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

Franklin J Herbage


Frank and Ada Herbage


Franklin J. Herbage was born October 3, 1875; his parents were John and Minerva Mason Herbage. Frank married Ada M. Lehman on December 16, 1903 in Merrill, Michigan. Ada was born January 18, 1881 in Flint, Genesee County, Michigan; her parents were Abraham and Sarah Sherk Lehman.

Franklin inherited the John Herbage Family 80 acre homestead in Section 21 on Nelson Road between Fenmore and Meridian Roads.  

The original Herbage Homestead with the four oldest children of Frank and Ada Herbage. The children L to R: Estella, Henry in baby carriage, John, and Luella Herbage



Frank and Ada had the following children:


  1. Luella May was born on November 12, 1906 in Lakefield Township. She married Bert Briggs. Luella passed away on September 9, 1957.

  2. John Franklin Herbage was born August 6, 1908 in Lakefield Township. He married Bertha Bish. John passed away on June 21, 1926 from a farm accident.

  3. Estella Ilene Herbage was born October 7, 1909 in Lakefield Township and passed on January 19, 1928. She was a member of the Merrill Class of 1928. A few months before she passed away , Estella had a bad attack of jaundice from the effect of which she never recovered.

  4. Henry Charles Herbage was born July 12, 1911 in Lakefield Township and passed away on March 12, 1928 from a brain hemorrhage.

  5. Norena Elaine Herbage was born July 9, 1917 in Lakefield Township and passed away on December 21, 1923. Norena was a sickly child and died of a obstruction of the bowel.

  6. Jennie Marcella Herbage in was born September 22, 1918 in Lakefield Township. She married Charles E. Thon and was married for 43 years. Jennie passed away on December 31, 2005.

  7. Arthur Ray Herbage was born October 5, 1919 in Lakefield Township and passed away on October 15, 1920 of Cholera.


Frank and Ada were good, hard working people with a happy 17 year marriage. It was early in the spring of 1920, Franklin decided to go down on the flats of the Bad River to saw and chop firewood. It was an unusually warm day for that early in the year and he was working without a jacket on. As evening approached the weather became colder. A few days later, Franklin came down with a severe cold which he could not get rid of. The cold eventually turned to pneumonia and Franklin passed away on May 3, 1920, leaving behind a wife and 7 children.


It was after Franklin's death, Ada had a continuouse sadness in her life because by the time she died in July 16, 1937, all but 2 of her children passed away before her. Infant Arthur Ray passed away due to Cholera. Norene Elaine passed away at six years old due to a bowel obstruction. John H. died due to a farm accident. Estella Ilene, a Honor Student of Merrill High School, died of complication due to jaundice from a illness. Henry Charles passed away in Traverse City due to a brain hemorrhage.


Frank, Ada, Arthur Ray, Norene Elaine, John H., Estella Ilene and Henry Charles Herbage, and Luella Herbage Briggs are all buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.


Luella (Briggs) and John H. Herbage
Estella Irene and Henery Charles Herbage
Left - Estella, Back - Luella, Right - John H., Front - Henry Herbage
Luella (Herbage) Briggs
Jennie (Herbage) Thon

SOURCES: Grandson, Edward Thon; 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Map; Luella, John, Estella, Henry, Norena, Jennie and Arthur Herbage's birth record; Della Miller McKay's obituary collection.

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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