William Bartlett was born near Chatham, Ont., Nov. 20, 1857. His parents moved to Michigan when he was seven years old, settling in Berlin township. They were among the first pioneers, helping to clear up a wilderness and make it into fertile farms with comfortable homes.
He was married to Ida Walker, Nov. 15, 1879, and to this union were born five children, one dying in infancy. They settled on the old Bartlett homestead in the north part of Berlin township and there his mother, father and brother, Benjamin, passed away. In 1905 they moved onto a 40-acre farm in Mussey, which they still own. Eight years ago they moved to Capac, where Mr. Bartlett faithfully performed the duties of flagman at the railroad crossing.
He will be remembered for his sterling honesty, upright life, and kindness as a neighbor, a loving father and husband.
He passed away at the Imlay City hospital, Wednesday, July 3, 1929, aged 71 years, 7 months and 12 days.
He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, four children--John, Mrs. May Hoffer, Mrs. George McCoy of Capac, and Mrs. Belle McCoy, of Ypsilanti; 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grand-children, a brother, Albert, of Cass City, a sister, Mrs. Esther Lougee, of Dover, Maine.
The funeral was held from the home, Friday afternoon at 1:30. The Rev. Wonderlic and Rev. Cilley officiating. Interment in West Berlin cemetery.
[Capac Journal, July 12, 1929, pg. 4]