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Obituaries asa Source for History

A common,and often very useful, way to research family history is with newspaperobituaries. Saugatuck is very fortunate that local historian, May FrancisHeath, wrote many of them between 1920 and 1960 for the local newspaper. Beloware two generations of obituaries for the Hoy family, ancestors of Cal Parkerwho wrote last week. He said his grandparents ran a resort until about 1932,and when he visited he would run up and down the streets yelling, "THEBOATS ARE IN! THE BOATS ARE IN!"

Commercial Record, February 10, 1939:

Mrs. R. W. Hoy Dies After Long Illness

Although in poor health for the past year, the passingof Mrs. Janet A. Hoy was nevertheless a sad shock to her husband and friends.

She had been very ill the last week and quietly wentto sleep Sunday afternoon.

She was born in Port Hope, Can., June 16, 1864, theeldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Charles Buskill, being the last of thatfamily.

She was married in Saugatuck, Sept. 29, 1915, toRobert W. Hoy, making their home in Saugatuck where for a number of years theykept summer resorters, their place being known as "Bunker Hill."

Throughout the years Mrs. Hoy has won the admirationof many friends. She has been an ardent worker and member of the Adventist Church.

It was a dear privilege to have known her and be ableto say she was my friend and neighbor.

She always had a keen sense of wit and was alwaysseeing the bright side of life.

The funeral was held from the Adventist church inDouglas Tuesday afternoon. She was remembered with beautiful flowers, silenttokens of esteem and sympathy.

Elder Post spoke works of comfort. Interment was atRiverside cemetery.

Thus we leave here with her blossoms to awake to amore beautiful and lasting life.

"A trembling grasp of loving hands, a farewellsigh - a whisper low -

And she is gone to other lands, but she is ours wher'er she go."

Commercial Record, October, 1939:

Robert W. Hoy Dies

at His Home Here

Robert W. Hoy, 89, son of Dr. William and Sarah KleinHoy, early resident of Saugatuck, passed away, Wednesday, Oct. 25, at his home.

Mr. Hoy was born June 18, 1850, at Dowagiac, Mich.,having one brother John and a sister, Alice, who have passed on.

Mr. Hoy came to Saugatuck with his parents when fiveyears old, He was the fourth white child here. His father was a doctor and grewto be loved by all the Indians to whom he administered, the ague being mostprevalent then. The Indians often took Robert for a week at a time to theirhuts at the Red Banks.

The Hoys have always kept the same location on thehill known as "Bunker Hill," where they purchased it more than 80years ago.

Mr. Hoy was the oldest member in the Masonic lodge atMuskegon. His funeral was held from the house he so loved, under the directionof Rev. HE. Maycroft. The Saugatuck Masonic lodge had charge of the services atthe grave.


Lakeshore Commercial, July 20,1900:



Died at hisresidence Sunday, July 15, John Hoy, abed nearly 82 years.

Once more we are called upon to record the death of arespected citizen of Saugatuck, one who had been a resident of our village forthe past forty-five years. While on a visit to his son, John Hoy jr., ofDouglas, he fell and received the injuries which resulted in his death abouttwo weeks layter.

Dr. Hoy was born in Spain, Oct. l, 1818, and came withhis parents to this country when but six or eight years of age, the familysettling in Ohio. On Nov. 25, 1844, he was married in that state to Mrs. SarahAnn Stuart-Kline and four children were born to them, three of whom, with themother, survive him - Mrs. Forties of this place; John Hoy, jr., of Douglas,and Robert Hoy of Kalamazoo. In 1855 Dr. Hoy moved with his family to Michiganand settled in Saugatuck, where he has since resided.

The funeralwas held on Tuesday from the home. The remains were interred in the Saugatuckcemetery.