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Bedford Free Press
Thursday February 22, 1912 p. 8
Stephen Foster arrived from Cambridge, Neb., Sunday, called by the death of his grandmother, Mrs. Beck [Sarah Price]
Wm. Beck arrived last week from Nickerson, Kas., called by the severe illness of his mother, Mrs. Beck [Sarah Price].
Bedford Free Press
Thursday February 22, 1912 p. 4
Mrs. Sarah Beck Dead
Mrs. Sarah Beck, whose maiden name was Price, was born in Washington County, Ohio, May 24th, 1819, and died at her home in Bedford, Iowa, February 16th, 1912, at the age of 92 years, 9 months and 24 days. Her childhood was spent on a farm. She was married at the early age of 17 years to Vivian [Vernon] Beck, December 22, 1836. To this union there were born twelve children, seven of whom survive and, with one exception, were present at the funeral services. In 1850, with her husband, she moved to Spencer, Indiana, residing there until 1869, when they moved to Iowa, locating on a farm three miles southwest of Bedford. Twenty-two years later, they took up their residence in Bedford where, since the death of her husband in 1896, she has been tenderly cared for by loving children.
Her religious life extended over a period of seventy-five years and many have rejoiced because of her strong and beautiful Christian character. Although her life pathway has been strewn with thorns, as is the common lot of all, yet there have been many roses as well. Four generations “arise and call her blessed." It was her unusual privilege to be a mother to three families, her own, that of a son and also of a daughter.
The funeral service was largely attended and was held in the Methodist church in Bedford, Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18th, the sermon being preached by her pastor, the Rev. Wm. B. Thompson. Interment was in the Titus cemetery.
[Note: The same obituary was printed in the Bedford Times-Republican, February 22, 1912, p. 8.]
Bedford Free Press
Thursday January 23, 1896 p. 2
DEATH OF AN OLD SETTLER
Vivian Beck, an Old Resident of Taylor County, Passes to His Reward
A telephone message received in this city last Thursday brought the intelligence that Vivian Beck was lying dangerously ill at the home of his daughter, Mrs. B.[luford] A. Treadway, in Nickerson, Kansas, (Mr. and Mrs. Beck went to Kansas about two weeks ago, intending to visit their daughter until about the first of March, at which time they expected to return to this city). County Recorder John Beck left for Nickerson on the afternoon passenger Thursday, and arrived in Nickerson at 7 o'clock Friday morning, but too late to see his father in life, his death having occurred at 3 o'clock, or about four hours previous to the arrival of the son.
The remains arrived in this city on the 12:43 passenger Saturday, accompanied by Mrs. Beck, Mr. and Mrs. B. [luford] A. Treadway and John Beck.
At 10 o'clock Monday morning, at the First Methodist church, witnessed by a large and sympathetic congregation, the last rites and blessings within the power given to the ministers of the gospel were performed over the remains of the deceased, by Rev. M. C. Waddell, assisted by Elder Wm. Cobb, after which the body of clay, which but a few days ago was among us in the walks of life, was laid away amid prayers and flowers in a tomb in the Titus cemetery, there to rest until the day when the angel of God shall call forth the dead.
In his sermon, Rev. Waddell paid the highest tribute of respect to the memory of the dead when he said: "Mr. Beck was modest and retiring in his disposition, but sunny and cheerful in his intercourse with those with whom he associated. He never permitted anyone to say derogatory things of others in his presence; he was a man in whom there was no guile; he hated sham and pretense in all its forms." In his remarks the pastor spoke with deep feeling of love of the deceased, and portrayed his open, manly character in eloquent words that found a response in the mind and heart of all present.
At the conclusion of the sermon those present were permitted to view the remains, which were incased in a beautiful casket on which was placed a profusion of flowers.
Vivian [Vernon] Beck was born in Greenup county, Kentucky, September 3, 1812, and died at Nickerson, Kansas, at 3 o'clock a. m., Friday, January 17,1896, aged 83 years, 4 months and 14 days. He was married to Mrs. Sarah Price on the 23d day of December 1836, who for sixty years of happy wedded life was his helpmate, and faithful, trusting companion. In 1850 Mr. and Mrs. Beck moved to Owen County, Indiana, and on October 2nd, 1880, they became residents of Taylor County, living in Bedford during the last four years.
To them was born twelve children of whom six are yet living. The surviving children are, John [Wesley] Beck and A. [aron] T. [homas] Beck, Bedford; Mrs. B. [luford] A. Treadway [Salome Juliana] and W. [illiam] E. [dward] Beck, Nickerson, Kansas; Mrs. Prudence Duling, Raymond, Neb., and Mrs. W. J. McElroy, Indianola, Iowa.
Thursday March 10, 1927 p. 5
W. [illiam] F. [rancis] Beck has been at Nickerson, Kans., for the past three weeks, called there by the illness of his father, W. [illiam] E. [dward] Beck, a former resident of Taylor County. Word was received Tuesday morning in Bedford that the elder Mr. Beck had passed away.
Bedford Free Press
Wednesday December 10, 1919 [p. 1]
Alva Dougherty, son of Jonathan Dougherty of Bedford, was born June 12, 1881 in Taylor county, Iowa. He grew to manhood in this vicinity and later went to Wyoming. After spending a few years at Seattle, Wash., he went to Golden Valley, N. D. in 1910 where he has since made his home. September 22, 1918 he was united in marriage to Miss Ray Westover who survives him. He passed away at his home in Golden Valley after a brief illness. The body was sent to Bedford for burial. Short funeral services were held at the home of his father conducted by Rev. E. E. Lowe and interment was in Graceland cemetery. He leaves to mourn his death a wife and daughter, a father, a sister and two brothers.
Thursday February 10, 1927 [p. 1]
Jonathan Dougherty was born in Randolph County, Missouri, on Sept. 12, 1844, and died at his home in Bedford, Ia., Thursday, February 3, 1927. His mother moved to Taylor County when he was a baby and he had lived all his life in this county. He was married in December 1858, [April 26, 1869] to Sarah Jane [Smith] Dougherty and to this union six children were born. Two children, Florence and Effie died in infancy. The other children are Walter Dougherty of Burbank, Calif., Frank Dougherty of north of Bedford, Maude Vandeventer of Seattle, Wash., and Alva Dougherty of North Dakota, the latter passing away about 7 years ago. He is also survived by two sisters and one brother, Emeline Brisendine of Lawrence, Kans., Katherine Dougherty of Lawrence, Kans., and J. W. Dougherty of Robertsdale, Penn. Mr. Dougherty married a second time in the fall of 1905 to Mrs. Harriett [Holsclaugh] Dougherty and she passed away April 6, 1921 . Deceased was one of the pioneers of this county of the earliest and truest type. His people suffered all the discomfitures of the early settlers and by their rugged determination overcome all their obstacles and did their part in building the sound foundation on which the State of Iowa of today is built.
The funeral services were held Tuesday morning from the home by Rev. Coley of the Christian church, and burial was made in Graceland cemetery.
[Note: Correct marriage date is April 26, 1869. Source: Marriage records, Taylor County Courthouse, Bedford, Iowa.]
Wednesday November 14, 1990 p. 5
MARION FRANKLIN DOUGHERTY
Funeral services for Marion Franklin Dougherty were held Tuesday, Nov. 13, 1990 at the Baptist Church in Bedford with Rev. Ted DeHass officiating. Burial was at Graceland Cemetery, rural Taylor County, Iowa.
Marion Franklin Dougherty, son of [William] Frank and Agnes Bix Dougherty, was born in Taylor County, Iowa January 16, 1911 and departed this life November 10,1990 in Bedford, Iowa at the age of 79 years, nine months, and 25 days.
He lived in Taylor County and grew to maturity in the Bedford community where he attended the public school and the First Baptist Church.
On June 30, 1934 he was united in marriage to Helen Ruth Hatfield at Bedford, Iowa and they lived in the Bedford area all their married life of 56 years.
To this union five children were born: Maxon Gene, Robert Frank, Donald Lee, Jerry Dale and Karen Sue.
He was a self-employed catskinner or bulldozer operator for many years and in later years worked for Taylor County until he retired at the age of 65.
He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Edna; his parents Frank and Agnes Dougherty.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ruth of the home; four sons, Maxon Gene and wife Donna, Bedford; Robert Frank and wife Suzanne, Dunlap; Donald Lee, Bedford; Jerry Dale and wife Ellen, Augusta, Kan.; and one daughter, Karen Sue Brown and husband Bill of Clarinda; 22 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Cornel of Omaha and Margaret Burns of Bartlesville, Okla.; other relatives, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.
Marion always enjoyed hunting, fishing and pitching horseshoes. He was an avid athlete all of his life, supporting his children in all of their sports activities. He enjoyed dancing, listening to country music and was a faithful member of the Baptist Church. He was a good man who loved competing and loved people except a few referees through the years. He was loved and will be missed.
Wednesday February 8, 1989 p. 6
DAVID W. HATFIELD
David W. [illiam] Hatfield, son of Cecil W. [illiam] Hatfield and Cleva Viola Hatfield was born at Clarinda, Iowa February 1, 1957 and departed this life January 31, 1989 at the North Kansas City Hospital in North Kansas City, Mo. at the age of 31 years, 11 months and 30 days.
He moved with his parents to the Kansas City area in 1960 where he attended the public school and was graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1975.
He was employed as an electronics technician for several years.
Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Cecil and Cleva Viola Hatfield of Riverside, North Kansas City, Mo.; a half brother, Gary Hatfield of Central City, Ne.; three half sisters, Brenda Mills of Kansas City; Janice Martin of Torrington, Wyo.; and Joyce Bromley of Harrisonville, Mo.; other relatives and many friends.
He was a member of the Christian Church.
His family and friends will long remember him as a kind and considerate son and loved one.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 2, 1989 at Price Chapel in Parkville, Mo. with entombment at the Mausoleum in the Fairview Cemetery at Bedford, Iowa; Rev. Carl Cummings conducted the service. Shum-Novinger Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
[Note: He is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Benton Township, west of Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa not the Mausoleum in Fairview Cemetery.]
Thursday November 6, 1991 p. 6
ALVY “AL" KENNEDY
Alvy "Al” Kennedy of Denver, an aerospace engineer, died Tuesday at Hospice of St. John. He was 69.
Memorial services were at Unity Church of Denver with private graveside services at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
He was born April 6,1922 in Bedford, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in business administration and attended the University of Denver School of Architecture. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a 32nd-degree Master Mason in the Scottish rite and was a member of Masonic Lodge Joppa Lodge No. 174 and El Jebel Shrine. He worked for five years as a civil servant as grants administrator while working for the Economic Development Administration. He retired from Martin Marietta in December 1988. He was also a master carpenter.
On September 15,1949, he married Roberta M. Rixford in Denver.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Thomas, Brighton, and Robert, Denver, Colo.; two sisters, Charlotte, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Norma Mack, St. Charles, Mo.; and three grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the Colorado Boys Ranch, La Junta.
Thursday November 21, 1940 [p. 1]
A. S. Kennedy, 80, Succumbs Tuesday
A. [lva] S. [amuel] Kennedy, 80, died at the Municipal Hospital in Clarinda Tuesday afternoon, having been taken there late Monday afternoon, when he was found unconscious at his home in southwest Bedford. He passed away without regaining consciousness.
The funeral services were held this afternoon at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. A. Douglass Steffenson. Burial was in the Graceland cemetery.
Mr. Kennedy is survived by three sons and one daughter, Ray Kennedy of Bedford, Glade Kennedy and Harry Kennedy of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Ruth Byous of Chicago. Also by four grandchildren, Alvy, Norma and Charlotte Kennedy of Bedford and Elaine Byous of Chicago. Mrs. Kennedy died seven years ago. Mrs. Byous is ill and unable to attend the last rites for her father.
Thursday November 28, 1940 p. 5
Obituary - A. S. Kennedy
P. A. Blake
The following obituary, in his own handwriting, was prepared by Alvy S.[amuel] Kennedy, prior to his death.
A. [lva] S. [amuel] Kennedy was born in Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois, September 22, 1860, the son of Jacob B. Kennedy and Mary Best Kennedy. His parents came to Taylor County, Iowa in March 1875 and moved to a farm two and a half miles west of Bedford. He lived in that vicinity until 1894 except in 1882 when he went to Oregon and stayed six months then returned to Bedford.
In the spring of 1884 he went to Idaho where he stayed about four years when he returned to Taylor County and located at Blockton where he resided for 23 years.
In 1910 he moved to Denver, Colo., and lived there four years and then moved to St. Joseph, Mo., where he lived 12 years. In 1927 he moved to Bedford.
In 1890 he married Laura A. [nna] Starke who died August 20, 1933. To this union were born four children, Ray A. [bbott] Kennedy, Glade B. [est] Kennedy, Ruth Naomi Byous and Harold G. [arnet] Kennedy. One brother, J.[ohn] S. Kennedy of Blockton and two sisters, Annie Driver and Elsie Kennedy of St. Joseph Mo., also survive.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 21, 1940 at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home conducted by Rev. A. Douglass Steffenson. Burial was in the Graceland cemetery.
Thursday November 28, 1940 [p. 1]
A. S. Kennedy Dead
J. [ohn] S. Kennedy, E. E. Brown and G. C. Dennis went to Bedford Thursday to attend the funeral of Mr. Kennedy's brother, A. [lvy] S. [amuel] Kennedy, who died at the municipal hospital in Clarinda on Tuesday following a stroke suffered on Sunday or Monday at his home in Bedford. His age was given as 80 years. Mr. Kennedy is survived by three sons and a daughter—Ray Kennedy, of Bedford; Glade and Harry Kennedy, of Denver, Colorado, and Mrs. Thos. Byous, of Chicago, and a brother and sister, J. [ohn] S. Kennedy of Blockton and Mrs. J. L. Driver of St. Joseph.
Friday May 12, 1905 [p. 1]
An Old Settler Gone
Jacob B. Kennedy died at the home of his daughter, in Ravenwood, May 8th at 7 p. m., of general debility, age 76 years and 12 days.
Mr. Kennedy was an old settler of Taylor County, having come here in 1875, and made this his home up to a short time before his death. Deceased was born in Armstrong County, Pa., on April 26, 1829, remaining there until 1861, when he moved to Knox County, Ill. Here he lived until coming to Iowa, fourteen years later. Mr. Kennedy will be well remembered by our older citizens his home having been in the vicinity of Bedford for many years.
There was a sad coincident connected with his death. For a quarter of a century he was an intimate friend of O. D. Drake and they answered the great roll call less than a day apart.
Taylor County Herald
Thursday August 31, 1933 [p. 1]
Mrs. A. S. Kennedy Dies Wednesday
Mrs. A. [lvy] S.[amuel] Kennedy, 63, died at her home in southwest Bedford Wednesday, Aug. 30.
The funeral will be held at the Walker-Shum Funeral home Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, with Rev. Clark M. Crowell officiating. Interment will be in the Graceland cemetery.
Thursday August 31, 1933 [p. 1]
Mrs. Kennedy Dies
Mrs. A. [lvy] S. [amuel] Kennedy died at her home in Bedford about 6:30 o'clock last evening after a lingering illness. The funeral services will be held at the Walker and Shum Funeral Home at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Clark M. Crowell. Burial will be in the Graceland cemetery.
Thursday August 31, 1933 p. 5
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kennedy and Glade Kennedy arrived here last evening from Denver, Colo., called by the serious illness of their mother, Mrs. A. [lvy] S.[amuel] Kennedy.
Taylor County Herald
Thursday August 31, 1933 p. 4
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kennedy and Glade Kennedy of Denver, Colo., arrived here Wednesday evening, called by the serious illness and death of their mother, Mrs. A. [lva] S. [amuel] Kennedy.
Thursday September 7, 1933 [p. 1]
Services Held for Mrs. A. S. Kennedy
Funeral services for Mrs. A. [lvy] S. [amuel] Kennedy, 63, who died at her home in Bedford, Wednesday, August 30, were held at the Walker and Shum Funeral Home Friday afternoon conducted by Rev. Clark M. Crowell. Burial was in the Graceland cemetery.
Mrs. Kennedy, whose maiden name was Laura A. [nna] Stark was born in Ronceverte, W. Va., January 1, 1870. When she was twelve years of age, with her brother and sister, she moved to Taylor County, where her father had previously located.
She was married to A. [lva] S. [amuel] Kennedy at the Baptist parsonage in Bedford, April 30, 1890. To them were born four children, Ray A. [bbott] Kennedy of Bedford; Glade B. [est] Kennedy of Denver, Colo.; Ruth Naomi Byous of Chicago; and Harold G. [arnet], also of Denver. The four children with the husband survive.
The family moved from Blockton to Denver, Colo., in August, 1910, where they resided for five years, moving from there to St. Joseph, Mo., in 1915. They moved to Bedford in 1927, which place had since been their home. Mrs. Kennedy was a member of the Baptist church in Blockton, of which her father was pastor for several years.
Surviving with the husband and children are four grandchildren, Alvy, Ray, Charlotte, and Norma Kennedy of Bedford and Ruth Elaine Byous of Chicago. Also a brother, Loam Stark of Hastings, Mich., two sisters, Mrs. Emma Hibbs of Purcell, Okla., and Mrs. David R. Alley of Denver, Colo.
Thursday September 7, 1933 p. 5
Glade B. [est] Kennedy and Harry G. Kennedy left Sunday for their homes in Denver, Colo. having been here to attend the funeral services for their mother, Mrs. A. [lva] S. [amuel] Kennedy.
Thursday April 3, 1879 p. 4
Died on the 31st ult, Mrs. Mary [Best] Kennedy wife of Mr. J. [acob] B. Kennedy, residing about two miles west of Bedford. The deceased was a native of Pennsylvania and in the 51st year of her age. She was married in [April 26] 1854. In her death, her husband and children, to whom she was lovingly devoted, sustain a heavy affliction. She was converted at the age of sixteen and became a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Her death was from a cancer, and during her illness her sufferings were severe, but she bore them with Christian fortitude, and died sweetly trusting in Jesus. The funeral took place from the residence of her husband, April 1st, and was largely attended by sympathizing neighbors and friends. G. W. R.
[Note: The same obituary was printed in the Iowa South-West, April 5, 1879, p. 3.]
Thursday November 28, 1963 [p. 1]
Mrs. R. Kennedy Rites Wednesday
Funeral services tor Mrs. Ray (Mildred) Kennedy will be held Wednesday (Nov. 27) at 1:30 p.m. at the Bedford Presbyterian Church with Rev. John D. Kerr officiating. Mrs. Kennedy died Sunday at her home here. Burial will be in Graceland cemetery.
Thursday December 5, 1963 p. 4
Mrs. R. Kennedy Rites Held November 27
Funeral services for Mrs. Ray Kennedy, a resident of Bedford the past 45 years, were held Nov. 27 at Bedford Presbyterian Church with Rev. John D. Kerr officiating. Mrs. Kennedy died suddenly at her home the forenoon Sunday, Nov. 24, 1963. Interment was at Graceland Cemetery, Bedford.
Included in the services was the following obituary.
Mildred May Avery, daughter of the late [Daniel] Fuller and Loretta [Bright] Avery, was born at Leon, Iowa, May 26, 1895 and died at the age of 68 years, five months, 28 days.
She graduated from Leon High School in 1913 and later from Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls. She taught second grade in the schools at Roland, Iowa, coming to Bedford in 1918 to teach second grade in the public schools here.
On May 25, 1920  she was united in marriage to Ray A. [bbott] Kennedy of Bedford and to this union were born three children, a son and two daughters. They are Alvy R. Kennedy, a construction inspector for Martin-Marietta Corporation in Denver, Colo.; Miss Charlotte Kennedy, a registered nurse and head nurse on the medical floor of EI Camino hospital in Mountain View, Calif.; Norma [Louise], who is now Mrs. William E. Mack of Wheeling, Ill., whose husband is Field Merchandiser for the J. C. Penney Company.
There are five grandchildren: Thomas Ray and Robert Gordon Kennedy of Denver; Teresa, Charlotte and Cheryl Mack of Wheeling, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by an only brother, Ralph Avery, who passed away several years ago.
Mrs. Kennedy was active in the religious, social, civic and fraternal life of the community. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, of the O. I. S. Sunday school class and other organizations of the church; of Golden Rule Rebekah lodge and its varied organizations; of Bedford chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star; of the American Legion Auxiliary of which she was a Past President and of the Blue Ladies of the same organization; of the Thursday Club and the Three V Club.
Mrs. Kennedy was a daughter of pioneer parents, who settled in Decatur County, Iowa in the early days. She was a direct descendant of Christopher Avery, who came from England and settled in Massachusetts in 1630.
Here with the members of the family for the last rites were Mr. Kennedy’s two brothers, Harold G. Kennedy and Glade B. Kennedy and their aunt, Mrs. David Alley, all of Denver, Colorado.
[Note: Source of marriage date: Bedford Times-Republican, May 30, 1921 and Bedford Free Press, June 2, 1921.]
Thursday January 1, 1976 [p. 1]
Ray A. Kennedy Dies in Fire Saturday Morning
Tragedy struck Bedford last Saturday morning when a fire in his home took the life of Ray A. [bbott] Kennedy, 84, well known retired contractor and builder.
Bedford firemen were called to the fire about 8 a.m. and found Mr. Kennedy in a clothes closet. As in any fire resulting in a fatality, the Iowa State Fire Marshal was called whose deputy assessed that the fire was started by an overturned electric reading lamp as the floor was burned through in the area of the lamp.
County Medical Examiner, Dr. R. W. Jones placed the cause of death to be "fire and smoke inhalation and second degree burns over all the body."
Extensive smoke, water and fire damage was done to the house.
Funeral services for Ray Abbott Kennedy, held December 29 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here, were conducted by the Rev. C. Ray McCain. Military honors were performed by American Legion Post No. 164 and fraternal honors by Taylor Lodge No. 156 A F & A M. Interment was at Graceland Cemetery, Taylor County.
Ray Abbot Kennedy, son of Alvy S. [amuel] and Laura [Anna Stark] Kennedy, was born at Blockton, on January 9, 1891. He grew to maturity in Blockton where he attended Blockton schools.
Grandson of a Baptist minister, it was natural that he be affiliated with the Baptist Church.
On May 25, 1921 he was united in marriage to Mildred [May] Avery and they lived in Bedford all their married lives.
To this union three children were born: Alvy R. Kennedy, Denver, Colo., Charlotte M. Kennedy, Los Gatos, Calif. and Norma Mack, St. Charles, Mo.
He was engaged in construction all his life. He also taught manual training in the Bedford Public Schools.
Mr. Kennedy was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred.
Left to cherish his memory are his children; five grandchildren, Teresa Chamberlain, Charlotte and Cheryl Mack, Tom and Bob Kennedy; great grandson, Robert Chamberlain III; two brothers, Glade B. [est] and Harold G.; daughter-in-law, Roberta Kennedy and son-in-law, Bob Mack. Jr.
Mr. Kennedy was a charter member of the Bedford American Legion Post No. 164 and a 50-year member of the Taylor Lodge No. 156 A F & A M.
Mr. Kennedy was more than a skilled craftsman of his trade in which he excelled but he was also a quiet gentleman whose wholesome philosophy, keen sense of humor and cheerful mien will long be remembered.