Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa obituaries
transcribed by: Lorelei Rusco -

Baker, Charlotte Harris –

Charlotte, daughter of Robert and Mary Harris, was born in Yorkshire   England, Dec. 17, 1848.  Departed this life March 26, 1925 age 76 years, 3 months and 9 days.


She came with her parents to Montreal Canada when 2 years old.  They came to Sandwich, Ill. when she was 16, afterward moving to Taylor County, Iowa where she met Ransford B. Baker, to whom she was married March 20, 1872.  They settled on a farm in Grant Township.  To them were given nine children.  All survive their mother except Lew Grant, who died at the age of 3 months and 25 days.


They continued to live on the farm until Mr. Baker’s death Nov. 15, 1911.  Mrs. Baker came to Clearfield with three daughters in the spring of 1912 where she spent her remaining years.


Her life was greatly devoted to loved ones, no task being too great for her willing hands.  As she grew frail in health it was the privilege of her children to tenderly care for her.


Many happy memories of these sons and daughters cluster about the early home where Father and Mother planned together for their home and family.


All the children live in Clearfield vicinity except Horace who lives near Beaconsville, Iowa.


In young womanhood Mrs. Baker confessed Christ in whom she trusted to the end of life.  She leaves to mourn her loss four sons and four daughters, 17 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, two brothers, one sister besides other relatives and friends.


Funeral services were held at the Christian Church Saturday afternoon conducted by Rev. Muir.  Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery.


Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa April  2, 1925


Blaine, Allie Elaine –

We gather flowers from our gardens to beautify our homes. God sent his messenger to his great, garden and gathered a flower to adorn his great eternal city. This messenger came last Saturday evening September 26 to the Mission Methodist Hospital at St. Joseph, Mo. and carried away the young soul of Allie Blaine. So quietly it came and plucked the flower that loved ones watching did not notice it's presence.


Allie Allen Blaine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Blaine was born March 22, 1909 at Bible Grove, Mo. and passed away at St. Joseph, Mo. September 26, 1925 at the age of 18 years, 6 mo. and 4 days. She resided at the place of her birth until 12 years of age when with her parents came to Sharpsburg where she has made a multitude of friends.


lo 1924 she united with the Presbyterian church at Sharpsburg. She was just entering a great life of giving when she was called to a higher field of service. Her life was before her, her hope and aspirations to be conquered and we wonder why God took her away. He calls to higher plains than man can ever dream of.


Allie was preceded into the great beyond by a little sister Alma May. She leaves to mourn her, her parents, a brother, Ora Oren, a sister, Vada Fay, her grand parents, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, and a multitude of friends made in short life.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa October 1, 1925


Bryant, Clarence -

The funeral of  the editor of the Lenox Time-Table was held on last Thursday afternoon at the Lenox U. P, Church, of which he was a member.  Deceased was not quite thirty years of age, and has been for 25 months the publisher of his home town paper, a paper at which he began to work at the age of thirteen years. He was making a fine success of his first own newspaper.

He leaves a wife and one son, a lad of about six years

The church was packed with sympathizing neighbors. The Masons and 0. F. S. were there in large numbers, coming in a body. While the deceased had suffered at times, his final illness was very brief, and the community was greatly shocked by his sudden death. He had lived all his life except four years at Lenox and was carrying a man’s part in home, church and business circles.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa December 10, 1925


Buckner, William Anderson -

William Anderson Buckner was born near Plainfield, Indiana, Sept. 11,1848. He was married to Miss Lucia Plummer on Dec 29, 1876. To this union three children were born,  two of whom survive. They are Albert of Enfield, Illinois, Ira, address unknown. Mr. Buckner came to Iowa in the late seventies, and not long after married Mrs Rose Ann Wirth, who with her five children survive him. The step children are Parvin E. of Modesto, Cal ; John E. of Corning; Joe of Glenwood; Mrs. R.R. Harris of Villisca; and Mrs. Maggie Mesler of Creston. He is also survived by his brother Henry of Guyman,  Oklahoma, and by several half-brothers and sisters. He was a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows order and a member of the Baptist church.


He died on Oct. 28, 1925, at the age of 77 years, 1 month, and 17 days, at the home of his granddaughter, where he made his home. Burial was at the Mt. Etna Cemetery.  The funeral was held at Mt. Zion Church, and the services were in charge of Rev. Silas Overholser.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa November 12, 1925


Bush, Elnora Ellen Huss -

A messenger came and called a soul away from this world of sorrow and suffering to a place where pain and parting is not known. This messenger came the morning of August 15th and called away Elnora Bush. She had spent eight long weeks of suffering, nursed and cheered by her loving husband who kept constant watch over her and saw that all was done that was possible to

keep her at his side.


Elnora Ellen Huss, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. A. Huss, was born August 31, 1885, near Gravity, Iowa, and passed away at her home near Clearfield August 15, 1925, at the age of 39 years, 11 months and 15 days. She spent her girlhood days near Gravity and grew to womanhood winning the affection of Lawrence Bush to whom she was married Oct. 12, 1904. They founded their new home in their home community where they resided until 1908 at which time they moved to Oklahoma for four years, returning to the old home community in 1913 where they resided until moving to the Clearfield community seven years ago.


God blessed them with four children, Howard, Maxine, Wade, and Marguerite. They will miss their mother and her care but she blessed them many days, which memory will guide them through life. Mrs. Bush possessed a wonderful spirit of pouring out to others. Even in her extreme sickness in the hospital she was anxious about the other patients, forgetting herself. She bore her suffering without complaint, anxious that she might not tire those who cared for her. She realized she could not recover and talked of her leaving with her husband and children. She talked to her to accept her [line missing] Spirit, bringing peace to her soul and joy to others. She was not only a wonderful wife and mother but a friend and neighbor to all who knew her, ever ready to do the right and render service. She is gone but memory lingers to remind us of her life and character. Besides her husband and children she leaves to mourn her loss four sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Lottie Kimpton of Gravity; Mrs. Edith Jones of Gravity; Mrs. Beulah Lewellen of Novary, Mont.; Miss

Eva Huss of Des Moines; Lewis B. Huss and Robt. A. Huss, both of Gravity, besides a host of relatives and friends.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa August 20, 1925


Duncan, Mary Teresa O'Connell -

Mary Teresa O'Connell was born at Waukegan, Illinois, August 8, 1846, and departed this life at Omaha, Nebraska, June 3, 1925. She was united with Harvey S. Duncan on November 4, 1868, at Clifton, Iowa, to which union there were born nine children, two of whom preceded her in death, Mary, who died in childhood, and Andrew, who died at the age of 23. The surviving children are: Ellen A., Margaret K., John E. and William B. Duncan of Omaha, Nebraska; James E. Duncan of Clearfield, Iowa; A.B. Duncan of Shannon City, Iowa; and Harvey S. Duncan of Creston, Iowa.


Funeral services were held at St. Cecilia's Cathedral, Omaha, and at the Immaculate Conception church Maloy, Iowa. She was laid to rest in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Maloy, Iowa.


She received her education at Ferry Hall Seminary, Lake Forest, Illinois, graduating in 1866. She taught school at Clifton, Iowa, until the time of her marriage and continued her residence in Clifton until March 1882 at which time she moved to Clearfield, Iowa where she remained until June, 1918 when she moved to Omaha, Nebraska.


Her life was one of constant and unstinted devotion to her God and her family. Hers were the trials and hardships not uncommon to the pioneer farm folks of her generation and, like many of her old time neighbors, for whom she cherished the deepest love, she accepted her cross cheerfully and performed her duties as a labor of love. She was sustained and comforted throughout life and in death by an abiding faith in Jesus Christ. May she rest in peace.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa June 11, 1925


Fleming, Robert M.-

Robert Fleming died in a hospital in St. Joseph last night, about 1:30. Until three or four days ago he was thot to be making excellent progress toward recovery from his previous operation of a month since. He came to this community nearly fifty years ago, and settled on a farm a mile north of town some years before Clearfield was on the map. Mr Fleming never married, and had one sister, Mrs. Ennis, in Clarinda, and we believe a brother in Pennsylvania.  Elmer Brand drove Dr. Reed and J. R. Crew to Clarinda, meeting a nephew there, and the four went to St. Joe in the night.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa May 21, 1925


Fleming, Robert M.-

Robert M. Fleming was born May 23, 1852 and passed away at the St. Joseph hospital on Wednesday. His parents were Martin and Maria Fleming. He was born in Huntington Co. Pa , and grew to manhood on the old home place.


It was in 1877 when he came to Iowa, and soon thereafter purchased the farm north of Clearfield where he has since resided.


He is survived by a brother and a sister and several nephews and nieces.  Mr. E. H. Ennis, a nephew of Essex, accompanied by his wife were in attendance.


Mr. Fleming was a frequent attender upon the church services.  He had a retiring disposition, and being without family he did not mix in neighborhood life as heartily as some, but he was neighborly and congenial and had many ways of showing a kindly disposition, many knew him as a friend in time of need or disaster.


Funeral services were held at the M. E Church Saturday, May 23d, which would have been his 73rd birthday. The pastor, Rev. A. J. Matthews officiated. Interment followed in Clearfield Cemetery.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa May 28, 1925


Franklin, William Henry -

William Henry Franklin was born in Kentucky Oct. 22, 1850. At the age of two years he went with his parents to Illinois, where he lived until about twelve years of age, when with his parents he again moved to the west, becoming a pioneer settler in Taylorcounty, Iowa, living near Calvary, where he endured and enjoyed the hardships of pioneer life, bringing to the community the

Christian fortitude which has adorned and beautified all his subsequent actions, and spreading cheer and sunshine wherever he went.


At a revival meeting held at a schoolhouse near Calvary under the ministry of Rev. Hughes, he was converted and joined the Baptist church, and remained a worthy member of that church until the Calvary church was built so conveniently near, when he with his entire family united with that organization and so remained until they removed near Clearfield in 1900, when their membership was transferred to the town church, where all the

time, and under all circumstances he exemplified and lived a genuine Vhristian life, trusting Him who is able to deliver.


In 1870 he was united in marriage  to Miss Nancy Deaver, and to this union four children were born: A son who died in infancy, Mrs. Belle M. Anderson of Clearfield, Ralph H. Franklin of Hardin, Mont., and Mrs. Blanche Anderson, who died at Ashland, Nebraska, July 23, 1920.


Mr. Franklin is survived by twelve grandchildren, and by four brothers and one sister, as following:—J. W. Franklin of York, Nebr.; J. V. Franklin of Fender, Nebr.; M. H. Franklin of St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Belle Reed of Portland, Oregon; and W. S. Franklin  of Centralia, Oregon.


This is a brief outline sketch of the noble life of a worthy man, who left us on Thursday morning, July 2, 1925, aged 74 years, 8 months and 11 days.


The funeral was held at the Methodist church at 2:30 p. m., on Sunday, July 5th, Rev. Matthews preaching the sermon, while Pastors Johnson and Underwood assisted in the service. Interment was in the Clearfield cemetery.


Mr. Franklin had been sick for several months and slipped away at last while loved ones watched at his beside.  He was patient in his sufferings as he awaited the end, and appreciated the kindly attentions of all who tried to make his last hours more pleasant.


He was known by all in our community as a wide-awake public spirited man with a character unimpeachable.  He had a gentle, kindly disposition, and faced the future with a Christian hope and certainty. He was a friend of all and in turn received the homage for all who knew him

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa July 9, 1925


Grace, Ethel Margaret -

Ethel Margaret Grace, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Grace, was born on the farm southwest of Clearfield. Aug. 5th, 1914, and died Sept. 15, 1925, aged eleven years, one month and twelve days,


The family removed to Clearfield in Mar. 1922.


Ethel united with the church in 1922 under the pastorate of Rev. Calkins, She was faithful in her attendance upon Sunday School and the Home Guards. Was often toward the front at the preaching service helping with her presence the pastors and others at the hour of worship.


She was a sweet dispositioned child, a favorite of all, having a place in her heart for the many who smiled back and were helped. Those left to mourn her untimely going are the parents, Mr. and Mrs W. J. Grace, Mrs. Elza Lyddon, Elmo on the farm, Homer living at Lenox, Edna, Raymond, and Thelma at home, besides other more distant relatives. Mrs. Elza Lyddon is sick and could not be present at this time.  She was taken ill Friday evening.  Was a patient sufferer and clung to life. She was kind and gentle in the last, was a great lover of flowers and appreciated the bouquets sent in. Among the passages of Scripture she had memorized she loved the one from the Psalms which he often repeated, "0 give thanks unto the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endureth forever".


A little after noon on Tuesday just after recognizing one of the loved ones who came to the bedside, she smiled and was not, for God took [unreadable].


Funeral services were held at the home on Wednesday afternoon, with a large attendance of friends. Beautiful flowers were there in profusion sent by thotful friends. Her pastor was in charge, Rev. Matthews, assisted by Rev. S. Boyd Johnson.  Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa September 17, 1925


Hadden, Joseph H. -

J. H. Hadden, resident of Clearfield for many years, died, at his home just before 9 o'clock Tuesday evening. Mr. Hadden had come thru an attack of pneumonia this winter, and seemed to have been attacked with grippe last week. He  worked at the schoolhouse where he was janitor until Friday evening, against the wishes of family. At his age, nearly 70, he had not the strength to overcome this final attack. There »re two children, both with him at the end, Mr. L.M. Hadden of Clearfield, and Mrs. Lottie Jensen of Exira, Iowa. We will give the obituary next week.


The funeral was held at the M E Church Thursday at 2:30.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa May 7, 1925


Hadden, Joseph H. -

Son of Samuel and Ann Hadden was born near Norwich, Muskingum Co., Ohio, July 3, 1855 and died May 5, 1925, aged 69 years, 10 mo, 2 days.


He was the second youngest of a family of twelve, all having preceded him in  death but one, aged sister, Mrs. C. F. Glessner of Urbana, 0.


Feb. 17, 1876 he was united in marriage to Miry Ellen Hoenicks of Zanzesville. Ohio. To this union was born Virginia Annette, who died in infancy, [?L. M. Hadden] and Mrs. Lottie Jensen of Exira, Iowa.


There are three grandchildren—Misses Corine and Leona Hadden  of Clearfield and Miss Betty Jensen of Extra, Iowa.


In 1886 the family moved from Ohio to Madison Co. where Mr. Hadden engaged in farming for a time and later in the hardware business. In 1899 be removed to Siloam Spring Ark., returning in about a year and settling in Clearfield, where they have since resided living in the residence on Main Street.


As janitor of the school for six years his work has been well and faithfully wrought. He labored to make others happy and comfortable. Mr. Hadden united with the M.E. Church in 1890 and was ever at his post of duty when his health permitted.


For nearly fifty years Mr. Hadden and wife have journeyed together facing life's fears and tragedies with courage and hope. Now the gates open and the husband caters to a fairer clime and lovelier task.


Services were held at the Methodist Church Thursday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. Matthews, being assisted by Rev. Johnson.  Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa May 14, 1925

Higgins, James Matthew -

James Matthew Higgins, oldest son of John and Ellen Higgins, was born in Rush County, Indiana, Feb. 11th, 1856, and departed this life at his home, in Maloy, Iowa, Nov. 14th 1925, aged 69 years, 9 months, and 3 days. He came with his parents to Iowa when twenty-one years of age, and settled on the old Higgins place northeast of Maloy.


He was united in marriage to Loretta Crull on Feb. 17th, 1886, to which union were born five children, two of whom preceded their father in death.


Mr. Higgins has spent his manhood in this and nearby communities with the exception of four years when he resided in Missouri.


He leaves a host of friends to attest to his good character and honesty. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife; three children, Mrs. Pearl Younkin of Blockton. Frank Higgins and John Higgins of Bedford; ten grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Lee of Boulder, Colo.; two brothers, Bart Higgins of Boulder, Colo., and Tom Higgins, Montana; besides other relatives and a host of friends.


The funeral services were held in Maloy Christian church on Monday, Nov. 16th. 1925, Rev. A. J. Matthews officiating. Interment was in Platteville Cemetery.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa November 19, 1925


Jenkins, Harry Lamont -

Harry Lamont Jenkins, second son of Lewis and Isadore Jenkins, was born Aug. 21, 1864. Passed away April 2, 1925 in St Joseph, Mo., at the Methodist Hospital.


He moved to Taylor county with his parents in 1880. In 1892 he was united in marriage to Ada May Stowell. To this union one daughter was born, Mrs. Lou Lyth of Wellsville Kansas. In 1916 his wife passed away. On Oct. 18, 1923 he was united in marriage to Emma Brannon of Lenox, Iowa, where he lived until his recent sickness.


Five years ago he united with the M. E. Church at Wellsville. He was always a kind and loving husband. He was always a quiet, conservative man, and a lover of home.


He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, daughter, step-son, four grandchildren, his aged mother, three; sisters, three brothers and others.


His funeral was at the M. E. Church at Wellsville, Kansas, April 4, 1925

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa April 16, 1925

Jones, James Willis -

Capt. James Willis Jones, Civil War Veteran, died at his home in Falls Church, Virginia, on Wednesday, Nov. 4th. He was buried in Arlington Cemetery on the following Saturday, Nov. 7th.


Capt. Jones was a resident of Clearfield for many years in the times when the town was young. He went to Washington by appointment of Congressman Pete Hepburn, and served for 28 years as a member of the Capital Police force.  During this time he met many prominent men, and was known to many political leaders.


Comrade Jones would have been eighty years of age in January, but had been in failing health for some time and suffered a heart attack about ten days before his death that led to his demise.


He was born in Bowling Green Kentucky, Jan. 21, 1846, and spent the early part of his life in Illinois, where he enlisted in the 831 volunteer Infantry, serving for most of the Civil War.


He leaves a widow, Mrs. Mattie Jones, to whom he was married in 1917. Two daughters survive, children of his first marriage. They are Mrs. Clara Duever and Mrs. Lola Jones Warner, both of Washington, D. C. He was a member of the G. A. R , of Kemper Lodge, A.F. & A. M,, and Falls Church Lodge of Odd Fellows. His pastor, Baptist, conducted the funeral service.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa December 31, 1925


Kerns, Fred Leon -

Fred Leon Kerns was born December3rd 1891 near Gravity, Iowa, and passed away at the Iowa Sanitarium following a serious operation, August 31, 1925, at the age off 38 yearn, six months, twenty-eight days. His home during these years has been in the vicinity of Clearfield and Gravity.


On July 17, 1917 he was united in marriage to Lizzie C. Brown. To this union were born three boys, the one being seven years old the day of his father’s death.  The twins are five years old.


Mr. Kerns was a kind and loving husband, an affectionate father, and was very highly esteemed in the community for his upright life.  He leaves to mourn a faithful companion and his three little boys.  His father and mother also survive.  Four brothers, Walter, Roy, Guy and Harold, and five sisters, Mrs. John King, Mrs. Otto Atkin, Mrs. Ernest Huber, Mrs. Elmo Grace and Helen sorrow in the untimely death of their brother.  A number of other relatives and a host of friends feel keenly the loss of a man so highly respected in his community.


The funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church of Sharpsburg by Elder C. A. Scriven of Nevada, assisted by the local M. E. pastor. The body was laid to rest in the Clearfield cemetery to await the call of the Life-giver. The high personal regard in which the multitude of friends held Mr Kerns was evidenced by the large and beautiful floral arrangements.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa September 10, 1925

McCall, Harry Ernest –

On Monday afternoon, Nov. 23  at about 2:30, occurred the death of Dr. H. E. McCall of St. Louis, Mo.  Everybody here knew him, and the interest was general and sincere.  It will be impossible for a formal obituary to be given this week, as the funeral will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, as we are going to press. The body is due to arrive at Diagonal Wednesday morning at four o'clock, and after the service at the Clearfield Methodist church, interment will be in the family lot in Clearfield Cemetery.


Dr. McCall came to Clearfield for the practice of medicine about twenty  years ago. He had his first breakdown in December, 1921, when a severe angina nearly ended his life.  He was alternately stronger and weaker thru two years. Some practice was possible, but since general practice seemed impossible, he went to St. Louis for a special course in Washington Medical School. He would soon have gone out for work as specialist, but about three weeks ago took to his bed, and grew steadily worse. Death was caused by angina of the heart.


During his eighteen years or more here, he made a host of friends. He was fifty years of age. Dr. McCall was in the country's service during the World War, and was discharged with the rank of Captain from Camp Grant, Rockford, Ill.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa November 26, 1925

McCall, Harry Ernest –

Harry Ernest McCall, oldest son of William B. and Ruth T. McCall was born on the old McCall homestead near Ogden, Iowa, April 26th, 1875 and passed away at St. Louis, Mo. November 23, 1925.


He received his high school education at Perry, Iowa.  He entered the State University of Iowa in 1899 and received his medical degree from that institution in June 1903.


In later years he did post graduated work at the Chicago Polyclinic Jefferson Medical, and was pursuing the work that he loved at Washington University when the last call came.


He started the practice of medicine in Diagonal, Iowa in 1903 and moved to Clearfield in 1907 where he continued to practice until failing health compelled him to retire from active practice about four years ago.


On June 7th, 1906, he was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Jennings of Diagonal, who passed away at the birth of their only daughter Agnes, October 31, 1908.  Then he was married to Miss Pearl Bailey of Diagonal, Iowa, who has been a loving, tender wife, watching over and doing all in her power to do for him during his last illness.


He enlisted in the United States Army in May, 1918, was commissioned Captain in the medical corps, and received his discharge in Mar 1919.


Dr. McCall was a member of the Methodist Church at Clearfield.  A rugged character who stood always on the side of uprightness, clean living, and honorable dealings with his fellowmen best described him.


He was affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and its several branches, with the American Legion and the Modern Woodmen of America.  As long as health permitted, he was an active worker in fraternal circles. 


He leaves to mourn his loss, his beloved wife Pearl and daughter, Agnes, and brothers and sisters, Roland of Minneapolis, Minn.; Margaret of Perry, Iowa; Omar of Ogden, Iowa, Ruth of Delmar, Iowa and Florence of Woodbine, Iowa.  A brother, Arthur preceded him to the better land in 1920.


In his passing, a wife and daughter have lost a loving husband and father; the community a stalwart citizen; and business associates a companion of years whom they will all miss.


The funeral service was held at Clearfield Methodist Church  on the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 26th.  The pastor, A. J. Matthews was in charge, assisted by pastors Johnson and Underwood.  “Beulah Land” and “Rock of Ages” were sung by a quartet, and Miss Opal Nelson sang “The Garden of Prayer”.  The floral tributes were most profuse and beautiful.  Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa December 3, 1925


McNair, Lou C. Miller -

Mrs. Geo. McNair, nee Lou C. Miler, daughter of Thos. H. and Sarah Brown Miller, was born January 19, 1866 in Cedar county, Iowa, her parents moving to Humbolt when she was but a small child, and later to Clearfield.


At the age of sixteen she took a definite stand for the Christian life, uniting with the church in her home town, and eight years later while still a resident of Clearfield she became the bride of Geo. McNair of Rawlins, Wyoming. Four years were spent at Rawlins, the family returning to Clearfield, later moving to Bedford, the last twenty years of life being spent in Bedford and on a farm seven miles east.


Three sons were born, to this union: George T.—following his mother's profession previous to her marriage, is a teacher in Chickasha, Oklahoma; LeRoy, now a printer in Newton, Iowa, and J. Eugene, who is with the father on the farm.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa May 21, 1925

Nickle, Cora Jane Brown –

 On Feb. 9, 1885, a baby daughter came to bless the home of  Mr. and Mrs. James Brown, residing southeast of Clearfield, and they named her Cora Jane. For seven years she played about the farm home, then the family moved into Clearfield where childhood bloomed into glorious womanhood nourished by home, school, and friends. In the days of youth a friendship ripened into love, and on Feb. 18, 1905, Cora gave her life into the keeping of Reed Nickle.  Their marriage was truly heaven blessed.  To their home came four children, J. D. who resides on the home farm, Violet, Maurine and Audrey.


Early in her youth Mrs. Nickle began to take an interest in spiritual things, and when a girl of eleven, she confessed her Savior, whom she has heard all of her children confess, and grow in Christian grace.  At her confession she joined the United Presbyterian church, then about ten years ago, transferred her membership to the Christian church.


She took a deep interest in church activities, concerned for its welfare, anxious to do her part whenever duty called. We will not only miss her presence, but a large place, in the church life will be vacant. We are left a fine heritage of service rendered, and the example of a Christian mother and neighbor.


It seems only a dream, for just a few days ago she was with us in our church services and about our city, but what are we to think to fathom or change the purpose of the Almighty who bestows only to take away.  On Wednesday she was taken to the hospital in St. Joseph where an operation was performed, but no skill could relieve her suffering, nor aid the love of her dear ones who were at her bedside or the prayers of her friends avail, but on Thursday eve, Oct. 22nd, as the day ended and twilight was spreading its wings about us, God came and took her, having permitted her to enjoy the fellowship of this life for 40 years, 8 months and 13 days.


Death claimed no victory o’er this brave soldier of life.  A sufferer for years, she was obedient to those trying faithfully to restore her health.  She clung to life and rallied for it when all others had given up hope, but when hope passed she knew she must soon leave home and loved ones, no dread or doubt assailed her faith.  She calmly waited for the messenger.  Heaven is nearer and more intimate now because she is there, and over beyond these few dreary years that lie ahead, in the glory of her smile and her beckoning arms.


She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, four children, J. D., Violet, Maurine and Audrey, two brothers, Milton and Herman Brown of Clearfield, two sisters, Mrs. Archie Calkin of Clearfield and Mrs. C. B. Ouderkick of Benton.  These and a host of other relatives and friends are left in sorrow by her departure.


Funeral services were held at the Christian Church on Sunday afternoon.  Pastors Underwood, Johnson and Matthews joining in the same, the first named giving the address.  Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa October 22, 1925


Reed, Roy –

Roy Reed, a prominent farmer living about six miles northeast of Lenox, was shot and killed on Wednesday of last week. It seems that Mr. Reed was out hunting, and was crawling under or thru a fence when his gun was discharged, killing him instantly as it appeared. The lifeless body was found by John Haigler.  Ross Reed, a brother, was at once called, and undertakers notified of the death.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa November 26, 1925

Riley, Nathan R. -

Nathan R Riley was born in New Athens, Harrison Co., Ohio, Feb. 8, i845 and died at his home in Clearfield, May 15, 1925. He had lived to the ripe age of eighty years.


When but live years of age his parents removed from the Ohio home to Washington County, Iowa, where he resided until 1870. It was during that year he came to Taylor Co. locating on a farm south of Conway where he resided until they moved to Clearfield in 1894. The family has lived here since that date.


On Sept. 8, 1870 he was united in marriage to Miss Adaline E. Ginn. To them were born five children, two sons and three daughters. Minnie L. [? ] passed away a little more than two years ago; Alice N. Lyddon and Katie B. Hadden both of Clearfield; Howard E of Los Angeles, Calif. His wife, four children, eighteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grand children are the immediate mourning relatives, together with a sister, Mrs. Mary Leider of Griswold, Iowa.


Mr. Riley was reared in a home where family worship was a part of the program twice daily. The old style worship was his preference. He enjoyed the old hymns. He united with the Methodist church in early manhood.


Mr. Riley has been a resident of Taylor Co. for forty nine years, thirty years of that time being spent in Clearfield. A genial, sunshiny disposition was his characteristic attitude, and with his going a familiar figure drops out of the daily life of our little city.


Funeral services were held .Sunday at 2 p. m. at the M. E. Church conducted by Rev. Matthews. Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa May 21, 1925

Ross, Minnie Pearl Aronhalt -

Minnie Pearl Aronhalt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Aronhalt was born in Neasho Co. Kansas, Aug. 30, 1879 and died at her home near Marsh, la., May 20, 1925, age 45 yrs, 8 months and 21 days.


In 1888 she moved with her parents to Polk Co., where she spent most of her childhood days. After living in various parts of the state the family moved to Louisa Co. in 1901 where she has since resided, with the exception of two years near Tingley, Iowa.


In 1902 she was united in marriage to Herman Ross. To this union four children were born.  She leaves to mourn her early demise, her husband and four children, her father and mother, three sisters Mrs. Jessie Gibbs of Mt. Union; Mrs. Edna Ross of Winfield; Mrs Grace Orr of Lenox, la , and one brother Ralph N. Aronhalt of Mt Union besides a host of friends and relatives.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa June 4, 1925


Routh, Cecil Irving –

Cecil Irving Routh, son of Gladys and  Addis Routh, was born on a farm east of Clearfield, Nov. 23 1916 and pasted away Sept. 20th, 1925, aged 8 yrs. 9 mo. and 27 days. His mother died Jan. 9th, 1920, and since then he and his brother Donald have lived with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Routh. He has spent part of his vacations with his grandma Bennett at Davenport, la.  Cecil was of a happy, cheerful disposition and bright in his studies, He started into school Sept. 7th but was taken sick Wednesday morning with that dread disease  infantile paralysis.   Medical aid was of no avail and he passed away Sunday evening at 6 o'clock, being conscious to the end. He has been raised in the church and S. S. His sickness following closely the death of his school mate, Ethel Grace, made him realize the seriousness of the disease and he often asked Dr. Reed if he was going to die. On Friday he talked to his grandma and then offered a prayer, asking God to let him live awhile longer, but if not he was ready to go, a prayer that many an older person could not pray.


He leaves to mourn, his brother Donald, half brother J. B., father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. Addis Routh, grandparent Mr. and Mrs. Dave Routh, Mrs. D. I. Bennett, and many other relatives and friends.


The funeral service was held at the Routh home on Monday afternoon conducted by the pastor Rev, A, J. Matthews.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa September 24, 1925


Ryan, Margaret –

Mrs. Margaret Ryan, the mother of Mrs. Sam House of Clearfield, died at the home of her daughter, Dr. Margaret Deming of Dubuque, after a lingering illness.  The body was brought to Lenox, where requiem high mass was held from St. Patrick’s Church.  Interment was made beside her husband in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.


She was born in County Tipperary, Ireland April 1, 1849.  She came to America in 1865, settling with her parents at Waukon, Iowa.  There she was married to Patrick Ryan, and later moved to a farm 6 miles from Clearfield, where she resided until Mr. Ryan’s death 26 years ago.  After his death, she moved to Lenox where she resided until the past few years.  To the union were born 13 children, 12 of whom survive.


The children are Daniel J. of Creston, Tom of Lawton, Okla., Dennis of Conway, James of Bain, Minn., Mrs. Sam House of Clearfield, Mrs. Otto Hartman, Mrs. Sylvan Wilson and Mrs. Frank Murphy, of Fairfield; Mrs. Albert Case, Cascade, Iowa; Mrs. C. J. Toher, Gary, Indiana; Dr. Margaret Deming, Dubuque.  Two sisters and one brother, 60 grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews survive.  Eight of her children arrived for her funeral, but she had the consolation of their all being at her bedside before death.


The pallbearers were six grandsons, Raymond Deming, Lewis Ryan, Fred House, Daniel Ryan, Leo Ryan and Jean Ryan.  Being and old settler here, she leaves many friends who mourn her death.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa August 6, 1925


Smith, Samuel Martin -

Samuel Martin Smith was born Dee. 11, 1850, at Richmond, Rockingham County, Virginia, and died at the home of his son in Nardin October 30, 1925, at the age of 74 years, 10 months and 19 days.  When a very small boy he moved to Monmouth, Illinois, with his parents.


On Jan. 8, 1874, he was united in marriage to Julia A. Brown and to this union six children were born, two daughters and four sons, one daughter dying at the age of 7 years. Those who are left to mourn his loss are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Rose Delaney, of Creston. Iowa; Wm. Smith of Creston, Iowa: Fred Smith of White City, Kansas; Dale Smith of Nardin, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren, one great grandchild, one brother and one sister.


In 1898 he moved with his family on a farm south of Tonkawa, residing  in that community until about ten years ago when he came to Blackwell.  He was converted in early manhood and united with the Christian Church.  He has led a consistent, Christian life. On coming to Oklahoma he united with the Prairie View United Brethern Church, where he was a faithful member.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa November 19, 1925


Spurrier, Zene -

A former publisher of this paper died in August in the person of Zene Spurrier of Genesco, Kansas.  He printed the Enterprise in the late eighties and nineties, selling out, we think, to Mr. Lupton in 1895.  His own paper, the Genesco Journal, says of his death:


The death of Mr. Zene Spurrier, editor and owner of the Journal, notice of which was received just as we were getting ready to print the last page of the paper, was a great shock to this community, where he had so many warm personal friends.


While Mr. Spurrier had been in very poor health for a number of years, it was hoped that a change of climate would prove beneficial and enable him to regain his strength.


Mr. Spurrier died in Bethel Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colo. Thursday morning, August 13, 1925.  The body was shipped to Kingman, Kansas, his former home, where funeral services were held Saturday, August 15, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clark A. Wallace, conducted by Rev. Hill, pastor of the Episcopal Church.  Burial was made in the family plot in Kingman Cemetery, by the side of his wife who had preceded him in death in 1916.


A large number of old time friends and neighbors were present to pay their last respect to their friend.  The pallbearers were newspaper men who had known Mr. Spurrier for a number of years, and most of them worked with him in various offices.


Mr. Spurrier had unusual literary ability and was generally recognized among the profession as one if the best writers in the state, although of late years his poor health had interfered a great deal with his writing.


Mr. Spurriers came to Genesco about nine years ago and went to work as foreman of the Journal.  Later he bought the paper and his efforts since then had been to help build up and make more prosperous this little city.  He took pride in the town and often spoke of the hospitable and generous people.  Like all of us, Zene had his faults and peculiarities, but the people of Genesco had learned to appreciate his ability and many good qualities and his death brought forth universal expressions of sorrow and sympathy for the bereaved sons and daughters who are left to mourn the loss of their father.


Zene, one was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Spurrier and was born Kent, Iowa, December 8, 1881. He grew to young manhood in Clearfield, Iowa. When  quite a young man he decided he  wanted to study law, accordingly he entered his  uncle s law office in Des Moines, Iowa, and after a few years was admitted to the bar. He practiced law for several years in Iowa. He was united in marriage to Miss Rose Wheeler, in Mount Ayr, Iowa, August 25, 1887.


Mr. and Mrs. Spurrier moved to Zenda, Kansas in 1899, later moving to Cunningham.  In 1904 they moved to Kingman. 

Both Mr. and Mrs. Spurrier taught school for several years in Kingman county and were considered among the most successful teachers in the county.


Mr. Spurrier leaves two sons and a daughter. One son, Frank, and the daughter, Mrs. Clark A Wallace, live in Kingman; Leo, the other son, is a teacher in the Manhattan Agricultural College He also has two brothers and a sister living—Will, a former district judge in Des Moines, and Richard of Mount Ayr, Iowa. His only sister, Mrs. Mary Baxter, lives near Colorado Springs, Colo.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa September 3, 1925


Witter, Milo Warren -

Milo Warren Witter son of Milo and Esther Perry Witter, was born Oct. 30, 1858 at Cherry Valley, Ill.  He was the second child of a family of six, and the last of his family, his parents and brothers and sisters having all preceded him in death.


In early childhood his family moved to Belvedere, Ill., and later to Wisconsin, then to Minnesota, residing at Mankato. They came to Clearfield when Mr. Witter was thirteen settling on the northeast eighty of the farm where the family now resides. One. year was spent in Conway and then they moved to the farm two miles south of Clearfield. The parents moved to town in 1900.


On Jan. 28, 1900 he was united in marriage, to Stella. Pearl Busby and they made their home on the old place for three years, then in town for a year, then in 1904, to the place where they have since made their home.


His mother, Esther Perry Witter, died Mar. 19, 1904, and his father in 1914. Seven children were born to the family: a son who died in, Infancy in 1901. He is survived by  his .wife, Stella Busby Witter; Wilma May, Milo Eldred, Mrs. Mildred Hagee of Fonda, Iowa;. Warren Ellsworth, Lela Lillian and William Leonard, also a granddaughter, Shirley Marie.


Mr. Witter was a friendly man, liked by all who knew him and moved in a large circle of acquaintances.  He was a successive farmer.


He was baptized and united with the M. E. church three weeks before the end came.  Devoutly and humbly pouring out his soul’s desire before God, his great regret was that he had not earlier made his Savior his confidant and light. He was patient in his suffering, hearty in his welcoming of friends at his bedside and appreciative of the tender care bestowed upon him by his companion and loved ones. The last moment came near the noon hour July 10, in great peace, when his soul went out to be with his Maker.


The funeral Services were held at the Methodist church at 4:00 pm on Sunday the 12th.  Rev. A. J. Matthews preached the sermon, and pastors Johnson and Underwood assisted in the service.  The church was packed with friend and neighbors, some driving a considerable distance to be present. The pallbearers were Jos. Doubet, M. Laurie, Wm. Darlington, Hugh Gelvin, J. W. Moffett, and Lee Hardin, all long time friends of the deceased.  Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery.

Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, Iowa July 16, 1925