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

Harry Joseph Nohel


Harry and Celia Nohel

Harry Joseph Nohel was born August 7, 1891 in Finley, Hancock County, Ohio to Frank and Ludwika Belner/Bilner Nohel. Harry married Celia Johnson on January 10, 1916 at Sacred Heart Church, Merrill, Michigan. Celia was born April 16, 1897 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan to William and Flora McPhee Johnson.


Harry and Celia had the following children:

  1. Lowell Edward “Bud” Nohel was born February 4, 1919 and died July 8, 1973 in Santa Clara County, California

  2. Robert Francis “Bob” Nohel was born March 8, 1922. Bob married Donna Rigg on October 15, 1949. Bob died October 26, 2000.

  3. William Bernard “Bill” Nohel was                                                                                          born January 25, 1924. Bill married                                                                                      first to Margaret Beyer and then                                                                                            second to Jeanne Mayan.

L to R: Bob, Bud, and Bill Nohel - sons of Harry and Celia

Harry and Celia owned and operated a 40 acre farm in Section 35 on the corner of Grabowski and Chapin Roads in Lakefield Township. The property was once part of Harry's father, Frank Nohel's, three different 40 acre properties. Celia's parents lived a half mile to the north on Chapin Road.


Harry registered to vote on October 26, 1916 and Celia registered to vote on February 8, 1918. Celia was one of the first women to register to vote after the suffrage movement. Harry was appointed to the Lakefield Township Board of Health in 1923 and 1924. Celia belonged to the Lakefield Ladies Society.

Celia died on July 6, 1956 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. Harry died on July 7, 1957 in Lakefield Township. They are both buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Lakefield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.




SOURCES: Donna Rigg Nohel information; Lakefield Township Records; 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Book; Deed from Frank Sr. Nohel to Harry Nohel; Harry and Celia Nohel's marriage record; Harry Celia; Bob & Bill Nohel's obituaries; 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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