Obituaries
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[Ford, Clara Ophelia Gartside]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     January 18, 1962     p. 4

Final Rites For Clara Ford, 88

Mrs. Clara Ford, a long-time resident of the Blockton community, died Thursday, Jan. 11 at her home.

Funeral services were held at the Blockton Methodist church at two p. m., Sunday, Jan. 14 with Rev. L. B. Day of Maryville and Rev. S. E. Sterrett of Blockton officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery at Blockton.

Clara Ophelia Gartside, daughter of Orelvia Thomas and Maria [Kemery] Gartside, was born in Taylor County, near Bedford, and died at the age of 88 years, three months, five days.

On Nov. 8, 1894 she was united in marriage to Milton Ernest Ford and to this union four children were born: Gladys, Orville, Marie and Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother; her brother, Ora Gartside; her husband, M. E. Ford; one daughter, Mrs. Marie Fordyce; a granddaughter, Mable Fluke; a grandson, Earl Fluke.

Mrs. Ford is survived by one son and two daughters, Orville and Gladys of the home, Mrs. Georgia Fluke of Blockton. Also by four grandchildren, Mrs. Naomi Johnson of Brayton, Iowa, Francis Fordyce of Oelwein, Eldon Fordyce of Aurelia, Iowa, Glen Fluke of Blockton; ten great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Rilda Gartside of Trenton, Mo.

Her entire life was spent in Taylor County except about six months with her parents on a farm near Bartley, Nebr. She had resided at the farm home since 1894.

[Miller, Fred Linton]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday       February 9, 1950     [p. 1]

Maloy Man Dies In Bedford Saturday

Fred [Linton] Miller, 53, mail carrier at Maloy for a number of years, died following a heart attack here Saturday afternoon. It is reported he had been brought to Bedford by John Warren to consult a doctor, being dead on arrival here. Rhoades Funeral Service, Mount Ayr, was called to return the body to Ringgold County.

[Mincks, Christina Ann “Christie”]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     September 18, 1902      p. 8

Blockton

Miss Christie Mincks, daughter of [Hiram] Minor Mincks, and whose illness has been mentioned, seems to be slowly but surely approaching the borderline that separates the known from the great mysterious future. She is a young lady of noble qualities and her early decline is a matter of great regret by her many friends and acquaintances. Later: Miss Mincks died Tuesday morning and the funeral was held at the Christian church at 4 o’clock yesterday.

[Mincks, Fannie Moon]

Blockton News

Thursday      April 16, 1931     p. 4

Miss May Streepy, of Creston, came Friday to attend the Mrs. Fannie Mincks funeral.

[Mincks, Fannie Moon]

Blockton News

Thursday      April 16, 1931     [p. 1]

Obituary

Fannie Mincks was born at Elkston, Derbyshire, England, August 14, 1859, and died at her home in Blockton, Iowa, April 8, 1931, aged 71 years, 7 months and 24 days.

She was the daughter of John and Martha [Inger] Moon. When about 6 years of age she came with her parents to America and settled near Sandwich, Illinois, and in 1879 came to Taylor County, Iowa.

On March 24, 1880, she was united in marriage to Richard Mincks who preceded her in death June 4, 1919.

She leaves one sister, Mrs. Sarah Dowlin; many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends to mourn her death.

She was converted and united with the Christian church at Blockton in September 1924.

Funeral services were held at the Blockton Christian church Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. F. O. Reisinger, a former pastor, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Mincks, Richard]

Blockton News

Thursday      June 12, 1919     [p. 1]

Obituary

Richard Mincks was born in Pennsylvania June 8, 1836, and died at his home four miles northwest of Blockton, Iowa, June 4, 1919.

He was the third son of Hiram and Margaret [Poundstone] Mincks. When about two years of age he moved with his parents to Jackson County, Ohio, where he grew to manhood. In December 1865, he came to Appanoose County, Iowa, locating on a farm near Centerville where he remained until April 1875, when he moved to Taylor County, settling on the farm near Blockton where he spent the remainder of his life.

On March 24, 1880, he was married to Fanny Moon who has since been his faithful companion.

The deceased was a man of many noble traits. His dealings were always honest and upright and his friends were numbered by his acquaintances.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, one brother, [Hiram] Minor Mincks of Blockton, and one sister, Mrs. Sarah A. Jamison of Seymour, Iowa, and a host of nieces and nephews.

The funeral services were conducted from the Blockton Christian church at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon, June 8th, the 83rd birthday of the deceased, Rev. Grover C. Flannery delivering the funeral sermon. Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Moon, John William, 1857-1921]

Blockton News

Thursday      July 14, 1921     [p. 1]

Obituary

John William Moon was born in Elkston, England, May 17, 1857 and died at his home 3 miles northwest of Blockton, Iowa, July 5,1921.

He was the son of John and Martha [Inger] Moon. When about eight years of age he came to America with his parents and settled near Sandwich, Illinois. In 1879 he moved to Taylor County, Iowa. Later went to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was married to Ellen [Christina] Sorenson Dec. 12, 1887. To this union two children were born, Mattie and Mary. After the death of Mrs. Moon in 189[?] he returned to Iowa. On May 2, 1904, he was married to Sarah L. [orene] Beson. To this union four children were born---George, Bernice, Geraldine and John.

Besides his family he leaves three sisters---Mrs. Fannie Mincks and Mrs. Sarah Dowlin, of Blockton, and Mrs. R. [euben] McClure, of Des Moines. Also one granddaughter, Virginia Mortenson.

All the family were present at the time of his death and burial except one daughter, Mrs. Senor [Fulton Mortensen] of [Manti], Utah.

He became a member of the Methodist church in Nebraska but had never changed his membership to Blockton.

The bereaved family have the sympathy of all.

The funeral services were held at the Christian church Thursday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. E. E. Stringfellow, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Nye, Alvin Rufus]

Blockton News

Thursday     June 19, 1941     [p. 1]

Alvin R. Nye Dead

Alvin R. [ufus] Nye, formerly of Blockton, died at his home at 6401 Pryor Street, St. Joseph, Monday night at the age of 63 years. Mr. Nye has resided in St. Joseph for some 20 years, working at his trade as a carpenter. His death followed a brief illness, having worked at his trade Monday.  He was a member of the Second Evangelical church, St. Joseph. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lucy Nye, of the home; a son Ross Nye; two daughters, Mrs. Bessie Griffith and Mrs. Berna Beatrice Ewart, all of St. Joseph; a brother, Abe Nye, of Girard, Kansas; a sister, Mrs. Fanny Hall, of Seattle, Washington, and three grandchildren. Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton, yesterday.

[Nye, Alvin Rufus]

Blockton News

Thursday     June 26, 1941     p. 8

Alvin R. Nye

Was born in Howard County, this state, Feb. 22, 1878, and died at his home in St. Joseph, Mo., June 16, 1941.

He was married to Clara M. Shumaker [Sheumaker] Dec. 25, 1903, who preceded him in death on May 28, 1913. To this union were born 5 children: Mrs. Berna B.[eatrice] Ewart; Mrs. Bessie E. Griffith; Ross S. Nye; and 2 children who died in infancy.

He was united in marriage on April 11, 1939, to Lucy V. Sisk who survives him.

Besides his wife and three children he is survived by one brother, A. L. Nye, Girard, Kan., 3 sisters, Mrs. Fannie Hall, Mrs. Mable McAndrews, and Mrs. Florence Surber, all of Seattle, Washington.

Mr. Nye was a member of the Evangelical church of St. Joseph. The funeral services were held in the church conducted by the pastor, Rev. R. V. Price. Burial was made in the family lot in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton.

[Nye, Clara M. Sheumaker]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday      June 6, 1913     p. 8

[Nye, Clara M. Sheumaker]

BLOCKTON

Mrs. Alva [Alvin] Nye [Clara] died at her home south of Blockton Thursday. She leaves three children and a husband to mourn her death. Funeral services were held at Blockton Friday. Interment was made at Rose Hill cemetery.

[Nye, Clara M. Sheumaker]

Blockton News

Thursday     May 29, 1913     [p. 1]

Mrs. Alvin R. Nye Dead

Mrs. A. [lvin] R. [ufus] Nye passed away at her home south of town this morning at 2 o’clock. The funeral will take place tomorrow, Friday, at 11 a. m. at the Christian church. She died after a brief illness and the circumstances surrounding her death are very sad. Obituary next week.

[Nye, Clara M. Sheumaker]

Blockton News

Thursday     June 5, 1913      [p. 1]

“Her Sun Went Down While It Was Yet Day.”

Mrs. Clara M. Nye was born April 19th, 1876, and died at her home four miles south of Blockton, in the early hours of last Thursday morning, May 28th, aged 37 years, 1 month and 8 days.

She was born in Illinois and came to Mt. Ayr when young with her parents and later they moved to the Allyn farm in the vicinity of Redding where she lived the last fifteen years of her life previous to her marriage to Alvin R. [ufus] Nye, December 25th, 1903, after which they mostly lived in Blockton until this spring when they moved to the farm.

To them were born five children, three of whom survive: Berna, aged six; Bessie, five and Ross three, who are left, bereft of the love, sympathy, and guidance of a mother, their truest friend, and her husband a true, faithful companion. The truest, deepest sympathy of all go out to them.

She also leaves a sister and five brothers: Mrs. N. Boyles, of Mt. Ayr; Ross Sheumaker of Oklahoma; Dr. E. [mery] C. Sheumaker, of Mt. Ayr; Dr. Harry Sheumaker, of Tingley, Artie, Ray and Chas., of Wyoming and E. [nos] E. Sheumaker, of Seattle, Washington.

She was a member of the Christian church and a noble woman whose life was devoted to her home, husband and children. She was loyal and patriotic to an unusual degree, taking much interest each Memorial Day as they came. Last year she made a beautiful bouquet for each veteran, which was presented to them on decoration day. Her example is worthy of emulation.

The funeral was held at the Christian church Friday forenoon at 11 and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

The sermon was preached by Rev. J. A. Dillinger. The attendance was very large and the floral tributes many and beautiful.

[O’Neil, Maria Jane Murphy]

Blockton News

Thursday     June 23, 1921     [p. 1]

Mrs. M. B. O’Neil Dead

Mrs. M. [ilton] B. [eech] O’Neil passed away at a St. Joseph hospital Monday evening at 11:30. She underwent a surgical operation for goiter trouble on Tuesday morning of last week and when we went to press Wednesday noon was reported getting along nicely. Wednesday evening she was reported worse and the children left at once overland for St. Joseph, returning home Friday or Saturday and leaving her slightly improved. The children were again called to St. Joseph Monday morning. The body was brought to Blockton yesterday noon accompanied by Mr. O’Neil and daughter, Mrs. Effie Fliey of El Paso, Texas, the other children having returned overland. Mrs. Filey has been in St. Joseph since Saturday. Arrangements have not been made for the funeral at the time we go to press.

The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved family.

[O’Neil, Maria Jane Murphy]

Blockton News

Thursday      June 30, 1921      [p. 1]

Obituary

Maria J. [ane] Murphey [Murphy] was born in Jefferson County, Illinois, April 16, 1862, and died in St. Joseph, Missouri, June 21, 1921, aged 59 years, 2 months and 5 days.

She was united in marriage to M. [ilton] B. [eech] O’Neil at Carlyle, Illinois, Jan. 16, 1882, residing near Kinmundy, Illinois, at the time. To this union 5 children were born---Effie Fliey of El Paso, Texas, and Carrie Gordon, Samuel, Carl and Frances of Blockton.

With her husband she came to Lenox, Iowa, in 1882, where they resided until 1897 when they came to Blockton where she resided the remainder of her life.

Besides the husband and children named she leaves two grandchildren, Winifred and Neal Gordon, and four sisters, Mrs. John P. Minor, of Blockton; Mrs. W. E. Baxter, of Millboro, South Dakota; Mrs. Liman Walkington and Mrs. L. B. Baker, of Kinmundy, Illinois, and other relatives and a host of friends to mourn the loss of a wife, mother, sister and true friend.

Mrs. O’Neil became a member of the Presbyterian Church in Illinois during her girlhood days and with her husband united with the Presbyterian church at Lenox. When she came to Blockton she united with the Methodist church and remained a faithful member of that organization until the time of her death. For a number of years she was the highly efficient treasurer of the Ladies’ Aid society and conducted the affairs of that office in a thorough businesslike manner in every particular.

A truly consistent Christian woman, both in her belief and exemplified life, she entertained no doubts or fear for the future. She passed quietly out of this life as she had always lived, and her latest thoughts and words were of consideration of others, rather than of herself.

She will be greatly missed in the home, in the church and by relatives, neighbors and friends. Her influence and character will be remembered by all who knew her, and particularly her intimate friends.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. A. F. Conrey at the Methodist church at 2:30 Thursday afternoon, were largely attended. Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

[O’Neil, Milton Beech]

Blockton News

Thursday     February 18, 1932     p. 5

M. B. O’Neil Dead

M. [ilton] B. [eech] O’Neil died at his home here yesterday morning between 3 and 4 o’clock. His death was sudden. Mr. O’Neil had been a resident of the town about 40 years, coming here from Lenox.

[O’Neil, Milton Beech]

Blockton News

Thursday     February 25, 1932     [p. 1]

Obituary

Milton B. [eech] O’Neil, son of Chas. and Harriet [Hensley] O’Neil, was born at Omega, Marion County, Illinois, Oct. 12, 1856, and passed away at his home in Blockton Feb. 17, 1932, at the age of 75 years, 4 months and 5 days.

At the age of 12 years he moved to Kentucky where he resided six years. He then moved to Lenox, Taylor County, Iowa, and 35 years ago moved to Blockton and to the home where he passed away.

He was married to Maria J. [ane] Murphy Jan. 16, 1882. To this union was born 5 children---Mrs. Effie Foley of El Paso, Texas; Mrs. Carrie Gordon of Blockton; Sam, who died in August 1922; Carl of Blockton, and Mrs. Frances Shiner of Clearwater, California. The wife and mother passed away June 21, 1921. He also leaves to mourn his departure one brother, Frank O’Neil of Golden, Colorado, and two sisters, Mrs. Ely of St. Joseph and Mrs. J. T. Hill of Denver, Colorado. Also three grandchildren, Winifred and Neal Gordon of Blockton and Milton Shiner of Clearwater, California.

He was converted and joined the Presbyterian Church at Lenox. After moving to Blockton he united with the Methodist church and has always been a regular attendant and supporter of the church.

He was held in high esteem by his fellow townsmen. He was a man that took great interest in his family and will be greatly missed because of his wise council and faithful advice.

Besides his loved ones he leaves [words unreadable] and friends who are saddened by his sudden passing.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Saturday morning at 11 o’clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. H. Warrior, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Overman, Lavonne]

Blockton News

Thursday      December 8, 1921       p. 8

Born, to Sherman Overman and wife yesterday forenoon, twins---a boy and girl; but only the little girl survived.

[Owens, Elizabeth Blanche Loutzenhiser]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      December 25, 1953     p. 2

BLOCKTON NEWS

Mrs. Blanche Owens died at Stanford, Ill., and was brought here for funeral services and burial Saturday. Mrs. Owens was born and raised in Blockton.

Attend Owens Rites

Those from out-of-town attending the funeral for Mrs. Blanche Owens Saturday were Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Sharp and sons of Stanford, Ill; J. N. King of Branson, Iowa; Mrs. Junior Oliver of Elliott, Iowa; Mrs. Rita Bliss and Virginia, Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Hoover, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Howes of Mt. Ayr; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Adams of Redding; Chas. Anderson of Grant City; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Abarr of Bedford.

[Page, Elizabeth King]

Blockton News

Thursday      February 3, 1921     [p. 1]

Obituary

Elizabeth King was born in Fayette County, Ohio, Jan. 15, 1833, and died at her home in Blockton, Iowa, Jan. 28, 1921, aged 88 years and 14 days.

She came with her parents to Lee County, Iowa, while the state was yet a territory. She was united in marriage to Lucius [Lucien Henry] Page June 26, 1853. One daughter, Mrs. Sarah Albaugh, was born to them.

In 1856 with her husband she came to Taylor County, Iowa, and settled on a farm near Platteville where they resided until abut 32 years ago when they moved to Blockton, which has since been her home.

Her husband died Jan. 22, 1911. She leaves to mourn her loss, one daughter, Mrs. Sarah Albaugh, of Blockton; a grandson, E. E. Gray of Bladworth, Saskatchewan, Canada; a great grandson, Louie Gray, of Bladworth, Saskatchewan, Canada; one sister, Mrs. Ann Hickenlooper, of Blockton; two brothers, Geo. W. King, of Blockton, besides a host of other relatives and friends who will miss “Aunt Betty,” as she was familiarly called.

She united with the Methodist Episcopal church in early childhood and although the condition of her health for many years did not permit of regular attendance at church service, she lived a consistent Christian life.

Funeral services were held at the Blockton Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. A. F. Conrey, and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton.

[Patrick, Mary Alice]

Blockton News

Thursday      December 3, 1914     [p. 1]

Mary Alice, second daughter of W. [illiam] H. [enry] and Cora [Alice Anderson] Patrick, was born in Blockton November 24th, 1896, and died in Ensworth Hospital, Saint Joseph, Missouri, at 7:30, Friday morning, November 27th, aged 18 years and 3 days.

Death came as the result of injuries received while automobile riding Sunday evening, November 22d. She was brought to her home in a short time after the accident where all that love and skill could do for her was done. Recovery seemed possible until after the operation Thursday morning when the true extent of the injuries was learned. Although consciousness was not entirely regained the end came peacefully and she rested as asleep.

Practically all of the deceased’s life was spent here where she attended the public schools from which she graduated with the class of 1914. When about thirteen years of age she united with the Church of Christ and was always faithful in attendance at church and Sunday school. Her presence will be greatly missed and especially in the latter of which she was an officer for several years. Always of a bright and happy disposition she greeted everyone with a smile, kind word or merry trill.

At the time of her death she was engaged to Orville H. Harris, of Mount Ayr, the wedding to have taken place December 6th.

Near ones left to mourn her untimely death are her father, mother, two sisters—Selma and Beula; two brothers---Harmon and Arthur; her betrothed, two grandmothers, besides a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends, who have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.

The funeral services were held at the Christian church Sunday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by her former pastor, Rev. Arthur Dillinger, now pastor of the Christian church at Altoona. The services were attended by the largest congregation ever assembled together on a like occasion in the town. The six young men in the class of 1914, with whom she graduated from the Blockton public schools, acted as pall bearers. Interment was made in the Rose Hill cemetery.

 [Rickard, Amy Ann Flemming]

Bedford Times-Republican

Monday       March 22, 1920      [p. 1]

Mrs. Rickard Dead

Mrs. Bud Rickard, who had a big tumor removed last Monday at the St. Joseph hospital, died at that place Sunday at 2:00 o’clock and the remains were brought to Bedford Sunday night on the 9:15 train and taken to the R. E. Bradley home, where the funeral will be held at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon, conducted by Rev. Lowe of the Christian church.

Her death was sudden. Her husband called at the hospital Saturday morning to see her and found her feeling fine and hopeful, but a sudden change took place Saturday afternoon and she passed away Sunday. The news of her death comes as a sudden shock to her many friends in Bedford. The family have the deepest sympathy of the entire community in their great loss.

[Rickard, Amy Ann Flemming]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      April 1, 1920     p. 5

Mrs. Amy Ann Flemming

Mary Ann Flemming was born in Taylor County, Iowa, Jan. 10, 1871. At the age of six years she went with her parents to Rice County, Kansas, living near Lyons, Kans., for several years. On Nov. 25th, 1885, she was united in marriage to R. J. Rickard, and spent part of her married life near Lyons, Kansas. From there they moved on a farm near Gravity, where they resided for about 12 years.

She united with the Christian church at the age of eleven years and held her faith to the end. She was kind to the poor and always gave a helping hand to those in need of help. She passed away at the hospital in St. Joseph, Mo., after submitting to an operation, March 21, 1920. She was calm to the end and said that she was ready to go. She leaves a husband, mother, one sister and one brother, besides many relatives and friends to mourn her sudden departure from this earth.

[Rickard, George]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     January 19, 1939     p. 8

George Rickard Dies

George Rickard died at his home in Gravity early Monday morning. The funeral services were held at the Gravity Methodist church Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. A. J. Bissinger. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery at Bedford.

[Rickard, George]

Taylor County Herald

Thursday      January 19, 1938     [p. 1]

Former Bedford Resident Dies

George Rickard, 76, a former press maker here, died Monday morning at the Frank Davis home in Gravity where he had made his home for the past several months. Rickard had also operated a press shop at one time in Gravity it was reported. He leaves a son in Clarinda and a brother in Missouri, the address of whom is unknown.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Gravity Methodist church at two o’clock conducted by the Rev. A. J. Bissinger. The body was brought to Bedford where interment was in Fairview cemetery.

[Rickard, Robert “Bud”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      November 19, 1953     [p. 1]

Bud Rickard Buried Here Wednesday

Robert (Bud) Rickard, 93, former resident of Bedford, died at Nevada, Mo., November 8. The body was brought to Bedford for burial in Fairview cemetery, Wednesday morning, November 11.

Mr. Rickard was a brother-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Skinner, his wife being the former Miss Amy Rankin.

[Swaim, John R.]

Hopkins Journal

Thursday     May 21, 1896

John R. Swaim

Died, after a long illness with consumption, John R. Swaim, at his residence in Ross Township, Taylor County, Iowa, May 14, 1896, aged fifty-one years, two months and three days. The remains were buried May 15 by Plumb Lodge No. 285, A. F. and A. M., and sister lodges in accordance with the usages and customs of our ancient craft. Mr. Swaim was an old resident of this vicinity, and the following resolutions show the esteem in which he was held: [resolutions  not transcribed].

[Webb, Harriet A. “Hattie” Bassett]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      March 26, 1896     p. 3

At Rest

At 8:20 o’clock Tuesday morning the death angel visited our city and bore the spirit of Mrs. Hattie A. Webb across the dark river to the bright land where sorrow and pain are unknown.

Mrs. Webb, nee Hattie A. Bassett was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. [homas] S. Bassett.  She was born in Arlington, Illinois and came with her parents to Bedford, Iowa, in 1875. She was united in marriage to John V. [alentine] Webb February 20th, 1879. During the more than twenty years she resided in our city, she was highly esteemed by a constantly growing circle of friends. An earnest Christian, she will be missed from the church of which she was a most faithful member. The social circle will miss the smile and the cheering brightness that formed the radiance of her life in every sphere.

The deceased was aged 38 years, 1 month and 28 days. The long painful illness which terminated in death began Sept 9th, 1895. She was afflicted with catarrhal trouble in the stomach which medical skill and the ministrations of kind friends were powerless to cure.

At the First M. E. church at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon a large number of friends gathered to pay their tribute of respect to the memory of Mrs. Hattie A. Webb, whose death occurred yesterday. The expression of sympathy and shade of sadness on the many faces told more eloquently than words could that one dear to all had bid adieu to earth.

When one has suffered long without hope of relief no doubt death is kind to cure the ills for which there is no other cure; yet death is an unwelcome visitor and it requires something more than cold philosophy to assuage the grief of those who mourn the loss of a loved one.

Rev. M. C. Waddell assisted by Rev. T. A. H. Wylie conducted the funeral services, and reading from scriptures made such application to the life of the deceased as in some measure lent comfort to sorrowing hearts. The words of scripture as illustrated in the life just closed were spiritual balm for all who mourn. A long procession followed the remains to Fairview cemetery.

[Webb, John Valentine]

Bedford Times-Republican

Tuesday      July 17, 1923     [p. 1]

The Grim Reaper Calls J. V. Webb

An Old and Respected Citizen Passed Away After a Hard Struggle for Life, The Funeral Services Tuesday

John V. Webb, the veteran stock man and citizen of Bedford, succumbed to a long illness and passed quietly away at his home in north Bedford on Saturday evening, July 14, at 10:15.

Mr. Webb had been in poor health for over a year, but was able to be up and around the house until the last two weeks. Everything was done that could be. He had been examined by several physicians, and his complaint found to be “leakage of the heart,” with little or no hope of recovery. Since that time Mr. Webb has been reconciling himself to the inevitable and faced the end bravely and with a serene and steadfast spirit. All his affairs were put in shape. Then the tired mind relaxed, the hands that had been so busy and useful in life were quietly folded, and the sunny-hearted citizen and friend found rest in the eternal sleep.

Although not a church communicant at the time of his death, he was of a spiritual bent [of] mind, held steadfastly to high ideals and lived an honest, industrious and useful life.

Few, indeed, are the men who gain the respect and friendship of as many men as did Mr. Webb. Known everywhere as an honest businessman and a true friend, his admirers were numbered by his acquaintances.

Funeral services will be held at the residence today at 2:00 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Lumbar of the Presbyterian Church, and the body laid to rest in Fairview cemetery.

Obituary

John Valentine Webb was born at Maquon, Knox County, Illinois, March 27, 1853, and died at Bedford, Iowa, July 14, 1923, at 10:15 p. m. He came to Bedford with his parents, Luke and Melvina Webb, in 1875, where he soon after entered in the stock shipping business, which he continued until a few years before his death.

On March 20, 1879, he was married to Hattie A. Bassett at Bedford. She departed this life in 1896. At Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 8th, 1905, he was again united in marriage to Flora Child Rightmire, who still survives him, together with one brother W. E. Webb, who resides at Belleview, Nebr., 4 sisters, Mrs. Martha A. Smith and Mrs. H. G. Renner of Denver, Colo., Mrs. A. Herman of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mrs. Belle S. Langdon of Freeman, Mo.

[Webb, John Valentine]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     July 19, 1923     p. 5

Webb Funeral

The funeral services of the late John V. [alentine] Webb were conducted at the home Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock by Rev. Lumbar of the Presbyterian church, who delivered a very appropriate discourse and told the brief history of the past of the departed one. At the close of these services the body was taken to Fairview Cemetery followed by many friends where it was consigned to mother earth for all time and eternity.

At home and at the cemetery, a veritable bank of flowers greeted the eye, showing the esteem and appreciation in which the deceased was held in the community. Thus one more of Bedford’s old citizens has passed to the great beyond.

[Webb, John Valentine]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     July 19, 1923    [p. 1]

John Webb Died Here Saturday

John Webb, one of the old and respected residents of this community died at his home last Saturday evening after a long struggle with poor health. Heart and kidney trouble was given as the cause of his death. His friends and relatives had given up hopes of his recovery some time ago and believed that he would never get up from his bed again. However, about a month ago, he became well enough to come up town and was seen nearly every day for a week or so about the streets. Then a few days ago he had a relapse and took to his bed again never to get up.

Mr. Webb was well known in town and in the county. He bought stock in this community for a number of years, thus having the opportunity to build up a very large acquaintance.

The funeral services were held at the home at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon and the body placed in its final resting place in the Fairview cemetery. Rev. Lumbar of the Presbyterian Church had charge of the services and the following obituary was read by the minister:

Obituary

John Valentine Webb was born at Maquon, Knox County, Illinois, March 27, 1853, and died at Bedford, Iowa, July 14, 1923, at 10:15 p. m. He came to Bedford with his parents, Luke and Melvina Webb, in 1875, where he soon after entered in the stock shipping business, which he continued until a few years before his death.

On March 20, 1879, he was married to Hattie A. Bassett at Bedford. She departed this life in 1896. At Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 8th, 1905, he was again united in marriage to Flora Child Rightmire, who still survives him, together with one brother W. E. Webb, who resides at Belleview, Nebr., 4 sisters, Mrs. Martha A. Smith and Mrs. H. G. Renner of Denver, Colo., Mrs. A. Herman of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mrs. Belle S. Langdon of Freeman, Mo.