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Deacon Mills Gone

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Yesterday morning carne the news of the death of Lorrin Mills. Four years ago he moved to Manhattan, Kansas, where he has since lived with his daughter. He was eighty-six years oldat the time of his death. He was bom in Litchfield county, Connecticut. He carne to Ann Arbor in 1827. He was married two years later to Miss Harriet G. Parsons, with whom he spent fortyone years of happy wedded life. He was married a second time to Mrs. Burnett, who died in the year 1874. Mr. Mills was instrumental in organizing the Presbyterian church in this city. He also enjoyed thedistinction of being the flrst tailor to open a shop west of Detroit, and he built the flrst brick house in Ann Arbor. For nearly foity years ho served as a deacon in the Congregational church, and was also for nineteen consecutivo years superintendent of its Sunday School. He was a member of a military band organized in Buffalo, and was many times called upon to lead church choirs. He was a member of the reception committee which welcomed General Lafayette to this country. He possessed an unusually lovely character. One of his oíd friends saya he never knew a man who used his talents so well as did Deacon Mills. He was thrifty, honest, simple, generous, highminded. The remains of the dtceased will be brought to Ann Arbor and interred in Forest Hill cemetery, and the last sad rites will be performed at the Congregational church next S.uurday morning at 10 o'clock.


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