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ALGER AND LILLIAN MENDE - where is the Cochrane clock?

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ALGER AND LILLIAN MENDE - where is the Cochrane clock?

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 8:21AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 27 Jan 2013 7:08AM GMT
Surnames: Mende, Hoffman
1930 Chippewa census lists:
Alger J Mende 30
Lillian Mende 27
Maryian Mende 10
Paul Mende 7
Elton Mende 4
Mary Mende 63
Doris Mende 24
Francis Hoffman 1

Searching for an antique clock that was retrieved from New Richmond in Quebec in the mid 1960's, and repaired by Alger. The clock was to have been returned to Lorraine Cochrane after repair, but Alger thought it was his to keep, and Lorraine didn't have the heart to tell him otherwise. From a relative: "Grandma Mains (Lorraine Cochrane Mains) had a cousin, Lil Mende, who lived in Sault Ste. Marie with her husband, Alger Mende.  Alger was a clock repairman with experience repairing antique clocks.  The Mainses often visited the Mendes when they were in northern Michigan.  Well, Grandma and Grandpa Mains (Lorraine and Arthur) took the clock to Alger and Lil's house to ask Alger to bring it back into good working order.  When they arrived, Grandma said, "I have a surprise for you."  Alger took this to mean that the clock was a gift to him, and was delighted to receive such a beautiful clock.  My grandmother did not have the heart to tell him that the "surprise" was just to have him work on it & then return the clock to them.  So she said nothing, and later on Alger wrote to tell them that he had indeed fixed the clock and it was working beautifully.  Lil was also a Cochrane, so the clock stayed in the family, but no one in our branch knows where it is now.  With Alger and Lil, Arthur and Lorraine all deceased, we have lost contact with that branch of the family."

We are documenting the Cochranes in a newsletter, and we are now asking, where is the clock? Not that we want it back, but we'd like to know where it is, see a picture, and have the current owners understand how much happened to get it back into the Cochrane family. Lil was evidently related to the Cochranes, but we'd like to know what happened to that lovely clock.

Is there a descendant who might know about it? Or is it lost to history now?


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