1916 obituary. (Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx - Sep. 2008)
Bay City Tribune - Monday, February 14, 1916 (Page 6)
Samuel Catlin Responds to Final Summons
Was a member of Police Department for Thirty-Six Years
Had Splendid Record
Officers of Force Speak Highly of Their Former Co-Worker
Samuel M. Catlin, for 36 years a member of the Bay City police department and at the time of retirement. One year ago, ranking as second in point of service on the force, died at his home 1212 Taylor street, Sunday morning at 6:45 o’clock. Almost from the time he was forced to retire because of poor health, he had been ill a greater portion of that time. His death was not altogether unexpected.
Mr. Catlin was 72 years old. He resided in Bay City for 42 years. As an officer of the law he established a commendable record. He was promoted from patrolman to truant officer to court officer and from court officer to that of sergeant. Chief of detectives Nathaniel Murphy is the only other member of the department who has been in the service for a longer period than Mr. Catlin.
He was born in New York state, coming to Michigan when a young man. During his early years in Bay City he followed the lumbering business and spent much of his time in the woods . When the diminishing forests foretold the doom of this industry Mr. Catlin turned to other lines. He sought a place on the police force in 1878, and on may 22 of that year he was officially appointed as a patrolman.
Chief of Police George V. Davis last evening spoke of Mr. Catlin’s services in the interests of the city in terms of the highest praise, “I could always depend upon him in any crisis” said Mr. Davis “He was one of my best men. His record as an officer was excellent and it was with regret that I saw him retire from the force”
Mr. Catlin is survived by a widow, one son and one sister, William Catlin of this city, and Mrs. James Hawkins of Auburn. He was a mason and this order will have charge of the funeral service, which will be held from the residence Wednesday afternoon at 2 O’clock.
Officials of the police department plan to have a large delegation present at the service. Interment will be made in Elm Lawn cemetery.