FRANK M. AND MARGARET "MARY" COLE MASON
Frank Mason was born on November 20, 1871 in Branch County, Michigan; his parents were Tyler and Marion Baxter Mason. Frank married Margaret E. Cole on January 30, 1914 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan by A. Clements, Justice of the Peace. Margaret was born in 1888; her parents were Abner and Elizabeth Fauste Cole.
In 1896, Frank owned and operated a 40 acre farm on the NE corner of Section 34 at the intersection of Merrill and Grabowski Roads. His neighbors were John Stadler, Arthur Barnard, Peter Campbell, Thomas and George Abraham, L. Mayer, A. Mayer and Jesse Deal.
In the 1900 Lakefield Township Census, Frank's parents, Tyler and Marion, are living with him.
By 1916, Frank and Margaret own another 40 acres in Section 34 of the west side on Merrill Road between Grabowski and Colvin Roads. By 1920, they owned 120 acres in Section 34. Their neighbors were: John Gath, George Stadler, George Clay, Frank Glinke Jr. and Ludwick Mayer, William Geiger, and Joseph Tolfree.
According to the book “Lest We Forget” written by Myron Gulick, Frank and Margaret helped raise his nephews, Milan and Charles T. Mason.
Charles T. Mason married Dora Kiedel on 20 February 1932 in Marion Springs, Saginaw County, Michigan; they had twin girls on 3 December 1932 in Marion Springs, Saginaw County, Michigan. Dora died of German Measles on 1 June 1934, when the twin girls were 2 years old. Charles died from a car/train accident on 8 September 1935; Frank and Margaret then raised the twin girls.
Margaret passed away in 1948 and Frank in 1954. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.
SOURCES: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 Lakefield Township United States Census; 1896 and 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Maps; Frank Mason's birth record; Frank and Margaret Mason's marriage record; Charles T. and Dora Mason's death records; The book “Lest We Forget” by Myron Gulick; Bill Bow and Joe Mason and photos from Joe Mason.
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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