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

Frederick James Honaman


The Frederick Honaman Family: front row - Carrie and Fred: back row - Keith, Lenora, Gerald, Arland and Lyle Honaman


Frederick “Fred” James Honaman was born on 9 March 1898 in Lakefield Township.

Fred's  parents were John and Eleta “Lettie” Whitmer/Whitmar Honaman. Fred was named after his grandfather, Frederick Honaman. Fred was married to Caroline “Carrie” Rowell on the 14 July 1920 in Saginaw, Michigan by Arthur Ganschow, Judge of Probate. Carrie was born in 29 October 1899 in Gratiot County, Michigan. Her parents were Lyman Ray and Theresa “Mae” Easlick Rowell.

Fred and Carrie had the following children:

  1. Lenora Honaman was born in 1921/1922 in Lakefield Township. She married Howard H. Sells. Lenora died in 1943 due to complications during childbirth. She is buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.


2.   Arland James Honaman was born 3 January 1923 in Lakefield Township He married Doris Clark on 23 August 1946. Arland died on 25 May 1978 and Doris on 10 December 2007, they are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.


3.  Gerald Ray Honaman was born 31 July 1924 in Lakefield Township. He married Ruth Clark on 8 June 1946. Gerald died on 5 April 1980 and is buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.


4.  Lyle John Honaman was born 16 January 1927 in Lakefield Township. He married Donna Colpean on 24 April 1948 and is buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.


5.  Keith Albert Honaman was born on 14 October 1928 in Lakefield Township. He married June Sherman. Keith died on 8 November 2009 and is buried in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Lakefield Township. 

In 1918, Fred was working as a Boiler Maker at the Dow Chemical Corporation in Midland, Michigan


Fred had been engaged in farming for many years. He was active in Lakefield Township affairs, and had served on the Brown School District Board as well as serving in other township offices. He was a member of the Saginaw Farm Bureau.


In the Book, “Lest We Forget”,  written by Myron F. Gulick," states that Fred Honaman, did many valuable deeds for our community. He served as a school officer for many years. He encouraged people to vote and also take part in making a better community. He was a Civilian Defense Officer during World War II. He lived in our community all of his lifetime as a farmer."


Fred died on 12 August 1973 and Carrie on the 9 October 1997. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.




Fred and Carrie's sons in their uniforms - L to R: Arland, Gerald, Keith and Lyle Honman.

SOURCES: Fred Honaman's  WWI Draft Registration; Fred and Carrie Honaman's marriage record; 1920, 1930, 1940 Federal Census; Fred, Arland, Gerald & Lyle obituaries from Della Miller McKay's obituary collection; Carrie, Keith and Doris Honaman's obituary index from Hoyt Public Library; Carrie Honaman U.S. S.S. Death Index; Find-A-Grave Website.  photos from Merrill Baseball photo;  photo Granddaughters - Kathy Honaman Becker and Linda Honaman Johnson.

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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