January 1908 The Pioneer, Big Rapids, Michigan
Was First White Child Born in G.R.
Mrs. M. H. Cobb Passed Away Early This Morning.
Mrs. Matilda A. Cobb, wife of M. H. Cobb, of 131 North Warren avenue, died this morning at 2:20, after an illness which confined her to her bed for about three weeks. Although she had been ailing for a long time before that, old age and a general breakdown of the constitution are the chief cause given for her death.
Mrs. Cobb was nearly 73 years of age, her birthday anniversary falling in March. She was born in Grand Rapids, and had the unique distinction of being the first white child born in that town. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Clark, father of J. F. Clark, of this city.
She first moved to Big Rapids in 1874, with her husband. They resided here for several years, and then moved away, traveling around through several states. The moved back here some eight years ago, and have since lived here continuously.
Besides her husband there are three children surviving. Mrs. William Hogan her only daughter, lives in Traverse City; E. ? Cobb at Stearns, Ky., both if these were at her bedside when the end came, There is also Frank I. Cobb, of New York City, who is managing editor of the New York World. And who has been telegraphed for.
She is also survived by two brothers and three sister, and follows: J. F. Clark, of this city, and Peter Clark, of Rockford, Mrs. Chancy Pelton, of Grand Rapids, Mrs. Joseph Solomon, of Rockford, and Mrs. P. A. Cook of Los Angles, Cal.
The Funeral will be held Monday evening at the house. Tuesday morning the body will be taken to Plainfield, where her mother and father lie buried, for interment.
w/o Minor H. Cobb
Minor H Cobb
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