Martin C. Golden




Martin C. Golden was born June 16, 1870, about a mile from Dennison, Ottawa county, Michigan, where he was shot by a robber, for his money, on the night of April 23, and died April 24, 1906, aged 35 years and 10 months.


He lived most of his short life in the township of Polkton, and taught in the public schools of Ottawa county for several years, two years of which was in the Coopersville high school.


October 3, 1900, he was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Fitzpatrick, Coopersville.  On March 24, 1906, their home was blessed by the birth of a daughter, whom they both loved and cherished so dearly, but who now will never know the love of a father to guide her footsteps through a cold and heartless world; but we trust they will meet in a brighter world where there is no sorrow or care.


At the time of his death, Mr. Golden was conducting a general store in Dennison, where he had been in business for nearly three years, and had built up a trade said to be double the business ever done there before.  He enjoyed the fullest confidence and respect of all who knew him, and was not known to have an enemy.


Still, it seems to have been the will of the Lord that Martin C. Golden, one of our best and most estimable citizens should be taken away so suddenly.


He leaves to mourn their loss, a loving and affectionate wife and baby, also a mother, two brothers, John and William Golden, and five sisters, Mrs. Albert Johnson, Mrs. Frank Culligan, Mrs. William Stapleton and Mrs. Joseph Egan, all of Grand Rapids, and Mrs. William Fitzpatrick, of Dennison; besides a host of other relatives and friends.


The funeral was held at St. Michael's church at Dennison and was attended by a large number of people, many of whom could not find standing room in the church.  The remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery in Berlin.