Editors note: This article is part of Off The Press, in which the Lake County Historical Society shares stories and other details from previous editions of the Star. These points of interest are 85 years old, and come from the April 15, 1932 edition of the Star.
Death takes pioneers. The ranks of the Lake County pioneers were still further thinned last week when William Kadwell, of Chase, and Homer Robinson, of Dover, were laid to rest. Both had resided in Lake County since 1868. Mr. Kadwell came to Michigan with his parents in 1868 and soon after his marriage (to Catherine Kuhns) bought the home near Chase. The farm was virgin forest, and the family experienced all the hardships of pioneer days while he was clearing the land. . . Mr. Homer Robinson came to Dover Township in 1868 with his parents George and Lucinda Robinson, and had made his home there ever since. . . Brought up in the days when Lake County was virgin forest, Mr. Robinson was a woodsman both by training and preference. He was widely known for his ability in hewing timbers, and many a barn in the northeastern Lake County is framed with timbers of his handiwork. He was held in esteem by those who knew him, as a willing worker, and one who was strictly honest in all his dealings.