Obituaries
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[AMBROSE, LEWIS]
Creston Daily Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Wednesday, February 4, 1925, [p. 1]
Lewis Ambrose Died Tuesday Afternoon
Lewis Ambrose died Tuesday afternoon at 4:10 at his home, 613 North Maple street, after a long illness. He lived in Lenox for many years and came to Creston five years ago. Beside his widow, he is survived by two sons, Elmer, of Creston, and Clarence, of Kent.

The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Deitrick chapel with Rev. Homer Baumgardner officiating/ Burial will take place in the cemetery at Lenox.

 

[BARKER, BESSIE SMITH HUTCHINSON]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), November 21, 1963, page 3
Bessie Smith Barker, daughter of Henry and Edith Smith was born November 15, 1908 near Mt. Ayr, Iowa and passed away, November 15, 1963 at Rosary Hospital in Corning at the age of 55 years.

In 1926 she was united in marriage to Clade Hutchinson and to this union a daughter was born, June, Mrs. Everett England of Clearfield. Mr. Hutchinson passed away about 6 years ago.

She married Ernest Barker on November 14, 1936 and to this union one son, Dean of Creston was born.

Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother Jesse.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Ernest, daughter, June and son-in-law, Everett; son Dean and daughter-in-law Carniece; seven grandchildren, Carl Ann Varner, Jerry, Bobby, Dennis, Tammy, and Terry England and Lance Barker; seven sisters, Mrs. Pearl Roach, Mrs. Lena Roberts of Grant City, Missouri, Josephine of Mt. Ayre, Florence Barker of Loveland, Colorado, Julia and Ellen Smith of Glenwood, and Mrs. Betty Peterman of Conway; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.

Mrs. Barker was a very neat housekeeper, enjoyed collecting salt and pepper shakers and an animal collection, enjoyed her family and was community giving to and helping other people.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 18, at 1:30 p.m from the Roland Funeral Home in Corning with Rev. Brown Garlock officiating. Music was by Mrs. Brown Garlock and Mrs. Joe Cook. Pall bearers were Pearl Barker, Ivan Barker, Donald Barker, Ralph Barker, Lawrence Barker, and Alvin Barker. flower bearer was Mrs. Ronald Campbell. Interment was in the Lenox Cemetery.

[BARKER, RAYMOND EDMUND]
Clearfield Chronicle (Clearfield, Iowa), October 27, 1966, page 4
Raymond Edmund Barker, son of Lewis B. and Nancy Jane Barker, was born September 3, 1899 in Skylar County, Missouri and departed this life a the Ringgold County Hospital in Mt. Ayr, Iowa on October 18, 1966 at the age of 67 years, one month, and 15 days.
In 1908, he moved with his family to a farm near Yorktown, Iowa where they lived until 1912 when they moved to a farm near Conway, Iowa.
In 1921, he moved to Lenox, Iowa. On Feb. 23, 1921 he was united in marriage to Lillian Grace Herrell and to this union were born four sons.
In 1957, he joined the Methodist Church of Diagonal, Iowa
From 1921 until he retired in 1961 due to ill health; he was engaged in farming and garage work. They then moved to Clearfield in 1964, where they resided until his death.
Preceding him in death were his father, mother, two brothers, and two granddaughters.
Left to mourn his passing are his widow, Lillian and four sons, Pearl and Lawrence, both of Clearfield, Ivan of Omaha, Nebraska, and Ralph of Indianola, Iowa; five brothers, Leslie of Central City, Ernest of Corning, Iowa, Colorado, Harvey of Davenport, Iowa, and Lacy of Clearfield and Vernie of Fern Creek, Tennessee.
Three sisters, Myrtle Ambrose of Lenox, Nora Toll of Creston, and Minnie Bauer of Blair, Nebraska; fifteen grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Last rites were conducted at the Methodist Church in Clearfield, Iowa, Friday, October 21st at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Tschetter officiating.
Final resting place in the Lenox Cemetery.

[BRIGGS, HENRY FRANCIS]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 19, 1969, p. 4
Henry F. Briggs Buried At Guss
H. F. Briggs died at his home near Bedford, Thursday, February 12. Funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home, Saturday afternoon, February 14 at two o'clock. Rev. Anthony Blankers officiated. Burial in the cemetery at Guss.

Henry Francis Briggs was born July 31, 1876 in Nodaway Township, Taylor County, Iowa and died at the age of 82 years, six months, 12 days.

He was united in marriage to Pearl Grace Fidler on October 10, 1901. To this union five sons were born, all of whom live to mourn his loss: Earnest Briggs of Corning, Emory Briggs of Villisca, Hobert Briggs of Brooks, Dave Briggs of Gravity, Lowel[l] Briggs of Newell, Iowa. Mrs. Pearl Grace Briggs died on May 14, 1913.

On October 25, 1917, he was united in marriage to Maybell Ann Davis. To this union four children were born, all of whom survive: Ralph Briggs of Conway, Floyd Briggs of Shenandoah, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Gohn of Stratford, Iowa, Franklin Briggs of Shenandoah. Also mourning his loss are his widow, Mrs. Maybell Ann Briggs of Bedford; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Opal Lawson of New Market; 33 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren. He was a member of a family of seven and was the last of them to be taken in death.

Mr. Brigg's occupation was farming, living all of his years in Taylor County. He lived near Guss until 1939 when he moved to the Bedford community, where he resided until his death.

Early in life, he became a member of the Methodist church in Guss, later transferring his membership to the Bedford Methodist church.

 

[BRIGGS, MAYBELL ANN HOWARD DAVIS]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 24, 1984
Maybell Briggs, 92 Last Rites Were Held May 16
Funeral services for Mrs. Henry Francis (Maybell Ann) Briggs, 92, of Bedford, held May 16 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here, were conducted by Rev. Carl Cummings. Mrs. Briggs died May 13, 1984 in Community Hospital in Fairfax, Mo. Interment was at Maple Grove Cemetery, Guss, Iowa.

Maybell Ann Howard Briggs, daughter of Charles Howard and Martha Floyd Briggs, was born at Royal, Nebraska November 19, 1891. She grew to maturity in the area where she was born and moved to Villisca, Iowa when a young lady where she was united in marriage to Bev Davis and to them one daughter Opal was born; Opal predeceased her mother.

On October 25, 1917 she was united in marriage to Henry Francis Briggs and they lived on a farm near Guss, Iowa. To this union three sons and one daughter were born: Henry Ralph; Floyd Francis, Mary Elizabeth and Franklin Delano Briggs. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

In 1939 they moved to a  farm south of Bedford, Iowa where she resided until ill health caused her to enter the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Rockport, Mo. six years ago.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Henry Francis Briggs who died February 12, 1959, two brothers, Troy and Chancey, and two sisters, Elsie and Olive; three stepsons, Ernest, David and Emery Briggs.

Left to cherish her memory are her five children; one brother, Ernest, and three sisters: Clara, Evie and Addie; two stepsons, Hobart and Lowell Briggs; 37 grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Her family and friends will remember her as a kind and considerate person and she will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

 

[BURRIGHT, CATHERINE ELMIRA "KATE" FOLK]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, November 20, 1975, p. 7
Mrs. S. M. (Kate) Burright, 94, died Thursday morning at the home of her daughter in Shenandoah. She was born at Monica, Ill., daughter of Peter and Catherine Folk, one of six children. When she was a young girl the family moved to the Barton community north of Gravity.

She married Solomon Burright in 1905 and they farmed in the Guss vicinity many years, moving to the Meredith farm west of the Oak Hill church. After the death of her husband in 1954 she made her home with her daughters, Fern and Margaret in Shenandoah.

She joined the Guss Methodist church as a young girl where she was an active member as long as in the community. She attended and worked for the Oak Hill church after moving to the Oak Hill vicinity.

She leaves her seven children: Allen D. Burright of Prairie Village, Kans.; Donald Burright of Omaha, Neb., Fern and Margaret Burright of Shenandoah; Helen (Elton) Bashaw; Dorothy Bashaw of Orofino, Idaho; 17 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter; two sisters, Mrs. Addie Gentzler and Miss Lena Folk of Wichita, Kans.

Funeral services were held Sat., Nov 8 at the Oak Hill church north of Gravity with Rev. Ortmann officiating. Music was by Rev. Hilton of Griswold. Miss Golda Showers was in charge of the memory register and Mrs. Carl Mosley and Mrs. Eldon Pool took care of the flowers. Casket bearers were George Beemer, Judd Beemer, Melvin Eyberg, Willard Marsh, Wayne Perry and George Sharp.

 

[BURRIGHT, SOLOMON MILTON]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, March 25, 1954, p. 8
Solomon Milton Burright, son of John D. and Emma Cathrine Burright, was born July 21, 1876 and died at a hospital in Villisca March 16, 1954 at the age of 77 years, 7 months, 23 days. His father, mother and five of his brothers and sisters preceded him in death.

He was one of a family of thirteen children. He was born on a farm near Norwich in Page County where he lived until a young man. As a young man he moved with the family to the Guss community. Here he joined the Methodist church where he remained a member until his death.

On August 30, 1905, he married Cathrine Folk. To this union seven children were born: Allen Burright, Wichita, Kans., Ferne Burright, Shenandoah; Margaret Burright of the home; Donald and Wayne Burright, Gravity; Helen and Dorothy Bashaw, Grangemont, Idaho. The family has lived in Taylor County in the Gravity and Oak Hill communities all but about two years, which were spent in Kansas.

He leaves to mourn his passing besides his wife, Cathrine and his seven children, the following brothers and sisters: Ralph Burright, Ida Burright, Mrs. Nettie Kinnney, Blanche Burright and Addie Burright, all of Gravity; Olia Burright of Eaton, Colo. and John Burright of Rock Rapids, Iowa.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, March 20 at the Oak Hill church with the Rev. Donald Watkins officiating. Burial was in the Guss Cemetery

 

 [CASEY, CLIFFORD DELMAR]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, August 22, 1929, p. 5
Friends are grieved to hear of the death od Delmar Clifford, the baby boy born to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Casey, of Mercer Township, Saturday, August 17. The baby weighed 7 ½ pounds and lived only about twelve hours.
[Note: The name on the headstone is given as Clifford Delmar.]

 

[CASEY, CLIFFORD DELMAR]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, August 22, 1929, p. 10
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Casey have the sincerest sympathy of their friends as a baby boy came to brighten their home Friday night but only lived twelve hours. A short service was held at the home Sunday morning at ten o'clock conducted by Rev. Chas. Colyn and the little body was laid to rest in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[CHAMBERLIN, ARVILLA PEARL FEATHER]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, February 18, 1965, p. 4
Mrs. Chamberlin Rites Feb. 15
Funeral services for Mrs. Elmer (Arvilla) Chamberlin, held Feb. 15 at Gravity Christian Church, were conducted by Rev. James Sheckler. Mrs. Chamberlin died Feb. 12 at Douglas County Home in Omaha at the age of 80 years, five months and two days. Interment was at Guss Cemetery, Guss, Iowa.

Arvilla Pearle Feather Chamberlin, daughter of Hiram and Christina Feather, was born Sept. 10, 1884 in Pennsylvania.

On Sept. 28, 1906, she was joined in marriage with Elmer Chamberlin and to this union were born two sons, Chester and Harold.

Preceding her in death were her husband who died Oct. 11, 1944; three brothers, John, Milton and Calvin; and one sister, Flora.

She is survived by her two sons; two sisters, Maude and Katherine; and many friends.

She was a resident of Gravity from 1909 to 1946.

At an early age she had joined the Congregational Church. Upon coming to Gravity she attended the Christian Church and was a good worker in the Sunday school. She is remembered as a fine woman and devout Christian.

 

[CHAMBERLIN, ELMER]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 19, 1944, p. 5
Obituary – Elmer Chamberlin
Elmer Chamberlin, son of Geo. and Helena Chamberlin, was born in Afton, Iowa, March 28, 1875, being the second youngest of six children. He died Wednesday, October 11, at his home in Gravity, after an illness of several months.

He had been in the jewelry business for many years, the last thirty-six years being spent in Gravity.

He was married to Arvilla Pearle Feather in 1906. To them were born two sons, Harold, who is in the service of our country in India, and Chester of Omaha.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, one granddaughter, sally Ann of Omaha; two sisters, Mrs. Chloe Hayden of Paradise, California, and Mrs. Harry Manella of Afton, Iowa.

The funeral services were held at the Walker-Shum Funeral Home in Bedford Sunday afternoon, October 15, conducted by Rev. G. L. Hufstader, pastor of the Bedford Methodist church. Burial was in the Guss cemetery.

 

[CHORN, BLANCHE ETHEL]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 24, 1913, p. 8
NEW MARKET
Miss Blanche Charm [Chorn] died of consumption at the home of her uncle, James Marsh, April 14.

 

[CLARK, CHARLES]
Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, September 10, 1931, p. 6
Charley Clark Died in New Market Home
Friday afternoon ha been set as the time of funeral services for the late Charley Clark, from his residence in New Market Mr. Clark passed away about 11 p m Tuesday, at a hospital in Omaha, where he had been a patient several days. Many knew him as proprietor of the Clark Filling Station in New Market, the first station met when approaching New Market from the west He was 76 years of age and leaves a wife in the home. Interment to be in the family lot at Guss.

 

[CLARK, CHARLES]
Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, September 17, 1931, p. 2
Charles Clark – Charles Clark was born in Almakee [Allamakee] county, Iowa, October 28, 1854, and departed this life September 8, 1931 in St. Catherine's hospital, Omaha, Nebr. at the age of 76 years, ten months and eleven days.

In 1878 he was united in marriage to Sarah Sherbonda. In 1879 he moved to Page County and the following year came to Taylor County. To this happy union two sons, Herman page and Benjamin A., were born. Both departed before him in death. His wife also departed in death October 18, 1908, after they had lived together for thirty years.

October 26, 1913, Mr. Clark was united in marriage to Emma I. Ogden. In the spring of 1917 they moved to New Market, where they resided until he was taken to the hospital two weeks ago.

When a young man he united with the Methodist church. He was the oldest member of the Masonic and Eastern Star lodges of New Market. He was a friend to every one and did his share toward the progress of the community.

He is survived by his wife, four step children; three sons, and one daughter; one sister, Mrs. Bertha Long, one granddaughter, Eva Fern Jetton; four nephews; five nieces and a host of friends.

 

[CLARK, ELEANOR A. POWELL]
Taylor County Democrat (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, August 10, 1893, p. 4
Obituary – After a long and painful illness, the death angel laid his cold and icy arms calmly but irresistibly around the deceased Eleanor A. Powell Clark, and on Aug. 6, claimed her as his own, but despite his mighty power her spirit rests in the sweet repose of a loving Savior, Who holds the keys of the unseen world, and Who hath declared, "Whomsoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." She died in the triumphant faith of her Master and Lord, having made a profession of the Christian religion at the early age of 13 years, uniting with the Baptist church. She has been a member of the Christian church for more than 30 years, which represents her faith at the time of her death.

Deceased was born near Dayton, O., Oct. 29, 1820, and came to Iowa in 1848. Aug. 14, 1851 she was united in marriage to Benj. D. Clark, and to this happy union were added eight children—two boys and six girls—two of which, Maria and little Frank, some years ago crossed the Jordan of death, to await the arrival of their mother. The rest of the children with their father and many sympathetic friends and neighbors mourn her departure. She was a generous-hearted neighbor, a kind mother, a true and substantial friend, a loving companion, and an exemplary Christian.

The funeral services were conducted by the writer at the Maple Grove church in the presence of a very large and attentive audience, selecting as a basis of thought Acts IX, 30: "this woman was full of good works and alms deeds which she did."     W. L. Dunlavy.

 [COFFIN, ANDREW H.]
  Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, February 12, 1970, p. 5
DALLAS TWP, Feb 9 – Thelbert Hendrick Ralph Andrew Dale Hanson Estel Combs and Marion Jetton assisted in the graveside service of Andrew Coffin at the Guss Cemetery Thursday.

 

[COFFIN, ELMER A.]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, August 11, 1958, p. 14
Dallas Township
Mr and Mrs Alva Hicks and Mr and Mrs Ralph Andrew received word Sunday of the death of Elmer Coffin of Chicago. The body is being brought to the Sutphen Funeral Home in Villisca and services will be Wednesday with burial at the Guss cemetery. Mr Coffin was a cousin of Ralph and Mrs Hicks.

 

[COFFIN, ELMER A.]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, August 14, 1958, p. 3
Former Dallas Man Buried At Guss
Died in Illinois Hospital
Dallas, Aug 12 – Mr and Mrs Ralph Andrew, assisted by Mrs Alva Hicks, served dinner Wednesday dinner Wednesday in the Ralph Andrew home for relatives who attended the last rites for Elmer Coffin Services were in Villisca Aug 6 with burial at the Guss Cemetery. Elmer, formerly of this community, died at the Veterans' hospital at Danville, Ill. Aug 3. Those coming to the Andrew home were Mr and Mrs Don Sargent of Villa Park, Ill. Mr and Mrs Alfred Coffin of Chicago, Mr and Mrs Lawrence Coffin of Sturgis, Mich, Mrs Leona Boyd, Mrs Irvin Shady, Nancy and Joy of Des Moines, Harry Andrew, Villisca, Mr and Mrs Adrian Andrew and Lawrence of Shenandoah and Mrs Dale Anderson, Denean and Dean.

 

[COFFIN, RUTH ELLEN ANDREW]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 19, 1955, p. 19
DALLAS, May 17 – Mrs. Alva Hicks and Ralph Andrew received word Monday morning that an aunt, Mrs Ruth Coffin of Chicago, had died. The funeral was Wednesday at Villisca.

 

[COFFIN, RUTH ELLEN ANDREW]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, May 26 1955, p. 6
Mrs Edna Richey, Mrs Gladys Schrader, Mrs Vera Stamps and Mrs Edith Branan prepared and served a dinner Wednesday noon at the church dining room for relatives and friends who attended the funeral of Mrs Ruth Coffin of Chicago. Those from a distance were her son, Lawrence Coffin and son of Sturgis, Mich; her daughter, Mildred Krachbiel of Los Alamos, N M; her daughter, Mrs Helen Sergent and son Elmer of Villa Park, Ill; her brother and wife, Mr and Mrs C T Andrew of Kansas City, Mo and their son, Mr and Mrs Harry Andrew; her sister, Mrs Leona Boyd and daughter, Mrs Thesa Shady and daughters of Des Moines; Mr and Mrs Wayne Nicholas of Adair, Mr and Mrs Charles Depew of New Market. There were about 40 served.

 

[COFFIN, RUTH ELLEN ANDREW]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, May 30, 1955, p. 5
DALLAS, May 24 --- Mr and Mrs Paul Krebell, John Thomas and Paula of Los Alamos, N M, were overnight guests in the Ralph Andrew home Tuesday, coming to attend the funeral of Mrs Coffin of Chicago held at Villisca with burial in the Guss cemetery.

Relatives who spent Tuesday night in the Alva Hicks home were: Mr and Mrs Don Sargent, Villa Park, Ill.; Alfred, Laurence and Elmer Coffin of Chicago, Ill. The guests were here for the services for Mrs. Ruth Coffin Wednesday at Villisca.

 

[COFFIN, WILLIS GEORGE]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, January 2, 1967, p. 5
Ralph Andrew and Evan Andrew of Villisca received word that a cousin, Willis Coffin, died at Veterans Hospital in Iowa City. Graveside services were to be at the Guss Cemetery Dec 27.

 

[COFFIN, WILLIS GEORGE]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, January 5, 1967, p. 13
Guss, Dec 31 – Graveside service for Willis Coffin, 66, was held Tuesday afternoon at the Guss Cemetery. Mr. Coffin was a veteran of World War I and died at Veteran's Hospital in Iowa City. The Rev George Snyder of Villisca was in charge with the American Legion Post from New Market conducting military rites. Sutphen Funeral Home at Villisca made arrangements.

 

[CROUSE, DAVID H.]
Clarinda Herald (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, June 2, 1921, p. 12
David H. Crouse - For twenty-nine years and eight months employed at night work at the Clarinda State Hospital without missing a single payroll, was the unusual record made by David H. Crouse, who passed away May 25th at his home north of town, on Wednesday, May 25th, at the age of 73 years, 2 months and six days.

Funeral services were held Saturday, at the State Hospital, where so many nights had been spent.    Rev. Jas. A. Burns, the Christian minister, conducted the services, calling on Superintendent Max E. Witte say a few words. Dr. Witte gave a very strong tribute to the valuable services the deceased had rendered in his place of duty.

Born in Clinton County, Ohio, March 19th, 1848, Mr. Crouse came to Iowa in 1873, settling near Guss, Taylor County. Oct. 3rd 1883 he was married to Ida B. Crouse [Hiatt], who survive[s] him, as do two children, Mrs. Stella Depew southeast of Clarinda, and a son Leo Crouse living near Fairbury, Nebr. Mr. Crouse moved to Villisca in 1886. A few years later he moved to Clarinda, accepting a position as electrician at the Clarinda State Hospital, where he has since been constantly employed.

Besides his wife and children, three grandchildren survive him, also three brothers and four sisters.

Mr. Crouse was of a quiet disposition. He loved his neighbor as himself, being always patient and kind with everything and everybody.

 

[CROUSE, DAVID H.]
Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, June 2, 1921, p. 6
David H. Crouse.
The funeral of David H. Crouse, electrician at the Clarinda State Hospital, was held Saturday morning, May 28, 1921, at the home of the deceased on Wall Street. The services were conducted by Rev. J. A. Burns. The pallbearers were William Hunter, Roy Matthews, J. C. Hines, Elmo Dougherty, Charles Phillips and A. E. Welch. Interment was at Guss. The following obituary has been given The Journal:

David H. Crouse was born in Clinton County, Ohio, March 19, 1848, and died of blood poisoning near Clarinda May 25, 1921, at the age of 73 years 2 months and 6 days. He came to Iowa in 1873 settling near Guss, Taylor County. He; was married to Ida B. Hiatt Oct. 3, 1883. To this union three children were born: Ora who died in 1909; Leo who lives near Fairbury, Nebr., and Mrs. Stella Depew who lives near Clarinda. Mr. Crouse moved to Villisca in 1886. A few years later he moved to Clarinda and accepted a position as electrician at the state hospital, which he held for 29 years, having never missed a pay roll. He leaves to mourn their loss his wife, a son and a daughter, three grandchildren; also three brothers and four sisters survive him. Mr. Crouse was of a quiet disposition. He loved his neighbor as himself and was always patient and kind with everything and every body.

 

[CROUSE, IDA BELL HIATT]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, August 22, 1946
Mrs Ida B Crouse Dies At Home of Daughter
Funeral services for Mrs Ida B Crouse, 87, will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the Walker Funeral Home. Mrs. Crouse died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Depew at New Market Tuesday evening after a lingering illness of nearly 2 years.

Surviving is her daughter, Mrs. Estella Depew of New Market. She was the mother of the late Leo Crouse.

Rev Woods of the Christian church will conduct the services. Burial will be in the Guss cemetery.

 

[CROUSE, IDA BELL HIATT]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, September 9, 1946
Ida B Crouse - Ida Belle Hiatt was born August 4, 1859, at Snowhill, Randolph County, Indiana, oldest daughter of A V P and Hannah Hiatt, and died August 20, 1946, at the age of 87 years, 2 weeks and 2 days at the home of her daughter, Mrs Charles Depew, near New Market, being confined to her bed for the past two years.

Her father died when she was four years old and soon afterward she moved with her mother and family to Independence, Iowa, later settling at Guss, Iowa.

On October 3. 1883, she was married to David H Crouse. To this union three children were born Ora, who died in 1909, Leo, who died July 2, 1946, and Mrs Estella Depew, who lives near New Market In 1886 she moved with her husband and family to Villisca Iowa, and a few years later came to Clarinda which has been her home since, except for 6 ½ years, when she made her home with her daughter in Taylor County Mr Crouse passed away in March 1921. She was also preceded in death by a brother Alonzo, and a sister, Mrs Sarah Lundquist.

She was reared in the Quaker faith and was very proud of this heritage After moving west she united with the Methodist church as there was no Friend's church in the locality

She leaves to mourn her death her daughter and family, Mr and Mrs Charley Depew, Mrs Maud Crouse, five grandchildren, Paul, Leila, and Inez, Jo Depew, Mrs Doris Williams and Delbert Crouse and four great grandchildren, two nephews, Clarence Hiatt and Mae Hiatt, and several cousins.

The funeral service was conducted by Ellsworth L Woods of the Christian church at the Walker Funeral Homo on Friday, August 23 1946, at 2 o'clock Mrs Harriett Davidson sang three numbers accompanied by Aletha Hutchings. Casket bearers were Evan Ralph Harry, Walter, Edgar and Perry Andrew. Interment was in the Guss cemetery.

 

[DUER, HARRY TODD]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Friday, March 19, 1926, [p. 1]
Obituary – Funeral services for Harry Duer were held Monday at 1 p. m. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Hess, conducted by Rev. E. S. Menoher of the Methodist church of Corning. Interment was made in the Guss cemetery.

Harry T. Duer was born in Ohio on February 21, 1859 and died March 13, 1926, being at the time of his death 75 years and 20 days old. His death occurred at the home of his daughter Mrs. John Hess. While still quite young Mr. Duer came with his parents to Monmouth, Ill. and there he was married to Miss Isabel McNeil, Dec. 30, 1874. His wife preceded him in death eighteen years ago. In 1881 he came to Iowa and lived in Corning and the near by vicinity ever since.

Mr. Duer is survived by four daughters: Mrs. Clint Firkins, Mrs. Will Rogers, Mrs. John Hess and Mrs. Charles Firkins. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. H. A. Pillsbury, of Cambridge, Illinois, and one brother, Will Duer of Corning, and fifteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

 

[DUER, ISABELL MCNEIL]
Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, December 11, 1907, p. 8
Died –Mrs. A. T. Duer died at her home in Taylor County, near Iveyville, on Tuesday of this week, aged 57 years, 9 months and 24 days. We understand the cause of her death was a tumor, from which she had been suffering for some time. Beside the husband, four daughters survive the deceased lady. The funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock on Thursday of this week and interment will be made in the Guss cemetery.

 

[DUER, ISABELL MCNEIL]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, December 14, 1907, p. 9
Mrs. Harry T. Duer residing about 3 miles southwest of Iveyville died on Tuesday morning of cancer of the liver, aged 57 years, 9 months and 20 days. The deceased was born in Philadelphia and had been a resident of the vicinity in which her death occurred for a number of years. Besides the husband she leaves a family of four grown daughters, all married except one. Mrs. Duer had been ailing for about two years and a short time ago went to St. joseph for an operation but on examination it was found to be cancer of the liver and nothing could be done for her and she returned home to spend her remaining days. The funeral was held on Thursday at 10:30 from the house conducted by her pastor, Rev. C. A. Carlson of the M. E. church of Nodaway. Interment in the Guss cemetery.

 

[DUNN, SARAH A. MITCHELTREE]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, September 10, 1896, [p. 1]
Death By Lightning
Mrs. Wm. Dunn of Dallas Township Instantly Killed Friday Evening
At 7 o'clock this morning the Free Press received a message from New Market stating that Mrs. Wm. Dunn, living in Dallas township, had been instantly killed by lightning Friday afternoon.

The particulars are about as follows: Mrs. Dunn and a little nephew were out in the yard eating a muskmelon while a thundershower was passing over. Suddenly there came a flash of lightning and when the boy recovered from the shock he discovered Mrs. Dunn lying on the ground dead with her clothing on fire.

The lightning struck the unfortunate woman on the side of the head and running down the side, completely severed the toes from the foot. A neighbor who lived close by was summoned by the little boy and succeeded in putting out the burning clothing on the body. Mr. Dunn was at Shenandoah at the time of the accident attending a Sanctified camp meeting.

 

[FIDLER, DON JULIUS]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, October 16, 1975, p. 5
Don Fidler – Don Julius Fidler was born on January 13, 1883 and passed away October 5, 1975 at the age of 92 years, 8 months and 22 days.

Don was the son of Charley Bluford Fidler and Dollie Thear Hopkins Fidler. He was born in a tent in the Territory of Kansas.

As a small child, Don accompanied his family to California and back to Iowa in covered wagons while his father helped build the railroads and roads west. After returning to Iowa, the family settled in the Hawleyville vicinity.

His formal education consisted of about 4 grades but his mathematical and mechanical aptitude was at a genius level. As a teenager he helped his father with the custom sawing and threshing and by driving and maintaining the steam engine.

Throughout his lifetime he farmed in the Guss vicinity and did custom threshing over the Southwest Iowa area with his own rig for 54 threshing seasons. He purchased one of the new portable steam engines and separators in this area. He also operated a portable sawmill moving it from farm to farm cutting trees and sawing them to each farmer's needs. Many homes, barns and other farm buildings remain standing with native lumber cut to specifications by Don.

On June 22, 1903, he was united in marriage to Lizzie Catherine Briggs. To this union were born 3 sons, Charley, George and Kenneth, and one daughter, Ethel. Don was preceded in death by Lizzie on March 6, 1945 and son, George on April 11, 1916.

On December 15, 1947, he married Bertha M. Rhamy Creager with whom he happily spent his remaining years.

Long after retirement age, Don remained actively sawing—past his 80th birthday—but as his health demanded, he transferred the physical work to his son, Charley, but continued to operate the business part. Don drove an auto with an up-to-date driver's license until his 90th birthday.

In continuing failing health for the major part of the past two years, Don and Bertha entered the Good Samaritan Center at Villisca, in July 1975, where he spent his remaining days.

Preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers, a sister, son, George, and first wife, Lizzie.

Surviving him are his wife, Bertha, his three children, Charley, Kenneth and Ethel Bryson, of Villisca; stepdaughters, Belle Weil, Gravity, Iowa and Mary Ekstrand, Grelton, Ohio; stepson, Marvin Creager, McClure, Ohio; sister, Fariba Owens, Boulder, Colo.; thirteen grandchildren, thirty-six great grandchildren, several great great grandchildren; lots of nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Services were held Thursday, October 9, 1975 at the Sutphen Funeral Home with Rev. Melvin W. White officiating. Karen Bain and Cleo Branan were the flower bearers.

Musical selections were "In The Garden," "Sweet Bye and Bye: and "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder," which were sung by David Hull and accompanied by Mabel Dunn. Mrs. Orville Shaver was in charge of the register.

Casket bearers were Aleck Newberg, Harold Hakes, Bert Reynolds, Murl Kendrick, Fay Clark and Lee Clark.

Interment was in the Guss Cemetery, Guss, Iowa.

[FIDLER, DEO MARIE]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, January 9, 1939, p. 3
Deo Marie Fidler – Deo Marie Fidler, infant daughter, was born to Chas B Fidler and Permelia Mauderly Fidler at the home in Guss community, Nodaway township, Taylor County, Nov 27, 1938 and lived just five weeks, passing away after a brief illness January 1st. Her death was caused by an abscess on the brain, which followed a cold.

She leaves her father and mother and five brothers and sisters, Chas, Jr, Don Joseph, Ida Elizabeth, Jird Melvin and Cleo Margaret; also her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Don Fidler, of Villisca and many other relatives.

Funeral services were held at the Guss church Tuesday afternoon, Jan 3, conducted by the pastor, Rev E B Stewart.

[FIDLER, ELIZABETH CATHERINE "LIZZIE" BRIGGS SQUIRES]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, March 15, 1945, p. 3
Last Rites for Mrs. D. Fidler held Monday at A. C. Church
Funeral services for Mrs. Don J. Fidler, who died Tuesday of last week at her home here after [an] illness of several weeks, were held Monday at 2 p. m. at the Advent Christian church, conducted by Mrs. Bertha Peters, assisted by Rev. Joe Tom Tate.

The singing was by Mrs. C. A. Penwell, Mrs. Carol Narigon and Mrs. Joe Tom Tate, with Mrs. Joe Marvick as accompanist, and Mrs. Elmer Gray and Mrs. Art Smith were in charge of the flowers. The pallbearers were Fred Coon, Earl Coon, Merrill Coon, William Briggs, Jess Briggs and Geo. Briggs, and interment was in the Guss cemetery.

Elizabeth Catherine Briggs, daughter of George N. and Mary Elizabeth Briggs, was born southeast of Villisca, in Taylor County, August 30, 1879 and was 65 years old at her death.

On June 22, 1903, she was married to Don. J. Fidler at Clarinda, and to them were born four children. They are George who died in early childhood, Charles B. Fidler and Mrs. Ethel Belding of Villisca and Kenneth Fidler who is serving with the armed forces on the western front in Europe. Mrs. Fidler leaves also another daughter, Mrs. Belle Weil, by a former marriage.

Besides her husband and children, she leaves also eleven grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Three of her grandsons also are serving with the armed forces---Don and Charles Weil overseas and Charles, Fidler, jr. at Camp Hood, Texas. There are also two brothers, H. P. Briggs of Bedford, Albert Briggs of Red Oak, and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Evans of Bedford and Mrs. Lucy Crow of Villisca.

Mr. and Mrs. Fidler spent their married life in Page and Taylor counties until ten years ago when they moved to Villisca, which has since been their home. Following Mrs. Fidler's death, her body was taken to the Sutphen funeral home where it remained until the hour of the funeral.

 

[FIDLER, GEORGE NELSON]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 20, 1916, p. 8
GRAVITY

The little two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Fidler died Tuesday night after a short illness from pneumonia.

 

[FIDLER, PERMELIA MABEL MAUDERLY]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, July 4, 1963, p. 4
Final Rites Held For Mrs. Fidler
Funeral services for Mrs. Charles Fidler were held on Sunday, June 30, 1963 at 2:00 p. m. at the Sutphen funeral Home with Dennis Neal officiating. Pallbearers included Delbert Mauderly, Thelbert Kendrick, Chester Kendrick, Corwin Mauderly, Charles Weil and Joe Baldwin. Flower bearers were Dorothy Baldwin, Dorothy Smith and Naomi Wimmer. The music was by Carolyn Harris accompanied by Mabel Dunn. The selections were "In the Garden," and "The Old Rugged Cross." Concluding service and interment was in Guss cemetery.

Permelia Mabel Fidler, daughter of Joseph and Ida Mauderly, was born in Taylor County, Iowa on March 5, 1905 and passed away at Villisca, Iowa on June 26, 1963, at the age of fifty-eight.

She spent her childhood two miles west of Guss, Iowa on a farm.

On February 25, 1925 she was united in marriage to Charlie B. Fidler and to this union were born six children, Charles Junior, Lyons, Colorado, Ida Elizabeth Auxier, Dawson, Nebraska; Jird Melvin, Chula Vista, California; Margaret Cleo Branan, Villisca, Iowa and Deo Marie Fidler.

Preceding her in death was an infant daughter, Deo Marie, born November 27, 1938 and entered in to rest January 1, 1939.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband and five children and two brothers, Jerome Mauderly, Tucson, Arizona, Glee Mauderly, Grant, Iowa and one sister Martha Kendrick, New Market, Iowa.

She also leaves seventeen grandchildren, three daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

[FIRKINS, DONALD CLARK]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, October 5, 1964, [p. 1]
Donald Firkins buried at Guss; brother lives in Clarinda
Funeral services were held at Corning Thursday for Donald C Firkins, who died Sept 29 at the Bergen Mercy hospital at Omaha. The Rev Brown Garlock of the Methodist church was in charge of the services at the Roland Funeral Home and Guss cemetery.

Donald was the son of Elizabeth and Clint Firkins, born in Taylor County on July 19, 1915, where he grew into manhood. He had recently been making his home with his parents in Corning. He had served in the U S Navy, joining in 1941, traveling over the entire world as he served his country for 20 years and engaging in many campaigns. He was active with the Navy at the time of his death.

Survivors include his parents, brothers, Paul of Clarinda, Wayne of Red Oak, Boyd of Greenfield   and   Dean   of Corning   and   a   sister, Mrs Gladys Palmer of Corning. He was preceded in death by a brother, Burton, who died at age 3 in 1921.

 

[FIRKINS, DONALD CLARK]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, October 5, 1964, p. 6
Guss, Oct 2 --- Donald Firkins, age 49 years, passed away at a hospital in Omaha Sept 28 following an injury from a fall Saturday night. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Clint Firkins of Corning. He was born and grew to manhood in this community. He served more than 20 years in the U S Navy. After he returned from service, he returned to Corning and cared for his parents. Funeral services were Thursday at Corning. Rev Brown Garlock officiated at the service, Mrs Brown Garlock soloist and Mrs Joe Cask pianist. Pallbearers were his cousins, Lee Crawell, Wilbur Hess, Charles Huss, Melvin Firkins, Leslie Hess and Max Shipley. The American Legion was in charge of grave service in the Guss cemetery.

 

[FIRKINS, ELIZABETH DUER]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, August 6, 1970, p. 7
Guss, Aug 3 ---Mrs Elizabeth Firkins, mother of Paul Firkins of our community, died July 24 at the Lenox Nursing Home at the age of 94. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Corning and interment was at the Guss Cemetery.

 

[FIRKINS, LEONA GERTRUDE AGNEW]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, June 9, 1994, p. 2
Leona Firkins, 84, of Red Oak died Monday, June 6, at Vista Gardens Care Center in Red Oak after an extended illness.

Mrs. Firkins was born Jan. 8, 1910, near Brooks, the daughter of R.O. and Martha Agnew. She married Wayne Firkins on Feb. 17, 1931. He died Nov. 21, 1987.

Mrs. Firkins was a homemaker and member of the First United Methodist Church In Red Oak.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Johnson of St. Joseph, Mo.; two grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday (today) at Nelson-Boylan Funeral Chapel in Red Oak. Burial in the Guss Cemetery, Taylor County, Iowa.

 

[FIRKINS, OLAND WAYNE]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, December 3, 1987, p.2
Services for Oland Wayne Firkins, 80, of Red Oak were held Monday, November 23 from Nelson Boylan Funeral Chapel in Red Oak, Iowa.

Mr. Firkins was born August 19, 1908 in Taylor County, Iowa near Guss to Clint and Elizabeth Firkins and died November 21 at Vista Gardens Care Center in Red Oak, Iowa.

Survivors include a sister, Gladys Palmer of Corning, a brother Paul Firkins of Villisca, his wife Leona of Red Oak, Iowa, daughter, Karen M. Johnson of St. Joseph, Missouri; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Ann in infancy.

Mr. Firkins farmed most of his life in Taylor and Montgomery Counties near Guss, Wallin and north of Red Oak until retiring and moving into Red Oak in 1971. He then worked part time at the Department of Transportation office at Farmers Mercantile Company for eight years.

Burial was in Guss Cemetery.

 

[FIRKINS, THOMAS CLINTON]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, November 4, 1965, p. 3
Thomas Clinton Firkins, son of Alonzo Firkins and Mary Mayo, was born in Holt Township, Taylor County, Iowa October 25, 1876 and passed away at the Lenox Nursing Home on October 28, 1965.

He grew up in Taylor County and was united in marriage March 11, 1903 to Elizabeth Duer. Survivors include his wife Elizabeth and 5 children, Paul of Villisca, Gladys, (Mrs. Arthur Palmer) of Corning, Wayne of Red Oak, Dean of Corning, and Boyd of Greenfield, also two sisters, Mrs. Nellie VanAlstine of Villisca and Mrs. Rose Rogers of Des Moines, 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Donald and Burton and five sisters.

Among his many interests, he loved to farm, be with his family and associate with his friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday, October 31 at 1:30 p.m. from the Roland Funeral Home in Corning with Rev. Brown Garlock officiating. Music was by Mrs. Brown Garlock and Mrs. Joe Cook. Pallbearers were Max Shipley, Lea Crowell, Lyle Richards, Charles Huss, Leslie Huss, and Wilbur Hess. Interment was in the Guss Cemetery.

 

[FREUCK, FREDERICK JOHN]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, April 15, 1940, p. 6
F J FREUCK, 92, BURIED AT GUSS
Villisca, (Special)—Friday at the Guss Methodist church, funeral services were held for Frederick John Freuck, 94, who died Wednesday, April 10 at the home of his son Henry at Guss, Ia, with whom he has made his home for some time. Rev Arthur Eastman, Methodist minister of Montezuma, Ia, formerly of Villisca delivered the sermon, assisted by Rev Lewis Kongable. Burial in the Guss cemetery. Mr Freuck was born Jan 17, 1846, at Schwerin-Mecklenburg, Germany coming to Chicago in August 1872 and on Feb 21, 1875 was married to Miss Anna Cordes of Chicago. They moved to Villisca then to a farm in Taylor County where Mr Freuck has spent the past 65 years. Mrs Freuck died Jan 14, 1929. Mr Freuck joined the Evangelical church of which he was a member when he died, and was the last of a family of seven children. He leaves three daughters and two sons, Mrs Mary Bycroft of Corning, Mrs Ira Fine of Hopkins, Mo, Mrs Will Burnett of Greeley, Colo, Henry and William Freuck, farmers of Guss, Ia. Two children died in infancy. He also leaves 16 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

 

[FREUCK, FREDERICK JOHN]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, April 29, 1940, p. 6
Frederick J Freuck was born in Schwerin Mecklenburg, Germany, January 4, 1846, and passed away April 10, 1940, at the home his son, Henry at the age of 94 years, 3 months, and 3 days.

He was the third child of a family consisting of seven children, five brothers and one sister, all of whom have preceded him in death by several years. At the age of 14 years he was confirmed in the Evangelistic Lutheran church. At the age of 18 years he was called for military training, later being called to serve his country in the Prussian-Franco War He served 4 years as cavalry man and was made corporal, receiving honorable discharge at the end of the war. He spent the next six months in military school preparing himself to be an officer in the army. Being discouraged in this by his parents, through his captain he secured a position as coachman to a wealthy family He held this position until he came to America in August 1872. He arrived in New York but went immediately to Chicago where he spent the next three years. Here he met and married Anna Cordes, also of Germany, on February 21, 1875. He then came on the [to] Taylor County where he has since resided.

To this union seven children were born Two died in infancy and five still survive him: Henry C of Guss, Wm J of Nodaway, Mary Bycroft of Corning, Frieda Fine of Hopkins, Mo, and Clara Burnett of Greely, Colo There are sixteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. The wife and mother preceded him in death January 14, 1929. In his late years his uppermost thought was for the final going home to meet his Saviour

Funeral services were conducted at the Guss Methodist church Friday afternoon at 2.00 o'clock by Rev A M Eastman and A L Kongable A quartet composed of Mrs Harold Everett, Mrs Floyd Neily, L W Rider, and Martin Taylor, sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," "Sweet Hour of Prayer," and "Perfect Day " They were accompanied by Mrs Martin Taylor

Interment was in Guss cemetery The pall bearers were Paul Firkins, Earl Horton, Lloyd Fine, Kenneth Fine, Fred Pistol, Wencil Hurt, Earl Alexander and Noble Flora.

 

[FREUCK, WILLIAM JOHN]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, August 11, 1955, p. 14
Wm. John Freuck – Wm. John Freuck, son of Frederick and Anna Freuck, was born in Taylor County, October 22, 1877 and entered into rest at the Creston hospital on July 26, 1955 at the age of 77 years, 9 months and 4 days.

He was a farmer all his life in Taylor and Adams counties.

On February 19, 1906, he was married to Gertie McFarland at Nodaway, and to this union three children were born: Floyd, Gladys and Velma. His wife died February 23, 1920, with influenza.

After caring for his children for four years he was married to Bessie Evans at Brooks and to this union two children were born: Lois and Edward. He also raised Kenneth whom he thought [of] as his own child.

His health failed and he was taken to the Greater Community hospital in Creston where he was a patient for three weeks, and where he was given all the care that loving hands could do for him.

His survivors are his wife, Bessie, six children, seven grandchildren, two sisters, Mary L. Bycroft of Corning and Clara Burnett of Greeley, Colo., three brothers-in-law, and one sister-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Gertie, three brothers and one sister. He was a kind and loving father and husband.

He was affiliated with the Methodist church at Guss when a young man.

He will be greatly missed by a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 28, 1955, at 2:30 p m. from the Methodist church in Nodaway, with clergyman, the Rev. Clement Rowe in charge.

Interment at Guss cemetery.

Music was furnished by Mrs. Emma Jean Shipley, accompanied by Mrs. Rose Stalder, pianist.

Pall bearers were Ira Seeley, Marvin Roberts, Delmont Schafer, Glen Gravett, Ernie Richie and Kenneth Jenkins.

 

[GIBSON, GEORGE MAX]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Wednesday, October 16, 1991
GEORGE MAX GIBSON - Funeral services for George Max Gibson were held Friday, Oct. 11, 1991 at Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa.

George Max Gibson, son of Clyde E. Gibson and Hattie M. Dobson Gibson was born at Davis City, Iowa December 28, 1925 and departed this life on October 7, 1991 at Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 65 years, nine months and nine days.

He grew to maturity in the area where he was born where he attended the public school in Decatur County, Iowa living at Leon and later at Shenandoah, Iowa before coming to Bedford where he has continued to reside.

On August 29, 1950 he was united in marriage to Barbara Beasley and to them were born a son Stephen and two daughters, Therisa and Cindy. On May 14, 1956 he was united in marriage to Wanda Hubbard and to them one daughter, Karleen was born. On June 11, 1958 he was united in marriage to Alice Devore and to them a son, Bruce and a daughter Tammy were born. On October 9, 1970 he was united in marriage to Ellen Matheny and they have resided in Bedford, Iowa

Max was employed by the John Houston Company in Hopkins, Mo. until he retired.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Therisa, a brother Willard who died March 12, 1925 and a sister Alice who died December 2, 1944.

He is survived by his wife Ellen of the home; son Stephen Gibson, daughter Cindy Hawkins, and daughter Karleen Lorimer, a son Bruce Gibson and a daughter Tammy Mansanarez; stepchildren, Carolyn, Connie, John and Lonnie; 22 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sisters: Pauline Conley, Doris Root and Frances McClintock; two brothers, Rev. Bob Gibson and Rex Gibson; aunt, Winnie Allard of Leon, Iowa; other relatives and friends.

Max will be sadly missed by his loved ones and friends.

 

[GROFF, HAROLD CLIFFORD]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, May 26, 1947, [p. 1]
Des Moines Man Dies At Home Of Father At Hawleyville
Harold Clifford Groff, 41, is being buried Monday afternoon in the Guss cemetery following his death Friday in the home of his father, John Groff of Hawleyville. He has been living in Des Moines, where he was employed as truck driver, but came to his father's home because of his illness. The funeral is being held at the Guss church in charge of Rev Carl F Stiefel, and burial in the Guss cemetery.

 

[GROFF, HAROLD CLIFFORD]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, June 2, 1947, p. 5
Harold Clifford Groff – Harold Clifford Groff, son of John and Edith Groff, born May 5, 1906, in Adams County, Iowa, died May 23, 1947, at his father's home near Hawleyville, Iowa, at the age of 41 years and 18 days.

In August 1925, he married Ruby Hardesty. Two children survive; Ivan and Violet of Creston. Other surviving are his father and stepmother, two half-sisters, Eva Warne of Pueblo, Colo, and Hazel Winger of Clarinda, Iowa, five nephews and two nieces, in addition to several aunts, uncles and cousins. His mother died in 1908.

Services were held in the Maple Grove Methodist church of Guss, Iowa, Monday afternoon, May 26, 1947. Rev. Carl F Stiefel officiated.

Burial was in the Guss cemetery.

 

[GROFF, VONIE OLSON]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, March 24, 1966, p. 3
Mrs. Vonie Groff had lived near Guss and Hawleyville
Services were Tuesday at Villisca for Mrs. Vonie Groff, mother of Mrs. Hazel Winger of Clarinda. Mrs. Groff, 79, died at the Municipal Hospital last Saturday. The services were conducted from the Sutphen Funeral Home with the Rev George Snyder as a clergyman.

Mrs. Groff was born in Adams County and received her education at Corning. She and her husband, John, farmed in the Guss community until 1941 when they moved to a farm near Hawleyville. They retired to Villisca in 1951.

Besides Mrs. Winger, she is survived by another daughter, Mrs Eva Otstott of Tribune, Kans, and two sisters, Ms Ada Lane of Prescott and Mrs Esther Beck of Lenox.

 

[GROFF, VONIE OLSON]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, March 31, 1966, p. 5
Vonie Groff – Vonie Groff, daughter of Tom and Alice Lawrence Oleson [Olson], was born in Adams County, near Corning, Ia. on November 1, 1886 and passed away at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital, Clarinda, Ia. on Saturday, March 19, 1966, at the age of 79 years, 7 months and 19 days.

She grew to womanhood in and around the Corning community, receiving her education in the rural schools of that area.  On October 20, 1909, she was united in marriage to John P. Groff. To this union two daughters were born. Mr. and Mrs. Groff farmed in the Guss community until 1941, when they moved to a farm near Hawleyville. In May 1951, they retired and moved to Villisca.

Mrs. Groff was a member of the Maple Grove Methodist Church at Guss.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, one sister, and her husband. She is survived by her two daughters, Mrs. Eva Otstott, Tribune, Kan. and Mrs. Hazel Winger, Clarinda; by two sisters, Mrs. Esther Beck, Lenox, Ia, and Mrs Ada Lane, Prescott, Ia; besides grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends who loved her and will miss her.

Funeral services were held March 22 from the Sutphen Funeral Home. The Rev George S Snyder was clergyman. Music was by Carolyn Harris and Mabel Dunn. Burial was at the Guss Cemetery. Pallbearers were Maynard Warne, Clark Warne, Robert Warne, John Sederburg, Duane Beck and Donald Beck. Velma James and Ferne Sprague carried the flowers.

 

[GUSS, WILLIAM HOYLE]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, December 23, 1943, p. 6
William Guss Services
Funeral services for William Guss, for many years a resident of this community, were held Friday afternoon at the Guss church. Interment was in the Guss cemetery.

[GUSS, WILLIAM HOYLE]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, December 23, 1943, p. 5
Hold Funeral Services for William H. Guss
William H. [oyle] Guss, 80, lifelong resident of the Guss community, died Dec. 14 at the home of his son Glenn northeast of Villisca, death resulting from a heart attack. He was born February 27, 1863, in LaSalle County, Ill., and at the age of 10 years moved with his parents to a farm southeast of Villisca where he spent the majority of his life. The remaining years were spent in the Villisca vicinity.

On March 20, 1907, he was united in marriage to Mary Spring, and to this union were born five children, four daughters and one son, two daughters having died in infancy. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Helen and Irene of Kansas City, Mo., and son Glenn of Villisca, and nine grandchildren and five nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Friday at 2:30 p. m. at the Guss church, conducted by the Rev. H. B. Kishpaugh, with interment in the Guss cemetery. Music was by Mrs. Roy Baker, accompanied by the Rev. Mr. Kishpaugh. The pall bearers were Paul Firkins, Wesley Walters, Clifton Clements, Ross Wood, Will Rock and Earl Curtis.

 

[HARDISTY, RONALD KAY]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, February 18, 1937, p. 5
Recently the relatives here received word of the death of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Burton Hardisty near Lenox. The baby passed away from pneumonia. He was laid to rest in a Lenox cemetery.

 

[HESS, JOANNY ANNETTE]
Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Wednesday, October 30, 1963, p. 8
Graveside Services For Joanny Hess
Graveside services for Joanny Annette Hess, stillborn daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hess of route 4, Creston, were held at 1:30 p. m. today at the Lenox cemetery.

The baby was born Tuesday at Greater Community Hospital here and is survived in addition to her parents, by a brother, Ronnie, and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hess and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Campbell [Camden] of Lenox.

 

[HOFFMAN, HARVE LINDSEY]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, October 30, 1952, [p. 1]
H L Hoffman, 82, Died Wednesday
Burial at Guss of Former Villisca Man, Here Six Years
Harvey L. Hoffman, 82 years, who has lived at the Woods home at 512 east Stuart Street, died Wednesday morning. The funeral is being planned for Friday at 2 p m at the Walker Funeral Home, Rev Lester Greenwood of the First Methodist church in charge. Burial will be in the Guss cemetery north of New Market.

He has lived most of the recent years in the Villisca neighborhood, and came here about six years ago. He is a brother of Clarence, Drew, Wilbert, Norman, Elmer "Chub," Annabelle and Alta.

 

[HOFFMAN, HARVE LINDSEY]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, November 13, 1952, p. 10
Obituary
H    L   HOFFMAN - Harvey Lindsey Hoffman, son of Oliver and Martha Hoffman was born August 4. 1870 at Natrona, Ill, and died at the Municipal hospital In Clarinda, Wednesday Oct 29, at the age of 82 years, 2 months and 25 days.

He was united in marriage to Lillie May Griffin, July 4.1893 and to this union were born three children, Erwin Oliver, Letha Marie and Gladys Vannee [Vonnee]. Oliver passed away in infancy and Vannee [Vonnee] at the age of four years. He united with the Methodist church at Guss, Iowa, as a young man.

In 1896 they immigrated by covered wagon to Iowa where they had since made their home until 1941 when Mrs Hoffman died. Since then he had been in and around Clarinda much of the time with his daughter, Mrs Boss Woods.

Two brothers have preceded him in death, Morman and Elmer Those who survive his going are his daughter and son-in-law, Mr and Mrs Ross Woods, one grandson, Leonard Woods and wife, Pauline; two great grandsons, Jimmie and Randie Woods; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Belle Mayall of Clarinda, Mrs Alta Diggs of Gravity, three brothers, Clarence of Omaha, Drew of New Market and Wilbert of Clarinda

Funeral services were conducted from the Walker Funeral Home at 2 p m, Friday, Oct 31, with the Rev Lester Greenwood in charge. Music was by Aletha Hutchings and Doris Forbest. Casket bearers were: Walter Maxwell, Wesley Walters, Maurice Cordes, Howard Smith, Ted McCoy and Lonnie Milligan. Burial was in the Guss, Ia, cemetery.

 

[HOFFMAN, LILLIE MAY GRIFFIN]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 1, 1942, p. 2
GUSS
Mrs. Harve Hoffman Dies
Mrs. Harve Hoffman, 72, died at her home Christmas Day, following a stroke of paralysis on Nov. 25. She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Marie Woods; one grandson, Leonard Woods; her son-in-law, Ross Woods; and one sister, Mrs. Allie Altman of Havana, Ill.

She was an active worker in the church, Ladies Aid, school and club activities and will be greatly missed by her large circle of friends in the community.

Funeral services were held at the Guss church Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Lewis Kongable. Burial was in the Guss cemetery.

The deceased was born June 9, 1869, in Tazelle [Tazewell] County, Illinois. On July 4, 1893, she married Harve L. Hoffman in Mason City, Ill., and to them were born three children. A son, Erwin Oliver, died in infancy and a daughter, Gladys, died at the age of four. The third child, a daughter Lethea Marie, now lives near Guss.

Mrs. Hoffman came with her husband in a covered wagon to Taylor County in 1896 and spent the remainder of her life in the vicinity of Guss. She united with the Methodist church in her youth.

 

[HUNTER, BERTHA MAY CLARK]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Friday, September 11, 1925, p. 5
Friends In Corning were grieved to learn of the unexpected death of Bertha Clark Hunter, which occurred in an Omaha hospital Tuesday at 10: 30 a. m. Mrs. Hunter's death followed an operation performed last Saturday. The body was brought to Corning, which is her former home, Wednesday, and the funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 p. m. at the Methodist church in Nodaway. Interment will be made in the Guss cemetery.

Bertha Clark Hunter was born in Adams County June 18, 1889 and died Sept. 8, 1925 at 10:30 a. m. She was 36 years, 1 month and 20 days old at the time of her death. October 11, of 1914, she was married to March Hunter of Nodaway where they have since made their home. She leaves her husband and four children, George aged 9, Vern aged 7, Albert aged 6 and Ivan aged 4. She is also survived by her father Frank L. Clark and four brothers and two sisters. The brothers are Roy Clark, Fedora, So. Dak.; R. G. Clark, Huntington, Ind.; Clifford V. Clark, Brooks; Frank Clark, Jr. of Denver. The sisters are Mrs. A. Sorensen of Omaha; and Eva Clark of Des Moines.

Her mother died when she was 13. She joined the Fairview Christian church when she was sixteen and has lived a devoted Christian life among her family and friends. Many Corning friends grieve with the family in the loss of this loved one.

 

[KOHLI, CHRISTOPHER FRED "CHRIS"]
Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri), Tuesday, September 5, 1978
Christopher F. Kohli - Christopher F. Kohli, 73, Clearmont, died M6nday at his home following a brief illness.

Born April 13, 1905, at Nodaway, Iowa, the son of the late John and Lena Mauderly Kohli, he had only recently moved to the Clearmont area. He was married Sept. 7, 1977, at Nashua, Iowa, to Mrs. Mary Wood, who survives.

A retired employee of the Union Pacific Railroad, he also was an ordained minister in the Pentecostal Church.

Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, Dean Else, Omaha, Neb., and two daughters, Dorothy Moon, Lincoln, Neb., and Betty Darnold, Red Oak, Iowa.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Barr-Merrick Chapel, Burlington Jct., with the Rev. Don Barnett to officiate. Burial will be in the Guss, Iowa, cemetery

 

[KOHLI, CHRISTOPHER FRED "CHRIS"]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, September 11, 1978
CHRISTOPHER F. KOHLI - Christopher F. Kohli was born April 13, 1905 to Mr. and Mrs. John Kohli of Nodaway, Iowa. The family resided near Nodaway until he was 10 years old, when they moved to Delplois [Delphos], Kansas, where he grew to manhood.

His later years were spent in Scottsbluff, Ne., and later Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was ordained in Sept. 1965 as minister of the New Antioch Pentecostal Church and will be remembered by many as "Bro Kohli" as he preached the word for 12 years to prisoners, churches and many groups in and around the Denver and Cheyenne area.

He was united in marriage to Mary Wood on Sept. 7, 1977 at the Little Brown Church at Nashua, Iowa. They later resided in the Burlington Junction and Clearmont, Mo. area.

Those left to mourn his loss are his wife Mary, 3 step children, Dean Else of Papillion, Ne., Dorothy Moon of Lincoln, Ne., and Betty Darnold of Red Oak, Iowa, plus 6 grandchildren and 3 great grand-children.

September was the month of his Ordination, Marriage and reward, which ends his life of Gospel work. He was dearly loved by all who knew him and he shall be greatly missed.

Services were Thursday, 2 PM at Barr-Merrick Chapel in Burlington Jct., Mo. The Rev. Don Barnett officiated. Burial at Guss, Iowa, Cemetery.

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Services were Thursday, 2 PM at Barr-Merrick Chapel in Burlington Jct., Mo. the Rev. Don Barnett officiated. Burial at Guss, Iowa, Cemetery.

 

[KROHMER, GEORGE]
Lenox Time Table (Lenox, Iowa), Thursday, March 7, 1929, p. 5
A son born to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Krohmer Monday night did not live. The parents have the sympathy of many friends in their loss.

 

[MACKEY, JENNIE EVA CLAUFF]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, October 29, 1914, p. 5
GRAVITY - Mrs. J. [ames] F. [inley] Mackey died at her home here Monday morning at 1:30 o'clock. Funeral services were held from the Methodist Episcopal church Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Proctor. Interment at Guss cemetery.

 

[MAUDERLY, GLEN LESTER]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, December 17, 1959, p. 4
Glen L. Mauderly Rites At Villisca
Glen Mauderly, a resident of Taylor County all of his life, died at his home Tuesday, December 1 at the age of 48 years, nine months, eight days.

Funeral services were held at the Sulphen Funeral Home in Villisca, Friday afternoon, December 4. Rev. Paul Ellis officiated. Concluding services were held in the Guss cemetery.

Glen Lester Mauderly, son of Joe and Ida Mauderly, was born in Taylor County, Iowa, February 23, 1911. His entire life was spent on the farm, where he passed away. He had been in failing health the past year.

He was one of a family of five children. Surviving are Jerome Mauderly of Tucson, Arizona; Martha Kendrick, New Market; Mrs. Charley Fidler, Villisca; his twin brother, Glee Mauderly, Grant. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents. His mother passed away in 1913 and his father in 1937.

Glen was a good neighbor and was a friend to everyone.

 

[MAUDERLY, JOSEPH "JOE"]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, August 5, 1937, p. 5
Guss – Joe Mauderly Passes
Joe Mauderly for many years a resident west of Guss, passed away at his home Sunday, shortly after midnight. He had been in poor health for several years, but took much worse last week. Funeral services were held at the Guss church Wednesday afternoon and burial was made at the Guss cemetery.

 

[MAUDERLY, JOSEPH "Joe"]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, August 9, 1937, p. 6
Joseph Mauderly - Joseph Mauderly, son of Xamier [Xavier] and Mary Mauderly, was born northeast of Nodaway, Iowa, October 8, 1874, and departed this life at his home near Guss, Iowa, August 2nd, 1937, at the age of 62 years, 9 months and 25 days.

He was united in marriage to Ida Ridnour on July 19, 1898, and to this union were born five children, Jerome, Martha, Permelia, Glee and Glen. He was a devoted father, a kind neighbor and a friend to all who knew him. He had a cheerful smile for those who tenderly cared for him during the many months of his illness and bore his suffering with great endurance.

He leaves to mourn his passing the five children, Jerome of Villisca, Mrs. Merl Kendrick of New Market, Mrs. Charlie Fidler of Villisca, Glee of New Market and Glen at home, also a niece, Viola Kendrick, who has been in the home since the loss of the wife and mother, who passed away March 28, 1913; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Halferstodt of Delphos, Kans., Mrs. Josie Grey of Plainview, Ill., and Mrs. Katie Ridnour of Nodaway. Two sisters, four brothers and one granddaughter have preceded him in death. He also leaves fifteen grandchildren, one great granddaughter, together with a host of other relatives and friends.

The funeral services were held Wednesday at the Methodist church at Guss, Rev. Zook being in charge. Music was furnished by Mary Swisher, Ralph Orme, Mrs. Ralph Orme and Leonard Calhoon. The pallbearers were Jerome Mauderly, Glee Mauderly, Glen Mauderly, Thelbert Kendrick, Charlie Fidler and Chester Kendrick.

 

 [PALMER, PAUL "BILL"]
  Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, December 20, 1962
Paul Palmer – Paul Palmer, better known by his nickname, "Bill," was the son of Ezra and Viola Palmer and was born on Nov. 29, 1903 on a farm near Imogene, Iowa and passed away at the Rosary Hospital in Corning, Iowa on December 12, 1962. He was 59 years old. Except for two years in Colorado and the time he was in the service he spent his life in Iowa. He spent 3 years and 11 months in Panama. From 1923 to 19[?] he was with Co. E, 169th Inf., National Guard of Shenandoah, Iowa. During World War II he again served from July 1942 to Sept. 1943, most of this time was spent in Alaska. For several years he made his home with his sister, Mrs. Lloyd Straight of Corning, Ia. He has made his home with Joe O'Connell the last 30 years.

He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Lloyd (Blanche) Straight of Corning; one brother-in-law, Lloyd Straight and one sister-in-law, Ethel Palmer, one nephew, Gerald Straight of Corning, Iowa; and two nieces: Jean Martin of Fresno, California and Shirley McCarter of Calipatria, California. Also survive his passing are several aunts and uncles and many cousins and friends.  He was preceded in death by his father and mother and an infant brother and sister. He will be remembered by his friends and neighbors as one who was willing to help where help was needed.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 16 at 2 p. m. from the Roland Funeral Home in Corning with Rev. Brown Garlock officiating. Music was by Mrs. Albert Lund and Miss Viola Jackson. Pallbearers were Arnold Leonard, Harold Leonard, Dick Rainforth, Junior Leonard, Howard Pepper and Tom Matya. Flower bearers were Mrs. Arnold Leonard and Mrs. Harold Leonard.  Interment was in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[RICHIE, DELORES ELIZABETH]
Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Friday, June 2, 1953, [p. 1]
Cancer Is Fatal to Corning Girl
CORNING – An 18-year-old Corning girl who had been ill with cancer since last May died at the home of her parents New Year's eve. She was Delores Richie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Richie of Corning.

Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church here at 2 p. m. Sunday. Rev. Frank E. Jacobs will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery.

Although she was seriously ill, the girl graduated with her class from Corning high school last spring. She was able to attend the graduation service.

Surviving are her parents; two brothers, Ronald who is in the Army and Paul who is a farmer near Kent; and her grandmother, Mrs. Billie Nansen of Kent.

 

[RILEY, CLARENCE WALTER]
Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Tuesday, December 6, 1966
Clarence Riley of Diagonal Dies
Diagonal – Clarence Riley, 69, Diagonal farmer, died Monday at Veterans hospital in Des Moines.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the Diagonal Methodist church with Rev. George McMullen officiating and burial in the Lenox cemetery. Military services will be held for the veteran of World War I. The body is at the Varner-Crew funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; s son, Darrell of Benington, Nebr., a daughter, Mrs. Colleen Shoonover of West Des Moines and a grandson, Michael Riley. Also surviving are three brothers, Wilbur and Raymond Riley of Corning and Howard of Prescott, and a sister, Lillian Sterling of Corning.

 

[RILEY, CLARENCE WALTER]
Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Thursday, December 15, 1966
Clarence Walter Riley – Clarence Walter Riley, eldest son of William Henry Riley and Emma Margaret Schafroth Riley, was born on a farm, February 13, 1897, near Corning, Iowa.

He passed away at the Veterans Hospital in Des Moines, December 5, 1966, at 7:10 a. m. at the age of 69 years, 9 months, 20 days.

He had been in ill health several years.

He was a member of the Methodist Church at Mercer Center and attended school at Mercer No. 6.

He served in the United States Army in World War I; after being honorably discharged from the service, he met and married Helen Mae Biley, December 23, 1931. They made their home in Adams and Taylor Counties and later, in March, 1941, established their home near Diagonal, Iowa, where they were still residing at the time of his death.

Two children were born to this union, a son, Darrell Dean and a daughter, Colleen Mae.

Clarence belonged to the American Legion at Lenox and was a director of the Washington township school No. 5.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother.

He is survived by his wife Helen Mae, his son, Darrell Dean Riley and wife Mary, of Bennington, Nebraska, his daughter Colleen Mae and husband Roger Schoonover of West Des Moines, 1 grandson Michael Riley of Bennington, Nebraska, 1 sister Lillian Sterling, Corning, Iowa and 3 brothers, Howard Riley, Prescott, Raymond Riley, Corning and William Riley, Corning, Iowa.

During his active years he enjoyed his wife and children, attending fairs, showing Black Poland China and Spotted Poland China Hogs in 4-H and open class.

Funeral services were held December 7th at the Diagonal Methodist Church with Rev. George McMullen officiating. Burial was in the Lenox Cemetery.

 

[RILEY, DARRELL DEAN]
Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa), Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Darrell D. Riley, 79, of Omaha, Neb., died Dec. 2, 2013, at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, Neb.
A memorial interment of ashes will be held at Lenox Cemetery in the spring. Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society.

Darrell D. Riley was born Oct. 9, 1934, in Sharpsburg.

Darrell graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1953.

Darrell served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1959, after being stationed at Fort Knox, Fort Sill and Fort Chaffee.

He found work in Omaha, Neb., as a heavy equipment mechanic.

Darrell married Mary Kester of Prescott on July 24, 1960. They resided on an acreage outside of Bennington, Neb., for 48 years.

They moved to Omaha in 2010.

Darrell had been disabled since 1994.

Darrell is survived by his wife Mary; sons, Mike of Bennington, Neb., and David (wife Stacie) of California and their daughter Jenna; daughter Diana of Bennington and her son Nikoli.

Darrell was preceded in death by his father Clarence in 1966, mother Helen in 1994 and sister Colleen in 1993.

 

[SHAVER, ALICE JANE HELLER MARSH]
Clarinda Herald, Thursday, August 4, 1920, p. 5
Mrs. Alice J. Shaver- Alice Jane Heller was born November 13, 1870, near Guss in Taylor County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Joseph and Emeline Heller, who were old pioneers of Taylor County On January 26, 1888 she was united in marriage to David E. Marsh who died in March 1908. To this union three children were born. They were Nina Ethel and Guy who died in infancy, and Edna who makes her home in Clarinda On October 17, 1909 she was united in marriage to Otis B. Shaver of Guss, Ia. Since 1919 she has made her home in Clarinda, Iowa, and during this time she made many friends and was always known as a kind friend to those who knew her.  

Besides friends and neighbors she leaves to mourn her loss five sisters and four brothers. They are Mrs. Emma Monger of Lewistown, Mont., Mrs. Iletta Howard of Bussey Iowa, Mrs. Dora Hunter of Colville, Washington, Mrs. Ida Monger of Teigen, Mont., Mrs. Martha Lower of New Market, Iowa, and brothers William of Denton, Montana, Frank of Clarinda, Iowa, Edward of Gravity Iowa and John of Washington, D.  C.

Short services were held at the O. B. Shaver home, Tuesday afternoon with Rev. J. M. Williams officiating, following which the remains were taken to Guss, where the funeral sermon was preached by Rev. J. M. Williams, and interment made in Guss cemetery.

Relatives who came from a distance were Mrs. Emma Monger, Mrs. Iletta Howard, Mrs. May Porter of Oskaloosa, Mrs. Grace Annan from Coin, John Robinson of Creston, Mrs. I Grace Rogers, Fred Shaver, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shaver of Lake Park, Iowa and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wallace of Newton, Ia.

 

[SHAVER, OTIS BALLARD]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, April 8, 1937, p. 10
Guss, April 7---The body of O. [tis] B. Saver [Shaver], who passed away at the home of his daughter, Myrtle, at Newton, Iowa, was brought to Guss for burial Thursday afternoon. Mr. Shaver was a long time resident in this neighborhood, but had gone to live with his daughter since the death of his wife. He was 88 years of age. The body was accompanied here by his daughters Myrtle and Mrs. Grace Rogers and two sons, Fred and Charlie.

 

[SHAVER, SOPHIA SPANGLER]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 25, 1907, p. 5
Obituary – The funeral of Mrs. Sophia Shaver was held in the Methodist Episcopal church of Guss, April 13, 1907. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. E. Coe, pastor of the church. The church quartette furnished the music, which were old songs, favorites of the deceased. The services were held at eleven o'clock and were attended by a large number of friends filling the church. The sermon was taken from Mark 7:37. "He hath done all things well." The following short sketch of her life was read at the service:

Sophia Spangler was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, June 15, 1850 and died at her home west of Guss, April 1, 1907, aged 56 years, 9 months and 27 days. At the age of seven years she came with her parents to Illinois, where she grew to womanhood. October 1, 1871 she was married to O. [tis] B. Shaver. A few years later they came to Iowa and 13 years ago settled in the home where she died. She was the mother of six children, all of them being with her at the time of her death. Mrs. Shaver was sick about two weeks and died of pneumonia and a complication of diseases.

She was a devoted mother, a loving and helpful wife, a kind neighbor and sincere Christian.

 

[SPRING, ELIZABETH IMBODEN]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, July 8, 1911 p. 7
Friends and relatives were greatly shocked to learn of the sudden death of Mrs. Elizabeth Spring at her home north of Holt at 6 o'clock on the afternoon of the Fourth. She had not been enjoying the best of health recently and complained in regard to the heat to her son Fred at noontime. Fred was cutting grain during the afternoon and upon his return to the house failed to see his mother and began searching the premises and calling to her.  He finally found her dead in the summer kitchen. It is thought that the intense heat caused her sudden death. She and her son Fred were keeping house together on the old home place north of Holt. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the home and was conducted by Rev. J. C. Orth of Lenox. Interment was made in the Guss cemetery. Mrs. Spring was born in Switzerland, November 29, 1837 and was aged 73 years, 5 months and 7 days. She was married in young womanhood to Goetlib [Gotlieb] Spring and five children, all grown, survive their mother. They are Mrs. Joe Groff, west of Iveyville, Mrs. William Guss, north of Guss; John, Jacob and Fred. All are married except the last named.

 

[SPRING, ELIZABETH IMBODEN]
Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, July 19, 1911, p. 7
Obituary – Elizabeth Imboden was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland, November 29, 1838 and died at her home in north Taylor County July 4, 1911. At noon she told her son, Fred that she did not feel well. She seemed to feel dizzy and when he went back to his work in the harvest field his mother was lying down. About three o'clock Fred came back to see about his mother and on asking her how she felt, she told him that she believed that she felt a little better; but on returning home from the field about six o'clock he found his mother dead in the kitchen where she had gone to look after the bread she was baking.

Mother Spring was a good Christian woman. She was converted 30 years ago and joined the Evangelical church. She was a great believer in prayer, telling her children they must pray, and she wanted her little grandchildren taught to pray. She often said that if she didn't pray and ask God to help her bear her sorrows and troubles she would have sunk beneath her load. The last ten years of her life were spent very happily living with one or the other of her sons. Her children all lived close around her and spent a great deal of their time with her. She will be sadly missed by her friends and her children. She has gone to her heavenly home and is at rest, and we will meet her in that home up above where there will be no more parting. Her funeral was held at the home at one o'clock, July 6th, conducted by Rev. Orth and her body was laid to rest in the Brown cemetery near Guss, by the side of her little granddaughter who had preceded her to the better world. She leaves to mourn her loss five children, nine grandchildren, two brothers and many friends.

 

[SPRING, KAREN ARLENE]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, July 11, 1940, p. 9
The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Spring died at the hospital in Creston at 6:30 a. m. Saturday after a few days illness. The funeral was held at Lenox Sunday afternoon.

 

[STEPHENS, BESSIE VERLIE]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, August 10, 1915, p. 8
Bessie Verlie Stephens – Miss Bessie Verlie Stephens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Stephens, of Dallas Township, died July 30, after an illness of more than a year. Miss Stephens has been a great sufferer for several months. Her illness started with a dropsical condition, which terminated in tuberculosis.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. church in Guss Sunday, August 1st, conducted by the pastor. Interment was in the Guss cemetery.

 

[STARR, CORA MAE DAVIS]
Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, November 18, 1926, p. 2
Obituary – Mrs. Calvin Starr
Cora M. [ae] Davis was born in Decatur County, near Pleasanton, Iowa, April 24, 1879, where she spent the major portion of her girlhood days.

March 30, 1908, she was happily united in marriage to Calvin V. Starr, a minister of the Seventh Day Adventist church. To this union was born February 1, 1909, a baby girl Estel. For a number of years Mrs. Starr lived on the little farm near Pleasanton, educating the little daughter, while her husband carried on his ministerial duties. She also cared for her aged father until his death in 1922. Following his death the family moved to Nevada, Mr. Starr retiring from active ministerial work on account of the condition of his throat, and engaging in educational work, caring for the tender lambs of the flock. During this time the daughter attended the Academy, graduating last spring.

From 1923 Mrs. Starr tenderly cared for her mother until the time of her mother's death, October 28, 1925.

In August of this year the family removed to Sharpsburg, where Mr. Starr took up the work of teaching the church school.

From childhood Mrs. Starr was very earnest and active in Christian life, uniting with the Seventh Day Adventist church at the early age of seventeen. During all these years she faithfully stood by the side of her husband, aiding him in his work in behalf of others. All who were acquainted with her recognized her as an untiring Christian worker, whose desire was to be a blessing to others. The last few years Mrs. Starr has suffered much because of ill health, this suffering resulting in her death Friday morning, October 22nd, at the age of 47 years, 5 months and 18 days.

She leaves to mourn, a loving husband, Calvin V. Starr, a dutiful daughter, Estel, and two brothers, W. J. Davis of Sharpsburg, Iowa and M. L. Davis of Morrill, Nebr., and others of near kin. A multitude of friends and acquaintances sorrow as well. She sleeps today awaiting the pleasure of her master.

Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church at Sharpsburg, by Elders J. C. Nixon and C. A. Scriven, October 23rd, at 2 p. m., and she was laid to rest in the Lenox cemetery.
[Note: The same obituary appeared in the Bedford Times-Republican, November 4, 1926.]

 

[TALLMAN, ELIZABETH "BETSEY" JAYNE]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 12, 1903, p. 3
Obituary – Miss Elizabeth Jane was born Nov. 14, 1834, died Feb. 27, 1903, was born in Wilkesbury Susquehanna County, Penn. At the age of 25 she was united in marriage to Charles Tallman at Washington, Washington County, Iowa, in 1858. Has been a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church since her 18th year. She was a kind and loving mother and a faithful wife. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and three children, one son and two daughters, Mr. Charles Tallman of Oklahoma, Mrs. Frank Snyder of Kansas, and Mrs. W. E. Rogers of Iowa, besides a host of friends. She was buried in the Guss cemetery Sunday, the 29th.

 

[TANNER, GEORGE WASHINGTON]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 13, 1911, [p. 1]
George W. Tanner Dead
Lenox—George W. [ashington] Tanner died at the home of Dr. W. H. Cash in West Lenox Saturday. He was born in New York February 9, 1832 and moved to Illinois with his parents when seven years of age. He was united in marriage with Martha Trumble at Saratoga, N. Y., Dec. 2, 1857 and to this union was born one daughter, Flora E., who died Sep. 12, 1880. The parents felt that they could no longer live at the old home in Illinois after her death and removed to Nebraska where they lived until 1883, when they came to Iowa and located near Guss, where they lived until the death of the wife September 9, 1909. Mr. Tanner made his home with Dr. Cash his friend and physician since last September.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. C. Orth at the Cash home Monday, April 10, at 8:30 a. m. after which the remains were accompanied by a few friends to the cemetery at Guss and there laid to rest.

 

[WALLAHAN, ALFRED CURTIS]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, March 23, 1912, p. 9
The large number of friends of A. C. Wallahan of Nodaway township, Taylor county, were pained to hear of his sudden death at his home at 10:30 on Tuesday evening, Mr. Wallahan had been to a sale during the day and returned home about 10 o'clock apparently in his   usual   health and jovial mood. He went to the barn to put his horse away and in a short time his wife noticed one of the horses come out of the stable.   She went to the barn and found her husband had fallen across the   manger.    He asked her to help him up and that was his last words spoken.   He was taken to the house and a Nodaway physician summoned but it was soon seen there was no help for him and his death occurred at 10:30 the   same    evening. His brother, Dr. J.  H.   Wallahan of this place was called but on account of the   bad condition of the roads it was nearly 1 o'clock when he reached there.   Tho deceased was a son of Mr. and   Mrs. Milton Wallahan and   was born in Rock County, Wis., March 8, 1856, and came to Iowa in 1875, and located near his   present   residence where he has since lived.    He   was married   January    1, 1880, to    Miss Hermia Hamill    of   Holt   township, who survives him, together with two daughters, Miss Grace who resides at home and Mrs. Ruby Wickersham of near Corning, and   an adopted son, Claude, a young man   who is attending school at Shenandoah.   He is also survived   by one brother, Dr. J. H. Wallahan of Corning, and three sisters, Miss Hettie of Corning, Mrs. Lucinda   Hamill of   San Francisco, Cal. and Mrs. Jessie Dennis of Goshen, N. Y.   Mr. Wallahan bad been prominent in local affairs and for many years had been   township   clerk   of Nodaway Township and was a candidate for member of the board of supervisors before the June primaries of Taylor County.   The   cause of   his death was the bursting   of a blood vessel at the base of the brain.   The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the M. E. church at Guss and the interment made   in the Guss cemetery. Mr.   Wallahan was in Corning only a few days ago and appeared in the very best of health. He called at this office and was in the best of spirits, told of his candidacy for the office of supervisor and how the progressives were going to win out, etc.

 

[WEIL, FERN EMELINE INGERSOLL]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, April 11, 1914, p. 7
Nodaway News---Fern Emeline Ingersoll was born in Adams County, Iowa, January 27, 1891 and died at Clarinda, Iowa, April 1, 1914, aged 23 years, 2 months and 5 days. She was married to E. Frank Weils [Weil], November 23, 1912. She leaves a husband, father, mother, four sisters and three brothers to mourn her loss. Mrs. Weils [Weil] joined the Methodist church in Colorado Springs about four years ago. She made friends with all with whom she associated. The funeral was held in the Guss M. E. church conducted by the pastor, Rev. E. S. MacCartney, on Friday afternoon, April 3, 1914. Interment in Guss cemetery.

 

[WERNER, CARRIE B. TIMMERMAN]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, March 12, 1919, p. 10
Former Nodaway Resident Died
Mrs. Albert Werner, who was taken to the Clarkson hospital a few weeks ago in the hope that her health might be benefited, passed away at 7 o'clock last Sunday morning. It was found that she was suffering from a malignant form of sarcoma, for which there is no cure.

Carrie B. Timmerman was born near Nodaway September 28, 1884 and died March 2, 1919. At the age of 16 she united with the Presbyterian Church at Nodaway. She was married to Albert J. Werner December 19, 1906. To this union were born three children, Geraldine, who died in infancy, and Gerald, aged 7 and Arline, aged three, who survive their mother.

Mrs. Werner leaves to mourn their loss, her husband, two children, her mother, Mrs. Annie M. Timmerman, of Nodaway, and two sisters, Mrs. W. E. Gerard of Keystone, S. D., and Mrs. F. R. Adamson of Omaha, Nebr., and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was a woman who was beloved by all who knew her, and through all her intense suffering her thoughts were always for the comfort of others, taking no thought of self. She was a devoted wife and mother and loved her home.

Funeral services were held Monday in the Presbyterian Church at Nodaway, conducted by Rev. McKay of Red Oak, assisted by Rev. Mills. Interment was made in the Guss cemetery by the side of little Geraldine. ----Villisca Review

 

[WINGER, DONALD, JR.]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Monday, April 14, 1947, [p. 1]
Don Wingers Lose Baby
Donald Winger, jr., 4-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Winger of near Clarinda, died very suddenly. The funeral was held Saturday at the Walker Funeral Home in charge of Rev W W Bentzinger of the Methodist church and burial at Guss. The Wingers have two daughters.

 

[WINGER, DONALD, JR.]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, April 17, 1947, p. 15
Several from this community attended the funeral services for Donald jr, 4 month old son of Mr and Mrs Donald Winger of Hawleyville, at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda Saturday afternoon. Burial in Guss cemetery.

 

[WINGER, JOHN HENRY]
Bedford Times-Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, July 4, 1940, [p. 1]
Twins, a girl and a boy were born to Mr. and Mrs. Don Winger of Clarinda, Thursday, June 27 at the home of Mrs. Winger's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Groff at Guss. The little boy lived only a few hours and was buried in the Guss cemetery Friday afternoon.

 

[WOODS, ROSS ALFRED]
Clarinda Herald Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Thursday, December 4, 1969 [p. 1]
Ross Woods – Ross Alfred Woods, son of Irwin and Margaret Kuhn Woods, was born Oct. 11, 1895 in Taylor County, near Guss, and departed this life at the Municipal hospital in Clarinda Nov 23, 1969, at the age of 74 years, 1 month and 12 days.

On April 4, 1917, he was united in marriage to Marie Hoffman at the bride's home in the Guss neighborhood.

To this union one son was born.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 sister, Myra Andrews.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Marie, his son, Leonard Woods and wife Pauline of Wentzville, Mo, 2 grandsons, Jimmie Woods and wife Brenda of St Charles, Mo; and Randy Woods of Wentzville, Mo; 1 great grandson, Marty Lee of St Charles, Mo; 2 nephews and friends.

Mr Woods was a member of the Guss United Methodist Church.

Mr and Mrs Woods celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home on April 2, 1967.

Memorial services for Ross were held Wednesday, Nov 26, at the Walker Funeral Home and committal services at the Guss cemetery near the Maple Grove United Methodist church. The Rev John L Beebout of Clarinda conducted the services, Mrs Ronald Perry being vocal soloist and Mrs Willard Andrew organist. Casket bearers were Ray Jackson, Wesley Walters, Ted McCoy, Emery Hardee, Ray Stamps, Jim Milligan.