wolcott, Pennington, N.J.; seven grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren.

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