FREDERICK JAMES AND CAROLINE “CARRIE” ROWELL 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:
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.
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.
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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