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[William G. Long]


Thursday    June 2, 1910    [p. 1]

W. G. Long Dead.

Word Received of Death of Former Resident, In Omaha.

Word was received here last night of the death of W. [illiam] G. Long, formerly of this city, at his home in Omaha.  H. [iram] M. Long departed on the night train for Omaha, and will accompany the remains to this city for interment.

Mr. Long left here about twenty years ago, going to Chadron, Neb., and a few years ago he removed to Omaha, which has since been the home of himself and family.  Surviving are his wife and several children.

[Angeline "Angie" Null George Keith]


Thursday    May 7, 1908    p. 5

Death of Mrs. Keith.

The body of Mrs. Angie [Angeline Null George] Keith arrived here Tuesday from Council Bluffs, where she died at 6:30 o'clock Sunday.  The funeral was held at the M. E. church yesterday conducted by Rev. Dudley.  Interment at Bedford cemetery.

Deceased was the widow of John [James] S. Keith, for years a well-known resident of Taylor County, but who died some twelve years ago.  For some time Mrs. Keith has made her home at Council Bluffs, with her daughter.  For a long time she has been an invalid, and her death came after long months of suffering.

Three children survive her---Mrs. George Keith [Mary Etta George], of Bedford; the daughter with whom she lived at Council Bluffs; a daughter whose home [is] in Michigan, and two sons, who live at Des Moines.

[Anna Keith Poore Leathart]


Thursday    May 3, 1917    [p. 1]

Dies In Canada After Brief Illness

Mrs. Leathart Lived Here In Early Times---Sister of Sheriff.

Sheriff Joe Keith received word Sunday of the sudden death of his sister, Mrs. Annie Leathart, which occurred at Redland, Alta, Canada, on Easter Sunday.  The deceased had been in perfect health twenty hours before the final summons was answered, an affection of the heart being responsible for her death.

Mrs. Leathart will be remembered by older residents of Taylor County, having come here with her parents in 1879 and settled in Ross Township.  She was first married to E. B. Poore in Worth County, Missouri, and left this community some twenty-five years ago with her husband.  Mr. Poore died 12 years ago, and in 1915 she was married to Mr. Leathart in Washington.

The deceased had made frequent trips to Taylor County, visiting her brothers, J. [oseph] H. [omer], William C., and Silas Keith, the latter residing at Blockton.  L. [evi] N. Keith, another full brother, resides in Oklahoma.  Two half brothers, Hilary of Phoenix, Arizona, and Charles of Des Moines are also left to mourn her loss, including an only child, a boy who is in the clothing business in Washington.

The funeral was held at Latah, Washington.

[J. E. Nelson]


Thursday    May 3, 1917    [p. 1]

J. E. Nelson Called.

After only a few days of serious illness, J. E. Nelson answered the final call, and passed away quietly at his home here at about 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.  About a week before his death he was stricken with paralysis from which he failed to recover.  His death has removed from us one of the best-loved citizens of this community, a man without an enemy in the world and a friend to all.  He was a pioneer resident of Taylor County, a veteran of the civil war, and for many years commander of the G. A. R. organization here.----Gravity Independent.

 [William Edwin Crum]


Thursday    March 2, 1916    [p. 1]

W. E. Crum, Banker and Pioneer, Dead

Passes Away At His Home In Bedford Saturday Night----Family At His Bedside

Funeral Is Held Today

For Almost Half A Century He was Dominating Force In Bedford Banking Institution

William E. [dwin] Crum, who was the dominating force for forty-five years in the financial institution now known as the Bedford National Bank, died at 11:33 o'clock Saturday night.  While he had been failing in health for a year, he was on the streets Friday, and his death may be said to have been sudden.  During the period of two hours, between 7 and 9 o'clock he had indicated his usual strength while conversing with Mrs. Crum and W. [illiam] E. [dwin] Crum, Jr., who had been at the home during those hours.  While preparing to retire the sinking spell came, from which he failed to recover, living about one and one half hours after.  He was 71 years of age.

Funeral services held at 10 o'clock this morning at the residence were largely attended.  They were conducted by Rev. John A. Currie, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.  Members of the Taylor County Bar Association attended in a body.  Interment was in Fairview cemetery.  Coming from a distance to attend the funeral were Mrs. Ella V. Henley of Davenport and Mrs. C. M. Porter [Maude Van Fleet] of Oskaloosa, sister of Mrs. Crum; Mrs. Helen Thompson of Portland, Ore., daughter, and her children, Virginia and Billy; Mrs. Hortense R. Reynolds of Eldora; F. E. Walker of Denver.

Having been born in Iowa before it had become a state, his record as a pioneer is excelled by few remaining to the present.  His birth was in the most thickly settled portion, the narrow strip along the Mississippi River.  He was the son of William and Elvira [Odell] Crum, and was born in Muscatine County, Iowa, February 22, 1845.

He was reared in Iowa City, which was the home of the family.  He attended the State University of Iowa and was graduated from the law department in the class of 1869.  His marriage to Harriet Van Fleet of Iowa City took place April 26, 1870.  On May 2, 1870, they came to Bedford, which has since been the family home.

Mr. and Mrs. Crum were the parents of four children:  John Van Fleet Crum, who departed from this life May 3, 1897; Mary Crum Reynolds and William Edwin Crum, Jr., of Bedford, and Mrs. Helen Crum Thompson of Portland, Ore.  His only sister, Mira Crum Webb, resides in Syracuse, N. Y.  Four grandchildren also survive.

Upon coming to Bedford he entered the law practice, and in seniority is outranked by Capt. L. T. McCoun only.  He remained actively in the practice until about a year ago, when he retired from office duties on account of his health.  At the time of his death he was senior member of the law firm of Crum, Jaqua & Crum.

In 1871 Mr. Crum became associated with John H. Van Fleet in the establishment of the Bedford bank, which he reorganized into the Bedford National bank in 1898, and of which he was president until within the last year, having retired on account of ill health.

Mr. Crum was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and at the time of his death and for many years prior thereto had served as an elder.

[Sarah Wisler Morley]


Thursday    May 4, 1916    p. 4

Mrs. Sarah Morley.

Mrs. Sarah [Wisler] Morley, aged 80 years, died Tuesday morning at the home in Yorktown, Iowa.  Funeral services were held this afternoon at 1 o'clock.  Four sons, L. E. and Frank of Bedford, Luther of Clarinda, Floyd of Canada, and three daughters, Mrs. S. L. Clabaugh of Kamrar, Mrs. Milton Standley and Mrs. John Maupin of Yorktown, survive.  Frank and L. E. Morley and families attended the funeral services.

[Edwin Joseph Beal]


Thursday    May 4, 1916    p. 4

Edwin J. Beal.

Edwin J. [oseph] Beal, age 43 years, died Monday morning, May 1, 1916, at his home northwest of Bedford.  Funeral services were held this morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. E. Robb, pastor of the Christian church.  Interment was made in Fairview cemetery.  A large number of people from Bedford attended the services.



Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, May 25, 1916, p. 2

E. J. Beal

E. J. Beal died at his home two and one-half miles northwest of Bedford Monday evening, after an illness of several weeks with pneumonia. The funeral services were held at the home Thursday morning, conducted by Rev. W. E. Robb, pastor of the Christian church. Interment was made in the Fairview cemetery.

Edwin Joseph Beal was born in Taylor County, Iowa, September 20, 1872, on the old Beal farm, where he resided until his death. In June 1901 he was united in marriage to Alpha Bell Van Camp, who died May 7, 1904. To this union was born one daughter, Helen, who is now thirteen years old. September 15, 1907, he was united in marriage to Cora [Bell Canon]. To this union were born three children, Ethel having died in infancy, and Edwin and Arthur, aged four and six. In early boyhood, Mr. Beal united with the Methodist church at Gilead, later uniting with the Baptist church and in 1908 united with the Christian church, and for the past two years was a member of the official board. Besides the three children he is survived by three brothers, Wesley E. Beal of Sheridan, Kan., C. [Bethel]  J. [ohn] Beal of Fort Maguinas [McGinness], Mont. and Elmer Beal of Bedford.


[Mrs. John Park]


Thursday    April 27, 1916    p. 3

Mrs. John Park.

Mrs. John Park died at her home near Mohall, N. D., April 13.  The remains were brought to Conway, Iowa, and the funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, April 16, at 1:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Mr. Mitchell, at the Methodist Episcopal church.  Interment was made in the Lexington cemetery.

[Elizabeth Morris Dowlin]


Thursday    April 27, 1916    p. 3

Mrs. Crawford Dowlin.

Mrs. Crawford Dowlin died at her home in Bedford Friday morning, April 21.  The funeral services were held at the home Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, conducted by D. W. Griffith, pastor of the First Baptist Church at Hopkins, Mo.  Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.

Elizabeth M. Morris was born in Greene County, Pa., November 16, 1833.  When fourteen years of age she united with the Baptist church at Garrets Fort, Pa.  December 15, 1851, she was united in marriage to Crawford Dowlin.  They lived in Pennsylvania until 1868 when they came to Bedford.  After their arrival here Mrs. Dowlin united with the First Baptist Church and remained a faithful member until her death.  She is survived by her husband, they having journeyed together 64 years.