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Bedford Free Press
Tuesday March 10, 1914 [p. 1]
Amos Norton Dead
Amos Norton died last week in Hopkins at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Paul Laipple [Marietta].
Deceased was born in Augusta, Me., in July 1832, he having lived to the ripe old age of 82.
He was married in 1853 at Ladoga, Ind., and from this union 8 children were born, five of whom are still living. The only children in this vicinity however, are Mrs. Laipple [Marietta] of Hopkins and Charles [Wesley] Norton of Bedford.
Mr. Norton served through the Civil war in the Ninety-fifth Illinois, and came with his family to Taylor County in 1883, where he lived until moving to Hopkins a few years ago.
Funeral services were held at the Christian church, Hopkins, conducted by Elder Harley Swift, the pastor. Interment was in the Hopkins cemetery.
Lenox Time Table
Thursday January 29, 1959 [p. 1]
Arval Norton Funeral Monday
Arval [Wood] Norton, 62, died of a heart attack at his home in Conway Thursday night. Funeral services were Monday afternoon at Bedford, with burial in the Conway cemetery.
He leaves his wife, six children, 18 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He had been an employee on Road Maintenance for Taylor County for 33 1/2 years. All the children were at home for the funeral.
Mr. Norton had lived in Conway since 1906 and had been a member of the town council for more than 20 years.
Thursday January 29, 1959 p. 4
A. Norton, Conway Died Unexpectedly
Arval Norton died unexpectedly at his home in Conway, Thursday, January 22.
Funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home in Bedford Monday afternoon, January 25, conducted by Rev. Elmer Baker, pastor of the Bedford Methodist church. Burial in Conway cemetery.
Arval Wood Norton was born August 12, 1896 near Bedford and died at the age of 62 years, five months, 10 days. He was the eldest son of Samuel and [Mary] Eliza [Wood Loveland] Norton. His father, mother, two sisters, Jessie and Audrey [Ann] Winslow, two grandchildren, Richard Wilson and Karen Kay Hayworth preceded him in death.
He was married to Belle Weller on Dec. 20, 1917, and to this union six children were born, two sons and four daughters. The sons are Paul Norton of Lakewood, Calif., and Robert [Edwin] Norton of Conway. The daughters are Mrs. Mildred Beason of Huntington Park, Calif., Mrs. Elva Wilson of Atlantic, Mrs. Jeanette Hayworth of Diagonal, Mrs. Mary Lou Barker of Omaha. There are also 18 grandchildren and one great grandson; three sisters, Mrs. Iva Healey of Grand River, Mrs. Mary Winslow of Sharpsburg, Mrs. Helen Glover of Clarinda; three brothers, George Norton of Conway, John Norton of Hopkins, David Norton of Thayer, Iowa.
His entire married life was spent in Conway and he had been an employee for Road Maintenance in Taylor county 33 ½ years. For more than 20 years he served his community on the town council of Conway.
Thursday July 4, 1940 p. 4
C. W. Norton
Charles Wesley Norton, son of Nancy Ann [Nelson] and Amos Norton, was born in Clinton, Iowa, June 4, 1868 and died after a short illness on Wednesday, June 26, 1940 at the University Hospital in Iowa City at the age of 72 years and 22 days.
He came to Taylor county, Iowa with his parents, who located at Bedford, when he was a lad of 14 years, where he grew to manhood and spent almost his entire life with the exception of a few years, when he resided at Clarinda and the last eight years, when he resided at Hopkins, Mo., and Laurens, Iowa.
He was married to Nancy Ann Walker, Sept. 2, 1896 at Bedford. To them two children were born, Leslie D. [ale] Norton and Estelyne Laidley of Laurens, Iowa. Mrs. Norton died Nov. 6, 1930. He united with the Christian Church at Bedford in 1908 and remained in that faith until his death.
Charley, as he was familiarly known among his friends, associates and neighbors led a useful life, always thoughtful and kind to his fellowmen, ever ready to render assistance wherever it was needed in whatever community he was located. He was a contractor and builder, and was always efficient in his work, and honest and dependable in his business dealings.
Besides the wife, his parents, three brothers, and two sisters preceded him in death.
Those left to mourn are the son, Leslie D. [ale], the daughter, Estelyne and husband Paul Laidley, granddaughters, Jeanne, Margaret, Nancy Ann, and Lenore Laidley. Also two sisters, Mrs. Paul Laipple of Hopkins, and Mrs. Eva B. Golding of Bedford.
Funeral services were held at the Walker and Shum Funeral Home in Bedford Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. Max Buck. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.
Thursday February 20, 1936 p. 5
Mr. and Mr. George Hough received word Friday of the death of their son-in-law, Claire Norton, at Galesburg, Ill. The Nortons were at one time residents of the Conway community.
Thursday January 5, 1978 p. 3
Earlis Norton, 76 Final Rites Held December 28
Funeral services for Mrs. George (Earlis Roberts) Norton, 76, of Conway, held December 28 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were officiated by Carl Cummings. Mrs. Norton died December 28, 1977 in Bedford Manor, Bedford where she had resided since February 1977. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Ia.
Earlis Roberts Norton, daughter of Ira A. and Effie Garnet Roberts, was born April 19, 1901, in rural Taylor County near Conway, Iowa. Failing health had previously caused hospitalization and nursing care at Maryville, Missouri.
She received her education in rural Taylor County Ross Center and Nash schools and attended and was graduated from Conway High School in 1920, there being two in the class.
She then attended Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in Maryville, Missouri, to obtain a teaching certificate and she taught schools in rural Taylor County for five years.
On January 17, 1927, she was united in marriage to George Norton at Mount Ayr, Iowa. They lived their entire married life on farms in Taylor County and they had lived on the home farm east of Bedford for over 45 years. She was a long time member of the West Gay Club in that community.
She became a member of the Conway Methodist Church in 1915 and had kept the faith in the Lord as a source of strength.
Two sons were born to bless their home, Gene and Dean.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, George who died March 9, 1976.
Left to cherish her memory are the two sons: Gene Norton and his wife, Mary Ellen, and [Richard] Dean Norton and his wife, Agatha; four grandchildren, Dennis [Lee] and Denise Norton and Mark and Jason [Alan] Norton; three sisters, Mildred DeVoe and Eathel Hill and her husband, E. E. Hill, and Edith Appenzeller and her husband, Fred; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.
She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Thursday November 8, 1984 p. 6
Gene Norton services held Nov. 4
Services for Gene Norton, 57, were held Monday, Nov. 5, at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Mr. Norton died Nov. 2, 1984 at St. Joseph Hospital, St. Joseph, Mo.
Gene Norton, son of George and Earlis Roberts Norton was born at Bedford, Iowa November 2, 1927. He lived in Taylor County and grew to maturity there where he attended the West Gay Elementary and Bedford High School where he graduated in 1945.
On December 7, 1952 he was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Park at Bedford, Iowa and they lived near Conway and later Gravity/New Market.
To this union two children were born: Dennis and Denise. Following high school graduation he was employed in Des Moines prior to entering the U.S. Navy.
He was engaged in farming until ill health forced him to limit his involvement.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother [Richard] Dean.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary Ellen, daughter Denise, son Dennis and his wife Kathy, grandchildren Meagan and Derek, mother-in-law, Marie Park, sister-in-law, Agatha Norton, nephews Mark and Jason, sister-in-law Norma Hensley and family, brother-in-law Harold Park and family.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church.
He appreciated his friends and fellow man, found satisfaction in tilling the soil, and lending a helping hand to all.
Thursday March 18, 1976 p. 7
Final Rites Held March 11 for George Norton, 75
Funeral services for George Norton, 75, of Bedford, were held March 11 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here conducted by Carl Cummings. Mr. Norton died March 9, 1976 in Rosary Hospital in Corning, Ia. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.
George Norton, son of Sam and [Mary] Eliza Wood [Loveland] Norton, was born April 23, 1900, near Lexington in Taylor County, Iowa.
He grew to maturity in the area where he was born where he attended the public school. In his youth he united with the Christian Church in Conway and after it was discontinued he supported the Methodist Church.
He was united in marriage January 17, 1927, to Earlis Roberts at Mount Ayr, Iowa, and they have lived and farmed in Taylor County, Iowa. To them two sons were born to bless their home.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, one sister, and two half sisters.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Earlis of the home; Gene Norton and his wife Mary Ellen and [Richard] Dean Norton and his wife Agatha; four grandchildren, Dennis [Lee] and Denise, Mark and Jason Norton; mother-in-law, Effie Roberts; other relatives and many friends.
He lived all of his life in Taylor County and his interest was the farm that responded in production under his care and concern.
He loved his family and many friends and he will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Thursday June 9, 1966 p. 8
John P. Norton Rites May 21
Funeral services for John Paul Norton, 67, Hopkins, long time Conway resident, were held May 21 at Swanson’s Funeral Home, Hopkins, with Rev. Gerald Sappington officiating. Mr. Norton died May 19 while he and his wife were visiting at the home of Mrs. Norton’s sister, Mrs. Fern Lambley in Conway.
He was born Oct. 7, 1898 near Bedford, the son of the late Samuel H. and Mary E. [liza] Wood [Loveland] Norton. He was married May 28, 1928, in Clarinda to Miss Pauline [Gladys] Beal, who survives.
He was a retired automotive mechanic and was a member of the Christian Church, Conway. He had been a resident of the Hopkins community the past 30 years.
Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, Jim J. Norton, stationed with the Navy in Pensacola, Fla.; one daughter, Mrs. William Sawyer [Ann], Lenox; two brothers, George, Conway and Dave of Thayer; a sister, Mrs. Helen Glover, Clarinda; two half-sisters, Mrs. Ina Healy, Grand River and Mrs. Mary Winslow, Clearfield; three grandchildren.
Thursday August 14, 1980 p. 4
Leslie Norton, 82 Last Rites Were Held Here August 10
Funeral services for Leslie Dale Norton, 82, a native of Bedford, were held August 10 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Mr. Norton died August 8, 1980 in Lenox Care Center. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.
Leslie Dale Norton, son of Nancy Ann and Charles W. [esley] Norton; was born in Bedford, Iowa on March 27, 1898.
Leslie attended the Bedford schools and was baptized, as a young man, in the Christian Church in Bedford. He spent his entire life in the Bedford area.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew.
He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Estelyne Laidley of Laurens, Iowa; nieces: Mrs. John Grane of Newville, Pa.; Mrs. Kenneth Silvery of New Brighton, Minn.; Mrs. Leonard Ahlers of Aurora, Colo.; Mrs. John Graff of Roseville, Minn, and Mrs. Tom Mefford of Laurens, Iowa, and other relatives.
He was a 50-year member of Taylor Lodge No. 156 A.F. & A.M.
Thursday November 6, 1930 p. 5
Mrs. Charles W. Norton
Mrs. Charles W. [esley] Norton [Nancy Ann Walker] passed away at her home in south Bedford shortly after midnight, Wednesday. The funeral services will be held at the Christian Church at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, and interment will be made in the Fairview cemetery. Obituary will be given next week.
Thursday November 13, 1930 p. 7
Mrs. Chas. W. Norton
Nancy A. [nn] Walker, daughter of William and Amy Hampton Walker, was born at Jacksborough, Tenn., November 24th, 1866, and passed away at her home in Bedford, Thursday morning, November 6, 1930, after being bedfast for five weeks. She moved to Iowa in 1869. Her mother died when she was three years old, and her father when she was fifteen, and she made her home with her sisters. She was married September 2, 1896, at Bedford, Iowa, to Charles W.[esley] Norton, and except for a year spent in Clarinda, Bedford had been their home. Two children were born to them, Leslie Dale Norton, and Estelyne Laidley; one sister, Mrs. Paul Laipple. Besides the husband and children she leaves one granddaughter Jeanne Laidley, one sister, Mrs. John T. Myers of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two brothers, H. M. Walker and John Walker of Clarinda. One sister, Mrs. Emma Snodderly, and one brother, Silas Walker, preceded her in death. Other relatives and friends mourn the loss of this good woman. She united with the Christian church twenty years ago, and attended services as long as her health permitted, after which time she had been a member of the Home Department. She had also been a member of the Fraternal Aid Lodge for 15 years.
The funeral services were held at the Christian Church at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. C. Harris. Interment was made in the Fairview cemetery.
Thursday February 25, 1982 p. 4
Dean Norton, 52 Final Rites Were Held in Bedford
Funeral services for Richard Dean Norton, 52, of Bedford, were held February 22 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Rev. Marcia Smith and Rev. Carl Cummings officiating.
Mr. Norton died February 19, 1982 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Masonic honors by Taylor Lodge No: 156 A.F. & A.M. and Military Honors by Bedford American Legion Post No. 164 were presented. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.
Richard Dean Norton, son of George Norton and Earlis Roberts Norton, was born northeast of Bedford, Iowa, October 1, 1929.
He grew to maturity in the area where he was born where he attended the public school and was graduated from the Bedford High School in 1948.
On February 2, 1958 he was united in marriage to Agatha Reed at Bedford, Iowa, and they were engaged in farming all of their married life.
Two sons were born to them, Mark Douglas Norton and Jason Alan Norton. They have shared their love and blessed this home.
He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and received the Korean Service Medal; the United Nations Service Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. He was a member of Taylor Lodge No. 156 A.F. & A.M., Bedford Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star No. 228 and the Conway United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents and his father-in-law, Roy Reed.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Agatha and two sons, Mark and Jason of the home; his brother, Gene Norton, and family of New Market; his mother-in-law Iola Reed of Bedford and uncle, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many, many friends.
His family and friends will remember him as a kind and considerate husband, father, friend and neighbor and he will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday February 2, 1905 [p. 1]
An Old Settler Dead
And still another old settler has been called from this earth to join the great majority over on the other shore. Sam Norton died at his home near Old Lexington Saturday morning, January 28, at 3:30 o'clock, aged 48 years and 3 days.
He had been sick for some time with catarrh of the stomach and bowels, and his death was no surprise. He leaves a wife and six children, the youngest under a year old and the eldest under twelve, in destitute circumstances, but He who has said, "I will be a father to the fatherless" will watch over and care for them. Already has the loving hand of charity been extended, and present needs have been supplied by kind and sympathizing friends, and we doubt not their every necessity will be supplied.
The funeral services were conducted at the home by Elder Lee Furgeson. Interment in Lexington cemetery.
Thursday August 31, 1916 [p. 1]
Elizabeth Connor was born in Cherokee county, Kansas, May 7, 1866, and departed this life at her home in Worth county, Missouri, August 21, 1916, aged 50 years, 3 months and 14 days.
She was united in marriage to Sherman Ridge in Oto County, Nebraska, May 20, 1883. To this union two children were born, Mrs. Amy Brown and Mrs. Anna King, both of whom survive her. Her companion also survives her.
She confessed her faith in Christ at the Honey Grove church in Worth county under the ministry of William Cobb about 25 years ago, and was at the time of her decease a member of the Isadora Church of Christ and a consistent member thereof. She bore a splendid reputation for Christian character, and her living was not in vain.
She leaves two half sisters—Mrs. Mary Goodman and Mrs. Eunice Thompson, both of Nebraska. Also one half brother, A. A. Ashley, who was making his home with her at the time of her departure.
The funeral services were conducted from the Isadora Church of Christ August 22d by her pastor, Challie E. Graham, and the remains laid to rest in the cemetery at the same place.
The bereaved ones have the sympathy of their many friends. May they not sorrow as those without hope, but live in the hope of meeting the loved one again where life and love and joy unbroken.
Bedford Free Press
Tuesday September 5, 1916 p. 8
Mrs. Sherman Ridge [Elizabeth Connor] died at her home in Worth county, Mo., August 21, aged 50 years. The funeral services were held August 22 at the Isadora Christian church, conducted by Rev. Challie B. Graham. Interment was made in the Isadora cemetery.
Thursday November 4, 1920 p. 4
Little Eugene Allen Simpson, the infant son of Paul and Hilda Simpson, died at the home of his parents, Wednesday night November 3.
Thursday November 4, 1920 p. 4
Little Child Called Home
The infant son of Paul and Hilda Simpson, who reside five miles west of Bedford died Thursday morning and the funeral will take place at the home on Friday afternoon at 2:30 and interment will be made in the Graceland cemetery. Little Eugene was only nineteen days old but had already endeared itself in the hearts of its parents, and also its grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Simpson and Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Dowlin, who were already planning for the future of their little grandson. The sympathy of their friends are extended to the bereaved ones.
Thursday July 24, 1930 p. 4
D. C. Templeton
Mrs. W. C. Ernest received word Monday of the death of her uncle, D. [ewitt] C.[linton] Templeton, who passed away at his home in Chicago, Ill., Saturday, July 12. Mr. Templeton was a resident of Bedford for many years and was 85 years old at the time of his death.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday October 9, 1902 p. 4
M. M. Templeton Dead
Thursday of last week M. [iles] M. [urphy] Templeton died at his home in Clayton Township, aged 51 years, 1 month and 26 days. The funeral services were conducted at the M. E. church Saturday noon by Revs. Griffith and Ream.
Thursday October 9, 1902 p. 6
Miles M. [urphy] Templeton was born in New Castle, Henry Co, Indiana, Aug. 6th, 1851. In the fall of 1864 his parents William A. [ddison] Templeton and Nancy J. [ane Gallant] Templeton emigrated to Knox Co., Ill. He was married to Miss Emma Johnson, Jan. 17, 1878. In the spring of 1879 he came to Taylor County, Iowa, where he resided until his decease Oct. 2, 1902. His two eldest daughters passed before him to the spirit world. His wife and 4 children survive him, Fred and Sanford, Ethel and Edith, with the mother will miss the familiar face, but God will give them grace when in trial if they look up to Him.
He has one brother, D. [ewitt] C. [linton]. His sisters are Mrs. Amanda [Jane] Lowry, Mrs. Lidia [Lydia Ann] Terbell, Mrs. Sarah [Emily] Slawson and Mrs. Alcinda Thompson. Neither Mrs. Lowry or Thompson were able to be present at the funeral.
Mr. Templeton has been a sufferer for a long time, especially for the last 6 months.
The funeral services took place at the M. E. Church in this city on Saturday Oct. 4th, 11 a. m., D. W. Griffith conducting the service assisted by Rev. Ream.
Interment took place at Fairview cemetery.
May the blessing of God rest upon the bereaved ones. C.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday August 20, 1908 [p. 1]
Death of William A. Templeton
William A. [ddison] Templeton was born in Iredell County, North Carolina, January 10, 1817, and died at the home of his daughter Sunday evening August 16, 1908, aged 91 years, 7 months and 6 days.
He moved from his birthplace with his parents, before he was a year old, to Warren County, Ohio, and there they lived until in March 1832, when they emigrated to Henry County, Indiana. On February 28,184l, he was married to Miss Nancy J. [ane] Gallant, who was a faithful wife and companion until her death, which occurred December 20, 1889. In the fall of 1864 he and his family left Indiana and moved to Knox County, Illinois, when after a year's residence they moved to a farm near Woodhull in Henry County, Ill. There they made their home until they moved to this county in the spring of 1879. They lived on a farm two miles east of Bedford for two years and then moved to town where he has since resided. There were ten children born to them five of whom survive. They are D. [ewitt] C. [linton] Templeton of Chicago, Mrs. Lydia A. [nn] Terbell, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Slauson and Mrs. Sarah E. [mily] Slauson, all of Bedford, and Mrs. Alcinda Thompson of Missoula, Mont.
Mr. Templeton united with the M. E. church in young manhood and has been a faithful and consistent member since. The funeral was held at the M.E. church Wednesday afternoon conducted by Rev. W. M. Dudley. The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of all.
Thursday August 20, 1908 p. 5
Long Life Ended
William A. [ddison] Templeton was born in Iredell County, North Carolina, January 10, 1817. His father moved with his family to Warren County, Ohio, February 22 of the same year. They lived in Ohio until March 1832, when they emigrated into Henry County, Ohio [Indiana]. February 28, 1871 [February 28, 1841], he was married to Miss Nancy J. [ane] Gallant, who was a faithful companion and wife to him until December 20, 1889, when she died. In the fall of 1864 he removed with his family to Knox county, Ill., where they lived one year, then moved to Henry county, where he resided on a farm near Woodhull until the spring of 1879, when he again moved with his family to Taylor county, Iowa, living on a farm two miles east of Bedford, when he moved to the city, where he has since resided.
He united with the M. E. church in young manhood, and remained a faithful member of same until the end of his life.
There were ten children born to William A. [ddison] and Nancy J. [ane Gallant] Templeton, five of whom are still living—D. [ewitt] C. [linton] Templeton, Chicago; Lydia A. [nn] Terbell, Mrs. Elizabeth Slauson, Mrs. Sarah E. [mily] Slauson, Bedford, and Mrs. Alcinda Thompson, Missoula, Mont.
Deceased died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Slauson, in Bedford, at 6:30 Sunday evening, Angus 16. The funeral services were held yesterday at 2 p. m. at the M E. church, conducted by Rev. W. M. Dudley. Interment at Fairview.
At the time of his death Mr. Templeton was the oldest man in Bedford, his age being 91 years, 7 months and 6 days.