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


The photo is of John Tribfelner




John Tribfelner was born July 30, 1860 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio to Joseph and Theresa Hyltz/Hiltz Tribfelner. John married Marguerite "Maggie" Gazette in 1890. Maggie was born on 17 September 1872/1873 to Edward and Emily Dumaux Gazette of Lakefield Township.

The photo is of Maggie Gazette Tribfelner

John and Maggie's children were:

  1. Mabel A. was born February 17, 1892 in Lakefield Township. She was a teacher. Mabel married George Sutliff on March 14, 1911 in Ithaca, Gratiot County, Michigan.

  2. Mariah A. (Marie) Tribfelner was born March 21, 1894 in Lakefield Township and was married to Ralph Schoonmaker.

  3. John I. was born August 6, 1895 and was married to Viola Deming on March 7, 1918

  4. Ursula C. was born April 6, 1898 in Lakefield Township and married Fred Buchele on May 2, 1917.

  5. Marcella Sarah was born May 2, 1901 and married Carl Becker on December 31, 1919.

  6. Jennie G. was born April 14, 1903 and married Clare T. Sutliff on August 25, 1920.

  7. Ora E. was born January 12, 1905 and married Elliot Price

  8. Erma M. was born January 28, 1908 and married William Sherman

  9. Dale E. was born October 4, 1911 and married Jeanne DeGeus

In 1896, John and Maggie owned 120 acres in Section 35 on the SW Corner of Chapin and Colvin Roads. Their neighbors were Rodrick McPhee, Andrew Kenxig/Kenzig, Kenneth and Murdick McInnis and Hugh McDonald. John Jr. Tribfelner was also a neighbor and he owned 40 acres.


In 1916, John and Maggie owned 160 acres in Section 35 on the SW Corner of Chapin and Colvin Roads. Their neighbors were Frank Nohel, R. McPhee, K. and M. McInnis, Fred Pagel, John Stammer, Andrew Kenxig/Kenzig and Frank Glinke Jr. Frank Tribfelner was also a neighbor and he owned 80 acres.


After the women's suffrage movement was passed, Maggie registered to vote on February 15, 1919, making her one of the earliest ladies to register in Lakefield Township. She, also, belonged to the Ladies Lakefield Society in 1926 and 1927.


John died in 1928 and Maggie died on 3 April 1948 in Lakefield Township. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.


SOURCES: Marie,Ursula John Jr., Mabel and Marcella Tribfelner's marriage record's; Marcella, Mabel and Marcella’s birth records; obituaries; 1896 and 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Maps, U.S. Census;Maggie Tribfelner's death record and obituary.

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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