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Husb: CHARLIE COMBS



born: 19 Jan 1871 Henry co, Ill
marr: 21 Oct 1891 Taylor co, Ia
died: 09 Nov 1951 New Market, Taylor co, Ia
buri: Guss Cemetery, Nodaway twp, Taylor co, Ia
father:  Burr Harrison Combs
mother:  Lucretia Ann Painter
notes: 47th anniversary obituary , 2nd obituary
photos:  wedding picture , Charliefamily picture4 boys  ,  1940's family picture



Wife: IDA CAROLINE WIRTH



born: 31 Aug 1873 Peoria co, Ill
died: 17 Mar 1959 Clarinda, Page County, Iowa
buri: Guss Cemetery, Nodaway twp, Taylor co, Ia
father:  Charles Wirth
mother:  Elizabeth Letterman
notes: obituary
photos:  Ida and Johnnie



CHILDREN:



(1)
name: Harry Gilbert Combs
born: 15 May 1893 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
marr: 03 Nov 1915 Bedford, Taylor co, Ia
died: 05 Mar 1964 Clarinda (Municipal Hospital), Page co, Ia
buri: Memory Cemetery, East River twp, Page co, Ia
spouse: Sylvia Rose Lewellen
notes: obituary
photos:  baby pictureyoung manHarry and Mae



(2)
name: Mae Ellen Combs
born: 09 Mar 1895 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
marr: 25 Nov 1913 Clarinda, Page co, Ia
died: 02 Jul 1977 Omaha, Ne
buri: Memory Cemetery, East River twp, Page co, Ia
spouse: John Arnold Bashor
notes: obituary , 2nd obituary
photos:  young womanMae and LenaMae, Lena, and Pearl



(3)
name: Eva 'Lena' Combs
born: 28 Apr 1915 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
marr: 10 Feb 1915 Clarinda, Page co, Ia
died: 19 Feb 1922 Taylor co, Ia
buri: Memory Cemetery, East River twp, Page co, Ia
spouse: Dennis David McAlpin
notes:
photos:  Lena and Dewey



(4)
name: George "Dewey" Combs
born: 14 Feb 1899 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
marr(1): 16 Dec 1919 Page co, Ia
marr(2):
marr(3):
died: 09 May 1975 Clarinda, Page co, Ia
buri: Dallas Center Cemetery, Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
spouse (1): Hallene Marie Slack
spouse (2):
spouse (3):
notes: obituary, 2nd obituary
photos:  Dewey and Johnnie



(5)
name: John Henry Combs
born: 03 Feb 1901 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
marr: 07 Jan 1920 Bedford, Taylor co, Ia
died: 13 May 1976 Clarinda, Page co, Ia
buri: Memory Cemetery, East River twp, Page co, Ia
spouse: Aden Harriet Maxwell
notes: obituary one, two, three
photos:



(6)
name: Glenn Allen Combs
born: 04 Jan 1903 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
marr: 12 Feb 1924 Clarinda, Page co, Ia
died: 09 Jan 1960 near Burlington Jct, Atchison co, Mo
buri: Memory Cemetery, East River twp, Taylor co, Ia
spouse: Ruby Loraine Peterman
notes:
photos:  baby picture , child



(7)
name: Elba "Pearl" Combs
born: 03 Aug 1908 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
died: 24 Dec 1929 Valley twp, Page co, Ia
buri: Memory Cemetery, East River twp, Page co, Ia
notes:
photos:  babysmall childgraduation ,   young woman



(8)
name: Velma Irene Combs
born: 08 Apr 1913 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
marr: 20 Nov 1943 Clarinda, Page co, Ia
died: 11 Jul 1953 Williamson, Lucas co, Ia
buri: Guss Cemetery, Nodaway twp, Taylor co, Ia
spouse: William "Bernard" Ketchem
notes:
spouse:  child



~Notes on CHARLIE COMBS


Clarinda Herald, Clarinda, Iowa, Sep 11, 1913

Auto Burned

Charles Cambs [sic], who lives near Gus, had the misfortune to lose a $1,550 Cartercar a week ago Sunday belonging to the hired man, by the burning of the shed where it was housed. A new buggy was burned at the same time, making the total loss $1,800. The origin of the fire is unknown.

 

Clarinda Herald, Clarinda, Iowa, Aug 21, 1919

Wheat yields up toward Gus are running around 22 bushels to the acre, some more, some less. Charlie Combs has two threshing outfits going this year. One of them Friday was at Homer Davis's, on the east and west road, and of course most of the men of the neighborhood were also there to help him.

 

Clarinda Herald Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, Nov 22, 1951

~obituary: Charlie Combs, son of Burr and Lucretia Pointer [sic] Combs, was born Jan 19, 1871, at Woodhull, Henry county, Ill, and died at his home in New Market, Ia, Nov 9, 1951, at the age of 81 years, 9 months and 22 days. He was one of a family of eight children. All survive except one sister, Cora Darnold, who died in 1908.
At a very early age, Charlie, with his parents, moved from Illinois and settled north of New Market where he grew to manhood.
Oct 21, 1891, he was united in marriage to Ida Carolina Wirth. They established their home on a farm north of New Market where they resided for 37 years, and reared their family of eight children. They then moved to Page county, living near Villisca and Hepburn until four years ago when they retired and moved to their present home in New Market. Oct 21, 1951, Mr and Mrs Combs celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
For many years, Mr Combs was an outstanding farmer and live stock feeder, operating on an extensive scale. With no thought of recompense, he was always first to volunteer his assistance, or share his possessions with others less fortunate. He led a full and active life until his illness, which lasted about three months.
Those who survive are his wife; two daughter, Mrs Bernard Ketchem of Williamson, Ia, and Mrs Arnold Bashor of New Market; four sons, John and Dewey of New Market, and Harry and Glen of Gravity; 23 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Two daughters preceded him in death, Pearl and Lena. Also surviving are three brothers, George of Bedford, Lloyd of Kent, Ned of New Market, and three sisters, Mrs Charlie Thompson of Earlham, Mrs Gail Berger, and Nellie Combs of New Market.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in New Market at 2 pm Monday, Nov 12. Rev Clarence Moore of Truro, Ia officiated. Music was furnished by Mrs Opal Brown and Mrs Opal McDonald, with Mrs Mary Anderson accompanying on the piano. Pallbearers, all grandsons, were Delphon and Donald Bashor, Neil and Estel Combs and Gerald and Alvin McAlpin. Flower girls, all granddaughters, were Mrs Crystal Springs, Mrs Marjorie Carlson, Mrs Vaughn McAlpin and Helen Bashor. Burial was in the Guss cemetery.

 

Clarinda Herald Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, Nov 11, 1951

Services In New Market Today for Charlie Combs

New Market (Special)-- Charles Combs, 80, retired farmer, died Friday afternoon at 12:45 at his home in New Market, following a three-month illness.

He leaves his wife; two daughters, Mrs Arnold Bashor of New Market and Mrs Velma Ketchum of Williamson; four sons, Harry, Dewey, John and Glen, all of New Market, a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs Charles Thompson of Earlham, Mrs Osie Berger and Nellie Combs, both of New Market; two brothers, George Combs of Bedford and Ned Combs of New Market. October 21, 1951, marked the 60th wedding anniversary of Mr and Mrs Combs. The day was observed with a family dinner with all the children present.

Charlie, with his handlebar mustache, was a familiar participant in the Old Settlers reunion at Hawleyville. He was active for his age until he became ill.

Funeral service was held at the Methodist church in New Market this Monday afternoon. Rev Clarence Moore of Truro officiating.

Vocal music was furnished by Mrs Opal Brown and Mrs Opal McDonald with Mrs Mary Anderson at the piano. Casket bearers, all grandsons of Mr Combs, were Delphon and Donald Bashor, Neil and Estle Combs and Gerald and Alvin McAlpin. Flower girls, granddaughters, were Mrs Crystal Springs, Mrs Marjorie Carlson, Mrs Lavon McAlpin and Helen Bashor. Burial was in the cemetery at Guss.

 

Clarinda Herald-Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, Oct 31, 1938

Forty-seven years ago last Friday on Oct 21, 1891, Charles and Ida Wirth Combs started treading life's pathway together, and the accompanying photo shows them as they posed for their wedding picture. From it, perhaps not many now would recognize them as the esteemed couple who for so many years have held such a prominent place in business and community life in both Taylor and Page counties. Their home has always abounded with hospitality, and the true spirit of neighborliness they have exemplified has won for them a host of warm friends who join in extending hearty congratulations and wish for them many more wedding anniversaries.

Mr and Mrs Combs were quite surprised Sunday when a large number of relatives and friends gathered at their home in honor of their 47th anniversary. Dinner was served at noon, cafeteria style, and the day spent in visiting. Remembering happenings of past years, Mr Combs recalled that it was 47 years ago Monday of this week that they came to Clarinda and purchased their first dishes from a general store at the southeast corner of the square, across from the present Citizens Bank. Incidentally he also subscribed for the Clarinda Herald the same day, and has been a continuous subscriber ever since.

Those present at the dinner Sunday included Dewey Combs sand family, Mr and Mrs Johnnie Combs, Glen Combs and family, Mr and Mrs Glen Spring, Mr and Mrs Geo Vanhorn, Harry Combs and family, Arnold Bashor and family, Dennis McAlpin family, Mr and Mrs Ned Combs and Anna Stiles, Lester Vanhorn and family, Mrs Louise Dunn, Mrs Mary Osborn, Miss Vaughn Fiddler and Miss Gladys Dahlrymple.

 

Clarinda Herald-Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, Mar 1959

MRS IDA COMBS, 85, BURIAL IS FRIDAY

71 living descendants of Page-Taylor farm woman

NEW MARKET (Special)-- Death of Mrs Charley (Ida) Combs, 85, Tuesday took one of the pioneer farm women of Page and Taylor Counties. She had been ill with cancer several years.

The funeral will be Friday at 2 pm at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda. The Rev Clarence Moore, former Methodist minister at New Market, will be in charge and burial will be in the cemetery near the Guss church.

Mrs Combs has five living children, including Harry of Gravity, Dewey of Clarinda, Glenn of Burlington Junction, Mo, and Mrs Arnold (Mae) Bashor and John of New Market. She was a sister of John Wirth and Mrs George Van Horn of New Market and Mrs Mary Osburn of Gravity. Twenty-four grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren are in the family. Mr Combs died in 1952. Children preceding her in death were Lena McAlpin, Velma Ketchem and Pearl Combs.

While born in Illinois, she spent all her married life in Taylor and Page Counties. The couple retired from farming 11 years ago, making their home in New Market. For several months she lived with John and Harry Combs and recently had made her home at the Williams Nursing Home in Clarinda [Iowa].

 

Clarinda Herald-Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, Mar 1964

HARRY GILBERT COMBS

Harry Gilbert Combs, son of Charles and Ida Combs, was born north of New Market, Ia, May 15, 1893. He departed this life on March 5, 1964 at the Clarinda Municipal hospital at the age of 70 years, 9 months and 19 days.

He lived on the home farm with his parents north of New Market until he was married to Sylvia Lewellen, Nov 4, 1915. To this union, three children were born.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Lena, Pearl and Velma; and one brother, Glen.

Surviving him are his beloved and faithful companion and wife, Sylvia Combs, of Gravity, Ia; his son, Neil, of Gravity, his two daughters; Mrs Ermel (Crystal) Todd of Villisca, Ia, and Mrs Harold G. (Jean) Hartman of New Market; 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers: Dewey, of Clarinda, Ia and John of New Market and one sister, Mrs Arnold (Mae) Basher of New Market; nephews, nieces, uncles and aunts, and a host of other relatives and friends.

His loved ones, friends and neighbors shall greatly miss Harry, for he was always a kind and helpful neighbor in time of need.

Funeral services were held in the church house of the New Market Church of Christ at 2 o'clock, Saturday afternoon, March 7, with Clarence M. Potter, minister, in charge. Burial was in Old Memory Cemetery at New Market.

 

Bashor, Mae Ellen Combs – Clarinda Herald-Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, Jul 25, 1977

Mae Ellen Bashor, daughter of Ida (Wirth) Combs and Charles Combs was born March 9, 1895 at New Market, Iowa, where she spent her entire life and departed from this life July 2, 1977, at the Clarkson Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 82 years, 3 months and 23 days.

On November 25, 1913, Mae was married to Arnold Bashor and to this union five children blessed their home; Dalphon, New Market, Iowa; Donald, Corning, Iowa; Dorlene Graham, Nevada, Iowa; Helen Herzberg, Creston, Iowa; Charles, Clarinda, Iowa.

Mae devoted her entire life doing good for her family of which was her most precious possession. Sharing with them their happiness, their sorrows and her greatest high-light was the many visits from her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and all of her many friends. Her happiness and patience was an inspiration to all who came in contact with her. Mae was a member of the Methodist church of New Market, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Auxiliary and the Lindsey Club of which she  was a faithful helper.

Mr and Mrs Bashor were extremely privileged to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary November 25, 1973, when all of their family were with them. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold, departing May 13, 1974, her parents, three sisters, Lena, Pearl and Velma and four brothers, Harry, Dewey, Johnnie and Glen.

She is also survived by three daughters in law, Rosevelyn, Beverly and Maxine, two sons in law, Dick Graham and Ben Herzberg, 14 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and a host of very dear friends.

To know Mae was truly to love her for her very actions, thoughts and workings were prompted by God’s loving care.

She always leaned to watch for us.

Anxious if we were late,

In winter by the window;

In summer by the gate;

And though we mocked her tenderly

Who had such foolish care,

The long way home would seem more safe.

Because she waited there.

Her thoughts were all so full of us--

She never could forget!

And so I think that where she is

She must be watching yet.

Waiting till we come home to her.

Anxious if we are late --

Watching from heaven’s window

Leaning from heaven’s gate.

 

Funeral services were held July 5 at the Walker Funeral Home with Rev Ron Blix officiating. Shirley Larson was soloist. The grandsons, Ronald Bashor, Terry Bashor, Jimmy Bashor, Kevin Herzberg, Lanny Herzberg, Brent Herzberg, and Dan Bashor, were casket bearers. Burial was in the Memory Cemetery at New Market [Iowa].

 
 

Bashor, Mae E. Combs – Clarinda Herald-Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, July 5, 1977

Services held for Mae Bashor

Mae E. Bashor, 82, of New Market died Saturday night at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha [Nebraska] following a short illness.

She was born Mar 9, 1895, near New Market, the daughter of Charles and Ida Wirth Combs.

She was married to Arnold Bashor, who preceded her in death May 13, 1974. They had farmed before moving into New Market several years ago.

Funeral services were held this Tuesday afternoon at Walker Funeral Home with Rev Ron Blix officiating. Shirley Larson was soloist and Zella Ridenour organist. Grandsons were casketbearers. Burial was in Memory cemetery at New Market.

Mrs Bashor is survived by five children, Dalphon Bashor of New Market, Donald Bashor of Corning, Mrs Richard (Dorlene) Graham of Nevada, Mrs Bernard (Helen) Herzberg of Creston and Charles Bashor of Clarinda.

There are 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

 
 

Combs, George "Dewey" - Clarinda Herald Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, May 26, 1975

Dewey Combs was born Feb 14, 1899 near New Market, the son of Charles and Ida Wirth Combs. He departed this life May 9, 1975, at the age of 76 years, two months, 25 days at his home in Clarinda after being hospitalized for many weeks in Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, Nebr.

On Dec 16, 1919, he was married to Hallene Marie Slack who passed away March 22, 1950. To this union two sons were born, Estel Combs of New Market and Lyle Combs now living in Manzanita, Ore. Early life was engaged in farming, being president and announcer of the Hawleyville Rodeo for 14 years. He later worked at the school at Glenwood [Iowa].

Sept 11, 1955, he was married to Dora Erhart and lived at 115 West Logan, Clarinda, Ia. He was employed at Clarinda Mental Health Institute working until his retirement in 1964 then giving full time in his wood working shop which he enjoyed so much.

He was a devoted husband, a kind father, a good neighbor and won the respect of the community.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his first wife, two brothers, Glenn and Harry and three sisters, Lina McAlpin, Pearl Combs and Velma Ketchum.

He will be sadly missed and joyfully remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Dewey leaves to mourn his death his wife Dora, sons, Estel Combs and wife Phyllis, and Lyle Combs, step-daughters, Darzelle Tait, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one brother, John Combs of New Market, one sister, Mae Bashor, New Market, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were conducted from Walker Funeral Home Monday May 12 at 2 pm with Rev Ervin Ortmann and Rev Dewey Ferguson in charge. Soloist was Mrs Shirley Larson and organist Mrs Grace Perry. Casket bearers were Darrell Combs, Dalphon Bashor, Donald Bashor, Neil Combs, Dennis Williams, and Gerald McAlpin. Burial was in Dallas Center Cemetery near New Market, Iowa.

 

Combs, Dewey - Clarinda Herald-Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, May 9, 1975

Services this Monday for Dewey Combs

Dewey Combs, 76, died at his home in Clarinda last Friday following a prolonged illness, returning from an Omaha hospital only a few days before.

He has lived in Clarinda since 1955, and spent much of his time in his woodworking shop, repairing and making new furniture. He will be remembered by many people as the rodeo announcer at the Hawleyville Rodeo when it was held years ago.

He was the son of the late Charles and Ida Wirth Combs, and was born near New Market. Many years of his lifetime was spent farming, and in recent years he was employed at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute and at the School at Glenwood.

Funeral services were conducted from the Walker Funeral Home this Monday afternoon, with the Rev Ervin Ortmann, and the Rev Dewey Ferguson in charge. Soloist was Mrs Shirley Larson and organist was Mrs Grace Perry. Casket bearers were Darrell Combs, Dalphon Bashor, Donald Bashor, Neil Combs, Dennis Williams and Gerald McAlpin. Burial was in the Dallas Center Cemetery, near New Market.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dora Tally Erhart, two sons, Estel Combs of New Market, Lyle Combs of Manzanita, Ore, a step daughter, Mrs Darzelle Tait of Clarinda, a brother, John Combs, and a sister, Mae Bashor, both of New Market.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, and his first wife, the former Hallene Slack, who died in 1950, two brothers, Glenn and Harry, and three sisters, Lena McAlpin, Pearl Combs and Velma Ketchum.

 

Combs, John - Clarinda Herald-Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, May 17, 1976

John Combs NM native

Funeral services for John Combs, 75, of New Market were held this Monday afternoon at Walker Funeral Home with Carl Cummings officiating. Mr Combs died Thursday evening at Municipal Hospital after an illness of two years.

He was born Feb 3, 1901, near New Market, the son of Charley and Ida Caroline Worth Combs. He was married to Aden Maxwell who survives. Mr Combs was a farmer and stockman especially active in the Hereford Association.

Besides his wife of the home Mr Combs is survived by a sister, Mrs Mae Bashor of New Market, nieces and nephews.

Mrs Mary Anderson was organist at the services. Honorary bearers were Gary Springs, Michael Combs, Charles Hookham, Richard Bramble, David Croy, Art Windom, Gerald McAlpin and Dalphon Bashor. Casket bearers were Donald and Charles Bashor, Darrell, Allen, Estel and Neil Combs.

Burial was in Memory cemetery at New Market.

 

Combs, John Henry - Bedford Times-Press, Bedford, Iowa, May 27, 1976

John Combs, 75, Last Rites Were Held May 17

Funeral services for John Combs, 75, of New Market, were held May 17 at Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda with Carl Cummings officiating. Mr Combs died May 13, 1976 in Clarinda Municipal Hospital. Interment was at Memory Cemetery, New Market.

John Henry Combs, son of Charles and Ida Caroline Wirth Combs, was born February 3, 1901 on a farm north of New Market, Taylor County, Iowa. Here he grew to young manhood receiving his education in the public school near his home.

On January 7, 1920 he was married to Aden Maxwell, and they established their home on a farm, and enjoyed 56 years of wedded life. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1870.

As a young man John decided farming must be his life's vocation, and he followed through to the end. He farmed various farms, until 1943 when they moved to their present home, just north of New Market. Along with farming he enjoyed working with livestock, and for 30 years raised Shorthorn cattle. He served for five years as president of the Southwest Iowa Shorthorn Association.

Always willing to lend a helping hand he served his community in various capacities. He was substitute mail carrier for 40 years; served as treasurer of New Market Rural Fire Dept for 26 years; for 23 years he was president of the Memory Cemetery Assoc. Only a short time prior to his death, he went with others, less familiar with the situation, and helped locate a grave site.

John was a devoted husband, kind brother and a good neighbor, and his friends are numbered by his acquaintances. His church interest and help was with the Church of Christ in New Market.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Harry, Glen and Dewey; three sisters, Lena, Pearl and Velma.

He is survived by his most devoted companion of 57 years; one sister, Mrs Mae Bashor of New Market; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.

His death will be sincerely mourned.

 

Combs, John Henry - Clarinda Herald-Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, May 27, 1976

John Henry Combs, son of Charles and Ida Caroline Wirth Combs, was born February 3, 1901 on a farm north of New Market, Taylor County, Iowa. Here he grew to young manhood receiving his education in the public school near his home.

On January 7, 1920 he was married to Aden Maxwell, and they established their home on a farm, and enjoyed 56 years of wedded life. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1870.

As a young man John decided farming must be his life's vocation, and he followed through to the end. He farmed various farms, until 1943 when they moved to their present home, just north of New Market. Along with farming he enjoyed working with livestock, and for 30 years raised Shorthorn cattle. He served for five years as president of the Southwest Iowa Shorthorn Association.

Always willing to lend a helping hand he served his community in various capacities. He was substitute mail carrier for 40 years; served as treasurer of New Market Rural Fire Dept for 26 years; for 23 years he was president of the Memory Cemetery Assoc. Only a short time prior to his death, he went with others, less familiar with the situation, and helped locate a grave site. Others will now have to take up the duties he has performed so faithfully for so many years.

John was a devoted husband, kind brother and a good neighbor, and his friends are numbered by his acquaintances. His church interest and help was with the Church of Christ in New Market.

A little over two years ago John was stricken with cancer, requiring much hospital care, and baffled medical science. On Thursday, May 13, 1976 he passed away in Clarinda Municipal Hospital at the age of 75 years, 3 months and 10 days.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Harry, Glen and Dewey; three sisters, Lena, Pearl and Velma.

He is survived by his most devoted companion of 56 years; one sister, Mrs Mae Bashor of New Market; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends. His death will be sincerely mourned without, as well as within, the family circle.