Title: Mason Co, Michigan - Vital Records
Page: Death Rec
Source: Marr. Rec. St of MI - 1893 bk3pg248 & Marr Rec-St Simon Ch-Ludington, MI
Note: Catherine Ruba arrived in America after the first of August 1892 and before the beginning of 1893. The ship arrival record has not been found. Martin Timpy, according to his Petition for Naturalization, arrived in American from Bremen, Germany on the ship Meyer on April 15, 1893. He states that he was from Bishop Stein, Austria and that his wife was from the same town. He states that he is a farmer, age 50, 5'3" tall, weighs 130 pounds with grey hair and blue eyes. I have found the ship Meyer but there is no Martin Timpy or anyone of the right age on it. More research will have to be done to, hopefully, find the incoming ship record for Martin.
Catherine and Martin were sweethearts in the old country. Catherine came to America and Martin was afraid that she would marry someone else. Martin was serving time in the Army and, supposedly, traded places with another person. After trading places, he deserted and he made his way to America. We can only assume that the family name is really Timpy. After he arrived in Michigan, he and Catherine were married on June 13, 1893 at St. Simon's Catholic church in Ludington. Their marriage license with the State of Michigan lists the grooms father as Bartle Timpy. The marriage record in the Catholic Diocesan Archives in Grand Rapids, Michigan shows his fathers' name was Bartholomew. His mothers' name was not given.
Martin was supposed to have been an orphan when he came to America. However, one story says that he had many half-sisters who he did not get along with. As far as we know, no communication with the old country happened after his arrival here.
Father Dennis W. Morrow, Archivist for the Diocesan Archives found a Baptism record for a baby daughter named Marie who was born on April 30, 1893 to Catherine Ruba and Martin Timpy. This child was born right after Martin arrived in America to be with his love. This baby died on August 19, 1893 of mumps. The impending birth of this baby may explain why Martin wanted to get to American at any cost. It is too bad that no letters survive from that time. Did Catherine know she was pregnant when she left Austria or did she find out after her arrival? Did she write to tell Martin? Did her sister write? At that time, it took weeks or months for letters to travel back and forth across the ocean. Their next female child was also named Marie after their deceased little daughter. I wonder if Maria was Martins' mothers name. Their second daughter that lived was named Margaret after Catherine's mother.
Memories of Myrtle Anderson Dennis about her grandmother are:
'I am sorry I didn't get to know her better. What I remember was that she was very neat, an excellent cook and was a super housekeeper.
Grandma had a built like Aunt Anna and was very graceful when she walked. She also had many talents. She like to have fun like Aunt Margaret and would laugh a lot.
She loved her grandchildren and would like to hold us on her lap. Only she did not had a lap so we would stand by her. I was told later that she had a tumor.
Grandma had many health problems, i.e. sugar, heart and finally a stroke.
The last summer she was alive, I went and lived with her and helped out. It was good because I got to know her a little better. Besides, then I have a better chance to tease my Uncle Lawrence.'
The Ludington Daily News of Friday, June 16, 1916 in the 'News From Around Mason County' reads:
"Danish Settlement - Martin Timpy owns 100 acres one and one-half mile northwest of Banner school. He keeps five horses and 15 head of cattle. He is an old subscriber to the News."
The Ludington Daily News of August 6, 1933 reads:
" DEATH IS SUDDEN FOR MRS. TIMPY - Death came suddenly and unexpectedly to Mrs. Martin Timpy Friday afternoon as she was busy with her household tasks in her farm home in Victory. Her son Lawrence Timpy, coming to the house, found her lying on the floor unconscious but breathing. He hastened to call his father but when they reached her she had ceased to breathe.
Catherine Ruba was born in Austria May 7, 1873, and came to America in 1892, coming directly to Victory where she made her home during that first year with her sister Mrs. Peter Raschka.
In 1893 she was married to Martin Timpy, who survives. Together they breasted the task of carving a home out of the wilderness and by their united effort developed an attractive farm and home. Meantime Mrs. Timpy was not too busy to prove herself a wonderful neighbor, ready with helpful kindness in all emergencies that arise in the scattered homes of a new country, and later, when the township became thickly settled and a better road reached their farm, she continued her neighborly ministrations, though her home was always her chief interest.
Surviving, other than Mr. Timpy, are three sons John Timpy of Detroit, Paul and Lawrence Timpy of Victory, three daughters Mrs. William Anderson and Mrs. Ed Wahr of Victory and Mrs. Rhinold Budde of Freesoil , 10 grandchildren, two brothers Joseph and George Ruba of Victory and three sisters Mrs. Joseph Utz, Mrs. Mary Gulander and Miss Margaret Ruba R.N. of Ludington.
The body, which was taken to Morrison funeral home, was moved to the family residence Saturday afternoon. There is will rest until the hour of funeral services at 10 o'clock Monday morning from Sacred Heart church in Victory, of which Mrs. Timpy was a member. Interment will be in Pere Marquette cemetery."
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