Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Horace Chancey Buchele


The photo is of Horace and Estella's youngest daughter, Clara with her husband, Henry Wenzel




Horace Chancey Buchele was born 13 October 1869 in Shiawassee County, Michigan. His parents were Fred and Emma Pliter Buchele. Horace married Estella “Stella” L. Hoagland on 26 May 1891 in Tyrone Township, Shiawassee County by Clergyman, Fred G. Wood. Estella was born in January 1874; her parents were Frank and Sarah Mood Hoagland.












Horace and Stella had the following children:

  1. Reuben James Buchele was born 25 September 1893 in Lafayette Township, Gratiot County, Michigan. Reuben married Beulah Cuiskelly on 26 April 1926; she died on 4 January 1946. Reuben also married Esther Tappin on 4 September 1946.

  2. Frederick “Fred” Frank Buchele was born 11 August 1895 in Lafayette Township, Gratiot County, Michigan. He married Mabel Howard on 7 December 1914 in Merrill Saginaw County, Michigan; she died on 10 December 1915. Fred also married Ursula Tribfelner on 2 May 1917 in Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

  3. Theressa E. Buchele was born on 27 December 1899/1900 in Lafayette Township, Gratiot County, Michigan. She married Robert Anderson; he died on 20 June 1945. Theressa also married Ray Bodine on 4 September 1946 in Steuben County, Indiana.

  4. Clara M. Buchele was born 19 July 1904 in Lafayette Township, Gratiot County, Michigan. She married Henry George Wenzel on 14 June 1923 by M.E. Clergyman C.L. Beebe. By 1920, Henry had purchased 72 acres on the SW corner of Meridian and Nelson Roads in Lakefield Township. It was known as Galloway; later Henry and Clara created their own Field of Dreams, turning farmland into a community baseball field; calling it Wenzel Park. They, also, owned and operated a general store. Their properties were on the border of Gratiot County and Saginaw County, Michigan.


In 1900, Horace and his family were living in Lafayette Township, Gratiot County, Michigan. By 1910, Horace and his family are living in Lakefield Township. Horace and Estella owned and operated 237 acres in Section 28 on the SW corner of Meridian and Grabowski Roads.


By 1930, Horace is living in Oceanside, San Diego County, California with his wife, Stella. Horace and Estella's son Fred and his family are also living in the Oceanside, California area.


Horace and Estella moved back to Gratiot County, Michigan by the mid 1930's.


Horace passed away in 1938 and Estella in 1956. They are both buried in Lafayette Township Cemetery, Gratiot County, Michigan.





SOURCES: 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940 Federal Census; 1896 Lakefield Plat Map; Horace and Estelle's marriage record; Horace WWI & WWII draft registration; Reuben's birth record; 2 birth records for Theressa; Reuben WWI draft registration; Fred's WWI craft registration & death record; William Buchele's obituary; Fred & Ursula Buchele's marriage record; Clara and Henry Wenzel's marriage record; Theressa 2 marriage records; Reuben 2 marriage record; and Find A Grave; Saginaw Newspaper article of Wenzel Park on 17 January 2014.

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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