Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa
Thursday, January 27, 1955, Page 1
JOSEPH "JOE" DOWELL DIED HERE SATURDAY
Joe DOWELL, a resident of Bedford and community for many years, died January 22. Funeral services were held
at the First Baptist Church Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Fred H. COWLES. Burial in New Hope cemetery
south of Bedford.
Joseph Thomas DOWELL, son of Thomas and Mary Ann DOWELL, was born west of Petersburg, in
Menard County, Ill., December 25, 1868, and died at the age of 86 years, 27 days.
On Nov. 4, 1891 he was married to Viola Jane ALLISON. To this union seven children were born.
He is survived by two sons: Irvin of Diagonal, Grant of Fairfield; two daughters, Mrs. Lela SNYDER and Mrs.
Beatrice BEAVER of Bedford; 28 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
When he was 14 years of age he moved with his parents from Illinois, and they made their home near Hopkins.
He was married at Hopkins and later moved to Iowa. In 1920 he gave up farming and moved into Bedford, where
he had made his home since. His wife died in April, 1936.
When a young boy of 13 he accepted Christ as his Saviour, and united with the Concord Baptist church near
Petersburg, Ill., and was baptized in the Sangamon River near the church. After moving to Iowa, he worked in
the New Hope and East Mission Baptist churches for many years. After moving to Bedford, he united with the
First Baptist church.
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