Obituaries
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[ALLEN, EMMA CECELIA MULLEN]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, April 13, 1934, p. 8
Mrs. Emma Allen, Former Resident, Dies in Virginia
Mrs. Emma Cecelia Allen, formerly a resident of this vicinity for many years, died Friday at Arlington, Va., where she had been living since her husband's death in 1920. She had been in failing health for several years. Funeral services were held Monday in Arlington and interment was made there in Columbia Gardens cemetery.

Mrs. Allen, whose maiden name was Emma Cecelia Mullin, was born September 11, 1852 and was 81 years old at her death. She was married Hiram S. Allen and they made their home on a farm southeast of Villisca for many years. Upon retiring from farming, they moved to Villisca and resided here for several years until Mr. Allen's death. His widow then went to Arlington, Va., to be near her only son, Clair V. Allen, who survives her.

Mrs. Clair V. Allen, who was called to Villisca last week by the death of her father, J. R. Collier, left Villisca Saturday evening for Arlington to attend the funeral rites for her husband's mother.

 

[ALLEN, HIRAM SIMEON]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, March 5, 1920, [p. 1]
H. S. Allen Dies Tuesday Passes Away At Home on West Third Street after Illness for Several Weeks
Was Veteran of Civil War
Was Member of Company I, Forty-fourth Wisconsin Infantry—Funeral Is Held Wednesday
H. S. Allen, one of the aged, popular and highly respected citizens of Villisca and a veteran of the civil war, passed away Tuesday morning of this week at his home on West Third Street after an illness of several weeks.

The funeral services were held Wednesday at two o'clock from the home. Rev. E. S. Menoher of the local Methodist church had charge of the services. Burial was made in the cemetery at Guss.

Hiram S. [imeon] Allen was born near Peoria, Illinois, June 8, 1847, and at the time of his death was 72 years, eight months and twenty-six days of age. When a boy he went to Wisconsin and there enlisted in Company I, 44th Wisconsin infantry. He was only 17 when he enlisted. He served his country seven months and was discharged at Madison, Wisconsin. January 17, 1871, at Monmouth, Illinois, he was united in marriage to Miss Emma C. Mullen. To this union three children were born, two sons and one daughter. The eldest son, Oscar S. Allen, died February 21, 1894. The daughter, Bernice Mary, died February 11, 1881. He is survived by his wife and one son, C. V. Allen of Washington, D. C., and one sister of Peoria, Illinois. Mr. Allen was a member of the G. A. R. Post of Villisca, and took an active interest in all patriotic movements and constantly worked for everything that had for its object good citizenship and community betterment.

Mr. Allen came to Iowa in 1879 and settled in the vicinity of Guss. In 1892 the family moved to the farm two miles southeast of town. For the last three years they have lived in Villisca.

In the death of Mr. Allen the church, the G. A. R. and the community at large loses a good man and a loyal citizen.

 

[ALLEN, OSCAR SEARL]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, March 1, 1894, p. 7
--Died—At the home of his parents near Villisca, Feb 21, 1884 [1894], Oscar S.[earl] Allen, aged 22 years, 4 months. The funeral occurred Friday at Maple Grove church, the sermon being preached by Rev. Redburn. Oscar lived a good life and his impulses were for the best. He held the esteem of all who knew him. He was a member of the young men's class at the M. E. Sunday school which class has passed last Sunday, a resolution of regret and condolence.

The REVIEW is requested to express the gratitude of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Allen, for the kind attentions of their neighbors during their son's sickness. Such kindness alleviates the keenest sorrow.

 

[ANDREW, HARRY ANSON]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, December 23, 1971 [p. 1]
Funeral services for Harry Andrew Held Last Wednesday
Funeral services for Harry Anson Andrew were held Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1971, 2 pm from the Sutphen Funeral Home, Rev. Eldon Haworth officiating. He was born in Taylor County, Iowa, Dec. 3, 1888 and entered into rest Dec. 11, 1971 at Villisca, Iowa.

Pallbearers were David McAlpin, Bob Brown, Ray McConnell, Russell Winter, Quincy Dunn, Fred Bryson.

Flower bearers Russell and Fern Brown.

Music by Carolyn Harris, accompanied by Mabel Dunn. Selections: "The Lord's Prayer," "Whispering Hope."

Harry Anson Andrew, youngest child of J [ohn] T [homas] and Mary Ellen Anson was born Dec 3, 1888 in Taylor County, Iowa where he grew to manhood. He joined the Methodist Church of Guss at the age of 12 and was educated in the Taylor County schools. In January of 1913 [1912]  he was united in marriage with Myra Anna Woods at Corning, Iowa. The early years of their married life was spent on Taylor County farms. In 1925 they moved to a farm two miles north of Villisca, where Harry retired from farming to move to Villisca in 1956. In 1968 he moved to the Cozad Boarding home in Villisca and subsequently moved to the Shady Lawn Rest Home in May of 1970.

Preceding him in death were his wife Myra in 1954, the elder son Kenneth in 1969 and four sisters and four brothers.

Surviving relatives are one sister, Leona of Des Moines; a son, Robert and wife Louise of Novato, California; a daughter-in-law, Marveline of Villisca; two granddaughters, Robin Smith and Wendy Ward; one great grandson, Jason Wade Smith; and many nieces and nephews.

Concluding services—Guss Cemetery.

 

In charge of register – Marjorie Wilson.

 

[ANDREW, MARY ELLEN ANSON]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, May 16, 1919, [p. 1]
Mrs. J. T. Andrew Dies Monday Passes Away at Six A. M. at Home in This City After Long Sickness and Much Suffering
Mrs. J. T. Andrew died Monday morning of this week at six o'clock at her home on East Second Street in this city after a long sickness. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the local Methodist church. Rev. E. S. Menoher had charge. Burial was made in the cemetery at Guss.

Out of town relatives in attendance at the funeral were: Mack Andrew of Archer, Wyoming; C. R. Andrew and family of Guss, Mr. and Mrs. Lew Nichols and daughter Ellen of Indianola, Iowa; Mrs. Ruth Coffin and two children of Davenport, Iowa; Clarence Andrew of Slater, Missouri; Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Boyd and two children of Des Moines, Iowa; Harry Andrew and family of Sharpsburg, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Andrew of Guss, Mrs. Susan Anson and Alva Hicks and family of Guss, J. H. Andrew of Chariton, Iowa; Eva Andrew of Nevada, Iowa; A. H. Anson, Arthur Andrew and Perry Andrew of St. Joseph, Missouri; Dave Crouse and family and Alonzo Hiatt of Clarinda, Walter and Edgar Andrew of Elliott, and Mrs. Will Butler and two children of Essex. Raymond Andrew of Harlowton, Montana, was the only one of the eight children unable to attend.

At the funeral services Rev. Menoher read for the scripture lesson the 21st chapter of Revelations, showing a vision of the world to come. He took for his text Revelations 14-15, speaking briefly of the life of the deceased, which he said was a sermon in itself. The obituary read at the services is as follows.

"Mary Ellen Anson was born near Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio, November 23, 1845. At the time of death she was 73 years, 5 months and 19 days of age. On December 28, 1864, she was married to John Thomas Andrew in the county of her birth. To their union eleven children were born, eight of whom survive her. The other three died in infancy. The surviving children all have families of their own, representing twenty-four living grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Besides her husband and direct descendants she leaves two brothers and one sister in the state of Ohio. Early in childhood Mrs. Andrew united with the M. E. church, but after her marriage transferred her membership to the Quaker church that she might be with her husband. In 1868 the young couple moved to Iowa. In 1871 they took up their home on the farm in Taylor county where they lived for almost forty years. There they helped organize and build the Maple Grove church at Guss, transferring their membership to Villisca soon after moving to this city in February, 1918. In these few words the life of a loving and Christian mother is briefly outlined. Thus like the closing of a book of good works, the last chapter of which is the best, so closes the life of her whose works shall follow from generation to generation. As they pass down the stream of life, while temptations beset their pathway, it shall always be that 'Mother's prayers have followed me'."

 

[ANDREW, MYRA ANNA WOODS]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, October 28, 1954, p. 7
Mrs. Myra A. Andrew – Funeral services for Mrs. Myra A. Andrew, 63, who died here Tuesday, Oct. 19, following a stroke, were held Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Sutphen funeral home, conducted by the Rev. Everett H. Staats.

The singing was by Mrs. Margaret Hull, accompanied by Mrs. Mabel Dunn, and in charge of the flowers were Mrs. Dorothy Winter, Mrs. R. T. Williams and Mrs. Marie Lewis. Pallbearers were Ben Winterstein, Dale McAlpin, George Devine, Joe Units, John Zuber and Dr. E. P. Alexander, and interment was in the Guss cemetery.

Myra Ann Andrew, daughter of W. [illiam] I. [rwin] and Maggie Woods, was born Aug. 18, 1891. As a young girl she united with the Methodist church at Guss, later transferring her membership to the Methodist church in Villisca. She was active for many years in Sunday school work in the primary department as long as her health permitted.

She was united in marriage Jan. 11, 1912, to Harry A. Andrew in Corning, Ia., and they began their married life in the Guss vicinity, later moving to Sharpsburg and then back to Guss. Twenty-eight years ago they moved to their home north of Villisca.

To them were born two sons, Kenneth of Villisca and Robert of Napa, Calif.

Mrs. Andrew was preceded in death by her father in 1932. Surviving her are her husband, her sons and their wives, Kenneth and Marveline and Robert and Louise, two grandchildren, Robin and Wendy. She leaves also her mother, Mrs. Maggie Woods, Villisca, and a brother, Ross Woods, Clarinda.

 

[BEVERIDGE, CHRISTENA KINZER]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, February 23, 1888, p. 2
--Died—At her home in Nodaway Twp., Taylor Co., Feb. 12th, 1888, Mrs. Christena Beveridge, wife of Samuel Beveridge; her maiden name was Kinzer. Was born Oct. 2nd, 1842, in Highland Co. Ohio. Aged 45 yrs. 4 mo. and 10 days. At the age of fifteen yrs. she obeyed Christ and united with the Christian church. Mrs. Beveridge was loved by all who knew her. Was an active worker in the church and a kind and sympathetic mother. She leaves a husband and nine children to mourn their loss, three boys and six girls, who were all at home during the last hours of her illness. Last Oct. her mother, Mrs. Kinzer, departed this life and they both now lie side by side in the Maple Grove cemetery. Funeral services at Maple Grove church Feb. 14th, conducted by Elder W. L. Dunlavey of Gravity. He spoke from 2 Cor. 4th chapter and 17 and 18 verses.

[Poem not transcribed]

 

 

 

[BEVERIDGE, TABITHA MARIE]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, September 3, 1891, p. 7
Died: -- At the home of the parents in Taylor Co. Aug. 31, '91 Tabitha Marie, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Beveridge, age 8 mo. and 14 days. God in his infinite wisdom layed his hand upon this little bird and transplanted it in the home beyond, where no sorrow, sickness, pain or death, but all is peace and love. Marie was a bright little girl and loved by all who knew her, but her little voice we hear no more. Funeral services were held at Maple Grove, Sept. 1st, conducted by Elder W. L. Dunlavey, of Gravity, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Maple Grove cemetery to await the resurrection morn. The family and relatives have the entire sympathy of the neighborhood in their sad bereavement.        A Friend.

 

[BURGE, CORA LEE BEVERIDGE]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, February 8, 1962, p. 8
Cora Lee Burge – Funeral services for Cora Lee Burge were held on Wednesday, January 31, at 2:00 p. m., at the Methodist church, with the Rev. Paul C. Ellis officiating.

Casket bearers included Judd Means, Vern Lewis, Malcolm Poston, Paul Poston, Verne Watts and Lloyd McCullough. Mrs. Florence Poston was flower bearer. The music was by Margaret Hull accompanied by Frances Wheeler. Interment was in Guss Cemetery with Sutphen Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Cora Lee Burge, daughter of Samuel and Christine Beveridge, was born in Highland County, Ohio, on October 26, 1871, and fell asleep at the Villisca Nursing Home on Monday, January 29, 1962, at the age of 90 years, 3 months and 3 days.

Cora came with her parents, brothers and sisters on the train from Ohio to Page County, Iowa, at the age of nine. There she lived on the farm with her family until she married William Chauncey Burge, at Gravity, Iowa, on December 25, 1890.

To this union were born two children, Mrs. Marguerite Cooney of Villisca, Iowa, and William Dale Burge of Chariton.

During the first ten years of their married life, Mr. and Mrs. Burge lived on farms near Gravity, Iowa, Purdy, Missouri and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Then they returned to Gravity, where Mr. Burge operated a store. Later he took a traveling job, which required moving to Villisca, Albia, Des Moines, and Indianola.

In 1916 the family returned to Villisca. Mrs. Burge worked in the Weber and Tom Brenton stores, and did dress making until her two children were through high school.

At an early age, Cora joined the Christian Church and remained a member for many years until the Christian Church in Villisca was disbanded. She then placed her membership in the Villisca Methodist Church and was a faithful member until her death, attending services as long as her health permitted.

Besides her son and daughter, she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Carl Stanley, of Corning, Iowa, and Mrs. Ed Phillips, of Tulsa, Okla.; and by one brother, John Beveridge of Portland, Oregon. She is also survived by three grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, two brothers, and two half-sisters.

 

[BURGE, CORA LEE BEVERIDGE]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, February 8, 1962, p. 10
Those from out of town who came to attend the funeral service for Cora Burge included Mr. and Mrs. Dale Burge, Chariton, Mrs. Carl Stanley and son Byron, Corning, two children of Dr. Frank Beveridge, Thomas Beveridge and wife, Elizabeth Bloom and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Don Jillson, Clarinda, Edith Rusk, Mr. and Mrs. George Christian, Atha Phillips, all of Red Oak.

 

[CARLISLE, ELIZA CHADWICK]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, April 28, 1910, [p. 1]
Mrs. Eliza Carlisle Dead
Mrs. Eliza Carlisle died Monday, April 25, 1910, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. A. Dennis, at Olathe, Colorado, where she went three weeks ago yesterday for a visit. Mrs. Carlisle had a paralytic stroke on April 17 from which she never regained consciousness but slept until the end came.

Mrs. Eliza Chadwick was born in England, March 29, 1826, and was therefore 84 years old at the time of her death. She came to this country with her parents when eight years old and settled in New Jersey, later moving to Ohio. She was married to John Carlisle at Fairview, Ohio and came to Iowa in January of 1881 and moved onto a farm near Guss where they lived until Mr. Carlisle's death in 1896. To Mr. and Mrs. Carlisle were born seven children, five girls and two boys. Three daughters survive them. They are: Mrs. C. W. Walker of near Guss, Mrs. H. G. Moats of Villisca and Mrs. W. A. Dennis of Olathe, Colorado. Mrs. Carlisle had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church since early childhood and had lived a faithful, exemplary, Christian life. The remains are expected to arrive here Friday morning accompanied by Mrs. Dennis. The funeral will be held from the Maple Grove church Sunday conducted by Rev. Carlson. The interment will be in the Guss cemetery.

 

[CARLISLE, JOHN]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, July 2, 1896, p. 2
Died, June 24, 1896, Mr. John Carlisle, at his home, one mile north of Nodaway Center, Taylor County, Iowa.
Brother Carlisle was born in Fairview, Ohio, Oct. 23, 1823 and was married to his now greatly bereaved wife, Miss Eliza Chadwick, Oct. 21st, 1846. He moved to Livingston County, Ill., in 1856 and united with the M. E. church at Nevada, Ill., 1874. Although Brother Carlisle was about fifty years old when he was converted and came into the church, he became a very efficient and useful member. He came to Taylor County in 1881 and settled on and improved the farm on which he died. At the time of his death he was one of the trustees of the Maple Grove M. E. church and served as a prominent and useful member.

Brother Carlisle was an all around man in every way; a man endowed with fine business qualifications; a fine conversationalist, well posted on all subjects. At the time of his death he was secretary of the Holt and Nodaway Farmers' Mutual Insurance Company. He lived three miles from church, but was prompt in his attendance and a good listener. He was always an inspiration to the speaker. Good listeners make good sermons. It has been thought by his most intimate friends that he has been ripening for heaven. He remarked just a short time before his death, to his children and wife, that he wanted the children to "take good care of mother (speaking of his companion) for she has taken good care of me." He was the father of the following children:

A son in the army, numbered among the unknown dead.

Mrs. Mary Eastman, that died Aug. 12, 1890.

Mr. Will Carlisle, only living son.

Miss Susie Carlisle died Mar. 12, 1890.

Mrs. Emma Dennis, now in Texas.

One of the most pleasing thoughts concerning Bro. Carlisle's family, that his whole family are active members of the church. Father Carlisle as he is commonly called, lived in the faith and died in the faith. He loved the Gospel.

His funeral was conducted by one of [his] former pastors, Rev. A. B. Shipman, at the Maple Grove M. E. church where he preached to one of the largest congregations of sympathizing friends that ever met at the church, using for his text Rev. 14:13. "And I heard a voice from Heaven saying unto me, While Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord from henceforth, Yea, saith the spirit that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them."

 

[CARLISLE, SUSAN E. "SUSIE"]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, March 20, 1890, p. 7
---Died. —At the home of her parents, on Wednesday March 12, at 9 o'clock p. m. Susie E. Carlisle. She was born in Livingston Co., Ill., May 6, 1863, and came with her parents to Taylor Co., Iowa, in 1881, where they have since resided. She was a member of the M. E. Church and was a young lady who was loved by everyone. She leaves a father, mother, four sisters and a brother and a large circle of friends to mourn her loss. She had been a great sufferer for the past six years, yet amid all she bore up patiently and when realizing that the end was near, she expressed herself as being ready to go. Her death has cast a gloom over the entire community and the loss is keenly felt, especially among the young people, to whom she had so greatly endeared herself. Yet all that we can say is, "The Lord's will be done," and we look forward to the time when we shall meet the dear one where parting will be no more. Funeral services were held at Maple Grove church, Friday, at 2 o'clock p. m., conducted by Rev. Maine and were very largely attended. The remains were interred in the Brown cemetery.   B. B.

 

 

[CORDES, EMMA ANNA]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, March 22, 1894, p. 7
Obituary – Emma Anna, only daughter of Fred and Dora Cordes, died March 18, 1894 at her home, 9 miles southeast of Villisca, Iowa. She was born November 17, 1880, at the same place where she died, making her earthly pilgrimage  13 years, 4 months and 1 day. She suffered for over a year with a complication of diseases, but she bore them so patiently and without complaining, that few expected her death. The funeral was held at the Maple Grove church. Rev. Weiner, the Evangelical minister of Corning, was summoned to conduct it, but, being absent from his home, the services were conducted by Rev. Perry.

Six little schoolmates of the deceased acted as pall bearers. The floral offerings consisted of two wreaths, bouquet, cross and anchor. Many sorrowing friends followed the last remains of that young and fragile flower. Her death was so in accordance with her life. She seemed to pass peacefully from this life of woes to the one of eternal bliss. A smile rested on her sweet sad face when those who stood around her realized that she had entered that sleep so beautiful and so calm. Although a child in years, in ways she seemed more like a woman, being so thoughtful and understanding. Parents and brothers were happy only when they could contribute to her comfort and enjoyment. To say that they loved her would be expressing their affection too mildly. One consolation sweet is left for those sorrowing ones. They know now that she has reached the land where partings are unknown, and joyfully sweet will their meetings be

"When they reach that summer land,
Some sweet day by and by."

 

[CURTIS, CATHERINE BAUER]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, August 2, 1918, p. 3
Mrs. C. H. Curtis died at her home Sunday evening at about ten o'clock. She had suffered from infection since April. She is survived by her husband and two children, Mrs. Shirley Royal and Scott Curtis, also four grandchildren. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the home and interment was in the Guss cemetery.

 

[CURTIS, CHARLES HENRY]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, December 9, 1927, p. 7
Pioneer Resident Dies
Charles Curtis, one of the earliest settlers of the Guss vicinity, died Friday morning at his home two and a half miles northeast of Guss, his death resulting from gangrene in one of his legs from which he had suffered for the last several months.

Mr. Curtis was 83 years old at the time of his death and is survived by two children. They are Scott Curtis of Guss and Mrs. Shirley Bauer of Payton, Iowa. His wife preceded him in death in 1918 and there are also two deceased children.

His funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at his home, with Rev. T. G. Kelley, pastor of the Methodist church in Brooks, conducting the service. Interment was in the family lot in the Guss cemetery.

 

[CURTIS, CHARLES HENRY]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Friday, December 9, 1927, p. 4
Obituary – Charles Henry Curtis died at his home in Taylor County, Iowa, Friday December 2, 1927 at the age of 83 years, 2 months and 29 days. Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday, December 4th with Rev. Thomas Kelley of Brooks in charge. Interment was made in the Guss cemetery.

Charles Henry Curtis was born in Washington County, Ohio, September 3, 1844. He was married to Catherine Bauer June 11, 1872 [1873] at Marion, Iowa. His wife and three children preceded him in death. Mrs. Curtis died July 28, 1918.

He is survived by two children, Mrs. Shirley Bauer of Payton, Iowa, and Scott Curtis of Nodaway; also one sister, Mrs. Ida Royal and five grandchildren. Mrs. Royal was unable to be present at the funeral services.

The many friends regret the passing of this good man and join with the family in their sorrow.

 

[CURTIS, ISAIAH PRESLEY]
Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa), Saturday, August 8, 1891, p. 5
BROOKS, Aug. 7. --- Special to the State Register. —Isaiah Curtis, a farmer, was killed and two others badly hurt by the explosion of a threshing machine engine boiler near here.

 

[MOATS, FRED CARLISLE]         [CURTIS, JASPER FRED]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, March 11, 1897, p. 2
Fred Carlisle Moats was born July 14, 1884 and died March 4, 1897, aged 12 years, 7 months, 20 days after an illness so brief that none realized his danger until he was past help. From earliest childhood he was religiously inclined being constant at Sunday school and deeply interesting in everything that was good. The funeral services were held March 5, 1897, at Maple Grove church, being conducted by the writer who preached from Rom. 15, 14.

 

Jasper Fred Curtis was born Nov. 19, 1884 and died March 5, 1897, aged 12 years, 3 months, 14 days. This death came even more suddenly than the former one. He had been slightly ill and asked to remain in bed until he felt like rising and no one knew he was even seriously sick until he was in the agonies of death. The funeral services were held in Maple Grove church on March 6th by [the] writer who preached from Rev. 21, 26. These boys were near the same age, both had been in delicate health from infancy, were bright scholars in school, surpassing many older than themselves in their studies, were members of the same Sunday School class and were of good dispositions and blameless conduct. "Lovely and pleasant were they in their lives and in their deaths they were not divided."   R. E. Harvey

 

[EASTMAN, CAROLINE MARIE "CARRIE" PETERSON]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, May 21, 1959, p. 10
Carrie M. Eastman – Funeral services for Carrie M. Eastman, 90, were held on Friday, May 15, 1959 at 2:00 p. m. from the Wolfe Funeral Home, with the Rev. Paul C. Ellis officiating. The soloist, Mrs. Frances Gray, who rendered "Beyond the Sunset" and "In the Garden," was accompanied by Mrs. Mabel Dunn at the organ.

Flower bearers were Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Strain and casket bearers were T. K. Wheeler, Bob Wheeler, Ralph Peterson, Howard Campbell, Roy Peterson and Leslie Kernen. Interment was at Guss cemetery.

Carrie M. Peterson, daughter of Charles and Vendla [Wendelia] Peterson, was born in Bornholm, Denmark, Dec. 14, 1868 and passed away in Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, California, May 8, 1959. She was 90 years of age.

She came to America with her parents in 1873. They made their home in Illinois. She came to Iowa in 1889.

In 1890 she was united in marriage to Charles E. Eastman. They lived on a farm near Guss for many years after their marriage. Then they lived for a time in Villisca, later moving to Omaha. Mr. Eastman passed away in 1933. In 1949, Mrs. Eastman moved to Glendale, Calif.

Three children were born to them. One daughter, Ethel, and one son, Edward, died in infancy. One son, Leslie W. [ilbur] Eastman, survives and lives in Greenville, Calif.

She is also survived by four sisters, Mrs. M. C. Hoagland of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Elizabeth Butke of Omaha, Nebr.; Mrs. Anna Dorsett of Nodaway; and Mrs. Myrtle Wheeler of Villisca. Two brothers, Charles W. Peterson of Villisca and P. H. Peterson of Nevada also survive. There are also two stepsons, Ollie Eastman, of Burlington Junction, Mo.; and Ivan Eastman of Greenville, Calif.

She was for many years a member of the Guss Methodist Church.

 

 

 

[EASTMAN, ETHEL GERTRUDE]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, January 24, 1895, p. 2
--- Ethel Gertrude Eastman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Eastman died at her home in Taylor Co., Iowa, Jan. 16, 1895, aged nearly 9 months, of bronchitis. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Shipman.

[Poem not transcribed]

 

[EASTMAN, LESLIE WILBUR]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, October 9, 1986, p. 5
Leslie W. Eastman – Funeral services for Leslie W. [ilbur] Eastman will be held Friday, October 10, 1986, at 10 a. m. at Sutphen Funeral Home with the Reverend Dennis Neal officiating.

Mr. Eastman passed away October 6, 1986, at the Good Samaritan Center.

Interment will be in the Guss cemetery.

 

[EASTMAN, MARY ELIZABETH CARLISLE]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, August 21, 1890, p. 5
Sudden Death.
Mary Eastman, wife of Charles Eastman, died suddenly at her home near Maple Grove, on Tuesday Aug. 12. She was born Nov. 14, 1852. Deceased has been a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for 22 years. The funeral took place at the Maple Grove church on Wednesday Aug. 13. Services were conducted by her pastor. A very large attendance at the funeral attested to the great respect in which the deceased was held. The remains were interred in the beautifully located cemetery near the church. Deceased leaves a husband and five children to mourn the loss of a fond wife and a kind mother.

 

[FREUCK, ANNA CORDES]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, January 18, 1929, p. 5
Mrs. Fred Freuck – Mrs. Fred Freuck, for more than fifty years a resident of the Guss neighborhood, died at her home there Monday evening at 5:15 o'clock her death resulting from pneumonia. She was taken ill on the Friday preceding her death.

Anna Cordes was born in Germany on Nov. 30, 1850, and was 78 years old at her death. She was married to Fred Freuck in Chicago on Feb. 25, 1875, and to them seven children were born, two of whom died in infancy. Those who with the husband and father survive are Henry and William of Guss, Mrs. Wm. Bycroft of Ivyville and Mrs. Ira E. Fine of Hopkins, Mo. There are also three brothers, Fred Cordes of Villisca, Henry Cordes of Rapid City, S. Dak., and Christopher Cordes of Germany and one sister [daughter], Mrs. Wm. Burnett of Greely, Colo.

Mrs. Freuck came to the Guss vicinity immediately following her marriage and lived there continuously until her death. She and Mr. Freuck celebrated their golden wedding anniversary there four years ago next month.

Mrs. Freuck was a member of the Evangelical church. Her funeral was held Thursday afternoon at the Methodist church at Guss, with Rev. J. W. Ellis of Nodaway in charge. Interment was in the Guss cemetery.

[Note: Mrs. William Burnett (Clara Freuck) is the daughter of Anna Cordes Freuck, not her sister.]

 

[FREUCK, ANNA CORDES]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, January 25, 1929, p. 8
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Burnett of Greeley, Colo., who came to attend the funeral of Mrs. Burnett's mother, Mrs. Fred Freuck of the Guss vicinity, which was held Thursday afternoon of last week, left Saturday morning in their car on their return to their home. Others who came for the funeral and returned home that afternoon were Mr. and Mrs. Freuck's daughter, Mrs. Ira Fine, husband and five children of Hopkins, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. Earl Horton of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Louise Nelson of Shenandoah.

 

[GALE, JAMES MARTIN]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, February 18, 1909, p. 5
Obituary – Gale
James M. [artin] Gale was born in New Hampshire October 16, 1831; died at his home in Villisca, Iowa, February 10, 1909, aged 78 years, 3 months and 24 days. He was married to Julia A. Stevens November 24, 1853, moving from New Hampshire to Minnesota in 1857. In 1870 he and his family came to Taylor County, Iowa, where he and his wife resided until a year ago when they moved to Villisca. To this union were born three children, Mrs. Isabel Jones, Mrs. Minnie Jones and Mrs. Myrtle Fengel. Mr. Gale united with the M. E. church at Guss thirty-six years ago and that church still held his membership at the time of his death.

Funeral services were held Friday morning, February 12, a short service being conducted at the home by Rev. Enoch Hill, pastor of the M. E. church of Villisca, and interment being in the Guss cemetery under the ministration of Rev. Carlson, pastor of the M. E. church at that place.

Mr. Gale was one of Iowa's early pioneers, who enjoyed the respect of his neighbors and many friends during a long residence in this vicinity. He was morally upright, honest in his dealings, charitable to all. His passing is another step in the progress of time in eliminating the early settlers who have done so much for this particular section of the state of Iowa. Mr. Gale's bereaved wife and children and the other relatives are accorded the sympathy of the entire community.

 

[GALE, JULIA ANN STEVENS]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, May 3, 1918, p. 2
Death Ends Her Suffering
The death of Mrs. Julia A. Gale took place at her home on West Sixth Street in this city at 12:18 a. m., April 26. She had been suffering from cancer for nearly three years but had been bedfast for only ten days.

Julia A. [nn] Stevens was born near Boston, Mass., Nov. 15, 1834. She grew to womanhood in her eastern home, and was married there November 4, 1854, to James M. Gale.

In 1856 Mr. and Mrs. Gale came west and settled on a farm near Rochester, Minn. In 1868 the family came to Iowa, and moved onto a farm near Guss, and lived there until 1907 when they came to Villisca to live. Mr. Gale died Feb. 10, 1908.

Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Gale, all of whom survive their mother. They are: Mrs. Isabelle Jones of Lytton, Iowa; Mrs. Minnie Jones and Mrs. Myrtle Fengel of Villisca. Mrs. Gale is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren.

She had been a member of the Methodist church for many years and faithful in her attendance until ill health interfered. Hers was a strong Christian character, and she will be sincerely mourned by her family and many friends.

The funeral was held Sunday at 1 p. m. from the late home of the deceased, conducted by Rev. E. S. Menoher and interment was in the Guss cemetery. Six grandsons acted as pallbearers, as follows: O. H. Jones and Clarence Jones of Sioux Rapids, Iowa; Elsworth Jones of Gravity, Iowa; Clyde Jones of Lytton, Iowa, and Reul and Gale Fengel of Villisca.

Others from out of town who attended the funeral were: Mrs. Belle Jones, a daughter, of Lytton, Iowa; L. S. Stevens, a brother, of Des Moines, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Robertson and four children, Cleo, Athyl, Blondelle and Erline of Lytton, Iowa; Erwin Jones of Lytton and Mrs. Ellsworth Jones of Gravity.

 

[GLASSGOW, EMMA BURTON HOLLAND]
Clarinda Herald (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, August 18, 1910, p. 6
Obituary – Emma B. [urton] Holland died at her home near Ballantine, Mont., on August 6, 1910, and was buried at Guss, Iowa, August 9th, aged 68 years, 10 months and 19 days.

The deceased was born near Columbus, Ohio, September 18, 1841. At the age of five years she moved with her parents to Davenport, Ia., and from there to Hawleyville, Ia. in 1853, at which place she was married to Samuel H. Glasgow on February 13, 1861. To this union three children were born, Mrs. Eva VanDevender, of near Hepburn, Samuel F. and Frank M. [oody] of Ballantine, Mont. She united with the Methodist church in girlhood and remained a devoted member to the time of her death. When our nation called for volunteers in 1861, her husband Samuel H. Glasgow, was among the first to respond to the call. She bravely gave him to his country, not knowing whether he would ever return. Thus she filled her mission in life—a child of the pioneer of Ohio and Iowa, a soldier's wife, a loving mother, a friend of the poor and needy, and ended it in the loving service of home and God in the great, new country of Montana.

 

Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Saturday, January 6, 1894, [p. 1]

Samuel Glasgow, an old soldier, living north of New Market, was Wednesday reported as very ill. He has been an invalid for a long time.

 

[GLASSGOW, SAMUEL F. "SAM"]
Billings Gazette (Billings, Montana), Saturday, November 8, 1919, p. 5
Glassgow Funeral Today
The funeral of Sam Glassgow, who was found dead in his room Tuesday morning, will be held from the Smith funeral home at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon. The Rev. J. O. Randall will conduct the services and the body will be taken to Villisca, Iowa, for burial.

 

[GLASSGOW, SAMUEL F. "SAM"]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, November 14, 1919, p. 5
Body Is Brought Here
Samuel S. [F.] Glassgow, for many years a resident of Taylor County, died Tuesday, November 4, at his home in Billings, Montana. Effects following a stroke of paralysis of a few months ago caused his death. Funeral services were held last Saturday at Billings, and the same evening the deceased's brother, Frank Glassgow of that city, and Lewis Vandevender, a brother-in-law of four miles east of Hepburn, left for this city with the body. They arrived here Monday noon.

Short prayer services were held Tuesday of this week at two o'clock at the Maple Grove cemetery near Guss, where the body was interred.

Samuel Glassgow was in his forty-ninth year at the time of death.  He was a resident of Taylor County, near Guss, until 1907, when he went to Montana. He had never married. Frank Glassgow of Billings and Mrs. Lewis Vandevender of four miles east of Hepburn are the surviving brother and sister.

 

[JONES, EDITH MABLE HUSS]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, March 3, 1975, p. 5
  Gravity, Feb 27 – Weekend guests of M. & M. Darrell Moore were the Roger Alexander family of Callao, Mo., M & M Paul Lemert of Kansas City, M & M John Moore of Boone, Jolene Moore and children of Spencer, M & M Wayne Calfee, Mrs. Leo (Verla) Horsewell of Dallas, Tex, Mrs Don (Adra) Libby of Belleville, Ill, and Ellsworth Jones of Corning. All were here for the Friday services of Mrs Ellsworth (Edith) Jones.

 

[LEE, ANNA MARIE (MARY) FRITZ]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, July 21, 1887, p. 2
Nodaway Twp., Taylor County, Iowa
We regret to chronicle the death of Mrs. Lee, mother of William and Frank. Mrs. Lee died last Sunday. Funeral services Monday, 2 p. m., at Maple Grove, conducted by Rev. E. H. Todd. One by one we are called to pass through the valley of death.

 

[LEE, CHRISTENA FENGEL]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, January 19, 1939, p. 4
Mrs. Wm. Lee Dies At Age 98 Years
Mrs. Wm. Lee of Lake Park, Ia., for 31 years a resident of the Guss and Nodaway vicinities, died Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Zay McClure in Lake Park at the age of 98 years. A message telling of her death was received Monday by her son, Wm. Lee of the Guss neighborhood.

Christena Fengel was born Sept. 18, 1840 in Germany and came to America with her parents when she was 4 years old. They located in Burlington, Iowa, where she grew to womanhood. She was married there to William Lee on Sept. 23, 1863.

They lived in Des Moines County 13 years and in Lee County 5 years, coming then to Taylor County where they lived 31 years. Mr. Lee died 26 years ago. They were the parents of 9 children, 2 of whom are deceased. Those living are Henry C., Sioux City, Iowa; William, Villisca; Laura Smith, Fort Myers, Fla.; Anna Rose, Julesburg, Colo.; Ida Reynolds, Miller, Neb.; Jennie Shaver, Amiret, Minn.; and Mrs. Fannie McClure, Lake Park, Iowa. There are also one sister, Mrs. Charlotte Helt of Oklahoma, 12 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

The body arrived here Wednesday morning and was taken to the Wolfe funeral home where it remained until the funeral at 2:30 p. m. that day in the Methodist church at Guss, conducted by the Rev. L. B. Carpenter of Villisca, assisted by the Rev. E. B. Stewart of Nodaway. The pallbearers were Julius, Glen, Gale and Reuel Fengel, Drexel McClure and Fran Rose, and burial was in the Guss cemetery beside the husband of the deceased.

 

[LEE, LOTTIE FLORENCE]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Wednesday, September 3, 1902,[ p. 1]

Death of Lottie Lee
Miss Lottie Lee of Guss, who had been attending Elliott's business college in Burlington, Iowa, for the past eighteen months, and who was just taking her examinations prior to graduating, was suddenly called to meet her reward last Thursday, having been sick only since Monday. She died of uratic [uremic] poisoning at the age of twenty-one years. Funeral services were held at the home of her sister, Mrs. H. H. Smith, in Burlington Friday and the remains arrived here Saturday morning. In the afternoon services were held from the Lee home and the remains were buried Sunday in the Brown cemetery near Guss. Deceased leaves a mother and father, two brothers and five sisters to mourn the loss of a dear daughter and sister.

The following letter from the principal and founder of Elliott's Business College well describes the beautiful character which was possessed by this young lady:

Burlington, Iowa, Aug. 29, 1902
Mrs. William Lee, Guss, Iowa
Respected Madam:--We all mourn with you in your hour of great affliction, for Lottie had made herself very dear to us all. She was always very lady-like, patient and buoyant to a great degree, and by her kindness and tenderness, winning the hearts of all.
I know from sad experience, my friend that words are of but little avail.  It matters not how tenderly and kindly expressed, in a sad hour like this, but believe me, you have my heartfelt sympathy in your great bereavement.
Lottie was ever a faithful student, doing her very best in everything she undertook. She had passed a number of examinations for her shorthand graduation, and I know very well that she would have passed the others had she taken them, as she intended to this week. Therefore I shall graduate her just the same as if she had passed all examinations. I enclose you herewith her grades, and her diploma will follow as soon as we are able to make it out.

Shorthand, 98; spelling, 98; typewriting, 97; correspondence, 98; penmanship, 97; grammar, 90.
Again expressing my sincere sympathy for your great loss, I remain,
      Your sincere friend, G. w. Elliott

 

[LEE, MARY CATHERINE "KATE" DEGROFFT ELSE]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, February 6, 1958, p. 3
Guss
The community was saddened Wednesday morning when news was received of the death of Mrs. William (Aunt Kate) as she was familiarly known. She passed away at the home of her sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Briffle near Pea Ridge, Ark., where she and Mr. Lee had been since in Sept. She had been in poor health the past few years. Funeral services were held at the Guss church Saturday morning at 10 o'clock with Rev. W. L. Andre in charge. Gerald Maxwell sang with Mrs. Golda Stewart as accompanist. Casket bearers were Evan Andrew, Med Berry, Gilbert Branan, Cecil Schrader, Alex Quintal and Ronald Stewart. Mrs. Ronald Stewart and Mrs. Glen Wymore cared for the flowers. Mrs. Lee was 82 years of age. She is survived by her husband and five grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews, also two sisters and a large circle of friends. Her son preceded her in death a few years ago. Burial was in the Guss cemetery. Relatives from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Loran McConkey, Mr. and Mrs. Sam McConkey and Mrs. Hazel McConkey all of Storm Lake, Iowa. Mrs. Alberta Woodring, Mrs. Ora Woodring, Mrs. Will Woodring, Mrs. Ethel Dahl and Mrs. Lillie DeGrofft, from Grimes, Ia., Mrs. Ida Reynolds and daughter Faye from Lincoln, Mr. and Mrs. Fran Rose from Missouri, Mr. and Mrs. Glade Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Schrader and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Churchill from Gravity, Mrs. Iva Gray and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stamps, Clarinda, Arthur Gray, Hepburn, Mr. and Mrs. Carrol Gray and Jean, Reuel Fengel, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Runyan and daughter Joan, Villisca. Mr. Lee and Lee Briffle from Pea Ridge accompanied the body from Pea Ridge, Ark.

Sympathy is extended to the family by friends here.

 

[LEE, MARY CATHERINE "KATE" DEGROFFT ELSE]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, February 6, 1958, p. 3
Mary Catherine Lee – Mary Catherine Lee, daughter of Alice and Lyman DeGrofft was born in Centerville, Illinois, on May 3, 1875, and departed this life January 22, 1958, at the age of 81 years, 7 months, at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, at the home of a sister-in-law, Mrs. L. A. Briffle.

She was united in marriage to William F. Lee, February 15, 1919 at Sioux City, Iowa. A son Clarence, her father and mother, three brothers and two sisters have preceded her in death.

Aunt Kate, as she was called by all who knew her spent most of her married life in the community of Guss. She was a loving wife, a good neighbor and friend, and was loved by all who knew her. She was always ready to extend a helping hand. She will be sadly missed by her loved ones and friends.

She believed in the Christian faith and dedicated her life at an early age to that faith.

She leaves to mourn her passing, a loving husband, five grandchildren, one brother and four sisters, and a great many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services were conducted at the Maple Grove Methodist church, Saturday, January 25, 1958, 10:00 a. m., with Rev. William L. Andre officiating.

Final resting place in the Guss cemetery.

 

[LEE, WILLIAM]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, April 25, 1912, p. 5
William Lee Dead
William Lee died at his home in Nodaway Tuesday, April 23, 1912, at half past twelve o'clock. Mr. Lee had been in poor health for more than a year with a complication of diseases and his death was due to a general break down.

William Lee was born in Des Moines County, Iowa, October 2, 1837, and was therefor 74 years, 6 months and 21 days old at the time of his death. He was married in Des Moines County, September 23, 1863, and is survived by his wife, two sons and five daughters; two daughters are deceased. Those living are: W.[illiam] F. [rank] Lee of Nodaway, H. C. Lee of Sioux City, Iowa, Mrs. Laura Smith of Buchanan, Florida, Mrs. Anna C. Rose, Silver Creek, Nebraska, and Mrs. Ida M. [ay] Reynolds of Litchfield, Nebraska. He is also survived by three brothers and two sisters. They are: Henry Lee of Burlington, Frank of Alberta, Canada, and Conrad of South Dakota. The sisters are Mrs. Mary Fengel of Woodbine, Kansas, and Mrs. Laura Boyle of Marseilles, Illinois. Mr. Lee is also survived by eleven grandchildren.

Mr. Lee is well and favorably known in Villisca, Nodaway and vicinity. He lived on a farm near Guss for several years and was highly respected by those who were his neighbors and those who have known him longest have nothing but words of commendation for him. He was a member of the Methodist church and was an earnest worker.

The funeral will be held this morning at ten o'clock at the Methodist church in Nodaway. The interment will be in the Guss cemetery.

Conrad Lee of South Dakota came for the funeral.

 

[LEE, WILLIAM FRANK "BILLY"]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, April 9, 1959, p. 6
William Frank Lee – William Frank Lee was born near Burlington, Iowa, Dec. 5, 1865. He died April 1, 1959 at the home of his nephew, Fran Rose in Macks Creek, Missouri. He was 93 years, 3 months and 1 day old.

He was the second child in the family of William and Christina Lee.

In October 1875 his family moved to Taylor County, Iowa about 10 miles southeast of Villisca in the community of Guss.

When he was a young man he and his older brother Henry worked during the harvest season from Canada to Texas for many years.

He was later married to Kate Else. Aunt Kate, as she was known by all her friends, passed away in January 1958. They lived for several years near Lake Park, Iowa and later moved near Villisca. During the last years of his life he lived on an eighty-acre farm just east of the farm where his parents had lived. He farmed until he was 90 years old. He was loved and respected by all of his neighbors and friends. Uncle Billy as he was known far and wide was a most generous person. He gave not only of the products of his garden and farm but his money as well. It could be said that he was generous to a fault and lived his life by the Golden Rule.

He leaves four sisters: Mrs. Laura Smith of Baldwin Park, California, Mrs. Ida Reynolds of Lincoln, Nebraska, Mrs. Jennie Shaver of Clear Lake, So. Dakota and Mrs. Fannie Briffle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews and many friends.

 

[MOATS, ALICE CLEMENTINE HAMILL]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, April 30, 1914, [p. 1]
Well Known Resident Passes
Mrs. H. B. Moats, Resident of this Vicinity for Years, Dies
Mrs. H. B. Moats died at her home in Villisca about 5:30 o'clock last Saturday morning. She had been in ill health for years, but her death followed a stroke of paralysis, which she suffered last Friday evening. She had been a resident of Taylor and Montgomery counties since 1874, coming to Villisca about nine years ago.

Alice C. [lementine] Hamill was born in Preble County, Ohio, March 16, 1850, and was sixty-four years, one month and nine days of age at the time of her death. She moved with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hamill, to Illinois when three years of age and to Taylor county in 1874. She was married there March 6, 1878, to H. B. Moats and they lived in the vicinity of Guss until nine years ago, when they moved to Villisca. Mr. Moats died July 12, 1913.

To Mr. and Mrs. Moats eight children were born, five sons and three daughters. One son, Walter, died in infancy. Those who survive are: Mrs. W. E. Lee, of Don Alta [Donalda], Alberta, Canada; Estley and Bernard of Milestone, Sask., Canada; Francis, of Evanston, Illinois; June and Minnie, at home in Villisca; and Ray of Indianola. Mrs. Moats is also survived by one sister, Mrs. A. C. Wallahan of Nodaway. Mrs. Moats was a member of the Christian church for a good many years since childhood but in late years was a member of the M. E. church. She and her husband were prominent in the church work of this city.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. church in this city at 10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning, conducted by Rev. E. S. Menoher of this city. He was assisted by Rev. J. W. Taylor, pastor of the Corning M. E. church, a friend and former pastor of the family. Interment was in the Guss cemetery. All the immediate relatives were present except her daughter, Mrs. Lee of Canada.

 

[MOATS, HAL]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 12, 1934, p. 8
GUSS
Old Resident Dies
Hal Moates [Moats], a former resident of the Guss community, died last week at the home of his daughter, Margaret, in Yuma, Colo. The body was brought to Guss for burial Friday.

 

[MOATS, HAL, INFANT OF]
Taylor County Democrat (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 21, 1895, [p. 1]
Nodaway Township Jottings
Hal Moats' little child died last week of pneumonia. The neighbors extend their sympathy to the bereaved parents.

 

[MOATS, HARVEY BORMAN]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, July 17, 1913, [p. 1]
H. B. Moats Dead
Harvey B. [orman] Moats died at his home on East Second Street Saturday evening, July 12, 1913, at seven, after an illness which lasted five years. His trouble was anemia and it worked at a slow pace. Since the first of January, this year, he had been confined to his home and for some time he has been paralyzed in his lower limbs and unable to use them.

Harvey B. Moats was born in Richey [Ritchie] County, West Virginia, July 3, 1850, and was therefore 63 years and nine days old at the time of his death. He came to Iowa with his parents in 1855 and they located in Des Moines County. His mother died just five weeks after they arrived in Iowa. He came to Taylor County in 1876 and located on a farm near Guss.

Mr. Moats was united in marriage to Alice Hamill, March 6, 1878, in Taylor County, near Guss. Eight children were born to them; one died in infancy, the seven surviving their father, as does also the aged mother. The surviving children are: Mrs. W. E. Lee of Donalda, Alberta, Canada; E. B. and H. B. Jr., Milestone, Sask., Canada; and Francis, Ray, Minnie and June at home.

The family lived on a farm near Guss until about eight years ago, when Mr. Moats bought a farm north of Villisca where they lived until his health failed and he was no longer able to look after the farm interests and they moved to town two years ago.

The deceased had been a member of the Methodist church ever since he was fourteen years old. He had lived a Christian life and was an active church worker, always taking a leading part in the singing as long as his health permitted him to attend church. He was an indulgent father and husband and he and his family were among the most highly respected in the different communities where they had lived.

The funeral services were held at the M. E. church Wednesday afternoon at half past one o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. W. Taylor. The remains were taken to Guss for interment in the Guss cemetery. Mrs. Wm. Lee and baby arrived Tuesday, the sons who were in Canada could not come.

 

[MOATS, JULIA LOUISA CARLISLE]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Saturday, March 27, 1915, [p. 1], 5
Mrs. H. G. Moats – Mrs. H. [arlan] G. [eorge] Moats died at her home on West Fourth street in this city Thursday evening at 7:20 o'clock, following an illness which had extended over months. Mrs. Moats was afflicted with lingering consumption, and had been very bad since last September, and during the last month was at the point of death a number of times.

The funeral services will be held at the Methodist church in this city at 10 o'clock this morning, conducted by Rev. E. S. Menoher, pastor of the church. Interment will be in the Guss cemetery.

Julia Carlisle was born in Dwight, Illinois, September 5, 1859, and was fifty-five years, six months and twenty days of age at the time of death. She was reared in Illinois but in the spring of 1881 moved with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Carlisle, to Iowa, settling in the vicinity of Guss. She was married to H. [arlan] G.[eorge] Moats on September 6, 1883 and they resided in that community until ten years ago when they moved to Villisca.

Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Moats, three of whom are living. Those dead are Fred, Earl, Bird, Prudence, and Pearl and all are buried in the Guss cemetery. Those who, with the husband, survive are: Margaret, Harland and Hobart. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. C. W. Walker, of Villisca, and Mrs. Emma Dennis, of Olathe, Colorado. Mrs. Dennis is not expected for the funeral services.

Mrs. Moats was a member of the Methodist church in this city and has innumerable friends among Villisca people. She attended the church services whenever it was possible to do so and during her recent illness was a patient sufferer. Many loving hands cared for her at the last moments and many friends will attend the services this morning.

 

[MOATS, MARY CATHERINE WAGNER]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, August 7, 1913, p. 8
Mrs. Mary Moats Dead
Mrs. Mary Moats died at the home of her son, A. [lva] H. [olland] Moats, near Guss, July 30, 1913, after being in poor health for a long time, as the result of old age.

Mary Wigner [Wagner] was born in Ritchie County, West Virginia, May 30, 1830, and was therefore 83 years and 2 months old at the time of death. She was united in marriage to Geo. Moats, March 6, 1856. Soon after they came to Des Moines where they resided, until 1875, when, with their family, they moved to Taylor County and located near Guss where the deceased made her home for the last thirty-eight years and is therefore one of the early pioneers of Iowa. Mrs. Moats was the mother of eleven children, eight of whom are living. The ones living in this vicinity are: A. [lva] H. [olland], of Guss; H. [arlan] G. [eorge], of Villisca. Another son, H.[arvey] B. [orman], died July 12. Mrs. Moats had been a member of the M. E. church for seventy years and, while being of a retired disposition, had lived the life of a Christian mother and reared her children to follow her teachings. In the early days when the preachers were compelled to make long drives Mrs. Moats' home was ever open to them and they were sure of a welcome.

The funeral services were held at Guss Friday at eleven o'clock by Rev. G. W. Kehr, pastor of the Nodaway M. E. church. Interment was in the Guss cemetery.

The daughter of the deceased, Mrs. Robert Van Buser of Chicago, who was here for the funeral, returned to her home yesterday.

 

[MOATS, MINNIE ELIZABETH]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, March 11, 1965, p. 4
Minnie Moats – Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Moats of Des Moines will be held on Friday, March 12, at 11:00 a. m. at the Dunn Funeral Home in Des Moines. Mrs. Moats died March 9, at the Methodist hospital in Des Moines, following a lingering illness.

Graveside rites and interment will be held at the Guss cemetery at 2:30 p. m., Friday, with Sutphen Funeral Home in charge. Mrs. Moats was a former Villiscan and a cousin of Mesdames A. W. Hadley, C. A. Penwell and Harold Peters.

 

[OSBURN, MARY ELIZABETH WIRTH]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 11, 1971, p. 7
Mary E. Osburn, 94, Rites February 4
Funeral services for Mrs. Walter E. (Mary) Osburn, 94, long time Gravity resident, were held February 4 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford conducted by Mrs. Mabel Biggerstaff and Jack Du Brava. Mrs. Osburn died February 2 at the home of Maude Sanders in New Market with whom she was living. Interment was at Guss Cemetery, Guss, Iowa.

Mary Elizabeth Wirth, daughter of Charles H. and Elizabeth Letterman Wirth, was born in Dallas Township, Taylor County, Iowa on November 3, 1876.

She was united in marriage to Walter E. [lwood] Osburn on May 13, 1896 at her home where she was born. To this union was born one son, Alva Ray, who departed from this life at the age of one month and ten days.

She and her husband lived on the farm where she was born until they moved to Gravity. Here she made her home until she was unable to stay alone, at which time she went to live in the Sanders home.

She is the last of her family as she was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on Sept. 29, 1936, also three sisters and one brother.

She is survived by nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

She united with the Free Methodist Church at an early age and remained faithful. To know her was to love her. She was loved by everyone who knew her.

 

[PERSHIN, ABRAHAM]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Wednesday, December 2, 1914, p. 2
News of Guss
Ben Pershin's father died Wednesday morning at two o'clock at his son, Homer's home near New Market.

[PERSHIN, ABRAHAM]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 3, 1914, [p. 1]
Abraham Pershin – Funeral services over the remains of Abraham Pershin were held Wednesday at the Methodist church at Guss and interment was in the cemetery at that place. Mr. Pershin was the father of Mrs. J. W. Wilcox of Bedford, and died at the home of his son, Homer Pershin, eleven miles west of Bedford. He had eleven children, thirty grandchildren, and twenty-eight great grandchildren. He was 87 years of age and had been a member of the Methodist church since he was 18 years of age.

 

[PERSHIN, MARY JANE KERNS]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Wednesday, January 8, 1902 [p. 1]
Mrs. Pershin – After a brief illness of three days Mrs. Mary Jane Pershin died at the home of her son, Homer Pershin, last Thursday evening at the age of 68 years. The funeral services were held from the M. E. church at Guss Sunday afternoon, Rev. Hunter officiating.

Mary Jane Kearns was born in Tyler County, West Virginia, September 3, 1833, was married to Abraham Pershin April 3, 1851. To this union were born eleven children, eight of whom survive her to cheer the father in his old age. Deceased has been a staunch member of the Evangelical church since 1889, and will be sadly missed by all.
[Note:  Her maiden name is spelled Kerns on her headstone.]

 

[PETERSON, ALICE LORRAINE]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, January 9, 1958, p. 6
Former Guss resident Buried After Body Brought From West
GUSS, Jan 6 --- Death of a former resident, Miss Alice Peterson has occurred at Los Angeles. The funeral was held Friday at Wolfs Funeral Home in Villisca with burial in the Charles Peterson family lot in the Guss cemetery. Mr and Mrs M C Hoaglund of Los Angeles accompanied the body. Others from a distance were Mrs Winnie Peterson and daughter, Mr and Mrs Larry Slayman, his mother, Mrs Marie Levison, Mrs Tom Levitt, Mrs Charles Caven of Omaha, Mr and Mrs Howard Campbell of Atlantic, Mr and Mrs E J Fryear of Minneapolis, Minn.

 

[PETERSON, ALICE LORRAINE]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, January 9, 1958, p. 5
Alice L. Peterson Dies
Last rites for Alice L. Peterson, 72, of Los Angeles, Calif. were held here Friday, Jan. 3 at 2:00 p. m. from the Wolfe Funeral Home. The Rev. Paul C. Ellis, pastor of the Methodist church here, officiated.

Miss Peterson died Dec. 28 in Los Angeles, Calif. Interment was made in the Maple Grove cemetery at Guss, Ia.

She is survived by five sisters, Mrs. Carrie Eastman, Mrs. Eleanor Hoaglund, Los Angeles, Calif., Elizabeth Butke, Omaha, Nebr., Mrs. Myrtle Wheeler of Villisca, Ia., and Mrs. Anna Dorsett, Nodaway; and two brothers, C. [harles] W. Peterson, Villisca, and P. [eter] H. Peterson, Glendale, Calif.

Alice Lorraine Peterson, daughter of Charles and Vendla [Wendelia] Peterson, was born at Neponset, Ill., Nov. 28, 1885 and passed away in Los Angeles, Calif., Dec. 28, 1957. She had been a resident of Los Angeles since 1929.

She had been in failing health for several years, but had continued to do secretarial work until May 9, 1956, when she had her first heart attack.

She came to Iowa with her parents at the age of one year. The family settled on a farm near Guss. She attended country school in Nodaway Township, Taylor County and later attended Western Normal College in Shenandoah, graduating in 1904.

She had done secretarial work in Clarinda; Alma, Michigan; Omaha, Nebr., and Los Angeles, Calif. She united with the Methodist Church at Guss in early life.

 

[PETERSON, ANNA MENZEL]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, August 5, 1935,
Guss, August 1 --- Friends of the community were sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Peterson of Villisca who was a pioneer resident of the Guss neighborhood but the last few years she lived in Villisca. Funeral services were held at the home, Wednesday afternoon, and burial was made at the Guss cemetery.

 

[PETERSON, ANNA MENZEL]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, August 2, 1935, p. 4
Mrs. Anna Peterson Died Tuesday Night, Funeral Thursday
Mrs. Anna Peterson, 78, for the last 31 years a resident of Villisca, died at 11:30 p. m. Tuesday at her home on First street. Her death resulted from old age complications and followed an illness of several weeks.

Funeral services were conducted at the home at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon with the Rev. W. F. Clayburg, pastor of the local Methodist church, in charge. Interment was made in the Guss cemetery beside the body of her husband who died June 1, 1923.

Anna Menzel was born September 6, 1856, in Milwaukee, Wisc., where she lived until 1878 when at the age of 21 years she moved to Taylor County, Iowa. She was married on March 25, 1879 to Peter Peterson in Taylor County and to them were born five children, of whom two sons died in infancy and a daughter died in 1907.

The living children are Walter J. Peterson of Indianola, Iowa, and Mrs. C. R. Posten of Villisca. Mrs. Peterson and family moved to Villisca in 1904 where she had since made her home. She was a member of the Villisca Methodist church.

Besides her children, she leaves also a brother, Charles Menzel of Waverley, Iowa; a sister, Mrs. Emma Recker of Los Angeles, Cal.; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

 

[PETERSON, CHARLES A.]
Taylor County Democrat (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 7, 1895, p. 4
Divorce and Suicide
Chas. A. Peterson, who formerly lived in Nodaway Township, about five miles northwest of Guss, committed suicide on Wednesday evening of last week.

Peterson's wife secured a divorce from him several months ago and herself and children went to live with her father. On Wednesday evening Peterson visited his wife and asked permission to remain over night. His request for a night's lodging was refused and he went out to the feed lot, sat down by the side of a barn and, drawing a revolver, shot himself through the head. Death resulted almost instantly.

The rash act was witnessed by his children, who were watching his movements from a window. Peterson was insanely jealous of his wife, which caused the separation, and she was given the custody of the children. A coroner's inquest was held and the remains of the unfortunate man were interred on Thursday.

 

[PETERSON, CHARLES A.]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, February 7, 1895, p. 2
Suicide
The startling news came to Villisca, Wednesday morning, Jan. 30, that Chas. A. Peterson, a well-known farmer southeast of town had committed suicide by shooting himself. Peterson, who has not been living with his wife for over two years past, left his boarding house in Villisca Tuesday afternoon remarking that he would return in a few days and went directly to the home of his family in Taylor Co., about 8 miles southeast. Arrived there he asked if he could stay over night. Being refused, he then asked to talk with his wife a few minutes in private. This was also refused. He then announced his intention of going to a neighbors to remain over night and left the house after bidding the family good bye. From the house he went directly to the barn a short distance away and sitting down on the ground, leaned his back against the wall and fired the shot that finished his life. He was dead before anyone reached him from the house. The revolver showed one empty cartridge and two others, with indentations from the hammer, which had evidently failed to explode. The ball entered the right temple in front of the ear. The neighbors were notified and Esq J. H. Johnson, acting as coroner, summoned a jury consisting of Robert Greaves, Sherman Forbes and Jas. N. Weller who returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts. The interment took place next day at the Guss cemetery. Chas. Peterson was aged about 50 years. He leaves a wife and eight children, all living at home except the oldest girl who is married. The wife is a sister of Peter and Otto Peterson, two thrifty farmers of that vicinity and is an industrious home keeping woman. The family bears a good name in the neighborhood. Two years ago in September, Peterson became insanely jealous of his wife, without reasonable cause in the belief of the neighbors and after some disagreement left her and has not been living with her since. For several weeks past he had been stopping at Rose's restaurant and conducted himself in a sane and reasonable manner. When going away he said he was going to look for work and told the proprietor to keep his trunk, clothes, etc., till he came or sent for them. No one seemed to know that he owned or carried a revolver.

 

[PETERSON, JOHN F.]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, September 6, 1945, p. 9
Friends sympathize with the C. W. Peterson family in the loss [of] Charley's brother, John Peterson, who passed away in Omaha. Funeral services were held in Guss Sunday afternoon. He was also Mrs. Leslie Kernen's uncle.

 

[PETERSON, JOHN F.]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, September 6, 1945, p. 4
Mrs. Venice Campbell and daughter Holly Ann came last Wednesday from Omaha to remain indefinitely with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kay Wheeler, sr., and daughter Vona. Venice has had employment in Omaha for the past several months. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Caven and Mr. and Mrs. Orville Raines and children Loretta and Greg, Mrs. Carrie Eastman and Mrs. Elizabeth Butke all of Omaha came Saturday night to attend the funeral of John Peterson at the Guss church Sunday afternoon. Burial was made in the Guss cemetery. Mr. Peterson was a brother of Mrs. Butke, Mrs. Eastman and Mrs. Wheeler.

 

[PETERSON, LESLIE ALENA]
Taylor County Democrat (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 5, 1893, p. 4
Rev. J. T. Campbell was called to Maple Grove to preach the funeral of the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Peterson. --- New Market Herald

 

[PETERSON, OTTO]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, March 25, 1927, p. 5
Otto Peterson – Otto Peterson, a pioneer resident of this vicinity, died Tuesday night at 10:40 o'clock at the home of his nephew, P. H. Peterson, his death resulting from cancer and erysipelas. He had been in poor health for the last year.

Mr. Peterson was born in Sweden on Sept. 10, 1845 and was 81 years old at his death. He came to America in 1867, residing in Illinois four years, and in 1871 he came to this vicinity, settling on a farm eight miles southeast of Villisca. In 1905 he came to Villisca to make his home. He was never married.

He was confirmed in the Lutheran church at the age of 14 years. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. W. Peterson and Mrs. August Lindberg, both of Villisca, and by sixteen nieces and nephews. His funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Methodist church in this city with Rev. Geo. A. Lawton in charge of the service and interment was in the Guss cemetery.

Those here from a distance to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Butke, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Eastman, Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Peterson and Miss Alice Peterson of Omaha, and Miss Ruby Johnson, Tarkio, Mo.

 

[PETERSON, PETER]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, June 8, 1923, [p. 1], 5
Was Here Over Half Century
Funeral of Peter Peterson, Early Resident Here, Is Held
Peter Peterson, a resident of Villisca and vicinity for fifty-one years, died Friday morning at 4 o'clock at his home on West First street at the age of 82 years, his death resulting from old age complications after illness of several months.

He was born in Sweden on May 5, 1841, and moved with his parents to Denmark when he was 12 years old. At the age of 18 he went to Australia, coming from there to this county in 1872 and settling on a farm eight and one-half miles southeast of Villisca where he resided until he moved to this city nineteen years ago.

On March 25, 1879, Mr. Peterson was married to Miss Anna Menzel southeast of Villisca and to this union five children were born, two of whom died in infancy and a daughter, Mrs. Sadie Henshaw, died May 8, 1907, at the age of 27 years. Those who with the wife survive are Mrs. Chas. Posten and Water Peterson and four grandchildren, all of Villisca. There are also two sisters and one brother. They are Mrs. W. Peterson, Mrs. Matilda Lindberg and Otto Peterson of Villisca.

At the age of fourteen years Mr. Peterson was confirmed and taken into the Lutheran church. After coming to this country he joined the Evangelical church and on moving to Villisca transferred his membership to the Methodist church.

The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the Methodist church, Rev. E. S. Menoher of Corning delivering the sermon. He was assisted in the service by Rev. J. L. Boyd. The pallbearers, all relatives of the deceased, were P. H., Charles and Frank S. Peterson, Milton Dorsett, Chas. Johnson and Frank Lindberg, and the singing was by H. C. Lindell, Geo. J. Edwards, Miss Fannie Seely and Miss Leola Wallace, with Mrs. J. L. Wheeler at the organ. Interment was in the Guss cemetery.

Owing to the hard rain Sunday afternoon, which began about the time of the close of the funeral services at the church, the funeral procession encountered considerable difficulty in reaching the cemetery. Some of the cars which started were unable to make the trip on account of the mud, the others arriving at the cemetery about 6:30 o'clock. The return trip also was made with much difficulty. The hearse was left at the Wm. Guss place half a mile from the cemetery and was brought home Tuesday.

Those here from a distance to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Menzel, Waverly, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Eastman, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Butke and the Misses Eleanor and Alice Peterson, Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Peterson, Griswold, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Brosie Henshaw and two children, Sac City, Ia.; and Mr. and Mrs. John Lindsey, New Market.

 

 

[PETERSON, WENDELIA]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Friday, October 7, 1927, p. 8
Mrs. Will Dorsett was called to Omaha Friday by the serious illness of her mother, Mrs. Vendella Peterson, who passed away Sunday morning at the home of her daughter Mrs. Charles Eastman. Mrs. Peterson's remains were brought to her home in Villisca where her funeral was held at the Methodist church Tuesday. Burial was in the Guss cemetery.

 

[PETERSON, WENDELIA]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, October 7, 1927, p. 4
Mrs. Vendelia Peterson – Mrs. Vendelia [Wendelia] Peterson died Sunday morning at 7 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. E. Eastman, in Omaha.

Mrs. Peterson was born April 16, 1848, in Stockholm, Sweden, and was 79 years of age at the time of her death. She was married to Charlie Peterson in Denmark in the year 1868 and to this union thirteen children were born, two dying in infancy and Nellie at the age of three years. Those living are F. S. Peterson, Mrs. C. E. Eastman, Mrs. Robert Butke and Miss Alice Peterson, of Omaha, J. F. Peterson and Mrs. Milton Dorsett of Nodaway, Mrs. Eleanor Hoagland of Buffalo, N. Y., and C. W. and P. H. Peterson and Mrs. T. K. Wheeler of Villisca. There are also fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mrs. Peterson was preceded in death by her husband in 1895. Besides her children she leaves also one sister, Mrs. Matilda Lindberg of Villisca.

Mrs. Peterson and her husband came to America in 1873, settling in Peru, LaSalle County, Ill., living there until 1886, when they moved to a farm in Taylor County, Iowa. After Mr. Peterson's death Mrs. Peterson continued to live on the farm until 1905, at which time she moved to Villisca where she made her home until her death. She was a member of the Methodist church of Villisca.

Her body arrived here Tuesday morning and was taken to the P. H. Peterson home south of Villisca to await the funeral, which was held that afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist church, with Rev. George A. Lawton in charge of the service. The singing was by Mr. and Mrs. Albert F. Davie, Mrs. J. L. Smith and H. C. Lindell; with Miss Alice Newton at the organ, and the pallbearers were Walter Peterson, Charles Posten, Charles Johnson, Frank Lindberg, Elver Lacox and Leslie Kernen. Interment was in the family lot in the Guss cemetery. There were fourteen members of Mrs. Peterson's Sunday school class present at the funeral.
[Note:  Her first name is spelled Wendelia on her headstone.]

 

[REYNOLDS, JENNIE ELIZABETH]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, August 26, 1897, p. 9
--Died—August 18, 1897, Jennie Elizabeth, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Reynolds, age 1 month and 9 days. After appropriate services at Maple Grove, by Elder Harvey, of Hepburn, the little body was laid to rest to await the resurrection morn.

Fold away the little dresses,
That Our darling once did wear;
She will need them on earth never
She has climbed the golden stair.
The parents wish to express their thanks to friends who gave their sympathy and assistance in the time of need. T. J. M.

 

[REYNOLDS, JENNIE ELIZABETH]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, August 26, 1897, p. 10
GUSS
Mr. & Mrs. J. Reynolds of Villisca buried their infant child in Maple Grove Cemetery last Thursday. They have the sympathy of the entire community.

 

[ROGERS, WILLIAM EDWARD]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, January 8, 1914, [p. 1]
Death of W. E. Rogers
Well Known Farmer of Near Guss Succumbs to Aenemia Sunday

Last Sunday, January 4, 1914, W. E. Rogers died at his home near Guss, his death being due to aenemia. He had been failing in health for several years, but during this time bore his suffering in the best of spirits.

William Edward Rogers was born near Bainbridge, Indiana, March 19, 1859, and died at his home near Guss January 4, 1914, being fifty-four years, nine months and fifteen days of age at the time of his death. He came to Iowa with his parents in 1864 and had resided in the vicinity of Guss ever since, with the exception of about twelve years when he lived in Kansas. He was a kind father and loving husband and was well respected by all who knew him. He was a prominent man in the affairs surrounding Guss and worked for the best of the community.

He is survived by a loving wife, his mother, Mrs. E. A. Starkey, of Meeteeste, Wyoming, two sons, A. J. Rogers, of Lake Park, Iowa, and C. N. Rogers of Villisca, two brothers S. A. Starkey, of Meeteetse, Wyoming, and F. A. Starkey of Four Acre, Oklahoma. Also four grandchildren and a host of friends mourn him.

The funeral services were held at the Guss M. E. church at 2:30 p. m. Tuesday, January 6, and were conducted by Rev McCartney, pastor of the church. Interment was made in the Guss cemetery.

 

[ROYAL, VERN ERNEST]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Friday, May 10, 1918, p. 4
Dies Following Operation
Verne Royal died at the home of his father-in-law, Chas. Curtis, two and one-half miles northeast of Guss, Wednesday afternoon at 4:30. Mr. Royal was operated on in Creston about three weeks ago. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock and the remains were buried in the Guss cemetery.

 

[ROYAL, VERN ERNEST]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, May 15, 1918, p. 3
Died – Verne E. Royal died at his home south of Corning Wednesday, May 8, 1918, aged 35 years, 4 months and 19 days. Funeral services were held at the home Thursday, May 9th, conducted by Rev. I. R. Mills, pastor of the M. E. church of Nodaway. Interment was made in the Guss cemetery.

Verne E. [rnest] Royal was born at Virdie, Minn., December 19, 1882. He lived with his parents in Minnesota for a few years then went to Washington, where his mother died when he was about 8 years of age. He then went to Illinois and lived with his grandfather Royal until he was about 16 years old, when he went back to Washington and remained there with his father, until his marriage to Miss Shirley Curtis, July 21, 1910.

For some time Mr. Royal has been a resident of this community. He leaves a number of relatives and friends who deeply mourn his passing.

 

[SHIPLEY, REUBEN ARTHUR]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 13, 1933, [p. 1]
Reuben A. Shipley Dies In Ambulance
Reuben A. [rthur] Shipley, 47, of Villisca, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Shipley of the northern part of the county, died in an ambulance at Glenwood Friday, June 30, while Enroute to an Omaha hospital. He was taken suddenly ill on Wednesday and Villisca doctors were unable to determine the cause of his illness. Friday, when his condition became worse it was thought best to take him to the hospital for examination and treatment. The body was returned to Villisca, where funeral services were held.

Shipley was born in Taylor County, October 24, 1885, and spent the early part of his life in the same county. He was married June 13, 1912, to Berdelia Cummings at Bedford. For a time after their marriage they lived on a farm in Taylor County, later moving to Villisca. He is survived by his wife, three children, his parents, four brothers and one sister.

 

[SHIPLEY, SCIDNEY JANE LOWER]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, January 31, 1952, p. 5
Mrs. Perry Shipley – Funeral services for Mrs. Perry Shipley, 89, were held here Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Wolfe funeral home, conducted by the Rev. L. H. Athey. Mrs. Shipley died Jan. 20 at Armstrong nursing home in Bedford following an extended illness.

Singing at the funeral was by Mrs. Fredrick Fisher accompanied by Mrs. J. L. Wheeler. Pallbearers were Ted McCoy, Paul Firkins, Wayne Rock, Floyd Bush, Dale Stroud and Walter Maxwell, and burial was in the Guss cemetery.

Sidney Jane Lower was born Oct. 13, 1862, in Ohio, a daughter of Fredrick and Elizabeth Lower. She came to Iowa with her parents and spent most of her life in Taylor County, with the exception of about nine years in Villisca.

She was united in marriage to Perry L. E. Shipley Nov. 6, 1881, and to this union eight children were born. Three children and her husband have preceded Mrs. Shipley in death—Ruth and Coral who died in infancy, Rube in 1933 and her husband Feb. 14, 1949.

The surviving children are Harry of Villisca, Lloyd of Bedford, John and Tom of Bellflower, Calif. and Daisy Price of Payette, Ida. There are also several grandchildren, great grandchildren.
[Note:  Her first name is spelled Scidney on her headstone.]

 

[SHIPLEY, SCIDNEY JANE LOWER]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, January 28, 1952, p. 5
Hawleyville, Jan 25 – Mr. and Mrs. Beryl Bentley attended the funeral of Mrs. Bentley's aunt, Mrs. Perry Shipley, who was nearly 90 years old, at Villisca Wednesday afternoon.