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

Francis Paul Nohel


Frank, Mary, and Walter Nohel at their home on Grabowski Road in Lakefield Township


Francis Paul “Frank” Nohel was born June 19, 1882 in Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey to Frank and Ludwika Belner/Bilner Nohel Sr. Frank married Mary Bachschmidt on June 3, 1910. Mary was born on November 11, 1883 in James Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.


Frank and Mary had the following child:

  1. Walter Nohel was born October 18, 1910 in Bay City, Bay County, Michigan. Walter was adopted. He married Gladys Passow on September 1932. Walter died on January 16, 1973 and Gladys died on July 24, 1993 and they are both buried in Lakefield Township Cemetery.


Frank and Mary owned and operated two 40 acre parcels of land; one in Section 26 on the SE corner of Grabowski and Chapin Roads. On September 20, 1916 Frank and Mary sold one acre of land to Lakefield School District No. 5. This one acre parcel was located on the corner of Grabowski and Chapin Roads. The Lakefield School District No. 5 was known as the Nohel School. The other 40 acres of land was located on the east side of Chapin Road in Section 36 between Grabowski and Colvin Roads.


Frank registered to vote April 3, 1909. Mary registered to vote on February 8, 1918, making her one of the first women to vote after the suffrage movement. Mary had been a teacher at the Bastedo School which was located on Lakefield Road between Merrill and Chapin Roads. She also belonged to the Lakefield Ladies Society. Frank served the Lakefield Township as Constable in 1933 and 1934; and was a Member of the Lakefield Township Board of Review in 1938, 1942, 1945 and 1951.


Mary died on August 29, 1965 and Frank died on January 16, 1973. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.




SOURCES: Lakefield Township Records; 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Map; Deed to the Lakefield School District No. 5 from Frank and Mary Nohel; Frank, Mary, Walter and Gladys Nohel's obituaries.

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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