|Birth: ||Feb. 3, 1894|
|Death: ||Jan. 24, 1977|
Poet Stillman Elwell dies at 82
Stillman J. Elwell, the Oxford-Addison area's poet laureate, died January 24, at the age of 82.
Elwell, noted for his poetry on the beauty of nature and the goodness of man, was born in Leonard on February 3, 1894. He spent most of his life in Leonard and on his 94 acre farm in Dryden.
Ellwell's farming profession served as the backdrop for three books of his poetry publishhed since 1940. His last collection, entitled "These Things I Love," was dedicated to his wife Mary, and delicately defends the separate peace he felt in rural life.
In the poem "Content" Elwell said:
But I'd rather tell of forests,
And the pines that whisper there,
Of the leaves that turn to crimson
When the frost is in the air.
I would tell of brooks that bubble
And of birds that gaily sing.
Of the great gray geese of autumm
And the flowers of the spring.
In addition to his farming Elwell served once as Dryden Township Supervisor. He sustained a life membership in the Dryden chapter of the Free and Accepted Masons. He is survived by his wife, Mary.
Funeral services were scheduled for 1:30 p.m. January 27 at the Dryden United Methodist Church, the reverend Bufford Coe officiating. Arrangements were made by Muir Bros. Funeral Home in Almont.
The Lake Orion Review, Thurs., January 27, 1977 pg 12
Frank Elwell (1859 - 1935)
Minnie Adele Clack Elwell (1872 - 1967)
Mary O'Keefe Elwell (1905 - 1979)*
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
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Record added: Dec 30, 2003
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