John Mutch shared information about his McMichael and Wittenbrink relatives:
Services for George Mathew McMichael, 70, 211 Fern St., who died Wednesday, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Alsip Chapel. Rev. Raymond Kratzer of the Nampa First Church of the Nazarene will officiate with interment at Kohlerlawn. Mr. McMichael was born at Nevada, Mo., on Aug. 25, 1887, and attended schools there. He was a graduate of Cooper College at Moundville, Mo. He taught in the grade schools there for several years. Mr. McMichael came to Nampa in 1920 and farmed in the area for 10 years. He retired from his insulation business following an accident in 1947, and had been in ill health since that time. He was married to Marie Wittenbrink, Jan. 1, 1917, at Nevada, Mo., and was a former member of the Masonic Lodge in Missouri. He attended the First Church of the Nazarene in Nampa. Surviving in addition to Mrs. McMichael are two sons, George Paul McMichael, Klamath Falls, Ore., and Lloyd McMichael, Portland, Ore.; one daughter, Helen Robbins, Whittier, Calif.; one brother Alvey McMichael, Moundville, Mo.; one sister, Laura Martin, Long Beach, Calif., and three grandchildren. Source: Thursday, 10 Oct 1957 Nampa, ID Free Press.
Below is the obituary for Marie, the wife of George M. McMichael. John recalls that she came to Vernon County to visit her sister Helen, who later married Ray Feller of Bronaugh. There were other family members in the county as well. You will note some mis-spelled words in the obituary.
Marie Whittenbrink (sic - Wittenbrink) McMichael, 104, of Nampa, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1999, at Caldwell Care Center. Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, 1999, at the Alsip Funeral Chapel. Pastor Don Peterman will officiate. A private burial will follow at the Kohlerlawn Cemetery. Marie Whittenbrink McMichael was born on September 22, 1894, in Dortmund, Germany, the daughter of Wilhelm and Sophie Whittenbrink. In 1912, Marie arrived in the U. S. at Ellis Island, with the intentions of visiting America. While visiting in Mandville (sic - Moundville), Missouri, she met her future husband, George Matthew McMichael, a school teacher. Friendship developed and marriage took place in 1917. Their first child, a daughter was born in Missouri. In 1920, the McMichael family moved to Idaho and made a home in the Nampa area. Two sons were then born. Marie was a career homemaker, active in the Nazarene Church and various social circles. Marie enjoyed family life and was blessed with grandchildren and great grandchildren. Marie was endowed with exceptional health which gave her and extra long life. The family wishes to thank all at the Caldwell Care Center for their dedicated interest and professional service. Marie is survived by a daughter, Helen Robbins, Whittier, CA; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Loyd A. and George Paul and Eileen McMichael, all of Nampa, 5 grandchildren, Owen Robbins, Pico Rivera, CA, Daniel Robbins, Long Beach, CA, Susan McMichael Peck, Boise, Michael George McMichael, Marsing, and Maxine McMichael Bruce, Homedale; and 9 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1957; a daughter-in-law, Wanda McMichael in 1993; and a son-in-law, Owen Robbins. Source: Idaho Press-Tribune (Nampa, ID) 6 Jan 1999 Page 5A.
Wilhelm Wittenbrink died October 10, 1915 at the Vernon Sanitarium in Nevada. His death certificate listed his birthdate as February 24, 1864. Burial was in Welborn Cemetery on October 12 with W. J. Wainscott of Nevada as undertaker. Paul Wittenbrink provided the information on the death certificate. (Source:Missouri Death Cerficate: 32641
To the right is his death notice from the October 13, 1915 Bronaugh Journal.
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