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





Frank Patrick McDonald was born on January 28, 1869 in Saginaw County, Michigan. His parents were Barney/Bernard J. and Ida Spurbeck McDonald. Frank married Winnifred J. Evoy on February 11, 1891 in Thomastown, Saginaw County, Michigan. Winnifred was born August 30, 1875 in Thomastown, Saginaw County, Michigan. Her parents were Moses William and Arabella Morden Evoy.


Frank and Winnifred's children were:

  1. Zeta Winnifred was born April 9, 1892. She married Otto W. Shaw on March 24, 1920 in Detroit, Wayne, County, Michigan. Zeta died on July 1, 1991.


2.  Francis Bernard McDonald was born in 1894. He married Doris T. Baker on December 1, 1916 in Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan. Francis also married Geneva Everdon on June 18, 1921 in Lapeer, Lapeer County, Michigan by C.I. Harwood; Nazarine Church Minister.



3.  Reginald McDonald was born July 7, 1900 in Lakefield Township. He married Erma Lashbrook on June 1, 1933 in Lapeer, Lapeer County, Michigan by Frank S. Hemingway, Minister of the Gospel. Reginald died in March 1974 in Lapeer, Lapeer County, Michigan



4.  Elmer Willard McDonald was born June 15, 1904. He married Inice Moore on December 16, 1927 in Lapeer, Lapeer County, Michigan by Frank S. Hemingway, Minister of the Gospel. Elmer died on September 2, 1981.

5.  Winnifred McDonald was born September 10, 1910. She married Leon Clare Herrick. Winnifred died on January 14, 1987.


In 1896, Frank and Winnifred owned and operated 40 acres in Section 15 on Fenmore Road between Roosevelt and Lakefield Roads in Lakefield Township. Their neighbors were s Barney/Bernard J.  McDonald (Frank's father), Karl Welke, Wm. Sandhoff, Alex Ogilvie, Jeannette Parker and John Baker.


Frank also owned a store in Lakefield Township and went to the Lakefield Wesleyan Methodist Church in Lakefield Township.


By 1930, Frank, Winnifred and Reginald are living in Elba, Lapeer County, Michigan and at the time he was a produce buyer.


Frank P. died on October 9, 1936 in Lapeer, Lapeer County, Michigan and Winnifred J. died on June 30, 1960. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.




SOURCES: 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 U.S. Census; 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map; Zeta, Francis B., Reginald Lakefield Twp. Birth record; Reginald, Elmer and Winnifred McDonald's marriage records;  Parker School photos from 1908 and 1912; the 1912 photos identified from classmate Elsie Wenzel Hutfilz.

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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