Mary (Magee) Black
Friday, Oct. 21, 1887
BLACK-MAGEE NUPTIALS. Cards were received the first of the week announcing the marriage, Monday, of Mr. JOHN BLACK, of this city, and Miss MARY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. MAGEE, of the town of Richmond. The ceremony took place at the pleasant home of the bride's parents north of this city, and was pronounced by Rev, J.V, Hughes and witnessed only by the immediate relatives of the contracting parties. Mr. Black is one of our most promising young lumbermen, and is well worthy the estimate bride he has won. He is at present in the employ of Mr. F. Graves, and will have charge of that gentleman's extensive lumbering operations the coming winter. Mr. & Mrs. Black took the afternoon train for Milwaukee, whence they will return in a few days to Antigo, where they will reside the coming winter. They are expected to make Shawano their home after the present season, Mr. Black having purchased the P.J. McDonald residence property in the second ward.
From the Shawano Leader Advocate, Nov. 21, 1929:
Mrs. John Black succumbs after 17 week illness.
Last rites held Monday from Black home. Husband and three children still survive.
Was welfare worker
Grand old mother lived all her life in Shawano. Was daughter of early lumberman
One of Shawano’s grand old mothers left scores of friends to mourn her parting, when Mrs. John Black, resident of this city since her second birthday, died at her home on the corner of Green Bay and Franklin Streets last Friday morning at five after being ill for seventeen weeks.
Mrs. Black was not only a well known Shawano citizen, but also had many friends in different sections of Northeastern Wisconsin.
Mary Anne Magee Black was born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, August 28, 1860. She came to Shawano at two years of age with her parents, traveling the distance under the roof of a covered wagon drawn by oxen. Charles Magee, her father, was a true pioneer woodsman of Shawano County, and made his entire living from the big white pin lumber which once stood on our lands. The father originally came from Canada. After moving to Shawano, the supplies for the Magee family were hauled here from Oshkosh, two trips being made each year by Charles Magee to bring back only the necessities. Charles Magee homesteaded the Tom Ainsworth farm and later bought the Bibelhausen farm; however farming was a sideline to the early lumbering operations.
On October 17, 1887, Mary Anne Magee was united in marriage to John C. Black in the city of Shawano. The well known Shawano couple established a home at the corner of Green Bay and Franklin Streets and from that time until the death of Mrs. Black - forty-two years - this was the Black home. Mrs. Black was educated in the Shawano schools, and attended Oshkosh Normal school, after which she taught at Bonduel and Belle Plaine. She was but sixteen years of age when she first undertook this duty.
Three children were born at the Shawano home, and this spot is still called home by Curtis Black, Charles Black, and Mrs. Steve Miller.
Mary Magee Black was a very faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Shawano, and at the time of her death was the oldest living member of that parish. Since early womanhood, she taught Sunday school, and many young people were influenced by her teachings. As well as being an ardent Sunday school worker, she was a member of the Ladies’ Aid and Missionary societies. She was a member of the Woman’s Club for many years. To the children of the neighborhood, Mrs. Black was Aunt Molly, and it was Aunt Molly who fed many a cookie and candy to her little friends who paid her frequent calls. She was a great lover of children.
Surviving the kind mother are her husband, Mr. John C. Black and three children. The children are Mrs. Steve Miller, Marshfield, at whose home the mother first became ill, and Curtis and Charles Black of this city. Brothers and sisters surviving the deceased are Mrs. Aug. Anderson, and Mrs. Will Gibbs, Shawano, Mrs. Henry Seering, Campbellsport, and Charles Magee, Wausau.
Funeral services took place at the Black home Monday at two in the afternoon. Rev. Charles Damp officiated and was assisted by Rev. J. A. McGreaham. Interment took place in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers officiating were August Anderson, Charles Ainsworth, Ira Weeks, Frank Schweers, Nate Howe and Dave Black.
Out of town friends attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. D.K. Allen, Mrs. Milo Buckstaff and daughter, Isabell, and Mrs. Peter Marden, Oshkosh; Miss Margaret Gibbs, and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Prehn, Wausau, Mrs. Adolph Waegli, Joe Black, Mrs. Peter Schove and daughters, Joe Surplus, Mr. and Mrs. O’Neil, Mr. Ward Black, Miss Lizzy Black, and Mrs. Myrtle Brotten, Green Bay.
From the Shawano County Journal, Nov. 21, 1929:
Mrs. John Black, aged sixy-nine, died at her home on Franklin street Friday morning after a lingering illness of more than a year. The Black family is one of the oldest families in Shawano and has been prominent since the early logging days.
Mary Ann Magee was born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, August 14th, 1860, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Magee. The parents were Canadians who came to Wisconsin to engage in the logging business. At Two Rivers, Mr. Magee cut logs and loaded them on boats or put them into big log rafts to be sent down the lake shore. The old wooden pier, where the logs were loaded still stands, although in ruins, and evidences of the old logging village, a few miles out of Two Rivers, are still to be seen, one of the most interesting things that section has to offer tourists.
It was right after the war that the Magees came to Shawano. They built the house in which Mrs. Jessie McKenzie now lives up on the Wolf shore. His logging operations were among the earliest on the Wolf river. Mr. Magee never allowed card playing in his camp.
Mary Magee finished the Shawano schools and then went to Oshkosh Normal. Miss Belle Walter, now Mrs. Charley Brooks, was her room-mate at Oshkosh. The two young women came back to Shawano county and each taught here for several years.
She was married to John Black in September, 1887. Her husband, like her father, followed the logging business, and was as prominent in his era as Mr. Magee had been in the earlier one.
Mrs. Black early affiliated with the Presbyterian church in Shawano and at the time of her death she was the oldest member of the congregation in point of years of membership. She was a charter member of the Shawano Woman’s Club and for years was very active in Missionary Society work and in the Ladies’ Aid of her church.
Her survivors are her husband, two sons, Curtis and Charles, both of Shawano, and a daughter, Elizabeth, Mrs. Stephen Miller, of Marshfield, a grandson, John Black, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Black, a brother, Charles A. Magee, of Wausau, who also was a prominent logger; and three sisters, Mrs. August Anderson, of Shawano; Mrs. Will Gibbs, of Shawano, and Mrs. Henry Seering of Campbellsport.
The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the Black home, conducted by the Rev. Chas Damp, pastor of the Presbyterian church, and the Rev. Dr. McGreaham.
Pallbearers were Frank Schweers, Ira J. Weeks, Charles Ainsworth, David S. Black, August Anderson and Nate Howe. A choir composed of Mrs. Gilbert Knapp, Mrs. Victor Czeskleba, Henry Dorr and Ralph Wescott, sang two hymns, with Mrs. F. D. Schweers as accompanist.
Among those from out-of-town who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Jay Lutsey, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lutsey, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Lutsey, Pulaski; Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Magee, Robert Magee, Angelica; Mrs. Adolph Waegli, Mrs. Bert Hadfield, Joseph Black, Mrs. Roland McMillan, Miss Elizabeth Black, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Surplus and family, Mr. and Mrs. O’Neil, Mrs. Beulah Scove and daughters, Green Bay; Mrs. Milo Buckstaff, Mr. and Mrs. D. K. Allen, Mrs. Marden, Oshkosh; Charles W. Magee, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Prehn, Miss Margaret Gibbs, Wausau, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Seering, Charles Seering, Campbellsport; and Mrs. Henry Nolan, Appleton.