Lorena Mae Davis

b. 13 August 1894, d. 13 August 1942
  • Lorena Mae Davis was born on 13 August 1894 in Kochville Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.
  • John E. Davis and Ida Clara Otto appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Kochville Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. Other members of the household included Lorena Mae Davis. Also in the household were children Mark T. (age 18), Earl J. (14), Roy J. (8), Weldon J. (3) and Arthur V. (8 months), and one female domestic servant.
  • John E. Davis and Ida Clara Otto appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Kochville Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. Other members of the household included Lorena Mae Davis. also in the household were children Mark (age 22), Roy (18), Weldon (13), Arthur (11), Harold (8) and Hazel (6.)
  • The following appeared on 8 February 1917 in The Saginaw Daily News: John E. Davis, for many years a prominent farmer of Kochville, died at his home Wednesday night at 9 o'clock from heart trouble and pneumonia. Mr. Davis was one of the best known farmers in Saginaw county. He made a specialty of the growing of fruits, particularly strawberries. [:CR;]      He was born in Saginaw, September 13, 1851, and when four years of age went with his parents to Kochville where he has made his home ever since. He was married in 1884 to Ida Otto of Kochville. He was a member of St. John the Baptist parish in Carrollton and was also a member of Strawberry Arbor of Kochville, Ancient Order of Gleaners, having had the honro of nameing the arbor. [:CR;]      He is survived by his wife and eight children, Earl J. Davis, of the firm of Otto and Davis, Saginaw; Mark T. Davis, Saginaw; Roy Davis, Bay City; Lorena Davis, Caro; Weldon, Arthur, Harold and Hazel Davis at home. He is alsos survived by four brothers, Richard, Jeremiah, Thomas and Fred Davis, and a half brother, Charles Davis, all of Kochville.
  • She married Robert R. Forner, son of Michael Forner and Addie Easton, on 22 October 1919 in Carrollton, Saginaw County, Michigan, at St. John the Baptist Church, by license issued the 17th in Jackson County, with Rev. Fr. George LaVallee officiating.
  • The following appeared on 23 October 1919 in The Saginaw News Courier: A pretty wedding was celebrated Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock in St. John the Baptist church, Carrollton, when Miss Lorena Mae, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Davis of Kochville, was united in marriae to Robert Forner of Jackson, by Rev. Fr. George LaVallee.
         The bride was gowned in white satin and shadow lace and wore a wreath of white rose buds and a beautiful veil of silk tulle. She also carried a shower bouquet of white roses. Miss Beatrice Camp of Ann Arbor attended her as maid of honor, wearing a beautiful gown of pink georgette and carried pink roses. Little Rosalind Otto, of Bay City, cousin of the bride, who acted as flower girl was pretty in white organdie and carried a bouquet of white and pink carnations. The bride was given away by her brother, Earl J. Davis. The groom was attended by his brother, Mark Forner.
         Following the ceremony, breakfast was served to guests at the home of the bride. The color scheme was carried throughout in pink and white.
         The out of town guests included Miss Hazel Easton, Mrs. Burt Coulson, Mrs. M. Forner, all of Jackson; Mrs. Edward Kissane and family of Merrill; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur F. Otto, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy J. Davis, all of Bay City.
         The bride is a graduate of the class of 1913 of the Saginaw high school, and of the department of music of the university of Michigan of 1916. Since then she has been teaching in the public schools and last year taught in the St. Charles high school.
         The groom is a graduate of Ferris Institute State Normal college of Ypsilanti, and has partly completed a course in the literary department of the University of Michigan.
         The young couple left for Cleveland, Buffalo and points east, and will be at home to their friends after November 15 at 378 Drexel avenue, Detroit.
  • The following appeared on 2 December 1922 in The Saginaw News Courier: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Forner of Detroit, who spent Thanksgiving with the latter's mother, Mrs. John Davis, have returned home.
         [And on the following day:] Harold W. Davis, who is attending the University of Detroit, Mr. and Mrs. Earl J. Davis of Detroit, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Forner of Detroit, spent Thanksgiving with Saginaw relatives.
  • Robert R. Forner and Lorena Mae Davis appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, at 3211 Hazelwood Avenue 1930 MI Wayne Detroit
    3211 Hazelwood ave

    Robert R Forner 42 md at 32
    Lorena W Forner 35 Md at 25
    Betty M Forner 9
    Vincent T 8
    Marjorie M 3-2/12

    . Other members of the household included Vincent Thomas Forner. Also in the household was daughter Marjorie M. (age 3 years 2 months.)
  • Lorena Mae Davis died on 13 August 1942 at age 48 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital.
  • Her husband Robert R. Forner became a widower at her death.
  • She was interred at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan.
  • The following appeared in The Saginaw News: A former teacher of music in the St. Charles and Reese schools and a member of one of Saginaw county's prominent pioneer families, Mrs. Robert R. Forner, 47, the former Lorena Mae Davis, died Wednesday at Mt. Carmel Mercy hospital, Detroit. Lorena Mae Davis was born Aug. 13, 1894 in Kochville township, a daughter of Mrs. Ida C. Davis and the late John E. Davis. She attended Saginaw High school, graduating in 1913, and then attended the University of Michigan school of music, from which she was graduated in 1916. She taught school until her marriage on Oct. 22, 1919, to Robert R. Forner, principle in one of Detroit's schools. Her father died in 1916. She leaves her husband, one son and two daughters, Vincent Thomas, Betty Maxine and Marjorie Marie Forner of Detroit; her mother, Mrs. Ida C. Davis of Kochville township; one sister and five brothers, Sister M. Grace Jean of Grand Rapids, Mark T. Davis and Weldon J. Davis of Saginaw, Arthur V. Davis of Kochville township, Roy J. Davis of Bay City and Harold W. Davis of Detroit. Another brother, Earl J. Davis, prominent attorney, died in 1936. She also leaves an uncle, Herbert A. Otto of Saginaw. The funeral will take place at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Haley funeral home, 16065 Hamilton Detroit, and at 10:30 at Gesu church their. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre cemetery.
  • The following appeared on 16 April 1943 in The Saginaw News: Robert R. Forner, 51, brother-in-law of Mark T. Davis, died Friday at Mt. Carmel Mercy hospital, Detroit. Mr. Forner was principal of Logan school, Detroit, and made his home at 17593 Pennington Drive. He married Lorena Mae Davis in Saginaw, Oct. 22, 1919. Mrs. Forner died Aug. 13, 1942. He leaves two daughters, Betty Maxine, a teacher in the Detroit schools, Marjorie Marie, and a son Vincent T., a medical student at the University of St. Louis; his mother, a sister, and three brothers, all of Jackson. He was a graduate of Ferris Institute, Michigan State Normal college and received his master's degree at the University of Detroit. He was a district governor of the Exchange club, and a member of Gesu Catholic parish at Detroit.
  • Last Edited: 29 May 2015

Family: Robert R. Forner b. 25 September 1887, d. 16 April 1943