The St. Joseph County Historical Society now has another resource in its library thanks to a donation from the Tri-State Genealogical Society of Sturgis.
The added resource is a copy of the Michigan Cemetery Atlas, a publication presented to Historical Society President Martha Starmann during the organization’s dinner meeting Sunday afternoon (November 18) at the Historical Society Museum in Centreville.
Harry Niebling of the Genealogical Society made the presentation after reviewing the process that unfolded in response to an indication from Roeberta Shingledecker that the Historical Society needed a book on cemeteries that the genealogy group had in its library. Niebling said, “She suggested we buy one and present it to you.”
Niebling explained that he learned from the State Historical Society that the publication was out of print. He then contacted Bill Martindale at PostNet Sturgis about making a copy, secured an estimate from him for doing so, and got authorization from the Genealogical Society to proceed with the project, thus leading to Sunday’s presentation. (Harry Niebling audio clip – :47)
Niebling said, “Bill did a real nice job with this.”
In accepting the gift, Starmann said, “That’s really nice of you. We didn’t have one for our history library.” And she added, “That’s really wonderful and I appreciate all your work.”
Sunday’s meeting also featured a program by Don Fox, a member of the Historical Society, on ‘The Titanic: The Sturgis Connection’. The presentation reported on the life of Helen Walton Bishop, a local woman who survived the sinking of the Titanic on its ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912, but suffered a tragic death four years later.