Guy Glyndon Ellison Birth Record 1878

Guy Glyndon Ellison was born 4 AUG 1878 to Benjamin W. and Mary Alice Ellison in Boyne Valley, Charlevoix County, Michigan. The record is located on Page 46 of the State of Michigan, Record of Births, Charlevoix County, FHL Microfilm # 965394.

Also on this page is the birth record for Ruby Lila Robinson, daughter of Enoch K. Robinson and Annie H. Robinson. Annie was Benjamin Ellison’s half-sister, nee Ann Hudson. Ruby Lila was born 18 DEC 1878 in Boyne Valley, Charlevoix County, Michigan.

The records were both created on May 28, 1879 and my guess is that Benjamin and Enoch went into town together and recorded the births of their newest children. Enoch was a very important person in Benjamin’s life; Enoch was the one that convinced BWE to move to Boyne Falls. Enoch was also actively involved in writing testaments in support of BWE’s need for an increase in his veteran’s pension. Benjamin and Mary named their youngest son, Enoch.


William Ellison & Anna E. Van Buren Marriage Record 1889

William A. Ellison and Anna Elizabeth Van Buren were married 18 SEP 1889 in Boyne Falls, Charlevoix County, Michigan. The copy comes from the FHL Microfilm # 965392 (Book 2, Page 12). The print machine at the center is old so my copies are very poor. E.A. Robinson is William’s Uncle; he was married to Benjamin Ellison’s two sisters (but not at the same time (: ).

The record reads as follows:

  • Date of License- Sept 13, 1889
  • Full Name of Bridegroom and Maiden Name of Bride – William A. Ellison, Miss Anna Elizabeth Van Buren
  • Age of each in years – 21, 21
  • Race – White, white
  • Residence of each- Boyne Falls MI, Boyne Falls MI
  • Birthplace of each – Ohio, Michigan
  • Occupation of each – Laborer, Housemaid
  • Name of Father of each – Benjamin W. Ellison, George Van Buren
  • Maiden Name of Mother of each – Mary Alice Cutler, Emily Pryer
  • Times previously married – No, No
  • Date of Marriage – Sept. 18, 1889
  • Place of Marriage – Boyne Falls, MI
  • Name of Official Station of person by whom married – John Redpath, Minister of Gospels
  • Witnesses to Marriage and residence of witness – E. A. Robinson, Boyne Falls MI and Cora Baringer, Boyne Falls MI



Millen Ralston’s Jackson County Land

My cousin, Al Ralston, was always sending me wonderful items and news on my Ralston Family in Iowa. Al is the son of Harold Ralston, my grandfather Ivan’s brother.

Below is a photo Al took in 1998 of the North Fork of the Maquoketa River, where the Ralston Grist Mill sat.

North Fork of the Maquoketa River


Al's note on the back of the photo


The photo below is Al’s best approximation of Millen Ralston’s farmland in Jackson County, Iowa. Millen moved to Jackson County, Iowa right after the 1850 US Census, from Butler County, Pennsylvania. He died there 4 APR 1896 and is buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery.


Thank you, Al.

Woodland Cemetery Restoration Efforts

The Woodland Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio where Margaret Cooper Ellison Hudson and her husband William Hudson are buried is in dire need of restoration in certain areas, including a mausoleum that has fallen down and is in threat of city removal.

Also buried with Margaret and William Hudson are two of Benjamin Walker Ellison’s infant children, a boy and girl. All of the graves are unmarked, with no grave markers or tombstones.

The Woodland Cemetery is a historic cemetery and worthy of our efforts and funds to preserve it for the future. Won’t you consider making a tax-deductible donation in honor of Margaret and William Hudson? Or in honor of your ancestors?

87,794 people are buried at Woodland Cemetery, beginning in 1853.

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Richard A. Ralston Florida Obituaries

Richard A. RALSTON, 68, Ormond Beach, lost his gallant battle with cancer just after midnight Friday, July 1, 2005. He’s known as a committed Christian, husband, father, grandfather, friend and fisherman, with a huge sense of humor. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he grew up in Detroit, Mich., and graduated St. Francis De Sales High School. He enjoyed his 44-year career with Detroit Diesel for whom he enthusiastically traveled the world as sales manager, mining division. He was known as “one of the good guys.” He retired to Ormond Beach, January 1999. He is a member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Child, Ormond Beach. Richard sacrificially expressed his spiritual passion, his supernatural gifting, and personal style in his ministry. He is best known to the parish and community as, “The Sign Guy” (changed church sign). Everyone who knew him, loved him. Richard was tireless with his “hands on” ministries and community volunteer activities including: the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences, as a volunteer with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department and involvement in the restoration and preservation of various historical sites in the county. He expressed his heart’s compassion for street children by collecting clothing for the children of Honduras. He loved gardening and woodworking, as well. Richard is survived by his great catch of a wife (he was an avid fisherman!) of 18 years, Darline; son, Jason; first wife, Judy ELLISON; daughter, Jennifer (Bob) PORTER, grandchildren, Matt, Ben and Sarah, Ortonville, Mich.; and son, Rich (Kim) RALSTON and granddaughter, Melissa, Pontiac, Mich. First among his many friends around the world are five boyhood friends, Jim PERKETT, Kansas, Joe BERTRAND, Tim BOVEE, and Tom O’REILLY, all of Michigan, and Joe CREHAN, Florida. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, August 6, at 10 a.m. at Church of the Holy Child, 1225 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL 32174. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129.

“Daytona Beach News-Journal” newspaper, Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida dated Sunday, July 3, 2005

Ormond Beach – Richard A. RALSTON, 68, of Peruvian Lane, a sales manager in the mining industry for 44 years before his retirement in 1999, died Friday at Hospice Care Center, Port Orange. Mr. RALSTON was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and moved here in 1999 from Commerce Township, Mich. He was a member of Church of the Holy Child. An avid fisherman, Mr. RALSTON also enjoyed gardening, woodworking and volunteer work. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Darline; two sons, Jason, Ormond Beach, and Rick, Pontiac, Mich.; a daughter, Jennifer PORTER, Ortonville, Mich.; and four grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129. Hannah Cremation, Holly Hill, is in charge.

“Daytona Beach News-Journal” newspaper, Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida dated Monday, July 4, 2005

Richard A. Ralston, 1937 – 2005


High hopes, high cost


Colon cancer victims have powerful new, but expensive, treatments


By Lynn Koller


Reprinted from: Daytona Beach News Journal – July 26, 2004

New drug and surgical treatments may save — or at least extend the lives of — some of the 56,730 people in the United States medical experts expect to die this year from colorectal cancer. In all, about 146,940 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed this year in this country, the American Cancer Society and other groups report.

But Erbitux and Avastin are promising new drug options without the side effects of chemotherapy, and less invasive surgeries, called laparoscopic hemicolectomies, are being performed for early stage colon cancer.

Richard Ralston of Ormond Beach wants to be one of those saved. Ralston, a 67-year-old retired sales and marketing executive at Detroit Diesel Corp., received a diagnosis of late-stage colon cancer in October 2001, after a tumor was discovered during his colonoscopy.

When Ralston’s father died of colon cancer in 1939, he had no hope of survival. When his uncle died of the same disease years later, he had a slightly better chance.

The death rate from colorectal cancer has been dropping for the past 15 years, according to the American Cancer Society. Ninety percent of people who treat their cancer before it spreads survive five years or more.

If the cancer spreads to lymph nodes or nearby organs, the five-year relative survival rate drops to 66 percent.

Like many patients, Ralston opted for immediate surgery, followed by chemotherapy. Then he could only hope the cancer had not spread.

Ralston had an exploratory laparotomy and a traditional hemicolectomy. According to a recent study, laparoscopic hemicolectomies are proving to be less invasive in treating early stage colon cancer, and may offer fewer complications with similar success rates.

In laparoscopic surgery, surgeons use small incisions into which they insert a miniature camera that guides their instruments to excise the cancer.

After Ralston’s surgery at Memorial Hospital-Ormond, the surgeon conveyed bad news.

“He said: ‘Sorry, we didn’t get it all’,” Ralston recalls. “It had already spread outside the colon.”

The cancer had spread to Ralston’s liver. He credits his surgeon with two pieces of invaluable advice: to get and keep a positive attitude, and to have a port surgically installed in his chest. The port allows Ralston to have blood drawn and chemotherapy administered — something he will do dozens of times per year — without having to find a vein each time.

“It was the best advice I ever got,” Ralston says.

The surgeon also referred Ralston to Dr. Chris Alexander, an oncologist now at Coastal Oncology in Ormond Beach. Ralston has visited Alexander’s office at least once a week for the past 2 1/2 years.

One month after surgery, Alexander put Ralston on 5-fluorouracil, a chemotherapy drug. Chemotherapy is administered through an IV drip, and works by killing cancer cells. It also kills normal cells, and may have many side effects, including nausea, fatigue, pain, diarrhea and hair loss.

In Ralston’s case, 5-fluorouracil failed, and over the course of the next two years, Alexander administered four more kinds of chemotherapy drugs.

While Ralston’s cancer did go into remission briefly, it ultimately resisted all of the treatment and continued to ravage his body.

“Richard had had good responses to most of these agents,” Alexander says. “However, he eventually developed resistance to each one. And with each agent that you give, the rate of response is lower.”

After more than two years of chemotherapy, Ralston reached a low point, and began experiencing more severe physical symptoms of his disease, including sharp abdominal pains, weight loss and fatigue.

“Cancer has a way of catching up and overcoming the drugs,” Ralston says. “At that point, with nothing working, there was a fair amount of pain and discomfort.”

Early this year, after exhausting traditional treatment options, Alexander recommended a combination of low-dose chemotherapy and

Erbitux, an experimental drug then not approved by the Federal Drug Administration.

“He steered me to a trial of this drug before it was released,” Ralston says. “I went to Jacksonville and interviewed with the doctor there. Just as they were approving me to be part of the program, the FDA approved the drug.”

Instead of driving to Jacksonville each week, Ralston began receiving treatment in Alexander’s office. To both the doctor and patient’s surprise, the new drug worked immediately.

“He’s had just about everything there is to give, including at least five different programs,” Alexander says.

“Typically, when one is resistant to 5-fluorouracil, leucovorin, ironotecan, oxaloplatin and capecitabine, the chance of an additional agent working is probably less than 5 percent.”

Alexander explains that Erbitux, developed by ImClone Systems Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., works synergistically with certain chemotherapy drugs, creating a combination worth more than the sum of its parts.

The Erbitux treatment caused almost no side effects for Ralston, other than a rash that appeared on his face and neck.

Ralston arrived at Coastal Oncology on a recent, hot July day, prepared for his treatment.

Wearing jeans, a print shirt, a baseball hat and boat shoes, he looked like a guy about to take in a movie or a ballgame rather than a sufferer of a long-term, sometimes fatal disease. The maroon blanket that he carried offered the only hint of illness.

A medical assistant accompanied Ralston to the treatment suite, which is lined with vinyl recliners and has several televisions hanging from the ceiling.

Physicians and medical technicians work around and behind a marble counter in the center of the room — which Ralston suggests should be converted to a bar, perhaps to complement the chemical cocktails that patients are receiving intravenously.

Ralston pulled down his collar for a nurse who drew blood through the port. The blood work shows the patient’s level of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), a protein secreted by most colon cancer cells.

As Ralston’s disease progressed, his CEA count peaked at 811. Now it’s at 12, the lowest level in more than two years.

On a treatment day — it ends up that Ralston isn’t scheduled for drugs on this day — Ralston would lay back in the recliner for up to three hours, and hope to sleep while a single, $2,400 dose of Erbitux drips into his bloodstream.

While such positive results are encouraging, many analysts, plus physicians and patients, question why new cancer drugs cost so much. The astronomical cost may be unsustainable and certainly strains the already pressurized healthcare system.

But, despite the price tag, the inconvenience and the long-term commitment of his drug treatments, Ralston has no complaints. He will continue doing whatever it takes to keep the cancer at bay.

And he doesn’t worry so much about things that he did before October 2001. Ralston says that when he got cancer, his focus shifted. He is less concerned with the future, and focuses on present enjoyments, such as a good steak, a bowl of ice cream, and going to the beach.

“I like to see the morning sunrise,” Ralston says.

Price could exclude some  
With the recent introduction of the drug Erbitux, Bristol-Myers Squibb markets one of the more expensive cancer treatments to date, according to medical and pharmaceutical sources.As in the case of Richard Ralston of Ormond Beach, the $2,400 weekly injection averages about $10,320 per month — or approximately $133, 840 in one year or $669,200 in five years — in addition to many other treatment costs.

However, a study in last week’s New England Journal of Medicine reported that “a full course of treatment” would cost $30,000 based on the $2,400 per weekly injection.

“The cost is exceedingly high,” says his oncologist, Dr. Chris Alexander, adding that Medicare initially refused to pay for Ralston’s Erbitux treatment but later paid.

In Ralston’s case, Alexander and the patient see it as a lifelong commitment.

“There’s no end in sight,” says Ralston. “I’ll be on it until it quits working.”

Last week’s study also found that Erbitux could add just under two months, on average, to the lives of terminal colon cancer patients.

Medicare pays for about 80 percent of his treatment, and Ralston has secondary insurance that covers the remaining 20 percent.

Some patients are less fortunate. A spokesperson for Bristol-Myers Squibb says the company offers a Patient Assistance Foundation that reviews requests for assistance from the uninsured and otherwise financially needy on a case-by-case basis.

Another new drug is also cost-prohibitive for many people, though not as much as Erbitux. Genentech Inc., received FDA approval in late February for its drug, Avastin.

Avastin is also used in conjunction with chemotherapy. It is administered every two weeks, at a cost of $2,200 per dose, or $4,400 per patient per month.

The FDA approved Avastin as a first-line treatment for colon cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, whereas it approved Erbitux as a treatment when standard chemotherapy alone fails.

— Lynn Koller, correspondent

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Risk Factors

Colorectal cancer starts in either the colon or rectum.

· Warning signs may include rectal bleeding, blood in the stool, a change in bowel habits, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, anemia, vomiting, constant fatigue.

· It affects men and women equally, and most often occurs after age 50. A family history of the disease increases risk.

· Other risk factors include a history of colorectal polyps or inflammatory bowel disease, physical inactivity, a diet high in fat and low in fruit and vegetable consumption, obesity, smoking, and alcohol use.

Risk Cutters

There are ways to reduce risk of the disease or detect it at its earliest stages:

· Beginning at age 50, people of average risk should undergo screening. The American Cancer Society recommends a yearly fecal occult blood test and flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years, and a colonoscopy every 10 years. People at risk should speak with their physicians about earlier screening.

· Have polyps in the colon removed.

· Be physically active.

· Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods.

· Limit consumption of high-fat foods, such as red meat.

— American Cancer Society

Wanted- Benjamin Walker Ellison family

I am wishing to purchase copies/originals of photographs of Benjamin Walker and Mary Alice Ellison and their children, Samuel, William and Enoch Chester of Charlevoix County, Michigan. They lived in Boyne Falls from 1874 to 1913. They also lived in Cleveland, Ohio and Kent County, Michigan.

I am also looking for:

  •  Photographs of their parents, William and Margaret Hudson of Cleveland, Ohio and Samuel and Eunice Amanda Cutler of Cleveland, Ohio, and Walker Ellison of Baildon, Yorkshire, England.
  • Copies/originals of diaries, journals, and personal letters from any of the above family members.
  • Photographs, advertisements, memorabilia, documents, etc from the BW Ellison & Sons Brewery in Boyne Falls, Michigan circa 1882.
  • The 16th Michigan Infantry, Company G but ONLY between April 1, 1865 and the end of the Civil War, July 1865.

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