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Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, January 23, 1919, p. 7


D. [avid] Alderson died at his home in St. Joseph, Mo., Thursday at 3 A. M. The body was brought here for burial Saturday and services were held at the Methodist church at 3 P. M., conducted by the pastor, Rev. Webber. Interment at Gravity cemetery.


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, March 4, 1897, p. 2

A Sudden Death

The announcement of the death of Mrs. Alvina Bowen, wife of N. [apoleon] Bowen, came with a shock to the whole community. Death comes in many ways, but come as it may, it is usually unexpected. It was so in this instance. Mrs. Bowen had been ill for several weeks with grippe, which combined with a heart trouble with which she had been afflicted for some time terminated suddenly on Wednesday evening, Feb. 24, 1897.

To the stricken husband the blow came with a shock that can only be realized by those who have passed through the trying ordeal. The sympathy of the community goes out most sincerely to him.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. C. Lewis, at the First Baptist church, at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon and the remains interred in Fairview cemetery. Mrs. Bowen was a member of the Christian church; a Christian woman of rare graces of mind and heart and her memory is cherished by all with whom she became acquainted. She was born in Fulton County, Ill., and was aged 49 years and 7 days.


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, June 15, 1899, [p. 1]

A Very Sudden Death

Sick About Thirty Hours

N. Bowen, Living Just South of Town, Passed Away Sunday Night, June 11

One of the saddest events that has occurred to Bedford recently, was the news Sunday night of the death of N. Bowen, which occurred at the residence of C. P. Kempton, in Nodaway township. Mr. Bowen, as all know, was a candidate for the nomination of sheriff, and has been doing active work canvassing the county relative to his political prospects.

He started from Bedford Saturday morning in as good health as usual and drove over to Nodaway Township, accompanied by Mr. Pool. While on the road Saturday afternoon, at about 4:30 o’clock, Mr. Bowen was suddenly taken ill, caused by violent pain in the stomach. Being near the residence of C. P. Kempton, he was taken to the latter’s home and Dr. Flint, of Guss, summoned with haste. The doctor immediately saw that it was a serious case, and Drs. McColm, of Gravity, and Archer, of Bedford, were sent for, and on their arrival, the three doctors did all in their power to relieve the sick man, but to no avail. He lingered until 10:40 Sunday night, when his spirit departed for worlds unknown.

Napoleon Bowen was born at Lewistown, Illinois, January 4, 1850, and died in Nodaway Township, Taylor County, Iowa, June 11, 1899, at about 10:40 p. m. He was married to Alvina Pollock of Lewistown, Illinois, May 30, 1876, and moved to Taylor County some eighteen years ago. His wife preceded him to the spirit world a little more than two years ago. She was spoken of by all who knew her as an excellent and most charming lady.

Mr. Bowen enjoyed a large circle of friends and was respected by all who knew him. He united with the Baptist church at Bedford about two years ago and has lived a conscientious Christian life ever since. His last illness was sudden and his death a shock to the whole community. He was conscious to within a few moments before his death. He was aware of the fact that he was going to die and spoke without fear or tremor of the future.

He leaves six sisters and one brother to mourn his sad death. His sister, Mrs. E. B. Cummings, of Kirkwood, Illinois, and brother, E. E. Bowen, of Lewistown, Illinois, were present at the funeral.

The funeral services were in charge of the Masons, assisted by the Odd Fellows, he being a member of both orders. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. D. W. Griffith at the Baptist church, his text being taken from the eleventh chapter of Acts and the twenty-fourth verse: “For he was a good man.” The sermon was appropriate and impressive and gave sweet consolation to the bereaved ones.

After the services at the church the remains were taken in charge by the two orders mentioned above, and interred in Fairview cemetery.

The pallbearers were: H. M. Long, R. Vickery, Wm. McGinnis, Chas. Nicholson, E. C. Martin and George Ballou.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, February 6, 1941, [p. 1]

Miss Mae E. Bundy, Old Resident Dies

Miss Mae E. Bundy, a resident of Bedford for the past fifty-nine years, died at the home of Mrs. May Hartzler, Monday, Feb. 3, at the age of 79 years. She was born in Illinois on January 2, 1862.

The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Stanley Schlick. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. J. [ere] M. Dale of Bedford and Mrs. Chas. I.[ra] Evans of Parsons, Kans. Also by several nieces and nephews.



Taylor County Democrat, Thursday, March 8, 1894, p. 4

Life’s Pilgrimage Ended

DIED—At 6 o’clock on Friday evening, March 2, 1894, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. A. [ndrew] J. [ackson] Sowers, in Bedford, J. [oseph] S. [cott] Carson, aged 78 years.

Funeral services were held at the residence of Hon. A. J. sowers on Monday, March 5, at 10:30 o’clock and were conducted by Rev. T. A. H. Wylie, of the first Presbyterian church of this city. The remains were interred in the Fairview cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Carson came to Bedford some time during December of last year with the intention of visiting during the winter with Mr. Sowers’ family.

For one of his age, Mr. Carson enjoyed good health until Tuesday of last week, when he contracted a severe cold which developed into a lung difficulty from which he continued to grow worse in spite of medical assistance that was promptly rendered him, until death finally terminated his sufferings. The deceased was a native of Pennsylvania and came to Iowa in 1849. On June 4, 1850, he was united in marriage to Miss Pheobe Vaugh[n], at Marion, Iowa. To this union was born three sons and one daughter, all of whom are still living.

Hon. A. J. Sowers arrived from Des Moines on Saturday, accompanied by D. J. Carson, a son of the deceased, whose home is in Tama County. O. [rville] S. [cott] Carson, another son, who lies at Clearfield, was also present, as was another member of the family, W. [illiam] H. Carson, of Ord, Neb.


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, March 15, 1906, [p. 1]

Orville S. Carson

The city of Bedford was saddened and shocked Monday by the announcement of the sudden death of Mr. Orville S. [cott] Carson from apoplexy.

The deceased was born in Marion [Linn] County, Iowa, January 11, 1855 and died at the home of his sister, Mrs. A. J. Sowers, March 12, 1906, being 51 years, 2 months and 1 day of age at the time of his death.

Mr. Carson was well known throughout the county, having been in the implement business both here and at Clearfield for a number of years. Early in life he moved from his boyhood home to Shenandoah where he was employed in a grocery store for a number of years. In 1876 he moved to Fairbury, Neb., where he was engaged in business for a year when he moved to Bedford and entered the employ of his brother-in-law, A. [ndrew] J. [ackson] Sowers.

He was united in marriage to Miss Ella Dale and to this union three children were born, all of whom survive him. They are Helen, aged 19 years, Ruth, aged 12 years and Mary aged 5 years. Aside from these children and his wife he leaves his mother, who makes her home with Mrs. Sowers, and a brother, Lee I., of Tama, Ia., and W. H., of Ord, Neb. He was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church and was highly respected by all who knew him. At the time of his death he was traveling representative of the Kratzer Carriage Co., of Des Moines and while his duties demanded his time and attention out of town a greater portion of the time he always made it a point to spend Sundays at home with his family. After a more than usual happy time at home, he started to the depot Monday to resume his labors and stopped to see his mother and sister at the latter’s house. While conversing with Mrs. Sowers he was suddenly seized with the attack and although Dr. Beauchamp was immediately summoned earthly help was of no avail and he quietly and peacefully passed away.

While Mr. Carson had not been feeling entirely well for some time he had not been suffering any particularly serious ailment and his death was most unexpected. He was a great lover of home, particularly attached to his family and was a kind, considerate and loving husband and father. The sympathies of the entire community are extended to the bereaved widow and relatives and may He who doeth all things well assuage their grief and protect them in their hour of sorrow.

The funeral services will be held from the late home of the deceased in west Bedford, at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon, conducted by Rev. Barackman and interment will take place in Fairview cemetery.

Carson, Orville Scott

Bedford Times-Republican, Tuesday, March 13, 1906, [p. 1]

Orville S. Carson Stricken With Death---Heart Failure the Cause

Orville S. Carson, a traveling man whose home has for many years been at Bedford, formerly a well known Taylor County business man, died suddenly yesterday at 11 a. m. at the home of his sister, Mrs. A. J. Sowers.

The stroke came without warning. Mr. Carson was traveling salesman for the Kratzer Carriage Company of Des Moines, and came in from his regular trip Saturday, spent Sunday with his family and intended to leave on the noon trip Monday. Between 11 and 12 o’clock Monday morning he started for the depot, and as was his usual custom stopped at the home of his brother in law, A. J. Sowers for a short visit with his mother who lives there, and with his sister, Mrs. Sowers.

Some six weeks ago he had been quite ill for a time, and though he had resumed his work, he had not regained his usual health. Yesterday morning when he stopped at Mr. Sowers’ his sister asked him how he felt and he replied that he was feeling better than usual. He sat there talking for a while when suddenly he was seized with a spasm of pain; he threw back his head, pressed his hands to his breast, gasped for breath, and almost within an instant death had come. Dr. Beauchamp was summoned and arrived within a few moments but nothing could be done. Already the spirit had departed and the skill of mortals could avail nothing.

Orville S. [cott] Carson was born January 11, 1855 in Marion [Linn] County, Iowa, and died March 12, 1906, being at the time 51 years, 2 months and 1 day of age. When deceased was but a boy he went to Shenandoah, and there for several years was employed as a clerk in a grocery store. Along about 1876 he moved Fairbury, Neb., where for a year he was engaged in the hardware business in a partnership composed of A. J. Sowers and himself. In 1878 he came to Bedford where he lived for some years, until along in the latter eighties he moved to Clearfield. Here he engaged in the hardware business and continued this business for about fifteen years. Something like five years ago he again returned to Bedford, and since made this home. Mr. Carson, however, has been here but a small part of his time. Being employed as traveling salesman, the greater part of his time was spent on the road. However, he usually arranged to spend Sunday with his family, thus keeping in touch with his friends and neighbors in Bedford.

Deceased is the son of Joseph Carson, who formerly lived here, but who died several years ago. His mother, Mrs. Pheobe [Phebe] Carson, makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Sowers, and was by his side when death came. His wife, Mrs. Ella Dale Carson is the daughter of John Dale long since dead, and was born and raised in Bedford. Three children, two almost grown to womanhood survive him. They are Helen, age 19, Ruth, age 12 and Mary who is only 5. On sister, Mrs. Olive I. [rene] Sowers resides here. One brother, Lee I. Carson lives at Tama, Iowa, and the other W. H. Carson resides at Ord, Nebraska. Deceased was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and was an active, consistent member. As a citizen he was above reproach, as a neighbor accommodating and friendly, as a man, just and honorable, and as a husband and father, kind, loving and devoted.

In the midst of their sorrow and grief, the bereaved wife and fatherless children have the consolation of knowing the husband and father had nothing to fear from that Allwise Tribunal, before whom we must all pass; and that though he has gone he has left to them that priceless heritage an honorable and untarnished name.



Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, October 20, 1993


Inurnment for Lelia Maude Patch Eike was held Saturday, Oct. 16, 1993 at the Fairview Cemetery, Bedford with Ted DeHass officiating. Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lelia Maude Patch, daughter of Emma Stephens Patch and Edward Patch was born near Bedford, Iowa January 6, 1903. She departed this life October 9, 1993 at the age of 90 years, nine months and three days.

She lived near and in Bedford, attending school and graduating in 1922. She attended the Christian Church in Bedford.

In 1931 she married Otto Manley Eike. One son was born to bless their home.

Lelia loved to work with children and taught at Glenwood School, moving later with her husband to Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota where she taught homemaking at the Indian School. She was always noted for her beautiful gardens and delicious homemade bread, sharing her flowers and delicacies with her neighbors.

At the end of World War II, Lelia and her family moved to O'Fallon, Ill. where her husband was assigned to Scott Air Force Base. Her son, Otto Manley Eike, Jr. was commissioned as Ensign, USN in 1953, and flew Navy fighter jet planes. In 1955 he was lost on a flight over the Sea of Japan. After the death of their son, Lelia and her husband retired to Hot Springs, Ark., making their home there for many years. They enjoyed square dancing, hiking through the Ozark Mountains, and entertaining many neighborhood children.

Following the death of her husband in 1988, Lelia made her home with her nephew, Claire Eike on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Mo.

Lelia was preceded in death by her son, husband, and sister Dorothy.

Left to cherish her memory are her brother, Charles, St. Joseph, Mo., sister Ethel Bower, Cresco, Iowa, one niece, and a host of cousins and friends and her nephew and wife who cared for her the last five years of her life.

She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Eike, Lelia Patch

Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, October 13, 1993

Memorial service Saturday for Lelia Patch Eike

Memorial service for the cremains of Lelia Patch Eike, 90, of Branson, Mo., formerly of Bedford, will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m. at Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery. A memorial is being established in her name. There will be no visitation.




Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 3, 1955, [p. 1]

Ensign Otto Eike, Jr. Reported Lost At Sea

Mrs. Guy Bower, Murray, Iowa, reports the news of the death of Ensign Otto Manley Eike, Jr., had been received, Deceased, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Manley Eike, Sr., of 506 N. Lincoln, O’Fallon, Ill., was reported lost at sea, when he failed to land his plane back on a carrier during a storm on Feb. 20.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, May 12, 1977

Roy Gant died this Thursday

NEW MARKET - Roy Gant, 79, was dead on arrival at the Clarinda Municipal hospital this Thursday morning. He has farmed southeast of New Market. Mrs. Delphia Pitman is a sister and Lyle Pitman a nephew.

Service arrangements are being made through Walker Funeral Home.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, May 16, 1977

Gant services held in Siam

Funeral services for Roy Robert (Tom) Gant, 78, were held Sunday afternoon at the Siam Church of Christ with Loren Daly officiating.

Gant died Thursday morning shortly after being admitted to Municipal hospital. He had been actively caring for his farm until the morning of his death.

He was born March 11, 1899, southeast of New Market on the same farm where he lived his entire lifetime. His parents were Samuel and Mary Etta Salen Gant.

He is survived by a sister, Delphia Pitman, of the home, Gant and a nephew, Lyle Pitman of New Market.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two infant brothers, and brothers, Frank and Cecil Gant.

Shirley Larson was a soloist and Janice Hardee pianist.

Casket bearers were Melvin Thurman, Roger Gant, Orville Manley, Eldon Fine, Russell Sunderman, and Verlin Larson. Honorary bearers were Thomas Harris, John Bix, Ray Garner, Leon McPherron, John Cox, Doug Brooks, Ivan Sparks and LaVern Young.

Burial was in Siam cemetery with Walker Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Bedford Times-Republican, Monday, April 12, 1920, p.3

Died   1825 - - - -1920

Sarah F. Farrel[l] was born at Scottsville, Allen County, Ky., Oct. 25th, 1825, and was raised to womanhood there. She moved to Edmundson County, near Mammoth Cave, residing there about 30 years. Here she united with the Baptist church.

She was united in marriage at the age of 18 years to T. [homas] G. [eorge] Hollaway [Holloway], and moved to Hardin county, Ky., near Elizabethtown. Her husband enlisted in the 27th Kentucky infantry October 1861, and served three years in the Union Army. In June, 1865, they moved to Lincoln, Ill., living there until 1871. Mr. Halloway [Holloway] went to the Soldiers’ home at Quincy, Ill, where he died in 1882.

She moved to Bedford, Iowa in 1884, and lived here and at Creston until 1916, where she went to Ottawa, Kans., where she lived with her brother until last July, when she moved to Beverdike Home at Ellsworth, Kans. where she passed away at 10 A. M., April 10th, after a brief illness of two hours. She united with the Church of Christ about 16 years ago and remained faithful until the end of earth’s life, being active in church life in early days and when health permitted.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. E. Lowe from the Christian church this afternoon at 2 o’clock, April 12th. A goodly number of old time friends attended the services. Thomas F. [T.] Farrell, of Ottawa, Kans., the only brother left, and the youngest of 11 children, was here to attend the funeral. The remains were laid to rest in the Bedford cemetery, there to await the resurrection day.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, July 9, 1936, p. 2


Frank Kelso Dies After Short Illness

Siam community has suffered another great loss in the death of Frank Kelso, who was ill only a few days with pneumonia. He was taken to the Brown hospital Wednesday July 1 and passed away that night.

Mr. Kelso spent practically all his life in this community and has enjoyed the love and respect of all who knew him.

Frank Kelso, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Kelso, was born Aug. 25, 1871, near New Market and passed to the great beyond at the Brown hospital in Clarinda Wednesday July 1, 1936, age 64 years, 11 months and 24 days.

On February 12, 1895 he was married to Miss Dora Jobbins, who preceded him in death. To them six children were born all of whom survive their father.

At an early age Mr. Kelso was converted and joined the Methodist church in Siam. He had a quiet kindly disposition and numbered his friends by his acquaintances. He was ever ready to help those in sickness or distress.

Those left to mourn their loss are his 6 children, Mrs. Harve Thompson of Siam; Dale Kelso of Des Moines; Ralph Kelso and Glade Kelso of Fairfield, Idaho, Clarence Kelso and Burl Kelso of the Siam community. Also one sister, Mrs. Effie [Elfie] McAlpin, Clarinda and three brothers, Sanford Kelso, of Florence, Colo.; John Kelso, Harrisonville, Mo., and Bert Kelso of Tacoma, Wash.; 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. All were present at funeral services except the two sons in Idaho and the two brothers, John and Bert.

Rites were held at the Methodist church in Siam Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Charles Arnold. Burial was in the cemetery at Bedford.


Clarinda Herald-Journal, Monday, November 16, 1992

Beryl K. Kelso

Beryl K. [enneth] Kelso, 80, of Clarinda died Saturday afternoon, Nov. 14, at the Mt. Carmel Hospital in Pittsburg, Kans., where he had recently gone to stay with their daughter.

He was born on March 10, 1912, at New Market, Ia., the son of Benjamin Franklin and Dora Jobbins Kelso. On Nov. 13, 1929, he was married to Ermol Smith who survives.

They farmed on the Red Line south of New Market, a farm that had been in the family for over 100 years.

Later, he also was a sales supervisor at Pfister Seed Corn and later sold Wausau Homes. They had lived in Clarinda in recent years.

Mr. Kelso is survived by his wife and two children; Donna Langer of Pittsburg, Kans. and Beryl Kelso, Jr. of Joplin, Mo.

There are six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Mrs. Ethel Thompson of Clarinda is a sister. He was preceded in death by four brothers.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Hillside Missionary Church with Rev. David Miller officiating.

Visitation will be at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Bedford, Ia.

A memorial is being established by Mr. Kelso's family and friends.   


Clarinda Herald, Monday, March 26, 1928, p. 2

New Market and Dallas Twp.

Mrs. Frank Kelso [Dora Jane Jobbins], whose home is south of New Market, passed away at Rochester, Minn., March 16 after undergoing an operation for gallstones. The funeral was at Siam and interment at Bedford.


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, June 24, 1909, [p. 1]

Mrs. B. F. Kelso Dead

Mrs. B. F. [Erasmus Lee] Kelso died two weeks ago in a hospital at Seattle, Wash., from the result of an operation. Mrs. Kelso will be remembered here better as Miss Gay Underwood. She was reared in Bedford and taught in the public schools. She was married to B. F. [Erasmus Lee] Kelso who was at an early date associated with Hon. J. P. Flick in the practice of law. They moved from here to Great Bend, Kas., and later to Seattle, Wash. She was the mother of twelve children but five of whom are living. The old friends here will learn with regret of this good woman’s demise.


Maryville Daily Forum, Tuesday, May 7, 1985

Glade Kelso

GUILFORD — Glade Kelso, 82, Guilford, died Monday evening (May 6, 1985) at St. Francis Hospital, Maryville, after a lengthy illness.     

Mr. Kelso was born on March 2, 1903 in Taylor County Iowa, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Dora B. (Jobbins) Kelso.

Mr. Kelso married Flassie Leona Hamm on Jan. 6, 1967 in Maryville. He had lived in the Guilford area for 43 years. He was a retired township maintenance worker.

Surviving are his wife, Flassie, of the home; three sons, Bill Curtis Kelso, Darlington, Glade Eldon Kelso, Tulsa, Okla., and Ted Allen Kelso, Agency; one daughter, Ginger Marlene Bagby, Overland Park, Kan.; one step-son, Larry Lamer Cole, St. Joseph; one step-daughter, Nancy Carol Langley, Omaha, Neb.; 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren; one brother, Buryl [Beryl] Kelso, Clarinda, Iowa; and one sister, Ethel Thompson, Clarinda, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys Kelso; one son, Frank Kelso; one daughter, Dorothy Kelso and three brothers.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday (May 9, 1985) at Price Funeral Home Chapel, Maryville, with the Rev. Tammy L. Kelso officiating. Burial will be in the Weatherman Cemetery, Guilford.

Visitation has been set from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (May 8, 1985) at Price Funeral Home.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 7, 1965, p. 5

Mrs. Glade Kelso, 57, Killed in Missouri

Mrs. Glade Kelso, 57, was killed and her husband, 62, seriously injured, the result of an accident near Marceline, Mo., Oct. 1. Both are former residents of Bedford and New Market vicinities. Their present home was Guilford, Mo.

Mr. Kelso is a brother of Mrs. Harve (Ethel) Thompson and Beryl Kelso of Mason Township and Ralph Kelso of Utah.

Mrs. Kelso was the dietician at the Maryville hospital. She was born at New Market, the daughter of Chris and Flora Ridenour Whetstine.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, June 13, 1935, p. 2


Cousin Dies In Accident

Harrison Kelso, who was killed in an auto accident near Red Oak last week, was a cousin of E. J. Posten of Gravity. Mr. Posten, Mrs. Maude Posten and son Carroll attended the funeral services Friday.


Clarinda Journal, Monday, December 2, 1929, p. 5

Lemuel L. Kelso

Lemuel L. [ocke] Kelso was born near Siam, Ia., March 29, 1868, and departed this life at Clarinda, Ia., Nov. 27, 1929, aged 61 years, 7 months and 28 days. He was married to Della Lewis of Bedford, Ia., in 1891. To this union one daughter, Grace, was born, who preceded her father to the Great Beyond at the age of 18 years. He leaves to mourn their loss, five brothers and one sister: S. [anford] G. Kelso of Florence, Colo.; B. [enjamin] F. [ranklin] Kelso of New Market, Ia.; ;C. [harles] O. [liver] Kelso of Knoxville, Ia.; J. [ohn] F. Kelso of Harrison, Mo.; Bert Kelso of Steilacoom, Wash.; Mrs. G. R. McAlpine [McAlpin] of Clarinda, Ia., besides a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Pruitt funeral home Friday, Nov. 29, at 2 p. m., conducted by Rev. D. J. Shenton. Burial was at Bedford, Ia.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, October 13, 1975

Ralph Kelso farmed near Siam

Ralph E [lton] Kelso, 76, who farmed near Siam prior to moving west years ago, died Wednesday afternoon at his home in Hollister, Ida. Mrs. Harve (Ethel) Thompson and Beryl Kelso flew from Omaha for the brother's service Monday at Twin Falls, Ida.

Kelso has been retired from an active life of railroading. He was born in the Siam vicinity, son of Frank and Dora Jobbins Kelso. He farmed on the home place for several years, and was married to Eva Manley of the New Market area.

His wife and daughter, Vida, survive him at the Hollister home. He has three grandchildren. Besides the local brother and sister are two others, who are living, of the six children of the Frank Kelsos. The brothers are Glade of Guilford, Mo, and Clarence of Lucerne, Calif.


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, November 8, 1900, [p. 1]

Mrs. N. J. Levine Passes Away

Tuesday morning, at 2 o’clock, the eternal spirit of Mrs. N. [elson] J. Levine left its tenement of clay and returned to the God who gave it. Mrs. Levine had been under the doctor’s care for nearly a year, but was not considered seriously ill until about two weeks ago, which sickness culminated in her death. She leaves three children and a husband to mourn their irreparable loss, and who have the sympathy of every citizen of Bedford. The funeral exercises were conducted by Rev. E. N. Ware at the late residence on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Deceased was a member of the Eastern Star, and that order attended the funeral in a body, and also contributed many beautiful flowers as a last tribute to the departed sister. Some of the floral offerings were very handsome. The chapter also conducted the services of the order at the grave.

Hattie C. Levine was born Aug. 2, 1861, at Afton, Union Co., Ia. Was married to Mr. N. [elson] J. Levine January 1, 1885, by Rev. Day at Afton, Iowa, and moved to Bedford January 3, and united with the Presbyterian church about one year ago. She has always lived a Christian and took a great interest in helping the cause of Christ and had a kind word for everyone. She was an affectionate wife and a loving mother. She leaves behind a kind and loving husband and three children, a father and mother, two brothers and one sister to mourn her loss.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 9, 1954, [p. 1]

Walter E. Levine, 66, Died Here Tuesday

Walter E. [mery] Levine, 66, died at his apartment home over the Smith Market on Court Street about noon Tuesday, following a heart attack. Funeral service plans are incomplete as we go to press.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 13, 1966, p. 4

Beth Lyon, 72, Rites Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Hal (Elizabeth Webb) Lyon, 72, lifetime Bedford resident, were held Monday, October 10, at the Madison Street Shum-Novinger funeral Home. Mrs. Lyon died October 8, 1966 at Clarinda Municipal Hospital. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery.

Mrs. Lyon, daughter of Henry Webb and Agnes Smith Webb, was born April 15, 1894. She was married to Hal Lyon who preceded her in death.

She is survived by a brother-in-law, two nephews and a nice.

Mrs. Lyon was a member of the Methodist Church and the Wild Rose Club.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, June 24, 1954, [p. 1]

Hal Lyon Dies At Gravity

Hal Lyon, 69, a druggist in Gravity for many years, died at his home June 19. Funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home in Bedford Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Robt. M. Peters. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.

Mr. Lyon is survived by his wife, the former Miss Beth Webb of Bedford.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, June 24, 1954, p. 7


Hal Lyons Dies

Hal Lyons [Lyon] suffered a stroke on Thursday and died Saturday evening at the age of 69 years.

Mr. Lyons [Lyon] had been in the drug store here for over 40 years. Funeral services were held at Bedford at the Wetmore funeral home Wednesday conducted by Rev. Robt. Peters, pastor of the Bedford Methodist church.

Mr. Lyons [Lyon] is survived by his wife.


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, August 1, 1907, p. 5

Death of Mrs. McAllaster

Nancy A. [nn] Stewart was born in Illinois in 1827 and was married at Iowa City to Major P. [owers] McAllaster, of Vermont, in 1845. She was left a widow with three children in 1853. The youngest son died in 1854; the second son died in 1863, a prisoner of war at Andersonville prison; the third child is Mrs. G. [eorge] B. Haddock, of Bedford with whom she made her home in her declining years.

Mrs. McAllaster was a teacher in the public schools of Iowa and Arkansas for over forty years. She became a Christian when a child and with her husband united with the Methodist church. In 1866 she united with the Christian church, of which she has ever since been a consistent, loyal member. In her home life she was an inspiration to her daughter and all with whom she came in contact.

She died in Bedford, Iowa, on July 30th at the home of her daughter, tenderly watched over and cared for by her grandson John Haddock, his wife Margaret, and many loving friends.

The immediate cause of death was paralysis, caused by the giving way of a blood vessel in the brain. She did not realize that death was approaching and never recovered consciousness.

Her passing was calm and beautiful; a falling asleep for the last time, and was just such a death as she had always wished for when the time was at hand for her to depart.


Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, August 8, 1907, p.

Death Calls

Mrs. Nancy A. [nn] McAllaster died Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. [eorge] B. Haddock of Bedford, age 80 years, 5 months and 26 days. The funeral services conducted by Revs. Price and Henry were held at the Haddock home at 4 p. m. yesterday. Interment at Fairview.

Mrs. McAllaster was seriously ill only three days. Her daughter and husband had left her in her usual health only a few days before she was taken ill and had gone on a visit to Idaho. A message was sent, and they returned, but did not arrive until after her death.


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, May 27, 1992


Funeral services for Jack Sowers Orth were held Saturday, May 23, 1992 at the United Christian-Presbyterian Church with Rev. Marcia Smith Wood and Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford. Jack died May 20, at St. Francis Hospital, Maryville, Mo.

Jack Sowers Orth was born February 8, 1916 in Bedford, Iowa to Clarence Sheriff Orth and Faye Irene Sowers.

He was married to Pauline Opal Reed February 14, 1947 in Bedford, Iowa. He owned and operated a shoe store and shoe repair business in Bedford for many years.

He served in World War II in the Army Air Corps.

He was a member of the United Christian-Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge, and American Legion Post, all of Bedford.

Jack is survived by his wife, Pauline Orth of Bedford, one daughter, Jackie (Jim) Scott, Bedford; two granddaughters, Jamie Scott and Julie Scott, Bedford; sister, Mrs. Olive Leonard, Milwaukee, Wisc.; and one sister-in-law, Mrs. Eleanor Orth, Albuquerque, N.M.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Clare Orth.

A memorial has been established to the Bedford Ambulance Service.





Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 31, 1946, [p. 1]

Mrs. C. M. Jenks, 57, Dies In Galesburg

Mrs. C. [larence] M. Jenks, 57, of Galesburg, Illinois, died Monday night. The body was brought to Bedford and funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home this (Thursday) afternoon. The body was placed in the mausoleum in Fairview cemetery.

Mrs. Jenks, former resident of Sharpsburg, was a sister of the late Mrs. Frank Wright, Bedford.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, November 7, 1946, p. 2

Mrs. C. M. Jenks

Jessie Mae Dean, oldest daughter of George [Wesley] and Louise Ellen [Barnhill] Dean, was born in Taylor County Iowa, April 30, 1869, and died October 27, 1946.

When a young girl, she was converted and united with the Methodist church where she was a faithful worker.

On January 7, 1891, she was married to Clarence M. Jenks. They established a home in Blockton. Three children came to the home, Ethel, Olive and Myron. She was preceded in death by her husband, Olive and Myron.

In 1908 they moved to Tingley and resided there until 1917, when they moved to Sharpsburg. Her later years were spent with her daughter.

Among the survivors are the one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Northey of Galesburg, Ill.; two grandchildren, Carol Northey, Galesburg, Ill., and Maynard Northey, Fort Dodge, Iowa. Also a great grandson, Steven Lee Northey.

The funeral services were conducted from the Shum Funeral Home, Thursday afternoon, October 31, by Rev. Russell G. Nye. The body was placed in the Mausoleum in Fairview cemetery.


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Eleanor L. [ouise] Orth, 86, widow of Clare S. Orth originally from Bedford, passed away in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on December 2, 2001. She was born in Fairfield, Iowa, and attended Schools there including Parsons College where she met her future husband, Clare, son of Faye and Clarence S. Orth of Bedford. They married in 1938 and settled in Chicago. The Orths lived in Des Moines and Iowa City prior to moving to Albuquerque in 1961, where Clare was in the insurance and real estate business and Eleanor was employed by the University of New Mexico as department manager in the Psychology Department until her retirement in 1980.

Eleanor was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque and Chapter L, PEO. She enjoyed a wide variety of interests including genealogy, music, and fine art.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nancy Jo in 1945, husband, Clare in 1977, her sister, Harriet, and her parents, Arthur and Helen Greef.

She is survived by her daughters, Pamela Nelson, of Austin, Texas, Patsy Duphorne of Albuquerque and her husband, Marvin, grandson, Dante Duphorne and his fiancé, Julie Batman of Orlando, Florida, her nephew, Jackie Leigh Scott and husband, Jim, and daughters, Jamie and Julie, sister-in-law, Olive Leonard and children, Rev. Orth Leonard, George Leonard Jr., Richard Leonard and Maureen Leonard, niece, Betsy Christensen, cousins, Paul Stoltz, Jean Pierson, Patti Poling, Charlotte Lamb, Margaret Brydon, and their families and numerous friends.

Burial services will be held Saturday, May 25th at 1:30 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery.


Bedford Free Press, Tuesday, July 28, 1914, p. 8


Alva [Irene] Patton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. [obert] L. [ee] Patton, died at her home Saturday July 25, at four o’clock. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Episcopal church Monday at 10 o’clock, interment at Conway cemetery.


Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, July 30, 1914, p. 8


Alva Patton, the eight-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Patton, died at the home of her parents Saturday July 25, at 4 o’clock p. m. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Mitchell. Interment was made in the Conway cemetery.


Bedford Free Press, Tuesday, March 18, 1913, p. 8

Mary A. Perkins

Mary Augusta Perkins died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. I. [saac] L. [ewis] Bishop Monday, March 10, age 76 years, 6 months and 5 days. The funeral services were held at the home of I. L. Bishop Wednesday morning, conducted by Rev. J. A. Currie, assisted by Rev. J. W. Neyman and Elder Cobb. Interment was made at Fairview cemetery.

Mary Augusta Perkins was born September 5, 1836 near Fair Haven, Vermont. She went to Wisconsin early in life and was married to Charles A. Perkins in 1855. With her husband she came to Bedford in 1858 and the following year they settled on a farm south of town. Her husband died in October 1899, and she continued to make her home in Bedford. In 1886 she united with the Presbyterian Church and continued to live a conscientious and consistent Christian life. For the last four years she had been in very poor health and had made her home with her children where attention could be given her. She leaves to mourn her death, one son, C. [halon] F. Perkins, and two daughters, Mrs. Elmer Cobb and Mrs. I.[saac] L. [ewis] Bishop all of Bedford.


Bedford Argus, Thursday, July 24, 1879, p. 3

The community sympathizes with Colonel Pierson and his accomplished wife in their severe affliction. Their little babe died this week, and was buried on the Colonel’s beautiful premises. The loss of the little one is a severe blow to the parents, and they have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, April 27, 1944, [p. 1]

Day Pierson, 62, Dies At Home Kansas City

Day Pierson, 62, died at his home in Kansas City Tuesday, April 18. The body was brought to Bedford and the funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. A. A. Ross. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

Mr. Pierson was a resident of Bedford when a young man, being the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Colonel Pierson. He is survived by his wife, who accompanied the body to Bedford.


Taylor County Herald, Thursday, April 27, 1944, [p. 1]

Day Pierson, 62, Former Resident, Dies in Kansas City

Day Pierson, 62, died at the Research hospital in Kansas City, Tuesday evening, April 18.

Although he had been in failing health he was able to take care of his business and was in the hospital only a day.

The son of Joel A. [delbert] and Emma L. [ouisa Jackson] Pierson, he was born in Bedford, where he spent his boyhood days and attended the Bedford schools.

He was graduated from the University of Kansas and was admitted to the bar. He practiced law a number of years at Lawrence, Kan., later moving to Kansas City, where he engaged in the real estate business.

He was a member of the Elks lodge and the Herolne Masonic fraternity at Kansas City. He was a managing editor of the Elks Bulletin.

When a young man, Mr. Pierson united with the Bedford Presbyterian Church, where his membership has remained.

He was a kind and thoughtful husband, a true friend, honest in his business dealings, which won a deep respect and warm friendship among his business associates. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Alice Pierson, of Kansas City.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Wetmore funeral home in Bedford, conducted by the Rev. A. A. Ross of the Presbyterian Church. Interment was in Fairview cemetery.


Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, April 24, 1930, p. 7

Mrs. Emma L. Pierson

Mrs. Emma L. [ouisa] Pierson passed away in St. Joseph, Mo., Saturday, April 17, following a cerebral hemorrhage. The body was brought to Bedford Sunday evening, accompanied by her son, Day Pierson and his wife. Short funeral services were held at the grave in Fairview cemetery, Monday forenoon at 11 o’clock, conducted by Rev. C. F. McMican.

Mrs. Pierson was a resident of Bedford for many years. Fifty years ago she was active in teaching music in Bedford, Hopkins and Maryville and at that time was active in church and social affairs. She was a devoted Christian and one of her most highly prized possessions of her later years was her Bible. She was aged 76 years, 1 month and 6 days at the time of her death.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 13, 1951, p. 4

Mrs. Day Pierson Buried Here Friday

Mrs. Julia Corder Pierson, wife of the late Day H. [arvey] Pierson, died at a hospital in Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 4, aged 72 years. Her husband preceded her in death eight years ago.

Mr. Pierson was a former resident of Bedford and Mrs. Pierson had visited here many times. She had no living relatives.

Funeral services were held at Wagoner chapel in Kansas City, Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p. m. Graveside services were held at the Fairview cemetery, Bedford, at one p. m. Dec. 7.



Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 28, 1939, [p. 1]

Ed Russell, Seed Man, Dies

Had Been In Business In Bedford Since 1930

Ed Russell, business man in Bedford since 1930, died at his home Monday morning, Sept. 25, after having been in failing health for some time.

The funeral services were held this, Thursday afternoon at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. O. H. Hallgrimson of the Baptist church. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

Ed Gylen Russell, son of John and Emeline Russell, was born March 16, 1869 at Fairfield, Iowa, being aged 70 years, 6 months and 9 days at the time of his death.

On June 21, 1894 he was married to Miss Ida Morgan of Bedford. Their one son, Gylen Morgan Died Jan. 31, 1911 at the age of eight years. Mrs. Russell is the only near surviving relative.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 18, 1948, [p. 1]

Mrs. Ida M. Russell Succumbs Sunday

Mrs. Ida Russell, a resident of Bedford for many years, died at her apartment early Sunday morning.

The funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Russell G. Nye. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

Ida M. Morgan, daughter of Thomas and Sadie Agee [Sarah Catherine Agy] Morgan, was born in 1869. She attended the Bedford schools and graduated from the high school. She also graduated from the Iowa State Teachers College with a Master’s Degree. After teaching a few years she was married to Ed Russell. A son was born to them, Guyland [Gylen], and at the age of 8 years he passed away.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell were in the grocery business for many years in several states. When in business in California they sold out and took a trip, visiting the Hawaiian Islands, the Panama Canal Zone and several other places of interest. They finally located in Georgia, went into the grocery business again, afterwards selling out and coming to Bedford.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

In the fall of 1939, Mr. Russell passed away and although she was handicapped by the loss of one limb, she continued in the grocery business until the first of this year, when she closed out the stock and went to stay at the home of Mrs. Amanda Robbins.

She was very patient and never complained and will be missed by many friends.

She leaves one sister, Mrs. Bertha Bennett of Spencer, Iowa. Her father, mother and two brothers preceded her in death.




Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, May 12, 1927, p. 6

Flora Alma Child was born in Oneida, Ill., Mar. 6, 1860. At the age of 13 she removed with her parents to Iowa. She was united in marriage to Dr. Reightmire [George Rightmyer or Rightmire], Oct. 24,1883. Her husband lived but six months after their marriage. She was united in marriage to John Webb at Colorado Springs, Colo., in the year 1905, and coming with him to Bedford she made her home here until his death, which occurred July 14th, 1923. Following Mr. Webb’s death she returned again to Colorado Springs, making her home with her sister, Mrs. Kate Kiplinger and Lawrence Kiplinger, a nephew. She was taken sick last August, stricken with creeping paralysis. She was hopeful of recovery until about three weeks ago when she gave up hope of ever regaining her health. She was resigned and ready to go when the call came April 29th, 1927, at 8:20 o’clock and she quietly closed her eyes in sleep. Mrs. Webb was a devout Christian, ready to go when her summons came. Mrs. Kiplinger and her son Lawrence Kiplinger, sister and nephew, are her only near relatives.

Short funeral services were held Sunday, May 1, at 4:00 p. m., at Colorado Spring[s], and Monday morning the body was started on its homeward trip, reaching Bedford on Tuesday noon, May 3rd.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, July 10, 1952, p. 4

Obituary – S. P. Webb

Sidney Paul Webb, son of Henry C. [lay] Webb and Sarah Agnes  [Agnes Sarah] Smith Webb, was born in Taylor County, Feb. 3, 1878, and died July 2, 1952, in Bedford at the age of 74 years, four months, 20 days.

His parents and one sister, Mrs. Charles Ethington, preceded him in death.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. H. M. Ross of North Hollywood, Calif.; four sisters: Mrs. Charles Rawson of Walla Walla, Wash., Mrs. Nettie Kelly of Bedford, Mrs. Vera Higgins of Des Moines, Miss Beth Webb of Bedford.

Mr. Webb was engaged in the grocery business in Bedford for a number of years and later became active in the insurance business.

He spent 18 months in the Spanish American War serving in the First Infantry, where he was a corporal. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Robt. M. Peters, from the Wetmore Funeral home, Saturday, July 5 with burial at Bedford.


Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, April 24, 1902, p. 4

A Mr. Williamson, a very aged man whose residence was in Hopkins, died at his son’s home in Jackson Township Sunday and was buried at Allison this afternoon at 2 o’clock, Elder Lee Ferguson officiated at the funeral.


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, April 24, 1902, p. 8

----Mr. Williamson, an old gentleman 76 years old, died last Tuesday morning at his home in Jackson Township, 6 miles southeast of Bedford. Services were conducted at Hope church by Elder Ferguson.


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, April 19, 1906, p. 5

Death of Elizabeth Wylie

The messenger of death has again visited a former Bedford resident, taking this time Miss Elizabeth Wylie, daughter of Rev. T. [homas] A. H. Wylie, at one time pastor of the Presbyterian church here but now deceased, and Mrs. Mattie A. Wylie.

Miss Beth, as she was familiarly and lovingly known, died at the home of her mother at Canon City, Colo., April 14, 1906, of appendicitis, aged 19 years, 4 months and 3 days. She was not physically strong for some time but her sweet disposition and Christian character made her a tower of strength to those who knew and loved her.

The remains arrived here Tuesday and the funeral was held at the Presbyterian Church, conducted by Rev. Barackman. The tired body was laid to rest in the beautiful Fairview cemetery beside father and sister awaiting that summons that shall call the beloved of earth on that resurrection morn.

As pastor of the church Rev. Wylie was greatly beloved by all. He was summoned to his reward while filling that position here, dying July 11, 1897 [1896]. The family soon moved to Colorado and there on July 27, 1903 Josephine, a sister of the deceased met her sad and tragic fate.

The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved mother and brother who remain to mourn.


Bedford Times-Republican, Tuesday, April 17, 1906, p. 4

Laid to Rest

The body of Elizabeth Wylie arrived here yesterday evening from Cannon [Canon] City, Colo., at which place she died Saturday at 4:12 p. m. of peritonitis. The funeral was held today at 10 o’clock at the Presbyterian church in Bedford conducted by Rev. Barackman.

The deceased was the daughter of Rev. T. [homas] A. H. Wylie who for four years was pastor of the Presbyterian church ere, and during whose pastorate the present church building was constructed.

It was here that Rev. Wylie’s labors in the Father’s vineyard were finished, his death having occurred in 1896. After leaving here, and only about two years ago, the younger sister of the deceased Josephine, received injuries in an explosion of gas, which caused her death and she was brought to Bedford for interment.

It was beside her father and sister at Fairview cemetery that the body of Elizabeth was today laid to rest.

When the family left here Elizabeth, or Beth as she was affectionately known, was only a child of about 10 years, but her affectionate manner, her loving heart and winning ways, endeared her to the hearts of all who knew her, and many are the friends here who join in the heartfelt sympathy with the sorrowing mother and only brother, who of all the family, now only remain.


Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, July 30, 1903, p. 3

Laid To Rest

The Remains of Josephine Wylie are Tenderly Deposited Beside Her Reverend Father in Fairview Cemetery

Those in this city and vicinity who knew Rev. Wylie and family, and there are may, feel a deep grief at the death of the little daughter, Josephine, whose funeral was held in this city today. Since the death of Rev. Wylie at this place some time ago, the family has been from this place, but always held a warm place in the hearts of all who knew them, and now the community sincerely mourns with the family and keenly feels the shocking death of the little favorite, Josephine.

The little one was accidentally burned at Canon City, Colorado, on July 17, and has suffered deeply though patiently until the end came last Wednesday July 29. The remains were sent to this city arriving on last night’s train and were taken to the A. [ndrew] J. [ackson] Sower’s home, and were accompanied by the mother and an aunt, Mrs. Edgar, of Olathe, Kansas, who went to her bedside when she met with the misfortune and who stayed until the end. There was a large delegation of sorrowing citizens at the depot to meet the corpse and the bereaved relatives who accompanied it.

The Presbyterian Church was profusely decorated with potted and cut flowers, many having accompanied the remains. The floral offerings in the church were typical of the beautiful fields in which the pure soul is now reveling, freed from the pains of the flesh, and happily reunited with her sainted father who has been waiting for his beloved baby.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. L. Barackman at 10 o’clock this morning. His text was from Rev. 5-5: “Weep Not.” The minister’s words were replete with sympathy and they conveyed a blessed consolation contained only in the Holy Book, and only for those who can appropriate it through faith. The service was impressive, and though through the weakness of the flesh tears flowed, yet all realized that the pure bud of this earth was blooming in the land o perpetual summer.

The singers were: Wm. Wilkins, Kenneth Stephens, John Thompson and Guy Thompson. Organist, Miss Margaret Dinges.

The following songs were rendered: “Savior comfort Me,” “He will meet me at the Portal,” and “Beyond the Smiling and the Weeping.”

The pall bearers were: Ed Graff, John Terbell, Robt. Taylor and Elmer Brice.

The remains were laid beside her father in the Fairview cemetery in a grave beautifully decorated by loving hands.

Deceased was born in Bedford, Iowa, May 31, 1894, and died July 29, 1903.

“We know that she is happy now
       With her Angel plumage on,
But it makes us very desolate,
      To think that She is gone.”


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, February 9, 1950, [p. 1]

Former Minister’s Wife Buried Here

Mrs. Mattie Wiley [Wylie], 90, wife of a former Bedford minister, died recently in California and the body was brought to Bedford, arriving here Tuesday for burial in the Fairview cemetery. A son, her only survivor, Murray Wiley accompanied the body here.

Funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Gordon F. MacLean.

Rev. Wiley served as Presbyterian minister in Bedford in 1894. He and two of their children died several years ago and are buried here.


Bedford Free Press, Thursday, July 16, 1896, p. 2

Rev. T. [homas] A. H. Wylie, who has been pastor of the Presbyterian church in Bedford for years and who obtained quite a reputation as an orator and worker in the church, died Sunday. The funeral services will be held today and several friends of the deceased in Creston will attend. —Creston American