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Bedford Free Press
Tuesday August 22, 1916 [p. 1]
MRS. BURNSIDE DIED AT HOME OF DAUGHteR
Mrs. Rhoda Burnside died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Van Reenan, Sunday, evening at 7:30 clock. The funeral services were held at the Van Reenan home this afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. Interment was made in Lexington cemetery. She had been in poor health for months.
Bedford Free Press
Tuesday August 29, 1916 [p. 1]
Obituary—Mrs. Rhoda Burnside
Mrs. Rhoda Burnside died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Van Reenan, in Bedford, Iowa, August 20, 1916, aged 77 years and 9 months. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. W. Goodsell. Interment was made in Lexington cemetery.
Mrs. Burnside had been in poor health for some time, but the end was hastened by a serious fall, which she had several weeks ago, from which she sustained a severe injury to her hip. The friends were very hopeful that she would get up and around again, but she told them that the end was near and Sunday evening passed quietly away.
Rhoda A. [nn] Parker was born in Hickman County, Kentucky, December 20, 1838.
She was the daughter of Stephen H. [ouston] and Eliza [Brough Scruggs] Parker, who were among the original settlers in Taylor County. When they came here there were only ten families in the county. It would be very interesting, if we had the data, to read the names of these illustrious family groups. So far as we know there are none of these pioneers now living in the county. Mrs. Burnside and her brothers are of the second generation and these are connecting links between the day in which we live and the events in the life of the county and this memorable group who began to live here over seventy years ago. There are six brothers living: James E. [dward] Parker of Newport, Oregon, Robert H.[arrison] Parker of Woodland, California, F. [rancis] Marion Parker of Bedford, Iowa, W. [illiam] H. [enry] Parker, of Beaumont, Texas, S. [tephen] H.[ouston] Parker of Bedford, Iowa, Thomas A. [rthur] Parker of Bedford, Iowa, all of whom were present at the funeral except the two in the far west.
She was married to Alexander Burnside of Scott, Iowa, on September 28, 1858. They first resided in Lexington, Taylor County, until 1861, when they moved to Scott County. There were in her family seven children, James E. of Walbeck, Neb., Mrs. Eliza A. [nn] Van Reenan of Bedford, Iowa, Stephen A. of Lake Park, Iowa, John W. of Lead City, S. D., Amos of Alzada, Mont., Alexander of Weyburn, Canada, and Benjamin, who died In 1914.
When she was a young woman she united with the Baptist church, but after marriage transferred her membership to the Methodist church of which denomination she has since been a faithful member. She is a member of the Church of Lead City, S. D.
Thursday June 27, 1957
A. B. Keplinger dies
A. [dam] B. [ible] Keplinger, 98, died at his home Saturday. He has resided in this vicinity all of his life.
Thursday July 18, 1968 p. 7
AMY MYRTLE KEPLINGER
Amy Myrtle Keplinger, daughter of Rev. Henry and Jeannette [Nettie] Pringle Siemiller, was born on a farm in Ringgold County near Mormontown, now Blockton, Iowa on April 23, 1881 and passed away at the Ringgold County Hospital at Mt. Ayr, Iowa on Friday, July 5th, 1968, at the age of 87 years, 2 months, and 12 days.
All her early life was spent in the same home until her marriage there on September 1, 1909, to A. [dam] B. [ible] Keplinger. They established their home in Blockton.
To this union were born five children, Janet [Jeannette Elizabeth], who passed away at birth, two sons, [Guy] Harold and Ralph [Emerson] and two daughters, Madalyn [Bessie] and Dorothy [Madge].
Her husband passed away on June 22, 1957. Besides her husband and infant daughter, she was preceded in death by a dear son-in-law, Glenn Pratt, in 1965, her parents, ten brothers and six sisters.
She is survived by her children Harold and Neva Keplinger, Madalyn and Wilbur Lay of Kellerton, Dorothy Pratt of Mt. Ayr, and Ralph of Maloy who gave his time and careful thought to her every need.
Ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren included Marvin and Kay Pratt, Terry and Tracy of Des Moines; Kenneth and Anita Lay and Douglas of Schenectady, New York, Larry and Kay Pratt, Randy and Richey of Ames, Ia; Robert and Arlene Lay and Debbie of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; Judy and Ernie Mercer of Kellerton; Gary and Becky Keplinger, Angel and Scott of Norwalk, Iowa; Paul Lay of Pasadena, Calif.; Charlene and Tom Greene and Douglas of Mt. Ayr; Linda and Ron Landis of Clarinda and Mary Lynette Lay of Kellerton.
Also left to mourn her passing are a sister-in-law, Mrs. Vernon Wiemer of Phoenix, Arizona, numerous nephews and nieces and a host of friends.
Early in life she found the Savior under the ministry of her father in the United Brethren Church. At the time of her marriage, she transferred her membership to the Methodist Church in Blockton, Iowa. Her Bible was very precious to her and she knew many passages of Scripture by heart.
The funeral service was held on Sunday, July 7,1968 at 2:30 p.m. in the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, and conducted by Rev. Clarence H. Landis of Blockton, Iowa.
Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Blockton.
Thursday July 18, 1968 p. 7
Rites Held For Mrs. Keplinger
Funeral services for Mrs. A. B. (Amy) Keplinger, 87, Maloy were held July 7 at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, conducted by Rev. Clarence H. Landis. Mrs. Keplinger died July 5 at Ringgold County Hospital in Mt. Ayr. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton.
Amy Myrtle Keplinger, daughter of Rev. Henry and Jeannette Pringle Siemiller, was born on a farm in Ringgold County, April 23, 1881.
On Sept. 1, 1909 she married A. [dam] B. [ible] Keplinger and they established their home in Blockton. To this union were born five children: Janet [Jeannette Elizabeth], who died at birth, [Guy] Harold, Ralph [Emerson], Madalyn [Bessie] and Dorothy [Madge].
She was preceded in death by her husband, infant daughter, her parents, ten brothers, six sisters and a son-in-law.
She is survived by her children, Harold and Neva Keplinger, Madalyn and Wilbur Lay of Kellerton; Dorothy Pratt of Mt. Ayr; and Ralph of Maloy; ten grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren; and other relatives.
Early in life she joined the United Brethren Church under the ministry of her father and later transferred to the Blockton Methodist Church.
Taylor County Democrat
Thursday September 6, 1894 p. 4
Died, an infant son [George Benton] of A. [dam] B. [ible] Keplinger, of Blockton, at the home of its grandmother, Mrs. L. [evi] N. Lewis on last Friday [August 31st]. Funeral services were conducted at Mrs. Lewis' residence on Sunday afternoon by Rev. T. A. H. Wylie. Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.
Taylor County Democrat
Thursday March 15, 1894 [p. 1]
Died, at her home in Blockton, on Monday morning, March 12, 1894, at 1 o'clock, Mrs. Hattie Lewis Keplinger, wife of A. [dam] B. [ible] Keplinger, aged 31 years, 4 months and 9 days.
Funeral services were held at the M. E. church in Bedford, Wednesday, March 15 at 2 p. m. conducted by Rev. T. A. H. Wylie, of the Presbyterian church. Mr. and Mrs. Keplinger were formerly residents of this city, Mr. Keplinger being at one time cashier of the Citizens bank. Several years ago they moved to Blockton, where Mr. Keplinger has been engaged in the mercantile business. Mrs. Keplinger was born in Taylor County, grew to womanhood here, was married here, and died surrounded by friends who had known her from infancy. The concourse of friends, who attended the funeral services yesterday was full evidence of the high esteem in which Mrs. Keplinger was held by those who knew her best.
Taylor County Democrat
Thursday March 22, 1894 p. 5
A. [dam] B. [ible] Keplinger, whose wife was buried at this city Wednesday afternoon, returned this morning to his home in Blockton. He was accompanied by his mother-in-law, Mrs. L. [evi] N. Lewis.
Thursday October 27, 1910 p. 10
A little child [Janet] was born to A. [dam] B. [ible] Keplinger and wife Saturday [October 22nd] but the little one was not for this world. It was buried Sunday [October 23rd] in Rose Hill cemetery.
Thursday February 6, 1958 [p. 1]
Mrs. F. N. Lewis Rites Held Here Sunday
Last rites for Mrs. Frank [lin] N. [orman] Lewis, 98, who died in a Maryville hospital Friday, January 31, were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home here Sunday, February 2, and interment made in the Mausoleum in Fairview cemetery. Rev. Kenneth Miller was the minister in charge.
Coral Pearl Lewis was born in Colesburg, Iowa, November 25, 1859, to Experience Fuller Warren and Thomas Dodge Hall. At the age of 18 she came to Bedford to visit her sister, a Mrs. Ormsby, and two years later married Frank[lin] N. [orman] Lewis, a resident of this city, and has since made her home here. Her five sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.
Mr. Lewis died in 1940, and a daughter, Miss Adda [May] died in 1938. Surviving are Lloyd N. [orman] Lewis and family, Mahlon D. [onald] Lewis and family, and Gail [Mary] Lewis Paige, all residents of Bedford. Also surviving are four grandchildren and six great grandchildren of whom Mrs. Lewis was very fond.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the Order of Eastern Star, a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary and she kept in close touch with the civic and social activities of the community where she had spent most of her long life.
Thursday February 15, 1940 [p. 1]
Frank N. Lewis, 86, Dies Here Today
Frank N. [orman] Lewis, 86, a resident and businessman in Bedford for many years, died at his home in north Bedford at 10:30 o'clock this (Thursday) forenoon, Feb. 15. He had been in failing health for some time, having fractured his hip in a fall several months ago.
Mr. Lewis was born in Berlin, Wisc., Feb. 17, 1854 and moved with his parents to Bedford in 1869. Since that time, with the exception of a few years, Bedford had been his home.
He was married to Miss Coral P. [earl] Hall on Dec. 23, 1875, who survives. To them were born four children, Miss Adda [May] Lewis, deceased; Lloyd N.[orman] Lewis, Mahlon D. [onald] Lewis and Gail [Mary], who is now Mrs. Wayne Paige, all of Bedford. There are also three grandsons and a granddaughter.
Thursday February 29, 1940 p. 3
Obituary - F. N. Lewis
Franklin Norman Lewis was born Feb. 17, 1854 at Berlin, Wisc., the son of Levi N. and [Harley] Anna R. [esseguie]Lewis. There were four sisters in the family, two of whom, Hattie and Anna, preceded him in death.
With his parents he came to Bedford in 1869 and continued to make it his home greater part of his life.
In the early seventies his work took him to the western states as well as Canada and he made the one trip as far north as Alaska on pleasure bent.
He was married to Coral Pearl Hall on Dec. 23, 1879. To them four children were born, Adda [May], Lloyd [Norman], Mahlon [Donald] and Gail [Mary]. Adda passed away two years ago.
Early in life Mr. Lewis was a builder and contractor. Later he engaged in the lumber business and was president of the Farmers & Merchants Bank for 18 years. He also organized the Lewis Investment Company.
Some 30 years ago, he was mayor of the city. He was always interested in progressive movements for civic betterment. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and at one time was on the Board of Trustees. For fifty years he was a member of the Masonic lodge.
In recent years he was not active in business but maintained a lively interest in all that was going on in the community.
Six months ago he had the misfortune to break his hip and remained in poor health until his passing on Feb. 15, just two days before his 86th birthday anniversary.
Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife, Mrs. Coral Lewis; three children, Lloyd N.[orman] Lewis, Mahlon D.[onald] Lewis and Mrs. Wayne Paige [Gail Mary]; two sisters, Mrs. Ella Faith and Mrs. James Daugherty; four grandchildren and a host of friends.
The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Saturday morning, Feb. 17 at 10 o'clock. The service was conducted by Rev. Stanley Schlick and Rev. John A. Currie. The body was placed in the Bedford Mausoleum.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday August 1, 1907 p. 8
Mrs. Lewis Died.
Mrs. H. [arley] A. [nna] Lewis died Wednesday morning at her home at 6:15, aged 74 years. The funeral services will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at the home, conducted by Rev. S. E. Henry.
Mrs. Lewis has been in poor health for some time and her death was unexpected. Particulars of her death will be given next week.
Thursday August 1, 1907 p. 5
Mrs. Harley A. [nna] Lewis died at her home in Bedford Wednesday morning, at 6:15 o'clock, age 74 years, 3 months and 25 days. The funeral will be held at the home at 3 p. m. today, conducted by Rev. Henry. Interment at Bedford cemetery.
Mrs. Lewis has not been in good health for some months, and has been confined to her bed for about seven weeks. However, she suffered but little, and when the end came, she passed away as peacefully and painlessly as a tired child sinking into a dreamless sleep.
Harley A. [nna] Resseguie was born in Pennsylvania on April 6, 1833. While only a girl she moved with her parents to Wisconsin, and there she was married to L. [evi] N. Lewis. In 1859 they moved to Bedford and with the exception of a year or two, this was her home until her death. Her husband, who was a well-known attorney, died nearly a quarter of a century ago. Five children have come to call her mother, four of whom survive her. They are F. [ranklin] N. [orman] Lewis, Mrs. Ella Faith and Miss Una Lewis of Bedford, and Mrs. Anna Igo, of Kansas City. The other child, Mrs. Hattie Keplinger, died several years ago.
Mrs. Lewis has been for years a consistent, active member of the Presbyterian Church. She united with this church when but a girl and all her life she has been a true and earnest Christian. As a neighbor she was accommodating and kind; as a wife and mother, she was devoted and self-sacrificing. In all of nearly fifty years that Bedford has been her home she made not one enemy, while her friends are numbered by the score, and sincere sorrow came to many firesides when the sad news came that Mrs. Lewis was no more.
Wednesday March 5, 1986 p. 6
Graveside services held for Mahlon Lewis
Graveside services for Mahlon D. [onald] Lewis were held February 25 at the Fairview Cemetery. Rev. Marcia Smith Wood officiated.
Mahlon D. [onald] Lewis was the son of Frank Norman Lewis and Clara [Coral] Pearl Hall Lewis. He was born in Bedford on July 28, 1889. He departed this life, February 22, 1986, at Iowa Veteran's Hospital, Marshalltown, Iowa, at the age of 96.
He lived and grew to maturity in Bedford where he attended the public school and Presbyterian Church.
On June 20, 1917 he was united in marriage to Clara Currie at the Presbyterian Church in Bedford. To this union one son was born, Mahlon Donald Lewis. He was employed as a banker at Bedford's Farmer's Merchants' Bank, the Iowa State Conservation Commission, and as Taylor County Treasurer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Adda Mae Lewis and Gail Mary Parker and brother Lloyd Norman Lewis.
Left to cherish his memory are son Donald and his wife Mary, grandchildren Deborah and Kathy, two nephews Forrest Lewis of Galesville, Md. and William Lewis of Lincoln, Ne., one niece Doris Fuller of Bedford.
He was a member of the United Christian-Presbyterian Church, the Bedford Country Club, and the American Legion.
Mahlon was a kind and considerate father, husband, and friend and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Thursday July 21, 1910 [p. 1]
B. F. Mathers.
Frank Mathers died at his home south of the city Sunday morning, as a result of intestinal obstruction, at the age of 46 years.
He was ill only a few days and the news of death came as a shock. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by Elder George A. Hendrickson, assisted by Rev. D. McMasters. A male quartet sang several selections. Interment took place in Rose Hill cemetery, where Odd Fellows had charge of the ceremonies.
Benjamin Franklin Mathers was born in Taylor county November 19, 1863. He was married February 6 , to Miss Pearl Ray, who survives him. They were the parents of one son, Beryl. Mr. Mathers was a member of the I. O. O. F. and the Modern Woodmen of America, and was soon to have been initiated into the Knights of Pythias lodge, had he lived.
Having lived here forty-six years, Mr. Mathers was one of the best-known men of the community, and few knew he was ill until the news of his death came.
[Mathers, Benjamin Franklin “Frank”]
Bedford Free Press
Thursday July 21, 1910 [p. 1]
Benjamin Franklin Mathers After Short Illness Dies
This community was again called upon to mourn the loss of one of her highly esteemed citizens, when the hand of death was laid upon Benjamin Franklin Mathers. He had been in poor health for some time, but his trouble had not reached the acute stage until the first of last week. Even then he was able to be in town as late as Tuesday. He has been suffering more or less for some time with stomach trouble and it was only recently ascertained that the trouble had produced a cancer.
Mr. Mathers was born in Taylor County, Iowa, November 19, 1863, and died at his home southeast of Bedford, July 17, 1910. February 6, 1890, he was united in marriage to Miss Pearl Ray, and to them one child, Beryl, was born. The widow and fatherless child, together with the other relatives, have the deepest sympathy of all in their bereavement.
Mr. Mathers was a member of the I. O. O. F. and the M. W. A., and had his health permitted he would have been initiated in the K. P. lodge last Monday. He was, as his pastor said, "a citizen in whom the community should feel proud. He was loyal to the state, true to the community in which he lived, and always on the side of right, loved justice and abhorred hypocrisy." He was a kind and indulgent father and husband and will be sadly missed in the home circle, the lodge life and the community in general.
The funeral took place at the home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Elder G. A. Hendrickson, assisted by Rev. D. McMaster, a male quartette furnishing the music: The esteem in which the deceased was held was testified by the large number of silent mourners that followed the remains to its last resting place in Rose Hill cemetery. Pastor F. had charge of the services at the cemetery.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday June 23, 1904 [p. 1]
Death of James Mathers
Word is received of the death of James Mathers, who moved from Taylor County to Stillwater about three years ago. His death was rather unexpected. He leaves three children in Taylor county—Frank, Gay township; Mrs. A. [bram] C.[lark] Kinnison [Anna], Bedford; Mrs. Frank Hamblin [Mary], Sharps.
Thursday June 23, 1904 p. 4
Word has reached here of the death in Oklahoma of James Mathers, for many years a resident of Bedford. His son, B. [enjamin] F. [ranklin] Mathers, resides near Platteville and he has many friends among the older settlers.
Bedford Free Press
Tuesday March 9, 1915 p. 8
Mrs. O. W. Ormsby.
Helen Mae Hall, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. [homas] D. [odge] Hall [Experience Fuller Warren] was born at Dyersville, Iowa, May 18, 1850. She remained there until the year 1873 when she came to Bedford. In 1874 she was married to O. [rnan] W. [right] Ormsby at Dyersville. Shortly after her marriage, the family home was established in Bedford where it has been continuously during the forty years since.
She was the mother of three children, Clarence, Roy [Frederick], and Ornan F.[lorian], the first two sons dying in childhood.
Her life was actively spent with her family, household and friends.
Because of her happy, cheerful ways, she had many friends and during her long residence here, she saw great changes take place in the way of city improvement and the passing away of old neighbors and friends. She seemed to enjoy reasonably good health until the time of a serious accident last summer, which laid her prostrate for a long time. Since that time she was not very rugged, but was able to attend to her usual duties until a week before her decease. She passed away peacefully on the evening of March 5, 1915, aged 64 years, 9 months and 10 days. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, a son and family, and six sisters and one brother: Mrs. Coral [Pearl] Lewis, Bedford; Mrs. Hattie [May] Crider, Omaha; Mrs. Minnie [Estella] Garvey, Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Geo. Schriver [Elvira Amelia], Brush Creek, Iowa; Mrs. Abbie [Taylor] Phillips, Brush Creek, Iowa, and Leavitt W. [illiam] Hall, Jamestown, N. D.
The funeral services were held at the home of the deceased Sabbath afternoon, March 7, 1915, and were conducted by Rev. J. A. Currie. The Women’s Relief Corps participated in the service.
Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.
[Ormsby, Helen Mae Hall]
Thursday March 11, 1915 p. 8
Mrs. O. W. Ormsby
Mrs. O. [rnan] W. [right] Ormsby died at her residence in Bedford Friday night, after an illness of about a week. Funeral services were held at the home at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. John A. Currie, pastor of the First Presbyterian church. Interment was in the Bedford cemetery. She was 64 years of age.
Helen Mar [Mae] Hall was born in Dyersville, Ia., May 25, 1850. She came to Bedford in 1873 and was united in marriage with O. [rnan] W. Ormsby in Dyersville in 1874. Since that time her home had been in Bedford. While she enjoyed the friendship of her neighbors and those who came within the circle of her acquaintance, her chief devotion had been to her home and family. Last year she suffered injury from a fall, and was a long time recovering from its effects, but had become fairly active again when her last illness came upon her.
Surviving are husband; son Ornan F. [lorian] Ormsby; five sisters, Mrs. Coral Lewis of Bedford, Mrs. Hattie Crider of Omaha, Mrs. Minnie Garvey of Detroit, Mrs. Elvira Schriver of Brush Creek, Ia., Mrs. Abbie Phillips of Brush Creek, Ia.; brother, Leavitt Hall of Jamestown, S. D. Mrs. Ormsby was the mother of three sons, two of whom, Clarence and Roy, died in childhood.
Thursday August 6, 1936 p. 8
Mrs. A. T. Ormsby Dies
Mrs. A. [lbert] T. [ell] Ormsby [Mary E. Lamb] died at her home in Hollywood, Calif., Saturday, July 25, according to word received in Bedford by her niece, Mrs. F. [ranklin] J. [oseph] Nendick [Nellie Chesbro]. The Ormsbys were residents of Bedford many years ago. Mr. Ormsby died ten years ago.
Los Angeles Times
Tuesday July 28, 1936 p. 18
ormsby. Services for Mary E. [Lamb] Ormsby Thursday, 11 a. m., from chapel of Will A. Reynolds, 6540 Melrose Avenue.
Thursday February 21, 1946 [p. 1]
Ornan Ormsby, 67, Dies In California
Ornan [Florian] Ormsby, 67, a resident of Bedford for many years, died in a Los Angeles, Calif., hospital on February 4, according to word received by friends in Bedford.
He was born here and will be remembered as a baseball player and umpire. He engaged in the printing business here before moving to Kansas many years ago and later to California.
[Note: California Death Records give his birth date as April 14, 1878 and his death date as February 5, 1946.]
Bedford Free Press
Tuesday October 3, 1916 [p. 1]
O. W. ORMSBY DIES AT SCOTT ciTY KAN.
FORMER OLD TIME RESIDENT PASSES AWAY AFTER lONG ILLNESS
Lived With Son Ornan—Body Brought to Bedford Tuesday and Burial Made at Fairview—Local G. A. R. Have Charge of Service—Age 74.
O. [rnan] W. [right] Ormsby, an old resident of Bedford, but who had been living with his son, O. [rnan] F. [lorian] Ormsby, at Scott City, Kan., for a year or more, died at his home Sunday morning, after an illness of several years. The body was brought to Bedford this noon by his son and burial was made at the Bedford cemetery. Short services were conducted at the cemetery by the G. A. R. post, after which the body was laid to rest by the side of his wife [Helen Mae Hall].
Mr Ormsby was 74 years old at the time of his death and fought during the civil war as a private in the Independent 28th New York Battery. He entered the service August 21, 1862, and was mustered out July 31, 1865. He has been a member of the Sedgwick Post No. 10 since March 22, 1902. He leaves to mourn his death one son, Ornan, and family.
Taylor County Republican
April 8, 1880 p. 3
—Died, on Friday morning, the 9th inst., Roy Frederick Ormsby, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. [rnan] W. [right] Ormsby [Helen Mae Hall], aged about five years. The funeral services will take place at the Baptist church on Saturday, April 10th, at 10 o'clock A. M. The services will be conducted by Rev. G. W. Robey. All are cordially invited.