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Updated: 24 April 2012


Descendants of Henry M. Pugsley.


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WWI veteran to lead parade

(11-28-1991 Herald-Palladium)

PAW PAW - World War I veteran Cliffor Pugsley will serve as grand marshal of the Greater Paw Paw Business Association's annual Christmas parade Dec. 7.

  The 10 a.m. parade, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, will be dedicated to all veterans, according to association President Pat Lynch.

  Following the parade, youngsters will have an opportunity to visit with Santa Claus and have hot chocolate and cookies in the public works building.

  Youngsters also will be admitted free to noon and 2 p.m. showings of the movie "Home Alone" at the Strand Theater.

  Anyone interested in participating in the parade should contact Marvel Rice.


WWI vet says war no topic for talk

By Rebecca Rooney

H-P Paw Paw Correspondent


PAW PAW - As a veteran of World War I and an observer of a number of wars after that, Clifford Pugsley of Lawton has surprisingly little to say on the subject of warfare.

  Pugsley was the grand marshal of Saturday's Christmas parade in Paw Paw, a parade dedicated to war veterans, especially those who fought in the Gulf War this year. But unlike the rest of America, Pugsley didn't watch with fascination as that war unfolded on television screens.

  "I had my fill of that back years ago," said Pugsley.

  Speaking with his feet propped on the wheelchair he uses more often as a foot rest than a means of transportation, Pugsley would rather talk about his grandchildren or, with a tear in his eye, his late wife than the subject of war.

  On the day the nation marked the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Pugsley said that attack was "like a thunderbolt out of heaven." But he said he wasn't worried about personal harm when he learned of the Japanese attack.

  "I didn't think we were in any great danger here. Wouldn't be much object coming to the Midwest," he said.

  Although he didn't serve in World War II, Pugsley, 93, and many other local citizens contributed to the war effort whereever they could.

  "We stayed home, took care, saw food provided and contributed where necessary to keep the project going.... There were a lot of people who did a lot for the war effort," he said. "We got no glory, but every one of us was a contributor."

  He also was a contributor in World War I. Although he didn't actually fight in "the war to end all wars," Pugsley was preparing to serve as a member of the Student Army Training Corps at Western Michigan University when the Armistice was signed and he was discharged.

  He remembers that day with a grin, as one of his training officers, a gentleman with a particularly spiky personality said to him, "Well, Mr. Pugsley, now you can tell me to go to hell!"

  Pugsley didn't rise to the bait, though. He merely thanked the officer for the excellent training he had received.

  He had been studying horticulture at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) when the war interrupted his curriculum. After it ended he remained at Western long enough to get a teaching certificate.

  In 1920 he took a teaching post in Rockford and the following year taught for the small school of Coral. Discouraged by the lack of resources at the school, Pugsley recalls that when his father, Milton, asked him, "Don't you want to come back to the farm?" he responded with a relieved, "I sure do!"

  And that is where he remained, on the centennial farm in Lawton that his grandfather founded and which has passed from father to son ever since. The farm is now run by Pugsley's son, Fred, and Pugsley hopes that some day it will be passed onto one of his grandsons.

  The farm was established by Pugsley's grandfather, Henry, when he came from England in 1849. Having arrived in Detroit with very little money, Henry Pugsley opted to make the nearly 200-mile trek to Lawton on foot. He arrived in the wilderness town with 20 cents in his pocket.



Muskegaon Chronicle, Hart, June 1, 1945

Mr. and Mrs. Milton H. Pugsley recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary at the home of their son, Judge and Mrs. Earl C. Pugsley,where they are making their home. Mr. Pugsley was born December 29,1856 at Paw Paw, Michigan. He was graduated from Paw Paw High school and Valparaiso University and for five years taught school during the winter months and during the summer worked on the farm. Mrs. Pugsley, the former Jennie Cash, was born April 11, 1863. The couple were married at the First Baptist church in Paw Paw on May 24, 1882. They returned to the farm on which Mr. Pugsley was born and lived there until April of 1940 when the home burned. Since that time they have made their home in Hart. Their son, Clifford, owns and operates the old farm. Mr. Pugsley was one of the pioneers in grape farming and the couple were active in affairs of the community.


Biography from the History of Van Buren County pp 653-655

"One of the enterprising and progressive general farmers of Van Buren county for a number of years, and now one of the leaders and most successful of its fruit growers, Milton H. Pugsley, of Paw Paw Township, is contributing to the advancement of the county and its mercantile and commercial influence in a very material and substantial way, and has been doing so for a long time. He has tried his hand at other occupations and made a success of them, too. But his inclination has always been in the direction of the farm, and notwithstanding strong temptations to remain away from it he returnedto the vocation of the patriarchs and has never had occasion to regret his choice. Mr. Pugsley has a special interest in the welfare and progress of Van Buren county and Paw Paw township, for here he was born, grew to manhood and was educated. Here also he was married and established his domestic shrine, and here he has kept the fires burning brightly on it ever since.

His life began in Paw Paw township on December 29, 1856, and he is a son of Henry M. and Mary A. (Prater) Pugsley, the former a native of England, born in 1823, and the latter of the state of New York. The father came to Michigan in 1845 and located in Van Buren county. He bought first eighty and then forty acres of land, and to this he added by subsequent purchases until, at the time of his death in 1901, when he was seventy-eight years of age, he owned two hundred and eighty-three acres. His widow survived him five years, passing away in 1906. They were the parents of seven children: William H., who is a resident ofthis county; Alice E., the wife of Harland P. Waters, of Paw Paw; JohnK., deceased; M.H., the subject of this writing; Dora M., the wife of Charles Lake, of Paw
Paw; Myra A., the wife of L. E. Shepard, of Paw Paw; and Eliza, who died in infancy.

Milton H. Pugsley remained with his father until he obtained a high-school education, pursued a course of instruction at the Normal College at Valparaiso, Indiana, and was graduated from a business college. He had obtained his first certificate after leaving the district school, and began this profession at that time, teaching at intervals, up to the
time he was graduated from the business college. He then taught school six winters, and at the end of that period was offered an excellent position as a teacher. But he preferred to return to the farm, of which he then took charge, being twenty-four years of age atthe time. The next year he married and continued his farming operations, in which there has
been no break since, except that he followed general farming foryears, but is now making a specialty of fruit growing, grapes inparticular, having forty acres of these under cultivation, and keeping from fifteen to forty employees during the fruit season. He has gradually been drawn into this interesting and profitable line of production.

Mr. Pugsley was married on May 24, 1882, to Miss Jennie F. Cash, adaughter of Erastus and Jennie (Pierson) Cash, an account of whoselives will be found in this volume. They were the parents of threechildren, Mrs. Pugsley and her sister Carrie, who is the wife of C. L.Bowen, of this county, and a child that died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs.Pugsley have had three children: Earl, who is a lawyer in good practice at Hart, MI; Henry Paul, who died at the age of two years;and Clifford Gale, who is still living at home with his parents. The oldest son, Earl Pugsley, was graduated from the Paw Paw high school and then taught in a district school one year and in the high school two years. While teaching he prepared himself to enter the law department of the University of Michigan, and from that institution he was graduated and admitted to the bar in 1909. The father is a Republican in his political belief and a faithful worker for his party, although he does not seek or desire any of its honors or emoluments for himself. In religious faith and church affiliation he is a Baptist, and has long been active and effective in church work,being associated with the church in Gliddenburg.

He also takes an active part in the work of the Sunday school, and has been the teacher of a class of about twenty-five young people for many years and takes an interest in all that tends to improve the people around him and minister to their welfare in any way. Mr. Pugsley has taken a very earnest interest and a very active part in matters of importance to the community connected with his business and some that are not. He is president of the Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Van Buren county and the Wolverine Nursery Company, and he is also one of the directors of the Southern Michigan Fruit Association.

Wide-awake, alert, progressive and intelligent, devoted to the welfareof his township and county, elevated in his citizenship and useful and loyal in all the relations of life, he is universally conceded to be one of the best and most representative men in Van Buren county, and he is fully deserving of his rank." "The Van Buren County Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company is one of the valuable financial institutions of the county. It was organized thirty-seven years ago and has been doing business continuously ever since. Milton H.Pugsley of Paw Paw is president of the company and B. L. Breed of Paw Paw is the secretary. The recently filed annual report of the company shows that it has 3,207 members and that the amount of property at risk is $4,833,057. The losses paid during the year amounted to $6,518. The company generally meets all its losses and expenses by making one assessment of one-fourth of one per cent each year, thus providing for its patrons a cheap and secure insurance. The present board of directors are the following substantial citizens and business men of the county: IsaacMonroe, D. C. Hodge, C. B. Charles, S. A. Breed, M. H. Pugsley and M. D. Buskirk."


William H. Pugsley Obituary

William H. Pugsley, eldest son of Henry M Pugsley, was born Nov. 21, 1844 and passed away at his home in Paw Paw March 20, 1923, aged 78 years, 3 months and 17 days. He attended the Wildey school, was a fine penman and obtained a good business education for those early days. He worked with his father clearing up the forests of the home farm on section 6 and 7 of Paw Paw township until he was 21 years of age. With machinery of various kinds he earned considerable money during the next four or five years, and on Dec. 25, 1869, he was married to Sarah A. Harris. For more than 53 years they have walked life's pathway together, gathering its flowers and sometimes journeying hand in hand through the shadows. In 1871 - two years after their marriage - Mr. and Mrs. Pugsley moved to Mishawaka, Ind., where he entered the employ of the Milburn Wagon Company in the woodworking department. He remained at this work for about two years, but preferring the farm life, he bought a fine pair of horses, a wagon and a few farm tools and returned to Paw Paw, where he rented the farms in the Wildey district now owned by Tom Brown and Howard Lanphear, and in 1877 bought 80 acres from the Frank Jones estate, mostly heavy timber with no buildings. It meant hard work, but health was good and happiness reigned supreme. Soon a little home was built and a few years later was enlarged, modernized and commodious and substantial barns erected. He loved his home, his family and his neighbors. He numbered his friends by his acquaintances. He lived the golden rule. He certainly received from all who knew him the same kind helpful service that he was always glad to give. In 1904 his health failing, he turned the farm over to his son and together they helped each other in the activities of the farm, with stock raising, dairying, with some fruit and grain, until about seven years ago, when they sold the farm and moved to Paw Paw. Here he has spent his declining years. His patience in his intense suffering has been a wonder. His devotion to his family and friends has been an object lesson to all. Nothing was spared that loving hands could do. From his boyhood he was widely known as "Billy Pugsley" and the children and young people loved to call him "Uncle Billy." Besides his wife, he leaves one daughter, Mrs. L. H. Weldin; one son, Clarence Ray, and one granddaughter, Marvel. Another daughter, May, married F. A. Dibble and died June 13, 1914. He also leaves one brother, Milton H. Pugsley; two sisters, Dora M. Lake and Myra A. Shepard. Another sister, Alice E. Waters, died Oct. 11, 1919. Funeral services here held from the Baptist church Tuesday afternoon, Dr. C. C. Willett officiating, and interment was made in Prospect Hill cemetery.

The Courier-Northerner, Paw Paw, Michigan March 16, 1923


Matthew M. Pugsley Obituary


PUGSLEY, Matthew M. of San Antonio, TX and Formerly of Paw Paw

Passed away Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003 at his home in San Antonio, TX. Matthew was born November 15, 1957 in Kalamazoo, MI the son of Fred and Ruth (Warmbold) Pugsley. He was a graduate of Paw Paw High School, served in the U.S. Air Force and obtained his associated degree from Yuma College in California. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Paw Paw. Matthew was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth and 2 brothers, James and John Pugsley. Surviving are his father, Fred M. Pugsley of Paw Paw; 2 brothers, William (Sue) Pugsley of Lawrence and Ric Pugsley of Kalamazoo; sister, Sally (Jim) Brinkman of Paw Paw; several nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Van Buren Youth Camp. Arrangements are by the ADAMS Funeral Home Paw Paw
Published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on 12/28/2003.