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

Walter "Scott" and Sarah "Sadie" Cooper Liebrock

Walter “Scott” Liebrock was born March 5, 1876 in Essex, Ontario, Canada. His parents were Lewis and Elizabeth Ledo/Levi Liebrock. He came from Mersea, Essex District, Ontario in 1889/1890. He married Sarah “Sadie” Maria Cooper on November 12, 1895 in Merrill, Saginaw County, Michigan by Justice of the Peace, E.H. Hillyer. Sadie was born January 5, 1879 in Lakefield Township. Her parents were Walter and Ellen J. Helson Cooper.


Scott and Sadie had the following children:

  1. Archie Ray Liebrock was born May 28, 1896 in Lakefield Township. He married Florence Morrison. Archie served in the U.S. during WWI. He died on June 20, 1956 and is buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.

  2. Hulda Mae Liebrock was born December 3, 1899 in Lakefield Township and died September 24, 1900 and is buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.

  3. Nora “Bernice” Liebrock was born March 15, 1901 in Lakefield Township. She married Adolph Doehring. Bernice died on August 4, 1989 and is buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Harrison, Michigan.

  4. Maymie Liebrock was born January 13, 1903 in Lakefield Township. She married Joesph R. Ostrom on April 25, 1919. Maymie also married Stanley Ladronka on March 6, 1961. Maymie died on May 27,1968 and is buried in St. Andrews Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan.

  5. Harvey Glenn was born April 9, 1905 in Lakefield Township and married Naomi Nolan.

  6. Orvin L. Liebrock was born April 30, 1907 in Lakefield Township and married Irene Modaff. Orvin died on May 21, 1968 and is buried on Lakefield Township Cemetery.

  7. Mildred M. Liebrock was born January 25 1909 and married M. Nolan and also Cornell Dahel.

  8. Myrtle V. Liebrock was born June 12, 1911 in Lakefield Township and married Alex Pringle.

  9. Nealon Liebrock was born in 1916 in Lakefield Township and married Carol Swarthout.

  10. Ethel M. Liebrock was born in February 5, 1919 in Lakefield Township. She married Raymond Jacques on May 28, 1938. Ethel died on April 17, 2007.


In 1896, Scott and Sadie owned and operated a 40 acre farm in Section 13 on the north side of Lakefield Road between Chapin and Steel Roads in Lakefield Township. Their neighbors were William House, Walter Wilson, Jonathan Edwards, James LaLonde, John Beird, Joseph Webb, Lewis Liebrock and Henry Liebrock.


By 1916, Scott and Sadie own 160 acres in Section 13 on Lakefield Road in Lakefield Township. His neighbors were John Briggs, John Watson, John Liebrock, Lewis Liebrock, Charles Loucks, William Miller, George Harris and Joseph and Albert Webb.


Sarah “Sadie” Liebrock registered to vote on March 22, 1919 and was one of the first woman in the township to register. After the women's suffrage movement, early in 1918, a bill granting limited franchise to women was passed. Women over the age of 30 years old, and those over 21 years old, who were married to householders were given the right to vote.


Scott died on January 19, 1932 and Sadie died on December 13, 1956. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.


SOURCES: 1896 and 1916 Lakefield Township Plat maps; 1900, 1910, 1920 U.S. Census; Scott and Sadie Liebrock's marriage record; Lakefield Township Records; Walter Scott Liebrock's WWI draft registration; Find-A-Grave Website; obituaries of Sarah “Sadie”, Bernice, Mildred, Glenn, Orvin, Harvey, Archie, Ethel, Myrtle, Mayme Liebrock.


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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