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[William Chaplan Richardson, Jr.]

New York Times

Saturday    January 16, 1965     p. 27

Richardson---William C [haplan]., beloved husband of Margaret K. Richardson, loving father of Barry and stepfather to Mrs. Philetus Holt 4th, devoted son of Mary T. [hompson] Richardson.  Services will be held at the Pettit-Clayton Funeral Home, 20 Lincoln Ave., Rockville Centre, N. Y., Monday 11:30 A. M.  Friends may visit Sunday from 2-4 P. M.  Interment private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Heart Fund will be appreciated.

[Vera Hazel Taylor Martin]

Adair County Free Press

Wednesday    April 7, 1965

Mrs. George Martin Died Wednesday

Mrs. George Martin, nee Vera Hazel Taylor, Harrison township farm wife, passed away Wednesday evening, April 7, at the Adair County Memorial Hospital in Greenfield, where she had been admitted early that morning.  She was born Nov.  21, 1906, near Bedford, Iowa, and had attained the age of 58 years, four months and 17 days.

Surviving her are her husband, George, two children, a son William, a student at Iowa State University in Ames and a daughter Karen, a student at the State University of Iowa at Iowa City; three sisters and one brother, Mrs. Susie Brown, Mrs. Helen Hamblin and Clark Taylor, all of Lenox, and Mrs. Ruby Speelman of Creston.

Sharing the grief of those nearest and dearest to her is a large circle of friends who loved her for her many admirable traits and her gracious personality.

Family and friends of Mrs. Martin paid final respects to her memory at funeral services held Saturday afternoon, April 10, at two o'clock at the Bickford-Murray Funeral Home in Greenfield with Rev. Anthony Blankers of the Greenfield Methodist Church conducting the last rites.

Music was provided by Mrs. Donald Hogan, organist, and Mrs. Dean Fritz, soloist.  Mrs. Fritz sang two hymns, "Lead Kindly Light" and "Rock of Ages."

In charge of the floral tributes were Mrs. Leonard Ahl and Mrs. Donald Stever.

Burial was in the Greenfield cemetery.  Bearing the remains to the final resting place were Leonard Ahl, Donald Eckles, Worth Ramsey, Claude Roberts, Ivan Roberts and Donald Stever.

[Vera Hazel Taylor Martin]

Adair County Free Press

Wednesday    Thursday    April 14, 1965

Obituary - Vera Hazel Martin

Vera Hazel Taylor Martin, daughter of Albert C. [alvin] and Effie [Estella] Thompson Taylor, was born November 21, 1906, near Bedford, Iowa, and passed away in the Adair County Hospital in Greenfield, Iowa, on April 7, 1965, at the age of 58 years, 4 months and 17 days.

On March 3, 1942, she was united in marriage to George [Ervin] Martin at Maryville, Mo. To this union two children were born, both of whom survive to mourn her loss.  They are William, who is a student at Iowa State University in Ames, and Karen who is a student at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.  Also surviving are her husband, George Martin; three sisters:  Mrs. Susie Brown of Lenox, Mrs. Ruby Speelman, Creston, and Mrs. Helen Hamblin, Lenox; one brother, Clark Taylor of Lenox, three brothers-in-law: Guy Brown, Adley Speelman, Lloyd Hamblin; two nephews: Gary Hamblin of Oakland, Iowa, and Richard Hamblin in California.  She was preceded in death by her father and mother.

She professed her faith in Christ as a young girl, and was active in the organization of the Webster Methodist Church.

She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

 [Sylvia Kate Johnson Martin]

Adair County Free Press

Thursday    April 18, 1918    [p. 1]

Death of Mrs. Wm. Martin

Undertaker G. C. Haddock was called to the Wm. Martin [farm?]  two miles south of Avondale [Adair County, Iowa] on Friday to take charge of the body and arrange for the funeral of the wife and mother [Sylvia Kate Johnson], who passed away the night before.  She was aged twenty-seven years and leaves beside her husband, two sons and a number of other relatives.  The funeral was held at the late home on Sunday and the body laid to rest in the cemetery at Avondale.

[Sylvia Kate Johnson Martin]

Adair County Free Press

Thursday    April 18, 1918    p. 8


Sylvia Kate Johnson was born near Bridgewater October 2, 1890, and after a lingering illness, departed this life at her home April 12, 1918, aged 27 years, 6 months and 10 days.

On June 17, 1907, she was united in marriage to Wm. [William Lambert] Martin of Bridgewater [Adair County, Iowa] and to this union were born three children, one of whom having proceeded the mother in death.  For some time she battled for life against disease and in spite of kind hands and medical skill, she passed to her rest.  She was patient in her suffering, appreciative in her attitude and shall be greatly missed in her home.  She was a good mother and a devoted wife.  She leaves to mourn her untimely departure her husband, two children, Robert and George, a brother Harry Johnson and an aunt, Mrs. Hattie Brown, of Bridgewater, besides other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted from the home two miles south of the Avondale Methodist church in the presence of a large concourse of neighbors and friends, by Rev. Harry K. Morgo, pastor of the M. E. church of Bridgewater, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Avondale cemetery.

 [George Ervin Martin]

Adair County Free Press

Wednesday    February 23, 1983    p. 6

Services Held For George E. Martin

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, Feb. 19, for George E. [rvin] Martin, 72, retired Adair County farmer, more recently of Greenfield.

Mr. Martin died suddenly on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at his home.  The last rites were at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield, with associate pastor William Poland officiating.

Alice Hogan, organist, played the selections "In The Garden" and "Rock of Ages," and on the floral committee were Ginny Mueller and Norma Hager.

Casket bearers were Lloyd Hamblin, Larry Vandewater, Ronald Mueller, Ivan Roberts, Irvin W. Webb, and Claude Roberts.  Serving as honorary pallbearers were Don Stever, Vince Grus, Hugh Secoy, Hank Hager, Wally Martin, Worth Ramsey, Jake Twombly, and Francis Roberts.  Interment was in the Greenfield Cemetery.

His wife preceded him in death in 1965.  He is survived by two children, William G. [eorge] Martin and wife, Sue, of Hickory, North Carolina, and Karen Hasman and husband Joseph of Evanston, Illinois; three grandchildren and two brothers, including Robert E. [lwood] Martin of Bridgewater.

[George Ervin Martin]

Adair County Free Press

Wednesday    March 2, 1983    p. 3

George Ervin Martin

George Ervin Martin, son of William and Sylvia Johnson Martin, was born in Adair County near Bridgewater, Feb. 22, 1910.  George died suddenly Feb. 16 at his home in Greenfield.

He married Vera Hazel Taylor March 3, 1942 at Maryville, Missouri.  Two children were born to them, William George, Jan. 18, 1944, and Karen Kay, May 21, 1945.

He retired from farming [in] Harrison Township, in 1977 and moved to Greenfield in January of 1981, where he resided until his death.  He was a member of B. P. O. Elks at Atlantic Lodge No. 445.

He was preceded in death by his mother in 1919, his father in 1933, his sister Velma, and by his wife, Vera Hazel in 1965.

George leaves to mourn his passing, his children William Martin and wife Sue, Hickory, N. C. and Karen and husband Joseph J. Hasman of Evanston, Illinois; three grandchildren, Allison Renee Martin, and Melissa Sue Martin, Hickory, N. C., and Amy Georgeanne Hasman of Evanston, Illinois; two brothers, Robert E. [lwood] Martin, Bridgewater, and Virgil Dean Martin of Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Services were held in his memory at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield on Feb. 19, with interment in the Greenfield Cemetery.

[William Lambert Martin]

Adair County Free Press

Thursday    November 16, 1933    [p. 1]

Wm. Martin Dies At Avondale

William [Lambert] Martin, nearly 51 years of age of the Avondale vicinity, died Tuesday evening about 8 o'clock.  Funeral will be held at Avondale church at 2:30 today.  Interment in Avondale cemetery.

[William Lambert Martin]

Adair County Free Press

Thursday    November 23, 1933 

Obituary - William Lambert Martin

William Lambert Martin, youngest son of Robert and Hannah [Lambert] Martin, was born in Orient Township, Adair County, February 13, 1883, and passed away at his home Tuesday night, November 14, 1933, at the age of 50 years, 9 months and 1 day.  At the age of 7 years he moved with his parents to the farm where he was living at he time of his death, nine miles southeast of Bridgewater.

June 17, 1908, he was united in marriage to Sylvia Johnson.  To this union three children were born:  Robert Elwood, George Ervin and one daughter, Velma, who passed away when a small child.

His wife Sylvia died in April 1918.  He was again united in marriage to Mrs. Mary Antisdel June 9, 1920.  To them one son was born, Virgil Dean.

William is the last of his family to answer death's summons.  His aged mother preceded him in death in October 1932; his brother Robert in February 1933 and his sister, Mrs. Julia Johnson, July 1, 1933.  His father passed on about 20 years ago.

Mr. Martin leaves to mourn his loss his wife Mary; three sons, George at Webster and Robert and Dean at home; two step daughters, Velma and Mrs. Clyde Edwards at home; besides relatives and neighbors and a host of friends who will miss his friendship in a community in which he lived the past 43 years.

Funeral services were conducted at the Avondale church Thursday afternoon, November 16, 1933, by Rev. E. B. Stewart, regular pastor at Avondale and Rev. Z. M. Bressler, pastor at Nevinville.  Burial was made in the Avondale cemetery [Adair County].

Mrs. George Bucknor accompanied on the piano while Mrs. Lou Ahnen, Mrs. Burton Reed, Bill Ahnen and James Nielson sang three songs.

The pallbearers were: Cam Tucker, John Gordon, Arthur Antisdel, George Antisdel, Ben Martin and Sam Carnes.

[Hannah Lambert Martin]

Adair County Free Press

Thursday    October 27, 1932    p. 9

Death of Mrs. Martin

Hannah Lambert was born at Soham, [Cambridgeshire] England, March 22, 1816.  Much of her early life was spent in London.  She was united in marriage with Robert Martin in 1862.  To this union were born four children:  Julia, Ellen, Robert in England and William Lambert in America.

Mr. Martin came to America in 1880 and Mrs. Martin and the three children joined him fifteen months later and lived on a farm near Detroit.  The children immediately found employment and Mr. Martin left for his work at daylight and was gone until nightfall.  After making the home neat and spotless, with the nearest neighbor over a mile away, Mrs. Martin found much time to contrast life in London with the loneliness of country life in America.  Of a naturally cheerful disposition, she made the best of it.  Later, they moved to Adair County, settling on a farm in Washington township in 1890, which was her home until the time of her death, which occurred at Nevin [ville] where she was visiting at the home of her son, Robert, October 10, 1932, at the age of 86 years, 6 months and 16 days.

Mrs. Martin had the talent of making a wonderful home in city or wilderness, was an exquisite housekeeper, devoted wife and mother and good neighbor and loyal friend.  Until the last few years of her life she devoted herself to the needs of every sick neighbor far or near.  Before telephones were known and the nearest doctor at Mt. Etna, many a neighbor had a reason to bless Mrs. Martin's skill in nursing.  Her motto was "A little help is worth a lot of sympathy."  She was a practical Christian, helping the church financially whenever possible and attending services as long as her health permitted.

She was preceded in death by her husband on December 18, 1913, and later by her daughter, Mrs. Ellen Walker in Colorado, by four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She leaves to mourn her departure three children:  Mrs. Julia Johnson of Orient; Robert Martin, Nevinville; and William L. [ambert], of Washington township, nineteen grandchildren, two step grand children; twenty-nine great grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Bressler of Nevinville, assisted by Rev. Stuart of Bridgewater, were held at the Avondale church at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon.  Hymns were sung by the Avondale quartet.  The pallbearers were W. H. Davis, Lon Davis, S. W. Carns, Johnnie Gordon, Henry Martin and Frank Woodside.  Interment was made in the Avondale cemetery [Adair County].